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->''"I genuinely think that, deep in our thousands and thousands and millions of years with nature, there's a chance that an animal's going to come and attack us or eat us or destroy our village or eat our food. [[PrimalFear It's deep in our DNA that the creature's going to come today or tomorrow]]. In the modern time, just this small period of time in the lifespan of humanity, we've built these massive cities and we've pushed nature out, but it's still very strong in us that [[GaiasVengeance the animal is going to come, and it's going to destroy everything we've built]]. Our caves have gone from these little huts and caves to 30 story buildings, [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever so our nightmares become 30 stories as well]]."''
-->-- '''Creator/GarethEdwards on''' ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}''

Giant Japanese monsters that assault [[TheTokyoFireball Tokyo]], hapless island explorers, or each other are called ''Kaiju''[[note]]literally translated, "strange creature"[[/note]].

Typically they arrive from somewhere Far Away. Whether that means space, BeneathTheEarth, or a South Pacific island varies. Expect lots of StuffBlowingUp to result, but, since GiantEqualsInvincible, don't expect the explosions to actually hurt them. ''Do'' expect at least one case of HelicopterFlyswatter. Examples of this genre can range from straight-up DisasterMovie (''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'', the first ''[[Film/{{Gojira}} Godzilla]]'' movie) to all-out wrestling matches between PeopleInRubberSuits (Most of the later Franchise/{{Godzilla}} movies). As this genre features a judicious application of RuleOfCool, expect the MST3KMantra to be in full effect. Often, you'll only watch this kind of movie [[JustHereForGodzilla to see the monsters fight]], which can often involve an UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny (such as ''Film/KingKongVsGodzilla.'')

This is actually one of the oldest genres in film, dating back to the early days of cinema when special effects were new. Pioneers of the genre were ''Film/TheBeastFromTwentyThousandFathoms,'' ''Film/KingKong,'' and ''Film/TheLostWorld''. The idea probably originates from thinking of [[DinosaursAreDragons dinosaurs as fantastic beasts]] or ideas about giant [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]]. A Kaiju though will most of the time be a SingleSpecimenSpecies, when even dragons often are a race of monsters. (Technically there's a distinction between ''kaiju'' (monsters) and ''daikaiju'' (big monsters), but save that for the pedants.)

RentAZilla is a SubTrope, where the work doesn't focus on the monster. A NotZilla is a kaiju that is specifically an {{Expy}} of Franchise/{{Godzilla}}. If kaiju offspring appear, expect GiganticAdultsTinyBabies. In more modern works, kaiju are often afflicted with ProportionatelyPonderousParasites.

Compare DisasterMovie, AttackOfTheKillerWhatever, {{Robeast}}, and AttackOfThe50FootWhatever. Has its roots in {{Toku}}satsu. Not to be confused with [[Manga/{{Kaiji}} over the top gambling by pointy-nosed men.]]
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* A few ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}''. In particular, Tyrannomon even has the Godzilla-ish back spikes, and his larger, darker PaletteSwap, Dark Tyrannomon, was once used for a very Godzilla-evocative scene when the battle was taken into the human world. PowersThatBe resisted the urge to use the distinctive Godzilla roar, though.
* The Angels in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. There's also [[spoiler:the Evas themselves, having been cloned from Angels. Their armor just makes them look like HumongousMecha]].
* When ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' gets particularly irritated (or, presumably, watches too much Evangelion, [[MindScrew both of which might go hand-in-hand]]), she manifests Kaiju-like monsters in a PhantomZone. Fortunately, she also dreamt up some people to fight the things.
* [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Voltaire]] and [[BigCreepyCrawlies Hakutenou]] of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''. The two of them even get to battle in a heavily damaged city. There's also the monstrous form of the Book Of Darkness.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** The series has an example that involves [[spoiler:Espada #0]] Yammy Llargo, whose release 'Ira' transforms him into a monstrous Kaiju.
** Gillian-class Menos (and Arrancar formed from them) are probably big enough to count, too, even if they are considerably weaker.
** The closest we've got to a battle of two Kaiju is the fight between captain Sajin Komamura and arrancar Choe Neng Poww. Powws [[SuperMode Resurrección]] Calderon turns him into a whalelike giant, where as Komamuras Bankai Kokujō Tengen Myō'ō ''[[SummonMagic summons]]'' a giant in full samurai armor. Then Komamura activates the DangerousForbiddenTechnique
* In the Creator/{{CLAMP}} series ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', Touya's pet name for his sister is "Kaiju", which is usually followed by Sakura shouting about how much she isn't one, complete with monstrous stomping about the house. Which naturally only adds to Touya's argument that she is a noisy kaiju.
* ''Manga/FrankenFran'' had a massive human-like Kaiju that came from the sea and seemed intent on attacking an island town. [[spoiler:Turns out that it's just a girl whose wish of living with the whales was granted by [[MadScientist Professor Madaraki]]. She's just there to find her mom so she could give her the great news that she's now pregnant. [[EverybodyLives Happy end!]]]]
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': Legendary Pokémon are anywhere from "extra-large" to "titanic" in size, especially if it's a more "beastly" Legendary (Groudon, Rayquaza, Giratina). Non-Legendary examples include the cliff-sized Dragonite in "Mystery at the Lighthouse" and the skyscraper-tall Tentacruel in "Tentacool and Tentacruel".
* All members of the [[BloodKnight Heroic Tribe]] in ''Anime/HeroicAge'' are essentially GIANT SPACE MONSTERS. Which destroy planets on a regular basis.
* The Mimetic Beasts from ''Anime/ShinkonGattaiGodannar'' definitely qualify as Kaiju.
* The eponymous HumongousMecha in ''Anime/DaiGuard'' ends up fighting a lot of kaiju.
* Cenco and the other monsters in ''Anime/{{Cencoroll}}''.
* Done hilariously in ''Manga/SetoNoHanayome'' when Nagasumi is [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever turned into a giant]]. San's father summons a large octopus to attack him.
* The largest summoned animals in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' fit the bill in terms of size. The giant serpent is even named Manda after the Godzilla beast. There's also the Bijuu: 9 giant monsters, at least one of which was once referred to as a natural disaster, which is far more in theme with the iconic Kaiju.
** Lampshaded by Guy, when [[spoiler:Kurama and Gyuki fight the five other Bijuus Matatabi, Isobu, Kokuoh, Saiken and Chomei.]]
--> '''Guy''': "It looks like the battle of Kaijus!"
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', the Sacred Beast of the Hellas Empire recently started attacking a gigantic shadow monster, causing Haruna to start squeeing about kaiju battles. And [[EldritchAbomination Lovecraft]].
* ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'' is about HumongousMecha, not kaiju, but the confused populace in the work can't tell the difference, [[DestructiveSavior for a good reason]].
* In the ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' both Genma and Happosai have a secret Ki-technique that lets them grow to Kaiju-esque proportions. [[RuleOfFunny Then immediately collapse in exhaustion]].
* The humanoid giants dubbed "Titans" from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. [[spoiler: The Colossal Titan definitely qualifies.]]
* The demon beasts that the BigBad Nightmare creates in ''Anime/KirbyOfTheStars''.
