Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Top Five Favorite Godzilla Foes.

I love Godzilla.

No... I mean I R-E-A-L-L-Y love Godzilla.

I have every Godzilla film on DVD. I've got posters and vinyl characters and action figures. Hell, I even have a rare set of Godzilla nesting dolls! Over the past fifty years, Godzilla has battled some mighty powerful enemies. Ranging from robots to aliens and everything in between, the Godzilla Rogues Gallery is packed full of awesome combatants. This list is a countdown of my five favorite Godzilla Foes. Please note that kaiju whom have historically been allies of Godzilla are not included on this list (like Anguirus or Mothra). Here we go!

5. Titanosaurus - Even though he's only had a starring role in one film, Titanosaurus is no push-over. He appears in the 1975 film Terror of MechaGodzilla. In actuality, Titanosaurus is a peaceful monster. Leave it to a mad scientist with the power of mind control to turn him evil. His ability to stand toe-to-toe (claw-to-claw?) with Godzilla puts him on this list. He proved that he could dish out just as much punishment as Godzilla. Not to mention, he's an aquatic-based creature, which is something I can really dig. All the while, Titanosaurus sports one of the best kaiju designs from the Showa era.

4. Gigan - If there's a bully in the Godzilla Universe, it has to be Gigan. For lack of a better word, Gigan is a total jerk. He behaves like a schoolyard tyrant and treats everyone around him with little regard. Ultimately, you grow to love the giant robotic chicken-esque monster because he's just so darn terrible. Gigan has appeared in numerous films over the years. He is definitely a force to be reckoned with -- blades for hands, a giant laser eye and a chainsaw blade in his chest. Yeah... you don't want to meet Gigan in a dark alleyway at night. His last appearance in 2004's Godzilla: Final Wars was outstanding.

3. Destoroyah - Even though Destoroyah isn't my number one favorite Godzilla foe, he's definitely the most dangerous. From the 1995 film Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, this kaiju is a demonic mutated juggernaut. Formed from the combination of much smaller crab-like monsters, whom combine into a larger monster, whom then grows into a larger monster... whom then grows into a GIGANTIC final monstrous form -- Destoroyah is evolution in action. He features more spikes than you can care to count, a horn blade on his head, powerful wings, a pincer tail, claws and a killer energy blaster that comes OUT OF HIS FRICKIN' CHEST! Godzilla has a tough time fighting him, even in his final "meltdown" form. If not for the intervention of his human allies, Godzilla didn't stand a chance. For that reason, I consider Destoroyah the one monster that Godzilla probably can not beat alone.

2. SpaceGodzilla - One any given day, I might switch my number one and number two choices. They're nearly tied when it comes to being my favorite Godzilla villain. SpaceGodzilla is everything Godzilla can be, plus more sheer power and intelligence (probably the smartest of all). On top of that, SpaceGodzilla can levitate and fly. Cloned from the DNA of Godzilla's foe Biollante (whom you'll see in a moment), SpaceGodzilla is a more massive version of Godzilla whom is covered in crystal spikes. They did battle in 1994's Godzilla vs SpaceGodzilla. It took the combined might of Godzilla and the robot M.O.G.U.E.R.A. to bring SpaceGodzilla down.

1. Biollante - This is it... the most terrible of all Godzilla foes. Biollante isn't menacing at first. Thanks to some shared genetics from a plant, a human and Godzilla, she begins life as a mutated rose monster. Yes, I said rose. Before long, though, Biollante morphs into a hulking mass of tentacles, tendrils and plant matter. Biollante is far bigger than Godzilla. She's so much bigger, in fact, that she tries to swallow Godzilla whole. Biollante does major damage to Godzilla, in so far as she burns part of his face and chest off with a toxic radioactive acid spray. Combined with her size, killer tentacles with razor sharp teeth and a thunderous level of strength that just won't quit, I think Biollante is Godzilla's greatest foe. By the end of the 1989 film Godzilla vs. Biollante, the two manage to battle to a stalemate. Eventually, Biollante dissipates and floats off into space (where her essence is later used to create the menacing SpaceGodzilla).

As to my question yesterday about the origin of Godzilla's trademark roar, it was first created by rubbing a leather glove over a double bass instrument. The glove was first coated in pine-tar resin to create the signature sound.

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