Godzilla (Godzilla: The Series)
- Nick Tatopoulos: “The creature's not leaving here.”
- Elsie Chapman: “What makes you so sure?”
- Nick Tatopoulos: “When it hatched, I was the only one there. I had this gunk from the eggs all over me. The creature must have picked up on that scent and imprinted on me, like a baby with a parent.”
- Elsie Chapman: “You think, it thinks you're its mother?”
- Nick Tatopoulos: “How else do you explain why it didn't hurt me? This Godzilla is different from the first one.”
- ― Nick and Elsie discuss Godzilla in "New Family: Part 1"
Godzilla (ゴジラ is a giant Gojira)monster featured in the 1998 TriStar animated series Godzilla: The Series, and first introduced in the final scene of the 1998 film GODZILLA. It is the second incarnation of Godzilla to star in an American animated series, after the Hanna-Barbera Godzilla.
The only one of the original Godzilla's offspring to survive the destruction of Madison Square Garden, this Godzilla imprinted upon scientist Niko "Nick" Tatopoulos after his egg hatched in close proximity to Nick inside the building's ruins. Godzilla quickly matured into an adult and assumed the title of "King of the Monsters," becoming an ally to mankind and assisting Nick and his research team H.E.A.T. in dealing with other mutations around the world before they could threaten innocent people. Unlike his father, this Godzilla is portrayed more akin to the traditional interpretation of the character from Toho's film series, possessing an impressive resistance to conventional weaponry and preferring to fight attackers head-on, as well as utilizing the character's trademark atomic breath.
This incarnation of the monster is simply referred to as "Godzilla" throughout Godzilla: The Series. In the episode "Competition," the Japanese characters always refer to him as "Gojira," even when speaking English. Fans frequently refer to this version of Godzilla as Godzilla Junior or Zilla Junior in order to distinguish him from other incarnations of the character, although neither name is official. The Japanese book Godzilla 1954-1999 Super Complete Works refers to this Godzilla as Godzilla the Second (ゴジラ二世 Gojira Nisei) while Godzilla Dictionary [New Edition] calls him Second Generation American Version Godzilla (２代目アメリカ版ゴジラ. Nidaime Amerika-ban Gojira)
There is a popular rumor claiming that Toho honored this version of Godzilla by officially dubbing him "Godzilla Junior," seeing that he was supposedly worthy of the "Godzilla" name. However, this rumor was later clarified to be false, with the monster still legally trademarked as "Godzilla" by Toho, who has added no comment to the matter.
The look of Godzilla in Godzilla: The Series was majorly adapted from Patrick Tatopoulos' decided design for the 1998 film by lead character designer Fil Barlow, who further developed the design while working closely alongside executive producer Jeff Kline and producer/head director Audu Paden. Due to production of the series beginning prior to the release of the film however, Barlow relied solely on sketches he made of Patrick Tatopoulos' Godzilla maquette and animatronic head. Tatopoulos also provided a great deal of input of his own early on regarding the adaptation and design of the new Godzilla. Similarly, the newborn Godzilla from the first episode of Godzilla: The Series was based on maquettes of the Baby Godzillas from the film.
Baby Godzilla and egg production art by Fil Barlow
Godzilla: The Series was kept under tight wraps during its production and as such, the new Godzilla's design was also a safely guarded secret, even from many members of the staff team. Because the design had not been revealed to everyone working on the series until the release of the film, very loose representations of the character were used during the storyboarding process. All outlines for the series fell under the false title "HEAT SEEKERS" in order to keep the true nature of the project a secret from the public, with concept sketches and other early designs for Godzilla referred to as "Gorgon" and even "Thingy" or "Thingie." A model sheet was created for the false "Thingy" character by Fil Barlow, sporting a Spinosaurus-like back fin and significantly less defined jaw among other changes, which was used as a reference for proportions for the storyboarders until the official design was released.
