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[[Image:Goji1.jpg|thumb|right|300px|Godzilla, late in his career.]]
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'''Daikaiju Gojira'''—also known by his on-screen moniker '''Godzilla'''—was a giant radioactive mutant [[dinosaur]], and was one of [[Japan|Japan’s]] foremost film stars for nearly half a century. On the screen, Godzilla was known for his legendary acting range: he could play anything from an [[evil]] giant mutant dinosaur to a [[good|benevolent]] giant mutant dinosaur to an antiheroic giant mutant dinosaur, and everything in between. Off the screen, Godzilla was known for his brooding and often complex personal life. Of note are the friendships he forged with many of his costars (most notably [[Rodan]], Anguirus and [[King Ghidorah]]); his tumultuous and sometimes rocky relationship with female costar [[Mothra]]; and his infamous [[drugs|radiation addiction]], which finally cost the monster his life in 1995.
   
{{Wilde|Never has the marriage of a Lizard and an atomic bomb been so successful; never has there been any holier and most divine creature in the universe! But enough of me, let's hear about Godzilla!|Godzilla}}
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==Early Life==
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Daikaiju Gojira was born to a small family of modest means on Lagos Island on May 31st, 1934. His father—a fellow Godzillasaurus—worked as the island’s alpha predator, catching and killing wild boars to maintain his family.
   
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Godzilla’s childhood was typical of other surviving dinosaurs. However, in 1944, Godzilla had his first encounter with humankind. In his autobiography—simply titled Gojira: My Song (Toho Press, 1992)—he reflects:
   
[[Image:Godzilla-Church.jpg|thumb|300px|Godzilla (''crocodylus pontifex''), also know as Godzirra. taking some rare time off his world-stomping business to attend a local service.]]
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{{cquote|Though I didn’t know this at the time, the island had been garrisoned by a small contingent of the [[Japan|Japanese Imperial Army]]. Later, the [[America|Americans]] came to drive them out. I had a bit of a, shall we say, [[murder|altercation]] with the Americans as they landed on the beach.}}
   
'''Gojira''' (known as '''Godzilla''' in English) is the national mascot of [[Japan]] and the third most powerful and destructive being in the known universe besides [[Muhammad|Zombie Muhammad]] and [[Jesus Christ]].
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After this brief moment of intrigue, however, Godzilla’s life would remain fairly benign until his next encounter with humankind, this time in the early 1950s. At some point—Godzilla doesn’t remember when—his island served as a test site for [[Atom Bomb|nuclear weapons]]. The resulting radiation killed off Godzilla’s entire family, as well as all life on the island, but had the [[silly|odd effect of making Godzilla 50 meters tall and giving him super powers]]. Godzilla, enraged at the death of his family, vowed to destroy human kind. In his biography, he writes:
   
Godzilla's (scientific name Nukasaurus rex) most distinctive trait, aside from that of being the largest lizard alive on [[Earth]] today, is his relentless resilience and unwavering determination in his fight against Evil. While Godzilla has been defeated temporarily in combat, the behemoth has proven that he will come back repeatedly, harnessing his greatest atomic ability, '''Balls of Radioactive Steel''', until his foe is utterly pizzowned.
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{{cquote|I made a promise to myself that day to have my revenge on humankind. Naturally, this revenge would take the form of [[silly|me constantly attacking the same four major Japanese cities, while leaving the rest of the world completely unharmed]]. However, if space aliens or another, more evil monster were to surface, I vowed I would defend human kind from said threat, so that later, I could continue destroying humankind, even after just saving them. Yes, I know, the whole thing’s very complicated.}}
   
Godzilla's immense power has led to multitudes of people, mostly Japanese, to worship him as a reptilian incarnation of [[God]] himself.
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==Early Film Career==
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Just as Godzilla was preparing to destroy [[Tokyo]], however, he received word from his friend at the time—fellow monster Oodako the giant octopus—that movie company Toho was in the process of hold auditions for the lead role in an upcoming as-of-yet-untitled monster movie. Godzilla jumped at the opportunity, as he “had always wanted to star in a movie…destroying mankind could wait a bit, I suppose.”
   
