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Villain Overview

Ghidorah. The One Who is Many.
~ Ilene Chen on Ghidorah.
The Devil has three heads.
~ Dr. Vivienne Graham's field notes about King Ghidorah.

King Ghidorah, called Monster Zero or simply Ghidorah, is a major antagonist in the MonsterVerse, serving as the main antagonist of the 2019 film Godzilla: King of the Monsters and the posthumous overarching antagonist of its 2021 sequel Godzilla vs. Kong. He is the arch-nemesis of Godzilla.

A malevolent extraterrestrial dragon who invaded Earth in the ancient past, Ghidorah clashed with Godzilla and his sidekick Mothra, who succeeded in sealing him away beneath the Antarctic ice. The organization Monarch discovered Ghidorah's resting place in 2016, and established Outpost 32 to study him, dubbing him "Monster Zero".

In 2019, the eco-terrorist Alan Jonah, working alongside Monarch defector Dr. Emma Russell, unleashed Ghidorah from his frozen prison in an attempt to release all of the Titans to restore the natural order. Despite being an invasive species, Ghidorah had no interest in restoring balance and resumed annihilating the global ecosystem, awakening all of the other Titans himself and bending them to his will. Assisted by Monarch, Godzilla and Mothra joined forces and engaged Ghidorah in Boston for a final confrontation. Ghidorah summoned his loyal servant, the pterosaur Titan Rodan, to his aid to deal with Mothra, while Ghidorah overwhelmed Godzilla in one-on-one combat. After defeating Rodan, Mothra sacrificed her life to save Godzilla from Ghidorah, reinvigorating him with her energy and allowing him to finally destroy Ghidorah once and for all. With his arch-nemesis vanquished for good, Godzilla took his place as the King of the Monsters, ending the rampages of the Titans previously under Ghidorah's control.

Years later, in 2024, Ghidorah's brain was used to power the mecha-kaiju Mechagodzilla, with his consciousness later taking over the mecha. Thankfully, his short-lived reign of terror was stopped by Godzilla and Kong.

Ghidorah was portrayed by Jason Liles, Richard Dorton and Alan Maxson in motion capture.

Biography

Background

Dr. Chen: It tells of a great dragon who fell from the stars. A hydra whose storms swallowed both men and gods alike.
Mark Russel: What, you mean an alien?
Dr. Chen: Yes, he's not part of our natural order; and he is not meant to be here.
Dr. Serizawa: A false king.
Dr. Stanton: An invasive species. That could explain how he is able to create these massive storms and the effect he's having on the other Titans. It's almost like he's reshaping the planet to his own liking.
Dr. Serizawa: These legends, what did they call him?
Dr. Chen: Ghidorah, the one who is many.
~ Ghidorah origins.

While Ghidorah's past is largely unknown, however, there are some hints to where he came from: the legends state that he was a younger son who left his home because he could not inherit any portions of it for himself, which implies there may have been even stronger members of his species on his homeworld, but there would be no conceivable way the ancient humans to have known this. It is known that he arrived on Earth from another world in the past, seeking to convert it into a habitat suitable for himself. Ghidorah's goals would then bring him into conflict with Godzilla a number of times, who would continuously foil his attempts to terraform the planet, turning the two into bitter enemies. At some point, Ghidorah was frozen in Antarctica and kept in suspended animation for several million years.

Kong: Skull Island

In 1973, after the discovery of Kong on Skull Island by James Conrad and Mason Weaver, Ghidorah appeared as a cameo on two cave paintings during a brief slide show, the first was by himself and the other depicting an epic battle between him and Godzilla.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

In the present, Emma Russell, Madison Russell, Alan Jonah and his eco-terrorist organization go to Antarctica to free Ghidorah, as they believe that he will be able to complete their goals to let the monsters overthrow humanity. Upon being released, Ghidorah instantly destroys everything in his path, before Godzilla arrives and tries stopping him, but Ghidorah manages to defeat Godzilla by shooting him with his gravity beams and knocking him into the crater Ghidorah came out of. Ghidorah proceeds to kill Dr. Vivienne Graham and eat her, and then flies away after being attacked by Monarch jets and the Argo. After locating Ghidorah, Monarch manages to lead Rodan, who was awakened by Emma, to Ghidorah's location planning to have the two kill each other, but it ends up with Ghidorah easily defeating Rodan, before going after Monarch. However, before he can kill them, Godzilla comes and stops him from doing it and tackles Ghidorah into the ocean, but once again Ghidorah manages to defeat Godzilla, this time more devastatingly than last time. Godzilla does get up again though and rips off one of Ghidorah's heads, but the military had something else in mind; using a de-oxygenator called an Oxygen Destroyer to kill both of them. Godzilla is hit by the Oxygen Destroyer and seemingly dies, but Ghidorah survives the attack, flying away and preparing to get his plan in motion now that his main opposition is dead.

