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In a movie about ghosts, they throw in this.

A work is not about Kaiju or other giant monsters, but throws them in anyway because of Rule of Cool.

Godzilla, or Not Zilla, is a common choice, of course. A King Kong Copy is probably the second most popular option.

Can overlap with Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever, if the small thing turned huge is sufficiently monstrous (and of course not the focus of the work), and is often the result of Make My Monster Grow.

A Sister Trope to Instant Awesome: Just Add Mecha!, Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!, Like That Show, But with Mecha.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • In A Certain Scientific Railgun when the Level Upper network of ten thousand espers went out of control a giant growing fetus-monster-thing made of ambient psychic power spontaneously appears and starts rampaging around Academy City (which is located right next to Tokyo). The randomness of this is lampshaded when it starts heading for a nearby nuclear power plant.
    Mikoto: Am I in some kind of Kaiju movie?
  • Concrete Revolutio: Choujin Gensou's gimmick is to throw every known superhero and villain into Showa-era Japan. Obviously, kaiju have gotta be part of it (although they're known as "beasts" in the English subs)- Jirou even says "kaiju groupie" at one point! Specifically, three of the kaiju involved are Ga Gon, its baby Mini Gon and a side character jellyfish kaiju.
  • An episode of Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok had a shrine statue turned into one when imbued with a lot of dark magic.
  • The finale of the anime adaptation of Deltora Quest leads to a battle between the Shadow Lord and the spirit of the Belt of Deltora, both of which take the form of gigantic spirits. Said battle was created entirely for the anime adaptation, never occurring in the original book.

    Comic Books 
  • Red Ronin and the boozy father monster from Top 10 seem kinda... odd.
  • Marvel Comics also has Red Ronin, a Super Robot (based in Raideen) created to fight Godzilla in King of the Monsters series; it becomes a rent-a-zilla after that series when it is used in comics such as The Avengers.
  • The Fantastic Four fought a lot of giant monsters in their earliest issues, even if the monsters were only peripheral to the main plot (the baddie is on the ropes, so what's he going to do? Summon a giant monster, of course!). This was of course the period when Marvel Comics was transitioning from comics about Kaiju to comics about super heroes, so it's only natural that their earliest superhero stories have kaiju in them.
  • Any time Fin Fang Foom gets a cameo in an unrelated story (which happens surprisingly often), since he's Marvel's most popular kaiju.
  • An issue of Captain America from the 1970s had him attacked by the statue after it was animated by the telekinetic villain Animus. Yes, Captain America battled Abraham Lincoln.
  • The statue of Abraham Lincoln (well, Abraham Linkid) comes to life in an issue of Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew!.
  • The giant rampaging Abraham Lincoln at the beginning of the Dallas arc of The Umbrella Academy.
  • The first Superman/Spider-Man team-up opens with Lex Luthor attacking Metropolis with a giant robot. Because that's just the kind of thing Lex does. Supey defeats it, the whole thing only lasting a handful of pages. It's really just to set-up Lex going back to prison where he will meet Doc Ock and get the real plot rolling.
  • A classic Superman story with Lori Lemaris has Superman traveling to Atlantis and getting attacked en route by a sea serpent. It's no big problem for Supes, and he defeats it and continues on his way. Years later, John Byrne would comment that these days, it would likely take multiple issues to explain where the sea serpent came from, whereas here it only took a few panels.
  • Li'l Gotham: The Minazuki issue has Batman, Robin, and Oracle joining Aquaman to fight a couple of giant sea monsters attacking Japan.

    Films — Animation 
  • Fantasia ends with the "Night on Bald Mountain" segment, the villain of which is Chernabog, a demon lord so big, his wings fold up into the peak of the mountain.
  • In Disney's Hercules, the titans are portrayed as gargantuan-sized elemental monsters who wrought havoc on Earth at the time of its creation until Zeus defeated them and imprisoned them in Tartarus. They are freed by Hades at the climax and help him take control over Olympus, but, thanks to Herc's intervention, they are defeated again and destroyed once for all. Likewise, the Lernaean Hydra which Herc fights earlier on the movie and many other monsters he confronts count as well.
  • In the third act of Minions, Stuart is accidentally enlarged by one of the villain's inventions, and stomps his way through London to save the others.
  • In Shrek 2, Shrek storms the castle with the help of a giant gingerbread cookie named Mongo.
  • Played with in Zootopia when Judy chases Duke into Little Rodentia, where they (a rabbit and a weasel, respectively) are kaiju-sized by comparison.
  • In The Little Mermaid (1989), Ursula uses Triton's trident to expand herself to monstrous proportions for the climatic battle between her, Eric and Ariel. She does this pretty much every time she shows up as a boss in the Kingdom Hearts franchise.

