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[[caption-width-right:350:"We need bigger guns!" [[CoversAlwaysLie (Just not quite as big as this poster implies.)]]]]

->''"Size does matter."''

''Godzilla'' is a [[TheNineties 1998]] American [[TheRemake remake]] film of [[Film/{{Gojira}} the Japanese film of the same name]] and the first feature-length ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' film to be made by an American team. It was co-written and directed by Creator/RolandEmmerich, director of ''Film/IndependenceDay'' and ''Film/{{Stargate}}'', and starred Creator/MatthewBroderick, Creator/JeanReno, Maria Pitillo, Hank Azaria and Kevin Dunn. The film was released on May 20, 1998, by Creator/TriStarPictures.

The film follows the attacks of the titular creature on Manhattan, following his apparent creation via [[ILoveNuclearPower radioactive fallout]] from atomic bomb testing decades before. The film follows the attacks, beginning with the off-shore attack of a Japanese fishing vessel and culminating in a confrontation of Godzilla and the American military in the Big Apple. As all this is happening, an American scientist, his IntrepidReporter love interest and their friends team up with French secret agents to examine the creature's behavior more closely and find a way to keep it from bringing even greater disaster upon mankind.

The film spawned an animated sequel called ''WesternAnimation/GodzillaTheSeries''. While it was intended to spawn a new franchise in the United States, the movie was not deemed successful enough to warrant another sequel. Ironically, it instead renewed Creator/{{Toho}}'s interest in the franchise, which had actually ended with ''Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah'' in anticipation of the American franchise, launching the Millennium series started by ''Film/Godzilla2000''. The events of another Millennium movie, ''Film/GodzillaMothraKingGhidorahGiantMonstersAllOutAttack'', actually reference this one as being canon... Which curiously makes this film a StealthSequel to the 1954 original in that regard, since ''G.M.K.'' is also direct sequel to that movie. The film's version of Godzilla was later renamed "Zilla" by Toho and [[CurbStompBattle pitted against]] the Japanese Godzilla in ''Film/GodzillaFinalWars''.

For the original Japanese film, see ''Film/{{Godzilla 1954}}'' (along with the American re-edit, ''[[Film/GodzillaKingOfTheMonsters1956 Godzilla: King of the Monsters!]]'', and the Italian re-edit, ''Film/{{Cozzilla}}''). For the 1984 direct sequel, see ''Film/TheReturnOfGodzilla''. For the second American-made OneWordTitle ''Godzilla'' film, see ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}''.

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* AcrophobicBird: The helicopter pilots seem to always stay at mouth-level of the monster they're attacking, despite the fact that Apaches can fly as high as 20,000 feet above sea level, meaning there was no reason for them to be flying that low to begin with.
* AnimatedAdaptation: The [[WesternAnimation/GodzillaTheSeries resulting animated series]], considered by many the best thing to come of the movie.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology:
** The movie claims that heat-seeking missiles can't track Godzilla because, being a giant iguana, he's cold-blooded. An animal as huge as Godzilla would be warm-blooded simply due to the sheer mass of its body making heat take a long time to escape, much like the largest dinosaurs. The process is called gigantothermy and is already seen in animals like large crocodiles and sharks, all of which are shrimp compared to Godzilla.
** There is no way a human pregnancy test would work on a lizard, much less a giant radioactive lizard, as human (and mammal) pregnancy tests are searching for the presence of a hormone called Chorionic Gonadotrophin, which is only produced in placental animals, as the 'chorion' is another word for the placenta. Reptiles are not placental animals, and do not produce CG. Thus, the test wouldn't work. This is lampshaded when Nick notes that the test shouldn't have worked.
