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Anime & Manga
- Assassination Classroom: In Chapter 135: King Kong and Godzilla doubt that antimatter will become a reliable fuel source.
- Death Note: In the episode "Scorn" of the anime, Near has set up a miniature city of Tokyo (complete with a paper cutout of Tokyo Tower) using stacks of CDs and placed a Godzilla toy in the middle of it.
- Delicious in Dungeon: In one of the omakes, Laios shows Marcille the journal of a man who ate walking mushrooms everyday. The last entry shows that he encountered a Matango.
- Digimon Adventure: In the episode "The Eighth Digivice", a Digimon known as Raremon appears, a foul-smelling Muck Monster with oblong eyes who is based on Hedorah. If that weren't enough, the scenes of the night club, Raremon being defeated by an electric attack, and chasing a cat are all references to scenes in Godzilla vs. Hedorah.
- Dragon Ball: In the episode "Tail's Tale" of the anime, King Ghidorah can be seen sitting in the audience of the fighting tournament. Nobody seems to draw any attention to this.
- Food Wars!: In the episode "The Unfolding Individual Competition" of the anime, an Imagine Spot of Napoleon riding a giant red lobster appears (visualizing the deliciousness of a lobster dish), and Ebirah's roar can be heard.
- Franken Fran:
- Chapter 29 has Dr. Serizawa, the scientist who steals Fran's new method for childbirth, who has the same name and Eyepatch of Power of the scientist from the first Godzilla film.
- Chapter 45 has a Superman cockroach, a Batman cockroach complete with a roacharang, sentai roaches, a Gundam roach-robot, a The War of the Worlds-style alien robot walker, roach riders, a maser tank (roach size) and one of them turned Super Saiyan. Also, Veronica is Ultra Black/Ultra Cockroach Girl/UCG to the roaches, and acts appropriately.
- Gate: The JSDF soldiers compare the Flame Dragon to a one-headed King Ghidorah.
- Hunter × Hunter: In the 39th episode of the 1999 anime, Godzilla can be seen fighting Mothra on a television briefly.
- Kirby: Right Back at Ya!:
- The episode "Caterpillar Thriller" is a Whole-Plot Reference to Mothra, featuring a giant butterfly monster called Mosugaba that can attack by spraying spores from her wings and obeys a pair of fairy-like twins. Mosugaba is also one of the few monsters in the series who is actually benevolent.
- The two-part episode "Prediction Predicament" is an extended reference to Gorath, where a giant glowing asteroid called Gerath is on a collision course with Popstar, causing natural disasters as it approaches the planet.
- In two different episodes, a Godzilla-inspired monster appears on the television. In the first case, it was Godzilla but with Dedede's face, and in the other, it was a dragon-like monster called "Godzillo".
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: The episode "A Human Work" features a giant red-and-white robot called Jet Alone, a reference to Jet Jaguar (whose working name was Red Alone).
- One Piece: Big Mom's ultimate Combination Attack of her three Homies is called the "Maser Cannon", a reference to the reoccurring energy gun weapons in the Godzilla films. The shape of the attack even resembles the domed satellite-like head the cannon usually has, and she uses it against a character that can turn into a dinosaur.
- Patlabor: The OVA episode "The 450-Million-Year-Old Trap" is a Whole-Plot Reference to Godzilla (1954), with a sea monster that rises out of Tokyo Bay, a character resembling Dr. Serizawa, Godzilla's roar being used, and the monster being defeated with a weapon resembling the Oxygen Destroyer.
- Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire: If Butterfree wasn't already enough of a Mothra reference, the episode "Caterpie's Big Dilemma" has a Caterpie grow giant and pupate into Metapod on a building that resembles Tokyo Tower. The episode also seems to depict Dustox as a Battra reference.
- Pokémon the Series: Black & White: The episode "An Epic Defense Force!" is a big reference to Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, featuring an in-universe movie where a giant Tyranitar (already the Pokémon most heavily based on Godzilla) appears, only for it to turn out to be a mecha covered in fake skin, used as the war machine of a conquering alien. Iris and a Zorua also play twin priestesses as a reference to Mothra's Shobijin (although in this case, it's a giant Golurk), and Ash plays a member of the "Unova Defence Force" as a reference to the Earth Defence Force.
- Sailor Moon Crystal: Usagi gets a nightmare of being chased by Godzilla before waking up.
