ATOM Bonus Kaiju File C1: Kaerugon

1 Kaerugon

Kaerugon was created by raffleupagus for the ATOM Create a Kaiju Contest.  Raffleupagus retains all the rights to Kaerugon, and the illustration and profile here are adapted from his work.  While Kaerugon is not an official part of ATOM’s canon, he and the other contest entries posted on this site are considered semi-canonical – the Star Wars Legends to ATOM’s Star Wars.  Raffleupagus is a prominent blogger within the kaiju fan community and is working on his own kaiju novel, Daikaiju Yuki.  I heartily recommend you check out and support his work!

Date Discovered: March 5th, 1966

Place of Origin: Omori-sensei’s laboratory, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan

Notable Stomping Grounds: Ogasawara Kaiju Sanctuary

Height: 100 feet

Length: 200 feet (500 feet including tongue)

Biology: Created through a mixture of Yamaneon radiation and a gene-altering mutagen serum, Kareugon is more than merely an upsized amphibian.  The enormous toad is also frightfully intelligent and, thankfully, partially domesticated, having been created for the express purpose of fighting other, more malicious kaiju (and one specific kaiju in particular).  Its most notable anatomical quirk lies in the length of its muscular tongue, which is more than double the length of Kaerugon’s body.

Kaerugon boasts the standard kaiju power set:

  • Super strength
  • An enhanced healing factor
  • Immunity to radiation

Personality: Neither an ancient subterranean denizen of the Yamaneon tunnel system nor a freak result of an atomic blast, Kaerugon is one of a select few kaiju that humanity intended to create.  In fact, he was specifically made to combat another manmade kaiju, and was specifically trained to be a defender of humanity.  While in his initial mission Kaerugon was mentally linked with his creator, the massive toad learned quickly and proved to be a loyal defender of humanity even when the brain wave machine that guided his actions was destroyed in combat with his nemesis.

Kaerugon spends most of his free time in quiet observation and contemplation.  While there is some degree of strategy in this – it allows him to take stock of his surroundings and understand the terrain, for example – he also seems to enjoy playing the observer, and more than a few people have remarked that the frog seems very wise when watching the world around him.  When he does act, it is often with sudden speed and precision – many kaiju that mistake the amphibian for a pushover quickly learn that he is not to be trifled with.

While not as aggressive as other kaiju, Kaerugon does welcome the company of other monsters who wish to share in his observation of the world.  Often he can be found with a handful of other kaiju sitting in quiet tranquility by his side.  These “students” of the frog will be quick to fight by his side should a more vicious monster threaten to attack, and as a result the amphibian has lead more than a few effective kaiju fighting teams.

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