Godzilla exists in uncharted islands and he feeds off of marooned pirates and tufts of grass. Godzilla has no mercy for ANYONE!!! If you were to ever meet Godzilla, tuck and roll into the nearest bush!If no bushes are around... then you are screwed SORRY!!! The only thing that Godzilla can resist are fluffy bunny rabbits. (they are his weakness)
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===Godzilla===
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[[Image:Goji2.jpg|thumb|right|300px|Godzilla's first role in 1954's ''Godzilla''.]]
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Daikaiju Gojira did well at the auditions, and hands-down earned the lead in the film, beating out eventual costars Anguirus and [[Rodan]]. The movie was still without a title, though, and it was suggested that the film be named after the leading monster. However, director Ishiro Honda thought that “Daikaiju Gojira” would make for an awkward movie title. He coined the nickname “Godzilla” for the lead, which would also come to serve as the film’s title.
   
Godzilla most recently appeared in a film entitled, surprisingly, 'Godzilla'. The film also starred [[Matthew Broderick]]. Producers had doubts over Broderick's credentials - it was some years since Ferris Bueller - and were not sure he could manage a film in which his character would need to handle a terrifying monster roaming the streets of New York. But then someone said
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Now with a lead and a title, production of ''Godzilla'' could finally begin. The undertaking was one of the most expensive ventures in film history: it called for a life-sized, fully functioning model of [[Tokyo]] to be built out of balsa wood, all at the studio’s expense.
"Hey, isn't that the guy that married [[Sarah Jessica Parker]]?" and the rest, as they say, is history.
 
   
== Biological Fact Sheet ==
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''Godzilla'' (the film) was a massive critical and commercial success, and catapulted Godzilla (the monster) into the international spotlight. Because of the success of Godzilla, Toho decided to hastily make sequel to capitalize on their hit. What resulted was ''Godzilla Raids Again'', a film that was marred by a hurried script and numerous instances of production corner-cutting. Instead of building a life-sized model of [[Osaka]], for instance, Toho studios decided to use the ''actual'' [[Osaka]] during filming; millions died. Furthermore, the film was received poorly by critics.
   
[[Image:Godzilla1.jpg|thumb|300px|right|The Israeli armed forces attack Godzilla with missiles, which they should know by now doesn't work.]]
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The failure of ''Godzilla Raids Again'' looked like it would essentially end Godzilla’s career. He reflects:
   
Unlike the now famous [[Jesus Christ]] (Godzilla's first incarnation), who used the powers of persuasion to defeat His enemies, Godzilla chose to focus on the subtle power of '''mass destruction''', which he acquired through careful observation of the [[America]]n Armed Forces. Godzilla may lack some of Jesus' most impresive superpowers such as '''hypnotic parable''', '''water walking''' and '''turning stuff into bread''', but he more than makes up for it by excelling in the art of '''raw firepower'''.
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{{cquote|I was washed up—finished. I had my brief time in the spotlight, and now—for the moment, at least—it was gone. Such is life. There was nothing for me to do now, besides take my bows, pay my dues, and move on.}}
   
The full extent of Godzilla's arsenal is [[unknown]], but the following powers have been confirmed by insider sources at the [[Vatican]]:
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===Hiatus===
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[[Image:Goji3.jpg|thumb|left|300px|One of the tabloid photos that led to the [[gay|homosexuality allegations]].]]
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Although ''Godzilla Raids Again'' was a failure, it did introduce Godzilla to Anguirus, as the two were costars. After both were chased out of the [[Japan|Japanese film industry]], they became close friends, and bought a lot together on Monster Island. Japanese tabloids of the time ran sensationalistic stories that the two were [[Gay|homosexual lovers]], a claim both deny vehemently to this day.
   
*[[Shoop Da Woop]]
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Godzilla’s retirement would last eight years. Then, in 1963, an American monster by the name of [[King Kong]]came to Godzilla with an intriguing offer.
*Breath Ray of Atomic Excommunication
 
*Foot Stomp of Righteousness
 
*Immunity to Crucifixion
 
*Challenging sins of mankind with ocularly-emitted laser beam
 
*Leaving a really huge turd on your lawn
 
*Nuclear fireballs of destruction
 
*Radioactive sperm
 
*Hyper-Resurrection (returns in 3 minutes instead of 3 days)
 
*Ability to PWN everything in his way
 
*Tail Glide of Infernal Devastation (Only used on the king of the sinners, [[Megalon]])
 
*Invincibility to missiles, A-bombs, F-bombs, or other explosives of the sort.(which we should all know by now)
 
*Supreme knitting (more supreme than [[grandma]])
 
*Breathing fire under water
 
*Invulnerablity to a [[master ball]]
 
