Ghost Godzilla

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Ghost Godzilla
Ghost Godzilla concept art by Shinji Nishikawa
Alternate names Original Godzilla, Godzilla Spirit
Species Godzilla spirit
Height 80 meters (Godzilla vs. Ghost Godzilla)[1]
Forms Aurora Godzilla, Crystal Godzilla, possessed form
Relations Little Godzilla (vessel/species member), Godzilla (species member), Anguirus/Godzirus (vessel), Baraguirus (vessel)
Enemies Godzilla, Humans, Little Godzilla, Anguirus
Planned for Godzilla vs. Godzilla, Godzilla vs. Ghost Godzilla, Godzilla vs. Baraguirus, Godzilla vs. Chaos
Concept history VaranGhost GodzillaBaraguirusChaosBaganJunior GodzillaDeep-Sea LifeBio MonsterSuper Nuked Godzilla → Lambda → BarubaroiDestoroyah

Ghost Godzilla (ゴーストゴジラ,   Gōsuto Gojira) is an unused kaiju who was considered for inclusion in various proposals for the seventh and final Heisei Godzilla film. It is the restless spirit of the original Godzilla who was killed by the Oxygen Destroyer in 1954.


Ghost Godzilla was intended to be Godzilla's opponent in the final film of the Heisei series. Planning on tying the last planned Godzilla film for at least a decade in with the original 1954 film, Toho decided for Godzilla's opponent to be the reincarnation of the restless spirit of the first Godzilla. According to concept art of Ghost Godzilla commissioned by Shinji Nishikawa on December 27, 1994,[2] Ghost Godzilla would have possessed LittleGodzilla in one draft of the film, causing him to grow from the inside out into a form resembling the 1954 Godzilla. As a result of the sudden growth, Ghost Godzilla would have large cracks and tears in its skin. Ghost Godzilla also appears to have white eyes with no pupils. In another draft, the spirit possessed Anguirus, transforming into the hybrid kaiju Godzirus. In a draft titled Godzilla vs. Baraguirus, Ghost Godzilla instead possessed the new kaiju Baraguirus, described as resembling a hybrid between Baragon and Anguirus.[3] In the story for Godzilla vs. Chaos, Godzilla, LittleGodzilla, and the extradimensional kaiju Chaos battled over Ghost Godzilla's bio-energy.

Ghost Godzilla was scrapped because director Takao Okawara reportedly felt that after Godzilla's previous two opponents, Mechagodzilla and SpaceGodzilla, being clones of him, having a third film pitting Godzilla against a clone of himself "would not [have been] a good idea."[4] Ghost Godzilla was eventually replaced with Barubaroi, who was subsequently reworked into Destoroyah.





  • Funko sold an exclusive figure called "Ghost Glow Godzilla" as part of their Pop! line during the 2015 New York Comic-Con.
    • Funko later released a variant of their Godzilla Hikari figure, explicitly identified as "Ghost Godzilla" on its package.
  • NECA considered releasing a figure of Ghost Godzilla, but Toho rejected the idea.[5]


This is a list of references for Ghost Godzilla. 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. Toho Kingdom: Ghost Godzilla
  2. Shinji Nishikawa (9 June 2016). Shinji Nishikawa: Drawing Book of Godzilla. Yosensha. p. 185. ISBN 978-4800309594.
  3. Godzilla vs. Destoroyah Completion. Hobby Japan. 9 December 2017. ISBN 978-4798615813.
  4. Takao Okawara Interview III -
    "Godzilla was pitted against MechaGodzilla in GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA and Space Godzilla in GODZILLA VS. SPACE GODZILLA (1994). So, it was felt that it would not be a good idea to have him take on another incarnation of himself so soon."
  5. “@RAAM22: @NECA_TOYS @splicefree Ghost Godzilla?” Right. No can do per TOHO


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