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Mechagodzilla's Movie History
From his debut appearance in Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla (1974), Mecha's been one of the biggest threats to the King of Monsters. Usually he plays the villain, although occasionally his role reverses; either way, Mecha's advanced weaponry often lets him fly and fight from range, bombarding organic kaiju before they can close in.
Mechagodzilla's standard assortment includes eye lasers, finger rockets, and more, but we've seen almost as many versions of him as the real Godzilla—which reign supreme? These are the five strongest Mechagodzillas! Spoilers ahead.
Film: Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla
Stronger Than Godzilla? Slightly weaker
Kiryu has the distinction of being one of few Mechas to assist mankind against an evil Godzilla, and he's notably more agile than previous incarnations (though he can't fly). He also wields the devastating Absolute Zero Cannon, and his robotic innards were built from the skeleton of the original Godzilla.
While fearsome when functioning properly, Kiryu is prone to disobedience (due to his original organic remnants) and power failures, bumping down his rating.
4. Mechagodzilla (Godzilla vs Kong)
Film: Godzilla vs Kong
Stronger Than Godzilla? Probably
The most recent Mecha iteration was built by humans as a defense against Titans, but he went rogue, forcing King Kong and Godzilla into a tentative alliance. Even combined, the pair would have lost had Mecha not briefly malfunctioned from humans spilling liquid on his control system.
This version can't fly, but he focuses the most on melee brute force damage. That said, it's hard to gauge his exact power since both of his foes were severely weakened from their prior fight.
3. Mechagodzilla (Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla)
Film: Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla
Stronger Than Godzilla? Yes
Mecha's very first appearance had him initially disguised as Godzilla, showcasing his fierce power by brutally maiming Godzilla's ally Anguirus. Even once revealed, Mecha prove an enormous threat—Godzilla had to partner with King Caesar to beat him, and that only works due to Godzilla's new magnetic power-up preventing Mecha's retreat.
This Mechagodzilla bombards foes from afar with eye lasers, fake atomic breath, and finger rockets while maintaining a safe distance via flight.
2. Super Mechagodzilla
Film: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II
Stronger Than Godzilla? Heck yes
Also called Mechagodzilla 2, Super Mechagodzilla is the combined form of Mecha and the Garuda jet. Armed with many shock cables and paralysis missiles, Super Mecha excels at disabling his opponents from ever fighting back, only losing due to the combined powers of Godzilla and Fire Rodan, and even that took Rodan's sacrifice.
1. Black Mechagodzilla
Show: Godzilla Island
Stronger Than Godzilla? Oh heck yes
Ironically, perhaps the least-known Mecha iteration is arguably the strongest. Black Mecha beats the original silver in a fight and takes on numerous Monster Island kaiju at once, then proceeds to defeat the imposing Proto-Moguera.
The show even claims he's 10 times stronger than his silver counterpart, which sounds ridiculous, but might not be an exaggeration considering how many monsters he battled.
Whether fighting to protect or destroy mankind, Mechagodzilla always offers his namesake an enormous challenge, rivaling King Ghidorah himself for Godzilla's archnemesis. Mecha's popularity ensures we'll see more of him in future projects (he guest cameos in movies like Ready Player One and even has some trading cards in Magic: The Gathering), but for now, vote for your favorite version and I'll see you at our next kaiju countdown!
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