MUTO

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MUTO
The MUTOs in Godzilla (2014)
A female MUTO in Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Alternate names Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism, M.U.T.O., Muto, Winged MUTO,
Eight-Legged MUTO, Hokmuto, Femuto, Muto (Male),[1][2] Muto (Female)[1][2]
Species Prehistoric parasite
Height 200 feet (Male),[3][note 1]
300 feet (Female)[3][note 1]
Forms Larval stage,[4]
eight-legged female MUTO,
winged male MUTO
Controlled by King GhidorahGKotM
Relations Unhatched eggs, each other (siblings and mates), MUTO Prime (mother)
Allies Other MUTO
Enemies Godzilla
Created by Gareth Edwards, Max Borenstein,
Matt Allsopp
Portrayed by CGI with motion capture references[5]
First appearance Latest appearance
Godzilla (2014) Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Roar(s)
Male:
Female:
More roars
Spoiler.png SPOILER WARNING: This section may contain major plot and/or ending details. Proceed at your own discretion.
This page covers the pair of monsters identified as "MUTOs" in Godzilla (2014), as well as the individual in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. For the parent superspecies, see MUTO Prime. For general use of the term "MUTO," see MUTO (designation).
This is our needle in the haystack, people. MUTO: Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism. It is, however, no longer terrestrial; it is airborne.
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Admiral Stenz about the male MUTO (Godzilla)

The MUTOs (ムートー,   Mūtō) are parasitic Titans who first appeared in the 2014 Legendary Pictures film, Godzilla.

Prehistoric parasites that thrived at the same time as Godzilla's species, the MUTOs survived by attacking and killing members of Godzilla's species and laying their eggs in their radioactive carcasses. Two MUTO spores left in the carcass of a Godzilla survived for millions of years buried deep underground in the Philippines, only to be uncovered by a mining operation in 1999. A male MUTO emerged from its spore and began feeding on a nuclear reactor located in Janjira, while the female emerged from a nuclear waste storage facility in Nevada years later in 2014. The MUTOs met in San Francisco and began building a nest, but Godzilla arrived in the city to stop them from reproducing. After a long battle, Godzilla successfully killed both MUTOs, while the military destroyed the creatures' nest, successfully preventing the MUTOs from repopulating. As Godzilla's foes in the first entry of the MonsterVerse, the MUTOs were the first opponent faced by Godzilla in a film since Monster X ten years earlier. A second female MUTO made a brief appearance in the film's sequel, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, as part of the Titan army rampaging around the world.[6]

Name

Main article: MUTO (designation).

"MUTO" is an acronym for "Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism." According to Godzilla: Awakening, this is a designation Monarch gives to all giant monsters as a sort of placeholder name. In this comic, both Godzilla and Shinomura were known as MUTOs before being given their own individual names. In addition, in the film Kong: Skull Island, Monarch agent William Randa states that his organization's purpose is to hunt Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms.

In one of the original screenplays for Godzilla, the MUTOs were called "Hokmuto" and "Femuto," which were short for "Hokkaido MUTO" and "Female MUTO," respectively. The "M.U.T.O." acronym instead stood for "Massive Unidentified Target Organism.[7]

The MUTOs are individually referred to in Japanese media as Muto (Male) (ムートー(オス),   Mūtō Osu) and Muto (Female) (ムートー(メス),   Mūtō Mesu),[1][2] while they are collectively referred to as simply Muto (ムートー,   Mūtō), or alternatively MUTO (Male and Female) (MUTO(オス・メス),   Mūtō Osu Mesu) in the 2016 Japanese publication Shin Godzilla Walker: The New Legend of the King of the Monsters.[8]

The female MUTO that appears in Godzilla: King of the Monsters is never identified onscreen, but the film's official novelization describes her as a "six-legged, hunchbacked MUTO."[9] However, in the film she possesses eight limbs.

Development

The strange, dead monster created solely to confirm that Godzilla would be fighting another monster

The MUTOs are known to have been developed from the six-legged, Anguirus-like Rokmutul and the winged, dragon-like Pterodactyl—two early monsters from the development of Godzilla. In the 2012 Comic-Con teaser trailer for the film, a strange, dead monster was shown to confirm that Godzilla would be fighting another monster. When Legendary Pictures brought director Gareth Edwards and screenwriter Max Borenstein aboard the project, they came up with the MUTOs while contemplating the reason why another monster would be Godzilla's natural enemy.

MUTO design used heavily throughout pre-production

The MUTOs went through several dozen concepts before Legendary settled on their final designs. Concept artist Matt Allsopp, working with Gareth Edwards, did the majority of the design work on the MUTOs. As was the case for Godzilla, many individual MUTO concepts leaned heavily on a certain type of animal. Edwards at first wanted a design akin to a crab, but this was discarded as Jim Rygiel explained that the MUTOs "had to be menacing enough to take on Godzilla, but sort of facile enough to move around the city. Yet still, be based on some sort of natural look. [...] We had to somewhat fit into nature because that's what Godzilla's battling in this film is nature, basically."[10] The initial design had a face that was mostly featureless and nearly eyeless.[11] Artists from the Moving Picture Company, the visual effects company responsible for much of the computer animation in Godzilla and the creation of the CGI models for the MUTOs, later added an articulated mouth and more definite eyes as the monsters' designs developed, the eyes were added for the purposes of small-scale animation close-ups.[11] Some concepts had the male MUTO with four wings. At one point, the four wings were shaped like the X-wing starfighter from Star Wars.[12] A design for the male with only six total appendages and four wings would be dropped as Allsopp felt the wings were "too much like a dragon."[12] The final design of the male MUTO was also created by Matt Allsopp.[13]

Initially, the male MUTO would have grown wings halfway into the movie, after losing his battle against Godzilla in Hawaii.

