Megaguirus

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Megaguirus
Megaguirus in Godzilla vs. Megaguirus
Alternate names Megagilas, Megagirasu
Subtitle(s) Super Dragonfly
(超翔竜,   Chō Shō Ryū)[1]
Species Mutated Meganulon queen
Length 50 meters[2]
Wingspan 80 meters[2]
Weight 12,000 metric tons[2][1]
Forms Queen Meganulon, Queen Meganula
Relations Meganulon (Subjects),
Godzilla (Energy Source)
Allies Meganulon
Enemies Godzilla, GorosaurusGRoE, MothraG:C, EbirahGRoE, TrilopodGRoE
Created by Masaaki Tezuka
Portrayed by Minoru Watanabe
First appearance Godzilla vs. Megaguirus
Roar(s)
More roars

Megaguirus (メガギラス,   Megagirasu) is a queen Meganulon kaiju created by Toho that first appeared in the 2000 Godzilla film, Godzilla vs. Megaguirus.

Originating as a colossal Meganulon living under the flooded streets of Tokyo, Megaguirus was mutated into a half-Godzilla, half-Meganula monstrosity after her swarm absorbed a large portion of Godzilla's energy and transferred it into their queen. Megaguirus molted her Meganulon exoskeleton and took to the skies, seeking out Godzilla so she could steal the rest of his power. When Godzilla arrived in Tokyo, Megaguirus challenged him to battle, using her superior speed and mobility to confuse and repeatedly ambush him. As the battle raged on, Godzilla began to anticipate Megaguirus' attack patterns and was able to outsmart her and turn the battle in his favor. Megaguirus was finally destroyed after being incinerated by two blasts of Godzilla's atomic breath.

Name

Megaguirus' name, like the Meganulon's, comes from Meganeura, a genus of extinct Meganisopteran insects closely related to modern dragonflies and damselflies that lived during the Late Carboniferous period approximately 305 to 299 million years ago. The "-girasu" part of her name was translated into English as "-guirus" due to that being the case with Anguirus' name.

Design

Megaguirus looks like a cross between Godzilla and a Meganula. She has bumpy purple skin and greenish spikes all over her body. Her head is more reptilian than insectoid in appearance, as she lacks antennae and possesses a reptilian tooth-filled mouth instead of two mandibles like her Meganula subjects. Megaguirus also has visible pectoral and abdominal muscles on the underside of her body. Megaguirus possesses a long tail tipped with a sharp stinger. The underside of her tail is marked with several bright purple spots.

Personality

Megaguirus is a vicious and greedy creature who exists to dominate. She stops at nothing to try and kill Godzilla and steal the rest of his energy. Megaguirus relies on her speed and agility to outflank, confuse, and batter Godzilla. Megaguirus is very expressive, which is noticeable when she smiles sadistically before she drops a structure onto Godzilla, and later when her eyes widen in surprise before Godzilla body-slams her.

Origins

Megaguirus was created when a black hole weapon that would send Godzilla into another dimension allowed a Meganula to arrive on present day Earth and lay an egg which would later be discovered by a young boy and then hatch into several Meganulons. After molting into Meganula, the swarm attacked Godzilla and absorbed some of his energy, then transferred it into their queen. The queen then molted her cocoon and became Megaguirus.

History

Millennium Series

Godzilla vs. Megaguirus

In the flooded streets of Tokyo, a large Meganulon queen waited beneath the waves for her hive to return. The Meganula flew over the city and under the water to give their queen the energy they had taken from Godzilla. They quickly injected her with the energy, giving their lives in the process. Megaguirus then shed her skin and took flight. She flew off, shattering windows and reducing buildings to rubble with her gusts of wind and sonic waves.

