Behemoth

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Behemoth
Behemoth in Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Alternate names Mapinguary, Mammut TitanPFX (game files)
Class-
ification
Titanus Behemoth
Species Giant mammal
Height 354 feet[1]
Place(s) of emergence Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Controlled by King Ghidorah
Allies Godzilla
Enemies Amhuluk, Wonder WomanJLvGvK,Wonder Girl JLvGvK, Amazons of ThemysciraJLvGvK
First appearance Latest appearance
Godzilla: King of the Monsters Justice League vs. Godzilla vs. Kong
Roar(s)
For the monster featured in The Giant Behemoth, see Paleosaurus.
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Monarch agent Mariko (Godzilla: King of the Monsters - The Official Movie Novelization)

Behemoth (ベヒモス,   Behimosu) is a Titan who first appeared in the 2019 Legendary Pictures Godzilla film Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

One of many Titans awakened by King Ghidorah's call in 2019, Behemoth attacked Rio de Janeiro under the evil Titan's command before traveling to Boston with the others. With Godzilla having defeated Ghidorah, Behemoth and the other Titans proceeded to submit to Godzilla as the new alpha Titan. Behemoth established his own territory in the Amazon rainforest, where he was attacked by the Titan Amhuluk. However, Godzilla soon arrived and forced Amhuluk to leave, restoring Behemoth's claim to his territory.

Name

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. Monarch gave Behemoth the Titan classification Titanus Behemoth.

Development

Behemoth concept art by Xu Tianhua

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 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."[2] Footage of the Castle Bravo set shows that he was originally meant to emerge in Mexico.[3]

Behemoth was considered for a cameo in Godzilla vs. Kong. According to screenwriter Eric Pearson, "The idea was to have liquored-up, good ol' boys going out with shotguns to hunt one of the tamer Titans. They got crushed by a woolly mammoth thing."[4] Nonetheless, he was included in the Playmates Godzilla vs. Kong toyline.[5]

Design

Behemoth is a mammalian creature resembling a giant sloth crossed with a mammoth. 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."[1] He has sloth-like claws and elephantine feet.

In Godzilla Dominion, Behemoth's design is slightly altered, possessing more human-like thumbed hands and three toed feet resembling those of theropod dinosaurs.

Personality

Monarch classifies Behemoth's behavior as that of a "protector,"[1] along with fellow Titans Godzilla, Mothra, Kong, and Methuselah. He is a peaceful herbivore who enjoys being groomed.[2]

Origins

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."[6]

History

Monsterverse

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

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.

Abilities

Tusks

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 and bludgeon other Titans.

Restoration

Behemoth's restoration ability in Monsterverse Declassified.

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.

Bio-seismic nature

Monarch describes Behemoth as "bio-seismic."[1]

Regeneration

In Godzilla Dominion, after Godzilla saved Behemoth from Amhuluk's attack, his left tusk had already started regenerating.

Excrement

Behemoth's feces can be used as a highly effective fertilizer.[1]

Durability

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. In Godzilla Dominion, he was outmatched by Amhuluk, with the other Titan breaking one of his tusks before Godzilla intervened. In Justice League vs. Godzilla vs. Kong #3, an Amazonian ballista bolt penetrated his skin, although the projectile was too small to cause him real harm.

Video games

  • Pinball FX (2023) - PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Steam, Epic Games [silhouette; targets]

Books

Godzilla: King of the Monsters - The Official Movie Novelization

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.

Comics

Godzilla Dominion

Behemoth battles Amhuluk in Godzilla Dominion.

Behemoth battled the Titan Amhuluk when the latter wandered into his territory in the Amazon. Amhuluk broke one of Behemoth's tusks and knocked him down before beginning to drag him away. However, Godzilla soon arrived and attacked Amhuluk, convincing the creature that he was the alpha Titan and causing it to leave the area. Behemoth then got back to his feet and wandered away.

Justice League vs. Godzilla vs. Kong

During a battle between the Justice League and the Legion of Doom in the Fortress of Solitude, the Toyman accidentally activated the Mother Box, transporting him and the rest of the villains to Skull Island in the Monsterverse. The Legion fled from a giant Skullcrawler as it battled Kong, finding an abandoned facility. There they found four other Titans displayed on monitors: Godzilla, Behemoth, Scylla, and Camazotz. The Toyman was dismissed by the rest of the Legion when he announced a plan to unleash these creatures against the Justice League, so he angrily used the Dreamstone he had stolen from the Fortress to transport his team, Skull Island, and several Titans back to the DC Universe. The displaced Titans went on the warpath, with Behemoth attacking Themyscira. Spread thin, the Justice League sent Wonder Woman and Wonder Girl to defend the island. They arrived before the Titan had reached the city and tied their Lassos of Truth and Persuasion to a ballista bolt. They rode the bolt to Behemoth and wrapped their lassos around his neck to halt his advance. Wonder Woman tried to explain to Behemoth that her people did not want a fight, but Behemoth simply began moving elsewhere, throwing them off his back in the process, as she realized something was calling the monster.

Gallery

Main article: Behemoth/Gallery.

Roar

Behemoth roars

Trivia

  • 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.
  • Michael Dougherty has stated that Behemoth is probably his favorite Titan from Godzilla: King of the Monsters due to the fact that he is mammalian, an uncommon trait for kaiju.[2]
  • One of the behemoths in the upcoming Skydance Interactive video game Behemoth appears to strongly resemble the Monsterverse Behemoth.[7]

Videos

Wikizilla: YouTube Kaiju Profile: The Other Titans
of Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Unaltered shot of Behemoth
attacking Rio de Janeiro
3D character turntable of Behemoth

References

This is a list of references for Behemoth. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Monarch Profiles - Behemoth.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Dougherty, Michael (1 May 2020). "TITANUS BEHEMOTH Of all the new monsters created for the film, Behemoth was probably my favorite. Since nearly all kaiju are usually giant reptiles, insects, or some hybrid, it was fun to come up with a new mammal that combined traits of woolly mammoths, apes, and giant sloths. We even came up with rich backstories for each new creature and imagined Behemoth was capable of going bipedal when necessary, allowing him to take a swipe at an opponent with his claws. Normally, he's a peaceful herbivore grazing on giant prehistoric trees with his herd, although at 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. He also likes belly rubs and getting groomed by #Kong. #Godzilla #creaturedesign #Behemoth #GodzillaKingOfTheMonsteers @MPC_Film". Instagram.
  3. Breaking into Godzilla: King of the Monster's Monarch HQ
  4. Wallace, Daniel (21 May 2021). Godzilla vs. Kong: One Will Fall - The Art of the Ultimate Battle Royale. Insight Editions. p. 20. ISBN 1-64-722140-4.
  5. Playmates mini behemoth.jpeg
  6. Keyes, Greg (28 May 2019). Godzilla: King of the Monsters - The Official Movie Novelization. Titan Books. p. 175. ISBN 178909092X.
  7. PlayStation (8 December 2022). "Behemoth - Cinematic Reveal Trailer| PS VR2 Games". YouTube.

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