takiguchi-yuriko-godz-ux506-mostfullDr. YURIKO TAKIGUCHI takiguchi-yuriko-godz-ux506-face-closeup

Real Name: Yuriko "Tak" Takiguchi

Identity/Class: Human;
    Japanese citizen;
    pre-modern to modern era

Occupation: Scientist (atomic mutation biologist (per UXM508); atomic biologist (per UXM515); geneticist (per X-Men index)

Group Membership: Formerly X-Club/X-Men Science Team (Beast/Hank McCoy, James Bradley/Dr. Nemesis, Madison Jeffries, Dr. Kavita Rao);
    formerly the Godzilla Squad/"Green Team" (
Timothy "Dum-Dum" Dugan, Tamara Hashioka (see comments), Dr. Gladstone Hawkins, Hugh Howards, Gabe Jones, Robert Takiguchi, James "Jimmy" Woo);
    formerly an unidentified joint-nation group associated with the undersea nuclear test that revived Godzilla

AffiliationsCatherine Bradley, Nicola Bradley, giant crab creatures, Godzilla, SHIELD (Supreme Headquarters International Espionage Law-enforcement Division; notably Dum-Dum Dugan, Nick Fury, and Jimmy Woo);
    he tried to protect Godzilla to some degree, although he did wish to stop/contain/drive him off;
    formerly
Leviathan, Red Ronin

Enemies: Neal Cowan, Hellfire Club-San Francisco chapter circa 1906 (Lord Molyneux, Salome, Cornelius Shaw), Leviathan, Red Ronin
    he tried to stop
Godzilla without harming him, if possible

Known Relatives: Unidentified son (deceased), Robert Takiguchi (grandson)

Aliases: "Dr. Tak," "Doc Tak"

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
    formerly Graymalkin Industries, Marin Headlands, California;
    formerly
Kunashir Island base;
    formerly unidentified SHIELD base;
    formerly the Behemoth helicarrier;
    formerly Japan

First Appearance: Godzilla#1 (August, 1977)

Powers/Abilities: Yuriko Takiguchi was a genius in the fields of atomic mutation, biology, genetics, and robotics. He co-designed the powerful giant robot Red Ronin.

    As an elderly man, Yuriko wore eyeglasses and used a cane. His heart became weak with time.

    Yuriko was a kind, calm, and peaceful man, well-liked by those who knew him.

Height: Unrevealed (perhaps 5'8")
Weight: Unrevealed (perhaps 150 lbs.)
Eyes: Presumably brown
Hair: Light gray; presumably formerly black

History:
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Godzilla#1 (fb) - BTS) - Dr. Yuriko Takiguchi was the sole dissenter amongst numerous scientists in a joint-nation undersea test off the shores of Japan.

(Godzilla#2 (fb) - BTS) - Yuriko was concerned with the ecological repercussions, notably how nuclear matter might affect the ocean (as the birth of all life) and the chain of life.

(Godzilla#1 (fb)) <Circa 1956> - An unwilling participant, the outvoted Yuriko remained in the background aboard the ship. After the shockwave of the blast split open the ocean floor and awakened and released Godzilla, the giant creature attacked the ship, and Yuriko was the left afloat, the sole survivor of those aboard.

(Godzilla#1 (fb) - BTS) - Yuriko reported Godzilla's awakening to his countrymen.

(Godzilla#1 (fb) - BTS) - Godzilla repeatedly assaulted Tokyo and beyond to Hokkaido before somehow being frozen in a block of ice that ultimately reached the Alaskan shoreline.

(Godzilla#1 (fb) - BTS) - Yuriko employed Tamara Hashioka as his assistant for an extended period of time.

(Godzilla#1 (fb) - BTS / Godzilla#1 (fb) - BTS) - Yuriko and Tamara created the design for the giant robot (later known as Red Ronin) to stop Godzilla.

(Godzilla#1 (fb) - BTS) - After Godzilla surfaced on the coast of Alaska, the Pentagon and the White House (presumably the President of the United States of America/POTUS) granted security clearance to Dr. Takiguchi and his assistant, Tamara Hashioka, based on their plans for a way to stop Godzilla.

(Godzilla#2 (fb) - BTS) - The US Department of Defense approved Yuriko and Tamara's plans for Red Ronin, and Tony Stark agreed to provide everything need to construct it.

(Godzilla#1 (fb) - BTS) - SHIELD director Nick Fury flew the two, along with Yuriko's twelve-year-old grandson, Robert, to meet up with the SHIELD helicarrier/mini-carrier in Alaska to confront Godzilla.

(Godzilla#1) - Fury flew Yuriko, Rob, and Tamara to Alaska in an experimental VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) fighter jet. As they passed over northwest Canada, Yuriko told Tamara he hoped they would be in time, and he figured the creature had to be Godzilla. When Tamara hoped there would not be more lives lost, Rob interrupted, asking about Godzilla's life and noting that the Americans would probably try to kill him without trying to understand him. Yuriko tried to silence Rob, telling him that Godzilla was the most dangerous and unpredictable being alive. Tamara expressed concerns that they would be able to stop Godzilla.

