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"I genuinely think that, deep in our thousands and thousands and millions of years with nature, there's a chance that an animal's going to come and attack us or eat us or destroy our village or eat our food. It's deep in our DNA that the creature's going to come today or tomorrow. In the modern time, just this small period of time in the lifespan of humanity, we've built these massive cities and we've pushed nature out, but it's still very strong in us that the animal is going to come, and it's going to destroy everything we've built. Our caves have gone from these little huts and caves to 30 story buildings, so our nightmares become 30 stories as well."

Giant Japanese monsters that assault Tokyo, hapless island explorers, or each other are called Kaijunote . While they have no specific form even in their own mythology, by Japanese standards they are traditionally monstrous, scaly water elementals of about 50 feet and taller.

Typically they arrive from somewhere Far Away. Whether that means space, Beneath the Earth, or a South Pacific island varies. Expect lots of Stuff Blowing Up to result, but, since Giant Equals Invincible, don't expect the explosions to actually hurt them. Do expect at least one case of Helicopter Flyswatter. Examples of this genre can range from straight-up Disaster Movie (Cloverfield, the first Godzilla movie) to all-out wrestling matches between People in Rubber Suits (Most of the later Godzilla movies). As this genre features a judicious application of Rule of Cool, expect the MST3K Mantra to be in full effect. Often, you'll only watch this kind of movie to see the monsters fight, which can often involve an Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny (such as King Kong vs. Godzilla).


This is actually one of the oldest genres in film, dating back to the early days of cinema when special effects were new. Pioneers of the genre were The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, King Kong (1933), and The Lost World. The idea probably originates from thinking of dinosaurs as fantastic beasts or ideas about giant dragons. As for why it's so popular with Japanese media: Japan is quite earthquake and tsunami-prone, and you could think of a kaiju as a sentient natural disaster, so it may feel more meaningful to them. (Consider how Godzilla, like a wave, rises from the sea.) The word kaiju became more mainstream and used in western works after the release of Pacific Rim in 2013, when before they were usually and simply called "big Japanese monster" (even to the point of its origin being often Wrongfully Attributed to this film).


A related term, "kemono", was used on many equally-monstrous creatures in a similar vein as kaiju (if not quite as massive), before it shifted into a common term for Beast Men or Little Bit Beastly. However, it's still not rare for some to refer to a Kaiju as a kemono.

Rent-a-Zilla is a Sub-Trope, where the work doesn't focus on the monster. A Not Zilla is a kaiju that is specifically an Expy of Godzilla, and a King Kong Copy is this to King Kong. If kaiju offspring appear, expect Gigantic Adults, Tiny Babies. Crosses over with Behemoth Battle when there is more than one kaiju and they engage in battle with each other. In more modern works, kaiju are often afflicted with Proportionately Ponderous Parasites.

Compare Disaster Movie, Attack of the Killer Whatever, Robeast, and Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever. Has its roots in Tokusatsu and Mons.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • A few Digimon. In particular, Tyrannomon even has the Godzilla-ish back spikes, and his larger, darker Palette Swap, Dark Tyrannomon, was once used for a very Godzilla-evocative scene when the battle was taken into the human world. Powers That Be resisted the urge to use the distinctive Godzilla roar. In general, the Digimon franchise is a whopping cyberspace of digital Kaiju fights, with some Mega-leveled Digimon being Kaiju-sized akin to the Ultra Series example below.
  • The Angels in Neon Genesis Evangelion. There's also the Evas themselves, having been cloned from Angels. Their armor just makes them look like Humongous Mecha.
  • Dragon Ball features loads of massive creatures and monsters, most of which dwarf even the dinosaurs that are still around.
    • Oozaru/the Great Apes, the form which Saiyans who have tails can turn into when they look at the moon is at least 50 feet tall and serves a Shout-Out to both King Kong and Godzilla with their Breath Weapon. The Bardock special and flashbacks show the Saiyans could effectively conquer entire planets as Great Apes and older Saiyans even retain their intellgence once they transform. Sadly Toriyama put less focus on Great Ape transformation as the series went on, so these giant monkeys haven't been seen since Vegeta and Gohan transformed in the Saiyan Saga.
    • Similar to the Saiyans, Namekians have Great Namek form, e.g Lord Slug's city crushing giant form which nearly killed Goku.
    • Porunga more so than Shenron resembles a Kaiju, so much so West City freaks out in typical Godzilla-fashion when he is summoned at the Capsule Corp. Subverted however as Porunga is much nicer than he looks and Bulma even calls him cute.
    • A more traditional Kaiju would be Hirudegarn from Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon a humongous fire-breathing Ancient Evil that was sealed away, before being released. At full power it managed to defeat the Z-Fighters and destroy most of West City, before Goku turned Super Saiyan 3 and used Dragon Fist to kill Hirudegarn.
    • Dragon Ball GT featured multiple giant monsters, most notably two of the Shadow Dragons Rage Shenron and Naturon Shenron have massive city destroying forms.
    • Funnily enough famous Kaiju such as Godzilla (on tv), King Ghidorah and Gamera cameo in the franchise though they’re quite smaller than their usual sizes.
  • When Haruhi Suzumiya gets particularly irritated (or, presumably, watches too much Evangelion, both of which might go hand-in-hand), she manifests Kaiju-like monsters in a Phantom Zone. Fortunately, she also dreamt up some people to fight the things.
  • Voltaire and Hakutenou of Lyrical Nanoha. The two of them even get to battle in a heavily damaged city. There's also the monstrous form of the Book Of Darkness.
  • In the CLAMP series Cardcaptor Sakura, Touya's pet name for his sister is "Kaiju" (or "Dinosaur" in Nelvana's English dub), which is usually followed by Sakura shouting about how much she isn't one, complete with monstrous stomping about the house. Which naturally only adds to Touya's argument that she is a noisy kaiju.
  • Franken Fran had a massive human-like Kaiju that came from the sea and seemed intent on attacking an island town. Turns out that it's just a girl whose wish of living with the whales was granted by Professor Madaraki. She's just there to find her mom so she could give her the great news that she's now pregnant. Happy end!
  • Pokémon:
    • Legendary Pokémon are anywhere from "extra-large" to "titanic" in size, especially if it's a more "beastly" Legendary (Groudon, Rayquaza, Giratina). Non-Legendary examples include the cliff-sized Dragonite in "Mystery at the Lighthouse" and the skyscraper-tall Tentacruel in "Tentacool and Tentacruel".
    • Arceus' rampage in Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life is reminiscent to the kaiju film genre.
  • All members of the Heroic Tribe in Heroic Age are essentially GIANT SPACE MONSTERS. Which destroy planets on a regular basis.
  • The main character of Kiriwo Terrible transforms himself into a Kaiju to fight the Kaiju attacking his city.
  • The Mimetic Beasts from Shinkon Gattai Godannar!! definitely qualify as Kaiju.
  • One Piece (thanks to Oda’s love of drawing big creatures) has an overabundance of giant monsters (see here). While a good many friendly, most are just building-sized terrors who can destroy ships and gobble up people like mints. The Monster Trio (Luffy, Zoro and Sanji) actually got their namesake from being able kill a giant Sandora Lizard in Alabasta.
    • The Sea Kings are perhaps the most prolific Kaiju in the franchise, all four oceans are crawling with them and ones in the Calm Belt are even bigger in size and number. Defeating just one Sea King is the mark of a superhuman in One Piece. In Fishman Island it’s revealed Princess Shirahoshi can control Sea Kings which means she’s one of the Ancient Weapons: Poseidon.
    • Special mention to the Bananawani, (gigantic crocodiles with bananas growing out of their heads) big enough to chomp stone and they even prey on the aforementioned Sea Kings being their only known natural predator to this date. However they’re hit with The Worf Effect pretty badly.
    • One Piece Film: Strong World (the one written by Oda) has loads of Kaiju as the Big Bad Shiki injected animals with IQ turning them into superbeasts, such as: the land dwelling octopus, a massive long armed bear who suplexes its foes and a six-legged tiger. While the Straw Hats (especially the Monster Trio) can handle them, Shiki threatens to unleash the creatures across world, starting with East Blue the home sea of the original five crewmates.
    • Nola the 200 year old humongous snake from Skypeia even among the many monsters in the series deserves recognition, being big enough to wrap itself around a massive forest, No-Sell attacks from Zoro and Wyper and even swallowed Luffy and several others and kept them in its belly. Subverted however as Nola is actually quite friendly and good natured.
  • The eponymous Humongous Mecha in Dai-Guard ends up fighting a lot of kaiju.
  • Cenco and the other monsters in Cencoroll.
  • Done hilariously in My Bride is a Mermaid when Nagasumi is turned into a giant. San's father summons a large octopus to attack him.
  • Naruto:
    • The largest summoned animals fit the bill in terms of size. The giant serpent is even named Manda after the Godzilla beast. There's also the Bijuu: 9 giant monsters, at least one of which was once referred to as a natural disaster, which is far more in theme with the iconic Kaiju. Lampshaded by Guy, when Kurama and Gyuki fight the five other Bijuus Matatabi, Isobu, Kokuoh, Saiken and Chomei.
    Guy: "It looks like the battle of Kaijus!"
    • Bijuu combine into the juubi with the help of a statue, this beasts power is so great that when Naruto tried to measure its power, he got sensory overload instead.
    • The first Hokage, Hashirama Senju was so powerful, he could summon gigantic wood golems and wood dragons to fight. Cranked Up to Eleven, during his fateful battle with Madara. Hashirama summoned a wooden statue of Avlokiteshvara so huge, all Kaijus look like dwarves in comparison. Even a full sized Kurama looks like a normal mouse compared to a six foot tall human.
  • In Mahou Sensei Negima!, the Sacred Beast of the Hellas Empire recently started attacking a gigantic shadow monster, causing Haruna to start squeeing about kaiju battles. And Lovecraft.
  • Bokurano is about Humongous Mecha, not kaiju, but the confused populace in the work can't tell the difference, for a good reason.
  • In the Ranma ½ both Genma and Happosai have a secret Ki-technique that lets them grow to Kaiju-esque proportions. Then immediately collapse in exhaustion.
  • Attack on Titan features the people-eating humanoid giants called "Titans", which humanity has to fight either with highly specialized combat gear that allows them to maneuver in three dimensions and slash the napes of their necks, or with a Titan of their own who can transform from a human. The Colossal Titan in particular, being 60 meters tall, definitely qualifies.
  • Many of the larger Demon Beasts that the Big Bad Nightmare creates in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!.
  • Many larger Capture Beasts in Toriko fit the role. The Four Beasts and their master beast fit this especially. More powerful beasts in the Gourmet World make Godzilla look small.
  • In Shinzo, Enterrans are basically mons that populate the earth After the End. They don't get ginormous... usually. One Big Bad has as The Dragon an actual three-headed dragon named Grendora. Grendora is positively enormous, shoots ice blasts, and uses canned Godzilla roars.
  • Many of the gigantic monsters from Yu-Gi-Oh! count, especially the ones who are extremely powerful in-universe. For example, Exodia, the Egyptian Gods, the Great Leviathan, the Sacred Beasts, the Earthbound Immortals, etc.
  • Queen Taratects in Kumo Desu Ga, Nani Ka? are massive and extremely powerful. A single Queen was able to wipe out a fully-manned fort and the army attacking it. Also noted is Fenrir, a wolf capable of taking bites out of similar forts.

