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Back in 1998, writer and director Roland Emmerich reimagined Godzilla as a marine iguana exposed to radiation due to the French nuclear tests conducted around that time (the one that earned the French Prime Minister of the time the nickname F**k Chirac). As a result, the iguana grows uncontrollably, ultimately becoming a massive reptilian monster with no special powers but the ability to lay eggs - this implies that the monster was a female. The traditional depictions of the famous "kaiju" don't go into such detail about the protagonist, yet the English title of some of its movies speak of a "king" (the 1956 appearance of the monster on the silver screen is called "Godzilla, King of the Monsters!"), so we can conclude that it's a "he" we're talking about. Not that it would be important. Unless, of course...

Hollywood has a strange habit of re-telling stories by switching the gender of the protagonists. Movies like the new Ghostbusters and Ocean's Eight are, in fact, franchises reimagined with a female cast, and even Doctor Frank-n-Furter from the cult classic "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", played by the amazing Tim Curry, has been replaced with Laverne Cox. And rumors say that the next Indiana Jones may be female (although this card has already been played back in 1999 with the TV series "Relic Hunter" starring Tia Carrere, and there are voices speaking of the possibility of an actress taking on the role of 007 in a future movie happening in the James Bond universe.

Back to Godzilla, though. Come to think of it, the monster's gender is pretty much irrelevant in all stories it has been involved in. After all, no plot was built around the monster laying eggs and unleashing destruction in the form of smaller-scale but equally fierce and radioactive monsters upon humanity. Actually, there is no word on anyone even considering a story about the private life of the King of Monsters. Yet if he was a she, it would be interesting to see where the story might go.

Let's turn back to the 1998 "Godzilla" for a while. It may not have anything in common with the traditional depictions of the famous monster but it does come with an interesting premise. After all, Godzilla almost always returns as a response to a major threat (albeit it seems hard to imagine how a mechanical King Kong made its Zilla-senses tingle). But what if there was a story where the King awakened alongside with his Queen, deciding to stay for a change and establish a family? After all, the numerous nuclear silos, submarines, and power plants would serve as a more than abundant food supply for their needs...

While such a story is entirely against the Godzilla canon, it would surely be an interesting development of the story, don't you think?

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Written by ChrisPublished on 2018-09-23 16:27:21
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Tiamatzilla

MemberBaragonSep-23-2018 5:53 PM

Would be nice to see a Gappa rip off where Godzilla married Ma ma Gorgo as long as they don't kill off any Zillas. Any of the Godzillas could be female.

Gavin

MemberGodzillaSep-23-2018 11:23 PM

Not really a Zilla fan TBH - too many kaiju running around is asking a bit too much of my suspension of disbelief, especially with the 2014 Zilla dwarfing most of the largest Dinosaurs.

Considering its size and likely lifespan It wouldn't surprise me if Zilla was asexual, giving birth to a sole live offspring (no eggs) - making Zilla neither mammal nor reptile, fitting in with its depiction as a 'Titan.'

The King of the Monsters

MemberBaragonSep-24-2018 2:51 PM

I actually wrote a summary of how Godzilla's gender has been addressed officially by Toho for Wikizilla. For the sake of simplicity I'll just paste it here, apologies for the wall of text. The important takeaway is that Toho officially classifies Godzilla as a male and always has. Even the 1998 TriStar Godzilla is officially a male even though it can lay eggs. Anyway, here's the summary:

While the Japanese dialogue in the Godzilla films uses gender-neutral pronouns (equivalent to "it") to refer to Godzilla and all the other monsters, official translations of the films, including dubs and subtitle tracks, will often explicitly identify Godzilla as being a male creature. While some translations will still refer to Godzilla as "it," he has never been referred to as a female in any of his onscreen appearances. Further establishing Godzilla's male gender is his official title, King of the Monsters, or Monster King (怪獣王 Kaijū-Ō) in Japanese. This title was first used for Godzilla in the 1956 American re-edit of the original Godzilla filmGodzilla, King of the Monsters! This title has subsequently been applied to Godzilla in both official Japanese and American media, and has become synonymous with the character, even to the point of being trademarked by Toho. Worth noting is that English dialogue even within the Japanese versions of the films will often refer to Godzilla using male pronouns, examples being Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II and Godzilla: Final Wars. Officially licensed English-language media, such as the Hanna-Barbera Godzilla cartoon, American Godzilla comics, and the films of the MonsterVerse, all consistently refer to Godzilla as a male, with some of the designers for Legendary PicturesGodzilla even taking care to make the monster's design appear "masculine."[4]

A common point of confusion that has led some to speculate that Godzilla is female is the presence of his sons, as no mate for Godzilla is ever seen onscreen and only female reptiles can produce eggs. However, Godzilla's son in the Heisei seriesGodzilla Junior, is explicitly confirmed to not be Godzilla's biological son, but rather another member of the Godzillasaurus species that Godzilla simply adopted. Godzilla's relation to Minilla, his son in the Showa series and in Godzilla: Final Wars, is unclear, as it is never explained in the films themselves if he is Godzilla's biological child or if he was adopted like Godzilla Junior. Even still, Godzilla is explicitly described as being Minilla's father and not his mother, being referred to as "Papa Godzilla" (パパゴジラPapagojira) in supplementary materials for Son of Godzilla. In addition, the film's director, Jun Fukuda, clarified at the time that the Godzilla featured in the film was in fact male.[5]Furthermore, both the 1998 informational book The Official Godzilla Compendium and Toho's official English-language website state that Minilla was adopted by Godzilla in Son of Godzilla.[6][7]