    Yuriko and the others arrived as Godzilla fought off and escaped from SHIELD forces led by "Dun-Dum Dugan," confirming that this was indeed Godzilla. After they landed, Fury introduced Yuriko and the others to Dugan; when Dugan expressed doubt that their secret weapon could be effective after Godzilla had overcome SHIELD's top weapons, Yuriko assured him that he had studied and deliberated on Godzilla extensively and believed he had come up with the only possible solution, an unconventional weapon (Red Ronin).

    Dugan remained skeptical, and Yuriko advised that if their plans were not implemented at once, he had grave fears for the USA's future.takiguchi-yuriko-godz-g1-full

(Godzilla#2) - Aboard the SHIELD helicarrier/mini-carrier, as Godzilla assaulted Seattle, Washington, Yuriko revealed his history with Godzilla and his belief that nuclear weapons had mutated Godzilla and freed +/- mutated a number of other prehistoric creatures, perhaps similarly preserved in some sub-oceanic pocket of suspended animation. Yuriko concluded that Godzilla represented a hitherto unknown essence of life and behavior, which made him both unpredictable and dangerous. When Rob argued that Godzilla had many times saved Japan from real evil and was considered a hero by many, Yuriko reminded him of his instructions against such outbursts and of his past reprimands.

    Looking over Yuriko and Tamara's plans for their weapon (Red Ronin), Dugan continued to express doubts.

    Yuriko and Tamara were present as SHIELD's efforts led to Godzilla being knocked back into the ocean.

(Godzilla#3 - BTS) - The SHIELD "Godzilla Squad" contingent unsuccessful opposed Godzilla in San Francisco (with their mini-carrier ultimately/inadvertently being caused to crash by Hercules of the Los Angeles-based Champions.

(Godzilla#3) - Yuriko, Rob, Tamara, and Jimmy Woo's plane landed at Tony Stark's private Detroit airstrip, and they soon met with Stark himself at his Detroit Stark International facility. Stark told Yuriko that his reputation had preceded him here in the USA, and Yuriko noted his honor and introduced Tamara and Rob. Stark then took the group on a tour of inspection of his facility, noting that all available equipment and manpower would be at their disposal. Yuriko considered the facilities to be impressive and noted his confidence that they would prove sufficient to their needs in this undertaking (the creation of Red Ronin). As Jimmy and Tamara left together to check out the facility's coffee shop, Yuriko apparently disapproved of their growing closeness.

(Godzilla#4 (fb) - BTS) - The construction of Red Ronin was initiated, and Stark was impressed with Takiguchi's blueprints, noting that the robot would not only work but that it might prove a match for Godzilla.

(Godzilla#4) - As Yuriko worked on designs/blueprints, Rob noted from his his grandfather's disapproving glare that he did not approve of the Chinese-American Woo flirting with Tamara.

(Godzilla#6) - Still at Stark's Detroit facility, Yuriko was informed by Stark's technicians that they were nearing completion of their project and invited him to inspect their work.

(Godzilla#6) - As he headed to check on the project, Yuriko informed Tamara and Jimmy where he was going.

    One of Stark's technicians showed Yuriko the completed project, noting that it was theoretically capable of full performance and that all functions corresponded to the details of his design blueprints. After noting the required diagnostics to test/check all of its systems, the technician asked if Yuriko knew who would operate "the big bruiser," and Yuriko noted no one specifically, but imagined that one of Fury's SHIELD agents could do it.
    Yuriko was unaware that Rob watched from above, plotting to usurp control of the giant robot for himself.

(Godzilla#6 - BTS) - Later that night, Rob indeed sneaked into the giant robot and donned the cybernetic control helmet; however, his efforts to activate and control the robot led to an electrical discharge that knocked him out.

(Godzilla#7 (fb) - BTS) - Gabe Jones called the Stark facility, informing Yuriko that Godzilla had broken free of containment in a missile installation.

(Godzilla#7 - BTS) - After Red Ronin activated and began moving without direction, Rob awakened and eventually gained control over the robot, ceasing its motion.

(Godzilla#7) - After Jimmy Woo recovered Rob from the robot, Yuriko approached, noting that the news about Godzilla. Though a Stark agent noted that the robot had neither been cleared for testing nor had been inspected, Yuriko argued that the robot was in operating condition and it might be their only chance. Jimmy Woo agreed with Yuriko and entered the robot with the plan to operate it.

(Godzilla#7 (fb) - BTS) - Yuriko provided remote instructions to Jimmy via headset, but the robot failed to respond to Jimmy's commands.

(Godzilla#7) - Yuriko noted that the robots failure to respond indicated that something was wrong.

(Godzilla#7 (fb) - BTS) - Jimmy had some cranes lower it onto a flatbed so it could be worked on again.takiguchi-yuriko-godz-g1-face

(Godzilla#7) - When Jimmy noted that the robot had worked minutes earlier with Rob at the controls, Yuriko considered that if an overload was caused by a certain number of circuits being activated in just the right (or wrong, depending on perspective) sequence, the cybernetic control-helmet could be locked onto the unique electric impulse frequency of one person's brainwaves.