Ghidorah flies to the volcano that Rodan used to be imprisoned in and regenerates his lost head by absorbing energy. Rodan flies to Ghidorah and, recognizing him as the new Alpha Titan, submits to him by bowing, becoming his loyal servant. Ghidorah begins to awaken other titans across the world to become his henchmen as well, and he and minions set across the globe to massacre entire cities with no opposition. Ghidorah and Rodan team up to wreak havoc on Washington D.C. However, Godzilla is revealed to be barely alive and recuperating in his lair within the submerged and highly radioactive ruins of an ancient city; and, knowing that it will take years for him to return to his full strength and engage Ghidorah again, Dr. Serizawa sacrifices himself to manually detonate a nuclear warhead which fully rejuvenates and empowers Godzilla. Ghidorah is lured to Boston by Madison Russell activating a device known as the Orca, and upon arriving there he starts chasing Madison, who is carrying the Orca, before Godzilla arrives. Mothra and Rodan start fighting, while Godzilla and Ghidorah battle to the death. Ghidorah is winning again, until Godzilla gets atomic and thus becomes more powerful, and nearly defeats Ghidorah. But Ghidorah decides to absorb electricity to get more powerful as well, and becomes stronger than Godzilla again. Ghidorah once again defeats Godzilla and manages to get Godzilla down on the ground by carrying him up in the sky before dropping him back to earth but as he's about to kill him, Mothra comes and sacrifices herself after defeating Rodan.

Ghidorah starts absorbing Godzilla's energy. The Russell family try escaping from the ongoing chaos, and to prevent that anything bad happens, Emma distracts Ghidorah by driving with her car in front of him with the Orca so that he would chase her. Ghidorah kills her, but the rest of the family manage to escape. Godzilla awakens again, but this time gaining a glowing fiery form full of atomic energy and maximum radiation, activating a nuclear pulse that obliterates Ghidorah's wings. Ghidorah attempts to use his Gravity Beams on Godzilla; instead of injuring Godzilla, his beams inadvertently and seemingly charges up Godzilla's next nuclear pulse explosion, this time disintegrating Ghidorah's two side heads. Finally, Godzilla stomps on top of Ghidorah's body and crushes it in an electrical explosion. Once the explosion dies out, the city of Boston is left in ruins. When the dust clears, Ghidorah's last remaining still-living head emerges from the rubble, but is hanging from Godzilla's jaws. After a struggle, Godzilla fires his atomic breath which disintegrates the head, avenging the deaths of Mothra, Dr. Graham and Emma and finally destroying Ghidorah for good. Nevertheless, the other Titans who were awakened, including Rodan, begin to accept Godzilla as their new leader. In the aftermath, rather than having the planet reset back to its natural order, Godzilla instead forced the Titans to undo the wrongdoings of mankind by repairing all the damage caused to Earth, leaving the plans of both Ghidorah and Jonah in vain.

However, the post-credits scene shows Jonah with one of Ghidorah's heads, the one that Godzilla ripped off earlier, and planning on using it for unknown purposes.

Godzilla vs. Kong

Five years later, the skull of King Ghidorah's left head, AKA Kevin, is used by an organization called Apex Cybernetics to control Mechagodzilla, which Apex planned to use to kill all kaiju so the human race would replace them as the dominant species. However, thanks to the Hollow Earth, Ghidorah's consciousness awakens and takes control of the robot to take revenge and kill most of the people who worked at Apex. Ghidorah's influence was ultimately ended when Godzilla and Kong destroyed Mechagodzilla, thus finally bringing an end to Ghidorah and his evil legacy once and for all.

Personality

It wasn't the expression of one animal that had bested another, or of a predator regarding its prey. Ghidorah enjoyed killing. He lived for it.
~ The film novelization on Ghidorah's sadism.

Ghidorah, as he often is in the Godzilla franchise, is a malicious creature who frequently commits sadistic acts. That said, Ghidorah isn't shown to be as openly sadistic as previous incarnations as most of his singular human victims are people who got in his way, rather than complete innocents; for example he kills the soldiers in Antarctica because they were attacking him, went after Madison and Emma because they have the Orca and destroyed the jets in Boston because they were attacking him. There are only two times he goes after innocent people unprovoked; he eats Graham in Antarctica despite her running away and tries to destroy the Argo despite it fleeing away from him after he defeats Rodan.

Ghidorah, while his middle head occasionally smiles sadistically, never shows the sadism he had in the Showa films where he frequently cackled when causing mayhem. Also, though he's still a destroyer being, it's stated that he wants to only cause destruction to terraform the Earth to his liking rather than completely destroy it, unlike the one in Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster and nothing says he has destroyed others planets before.

Ghidorah, despite being revealed to be an alien, is very intelligent and aware of the consequences his actions cause. He is surprisingly capable of manipulation, managing to get multiple titans to help him with his goals in destroying big parts of humanity to adapt the environment to him. Ghidorah and Godzilla have been archenemies for an unspecified amount of time, but most likely they've been enemies for a very long time. When he usurped the title of King from Godzilla, he was somewhat strict with the Titans, having little tolerance for rebellion. This is seen when he threatens Mothra and later kills her with his beams when she refused to submit to him. He also has a taste for control, as he gets angry each time he loses control of the Titans because of the Orca device. Because of his goal to destroy the ecosystem of Earth with no benefit but his own, one can say he is self-centered.