- Sgt. Frog: The episode "Old School Monster Battle: Keroro Style!" is an extended reference to Space Amoeba, featuring parodies of Gezora, Kamoebas, and Ganimes called Ikara, Gameba, and Kanime.
- Sonic X:
- Several of Eggman's mechanical creations resemble entities from Toho films, such as robots resembling Mothra, Showa Moguera, and the Gotengo.
- The episode "The Great Decisive Battle on Latitude Zero!!", where the Gotengo homage appears, is an especially obvious reference to Latitude Zero. If the title alone didn't tip you off, the very Toho-like title card◊ will.
- In the episode "Emerald Anniversary", Sonic is chased by the robot Weazo through a film set where a movie starring a very familiar spike-backed reptilian monster is stomping a miniature city. Weazo sets the monster suit aflame before passing through.
- The episode "Agent of Mischief", has three alien villains combining into a giant, three-headed space dragon known as Final Mova.
- In the episode "There's Music in the Darkness, Baby", one of the creatures seen falling into the River of Time is Mothra, who reverts back to a caterpillar, and then into an egg (which, like in the films, is striped).
- In ""We're All Fools, So Let's All Dance, Baby", one of the dance contest contestants resembles King Ghidorah wearing gas masks and fishnet stockings.
- Urusei Yatsura: Numerous episodes of the anime had Godzilla and other kaiju make cameos. In one shot of the episode "Snow Panic! The Mendo Family Hanami Banquet!!", Frankenstein, Baragon, Matango, Ebirah, and Mothra all appear together.
- Atomic Robo: Each chapter in The Ring of Fire is named after a Godzilla film. "Taskforce Ultra vs. Biomega" could be anything, but "Resurgence," "Terror of Biomega," "Tokyo SOS," and "Destroy All Monsters" are unmistakable.
- Kaijumax: If the whole premise and most of the characters being expies of Godzilla, Gamera, Ultraman, and other established monsters wasn't enough of a reference, the third issue of Season 3 has the entire story of Godzilla (1954) performed as a stage musical (à la Hamilton).
- League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: In the Roses Of Berlin short story "Princess Dakkar Of Lincoln" Janni Dakkar mentions she fought against a nuclear mutant bipedal saurian in the waters of Japan.
- Swamp Thing: The avatar for The Grey (the fungal counterpart of The Green) is an elemental being named Matango (who was also supposedly the serpent that tempted humanity into eating the fruit of knowledge).
- In the third issue of The Transformers, Nick Fury threatens to quit S.H.I.E.L.D. if that "big green, fire-snortin' lizard is loose again".
- Calvin and Hobbes: A few strips have Calvin pretending to be a giant monster, showing his love of monster movies, or even explicitly mentioning Godzilla, such as one Sunday strip where he imagines his mom is "his ancient arch-rival Megalon".Calvin: Here's a movie we should watch.
Hobbes: Who's in it?
Calvin: It says "Japanese cast". "Two big rubbery monsters slug it out over major metropolitan centers in a battle for world supremacy". Doesn't that sound great?
Hobbes: And people say foreign film is inaccessible.
- The Far Side: Several comics used Godzilla or another kaiju as the punchline. Such as one strip captioned "Toby vs. Godzilla", where a normal dog named Toby fights Godzilla, another strip where a group of soldiers attempts to lure Mothra out of the city with a giant campfire, and a detective suggesting that a giant handkerchief initialed K.K. might belong to Godzilla or a Gargantua.
- In one strip, Garfield insists to the talking scale that he's not fat, he's big-boned! The scale retorts that Godzilla is big-boned, he's just fat.
- A few strips have Garfield watching some made-up, ridiculous monster movie, like Mothra Returns a Sweater or Godzilla Goes on a Blind Date.Jon: This movie looks interesting... It's a courtroom drama...
Garfield: I don't really get into those.
Jon: "Godzilla vs. The Board of Education".
Garfield: (excited now) However...
- Heathcliff: In one Sunday strip, Heathcliff kisses a frog, which transforms into Godzilla. Godzilla, apparently grateful, then proceeds to burn down a dog park that Heathcliff hates.
- MAD: Naturally, they had many jokes and parodies involving Godzilla over the years (such as a quiz challenging readers to differentiate prescription medications and Godzilla kaiju names). Many of these were compiled in the August 2021 issue, released to coincide with the release of Godzilla vs. Kong.
