El Gusano Gigante
El Gusano Gigante's name means "the giant worm" in Spanish. The "gigante" in its name is sometimes omitted, and it is only referred to as El Gusano, which simply means "the worm." The version of El Gusano that first appears in "Monster Wars: Part 1" is referred to as Regenerated El Gusano (再生エル・グサノ in the Japanese book Saisei Eru Gusano)Godzilla 1954-1999 Super Complete Works.
While it is far deviated from the source material and contradicts El Gusano Gigante's Mexican beginnings, the 2000 video game based on the series, Godzilla: The Series - Monster Wars gave it the origin of having fed on plants that were used in the development of chemical weapons as a regular animal, which mutated it into its monstrous form.
El Gusano Gigante fed off a rare poisonous plant in Mexico which enabled it to grow to incomprehensible worm proportions. It proceeded to ravage the local farmland. It was then chased by H.E.A.T., and eventually the Mexican Military decided to use a chemical weapon against it. The weapon had the opposite effect of what was desired, as it powered up El Gusano Gigante even further. El Gusano was later lured onto a cliff where the humans discovered its weakness to fire. In its weakened state, El Gusano Gigante was subjected to a sustained blast of Godzilla's atomic ray, and shrank to normal size.
On discovering Godzilla on the island, El Gusano, King Cobra, Queen Bee, and a Mutant Rat all ganged up on him and prepared to fight before the Leviathan Aliens halted the imminent conflict and all Monsters were sent into the world's major cities to cause destruction. El Gusano Gigante was sent to Moscow.
El Gusano Gigante continued its rampage until H.E.A.T. deactivated the Leviathan Alien control beacon. At that point it began to attack Leviathan Alien vessels until it was incapacitated by their forces. It was then taken to Isle Del Diablo, to become a part of a Mutation Research Facility.
- El Gusano Gigante is an excellent burrower.
- El Gusano Gigante can emit fire or toxin blasts from its mouth.
- El Gusano Gigante can create large shockwaves by slamming its head into the ground in Godzilla: The Series - Monster Wars.
- Godzilla: The Series - Monster Wars (2000) - Nintendo Game Boy Color
After eating plants commonly used in chemical weapons, a simple worm became El Gusano Gigante, and terrorized the people in a dry region of Nigeria before the government called H.E.A.T. to take care of him. When Godzilla arrived to defeat him. El Gusano fought back against him with blasts of fire and by slamming its head on the ground to create shockwaves, but the worm was ultimately incapacitated by the offending monster and his fire balls.
- Main article: El Gusano Gigante/Gallery.
In other languages
- El Gusano Gigante is the one and only kaiju in the entire Godzilla franchise whose name is in Spanish.
- El Gusano Gigante bears remarkable similarity to the Citheronia regalis caterpillar, more commonly referred to as the Horned Hickory Devil.
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