King Ghidorah (MonsterVerse)

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King Ghidorah in the second Godzilla: King of the Monsters trailer
King Ghidorah® (MonsterVerse)
Alternate names Monster Zero,[1][2] The Devil,[1]
Death Song Of Three Storms[2]
Subtitle(s) The One Who is Many[2]
Species Giant three-headed dragon
Height 521 feet[2]
Wingspan Unknown[2]
Place(s) of emergence Antarctica
Enemies Godzilla, Mothra
Portrayed by Jason Liles, Alan Maxson,
Richard Dorton (motion capture)[3]
First appearance Godzilla: King of the Monsters
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The Devil has three heads.
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— Footnote from Vivienne Graham's classified field notes on King Ghidorah.[1]

King Ghidorah (キングギドラ,   Kingu Gidora) is a three-headed dragon kaiju that appeared in a cave painting in the post-credits scene for the 2017 Legendary Pictures film, Kong: Skull Island, and is set to appear in the upcoming 2019 film, Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

This will be the first incarnation of King Ghidorah to appear in an American-made film.

Name

King Ghidorah's name is composed of "King" (キング,   Kingu) and "Ghidorah." The "Ghidorah" part of King Ghidorah's name comes from the Japanese word for "hydra" (ヒドラ,   Hidora), which is spelled very similarly to the Japanese katakana for Ghidorah. Monarch gives King Ghidorah the designation Monster Zero. One ancient Sumerian text discovered by Monarch also called him Death Song of Three Storms.

Design

As revealed by the S.H. MonsterArts figure, this incarnation of King Ghidorah maintains the traditional core design of the character, being a giant bipedal dragon with three heads on long serpentine necks, two tails, and two large bat-like wings at his sides, which stands upright on his two hind legs. His body is covered in overlapping golden scales, which according to Monarch actually contain trace amounts of gold. The membranes of King Ghidorah's wings are still gold in color, but are made of smooth skin and not covered in scales. Like past designs, the fronts of King Ghidorah's necks are also not covered in scales, but rather skin with a ridged texture. This skin pattern extends to King Ghidorah's chest, a trait unique to this incarnation. This King Ghidorah's heads are designed similarly to the character's Heisei incarnation, with a set of horns on each side as opposed to the Showa incarnation's single pair of horns and manes of hair. Unlike the Heisei King Ghidorah, each of the MonsterVerse King Ghidorah's heads has ten horns, five on each side, rather than eight. These horns are also slightly larger and more curved, as opposed to the thin straight horns of the Heisei design. There is also a small ridge atop each head. King Ghidorah's necks are very long and muscular, with a row of spikes running down the back of each.

King Ghidorah's body is considerably thinner than that of past incarnations, with the outline of his ribcage visible through his skin. Unlike past incarnations, he has defined arms which extend into his wings, with claws at the end of each fold. His wings are much larger than those of past incarnations, and attach to his body well below his hips. When fully outstretched, they extend well above his heads. This incarnation can also use his wings for support when standing although he can still stand without using his wings. King Ghidorah's legs are thin but muscular, with his knees bent forward in such a way that he has a slight forward hunch. His feet have at least four digits with defined claws. King Ghidorah's tails end in spiky retractable fans similar to the Heisei King Ghidorah. According to Monarch files, injuries have been discovered on several locations on King Ghidorah's body "reminiscent of claw and scorch marks."[2].

Personality

According to Michael Dougherty, King Ghidorah is akin to three conjoined triplets, each with their own independent thoughts and distinct personalities, with the middle head being the "smartest."

Origins

King Ghidorah's origins are currently unknown. Judging by his appearance in ancient cave paintings, he has appeared sometime in the past, and may have clashed with Godzilla and Mothra. According to the official Monarch timeline, King Ghidorah was discovered buried under ice in Antarctica in 2016 by a Monarch team headed by Vivienne Graham.[1] Monarch links King Ghidorah to mythical creatures such as the Hydra and the Rainbow Serpent, and describes him as a "living extinction event."[2]

History

MonsterVerse

Kong: Skull Island

A cave painting of King Ghidorah battling Godzilla in Kong: Skull Island

After their adventure on Skull Island, Monarch members Houston Brooks and Lin San showed James Conrad and Mason Weaver two cave paintings of King Ghidorah, along with paintings depicting Godzilla, Mothra and Rodan, as proof that the inhabitants of Skull Island were not the only monsters in the world. In the second painting, he was shown fighting Godzilla.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

On July 26, 2014, King Ghidorah was confirmed to be appearing in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, along with Mothra and Rodan.[4]

Abilities

Flight

The muscle tendons in King Ghidorah's wings are described as being incredibly hyper-tensile, and their massive aerodynamics could generate hurricane-force winds when flying. When combined with his body's electro-receptor molecular biology, water vapor in the air would be superheated, creating a localized storm system as he flies. The power of King Ghidorah's flight is so great that as a result, "the stratosphere would be torn open by an otherworldly tempest of thunder and lightning [Earth's] sky has never seen."[2]

Conducting Scales

Monarch scientists theorize that King Ghidorah's scales are gilded with trace amounts of aurum which act as conductors, capable of carrying bio-electrical currents throughout his body.

