Kaiju originally referred to creatures from Japanese legend, but the most recognisable kaiju appeared with the dawn of cinema. Huge monsters, often mutated by manmade or otherworldly means, capable of causing mass destruction to human civilizations. They’re excellent villains, but can also add moral complications to a story, particularly when meddling scientists are involved.
Good Kaiju Names
Many kaiju’s names are devised by including elements of the flora or fauna that they resemble, warped or extended to represent their monstrosity. There are various ways to play with this, such as using the latin species names for the animal your kaiju will resemble. If your story is set in a specific geographic region, you can look to the local language for inspiration too.
Saving the bees has never been more difficult, with Beezle deadset on causing as much carnage as possible. Luckily its dreaded buzzing can be heard a mile away, giving citizens time to take shelter from Beezle’s deadly stinger.
Orcan makes its presence known by blowing out a towering eruption of seawater, leading to fears of underwater volcanic activity or even nuclear warfare.
Despite its propensity for destruction, Mantiss has amassed a cult following, thanks to the unusual grace and poise with which it moves across the city.
Waves beginning where they shouldn’t, marine life disappearing from the radar, a vast patch of darkness moving beneath the surface – all signs that Stingra has made its home on your shores.
Each night Amho stalks the streets of Seoul, yet no photographer has been able to capture a clear shot of its form. Those who claim to have seen the cryptid up close can speak only of the fear it instilled within.
Not all kaijus wreak metropolitan havoc with evil intent. Just like a regular-sized puppy, the Megalodog bounds through life in search of treats, paying no mind to the destruction in its wake.
Whatever you call your kaiju, make sure it inspires the appropriate sense of awe for something of their magnitude! Don’t forget that naming monsters can be fun too, using wordplay and devices like onomatopoeia. What did you think of the kaiju names I’ve come up with? Let me know in the comments, as well as which cities you intend to destroy with them!