   
The [[Pentagon]]'s efforts to map Godzilla's powers to a [[Dungeons and Dragons|D&D]] character sheet are ongoing, although his Strength is already confirmed at 125 (or 525 in 3rd edition.)
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===King Kong vs. Godzilla===
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King Kong asked Godzilla to star in an American-Japanese co-production that was to be titled ''King Kong vs. Godzilla''. Godzilla jumped at the opportunity:
   
=== Weaknesses ===
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{{cquote|This was a second chance, of sorts—a chance to revive my career. I still wanted to act, and, needless to say, when the opportunity to do so literally came knocking at my door, I jumped at the chance. Plus, I’d always thought King Kong was a bit full of himself, so the opportunity to knock him down a peg or two tickled me a bit.}}
Although Godzilla is impervious to damage from any and all missiles, bombs and nuclear weapons, he can be bothered by the [[Dr. Phil]] show. The [[Dr. Phil]] show has been known to cause Godzilla to go on a homicidal rampage, killing innocent monsters seen in all the movies.
 
Although Godzilla eats iron girders and bullet trains for breakfast, he can be reduced to tears at the sight of a small child lost in a supermarket. Also, he cannot be killed
 
   
==Natural Predator==
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Although the script called for [[King Kong]] to win, Godzilla didn’t particularly mind. The film was a rousing success, and revived Godzilla’s career. Ironically enough, King Kong’s career went into something of a downward spiral after King Kong vs. Godzilla: his next three film ventures—''King Kong Escapes'', ''King Kong'' (a remake of the original, staring Kong in an ironic, humorous role), and ''King Kong Lives''—all failed miserably.
The only natural Predator to godzilla is Phone lines. they steathly wait until it's the right time the strike the giant beast.
 
   
[[Image:Godzilla kick.JPG|thumb|300 px|Please don't attempt this at home... Also notice the bluriness of the camera Godzilla peed.]]
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===The Early Showa Series: Godzilla’s Prime===
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[[Image:Goji4.jpg|thumb|right|300px|The beautiful Mothra in her prime. She would eventually go on to marry Godzilla, and mother all three of the monster's children.]]
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''King Kong vs. Godzilla'' was followed by ''Mothra vs. Godzilla'', a film important to Godzilla in more ways than one. Firstly, the film cemented his career, and ensured he would be a mainstay in films for years to come. Secondly, the film introduced Godzilla to [[Mothra]], a promising young actress fresh off her own successful movie. Although the two were antagonists on screen, off the screen they were reportedly quite flirtatious. The two eventually began a [[girlfriend|romantic relationship]].
   
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Godzilla’s next film—''Ghidorah the Three Headed Monster''—was another massive success, as well as another important movie in the way of Godzilla’s personal life. Godzilla got to work extensively with [[Rodan]] for the first time—a monster he had auditioned with in 1954. After his failed audition, Rodan eventually went on to star in his own movie two years later. The two formed a friendship, and would frequently collaborate in the years to come.
   
==History==
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Godzilla was also introduced to [[King Ghidorah]], an ambitious up-and-coming [[silly|multi-headed dragon from outer space]]. Godzilla has said on many occasions that King Ghidorah was “the finest actor” he’d ever worked with.
   
===Birth===
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After the success of yet another film, Godzilla was at the peak of both his popularity and bankability. Shortly after shooting ended for ''Ghidorah the Three Headed Monster'', Godzilla and Mothra married on Monster Island. The union produced children—a set of twins named Mothra Larva #1 and Mothra Larva #2—later that same year.
[[Image:Atomic_Breath.jpg|right|thumb|200px|Godzilla celebrates his arrival in Tokyo by destroying the Financial District using his shoop da woop attack.]]
 
Legend has it that Godzilla is an embodiment of Jesus Christ that took place sometime in [[1954]] by a process that scientists refer to as '''reptilian reincarnation'''. Since the very first day of his arrival on [[Earth]], Godzilla set out to enact [[revenge]] on the [[Romans]] for killing his first incarnation, as documented some years before in [[The New York Times]] best-selling novel '''[[The Bible]]'''.
 
   
However, as he embarked on his first mission of Holy Retribution, the young and gullible Godzilla was tricked by Satan's old ally, [[Mothra]] (believed to be an incarnation of Judas) into destroying the entire country of [[Japan]] instead. Consumed by vengeful rage, Godzilla enjoyed stomping [[sushi]] shops to shreds so much that he continued doing so until the intervention of His Honorable Pimpingness, The Great [[King Kong]], who made him listen to reason and informed him that no Romans lived in Japan at that time.
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Godzilla’s next film was the ambitious ''Godzilla vs. Monster Zero''. In addition to three of the four leads from the previous film reprising their roles (Mothra had opted out due to maternal duties), Toho contracted the Xillians—[[silly|a race of aliens that bore an incredibly odd resemblance to Japanese men in jump suits]]—to serve as the film’s antagonists. The script called for a great deal—flying saucers, major cities, other planets (all of which faithfully built to scale out of balsa wood)—making this one of the most expensive films to date.
   
