Best human characters in Godzilla films

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Favorite Human Character

Dr. Serizawa (Gojira)
8
40%
Joe Brody (Godzilla 2014)
0
No votes
Dr. Ishiro Serizawa (Godzilla 2014)
1
5%
Mr. Tako (King Kong vs Godzilla)
0
No votes
Captain Gordon (Godzilla Final Wars)
1
5%
Akane Yashiro (Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla)
1
5%
Genshiro Shiragami (Godzilla vs Biollante)
0
No votes
Rando Yaguchi (Shin Godzilla)
2
10%
Mr. Shindo (Godzilla vs King Ghidorah)
0
No votes
Miki Saegusa (All of the post GvKG Heisei films)
1
5%
Mitsuo Katagiri (Godzilla 2000)
0
No votes
Dr. Mafune (Terror of Mechagodzilla)
0
No votes
Dr. Yamane (Gojira)
0
No votes
Emiko Yamane (Gojira)
0
No votes
Sakurai (KKvsG)
0
No votes
Sakai (Mothra vs. Godzilla)
0
No votes
Kumayama (Mothra vs. Godzilla)
0
No votes
Torahata (Mothra vs. Godzilla)
0
No votes
Detective Shindo (Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster)
0
No votes
Glenn (Invasion of Astro Monster)
4
20%
Planet X Controller (Invasion of Astro Monster)
0
No votes
Daiyo (Ebirah)
0
No votes
Goro Maki (Son of Godzilla)
0
No votes
Katsura (Terror of Mechagodzilla)
1
5%
X (Godzilla Final Wars)
1
5%
 
Total votes: 20

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Best human characters in Godzilla films

Postby Gojira18 » Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:44 pm

Now, Godzilla films aren't exactly known for compelling human characters, but a certain few break the mold in a big way. I want to know who YOU think is the best human character in a Godzilla movie.
I'd personally say either Dr. Serizawa from the original Gojira film, or Joe Brody from 2014. How about you guys?
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Re: Best human characters in Godzilla films

Postby Maritonic » Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:48 pm

Now, I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed, but I'm faiiiirly certain there are more interesting characters than just these 7 in all of the 30+ films in this franchise.
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Re: Best human characters in Godzilla films

Postby Gojira18 » Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:49 pm

Maritonic wrote:Now, I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed, but I'm faiiiirly certain there are more interesting characters than just these 7 in all of the 30+ films in this franchise.

I know. I just consider these 7 as the most notable examples. Different opinions will exist.
But, to humor you, what other characters would you add so I can edit the poll?
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Re: Best human characters in Godzilla films

Postby Maritonic » Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:56 pm

Yaguchi from Shin, Mr. Shindo Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, Katagiri from Godzilla 2000, Miki Saegusa from you know the entire Heisei series, Steven Martin from King of the Monsters, JUST to name a few off the top of my head.
If you're going to make a poll, you should include others that may not be your favorites, but might be other's.
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Re: Best human characters in Godzilla films

Postby Gojira18 » Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:01 pm

Maritonic wrote:Yaguchi from Shin, Mr. Shindo Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, Katagiri from Godzilla 2000, Miki Saegusa from you know the entire Heisei series, Steven Martin from King of the Monsters, JUST to name a few off the top of my head.
If you're going to make a poll, you should include others that may not be your favorites, but might be other's.

Done and done. Thank you for the suggestions!
And I wouldn't say these are ALL my favorites, exactly. I just used what I thought popped in the fandoms head as favorite characters thanks to experience.

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Re: Best human characters in Godzilla films

Postby LegendZilla » Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:08 pm

Dr Mafune is a fav of mine.
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Postby Gojira18 » Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:09 pm

LegendZilla wrote:Dr Mafune is a fav of mine.

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Postby szmigiel » Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:40 pm

I can't decide between Glen and Fuji

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Re: Best human characters in Godzilla films

Postby eabaker » Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:41 pm

Others worth adding:

Dr. Yamane (Gojira)
Emiko Yamane (Gojira)
Sakurai (KKvsG)
Furue (KKvsG)
Sakai (Mothra vs. Godzilla)
Junko (Mothra vs. Godzilla)
Kumayama (Mothra vs. Godzilla)
Torahata (Mothra vs. Godzilla)
Detective Shindo (Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster)
Naoko Shindo (Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster)
Princess Salno (Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster)
Glenn (Invasion of Astro Monster)
Fuji (Invasion of Astro Monster)
Tetsuo (Invasion of Astro Monster)
Planet X Controller (Invasion of Astro Monster)
Yoshimura (Ebirah)
Daiyo (Ebirah)
Goro Maki (Son of Godzilla)
Furukawa (Son of Godzilla)
Gengo (Godzilla vs. Gigan)
Tomoko (Godzilla vs. Gigan)
Kubota (Godzilla vs. Gigan)
Katsura (Terror of Mechagodzilla)
Maor Kuroki (Biollante)
Dr. Shiragami (Biollante)
Lt. Gondo (Biollante)
Maj. Yuki (SpaceGodzilla)
Miyasaka (Godzilla 2000)
X (Godzilla Final Wars)
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Re: Best human characters in Godzilla films

Postby KaijuCanuck » Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:46 pm

Whoever the egg guy was in Mothra vs. Godzilla, and the bum in Return of Godzilla, should also be added.

