FANDOM


MUTA

Newly released or upcoming content
Gojipedia doesn't currently possess thorough information on this specimen, character, or event. This article will be updated with new information as it arises, and is subject to change.

Look at him. You think we have the right to just kill a god? „ 

— Mariko (Godzilla: King of the Monsters - The Official Movie Novelization)

Article
Gallery



Behemoth
89DEC05F-2D4C-4196-92E3-653D56FF0837
Nomenclature
Foreign name(s)

Mapinguary[1]

Nickname(s)

Behemoth Titan
Mastodon-like Creature

Biological Information
Homeworld

Earth

Species

Titanus Behemoth

Gender

Male[2]

Hair color

Light brown

Status

Alive

Affiliation Information
Allies

Godzilla
Rodan
Scylla
Methuselah
MUTO 3
Leafwings

Enemies

Ghidorah

Production Information
First appearance

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Last appearance

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Behemoth, also dubbed Titanus Behemoth, is a giant mammalian daikaiju created by Legendary Pictures that appears in Legendary's 2019 film, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, as a minor Titan obeying Ghidorah and later Godzilla.

Name

Behemoth's name likely refers to the Biblical use, where the "Behemoth" is a giant land animal often interpreted as a mammoth, created by God as a demonstration of power - the counterpart to the Leviathan. It may also be referring to the primary definition of "behemoth", a huge and monstrous creature. The word itself derives from Behemah, the hebrew word for beast.

Behemoth's other name, Mapinguary[1], is an ape-sloth Bigfoot-like cryptid in South American folklore with mammoth fur - Behemoth resembles this, but with tusks, and without the one eye or second mouth on his stomach that the Mapinguary has. It is strongly implied that sightings of the Mapinguary in South America are actually sightings of Behemoth, which is why the locals call him Mapinguary.

Design

Appearance

Behemoth resembles a prehistoric ground sloth with large, curled tusks resembling those of a mammoth, knuckle-walking in a way reminiscent to that of a gorilla. He is covered in light brown fur, while his head resembles that of a mammoth with small ears and a short tapir-like trunk. Behemoth also has a row of small flat spines running down his back. The ends of his forelimbs are tipped with broad fingers bearing very large claws, with the hindlimbs being stouter for weight bearing; due to this, Behemoth is capable of standing on his hindlimbs. Behemoth's tusks also appear to have some sort of green algae or vines growing on them.

Portrayal

It is believed that Behemoth is portrayed through CGI and keyframe animation, although the portrayal is currently undefined. Behemoth moves slowly and heavily like a mammoth, walking like a gorilla, but he has been shown to be capable of charging with enough force to demolish buildings in his path in the manner of an elephant.

Roar

In the novelization of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Behemoth roars.[1] In the film, he lets out low, elephant-like rumbles.

History

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

202CD34E-D91C-4FF9-BDBA-6BD8D6CEF93B
In Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Behemoth is contained and monitored in Monarch Outpost 58, in a cavern in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Designated "Titanus Behemoth" (although he is known to the locals as Mapinguary), his file is briefly examined by Mark Russell.
Godzilla vs Behemoth

Later, Behemoth is woken by the calls of his new Alpha, Ghidorah, and he, along with the other Titans (excluding Godzilla, Mothra, and Kong), is sent to hunt, moving as a pack with his new allies. Behemoth himself rams into buildings in Rio de Janeiro, demolishing them with his tusks. Soon, Madison Russell activates the ORCA in Boston, and Behemoth is one of the Titans to make the journey. Incapable of moving quickly enough to arrive in time to help his Alpha, Behemoth arrives to see Godzilla having killed Ghidorah. Although the first to confront Godzilla, Behemoth follows Rodan in bowing down to his new Alpha with Scylla, Methuselah, and MUTO 3.

News reports later mention that Behemoth is having a positive impact on the environment, including the deforested regions of the Amazon, due to his feces being an effective fertilizer.

Abilities

Durability

Behemoth's fur is essentially fireproof, as fire cannot burn on it. Very little of the heat from the fire actually affects Behemoth's skin, which makes it merely a nuisance.[1]

Reforestation

Behemoth's movement leaves behind trace amounts of radiation which, as a result, grow jungle-like foliage in his path. One noticeable example of this was when clear-cut portions of the Amazon rainforest spawned due to Behemoth's radiation.

Strength and Combat

Behemoth can use his strong and sharp tusks to destroy buildings with ease. He can also attack with the claws on his front limbs while standing on his hind legs.

Trivia

  • The outpost Behemoth was contained in, Monarch Outpost 58, is a possible reference to the 1958 Toho film Varan.
  • The sound system used on-set for Godzilla: King of the Monsters to create Titan roars was nicknamed "Behemoth".[3]
  • Michael Dougherty created Behemoth as a companion mammal for Kong, feeling that too many Toho monsters were reptiles or insects. A mammoth was chosen because of Dougherty's fascination with woolly mammoths, but elements of sloths and primates were added to stop Behemoth from being just a giant mammoth.[4]
    • Early in production, Behemoth was a giant six-tusked mammoth with vegetation-like growths on his legs, and he appeared to have a wilder and more crazed disposition.
  • Behemoth is Michael Dougherty's favourite new Titan.[5]

List of appearances

Films

Novels

References

MonsterVerse
Cast and characters
Film-based kaiju
Godzilla kaiju
King Kong kaiju
Mothra kaiju
Gamera kaiju
Other kaiju
Scrapped kaiju

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.