Originally, it was intended for there to be a more prominent intercommunication between Godzilla and the main character Nick Tatopoulos, thus concepts for a number of devices for Godzilla to use were created. These included devices which allowed for Nick to ride on the back of and steer Godzilla, such as contact lens appliances or an external, goggle-like optical fixture which would be transported to Godzilla via helicopter. Although the majority of these concepts would ultimately go unused, the goggles were retooled and used for the unaired episode "Vision," in which Godzilla is fitted with a special visor to track the motion of giant mutated hummingbirds.
While this Godzilla's overall design is mostly unchanged from that of his father in the 1998 film, he bore a bright blue coloration in early production artwork, and is a desaturated purple that is lighter on the undersides in the series itself. Additionally, he has red eyes with orange pupils and lacks the fifth vestigial digit on his hands that his father and brethren possessed. When firing his Atomic Fire Breath, his dorsal plates and eyes briefly light up.
This Godzilla's personality is very different from that of his late father. He is much more aggressive than his father; like the Japanese Godzilla, rather than fleeing from an attack, he will usually fight his attackers. Godzilla also exhibits planning and strategy in his fighting style, though he will resort to brute force if he is angered enough. While he is aggressive when provoked, Godzilla is generally docile and peaceful and will avoid causing destruction or bringing harm to humans or other creatures unless he or his adoptive father are threatened.
For a mutation, Godzilla is very intelligent and is apparently able to make moral decisions: during his fight with Nessie in "DeadLoch," her offspring gets stolen and they cease fighting to retrieve the baby together. H.E.A.T. member Monique Dupre stated that rather than this being a true "moral decision," it's just instinctual for creatures to work together. Godzilla falls in love with a mutant Komodo dragon named Komodithrax and becomes surrogate father to her unborn offspring in "End of the Line," as unlike his father, this Godzilla is sterile and cannot produce his own offspring. Unfortunately, Komodithrax and the giant egg she laid fell down a crack in the ice and apparently perished at the end of the episode.
Godzilla's most prominent trait, though, is his protectiveness and loyalty towards his surrogate father, Dr. Nick Tatopoulos. When Nick is journeying around the world, Godzilla is never far behind, and will often appear to rescue Nick and the other members of the H.E.A.T team from dangerous situations. In one situation in particular, Godzilla managed to catch Nick (who was falling) on top of his head before letting him down gently. The only time Godzilla's loyalty faltered was when he met his biological father, resurrected as Cyber Godzilla, for the first time. He was hesitating to attack his parent despite being told by Nick to do so, and soon had his mind taken over by the Leviathan Aliens, with Nick remarking that Godzilla had "dumped him" for his birth father. Thankfully, Godzilla later broke free of the aliens' influence and chose to fight for Nick over Cyber Godzilla, willingly destroying his own biological father in order to protect Nick.
Dr. Tatopoulos's methods can best be described as unconventional, if not suicidal. However, contrary to conventional wisdom on carnivorous dinosaurs, this creature appears to only hunt his prey upon necessity.
— Elsie Chapman monologues regarding Godzilla's behaviors in "New Family: Part 1"
Like his relatives, Godzilla eats fish, and was even lured into a trap by Cameron Winter with a large amount of fish, similar to the way his parent was lured into Flatiron Square. It's stated that he doesn't hunt for more food than he needs. Additionally, the monster displays pet-like or otherwise trained animal behaviors, such as licking Nick when he initially recognizes him; circling the ground briefly before laying down to wait for Nick to come back; patiently awaiting to be thrown fish to eat, and like a trained pet, he tries to stop whatever he's doing for a moment whenever Nick calls for him.
This Godzilla was the last surviving offspring of the first Godzilla that attacked New York in 1998. He, as well as all of his siblings, were eggs laid inside Madison Square Garden by Godzilla. Unlike his siblings, this single baby Godzilla survived the bombing of Madison Square Garden while still in his egg and was later found by Dr. Niko Tatopoulos, who kept him safe from the military. According to Nick, this Godzilla is sterile, unlike his father, who was capable of asexual reproduction.