Ghidorah's heads each have different personalities. The middle one is obviously the leader of the other heads and the colder, more focused of the three and also the more psychopathic, sadistic and intelligently evil as he occasionally smiled sadistically when about to kill humans. The head on the right is more focused on battle, smarter and not as calm as the others but doesn't show that much sadism or evilness compared to the middle head. The head on the left is the calmest of the three and also the most harmless and less intelligent, being very unfocused on battle and preferring to analyze what is happening out of curiosity, leading into the middle head sometimes being disappointed in the left head, as shown by occasionally snapping at it. The left head initially shows curiosity towards humans when Ghidorah wakes up, as he responds to the G-Team who shoots him by bending his neck to take a closer look and even rubbing one of them with his chin; he attacks the G-Team in unison with the other two heads only after the middle head forcefully pushed it back to work.

When Ghidorah sees Godzilla for the first time since waking up, the left head seems hesitant to face him, unlike the other two heads who challenge Godzilla with defiance; although the left head looks a little more confident when Godzilla is fighting Ghidorah for the alpha position in Boston. The left head appears to function as a sentry during the battle in Antarctica, rearing up and looking mainly while the other two heads engage Godzilla, and watching when Godzilla's tail fins light up before he uses his atomic breath. Micheal Dougherty even stated that the left head would probably not cause destruction or mayhem if it was up to its own will. However, when the left head regenerated after being severed by Godzilla, he became just as dangerous and ruthless as the two other heads. He does not regain his harmless traits when his consciousness was transferred into MechaGodzilla.

Faced with imminent death, Ghidorah is visibly afraid as Godzilla begins to cremate him with thermonuclear impulses, and when he doesn't have the upper hand, he starts to panic as seen during the under water battle with Godzilla.

When Ghidorah was revived into MechaGodzilla, he proves to be exactly the same as he was before, taking the opportunity to destroy and kill every thing he encounters in his way. He became also more pragmatic by immediately attacking Godzilla when he saw him and considering others things as less important. It proves Ghidorah is vengeful over his previous defeat. But more important, this proves there is nothing redeemable about Ghidorah and that he is a completely evil monster who only cares about death and destruction.

Appearance

Like Ghidorah's previous incarnations, he resembles a gigantic bipedal dragon with three heads on long serpentine necks, two twin 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 Ghidorah's wings are still gold in color, but are made of smooth skin and not covered in scales. Like his 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 his Heisei incarnation, with a set of horns on each side as opposed to his Showa incarnation's single pair of horns and manes of hair.

Unlike the Heisei Ghidorah, each of Ghidorah's heads has ten horns, five on each side instead of eight and one of the right head's horns is chipped. These horns are also slightly larger and more curved, while the left head's horns appear to be straighter than the others, as opposed to the thin straight horns of the Heisei design. Depending on Ghidorah's emotions, the horns can also flare up or flare down. There is also a small ridge atop each head. All three of King Ghidorah's necks are very muscular in addition to being very long. Two rows of spikes run down the back of his center neck, while the left and right necks feature one row apiece. The undersides of his necks glow yellow when he is charging his gravity beams. King Ghidorah's central neck is positioned in front of his left and right necks much like Keizer Ghidorah's, whereas all of his previous incarnations of the character had their middle neck positioned behind the others. Ghidorah's heads each have crocodilian-looking jaws with flaring nostrils, forked tongues, and brows with a generally furrowed appearance.

Ghidorah's body was considerably thinner than that of his past incarnations, with the outline of his ribcage visible through his skin. Unlike Ghidorah's past incarnations, he had defined arms which extend into his wings, with talons at the end of each fold. His wings are much larger than those of his past incarnations and attach to his body well below his hips. When fully outstretched, they extend well above his heads. This incarnation also uses his wings for support when standing at times. King Ghidorah's legs are thin but muscular, with his knees bent forward in such a way that he has a slight forward hunch while his feet have at least four digits with defined claws. King Ghidorah's tails end in spiky retractable fans similar to his Heisei incarnation. When Ghidorah's left head is ripped off, his blood is shown to be black and oil-like.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

