Biollante. A spirit of the plant in Norse mythology. Only this plant has a human spirit.
Biollante was Godzilla's first opponent in the Heisei series of films, and was the first major Godzilla monster to be plant-based rather than animal-based or mechanical. Biollante was born out of Dr. Genichiro Shiragami's splicing of Godzilla cells into a rose that he had already spliced his dead daughter's cells into, causing it to mutate at an accelerated pace and become a giant flower monster with the consciousness of Shiragami's daughter still inside of it. Biollante initially took the form of a colossal rose rooted in Lake Ashi, where she was confronted by Godzilla and defeated. However, Biollante later returned in her larger and deadlier Plant Beast Form and attacked Godzilla at Wakasa Bay in an intense battle where both monsters were badly injured and forced to retreat.
After her second battle with Godzilla, Biollante dispersed into the atmosphere, and in Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla, it is hypothesized that Biollante's cells escaped the atmosphere and eventually lead to the birth of SpaceGodzilla.[note 2] While she has only been featured in one film to date, Biollante has come to be a popular monster among fans, and has made appearances in other media ranging from comic books and manga to video games. Biollante also exists in the continuity of the GODZILLA anime trilogy, as there is an entire chapter dedicated to her in the novel GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse, while she also makes an appearance in the manga adaptation of GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters.
Name[edit | edit source]
According to Shinichiro Kobayashi, who created the story for Godzilla vs. Biollante, he got Biollante's name from a passage from the poem "Chanson d'automne" by the 19th century French poet Paul Verlaine, specifically the passage:
- Des violons
- De l'automne
Kobayashi combined the word violon, the French word for "violin," from this passage with the katakana character テ (te), as he noted that no other kaiju used this character in their names. Kobayashi later stated that it was a complete coincidence that Biollante's name seemed to imply biotechnology.
Biollante's immobile, flower-like form is officially referred to as Biollante Flower Beast Form (ビオランテ 花獣形態, Biorante Ka-jū keitai) while her final form is referred to as Biollante Plant Beast Form (ビオランテ 植獣形態. Biorante Shoku-jū keitai) Her forms are alternatively denoted as 1st Form (第１形態 and 2nd Form Dai Ichi Ketai) (第２形態, Dai Ni Keitai) Flower Beast (花獣 and Plant Beast Ka-jū) (植獣, Shoku-jū) Flower Beast Type (花獣タイプ and Plant Beast Type Ka-jū Taipu) (植獣タイプ, Shoku-jū Taipu) or Plant Beast Type (植獣タイプ and Adult Type Shoku-jū Taipu) (成獣タイプ. Seijū Taipu)
Within the context of Godzilla vs. Biollante, Biollante gets her name from Dr. Shiragami, who upon seeing the creature gives it the name Biollante, stating it is the name of a plant spirit from Norse mythology. In reality, there is no such figure, although numerous nature deities do exist in Norse mythology, with almost all of them being female.
Development[edit | edit source]
Biollante was perhaps the first Godzilla monster to go through a substantially-documented design process. In Shinichiro Kobayashi's original story for Godzilla vs. Biollante, Biollante was said to be the result of Dr. Shiranui (the earlier name for Genichiro Shiragami) mixing the cells of his dead daughter with those of a tropical plant. Biollante was only meant to have a single form and battle with Godzilla at the end of the movie, and was envisioned to have the face of a woman and poisonous petals that resembled butterfly wings.
Some of the first pieces of Biollante concept art were done by artist Kako Yodane, who had done a lot of concept art for 1970's tokusatsu shows such as Mirrorman. Yodane based Biollante's rose form on Darling Utsubo, a creature he had previously designed for Emergency Command 10-4·10-10. For Biollante's final form, Yodane submitted a four-legged Biollante concept inspired by the Return of Ultraman monster Leogon, who was designed by him and created by the Shinichiro Kobayashi, who also created Biollante. Other Biollante concept art was also done by Kow Yokoyama, Yuto Matsubara, Studio Nue, Studio OX, and Shinji Nishikawa, who created near-final concept art for the monster.
