Crackler クラックラー

Crackler
Crackler

Height : 56 meters
Mass : 100 tons

Powers / Weapons

Manifestation via brainwaves; lightning bolts; electrical shock; electrical charge; energy absorption

Weaknesses

Exposure to identical charges; release of host's suppressed emotions; identical charge

Appearances

Godzilla: The Series Episode 8 - What Dreams May Come (1998)

Series // GODZILLA: THE SERIES

Sound Effect

Description

The Crackler was an accidental creation of the subconscious of meek MTA employee Sidney Walker. Having undergone experimental Theta wave therapy in an attempt to cure his insomnia, Walker ended up being placed in a deep, almost coma-like state. The therapy also resulted in the rage buried deep within his mind to manifest itself as the Crackler, an electrically-charged beast that attacked anything that once annoyed Walker, though he was unaware of the creature or its attack patterns.

The Crackler first attacked at Walker's apartment building, due to his annoying neighbors. Next was the MTA bus yard where he worked, but it was then that Godzilla appeared and challenged the electric creature. Though the Crackler was more then capable of holding its own against Godzilla, even feeding off of his atomic ray, the beast soon disappeared. Later, as Randy and Elsie tracked down Walker and tried to wake him from his coma, the Crackler reappeared at Shea Stadium and battled Godzilla once again. This time, however, the subconscious monster proved to be more than a match for Godzilla, overwhelming him with its strength and electrical blasts. Randy and Elsie managed to wake Walker, but the Crackler still thrived, though the loss of its connection to Walker drove it berserk. Finally, once Randy managed to bring all of Walker's anger to the surface, the Crackler was severely weakened. In a last ditch effort, the Crackler picked up a nearby metallic globe and laced it with its electrical influence before tossing it, but Godzilla repelled the projectile with his atomic breath back at the Crackler. As the globe hit the electromagnetic monster square on the chest, the bizarre creature's body seemingly melted as it collapsed to the ground and vanished in a bright flash of electric light.


Powers / Weapons
Manifestation via brainwaves

Manifestation via brainwaves

The electromagnetic monster was birthed into existence with the help of Walker's wave therapy treatment. Though the man was in a coma, he could still conjure the monster at random intervals, but he seemingly had no conscious control over how and when the monster appeared or disappeared. However, the Crackler would only attack areas that caused Walker the greatest subconscious rage.

Whenever Walker was disconnected from the Theta wave device, the Crackler remained mentally linked, but went berserk and started attacking people and objects unrelated to Walker.

   
Lightning bolts

Lightning bolts

Either from its hands or its tusk-like mandibles, the Crackler can launch bolts of raw electricity. While these bolts weren’t able to seriously harm a human upon contact, they were able to cause vehicles to explode, most likely by igniting the fuels within. A constant barrage of electricity was also enough to subdue Godzilla for a few moments.

   
Electrical shock

Electrical shock

The strange monster can surge raw electricity into any part of its body, generally preferring its fists. This allowed it to deliver enhanced, shocking strikes to its physical hits.

   
Electrical charge

Electrical charge

After grabbing an object, the Crackler can surge electricity into it. This is especially useful when using metallic objects, turning what would be a normal projectile into an energized, bullet-like weapon.

   
Energy absorption

Energy absorption

Being a creature made of pure electricity, the Crackler is unable to be harmed via energy attacks, such as Godzilla’s atomic breath. The beast was able to grow in size and strength the more the nuclear lizard tried his signature attack on it.


Weaknesses
Exposure to identical charges

Exposure to identical charges

When fired upon by weapons that emit the same frequency as the Crackler, the beast was easily brought to its knees, however briefly.

This tactic was employed by Dr. Mendel Craven, who believed that the identical charges fired from his reconfigured weapons would "repel one another."

   
Release of host's suppressed emotions

Release of host's suppressed emotions

The Crackler is directly linked to its human "host", Sidney Walker. Should the man be angered and his rage brought from his subconscious to his conscious, the Crackler will not be able to sustain itself and will quickly lose power before vanishing entirely.


Background and Trivia
  • In Godzilla 1954-1999 Super Complete Works (ISBN: 4091014704), its Japanese name is written on certain pages as either "Crackler" or "The Crackler" (クラックラー or ザ・クラックラー respectively). Its subtitle is listed as being "Electromagnetic Wave Monster" (電波怪獣 - Denpa Kaiju).
  • On the Godzilla.com domain from around 1998, the monster's height and weight could be found under the name "The Crackler", though whether these were its stats when it was first appeared or before its death is not specified. It also fell under the "Preternaturals" category.
  • Appears as the first boss monster in the 1999 Game Boy Color game, Godzilla: The Series. While the electrical attacks it uses in the show are yellow, they are colored blue in the game, and the Crackler has the ability to unleash condensed electric projectiles from its fists, the palms of its hands, and its mouth.

    Also, Randy calls the creature a "300 foot monster" when pestering Walker, though this could have just been a throwaway number shouted in the heat of the moment and may not actually be related to the Crackler's real height or length.