* Many larger Capture Beasts in Manga/{{Toriko}} fit the role. The Four Beasts [[spoiler: and their master beast]] fit this especially. More powerful beasts in the Gourmet World make '''Godzilla''' look small.
* In ''{{Shinzo}},'' Enterrans are basically {{mons}} that populate the earth AfterTheEnd. They don't get ginormous... usually. One BigBad has as TheDragon an ''actual'' three-headed dragon named Grendora. Grendora is positively enormous, shoots ice blasts, and uses canned Godzilla roars.
* Many of the gigantic monsters from ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' count, especially the ones who are extremely powerful in-universe. For example, Exodia, the Egyptian Gods, the Great Leviathan, the Sacred Beasts, the Earthbound Immortals, etc.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Franchise/{{Superman}} has a recurring enemy named Titano, who is basically King Kong with the power to shoot [[FrickinLaserBeams Kryptonite-flavored laser beams]] out of his {{eye|Beam}}s.
** One "Metropolis Mailbag" episode featured Superman's annual New Year's help-by-mail tradition interrupted by a fight between a gigantic Metallo and the new Toyman, a Japanese kid with a {{Super Robot|Genre}}. Between performing his tasks and trying to keep the battle from escalating, he also had to deal with several giant monsters awakened by the fighting: a massive butterfly, a Gorilla-Whale (A literal translation of Godzilla's name), and of all things, a giant purple [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pikachu]].
* Fin Fang Foom of Creator/MarvelComics, a giant Chinese dragon. DependingOnTheWriter, he's usually said to be an alien, a member of the race who invented the [[Comicbook/IronMan Mandarin's]] power rings. Foom is a holdover from when Marvel published monster comics as a major source of revenue. Today, Marvel's [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Monster Island]] houses lots of [[Creator/JackKirby Kirby]]-designed and inspired Kaiju. Some others who show up in modern continuity are [[GuardiansOfTheGalaxy the tree-like alien Groot]] and the lovable giant ape-monster Gorgilla. Big Hero 6 and other Japanese superhero teams within the Marvel universe apparently spend a lot of time defending cities from giant monsters.
* Marvel briefly had the rights to publish Franchise/{{Godzilla}} comics, and featured him as part of the Franchise/MarvelUniverse. As with Marvel's [[Franchise/{{Micronauts}} other]] [[RomSpaceknight licensed]] [[Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian property]] titles, he accrued a supporting cast of friends and enemies whom Marvel ''does'' own and who still pop up once in a while, such as Yetrigar the giant [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti yeti,]] a [[HumongousMecha giant robot]] named Red Ronin, and a MadScientist named Dr. Demonicus who specializes in mutating animals into Kaiju.
** The MarvelMangaverse version of Comicbook/IncredibleHulk.
** The Monster Hunters are a FiveManBand set in the 1950's who travel the world [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin hunting down dangerous kaiju.]] They made friends with Gorgilla the ape monster, though.
** During Walt Simonson's run of ''Comicbook/TheMightyThor'', Fafnir the dragon sure had the size to qualify.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}: Gotham After Midnight'', a very bizarre miniseries, featured Bat-foe Clayface ''devouring people whole'' and growing into a gigantic mud-monster... which the Dark Knight fought with ''a Bat-mecha'' he had built for just such an occasion. CrazyPrepared, indeed...
* The {{Planetary}} team discover the remains of various [[CaptainErsatz ersatz]] kaiju on Island Zero.
* ''Comicbook/{{Exiles}}'' had the Monster World arc, which envisioned Curt Connors, Bolivar Trask, Tony Stark, and Hank Pym as a team of Action Scientists fighting Kaiju in a transforming mecha. They fight it out with Fin Fang Foom in Japan at the end of the arc. It was awesome.
* ''[[Comicbook/AvengersTheInitiative Avengers: The Initiative]]'': When the new 3-D Man is sent to a superhero team in Hawaii he finds out one of his missions is to protect the state from the occasional kaiju that wanders over from Japan.
* Comicbook/FireBreather. Duncan's daddy, Belloc, actually calls himself king of the Kaiju and wants his son to one day take his place.
* One of the Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica's oldest enemies is Starro the Conqueror (aka the Star Conqueror), a titanically huge, mind-controlling ''literal'' {{Starfish Alien|s}}.
* The comics mini-series ''Gigantic'' combines this with TrumanShowPlot. The first kaiju on Earth, Gigantic, is trying to escape the mega-corporation that controls him, and the entire earth, having built it from scratch for a TV station.
* The very first issue of ''Plop!'' had a story about "Kongzilla," a beast with the top half of a giant ape and the bottom half of a giant lizard.
* In the prelude to ''ComicBook/HelOnEarth'', a mile-long undead prehistoric Kryptonian dragon creature rampages across Metropolis. It's so strong, that a whack from its tail sends Superman [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom flying all the way to Ireland]]! It is defeated when Superman ignites an oil rig, [[KillItWithFire engulfing the creature in a huge ball of fire]]. It's later revealed that [[spoiler: H'el sent the creature to test Superman's abilities]].
* The WarrenEllis miniseries ''ComicBook/TokyoStormWarning'' is an homage to kaiju manga and anime, with an eye turned toward realism as the robots and kaiju cause massive property damage and send literal waves of kaiju blood washing away civilians.
* Dan Brereton-illustrated ''Giantkiller'' was about an invasion of California by colossal, extradimensional monsters who turn the state into an extension of their own world. It featured 25 different giant Kaiju plus a half-human hero to slay them - one for each letter of the alphabet.
* Comicbook/GoldDigger featured an island inhabited by giant monsters, a result of the unusual emanations of the island itself. The native tribe, the Ooshoosh, also adapted... the women, while being born as normal-sized babies, grow unusually fast into 40-foot monster-slaying giantesses who are ''very protective'' of their normal-sized men. Well, ''mostly'' normal-sized, that is.
* IDW has been publishing ''Godzilla'' comics since 2010. Unlike other companies before them, they also have the rights to most of his supporting cast.
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* Discovery Channel aired a doufiction story entitled ''Alien Planet'', loosely bases on WayneBarlowe's ''Expedition''. One of the freaky beasties we see is the Emperor Sea Strider, a creature dwelling in the Amoebic Sea that stands ''620 feet tall- that's three Godzilla's standing on each other's shoulders, or as high as London's BT tower.''
* Franchise/TheFutureIsWild had the Toraton, a creature from the Bengal Swamp living ''100 million'' years in the future. It's basically a giant, shell-less tortoise that grows ''15 times as big as an elephant'' and weighs a whopping ''120 tons''.
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* The ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'' has Queen Tiamat, the Dragon's ruler and [[PhysicalGod Mother Goddess]]. ''Normal'' adult dragons are [=Kaiju=], Tiamat dwarfs even them, being large enough to blot out the sun when standing at her full height and immensely powerful. She joined the fray herself during the Dragon-Hooviet War and proceeded to leave half the empire in flaming ruin, willingly stopping just short of the capital. The Hooviets weren't able to even ''hit'' her, let alone do any lasting damage.
* ''FanFic/ThePowersOfHarmony'':
** Dragon Turtles can grow to massive sizes. Fluttershy's friend, The Master of the Lake, in particular happens to be the size of a ''small island''.