** Elsie specifying ''Theropoda Allosaurus'' is just unbelievable. The evidence gathered has clearly indicated an animal many magnitudes larger than any ''Allosaurus'', which maxed out at around 30 feet in length, to say nothing of Elsie stating ''Allosaurus'' died out in the Cretaceous Period. What's more, specifying "Allosaurus" among other similarly-sized theropods is ridiculous, because there's no certain way to distinguish between different theropods within the same size range based on footprint alone. The idea that any real paleontologist would say or suggest such a thing is complete nonsense.
** The film has a number of biological inaccuracies, some of which include;
*** Iguanas, from which Godzilla mutated, are ''herbivorous'' (eat plants), not ''piscivorous'' (eat fish). Though to be fair, they aren't skyscraper sized, either.
*** No 300-foot tall bipedal animal would be able to hold a horizontal position all of the time.
* ArtisticLicenseEngineering: When all the destruction from Godzilla's first appearance is looked over, the [=MetLife=] building is seen with a huge hole through it, implying that Godzilla somehow jumped through it. It looks cool, but it's still difficult to believe that it would be standing after that, especially with the entire middle section essentially gone. The remaining upper section of the building being held up by the perimeter structural members would have buckled almost immediately.
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: New York doesn't really look like that. Most glaringly, one of the people in the cab says the Brooklyn Bridge is the closest suspension bridge to the Park Avenue Tunnel. The tunnel runs from 33rd Street to 40th Street, and literally every other suspension bridge over the East River is closer.
** Even more glaring is the first helicopter chase; Manhattan doesn't have extremely high, Coruscant-style corridors of skyscrapers taller than Godzilla that stretch for blocks and blocks.
** The idea that Godzilla can disappear by burrowing into New York's subway system and sewers is ridiculous; the subway tunnels are not that deep under the streets, with the deepest station being 180 feet underground. Godzilla would have to burrow ''past'' the subway tunnels into the ground underneath to remain hidden, as his size would mean he would be disturb and collapse the streets and would be easily visible.
** Godzilla is also shown diving into the Hudson River, where he is engaged by three US Navy submarines. The Hudson River is shallow; it can be anywhere from 32 to 200 feet deep at most depending on location, yet Godzilla is shown swimming well below the surface, and is nowhere close to the bottom as if he were out in the middle of the ocean. There is no way submarines would be able to conduct operations in the Hudson as well.
* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: Leaving aside the fact that Sidewinders aren't possible to mount on an Apache, the warheads on Sidewinders are ''tiny'' compared to, say, tank shells. They contain only a couple of pounds of explosive, and wouldn't cause MonumentalDamage to any building they hit; they would in no way would cause the top of the Chrysler Building to be chopped off, and probably wouldn't hurt Godzilla either.
** Military pilots cannot fire missiles over the United States or any of its territories without the express and direct permission of the President. It's reasonable to assume the president would give it in this scenario, but never explicitly stated.
** Apaches also don't have a pair of guns bracketing the cockpit; they have a single 30mm chaingun in a chin mount beneath the front of the fuselage. Ironically, attempts WERE made to increase the Apache's air to air capabilities by making it able to launch the Sidewinder, complete with test firings. These were ceased in favor of a modified Stinger missile design (also a heat-seeking design; every Stinger variant after the FIM-92A, including all ATAS variants, uses the same seeker used in the AIM-9X Sidewinder).
** The Apaches depicted also carry far more weapons than realistically possible; real Apaches have two wing-mounted hardpoints that traditionally carry 70mm Hydra rocket pods on the inner pylons and AGM-114 Hellfire missiles in racks of eight on the outer pylons, with a 30mm M230 chaingun under the nose. The movie Apaches feature longer wings, fitting two sets of Hydra rocket pods on each wing, a Hellfire missile rack with wing-tip mounted Sidewinder missiles and forward facing chainguns under the cockpit windows, with the aforementioned undernose chaingun still there but unused. The film Apaches are also depicted as maneuvering more like jet aircraft, with sharp banking maneuvers while flying straight and flying forwards at high speeds, with multiple helicopters flying around each other with precision.
