Godzilla is a Japanese monster film that appeared for the first time on the big screen in 1954 by the studio their creators Tōhō. Since then, Godzilla is part of the world's entertainment culture as one of the most famous kaiju (monsters) in the history.
However, like every great character, he also has a nemesis that has confronted him countless times since the beginning of the story: King Ghidorah, the famous great three-headed dragon.
This enormous monster first appeared in the 1964 film "Mothra vs. Godzilla" and its origin changed over time in the different series and feature films of Godzilla. However, what has never changed is that it always ends up facing Godzilla, to discover who is the real king of monsters.
He then knows who King Ghidorah is from his origins in the Monster Verse to his last confrontation with Godzilla in the new film "Godzilla: King of Monsters".
The three-headed dragon has had several versions of its origin, starting as a thousand-year-old monster coming from space. Ghidorah is said to have attacked Venus before reaching Earth, where it was repelled by the monsters of our planet.
In other interpretations, King Ghidorah is the result of the fusion of 3 Dorats from Lakes Island, where the first Godzillasaurus is believed to have lived. Later, in another story of origin, it is said that the monster came to Earth millions of years ago causing the extinction of dinosaurs.
Today, Godzilla's latest film explains that King Ghidorah has been present on our planet since time immemorial. Some cave paintings show that he faced his classic rival several times for the supremacy of the territory, but you never see a clear winner of the battle.
Everything indicates that at some point this creature was trapped in an ice wall in Antarctica for thousands of years. Here it was found by Monarch, who were its guardians until it managed to escape after an accident on its premises. He stands as the alpha of all monsters until his last fight with Godzilla, Mothra, and Rodan.
Despite his different origins, King Ghidorah was always depicted primarily as a two-legged golden dragon with three long-necked heads. Its enormous wings are those of a bat and it has two tails instead of one.
In Godzilla's latest film, King Ghidora measures approximately 160 meters and has the ability to generate strong winds as well as strong electric shocks. His very presence in the skies creates a storm around him.
It is said that the design of this character was inspired by Yamata-no-Orochi, a giant eight-headed snake that is part of Japanese mythology. This monster has appeared in the books "Kojiki" and "Nihonshoki", the oldest writings that tell the history of Japan.
As Godzilla's eternal opponent, King Ghidorah did not get that name simply because of his threatening appearance. A series of skills has allowed him to survive and fight with the monster king His main feature is the power to throw golden gravity rays from his three mouths. These have the same destructive capacity as Godzilla's atomic breath, and can destroy any building in seconds. Its huge bat wings, despite their imposing size, allow it to fly at high speed through the skies. It is estimated that it can reach Match 3 in the Earth's atmosphere, but it is faster in space.
King Ghidorah can produce huge winds that turn into a storm if it beats its wings hard enough. This monster uses its necks as a boa constrictor, suffocating its victim by putting its necks around it. King Ghidora is said to have been alive for thousands of years, which gives him unsurpassed endurance. In addition, he can regenerate certain parts of his body if they are cut. In Godzilla's latest film, once he emerges to the surface he can control the other monsters on earth and awaken them. That's how almost everyone starts leaving Monarch's facilities in different parts of the world and destroying everything in their path.