In 1998, the monster known as Godzilla made his nest in the Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. There the creature laid about two hundred eggs which hatched into Baby Godzillas. The U.S. military carried out a plan to bomb Madison Square Garden and kill all the Baby Godzillas, which was successful, for the most part. Godzilla, angry at the death of his offspring, terrorized the city until he was shot down by several missiles from F-18 Hornets. Unknown to everyone, an egg survived among the fires of Madison Square Garden.
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After his egg survived the explosion of Madison Square Garden, Godzilla hatched in front of Dr. Niko Tatopoulos, who was covered in amniotic fluid from the other eggs after slipping into a pool of it while searching the ruins for more eggs. Godzilla imprinted upon Nick, as he was covered with the scent of his kind. Nick scared off the infant by causing a spark, and it fled into the Hudson River.
Some time later, the hatchling, now grown to 35 feet in height, appeared where Nick and his scientist colleagues had set up their base of operations in a warehouse by the sea. Despite initially being aggressive, Godzilla remembered Nick as his "parent" and became friendly. At the same time in Jamaica, swimmers and ships were disappearing under mysterious circumstances, leading the U.S. government to believe the newly-hatched Godzilla was behind it. As Nick studied and even trained Godzilla, the military intervened under the command of Major Hicks after being tipped off about the creature's existence by Monique Dupre, a French secret service agent trying to ensure Godzilla was wiped out for good. The military engaged the monster near Nick's facility, and the creature was wounded by artillery and apparently killed after being hit by an airstrike while in the water.
Later on, Godzilla revealed himself to still be alive as he rescued Nick and his colleagues from a shoal of Mutant Giant Squids in Jamaica. However, it turned out that these squids were actually fleeing from a much larger predator, Crustaceous Rex. C-Rex proceeded to attack, but Godzilla arrived to fight the sea beast, eventually defeating it after causing a cliff to collapse onto it. Godzilla subsequently freed the lost ships and swimmers, which were stuck to the seafloor in tar produced by C-Rex. As a result, Major Hicks decided to spare Godzilla. Godzilla returned with Nick to New York, and took up residence near he and his allies' headquarters.
After the Nanotech Creature absorbed oil from a ship and was about to attack the Heat-Seeker, Godzilla emerged from the ocean and battled it, bringing it to a nearby refinery on the surface. He attempted to rip it apart, but it only grew back what had been torn off. The creature then wrapped itself around Godzilla, covering his entire body. Godzilla fired his atomic breath, splashed around in the water, and scratched his body on the ocean floor and rocks all in attempts to get it off of him, but it refused to let go. It finally came off when he fired his atomic breath again and then tore at it with his jaws, but only because the creature decided to feed on the oil in the refinery instead. Godzilla chased after it as it grew to a massive size after consuming even more oil, growing even taller then Godzilla. However, the H.E.A.T. team destroys the creature with a virus. Major Hicks manages to keep the military from firing at Godzilla, with the excuse that they could end up blowing up the refinery, and Godzilla returns to his new lair.
Despite the ample supply of fish given to him by Nick and his colleagues, now known as H.E.A.T., Godzilla began to forage the oceans, and nearly killed several fisherman when he attacked their boat, but H.E.A.T. was able to prevent disaster by using a recording of Nick's voice emitted from N.I.G.E.L.. Due to Leviathan Alien interference, H.E.A.T. disbanded, and Godzilla followed Nick to Lagos, Nigeria to confront the Giant Bat, which had been terrorizing the area. After the Bat attacked Nick in a mangrove swamp, Godzilla chased it into the city where he tackled it into the water. It released a Sonic Screech at Godzilla, causing him to give up his hold and let the Bat escape. The Bat then lured him into getting his head stuck in some steel bridge framing, and attempted to suck his blood before flying away under the command of its alien masters. Nick then freed Godzilla, and he swam away.
