'Godzilla: King of the Monsters' Monster List: All 17 Titan Names Revealed

In Godzilla: King of the Monsters Godzilla must face down massive threats, like the three-headed King Ghidorah. Trailers for King of the Monsters have revealed additional titan threats, like Rodan and Mothra, further alluding to more than a dozen giant monsters rampaging around the planet. In King of the Monsters, Dr. Ishiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) references "17 and counting" known titans.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters Monster List

Godzilla

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An alpha predator from the Permian period (millions of years before the rise of the dinosaurs in the Mesozoic era), Godzilla awakened to feed on American and Soviet nuclear submarines decades before the events of 2014's Godzilla. After defeating the M.U.T.Os in that movie, Godzilla retreated from the ruins of San Francisco back into the ocean. In King of the Monsters he returns to take on Ghidorah.

Mothra

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Queen of the monsters, Mothra is birthed in larval form early in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, but is soon revealed in all her winged, bioluminescent glory. Mothra and Godzilla had an on-again, off-again relationship in the Toho Co. Godzilla movies. In their first encounter, 1964's Mothra vs. Godzilla, Mothra's newly hatched caterpillars defeat Godzilla. But the two frequently team up, especially against the alien invader King Ghidorah.

Rodan

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After flying solo in the 1956 movie Rodan, the giant pteranodon-like kaiju teams up with Godzilla and Mothra to defeat King Ghidorah in 1964's Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster. Rodan is less benevolent in King of the Monsters, spreading fiery destruction wherever he flies.

King Ghidorah

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Originally dubbed Monster Zero, King Ghidorah is the ultimate nemesis to Godzilla, and mankind, in King of the Monsters. Unlike the other Titans, Ghidorah's origins may be off-world, similar to his extraterrestrial roots in the Toho Godzilla movies.

MUTO 1, 2, 3

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Godzilla fought a male and female couple of M.U.T.Os, or "Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms," in the 2014 Godzilla, footage from which is seen in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. A third M.U.T.O (another female, the larger of the species) pops up in King of the Monsters, awakened by Ghidorah.

Behemoth

Also known as Titanus Behemoth, this ape-like titan was created for Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Behemoth has huge, curling tusks and looks like a cross between a gorilla and a wooly mammoth. Behemoth is seen in captivity early in King of the Monsters, until breaking loose from a Monarch containment facility.

Scylla

Titanus Scylla is another titan under observation by Monarch, until its escape in King of the Monsters. Similar to the Toho kaiju Kumonga, Scylla is a giant spider.

Methuselah

After destroying a German village in the Middle Ages, a forest grew atop this ancient titan's back. Like Scylla and Behemoth, Monarch believes they have Methuselah under control at the beginning of King of the Monsters, until Ghidorah awakens them to do its bidding.

While eight titans appear in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, several others are seen on computer screens:

  • Mokele-Mbembe
  • Baphomet
  • Tiamat
  • Typhoon
  • Abaddon
  • Leviathan
  • Sargon
  • Bunyip

Several are named for destructive gods, archangels and demonic deities. Two—Mokele-Mbembe and Bunyip—are named for undiscovered "cryptids," sometimes sought by real-world monster hunters. Mokele-Mbembe is an apatosaurus-like creature reported by early 20th century European big game hunters to be living deep in swamps and at the mouths of rivers in central Africa. The bunyip comes from Australian Aboriginal mythology and is a dreaded creature that lurks in wait beneath the surface of ponds and rivers.

King Kong

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King Kong doesn't appear in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, but the two are expected to go head-to-head in 2020's Godzilla vs. Kong. The coming battle is teased in King of the Monsters during the movie's end credits, which depicts an ancient cave painting of Godzilla battling the giant ape. The credits also describe titans migrating toward Kong's Skull Island home, suggesting a major, multi-monster battle is ahead.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters is in theaters now.

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