Another common source of confusion regarding Godzilla's gender comes from the 1998 American Godzilla film directed by Roland Emmerich, which featured an incarnation of Godzilla that lays eggs asexually. Even despite this ability, this version of Godzilla is explicitly referred to as a male in dialogue, with Nick Tatopoulos even calling it "a very unusual he" after discovering its ability to reproduce asexually. The film's official novelization even refers to Godzilla as the "father" of his asexually-produced offspring. This Godzilla's sole surviving offspring from Godzilla: The Series does not retain his father's ability to reproduce asexually, and later mates with a female mutant Komodo dragon named Komodithrax to act as a surrogate father to her offspring. When the original Godzilla returns as Cyber Godzilla in the series, Nick refers to the creature as the other Godzilla's "daddy." The Godzilla featured in Shin Godzilla also possesses the ability to reproduce asexually, but not through the production of eggs. Rather, cells that are removed from Godzilla's body will continue regenerating, potentially growing into fully-functioning organisms and allowing Godzilla to propagate across the globe. In addition, at the end of the film, this Godzilla's next stage of evolution is shown to be a collective of smaller human-sized forms that were frozen while fissioning from the tip of his tail. The same applies to Godzilla Earth from the GODZILLA anime trilogy, whose cells gave rise to an entire ecosystem of organisms possessing his DNA, including another Godzilla dubbed Godzilla Filius.

The Godzilla book written by Ian Thorne also makes the strange claim that "Gigantis," as Godzilla is called in the Americanized version of Godzilla Raids Again, is a female monster. This is most likely just one of the miscellaneous errors contained in the book, as dialogue in Gigantis, the Fire Monster consistently refers to Gigantis with male pronouns.

While a female member of Godzilla's species has never appeared in a film, some have been featured in official non-film media. Examples include Rozan from A Space GodzillaBijira and Majira from Gojira-kun: Kaijū Daikōshin, and Gojirin from Get Going! Godzilland. The monster Biollante, spawned partially from Godzilla's own cells, is considered to be a female monster, and she and Godzilla are compared to a "brother and sister" at one point in the film Godzilla vs. Biollante.

MinecraftDinoKaiju

MemberTitanosaurusSep-24-2018 4:39 PM

Yeah, I'm pretty sure Godzilla is male. And all for the same reasons The King of the Monsters said.

BlitzFighter45

MemberMothra LarvaeOct-14-2018 4:50 AM

Godzilla is transgender.Deal with it.

 

Xenotaris

MemberGiganOct-14-2018 7:16 AM

Well there was a female Godzilla in a cancelled movie script back during the Showa era.

Cool Godzilla

MemberGiganSep-06-2022 2:05 AM

Godzilla King of the Monsters 2019, so yeah Legendary Godzilla is totally a male. But other Godzillas could be female like Zilla.

HinikunaGoji

MemberBaragonSep-06-2022 6:51 AM

Cool Godzilla

this is from what MDK had posted

Another common source of confusion regarding Godzilla's gender comes from the 1998 American Godzilla film directed by Roland Emmerich, which featured an incarnation of Godzilla that lays eggs asexually. Even despite this ability, this version of Godzilla is explicitly referred to as a male in dialogue, with Nick Tatopoulos even calling it "a very unusual he" after discovering its ability to reproduce asexually. The film's official novelization even refers to Godzilla as the "father" of his asexually-produced offspring.

Xenotaris

MemberGiganSep-06-2022 7:01 AM

To add further confusion to Godzilla 1998, the creature designer gave "him" female genitalia

Monsterzero9

MemberAnguirusSep-08-2022 10:36 AM

I think showa to heisei its pretty clear hes a guy.and I think maybe zilla can switch genders like some frogs. its millennium-onward where genders start to get a little whacky.

In godzilla 2000 and g vs. megaguirus Im pretty sure hes a guy. and in final wars the xilean laeder says in the english dub : "this godzilla guy is one tough dude" and the way hes portrayed in the kiryu trilogy isnt really that fitting of a female character. so I think hes was thought of as a boy throughout the making of those films. but gmk is quite confusing. since the godzilla in that movie is comprised of a buch of spirits, it might have both male and female spirits within it. so I guess the gmk zilla is a non-binary more-or-less.

the monsterverse godzilla is one hundo' percent male.

godzilla earth is a plant pretty much but if it does have a gender its proly male. shins and sp godzilla might switch genders to when they evolve.

Xenotaris

MemberGiganSep-08-2022 2:41 PM

Shin Godzilla and Singular Point Godzilla might be asexual

HinikunaGoji

MemberBaragonSep-08-2022 3:13 PM

Both are basically eldritch monsters so i dont think its worth anything to assign a gender

Xenotaris

MemberGiganSep-08-2022 9:08 PM

true

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