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Hedorah is a kaiju formed from pollution, the main antagonist of Godzilla vs. Hedorah and a supporting antagonist in Godzilla: Final Wars.

He was portrayed by Kenpachiro Satsuma who would later play Gigan and then the Heisei Godzilla.


Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)

Hedorah was an alien that came from space and began feeding on pollution, soon entering a giant monster form. Its action eventually attracted the attention of Godzilla who engaged Hedorah as it was feeding from a smokestack. At first the King of the Monsters had the advantage since the Smog Monster was in a younger form. The two continued to fight in a series of battles across Japan with Hedorah evolving along the way, eventually gaining a flying form that allowed it to destroy numerous factories and spread acidic mist across Japan. Eventually the Smog Monster gained its final form, a humanoid pile of sludge, and engaged Godzilla in a final battle near Mt. Fuji. Hedorah almost emerged the victor thanks to the acidic and poisonous quality of its body and powerful eye beams. However the humans attempted to try and stop the Smog Monster by building a set of electrodes near the battlefield, which could dry out Hedorah since it was made of sludge. During the fight, the Smog Monster succeeded in knocking out Godzilla and was drawn to the electrodes. Unfortunately for the plan, a fuse blew out and the electrodes didn't work. However the King of the Monsters came to the rescue and used his atomic ray to restore power to the electrodes. This badly weakened Hedorah and it attempted to escape, but Godzilla knocked it back into the electrodes, drying it out completely. However the Smog Monster had some wet sludge left inside and the King of the Monsters tore into it, releasing the sludge to the power of the electrodes. Hedorah was finally defeated, but at the price of Godzilla losing one of his eyes and having his right hand burned to the bone. Additionally another Hedorah was shown in some water with the caption "And yet another one?".

Godzilla Island

In toymotion TV Series titled Godzilla Island, Hedorah appeared as one of supporting antagonists where it nearly killed Mothra but is immediately defeated by Godzilla whom dehydrated it to death.

The TV series also introduce another variation of Hedorah called Neo Hedorah whom far deadlier than regular Hedorah: Neo Hedorah created a strain of mushrooms that not only threatened the food supply for monsters in Monster Island where Godzilla and other monsters lives, but also monsters themselves. Fortunately, Misato, the G-Guard Commander's daughter, saved the day by performed ancient ceremony to give Rodan power to become Fire Rodan with aid of Kin Caesar after learned that high temperature can kill Neo Hedorah and its mushrooms. Fire Rodan then uses his powers to burn Neo Hedorah to death, putting its reign of terror to an end and stopped the mushrooms' spread.

Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) - Hedorah 2004

Hedorah in Godzilla: Final Wars.

Hedorah reappeared in Godzilla: Final Wars where it and Ebirah were blasted out of Tokyo Harbor by Godzilla and sent crashing into a building with the shrimp monster's claw impaling one of Smog Monster's eyes. The two are then destroyed by a blast from Godzilla's atomic ray. It is unknown if the Xiliens were using Hedorah as part of their invasion, but a deleted scene shows that Hedorah did, whom laying waste Tokyo.


Hedorah is indifferent with destruction and deaths that it left behind, whether the said destruction and deaths that it caused was done on purpose or its own bizzare biological properties that hazardous to any unfortunate lifeforms that stood on his path. In spite of this, Hedorah proved to have villainous side: In the fight against Godzilla, it laughs while smothering Godzilla in sludge during their fight. Hedorah also possesses awareness as in Godzilla: Final Wars, in spite of being brainwashed, it was visibly waving his arms in panic before Ebirah had his claw pierced its eye by Godzilla, pinned it before blasted by the latter's atomic breath.


  1. Dead Body - Killed by Hedorah
  2. Ship Captain - Explosion by Hedorah
  3. Sailor - Explosion by Hedorah
  4. Mahjong People - Acid by Hedorah
  5. Mahjong People - Acid by Hedorah
  6. Mahjong People - Acid by Hedorah
  7. Mahjong People - Acid by Hedorah
  8. Car People - Eaten by Hedorah
  9. Running People - Vaporized by Hedorah
  10. Construction Worker - Vaporized by Hedorah
  11. Party People - Vaporized by Hedorah
  12. Yukio Keuchi - Vaporized by Hedorah
  13. Party People - Vaporized by Hedorah
  14. Helicopter Pilot - Explosion by Hedorah
  15. Soldier - Crushed by Hedorah
  16. Soldier - Crushed by Hedorah
  17. Helicopter Pilot - Explosion by Hedorah

Powers and Abilities

Hedorah is one of the most toughest enemies that Godzilla ever faced. It feed on pollutant as both substance and source of its powers in comparable way how Godzilla gained strength from nuclear energy. Notable abilities that it has are:

  • Pollutant Manipulation and Absorption: Hedorah's primary power is manipulating acid-rich mud and toxic sludge out of pollutant that it consume by either sprayed them in form of sludge chunks or corrosive toxic mist from its body, which also includes its ability to shapeshift.
    • Shapeshifting: After further developing into better form where its final form was more humanoid, Hedorah can morphed into its flying form as means to take flight.
      • Self-Liquification: Since Hedorah's body mostly composed of hazardous liquid sludge with the exception of the eyes and two white orb in its body which function is not explained, Hedorah can liquify itself as it please.
      • Intangibility: Hedorah can also passed through solid objects to limited degree, but enough to made both Godzilla's focused atomic breath and humans' conventional weapons merely pass straight through its disgusting body.
      • Regeneration: Hedorah can regenerate on a whim, which contributes its intangibility.
      • Swarming: Hedorah can split into multiple smaller Hedorahs and reform at will.
    • Sludge Blasts: Hedorah can spray sludge chunks out of its hazardous body.
    • Corrosive Mist: Hedorah can spray corrosive mist which is capable of corroding any metal and completely disintegrating organic life. Normally used as jet propulsion when in its flying form.
  • Eye Beams: Hedorah's eyes can fire pollutant-powered energy beam that can setting objects on fire and burning the flesh off any opponent it strikes.


  • listed Hedorah as #7 on their "Top 10 Godzilla Villains" list.
  • Hedorah was meant to be playable in the two Godzilla games Godzilla: Save the Earth and Godzilla: Unleashed, but was ultimately scrapped due to limitations of the game consoles. Hedorah did not make his playable debut until Godzilla: The Game.
  • Hedorah is a homage to The Blob

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