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Overview

Baragon (バラゴン,   Baragon?) is a reptilian kaiju created by Toho that first appeared in the 1965 Toho film, Frankenstein Conquers the World.


Name

Baragon's name comes from from the Japanese word bara (バラ?), meaning rose, and ragon (ラゴン?), from "dragon." This name refers to the ridges on his back, which supposedly resemble rose petals.

Design

Appearance

Baragon is a four-legged mammal-like reptilian creature with reddish-brown skin, a horn on his forehead, and large, floppy dog-like ears. He has skinny arms, bulky legs, and an armored back. In Destroy All Monsters, he has darker skin and his head has different ears, fewer teeth and different eyes. The petals on his back are inspired by roses. This design is referred to as "ShodaiBara".

Portrayal

The ShodaiBara suit was portrayed by Haruo Nakajima. Tihe suit was originally supposed to be in more scenes in Destroy All Monsters, but the suit was too damaged, as a result of when Eiji Tsuburaya used it for Ultra Q and Ultraman. The suit was first reused for Pagos in Ultra Q episode 18, then it was used for Neronga in Ultraman episode 3, then it was used for Magular in Ultraman episode 8, and finally, it was used for Gabora in Ultraman episode 9. When Tsuburaya returned the suit to Toho, it becomes very clear that they weren't able to use the suit that much which explains why the suit was used at the very end of the movie when it shows all the monsters living peacefully on Monsterland.

Roar

In Baragon's two appearances during the Showa era, his roar was a slightly modified version of Varan's roar. The only difference being that Baragon's version has a little more of a growling added to the mix. This growling Varan voice would give Baragon's roar a more "guard-dog" tone. Some parts of the roar comes from Godzilla.

Origins

Baragon was a prehistoric reptile from the Mesozoic era that survived the K-T extinction by burrowing underground and surviving off of uranium deposits in the Earth. In 1960, he was drawn to the surface by work performed by an oil factory in Akita Prefecture. A second Baragon, either the same creature from 1960 or another surviving individual of the same species, appeared in 1999 as one of many residents of Monsterland.

History

Frankenstein Conquers the World

Baragon in Frankenstein Conquers the World

Baragon was first seen in Frankenstein Conquers the World where he was awakened by sound from a nearby factory. He attacked the factory, and burrowed to a Shirane Village and attacked it. He then attacked a farm to feed on the livestock.

Baragon was not seen during these attacks, so Frankenstein was blamed for them. A worker at the factory says it was not Frankenstein, but another monster. When a group of scientists looked for Frankenstein, they caused an explosion that woke up Baragon from his sleep. He tried to eat the scientists, but he was stopped by Frankenstein. Frankenstein and Baragon battle, but Frankenstein wins when he breaks Baragon's neck. The ground then cracks and the two fall down the hole.

Destroy All Monsters

Baragon in Destroy All Monsters

Baragon appeared briefly in Destroy All Monsters, where he is present during the battle between the Earth monsters and King Ghidorah, but doesn't fight. Baragon can very briefly be seen observing the other monsters fight King Ghidorah from a distance with Manda, and is later seen on Monsterland when all the monsters return home.

Abilities

Flame ray

Baragon's Flame Ray

Baragon can fire a flame ray from his mouth that is extremely weak and it didn't even hurt the Frankenstein monster. However, it was strong enough to cause forest fires. The horn on his snout occasionally glows and crackles when he uses it.

In the Atari titles, his flame ray resembles traditional fire breath, as opposed to in the films, though it's short-ranged, but can still get in beam locks.

Geothermal Manipulation

In the Atari video games, Baragon can cause earthquakes and lava eruptions beneath his feet when he uses a rage attack.

Natural healing

He can replenish his energy as long as he is in contact with the earth. In the games, he is one of the few monsters who can use physical attacks in mid-air.

Burrowing

Baragon has the ability to burrow underground, which can cause earthquakes and avalanches.

Video games

Gojira-kun

Godzilla: Monster of Monsters

Baragon appears as a villain in Godzilla: Monster of Monsters.

Godzilla 2: War of the Monsters

Baragon later appeared as a villain in its sequel Godzilla 2: War of the Monsters.

Godzilla

Finally, he appeared as a villain once more in the Gameboy Godzilla game. Baragon would usually remain on all fours, preventing many attacks from hitting him, and would stand on his hind legs only to fire his heat beam. Another attack was to pounce at Godzilla or Mothra and pin them against the side of the screen. While rare to come across, during the fight with him, Baragon will sometimes look at the camera and tilt his head to the side as if he is mocking the player. This move allows the player to get in some free hits. 

