Despite the title this article should cover Toho's sci-fi, horror, and monster films in general, along with all the creative and determined producers, actors, writers, directors, and musicians. Since 1954 Toho has created monster, or kaijueiga, movies that have varied from serious commentary films to fun monster action. They have wowed children and adults alike with their monsters, music, and action. Godzilla was the first of their kaijueiga films, who was inspired by King Kong and The Beast from Twenty Thousand Fathoms. He is also their most popular monster, one of the most recognizable in the entire world, and formed the very back-bone of Toho's various sci-fi and monster universes.
As the Godzilla series is one of the longest running movies series in history (which is itself a Moment of Awesome), there is a lot of awesome involved.
Examples with their own pages:
- Godzilla (1954)
- King Kong vs. Godzilla
- Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster
- Invasion of Astro-Monster
- Destroy All Monsters
- Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
- Godzilla vs. Biollante
- Godzilla (1998)
- Godzilla: The Series
- Godzilla 2000
- Godzilla vs. Megaguirus
- Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack!
- Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla
- Godzilla: Final Wars
- Godzilla: The Half-Century War
- Shin Godzilla
- Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters
- Godzilla vs. Evangelion: The Real 4-D
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (1977)
- Godzilla Raids Again is a unique sequel, in that it was made before the kaiju movie was its own genre, so it was made more as a horror movie in the same vein as Gojira. Thus, the monster battle is meant to horrify, not amuse, with the emphasis being on the destruction caused rather than the monsters themselves. That being said, it is a Moment of Awesome for the filmmakers, who made the actual brawl TERRIFYING, and for Godzilla himself, who viciously mauls Anguirus' neck and burns his corpse to a crisp.
- Godzilla and Mothra's battle in Mothra vs. Godzilla. Mothra is old and fragile, yet quick and clever, but not even those making the movie were positive they could make a good fight. It's easily one of the greatest monster battles of all time. Another for the twin Mothra larvae who use strategy and lots of patience to defeat Godzilla without actually harming him.
- In the same film, as one American producer put it, the two Mothra babies stop Godzilla with non-violence, the opposite of what everyone else tries for the entire film.
- Godzilla ripping off Ebirah's arms and then taunting him as he retreats. This was the second step in Showa Godzilla's steady character arc from villain to anti-hero, and it's amazing. What cements it is the humans actually cheering for him and trying to
- Godzilla opening a can of whoop-ass on the Giant Mook Kamakuras, first by dodging a leaping one and blasting it from head to a tail with fire. Then taking out another by slamming it into the ground several times then Killing It With Fire.
- Yes, even Minya kinda gets one, every annoying kid monster gets his day. Using his wits, he sets a trap. He waits for Gabara to get on end of a see-saw and then he jumps down, knocking Gabara into the air and actually hurting him for once. Godzilla's visibly proud afterwards.
- And two scenes later, Godzilla drives the bullying monster off for good.
- Godzilla flying in Godzilla vs. Hedorah, doesn't get more epic then that!
- He even does it in the IDW comic!
- Terror of Mechagodzilla has Godzilla making a straight charge for his mechanical foe. His determination at full power as Godzilla takes on Mechagodzilla's full barrage of missiles and beams. Mind you in the last movie Godzilla was doing a lot of ducking this happened to the Big G in the last movie so this is quite different. Despite the fact Mecha-Godzilla throws everything he has Godzilla never falters, even the dorsal fins caught on fire, an accident but still. The scene is so bad ass it overcomes the fact that most of Mecha-G's shooting is in fact stock-footage of a flipped Mecha-Godzilla and finally Godzilla reaches him and begins a No Holds Barred Beat Down.
- Later in this same battle, Godzilla rips Mechagodzilla's head off with his bare hands (which he did in the previous movie as well) and destroys the escaping alien race (which he didn't).
- Let's not forget Godzilla's first dramatic entrance during Titanosaurus' rampage, with his silhouette illuminated by lightning before he lets out his iconic roar and charges at the foe, ready to lay the smack down!
- Titanosaurus gets a few in the final showdown; these include lifting Godzilla by the face with only his own jaws, brutally beating down Godzilla (with assistance from Mecha G, but still, this is late-era Showa Goji; the one who could defy physics to win the day) and being one of the few Showa-era villains to really hold their own against Godzilla with minimal (if any) assistance; the others being King Ghidorah, Gigan and Mechagodzilla.
