Megapede / Cicada

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Megapede
Megapede in Godzilla: The Series
Cicada in Godzilla: The Series
Species Irradiated centipede-cicada hybrid
Jaw width ~50 feet
Forms Megapede, Cicada
Enemies Godzilla
Designed by Fil Barlow
First appearance Godzilla: The Series episode 30,
"Metamorphosis"
Roar(s)
Woah. We're not talking centipede, we're talking Megapede.
„ 

Randy Hernandez ("Metamorphosis")

The Megapede, also known as Cicada (シケーダ,   Shikēda) in its adult form, is a giant insect monster who appears in episode 9 of the second season of Godzilla: The Series, "Metamorphosis."

Design[edit | edit source]

Megapede has a long gray and red body with a light brown underside with yellow barbs. He has multiple legs, two pincer claws, and light green spots with light orange patches around them running down its body. His second and third segment have smaller green spots above the larger spots. Megapede has multiple spikes running down his back, two spikes on his fourth segment, one spike on his sixth, seventh, and ninth segment, and five spikes on his tenth segment. His brown head has six eyes, four green eyes with dark orange patches around them, ​and two smaller white eyes, four spikes on his forehead, a large mouth with four mandibles, two smaller mandibles above two larger mandibles, and a dark brown bump on the top of his head.

As the name says, Cicada looks more like a giant cicada and is mainly dark brown with a tan underside. His abdomen has two small spikes behind two larger spikes. His thorax has six brown and red legs, two pincer claws, two translucent wings, and a brown plate of armor. Cicada's head is the same as Megapede's except it is now light brown, six red eyes with dark brown patches around the larger eyes.

History[edit | edit source]

Godzilla: The Series[edit | edit source]

Metamorphosis[edit | edit source]

At first a massive centipede-cicada hybrid mutation, the Megapede suddenly appeared in the American Midwest. Attacking and feeding on crops, his actions gained the attention of H.E.A.T. who quickly arrived to investigate. After finding globs of toxic foam at attack sites, they ran into the creature as it attacked the Indiana state fair. His exoskeleton was too tough for tranquilizer and laser fire, and soon he was on a rampage. Godzilla, however, arrived to do battle yet again! He fought the creature, fighting it as H.E.A.T. watched on. The Megapede managed to use his poison barbs to gain an upper hand.

As Godzilla removed the barbs, H.E.A.T. open fired yet again, distracting the Megapede. The monster was unable to see Godzilla charging and soon he was tossed through a huge roller coaster. An electrical generator then exploded, sending thousands of volts through the insect’s body and weakening him. As the monster king moved in for the kill, it spat a glob of toxic foam at his eyes. The reptile was forced into retreat, heading to the water where he could wash off the foam. Unable to stop the Megapede on their own, H.E.A.T, could only watched on as he vanished beneath the ground, totally unaware that he would soon grow into the next stage of his life cycle.

After his initial brawl with Godzilla, the Megapede vanished beneath the ground and create a sort of cocoon. He then began to grow into his second life cycle, the giant winged Cicada! After finding his husk, H.E.A.T. was at a lose of where to start their search. While they were confused, the Giant Cicada flew to Chicago and perched himself on top of the John Hancock Center. He began to rub his wings together, creating an intense high frequency song that disrupted all the electronics of the city, in an attempt to draw a mate.

Unwilling to just stand by and watch, the air force flew in, firing missiles at the giant insect. The powerful weapons did little to hamper the creature and when H.E.A.T. tried to use electricity against him, it was revealed that the recent metamorphosis had negated the weakness of its previous form. A new plan was put underway to coat the Giant Cicada’s wings with insulating foam. Spraying the insect with it from a helicopter, the foam did its job, stopping the song the creature generated. In response, he reached up, snatching the chopper out of the sky with his large claw.

They managed to escape its grasp and land safely, but Godzilla was back for revenge. Rising from the waters of Lake Michigan, he charged down Michigan Avenue towards the John Hancock Center and brought the entire skyscraper down to get at the insect. Without the ability to fly, the cicada tried to escape but Godzilla was hot on his tail. The two fell into Lake Michigan and began to do battle. Soon Godzilla held the insect under the water until it stopped moving.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Durability[edit | edit source]

Megapede's armored body can withstand tranquilizer darts, laser weapons, and Godzilla's atomic breath.

Metamorphosis[edit | edit source]

Megapede can morph into Cicada.

Foam[edit | edit source]

In both forms, Megapede can produce a foam which can poison enemies if it remains in contact with their eyes.

Poison barbs[edit | edit source]

Megapede possesses poisonous barbs that can shoot out from underneath his head.

Flight[edit | edit source]

As Cicada, the creature can fly. By vibrating his wings at high speed, Cicada can produce a high frequency signal that can disrupt telecommunication systems.

Claws[edit | edit source]

Both Megapede and Cicada possess large pincer claws used to slash at and stab targets.

Burrowing[edit | edit source]

As Megapede, the creature can burrow.

Weaknesses[edit | edit source]

While Megapede was vulnerable to electricity, it only annoyed Cicada. Cicada could no longer fly or rub his wings together with insolating foam. Due to being a land based insect, Godzilla was able to drown Cicada after holding him underwater.

Roar[edit | edit source]

Megapede reuses El Gusano Gigante and Mutant Rat roars.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Main article: Megapede/Gallery.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Megapede and Cicada are an homage to Battra. Godzilla also fought Megapede in a carnival with a Ferris wheel and underwater, very similar to Godzilla's two brawls with Battra in an amusement park and beneath the waves in the Philippines in Godzilla vs. Mothra.
  • Cicada is shown producing its song by stridulating its wings, however real-world cicadas use vibrating drumlike tymbals inside their abdomens.

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