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12th Nov '16 10:51:06 PM Dravencour
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Giant Japanese monsters that assault {{Tokyo|IsTheCenterOfTheUniverse}}, hapless island explorers, or each other are called ''Kaiju''[[note]]literally translated, "strange creature"; the more accurate name for these things would be ''Daikaiju'', "great strange creature".[[/note]]. While they have no ''specific'' form even in their own mythology, by Japanese standards they are traditionally monstrous, scaly water elementals of about 50 foot and taller.

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Giant Japanese monsters that assault {{Tokyo|IsTheCenterOfTheUniverse}}, hapless island explorers, or each other are called ''Kaiju''[[note]]literally translated, "strange creature"; the more accurate name for these things would be ''Daikaiju'', "great strange creature".[[/note]].creature"[[/note]]. While they have no ''specific'' form even in their own mythology, by Japanese standards they are traditionally monstrous, scaly water elementals of about 50 foot and taller.
12th Nov '16 10:48:26 PM Dravencour
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Giant Japanese monsters that assault {{Tokyo|IsTheCenterOfTheUniverse}}, hapless island explorers, or each other are called ''Kaiju''[[note]]literally translated, "strange creature"[[/note]]. While they have no ''specific'' form even in their own mythology, by Japanese standards they are traditionally monstrous, scaly water elementals of about 50 foot and taller.

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Giant Japanese monsters that assault {{Tokyo|IsTheCenterOfTheUniverse}}, hapless island explorers, or each other are called ''Kaiju''[[note]]literally translated, "strange creature"[[/note]].creature"; the more accurate name for these things would be ''Daikaiju'', "great strange creature".[[/note]]. While they have no ''specific'' form even in their own mythology, by Japanese standards they are traditionally monstrous, scaly water elementals of about 50 foot and taller.
7th Nov '16 1:51:21 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': "Greatshells" are arthropods of varying size. Most of the largest ones are gone by the start of the story, as their [[GemHeart gemhearts]] are so valuable that they are inevitably hunted to extinction. A large part of the first two books revolves around the chasmfiends, beasts the size of skyscrapers that come to the Shattered Plains to pupate. The Alethi originally came to the Plains to fight the Parshendi for killing their king, but the war soon turned into an elaborate game where highprinces raced each other for the gemhearts. Then there are the tai-na of the Reshi isles, which are greatshells large enough to be mistaken for ''islands'' when they're not moving. Not small islands, either. They have full forests growing on their backs.
29th Oct '16 6:59:08 PM Raidrik
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** On a more complete basis, ''Argentinosaurus'' and several other enormous sauropods could have broken 100 short tons in weight and been over 30 meters long. Several species could get longer, but they weren't as robust.
** Strictly speaking, though they thankfully are examples of a GentleGiant, Blue Whales could fit the bill as the largest animals ever known to exist.
29th Oct '16 12:02:58 PM MagnusForce
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* ''{{Franchise/Godzilla}}'' himself had a cartoon in the 1970s.

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* ''{{Franchise/Godzilla}}'' himself had [[WesternAnimation/TheGodzillaPowerHour a cartoon cartoon]] in the 1970s.1970s and the [[Film/Godzilla1998 98' Godzilla]] had [[WesternAnimation/GodzillaTheSeries an animated sequel]] starring its son. Logically, both cartoons featured Godzilla fighting other giant monsters.



* In the first segment of the ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'', episode "Anthology of Interest I", Prof. Farnswoth turns Dr. Zoidberg into a kaiju so he can fight [[ItMakesSenseInContext a 500 ft. Bender]], with predictable results.

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* In the first segment of the ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'', episode "Anthology of Interest I", Prof. Farnswoth Farnsworth turns Dr. Zoidberg into a kaiju so he can fight [[ItMakesSenseInContext a 500 ft. Bender]], with predictable results.



* Alexandrite, the fusion of all three of the Crystal Gems, from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is big enough to be considered one.



* Quite a few dinosaurs fit this trope. In particular ''Amphicoelias'' was by some estimates the single largest land-based animal -- never mind dinosaur -- on record. 40 to 60 metres (130 to 200 ft) in length, and may have had a mass of up to 122 metric tons (135 short tons).

