Destoroyah is the main antagonist of the 1995 Japanese kaiju film Godzilla vs. Destoroyah.

When the original Godzilla was killed by the Oxygen Destroyer in 1954, the chemical weapon awakened a prehistoric species of deep-sea crustaceans that ventured onto land and began combining their biomass to form Destoroyah.


Destoroyah's initial form resembles a small red crab-like creature with numerous small legs, a pointed tail, and four large spikes on its sides.

Its Juvenile form, composed of millions of small creatures, is larger, walks on several crab-like legs, and is darker in color. Its head has large frills on either side, small yellow eyes, and an extendable jaw inside its mouth. There is a circular orifice on its chest and it has a long tail tipped with a claw.

The Aggregate form is nearly identical to the Juvenile form, but it is much larger. It also has two small crab-like arms and spiked limbs on its shoulders.

The Flying form retains its crustacean-like body, but it has a vertebrate jaw, four large wings, and a horn on its forehead.

The Final or Perfect form is similar to the Flying form, but it is bipedal with two thick legs that end in white claws and have white spikes on their knees. It now has functioning arms that end in white claws, larger head frills, and a longer tail.

Powers and Abilities

Destoroyah possesses the following powers and abilities:

  • Powerful jaws
  • Enormous size
  • Near-invulnerability
  • Combination of biomass
  • Flight
  • Micro-Oxygen ray
  • Ability to disperse and reform
  • Energy horn


As Destoroyah attempts to fly away, the JSDF shoots its wings with a freeze ray, causing it to plummet to the ground and shatter on impact.


  • In the film's original ending, Destoroyah was going to survive its fall, forcing it to fight Godzilla as the latter underwent radioactive meltdown. This was scrapped because it was decided that this would take away from the emotional impact of Godzilla's death.

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