Created By: fluffything on June 26, 2011 Last Edited By: fluffything on June 26, 2011

Clonezilla

A giant monster that resembles or acts like Godzilla.

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A writer/director/producer wants to include a scene in which Godzilla shows up for one reason or another. Maybe he's on some TV show the main characters are watching. Maybe they're filming a movie and he's one of the actors. Maybe he's actually smashing the building.

Just, one problem. The writer/director/producer can't actually get the rights to use Godzilla himself in the program. What does he do?

Why, create an Expy of Godzilla of course.

This is where a work of fiction includes a monster of sorts that either looks, sounds, or acts like Godzilla, but isn't due to copyright reasons. Often used in parody works. Bonus points for when the monster actually has "-zilla" at the end of the name.

Examples-
  • One of the most (in)famous examples is the monster Jirass (Jiyras) from Ultraman. It was literally just an old Godzilla suit with a yellow frill added.
  • An episode of Duck Tales features a few characters watching a monster movie on TV. The monsters shown look very similar to Godzilla and Anguirus.
  • An episode of Pinky And The Brain featured a parody of Godzilla named "Gollyzilla".
  • Spoofed in a special episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000. The group was unable to review the American remake of Godzilla, and they weren't even able to say the monster's name either (they kept getting bleeped every time they said it). Crow takes matters into his own hands and produces his own movie called "Goshzilla", which is pretty much him smashing a toy iguana into some action figures.
  • During Olive The Other Reindeer, when Olive flies over Japan, a monster that looks like Godzilla can be seen.
  • An episode of Sonic X features a Godzilla look-alike that ends up being comically burnt.
Community Feedback Replies: 10
  • June 26, 2011
    EEplayer
    Isn't this Kaiju ?
  • June 26, 2011
    Grandy
    How about "Kongzilla", so it can be about monsters that look either like Kong or Godzilla?
  • June 26, 2011
    CrypticMirror
    this is just Kaiju
  • June 26, 2011
    fluffything
    No, it's not just Kaiju. Kaiju refers to any giant monster, not just Godzilla. This is where a show features an Expy of Godzilla as a Lawyer Friendly Cameo. The monster may have Godzilla's reptilian appearance, dorsal fins, roar, or even his atomic breath. He may even have "-zilla" at the end of his name, but he is not the real Godzilla. Just a parody or an Expy of the monster that writers use to avoid lawsuits.
  • June 26, 2011
    Ekuran
    Rent A Zilla/Fountain Of Expies probably covers this.
  • June 26, 2011
    EternalSeptember
    Rent A Zilla this is.
  • June 26, 2011
    fluffything
    Rent A Zilla is mainly for when a giant pretty much anything shows up in a film/show in which giant monsters are not the main focus.

    This is where you have a giant monster character that shows up for whatever reason (Whether it be a video game villain, movie monster, TV show, Anime character, or whatnot) that resembles/acts like Godzilla in some way, but isn't Godzilla due to copyright reasons.
  • June 26, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    If you can come up with a few examples I'll support it as a valid trope.
  • June 26, 2011
    fluffything
    Examples-

    • One of the most (in)famous examples is the monster Jirass (Jiyras) from Ultraman. It was literally just an old Godzilla suit with a yellow frill added.
    • An episode of Duck Tales features a few characters watching a monster movie on TV. The monsters shown look very similar to Godzilla and Anguirus.
    • An episode of Pinky And The Brain featured a parody of Godzilla named "Gollyzilla".
    • Spoofed in a special episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000. The group was unable to review the American remake of Godzilla, and they weren't even able to say the monster's name either (they kept getting bleeped every time they said it). Crow takes matters into his own hands and produces his own movie called "Goshzilla", which is pretty much him smashing a toy iguana into some action figures.
    • During Olive The Other Reindeer, when Olive flies over Japan, a monster that looks like Godzilla can be seen.
    • An episode of Sonic X features a Godzilla look-alike that ends up being comically burnt.
  • June 26, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    Okay, I support it. I think it should be mentioned this is a trope for Affectionate Parodies and Expies of Godzilla in particular, and random attacking creatures in general would just be Kaiju. The reference to King Kong should be removed altogether. It could be it's own trope. Donkey Kong for instance is a King Kong Expy I believe.

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