One of the original screenplays of Godzilla had the male MUTO emerge in Hokkaido, Japan, instead of the fictional city of Janjira. The female MUTO still appeared in Nevada, however.[7] The male MUTO was initially wingless and would be defeated by Godzilla in Honolulu early on and presumed dead, though it turned out he formed a chrysalis and re-hatched later on with two pairs of wings. Edwards said of removing this element, "We just felt that there were too many iterations of its life cycles, so we dropped the idea."[14] Additionally, the MUTOs burrowed underground through large distances in early versions of the movie. "At one point, the MUTO burrowed its way out of the ground in San Francisco, but it's hard to believe that something could burrow its way across America in just a day or so. So even though it's a cool image, it just felt unbelievable."[15]

The MUTOs were depicted onscreen entirely through the use of computer-generated imagery, while two actors performed motion-capture reference for the creatures. The actor for the male MUTO wore a set of wings operated by his arms, while the female MUTO's actor wore two prosthetic additional legs and used crutches to act as extensions for his arms and allow him to capture the effect of the female MUTO knuckle-walking.

Design

Turnaround of the upper body of the female MUTO's 3D model

MPC visual effects supervisor Guillaume Rocheron was quoted in Godzilla: The Art of Destruction as saying that he "would classify [the MUTOs] as mammals because they have flesh and bone and muscles." He stated that the MUTOs aren't literally giant insects, despite their designs being inspired by arthropods such as beetles and spiders, but admitted that their silhouettes "definitely look like insects."[16]

The MUTOs' bodies are predominately grayish-black, with the male sporting predominant light markings. Their head is shaped similarly to Gyaos: long and triangular with the tops of their heads flat. They possess triangular jaws with seemingly degenerated rows of sharp teeth. The MUTOs have sort of "mandibles" in their lower jaws capable of separating slightly, similar to Shin Godzilla. The female MUTO has two pairs of forelimbs and a smaller pair on her chest, being just smaller than Godzilla. The smaller male MUTO is nearly identical in its physique except that one of the two forelimb pairs is modified into his wings. Both MUTOs have red eyes and two hind legs. In the novelization, their skin is described as a "chitinous exoskeleton."[17]

The MUTO featured in Godzilla: King of the Monsters looks slightly different from the others, though she maintains their dark body color, multiple scythe-like limbs, and red elongated eyes. Her leg arrangement is similar to the female MUTO from Godzilla, as she possesses two pairs of very large forelimbs, a pair of hind legs, and two smaller additional arms hanging from her body. Her back has a segmented, spiky appearance rather than the smooth skin of the other MUTOs.

Personality

The MUTOs represent the malevolent side of nature.
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Alex Garcia, Godzilla: The Art of Destruction p. 118

As prehistoric parasites, the MUTOs' sole goals revolve around consuming radiation and reproduction. The male actively seeks out radiation on which to feed after emerging from his chrysalis. When he encounters Godzilla for the first time, he reacts with hostility and becomes defensive, attacking him whenever an opportunity becomes available and evading when possible.

The MUTOs display courtship

The female, once the male had matured enough, awakened from her dormancy and traversed through Las Vegas and other environments to meet with the male, who brought with him a nuclear warhead as a sign of courtship for their eggs to feed upon. She seemed to exhibit pain when laying her eggs in her nest in San Francisco, and became hostile and defensive when Godzilla appeared and fought with him alongside the male MUTO to defend their nest.

As a team, the MUTOs are powerful and able to best Godzilla with their combined strength. If nothing had distracted them from fighting Godzilla in San Francisco, they may have killed him. After noticing her eggs were destroyed in an explosion, the female MUTO displayed visible grief over the loss of her young, and when she seemed to identify Ford Brody as the one responsible this was quickly replaced with rage.

The male attacked Godzilla just before he could attack the female again, showing a protectiveness for her, even willing to risk his own life for her until she recovered.

In Godzilla: Aftershock, Monarch's Dr. Emma Russell further speculates on the nature of the MUTOs, suggesting that after their young were successfully born the female could very well have killed and eaten the male much like a praying mantis. She also proposes that a newly-born brood of MUTOs will act as an invasive species, adapting the environment to their will and wiping out almost everything else within it. Once their food supply is exhausted, she hypothesizes, the brood will turn on each other until there is only one individual left, which matures into the next MUTO Prime.

The individual MUTO from Godzilla: King of the Monsters submits to Godzilla alongside the other Titans, apparently acknowledging the unlikelihood she could defeat him in battle.

