El Gusano Gigante

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El Gusano Gigante
El Gusano Gigante in Godzilla: The Series
Powered up El Gusano Gigante in Godzilla: The Series
Heat-shrunken El Gusano Gigante in Godzilla: The Series
Alternate names Gusano, El Gusano
Species Irradiated Mexican worm
Length 400 meters[1]
Forms Powered-Up, Heat-Shrunken, Regenerated El Gusano
Allies Crustaceous Rex*, Cryptocledius*, Godzilla*, Giant Bat*, Giant Mutant Queen Bee*, Huge Mutant Rat*, Cyber Godzilla*, King Cobra*
Enemies Godzilla, H.E.A.T., Military
Designed by Fil Barlow
First appearance Latest appearance
Godzilla: The Series
episode 3, "D.O.A."
Godzilla: The Series
episode 14, "Monster Wars: Part 3"

El Gusano Gigante is a giant annelid monster created by TriStar Pictures that first appears in episode 3 of Godzilla: The Series, entitled "D.O.A.."

Name[edit | edit source]

El Gusano Gigante's name means "the giant worm" in Spanish. The "Gigante" in its name is sometimes omitted, and it is thus 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,   Saisei Eru Gusano) in the Japanese book Godzilla 1954-1999 Super Complete Works.[2]

Design[edit | edit source]

El Gusano Gigante has a bulky blue body with a tan underside with two rows of spikes running down its back. El Gusano Gigante has twelve legs with three claws on each leg. El Gusano Gigante's head features six orange eyes and four antennae on the top of its head, along with a mouth filled with sharp teeth and a spiked tongue. El Gusano Gigante has four spikes in the middle of its tail. El Gusano Gigante's tail ends with club tail with four spikes.

In its Powered-Up form, El Gusano Gigante is larger along with its claws becoming bigger and sharper. El Gusano Gigante now has two rows of bumpy triangular spikes running down its back along with the larger spikes becoming sharper. El Gusano Gigante has three claws on eight of its twelve legs and one claw on its other four legs. El Gusano Gigante's antennae also look more like its back spikes in its second form, along with its skin becoming more rough and its eyes getting bigger. The spikes on El Gusano Gigante's tail are bigger along with the spikes on its clubbed tail. El Gusano Gigante's teeth also become more needle-like.

In its Heat-Shrunken form, El Gusano Gigante is severly shriveled up to the point it is smaller than Godzilla's foot. The two rows of bumpy triangular spikes and larger spikes are much smaller. El Gusano Gigante's antennae still look like its back spikes. The spikes on El Gusano Gigante's tail and club are also smaller. El Gusano Gigante has three claws on six of its twelve legs and one claw on its other six legs. El Gusano Gigante's teeth are still needle-like but its mouth has decreased in size with only four teeth being visible.

Origin[edit | edit source]

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.

History[edit | edit source]

Godzilla: The Series[edit | edit source]

"D.O.A."[edit | edit source]

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 Gigante 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 down to normal size.

"Monster Wars: Part 1"[edit | edit source]

The regenerated El Gusano Gigante was called from wherever it had been to the Leviathan Aliens' Site Omega, where they began to put into effect their plan to use the monsters to dominate Earth.

"Monster Wars: Part 2"[edit | edit source]

On discovering Godzilla on the island, El Gusano Gigante, the King Cobra, the Giant Mutant Queen Bee, and the Huge Mutant Rat all ganged up on him and prepared to fight before the Leviathan Aliens halted the imminent conflict and all the monsters were sent into the world's major cities to cause destruction. El Gusano Gigante was sent to Moscow.

"Monster Wars: Part 3"[edit | edit source]

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.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Burrowing[edit | edit source]

El Gusano Gigante is an excellent burrower.

Fire/toxin blasts[edit | edit source]

El Gusano Gigante can emit fire or toxin blasts from its mouth.

Shockwaves[edit | edit source]

El Gusano Gigante can create large shockwaves by slamming its head into the ground in Godzilla: The Series - Monster Wars.

Symbiosis[edit | edit source]

El Gusano Gigante has a symbiotic relationship with the flowers it feeds on. Since the chemical weapon that was used on it was made from the flowers it fed on, instead of killing it, the bio-weapon powered it up.

Weaknesses[edit | edit source]

Due to El Gusano Gigante being a worm, heat can weaken the monster. El Gusano Gigante was left in a severely shriveled-up state after Godzilla kept blasting the monster with his atomic breath.

Video games[edit | edit source]

Godzilla: The Series - Monster Wars[edit | edit source]

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 Gigante 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.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Main article: El Gusano Gigante/Gallery.

In other languages[edit | edit source]

Language Name Meaning
Flagicon Japan.png Japanese エル・グサノ Eru Gusano El Gusano
Flagicon Russia.png Russian Эль Гюсано El' Gyusano El Gusano

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • 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.

References[edit | edit source]

This is a list of references for El Gusano Gigante. 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. Randy Hernandez, GTS: Monster Wars level 1 "...a 400 meter long worm has been sighted"
  2. Godzilla 1954-1999 Super Complete Works. Shogakukan. 1 January 2000. pp. 64–66. ISBN 978-4091014702.


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