He fought for us. Died for us. He's not only proof that coexistence is possible, he is the key to it.
The MonsterVerse Godzilla is the second incarnation of Godzilla to be featured in an American-made film, after the TriStar Godzilla from the 1998 film, and the tenth onscreen incarnation of the character overall. A colossal apex predator hailing from a time in Earth's past where surface radiation levels were considerably higher, Godzilla retreated deep underwater as this radiation declined to feed on the planet's natural geothermal radiation. Godzilla occasionally surfaced throughout history, inspiring some of humanity's mythology. In the 20th century, the advent of the nuclear age drew Godzilla to the surface along with the deadly Shinomura, attracting the attention of the American military, which carried out a campaign of nuclear strikes against the two clashing monsters in the South Pacific under the guise of nuclear testing. While Shinomura was vaporized by the blast of the Castle Bravo hydrogen bomb, Godzilla survived and vanished up until 2014 when parasitic creatures from his time period dubbed MUTOs were unleashed and prepared to begin reproducing. Godzilla hunted the MUTOs down to San Francisco, where he engaged in a protracted battle which ended when he killed them both and returned to the ocean. After subsequently slaying the MUTOs' mother, MUTO Prime, Godzilla disappeared into the depths of the ocean for five years, though Monarch kept tabs on him. When a group of eco-terrorists awakened his ancient nemesis King Ghidorah from his icy tomb in Antarctica, Godzilla confronted the newly-awakened three-headed Titan. King Ghidorah escaped their first battle, but Godzilla tracked him down to the waters off of Mexico and nearly defeated him in an underwater clash before being interrupted by the military's Oxygen Destroyer. Godzilla retreated to his underwater lair to heal, but his rejuvenation was accelerated by the sacrifice of Dr. Ishiro Serizawa, who set off a thermonuclear warhead in his vicinity. Godzilla made his way to Boston for a final battle with Ghidorah, and with the intervention of Mothra was finally able to triumph. The surviving Titans who had been following Ghidorah congregated around Godzilla and submitted to him, accepting him as the King of the Monsters.
Godzilla is consistently referred to as "Gojira" (ゴジラ) by the character Ishiro Serizawa, although other characters eventually begin referring to him by his English name "Godzilla." Godzilla: Awakening reveals that "Gojira" is a name from Pacific island myths, and is applied to the monster by Serizawa's father Eiji, the scientist who discovered him. Monarch gave Godzilla's species the designation "Species 5146_Adam" after uncovering and analyzing the skeleton of another member of his kind. In Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Godzilla is given the Titan designation Titanus Gojira by Monarch.
The form Godzilla takes on in the climax of Godzilla: King of the Monsters as he reaches critical mass is given the name Burning Godzilla (バーニング・ゴジラ, the same name used for Bāningu Gojira)Godzilla's critical state from Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, in the short "Monster 101" bonus feature focused on the monster. Michael Dougherty refers to it as such during his audio commentary of the film, but alternatively calls it Atomic-meltdown Godzilla during the "Godzilla 2.0" bonus feature.
The MonsterVerse Godzilla's face is shaped very squarely, while his neck is broad and possesses gills on its sides. He is not the first incarnation of the character to have gills: producer Tomoyuki Tanaka explained the air holes in the front of the necks of Showa-era Godzilla suits as gills in his book Definitive Edition Godzilla Introduction. Of course, this computer-generated Godzilla required no such accommodations, and his gills are more easily recognized as such by the viewer. His eyes are a yellow color, and his teeth are small and not nearly as straightly lined up as many previous Godzilla incarnations. In Godzilla: King of the Monsters, whenever he charges his atomic breath, his eyes glow blue.
The MonsterVerse Godzilla's nostrils are more separate than previous incarnations, with them being on opposite sides of the snout, making it more reptile-like instead of the more mammalian fashion of being close together in front of it. Godzilla's head and neck seem to lean forward more so than any previous design. In Godzilla: King of the Monsters, his head is slightly smaller. His dorsal fins are smaller than the previous designs, but they still retain the core maple-leaf shape, although straighter and very sharp, somewhat like the Godzilla from Godzilla 2000: Millennium. In Godzilla: King of the Monsters, he has larger, more jagged dorsal fins based on those of the 1954 Godzilla design.
This Godzilla's claws are a black color, and his feet are wider and resemble an elephant or sauropod's foot more than the other Godzillas' feet do. In Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the feet are altered to more closely resemble those of past designs, with larger curved claws and each toe set more apart from each other. His skin is more crocodile-like and rougher than other incarnations and is a blackish color. His body and tail are very wide as well, making him look somewhat bulkier than other Godzilla designs. Godzilla's tail is considerably longer than most designs, and becomes very thin and pointed at the end. In Godzilla: King of the Monsters, his tail is proportionately shorter compared to the rest of his body, although it is still longer than before, and ends with a rounded tip.
In his Burning Godzilla state, orange and red cracks appear throughout his body and his eyes glow orange when charging up a nuclear pulse.
We [humans] have helped create an imbalance [in nature], and Godzilla moves in to right the balance. He is not our 'hero,' but represents something greater—he is saving us in the process of righting the balance.
Monarch describes Godzilla's behavior as that of a "protector," calling him an "ancient guardian of the natural world." While Monarch initially considered Godzilla to be a threat, it now considers him the potential greatest defender of the planet, as he emerges to battle any aggressors which threaten the balance of nature. Whenever Godzilla is not enraged and in combat, Monarch describes him as "slow, graceful, inquisitive even."
