|“||The goddamndest thing.||„|
— Sawyer describing Scylla (Godzilla: King of the Monsters - The Official Movie Novelization)
Scylla (スキュラ Sukyura), also dubbed Titanus Scylla, is a giant armored cephalopod 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. She reappears in the graphic novel Godzilla: Dominion, where she battles Godzilla.
"Scylla" refers to the female sea monster from Greek mythology, the daughter of Typhon. In other versions, Scylla was once a beautiful sea-nymph who was transformed into a hideous creature by the sorceress goddess Circe so that the latter could have the sea god Glaucus for herself. Monarch later confirmed that Titanus Scylla was named by the Ancient Greeks, who interpreted her as a female sea monster. It may also refer to the Scylla genus of swimming crabs, as parts of Scylla greatly resemble crabs, particularly her legs.
"Scylla" may be derived from Spiga, another giant spider daikaiju. Scylla also shares a near-similar name with Nerscylla, a giant spider monster from the Monster Hunter franchise, whose name was also derived from the Greek monster. Since Scylla is inspired by Cthulhu and resembles it in some aspects of her appearance, her name may also relate to Cthylla, Cthulhu's daughter.
Scylla is a giant armored cephalopod, and is brown coloration with six long segmented legs that are sparsely covered in hairs. Each of these legs possess two joints and end in a massive pointed claw covered in small spikes. She also has a plated mantle with ten tentacles and a pair of orange eyes. Most notably, she has a massive shell that curves inward like the shell of an ammonite.
In Godzilla: Dominion, Scylla appears slightly different. She no longer has her swirling ammonite-like shell, but instead a more sloped, downwards-curving shell. Instead of tentacles, she now seemingly has over a dozen slender white tendrils sprouting from her face.
It is believed that Scylla is portrayed through CGI and keyframe animation, although the portrayal is currently undefined. Scylla moves much like an actual spider, moving in fast bursts of short quick steps. She also has greater control over her legs, as opposed to spiders, which use hydrostatic pressure to extend their legs due to their lack of blood and bones.
While confronting Godzilla, Scylla emits a series of short yet quick chattering sound.
|“||In Homer's Odyssey, Scylla is a legendary monster who lives on one side of a narrow channel of water, opposite her counterpart, Charybdis. The two sides of the strait were within an arrow's range of each other - so close that sailors attempting to avoid Charybdis would pass dangerously close to Scylla and vice versa. The coastal town of Scilla in Calabria takes its name from the monster and is said to be the home of the nymph. The idiom "between Sylla and Charybdis" has come to mean being forced to choose between two similarly dangerous situations.
Scylla is an armored tank of a Titan that can quickly change direction and maneuver sideways to throw off the attacks of opposing Titans in battle, driving its massive claws into the earth like six seismic mortars. Titanus Scylla is a scavenger with a biological imperative to feed on the carcasses of dead Titans and process their nutrients into a deadly bacteria that can poison water sources. As such, standard-post combat protocol calls for Monarch Pathology teams to immediately begin breaking down any Titan carcasses after engagements as quickly as possible. It has the ability to abandon its shell and burrow into a rock face or use cobbled together parts of sunken battleships as replacement exoskeletal armor until she can grow a new one to protect its tender invertebrate muscle tissue. With its long and dexterous facial proboscis, it can pull prey into its maw and consume from above. After digesting the flesh, the remains and sinew are regurgitated into a field of scattered bones arranged into distinct piles described in ancient mythology texts as "rows of dried skeleton wheat". Mythological evidence has been discovered that connects Scylla to Easter Island with analysis suggesting the mysterious statues that guard the shores may have been erected by ancients as megalithic scarecrows to keep it away.
— Cryptid Profile
According to Greek legend, Scylla would reside in and near the sea, killing the sailors of ships that sailed too close to her.
Rapa Nui Settlement
Scylla came into contact with the Rapa Nui when they settled on Easter Island. The Rapa Nui in turn, feared Scylla, and they would eventually erect the famous Moai statues around the shores of Easter Island as megalithic scarecrows to deter her.
In Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Scylla is in a Monarch containment facility in a desert nearby oil rigs in Sedona, Arizona, being monitored by Monarch and designated "Titanus Scylla". After her file is briefly examined by Mark Russell, Scylla is awakened by the call of her new alpha, Ghidorah, and she destroys the oil rig she was trapped under. Along with the other Titans (excluding Godzilla, Mothra, and Kong), Scylla is sent to hunt, moving as a pack with the other Titans, and she is seen using her legs to destroy buildings in Phoenix.
After Madison Russell uses the ORCA in Boston, Scylla is one of the Titans to make the journey but is unable to make it across America in time to help her alpha, and so arrives to see Godzilla having killed Ghidorah. Scylla follows Rodan in bowing down to Godzilla, her new alpha, along with Behemoth, Methuselah, and the Queen MUTO.
News reports later mention that Monarch has confirmed Scylla's Greek origin, and it can be seen that Scylla has become one of the most popular and famous Titans to humanity. According to the reports, Scylla is having a positive impact on the environment by emitting enough liquid nitrogen to slow down the melting of ice in Antarctica and stabilize the world sea levels.
Driven by hunger, Scylla decides to attempt to feed on a lost nuclear warhead off the coasts of Savannah, Georgia, before Godzilla arrives to stop her. After a brief battle, Scylla is defeated and retreats to an island near the tip of South America before hibernating in its freezing lake. She, along with the other Titans, are sent back into dormancy by Godzilla.
Scylla's internal biology greatly resembles that of a squid, allowing her to survive both on land and in water.
Scylla can process the nutrients from the Titan carcasses she feeds on into deadly waterborne bacteria.
Due to the spiky armor that covers her body and legs, Scylla is durable enough to topple buildings and withstand bullets and missiles with little to no damage.
Liquid nitrogen emission
Scylla can emit massive quantities of liquid nitrogen from her body, which allows her to slow down the melting of ice in Antarctica, stabilizing the global sea levels in the process.
Strength and combat
Scylla's legs and their spiky tips are strong enough to tear through solid rock and buildings with ease. Her tendrils are also capable of grasping enemies and destroying buildings, and latching onto larger. Her shell also provides protection from attacks. Her legs are capable of slicing into Godzilla, making him bleed, and her tendrils were strong enough to grapple Godzilla.
- Scylla shares similarities with Crustaceous Rex in general appearance and Gezora in its ability to cool down water temperature.
- When Scylla was first shown in a trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, she was widely believed to be Kumonga.
- Scylla being located in Arizona can be interpreted as a reference to the scene where Kumonga attacked Arizona in Godzilla: Final Wars.
- The outpost Scylla was contained in, Monarch Outpost 55, is a possible reference to the 1955 Toho film Godzilla Raids Again, or Tarantula!, which was also released in 1955 and features a giant spider attacking Arizona.
- In the film's novelization, Scylla is mistakenly mentioned to have eight legs.
- Scylla appears to be the most popular Titan in-universe, as #Scylla is the most trending hashtag on Twitter after Monarch reveals Scylla's information to the world.
- Scylla was created by Michael Dougherty to indulge his interest in the Cthulhu Mythos. Scylla bears a resemblance to Cthulhu and Cthylla, with all three having a cephalopod-like head. Cthylla is even sometimes called "Scylla".
- Scylla's scene in Godzilla Dominion might have been inspired by the 1958 Tybee Island mid-air collision, which resulted in the United States Air Force losing a Mark 15 nuclear bomb.
List of appearances
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters - The Official Movie Novelization
- Godzilla vs. Kong - The Official Movie Novelization (mentioned)