Western Animation: Godzilla: The Series
Godzilla: The Series
(1998-2000) was an animated television series, produced by the Adelaide Productions division of Sony Pictures Television. The company was previously known for such series as Jumanji
, Men In Black
and Extreme Ghostbusters
(and later produced animated adaptions of Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot
, Stuart Little
and The Boondocks
). This series lasted a total of 40 episodes.
In the first episode, one of the eggs that movie-Godzilla
laid is found, it hatches and imprints on The Hero
from the movie, Dr. Nick Tatopoulos. Naturally, he subsequently forms HEAT (the H
eam) with four other humans, Drs. Elsie Chapman
and Mendel Craven
(both from the movie, as well), as well as Randy Hernandez
and Monique Dupre
. With Godzilla Junior loyal to Nick, they defend the world from various Kaiju
that have abruptly sprung up, crazy and/or sinister humans and, eventually, invading psychic aliens (naturally).
Contrast the earlier The Godzilla Power Hour
This series provides examples of:
- 90% of Your Brain : Nick states this is the reason as to why the aliens were able to copy their minds into human brains.
- Action Girl: Monique.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Mendel's originally a short-haired brunette in the film. Here, he's a blonde with a ponytail.
- Aesop Amnesia: The Movie this spun off from had Audrey somewhat harshly learning the lesson that the big scoop isn't worth screwing over your friends and/or love interests. Most of the conflict involving her in the cartoon has her conveniently forgetting this.
- Alien Invasion: "Monster Wars."
- Aliens Are Bastards: The aliens seen in the series want to invade the Earth and and assimilate the minds of humanity into their Hive Mind. They do however, find human architecture aesthetically pleasing and planned to rebuild as much as they could after the invasion.
- Amazon Chaser: Randy after Monique.
- American Customary Measurements/The Metric System Is Here to Stay: Measurements in any form tend to switch between the two at times, which isn't surprising considering the prevalence of science and the fact that the team travels all around the world.
- Animal Mecha: Cameron Winter's "Cyber flies" and the JSDF's Robo-Yeti.
- Animal Wrongs Group: S.C.A.L.E. are effectively terrorists trying to "protect" mutants such as Skeetera. They originated as a spin-off from another animal rights group, but judging from Audrey's report, that one averts this trope.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: Mocked in "Leviathan":
Monique: Indeed. It is almost as laughable a notion as one breathing atomic fire.
- Played straight in "Deadloch": Nick doesn't believe in the Loch Ness Monster despite being the adopted father of a giant fire-breathing lizard.
- Elise, being a fan of Alien Invasion theories and below trope, apparently forgotten about a certain event that took place a year ago. And being Mind Controlled as a result.
- Area 51: And the rumors of aliens are a coverup for what's really going on.
- Ascended Extra: Elsie and Craven actually appear in the 1998 movie, though you won't be blamed for not remembering them.
- Asteroids Monster: The silver monster in "Shafted."
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Take a guess.
- Back from the Dead: Godzilla's mother (the one from the movie), as Cyber-Godzilla in the "Monster Wars" trilogy.
- Bad Future: The episode "Future Shock" has the crew sent forward through time to one of these, where bio-engineered monstrosities have killed all the other kaiju (Including Godzilla) and overrun the world.
- The Bad Guy Wins: An episode featured Corrupt Corporate Executive Cameron Winter breaking three criminals out of jail and giving each one of them a Humongous Mecha so they could hunt down Godzilla. When the three hunters were captured, Winter got off by accusing them of stealing their mechas and the Government even hired him to make them mechas of their own.
- Behemoth Battle: Godzilla versus Monster of the Week.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: Let's see — the Megapede, Fire Monster, Giant Scorpion, Giant Spider, El Gusano Gigante, the Giant Bees, Giant Termites...
- Blow You Away: The Shrewster's mutation allowed it to generate a tornado around itself, which both protected it from attack and drew food up to the Shrewster for easy consumption.
- Billing Displacement: The discs for the DVD set feature Audrey with the team instead of Monique, even though Audrey was only in a handful of episodes and was never a member of the team.
