"RUN! IT'S GODZILLA!"Ah, Godzilla. One of the most easily recognized monsters in fiction. A giant reptilian monster that rampages across Tokyo. Because of his recognizeability, writers/directors/producers/etc. will often use a parody of him for spoofs of giant monster attacks. Enter the Notzilla. The Notzilla is a Stock Parody of Godzilla used in movies, cartoons, TV shows, and other forms of media. While the Notzilla may bear a resemblence to the famous Japanese movie monster, he may also be just a generic reptilian monster with "-zilla" at the end of his name. The Notzilla may also parody other aspects of Japanese monster movies such as bad dubbing and cheesy special effects. Compare Rent-a-Zilla, which simply involves some sort of giant creature (not always a Godzilla parody) attacking a major city in a non-Kaiju themed work.
"It looks like Godzilla, but due to international copyright laws, it's not!"
"STILL, WE SHOULD RUN LIKE IT IS GODZILLA!!!"
"... Though it isn't."
"It looks like Godzilla, but due to international copyright laws, it's not!"
"STILL, WE SHOULD RUN LIKE IT IS GODZILLA!!!"
"... Though it isn't."
— Two Japanese men, Austin Powers in Goldmember
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- An old Tootsie Pop commercial had a kid asking a giant robot and a Godzilla parody the old question, "How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?".
Anime & Manga
- Sonic X has Weasel using a flamethrower on a Godzilla lookalike.
- One episode of Detective Conan had the heroes on tour of a studio that featured a spoof of Godzilla and Gamera called "Gomera".
- A couple of episodes of The Adventures Of The Mini Goddesses involve a rat transforming into a Godzilla parody.
- The Digimon Tyrannomon is supposed to be a parody/homage to Godzilla.
- Marvel Comics have one to a certain extent.
- At one time, they owned the comicbook rights to Godzilla and ran a successful comic series Godzilla: King of the Monsters! in which he fought The Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D., making it canon. Since that time, they have lost the rights so whenever there have been flashbacks or references to these events, Godzilla's name is absent. The villain known as Dr. Demonicus had used a horned kaiju that was hinted at being a mutated Godzilla. More recently, in an issue of Mighty Avengers, the Fantastic Four villain Mole Man used a swarm of giant monsters to attack New York, one of which, looked suspiciously like Godzilla.
- In addition to that, many characters and items that first appeared in the Marvel series have returned multiple times since they are still owned by Marvel. For instance, Amadeus Cho has been shown piloting The Behemoth, a ship that was created to destroy Godzilla. The Red Ronin, a giant samurai robot (similar to the Sentinels except over 10 times taller) built for the same purposes, also shows up every now and then. Then there is Yuriko Takiguchi, a Godzilla supporting character, who has resurfaced in an issue of X-Men.
- The newest "Notzilla" in Marvel has appeared in a recent Avengers run as "American Kaiju". He's a Godzilla-like monster with the Stars & Stripes on his stomach and head, brewed from a mix of Marvel Comic super serums and applied phlebotinums. The kicker? The man the mixture was used on was named Todd Ziller.
- Played with in one Usagi Yojimbo story, when two recuring peasant characters find a large egg and try to warm it up for a meal. It ends up hatching to reveal a friendly child-sized Notzilla, at which point the peasent's flee. Usagi (who intends to bathe in nearby hot springs) encounters the creature and feeds it. A little later some bandits who wish to rob Usagi show up and catch Usagi without his swords. At this point the creature uses his atomic breath to blast the bandits. After naming the creature "Zilla" (after the sound it makes), Usagi bids it farewell and notes that he is heading to the city and maybe the creature might head there itself after it grows up...
Usagi: "Are you a god, Zilla?"
- Played with when one year of Superman's annual New Year's "Metropolis Mailbag" letter-answering/wish-granting traditions was constantly interrupted by a clash between a Japanese kid in a Super Robot (a new Toyman) and a giant Metallo. One that was constantly interrupted by various Kaiju coming out of nowhere. The "Godzilla" in this case was a literal giant Gorilla-whale.
- The titular prison in Kaijumax is for giant monsters, so it's got expies of lots of monsters, including the Big Guy himself. Our protagonist Electrogor has something of Godzilla's body shape, and is the "hero" of this story. Local don Ape-Whale's name is a pun: Godzilla/gojira comes from kojira, "whale," and "gorilla."
