The guardian of the underground kingdom of Seatopia, Megalon was unleashed upon the surface world after repeated nuclear tests had ravaged Seatopia. Megalon surfaced in Japan and attacked Tokyo, guided by the stolen robot Jet Jaguar. However, Jet Jaguar was soon freed from the Seatopians' control and turned against Megalon. Gigan arrived to aid Megalon, but the two monsters were sent retreating after Godzilla joined Jet Jaguar in battle. To date Megalon has only made a single film appearance, but has remained a popular monster nonetheless, appearing in countless Godzilla video games, along with manga and comic books.
- 1 Name
- 2 Development
- 3 Design
- 4 Personality
- 5 Origins
- 6 History
- 7 Abilities
- 8 Filmography
- 9 Video Games
- 10 Books
- 11 Comics
- 12 Gallery
- 13 Sightings
- 14 Roar
- 15 In Other Languages
- 16 Trivia
- 17 References
- 18 Comments
Megalon's name likely comes from the combining form "megalo," which means 'abnormally large' or 'great.' His Japanese name does not contain a letter 'n' at the end.
The inspiration for Megalon actually came from Gebara (ゲバラ?), a giant mole cricket kaiju that was conceptualized as the villain for All Monsters Attack. During production, Gebara was reworked into a mutant toad and renamed Gabara. The original concept for Gebara was revived during production of the thirteenth Godzilla film, and the creature was reworked to be more like a cross between a cockroach and rhinoceros beetle rather than a mole cricket. The monster was given the new name Megalon, a name originally used for a kaiju from the unmade 1972 Godzilla film Godzilla vs. the Space Monsters: Earth Defense Directive, which would have fought alongside Gigan and King Ghidorah under the command of the evil alien brain Miko against Godzilla, Anguirus, and the living statue Majin Tuol. In Shinichi Sekizawa's draft for this film, Megalon was described as moving quickly and expelling a gaseous smog from its body, while in Kaoru Mabuchi's treatment he was said to possess eyes on the ends of his antennae.
Megalon is primarily based on the Japanese rhinoceros beetle (カブトムシ?). His wings were based on those of a cicada and his movements were based on grasshoppers, even though he stands upright. kabutomushi Despite being an underground creature, Megalon is noticeably colorful, combining silver and grey tusks and claws with an orange-and-black carapace and wings. Megalon's forelimbs terminate with two sharp, drill-like appendages, which are never seen to be individually prehensile, at least in Godzilla vs. Megalon, always moving in tune with the monster's arms.
Megalon is sometimes considered one of the least intelligent Toho kaiju. This is demonstrated by the fact that he is easily manipulated by external stimuli. For example, Megalon followed Jet Jaguar simply because he was curious, and he is also very temperamental, as seen when he goes into shock when he loses sight of Jet Jaguar and begins to jump and thrash about. His battle tactics also seem to be lacking in terms of strategy, as he never once utilizes his lightning horn beam against Godzilla nor Jet Jaguar. Additionally, he seems to enjoy charging at both his enemies headfirst, although all said enemies had to do was simply step out of the way to avoid him. Without Gigan by his side, Megalon would probably not have lasted as long as he did during the film's climactic last battle.
Megalon is a gigantic insectoid being that lives deep underground in the subterranean kingdom of Seatopia. Megalon is seen as the Seatopians' god, and is called upon by them to defend their home from threats.
Megalon was the god to the Seatopians, and he was their way to take revenge on the humans who were damaging their world with nuclear tests. They called upon Megalon to destroy the humans and sent the captured Jet Jaguar to guide the monster on his rampage through Japan. The JSDF resisted and attacked the beast, to no avail. Help arrived when Goro Ibuki, the scientist who created Jet Jaguar, managed to free the robot from the control of the Seatopians. He sent Jet Jaguar to Monster Island to find Godzilla. In the time that Jet Jaguar was gone, Megalon was lost and confused. Jet Jaguar returned to Japan and reprogrammed himself to grow to kaiju size then attacked Megalon, causing the Seatopians to contact the M Space Hunter Nebula Aliens and ask for Gigan's assistance. Gigan arrived and he and Megalon double-teamed Jet Jaguar. Eventually, Godzilla arrived and joined forces with Jet Jaguar against Gigan and Megalon. After a long battle, Gigan retreated back to outer space, leaving Megalon at the mercy of Godzilla and Jet Jaguar. The two monsters pummeled the helpless Megalon before he finally burrowed back to Seatopia, defeated.