Buildup was in charge of modeling the suits for both of Biollante's forms. The Flower Beast Biollante suit was actually burned during the scene where Godzilla sets Biollante ablaze with his atomic breath. The Plant Beast Form suit was three meters long, and required 32 piano wires and a crew of about 20 people to operate it, which according to Koichi Kawakita exceeded the amount required to operate King Ghidorah. Biollante's Plant Beast Form was not originally planned to move across the ground, but Kawakita came up with the idea for her to move near the end of shooting. Kawakita wanted Biollante to be able to move as he felt she seemed less powerful if she was immobile, but the staff were surprised when the suit moved across the ground, with their laughter audible in a behind-the-scenes featurette for the film. Initially, Godzilla and Biollante's final battle was to be depicted through stop-motion animation, but Kawakita felt it didn't match the rest of the film and decided to realize it through suitmation like the rest of the film. Test footage of Godzilla and Biollante's stop-motion battle has been included on home video releases of the film. The final battle was originally to end with Biollante swallowing Godzilla and both monsters disappearing into the sky. This ending was shot and realized through hand-drawn animation, though Kawakita was disappointed with it and decided on the ending where both monsters live and walk away from the battle. Footage of this ending is included on home video releases of Godzilla vs. Biollante as well, while the film's manga adaptation uses this ending, albeit with both monsters surviving as in the film.
Design[edit | edit source]
At first, Biollante takes the form of a giant rose with a tiny set of jaws inside her large red flower, as well as long prehensile vines. In this form, Biollante also sports numerous leaves that hang from her 'neck'. This form of Biollante can move, but appears to be rooted to the ground when Godzilla fights her, and is unable to move without converting into a cloud of orange-yellow spores once rooted. At the base of Biollante's body is a yellowish-red sac, referred to as a nucleus, which glows brightly. The nucleus is stated to emit energy, but aside from that its function is unknown.
In her second form, the Godzilla genes take over and Biollante's body becomes an abomination of biological science. Biollante's second form has a head similar to that of a mosasaur or crocodile and a tongueless maw with a multitude of knife-like teeth, even on the interior lining. In addition, six large tusks, three on each side, protrude from the fulcrum-region of her mouth. Large numbers of vines and tendrils are a primary feature of Biollante in both forms. Some vines end in sharp, spear-like ends, while others sport small, sharp-toothed mouths. To 'run,' Biollante uses her four main tendrils to lunge forward, gathering speed as she does so. What appears to be meaty flesh is visible underneath the tangled mess of vines and plant tissue on Biollante's chest. The fleshy surface is yellow and red-orange and has many wrinkles and lines, resembling a brain.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Biollante contains the consciousness of Erika Shiragami, the deceased daughter of Genichiro Shiragami, who spliced her cells into the rose that became Biollante out of a desire to preserve his daughter's spirit. According to the psychic Miki Saegusa, Biollante was scared of her current state after she took root in Lake Ashi and began crying out to anyone that could hear her. Miki remarked that Biollante was calling specifically to Asuka Okouchi, who was Erika's friend in her past life. Biollante's calls also reached the ears of Godzilla, though it was unclear if Biollante intentionally called out to him. Sometime later, Miki reported that Erika's consciousness had been suppressed by Biollante's Godzilla side, meaning that the creature was currently nothing more than a violent monster, a cross between Godzilla and a plant. This was corroborated when without warning, one of her vines destroyed a dock where Dr. Shiragami and some reporters were standing. When Godzilla arrived at the lake to investigate Biollante's calls, she attacked him without provocation, seemingly out of fear or panic, as Godzilla did not express any hostility to her beforehand. After being attacked repeatedly, Godzilla became hostile toward Biollante, who was forced to fight defensively against his onslaught. During her second battle with Godzilla, this time in her final Plant Beast Form, Biollante fought offensively, aggressively attacking Godzilla and eventually forcing him to retreat after the Anti-Nuclear Energy Bacteria took effect and weakened him. As Biollante broke back apart into energy spores to retreat, Miki could hear Erika's consciousness inside of the monster again, remarking that Biollante had said "thank you" to the onlooking humans.