- The Super X takes out Godzilla with some flares, distracting him and making him roar, then shooting him in the mouth with cadmium missiles. This actually knocks him out for a while.
- Godzilla killing King Ghidorah in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah. This is doubly significant with how Ghidorah was unstoppable in the Showa era movies. Back then, Godzilla could barely drive off Ghidorah without at least one or two other monsters backing him up, and Ghidorah always flew away to menace the world again later. This time? Heisei Godzilla beats him decisively, and once the Futurians' guidance is taken away, Ghidorah didn't stand a chance.
- The death of SpaceGodzilla in Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla. The bastard tortured Godzilla, kidnapped his son, and killed thousands of people across Japan. That beatdown was satisfying.
- Super Mechagodzilla disabling Godzilla and had him pretty dead to rights only for Rodan to give the last of his life to Godzilla. Godzilla gets his own when his breath weapon becomes too powerful for Mechagodzilla to handle and it is finally defeated.
- Godzilla's final Heisei film has him pulling a number of these. First by kicking his rage Up to Eleven and tacking Destoroyah in a No Holds Barred Beat Down. Later he begins to focus his breath weapon on one spot, blasting a hole in his enemy. Then he gets in close and tears the hole wider with his claws, spraying more blood, and finally fires once more at point blank range. Destroyah keeps fighting and only retreating when Godzilla's radioactive power is nearing critical and he fires several fire breathes and nearly blows Destroyah apart, weakening the monster too much and forcing it to retreat.
- Destoroyah rising up from the flames like Satan himself. He then proceeds to show why he is one of Godzilla's most powerful foes by brutally murdering Junior and fighting Godzilla to a standstill, even though Godzilla is at the height of his power.
- Even the opening titles for the movie is soaked in awesome; remember, this was supposed to be Godzilla's Grand Finale...Toho was pulling out all the stops. Godzilla's rampage through Hong Kong was appropriately epic.
- In a case of good Mood Whiplash at the end of Godzilla vs. Destoroyah. After it seems very close to having a Downer Ending with Godzilla Junior murdered and Godzilla having gone through a tear jerking demise, we see something moving in the mist. The radiation levels given off from Godzilla's death plummet, being sucked into something. The camera pans in to reveal a revived and fully grown Godzilla Junior. And in a cap off to the era, we've seen the monster prince grow up from a timid baby, to a bubbly toddler, to a badass Gentle Giant teenager; and now into a powerful new King of the Monsters.
Out of Universe
- Godzilla Raids Again is by no means a sequel that respects the original, it's in an awkward place where it feels like a cheapie sequel but without the franchise consent that it was okay for a Godzilla sequel to be more about monsters than people. But if the commentary is even half correct then it's a CMoA for the special effects team to come up with so many awesome shots and tricks with less than nine months to do them. Godzilla and Anguirus fight is quite good, and the scene of Godzilla roasting a plane out of the air, causing it to to a loop and crash into the bay is quite startlingly awesome. Quite the Pet the Dog commentary.
- Akira Ifukbe's music, really, ALL of it. From the march that stands for the humans fighting Godzilla, eventually becoming Godzilla's theme, to creating his roar, to even scoring the music for the final Heisei Godzilla film, Destoroyah, and still being full of Awesome Music.
- The music of "Godzilla 1985" and "Biollante" are Awesome Music. The former is dark and grisly, signaling that Godzilla has gone even Darker and Edgier from "Terror of Mecha-Godzilla". Awesome music includes the Super X theme, Godzilla's rampaging music, and the final music where Godzilla falls into Mt. Mihara. Biollante's music is dark but a bit more poetic and even positive in a way. Biollante's theme, the Super X-2 theme, and even hearing Godzilla's original theme return all count among others.
- On a similar note it is becoming much better known that when Raymond Burr retook his role for Godzilla 1985 he refused to go with the more comedic tone the editors wanted and took every scene seriously because he thought the original Gojira had a message worth taking seriously.
- The American cut of The Return of Godzilla took some liberties but the trimmed down version of the sea louse attack goes from narm or narm charm to short and terrifying.
