These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Archive Panic: As of this writing, Toho Studios has released a total of twenty-eight full-length films starring the Big Guy. If you decided to binge-watch them all at once, it would take you about two days to watch them all (assuming you didn't stop to eat and sleep). If you decided to throw in theAmericanremakes, plus Toho's sixteen other Kaiju movies in the Godzillaverse note Rodan, Mothra and its sequels, all of the movies focusing on the Verse's various alien races, etc. the whole marathon would take roughly four days. And let's not even get started on Expanded Universe material, such as comic and video game tie-ins, and the two cartoon series.
Badass Decay: Well, design wise, compare the fierce Rodan design in the original film to the goofier one in Monster Zero.
King Ghidorah in Godzilla vs Gigan is often seen as this.
Zilla. One of the main reasons he is viewed so negatively by the fans.
Averted in Zilla Junior's case, when fans consider him the best incaration.
Weirdly averted by Godzilla himself: the more he ceased being a true monster, the more he moved into Crazy Awesome.
Base Breaker: Godzilla Final Wars. It's not uncommon to find completely polarizing opinions on this film from many fans to the point that it's mentioned as one of the best entries in the series as much as it is mentioned as one of the worst.
There is a slight one between which Showa Mechagodzilla film is better. The more upbeat Godzilla Vs Mecha Godzilla with a snazzy tune by Sato that is delighted with playing 70s spy tropes and ape aliens straight or grimmer Terror Of Mechagodzilla with brooding music by Ifukube with Godzilla outmatched by two monsters and the aliens look like burn victims now. Both sides agree that both films are a step up in production after the previous two films and of course some like them both for being like day and night.
Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Some consider the entire film of Godzilla vs Hedorah to be this, peaks with the flying scene. Also the talking scene in Godzilla vs. Gigan.
Godzilla's Revenge, which takes place entirely in a boy's imagination, and has Minilla facing a bully and interacting with the boy (complete with goofy "hyuk-hyuk" voice).
How about the weird hippie couple in GMK, seen just before Godzilla enters Yokohama?
Maguma's entire appearance in Gorath. So much so he was cut from the American dub entirely.
Godzilla's bodyslam in Godzilla VS. Megaguirus is this, too. As is his dropkick in Godzilla VS. Megalon and the time he took to the skies and flew in Godzilla VS. Hedorah is a commonly-cited BLAM to many Godzilla fans.
Complete Monster: The majority of Godzilla's enemies are simply big, dumb, and/or mind controlled. A few, however, definitely belong on this list.
King Ghidorah is the standout. One of the big guy's most powerful adversaries, Ghidorah is one of the few monsters to actively enjoy causing destruction, as evidenced by his cackling, Joker-esque laugh. An Omnicidal Maniac of the first order, Ghidorah has made a career out of destroying planets and all the life on them and seems to get a thrill out of taunting the human military when it fails to destroy him. Its Expy, Desigidorah, took this up another step, by slowly draining the Earth of all life. There's also its evolved form, Kaiser Ghidorah/Monster X. Originally mind-controlled by the alien Xillians in its Monster X form, Ghidorah battles Godzilla to a standstill, during which time the aliens are defeated. Freed of their control, Ghidorah evolves into Kaiser Ghidorah and proceeds to use its Vampiric Draining on Godzilla, slowly torturing him to death for no real reason beyond hatred (since it's no longer receiving orders from the Xillians). This isn't a first for Ghidorah—in Destroy All Monsters, after the Kilaaks control tower was destroyed, freeing all the creatures under its control, King Ghidorah kept right on attacking Godzilla and co. That's without getting into the Rebirth of Mothra films, where Grand King Ghidorah drained the souls of children. It's about as malevolent as a film monster can get.
Gigan is of a similar mind to Ghidorah. Essentially a forty-story Psycho for Hire, Gigan is utterly Ax-Crazy and enjoys slowly dismembering other monsters with his buzz saw and scythes. He regularly attacks Earth while in the employ/thrall of one alien race after another, and typically takes his time in slowly cutting his opposition to pieces—even when he could just shoot them. He also has elements of Dirty Coward in his nature, frequently abandoning allies when the going gets tough, and enjoys ganging up on single opponents alongside the likes of Megalon and fellow sociopath Ghidorah. Amongst the fandom, he is generally regarded as Godzilla's most brutal adversary.
The alien enemy X from Godzilla Final Wars is a Large Ham who has a Villainous Breakdown after each of his monsters die, but that doesn't hide just how evil he is. The Controller wanted to take Earth peacefully and was simply a Well-Intentioned Extremist trying to save his people. X offs him the moment he gets the chance and takes over, instantly letting loose his army of monsters and begins the destruction of human civilization. While many alien invaders in Godzilla movies have done just that, it's the sadistic glee present in X as he watches the horror he's unleashed that makes it clear that, unlike his more peaceful predecessor, he's a sadist who enjoys what he's doing! When he captures the Gotengo at the climax of the film, he orders his men to slaughter the crew except the ones he wanted personally. Where his predecessor took prisoners even when he could've simply let the victim die, X has absolutely no regard for life at all. During the Final Battle of the film, he takes his time to enjoy the Curbstomp Battle he's inflicting on his opponent.