In many of her portrayals in non-film media such as comics and video games, Biollante has often been depicted simply as a violent and aggressive monster, omitting the human aspect of her consciousness. The instruction manual for the video game Godzilla: Unleashed mentions that she seems to hold "special animosity" for Godzilla. In the comic series Godzilla: Cataclysm, Biollante is depicted as a more benevolent and intelligent being, actively trying to restore the greenness and beauty of the Earth after the planet was devastated by Godzilla and other monsters. She actively cooperated with Mothra, who shared the same goal for the planet. Even though Godzilla had tried to destroy her, Biollante ultimately played a key role in assisting him in his battle against Destoroyah, restraining him with her tendrils and allowing Godzilla to kill his enemy with his atomic breath.
Origins[edit | edit source]
Biollante is a Godzilla, rose, and human tribrid created by Genichiro Shiragami. Shiragami originally created a human-and-rose hybrid in 1984 by splicing the DNA of his daughter, Erika Shiragami, who was killed in a Bio-Major-authorized bombing of his lab in Saradia, with that of a rosebush. Then, in 1990, Mount Mihara began to erupt, creating an earthquake that killed several roses, making Shiragami panic and splice the Godzilla DNA that had been collected in 1984 with a single rose so that it could become invincible. The fusion eventually led to the rose becoming sentient and able to move on its own, and it continued to evolve into a giant monster.
In the IDW Publishing comic book series Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, Biollante is a creation of the Devonians, an aquatic alien race attempting to conquer the Earth using their army of kaiju. In the novel GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse, Biollante is hypothesized to be a related species to Godzilla, as both monsters are plant-based and possess similar regenerative abilities.
History[edit | edit source]
Flower Beast Form[edit | edit source]
Following the death of his beloved daughter Erika in a bombing conducted by Bio-Major at his laboratory in Saradia, geneticist Genichiro Shiragami spliced some of her cells into a rosebush, intending to keep her alive forever. Shiragami relocated to a smaller laboratory near Lake Ashi, where he kept the roses containing his daughter's cells in a terrarium outside the lab. In 1990, Shiragami called in young psychic Miki Saegusa to attempt to telepathically communicate with the roses, hoping that some faint trace of Erika's consciousness still existed within them. To Shiragami's dismay, Miki reported no signal from the roses. Shortly afterward, an earthquake struck the area, destroying the terrarium and killing most of the roses. Realizing that the last remnant of his daughter was soon to die, Shiragami took desperate measures. He volunteered to assist the JSDF in genetically engineering the Anti-Nuclear Energy Bacteria, a biological weapon derived from Godzilla's own cells, on the condition he could keep a sample of Godzilla cells in his laboratory. On a stormy night, Shiragami successfully spliced the Godzilla cells with the cells of a single surviving rose, hoping that the potent self-reproductive ability of Godzilla's cells would make the rose immortal. The rose survived, while its cell division accelerated rapidly, causing it to begin growing substantially in size.
Hoping to steal Shiragami's research on the ANEB, Bio-Major agents John Lee and Michael Low, along with Saradian agent SSS9 raided Shiragami's laboratory one night. While inside, they were attacked by the rose, which had been mutated into a sentient and mobile creature by the Godzilla cells. The rose strangled Low to death, while Lee and SSS9 were barely able to escape with their lives. The rose then broke out of the laboratory and took root in Lake Ashi. The next morning, Shiragami traveled to the lake to see the creature, which he named "Biollante." Miki Saegusa reported that she could sense a human spirit within the bizarre lifeform, calling out faintly. Shiragami realized that this spirit was none other than the consciousness of his daughter. Biollante began crying out, which attracted the attention of Godzilla, who had just been unleashed from his volcanic prison in Mount Mihara by a Bio-Major bomb. Godzilla reached Lake Ashi by nightfall, where he came face to face with Biollante. Shiragami suggested it was possible that Godzilla came all this way to see Biollante because he sensed they were made from the same cells. As Shiragami put it, they were more than just brother and sister, but the same creature, only with Godzilla being an animal, and Biollante a plant. As if panicking, Biollante attacked Godzilla with her vines, wrapping them around his arm and neck. Godzilla fought back, blasting Biollante with his atomic breath. Godzilla's atomic breath had an adverse effect on Biollante's cell division, causing her core to hemorrhage and her petals to fall off. Biollante tried to hold Godzilla at bay by building a wall with her vines, but Godzilla destroyed it with his atomic breath. Godzilla blasted Biollante with his atomic breath again, causing her to burst into flames. Rather than die, Biollante broke apart into glowing spores of energy and floated into the sky. Shiragami remarked that Biollante was truly immortal and incapable of dying after all. His enemy gone, Godzilla left the area and continued menacing Japan.
