Exif

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Exif
Exif
Leader Endurph
Pawns Gigan, Titanosaurus
Homeworld Exifcalus
Allies Humans, Bilusaludo
First Appearance Latest Appearance
GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters GODZILLA: The Planet Eater
People of Earth, we are the Exif. We are observers and predictors. We have come to tell you of your destiny. Your time of destruction is nigh. You must discover a path to devotion.
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Endurph introduces the Exif to mankind in 2035 (GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters)

The Exif (エクシフ,   Ekushifu) are a race of extraterrestrials that first appear in the 2017 Godzilla film, GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters. They are one of three member races of the United Earth, along with the Humans and Bilusaludo.

Name

This race's English name is given as "Exif" on the official website for GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters, which is a close approximation of their Japanese name, Ekushifu (エクシフ). However, the English-language press materials given to SciFi Japan by Toho use two different names for the race: Exiles and Xiliens.[1]

Design

The Exif look very similar to humans, but are considerably more pale and have white hair, patterned after mizura, a hairstyle popular among male nobles in ancient Japan. Exif have pointy ears positioned slightly higher than humans'.[2] The only two Exif depicted so far are male religious figures, and wear long white and purple robes. Exif possess longer lifespans than humans, and so Metphies has the appearance of a 25 year-old human despite being 50 years old, while Endurph looks like a 50 year-old human despite being 105 years old.

Culture

The Exif are a highly religious race. Following the loss of their home planet, they have wandered the universe, seeking out other planets in need and converting their inhabitants to their religion. They claim to have the altruistic goal to "save" other races through religious devotion, and this is what allegedly motivated them to visit Earth and join the United Earth with the Bilusaludo and the native humans. While the Exif primarily serve as clergy in the alliance, they have contributed their technology to the military efforts of the United Earth and several of their members, including Endurph and Metphies, serve as high-ranking military officials aboard the Aratrum's Central Committee. Using their Gematron calculation technology, the Exif help plot the course of the Aratrum and calculate probabilities for the success of certain tactics or actions. Officially, the Exif cardinal Endurph leads the race aboard the Aratrum, while his archbishop Metphies handles the day-to-day functions of their faith on his behalf.

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In reality however, the humanitarian and devoted appearance the Exif present is merely a facade for their true nature. The Exif are really religious fanatics who embrace a nihilistic philosophy. When they first made contact with the all-powerful extradimensional entity known as Ghidorah, the Exif embraced the belief that life was meaningless in the face of such incomprehensible beings, and willingly sacrificed their planet to Ghidorah. The Exif which survived accepted Ghidorah as their deity and found a new purpose in serving him, traveling the universe to convert the inhabitants of other worlds to their way of thinking before summoning Ghidorah to eat their planets and wipe out all of their life. The Exif are ruled by a Pope who heads their religion, while individual Exif missions to different planets work to appease Ghidorah on his behalf. Metphies carries the blood of the Pope and is actually a prince of the Exif, and is the true leader of the Exif mission on Earth. The Exif are able to communicate with Ghidorah using a device known as the Garbetrium, which allows for their use of Gematron calculation. Through Gematron calculation, Ghidorah helps the Exif to know the future and develop advanced technology. The Exif symbol, a seven-pointed star, represents the three heads, two wings, and two tails of Ghidorah.

Origins

The Exif hail from Exifcalus, the fourth satellite of the star BD+48 740 in the Perseus constellation.[2] 100,000 years ago, Exifcalus was destroyed by the monster Ghidorah, and the Exif have been wandering space as vagrants ever since. It is likely the Exif had visited Earth in humanity's ancient past, inspiring the many religions of the world, all of which were meant to imitate the Exif religion. It is proposed that many deities, holy figures, and prophets of human religions, including God, Jesus, Allah, and Buddha, all came from the Exif religion.[3] The Exif finally revealed themselves to mankind in 2035, when their spaceships appeared over New York. They claimed to have come to restore humanity's faith after losing faith in existing religion due to the emergence of Godzilla.

History

Post-Millennium Series

GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters

The Exif joined together with the Bilusaludo and Humans to form the United Earth, an organization whose goal was to fight back the monster overrunning the Earth. Unfortunately, the combination of the three races' resources was powerless to stop Godzilla, and so by 2048 the Exif helped the remnants of humanity flee the planet and emigrate to a new home in the Cetus constellation. When humanity's new home, Tau-e, proved uninhabitable, Exif religious figures Metphies and Endurph accompanied a United Earth force on a return expedition to Earth to reclaim it from Godzilla. Once they arrived, however, they discovered that 20,000 years had passed on Earth and it had become an alien ecosystem ruled by Godzilla.

Abilities

  • The Exif possess a future prediction technology known as Gematron (ゲマトロン,   Gematoron), based on their own mathematical system. Another name for Gematron is Gematria, which is the name of the alphanumeric code used in ancient Hebrew culture. It is possible this is because the Hebrew Gematria was adopted from the Exif system when the Exif visited Earth in the ancient past.[4] Gematron is associated with a sacred oracle instrument possessed by the Exif known as Garbetrium (ガルビトリウム,   Garubitoriumu), which allows the Exif to receive messages from their God. Gematron calculation can be applied to subspace navigation,[5] ecological classification of monsters, detection of enemies,[4] and the selection of individuals for the Extraterrestrial Emigration Plan.[3]
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  • At least some members of the Exif, including Metphies and Endurph, are telepathic and can communicate with each other in this way. Their telepathy is so advanced that the Houtua cannot detect it, and they are able to simultaneously block the Houtua from reading their minds while secretly reading the minds of the Houtua.

Gallery

Production

GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters

Screenshots

GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters

GODZILLA: City on the Edge of Battle

Trivia

  • The Exif are named after and inspired by the Xiliens.[2]

External Links

References

This is a list of references for Exif. 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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Chainsaw Gigan

11 months ago
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Why do I think they were inspired my the belief details of "Nordic Aliens"?
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Titanollante

15 months ago
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I hate the barely-visible transparency in these logos.