Matter cannot be created nor destroyed, only moved, displaced, changed into energy; or morphed into a new state....All four just happened...
In the heart of the Pacific Ocean, an all out invasion-turned gang-war occurred without warning between the two largest factions of the planet's kaiju population. As all hell is breaking loose on Solgell Island, the Global Defense Force see an opportunity to test a new superweapon, trying to rid the world of some of mankind's biggest threats while they are all clustered together. As the faction leaders unleashed their most devastating attacks, Dimension Tide fired and the combined energy seemed to erase some of the factions' power players off the map.
But, as the world cheered or bowed their heads in loss, none of them took a moment to realize Dimension Tide's blast, long believed to be an artificial black hole; behaved nothing like what theoretical physicists believed it should.
Six of the most powerful beings on the planet weren't crushed, imprisoned, or vaporized; they were moved.
Moved, changed, shrunk; but still very much alive. Equestria just got six new denizens just as a horror from the kaiju home realm sets its sights on Harmony's world.
The Bridge is crossover fanfic written by Tarbtano
and illustrated by Faith-Wolff
, combining My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
. The fanfic is currently in progress (latest chapter posted as of 1/28/2015), marked as incomplete currently with twenty four chapters (19 normal chapters, 4 bonus chapters, and a One-shot) and one Q&A section published.
, though the story is still on-going and not yet complete.
Secondary coverart here◊
This Fan Fic provides examples of:
- Adaptation Name Change: Xenilla for Spacegodzilla. Notes state that the author thought the official name sounded too ridiculous and felt silly typing it.
- Affectionate Nickname: Mothra Lea and Godzilla Junior are old friends, resulting in them calling each other Goji and Lele respectively.
- All Your Base Are Belong to Us: The gyaos flock attacking Canterlot.
- Alternate Continuity: The author combined several different continuities to create the universe that the kaiju in this story hail from, which he's dubbed the Amalgam Universe. It uses the Heisei Godzilla series as the base, but neatly ties in the Rebirth of Mothra trilogy, Pacific Rim, most of the Millennium age Godzilla series, the Legendary Pictures reboot, the Heisei Gamera series; and numerous single-movie kaiju names both from Toho and other companies. There's plenty of continuity mixing between franchises as well, with some changes that still make a lot of sense (for instance, Gamera is retooled into a Guardian Monster from Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack!, replacing Mothra, who already existed). The full timeline is viewable here.
- On the MLP side, the story takes place during the show's run with the kaiju entering Equestria midway through Season 4.
- Ambiguously Evil: Xenilla is an odd card to read. On one hand he had no qualms about destroying half a human city in his first outing and nearly killed Godzilla Senior twice. On the other hand he's not Chaotic Evil or needlessly destructive, having spared both Fluttershy and the toddler aged Godzilla Junior both times he first met them.
- The fact that he actually saved Junior's life in Final Wars brings even more questions to his motives.
- An Arm and a Leg: Hyper Gyaos used her beam to slice off Gaira's hand when he tried to ambush her.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Since this is a crossover with Godzilla, this trope is most definitely a thing that happens.
- The first examples we get in Equestria feature both villainous and heroic versions (right after each other no less!). Garble and his gang experience greed growth and rapidly change into full size dragons. Cue an injured Rainbow Dash inadvertently causing Anguirus to revert to his true form to save the day.
- Aura Vision: An advanced alicorn spell to detect disguises. It's what shows Luna and Celestia what the Kaiju-Converts gathered really are.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Princesses of Equestria, Luna and Celestia on the Equestrian side; and King of the Monsters, Godzilla on the Kaiju side.
- Back from the Dead: The unnamed Big Bad revives King Sombra for reasons unknown.
- Bad Dreams: Mothra is plagued by them because thanks to Genetic Memory she knows how it looked and felt when Godzilla Senior tore her father's throat out. She sometimes gets nightmarish flashbacks from Battra's POV whenever she looks at Junior or Xenilla. Just look at them!