Plant Beast Form[edit | edit source]
Days later, while Godzilla was battling the JSDF near Wakasa Bay, Biollante's spores appeared in the sky and floated down to the ground. The ground then split open, as countless vines erupted from underground and Biollante appeared in her colossal Plant Beast Form. Biollante immediately attacked Godzilla, stabbing him with spear-tipped vines and sitting acidic sap at him. As their battle raged on, Godzilla charged headfirst at Biollante, who closed her mouth around his head, regurgitating corrosive sap onto it. Godzilla proceeded to fire a blast of his atomic breath directly into Biollante's mouth, which exploded out of the back of her head, critically wounding her. Biollante's onslaught had raised Godzilla's internal temperature to a point that the Anti-Nuclear Energy Bacteria in his system could divide, causing him to become severely weakened. Godzilla tried to retreat, but collapsed headfirst into the ocean. Rather than celebrate the ANEB's success, Shiragami simply remarked that Godzilla and Biollante weren't monsters, but scientists like him who created them were. Biollante then proceeded to break apart into energy spores once again and float up into the sky. As the spores floated away, Miki reported that she heard Biollante say "Thank you." Shiragami witnessed Erika's face appear among the spores just before he was shot and killed by SSS9. As Godzilla recovered and waded back out to sea, Biollante took the form of a gigantic rose floating above the Earth.
Biollante is mentioned and appears through stock footage in Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla, as she is discussed as a possible catalyst for SpaceGodzilla's creation. It is theorized that when Biollante ascended to space following her second battle with Godzilla, some of her cells entered a black hole and were exposed to energy from supernovas and merged with crystalline organisms, evolving rapidly into SpaceGodzilla. It is also suggested that Mothra may have carried the Godzilla cells to space, with neither theory being definitively proven.
Abilities[edit | edit source]
Tendrils[edit | edit source]
Biollante can constrict and grapple with an enemy with her many tendrils and mouthed vines, each of which are capable of spitting a highly corrosive sap that can blind an opponent. Some of her tendrils in her Plant Beast Form resemble spears and are capable of piercing through Godzilla's flesh relatively easily, with one even impaling Godzilla's hand.
Biollante can also use her tendrils for defensive purposes, as in her Flower Beast Form she used them to construct a wall to deflect Godzilla's atomic breath. In Kodansha’s Godzilla, King of the Monsters manga, Biollante could use her vines to construct a cage strong enough to trap Godzilla.
Energy spores[edit | edit source]
Biollante can break apart her entire body into golden energy particles, ascend into the atmosphere, and return, healing completely. She used this ability to survive both of her fights with Godzilla.
Acidic sap[edit | edit source]
In her Plant Beast Form, Biollante retains all previous abilities, though she does acquire an additional one, which is the ability to spit large quantities of radioactive corrosive sap from her large mouth (the radiation is clearly visible as orange energy spores within the sap stream). She combines diamonds inside of her head to create this sap.
Movement[edit | edit source]
Despite her plant-like body and rather grounded-looking appearance, Biollante is capable of moving across the ground rather quickly, using her four main tendrils like rudimentary feet to propel herself forwards.
Regeneration[edit | edit source]
Biollante also sports extremely enhanced regeneration capabilities, shown when she seemingly completely regenerated the back part of her head after it had been blown off by Godzilla's atomic ray (though this may just be a continuity error). According to Dr. Shiragami, Biollante is completely immortal and cannot die, due to both her regenerative capacity and ability to break apart into energy spores when wounded.
Biollante's regenerative capacity is further showcased in the comic series Godzilla: Cataclysm, when she is incinerated and reduced to a small chunk of plant matter by Godzilla's atomic breath. This chunk begins rapidly regenerating and growing, developing into a core and sprouting numerous vines and roses. Even while just a small regenerating core, Biollante maintains her ability to use her vines in combat, shown when she restrains Destoroyah and allows Godzilla to defeat him. Biollante's regenerative capacity seems to extend to other nearby plants as well in this comic, as she restores plant life in the devastated remains of Tokyo once she successfully becomes planted into the ground again.
