Mothra (Monsterverse)

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Mothra incarnations
Mothra (GODZILLA anime trilogy)
Mothra (Monsterverse)
Mothra (Godzilla Singular Point)
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Mothra's imago stage in Godzilla: King of the Monsters
The Benevolent form of Mothra's larval stage in Godzilla: King of the Monsters
The Defensive form of Mothra's larval stage in Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Subtitle(s) Queen of the Monsters[1]
(怪獣の女王,   Kaijū no Joō)[2]
Master of the Skies[3]
Titanus Mosura[4]
Species Giant moth Titan
Height 52 feet[4][5] / 15.8 meters[6]
Wingspan 803 feet[4][5] / 244.8 meters[6][a]
Forms Larval stage (with Benevolent and Defensive forms), imago stage
Place(s) of emergence Yunnan Rainforest, China[4]
Relations Godzilla (symbiont)
Allies Godzilla, Iwi, Jia, King Kong, Suko
Enemies King Ghidorah, Rodan, Skar King, Shimo, Great Apes
First appearance Latest appearance
Godzilla: King of the Monsters Godzilla x Kong:
The New Empire
Larva 2019:Imago 2019:Imago 2024:
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Mothra, Queen of the Monsters.

— Dr. Ilene Chen (Godzilla: King of the Monsters)

Mothra (モスラ,   Mosura) is a Titan who first appeared in a cave painting in the 2017 Legendary Pictures Monsterverse film Kong: Skull Island, was later featured in the 2019 film Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and reappeared in the 2024 film Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire. She is the first incarnation of the character to appear in an American-made film.

A lineage of benevolent lepidopteran Titans, Mothra defended the natural world in the ancient past and was revered as a goddess by ancient human civilizations, including the Iwi. Mothra possessed a symbiotic relationship with Godzilla, and aided him in battle against the extraterrestrial King Ghidorah long ago. In 2009, the scientific organization known as Monarch discovered Mothra's egg within an ancient temple in China's Yunnan Rainforest. She hatched in 2019, and subsequently escaped Monarch's Outpost 61 after a group of armed eco-terrorists raided it. Mothra cocooned herself under a nearby waterfall and emerged in her imago stage to help Monarch locate Godzilla so together they could stop Ghidorah from destroying the world. Mothra led Monarch to Godzilla's underwater lair in the Hollow Earth, where Dr. Ishiro Serizawa sacrificed his life to revitalize Godzilla using a nuclear warhead. Mothra joined Godzilla in Boston to confront Ghidorah, but the three-headed Titan summoned the winged Rodan to intercept Mothra. Despite being badly injured in the battle, Mothra incapacitated Rodan by stabbing him with her stinger. She then crawled onto the wounded Godzilla before Ghidorah could finish him off and defiantly flew at her enemy, who disintegrated her with his gravity beams. Mothra's energy flowed into Godzilla, triggering the final stage of their symbiosis in which Godzilla gained the ability to emit intense heat and generate pulses of nuclear energy which took the form of Mothra. In this empowered state, Godzilla easily destroyed Ghidorah once and for all, and took his rightful place as the King of the Monsters.

In the time after her sacrifice, Mothra posthumously gifted Godzilla newly heightened senses that allowed him to become aware of any disturbances or imbalances and react accordingly, which he then used to find a new home after his old lair was destroyed. In 2027, the Iwi girl Jia managed to summon Mothra in her imago stage within the Hollow Earth so that she could mediate an alliance between Godzilla and Kong to prevent the evil Skar King from conquering the surface. Mothra aided the two in a battle against the Skar King's forces in the Hollow Earth, immobilizing his Great Ape minions with silk and rescuing Godzilla from Shimo's Frost Bite Blast. In the aftermath of the Skar King's defeat, she restored the barrier concealing the Iwi's subterranean village using her silk.


The name "Mothra" is the suffixation of "-ra" (a common last syllable in kaiju names) to "moth." Since the Japanese language does not have dental fricatives, it is approximated "Mosura" in Japanese. Mothra's Japanese name is referenced through the Titan classification given to her by Monarch, Titanus Mosura. According to Godzilla: King of the Monsters - The Official Movie Novelization, "Mosura" means "giver of life" on a small island in Indonesia where she is revered as a goddess.


