Clover

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Paramount Pictures Monster
Clover in Cloverfield
Clover
Alternate Names LSA, Cloverfield, Cloverfield Monster, Hakaisha, Slusho
Species Juvenile[1] Deep Sea Monster[2][3]
Height ~240-300 feet[2][note 1]
Length ~1,200 feet[2]
Weight ~5,806.04 metric tons[2]
Width ~740 feet (Arms fully outstretched)[2]
Other Stats Head Height: ~45 feet,[2]
Head Depth: ~50 feet,[2]
Mouth Width: ~15 feet,[2]
Mouth Height: ~35 feet,[2]
Largest Tooth Length: ~5 feet,[2]
Foot Length: ~35-40 feet[2]
Relations Clover's Parasites
Enemies U.S. Armed Forces
Created by J.J. Abrams, Neville Page
Portrayed CGI
First Appearance Latest Appearance
Cloverfield The Cloverfield Paradox
Roar(s)
2008:
2018:
More Roars

Clover is a kaiju created by Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot that first appeared in the 2008 film, Cloverfield.

Name

The monster does not possess an official consistent name, however members of the film's crew, including Neville Page himself on concept art for the creature, and many fans have taken to calling it Clover, a shortening of the film's title, Cloverfield. In the film, the creature is designated by the United States Department of Defense as LSA, which stands for Large Scale Aggressor. In Japan, the creature is sometimes referred to as Hakaisha (ハカイシャ?), which comes from the Japanese word for "destroyer" (破壊者,   Hakaisha?) and appears in the film's Japanese title, Cloverfield/HAKAISHA.

Design

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The monster is an approximately 240 to 300 foot tall[2] quadruped which possesses a long, fork-finned tail. The uppermost triple-jointed limb pair are longer than the other two, ending in a multi-fingered hand which can bend backward so that the creature can walk on its knuckles. The double-jointed, squat legs are powerful enough to support the creature’s mass, and yet still allow it to move quickly for an organism of its size. Each of its feet are 30-40 feet in length, roughly the size of a city transit bus.[2] The creature is covered in grey skin that exhibits a white pallor. Tucked between the monster's legs are two "external esophagi," which end in tooth-like projections. The esophagi are used to eat creatures much smaller than itself (such as Humans). In the Cloverfield/KISHIN manga, the monster's external esophagi are shown, and long, thinner tubes wrap around victims to bring them in. Its head has sharp, bony features and two eyes with pupils large enough to almost obscure their requisite sclera from view. There are a set of membranous sacks on either side of the head behind the eyes, which inflate and recede back into the head, perhaps in time with its respiration.

Origins

In Cloverfield, the monster's origins are left ambiguous, although several theories are provided. Hudson Platt speculates that the monster could either be of extraterrestrial descent, or an earthly creature which lay dormant deep underwater, comparing it to the Coelacanth which was presumed extinct for over 80 million years before it was rediscovered in the 20th century.[2] Preliminary details from the attack on Tagruato's Chuai drilling platform indicate that Clover may have been originally discovered in the Atlantic Ocean, and other theories suggest that the parasites which Clover collected on its body may have provoked it into its emergence from the water.[2] The online ARG which was created to market Cloverfield in the months leading up to its release reveals, through several hints, that the monster is indeed a deep sea creature which was awoken by submarines,[3] and special features from the Blu-ray release of the film further reveal that the creature is a juvenile.[1]

In The Cloverfield Paradox, Professor Mark Stambler theorizes that a successful test of the Shepard particle accelerator could unleash creatures from other dimensions on Earth. This is seemingly corroborated by the appearance of Clover, or another member of its species, at the end of the film.

History

Cloverfield

Clover in Cloverfield
Clover suddenly appeared out of the sea and came ashore in Manhattan, rampaging through the city and causing major devastation. The military attempted to battle the monster, but its weapons were ineffective and only enraged the creature further. After numerous unsuccessful attempts to kill Clover, the military ordered a last-resort nuclear airstrike on the city codenamed the "Hammerdown Protocol." It was unclear whether the attack was successful in killing the monster.


The Cloverfield Paradox

Several monsters were inadvertently transported to an alternate Earth by the Shepard Particle Accelerator and began to wreak havoc across the globe. Clover, or another member of its species, appeared as the escape pod containing astronauts Hamilton and Schmidt fell to Earth. Its head and upper body erupted through a patch of clouds, as it lets out several loud roars.


Abilities

Physical Abilities

Clover possesses immense physical strength, able to wipe out several landmarks with ease, including ripping the head of the Statue of Liberty off and throwing it like a baseball. Clover's tail was shown to be strong enough to decimate the Brooklyn Bridge, which was later forced to be fortified to withstand 49,200 tons of pressure, suggesting that his tail exerts forces far greater.[2] At one point, Clover manages to achieve a leaping height of approximately 560 feet.[2]

Durability

Clover seems to be virtually invulnerable to conventional weaponry, withstanding shells from M1 tanks, AT-4 rockets, F-18 Hornets, a bombing run from a B-2 Spirit, and other high-powered ordnance. The creature was, however, possibly defeated by a last resort airstrike which leveled much of New York, codenamed the Hammerdown Protocol.

In Cloverfield/KISHIN, Clover lost its left eye to a direct hit from an anti-tank rocket, but was otherwise unaffected by the JSDF's weapons.