Tunneling[edit | edit source]
Biollante can submerge her vines and tendrils and then have them rise up from the ground further away from her in a surprise attack. This ability is seen specifically in the video game Godzilla on the PlayStation 3 and 4, as well as in the IDW comic series Godzilla: Cataclysm.
In Godzilla: Unleashed, Biollante has the ability to submerge her entire body underground and tunnel around toward opponents.
Weaknesses[edit | edit source]
In Biollante's Flower Beast Form, her cellular division is abnormally affected by Godzilla's atomic ray, resulting negatively in heavy body damage. Direct blasts from the atomic breath inside of her also can prove catastrophic, as with her final battle against Godzilla when Godzilla fired his atomic breath into her mouth, causing it to explode out of the back of her head.
In the Kodansha Godzilla, King of The Monsters manga, Neo Biollante's vines are much stronger, but she requires a constant supply of water much like a real plant, supplied by a set of water tanks. Should these tanks be destroyed and the water supply interrupted, Biollante's vines will lower, allowing the opponent a chance to escape and begin a counterattack.
In GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse, Biollante was destroyed when the underground combat vehicle Moguera destroyed an organ in her root cavity, described as a "heart." After this organ was destroyed, Biollante immediately crumbled into dust.
Filmography[edit | edit source]
- Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989)
- Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991) [mentioned]
- Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994) [stock footage]
- Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) [toy]
- Godzilla Singular Point (TV 2021) [end credits]
- Godziban (Web 2019-) [episodes 44-47]
Video games[edit | edit source]
- Godzilla (1993) - Arcade
- Battle Baseball (1993) - Nintendo Famicom
- Super Godzilla (1993) - Super Nintendo Entertainment System / Super Famicom
- Godzilla: Battle Legends (1993) - NEC/Hudson Soft TurboDuo / PC Engine Duo
- Godzilla: Great Monster Battle (1994) - Nintendo Super Famicom
- Godzilla: Heart-Pounding Monster Island!! (1995) - Sega Pico
- Godzilla Movie Studio Tour (1995) - PC and Mac
- Godzilla: Trading Battle (1998) - Sony PlayStation
- Godzilla Generations (1998) - Sega Dreamcast
- Godzilla Generations: Maximum Impact (1998) - Sega Dreamcast
- Collect Godzilla: Giant Monster Assembly (1998) - Sega Dreamcast VMU
- Godzilla: Save the Earth (2004) - Microsoft Xbox and Sony PlayStation 2 [unavailable]
- Godzilla: Unleashed (2007) - Nintendo Wii
- Godzilla Unleashed: Double Smash (2007) - Nintendo DS
- Godzilla (2014) - Sony PlayStation 3 and 4
- Ace Combat Infinity (2014) - Sony PlayStation 3 [Tokyo Martial Law online mission]
- Godzilla: Kaiju Collection (2015) - Android and iOS
- CR True King of the Monsters Godzilla (2018) - Pachinko
- Godzilla Defense Force (2019) - Android and iOS
- Vivid Army (2020) - Browser
- Star Dragon Quest (2020) - iOS, Google Play, Android
- Godzilla Battle Line (2021) - Unspecified mobile platforms
Both of Biollante's forms are featured in Godzilla: Battle Legends, although neither is playable and both forms can only be fought in Single Player Mode. Biollante's Flower Beast Form is fought on the Lake Ashi stage. She is immobile and attacks with her tendrils when Godzilla gets close. As Godzilla attacks Biollante, the flower on her head will eventually bloom and she will begin attacking more aggressively, using more tendrils and extending their range. Her mouthed vines will also begin spitting balls of acid at the player. If Biollante catches Godzilla in her grip with one of her tendrils, she will strangle him and drain a large portion of his health. Eventually, once Biollante's health gets low enough, she will use her tendrils to erect a defensive barrier, which can be destroyed with Godzilla's attacks. After the wall is destroyed, Godzilla finishes off Biollante's health and she will dissipate into energy spores, clearing the stage.
Biollante's Plant Beast Form is one of the optional final bosses, requiring 500,000 points in order for the player to face her. This form is immobile as well, but is considerably larger and more powerful. Biollante fights similarly to her previous form, although her mouthed tendrils have greater range. She also now has the ability to spit damaging corrosive sap at Godzilla. In this form, Biollante can only be damaged by being hit in the mouth.