After arriving to save Nick at Sandy Point Military Base, Godzilla discovered that his adoptive father's attacker was his biological father resurrected as a cyborg dubbed Cyber Godzilla. Being incredibly conflicted about having to choose between parents, Godzilla did not attack, and in his moment of hesitance, he fell under Leviathan Alien mind control and helped Cyber Godzilla attack Nick. The N.I.G.E.L. probe was used to distract the Godzillas as the humans made their escape. Godzilla and Cyber Godzilla followed them to Site Omega, where he was met with hostility from his many former enemies gathered there, including King Cobra, Queen Bee, El Gusano Gigante, and a Mutant Rat. The Leviathan Aliens halted the imminent conflict, and all monsters on the island were then sent into the world's major cities to cause destruction. Godzilla was sent to Washington D.C.
Godzilla continued to terrorize Washington until H.E.A.T. destroyed the mind control transmitter. He then made his way back to Site Omega, where Nick and Cyber Godzilla were preparing for a battle. After thorough consideration, Godzilla chose Nick, and destroyed some Leviathan Alien ships that were accompanying his biological father. More ships then blasted Godzilla and left him unconscious on the beach. Nick roused him with smoke, and Godzilla quickly employed cunning strategy to defeat his father, by burrowing underground, waiting for Cyber Godzilla to peer into the hole, and blasting him with his Atomic Fire Breath. While Cyber Godzilla was still on the ground, Godzilla pinned him down and blasted him yet again. Their fight continued until Godzilla tackled his father into the water and tore out his inner mechanisms with his mouth, destroying Cyber Godzilla for good. This defeat caused the Leviathan Alien Core Collective to call for a retreat.
After Nick was attacked by a Giant Turtle on his cruise with Audrey, Godzilla headed towards the island they ended up drifting to. Once he finally arrived, he encountered Komodithrax. Randy assumed that the two monsters were going to start fighting, but they actually started a mating dance. Godzilla then fended off H.E.A.T., becoming aggressive due to his animalistic instincts. Godzilla helped Komodithrax build a nest for her egg (which she was able to fertilize herself) but was driven to the ocean by H.E.A.T. (using N.I.G.E.L.) playing the sounds of Komodithrax to draw him away from the military. Godzilla destroyed N.I.G.E.L. once he found out that the sounds were artificial and then went back to the nest, where Komodithrax had been defeated by the Giant Turtle. He battled the Giant Turtle to save the egg, but was also knocked out. Godzilla reawakened to the sound of Komodithrax's final roar as she plummeted thousands of feet below, along with the Giant Turtle and the egg. With his family gone, Godzilla left the island and returned to his lair.
While the H.E.A.T. team was being distracted by a Giant Water Beetle, Godzilla was sedated and captured by men sent by Maximilian Spiel, a promoter of battles between mutations. Godzilla eventually awakened inside an enclosure and attempted to escape by using both his atomic breath and by burrowing into the ground, but neither was effective. He sat in his holding pen until he was awakened again when a beam was fired at his head by Spiel to agitate him and get him to fight Rhinosaurus, another mutation Spiel enslaved. Godzilla once again attempted to escape by clawing at the walls, but it was as futile as his previous escape attempts. When Nick and Elsie were dropped into the ring, Godzilla fought the Rhinosaurus, who was chasing them, to defend them. Spiel then used the beam again to stun Godzilla so Rhinosaurus could win, but Mendel blew up the spotlight, allowing Godzilla to defeat Rhinosaurus. He then threw the beetle into the control tower before jumping out of the arena straight into the ocean, presumably swimming back to his lair.
This Godzilla shows a variety of powers and skills that set him apart from his monster enemies. He is generally regarded as the strongest mutation on Earth within the show's continuity.
Godzilla has demonstrated great physical strength. He often overpowers other mutations with sheer brute strength, being able to lift other mutations into the air. His claws are extremely sharp and are capable of shredding steel. Godzilla's tail is an incredibly powerful weapon as well, and can be used to crush and strike his opponents.
Speed and Agility
Godzilla is incredibly fast and nimble, and can run at speeds up to 300 miles per hour. Moreover, Godzilla can perform leaps over great distances. He is also able to quickly scale and perch himself atop buildings despite his massive size and weight. In addition, the monster is shown to have quick reflexes.