Godzilla: King of the Monsters director Michael Dougherty regarded Mothra as the most difficult monster to redesign.[7] He directed his team to give her more physicality than previous incarnations, and they came up with a wasp-like stinger and mantis-like spiked forearms. These weapons would look out of place on most Toho Mothras, but the designers opted to make her body more sleek and streamlined, closer in proportions to a real insect. Feeling that early designs were too tank-like, they settled on something closer to a jet fighter.[8] Elements of dragonfly wings, hornets, butterflies, and of course, moths went into her new look.[8] Dougherty also revisited the film Starship Troopers, possibly for the Brain Bug.[7] The spots on her wings were patterned after Godzilla's eyes to allude to their symbiotic relationship.[9]

Mothra is one of the few explicitly female kaiju, and Dougherty wanted her body to look like an "old vase."[8] According to Legacy FX member Luca Nemolato, "The idea was that this civilization in the past had seen her and been inspired by these shapes to create their fertility gods, and she's the mother queen of them."[8] Cast and crew alike regarded Mothra as a more spiritual, even angelic monster, representing "Mother Nature's protector," and a perpetual cycle of death and rebirth.[10] But she also had to look dangerous, necessitating a delicate balance in her features. Needless to say, it can be difficult for a human audience to glean much emotion from the face of a moth, so the animators developed a highly advanced face rig for her model.[8] Her mandibles, wings, and legs all helped her emote as well.

Mothra's larval form really only appears in a single scene, but her design still required great care, going through "a zillion different versions" in the words of Ortega.[8] The first monster in the film audiences see for an extended period, she needed to go from scaring them to charming them in a matter of seconds. As insect larvae don't have much in the way of faces, the designers had to weld together aspects from several larvae and adult insects to give her eyes and a mouth.[8] Even though she was a newborn, the team wanted her to still feel tough, so they armed her with claws and as armored plates.

Though all four of the movie's main Titans have bioluminescence, Mothra's is the most extreme. As a larva, she emits orange light when alarmed, red when enraged, and blue when calmed, a nod to the larvae in Godzilla: Tokyo SOS changing their eye color when their mother died.[7] Dougherty wanted the imago to leave trails of luminous dust that gave her a comet-like tail as she flew, but in the interest of not having every scene be overpowered by her presence, he opted to have it disperse as she flew and mix in with surrounding clouds.[8]

While Mothra was present in the first drafts of Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, Legendary's ability to renew their rights to Mothra was tenuous enough that a placeholder monster named Phosphera was used during production. Phosphera was present during some test screenings, and an image of it leaked online; once Mothra's inclusion in the film was confirmed, rumors began to circulate that Phosphera was poorly received by test audiences and so was hastily replaced by Mothra. However, director Adam Wingard later clarified, "The plan was always Mothra. But we weren't sure if we were going to be able to get Mothra. [...] I don't like that some people think it wasn't the plan all along. If you look at the very first draft of the script, it always says Mothra."[11] Despite Wingard's phrasing that Phosphera's use was "brief," all utterances of Mothra's name in the finished film are spoken by characters off-camera, suggesting that the on-set reads of these lines referred to Phosphera instead and were redone during post-production. Dougherty's initial idea of Mothra leaving behind dust as she flies was somewhat incorporated in the film, with her wings scattering golden trails of dust.


The MonsterVerse Mothra's design is very different from past incarnations of the character. Her larval stage maintains the appearance of a giant segmented caterpillar. The segments of her body are rounded, and her head is very small compared to the rest of her body. The legs of her larval form are larger and more visible than they have been in past designs. Instead of the large oval-shaped eyes of the imago stage, Mothra's larval stage has much smaller blue eyes. Mothra's larval stage possesses several bioluminescent patches; when Mothra is calm and in her Benevolent Form,[12] she emits a soft blue light. When she feels threatened and poised to attack in her Defensive Form,[13] she emits a red light.