Biollante's Flower Beast Form battles Godzilla.
Biollante's Plant Beast Form is available as a playable character in Godzilla: Great Monster Battle, the sequel to Godzilla: Battle Legends, where she is completely overhauled from the previous game. Unlike in the previous game, she is now mobile. Biollante sports all of her standard abilities from her debut film, but is also able to fire bursts of energy from her tendrils. She can also block attacks by summoning a wall of vines from the ground.
An unobtainable, fully functional playable Biollante is present in the disc for Godzilla: Save the Earth. She has the same basic moveset as the version of Biollante featured in the following game, Godzilla: Unleashed. She was scrapped because of licensing issues. It is possible to hack the PS2 version of the game or use a PS2 emulator to access Biollante's files and play as her, as multiple individuals have already done.
Biollante appears in the Wii version of the 2007 game Godzilla: Unleashed. She is the biggest monster in the game, standing at a height of 130 meters, making this version taller than the movie version. Her size and vines give her a different fighting style. She cannot jump, instead she can 'stand' on her vines for a few seconds. Her heavy weight also prevents her from being picked up and thrown, and instead of being blown away by powerful attacks, she simply falls over. She has the slowest walk but makes up for it with her tunneling ability and charge. Her vines can fire from long distances while her giant mouth works well at close range, making her dangerous at any range. However despite high HP, her defense is weak and can be overwhelmed by offensive combos.
Height: 130 meters
Weight: 200,000 tons
"Biollante is a terrifying example of mankind's ability to unleash horrors upon the world. The result of anti-monster mutagen experiments gone horribly awry, Biollante is a patchwork mix of human, plant, and monster DNA. Biollante's sheer height and mass make her the largest known monster by a good margin, and if it were not for her limited mobility there is little doubt that she would have established herself already as Earth's most powerful monster. As a mutant, Biollante holds no special allegiance to any of her genetic kindred-though she does seem to harbor special animosity towards Godzilla. Biollante's quick-extending vines and corrosive poison spray make her a threat at range, while her massive jaws and incredible strength make her deadly up close."
Biollante also appears in the Nintendo DS game Godzilla Unleashed: Double Smash. She is the end boss of the Paris stage, being fought after Megaguirus. In this game, Biollante is shown as being as tall as the Eiffel Tower, which has a height of 324 meters at the tip.
Biollante appears in both the PlayStation 3 and 4 versions of Godzilla. She will appear in Area 17 at night during Stage 6. She attacks by using her vines as a melee weapons, and she will spit sap at Godzilla. As her life bar runs out, her abdomen-light will change color and blink. Occasionally, the Super X2 will arrive and enter battle with her. Like all other monsters, Biollante is playable in the PlayStation 4 version of the game.
Moveset[edit | edit source]
- Tap: Ivy Attack (2 hit attack)
- Two taps: Ivy Attack (4 hit attack)
- Tap: Ivy Whip
- Forward + Tap: Subterranean Ivy Attack (Front)
- Backward + Tap: Subterranean Ivy Attack (Area)
- Tap: Charge
- Forward + Tap: Bite
- Tap: Acid Sap
- Roar + Tap: Acid Sap Shower
- Tentacle Dance
Kaiju Guide[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Godzilla (2014 video game)/Kaiju Guide#Biollante.
Biollante in Godzilla: Save the Earth
Biollante in Godzilla Unleashed: Double Smash
Plant Beast Biollante in Godzilla: Kaiju Collection
Flower Beast Biollante in Godzilla: Kaiju Collection
Books[edit | edit source]
Biollante was a new species that appeared off the coast of Normandy in September of 2039. G-Force battled Biollante, which initially resembled a giant 80 meter-tall flower, when it arrived in Normandy as part of "Operation: Eternal Light." G-Force set Biollante ablaze using Markalite Cannons, however her incredible regenerative capacity allowed her to survive the attack, after which she shed her flower petals and developed a huge crocodile-like head. Biollante was finally defeated when the underground combat vehicle Moguera destroyed the "heart" in her root cavity. It was theorized that Biollante was somehow related to Godzilla, as both monsters were plant-based and possessed potent healing factors.[note 1]
Comics[edit | edit source]
- Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989)
- Godzilla 1990 (1990)
- The Godzilla Comic "Monster Warrior Godzilla" (1990)
- The Godzilla Comic Raids Again (1991)
- Godzilla, King of the Monsters Volume 1 (1992)
- Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #8 (2014)
- Godzilla: Cataclysm #1-5 (2014)
- Godzilla: Oblivion #4-5 (2016)
- GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters Episode #1 (2018)
- Godzilla: Monsters & Protectors #2-5 (2021)
In the fourth story in The Godzilla Comic, Monster Warrior Godzilla, Biollante is one of Godzilla's opponents. Godzilla is attacked by Biollante, but kills her by slicing her head off with a gigantic sword.