  • Dragon Titan Physiology: As an extraterrestrial dragon titan, Ghidorah was incredibly powerful; as he possesses several physical and supernatural attributes that surpasses that of other titans. The only titan who is capable of rivalling Ghidorah in terms of "raw power"; is Godzilla.
    • Advanced Strength: Ghidorah was much stronger than humans and other titans; for example, he was strong enough to carry Godzilla thousands of feet into the air with little effort, before dropping him onto the ground. The only titan who is capable of rivalling Ghidorah in terms of "physical strength"; is Godzilla.
    • Advanced Durability: Ghidorah was far more durable than humans and other titans; for example, his golden scales make him highly impervious to any form of weaponry, including the Oxygen Destroyer. He was also able to withstand a full-force charge from both Rodan and Godzilla, as well as the sheer power of Godzilla's atomic breath. However, even Ghidorah could not withstand the thermonuclear pulses released by Godzilla in his burning form, which easily melted away his wings and heads within seconds. Even after the complete destruction of his entire body, Ghidorah's center head still continued to struggle while in Godzilla's jaws and was only destroyed when he was incinerated by the latter's atomic breath.
    • Advanced Speed: Ghidorah was much faster than humans and other titans; for example, each of his heads were very flexible and quick, able to lash out and quickly strike their intended target(s) like snakes. When Ghidorah was flying at his top speed, he could reach up to 550 knots, when he was on the ground, he was able to run at great speeds. The only titan who is capable of rivalling Ghidorah in terms of "physical speed"; is Godzilla.
    • Advanced Stamina: Ghidorah possessed far more stamina than humans and most other titans; allowing him to remain physically active for long periods of time.
    • Bio-electrical Nature: Ghidorah's skin was covered with traces of gold which act as a conductor that carries bioelectrical currents throughout his body. He had electro-receptor molecular biology and can conduct electrical currents, make water vapor heat up to extreme levels, and create localized storm systems, otherworldly tempests of thunder and lightning.
    • Energy Drain: Ghidorah was able to bite down onto power lines and absorb the power to himself, significantly boosting his strength. He was also able to siphon the life force of his opponent(s) through his bite, attempting to do so on Godzilla during their final battle in Boston.
    • Ghidorah firing his gravity beams.

      Gravity Beams: Ghidorah's weapon of choice is his gravity beams, concentrated beams of powerful electricity which he can generate, create and project from each of his three mouths. Much like how Godzilla's dorsal plates glow whenever he is about to release his atomic breath, Ghidorah's throats and eyes glow before he fires his gravity beams. After absorbing enough amount of power, Ghidorah could even project gravity beams from the tips of his wings. The beams were golden in color and they were more than powerful enough to obliterate humans, buildings and aircraft. These gravity beams were so powerful, that when Mothra was struck by all three at once, she was almost immediately disintegrated. This did not affect Godzilla in his fiery form, as it had no effect on him and seemingly charges up his last nuclear pulse attack.
    • Rattling: Similar to rattlesnakes, Ghidorah can use the spikes on his twin tails to create a rattling sound as a form of intimidation.
    • Hurricane Winds: Ghidorah had hyper-tensile muscle tendons in his wings that were capable of generating hurricane-force winds while he is in flight.
    • Flight: Due to Ghidorah's wings; he could fly at high speeds and at high altitudes.
    • Accelerated Healing Factor: Ghidorah could heal/regenerate much faster, more extensively, and efficiently than humans and other titans; for example, he was able to regenerate one of his three heads that was torn off by Godzilla almost instantaneously. He was also able to heal tears in his wing membranes during his fight with Godzilla in Boston.
    • Telepathy: Due to the fact the immense length of Ghidorah's necks would normally interfere with how quickly the beast could receive and interpret sensory information, Ghidorah ended up evolving telepathy so that his heads could communicate with each other instantaneously, thus bypassing any information lag he might experience. Later, when his remains were used to construct Mechagodzilla, the remnants of the left head of Ghidorah's consciousness would use his telepathic abilities to possess the robot and turn it against its own creators.
    • Undeath: Ghidorah's decapitated left head, though seemingly dead to the point that it decomposed to a skull, retained some vestiges of Ghidorah's will and intent; enough that when Mechagodzilla was fully powered up, Ghidorah caused the mech to operate independently of a human pilot and begin killing any human it came across as well as trying to kill both Godzilla and Kong.

Abilities

  • Genius-level Intellect/Leader: Ghidorah was amazingly intelligent; as each of his heads possessed different levels of cognitive function and independent thought. His middle head was the most intelligent by acting as the leader, while his left and right heads were more akin to it's lackeys or trained dogs.
  • Alpha Call: When Ghidorah became the alpha titan, he was able to let out a powerful call that can be heard by titans all over the world and make them compliant to his commands. However, this cry only works on lesser titans and did not work on other titans with their own alpha status; such as Godzilla, Mothra and Kong, who were unaffected by Ghidorah's cry. When Godzilla destroyed him, Ghidorah no longer had this ability.
  • Advanced Combatant: Ghidorah's intimidation style was very similar to that of a king cobra. Much like cobras rise up their head and spread their neck, Ghidorah rises up his three heads and spreads his ginormous wings, making himself appear twice as large as Godzilla. Ghidorah can also use his wings, jaws, claws and two tails in combat against other kaiju such as Godzilla. Although he resembles a three-headed dragon, his combat style is similar to that of snakes; quickly lashing out and biting onto opponent(s). Also like that of a snake, Ghidorah was seen coiling his prehensile necks around Godzilla several times in an attempt to strangle him to death. Ghidorah could also use his massive wings as a shield, tucking his heads behind them to protect himself from projectiles.
  • Advanced Bite: Ghidorah has a particularly strong and powerful bite, either because of his sharp teeth, jaw-muscles, unusual jaw-structure or some other reason. Exactly what he could bite depends on the jaw-strength, resilience of his teeth/bite-surface and his shape.
  • Sharp Teeth: Each of Ghidorah's three heads possess powerful jaws lined with sharp teeth that are capable of biting through most materials. For example, he was able to bite into Godzilla's reptilian skin during his battle with him in Antarctica and in Boston.
  • Constricting Necks: Similar to that of pythons, boa constrictors and anacondas, Ghidorah can use his three prehensile serpentine necks to wrap around and tighten opponents like Godzilla in combat, possibly to constrict them to death.
  • Twin Tails: Ghidorah possesses two prehensile tails with retractable spikes on the ends that can be used as formidable weapons. During his fight with Godzilla in Boston, he used his tails to restrain him while lifting Godzilla into the atmosphere before dropping him.