    Films — Live-Action 

  • Discworld: The climax of Moving Pictures, in which the Things From The Dungeon Dimensions use movie magic to escape into the real world, involves a giant woman climbing the Tower of Art while clutching an ape. The other characters can't shake the feeling there's something wrong with this picture.note 
  • The Dresden Files: Dead Beat gives us Sue the dinosaur.
  • While The Grimnoir Chronicles has always had summoning monsters as a standard form of magic, and hinted that they can get loose, the 50-foot god of demons at the end of Spellbound comes as a bit of a surprise. Word of God says that the scene wasn't in the original outline, but since the previous book ended in a massive Ninjas vs. Pirates and Zombies fight atop a flaming zeppelin, this one needed a comparable action climax.
  • In the horror novel Jago, when everybody's fears and obsessions are coming to life and causing havoc, there is a scene in which an enormous fire-breathing Godzilla creature puts in an appearance. In a bit of comic relief, it turns out not to be one of the supernatural manifestions, but an inflatable animatronic that's part of a publicity stunt for a rock band. And it almost immediately gets a puncture and deflates. Once the scene is over, it's never mentioned again.
  • The Night Mayor is set in a virtual reality realm which people with the relevant Talent can affect with their imaginations. The protagonist announces her intention to challenge the City's creator by imagining up a kaiju that emerges from the bay and goes stomping across the city.
  • The second book in The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel gives us the Nidhogg, who starts out as an oversized Komodo Dragon but soon begins walking on two legs like Godzilla and smashing buildings and cars in Paris.
  • Someone decided that unleashing Kaiju upon the world was a good idea in the Wearing the Cape series. They appear worldwide, but mostly attack Japan, who responded by forming superhero teams, as well as grabbing every Verne-type in reach and building mecha.

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    Tabletop Games 
  • Magic: The Gathering: During the Dissension tie-in novel, Ravnica is attacked by giant monsters. First there's some Nephilim that grow giant-sized and start smashing things, then the Izzet's dragon guildmaster Niv-Mizzet flies in to fight them off, and eventually Experiment Kraj and Rakdos the Defiler join the fray as a result of a Gambit Pileup. Widespread destruction ensues.
  • In Pathfinder, Colossal sized creatures qualify as this, like colossi or the Spawn of Rovagug. Creatures with the Massive rule like Leviathan or Ulunat take this a step further, as they can only be flanked by creatures of a large enough size and can move easily through any terrain short of walking straight through buildings or trees.