- Captain Proton and the Planet of Lesbians. The President of Earth says there have been reports of attacks on New York, London, Moscow, and Tokyo, "though the latter might be that damned great lizard again."
- Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space
- In a flashback scene, Kincaid fights Godzilla while serving as the child pilot of a giant mecha.He recovered consciousness to see Godzilla bearing down on him with all the fury of a mutant monster who's been woken by some idiot using an H-bomb as an alarm clock.
- Captain Proton contacts Admiral Nakamura in Tokyo for aid in fighting the cyborg takeover, but before he can say a word the Admiral's headquarters is crushed by a Giant Foot of Stomping.Proton: That bloody lizard again!
- In a flashback scene, Kincaid fights Godzilla while serving as the child pilot of a giant mecha.
Films — Animated
- Billy & Mandy’s Big Boogey Adventure: As the protagonists raft down the River Styx, in one sequence they encounter several recoloured kaiju in rapid succession; a yellow Godzilla (accompanied by his trademarked roar), a bronze Ghidorah, an orange Anguirus, a blue Rodan, a red Gamera, and a green Gigan (the only one with the correct colour).
- Toshiaki's giant turtle monster looks like a cross between Gamera and Godzilla. Of course, it's also named Shelley.
- Bambi Meets Godzilla of all things gets two Shout Outs: the Colossus versus Shelley scene. Later, the movie theater sign shows Bambi and Godzilla films as now playing.
- The LEGO Ninjago Movie: When Lloyd uses the Ultimate Weapon (actually just a laser pointer), it summons a monstrous kaiju named Meowthra, which is... just an ordinary house cat (of course, to a city of LEGO people, a regular cat is an invincible city-destroying monster).
- Monsters vs. Aliens: Insectosaurus is a Composite Character between Godzilla and Mothra, complete with silk-shooting attacks and metamorphosing into an imago late into the film. At one point, Gallaxhar also commands his clones to "Destroy all monsters!".
- Olive, the Other Reindeer: During the musical number "Merry Christmas After All", when Olive, Santa, and the reindeer arrive in Tokyo, they're greeted by expies of Ultraman (although with antennae and a red helmet like Redman) and Godzilla, who both sing along.
- In the film adaptation of Persepolis, Marjane and her grandma watch a Godzilla movie. Her grandma thinks it's too gruesome for her and covers Marjane's eyes.
- Quest for Camelot: In the song number "If I Didn't Have You" Devon momentarily turns into Godzilla (describing himself as "a fire-breathing lizard"), among numerous other Shout Outs in the song, describing what he could be if he didn't share a body with Cornwall.
- Rumble: During the opening, in which the history of monster wrestling is explained, it briefly refers to them as kaiju while showing monsters strongly resembling Rodan and Anguirus fighting in a Japanese landscape. A giant moth monster called BeheMoth and a three-headed serpent monster named Haley Hydra are also mentioned in Freeze Frame Bonuses later on.
- Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School: At the end, one of the new students to show up with their parent is Godzilla and his daughter, although Godzilla is so big only one leg appears onscreen.note
- Turning Red: The DVD release has chapter titles that act as shout-outs like "Mingzilla Attacks".
Films — Live-Action
- In The Amazing Spider-Man, after Peter warns Capt. Stacy of the giant lizard in New York, the latter quips:"Do I look like the mayor of Tokyo to you?"
- Armageddon (1998): In the first scene, a man has a stand selling Godzilla toys when someone's dog attacks some of the toys. The stand owner yells at the dog's owner for this until the city suddenly gets bombarded by meteors. Likely also a Take That!, since Godzilla (1998) had only come out a few weeks earlier.
- Attack of the Clones: The Republic artillery walkers (officially known as the Self-Propelled Heavy Artillery Turbolaser) are heavily inspired by the Maser Cannons of the Godzilla franchise. This is made more explicit in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, where modified versions of the SPHA-T are used against an enormous alien monster called the Zillo Beast.
- Austin Powers: A rather memorable one-off exchange between two Japanese men in Austin Powers in Goldmember when they see a monster parade float that looks like Godzilla (but isn't).Japanese Man 1: RUN! IT'S GODZILLA!
Japanese Man 2: It looks like Gojira, but due to international copyright laws, it's not.
Japanese Man 1: STILL, WE SHOULD RUN LIKE IT IS GODZILLA!
Japanese Man 2: Though it isn't.