In Legendary Pictures' Godzilla, Godzilla's behavior seems to be that of a territorial animal. Ishiro Serizawa theorizes Godzilla is the driving force to restore balance to nature whenever that balance is disrupted, suggesting that he essentially considers the entire Earth to be his territory. However, unlike previous incarnations, he doesn't blatantly attack or plow through ships at sea simply because they are there. In fact, with larger ships like aircraft carriers, he simply dives down under them. Even when he is attacked by the military, he doesn't noticeably react or fight back and simply continues to hunt the MUTOs, even when being followed in close proximity by four naval ships. He also does not seem to intentionally cause destruction. Even when he destroys the Golden Gate Bridge, it does not appear to be intentional, but rather just him reacting from being hit in the gills by missile fire. He shows little interest in humans, instead of focusing his attention entirely on the MUTOs. After defeating both MUTOs, he leaves humanity alone without any more conflict. In Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Godzilla continues to behave in this manner. He maintains a patrol route around his territory and uses his glowing dorsal plates to perform an intimidation display. While Monarch initially assumed Godzilla was demonstrating aggression toward them, they later realized he was reacting to the presence of the ORCA before pursuing it to Antarctica. Godzilla recognizes the threat posed by his ancient nemesis King Ghidorah and goes out of his way to seek out and try to defeat Ghidorah on three occasions. Godzilla recognizes Mothra as his ally and communicates with her through sonar. He demonstrates inquisitiveness toward humans, first when he sees Serizawa approaching him and placing his hand on his face, and later after he resurfaces and leans forward to inspect Mark Russell. Godzilla never demonstrates outright hostility toward humans when he notices them and allows himself to be surrounded by a full military escort when he heads to Boston to confront Ghidorah. As the new alpha of the Titans, Godzilla is said to actively steer other Titans away from human cities and prevent any further destruction.
In Godzilla: Awakening, the prequel to Legendary Pictures' Godzilla, Godzilla was explained to be an ancient life form from the Permian period, having survived various extinction events by consuming geothermal radiation in a hibernation-like state at the bottom of the sea. Godzilla was theorized by Ishiro Serizawa to have been the alpha predator of his ecosystem and prevented the other species from overpopulating and overrunning the world, acting as a force of nature that maintained balance.
Godzilla's mysterious past is further explored in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Painted murals found by Monarch, including several on the walls of the sunken ruins of an entire city, depict Godzilla being worshipped by ancient civilizations as a god-like figure along with the other Titans. At one point, he possessed a symbiotic relationship with the benevolent lepidopteran Titan Mothra, and together, surrounded by human warriors, clashed with the malevolent King Ghidorah when he invaded Earth. Taking their battle to Antarctica, Godzilla eventually defeated Ghidorah and sealed him beneath the ice.
An ancient alpha-predator that thrived during the Late Permian period over 250 million years ago, Godzilla retreated to the ocean depths as the Earth's surface radiation levels declined, instead of feeding on the planet's natural geothermal radiation. Godzilla remained dormant underwater for hundreds of millions of years, appearing occasionally at various points in human history, inspiring the mythologies of several cultures. In 1954, an American nuclear submarine unwittingly awakened Godzilla when it reached the lower depths of the ocean, drawing him to the surface in search of new sources of radiation. Godzilla attacked and fed on American and Soviet nuclear submarines in the South Pacific Ocean, with each nation believing the other was responsible for the attacks. When Godzilla's existence became known, the American military began detonating a series of nuclear bombs in the Marshall Islands to try and kill him, under the guise of nuclear testing. On March 1, 1954, Godzilla was lured ashore at Bikini Atoll, where the American military detonated their first-ever dry-fuel hydrogen bomb, codenamed Castle Bravo, in an attempt to kill him. Godzilla vanished following the detonation, and the United States covered up all evidence of his existence. A scientific organization, known as Monarch, had been formed to study Godzilla and any gigantic creatures like him and continued to search for him in the following decades.
In 2014, Godzilla detected the mating call of a MUTO, a parasitic lifeform that lived during Godzilla's time and laid its eggs in corpses of his species. In order to preserve his own existence, Godzilla came ashore in Honolulu to fight the winged male MUTO before it could reunite with its female counterpart and reproduce. Godzilla confronted the MUTO at the Honolulu airport, engaging in a brief clash before the MUTO flew back out over the ocean. Godzilla dove underwater and continued pursuing his enemy. The United States military believed Godzilla to be just as dire a threat as the MUTO, although Monarch scientist Ishiro Serizawa stated that Godzilla was only here to hunt the MUTO and that he should be allowed to do so. When the female MUTO emerged in Nevada and began heading to California to reunite with the male, the military formed a plan to lure Godzilla and both MUTOs out to a remote island and kill them all with a nuclear warhead several times more powerful than Castle Bravo. Serizawa believed the detonation would fail to kill any of the creatures and warned William Stenz, the Navy admiral in charge of the operation, to call off the attack. Stenz regretfully told Serizawa they had no choice and allowed the warhead to be armed and carried by boat over San Francisco Bay. The male MUTO used its electromagnetic pulse to disable the military's vehicles and stole the warhead, using it as a nest in which the female could lay its eggs. Godzilla emerged from the Bay shortly afterward, surfacing near the Golden Gate Bridge. Tanks were deployed onto the bridge and opened fire on Godzilla while civilians were attempting to cross it. Godzilla withstood the artillery fire until a blast hit him in the gills, causing him to smash into the bridge and split it in half. Godzilla roared and continued to approach the city, where the MUTOs had constructed their nest.