Mothra's imago stage has a segmented insect-like body, with six legs and two wings. Her legs are considerably different from those of past Mothra designs, which are typically small and equally-sized, with clawed bird-like feet. The Monsterverse Mothra has two long hind legs with two joints and two clawed toes. She has four forelimbs, two on each side of her body, with one large pair and one smaller pair. Her forelimbs are longer and more muscular than those of past designs, and end in large hooked claws. Mothra's head is comparatively smaller than it usually is, though it retains her traditional large blue eyes, which are oval-shaped rather than circular. White fur surrounds her eyes, with some brown-orange fur on her forehead which appears to also cover the rest of her body. She possesses two large white antennae which typically lay flat against the top of her head. Mothra has two gigantic compound wings each composed of two segments: a larger segment near the front of her body and a smaller segment toward the rear. The wings possess intricate patterns with the character's traditional orange, yellow, black and white coloration, which can emit bioluminescent glows that shift in color. There is a circular pattern on both sides of the front corners of Mothra's wings, as is the case with her previous designs. According to Godzilla: King of the Monsters director Michael Dougherty, these circles are meant to represent Godzilla's eyes, demonstrating a connection between the monsters.[14]

In Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, Mothra's imago stage appears largely identical to her appearance in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, but she appears to now have thicker fur with a much brighter orange coloration and white stripes. When using her pulse attack, blue bioluminescent spots appear throughout her body, including around her mouth, chest, eyes, and on the tip of her antennae, as well as a round pattern on her forehead that is only visible when these spots glow.


Mothra was worshiped as a benevolent goddess by ancient civilizations, even receiving temple built for her in locations such as China and deep within the Hollow Earth, suggesting that she was able to coexist peacefully with humanity. Monarch classifies Mothra's behavior as that of a "protector,"[15] along with fellow Titans Godzilla, Kong, Behemoth, and Methuselah, calling her the "mother of the natural world."[5] When Mothra first hatched, she felt threatened by the Monarch soldiers surrounding her egg, restraining them with her silk. However, when Emma and Madison Russell calmed her down with the ORCA, Mothra showed curiosity and even friendliness towards them, snorting at them and allowing Madison to touch her face. During the final battle in Boston against King Ghidorah, Mothra showed protectiveness toward Godzilla, shielding his injured body with her wings and taking the full force of Ghidorah's gravity beams, ultimately giving Godzilla the power needed to kill him. She displayed similar protectiveness toward him during the battle against the Skar King in the Hollow Earth, saving him from being frozen by Shimo. Her alliance and connection with Godzilla runs incredibly deep, to the point that Chief Warrant Officer Jackson Barnes and conspiracy theorist Bernie Hayes have misinterpreted their relationship as romantic in nature. Her care for Godzilla appears to be reciprocated, with Godzilla reflecting on her sacrificing her life for him while viewing a vision of her and interpreting her enhancement of his senses as a "gift" in Godzilla Dominion. Upon seeing her again in Egypt in Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, he immediately became docile and ceased his furious aggression toward Kong, ultimately complying with her request to aid him instead.


Mothra is part of a lineage of giant moths who were worshiped as benevolent deities in the ancient past. According to Monarch, Mothra appears in ancient folklore and fairy tales from across the world.[4] She possessed a symbiotic relationship with the colossal alpha predator known as Godzilla, and together, surrounded by human warriors, they fought to repel King Ghidorah in the ancient past when the malevolent alien Titan invaded Earth. In 2009, Monarch discovered Mothra's egg in a temple dedicated to her in China's Yunnan rainforest, the "Temple of the Moth."



Kong: Skull Island

A cave painting of Mothra in Kong: Skull Island

After their adventure on Skull Island, Monarch members Houston Brooks and Lin San showed James Conrad and Mason Weaver a cave painting of Mothra, along with paintings depicting Godzilla, Rodan and King Ghidorah, as proof that the inhabitants of Skull Island were not the only monsters in the world. Mothra was entirely white in color and surrounded by worshipers in her painting.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Mothra flies into battle in Godzilla: King of the Monsters