    However, as they discussed whether Rob might be the only one who could activate the robot, Rob re-entered the robot and activated it, taking off in hopes of stopping Godzilla without harming him.

(Godzilla#7 - BTS) - En route, Rob named the robot "Red Ronin."

(Godzilla#8) - Aboard a SHIELD aircraft en route to the missile installation in which Red Ronin had confronted Godzilla, Yuriko sat silently as Jimmy Woo advised Dugan that Rob Takiguchi was piloting Red Ronin.

(Godzilla#9 (fb) - BTS) - In San Diego, it took two days to talk Rob into exiting Red Ronin.

(Godzilla#9) - After Rob arrived on the ground, Yuriko advised him to remember that he might have been injured.

    After Dugan yelled at Rob for getting back into Ronin, Yuriko noted that Rob was the only one who could activate and control Ronin and that while Rob was only a boy, they could certainly have many worse guardians of such responsibility. Dugan argued that if the robot could only be controlled by the youth that Red Ronin was not to be used further.

    Yuriko was presumably present as Gabe Jones arrived, noted Godzilla's assault on Boulder Dam, and flew off to investigate with Dugan.

(Godzilla#10 (fb) - BTS) - Yuriko instructed that Rob was to stay with Tamara and Jimmy Woo and to stay away from Red Ronin.

(Godzilla#10 - BTS) - Tamara reminded Rob of his grandfather's instructions, but when Tamara and Jimmy were distracted by discussing their attraction to each other, Rob rushed away and entered Ronin again.

(Godzilla#10 (fb) - BTS) - When it was planned to travel to the Utah cattle ranch of John Hawkes, Yuriko contacted his paleontologist colleague, Dr. Gladstone Hawkins from the New York museum, one of the foremost authorities on reptilian behavior patterns, to meet them there. takiguchi-yuriko-godz-g18-gburnsdum

(Godzilla#17) - Alongside Dugan and Jones, Yuriko traveled via the repaired Behemoth helicarrier to the Utah cattle ranch of John Hawkes, who told them of his recent encounter with Godzilla.

    As Yuriko and the others re-boarded the Behemoth helicarrier, Dugan was surprised by an approaching aircraft, and Yuriko asked his forgiveness, explaining how he had contacted Dr. Hawkins. After introducing Gladstone, Yuriko suggested that they could retire to the cafeteria, which they did.

    After the Behemoth took off, the discussion led Dugan to conclude that they should enlist Hank Pym to supply them with some Pym Particles to shrink Godzilla down to a size they could more easily deal with.

(Godzilla#17 - BTS) -  Gabe Jones flew a mini-jet to meet with Pym and acquired and returned with the Pym particles, after which Rob manipulated Godzilla into position to be doused with Pym's reducing gas.

(Godzilla#17) - The particles had a delay before they affected Godzilla, and Yuriko, Gladstone, and the others emerged after Godzilla grabbed Dugan. However, Godzilla soon after began shrinking, and Gladstone captured the rodent-sized reptile in a net.

(Godzilla#18) - Aboard the Behemoth helicarrier and alongside Dum-Dum Dugan, Gladstone Hawkins, and Gabe Jones, Yuriko was surprised when the caged Godzilla incinerated Dugan's cigar with his flame-breath. Yuriko agreed undoubtedly when Gladstone noted that Godzilla represented the most significant reptile specimen ever captured.

    As the Behemoth arrived in Manhattan, Dugan reviewed concerns of repeatedly dosing Godzilla and advised Hawkins and Yuriko to find a more permanent solution.

(Godzilla#18 - BTS) - As Gladstone carried Godzilla's cage off the helicarrier, he tripped and dropped it; with the spring-catch having been unfastened by Rob, the cage sprung open, and Godzilla was dumped into the water and escaped.

(Godzilla#19 (fb) - BTS) - Yuriko's efforts to search Manhattan for Godzilla proved fruitless.

(Godzilla#19) - Yuriko and Gladstone met up, each noting their failures. Yuriko agreed with Gladstone's frustration over the loss of such a spectacular specimen, adding his concerns of what might happen if Godzilla returned to full size in New York. Both men asked the other to call them by their first names, or an abbreviation thereof.takiguchi-yuriko-godz-g20-scoldrob

    After they met back up with Dugan, Jones, Tamara, and Jimmy by the Behemoth, they were approached by Rob and a human-sized Godzilla. Yuriko watched as Dugan engaged Godzilla, who ultimately beat him back and escaped into the city.

(Godzilla#20) - As Dugan prepared to pursue Godzilla, he instructed Tamara to take Rob back to the Behemoth and keep him there. When Rob refused to go, Yuriko sternly silenced him, noting how he had been behaving as a spoiled child and that now he must be obedient instantly.