    Video Games 
  • In Civilization: Beyond Earth the Harmony Affinity has a unique unit called a “Xeno Titan”, which was described by Firaxis, the developers, as “basically a Kaiju.”
  • In Cosmic Star Heroine, after the heroes have defeated a mecha all by themselves, its pilot unleashes the Blobmith, an artificial creature that grows into humongous proportions in seconds. To defeat it, the heroine Alyssa hijacks the mecha and starts a fistfight with the monster, and when it is defeated she activates the mecha's self-destruct command to wipe them both out. The whole scene has nothing to do with anything besides being a homage to kaiju films and/or Pacific Rim.
  • In The Legend of the Mystical Ninja, the background of one cutscene features hot giant-octopus-on-Konami-building action.
  • Some of the bosses in Lego Indiana Jones 2 involve various ways to make giant monsters.
  • Mass Effect has a few.
    • The Thresher Maws. Regular Thresher Maws are ~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 in the third game is one of these things scaled up to 2,980 meters.
    • Reaper Destroyers in the third game are really just the Reapers' version of space frigates, but since they're so ridiculously large compared to everything else that's not in space (at around 160 meters in height and 55,000 m^3 in volume), they function as particularly powerful Kaiju whenever deployed on the ground. It helps that they've got unfoldable legs to let them stomp around in-atmosphere like Humongous Mecha, seemingly solely because Bioware wanted to invoke Kaiju imagery. Without the nuclear-scale railguns of large spaceships, Reaper Destroyers are essentially invulnerable. Even an orbital bombardment by the smaller broadside of guns of said spaceships (which despite being nothing compared to the main guns, still produced fireballs dozens of meters in diameter on every shot, on par with tactical nukes, and could fire multiple shots per second) were an absolute No-Sell against the thinnest part of a Destroyer's armor on Rannoch. It took dozens of those shots directly to the Destroyer's main cannon mid-priming to do any damage. However, they're still extremely tiny compared to Kalros despite technically possessing greater firepower, as the one on Tuchanka found out.
    • Remnant Architects in Andromeda are massive Ambiguous Robots equipped with a variety of weapon systems, a nano-fabrication suite that lets it create smaller robots mid-combat, and armor that is, per the codex, impervious to all known infantry-portable arms. As indicated by their name, they were never designed for combat, instead being there to build and maintain Remnant vaults. You can't kill them, due to their thick armor and self-repair functions, though you can damage them enough to temporarily disable them by targeting lightly armored or unarmored critical systems, which lets you reprogram them into leaving you alone. At which point each Architect will reveal that it can fly as well.
  • In Pokémon Sword and Shield, any Pokemon can become huge with the Dynamax feature. It makes a Pokemon gigantic, which greatly increases its power, but it only lasts for three turns. There are also "Max Raid" boss battles in which the opposing Pokemon is permanently Dynamaxed.
  • The Power Pro-kun Pocket series features a frog-beetle-centipede kaiju called Toshio-kun in some scenarios:
  • One level in Psychonauts has the player character as a giant rampaging through a Tokyo-like city of fish people.
    Bystander: I love you, Goggalor!
  • The first season of Telltale Games' Sam & Max series has an episode in which the Villain of the Week converts the Lincoln Memorial into a giant robot that claims to be the reincarnation of the original, to run for President when the previous robot president is "assassinated" by the famous duo.
  • One scenario in the original SimCity has a Godzilla-like monster attacking Tokyo in 1961. This monster is replaced with Bowser in the SNES version.
  • The desert-dwelling Rockgagong in Tales of Graces is big enough for its insides to serve as a dungeon, and is easily the largest monster you can fight in the entire series, with just one of its hands being nearly big enough to cover the entire battlefield. It's not normally aggressive, however, and is viewed as a mascot by the locals.


