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|section2-title=Biological Information
|section3-title=Affiliation Information
|section4-title=Production Information
|name = <span style="color:#000000!important">King Ghidorah</span>
|image=<tabber>HeiseiGhido = [[File:Godzilla.jp_-_18_-_HeiseiGhido.jpg|250px]] |-| ShodaiMechaGhido =[[File:Mecha_King_Ghidorah.JPG|250px]]</tabber>
|species = Mutated [[Dorat]]s
|nicknames = Ghidorah<br>{{tt|Ghidrah|Also spelled Ghidora}}<br>{{tt|King Ghidrah|Also spelled King Ghidora}}<br>The King of Terror
|height = 150 meters<br>{{sup|[[Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah|GvKG]]}}<br>140 meters<br>{{sup|[[Godzilla (2014 video game)|G:TG]]}}
|weight=70,000 metric tons<br>{{sup|[[Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah|GvKG]]}} - {{sup|[[Godzilla (2014 video game)|G:TG]]}}<ref name="GodzillaCompendium"/>
|wingspan=175 meters<br>{{sup|[[Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah|GvKG]]}}<ref name="GodzillaCompendium"/><br>150 meters<br>{{sup|[[Godzilla (2014 video game)|G:TG]]}}
|forms =[[Dorat]] {{Small|(Unirradiated Form)}}<br>{{sup|[[Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah|GvKG]]}}<br />[[Mecha-King Ghidorah]]<br>{{sup|[[Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah|GvKG]] - [[Godzilla: Rulers of Earth|GRoE]]}}
|allies =
|enemies = [[Godzilla (TRoG)|Godzilla]]
|relationships =
|controlledby = [[Futurians]]<br>{{sup|[[Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah|GvKG]]}}
|createdby =[[Ishiro Honda]]<br>[[Tomoyuki Tanaka]]<br>[[Senichi Sekizawa]]
|portrayedby = [[Hurricane Ryu Hariken]]
|firstappearance = ''[[Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah]]''
|lastappearance = ''Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah''
|suits = [[HeiseiGhido]]
|roar =
}}'''King Ghidorah''' {{Nihongo|キングギドラ|Kingu Gidora}} is a [[:Category:Ghidorah|three-headed dragon]] {{kaiju}} created by [[Toho Company Ltd.|Toho]] that first faced [[Godzilla]] in the [[1991]] [[Godzilla (franchise)|''Godzilla'']] [[:Category:Godzilla Films|film]], ''[[Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah]]''.
King Ghidorah's name is composed of "King" {{Nihongo|キング|Kingu}} and "Ghidorah." The "Ghidorah" part of King Ghidorah's name comes from the Japanese word for "hydra" {{Nihongo|ヒドラ|Hidora}}, which is spelled very similarly to the [[Japan]]ese katakana for Ghidorah.
King Ghidorah is a golden dragon monster with two legs, three heads on long necks, giant fin-like wings, and two tails. King Ghidorah's multiple heads were inspired by Yamata no Orochi, an eight-headed dragon from Japanese mythology.
King Ghidorah was brought to life on the movie screen by a stunt actor inside an elaborate three-piece suit, with a team of puppeteers to control the suit's many appendages allowing realistic movement. His design was mostly created by [[Eiji Tsuburaya]] based on a minimal description in the script: "It has three heads, two tails, and a voice like a bell."
King Ghidorah does not have much of a developed personality because he is under someone's control in most of his appearances. Whenever he isn't, he became confused due to no longer receiving commands from his masters and was overwhelmed by [[Godzilla]] and other opponents, eventually trying to retreat.
It seems that each of King Ghidorah's heads can think for themselves separately, although the middle head appears to be dominant which could easily be a cause of not being coordinated.
In ''[[Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah]]'', King Ghidorah is part of a scheme by time-traveling terrorists known as the [[Futurians]] to destroy [[Japan]] in the past to prevent it from becoming a global economic superpower. He is the result of the Futurians placing three genetically-engineered creatures from the future called [[Dorat]]s on [[Lagos Island]] in the year [[1944]].
