Trilopod トリロポッド


Alpha - Beta - Hybrid
Trilopod (Alpha)
Trilopod (Alpha)

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Powers / Weapons

Absorbing bite; genetic fusion

Appearances

Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #19 (2014); Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #20, #21, #22, #23

Series // IDW

Roar

Description

The Cryog empire, under the leadership of Emperor Karkaro, gave birth to a new kind of weapon: the parasitic hunters, the Trilopods. To perform at maximum efficiency when conquering and destroying worlds, two distinct variations were made. One which acted as the warrior brood, capable of taking the fight to the enemy; whereas the other was designed to be parasitic, draining the genetic component of organic beings and enhancing the larger Trilopods to evolve and adapt. Proving to be reliable in wars and interplanetary conquest, the Trilopods marched on, with very few to oppose them.

The moment the Cryogs found signs of cosmic activity was the day that the destructive might of the Trilopods would be put to the ultimate test. Guided by the Trilopods’ ability to detect bio-signatures, several of them were stored in a hunting pod and sent straight to a planet known as Earth. When their pod crash landed in Machu Picchu, where the dueling Godzilla and Megaguirus were, the Trilopods stepped out of their shuttles and prepared for battle.

Trilopod (Alpha)The first wave initiated the fight, with the smaller, lithe anomalocarids rushing in to collect needed material. While Godzilla was able to fend off the ravenous critters, Megaguirus was less fortunate, her genetic components siphoned. More swarmed Godzilla, who put up a fight until he was restrained by one of the Beta Trilopods. Meanwhile, the diminutive Trilopod latched itself onto the back of another of the Trilopod warriors and began a transmutation. Injecting and fusing with the Beta Trilopod, the alien warrior gained features and powers derived from that of Megaguirus.

Godzilla freed himself by channeling his nuclear pulse, killing the other Trilopods that surrounded him and tossed one of the larvae carcasses at a retreating Megaguirus. However, he was quickly incapacitated by the newfound power of the Megaguirus-Trilopod and was flown to the landing zone of the hive.

All over the world, the monsters fought for their lives and for the greater protection of the Earth. From the Monster Islands facility, the Northern Territory in Australia, and Los Angeles, the Alpha Trilopods functioned to harvest the genetic material from Earth’s monsters. Even those from beyond the stars were not spared from the onslaught, as SpaceGodzilla was driven to Los Angeles, and paved the way for the SpaceGodzilla-infused Trilopod that abused its power.

After Godzilla and SpaceGodzilla fought for their lives against the mutated Trilopods, the crystalline reptile took to space and abandoned Godzilla to the threat that had yet to come. As the massive hive descended from the outermost reaches of space, more of the monstrous anomalocaris fed on Godzilla’s incredible bio-energy and injected them into the bipedal arthropods.

Among the last of the creatures to be harvested, the Trilopods were deployed to Okinawa to collect the last of the Earth’s monsters. Though the Alpha Trilopod tried to absorb King Caesar, it proved insufficient due to golem’s mineral components, then was fiercely torn in half by the ancient guardian. While the Beta Trilopod successfully retrieved King Caesar for the harvesting process, this marked the last documented usage of the Alpha Trilopods. While there may have been more unseen, most had merged with their Beta counterparts with their assimilated powers, with the fate of the host monsters left to be food for the grand and powerful Magita.


Powers / Weapons
Absorbing Bite

Absorbing Bite

Alpha Trilopods use their serrated mouths and pedipalps to suckle on the blood and genetic components from an organic kaiju. Their backs inflate with the stored material then make preparations to fuse with the larger Beta Trilopod.

   
Genetic Fusion

Genetic Fusion

Climbing onto the back of a Beta Trilopod, the smaller Alpha sinks its pedipalps into the nape. Parasitic in nature, the Alpha’s tissue fuses with the Beta, and their appearance alters corresponding with the genetic donor. This process allows them to evolve into the Hybrid Trilopod and use the powers of whoever the Alpha siphoned from.


