|~ Major Akira Yuki on SpaceGodzilla.|
|“||SpaceGodzilla has destroyed planet after planet... Only death remains in his wake...||„|
|~ The Cosmos on SpaceGodzilla in the Manga adaptation.|
SpaceGodzilla (スペースゴジラ, Supēsugojira) is an extraterrestrial genetic clone of Godzilla and the main antagonist of the 1994 Heisei Godzilla movie, Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla. He also serves as the main antagonist of the games Godzilla: Save the Earth and Godzilla Unleashed. He is a highly intelligent, sadistic, and evil monster who desired to kill Godzilla and rule the world.
He was portrayed by suit actor Ryō Haritani, who would later portray Destoroyah in the follow-up film.
Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla
SpaceGodzilla was created when Godzilla's cells entered a black hole and emerged from a white hole, then merged with crystalline alien organisms and mutated rapidly from energies released by supernovas. There are two given explanations as to how Godzilla's cells ended up in space. The first is that when Mothra headed into space in Godzilla vs. Mothra, she took some of Godzilla's cells with her. Another explanation is that the cells came from Biollante after she fled to space following her final battle with Godzilla.
Whatever the case, SpaceGodzilla headed towards Earth and encountered the mecha, M.O.G.U.E.R.A., whom the crystal kaiju defeated. With that, he continued towards Earth and landed on Birth Island where he fought Godzilla. After knocking out the King of the Monsters out with his Corona Beam, SpaceGodzilla captured Godzilla's son in a crystal prison below ground and retreated, with Godzilla hot on his heels, determined to save his child. The crystal kaiju found his way to the city of Fukuoka, which he destroyed, then raised enormous crystals from the ground to create himself a fortress. M.O.G.U.E.R.A. attempted to fight SpaceGodzilla again, but was defeated once more, and then Godzilla joined the fray. While this was happening, the crystal kaiju's weakness was discovered and the King of the Monsters and M.O.G.U.E.R.A. used it to defeat him. After his defeat, SpaceGodzilla turned into tiny crystal-like particles, floating through space for all eternity.
Godzilla: Save the EarthIn Godzilla: Save the Earth, SpaceGodzilla is the main monster of the Vortaak aliens as they invaded Earth. With his help, they were seemingly able to control the other monsters. After the other monsters controlled by the Vortaak were defeated, the player monster fought SpaceGodzilla in the final boss fight and one of SpaceGodzilla's shoulder crystals was destroyed, opening a black hole that sucked him inside.
|“||SpaceGodzilla is a malevolent fusion of Godzilla's DNA and an unknown collection of extraterrestrial minerals and energies. SpaceGodzilla has an unknown potential for psychic abilities, including telekinesis, telepathy, levitation, mind control, and the manipulation of many basic elements. SpaceGodzilla can temper crystal towers from the earth around him, which he uses to magnify and focus his psychic energies. SpaceGodzilla's greatest weapon is the fact that despite his gargantuan frame he possesses human-level intelligence. This makes him a tremendous potential threat to all humanity and all of the earth. SpaceGodzilla has attacked earth only twice before-once as a free agent and once as an ally of the Vortaak. But his thirst for power knows no allegiance. and needs none.||„|
|~ SpaceGodzilla's Biography in Godzilla Unleashed.|
20 years afterwards, strange crystals suddenly appeared in space and crashed all over Earth, causing global disruptions and catastrophes. SpaceGodzilla was responsible, planning to use the crystals to free himself. He was no longer an ally of the Vortaak and had become the leader of the Mutant faction, now manipulating everything himself, and the player monster battled him, once again, as the final boss (unless playing as either SpaceGodzilla himself or another Mutant under his faction). If the player was allied with any of the non-Mutant factions, SpaceGodzilla ended up being defeated. If the player was a Mutant, then crystals arose all over Earth as SpaceGodzilla took over.
Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters
SpaceGodzilla appeared in the final issue of the series Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters, where he was seen standing on the moon and looking at Earth with sinister intent.
Godzilla: The Half-Century War
SpaceGodzilla arrived in Bombay, India in 1987 after being drawn there by Dr. Deverich's monster beacon. When SpaceGodzilla arrived, both Godzilla and MechaGodzilla were already battling. SpaceGodzilla covered the area in crystals and knocked MechaGodzilla out of commission. As Godzilla and SpaceGodzilla battled, Ota Murakami took command of MechaGodzilla's wreckage and fired its weapons at SpaceGodzilla's crystals, draining his power supply and toppling a crystal onto him. Godzilla seized the opportunity and obliterated SpaceGodzilla with his atomic breath.
