YMMV / Mothra

  • Adaptation Displacement: Mothra is based on an obscure serialized novel called The Luminous Fairies and Mothra That novel was actually produced by Toho to aide in the development of the film.
  • Complete Monster: Clark Nelson is an immoral businessman from Rolisca whose only concern is money. During the expedition to Infant Island, he tries to kidnap the twin fairies that were discovered, but was stopped by the majority of the members of the expedition. He agrees to let the twin fairies go only to return to Infant Island in secret, kidnap the twin fairies, and have his men gun down innocent, peaceful villagers who protected the fairies; at least six were killed. He has the fairies perform show after show as he enslaved them and kept them locked in a cage, even erecting a special glass around them to prevent them from communicating telepathically, and has his men kidnap a child who is trying to rescue the fairies. Nelson ignores the warnings of the protagonists that Mothra would attack if he keeps them locked up, and when Mothra actually does start rampaging, he doesn't see it as his fault, and flees from Japan rather than try to give the fairies back to Mothra, and when he arrives at Rolisca, mocks the twins when Mothra is seemingly killed. When Mothra is revealed to be alive, and is heading towards Rolisca, Nelson attempts to flee the country again, gunning down a policeman along the way, and tries to abandon his men when he believes he won't escape Mothra's wrath by car.
  • Faux Symbolism: Mothra's a life-death-rebirth entity with a symbol resembling a shining cross.
  • Tear Jerker: The theme of atomic destruction and Jerry Ito's superb portrayal of cruel greed and callous disregard for the island tribe and their culture (let alone all the people inadvertently hurt or killed by Mothra in her search) make this one of the saddest kaiju films of all time, although it ends happily.