Gigan (ガイガン, 'Gaigan') is a Kaiju from the Godzilla series, introduced in the 1972 film Godzilla vs. Gigan. Gigan is a cybernetic monster sporting a buzzsaw weapon in its frontal abdominal region and large steel hooks for hands. Gigan is sometimes considered Godzilla's most brutal and violent opponent, and has a large fan following (including Godzilla: Final Wars director Ryuhei Kitamura) despite the generally perceived low quality of its first two films. It's new designs for the Millenium series was praised by many and ranked among fans as the best improvements to any monster. He is one of the most popular Godzilla villains in the films.
Showa Era Edit
In the Showa series, he is an alien cyborg, while in the Millenium series, he is portrayed as an evil, god-like entity and Mothra's main foe. Showa EraSummoned to Earth by the Nebula M Spacehunters (or Nebulans), Gigan was paired with King Ghidorah to destroy Tokyo. They were challenged by Godzilla and Anguirus. And after a long fight the two space monsters were driven away. During the fight, Gigan slashed Godzilla and Anguirus with his buzz-saw. This broke Godzilla's skin and caused him to bleed. This is the first time in the series that Godzilla was made to bleed, a feat only repeated by MechaGodzilla. A year later, Gigan was sent by the Nebulans to assist the Seatopians in their assault on humannity by aiding the beetle-like kaiju Megalon in a battle against Godzilla and the robot Jet Jaguar. Gigan abandoned Megalon when the fight turned against them, and flew back into space.
In the live action series Zone Fighter, Gigan was forced to fight for the Garoga aliens against both Godzilla and Zone Fighter. Gigan was first pummelled by Godzilla once again, then battled the great superhero Zone Fighter. Gigan finally met his match though, and was destroyed by Zone fighter's explosive Meteor Missile Might attack.
Gigan reappeared in Godzilla: Final Wars as a giant mummified cyborg, having been defeated 12,000 years previous by Mothra. Revived by the Xilians to commence their global invasion, Gigan traveled to the South Pole to destroy the Gotengo but wound up battling the newly-awakened Godzilla. Gigan ensnared Godzilla with grappling cables from its blade hands pulling the monster king towards the chain-saw in gigans chest believing it would slice him in half, but that never happend as godzilla shot the titans head off with his radioactive beam. Gigan is not green skined and with gold plating/wings like in the showa series. In the Millenium series but is mostly black plating and with red wings.
Later, when Mothra arrived to assist Godzilla against Monster X, a repaired and upgraded Gigan arrived to battle the ancient opponent. Gigan had its scythes replaced with dual-chainsaws and been enabled to fire razor-discs from its chest. Using these chainsaw hands to slice off part of Mothra's wing, Gigan apparently triumphed against its foe, and double-teamed with Monster X against Godzilla. When Mothra attacked again, Gigan fired two discs at her, whose targeting systems were disorientated via Mothra's golden energy scales; when they missed, Gigan fired its eye beam, setting Mothra ablaze and apparently killing her. As Gigan struck a victory pose, ironically the razor discs boomeranged back, decapitating the cyborg. Gigan remained alive, but the flaming Mothra dove down, body-slamming it and engulfing them both in a large explosion. In the credits it shows that Mothra had survived somehow.
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