- Top 10: Ernesto Gograh, an over-the-hill city smasher with a skyscraper sized beer belly who can't return to Monster Island because he's skipped child support payments. He also mentions that "A Gojira" is a Kaiju insult for a Category Traitor who sucks up to humans for approval.
Films — Animated
- One of Mike and Sulley's friends in Monsters, Inc. is Ted, who is so big only his green, scaly feet are visible. (They clearly resemble the foot in Bambi Meets Godzilla.) Originally they planned to use Godzilla's roar, but they couldn't secure the rights so they used a chicken cluck instead.
- A Deleted Scene in Toy Story 2 has Rex attacking buildings and soldiers a la' Godzilla.
- Shelley the turtle in Frankenweenie is turned into a giant monster that looks like a cross between Godzilla and Gamera.
Films — Live-Action
- Understandably many fans and critics alike feel this way about Tri-Star's 1998 "remake". Godzilla Final Wars even includes that version as a separate monster that Godzilla himself kills rather quickly.
- Toho even went through a lengthy legal process to dissociate that movie's monster from their Godzilla, a part of which was officially renaming it "Zilla", saying that the people responsible for the movie "took the 'God' out of 'Godzilla'."
- Austin Powers in Goldmember lampshades this with two Japanese men running from a monster statue that vaguely resembles Godzilla.
"It looks like Godzilla, but due to copyright laws, it's not!"
- Gee, a giant reptilian monster terrorizing downtown San Diego! Not Godzilla, but the ending of The Lost World: Jurassic Park!
- The beginning Dream Sequence of Beavis and Butt-Head Do America has the titular duo rampaging through the city as giant versions of themselves. Though, this is mostly Butt-Head's dream and Beavis interrupts when he starts shaking him in the waking world.
- The children's book called "Dogzilla".
Live Action TV
- A special episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 had Crow making a spoof of the 1998 remake of Godzilla (since they weren't allowed to review it and Crow's use of the title is even bleeped out) using a toy iguana calling it "Goshzilla".
- An episode of Muppets Tonight featured Kermit as "Frogzilla".
- An episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch had Sabrina be a Godzilla parody.
- Another episode dealt with Sabrina having to try and convince a parody of the USA Godzilla of all monsters to stop destroying a city. In a rather interesting reference to the film, the monster understands French but not Japanese.
- In the iCarly, Freddie's date gets lemon juice squirted in her eye and rampages thru Carl's model Utopian city like Godzilla.
- Even the Ultra Series has done this trope! Makes sense when you consider that the special effects guy behind Godzilla created the franchise.
- Gomess from the first episode of the first series (Though, he's made many appearances since) was made from a modified Godzilla suit. He still looks distinct enough that you probably wouldn't notice that if you first saw him. Beyond the suits, Gomess doesn't have much in common with Godzilla.
- Jirass from Episode 10 of the original Ultraman, who is physically nothing more than Godzilla with a frill (Even then, Ultraman tears off the frill in the battle, creating the closest you'll ever get to Ultraman vs. Godzilla). He even uses a modified version of Godzilla's roar, a similar Breath Weapon, and has the same suit actor! He does have a different origin story though (the creation of a mad scientist obsessed with dinosaurs). Eiji Tsuburaya did not intend Jirass to look like Godzilla, but due to budget issues during the early episodes, he borrowed the Godzilla costume from Toho Studios for usage.
- Earthron (originally from the first episode of Return of Ultraman, but has appeared in other entries) is strongly based on Godzilla, though he still manages to carry a distinct appearance like a horn on his head, two rows of fleshy ridges where Godzilla has his famous spines, a different head design, and magma breath. It's probably not a coincidence that Ishiro Honda directed his debut episode and the Earthron costume was designed by the guy who made the Godzilla suit either.
- Demaaga from the first episode of Ultraman X, like Earthron is based on Godzilla, but not made from a Godzilla costume like Gomess and Jirass. However, beyond resemblance, he bears nothing in common as Demaaga is primarily a fire monster.
- ThirtyRock: Tracy's con-artist fake son Donald starts a Kaiju-themed Dinner Theater restaurant featuring "Godzila with one 'L' for trademark reasons."
