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My grandfather told me it wasn't always there. There was a village instead. And then one day a guy who was traveling in some other country came home. The village was gone, and that mountain was there. „ 

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

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Methuselah, also dubbed Titanus Methuselah, is a giant animal-plant-rock hybrid[1] 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

"Methuselah" was a Biblical figure known for living a long time, a trait shared with almost all other uses of the word "Methuselah", including the oldest planet, the oldest star, and proteins that extend the lifespan of insects. This would suggest that Methuselah is ancient, even more so than the other Titans, but the significance of the name remains unknown.

Some Monarch agents gave Methuselah the nickname "Archie" for the time he spent living as an island in a remote Canadian archipelago.

Design

Appearance

Methuselah is a quadruped with a forest growing on his rocky and mountainous back, with yellow eyes and a mouth with large, razor-sharp teeth. He also has large horns growing down from the top of his head that curl inwards. His forelimbs are clawed while his hind limbs are hoofed. Methuselah also has a reptilian tail.

Portrayal

It is believed that Methuselah is portrayed through CGI and keyframe animation, although the portrayal is currently undefined. Methuselah moves slowly and clumsily due to the great weight of his back.

Origins

Methuselah is a biblical patriarch from the Book of Genesis and is part of the genealogy linking Adam to Noah. Said to have died at the age of 969, he lived the longest of all the figures mentioned in the Bible. His name has become synonymous with longevity. Some scholars believe that Methuselah serves the symbolic function of linking the Creation and the Flood/Apocalypse.

A Titan sentinel with the power to camouflage, Methuselah can remain hidden in plain sight, able to seamlessly blend into the horizon of any rocky environment as a mountain range, a glacier, even earning the nickname "Archie" among some in the Monarch ranks for its time spent as a derelict island in a remote Canadian archipelago. Disguised by forests of vegetation that have claimed its rocky exterior from centuries of dormancy, Methuselah uses its mountainous body as a shield and sanctuary to protect or relocate entire populations from environmental catastrophes and Titan attacks. While lacking offensive elemental powers, Methuselah is a lumbering tank, able to withstand a heavy barrage of attacks and becoming a granite battleship that bulldozes Titan opponents in combat. Methuselah is the sleeping giant more humans have unknowingly seen throughout history, as it waited patiently for the call to rise.
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— Cryptid Profile

History

Middle Ages

According to legend, Methuselah destroyed a village in Munich, then settled down to sleep on its wreckage, where a forest grow on him and he was assumed to be a mountain until Monarch discovered his true origins.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

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Held in Monarch Outpost 67, located in Munich, Germany, the Titan is designated as "Titanus Methuselah" and several x-rays are taken of him, one of which is briefly examined by Mark Russell as Methuselah's file is browsed. Later, Methuselah wakes from his slumber due to the call of the new alpha, Ghidorah. Following his new alpha's orders, Methuselah proceeds to hunt on Earth with his new pack, beginning by attacking a nearby railway in Munich.
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When Madison Russell activates the ORCA in Boston, Methuselah is one of the Titans to make the journey, despite being overseas. Either swimming or traveling through a Hollow Earth passageway, Methuselah does not move quickly enough to get to Boston before Godzilla kills Ghidorah. Methuselah then follows Rodan, Scylla, Behemoth, and the Queen MUTO in bowing down to Godzilla, acknowledging him as his new alpha.

Abilities

Camouflage

Due to his back being composed partially of rock and vegetation, Methuselah can camouflage himself as a mountain, apparently very quickly.

Durability

Methuselah's back is extremely durable due to being partially rock, allowing him to withstand powerful attacks.

Strength and combat

Methuselah can use his jaws and massive horns to inflict a great deal of damage and destruction. He can also effortlessly carry an entire human population on his back.

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