Kaiju or other giant monsters, but throws them in anyway because of Rule of Cool. Godzilla, or Not Zilla, is a common choice, of course. Can overlap with Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever, if the small thing turned huge is sufficiently monstrous (and of course not the focus of the work), and is often the result of Make My Monster Grow. A Sister Trope to Instant Awesome, Just Add Mecha, Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons, Like That Show but with Mecha.
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Anime & Manga
- In A Certain Scientific Railgun when the Level Upper network of ten thousand espers went out of control a giant growing fetus-monster-thing made of ambient psychic power spontaneously appears and starts rampaging around Academy City (which is located right next to Tokyo). The randomness of this is lampshaded when it starts heading for a nearby nuclear power plant.
Mikoto: Am I in some kind of Kaiju movie?
- An episode of Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok had a shrine statue turned into one when imbued with a lot of dark magic.
- Red Ronin and the boozy father monster from Top 10 seem kinda... odd.
- Marvel Comics also has Red Ronin, a Super Robot (based in Raideen) created to fight Godzilla; it becomes a rent-a-zilla after that series when it is used in comics such as The Avengers.
- The Fantastic Four fought a lot of giant monsters in their earliest issues, even if the monsters were only peripheral to the main plot (the baddie is on the ropes, so what's he going to do? Summon a giant monster, of course!). This was of course the period when Marvel Comics was transitioning from comics about Kaiju to comics about super heroes, so it's only natural that their earliest superhero stories have kaiju in them.
- Any time Fin Fang Foom gets a cameo in an unrelated story (which happens surprisingly often), since he's Marvel's most popular kaiju.
- Hey, he has absolutely no genitals whatsoever; he's gotta work out his aggressions somehow.
- An issue of Captain America from the 1970s had him attacked by the statue after it was animated by the telekinetic villain Animus. Yes, Captain America battled Abraham Lincoln.
- The statue of Abraham Lincoln (well, Abraham Linkid) comes to life in an issue of Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew!.
- The giant rampaging Abraham Lincoln at the beginning of the Dallas arc of The Umbrella Academy.
- The first Superman/Spider-Man team-up opens with Lex Luthor attacking Metropolis with a giant robot. Because that's just the kind of thing Lex does. Supey defeats it, the whole thing only lasting a handful of pages. It's really just to set-up Lex going back to prison where he will meet Doc Ock and get the real plot rolling.
- A classic FranchiseSuperman story with Lori Lemaris has Superman traveling to Atlantis and getting attacked en route by a sea serpent. It's no big problem for Supes, and he defeats it and continues on his way. Years later, John Byrne would comment that these days, it would likely take multiple issues to explain where the sea serpent came from, whereas here it only took a few panels.
Films — Animated
- In Shrek 2, Shrek storms the castle with the help of a giant gingerbread cookie named Mongo.
- In Disney's Hercules, the titans are portrayed as gargantuan-sized elemental monsters who wrought havoc on Earth at the time of its creation until Zeus defeated them and imprisoned them in Tartarus. They are freed by Hades at the climax and help him take control over Olympus, but, thanks to Herc's intervention, they are defeated again and destroyed once for all. Likewise, the hydra which Herc fights earlier on the movie and many other monsters he confronts count as well.
- Fantasia ends with the "Night on Bald Mountain" segment, the villain of which is Chernabog, a demon lord so big, his wings fold up into the peak of the mountain.
Films — Live-Action
- The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters, and the second film had them using positive ghost slime to turn the Statue of Liberty into one.
- The statue of Abraham Lincoln comes to life near the end of Night at the Museum II and fights the bad guys.
- Austin Powers in Goldmember has a scene where a giant inflatable T-rex is unmoored and goes careening down the street, at which point two Japanese bystanders start up this conversation:
First guy: RUN! It's Godzilla!First guy: Still, we should run like it is Godzilla!(Both run off screaming)
- Dude Wheres My Car starts out with two stoner dudes looking for their car, but ends with them running from a giant alien babe.
- The 1950s Toho film The Mysterians, a film about aliens, has two brief scenes involving a giant robot named Moguera.
- The 1962 film Gorath features a brief scene where the heroes fight against a giant walrus (Yes, you read that right) named Magma. Interestingly enough, the dub of the film removes this scene since, well, it has nothing to do with the main plot of the film.
- In cult comedy director "Savage" Steve Holland's film One Crazy Summer, inspired by childlike wonder and curiosity, actor Bobcat Goldthwait dons a costume which bears a striking resemblance to, but is never specifically referred to as one of the Giant Rubber Monster incarnations of Godzilla. When he is unable to remove the costume after a lit cigar is thrown into the open mouth of the suit, he goes on a terror-driven rampage (coincidentally destroying a scale model of a proposed housing development in the process, mouth smoking all the while, to Godzilla-like music) to the delight of the attending Japanese investors.
- In Pee-wee's Big Adventure, Pee-Wee disrupts the filming of a Godzilla movie.
Live Action TV
- Doctor Who almost always focuses on small monsters, but it has had the odd kaiju storyline:
- "Robot" ends with the robot growing to giant size and stomping its way through an English village.
- The Loch Ness Monster rampaging through Scottish roads in "Terror of the Zygons" - also a Cryptid Episode.
- "The Next Doctor" has Victorian London being torn to pieces by a giant Cyberman called the Cyberking.
- "Deep Breath" has Victorian London being besieged by a Big Ben-sized dinosaur.
- The second book in The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel gives us the Nidhogg, who starts out as an oversized Komodo Dragon but soon begins walking on two legs like Godzilla and smashing buildings and cars in Paris.
- Sue the dinosaur from the Dresden Files.
