Design[edit | edit source]
Zedus is a large aquatic saurian kaiju. He strongly resembles Jirahs from Ultraman and also shares some similarities with Gorosaurus. Zedus has several thin fin-like protrusions running all the way from the top of his head down to his tail. Zedus has a large head with a retractable multicolored frill. He also has a very long powerful tail.
Origins[edit | edit source]
Zedus' origins are never explored in his film appearance, although the book Gamera the Brave Super Complete Works states that Zedus was a type of semi-aquatic lizard that was mutated by feeding on the corpses of Gyaos.
History[edit | edit source]
A man-eating monster from the depths of the ocean, Zedus attacked several ships at sea before finally making landfall, causing all sorts of damage. Fortunately for what remained of the city, Toto, the young Gamera found and raised by a young boy, appeared. Zedus unleashed its spear-like tongue on Toto while they battled. After several missed, Toto grabbed the tongue and held on as it pulled back into his maw. The creature was blasted in the face with a ball of fire, sending the monster into the sea below.
Zedus returned in full force, attacking the complex that Toto was being held in before unleashing his wrath on the rest of Nagoya. The two clashed once again, and like before, Zedus was quickly getting the upper hand. Overpowering the turtle with brutality, the creature tossed Toto into a building. The hero's body now stuck in the building, Zedus began to climb up.
Zedus had no idea that Toto had just been empowered by the jewel that gave him birth and was knocked off of the building by the flying Toto. Quickly getting to his feet, he lashed out with his tongue yet again, this time impaling it through Toto’s shoulder. As the two struggled on, Toto ripped the tongue in half and unleashed a powerful fireball. The ball of flames quickly engulfed the creature and blew it into bloody pieces.
Abilities[edit | edit source]
Prehensile Tongue[edit | edit source]
Zedus' most powerful weapon is his elongated tongue. It can reach up to 100 meters in length, and can be launched in a spear-like attack. The tip of his tongue can emit a strong biological acid.
Acid[edit | edit source]
Zedus can emit a powerful biological acid from his claws and the tip of his tongue, allowing him to penetrate Toto's shell with ease.
Agility[edit | edit source]
Zedus can leap up to 200 meters by using his powerful legs. He is also agile enough to climb buildings and other structures.
Amphibiousness[edit | edit source]
Being a mutated aquatic lizard, Zedus is capable of swimming underwater as well as moving on land.
Physical Abilities[edit | edit source]
Zedus can use his claws, teeth, and tail in combat.
Durability[edit | edit source]
Zedus shrugged off a close-range fireball attack from Toto, although it did cause him to retreat.
Growth[edit | edit source]
Zedus first appeared at a height of 30 meters when he reached Shima, but after being defeated by Toto he retreated. When he reached Nagoya his height, length and mass had all nearly doubled.
Filmography[edit | edit source]
- Gamera the Brave (2006)
Video games[edit | edit source]
- CR Gamera (2009) - Pachinko
Comics[edit | edit source]
Zedus makes a brief appearance in this manga, being mentioned by the main characters.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Zedus/Gallery.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Zedus is Gamera's only opponent of the Heisei era to not be able to fly.
- Zedus is featured in multiple tie-in books for Gamera the Brave. In one, Zedus develops wings and the ability to fly, and in another he leads several of Gamera's foes from the Showa series..
- Originally, the villain of Gamera the Brave was intended to be a squid-like kaiju with tentacles, but the filmmakers felt this would be too similar to Viras, so it was decided to create an original reptilian monster as Toto's opponent instead. In order to differentiate Zedus from monsters like Barugon and Jiger, it was decided to make him walk bipedally rather than quadrupedally.
- Zedus was portrayed by accomplished suit actor Mizuho Yoshida, who is perhaps most well-known for portraying half of the Mother Legion in Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion and Godzilla in Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack.
References[edit | edit source]
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