When Godzilla entered downtown San Francisco, the male MUTO attacked him while its mate laid her eggs. Meanwhile, several soldiers were sent into the heart of the city via a HALO jump to recover and disarm the warhead before it could explode. Godzilla finally reached the nest and roared at the female MUTO, who charged at Godzilla and attacked him. Soon, the male re-entered the battle and both MUTOs double-teamed Godzilla. With the nest unguarded, the soldiers recovered the warhead, while Ford Brody opened a gasoline line, causing the entire nest to explode in a fireball. Both MUTOs witnessed the explosion and stopped pummeling Godzilla and rushed back to their nest. The female MUTO grieved over her dead offspring but became enraged after seeing Brody near the nest. Before the MUTO could kill Brody, Godzilla emerged behind her and blasted her with his atomic breath, buying time for Brody and the other soldiers to carry the warhead to the docks. The male flew behind Godzilla and pulled him out of the way, allowing the female to chase after the soldiers. As the male flew behind Godzilla to try and grab him again, Godzilla swung his tail at it, impaling the MUTO on a skyscraper and killing it. Godzilla stopped to catch his breath, only for a skyscraper to collapse onto him and bury him in debris and rubble. As Godzilla lies on the ground being buried in debris, he caught a brief glimpse of Brody, who was running to the docks. Brody ran to the docks, only to witness the female MUTO kill all of his companions. Brody grabbed the warhead and placed it on a boat, preparing to send it out to the sea where it could detonate safely. Suddenly, the boat's engine deactivated as the female MUTO approached, her EMP field disabling all nearby electronics. Brody drew his pistol and aimed it at the MUTO, fully expecting to be killed. Just then, Godzilla came up behind the MUTO and bit down on her neck, pulling her away from the boat. Godzilla grabbed the MUTO's jaws and pried them open, then fired his atomic breath down her throat until her head fell off. Godzilla roared victoriously before dropping the MUTO's head and collapsing onto the ground unconscious. The boat reactivated and began heading out of the bay, while Brody was rescued by a helicopter.
The next morning, San Francisco was in ruins, while military and emergency personnel surrounded Godzilla's unconscious body. Serizawa and his assistant Vivienne Graham looked sadly at Godzilla, believing him to be dead. Suddenly, Godzilla's eye opened and he began to stir. Godzilla stood up and began walking back out to the ocean. Godzilla let out one last victorious roar before diving back into the sea and disappearing beneath the waves.
In 1973, while appealing to Senator Willis to approve an expedition to Skull Island, Monarch member Bill Randa mentioned how the 1954 Castle Bravo nuclear tests were not tests but attempts to kill a creature, though he did not mention Godzilla by name.
Following their adventure on Skull Island, James Conrad and Mason Weaver were held in an interrogation room by Monarch members Houston Brooks and Lin San, where they were shown documents related to the 1954 nuclear strikes against Godzilla, as well as two cave paintings depicting Godzilla alone and locked in battle with an unidentified three-headed monster.
While fruitlessly searching through the ruins of San Francisco for their missing son Andrew in 2014, Mark Russell and his wife Emma and their daughter Madison witnessed Godzilla walk past them. Mark grew to blame Godzilla for the loss of his son and resigned from Monarch, maintaining a desire to have the monster killed. The U.S. government and a large portion of the public grew to feel the same way following the devastating events in San Francisco. After five years, Godzilla had seemingly disappeared. Monarch's Dr. Ishiro Serizawa, Vivienne Graham, and Sam Coleman appeared before a Senate hearing to discuss the organization's future. The government and military expressed a desire to exterminate Godzilla and all of the other Titans like him, but Serizawa and Graham insisted that the solution was to find a way to coexist with Godzilla and other possibly benevolent Titans in a sort of symbiotic relationship. Monarch soon faced a bigger crisis, as they learned that Emma and Madison had been kidnapped from Outpost 61 in China along with Emma's sonar device the ORCA. They brought Mark with them to their underwater headquarters in Bermuda, Outpost 54, a.k.a. Castle Bravo. From there, they covertly had been observing Godzilla on his own turf. Inside Castle Bravo, Monarch determined that Emma and Madison had been abducted by Col. Alan Jonah, a British Army colonel-turned eco-terrorist bent on restoring the natural order. Evidently, he intended to use the ORCA to achieve his goal. While Monarch attempted to decipher where Jonah had brought the ORCA, the base detected Godzilla approaching unusually close. Readings of the monster showed his breathing and heart rate were elevated, and he seemed ready to attack the base. Members of Monarch's G-Team manned the base's Maser Turrets and prepared to open fire, but Mark convinced them to stand down and lower the base's shields to signal to Godzilla that they were not a threat. As the shields were lowered, Godzilla could be seen swimming just outside the base, his dorsal fins emitting a periodic blue flash, which Graham identified as an intimidation display. Mark approached the window to get a better look, as the glow faded and Godzilla vanished into the blackness. Suddenly, Godzilla charged past the base and swam off. Mark asked to view Godzilla's movement routes, saying that if he left his territory it was because he must have felt threatened. Mark believed this could be because he detected the ORCA. Monarch's course projections showed Godzilla heading to a single location: Antarctica. The members of Monarch boarded the flying command ship the USS Argo and followed Godzilla to Antarctica. Graham explained to Mark that Antarctica was the location of Outpost 32, an off-the-books outpost in which Monarch studied a recently-uncovered specimen which Emma called "Monster Zero," possibly a rival alpha to Godzilla in the ancient past. Godzilla soon vanished from tracking, which Dr. Rick Stanton took to mean he was using passages within the Hollow Earth to navigate underwater more quickly.
