Baragon (バラゴン, 'Baragon') is a dinosaur-like kaiju that first appeared in the 1965 Toho produced film, Frankenstein Conquers the World (Frankenstein vs. Baragon).
Baragon is a four-legged triceratops-like dinosaur with a horn on his head and large ears. Baragon is not to be confused with the Gamera series kaiju Barugon, despite some similarities between the two creatures.
His main weapon is a heat ray that he can fire from his mouth and was used to disintegrate rock and dirt, allowing him to burrow through the ground. In addition to his burrowing heat beam he can jump very high. The horn on his snout occasionally glows and crackles. In the Millenium era he gained strong jaws and limitless perseverance. He was able to withstand Godzilla's own heat ray. In Atari video games, the subterranean dinosaur can cause earthquakes and lava eruptions beneath his feet and constantly replenish his energy as long as he is in contact with the earth.
- Height 25-30 meters
- Weight 250-10,000 tons
In the Showa series, Baragon was a dinosaur who burrowed underground to escape extinction and survived while most other dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures like him died out. He adapted to the environment and lived successfully. When the sounds of a nearby factory disturbed and awakened Baragon, he emerged from the underground and attacked it. He appeared later at Shirane and destroyed the village. Then he emerged at a farm, where he ate the livestock. During these attacks, Baragon was not seen, so the mutant human Frankenstein was blamed. But there was a person who survived the destruction of the factory who claimed there was a second monster and that it was the one that attacked the factory. When a small group of scientists searched for Frankenstein, an explosive detonated and Baragon woke up from his sleep. He appeared from the ground and saw the scientists. Baragon tried to eat the humans, but Frankenstein suddenly appeared to protect the scientists from Baragon. The two fought in a climactic battle and Frankenstein successfully defeated Baragon by choking him and breaking his neck. But in the end, a fissure appeared beneath the two giants, widening until both titans were swallowed by the earth. In an alternate ending, Frankenstein picks Baragon's lifeless body overhead and tosses it into an abyss shortly before being killed himself by the Giant Octopus.
Baragon was later seen in the film Destroy All Monsters, one of several alive and kept in captivity on Monsterland. Along with the rest of Earth's monsters, Baragon is brought under the control of an alien race called the Kilaaks during their invasion of Earth and forced to destroy Earth's cities. It is unknown if this was the same Baragon supposedly killed in battle with Frankenstein or another one of the same species, the latter is supported by the fact this Baragon was smaller than the original.
Baragon was supposed to attack Paris for the film, using his burrowing ability to smash the Arc de Triumph from below. Unfortunately, the Baragon suit was unavailable due to the fact it was on loan to the people working on the Ultraman TV series. Baragon was replaced with Gorosaurus for this scene, but was still blamed for the attack. Baragon later was used as a guard for the Kilaak base, but he was not shown on screen while doing this.
He later breaks free from this mind control, and watches (but does not actually take part in) the fight against the Kilaaks and their remaining monster, King Ghidorah before returning to Monsterland with the other Earth monsters.
Baragon was supposed to appear in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, but by this point the suit was so old and such bad shape the Toho F/X crew decided to replace Baragon with Anguirus and once again lended Baragon's special burrowing ability to another monster.
In the Millennium series, Baragon reappeared in the 2001 film, Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack as one of three ancient guardian monsters. The other two are Mothra and King Ghidorah (originally Varan and Anguirus). When Godzilla is revived by the souls of the people who died in World War II, Baragon, Mothra, and King Ghidorah were summoned to protect the nation from the threat. Baragon was the first of the three guardians to confront Godzilla. Although he tried his best, Baragon was not strong enough and was killed by Godzilla's atomic breath. Baragon does not have his tunneling heat ray in the Millennium series, but he was still able to burrow and had his extraordinary jumping abilities. Stock footage of Baragon was seen during the opening of Godzilla: Final Wars.
- Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965)
- Destroy All Monsters (1968)
- Godzilla Island (1997)
- Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001)
- Godzilla: Final Wars (2004, Stock footage)
- Baragon appears as a villain in the 1988 Nintendo game Godzilla: Monster of Monsters, and its sequel Godzilla 2: War of the Monsters, as well as the Godzilla Game Boy title.
- Baragon appears in the video games Godzilla: Save the Earth and Godzilla: Unleashed.
- Baragon had a cameo in the hit anime series Dragon Ball.
- As several monsters in the Pokémon video game series were modeled after Japanese pop culture and mythology, the monster Nidoking and his brethren seem to have been modeled after Baragon.
- A monster with a similar appearance to Baragon appears in the first episode of the Tokusatu series Fireman.
- He was also is in the Toho Mini-Toons as Dr. Baragon Van-Horn and is sometimes called a quack, even once saying that Gabara was right.
Although not very famous in the US, Baragon is a very famous monster in Japan. This is partially because he appeared in Dragon Ball and partially because he is a cute monster, which is very popular in Japan, as seen in series such as Pokémon and Digimon. He even inspired many of the monsters in Pokémon, most notably Nidoking who is almost identical and even has his ability to dig.