Weaknesses

  • Freezing Temperatures: Ghidorah was neutralized by freezing solid in ice after being rendered inert by Godzilla in Antarctica; this incapacitated him for centuries to millennia and Ghidorah only recovered; due to human interference deliberately freeing him from the ice.
  • Limited Durability: Although Ghidorah was incredibly durable, he did have his limits; for example, he could not withstand the thermonuclear pulses that Godzilla released in his burning form; which incinerated Ghidorah's wings and two of his heads in a matter of seconds.
  • Water: Because Ghidorah's physical structure was that of an airborne creature; he was not entirely suited to move underwater. When Godzilla dragged him into the ocean near Isla de Mara; Ghidorah struggled to fight back and ended up getting his left head easily decapitated by the former.

Relationships

Godzilla

Godzilla was King Ghidorah's primary arch-enemy. Dr. Serizawa described their rivalry as "unique". They both despised each other as both wished to rule as the alpha titan, as well as because Ghidorah was a threat to the natural order Godzilla embodied. Godzilla was also the only serious threat to Ghidorah's plan to remake the world in his image. They had fought over the course of history for the title of alpha titan. When Godzilla and Ghidorah met again in Antarctica, they had an immense amount of fury as shown by the many growls, scowls and multiple roars both made.

Ghidorah also took pleasure in brutally torturing and nearly killing Godzilla. Ghidorah fights Godzilla three times over the course of the movie and becomes the alpha titan again. However, Ghidorah ended up getting killed by Godzilla in which he then retakes his title as the alpha titan.

Mothra

Mothra is one of Ghidorah's enemies. She rejected his alpha call and immediately sided with Godzilla over him.

In Boston, Mothra attacked him without hesitation and it was shown she had no problem killing him. Even when she and Godzilla were brutally beaten, she still refused to back down to him and was willing to sacrifice herself for Godzilla. Ghidorah would then kill her for opposing him.

Rodan

Rodan and Ghidorah were initially enemies. When Rodan woke up from his volcano and encountered Ghidorah, the two engaged in battle. Ghidorah won and blasted Rodan into the ocean, though he didn't kill Rodan and spared him likely due to later use. After Ghidorah seemingly defeated Godzilla and became the Alpha titan, Rodan bowed to Ghidorah and became his right-hand man, seeing Ghidorah as the Alpha titan. Rodan and Ghidorah teamed up to cause destruction in Washington D.C. Rodan even saved Ghidorah from Mothra during the final battle in Boston as Mothra was attacking him.

