Rodan also known as The Fire Demon is a prehistoric flying reptile Titan and the secondary antagonist, but later supporting protagonist / anti-hero of the 2019 film Godzilla: King of the Monsters. He is the only known surviving member of the Titanus Rodan species.
In 1973, after the first expedition to Skull Island, Houston Brooks showed Mason Weaver and James Conrad as proof that Kong was not the only monster king and that there were others monsters ruled. One of the monsters shown in the cave painting was Rodan.
In 1991, a covert Monarch team establishes a quarantine zone around Isla de Mona’s dormant volcano, under the guise of ‘environmental research’. Over the coming years, what began as a small scientific outpost will expand to become a full containment facility around the mouth of the volcano.
In 2019, Rodan first appears when rogue Monarch employee Emma Russell uses a device known as the ORCA to awaken Rodan from a Mexican volcano where he has been resting for many years. Once Rodan is out of the volcano, Monarch has pilots distract Rodan so that he will come closer to Ghidorah, and one pilot is eaten by him, planning that they would kill each other. This doesn't really go as planned as Ghidorah easily defeats Rodan. After a fight with Godzilla, Ghidorah flies to Rodan's volcano in order to absorb energy, in which Rodan flies to Ghidorah and bows before him, now serving as his right hand. Rodan and the rest of Ghidorah's minions then go on a lengthy massacre throughout the world, attacking major cities. He was later seen battling against the U.S Navy and Air Force by destroying most of their ships while Ghidorah was nesting in Washington, D.C,.
In Boston, as Godzilla and Mothra fight Ghidorah, Rodan arrives and attacks Mothra. The two battle each other, and at first Rodan gains the upper hand and is seemingly going to win, but Mothra impales him with her stinger. In the last moments of the film, it is revealed that he managed to survive and attempted to challenge Godzilla after his victory over Ghidorah. However, after Godzilla demanded him to surrender, Rodan, although hesitant at first, bows to Godzilla acknowledging him as his new alpha.
See Rodan (Species).
Behind the Scenes
Rodan was portrayed in Godzilla: King of the Monsters.