** The F/A-18 pilot that destroys Madison Square Garden is shown disengaging master arm and selecting "LGBs" which stand for laser-guided bombs. However he is shown selecting his plane's AGM-84 Harpoon missiles and stating that he has a good laser track on the target. The Harpoon is a radar-guided, anti-ship missile, not laser-guided.
** The Harpoon missiles that the F/A-18s use are also woefully impractical for destroying a large building, and would not be effective against a large stationary target such as Madison Square Garden, as the Harpoon is designed for anti-ship use.
** Navy officers on the submarines that engage Godzilla are shown wearing "SSBN" hats. SSBN is the US Navy designation for a nuclear submarine, which would be far too big and impractical for operations in the Hudson. A fast attack submarine (SSN) would be more appropriate given the situation.
* ArtisticLicenseNuclearPhysics: With how long Godzilla spends tromping about Manhattan, he'd have turned it into a uninhabitable ''ghost island'' if he were at all radioactive like his Japanese namesake. And with the leftover fallout from the nuclear bomb tests, he should be.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: Leaving aside the usual issues with giant monsters and the SquareCubeLaw, even if Godzilla was cold blooded, its internal heat should be more than enough for heat seeking missiles to track it (in real life this is known as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gigantothermy gigantothermy]]). A lizard that size burrowing around Manhattan (aside from the fact that he is too big to fully burrow underground without tunneling directly into the earth past the subway) would cause seismic disruptions and could be easily tracked by that.
* BadBoss: Mr. Caiman to Audrey, Mayor Ebert to Gene.
* BadassDriver: As the cab chase at the end proves.
* BadToTheLastDrop: The lead French investigator finds the New York coffee (the flavor? French Roast) his assistant gives him to be awful. [[MustHaveCaffeine He still drinks it.]]
* BadVibrations: Whenever Godzilla approaches for the first half of the film.
* BigApplesauce: If Godzilla usually [[TheTokyoFireball went after Tokyo]], the western equivalent ''had'' to attack New York City. (Also marking the second - and not [[Film/TheDayAfterTomorrow the last]] - time Roland Emmerich wrecked havoc in the Big Apple.)
* BlindedByTheLight: The cab's high-beams are used to make Godzilla flinch away from the tunnel mouth.
* BreathWeapon: Played with. While the "realistic" Godzilla can't actually exhale radiation, it can roar with such force that it sends parked cars flying from the shock wave. In one case, this causes their [[EveryCarIsAPinto gas tanks to explode]] in a dragonish blast of flame.
* CaptainObvious: "That's a lot of fish!"
* CarFu: When Creator/JeanReno gets behind the wheel of a taxi, shit gets ''mad real''.
* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: Averted. The [=DGSE=] operatives that work with the protagonists are very competent, [[CuttingTheKnot knot-cutting]], [[CombatPragmatist pragmatic]] and professional soldiers.
* ChekhovsGun: Nick notices that Godzilla seems to have a bit of an aversion to bright lights after using his camera when Godzilla finally shows up for the fish, the flash causing the big guy (or rather big girl, in this movie) to flinch. [[spoiler:Nick has Philippe use the taxi's high beams to make Godzilla flinch in order to get out of Park Avenue Tunnel in the climax.]] This is a MythologyGag to the 1954 original, where Godzilla absolutely hates bright lights as they remind him of the flash of the nuclear bombs going off.
* ChekhovsSkill: Rather than dig to get to the radiated worms in {{UsefulNotes/Chernobyl}}, Nick used some sort of electrical system that draws them to surface. The same technique is used to draw Godzilla out with fish as bait.
* ColorWash: The flashbacks that open the film are yellow.
* DeadpanSnarker: Elsie. She can be very sarcastic!
* DemotedToExtra: The film is mostly about Nick and Audrey's relationship, the life of a French guy, and ''Animal'' Palotti's job, with occasionally a giant lizard thrown in.