    Yuriko and Dugan agreed to Gladstone's recommendation of leading Godzilla into his museum where he could be studied. Yuriko and Gladstone went ahead to the museum, while Gabe used a series of flares to lead the 20' Godzilla there. Outside the museum, Yuriko and Gladstone advised the police not to provoke Godzilla. When the Fantastic Four arrived to offer their aid, however, a fight ensued within the museum; Yuriko observed the chaos silently.

(Godzilla#21) - Yuriko watched as Godzilla fell into a shark tank and was then swatted out of the tank by the Thing, after which Mr. Fantastic smothered Godzilla, causing him to pass out.

    After the Fantastic Four transported the 20' tall Godzilla to the Baxter Building, Yuriko approved Reed Richards plan to use his time machine send Godzilla back in time to his own time period.

    Yuriko watched as Richards used the time machine, although none present apparently realized that Godzilla was instead transported to Earth-78411, aka Dinosaur World, home of Devil Dinosaur and Moon-Boy.

(Godzilla#22) - With the issue of Godzilla seemingly resolved, Gladstone noted to Yuriko that it was a shame, but a sheer joy while it lasted; Yuriko acknowledged that it was indeed a shame, but that it had to be. As Yuriko and Gladstone bonded over their shared experiences and interests, Rob rushed in, lamenting that Godzilla had been sent "back in time" where other creatures like him would try to kill him. Reminding Rob that Godzilla had been out of place in the modern world and that it was not he who had made the decision to send him back, Yuriko suggested that fate/destiny/a higher force had decreed where Godzilla should go. When Rob countered that the same"higher force" had decreed that Godzilla awaken in their world, Yuriko pondered the thought with a "Hmmm..."

(Godzilla#23) - After Godzilla returned to Manhattan at full size, the Behemoth worked to lead Godzilla out to the river and away from city. When Rob confronted Dugan and argued against his goading assaults, Dugan had Yuriko and Tamara take him away; Yuriko told Rob, "It is out of our hands now."

(Godzilla#24) - After Rob rushed atop the Behemoth and urged Godzilla to trust him to find peace, Godzilla picked up Rob between his fingers. Knowing Godzilla did trust Rob, Yuriko nonetheless feared if Godzilla's trust wavered for even a moment.

    After Godzilla followed Rob's instruction and headed out to sea, Rob tearfully berated the others, asking if they were satisfied now that Godzilla was gone. Yuriko and the others respectfully remained silent.takiguchi-yuriko-godz-ux506-crabc-emerge

(Uncanny X-Men I#506 (fb) - BTS) - Yuriko took up residence on Kunashir island and was outfitted with advanced technology by SHIELD that he had used during his experiences while running the "Green Team" (see comments).

    There Yuriko continued his research into atomic mutation theory.

(
Avengers I#199 (fb) - BTS) - After Dr. Earl Cowan usurped control of Red Ronin and went on a rampage, Nick Fury put a call in to Yuriko and Tamara for insight on how to take down Ronin.

    After discussing events with the Avengers, Fury departed to take a call.takiguchi-yuriko-godz-ux506-face-full

    Dr. Takiguchi supplied Fury with a plan, which involved manipulating Ronin into firing his rotary shield like a discus at an attacking Iron Man, enabling the Avengers to capture the device. Iron Man linked into and took control of the device, which the Avengers then used to destroy Ronin's left hand and both legs; the Beast (Hank McCoy) subsequently determined the weakest link in Ronin's power flow, and pulled the plug, incapacitating Ronin.


(Uncanny X-Men I#506 (fb) - BTS) - SHIELD eventually discontinued their funding of Yuriko's research.

(Uncanny X-Men I#506 (fb) - BTS) - Yuriko's son died as a hero (see comments).

(Uncanny X-Men I#506 (fb) - BTS) - Yuriko established a base on Japan's Kunashir Island.

(Uncanny X-Men I#506 (fb) - BTS) - At some point, Yuriko created numerous giant crab-creatures.

     These served as the base's first wave of defense.


(Uncanny X-Men I#506 (fb) - BTS) - At some point, Yuriko created the Godzilla-like Leviathan.

     Fearing that the Russians would invade and capture him, Yuriko set up Leviathan as a self-destruct event to destroy his base and research to prevent its being taken by others.


(Uncanny X-Men I#506 (fb) - BTS) - Yuriko was reportedly deceased.

(Uncanny X-Men I#506 (fb) - BTS) - Research by Hank McCoy, aka the Beast, suggested Yuriko was still alive.

(Uncanny X-Men I#506 - BTS) - Beast, Angel/Archangel (Warren Worthington), Dr. Nemesis (James Bradley), and Madison Jeffries traveled to Kunashir Island in search of Yuriko.

(Uncanny X-Men I#506 (fb) - BTS) - Assuming the invaders to be Russians, Yuriko initiated the self-destruct event (unleashing his monstrous creations)

While Jeffries detected a motion sensor and a geiger counter-like device, Nemesis spotted a bunker upshore that was his likely residence. Jeffries then determined that the equipment was sending relay signals to the holding pens.

    Yuriko's giant crab monsters, released from the holding pens, then surfaced and confronted the invaders, who fought back, destroying several of the creatures before fleeing to the bunker to escape the onslaught.

