Behemoth Battle

"To fight monsters, we created monsters of our own."
Raleigh Becket, Pacific Rim

What's better than having a huge monster? Having two huge monsters! That's fighting!

A staple of monster- and kaiju-focused movies (but in no way limited to that medium), where two giant creatures square off in a no-holds-barred fight, just because they can. Makes for great visuals and even more collateral damage. As a highly visual trope, only examples shown on-scene should be added.

The word creature should be interpreted quite liberally here. It matters more how it looks than how it functions. Giant humanoid robots and other Humongous Mecha are explicitly included.

In no small degree builds on Rule of Cool and Cool Versus Awesome. See also Everything's Better with Dinosaurs and Monster Mash.

Examples are generally sorted chronologically.


Examples:

Anime and Manga

Comic Books
  • The climactic battle in Lanfeust is fought between giant energy clones of Lanfeust and Thanos over a major city.
  • Kaijumax is an odd example: the series is about a prison for giant monsters, and it's told on their scale. They may not look giant to the reader, but they definitely are.

Film

Literature
  • In Ragnarök, the first sequel to Valhalla, an internet sequence features a fight between a colossal crab with a mountain for a shell and a gargantuan arctic fox. The battle wrecks half the Nikkei site, throwing the world into economic turmoil for the rest of the book.
  • In The Voyage of St. Brendan, St. Brendan the Navigator and his crew are pursued by a giant fish that wants to swallow them. Upon their prayers, another nondescript "great monster" appears that fights the first monster and kills it. A few chapters later, under very similar circumstances, the voyagers witness a battle between a gryphon and another giant bird.
  • In the finale of The Brothers Lionheart, Jonathan vanquishes the dragon Katla by rolling a boulder on her that pushes her into a waterfall. Karm, the 'lindworm' that inhabits the waterfall attacks Katla, and Jonathan and Skorpan watch in awe as the two monsters fight each other to death.

Live-Action TV

Tabletop Games

  • BattleTech (1984): Tactical wargame centered on giant piloted robots (or mechs). Had a focus on team tactics, ie groups of mechs fighting each other. Spawned the BattleTech Expanded Universe franchise.
  • In the Greyhawk setting module WG7, Castle Greyhawk, a battle between an Apparatus of Kwalish and an iron golem piloted by an orc takes place on level 5. It's an Affectionate Parody of FASA's BattleTech game (the orc is even named "Fahzah").
  • King of Tokyo is all about kaiju battling each other.
  • Monsterpocalypse has this as its main premises, with every kaiju stereotype duking it out with one another. From giant monsters, aliens, and Eldritch Abomination's.
  • Warhammer 40,000 which has has several faction who have massive mechs called Titans. Tyranids possess kaiju sized bio-titans.

Toys

  • BIONICLE: In the final battle between Mata Nui and Makuta Teridax, both of them are inhabiting enormous, multi-million-foot-tall robots.

Video Games

  • MechWarrior (1989) are about giant mechs with human pilots battling it out, based on the BattleTech game. Received several sequels.
  • War Of The Monsters (2003) is a Fighting Game where you can play as different kinds of Kaiju.
  • In Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (2008), there is an epic battle between the original Metal Gear Rex from the first Metal Gear Solid game, and a Metal Gear Ray unit.
  • On one memorable location on Gran Pulse in Final Fantasy XIII (2009), you encounter a behemoth (a huge and nasty monster type) and a giant dog-like monster fighting each other. The two of them block the passage to your destination but are so consumed by their fight that you can sneak past them with a bit of luck. If they do spot you, it results in a Męlée ŕ Trois where you can play one of them against the other to make it slightly easier.
  • God of War III (2010) opens up with battle between the Titan Gaia and Poseidon's One-Winged Angel form.
  • The opening cutscene of Xenoblade (2010) features a titanic clash between the the god-like entities Mechonis and Bionis. They are so big that after said battle their still standing corpses form the entire world in which the normal sized characters live on.
  • The Wonderful 101 (2013) has battles between Humongous Mecha and even bigger Humongous Mecha.
  • Colossal Kaiju Combat: it's right there in the title.
  • The final boss of Copy Kitty is either a mech in the size of a fortress, or an enormous Spider Tank. Depending on which character you use, once you beat your respective giant robots, you get to ride it and destroy the other.
  • Xenoblade takes this trope to an absolutely massive scale by having two continent-sized titans fighting each other, as part of the backstory. Since the epic battle, various races have come to grow and live on the dead hulks. The fact that it turns out they're not quite dead after all, and why, is one of the major reveals of the story.
  • One of the levels in Super Smash Bros. Melee has a giant Bowser fighting an equally giant Donkey Kong on skyscrapers, as an homage to King Kong vs. Godzilla.

Web Comic

Western Animation

  • One of Terry Gilliam's Monty Python animations was about an invasion of killer cars that were defeated by atomically-mutated giant cats. Unfortunately the cats then ate the city.
  • Futurama:
    • "Anthology of Interest I": A giant Bender is attacking the city, so Professor Farnsworth enlarges Zoidberg to fight it.
      Hermes: We're jerked! Nothing can stop a monster that big!
      Prof. Farnsworth: Nothing except an even more equally big monster!
    • "Benderama": Bender combines with his nanoreplicants to form one giant Bender to fight an alien giant.
  • Godzilla: The Series: Godzilla versus Monster of the Week.