- Badass Normal: To an extent, Anguirus. He is the only member of the featured kaiju cast without any projectile weapons though this is subverted in a purely powers sense as he does have the Canon Immigrant ability from the console video-games to superheat his spines.
- Badass Princess: Crash through her roof, beat down half her and her sister's guards; and you'll soon be questioning why Princess Luna even needed guards in the first place. She actually managed to knock out the ponified Godzilla before fainting from her injuries.
- Celestia is even stronger than that. 1,000 years more experience and a proximity based power boost from Luna give you enough strength to floor six fighting Kaiju-Ponies in one burst.
- Battle in the Rain: Hyper Gyaos vs. the rest of her flock.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Completely averted in Luna's fight with Godzilla. Over the course of the battle, the princess suffers a multitude of heavy and extremely visible◊ injuries.
- Benevolent Boss: Villainous example. The Big Bad gets the loyalty of numerous evil kaiju not only by a show of force, but by offering and giving them exactly what they wanted most. Most pledged their service without hesitation.
- On the positive side, Godzilla junior is considered the 'king' of the terran kaiju, who follow him out of well-earned loyalty and respect. He and his highest ranking subordinates are genuine friends. Likewise Princess Luna and Celestia are well respected in Equestria and care greatly for their subject's well being.
- Big Good: As stated below (see Take That), Princess Celestia is not the 'Tyrantestia' seen in some other fanfics. Here she is a beloved ruler who will do whatever she can to protect her subjects. Helps she is more than strong enough to floor the kaiju-ponies with a magic burst when enraged.
- Big Bad: Many readers at first assumed Xenilla and Destroyah were the main villains of the story. Then when Red was introduced a lot of them thought he would be the main villain. Turns out it's the being haunting Xenilla's nightmares and defeated Red before taking over Zenith. Though unnamed, some readers are speculating it's Bagan.
- Black and White Morality / White and Grey Morality: While the core group of heroes and heroines from both sides are benevolent, the morality of the villains is all over the place. Some like Irys and Monster X have redeeming qualities, others like King Sombra and King Ghidorah are completely evil.
- Blue and Orange Morality: Xenilla is a very tough nut to crack. He is completely honest, but can be brutally blunt with his words. He shows great dislike for both love and hatred, seeing them as controlling emotions; but at the same time he's far from stoic.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Sonata Dusk is aware she's in a story, referencing the author and the story reader's favorite activity.
- Broken Masquerade: The Gyaos attack on Canterlot, and Godzilla's defense of it, ruins any chance Celestia had of keeping the kaiju presence in Equestria a secret.
- Butt Monkey: Despite coming close to being a Hero Killer, Garble gets his tail handed to him — Rainbow Dash and Anguirus beat the tar out of him in his juvenile and adult stages, respectively. And just when he recovers, a supersonic flying Rodan uses him as a landing pad for a knockout.
- Canon Immigrant: Hokmuto makes an appearance in the bonus chapter. The movie came out when the story was being written, and readers liked the character so much that Tarbtano gave him an extended cameo and fight scene.
- Chaste Hero: Godzilla Jr. is this both figuratively and literally. As long as he feels the need to perform his duty (protect those less powerful than himself), he refuses fully relax or do anything for himself. This includes anything resembling a love life, on top of the fact that he's not interested (and clueless).
- Christmas Special: In a similar vein to the MLP realm jumping antics of the Halloween Special, Monster X and Irys (Hyper Gyaos) scout out the Equestria Girls realm, being temporarily turned into humans in the process.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Pit one of the most tanky and seasoned veteran fighters amongst Terra's native kaiju against a half dozen slightly smaller, inexperienced, and less durable dragons; and you can guess what happened when Anguirus after reverting to his full form thanks to Rainbow Dash intervened against the greed grown versions of Garble's gang.
- Cliff Hanger: Almost all of the chapters end on this to varying degrees, much to the joking ire of some readers.
