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Kaijumax is an ongoing comic series from Oni Press by Zander Cannon, creator of the graphic novel Heck and one of the creators on Top 10. It follows Electrogor, an insect-like Kaiju who has been captured for his crimes and sent to a prison for his kind: Kaijumax.

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Kaijumax contains examples of:

  • Abusive Parents
    • The Creature of Devil's Creek's mother, who appears to be a Stern Nun but is revealed to be a Satanist. And then there's his father, who is Satan.
    • Ape-Whale is of the verbally kind to his son Whoofy as he frequently insults his son and calls him a disgrace, he even threatens to hit him a few times.
  • Adult Fear: Goat tells Electrogor that while he was in prison his daughter has undoubtably grown up from the child he remembers her as being, and has probably figured out the easiest way to support herself and her little brother is by selling her body. Electrogor refuses to believe his sweet little girl would do such things, and he's horrified to find out that the truth is almost even worse.
  • Aerith and Bob: You got characters like Electrogor, Zonn, MechaZonn, Hellmoth, Apewhale and so on... and then you have The Creature of Devil's Creek, whose real name is 'Daniel'.
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  • Affably Evil: Hellmoth. Quite cultured and well spoken compared to his Cryps peers,and manages to become the leader of the Cryps when the spot opens simply by talking. He also attempted to kill Electrogor's children after promising Electrogor he would check on them, and kills The Creature of Devil's Creek for being weak, or so it seems.
  • The Alcatraz: the titular island, created specifically to confine giant monsters.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Whoofy is, might be as a result of his own guilt complex.
  • The Annotated Edition: The Kaiju-sized Deluxe Hardcover is full of footnotes and extra material.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Green Humongo to Red. Not played for laughs. Specially after Green gets Red in trouble and he's fired as a result.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Lil' Boy is Whoofy's Self-Hatred and Guilt.
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  • Ass Shove: As is common in real-world prisons, the inmates occasionally try to smuggle objects into the prison in this manner. The opening of issue 2 depicts a Kaiju cavity search, with Gupta piloting a specially modified submarine.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Warden Jae-Yoon Kang is clearly feared by every monster in the prison, and for good reason. However, as stern and brutal as he can be, he is a Reasonable Authority Figure in comparison to his superior, Dr. Nobuko Matsumoto, who believes that the only good Kaiju is a dead Kaiju.
  • Baba Yaga: One of the inmates in the women'a facility is the old witch herself, leader of the Legendaries gang of folkloric creatures. She's not giant, of course, but her house on chicken legs is.
  • Back from the Dead: The Queen manages to come back after one of her (now crazed) faries poisons her so she can scold Goat for her actions.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Dr. Zhang acts like a caring doctor to Electrogor after he's attacked by Zonn but once he names his attacker she immediately starts insulting him and even threatens Electrogor with surgical equipment and when he kicks her away to defend himself she says he attacked her and has him locked in isolation.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Zonn has two hearts. Not that it saves him when Dr. Zhang dices him to pieces.
  • Bizarre Alien Reproduction: The two spikes on Zonn's back are actually ovipositors, as Electrogor finds out after an egg sac containing a larval Zonn bursts out of where Zonn stung him.
    • However he is capable of reproducing the more traditional way, as seen with his son with Go-Go Space Baby.
  • Blood Sport: Volume 5 introduces a Kaiju gang that kidnaps people to fight against each other in a twist on Pokémon
  • Bullying a Dragon: Whoofy, after being pushed to the limit by his own guilt and the Cryps about to kill him, transforms into a mature version of himself.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Electrogor, who really just wanted to take care of his kids, is pushed around by several gangs, is blackmailed by Gupta, and raped by Zonn.
    • The Creature from Devil’s Creek is a timid, gloomy anthropomorphic goat kaiju who is bullied by the other Cryptids and dominated by their leader, a sentient volcano called the Mountain. He ends up being killed by the Hellmoth in Season 3.
  • Cannot Cross Running Water: The Creature of Devil's Creek can't walk across rivers or he'll turn into an ordinary goat.
