Godzilla (TriStar)

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Godzilla Incarnations
Heisei Godzilla
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Godzilla 1999
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Godzilla® (TriStar)
Godzilla in GODZILLA (1998)
Alternate names American Godzilla, America Godzilla,[1] Hollywood Godzilla, Godzilla-USA, ToraGoji,[2] AmeriGoji, Godzilla 1998, G.I.N.O., Deanzilla,[3] Fraudzilla,[3]
Giant creature resembling GodzillaGMK
Species Mutated iguana
Height >180 feet[4] / 54 meters[5][note 1]
Length >300 feet[6] / 90 meters,[7][note 2]
200 feet (Tail)[8][note 3]
Weight 500 tons[7][9]
Other stats Tooth length: Over 5 feet,[10]
Talon length: 6 feet,[10]
Length of foot: 45 feet,[10]
Top speed: 300-500 miles per hour,[11][note 4]
Largest dorsal plate height: Over 20 feet[12]
Forms Cyber GodzillaGTS
Controlled by Leviathan AliensGTS
Relations Numerous Offspring,
Second Godzilla (Son)
Enemies United States Military
Created by Ishiro Honda, Tomoyuki Tanaka, Eiji Tsuburaya, Roland Emmerich,
Dean Devlin, Patrick Tatopoulos
Portrayed by Kurt Carley, Frank Welker (Vocalizations)
First appearance Latest appearance
GODZILLA (1998) Godzilla: The Series
Design(s) ToraGoji
Roar(s)
More roars
This article covers the adult Godzilla from the 1998 film. For its revived cybernetic form, see Cyber Godzilla. For its offspring, see Baby Godzilla (TriStar). For the Godzilla from Godzilla: The Series, see Godzilla/Godzilla: The Series. For any post-2004 incarnations of this Godzilla, see Zilla.
He's not some monster trying to evade you. He's just an animal. If you find what he wants, then he'll come to you.
„ 

Niko Tatopoulos (GODZILLA)

Godzilla (ゴジラ,   Gojira) is a giant monster that appeared in the 1998 TriStar Pictures film GODZILLA.

It is the first incarnation of Godzilla to appear in an American-made film and the fourth onscreen incarnation of the character overall. The TriStar Godzilla is very different from previous incarnations of the character, being a mutated iguana rather than a prehistoric creature. His appearance is more reminiscent of modern reconstructions of theropod dinosaurs, and he lacks some of Godzilla's most well-known traits, such as atomic breath and immunity to conventional weaponry. Instead, this Godzilla relies on his speed and animalistic cunning to evade attackers and ambush them rather than fight them head-on. This Godzilla was ultimately killed at the end of his debut film, but one of his asexually-produced offspring survived and grew into the next Godzilla in Godzilla: The Series, an animated sequel to the 1998 film. This Godzilla's carcass was eventually salvaged by the Leviathan Aliens and converted into a cyborg dubbed Cyber Godzilla as part of the aliens' plan to use monsters to overtake the Earth.

The TriStar Godzilla became particularly controversial among the fanbase due to his departure from previous versions of the character, and Toho themselves responded to this controversy in the film Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack in the form of dialogue mentioning a monster similar to Godzilla recently attacking New York City, though Japanese experts doubt it is Godzilla. When TriStar's rights to the character expired in 2003, Toho assumed ownership of the TriStar Godzilla and reintroduced it as a new character called "Zilla" in the film Godzilla: Final Wars, who has itself since been featured in other Godzilla media licensed by Toho.

Name

The monster is initially called by its Japanese name, "Gojira," in the film, when a Japanese sailor witnesses the creature attack his boat and believes it to be a legendary sea monster. Eventually, the media gives it the name Godzilla after mispronouncing "Gojira."

When TriStar's rights to the Godzilla franchise expired in 2003, the rights to this incarnation of Godzilla reverted to Toho, who re-trademarked it as a new character called Zilla, as according to Shogo Tomiyama it "took the 'God' out of 'Godzilla.'"[13] All further incarnations of this version of Godzilla will therefore be known as "Zilla." However, new merchandise of the 1998 incarnation of the monster will still use the name "Godzilla" to refer to it, as demonstrated by the recent DefoReal Godzilla (1998) figure produced by X-Plus[14] and the various Godzilla 1998 ornaments released by Cast.

This version of Godzilla is also commonly referred to by fans as G.I.N.O. (also spelled GINO and Gino), an acronym for "Godzilla In Name Only." This term was coined by Richard Pusateri in January 1998.[15] Some Japanese sources contemporary with the film called this incarnation America Godzilla (アメリカゴジラ,   Amerika Gojira),[1] while the official Japanese nickname for its design is ToraGoji (トラゴジ), which comes from combining and shortening "TriStar" and Godzilla's Japanese name, Gojira.[2] At the beginning of Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, the monster is alluded to as a "giant creature resembling Godzilla" (ゴジラに酷似した巨大生物,   Gojira ni kokuji shita kyodai seibutsu).