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* Quite a few dinosaurs fit this trope. In particular ''Amphicoelias'' was by some estimates the single largest land-based animal -- never mind dinosaur -- on record. 40 to 60 metres (130 to 200 ft) in length, and may have had a mass of up to 122 metric tons (135 short tons). Unfortunately, it's only known from a single piece of vertebrae that was mysteriously lost over a century ago.
28th Oct '16 7:15:25 AM Waddle
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Giant Japanese monsters that assault [[TheTokyoFireball Tokyo]], hapless island explorers, or each other are called ''Kaiju''[[note]]literally translated, "strange creature"[[/note]]. While they have no ''specific'' form even in their own mythology, by Japanese standards they are traditionally monstrous, scaly water elementals of about 50 foot and taller.

Typically they arrive from somewhere Far Away. Whether that means space, BeneathTheEarth, or a South Pacific island varies. Expect lots of StuffBlowingUp to result, but, since GiantEqualsInvincible, don't expect the explosions to actually hurt them. ''Do'' expect at least one case of HelicopterFlyswatter. Examples of this genre can range from straight-up DisasterMovie (''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'', the first ''[[Film/{{Gojira}} Godzilla]]'' movie) to all-out wrestling matches between PeopleInRubberSuits (Most of the later ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' movies). As this genre features a judicious application of RuleOfCool, expect the MST3KMantra to be in full effect. Often, you'll only watch this kind of movie [[JustHereForGodzilla to see the monsters fight]], which can often involve an UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny (such as ''Film/KingKongVsGodzilla.'')

This is actually one of the oldest genres in film, dating back to the early days of cinema when special effects were new. Pioneers of the genre were ''Film/TheBeastFromTwentyThousandFathoms,'' ''Film/KingKong1933'', and ''Film/TheLostWorld''. The idea probably originates from thinking of [[DinosaursAreDragons dinosaurs as fantastic beasts]] or ideas about giant [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]]. As for why it's so popular with Japanese media: Japan is quite earthquake and tsunami-prone, and you could think of a kaiju as a sentient natural disaster, so it may feel more meaningful to them. (Consider how Godzilla, like a wave, rises from the sea.) The word ''kaiju'' became [[MagicFranchiseWord more mainstream]] and used in western works after the release of ''Film/PacificRim'' in 2013 when before they were usually and simply called "[[BuffySpeak big Japanese monster]]" (even to the point of its origin being often WrongfullyAttributed to this film.)

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Giant Japanese monsters that assault [[TheTokyoFireball Tokyo]], {{Tokyo|IsTheCenterOfTheUniverse}}, hapless island explorers, or each other are called ''Kaiju''[[note]]literally translated, "strange creature"[[/note]]. While they have no ''specific'' form even in their own mythology, by Japanese standards they are traditionally monstrous, scaly water elementals of about 50 foot and taller.

Typically they arrive from somewhere Far Away. Whether that means space, BeneathTheEarth, or a South Pacific island varies. Expect lots of StuffBlowingUp to result, but, since GiantEqualsInvincible, don't expect the explosions to actually hurt them. ''Do'' expect at least one case of HelicopterFlyswatter. Examples of this genre can range from straight-up DisasterMovie (''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'', the first ''[[Film/{{Gojira}} Godzilla]]'' movie) to all-out wrestling matches between PeopleInRubberSuits (Most of the later ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' movies). As this genre features a judicious application of RuleOfCool, expect the MST3KMantra to be in full effect. Often, you'll only watch this kind of movie [[JustHereForGodzilla to see the monsters fight]], which can often involve an UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny (such as ''Film/KingKongVsGodzilla.'')

''Film/KingKongVsGodzilla'').

