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''Godzilla: [[RecycledTheSeries The Series]]'' (1998-2000) was an animated television series, produced by the Adelaide Productions division of Sony Pictures Television. The company was previously known for such series as ''WesternAnimation/{{Jumanji}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Men In Black}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/ExtremeGhostbusters'' (and later produced animated adaptions of ''WesternAnimation/BigGuyAndRustyTheBoyRobot'', ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Dilbert}} Dilbert]]'', ''StuartLittle'' and ''TheBoondocks''). This series lasted a total of 40 episodes.

In the first episode, one of the eggs that movie-Film/{{Godzilla|1998}} laid is found, it hatches and imprints on TheHero from the movie, Dr. Nick Tatopoulos. Naturally, he subsequently forms HEAT (the '''H'''umanitarian '''E'''nvironmental '''A'''nalysis '''T'''eam) with four other humans, Drs. [[DeadpanSnarker Elsie Chapman]] and [[TheSmartGuy Mendel Craven]] (both from the movie, as well), as well as [[PlayfulHacker Randy Hernandez]] and [[ActionGirl Monique Dupre]]. With Godzilla Junior loyal to Nick, they defend the world from various {{Kaiju}} that have abruptly sprung up, crazy and/or sinister humans and, eventually, invading psychic aliens (naturally).

Contrast the earlier ''WesternAnimation/TheGodzillaPowerHour''.

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!!This series provides examples of:
* NinetyPercentOfYourBrain: Dr. Nick Tatopoulos states this is the reason as to why the aliens were able to copy their minds into human brains.
* ActionGirl: Monique.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Mendel's originally a short-haired brunette in the film. Here, he's a blonde with a ponytail.
* AesopAmnesia: The Movie this spun off from had Audrey somewhat harshly learning the lesson that the big scoop isn't worth screwing over your friends and/or love interests. Most of the conflict involving her in the cartoon has her conveniently forgetting this.
* AlienInvasion: "Monster Wars."
* AliensAreBastards: The aliens seen in the series want to invade the Earth and [[AssimilationPlot and assimilate the minds of humanity]] into their HiveMind. They do however, find human architecture aesthetically pleasing and planned to rebuild as much as they could after the invasion.
* AmazonChaser: Randy after Monique.
* AmericanCustomaryMeasurements[=/=]TheMetricSystemIsHereToStay: Measurements in any form tend to switch between the two at times, which isn't surprising considering the prevalence of science and the fact that the team travels all around the world.
* AnimalMecha: Cameron Winter's "Cyber flies."
* AnimalWrongsGroup: S.C.A.L.E. are effectively terrorists trying to "protect" mutants such as Skeetera. They originated as a spin-off from another animal rights group, but judging from Audrey's report, that one averts this trope.
* ArbitrarySkepticism: Mocked in "Leviathan":
--> '''Monique''': Indeed. It is almost as laughable a notion as one breathing atomic fire.
** Played straight in "Deadloch": Nick doesn't believe in the [[StockNessMonster Loch Ness Monster]] despite being the adopted father of a giant fire-breathing lizard.
** Elise, being a fan of AlienInvasion theories and below trope, apparently forgotten about a certain event that took place a year ago. And being {{Mind Control}}led as a result.
* {{Area 51}}: And the rumors of aliens are [[spoiler:a ''coverup'' for what's really going on]].
* AscendedExtra: Elsie and Craven actually appear in the 1998 movie, though you won't be blamed for not remembering them.
* AsteroidsMonster: The silver monster in "Shafted."
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Take a guess.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:Godzilla's mother (the one from the movie), as Cyber-Godzilla in the "Monster Wars" trilogy.]]
* BadFuture: The episode "Future Shock" has the crew sent forward through time to one of these, where bio-engineered monstrosities have killed all the other {{kaiju}} ([[HeroicSacrifice Including Godzilla]]) and overrun the world.
* TheBadGuyWins: An episode featured CorruptCorporateExecutive Cameron Winter breaking three criminals out of jail and giving each one of them a HumongousMecha so they could hunt down Godzilla. When the three hunters were captured, Winter got off by accusing them of stealing their mechas and the Government even [[CutLexLuthorACheck hired him to make them mechas of their own]].