No, I'm not joking! :evil:

Also the lead, the reporter and Katagiri's second-in-command, from Godzilla 2000 were all great characters and should be added.

Come to think of it, Godzilla 2000 might have the best all-round cast of the whole franchise.
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Postby MechaGoji Bro7503 » Fri Nov 02, 2018 2:22 pm

Doctor Mafune and Katsura are the two human characters that come into mind whenever I think about Godzilla movies in general, they're just that good. Characters don't always need to change greatly or have a lot of development to be "good", they just have to pop out when compared to others around them.

Yuri Tachibana and her father Admiral Tachibana are also characters I really like from GMK. I love how determined they both are. I guess father-daugher duos are usually great in the Godzilla franchise.
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Re: Best human characters in Godzilla films

Postby eabaker » Fri Nov 02, 2018 2:22 pm

KaijuCanuck wrote:Whoever the egg guy was in Mothra vs. Godzilla... should also be added.


Nakamura. I thought about suggesting him! :D

Also the lead, the reporter and Katagiri's second-in-command, from Godzilla 2000 were all great characters and should be added.

Come to think of it, Godzilla 2000 might have the best all-round cast of the whole franchise.


I already suggested Miyasaka. And I agree, Godzilla 2000 has a really strong ensemble. At the time, I really felt like the Shinoa/Miyasaka/Katagiri dynamic should have been explored over the course of a trilogy.
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Postby Zarm » Fri Nov 02, 2018 2:38 pm

Yeah, I'd third other characters from 2000. Right now, Miki, Akane, and Gordon are the only viable contenders, for me... but I'd take a majority of eabaker's list (or Shinoda) over them.
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Re: Best human characters in Godzilla films

Postby Gojira18 » Fri Nov 02, 2018 3:05 pm

I can only fit 25 on the poll. So this is final. No more changes.

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Postby Mr_Goji_and_Watch » Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:13 pm

The trios in the original Godzilla and Mothra vs Godzilla are the cream of the crop. No doubt about it.
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Re: Best human characters in Godzilla films

Postby eabaker » Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:14 pm

Mr_Goji_and_Watch wrote:The trios in the original Godzilla and Mothra vs Godzilla are the cream of the crop. No doubt about it.


The original has a quartet of leads. Which one are you discounting?
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Re: Best human characters in Godzilla films

Postby KaijuCanuck » Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:19 pm

Given the choices, I guess I gotta go with Rando Yaguchi. It was a close call with Dr. Mafune, but Yaguchi is just so darn likable.
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Postby Tyrant_Lizard_King » Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:50 pm

Hard to choose. I mean Joe is easily the best thing about G14 by a wide margin. He puts in a better performance than the entire rest of the cast combined. There's gotta be something said for that. I really do like the cast of both GMK and Son of Godzilla. Son has one of the most enjoyable casts in the whole series. It's one of the reasons I love it so much.
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Re: Best human characters in Godzilla films

Postby Mr_Goji_and_Watch » Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:00 pm

eabaker wrote:The original has a quartet of leads. Which one are you discounting?

Yamane because he's not involved in the turning point at Serizawa's house right after Godzilla's attack. Yamane raises lots of interesting questions and points for the audience, explains a couple of things and finally spells out the ending, but I always thought the most important characters were Emiko, Serizawa, and Ogata since they're pretty much the emotional core of the movie.
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Re: Best human characters in Godzilla films

Postby Maritonic » Sat Nov 03, 2018 7:01 am

eabaker wrote:Others worth adding:

Dr. Yamane (Gojira)
Emiko Yamane (Gojira)
Sakurai (KKvsG)
Furue (KKvsG)
Sakai (Mothra vs. Godzilla)
Junko (Mothra vs. Godzilla)
Kumayama (Mothra vs. Godzilla)
Torahata (Mothra vs. Godzilla)
Detective Shindo (Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster)
Naoko Shindo (Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster)
Princess Salno (Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster)
Glenn (Invasion of Astro Monster)
Fuji (Invasion of Astro Monster)
Tetsuo (Invasion of Astro Monster)
Planet X Controller (Invasion of Astro Monster)
Yoshimura (Ebirah)
Daiyo (Ebirah)
Goro Maki (Son of Godzilla)
Furukawa (Son of Godzilla)
Gengo (Godzilla vs. Gigan)
Tomoko (Godzilla vs. Gigan)
Kubota (Godzilla vs. Gigan)
Katsura (Terror of Mechagodzilla)
Maor Kuroki (Biollante)
Dr. Shiragami (Biollante)
Lt. Gondo (Biollante)
Maj. Yuki (SpaceGodzilla)
Miyasaka (Godzilla 2000)
X (Godzilla Final Wars)


Some of these aren't "Human", though. ;)
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