Biollante also appeared in the The Godzilla Comic Raids Again living in space debris. She attempted to stop the Xiliens in their Earth conquest by battling King Ghidorah. Biollante was even able to absorb the space dragon's energy via a gravity beam, and transform into a plant-like King Ghidorah clone. But, even with her new enhancements, Biollante was defeated.
Revived by the mad doctor Oniyama, the new 'Neo Biollante' required water to stay alive like a real plant, but was still very strong, and fought Godzilla to a standstill with the help of Megalon, trapping him in a cage made of her vines. After being attacked by Megalon repeatedly while trapped, Godzilla suffered a complete loss of all resolve, and stood perfectly still in a state of grievous injury. It took Hideo and Yosuke Kaneko destroying one of Neo Biollante's water tanks with a SUV for the plant monster to lower her cage. Eventually, Godzilla lifted her up and Megalon accidentally killed her with his lightning bolt. Neo Biollante's DNA was later incorporated into Oniyama's final and finest creation, King Godzilla, manifesting as her head when his chest was blown apart and regenerated to activate her DNA.
Biollante was referenced in issue #4 of Godzilla: Rulers of Earth when a rose in a glass container was visible in the Devonians' base. Biollante made her first actual appearance in the series in issue #8, where she was used as a trump card to break the truce between the Devonians and the Cryogs. Biollante then fought Godzilla in the Monster Islands, but Godzilla defeated the massive plant beast by causing a volcano on the island to erupt, burning her alive. Biollante's true fate was left unknown, as in issue #10 it was said that her spores had ascended into the atmosphere.
In the first issue, Biollante's vines were seen growing rapidly in the ruins of Tokyo. When a group of scavengers from a nearby village was attacked by a group of Kamacuras, Biollante appeared and savagely tore the giant mantises apart with her tendrils. Suddenly, she was hit by a blast of atomic breath and turned to face Godzilla in battle. Biollante attempted to strangle Godzilla with her tendrils and used them to bite deep into his flesh. Godzilla retaliated by blasting Biollante through the chest with his atomic breath. As the two surviving members of the party, Arata and Shiori, attempted to escape, they noticed that the plants covering the ruins of the city were burning. Suddenly, Mothra flew overhead and joined the battle. When Biollante began to regenerate herself, Godzilla noticed and proceeded to incinerate the plant monster with a blast of atomic breath and turned his attention back to Mothra. When Arata and Shiori returned to the village and report the situation to Arata's grandfather Hiroshi, he expressed dismay that Godzilla had seemingly destroyed Biollante, the monster he believed could make the Earth green again. However, Shiori had brought back a piece of Biollante, which subsequently regenerated into a rose and was still growing rapidly.
Shiori and Arata brought Hiroshi to the tent where Biollante was left, only to find the tent filled with roses and vines with mouths. Hiroshi feared that Godzilla would go to the village to hunt down and destroy Biollante because he did not want her to restore the Earth and allow humanity to prosper again. Hiroshi cut Biollante's core out of the mass of vines and took it out of the tent, only to see Megaguirus arrive with a swarm of Meganula. The Meganula fed on Biollante's vines and prepared to go after her core, but Mothra soon arrived to battle Megaguirus and her swarm. Hiroshi believed Mothra was protecting Biollante so that she could restore the Earth to what it was before the cataclysm.