Origins

Production schematic of the Philippine dig site the MUTOs emerged from

The MUTOs are ancient parasites that come from the same era and ecosystem as Godzilla. Much like him, the MUTOs feed off of radiation. However, unlike the surviving Godzilla, who adapted to live at the bottom of the ocean and feed off the planet's natural radiation, the MUTOs are actively drawn to sources of man-made radiation such as nuclear warheads and energy plants.

As revealed in Godzilla: Aftershock, the official graphic novel prequel to Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the MUTOs are the offspring of a Titan dubbed MUTO Prime. MUTO Prime infected a member of Godzilla's species, known to the ancients as Dagon and designated Species 5146_Adam by Monarch, with its parasitic eggs which implanted into its stomach lining and broke down the hemoglobin in its blood to feed on the nuclear radiation. After the host died due to being unable to replenish its nuclear energy, the spores continued to grow within its carcass, which was eventually buried deep within an underground cavern in the Philippines. When a mining company unwittingly unearthed the skeleton in 1999, the male's spore hatched and it burrowed to Janjira in its larval state in search of nuclear energy, while the female's spore remained dormant until the male matured. This means that in addition to being mates, the two MUTOs are also brother and sister.

History

MonsterVerse

Godzilla (2014)

The male MUTO's cocoon

The MUTOs were discovered in the Philippines in 1999 after a mining operation drilled into a cave containing a gigantic skeleton with two parasitic spores attached to it, one of which had already hatched. The larval male MUTO, who had hatched after being disturbed by the cave collapsing, burrowed his way to the Janjira nuclear power plant in Japan, where he caused the plant to collapse from underneath, killing Sandra Brody and several other workers, and causing the entire area to be evacuated because of radiation leaking from the plant. Despite the destruction of the plant, the MUTO attached himself to the reactor and entered a cocoon-like state, absorbing all the radiation from the surrounding area. The second pod containing the female MUTO was taken by the Americans to the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository in Nevada.

The male MUTO at the Honolulu airport

For the next 15 years, the organization Monarch maintained a research base in the ruins of the Janjira plant, where they observed and studied the MUTO while it fed on the reactor. As the reactor was depleted and the MUTO matured, it began giving off electromagnetic pulses which interfered with Monarch's equipment. Ishiro Serizawa, who was in charge of the operation, regretfully gave the order to kill the MUTO before it could destroy their base. The cocoon was destroyed with electrical currents released from cables surrounding it. A group of armed operatives approached the remains of the cocoon to confirm the MUTO was destroyed, but the creature was still alive and attacked them. The MUTO laid waste to the power plant once again before sprouting his wings and taking off. The United States Navy, under the command of Admiral William Stenz, began to pursue the MUTO as it crossed the Pacific Ocean. Eventually, the male MUTO arrived in Hawaii, where it had dragged a Russian nuclear sub ashore and was feeding on its torpedoes. A group of soldiers were sent to investigate, but were attacked by the MUTO Fighter jets were sent in to try and stop the creature, but the MUTO released an EMP, causing the jets to fall out of the sky and crash. The MUTO proceeded to terrorize the Honolulu International Airport but was confronted by Godzilla, who had come ashore to hunt it. The two monsters briefly battled until the MUTO retreated back over the ocean, with Godzilla in pursuit.

Meanwhile, Serizawa and his assistant Vivienne Graham concluded that the male MUTO was using echolocation to signal to the female MUTO that he was mature and ready to mate. Serizawa worried that the spore containing the female was not actually dormant, and the military sent a team to the waste depository to investigate. When the soldiers arrived, the facility was destroyed and the female MUTO had already broken out. The female MUTO terrorized the city of Las Vegas and began to head west to California. The military formed a plan to lure both MUTOs and Godzilla out to sea with a nuclear warhead, then detonate it in an attempt to kill all three. Two warheads were transported via a train, but the female MUTO intercepted it in the California wilderness, killing all the personnel except for Ford Brody and eating one of the warheads. The other warhead was recovered and airlifted to San Francisco Bay, where it was armed, but it was stolen by the male MUTO, who presented it to the female in downtown San Francisco.

The MUTOs tag team Godzilla

After acquiring the warhead, the female MUTO created a nest and attached her eggs to the warhead, nourishing them with the radiation. The male meanwhile attempted to distract Godzilla, who had broken through the Golden Gate Bridge and come ashore. Eventually, Godzilla reached the nest and took on both MUTOs at once, while an extraction team led by Ford Brody arrived to recover the armed warhead. The bomb was removed from the nest, and Ford ignited a gas explosion to destroy the MUTOs' eggs. The explosion attracted the attention of the MUTOs, who had overpowered Godzilla, and they went to investigate. The female MUTO was stricken with grief after seeing her young killed but became enraged when she saw Ford, the man responsible. Before the MUTO could kill Ford, Godzilla emerged from behind her and pummeled her mercilessly with his atomic breath. The male MUTO attacked Godzilla from behind, allowing the female to pursue Ford and his team as they attempted to take the bomb out to sea. When the male MUTO attempted to strike Godzilla from behind once again, Godzilla anticipated it and smacked the MUTO with his tail, impaling him on a building and killing him.