(Uncanny X-Men I#506) - As the visitors sealed the bunker, Yuriko confronted them. Speaking in Russian (as he thought the Russians had finally seized his island), he told them that he would never renounce his country nor reveal the secrets of his research, so they should just execute him.

    Speaking in Japanese, McCoy informed Yuriko that they were not Russians. Complimenting McCoy on his Japanese, Yuriko spoke in English, confirming the nature of his research and revealing his son's death.

    Yuriko then asked who they were and how they intended to escape the self-destruct event, which soon revealed itself as Leviathan.

(Uncanny X-Men I#507) - As Leviathan approached, Jeffries asked Yuriko if he had machinery around that he could use to create weapons, but Yuriko advised him that Leviathan was too powerful for anything that might be assembled from his scraps; he further noted that Leviathan was only soft on the inside. Worthington then mutated into his Archangel form and flew through Leviathan's mouth and out the back of his head, killing him.

    Yuriko departed with the others to the X-Men's base at Graymalkin Industries, where the Beast introduced the group as the X-Club, who were going to be saving the mutant race.

takiguchi-yuriko-godz-ux512-costume(Uncanny X-Men I#508) - Beast led Yuriko and the rest of the X-Club to an elevator down to the science lab; walking with his cane, Yuriko noted that he was not as fast as he once was. Within the lab, Beast introduced them to the final member of their group, Dr. Kavita Rao. takiguchi-yuriko-godz-ux512-costume-full

    After three pots of coffee, Yuriko noted that his brain hurt (as did Jeffries') as they discussed how the X-gene had been suppressed by the Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff) via what Beast argued was magic; Nemesis that it was science, and that science would solve this problem.


(Uncanny X-Men I#509) - When Jeffries brought up traveling into the past, Yuriko appreciated that he wanted to study the origins of mutantkind. After the Beast noted that they wanted to study the parents of one of the first mutant birth boom, Yuriko considered that learning the specifics of location and exact timing from someone born a century ago seemed unlikely. However, Beast and Nemesis then informed the others Nemesis was from that first boom. After Nemesis noted that his parents would be prime candidates, the X-Club began planning for time travel to San Francisco in 1906.

(Uncanny X-Men I#510 - BTS) - When the Sisterhood assaulted the X-Men's base, the X-Club/Science Team was quarantined to the vault as the protocol for security breach per the orders of Cyclops.

(Uncanny X-Men I#512) - Along with Angel and Psylocke, the X-Club traveled to San Francisco in 1906 to obtain blood samples from Catherine and Nicola Bradley. As they approached the Bradley house, before Psylocke created a mental illusion to disguise the Beast and Angel's inhuman features, they were spotted by Catherine Bradley. When McCoy rang the doorbell, Catherine answered, armed with a pair of handguns, and ordered their departure.

    When the time-traveling group regathered to formulate a plan, Yuriko suggested they "divide and conquer," split up and approach the Bradleys separately. Nemesis then instructed Yuriko to join Kavita and Angel in seeking out
Catherine.

    They returned to the Bradley house just as Hellfire Club agents were arriving to capture her (as part of their plot to claim the broadcast-power device Nicola had developed); as Angel fought out the invaders, Yuriko and Kavita helped Catherine -- who had fallen down the stairs while fleeing her attackers -- get to safety. Catherine asked if "that man had wings made of knives," and Yuriko confirmed, clarifying that normally they were just wings. As Yuriko tried to assure her that his associate had everything in hand, Catherine began to collapse; when Kavita noted hemorrhage (presumably vaginal), Yuriko noted they needed a medical doctor, Nemesis.

    After Nemesis had examined Catherine, he confirmed to Yuriko that he had gotten the needed blood sample. Yuriko further noted how serious the condition he had assessed -- placenta previa -- would have been in 1906, and Nemesis informed him that he knew his mother had died (would die) during childbirth. As Yuriko expressed sympathy, they were alerted to the approach of a Sentinel empowered by Nicola's device.
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(Uncanny X-Men I#512 - BTS) - With the others having rescued Nicola from the Hellfire Club's clutches, the powered time-travelers destroyed the Sentinel, but Nicola was mortally wounded by shrapnel.

(Uncanny X-Men I#512) - Yuriko and Kavita helped Catherine to Nicola's side so she could be with him as he died. Yuriko and his associates then returned to their present.

    The next day, Yuriko remained silent as the others discussed whether Nicola's power battery had caused the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, and they then traveled to Golden Gate park to retrieve the blood samples they had had Catherine bury there (something about not being able to bring the samples with them through time since they hadn't had them with them when they went back in time; and they had some special preservative in them).

    They were surprised to find that the tubes had been buried right under where the Dreaming Celestial had landed and remained standing.
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(
Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia#1) - Yuriko was present along with many others within Graymalkin Industries watching TV reports of the riots breaking out outside their gates.

(Uncanny X-Men I#513) - Yuriko (I think it is him) was present as Cyclops addressed a large group of X-Men and associates, noting that they would wait and study Osborn's plan for mutants arrested during the riots.