While discussing the completion of her sonar device the ORCA, Monarch's Dr. Emma Russell and her daughter Madison overheard Mothra's roar from their dwelling built in China's Yunnan rainforest. Emma was contacted and told to report immediately to Outpost 61, the Temple of the Moth. Upon arrival, they were greeted by entomologist Dr. Tim Mancini, who explained that Mothra's radiation levels have suddenly skyrocketed after she was sleeping peacefully just before. As they entered an observation room overlooking a huge chamber, they witnessed Mothra's glowing blue egg begin to pulse and shift before a huge mass burst from it. Shaking the amniotic fluid from her body, Mothra's larval form finally hatched. Monarch attempted to put a containment field around Mothra, but their systems inexplicably shut down, as if they were being sabotaged by an outside party. Seeing the armed soldiers surrounding her, Mothra began to panic as the soft blue bioluminescent glow being emitted from her body shifted to a red glow. Mothra began to thrash about, spitting silk at the guards and grabbing one guard in her mouth before throwing him into a wall. Emma ran into the chamber with the ORCA and activated it, trying to use it to calm Mothra. As Emma struggled to find the right sonar pattern, Mothra became aggressive and began spitting silk at her. Madison ran into the chamber after her mother and watched as Mothra was bearing down on both of them. Fortunately, Emma successfully pacified Mothra with the ORCA, and her glow returned once again to the peaceful blue color from when she hatched. Emma and Madison were able to approach Mothra, and Madison placed her hand on the monster's face. Mothra blew air through her nostrils that blew both Emma and Madison back. This peaceful communion between man and monster was interrupted however when a bomb was detonated in the observation room. A group of armed mercenaries entered and gunned down most of the Monarch personnel, then absconded with Emma, Madison, and the ORCA. Mothra subsequently escaped the temple and cocooned herself under a nearby waterfall.

In their quest to retrieve the ORCA, Monarch came to realize that Emma had been in league with the eco-terrorist group, led by Alan Jonah, and intended to use the ORCA to reawaken the Titans around the globe in order to restore balance to nature before the government could exterminate them. The first Titan they unleashed, King Ghidorah, proved to not belong to the natural order like the others and emitted a call that awakened all of the other Titans around the world. Each of these Titans responded to Ghidorah's call and began doing his bidding, converting the planet's ecosystem to his liking by causing destruction across the globe. However, Mothra did not respond to Ghidorah's call as she emerged from her cocoon in her imago stage. Monarch's Dr. Ling and Dr. Houston Brooks watched as the imago Mothra spread her glowing wings. Mothra made her way to Monarch's Castle Bravo underwater base, where Monarch and the U.S. military were discussing countermeasures against Ghidorah and the other Titans now that Godzilla was seemingly killed by the experimental Oxygen Destroyer weapon that failed to harm Ghidorah. Mothra emitted blinding white bioluminescence from her wings that parted the surrounding stormclouds and revealed her presence to everyone in the base. Monarch discovered that Mothra was using sonar to communicate and that Godzilla was responding from somewhere. Using her bioluminescent God Rays as a beacon, Mothra led Monarch to Godzilla's location. The submarine they were traveling in was pulled inside the Hollow Earth, where they found an ancient sunken city that contained Godzilla's lair. Dr. Ishiro Serizawa sacrificed himself to detonate one of the sub's nuclear torpedoes next to Godzilla, with the radiation revitalizing him and allowing him to fight once more. Mothra flew back to China to lay her egg (offscreen).[16]

Godzilla made his way to Boston to confront Ghidorah, supported by the military. Mothra arrived shortly after and assisted Godzilla by pinning Ghidorah's heads against a building with her silk attack. Godzilla tackled Ghidorah through the building, but before he could attack again Ghidorah summoned Rodan to support him. Rodan intercepted Mothra, and the two flying Titans engaged in an aerial battle across the city as Godzilla and Ghidorah continued to fight on the ground. The molten magma emitted from Rodan's wings burned Mothra's own, causing her to eventually lose her ability to fly. Rodan sent Mothra crashing into a nearby skyscraper, but she used her claws to knock him off and climbed to the top. Rodan flew back around and pinned Mothra to the top of the skyscraper, trying to stab her with his beak. Mothra dodged his attacks and used her stinger to pierce directly through Rodan's chest. Immobilized by the sting, Rodan fell backward down into the burning city below, shrieking in rage. When Ghidorah dropped Godzilla from the sky and seriously injured him, Mothra intervened by weakly climbing onto Godzilla as Ghidorah closed in. She spread her wings to shield Godzilla, then flew directly at Ghidorah who easily disintegrated her with his gravity beams. Mothra's energy floated down onto Godzilla, causing glowing orange cracks to begin forming in his skin. Ultimately, Mothra's energy provided Godzilla with a huge boost in power which caused his entire body to become covered in these glowing patterns and emit intense heat. Godzilla used his new power to finish Ghidorah once and for all. His dorsal fins sparked with energy as he launched forth a burning nuclear pulse of energy which took the shape of Mothra's wings and made the sound of her roar. This pulse incinerated both of Ghidorah's wings, after which Godzilla fired another pulse that melted his left and right heads. Godzilla stomped onto Ghidorah's chest as the energy inside him built to critical levels and exploded. When the smoke cleared, Godzilla emerged victorious from the rubble, holding Ghidorah's remaining head in his jaws. Godzilla incinerated this head with his atomic breath before being confronted by Rodan and the other Titans which Ghidorah had controlled. With Ghidorah gone, the Titans all one by one submitted to Godzilla, accepting him as the new King of the Monsters.