Background and Trivia
  • After receiving approval from Toho to create a new monster for Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, the idea was tossed around for which direction to take the concept. The team behind Rulers - Chris Mowry, Matt Frank, Jeff Zornow, Priscilla Tramontano, and Bobby Curnow - came up with an idea on how to circumvent Toho's "no kill" rule in place for their classic monsters. Per Chris Mowry: "If we wanted to kill off Rodan, we couldn’t. But a hybrid of Rodan, a clone of sorts, that was okay to do."

    Matt Frank was repsonsible for coming up with the "Trilopod" name. The evolution of these new monsters "was based a lot on the Mospeada series from Robotech, and more specifically, the Invid. They had a number of different styles to those creatures and we decided to have the morphology involved using two forms of Trilopod which merge into one large creature." Special thanks to Chris Mowry for the information provided to Toho Kingdom staff.
  • In an interview with Godzilla: Rulers of Earth creators Chris Mowry and Matt Frank with Toho Kingdom in 2015, Matt suggested that the monsters all be one species as opposed to a "menagerie" that Mowry initially pitched. It was later pinned by Mowry to make them a shapeshifter/power-stealing species, while Matt suggested they take the form of giant bugs/trilobites.
  • Godzilla: Rulers of Earth co-creator Matt Frank noted on his Tumblr page his personal theory on the origin of the Trilopods as being a species from a planet conquered by the Cryog, who were then biologically altered using Orga's DNA. Any connection between the Trilopods and Orga is never explicitly stated in the comics.



Trilopod (Beta)
Trilopod (Beta)

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Powers / Weapons

Energy absorption; absorbing bite; laser beams

Appearances

Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #17 (2014); Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #19, #20, #21, #22, #23, #25

Series // IDW

Roar

Description

After Godzilla and Anguirus thwarted an attempted invasion by the Cryogs, Lucy Casprell, a young and blossoming megazoologist, came into contact with the unconscious psychics, Mallory and Minette. Her mind became compromised by a vision, one filled with chaos and destruction in its wake. Among them, she saw Godzilla and an ancient guardian standing against the fleet of alien warships, as well as the clawed silhouette of a threat unlike anything the Earth had ever seen, one that would make itself known in due time...

Efficient hunters acting on behalf of the Cryog Emperor, the Trilopods were the pinnacle weapon of choice used for interplanetary conquest. World after world fell during their galactic raids, pillaging planets for their abundant resources while driving the native inhabitants to extinction. Often paired with the smaller insectoid Alphas, the Beta Trilopods served as the offensive line against any threat that opposed the ever-expanding Cryog empire. By the end of a war, any viable hosts were harvested to the benefit of the Trilopod army, then fed to Magita to ensure their continued conquest.

Trilopod (Beta)Yet all came to a head when a Cryog distress signal lured Emperor Karkaro and his men to a distant planet called Earth. Knowing full well of Commander Rhizon’s humiliation, Karkaro deployed a hunting pod to Machu Picchu to track down and capture the massive bio-signatures originating from the planet. Zipping by Rhizon’s warship, the capsule crashed near where Godzilla and Megaguirus had been fighting. The techno-organic enclosure split apart, revealing the danger that laid within.

Stepping forth from the pod, the hunters had arrived.

The Alphas were first to strike, ingesting their lithe bodies with the genetic material of the two giant monsters. Though they had been successful in siphoning from Megaguirus, Godzilla proved to be troublesome. Through the intervention of a larger Beta Trilopod, the monster king was restrained by clamping his jaws shut, letting the crawlers freely absorb Godzilla’s genetic makeup.

Much to the horror of Godzilla, he bore witnesses to the shocking events that transpired before his very eyes; the birth of the new kind of Trilopod. Using his nuclear power, he freed himself, but not before being rendered unconscious by the terrifying power beheld by the Megaguirus-Trilopod, who began to take him to the Trilopod hive.

Others soon followed. All across the globe, the threat of the Trilopods were made known. From the Monster Islands to Los Angeles, and even further beyond, their catastrophe brought about the darkest days of the Earth. Even the likes of the mighty SpaceGodzilla had trouble dealing with the swarm, his power siphoned and injected into yet another of the bipedal Trilopods. The fate of the world, and Rhizon’s plans to use Earth’s monsters to usurp his emperor, would be brought to an end.