- Body Horror: The Chameleon, as well as the aliens.
- Brainwashed: The majority of the monsters in "Monsters Wars", and parts of the US military, easily indicated by their eyes being green.
- Breath Weapon: They got it right this time, except for how it's green.
- Funnily enough, when Cyber-Zilla attacks Tokyo, its atomic breath is the traditional light blue.
- Bullying The Dragon: "Freak Show" opens up with some VERY stupid people trying to capture Godzilla as Tobias Wilson placed on him. It goes as well as you'd expect it to.
- Captain Ersatz: Reasonable facsimiles of Anguirus, Kumonga and many others like Cyber-Zilla.
- Character Death: El Gusano, Queen Bee, Cyber-Zilla, and the Cryptocliedus die in the finale of "Monster Wars".
- The Chew Toy: Mendel's robot N.I.G.E.L. dies as often as Kenny.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Cameron Winter.
- Continuity Nod: Multiple ones back to the film.
- Nick having an aquarium tank of earthworms in the first episode, his use of "annelid" when referring to El Gusano in "D.O.A." note , and knowing how an earthworm looks like on a hot sidewalk on a sunny day. All refer back to his studying of worms.
- Mendel sneezing into his hand and then offering it for a shake to Nick, which is repeated when Nick introduces him to Randy in the first episode. Obviously, Randy suggests that they just wave.
- The pronunciation joke/argument on Junior's name. Randy corrects Ifukube's "Gojira" with "Hey! It's 'Godzilla', lady!" in the episode "Competition", which is the complete reverse to Caiman using "Godzilla" and Audrey correcting "It's 'Gojira', you moron!'"
- Animal's afraid of Lucy hurting him. His son in "Future Shock" asks to be dismissed to go home or his mother was "gonna thrash" him.
- In "Cat and Mouse," as the redneck hunters target Godzilla, he passes by a crane hoisting up a new top to the Chrysler Building which the army destroyed in the movie. The hunters accidentially hit that instead, leading to their arrest at the end of the episode.
- The first scene of the series is a giant one: a shortened, animated version of the climax of the cab chase from the end of the film and Godzilla Sr's demise on the Brooklyn Bridge.
- Conveniently Empty Building: A remarkable amount of people manage to not be killed during various monster fights. Sure it's technically a kids show, but still.
Monique: Would you still be cheering if there were people in those warehouses?
- Cryptid Episode: Godzilla fights the Loch Ness Monster.
- Cutting the Knot: In "Monster Wars":
Mendel: We can generate a radiopathic feedback to overload the dampers—
Monique blasts the console
Mendel: —or we could just blow it up.
- Darker and Edgier: The "Monster Wars" trilogy is perhaps the darkest episodes in the series with the team splitting up, the Earth under threat of the Alien Invasion by the Leviathans, all monsters are completely loose, and Godzilla meets his father... in cyborg form.
- Deadpan Snarker: Elsie's the most prodigious team snarker, Monique being a close second. Mendel Craven has his moments as well, after the other two.
- Destructive Savior: To be fair, Godzilla's the size of a building, and his main abilities involves tunneling through the ground and breathing atomic fire. It's kind of unavoidable. An early episode has Godzilla causing so much damage to New York while trying to hunt down an infestation of giant mutated rats that the military believes he's simply on the attack.
- "Underground Movement" had the city of Miami suing HEAT for damage caused not by Godzilla but by their own weapons. Their lawyer gets them off on a technicality.
- Downer Ending: " End of the Line" doesn't have a happy ending for either Godzilla or Nick.
- Energy Absorption: Several of the monsters had this type of ability, whether it be against fire or some other form of energy.
- Everything Sounds Sexier in French: Monique.
- Expy: Hell, everything.
- Case and point, Cameron Winter is most likely an expy of Lex Luthor. A Corrupt Corporate Executive? Check. Attempt to control the most powerful creature on the planet (Superman's case, the most powerful alien on the planet)? Check. Attempt to destroy it? Check. Unlimited resources, and impossibly short prison time? Check. Hire Mooks and sometimes idiots? Checkmate.