Under Godzilla's leadership, the Titans became peaceful and helped to restore damaged ecosystems across the globe. Monarch also discovered a Titan egg inside of Mothra's territory, speculated to be either another Mothra[16] or something else entirely.

Godzilla vs. Kong

A cave painting of Mothra and Godzilla fighting against a member of Kong's species and a Skullcrawler in Godzilla vs. Kong

At some point in the past, Mothra participated in an "ancient war," where she fought alongside Godzilla against one of Kong's ancestors and a giant Skullcrawler, as evidenced by one of the cave paintings found by explorers.

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire

During an expedition within the Hollow Earth to uncover the source of a mysterious signal, a Monarch team comprised of Dr. Ilene Andrews, her adoptive daughter Jia, fellow scientist Trapper, and conspiracy theorist Bernie Hayes happened upon the ruins of an ancient Iwi temple where they discovered murals of Mothra alongside an irrigation system. By following the irrigation system, the group discovered a hidden Iwi tribe and subsequently learned of a prophecy which purported that Mothra would return to help Godzilla save the world, and that she could only be awakened by an Iwi from Skull Island.

As the evil Skar King's forces closed in on the hidden Iwi village, Jia, being the last of the Iwi from Skull Island, conducted a ritual which resurrected Mothra and allowed her to manifest back into her imago form between the Iwi pyramids. Unfurling her wings, Mothra immediately departed through the portal to the surface that Kong had earlier jumped through in a bid to secure Godzilla's assistance against the Skar King. In Egypt, Mothra and Jia arrived in the nick of time to prevent Godzilla from killing Kong, using her God Rays to knock Godzilla off his feet. As Jia stood atop the Great Sphinx of Giza, Mothra appeared to communicate Kong's intent to Godzilla, calming him. Now working together, the trio returned to the Hollow Earth to put an end to the threat of the Skar King permanently. After the Iwi used their gravity distortion technology to temporarily remove gravity in the region, Mothra rescued the HEAV containing the Monarch team from one of the Great Apes, since the craft had lost power as a result of the gravity distortion. Mothra engaged more of the Skar King's forces by bounding them in silk. When she witnessed Shimo freezing Godzilla, she swooped in to disorient the Titan with another God Ray, allowing Godzilla to break free and continue fighting her. Once the gravity returned, Mothra once again saved Dr. Andrews, Trapper, Bernie, and the Iwi Queen from falling to their deaths, catching the HEAV in mid-fall and gently returning it to the ground. Godzilla and Kong later killed Skar King and freed Shimo of her enslavement, thus fulfilling the prophecy.

In the aftermath of the battle, Mothra returned Jia to Dr. Andrews before restoring the protective wall surrounding the Iwi village with her silk. With the Iwi safe once again, Mothra flew away.



In her imago stage, Mothra has massive wings which make her capable of flight. Her flight was notably hindered after her wings were burned by the lava dripping from Rodan's wings. Her flight granted her a notable advantage during the zero-gravity battle against the Skar King in the Hollow Earth, allowing her to easily maneuver around the floating combatants.

Thermal vision

Mothra's larval form can sense thermal radiation. It is unknown if she possesses this sense in her imago form.


Both Mothra's larva and imago forms can change color depending on her mood. When Mothra is angry or aggravated she turns red, and whenever she's calm she turns blue with traces of aqua green. In her imago stage, she possesses glowing patterns on different parts of her body and becomes able to emit powerful bioluminescent rays known as God Rays.

God Rays

Mothra dispels the clouds over Castle Bravo with her God Rays.

Mothra can emit concentrated beams of beta-wave bioluminescence from the patterns on her wings.[17] Mothra's God Rays are yellowish-white in color and are powerful enough to completely dispel storm clouds. While they produce blinding light, Mothra does not use her God Rays offensively and seems to use them like a beacon to communicate with Godzilla and lead Monarch to him.


In Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, Mothra utilized her God Rays as a pulse-like attack to break up Godzilla and Kong's fight in Egypt, the force of which knocked Godzilla to the ground before he could kill the latter. During the subsequent battle in the Hollow Earth, the pulse also stunned Shimo, causing her to cease firing her Frost Bite Blast at Godzilla.

Silk Webbing

Mothra's natural defensive ability is to spit silk at enemies. Unlike past incarnations of the character, she can use her silk attack even in her imago stage. This silk is shown to restrain humans with ease when she first hatches and is strong enough to restrain two of King Ghidorah's heads long enough for Godzilla to recover and attack him again.[5]

In Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, she used this ability to restrain the Skar King's army of Great Apes. Following the Skar King's defeat in Rio de Janeiro, Mothra used her silk to repair the wall surrounding the Iwi's Hollow Earth village. It is possible that the wall was made of Mothra's silk in the first place, but this is unconfirmed.

Physical capabilities

Mothra impales Rodan with her stinger.

Mothra relies primarily on her mantis-like clawed forelimbs in physical combat. She slammed the larger Rodan into the ground during their fight, and a single strike from them was enough to repel him long enough for her to prepare her stinger. After deploying the stinger, she pushed him off the building they were battling atop. She can also use her claws to grab objects, demonstrated when she rescued a falling HEAV.


Mothra possesses a wasp-like stinger at the end of her abdomen that is powerful enough to punch a hole through Rodan's chest. While not lethal, this blow was sufficient to immobilize and incapacitate Rodan for the remainder of her and Godzilla's battle against King Ghidorah. Presumably, her stinger also injects venom, though its properties are unknown. During a Godzilla: King of the Monsters watchalong on Twitter, director Michael Dougherty joked that the stinger could double as an ovipositor.[18]


Mothra's reflexes were sufficient to dodge two thrusts of Rodan's beak while the Titan had her pinned to a building.


Burning Godzilla emits a nuclear pulse in the shape of Mothra's wings, the final stage of their symbiosis.

Mothra possesses a deep symbiotic relationship with Godzilla, which manifests in several ways. For instance, the pattern on her wings is meant to mimic Godzilla's eyes. Mothra is able to communicate with Godzilla over long distances through sonar and uses this ability to guide Monarch to Godzilla so they can revive him. Most dramatically, upon her body's destruction, Mothra's energy can enter Godzilla's body and provide him with a substantial increase in power. This manifests as Godzilla's skin becoming covered in glowing orange cracks and emitting intense heat, a state known as Burning Godzilla. In this state, Godzilla can perform his most powerful attack which takes the form of a nuclear pulse shaped like Mothra's wings that produces the sound of her roar. These nuclear pulses were what allowed Godzilla to finally destroy King Ghidorah.

Psychic connection

Mothra has a psychic connection with the twin sisters born into each generation of the Chen family.[19] The twin statues flanking her egg in the Temple of the Moth indicate that this bond is an ancient one. Godzilla: King of the Monsters - The Official Movie Novelization suggests that this link extends to Madison Russell, who has a vision of Mothra while lying unconscious in the ruins of her old house in Boston.

In Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire she possesses a similar telepathic connection to Jia that allowed the young Iwi to awaken her. Together, they succeeded in convincing Godzilla to end his hostility toward Kong and join forces with him.


In line with past incarnations of the character, Mothra is effectively immortal due to her ability to asexually lay an egg from which she will be reborn following her death. This ability has allowed Mothra to survive as a lineage for eons. Each new Mothra born from an egg is not simply an offspring, but rather a true reincarnation that genetically inherits the memories of her ancestors.[20] Mothra managed to lay an egg within the Yunnan Rainforest prior to joining Godzilla in battle against King Ghidorah in Boston, ensuring her reincarnation following her death in the ensuing battle.

In Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, Jia was able to summon Mothra in her imago stage within the Iwi's Hollow Earth city. Whether this incarnation of Mothra hailed from the egg she previously left behind or simply materialized completely in front of Jia without needing to hatch is not explained.


Though Mothra prevailed in combat against the larger Rodan, engaging him in close quarters repeatedly, her wings were severely burnt by the magma dripping from Rodan's wings. King Ghidorah subsequently disintegrated her with a point-blank blast of his gravity beams, though she endured the attack for a few seconds before exploding into energy.