  • Cardboard Prison: Discussed when Warden Kang mentions that if the kaiju set aside their differences they could easily take over the prison, hence his policy of police brutality to keep them intimidated.
  • Combat Tentacles: Goat — aka Shub-Niggurath — is essentially a goat skull with a mass of green tentacles protruding from its base, though she's too timid to use them for attacking much more than humans.
  • Deconstruction: As a child, Nobuko Matsumoto and her friends stood up for the turtle kaiju Zugaigo and defended him as the Protector of All Asia... only to have Zugaigo blaze a path of destruction through un-evacuated buildings and eat hundreds of innocent people. As a result, she killed him, and grew up into a hardass who believed that the only good monster is a dead one.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: In Season 2 #4, Electrogor literally does this when Cthulhu starts beating on his girlfriend, Shub-Niggurath.
  • Disney Death:
    • Hellmoth. Season 2 implied Torgax ate him alive. He shows up in Season 3 Issue 4 alive but missing an arm and an eye.
    • Season 3 #6's stinger shows that the Creature of Devil's Creek actually survived getting stomped on by Hellmoth.
  • Do Wrong, Right: The reason that Hellmoth kills the Creature of Devil's Creek wasn't because he betrayed the Cryptids or asked his his father for a weapon to kill him, but because he didn't have the guts to even attempt to do so.
  • The Dog Bites Back:
    • After enduring Zonn's manipulation and abuse for three Seasons, Dr. Zhang snaps and rips him to shreds.
    • The Creature from Devil's Creek rats out the Mountain after learning it committed a brutal cop killing, which leaves the Mountain staring down a desth sentence.
  • Doting Parent: Electrogor. In fact, it's his need to get back to his children what keeps him going.
  • The Dreaded: In Season 4, Torgax is quickly established as being feared by most of the other female inmates due to her Hair-Trigger Temper.
  • Drinking the Kool-Aid: When Queen Bee offers Goat some of her royal jelly in exchange for joining her rebirth cult, the Eldritch Abomination starts to reference this trope before giving in and guzzling it down.
  • Driven to Suicide: Whoofy, pushed to the edge by his own guilt, asks one of the wardens to activate the lethal system to stop the Cryps riots, declaring that he's a monster in the process.
    Whoofy:'' Pull it. Lever. Please. P-Pull it. Do it. I deserve it. I a monster.
  • Eaten Alive:
    • In Season 2, it's revealed that Gupta was eaten by the enforcers of the Von Vilestras, as punishment for his accidental role in the death of their leader's son.
    • Season 2 also implies that Torgax did this to Hellmoth, considering all that's left of him when Electrogor returns to his lair is a severed arm. It's later revealed in Season 3 that he survived, but was badly injured.
  • Expy:
    • The wardens and other security forces are clearly a shout-out to Ultraman and Sentai series.
    • The wardens and security forces at the female's prison are a Combining Mecha that references either Voltron or Power Rangers.
    • The Queen Bee, a female bee kaiju, is an obvious homage to Mothra — especially since she is attended to by a pair of singing fairies and the female prison used to be called Rebirth Island.
    • Mecha-Zon is a stand-in for Mechagodzilla, being a robot built to destroy the organic monster he was modeled after. He develops a mind of his own and refuses to fight, similar to the "Kiryu" Mechagodzilla model from Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla.
    • Whoofy is essentially a twisted, tormented copy of Minilla, Godzilla's son. He even (sort of) has a human best friend, like Minilla had in All Monsters Attack.
    • Monster X-Zero is a three-headed, winged dragon, just like King Ghidorah. He is missing two of his heads, alluding to Ghidorah's history of getting decapitated, and his name is a combo of Monster Zero, Ghidorah's codename from Invasion of Astro-Monster and Monster X, the name of his humanoid form in Godzilla: Final Wars.
    • Victoria Von Vilestra leader of the Seijin Gang, has minions made from clay used to look down on Earth from the moon with a telescope like Rita Repulsa / Bandora. She dressed quite a bit like her, too.
    • The boss of the Human Pitfighting tournament is a giant green Pikachu look-alike. To drive the point home, he's called Pikadon.
