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Mokele-Mbembe, also dubbed Titanus Mokele-Mbembe, is a giant elephant-like daikaiju created by Legendary Pictures to appear in the MonsterVerse. Mokele-Mbembe briefly appears in the 2019 film, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, besides his name appearing on a monitor, but he is heavily obscured by smoke and dust. However, he appears in Godzilla: King of the Monsters - The Official Movie Novelization.

Name

"Mokele-Mbembe" ("one who stops the flow of rivers") is a water-dwelling Congolese cryptid, similar to and believed to be a sauropod dinosaur.

Design

Appearance

In the novelization, Mokele-Mbembe is described as a grey quadruped with a pebbled reptilian back, with a head resembling an earless elephant, although his tusks point down instead of up. Each of his feet possesses five claws, and his front legs are slightly longer than his hind legs. The tail of Mokele-Mbembe is twice as long as the rest of his body. His mouth opens like a crocodile to reveal sharp teeth. He also has a curved horn on the top of his head, which glows with a faint green color.

Portrayal

It is assumed that in Mokele-Mbembe's brief appearance, he is portrayed using CGI. Although not one of the Titans that Michael Dougherty mentions designing, and despite not appearing in concept art, the novelization of Godzilla: King of the Monsters describes Mokele-Mbembe in detail, implying that the figure in the cloud of smoke and dust is a model for Mokele-Mbembe and not a placeholder.

Roar

Mokele-Mbembe's roar appears to be low with small bellows.

History

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

In Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Mokele-Mbembe is imprisoned in Monarch Outpost 75, located in Jebel Barkal, Sudan. When Ghidorah awakens the dormant Titans, Mokele-Mbembe breaks free and kills all Monarch agents in the area. When the ORCA calls all Titans to Boston, Mokele-Mbembe does not arrive in time for the battle and does not see Godzilla become the new alpha of all Titans (except Kong).

Abilities

Durability

Mokele-Mbembe's pebbled reptilian back is durable enough to withstand a missile blast that has almost no effect on him.

Strength and combat

In addition to his tusks, Mokele-Mbembe's tail is sharp enough to slice an Osprey in half and strong enough to tear through a pyramid. Mokele-Mbembe's trunk is also incredibly fast as well as being prehensile, allowing him to grab moving targets. His teeth are also incredibly sharp.

Trivia

  • The outpost Mokele-Mbembe was contained in, Monarch Outpost 75, is a possible reference to the 1975 Toho film Terror of Mechagodzilla.
  • Despite his name, Mokele-Mbembe shares more elements with and thus may be inspired by the Grootslang, a legendary creature in South African folklore which is said to resemble an elephant with a long snake-like tail.
    • This leads to the possibility that the myth of the Grootslang was inspired by sightings of Mokele-Mbembe.

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Novels

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