- Family-Friendly Firearms: A rare case of the shift to family-friendly lasers actually being part of the story. Real guns are used at first, but after "Monster Wars," where the invaders left some of their weapons behind on Earth, lasers start appearing in the military's hands.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: All over the place. Many of the kaiju that are killed are given rather nasty demises. The most notable are probably the Chameleon's death, which is Taken for Granite and crumbles to dust, Cyber-Zilla getting disemboweled on-screen, and the multiple times Godzilla finishes off an enemy by burning them alive.
- "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: "What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been". Of course, since they're going inside Godzilla, no shrinking is required. The Big Guy has some massive blood vessels.
- Feed It with Fire: Several times had Zilla fire his plasma breath at both the Fire Monster ("Ring of Fire") and the Crackler manifested from dreams ("What Dreams May Come"), each time causing them to grow bigger and more powerful as a result. "D.O.A." had a military force use a biological weapon against El Gusano Gigante, but it turned out to be derived from its natural food, so it fed on the weapon to grow bigger, stronger and pointier.
- Five-Man Band
- Friend or Idol Decision: Mendel briefly has this in "Leviathan" when he realizes that Dr. Preloran, a xeno-biologist that he looked up to, was siding with the Tachyon aliens on conquering Earth.
- Of a sort. During "Monster Wars", Godzilla is reunited with his (cybernetically reconstructed) biological father, and joins the aliens with More Than Mind Control. In the last episode of the three-parter, he's torn between staying loyal to his adopted father and joining his biological father.
- Fungus Humongous: "Underground Movement," where an enormous fungus was sucking anything with any sort of nutrients alive dry in Michigan.
- Fun with Acronyms: Randy originally intended "H.E.A.T." to mean "High-performance Environmental Attack Team". Nick wisely changes it.
- S.C.A.L.E. for Servants for Creatures Arriving Late to Earth.
- The Dragmas in "Future Shock" got their name from Insley's website, the Democratic Resurgence Against a Global Mechanized Armageddon.
- Funny Background Event: Monique threatened to hurt their lawyer Ray if he calls her "sweetie" in the episode "Underground Movement". He does so, and as Ray goes into details about the destruction caused, Nick has to restrain Monique from punching their lawyer from behind his back without his knowledge.
- Future Badass: Craven in "Future Shock".
- Also N.I.G.E.L. and Hicks.
- Gaia's Vengeance: In "The Ballad of Gens Du Marais".
- Genetic Engineering Is the New Nuke: How the Chameleon is created.
- As well as the D.R.A.G.M.A.'s in "Future Shock", and the DNA Mimic in "Trust No One".
- Giant Equals Invincible: Unlike the film, this is played straight. The only time a monster would die in this series is by fighting each other or a specialized weapon by the main character. Even when it's specially meant to kill, it could have the possibility to hurt Godzilla himself, as Nick had to be careful when the DNA creature turns into Godzilla and Elise says it could kill him. However, Godzilla is still shown to at least be able to be hurt by conventional weapons, and in "Monster Wars", when the mind control over the monsters is broken and they turn the aliens, the aliens' warships swiftly kill them.
- Giant Flyer: Skeetara, Giant Bat, Quetzalcoatl, Giant Cicada, the Giant Hummingbirds, the Giant Bees and their Queen...
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Most notably, Big G Junior himself.
- Godzilla Threshold: Somewhat the trope namer. While Godzilla comes to the human's aid by himself, H.E.A.T decides to use his computerized voice to summon him when there's a kaiju that gives them trouble.
- Happily Adopted: Interestingly enough, it was Godzilla that technically adopted Nick as his father since the giant lizard imprinted on him (Nick was the first thing he saw and was covered in egg slime). Since then, the two have formed a bizarre father/son bond and protect one another from danger.
- Hive Mind: The Tacyhon aliens.
- Hive Queen: Queen Bee (or rather, giant radioactive volcano bee) and Termite Queen.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Usually by the climax or the episode's end.