** There's also the Star Beasts, like the Ursa Major.
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[[folder:Film]]
* The very oldest Kaiju in film is a Frost Giant in Creator/GeorgesMelies' ''Conquest of the Pole'' from 1912. It was limited to an unknown area, but is still a giant worth noting.
** But if the mythical Frost Giants count as Kaiju, then Satan and several Titans from ''Dante's Inferno'' from 1911 at least deserve an honorable mention.
* The earliest example of the familiar Kaiju formula is present in 1925's ''Film/TheLostWorld,'' in which a brontosaur wreaks havoc in London, setting the template for the genre before the sound era.
* Franchise/{{Godzilla}} ranges from antagonist to AntiHero with a {{Protectorate}}. His allies and enemies also count:
** Mothra, usually trying to either aid humanity (and her friends the fairy twins) or defend her eggs from Godzilla. Her [[DistaffCounterpart Spear Counterpart]] is the eviler and spikier Battra.
** The various creatures she fights in her own series also count.
** ''Film/{{Rodan}}'', ''[[Film/{{Atragon}} Manda]]'', ''[[Film/FrankensteinConquersTheWorld Baragon]]'', and ''[[Film/VaranTheUnbelievable Varan]]'' all had their own movies as well before being brought into Godzilla's gang.
** The [[Film/{{Godzilla1998}} American remake version]] known as [[FanNickname Zilla]] also counts.
** In ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'' there's [[RuleOfThree three of 'em]]- the big G himself, a winged wasp/Gigan/Xenomorph hybrid called a MUTO, and his [[BizarreSexualDimorphism flightless, much larger female mate.]]
* Film/{{Dogora}} features a giant space jellyfish as the titular kaiju.
* Film/{{Gorgo}} counts too, but he gets [[DistressBall captured]] and held by those [[ThisLoserIsYou damn humans]]...then his much larger, angrier mother appears.
* ''Film/WarOfTheGargantuas'', a sequel to ''Film/FrankensteinConquersTheWorld'' features 2 giant, mutated humanoids battling it out in Japan. Both films overlaps with AttackOfThe50FootWhatever.
* The FriendToAllChildren, Franchise/{{Gamera}}, a heroic giant space turtle, along with the creatures he fights.
** "♪[[WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy KRAAAAAAAGERRRRAAA!!!]]♪ [[WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy Friendtoallchildren, here to help!]]"
** "[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Gamera is really neat! Gamera is filled with meat! We've been eating Gamera!]]"
* Film/KingKong is effectively the one memorable Western example, who assaults the BigApplesauce.
** He is also - [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Kong_Appears_in_Edo assuming this film actually existed]] - the earliest ''Japanese'' example!
** An even bigger Kong also has a couple of movies in the Toho lineup, one where he faces Godzilla, and ''[[Film/{{KingKongEscapes}} King Kong Escapes]]'', which not only features Kong, but also [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs Gorosaurus(a kaiju sized dinosaur that latter joins Godzilla's crew)]], [[HumongousMecha Mechani-Kong]], and a [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever giant snake]].
* ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'' is a deconstruction of all kaiju attack movies, reminding people that Kaiju has its roots in the Disaster film and how terrifying, deadly, and incomprehensible such an attack would be to an average citizen as it did in the first Godzilla film.
* Insectosaurus of ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'', down to having the same backstory as Godzilla, though generally being a homage to Mothra.
** The gigantic alien probe-robots also.
* In an inversion, Lucas from [[WesternAnimation/TheAntBully]] is a normal human kid, but wreaks similar wrath and destruction upon a hapless ant colony.
* [[Film/{{Reptilicus}} REPTILICUS]]! The giant goop-spitting snake-dragon that destroyed Copenhagen!
* [[Film/TheGiantClaw THE GIANT CLAW]]! The [[strike:flying battleship]] '''Giant Antimatter Space Buzzard''' from 17,000,000 B.C.!
* In ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'', Kaiju + {{Bathos}} = [[RentAZilla The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man]]
* Mongo from ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} 2''. It especially works if Drury Lane is in Far Far Away, since Kaiju rarely live in Close Near By.
* ''Film/MegaSharkVsGiantOctopus''. The octopus attacks Tokyo Bay, but for some reason we never see any scenes of this, whereas the giant shark takes a bite out of the [[MonumentalDamage Golden Gate Bridge]] in San Francisco.
* The Kraken in ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans''. It destroys cities, is [[ImmuneToBullets impervious to normal weapons]], and is ''huge''. TheRemake takes that last part UpToEleven; one of the thing's tentacles is about half as long as ''the city of Argos.''
* ''Film/StreetFighter'' has a tribute to these, with Zangief and E. Honda duking it out in a model city.
* Referenced in ''Film/DeepRising'', at the end of which something unseen but HUGE moves toward the beach and the survivors, knocking down trees as it approaches. Not to mention its own multi-armed, lamprey-headed octopus with mouths at the end of each arm. Its head fills a ballroom and its tentacles can reach throughout an ocean linear.
* ''Thunder of the Gigantic Serpent'', a japanese kaiju flick and one of [[GodfreyHoNinjaMovies Godfrey Ho's]] flicks that don't involve ninjas, has one of the largest snakes in cinema. It's head being bigger than a car when it gets big enough.
* ''Film/TheBeastFromTwentyThousandFathoms'' is an early prototype of this genre. Since the film ''The Giant Behemoth''/''Behemoth: The Sea Monster'' [[WholePlotReference is basically the same film]], it counts as one as well--with the only addition of it being able to project radioactive waves from its whole body.
* ''Film/TheBlob'' can be seen as a BlobMonster taken to this level as it grows larger. The 1980s Remake's climax is a full on Kaiju rampage.
** A lot of Blob Monsters get Kaiju like as they get bigger.
* ''Gappa: The Triphibian Monster'' fits the bill.
* ''Yonggary: the Monster from the Deep'' and its remake ''Yonggary'' are basically Korean Godzilla-knockoffs. The later film has it fight another Kaiju, named Cykor.
* ''Film/SpaceAmoeba'' features an extraterrestrial parasite that possesses the bodies of various sea creatures(a cuttlefish, a stone crab, and a rock turtle), turning them into giant kaijus.
* Aside from ''Film/KingKong'', there are other giant ape Kaiju. These include ''The Giant Peking Man'', ''Konga'', ''A.P.E.'', and ''King of the Lost World''.
* ''Film/ItCameFromBeneathTheSea'' features an Octopus of Kaiju Proportions. Several other films (usually titled things like ''Octopus'' and ''Octopus 2: River of Fear'') feature similarly large giant cepholopods, but aren't as good as Creator/RayHarryhausen's.
* The title monster from ''Supercroc'' is a Kaiju-sized Crocodilian, with appropriately thick armor.
* The dragons from ''Film/DWar'' fit the bill.
* The Kraken from ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''.
* Iron Golem/Minotaur in ''Pulgasari'' isn't too big, but given its attacking medieval villages, it fits the bill. Notable for being from North Korea, and eventually banned there.
** An American DirectToVideo film called ''The Adventure of Galgameth'' reset it in Medieval Europe, but has the same plot as Pulgasari, right down to the eponymous monster's weakness to salt water and growing by eating iron and its derivatives.