This is actually one of the oldest genres in film, dating back to the early days of cinema when special effects were new. Pioneers of the genre were ''Film/TheBeastFromTwentyThousandFathoms,'' ''Film/KingKong1933'', and ''Film/TheLostWorld''. The idea probably originates from thinking of [[DinosaursAreDragons dinosaurs as fantastic beasts]] or ideas about giant [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]]. As for why it's so popular with Japanese media: Japan is quite earthquake and tsunami-prone, and you could think of a kaiju as a sentient natural disaster, so it may feel more meaningful to them. (Consider how Godzilla, like a wave, rises from the sea.) The word ''kaiju'' became [[MagicFranchiseWord more mainstream]] and used in western works after the release of ''Film/PacificRim'' in 2013 when before they were usually and simply called "[[BuffySpeak big Japanese monster]]" (even to the point of its origin being often WrongfullyAttributed to this film.)
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17th Oct '16 6:59:39 PM MyFinalEdits
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* From Abrahamic traditions and ''Literature/TheBible'', tere are the lords of the animals: Leviathan, Behemoth, and Ziz. One's a giant aquatic dragon, the other an immense beast with a massive tail, and the last a giant bird. Another one is mentioned in the ''Golden Legend'' in the tale of Saint Martha. The tarasque[[note]]If that name seems familiar because of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', that's because this is where they got the creature from.[[/note]] was a massive dragon with a [[MixAndMatchCritter turtle's shell, six legs, the head of a beast and a stingered tail]]. It devastated the landscape, destroying everything in its path. The king sent out his knights to slay the tarasque with swords and spears and even catapults, but nothing would damage the beast. At last, Saint Martha was sent out to the tarasque, and she tamed the tarasque with hymns and prayers, saving the countryside. She led back the tamed Tarasque to the city. The people, terrified by the monster, attacked it when it drew nigh. The monster offered no resistance and died there. Martha then preached to the people and converted many of them to Christianity. Sorry for what they had done to the tamed monster, the newly Christianized townspeople changed the town's name to Tarascon.

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* From Abrahamic traditions and ''Literature/TheBible'', tere there are the lords of the animals: Leviathan, Behemoth, and Ziz. One's a giant aquatic dragon, the other an immense beast with a massive tail, and the last a giant bird. Another one is mentioned in the ''Golden Legend'' in the tale of Saint Martha. The tarasque[[note]]If that name seems familiar because of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', that's because this is where they got the creature from.[[/note]] was a massive dragon with a [[MixAndMatchCritter turtle's shell, six legs, the head of a beast and a stingered tail]]. It devastated the landscape, destroying everything in its path. The king sent out his knights to slay the tarasque with swords and spears and even catapults, but nothing would damage the beast. At last, Saint Martha was sent out to the tarasque, and she tamed the tarasque with hymns and prayers, saving the countryside. She led back the tamed Tarasque to the city. The people, terrified by the monster, attacked it when it drew nigh. The monster offered no resistance and died there. Martha then preached to the people and converted many of them to Christianity. Sorry for what they had done to the tamed monster, the newly Christianized townspeople changed the town's name to Tarascon.
17th Oct '16 6:32:19 PM MyFinalEdits
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* From Abrahamic traditions and ''Literature/TheBible'', we have the lords of the animals: Leviathan, Behemoth, and Ziz. One's a giant aquatic dragon, the other an immense beast with a massive tail, and the last a giant bird.
** Additionally, another one is mentioned in the ''Golden Legend'' in the tale of Saint Martha. The tarasque[[note]]If that name seems familiar because of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', that's because this is where they got the creature from.[[/note]] was a massive dragon with a [[MixAndMatchCritter turtle's shell, six legs, the head of a beast and a stingered tail]]. It devastated the landscape, destroying everything in its path. The king sent out his knights to slay the tarasque with swords and spears and even catapults, but nothing would damage the beast. At last, Saint Martha was sent out to the tarasque, and she tamed the tarasque with hymns and prayers, saving the countryside. She led back the tamed Tarasque to the city. The people, terrified by the monster, attacked it when it drew nigh. The monster offered no resistance and died there. Martha then preached to the people and converted many of them to Christianity. Sorry for what they had done to the tamed monster, the newly Christianized townspeople changed the town's name to Tarascon.

