Barubaroi バルバロイ

Barubaroi
Barubaroi

Conceived By : Koichi Kawakita, Hideki Oka & Kaoru Kamikiku

Powers / Weapons

Evolves via consumption of other organisms and can imperfectly mimic their appearance; fragmented pieces can take on a life of their own; adept swimmer; flight; atomic ray; crab-like legs on belly for crawling; flexible fin-like legs for standing and walking

CONSIDERED FOR

Godzilla vs. Barubaroi (1995)

Series // Unused Character

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History

A shapeshifting monster intended to be the antagonist of the final movie in the Heisei Godzilla VS series. Starting off life as a tiny organism, Barubaroi would have been found in Tokyo Bay in 1954 where the Oxygen Destroyer was used to kill the first Godzilla, then transported to a lab for further testing. Years later, it would escape confinement from a G-Force lab, traveling the world's oceans and consuming other wildlife. Finally, after growing to gigantic size, Barubaroi would face Godzilla in a duel to the death, with the latter dying either at the hands of Barubaroi or by other means.

While a number of variations for the Barubaroi monster and its movie, Godzilla vs. Barubaroi, exist, the version submitted by Hideki Oka with concept artwork done by Kaoru Kamikiku proved to be the most influencial during production. Due to its ability to shapeshift depending on what living organism it consumed, Barubaroi was intended to have a multitude of forms, including:

Its ability to transform was remarked as being akin to Hedorah, though its body would have sported many more eyes and limbs, and it would gain abilities depending on its diet, such as being able to fire an atomic ray after eating pieces of Godzilla's flesh from Birth Island.

As development continued, Barubaroi's number of forms would be cut down somewhat while it underwent a total redesign to look more crustacean-like, a theme inspired by some of Toho monster designer Minoru Yoshida's later concepts. And with the design change came with it a new name, thus marking the end of one of Toho's most bizarre conceptions.


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Trivia
  • The "Barubaroi Color" picture in the gallery was done by artist hea777 using Kaoru Kamikiku's black-and-white concept sketch as a basis for use by Toho Kingdom. The colored look is an interpretation, and not Toho's official colors for the unused character.
  • Extensive coverage of this monster can be found in the 2012 Japanese publication Heisei Godzilla Perfection (ISBN: 4048861190), while a large number of concept artwork and additional details are from Shinji Nishikawa: Drawing Book of Godzilla (ISBN: 480030959X).
  • In Kawakita's book Heisei Godzilla Chronicle (ISBN: 4873763193), several proposed designs featured for Barubaroi included pre-existing scrapped concepts for Bagan from Mothra vs. Bagan, such as one of Nishikawa's Demon God Beast designs and Yasushi Nirasawa's earlier sketches.
  • In one of Nishikawa's confrontation sketches, it features Barubaroi looming over Godzilla while emitting smoke from its sides. While the design went unused, the idea of smoke spewing from the monster was later incorporated into Destoroyah.

    Nishikawa also drew influence from a wide variety of sources for his many designs, including various sea creatures and marine life, quadrupedal mammals such as bulls, organisms from the Precambrian era, Gunhed, and even Gigan. One design even had an Oxygen Destroyer-esque capsule attached to its back.
  • The name of "Barubaroi" means "barbarian" in ancient Greek. After learning how the term was derogatory in nature, Toho opted for a name change, eventually settling on "Destoroyah" for the finalized monster.