Destoroyah (Japanese: デストロイア, Hepburn: Desutoroia, lit. ‘Destroyer’) is a crustacean kaiju who first appeared in Toho’s 1995 film Godzilla vs. Destoroyah.
Destroyer is a by-product of the Oxygen Destroyer weapon recreated in 1995. The anaerobic conditions that resulted in Tokyo Bay revived a colony of Precambrian era crustaceans that grew to a monstrous stage. Initially, it exists as several aggregate stage monsters but combines to form a single creature in the larger stages
Destoroyah grows quickly and adopts several appearances throughout the film, including its micro form 3-mm, insect-sized, 2-meter, and 18-meter crab-like forms, a larger aggregate crab-like form, a bat-like flying form, and a bipedal 140-meter, demonic final form.
- Fires ray of “micro-oxygen” weapon from its mouth
- Inner, extending jaw (like ‘Alien’) can puncture enemies
- Energy blade weapon can slice through flesh Films Godzilla Vs. Destroyer (1995).
- Micro form 3-300 mm
- Juvenile form 2-18 metres
- Aggregate form 40-60 metres
- Flying form 65 metres
- Final form 140 metres
- Micro form 0.3-15 kg
- Juvenile form 350-2600 kg
- Aggregate form 15,000 tons
- Flying form 15,000 tons
- Final form 88,000 tons
- Flying form 80 metres
- Final form 210 metres
Destoroyah first emerges as its small, crab-like form. It is inside of an aquarium and kills many of the fish. It eventually escapes and grows into its 2-meter form, destroying a bridge and then hiding in a factory. The Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) sends in numerable soldiers to attempt to destroy the creatures, but their assault rifles cause no damage to them, who badly wound and kill a number of JSDF. Eventually the JSDF attacks them with flamethrowers, badly wounding the aggregates and causing them to retreat. It becomes known that the aggregates are vulnerable to extreme heat or cold.
The JSDF deploy a squadron of Maser Tanks and missile batteries armed with Ultra Low Temperature lasers (ULT Lasers) and cooling shells. When the aggregates emerge again, they begin bombarding them with the freezing barrage. It seems to be working against the creatures, until they all converge on one position and merge into one giant monster. The giant aggregate then transforms into a giant bat-like form and flies away.
When trying to think of another way to defeat the destructive monster, the JSDF decides to try and lure Godzilla to Destoroyah. They reluctantly agree to the plan, despite protests from the psychic Miki Saegusa, and decide to lure Godzilla Junior to Destoroyah, knowing Godzilla will follow. Miki and another psychic fly out to Junior and use their psychic powers to make him change his course for Tokyo.
When Junior arrives, Destoroyah attacks him in its flying form. Junior is battered by the stronger monster, until he manages a lucky shot and brings the flying form down. Destoroyah quickly recovers, attacking Junior in its giant aggregate form. Destoroyah pins Junior beneath its massive body and tears into his skin with its double jaw, injecting him with micro-oxygen. When all hope seems lost, Junior fires one last blast at Destoroyah, knocking it into the air. Junior then fires one final radioactive burst, sending Destoroyah flying into a factory.
When Godzilla finally arrives in Tokyo, the final form of Destoroyah rises from the fires of the factory. The vile behemoth takes to the air and flies toward Godzilla and his son, striking Godzilla to the ground and grabbing Junior in its massive claws. It flies high into the air and drops Junior, sending the young godzillasaur plummeting to the ground. Destoroyah then blasts Junior with its micro-oxygen beam, killing the young monster.
Godzilla rises from the ground, enraged by Junior’s death. Destoroyah lands and bellows at Godzilla, challenging him to a final battle. Destoroyah proves to be a powerful and vicious opponent, even for Godzilla in his most powerful form. It batters the monster king with bursts of micro-oxygen rays and pummels him to the ground with its mass.
Destoroyah then wraps its tail around Godzilla and drags him out to sea, dropping him in the ocean. Godzilla returns to shore and unleashes his full fury upon Destoroyah, blasting Destoroyah multiple times with his red spiral atomic ray and causing the demon to spurt vast amounts of blood and finally explode. Destoroyah quickly counter attacks in its multiple small aggregate forms. As they swarm upon Godzilla, the monster king is overwhelmed by the mass and unleashes a powerful nuclear pulse, destroying the aggregates.
After Godzilla fails to revitalize his fallen son, the grief in his heart causes his meltdown to begin to go critical. The JSDF quickly dispatches the Super X-III and the maser tanks armed with freezing masers to stop Godzilla’s meltdown. As Godzilla continues to mourn his son and his nuclear heart begins to overheat, Destoroyah returns again. The evil beast strangles Godzilla with its tail and then throws Godzilla away from his son and prepares to battle again. Godzilla rises, and his dorsal fins begin to melt as the meltdown begins.
The overload of power causes Godzilla’s ray to increase in strength to immeasurable levels. Godzilla then unleashes his ray, increased in power by his meltdown, which blasts Destoroyah apart and decimates the landscape around it. As Godzilla begins to melt Destoroyah notices and tries to escape from the meltdown by flying into the air. However Godzilla and the Super X-III blast out its wings while it is distracted. Destoroyah then plummets towards Godzilla, dying as Godzilla begins to meltdown.
Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995)