Venusians (金星人 are a sentient race which once inhabited the planet Kinseijin)Venus in the 1964 Toho film Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster. Once an advanced civilization possessing technology far beyond that of humanity, the majority of the Venusian population was wiped out some 5,000 years ago when their planet was decimated by the space monster King Ghidorah. A small number of Venusians managed to flee to Earth where they assimilated with humans, their identities and superhuman abilities degenerating in the process. Though no pure-blooded Venusians appear in the film, the Selginese Princess Maas Doulina Salno is a descendant of the race, and is contacted telepathically by a Venusian who entrances her and awakens her Venusian identity.
Culture[edit | edit source]
Little is known of the Venusian culture, as their population was driven to near-extinction some 5,000 years ago. However, Princess Salno prays to a god while under Venusian influence.
History[edit | edit source]
Approximately 5,000 years ago, the Venusians possessed a thriving technologically advanced civilization. However, the evil space monster known as King Ghidorah arrived on Venus and completely eradicated the Venusians' civilization in a matter of days, earning him the title "Venus Hellfire." The few Venusians who survived fled to the nearest inhabitable planet, Earth, where they interbred and assimilated with the native humans over the following millennia.
Just before her plane was destroyed by a bomb planted by the political opposition party of Selgina, Venusian descendant Princess Maas Doulina Salno was contacted by the spirit of a Venusian which commanded her to jump from the plane. She survived by falling through a dimensional rift as her plane exploded above her, and was rescued by a Japanese fisherman. The man gave her his clothes in exchange for her royal bracelet, for which she no longer had any use. Her Venusian identity awakened, the princess now sought to warn the people of Earth of impending disaster with the help of her inborn ability to see into the future. She first appeared in Ueno Park, warning the onlookers that great disasters were soon to befall the Earth, beginning at Mount Aso in Kyushu. Reporter Naoko Shindo took an interest in the prophetess and began to cover her story, though onlookers scoffed at her claims to hail from Venus. The princess next appeared at Mt. Aso, warning that accumulated volcanic gases would soon resurrect Rodan. Her warnings were dismissed once again, until Rodan suddenly emerged from the volcano's crater before taking flight. The princess disappeared in the ensuing chaos, but both Naoko and her brother, a police detective who had been assigned to bodyguard the princess on her visit to Japan, continued to search for her. Malmess, the assassin tasked with killing her, also headed to Japan to finish the job.
As a ship readied to depart from Yokohama harbor, the Shobijin of Infant Island bid farewell to members of the press as they prepared to return home. The princess appeared at the scene, stating that the ship must not sail. The ship's captain angrily ordered the princess to be escorted away, but Naoko promised to help her and convinced her to come with her to a hotel. Naoko checked the two of them into the hotel and had the princess wait in the room while she met with her brother. In the meantime, Malmess and his assassins broke into the room and threatened her, attempting to determine if she really was the princess. She insisted that she was a Venusian, though she recalled wearing the royal bracelet which was enough to convince Malmess that she was his target. Fortunately, the Shobijin had tailed Naoko and the princess and shut off the lights before Malmess could kill her. They warned Shindo and Naoko to the killers' presence, after which Shindo drove them away following a brief gunfight. When they restored the lights, Shindo and Naoko found the princess reading a book in the corner of the room, which she explained to be the result of Venusians' ability to see in complete darkness. Just then, Godzilla rose from Tokyo Bay and destroyed the ship, proving the princess' warning true.
Shindo brought the princess to Dr. Tsukamoto's laboratory near Mount Fuji for analysis. Tsukamoto determined that there seemed to be nothing wrong with her, despite her continued insistence that she was a Venusian. She explained that King Ghidorah, the same monster who destroyed Venus, had arrived on Earth to do the same to it. True to her warning, a meteor which had crashed in the Kurobe Valley split open and unleashed King Ghidorah, who took to the skies and flew to Tokyo. As King Ghidorah leveled Tokyo with his Gravity Beams and Godzilla and Rodan converged on the Mt. Fuji area, Shindo and Tsukamoto remained behind at the lab while everyone else evacuated. The princess maintained her insistence that she was a Venusian, but elaborated that she was the descendant of the Venusians who survived Ghidorah's invasion 5,000 years ago and assimilated with humanity. She stated that while most of her race's natural abilities disappeared due to interbreeding with humans, her capacity to see into the future remained. Tsukamoto planned to deliver electroshock therapy in order to try and determine the truth about the princess, but Malmess and his assassins secretly raised the voltage to lethal levels. Fortunately, Rodan dropped Godzilla onto a power pylon just before the lethal shock could be administered. Shindo again drove off the assassins, and was met by Naoko, Professor Murai, and the Shobijin, who explained that Mothra was heading to the area in an attempt to convince Godzilla and Rodan to help her stop King Ghidorah. Shindo, Tsukamoto, the princess, and the others traveled to a vantage point near Mt. Fuji to watch Mothra's conversation with Godzilla and Rodan. The princess wandered off to a ledge overlooking a gorge, where she prayed to the Venusians' deity to save the Earth from destruction. Malmess, who narrowly survived a rockslide triggered by King Ghidorah, tracked the princess to the area and shot her with his sniper rifle, grazing her head and knocking her onto a lower ledge. Shindo leapt into action and rescued her. The princess regained consciousness and found she did not remember anything that had happened while she claimed to be a Venusian. Just before Malmess could kill the princess and Shindo, a stray Gravity Beam fired by King Ghidorah caused an avalanche that knocked Malmess to his death in the gorge below.
After the three Earth monsters successfully sent King Ghidorah retreating back into outer space, the princess spoke with Shindo and the others at an airport prior to her return to Selgina. Tsukamoto explained that the shock of being shot snapped her out of her earlier state. When she asked if her Venusian abilities would ever return, Tsukamoto said it was impossible to tell. Just before departing, the princess revealed that despite her memory loss, she distinctly remembered the times that he had saved her life. She thanked him and promised she would never forget him, then boarded a plane bound for her home country.
Technology[edit | edit source]
The Venusians were said to have been highly technologically capable, their advancements far exceeding those of the civilizations of Earth.
Abilities[edit | edit source]
The Venusians possessed several superhuman abilities, including to predict the future and see in darkness. These abilities gradually degenerated in the survivors of Venus' destruction due to inbreeding with humans; however, the part-Venusian Princess Salno's abilities were reawakened when she was contacted by a Venusian, being able to accurately predict future events and read a book in complete darkness. Furthermore, Princess Salno is said to have survived the bombing of her plane by falling through a rift between dimensions, possibly accomplished through Venusian abilities.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Venusians are the first alien race to be referenced in the Godzilla series, debuting a year before the much more popular Xiliens from Invasion of Astro-Monster.
References[edit | edit source]
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Bibliography[edit | edit source]
- Nomura, Kohei (7 August 2014). Godzilla Dictionary [New Edition]. Kasakura Publishing. ISBN 978-4-7730-8725-3.
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