    Western Animation 
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Squidward's house becomes one in "Good Neighbors"
  • The South Park episode "Super Best Friends:" David Blaine brings the statue of Abraham Lincoln to life and it rampages across Washington DC. It's subdued by a giant stone John Wilkes Booth.
  • In a "Treehouse of Horror" episode from The Simpsons, giant advertising mascots come to life and terrorize the town
    • In another episode, they go to Japan; when they leave the pilot makes the following announcement:
      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.
  • Ultra-Peepi from Invader Zim.
  • The Fairly OddParents:
    • Timmy accidentally wishes one up through sleep wishing.
    • In another episode, Timmy's dad drinks wish granting lemonade and wishes he didn't have to go to work. Immediately a monster appears and eats his office. Timmy later defeats it by drinking some more lemonade and turning it into a tiny lizard.
  • Dexter's Laboratory: Dexter and Mandark bring Abraham Lincoln and George Washington to life, using their heads off Mt. Rushmore.
    • Also, in the half-hour episode "Last But Not Beast", an axe-themed Kaiju Monster of the Week appears, and the majority of the episode is spent dealing with it.
    • Another episode has Dexter and Dee Dee mutating themselves into bigger and bigger monsters.
  • The Powerpuff Girls: 95% of the monsters of the week that come to destroy Townsville are usually some variation of this.
    • Lampshaded in "Super Zeroes" where the girls learn that the reason so many monsters invade Townsville is because they consider being defeated by them to be some form of honour and whoever makes it back to the island is hailed as a hero by the other monsters.
  • Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo: A Gojira Captain Ersatz shows up along with other Japanese cultural stereotypes.
  • From the Animaniacs episode where the Warners do "Jack and the Beanstalk" (along with a parody of "Green Eggs and Ham"): Would you, could you, in Japan, with Godzilla and Rodan?
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars features the accidental awakening of the massive Zillo Beast in one episode and its transfer to Coruscant the next, with predictable results. In the Russian translation, the beast is even called "Gad Zillo" ("The Zillo Reptile"), to make the Shout-Out even more blatant.
  • Rugrats had the in-universe Reptar, a child-friendly Brand X knock-off of Godzilla. Supposedly, Godzilla creator Toho sued Klasky-Csupo over Reptar which explains why the creature kind of disappeared in later seasons up to the show's cancellation. By the time All Grown Up! rolled in, Reptar is seemingly all but forgotten. in a episode, the gang reminisces about the character being popular when they were kids and Dil doesn't actually remember him or his shows.
  • The Pinky and the Brain episode "Tokyo Grow" had one named "Gollyzilla". In the same episode, both Pinky and the Brain become Kaiju-sized and rampage through Tokyo.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Season 1 finale features Aang and the Ocean Spirit fusing into a spectacular, Godzilla-esque One-Winged Angel (nicknamed "Koizilla" by the fans and creators) to defeat an enormous fleet of Fire Nation ships.
  • The monsters in Yam Roll mostly exist as an excuse for Yam Roll to use his superpowers, or to give him more opportunities to make passes at Minamiko.
  • The Smurfs: In "Papa's Big Snooze", the Smurfs have to cross a lake inhabited by a monster fish called 'Carpzilla'.
  • 101 Dalmatians: The Series featured a literal example when Cecil B. de Vil borrows the "Choc-zilla" animatronic from his studio to attack the Dearly farm.
  • In one Daffy Duck cartoon, he's a big fan of Schmodzilla, a near-identical version of Godzilla.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • The Season 1 episode "Boast Busters" has the Ursa Minor, a bear-like creature larger than a two-story building, rampaging through Ponyville because of Snips and Snails waking it up. It is at first thought to be an Ursa Major because of Trixie's boastful claims, but no — the Ursa Minor is just a baby. The mother Ursa Major is an absolutely massive monster who can cradle the Ursa Minor in its arms; it's probably the biggest creature ever portrayed in the show.
    • In the Season 2 episode "Secret of my Excess", when Spike is exposed to greed he grows prematurely into a giant adult dragon which promptly rampages through Ponyville, leaving a trail of destruction in his wake. He also parodies King Kong (1933) by kidnapping Rarity and climbing to the tallest building with her clutched in his hand. Season 8 episode "Molt Down" would eventually clarify that this premature growth isn't at all like a dragon's natural maturity, showing Spike going through the dragon equivalent of puberty capped off with growing a pair of wings, though otherwise remaining about the same size as before.
    • In My Little Pony: Best Gift Ever, the small and adorable winterchilla transforms into a towering, aggressive winterzilla at night, growing to a good few stories in height and going on a rampage through Ponyville, easily smashing its way into Twilight's crystal castle before being calmed down.
  • Both of G.I. Joe's original Five Episode Pilots have kaiju in them. While hunting for radioactive heavy water to power the MASS device, the Joes and Cobra are attacked by giant tube worms. And while retrieving part of the Weather Dominator from the tropical Palace of Doom, the Joes are attacked by a giant animate statue — and saved when it gets distracted by a convenient giant Cobra robot, and the two destroy each other.
  • Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers: The titular creature in "Bronto Bear". He's actually a literal Gentle Giant unless he's awakened from his hibernation, which the Black Hole Gang do as part of an Evil Plan.
  • The Real Ghostbusters episode "Attack of the B Movie Monsters" have expies of several Kaiju film monsters like Godzilla and Gamera.
  • Steven Universe: Future: In "I Am My Monster", Steven's emotional turmoil reaches the point where he "corrupts", turning into a giant pink Godzilla-like kaiju. The Crystal Gems and the Diamonds have to team up to subdue Steven and talk him down.


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