- The Blob (1988): The American poster for The Return of Godzilla can briefly be seen in the background of the projector room right before the climactic scene where the Blob starts attacking the people in the theatre.
- Colossal: The original pitch for the movie called the monster Godzilla (it's unnamed and doesn't look much like Godzilla in the film itself), the monster was originally going to attack Tokyo (it was later changed to Seoul), two conceptual posters used the Monsterverse Godzilla, and Word of God repeatedly compared the film and character to Godzilla in interviews. Toho did not like this at all and actually sued the film studio.
- Cannonball Run II. J.J. and Victor pose as a military NEST team for the illicit cross-country race. Victor overdoes the ploy when he tells a skeptical highway patrolman that they've been irradiated and as a result he has atomic breath.
- Friday the 13th:
- Friday the 13th Part III: Debbie is reading a Fangoria magazine article about Godzilla (with the American poster for Godzilla vs. Megalon and a screenshot from Godzilla (1954), both clearly visible) right before blood drips down on the page from Andy's body above her, and she's killed by Jason.
- Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning: A poster for Godzilla vs. The Thing (the original American title for Mothra vs. Godzilla) and a promotion still of Godzilla (1954) can be briefly seen in the background in one of the opening scenes.
- Gamera: Super Monster: In one scene, as Gamera stomps through the city, he knocks down a sign advertising a movie about a fire-breathing reptilian beast called "Dojira", which the camera zooms into for a few seconds with sheepish music playing just to drive the Take That! home.
- In Independence Day, Jasmine's son Dylan can be seen playing with Godzilla and Mecha-King Ghidorah action figures.
- Inspector Gadget (1999): Robo-Gadget scares some citizens by projecting a Godzilla shadow puppet and emitting Godzilla's roar. A Japanese man runs while screaming that this was why he left Tokyo.
- Kraa! The Sea Monster has a scene where the titular monster smashes through a building that has a poster for Godzilla (1998) (which came out the same year) plastered on it as a clear Take That!.
- Honey, I Blew Up the Kid: When the giant toddler is stomping through Las Vegas, a Japanese tourist shouts "Godzilla!" at him.
- Kill Bill:
- The scene in Vol. 1 where the Bride's plane flies over Tokyo, the shot of the sprawling cityscape is actually the miniature Yokohama set used in Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack!.
- The fight between the Bride and Elle in Vol. 2 is based off of the fight between Sanda and Gaira in War of the Gargantuas, as stated by Tarantino in the making-of (as he called it, the fight was "The War of the Blonde Gargantuas").
- The Lost World: Jurassic Park: In the climax in San Diego, several Japanese businessmen are briefly seen among the panicked crowds fleeing from the rampaging Tyrannosaurus as a clear homage to Godzilla.
- Mars Attacks!: The Martians are briefly shown watching Godzilla vs. Biollante.
- One Crazy Summer: Egg gets stuck in a Godzilla suit and then has a lit cigar thrown into its mouth, giving it the appearance of smoke coming out. He winds up going on a rampage through a scale model of the Big Bad's planned real-estate development plan; complete with explosive pyrotechnics and Bobcat Goldthwait's trademark screaming sounding close enough to Godzilla's roar to pass off.
- Pacific Rim: Aside from the premise being a huge love letter to all Kaiju and Humongous Mecha media, there's a specific Godzilla reference where the kaiju are classified on the "Serizawa Scale", almost certainly a reference to Dr. Serizawa from Godzilla (1954), one of the only characters to ever succeed in killing Godzilla.
- Pacific Rim: Uprising: When Herman is looking through the Pan Pacific Defense Corps' archives for information, there is a Freeze-Frame Bonus showing the graphics and names of many classic movie kaiju. The Godzilla-specific kaiju depicted are Gigan, Battra, MUTO, Baragon, and Varan.
- Pee-wee's Big Adventure: During the sequence where Pee-wee is chased on his bike through Warner Bros. studios, one of the scenes he interrupts being filmed is a battle between Godzilla and King Ghidorah (complete with both monsters' signature roars). Godzilla falls into a Santa sleigh being towed and is taken along for the ride.
- One of the theatrical posters for The Predator is explicitly◊ based on the poster for War of the Gargantuas.
