American Godzilla film series character
Official name Juvenile Godzilla
Official nicknames (no nicknames)
Fan nicknames
  • American Godzilla
  • Godzilla Junior
  • Godzilla Jr.
  • The Lizard King
  • G-Man
  • Godzilla 1998
  • Godzilla '98
  • Godzilla 98
  • Zilla
  • Juvenile Zilla
  • Zilla Juvenile
  • GINO (Godzilla In Name Only)
  • Godzilla USA
Species American Godzilla - Giant, mutated, irradiated sea/marine iguana (or Green Iguana)
Length (unknown)
Height 10 meters (35 feet)
Weight (unknown)
First appearance Godzilla: The Series
Latest appearance Godzilla: The Series
Created by Fil Barlow (re-designed the creature)
Based on The creature Godzilla created by Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich and Patrick Tatopoulos

Juvenile Godzilla, also known as Godzilla Junior, is a movie monster that first appeared in Godzilla: The Series. The creature was designed by Fil Barlow and based upon the design by Patrick Tatopoulos of a hunched bent-over marine iguana. Godzilla Junior was the first Juvenile Godzilla seen.

Film appearance

Godzilla: The Series (1998-2000)

New Family, Part 1 (episode) (September 12, 1998)

The series revolves around the only surviving offspring of the first Godzilla seen in the climax of the 1998 film. After the original monster was killed, Niko "Nick" Tatapolous the NRC scientist who first studied Godzilla convinces the military to conduct a search for any eggs that may have survived. Nick offers his assistance, and ends up falling into a small cavern containing amniotic fluid and one large egg. The egg immediately hatches, though the infant does not attack, and escapes by burrowing to safety after Nick scares it away.

Nick's wish to capture and study the infant is met with opposition by the military who wish to destroy it. With the help of Dr. Mendel Craven, Dr. Elsie Chapman, and Randy Hernandez, Nick sets a trap for the infant. Unfortunately, the trap was designed for something the size of a human; the hatchling had gone through a rapid growth spurt and is now 35 feet tall. He quickly destroys the trap and snatches Nick. However, before he can eat Nick, Godzilla detects the scent of his own kind on Nick and releases him. Nick realizes that the infant had imprinted on him, believing him to be his parent. Nick and his group also becomes the founders of HEAT, and in addition creating the HEAT Seeker boat vessel and the little robot N.I.G.E.L..

Over the next few weeks, HEAT studies Godzilla. They realize that he is sterile. Unfortunately, Monique Dupre, a French secret agent assigned to monitor HEAT's activities, tips off the military, who immediately attack and apparently kill Godzilla. HEAT has no time to mourn, as they have to go to Jamaica to investigate reports of people being attacked. They get ring side seats as giant squids attack the HEAT Seeker, but Godzilla, who had survived, now fully grown to 180 feet tall, and followed HEAT, quickly deals with the squids.


See also

List of Godzilla monsters

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