Gravity Beams

King Ghidorah fires his gravity beams

King Ghidorah is depicted in some paintings spewing beams similar to lightning from his mouths. The trailer for the film shows bright yellow rays of plasma tearing through buildings, which may be King Ghidorah's gravity beams.

Intelligence

According to cranial scans, King Ghidorah has a divergent frontal lobe density in the brains of all three heads, indicating that each of his heads can have disparate levels of cognitive functions, possibly including independent thought.

Filmography

Gallery

Main article: King Ghidorah/Gallery.

Trivia

  • The script for Kong: Skull Island called for the Iwi petroglyphs inside the Wanderer to depict many monsters, including "one with three heads."[5] In the completed film, only Kong and the Skullcrawlers were shown. The film's novelization, however, does mention a three-headed creature depicted on the murals, along with several other creatures.
  • Monarch's designation for King Ghidorah, Monster Zero, is the name given to King Ghidorah by the Xiliens in Invasion of Astro-Monster.[1]
  • The location where King Ghidorah is frozen in Antarctica, Outpost 32, is a reference to the 1982 film The Thing, in which the primary location is an outpost in Antarctica called Outpost 31. The titular alien monster in The Thing is also discovered frozen in the Antarctic ice, much like King Ghidorah.
  • Excluding the King Ghidorah featured in GODZILLA: The Planet Eater which is an estimated 20 kilometers (65,616.8 feet) in length with no definite "height," this is the tallest incarnation of the character, standing 541 feet (~158.8 meters) in height - approximately 29 feet taller than the Heisei King Ghidorah, who was 150 meters. The MonsterVerse King Ghidorah is also the tallest monster featured in a Godzilla film besides Godzilla Earth, who stands over 1,000 feet tall.
  • The MonsterVerse King Ghidorah is the first incarnation of the character to be portrayed through motion capture, as well as the first to be portrayed by three actors simultaneously.

See also

References

This is a list of references for King Ghidorah/Legendary. 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]

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Green Blob Thing

12 days ago
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I am absolutely here for this version of Ghidorah, he looks absolutely awesome. Mothra looks good too and Rodan is as okay-ish as ever, but Ghidorah is the one I'm really excited to see in this movie. The battles are gonna look fantastic.
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Aggression25

22 days ago
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This incarnation of Ghidorah is going to make so much noise! Everyone prepare their cash for tickets!
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Conder99

one month ago
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BOI
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SkullIslandExplorer

one month ago
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King Ghidorah: “I know what it is like to lose. To feel so desperately that you're right, yet to fail, nonetheless. It’s frightening, turns the legs to jelly. I ask you to what end? Dread it. Run from it. Destiny still arrives all the same. And now it is here. Or should I say, I am.”


Rodan: “You talk too much!”
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SkullIslandExplorer

one month ago
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Why does Ghidorah seem eerily similar to a trio of characters... with dragon forms?
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Godzillaboy

one month ago
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Well king ghidorah will be really ded in the new movie. buring godzilla will kill a el.
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SkullIslandExplorer

one month ago
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King Ghidorah: “This is it, Madison. Your big break in TV!”

Madison Russell: *scream*


King Ghidorah: WELCOME TO PRIMETIME, B**CH!
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Titan of Water

one month ago
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Did you get my reference quotes in the comments below?
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SkullIslandExplorer

one month ago
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Um, no. What is it?

P.S. Happy New Year!
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Titan of Water

one month ago
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It’s joker quotes from the Dark Knight Returns Again once you start quoting that movie you can’t stop lol. Your reference was funny too btw.
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SkullIslandExplorer

one month ago
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Ah! I see. (It’s been a while since I’ve read the comic or watched the cartoon)

Yeah, that scene where Ghido was staring at Madison made think of Freddy Krueger. I don’t know why.

BTW, since it says that Ghidorah’s heads are capable of independent thought, it made me think of another funny thing: https://m.yo...=cFdgjYoBMIg

Enjoy!
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LegeGoji

one month ago
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nice Nightmare on Elm Street 3 reference
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SkullIslandExplorer

one month ago
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Thanks. Check out the video link (to see what I mean about Ghidorah’s heads having individual thought).
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Keizer Zilla

one month ago
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I'm pretty sure Ghidorah's a Wyvern in this one. When he's rising up out of the ice you can see him standing on his wings.
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Titan of Water

2 months ago
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It’s 2014 in a facility in Antarctica, Monarch Agents swarm a tv in an office near the frozen Titan. It shows Godzilla out of the destruction of San Francisco walking back to the ocean triumphant in his fight against the MUTOS. Ghidorah: Godzilla....darling.
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Titan of Water