Comics

Cloverfield/KISHIN

Clover surfaces and attacks a Tagruato ship near Japan and then heads into Tokyo, causing widespread destruction. The monster was searching for an electromagnetic wave-emitting pod—dubbed the "Remnant of God" by the Repose of the Earth religious cult which worshiped and expected the monster's arrival—that had been taken to be studied by the company Tagruato. The pod had been secretly harbored inside the body of the high school student Kishin Aiba, whose father, a scientist who formerly worked for Tagruato, had determined it was impossible to remove from without causing his death. Following both the revelation to Kishin that his mother had been a member of the cult (which had kidnapped and tried to kill him for the pod moments ago before being rescued by his father) and had used him as a vessel to carry the pod, and Mr. Aiba blowing himself up in his son's vicinity in attempt to kill both of them to "save the world" from the power of the pod, Kishin had an emotional breakdown and became able to control Clover and its parasites. After mounting the monster and going to the school, he tried to kill his bullies, but was ultimately snapped out of it by his classmate Aiko Sasahara. Subsequently, both the parasites and Clover were out of his control.

After using himself as a decoy to allow his classmates to escape, Kishin encountered Clover again. He sacrificed himself to the monster, who extracted the pod inside his body and experienced Kishin's emotions and memories. Clover regains awareness after his left eye is damaged, and returns to the sea, where it begins undergoing a grotesque transformation. Kishin appears in the surface of the ocean afterward, where he's rescued and reunites with his classmates.

Gallery

Main article: Clover/Gallery.

Roar

Clover's roars

In Other Languages

  • Japanese: クローバー (Kurōbā)

Trivia

  • J.J. Abrams stated that Clover was killed by the Hammerdown Protocol in a 2008 Rolling Stone interview.[4] However, he later stated that the monster seen at the end of The Cloverfield Paradox was "the same creature" from Cloverfield.[5] Whether he meant it was the exact same individual or another member of the same species is unclear.
  • Clover's skull makes a brief appearance in Pacific Rim Uprising, during the scene where Hermann Gottlieb examines PPDC records in search of a match for the image Mako Mori transmitted.

Notes

  1. While a notation in the 'Investigation Mode' special feature on the Cloverfield Blu-ray states Clover's height to be estimated somewhere between 240 and 300 feet in his quadruped pose, he is referred to as both "a 30 story monster" (about 300 feet) and "a gigantic, 350 foot monster" during the 'I Saw It! It's Alive! It's Huge!' special feature.

References

This is a list of references for Clover. 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]

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Itsfazbear7777

one month ago
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also wasn't cloverfield fast? isn't he/she faster then kamata-kun but just slower then Godzilla (1998) ? isn't he/she one of the weakest kaiju's (just stronger then zilla (final wars)) will JJ abrams ever make another Cloverfield movie like the original mix with something like.... gojira. if someone can awnser these ill be so happy
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Itsfazbear7777

one month ago
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J J said that the original got killed... then somehow its back as a adult.... I wonder if there was a alternative ending and clover survive.... HMMM
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Astounding Beyond Belief

one month ago
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They were plenty of alternate endings on the Cloverfield DVD/Blu-ray, none of which provided any clarity on the matter. All we have is Abrams' word, which he changed after The Cloverfield Paradox came out.
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Itsfazbear7777

one month ago
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ok... I get it... thanks :P
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SkullIsland

one month ago
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According to this, the 2018 monster is the same creature from the 2008 movie.

http://www.s...-first-movie
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Godzillaandcloverfield

2 months ago
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For one, I agree with you on that part of the none involvement that J.J Abrams had in the manga. But there could be even more clovers in this universe than the two we just have seen so far.If you pay attention in the scene of the destroyed city skyline you can make out a shadow moving among the flames in The cloverfield Paradox.In the movie you also realize at the end that there are MANY, and i mean MANY more monsters on the earth.
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Les

2 months ago
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Well, yes. Michael clearly says "those things," in reference to the destruction of Earth. There are strong connotations that there are multiple on Earth, including the scene you mentioned, where a silhouette of the monster can be seen moving away from the site of the ravaged hospital. But, that still doesn't mean the manga adaptation has anything to do with this.

Also, from now on, please use the "Reply" button below comments to reply to them, rather than posting an entirely new comment above it.
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Godzillaandcloverfield

2 months ago
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agreed.
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Godzillaandcloverfield

2 months ago
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I agree with you on that. But this one COULD possibly be another one of the clover eggs at the end of the manga made by JJ Abrams.

Maybe this one stayed dormant until the original monster died?
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Les

2 months ago
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Well, for one thing, J.J. Abrams had nothing to do with the manga. But also, I highly doubt that the manga shares any continuity with the films themselves. Most if not all manga for monster films are just adaptations, rather than prequels or continuations. It is highly probable that the appearance of the second Clover is directly related to the particle accelerator tests.
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SkullIsland

2 months ago
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The 2018 monster definitely looks bigger than the 2008 monster.
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Les

2 months ago
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SPOILERS

Yeah, and there may even be multiple. At the end of the film, Michael says "those things" when referring to Earth and what is on it, just before Clover appears. Not to mention, you can very clearly make out a silhouette of Clover already on Earth during the scene where Michael finds Molly and the ravaged hospital.
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Magara M&E

17 months ago
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I never knew there was a manga
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Monintoho

7 months ago
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I never new there was a comic
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Toolen

6 months ago
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Yeah, it’s kind of a prequel, but more of a spin-off. It delves more into the origins and biology of the monster, and revolves around two teenagers. It’s connected to some of the events mentioned in the viral marketing campaign for the film.