    Comic Books 
  • Superman:
    • There's a recurring enemy named Titano, who looks like King Kong with the power to shoot Kryptonite-flavored laser beams out of his eyes.
    • One "Metropolis Mailbag" episode featured Superman's annual New Year's help-by-mail tradition interrupted by a fight between a gigantic Metallo and the new Toyman, a Japanese kid with a Super Robot. Between performing his tasks and trying to keep the battle from escalating, he also had to deal with several giant monsters awakened by the fighting: a massive butterfly, a Gorilla-Whale (A literal translation of Godzilla's name), and of all things, a giant purple Pikachu.
    • New 52 introduces the Kyrptonian Dragon a city spanning beast, which Superman was forced to use lethal force against.
    • Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen has been one. In two main stream continuities.
  • Fin Fang Foom of Marvel Comics, a giant Chinese dragon. Depending on the Writer, he's usually said to be an alien, a member of the race who invented the Mandarin's power rings. Foom is a holdover from when Marvel published monster comics as a major source of revenue. Today, Marvel's Monster Island houses lots of Kirby-designed and inspired Kaiju. Some others who show up in modern continuity are the tree-like alien Groot, the mutant T-Rex Devil Dinosaur and the lovable giant ape-monster Gorgilla. Big Hero 6 and other Japanese superhero teams within the Marvel Universe apparently spend a lot of time defending cities from giant monsters. More recently Marvel has Monsters Unleashed which is about a Kid Hero and his superteam of kaiju and then there's the The Avengers villain Todd Ziller (a.k.a American Kaiju) who's an expy of Godzilla.
  • Marvel briefly had the rights to publish Godzilla comics (Godzilla: King of the Monsters), and featured him as part of the Marvel Universe. As with Marvel's other licensed property titles, he accrued a supporting cast of friends and enemies whom Marvel does own and who still pop up once in a while, such as Yetrigar the giant yeti, a giant robot named Red Ronin, and a Mad Scientist named Dr. Demonicus who specializes in mutating animals into Kaiju.
    • The Marvel Mangaverse version of Incredible Hulk.
    • The Monster Hunters are a Five-Man Band set in the 1950's who travel the world hunting down dangerous kaiju. They made friends with Gorgilla the ape monster, though.
    • During Walt Simonson's run of The Mighty Thor, Fafnir the dragon sure had the size to qualify.
    • The fourth volume of New Avengers has the creatively named American Kaiju, looking like a hybrid between the two Hollywood versions of Godzilla but with the Stars & Stripes on his underbelly, created thanks to injecting one Todd Ziller with a cocktail of Marvel's mad science serums (including Kurt Connor's Lizard serum) and seeing what happened.
  • Batman: Gotham After Midnight, a very bizarre miniseries, featured Bat-foe Clayface devouring people whole and growing into a gigantic mud-monster... which the Dark Knight fought with a Bat-mecha he had built for just such an occasion. Crazy-Prepared, indeed...
  • The Planetary team discover the remains of various ersatz kaiju on Island Zero.
  • Exiles had the Monster World arc, which envisioned Curt Connors, Bolivar Trask, Tony Stark, and Hank Pym as a team of Action Scientists fighting Kaiju in a transforming mecha. They fight it out with Fin Fang Foom in Japan at the end of the arc. It was awesome.
  • Avengers: The Initiative: When the new 3-D Man is sent to a superhero team in Hawaii he finds out one of his missions is to protect the state from the occasional kaiju that wanders over from Japan.
  • Fire Breather. Duncan's daddy, Belloc, actually calls himself king of the Kaiju and wants his son to one day take his place.
  • One of the Justice League of America's oldest enemies is Starro the Conqueror (aka the Star Conqueror), a titanically huge, mind-controlling literal Starfish Alien.
  • The comics mini-series Gigantic combines this with "Truman Show" Plot. The first kaiju on Earth, Gigantic, is trying to escape the mega-corporation that controls him, and the entire earth, having built it from scratch for a TV station.
  • The very first issue of Plop! had a story about "Kongzilla," a beast with the top half of a giant ape and the bottom half of a giant lizard.
  • In the prelude to H'el on Earth, a mile-long undead prehistoric Kryptonian dragon creature rampages across Metropolis. It's so strong, that a whack from its tail sends Superman flying all the way to Ireland! It is defeated when Superman ignites an oil rig, engulfing the creature in a huge ball of fire. It's later revealed that H'el sent the creature to test Superman's abilities.
  • The Warren Ellis miniseries Tokyo Storm Warning is an homage to kaiju manga and anime, with an eye turned toward realism as the robots and kaiju cause massive property damage and send literal waves of kaiju blood washing away civilians.
  • Dan Brereton-illustrated Giantkiller was about an invasion of California by colossal, extradimensional monsters who turn the state into an extension of their own world. It featured 25 different giant Kaiju plus a half-human hero to slay them - one for each letter of the alphabet.
  • Gold Digger featured an island inhabited by giant monsters, a result of the unusual emanations of the island itself. The native tribe, the Ooshoosh, also adapted... the women, while being born as normal-sized babies, grow unusually fast into 40-foot monster-slaying giantesses who are very protective of their normal-sized men. Well, mostly normal-sized, that is.
  • IDW Publishing has been publishing Godzilla comics since 2010. Unlike other companies before them, they also have the rights to most of his supporting cast.
  • Kaijumax is an Oni Press series about the titular prison, where they house giant monsters.
  • The Sandling of White Sand is an enormous and highly territorial subterrestial creature huge enough, a single tooth of its Lamprey Mouth is almost two-thirds of Kenton's size.
  • Played for Laughs in several New Yorker cartoons one of which about two men talking about a tiny Godzilla rampaging in the street.
    Man: I hear he's huge in Japan.

    Comic Strips 
  • Garfield usually mocks bad horror movies when it goes pop-cultural, but on one occasion the title character saw a news interview with "a prehistoric monster who rose from the depths of the Earth to stomp on Tokyo, and has written a book about his experiences (of course.)"
  • Calvin and Hobbes:
    • Calvin is a big fan of Japanese monster movies. He imagines himself as Godzilla on two occasions: stomping a sandbox version of Tokyo, and rising from the watery depths of his bathtub to blast Megalon (his mom).
    • The Calvinosaurus he imagines is a theropod able to eat an Ultrasaurus in a single bite. A sauropod more than one hundred feet long, fits inside a Calvinosaurus' mouth. The whole thing is even more hilarious if one considers that Ultrasaurus is perceived as a dubious genus, meaning it may not have existed at all.
  • The Far Side
    • Godzilla appears in a couple strips, such as one of him driving a car with the bumper sticker "I 8 NY", another where he encounters a sign taller than him reading "You Must Be This Tall to Attack the City", and yet another captioned "Toby vs. Godzilla" which has a dog biting on his heel.
    • King Kong has been spoofed a couple times as well. A few have him accidentally crushing something or someone when he falls to his death, and one memorable cartoon has detectives investigating the aftermath of a giant monster's rampage for clues, with a handkerchief labelled "K.K." left at the scene of the crime.
  • Flash Gordon's planet Mongo just wouldn't be the planet Mongo without giant monsters absolutely everywhere. Live action adaptations often downplay this due to special effects costs, but the 1970's cartoon had them in all their wonderful stompy and bitey glory.
  • This classic American political cartoon depicting the Standard Oil Company as a giant evil octopus, with its arms moving in to strangle the people and the government. This symbolized the perception of Standard Oil (and by implication other large industry trusts) as harmful monopolies.

