A Kaiju (Japanese Monster) created by the Toho Co in Japan on November 3rd, 1954. The Japanese name for it is "Gojira", but translated into english, it became "Godzilla".
Godzilla was originally intended to be a metaphor for nuclear and atomic weapons used on Japan and throughout the world. So far, there have been 26 Godzilla movies made in three different eras. The first era, called "Showa", went from 1954 until 1975. The second era, called "Heisei", went from 1984 until 1995. The final era, known to Kaiju fans as the "Millenium" era, went from 2000 (1999 in Japan) until 2004. The supposed final movie for 5 to 10 years is coming out in December of 2004. It is called "Godzilla: Final Wars" and features a large cast of Godzilla fin favorites, including Mothra, Rodan, and Angilas, and one new Kaiju, Called Monster-X.
Godzilla has over 98% universal awareness. His fans range throughout all ages, from the very young to the very old. We love Godzilla.
Godzilla's first movie: "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" (In America) or "GOJIRA" (In Japan)