Red Spark

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Red Spark
Red Spark in Zone Fighter, attacking a city
Subtitle(s) Garoga Terror-Beast
(ガロガ恐獣,   Garoga Kyōjū)[1]
Cannon Terror-Beast
(大砲恐獣,   Taihō Kyōjū)[2]
Species Silver and Gold Garoga amalgamation
Height 75 meters[2]
Weight 75,000 metric tons[2]
Forms Garogas
Place(s) of emergence Planet Garoga[1]
Controlled by Garogas
Relations Garogas (Creators)
Allies Garogas
Enemies Zone Fighter
First appearance Zone Fighter episode 1,
Destroy the Terror-Beast Missile!
Roar(s)

Red Spark (レッドスパーク,   Reddo Supāku) is a cannon kaiju created by Toho that first appeared in episode 1 of the 1973 tokusatsu kaiju series, Zone Fighter titled Destroy the Terror-Beast Missile!.

Design

Red Spark is an unusual chimeric creature which has characteristics from several different animals. He has a red, pig-like head with multi-colored frill instead of ears, and a long, yellow horn extending from his forehead. He has green accordion-like arms with red bulbous hands. The hands have long, gangly fingers and sharp thumbs facing backwards. His torso is bright red with bulbous spheres and yellow spikes covering it. Where his navel would be, a large cannon is present. Red Spark's legs are long and he wears a red kilt with silver patterns with holes at the end of each silver piece, with the kilt itself being underneath the cannon. Red Spark also possesses spikes on his backside going from the back of his neck all the way down to the end of his red tail, with the spikes in particular being yellow.

History

Zone Fighter

Destroy the Terror-Beast Missile!

Red Spark was the first Terror-Beast to be deployed by the Garoga in their campaign to conquer the Earth. He was created from the combined strength of two silver and one gold Garoga after they had failed to kill the Zone Family, giving up their lives to form Red Spark. Wasting little time, Hikaru Sakimori transformed into the giant hero Zone Fighter and knocked the creature over with a Meteor Kick. Red Spark quickly gained the upper hand, overpowering Zone Fighter and bombarding him with shells from his chest cannon, but was destroyed instantly by his Meteor Missile Might attack.

Abilities

Physical abilities

In place of fingers, Red Spark has four long barbed tendrils on each hand. He used them in battle against Zone Fighter, often swiping or batting the hero with them. He was able to shoulder check Zone Fighter in order to get the hero off of him, as well as ramming into him with his head. He sent Zone Fighter to the ground with an overhand strike during the fight before launching him back up with an uppercut. After the hero tried to jump on the Terror-Beast, Red Spark was able to catch him before throwing him to the ground. Later he knocked the hero to the ground just by running into him.

Chest cannon

Red Spark has a rapid-fire cannon on his chest with each shot generating fire afterwards. It is relatively inaccurate, but highly explosive, with one shot being the equivalent of 25 metric tons of TNT, as stated in All Kaiju Kaijin (First Volume).[3] Red Spark used the cannon on a downed Zone Fighter, with a near-miss causing the hero to get blown back a bit with fire clinging to him.

Sparks

Red Spark can release a stream of sparks from the holes on his hands. Each individual spark is 9,000 degrees Celsius, as stated in All Kaiju Kaijin (First Volume) which also refers to them as "heat rays".[3] They had little effect on Zone Fighter, other than making him back away and cover himself with his arms.

Hypnotism

Although unused in his appearance, All Kaiju Kaijin (First Volume) states that he can hypnotize his enemies with his eyes.[3]

Gallery

Main article: Red Spark/Gallery.

Roar

Red Spark's roars are edited from those of Gaira from The War of the Gargantuas.

References

This is a list of references for Red Spark. 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. 23 July 2014. p. 134. ISBN 4-096-82090-3.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 SciFi Japan: ZONE FIGHTER Series Guide
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Red Spark". 7 January 2024.

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