Godzilla was designed by Teizo Toshimitsu and Akira Watanabe under Eiji Tsuburaya's supervision. Early on, Tanaka contemplated on having the monster be gorilla-like or whale-like in design due to the name "Gojira" (a combination of the Japanese words for gorilla which is gorira, and whale which is kujira) but eventually settled on a dinosaur-like design.
Japan is thrown into a panic after several ships explode and are sunk. At first, the authorities think its either underwater mines or underwater volcanic activity. The authorities soon head to Odo Island, close to where several of the ships were sunk. One night, something comes onshore and destroys several houses and kills several people. A later expedition to the island led by paleontologist Professor Kyôhei Yamane, his daughter Emiko, and young navy frogman Hideto Ogata (who also happens to be Emiko's lover, even though she is betrothed to Dr. Daisuke Serizawa) soon discover something more devastating than imagined in the form of a 164-foot-tall (50-meter-tall) monster whom the natives call Gojira.
Powers and Stats
Tier: At least High 8-C, 8-B via Atomic Breath
Age: At least 200 million years old, likely higher (Speculated by Dr. Yamane to be from the Jurassic Age)
Height: 50 meters
Weight: 20,000 metric tons
Classification: Kaiju, irradiated transitional / hybrid creature between land and sea reptiles
Attack Potency: At least Large Building level physically (Collapsed buildings by just walking into them), City Block level via Atomic Breath (Reduced entire city blocks into ruins)
Speed: At least Superhuman by virtue of sheer size, possibly higher while swimming, Unknown, possibly Subsonic to Transonic reactions (Nearly struck down several F86F Saber Jets, which can fly at Mach 0.89, while in mid-flight)
Lifting Strength: Unknown (The original Godzilla, as far as we know, never fought another kaiju, thus it likely never had a chance to lift one.), but likely at least Class K to Class M by virtue of sheer size (50 meters tall and weighs 20,000 metric tons)
Striking Strength: At least Class MJ, likely Class GJ by virtue of sheer size.
Durability: At least Large Building level, likely City Block level (Invulnerable to tanks, missiles, bullets, bombs, and conventional military firepower in general), possibly Town level to City level (Suspected of being removed from his habitat by a nuke of an unknown yield), regeneration makes him difficult to kill.
Range: Hundreds of yards with its breath
Standard Equipment: Nothing notable
Weaknesses: None notable
- Atomic Ray: Godzilla's signature weapon is his distinctive atomic breath. Godzilla's dorsal fins glow ominously, and then he lets loose with a concentrated blast of radiation from his mouth.
- Atomic Fireballs: In the Nintendo Wii version of the 2007 video game, Godzilla: Unleashed, Godzilla 1954 can fire orange fireballs from his mouth, an ability not seen in his film appearance.