Development

Main articles: Godzilla: King of the Monsters 3-D, Godzilla (1994 film).
Godzilla concept art from the original 1994 TriStar screenplay

The idea of an American Godzilla film was considered as early as 1983, when Steve Miner proposed a project called Godzilla: King of the Monsters 3-D. Concept art and maquettes for this Godzilla's design, which resembled a hybrid of Godzilla's traditional design and dinosaurs like Tyrannosaurus rex, were completed before the film was abandoned.

When TriStar Pictures acquired the rights to produce a Godzilla film in 1992, it hired Ted Eliott and Terry Rossio to write a script for the film, which was completed in 1994. The Godzilla featured in this script would be a creature genetically engineered from the DNA of dinosaurs by an ancient civilization to defend the Earth. It would retain most of the characteristics of the Japanese Godzilla, including the mostly upright stance, immunity to conventional weaponry, and atomic breath. Carlos Huante, Ricardo Delgado, and several other artists prepared concept art of Godzilla and his proposed enemy, the Gryphon, before Stan Winston received the contract to design the monsters. This version of the film was ultimately scrapped after Sony executives could not come to a budget agreement with director Jan De Bont, who subsequently left the project.

When Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin were brought on to handle the film, they discarded Eliott and Rossio's script and re-envisioned Godzilla as a mutated iguana spawned by nuclear testing. Patrick Tatopoulos was hired to design the new Godzilla, reimagining him as a lean, swift creature capable of running extremely fast. Emmerich and Devlin decided to make their Godzilla not be immune to conventional weaponry, instead having him rely on his speed and cunning to evade the military. This Godzilla would lack the character's traditional abilities, such as atomic breath, instead posing a threat by asexually producing hundreds of offspring.

Design

Main article: ToraGoji.

The TriStar Godzilla differs greatly in appearance from most other incarnations of Godzilla. Physically, the creature resembles modern depictions of theropod dinosaurs, specifically dromaeosaurids, with some inspiration from iguanas and crocodilians. He has a rough, square-shaped underbite and a pronounced chin, a long and thick neck with a small, spiky dewlap, large, fin-shaped scutes instead of the character's traditional maple leaf-shaped dorsal plates, and long, powerful legs and arms. His mouth is lipless with numerous small, pyramid-shaped teeth that are always visible, even when his mouth is closed, and stick out over both his upper and lower jaws, much like a crocodile. His eyes are fiery-looking, with bright yellow pupils and orange sclera. Each of his 13.7-meter-long feet possess three large, dinosaur-like primary digits on the front and a much smaller, seemingly vestigial, hallux on the back.

Personality

The TriStar Godzilla is an elusive, animalistic, yet clever creature. He does not prefer to confront his attackers head on, but rather evade and confuse them before attacking them back. This strategy allows him to survive several encounters with the U.S. military. In one instance, Godzilla even fakes his own death after two Ohio Class Nuclear-Powered Subs fire torpedoes at him. According to Niko Tatopoulos, Godzilla is not acting maliciously, but is simply providing for his own survival and that of his offspring. The destruction Godzilla causes is generally the result of his gigantic size as he searches for food or attempts to evade the military. Godzilla is visibly saddened and enraged after he finds his offspring dead in the ruins of Madison Square Garden, and seems to associate the humans who are present as being responsible, immediately giving chase after them.

Origins

The TriStar Godzilla is a mutated creature that hatched from an iguana egg that was exposed to a 1968 French nuclear test conducted in the Maruroa Atoll Islands of French Polynesia.[16] The creature apparently grew over a period of 30 years, and by the year 1998 had reached a size of about 180 feet as a result of his mutation.

History

GODZILLA (1998)

In 1998, the Japanese fishing vessel Kobayashi-Maru was sunk at sea by a gigantic creature, leaving only a single survivor. The creature dredged the shipwreck ashore in Panama, leaving behind a trail of footprints across the island. Believing the monster was the result of a secret nuclear test their country had conducted in French Polynesia 30 years ago, the French government authorized a team of secret servicemen led by Philippe Roaché to investigate. Posing as an insurance agent, Philippe investigated the shipwreck, which had its entire payload of tuna removed, and interviewed the only survivor of the incident. The survivor had been exposed to a great deal of radiation during the attack and claimed he saw Gojira, a giant sea monster from Japanese legend. In the meantime, the American military deployed forces to Panama to further investigate the incident, and established a scientific team composed of Niko "Nick" Tatopoulos, Elsie Chapman and Mendel Craven to determine what caused it. Elsie proposed the shipwreck and footprints were left behind by some kind of huge lost dinosaur, but Nick believed otherwise. He hypothesized that the animal was a brand new hybrid spawned from exposure to nuclear radiation, a new mutant species created as a side-effect of human activity.