* The ''Daimajin'' series' eponymous monster is an ancient demon-god. It too battles medieval forces, but with a stone body and mystical powers. It also exists to punish the wicked--but has unreasonably high standards. So, each time after it frees the oppressed villagers from the evil warlord/king, it goes on to attack ''them''.
* The space monster Guilala from ''The X From Outer Space'' is one of the most bizarre Kaiju to have its own films.
* Talos from ''Film/JasonAndTheArgonauts'' is made of bronze, but definitely fits the bill.
* The Giant Amoeba and "Rat-Bat-Spider" from ''Angry Red Planet'' fit the bill.
* ''Kraa: The Sea Monster'' is actually from Outer Space, but is 200ft tall.
%%* ''Zarkorr: the Invader''
* The last shot of ''Film/TheDeadlySpawn'' features one of the monsters grown larger than a house.
* The Ymir from ''20 Million Miles to Earth'' just scrapes in as it constantly grows as it remains on earth.
* The giant amoeba-like life form from the finale of ''Film/{{Evolution}}'' certainly counts.
* The oliphants from ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Return Of The King]]'', while smaller and less invulnerable than other examples, should get special mention for being an entire ''herd'' of Kaiju. And dressed up for battle, no less.
* In ''Franchise/StarWars: Episode I - Film/ThePhantomMenace'' the [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Sando_aqua_monster Sando aqua monster]], a.k.a the [[TropeNamer proverbial]] [[AlwaysABiggerFish Bigger Fish]], spends most of its screen time devouring smaller {{sea monster}}s.
* Though not as huge as most Kaiju (only the size of a truck), the monster of the Korean film ''Gwoemul'', or ''Film/TheHost'', is in many ways a tribute to the genre.
* Numerous films by {{SyFy|ChannelOriginalMovie}} and Creator/TheAsylum.
* Jack Frost at the end of ''[[Film/JackFrost1997 Jack Frost 2: The Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman]]''.
* A commercial for the fast food chain Hella Burger in the SlasherMovie '''''Drive Thru''''' depicts [[MonsterClown Horny the Clown]] as one of these.
* ''Film/TheTrollHunter'' has the giant Jotannar Troll, at over 200ft tall.
* The fairly obscure ''Daigoro vs. Goliath'', produced by [[Franchise/UltraSeries Tsubaraya Productions]].
* Film/{{Sharktopus}}, anyone?
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yww2x3bm9k Night of the Lepus]], which demonstrated that we've run out of things to make into [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xulXFB3-A3c giant monsters on a rampage]].
* ''Film/HotFuzz'' seems to pay homage to this genre in part of its climax, with normal-sized humans Nicholas Angel and one of the villains having a brutal fistfight in a model village.
* The protagonist from ''Film/BigManJapan'' might be considered one but his giant monster foes certainly are. Unlike most Kaiju, though, they tend to be somewhat humanoid, and sometimes don't even fight and merely humiliating the protagonist.
* HumongousMecha film ''Film/PacificRim'' has an entire army of these, even named as such by the humans, rising out of a dimensional portal in the Pacific to launch an extinction campaign on the human race. This is also one of the few non-Japanese films to use the actual word "Kaiju" to describe the creatures, to the point where less well-informed fans [[OlderThanTheyThink think that the movie invented the term]].
* ''Film/{{Pulgasari}}'' may very well be the only notable example of this to come out of North Korea. Toho's special effects team even helped out, with the eponymous monster, which resembles a cross between Godzilla and an ox, being portrayed by ''Godzilla'' suit actor Ken Satsuma.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The Watcher of the Water in Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
** In {{The Silmarillion}}, when Morgoth unleashes the first winged dragons during the FinalBattle, they are led by Ancalagon the Black, bred specifically to be the greatest dragon to ever live. He could certainly fit the Kaiju bill: his approach was heralded by a firestorm, and when he died his falling body crushed three of the highest peaks on Middle-Earth which served as Morgoth's EvilTowerOfOminousness. ''How'' anyone managed to kill him is [[JustForPun up in the air]].
* Franchise/{{Cthulhu|Mythos}} and his chilfren (Ghatanothoa, Cthulhu's first born, actually has a character directly based on it in ''Series/UltramanTiga'').
* Agog Press' ''Daikaiju!'' anthology is built around these, and features a number of ''really weird'' ideas. How weird? Groundsurfing on the shockwaves made by kaiju's feet as they walk around.
* The avanc from ''Literature/TheScar'' is an unusual variant, as this gargantuan marine creature didn't destroy a city by stomping through it, but by dragging the floating city of Armada to its doom in the eponymous Scar. [[AlternateUniverse Or not. YMMV.]]
* Possibly the sandworms of ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' could qualify, although Arakis doesn't have skyscrapers for them to trash.
* At the end of ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'', Ridcully informs Ponder that [[spoiler: a seventy-foot chicken has broken out of Brazeneck College's Higher Energy Magic building and is rampaging through the streets of Pseudopolis.]]
** Great A'tuin and the four elephants riding its shell ''would'' qualify, if they weren't supporting the world rather than stomping all over it.
** And an [[Discworld/MovingPictures earlier book]] had a giant creature from the Dungeon Dimensions steal the form of a famous actress, escape from the Silver Screen and go on a rampage across Ankh-Morpork and climbing the UU's Tower of Art carrying a screaming ape in an inversion of Film/KingKong.
* ''Something'' inconceivably huge and six-legged walks across the highway in Stephen King's novella ''TheMist'', nearly stomping the protagonists' SUV. Its full size is not specified, as its body is so high that it's obscured by the fog.
* ''Gojiro'' by Mark Jacobson is a deconstruction of Kaiju monsters told from the point of view of the monster Gojiro and his human partner Komodo as they attempt to bring about world peace and prevent the testing of a next-generation nuclear weapon.
* In ''The Iron Man'', the children's novel by Ted Hughes that was the basis for ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'', the Iron Man confronts an alien dragon creature somewhat smaller than Australia. While this plot point wasn't featured in the movie, it was featured in "The Iron Man; The Musical", a concept album by Pete Townshend of TheWho inspired by the novel.
* The stavanzer, or thunder-eater, from ''[[Creator/AlanDeanFoster Icerigger]]'' is a slug-like herbivore over a hundred meters long, and it's mentioned that such creatures have been known to destroy tran settlements.
* ''[[Literature/{{Goosebumps}} Monster Blood]]'''s title substance typically [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever makes things grow to giant size]], but the second book took it a step further when the climax involved the protagonist eating monster blood to fight a giant hamster eating his school. True to kaiju form, this involves a giant wrestling match.
* The genre is parodied by a series of childrens books, one called ''Dogzilla'' and one called ''Kat Kong''.
* In the ''Literature/LeagueOfMagi'' stories, Shahmeran's alternate form is a massive serpent.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Abbadon from ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' is a giant life-sucking daemon which, when released, goes on a rampage in the streets of [[AliensInCardiff Cardiff]].
