- Important Note: This article is ONLY for the HEROIC King Ghidorah from Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, NOT his villainous incarnations in the rest of his appearances.
|“||Thousand Year-Old Dragon... King Ghidorah.||„|
|~ Yuri Tachibana after Ghidorah has been rejuvenated by Mothra's essence|
|“||We'll find out if you're our guardian, Ghidorah.||„|
|~ General Tachibana before he decends into the water in the Satsuma submarine|
King Ghidorah (キングギドラ, Kingu Gidora) is a three-headed golden dragon whose heroic incarnation appears in the 2001 Toho film, Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack.
Though he is usually portrayed as the franchise' main antagonist and a member of a chinese dragon-like alien race called Ghidorah, this version of King Ghidorah played a more heroic role and is actually an immature form of Yamata-no-Orochi, the legendary 8-headed dragonic serpent (or dragon to say in the least). After his defeat in combat with honorable Japanese warriors in the past, he, along with fellow Guardian Monsters Baragon and Mothra was destined to be reincarnated while carrying souls of deceased honorable Japanese people to protect Japan from attack by restless souls of victims of the Pacific War whom possessed and reanimated the remains of the Godzilla who attacked Japan in 1954.
Unlike his villainous extraterrestrial incarnations, this Ghidorah is a form of Yamata-no-Orochi, the God of the Sky and one of the three Guardian Monsters, along with Mothra and Baragon. He was slain by ancient Japanese warriors and laid to rest in the forests around Mount Fuji, with the warriors praying for his soul so that he would rise again one day to defend Japan. But he died when fighting an pure white eyed Godzilla.
As Yamata no Orochi
Since King Ghidorah is stated to be Yamata-no-Orochi itself, his true form is arguably similar to traditional depictions of King Ghidorah, but has 8 heads and 8 tails.
As King Ghidorah
In his current form as King Ghidorah, he looked like a golden dragon monster with two legs, three heads on long necks, giant bat-like wings, and two tails. Reasons why he had an appearance similar to his villainous counterpart was due to him being summoned prematurely.
Ghidorah is one of the three legendary guardians of the Japanese isles. When Godzilla attacks Japan, Ghidorah, Mothra, and Baragon, aided by the Japan Self-Defense Force, fought him. All three are presumably killed, but their spirits entered Godzilla, stunning him long enough for General Tachibana to burrow out of Godzilla after initially firing a D-03 missile. This destroyed Godzilla when he tried to use his atomic rays after it burst out of the inflicted hole, vaporizing Godzilla from within.
- Burrowing: Ghidorah is able to burrow to the ground, though he only used it to dig his way to revenant Godzilla's location from his resting place.
- Gravity Beam Emission: Much like his villainous counterpart, Ghidorah can fire gravity beams. At first, he can only used to imbue his bite with electricity, but after empowered piece of the statue from his shrine, he now capable to fire beam in full force.
- Soul Shield: King Ghidorah is able to create an energy shield made of souls of deceased honorable Japanese to absorb projectiles and release them, although this only occurred after Mothra's essence that carry the same souls, merged into King Ghidorah's body, so it is unknown if King Ghidorah is able to do that by himself or not.
- Prior to Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, King Ghidorah is usually known for for being the main antagonist of the entire Godzilla series, however this is no longer the case in the 2019 film Godzilla: King of the Monsters, in which he is once again evil.
- The reason for this role change is because his role in the movie was originally meant for Varan, as he was originally planned to be in this movie with Anguirus, but was scrapped in favor of Mothra and King Ghidorah because of their popularity.
- Although, Varan's facial fins can be seen on all three of King Ghidorah's heads, the reason for this was because Fuyuki Shinada, who designed the suits for all the monsters in Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, was disappointed that Varan, his all-time favorite monster, wasn't going to be in the film, so he compromised by putting Varan's facial fins on each side of all three of King Ghidorah's heads.