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With discussions about which famous kaiju will enter the Monsterverse, I’ve decided to put together a list of the top 10 Godzilla villains. Some of which have or will appear in future Monsterverse movies, and others I think would be cool to see introduced somewhere down the line. Rules for this list are as follows: Kaiju that have teamed up with Godzilla such as Mothra, Rodan, Anguirus, and King Caesar will not be featured on this list, although they are all pretty cool; the military or invading alien governments will also not be featured on this list, since they aren’t giant monsters.
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Starting the list off with probably one of the most underrated kaiju in the Godzilla franchise, Orga is a part of the Millennian series. Its first form is a UFO that looks like a gigantic flying turd, but after combining with Godzilla DNA, Orga transforms into a giant hunched back monster with massive three-clawed hands. Besides having a pretty cool design, Orga is also a formidable foe, as he’s able to swallow Godzilla whole. Godzilla eventually defeats Orga by unleashing his atomic breath inside it. A cool send out to a cool villain.
This might be the most controversial choice on this list considering the M.U.T.Os aren’t an original ToHo creation. Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism appeared as the villains in the second American remake of the Godzilla franchise. The male M.U.T.O is determined by its wings whereas the female M.U.T.O is determined by its massive size and extra set of legs. What makes these creatures so deadly is their ability to generate EMP blasts and their ability to work together in order to disorient Godzilla during combat. Their designs aren’t the most unique, but their motivation to repopulate their species make these kaiju really unique. It’s clear the female M.U.T.O is much more stronger than the male one, since he goes out like a wimp; whereas, the female one has probably one of the coolest deaths ever. Godzilla basically spits in her throat, which also decapitates her. That alone gives them, mostly the female one, a spot on this list.
8. King Kong
There’s a whole list of reasons why King Kong is so great. He has enjoyable solo movies, a great character arc, he’s the king of Skull Island, and he climbed the Empire State Building while being shot. He did die moments later, but that still doesn’t change how iconic he is. The original 1962 King Kong vs. Godzilla is personally one of my top 10 favorite Godzilla movies. Thus, there’s no doubt in my mind that King Kong should be on this list. Of course, it is being remade in the Monsterverse with a 2020 release date with rumors that Godzilla and Kong will team up by the end of the movie to fight an unknown third monster. Therefore, King Kong is much lower on this list, mainly because there’s a chance he could be disqualified off this list. Overall, King Kong is a great villain that I can’t wait to see Godzilla fight again.
I couldn’t put Mothra on this list, but luckily there’s an evil version of her. Well, I mean it isn’t too lucky for the people in the movie considering Battra did wreck a lot of places, but it’s still a pretty cool kaiju. Like Mothra, Battra starts off in a larval form, but hatches into a black, red, and yellow-colored moth with horns on its head. He’s able to fly, fire lasers out of its red eyes, and is much larger than Mothra. Battra is a protector of Earth and believes that humans are polluting it. Therefore, Battra fights Mothra and Godzilla in order to eradicate the human race. Mothra is cool. Battra is like an evil Mothra. Thus, Battra is cool.
Also known as the Smog Monster, Hedorah is basically a big pile of alien shit. There’s no better way to describe it than that. Hedorah has multiple forms such as a microscopic form, landform, aquatic form, flying form, and a final form. There’s also these two white orbs that Godzilla rips out of Hedorah’s body and no one seems to know what they are. The movies never explain it, there’s no conclusive theories, and it’s just a weird scene in an even weirder movie. So behind a pretty funny concept for a monster, there’s also a unsolved mystery behind it. Hedorah is one of those nostalgic Godzilla villains for me and deserves to be on this list.
Inspired by Norse mythology, Biollante is a hybrid of rose, human, and Godzilla cells. Which if you ask me, the scientists who engineered Biollante wanted something bad to happen. I mean come on, who in their right minds expects anything good from crossing anything with Godzilla cells. Anyhow, Biollante is confirmed to be the first female kaiju featured in the Godzilla franchise that isn’t an insect. She has two forms. The first one is basically a rose with teeth inside its bud and tendrils. Her second form resembles the evil plant, Audrey 2, from Little Shop of Horrors. Fun fact: Biollante was created by a fan that won a story writing contest for a sequel to Return of Godzilla. She’s an amazing kaiju that I hope to see one day appear in the Monsterverse. One thing for sure, if she does make another appearance, Rick Moranis has to be the one that defeats her and not Godzilla.