Megalon possesses a sizable array of abilities. He is capable of firing a lightning beam from the horn on his head, and can spit napalm bombs from his mouth. Megalon's most notable feature is his drill hands. These drills are useful in hand-to-hand combat, and can combine together into a single rotating drill which allows Megalon to burrow underground at the speed of Mach 2. Megalon can jump high into the air, and travel for up to ten kilometers at a time using this method. Megalon can use his wings to fly at a speed of Mach 3, and can travel underwater at a speed of Mach 4.
In video games such as Godzilla: Save the Earth and Godzilla: Unleashed, Megalon's abilities vary from his film appearance. He can no longer fly for extended periods of time, only use his wings to briefly hover in the air. Each of his drill hands is now prehensile, making his punches capable of drilling into an opponent's flesh. He can also discharge electrical energy through his punches. In these games, Megalon's special ability consists of him generating a magnetic field that draws opponents towards him, before unleashing a powerful electromagnetic pulse that damages enemies and sends them flying.
- Godzilla vs. 3 Giant Monsters
- Godzilla (Arcade)
- Godzilla: Battle Legends
- Godzilla: Great Monster Battle
- Godzilla: Heart-Pounding Monster Island!!
- Godzilla Movie Studio Tour
- Godzilla: Trading Battle
- Godzilla Generations
- Godzilla: Domination!
- Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee
- Godzilla: Save the Earth
- Godzilla: Unleashed (Wii and PS2)
- Godzilla Unleashed: Double Smash
- Godzilla: Kaiju Collection
- Godzilla (PlayStation 3 / PlayStation 4) [Kaiju Guide]
Even though Megalon only appeared in one film, he remains a popular character, and has appeared in several computer and video games based upon the Godzilla franchise, including Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee, Godzilla: Domination!, Godzilla: Save the Earth, and Godzilla: Unleashed.
In Godzilla: Domination!, Megalon has the power to do a leech probe, in which Megalon grabs on to his opponent and bites them four times, each time hurting the opponent and healing Megalon. This move can only be done if Megalon is next to a enemy. He also has the ability to unleash three blasts of energy from his horn, which will quickly fly around him before slamming into the ground. In the same game, Megalon's napalm bombs are altered to resemble real bombs or naval mines, and only explode if an enemy walks over them.
Megalon has the ability to execute an energy punch and create a damaging arc of energy. As a Rage Attack, Megalon can create a Magnetic Vortex, in which Megalon shuffles his wings and all the monsters get drawn close to him. When one is close he releases a mini-pulse of energy, dealing immense damage.
Weight: 64,000 tons
"Megalon is a guardian monster of the Seatopians, who live beneath the earth's oceans. Having no special love for human beings, he has once again aligned himself with the alien invaders in hope of eliminating the human population once and for all. Megalon is a very well-rounded combatant, with decent melee, grappling, and ranged capabilities. He has a special affinity for electricity, allowing him to employ lightning and EMP attacks without danger to himself. Megalon's hands are high-speed drills, which allow him to burrow underground or simply gore his opponents in hand-to-hand combat."
As a part of the Aliens faction, Megalon has aligned himself with the Vortaak in their quest to take over the Earth. He retains the same abilities he possessed in the previous Atari games, Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee and Godzilla: Save the Earth.
- Main article: Godzilla (2014 video game)/Kaiju Guide#Megalon.
Megalon in the Godzilla arcade game
Megalon's battle sprite in Godzilla: Domination!
Megalon's sprite in Godzilla: Domination!
Megalon's battle box in Godzilla: Domination!
Megalon's icon in Godzilla: Domination!
Megalon in Godzilla: Save the Earth
Megalon in Godzilla: Unleashed
Megalon in Godzilla: Kaiju Collection
Megalon and Gigan were inhabitants of Monster Island. When Godzilla was sad and swam away from the island, the duo of kaiju took over the island, bullying the likes of Manda and Baragon. The only one to stand up to them was Anguirus and for that, he was pushed into a volcano. When Godzilla returned, he sent the two monsters into hiding.
Megalon was credited as the monster that caused mankind to lose the continent of Africa. Megalon landed on the west coast of Africa in 2012 and crossed the continent, destroying several small nations along the way. Megalon returned in 2022 and destroyed the Republic of South Africa.