After a few days, Godzilla hit the shores of the city, with Megaguirus detecting his presence. She flew with great speed to attack the beast, and proved to be more than a match for him. She flew too quickly for Godzilla to blast her with his atomic beam, and she could easily out maneuver his other melee attacks. She attacked Godzilla with her sharp, deadly claws, and managed to knock him into a building. Thinking he was defeated, she started to fly away, only to be met by another attack. Godzilla charged his beam, but Megaguirus stabbed him with her stinger. She absorbed Godzilla's nuclear energy, and attempted to attack him with a ball of fire from her wings. She fired the attack, but required more energy. She charged at Godzilla with her tail forward, but unfortunately for the queen, her stinger was caught in Godzilla's jaws. Godzilla then slowly crushed the stinger and ripped it off, leaving him with the upper hand. Megaguirus shrieked in pain and backed away, stunned. Godzilla took this opportunity and charged his beam, then blasted it out, causing her to explode in combustion of flames. Megaguirus' fiery corpse crashed on the ground, and Godzilla roared in victory.

Abilities

Flight

Megaguirus can fly at a speed of Mach 4. She accelerates so fast when flying that she vanishes into a blur. Her flight can produce high-frequency waves that are capable of shorting out nearby electrical equipment and creating a deafening sound that is painful to humans. Her wings also possess sharp edges capable of cutting through steel and concrete.

Stinger

Megaguirus' tail ends in a sharp stinger used to pierce Godzilla's hide and drain his energy. In Godzilla: Save the Earth and Godzilla: Unleashed, she is able to drain energy from other monsters and mechas through her tail stinger.

Fireball

After draining Godzilla's energy, Megaguirus is able to project a large fireball which is powerful enough to knock over Godzilla. In the Pipeworks Godzilla games, she can create a copy of enemy monsters' beam attacks after absorbing their energy.

Claws

Megaguirus has two pincer-like claws which she uses in close combat with Godzilla. She uses her claws to grab Godzilla's neck or bludgeon him on the head. She also uses her claw to knock part of a building onto Godzilla.

Weaknesses

While she possesses a speed advantage over Godzilla, Megaguirus is much more physically frail than he is and is severely injured if he lands a hit on her. Godzilla manages to sever Megaguirus' claw with his dorsal plates as she flies past him, and immobilizes her by sticking her tail stinger into the ground allowing him to tackle her. Godzilla ultimately defeats Megaguirus by anticipating her attack and catching her stinger in his mouth, allowing him to bite it off. As Megaguirus attempts to flee, Godzilla blasts her directly with his atomic breath twice, causing her to erupt in flames before crashing to the ground dead.

Filmography

Video Games

Godzilla: Save the Earth

Megaguirus appeared as a playable character in Godzilla: Save the Earth. Extremely fast and moderately strong, Megaguirus could fly circles around her foes and pummel them with quick combos. Like Mothra, she is immune to sweep attacks and low attacks, though she is vulnerable to atomic attacks. She is unique in that she starts with no energy. Any attacks with her tail that connect steal energy from her foe and build her energy bar. When she stabs with her tail, Megaguirus can either drain a lot of energy, some health, or copy her opponent's beam weapon (this does not work with Destoroyah, MOGUERA, Baragon, Anguirus, Jet Jaguar, or Mothra Larva). She can fire either a glowing sphere that tracks her opponent and detonates on contact, or the opponent's beam weapon if she copied it (her energy bar must be at a certain high level to do this). Megaguirus' special ability, inertia-less flight, doubles her movement and attack speed for a time, allowing her to lay into opponents and beat them senseless with super-fast attacks. Her Rage attack sends three swarms of Meganula that chase the foe and latch on, stunning them and draining health and energy for their queen.

Godzilla: Unleashed

Megaguirus in Godzilla: Unleashed

Height: 50 meters
Weight: 28,000 tons

"Megaguirus is the queen of an insect race who thrives by parasitically siphoning energy from larger animals. Megaguirus attained her tremendous size and power when her swarm siphoned a significant portion of Godzilla's energy and transferred it to their queen. Megaguirus leeches power from her opponents using her fearsome tail stinger-and can even absorb and redirect most monsters' weapon attacks. With only a primal thirst for power and a battle-hardened desire for combat as her guide, Megaguirus is sure to be found anywhere that power exists for the taking."


Godzilla (PlayStation 3 / PlayStation 4)

Main article: Godzilla (2014 video game)/Kaiju Guide#Megaguirus.

