Keizer Ghidorah カイザーギドラ [Unused Character]

Keizer Ghidorah [Unused Character]
Keizer Ghidorah

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Powers / Weapons



Godzilla vs. Keizer Ghidorah (1994)

Series // Unused Character

Unofficial commissioned artwork by Apocalotaurus


With a new Godzilla movie in the works, the idea to introduce a Ghidorah-esque foe to fight the King of the Monsters was brought to the table by staff members working in the planning department of Toho Pictures. Named Keizer Ghidorah, this new incarnation would not have been a man-made construct like its 1991 counterpart, rather, it would have remained faithful to its roots as a spacefaring destroyer. This super monster would have lived up to its name, being a "higher rank" than King Ghidorah.

Unfortunately for Keizer Ghidorah, as the recently-released Yamato Takeru (1994) already saw the introduction of a multi-headed dragon in the form of Orochi, the concept ended up being shelved. However, the monster was not forgotten. Treated similarly as Bagan, Keizer Ghidorah would find itself being proposed in various ways within Toho following Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991) for years after its conception. A decade later, Keizer Ghidorah would finally be realized in the 2004 movie, Godzilla: Final Wars.

  • No official concept artwork for the early version of Keizer Ghidorah exists. The illustration in the article picture is an interpretation created by artist Apocalotaurus, and was commissioned for use on Toho Kingdom by staff. It was not created by Toho nor is it their official look for the unused character.
  • One of the earliest mentions of this concept can be found in the Japanese publication, Godzilla Dictionary: New Edition (ISBN 4773087250), albeit spelled using Kanji (皇帝ギドラ - Kotei Gidora). As this Japanese spelling can be translated in multiple ways, such as "emperor" or "czar", it's possible this could be the name of a monster from an unrelated project, though the likelihood is slim as the existence of Orochi from Yamato Takeru (1994) already made Ghidorah an unviable choice for Godzilla to fight in the earliest stages of Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994)'s production.
  • Additional information can be found in an interview with Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994) production assistant Shinichiro Arimasa within Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla Completion (ISBN 9784798624631), where the monster's movie proposal and name are spelled in Katakana.