Video games

  • Roblox (2006; added in 2019) - Microsoft Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, Xbox One [wings; accessory]
  • Monsterverse (2020) - Empire DCX slot machine
  • Godzilla Battle Line (2021; added in 2023) - Android, iOS, and PC


Skull Island: The Birth of Kong

An image of Mothra taped to a map in Houston Brooks' office in the first issue of Skull Island: The Birth of Kong

A photograph of what appears to be a cave painting of Mothra was taped to a map in Houston Brooks' office in 2012.

Godzilla Dominion

A vision of Mothra witnessed by Godzilla as he remembers her sacrifice in Godzilla Dominion

As Godzilla unlocked his newly heightened senses, a parting gift from Mothra following her sacrifice, he saw a glowing vision of her in the sky.



Main article: Mothra (Monsterverse)/Gallery.


Mothra's roar in the Monsterverse is a modified version of her original roar, accompanied by a variety of trilling and warbling sounds.

Mothra's roars in
Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Mothra's roars in
Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire


  • Mothra is referenced through an Easter egg in the first film of the Monsterverse, Godzilla. At Ford Brody's old house in Janjira, a terrarium with a cocoon in it can be seen with two labels attached to it that together say "Ford's Mothra."
    • Earlier in the film, during the sequence where the Janjira Nuclear Power Plant is seen collapsing from Ford's elementary school, a chart showing the lepidopteran life cycle along with numerous large paper butterflies and moths can be seen displayed in the classroom.
  • Mothra's photograph in the first issue of Skull Island: The Birth of Kong taped on a map in Houston Brooks' office appears to plagiarize a fan poster by DeviantArt user edwardjmoran.[21][22]
  • The Monarch outpost where Mothra is being studied is Outpost 61, a reference to the release year of her debut film, 1961.
Early concept art design for Mothra, sharing some design similarities with the MonsterVerse Mothra
  • This incarnation of Mothra possesses uncharacteristically long limbs and a more upright posture compared to past designs. However, these traits were present in Toho's early pre-production concept art design for Mothra from her debut film.
  • The MonsterVerse Mothra's bioluminescent "God Ray" abilities, perhaps coincidentally, resemble an unused ability of the winged MUTO in the June 2012 screenplay for Godzilla. In this version of the film's story, the male MUTO, originally dubbed "Hokmuto," had the ability to produce a lightning like "shockwave" that generated aurora-light lights similar to the ones Mothra gives off.
  • While Mothra is usually accompanied by her twin priestesses, the Shobijin, this incarnation lacks them. However, they are referenced through Dr. Ilene Chen and her twin sister Dr. Ling, the third generation of Monarch members and identical twin sisters in their family. Dr. Ling is shown looking up at Mothra as her imago stage emerges from her cocoon, and her hair is arranged in the same style of the Shobijin.
    • Likewise, while Mothra does not hail from Infant Island in this incarnation, she still possesses a link to this location. In the film, a photograph of Dr. Chen's mother and aunt, also twins, on Infant island in 1961 is briefly shown, while in Godzilla: King of the Monsters - The Official Movie Novelization, Dr. Chen states that Mothra's name comes from Mosura, the name of a goddess worshiped on a small Indonesian island.
    • In Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, Jia largely fills the role of Mothra's priestess, and is able to ride on her like the Shobijin often do.
  • Two characters in Godzilla: King of the Monsters define Godzilla and Mothra's ancient alliance in romantic terms, with Dr. Ilene Chen calling Mothra "Queen of the Monsters" and Chief Warrant Officer Jackson Barnes questioning if "they got a thing going on," though subsequently Dr. Sam Coleman explains it as a "symbiotic relationship." In addition, chapter 15 of Godzilla: King of the Monsters - The Official Movie Novelization begins with a quotation from Hazrat Inayat Khan, foreshadowing Mothra's sacrifice:
Moth: I gave you my life.
Flame: I allowed you to kiss me.
Fans have produced a great deal of artwork showing the Titans as a couple following the release of the film, some of which was retweeted by director Michael Dougherty. This pairing between the two is commonly called "GodziMoth" (ゴジモス,   Gojimosu) by Japanese fans and alternatively "MothZilla" by English-speaking fans.
  • According to a tweet answered by Michael Dougherty, Mothra is represented by the Tarot card The High Priestess, which symbolizes intuition and arcane knowledge.[23]
  • A carving of Mothra alongside an egg and flanked by twin larvae can be seen inside the Temple of the Moth in Outpost 61.[24] This same carving appears on her temple within the Hollow Earth in Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire.
  • The S.H. MonsterArts figure of this Mothra appears to deviate slightly from the the character's design from Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), lacking white fur and instead possesses smooth skin which ranges in color from light brown to orange. In the film itself she is clearly seen possessing white fur, with some orange fur on her forehead.
  • In Godzilla vs. Kong, an episode of Bernie Hayes' Titan Truth Podcast is titled "Mothra Pregnancy Theory."
  • As of Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, Mothra is the only Toho monster besides Godzilla to appear in two Monsterverse films (not counting carcasses or stock footage). She is also the only monster aside from Godzilla himself to either appear or be referenced in some manner in every single Monsterverse film.
  • She is the first Godzilla series monster to ally with King Kong in aside from Godzilla himself, as well as the second Godzilla series monster to appear alongside Kong (except for Godzilla himself), the first being Mechagodzilla. Kong previously allied with Mechagodzilla in the comic Justice League vs. Godzilla vs. Kong #6 (2024), although he only did so while under Gorilla Grodd's control.


