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''The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot'' (1995) began as {{Frank Miller}}'s and {{Geof Darrow}}'s much more family friendly collaboration after the energetically demented ''Hard Boiled''. The Comic was a big over the top tribute to SilverAge comics, ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' and ''Manga/AstroBoy''. The story is about a giant, primordial monster unleashed upon Tokyo which the military is unable to defeat; subsequently the government is forced to send the newly developed and inexperienced Rusty the [[RobotKid Boy Robot]] in to try and neutralize the threat. Unfortunately he is also overwhelmed by the monster and the government calls on the aid of their [[AmericaSavestheDay American allies]] who send in Big Guy, a bigass humanoid robot, with two fists and [[MoreDakka a whole lot of guns]]. The comic was adapted into a [[WesternAnimation/BigGuyAndRustyTheBoyRobot cartoon]] that ran from 1999 to 2000.

!!Tropes from the comic:
* AGodAmI: What the giant monster desires most, to rule over humanity, ''forever''.
* AmericanRobot: Big Guy is a [[InvokedTrope deliberate]] example of this.
* AndIMustScream: Anyone contaminated or infected from the monster's saliva, is quickly turned into one of its "children", their [[FateWorseThanDeath consciousnesses are imprisoned]] within new immortal dinosaur-like bodies [[MentalFusion and their minds enslaved to the monster's will]].
** Also, what the demon monster vows to do to the pilot of Big Guy [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu after he rebukes him as his god]], by imprisoning him within an agonizing malformed shell of his own robotic suit for all eternity. Averted, [[LifeOrLimbDecision after he severs off his own infection arm and vanquishes the malevolent abomination]].
* AssimilationPlot: The dinosaur-like monster seeks to do this with mankind, [[TheAssimilator either through devouring them]], or transforming them into its own 'offspring'.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever
* BadassBoast: Frequently done by the monster to strike fear into those who dare oppose him. [[ProveIAmNotBluffing It often works]].
* BodyHorror: The villain's drool transforms people into reptilian monstrosities.
* {{Crossover}}: With Comicbook/{{Madman}}, the main characters also make an appearance in a [[MushroomSamba hallucination]] in SinCity.
* TheCorruption: The monster's salivary fluids work on a biological and molecular-level. Transforming whatever living or non-living thing it comes into contact with, into an extension of itself.
* DefiantToTheEnd: [[spoiler: The demon monster. Even after being hurled into the ocean, about to be vaporized by an atomic blast, it roars defiantly.]]
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: The pilot of Big Guy fakes his own forfeit to the giant implacable monster. The monster in turn informs the human he and the rest of mankind are fortunate he's a forgiving god, who proceeds to absorb him. The pilot then, ''smacks'' the demon right in the chops, sending him flying through several buildings.
* EldritchAbomination: Apparently the dinosaur-like creatures were all actually examples of this.
* EveryThingIsBetterWithMonkeys: Jenny the talking monkey of the scientist who was in charge of the experiment that reawakened the monster. She had the jitters about it.
* TheEvilsOfFreeWill: What the demon monster forces mankind to believe, and abandon hope and the illusion of individuality.
* ExpandedUniverse: The giant dinosaur-like monster has no name in the comic, yet is referred to as "Taoking" and on official merchandise.
* {{Expy}}: The monster to Franchise/{{Godzilla}}, Rusty to Manga/AstroBoy and Big Guy to IronMan and {{Gigantor}}.
* GoneHorriblyRight: The monstrous giant proclaims it has [[SentientCosmicForce always existed, shapeless, formless]], long before humans, [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm since the very beginning]]. Then humans finally gave it a massive and powerful host body it waited an eternity for .
* GoshDangItToHeck: Big Guy curses like this.
* HandBlast
* HandicappedBadass: Despite losing an arm in the battle, the Big Guy is still able to subdue and defeat mankind's would-be god.
* {{Homage}}: Creator/CraigMcCracken's WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls features a ShoutOut episode with the girls trying, and failing, to stop a parody of the same giant dinosaur-like monster.
* IAmLegion: The demonic monster speaks with a [[VoiceOfTheLegion thousand voices]].
* {{Kaiju}}: The monstrous antagonist "Taoking".
* LargeHam: The monster: "Sweating, Squealing, simpering, screaming rodents! You are doomed!"
** Big Guy himself "I Brought you some Candy!"
* MadeOfExplodium: The Monster and his minions.
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: The American plot of Big Guy is obviously quite patriotic.
* NarmCharm: Intentionally invoked.
* NighInvulnerability: The monster ''cannot'' be destroyed through [[ImmuneToBullets conventional weaponry]]. Its [[HealingFactor regeneration abilities]] are too great. Even [[BoomHeadshot blowing up its head]] does nothing. Only a direct-hit from a [[TheDeadliestMushroom nuclear warhead]] will atomize the demon, preventing its return.
* RuleOfCool
* SelfParody: What the comic surprisingly delivers in the end pages presented in the form of "[[{{Satire}} non-existent future issues"]] where Big Guy goes up against the [[SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness invading Moon Pig]], Captain Chernobyl [[GoingCritical going into critical meltdown]], and Dr.Zor a giant dinosaur hilariously [[LetHimChoose wanting to win a child custody case over his son, a human baby]].
* SceneryPorn: A given with Darrow's highly detailed {{CyberPunk}} style cityscapes.
* SceneryGorn: Also a given since there's a giant monster rampaging that cityscape.
* SlaveToPR: Big Guy is actually a piloted mecha, but for publicity reasons the populace (and Rusty) is led to believe he's a giant robot.
** The monster though, [[PsychicPowers is not so easily deceived]].
* StandardEvilOrganizationSquad: The Legion Ex Machina.
* SwallowedWhole: Many unlucky people in the monster's path, though its all part of its [[AssimilationPlot evil grand plan anyway]].
* SquareCubeLaw: Never mind the giant city-destroying monster, Big Guy should ''not'' have been able to lasso the fiend and hurl him into the ocean with a commuter train. Even if such a feat were possible, one of the couplings would have snapped from being overloaded by the giant's weight.
* ThouShaltNotKill: The pilot of Big Guy [[MartialPacifist refuses to outright kill any of the humans]] turned into attacking monsters who are quite pissed after he blew up "their dad's" head. He employs [[NonLethalKO non-lethal force against them]], with great difficulty, though immortal doesn't mean they cannot die, the transformation [[BodyHorror has messed up the location]] of all of their vital organs, one wrong hit [[CouldHaveBeenMessy would have killed them]].
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler: Though the giant dinosaur monster is directly vanquished, its "children" still live on, and through them, their cells, so too does it. Meaning Big Guy hasn't [[BolivianArmyEnding properly ended this threat]] to the human race. [[ElephantInTheLivingRoom Cue celebrations and parades until the next threat arrives]].]]
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