That Gabara has lost again. Go home, Gabara, you are a loser!
A malicious bully of a monster, Gabara existed within the dreams of Ichiro Miki in All Monsters Attack, as a representation of Ichiro's real-life bully also nicknamed "Gabara." Gabara liked to bully Minilla, who was too small and weak to fight back and couldn't rely on his father for assistance. Ichiro befriended Minilla and helped him to defeat Gabara using an elaborate trap. Gabara retaliated by attacking Godzilla himself, who promptly beat Gabara into submission. Gabara also made an appearance in Toho's 1970's tokusatsu shows Go! Godman and Go! Greenman, where he fought against the titular heroes.
Name[edit | edit source]
Originally, Gabara was to be called Gebara (ゲバラ, Gebara) but Toho decided to change his name to Gabara in order to avoid confusion with the American biopic film Che!, which was released in Japan as Guevara! (ゲバラ! earlier in Gebara!)1969. The monster's original name "Gebara" can be seen on some early concept art. In the "GODZILLA OFFICIAL by TOHO" YouTube channel's upload of the All Monsters Attack trailer, Gabara's name is misspelled in the film's Japanese title as "Bakara" (バカラ).
Development[edit | edit source]
In the very earliest stages of conceiving a villain monster for All Monsters Attack, Toho considered a monster based on the mole cricket, a motif which was also considered for what ultimately became the Meganulon from Rodan. The giant mole cricket concept was given the name "Gebara," but was discarded as the filmmakers decided to go in a different direction and make the new kaiju a mutated toad instead. However, the mole cricket concept for Gebara was revived for the story Godzilla vs. the Space Monsters: Earth Defense Directive as a motif for the new kaiju Megalon. While this project became Godzilla vs. Gigan, Toho went on to feature the insectoid kaiju Megalon in the following film, though his final design was based more on rhinoceros beetles and cicadas than mole crickets. The initial design for the toad-inspired Gabara was handled by Teizo Toshimitsu, who drew the concept at actual size in order to aid in the eventual modeling of the suit. The concept was later re-drawn by art assistant Hiroshi Komura, refining the facial expression and touches to the chest and abdomen.
Initial concept art for Gabara by Teizo Toshimitsu. Note the early proposed name "Gebara" in the top right
For Gabara's suit, the head was modeled by Teizo Toshimitsu, purportedly modified from that of a prior Godzilla suit. All Monsters Attack would be the last Godzilla project Toshimitsu would work on. Because Toshimitsu worked on the suits of both Gabara and King Ghidorah, there are similarities between the horns modeled on the top of their heads. Gabara's body was handled by the Yagi brothers Kanju and Yasuei, and its form is said to take the overall shape of a tailless Godzilla. Keizo Murase also acted as an assistant modeler for Gabara.
Ishiro Honda tends to the in-progress Gabara suit
The Gabara suit was reused for the monster's appearances in the tokusatsu series Go! Godman and Go! Greenman. While the suit had begun to deteriorate in Godman, it underwent minor repairs and aesthetic touch-ups for its role in Greenman.
Design[edit | edit source]
The audio commentary for Classic Media's 2008 DVD release of All Monsters Attack humorously compares Gabara to a bipedal cat with car engine problems. Although he is said to be based on a toad, Gabara is very similar to - and more than likely partially based on - the Oni of Japanese mythology and folklore. His costume design is very reminiscent of these demonic ogre or troll-like beings, further mixing the turquoise scales of a reptile with orange, cat-like fur and distinctly-mammalian facial features. He also has three horns on his head, again much like the Oni, whose horns varied between one-to-three on average. Gabara's ability to electrocute things on contact is possibly a reference to Oni lore, as they too were sometimes associated with the natural forces of lighting and thunder.
In Go! Godman, Gabara's skin tone is changed to a dark, greenish-blue color, and he lacks his trademark ginger hair. Due to mild deterioration of the suit's face, his eyes appear to take on a more confused or surprised expression. This damage was repaired in time for the show's followup, Go! Greenman. In this show, Gabara's skin is now a lighter shade of green, and the plates on his torso are almost gold in color.
