[[caption-width-right:220: The bug got top billing, [[{{Godzilla}} but we know who the real star is.]]]]

--> "''Are you going to allow innocent men to die alongside guilty men? You have no right to decide that! That right is sacred!''"
--> ~ Junko

The fourth film in the ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' franchise, ''Mothra vs. Godzilla'' (initially released in the states as "Godzilla Vs. The Thing") marked a brief snap-back in the franchise. While the previous film went on become the highest grossing entry of all time, it was more of an action adventure film with some comedic touches more prominent in the Japanese version. ''Mothra vs. Godzilla'' brings back a scarier, antagonistic Godzilla, who terrorizes Japan, with the only hope being another Toho superstar: Mothra. Known as ''[[NamesTheSame Mosura tai Gojira]]'' in Japan.

One of the most beloved entries among fans and critics and often a gateway to the franchise. Currently has a 89 percent out of nine reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.

!!The film provides examples of:

* AssholeVictim: Torahata, about midway through the film.
* BigBadEnsemble: Kumayama and Torahata initially form a BigBadDuumvirate, while Godzilla shows up later and also shares the role of the main antagonist. Eventually though, Kumayama and Torahata are both killed half-way through the film (the latter of which is killed by Godzilla himself), leaving Godzilla as the sole antagonist.
* BigBudgetBeefUp: While the previous film was this to ''Film/GodzillaRaidsAgain'', ''Mothra vs. Godzilla'' continues to up the level of craftsmanship present in miniatures, optical compositing, character design, and the overall scope of the production. It's certainly the best looking of Toho's three 1964 sci-fi flicks.
* ChekhovsGun: The young reporter is first shown eating hard-boiled eggs.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Torahata uses Kumayama as his pawn and later brushes off their financial partnership as if nothing happened, coveting Kumayama's money and not giving him even a promised cent. When an angry Kumayama confronts him, Torahata murders him with a bullet to the head and tries to use Godzilla's appearance as a getaway, but he is too late.
* CrisisCrossOver: Toho's monster movies began linking here.
* CurbstompBattle: Mothra holds herself against Godzilla fairly well, subduing him with poisonous pollen, until Godzilla completely changes the tides when he finally scores a hit with his heat-ray.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Certainly less cheery than the joyrides of ''King Kong vs. Godzilla''.
* DaEditor: Chief Editor Arota, played by Toho sci-fi regular Jun Tazaki.
* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: The Mothra Larvae against Godzilla.
* EnforcedMethodActing: When Haruo Nakajima (Godzilla's suit actor) slammed into the Castle during Godzilla's attack in Nagoya, some teeth from the Godzilla suit fell out. Also unknowingly at the time was that the impact of slamming into it also dislocated the jaw on the Godzilla suit, giving it the wobbly muzzle that is seen throughout the movie. SFX director, Eiji Tsuburaya liked the outcome of the shot so much that he keep it in the film.
* HateSink: Torahata
* HeroicSacrifice: Mothra.
* ImportationExpansion: Although a few brief shots and scenes were cut from AIP's release, ''Godzilla vs. The Thing'' features a deleted scene only present in it and other international releases: Godzilla under fire on the coast from the U.S. Navy's new [[MacrossMissileMassacre Frontier class missiles]]. Are they effective in halting him? Well, you can guess for yourself.
* ItOnlyWorksOnce: Averted again, though only partially. The military comes ''very'' close to actually killing Godzilla with thousand volt currents of crackling death, but a last minute, extremely poor decision lets the trope play itself straight.
* MamaBear: Mothra.
* MoodWhiplash: When the scientists inspect the reclaimed beachfront for signs for radiation, everything becomes quiet. Cue Godzilla popping out of the ground after being buried in the sand, presumably by the typhoon.
* RearrangeTheSong: Godzilla's theme has been altered somewhat radically, with a more menacing arrangement for the famous opening portion, and a more focused rewrite of the march segment, which stands in as the JSDF's theme.
* RunningGag: Nakamura's seemingly unending obsession with eggs.
* SmugSnake: Torahata.
* SoundtrackDissonance: The Shobijin continue to sing Mahara Mothra, while Ifukube's discordant Godzilla theme blares over the soundtrack.
* StockFootage: Nothing major, but a few shots from the Burial Operation in ''King Kong vs. Godzilla'' were mixed in with new footage during the construction of the artificial lighting generators.
* TooLongDidntDub: It would seem Titra Sound forgot to dub Torahata's obscenity ("Chikusho!") during his confrontation with Kumayama.
* UpToEleven: A less common example of this being a bad thing. The commander orders the technicians to raise the voltage of the lighting generators, even after they warn him about the capacity overload. Cue all the circuitry breaking down and Godzilla breaking free.