- Dr. Jonathan Insley was killed by his own genetically-created Dragmas in the Bad Future and is almost killed by the infant versions in the present in "Future Shock".
- Maximilian Spiel in "Cash of Titans" gets his comeuppance when the very Giant Water Beetle he sent to attack H.E.A.T. at the beginning gets tossed onto him in the end.
- Colonel Charles Tarrington nearly gets killed by his own bio-engineered scorpions in "Where Is Thy Sting".
- Paul Dimanche's greed for money lands him in prison when Animal taped him admitting bribery in "The Ballad of Gens Du Marais".
- Tobias Wilson in "Freak Show" is hinted to have gone to prison when he tries to steal away a liquified Medusa under the team's and Hick's noses despite the havoc created and obvious danger she presented.
- Milo Sanders's greed for fame and money has him getting arrested for stealing the team's helicopter in "Tourist Trap".
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: Sometimes, the human antagonists prove to be just as dangerous as, if not more dangerous than, the mutants. Cameron Winter, General Albondinga, the supervisor behind the petroleum-eating nanotech, the three hunters who tried to bag Godzilla, Dr. Hugh Trevor, the Antarctic expedition leader Chad Gordon, the creator of the DNA mimic, Jonathan Insley of D.R.A.G.M.A., Maximilian Spiel, S.C.A.L.E., Tobias Wilson, Paul Dimanche, Colonel Charles Tarrington...
- Not to mention the mutations only arose because of the actions of humanity in the first place.
- Humongous Mecha: Robo-Yeti; the "Lizard Slayer" machines.
- Hunter of His Own Kind: Many of the mutations were caused by radiation like in Godzilla's origin story. Not quite so tragic as most examples as many of them would just as soon as kill Godzilla as look at him.
- Hypocritical Humor: In "Future Shock":
Nick: Kid's kind of bossy, isn't he?
- And in "Underground Movement".
Dinner is served. *produces berries in one hand and insects in the other* Mendel:
, but I am not
putting those in my mouth. *proceeds to drink water being filtered through a sock* Randy: *stares*
- I Love Nuclear Power: Quite a few mutations are the result of radiation.
- Imprinting: The entire series' plot depends on Godzilla imprinting on Nick.
- Indy Ploy: Executed more often than plans fully thought through.
- In Medias Res: The first scene of "New Family Part One" is the tail end of the cab chase from the film and the F-18s' run on Godzilla Sr.
- Intrepid Reporter: Nick's girlfriend Audrey. Godzilla being the biggest scoop of all, they clash often.
- Irony: "What would Gojira be doing in Japan?"
- Jurisdiction Friction: A variation in "Competition". The Japanese SDF had Robo-Yeti and head scientist Dr. Yukiko Ifukube had assumed that Godzilla was the one who was the cause of the hikers' disappearance. They eventually work with H.E.A.T. on dealing with the real culprit, the King Cobra.
- Just a Stupid Accent: See Irony.
- Kaiju: Of course.
- "King Kong" Climb: See the page picture.
- Legion of Doom: "Monster Wars."
- MacGyvering: His Butt Monkey status aside, Mendel's the one who usually rigs something up on short notice that saves the teams' lives. Best example is using Animal's camera and his own watch to make a tuning fork to permanently disable Spiel's high-beam spotlight that was preventing Godzilla from fighting properly in "Cash of the Titans". All of them have done some MacGyvering, but not as much as Mendel.
- Mad Scientist: Dr. Insley in "Future Shock."
- Manipulative Bastard: Cameron Winter.
- Married to the Job: Audrey states that between herself and Nick when Nick tries to propose to her.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: The Swamp Monster and Georges of "The Ballad of Gens Du Marais". While Nick sticks with the scientific thinking of the Swamp Monster being a mutation, Georges responds back with "We all believe what we wanna believe".
- Mega Manning: Skeetera, the giant mosquito whom could drain other monster's powers with their blood. Including Godzilla's fire.