Tarbtano (when asked why): "Because I'm evil and the devil made me do it."
- Continuity Nod: Even though this is a Massive Multiplayer Crossover, this is set after a largely unchanged Heisei series timeline with the grown up Godzilla Junior as the current Godzilla. This explains his calmer and gentler personality, so long as he isn't attacked; unlike the neutral or evil incarnations of the character.
- Cute Mute: Gentle Leaf is adorable enough to make Anguirus act protective over her.
- Cool Big Sis: Mothra is this in general towards her kaiju allies and is rapidly becoming this to Twilight.
- Designated Girl Fight: Downplayed and subverted significantly as multiple battles were present before it with gender as an afterthought, but the first kaiju on kaiju rumble in Equestria is Mothra vs. Gyaos.
- Divine Intervention: A currently unnamed being, more or less implied to be a spirit or deity, is the one who converses with and sends King Caesar back into Equestria's past.
- Happens again later on when the same being saves Twilight Sparkle's life and convinces Monster X to spare a guard.
- Considering Mothra's mythical status, she coming to Twilight's aid could arguably count.
- Doorstop Baby: King Caesar brought an orphaned pegasus foal that would grow up to be Princess Cadance to her adoptive parents during a storm just before he vanished.
- The Dragon: It's shown so far that Destroyah plays this role to Xenilla, albeit begrudgingly at best. Subverted in that they start out evil and are certainly not kind, but they don't seem to be the villains of the story.
- Dramatic Irony: There's quite a bit of this, as not all of the non-kaiju characters know that the newcomers they're interacting with are normally gigantic monsters.
- Xenilla is an enormous reptilian mutant born in the depths of space, leader of an entire faction of Kaiju, and bent on the conquest of earth. Seeing such a villain awkwardly comforting Sweetie Belle to keep up appearances is absolutely priceless.
- When Sunset Shimmer meets humanized Hyper Gyaos in the Equestria Girls realm, she assumes that Gyaos is from an abusive family due to her Broken Bird demeanor and claiming not to have a name. Given that Hyper Gyaos's "family" consisted of a mindless flock of horrific flying monsters that regularly turned to cannibalism to sate their unending hunger, Sunset is more right than she could ever begin to fathom.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: Celestia has a vision of the gyaos attack on Canterlot (and Godzilla's counterattack) shortly before it happens.
- Upon his 'birth', Xenilla got a onslaught of them foreseeing some monster that would destroy Earth. He assumed it was Godzilla.
- Dynamic Entry: Godzilla Junior returns to his full power in a brilliant display, complete with a massive Pillar of Light.
- Dumb Muscle: Megalon, who's basically the Kaiju equivalent of Derpy Hooves.
- Enthralling Siren: Sonata Dusk and Aria Blaze naturally. Unfortunately their song is less effective on humanized kaiju than it is normal humans when they try it on Monster X. It causes his Flashback Nightmare to flare up and leads to him accidentally wrecking the car they were all in.
- Everything Is Better With Princesses: Xenilla doesn't think so. Though he respects Celestia and Luna's power, he thinks it's ridiculous that they call themselves princesses and not Queens. Upon finding out the ruler of the Crystal Empire was another Princess, he was down right dumbstruck and couldn't proceed without asking Cadance what was up with the titles. Hilariously, nopony could give him an answer as they apparently never gave it thought.
- Every Scar Has A Story: Princess Luna and Godzilla Junior exchange some explanations upon pointing out each others old wounds.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Destroyah is unable to understand any emotions other than anger and hate, even when she's feeling them.
- Evil Counterpart: Xenilla plays this straight to Godzilla junior at least in the latter's eyes. Some interaction makes it seem like Xenilla is more of an Anti-villain than the straight up monster Godzilla thinks he is.
- Evil Detecting Kaiju: When King Sombra in his shadow form infiltrates the Crystal Empire, Xenilla can sense him and instantly knows he is a malign threat.