===Early Years===
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With yet another success under his belt, Godzilla’s fame clearly began to go to his head, and he succumbed to the temptations of both drugs and sex. On his first experimentation with radiation, he reflects:
Godzilla's first foray into the War on Evil involved challenging none other than [[Satan]] himself, who had returned to earth in the form of [[Megalon]] to enslave all humanity, starting with the Japanese. Hearing the calls of his terrified disciples in [[Tokyo]], Godzilla charged into battle against the Lord of Lies. It was the mother of all battles, lasting an entire minute, and leveling Tokyo, [[Los Angeles]], [[Paris]], and most of the surrounding [[Middle Earth]].
 
   
In the following years of His Second Coming, Godzilla enjoyed repeated success against enemies of the [[Church]], each time destroying Tokyo in the process. After destroying Tokyo twice in five years, he destroyed it again in [[1961]], though the [[Japanese]] hadn't rebuilt the city in time to get fully decimated once more. Nonetheless, he defeated Evil-doers every time, and the surviving citizens of the ruins of Tokyo were grateful.
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{{cquote|I was first introduced to freebase radiation by Gamera sometime after I did ''Monster Zero''. It was at a party, I recall, this kaiju get-together in Tokyo Bay. Gamera comes up to me, says “Goji, baby, you’ve got to try this, baby, it’s ''fabulous''!” and so I try some. I, heh, spent the next two months slumbering at the bottom of the ocean floor...but I couldn’t get enough.}}
   
===Later Years===
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===Later Showa Series: The Downward Spiral===
After 1965, Godzilla fell into the vices of [[booze|drinking]] and fornication, a period that lasted until the epic fight of '''Godzilla Versus His Personal [[Demons]]''', which laid waste to half the liquor stores in [[Canada]] and destroyed most of Tokyo. Godzilla then attempted a comeback, with mixed success: a weak win against Frankenberry in 1991 and a series of wins by surrender against [[France]] were not enough to overcome the humiliation of a tie in a fight against [[Saddam Hussein]].
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[[Image:Goji5.jpg|thumb|right|400px|Gigan. Many believed that she and Godzilla engaged in an affair durring the shooting of 1972's ''Godzilla vs. Gigan''. Gigan was known in kaiju circles for practicing S&M: something she thoroughly enjoyed due to the fact her hands were giant sharpened hooks. Gigan passed away a broken woman in 2004.]]
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Although Gamera’s experimentation with radiation ended shortly after it began, Godzilla became addicted. The shooting of Godzilla’s next film—''Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster''—was hindered by the monster and his sixty-trillion-yen-a-day habit. Filming would have to be stopped, sometimes for days at a time, so that Godzilla could get his fix. The movie was poorly received.
   
[[Image:Zilla_roaring.jpg|right|thumb|Godzilla prays for the forgiveness of sinners.]]
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After ''Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster'', Godzilla and Mothra had their third child, Manilla. However, the child was born a “[[crack|radiation]] baby,” and died in 1969 at just two years old. Although this proved to be a massive shock to Godzilla and Mothra’s relationship, the two managed to stay together for another three years. Allegations that Godzilla had began an [[Cheating|illicit affair]] with younger actress Gigan in 1972 finally pushed Mothra over the edge, and she divorced Godzilla later that same year. She retained custody of both their children, and retired from acting to reside on Infant Island.
Theologians feared the worst in 1998, when the Hollywood documentary '''Godzilla''' reported that Godzilla had suffered a devastating loss against mad [[French]] scientist [[Janet Reno]] in [[New York City]]. However, a thorough study by '''National Scientologist''' claimed that Godzilla's defeat had in fact been a hoax and concluded that his loss was "utter bullcrap", as the beast was clearly not the original Godzilla but actually an unknown fat guy in a rubber suit.
 
   
Enraged, Godzilla went on a furious rampage which once more destroyed Tokyo. He then challenged his impostor to a fight in the mysterious, uninhabited continent of [[Australia]], and defeated him in approximately 15 seconds.
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Godzilla would go on to star in eight more films after the birth of Manilla, but none were as prestigious or as well received as those he did earlier in his career. Godzilla—still addicted to radiation—finally retired from acting in 1975.
   