    Fan Works 
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfics:
    • Lanterns Of Equestria Blackest Night: Twilight starts recruiting these into her Corps, giving them sentience in the process. Fluttershy eventually recruits an Ursa Major.
    • In The Monster Mash, Kaiju are the focus of Dash’s story, where they’re created when normal animals come into contact with Chaos pollution left over from Discord’s rampage. Dash becomes a part-time Kaiju by the same method at the end.
    • In Persona EG, a few Personas qualify: the Ultimate Personas for Chariot and Tower are Gamera (80m length) and Gojira (168m), while Sonata's Rainbow Persona, Leviathan, consists of a Persona sized mermaid and a colossal sea serpent a hundred meters long.
    • The Pony POV Series:
      • Queen Tiamat, the dragons' ruler and Mother Goddess. Normal adult dragons are borderline Kaiju to begin with, but Tiamat dwarfs even them, being large enough to blot out the sun when standing at her full height and immensely powerful. She joined the fray herself during the Dragon-Hooviet War and proceeded to leave half the empire in flaming ruin, willingly stopping just short of the capital. The Hooviets weren't able to even hit her, let alone do any lasting damage.
      • There's also her husband, Bahamut, the Father of All Dragons. He's an equally massive platinum colored dragon and capable of Weather Manipulation on a massive scale. And the one time he fights a military goes just as well as Tiamat's. It seems to just be natural for Ryujin (Dragon Gods) to be this trope.
    • The Powers of Harmony:
      • Dragon Turtles can grow to massive sizes. Fluttershy's friend, the Master of the Lake, happens to be the size of a small island.
      • There's also the always-recurring Star Beasts, like the good ol' Ursa Major.
    • Romance and the Fate of Equestria: Sørmur dï Mitgaeard, Lady Kolassa, and occasionally Annihilara.
    • Green: Yongling, a five-mile-long green serpent menacing Chineigh after awakening from a three-thousand year sleep. Princess Luna impresses the ambassador sent to inform her about it by reminiscing about the ''last'' time she, Celestia, and the dragons teamed up to seal him away the first time. During the Time Skip between this story and its sequel, she and Dragon Lord Torch repeat the feat.
    • Harmonic Beasts: Philia vs Geryon diverges from canon because Cozy Glow's plan from the Season 8 finale had an unexpected side effect and the corrupted magic starts mutating creatures into kaiju. The first one, Geryon, is a giant mutated Manticore. To counter them, the Tree of Harmony helps create a benevolent kaiju named Philia based by the Element of Magic, leading to the title showdown in Manehatten. The ending implies it's far from over and the Tree of Harmony has five more eggs, one for each of the other Elements
  • Jounin Quest: Kakuzumaru's final form is a one-hundred and eight headed hydra so massive it blots out the sky..
  • Power Rangers GPX: The Kel Monster.
    Sean: "Oh my god, it's Godzilla!"
    Daisuke: "That's not Godzilla! Godzilla doesn't have a big unicorn horn on his head and he doesn't have hair!"
  • Shinnen New Year: Godzilla, King Ghidorah, and Mothra makes an appearance. The Kaijus from Pacific Rim also make appearances by siding with Da'ath.
  • The New Adventures of Invader Zim has a few examples:
    • In Episode 6, Tak's newest plan is a giant mutated cyborg rat. Zim counters this with a giant mutated cyborg snake.
    • In Episode 11, Zim unleashes an army of plant monsters on the city, which turn out to all be connected to the monstrous Central Root.
  • In Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku!, a Kaiju with three shark heads and a myriad of tentacles was killed by Big Science Action off the coast of Nagoya, Japan. Its corpse, which was impervious to magic and released a highly corrosive gas that killed all known Earth life nearly instantly and melted all known Earth metals in seconds, was impossible to remove. So it began known as Korusan Island. Izuku ends up trekking out there to train his powers in secret, but soon finds himself besieged by the Kaiju's asexual spawn. Although he's initially terrified of them, he manages to befriend them by the time the U.A. Entrance Exam rolls around and is sad to have to be away from them for a long time.
  • A Thing of Vikings: Most dragons are on the same scale as more mundane animals, but there are a few that are large enough to fit this trope.
    • The Green Death as per canon, described as having been 60 cubitsnote  tall, 200 cubitsnote  long, and with a 300 cubitnote  long wingspan.
    • The old nest lord of the Cretan nest, described as having been almost half as large as the Green Death.

    Films — Animation 
  • The Red Death at the end of the first How to Train Your Dragon is a draconic abomination of Kaiju size. A similarly massive dragon species, the Bewilderbeast, also appears in the sequel under the control of Drago Bludvist. Another individual is friends with Hiccup's mother, Valka.
  • The plot of Batman Unlimited Mechs Vs Mutants involves the Penguin and Mr. Freeze turning Bane, Killer Croc, Clayface, and Chemo into giant monsters (with Croc basically being Godzilla with freeze breath instead of atomic rays).
  • Mongo from Shrek 2. It especially works if Drury Lane is in Far Far Away, since Kaiju rarely live in Close Near By.
  • Insectosaurus of Monsters vs. Aliens, down to having the same backstory as Godzilla, though he's more of a homage to Mothra. The gigantic alien probe-robots also.
  • In an inversion, Lucas from The Ant Bully is a normal human kid, but wreaks similar wrath and destruction upon a hapless ant colony.
    • The Exterminator, Stan Beals, definitely counts too.
  • A Bug's Life has a common, ordinary sparrow be this to the insect characters! Makes sense, as it is their natural predator after all.
  • In Disney's Hercules, the Titans are gigantic and monstrous elemental beings which terrorized the world at the moment of its creation until Zeus put a stop to them and imprisoned them deep underground in Tartarus. Hades releases them from their prison at the movie's climax and unleashes them on Olympus so they can get their revenge and aid Hades in his plan for conquest. One of them, a cyclops, is sent to Thebes to destroy the city and kill a weakened Hercules. The Lernaean Hydra which Herc fights earlier on the movie also deserves mention, being quite huge. And that's before it spreads an entire jungle of heads.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The very oldest Kaiju in film is a Frost Giant in Georges Méliès' Conquest of the Pole from 1912. It was limited to an unknown area, but is still a giant worth noting.
    • But if the mythical Frost Giants count as Kaiju, then Satan and several Titans from Dante's Inferno from 1911 at least deserve an honorable mention.
  • The earliest example of the familiar Kaiju formula is present in 1925's The Lost World, in which a brontosaur wreaks havoc in London, setting the template for the genre before the sound era.
  • Godzilla pretty much revolutionized this trope. Every movie in the franchise contains at least one monster!
  • Dogora features a giant space jellyfish as the titular kaiju.
  • Gorgo counts too, but he gets captured and held by those damn humans...then his much larger, angrier mother appears.
  • War of the Gargantuas, a sequel to Frankenstein Conquers the World features 2 giant, mutated humanoids battling it out in Japan. Both films overlaps with Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever.
  • The Friend to All Children, Gamera, a heroic giant space turtle, along with the creatures he fights.
  • King Kong is effectively the one memorable Western example, who assaults the Big Applesauce.
  • Legendary Pictures' MonsterVerse is all about this trope, of course. A whole ecosystem of skyscraper-sized monsters populated the earth hundreds of millions of years ago; most died out, but the survivors went dormant, awaiting conditions favorable to reawakening.
  • Cloverfield is a Deconstruction of all kaiju attack movies, reminding people that Kaiju has its roots in the Disaster Movie genre and how terrifying, deadly, and incomprehensible such an attack would be to an average citizen as it did in the first Godzilla film. The Cloverfield monster itself is an interesting variant of Kaiju; instead of being a mutant or a supernatural entity, Word of God considers it to be a pretty normal animal reacting to things the way any animal in its position would. It's also apparently a lost and confused baby that wants to find its mother...which begs the question of how big and terrifying its mother must be...
    • ...which is a question adressed by the sequel, The Cloverfield Paradox, where we finally get to see an adult Clover. It's tall enough to peek above the cloud layer, making it approximately a couple of miles tall!
  • The Avengers (2012) features the now iconic Chitauri Leviathans or “the giant space centipede snake dragon things” who effectively trash New York in the climax. It took the likes of Hulk and Thor to bring them down and Iron Man (who hard time believing what he was seeing) pulled off a Kill It Through Its Stomach after being swallowed by one. The Leviathans make return appearances in later films and games.
  • REPTILICUS! The giant goop-spitting snake-dragon that destroyed Copenhagen!
  • THE GIANT CLAW! The flying battleship Giant Antimatter Space Buzzard from 17,000,000 B.C.!
  • Ghostbusters: Kaiju + Bathos = The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man
  • The climax of Ghostbusters (2016) has a Bedsheet Ghost Kaiju smashing the city.
  • Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus. The octopus attacks Tokyo Bay, but for some reason we never see any scenes of this, whereas the giant shark takes a bite out of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
  • The Kraken in Clash of the Titans. It destroys cities, is impervious to normal weapons, and is huge. Even moreso in the 2010 remake; one of the thing's tentacles is about half as long as the city of Argos.
  • Street Fighter has a tribute to these, with Zangief and E. Honda duking it out in a model city.
  • Referenced in Deep Rising, at the end of which something unseen but HUGE moves toward the beach and the survivors, knocking down trees as it approaches. Not to mention its own multi-armed, lamprey-headed octopus with mouths at the end of each arm. Its head fills a ballroom and its tentacles can reach throughout an ocean liner.
  • Thunder of the Gigantic Serpent, a Japanese kaiju flick and one of Godfrey Ho's flicks that don't involve ninjas, has one of the largest snakes in cinema. It's head being bigger than a car when it gets big enough.
  • The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms is an early prototype of this genre. Since the film The Giant Behemoth/Behemoth: The Sea Monster is basically the same film, it counts as one as well—with the only addition of it being able to project radioactive waves from its whole body.
  • Numerous films by SyFy and The Asylum.
  • The T. rex rampaging San Diego in The Lost World: Jurassic Park was a homage to these type of movies. One of the Japanese tourists even yells "I left Tokyo to get away from this!"
  • Jack Frost at the end of Jack Frost 2: The Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman.
  • The Blob (1958) can be seen as a Blob Monster taken to this level as it grows larger. The 1980s remake's climax is a full on Kaiju rampage.
  • Gappa: The Triphibian Monster fits the bill.
  • Yongary: Monster from the Deep and its remake Yonggary are basically Korean Godzilla-knockoffs. The later film has it fight another Kaiju, named Cykor.
  • Space Amoeba features an extraterrestrial parasite that possesses the bodies of various sea creatures (a cuttlefish, a stone crab, and a rock turtle), turning them into giant kaijus.
  • Aside from King Kong, there are other giant ape Kaiju. These include The Giant Peking Man, Konga, A.P.E., and King of the Lost World.
  • It Came from Beneath the Sea features an Octopus of Kaiju Proportions. Several other films (usually titled things like Octopus and Octopus 2: River of Fear) feature similarly large giant cepholopods, but aren't as good as Ray Harryhausen's.
  • The title monster from Supercroc is a Kaiju-sized Crocodilian, with appropriately thick armor.
  • The dragons from D-War fit the bill.
  • The Kraken from Pirates of the Caribbean.
  • Aquaman (2018) features the Karathen an ancient seabeast that resembles a colossal combination of a squid, a shrimp and a dragon that guards the Trident of Atlan, and gets tamed by Arthur in the Final Battle. It’s also voiced by Mary Poppins.
  • Iron Golem/Minotaur in Pulgasari isn't too big, but given its attacking medieval villages, it fits the bill. Notable for being from North Korea, and eventually banned there. Toho's special effects team were even tricked into helped out, with the eponymous monster, which resembles a cross between Godzilla and an ox, being portrayed by Godzilla suit actor Ken Satsuma.
    • An American Direct-to-Video film called The Adventure of Galgameth reset it in Medieval Europe, but has the same plot as Pulgasari, right down to the eponymous monster's weakness to salt water and growing by eating iron and its derivatives.
  • The Daimajin series' eponymous monster is an ancient demon-god. It too battles medieval forces, but with a stone body and mystical powers. It also exists to punish the wicked—but has unreasonably high standards. So, each time after it frees the oppressed villagers from the evil warlord/king, it goes on to attack them.
  • The space monster Guilala from 1967's The X From Outer Space is one of the most bizarre Kaiju to have its own films. He got a sequel 41 years later called Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 Summit, which introduced another kaiju - the multi-armed warrior god and mystical defender of Japan Take-Majin
  • Talos from Jason and the Argonauts is made of bronze, but definitely fits the bill.
  • The Giant Amoeba and "Rat-Bat-Spider" from Angry Red Planet fit the bill.
  • Kraa: The Sea Monster is actually from Outer Space, but is 200ft tall.
  • Zarkorr: the Invader, produced by the same company as Kraa.
  • The last shot of The Deadly Spawn features one of the monsters grown larger than a house.
  • The Ymir from 20 Million Miles to Earth just scrapes in as it constantly grows as it remains on earth.
  • The giant amoeba-like life form from the finale of Evolution certainly counts.
  • The oliphants from The Return Of The King, while smaller and less invulnerable than other examples, should get special mention for being an entire herd of Kaiju. And dressed up for battle, no less.
  • In Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace the Sando aqua monster, a.k.a the proverbial Bigger Fish, spends most of its screen time devouring smaller sea monsters.
  • Though not as huge as most Kaiju (only the size of a truck), the monster of the Korean film Gwoemul, or The Host, is in many ways a tribute to the genre.
  • A commercial for the fast food chain Hella Burger in the Slasher Movie Drive Thru depicts Horny the Clown as one of these.
  • The Troll Hunter has the giant Jotannar Troll, at over 200ft tall.
  • The extremely obscure kiddie movie Daigoro vs. Goliath, produced by Tsuburaya Productions of Ultraman fame. Intrestingly, it was originally meant to be a Godzilla movie.
  • Sharktopus stars a shark-octopus genetic experiment that escapes military control and goes on a rampage.
  • Night of the Lepus, which demonstrated that we've run out of things to make into giant monsters on a rampage.
  • Hot Fuzz seems to pay homage to this genre in part of its climax, with normal-sized humans Nicholas Angel and one of the villains having a brutal fistfight in a model village.
  • The protagonist from Big Man Japan might be considered one but his giant monster foes certainly are. Unlike most Kaiju, though, they tend to be somewhat humanoid, and sometimes don't even fight and merely humiliating the protagonist.
  • Pacific Rim has an entire army of these, even named as such by the humans, colossal biological weapons built by extradimensional aliens rising out of a portal in the Pacific to launch an extinction campaign on the human race. Humongous Mecha prove to be the only effective countermeasure. This is also one of the few non-Japanese films to use the actual word "Kaiju" to describe the creatures, to the point where less well-informed fans think that the movie invented the term.
  • The Hobbit features Smaug. Word of God places him at 130 meters long (about 425 feet, although he sometimes looks smaller), far larger than he was in the book. He does his share of city-smashing as well, although he's usually content to sleep in his massive pile of gold. Unusually for this trope, he can communicate perfectly well with people; he's just a malicious, greedy Jerkass.
  • The gigantic octopoid aliens in Monsters that cause plenty of collateral damage, fight the military (despite not actually being antagonistic) and smash things tick enough boxes to qualify.
  • In Colossal, Anne Hathaway's character controls a gigantic monster that materializes in Seoul if she stands in a certain place at at certain time. The monster is on the skinny side for a kaiju, but it can effortlessly (though accidentally) smash through buildings and shrug off missiles. Jason Sudeikis's character can similarly summon and control a giant robot. Ironically, he purposely uses it for destruction while in a typical kaiju movie the robot would be the good guy.
  • Rampage (2018), an adaptation of the Midway games, features George (an albino gorilla), Ralph (a wolf), and Lizzie (an alligator) who are mutated into giant monsters and go on a cross-country rampage.

