SpaceGodzilla is Godzilla's penultimate foe in the Heisei series of films, as well as the only extraterrestrial creature introduced in that series. Boasting an array of psychic powers and energy attacks along with his ability to form and use crystals in various ways, SpaceGodzilla is a challenging opponent, and as a result shapes the direction of battles which involve him. Despite to date only appearing in a single film, SpaceGodzilla has been featured prominently in other Godzilla media.
- 1 Name
- 2 Development
- 3 Design
- 4 Personality
- 5 Origins
- 6 History
- 7 Abilities
- 8 Filmography
- 9 Video Games
- 10 Comics
- 11 Gallery
- 12 Roar
- 13 In Other Languages
- 14 Trivia
- 15 Videos
- 16 Notes
- 17 References
- 18 Comments
SpaceGodzilla's name simply comes from the English word space (スペース and supēsu)Godzilla (ゴジラ. In English, SpaceGodzilla's name is officially spelled in camelCase, meaning it is written as a single word with the "G" capitalized, in contrast to Gojira)Mechagodzilla, whose name is spelled as a single word with only the first letter capitalized. However, SpaceGodzilla's name is sometimes spelled as two words in official media. Before the name "SpaceGodzilla" was chosen, the monster was also known as "CrystalGodzilla" (クリスタルゴジラ in concept art. Kurisutarugojira)
The form SpaceGodzilla takes on while traveling through space and strafing Godzilla during their Birth Island battle is called his Flying Form (飛行形態, or alternatively Flying-type SpaceGodzilla Hikō keitai) (スペースゴジラ 飛行タイプ. Supēsugojira Hikō taipu)
Very early in the production stages of what would become Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla, SpaceGodzilla's role was filled by an alien King Ghidorah named Emperor Ghidorah, which would have been a different individual from the King Ghidorah featured in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah and closer in origin to the Showa incarnation. However, Toho decided to create an original monster for the film instead when they became concerned that Emperor Ghidorah would be seen as too similar to Orochi from the then-upcoming Yamato Takeru. SpaceGodzilla's Gravity Tornado ability, which he uses to lift and throw Godzilla in the finished film, is a remnant of one of Emperor Ghidorah's proposed abilities, the power to levitate objects and opponents using his gravity beams.
According to an article published in G-FAN issue #105, a prototype for SpaceGodzilla called AstroGodzilla was featured in an early draft of Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla. AstroGodzilla's powers were primarily ice-based rather than crystal-based, and he was described as being purely white in color and possessing huge wings. While two origin theories are presented for SpaceGodzilla, AstroGodzilla was said to be spawned specifically by Biollante's cells. AstroGodzilla also had the ability to telepathically control other lifeforms, and would use this power to take control of Miki Saegusa and LittleGodzilla. Eventually, Shinichiro Kobayashi, who had previously written the story for Godzilla vs. Biollante, proposed the idea of a crystalline Godzilla clone. Concept art for this interpretation of the monster included in the book Heisei Godzilla Perfection gives it the name "CrystalGodzilla." Some of these designs were radically different from the final design, featuring wings, additional limbs, and other unique features. SpaceGodzilla's final design is a modified version of Super Godzilla, the transformation of Godzilla featured in the Super Nintendo game of the same name. Minoru Yoshida designed the concepts for both monsters, originally creating Super Godzilla for the game, but later recycling the look and modifying it into what would eventually become the final design for SpaceGodzilla.
DesignGodzilla in many ways, but his skin is navy-blue with a patch of dark reddish-purple skin, that appears much smoother than the rest of his skin, on his abdominal area. He is considerably bulkier than Godzilla, and is also 20 meters taller than him. He has two massive white crystals that erupt from his shoulders, and his tail is much longer, ending with several crystal-like spikes. His dorsal plates on his back are made of similar crystals, and are white in color. As a result of his build, SpaceGodzilla has difficulty walking and he cannot run, but he makes up for this by having the ability to fly and to levitate. His arms are also extremely thin and short in comparison to the rest of his body, owing to the fact that he rarely uses them directly in favor of his telekinetic abilities. SpaceGodzilla's head is elongated and his mouth area appears similar Biollante's, as he has sharp teeth and tusks on the sides of his mouth, along with fleshy membranes on the inside of his mouth. He has fire-orange eyes and a crest that goes from orange through yellow.
SpaceGodzilla is one of the most intelligent of Godzilla's foes in the series, exhibiting displays of planned combat strategy throughout the movie (harvesting power from buildings, trapping Godzilla's son, etc.). This is further evidenced by the fact SpaceGodzilla sought to dominate the Earth of his own free will, instead of other monsters, which only cause random destruction, and only involvement in world domination is to carry out their masters' will.