Sometime later, the creature traveled up the Eastern seaboard of the United States, causing multiple shipwrecks as it approached New York City. Finally, the creature, a huge reptilian creature standing approximately 180 feet in height, came ashore in Manhattan, tearing apart the docks and wandering through the city, causing extensive damage before vanishing into the urban jungle. Taken completely by surprise by the attack, the military scrambled to evacuate the city and prepare countermeasures against the monster. Nick determined that the monster was piscivorous, and proposed a plan to lure it into Flatiron Square with 20,000 pounds of fish. The plan was set into motion, with a mound of fish being dumped into the street and military forces being stationed around the area. After manhole covers in the area were opened, the creature broke through the street and began eating the fish. Nick took photographs of the beast before the military opened fire on it. The monster fled from the military's attack, and began picking off the AH-64 Apache choppers deployed after him one-by-one. In the end, the monster evaded the assault, with the military inflicting more damage on the city than he did. Nick was able to recover a blood sample from the creature left behind by the attack, and after close analysis discovered that the creature was capable of asexual reproduction and about to lay eggs. Nick's former college sweetheart, Audrey Timmonds, reunited with him and stole some of his classified videotapes about the monster, intending to use them to advance her aspirations as a news reporter. Audrey's boss, Charles Caiman, stole the story and reported it on live television, giving the monster the name "Godzilla" after mispronouncing Gojira. When the military found out, they promptly kicked Nick off the task force dealing with the monster. Nick was subsequently kidnapped by Philippe and his men, who wanted to work with Nick to find Godzilla's nest under the city before his young could hatch.

The military prepared for another assault against Godzilla in Central Park. Once Godzilla surfaced and entered the park, the military opened fire on him, sending him into retreat again. Godzilla dove into the Hudson River, where two Ohio Class Nuclear-Powered Subs and one Los Angeles-Class Nuclear Attack Sub were waiting for him. The submarines locked onto Godzilla and fired torpedoes at him while he attempted to burrow to safety. The torpedoes struck the monster, and he sank to the bottom of the river. The military declared Godzilla dead, and the city breathed a sigh of relief. Meanwhile, Philippe's team, secretly followed by Audrey and her cameraman Victor "Animal" Palotti, made their way through the subway tunnels under New York until they discovered Godzilla's nest inside Madison Square Garden, which contained 228 eggs and a large supply of fish to feed the young. The eggs began hatching into Baby Godzillas, who caught the smell of fish on Nick and the others and began attacking them. Eventually, Nick and Philippe met up with Audrey and Animal, and they all boarded themselves inside the arena's media room. Using the broadcasting equipment, Audrey broadcast a live news report to the city showing the Baby Godzillas roaming through the arena and warning of the threat. Major Anthony Hicks ordered three F-18 Hornets to blow up the arena, and gave Nick and the others a brief window to flee. Using an assault rifle to shoot down chandeliers on the ceiling, Philippe cleared a path for himself and the others to escape just before the arena exploded with all the Baby Godzillas still inside.

The four believed they were finally victorious but were proven wrong when the still-living adult Godzilla rose up from under the street. After seeing the charred corpses of his young, Godzilla became enraged and started chasing the humans. They quickly hijacked a taxi and began fleeing from the monster, who chased them across the city. Nick established contact with the military, warning them that Godzilla was still alive. The taxi began luring Godzilla to the Brooklyn Bridge so that he could be easily targeted by the military, but the creature caught the cab in his mouth. Thankfully, they were able to electrocute the monster's mouth with jumper cables, making him roar in pain and allowing the cab to drive back out onto the bridge. Godzilla continued giving chase, jumping onto the bridge and quickly becoming ensnared in the suspension cables. With Godzilla trapped, the three F-18 Hornets flew overhead and unleashed their payload on the stationary monster. Godzilla roared out in pain, and after a number of direct hits finally collapsed to the ground. Nick stared into Godzilla's eyes as the monster breathed his last and finally died. New York immediately erupted into celebration, with the threat of Godzilla finally eliminated.

However, inside the smoldering ruins of Madison Square Garden, a lone egg hatched.

Godzilla: The Series

Main articles: Cyber Godzilla, Godzilla/Godzilla: The Series.

New Family: Part 1

In a recap of the ending of the 1998 film, Godzilla is killed on the Brooklyn Bridge by three F-18 Hornets.

Monster Wars: Part 2

After his death, Godzilla's body was taken to the Sandy Point military base where it was studied. The base was eventually overtaken by Leviathan Aliens, who used their technology to resurrect Godzilla as a cyborg called Cyber Godzilla. He was then sent to eliminate H.E.A.T., who had sneaked into the facility, and when the second Godzilla arrived to save them, he refused to fight his father and was taken under the control of the Leviathan Aliens. The father and son team gave chase, but were distracted by N.I.G.E.L., which allowed H.E.A.T. to escape. Cyber Godzilla and the other mutations under Leviathan Alien control were then sent out to various cities in order to destroy them. Cyber Godzilla was chosen for Tokyo.

Monster Wars: Part 3

The other mutations were saved from the control of the Leviathan Aliens, but Cyber Godzilla remained loyal. He soon confronted his son, who decided to fight for his surrogate father, Niko Tatopoulos, rather than his biological father. The two began to fight, with Godzilla ripping off Cyber Godzilla's robotic arm and tearing out his internal mechanisms, killing him again.