The residents of the Monster Islands were quickly overrun, besieged by the wrath of the Trilopods. Many of the monsters fell victim to their might, including Baragon, Rodan, and Kumonga. However, even in the worst of it, the Gargantuas, Sanda and Gaira held their own. Gaira rescued his brother from capture by slamming a burning rock against the towering Trilopod, then proceeded to tag-team against the large brute. The Gargantuas were successful in slaying the Trilopod, ripping off one of its scythe-like arms and driving it through the abdominal region. Yet just as quickly, a Kumonga-Trilopod webbed Gaira up, forcing Sanda to confront the alien insectoid.

Among these many laden conflicts, in the Northern Territories of Australia, the formidable and ancient Gorosaurus fought back ferociously. With swift and powerful bites, Gorosaurus had slain several Trilopods before it tore off one of the scythe-like limbs from another of the alien warriors, but unfortunately ran the risk of having its genetic material siphoned by the small crawlers. The Beta Trilopod knocked the prehistoric dinosaur to the ground, allowing the Alpha Trilopod to inject and fuse with it, taking on the appearance of the theropod. The bizarre alien quickly rendered the dinosaur unconscious, hauling it back to the hive.

Trilopod (Beta)With SpaceGodzilla’s power harvested, Los Angeles became a battleground between terrifying forces of destruction. Godzilla and SpaceGodzilla begrudgingly formed a truce and fought vigorously against the crystal-imbued Trilopod and the Meganula-derivative alien. Through wits and power, they were able to overwhelm the dual menace, with Godzilla expending his energy and incinerating the SpaceGodzilla-Trilopod. As Magita’s cocoon loomed overhead, SpaceGodzilla retreated and Godzilla was left subjugated to the hive, which birthed three Trilopod-Godzillas in their place.

In learning about the location of another monster, King Caesar, the Trilopod forces were deployed to Okinawa. Battra, who had arrived to dispose of the ancient golem, found itself retreating in the presence of the Trilopods. While King Caesar had bested one of the larvae that threatened the humans, the golem took Lucy, the Shobijin, and her companions and willingly gave itself over, dragged into the Trilopod shuttle that would lead them back to Los Angeles.

When the time of harvesting came, the last of the techno-organic rockets that hailed from Okinawa was compromised. After securing in place of Magita’s complex digestive tract, the shudders opened as the Beta Trilopod tried to make an escape. Instead, the alien warrior was torn in two at the waist, subjugated by King Caesar’s wrath. The ancient golem set on freeing the captives bounded to the organic mesh that held them back. When Godzilla uttered his grand warcry, King Caesar and the army of Earth monsters sprung into action and turned the tide of battle against the mass army.

While they had proven victorious, their preemptive celebration was cut short by the awakening of a true monster. Towering over even the King of the Monsters, the ferocity of the Trilopod Queen, Magita, would make itself known.


Powers / Weapons
Energy Absorption

Energy Absorption

After fusing with an Alpha Trilopod, the morphology of the Beta changes depending on the genetic material sapped by the Alpha, though they keep key Trilopod characteristics and become a Hybrid Trilopod. This process also allows the individual Trilopods to adopt a wide range of powers and abilities, like Megaguirus’ super-vibrating speed or SpaceGodzilla’s cosmic powers.

   
Unused

Absorbing Bite / Laser Beams

Like their smaller counterparts, the Beta Trilopods have the potential to absorb genetic material through their pedipalps and serrated teeth. However, they cannot mutate or wield the host’s abilities to the same extent as when they fuse with the Alphas, relegated to either a select few powers or features. This is never demonstrated during their invasion of Earth.

In addition, the Betas can launch six low-level offensive energy beams from the ports along the ribs. These red lasers inflict mild damage. The attack goes unused during the invasion of Earth, although the Megaguirus-Trilopod does harness the inherited alien power in conjunction with Megaguirus’ signature attack against Godzilla.


Background and Trivia
  • In an interview with Godzilla: Rulers of Earth creators Chris Mowry and Matt Frank with Toho Kingdom in 2015, the initial pitch would have featured the final opponents being a wide variety of monsters like a “big crazy monster zoo.” However, the concept was streamlined into a singular species of power-stealing arthropods.