The female MUTO is killed by Godzilla's "kiss of death"

Ford's team arrived at the docks with the bomb but were all slaughtered by the female MUTO, leaving Ford the only one left. Ford grabbed the bomb and placed it on a boat. Unable to defuse it, he started the boat in an attempt to take it out over the bay before it could detonate. However, the female MUTO's EMP field disabled the boat, leaving her face-to-face with Ford. Ford drew his pistol and aimed it at the MUTO, but knew he stood no chance and closed his eyes as she prepared to kill him. Suddenly, the female MUTO was pulled back by Godzilla, who pried open her jaws and fired his atomic breath down her throat, severing her head from her body and killing her.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Spoiler.png SPOILER WARNING: This section may contain major plot and/or ending details. Proceed at your own discretion.

Following the Battle of San Francisco, Monarch transported the female MUTO's severed head to its underwater base in Bermuda, Castle Bravo.

A second female MUTO was awakened by King Ghidorah's call and began to rampage along with the other newly-awakened Titans. After Godzilla killed Ghidorah, the MUTO assembled in Boston with Scylla, Behemoth, Methuselah, and Rodan. Each of the Titans progressively submitted to Godzilla, who roared triumphantly.

Abilities

Echolocation

The MUTOs utilize echolocation to communicate, find a source of radiation and locate one another.

Electromagnetic Pulse

The male MUTO's EMP affecting his containment facility

The male MUTO is able to unleash electromagnetic pulses from his claws, which can disable electric apparatuses in a five-mile-wide radius. The female can instead surround herself with an EMP field, labeled the "Sphere of Influence" by the news, which performs the same function. There doesn't appear to be any limit to how often either MUTO can use their EMP abilities.

In Godzilla: The Official Movie Novelization, it is explained that the MUTOs' EMP ability evolved as a defense mechanism, used to prevent Godzilla's species from using their atomic breath. This purpose is never alluded to in the film, but in an earlier screenplay, it is explicitly mentioned that Godzilla cannot use his atomic breath when near the female MUTO. In the novelization, the male claps his wings together to create a luminous electromagnetic pulse which "snuffed the bioelectric spark in Godzilla's throat."[17]

Flight

The male flies between buildings

The male MUTO has wings which he can use to fly. The speed at which he can fly is undetermined.

Physical strength and durability

Both the male and female MUTOs possess immense physical strength and durability, though inferior to Godzilla's. The male MUTO was strong enough to dredge up a Russian Typhoon-class sub from the depths of the ocean and pull it dozens of miles inland on the island of Hawaii; the fact that he could perform such a feat, and later attack a ship in San Francisco Bay to collect a nuclear warhead, implies that he posses some swimming capabilities. The parasites fought Godzilla primarily with their long, curved claws, striking him hard enough to draw blood a couple of times. The female was able to claw herself out of Mount Yucca, as well as being able to destroy buildings with ease. She was also able toss Godzilla himself around a few times, despite his own immense size and weight. To save his mate, the male dragged Godzilla several hundred feet away. Thanks to his EMP, the male MUTO avoided the military's heavier weapons, while the female took barrages of both small and large arms fire without receiving any noticeable damage.

Reproduction

The female MUTO's egg pouch, glowing and filled with eggs prior to her meeting with the male

The female MUTO has the ability to reproduce sexually. She lays hundreds of eggs near radioactive objects so that when her offspring hatch, they can immediately feed off the radiation. Analysis of her carcass by Monarch determined that her ovaries still contained hundreds of unfertilized eggs, making it clear that if she were to reproduce she would unleash a disastrous number of MUTOs capable of overrunning the global ecosystem.

Filmography

Video Games

Godzilla: Smash3

Godzilla battles the male MUTO as a boss in the Tokyo stage, while both MUTOs confront him in the San Francisco stage.

Comics

Skull Island: The Birth of Kong

A photograph of the male MUTO inside its chrysalis taped to a map in Houston Brooks' office in the first issue of Skull Island: The Birth of Kong

While the male MUTO was still developing inside of its chrysalis in Janjira in 2012, a photograph taken of it inside the chrysalis was taped to a map in Houston Brooks' office, alongside photos of the 1954 Castle Bravo detonation as well as an image of a moth-like creature.

Books

Godzilla: King of the Monsters - The Official Movie Novelization

By 2019, the remains of MUTO Prime and both the male and female MUTOs were being dissected inside of Monarch Outpost 54 in Bermuda.[18]

Gallery

Main article: MUTO/Gallery.

Roar

A MUTO roar first appeared as an MP3 file hidden in the official Godzilla site.[19] It played upon loading the main page, though it was largely drowned out by Godzilla's roar.

Many of the MUTOs' roars are deep and blaring with occasional crackles and snapping noises. On occasion, they make trumpet-like cries and groans similar to creaking doors or Geiger counters. The male and female vocalizations are slightly different; the male emits higher-pitched calls and shrieks, while the larger female's roars are deeper.

