Fake Godzilla

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Toho Company, Limited Mecha
Fake Godzilla in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
Fake Godzilla
Alternate Names Godzilla, Mechagodzilla
Species Disguised Mechagodzilla,GvMG
Robotic Godzilla ImpostorGI[1]
Height 50 meters[2]
Weight 40,000 metric tons[2]
Forms Mechagodzilla
Controlled by Black Hole Planet 3 AliensGvMG, XiliensGI, CryogsGRoE
Relations Godzilla (Counterpart),
Black Hole Planet 3 Aliens (Creators)GvMG
Enemies Anguirus, Godzilla
Created by Jun Fukuda, Tomoyuki Tanaka
First Appearance Latest Appearance
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla Godzilla Island
Roar(s)
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Fake Godzilla (にせゴジラ,   Nise Gojira) is a robotic Godzilla impostor created by Toho that first appeared in the 1974 Godzilla film, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla.

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.[1]

Name

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."

Design

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 second suit that has some differences from the MegaroGoji. This suit features a more pronounced nose, sharper pointed teeth, and sinister-looking eyes.

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. He wanted kids to go "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."[3]

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.

Origins

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.

History

Showa Series

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla

Fake Godzilla first appeared at Mount Fuji and attacked a nearby apartment building. Anguirus soon arrived and attacked Fake Godzilla, realizing he was a fake. He battled Fake Godzilla, and tore off a piece of his skin, revealing metal underneath. Fake Godzilla broke Anguirus' jaw, sending him retreating back underground. He was attacked by real Godzilla later that night while attacking Tokyo, and they fought until Fake Godzilla was revealed to be an impostor. Fake Godzilla was a robot Godzilla in disguise.


Godzilla Island

Fake Godzilla in Godzilla Island
Fake Godzilla appeared in the third story arc of Godzilla Island. Fake Godzilla is being controlled by Zaguresu and went on a rampage across Japan. Believed to be the real Godzilla, he was put in a cave in handcuffs. The cave was blocked by metal bars, almost like he was in jail.

Megalon and Battra flew to Godzilla Island and attacked. They were eventually driven off by Rodan, Mothra, Mechagodzilla and Moguera after a quick fight, but this distraction allowed Fake Godzilla to escape. He rampaged through Japan again. Still thinking he was the real Godzilla, Besuke Jinguji warned that if Fake Godzilla didn't stop, he would have to be destroyed. Torema flew to Japan and pleaded for Fake Godzilla to stop, but was shot down. However, the ship was grabbed. The real Godzilla had come. He blasted Fake Godzilla, burning off some of the rubber skin and revealing metal inside, proving he was a fake. Godzilla fought and easily destroyed the copy-cat. Zaguresu then revealed she had tried to frame Godzilla.

In episode 72, Fake Godzilla appeared in a flashback as Torema, Lucas, and Besuke Jinguji recalled Godzilla's many battles.

Abilities

Fake Godzilla fires its yellow laser beam in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla.

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 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. In Godzilla Island, Fake Godzilla also possesses atomic breath, though it is blue like the real Godzilla's.

Weaknesses

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.

Filmography

Video Games

Super Godzilla

Fake Godzilla appears in the U.S. version of Super Godzilla as its weakest enemy, only needing one hit to be defeated. Once hit, it becomes Mechagodzilla, the true boss of the stage.

Comics

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (Manga)

Fake Godzilla appears in the manga adaptation of the 1974 Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla.

The Godzilla Comic

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.

Godzilla, King of the Monsters

After Doctor Oniyama finished rebuilding Mechagodzilla for the third time, he crafted a false skin over it which disguised it as Godzilla. Fake Godzilla attacked Tokyo on Oniyama's orders, but its true colors were revealed after Yosuke Hideo shot away several areas of the robot's skin with his ASTOL-MB93.

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (Manga)

Fake Godzilla appears in a simulation in the Kodansha Comics manga adaptation of Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II. The new Mechagodzilla seemingly destroys its head after a battle with it, but it's soon revealed to be the "old-type Mechagodzilla."

Godzilla: Rulers of Earth

Fake Godzilla makes an appearance in issue 13 of Godzilla: Rulers of Earth as a Godzilla disguise used by a Mechagodzilla built by the Cryog aliens. The Fake Godzilla lures Anguirus to the arctic, where it sheds its disguise and reveals itself as Mechagodzilla and attacks Anguirus.


Gallery

Main article: Fake Godzilla/Gallery.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Flagicon Russia.png Russian Лже-Годзилла False-Godzilla
Flagicon Serbia.png Serbian Лaжнa-Годзила / Lažna-Godzila Fake-Godzilla

Trivia

  • In an earlier version of Terror of Mechagodzilla, Mechagodzilla was meant to attack Tokyo with his Fake Godzilla disguise alongside Titan I and Titan II.[4]
  • The Fake Godzilla suit was later used to portray Godzilla wading out to sea at the end of Terror of Mechagodzilla.[5]
  • 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.[6]
  • 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 exo-skin being burned off in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla.
  • The Japanese trailer for Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla includes three unused shots of Fake Godzilla, including a daytime transformation into Mechagodzilla.[7]

Video

Wikizilla: YouTube Kaiju Profile: Fake Godzilla

References

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