* DrivingStick: [[{{Irony}} American Nick telling French Philippe]] that the Army Hummer isn't in gear when trying to sneak into the subway system. Especially since the Hummer has an automatic transmission.
* DumbassHasAPoint: As incompetent as the mayor was, he's perfectly justified when he [[WhatTheHellHero calls out]] the US Army for [[DestructiveSavior all the damage they caused]].
-->'''Mayor:''' '[[NiceJobBreakingItHero You caused more damage than that goddamn thing did!]]'
* ElevatorEscape: In the Madison Square Garden chase scene. [[SerialNumbersFiledOff It's taken wholesale from]] ''Film/JurassicPark''.
* EpicFail: The US Army ''blowing up the Chrysler building'' with two missiles meant for Godzilla is an excellent example, {{lampshaded}} by the mayor.
-->'''Pilot:''' Ahhhh... negative impact. [[{{Understatement}} That is negative impact.]]\\
'''Mayor:''' ''Negative impact?'' That's the goddamn Chrysler building we're talking about here!
* ExplosiveBreeder: Godzilla is capable of laying hundreds of eggs [[TrulySingleParent without the need for a mate]]. [[spoiler:Had the proposed sequel been made, the danger presented by this ability would have been offset somewhat by the reveal that a full-grown Godzilla is capable of reproducing only once, and the number of eggs produced is determined by carrying capacity of the land.]]
* {{Expy}}: Harry Shearer's news reporter character, Charlie Caiman, has shades of a live-action [[TheSimpsons Kent Brockman]].
* FailedASpotCheck: One of the soldiers overlooks Godzilla in the tunnels because he failed to recognize that the "rocks" in front of him were an eyelid. That's excusable, but there is no justification for him missing the rumbling when Godzilla moves while he's barely a couple dozen feet away.
* FakeAmerican: In-Universe. Philippe briefly does an American accent which he admits is an impersonation of ElvisPresley.
* FemaleMonsterSurprise: Nick is shocked when a pregnancy test reveals that the giant lizard ransacking NYC is about to have babies. Subverted in that everyone keeps referring to Godzilla as a "very unusual he" due to it being asexual.
%%* FreeWheel: Used a ''lot''.
* FriendOrFoe: Godzilla causes two other US Navy subs to sink a third sub.
* FromBadToWorse: For the crew of the USS Anchorage, certainly. Godzilla swims straight at them, using his dorsal spines to rip open the sub's hull, simultaneously crippling and leaving the sub sinking in the middle of the Hudson River. Seconds later, the torpedoes the sub fired at Godzilla smash into its side, destroying it and killing everyone aboard.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In a meta sense. In the track recorded specifically for the movie, Music/RageAgainstTheMachine managed to sneak in the line ''criticizing'' it.
-->Godzilla, pure motherfucking filler, get your eyes off the real killer.
* GiantEqualsInvincible: Averted, as Godzilla is killed by the Air Force once it's been lured out into the open where it can't hide.
* GiantFootOfStomping: Used in the early teaser trailer, where Godzilla steps on a museum's T. Rex skeleton in the middle of a kids' tour. Meant as a (typically nineties) [[TakeThat wholly unnecessary potshot]] at ''Franchise/JurassicPark'', but really just comes off as kinda [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus Python-esque]].
** Happens in the film when a cab is crushed.
** Subverted with Animal, who is ''almost'' crushed but survives because he's standing between where two of Godzilla's toes come down.
* GiganticAdultsTinyBabies: Godzilla's offspring are small enough to chase humans inside buildings, hence ''much'' smaller than their parent.
* GonnaNeedMoreX: "We need bigger guns."
* GulliverTieDown: Luring Godzilla onto the Brooklyn Bridge gets the creature tangled in the suspension cables.