- While The Grimnoir Chronicles has always had summoning monsters as a standard form of magic, and hinted that they can get loose, the 50-foot god of demons at the end of Spellbound comes as a bit of a surprise. Word of God says that the scene wasn't in the original outline, but since the previous book ended in a massive Ninjas vs. Pirates and Zombies fight atop a flaming zeppelin, this one needed a comparable action climax.
- Magic: The Gathering: During the Dissension tie-in novel, Ravnica is attacked by giant monsters. First there's some Nephilim that grow giant-sized and start smashing things, then the Izzet's dragon guildmaster Niv-Mizzet flies in to fight them off, and eventually Experiment Kraj and Rakdos the Defiler join the fray as a result of a Gambit Pileup. Widespread destruction ensues.
- The Tarrasque in Dungeons & Dragons.
- One level in Psychonauts has the player character as a giant rampaging through a Tokyo-like city of fish people.
Bystander: I love you, Goggalor!
- The first season of Telltale Games' Sam & Max series has an episode in which the Villain of the Week converts the Lincoln Memorial into a giant robot that claims to be the reincarnation of the original, to run for President when the previous robot president is "assassinated" by the famous duo.
- One scenario in the original SimCity has a Godzilla-like monster attacking Tokyo in 1961. This monster is replaced with Bowser in the SNES version.
- Some of the bosses in Lego Indiana Jones 2 involve various ways to make giant monsters.
- The thresher maws in the Mass Effect trilogy.
- The desert-dwelling Rockgagong in Tales of Graces is big enough for its insides to serve as a dungeon, and is easily the largest monster you can fight in the entire series, with just one of its hands being nearly big enough to cover the entire battlefield. It's not normally aggressive, however, and is viewed as a mascot by the locals.
- In Civilization: Beyond Earth the Harmony Affinity has a unique unit called a “Xeno Titan” unit; which was described by Firaxis, the developers, as “basically a Kaiju.”
- In The Legend of the Mystical Ninja, the background of one cutscene features hot giant-octopus-on-Konami-building action.
- Name comes from MegaTokyo, where there was a service called this. In addition, there was a rampage by The Alcoholic uncle of the Gamera family.
- Sluggy Freelance has used a couple (not counting all the ones during the Voltron parody). There's the Crudosaur as well as one of Aylee's transformations.
- Hexenringe introduces The Blarg, a Kaiju character whose destructive presence fails to faze the main character.
- Spongebob Squarepants: Squidward's house becomes one in "Good Neighbors"
- The South Park episode "Super Best Friends:" David Blaine brings the statue of Abraham Lincoln to life and it rampages across Washington DC. It's subdued by a giant stone John Wilkes Booth.
- In a "Treehouse of Horror" episode from The Simpsons, giant advertising mascots come to life and terrorize the town
- In another episode, they go to Japan; when they leave the pilot makes the following announcement:
Uh, folks, we're experiencing some moderate Godzilla-related turbulence at this time, so I'm going to go ahead and ask you to put your seatbelts back on. When we get to 35 thousand feet, he usually does let go, so from there on out, all we have to worry about is Mothra, and, uh, we do have reports he's tied up with Gamera and Rodan at the present time. Thank you very much.
- In another episode, they go to Japan; when they leave the pilot makes the following announcement:
- Ultra-Peepi from Invader Zim
- The Fairly Oddparents: Timmy accidently wishes one up through sleep wishing.
- Dexter's Laboratory: Dexter and Mandark bring Abraham Lincoln and George Washington to life, using their heads off Mt. Rushmore.
- A Gojira Captain Ersatz shows up in Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo, along with other Japanese cultural stereotypes.
- From the Animaniacs episode where the Warners do "Jack and the Beanstalk" (along with a parody of "Green Eggs and Ham"): Would you, could you, in Japan, with Godzilla and Rodan?
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars has them accidentally awaken the massive Zillo Beast in one episode and bring it to Coruscant the next, with predictable results.
- In the Russian translation, the beast is even called "Gad Zillo" ("The Zillo Reptile"), to make the Shout-Out even more blatant.
- Rugrats had the in-universe Reptar, a child-friendly Brand X knock-off of Godzilla.
- Pinky and the Brain had one named "Gollyzilla."
- The Season 1 finale of Avatar: The Last Airbender featured Aang and the Ocean Spirit fusing into a spectacular, Godzilla-esque One-Winged Angel (nicknamed "Koizilla" by the fans and creators) to defeat an enormous fleet of Fire Nation ships.
- The monsters in Yam Roll mostly exist as an excuse for Yam Roll to use his superpowers, or to give him more opportunities to make passes at Minamiko.
- The Smurfs: In "Papa's Big Snooze", the Smurfs have to cross a lake inhabited by a monster fish called 'Carpzilla'.
- 101 Dalmatians: The Series featured a literal example when Cecil B. de Vil borrows the "Choc-zilla" animatronic from his studio to attack the Dearly farm.
- In one Daffy Duck cartoon, he's a big fan of Schmodzilla, a near-identical version of Godzilla.
- In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, season 2, episode "Secret of my Excess", when Spike is expossed to greed, he grows prematurely into a giant adult dragon which promptly rampages through Ponyville, leaving a trail of destruction in his wake. He also parodies King Kong (1933) by kidnapping Rarity and climbing to the tallest building with her clutched in his hand.
- Both of G.I. Joe's original Five Episode Pilots have kaiju in them. While hunting for radioactive heavy water to power the MASS device, the Joes and Cobra are attacked by giant tube worms. And while retrieving part of the Weather Dominator from the tropical Palace of Doom, the Joes are attacked by a giant animate statue — and saved when it gets distracted by a convenient giant Cobra robot, and the two destroy each other. Both incidents feel like weird genre-shifts in the middle of these stories; but still fun of course because, y'know, giant monsters, hey.