* Rampant in ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' as well as their American import ''Franchise/PowerRangers''; less common in ''Franchise/KamenRider'', where the monsters tend to stay small-sized. (Except Film/KamenRiderJ.) [[note]]There's actually a generic term in Japan for MonsterOfTheWeek types in the spandex-versus-PeopleInRubberSuits genre - a ''kaijin'' is like a ''kaiju'' but smaller and more humanoid. Of course, as special effects grow on television but traditionalism and NarmCharm rules in monster movies, there are creatures who are considered kaijin because of the show they're on that are [[http://images.wikia.com/kamenrider/images/8/8c/Jashin_14.jpg more monstrous than]] creatures who are considered kaiju because of the films they're in. So, in real-life terms, a kaiju is a movie giant monster and a kaijin is a ''{{Toku}}'' series' MonsterOfTheWeek.[[/note]]
* ''Series/KamenRiderHibiki'' has a lot of gigantic Makamou beasts, and in ''Series/KamenRiderDenO,'' there are Imagin capable of going OneWingedAngel, becoming giant beasts called Gigandeaths. In ''Series/KamenRiderWizard,'' a Phantom who hasn't hatched from its host yet appears as a monstrous beast within the mind of the victim, which must be battled within the mindscape by Wizard. The franchise is actually no stranger to giant beasties, and not a HumongousMecha in sight! However, the Riders' vehicles are sometimes very weapon-laden. Interestingly, Wizard has to use his ''own'' Inner Phantom, Dragon, to fight the Inner Phantoms, his SecondRider Beast having to do the same thing.
* ''Wrestling/KaijuBigBattel'' is one giant ProfessionalWrestling-based parody of this.
* The standard MonsterOfTheWeek of the ''Franchise/UltraSeries''.
* Most Giant Heroes actually, including but not limited to:
** ''Jumborg Ace''
** ''Series/{{Fireman}}''
** ''Series/{{Mirrorman}}''
** ''Series/{{Spectreman}}''
** ''Manga/GiantRobo'' live-action series
** ''Series/ZoneFighter''
** ''Series/AmbassadorMagma'' live-action series
** ''Iron King''
** ''Ike! Godman''
** ''Ike! Greenman''
** ''Megaloman''
** ''Series/ChouSeiKantaiSazerX''
* ''Series/{{SCTV}}'' had a sketch called "The Tim Ishimuni Show", which featured a giant [[TalkingAnimal TALKING]] monster named Grogan ([[PeopleInRubberSuits played by John Candy in a monster suit]]), who doesn't really go by the Kaiju stereotype of crushing things.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KL3ccJDplzs This]] memorable GARMIN commercial from the superbowl.
* ''Agon: The Atomic Monster''/''Giant Phantom Monster Agon'' is one of the earliest attempts at a TV show about a giant monster. It only had 4 episodes.
* A ''Series/DoctorWho'' story called ''Invasion of the Dinosaurs'' contained ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
** Another story called ''The Seeds of Doom'' features an alien plant called a Krynoid, which eventually grows to a size of several tens of feet tall. The Doctor says it will max out at about the size of St Paul's Cathedral (at which point it will release thousands of seeds, dooming all animal life on Earth).
** Then there's the Robot from the serial, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Robot]], and the Cyberking from the 2009 Christmas special.
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[[folder:Multiple Media]]
* The Kardas Dragon, Tahtorak, Kanohi Dragon and Zivon from ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}''. Fittingly, the Kardas is one of the largest sets released, while the Zivon is a combiner model made up of six sets (the other two are [[ContestWinnerCameo fan-built models]]). And yes, some of them did clash and wreck cities at various times. You may also count the Ancient Sea Behemoth and the Kraawa, the latter of which is a SizeShifter beast with no known size-limitations.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Music/DoctorSteel's song "Atomic Superstar", featuring the original Kaiju, Godzilla.
* Blondie's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_TgNaDoUao Attack of the Giant Ants]]
* Music/BlueOysterCult's "[[http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Blue+Oyster+Cult+Godzilla Godzilla]]", predictably enough.
* Played for laughs in the Arrogant Worms' "Tokyo Love Song".
* From [[Music/TheMonkees Mike Nesmith's]] "Elephant Parts" (1981): [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRmQp19Ga8U Her Name Was Rodan]], and she lived in the ocean off Japan.
* Surf rock revival band "Daikaiju" takes cues from many old Kaiju and sci-fi films. Song names include: The Trouble With Those Mothra Girls, Son of Daikaiju, Farewell to Monster Island, etc. The music itself is [[SugarWiki/CrowningMusicOfAwesome pretty damn good]]
* Rapper MF Doom's alter ego King Geedorah. The album, Take Me To Your Leader, also features a number of rappers under various Kaiju names (Rodan, Gigan, Jet Jaguar etc).
* "The Cockroach That Ate Cincinnati"
* "Godzilla Ate Tukwila" by Dave Phillips. (Tukwila is a small town in Washington state; in the course of the song, the Big G eats several others as well.)
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[[folder:Mythology]]
* NorseMythology brings us Jormugandr, the World Serpent. Enormous reptilian beast that will rise from the sea surrounding the world and has deadly breath. [[UnbuiltTrope Sound Familiar?]] Regular monster, no way. You wanna take this down, your name best be Thor, god of thunder. Not to mention the giant wolf Fenrir.
** There's also the giants, especially Ymir.
** {{Kraken|AndLeviathan}} is gigantic.
** Nidhögg
* ClassicalMythology has a few of these as well. Part of this was due to the idea that the Heroes of their myths were thought to have been giants themselves, standing roughly 3-4 times the size of modern men with the Gods and Titans being roughly that scale to them. But to bring up specifics, the titan Typhon with his multiple heads and burning body definitely counts. The original Chimera was treated as such, as were many of the monsters defeated by Hercules (Nemean Lion, Hydra, and the taming of Cerberus). The monsters Scylla and Charybdis also fit the Kaiju mold, being unstoppable by mortal men.
* Many of the most dangerous [[OurGiantsAreBigger Giants]] and [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dragons]] were essentially prototype Kaiju.
* In HinduMythology, there's many a Rakshasha and Naga of immense size. Of note are Kumbhakarna, who was a giant even among the monstrous Rakshasha. His brother, Ravana, for his many heads and hands. Then there's Ananta-Sesha, a world serpent of a much more benevolent bent.
** Then there's Mada, an Asura that can make itself so large that it's capable of swallowing the universe.
** Some accounts of the Garuda depict this gigantic bird as being so large, it could pick up Godzilla and carry him off.
* From Abrahamic traditions and ''Literature/TheBible'', we have the lords of the animals: Leviathan, Behemoth, and Ziz. One's a giant aquatic dragon, the other an immense beast with a massive tail, and the last a giant bird.
* OlderThanDirt: From the mythology of the Babylonians, there's the monstrous EldritchAbomination goddess Tiamat and her progeny. Mesopotamian myth also involves gigantic dragons.
* There's a Native American legend (which nation is unknown) involving a giant rattlesnake several hundred miles long.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' usually mocks [[TheresNoBInMovie bad horror movies]] when it goes pop-cultural, but on one occasion the title character saw a news interview with "a prehistoric monster who rose from the depths of the Earth [[TheTokyoFireball to stomp on Tokyo]], and has written a book about his experiences (of course.)"
* In ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', Calvin is a big fan of Japanese monster movies. He imagines himself as Godzilla on two occasions: stomping a sandbox version of Tokyo, and rising from the watery depths of his bathtub to blast Megalon (his mom).