* BehemothBattle: Godzilla versus MonsterOfTheWeek.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: Let's see -- the Megapede, Fire Monster, Giant Scorpion, GiantSpider, El Gusano Gigante, the Giant Bees, Giant Termites...
* BlowYouAway: The Shrewster's mutation allowed it to generate a tornado around itself, which both protected it from attack and drew food up to the Shrewster for easy consumption.
* BillingDisplacement: The discs for the DVD set feature Audrey with the team instead of Monique, even though Audrey was only in a handful of episodes and was never a member of the team.
* BodyHorror: The Chameleon, as well as the aliens.
* {{Brainwashed}}: The majority of the monsters in "Monsters Wars", and parts of the US military, easily indicated by their [[MindControlEyes eyes being green.]]
* BreathWeapon: They got it right this time, except for how it's ''green''.
** Funnily enough, when Cyber-Zilla attacks Tokyo, its atomic breath ''is'' the traditional light blue.
* BullyingTheDragon: "Freak Show" opens up with some VERY stupid people trying to capture Godzilla as Tobias Wilson placed on him. It goes as well as you'd expect it to.
* CaptainErsatz: Reasonable facsimiles of Anguirus, [[GiantSpider Kumonga]] and many others like ''Cyber''-Zilla.
* CharacterDeath: [[spoiler: El Gusano, Queen Bee, Cyber-Zilla, and the Cryptocliedus diein the finale of "Monster Wars".]]
* TheChewToy: Mendel's robot N.I.G.E.L. dies as often as [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark Kenny]].
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-->''"N.I.G.E.L., [[BigNo nooooo]]!"''
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Cameron Winter.
* ContinuityNod: Multiple ones back to the film.
** Nick having an aquarium tank of earthworms in the first episode, his use of "''annelid''" when referring to El Gusano in "D.O.A." [[note]]The formal name is ''Annelida'', the phylum for a lot of worms.[[/note]], and knowing how an earthworm looks like on a hot sidewalk on a sunny day. All refer back to his studying of worms.
** Mendel sneezing into his hand and then offering it for a shake to Nick, which is repeated when Nick introduces him to Randy in the first episode. Obviously, Randy suggests that they [[HandshakeRefusal just wave]].
** The pronunciation joke[=/=]argument on Junior's name. Randy corrects Ifukube's "Gojira" with "Hey! It's 'Godzilla', lady!" in the episode "Competition", which is the complete reverse to Caiman using "Godzilla" and Audrey correcting "It's 'Gojira', you moron!'"
** Animal's afraid of Lucy hurting him. His son in "Future Shock" asks to be dismissed to go home or his mother was "gonna thrash" him.
** In "Cat and Mouse," as the redneck hunters target Godzilla, he passes by a crane hoisting up a new top to the Chrysler Building which the army destroyed in the movie. The hunters accidentially hit that instead, leading to [[spoiler: their arrest at the end of the episode]].
** The first scene of the series is a giant one: a shortened, animated version of the climax of the cab chase from the end of the film and Godzilla Sr's demise on the Brooklyn Bridge.
* ConvenientlyEmptyBuilding: A remarkable amount of people manage to not be killed during various monster fights. Sure it's technically a kids show, but still.
-->'''Monique''': Would you still be cheering if there were people in those warehouses?
* CryptidEpisode: Godzilla fights the Loch Ness Monster.
* CuttingTheKnot: In "Monster Wars":
-->'''Mendel''': We can generate a radiopathic feedback to overload the dampers--
-->''Monique blasts the console''
-->'''Mendel''': --or we could just blow it up.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The "''Monster Wars''" trilogy is perhaps the darkest episodes in the series with the team splitting up, the Earth under threat of the AlienInvasion by the Leviathans, all monsters are completely loose, and Godzilla meets his father... [[spoiler: in cyborg form]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Elsie's the most prodigious team snarker, Monique being a close second. Mendel Craven has his moments as well, after the other two.
* DestructiveSavior: To be fair, Godzilla's the [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever size of a building]], and his main abilities involves [[TunnelKing tunneling through the ground]] and [[BreathWeapon breathing]] [[KillItWithFire atomic fire]]. It's kind of unavoidable. An early episode has Godzilla causing so much damage to UsefulNotes/NewYork while trying to hunt down an infestation of giant mutated rats that the military believes he's simply on the attack.
