Godzilla: Singular Point is bringing back many classic kaiju from the franchise's long history into the modern era. The trailer for the anime already teased the return of Rodan, Gabara, Anguirus and everyone's favorite Ultraman copy Jet Jaguar. However, these are far from the only kaiju who might return from the Showa and Heisei Eras in this modern anime.
While many of Godzilla's more famous foes have had multiple appearances, such as King Ghidorah, Mechagodzilla, Mothra and Gigan, many others have had one or two appearances in the films at most. Some made a significant impact, such as the MUTOs or Destoroyah. Others, however, linger in semi-obscurity despite being great kaiju. The following are some of Godzilla's lesser-known foes who might be able to shine in Godzilla: Singular Point.
Godzilla has multiple evil-counterparts, from Mechagodzilla to SpaceGodzilla, but Mothra only has Battra. Battra is a foe sealed away under the earth by Mothra several thousand years ago, only for him to reawaken in the Heisei-era film Godzilla vs. Mothra. At first, Mothra and Battra fight against one another, but once Battra sees Godzilla violently attack Mothra, the two moths put aside their differences to beat Godzilla.
Battra is, in essence, a weaker and evil version of Mothra that, for whatever reason, has never taken root in the popular Mothra lore. While Mothra has appeared several times, Battra appeared in one film (plus stock footage in Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla). There is potential in Godzilla: Singular Point for Battra to become a mainstream kaiju.
Hedorah is an alien from the Dark Gas Nebula who fed upon the world's pollution and filth, resulting in him gaining a great deal of mass and power and becoming a worthy foe for Godzilla's Showa era film Godzilla vs. Hedorah. In their battle, Hedorah proved to be a dangerous and toxic villain. He's almost entirely immune to Godzilla's atomic breath, can throw chunks of its body in the form of malleable sludge, and, when he bleeds, sprays acidic poison.
Despite a brief appearance in Godzilla: Final Wars, Hedorah never had his deserved rematch with Godzilla, nor did any of his race ever make a significant return. No other kaiju in the Godzilla franchise personifies the environmental threat that Hedorah represents: pollution. If Godzilla: Singular Point analyzes the ecological impact of kaiju attacks through its scientists' lens, then Hedorah might play a unique role. After all, a walking metaphor for pollution should offer an excellent opportunity to explore how humanity's industrialization alters the kaiju impact.
Baragon isn't a super obscure kaiju in Godzilla's world. However, in his various appearances, Baragon tends to be pushed out of focus and into his own films' background. Baragon first appeared in Frankenstein Conquers the World as a chaotic kaiju who destroys cities. Frankenstein's monster is blamed for the destruction, which ultimately culminates in the two monsters fighting one another.
Baragon would have small roles in future films, with his next brief appearance in Destroy All Monsters. Production-wise, the Baragon suit was severely damaged, and rather than delay to repair it, they chose to use him sparingly. He'd appear in the Recommend! Godzilland OVA series and Godzilla Island, but Baragon's next major appearance was in Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack. In the movie, he was one of the three guardians who defend Tokyo against Godzilla -- who, in this film, was the reincarnated wrath of all the soldiers who died during WWII. However, unlike the other two guardians, Baragon's name didn't appear in the title.
Baragon himself is a pretty cool-looking monster, being a semi-reptilian creature with bat-like ears. He looks like an icon in the making who just never had a real shot at popularity. Even in his debut film, Baragon was sidelined for Frankenstein. Godzilla: Singular Point might be a great chance for Baragon to take center stage finally.
The Trilopods are unique, as they never appeared in an actual Godzilla movie. Instead, the Trilopods are a species that debuted in the IDW comic Godzilla: Rulers of Earth. They are essentially a legion of alien kaiju who bite down on other monsters, drain their blood and alter their genetics as a result. They are a continually evolving threat that can duplicate the powers of other kaiju.
While the Trilopods are servants of a greater alien force, they function like militarized insects. They make strategic moves, gain powers, then launch another attack later. They even have a super-Trilopod -- Magita. These are adversaries dangerous enough to take on all of Earth's kaiju at the same time. If any threat was dire enough to merit Godzilla working together with Gigan and other creatures, the Trilopods are it.
None of the kaiju in Godzilla's greater universe are as incredibly fascinating or as untapped as Biollante. Biollante is a hybrid of Godzilla's cells, a young girl and her favorite flower: a rose. Biollante undergoes multiple forms, first as a large flower before blossoming into a creature that dwarfs Godzilla. In many ways, Biollante is what Godzilla Earth tried to make Godzilla: an organism that cannot be classified as an animal or plant, but rather beyond the limitations of both.
Biollante is equal-parts horrific and tragic. There's a real sadness to Biollante's existence -- being this girl dragged back into life and fused into a colossal, gruesome monster. Of all of Godzilla's adversaries, it's Biollante that stands as the most Lovecraftian. Plus, there is already some evidence that Biollante might play a role in Godzilla: Singular Point. In the trailer, we briefly see the scientist Mei holding a flower contained in a small cube. It's a stretch, but this might be a tease for Biollante.
Regardless, Biollante is one of Godzilla's most complex and fascinating villains, despite only appearing in a singular film. It would be a shame if this Heisei kaiju couldn't have a second appearance, possibly evolving into something too massive for even Godzilla to confront.