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[[caption-width-right:330:In a movie about ghosts, they throw in this.]]

A work is not about {{Kaiju}} or other giant monsters, but throws them in anyway because of RuleOfCool.

Franchise/{{Godzilla}}, or NotZilla, is a common choice, of course.

Can overlap with AttackOfThe50FootWhatever, if the small thing turned huge is sufficiently monstrous (and of course not the focus of the work), and is often the result of MakeMyMonsterGrow.

A SisterTrope to InstantAwesomeJustAddMecha, InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons, LikeThatShowButWithMecha.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'' when the Level Upper network of ten thousand espers went out of control a giant growing fetus-monster-thing made of ambient psychic power spontaneously appears and starts rampaging around Academy City ([[TheTokyoFireball which is located right next to Tokyo]]). The randomness of this is lampshaded when it starts heading for a nearby nuclear power plant.
-->'''Mikoto:''' Am I in some kind of {{Kaiju}} movie?
* An episode of ''Anime/MythicalDetectiveLokiRagnarok'' had a shrine statue turned into one when imbued with a lot of dark magic.
* Anime/ConcreteRevolutioChoujinGensou's gimmick is to throw every known superhero and villain into Showa-era Japan. Obviously, kaiju have gotta be part of it (although they're known as "beasts" in the English subs)- Jirou even says [[Film/PacificRim "kaiju groupie"]] at one point! Specifically, three of the kaiju involved are Ga Gon, its baby Mini Gon and a side character jellyfish kaiju.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Red Ronin and the boozy father monster from ''ComicBook/TopTen'' seem kinda... odd.
* Creator/MarvelComics also has Red Ronin, a SuperRobot (based in ''Anime/{{Raideen}}'') created to fight Franchise/{{Godzilla}} in ''[[ComiCbook/GodzillaKingOfTheMonsters King of the Monsters]]'' series; it becomes a rent-a-zilla after that series when it is used in comics such as Comicbook/TheAvengers.
* The ComicBook/FantasticFour fought a lot of giant monsters in their earliest issues, even if the monsters were only peripheral to the main plot (the baddie is on the ropes, so what's he going to do? Summon a giant monster, of course!). This was of course the period when Creator/MarvelComics was transitioning from comics about {{Kaiju}} to comics about super heroes, so it's only natural that their earliest superhero stories have kaiju in them.
* Any time FinFangFoom gets a cameo in an unrelated story (which happens surprisingly often), since he's Marvel's most popular kaiju.
** Hey, he [[ComicBook/{{Nextwave}} has absolutely no genitals whatsoever;]] he's gotta work out his aggressions somehow.
* An issue of ComicBook/CaptainAmerica from the 1970s had him attacked by the statue after it was animated by the [[{{telekinesis}} telekinetic]] villain Animus. Yes, ''Captain America battled Abraham Lincoln.''
* The statue of Abraham Lincoln (well, Abraham Linkid) comes to life in an issue of ''Comicbook/CaptainCarrotAndHisAmazingZooCrew''.
* The giant rampaging Abraham Lincoln at the beginning of the ''Dallas'' arc of ''ComicBook/TheUmbrellaAcademy''.
* The first Franchise/{{Superman}}[=/=]SpiderMan team-up opens with ComicBook/LexLuthor attacking Metropolis with a [[HumongousMecha giant robot.]] Because that's just the kind of thing Lex does. Supey defeats it, the whole thing only lasting a handful of pages. It's really just to set-up Lex going back to prison where he will meet Doc Ock and get the real plot rolling.
