of all the monsters that appeared in Godzilla films, Varan is
possibly the monster with the least amount of screen time. Varan's
only Godzilla movie appearance was in Destroy All Monsters.
Varan was shown for only a few seconds attending the battle between
the monsters and King Ghidorah and the Kilaaks. He was not shown
participating in the battle. Another shot of Varan was at the
end of the movie, where Varan is seen on Monsterland, flying
upwards (see picture on right). Varan's name was never mentioned
once in the film.
Varan originally appeared in
the 1958 Toho film Varan the Unbelievable. In the movie,
Varan was a deity worshipped by the cult of Obake. Increasing
levels of toxic pollution drove Varan from his underwater home,
and attacked Japan. Varan is able to walk, swim, and fly. His
"wings" resemble that of a flying squirrel.