(Uncanny X-Men I#514 - voice only) - As most of the rest of the X-Club (Jeffries, Nemesis, Rao) and Psylocke navigated the X-Sub just off the Pacific coast, Yuriko -- monitoring their situation presumably from Graymalkin Industries, or otherwise (at least from land) -- informed them that they were approaching their destination (the site of the crashed/submerged Asteroid M, from which they would raise establish Utopia)

(
Dark Avengers#8) - At Graymalkin Industries, Yuriko rushed (without his cane) to inform Cyclops that the project was a success, and Cyclops told him it was time that the evacuation team assembled in his lab.

(Dark Avengers#8 - BTS) - Shortly thereafter, Cyclops publicly revealed the existence of Utopia.

(Uncanny X-Men I#515) - Yuriko and Kavita started a game of bridge.takiguchi-yuriko-godz-ux515-happy

(Uncanny X-Men I#515) - Yuriko awakened in his bedroom on Utopia and enjoyed the sunlight and view from his window.

    Psylocke brought him breakfast in bed, and he noted that it was nice there and that he would like to stay.

    However, Yuriko then quietly died, his heart having been overly strained by recent events. takiguchi-yuriko-godz-ux515-death

    The rest of the X-Club decided that they wanted to bury him on Utopia. Angel, Armor, Beast, Cannonball, Colossus, Dr. Nemesis, Hope?, Madison Jeffries, Namor, Nightcrawler, Northstar, Pixie, Professor X, Psylocke, Kavita Rao, Rockslde, Storm, Wolverine (and a couple others I can't identify) were present for his funeral. With his body within an apparently hollowed-out torpedo, Yuriko was dropped down a surface vent into a blast furnace on sublevel 7.

    The Beast spoke a passage from the Bible, noting that he thought Yuriko -- whom he presumed was Buddhist, at least in his youth -- would not mind the Judeo-Christian passage as he would appreciate the mystery it discussed. Noting that the world was much, much darker for his passing, he bade his friend good night, stated that it was an honor to work at his side, and asked a moment of silence.

Comments: Created by Doug Moench, Herb Trimpe, and Jim Mooney.
    However, I believe characters created in the Godzilla series are not ownd by Marvel, but rather by Toho Co, Ltd.: see here.

    Due to his ties to the emergence of Godzilla in 1956, that is likely a true date reference, rather than being topical.
    He was likely born around 1920-1935 (so that he was perhaps 21-36 at the testing that raised Godzilla), but his period of activity is first defined as 1956.
    However, the date of his death is topical, as the comic was published in 2009 but was part of the modern era's sliding timescale, and so would be just a year or two behind whatever the current year is for the foreseeable future).

    Uncanny X-Men#506 notes that Yuriko has resided on Konashur Island for almost 30 years...an interesting coincidence given that UXM506 came out in 2009, and Yuriko's last appearance, even though it was behind-the-scenes, was in 1980...almost 30 years. I'd make the assumption that writer Matt Fraction was making a deliberate reference/homage to the real time, even though he knows it would have only been 6-7 years in Marvel Time. This would seem to mean that Yuriko established his base on that island well before his resurfaced in modern times in the Godzilla series. So, between then and when he first encountered Godzilla circa 1956.
    However, the Beast subsequently clarified that Yuriko gained the land after running SHIELD's "Green Team" (since they couldn't reference the Godzilla Squad), which would mean that the "almost thirty years" was a topical reference, relevent only to the time of publication.

    The same issue notes that Yuriko lost his son; as Yuriko's son was never mentioned before this story, and he had been most closely associated with his grandson, Rob, it's a bit of an odd reference. However, there's nothing at all that contradicts Yuriko's son having died after the Godzilla stories, and I have zero desire to push this into actually meaning Rob's death.

    He was described as an atomic mutation biologist (per UXM508); atomic biologist (per UXM515); and a geneticist (per X-Men index). Maybe he's all three!

    I did not see him in #11-16, nor did the Marvel Chronology Project, so probably good...

    This profile was completed 1/03/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Yuriko Takiguchi
should be distinguished from:


Kunashir island base

takiguchi-yuriko-godz-ux506-kunashir-bunkertakiguchi-yuriko-godz-ux506-kunashir(Uncanny X-Men I#506 (fb) - BTS) - Yuriko took up residence on Kunashir island and was outfitted with advanced technology by SHIELD that he had used during his experiences while running the "Green Team" (see comments).

    There Yuriko continued his research into atomic mutation theory.


(Uncanny X-Men I#506 (fb) - BTS) - At some point, Yuriko created numerous giant crab-creatures.

     These served as the base's first wave of defense.


(Uncanny X-Men I#506 (fb) - BTS) - At some point, Yuriko created the Godzilla-like Leviathan.

     Fearing that the Russians would invade and capture him, Yuriko set up Leviathan as a self-destruct event to destroy his base and research to prevent its being taken by others.


(Uncanny X-Men I#506 (fb) - BTS) - Yuriko was reportedly deceased.