- Godzilla: The Half-Century War #3 (2012)
- Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #9 (2014)
- Godzilla: Rage Across Time #1, 5 (2016)
American promotional comic produced by Cinema Shares for Godzilla vs. Megalon, Megalon is depicted as not being Seatopian in origin, but rather appearing from beneath the Earth during an undersea eruption, and coming to attack cities to satisfy his "Energy Hunger." He is killed brutally by Godzilla after having the back of his spine bitten into.
While Godzilla was trapped in Neo Biollante's cage vines, Doctor Oniyama summoned Megalon to attack Godzilla. Surfacing from underground, Megalon antagonized Godzilla before ripping into his chest with his drills, and repeatedly spitting Napalm Bombs at him, severely injuring Godzilla. Having lost all resolve, Godzilla simply stood still, unable to continue the fight until an attack on Neo Biollante's water tanks by Miki Hideo and Yosuke Hideo weakened Neo Biollante's vines. Megalon then accidentally killed Neo Biollante with his Lightning Beam after Godzilla threw her at him. Godzilla then broke Megalon's horn with his tail, and set Megalon on fire with his Atomic Breath, killing the giant insect.
Megalon in Godzilla: The Half-Century War #3
Megalon appeared in the first issue of Godzilla: Rage Across Time, where he and Gigan were controlled by Zhenjin Khan, the dragon master, and sent to obliterate Japan in the 13th century alongside the Mongolian troops, actually the M Space Hunter Nebula Aliens in disguise. The soldiers of Japan fought back against the Mongolians while the two monsters laid waste to the land. Just when it looked like all hope was lost, the monsters were suddenly hit by an atomic beam that pushed back Megalon's napalm bomb. The source of the beam was revealed to be Godzilla, who was drawn towards the duo's location and decided to fight them. At first, Godzilla had the upper hand in the battle, dodging the monsters' attacks and striking hard at them, but was eventually overwhelmed by his enemies' coordinated teamwork. When it seemed like Godzilla would be defeated, the Mongol relic that controlled Gigan and Megalon was destroyed by a fire arrow shot from Akio, the infamous woman warrior. With the monsters dazed and confused, Godzilla fired his atomic breath at Gigan and swung his tail at Megalon, forcing the two monsters to retreat and fly off into space while Godzilla destroyed the remainder of the invading army.
- Main article: Megalon/Gallery.
- Megalon and Godzilla are seen in a magazine in Friday the 13th Part 3.
Like Baragon and Gorosaurus, Megalon's roar is an edited pitch of Varan's roar, whose roar was originally from Godzilla at the end of the original Godzilla film. In addition, Megalon also produces screeching sounds which are adapted from Ebirah's chirps and screeches. Megalon can also emit a deep laugh, created by altering his normal roar.
In Other Languages
- Russian: Мегалон
- Chinese: 中央大廳 (Zhōngyāng dàtīng)
- Megalon was originally conceptualized as an opponent for Godzilla in the unmade film Godzilla vs. the Space Monsters: Earth Defense Directive, which was an early draft of Godzilla vs. Gigan. In this film, Megalon would have been a pawn of an evil alien brain called Miko, and would have fought alongside Gigan and King Ghidorah against Godzilla, Anguirus and a new monster called Majin Tuol.
- Special effects director Teruyoshi Nakano originally wanted to base Megalon's design on a dragonfly and then a ladybug before settling on the Japanese rhinoceros beetle.
- At the time Godzilla vs. Megalon was released, the Megalon suit was the heaviest one ever made by Toho.
- With the exception of Godzilla Island, Megalon has not directly appeared in any films or television programs since his debut in 1973. He is also one of a select few kaiju who debuted in the Showa series to have never had more than one film appearance, with the others being Gabara, Jet Jaguar and Titanosaurus.
- Despite being a monster native to Earth, Megalon is normally associated with other alien kaiju because of his association with Gigan, and his role as an antagonist in Godzilla vs. Megalon. For this reason, he has traditionally been depicted as an ally of alien invaders in his video game appearances.
- In the 2008 Go! Godman film, a Megalon figure can be seen in a pail of sand during a flashback of Mika Ayase's childhood.
- A monster that appears in the opening sequence of Godzilla: The Series is named Megalon.
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