When it first emerged from Mount Fuji, Mechagodzilla wore a pseudo-reptilian skin that allowed it to almost seamlessly resemble Godzilla. This disguise was damaged in battle with Anguirus, and eventually completely removed in battle with Godzilla himself. Mechagodzilla has frequently worn the Fake Godzilla disguise in non-film media such as video games and comics, while Fake Godzilla appeared as its own individual character in the 1997 television series Godzilla Island.
The "fake" in Fake Godzilla's Japanese name is sometimes spelled in either kanji (偽), katakana (ニセ), or hiragana (にせ) characters, though all of these spellings are pronounced "nise." In the English subtitles for Godzilla Island's YouTube release, Zagreth gives Fake Godzilla the nickname Faux-zilla.
In addition to the MegaroGoji suit used to portray Godzilla himself in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, Fake Godzilla was portrayed with a promotional Godzilla suit that looked noticeably different. Director of special effects Teruyoshi Nakano has stated that switching the suits used for Fake Godzilla between scenes was done intentionally, as was the difference between the two suits' faces. In his words, he wanted child audiences to remark "Hey, is that different?" Elaborating: "An imposter appears first, and at that point, the regular suit is used, but after that, the suit that appears is purposely different-looking." Additional footage of Godzilla and Fake Godzilla's confrontation and daytime footage of Fake Godzilla transforming into Mechagodzilla in Okinawa was filmed and included in the film's Japanese theatrical trailer, but does not appear anywhere in the film itself.
Additional footage of Godzilla and Fake Godzilla's confrontation exclusive to the Japanese theatrical trailer for Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
To create the effect of Mechagodzilla burning off the Fake Godzilla disguise, the upper half of the Mechagodzilla suit was covered in aluminum foil, with light being shined onto it to make the foil shimmer all at once. The fire effect which was superimposed over the shot was synthesized by cutting a steel plate in the shape of Mechagodzilla, covering it in alcohol-based explosives, and lighting it on fire.
In an early draft of Terror of Mechagodzilla, Mechagodzilla was to wear its Fake Godzilla disguise again when attacking Tokyo alongside Titan I and Titan II. While Fake Godzilla was not utilized in Terror of Mechagodzilla, the Fake Godzilla suit was repurposed to depict Godzilla wading out to sea at the end of the film.
Six years after Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla was released, an official replica of the MegaroGoji suit resembling the Fake Godzilla suit was constructed by Toho for publicity events surrounding Godzillla's 25th anniversary. This suit was later worn by Haruo Nakajima in a 1983 interview with the Japanese magazine Uchusen.
In Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, Fake Godzilla looks almost identical to the MegaroGoji suit. At first, Fake Godzilla was portrayed using the actual MegaroGoji suit, but after Anguirus exposes metal on its arm, it is portrayed using a separate promotional suit that has some differences from the MegaroGoji. This suit features a more pronounced nose, sharper pointed teeth, and sinister-looking eyes.
In Godzilla Island, Fake Godzilla is portrayed with another of the same figure used to portray Godzilla in the show. After it is exposed as a fake when Godzilla damages its disguise, Fake Godzilla has a metallic torso identical to that of the Showa Mechagodzilla visible underneath its skin. Stock footage of the 84Goji suit from The Return of Godzilla and the MosuGoji suit from Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster is also used to depict Fake Godzilla for some scenes.
In Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, Fake Godzilla was a disguise for the Mechagodzilla created by the Black Hole Planet 3 Aliens. In Godzilla Island, Fake Godzilla was a robotic impostor used by the Xiliens to frame the real Godzilla.
Fake Godzilla first emerged from the crater of Mount Fuji and descended its slopes, destroying an apartment building after it reached the mountain's foot. Anguirus soon after arrived and attacked Fake Godzilla, sensing he was not his friend. During his battle with Fake Godzilla, Anguirus tore off a piece of the impostor's skin, revealing metal underneath. After a brutal beatdown, Fake Godzilla broke Anguirus' jaw, sending him retreating back underground. Fake Godzilla was later confronted by the real Godzilla, having been alerted by Anguirus' call, later that night while attacking Tokyo. The two fought until Godzilla dealt enough damage to his impostor to expose more of the Space Titanium under his skin. The Black Hole Planet 3 Aliens controlling Fake Godzilla from afar then shed his disguise completely, revealing Mechagodzilla.
A pawn of the Xilien Zagreth, Fake Godzilla rampaged through Tokyo's Yurakucho district. Mistaking him for the real monster, G-Guard arrested the King of the Monsters, who lacked an alibi, for the attack. Placed in giant handcuffs, he went on trial and revealed that he had traveled to Matango Island on the night of the attack and consumed alcoholic mushrooms. During an attack on the island by Megalon and Battra, Godzilla escaped his cell and traveled to Tokyo to confront his mechanical imposter as it resumed destroying Tokyo. As Earth's government ordered Godzilla destroyed, Torema tried to talk down Fake Godzilla in the Panna Torte, again believing it to be the genuine article. When it shot her ship down, the real Godzilla caught it, then aimed atomic breath at Fake Godzilla, revealing its mechanical innards. Zagreth ordered her machine to kill the real Godzilla, but he shrugged off its ray and destroyed it with a second blast.