- The magazine G-Fan's mascot is a Godzilla parody named "Gfantis".
- Dragon magazine once had a editor's note about their refusal to print Dungeons & Dragons stats for Godzilla, the editor at the time simply stated that, licensing issues aside, they could change his name to "Herman" and most PC's would be lizard food.
- Mozilla, the original mascot of Netscape and the namesake of the Mozilla Foundation and community (whose logo is a red dinosaur instead).
- There was a novelty light sold in Spencer's Gifts stores called "Flamezilla".
- In Red & Ted's Road Show, San Francisco gets attacked by a giant lizard monster. Red and Ted have to stop it with their bulldozer.
- The Mecha vs Kaiju setting has Expy Kaibutsu (which translates as "Monster"). Every inch of it is a Godzilla reference, ranging from being portrayed as a dinosaur-monster to having atomic breath and connections to the A-bomb.
- With their 4th Bestiary, the Pathfinder system introduced their version of kaiju (naturally, enormous primal monsters with dramatic titles). The names of about a dozen are listed with no information, but one of the statted-out examples was Mogaru, the Final King - a 300' bipedal reptilian monster with huge dorsal spines that breathes firey red force beams and who occasionally shows up just to fight other rampaging kaiju.
- Monsterpocalypse has Terra Khan as this. As a Kaiju miniature game this is almost mandatory.
- Several novelty plastic dinosaur toys tend to contain at least one dinosaur that vaguely resembles Godzilla.
- Transformers had a Notzilla of the American Godzilla in one toyline: Cruellock.
- The Gojulas from Zoids, the mainstay of the whole line before the emphasis on Ligers in the anime. It's been remade and upgraded several times, and even acknowledges Zilla with the Gojulas Giga.
- Taken further with one called "Brachio-Zilla" who's tank-like turrets could also count it as a notzilla of Mecha Godzilla.
- The trope image is Goshilla, one of the six stock monsters in Epyx's Crush, Crumble, and Chomp! strategy computer game. Goshilla himself is a giant amphibian reptile with a Breath Weapon who leaves a trail of radioactive waste, and can swim underwater when the humans become too annoying.
- Rampage features Lizzie, a woman who has mutated into a giant Godzilla-esque lizard monster.
- The Pokémon Tyranitar is a reference to Godzilla. Several Pokedex entries even state that it goes into destructive rampages.
- Similarly, Feraligatr shares a design reminiscent of that of USA Godzilla.
- One level of Bart's Nightmare has Bart dreaming he's a giant monster named "Bartzilla".
- The Revenge of Shinobi features a boss battle against a Godzilla parody.
- In Super Bonk, eating meat transforms the player character into a bizarre-looking Godzilla-esque monster when they are under the effects of candy that enlarges their body.
- One level in Gex: Enter The Gecko has the titular lizard transforming into "Gexzilla".
- Destroy All Humans! 2 features a monster named "Kojira".
- The Zilla (not to be confused with the Toho monster of the same name) class monsters from the Monster Rancher franchise are a Punny Name parody of Godzilla. They look like a cross between a whale and an ape (The name "Gojira" is a combination of the words "Kujira" (Japanese for "Whale") and "Gorilla" meaning it literally translates into "Whale Ape").
- The first opponent faced in Time Gal is a dinosaur that looks like a cross between a Tyrannosaurus rex and a Godzilla without the dorsal spines. It even has Godzilla's same roar and Breath Weapon.
- Geon from King of the Monsters is a clear take on Godzilla. The same applies to his evolution, Super Geon, in the sequel.
- Reptomicus! from the budget PC title, I Was An Atomic Mutant.
- Super Mario Bros. villain Bowser definitely has more Godzilla-esque trappings the bigger he gets—see, for example, Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, where he makes himself huge in order to battle over-sized enemies. (In his normal size, he's a bit too obese and ineffectual to inspire teror.)
- The Neopedia from the Neopets website talks about a giant mutant Chia named "Chiazilla".
- In the Brian Engh short film Children of Stone, the opening monologue talks about ancient reptilian creatures being such a threat to humankind that Earth Mother has to create giant stone guardians to protect her human creations. These creatures are so deadly, that they actually succeed in killing one of the stone guardians. When we see the stone guardians later in the movie, it turns out that they are not only huge, but sky scraper tall... at least, depending on the shot.