** "Underground Movement" had the city of Miami suing HEAT for damage caused not by Godzilla but by their own weapons. [[spoiler:Their lawyer gets them off on a technicality]].
* DownerEnding: "[[spoiler: End of the Line]]" doesn't have a happy ending for either Godzilla or Nick.
* EnergyAbsorption: Several of the monsters had this type of ability, whether it be against fire or some other form of energy.
* EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench: Monique.
* {{Expy}}: Hell, everything.
** Case and point, Cameron Winter is most likely an expy of SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor. A CorruptCorporateExecutive? Check. Attempt to control the most powerful creature on the planet (Superman's case, the most powerful alien on the planet)? Check. Attempt to destroy it? Check. Unlimited resources, and impossibly short prison time? Check. Hire {{Mooks}} and sometimes idiots? Checkmate.
* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: A rare case of the shift to family-friendly lasers actually being part of the story. Real guns are used at first, but after "Monster Wars," where the invaders left some of their weapons behind on Earth, lasers start appearing in the military's hands.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: All over the place. Many of the kaiju that are killed are given rather nasty demises. The most notable are probably the Chameleon's death, which is TakenForGranite and crumbles to dust, [[spoiler: Cyber-Zilla]] getting disemboweled ''on-screen'', and the multiple times Godzilla finishes off an enemy by '''burning them alive'''.
* FantasticVoyagePlot: "What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been". Of course, since they're going inside ''Godzilla'', no shrinking is required. The Big Guy has some massive blood vessels.
* FeedItWithFire: Several times had Zilla fire his plasma breath at both the Fire Monster ("Ring of Fire") and the Crackler manifested from dreams ("What Dreams May Come"), each time causing them to grow bigger and more powerful as a result. "D.O.A." had a military force use a biological weapon against El Gusano Gigante, but it turned out to be derived from its ''natural food'', so it fed on the weapon to grow bigger, stronger and pointier.
* FiveManBand
** TheLeader: Nick is the founder of H.E.A.T. and the guy in charge
** TheLancer: Monique.
** TheBigGuy: ''Godzilla Junior'', even nicknamed as such.
** TheSmartGuy: The whole team to some extent but mainly Mendel and Randy.
** TheChick: Elsie.
* FriendOrIdolDecision: Of a sort. [[spoiler: During the Monster Wars episodes, Godzilla is reunited with his (cybernetically reconstructed) father, and joins the aliens with MoreThanMindControl. In the last episode of the three-parter, he's torn between staying loyal to his adopted father and joining his biological father.]]
* FungusHumongous: "Underground Movement," where an enormous fungus was sucking anything with any sort of nutrients alive dry in Michigan.
* FunWithAcronyms: Randy originally intended "H.E.A.T." to mean "High-performance Environmental Attack Team". Nick wisely changes it.
** S.C.A.L.E. for Servants for Creatures Arriving Late to Earth.
** The Dragmas in "Future Shock" got their name from [[spoiler:Insley's website, the Democratic Resurgence Against a Global Mechanized Armageddon]].
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Monique threatened to hurt their lawyer Ray if he calls her "sweetie" in the episode "Underground Movement". He does so, and as Ray goes into details about the destruction caused, Nick has to restrain Monique from punching their lawyer from behind his back without his knowledge.
* FutureBadass: [[spoiler:Craven]] in "[[BadFuture Future Shock]]".
** Also N.I.G.E.L. and Hicks.
* GaiasVengeance: In "The Ballad of Gens Du Marais".
* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke: How the Chameleon is created.
** As well as the [[HeroKiller D.R.A.G.M.A.'s]] in "Future Shock", and the DNA Mimic in "Trust No One".
* GiantEqualsInvincible: Unlike the [[Film/{{Godzilla 1998}} film]], this is played straight. The only time a monster would die in this series is by fighting each other or a specialized weapon by the main character. Even when it's specially meant to kill, it could have the possibility to hurt Godzilla himself, as Nick had to be careful when the DNA creature turns into Godzilla and Elise says it could kill him. However, Godzilla is still shown to at least be able to be hurt by conventional weapons, and in "Monster Wars", when the mind control over the monsters is broken and they turn the aliens, the aliens' warships swiftly kill them.
* GiantFlyer: Skeetara, Giant Bat, Quetzacoatl, Giant Cicada, the Giant Hummingbirds, the Giant Bees and their Queen...