(Uncanny X-Men I#506 (fb) - BTS) - Research by Hank McCoy, aka the Beast, suggested Yuriko was still alive.

(Uncanny X-Men I#506 - BTS) - Beast, Angel/Archangel (Warren Worthington), Dr. Nemesis (James Bradley), and Madison Jeffries traveled to Kunashir Island in search of Yuriko.

(Uncanny X-Men I#506 (fb) - BTS) - Assuming the invaders to be Russians, Yuriko initiated the self-destruct event (unleashing his monstrous creations)

While Jeffries detected a motion sensor and a geiger counter-like device, Nemesis spotted a bunker upshore that was his likely residence. Jeffries then determined that the equipment was sending relay signals to the holding pens.

    Yuriko's giant crab monsters, released from the holding pens, then surfaced and confronted the invaders, who fought back, destroying several of the creatures before fleeing to the bunker to escape the onslaught.

(Uncanny X-Men I#506) - As the visitors sealed the bunker, Yuriko confronted them. Speaking in Russian (as he thought the Russians had finally seized his island), he told them that he would never renounce his country nor reveal the secrets of his research, so they should just execute him.

    Speaking in Japanese, McCoy informed Yuriko that they were not Russians. Complimenting McCoy on his Japanese, Yuriko spoke in English, confirming the nature of his research and revealing his son's death.

    Yuriko then asked who they were and how they intended to escape the self-destruct event, which soon revealed itself as Leviathan.

(Uncanny X-Men I#507) - As Leviathan approached, Jeffries asked Yuriko if he had machinery around that he could use to create weapons, but Yuriko advised him that Leviathan was too powerful for anything that might be assembled from his scraps; he further noted that Leviathan was only soft on the inside. Worthington that mutated into his Archangel form and flew through Leviathan's mouth and out the back of his head, killing him.

    Yuriko departed with the others to the X-Men's base at Graymalkin Industries


--Uncanny X-Men I#506


giant crab-creatures

takiguchi-yuriko-godz-ux506-crabc-upsidedowntakiguchi-yuriko-godz-ux506-crabc-vbeast    The crustacean-humanoids varied in form (see the form with a tail and similar-length claws on the left attacking Beast compared to the tail-less biped form with a small, thumb-like claw on the right).

     Regardless, they had an armored exo-skeleton and powerful claws. Unlike crabs, they didn't have eyes on stalks, they had complete-fused mandibles (lower jaws), and they had teeth.

(Uncanny X-Men I#506 (fb) - BTS) - At some point, Yuriko created numerous giant crab-creatures.

     These served as the base's first wave of defense.

(Uncanny X-Men I#506 - BTS) - Beast, Angel/Archangel (Warren Worthington), Dr. Nemesis (James Bradley), and Madison Jeffries traveled to Kunashir Island in search of Yuriko.

(Uncanny X-Men I#506 (fb) - BTS) - Assuming the invaders to be Russians, Yuriko initiated the self-destruct event (unleashing his monstrous creations).

     Sensors implanted on the island's surface sent relay signals to the holding pens.

    Yuriko's giant crab monsters, released from the holding pens, then surfaced and confronted the invaders; as the creatures approached, Beast noted requested everyone try to save one, if they could, as he would like to study it.

     Nemesis fired a number of (apparently) tranquilizer darts that subdued the first creature to approach them.

     Angel picked another up (on the right), flew it high into the air, and dropped it into the water some distance from the shore.

     Believing the creatures were trying to kill them, Beast leapt atop and tore open one of the creature's heads, although he lamented that what he did was an affront against science.

     While Jeffries blasted one of the creatures, another one slashed Nemesis across the chest. Angel flew Nemesis to safety and Beast engaged the creature (on the left), which apparently threatened to bite his face off. Jeffries fired a blast to subdue the creature, which struck Beast as well.

     Agreeing that there were too many of the creatures, Angel, Beast, Jeffries, and Nemesis retreated into the bunker to escape the onslaught.

(Uncanny X-Men I#506 - BTS) - Yuriko revealed that those creatures were just the first line, and that he had -- believing the Russians had finally seized the island -- activated the self-destruct event, which soon revealed itself as Leviathan.

As the visitors sealed the bunker, Yuriko confronted them. Speaking in Russian (as he thought the Russians had finally seized his island), he told them that he would never renounce his country nor reveal the secrets of his research, so they should just execute him.

    Speaking in Japanese, McCoy informed Yuriko that they were not Russians. Complimenting McCoy on his Japanese, Yuriko spoke in English, confirming the nature of his research and revealing his son's death.

    Yuriko then asked who they were and how they intended to escape the self-destruct event, which soon revealed itself as Leviathan.

(Uncanny X-Men I#507) - After Angel slew Leviathan, Yuriko departed with the others to the X-Men's base at Graymalkin Industries

--Uncanny X-Men I#506

Note: See the main profile for the image of the crabs emerging from the ground.