SpaceGodzilla appeared as the secondary antagonist of the series Godzilla, behind Monster X. SpaceGodzilla arrived on Earth along with Monster X, Gigan, and Hedorah. The space monsters wreaked havoc all over the Earth, forcing humanity to free the Earth monsters they had captured in order to fight the space monsters. The monsters Battra and Titanosaurus attacked SpaceGodzilla in London, but were defeated. SpaceGodzilla then traveled to New York to help Monster X battle Godzilla, Kiryu, and Kumonga. Though Kumonga was defeated in the battle and Kiryu was rendered inoperable, Kiryu managed to fire its Absolute Zero cannon at SpaceGodzilla, freezing him where he stood. Godzilla then used his atomic breath to blast SpaceGodzilla, apparently destroying him.
Godzilla: Rulers of Earth
SpaceGodzilla returned in Godzilla: Rulers of Earth. Having survived his earlier battle with Godzilla, SpaceGodzilla returned to Earth to resume his conquest. En route, he was attacked by the Cryog aliens, who sent two Mechagodzillas and Gigan to attack him. SpaceGodzilla easily destroyed the Mechagodzillas, and after a long battle defeated Gigan. SpaceGodzilla continued his descent to Earth, but was attacked by the Trilopods, genetically engineered monsters created by the Cryog. SpaceGodzilla crashed in Los Angeles, and was overwhelmed by the Trilopod army. Godzilla was taken to Los Angeles shortly afterward, and the two enemies were forced to work together in order to survive. Together, Godzilla and SpaceGodzilla destroyed the Trilopods, but Godzilla passed out from exhaustion shortly after. Still filled with hatred for his Earthly counterpart, SpaceGodzilla kicked Godzilla while he was down, but eventually retreated back to space before more Trilopods could arrive.
SpaceGodzilla is one of the most evil monsters in the Godzilla series. Unlike some monsters, who cause destruction only due to their size or because they are mind-controlled, SpaceGodzilla travels to Earth motivated only by selfish desire and hatred to kill Godzilla and conquer the Earth. SpaceGodzilla demonstrated that he was willing to harm a helpless child when he attacked Godzilla's adopted son Little Godzilla in order to draw Godzilla out, and then captured him in a crystal prison just to taunt Godzilla.
SpaceGodzilla also demonstrated remarkable intelligence. SpaceGodzilla is said to be even smarter than human beings, and makes use of various tactics in battle. SpaceGodzilla utilized Godzilla's emotional attachment to his son in order to attack Godzilla. Despite his impressive intellect, SpaceGodzilla is devoid of any emotion besides anger, and harbors an intense hatred of Godzilla for unknown reasons. Even after Godzilla helped SpaceGodzilla defeat the Trilopods, SpaceGodzilla turned on the weakened Godzilla, kicking him while he lay unconscious on the ground, and roaring furiously in his face.
Powers and Abilities
SpaceGodzilla's abilities are very similar to Godzilla's, such as his Corona Beam and his being almost invulnerable. He can also use telekinesis, create crystals that he can use as projectiles, generate a shield, emit EMP waves, and fire a lightning-like energy attack from his shoulder crystals. SpaceGodzilla can change from his walking form to a more crystalline form that he can use to fly. His only weakness is his shoulder crystals, which he needs to charge with electricity to power himself up. If they are destroyed or his electrical source is lost, SpaceGodzilla will weaken.
While the film received mixed reactions, SpaceGodzilla was generally well received. DVD Cult said, "The monster SpaceGodzilla is excellently designed, and is certainly far more menacing than anything Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich ever dreamed up." Toho Kingdom praised his theme music, and said "SpaceGodzilla has a nice, hectic, theme that suits him and works well when used through out the movie," while Complex listed the character as #11 on its "The 15 Most Badass Kaiju Monsters of All Time" list, calling him "probably the most powerful thing Godzilla has ever faced". However, the character's design was criticized by Godzilla historian Steve Ryfle, who stated that, although evil-looking, it was too evocative of the haphazardly designed monsters of the generally low-quality Godzilla films of the 1970s like Hedorah and Gigan.
- Despite his limited appearances, SpaceGodzilla is something of a fan favorite among Godzilla fans.
- SpaceGodzilla's roar is borrowed from Gigan, like many of the other monsters of the Heisei Godzilla era.
- SpaceGodzilla has many similarities to Biollante, lending to the idea that Biollante was more likely responsible for his creation than Mothra.
- SpaceGodzilla's flying form weighs 720,000 metric tons, making SpaceGodzilla the heaviest known monster in the Godzilla franchise.
- SpaceGodzilla, Destoroyah, Gigan, X, King Ghidorah and Keizer Ghidorah are the only Godzilla Villains to be considered Complete Monsters.
- SpaceGodzilla is arguably the second most evil and dangerous Godzilla villain behind X as he is also a Complete Monster who intends on Hegemony, making him very similar to X, and is an extremely powerful kaiju capable of outfighting both Godzilla and Moguera. The only reason X would arguably be considered more dangerous is because of the many various monsters in his arsenal, including the supremely powerful Keizer Ghidorah.
