Kroiga was a fool as a woman. Is she also a fool as a Griffon? Why doesn't she attack?
In order to finally destroy his nemesis Craig McKenzie, the mad genius Malic created the Griffon by surgically implanting the brain of the Black Shark captain Kroiga into the body of a lion and grafting the wings of a condor onto it. He then injected his creation with a growth serum, causing her to grow to gigantic size before he set her loose to destroy McKenzie and his allies as they approached his base on Blood Rock. However, the Griffon did not obey Malic's orders, remaining perched atop a cliff. When Malic later tried to destroy the Alpha with the Black Shark, the Griffon swooped down and attacked the sub, seeking vengeance on her creator. The Griffon destroyed the Black Shark along with herself in an explosion which triggered a chain reaction that destroyed the rest of Blood Rock.
Name[edit | edit source]
The Griffon's name comes from the mythological beast known as the griffin, an eagle-lion hybrid. In Latitude Zero, she is consistently called Kroiga (黒い蛾, the name of the Kuroiga)Black Shark captain whose brain was used for the monster's creation, though the creature is referred to as a "griffon" at one point by its creator, Malic. Toho International eventually decided upon Black Moth as the monster's international English name, the literal translation of Kuroiga; the combination of kuroi (黒い), meaning black, and ga (蛾), meaning moth. However, in Japan, the monster is almost always referred to as Griffon (グリホン. Gurihon) Japanese sources usually either give the monster's English name as Griffon or Griffin, the latter spelling also used in the subtitles for the Tokyo Shock DVD release of the film.
The katakana spelling most often used for the monster's name, グリホン, is unique, as "griffon" or "gryphon" is usually translated into Japanese as グリフォン (Gurifon), as is the case with the ship GX-813 Griffon from Godzilla vs. Megaguirus. The latter spelling is, however, sometimes used for the monster. The katakana spelling グリホン is also used for the creature in the 2017 novel GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse.
Development[edit | edit source]
Due to the film Latitude Zero being based on a radio show of the same name, the Griffon is based on a griffon that appeared in one episode. The Griffon's head was sculpted by monster modelling artist Teizo Toshimitsu, while the body was modeled by Yasuei Yagi.
Design[edit | edit source]
The Griffon is a giant male lion with huge black condor wings grafted onto its body. All four of its paws appear to have been replaced by sharper bird-like clawed talons.
Origins[edit | edit source]
The Griffon is the result of one of Malic's twisted experiments, in which he surgically transplanted the brain of the Black Shark captain Kroiga into the body of a lion, before grafting condor wings onto it. It was then injected with a growth serum, causing her to gradually grow to gigantic size.
History[edit | edit source]
The Griffon was created by Malic, who surgically implanted the brain of the Black Shark's captain, Kroiga, into a lion and then grafted condor wings onto it. He also gave the Griffon some of his special growth serum, causing her to grow substantially in size in a few seconds. Malic gave the Griffon the first command of intercepting the crew of Alpha, but the creature disobeyed and stayed perched in the mountains. Later, after the Black Shark had been caught in a magnetic field, the Griffon swooped in, seeking revenge on her creator. The Griffon managed to knock off the aim of the submarine's laser turret, which discharged at the mountainside, thus causing an avalanche which buried the Griffon and the Black Shark and triggered a chain reaction explosion that consumed all of Blood Rock.
Abilities[edit | edit source]
Physical abilities[edit | edit source]
The Griffon is incredibly strong, due to possessing the body of a lion and being incredibly large thanks to Malic's growth serum. She uses her claws and strong jaws in battle.
Flight[edit | edit source]
The Griffon can fly at Mach 2.
Books[edit | edit source]
A flock of Griffons attacked Egypt in June of 2021, resulting in the fall of the capital city of Cairo. Failure to eradicate the early Griffons resulted in large numbers of them.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Griffon/Gallery.
Roar[edit | edit source]
The roars of the lion that is used as the body for the Griffon are reused grunts from King Kong in King Kong vs. Godzilla and King Kong Escapes, as well as Manda's growls. The roars of the Griffon itself are a combination of those same King Kong and Manda growls with added Rodan chirps at the beginning.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Prior to appearing in any other Godzilla-related media, the Griffon was featured in the Godzilla Wars line of Toy Card 100 trading cards.
- Griffon's name is among the various kaiju names sung during the full theme song for the show Godzilla Island.
References[edit | edit source]
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