* HandshakeRefusal:
** Niko Tatopoulous refuses to shake Mendel Craven's hand after he just sneezed into it.
** And it happens again in the [[ContinuityNod first episode]] of ''WesternAnimation/GodzillaTheSeries''.
* HeartbeatSoundtrack: Used to establish that Godzilla really is dead at the end.
* HelicopterFlyswatter: With military helicopters.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: The US Military is profoundly bad at hitting a 200 foot tall, 300 foot long monster.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Subverted by Roache, who says he could use a ''coffee'' instead of alcohol.
* InNameOnly: Godzilla in this movie bears little resemblance to his Japanese namesake. Rather than the {{camp}} that is most associated with the series, the script is mostly a DisasterMovie with a bit of action, and the monster movie aspects that remain bear more of a resemblance to ''Film/TheBeastFromTwentyThousandFathoms'' than ''Godzilla''.
* ItCanThink: When Godzilla is tailed by three helicopters, he successfully managed to fool them into thinking he is hiding in a skyscraper, cue him bursting from the building behind them and initiating CurbStompBattle. The final helicopter is destroyed when Godzilla crouches low to avoid being seen by it before devouring said helicopter whole.
** During the battle in the Hudson River, while being attacked by three U.S. Navy submarines, Godzilla swims straight at one of the subs, using the dorsal spines on his back to rip open the sub's hull, leaving it dead in the water and helpless as the torpedoes the Navy fired at him smash into the crippled sub, destroying it.
** When the protagonists are fleeing from Godzilla, he moves ahead of them and takes out the bridge.
* {{Jerkass}}: Charlie Caiman, who propositions Audrey despite being married, and strings her along with hopes of becoming a reporter while making her do all his work.
* LampshadeHanging: One of the movie's few truly hilarious moments involves a gag pointing out that the beast should be named "Gojira", but Americans got it wrong.
** This becomes inverted and HilariousInHindsight in the Japanese Godzilla film ''Film/GodzillaMothraKingGhidorahGiantMonstersAllOutAttack''. There's a scene where a group of American reporters claim they saw Godzilla in New York in 1998. The Japanese correct them, stating that that monster was called 'Zilla'. (An alternate name for G '98, introduced in ''[=GMK=]'' after Toho got the rights to [[Creator/TriStarPictures TriStar's]] monster.)
* MamaBear: Godzilla is both a MamaBear and a PapaWolf.
* MassOhCrap: Everyone in the military command centre as they watch the crippled USS. Anchorage about to be destroyed [[HoistByHisOwnPetard by the torpedoes the US. Navy fired]] at Godzilla.
* MayorPain: Mayor Ebert is the "incompetent" flavor.
* MeaningfulName: A "caiman" is a crocodile-like reptile. See {{Jerkass}} above. Roache (pronounced "Rowsh") is a sneaky guy who pops up where he's not wanted and engages in shady activities, befitting one military guy's calling him "Roach".
* MerchandiseDriven: All the tie-in merchandise was designed and ready for assembly before a scriptwriter was hired.
* MilitariesAreUseless: The only time the military accomplishes anything is [[spoiler: with the 3 F-18s that both destroy Madison Square Gardens and kill Godzilla]]. Every other time, they [[EpicFail fail miserably]] and either damage other or hit other military units.
* MisguidedMissile: When the Navy tries to take out Godzilla with subs, Godzilla dodges two of their torpedoes then swims under the ''Anchorage'', causing the torpedoes to sink it.
* MisplacedWildlife: The prologue shows nuclear testing in French Polynesia interspersed with shots of various lizards that implicitly live on the island chain. The only problem is that ''none'' of the shown species are native to French Polynesia.[[note]]Marine iguanas are native to the Galapagos, Komodo dragons are native to Indonesia, the Chinese water dragon is native to mainland Southeast Asia, the green iguana is native to Central and South America, and bearded dragons are native to Australia.[[/note]] In fact, French Polynesia has no reptile species, native or otherwise, making Godzilla's origin something of a mystery.
