Garoborg

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Garoborg
Garoborg
Subtitle(s) Electric Terror-Beast
(電子恐獣,   Denshi Kyōjū)[1]
Species Cybernetically-modified insect
Height 78 meters[2]
Weight 90,000 metric tons[2]
Place(s) of emergence Planet Garoga[1]
Controlled by Garogas
Allies Spideros
Enemies Godzilla, Zone Fighter
First appearance Zone Fighter episode 13,
"Hair-Raising! The Birthday of Terror"
Latest appearance Zone Fighter episode 25,
"Carnage! Zone & Godzilla vs. the Allied Terror-Beast Forces"
Roar(s)

Garoborg (ガロボーグ,   Garobōgu) is an electric kaiju created by Toho that first appeared in episode 13 of the 1973 tokusatsu kaiju series Zone Fighter, titled "Hair-Rasing! The Birthday of Terror."

Name

Garoborg's name may be a portmanteau of "Garoga" and "cyborg", in reference to his origins of being created by the Garogas, and being a cyborg/robot.

Design

Garoborg has a light blue body fitted with red metal ridges on certain parts of his body. One of these red beams extend down his chest and is adorned with golden circular lights. Above this is a darker gold panel with wires or tubing connected to it. These wires connect into Garoborg's round, orange eyes, and glass-encased head. Atop his head is a thick blue antennae, with a yellow light attached at its front and a red circular object at its tip. Garoborg has short blue arms, ending with two mechanical red digits on his left and a large claw on his right arm. These arms are fitted with two of the aforementioned ridges as well as two protruding circular objects. Finally, Garoborg's legs are hued the same shade as the rest of his body and also have ridges toward the upper thigh. These legs end with two toeless feet, decorated with two more red circular objects on their front as well as yellow ones on the inner heels. Garoborg also possesses a tail that is the same color as his body with numerous red circular objects lining it as well 2 protruding from the end of the tail.

For his reappearance in "Carnage! Zone & Godzilla vs. the Allied Terror-Beast Forces," Garoborg lacks the power supply box on his chest as well as his glass dome. In addition, he also displays golden stubs at the end of his hands instead of the claw and hand the original Garoborg had.

Personality

Garoborg was shown being shocked at Zone Fighter's giant transformation and jumped backwards after witnessing it. After launching back the hero with his shocks, Garoborg beat his chest with his claw and hand in an intimidation display. After having his dome broken and being thrown to the ground, Garoborg began to flail around kicking his legs and arms. After failing to cannonball on top of Zone Fighter, Garoborg began to throw a tantrum, slamming his claws into the ground over and over. When seeing how weakened Zone Fighter was after his attacks, Garoborg began to sway his arms around while watching the hero struggle to stay standing. While Zone Fighter was using his Meteor Static Power, Garoborg appeared curious as to what the hero was doing, and recoiled back in fear after seeing what had happened to the uprooted tree Zone Fighter had electrified, although he attempted to intimidate the hero again by slamming his claw and hand against his chest.

History

Showa era

Zone Fighter

"Hair-Raising! The Birthday of Terror"

After a botched attempt on the Zone Family's life went sour, the Garogas unleashed Garoborg to finish the job. Hikaru Sakimori was quick to transform into Zone Fighter and grow to giant size to combat the mechanical beast. Garoborg was initially untouchable due to the large amounts of electricity radiating from his outer surface. Zone Fighter eventually used a tree and some static shock to deal damage to Garoborg, before realizing which parts of the monster's body fueled it. Zone destroyed said parts, allowing him to engage Garoborg in melee combat without suffering injury from the shocks. Before long, Zone Fighter along with Smokey finished off the monster.

"Carnage! Zone & Godzilla vs. the Allied Terror-Beast Forces"

A resurrected Garoborg would team up with Spideros and fight Godzilla before having missiles fired through his body causing him to die.

Abilities

Physical abilities

Garoborg possesses a sickle claw on his right hand, and was shown using it to whack Zone Fighter, restrain him while shocking him, and grabbing his neck while distributing an electrical shock through the claw, making the hero cry out in pain. After having his dome broken, Garoborg knocked Zone Fighter back and attempted to cannonball on top of him only for the hero to roll out of the way. Garoborg was able to knock Zone to the ground with a swipe before leaping over to the downed hero and beating him with his claw and hand repeatedly. Despite having the digits on his left hand blown off, Garoborg dodged one of Zone's Meteor Kicks and briefly gained the upper hand on Zone Fighter, jumping on the hero and pummeling him on the ground with his claw. The second Garoborg instead had one golden right spike on its hand and two on the left.

Electric abilities

Garoborg is protected by high voltage currents and can create strong shocks from his body and claws which electrocute anything that makes direct contact with it. The source of his shocks is the power supply box on his chest. Zone Fighter was unable to physically combat Garoborg without being shocked by the currents within Garoborg's body was and forced back by them, with a red glow being visible around the shocked areas. According to All Kaiju Kaijin (First Volume), Garoborg can fire a Murderous Electric Beam (殺人エレキ光線 Satsujin Ereki Kosen) from the vacuum tube on the head, although this went unused.

Explosive steam

Garoborg can fire burning hot steam that explodes from the power supply box on his chest. It was able to knock over Zone Fighter in his human form to stop him from transforming.

Durability

During his fight with Zone Fighter, Garoborg endured numerous kicks, being thrown to the ground, and chops to the head which ended up breaking part of the glass dome protecting his eyes and brain. Garoborg's most impressive feat was surviving a statically charged tree uprooted by Zone Fighter, which ended up blowing up the digits on his left hand along with his antenna. After that he suffered a brutal beat down from the hero comprised of numerous punches, kicks, and knees to the face. Garoborg was finally killed by two volleys of Zone's Meteor Missile Might in tandem with Smokey's beam, which caused the cyborg to explode.

Weaknesses

Garoborg has a glass dome on his eyes and brain. The dome itself was rather weak, with Zone Fighter being able to break part of it with a single punch. If Garoborg's power supply box is damaged, it can make the Terror-Beast lose his ability to create shocks. Garoborg is also unable to handle too much foreign energy entering his body, with parts of his body blowing off, including the digits on his hand and the power supply box on his chest.

Gallery

Main article: Garoborg/Gallery.

Roar

Garoborg reuses roars from the Ultraman Ace kaiju, King Crab.

King Crab's roars in Ultraman Ace,
reused for Garoborg

References

This is a list of references for Garoborg. 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. 1.0 1.1 Matsui, Satoshi, ed. (28 July 2014). Toho Special Effects All Monster Encyclopedia. Shogakukan. p. 136. ISBN 978-4-09-682090-2.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ballard, Jim M. (14 November 2009). "ZONE FIGHTER Series Guide". SciFi Japan. Archived from the original on 1 March 2021.

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