** The Calvinosaurus he imagines is a theropod able to eat an ultrasaur in a single bite. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultrasaur A dinosaur more than one hundred feet long,]] fits inside a Calvinosaurus' mouth.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* A giant green horned lizard is seen battling a giant ape on the backglass of {{Atari}}'s ''Pinball/MiddleEarth'' pinball.
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[[folder:Politics]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgfQwhKkVR8 This UKIP Party Political Broadcast]] turns the EU into a [[GiantSquid Giant Blue Octopus]] that attacks London with CombatTentacles whilst warning against the EU attacking UK culture and ideals. UKIP - short for the UK Independence Party - is mainly concerned with Euro Scepticism.
** In a similar vein, [[http://www.minnpost.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_detail/images/articles/Standard_oil_octopus.jpg this classic American political cartoon]] depicting the Standard Oil Company as a giant evil octopus, with its arms moving in to strangle the people and the government. This symbolized the perception of Standard Oil (and by implication other large industry trusts) as harmful monopolies.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** "Kaiju" is a template (see ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' #289), enabling the DM to turn any Animal, Magical Beast or Vermin in the ''Monster Manual'' into a fifty-foot armour-plated monstrosity capable of destroying [[strike: Tokyo]] [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Nakamaru]].
** OlderThanTheyThink, as the old Basic/Expert/etc version of the rules had a proto-template for super-sizing normal monsters over a decade before that issue came out. They also had critters that qualified as this trope right out of the box, like the earthquake beetle.
** The original ''Oriental Adventures'' supplement introduced a number of creatures called "Gargantuas" that were {{Captain Ersatz}}s of Godzilla, King Kong, and Mothra.
** An adventure for the ''Oriental Adventures'' campaign setting, ''Test of the Samurai'', featured a gigantic psychic monster called a "Krakentua", which is best described as Cthulhu, ''sans'' wings, in a kimono.
** No discussion of giant monsters in ''D&D'' is complete without mentioning the legendary Tarrasque. Only one exists on any given world; this reptilian monstrosity awakens every century to destroy everything in its path, devouring all life and reducing the countryside to rubble, and is completely unkillable without resorting to godlike magic.
*** In addition, if you DO manage to kill it, the Princes of Elemental Evil will just create a new one.
*** In ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', the Tarrasque, while still unique, is one of a whole family of unique kaiju created by the apocalypse god Rovagug. Which is itself an unbelievably gigantic insect-EldritchAbomination [[SealedEvilInACan imprisoned in the molten heart of the world]] in a cage whose bars are strong enough to hold it in, but wide enough to allow its comparatively tiny and ineffectual spawn to escape.
*** Pathfinder also includes the creatures aptly called Kaij, colossal creature from the Valashmai jungle, including one that is an undead alien bioweapon. The Oliphaunt of Jandelay also counts, being one of the most powerful creatures in Pathfinder, and sharing some traits with Kaiju.
** The TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}} setting has Witchlight Marauders, which function as both this and {{Eldritch Abomination}}s. That's the Primaries at 200' to 500' long (Secondaries are still massive, but much smaller, derivatives of the Primaries at 20', and Tertiaries are human sized at 4' to 6' and still deadly), which were created with the explicit purpose of stripping life-bearing planets down to the bedrock. For true cosmic horror, there are the Space Marauders at over 1000' long, which create Primaries and drop them onto planets and function as living spacecraft as well.
* The collectible miniatures game ''TabletopGame/{{Monsterpocalypse}}'' is all about giant monsters (along with HumongousMecha and alien invaders) duking it out.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has its share of giant, rampaging monsters. Most of these are behemoths, created either by the FairFolk for use in their reality shaping battles, or by the [[EldritchAbomination Primordials]], for shits and giggles. Occasionally, an [[OurDragonsAreDifferent elemental dragon]] will ascend to such a level of spiritual development that it goes insane. Also, elder Lunar Exalted can use their VoluntaryShapeshifting to change into an incredibly strong monster that dwarfs cities.
** One of the more distinctive behemoths of the setting is Juggernaut, Mask of Winters' [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot undead citadel-beast]] that aided him in sieging Thorns.
** And then you've got the hekatonkhires, which are often what happen when behemoths die. One of them, Vodak, ate a ''city''.
* The game ''Gammarauders'' featured gigantic cyborg animals and dinosaurs with a variety of weapons sprouting from their bodies. Few things are more terrifying than a giant cybernetic [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins Penguin]] waddling toward you, wrecking buildings as it comes.
* ''TabletopGame/TheCreatureThatAteSheboygan'', a wargame from SPI, is about the title city being attacked by a giant monster. One player defends the city with the National Guard and the other plays the monster.
* ''TabletopGame/StarFleetBattles'' includes a number of space monsters of various types (some living, some not), mostly for solo scenarios. One such scenario pays homage to the above game with the subtitle "The Creature that ate Sheboygan III".
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. The larger [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranid]] creatures, known as Biotitans, definitely qualify. The Tyranids created them in response to the Imperial [[HumongousMecha Titans]].
** [[TheLegionsOfHell Chaos]] occaisionally throws this trope into play. While it mostly only brushes this trope in the form of [[KingMook Daemon Princes and Greater Daemons]], it sometimes comes out with a ''[[TheSameButMore really big]]'' Daemon Prince or Greater Daemon. They do have the occasional variance, one of them being a giant [[BodyHorror Chaos spawn]] named Jibberjaw. While they do have kaiju, Chaos most often plays on the opposite spectrum of this family of tropes, as they sport super-heavy vehicles, most notably [[{{Mecha}} traitor titans]], and the occasional super-heavy [[HauntedTechnology daemon engine]], many of which arguably [[CrazyAwesome fit both tropes]].
* ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'' ''Hero System Bestiary''. The Hach-U-Rui are giant Japanese reptiles (minimum of 100 meters tall) that can survive hits by howitzers and may have an energy breath weapon. In short, they're the ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'' equivalent of Godzilla.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* BIONICLE: Vezon's pet dragon Kardas, a transformed version of a giant mutated spider. With the ability to create concussive blasts. To quote "Who's my favorite weapon of mass destruction, then?"
** Hero Factory, Bionicle's successor, has come out with the Film/PacificRim -inspired [[BeneathTheEarth "Invasion From Below"]] storyline, which involves giant kaiju-themed beasts that, among other things, rip out streetlights and communications antennas and rampage around the city.
* From 1961, The Great Garloo!
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Resistance}} 2'' has the Leviathan, a giant monster that roams the flooded streets of Chicago.
* Spoofed heavily by the Lungfishopolis level of ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'': one mind is portrayed as a city of tiny lungfish-like creatures, meaning that Raz is gargantuan compared to them. Due to his [[GogglesDoNothing distinctive headgear]], the citizens immediately nickname him Goggalor. The BossBattle of the level is the VillainWithGoodPublicity kaiju, who's hailed as a hero to protect them from "Goggalor" (and a ShoutOut to Ultraman)
* ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans 2'' has the "Kojira Kaiju Battle" mission, a ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' parody complete with someone screaming "Kojira! Aieeee!", [[BreathWeapon atomic breath]], and those weird anti-Kaiju tanks common in Godzilla films. Naturally, it takes place in Japan.