  • The Watcher of the Water in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, which, in turn, was partially inspired by the infamous, Ax-Crazy giant squid army from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
    • In The Silmarillion, when Morgoth unleashes the first winged dragons during the Final Battle, they are led by Ancalagon the Black, bred specifically to be the greatest dragon to ever live. He could certainly fit the Kaiju bill: his approach was heralded by a firestorm, and when he died his falling body crushed three of the highest peaks on Middle-Earth which served as Morgoth's Evil Tower of Ominousness. The only things known size-wise about Ancalagon are that when he was finally slain, his downfall destroyed the Thangorodrim. From what we can read in the books, the Thangorodrim is a three-topped mountain with an assumed height of 35,000 feet and a diameter of 5 miles. Considering that the only thing that Tolkien wrote about Dragonmagic was the power of deception, we can probably be sure that the mountains were destroyed purely by his size and weight - so that makes Ancalagon big enough to - in Real Life terms - destroy Mount Everest by simply falling on it. In short: Ancalagon the Black might not just be the biggest Dragon in Tolkien's works, but might even be one of the largest dragons in fiction.
  • Cthulhu and his children (Ghatanothoa, Cthulhu's first born, actually has a character directly based on it in Ultraman Tiga).
  • Agog Press' Daikaiju! anthology is built around these, and features a number of really weird ideas. How weird? Groundsurfing on the shockwaves made by kaiju's feet as they walk around.
  • The avanc from The Scar is an unusual variant, as this gargantuan marine creature didn't destroy a city by stomping through it, but by dragging the floating city of Armada to its doom in the eponymous Scar.
  • At the end of Unseen Academicals, Ridcully informs Ponder that a seventy-foot chicken has broken out of Brazeneck College's Higher Energy Magic building and is rampaging through the streets of Pseudopolis.
    • Great A'tuin and the four elephants riding its shell would qualify, if they weren't supporting the world rather than stomping all over it.
    • And an earlier book had a giant creature from the Dungeon Dimensions steal the form of a famous actress, escape from the Silver Screen and go on a rampage across Ankh-Morpork and climbing the UU's Tower of Art carrying a screaming ape in an inversion of King Kong.
  • Something inconceivably huge and six-legged walks across the highway in Stephen King's novella The Mist, nearly stomping the protagonists' SUV. Its full size is not specified, as its body is so high that it's obscured by the fog.
  • Gojiro by Mark Jacobson is a deconstruction of Kaiju monsters told from the point of view of the monster Gojiro and his human partner Komodo as they attempt to bring about world peace and prevent the testing of a next-generation nuclear weapon.
  • In The Iron Man, the children's novel by Ted Hughes that was the basis for The Iron Giant, the Iron Man confronts an alien dragon creature somewhat smaller than Australia. While this plot point wasn't featured in the movie, it was featured in "The Iron Man; The Musical", a concept album by Pete Townshend of The Who inspired by the novel.
  • The stavanzer, or thunder-eater, from Alan Dean Foster's Icerigger is a slug-like herbivore over a hundred meters long, and it's mentioned that such creatures have been known to destroy tran settlements.
  • Goosebumps: Monster Blood typically makes things grow to giant size, but the second book took it a step further when the climax involved the protagonist eating monster blood to fight a giant hamster eating his school. True to kaiju form, this involves a giant wrestling match.
  • The genre is parodied by a series of childrens books, one called Dogzilla and one called Kat Kong.
  • In the League of Magi stories, Shahmeran's alternate form is a massive serpent.
  • Nemesis Saga:
    • Being a kaiju thriller, the series has Nemesis, a 350 ft tall creature created from the DNA of a little girl and an ancient kaiju. With a strong sense of vengeance, she seeks to eradicate all of humanity for its crimes. However, her human side allows her to think and focus her vengeance on specific targets.
    • The sequel Project Maigo introduces Scylla, Scrion, Drakon, Typhon, and Karkinos. They are siblings, but look very different from each other. Scrion and Drakon are quadrupeds, Scylla's head looks like a hammerhead shark's, Typhon looks like a human male, and Karkinos looks like a bulkier version of Nemesis.
    • The third book, Project 731, has a Tsuchi — an engineered spider/scorpion/turtle hybrid — inject some of its fast-growing progeny into Nemesis's comatose body, resulting in the creation of the Mega Tsuchi, which are the same but Nemesis sized.
    • The fourth book, Project Hyperion, gives us two new kaiju, called Lovecraft and Giger, due to respectively resembling Cthulhu and a Xenomorph.
  • The best example of this in the Gaea Trilogy is probably Gaea's own new avatar in the third novel after her old one comes to a bad end in the second: a giant-sized version of Marilyn Monroe, who even gets into a proper monster brawl twice in that book. (Her opponents in these, her own local version of Kong and Robin's former pet snake grown to giant size for reasons probably related to Gaea just being that sort of world over the years respectively, also qualify.)
  • Apophis from The Kane Chronicles is an eldritch version of this. He's an enormous snake who, upon his release, starts out the size of the Great Pyramid and rapidly grows to the size of Cairo. That's not even getting into his supernatural powers, which border on Reality Warper territory.
  • Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters is an anthology by Ragnarok Publications which, as you can expect, is a whole collection of stories related to these. Notable for the fact the majority of them are Downer Ending horror short-stories versus more upbeat monster-fighting ones.
  • The great striped Hoon in Alien in a Small Town is a silicon-based creature shaped like a gigantic caterpillar. Its name comes from the deafening sonic attack it uses to stun its prey.
  • Journey to Chaos: The monsters in the S-Class designation are the biggest and most dangerous of all. The ones known as "Tazul" are bigger than the capital city of Ataidar. Their abilities are called "almighty" and all the City Guards can do is shepherd civilians away from them. Only divine magic stands a good chance of stopping them.
  • The Stormlight Archive: "Greatshells" are arthropods of varying size. Most of the largest ones are gone by the start of the story, as their gemhearts are so valuable that they are inevitably hunted to extinction. A large part of the first two books revolves around the chasmfiends, beasts the size of skyscrapers that come to the Shattered Plains to pupate. The Alethi originally came to the Plains to fight the Parshendi for killing their king, but the war soon turned into an elaborate game where highprinces raced each other for the gemhearts. Then there are the tai-na of the Reshi isles, which are greatshells large enough to be mistaken for islands when they're not moving. Not small islands, either. They have full forests growing on their backs.
  • In The Southern Reach Trilogy, the biologist eventually becomes an amphibious leviathan with about a thousand eyes. As a bonus, she's actually part Asian.
  • In Frontlines by Marko Kloos, the Lankies are these, standing about eighty feet tall on all fours. They are even more massive than their size suggests, weighing several hundred tons and literally shaking the earth when they walk. Their hides are much tougher than any Real Life organism of similar size, and killing them usually requires heavy weaponry or special depleted-uranium ammunition. Unusually for this trope, they are a fully sentient, technologically advanced, and hostile alien species.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Discovery Channel aired a docufiction story entitled Alien Planet, loosely based on Wayne Barlowe's Expedition. One of the freaky beasties we see is the Emperor Sea Strider, a creature dwelling in the Amoebic Sea that stands 620 feet tall—that's as high as London's BT tower.
  • The Future Is Wild had the Toraton, a creature from the Bengal Swamp living 100 million years in the future. It's basically a giant, shell-less tortoise that grows 15 times as big as an elephant and weighs a whopping 120 tons.
  • Rampant in Super Sentai as well as their American import Power Rangers, thanks to Make My Monster Grow; less common in Kamen Rider, where the monsters tend to stay small-sized. (Except Kamen Rider J.) note 
  • Kamen Rider Hibiki has a lot of gigantic Makamou beasts, and in Kamen Rider Den-O, there are Imagin capable of going One-Winged Angel, becoming giant beasts called Gigandeaths. In Kamen Rider Wizard, a Phantom who hasn't hatched from its host yet appears as a monstrous beast within the mind of the victim, which must be battled within the mindscape by Wizard. The franchise is actually no stranger to giant beasties, and not a Humongous Mecha in sight! However, the Riders' vehicles are sometimes very weapon-laden. Interestingly, Wizard has to use his own Inner Phantom, Dragon, to fight the Inner Phantoms, his Second Rider Beast having to do the same thing.
  • The standard Monsters of the Week of the Ultra Series are kaiju or aliens with the power to become kaiju-sized. Many of them are as iconic and popular in Japan as Godzilla himself, and the Ultramen themselves could count too. In fact, Ultraman and Co. are probably the most iconic television example of giant monster battles, since it popularized the idea of making kaiju into a weekly TV thing.
  • The Japanese Giant Superhero genre (all in the footsteps of Ultraman's popularity), known as Kyodai Hero shows. Including but not limited to:
  • The Chou Sei Shin Series from Toho, which in a similar manner to Super Sentai features human-sized heroes jumping into Humongous Mecha to fight gigantic monsters.
  • SCTV had a sketch called "The Tim Ishimuni Show", which featured a giant TALKING monster named Grogan (played by John Candy in a monster suit), who doesn't really go by the Kaiju stereotype of crushing things.
  • The 4-episode miniseries Agon: The Atomic Monster/Giant Phantom Monster Agon is one of the earliest attempts at a TV show about a giant monster. Notably, the producers got into trouble early in production because Toho felt the title creature looked too much like Godzilla, though they let it go when it turned out the creators were members of Toho's own Godzilla team.
  • A Doctor Who story called Invasion of the Dinosaurs contained Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
    • Another story called The Seeds of Doom features an alien plant called a Krynoid, which eventually grows to a size of several tens of feet tall. The Doctor says it will max out at about the size of St Paul's Cathedral (at which point it will release thousands of seeds, dooming all animal life on Earth).
    • Then there's the Robot from the serial, Robot, and the Cyberking from the 2009 Christmas special.
  • Face/Off had a Kaiju-building challenge in Season 7, with contestants making creatures based on the squid, praying mantis, sloth, and yeti crab.
  • The Mind Flayer from Stranger Things, an utterly enormous Lovecraftian entity that resides in The Upside-Down.
  • On Good Eats, a style of cooking known as tempura, which many Western chefs find intimidating, was portrayed as a giant one-eyed, tentacled monster that terrorized the city. Several chefs were seen running away from it, and it attacked Alton's former sous-chef, Paul.
  • Massive Monster Mayhem is a children game show about the evil Master Mayhem sending giant monsters to Earth, and the contestants gearing up before increasing to comparable size for a final confrontation in the city, which is as much about smashing buildings than actually fighting.
  • A small example in an episode of Legends of Tomorrow titled "Tagumo Attacks!!!" (appropriately, the show's title is written in Japanese for the episode and features modified music). In the episode, Ishiro Honda accidentally creates a giant octopus, after drawing his Hiroshima-related nightmares into Brigid's diary. In the end, Tagumo is lured to Ishiro's movie set and faces off against Garima, Queen of Thanzanon, who is Mick's literary creation (with three boobs, of course). She fights Tagumo on the set, while Ishiro grabs his camera and films the battle, making it look like a traditional black-and-white kaiju fight in a city. Garima kills Tagumo, and Ishiro can only look in wonder and say, "It's beautiful." Before leaving, Mick gives Ishiro some advice.
    Mick Rory: Forget about the octopus. Lizards... lizards are king. (leaves)
    Ishiro Honda: (in Japanese) The King... of Monsters... I like that.