In [[1954]], the Dorats were exposed to the Castle Bravo hydrogen bomb test conducted at nearby [[Bikini Atoll]], which caused them to merge and mutate into King Ghidorah. According to the novelization of the film, the Dorats were engineered using DNA recovered from the corpse of another King Ghidorah found on the surface of Venus, suggesting that like in the Showa series King Ghidorah is originally an alien creature, but the one created by the Futurians is simply a clone of him and not the original.
===''[[Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah]]''===
[[File:King Ghidorah 91.jpg|thumb|right|200px|[[HeiseiGhido|King Ghidorah]] in ''[[Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah]]'']]Planning to destroy [[Japan]] in the past and prevent it from becoming a corrupt economic superpower by the 23rd century, a group of time-traveling terrorists known as the [[Futurians]] traveled to [[1992]] Japan and claimed that [[Godzilla]] would return to destroy Japan in the near future, rendering the nation uninhabitable in the future. The Futurians assembled a team of Japanese citizens and traveled to [[Lagos Island]] in [[1944]], where it was believed a [[Godzillasaurus]] would later be exposed to the Castle Bravo H-bomb test conducted at nearby [[Bikini Atoll]] in [[1954]] and transform into Godzilla. The Futurians teleported the Godzillasaurus to the Bering Sea, where they believed it would die, and in its place secretly left behind three genetically-engineered creatures called [[Dorat]]s. In 1954, the Dorats were exposed to the H-bomb test and merged together into King Ghidorah, who was taken control of by the Futurians in 1992 and unleashed against Japan.
King Ghidorah first attacked [[Fukuoka]], tearing the metropolis apart with his gravity beams. The Futurians demanded that the Japanese government surrender to them and follow their demands for rebuilding the country. The government, unwilling to comply, sent a nuclear submarine owned by a private corporation to the Bering Sea, believing the Godzillasaurus was still dormant there and could be transformed into a new Godzilla by the sub's torpedos. Instead, the sub was intercepted en route by Godzilla, who was never actually erased from the timeline in the first place. Godzilla fed on the submarine's radiation, curing his [[Anti-Nuclear Energy Bacteria]] infection and causing him to grow to 100 meters in height. Godzilla came ashore in [[Hokkaido]], much to the Futurians' irritation. The Futurians sent King Ghidorah to kill Godzilla, and the two titans battled near Hokkaido. King Ghidorah seemed to have the upper hand, until [[Emmy Kano]] and her android [[M11]], defectors from the Futurians, assaulted their comrades' ship [[MOTHER]] and destroyed the computer controlling King Ghidorah. King Ghidorah was stunned, allowing Godzilla to knock him to the ground and sever his central head with his spiral breath. Emmy used MOTHER's subship [[KIDS]] to teleport MOTHER in front of Godzilla, who promptly destroyed it with his atomic breath. King Ghidorah tried to fly away, but Godzilla blasted out his wings with his atomic breath and caused him to fall into the North Sea. The empowered Godzilla began a new rampage across Japan, leaving the nation helpless. Emmy believed that King Ghidorah could be revived with technology from her time so long as his corpse was preserved by the cold water, and traveled back to [[2204]] in KIDS.
====[[Mecha-King Ghidorah]]====
[[File:Mecha King Ghidorah.jpg|thumb|right|200px|[[Mecha-King Ghidorah]] in ''[[Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah]]'']]
When Emmy discovered King Ghidorah's comatose body in 2204, she outfitted the beast with cybernetic enhancements, including a mechanical central head, metal wings and a metal chest containing electrical capture cables and a machine hand. Emmy and M11 took control of the new [[Mecha-King Ghidorah]] {{Nihongo|メカキングギドラ|Meka Kingu Gidora}} and traveled back to 1992 Tokyo, where Godzilla had reached the heart of the city. Mecha-King Ghidorah attacked Godzilla with its advanced new weapons, subduing him with its capture cables and machine hand. Mecha-King Ghidorah flew out over the sea with Godzilla, only for him to blast out Mecha-King Ghidorah's wings and send them both plummeting into the ocean. Emmy and M11 escaped the mech inside of KIDS and teleported back to 2204, leaving Godzilla defeated, but still very much alive.
