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Not Zilla
A Notzilla named Goshilla who's down-low with Toho.

"RUN! IT'S GODZILLA!"
"STILL, WE SHOULD RUN LIKE IT IS GODZILLA!!!"
"... Though it isn't."

Two Japanese men, Austin Powers in Goldmember

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.

Examples:

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     Advertising 
  • 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.

     Comicbooks 
  • 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 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.

    Film 
  • 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!"
  • One of Mike an 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.
  • Gee, a giant reptilian monster terrorizing downtown San Diego! Not Godzilla, but the ending of The Lost World: Jurassic Park!

    Literature 
  • The children's book callled "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".
    "And Mike paid a quarter to watch it, so it's already made more money than *bleep*zilla."
  • 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.

    Magazines 
  • 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.

    Music 
  • The Historian Himself's songs (especially Approaching Destroyers) often features Kaiju that sound suspiciously Godzilla like in description, with such words as "reptilian", "prehistoric", and "extinct" being used to describe them.

    Other 
  • 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".

    Toys 
  • 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.

    Videogames 

    Web Original 
  • 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.

    Western Animation 
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Real Life 
  • 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.

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