  • Doctor Steel's song "Atomic Superstar", featuring the original Kaiju, Godzilla.
  • Blondie's "Attack of the Giant Ants
  • Blue Öyster Cult's "Godzilla", predictably enough.
  • Played for laughs in the Arrogant Worms' "Tokyo Love Song".
  • From Michael Nesmith's "Elephant Parts" (1981): Her Name Was Rodan, and she lived in the ocean off Japan.
  • Surf rock revival band "Daikaiju" takes cues from many old Kaiju and sci-fi films. Song names include: The Trouble With Those Mothra Girls, Son of Daikaiju, Farewell to Monster Island, etc.
  • Rapper MF Doom's alter ego King Geedorah. The album, Take Me To Your Leader, also features a number of rappers under various Kaiju names (Rodan, Gigan, Jet Jaguar etc).
  • "The Cockroach That Ate Cincinnati" by Rose and the Arrangements.
  • "Godzilla Ate Tukwila" by Dave Phillips. (Tukwila is a small town in Washington state; in the course of the song, the Big G eats several others as well.)
  • "Earth Beasts Awaken" by The Historian Himself

    Mythology and Religion 
  • Norse Mythology:
    • Jormugandr, the World Serpent. Enormous reptilian beast that will rise from the sea surrounding the world and has deadly breath. Sound Familiar? Regular monster, no way. You wanna take this down, your name best be Thor, god of thunder. Not to mention the giant wolf Fenrir, who is so big that when he opens his mouth it stretches from the ground to the sky.
    • There's also the giants, especially Ymir. The dome of the sky is from his skull and the seas are made of his blood. The dwarves were originally the maggots that lived in his corpse. One story of Thor and Loki is them traveling to the land of the giants and they sleep in a glove big enough to hold the gods, Thor's two goats, and the two kids Thor picked up as servants. The giant who owned the glove shrugged off Thor's hammer strikes, calling them acorns that landed on his head.
    • Kraken is gigantic.
    • Nidhögg, the dragon who gnaws at the roots of Yggdrasil, along with Veðrfölnir the hawk and the unnamed eagle who rest in the highest branches of the world tree and Ratatoskr, the squirrel who travels up and down the trunk to rile up the trio for shits and giggles. Seeing how the world tree holds 9 planes of existence, they are presumably far more massive than anything that lives in those worlds
  • Classical Mythology has a few of these as well. But to bring up specifics, the titan Typhon with his multiple heads and burning body definitely counts. The original Chimera was treated as such, as were many of the monsters defeated by Hercules (Nemean Lion, Hydra, and the taming of Cerberus). The monsters Scylla and Charybdis also fit the Kaiju mold, being unstoppable by mortal men.
  • Many of the most dangerous Giants and Dragons were essentially prototype Kaiju.
  • In Hindu Mythology:
    • There's many a Rakshasha and Naga of immense size. Of note are Kumbhakarna, who was a giant even among the monstrous Rakshasha. His brother, Ravana, for his many heads and hands. Then there's Ananta-Sesha, a world serpent of a much more benevolent bent.
    • Then there's Mada, an Asura that can make itself so large that it's capable of swallowing the universe.
    • Some accounts of the Garuda depict this gigantic bird as being so large, it could pick up Godzilla and carry him off.
  • From Abrahamic traditions and The Bible, there are the lords of the animals: Leviathan, Behemoth, and Ziz. One's a giant aquatic dragon, the other an immense beast with a massive tail, and the last a giant bird. Another one is mentioned in the Golden Legend in the tale of Saint Martha. The tarasquenote  was a massive dragon with a turtle's shell, six legs, the head of a beast and a stingered tail. It devastated the landscape, destroying everything in its path. The king sent out his knights to slay the tarasque with swords and spears and even catapults, but nothing would damage the beast. At last, Saint Martha was sent out to the tarasque, and she tamed the tarasque with hymns and prayers, saving the countryside. She led back the tamed Tarasque to the city. The people, terrified by the monster, attacked it when it drew nigh. The monster offered no resistance and died there. Martha then preached to the people and converted many of them to Christianity. Sorry for what they had done to the tamed monster, the newly Christianized townspeople changed the town's name to Tarascon.
  • Older Than Dirt: From the mythology of the Babylonians, there's the monstrous Eldritch Abomination goddess Tiamat and her progeny. Mesopotamian myth also involves gigantic dragons.
  • There's a Native American legend (which nation is unknown) involving a giant rattlesnake several hundred miles long.
  • The Chitimacha Native Americans' traditional folklore tells of how the bayous of their Southern Louisiana homeland were created by the writhing of a giant venomous serpent, which churned the landscape into mud as it died.
  • The roc/rukh of Arabian Nights fame. What else do you call a bird of prey that can carry off elephants and produce an egg big enough to be mistaken for an unusual building?

