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What Monsters Does Godzilla Team Up With?
Throughout Godzilla's decades of films, we've encountered dozens of colossal kaiju monsters, some friend, some foe. Now, the King of Monsters can take most enemies in a 1v1 fight, but against multiple opponents, he often needs a little help from his friends, joining forces with fellow Earth defenders to save the day.
Monsters (including Godzilla himself) often change from good to evil depending on which movie you're viewing, so at times, he's clashed with several of today's entries, but they're generally known as his friends. So, which colossal companions reign supreme? These are the ten strongest allied Godzilla monsters!
10. Godzilla Junior
First Appearance: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II
Sometimes called Baby or Little Godzilla, Godzilla Junior grows throughout several movies, aging from a near-helpless runt to a serious contender able to assist his father in combat. Eventually, by sacrificing his own life, Godzilla revives his seemingly-dead son in the climax of Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, and Junior emerges as the new King of Monsters.
We never actually see Junior's career as an adult since the series was rebooted, but he was still a capable ally after his growth spurt, and he's friendlier to humanity than most Godzillas. He also looks much-less ridiculous than Godzilla's other son, Minilla.
First Appearance: Son of Godzilla
Speaking of Minilla, he was attacked by giant spider Kumona in his debut film, and the arachnid put up a worthy fight against Godzilla. But by the events of Destroy All Monsters, Kumonga lives in peace with the other kaiju of Monster Island. And when King Ghidorah attacks, Kumonga (along with several other creatures) helps Godzilla defeat the three-headed dragon, trapping him with his webs.
We haven't seen Kumonga in many battles, but he's an often-underestimated creature who may have beaten Godzilla if it weren't for Minilla's interference.
First Appearance: Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla
Constructed from the leftover parts of Mechagodzilla, M.O.G.U.E.R.A. is a machine operated by several pilots. He's capable of flight and can split into two smaller vehicles, the Land Moguera and Star Falcon. Although destroyed in the battle, M.O.G.U.E.R.A. proves invaluable for defeating the fierce SpaceGodzilla, and Godzilla would have probably lost without the backup.
M.O.G.U.E.R.A.'s armor is weak, making him vulnerable in melee, but he's fast, adaptable, and wields a fierce array of projectiles.
7. King Caesar
First Appearance: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
An ancient deity that can be awakened from his slumber with the proper song, King Caesar is a large beast-like kaiju who confronts Mechagodzilla on his own. Although the robotic foe proves too strong for Caesar, his unique ability to reflect energy beams damages his enemy, and it should be noted that this Mechagodzilla is one of the strongest kaiju ever seen; even Godzilla and Caesar combined were almost beaten.
Still, Godzilla's new magnetic powers draw Mechagodzilla into close quarters, leaving him vulnerable to the kaijus' combined might, and the two emerge victorious. Caesar was the last Godzilla ally in the Showa series, and I hope to see him in future films—his reflection ability would work great against King Ghidorah's lightning-like gravity beams.
6. Zone Fighter
First Appearance: Zone Fighter
Zone Fighter is undoubtedly one of Godzilla's strongest allies, but perhaps it's more accurate to state the reverse—Godzilla is one of his comrades. After all, Zone doesn't appear in any Godzilla films, but the King of Monsters helps him conquer several enemies (including other Godzilla creatures like Gigan and King Ghidorah) in his own Japanese show.
Bearing similarities to Jet Jaguar, Zone can fly, fire missiles and energy beams, construct barriers, and even warp through television sets. Although we're not likely to see him again, few foes stand a chance against Zone and Godzilla working in tangent.
First Appearance: King Kong Escapes
Although he originally debuted in a King Kong movie, dinosaur-like Gorosaurus also appears in Destroy All Monsters. Alongside Anguirus and Godzilla, he proves essential to King Ghidorah's defeat, knocking the dragon over (allowing his allies to pin him) with his trademark kangaroo kick. Gorosaurus can burrow through ground, and he's surprisingly crafty, using his allies' frontal assault as a distraction to sneak behind Ghidorah and score the pivotal blow.