Trivia

  • This is the first incarnation of Ghidorah to appear in an American-made film.
  • At an estimated 521 feet in height, this is the largest live-action incarnation of King Ghidorah and the second largest Kaiju in the entire franchise (next to his anime counterpart).
  • This is the first incarnation of King Ghidorah to have the ability to regenerate his heads, while Grand King Ghidorah, however, regenerated an entire body from a tail.
  • This incarnation of Ghidorah is the second kaiju to almost kill Godzilla in the MonsterVerse, following the M.U.T.O.s.
  • Director Michael Dougherty revealed on his Twitter that, during the production of the film, he named King Ghidorah's individual heads. The center one being named Ichi, the right head is named Ni, and the left head is named Kevin, or sometimes San.
  • Unlike the MUTOs and the Skullcrawlers as they were simply animals (if intelligent ones) acting on instinct, King Ghidorah is one of the two monsters in the MonsterVerse who are genuinely malevolent, alongside with the Skull Devil. Though he is more evil because his plan concerns the whole Earth rather than just a localized place.
  • The theme of Ghidorah has a Buddhist chant, the Heart Sutra, which refers to the phenomenon of Sūnyata, that everything comes from nothing and comes back to nothing. In fact, Sūnyata also means Zero, as his nickname Monster Zero.
  • The movie does not show really Ghidorah's sadism, as while he sometimes will kill or attempt to kill innocent people (such as eating Graham and trying to destroy the Argo while it's running away from him), he normally only attacks people when they are shooting him or have the Orca, though his sadism is occasionally implied by his smiles when he is about to attack or kill someone (though this really only applies to the middle head with the right head being more pragmatic and simply aggressive but not outright sadistic and the left head being more curious and playful than anything). The novelization however, explains more this element by a citation : "It wasn't the expression of one animal that had bested another, or of a predator regarding its prey. Ghidorah enjoyed killing. He lived for it." The novelization also explains his storm generated by his wings would allow to cover the Earth in an endless hurricane that would destroy all life on Earth in no time, something not mentioned in the movie.
  • Ghidorah in a sense, represents the climatic change. He is released from Antarctica, creates powerful hurricanes who destabilize completely the whether and makes terraforming not compatible with life, like humans activities in real world damaged the whether and the atmosphere.
  • Although he is obviously the archenemy of Godzilla, he shares more differences with Mothra.
    • Mothra is associated with insects, Ghidorah with reptiles.
    • Mothra's passage clears the sky of any clouds while Ghidorah creates catastrophic tempests in his track.
    • Mothra is actively worshipped by some humans even in the present time while with Ghidorah, the humans want nothing to do with him.
    • Mothra is actively benevolent towards any form of life in Earth; Ghidorah, on the other hand, is actively malevolent towards life.
    • Mothra is associated with life and has a theme who is associated with grace and hope while Ghidorah brings death and has a very dark theme associated with fear.
    • Mothra is multicolored while Ghidorah's colors is only brown and gold.
    • Mothra's relationship with Godzilla is symbiotic and possibly romantic while Ghidorah's relationship with Godzilla is one of animosity and shared hate.
    • Mothra allies with others Titans via symbiose and common goals whereas Ghidorah dominates Titans to force them into obedience.
  • Ghidorah's inability to cope with the water is the reason of his congelation and imprisonment in the ices of Antarctica. Long time ago, he fought with Godzilla and the latter dragged him into the water. The water froze, imprisoning the dragon.
  • Ghidorah's presence has inspired several myths in the universe, like the Greek Hydra and like him; as he can regenerate his head. He also gets killed the same way, by being burned.
  • Ghidorah was the antagonist of an early script draft of Godzilla (2014), after crashing in the Arctic during the last ice age and being kept frozen in the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository (a MONARCH cover), before escaping and fighting Godzilla in San Francisco. Gareth Edwards, who felt that Ghidorah (being an alien) did not fit the film's "wrath of nature" theme, and to avoid similarities to the popular alien film Transformers (2007), removed him.
  • When designing the dragon, he wanted to create a "unique" design that still looked like the previous versions of Ghidorah and worked closely with Toho to make sure the new design respected past incarnations; he also studied various animals, especially king cobras, in order to add a sense of realism to the design.
  • The way Ghidorah is presented has satanic undertones. Dr. Graham's notes call him the Devil; in the last book of the Bible, the devil appears as a dragon with many heads; in Dante's Inferno, the devil is pictured as a three-headed monster stuck in a frozen lake in the last circle of hell. In the movie proper, he is stated to be a great dragon fallen from the stars (an analogy with the heavens). But the most blatant reference is in a scene where he makes his powerful call to the Titans on Rodan's volcano under a scorching sky while a cross in foreground occupies an half of the screen.
  • Like his other counterparts, he can lift Godzilla off the ground.

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Meowrice | Meowrice's Henchmen | Mouse King | Mouse Queen | Joker | Phantasm | Salvatore Valestra | Arthur Reeves | Chuckie Sol | Buzz Bronski | Grundel Toad | Berkeley Beetle | Mr. Mole | Mrs. Toad | Ms. Fieldmouse | Queen Gnorga | King Llort | Darla Dimple | Max | Mrs. Prysselius | Thunder Karlsson and Bloom | Ruber | Griffin | Ruber's Minions | Bladebeak | Eric Cartman | Saddam Hussein | Sheila Broflovski | Satan | Mr. Garrison | Chef | Randy Marsh | Shelly Marsh | Gerald Broflovski | Kent Mansley | Kralahome | Master Little | The Jokerz (Dee Dee Twins, Chucko & Woof) | Count Grisham | Cheswick | Mojo Jojo | Gangreen Gang | Anubis | Seto Kaiba | Dark Yugi | Pegasus J. Crawford | Mokuba Kaiba | Marik Ishtar | Ebenezer Scrooge Puppet | Barkis Bittern | Maudeline Everglot | Stan Beals | Wasps | Noah the Elder | Leopard Seal | Aguila | Stone Generals (Gato & Mono) | Karai | Foot Clan | Eddy's Brother | Kanker Sisters | Kevin | Sarah | Surtr | Nyra | Kludd | Allomere | Jatt and Jutt | Pure Ones | Lord Business | Super Secret Police (Bad Cop & Sheriff Not-A-Robot) | Duplo Aliens | Mr. Ross | Future Mordecai | Rigby | Benson Dunwoody | Muscle Man | Hunter | Pigeon Toady | Wolf Pack | Penguins | Joker (Lego) | Harley Quinn (Lego) | Phantom Zone Criminals | Catwoman (Lego) | Poison Ivy (Lego) | Two-Face (Lego) | Lord Garmadon | Slade (Teen Titans Go!) | Balloon Man (Teen Titans Go!) | Lex Luthor (Teen Titans Go!) | Stonekeeper | Rex Dangervest | Velociraptors (Lego) | Foot Clan (Shredder) | League of Assassins (Ra's al Ghul (Batman vs. TMNT), Ubu (Batman vs. TMNT) & Talia al Ghul (Batman vs. TMNT)) | Joker (Batman vs. TMNT) | Harley Quinn (Batman vs. TMNT) | Scarecrow (Batman vs. TMNT) | Mr. Freeze (Batman vs. TMNT) | Poison Ivy (Batman vs. TMNT) | Bane (Batman vs. TMNT) | Two-Face (Batman vs. TMNT) | Penguin (Batman vs. TMNT) | Hexagon (Trigon (TTG) & Trigon (Original)) | Spinel | Pink Diamond | Scorpion | Quan Chi | Shang Tsung | Goro | Shao Kahn | Kano | Baraka | Reptile | Moloch | Motaro | Dick Dastardly (2020) | Muttley (2020) | Rotten Robots | Dusty | Cerberus

