"To fight monsters, we created monsters of our own."
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.
Anime and Manga
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann starts off as a typical battle between Humongous Mecha who over the series escalates into galaxy sized ones.
- Attack on Titan: The titans don't normally fight each other and go exclusively after humans. but starting on the "Battle Of Trost District" Arc, The Rogue titan was introduced and it exclusively attacks other titans. leading to titan duels and brawls that can completely wreck cities as if they're made of Styrofoam.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: The eponymous EVA mechs are used by NERV to fight angels, which resemble weird giant aliens with no uniform appearance. the only thing that qualifies them as "angel" is that they have a "blood pattern blue".
- One Piece: On Little Garden Island, there are 2 giants who have battled against each other for about a century. They've forgotten the cause for their battle, and now they just do it for fun.
- The Big O: the eponymous Humongous Mecha battles other robots (called Megadeus) and a few giant monsters over the course of the series.
- Pokémon: Several battles between legendary Pokémon: Groudon vs. Kyogre, Dialga vs. Palkia, etc.
- Yu-Gi-Oh!: Several battles between Egyptian God Cards, between the God Cards and the Great Leviathan, and between Zorc and Exodia, the Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon, and Horakhty.
- The climactic battle in Lanfeust is fought between giant energy clones of Lanfeust and Thanos over a major city.
- 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.
- One issue of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight comics features a fight between Giant Dawn and Mecha-Dawn, while a delighted Xander watches.
- 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.
- BIONICLE: In the final battle between Mata Nui and Makuta Teridax, both of them are inhabiting enormous, multi-million-foot-tall robots.
- 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.