* A classic Franchise/{{Superman}} story with Lori Lemaris has Superman traveling to Atlantis and getting attacked en route by a sea serpent. It's no big problem for Supes, and he defeats it and continues on his way. Years later, Creator/JohnByrne would comment that these days, it would likely take multiple issues to explain where the sea serpent came from, whereas here it only took a few panels.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}'', Shrek storms the castle with the help of a giant gingerbread cookie named Mongo.
* In Disney's ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', the titans are portrayed as gargantuan-sized elemental monsters who wrought havoc on Earth at the time of its creation until Zeus defeated them and imprisoned them in Tartarus. They are freed by [[BigBad Hades]] at the climax and help him take control over Olympus, but, thanks to [[BigDamnHeroes Herc's intervention]], they are defeated again and destroyed once for all. Likewise, the hydra which Herc fights earlier on the movie and many other monsters he confronts count as well.
* ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'' ends with the "Night on Bald Mountain" segment, the villain of which is Chernabog, a demon lord so big, his wings fold up into the peak of the mountain.
* Played with in ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' when Judy chases Duke into [[MouseWorld Little Rodentia]], where they (a rabbit and a weasel, respectively) are kaiju sized by comparison.
* In the third act of ''WesternAnimation/{{Minions}}'', Stuart is accidentally enlarged by one of the villain's inventions, and stomps his way through London to save the others.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'', and the [[Film/GhostbustersII second film]] had them using positive ghost slime to turn the Statue of Liberty into one.
** In the [[Film/{{Ghostbusters 2016}} 2016 reboot]], ''the team's own logo'' becomes one of these.
* The statue of Abraham Lincoln comes to life near the end of ''Film/NightAtTheMuseumBattleOfTheSmithsonian'' and fights the bad guys.
* ''Film/AustinPowersInGoldmember'' has a scene where a giant inflatable T-rex is unmoored and goes careening down the street, at which point two Japanese bystanders start up this conversation:
-->'''First guy:''' RUN! It's Godzilla!
-->'''[[Creator/MasiOka Second]] guy:''' [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed It looks like Godzilla, but due to international copyright law, it's not.]]
-->'''First guy:''' Still, we should run like it ''is'' Godzilla!
-->'''[[Series/{{Heroes}} Second guy:]]''' Though it isn't. [[AsideGlance (Winks at the camera.)]]
-->(Both run off screaming)
* ''Film/DudeWheresMyCar'' starts out with two stoner dudes looking for their car, but ends with them running from a [[GiantWoman giant alien babe]].
* The 1950s Toho film ''Film/TheMysterians'', a film about aliens, has two brief scenes involving a giant robot named Moguera.
* The 1962 film ''Film/{{Gorath}}'' features a brief scene where the heroes fight against a giant walrus (Yes, you read that right) named Magma. Interestingly enough, the dub of the film removes this scene since, well, [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment it has nothing to do with the main plot of the film]].
* In cult comedy director "Savage" Steve Holland's film ''Film/OneCrazySummer'', inspired by childlike wonder and curiosity, actor Creator/BobcatGoldthwait dons a costume which bears a striking resemblance to, but is never specifically referred to as one of the Giant Rubber Monster incarnations of Godzilla. When he is unable to remove the costume after a lit cigar is thrown into the open mouth of the suit, he goes on a terror-driven rampage (coincidentally destroying a scale model of a proposed housing development in the process, mouth smoking all the while, to Godzilla-like music) to the delight of the attending Japanese investors.
* In ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure'', Pee-Wee disrupts the filming of a ''Godzilla'' movie.