2 months ago
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Monarch Agent 1: According to our scans blah blah blah...Monarch Agent 2: I don’t have time, I have stuff to do. Ghidorah: Thats ok, I want people to know me. That’s why I’m going to kill everyone in this facility.
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Toolen

2 months ago
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Definitely my new favorite Ghidorah design. He really looks like a walking world-ending mass extinction event. He is every bit as terrifying as Ghidorah should be. His design may have been updated, but he is still recognizable as the King of Terror we’ve all come to love. I knew those supposed “leaks” were nonsense. Legendary clearly knew what they were doing. May can’t come soon enough!
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Titan of Water

2 months ago
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After watching trailer 2 a billion times, I must say that this Ghidorah is as Sally Hawkins put it “an alpha predator to rival even Godzilla”. Godzilla better take Thanos’’ advice and go for the heads.
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Aggression25

2 months ago
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All I know is that the battle between them has to be epic! Epic like it's the end of the world epic!
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SuperZillaRealms

2 months ago
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I did see that King Ghidorah uses his wings to walk a few times it seems that its based off of American dragons
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Keizer Zilla

2 months ago
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The Monster-verse Ghidorah is already my favorite design!
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Doomzilla

2 months ago
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Holy CRAP, Ghidorah looks ULTRA-BADASS with his official look! Truly lives up to the title of "KING OF TERROR"!!!
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Titan of Water

2 months ago
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His appearance definitely defiantly gives the “ultimate evil vibe”.
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SkullIslandExplorer

2 months ago
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Looks ALOT better than I expected. I originally wanted Smaug-like heads, but the SDCC poster and SHMA’s figure really show how much effort they put into the design.
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Hedorahguy1971

2 months ago
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I’ve seen his design NOT the thing you go up against in real life
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Titan of Water

3 months ago
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This Ghidorah looks a lot more promising than Planet Eater Ghidorah.
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Aggression25

3 months ago
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Why is that?
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LegeGoji

5 months ago
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WHOS READY FOR ME TO KILL THIS GUY?
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Aggression25

4 months ago
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You'll never be able to kill Ghidorah. Only Godzilla will be able to save us from him.
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LegeGoji

4 months ago
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Tell me who else Goji is
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Gojira2014

7 months ago
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the design discription needs to be fixed. he's walking on all fours in the storm photo.
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MosuFan2004

6 months ago
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Just where did you see him in the storm scenes? -_-
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Gojira2014

6 months ago
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i meant in the monarch photo.

though it seems the trailer proved me wrong anyway so.
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Aggression25

4 months ago
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How can we be sure he's even got four limbs for locomotion?
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158 meters?sorry monsterverse ghidorah,but you still short than godzilla(so did all of us do)
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i mean godzilla earth not just godzilla,sorry for this error
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MrAwesomeness360

5 months ago
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Yeah, of course AnimeGoji is bigger, they made his scale so over-exaggerated it's almost ridiculous. A hundred meters is fine, it's perfect, it's not too small but not too big, but near the size of the Empire State Building? That's just excessive.
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Gojira2014

10 months ago
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he looks the same as the claasic movies. good. i din't like wyverndorah that much anyway.
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SkullIslandExplorer

8 months ago
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Hope he has heads like Smaug (albeit with some tweaks), would really give the impression that Ghidorah is malevolent.
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LegeGoji

4 months ago
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Umm... a wyvern is two legs. Four is a draagon. so King Ghidorah has always been a wyvern.
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The happy Dragon

11 months ago
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Is godzilla 2019 going to be taller? pluse im new.
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Monintoho

17 months ago
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When I saw this post credit scene in Kong Skull Island I was so pumped.
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Spinocroc123

19 months ago
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Well now we know that he was discovered with three heads. And he probably won't have transion forms or anything. So that concludes that he will most likely be not be a Gryphon thing like i theorized. Bit of a disapointment, but i'm still excited.
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Titanollante

19 months ago
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Since he appears in Siberia, it might be possible that he arrived to Earth like an alien. If you recall, nobody ever witnessed the the Tunguska event, and people only over theorized that all the tens of thousands of trees that were uprooted and stuff was because a meteor exploded there. It might be a similar thing, where Ghidorah landed on earth, nobody noticed, and he either took residence under ice or was frozen in place.

Though there's still the possibility that it is a terrestrial Ghidorah.
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The King of the Monsters

19 months ago
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I think the Monarch timeline says he was discovered in Antarctica, not Siberia.
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Titanollante

19 months ago
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Oops

Well, I'm not saying he could've done Tunguska, just that he could've arrived some way similar.
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MosuFan2004

22 months ago
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I'm not a big fan of King Ghidorah but the cave paintings made me HYPED!!
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Aggression25

13 months ago
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What are the chances that this incarnation isn't a terrestrial organism like the others?
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Green Blob Thing

13 months ago
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I'd love it if they went for an alien origin again. No matter what they decide on, it'll probably still be better than the three stupid Dorat things being his origin.