[MONSTER] King Ghidorah.
Japanese name: キングギドラ
Romanized name: Kingu Gidora
Alignment: Varies by continuity
Species: Daikaijuu, varies by continuity
Inspiration: Dragon, hydra
Status: Varies by continuity
From: Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster, Invasion of Astro Monster, Destroy All Monsters, Godzilla vs. Gigan, Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, Mothra (1996), Mothra 3: King Ghidorah Attacks, Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, Godzilla: Final Wars
- King Ghidorah appeared in two episodes of the tokusatsu television series Zone Fighter (known in Japan as Ryuusei Ningen Zone).
- In the 1991 film Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, the three-headed beast was born when a trio of genetically engineered Dorats were exposed to radiation in the past. Prior to this, Ghidorah had just been a space monster.
- The technology from the remains of Mecha-King Ghidorah was used to create Mechagodzilla II and M.O.G.U.E.R.A.
- King Ghidorah can fly at a speed of Mach 3.
- The original script for Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack didn’t include King Ghidorah. Godzilla was intended to fight Baragon, Varan and Anguirus. However, the more popular King Ghidorah and Mothra eventually replaced the latter two. If the Ghidorah depicted in this movie had fully matured, it would have developed eight heads like the Yamato no Orochi. Until this movie, Ghidorah had generally been portrayed as a villain. Its size was also decreased so that it was smaller than Godzilla.
- Toho offered King Ghidorah to TriStar for the 1998 Godzilla. Unfortunately, the cost was too expensive.
- Footage of King Ghidorah can be seen in episodes of Courage the Cowardly Dog.
- Grandora from the anime Shinzo resembles King Ghidorah.
- An eighties commercial for Crest Sparkle toothpaste featured King Ghidorah.
- The Japanese hip-hop group King Giddra is named after this monster.
- Other incarnations of Ghidorah include: Death Ghidorah (1996’s Mothra), Cretaceous King Ghidorah and Grand Ghidorah (Mothra III) and Keizer Ghidorah (Godzilla: Final Wars).