* ''VideoGame/{{X-COM}}: Apocalypse'' has the Overspawn, giant aliens dropped by the [[FlyingSaucer Mothership]] for the sole purpose of rampaging all over the cityscape. They're actually pretty weak since they're usually up against the best of X-COM manufactured vehicles and weapons by the time they appear. Some players just leave them alone since they have a tendency of accidentally killing themselves when they get too close to a building they knock over.
* Speaking of rampaging, the characters you use in the ''VideoGame/{{Rampage}}'' series of games.
* ''VideoGame/WarOfTheMonsters'' is a FightingGame in which the player can choose one of ten different Kaiju, including [[CaptainErsatz pastiches]] of King Kong and Godzilla and an old school Japanese giant robot. [[{{Retraux}} The game has a noticeable cheesy 1950s sci-fi feel to it]], featuring huge, fully destructible city environments.
* ''VideoGame/KingOfTheMonsters'', a Kaiju wrestling game.
* ''Franchise/WarcraftExpandedUniverse'':
** The Dragon Aspects are huge. Fore reference: The tallest playable race in the [=MMO=], the Tauren, have males that are around 8'6. A Tauren player ''barely'' comes up to the top of Alexstrasza's claw. However, [[BigBad Deathwing]], as shown in the trailer for Cataclysm, and the game proper takes the cake. He's described as "airliner big". Conservative estimates put him smaller than a Boeing 747 (specifically about 200ft long, 91ft tall, and a wingspan of of 400ft), maximum estimates put him on the scale of ''GODZILLA'' from the [[Film/{{Godzilla2014}} new movie]].
** At [=BlizzCon=] 2010, the cinematic artists said that they designed Deathwing with the idea that he had a 1,200 foot wingspan in mind. Going off of the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' system, where the wingspan of a Dragon is around twice the length of the Dragon's body, this means Deathwing is ''SIX HUNDRED FEET LONG''[[note]]That's bigger than Legendary's Godzilla[[/note]], so the maximum estimates are more likely correct. [[GiantFlyer Or his body-length:wingspan scale could be 1:1 and he's actually 1,200 feet long]].
** Galakrond, the "''[[MonsterProgenitor progenitor of dragonkind]]''" takes this UpToEleven. He's so massive, that his full body isn't even seen in game, just parts of his skeleton. The [[http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130808155809/wowwiki/images/3/3d/Wow.dawn.aspects.galakrond.580.jpg artwork]] of him from the novel ''Dawn of the Aspects'' shows that he utterly dwarfs the Proto-Dragon forms of the Aspects. For scale purposes, that's a small mountain below his right foot on the bottom left of the picture.
* Kyogre and Groudon of the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games. Sootopolis was the unlucky city that had front row seats to their coming. Heck, when the time came for ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' to adapt the Ruby/Sapphire games, the artist said that he wanted to recreate scenes from his favorite monster movies when he was drawing the volumes that involved those two's disaster-filled awakening and eventual battle. Following them are Palkia, Dialga, Giratina, and Arceus, who all possess semi-godlike powers that cam tear the very fabric of reality. Meanwhile, Tyranitar, Hydreigon and Volcarona seemed to have been inspired by Godzilla, King Ghidorah, and Mothra respectively.
* The [=WEAPONs=] of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' are quite distinctly Kaiju, right down to incoherent roars, being vaguely humanoid, coming from the depths of the ocean, attacking major population centres and making craters on the main map screen when finally killed.
* ''VideoGame/AgeOfMythology'''s expansion brings Titans to the battlefield. They're huge, they can trash a city on their own, and it takes a ton of firepower to bring one down. Don't let your enemy summon one.
* ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}'' gives us Epic Creatures which you can encounter early on in the creature stage. Later on in the Space Stage, you can make your own and send them to destroy cities for you!
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' has at least two. First and foremost is Mehrunes Dagon, Daedric prince of destruction, and Jyggalag, Daedric prince of order. Although Jyggalag is the smallest of the two, he is taller than the city walls and is very powerful.
* ''VideoGame/CrushCrumbleAndChomp'' gave the player four cities to destroy (Tokyo, New York City, Washington DC and San Francisco) and six monsters to destroy with (along with the ability to make your own monster).
* [[BigBad Kabuto]] from, well, ''VideoGame/GiantsCitizenKabuto''.
* Nearly every fight in ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus'' is against one.
* Being a spinoff of ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'', Kaiju Buster Powered naturally has plenty of Kaiju. However as it's also heavily inspired by ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'', said Kaiju are more then capable of being taken down by humans with swords and energy weapons.
* Inspired ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty''. By WordOfGod, the character designer Yoji Shinkawa was disappointed with the design of Franchise/{{Godzilla}} InNameOnly in the [[TheyJustDidntCare notoriously half-assed]] Creator/RolandEmmerich ''Film/{{Godzilla 1998}}'', and so designed [[WalkingTank Metal Gear RAY's]] body, movements and MightyRoar after how ''he'' [[AscendedFanfic would have redesigned Godzilla to look]]. There's also allusions made both in-game and in WordOfGod comparing Solid Snake to Godzilla and Raiden to King Kong, although this is more of a Kaiju version of FauxSymbolism.
** Parodied in the non-canon ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid: VR Missions'' and ''Snake Tale E: External Gazer'', where having [[KingMook giant Kaiju versions]] of the game's standard {{Mooks}} is kind of a recurring in-joke. [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Genola]] is just a giant Genome soldier in white Arctic camouflage, and Gurlugon is a Gurlukovich soldier with fins along its spine and the ability to shoot paralysing EyeBeams. The one narrative game mode featuring them never mentions their guard-like appearance at all and has Gurlugon simply regarded as a sea monster, possibly referencing SpecialEffectsFailure (however, when battling Gurlugon he has similar weaknesses to the in-game guards, like a fondness for pornography, and he will carry Raiden off Fay Wray-style if you have him put on a Gurlukovich uniform).
* ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'': FLONNEZILLA! Flonne's final attack[[spoiler:as a fallen angel]]. She dresses up in a patchy dinosaur costume and starts terrorizing the targets, with toy planes on wires flying around her. She finishes it up by breathing fire on the target.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3:'' ''[[EldritchAbomination A Reaper]]'' vs ''the [[spoiler:mother of all [[SandWorm Thresher Maws]]]]''
* In ''VideoGame/SimCity'' for Super Nintendo, one of the more amusing disasters is to have the city destroyed by a rampaging [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Bowser]].
* Many of the larger bosses in ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' but especially the Big Octos which rise from the Great Sea in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker''.
* An upcoming PC game called ''VideoGame/KaijuCombat''. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin This is self-explanatory.]]
* ''Daikaiju no Gyakushu'' ("The Giant Monster Strikes Back"), a 1986 ArcadeGame by Creator/{{Taito}}.
* [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Bowser]], in many of the later games, has the ability to turn into Giant Bowser/Giga Bowser, becoming a full-stop kaiju. In this case, he resembles a more evil version of Gamera.
* The second [[VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth Ace Attorney Investigations]] game has Bullmoth, a giant lizard-bull hybrid that stars in an in-universe movie. In true Kaiju form, it's facing off against another big monster from the franchise, [[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney Gourdy]].
