King Ghidorah is the main antagonist of the 1964 Japanese kaiju film Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster and several sequels.

When a meteorite crash-lands on Earth, it releases a malicious three-headed dragon that had devastated the planet Venus, which proceeds to attack Japan.


King Ghidorah is an enormous bipedal alien dragon with golden scales and three heads. Each head has a crocodilian snout, curved horns, and a row of spikes going down its neck. Instead of arms, it has two large brown wings. It also has two thick legs and two tails, each ending in a mass of spines.

Powers and Abilities

King Ghidorah possesses the following powers and abilities:

  • Powerful jaws
  • Enormous size
  • Near-invulnerability
  • Gravity beam
  • Flight


King Ghidorah was eventually beaten enough that it fled back into space.


  • Ghidorah was originally going to have blue scales and rainbow-colored wings, but a mistake on the part of the costume makers resulted in its golden color. King Ghidorah and other toho kaiju like Gigan were featured in the 70s tokusatsu show, Zone Fighter or Meteor Man. The hero himself (Zone Fighter) even defeated Gigan and King Ghidorah in the show.

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