    • Team V.I.T.A.L.I.T.Y visually resemble the Dinobots.
  • Extranormal Prison:
    • The inmates are kaijus and the wardens are Ultramans.
    • Season 4 introduces the Female Kaiju prison, staffed by Giant Mecha.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • To say that humans are prejudiced against Kaiju would be an understatement.
    • The sentiment is returned by the Kaiju, to the point that the Cryps are kaiju equivalent of the Aryan Brotherhood version of the Kaijus, being racists towards humans and foreign kaijus.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Zonn acts like a friendly individual to both Mechazonn (who knows better) and to Electrogor only to quickly reveal his true colors with cruel mocking and attcking Electrogor with his ovipositors.
  • Fingore: In issue 2, Gupta gets a finger chopped off by the Yakuza-esque Von Vilestras as a warning.
  • Friend in the Black Market: For the right price, Gupta is willing to smuggle in pretty much anything.
  • Fusion Dance: In Season 2, Red Humongo assimilates Green Humongo after finally snapping, recombining into the Black Humongo.
  • Gang Bangers: Of the four kaiju gangs, the Maketo Gang and the Cryptids are the newest and and most-ruthless, with the former mainly being comprised of younger kaiju. In Volume 2, the Von Vilestras are wiped out by a gang of moon rabbits.
  • Giant Foot of Stomping: How the Creature of Devil's Creek seemingly meets his end by the Hellmoth but it turns out he survived and fell under thd care of a kind-hearted inmate.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Both used and averted, depending on the circumstances. Generally, extreme violence against the monsters is shown in full detail, because their inhuman design and Alien Blood makes it easier to stomach. However, more realistic injuries (like Gupta getting his finger chopped off in issue 2) are not shown
  • Heel Realization: As Dr. Zhang consoles a fellow inmate, she describes herself experiencing this after she killed Zonn.
  • His Own Worst Enemy: We all knew that Lil' Boy was a figment of Whoofy's imagination, but what we didn't know it was his own sense of guilt of not doing anything while people around died at the hands of his father, Apewhale... and then festering inside Whoofy's mind to actively sabotage him.
    Lil' Boy':So now here I am. In the prison. In your mind. And I hope you die. Just like your your stupid dad. I hope they suffocate you in a volcano. I hope they cut your head off and throw it into space. I hope they crack your jaw open and breathe fire down your throat, you weak, worthless, fat ugly piece of--''
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: There's a lot of monster-specific slang that replaces common swear words and prison slang. Often overlaps with shout-outs to various monsters and franchises.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Used almost word-for-word as Electrogor first lands on Kaijumax. Played for laughs, since it's being said by a 100-meter yellow insect monster. Not played for laughs later on as it turns out that they're really as monstrous as the beings they call monsters.
  • Humongous Mecha: A good number of the "monsters" on the island are robots. They form one of the island's ethnic gangs, though they seem to all be members of Mechazon's religious movement.
  • I Am a Monster: Quoted almost word for word by Whoofy, as he asks Sato to activate the anti-riot mechanism that would kill him.
  • Irony: Goat is a lovecraftian being which are known for having cults of followers yet she herself falls in with another cult.
  • The Jersey Devil: Electrogor's crater-mate, The Creature from Devil’s Creek, is one of these, scaled up to Kaiju size.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: It's to feel sorry for Zonn when he gets shanked in the neck by Gupta and nearly dies, considering all the stuff he has done.
  • Killed Offscreen: A number of characters have met gristly fates off-panel, most notably Gupta, who is eaten alive by the Von Vilestra's enforcers.
  • The Lady of the Lake: One of the female inmates is a water monster with the ability to conjure magical weaponry, having once offered a sword to a certain British king. Offering said sword to a berserk kaiju was what landed her in prison, and she surreptitiously offers Zhang the same weapon.
  • Leave No Witnesses: According to Gupta, the reason Kaijumax had to let Hellmoth go is because he somehow managed to track down and eliminate all living witnesses to the massacre of Kleinberg Heights.
