Beth McIntyre: What is that?! Hud Platt: It's-it's-it's a terrible thing.
~ Beth and Hud after the group sees the Clover.
Lily Ford: Do you guys know what it is? Out there? Do you know what that thing is? Sergeant Pryce: If they know, they ain't telling me. Whatever it is, it's winning.
~ Lily and Pryce talking about the Clover.
The Clover, also known as the Cloverfield Monster, is the main antagonist of the 2008 found-footage monster film Cloverfield, the first film released as part of the Cloververse. A similar creature also briefly appears in The Cloverfield Paradox.
The Clover's species most likely was produced in the Atlantic Ocean over thousands and thousands of years ago, along with the parasites. The Clover was a 350-foot monster that hibernated for millions of years undersea and although it was an infant, it grew larger by using an ocean floor liquid called seabed nectar, which is used in the film's famous icon, the Slusho! the company, and is believed to be highly addictive.
It was awakened by a falling satellite dish. The protagonists of the film (Rob, Hud, Lily, Marlena, and Beth) were unfortunate to have encountered the monster's attacks up close four times, and eventually, all died, except for Lilly who escaped into a military helicopter.
When the monster awoke, it then rampaged through New York, killing and eating any human it came across. Worse, a large number of giant parasites were released from its body and attacked the humans as well. It even went as far as to rip the head off the Statue of Liberty and toss it into the streets of New York.
At the end of the movie, since regular bombings and refinery had little effect on killing the Clover, the U.S. Air Force dropped a huge bomb that was named "The HAMMERDOWN Protocol" which ultimately killed the monster, its parasites, and also destroyed New York City, killing the remaining people in the city which included Rob and Beth who hid under the Greyshot Arch in Central Park while proclaiming their love for each other, only to be killed when it was crumbled and burnt to the ground.
10 Cloverfield Lane
Although the Clover monster did not appear in the spiritual sequel to the first film, an alien spaceship that appears at the end of the film had the exact same roar as the monster, so it is possible they are blood related. But considering the Clover monster is a sea monster and this monster is most likely from space due to the fact that it is a spaceship, this is impossible.
The Cloverfield Paradox
At the end of The Cloverfield Paradox, a Clover monster of the same species is seen with its head lashes through the clouds, and roars. This is believed to be an adult version of the monster, how it got to Earth is unknown but it is possible, The Shepard opened up gateways to millions of dimensions so it is possible that this monster entered Earth from the world in Cloverfield. This is implied to be Clover's mother.
The Clover is a quadrupedal aquatic monster with a long, forked tail. Its slender, triple-jointed front legs are longer than its hind legs, ending in multi-fingered hands that can bend backward, allowing the creature to knuckle-walk. Its hind legs are also double-jointed while its skin is light grey with darker speckles. Two "external esophagi," which end in tooth-like projections, extend from the monster's lower chest. The Clover's head has sharp, bony features, two eyes with massive black pupils, and a pair of membranous sacks on the sides, which can inflate and recede back into the head.
Powers and Abilities
Enhanced Strength: The Clover possesses immense physical strength due to its ginormous size as it was able to wipe out several landmarks with ease, including tearing the head of the Statue of Liberty off and throwing it. The Clover's tail was shown to be strong enough to smash the Brooklyn Bridge, which was fortified to withstand 49,200 tons of pressure.
Enhanced Durability: The Clover seemed to be virtually invulnerable to conventional weaponry, withstanding shells from M1 tanks, AT-4 rockets, AGM-65 Maverick missiles, and Mark 82 bombs. The creature was, however, killed by a last-resort airstrike which leveled much of New York City, codenamed the "Hammerdown Protocol".
Enhanced Leaping: When attacking the helicopter containing Rob, Beth, and Hud, the Clover managed to achieve a leaping height of approximately 560 feet.
It couldn't have been a bomb that completely obliterated the entire area Clover was in, since the video camera which had footage of what the human protagonists experienced was not destroyed. This could most likely explain why audiences believe that it is more likely the monster survived than had been killed by the bomb droppings, although J.J. Abrams stated that the monster was killed.
The screen time of Clover was kept to a minimum, with the humans and giant parasites taking up most of the screen time. Much of Clover's rampage happened off-screen with the audience witnessing the shocking aftermath.
A 14-inch limited edition figure of Clover was released by Hasbro on December 24, 2008. It comes with accessories including the damaged head of the Statue of Liberty, two changeable heads of the monster (one with an open mouth to represent his calm mood and the other with a closed mouth to represent his agitated mood), and 10 static figures of the monsters parasites.
In a MAD parody, Clifford is spoofed as the big monster attacking the city.