Godzilla's Gender: Voice your opinion (and don't be a jerk)

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What is your opinion on Godzilla's gender?

I think Godzilla is a male only
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64%
I think Godzilla is a male, but I'm fine if he is interpreted as female
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10%
I think Godzilla is a female only
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1%
I think Godzilla is a female, but I'm fine if she is interpreted as male
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1%
I think Godzilla can be interpreted with either gender
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10%
I think Godzilla has no gender, only RAGE
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12%
Other (please specify)
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3%
 
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Postby Mechagigan » Wed Jul 08, 2015 4:37 pm

"King of the Monsters" probably only chose "King" because, let's face it, monster characters are more often than not male. King Kong, or most of Universal's monsters, for example. Plus, it's purely a B-Movie catchphrase... I wouldn't be surprised if there are a few other Kings of the Monsters floating around.

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Postby Hauntedmech » Thu Jul 09, 2015 12:04 pm

eabaker wrote:
Legendary Gojira wrote:Does the title "King of the Monsters" tell you anything?


But that's (ugh, I hate that I'm finding myself using this word twice in the same day on the same board, but, dammit, it fits) paratextual evidence, and so of secondary relevance at best.

Honestly, any evidence that anyone brings up either way in this argument can be summed up this way.

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Postby kamilleblu » Thu Jul 09, 2015 12:18 pm

Most of the confusion comes from the existence of children, which are never explicitly said to have direct relation to him. I think kpa said the best explanation was that he found and adopted them. Which makes sense because Dr. Yamane alluded to the possibility of other members of his species existing. Besides that, there's nothing else leaning towards Godzilla being female except Toho has referred to him with gender neutral pronouns. Yet they haven't been consistent with this, as they have also used male pronouns.

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Postby edgaguirus » Thu Jul 09, 2015 8:28 pm

Even when there were young, he was always refered to as the father or "papa", like in SOG.
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Postby eabaker » Thu Jul 09, 2015 8:30 pm

edgaguirus wrote:Even when there were young, he was always refered to as the father or "papa", like in SOG.


But can we assume that those characters have accurate in-universe knowledge of Godzilla's gender? (Not that I think it matters, but others might.)
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Postby Mechagigan » Thu Jul 09, 2015 8:41 pm

I mean, in the Showa universe, Godzilla is a pretty constant threat. It probably wouldn't be that far fetched to assume that scientists and the such put their all into understanding him/her as much as possible.

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Postby KingKaiju » Sun Jul 12, 2015 9:59 pm

He's a male, but he reproduces asexually :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby Young Guy » Mon Jul 13, 2015 1:24 am

I like how one person voted for "I think Godzilla is female only".

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Postby Vatarian » Mon Jul 13, 2015 1:30 am

My thoughts, reiterated.

-He's a building sized skreeonking dinosaur who gives a poop.
-Male, probably, as pronouns say. Perhaps determined through harvest of skin samples, but would not put it past Japan to mount an expidition to look up the skreeonking kaiju's figurative skirt.
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Postby GalacticPetey » Mon Jul 13, 2015 3:06 am

I mean, whith all the male pronouns, I see no reason why he wouldn't be male.
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Postby Godzilla2004fan » Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:24 am

Godzilla is totally male, but, in some scenes in the English dubs for the movies, they call him as HER.
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Postby Gojira18 » Mon Dec 10, 2018 6:51 am

Male. Nothing more, nothing less.

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Postby Terasawa » Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:04 am

Godzilla2004fan wrote:Godzilla is totally male, but, in some scenes in the English dubs for the movies, they call him as HER.


That’s never happened.
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Postby Maritonic » Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:16 am

Godzilla2004fan wrote:Godzilla is totally male, but, in some scenes in the English dubs for the movies, they call him as HER.


Yeah? Which ones?
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Postby Godzilla2004fan » Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:45 am

Terasawa wrote:
Godzilla2004fan wrote:Godzilla is totally male, but, in some scenes in the English dubs for the movies, they call him as HER.


That’s never happened.


Yes, it happened. In Godzilla: Final Wars, Douglas Gordon says "Godzilla thinks HER last battle still going on".

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Godzilla2004fan wrote:Godzilla is totally male, but, in some scenes in the English dubs for the movies, they call him as HER.


Yeah? Which ones?


Douglas Gordon says "Godzilla thinks HER last battle still going on".
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Postby edgaguirus » Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:20 pm

I haven't seen GFW for awhile. I'll need to look for that.
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Postby LockBite » Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:27 pm

Between the imagery in the fight scenes throughout the series (especially G2000, lol) and the way Godzilla is portrayed as a parent, I view every incarnation outside of 54 as a male. GMK, Shin, and Earth are probably out of the equation entirely, given their origins.

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Postby Terasawa » Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:03 pm

Godzilla2004fan wrote:
Terasawa wrote:
Godzilla2004fan wrote:Godzilla is totally male, but, in some scenes in the English dubs for the movies, they call him as HER.


That’s never happened.


Yes, it happened. In Godzilla: Final Wars, Douglas Gordon says "Godzilla thinks HER last battle still going on"


I checked it out and you’re right, my apologies, although Don Frye was not dubbed. So it’s not really accurate to say that’s the fault of a dubbed version, as he said that on set. And in fact, in the English version he’s replying to the line “Captain, he’s following us,” and to my knowledge the pronoun “he” is used throughout the dubbed English dialogue. (Also, interestingly enough, the French subtitles suggest Gordon said something along the lines of “Godzilla still thinks our last battle is going on.” I wonder if that was the original line and Don Frye messed it up? With few other English speakers on set to notice it’s possible. I think he said “her” but I also have to point out the guy mumbles the line. Maybe he said “our” and it sounds like “her.” Whatever, this movie is not worth this much thought.)

So why is Godzilla a female according to this singular line? I’m not sure, it might have been simply a mistake of whomever wrote the translated English dialogue for this movie. (Or again, maybe simply Frye’s mistake.) I believe evidence in films should be considered over other sources, but I’m also hesitant to read intent in dialogue written in English for a Japanese production. Let’s face it, the Toho Godzilla movies are not known to have good English dialogue or performances of it.

As far as I’m concerned there’s no reason Godzilla can’t be female. I just don’t think that’s the case based on evidence in other films. And they can’t even keep it straight in GFW: doesn’t the narrator refer to Godzilla as “King of the Monsters” during the pre-credit montage? (Too late for me to check, I already put this piece of poop back on the shelf.)
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Postby MechaGoji Bro7503 » Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:30 pm

Terasawa wrote:
As far as I’m concerned there’s no reason Godzilla can’t be female. I just don’t think that’s the case based on evidence in other films. And they can’t even keep it straight in GFW: doesn’t the narrator refer to Godzilla as “King of the Monsters” during the pre-credit montage? (Too late for me to check, I already put this piece of poop back on the shelf.)

Well, the English dub narrator does indeed say "King of the Monsters", I just checked.
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Postby Tyrant_Lizard_King » Tue Dec 11, 2018 6:32 pm

Monsters are only ever female when the plot calls for it. Usually because there's an egg or babies involved or at least the threat off it. Both Baby and Minya were Godzilla answering to distress signals they gave off. You notice after killing the Kamakiras Godzilla seems initially intent to let Minya fend for himself.

The line by the way is "our battle" not "her battle" I mean her battle doesn't even make sense when you think about hard enough.
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