    The original design for the Beta Trilopod was conceived by Frank in a thumbnail sketch, which was then passed to artist Jeff Zornow to refine it. Frank then put the finishing touches into the finalized design. The core design of the Trilopods were influenced by the iconic H.R. Geiger’s Xenomorph from the Alien franchise and the Invid race from the anime series Genesis Climber MOSPEADA.
  • According to Matt Frank via his Tumblr, some of Orga’s early concept art provided inspiration for the Trilopods, keeping in line with the “man-in-suit” build.
  • The additional abilities of “absorbing bite” and “laser beams” are noted on the monster’s concept art. The more detailed specifics of the Beta's absorbing bite were mentioned by Matt Frank on his Tumblr.
  • The Trilopods in general have no designated height or weight stats, though writer Chris Mowry believes them to be "proportionate" to the average monster size, with the "Alpha being much smaller, and lower to the ground" like Mothra Larva, while the Beta is "taller and more closely resembling the kaiju specs." Special thanks to Chris Mowry for the information provided to Toho Kingdom staff.



Trilopod (Hybrid)
Trilopod (Hybrid)

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Powers / Weapons

Host abilities; absorbing bite; laser beams

Appearances

Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #20 (2015); Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #21, #22, #23, #24, #25

Series // IDW

Roar

Description

Karkaro’s army of arthropodic monsters were infamous in the galaxy, and perhaps for good reason. In their many sieges, he had deployed a vast army of anomalocarid hunters to conquer and destroy. Yet what made them feared was not just their physical prowess, but a surprise that made them difficult to deal with...

Nearby, Godzilla witnessed the horrors he was soon to face: as a bloated, multi-legged Trilopod crawled upon the back of one of the warrior Trilopods and began to fuse. The Alpha became one with the Beta, who in turn acquired traits from Megaguirus. Godzilla freed himself by a nuclear pulse, decapitating the head of the one that restrained him in the process. However, even Godzilla was incapacitated by the Megaguirus-infused Trilopod, rendered unconscious by a powerful laser blast imbued with the Meganula Queen’s own power. Unable to fight, Godzilla was taken by the augmented Trilopod up north, where the hive was projected to land.

Soon enough, the world-over became a war zone against Karkaro’s Trilopod army, and scattered all across the globe. Several of which found their way to the Monster Islands, which was already locked in combat against the invading Battra. Most of the monsters were quickly subjugated and harvested, taking possession of the traits and powers of Baragon, Rodan, Kumonga, and Battra.

Although the Gargantua brothers Sanda and Gaira were successful in killing one of the Beta Trilopods, Gaira was quickly webbed up, leaving Sanda to combat against the arachnid-fusion until his inevitable defeat. Likewise, Battra found himself saved by his psychic compatriots, Mallory and Minette, after being trapped underfoot by his Trilopod counterpart. Mustering all their strength, Mallory and Minette freed Battra by demolishing the mutant hybrid’s head with their psychic powers, only to quickly collapse thereafter.

Trilopod (Hybrid)Elsewhere in the world, the Trilopods were on the hunt for an ancient dinosaur of the Earth’s distant past. Gorosaurus fought back ferociously, but in the end his genetic material was taken and used to birth the Gorosaurus-Trilopod. Evading Gorosaurus’ lethal Kangaroo Kick, the bizarre alien retaliated with its own Kangaroo Kick and rendered the dinosaur unconscious, storing the body in the pod to bring to the hive.

Meanwhile, the SpaceGodzilla-enhanced Trilopod fought against its organic counterpart, while Godzilla rose from unconsciousness, only to be knocked over by the supersonic speeds of the Megaguirus-Trilopod. Both Godzillas were ensnared by the SpaceGodzilla-Trilopod’s Gravity Tornado and slammed against each other. Suddenly, a quick strike from the military merely distracted the Trilopod hybrids, at the very least keeping the Megaguirus-Trilopod at bay.

Utilizing the power of its crystals, the crystalline Trilopod summoned a swath of crystal spires, entrapping SpaceGodzilla and aimed a barrage at the space beast. Yet the Homing Ghosts were quickly destroyed through the intervention of Godzilla’s atomic flames, who gave SpaceGodzilla enough of a chance to fight back. All the while, Godzilla pulled out a crystal club and smashed it against the SpaceGodzilla-Trilopod, only for the Megaguirus-based Trilopod to discharge a massive fireball, separating Godzilla and SpaceGodzilla.