Godzilla spends most of his time in the water, as he is a natural swimmer and is able to breathe underwater. He is able to travel thousands of miles in the ocean without displaying any signs of fatigue, and is said to swim faster than a submarine's torpedoes. In "D.O.A." and "What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been," Godzilla rested unconscious underwater for an extended period of time while sick.
Another ability that sets this Godzilla apart from his parent is his ability to withstand high levels of damage. Whereas his father was killed by a relatively small amount of missiles, and indeed this Godzilla bled when hit by missiles as a juvenile in "New Family: Part 1," as an adult he is often shown withstanding hits from large amounts of heavy artillery with no harm, much like the original Japanese Godzilla, and is stated to be immune to conventional weaponry in "An Early Frost."
In relation to his durability is his enhanced regeneration, which allows Godzilla to recover from injuries and regain his strength quickly.
Atomic Fire Breath
This Godzilla's signature weapon is his green Atomic Fire Breath, also referred to as Power Breath in "What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been," something his father lacked. A blue glow runs up his dorsal plates and reaches his eyes before he finally unleashes the attack. The Atomic Fire Breath has a long range and is extremely hot, capable of melting steel and turning sand into glass. When the breath is used underwater, it initially comes out as fire, but soon simply turns the surrounding water into steam, hampering visibility. He can also exhale atomic fire through his nostrils, as seen in the episode "Bird of Paradise."
In the Godzilla: The Series Game Boy Color game, Godzilla instead possesses an attack called Fire Ball, which takes the shape of a sphere rather than a ray.
Godzilla fires his atomic breath after dodging a Lizard Slayer's attack
Like his father, Godzilla is an extraordinary burrower, as moments after hatching he could quickly burrow through many yards of concrete to escape the ruins of Madison Square Garden. Once fully grown, Godzilla could tunnel incredibly large distances in extremely short periods of time, sometimes appearing on the battlefield from underground.
Intelligence and Communication Skills
Godzilla is shown to be extremely intelligent throughout the series, and is said to have a large brain for his body size, a trait very unique among reptiles in general. Godzilla has solved problems numerous times, such as stopping a train from crashing, or confusing enemies with a variety of attacks. He also constructed a subaquatic lair for himself near H.E.A.T. headquarters. It is implied in the episode "Web Site" that it may even be possible to "talk" with Godzilla, as he has his own "language." Additionally, he is capable of detecting tachyon signals, which are particles traveling faster than light. As the series progressed, Nick noted that Godzilla seemed to get more intelligent.
Godzilla is generally considered to be the most powerful mutation in Godzilla: The Series, though he still has a number of exploitable weaknesses.
Godzilla seems to have an aversion to bright lights - a weakness which was exploited by both Cameron Winter (who used powerful searchlights while attacking Godzilla with the Cyber Flies) and Maximilian Spiel (who used high-intensity quartz beams during Godzilla's battle with Rhinosaurus).
Poison has be been shown to damage Godzilla more than most types of attacks. He is also vulnerable to dehydration, having almost died due to it when fighting the monster Medusa.
In the episode "Future Shock," it is revealed that Godzilla was killed by genetically engineered creatures called the D.R.A.G.M.A.s in an alternate future, as his attacks and the combined might of all the planet's mutations were ineffective against the creatures. Thankfully, H.E.A.T. was able to avert this future by having Godzilla kill the weaker juvenile D.R.A.G.M.A.s in the present.