- As a solo villain, SpaceGodzilla is arguably the most dangerous Godzilla villain, this being a reason for placing him as the main antagonist of the video games instead of King Ghidorah.
- While he was a Complete Monster in the movie, SpaceGodzilla was an anti-villain in Godzilla: Rulers Of Earth, temporarily helping Godzilla.
- SpaceGodzilla shares similarities to some other villains:
- Raditz (Dragonball) - Both were the evil "brother" to the main character from space (SpaceGodzilla is considered Godzilla's brother but is technically his clone and Raditz is the brother to Goku), both kidnapped their nephew (SpaceGodzilla captured Little Godzilla and Raditz kidnapped Gohan) and both were powerful enough to get the hero and their enemy to team up (Godzilla teams up with G-Force and M.O.G.U.E.R.A. to defeat SpaceGodzilla and Goku and Piccolo teamed up to defeat Raditz). The difference is that Godzilla being the hero killed SpaceGodzilla and had to kill M.O.G.U.E.R.A. in the process while Goku being the hero had to die in order for Piccolo to kill Raditz.
- Mewtwo (Pokemon) - Both are powerful clones of very powerful beings (Godzilla and Mew) and they have the ability of telekinesis and are very smart.
- Indominus rex (Jurassic World) - Both are huge-sized red-eyed reptilian monsters who have the DNA of other reptilians (Godzilla for SpaceGodzilla and Rexy for Indominus rex), attack kids in their respective films (SpaceGodzilla kidnaps Little Godzilla and Indominus rex attempts to kill Zach and Gray Mitchell), are very smart, are killed near the end of their films and were formidable enough to not only overpower the hero, but to get said hero and their enemy to team up (Godzilla teamed up with M.O.G.U.E.R.A. to defeat SpaceGodzilla and Rexy teamed up with Blue to defeat Indominus rex). The difference is that Godzilla being the hero killed SpaceGodzilla and had to destroy M.O.G.U.E.R.A. in the process while Indominus rex fought Rexy and Blue to a standstill until she was dragged into the lagoon by the Mosasaurus.
- Red Hulk (Marvel Comics) - Both are wrathful regenerative monsters who are evil counterparts of a hero (SpaceGodzilla for Godzilla and Red Hulk for Hulk), have red body parts (SpaceGodzilla has red eyes and Red Hulk has an entirely red body) and can absorb energy.
- Broly (Dragonball) - Both are wrathful villains from a Japanese franchise (The Godzilla franchise for SpaceGodzilla and Dragonball for Broly), are enemies of the protagonist (SpaceGodzilla for Godzilla and Broly for Goku), and can transform.
- Mechagodzilla (Godzilla) - Both are alien look-alikes of Godzilla who can protect themselves with shields and forced Godzilla to team up with another monster (Godzilla had to team up with M.O.G.U.E.R.A. to defeat SpaceGodzilla and had to team up with King Caesar to defeat Mechagodzilla) due to their formidability.
- Ultraman Belial (Ultraman) - Both are evil corrupted versions of the titular protagonists (SpaceGodzilla for Godzilla and Ultraman Belial for Ultraman) who are among of Japan's most iconic monsters/Kaiju and are in some ways related to them (SpaceGodzilla being a clone from Godzilla's DNA, Ultraman Belial being from Ultraman's race). The difference between the two, however, is that SpaceGodzilla is a Complete Monster while Ultraman Belial is a Tragic Villain.
- Destoroyah (Godzilla) - Both were introduced in the Heisei era, are the most powerful monster villains of the aforementioned era, attacked Godzilla emotionally by harming his son, (SpaceGodzilla stole Little Godzilla from Godzilla and Destoroyah flat out murdered Godzilla Junior) have transformations and can regenerate their wounds. They are also Complete Monsters and are voiced by Ryo Haritani.
- Biollante (Godzilla) - Both were introduced in the Heisei era, have transformations, can regenerate, have Godzilla's DNA, have screeching roars, a duo of tusks of each sides of their mouths, flaps of skin in the corners of their mouths, and the ability to cause electrical disturbances. At the end of the film, SpaceGodzilla's glowing "essence" escaped from his body and flew into space, much like Biollante did herself five years earlier. These uncanny similarities make Biollante a more likely candidate than Mothra for creating SpaceGodzilla. However, Biollante is a Tragic Anti-Villain unlike SpaceGodzilla, who is a Complete Monster.
- Dark Danny (Danny Phantom) - Both are evil clones of the protagonist and are much more powerful than them. They are also Complete Monsters.
- BlackWarGreymon (Digimon) - They are dark and powerful clones of dinosaur creatures and are bent on destroying their counterparts. However, BlackWarGreymon redeems himself, whereas SpaceGodzilla is a Complete Monster.
- Mephiles the Dark (Sonic the Hedgehog) - They are dark forms of the protagonist, they are highly intelligent and powerful, and they are Complete Monsters bent on destruction.