Speedy and always a step ahead, the Megaguirus-Trilopod laid the floor against SpaceGodzilla. Dragging him around and outmaneuvering him with quick, precise strikes, the winged Trilopod overwhelmed the crystalline doppelganger through a lethal combination of power and speed. It wasn’t until Godzilla yanked the abominable fiend by the tail and performed an overhead slam that he was able to utterly annihilate it with a burst of atomic fire. However, the monster king and his false double were quickly encased in a crystal cluster by the macabre hybrid.

Awaiting for harvesting time, the SpaceGodzilla-Trilopod kept the enclosure reinforced to keep the two from escaping. Having no other alternative, Godzilla and SpaceGodzilla combined their powers and burst free from their imprisonment, shattering the cluster through atomic fire and cosmic energy. SpaceGodzilla was the first to go on the offensive, unleashing his pent up frustrations at his Trilopod doppelganger. The SpaceGodzilla-Trilopod halted the alien Godzilla’s progress with a massive crystal, only to be met with the full fury of Godzilla’s atomic flames. Extinguishing everything in Godzilla’s disposal, the mighty Trilopod was brought to an end in a fiery explosion.

Godzilla collapsed, too weak to move. SpaceGodzilla retreated for the stars, sensing the impending threat that came before them. As the large, massive hive crushed the heart of Los Angeles under its tremendous weight, the pods affixed to it began to open. Swarms of crawlers and several giants emerged from their compound, ingesting Godzilla’s genetic material and fusing with their Beta brethren. Together, to the horror of the world, they became Godzilla-like in appearance, each induced with a specialized mutation.

Trilopod (Hybrid)The Godzilla-Trilopods vanguard the fallen king, awaiting for the optimal time for harvesting. Two of them started to invade, laying destruction in their paths. Using this chance, Godzilla initiated a fight against the lone Godzilla-Trilopod. Fate turned in the king’s favor as he was quick to dispatch the imitation, proceeding inland to find the other two.

Meanwhile, another of the Godzilla-Trilopods found itself engaged with the military forces, obliterating all that stood to oppose it. However, the sudden reappearance of a dormant Jet Jaguar, who interceded on behalf of humanity and did battle against the Godzilla-like abomination.

As Godzilla located the last of his imitators, the massive hive stirred. Under the command of Karkaro, more of the horrific monstrosities were deployed to the battlefield, all gathered around the King of the Monsters. They swarmed over him, without even a chance to fight back. Through courtesy of the Counter-Kaiju Reaction forces with heavy bombardment and the arrival of Moguera and Mechagodzilla, the odds were evened. Several of the alien mutations found themselves slaughtered by the might of Godzilla, Mechagodzilla, and Moguera. Yet not all was meant to be, as even the great machines were overrun by the massive army of monsters, and destroyed in the process. With one booming cry, Godzilla called for backup.

In thanks to King Caesar’s infiltration of the hive and freeing the captured monsters, Earth’s monsters charged into battle. Many fought against their Trilopod counterparts, while others simply tore through the armada of monsters, whittling down their once tremendous numbers. Eventually, a Godzilla-Trilopod, Baragon-Trilopod, and Gorosaurus-Trilopod were the last standing, only to be shredded to pieces by the various Earth monsters, bringing an end to the Trilopod threat.

But the Cryog invasion was far from over. For in a last-ditch effort to destroy all monsters, Karkaro fed the hive with an emergency supply of energy, one that served as a catalyst to unleash their greatest weapon: the fearsome Queen of the Trilopods, Magita.


Powers / Weapons
Host Abilities

Host Abilities

The fused Trilopods inherit all the same powers and traits as their kaiju host, utilizing abilities such as Gorosaurus’ Kangaroo Kick or Godzilla’s Atomic Ray. Not all are seen performing the techniques available to them. Some like the Anguirus and Battra-types could’ve possessed the Anguirus Ball and Prism Beams respectively, but simply never used them in battle.

