King Ghidorah is a character from the Godzilla films first introduced in the 1964 film Ghidorah the Three Headed Monster (otherwise known as Ghidrah the Three Headed Monster in English markets).
He is the primary antagonist of the Godzilla films and is one of three Godzilla villains to appear on this wiki alongside Biollante and Mechagodzilla. Alongside the latter, he is also one of just two trans wiki articles of characters who are from the Godzilla films.
Through his appearances, King Ghidorah's form has been consistent through it's appearances (an armless, golden-scaled winged dragon with three heads and two tails), its origin story has varied from being an extraterrestrial demon (Ghidorah the Three Headed Monster to Godzilla vs. Gigan), and a genetically engineered monster from the future (Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah), to being a guardian of ancient Japan (Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All Out Attack).
The character is usually portrayed as an archenemy of Godzilla and Mothra except Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All Out Attack in which he is an ally of Mothra.
Powers and abilities
King Ghidorah has had a number of changes made to himself over the years, but most of his traditional battle characteristics have remained the same. His different forms in the different movies have their own abilities.
King Ghidorah is able to fly up to speeds of mach 3 in the Earth's atmosphere. He exceeds this speed while flying through space. In Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster and Rebirth of Mothra III, King Ghidorah can encase himself within a meteorite while traveling from planet to planet.
In Godzilla vs. Gigan he encases himself in a large diamond-like structure while traveling through space. In Rebirth of Mothra III, King Ghidorah is able to fly even with the loss of one of his wings using a zero gravity field.
King Ghidorah's most famous ability is the golden lightning bolt-like gravity beams he spits from his three mouths. These beams are roughly equal in power to Godzilla's atomic breath, and are capable of causing large-scale explosions when fired at buildings.
King Ghidorah's younger form from Rebirth of Mothra III, Cretaceous King Ghidorah, spit fireballs from his mouths instead of gravity beams.
King Ghidorah can produce hurricane-force winds by flapping his wings, which are capable of blowing away buildings and knocking other kaiju off their feet.
In Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, King Ghidorah constricted his necks around Godzilla in an attempt to strangle him, causing him to foam at the mouth.
King Ghidorah is usually portrayed as being extremely durable and resistant to damage, often to an extent close to Godzilla. He withstands conventional weaponry with no noticeable effect, and can even shrug off point-blank blasts from Godzilla's atomic breath.
In Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, he survives having his middle head decapitated and his wings shredded, and remains alive but comatose for over 200 years laying on the sea floor. In Rebirth of Mothra III his mature form cannot be damaged at all by Mothra Leo's attacks until the latter transforms into Armor Mothra.
In Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, King Ghidorah's durability is reduced, but he still survives being knocked out by Godzilla multiple times and withstands multiple blasts from his atomic breath.
King Ghidorah tends to use his durability to his advantage, as he often prefers to escape from a battle that he can't win before he suffers more injuries than necessary.
In Rebirth of Mothra III, King Ghidorah is shown to have regenerated his entire body from a severed tail that was cut off by Rainbow Mothra in the past.
In Rebirth of Mothra III, King Ghidorah's scales can manipulate the light from projectiles to form a protective barrier.
In Rebirth of Mothra III, King Ghidorah can shoot six bolts of electricity from each of his wings.
In Rebirth of Mothra III, King Ghidorah is able to create a dome that allows objects to pass through, yet has a corrosive effect when they try to leave.
The dome's exterior is laced with tentacles that pull outside victims inside. Living creatures inside the dome slowly have their life-force drained and transferred to King Ghidorah. In addition, in the same film he can also teleport smaller beings inside his dome.
In Rebirth of Mothra III, King Ghidorah can install a weak mind control on other beings susceptible to it.
In Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, Ghidorah can release a strong electric shock through his bite. After absorbing Mothra's power and becoming King Ghidorah, this ability is replaced by his traditional gravity beams.
In Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, after absorbing Mothra's energy, King Ghidorah can form a golden round energy shield that deflects Godzilla's atomic breath. King Ghidorah can release this energy shield and send it colliding with the ground, which will cause a massive explosion.
In Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, while encased in the meteorite, King Ghidorah had the ability to generate what appeared to be magnetic fields that varied in strength from time to time. While it was never stated directly what purpose they served, it was stated that they were somehow connected to its powers. It seems possible that King Ghidorah used them as a form of levitation.
Although Ghidorah does not appear neither in the Anthro Saga or any other human literature, his form is used by the evil fox Scarface in Nightmare of Nome alongside Rodan. In addition, many powers and abilities of King Ghidorah are also used for the final form of Red in The King of Hell and also used for the hell fox versions of Bold, Ranger and to a lesser extent the hell hound version of Sasha le Fleur and the hell vixen forms of Whisper and Charmer.
In addition, Ghidorah's form is used for the dragon that is revered by the cult Cloak and Dagger in the Cold War II series and he is also one of many Godzilla monsters whose powers are also adapted for The Invaders. It is Ghidorah's usage in literature that makes him a trans wiki article alongside Bounder, Ranger, the Daleks and the Cybermen as he also appears on the original untermation wiki.
King Ghidorah is currently one of just two Godzilla villains or characters for that matter on this wiki, the second is Biollante. His form is also used for the Chimera dinosaur known as the Dicerdraco otherwise translated to "Two Tail Dragon" and he is also inspiration for the dragon Inhusrelun, the sworn enemy of Firroth.