"Listen kid: There are two things you don't know about the earth. One, is me. And the other is... Godzilla."
— Captain Gordon
The 28th Godzilla film and the sixth and final entry in the Millennium era. Due to the previous films not making enough yen, Toho decided to temporarily retire Godzilla with a bang. They brought back many Kaiju that haven't been seen in many decades, a music soundtrack different to previous movies, and a more action-oriented story. Unfortunately, it was the least attended film of the Millennium series and reviews were mixed. Some criticized it for not developing the story and characters enough while others lauded it for being a fun celebration of the King of the Monsters. Known in Japan as Gojira: Fainaru Wōzu.In a world where warfare and pollution have created human mutants and giant monsters of destruction, the Earth Defense Force (EDF) deploys its greatest weapons to bury Godzilla in ice. Seventeen years later, the EDF discovers the body of Gigan, whose genetic composition matches the genes found in mutants. Then monsters begin attacking all over the world and the EDF is on the offensive when UFOs apparently destroy them. The Xilians claim to be of peaceful intention and warn of the coming of the destructive asteroid Gorath. But the EDF discovers the Xilians' true intention of taking over the Earth and, after one of the Xilians commits a coup d’état, all the monsters are unleashed and most of the mutants are controlled.In an act of desperation, the remaining EDF members and their allies decide to free Godzilla. With their flying submarine battleshipGotengo, they guide him across the world, where he makes short work of the monsters; first trouncing Zilla in Sydney, than facing Kumonga in New Guinea. He duels Kamacuras in Osaka, Anguirus, Rodan and King Ceasar at Mount Fuji, Ebirah and Hedorah on the outskirts of Tokyo and finally arrives in Tokyo proper. As the mutants take their battle to the Xilians, though, Godzilla faces Monster X in Tokyo, who proves himself to be very powerful indeed, even mutating into a quadrapedal, golden beast known as Monster X-II, or Kaiser Ghidorah...
Artistic License - Biology: Xilians pretending to be humans can be identified by the fact that they don't blink. That may sound creepy, but, in reality, this would mean that their eyes would get dirty.
But then again, they don't appear to have any eyes when they're out of their disguises.
Broad Strokes: This film makes a number of references to Showa-era, Heisei-era, AND Millenium-era movies, all of which were set in different continuities from each other. Exactly where Final Wars fits into it all is unclear. The only returning actors are Masami Nagasawa and Chihiro Otsuka as the Shobijin, who also played them in Tokyo S.O.S..
Composite Character: Or composite race. The Xilians first hailed from Invasion Of Astro Monster, but were humanoid aliens. Here they have human disguises like the aliens from the black hole in the Showa Mechagodzilla films.
Conspicuous CG: Zilla is the only monster rendered in CG, and it shows.
Though considering that Zilla was among the least liked kaiju for a while, this may have been intentional.
Curbstomp Battle: Godzilla defeats most of the monsters easily. This changes with Monster X.
One-Letter Name: X, whose actual name humans wouldn't be able to understand.
One Kaiju Army: Godzilla, who basically singlehandedly plows through an entire gauntlet of kaiju that the Xilians throw at him, each of which has taken down everything Earth threw at them up to that point, even taking out Anguirus, Rodan and King Caesar at the same time. "Most destructive weapon on Earth", indeed.
The Starscream: X, who isn't fond of the subtle plan. A successful one as well.
Stylistic Suck: Many of the effects are breathtaking, but many of the monsters are portrayed by People in Rubber Suits and look like it. This was deliberate, as homage, apparently.
Take That: In one of the most brutal examples of this trope in action, Godzilla fights Zilla and wins, effortlessly, in less than 20 seconds. Just to rub it in further, the frustrated villain then mutters: "I knew that tuna-eating lizard was useless" (or, in the English dub, "I knew that tuna-head wasn't up to much"). The music used in the fight, Sum 41's All To Blame, further highlights Toho's opinion of Zilla. In an earlier scene, a boy throws a Gamera action figure into his fireplace while screaming insults at it. Subtle, Toho, subtle.
It's very likely deliberate that Zilla is also the only kaiju who is rendered with CG graphics, and faces off against a Godzilla depicted through old-school rubber suit effects.
Toho actually bought the rights to use Zilla just so they could kill it.
Much like with Zilla, the very brief scene with Hedorah appearing and getting unintentionally stabbed in the eye by Ebirah can be interpreted as such, considering Tomoyuki Tanaka's reaction to Godzilla vs. Hedorah and the fact that he made sure that Yoshimitsu Banno, the director of vs. Hedorah, would never direct another Godzilla film.
Testosterone Poisoning: Captain Gordon may be the most macho human being who has ever lived. Example: He faces down Godzilla personally, on foot, with a sword. He gives Chuck Norris a run for his money!
Token White: Captain Douglas Gordon is among the main characters.
True Final Boss: Kaiser Ghidorah, the last villain (Xilian or monster) standing.
The Unpronounceable: The species and individual names of the Xilians. They use code names instead.
Would Hit a Girl: Captain Gordon. At one point he fights two Xilians, one male, one female. He dispatches the male, then has a fight with the female. After he gets the upper hand, he has his fist pulled back ready to deck her, when she asks "you wouldn't hit a woman would you?". He then hesitates, opens his hand, smiles...then says "Yeah." and knocks her out with a karate chop to the neck!