Abilities

While lacking the Japanese Godzilla's degree of durability and atomic breath, the TriStar Godzilla has demonstrated several unique abilities of his own.

Physical strength

While not as physically powerful as the Japanese Godzilla, the TriStar Godzilla has shown a high amount of physical strength. He is able to sink three fishing boats by pulling them underwater despite them moving at full speed. He also dredged a large freighter onto shore with ease.

Agility

Godzilla dives into the Hudson River to evade the military.

Godzilla is extremely agile, possessing a land speed of over 300 miles per hour.[10][11][note 4] This speed was showcased when Godzilla was able to outrun multiple squadrons of AH-64 Apaches and, despite being in point-blank range, was able to dodge and avoid missiles launched at him with ease.

Camouflage

Godzilla's skin color allows him to blend in well with New York City's architecture. He also possesses an incredibly low body temperature, which renders him colder than his surroundings and unable to be detected by the military's thermal scanning.

Biting and slashing

Godzilla 1998 has five-foot-long teeth and six-foot-long talons,[10] which allow him to burrow through tough surfaces and chomp steel helicopters with little recoil.

Burrowing

Godzilla burrows through a tunnel under New York City.

Godzilla also has shown a remarkable burrowing ability, able to excavate the thick tar and concrete around New York with ease. Using this advantage, he was able to escape and hide from the United States Army.[10]

Durability

Small arms fire is useless against Godzilla, as are standard tank rounds. The F-18 Hornet's missile compliment proved strong enough to kill him, however it required at least twelve missiles to kill him.

Power Breath

Godzilla breathes his flammable power breath onto the street.

The TriStar Godzilla lacks the Japanese Godzilla's iconic atomic breath, though he possesses a "power breath" (strong flammable winds of gas) which he can also ignite to form a wall or blast of flames. This power breath can send things weighing several tons flying away, including cars.[10]

Atomic Breath

When this Godzilla was revived and upgraded as Cyber Godzilla in Godzilla: The Series, he gained a blue atomic breath, much like the Japanese Godzilla's. His son from Godzilla: The Series possesses a green atomic breath. In some of Patrick Tatopoulos' concept artwork for the 1998 film as well as in some artwork for merchandise related to the film, Godzilla is depicted firing atomic breath.

Reproduction

The TriStar Godzilla is capable of asexual reproduction, and is shown to have laid over 200 eggs in Madison Square Garden. The fact that this Godzilla laid eggs has led to a prevalent misconception regarding the character's gender, however like all other versions of Godzilla, the TriStar Godzilla is officially recognized as a male creature, even in spite of its reproductive ability. Niko Tatopoulos even describes Godzilla as a "very unusual he" after discovering its reproductive ability. In Godzilla: The Series, Nick also refers to the creature as the "daddy" of the Godzilla featured in the series. Despite the monster's official gender, designer Patrick Tatopoulos has revealed that female genitalia were sculpted onto Godzilla's CGI model, though this is not plainly visible in the film.[17]

Intelligence

While the TriStar Godzilla relies on instinct to a greater degree than the Japanese Godzilla, he is still shown to be capable of thinking in the midst of a battle and forming strategies. Throughout the film, Godzilla eludes the United States military, causing them to ultimately cause more damage to New York City than he does. Using his speed and camouflage, Godzilla evades several military helicopters and attacks them from behind. Later, he fakes his death by two torpedoes, causing the military to call off their attacks and allowing Godzilla to resurface later.

Weaknesses

Godzilla is fatally wounded by missiles while trapped on the Brooklyn Bridge.

Unlike the Japanese Godzilla, the TriStar Godzilla is not immune to conventional weaponry, and relies on his cunning and speed to survive the military's attacks. While he is able to withstand or evade standard guns, helicopter firepower, tanks, and even nuclear powered submarine torpedoes, he is finally killed after being lured onto the Brooklyn Bridge and becoming entangled by the suspension cables, leaving him helpless against the missile strikes of three F-18 Hornets.

Filmography

Video Games

Gallery

Main article: ToraGoji.

Roar

The TriStar Godzilla's roars seem to be a mix between the roars of the Japanese Godzilla from the 1960's-1970's and elephant sounds, demonstrated when he got hit by torpedoes and groaned like an elephant. When submerged, Godzilla made a moaning sound created from the song of a humpback whale. Gary A. Hecker, Frank Welker, and the film's sound designer, Scott Martin Gershin, also contributed vocals.[18]

The TriStar Godzilla's roars were later used for the Japanese Godzilla in the American version of Godzilla 2000, his cameo appearance in Always: Sunset on Third Street 2, and for an official trailer for the English-language release of the Godzilla PlayStation 3 and 4 video game. Zilla in Godzilla: Final Wars also used these same roars, only slightly modified.