  • Luxury Prison Suite: The son of the Von Vilestra mob's boss gets the same "cell" as everyone else—a basic crater—but he gets drugs and pornography smuggled in, and gets clearly better treatment from the guards.
  • The Mafia: The J-Pops and the Von Vilestras are old-fashioned traditionalist organized crime groups based on the Mafia and Yakuza respectively, while the Maketo Gang's mysterious leader is called "The Don".
  • Magma Man: The leader of the Cryptids is The Mountain, a sentient volcano with psychic powers capable of influencing dreams.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Zonn, who seduces Dr. Zhang, Kaijumax's empathic medic, and generally antagonizes Electrogor For the Evulz. When this adversely effects the quality of uranium that Electrogor produces, Gupta shanks Zonn for messing with his supply line.
  • Mind Rape: Goat has the ability to do this and uses it to convert a fellow inmate to Queen Bee's cult.
  • Missing Mom: According to Electogotor, the mother of his children (or larvae-mommy as he calls her) was killed by a military using tanks.
  • Notzilla: Several. Electrogor himself has something of Godzilla's body shape, and is the "hero" of this story. Ape-Whale's name is a pun: Godzilla/gojira is a portmanteau of kujira, "whale," and "gorilla." Zonn appears to be made of rock but has Godzilla's silhouette, which means his robot doppelganger Mechazon looks near-identical to Mechagodzilla. Other background monsters have some similarities with the Big Guy himself.
  • Official Couple: By the time of Season 4, Chisato and Jeong are married and expecting a baby.
  • One-Man Army: Torgax's power and temper make her one of the most feared inmates of the female prison even though she dosen't have a gang backing her up.
  • Our Cryptids Are More Mysterious: One of the four main gangs present in Kaijumax is the the Cryptid Brotherhood, or "Cryps" for short, the Kaiju equivalent of the Aryan Brotherhood and made up of various Kaiju-sized cryptids.
  • Papa Bear: When Chisato and Jeong go after his daughter, Electrogor attacks them with such fury that he destroys Chisato's mech suit and sends her flying into orbit. Unfortunately, Chisato proves she's a Violently Protective Girlfriend when Torgax tries to eat Jeong, taking father and daughter out with a point-blank Kill Sat.
    • Later when Zonn threatens Electrogor's son he goes to Mechazonn and tries to convince him to assassinate Zonn.
  • Plant Mooks: The Von Vilestras's goons are kaiju made of sentient bamboo.
  • Police Brutality: Black Humongo is the victim of this at the hands of Chisato's first pilot.
  • Prison Rape: Electrogor is the victim of this at the hands of Zonn, who stabs him with one of his ovipositors and implants an egg that later bursts out of him. In Season 3, Zonn publicly threatens Electrogor with this again after he's brought back to prison.
  • Prisons Are Gymnasiums: there's a workout room with kaiju-scale equipment: a treadmill with cars and people to stomp, a weight machine that involves pushing over a building, etc.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: Red Humongo. All he wanted was to continue to work and live in peace.
  • Robot Me: Mechazon is a robot version of the character Zonn, which causes trouble when the two of them are put in the same cell block.
  • Robot Religion: Mechazon seems to have founded one, and converted just about all of the robotic inmates to it. They venerate "the Cloud" as a god. There's a practical side to it, as Mechazon is able to project his consciousness into it to remotely hack electronic devices, using this ability to kill Goro with his own drones.
  • Sinister Shiv: Except, since they're all giants, it's the sharpened hull of a cargo ship.
  • Shapeshifter Mode Lock: of the Size Shifter variety: Doctor Zhang's control panel was damaged when she killed Zonn and she's stuck in her giant form.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran:
    • Jin-Wook Jeong, one of the Kaijumax guards, develops PTSD and a Hair-Trigger Temper after killing a young kaiju working for Zonn. His Ultraman-esque form becomes increasingly weaponized the more Sanity Slippage he undergoes.
    • After Black Humongo kills her pilot, Chisato is left traumatized. As a result she empathizes with Jeong, who joins G.R.E.A.T. and becomes her second partner and eventually her lover.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The Kaiju substitute "Goj" for "God" in expletives.