* ''Series/DoctorWho'' almost always focuses on small monsters, but it has had the odd kaiju storyline:
** "Robot" ends with [[MakeMyMonsterGrow the robot growing to giant size]] and stomping its way through an English village.
** The Loch Ness Monster rampaging through Scottish roads in "Terror of the Zygons" - also a CryptidEpisode.
** "The Next Doctor" has Victorian London being torn to pieces by a giant Cyberman called the Cyberking.
** "Deep Breath" has Victorian London being besieged by a Big Ben-sized dinosaur.
** "The Seeds of Doom" finale has the Krynoid plant-monster grow to titan size.
* Hannibal from ''Series/TheATeam'' takes time from his carere as a mercenary escaping justice to play a Godzilla expy in {{BMovie}}s.

* The second book in ''Literature/TheSecretsOfTheImmortalNicholasFlamel'' gives us the Nidhogg, who starts out as an oversized Komodo Dragon but soon begins walking on two legs like Godzilla and smashing buildings and cars in Paris.
* [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Sue]] [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs the dinosaur]] from the ''Literature/DresdenFiles''.
* While Literature/TheGrimnoirChronicles has always had summoning monsters as a standard form of magic, and hinted that they can get loose, the 50-foot god of demons at the end of Spellbound comes as a bit of a surprise. WordOfGod [[http://monsterhunternation.com/2014/03/20/ask-correia-16-outlining-vs-pantsing/ says]] that the scene wasn't in the original outline, but since the previous book ended in a massive [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Ninjas vs. Pirates and Zombies fight atop a flaming zeppelin]], this one needed a comparable action climax.
* Someone decided that unleashing Kaiju upon the world was a good idea in the ''Literature/WearingTheCape'' series. They appear worldwide, but mostly attack Japan, who responded by forming superhero teams, as well as grabbing every Verne-type in reach and building mecha.
* The climax of ''Discworld/MovingPictures'', in which the Things From The Dungeon Dimensions use movie magic to escape into the real world, involves a giant woman climbing the Tower of Art while clutching an ape. The other characters can't shake the feeling there's something wrong with this picture.[[note]]in fact, ''two'' pictures, with overtones of a third; a two-for-one ShoutOut to ''Film/AttackOfThe50FootWoman, Film/KingKong1933'' and possibly ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}''[[/note]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': During the ''Dissension'' tie-in novel, Ravnica is attacked by giant monsters. First there's some [[OurMonstersAreWeird Nephilim]] that grow giant-sized and start smashing things, then the Izzet's dragon guildmaster Niv-Mizzet flies in to fight them off, and eventually [[BlobMonster Experiment Kraj]] and [[BigRedDevil Rakdos the Defiler]] join the fray as a result of a GambitPileup. Widespread destruction ensues.
* The Tarrasque in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* One level in ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' has the player character as a giant rampaging through a Tokyo-like city of fish people.
--> '''Bystander:''' ''I love you, Goggalor!''
* The first season of Telltale Games' ''SamAndMax'' series has an episode in which the VillainOfTheWeek converts the Lincoln Memorial into a giant robot that claims to be the reincarnation of the original, to run for President when the previous robot president is "assassinated" by the famous duo.
* One scenario in the original ''VideoGame/SimCity'' has a Godzilla-like monster attacking Tokyo in 1961. This monster is replaced with [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros Bowser]] in the SNES version.
* Some of the bosses in ''[[VideoGame/LEGOAdaptationGame Lego Indiana Jones 2]]'' involve various ways to make giant monsters.
* The thresher maws in the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' trilogy.
* The desert-dwelling Rockgagong in ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' is big enough [[WombLevel for its insides to serve as a dungeon]], and is easily the largest monster you can fight in the entire series, with just one of its hands being nearly big enough to cover the entire battlefield. It's not normally aggressive, however, and is viewed as a mascot by the locals.
* In ''VideoGame/CivilizationBeyondEarth'' the Harmony Affinity has a unique unit called a “Xeno Titan”, which was described by Firaxis, the developers, as “basically a Kaiju.”
* In ''[[VideoGame/GanbareGoemon The Legend of the Mystical Ninja]]'', the background of one cutscene features hot giant-octopus-on-Konami-building action.