Upon arriving at Outpost 32, Monarch was ambushed by Jonah's men and was unable to stop them from unleashing Monster Zero. The three-headed Titan menaced the members of Monarch before Godzilla erupted from the ice to challenge him. The Titans charged at each other, with Godzilla trying to grapple with each of the beast's heads. Monster Zero seemed to have the physical advantage over Godzilla, who attempted to fire his atomic breath at his enemy. Instead, the beast's heads simply dodged the blast and countered with a series of gravity beams that knocked Godzilla off the ice shelf. Godzilla got back onto the ice and attempted to reengage, but after being bombarded by missiles from the Argo Monster Zero simply flew away. Monster Zero later vanished within a tropical storm, while Godzilla seemed headed to Isla de Mara, Mexico, the site of Outpost 56. Emma had actually sided with Jonah from the start to unleash the Titans in an attempt to "restore balance" to the world, and her next target was the Titan in Outpost 56, Rodan. Monster Zero arrived over the waters near the island within the tropical storm and defeated Rodan in an aerial clash, only for Godzilla to leap from the ocean and drag him underwater. Godzilla had the upper hand below the waves, tearing off one of Monster Zero's heads, but the U.S.military attempted to kill both Titans with the experimental Oxygen Destroyer missile. When the warhead impacted, it produced a huge green explosion that sent Godzilla sinking to the bottom of the sea, his vital signs dropping until he was pronounced dead by Stanton. Monster Zero, however, was unharmed by the blast and promptly regenerated his severed head before unleashing all of the Titans around the world. Monarch's Dr. Ilene Chen concluded that the creature was not part of the natural order like Godzilla, but was rather an alien organism that came to Earth aiming to bend its ecosystem to his will. Ancient accounts corroborated that he had battled Godzilla in the past, and referred to him as "Ghidorah, the One Who is Many." While Titans around the world bowed to Ghidorah's will, Mothra did not and upon emerging from her cocoon made her way to Castle Bravo. Monarch analyzed the sonar she emitted and found that Godzilla was responding to her. Realizing Godzilla was still alive, Serizawa, Stanton, Chen, and Mark followed Mothra to Godzilla's location in a submarine, which was pulled deeper underwater by a sudden whirlpool. They discovered that this whirlpool led to the Hollow Earth, where they came upon the sunken ruins of an ancient city. Adorning its walls were murals depicting humans worshiping Godzilla. The submarine located Godzilla laying on a giant altar within a nearby underwater air pocket, which contained molten lava flows and extremely high radiation levels. This chamber was Godzilla's lair, and where he went to continuously feed on radiation, allowing him to continuously evolve and survive for an incredibly long time. While the radiation would allow Godzilla to recover from the Oxygen Destroyer, it wouldn't do it fast enough for Godzilla to stop Ghidorah. Unfortunately, the submarine's firing systems had been damaged, meaning it could not fire one of its nuclear torpedoes at Godzilla in order to speed up the process. Furthermore, no one would be able to survive the lethal heat and radiation within the chamber if they armed the warhead manually. Serizawa declared that he would sacrifice himself to do this task, and donned a radiation suit which would protect him long enough to arm the warhead. Serizawa departed in a smaller submarine which surfaced in Godzilla's lair. He brought the warhead to the altar and armed it. As the timer counted down, Serizawa removed his helmet and approached Godzilla, who opened his eyes and seemed to notice him. Serizawa placed his hand on Godzilla's face and said "Goodbye, old friend" just before the warhead detonated. The explosion obliterated the sunken city and propelled the main submarine to the surface. Chen and Mark went above deck to see if Serizawa had succeeded, and witnessed Godzilla emerge from a whirlpool, completely rejuvenated. Godzilla fired his atomic breath into the sky, then turned his attention to the nearby humans. Godzilla leaned forward and locked eyes with Mark before turning around and making his way to Boston, where Madison had activated the ORCA after stealing it from her mother and Jonah.
Ghidorah, detecting the ORCA, had landed in Boston and begun to menace Madison. Just before he could kill her with his gravity beams, he was struck and knocked off his feet by a blast of Godzilla's atomic breath. Godzilla came ashore in Boston accompanied by a full military escort, ready for a final battle with his ancient nemesis. Godzilla and Ghidorah charged at each other and began fighting. Stanton observed that the radiation Godzilla absorbed from the blast had begun to reach critical levels, meaning that he would explode like an atomic bomb in 12 minutes. Two Ospreys were deployed from the Argo to try and locate Madison and the ORCA while Godzilla and Ghidorah clashed. Ghidorah used his heads to restrain Godzilla and pin him to the ground, but Godzilla forced him off with his atomic breath. As the monsters' battle continued, Mothra arrived and pinned Ghidorah's heads against a nearby building with her silk. Godzilla lunged at Ghidorah and tackled him through the building. As Godzilla prepared to attack his fallen enemy, Ghidorah called for Rodan to intercept Mothra and take her out of the fight. While Mothra and Rodan dueled in the sky, Godzilla and Ghidorah continued their struggle. Ghidorah bit down on a nearby power substation and absorbed the electricity, projecting it from his wings in an attack that temporarily stunned Godzilla. Ghidorah leaped at Godzilla and grabbed him with his claws before lifting him into the air. Ghidorah wrapped his middle neck around Godzilla's throat and strangled him until he went limp, then flew above the clouds before releasing Godzilla. Godzilla plummeted back to the ground, producing a blue explosion upon striking it. With Godzilla immobilized, Ghidorah landed in front of him and prepared to finish him. However, the wounded Mothra crawled weakly onto Godzilla's body and shielded him from Ghidorah. She then flew directly at Ghidorah, who vaporized her with his gravity beams. Mothra's energy flowed into Godzilla, causing his skin to form glowing red cracks. Ghidorah bit down on Godzilla and lifted him, draining his atomic energy through his bite. However, Emma and Mark were able to reactivate the ORCA and draw Ghidorah away from Godzilla. Ghidorah pursued the ORCA, which Emma transported in a jeep, finally destroying the vehicle with his gravity beams. As Emma lay dying on the ground, she looked up at Ghidorah and defiantly declared "Long live the king." Ghidorah noticed something behind him and turned to see Godzilla approaching, now covered in glowing bright orange patterns and emitting heat that melted everything around him. Godzilla's dorsal fins sparked and glowed before he launched forward a nuclear pulse shaped like Mothra's wings and making the sound of her roar. This pulse incinerated the flesh of Ghidorah's wings as he tried to shield his heads from the blast. Wounded, Ghidorah countered with his gravity beams which seemed to not even affect Godzilla. Godzilla emitted a second nuclear pulse which disintegrated Ghidorah's left and right heads. Ghidorah fell to the ground as Godzilla stomped on his chest just before the nuclear energy inside of him exploded. Boston was consumed by a fiery explosion, and when the smoke cleared neither monster was visible. After a few moments, Ghidorah's burned head emerged from the rubble, followed by Godzilla, who was carrying the severed head in his mouth. Godzilla fired his atomic breath, which incinerated the head until it was nothing but ash. While victorious over Ghidorah, Godzilla was soon confronted by the other Titans Ghidorah had awakened: Methuselah, Behemoth, Scylla, and the Queen MUTO. Rodan, having survived being impaled by Mothra's stinger earlier, approached Godzilla and roared angrily. Godzilla met his gaze, and Rodan promptly backed down and submitted to Godzilla. The other Titans each followed suit, all "bowing" to the new King of the Monsters.