Godzilla 1998 and Zilla's roars
Godzilla 1998 and Zilla's roars

Trivia

  • Though his appearance may suggest otherwise, the TriStar Godzilla is a mutated iguana, and not a dinosaur or prehistoric reptile like the Japanese Godzilla.
  • At only 500 tons in weight, the TriStar Godzilla is the lightest known incarnation of Godzilla.[9][7] Interestingly, this Godzilla's offspring in Godzilla: The Series is stated to weigh 60,000 metric tons in the episode Cash of the Titans, the same weight as the Heisei incarnation of Godzilla.
  • Toho had clear communication with TriStar during the development of the 1998 film. When asked about Hollywood's 1998 film interpretation of Godzilla, Shogo Tomiyama stated: "There was always very good communication between Tokyo and Hollywood. We knew exactly how they were going to do it, and we knew what Godzilla was going to look like."[13]
  • The TriStar Godzilla became incredibly controversial among both American and Japanese Godzilla fans, due to his drastic departure from the character's traditional appearance and characteristics. Toho would humorously acknowledge this controversy in the 2001 film Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, where one character mentions that a giant monster recently attacked New York City. A soldier asks his comrade if the monster was Godzilla, and the other responds that the American experts seem to believe so, though the Japanese doubt it.
    • After TriStar's rights to Godzilla expired in 2003, Toho took ownership of the TriStar Godzilla and re-trademarked it as a new character called Zilla that was featured in the 2004 film Godzilla: Final Wars, where it is quickly killed onscreen by the Japanese Godzilla. According to Shogo Tomiyama, the monster was given the name Zilla because in his words TriStar "took the 'God' out of 'Godzilla'" with their incarnation of the character.
  • In an interview with Starlog, Dean Devlin mentioned that in several earlier drafts of the 1998 film, Godzilla was to have been created by aliens rather than nuclear testing. Devlin said that the filmmakers stuck with Godzilla's traditional nuclear origin because it was something they "felt strongly about not abandoning" and that they thought "it was too important to what Godzilla is all about."[19]
  • In GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse, the prequel novel for GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters, Zilla and Gorosaurus are given a shared chapter which goes into detail about the destruction they caused within the timeline. Zilla is given a role directly inspired by the worst case scenario proposed by Nick in the 1998 film, where it can reproduce asexually and tons of its offspring overrun the city, becoming a pest kaiju. Zilla also attacks France, a reference to the French being responsible for the TriStar Godzilla's creation. Text from the novel says: "If you leave one young one alive, no, if you leave just an egg behind, it'll hatch and reproduce all over again"; also, "The big ones are dangerous, but the young ones were more troublesome. They're intelligent and act in herds. The young ones act as decoys for the tanks while the adults attack from the rooftops"; additionally, "It was more difficult to free the city besieged by Zilla than any other monster."

Video

Wikizilla: YouTube Kaiju Profile: Godzilla 1998 / Zilla

See also

Notes

  1. The novelization for the 1998 film states that Godzilla is over 180 feet (54.864 meters) tall, while Japanese sources, such as Godzilla Dictionary [New Edition] (p. 303), elect to approximate this to simply 54 meters. The film's Japanese theater program states that Godzilla is 60 meters tall at the neck while leaning forward, while Godzilla 1954-1999 Super Complete Works (p. 58) claims that Godzilla's height is approximately "70 meters or more."
  2. The novelization for the 1998 film repeatedly states that Godzilla is over 300 feet (91.44 meters) long from head to tail, however some publications like Shin Godzilla Walker: The New Legend of the King of the Monsters elect to approximate this to simply 90 meters.
  3. The Official GODZILLA Movie Fact Book claims that Godzilla's tail is 256 feet (roughly 78 meters) long by itself, while the film's novelization states that it is 200 feet long.
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Official GODZILLA Movie Fact Book states that Godzilla's top speed is only 300 miles per hour.

References

This is a list of references for Godzilla/TriStar. 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. 1.0 1.1 America Godzilla.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 All Toho Monsters Pictorial Book (4th Edition). Yosensha. p. 232. 4 September 2016. ISBN: 978-4-8003-0362-2.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Tsutsui, William. Godzilla on My Mind. St. Martin's Griffin. 15 October 2004. ISBN: 978-1403964748.
  4. Molstad, Stephen. GODZILLA: The Novelization. HarperPrism. p. 130. June 1998. ISBN: 0-06-105915-3.
  5. Godzilla Dictionary [New Edition]. Kasakura Publishing. p. 303. 7 August 2014. ISBN: 9784773087253.
  6. Molstad, Stephen. GODZILLA: The Novelization. HarperPrism. pp. 3, 81, 130. June 1998. ISBN: 0-06-105915-3.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Shin Godzilla Walker: The New Legend of the King of the Monsters. Kadokawa. p. 81. 22 July 2016. ISBN: 9784048956321.
  8. Molstad, Stephen. GODZILLA: The Novelization. HarperPrism. p. 78. June 1998. ISBN: 0-06-105915-3.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Molstad, Stephen. GODZILLA: The Novelization. HarperPrism. pp. 3, 74. June 1998. ISBN: 0-06-105915-3.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 Weinberger, Kimberly, and Dawn Margolis. The Official GODZILLA Movie Fact Book. Scholastic, Inc.. pp. 10, 20. June 1998. ISBN: 0-590-78627-X.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Molstad, Stephen. GODZILLA: The Novelization. HarperPrism. p. 78. June 1998. ISBN: 0-06-105915-3.
  12. Molstad, Stephen. GODZILLA: The Novelization. HarperPrism. p. 81. June 1998. ISBN: 0-06-105915-3.
  13. 13.0 13.1 INTERVIEW OF SHOGO TOMIYAMA AND RYUHEI KITAMURA.
  14. Deforeal Godzilla 1998.jpg
  15. alt.movies.monsters - American Godzilla = Blockbuster
  16. Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich (writers) & Roland Emmerich (director). GODZILLA. (May 19, 1998). Film. TriStar.
  17. GODZILLA (1998). DVD. Special FX Supervisor Commentary.
  18. Waves - Scott Martin Gershin on Sound Design and Movies
  19. Warren, Bill. (June 1998) Godzilla Confidential. Starlog, 251, p. 56. (read on the Internet Archive)