Origins[edit | edit source]
In All Monsters Attack, Gabara exists only within the dreams of protagonist Ichiro Miki. In the context of Ichiro's dreams, Gabara is a toad that was mutated by nuclear explosions into a giant bipedal ogre-like monster.
In Go! Godman, Gabara is a mutated bullfrog. In its follow-up series, Go! Greenman, Gabara is created by Tonchiki and placed inside of a toy of Red King, and reveals himself when a group of children play with the figure.
History[edit | edit source]
Gabara was a resident of Ichiro Miki's imaginary Monster Island, and a constant tormentor to the much smaller Minilla, inspired by Ichiro's own real-life problems with bullies around his neighborhood. After receiving combat training from his father Godzilla, and extra assistance from the human protagonist, Minilla successfully beat Gabara by luring him onto a giant teeter-totter contraption, which launched Gabara high into the air after Minilla grew to full size and jumped on it. Just as Godzilla arrived to congratulate his son, Gabara retaliated and bit Godzilla, who proceeded to unleash his full fury against Gabara. Godzilla beat Gabara senseless and then threw him over his shoulder, sending Gabara running away in defeat.
Gabara was a mutated bullfrog, and did battle with the hero Godman. After the two had a long scuffle, Gabara was able to pin Godman to the ground and get a couple of hits on him. Godman got back up, and pulled out his God-Crush. Gabara backed up, but Godman was able to repeatedly hit Gabara, and tried choking him using his God-Crush. Gabra pushed him back, But Godman was able to bring him to ground for a little bit, and continued whacking him with his God-Crush. Godman then put away his God-Crush, and took out his God-Discs. He repeatedly threw them at Gabara, exploding on Impact, and Gabara retreated.
Gabara was created for Maoh by Tonchiki, and placed within a figure of the popular Ultra Series kaiju, Red King. When the action figure was hit with a stick by the children, Gabara revealed himself, and devoured one of the kids whole. The remaining children frantically ran from the monster before finally summoning Greenman. Upon arriving on Earth, Greenman engaged Gabara in a decisive battle, and with much difficulty was able to safely retrieve the swallowed boy before destroying Gabara.
Gabara tried stealing coconuts that Minilla had been knocking down from a tall tree. When Minilla tried defending himself with his smoke rings and failed, Gabara started tossing and shocking the little monster. However, Uncle Zilla appeared on the scene, frightening him away. Stumbling around on the rocks, he came face to face with Kamachi and the face on Uncle Zilla's tail and finally retreated into the jungle, giving Minilla and his brothers some time to play with their uncle and cousin.
When Gabara tried stealing a pineapple from Minilla, JJ-23 arrived on the scene to intervene. When Gabara tried lying his way out of the situation, JJ-23 ended up using his size-changing abilities to punish the monster, though the pineapple was smashed in the process.
Abilities[edit | edit source]
Electrical current[edit | edit source]
Gabara can channel energy through his body in the form of electricity. He can then channel it into his arms, and electrify anything he touches. A number of publicity photos and art depict Gabara firing an electrical beam from the palm of his hand or from the tip of each of his fingers, though this ability is not shown on screen.
Hammer Punch[edit | edit source]
Gabara can perform a powerful punch with his right arm, called the Hammer Punch (ハンマー・パンチ). This was used in tandem with his electric abilities against Minilla.
Venom[edit | edit source]
Though this ability is never demonstrated onscreen, Gabara is said to be able to emit a green venom from his body. The Kaiju Guide in the PlayStation 3 and 4 Godzilla game states that this venom comes specifically from Gabara's warts.
Smoke breath[edit | edit source]
In Go! Godman, Gabara could spew a noxious, blue smoke from his mouth.
Detachable claws[edit | edit source]
In Go! Greenman, Gabara can detach and throw his own claws, which are tipped with venom and can cause powerful explosions.