Live Action Films
Rhedosaurus | Giant Carpenter Ants | Jack Torrance | Hotel Caretaker | Lorraine Massey | Socs (Bob Sheldon, Randy Adderson, Paul Hoden & David) | Mrs. Cade | Scut Farkus | Grover Dill | Stripe | Ruby Deagle | Gremlins | Mama Fratelli | Audrey II | Orin Scrivello | Mr. Igoe | Max | David | Sergeant Nagata | Beetlejuice | Sandworms | Joker | Bob the Goon | Alicia Hunt | Carl Grissom | Max Eckhardt | Vinnie Ricorso | Joe Chill | Witches (Grand High Witch, Susan Irvine, Nicola Cuttle, Pamela, Lois Leffour, Mildred, Elizabeth, Henrietta, Jacqueline & Beatrice) | Brain Gremlin | Daffy | George | Lenny | Secretary Gremlin | Bat Gremlin | Electric Gremlin | Cushing Catheter | Penguin | Max Shreck | Catwoman | Red Triangle Circus Gang | Charles "Chip" Shreck | Switchblade Sam | Dr. Charles Nichols | Frederick Sykes | Lawrence Van Dough | Ferguson | HAL 9000 | Lestat | Armand | Santiago | Clarice Kensington | Miss Minchin | Riddler | Two-Face | Sugar | Spice | NygmaTech (Frogmen) | Neon Gang | Salvatore Maroni | Jonas Miller | Mr. Swackhammer | Monstars | Martians (Martian Leader, Martian Ambassador & Martian Girl) | John Wesley | Poison Ivy | Mr. Freeze | Bane | Grant Frost | Agent Smith | Cypher | Agents (Agent Jones, Agent Brown & Agent Johnson) | Susan McCallister | Jim Whitlock | Mako Sharks | William Wharton | Percy Wetmore | Mr. Tinkles | Thrax | Mayor Phlegmming | Bruiser | Joe Cramp | Thrax's Henchmen | Jeremy Melton | Scrappy-Doo | N' Goo Tuana | Zarkos | Demons | Luna Ghost | Akasha | Spiders (Consuela & Tank) | Mr. Chairman | Bob Smith | Robo Dog | Jonathan Jacobo | Clara Dalrymple | Sir Trenton | Trenton's Pride | Ra's al Ghul | Scarecrow | Carmine Falcone | League of Shadows (Decoy of Ra's al Ghul) | Victor Zsasz | Joe Chill | Arthur Slugworth | V | Adam Sutler | Lewis Prothero | Norsefire | Peter Creedy | Colonel Coetzee | Captain Poison | Zodiac Killer | Arthur Leigh Allen | Xerxes | Agent 23 | Siegfried | Dalip | Joker | Two-Face | Sal Maroni | Gambol | Joker's Thugs | Principal Deedle | Ezekial Gallows | Prudence Prufrock | Lord Henry Blackwood | Lord Coward | Esther Coleman | Decoy Queen | Kitty Galore | Paws | Mayor Brown | Wanda Grubwort | Lake Monster | Mal Cobb | Blue Jones | Angelique Bouchard | Dr. Julia Hoffman | Bane | Talia al Ghul | Barsad | Catwoman | John Daggett | Tom Buchanan | Jay Gatsby | Myrtle Wilson | George Wilson | Daisy Buchanan | Precursors | Kaiju (Trespasser, Knifehead, Mutavore, Otachi, Leatherback, Raiju, Scunner & Slattern) | Artemisia | M.U.T.O. | Dr. Mann | Victoria Vinciguerra | Léon Rom | Skull Devil | Preston Packard | It | Bowers Gang (Henry Bowers, Patrick Hockstetter, Belch Huggins & Vic Criss) | Alvin Marsh | Butch Bowers | Mathias Vogel | Ana Miller | Nolan Sorrento | Innovative Online Industries (I-R0k, F’Nale Zandor & Sixers) | Claire Wyden | Brett Wyden | George, Ralph and Lizzie | The Meg | Jack Morris | Shere Khan | Tabaqui | Howard Clifford | Ditto | Sebastian | Ann Laurent | King Ghidorah | Rodan | Alan Jonah | Asher Jonah | Emma Russell | The Banana Splits (Fleegle, Drooper, Snorky & Bingo) | Poppy | Karl | Leo | Cry Baby | Kelly | The Principal | The Biology Teacher | Tom Rogan | Arthur Fleck | Penny Fleck | Randall | Clowns (Joker) (Clown & Ambulance Clown) | Wall Street Three | Penny Fleck's Boyfriend | Rose the Hat | The True Knot | Andrei Sator | Priya Singh | Terrance Mendoza | Butch | Mechagodzilla | Apex Cybernetics (Walter Simmons, Ren Serizawa, & Maia Simmons) | Warbats | Hellhawks