Due to his overly-muscular body, SpaceGodzilla prefers to attack with his corona beam from a distance, and was at times overwhelmed by M.O.G.U.E.R.A.'s assault in close quarters. His short and stumpy arms meant that he couldn't reach the mech without using his tail.
Unlike Godzilla, who in the Heisei series of films is depicted as a force of nature, neither good nor evil, SpaceGodzilla appears to have an element of true malice, as the monster was said by the Cosmos to be headed to Earth for the purpose of defeating Godzilla. According to the Cosmos, SpaceGodzilla intended to kill Godzilla so that the Earth would be defenseless when he dominated it.
In Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla the human characters hypothesize that Godzilla cells somehow cast into space fell into a black hole and began assimilating crystalline organisms, then came out from a white hole, evolving rapidly by absorbing energy from exploding stars. It is not known for certain what caused the Godzilla cells to fall into the black hole, but it is explained in the film that either cells from Godzilla's previous clone, Biollante, escaped Earth's orbit when she rose into space after battling Godzilla in 1990, or that Mothra unknowingly carried the cells into space on her wings when she was going to space to deflect a meteor headed for Earth in 1993.
SpaceGodzilla was first seen flying through space, where he destroyed a manned NASA satellite. He battled M.O.G.U.E.R.A. while he was on his way to Earth, and defeated the mecha. He then landed on Birth Island and attacked LittleGodzilla, but Godzilla arrived to save him. SpaceGodzilla quickly overpowered Godzilla using his telekinetic skills, and then trapped Little Godzilla in crystals. He flew away and flew over Japan, eventually landing and setting up his fortress in Fukuoka. M.O.G.U.E.R.A. arrived in Fukuoka to battle SpaceGodzilla again, but was no match for the monster. Godzilla soon arrived as well and joined forces with M.O.G.U.E.R.A. M.O.G.U.E.R.A split into Land Moguera and Star Falcon. Land Moguera drilled underground and knocked out the foundations of SpaceGodzilla's power source, the Fukuoka Tower, while Godzilla toppled the tower from ground level. Godzilla then had the upper hand, and M.O.G.U.E.R.A. used its spiral grenades to destroy SpaceGodzilla's shoulder crystals. In retaliation, SpaceGodzilla blasted off one of M.O.G.U.E.R.A.'s arms, and proceeded to impale the mecha on his tail and throw it into a nearby building. Akira Yuki tried to pilot the damaged mech back into battle, colliding with SpaceGodzilla. However, the damage to the machine made it almost impossible to control, and the machine crashed into several buildings. SpaceGodzilla soon got back up to continue fighting Godzilla, but got knocked down once again. While the space monster struggled to get up, Godzilla blasted him with his red spiral ray multiple times. SpaceGodzilla let out a weak roar and finally exploded into spores of light that floated back up into space.
After attempting to and failing to possess Godzilla as a ghost, SpaceGodzilla returned to Godzilla Island in a new more powerful physical form called Super Special SpaceGodzilla High Grade Type 2. However, he was defeated in this form again by Godzilla and forced to retreat back to outer space.
SpaceGodzilla is considered to be one of Godzilla's most powerful foes. In Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla, Godzilla was quickly defeated by SpaceGodzilla in their first encounter and required help from M.O.G.U.E.R.A. to finally overcome him.
While much of SpaceGodzilla's strength is limited due to his size and build, he was able to lift and throw M.O.G.U.E.R.A. several hundred meters after impaling it with his tail in a technique called Tail Smasher (テールスマッシャー Tēru Sumasshā) or simply Tail smash. He was also able to hold his own against Godzilla for a time while battling him up close.
SpaceGodzilla endured a tremendous amount of punishment, mostly in the form of beams, from Godzilla and M.O.G.U.E.R.A. during their confrontation in Fukuoka. The G-cells in his body presumably grant him the same form of accelerated healing as Godzilla. However, he was unable to regenerate his destroyed shoulder crystals, and while a neck wound dealt by M.O.G.U.E.R.A.'s drill vanished shortly after he received it, the lack of blood in subsequent shots suggests its disappearance was a continuity error.
Photon Reactive Shield
SpaceGodzilla can generate a crystal-like shield at will, called the Photon Reactive Shield (フォトン・リアクティブ・シールド, Foton Riakutibu Shīrudo) to dissipate or even reflect energy beams, although he only used this ability to deflect Godzilla's atomic breath. SpaceGodzilla used this shield both to protect himself and defend the Fukuoka Tower when Godzilla tried to attack it.