The male MUTO's roars
The female MUTO's roars

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Flagicon Russia.png Russian Г.Н.Н.У.С. (Гигантское Неопознанное Наземное Уникальное Существо) Translation of English name


Trivia

  • The MUTOs are the first American-made kaiju to be specifically created for a Godzilla film, not counting the Gryphon from the unmade 1994 American Godzilla film, and the TriStar Godzilla from the 1998 American film, who was later re-trademarked with the name "Zilla" and appeared as a separate monster in subsequent Godzilla-related media.
  • The MUTOs' role in Legendary Pictures' Godzilla as Godzilla's enemies somewhat mirrors that of the Gryphon from the scrapped 1994 American Godzilla film. In both stories, the military initially considers Godzilla to be a threat but is ultimately forced to allow him to fight his enemy in a major American city after its own efforts prove futile. Godzilla kills both the female MUTO and the Gryphon through decapitation, though the exact manner in which they are decapitated differs.
  • The MUTOs are Godzilla's first completely original opponent since Titanosaurus in Terror of Mechagodzilla. Every other enemy Godzilla has fought since then are either enemies he has fought before, clones of him, or are derived from or based on an existing monster.
  • A MUTO skull makes a brief appearance in Pacific Rim Uprising, during the scene where Hermann Gottlieb examines PPDC records in search of a match for the image Mako Mori transmitted.
  • The monitor broadcasting the second female MUTO suddenly ceasing its rampage upon the ORCA being activated by Madison at Fenway Park was a reutilized shot of a destroyed city viewed through a bisected skyscraper, seen in the 2012 Comic-Con teaser trailer and the official teaser trailer of the 2014 film.

Videos

Wikizilla: YouTube Kaiju Profile: MUTO

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Godzilla: The Art of Destruction (p. 82) gives the male MUTO's height as 300 feet and the female's height as 340 feet, though this conflicts with the height figures given in the film's DVD extras. In the film itself, Vivienne Graham states that the female MUTO is "almost 300 feet" tall.

References

This is a list of references for MUTO. 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 1.2 Toho Special Effects All Monster Encyclopedia. Shogakukan. p. 121. 23 July 2014. ISBN: 4-096-82090-3.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Productions List: Godzilla (2014) - Godzilla Store
  3. 3.0 3.1 MONARCH Declassified: The Godzilla Revelation. Godzilla DVD/Blu-Ray Special Features.
  4. Godzilla Revelation - Philippines
  5. The Kaiju Kingdom Podcast Episode 71: Storming into Comic Con (With TJ Storm)
  6. Topel, Fred (30 May 2019). ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Director Michael Dougherty on Creating New Monsters and the Status of ‘Trick ‘r Treat 2’ [Interview]. /Film.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "GODZILLA" by D. Callaham. Revisions by David S. Goyer. Current Revisions by Max Borenstein. 2012-06-20.
  8. Shin Godzilla Walker: The New Legend of the King of the Monsters. Kadokawa. p. 81. 22 July 2016. ISBN: 9784048956321.
  9. Keyes, Greg. Godzilla: King of the Monsters - The Official Movie Novelization. Titan Books. p. 297. 28 May 2019. ISBN: 178909092X.
  10. Lanz, Micheal. (May 15, 2014) 'Godzilla' 2014: How VFX pioneer Jim Rygiel remade Japan's most famous monster. Take Two.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Seymour, Mike. (July 2014) I Am Become Death. Cinefex (iPad edition), 138
  12. 12.0 12.1 Winged Muto 01. Matt Allsopp Portfolio
  13. (June 30, 2014) Male Muto. deviantART.
  14. Vaz, Mark Cotta. Godzilla: The Art of Destruction. Insight Editions. p. 122. 13 May 2014. ISBN: 1608873447.
  15. Vaz, Mark Cotta. Godzilla: The Art of Destruction. Insight Editions. p. 157. 13 May 2014. ISBN: 1608873447.
  16. Vaz, Mark Cotta. Godzilla: The Art of Destruction. Insight Editions. p. 82-83. 13 May 2014. ISBN: 1608873447.
  17. 17.0 17.1 Cox, Greg. Godzilla: The Official Movie Novelization. Titan Books. p. 268. 20 May 2014. ISBN: 1783290943.
  18. Keyes, Greg. Godzilla: King of the Monsters - The Official Movie Novelization. Titan Books. p. 61. 28 May 2019. ISBN: 178909092X.
  19. intro.mp3

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ShodaiMeesmothLarva

22 days ago
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At least this page has updated image for the 2019 one.
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G&G-Fan

24 days ago
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I thought the MUTOs disturb nature's balance. Wasn't that the whole plot for Godzilla 2014? But then one bows to Godzilla? I'm so confused.
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ShodaiMeesmothLarva

22 days ago
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^ My same reaction when I saw that MUTO bowing down to Godzilla
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Titanus Radon

22 days ago
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The only way the MUTO disturbed balance was by making more of them, which she needs a male to breed with. Since the only male that we know of was killed, she can´t do that anymore.
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KING GHIDORAH 1954

21 days ago
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Godzilla: perfectly balanced, as all things should be.
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A litteral Mothra egg

20 days ago
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Maybe it has something to do with MUTO Prime being dead?
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TopMonarchScientist

25 days ago
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TopMonarchScientist's MonsterVerse Kaiju Subtitles:

The Permian Parasites
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RodanZilla98

one month ago
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just to let y'all know that the other name for the MUTO is Jinshin-Namazu