Godzilla: Save the Earth

Baragon then appeared in Godzilla: Save the Earth. Baragon is a fast and agile fighter with decent power and great combo abilities. He shares many of the strengths of Anguirus such as immunity to high attacks on all fours and beam/projectile weapons doing only half-damage. He can dig like Megalon, though for longer and not be tired when he emerges, and his rage attack is to dig down and unleash a volcanic eruption. Baragon's fire ray attack can also be used while he's running or jumping and cannot be charged.

Godzilla: Unleashed

Baragon is an earth guardian-with special affinity for the terrestrial crust we walk upon. Baragon is physically the smallest monster on record, but his connection to the rocks and magma beneath us empower him to achieve greatness on a par with his larger allies. His small size makes him a tremendous leaper, with graceful aerial combat maneuvers and techniques.

When not in the air, Baragon constantly replenishes his energy so long as contact is maintained with the earth. Baragon emits streams of fire from his mouth, and can cause eruptions and earthquakes beneath his feet. When firmly planted with all four legs upon the ground, Baragon is almost impossible to push aside, despite his small stature.
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— Baragon Godzilla: Unleashed bio

Godzilla Unleashed: Double Smash

Baragon appeared in the title Godzilla Unleashed: Double Smash.

Godzilla (2014 video game)

Baragon is a kaiju descendant of the Mesozoic era reptile, Baranosdragon. Having an extreme aversion to daylight, it normally lives below the earth, coming above ground at nighttime to feed by attacking and preying upon humans and livestock. It has strong muscles it uses to nimbly dig its way through the ground as it makes sport of its enemies.

Although it was killed by the artificial life-form Frankenstein when it first appeared in "Frankenstein Conquers the World" (1965), Baragon was later discovered below Mt. Amagi and protected in Monsterland in the film "Destroy All Monsters" (1968). The second-generation Baragon is controlled by the Kilaaks, entering the fight with King Ghidorah after Paris is attacked.

In "Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack" (2001), Baragon the Guardian Monster of Earth appeared on Mt. Myoko as one of the Three Guardian Monsters protecting Japan, later confronting Godzilla in Hakone.
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— Baragon Kaiju Guide Bio

Godzilla: Kaiju Collection

Baragon also appeared within the title Godzilla: Kaiju Collection with all three of his incarnations.

Comics

Godzilla: Ongoing

Baragon is briefly teased at the end of the final issue of IDW's Godzilla: Ongoing.

Godzilla: Rulers of Earth

Baragon appears in Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #9. In the comic, he appears in Paris, much like he was supposed to in Destroy All Monsters and fought Kiryu. Baragon started out in a flashback of the main character however, burrowing into the Earth. After his fight with Kiryu, he was brought to the Monster Islands. When the Trilopods invaded the Monster Islands, one of the Trilopods gained Baragon's DNA. Baragon was then captured and imprisoned in the Trilopod hive, along with the other residents of Monster Islands. King Caesar allowed himself to be captured as well, then freed Baragon and all of the other monsters inside the hive. Following King Caesar, the monsters charged into battle to help the severely outnumbered Godzilla in the battle against the Trilopods. Baragon attacked and successfully killed the Kumonga-Trilopod, before joining the other monsters to fight Magita. After Godzilla destroyed Magita, Baragon and the other monsters followed him out to sea.

In other languages

  • Russian: Барагон

Trivia

  • In Destroy All Monsters, Baragon was supposed to attack Paris and destroy the Arc de Triomphe under the control of the Kilaaks, but because his suit was heavily damaged from use as other monsters in Tsuburaya Productions' Ultra Q and Ultraman, he was replaced with Gorosaurus. Baragon's suit was returned eventually, but the head was irreparable, and as such the suit was given a new head for this brief appearance due to damage it had sustained. However, they could not use the suit in any major scenes, as filming had nearly finished.

Baragon in Dragon Ball

  • Baragon, like his kaiju cohorts has appeared in and been referenced in external media outside of the movies and series' he's featured in.
    • Baragon made a cameo appearance in Dragon Ball.
    • The Pokémon Nidoking bares a strong resemblance to Baragon.
    • In the Activision game Skylanders, the character Warnado is strongly based on Baragon's appearance.
    • "Baragon" is the name of a character in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.
  • Baragon's suit was later reused to create the monsters Pagos, Neronga, [[w:c:ultra:Magular Magular], and Gabora for Ultra Q and Ultraman.

List of appearances

Films

Video games

Comics

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Official Godzilla Compendium. Profiles of the Monsters; Page 119.
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