- King Caesar didn't hesitate for a moment to prepare for battle when first meeting Tirek.
- Evil Power Vacuum: With Xenilla and Destroyah in Equestria, their faction has turned on each other, fighting for control.
- Evil vs. Evil: Red, demonic murderer who indulges in torture vs. the story's still unnamed villain, a cold and calculating destroyer. Red would have won if the fight continued longer, but was outnumbered and forced through a portal into an unknown dimension.
- A lesser example would be the short duel between Monster X and Grand King Ghidorah. It's quite clear those two do NOT like each other even if they are technically on the same side now.
- In the holiday specials, we have Gigan vs. Mane-iac and human form Monster X vs. Aria Blaze and Sonata Dusk.
- The story is currently setting up King Sombra vs. Xenilla.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The FiMfiction page extends the title and says precisely what kind of crossover it is.
- Played for Laughs with the humor based Halloween chapter. "Gigan gets attacked with shampoo as Megalon cosplays a Pirate".
- Expy: Because most of the kaiju only get hints of their personality in the source material, Tarbtano gave them all some traits to fill in the blanks. The result is minor cases of this underneath the source material, though thankfully in a tactful way that doesn't turn into Captain Ersatz.
- One reader noticed Monster X has a similar personality to Zen-Aku, with a possible Shout-Out scene. Word of God confirmed this was intentional.
- Several readers also noticed that his human form when in the Equestria Girls realm very closely resembles Homura from Sekirei. Word of God has this as an odd coincidence.
- Mothra seems to be a mix of her canon self from the Rebirth of Mothra series with some Lady Palutena and Leona thrown in.
- Anguirus appears to be channeling WheelJack at times.
- Rodan has more than one similarity to Falco.
- Flat "What.": Anguirus gives one (abet with an accent) after seeing Derpy Hooves come barreling into the palace, erradically flying around and nearly crashing into several characters before delivering her letter to Celestia and departing.
- Follow the Leader: Most crossovers between Kaiju properties and MLP were done mostly in the sense of taking a kaiju film and putting in ponies in place of humans, reusing film plots; and/or throwing the kaiju into Equestria fully formed but otherwise just as pure monsters. The Bridge was the one that either started or popularized the ideas of using a wholly original plot with transformed kaiju being given alot of characterization. Post-Bridge, several stories began using very similar ideas.
- My Little Destroyah technically did the Kaiju-to-Pony transformation first and had a lot of dialogue coming out of its titular character, abet it's scale was much smaller and it still mostly used Godzillavs Destoroyah's plot for it's latter run.
- For Nightmare Night, I'm Going As Myself: Megalon gets mistaken for being in costume, and talked into going trick-or-treating with Pipsqueak.
- Genetic Memory: Xenilla, being a mutated clone of Godzilla Senior, starts getting some memories from his "father" in his dreams.
- Mothra has this too, having some of the memories of all her predecessors (mother, grandmother, etc) as well as her "father" Battra.
- Go Mad from the Isolation: Subverted with the unnamed narrator of Time and Isolation (Monster X). He stays sane despite being imprisoned for decades, but isolation and relentless nightmares cause his memory to degrade into nothing.
- Groin Attack: Monster X takes one with a metal pipe from Sonata Dusk, because in a human body he wasn't aware that was a weak spot and got caught off guard.
- Hearing Voices: The being that brought King Caesar to the past chimes in with both Monster X and Twilight. The former to keep him from killing a guard, and the latter to save her from a Gyaos.
- Halloween Episode: A bonus chapter focusing on the misadventures of Gigan and Megalon has the latter getting roped into trick-or-treating with Pipsqueak (who thinks he's just in costume) and enjoying himself.
- Hope Spot: Mothra beats the Hyper Gyaos and the lesser ones it brought with it, only for an even larger flock of them to show up and attack Canterlot.
