You think we have the right to just kill a god?
— Monarch agent Mariko (Godzilla: King of the Monsters - The Official Movie Novelization)
Behemoth is named after a beast mentioned in the Bible (בהמות Behemot), which is interpreted often as either referring to a mythical creature or a large animal such as an elephant or rhinoceros. Godzilla: King of the Monsters - The Official Movie Novelization also gives Behemoth the alternative name Mapinguary, derived from a Brazilian cryptid believed to resemble a giant sloth.
Behemoth was originally conceptualized as a giant mammoth, with tusks on his lower jaw similar to a Deinotherium and wood-like protrusions on his legs. Eventually, this design was discarded in favor of making the creature more like a giant sloth, although the mammoth-like tusks were retained. According to the director Michael Dougherty, "[A]t one point we considered adding massive cuffs and broken chains around his limbs to hint that he was once captured and used as a warbeast by some ancient society." Footage of the Castle Bravo set shows that he was originally meant to emerge in Mexico.
Behemoth is a mammalian creature resembling a giant sloth. He knuckle-walks like an ape using his long and muscular forelimbs which are larger than his hind legs. Mammoth-like tusks jut downward from his cheeks. Behemoth is covered in light brown fur and appears to have greenish vines or algae growing on his otherwise gray tusks. Behemoth possesses a row of bumpy triangular spikes running along his back, which Monarch describes as being made of "unbreakable granite fortified with metal and ore."
Behemoth was discovered by Monarch in Brazil, and an outpost was constructed around him. In Godzilla: King of the Monsters - The Official Movie Novelization, a Monarch agent named Mariko states, "There are cave paintings of him that are twelve thousand years old."
Behemoth was among the many Titans awakened from his slumber in Brazil by King Ghidorah's call. He attacked Rio de Janeiro before making his way to Boston along with Methuselah, Scylla, the Queen MUTO, and a flock of Leafwings. There, they found the alpha they were following, Ghidorah, slain at the hands of Godzilla. Rodan approached Godzilla to challenge him, but was intimidated by his gaze and ultimately submitted. The other Titans all followed suit, each "bowing" in their own way to the new King of the Monsters. News outlets reported afterward that Behemoth's trail of destruction had begun to restore clear-cut parts of the Amazon rainforest.
Behemoth possesses two large tusks protruding from his face, similar to a woolly mammoth. He uses these large tusks to destroy structures in his path.
Behemoth's radiation can restore the jungles he passes through. After Godzilla took command of the Titans in Boston, he used this ability on the Amazon rainforest, with areas of the Amazon damaged by clearcutting undergoing rapid regrowth.
Behemoth's feces can be used as a highly effective fertilizer.
In Godzilla: King of the Monsters - The Official Movie Novelization, Monarch attacked Behemoth with a jet of blue-white fire emitted from a nozzle installed in the ceiling of the outpost housing him. It angered him but left his fur unharmed.
Monarch prepared to terminate Behemoth when he responded to Ghidorah's call. However, an agent named Mariko, who sympathized with Emma Russell's mission and believed Behemoth to be "the most interesting of the Titans," cut the power to the outpost's backup kill switch. Behemoth quickly dispatched a group of soldiers and a nozzle emitting blue-white fire before breaking out of the facility, killing Mariko in the process. From there, his role in the novelization is the same as in the film.
- Main article: Behemoth/Gallery.
- Behemoth is the only monster created for Godzilla: King of the Monsters who has received licensed figures: one from Y-MSF and another from Playmates.
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