Human engulfment[edit | edit source]
In Go! Greenman, Gabara can trap children by engulfing them into his body. This was shown when he engulfed an innocent boy before being repelled by Greenman.
Filmography[edit | edit source]
- All Monsters Attack (1969)
- Go! Godman (TV 1972) [episode 2]
- Go! Greenman (TV 1973) [episode 14]
- Godzilla Final Wars (2004) [toy]
- Godziban (Web 2019-) [episodes 32 and 39; special episode 3]
Video games[edit | edit source]
- Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1993) - Nintendo Game Boy
- Godzilla Movie Studio Tour (1998) - PC and Mac
- Godzilla: Trading Battle (1998) - Sony PlayStation
- Godzilla Generations (1998) - Sega Dreamcast
- Collect Godzilla: Giant Monster Assembly (1998) - Sega Dreamcast VMU
- Godzilla (2014) - PlayStation 3 and 4 [Kaiju Guide]
- Godzilla Kaiju Collection (2015) - Android and iOS
- Godzilla Defense Force (2019) - Android and iOS
- Main article: Godzilla (2014 video game)/Kaiju Guide#Gabara.
Gabara in Godzilla Kaiju Collection
Books[edit | edit source]
Gabara was a 10 meter-tall monster that lived in the Amazon rainforest and frequently slaughtered local wildlife such as crocodiles. It was reported to have been injured in a thermite explosion and then fell into a river, where it was eaten by crocodiles and piranhas.
Sightings[edit | edit source]
- In a 1990's Monstervision commercial for Turner Network Television (TNT), which used Godzilla film footage with Blue Oyster Cult's related song in a music video-like fashion, Gabara is incorrectly referred to as "Baragon."
- At the end of the Simpsons episode "Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo," Gamera, Rodan, Mothra and Godzilla are seen attacking the Simpsons, as Gabara's laugh-like roar is heard.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Gabara/Gallery.
Roar[edit | edit source]
In other languages[edit | edit source]
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Within the context of the film, Gabara is a representation within the dreams of Ichiro Miki, the main character, of a schoolyard bully of the same name. Similarly, Ichiro is represented by Minilla, Godzilla's son. After Godzilla defends his son in Ichiro's dreams, Ichiro is able to overcome his fears and confront the real Gabara.
- Of all the main antagonist kaiju introduced in the Showa series, Gabara and Megalon are the only ones to have never appeared in another film since the end of the Showa series, although each has been featured in at least one television program since their debut films (Go! Godman and Go! Greenman for Gabara, and Godzilla Island for Megalon).
- Gabara is the one of only two monsters in the Toho universe that exists only in dreams, the other being the Maneater; that is to say, they do not exist in the "real" world like Toho's other kaiju.
- In both of his television appearances, Gabara appears in the real world. However, as both Go! Godman and Go! Greenman are set in their own continuities, this means that Gabara still only exists in a dream in the context of the Godzilla series.
- Gabara also acts as a very real threat in the Japanese story book Giant Dragon Manda, where he teams up with Moguera to antagonize Manda among other villainous acts across the world.
- Gabara is probably an imaginative take on the Oni, an ogre-like race in Japanese mythology. Confirmed kaiju that are Oni can often be seen in the Ultraman franchise, with characters like Oni-On from episode 27 of Ultraman Leo, and Sakunaoni from episode 16 of Ultraman Tiga.
- Gabara might have inspired the Godzilla: The Series monster the Crackler, as they are both monsters from dreams and their powers are based on electricity.
- Gabara Pond is a location on Godzilla Island in the TV show of the same name.
- The Godzilla Wars series of trading cards states that Gabara hails from Sollgel Island, while a map in the book Definitive Edition Godzilla Introduction shows Gabara present on Monsterland.
- A monster featured in the 2021 TV series Godzilla Singular Point, Salunga, is heavily based on Gabara.
References[edit | edit source]
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