Since debuting on the big screen in 1954, Godzilla has battled lots of other gigantic mutant monsters. Some have been cool – Mothra, Rodan – and some were ridiculous. Let’s hope the new Godzilla movie doesn’t feature any of these.
Run for your lives! It’s…a giant shrimp with lobster claws. In 1966’s Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster, Ebirah was no match for Godzilla. He made short work of the titular sea monster, blasting him with his atomic breath, and tearing off his claws, forcing Ebirah to retreat back into the ocean.
A weather experiment goes terribly wrong at the beginning of 1967’s Son of Godzilla, transforming a gang of several praying mantises into Godzilla-sized super bugs. They unwisely go after Minilla, Godzilla’s newborn son. Godzilla goes into protector mode and quickly puts the smack down on the Kamacuras.
To drum up interest in 1973’s Godzilla vs. Megalon, the Toho movie studio came up with a “create a new monster” contest for Japanese children. The winning entry was a giant robot, which Toho executives named Jet Jaguar. In addition to looking like a knockoff of Ultraman, a popular sci-fi character at the time, the robot spent most of the movie human-sized, only growing super-large for the finale.
After a five-year absence from the silver screen, Godzilla returned in 1989’s Godzilla vs. Biollante. In this one, Godzilla took on Biollante, a bizarre biological experiment crafted by genetic engineers. The monster was created by mixing some of Godzilla’s own DNA with some from a human…and some from a rose. The strange creature looked like a cross between a flower and a squashed alligator. At the end of the movie, Godzilla manages to defeat the mixed-up monster by spitting his atomic breath into its gaping maw.