SpaceGodzilla is able to fire an energy beam from his mouth and shoulder crystals called the Corona Beam (コロナビーム. Korona Bīmu) He appears able to control the direction and movements of these energy beams, allowing them to hit his target in various ways, even bypassing potential defenses. The beam is able to visibly injure Godzilla, even knocking him to the ground in one instance, and later is used to sever one of M.O.G.U.E.R.A.'s arms.
In addition to being physically powerful, SpaceGodzilla also demonstrates a high degree of intelligence and strategy. Upon arriving on Earth, SpaceGodzilla immediately went after Godzilla, as he saw him as the biggest threat within his path to ensure his dominance on the planet. SpaceGodzilla first arrived on Birth Island and attacked LittleGodzilla so as to draw out Godzilla himself.
SpaceGodzilla began setting up crystal-like structures around Fukuoka in order to provide and enhance his own power as well as fend off Godzilla. Aware that he was at a disadvantage in close combat, SpaceGodzilla used his telekinesis and corona beams to keep both Godzilla and M.O.G.U.E.R.A. at a distance and shifted his attention to M.O.G.U.E.R.A. when he realized it was a bigger threat than Godzilla. SpaceGodzilla also placed an energy shield around the tower he was using as an energy source after Godzilla had begun trying to destroy it.
In his flying form, SpaceGodzilla is capable of flying at Mach 3 in Earth's atmosphere, though he can also travel at speeds nearing the speed of light in outer space. He is still able to use his other abilities, such as his Corona Beam, while in this form.
SpaceGodzilla possesses a form of telekinesis, called Gravity Tornado or Gravi-Tornado (グラビ・トルネード, Gurabi Torunēdo) able to float or transport other kaiju through the air. Though he cannot move his targets with great speed, Godzilla was completely unable to break free of his psychic grip. He also lifted a number of crystal spires into the air and hurled them at Godzilla.
SpaceGodzilla can control the ground around him by creating massive towering crystals. He is able to raise them up from the ground to use a means of defending himself or attacking his foes. He also appears able to form these crystals out of thin air as well, as he encases himself in a mass of crystals while in his flying form. SpaceGodzilla is also able to combine this power with his energy manipulation in order use the crystals attack his foes with energy beams as well as provide him with a source of energy and an increase in attack power.
SpaceGodzilla is able to manipulate energy at will. He can control the direction and flight path of his corona beams to allow for multi-directional attacks. He is able to conduct energy through touch, an ability referred to as Space Claws (スペース・クロー, Supēsu Kurō) allowing him to stand a better chance when facing a foe in close combat. He can absorb energy from nearby sources as well as combine this power with his geokinesis to maximize his energy as well as create structures able to attack his foes. He can also produce an aura that can cause electrical disturbances.
With an ability known as Homing Ghost (ホーミングゴースト, Hōmingu Gōsuto) SpaceGodzilla can raise crystals into the air and propel them at an opponent or have them fall to the ground, like rain. Their quantity makes them hard to dodge, though they travel at a slow pace.
In the PlayStation Godzilla game, SpaceGodzilla can create Homing Ghosts out of thin air, though only while the Crystal Field is present.
While in his flying form, SpaceGodzilla can emit a ring-shaped electromagnetic wave called a Photon Hurricane (フォトンハリケーン, Foton Harikēn) which disrupts electrical instruments. He used this attack on M.O.G.U.E.R.A., along with his corona beam, to make it incapable of fighting him while he was flying toward Earth.
WeaknessesM.O.G.U.E.R.A. at close range, SpaceGodzilla's skin was pierced by the mech's drill nose. M.O.G.U.E.R.A.'s spiral grenade missiles were able to destroy SpaceGodzilla's shoulder crystals, drastically weakening his power. SpaceGodzilla was eventually destroyed by multiple hits from Godzilla's spiral heat beam.