* MissedHimByThatMuch: The Jerkass news anchor twice misses seeing Godzilla walk past the station windows because he's too busy complaining on the phone that he doesn't have a good story to cover.
* MonsterIsAMommy: [[spoiler:About halfway through the film, Nick finds out Godzilla is a parthenogenic female and laid eggs. If any one of them get out, they'll start a new disaster. It turns out one DID survive, setting up the plot of WesternAnimation/GodzillaTheSeries]].
* MonumentalDamage: Naturally it's often [=NYC=]'s most-recognizable landmarks that get trashed, either by Godzilla (the [=MetLife=] building, the Brooklyn Bridge) or by the forces pursuing him and his offspring (the Chrysler Building, Madison Square Garden, the Flatiron Building).
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: Roache says he's a patriot, despite the horrible things France has done in the past. There are some pretty damn rose-tinted glasses at play here, though: the US did at least as much nuclear testing as the French in Polynesia!
* NewYorkSubway: Godzilla burrows into here to make it its new home. [[spoiler:Turns out, it did this to get to Madison Square Garden to make it her nesting grounds.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The Mayor was right, the army really did cause more damage than Godzilla did.
** Also Audrey got Nick fired and caused the military to dismiss his theory about Godzilla being pregnant.
* NonMaliciousMonster: Initially, all Godzilla wanted to do was find a safe place to have his (her?) offspring. He only fought back in self defense against attempts to destroy him. The hatchlings only attacked humans because they were hungry and had run low on fish. Subverted later when Godzilla tries to kill four people in {{revenge}} for the deaths of his offspring... four people who weren't even responsible, well not directly at any rate.
* NoPronunciationGuide: Dr. Niko Tatopoulos, [[{{Tuckerization}} who was named for]] Patrick Tatopoulos, who worked special effects on the film and [[TruthInTelevision has the same problem]].
* {{Novelization}}: By Stephen Molstad, who collaborated with Dean Devlin and Creator/RolandEmmerich on their novelizations for ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' and ''Film/IndependenceDay'', as well as writing the ''[=ID4=]'' prequel novel ''Silent Zone''. An audiobook of the novel, read by Doug Savant, who plays Sgt. O'Neal in the film, was also made.
* ANuclearError: The opening stock footage of a nuclear test isn't French footage but American test footage out of the Bikini Atoll.
* ObscuredSpecialEffects: Most of Godzilla's scenes take place at night and/or in the rain to cover up the ConspicuousCG.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Mayor Ebert is much too eager to be reopening the city when the military has cause to believe there's still a danger.
* OhCrap: Nick initially thinks that Godzilla laid a small number of eggs. Someone then switches on Madison Square Garden's lights, and shit gets real quick...
--> '''Phillipe''': [[ExplosiveBreeder (as the rows upon rows of eggs are revealed)]] [[DeadpanSnarker Start counting.]]
** After Godzilla looks up from the pile of dead baby Godzillas to Nick, Phillipe, Audrey, and Animal and [[PapaWolf realizes that they are responsible]] [[MamaBear for the deaths of its children.]]
-->'''Nick''': (in obvious [[BringMyBrownPants pants-crapping terror]]) He looks angry...
** During the Hudson River battle, the crew of the submarine USS Anchorage experience this when they realise Godzilla is swimming straight at them with the torpedoes ''they'' fired at him close behind.
-->'''USS. Anchorage crewman''': Sir! The target's coming right at us!
* OminousCrack: The pavement develops a long, spreading crack that runs right under Tatopolous's feet, just before Godzilla busts up out of the sewer tunnels in a shower of rubble.
* RammingAlwaysWorks: Godzilla smashes into a US. Navy submarine, crippling it.
* RampJump: The taxi runs over one of Godzilla's toes, which serves as a ramp and sends it flying.