Your Welcome
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JurassicKaiju14

one month ago
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Where did you get that?
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Astounding Beyond Belief

one month ago
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It's used specifically for MUTO Prime.
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ArtificialDragon

one month ago
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I actually came to an epiphany, the vfx artists classify these guys as mammals and in certain shots they indeed do have skeletons meaning they arent invertebrates. Though the Permian period where Godzilla and the other titans lived didn't have mammals that didnt evolve till the time of the dinosaurs, so maybe these guys are members of the synapsids or mammal like reptiles
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KING GHIDORAH 1954

one month ago
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The muto eggs went BOOK BOOK BOOM!!!
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KING GHIDORAH 1954

one month ago
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Boom boom boom
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TopMonarchScientist

2 days ago
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Nah,more like Cwhaaaaaaaeee!! BOOOM!!!!!
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KingGhidorahsucksGodzillarules3417

one month ago
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Ya know,Both felt like they shrunk but all of a sudden grow
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KingGhidorahsucksGodzillarules3417

2 months ago
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Do you really think they ARE parasitic?
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JurassicKaiju14

one month ago
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They laid their eggs inside the bodies of ancient radiovoric organisms. If that isn't parasitic, I don't know what is.
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TopMonarchScientist

20 days ago
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@KingGhidorahsucksGodzillarules3417 Well,DUH!!
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KING GHIDORAH 1954

2 months ago
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Better love story than twilight
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Godzillafan999

2 months ago
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You can say that again
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KING GHIDORAH 1954

2 months ago
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Better love story than twilight
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HailDestoroyah

2 months ago
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What does the larvae form of M.U.T.O look like?
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SkullIslandExplorer

2 months ago
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A MUTO larva looks like................. YOUR FACE.
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Jakepunchwood

2 months ago
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When will the next Kaiju profile be out on YouTube?
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Astounding Beyond Belief

2 months ago
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When it's done.
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Jakepunchwood

2 months ago
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-_-
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SkullIslandExplorer

2 months ago
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@Jakepunchwood: Plz leave the Admins alone about that.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

2 months ago
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Do forgive us for not producing free entertainment for you fast enough.
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SkullIslandExplorer

2 months ago
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@Astounding Beyond Belief: If that was directed at me: Hey man, take your time. I don’t care in the slightest if you and the team take 10 years to make a Kaiju Profile. Good work takes time. 👍👍
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Astounding Beyond Belief

2 months ago
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Why would it be directed at you?
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SkullIslandExplorer

2 months ago
Score 0
Er, forget I said that. But anyway, take your time.
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G&G-Fan

2 months ago
Score 0
MUTO reproduction makes no sense. She's already pregnant before... well, you know... in fact it doesn't seem like they ever actually mate. What?
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ArtificialDragon

one month ago
Score 0
Whoa keep your fetishes to urself, I'm pretty sure alot of the audience dont want to see giant monsters fucking each other XD
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SkullIslandExplorer

one month ago
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@ArtificalDragon: Um, ok. I think shipping Dio Brando with Cinder Fall is a lot better than what you just said.
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ArtificialDragon

one month ago
Score 0
Whatever rows your boat I suppose
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SkullIslandExplorer

one month ago
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@ArtificialDragon: Do you even know who they are? Can you imagine them ruling za entire warudo? If you don’t get out of my house! (JK, if you don’t, you’re an anime heathen XD)
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G&G-Fan

24 days ago
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ArtificialDragon Bruh I never said I wanted to see them breed, I just said their reproduction makes zero sense because they never actually mate. I'm not saying show it, but it clearly never happens in the movie and yet she lays her eggs.
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AngiraBlu

2 months ago
Score 0

Wait! Hold on! How in the heck-insy are they even mammals?!

Mammals don't have muscular exoskeletons, form cocoons, have 6 to 8 limbs, and deposit their eggs into a host!

Mammals have endoskeletons, produce milk, have 2 to 4 limbs, and give live birth (with the exception of platypuses and echidnas)!

Unless their some kind of arthropod-mammal hybrids (somehow), there's absolutely no freakin' way that they're full-on mammals!
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AngiraBlu

2 months ago
Score 0
The best thing I could come up with on what they are, specifically: Parasitoid Arthropodal Monotremes (nigh-exoskeletal, bug-like mammals that deposit their eggs within a host)
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ArtificialDragon

one month ago
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I think more accurately they are synapsids or mammal like reptiles since mammals really didnt evolve until the age of the dinosaurs
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AngiraBlu

one month ago
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Oh duh! Kinda didn't think about those guys goin' from mammal/reptile hybrids to whatever the MUTOs technically classify as (*Parasitoid Arthropodal Monotremes, as I hypothesized before*). Guess it would kinda make sense to call 'em Parasitoid Arthropodal Synapsids.
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ArtificialDragon

one month ago
Score 0
Convergent evolution is an amazing thing, kind of god's way to rehash the same body plans on different animals XD
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Bowzilla

3 months ago
Score 0
the youtube channel really needs to make a kaiju profile video for the mutos
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Doomzilla

2 months ago
Score 0
You got your wish.
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AngiraBlu

3 months ago
Score 0
The moment you realized that Hokmuto's wings are basically modified forelimbs, similar to Femuto's.
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Gojifan2003

3 months ago
Score 0
Is there going to be a page for the Muto that appear in KOTM?
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Astounding Beyond Belief

3 months ago
Score 1
No, it's mentioned here.
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AngiraBlu

3 months ago
Score 1

Based on the Monarch website, I'm guessing the new MUTO either came from Georgia or Wyoming/South Dakota (kinda hard to tell). Superkaijuking from DeviantArt calls it BosMUTO (Boston MUTO), for now (https://www....to-801223923).

