King Caesar's Japanese name, "Kingu Shisa", was made by putting together "king" and "shisa," a prevalent creature in Okinawa mythology and of Chinese origin.
King Caesar's appearance was inspired by the shisa, a beast that looks like a combination between a lion and a dog.
In the Showa series, King Caesar was the guardian of the Azumi family. He could be awakened by fulfilling a prophecy and an ancient song.
King Caesar, the ancient gaurdian of the Azumi family, was sleeping in a mountain, waiting to be awoken. The Black Hole Planet 3 Aliens heard of this monster, and sent their own to destroy it. As MechaGodzilla raced to destroy him, the ancient song was sung. King Caesar erupted from the mountain and took on MechaGodzilla. King Caesar fought the best he could, but he was overwhelmed by MechaGodzilla's power. Godzilla arrived to stop the robot, but soon both were nearly defeated. Godzilla used his special power he had obtained from lightning to pull MechaGodzilla into him, and it allowed him to rip off his head. King Caesar then returned to his cave to heal his wounds.
King Caesar stomps through a factory, crushing everything in his path. Suddenly, an enormous flying object arrives on the scene and removes the giant creature. The same thing happens to all the other monsters that were attacking the cities throughout the world. The Xiliens come and tell Earth that they saw that the planet was under attack and destroyed the towering titans to save Earth and that a meteor is falling to Earth, threatening all life. However, it is discovered that the Xiliens were controlling the kaiju and that Gorath does not exist. The Xiliens then release the kaiju to finish destroying the cities. However, Gotengo freed Godzilla and lured him to the places where the controlled kaiju were so he could fight them. King Caesar, Anguirus, and Rodan are teamed up and released on Fuji to defeat Godzilla. When King Caesar and Rodan charge at Godzilla, he jumps on top of Anguirus and the two crash into each other. He then rushes at Godzilla, but is pushed into a mountain which he gets on, and then jumps at him. Godzilla catches him and then throws him onto Anguirus. Anguirus rolls up to a spiked ball and takes out Rodan. Godzilla kicks him at Godzilla but turns at the last second, crashing into Rodan. Frustrated, he lunges at Godzilla, but he throws Caesar towards the other kaiju. Godzilla successfully defeated them, and they were thrown on top of each other in a pile. Instead of being killed, Godzilla let them live and moved on to Tokyo. King Caesar, along with Anguirus and Rodan is one of the three enemy Kaiju in Final Wars which Godzilla did not kill, in an homage to the Showa series, when all three monsters were his allies. Their fate is unknown however.
King Caesar possesses formidable speed, strength and agility, enabling him to use various martial arts techniques, making him a formidable foe in close combat. He is rock-solid, able to withstand a horrible beating before going down. It is possible that King Caesar is a golem-like monster, as his body seems to be made of rock with gems for his eyes and on his forehead. His most notable ability, however, is his ability to draw the energy beams of enemy monsters into his eyes, and fire it back at the target. He used this twice with great effectiveness against MechaGodzilla before the cyborg wisely changed tactics and used his missiles instead. However, this special ability of his is not shown in Godzilla: Final Wars for no energy weapons were used against him. In video games such as Godzilla: Unleashed, the Okinawan deity monster has to ability to transform raw solar energy into searing beams of heat from his eyes.
- Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla
- Terror of MechaGodzilla (stock footage)
- Godzilla Island
- Godzilla: Final Wars
King Caesar appears in the video game Godzilla: Unleashed as a playable character, sporting a look with similarities to both and era designs. He is able to fire solar heat beams from his eyes.
Godzilla Unleashed Bio
Height: 100 meters
Weight: 75,000 tons
"King Caesar is a mystical defender of the Earth. Unlike the other Earth Defenders, King Caesar is specifically concerned with the well-being of humanity, and will respond to events that threaten human beings. King Caesar's strongest asset are his powerful legs, which have tremendous strength and flexibility. King Caesar's entire body is a capacitor, storing and refocusing the sun's energy into searing beams of heat, which he projects from his eyes. In battle, King Caesar can absorb the energy from his opponent's weapons, which both protects him from ranged attacks and provides him the power necessary to engage fast-moving opponents at range. His internal batteries are not unlimited in their capacity, and there is a possibility of overload should King Caesar absorb too much energy without quickly discharging it."
ComicsGodzilla: Rulers of Earth.
King Caesar's roars were recycled Toho King Kong roars.
In Other Languages
- Spanish: Rey Cesar
- In King Caesar's first on-screen appearance in Godzilla: Final Wars, a traditional Japanese style roof can be seen in the foreground with a shisa statue on it.
- In Godzilla: Unleashed, King Caesar is one of the only two Kaiju who were directly being inspired by a mammal, (the other being Krystalak, who however seems to be combination of cat and reptile).
- A cutaway view of King Caesar shows something unexpected: the creature's insides appear to be constructed of brick, metal, and other bits and pieces of superstructure. This implies that Caesar may have actually been a statue constructed by the Okinawan people. This revelation also explains the beasts inexplicably heavy weight; the beast weighs in at a hefty 30,000 tons, heavier than most other monsters in the Showa series, including the cybernetic (and partly metal) Gigan, and even Godzilla himself.
- King Caesar is the savior of Okinawa, but ironically, in Godzilla: Final Wars, he was intended to attack the city he thus protected for generations. It should be noted that Godzilla: Final Wars isn't apart of the Showa continuity.
- King Caesar has his own theme song.