Character Analysis: 8
A genetic mixture of rose and Godzilla cells
infused with the spirit of a young girl named Erika, Biollante
is by all accounts one of the more formidable creatures Toho
has yet created. The beast does have its drawbacks, as its offense
and mobility are a touch lower than what one would expect from
the most powerful monsters from the company, but excels in its
defensive might which enables it to wait out its opponents.
The meat of this article will focus on the creature's final
form, but it still pays to take a quick glance at the creature's
rose, or flower, form before continuing. In this early stage,
Biollante was immobile and relied primarily on its vines to
attack or defend. Constricting opponents was a key strategy
along with using the teethed vines to bite and shoot acidic
sap at enemies.
The biggest short coming of this stage is simply that Biollante
could not move, but it was still surprisingly effective at keeping
Godzilla at bay. An impressive feat considering that the flower's
weakness at this point in time was actually against Godzilla's
atomic ray, which eventually spelled its downfall despite trying
to use its vines as a shield to block the beam.
A look below the skin does not reveal too much new for this
stage, sadly. It's worth noting that this form is largely plant,
a difference with the second form, although still has characteristics
like muscles located within. The nucleus of this form is actually
located just below the flower itself too. If this is a weak
point or not is hard to say, although its location here would
seem to indicate that the large sacs at the base were possibly
just a storage place for the acidic sap and not a vital component
of the plant. Regardless, although not combatively impressive,
the creature in this form could probably still take on a number
of the more traditional tooth and claw characters created by
Biollante's final, or plant, form is one of the more powerful
Toho characters to date. Furthermore, the rest of the article
will henceforth refer to this form of the creature.
Before looking too much at the powers of the monster, however,
it seems appropriate to look below the skin of the monster to
see what new information might be revealed. At this stage too
it is interesting to note that the animal characteristics have
evolved to take dominance. No longer is the creature immobile,
now equipped with vine-like legs each equipped with bone and
muscle in order to allow the monster to stamped toward a target.
Despite more mammalian qualities taking over, though, the monster
still lacks much of the organs one would associate with an animal,
including a brain for example. Instead, it relies on a central
nucleus similar to its rose form. The nucleus is located in
the center of the gigantic orange orb found in her chest. If
this is a weak point or not is unknown, although Godzilla struck
the outside of the orb with his ray without any adverse effect
to Biollante. Furthermore, its lack of organs probably reduces
the overall vital areas that could be targeted by foes at the
As seen in the above cutaway, the vines of the creature are
actually reinforced by bone. This is not too surprising given
the fangs on the vines, which are in fact sharp teeth rather
than the leaf blades one associates with the venus flytrap which
likely inspired their design. The significance of this, though,
comes from their potential use as weapons. In fact, because
of their bone structure, Biollante was able to use the pointed
vines as almost daggers, effectively ramming one through Godzilla's
hand and breaking through her opponent's own bone located there.
Surprisingly, this attack was probably the most deadly in its
arsenal, as it could prove quite fatal to enemies without regeneration
powers or if Biollante was lucky enough to pierce a vital location
with this attack.
Easy to overlook, although extremely effective against certain
targets, while descending to the Earth as numerous spores Biollante
had the interesting quality of interfering with electronic transmissions.
This allowed the monster, within moments, to disable the entire
Self Defense Force at the Wakasa plains. Masers, tanks, the
T.C. system, communication, everything was compromised as the
creature then used its vines to destroy the forces before arising
to attack Godzilla. The importance of this falls in its use
against certain opponents, in particular mechs like Mechagodzilla
or Moguera who would be knocked out from a confrontation with
Biollante almost instantly. It should be noted, though, that
the effects of the spores were temporary, as the T.C. system
was used effectively to finish off the Saradian agent after
Biollante had left the area .
One of Biollante's more talked about abilities is her regeneration.
This power not only allowed the creature to produce vines almost
as quickly as Godzilla was able to destroy them, but also staved
off much of the nuclear leviathan's attacks. The most famous
example of this, as is documented quite frequently, was Godzilla's
attack on Biollante's head. Using his atomic ray, Godzilla blasted
through the monster's mouth, blowing out the other side of her
back. Yet moments later the creature is shown without any damage
at all. Is this a special effects slipup? Possibly, although
it's certainly not out of the question to be part of her powers
given Godzilla's own regenerative feats from which her cells
are derived from. Furthermore, her ability to quickly reproduce
vines, bone and all, speak for her regeneration on their own.
The lack of any true vital organs in the head area likely helped
with this process as well, as certainly had Godzilla suffered
a similar blow he would have been taken down considering how
quickly the King of the Monsters fell when its spinal brain
Radioactive Sap Spray:
As mentioned in the cutaway,
Biollante's sap spray is strong enough to eat through diamond,
a feat that would make quick work of the Heisei series Mechagodzilla.
In practice, the spray did not appear all that effective, mostly
just slowing Godzilla down or temporarily blinding him during
their battle. This is probably because Godzilla's own regeneration
was able to counteract the effect, reducing its overall offensive
properties. It's a point that shows favorably to Godzilla's
own strong regenerative powers, and also points to the spray
being relatively mild against such opponents except for being
able to hinder their eyesight. How lethal the spray would be
to a target without feats related to regeneration is something
that would be more interesting to discover, although nothing
much can be said beyond its ability to dissolve diamond and
its shown effect on Godzilla himself.
Biollante is tough, especially to modern machine based opponents.
She has the defense to hang in for long battles, quickly regenerating
damage which she sustains. Her offense leaves something to be
desired compared to other characters who could be considered
Toho's most powerful, but has an effective weapon in the vines
to eventually get lucky with a vital organ and the spray for
foes without regenerative powers. Her weakness is against foes
which can fly far above and attack effectively, since all of
her attacks have a limit to their range and she is not mobile
enough to offer any other resistance. Still, there are many
Toho characters who would fall when facing up against this behemoth.