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* From Abrahamic traditions and ''Literature/TheBible'', we have tere are the lords of the animals: Leviathan, Behemoth, and Ziz. One's a giant aquatic dragon, the other an immense beast with a massive tail, and the last a giant bird.
** Additionally, another
bird. Another one is mentioned in the ''Golden Legend'' in the tale of Saint Martha. The tarasque[[note]]If that name seems familiar because of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', that's because this is where they got the creature from.[[/note]] was a massive dragon with a [[MixAndMatchCritter turtle's shell, six legs, the head of a beast and a stingered tail]]. It devastated the landscape, destroying everything in its path. The king sent out his knights to slay the tarasque with swords and spears and even catapults, but nothing would damage the beast. At last, Saint Martha was sent out to the tarasque, and she tamed the tarasque with hymns and prayers, saving the countryside. She led back the tamed Tarasque to the city. The people, terrified by the monster, attacked it when it drew nigh. The monster offered no resistance and died there. Martha then preached to the people and converted many of them to Christianity. Sorry for what they had done to the tamed monster, the newly Christianized townspeople changed the town's name to Tarascon.
17th Oct '16 3:47:24 PM BlackSunNocturne
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** Additionally, another one is mentioned in the ''Golden Legend'' in the tale of Saint Martha. The tarasque[[note]]If that name seems familiar because of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', that's because this is where they got the creature from.[[/note]] was a massive dragon with a [[MixAndMatchCritter turtle's shell, six legs, the head of a beast and a stingered tail]]. It devastated the landscape, destroying everything in its path. The king sent out his knights to slay the tarasque with swords and spears and even catapults, but nothing would damage the beast. At last, Saint Martha was sent out to the tarasque, and she tamed the tarasque with hymns and prayers, saving the countryside. She led back the tamed Tarasque to the city. The people, terrified by the monster, attacked it when it drew nigh. The monster offered no resistance and died there. Martha then preached to the people and converted many of them to Christianity. Sorry for what they had done to the tamed monster, the newly Christianized townspeople changed the town's name to Tarascon.
6th Oct '16 4:11:50 PM Tightwire
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Giant Japanese monsters that assault [[TheTokyoFireball Tokyo]], hapless island explorers, or each other are called ''Kaiju''[[note]]literally translated, "strange creature"[[/note]].

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Giant Japanese monsters that assault [[TheTokyoFireball Tokyo]], hapless island explorers, or each other are called ''Kaiju''[[note]]literally translated, "strange creature"[[/note]]. \n While they have no ''specific'' form even in their own mythology, by Japanese standards they are traditionally monstrous, scaly water elementals of about 50 foot and taller.



This is actually one of the oldest genres in film, dating back to the early days of cinema when special effects were new. Pioneers of the genre were ''Film/TheBeastFromTwentyThousandFathoms,'' ''Film/KingKong1933'', and ''Film/TheLostWorld''. The idea probably originates from thinking of [[DinosaursAreDragons dinosaurs as fantastic beasts]] or ideas about giant [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]]. As for why it's so popular with Japanese media: Japan is quite earthquake and tsunami-prone, and a kaiju is basically a giant sentient natural disaster, so it may feel more meaningful to them. (Consider how Godzilla, like a wave, rises from the sea.) Similarly, Japan is [[BigCreepyCrawlies full of large insects like centipedes or rhinocerous beetles]], which probably inspire kaiju as well. A Kaiju though will most of the time be a SingleSpecimenSpecies, when even dragons often are a race of monsters. (Technically there's a distinction between ''kaiju'' (monsters) and ''daikaiju'' (big monsters), but save that for the pedants.) The word ''kaiju'' became [[MagicFranchiseWord more mainstream]] and used in western works after the release of ''Film/PacificRim'' in 2013 when before they were usually and simply called "[[BuffySpeak big Japanese monster]]" (even to the point of its origin being often WrongfullyAttributed to this film.)

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This is actually one of the oldest genres in film, dating back to the early days of cinema when special effects were new. Pioneers of the genre were ''Film/TheBeastFromTwentyThousandFathoms,'' ''Film/KingKong1933'', and ''Film/TheLostWorld''. The idea probably originates from thinking of [[DinosaursAreDragons dinosaurs as fantastic beasts]] or ideas about giant [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]]. As for why it's so popular with Japanese media: Japan is quite earthquake and tsunami-prone, and you could think of a kaiju is basically as a giant sentient natural disaster, so it may feel more meaningful to them. (Consider how Godzilla, like a wave, rises from the sea.) Similarly, Japan is [[BigCreepyCrawlies full of large insects like centipedes or rhinocerous beetles]], which probably inspire kaiju as well. A Kaiju though will most of the time be a SingleSpecimenSpecies, when even dragons often are a race of monsters. (Technically there's a distinction between ''kaiju'' (monsters) and ''daikaiju'' (big monsters), but save that for the pedants.) The word ''kaiju'' became [[MagicFranchiseWord more mainstream]] and used in western works after the release of ''Film/PacificRim'' in 2013 when before they were usually and simply called "[[BuffySpeak big Japanese monster]]" (even to the point of its origin being often WrongfullyAttributed to this film.)
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