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Most notably, Big G Junior himself.
* GodzillaThreshold: Somewhat the trope namer. While Godzilla comes to the human's aid by himself, H.E.A.T decides to use his computerized voice to summon him when there's a kaiju that gives them trouble.
* HappilyAdopted: Interestingly enough, it was Godzilla that technically adopted Nick as his father since the giant lizard imprinted on him (Nick was the first thing he saw and was covered in egg slime). Since then, the two have formed a bizarre father/son bond and protect one another from danger.
* HiveMind: The Tacyhon aliens.
* HiveQueen: Queen Bee (or rather, giant radioactive volcano bee) and Termite Queen.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Usually by the climax or the episode's end.
** [[spoiler:Dr. Jonathan Insley was killed by his own genetically-created Dragmas in the BadFuture and is almost killed by the infant versions in the present in "Future Shock".]]
** Maximilian Spiel in "Cash of Titans" gets his comeuppance when [[spoiler:the very Giant Water Beetle he sent to attack H.E.A.T. at the beginning gets tossed onto him in the end]].
** [[spoiler:Colonel Charles Tarrington nearly gets killed by his own bio-engineered scorpions in "Where Is Thy Sting"]].
** Paul Dimanche's greed for money [[spoiler: lands him in prison when Animal taped him admitting bribery in "The Ballad of Gens Du Marais"]].
** Tobias Wilson in "Freak Show" [[spoiler: is hinted to have gone to prison when he [[TooDumbToLive tries to steal away a liquified Medusa under the team's and Hick's noses despite the havoc created and obvious danger she presented]]]].
** Milo Sanders's greed for fame and money [[spoiler:has him getting arrested for stealing the team's helicopter in "Tourist Trap"]].
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Sometimes, the human antagonists prove to be just as dangerous as, if not more dangerous than, the mutants. Cameron Winter, General Albondinga, the supervisor behind the petroleum-eating nanotech, the three hunters who tried to bag Godzilla, [[spoiler: Dr. Hugh Trevor]], the Antarctic expedition leader Chad Gordon, the creator of the DNA mimic, Jonathan Insley of D.R.A.G.M.A., Maximilian Spiel, S.C.A.L.E., Tobias Wilson, Paul Dimanche, [[spoiler: Colonel Charles Tarrington]]...
** Not to mention the mutations only arose because of the actions of humanity in the first place.
* HumongousMecha: Robo-Yeti; the "Lizard Slayer" machines.
* HunterOfHisOwnKind: Many of the mutations were caused by radiation like in Godzilla's origin story. Not quite so tragic as most examples as many of them would just as soon as kill Godzilla as look at him.
* HypocriticalHumor: In "Future Shock":
-->'''Kid:''' [[CatchPhrase Go go go]]!
-->'''Nick:''' Kid's kind of bossy, isn't he?
** And in "Underground Movement".
-->'''Randy:''' Dinner is served. ''*produces berries in one hand and insects in the other*''\\
'''Mendel:''' Sorry, Franchise/{{Rambo}}, but I am ''not'' putting those in my mouth. ''*proceeds to drink water being filtered through a sock*''\\
'''Randy:''' ''*[[{{Beat}} stares]]*'' Ditto.
* ILoveNuclearPower: Quite a few mutations are the result of radiation.
* {{Imprinting}}: The entire series' plot depends on Godzilla imprinting on Nick.
* IndyPloy: Executed more often than plans fully thought through.
* InMediasRes: The first scene of "New Family Part One" is the tail end of the cab chase from the film and the F-18s' run on Godzilla Sr.
** "S.C.A.L.E" opens with Audrey addressing the camera for her report during Godzilla's fight with MonsterOfTheWeek. The rest of the episode details HowWeGotHere.
* IntrepidReporter: Nick's girlfriend Audrey. Godzilla being the biggest scoop of all, they clash often.
* {{Irony}}: "What would ''Gojira'' be doing in Japan?"
** Which also doubles as a MythologyGag.
* JurisdictionFriction: A variation in "Competition". The Japanese SDF had Robo-Yeti and head scientist Dr. Yukiko Ifukube had assumed that Godzilla was the one who was the cause of the hikers' disappearance. They eventually work with H.E.A.T. on dealing with the real culprit, the King Cobra.