They REALLY need to open up the other outposts, already!!! I want more info!!! I don't wanna wait for the DVD release or GvK!!!

We also need figures of the other kaiju, which would be awesome.
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ShodaiMeesmothLarva

3 months ago
Score 1
It could be from Nevada, the same spore containing the same Female MUTO that attacked Las Vegas. We didn't see her spore before hatching so there can be two Females on that single spore.
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AngiraBlu

3 months ago
Score 1
Is that even physically possible? I mean, I know Mothra's managed to pull it off, with Taro and Hanako. But the MUTOs?
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Les

3 months ago
Score 1
The new MUTO likely came from Siberia. The novelization explains that there was a MUTO nest in Siberia. The Titans in the Unites States are Sargon, Scylla, and Tiamat.
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SkullIslandExplorer

3 months ago
Score 1
@Les: Probably more clues to that abandoned outpost in Aftershock?
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Les

3 months ago
Score 1
Er, yeah that's what I meant, not the novelization.
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AngiraBlu

3 months ago
Score 1
@Les: And you're positive that it's one of THESE MUTOs and NOT some other Titan/Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism?
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SkullIslandExplorer

3 months ago
Score 1
@AngiraBlu: (Correct me if I’m wrong) “MUTO” refers to the parasites. “M.U.T.O.” refers to a Kaiju without a name.
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VaderRaptor

3 months ago
Score 1
You are correct SkullIslandExplorer. M.U.T.O. is the name of a kaiju that doesn't have a name. It's a placeholder name until they have a name or a name has been found that was used in records.
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AngiraBlu

3 months ago
Score 1
Yeah! What VaderRaptor said!
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AngiraBlu

3 months ago
Score 0

Which sounds better?

Bosmuto (Boston [Jp.: Bosuton] MUTO)

OR

Shibemuto (Siberia [Jp.: Shiberia] MUTO)
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AngiraBlu

3 months ago
Score 0
New name for Femuto, since there's another one: Nebamuto (Nevada [Jp.: Nebada] MUTO)
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AngiraBlu

2 months ago
Score 0

New name for MUTO 3: Yamamuto (Yamalo-Nenets/Yamalia MUTO)

Possible name for MUTO Prime, before she became MUTO Prime: Kyumuto (Kyushu MUTO)
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Green Blob Thing

3 months ago
Score 0
Now that the new movie has confirmed that more MUTOs are alive and well, I hope that we get to see them again in Godzilla vs. Kong. It'd be cool if there was a brief fight scene between Kong and the winged MUTO.
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AngiraBlu

3 months ago
Score 0
I KNEW IT!!!!! I KNEW THEY WERE TITANS!!!!!
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AngiraBlu

3 months ago
Score 0
Do ya think we'll ever find out the name of the one from KOTM and where it came from?
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Green Blob Thing

3 months ago
Score 0
It seems that their name in-universe is officially just 'MUTO' now, judging by what the characters call them in the new movie, despite the fact that it was formerly just an acronym.
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Mothra the Godess

3 months ago
Score 0
They kinda look like Orga..
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Isaiahrulez

4 months ago
Score 1
y'all do realize the male and female muto are brother and sister
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Titan of Water

4 months ago
Score 0
Their Lannisters!
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ItsDestoroyah

4 months ago
Score 0
To be technically, they're not. They're mates. As in boyfriend and girlfriend.
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THE NOTORIOUS K.E.K

3 months ago
Score 1
They have the same parent @ItsDestoroyah
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ShodaiMeesmothLarva

4 months ago
Score 0
So we can add the MUTO Prime on this infobox's Relationships section?
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Les

4 months ago
Score 0
It's already there.
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Goji75

4 months ago
Score 0

SPOILER DISCUSSION:

Since it is already confirmed in screencaps from the movie that the FemMUTO's head appears in KotM, will it be labeled as a cameo?
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VaderRaptor

4 months ago
Score 0
It’ll maybe be a cameo for like 20 seconds but, I think it will be a slight plot point.
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Gorosaurus Fan

5 months ago
Score 0
Imagine if a baby Muto survived......
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HelloitsGezora64

5 months ago
Score 0

Oh no...


