Japanese name: ゴジラ
Romanized name: Gojira
Alignment: Varies by continuity, typically self
Type: Kaiju, Godzillasaurus
Inspiration: Dinosaur, nuclear weapons
Status: Varies by continuity.
From: Godzilla, Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster, Invasion of Astro Monster, Ebirah, Horror of the Deep, Terror of Mechagodzilla, Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla, Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, Godzilla x Megaguirus, Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, Godzilla: Final Wars
- The name “Gojira” is a portmanteau of “gorilla” and “kujira” (Japanese for “whale”). There’s a rumor that “Gojira” was the name of a large stagehand that worked at Toho.
- The Anglicized form of “Gojira”, “Godzilla”, was made at a time when Japanese-to-English transliteration was less standardized than it is today.
- In man’yōgana (ancient Chinese writing system used to represent Japanese language), Godzilla’s Japanese name is written as “呉爾羅” (Gojira). The characters are only for phonetic purposes.
- Godzilla has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- In 1996, Godzilla was awarded an MTV Lifetime Achievement Award.
- There is a genus of dinosaur, Gojirasaurus, named after Godzilla.
- Dakosaurus andiniensis was nicknamed “Godzilla”.
- The suit for Gomess in the Ultra Q series is actually an altered Godzilla costume. Ultraman opponent Jirass was basically Godzilla with a frill added around the neck.
- Akira Ifukube created Godzilla’s roar by rubbing a resin coated glove along the string of a contrabass. He then slowed down the playback.
- The original Godzilla suit was brown.
- In the English dub of the Godzilla films, the titular monster was often referred to as a male. Yet in Japan, Godzilla has no specific gender. The adult Zilla in TriStar’s Godzilla was asexual.
- Reptar in Rugrats is inspired by Godzilla.
- Godzilla appeared in Zone Fighter (Ryuusei Ningen Zone).
- There have been three Godzilla television series so far - Hanna-Barbera’s Godzilla (a joint production with Toho), Godzilla: The Series (based on the TriStar remake) and Godzilla Island (an official Toho production using toys and small models to portray the monster characters).