Shorts
Daffy Duck | Sylvester | Tasmanian Devil | Wile E. Coyote | Elmer Fudd | Yosemite Sam | Marvin the Martian | Instant Martians | Gossamer | Tom | Jerry | Spike

Television
The Grinch | Cousin Mel | I.M. Slime | Snow Miser | Heat Miser | North Wind

See Also
Adventure Time Villains | Batman Villains | Ben 10 Villains | Catwoman Villains | Cats & Dogs Villains | Cartoon Network Villains | DC Extended Universe Villains | Eraser Villains | Game of Thrones Villains | Gremlins Villains | Hanna-Barbera Cinematic Universe Villains | Harry Potter Villains | Lethal Weapons Villains | Looney Tunes Villains | Melanie Martinez Villains | Middle-Earth Villains | MonsterVerse Villains | Mortal Kombat Villains | New Line Cinema Villains | Pokemon Villains | Powerpuff Girls Villains | Primal Villains | Regular Show Villains | Rick and Morty Villains | Robot Chicken Villains | Rush Hour Villains | Samurai Jack Villains | Scooby-Doo Villains | Steven Universe Villains | Superman Villains | The Banana Splits Movie Villains | The Conjuring Villains | The LEGO Movie Villains | The Matrix Villains | Tom and Jerry Villains | TMNT Villains | Wild Wild West Villains | Xiaolin Showdown Villains | Yu-Gi-Oh! Villains

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Movies
Anguirus | Alan Jonah | Baby Zilla | Baragon | Battra | Biollante | Chuck Wilson | Clark Nelson | Controller of Planet X | Controller X | Dagahra | Desghidorah | Destoroyah | Dogora | Dr. Shinzo Mafune | Dr. Susumu Okubo | Ebirah | Emma Russell | Fire Dragon | Futurians | Gabara | Gaira | Gezora | Gigan | Giant Boa | Godzilla (FiliusShin) | Gorosaurus | Hedorah | Kamacuras | Keizer Ghidorah | Kilaaks | King Ghidorah (Showa19911998AnimeMonsterVerse) | Kumonga | Kuronuma | M Space Hunter Nebula Aliens | M.U.T.O. | Malness | Manda | Matango | Mechagodzilla (AnimeMonsterVerse) | Megaguirus | Megalon | Metphies | Millennians | Millennian UFO | Mitsuo Katagiri | Moguera | Mugal | Mulu-elu Galu-gu | Oodako | Orga | Preston Packard | Queen Kilaak | Red Bamboo | Rodan (MonsterVerse) | Servum | Skull Devil | SpaceGodzilla | SSS9 | Titanosaurus | Varan | Xiliens | Yog | Zilla

Television
Alexandra Springer | Battra | Cameron Winter | Destoroyah | Dororin | Gigan | Godzilla | Hedorah | King Ghidorah (Showa) | M Space Hunter Nebula Aliens | Megalon | SpaceGodzilla | Xiliens | Zilla (Cyber-Zilla)

Video Games
Anguirus | Bagan | Battra | Biollante | Desghidorah | Destoroyah | Ebirah | Gabara | General Gyozen | Gezora | Gigan | Godzilla | Gorosaurus | Hedorah | Kamacuras | Keizer Ghidorah | King Ghidorah | Krystalak | Kumonga | Mechagodzilla | Megaguirus | Megalon | Millennians | Obsidius | Orga | Rodan | SpaceGodzilla | Titanosaurus | Xiliens | Zilla

Comics and Manga
Bagorah | Battra | Biollante | Cryog | Destoroyah | Ebirah | Gezora | Gigan | Godzilla | Hedorah | Kamacuras | Keizer Ghidorah | King Ghidorah | Kumonga | M Space Hunter Nebula Aliens | Manda | Mechagodzilla | Mechani-Kong | Megaguirus | Megalon | Mugal | Orga | Rodan | Ryota Takahashi | Shinomura | SpaceGodzilla | Titanosaurus | Trilopods | Zilla

Other
King Ghidorah (Godzilla vs. Evangelion)

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Movies
Godzilla: M.U.T.O.
Kong: Skull Island: Skullcrawlers (Skull Devil) | Preston Packard | Mother Longlegs
Godzilla: King of the Monsters: King Ghidorah | Rodan | Alan Jonah | Asher Jonah | Emma Russell | M.U.T.O.
Godzilla vs. Kong: Mechagodzilla | Apex Cybernetics (Walter Simmons, Ren Serizawa, & Maia Simmons) | Skullcrawlers

Comics
Shinomura | M.U.T.O. Prime | Walter R. Riccio | Camazotz

See Also
King Kong Villains | Godzilla Villains

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