While he cannot utilize the majority of Mechagodzilla's concealed weaponry, in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla Fake Godzilla exhibits formidable physical strength. He is able to easily demolish a building in his path, and also quickly and brutally overpowers Anguirus in combat.
Fake Godzilla fires a yellow laser beam from his mouth meant to emulate Godzilla's atomic breath. This beam is able to destroy several buildings in a single strike, and is also shown to hurt Godzilla. Mechagodzilla does not reuse this attack after removing its disguise. In Godzilla Island, Fake Godzilla also possesses atomic breath, though it is blue like the real Godzilla's.
In Godzilla, King of the Monsters, Mechagodzilla III is able to use its finger missiles without shedding its Fake Godzilla disguise first; this not only gives away its identity, but leaves Fake Godzilla's hands intact.
In Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, Fake Godzilla is unable to utilize the majority of Mechagodzilla's arsenal of weapons due to its disguise. Its disguise is also easily damaged in battle with Anguirus and Godzilla, quickly exposing it as an impostor. In Godzilla Island, Fake Godzilla is easily destroyed by two blasts of Godzilla's atomic breath.
- Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)
- Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975) [stock footage]
- Godzilla Island (TV 1997) [episodes 16-17, 19-20, 72]
- Godzilla Final Wars (2004) [stock footage]
- Super Godzilla (1993) - Super Nintendo Entertainment System / Super Famicom
- Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1993) - Nintendo Game Boy
- Godzilla (1993) - arcade
- Godzilla (1993) - NEC PC-9801
- Godzilla: Archipelago Shock (1995) - Sega Saturn
- Godzilla Defense Force (2019) - Android and iOS
- Godzilla Battle Line (2021; added in 2023) - iOS, Android, and PC
As a unit, Mechagodzilla 1974 spawns on the battlefield in one of three Fake Godzilla guises: Godzilla 1989, 1999, 2004, or 2021. It uses the stats and attacks of the Godzilla unit in question until losing 20% of its health, at which point it removes its disguise.
- Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)
- The Godzilla Comic (1990)
- Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1992-1993)
- Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (Kodansha) (1993)
- Godzilla: Rulers of Earth (2014)
Fake Godzilla appears in the manga adaptation of Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, playing much the same role as it does in the film itself.
Fake Godzilla appears in a humorous comic strip in "Gojira-kun," one of the stories in The Godzilla Comic. This strip recreates Mechagodzilla's reveal from Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, only after shedding its Fake Godzilla disguise, Mechagodzilla immediately falls apart.
After Dr. Mad Oniyama finished rebuilding Mechagodzilla for the third time, he crafted a false skin over it which disguised it as Godzilla. Fake Godzilla attacked an oil refinery near Tokyo on Oniyama's orders, but its true colors were revealed after Yosuke Kaneko fired two Drill Missiles at it from his ASTOL-MB93, which provoked Mechagodzilla III into firing finger missiles directly through Fake Godzilla's hands. With the doppelganger's true identity now all but revealed, Yosuke continued to fire on the machine with the ASTOL-MB93's maser cannons, which broke several pieces of the disguise off Mechagodzilla III's shoulder and head, revealing metal underneath. Mechagodzilla III then shed the rest of the disguise to fully reveal itself.
Fake Godzilla firing its finger missiles after being provoked by Yosuke's ASTOL-MB93
Fake Godzilla appears in a simulation in the Kodansha Comics manga adaptation of Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II. The new Mechagodzilla faces Fake Godzilla in battle, but the imitation proves to put up an impressive fight. Eventually, Mechagodzilla tears off its head. Fake Godzilla's body stumbles forward before falling down and exploding, while beneath the shredded skin on the head, that of the "old-type Mechagodzilla" is revealed.
During a demonstration of Russian warmonger Dyachenko's new weapon to deal with giant monsters, Anguirus was awakened in the Arctic, where he came across Fake Godzilla. Curious, Anguirus approached the mysterious "scarecrow" until Dyachenko revealed the imposter's true identity - Mechagodzilla, which had been secretly built by the Cryog aliens in disguise. With its identity revealed, Mechagodzilla launched an all-out assault on Anguirus to continue the demonstration to a panel of world representatives.
- Main article: Fake Godzilla/Gallery.
In other languages
- During Fake Godzilla's appearance through stock footage at the beginning of Terror of Mechagodzilla, it is given Godzilla's normal roar rather than Mechagodzilla's.
- The Fake Godzilla in Godzilla: Rulers of Earth is modeled after a Godzilla figure produced by Bullmark in 1970.
- Though Fake Godzilla itself does not appear in the game, it is referenced in Godzilla on the PlayStation 4 in Mechagodzilla's battle intro, which features Mechagodzilla appearing on fire before it extinguishes to reveal Mechagodzilla, which is a reference to its Fake Godzilla skin being burned off in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla.
- Other monsters who disguised themselves as Godzilla include the Energy Beast in Hanna-Barbera's Godzilla animated TV series, the Chameleon in Godzilla: The Series, Dororin in Godzilla Island, and the Doppelgänger Demon in Godzilla in Hell.
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