* RaptorAttack: Godzilla's offspring turns the last half of the film into a fusion between Film/JurassicPark and Film/{{Aliens}}, with Nick and Philippe's team fighting the baby Godzillas, which act ''very'' closely to Film/JurassicPark's velociraptors.
* TheRemake: Of the Godzilla film series, natch.
* RuleOfCool: The Apache helicopters featured here have inaccurately portrayed and bizarrely out of place weapons, while neglecting to use several real Apache armaments that would actually be quite hand in such a scenario. Not to mention how they are flown (and the speeds therewith); they're obviously just there for dramatic effect, as it's clear little research was done on them and their standard arms.
* RunningGag: All Philippe wanted was a decent cup of coffee and on Animal's side, Lucy's gonna kill him.
** Don't forget about people constantly getting Nick's surname wrong. Even a news reporter does this after Lucy leaks his tapes to the news.
* SceneryGorn: Most of New York's streets are utterly trashed by the time Godzilla is brought down, but the [=MetLife=] Building in particular is a notable case of this.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Gene finally gives this to Mayor Ebert after having had enough of his incompetence and abuse.
* SensorSuspense: Where the submarine is tracking Godzilla approaching them at a high speed.
* SequelHook: The film ends with the last of Godzilla's eggs hatching. It didn't get a sequel, but continued in the animated series.
* SkewedPriorities:
** Audrey when she steals Nick's tapes; [[TheAtoner she makes this up to him later though]].
** Mayor Ebert, who insists on allowing the citizens back into the city before Godzilla's death has been confirmed by the military, and at the end tries to exploit the entire crisis as a promotional tool for his campaign.
* {{Slimeball}}: When Audrey asks her boss Mr. Caiman when she'll be promoted from his assistant to a reporter, Caiman makes it clear the only way she'll get the promotion is if she has an affair with him. Audrey turns him down in disgust.
* SquareCubeLaw: Although the filmmakers apparently tried to make Godzilla more realistic in his design, ironically his more dinosaur-like design is far ''less'' plausible than the old bulky design. The traditional Godzilla design has pillar-like legs and is built in an upright stance with a low-center of gravity, with massive thighs and thick tail support that you'd expect for an animal weighing thousands of tonnes. This Godzilla has a sleek, raptor-like body held horizontally that basically threw all remaining logic out the window.
* StealthyColossus: Despite Godzilla being the size of a skyscraper, the [[MilitariesAreUseless military manages to lose track of her]]. [[EpicFail In New York City]].
* SteelEarDrums: There's one moment where Godzilla ends up almost nose to nose with Nick, only a couple of feet between them, and Godzilla roars right in Nick's face. With a beast that size, you'd think that the least that would happen would be Nick's eardrums rupturing, but he doesn't even stop to cover his ears.
* TheStinger: The end has the [[spoiler:hatching of the last egg, leading into the [[WesternAnimation/GodzillaTheSeries animated series]]]].
* SuperPersistentPredator: The hatchlings pursue humans even when there are still fish lying around waiting to be eaten. Averted with Godzilla itself, as the one behavioral limitation placed on Tristar's version by the trademark-holders was that they couldn't show the Big Guy actually ''eating'' anyone: when it does start chasing the cab, it's because it's furious at the destruction of its offspring, not hungry.
* SuspiciouslyStealthyPredator: Somehow Godzilla's pursuers manage to lose track of a critter the size of an aircraft carrier on the streets of Manhattan. They soon enough discover that it has been using the City's subway systems to burrow around Manhattan Island.
* SympathyForTheDevil: Nick looks to be a bit solemn as he watches Godzilla slowly die in front of him. This is explicitly described in the novel, which he narrates.
* TakeThat:
** One of the movie's best moments, however, is to its ''own title''; a minor plot point is that the Japanese fishermen who first see the beast call it "Gojira". Footage of this eventually gets out to a certain smarmy reporter, who proceeds to flense it into "Godzilla". Other characters actually call him (or the TV broadcast of him, at least) [[LampshadeHanging out on this]].