Hiroshi, Arata, and Shiori carried the regenerating Biollante away once Godzilla arrived to do battle with Mothra. Once they reached the sea, however, Destoroyah rose from the deep. Destoroyah split apart into its aggregate forms and hunted down and killed the villagers one-by-one, managing to fatally wound Hiroshi. Biollante soon took root in the ground and spread her vines around the area. Godzilla arrived and battled Destoroyah, with the help of the badly wounded Mothra. Destoroyah killed Mothra, but Biollante wrapped her vines around him, making him helpless while Godzilla blasted his head off with his spiral red heat beam. As Godzilla returned to the sea, a rose bloomed on Biollante's core and her vines began to spread throughout the desolate city. One lone rose bloomed in the streets of Tokyo, symbolizing the hope for the world to be reborn.
In the fourth issue of Godzilla: Oblivion, Biollante emerged from an interdimensional portal alongside Mothra, Rodan, Anguirus, King Caesar and Zilla while Godzilla was battling Mecha-King Ghidorah. In the following issue, Biollante was seen with the other monsters, who were now joined by Hedorah, trying to fight Mecha-King Ghidorah, only to wander off and begin rampaging on her own. Later, after Mecha-King Ghidorah was defeated by Godzilla, all of the monsters were left behind as the humans left the Earth as it became covered by tiny robotic cells that served as interdimensional doorways.
Biollante in Godzilla: Oblivion
Biollante was one of the many kaiju that appeared in the 21st century to menace humanity, along with the likes of Dogora, Kamacuras, Rodan, Anguirus, and Baragon. However, all of these terrifying beasts paled in comparison to the kaiju known as Godzilla, who killed many of the other kaiju himself and eventually drove humanity from the Earth.
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- Main article: Biollante/Gallery.
Roar[edit | edit source]
Flower Beast Biollante's wailing cries are derived from the songs of Humpback whales.
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- With her Plant Beast form's weight of 200,000 metric tons, Biollante is the second-heaviest Toho monster to appear on film, only behind the flying form of SpaceGodzilla at 720,000 metric tons
- Biollante is not the tallest monster in the franchise either; the Heisei and MonsterVerse King Ghidorahs, Mecha-King Ghidorah, Godzilla Earth, Keizer Ghidorah, Bagan, and the Hanna-Barbera Godzilla are all taller than her, while the final form of Destoroyah, SpaceGodzilla, the Heisei Mechagodzilla, MOGUERA, the Millennium Gigan and Monster X are all the same height as her. At the time of her debut though, Biollante's 120-meter Plant Beast Form was the tallest Toho monster, as well as the first to exceed 100 meters.
- Biollante is the sole enemy monster in the Heisei series that is unable to fly in either her base form or final form; instead, she must transform into spores to do so.
- Biollante shares many similarities with SpaceGodzilla, suggesting that she is more likely responsible for SpaceGodzilla's creation than Mothra. These similarities include tusks on the sides of her mouth, rows of sharp teeth inside of her mouth, a screeching roar, and the ability to break apart into energy spores after being mortally wounded. In addition, the way SpaceGodzilla's neck leans forward is a mix between how Godzilla's neck is vertical and Biollante's is horizontal.
- Biollante is the first creature in the Godzilla film series to possess Godzilla's DNA.
- Biollante's Flower Beast Form was originally going to look more like a lily, with a gigantic tendril extending out of its center.
- In the Trendmasters' Godzilla toy line, Biollante is inaccurately said to be a male. In addition, Trendmasters' figure of Biollante possesses a pair of traditional walking legs rather than the four stubby root-like legs she possesses in the film.
- A monster similar to Biollante was meant to be part of the The Justirisers series.
- Biollante is the first female kaiju in the Godzilla series that isn't an insect.
- Before Godzilla: Rulers of Earth received its first extension, Chris Mowry planned to end the comic with Biollante acting as the final antagonist. Godzilla and the other Earth monsters would have been brought to Monster Island, only to discover that the island was actually Biollante, who would fight and be defeated by the other monsters. Once the comic was extended, Biollante was relegated to battling Godzilla in the Monster Islands in a single issue.
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- (GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse p. 204)
There's a theory positing that Biollante is an approximate species to Godzilla, given the fact that both monsters have plant-like body structures and regenerative abilities.
- It is never definitively proven that Biollante's cells rising to space was the cause for SpaceGodzilla's creation, as another hypothesis presented in the movie posits that SpaceGodzilla was born out of Mothra carrying Godzilla's cells into outer space.
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