- Godzilla: Giant Monster March (1995) - Sega Game Gear
- Godzilla: Archipelago Shock (1995) - Sega Saturn
- Godzilla: Heart-Pounding Monster Island!! (1995) - Sega Pico
- Godzilla Movie Studio Tour (1998) - PC and Mac
- Godzilla: Trading Battle (1998) - Sony PlayStation
- Godzilla Generations (1998) - Sega Dreamcast
- Collect Godzilla: Giant Monster Assembly (1998) - Sega Dreamcast VMU
- Godzilla Generations: Maximum Impact (1999) - Sega Dreamcast
- Godzilla: Save the Earth (2004) - Sony PlayStation 2 and Microsoft Xbox
- CR Godzilla 3S-T Battle (2006) - Pachinko
- Godzilla: Unleashed (2007) - Nintendo Wii and Sony PlayStation 2
- Godzilla Unleashed: Double Smash (2007) - Nintendo DS
- Godzilla (2014) - PlayStation 3 and 4
- Godzilla: Kaiju Collection (2015) - Android and iOS
- Pocoron Dungeons (2016) - Android and iOS
SpaceGodzilla appears in the Atari/Pipeworks games Godzilla: Save the Earth, for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox and Godzilla: Unleashed for the Wii and PlayStation 2, and also Godzilla Unleashed: Double Smash for the Nintendo DS. One of the last hidden monsters unlockable, SpaceGodzilla is a very strong weaponry-oriented combatant. Able to call up crystal towers to speed his energy recharge rate (which otherwise recharges very slowly), SpaceGodzilla can use a variety of energy and missile-based attacks, from crystal shards, slamming his foe with a large chunk of crystal, making the towers fire energy bolts at the foe to his powerful Corona Beam. SpaceGodzilla also uses energy in many of his melee attacks, and especially in his grabs and throws, levitating opponents and buildings into the air, emanating an electromagnetic aura that will disrupt attacks by the military and flinging them with his mind. He also has an exceptionally long tail which can be used effectively as a whip. SpaceGodzilla is as tough defensively as Destoroyah, making him a powerful and difficult monster to defeat. He replaces Orga as the final opponent in Hard mode. He also is in Godzilla Unleashed as a member of mutants faction and final boss stage for the Earth Defenders, Aliens, and G.D.F. The role that he plays in the storyline varies from the PS2 and the Wii version. In the PlayStation 2 version, he's responsible for the crystals appearing on earth, while in the Wii version he's merely trying to use them to escape, though some believe that he managed to release them via the portal shown in the Alien version of the storyline. It is most likely that in both the PS2 and Wii versions of Godzilla: Unleashed, SpaceGodzilla is the cause of the crystal incursion. Even if the player doesn't select him in story mode in the Wii Version, SpaceGodzilla will be shown roaring in triumph in the mutants ending, but this only happens on the PS2 if the player selects him. He is the leader of the mutant faction, and the main antagonist of the game. The crystals he creates are responsible for the birth of the monsters Obsidius and Krystalak, and in Godzilla Unleashed: Double Smash for bringing The Sphinx to life.
Weight: 74,000 tons
"Space Godzilla is a malevolent fusion of Godzilla's DNA and an unknown collection of extra-terrestrial minerals and energies. Space Godzilla has an unknown potential for psychic abilities, including telekinesis, telepathy, levitation, mind control, and the manipulation of many basic elements. Space Godzilla can temper crystal towers from the earth around him, which he uses to magnify and focus his psychic energies. Space Godzilla's greatest weapon is the fact that despite his gargantuan frame he possesses human-level intelligence. This makes him a tremendous potential threat to all humanity and all of the earth. Space Godzilla has attacked earth only twice before-once as a free agent and once as an ally of the Vortaak. But his thirst for power knows no allegiance. and needs none."
While standing within a Crystal Field, SpaceGodzilla uses no energy when using energy-based attacks.
- Tap: Right Punch
- Two taps: Left Punch
- Three taps: Shoulder Tackle
- Tap: Tail Smash
- Forward + Tap: Gravity Tornado
- Tap while roaring: Crystal Field
- Tap while levitating: Tackle
- Tap: Levitate
- Tap while levitating: Land
- Tap: Corona Beam
- Forward + Tap: Homing Ghost / Crystal Shot (while Crystal Field is present)
- Tap while roaring: Strong Corona Beam
- Tap while levitating: Corona Beam
- Photon Shield
- Remove Crystal Field (while Crystal Field is present)
- Main article: Godzilla (2014 video game)/Kaiju Guide#SpaceGodzilla.
SpaceGodzilla's card from Godzilla: Trading Battle
SpaceGodzilla in Godzilla: Save the Earth
SpaceGodzilla in the 2006 version of CR Godzilla 3S-T Battle
SpaceGodzilla in Godzilla: Unleashed
SpaceGodzilla in Godzilla Unleashed: Double Smash
SpaceGodzilla's in-Game model from Godzilla Unleashed: Double Smash
SpaceGodzilla in Godzilla: Kaiju Collection
SpaceGodzilla in Godzilla
- Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters #12 (2012)
- Godzilla: Ongoing #6, 8-12 (2012-2013)
- Godzilla: The Half-Century War #4 (2013)
- Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #1, 17, 20-22 (2013-2015)
- Godzilla in Hell #3 (2015)
SpaceGodzilla appears in Godzilla: Ongoing alongside Hedorah, Gigan and Monster X where he attacks London. In London, he comes under attack by Titanosaurus and Battra where, after a brief fight, manages to dispatch them before meeting up with Monster X in New York in order to fight Godzilla and Kiryu. During the fight, SpaceGodzilla, a heavily damaged Kiryu and Godzilla are knocked into the Hudson River by a shockwave from Monster X. During their fight, the crew of Kiryu (Boxer, Harrison and Asuka) manage to fire the Absolute Zero Cannon on SpaceGodzilla, rendering him helpless as Godzilla obliterates the crystals on his back, apparently killing him.