Godzilla regained the hearts of the people in [[2000]] when he won his most high-profile battle to date, against the [[Y2K Bug]], which threatened to plunge the entire world in darkness and terror. This victory was a major factor in promoting belief in God around [[the world]], particularly in [[America]], as reflected in the [[2000]] election of Christian spokesman [[George W. Bush]], a close friend of Jesus.
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==Retirement==
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Single and no longer acting, Godzilla began freebasing [[cocaine|radiation]] on a daily basis. Godzilla reflects:
   
In 2004, Godzilla expressed the desire to withdraw once again from the public spotlight. He now lives a peaceful life in his [[Texas]] ranch. Godzilla has hinted in recent months to a recording contract for a Country [[music]] album.
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{{cquote|I tried it all: [[USSR|Soviet]] and [[American]] nuclear submarines, geothermal radiation, nuclear spills, and even the occasional on-land power plant. I have to say, [[Japan]] has the finest radiation in the world, although the Chinese know what they’re doing too. [[Korea]]—well, let me just say this: when you’re in Korea, don’t metabolize their radiation; the comedown is awful.}}
2 years later, he was shot by a rocket launcher... which didn't work, as usual.
 
   
===Today===
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Godzilla’s radiation habit caused him to gain a great deal of weight. He ballooned to [[fat|50,000 tons]] and shot up to [[big|80 meters in height]], nearly double his size when in his acting prime. Godzilla had seemingly hit rock bottom. But then, in 1984, an exciting offer came his way. Godzilla’s career was about to be revived—again.
Godzilla recently signed a "monster" deal, 7 years, $70 million to play basketball for the New York Knicks. He will be penciled in as the starting Center for the team. During his inaugural interview he was logged as saying "I'm here to win, get my money, and give some bitches a fun ride". He resides in Sandy Park, a private community in northern New Jersey. He stated the Nets "suck" and is thrilled to rival them from MSG. He also was cast in a supporting role in the new Chris Tucker film, Paradise City. Its due for release in December 2009.
 
   
==Mother of Spyro?==
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==Later Film Career: The Heisei Series==
According to history, [[Spyro]] was raised by dragons who found him at there temple, this is only partly true. There are sources to suggest that Spyro's mother, was in-fact Godzilla, who laid his egg at the age of 16. The father, Ignitus, tried to hide the egg, as it was proof that he was a pedophile. Ignitus threw the egg down the river, and 7 years later, Spyro came back.
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[[Image:Goji6.jpg|thumb|left|400px|The beautiful Biollante, Godzilla's second love. Her suicide in 1990 caused Godzilla such grief that he began freebasing radiation again.]]
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This intriguing offer happened to be a film role—Godzilla’s first in almost a decade. Toho approached the monster, offering him the lead role in a remake/reboot/reimaging of his first role in the creatively titled ''Godzilla''. Godzilla accepted readily.
   
===Dispute===
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''Godzilla'' (the remake) was a rousing success, and it skyrocketed the now-aged Godzilla (the monster) into the spotlight once again, prompting him to get off the “radiation horse” for the first time in almost twenty years. Despite its success, Godzilla would have to wait another five years to get another role, this time alongside lovely female costar [[plant|Biollante]] in ''Godzilla vs. Biollante''. Although the film’s box office performance was disappointing, it introduced Godzilla to the second great romance in his life. The two made their relationship public shortly after the film’s premier, but their romance was cut short when Biollante committed [[suicide]] in the middle of [[Tokyo|Tokyo Bay]] in 1990. Godzilla called this the “greatest tragedy” of his entire life, and it prompted him to enter the deadly world of radiation once again.
The truth of this story is disputed, as it is full of plot holes, for starters, Spyro was born in the year 666, 1288 years before Godzilla was born. However there was once a portal that liked to the 19-hundreds and may have played some role in the event. Secondly Godzilla is a guy!
 
   
===Heresy===
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Godzilla would go on to make four more movies, but all were overshadowed by his constant radiation use. By the time of his death in 1995, Godzilla’s radiation use had bloated him to the absurd size of 100 meters tall and [[fat|60,000 tons in weight]].
   