First Appearance: Godzilla Raids Again
Appearing in the second Godzilla film ever made, Anguirus was Godzilla's first kaiju rival, and they fought a brutal battle that Godzilla narrowly won. However, since then, Anguirus has assisted Godzilla in many films, appearing in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (where he was the first to see through Mechagodzilla's disguise), Godzilla vs. Gigan (where he paired with Godzilla against Gigan and King Ghidorah), and Destroy All Monsters, where he helped topple King Ghidorah.
Anguirus isn't as tall as most kaiju and he lacks any sort of energy attacks, but his multitude of spikes and sheer grit make him a steadfast ally. He often needs help to win his battles, but his endurance and bravery make him one of Godzilla's firmest comrades, and he even manages to single-handedly (well, the military helps a bit) beat Destoroyah in the comic Godzilla: Legends.
3. Rodan/Fire Rodan
First Appearance: Rodan
Originally, Rodan starred in his own film, but he's since joined Godzilla's kaiju roster, helping him and Mothra conquer King Ghidorah in Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster. Rodan relies on speed, flight, and sonic shockwaves to defeat foes, and he gains his iconic Fire Rodan form in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II. This gives him a uranium heat ray (similar to Godzilla's atomic breath), and Fire Rodan even sacrifices himself to rejuvenate Godzilla, giving him the strength to overcome Super Mechagodzilla.
Rodan's most notable trait is his agile speed, but he's also surprisingly sturdy, withstanding numerous atomic breaths and gravity beams throughout his film career.
2. Jet Jaguar
First Appearance: Godzilla vs. Megalon
Originally named Red Alone, robotic Jet Jaguar was constructed by human Goro Ibuki. However, he was stolen by the underground Seatopian race, who used him to summon the villainous Megalon in hopes of destroying Tokyo.
Fortunately, Ibuki manages to reclaim Jet Jaguar, who can alter between human and kaiju size, and he's notable among Godzilla allies for actually winning without Godzilla's help, managing to overpower Megalon. However, when Gigan arrives to provide backup, Jet Jaguar is only saved by Godzilla's intervention, and after a long fight, the Earth defenders emerge victorious. His default mode is strong on its own, but Jet Jaguar also displays many alternative forms in the Godzilla Island series, including medic, fire-fighting, and combat modes.
First Appearance: Mothra
Appearing in 2019's Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Mothra's first Godzilla film was Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack. Here, Godzilla actually plays the the villain, and Mothra allies with Baragon and King Ghidorah to stop him. She uses flight, various poisons, and a surprising amount of strength to battle. Additionally, her psychic powers let her communicate with humans.
A good thing too, as Mothra is the most-consistently benevolent kaiju (even more so than Godzilla), constantly defending Earth from invaders, and she teams up with Godzilla against Gigan and Monster X in Godzilla: Final Wars. Here, Mothra proves more than capable, as she defeats Gigan without Godzilla's help—a feat she previously performed 1000 years ago.
More Godzilla Media
In addition to today's list, Godzilla often allies with the military (when he's on Earth's side, at least), whose various weapons and giant robots assist him with Earth's defense. Recent Godzilla movies haven't featured as many monster team-ups, but with a big leap in popularity after 2014's Godzilla success, we've enjoyed a wealth of new content, including animated films, novels, and both American and Japanese movies, giving fans more outlets than ever to enjoy.
Whether future adventures will recycle old allies or introduce new ones, the future looks promising for kaiju enthusiasts. But for now, as we eagerly await Godzilla's next film, vote for your favorite monster and I'll see you at our next cinema countdown!
© 2019 Jeremy Gill
Natan sibuea on July 26, 2020:
I voted for mothra, she is one of my favorite characters in the monsterverse.