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Titanus Gojira

one month ago
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godzilla 1998 looks better as kaiju movie than a godzilla movie because he doesn't look like one
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TopMonarchScientist

one month ago
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The narrator of the Scifi Explained videos called this incarnation of the Big G "Zilla". Ó╭╮Ò
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TopMonarchScientist

one month ago
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Another thing to add,this Godzilla still has basic design concepts such as dorsal plates,bipedal stance,a long tail and at least SOME durability like surviving 2 Ohio-class Torpedoes.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

one month ago
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We try to avoid the obvious. And the durability section mentions he survived torpedoes.
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TopMonarchScientist

one month ago
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Ok
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Bowzilla

2 months ago
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5 reasons why GODZILLA does not suck

1. if it weren't for this film, i wouldn't be intrestid and get in the godzilla series. 2.although not looking like godzlla, it's design looks pretty good in my opinion.

3.The show GTS is really good! 4.it's been 21 years now, so get over it!

5. I like to think of him as a subspecies of godzilla or a diffrent monster, but not as a inercarnation
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Artzilla

one month ago
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finally, another Zilla fan.
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TopMonarchScientist

2 months ago
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TopMonarchScientist

3 months ago
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He does not necessarily suck,I got over my hatred of him.
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TopMonarchScientist

3 months ago
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@KingGhidorahsucksGodzillarules3417 please rid your hatred
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KingGhidorahsucksGodzillarules3417

4 months ago
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The reasons why Godzilla (1998) and Zilla suck:

  1. 1:He is too dinosaur-like
  2. 2:He lacks many of the true king of kaiju's abilities
  3. 3:He asexually reproduces (WHAT KIND OF MALE CAN REPRODUCE YOUNG!?!)
  4. 4:He easily got killed in GFW
  5. 5:He eats tuna and civilians when Godzilla feeds on radiation
  6. 6:HE CAN CLIMB!! What is WRONG with Godzilla (1998)!?
And there you have it!
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Green Blob Thing

3 months ago
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The reasons why fans should get over it:

1. It's been 21 years since the movie came out.
2. Most fans who blindly hate on it weren't even alive or conceived when it came out.
3. The movie had literally no negative effect on the franchise, leading to six new movies starting the following year.
4. The animated series based on the movie were actually good.
5. The monster design is actually fine and no doubt would've been accepted if it fired atomic breath and wasn't hurt by missiles.
6. He is factually Godzilla wherever you like it or not.
7. Zilla is a legally separate character that reuses the design, and is a fine monster.
8. Anyone who says "he got easily killed in Final Wars" obviously didn't watch the movie properly, because literally every monster except for Keizer Ghidorah was easily defeated.

And there you have it!
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SkullIslandExplorer

3 months ago
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@Green Blob Thing: *Blake Belladonna voice*

1. Pretty much.


2. I was born 2 years after it came out, and my parents saw it and said it was alright, nothing too spectacular or awful, but was alright. (But I'll admit, I was in the hate wagon for this movie, until I opened up my eyes to the facts. And special thanks to you and the Admins for the facts)


3. Not only that, but the MonsterVerse wouldn’t have existed if it weren’t for this movie (I remember a video from former YouTuber GojiFan93 stating that if it weren’t for G’98, then G’14 wouldn’t exist. Now don’t take his word as fact, but just consider what he said, including what you just said).


4. Hell yeah, it was good! It’s best anime! (JK, but you get my drift)


5. I agree, and I wish certain people (e.g. AVGN) would read what you just wrote.


6. I instantly accepted that fact when that video debunking the “Zilla Name Change” was published. (Again, special thanks to you and the Admins)


7. Agreed. Though, even with the facts presented, it’s a little confusing that they did that. (But who needs the FW Zilla when you have the superior Rulers of Earth Zilla?)


8. A fine example of Final Wars showing how powerful the protagonist is up until he faces the antagonist (my favorite example being Fist of the North Star, where Kenshiro destroys everybody up until he faces Raoh).


