RAIJU (PACIFIC RIM)
Raiju (らいじゅう Raijuu[) is a Category IV Kaiju. It protects the Breach from the Jaegers along with Scunner and Slattern.
An aquatic creature, Raiju invokes a Galapagos iguana and Crocodile in appearance and behavior. Broad shouldered, Raiju is heavily armored along its back and head. The “head” itself is a tripartite jaw that encases the creature’s bioluminescent head for protection. Its feet are bent, enabling it to swim quicker through the water.
Raiju emerges from the Breach along with Scunner and Slattern to defend it from Gipsy Danger and Striker Eureka. When the Jaegers arrive to bomb the Breach, he proceeds to stalk the Jaegers from the darkness during their approach to the portal. Raiju assists Scunner in attacking Gipsy Danger, tearing its left arm from its body and snapping the arm in half before it can kill Scunner.
As it circles back for a second attack, Raiju runs headfirst into Gipsy Danger’s Chain Sword, which, combined with the speed at which he was swimming, bisects him from head to tail. Gipsy Danger initially attempts to use one of the halves of Raiju to enter the Breach, but abandons it, choosing to use Slattern’s body instead as a shield as it enters the Breach.