Created By: DragonQuestZ on December 7, 2009
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In a movie about ghosts, they throw in this.

The organic Sister Trope to Instant Awesome, Just Add Mecha. A work is not about Kaiju or other giant monsters, but throws them in anyway.

Godzilla, or some Lawyer-Friendly Cameo, is a common choice, of course.

Can overlap with Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever, if the small thing turned huge is sufficiently monstrous (and of course not the focus of the work).

Examples:

  • Name comes from Megatokyo, where there was a service called this. In addition, there was a rampage by The Alcoholic uncle of the Gamera family.
  • The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters, and the second film had them using positive ghost slime to turn the Statue of Liberty into one.
  • An episode of Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok had a shrine statue turned into one when imbued with a lot of dark magic.

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  • December 5, 2009
    Raven Wilder
    Sluggy Freelance has used a couple (not counting all the ones during the Voltron parody). There's the Crudosaur as well as one of Aylee's transformations.
  • December 5, 2009
    TheGunheart
  • December 5, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ I was thinking of that name, but I'm going with the current one because it's shorter, and some might complain about yet another trope with a name like that.
  • December 5, 2009
    random surfer
    • The South Park episode "Super Best Friends:" David Blaine brings the statue of Abraham Lincoln to life and it rampages across Washington DC. It's subdued by a giant stone John Wilkes Booth.
    • In a Simpsons Treehouse of Horror episode giant advertising mascots come to life and terrorize the town
    • In another Simpsons episode they go to Japan; when they leave the pilot makes the following announcement:
    Uh, folks, we're experiencing some moderate Godzilla-related turbulence at this time, so I'm going to go ahead and ask you to put your seatbelts back on. When we get to 35 thousand feet, he usually does let go, so from there on out, all we have to worry about is Mothra, and, uh, we do have reports he's tied up with Gamera and Rodan at the present time. Thank you very much.
  • December 5, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    "The South Park episode "Super Best Friends:" David Blaine brings the statue of Abraham Lincoln to life and it rampages across Washington DC. It's subdued by a giant stone John Wilkes Booth."

    And the "Mecha Streisand" episode.
  • December 5, 2009
    Amazingly Enough
    The statue of Abraham Lincoln comes to life near the end of Night At The Museum II and fights the bad guys.
  • December 5, 2009
    Chabal 2
    Austin Powers has a scene where a giant inflatable T-rex is unmoored and goes careening down the street, at which point two Japanese bystanders start up this conversation:
    First guy: AAAAAAHH! It's Godzilla!
    Second guy: Actually, due to copyright issues, that is noe the real Godzilla.
    First guy: Who cares?! Run!!!
    (Both run off)
  • December 6, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    In the Harry Dresden novel Dead Beat, Harry reanimates a Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton named Sue to fight some zombie masters. What's cool is that Sue actually exists in Real Life and can be found at the Field Museum in Chicago.
  • December 6, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    T Rexes aren't really large enough to count for this trope. It would count in Summon Bigger Fish, though.
  • December 6, 2009
    dotchan
  • December 6, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    Attack Of The 50 Foot Whatever is when something small is made huge, like the movie it's named for. So this is a Sister Trope, that can overlap.
  • December 6, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
  • December 6, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Just so where clear, this is about putting a giant monster in a genre where it is not warranted, either as a throwaway joke or just 'cause it's cool.

    • Dude Wheres My Car starts out with two stoner dudes looking for their car, but ends with them running from a giant alien babe.
  • December 6, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    Work, not genre. Giant robots are a genre that often has them, but not every work features them.
  • December 7, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Would giant monsters/robots in superhero comics be potential examples? The Kirby Monster phenomenon might defuse that possibility, but still, Red Ronin and the boozy father monster from Top Ten seem kinda... odd.
  • December 7, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    "Would giant monsters/robots in superhero comics be potential examples?"

    If Fantasy Kitchen Sink allows Instant Awesome Just Add Dragons, then other kitchen sinks allow those things. And the robots are already mentioned on the appropriate trope.
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