Saturday, February 14, 2015
Monster Profile: Rodan
Movie Appearances: Rodan, Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, Invasion of The Astro-Monster, Destroy All Monsters, Godzilla vs. Gigan, Godzilla vs. Megalon, Terror of Mechagodzilla, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II, Godzilla: Final Wars
Rodan first appeared in it's own self-titled movie Rodan. In the movie Rodan there were two Rodans that terrorized Earth's skies. These two Rodans were defeated by Japan's military. The military used strategically placed explosives to set off a controlled volcanic eruption. As the Rodans were flying over the volcano ,the fumes and gases from the eruption caused the two Rodans to fall from the sky and into the molting lava.
It was believed that both Rodan were killed in the volcano's eruption, but we soon learn a few years later,in Ghidorah,the Three-Headed Monster that at least one of the two Rodans had survived the flames of the volcano. Rodan rises out from the Volcano and fights Godzilla. Mean while earth is being invaded by the alien monster Ghidorah. Godzilla and Rodan seem pretty evenly matched in their battle both monsters having highs and lows in the fight against each other. Mothra soon arrives and interrupts this battle between Rodan and Godzilla , and gets them to stop fighting instead to team up to stop the seemingly unstoppable Ghidorah. Along with Godzilla, and Mothra, Rodan helps them beat on Ghidorah and send the Three-Headed Monster back to space.
Not long after Ghidorah's first defeat, Rodan once again teams up with Godzilla in the Invasion of The Astro-Monster. Rodan and Godzilla at first are under the control of the aliens from Planet X and are used to bring destruction and chaos to Japan. Rodan is eventually freed from control along with Godzilla. At the time Planet X had also captured and had taken control of the monster Ghidorah. But once Planet X lost control, Ghidorah became disoriented when he saw that he had to face Godzilla and Rodan again. Once again Rodan and Godzilla defeat Ghidorah and force him to retreat back into space once more.
Just when you thought Rodan would not have to fight along side Godzilla again, it happened again a few years later in Destroy All Monsters. Once again in Destroy All Monsters an Alien race called the Kilaaks has taken control of every monster on earth. After a long hard fought battle by the humans of earth all the monsters were freed of alien control. The Kilaaks had one more monster that they were confident the earthlings could never free of control, that is right possibly Rodan's greatest nemesis Ghidorah. This time Rodan joined battle not only with Godzilla at his side but every kaiju on the planet was fighting Ghidorah. This time Rodan and the monsters of Earth defeated Ghidorah and there was no retreating this time the Three-Headed Monster was finally killed.
Rodan in my opinion is one of Godzilla's greatest allies. Rodan has helped Godzilla defeat Ghidorah on three occasions, and sacrificed it's life in order to save Godzilla's. Rodan is one of the greatest kaiju's to ever live, Rodan is Godzilla's number one tag team partner when it comes to fighting aliens and Ghidorah (except for that one time Godzilla teamed up with Anguirus to fight Gigan and Ghidorah). Rodan is no doubt a favorite of many Kaiju fans around the world.