Wikizilla: YouTube Kaiju Profile: King Ghidorah,
Mothra & Rodan (2019)
3D character turntable of a Mothra design by LegacyFX with wing pattern by Tran Ma and Miguel Ortega

See also


  1. While the April 14, 2019 issue of Toho Cinemas Magazine uses the more precise metric conversion of 244.8 meters for Mothra's wingspan, the The Art of Godzilla: King of the Monsters instead round this up to 245 meters.


This is a list of references for Mothra (Monsterverse). 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. Mothra Monarch Sciences.png
  2. Takahashi, Hyouri (17 April 2024). "「ゴジラxコング 新たなる帝国」のアツすぎる5大ポイントをタカハシヒョウリが解説". Godzilla Natalie.
  3. GKOTM merchandise - Mothra, master of the skies subtitle.png
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 "SPECIMEN: TITANUS MOSURA" - Monarch Sciences
    TITANUS MOSURA - Monarch Sciences.png
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "Specimen: Titanus Mosura". Toho Kingdom on Twitter. 17 May 2019.
  6. 6.0 6.1 MonsterVerse Mothra Japanese stats.jpg
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Godzilla: King of the Monsters Blu-ray audio commentary
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 Bernstein, Abbie (2019). The Art of Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Titan Books. p. 55-56, 58, 60. ISBN 1789090687.
  9. Godzilla: King of the Monsters - Tokyo Comic Con 2018 Panel
  10. "Making Mothra" featurette on Godzilla: King of the Monsters home video releases
  11. Taylor, Drew (30 March 2024). "Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire Ending Explained". TheWrap. Retrieved 31 March 2024.
  12. Fbc735 c68a045fc8f2431ba124f96853605541 mv2.png
  13. Fbc735 8b97ea41f46a40deb2ce44c8c3f89c3c mv2.png
  14. Dougherty, Michael (5 June 2019). "Mothra's spots are modeled after Godzilla's eyes as an example of mimicry, something fairly common in nature. She is his flag bearer... and Queen. #GodzillaMovie 🦋". X. External link in |title= (help)
  15. Mothra Titan profile.png
  16. 16.0 16.1 Dougherty, Michael (6 June 2019). "To lay her egg. #GodzillaMovie". Twitter.
    (Reply to @ChrisGoesHi: "Sorry if I'm late, but where did Mothra go after she's done using her god rays?")
  17. Monarch Sciences
  18. Dougherty, Michael (23 April 2020). "Plus I like the possibility that it's also how she deposits her eggs. So who knows, maybe Rodan is now pregnant. #MonsterverseWatchalong". Twitter.
  19. Mike Dougherty on Twitter: "They have a... connection. ✨👧🏻👧🏻✨"
  20. Mike Dougherty on Twitter: "I like the idea that her memories are passed on genetically. 🦋"
  21. P (28 December 2021). "I noticed that since 2017 but I haven't seen anybody talking about this, on Skull Island: The Birth of Kong Issue 1, a map in Houston Brooks' office has photographs of Godzilla, MUTO and Mothra, but Mothra's photograph is a fanart maded by DeviantArt user edwardjmoran". Twitter.
  22. edwardjmoran (19 May 2014). "From the Cocoon - Godzilla II Fan Made Poster". DeviantArt.
  23. [1]
  24. MonsterVerse Temple of the Moth Mothra carving.JPG


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