Giant Rat

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Giant Rat
Giant Rat in Latitude Zero
Alternate names Giant mouse[1]
Subtitle(s) Giant Beast (巨獣,   Kyojū)[2]
Giant Creature
(巨大生物,   Kyodai Seibutsu)[3]
Height 2 meters[4]
Weight 350 kilograms[4]
Relations Malic (creator)
Enemies Craig McKenzie and his crew
Modeled by Nori Maezawa, Akira Takahashi
Played by Haruo Nakajima, Teruo Aragaki, Haruyoshi Nakamura
First appearance Latitude Zero
Do not confuse with the Nezura from Giant Horde Beast Nezura or Mutant Rats from Godzilla: The Series.

The Giant Rats (大ネズミ,   Ōnezumi) are kaiju that first appeared in the 1969 Toho film Latitude Zero.

The Giant Rats were creations of Malic he set loose on his island base of Blood Rock to destroy Craig McKenzie and his crew. The Giant Rats chased the men through a cave and out to an acidic river. The men were able to kill one rat with a glove-mounted flamethrower, while the others met their end by jumping into the river in an attempt to follow their prey to the other side.


The Giant Rats were modeled by Nori Maezawa and Akira Takahashi of Equis Productions. The suits were worn by Haruo Nakajima, Teruo Aragaki, Haruyoshi Nakamura, and others.


The Giant Rats simply look like gigantic, dark, sewer rats. They have seemingly stubbier snouts than normal rats. Their eyes are bright yellow with red pupils.


Latitude Zero

The Giant Rats were originally just normal rats living on Malic's island, until he enhanced them with his growth serum. The rats acted as the doctor's guard dogs, guarding their master's hideout. The rats were put to the test after the crew of Alpha stumbled upon Malic's cave. The rats fended them off for a short while before McKenzie utilized his flamethrower which got rid of a few. To kill the rest, the crew flew over an acid pool in their helicopter. The rats chased after them, but were too focused to realize the acid. With their heads looking into the sky, the rats fell straight into the pit and were burned alive.


Teeth and claws

While not having any special abilities, the Giant Rats can utilize their teeth and claws in combat.


The Giant Rats proved vulnerable to the glove-mounted flamethrowers used by the Alpha's crew and Blood Rock's rivers of acid.


GODZILLA: Project Mechagodzilla

Giant Rats were present in North Africa during "Operation: Long March," and preyed upon United Earth soldiers along with the Griffons and Giant Condor.[5]


Main article: Giant Rat/Gallery.


The Giant Rats have the same roar as the Giant Lizard, although it is slowed down.


This is a list of references for Giant Rat. 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. All Toho Monsters Pictorial Book (4th Edition). Yosensha. 4 September 2016. p. 149. ISBN 978-4-8003-0362-2.
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  2. Toho Special Effects Movie Complete Works. villagebooks. 28 September 2012. p. 128. ISBN 4-864-91013-8.
  3. Definitive Edition of Toho Monster Movies!! Godzilla Special Effects Complete Works. Natsumesha. 21 December 1994. p. 59. ISBN 978-4816317750.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Godzilla Giant Monsters Super Encyclopedia (4th ed.). Kodansha. 15 March 1994. p. 61. ISBN 978-4063042702.
  5. Oki, Renji (25 April 2018). GODZILLA: Project Mechagodzilla. Kadokawa. pp. 53–85. ISBN 9784041063453.


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