In the aftermath of the battle, Godzilla kept the other Titans in check and prevented them from attacking human cities. Under Godzilla's leadership, many of the stray Titans began congregating at Skull Island, which had recently become affected by seismic disturbances.
The MonsterVerse Godzilla retains the character's trademark atomic breath. While he seems to use it as a weapon of last resort rather than as his primary weapon in his battle with the MUTOs, he uses it more frequently in his battles with King Ghidorah. When Godzilla charges his atomic breath, he draws energy from his bio-nuclear circulatory system which activates when he is threatened. This triggers a neutron flux that manifests as a blue glow which slowly moves from the tip of his tail up his protective dorsal fins, which serve as energy reserves for his atomic power. Finally, the energy reaches Godzilla's throat chambers, where it explodes into a concentrated wave of atomic energy. Godzilla then spews this atomic energy from his mouth as a blue blast of flame which is capable of destroying one Shinomura, wounding and knocking down the female MUTO, and pushing back King Ghidorah. In addition to serving as a weapon, Godzilla's atomic breath can be utilized as a "dominance display," while he also uses the bluish glow which emanates from his dorsal fins as an intimidation display. When he fires his breath directly into the female MUTO's mouth, it decapitates and kills her almost instantly. After their battle in Boston, Godzilla ultimately incinerates Ghidorah's last head by holding it in his mouth while firing his atomic breath. It appears that once Godzilla has fully charged his atomic breath, he can fire it multiple times, the best example being when he fires it twice in rapid succession during his battle with the MUTOs after he charges it for the first time.
In an early screenplay for the 2014 film, the female MUTO's "magnetism" prevents Godzilla from using his atomic breath just before he can unleash it, causing the "ignition current in his throat" to "short-circuit." The male MUTO releases an EMP with the same effect in the novelization. However, this is never established in the film. It is possible that using his atomic breath significantly drains Godzilla's energy, as he is shown collapsing from exhaustion shortly after using his atomic breath a third time to kill the female MUTO. However, this could also be attributed to fatigue from the rest of the battle or from swimming from Hawaii to San Francisco, as he was able to use his atomic breath far more frequently during his fights with King Ghidorah without any apparent ill effects.
Godzilla possesses a symbiotic bond with Mothra. The two are able to communicate using sonar over great distances, with Mothra using this ability to locate Godzilla and lead Monarch to his location to revive him. After King Ghidorah disintegrates Mothra with his Gravity Beams, her life energy rains down into the wounded Godzilla, imbuing him with increased power that causes his skin to crack and glow orange while emitting incredibly intense heat. In this empowered state, known as Burning Godzilla, Godzilla can utilize his powerful incendiary nuclear pulse, which manifests in the shape of Mothra's wings and makes the sound of her roar.
The MonsterVerse Godzilla possesses a variation of the character's nuclear pulse ability, which he uses in his final confrontation with MUTO Prime. Once MUTO Prime is stunned by the ORCA, Godzilla lifts it onto his back and fires a concentrated shockwave of atomic energy from his shattered dorsal plates. He vented off the accumulating nuclear energy coming from his broken dorsal plates and turned it into a massive one-time blast This pulse launches MUTO Prime into the air and renders it helpless enough for Godzilla to finish it off by crushing its head. The attack is extremely draining to Godzilla, and he only uses it out of complete desperation.
Godzilla utilizes a more powerful version of the attack in his final battle with King Ghidorah in Boston. After absorbing Mothra's energy following her death in addition to the nuclear energy already absorbed from a thermonuclear explosion, Godzilla's nuclear power builds to the point his skin begins to crack and glow bright orange, giving off heat intense enough to melt everything around him, a state called Burning Godzilla. In this state, Godzilla approaches Ghidorah and fires forth an incredibly powerful nuclear pulse that takes the shape of Mothra's wings and emits the sound of her roar. The first nuclear pulse is sufficient to shred both of Ghidorah's wings, and Godzilla follows up with a second that incinerates both Ghidorah's right and left heads. Godzilla then finishes Ghidorah by stomping down on his chest and releasing his accumulated nuclear power in a massive explosion.
The MonsterVerse Godzilla displays an impressive degree of durability. He is shown to have survived the detonation of Castle Bravo, a 15 megaton hydrogen bomb, while directly next to the bomb in 1954. He also survived the impact of the meteor which caused the Permian extinction event. When blasted by missiles and artillery by the United States military, Godzilla reacts but appears unharmed until one missile strikes him directly in the gills, causing him to reel back in pain and plow through the Golden Gate Bridge. Godzilla survives his battle against both MUTOs with little visible physical injury, and despite collapsing from exhaustion awakens hours later and walks back into the ocean completely unharmed. According to Monarch, Godzilla's dorsal fins serve a "protective" function, meaning that they may act as a sort of sharp armoring meant to stab enemies that touch them. This function has not yet been demonstrated in any of Godzilla's observed battles, however. In Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Godzilla survives several vicious attacks from King Ghidorah, including several strikes from his powerful gravity beams, being strangled by his necks, and being dropped from extremely high in the air to the ground below. However, while these attacks are not able to kill Godzilla, they all visibly injure him and the last one nearly killed him before Mothra intervened.
