Rodan (MonsterVerse)

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Rodan Incarnations
Millennium Rodan
MonsterVerse Rodan
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Rodan in Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Rodan (MonsterVerse)
Alternate names Fire Demon[1]
Subtitle(s) The One Born of Fire,[2]
A Titan of Winged Fury[1]
Species Titanus Rodan[1]
Height 154 feet[1][2] / 46.9 meters[3]
Wingspan 871 feet[1][2] / 265.5 meters[3]
Weight 39,043 tons[2]
Place(s) of emergence Isla de Mara, Mexico[1]
Enemies King Ghidorah, Mothra
Portrayed by Jason Liles[4]
First appearance Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Roar(s)
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Rodan (ラドン,   Radon) is a winged kaiju that appears in the 2019 Legendary Pictures film Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

This will be the first incarnation of Rodan to appear in an American-made film.

Name

Rodan's Japanese name, Radon, is a truncation of "Pteranodon." It may also have been chosen to suggest radiation. The name was changed to "Rodan" in English-speaking markets, possibly to avoid confusion with the element Radon. Toho eventually trademarked the name "Rodan," making it the monster's official English name.

According to Monarch, Rodan is referred to in some legends as the "Fire Demon" and "The One Born of Fire." [1] Monarch's Titan designation for Rodan is Titanus Rodan, which unlike the designations for Godzilla and Mothra utilizes his English name rather than his Japanese name.

Design

The MonsterVerse Rodan is a giant pterosaur-like creature with a large beak, two horns protruding from the back of his head, and huge wings with molten rock trailing off their edges. Rows of spikes adorn his chest, and his tail is large, flat and fan-shaped. His body is a burgundy red color, while his beak is black.

Personality

According to Godzilla: King of the Monsters director Michael Dougherty, "Rodan is a bit of a rogue...you never quite know where his loyalties lie."[5] Monarch describes Rodan's behavior as that of a "destroyer," unleashing "airborne devastation" upon the natural world.[2]

Origins

Rodan's origins are unclear, but he is presumably an ancient creature, due to being depicted in what appears to be an ancient cave painting. Similar paintings exist of Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah, suggesting Rodan either appeared alongside them in the past or is prophesied to appear alongside them in the future. According to Monarch, Rodan is spoken of in legends, with his name referenced within many ancient temples in volcanically active regions. In 1991, Rodan was discovered by Monarch in pyrostasis in the magma inside the Isla de Mara volcano in Mexico. Monarch notes that Rodan's body structure resembles that of Pteranodon, although he is far larger.[1]

History

MonsterVerse

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 Rodan, along with paintings depicting Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah, as proof that the inhabitants of Skull Island were not the only monsters in the world.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

On July 26, 2014, Rodan was confirmed to be appearing in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, along with Mothra and King Ghidorah.[6]

Abilities

Supersonic Flight

Rodan can fly at supersonic speeds sufficient to outmaneuver fighter jets, and is highly agile while flying. Rodan is shown destroying several fighter jets pursuing him by rolling while in flight and smashing them with his wings. When flying at top speed, Rodan's wings generate cyclonic drift streams that can level entire cities instantly by literally ripping structures out of the ground and into the air.[2]

Shockwaves

Rodan produces destructive shockwaves, described by Monarch as "cyclonic drift streams,"[2] while flying at top speeds which can flatten buildings he passes over and launch debris such as vehicles and people into the air. Monarch scientists speculate the monster's wingspan is vast enough to level cities with this technique.[7]

Durability

Rodan has an extreme tolerance to heat and magma, having hibernated inside a volcano for at least several decades.[8] He is also completely immune to conventional weaponry such as gunfire or missile strikes. A layer of volcanic rock acts as armor plating for Rodan's wings.[2]

Magma System

Rodan has an internal combustion system of magma that flows throughout his body.[9]

Filmography

Gallery

Main article: Rodan/Gallery.

Trivia

  • The Monarch outpost where Rodan is being studied is Outpost 56, a reference to the release year of his debut film, 1956.
  • The nickname given to the location where Rodan is found, "el nido del demonio," is Spanish for "the demon's nest."
  • Originally, the Mexican volcano in which Monarch discovered Rodan was named Isla de Mona, which is the name of a real island in the Puerto Rican archipelago. The name was eventually changed to Isla de Mara.
  • The MonsterVerse Rodan is the shortest incarnation of the character, yet is also the heaviest and has the widest wingspan.

See Also

References

This is a list of references for Rodan/Legendary. 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]

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Godzillakid

3 days ago
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Past rodan: I just want to live in peace

Now Rodan: DO A BARREL ROLL
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5146 Adam

6 days ago
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Pre-2019: Rodan is a bada**

Post-2019: RODANHEDIDABARRELROLLOMGMLGSKILLSWUTWUTWUT!!
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ItsDestoroyah

9 days ago
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Rodan in the past: Ow, that hurt. :'(

Rodan in MV: WHO'S THE CHEW TOY NOW!?
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MosuFan2004

19 days ago
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Rodan and Magma Turtle would be great friends
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AngiraBlu

one month ago
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Who all thinks that Fire Demon Rodan will either have.....

A.) fire breath,

B.) Uranium Beam,

C.) bit of both/mix of the two,

or D.) none of the above?
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AngiraBlu

one month ago
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Jet Jaguar: "Here comes Rodan! Giant pterosaur! Here comes Rodan! Born in '54! Fly through the air! I don't care! Godzilla's best friend, so he gets this song!"

Rodan: "Here comes Rodan! With my big wingspan! Here comes Rodan! Fly like Peter Pan, so I get this song to remind you that I am cool and the best monster!"

Jet Jaguar: "Here comes Rodan! This song makes no sense! Here comes Rodan! Why would you still watch this? Go outside and get some fresh air!"