* [[TropeNamers Name]] comes from ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'', where there was a [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1060 service called this.]] In addition, there was a rampage by TheAlcoholic uncle of the Franchise/{{Gamera}} family.
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' has used a couple (not counting all the ones during the ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'' parody). There's the [[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/19991214 Crudosaur]] as well as [[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/20070223 one of]] Aylee's [[InvoluntaryShapeshifting transformations]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Hexenringe}}'' introduces [[http://hexenringe.blogspot.jp/2013/10/002-prologue-2.html The Blarg,]] a {{Kaiju}} character whose destructive presence fails to faze the main character.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': Squidward's house becomes one in "Good Neighbors"
* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Super Best Friends:" David Blaine brings the statue of UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln to life and it rampages across Washington DC. It's subdued by a giant stone John Wilkes Booth.
** And the "[[Recap/SouthParkS1E12MechaStreisand Mecha Streisand]]" episode.
** [[spoiler: MickeyMouse]] suddenly and inexplicably grows to large size and destroys UsefulNotes/{{Denver}} with his firebreathing powers in the Music/JonasBrothers episode.
* In a "Treehouse of Horror" episode from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', giant advertising mascots come to life and terrorize the town
** In another episode, they go to UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}; when they leave the pilot makes the following announcement:
--->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.
* Ultra-Peepi from ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': Timmy accidentally wishes one up through sleep wishing.
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'': Dexter and Mandark bring Abraham Lincoln and George Washington to life, using their heads off Mt. Rushmore.
** Also, in the half-hour episode "Last But Not Beast", an axe-themed {{Kaiju}} MonsterOfTheWeek appears, and the majority of the episode is spent dealing with it.
** Another episode has Dexter and Dee Dee mutating themselves into bigger and bigger monsters.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'': 95% of the [[MonsterOfTheWeek monsters of the week]] that come to destroy Townsville are usually some variation of this.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in "Super Zeroes" where the girls learn that the reason so many monsters invade Townsville is because they consider being defeated by them to be some form of honour and whoever makes it back to the island is hailed as a hero by the other monsters.
* A Gojira CaptainErsatz shows up in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansTroubleInTokyo'', along with other Japanese cultural stereotypes.
* From the ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' episode where the Warners do "Jack and the Beanstalk" (along with a parody of "Green Eggs and Ham"): Would you, could you, in Japan, with Godzilla ''and'' Rodan?
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' has them accidentally awaken the massive ''Zillo'' Beast in one episode [[spoiler: and bring it to Coruscant the next, with predictable results]].
** In the Russian translation, the beast is even called "''Gad Zillo''" ("The Zillo Reptile"), to make the ShoutOut even more blatant.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' had the [[ShowWithinAShow in-universe]] Reptar, a child-friendly BrandX knock-off of Godzilla.
* ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' had one named "[[GoshDangItToHeck Golly]]zilla."
* The Season 1 finale of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' featured Aang and the Ocean Spirit fusing into a spectacular, Godzilla-esque OneWingedAngel ([[FanNickname nicknamed "Koizilla" by the fans and creators]]) to defeat an enormous fleet of Fire Nation ships.
* The monsters in ''WesternAnimation/YamRoll'' mostly exist as an excuse for Yam Roll to use his superpowers, or to give him more opportunities to make passes at Minamiko.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'': In "Papa's Big Snooze", the Smurfs have to cross a lake inhabited by a monster fish called 'Carpzilla'.
* ''WesternAnimation/OneHundredAndOneDalmatiansTheSeries'' featured a ''literal'' example when [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Cecil B. de Vil]] borrows the "Choc-zilla" animatronic from his studio to attack the Dearly farm.
* In one ''WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck'' cartoon, he's a big fan of Schmodzilla, a near-identical version of Godzilla.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic,'' season 2, episode "Secret of my Excess", when Spike is expossed to greed, he grows prematurely into a giant adult dragon which promptly rampages through Ponyville, leaving a trail of destruction in his wake. He also parodies ''Film/KingKong1933'' by kidnapping Rarity and climbing to the tallest building with her clutched in his hand.
* Both of ''WesternAnimation/GIJoe's'' original [[FiveEpisodePilot Five Episode Pilots]] have kaiju in them. While hunting for radioactive heavy water to power the MASS device, the Joes and Cobra are attacked by giant tube worms. And while retrieving part of the Weather Dominator from the tropical Palace of Doom, the Joes are attacked by a giant animate statue -- and saved when it gets distracted by a convenient giant Cobra robot, and the two destroy each other. Both incidents feel like weird genre-shifts in the middle of these stories; but still fun of course because, y'know, giant monsters, hey.
* From ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers'', the titular creature in "Bronto Bear". He's actually a literal GentleGiant unless he's awakened from his hibernation, which the Black Hole Gang do as part of an EvilPlan.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' episode "Attack of the B Movie Monsters" have expies of several Kaiju film monsters like Godzilla and Gamera.