* JustAStupidAccent: See Irony.
* {{Kaiju}}: Of course.
* KingKongClimb: See the page picture.
* LegionOfDoom: "Monster Wars."
* MacGyvering: His ButtMonkey status aside, Mendel's the one who usually rigs something up on short notice that saves the teams' lives. Best example is using Animal's camera and his own watch to make a tuning fork to permanently disable Spiel's high-beam spotlight that was preventing Godzilla from fighting properly in "Cash of the Titans". All of them have done some MacGyvering, but not as much as Mendel.
* MadScientist: Dr. Insley in "Future Shock."
* ManipulativeBastard: Cameron Winter.
* MarriedToTheJob: Audrey states that between herself and Nick when Nick tries to propose to her.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: The Swamp Monster and Georges of "The Ballad of Gens Du Marais". While Nick sticks with the scientific thinking of the Swamp Monster being a mutation, Georges responds back with "We all believe what we wanna believe".
* MegaManning: Skeetera, the giant mosquito whom could drain other monster's powers with their blood. Including Godzilla's fire.
* MonsterOfTheWeek: Although many of the most notable creatures would return in the "Monster Wars" three-parter.
** The series was known for odd yet real-looking kaiju designs, so it was part of the fun to see the latest monster, and whether it was a bird or a fungus.
* MonumentalDamage: In the Monster Wars trilogy, with this many kaiju and locations, it's inevitable. With a homage of ''Film/DestroyAllMonsters'' to boot.
* {{Nanomachines}}: The [[NanoMachines Nanotech]] creature was originally designed to bio-degrade plastic. Naturally, it grows out-of-control and eats all the petroleum-based things it can find.
* NoGuyWantsAnAmazon: Averted with Monique and Randy.
* NonActionGuy: Craven wants ''so badly'' to be one of these. Unfortunately, circumstances just won't let him.
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: Almost constantly; usually, Godzilla. And of course, many a MonsterOfTheWeek turned out to be NotQuiteDead come "Monster Wars."
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: In "D.O.A.," Randy and Monique break into a facility to obtain samples of the poison affecting Godzilla. Randy is made to stand guard and ends up surrounded by three armed guards. Monique steps out of the supply room, appraises the situation, and the scene cuts to a shot of the outside of the facility with the sounds of the fight cut over it. It moves back to show the three guards tied up.
** In the BadFuture featured in "Future Shock," Hicks says that, to combat the Dragmas, he released all the monsters from Monster Island (which included, at least, C-Rex, King Cobra and the Giant Bat), but that they all fell in battle. None of this conflict is shown at all.
* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: Nick's original field is radiobiology (radiation's effects on living things, which is still in effect even if they don't always go into detail) and Elsie's a paleo-biologist and paleontologist, so it would stand that they would know biology. Elsie has also been mentioned to be the animal behavior expert a few times. While Mendel's exact field wasn't mentioned in the film, he's established as the team's roboticist (what with the repairs N.I.G.E.L. goes through) and is shown to be quite the computer programmer, biochemist, and mechanical engineer. All three have some knowledge of the various branches in chemistry, botany and especially zoology, considering what they're dealing with. Elsie even lampshades their scientific omnidiscipline by mentioning Mendel having two [=PhDs=] in the first episode.
* OutOfOrder: The original airdates put King Cobra's debut in "Monster Wars," when it should have [[NotQuiteDead not-quite died]] in the episode aired ''right after that'', "Competition."
* PairTheSpares: In the last ten seconds of the series, Monique finally admits an attraction to Randy, thus pairing off all the (human) members of HEAT.
** Not really an example. There had been romantic tension between those two (or least, on Randy's end, anyway) since the moment Monique was introduced as a character.
* PapaWolf: Inverted. Godzilla Jr. goes to crazy lengths to protect his adoptive father, which is often pointed out.
** It is played straight fairly often too, if you are human and you do something that can harm Godzilla, Nick ''will'' cut a bitch.
* PlayfulHacker: Randy.
* RaisedByHumans: Godzilla imprinted on Nick as his adopted father. He will save other humans if he has to. While knowing that there are [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters humans who are bastards]].