===Constricting Necks===
[[File:ThZXZVUBVT.jpg|thumb|right|King Ghidorah wraps around the King of the Monsters]]
In ''[[Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah]]'', King Ghidorah constricted his necks around Godzilla in an attempt to strangle him, causing him to foam at the mouth.
King Ghidorah is usually portrayed as being extremely durable and resistant to damage, often to an extent close to Godzilla. He withstands conventional weaponry with no noticeable effect, and can even shrug off point-blank blasts from Godzilla's atomic breath. In ''[[Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah]]'', he survives having his middle head decapitated and his wings shredded, and remains alive but comatose for over 200 years laying on the sea floor.
King Ghidorah tends to use his durability to his advantage, as he often prefers to escape from a battle that he can't win before he suffers more injuries than necessary.
[[File:HeiseiGhido_thing.jpg|thumb|King Ghidorah's Terror]]
King Ghidorah is able to fly up to speeds of mach 3 in the Earth's atmosphere. He exceeds this speed while flying through space.
===Gravity Beams===
[[File:ThC9BUFFI2.jpg|frame|Grand King Ghidorah unleashing devastation]]
King Ghidorah's most famous ability is the golden lightning bolt-like gravity beams he spits from his three mouths. These beams are roughly equal in power to Godzilla's atomic breath, and are capable of causing large-scale explosions when fired at buildings.
===Hurricane Winds===
King Ghidorah can produce hurricane-force winds by flapping his wings, which are capable of blowing away buildings and knocking other kaiju off their feet.
==Video games==
===''[[CR Godzilla 3S-T Battle]]''===
The Heisei Ghidorah appeared within this game as an image for a slot icon with his other designs being based off of his Millennium incarnation.
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===''[[Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee]]''===
King Ghidorah appeared within the game ''[[Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee]]''. He made an solid choice for beginners due to his evenly-balanced battle stats, and like many others, had his own abilities.
*Level 1 Special: King Ghidorah fires from its mouth magnetic blasts.
*Level 2 Special: King Ghidorah fires its signature lightning bolts, attacking everything above or to either side of it.
*Level 3 Special: King Ghidorah flies, then bodyslams on his enemy.
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===''[[Godzilla: Save the Earth]]''===
King Ghidorah appeared within the game ''[[Godzilla: Save the Earth]]'' as a playable character.
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===''[[Godzilla: Unleashed]]''===
The Heisei Ghidorah appeared in part within the Wii version of ''[[Godzilla: Unleashed]]'', as his design within the game is a hybrid of his Heisei and Millennium designs.
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===''[[Godzilla On Monster Island (Video Game)|Godzilla On Monster Island]]''===
King Ghidorah appeared within the game ''Godzilla On Monster Island'' utilizing his Heisei design, albeit being slightly taller than the design he was based off of. In this game however, he also utilizes the Showa era Ghidorah's roar.
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===[[Godzilla (2014 video game)|''Godzilla'' (2014 video game)]]===
{{Quote|In the [[Heisei era|Heisei series]] film, "Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah" (1991), King Ghidorah appeared in the form of a super dragon, an artificial lifeform equipped with a genetic mutation system and created by the [[Futurians]] before being warped back to the 20th century to fight Godzilla. Later, King Ghidorah became a mechanical cyborg.|King Ghidorah Kaiju Guide bio}}
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===''[[Godzilla: Kaiju Collection]]''===
The Heisei King Ghidorah made another appearance within the game ''[[Godzilla: Kaiju Collection]]'', as the only Ghidorah available.
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==List of appearances==
*''[[Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah]]'' {{1st}}
*''[[Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack]]'' {{C|Prop reused for a brief scene}}
===Video games===
*''[[CR Godzilla 3S-T Battle]]'' {{C|Slot icon}}
*''[[Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee]]''
*''[[Godzilla: Save the Earth]]''
*''[[Godzilla: Unleashed]]'' {{C|Hybrid design}}
*''[[Godzilla On Monster Island (Video Game)|Godzilla On Monster Island]]''
*[[Godzilla (2014 video game)|''Godzilla'' (2014 video game)]]
*''[[Godzilla: Kaiju Collection]]''
[[Category:Heisei era - Kaiju]]

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