- this video set to Disturbed's Indestructible 
- ''Godzilla Earth vs Mecha-Godzilla'': Despite not having the same budget and/or resources, this short-film succeeds in pulling off what the anime movie failed to do; an actual battle between these two Titans. Godzilla Earth's nigh-invulnerability combined with his sheer power and extremely physical prowess is exactly why he has remained king for thousands of years while Mecha-Godzilla is no pushover either; showing his versatility in combat and almost endless array of arsenals that nearly pushes the king to defeat. In the end, Godzilla won over his mechanical doppelganger and as the fires blazes throughout the land, he roars once more, telling the world....no, the Universe that he is the king.
- ''Godzilla: 65 Years'' can be considered as the "Avengers: Endgame" for Kaiju. Watching all the Godzillas of the past like Shodai or Burning bowing down to Godzilla 2019, acknowledging him as a true King of Monsters is just...majestic.
- The introduction of the monsters.
- Godzilla killing the twins.
- The three-way fight between Godzilla, Mechagodzilla and King Ghidorah.
- Issue 1, even though we all know what happens to a good portion of Japan's civilians.
- Ota and Kentaro in a crappy old Sherman tank vs. Godzilla. They're able to distract Godzilla from fleeing civilians and survive multiple encounters with Godzilla in the first issue alone.
- The entire fight between Godzilla and Anguirus in issue 2.
- Bonus points for making Anguirus a truly challenging enemy. Anguirus is made so impressive that Godzilla gets a CMoA for focusing on Anguirus through the smoke and smashing him aside with his tail at the right moment.
- Issue 3. Even though it ends with a Tear Jerker, just having an entire issue revolving around an eight-way fight between Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, Battra, Kumonga, Hedorah, Megalon and Ebirah. Also, the Mothra van driving in the crossfire and even driving through Hedorah.
- Issue 4. All of it. From Mecha-Godzilla's appearance, Ota taking down Deverich and the entire fight between Godzilla, Mecha-Godzilla and Space-Godzilla.
- The last panel of issue 4. For fans wondering where Gigan and King Ghidorah had been for this miniseries, that last panel basically screams that those two are the very worst the universe has to offer, and is a classic shout-out to their team-up in Godzilla Vs Gigan.
- Issue 5. First off, the fact King Ghidorah is returned to a true threat as he was in his first appearance, the tag-team fight and Godzilla and Kiryu blasting Gigan's arm off. Even better is Gigan takes the full barrage of Kiryu and Godzilla and he remains standing and willing to fight.
- Ota's Heroic Sacrifice, knocking Ghidorah, Gigan, Godzilla, and himself and Mechagodzilla into a black hole in order to save the world.
- King Ghidorah is massive and it's amazing when his three heads hoist Godzilla up like he is nothing.
- Issue 1, Anguirus wins his first fight ever (in that universe). Who does he beat? Destoroyah.
- Issue 4, Heisei Mechagodzilla somewhat teams up with Godzilla to fight Hedorah, who is closer to its original movie version that almost killed Godzilla. Also Mechagodzilla carries Hedorah into the atmosphere, freezes it and blows it apart with the last of the Plasma Grenade.
- Issue 5, an old fashioned world explorer comes out of his adventure retirement and agrees to climb up Godzilla for a sample. Also features Godzilla breaking off one of Kumonga's legs and smashing her with it as well as utterly trouncing her in a matter of minutes.
- Boxer and his team taking on and defeating Anguirus by trapping him in Edinburgh's dormant volcano by using enough C-4's to level Mt. Kilimanjaro and a beam that disorientates monsters.
- Godzilla escaping an electric cage.
- The arrival of the space monsters.
- Rodan slamming into Gigan in issue 10.
- Boxer, Harrison and Hikari freeing the monsters from Monster Island and turning them loose on the space monsters.
- Godzilla's fight with Hedorah which has him being thrown into a canyon while the latter shoots acidic sludge at him in his flying form before flying out of there and outright vaporizing that mudball.
- Titanosaurus vs. Rodan. Rodan wins.
- Gigan vs. Rodan and Anguirus. All of it. Especially in issue 12 when Anguirus does a Big Damn Heroes moment.
- Battra and Titanosaurus fighting Space-Godzilla.