Rodan: "Now!" (*Rodan: "That was weak."*)
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ItsDestoroyah

7 days ago
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Most likely D.
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VaderRaptor

5 days ago
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Maybe because he lived in a volcano, Rodan could do A.
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AngiraBlu

3 days ago
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Plus, he's bio-volcanic and has the internal combustion magma system to prove it.

In the debut film, Rodan's parents Radioactive Wind Breath (probably due to nuclear and geothermal radiation exposure). And in GVMG2, Fire Rodan had the more iconic Uranium Beam. And in Godzilla: Domination, he could fire off an Atomic Heat Ray, which looked more like a fireball.

They made him a living volcano with wings and the "secret screening leaks" compared him to a dragon. And what kind of dragon has more involvement with fire and destruction? (Well, it's DEFINITELY NOT Eastern Dragons, from what I can remember. Cuz they're more associated with water and weather. Although, Manda seems to be an exception.) Western Dragons. Just ask Smaug! Oh, wait...he dead. Oh well!

Point is, keep an open mind. He could theoretically do it in the future, if Toho allows them to take the Monsterverse further. I mean, we didn't even know that this Godzilla had a Nuclear Pulse, until the trailers and Aftershock! And KG with his wing-based Antigravity Beams!
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AngiraBlu

2 days ago
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Possibility of breath attack. Look very closely.:

https://wiki...st_rodan.jpg
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VaderRaptor

2 days ago
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That’s from Kong Skull Isalnd, so it might be a failed concept.
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AngiraBlu

2 days ago
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Right, but it still doesn't hurt to imagine it. Especially with his bio-volcanic nature.

BTW, my personal opinion on why (*Showa*) Rodan's parents died in the lava (*Heartbreaking! X(:::*) and Rodan managed to survive INSIDE the volcano is probably bcuz he developed the bio-volcanic adaptations that his parents sorely lacked. Toho basically, and unknowingly, made him semi-bio-volcanic back then, if ya think about it.
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ItsDestoroyah

one month ago
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At least Rodan's not gonna be bashed around like in the previous movi- Oh wait, he's fighting Ghidor- He's gonna die, isn't he?
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GodzillaIsland7.2

one month ago
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He won't.

From what the interviews with the director might suggest, Rodan will most likely become submissive to Ghidorah after their battle and assist him in destroying the world until presumably the climax where he betrays Ghidorah and sides with Godzilla and Mothra to defeat him.
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Titan of Water

one month ago
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Etu Rodan?
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Acrimega

one month ago
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With the amount of new images of Rodan we've gotten you'd think they'd update the profile picture.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

one month ago
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"The encyclopedia of Godzilla, Gamera, King Kong, Toho monsters and more that anyone can contribute to!"
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SkullIslandExplorer

2 months ago
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My songs know what you did in the dark

So light em up up up, light em up up up, light em up up up, I'm on fire So light em up up up, light em up up up,

light em up up up, I'm on fire
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Godzillaboy

3 months ago
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Rodan is hot (bcuz he came out of a volcano) he is VERY hot (handsome kaiju in the monsterverse)
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CanadianUSA

4 months ago
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I thought Rodan is bigger than hesei rodan
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VaderRaptor

one month ago
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He’s way smaller
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Keizer Zilla

5 days ago
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He's even shorter than the Showa incarnation.
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VaderRaptor

5 days ago
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Yeah. I think he’s the shortest Rodan but with the biggest wingspan.
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SkullIslandExplorer

4 months ago
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Rodan is awesome as he wants to be!
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Titan of Water

5 months ago
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Rodan did a barrel roll!
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Aggression25

5 months ago
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It was amazing! Rodan's gotta be the lesser evil when it comes to him and Ghidorah.
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SkullIslandExplorer

4 months ago
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Peppy Hare is proud.
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KingOfTheZillas98

5 months ago
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Is it just me, or does it look like the edges of his wings are burning?
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MosuFan2004

5 months ago
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Ye, they are
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Keizer Zilla

6 months ago
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I like how there giving him more avian/saurian legs. It just looks more realistic. I hope the same can be said for Ghidorah.
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MojiGoji

7 months ago
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I do swear I saw a tiny glimpse of Rodan's mouth in the trailer. No joke. So that "leaked" model was partially correct.
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KaijuUnity

9 months ago
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So Rodan is about 47 m HE'S SHORTER THAN THE SHOWA INCARNATION!

I thought Michael Dougherty made him about as tall as the Heisei Rodan
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Indominus Rex 2016

10 months ago
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SO, anybody else saw that supposed Rodan design leak?
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Artzilla

10 months ago
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me. altough i believe its fake. the guy who plays rodan got a maquetee and if that was the real maquetee, it would be painted
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Artzilla

10 months ago
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nvm the rodan in the trailer looks like the leak
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Ryan G17

10 months ago
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Finally all those people who said “#rodanconfirmed” won’t look like complete ass-hats!
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Titanollante

10 months ago
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They said that when seeing the male MUTO 4, nearly 5 years ago though.
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TheKaijuFiles

16 months ago
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In the timeline, it says that monarch work on a volcano, and in Rodan's first movie they live around the volcano, so it is probable that it is the same
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A litteral Mothra egg

10 months ago
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but the original rodans died in the volcano while this one just lives inside of it's magma
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G-Fan Enterprises

23 months ago
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I'm calling it. The stuff coming from his mouth in the painting is the wind breath that he had in 1956.
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MosuFan2004

22 months ago
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I would LOVE to see that
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MojiGoji

7 months ago
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I agree! But it could be a plasma ray as seen in the Heisei era!
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VaderRaptor

one month ago
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I think he could spit out little lava balls as a little homage to Gamera.
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