Books

GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse

Megaguirus appeared in 2036, preying on refugees fleeing Europe, alongside Rodan.[3][note 1]

Comics

Godzilla: Rulers of Earth

Megaguirus was first spotted in a flashback where she attacked the hunting Gorosaurus only to be downed by a kick from the massive theropod. She was later seen as part of the sky monsters on the Infant Island cave mural.

Megaguirus is next seen in issue #18, where she emerged from her nest in the jungles of Brazil and flew to Sao Paulo, where Godzilla, Ebirah, and the Meganulons were battling. Megaguirus and the Meganulons forced Ebirah to retreat and Megaguirus turned her attention to Godzilla. Megaguirus used her incredible flying speed to avoid Godzilla's atomic breath and tried to sneak up behind him. Godzilla used a nuclear pulse before Megaguirus could reach him, knocking her into a building. Megaguirus stung Godzilla on the leg and drained his energy, then blasted him with a giant atomic fireball. With Godzilla incapacitated, Megaguirus grabbed him and carried him off to her nest. Megaguirus dropped Godzilla into her nest, where hundreds of Meganulons and Meganula surrounded him. Godzilla used his nuclear pulse to destroy the Meganula, and was lifted in the air by the enraged Megaguirus. Godzilla bit into Megaguirus' neck and the two monsters crashed down in Machu Picchu, Peru. Just as the two monsters prepared to continue their battle, a pod was sent to Earth by the Cryogs, which released several monsters called Trilopods. The Trilopods attacked both monsters, pinning them down and biting them. Some of the Trilopods managed to absorb Megaguirus' DNA and merged together into a Megaguirus-Trilopod hybrid. Megaguirus attempted to fly away, but Godzilla threw a Trilopod at her and knocked her down. Godzilla was then carried away to Los Angeles, California, while Megaguirus was not seen again, leaving her fate unknown.

Godzilla: Cataclysm

Megaguirus and her swarm of Meganula in Godzilla: Cataclysm #3

In Godzilla: Cataclysm #3, Megaguirus and her swarm of Meganula arrive in the refugees' village in order to feed on the regenerating Biollante. Mothra arrives, seemingly to protect Biollante, and attacks Megaguirus. Megaguirus clashes with Mothra in the sky and uses her Meganula to swarm Mothra, until suddenly a blast of Godzilla's atomic breath is fired at the monsters.

Gallery

Main article: Megaguirus/Gallery.

Roar

Megaguirus' roars

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Flagicon Russia.png Russian Мегагирус Transliteration of English name
Flagicon Serbia.png Serbian Мегагирус Transliteration of English name


Trivia

  • Skeetera from Godzilla: The Series has similar powers as Megaguirus.
  • There is a useful glitch in Godzilla: Unleashed where Megaguirus is able to use a beam indefinitely by taking the weapon after stealing the opponent's energy first.
  • The Meganulon (and, by extension, Megaguirus) are based on the real life prehistoric insect genus Meganeura, which lived during the Carboniferous period and were some of the largest known flying insects. These relatives of modern dragonflies and damselflies lived over 67.6 million years before the first dinosaurs and were as large as seagulls. Many giant insects (and arthropods in general) evolved to such huge sizes during the Carboniferous because of the high amount of oxygen in the air.
  • Because Megaguirus is from the Carboniferous period, she is the second oldest Godzilla monster, with at least 298.9 million years of age. Destoroyah is the absolute oldest to date, being from the Precambrian period.

Notes

  1. There were rows of refugees crowding the Siberian railroad tracks. / シベリア鉄道の線路の上をびっしりと避難民の列が埋め尽くしていた。
    We were attacked there. / そこにヤツらが襲いかかった。
    Monsters like Megaguirus and Rodan saw us as feed. / 俺たちはヤツらメガギラスやラドンのような怪獣から見れば格好のエサだった。

References

This is a list of references for Megaguirus. 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 Toho Special Effects All Monster Encyclopedia. Shogakukan. p. 109. 23 July 2014. ISBN: 4-096-82090-3.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Godzilla Completely Deciphered. Takarajimasha. p. 110. 26 June 2014. ISBN: 4800228964.
  3. Renji Ōki. GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse. Kadokawa. p. 182. October 25, 2017.

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