   
Unused

Absorbing Bite / Laser Beams

While it can be surmised these powers remain in their evolved state, the Hybrid Trilopods never make use of their default laser beams and absorbing bite abilities, though some of the Hybrid Trilopods lose their rib-cannons, such as the Godzilla-Trilopods. It should be noted that the Anguirus-Trilopod is demonstrated biting down on Godzilla, but does not appear to absorb any genetic material for further mutation.


Background and Trivia
  • An assortment of kaiju became genetic donors for the Trilopod Hybrids. Below is a list of known Hybrids to exist within the pages of Godzilla: Rulers of Earth and the powers they used:
    • Megaguirus-Trilopod - Used the hyper-vibration attack fused with Trilopod energy, flight, and supersonic speeds. The energy blast is later represented more like a giant fireball. Concept art notes that she could use her tail pinchers and blood-sucking stinger, though this was never used in battle.
    • SpaceGodzilla-Trilopod - Was able to harness SpaceGodzilla’s powers to summon crystal towers, imprison monsters, and could utilize the Homing Ghosts and Gravity Tornado. While not used in the comics, concept art noted that the SpaceGodzilla-Trilopod formed a mouth for the usage of the Corona Beam.
    • Baragon-Trilopod - Showed the ability to spew superheated fire from its mouth.
      Rodan-Trilopod - Notably demonstrated flight capacity. Concept art also points out the Rodan-Trilopod’s aerodynamic shell and beak-like mosquito sucker.
    • Kumonga-Trilopod - Produce sticky silk to tangle other giant monsters. Has a radically different body type, matching Kumonga’s arachnid characteristics.
    • Battra-Trilopod - Despite the powers Battra possessed, the Trilopod variant was killed before it could ever use them.
    • Gorosaurus-Trilopod - Able to perform the Kangaroo Kick and shared Gorosaurus’ sheer strength.
    • Godzilla-Trilopod - The three Godzilla-Trilopods were able to perform the signature Atomic Ray. Each of the Godzilla-Trilopods also had differing physical characteristics; one based on the main IDW Godzilla (KiryuGoji), while the other two took influence from the Showa and 2014 Godzillas respectively.
    • Gezora-Trilopod - Possessed tentacles, although never had the chance to use them offensively.
    • Gaira-Trilopod - Had a more humanoid anatomy and claws compared to the more scythe-like limbs of a Beta Trilopod.
    • Titanosaurus-Trilopod - Was capable of whipping up a cyclone, generating powerful winds that matched Titanosaurus. Lacked the scythe-limbs and had more traditional claws in their place.
    • Anguirus-Trilopod - Retained Anguirus’ spiked carapace, but never used this for offensive means. Being quadruped, it had forelimbs instead of the scythes. Concept art for the Beta Trilopod does have a visual reference for the Anguirus Ball, though this technique is never used by the hybrid in the actual comic.
    • Kamoebas-Trilopod - Matching Kamoebas in appearance, the Trilopod version lacked any distinguishing abilities to call its own.
    • Varan-Trilopod - Could use its membranes for gliding flight.
    • Sanda-Trilopod - Had claws and more humanoid limbs compared to the more scythe-like limbs of a Beta Trilopod.
    • Manda-Trilopod - For its brief appearance, the Manda-Trilopod never displayed any powers.
    • Kamacuras-Trilopod - Aside from the asymmetrical claws, the Kamacuras-Trilopod never displayed any unusual powers.
    It is unknown as to whether or not there are limitations to the types of techniques the Trilopod Hybrids can use based off their original counterparts, but based on information presented inside and out of the comics, it seems reasonable to conclude Hybrids have access to most if not all the same abilities as their host.
  • Though neither the Hybrid or Beta Trilopods ever use their laser beams in the pages of the comics, an early sketch cover by Jeff Zornow displays them using this ability. This cover sketch can be found in the pages of Godzilla: Rulers of Earth Volume 6 (ISBN 9781631404078) released in 2015.
  • The various Trilopod mutations were attached with names in the scripts, such as “Triloguirus” or “Spacetrilozilla,” though none of the hybrids are called by anything "set in stone." Other documented names include TriloBaragon, Trilodan, Trilozilla, Trilospacegodzilla, Spacetrilogoji, and Trilospacegoji. Due to legal reasons, these names went unused. Special thanks to Chris Mowry for the information provided to Toho Kingdom staff.