- Horrifying Hero: Canterlot's opinion of Godzilla during the Gyaos attack is mixed. Some cheered for him when he won, others were too focused on his brutal fighting methods and frightening appearance.
- This has led to half of the general populace to view Godzilla and the other kaiju as a threat.
- Humans Through Alien Eyes: Upon visiting the Equestria Girl's realm and seeing humans up close for the first time, Monster X can't help but comment on how bizarre they look.
- The Hunter Becomes The Hunted: The Hyper Gyaos, after being wounded and weakened by Mothra, gets chased by the rest of her flock when they smell her blood. She's forced to kill them all in self-defense.
- Improvised Weapon: After nearly getting run over by Aria and Sonata's car, a human transformed Monster X picks up and uses a broken metal fence pipe as a bo staff to damage the car after jumping on.
- Insistent Terminology: Xenilla insists on calling Cadence "Empress" no matter how many times she corrects him, since he can't wrap his head around the idea of a Princess ruling an empire. Poor Shining Armor, as a non-royal who married into the monarchy, can't get him to stop calling him "Consort".
Xenilla: I'm eager to see this.. crystal empire of yours, Empress.
Xenilla: Considering the architecture of your land Consort-
Shining Armor: Prince.
Xenilla: -Prince Consort.
- Irony: For awhile, Princess Luna and Godzilla Junior are very wary around each other after the two's battle, even after the misunderstanding was cleared. She doesn't trust him at all and he think she means to do him harm. Guess who were the first two characters the fans shipped together with lots of fan art...
- Gigan being flabbergasted that his attempt to make Mane-iac fall to her death didn't work on account of Toon Physics, considering Kaiju are probably the biggest violators of Square/Cube Law in fiction.
- After seeing Godzilla in his true form, Blade Dancer is understandably thrown for a loop, and asks for reassignment so that she can clear her head away from him. She ends up in the Crystal Empire... and assigned to guard Xenilla, who looks almost exactly like Godzilla.
- Kaiju: No really, read the premise and take a wild guess what's in the story...
- Landing in Someone's Bathtub: Inverted. The mass teleportation spell to bring both the converted kaiju and Elements of Harmony to the throne room teleports in Rarity while she's still bathing, bathtub and all.
Rodan: Oh look a white one
Rarity: *covering herself with shower curtain* WHAT IN THE NAME OF CELESTIA?!
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Monster X can't seem to remember a single thing about him prior to getting to the state he is in now, outside of some nightmarish still images.
Marigold: *as she's giving a tarp covered X a cloak for the rain* What's your name?
Monster X: I cannot remember...
- Last of His Kind: The Hyper Gyaos, due to a combination of Mothra (at the battle of the old castle), Godzilla (at Canterlot), and herself (in self-defense when they smell her blood and attack), is the only remaining member of her species.
- Legacy Character: Two of the most notable Good Kaiju are this. Mothra Lea has a lineage including her mother, the Heisei Mothra, and dozens of other Mothra in the past
- Godzilla Junior has both his adoptive father Senior (the Heisei incarnation), and the 1954 incarnation all being his predecessors by the same name.
- Legion of Doom: The Big Bad has assembled a multiple-franchise-spanning army of evil kaiju. And if his resurrection of Sombra is anything to go by, MLP villains will be joining the roster as well.
- Literal-Minded: Godzilla does not get metaphor or word play. At all.
- Living Lie Detector: Both Applejack, fitting her element of honesty, and to a lesser extent the Albino Hyper Gyaos seem to be able to pull this off.
- Made of Iron: While they can be physically harmed, the ponified kaiju and immortal alicorns are ridiculously durable for a pony.
- The Magic Goes Away: What happened to Terra (Kaiju home world) for the most part. 77,000 years ago they had The Fair Folk, Atlantis, and Magitek. Thanks to the Big Bad, the number of modern Terran magic users can now be counted with a single hand.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: Celestia putting her hoof down borders on this trope. And you thought Luna's Royal Canterlot voice was loud! When Celestia raises her voice, half the glass in the palace broke.