- Monster of the Week: Although many of the most notable creatures would return in the "Monster Wars" three-parter.
- The series was known for odd yet real-looking kaiju designs, so it was part of the fun to see the latest monster, and whether it was a bird or a fungus.
- Monumental Damage: In the Monster Wars trilogy, with this many kaiju and locations, it's inevitable. With a homage of Destroy All Monsters to boot.
- Mythology Gag:
- A good number of the Mutations pay tribute to Godzilla's foes (Nanotech monster: Hedorah, Megapede/Giant Cicada: Battra, Crackler: Gabara, Nessie: Manda, and Cyber-Zilla: well... Kiryu).
- When Randy is mentioning ideas about Monster Island, he does so with a hand puppet that looks very similar to the Marvel incarnation of Godzilla.
- During Godzilla's fight with the Megapede and later the Giant Cicada, both fights happen in an amusement park, kinda what happened in Godzilla And Mothra The Battle For Earth. Hell, there's even a Ferris Wheel involved.
- Komodithrax and Cyber-Zilla both utilize blue flames, a reference to the fact most of the time, Godzilla's atomic ray is a neon blue. Speaking of atomic fire, Junior's flames are more akin to the more fiery look of the Showa series as opposed to the more solid and laser like blasts in later installments.
- The entire episode of "Competition" is this from start to finish. First off, the Robo-Yeti is an homage to King Kong and his robot duplicate Mechanikong, the bot's creator is named Yukiko Ifukube, a huge homage to Akira Ifukube and finally there's a full scale brawl in Tokyo.
- Nanomachines: The Nanotech creature was originally designed to bio-degrade plastic. Naturally, it grows out-of-control and eats all the petroleum-based things it can find.
- No Guy Wants an Amazon: Averted with Monique and Randy.
- Non-Action Guy: Craven wants so badly to be one of these. Unfortunately, circumstances just won't let him.
- No One Could Survive That: Almost constantly; usually, Godzilla. And of course, many a Monster of the Week turned out to be Not Quite Dead come "Monster Wars."
- Off Model: The show would be horribly inconsistent with the size of enemy monster King Cobra. In one scene, he would be massive enough to tower over Godzilla and completely envelope him in his coils. In another, he's small enough for Godzilla to bite down on his neck and toss around like a rag doll. It thankfully didn't happen too often, but when it did, it was jarring.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: In "D.O.A.," Randy and Monique break into a facility to obtain samples of the poison affecting Godzilla. Randy is made to stand guard and ends up surrounded by three armed guards. Monique steps out of the supply room, appraises the situation, and the scene cuts to a shot of the outside of the facility with the sounds of the fight cut over it. It moves back to show the three guards tied up.
- In the Bad Future featured in "Future Shock," Hicks says that, to combat the Dragmas, he released all the monsters from Monster Island (which included, at least, C-Rex, King Cobra and the Giant Bat), but that they all fell in battle. None of this conflict is shown at all.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Nick's original field is radiobiology (radiation's effects on living things, which is still in effect even if they don't always go into detail) and Elsie's a paleontologist, so it would stand that they would know biology. Elsie has also been mentioned to be the animal behavior expert a few times. While Mendel's exact field wasn't mentioned in the film, he's established as the team's roboticist (what with the repairs N.I.G.E.L. goes through) and is shown to be quite the computer programmer, biochemist, and mechanical engineer. All three have some knowledge of the various branches in chemistry, biochemistry, botany and especially zoology, considering what they're dealing with. Elsie even lampshades their scientific omnidiscipline by mentioning Mendel having two PhDs in the first episode.
- Out of Order: The original airdates put King Cobra's debut in "Monster Wars," when it should have not-quite died in the episode aired right after that, "Competition."
- Pair the Spares: In the last ten seconds of the series, Monique finally admits an attraction to Randy, thus pairing off all the (human) members of HEAT.
- Not really an example. There had been romantic tension between those two (or least, on Randy's end, anyway) since the moment Monique was introduced as a character.
- Papa Wolf: Inverted. Godzilla Jr. goes to crazy lengths to protect his adoptive father, which is often pointed out.
