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Shockirus in The Return of Godzilla
Alternate names Shokkirasu, Shokilas, Giant Sea Louse[1]
Subtitle(s) Giant Wharf Roach
(巨大フナムシ,   Kyodai Funamushi)[2]
Parasitic Beast (寄生獣,   Kiseijū)[3]
Bloodsucking Insect
(吸血虫,   Kyūketsuchū)[4]
Species Irradiated Ligia exotica
Length 1 meter[5][1]
Weight 45 kilograms[5][1]
Relations Godzilla (host)
Enemies Goro Maki, Hiroshi Okumura
Designed by Hideaki Nishina
Modeled by Toshiyuki Suzuki
First appearance The Return of Godzilla
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Shockirus (ショッキラス,   Shokkirasu) is a mutated sea louse kaiju created by Toho that first appeared in the 1984 Godzilla film The Return of Godzilla.

Name[edit | edit source]

The Shockirus' name is never spoken in The Return of Godzilla, nor did it appear in the film's theater program.

Design[edit | edit source]

Shockirus resembles marine arthropods like the horseshoe crab with its multiple legs and hard shell. Its shell has many bumps, and it has a two-pronged spiked tail.

In the manga adaptation of The Return of Godzilla, the Shockirus look like ocean isopods, but with facial features resembling cockroaches.

Origins[edit | edit source]

Shockirus were a form of isopod mutated by exposure to Godzilla's radiation.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

Heisei era[edit | edit source]

The Return of Godzilla[edit | edit source]

When Godzilla attacked the Yahata-Maru, Shockirus jumped off his body and came aboard the boat. Shockirus hunted down the crew members that had survived Godzilla's attack and killed them all, draining their bodily fluids and leaving behind desiccated husks. The last survivor, Hiroshi Okumura, was injured by Shockirus and locked himself inside a locker to hide from the creature. When reporter Goro Maki came aboard the ship the next day, he was attacked by Shockirus, who jumped onto his chest and crawled toward his throat. Fortunately, Okumura regained consciousness and stabbed Shockirus in the back with a hatchet, killing it.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Jumping[edit | edit source]

Shockirus is an extraordinary jumper.

Fluid draining[edit | edit source]

Shockirus can suck vital fluids out of a host.

Durability[edit | edit source]

Shockirus' hard carapace provides it some degree of protection.

Video games[edit | edit source]

NEW Godzilla[edit | edit source]

Shockirus appears in NEW Godzilla, a video game adaptation of The Return of Godzilla, where it attacks Goro Maki aboard the Yahata-Maru.

Comics[edit | edit source]

Godzilla, King of the Monsters[edit | edit source]

A Shockirus appears to attack Kino and Take when they climb up Godzilla.

Godzilla: Rulers of Earth[edit | edit source]

A creature resembling Shockirus appears very briefly.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Main article: Shockirus/Gallery.

Roar[edit | edit source]

Shockirus' roars are Ebirah and Kumonga roars that have been raised or lowered in pitch and sped up or slowed down, respectively. In the U.S. cut, the roars are replaced with a different hissing screech.

Shockirus' roars

Trivia[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

This is a list of references for Shockirus. 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 1.2 1.3 Godzilla 1954-1999 Super Complete Works. Shogakukan. 1 January 2000. p. 11. ISBN 978-4091014702.
  2. Toho Special Effects All Monster Encyclopedia. Shogakukan. 23 July 2014. p. 77. ISBN 4-096-82090-3.
  3. Godzilla Giant Monsters Super Encyclopedia. Kodansha. 15 March 1994. p. 10. ISBN 4-06-304270-7.
  4. Definitive Edition of Toho Monster Movies!! Godzilla Special Effects Complete Works. Natsumesha. 21 December 1994. p. 59. ISBN 978-4816317750.
  5. 5.0 5.1 All Toho Monsters Pictorial Book (4th Edition). Yosensha. 4 September 2016. p. 216. ISBN 978-4-8003-0362-2.
  7. LeMay, John (15 June 2017). The Big Book of Japanese Giant Monster Movies: The Lost Films. Bicep Books. pp. 54–56. ISBN 978-1548145255.


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