Created By: Specialist290 on December 4, 2011 Last Edited By: Specialist290 on July 9, 2012

Monsters Toying with Trains

A stock scene in horror movies involving a giant monster playing with a train like a child's toy.

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''Helpless people on subway trains
Scream "My God!" as he looks in on them...
Blue Öyster Cult, "Godzilla"

In a scene which features an Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever going on a rampage in a major city, there will inevitably be a shot where said 50-Foot Whatever will pick up a subway train, monorail, or other such vehicle, look in on the passengers through a window with his giant eye, and then do something very unpleasant to his new plaything.

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  • The Trope Maker is probably the original Godzilla, at least in the sense that almost every other portrayal since is probably an homage to this film.
  • Happens in the 1976 remake of King Kong during his rampage while looking for Dwan.

  • One that riffs on the whole idea:
    Godzilla: Have you ever eaten train before?
    King Kong: It's just like lobster; you crack it open and eat the insides.

  • The music video for The Apples in Stereo's "Signal in the Sky (Let's Go)" has a monster which does this.
  • As noted in the page quote, this trope is lampshaded in the Blue Oyster Cult song "Godzilla."
Community Feedback Replies: 13
  • December 4, 2011
    Definitely done in King Kong 1976 while on his rampage in New York City looking for Dwan; not sure if it's in the 1933 original or not, and I've never seen 2005 so I can't say.
  • December 5, 2011
    Megamind, in his giant robot suit, while waiting for the good guy to turn up, plays with actual cars like they were toy cars.
  • December 5, 2011
    • Not a train, but in Honey I Blew Up The Baby the baby gets expanded to skyscraper size. He sees a giant neon sign shaped like a guitar, rips it out of the ground and tries to play it.
    • Inverted in one Calvin And Hobbes strip, he stomps on his toy cars while pretending to be Godzilla.
  • December 5, 2011
    ^^ Not exactly what I'm looking for.

    ^ Doesn't quite fit, either.

    I'm looking specifically for scenes like the one described in the trope description. I think the laconic might have been a bit misleading, so I've tightened it up.
  • December 5, 2011
    Heh, there's a dumb joke I remember from some joke book for kids back when I was younger.

    Godzilla: Have you ever eaten train before?
    King Kong: It's just like lobster; you crack it open and eat the insides.
  • December 5, 2011
    A heroic version: in Big Guy And Rusty the Boy Robot (original comic), Big Guy defeats the monster by wrapping a (uninhabited) train around it's neck, then carrying it up and flingin it into the ocean while it's targeted by a nuclear missile launch.
  • December 5, 2011
    The song Godzilla by the Blue Oyster Cult lampshades this trope with the line "Helpless people on subway trains scream to God as he looks in on them." It might make a decent page quote.
  • December 6, 2011
    Sister trope to This Billboard Needs Some Salt. Non-eating examples from that page could be moved here.
    • In the Dexters Laboratory episode"The Big Sister", a giant Dee-Dee thinks the townspeople are dolls and starts playing with them and their cars.
    • On Monsters Vs Aliens, Ginormica puts cars on her feet and uses them as skates to escape the giant alien robot.
  • December 6, 2011
    • On The Iron Giant, the Giant picks up an old car with Hogarth inside and swings it around really fast so that Hogarth can play test pilot.
    • Futurama:
      • "Anthology of Interest I": a giant Zoidberg uses a train as nunchucks, the passengers flying off as he swings it.
      • "Benderama": A giant with bad complexion grabs the Planet Express ship. Seeing his pock-marked face on the window, Bender comments "It's like Edward James Olmos in Imax!"
  • December 8, 2011
    Perhaps it's just me, but I've always thought the whole image plays upon a notion of said monster being childlike (and dangerously so due to his size). In other words, he doesn't quite realize the damage he's doing, or that people are breakable.

    BTW I think the 1933 King Kong had Kong handling an elevated train before he goes at an apartment building as if it's a dollhouse and taking Fay Wray out as if she's a doll.
  • December 26, 2011
    Bumping. Forgot about this for a while; gonna let it sit for a few days, then planning on launching after New Year's.
  • July 9, 2012
    Rename it to Titans Toying with Trains or something. Because it's only a matter of size and IIRC was done with humanoid giants too.
  • July 9, 2012
    • King Kong (1933). During his rampage through New York, the title character demolishes the track in front of an oncoming elevated train. When it falls into the hole he yanks it off the track and gives it a beating. There are shots of screaming, terrified passengers and Kong looking in through a window.

    Watch it here.