Godzilla's durability is supplemented by radiation he absorbs. After being severely weakened by the Oxygen Destroyer, Godzilla retreats to his lair where he rests and feeds on the surrounding radiation. Monarch can accelerate this process by detonating a thermonuclear warhead right next to Godzilla while he rests. Not only does he survive the explosion unharmed, but he absorbs the radiation and is instantly revitalized. After Godzilla is nearly killed when Ghidorah drops him from the sky, he is revived by Mothra's energy. This not only allows him to get back to his feet, but it also overloads him with nuclear power to the point he can emit nuclear pulses that ultimately destroy Ghidorah. In this powered-up state, Godzilla's durability is enhanced, rendering him able to withstand Ghidorah's gravity beams with no visible harm at all and also to survive the explosion produced when the nuclear energy within his body reaches critical mass.
While relying less on his atomic breath than previous incarnations, the MonsterVerse Godzilla makes greater use of his physical strength and combat skills when fighting. Godzilla is able to defeat the male MUTO in each encounter, due to his size advantage. Godzilla is also able to overpower the larger female MUTO when he confronts her, although he does experience difficulty when trying to fight them both at once. He also at one point pushes the female MUTO to the ground and steps on her chest to pin her down, which could have allowed him to finish her had the male not intervened. Godzilla finally kills the female MUTO by grabbing her from behind when she is distracted and prying her jaws apart so he can fire his atomic breath down her throat. In one of his battles with MUTO Prime, Godzilla manages to force the creature off of him by slashing it in the head with his claws, visibly drawing blood. He was also able to lift MUTO Prime onto his back to unleash a nuclear pulse from his shattered dorsal plates.
Godzilla's tail is also a formidable weapon, shown when he uses it to slam the male MUTO into a skyscraper when he tries to attack Godzilla from behind, impaling the MUTO on the building and killing him almost instantly. The impact was so strong, one of the MUTO's limbs fell off. He used his tail again to knock back King Ghidorah during the battle in Boston, hitting his opponent with enough power to stagger him.
Godzilla uses his physical strength during his battles with King Ghidorah as well. In their first battle in Antarctica, Godzilla grabs one of Ghidorah's heads and slams it into the Outpost 32 building. Godzilla easily overpowers Ghidorah in their underwater fight in Mexico, dragging him below the surface and managing to bite down on and tear off his left head. Had the Oxygen Destroyer never been used, Godzilla would have likely successfully defeated Ghidorah. In their final battle, Godzilla demonstrates impressive speed for his size when he charges at Ghidorah and collides with him. Godzilla uses several physical attacks in this confrontation, including grabbing Ghidorah and hurling his 141,056-ton body a considerable distance, and smashing him through a building.
The MonsterVerse Godzilla possesses gills which close whenever he comes onto land. He also possesses amphibious lungs, allowing him to breathe both underwater and on land. According to Monarch, Godzilla's swimming speed is 40 knots, but he's capable of reaching speeds exceeding 60 knots. He propels his massive body by undulating his tail like a crocodile. Godzilla is capable of swimming extremely quickly and eluding the United States Navy despite his size. Thanks to his aquatic adaptations, Godzilla is an extremely powerful combatant underwater. He was able to overpower the much larger King Ghidorah underwater and tear off one of his heads, and likely would have defeated him if not for the Oxygen Destroyer.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters - The Official Movie Novelization notes that Godzilla has come to recognize his surroundings based on sounds and has memorized the very contours of the continents around him.
The MonsterVerse Godzilla demonstrates learning and strategy during his battle with the MUTOs. When he is unable to overpower both MUTOs at the same time, he gradually learns their weaknesses and attack patterns after repeated clashes with them. After being repeatedly attacked from behind by the male MUTO, Godzilla anticipates his attack and allows the MUTO to approach him from behind before swinging his tail and impaling him on a building. After his atomic breath proves effective against the female MUTO, Godzilla sneaks up on her while she is going after Ford Brody and pulls her jaws apart, then fires his atomic breath into her mouth and kills her. Godzilla uses his surroundings to his advantage, shown when he uses buildings to shove or smash his enemies. The MonsterVerse Godzilla also appears to avoid unnecessary conflict, as he completely ignores the military's attacks and does not at any point retaliate, even after being visibly hurt by a missile striking his gills. After defeating both MUTOs, he leaves San Francisco peacefully, without causing any further destruction.
In Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Godzilla continues to demonstrate considerable intelligence. He continues to avoid unnecessary conflict with humans, preferring to intimidate them when they encounter him at Monarch's Castle Bravo base. During his second fight with King Ghidorah in Mexico, he exploits his advantage when fighting underwater by dragging Ghidorah under the surface and keeping him submerged. Godzilla manages to rip one of Ghidorah's heads off, and would have most likely won using this tactic if not for the use of the Oxygen Destroyer. After being revitalized by a nuclear detonation, Godzilla seems to acknowledge the humans observing him from a nearby submarine, particularly Mark Russell, before heading off to confront Ghidorah in Boston. After beating Ghidorah, Godzilla acknowledges the other Titan's submission without any further conflict.
Godzilla feeds on radiation and can absorb it in a variety of ways. During the Permian, Godzilla and his kind subsisted on the planet's natural surface radiation, but he retreated deep underwater to sustain himself on the planet's natural geothermal radiation following the Permian extinction. In the modern-day, Godzilla is capable of absorbing radiation through man-made sources such as nuclear reactors and thermonuclear weapons. Godzilla can survive seemingly indefinitely by remaining in a hibernation-like state feeding on the surrounding radiation within his underwater lair, and this radiation allows him to continuously grow and recover from existing injuries. He was able to completely regrow the dorsal plates MUTO Prime destroyed in 2014 by 2019. Godzilla: King of the Monsters director Michael Dougherty compared this process to "deer or elk antlers. Or your own hair." 
Godzilla's healing process is accelerated when he is exposed to a nuclear blast at point-blank range, completely healing and revitalizing him and granting him a huge boost of internal nuclear power. Godzilla also absorbs energy from Mothra after she is killed by King Ghidorah's gravity beams. In combination with the energy he already absorbed from the nuclear blast, this charges Godzilla's internal power to the point his skin cracks and emits a bright orange glow as he reaches a state known as Burning Godzilla. Godzilla becomes so superheated in this state that he melts everything around him, and emits the excess energy through a series of powerful nuclear pulses that obliterate King Ghidorah.