* [[RecurringCharacter Recurring Monsters]]: In "Monster Wars," Crustaceous Rex, King Cobra, El Gusano, Queen Bee and Cryptocleidus all made return appearances. In the later episode "S.C.A.L.E.," Crustaceous Rex and King Cobra (as well as the Giant Bat introduced in "Monster Wars"') appeared again, this time as captives on Monster Island.
* RecycledTheSeries
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Godzilla originally glows orange eyes before launching his atomic breath. It becomes red later on, indicating that his BreathWeapon is becoming stronger.
* RememberTheNewGuy: Randy is introduced in the first episode of the series as Nick's 14 month long assistant, meaning he would have been present, but offscreen during the events of the film. Similarly, Nick also owns his own private research facility on Staten Island (which becomes HEAT's base) that was never mentioned in the film, which is where Randy apparently was during that time.
* RidiculousFutureSequelisation: A movie marquee in "Future Shock" displays "{{Film/Ghostbusters}} ''10''"
* RobotNames: ''Next-Millennium Intelligence Gathering Electronic Liaison'', or N.I.G.E.L.
-->'''Randy''': "Wouldn't that be 'Nmigel?'"
** This makes Randy's intended "High-performance Environmental Attack Team" line for their group's name a bit of HypocriticalHumor in the third episode, "Talkin' Trash".
* RunningGag: You can count on N.I.G.E.L. being smashed to pieces by the MonsterOfTheWeek or Junior at least once per episode.
--> '''Craven:''' ''[sigh]'' I should just order spare parts in bulk.
* ScienceHero: A whole team of them, really. Even Monique has HiddenDepths like translating ancient Arabian glyphs.
* ShootingSuperman: Naturally, though not as bad as the Japanese films since this is set as the same continuity where shooting a giant monster worked, and the army is usually GenreSavvy enough to avoid it, but still has some blatant cases like soldiers trying to shoot the C-Rex with small arms.
* ShoutOut: Several pop culture references an episode is the norm. And then, Elsie mentions a [[Film/EbirahHorrorOfTheDeep giant lobster]] attacking the coast of Manila. Also a MythologyGag: When Nick tries to awaken Godzilla, he shouts to him if he's gonna let those "[[Film/GodzillaVsMechagodzilla Space]] [[Film/TerrorOfMechagodzilla Monkeys]]" defeat him and take over Earth. "Competition" has one where JSDF Dr. Yukiko Ifukube is named after composer Music/AkiraIfukube, who composed many of the haunting soundtracks for the ''Godzilla'' films.
** In "Bird of Paradise," Elsie's ex-fiancÚ is named Lawrence Cohen. LarryCohen wrote and directed QTheWingedSerpent. Both the film and the episode feature the Aztec god Quetzlcoatl as an antagonist, and the episode based the monster design on the one in the film.
** Outside of the MythologyGag with Robo-Yeti to the first two Mechagodzilla incarnations, it's skeleton appearance also serves as a ShoutOut to "Terminator".
* ShownTheirWork: Granted, ArtisticLicense is in force on various aspects (such as HollywoodAcid multiple times), but most of the material shown and talked about did have basis in real life science at the time of the show's airing. Other subjects not science-based is also demonstrated, such as:
** Mendel uses a sock to filter water from a river for drinking purposes in "Underground Movement", a real wilderness survival technique.
** Monique makes note that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitution_of_Japan Japan's constitution]] doesn't allow their military to have offensive weapons, to which Yukiko insists that Robo-Yeti is defensive in "Competition".
* SlapSlapKiss: Randy and Monique.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: "S.C.A.L.E" plays out as a found footage episode, framed as a report Audrey does on the events of the episode, comprising of footage from Animal's camera as well as interviews with the HEAT team and security footage from Monster Island.
* SpikeShooter: The Giant Bees in "Hive" and the Thorny Devil in "Area 51".
* SpotTheImpostor: The shapeshifting DNA Mimic began mimicking Junior at the climax of "Trust No One", and Nick had to tell them apart.
** Which is actually an {{homage}} to the classic sci-fi movie ''Film/TheThing1982''.
* StockScream: N.I.G.E.L.'s robotic "AAAAARRRGGGGGHHHHH!"
* StrongFleshWeakSteel: Likely in part because of censors regarding violence, flesh and blood giant monsters are always more durable than anything mechanical, most notably shown in "Competition" Godzilla manages to stay in the fight after the King Cobra tries to crush him, but the Robo-Yeti gets knocked of the fight both times, the second time actually leading to it's head getting broken off.