- In Rugrats, one of the recurring Show Within a Show characters was a child-friendly giant monster named "Reptar".
- One hour-long special even centered around a Reptar-themed spoof of Godzilla VS Mechagodzilla.
- An episode of What's New, Scooby-Doo? has a giant monster named "Shagzilla". He's supposed to be Shaggy cursed to transform into a Godzilla parody at night (Actually, it's a giant robot built by the villain of the week.).
- An episode of South Park had Barbra Streisand turn into a giant Godzilla-like monster.
- Mr. Bogus:
- In the second act of the episode "Babysitting Bogus", during one of the bouts of channel changing, the TV shows a monster movie depicting Ratty as a Godzilla-esque monster called Ratzilla.
- In the episode "Totally Bogus Video", Bogus meets up with a Godzilla-esque monster after entering a monster movie.
- One episode of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show featured a character called "Dadzilla".
- Another episode had Bowser transforming into a giant monster called "Koopazilla" and fighting a giant version of Mario.
- A Looney Tunes short had Daffy being a stand-up comedian for an audience of monsters and nearly gets eaten by "Schmod-zilla".
- An entire Pinky and the Brain short did a spoof on the original Gojira parodying not only the monster, but the dubbing and the effects as well. The monster here was called "Gollyzilla".
- An episode of DuckTales has a brief scene where the characters are watching a parody of Godzilla on TV.
- An episode of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius had the group going to Japan for a baseball tournament with Sheen wanting to meet "Bonzilla" while there. He does, and Bonzilla turns out to be very tiny.
- One short in Tiny Toon Adventures has Babs daydreaming she's "Babzilla" while taking a bath.
- My Life as a Teenage Robot features one scene where the heroes remove part of Jenny's body from the foot of a Godzilla-esque monster in Japan.
- An entire short in Dexter's Laboratory features Dexter transforming into a Godzilla parody and trying to escape from Dee Dee, who has transformed into a giant spider-monster (she was trying to tell him a joke).
- Ultra-Pipi from Invader Zim is a giant hamster monster that resembles Godzilla.
- The holiday special Olive the Other Reindeer has a Godzilla parody and an Ultraman parody shown when Olive flies over Japan.
- One episode of CatDog features the titular duo watching a movie called "Catzilla".
- An episode of Eek! The Cat features a monster named "Bigzilla".
- In one episode of The Mask, the Mask transforms into a giant Godzilla-esque monster.
- An episode of The Fairly Oddparents had a sleep-deprived Timmy accidentally wish for a Godzilla parody to destroy the city.
- Another episode featured a giant robot named "Dogzilla".
- An episode of Chowder featured Mung Daal and Truffles dressed up as parodies of Godzilla and Mothra before being stepped on by another Godzilla parody.
- The Zillo Beast from Star Wars: The Clone Wars is an homage/parody of Godzilla and King Kong.
- One episode of the series Class of 3000 had a Funny Background Event of a Godzilla parody fighting a Mothra parody.
- An Animaniacs parody of "Jack and the Beanstalk" soon segues into a take on Green Eggs and Ham (Gold Eggs and Meat), with Yakko asking the giant, "Would you could you in Japan? With Godzilla and Rodan?". At which point parodies of the two show up. When the giant refuses, they attack him.
- An episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) had a Godzilla-esque robot used for shooting a movie. Its name, at least in the French dub, was Gorgonzola.
- A Halloween-themed episode of Family Guy featured Stewie accidentally killing a Godzilla parody.
- One of the credit screens for the episode Road To The Multiverse featured a bunch of Japanese Stewies running from...Brianzilla?
- Mr. Gus from Uncle Grandpa is a human-sized anthropromorphic dinosaur that looks like Godzilla.
- Toho, the movie company that created the Godzilla character had been viciously defending the trademark since their character is so popular, trademarks tend to be forgotten and people tend to assume Godzilla is in the public domain. As it has been said, "If you think Godzilla's scary, wait 'till you meet his lawyers!
- Sears, Roebuck & Co., a garbage bin company, was sued by Toho for marketing "bagzilla" garbage bags as "monstrously strong bags." The adverising package even depicts a giant lizard.
- A similar issue rose with the game 'Fingerzilla' in which Toho complained that the title screen looked too much like Godzilla.