- It is played straight fairly often too, if you are human and you do something that can harm Godzilla, Nick will cut a bitch.
- Playful Hacker: Randy.
- Raised by Humans: Godzilla imprinted on Nick as his adopted father. He will save other humans if he has to. While knowing that there are humans who are bastards.
- Recurring Monsters: In "Monster Wars," Crustaceous Rex, King Cobra, El Gusano, Queen Bee and Cryptocleidus all made return appearances. In the later episode "S.C.A.L.E.," Crustaceous Rex and King Cobra (as well as the Giant Bat introduced in "Monster Wars"') appeared again, this time as captives on Monster Island.
- Recycled: The Series
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Godzilla originally glows orange eyes before launching his atomic breath. It becomes red later on, indicating that his Breath Weapon is becoming stronger.
- Remember the New Guy: Randy is introduced in the first episode of the series as Nick's 14 month long assistant, meaning he would have been present, but offscreen during the events of the film. Similarly, Nick also owns his own private research facility on Staten Island (which becomes HEAT's base) that was never mentioned in the film, which is where Randy apparently was during that time.
- Ridiculous Future Sequelisation: A movie marquee in "Future Shock" displays "Ghostbusters 10"
- Robot Names: Next-Millennium Intelligence Gathering Electronic Liaison, or N.I.G.E.L.
Randy: "Wouldn't that be 'Nmigel?'"
- This makes Randy's intended "High-performance Environmental Attack Team" line for their group's name a bit of Hypocritical Humor in the third episode, "Talkin' Trash".
- Running Gag: You can count on N.I.G.E.L. being smashed to pieces by the Monster of the Week or Junior at least once per episode.
Craven: [sigh] I should just order spare parts in bulk.
- Science Hero: A whole team of them, really. Even Monique has Hidden Depths like translating ancient Arabian glyphs.
- Shooting Superman: Naturally, though not as bad as the Japanese films since this is set as the same continuity where shooting a giant monster worked, and the army is usually Genre Savvy enough to avoid it, but still has some blatant cases like soldiers trying to shoot the C-Rex with small arms.
- Shout-Out: Several pop culture references an episode is the norm. And then, Elsie mentions a giant lobster attacking the coast of Manila. Also a Mythology Gag: When Nick tries to awaken Godzilla, he shouts to him if he's gonna let those "Space Monkeys" defeat him and take over Earth. "Competition" has one where JSDF Dr. Yukiko Ifukube is named after composer Akira Ifukube, who composed many of the haunting soundtracks for the Godzilla films.
- In "Bird of Paradise," Elsie's ex-fiancÚ is named Lawrence Cohen. Larry Cohen wrote and directed Q: The Winged Serpent. Both the film and the episode feature the Aztec god Quetzlcoatl as an antagonist, and the episode based the monster design on the one in the film.
- Outside of the Mythology Gag with Robo-Yeti to the first two Mechagodzilla incarnations, it's skeleton appearance also serves as a Shout-Out to "Terminator".
- Shown Their Work: Granted, Artistic License is in force on various aspects (such as Hollywood Acid multiple times), but most of the material shown and talked about did have basis in real life science at the time of the show's airing. Other subjects not science-based is also demonstrated, such as:
- Mendel uses a sock to filter water from a river for drinking purposes in "Underground Movement", a real wilderness survival technique.
- Monique makes note that Japan's constitution doesn't allow their military to have offensive weapons, to which Yukiko insists that Robo-Yeti is defensive in "Competition".
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: Randy and Monique.
- Something Completely Different: "S.C.A.L.E" plays out as a found footage episode, framed as a report Audrey does on the events of the episode, comprising of footage from Animal's camera as well as interviews with the HEAT team and security footage from Monster Island.
- Spike Shooter: The Giant Bees in "Hive" and the Thorny Devil in "Area 51".
- Spot the Impostor: The shapeshifting DNA Mimic began mimicking Junior at the climax of "Trust No One", and Nick had to tell them apart.
