Out 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.