** The movie had a quick shot at Jurassic Park, with a major shot of Godzilla's foot going through the ceiling of a museum and stomping a T-Rex statue flat, conveying how much bigger Godzilla is than the prehistoric monster. This is perplexing, considering that the baby-Godzillas are blatant ripoffs of that film's raptors.
** The film was itself (especially their version of the titular monster) has been the subject of several {{Take That}}s in later Kaiju films.
* TakeThatCritics: In retaliation for giving ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' and ''Film/IndependenceDay'' negative reviews, director Creator/RolandEmmerich had NoCelebritiesWereHarmed versions of Creator/RogerEbert and Creator/GeneSiskel as the Mayor of New York and his aide (respectively). The bizarre thing is, nothing remotely bad happens to either of them (aside from having their city destroyed) and their only real character fault was incompetence (given this is their first monster attack, it's understandable).
** This particular TakeThat backfired on Emmerich, as Gene Siskel said if the filmmakers wanted to get the insulting jab ''right,'' they would have had Godzilla eat the Mayor and the aide or squash them (though to be fair, {{Creator/Toho}} specified that Godzilla wasn't allowed to eat people).
* ToServeMan: Despite Toho's specification that Godzilla wasn't allowed to eat people, the baby Godzillas chow down on the French soldiers and Godzilla himself tries to eat the cab that Nick, Audrey, Roache, and Animal are fleeing in.
* TrulySingleParent: In this movie, Godzilla can fertilize itself, like some species of reptiles can.
* TruthInTelevision: Although it wasn't really known at the time, some lizards (most notably the Komodo dragon) actually ''are'' capable of asexual reproduction via a process called parthenogenesis.
* {{Tsundere}}: A non-Japanese Type A example with Lucy (ironically enough), who henpecks her husband to no end. Near the end of the monster's defeat, she sees Animal in the news and says in a rather loving way, "[[RunningGag I'm going to kill him]]!"
* {{Understatement}}: "Negative impact" indeed; It's only the freaking ''Chrysler Building''.
* UnexplainedRecovery: It's never really touched upon how Godzilla managed to stay hidden after getting shot in the Hudson River, but maybe the military is as bad at looking for a 250ft long mutant lizard as they are at aiming for it.
* VertigoEffect: Used but subtly during Godzilla's entrance in New York for at least one shot.
* VoodooShark: The reason behind the horizontal, raptor-like design for the monster was in order to make it more "realistic." We'll ignore the improbability of such a lanky, precarious and front-heavy design being better suited for giant size than the heavy, pillar-legged, mountain-shaped original. They decided to continue making it more realistic by making it a mutated iguana instead of a dinosaur, thereby completely negating the entire point behind the raptor-shape in the first place. And the SquareCubeLaw is being completely ignored either way.
** Godzilla being cold-blooded, see ArtisticLicenseBiology above.
* TheWormGuy: Nick is the TropeNamer, having started out studying mutated earthworms in Chernobyl.
* {{Wormsign}}: When Godzilla arrives from the ocean, the pier splits most satisfyingly.
* WritersCannotDoMath: ''Echos 1'', ''2'', and ''4'' all reporting for duty, but no ''Echo 3''?
* YourSizeMayVary: Godzilla is very inconsistent throughout the film; for example, when he first emerges from the sewer, his eye appears to be roughly a metre in diameter, while in a later scene it seems to completely dwarf an entire person.
* YourTomcatIsPregnant: [[spoiler:Godilla is pregnant despire being the only one of its kind, but is occasionally referred to as "he".]] [[note]]Which in [[RealityIsUnrealistic real life]] is known as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parthogenesis parthogenesis]] a form of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asexual_reproduction asexual reproduction]] which does not require males, since the only genitals visible on the CG Godzilla model are female.[[/note]]