...They writhed gasping as Scylla swung them up her cliff and there at her cavern's mouth she bolted them down raw - screaming out... lost in that mortal struggle.
Awakened from her resting place under Sedona, Arizona by King Ghidorah's call in 2019, Scylla attacked the nearby city of Phoenix before being pacified when Madison Russell activated the Orca in Boston. Scylla and the other Titans that Ghidorah had awakened then converged on Boston, where they submitted to Godzilla after he defeated Ghidorah. Some time later, Scylla attempted to acquire a nuclear warhead for food, putting her in conflict with the United States Coast Guard. Godzilla arrived and battled her, eventually forcing her to withdraw.
Scylla is named after the sea monster of the same name (Σκύλλα Skylla) from Greek mythology. Scylla is also the name of a genus of swimming crabs, whose legs resemble those of the Titan.
Scylla is a gigantic creature with a squid-like body and six incredibly long spider-like legs which she uses to walk. Scylla's torso possesses a noticeable ridge and a raised spine, with a large curved extension above her head, in a similar manner to the shell of a Chambered nautilus. She possesses a rounded head with two eyes, and several tentacles which hang down from her mouth area, reminiscent of Cthulhu. Godzilla: King of the Monsters - The Official Movie Novelization mistakenly mentions Scylla to have eight legs.
Monarch classifies Scylla's behavior as that of a "destroyer," along with fellow Titans King Ghidorah, Rodan, MUTO Prime, Camazotz, and the Skull Devil. She is a Titan scavenger, who actively seeks out sources of radiation on which to feed. This at one point places her into conflict with the United States Coast Guard and even Godzilla, even though she had earlier submitted to him.
Scylla was discovered by Monarch in the Arizona desert, and Outpost 55 was constructed around her. Other details about the creature's origins are unclear, other than Monarch confirming she is the same as the mythological Scylla.
Scylla was awakened from her slumber in Arizona by King Ghidorah's call, which also awakened many other Titans around the world. Scylla's legs tore through the desert near an oilfield as she erupted from underground. Like the other Titans, Scylla rampaged through populated areas, destroying buildings in nearby Phoenix with her colossal legs. Eventually, she made her way to Boston along with Methuselah, Behemoth, the Queen MUTO, and a flock of Leafwings. There, they found the alpha they were following, Ghidorah, slain at the hands of Godzilla. Rodan approached Godzilla to challenge him, but was intimidated by his gaze and ultimately submitted. The other Titans all followed suit, each "bowing" in their own way to the new King of the Monsters. Later on, Scylla was reported to have left human civilization and taken up residence in a lake. The creature was also credited with slowing down the melting of the polar ice caps.
Scylla utilizes her massive legs to effortlessly smash through buildings, and even pierced Godzilla's skin with them in Godzilla Dominion. Though ultimately defeated, she was briefly able to hold her own against the King of the Monsters. She is highly maneuverable.
Through unspecified means, Scylla is able to slow the melting of the polar ice caps.
Scylla can exit her shell at will, presumably to escape another Titan's grasp. Though she is vulnerable to attack until she can grow a new shell, she will compensate by burrowing into a rock face or molding sunken warships into temporary armor.
Scylla can launch her tentacles at an enemy. This was sufficient to disorient Godzilla and send him stumbling backward.
As shown in Godzilla Dominion, Scylla is able to propel herself quickly through the water with her legs. Her top speed underwater is unknown, but she is even faster than Godzilla.
- Godzilla Dominion (2021)
Hungry and desperate for sustenance, Scylla attempted to feed on a nuclear bomb in the ocean near Savannah, Georgia, putting her into conflict with the United States Coast Guard. Godzilla soon arrived and, sensing Scylla would not give up her prize without a fight, attacked her. Godzilla tackled Scylla, who stabbed him with her legs and drew blood. She then extended her tentacles at Godzilla's face, but he shook her off and sent her slamming into a cargo ship. The two Titans roared at each other before Scylla again shot her tentacles at Godzilla's face. Godzilla stumbled backward into an electrical sign, which sparked and ignited nearby oil tanks, causing them to explode. Amid the flames, Godzilla lunged at Scylla and launched her into the air. Scylla crashed into the water before getting back to her feet, growling at Godzilla. As the humans lifted the warhead onto a ship, Scylla finally gave up and retreated underwater.
Scylla performs essentially the same role in the novelization that she does in the film itself.
- Possibly due in part to her spider-like legs, Scylla was frequently mistaken for Kumonga by fans and media outlets after viewing the trailers for Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
- Monarch theorizes that the Rapa Nui carved the famous Moai statues on Easter Island to ward off Scylla.
- Before Ghidorah awakened her, Scylla lived beneath Monarch Outpost 55 in Arizona, a reference to the 1955 movie Tarantula!, in which a giant spider menaces a small town in the same state.
- Scylla's scene in Godzilla Dominion was inspired by the 1958 Tybee Island mid-air collision, which resulted in the United States Air Force losing a Mark 15 nuclear bomb. Presumed to rest somewhere in Wassaw Sound, it has never been found. One of the civilian boats opposing the monster hails from Savannah, Georgia, the closest city to the bomb.
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