- Anguirus is in the same league when in his full form. His roar at point blank range is enough to rupture a dragon's eardrums and stun it.
- Massive Multiplayer Crossover: In addition to Toho's creations, numerous kaiju owned by other companies make appearances, ranging from Legendary Picture's Pacific Rim Kaiju, to Daiei's Gyaos and Legion; to Yonggu-Art's Yonggary. In addition, some of the fan made Equestrian characters from the story's readers and other groups on Fimfiction make cameos.
- Mood Whiplash: Monster X defeats Aria Blaze and has her completely at his mercy, leaving her no choice but to tearfully give up her siren heart necklace. Before she does, Sonata Dusk manages to catch X completely off guard by nailing him in his (very human) joy department, allowing the sirens to escape.
- Morality Pet: The Cutie Mark Crusaders are becoming this to Destroyah. While the latter party barely pays them any attention, the fact whom we are talking about has since never tried to harm them speaks volumes. They even managed to, much to all the kaiju's surprise, calm down the giant mare right when she was about to throw it down with Celestia.
- Mythology Gag: As a joke on their company's rivalry, the Toho kaiju use the word 'Daiei' in place of the word 'hell'; and the Daiei kaiju use 'Toho' for the same word.
Godzilla: Lady, what the Daiei are you doing?
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Destroyah pulls this, albeit completely unintentionally, when she attacks the Timberwolf pack about to kill the Cutie Mark Crusaders.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: When Megalon goes Trick-or-Treating with Pipsqueak, he wears a pirate outfit despite being a alien cyborg beetle.
- Noble Demon: Xenilla, when compared to his second in command. He has his goals, but won't act out for the sake of destruction unless he sees the need too. He at least had the decency not to blow up Fluttershy's cottage upon crash landing inside it. Being on the receiving end of 'the stare' helps.
- Monster X plays this trope in spades, killing several of Legion's soldiers for attacking a pony who couldn't hope to fight back, and even bandaging said pony up before ditching him.
- Noodle Incident: On both franchises no less. The alien kaiju reference but refuse to talk about some sort of "Radio incident with the Kilaaks", and the Equestrians bring up some destructive event only referred to the "Chocolate Milk accident". What exactly happened isn't mentioned.
- No Sell: Dragons would have more luck shooting Anguirus with a water hose than they would using their fire. Displayed spectacularly by Anguirus casually walking through a massive cone of fire completely unfazed. He IS a 'fire monster' after all.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: This story's version of Final Wars. Godzilla, Mothra, Anguirus, Rodan, Gamera, Yonggary, King Caesar, Raiga, Baragon, Gorosaurus, Manda, Gomora, and Varan AND Xenilla vs. Grand King Ghidorah, Gigan, Monster X, Orga, Hedorah, Megalon, Gyaos, Mechagodzilla; and the alien invasion fleets.
- One-Gender Race: Both the Mothra and Gyaos species are made up of parthenogenic females.
- This results in the male Mothra Leonote being genderflipped into Mothra Lea, who is otherwise identical as a character (Word of God confirms all of this). Tarbtano stated that since the species reproduces asexually, it would make more sense biologically for each offspring to be a clone-daughter to the mother. On top of that, Mothra is nearly always portrayed as and thought of as a female kaiju anyway.
- Origin Story: We have a teaser for Chapter 19 showing us the origin of Xenilla.
- Partial Transformation: The Kaiju turned Equestrian characters retain some physical traits and their now diminished powers. This is shown best by Destroyah (now massive pegasus mare) still having her horn, causing many characters and readers alike to mistake her for an alicorn.
- Played up with horrifying implications when more kaiju are sent to Equestria with fewer and fewer changes.
- Pillar of Light: Happens whenever one of the transformed kaiju get hit with enough magic to return to their original form. Often bright enough to light up the night and be seen miles away.
