Humans (人間, also known as the Human Race Ningen) (人類 or Earthmen Jinrui) (地球人, are the dominant species indigenous to the planet Chikyūjin)Earth, and the primary focus of the Godzilla series and most other kaiju-related media. Unlike the majority of other alien races, humans are not united under a single government, but divided into numerous sovereign nations and organizations that may themselves wage war or form alliances.
Humans take on many different roles in kaiju films, from worshipers of kaiju that are defended by them, as is the case of the Infant Islanders to Mothra, the Azumi tribe of Okinawa to King Caesar, and the people of the Hanabusa kingdom to the Daimajin Arakatsuma. Although there are also humans that would attempt to exploit kaiju, like Dr. Who and Carl Denham attempted to do with King Kong. Particularly in the case of Godzilla, humans are often attempting to eliminate him, though very few attempts have been successful. In nearly all of the films featuring him, Godzilla has been seen as a consequence of the human race's tampering with nature that stands to remind them of their ignorance and their place in the world order. Gamera on the other hand is typically seen protecting humans, particularly children, from various threats, usually other, more malevolent kaiju. While not typically in kaiju films, in some kaiju-related television programs humans have been known to transform into giant sized-superheroes to combat kaiju threats. Some humans are capable of becoming a type of kaiju in their own right, gaining unusual monstrous traits or powers through exposure to radiation or by undergoing scientific experiments. Such humans are often referred to as kaijin.
Name[edit | edit source]
Humans generally refer to themselves as people, human beings, or men and women. Alien races typically identify humans by their planet of origin, referring to them as "earthlings" or "earthmen." Other races indigenous to Earth, such as the Muans and Seatopians, while technically humans themselves, do not identify with their brethren on the surface and will often refer to the rest of mankind as "surface-dwellers."
Appearance[edit | edit source]
While the physical characteristics of humans vary greatly, humans are uniformly bipedal creatures with two arms and legs. They tend to possess a large concentration of hair on the top of their heads and in smaller concentration throughout the rest of their body. Some alien races such as the Mysterians and Xiliens closely resemble humans, potentially suggesting common ancestry of some kind. Other races do not actually resemble humans, but use their technology to disguise themselves as humans in order to better blend in or interact with humans.
History[edit | edit source]
- Disclaimer: The role of humanity across all media covered on this site is too extensive to document on this page. For this reason, this section will focus specifically on the role of humanity in the GODZILLA anime trilogy.
Following the devastation of their planet in the 21st century by the emergence of kaiju, particularly Godzilla, humanity joined forces with two alien races, the Exif and Bilusaludo, to form the United Earth, a military organization whose goal it was to defend the human race from Godzilla. The United Earth failed to defeat Godzilla, so humanity was forced to evacuate its own planet and relocate to Tau-e, located in the Cetus constellation. When the emigration vessel, Aratrum, arrived on Tau-e, humanity found that its new home was basically uninhabitable, so a group of humans, Exif, and Bilusaludo organized a return expedition to Earth, intending to finally reclaim the world from Godzilla. However, when the Aratrum returned to Earth, its crew learned that 20,000 years had passed on Earth, and its ecosystem had adapted to Godzilla's biology.
Technology[edit | edit source]
Compared to most other alien races, humanity's technology is relatively primitive. According to the Mysterian Leader, his race possessed nuclear weapons while Earth was still in the Neolithic age. However, humanity is capable of creating a vast array of technology, allowing human civilization to expand around the planet and last for thousands of years. By the 20th and 21st centuries, humanity possesses limited space travel, as well as nuclear weapons.
In the GODZILLA anime trilogy, humanity has seemingly benefited from technology provided by its alien allies, the Exif and Bilusaludo.
Organizations[edit | edit source]
While the human race is not united by a single sovereign authority, its nations have occasionally joined together to cooperate or combat a common threat. This section lists some of the most notable international human organizations.
The United Nations is a real organization founded in the aftermath of World War II to facilitate cooperation between nations and prevent further warfare between nations. In the Godzilla series, the UN often takes an active role in defending the human race from kaiju or alien threats, funding military organizations whose goal is to combat threats to the UN's member nations.