    • One of the gang leaders is Ape-Whale, the literal translation of Gojira.
    • Ape-Whale's son, Whoofy, has visions of a little boy who "dreamed himself" onto Kaijumax, in a shout-out Ishiro from All Monsters Attack
    • One of the background inmates strongly resembles a Xenomorph from Alien.
    • Another inmate is a giant yellow turtle with a red shell and bird wings.
    • One of the humans at Red Humongo's workplace slides down his tail shouting "Inka dinka doo!"
    • Zugaigo is stated by Word of God to be an expy of Gamera.
    • Season 2 Issue 4 is covered with references to the Cthulhu Mythos, including a shoggoth being used as a guard dog, Deep Ones, and Shub-Niggurath (nicknamed "Goat") and Cthulhu (nicknamed "Cuttle") making cameo appearances.
    • Chisato channels Bender in Season 2 Issue 5 when ranting to Mechazon about how she thinks Goro murdered their father.
    • One inmate is a toad-like kaiju with a lotus flower growing out of its back, similar to Venusaur from Pokémon. He even has Poké Ball tattoos on his neck.
    • Season 3 Issue 3 is a huge one to Hamilton, including the cover in the standard Hamilton pose. The production itself is an adaptation of Godzilla (1954)
    • Whoofy's adult form is a shout-out to Shin Godzilla, being a giant, horrific version of his father covered in glowing purple markings and able to fire energy beams from all over his body.
    • Gigantoceratops (a friend of Electrogor) is a modified Titanosaurus.
    • One of the kids kidnapped for the human pitfighting tournament looks like Ethan and is named Satoshi.
  • Suicide by Cop: Whoofy, in season 3.
  • Take That!:
    • GINO is used as a slur amongst the kaiju.
    • In Season 3, the Little Boy's diatribe includes a condescending reference to Godzooky. The author also delivers a scathing review of The Godzilla Power Hour at the end of Issue 4.
  • The Sociopath: Zonn is casually cruel and manipulative not only towards Electrogor but his girlfriend Dr. Zhang, and Mechazon notes that he grows more powerful the more evil things he does.
  • Tattooed Crook: The Hellmoth and the Venusaur-esque kaiju. The regular cover of the first issue also depicts a kaiju with ink.
  • Too Important to Walk: Victoria is carried overhead by two cronies
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Season 2, Electrogor's daughter Torgax is revealed to have metamorphosed into her adult stage, and is a lot tougher and more vicious than her father, who she resents for abandoning her and her brother.
  • The Unfavorite: Mechazon; the scientist who created him greatly prefers his earlier project, Chisato.
  • The Unfought: Zonn. As Mechazonn and Electrogor prepare to use the Cryps riot as cover to kill Zonn, they get to him only to find Dr. Zhang has killed him already.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Dr.Zhang befriends Go-Go Space Baby and helps her give birth to her son and save her life, but when the latter learns the former killed Zonn (the father of said child) Space Baby tries to kill her, even though she hadn't seen him in years, was cheating on her and was only killed because Zhang snapped from his abuse.
  • Un-person: Queen Bee's punishment to Goat is to erase her from everyone's memories. Goat is actually grateful this is her fate.
  • Wardens Are Evil: Particularly Gupta, who owes a lot of money to the Von Vilestras and is trying to recoup by peddling drugs to the inmates.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Dr. Nobuko Matsumoto wants to make the world a safer place for humans... even if it means killing monsters who — while not benevolent — aren't actively causing harm. Warden Kang, despite being a proponent of police brutality and excessive use of force, disagrees and manages to convince her to lighten up.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Whoofy. After getting constantly bullied and about to get killed by a pair of Cryps, snaps and matures into an adult version of himself.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • Hellmoth went to Electrogor's cave with the intention to kill his children.
    • Zonn wants Dr.Zhang to kill Electrogor's son.
  • You No Take Candle: While some Kaiju can speak fluent English, those who have spent most or all of their lives in isolation, like Electrogor, talk in broken sentences.


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