Behemoth Battle

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"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! Then making them fight each other!

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 vs. Awesome. See also Everything's Better with Dinosaurs and Monster Mash.

Examples are generally sorted chronologically.


Examples:

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     Anime and Manga  

  • The entire Super Robot Genre, started with Mazinger Z, is based on this with giant Humongous Mecha battle giant creatures or robot (depending from the work).
    • The movie "UFO Robo Grendizer, Getter Robo G, Great Mazinger: Kessen! Daikaijuu" has these mecha (from different shows) allies to battle a giant prehistoric monster (more bigger than them) surviving unknowingly in the depths of the oceans.
  • 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 because said titan is Eren Yeager himself, having come into his power as a Titan Shifter. Naturally, this leads to titan duels and brawls as more shifters are revealed that can completely wreck cities as if they're made of Styrofoam.
  • The Big O: the eponymous Humongous Mecha battles other robots (called Megadeus) and a few giant monsters over the course of the series.
  • Naruto has Bee/Gyuuki and Naruto/Kurama battling 5 other tailed beasts. The resulting brawl is so intense and fast-paced that it even leaves Guy comparing it to Destroy All Monsters. And this is before they pull out their Tailed-Beast Bombs.
  • 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.
  • Pokémon: Several battles between legendary Pokémon: Groudon vs. Kyogre, Dialga vs. Palkia, etc.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann starts off as a typical battle between Humongous Mecha who over the series escalates into galaxy sized ones.
  • 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 Darkstalkers series is usually about human-sized monsters fighting each other, but the Night Warriors OVA adaptation decides to kick things up a notch in the final battle against the Big Bad, where a giant-sized Huitzil robot appears specifically to fight Pyron. Normally the same size as the rest of the cast, Pyron in turn grows to the same size to do battle.
  • The final episode of Taboo-Tattoo involved Touko and Izzy having fused together fighting Arya, who had fused with her sisters.

     Art 

  • Carta Marina:
    • While Ziphius, a "terrible seamonster" (actually a swordfish), is swallowing a whole seal, it is itself attacked by an unnamed monster which is sinking its teeth into Ziphius' side.
    • South of the island of Tile, a whale (balena) is being attacked by an orca.

     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.
  • 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.

     Fan Works  

  • In the fanfic Catch Your Breath of the Naruto series, there have been several of those so far (and it's likely more will come).
    • Isobu and Shukaku battle it out in the shared Tailed Beast mindskype in order to save Gaara. This was later revealed not to have been serious, but it was impressive.
    • During the fight between Kei (the protagonist) and Minato, the battle eventually (spectacularly) escalates into this.
  • The Bridge: Considering half the roster have true forms over 80 meters tall, this is a given. Specific examples include-
    • The opening fight, a full melee with almost every single member of the Terran Defender, Mutation, GDF, and Coalition factions slugging it out. Special focus on Godzilla Junior vs. Xenilla and Mothra, Anguirus, and Rodan vs. Destroyah. Result 
    • Anguirus with help from Rainbow Dash and Rodan vs. Gable's Greed Growth enhanced dragon gang Result 
    • Mothra Lea vs. Albino Hyper Gyaos note , several Super Gyaos, and a few dozen Gyaos Result 
    • Godzilla Junior with help from Princess Celestia and Luna vs. several hundred Super and normal Gyaos Result 
    • Irys, Gigan, and Megalon vs. Grand King Ghidorah Result 
    • Pre-Amnesia Monster X vs. Grand King Ghidorah in the past Result 
    • Monster X with assistance from Aria Blaze vs. Enjin Result 
  • With This Ring: Swamp Thing and Arcane in Binding 18.

     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.
  • The Barsoom Project features two examples: the War-Bots simulator scenario in which two opposing diplomats face off in control of Humongous Mecha, and the finale of the Fimbulwinter Game, in which the Big Bad in the form of a Terichik battles the Inuit hunter-god Torngarsoak.

     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, and Necrons have a couple of bad-tempered flying pyramids, one of them serving as the cage for the furious shard of an Eldritch Abomination.
  • Mecha vs. Kaiju: See if you can guess what the two main classes of Behemoth are. Occasionally you get inter-kaiju battles, most notably with the King Ghidorah Expy, who's proven largely bulletproof but is defeatable by other kaiju, which hate it passionately for no particularly clear reason.

     Toys  

  • BIONICLE: In the final battle between Mata Nui and Makuta Teridax, both of them are inhabiting enormous, multi-million-foot-tall robots.
  • While the Transformers are fairly huge, the battles that fit the trope even for a Cybertronian's relative size are those between Combiners and those between the Metrotitans of each faction such as the Autobot Metroplex and the Decepticon Trypticon.

     Video Games  

  • In Fallout 4, you may come across with Behemoth, a type of gigantic Super Mutant. You can shove a Big Boy MIRV onto it, chip him bit by bit with Minigun, or better yet: ask Strong, our resident Super Mutant companion to duke it out with those Behemoths. If you happen to find a Deathclaw, you can pacify them and bring them to the Behemoths. And if that wasn't huge enough: how about pacifying a Mirelurk Queen to deal with a Behemoth?
  • 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 Mêlée à 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.
  • 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.
  • Mass Effect 3: Epic battle in one cutscene features a giant thresher maw Kalros against Reaper Destroyer.
  • In Mystical Ninja: Starring Goemon you pilot the Humongous #Mecha IMPACT!! and combat it through a few evil super villain base levels and at the end of them you fight a huge boss, roughly the same size.

     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.
  • Lampshaded in the Phineas and Ferb episode Doof Dynasty. The medieval Chinese versions of the protagonists pilot a giant terracotta warrior into battle against Doofus Kahn's mecha dragon. Monobrow sees the fight and remarks: "Man they would love this in Japan."
  • In the Pinky and the Brain episode "Tokyo Grows", Brain attempts to take over Tokyo by disguising Pinky as the giant monster Gollyzilla, turning him into a giant with a reversed Shrink Ray, and then turning himself giant too and saving the city by fighting Pinky. Hilarity Ensues when the real Gollyzilla shows up and Brain fights him instead of Pinky.
  • Steven Universe has gem fusions. Those fusions are massive, ranging from "has to duck to fit through a door" to "the size of a building". Pit the two biggest ones against eachother, and you get the Behemoth Battle that is Alexandrite versus Malachite, a fight that takes up nearly an entire episode, only interrupted by a watermelon riot.
  • An episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender has a fight between Appa the sky bison (a gigantic, six-legged flying creature) and a shirshu (an enormous mole-like monster with a venomous tongue).

    Real Life 

  • Most massive real world predators actually tend to avoid each other, or when there is a chance encounter prefer to use threat displays rather than simply duke it out, the obvious reason that it's too risky for both parties. There are a few notable exceptions though, such as the battles to the death that occur when sperm whales prey on giant squid. Many whales carry the scars of these titanic fights.
  • Even more interesting than the Sperm Whale/Giant Squid conflict would perhaps be the prehistoric encounters between Carcharodon megalodon and Livyatan melvillei (the former a giant shark, the latter an older version of a sperm whale with bigger teeth). There's little evidence they actually did battle with each other, but the fact that they were the two largest predators of their time and place and that they were roughly the same size would make for a very intriguing (while improbable) scenario.


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