I debated whether or not to put Gigan in the third or fourth spot. I’ll get to why Gigan made four when I discuss the three spot, so more on that later. Overall, Gigan is one of the most iconic kaiju ever created. The Nebula M Space Hunter aliens uses this kaiju as a weapon for invading other planets. Thus, Gigan is considered one of the most violent and deadly of all the monsters Godzilla has fought. Gigan’s design is extremely insane. It’s like a giant cybertronic alien bird thing with hooks for hands and a buzzsaw for a chest. Gigan is the first monster to make Godzilla and Anguirus bleed, which is something that rarely happens. Therefore, you know Gigan means business.
In Godzilla: Final Wars, Godzilla destroys Gigan’s head, which causes the aliens to repair and create Final Gigan. This is the coolest we ever get to see Gigan considering the hooks for hands are replaced with massive double bladed chainsaws. Gigan can fly, attack with buzzsaws/chainsaws, shoot fire out of flamethrowers, fire lasers, and launch razor discs. With an insane design, set of abilities, and attitude, how can Gigan not make this list? I hope to see Gigan be introduced in the Monsterverse one day. Especially since Gigan has a rivalry with Mothra, who is being introduced in Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019). I can't even imagine how spectacular Gigan would look with modern special effects.
Mechagodzilla was originally fourth on this list, but considering this giant robot has been featured in some of the best Godzilla movies, it seems only fair that it made top three. Mechagodzilla has had different origins throughout the series. It’s either aliens created it as an imposter of Godzilla to destroy mankind or mankind built metal around Godzilla bones to destroy Godzilla. Mechagodzilla has a lot of deadly abilities such as eyebeams, an energy beam, flight, finger, knee, and toe missiles. When its head spins at 360 degrees, a shield also surrounds Mechagodzilla’s body. Whenever Mechagodzilla is in a movie, you know you’re in for some wild monster match. To summarize, Godzilla is cool. Robots are cool. Combine the two and you have a great villain.
No, not Destroyer. Destroyah. It’s a pretty crazy name for one crazy motherfucker. Destroyah earns two on this list due to how epic this kaiju is. For the 22nd film in the franchise, ToHo wanted to kill Godzilla. Therefore, Destroyah was created as the villain to fight a burning Godzilla, which is Godzilla’s strongest form. Destroyah not only was able to go toe to toe with the strongest version of Godzilla at the time, but it also managed to kill Godzilla’s son during the final battle. Killing someone the hero loves is the most villainous thing any character can do, and Destroyah did it with ease. Destroyah evolves between a microscopic, juvenile, aggregate, flying, and final form.
Therefore, we see unique versions of the monster throughout the movie. Destroyah is one of the most uniquely designed kaiju on this list, almost looking like the manifestation of the devil. Not only that, but Godzilla vs. Destroyah has to be one of the best Godzilla movies ever made. Destroyah has only been in one Godzilla movie, which means it only took one movie to prove how badass this kaiju is. This is a monster I desperately need to see appear in the Monsterverse soon. Hopefully in Godzilla 3? Pretty please Legendary Picture, with like a cherry on top?
1. King Ghidorah
King Ghidorah goes by many names: King Ghidorah, Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster, Monster Zero, Monster X, The Astro-Monster, and the One Who Is Many. Every great protagonist needs a great arch nemesis. King Ghidorah is that arch nemesis for Godzilla. Even though Godzilla has defeated King Ghidorah on his own, Rodan, Mothra, and many other kaiju have stepped in to help stop this three-headed devil. King Ghidorah has high intelligence, three heads, layers of bioelectricity, gravity beams, flight, and wing flaps that cause hurricane winds. When Godzilla blows up the middle head, it’s replaced with a robotic head, creating Mecha-King Ghidorah. Like Godzilla, King Ghidorah is an unstoppable force of nature that destroys anything it comes across. In fact, Godzilla is a dwarf compared to King Ghidorah’s massive size.
I’m almost more than positive this didn’t come as shock to most people considering King Ghidorah is to Godzilla as the Joker is to Batman. Any three-headed dragon is cool, but Ghidorah is awesome based solely on the fact that it gives the king of the monsters a true challenge for dominance.
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