- Power Trio: The core group of benign kaiju was this back on Terra:
- Princesses Rule: Equestria's extensive use of this is lampshaded when Xenilla points out that, as ruler of the Crystal Empire, Cadence should be referred to as "Empress". When he questions why this isn't the case, none of the ponies he asks can answer — apparently, the thought never occurred to them.
- Psycho Rangers: The Anti-Villain counterparts to the above Power Trio
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: The only feature an injured pony can see as a hooded figure (Monster X) looms over them is it's glowing red eyes. Subverted as the figure just saved them from several Symbiotic Legion and even bandaged them up due to an honor code, so the being meant them no harm.
- Running Gag: The characters of the two franchises use some of their principle creators' names whenever they say 'God'.
- The ponies say "Faust" and "Bonnie", referencing Lauren Faust and Bonnie Zacherle, the principle concept creators for Friendship is Magic and My Little Pony respectively.
- Seems any character created Post Season 3 and for the Equestria Girls movies replaces "Faust" with "McCarthy", likely referring to writer Meghan McCarthy
- The kaiju roster says "Tanaka", referencing Tomoyuki Tanaka, one of the creators of the kaiju genre and the producer on almost all of Toho's monster films up until his death in the late 90s.
- Samus is a Girl: Several readers reacted like this when Destroyah was labeled female. The author went into detail in the Q&A why this is so.
- Scars Are Forever: Played with. Godzilla does have a large number of permanent scars from past battles, but his powers repress them from sight. When he's especially drained of power, however, they reemerge.
- Luna has a permanent scar under her wing, from a long ago battle with Tirek.
- Scar Survey: As mentioned above, both Luna and Junior are marked up and give each other a once over.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Attu Island contained the Big Bad.
- Shout-Out: Lots of them, both to official content from the source and outside franchises, fandom works, and unreleased series:
- Xenilla often calls Godzilla jr. "Icka'brod", which in their language means "brother". This is a nod to a kaiju fan film, Godzilla x Kaiju Killer, where a kaiju named Stalkus used it to call another character the same thing.
- The exchange between Luna and Junior as the former is about to launch the latter into battle is a RWBY reference.
- Spike gives a quick barrage of them when listing off the names of various historical Equestria figures, all of which are the names of or directly relate to other fictional horses:
- Shown Their Work: The creators did an interesting take on what happens when you transform one species into another but keep some of the original form's traits. To merely exist in the gargantuan forms they did without imploding, most kaiju would need to be made of extremely strong muscles, bone, and tissue. This explains how Godzilla can walk through concentrated cannon fire with barely a flinch. Keep about 1% of this ability when shifted into pony form, it explains why despite not technically being trained athletes; most of the ponified kaiju are incredibly strong and very tough.
- Arguably best shown in Godzilla Junior's fight with the Royal Guards (It was a misunderstanding). One guard repeatedly struck him in the ribs and gut to absolutely no effect. A sideways backhand by Junior dented in his bronze body armor and sent the guard hurling into a wall.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Monster X gives one the dark voice in his head (later shown to be Grand King Ghidorah) when it attempts to take over his mind.
- When Xenilla gives Blade Dancer a speech deriding love as an addiction that controls everyone, she responds by punching him in the face (hard enough that he actually feels it), states that when she's felt love it's been real, not an addiction, and ends by stating that if he's ever felt love, then by his own logic he's as much a slave as anyone else.
- The Smurfette Principle: While the ponies obviously don't need any help in this regard, extra effort is taken to avert this for the Kaiju. Mothra and Irys/Hyper Gyaos are established as being members of all-female species, and the usually ambiguous Destroyah is made explicitly female. That said, the trope still applies to the Kaiju Cast Herds individually, as they each have only one female member: The Terran Defenders have Mothra, The Mutations have Destroyah, and Monster X's group has Irys.