* ''Kaiju-a-Gogo'', a PC game currently in development, involves players taking on the role of mad scientists who create giant monsters to dominate the planet.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' has a bunch of these. Like [[FluffyTheTerrible Zom-Zom]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Hexenringe}}'' introduces [[http://hexenringe.blogspot.jp/2013/10/002-prologue-2.html The Blarg]], a {{Kaiju}} character whose destructive presence fails to phase the main character.
* ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' has [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20090428.html Unigar the Vast Unicorn,]] [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20061214.html Snookums in his original form,]] and [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20100109.html Jolly the Giant Peanut Butter Monster.]]
* Webcomic/TwistedKaijuTheater. Just ... [[http://www.neomonsterisland.com/ Twisted Kaiju Theater]]
* ''WebComic/RustyAndCo'' had one strip where Rusty uses the [[GenreShift Belt of Genre Changing]] to momentarily turn the strip into a kaiju movie.
-->'''Rusty''': '''''"EAT TOKYO?"'''''
-->'''[[ChestMonster Mimic]]''': ''"Rustyyyyy!!!"''
* [[http://satwcomic.com/tiny-giant-monsters This]] ''Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld'' comic reflects the different nations approach to kaiju and sex.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In the ''[[http://www.sapphireplace.com/stories/corbin.html Of Masks and Marvels]] Lady Lightning'' stories there is an attack by a Kaiju-sized sea-snail.
* Lord Sock in WebVideo/CoyleCommand and the WebVideo/NewVillainOrder is a genetically engineered green and black serpent...that looks suspiciously like a sock.
* Giant [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic Donkey Kong Jesus riding on a puff of smoke]] and the last incarnation of [[WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd Super MechaDeathChrist 3000]].
* The NESGodzillaCreepypasta warrants its own spot here because the creator actually came up with many all-new monstrosities, including the BigBad [[spoiler:whose [[OneWingedAngel final form]] easily dwarfs Godzilla, and can be estimated to be about 400-500m tall.]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' frequently fight Kaiju assaulting their CityOfAdventure when not engaging their RoguesGallery. One is actually called a RoBeast.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has four of these: The Unagi in Kyoshi Bay (that needs water, and therefore cannot attack the village); The Serpent from the Serpent's Pass (hence the name); Koizilla, the FanNickname for the Aang/Ocean Spirit Cross-fusion; and the currently unnamed Vine Monster that can be created by Huu.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode 'Partners', [[MadScientist Doctor Drakken]] and [[MadScientist DNAmy]] create a gigantic Godzilla-like creature that proceeds to destroy the town's fast food area. [[ResetButton It doesn't stay destroyed, though]].
* Mecha-Music/BarbraStreisand and her three opponents from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.
* [[WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}} Mustakrakish, the giant Finnish lake troll]]. No, not [[{{Troll}} THAT]] kind of giant troll.
* An early WesternAnimation/{{Superman Theatrical Cartoon|s}} had the Man of Steel having to deal with a dinosaur the size of an office building that had thawed out of an ice block and attacked Metropolis.
* From ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'' comes Dinosaur Neil, a man in a dinosaur suit turned gigantic humanoid dinosaur.
* Trypticon, the city-form Decepticon from the original ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' cartoon, resembles Godzilla in his robot mode, and is an obvious homage to classic kaiju films. Even more so in ''VideoGame/TransformersWarForCybertron'', he's taken the Godzilla homage UpToEleven, with some Mechagodzilla added in to boot. And not forgetting the titanic Decepticon City Transformer, Scorponok.
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' features several kaiju. More memorable ones involve an extra-dimensional horror with many eyes and tentacles (the start of a StableTimeLoop) and iconic Dexter "oops". Another episode involved Dexter and Dee Dee becoming giant monsters by drinking Dexter's monster potions and having an all out battle (complete with CallingYourAttacks). Finally, there's Badaxtra, the monster of the original Finale who nearly destroyed the world.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers'' parodying anime and other Japanese tropes had a kaiju called Maninsuit.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Inhumanoids}}'' premiere episode had Tendril shambling through UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco, trashing streets and tossing cars at helicopters.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' features the Zillo Beast, which is a Kaiju for the Star Wars Universe, though its plot is similar to that of King Kong...initially...
* in ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'' the MonsterOfTheWeek is usually a Kaiju
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' had a rampaging blue bear that was covered in stars and was as large as your average house even when it's on all fours. This is the Ursa Major[[spoiler:'s baby, the Ursa Minor. The actual Ursa Major makes that one look absolutely puny]].
** The Season 2 episode: "Secrets of My Excess" has Spike (a baby dragon) transform into a giant angry dragon that rampages through Ponyville. And as revealed in "Cutie Mark Chronicles", a filly Twilight Sparkle exposed to the Sonic Rainboom had a Wild Magic moment that briefly turned Spike into a massive dragon.
** There's also the [[FusionDance Timberwolf Fusion]] from "Spike At Your Service", even though it was [[WeaksauceWeakness significantly less threatening than either of the above]].
** And Lord Tirek, the ArcVillain of Season 4's finale. Especially his [[MakeMyMonsterGrow final form]].
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'' set in Hong Kong, the MonsterOfTheWeek is a robot designed to look like Shaggy which is turning into a kaiju. And at one point the real Shaggy is put in a rubber suit in a model city to convince ''him''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** Lisa is sentenced to a lifetime of horror on Monster Island, where she is chased by monsters despite its NonindicativeName.[[labelnote:*]][[DontExplainTheJoke It's actually a peninsula.]][[/labelnote]]
** As the family is leaving Tokyo, the plane warning lights for Godzilla holding the plane light up.
-->'''Captain''': Uh, folks, we're experiencing some moderate Godzilla-related turbulence at this time, so I'm going to go ahead and ask you to put your seatbelts back on. When we get to 35 thousand feet, he usually does let go, so from there on out, all we have to worry about is Mothra, and, uh, we do have reports he's tied up with Gamera and Rodan at the present time. Thank you very much.
** A hobo tells the story of PaulBunyan where he pushes Rodan, who then falls over Babe the ox. Lisa informs him that never happened.
* In the first segment of the ''{{Futurama}}'', episode "Anthology of Interest I", Prof. Farnswoth turns Dr. Zoidberg into a kaiju so he can fight a 500 ft. Bender, with predictable results.
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* Size is all a matter of perspective. In an insect's point of view, ''[[HumansAreCthulhu we humans are kaiju.]]''
* Quite a few dinosaurs fit this trope. In particular ''Amphicoelias'' was by some estimates the single largest land-based animal -- never mind dinosaur -- on record. 40 to 60 metres (130 to 200 ft) in length, and may have had a mass of up to 122 metric tons (135 short tons).
* At half a meter long, ''Anomalocaris'' wouldn't qualify as a kaiju today, but considering it lived in an era when the largest non-''Anomalocaris'' animals tended to be measured in a few inches, it certainly was at the time.
* Anteaters, aardvarks, and pangolins are this trope for termite "cities".
* In March of 2013, Wizards of the Coast [[DisneyOwnsThisTrope attempted to trademark the word "kaiju"]] as part of their ''{{Kaijudo}}''[=/=]''DuelMasters'' franchises during a legal dispute with indie game ''KaijuCombat''.
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