As Godzilla is an incarnation of Jesus Christ, saying that Godzilla would even think of doing such unholy things is generally considered as heresy, and anyone claiming it to be true is generally gunned down on sight. Hung, drawn and quartered. Beheaded, eaten alive by alligators, given chines tea, forced to carry [[this guy]] up a mountain, locked in a cinema with "The sound of Music" replaying 3 times, force-fed chinese tea, then thrown into a pit full of bears.
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==Death and Legacy==
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Godzilla died in 1995, after a massive radiation overdose. To this day, he remains one of the most influential actors who ever lived (to Godzillasaurus actors in particular). Largely in his honor, a new generation of Japanese Godzillasaurus actors has taken up the mantle of “Godzilla,” and have starred in a half-dozen films of their own. Godzilla also served as the inspiration behind American rapper [[American Godzilla|Zilla’s]] ill-fated remake of the original film in 1998. In 1996, Godzilla was awarded a space on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
   
===Enemies===
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==See Also==
We all know Godzilla. He has lots of enemies. Like Mothra, Anguirus, King Ghidorah,Ebirah(weakling...), Monster Zero, Mecha Godzilla, and even King Kong (whoat the time was mistaken for Donkey Kong, but he kicked their asses for that saying that he "doesn't even wear a fucking red tie"). Some of them became his allies in some point( probably because they were bored and wanted something to do because some places don't allow giant radoactive creatures [go figure]), but Godzilla said that the one opponent he would love to face is none other than [[Chuck Norris]]!
 
Yeah Godzilla... good luck with that. (He's SO doomed...)
 
   
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* [[Rodan]]
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*[[Godzilla vs. Urethra]]
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*[[Bigpox]]
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*[[Gamera]]
 
*[[GINO]]
 
*[[Codzilla]]
 
*[[Godzilla Complex]]
 
*[[Kraid]]
 
*[[1-18-08]]
 
*[[Biotech]]
 
*[[Spyro]]
 
 
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Goji1

Godzilla, late in his career.

Daikaiju Gojira—also known by his on-screen moniker Godzilla—was a giant radioactive mutant dinosaur, and was one of Japan’s foremost film stars for nearly half a century. On the screen, Godzilla was known for his legendary acting range: he could play anything from an evil giant mutant dinosaur to a benevolent giant mutant dinosaur to an antiheroic giant mutant dinosaur, and everything in between. Off the screen, Godzilla was known for his brooding and often complex personal life. Of note are the friendships he forged with many of his costars (most notably Rodan, Anguirus and King Ghidorah); his tumultuous and sometimes rocky relationship with female costar Mothra; and his infamous radiation addiction, which finally cost the monster his life in 1995.

Early Life

Daikaiju Gojira was born to a small family of modest means on Lagos Island on May 31st, 1934. His father—a fellow Godzillasaurus—worked as the island’s alpha predator, catching and killing wild boars to maintain his family.

Godzilla’s childhood was typical of other surviving dinosaurs. However, in 1944, Godzilla had his first encounter with humankind. In his autobiography—simply titled Gojira: My Song (Toho Press, 1992)—he reflects:

Cquote1 Though I didn’t know this at the time, the island had been garrisoned by a small contingent of the Japanese Imperial Army. Later, the Americans came to drive them out. I had a bit of a, shall we say, altercation with the Americans as they landed on the beach. Cquote2

After this brief moment of intrigue, however, Godzilla’s life would remain fairly benign until his next encounter with humankind, this time in the early 1950s. At some point—Godzilla doesn’t remember when—his island served as a test site for nuclear weapons. The resulting radiation killed off Godzilla’s entire family, as well as all life on the island, but had the odd effect of making Godzilla 50 meters tall and giving him super powers. Godzilla, enraged at the death of his family, vowed to destroy human kind. In his biography, he writes:

Cquote1 I made a promise to myself that day to have my revenge on humankind. Naturally, this revenge would take the form of me constantly attacking the same four major Japanese cities, while leaving the rest of the world completely unharmed. However, if space aliens or another, more evil monster were to surface, I vowed I would defend human kind from said threat, so that later, I could continue destroying humankind, even after just saving them. Yes, I know, the whole thing’s very complicated. Cquote2

Early Film Career

Just as Godzilla was preparing to destroy Tokyo, however, he received word from his friend at the time—fellow monster Oodako the giant octopus—that movie company Toho was in the process of hold auditions for the lead role in an upcoming as-of-yet-untitled monster movie. Godzilla jumped at the opportunity, as he “had always wanted to star in a movie…destroying mankind could wait a bit, I suppose.”

Godzilla

Goji2

Godzilla's first role in 1954's Godzilla.