- Godzilla: The Series (1999) - Nintendo Game Boy Color
- Godzilla: The Series - Monster Wars (2000) - Nintendo Game Boy Color
When an electrical mutation appeared in New York City, Godzilla could feel that something was amiss, and made his way into the city, where he met the beast face to face. He spat Fire Balls at the monster, who retaliated with spheres of electricity. while the beast retreated once before he could defeat it, Godzilla was finally able to deliver the finishing blow. However, various military vehicles continued to attack him before he came face to face with a mysterious helicopter that he was able to drive into retreat. He pursued the helicopter by walking along the seafloor and emerging on the shores of an island, where he was able to destroy it. As he continued his way across the island, he began encountering giant mutant bees in addition to the usual military defenses before he came to the queen of the mutant bees. They battled for awhile before she retreated, causing Godzilla to fight through yet another gauntlet before finally defeating her. Even off of the island, Godzilla was faced with more of the mysterious military, and continued to fight them. As he walked onto a new island, he was met with Cyber Flies and a large tank, all of which he was able to dispatch. While accompanying H.E.A.T. as they investigated mysterious tar on a beach, Godzilla defended their vessel the Heat-Seeker from an attack by a Mutant Giant Squid. More of them attacked from the surface and from beneath the water, and shot at him with gobs of their tar, but he was able to defeat them. When the onslaught ceased, the humans noticed two floating squid corpses that had not been charred by Godzilla's Fire Balls, and discovered the true predator: Crustaceous Rex. The new foe trapped Godzilla in its own sticky tar and soon fled, forcing Godzilla through another gauntlet of foes, and then fleeing a second time and repeating the process one final time before Godzilla was able to defeat it. Shortly afterward, Godzilla began to act strangely hyperactive as a result of Cameron Winter's Neural Stimulator, which the million was using to try and control him. Furthermore, the mysterious military grade vehicles that had been attacking Godzilla all along had been Solstice Technologies machinery being tested against him. N.I.G.E.L. removed the Stimulator before Godzilla crushed the probe in his jaws, and began making his way to Winter's base of operations. As dusk turned into night, Godzilla destroyed upgraded versions of the tank and helicopter Winter had thrown at him previously, and finally he arrived at the billionaire tech-guru's stronghold. It launched mortars, and dispensed Cyber Flies and tanks at him, but he ultimately brought the entire building to the ground before diving into the moonlit waters, and swimming for home alongside the Heat-Seeker.
Godzilla in Godzilla: The Series
In a teaser for the then upcoming Monster Wars trilogy, while H.E.A.T. was held hostage by mutant Leviathan Aliens, Godzilla rose from the Potomac river to combat the rising threat of Monsters attacking the world.
After being lured to waters off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada, Godzilla was frozen in ice by Cameron Winter. Luckily, Mendel Craven was studying Godzilla's seasonal feeding patterns, and sent N.I.G.E.L. along with him. The change in temperature around N.I.G.E.L. alerted Craven, and the H.E.A.T. team came to Godzilla's aid, just as Winter was towing the iceberg away. Randy Hernandez then programmed N.I.G.E.L. to overheat, which melted enough of the ice for Godzilla to awaken and fire his Atomic Breath, freeing him, destroying N.I.G.E.L., and destroying Winter's forces.
- This incarnation of Godzilla hasn't made any official appearances since his animated series was cancelled back in 2000 due to Sony and TriStar losing the rights to the Godzilla franchise in 2003.
- Interestingly, while his father is stated to only weigh 500 tons in the novelization of the 1998 film, this Godzilla is said to weigh 60,000 metric tons as revealed in the episode Cash of the Titans, making him officially heavier than all incarnations of Godzilla except his incarnation from Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah through Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, which also weighs 60,000 metric tons, and his incarnations from Legendary Pictures' Godzilla, Shin Godzilla, and the GODZILLA anime trilogy, which are all heavier.
- A second Godzilla was meant to star in GODZILLA 2 and GODZILLA 3, both of which were scrapped after Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin dropped out during pre-production on the second film. He would have lived in the Australian outback and battled a giant insect monster called the "Queen Bitch" and her giant termite-like subjects, first in Sydney and then on Monster Island. In this film, the second Godzilla would have retained his father's ability to reproduce asexually, giving birth to an entire brood of offspring that mature into "Teen 'Zillas." Like in the animated series, this second Godzilla would possess an atomic fire breath, rather than the flammable power breath possessed by his father.
- A child's plush doll of Godzilla is briefly shown in episode 6 of Godzilla: Singular Point, sitting alongside ones for Komodithrax, the Giant Turtle, and Godzooky.
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