- Rampage (2018): Aside from George and Lizzie, who are already obvious expies of King Kong and Godzilla, respectively, (and in fact had their designs heavily modified from their video game versions, just so they wouldn't look too much like their inspirations) Ralph the wolf monster was changed by being given a gliding membrane and spines along his back, making him look a lot like Varan.
- Reptilian: Aside from the monster, Yonggary, being a blatant knockoff of Godzilla and the film made to cash in on Godzilla (1998), at one point a soldier says "Godzilla's a pussy" compared to Yonggary as a Take That!.
- Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow: In a Freeze-Frame Bonus, Godzilla is seen in a newspaper clipping defending Japan from the robot invasion (there is a bit of an Anachronism Stew involved here: the film is set in 1939, but Godzilla's first film wasn't until 1954).
- In the trailer for Spider-Man 3, Sandman is given Godzilla's roar.
- In Ted 2, during the Comic-Con brawl scene, a cosplayer wearing a Godzilla suit (specifically the DaisensoGoji design), complete with the Signature Roar, can be seen in several shots among many other pop culture references.
- Uncut Gems: Among the toys in Howard's son's collection are multiple Godzilla figurines and one Millennium Gigan.
- The Dresden Files: In Ghost Story Harry describes Boz emerging from the pit as being like Godzilla rising from the surf.
- Fate/strange fake: Flat Escardos lists a bunch of historical people who quested for the Holy Grail, but includes Godzilla in the list. Lord El-Melloi II gets annoyed and says that never happened because Godzilla is not real.
- It: At one point, IT turns into a giant bird monster that is said to resemble Rodan to frighten Mike.
- Ready Player One: The Big Bad's vehicle of choice during the Final Battle is Mechagodzilla. This was retained in in the film adaptation, although of course now that the story was a hundred-plus million dollar Hollywood blockbuster, the studio had to actually license the character from Toho themselves. The book version is said to resemble Kiryu, while the film had a wholly original design that more closely resembled the Showa version.
- In When My Heart Joins the Thousand, Alvie applies for a job at a burger place that has Godzilla posters on the walls.
Live Action TV
- 30 Rock: In the episode "Chain Reaction of Mental Anguish", Tracy's son Donald opens up a restaurant where "unlicensed" versions of kaiju fight each other. Godzilla (er, Godzila) is seen fighting Mechagodzilla in the episode (the KingGoji and Kiryu incarnations)
- ALF: In the episode " Isn't it Romantic?", Gordon changes the channel while Willie is watching Casablanca to a Godzilla movie marathon, much to Willie's dismay. Godzilla vs. Hedorah, Mothra vs. Godzilla, and King Kong vs. Godzilla are mentioned by name (although they're referred to as Godzilla vs the Smog Monster, Godzilla vs. The Thing, and Godzilla vs. King Kong).
- Arrested Development: The episode "Mr. F", GOB makes a joke about the coming Japanese investors by pretending to be Godzilla, with the rest of the family, sans Michael, joining in. This foreshadows the payoff of the episode, when Tobias, in a mole costume, starts trampling a miniature town they've built.
- The Big Bang Theory:
- In the episode "The Pirate Solution", Sheldon is wearing a shirt that has the silhouettes of Godzilla and most of the major Toho kaiju on it.
- The episode "The Hamburger Postulate" opens with Raj, Sheldon, Leonard, and Howard reenacting the Battle of Gettysburg while sitting at a Cheesecake Factory restaurant. Superman and Godzilla are added on the side of the Confederates, while the orcs from Lord of the Rings and the Hulk are with the Union.
- Bill Nye the Science Guy: The episode "Comets and Meteors" begins with a parody kaiju film called "Godzilla vs. the Comet", where a rampaging Godzilla is defeated by a comet.
- CSI: In the episode "Leapin' Lizards" Grissom and Sara are watching Gorgo on the television. When Sara states she always feels bad for the monsters, Grissom advises her to turn it off before they break out the Oxygen Destroyer.
- Everybody Hates Chris: In the episode "Everybody Hates Superstition", Chris's dad gives him a pep talk, at one point asking him rhetorically if Godzilla used luck to defeat Ghidrah, the three-headed monster.
- Fame: The episode "The Monster That Devoured Las Vegas" of the 80s TV show, Danny is playing the part of a giant dinosaur-like monster in a musical stage-play. After a rehearsal, Cassidy tells Danny that his stomping wasn't authentic enough, and tries to inspire him by say he'll be "stomping for Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, War of the Satellites, Rocketship X-M!"