The Earth Defense Force, or EDF, is an international military organization formed through the combination of the militaries of the rest of the world. In The Mysterians, the EDF was formed to battle the Mysterians, and developed advanced new weaponry to finally drive the invaders from Earth. In Godzilla: Final Wars, the EDF was formed in 1954 to battle the kaiju that began appearing around the globe due to the use of nuclear weapons. The EDF subsisted into the year 20XX, continuing to keep kaiju at bay and serving as the military arm of the United Nations.
Earth Union Organization[edit | edit source]
The Earth Union Organization (EUO), is the successor to the United Nations in the 23rd century. It attempts to keep peace among the nations of Earth, but is unable to control Japan, which by 2204 has grown into a corrupt superpower that had purchased nations in Africa and South America. The EUO had a time machine in its ownership, which was stolen by Wilson, Grenchko and Emmy Kano of the political interest group known as the Equal Environment of Earth Union (E3), who aimed to travel back in time to prevent Japan from undergoing the rapid growth that turned it into a superpower. After Emmy had turned on her comrades and stopped their plan once they resorted to terrorism, she returned to 2204 and worked with the EUO to create Mecha-King Ghidorah, then sent it back to 1992 to stop Godzilla from destroying Tokyo.
The United Nations Godzilla Countermeasures Center (U.N.G.C.C.) was formed by the United Nations in 1992 to defend the human race from the threat posed by Godzilla. Staffed and funded primarily by the United States and Japan, the U.N.G.C.C. explored numerous options to neutralize the threat of Godzilla, ranging from non-violent options like Project T and the construction of superweapons. The U.N.G.C.C.'s military branch, G-Force, constructed various mechas, such as Mechagodzilla and MOGUERA, to combat Godzilla and other kaiju.
The United Earth is an alliance between humanity and two other alien races: the Exif and Bilusaludo. It was formed in the 21st century to respond to the devastation being wrought upon the planet by kaiju, particularly Godzilla. The United Earth employed advanced technology and weapons, none of which were effective against Godzilla. Left with no options, the United Earth led an evacuation of Earth and helped some of the remnants of humanity emigrate to a new planet, which proved to be uninhabitable. The United Earth returned to Earth to reclaim it from Godzilla, only to discover that 20,000 years had passed and the planet was firmly under Godzilla's control.
Notable Characters[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Category:Humans.
- Kyohei Yamane - Discovered Godzilla; adopted father of Shinkichi Yamane and grandfather of Kenichi and Yukari Yamane.
- Daisuke Serizawa - Developed the Oxygen Destroyer and killed Godzilla at the expense of his own life.
- Steve Martin - Reported Godzilla's first attack from the center of the conflict.
- Goro Maki - A recurring character across multiple Godzilla films.
- Goro Ibuki - Invented Jet Jaguar.
- Katsura Mafune - A human girl converted into a cyborg by the Black Hole Planet 3 Aliens.
- Genichiro Shiragami - Created Biollante and engineered the Anti-Nuclear Energy Bacteria.
- Sho Kuroki - Commanded the Super X2 and Super X3 in battle with Godzilla.
- Miki Saegusa - Used her psychic powers to better mankind and communicate with Godzilla in the Heisei era.
- Azusa Gojo - Performed the role of surrogate mother to Godzilla's adopted son.
- Takaaki Aso - Commanded the United Nations' anti-Godzilla military branch, G-Force.
- Niko Tatopoulos - Developed a parent-child bond with Godzilla.
- Tokumitsu Yuhara - Worked to construct Kiryu from the bones of the first Godzilla.
- Akane Yashiro - Settled a personal score with Godzilla by piloting Kiryu.
- Makoto Sato - Enlisted Mothra's personal aid in his plight to eliminate the crime families of Tokyo.
- Chauncey Boxer - Defeated every monster on the planet before freeing them from Monster Island to combat an alien threat.
- Ota Murakami - Studied, tracked, and fought Godzilla all around the world for 50 years before attempting to seal them both inside a black hole.
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