I am not sure why the Japanese have an affinity for these movies where weird giant space monsters destroy their cities and do battle with the military and each other. There are so many different ones I thought I would give you all my breakdown of the meanest baddest and most awesome TOHO monsters. Some are simple, some are elaborate, and some are amazing. This is guaranteed the biggest Top Ten we have done yet.
Jet Jaguar from Godzilla vs. Megalon ranging from 2 to 50 meters tall is all sorts of zany robotic wizardry. Only making to one film he has plenty of untapped potential. Seriously look at this guy and go jam to the rocking theme song at the end of the film. He is a triple threat, shooting lasers, missiles and of course cruising like a stud. Truly Jet Jaguar sets the bar for humanoid robots.
This dinosaur-like monster originally featured in the 1966 television series, Ultraman. Ultraman is a really awesome TV series, I’ll have to get around to reviewing it someday but the titular Ultraman met his match with this giant creation. He is the only monster to get a reinvention in all incarnations of Ultraman.
At number 8 we have a tie! First up, and generally regarded as female by English-speaking audiences, she is a giant lepidopteron… a giant moth. I personally think mothra is lame but even I can’t deny the impact the monster has had on the genre. Appearing in 17 separate films including her own set if solo films her has quit the career. She is more often than not fighting Godzilla due to his destructive tendencies. Also to solidify her lameness she inexplicable has the most number of victories in battle Godzilla through the series. She’s only has a couple mystical powers and fairies how did she manage that?
Next up, is Varan, one of Toho’s least recognized creations but I feel he has been unfairly maligned as a Godzilla rip-off. He doesn’t boast a strong filmography but his appearance is unforgettable, resembling a giant reptile with skin membranes between his arms and legs, allowing him to glide much like a flying dragon or flying squirrel.
Rodan is nearly as iconic as Godzilla, she has also been just about as ambiguous, and she’s been a villain in her own movie, a rival, and an ally to Godzilla. Her design has been updates as needed but I really like its simplicity. She is just a giant pterodactyl who can conjure supersonic speed and the original Rodan also had the ability of forcing energy from its powerful jaws.
Look at this guy, he’s pretty much Godzilla’s most Iconic adversary, matching him in ferocity is unthinkable and he has a huge array of deadly powers. The creature is capable of tremendous destruction due to its size, and possesses several breath weapons. Three snapping growling heads of death are scary enough, not to even mention the sometimes seen Mecha-King Ghidorah.
Bonus monster: Mecha Godzilla (Godzilla series). Some call it Bionic, some call it cosmic, and I just call it a classy master of destruction. There are a couple redesigns I think the 80’s version is my favorite.
The Gargantuan (War of the Gargantuan) This monster is an incredible example of working with what you have. In war of the Gargantuan we have two giant, humanoids called Gargantuan. We are told they have formed from the discarded cells of Frankenstein’s monster . Kaiju movies are insane. The Green Gargantuan is violent and savage, he’s a giant psychopathic mongrel preying upon human beings I used to have nightmares of him when I was little, and he has more than earned his spot on this list.
I can’t believe she’s only been used in one film. Boasting all of Godzilla powers plus acid spit, a much larger stature, tendrils and overall awesomeness Biolante is a completely untapped resource from Toho. Can she get her own movie?
Gantz is a Toho production too! There are these statues that pop up in the end of the first live action film (and near the middle of the anime) that are beyond badass. There’s way too many to name but they are huge, deadly and terrifying. They earn their spot on this list because I still have to cringe at their keen ability to… let’s just say… trim the cast down to almost nobody.
Giant ape robot with laser eyes being controlled by an evil mad scientist wearing a Dracula cape… that’s just so awesome.
The king of the monsters is a title well earned. He’s been a bad guy a good guy and everything inbetween. There are so few monsters who have lived after standing up to him and after 60 years he kicks ass. Created by weapons man wasn’t supposed to wield, he became a stoic antiwar symbol. Ishiro Honda struck gold with Godzilla, even bad Godzilla movies still have him in it too look forward too. The character has made appearances in so much, movies, TV shows, comic books, and video games. Cheers to 60 more years.