||65 meters (213
meters (443 feet), 175 meters (574 feet)*, 75 meters**
at Mach 3, strong hurricane-like winds created with wings, poison
powder, antenna beam weapon*, reflecting scales that turn attacking
energies back to source*, wing wind blast**, poison stinger**
vs. Mothra (1964),
Ghidirah, the Three Headed Monster (1964), Godzilla
vs. the Sea Monster (1966), Destroy All Monsters (1968),
Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992), Godzilla-Mothra-King Ghidorah:
Daikaiju Soukougeki (2001)
* - In the "Heisei" series
** - Godzilla-Mothra-King Ghidorah: Daikaiju Soukougeki
Possibly the most famous kaiju,
besides Godzilla, in the Godzilla series. Mothra originally appeared
in the 1961 film Mothra. Mothra is the monster of peace.
She is a goddess worshipped by the natives of Infant Island.
Mothra is guided by two small twin faries, known as the "Shojobin,"
and "Cosmos" (who are very annoying and should be stomped
by Godzilla in my opinion) that sing to her whenever the people
need help. When Mothra was introduced into the Godzilla series,
she (Godzilla fans refer to Mothra as a female) had to be scaled
down in size to match Godzilla. In Mothra's original movie, she
was 60 meters (197 feet) in length, had a 250 meter (820 feet)
wingspan, and weighed 22,000 tons.
In Godzilla vs. Mothra,
the adult Mothra laid an egg that washed on the shore of Japan
during a hurricane. When Godzilla tried to attack the egg, the
adult Mothra fought back, though old and weak. Godzilla eventually
killed the adult Mothra from his bad breath. The egg hatched
and two Mothra catepillars appeared, and immedietely began to
look for Godzilla. The two larvae defeated Godzilla by wrapping
him up in a cacoon. Mothra appeared again in the next film, Ghidrah,
the Three Headed Monster, but in this movie, there was only
one larva and not two. In Godzilla
vs. the Sea Monster, Mothra appeared as the adult moth, but
two years later, in Destroy All Monsters, Mothra was changed
back to a catepillar.
Mothra's next appearance wasn't
until 1992, in the Heisei series. In the new Godzilla
vs. Mothra, Mothra had an evil twin named Battra, also known
as the "Black Mothra." The Earth created these two
monsters (the Earth is considered "living" in this
movie), when the environment was being threatened by ancient
humans. Though both protectors of the Earth, Mothra and Battra
didn't like each other, and had a big fight. Mothra eventually
won, and had laid an egg that stayed underground for several
thousand years. In 1992, a meteorite fell to Earth, and created
a hurricane that uncovered the egg. The egg later hatched, and
at the same time, Battra appeared again. Though archenemies,
the two monsters decided to join sides, so they could defeat
Godzilla. Battra died during the final battle, but Godzilla was
soundly defeated, until the next movie, of course.
In 2001, director Shusuke Kaneko
decided to bring Mothra back in the upcoming movie Godzilla-Mothra-King
Ghidorah: Daikaiju Soukougeki. Kaneko gave Mothra a facelift
(see picture above), by giving Mothra a wasp-like appearance.
Mothra also sports a stinger, but it is yet unknown whether Mothra
will actually use it against Godzilla. Mothra will still be considered
a protector of the Earth, but fortunately, the annoying singing
twin faries will not appear in this movie.