Your reasons are very good and I wholeheartedly agree with you. Good day.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

3 months ago
Score 1

Disagree on 3. Attendance for the Millennium series was far lower than the Heisei series; Toho was prepared to cap it at three movies if not for GMK's success. G98 remains one of the most widely-seen interpretations of Godzilla worldwide.

And the design is an atrocious interpretation of Godzilla regardless of what abilities it's assigned.
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SkullIslandExplorer

3 months ago
Score 0
@Astounding Beyond Belief: Oh yeah! I keep forgetting that the Millennium Series was a financial flop (except for a few movies, but it’s still a flop nonetheless). And yeah, I can kinda see what you mean about the design. I still think it’s a cool design, but honestly, they should’ve stuck with the original draft that Jan de Bont envisioned rather than let Roland and Dean do whatever they want. But who cares, it’s been 21 years since it came out, and let’s move on.
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TopMonarchScientist

3 months ago
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Yeah,it's 2019 and that movie came out 1998,Green Blob Thing is right!
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TopMonarchScientist

3 months ago
Score 0
Incorrect,@KingGhidorahsucksGodzillarules3417.
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KING GHIDORAH 1954

2 months ago
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@king ghidorah sucks Godzilla rules.number 3: Seahorses can
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TopMonarchScientist

2 months ago
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EVERYONE,QUIT YOUR HATRED!!! God!
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TopMonarchScientist

2 months ago
Score 0
Sorry so ರ╭╮ರ
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SkullIslandExplorer

2 months ago
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@TopMonarchScientist: *Smaug voice* (While I agree with you) You telling people to stop hating G’98 avails you nothing. It’s MUDAMUDAMUDAMUDAMUDAMUDAMUDAMUDAMUDAAAAAAAAAAA! Let people be if they hate certain things.
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TopMonarchScientist

2 months ago
Score 0
Sry...:P
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KING GHIDORAH 1954

one month ago
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@skull island explorer i think you i mean...



SMUG.
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KingGhidorahsucksGodzillarules3417

4 months ago
Score 0
Mimic! The GTS Gojira looks and seems better than this...thing...
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KING GHIDORAH 1954

4 months ago
Score 1
The sad part is is thaT this incarnation of Godzilla isn't that bad, fans are just hating it just because it doesn't look like Godzilla, I'm sure that if it was not called Godzilla and if there was another kaiju called Godzilla that looked like him, godzilla's 1998 design wouldn't be made fun of and hated.
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Gojirasaurus

4 months ago
Score 2
I know people hate this guy but I actually like him it was the first Godzilla movie I ever saw so it’s actually not that bad.
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Green Blob Thing

4 months ago
Score 1
Most people who actively hate on G98 are just children who weren't even alive when the film came out and like to act like sheep.
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SkullIslandExplorer

4 months ago
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@Green Blob Thing: *Septimus Signus voice* Ooooooh, a brutish one! Hahaha! Septimus has no fear of you. But as one block raises another, perhaps ourselves could help us each. XD
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Green Blob Thing

4 months ago
Score 1
Epic.
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SkullIslandExplorer

4 months ago
Score 0
@Green Blob Thing: *Septimus Signus voice* Dig, Dwemer, in the beyond. I'll know your lost unknown and rise to your depths.
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Green Blob Thing

4 months ago
Score 0
K.
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Pois1nous

4 months ago
Score 0
Although the design being complete shit, his roar is actually amazing at some points. Such as when he grabs on to the building and roars at the sky.
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HailDestoroyah

5 months ago
Score 0
I'm sure Minilla can beat this thing or maybe not.
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Green Blob Thing

5 months ago
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I wonder how many people who hate on both Godzilla 1998 and Zilla were actually alive when the American movie came out, and how many more are actually just annoying children who have zero reason to hate on the movie and just jumped on a bandwagon like blind sheep.
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Green Blob Thing

5 months ago
Score 0
Why are Fraudzilla, Newzilla and Crapzilla listed on this page as alternate names for the character, other than leftover unprofessional bias against the character. William Tsustui, an American author, has no relation to the Godzilla franchise other than writing this book.
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Godzillakid

5 months ago
Score 1
Probably because someone thought it would be funny
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The King of the Monsters

5 months ago
Score 1
They're (formerly) widely-used fan nicknames used for the creature just like G.I.N.O. was. The staff agreed that of all the mocking nicknames the fanbase used for G98, these were the most common and worth noting. Tsutsui's book just provides documentation for them we can cite.
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Godzillakid

5 months ago
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@the King of Monsters

But I thought fan names weren’t allowed, cuz their fan names, because otherwise anyone could put ghost Godzilla for godzilla 2001
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Green Blob Thing

5 months ago
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Literally no other wiki that I know would list 'Crap____' as a factual alternate name for a character just because it got mentioned in a book and some very sad people use it. Such names have no place in an 'alternate names' section, which should only be used for actual alternate names. Pretty dumb decision to include them.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

