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

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

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Behemoth, also dubbed Titanus Behemoth, is a giant mammalian daikaiju created by Legendary Pictures that first appeared in the 2019 film, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, as a minor Titan that obeys 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 sightings of Behemoth, which is why the locals call him Mapinguary.

Design

Appearance

Behemoth resembles a prehistoric ground sloth with large, curved 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 serrated granite spines fortified with metal and ore running down his back that. The ends of his forelimbs are tipped with broad fingers bearing very large claws like an anteater, 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 is 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 elephant-like bellows and rumbles.

Origins

Behemoth is named as the primal unconquerable chaos monster of the land in the Bible. According to the Book of Job, Behemoth and Leviathan are described to demonstrate to Job the futility of questioning God, who alone has created these beings and who alone can capture them. At the end of time, a great battle will take place between Behemoth, Leviathan (the chaos monster of the sea), and Ziz (the chaos monster of the air), before they are slain by their Creator, who will use them to shelter and feed the righteous survivors of the world. In the Haggadah, Behemoth's strength reaches its peak on the summer solstice of every year. At this time of year, Behemoth lets out a loud roar that makes all animals tremble with fear, and thus renders them less ferocious for a whole year. As a result, weak animals live in safety away from the reach of wild animals. Without Behemoth's roar, animals would grow more wild and ferocious and hence go around butchering each other and humans.

A name synonymous with immense size and power, Behemoth is a lumbering mammoth with a wooly hide that erupts with serrated back spines of unbreakable granite fortified with metal and ore. Its elephantine bellow is a Titan war cry that can be heard for miles when it engages in combat, striking opponents with a seismic crash of thunder from massive tusks cloaked in centuries of overgrowth. A benign protector with an almost symbiotic relationship with the environment, Behemoth's presence breathes life into previously barren environments, as the massive amounts of its droppings become a nutrient-rich fertilizer that can regrow entire rainforests to help restore the balance of nature and strengthen Earth's immune system.
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— Cryptid Profile

History

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

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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", also known to the locals as the 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 excrements being an effective fertilizer.

Abilities

Durability

In the novelization of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Behemoth's fur is essentially fireproof, as fire cannot burn on it. Very little of the heat from the fire 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]
  • Due to the profile mentioning the already established Leviathan in the MonsterVerse and mentioning the Ziz. There is the possibility there could be a Titan based on Ziz.
  • 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 Dougherty was fascinated 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]
  • Behemoth has become one of the more popular new kaiju from the film by fans. Even as far as Y-MSF having a figure made for him to be sold commercially.

List of appearances

Films

Novels

References

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