After entering Earth's atmosphere, SpaceGodzilla was attacked by several Trilopods, which dragged him to Los Angeles. Meanwhile, a Trilopod that had absorbed Megaguirus' characteristics brought Godzilla to the same location. One of the Trilopods absorbed some of SpaceGodzilla's characteristics, and proceeded to trap both Godzilla and SpaceGodzilla inside a crystal prison. SpaceGodzilla and Godzilla both realized they needed to work together in order to survive, and broke free of the prison. Together, SpaceGodzilla and his terrestrial counterpart managed to destroy the SpaceGodzilla-Trilopod and the other Trilopods accompanying it. Once Godzilla collapsed from exhaustion after the battle, SpaceGodzilla was overcome by his hatred for him and proceeded to kick the unconscious Godzilla repeatedly and prepared to blast him with his corona beam. However, anticipating the arrival of more Trilopods, SpaceGodzilla roared hatefully in Godzilla's face then left him on the ground and retreated back to space.
SpaceGodzilla appeared in the third issue of the miniseries Godzilla in Hell through a flashback. He first appeared duelling Godzilla in an absolutely devastated Rio de Janeiro, with one of the only things remaining being the Christ the Redeemer statue. SpaceGodzilla had destroyed The Moon on his journey to Earth. Godzilla and SpaceGodzilla fired their beams at each other, causing an explosion that destroyed the entire planet, killing them both and sending Godzilla to Purgatory. When Godzilla rejected the call of God's angels to join their cause of peace, he was cast into Hell and encountered SpaceGodzilla again along with a legion of demons. The demons tried to take over Godzilla's body during the battle, but Godzilla destroyed the legion and defeated SpaceGodzilla for good.
- Main article: SpaceGodzilla/Gallery.
Like most other Heisei monsters, SpaceGodzilla's roar is made of recycled sounds, but unlike most other Heisei monsters, instead of the usual Rodan roars heard from Godzillasaurus, King Ghidorah, Mecha-King Ghidorah and Battra, Toho took Gigan's roar and pitched it down to make SpaceGodzilla's roar. In Godzilla Generations: Maximum Impact, SpaceGodzilla's roar is an altered Heisei Godzilla roar.
In Other Languages
- SpaceGodzilla's flying form weighs a massive 720,000 metric tons,[note 1] making SpaceGodzilla the heaviest known monster in the entire Godzilla franchise.
- SpaceGodzilla is the only monster in the Godzilla series to have two official origin theories put forth in the same film. Other monsters have had multiple origins throughout their film appearances, but are restricted only to a single origin in each continuity.
- SpaceGodzilla has many characteristics similar to Biollante, including a screeching roar, a duo of tusks on each side of his mouth, a flap of skin in the corners of his mouth, and an ability to cause electrical disturbances. At the end of the film, SpaceGodzilla's glowing "essence" escaped from his body and flew into space, much like Biollante did herself five years earlier. These uncanny similarities make Biollante a more likely candidate than Mothra for creating SpaceGodzilla.
- A Space Godzilla was the title of an illustrated short story based on an unmade Godzilla film considered after Terror of Mechagodzilla. It revolved around several alien "Space Godzillas," which hailed from Godzilla Planet. Aside from name, this story and SpaceGodzilla are completely unconnected.
- Early versions of the script for Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla called for SpaceGodzilla to face Godzilla and a second Mechagodzilla, a plan scrapped when it was realized that against the combined might of Godzilla and the machine which nearly killed him in the previous year would make the battle too one-sided. Instead, the less-powerful Moguera was revived and updated for this purpose. Although, Godzilla: The Half-Century War seems to pay homage to this idea in issue #4.
- SpaceGodzilla was part of the mutants faction in Godzilla: Unleashed. At first glance, it might have made more sense for SpaceGodzilla to have been in the aliens faction, seeing as his origins are from space. However, all of the alien monsters in the game were controlled by the Vortaak, and SpaceGodzilla was acting on his own free will during the events of the game.
- A small number of sources state that the Flying Form SpaceGodzilla weighs 72,000 metric tons rather than 720,000.
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