5 months ago
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Fan names are allowed if they're notable enough -- it would be silly not to mention GINO, for instance, considering that's what most of the English-speaking fandom called this character for years. I'm not sure Fraudzilla/Newzilla/Crapzilla meet that standard though... GINO caught on very quickly.
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Green Blob Thing

5 months ago
Score 1
Even Gojipedia don't have "Crapzilla" listed as a name for the TriStar Godzilla, and they're Gojipedia.
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Green Blob Thing

5 months ago
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GINO is the only one that should be on there, since it is still (very unfortunately) used by fans to refer to G98 today. As TKOTM said in his argument that he himself shot down, the other names were formerly used and are hardly in usage anymore. 'Crapzilla' shouldn't be on this page, nor should the others, except for GINO.
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Green Blob Thing

5 months ago
Score 0
Nice to see that 'Crapzilla' is thankfully now gone.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

5 months ago
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I went through alt.movies.monster, which was a hub of kaiju fandom activity back in the 90's, and found few hits for "Newzilla" or "Crapzilla," so I took those down. "Fraudzilla" got a decent amount of play though, including a screaming headline in the first G-Fan issue published after its released. Obsolescence alone doesn't justify removing a fan name though. No one uses "Deanzilla" anymore either, and looking to other kaiju, I don't think anyone has called Anguirus "Anzilla" or "Angorus" since the 70's.
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Green Blob Thing

5 months ago
Score 0
Makes sense.
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Godzillakid

5 months ago
Score 0
This guy seems fishy
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5146 Adam

6 months ago
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Shouldn't TriStar Godzilla and Zilla be on the same page? Also, "ThAt'S aLoT oF fIsH1"
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Green Blob Thing

6 months ago
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Nope, they are two factually separate characters.
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5146 Adam

6 months ago
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Interesting. How are they different?
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The King of the Monsters

6 months ago
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One is a Godzilla incarnation, the other isn't.
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Godzillakid

5 months ago
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No because one is the TriStar godzilla, and the other one is toho’s take on the American take of godzilla, plus different name, zilla bring at least less hated than this guy (I love zilla as his own kaiju UwU) and the fact that zilla is as tall as godzilla
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Titan of Water

8 months ago
Score 2
Lent is TriStar Godzilla’s favorite time of year, so much fish!
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VaderRaptor

8 months ago
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That’s a lot of fish.
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KING GHIDORAH 1954

4 months ago
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Should have been"that's a lot of hamburgers "
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King of the monsters

9 months ago
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It was a good movie but the animated series was better.
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Gojira2014

15 months ago
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tristar g is 54 meters tall and weighs only 500 tons.

gts g is one meter taller...

yet weighs as much as hesei g?
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Les

15 months ago
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¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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Goji92

15 months ago
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The fact they did what Toho told them not to do shows how little Rolland cared. Toho's contract forbid them from killing Godzilla in the American remake. He wasn't supposed to be vulnerable to weapons. At least the cartoon series got it right. Even Matt Frank said something about that in the twitter.
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Shogunguirus

4 months ago
Score 1
Fuck that Roland fuckin’ Emmerich!
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SkullIslandExplorer

4 months ago
Score 2
@Shogunguirus: I understand that you don’t like him, but please pipe down with the language. Good day.
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Itsfazbear7777

21 months ago
Score 1
boi zilla is amazing :D
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GMKGojifan2001

20 months ago
Score 1
I know He his one of my fav Godzilla Kaiju
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Artzilla

16 months ago
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my fave kaiju
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GMKGojifan2001

22 months ago
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Zilla is just a under rated kaiju. I like zilla For his design just because he looks cool
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Titanollante

23 months ago
Score 1

Okay, the novelization says that Godzilla is longer than the Statue of Liberty (305 ft) but it also says that "stretched from head to tail, it would have been longer than a football field!" ... which is 360 feet, kind of completely going against other mentions of him being 90 meters long... (see talk page)

Also, it feels weird to only move the 60 meter height to a [note] instead of being mentioned outright.
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The King of the Monsters

23 months ago
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An American football field is exactly 300 feet long, excluding the endzones, which I assume is what the writer was thinking (1 yard = 3 feet, so 100 yards = 300 feet). And the 60 meter thing contradicts the 55 meters from the novel, so I moved it to a note.
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Godcfffdsds

23 months ago
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the same guy who did Megatron voiced this turd?
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Son of Gorgo

28 months ago
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Should there be a page for the Rossio/Elliott version of Godzilla?
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The King of the Monsters

28 months ago
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It was never featured in a film, so no.
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Toolen

29 months ago
Score -3
Really? We're doing this, even though Toho makes zero distinction between the Zilla and Tristar's Godzilla? What's the point? They were better off under one page. They're basically the same in all but name, two separate iterations of the same character with different copyrights. It's pretty much pointless.
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Petexera

22 months ago
Score 1
Two characters = two pages
Easy enough
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Titanollante

29 months ago
Score 6
Now you have your own page!
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Shogunguirus

5 months ago
Score 0
All hail Titano and his mercy on G.I.N.O and Zilla!
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