- Glee: In the episode "The Sue Sylvester Shuffle", when Sue tells Brittany she wants to fire her out of a cannon, the main theme of Godzilla vs. Destoroyah is playing in the background.
- Good Eats: The giant Tempura Monster from "Fry, Tempura, Fry!" riffs on Godzilla and other kaiju movies.
- Jessica Jones (2015): In the episode "AKA Take a Bloody Number", Trish tells Jessica that Simpson used to be Nice Guy until "those drugs turned him into Godzilla." Ironically, the Japanese dub for the episode swaps out the mention of Godzilla with a more general "monster".
- Laverne & Shirley: In the episode "Lenny's Crush", Lenny is instantly able to get Laverne to watch a movie with him by saying Godzilla on Monster Island (AKA Godzilla vs. Gigan) is playing in the theatre. Mothra, Rodan, and Ghidorah (mispronounced as "Skidura") are name dropped, and Minilla is mentioned.note
- The Muppet Show: In the Muppet Labs segment of the episode "Avery Schreiber", Dr. Bunsen presents a Gorilla Detector that looks exactly like the head of Mechani-Kong.
- Mystery Science Theater 3000: Joel and the bots did riffs on Godzilla vs. Megalon and Ebirah, Horror of the Deep, back-to-back in season 2. Because of Toho's litigious attitude towards their characters, these two episodes have never been released on home video. They've also referenced Godzilla in several other episodes, as well in in the reunion movie where Dr. Forrester refers to them non-specifically as "Japanese Giant Lizard Monster Movie".
- MythBusters: In the episode "Car vs. Rain", Kari, Tory, and Scottie try and test if you can pop popcorn with a laser, prefacing it with scenes of lasers in fiction, including a scene of the Markalite Cannon in The Mysterians (turned black-and-white).
- Peacemaker: In the first episode, when Peacemaker hears about Project Butterfly, he assumes the name is literal and asks if he's going to have to fight Mothra.
- Roseanne: A Godzilla action figure decorates the background of the living room for most of the series' run. In one episode, Roseanne even hurls the toy into the family's television.
- Sanford and Son: Godzilla is mentioned numerous times, usually as a Running Gag of some made-up Godzilla movie playing on TV like Godzilla Eats Benji or Godzilla Comes Home for Passover. In the episode "Home Sweet Home for the Aged", Fred also laments missing an airing of Dogora, even mentioning actors Yosuke Natsuki and Yoko Fujiyama by name.
- Seinfeld: In the episode ""The Nap", Mr. Steinbrenner mistakenly thinks there's a bomb in George's office and calls in the bomb squad. When the bomb disposal robot enters the room and goes behind George's desk, it gets a close-up shot of a Godzilla toy, causing Steinbrenner to exclaim ""What's that thing straight up ahead?! Is it anything?! Is it Mothra?!".
- Ultraman Max: The episode "Prophecy of Baradhi" opens with two kids playing with a Godzilla toy (based on the Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack! version) and a Gamera toy (based on the Gamera 3: Awakening of Irys version), arguing which is stronger. The episode was directed by Shusuke Kaneko and it doubles as a reference to the fact he directed those two movies. He had to ask both Toho and Daiei permission for this small joke, and even then the scene was cut in reruns and home video.
- One of Blue Öyster Cult's most well-known songs, simply titled "Godzilla", from their album Spectres. It was frequently used in advertisements of Godzilla movie marathons on American TV, and eventually a cover of it played over the credits of Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019).
- Brockhampton: Ameer Vann compares himself with the King of The Monsters in his "SWEET" verse, where he recounts his criminal past as a drug dealer.I got a record but I'm clean as they come
I'm Godzilla, when they see me they run
- Eminem's 2020 single "Godzilla" (also featuring a posthumous Juice WRLD), released as part of the album Music to Be Murdered By.
- The band Gojira is named for the franchise.
- The American and Japanese versions of the cover for Gorillaz's album G-Sides have Noodle holding a toy Godzilla (there's an alternate version where she's holding a toy skeleton called Bonesy instead).
- In the Iron Maiden music video for The Number of the Beast, clips of numerous movie monsters are shown, including a few brief scenes of Godzilla from Mothra vs. Godzilla.
- Lemon Demon: The iconic song, "The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny" (made famous by a Newgrounds web animation), which begins with "ol' Godzilla was hopping around...".