  • A giant green horned lizard is seen battling a giant ape on the backglass of Atari's Middle Earth pinball.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • The large majority of Kaiju Big Battel's roster. The angle here being the promotion is actually a device to contain giant monsters whose grudge matches would otherwise destroy the world. Locals are allowed to view what happens inside, for a reasonable price.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons
    • "Kaiju" is a template (see Dragon #289), enabling the DM to turn any Animal, Magical Beast or Vermin in the Monster Manual into a fifty-foot armour-plated monstrosity capable of destroying Tokyo Nakamaru.
    • Older Than They Think, as the old Basic/Expert/etc version of the rules had a proto-template for super-sizing normal monsters over a decade before that issue came out. They also had critters that qualified as this trope right out of the box, like the earthquake beetle.
    • The original Oriental Adventures supplement introduced a number of creatures called "Gargantuas" that were Captain Ersatzes of Godzilla, King Kong, and Mothra.
    • An adventure for the Oriental Adventures campaign setting, Test of the Samurai, featured a gigantic psychic monster called a "Krakentua", which is best described as Cthulhu, sans wings, in a kimono.
    • No discussion of giant monsters in D&D is complete without mentioning the legendary Tarrasque. Only one exists on any given world; this reptilian monstrosity awakens every century to destroy everything in its path, devouring all life and reducing the countryside to rubble, and is completely unkillable without resorting to godlike magic. In later editions, if you DO manage to kill it, the Princes of Elemental Evil will just create a new one.
    • The Spelljammer setting has Witchlight Marauders, which function as both this and Eldritch Abominations. That's the Primaries at 200' to 500' long (Secondaries are still massive, but much smaller, derivatives of the Primaries at 20', and Tertiaries are human sized at 4' to 6' and still deadly), which were created with the explicit purpose of stripping life-bearing planets down to the bedrock. For true cosmic horror, there are the Space Marauders at over 1000' long, which create Primaries and drop them onto planets and function as living spacecraft as well.
    • Spelljammer also featured a world crawling with Tarrasques... with the twist that on that world, and only on that world (it was probably something to do with the atmosphere — the implication was that this was the homeworld of the Tarrasque) they dropped the periodic omnicidal rampages for being docile lithovores.
  • Pathfinder:
    • The game includes actual Kaiju in Bestiary 4. These include Agyra, a two-headed pterosaur with lightning powers and fair dash or Rodan in her inspiration, Bezravnis, a fiery three-tailed scorpion, Agmazar, an undead alien bioweapon, Lord Varklops, a King Gidorah Expy, and King Mogaru, a Not Zilla note . They also have grand-sounding titles like the Forever Storm, the Inferno Below, the Star Titan, the Thrice-Headed Fiend, or the Final King.
    • The Tarrasque, while still unique, is one of a whole family of unique kaiju created by the apocalypse god Rovagug. Which is itself an unbelievably gigantic insect-Eldritch Abomination imprisoned in the molten heart of the world in a cage whose bars are strong enough to hold it in, but wide enough to allow its comparatively tiny and ineffectual spawn to escape.
    • Beyond the Tarrasque and its siblings, we've got the Oliphaunt of Jandelay, Achaekek the Mantis God, and several non-unique monsters like behemoths (gigantic monsters sent by gods to punish mortal nations), and Black Scorpions and Deadly Mantises, based on the B-Movie horrors of the same name.
  • The collectible miniatures game Monsterpocalypse is all about giant monsters (along with Humongous Mecha and alien invaders) duking it out.
  • Exalted has its share of giant, rampaging monsters.
    • Most of these are behemoths, created either by The Fair Folk for use in their reality shaping battles, or by the Primordials, for shits and giggles. Occasionally, an elemental dragon will ascend to such a level of spiritual development that it goes insane. Also, elder Lunar Exalted can use their Voluntary Shapeshifting to change into an incredibly strong monster that dwarfs cities.
    • One of the more distinctive behemoths of the setting is Juggernaut, Mask of Winters' undead citadel-beast that aided him in sieging Thorns.
    • And then you've got the hekatonkhires, which are often what happen when behemoths die. One of them, Vodak, ate a city.
  • The game Gammarauders featured gigantic cyborg animals and dinosaurs with a variety of weapons sprouting from their bodies. Few things are more terrifying than a giant cybernetic Penguin waddling toward you, wrecking buildings as it comes.
  • The Creature That Ate Sheboygan, a wargame from SPI, is about the title city being attacked by a giant monster. One player defends the city with the National Guard and the other plays the monster.
  • Star Fleet Battles includes a number of space monsters of various types (some living, some not), mostly for solo scenarios. One such scenario pays homage to the above game with the subtitle "The Creature that ate Sheboygan III".
  • Warhammer has some monsters that qualify, especially when you consider the Storm of Magic supplement. Not only are there straight up giants, but there are also Greater Daemons dedicated to each of the Chaos Gods. There is also the Chaos War Mammoth. Oh. and lest we forget the giant skeletons that the Tomb Kings use. The Dark Elves have an entire city dedicated to taming monsters, and among them are some very kaiju-sized creatures. Plus, there are even more of these creatures in the flavor text. In particular, the oceans are said to be filled with massive sea monsters.
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • The largest Tyranid organisms, such as the Heirophant, Dominatrix, Hydraphant, and Viciator, are classified as "bio-titans" as they are dozens of meters tall and wide and pack firepower and melee weapons comparable in strength and destructive power to their mechanical equivalents in other armies.
    • Chaos occasionally throws this trope into play. While it mostly only brushes this trope in the form of Daemon Princes and Greater Daemons, it sometimes comes out with a really big Daemon Prince or Greater Daemon. They do have the occasional variance, one of them being a giant Chaos spawn named Jibberjaw. While they do have kaiju, Chaos most often plays on the opposite spectrum of this family of tropes, as they sport super-heavy vehicles, most notably traitor titans, and the occasional super-heavy daemon engine, many of which arguably fit both tropes.
  • Champions Hero System Bestiary. The Hach-U-Rui are giant Japanese reptiles (minimum of 100 meters tall) that can survive hits by howitzers and may have an energy breath weapon. In short, they're the Champions equivalent of Godzilla.
  • The signature feature of the The Day after Ragnarok setting is the corpse of one of the largest kaiju ever seen — Jörmundgandr itself, summoned up by Nazi mystics in the final days of an already-alternate history WW2 and killed only by a brave American aircraft crew making a hasty suicide run to deliver a prototype atomic bomb straight into its eye. The body of the Serpent covers large stretches of Europe and Africa where it came down, and there are hints that it was growing rapidly between its initial manifestation and its death and hadn't even reached its full size yet.
  • The Mecha Vs Kaiju setting, originally for True 20 and re-released for FATE, focuses heavily on these. There's an entire chapter dedicated to building them.
  • King of Tokyo (with expies such as The King and Giga Zaur), and the follow-up King of New York.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! has an entire series of cards based on Kaiju, whose schtick revolves around summoning one to each side and having them fight it out. It even has a Field Spell based on the Tokyo Tower.
  • In the Freedom City setting for Mutants & Masterminds, the Captain Ersatz of Marvel's Monster Island or DC's Dinosaur Island is actually called Kaiju Island. Its most famous inhabitant is Gigantosaur, who looks pretty much like Godzilla apart from being purple.

  • BIONICLE: Vezon's pet dragon Kardas, a transformed version of a giant mutated spider. With the ability to create concussive blasts. To quote "Who's my favorite weapon of mass destruction, then?"
    • Tahtorak, Kanohi Dragon and Zivon too. And yes, some of them did clash and wreck cities at various times. You may also count the Ancient Sea Behemoth and the Kraawa, the latter of which is a sizeshifter beast with no known size-limitations.
    • Hero Factory, Bionicle's successor, has come out with the Pacific Rim -inspired "Invasion From Below" storyline, which involves giant kaiju-themed beasts that, among other things, rip out streetlights and communications antennas and rampage around the city.
  • From 1961, The Great Garloo!