Crowning Moment of Awesome: Godzilla has a lot of these! His dynamic entrance in Terror of Mechagodzilla, to shooting a blast down Biollante's throat!
In Mothra vs. Godzilla, and again in Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S., despite being old, on the edge of death, and being very frail, Mothra agrees to battle freakin' Godzilla and gave everything she could to try to stop him, resulting in her tearjerking death. Also see Visual Effects of Awesome.
Ensemble Darkhorse: With a robust roster of monsters, there are many of these, and nearly every monster is a fan favorite in certain sectors. However, probably the best two examples would be Anguirus, particularly for American fans, and Baragon, particularly for Japanese fans.
Despite only appearing in the first movie (and, even there, having limited screentime) Dr. Daisuke Serizawa is easily the most famous human character in the series.
Megalon. Despite appearing in one movie, he is one of the easiest monsters to play in the Godzilla games. Easy to use in combat and great for beginners no matter which system you're playing.
Despite being scrapped, the Rat/Fish monster Deutalios is popular due to the Toho Kingdom toons.
Mechagodzilla proving to finally give a serious threat to the series after a long period of goofiness made it one of these, enough so to return for another film and return in every subsequent movie series. Outside of King Ghidorah, it's arguably Godzilla's most well known enemy.
Biollante and Destoroyah both proved very popular despite only appearing in one movie.
Mothra was incredibly popular amongst fans of both genders, and still is today.
King Shisha/Caesar is incredibly popular, despite only having one major role.
Some hardcore fans really hate it when the big guy is called Godzilla, rather than his original Japanese name Gojira.
In an inverse to criticizing the original film (see Fandom Heresy below) praising the infamous 1998 American remake is a very easy way to piss off a Godzilla fan, especially if it's a diehard fan. Curiously, this does not apply to the cartoon series based off the remake, which has gained fairly good reception from fans, even from those who hated the remake (including Godzillas Japanese audience and Toho themselves, who both disparaged the remake), due in part to it trying to follow the series roots more closely.
Praising it as better than the original is a pretty damn skippy way to end up pissing off plenty of fans. Saying it's a decent monster movie is a lot more acceptable.
Fandom Heresy: Criticizing the original film. No matter what your opinion of all the other films are, you're asking for an ass-kicking if you insult the original on any forum.
wait! if you listen carefully at it, it reminds A LOT of a psychotic giggle. kinda fitting for a planet-destroying monster.
MST3K Mantra: It's just best not to think too hard about a film series that stars giant radioactive dinosaurs, three-headed cyborg dragons, giant butterflies, giant cyborg monsters from outer space, etc.
Popularity Polynomial: After 2004, it seems Godzilla all but disappeared from the public eye. But once trailers and footages from the 2014 reboot, fans came back, memes surrounding the movie have started popping up around the internet, and even the general public is becoming interested in the character again.
Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: There's the animated Godzilla series that rescued Gino, the one that actually had Godzilla's powers; then done again in Final Wars that accepted Gino as Zilla into the franchise, even if it was a Curb-Stomp Battle. Baby Godzilla and Godzilla Junior showed that Godzilla having a son wasn't a bad idea if executed right. In recent years with the original version of Gojira becoming better known in the States there has been a backlash against King of The Monsters. However numerous historians have pointed out that Godzilla would not be so well known if not for King of The Monsters. Even Raymond Burr as been redeemed somewhat in fan's eyes when it was revealed he refused the comical lines and played his reprisal in Godzilla1985 with dignity.
Sacred Cow: As noted above, it's widely agreed that the original film is a masterpiece and criticizing it is rare at best. Even people who hate Godzilla movies tend to agree that it's good.
So Bad, It's Good: While this designation applies to much of the franchise, the films in the seventies are particular prone to falling under this sort of designation with plots, monsters, and dialogue that is outlandish even by the regular standards of the series.
Special Effects Failure: Fairly common among many of the movies, although surely the worst are Godzilla's Revenge, Godzilla vs Gigan, and Godzilla vs Megalon, which all include a hefty amount of stock footage.
Surprisingly Improved Sequel: YMMV a great deal of course, but the most commonly cited would be Destroy All Monsters over Godzilla vs the Sea Monster and Son of Godzilla, Terror of Mechagodzilla over all of the other 70's films, with a tiny window of Hedorah over Revenge, and 2001's GMK over Godzilla 2000 and Godzilla vs Megaguirus. Many fans would also say this for War of the Gargantuas, which is a cult favorite over it's much more forgotten predecessor, Frankenstein Conquers the World.
Vindicated by History: Terror Of Mechagodzilla had the weakest performance of the Showa era, but today is a fan favorite and is often seen by many fans as the best of the 70's Godzilla films.
Visual Effects of Awesome: There are many instances, and YMMV a lot as usual, although the battle between Godzilla and the adult Mothra in the 1964 Mothra vs Godzilla is a timeless fan-favorite, and usually seen as one of Tsuburaya's crowning achievements.