The MonsterVerse Godzilla, while a formidable opponent, demonstrates a few weaknesses. The gills on his neck appear to be a weak point, shown when he reels back in pain after being struck directly in the gills by a shot fired from a tank on the Golden Gate Bridge. The MUTOs are able to draw blood from Godzilla and cause him to collapse to the ground by striking his gills with their hooked claws. Godzilla was also easily overwhelmed when both MUTOs attacked at once, being unable to fight the female head on and anticipate the male's attacks at the same time. Godzilla's endurance is also not limitless, as he suffers from apparent exhaustion multiple times during the fight. After killing the male MUTO, Godzilla pauses to breathe, only to be pinned under a collapsing skyscraper. After killing the female, Godzilla roars victoriously before collapsing to the ground and passing out.
Godzilla can also be outmatched in one-on-one combat by an enemy comparable or superior to him in size and strength, as observed in his encounters with MUTO Prime and King Ghidorah. MUTO Prime relies on its powerful forelimbs to stun Godzilla with a well-timed punch to the face, while also successfully drawing blood from him with the sharp claws on its smaller additional arms. MUTO Prime's sonic roar is also powerful enough to completely shatter his dorsal fins. MUTO Prime's speed allows it to escape before Godzilla can react, meaning MUTO Prime gradually weakens Godzilla over several encounters by attacking him and retreating before it sustains any damage itself. Monarch determines that Godzilla lost his battle against MUTO Prime in France, as he sustains numerous wounds while MUTO Prime escapes mostly unharmed. Godzilla is nearly infected by MUTO Prime's parasitic spores twice and only manages to survive and win their final battle in Montana due to Monarch's intervention. However, unlike in his battle with the MUTOs, Godzilla's battle with MUTO Prime leaves him with visible injuries all over his body, and he is only able to weakly limp away. Godzilla is visibly hurt by Ghidorah's gravity beams and is outmatched against him in physical combat on several occasions. Ghidorah is strong enough to restrain Godzilla with his three heads and can pin him to the ground or lift him into the air.
Godzilla is susceptible to the Oxygen Destroyer, which lowered his vital signs and forced him to retreat back to his lair to recover.
- Godzilla (2014)
- Kong: Skull Island (2017) [mentioned; cave paintings]
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)
- Godzilla vs. Kong (2021)
- Godzilla: Strike Zone (2014) - Android, iOS, and Browser
- Godzilla: Crisis Defense (2014) - Browser
- Godzilla: Smash3 (2014) - Android and iOS
- Godzilla (2014) - PlayStation 3 and 4
- Godzilla: Kaiju Collection (2015) - Android and iOS
In this freeware game released shortly before the film debuted in theaters, Godzilla serves an antagonistic role, and chases the player through San Francisco in the third stage. Players must avoid flying debris and make it to the end of the level to take cover.
The MonsterVerse Godzilla appears in the video game Godzilla on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, under the names "Hollywood Godzilla" or "Godzilla (2014)." He is encountered on the final stage of the game as the final boss when playing through God of Destruction Mode as the default Godzilla, provided the player has reached at least 100 meters and recorded all of the special camera angles on the other stages. After the Hollywood Godzilla is defeated, he and Burning Godzilla are unlocked as playable characters in King of Kaiju Mode. In the PlayStation 4 version of the game, Hollywood Godzilla is available to play in all game modes. In God of Destruction Mode, Hollywood Godzilla will always be scaled to his movie-accurate height of 108.2 meters, while other monsters start at 50 meters and grow by absorbing G-energy. However, Hollywood Godzilla will only begin the game at 50% power and absorbing G-energy increases his power. In King of Kaiju mode, Hollywood Godzilla is scaled to the 80-meter class, like all other monsters.
One tap: Right Scratch
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Tap + Down: Tail Sweep
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Godzilla in Godzilla: Smash3
Godzilla in Godzilla: Strike Zone
Godzilla 2014 in Godzilla: Kaiju Collection
Godzilla 2014 (ver. Red) in Godzilla: Kaiju Collection
- Godzilla: Awakening (2014)
- Skull Island: The Birth of Kong #1 (2017) [photographs]
- Godzilla: Aftershock (2019)
- Godzilla Dominion (2021)
An ancient creature, Godzilla slept in the sea 250,000,000 years ago and was disturbed by a Shinomura that landed near him. Godzilla stood up and blasted the Shinomura with his atomic breath just as a meteor exploded nearby, triggering the Permian-Triassic extinction event and diminishing atmospheric radiation, which Godzilla depended on, forever, forcing Godzilla to look for radiation closer to the Earth's core in the bottom of the ocean.
Millions of years passed and Godzilla hibernated until he was awakened by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. He surfaced near Hiroshima and observed the awakened Shinomura. Throughout the rest of the 1940s, Godzilla chased off Shinomura from all sites it attacked around the Pacific Ocean and was mass-reported by eye-witnesses, but no one working for the U.S. government believed he exists except for Eiji Serizawa, Ishiro Serizawa's father.
In March of 1954, Godzilla surfaced near Moansta Island to fight the two Shinomura, who had just fused into one. After a heated battle, Godzilla managed to separate both Shinomura and killed one of them with his atomic breath. As the other Shinomura got away, Godzilla followed it to Bikini Atoll and was seen by Monarch, proving "Gojira" existed. The next day, an atomic "test" was performed on Bikini Atoll, killing the Shinomura and presumably Godzilla. Serizawa, however, believed Godzilla couldn't have died.
In 1981, Monarch member Shaw approached Ishiro Serizawa at his father's funeral, who joined Monarch in order to study Godzilla, who was still alive.
A photograph taken of Godzilla surfacing at Bikini Atoll in 1954 prior to the detonation of Castle Bravo, as well as photographs of the detonation itself, were hung on a map in Houston Brooks office at Monarch Field Office Sigma in 2012. Also hung on the map were a photograph of the male MUTO inside of its chrysalis and an image of a moth-like creature.
