Mars is the fourth closest planet to the sun, and the fourth and final inner planet of the Solar System. It is occasionally referenced or makes appearances in Toho's Godzilla series and other tokusatsu movies. The popularity of space movies in the latter half of the 20th century meant that other film companies, such as Daiei and Shochiku, also made films that were at least partially set on Mars.
The Mysterians are known to have been inhabiting Mars prior to the events of The Mysterians due to the destruction of their home planet Mysteroid, but travel to the Moon to plan an invasion of Earth, because Mars yields too few resources to sustain their population.
In this film, the Xiliens' home planet, Planet X, is mentioned to be between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. However, the proximity of Jupiter in the Planet X sky suggests that Planet X is closer to the latter planet than the former.
After Gamera is attracted to a rocket by fire, he is successfully contained in it and launched into space. The rocket then began to travel towards Mars, but at some point in the journey Gamera managed to break free and begin his journey home.
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Much like the Xiliens, the Kilaaks' home planet is also located between Mars and Jupiter. However, it is never shown exactly what their planet looks like.
Desghidorah first appeared on Mars, destroying all life on the planet and converting it into its current state.
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Mars is the second planet visited by Godzilla and Mothra in the game. Here, Mars is shown to be quite unlike the way it is in real life. Volcano levels are extremely common on the planet. In addition, Mothra and Godzilla must fight both Moguera and Gezora, who have followed them from Earth, but must also fight Varan.
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The Xiliens, operating from their capital city of Xilia on Mars, launched an invasion of Earth in 1996. When Godzilla emerged from Tokyo Bay and destroyed several of their flying saucers, the Xiliens abducted him and transported him to Xilia, forcing him to fight in the Xilia Arena against other captured monsters. Godzilla easily triumphed in each encounter, despite a shock collar being attached to him that prevented him from firing his atomic breath. After Godzilla dispatched a trio of Kamacuras, the Xilien leaders decided to pit him against their champion, King Ghidorah, hoping that his victory over Earth's champion would rekindle support among the masses for the invasion, after which they would send Ghidorah to Earth to finish the invasion. On Earth, the infamous mad scientist Dr. Ogilvy Hu came up with a bold plan to sabotage the Xilien invasion by sending his machine man Hoshi to Xilia in the experimental P-1 X to detonate an Electro-Bomb and sever communications between the Xiliens on Mars and Earth. Despite an Xilien assault on Hu's base, the P-1 X managed to take off, piloted by Captain Daitan Matsushita and Hoshi. When the P-1 reached Xilia, the Xiliens detected its approach and sent their saucers to shoot it down. As the P-1 raced through the skies of Xilia, the Xiliens took control of Hoshi and forced him to attack Matsushita. Fortunately, Hoshi was able to resist their control, allowing Matsushita to jump into the Xilia Arena with the Electro-Bomb while Hoshi crashed the P-1 into King Ghidorah. When Matsushita detonated the Electro-Bomb, King Ghidorah simply absorbed its payload and increased in power, allowing him to dispatch Godzilla with three especially powerful gravity beams. Matsushita rescued the injured Hoshi from the wreckage of the P-1, and the two narrowly escaped from Ghidorah until the cosmic radiation bombarding Mars revitalized Godzilla, whose shock collar had broken off. Godzilla fought back against Ghidorah, destroying the Xilia Arena in the process. Matsushita and Hoshi escaped the arena along with the terrified spectators, and managed to board a saucer at a nearby airfield and take off. Ghidorah took flight and prepared to fire his gravity beams at Godzilla, who preemptively fired a supercharged red blast of atomic breath which obliterated his enemy along with much of Xilia. As Matsushita and Hoshi victoriously returned to Earth in the saucer, Godzilla roared triumphantly among the ruins of Xilia.
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