- Phoebe Bridgers: The music video for "Kyoto" briefly shows Godzilla attacking (portrayed through a CG model of the Monsterverse Godzilla, a still image of the Godzilla head statue in Tokyo, and an action figure) and then Phoebe blowing him up with Eye Beams.
- King of Tokyo: The game is a kaiju-themed Adventure Board Game, where giant monsters compete to be the one to destroy Tokyo. One of the monsters is a Notzilla called Gigazaur, while Mechagodzilla is also referenced with the character Meka Dragon, and there's a King Kong Copy simply called The King.
- The Pachimon trading card series features various kaiju ripped off from other series popular at the time, including a few Not Zilla and occasional Godzilla foes.
- Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night: The boss Orobas strongly resembles Shin Godzilla, up to having a split-looking jaw and firing purple beams from his back and his mouth.
- Dark Souls III: Darkeater Midir charges his Breath Weapon exactly like Godzilla does in Shin Godzilla, turning it into a powerful and narrow beam.
- Fallout: New Vegas: An unused unique enemy is present in game files called "Gojira", a giant Fire Gecko which has a whopping eight-thousand health points (four times more than the legendary bloatfly, one of the strongest enemies in the actual game) and has a One-Hit Kill Breath Weapon known as "Gojira Flame".
- Fate/Grand Order: The Alter Ego Servants Mecha Eli-chan and Mecha Eli-chan MkII are robots and obvious homages to Showa Mechagodzilla in looks and powers.
- The Final Fantasy series has made a trend of naming multi-headed Hydra enemies after King Ghidorah in localizations. In addition to the examples here, there's also "Gidrah" in Final Fantasy Mystic Quest, a renamed Chimera.
- Hitman (2016): There's a very well-hidden Easter Egg in the Hokkaido mission where a specific sequence of actions will trigger the appearance of a cartoonish Godzilla attack in the distance.
- King of the Monsters: The title is a reference to Godzilla: King of the Monsters! (1956), and has since become Godzilla's most well-known subtitle. The game is a kaiju Beat 'em Up with a Cast of Expies, including an inevitable Notzilla character.
- Luigi's Mansion 3: There is a boss fight in a film studio-themed level where Luigi fights against a ghost dressed up as a fire-breathing reptile in a miniature city, and a Giant Spider prop in a different second of the same level which looks exactly like Kumonga, complete with gold stripes and hair erupting from the leg joints.
- Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater: One of the radio conversations between Snake and the Para-Medic has the two casually discussing Godzilla. When Para-Medic says Godzilla was a monster born from nuclear testing, Snake jokes that the Marshall Islands must be crawling with monsters now.
- Monster Hunter: Aside from several monsters having clear inspiration from Godzilla, in one of the pre-battle cutscenes in Monster Hunter: World, the Admiral makes a quip suggesting the new monster they're fighting could have three heads and shoot lightning for all they know.
- NieR: Automata: There's an extremely rare machine enemy that occurs only in the Route C path called Monster Type. It resembles a spiny-backed dinosaur that can shoot purple beams from its mouth and purple glow from its back spikes; it's an obvious reference to Shin Godzilla. It even charges up its beam from the ground in the same way.
- Pokémon: Several Pokémon are rather obvious references to Toho kaiju. For example, Butterfree (a reference to Mothra, since it can even learn Psychic moves), Nidoking and Nidoqueen (both having very close resemblance to Baragon), Tyranitar (Godzilla himself, it's made especially obvious in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, where Tyranitar is the star of a "Big Monster" movie with a human villain called Serizawa), Hydreigon (A dark version of King Ghidorah; its Japanese name, Sazandora, also ends in -dora), and Duraludon (Mechagodzilla, with an official description noting how it's a rival of Tyranitar).
- Sonic Adventure: The ultimate One-Winged Angel form of Chaos, Perfect Chaos, is a giant city-destroying monster that strongly resembles Biollante's Beast Form (except made out of water instead of plant matter).
- Super Smash Bros. Melee: One of the Event Match challenges, called "Gargantuans", involves a giant Bowser fighting a giant Donkey Kong in the metropolitan Fourside stage as a Shout-Out to King Kong vs. Godzilla.
- Team Fortress 2: The promotional banner for the "Mecha Update" was designed as a Shout-Out to the theatrical poster for Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II. The Engineer stands in for Godzilla, the Engineer Robot standing in for Mechagodzilla, the Medic's pet dove Archimedes standing in for Rodan, and the Sniper wearing a crocodile skin standing in for Baby Godzilla.