What's in a name...or lack thereof?
  • Sadly, these creatures were never identified. Nemesis calls them "giant crabs," Beast calls them "these things," and Yuriko only describes them as "those creatures."
  • They are described as the "security detail" and "the first wave." The X-Men index calls them "giant crab creatures."
  • Just a few suggestions in case someone gets the chance to identify them.
    • Cancrine is the adjective meaning "of or pertaining to crabs," (as canine is for dogs)
    • Per never-wrong internet research, the Japanese word for crab is spoken as "Kani," and the Japanese word for human is Ningen-tekina
    • Since they aren't all built the same, and true crabs don't have much of a tail and typically have ten legs, these are probably more properly crustaceans than specifically crabs.
    • They could be Crustacoids...Chitiningen...Cancriningen...Tekinakani...Ningenkani...or...something better than unidentified.


images: (without ads)
Godzilla#1, pg. 10, panel 4 (1956 nuclear test);
       pg. 16 (2nd to last), panel 4 (full);
       pg. 17, panel 2 (face)
    #18, pg. 1 (tiny Godzilla burns Dum-Dum);
    #20, pg 3, panel 4 (scolding Rob);
Uncanny X-Men I#506,
       pg. 11, panel 1 (Kunashir island)
            panel 4 (Kunashir island bunker);
       pg. 12, panel 1 (crab-creatures emerging);
       pg. 13, panel 3 (full, falling);
       pg. 14, (mostly full, fighting Beast);
       pg. 16, panel 1 (mostly full);
          panel 3 (face);
       pg. 17, panel 5 (face close-up);
    #512, pg. 16, panel 3 (1906 costume, upper);
       pg. 21, panel 3 (full costume, with Catherine Bradley & Kavita);
Dark Avengers#8, pg. 12, panel 2 (running excitedly);
          panel 3 (face);
UXM#515, pg. 6, panel 3 (relax);
       pg. 7, panel 5 (death)


Appearances:
Godzilla#1 (August, 1977) - Doug Moench (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Jim Mooney (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Godzilla#2 (September, 1977) - Doug Moench (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Frank Giacoia & George Tuska (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Godzilla#3 (October, 1977) - Doug Moench (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Tony DeZuniga (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Godzilla#4 (November
, 1977) - Doug Moench (writer), Tom Sutton (pencils), Tony DeZuniga (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Godzilla#6 (January, 1978) - Doug Moench (writer), Herb Trimpe (artist), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Godzilla#7-11 (February-June, 1978) - Doug Moench (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Fred Kida (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Godzilla#12-13 (July-August, 1978) - Doug Moench (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Fred Kida (inks), Jim Shooter (editor)
Godzilla#14 (September, 1978) - Doug Moench (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Dan Green (inks), Jim Shooter (editor)
Godzilla#15-17 (October-December, 1978) - Doug Moench (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Dan Green (inks), Bob Hall (editor)
Godzilla#18 (January, 1979) - Doug Moench (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Dan Green (inks), Jim Shooter (editor)
Godzilla#19 (February, 1979) - Doug Moench (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Dan Green (inks), Jo Duffy (editor)
Godzilla#20-21 (March-April, 1979) - Doug Moench (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Dan Green (inks), Al Milgrom (editor)
Godzilla#22 (May, 1979) - Doug Moench (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Jack Abel (inks), Al Milgrom (editor)
Godzilla#23-24 (June-July, 1979) - Doug Moench (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Dan Green (inks), Al Milgrom (editor)
Avengers I#199 (September, 1980) - David Michelinie (writer), George Perez (pencils), Dan Green (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#506-507 (April-May, 2009) - Matt Fraction (writer), Terry Dodson (penciler), Rachel Dodson (inker), Daniel Ketchum (assistant editor), Nick Lowe (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#508-509 (June, 2009) - Matt Fraction (writer), Greg Land (penciler), Jay Leisten (inker), Daniel Ketchum (assistant editor), Nick Lowe (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#510 (July, 2009) - Matt Fraction (writer), Greg Land (penciler), Jay Leisten (inker), Daniel Ketchum (assistant editor), Nick Lowe (editor)
Uncanny X-Men#512 (August, 2009) - Matt Fraction (writer), Yanick Paquette (penciler), Karl Story (inker), Daniel Ketchum (assistant editor), Nick Lowe (editor)
Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia#1 (August, 2009) - Matt Fraction (writer), Marc Silvestri (penciler), too many inkers to name,
Daniel Ketchum (assistant editor), Nick Lowe (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#513-514 (September-October, 2009) - Matt Fraction (writer), Terry Dodson (penciler), Rachel Dodson (inker), Daniel Ketchum (associate editor), Nick Lowe (editor)
Dark Avengers#8 (October, 2009) - Matt Fraction (writer), Luke Ross (penciler), Rick Magyar, Mark Pennington & Luke Ross (inkers), Jeanine Schaefer & Lauren Sankovitch (associate editors), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#515 (November, 2009) - Matt Fraction (writer), Greg Land (penciler), Jay Leisten (inker), Daniel Ketchum (assistant editor), Nick Lowe (editor)


First posted: 09/14/2021
Last updated: 09/11/2021

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