CREATURE FEATURE: Trilopods
The Trilopods (トリロポッド Toriropoddo) are a species of power-absorbing alien creatures created by IDW that first appear in issue #19 of Godzilla: Rulers of Earth.
The "trilo" part of "Trilopod" likely comes from trilobite, a class of extinct prehistoric arthropods, while "pod" might come from "arthropod," and by itself is a suffix that means "feet" and is commonly used to describe creatures with multiple 'feet.'
The Trilopods' general physical appearance is much like real arthropods. The Trilopods have a Trilobite-like shell, pedipalps lined with sharp teeth and radial mouths resembling those of Anomalocaris, and sharp arm-like scythes with red spheres.
Whilst all 'base' Trilopods share common features, the Beta Trilopods are taller than their alpha counterparts, mostly so that they can fight other Kaiju using their massive scythes.
In addition, the Trilopods' appearances are altered because of powers they absorb from other monsters—such as gaining wings when they gain Battra or Megaguirus' powers, SpaceGodzilla's crown and crystals when they gain his powers, etc.
Godzilla: Rulers of Earth
While Godzilla and Megaguirus battled in Machu Picchu, Peru, the Cryogs deployed a pod to their location, which released several Trilopods. Some multi-legged Alpha Trilopods pounced onto Megaguirus and bit into her, draining her blood. Godzilla tried to fight the creatures off, but was overwhelmed by them and then pinned down and restrained by a bipedal Beta Trilopod. Several Alpha Trilopods bit down on Godzilla and began to drain his blood, while others crawled onto the Beta Trilopod and merged with it, causing it to gain additional legs and sprout copies of Megaguirus' wings and spikes. Godzilla fired a blast of atomic breath to free himself. He then incinerated several of the Alpha Trilopods with his atomic breath and even bit another's head off. The Trilopod that absorbed Megaguirus' powers proceeded to blast Godzilla with a powerful laser beam and then grabbed him and carried him off into the sky.
The Cryog emperor Karkaro, pleased with the result of the Trilopods' attack, sent two more pods full of them to the Monster Islands, while another group of Trilopods dragged SpaceGodzilla to Earth, then attacked him and absorbed his powers as well. Just then, the Megaguirus-Trilopod dropped Godzilla down in the same area, and it and the other Trilopods surrounded both Godzilla and SpaceGodzilla. SpaceGodzilla and Godzilla unwillingly fought the Trilopods together, until SpaceGodzilla was knocked out by one of the Beta Trilopods, and had some of his blood taken by the Alphas. The Beta Trilopod then took on SpaceGodzilla's characteristics, and the fight was quickly swung into the alien monsters' favor. Godzilla and SpaceGodzilla managed to break free from a crystal prison the SpaceGodzilla-Trilopod put them in, and destroyed the SpaceGodzilla-Trilopod. After SpaceGodzilla retreated and Godzilla collapsed from exhaustion, three Beta Trilopods absorbed his blood and took on his characteristics. The military engaged the Godzilla-Trilopods, but was powerless to stop them. Godzilla regained consciousness and attacked his clones, while Jet Jaguar emerged from the ocean to battle them as well.
Planning his endgame, Karkaro ordered the Trilopod hive to touch down in Los Angeles and unleash the new hybrids inside. Godzilla soon found himself surrounded by Trilopods with the characteristics of nearly all of Earth's kaiju. Before Godzilla was overwhelmed, the Counter-Kaiju Reaction Forces deployed Kiryu and M.O.G.U.E.R.A. to assist the monster king. Together, Godzilla and the mechas briefly took the upper hand against the Trilopods, but Kiryu and M.O.G.U.E.R.A. were both eventually destroyed. Godzilla called out for assistance as loudly as he could, and the various Earth kaiju inside the Trilopod hive heard him and burst free. Godzilla and his allies took on the Trilopods together, destroying all of them. While the rogue Gigan destroyed Karkaro's ship, the Cryog emperor released a last-ditch effort to destroy Godzilla and Earth's kaiju, a giant Trilopod called Magita. After Magita was defeated and the Trilopods were exterminated for good, Godzilla led the other monsters to the ocean, from where they then all went to live across the world in peace.
The smaller multi-legged Alpha Trilopods can gain the powers of monsters whose blood they suck with their mouths. They will then latch onto the larger bipedal Beta Trilopods and merge with them, granting the Trilopods the powers and physical characteristics of the monster the energy was stolen from.
Chest Laser Cannons
The Trilopods can fire laser cannons located on their chest.
CREATURE FEATURE: Cybersaur
Cybersaur was a giant, mechanical dinosaur created for the first, second and third issues of Dark Horse Comics' series, Godzilla, King of the Monsters.
After a failed attempt by G-Force to lure a poisoned Godzilla out of Canada, the order was sent by Colonel Cameron to activate Cybersaur, a powerful machine created by G-Force and the U.N. in preparation of Godzilla's eventual return. Challenging Godzilla, the mechanical defender unloaded its arsenal at the King of the Monsters, but it wasn't enough. A blow to the head from Godzilla's tail caused massive damage within the robot's cockpit, killing one of its pilots, and the golden mech was blown off its feet by Godzilla's atomic ray. A kick to the head as Godzilla passed by inflicted even more internal damage. Eventually, G-Force was able to repair Cybersaur and sent it to engage Godzilla once again. This time the mech fared much better than it did before, assaulting Godzilla with its firepower before activating the G-Buster, Cybersaur's ultimate weapon. One blast from the G-Buster was all it took to send Godzilla falling to the ground, apparently dead.
Later on, when the space monster Bagorah arrived on Earth, Cybersaur was sent to intercept him. A single blast from Cybersaur's laser cannons was enough to send the giant bat screaming into the ocean. The next night, Bagorah returned, but Cybersaur had been refitted with a Sonic Disruptor to disorient the beast. Unfortunately, it only had a temporarily effect on Bagorah, who attacked Cybersaur with a flying headbutt, sending the machine crashing onto its back. Attacked by its foe's teeth and talons, the mechanical marvel was damaged beyond repair.
As Godzilla and Bagorah duked it out in Vancouver, Cybersaur erupted into a ball of fire, never to see combat again. However, a new robot was already in the early stages of development at the moment, one that would have the purpose of challenging the might of the King of the Monsters!
Cybersaur possessed quite an impressive arsenal, including eight missiles launchers on its shoulders and laser cannons mounted in its wrists and mouth, as well as its shoulders. Its laser cannons contained enough power to injure the weakened Godzilla and pose a considerable threat to Bagorah. It could also constantly emit an electric field which absorbed enemy attacks. It was later equipped with a Sonic Disruptor to deal with Bagorah, but no doubt its greatest weapon was the G-Buster, an enormous gun that extended from Cybersaur's torso. This weapon was so powerful that it sent Godzillainto a coma with one shot. It was also mentioned by a member of the research team G-Force that Cybersaur also had plasma bombs in its destructive arsenal. It can be noted that Cybersaur was still in its late maintenance and development stages when it went into battle against Godzilla; perhaps if the mighty machine was in a fully operational condition, it could have handily beaten the King of the Monsters!
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