- Stock Scream: N.I.G.E.L.'s robotic "AAAAARRRGGGGGHHHHH!"
- Strong Flesh, Weak Steel: Likely in part because of censors regarding violence, flesh and blood giant monsters are always more durable than anything mechanical, most notably shown in "Competition" Godzilla manages to stay in the fight after the King Cobra tries to crush him, but the Robo-Yeti gets knocked of the fight both times, the second time actually leading to it's head getting broken off.
- They Killed Kenny: The previously-mentioned N.I.G.E.L.-smashing.
- His voice actor is even named Kenny!!
- This led to a perceived rivalry with said trope namesake.
- Thematic Theme Tune: The opening theme to the show is very serious in tone, unlike The Godzilla Power Hour, which fits the very serious tone of the show incredibly well.
- Too Dumb to Live: Circus Mutant Mania ringmaster Tobias Wilson in "Freak Show", in particular regards to Medusa. Had he done some research on observing Medusa after capturing her but before debuting her, it wouldn't have led to her escaping and creating havoc throughout NYC on dehydrating anything with water.
- Milo Sanders, the "tour guide" of the Manhattan Monster Line in "Tourist Trap", kept putting his passengers and himself in harm's way despite being warned multiple times to leave the area when Godzilla was fighting the Deep Dweller. It's a surprise the city hasn't shut his "tour ride" operation down before his arrest at the end for stealing H.E.A.T.'s helicopter.
- Took a Level in Badass: Purposefully done with Junior. He's much tougher than his daddy and much closer to the Power Levels of the Japanese Godzilla.
- Also, Nick is much more active than he used to be when Matthew Broderick portrayed him in the movie.
- Same with Craven, who gets more into the action as the show goes on.
- Tornado Move: "The Twister" featured a giant mutated shrew that had somehow fused with a tornado.
- True Companions: Snarking at each other aside, the team always have each others' backs, even Godzilla. Hicks as well.
- Tunnel King: Godzilla, like his daddy, but even better at it than he was.
- Turtle Power: The giant turtle in "End of the Line."
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: After Godzilla saves several people in a Runaway Train (using his hands, though that probably hurt a bit for a kaiju like him), the passengers seem to not panic after he saves them, and just walks off casually.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Craven and Randy.
- Western Terrorists: SCALE (Servants of Creatures Arriving Late to Earth), the Animal Wrongs Group who frees imprisoned Kaiju to purge humanity.
- We Can Rebuild Him: Zilla Senior is brought back as Cyber-Godzilla by aliens to fight the star of the show.
- Wham Episode: "Monster Wars" which has an Alien Invasion, most of the kaiju being mind-controlled as weapons, Cyber-Zilla, the HEAT team facing it's Darkest Hour, and more. Just to top it off, several of the recurring kaiju are Killed Off for Real in the big finale.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: More often than not, most authoritative figures or those with some power tend to always opt for the perspective of seeing the kaiju as simply monsters, animals at best (if that could even be considered "best", given animal cruelty cases). Examples include: the captain from Fort McKinley in "End of the Line" evoking with "a monster is a monster"; just seeing them as weapons as demonstrated in "Where Is Thy Sting"; or just "toys" tied to money, as seen in "Freak Show", "Winter of Our Discontent", and "Tourist Trap". Major Hicks is about the only authoritative person to at least consider alternative options and give the kaiju a smidgen of respect for their abilities.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Nick calls Georges out on this in "The Ballad of Gens Du Marais" when the Swamp Monster trashes Dimanche's paddle boat during a Mardi Gras celebration, pointing out that Georges was no different than Dimanche on not caring who gets hurt in the process during the pursuit of their goals.
- Whole Plot Reference:
- Who's Laughing Now?: "What Dreams May Come." A rather literal case there, as the Crackler monster has this weird chuckle-growl when active.
- Why Isn't It Attacking?: The reason why Junior didn't eat Nick in the first episode on their second encounter? Because he imprinted on Nick not long after hatching and sees Nick as his "dad".
- Wormsign: Junior, of course.