There may be one other rationalization for the colour tinges of Godzilla’s atomic breath, and this one higher explains the variability in colour that we have seen: ionized air. Seen surrounding mushroom clouds within the aftermath of nuclear explosions, this additionally tends to have a blueish tinge, however with a larger vary that features purples and violets. Purple atomic breath was most memorably (and terrifyingly) deployed in “Shin Godzilla,” a 2016 Toho reboot of the franchise that retooled the creature’s origin story and reimagined its biology.
On this iteration, Godzilla would not begin out because the upright-standing lizard, however in a kind that crawls out of the ocean on stubby limbs. Because of its contact with nuclear waste dumped on the ocean ground, Shin Godzilla’s physique evolves quickly, painfully, and grotesquely. It rises to change into bipedal, however its arms stay underdeveloped and largely ineffective. It has bulging eyes and pores and skin that appears pink, uncooked, and cracked. Its jaw unhinges like a snake, and finally, the decrease jaw splits in half as effectively. And when these jaws open, a metropolis falls.
A far cry from the white mist that causes a automotive to catch fireplace after a couple of seconds of concentrated spraying within the unique “Godzilla,” Shin Godzilla’s atomic breath resembles a laser: a extremely concentrated beam with a purple-violet tinge that slices via high-rise buildings for miles round like an enormous cheese wire manufactured from pure vitality. Not solely is its vary huge and its damaging energy unstoppable however this model of the atomic breath is not confined to Shin Godzilla’s mouth. It additionally bursts out of the top of the creature’s tail and from the dorsal plates themselves, creating a stunning mild present impact — the final mild present you may ever see.