THAT WOULD BE ABSOLUTE CHAOS!!!!!
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Titan of Water

5 months ago
Score 0
I’d adopt it.
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Godzillaboy

6 months ago
Score 0
I smell pennies and mutos
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KingOfTheZillas98

7 months ago
Score 1
It doesn't make sense for a prehistoric kaiju to evolve to have an EMP. So I came up with a possible explanation. It's stated that the Female MUTO's EMP interferes with Godzilla 's atomic breath, and when the male MUTO does the EMP in the scene with the submarine it looked like there's a shockwave that knocks the soldiers off their feet (but this could just be from the MUTO's claw hitting the ground).So maybe the EMP is just a side effect. Here's an example: the male MUTO is by the sub when the military starts shooting at him. He thinks "Oh no it's godzilla" and activates the EMP to interfere with it. Then he figures out that the EMP works and uses it again. Either that, or aliens made them and sent them down with some sort of time machine thingy.
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VaderRaptor

5 months ago
Score 0
Nice explanation.
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ArtificialDragon

one month ago
Score 0
Animals having EMPs is hard to believe but ones that can breath radioactive fire isnt? XD
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Keizer Zilla

8 months ago
Score 0
I wonder what would happen if Clover met the female Muto...
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VaderRaptor

5 months ago
Score 1
assuming that Clover is male
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SkullIslandExplorer

8 months ago
Score 1
Better love story than Twilight.
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MosuFan2004

2 months ago
Score 0
It's i n c e s t
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AngiraBlu

2 months ago
Score 0
Ew. (*mighty shrug*) Well, nature does happen.
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Macbeth

10 months ago
Score 1

Remember ladies if your man isn't willing to fight a giant radioactive lizard to protect you and your kids he's not worth it.

For real though the male MUTO was devoted as hell, love these kaiju
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Lonely M.U.T.O

10 months ago
Score 0

What if there is a baby M.u.t.o left and it imprints on Godzilla?

And What do you think a flaming M.u.t.o would look like?
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ItsDestoroyah

8 months ago
Score 1
It would essentially be a MUTO that's just screaming for help as it burns to death.
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Kaiju killer

13 months ago
Score 0
am i the only person not to like mutos?
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HelloitsGezora64

9 months ago
Score 0
I don't like them either because they are parasites!
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Green Blob Thing

13 months ago
Score 1
I honestly don't mind that the MUTOs took up a lot of the screen time in 2014. It was better to at least have the focus on one of the monsters than neither of them. I still find the film to be kind of boring whenever I rewatch it, but I do enjoy seeing the MUTOs whenever they're around on screen. They're pretty cool.
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Godcfffdsds

21 months ago
Score 1
its orga
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Petexera

21 months ago
Score 2
...Why...?
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ItsDestoroyah

21 months ago
Score 2
Have you been reading it CAREFULLY? It literally says "Prehistoric parasites that thrived at the same time as Godzilla's species"
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Monintoho

24 months ago
Score 0
I think Biollante is a completely original monster
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Astounding Beyond Belief

24 months ago
Score 3
"More than just the same family. They are both made from the same cells. They're identical, the same thing. Not brother and sister; they're both the same creature."
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SkullIsland

27 months ago
Score 2
I wonder if these two will get a proper species name in Godzilla: King of the Monsters
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Aggression25

25 months ago
Score 2
Maybe not.
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KING GHIDORAH 1954

2 months ago
Score 0

They did










Not
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Koopa

28 months ago
Score 1
I don't know how people keep mistaking this couple for Clover! Their design might be a bit generic, but I still kinda like them. They did hog the screen time in Godzilla 2014, though.
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BigRandomKaiju

28 months ago
Score 1
I still don't like them
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Deathsong913

23 months ago
Score 1
it's my favorite kaiju
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MosuFan2004

28 months ago
Score 1
Why do people still complain about M.U.T.O.s lookin like Clover while they are completely different?..
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ItsDestoroyah

21 months ago
Score 1
They have a few similarities. They both have long arms...or legs, what ever and they crawl with them. However, their appearances are different. Maybe this will solve your problem?
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Green Blob Thing

30 months ago
Score 1
Why do so many of the Muto toys have red markings on them? They look cool but I'm pretty sure the Mutos in the film do not have them.
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SkullIsland

30 months ago
Score 1
Only the male had bits of red, but that was when using his EMP attacks.
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ShodaiMeesmothLarva

35 months ago
Score 1

The Wikipedia page of MUTOs say that the last "original opponent" in the Godzilla franchise is Orga, while this page say Titanosaurus.

-Isn't Orga is just an clone of Godzilla, and not an original opponent?
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Titanollante

35 months ago
Score 1
Well, Orga is not a clone of Godzilla. It is a fully separate monster. As the movie progresses he acquires Godzilla DNA and stuff and becomes more like Godzilla. So Orga could technically be the last original kaiju.
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Garfzilla

35 months ago
Score 1

Hey, Destoroyah was CREATED by the Oxygen Destroyer, but He is not: The Oxygen Destroyer A clone of the oxygen destroyer

Based on any other monster appearing
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The King of the Monsters

35 months ago
Score 2
The characters in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah specifically call Destoroyah "the living Oxygen Destroyer" several times. Destoroyah is essentially treated as the incarnation of the Oxygen Destroyer.
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Aggression25

25 months ago
Score 2

Any creature that has some tie to Godzilla is hardly original. A creature with its own unique origins is original because they don't relate to Godzilla in any way.

The M.U.T.O.s of the film aren't exactly related to Godzilla, but evolved to become parasitic to his species, similar to how the Skull-Crawlers are a carnivorous parasite to other creatures because of their insatiable appetites.
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TopMonarchScientist

3 days ago
Score 0
@Titano I thought Keizer Ghidorah was the last original opponent until these guys.
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