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Godzilla is the main antagonist of the 1954 Japanese science fiction-horror film Godzilla and a major protagonist in the rest of the long currently-running Godzilla franchise.

Godzilla was an enormous ocean-dwelling reptile that was awakened and irradiated by an American hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific Ocean. The tests angered Godzilla, prompting the beast to surface near the city of Tokyo and go on a rampage.


Godzilla resembles an enormous, upright theropod dinosaur with a long tail, maple leaf-shaped scutes running down its back, and external ears.

Powers and Abilities

Godzilla normally possesses the following powers and abilities:

  • Powerful jaws
  • Enormous size
  • Atomic breath
  • Near-invulnerability


Godzilla is killed by Dr. Daisuke Serizawa's experimental chemical weapon, the Oxygen Destroyer. Other members of the species would appear in later films.


  • Godzilla was portrayed by Japanese actor Haruo Nakajima.
  • The costume used in the film was 6.5 feet tall and weighed 200 pounds.
  • They are several Godzilla incarnations; Godzilla 1954, Showa Godzilla, Heisei Godzilla, Godzilla 1999, Godzilla 2000, GMK Godzilla, Kiryu Saga Godzilla, FW Godzilla, MonsterVerse Godzilla, Shin Godzilla, Godzilla Filius, and Godzilla Earth.

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