    Video Games 
  • Resistance 2 has the Leviathan, a giant monster that roams the flooded streets of Chicago.
  • Spoofed heavily by the Lungfishopolis level of Psychonauts: one mind is portrayed as a city of tiny lungfish-like creatures, meaning that Raz is gargantuan compared to them. Due to his distinctive headgear, the citizens immediately nickname him Goggalor. The Boss Battle of the level is the Villain with Good Publicity kaiju, who's hailed as a hero to protect them from "Goggalor" (and a Shout-Out to Ultraman)
  • Destroy All Humans! 2 has the "Kojira Kaiju Battle" mission, a Godzilla parody complete with someone screaming "Kojira! Aieeee!", atomic breath, and those weird anti-Kaiju tanks common in Godzilla films. Naturally, it takes place in Japan.
  • X-COM: Apocalypse has the Overspawn, giant aliens dropped by the Mothership for the sole purpose of rampaging all over the cityscape. They're actually pretty weak since they're usually up against the best of X-COM manufactured vehicles and weapons by the time they appear. Some players just leave them alone since they have a tendency of accidentally killing themselves when they get too close to a building they knock over.
  • The Borderlands series features Vaults, which were made to contain giant monsters that typically serve as final bosses.
    • The first game had the Vault of the Destroyer, which everyone at first believed to be a cache of alien treasure but instead had a massive tentacled creature that the players have to kill.
    • Borderlands 2 had the Vault of the Warrior, which housed a biological Eridian superweapon in the shape of a colossal quadrupedal rock monster.
    • Tales from the Borderlands had the Vault of the Traveler, which contained a giant, teleporting, bipedal rock monster that couldn't be killed with conventional means.
  • Speaking of rampaging, the characters you use in the Rampage series of games.
  • War of the Monsters is a Fighting Game in which the player can choose one of ten different Kaiju, including pastiches of King Kong and Godzilla and an old school Japanese giant robot. The game has a noticeable cheesy 1950s sci-fi feel to it, featuring huge, fully destructible city environments.
  • King of the Monsters, a Kaiju wrestling game.
  • Warcraft Expanded Universe:
    • The Dragon Aspects are huge. Fore reference: The tallest playable race in the MMO, the Tauren, have males that are around 8'6. A Tauren player barely comes up to the top of Alexstrasza's claw. However, Deathwing, as shown in the trailer for Cataclysm, and the game proper takes the cake. He's described as "airliner big". Conservative estimates put him smaller than a Boeing 747 (specifically about 200ft long, 91ft tall, and a wingspan of of 400ft), maximum estimates put him on the scale of GODZILLA from the new movie.
    • At BlizzCon 2010, the cinematic artists said that they designed Deathwing with the idea that he had a 1,200 foot wingspan in mind. Going off of the Dungeons & Dragons system, where the wingspan of a Dragon is around twice the length of the Dragon's body, this means Deathwing is SIX HUNDRED FEET LONGnote , so the maximum estimates are more likely correct. Or his body-length:wingspan scale could be 1:1 and he's actually 1,200 feet long.
    • Galakrond, the "progenitor of dragonkind" takes this Up to Eleven. He's so massive, that his full body isn't even seen in game, just parts of his skeleton. The artwork of him from the novel Dawn of the Aspects shows that he utterly dwarfs the Proto-Dragon forms of the Aspects. For scale purposes, that's a small mountain below his right foot on the bottom left of the picture.
  • Pokémon
    • Kyogre and Groudon of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire. Sootopolis was the unlucky city that had front row seats to their coming. Heck, when the time came for Pokémon Adventures to adapt the Ruby/Sapphire games, the artist said that he wanted to recreate scenes from his favorite monster movies when he was drawing the volumes that involved those two's disaster-filled awakening and eventual battle.
    • Following them are Palkia, Dialga, Giratina, and Arceus in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl; who all possess semi-godlike powers that cam tear the very fabric of reality.
    • Meanwhile, Tyranitar, Hydreigon and Volcarona seemed to have been inspired by Godzilla, King Ghidorah, and Mothra respectively. Many more Pokemon are based on or at least can be compared to famous Kaiju (Like Aerodactyl to Rodan and Blastoise to Gamera). In fact, there's an entire breeding group of Pokemon that all resemble Kaiju (known as the "Monster" egg group).
  • The WEAPONs of Final Fantasy VII are quite distinctly Kaiju, right down to incoherent roars, being vaguely humanoid, coming from the depths of the ocean, attacking major population centres and making craters on the main map screen when finally killed.
  • Sin, the main threat from Final Fantasy X, is a giant whale-like creature specifically meant to destroy cities that grow too large.
  • Age of Mythology's expansion brings Titans to the battlefield. They're huge, they can trash a city on their own, and it takes a ton of firepower to bring one down. Don't let your enemy summon one.
  • Spore gives us Epic Creatures which you can encounter early on in the creature stage. Later on in the Space Stage, you can make your own and send them to destroy cities for you!
  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion has at least two. First and foremost is Mehrunes Dagon, Daedric prince of destruction, and Jyggalag, Daedric prince of order. Although Jyggalag is the smallest of the two, he is taller than the city walls and is very powerful.
  • Crush, Crumble, and Chomp! gave the player four cities to destroy (Tokyo, New York City, Washington DC and San Francisco) and six monsters to destroy with (along with the ability to make your own monster).
  • Kabuto from, well, Giants: Citizen Kabuto.
  • Nearly every fight in Shadow of the Colossus is against one.
  • Being a spinoff of the Ultra Series, Kaiju Buster Powered naturally has plenty of Kaiju. However as it's also heavily inspired by Monster Hunter, said Kaiju are more then capable of being taken down by humans with swords and energy weapons.
  • Inspired Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. By Word of God, the character designer Yoji Shinkawa was disappointed with the design of Godzilla In Name Only in the notoriously half-assed Roland Emmerich Godzilla (1998), and so designed Metal Gear RAY's body, movements and Mighty Roar after how he would have redesigned Godzilla to look. There's also allusions made both in-game and in Word of God comparing Solid Snake to Godzilla and Raiden to King Kong.
    • Parodied in the non-canon Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions and Snake Tale E: External Gazer, where having giant Kaiju versions of the game's standard Mooks is kind of a recurring in-joke. Genola is just a giant Genome soldier in white Arctic camouflage, and Gurlugon is a Gurlukovich soldier with fins along its spine and the ability to shoot paralysing Eye Beams. The one narrative game mode featuring them never mentions their guard-like appearance at all and has Gurlugon simply regarded as a sea monster, possibly referencing Special Effect Failure (however, when battling Gurlugon he has similar weaknesses to the in-game guards, like a fondness for pornography, and he will carry Raiden off Fay Wray-style if you have him put on a Gurlukovich uniform).
  • Disgaea: FLONNEZILLA! Flonne's final attack as a fallen angel. She dresses up in a patchy dinosaur costume and starts terrorizing the targets, with toy planes on wires flying around her. She finishes it up by breathing fire on the target.
  • Mass Effect 3: has Kalros, the legendary mother of the Thresher Maws. Regular Thresher Maws are already low-end Kaiju, being ~90 meters long (albeit only ~30 meters in height above ground, for 2/3 of their bodies will be underground at all times) and maneuverable, with acid spit that can dissolve tanks and a natural armored carapace that can resist shots from 155mm hypervelocity coilguns. Kalros is essentially a regular Thresher Maw scaled up to nearly 3,000 meters long'' (or over 37,000 times the mass of her children). Thank god she's nominally on your side.
  • In SimCity for Super Nintendo, one of the more amusing disasters is to have the city destroyed by a rampaging Bowser.
  • Many of the larger bosses in The Legend of Zelda but especially the Big Octos which rise from the Great Sea in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, the Imprisoned from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and Dark Beast Ganon from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
  • An upcoming PC game called Colossal Kaiju Combat. This is self-explanatory.
  • Daikaiju no Gyakushu ("The Giant Monster Strikes Back"), a 1986 Arcade Game by Taito.
  • Super Mario Bros.: Bowser, in many of the later games, has the ability to turn into Giant Bowser/Giga Bowser, becoming a full-stop kaiju. In this case, he resembles a more evil version of Gamera. One event battle has a giant Bowser facing off against a giant Donkey Kong in a city scape- Godzilla and King Kong in New York, basically.
  • The second Ace Attorney Investigations game has Bullmoth, a giant lizard-bull hybrid that stars in an in-universe movie. In true Kaiju form, it's facing off against another big monster from the franchise, Gourdy.
  • Kaiju-A-GoGo involves players taking on the role of mad scientists who create giant monsters to dominate the planet.
  • Megadeth-class Gears in Guilty Gear. Most Gears are vaguely human in size, and unless they're in A Form You Are Comfortable With, human looking too. This is not the case with Megadeth-class Gears, which are utterly titanic and wouldn't look out of place tussling with Godzilla. One Megadeth-class, Hydra, threatened to destroy London, but through the efforts of Kliff Undersn, the thing's advance was halted for a week so it could be targeted and destroyed with Last Resort, a magic Kill Sat with a several-kilometre blast radius. There was another example of a Gear the size of Mount Everest going up against the main character, Sol Badguy, and... being thoroughly obliterated down to ash and dust.
  • Kaiju are a regular occurrence in Billy vs. SNAKEMAN. Kaiju will regularly attack villages, their digital shadows haunt the Fields as Phases, and Players completing The Impossible Mission will become a kaiju. There's also the World Kaiju, which are embodiments of hastily renamed other popular MMOs.
  • The NSFW game Corruptions of Champions has Venus the Turtle Woman, who is so large her shell is large enough to be mistaken as a small island. She grew so large due to the local demon factory dumping toxic waste in to the lake where she lives. Despite her imposing size, she's quite the softie. And being that kind of game, you can have sex with her, well as close to sex as you can with someone her size.
  • Civilization: Beyond Earth gives us three Colossal alien creatures: Siege Worm (Vermis Obsidione Colossus), Makara (Astacopsis Choanae), and Kraken (Vivens Bestia Insulae). These are very tough beasts, who automatically pillage improvements by simply moving and are difficult to kill until the late-game stage. However, for some reason, they will never attack your cities directly. Your Explorers can only "collar" them after a certain late-game tech is researched. Additionally, Harmony players can eventually build the massive Xeno Titan that dwarfs highrises (while the in-game figure may appear to be a case of Units Not to Scale, a loading animation depicting one clearly shows how incredibly huge it is). It's a genetically-engineered alienesque monstrosity completely under your control. Unlike the Colossal aliens, the Xeno Titan does not mess up your improvements and can even take advantage of your roads and maglevs (try not to think too hard about one of those things taking the train or the highway). There's not much an enemy can send that will take out a Xeno Titan, although they're certainly not indestructible, and they're excellent for sieging cities.
  • Sonic Adventure has Perfect Chaos, a water entity whose final form is a Biollante-esque kaiju.
  • The Earth Defense Force series typically features at least one kaiju battle per entry.
  • City Shrouded In Shadow is a survival horror game where you play an ordinary person trying to survive a kaiju battle. You might see Godzilla fighting King Ghidorah, or Gamera fighting a Soldier Legion.
  • Fighting Kaiju-sized orcs is the main draw of the otherwise mediocre 2018 video game Extinction.
  • In Sunless Skies, the Aeginae are said to be as big as mountain ranges. And going by some of the Spectacles it's clear some of the famed star beasts only mentioned before in Fallen London and Sunless Sea are clearly big enough to qualify and not exaggerated in the least. Case in point, the Grave of the Silent Saint looks like the results of a Mutual Kill between a Bazaar-like star messenger crab and a Storm-like star dragon, and they're bloody huge, like one could found two whole cities on their corpses.
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II has the Gorog, a titanic gorilla-like creature which can hold a full sized rancor in its palm. Keep in mind that in Return of the Jedi, Luke came up to about a rancor's knee.

    Web Animation 
  • Happy Tree Friends:
    • The titular "Cubtron Z" and an unnamed tentacle monster seen destroying the city.
    • Godzilla made 3 cameos in "Wingin' It".
  • From Shut Up! Cartoons, we have Krogzilla, a Not Zilla who was shrunk down by scientists to human size. Of course, this means that he now has to integrate himself into human society resulting in Hilarity Ensues. Occasionally, he mentioned other kaiju, but the only one who appeared was another shrunken-down one named Regurgitor (for his ability to vomit lava) who resembles Titanosaurus with extra arms and a more Jerkass personality.
  • RWBY: The oldest Grimm can get very big, most famously the sea-borne leviathans. The Atlas military base protecting Argus has to deal with these on a regular basis, which is why they have a series of Hard Light energy shields to delay any giant Grimm long enough for the Atlas colossus to fight them.

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    Web Original 
  • The SCP Foundation has SCP-2954 ("Looping Kaiju Killing"). Every seven days, an example of SCP-2954-2 appears and attacks. SCP-2954-2 are bipedal and 50-60 meters tall. They have a mixture of traits from fish, amphibians and reptiles, including spiny fins on their back and forearms.
  • In the Of Masks and Marvels Lady Lightning stories there is an attack by a Kaiju-sized sea-snail.
  • The NES Godzilla Creepypasta warrants its own spot here because the creator actually came up with many all-new monstrosities, including the Big Bad whose final form easily dwarfs Godzilla, and can be estimated to be about 400-500m tall.
  • Worm includes a particularly formidable bunch called the Endbringers: Massive humanoid monstrosities with extremely powerful macro-scale superpowers and Nigh-Invulnerability, which are collectively engaged in a slow but implacable campaign to wipe out humanity for reasons unknown. They include Behemoth, a 45-foot tall creature resembling a gray demon complete with horns with the power of dynakinesis (control over all forms of energy); Leviathan, a 30-foot tall humanoid with a long tail with macrohydrokinesis and a water "shadow"; And the Simurgh, a 15 foot-tall woman with dozens of white, feathered wings that possesses a particularly malevolent form of precognition, mental influence, and telekinesis. They're smaller than most of the creatures on this page, but don't let that fool you; they're every bit as tough, if not more so, and being relatively small means that they're able to hide, ambush people, and enter buildings.

