The Giant Bat (巨大コウモリ is a giant chiropteran Kyodai Kōmori)monster created by TriStar Pictures that first appeared in the twelfth episode of season one of Godzilla: The Series, entitled "Monster Wars: Part 1."
Design[edit | edit source]
The Giant Bat has a blue body with enormous wings and no upper arms. It has long pointed ears and thin, long, hair on its head. Its elongated, pink nostrils stand erect on its light blue snout, and its yellow eyes are ringed in red flesh. Its lower back sports a visible bone structure resembling vertebrae.
Origins[edit | edit source]
The Giant Bat is a mutation that was likely caused by nuclear testing in Africa by the French government, as suggested in "New Family: Part 2," where this is the suggested origin for most of the series' monsters.
History[edit | edit source]
The Giant Bat was a mutation living in Nigeria where it terrorized villages for food. After sending livestock into a stampede with his roar in Kano, the Giant Bat flew to Lagos where it did the same, and flew away with oxen from carts in a street market. The H.E.A.T. was then called to eliminate the threat, but they had recently disbanded due to increased hostilities created by Leviathan Alien interference, so only Dr. Niko Tatopoulos and Godzilla came to Lagos. Tatopoulos and the Nigerian military searched mangrove swamps for the Giant Bat, where it swooped down at them. Godzilla then attacked the Bat and chased it into the city. Godzilla tackled it underwater, but the Bat quickly escaped, albeit with water in its ears interfering with its echolocation. It trapped Godzilla's head in a bridge and bit his snout before being called away by the Leviathan Aliens.
Upon realizing that it was being followed, the Giant Bat attacked the Heat-Seeker, and they tried to evade it, before a Cryptocledius emerged from the water and aided it in its attack. The battle raged on, and H.E.A.T. was able to emit a reverse frequency of the Bat's echolocation frequency in order to blind it. They then sent out a radar pulse to turn the Bat on the Cryptocledius, which worked, allowing them to escape, but the Leviathan Aliens stopped the fight and called the monsters back to Site Omega. All monsters were then sent into the world's major cities to cause destruction. The Giant Bat was sent to Paris.
The Giant Bat continued its rampage until H.E.A.T. deactivated the Leviathan Alien control beacon. At that point, the Giant Bat began to perceive Leviathan Alien ships as intruders on its territory, and began to target them instead of humans. This behavior saved H.E.A.T.'s life when the Giant Bat came to defend Site Omega. It then attacked Cyber Godzilla with its sonic screech, but it produced a stronger wave that incapacitated the Giant Bat, who was kept on the islands as they were adapted into a Mutation Research Facility.
"S.C.A.L.E."[edit | edit source]
A few months later, the organization S.C.A.L.E. freed the monsters of Monster Island, including the Giant Bat. At this point, it had been outfitted with a high-tech collar that prevented it from using its sonic screech. Although it was uncaged, its movement was still restricted by security lasers that would fire at the collar. He faced a few monsters before being recaptured and returned to his area of the island.
"Future Shock"[edit | edit source]
A Giant Mutant Vampire Bat, possibly the same creature, was briefly mentioned in the episode Underground Movement. Most of the H.E.A.T. team had to go to Florida to settle a lawsuit for the damages that were caused while Godzilla fought it. Fortunately, the suit was thrown out and H.E.A.T. returned to their mission.
Abilities[edit | edit source]
Sonic screech[edit | edit source]
The Giant Bat's sonic screech is powerful enough to temporarily stun larger monsters like Godzilla and destroy structures such as a monument in Paris.
Flight[edit | edit source]
The Giant Bat is able to fly at high speed and altitude for long periods of time.
Physical abilities[edit | edit source]
The Giant Bat is strong enough to carry a wagon with several adult cows into the air. It can also deliver a painful bite.
Weaknesses[edit | edit source]
The Giant Bat's sensitive hearing can be used to confuse it, disorient it, and disrupt its ability to navigate.
Video games[edit | edit source]
- Godzilla: The Series - Monster Wars (2000) - Nintendo Game Boy Color
One night in a nondescript city, the Giant Bat came face to face with Godzilla and attacked him with long, thin projectiles which may have been intended as a form of acid spit, and it was able to do a considerable amount of damage to him. Ultimately, however, the Bat flew away in retreat, leaving H.E.A.T. knowing that they had not seen the last of this flying mutation.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Giant Bat/Gallery.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The Giant Bat is reminiscent of Bagorah from Dark Horse's Godzilla comics, both in physical appearance and in possessing a sonic screech attack.
- The Giant Bat shares a roar with Toto from Gamera the Brave.
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