- Boxer using Kiryu's Absolute Zero Cannon to pin Space-Godzilla down for Godzilla to get a clear shot at him.
- Keizer Ghidorah's first appearance. Also, he can fly.
- The entire final battle between Keizer Ghidorah, Rodan and Godzilla. For the first time in the entire 13-issue run, we finally get a battle that captures the epic feel of giant monsters fighting each other to the death. Rodan didn't get to kill Gigan but it gets the awesome compensation prize of blowing off Keizer's center head with a sonic boom.
- The entire fight between Godzilla and Zilla. Especially the part where Zilla dodges getting his head crushed by Godzilla just in time to slash at his leg.
- Godzilla counters a charge by Zilla in the exact same way as in Final Wars, throwing him with his tail and follows up with a atomic blast immediately. Fight over, right? This time however, Zilla uses his burrowing skills to dive under the ground for a dodge and strikes at Godzilla from cover right after the smoke clears!
- In issue 2, when Steve is asking to sign up with the CKR, he is first denied due to him seeking vendettas, to which he is well aware before asking "Do you know anyone else who took down three monsters at the controls of a giant robot? With a little girl as their co-pilot?"
- Steve shoulder-barging a juvenile Destoroyah.
- The entire battle between Godzilla, Mothra and Destoroyah, including one awesome part where the Big G sword catches AND rips off Destoroyah's horn.
- Gaira vs Varan.
- M.O.G.U.E.R.A.'s Dynamic Entry.
- Jet Jaguar flying into Orga and enlarging himself up until he bursts right out of him.
- The entire battle of Las Vegas for both issue 6 and 7.
- In a flashback King Ceasar battles Megalon with some Bare-Fisted Monk moves, including several jump kicks!
- Issue 10 features the Gargantua siblings fighting the much larger Godzilla. Gaira is able to cut Godzilla's face and then Sandra sets the wound on fire with a petrol tank, for once it is Godzilla that is driven off.
- Issue 12 involves Titanosaurus getting into a punching match with Godzilla and does well until his arm is nearly broken. Up on the surface Jet Jaguar gets in a brief fight with Destroyah. It involves shrinking to free himself from Destroyah's tail and then ends the fight by using Kiryu's ice cannon.
- Godzilla cleaning house with four mass-produced MechaGodzillas in issue 15. Had he not been exhausted from the fight he would have taken down Mecha-King Ghidorah as well.
- Issue 16: Godzilla teaming up with Anguirus to wipe the floor with Mecha-King Ghidorah.
- Issue 17 has Lucy getting a vision from the unconscious Twins of the Cryogs attacking Earth while King Caesar, the larval Mothras and Godzilla roar into the sky, causing her to collapse. This draws the attention of a Russian soldier who thinks she allied with them while Chavez warns him to back off... only to have Kiryu stomp its foot into the ground between them as if saying "Go ahead, just try."
- Issue 18 has Godzilla judo-throwing Ebirah and Lucy kicking one of the Meganula in the face.
- The one to finally kill, seemingly for real this time, the evil Twins is King Caesar by crushing them with his claw.
- The final issue is made of many awesome moments.
- The series as a whole. Kingdom of Monsters got 12 issues, Ongoing was able to get 13 but originally Rulers was set for 8. Due to popularity the series was suddenly increased to 12 and is set to end with 25 issues. A huge accomplishment to go from 8 to over triple.
- Pretty much every time we see the monsters rampaging in the prologue. Be it Godzilla and King Ghidorah fighting, Ghidorah fighting Manda and then Larval!Battra, Anguirus attacking Godzilla. They're even terrifying when they go berserk.
- Godzilla's atomic breath flat out scythes the top half of Biollante's jaw and body. A good attempt to outdo the classic scene of shooting her in the throat from the movie.
- Mothra tackling Megaguirus and easily dispatching the Meganula swarm. However where that fight was going to go is unknown since Godzilla one hit kills Megaguirus.
- Mothra's final stand against Godzilla in issue 4 as she tries her best to defend Biollante and humanity from the vengeful Godzilla. The conclusion marks the first time Godzilla's deadly red spiral breath appears in any IDW comic.
- The final issue has Destroyah using his flying form to spin circles around Godzilla and get him on the ropes in just a few panels.
- Godzilla lifting and throwing the 220000 ton Biollante.