Megapede / Cicada

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The Megapede in Metamorphosis
The Cicada in Metamorphosis
Species Centipede/Cicada Hybrid
Forms Megapede, Cicada
Allies None
Enemies Godzilla
Created by Fil Barlow
Played by Animation
First appearance Metamorphosis

The Megapede, also known as Cicada (シケーダ,   Shikēda) in its adult form, is an enormous mutated insect kaiju created by TriStar Pictures that appeared in the Godzilla: The Series episode Metamorphosis.


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At first a massive centipede-cicada hybrid mutation, the Megapede suddenly appeared in the American Midwest. Attacking and feeding on crops, its 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. Its exoskeleton was too tough for tranquilizer and laser fire, and soon it 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 its 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 it was tossed through a huge roller coaster. An electrical generator then exploded, sending thousands of volts through the insect’s body and weakening it. 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 it vanished beneath the ground, totally unaware that it would soon grow into the next stage of its life cycle.

After its initial brawl with Godzilla, the Megapede vanished beneath the ground and create a sort of cocoon. It then began to grow into its second life cycle, the giant winged Cicada! After finding its 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 itself on top of the John Hancock Center. It began to rub its 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 it, 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, it reached up, snatching the chopper out of the sky with its 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 its tail. The two fell into Lake Michigan and began to do battle. Soon Godzilla held the insect under the water until it stopped moving.


  • Megapede's armored body can withstand Godzilla's atomic breath.
  • Megapede can morph into Cicada.
  • In both forms, Megapede can produce a foam which can poison enemies if it remains in contact with their eyes.
  • Megapede possesses poison barbs.
  • By vibrating its wings at high speed, Cicada can produce a high frequency signal that can disrupt telecommunication systems.
  • Cicada possesses large pincer claws.
  • As Megapede, the creature can burrow, while as Cicada it can fly.


  • Megapede is vulnerable to electricity.


Megapede reuses El Gusano Gigante and Mutant Rat roars.


Main article: Megapede/Gallery.


  • 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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