Daikaiju Gojira did well at the auditions, and hands-down earned the lead in the film, beating out eventual costars Anguirus and Rodan. The movie was still without a title, though, and it was suggested that the film be named after the leading monster. However, director Ishiro Honda thought that “Daikaiju Gojira” would make for an awkward movie title. He coined the nickname “Godzilla” for the lead, which would also come to serve as the film’s title.

Now with a lead and a title, production of Godzilla could finally begin. The undertaking was one of the most expensive ventures in film history: it called for a life-sized, fully functioning model of Tokyo to be built out of balsa wood, all at the studio’s expense.

Godzilla (the film) was a massive critical and commercial success, and catapulted Godzilla (the monster) into the international spotlight. Because of the success of Godzilla, Toho decided to hastily make sequel to capitalize on their hit. What resulted was Godzilla Raids Again, a film that was marred by a hurried script and numerous instances of production corner-cutting. Instead of building a life-sized model of Osaka, for instance, Toho studios decided to use the actual Osaka during filming; millions died. Furthermore, the film was received poorly by critics.

The failure of Godzilla Raids Again looked like it would essentially end Godzilla’s career. He reflects:

Cquote1 I was washed up—finished. I had my brief time in the spotlight, and now—for the moment, at least—it was gone. Such is life. There was nothing for me to do now, besides take my bows, pay my dues, and move on. Cquote2

Hiatus

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One of the tabloid photos that led to the homosexuality allegations.

Although Godzilla Raids Again was a failure, it did introduce Godzilla to Anguirus, as the two were costars. After both were chased out of the Japanese film industry, they became close friends, and bought a lot together on Monster Island. Japanese tabloids of the time ran sensationalistic stories that the two were homosexual lovers, a claim both deny vehemently to this day.

Godzilla’s retirement would last eight years. Then, in 1963, an American monster by the name of King Kongcame to Godzilla with an intriguing offer.

King Kong vs. Godzilla

King Kong asked Godzilla to star in an American-Japanese co-production that was to be titled King Kong vs. Godzilla. Godzilla jumped at the opportunity:

Cquote1 This was a second chance, of sorts—a chance to revive my career. I still wanted to act, and, needless to say, when the opportunity to do so literally came knocking at my door, I jumped at the chance. Plus, I’d always thought King Kong was a bit full of himself, so the opportunity to knock him down a peg or two tickled me a bit. Cquote2

Although the script called for King Kong to win, Godzilla didn’t particularly mind. The film was a rousing success, and revived Godzilla’s career. Ironically enough, King Kong’s career went into something of a downward spiral after King Kong vs. Godzilla: his next three film ventures—King Kong Escapes, King Kong (a remake of the original, staring Kong in an ironic, humorous role), and King Kong Lives—all failed miserably.

The Early Showa Series: Godzilla’s Prime

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The beautiful Mothra in her prime. She would eventually go on to marry Godzilla, and mother all three of the monster's children.

King Kong vs. Godzilla was followed by Mothra vs. Godzilla, a film important to Godzilla in more ways than one. Firstly, the film cemented his career, and ensured he would be a mainstay in films for years to come. Secondly, the film introduced Godzilla to Mothra, a promising young actress fresh off her own successful movie. Although the two were antagonists on screen, off the screen they were reportedly quite flirtatious. The two eventually began a romantic relationship.

Godzilla’s next film—Ghidorah the Three Headed Monster—was another massive success, as well as another important movie in the way of Godzilla’s personal life. Godzilla got to work extensively with Rodan for the first time—a monster he had auditioned with in 1954. After his failed audition, Rodan eventually went on to star in his own movie two years later. The two formed a friendship, and would frequently collaborate in the years to come.

Godzilla was also introduced to King Ghidorah, an ambitious up-and-coming multi-headed dragon from outer space. Godzilla has said on many occasions that King Ghidorah was “the finest actor” he’d ever worked with.

After the success of yet another film, Godzilla was at the peak of both his popularity and bankability. Shortly after shooting ended for Ghidorah the Three Headed Monster, Godzilla and Mothra married on Monster Island. The union produced children—a set of twins named Mothra Larva #1 and Mothra Larva #2—later that same year.

Godzilla’s next film was the ambitious Godzilla vs. Monster Zero. In addition to three of the four leads from the previous film reprising their roles (Mothra had opted out due to maternal duties), Toho contracted the Xillians—a race of aliens that bore an incredibly odd resemblance to Japanese men in jump suits—to serve as the film’s antagonists. The script called for a great deal—flying saucers, major cities, other planets (all of which faithfully built to scale out of balsa wood)—making this one of the most expensive films to date.