Following his victory over the MUTOs in San Francisco, Godzilla emerged to battle MUTO Prime when it emerged at an American military base in Guam. MUTO Prime punched Godzilla in the face before escaping back underground, causing Godzilla to return to the sea. When MUTO Prime destroyed a Russian nuclear submarine in the Barents Sea, Godzilla arrived and rammed it underwater. MUTO Prime again stunned Godzilla with a blow to the face and swam away. MUTO Prime next struck the Athena II Nuclear Power Plant in France, drawing Godzilla, who fired his atomic breath at his foe. The monsters clashed again, with MUTO Prime slashing into Godzilla's neck with its claws and flooring him with a devastating punch. MUTO Prime leaped onto Godzilla and extended its ovipositors, but Godzilla clawed into MUTO Prime's face and forced it off. The monsters exchanged roars before MUTO Prime retreated back underground. Godzilla returned to the sea but was visibly injured from the encounter.
Monarch had determined that MUTO Prime was responsible for infecting another member of Godzilla's species, known to the ancients as Dagon, with its parasitic eggs using its ovipositors. Dagon had eventually been killed by the parasites and became entombed in a cavern in the Philippines, the same cavern which was unearthed in 1999 and unleashed both MUTOs. Now, MUTO Prime was intending to incubate its young inside Godzilla himself, which could lead to MUTOs overrunning the world and triggering a mass extinction. Fearing that MUTO Prime would kill Godzilla in their next encounter, Monarch developed a plan to replicate the sonic pulses given off by the MUTO eggs, fooling MUTO Prime into believing its young were safely incubating long enough for Godzilla to gain the upper hand.
Dr. Emma Russell and Tarkan Cavusgolu traveled to a repository for decommissioned nuclear submarine power cores in Nevada with the prototype ORCA sonar device developed by Emma. When they arrived, they found Godzilla and MUTO Prime already locked in combat. MUTO Prime used a sonic roar to shatter Godzilla's dorsal plates, knocking him to the ground and giving his foe the opportunity to strike. As MUTO Prime extended its ovipositors, Emma activated the ORCA. MUTO Prime was momentarily stunned, allowing Godzilla to grab his foe and lift it onto his back. Godzilla unleashed a pulse of atomic energy from his shattered dorsal plates which launched MUTO Prime into the air, severing its additional forelimbs and causing it to crash to the ground on its back. Godzilla then walked over to MUTO Prime and stomped on its head, killing it. Godzilla roared victoriously before weakly walking off into the sunset, smoke pouring from his back.
When creating Godzilla's new roar, sound designers Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn embarked on a process of experimentation similar to the development of Godzilla's roar for the original 1954 film. They tried animal sounds, and reproduced the glove-on-strings method used to create the original Godzilla roar, but were not happy with the results. They spent six months over a three-year period trying to create a roar that would fit the new Godzilla, using scientific microphones that record above the range of human hearing and then taking the ultrasonic sounds and pitching and slowing them down. In Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Godzilla's roars are merged with various classic roars from the Showa era, including the roar from the 1954 film at one instance.
- The MonsterVerse Godzilla was at one point the tallest incarnation of Godzilla to appear in a film, but his height was exceeded by the Godzilla from Shin Godzilla two years later. For Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the MonsterVerse Godzilla's size was increased and he exceeded Shin Godzilla as the tallest live-action Godzilla to date, although he is still shorter than the Hanna-Barbera Godzilla and Godzilla Earth.
- In Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the pounding sound Godzilla's dorsal fins make when they flash is taken from King Kong's weakening heartbeat from the final scene of the 1976 film.
- This Godzilla's fighting style and movements were primarily based on bears and komodo dragons.
- This is the first Godzilla to be portrayed by motion-capture, and the second to be primarily computer-generated, after the TriStar Godzilla.
- In an interview with Digital Spy, Jordan Vogt-Roberts stated that one potential post-credits scene for Kong: Skull Island involved characters on a boat in the Arctic Ocean witnessing Godzilla surface.
- Two characters in Godzilla: King of the Monsters define Godzilla and Mothra's ancient alliance in romantic terms, with Dr. Ilene Chen calling Mothra "Queen of the Monsters" and Chief Warrant Officer Jackson Barnes questioning if "they got a thing going on," though subsequently Dr. Sam Coleman explains it as a "symbiotic relationship." In addition, chapter 15 of Godzilla: King of the Monsters - The Official Movie Novelization begins with a quotation from Hazrat Inayat Khan, foreshadowing Mothra's sacrifice:
- Moth: I gave you my life.
- Flame: I allowed you to kiss me.
- Fans produced a great deal of artwork showing the Titans as a couple following the release of the film, some of which was retweeted by director Michael Dougherty. This pairing between the two is commonly called "GodziMoth" (ゴジモス by Japanese fans and alternatively "MothZilla" by English-speaking fans. Gojimosu)
- According to a tweet answered by Michael Dougherty, Godzilla is represented by the Tarot card The Emperor, which symbolizes order and control.
- While most Japanese sources elect to approximate Godzilla's height to simply 108 meters, Toho Special Effects All Monster Encyclopedia (p. 120) instead lists a more precise measurement of 108.2 meters.
- Both American and Japanese sources measure Godzilla's weight as "90,000 tons" in Godzilla (2014) and "99,634 tons" in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, however it should be noted that in Japanese sources this refers to 90,000 metric tons (99,208.018 U.S. tons) and 99,634 metric tons (109,827.69 U.S. tons), respectively.
- The Japanese publication Godzilla Dictionary [New Edition] erroneously claims that Godzilla's body volume is 89.724 cubic meters, rather than 89,724.
- Monarch's superspecies profile for Godzilla says that he swims at a speed of 40 knots. However, a line of dialogue in Godzilla: King of the Monsters mentions that he is swimming at a speed of over 60 knots.
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