- Justified Trope in the case of Destroyah, given there are only two Mutations in the story, who's numbers are gender balanced.
- Sufficiently Analyzed Magic: A rather odd example of an inversion. Twilight and Mothra submit some of Godzilla's hairs to various spell based tests, and find out his biological radiation is nearly identical to highly unstable magic.
- Summon Bigger Fish: Let this be a hint. Garble and his gang are attacked by Anguirus after he transforms back into a Kaiju.
- Flock of 0.25-12,000 ton Gyaos and Super Gyaos flying towards Canterlot? Throw up a shield and let the 60,000 ton Godzilla have at it.
- The Swarm: The Gyaos and Legion swarms.
- Stronger Than They Look: Aria Blaze knows some martial arts, having learning it during her downtime in the human world. It catches the humanized Monster X off guard.
- Take That: Tarbtano does not like the "Tyrantestia" and "Waifu Luna" memes at all, taking several jabs at them.
- That Came Out Wrong: Nearly everything Godzilla Junior said to Starlight when talking about his interactions with various female characters. Junior is oblivious and talks about things that were entirely platonic, while Starlight keeps thinking it's innuendos and that Junior really gets around.
- Synonyms are Monster X's worst enemy. Upon trying to take Aria Blaze's necklace (called the 'Heart of a Siren'), but learning only she can take it off; he demands she "Surrender your Heart to me.". Both parties were embarrassed.
- The Faceless: Partially metaphorical, partially literal with Monster X. In his true form, his face is greatly obscured by a bone helmet fused to his head. In human form he's wearing a white mask and scarf. When Aria Blaze hits him hard enough to crack part of the mask off, she asks why he's hiding his face. X's retort?
Monster X: "This IS my face..."
- The Mirror Shows Your True Self: Much to his distress, Monster X sees Grand King Ghidorah appear in his reflection at a stream.
- The Reveal: The last paragraph of the bonus chapter is notable for this, as it reveals two previously unnamed characters. The first Monster X, appeared in an earlier chapter and was even the protagonist of the bonus chapter; going unnamed the entire time up until the last portion. The other was Gigan, whom X had crossed paths with and despite the two holding a conversation, he also was not revealed until the end.
- Tsundere: Mane-iac goes from fighting Gigan to attempting to crush on him after him hacking off most of her Prehensile Hair gives her a haircut she liked. Turns into a Yandere.
- Uncanny Valley: This is Blade Dancer's in-universe reaction to seeing Godzilla in his true form, since it's just similar enough to his unicorn form that she met him in to be unsettling.
- Unwitting Pawn: The Big Bad resurrects Sombra, seemingly just so that he'll attack the Crystal Empire.
- Villainous BSOD: The Hyper Gyaos after she's forced to kill the rest of her blood-crazed flock in self-defense, leaving her the only one left. And since she's sterile, she can't asexually reproduce like the others, leaving her literally the only one left.
- Villainous Friendship: Monster X, Gigan, and Megalon are old comrades and get along very well. And later, Irys (the Hyper Gyaos) joins the team.
- Villainous Rescue: A flashback reveals that during the Final Wars, Xenilla saved Godzilla's life from a Kill Sat, and then destroyed part of the invading fleet, because he views Terra as his to rule.
- Wonder Twin Powers: Celestia and Luna's magical prowess is much stronger when they are near each other. They are still powerhouses when alone, but being anywhere near one another increases their power by magnitudes.
- Worf Effect: The Big Bad establishes himself as the more dangerous or crafty of the villains by defeating long time fandom Big Bads Grand King Ghidorah and Red.
- You Are in Command Now: After the main kaiju were transported to Equestria, control of Godzilla's faction fell to Gamera, who's acting as "Regent" in light of the "King's" absence.
- You Can't Return To Your Realm: The situation with the first six kaiju that arrive. Dimension Tide brought them to Equestria and magic might be able to get them back, but for now they are stuck there. Mothra and Twilight are working on averting this.