With yet another success under his belt, Godzilla’s fame clearly began to go to his head, and he succumbed to the temptations of both drugs and sex. On his first experimentation with radiation, he reflects:

Cquote1 I was first introduced to freebase radiation by Gamera sometime after I did Monster Zero. It was at a party, I recall, this kaiju get-together in Tokyo Bay. Gamera comes up to me, says “Goji, baby, you’ve got to try this, baby, it’s fabulous!” and so I try some. I, heh, spent the next two months slumbering at the bottom of the ocean floor...but I couldn’t get enough. Cquote2

Later Showa Series: The Downward Spiral

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Gigan. Many believed that she and Godzilla engaged in an affair durring the shooting of 1972's Godzilla vs. Gigan. Gigan was known in kaiju circles for practicing S&M: something she thoroughly enjoyed due to the fact her hands were giant sharpened hooks. Gigan passed away a broken woman in 2004.

Although Gamera’s experimentation with radiation ended shortly after it began, Godzilla became addicted. The shooting of Godzilla’s next film—Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster—was hindered by the monster and his sixty-trillion-yen-a-day habit. Filming would have to be stopped, sometimes for days at a time, so that Godzilla could get his fix. The movie was poorly received.

After Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster, Godzilla and Mothra had their third child, Manilla. However, the child was born a “radiation baby,” and died in 1969 at just two years old. Although this proved to be a massive shock to Godzilla and Mothra’s relationship, the two managed to stay together for another three years. Allegations that Godzilla had began an illicit affair with younger actress Gigan in 1972 finally pushed Mothra over the edge, and she divorced Godzilla later that same year. She retained custody of both their children, and retired from acting to reside on Infant Island.

Godzilla would go on to star in eight more films after the birth of Manilla, but none were as prestigious or as well received as those he did earlier in his career. Godzilla—still addicted to radiation—finally retired from acting in 1975.

Retirement

Single and no longer acting, Godzilla began freebasing radiation on a daily basis. Godzilla reflects:

Cquote1 I tried it all: Soviet and American nuclear submarines, geothermal radiation, nuclear spills, and even the occasional on-land power plant. I have to say, Japan has the finest radiation in the world, although the Chinese know what they’re doing too. Korea—well, let me just say this: when you’re in Korea, don’t metabolize their radiation; the comedown is awful. Cquote2

Godzilla’s radiation habit caused him to gain a great deal of weight. He ballooned to 50,000 tons and shot up to 80 meters in height, nearly double his size when in his acting prime. Godzilla had seemingly hit rock bottom. But then, in 1984, an exciting offer came his way. Godzilla’s career was about to be revived—again.

Later Film Career: The Heisei Series

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The beautiful Biollante, Godzilla's second love. Her suicide in 1990 caused Godzilla such grief that he began freebasing radiation again.

This intriguing offer happened to be a film role—Godzilla’s first in almost a decade. Toho approached the monster, offering him the lead role in a remake/reboot/reimaging of his first role in the creatively titled Godzilla. Godzilla accepted readily.

Godzilla (the remake) was a rousing success, and it skyrocketed the now-aged Godzilla (the monster) into the spotlight once again, prompting him to get off the “radiation horse” for the first time in almost twenty years. Despite its success, Godzilla would have to wait another five years to get another role, this time alongside lovely female costar Biollante in Godzilla vs. Biollante. Although the film’s box office performance was disappointing, it introduced Godzilla to the second great romance in his life. The two made their relationship public shortly after the film’s premier, but their romance was cut short when Biollante committed suicide in the middle of Tokyo Bay in 1990. Godzilla called this the “greatest tragedy” of his entire life, and it prompted him to enter the deadly world of radiation once again.

Godzilla would go on to make four more movies, but all were overshadowed by his constant radiation use. By the time of his death in 1995, Godzilla’s radiation use had bloated him to the absurd size of 100 meters tall and 60,000 tons in weight.

Death and Legacy

Godzilla died in 1995, after a massive radiation overdose. To this day, he remains one of the most influential actors who ever lived (to Godzillasaurus actors in particular). Largely in his honor, a new generation of Japanese Godzillasaurus actors has taken up the mantle of “Godzilla,” and have starred in a half-dozen films of their own. Godzilla also served as the inspiration behind American rapper Zilla’s ill-fated remake of the original film in 1998. In 1996, Godzilla was awarded a space on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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