* TheyKilledKenny: The previously-mentioned N.I.G.E.L.-smashing.
** His voice actor is even named Kenny!!
** This led to a perceived rivalry with said trope namesake.
* ThematicThemeTune: The opening theme to the show is ''very'' serious in tone, unlike ''WesternAnimation/TheGodzillaPowerHour'', which fits the very serious tone of the show incredibly well.
* TooDumbToLive: Circus Mutant Mania ringmaster Tobias Wilson in "Freak Show", in particular regards to Medusa. Had he done some research on observing Medusa after capturing her but before debuting her, it wouldn't have led to her escaping and creating havoc throughout NYC on dehydrating anything with water.
** Milo Sanders, the "tour guide" of the Manhattan Monster Line in "Tourist Trap", kept putting his passengers and himself in harm's way despite being warned multiple times to leave the area when Godzilla was fighting the Deep Dweller. It's a surprise the city hasn't shut his "tour ride" operation down before [[spoiler:his arrest at the end for stealing H.E.A.T.'s helicopter]].
* TookALevelInBadass: Purposefully done with Junior. He's much tougher than his daddy and much closer to the PowerLevels of the Japanese Godzilla.
** Also, Nick is much more active than he used to be when MatthewBroderick portrayed him in the movie.
** Same with Craven, who gets more into the action as the show goes on.
* TornadoMove: "The Twister" featured a giant mutated shrew that had somehow fused with a tornado.
* TrueCompanions: Snarking at each other aside, the team always have each others' backs, even Godzilla. Hicks as well.
* TunnelKing: Godzilla, like his daddy, but even better at it than he was.
* TurtlePower: The giant turtle in "End of the Line."
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: After Godzilla saves several people in a RunawayTrain (using his hands, though that probably hurt a bit for a kaiju like him), the passengers seem to not panic after he saves them, and just walks off casually.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Craven and Randy.
* WesternTerrorists: SCALE (Servants of Creatures Arriving Late to Earth), the AnimalWrongsGroup who frees imprisoned {{Kaiju}} to [[GaiasVengeance purge humanity]].
* WeCanRebuildHim: [[spoiler: Zilla Senior]] is brought back as [[spoiler: Cyber-Godzilla]] by aliens to fight the star of the show.
* WhamEpisode: "Monster Wars" which has an AlienInvasion, most of the kaiju being mind-controlled as weapons, [[spoiler: Cyber-Zilla]], the HEAT team facing it's DarkestHour, and more. [[spoiler: Just to top it off, several of the recurring kaiju are KilledOffForReal in the big finale.]]
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: More often than not, most authoritative figures or those with some power tend to always opt for the perspective of seeing the kaiju as simply monsters, animals at best (if that could even be considered "best", given animal cruelty cases). Examples include: the captain from Fort [=McKinley=] in "End of the Line" evoking with "a monster is a monster"; just seeing them as weapons as demonstrated in "Where Is Thy Sting"; or just "toys" tied to money, as seen in "Freak Show", "Winter of Our Discontent", and "Tourist Trap". Major Hicks is about the only authoritative person to at least consider alternative options and give the kaiju a smidgen of respect for their abilities.
* WhatTheHellHero: Nick calls Georges out on this in "The Ballad of Gens Du Marais" when [[spoiler: the Swamp Monster trashes Dimanche's paddle boat during a Mardi Gras celebration, pointing out that Georges was [[NotSoDifferent no different]] than Dimanche on not caring who gets hurt in the process during the pursuit of their goals]].
* WholePlotReference:
** The "Monster Wars" three-parter was based on the Godzilla movie ''Film/DestroyAllMonsters''.
** "Trust No One" is basically a PG-version of the ''Film/TheThing1982''.
** "Future Shock" is ''Film/ReignOfFire'', which is impressive considering [[OlderThanTheyThink it came out three years before the movie]].
* WhosLaughingNow: "What Dreams May Come." A rather literal case there, as the Crackler monster has this weird chuckle-growl when active.
* WhyIsntItAttacking: The reason why Junior didn't eat Nick in the first episode on their second encounter? Because he imprinted on Nick not long after hatching and sees Nick as his "dad".
* {{Wormsign}}: Junior, of course.
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