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Fridge Brilliance

  • In Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, Emi Kano stated Godzilla never destroyed Japan. 2 movies later, we are introduced to BabyGodzilla that would not kill a human being. In Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, both Godzilla and Junior dies, but guess who came back to life? Junior.
    • Due to Junior's Gentle Giant nature, he's mostly likely the reason why Japan is a Superpower nation. Plus, he would also be like Godzilla of the Showa series when Godzilla of the time becomes a Gentle Giant with good intentions.
    • This is never stated in the films, but it's entirely possible that the Futurians came from the far future of the original Showa Godzilla timeline. If so it'd explain a lot of the inconsistencies...
  • Godzilla's main rival is King Ghidorah. Ghidorah is a multi-headed and multi-tailed dragon that terrorizes Japan. Godzilla, in the first film, is worshiped on a small island as the "God Of The Sea". Godzilla saves Japan from Ghidorah. Hmm, a multi-head/tailed dragon vs a sea god. It's pretty much a Shout-Out to Susano VS the Yamato No Orochi.
    • Ironically, the roles are reversed in GMK. It's Ghidorah (who is actually stated to be a juvenile Orochi) who is the good guy and Godzilla who is the villain.
  • I've read in Mothra's bio that over the years she gains new abilities and powers. Not exactly exciting, giving that she is just a butterfly that has to go up against a three-headed dragon and a lizard that breaths atomic blasts. Then I thought about the fact that Mothra is a Legacy Character. She passes on her legacy through her heirs and offspring. So, why does is this fridge brilliance? Because she is performing a sort of Evolution, not against the environment, but against her enemies! She's preparing and bettering herself/her kids for the challenges that they'll/she'll face in the future!
    • Speaking of Mothra, if you watch her original movie she seems much more casual about causing destruction and death than in future appearances. This is actually character development as her next appearance makes it clear that while she can be friendly to individuals she, her fairies, and the natives are all holding a nasty grudge against the rest of the world over the destruction of her island and the events of the original movie and are perfectly happy to let Godzilla rampage through Japan out of spite. Then the protagonists give a rousing speech about how all of humanity is responsible for each other and condemning the innocent along with the guilty is unacceptable. This actually prompts Mothra and the fairies to have a Heel Realisation and assume their more heroic roles that we're familiar with!

Fridge Horror

  • The ending of the 1954 film Gojira has one of the main characters pointing out that he doesn't think Godzilla is the only one of his kind. Then the sequel Godzilla Raids Again comes out and it's confirmed that there is indeed another Godzilla. Let's think about that for a moment. There's not one Godzilla, but an entire species of Godzilla. That means that anywhere in the world could be attacked by one and there's virtually nothing that can stop it.
    • Used in the 1991 film Godzilla vs King Ghidorah. The Futurians went back in time to prevent Godzilla from existing (so they could Take Over the World, of course) by time-teleporting the Godzillasaurus that became Godzilla from nuclear testing. Except they accidentally targeted the second Godzilla (the one that appeared in Godzilla 1985 and Godzilla vs Biollante), which was later mutated into Godzilla anyways, but with modern nuclear technology, resulting in an even larger and stronger Godzilla.
    • The Oxygen Destroyer. Long story short, it kills its victims by asphyxiation. To make matters worse, end the end, you're either reduced to a skeleton... or dust. It also doesn't help that the Oxygen Destroyer is worse than the atomic bomb and is the only weapon powerful enough to kill Godzilla. Then, later in the Heisei series we find out it spawned something much worse than Godzilla.
      • Adding to this, if Godzilla hadn't been inadvertently freed by the Saradian agent in Godzilla vs Biollante, indirectly causing most everything post Mothra, Destroyah would've utterly destroyed all life on earth since there wouldn't be powerful enough monsters and tech to stop him.
    • In the 1964 film, Mothra VS Godzilla, the egg hatches into twin Mothra larvae. Ok, nothing scary about that. But, the next film that came out the same year, Ghidorah: The Three-Headed Monster, there's now only one Mothra larvae. So, what happened to the other one? It's implied in the film that the other Mothra larvae died. And, remember how Godzilla wanted to eat the egg in MVG?. Also, its injuries fighting Godzilla may also be a factor as Godzilla smacks the poor thing with his tail.
    • Godzila Junior. Sure, he starts out cute and cuddly. But, now take into consideration that he's all grown-up and possibly even more powerful than his father.
      • Alleviated somewhat considering Junior is friendly towards humans and is a Gentle Giant. But others of his kind may not be so noble...
      • Also, the fact that Junior's (And Minya's for the Showa/Final Wars era) existence implies that not only is there an entire species of Godzilla, but that there's a breeding population. Considering how destructive one Godzilla can be....
  • Obviously, Godzilla's already pretty frightening in concept, but then take into account all the other kaiju in existence in the series and compare them to the mecha/weapon count, and you realize that the continuities are fuel for a Crapsack World:
    • Showa continuity: Godzilla (two), Anguirus (presumably two), Rodan (two), Mothra (at least four or five), Varan, King Kong, Gorosaurus, King Ghidorah, Gigan, Megalon, Titanosaurus, Kumonga, Kamacuras, King Ceasar, Minya, Frankenstein's Monster, Baragon, Meganulon, Manda, Ebirah, Hedorah (implied to be two), Gabara.
      • Mecha/Weapons: Mechagodzilla, Moguera, Maser Tanks, Gotengo, Jet Jaguar.
    • Heisei continuity: Godzilla (two), Biollante, King Ghidorah, Mothra, Battra, Rodan, Spacegodzilla, Destoroyah.
      • Mecha/Weapons: Mechagodzilla, M.O.G.U.E.R.A., Mecha-King Ghidorah, Maser Tanks, Super-X, Super-XII, Super-XIII, Garuda.
    • Millenium continuities: Godzilla (a lot of 'em), Orga, Megaguirus, Meganuon, Meganula, King Ghidorah, Baragon, Mothra, Rodan, Kamacuras, Kumonga, Anguirus, King Ceasar, Rodan, Manda, Monster X, Keizer Ghidorah, Zilla, Gigan, Titanosaurus, Gorosaurus, Gezora, Ganimes, Kamoebas, Sanda, Gaira, Mothra, Ebirah, Varan.
      • Mecha/Weapons: Mechagodzilla, Gotengo, Maser Tanks, Handheld Masers, Karyu, Eclair, Rumble, Dimension Tide.
    • Conclusion: The kaiju always outnumber the mecha/weapons (outside the Heisei continuity, unless you count Destoroyah as multiple organisms), which is Fridge Horror when you remember the destruction just one kaiju is capable of; imagine 6, or 9, or 18 kaiju all working together to destroy a city, and there'd be almost nothing that could stop them.
  • At the end of Destroyah Junior is revived into his adult form by absorbing his late father's energy. Junior won't be the terror his father was since Ghidorah confirms that humanity's alive and well in the 22nd century, where Japan Takes Over the World. But, given that the Heisei series established ways to control Godzilla, the magnetic transmitter from 1984 and the T-Project from Space Godzilla, did Japan eventually enslave and weaponize Junior to ensure its wealth?