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    Western Animation 
  • Godzilla himself had a cartoon in the 1970s and the 98' Godzilla had an animated sequel starring its son. Logically, both cartoons featured Godzilla fighting other giant monsters.
  • King Kong has also had his share of Animated Adaptations, starting as 1966's The King Kong Show (by Rankin/Bass; the Japanese film King Kong Escapes was adapted from it), Kong: The Animated Series in 2000 (which starred a clone of the original Kong), and Netflix's 2016 series Kong: King of the Apes (in which King Kong fights an army of robot dinosaurs created by a mad scientist in the future)
  • The Powerpuff Girls frequently fight Kaiju assaulting their City of Adventure when not engaging their Rogues Gallery. One is actually called a Ro Beast. Smarter than they look, they can talk, and the Girls are friends with at least one of them. They all come from a place called Monster Island and apparently they consider it a rite of passage to stomp into Townsville and fight the Girls. Yet another way in which the city would actually be safer without them around.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender has four of these: The Unagi in Kyoshi Bay (that needs water, and therefore cannot attack the nearby village); The Serpent from the Serpent's Pass (hence the name); Koizilla, the Fan Nickname for the Aang/Ocean Spirit Cross-fusion; and the currently unnamed Vine Monster that can be created by Huu.
  • In The Legend of Korra, one appears in season two. When Korra's uncle Unalaq fuses with Vaatu, the embodiment of chaos and darkness, after destroying the embodiment of light and peace they transform into a gignatic red/purple/black monster that looks like a fusion between the two fusees. It can create Spirit Wilds, use the currently-omnipresent Aurora Borealis to teleport and fire a destructive chest beam
  • In the Kim Possible episode 'Partners', Doctor Drakken and DNAmy create a gigantic Godzilla-like creature that proceeds to destroy the town's fast food area. It doesn't stay destroyed, though.
  • Mecha-Barbra Streisand and her three opponents from South Park.
  • Metalocalypse has Mustakrakish, the giant Finnish lake troll. No, not THAT kind of giant troll.
  • An early Superman Theatrical Cartoon from 1942, "The Arctic Giant", had the Man of Steel having to deal with a dinosaur the size of an office building that had thawed out of an ice block and attacked Metropolis. Interestingly, the design of the beast, which was called a Tyrannosaurus Rex in the cartoon, looks a lot like Godzilla despite the original Gojira being introduced twelve years later.
  • From The Tick comes Dinosaur Neil, a man in a dinosaur suit turned gigantic humanoid dinosaur.
  • Trypticon, the city-form Decepticon from the original Transformers cartoon, resembles Godzilla in his robot mode, and is an obvious homage to classic kaiju films. Even more so in Transformers: War for Cybertron, he's taken the Godzilla homage Up to Eleven, with some Mechagodzilla added in to boot. And not forgetting the titanic Decepticon City Transformer, Scorponok.
  • Dexter's Laboratory features several kaiju. More memorable ones involve an extra-dimensional horror with many eyes and tentacles (the start of a Stable Time Loop) and iconic Dexter "oops". Another episode involved Dexter and Dee Dee becoming giant monsters by drinking Dexter's monster potions and having an all out battle (complete with Calling Your Attacks). Finally, there's Badaxtra, the monster of the original Finale who nearly destroyed the world.
  • An episode of Duck Dodgers parodying anime and other Japanese tropes had a kaiju called Maninsuit.
  • The Inhumanoids premiere episode had Tendril shambling through San Francisco, trashing streets and tossing cars at helicopters.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars features the Zillo Beast, which is a Kaiju for the Star Wars Universe, though its plot is similar to that of King Kong...initially...
  • The Alaskan Bull Worm from SpongeBob SquarePants. It's "big, scary, and PINK!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
  • in Sym-Bionic Titan the Monster of the Week is usually a Kaiju
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • There's a rampant blue bear that is covered in stars and is as large as your average house even when it's on all fours. This is the Ursa Major's baby, the Ursa Minor. The actual Ursa Major makes that one look absolutely puny.
    • The Season 2 episode: "Secrets of My Excess" has Spike (a baby dragon) transform into a giant angry dragon that rampages through Ponyville. And as revealed in "Cutie Mark Chronicles", a filly Twilight Sparkle exposed to the Sonic Rainboom had a Wild Magic moment that briefly turned Spike into a massive dragon.
    • There's also the Timberwolf Fusion from "Spike At Your Service", even though it was significantly less threatening than either of the above.
    • And Lord Tirek, the Arc Villain of Season 4's finale. Especially his final form.
  • In one episode of What's New, Scooby-Doo? set in Tokyo, the Monster of the Week is a robot designed to look like Shaggy which is turning into a kaiju. And at one point the real Shaggy is put in a rubber suit in a model city to convince him.
  • The Simpsons
    • Lisa is sentenced to a lifetime of horror on Monster Island, where she is chased by monsters despite its Nonindicative Name.
    • As the family is leaving Tokyo, the plane warning lights for Godzilla holding the plane light up.
    Captain: Uh, folks, we're experiencing some moderate Godzilla-related turbulence at this time, so I'm going to go ahead and ask you to put your seatbelts back on. When we get to 35 thousand feet, he usually does let go, so from there on out, all we have to worry about is Mothra, and, uh, we do have reports he's tied up with Gamera and Rodan at the present time. Thank you very much.
    • A hobo tells the story of Paul Bunyan where he pushes Rodan, who then falls over Babe the ox. Lisa informs him that never happened.
  • In the first segment of the Futurama, episode "Anthology of Interest I", Prof. Farnsworth turns Dr. Zoidberg into a kaiju so he can fight a 500 ft. Bender, with predictable results.
  • One episode of Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero features the heroes embodying horrifying but benevolent monsters who have to convince the terrified human locals of a nearby city that they don't mean any harm before the military attempts a Macross Missile Massacre.
  • Spoofed in The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy episode "Giant Billy and Mandy All-out Attack" (a reference to the Godzilla movie Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack!) where Grim takes Billy and Irwin to see real kaiju. They meet Kragera, (a Gamera parody) and Kittygra (a cat version of King Ghidorah). Billy also turns into a spoof of Ultraman while Mandy pilots a giant gorilla robot called Mecha-Gorillasaur (a parody of Mechani-Kong and Humongous Mecha). Grim also mentions in the episode that most giant monsters aren't giant any more due to eating healthier diets.
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot: Jenny (the title robot) encountered a few during the show's runtime. The most notable were probably Armagedroid, an immense robot with the sole purpose of destroying weapons but had gone crapshoot in peacetime, and Gigawatt, an extraterrestrial being that fed upon energy (though he didn't start out kaiju-sized, the consumption of New York's electricity did).
  • The Animaniacs short "The Warners and the Beanstalk" (which parodies both Jack and the Beanstalk and Green Eggs and Ham) had a series of scenes where the Warner siblings were trying to get the giant, who looks and sounds like Ralph the Guard, to try gold eggs and meat. One "verse" of the sequence has a scene-shift to modern-day Tokyo, with them quipping, "Would you eat them in Japan? With Godzilla and Rodan?" (And unfortunately for Ralph, both monsters are right next to him, and clearly don't like him too much.)
  • Joey and AP have fought a bunch of giant monsters in Atomic Puppet like a giant mutant spider, a fire-breathing hydra-turtle, a giant robot with magnet powers, and a giant mucus-spewing slug.
  • The Great Grape Ape features a friendly Kaiju, in the form of a 50-foot purple ape.
  • Alexandrite, the fusion of all three of the Crystal Gems, from Steven Universe is big enough to be considered one.
  • King Kong appears in "The Ducky Horror Picture Show", a Monster Mash episode of DuckTales (1987), and climbs Scrooge's tower.
  • Several episodes of The Real Ghostbusters are parodies of Kaiju films:
    • "Adventures in Slime and Space": Slimer is turned giant and evil by one of Egon's experiments, taking Janine with him and climbing the Empire State Building.
    • "The Revenge of Murray the Mantis": A spirit taking control of a giant mantis balloon has to be stopped by releasing the Marshmallow Man from the Containment Unit for them to fight each other.
    • "Cold Cash and Hot Water": A more serious approach: after Peter's father and notorious con artist steals an ancient demon from Alaska to exhibit it in New York, the demon get loose causing havoc in the city.
    • "Poultrygeist": The Ghostbusters fight a giant chicken. (Yes, the writing wasn't the best on that season).
    • "Attack of the B-Movie Monsters" of course. It has the literal Kaijus of Japan's cinema jumping to the real world after the tapes are exposed to toxic waste.
  • Men in Black has an episode that shows a giant Fmek and one of the Worms fighting Kaiju-style in the city. The joke is that they are two of the smallest alien species and were increase in size by Applied Phlebotinum.
  • While they aren't as big as other examples, the Seven Little Monsters are pretty dang large.
  • An accident with the Miniaturizer turns Hercules, a (normal) giant hercules beetle, into this trope temporarily on Wild Kratts.

    Real Life 
  • Size is all a matter of perspective. In an insect's point of view, we humans are kaiju.
  • In a way, blue whales, being the largest known animal ever to live. Adults can reach lengths of up to a hundred feet and weigh over 200 tons, and even a newborn is nearly as long as a bus and weighs as much as two elephants! Thankfully, the blue whale is a Gentle Giant who's more content with placidly feasting on swarms of krill than causing mass destruction.
  • Quite a few dinosaurs fit this trope. In particular Amphicoelias was by some estimates the single largest land-based animal — never mind dinosaur — on record. 40 to 60 metres (130 to 200 ft) in length, and may have had a mass of up to 122 metric tons (135 short tons). Unfortunately, it's only known from a single piece of vertebrae that was mysteriously lost over a century ago.
    • On a more complete basis, Argentinosaurus and several other enormous sauropods could have broken 100 short tons in weight and been over 30 meters long. Several species like Diplodocus could get longer, but they weren't as robust.
  • At half a meter long, Anomalocaris wouldn't qualify as a kaiju today, but considering it lived in an era when the largest non-Anomalocaris animals tended to be measured in a few inches, it certainly was at the time.
  • Anteaters, aardvarks, sloth bears and pangolins are this trope for termite "cities".
  • In March of 2013, Wizards of the Coast attempted to trademark the word "kaiju" as part of their Kaijudo/Duel Masters franchises during a legal dispute with indie game Colossal Kaiju Combat.
  • The giant amoeba, Chaos carolinensis, measures up to five millimeters when outstretched and is roughly the size of a sesame seed. While that may not sound massive to us, it's a true kaiju among single-celled organisms, and is known to devour bacteria, other protozoans, and occasionally even small, multicellular animals such as water fleas!


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