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In a movie about ghosts, they throw in this.
A work is not about Kaiju
or other giant monsters, but throws them in anyway because of Rule of Cool
, 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.
Am I in some kind of Kaiju
- 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.
- Preceding all the other "Animated Lincoln Statue" references in this page: 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.
- And, once again, 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 TUA:Dallas
- 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 Superman 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.
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 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.
- And the "Mecha Streisand" episode.
- Don't forget Mickey Mouse suddenly and inexplicably growing to large size and destroying Denver with his firebreathing powers in the Jonas Brothers episode.
- In a Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror" episode 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.
- 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. Giant Abraham Lincoln is almost a subtrope in and of itself.
- Also, in the half-hour episode "Last But Not Beast", an axe-themed Kaiju Monster of the Week appears, and the majority of the episode is spent dealing with it.
- Another episode has Dexter and Dee-Dee mutating themselves into bigger and bigger monsters.
- 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 by kidnapping Rarity and climbing to the tallest building with her clutched in his hand.
- Fantasia ends with the "Night on Bald Mountain" segment, which includes a demon lord so big, his wings fold up into the peak of the mountain.
- 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.