- The Angry Video Game Nerd has reviewed various Godzilla video games for the NES, Game Boy, and SNES, and for his second annual Cinemassacre's Monster Madness, he spent the entire month reviewing every Godzilla movie (at the time).
- Happy Tree Friends: In the episode "Wingin' It", one of the dangers of flying presented is that after they crash into the sea, they could be attacked and eaten by Godzilla (much to Flaky's horror). At the end of the episode, after Flaky manages to crash-land the plane in the ocean, an ominous roar is heard and Flaky screams.
- RetroShock: Keny does a summary of King Kong VS Godzilla (1962).
- Animaniacs: In "The Warners and the Beanstalk", (a Beanstalk Parody episode), the Warners are trying to convince the giant Ralph to eat gold eggs and meat. They ask if he'd eat them "in Japan, with Godzilla and Rodan". When he says no, Godzilla and Rodan beat him up.
- Brickleberry: It's indicated in a few episodes that Woody apparently thinks Godzilla is real, such as in the episode "High Stakes" where he loses the park and his plan to get it back somehow involved Godzilla.
- Captain Planet and the Planeteers: In the episode "Littlest Planeteer", Dr. Blight creates a pollution-eating monster called the Smog Blob. As if the similarities to Hedorah weren't already obvious enough, it even grows from a tiny thing to a giant humanoid form and has scenes sucking up the smoke from smokestacks.
- Courage the Cowardly Dog: Footage of King Ghidorah from Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster appears in two different episodes, once on television in "Nowhere TV" (in black-and-white, strangely) and as a Jump Scare behind a door in "Courage in the Big Stinkin' City".
- The Critic: The episode "Siskel & Ebert & Jay & Alice" has Jay briefly looks at a movie called Children of a Lesser Godzilla, about a deaf Godzilla who can communicate with sign language. A little boy thinks that Godzilla is just misunderstood, but it turns out he was mistaken.
- DuckTales (1987): The episode "Master of the Djinni" briefly shows Godzilla Raids Again on the television, as the Djinni flips through channels, showing monsters resembling Godzilla and Anguirus.
- Family Guy: The episode "The Peanut Butter Kid" has a Cutaway Gag showing Godzilla attacking Haiti (the joke being that Haiti is already so devastated that Godzilla didn't need to do anything and immediately leaves).
- Futurama: In "The Devil's Hands are Idle Playthings", at one point during Fry's holophoner concert, it depicts him, Leela, and Bender fighting Godzilla (or at least Fry and Leela are, while Bender fakes being sick and tries to run away).Bender: I don't recall ever fighting Godzilla, but that is so what I would've done.
- Galaxy High: In the episode "It Came from Earth", Doyle turns into a giant (although it turns out to be a dream at the end), and as a one-off joke, a little Japanese girl in an airplane passing overhead sees him out the window and calls him Godzilla. Her mother corrects her by saying that, since this is America, it should be Rambo!
- Inside Job (2021):
- In the episode "Blue Bloods", Rand has to swear on a Blu-Ray of Godzilla 2000 (rather than a Bible) while testifying as a witness in a reptoid trial.
- There are two references to the Monsterverse Godzilla; one background shot in the episode "My Big Flat Earth Wedding", where a graphic of the Hollow Earth shows that's where Godzilla lives, and in "Inside Reagan", when ROBOTUS and Bear-O start fighting, Dr. Andre quotes "let them fight".
- Kappa Mikey: In the beginning of the pilot episode, posters for The Return of Godzilla and King Kong vs. Godzilla can be seen in the background.
- The Looney Tunes Show: In the Merrie Melodies segment of the episode "French Fries", Lola sings about numerous nonsensical "facts" about American presidents, such as stating that Godzilla was President during World War II and fought in the Battle of Manila (with a large painting of Godzilla in the background).Lola: Thanks, President Godzilla!
- Phineas and Ferb: In the climax of the episode "Doof Dynasty", Doofus Khan's giant mechanical dragon (which also lets out several Godzilla roars) gets into a fight with the boys' giant terracotta warrior in a manner similar to a kaiju fight.Monogram: Man, they would love this in Japan.
- The Powerpuff Girls: In the episode "Super Zeroes", a monster named Steve appears that strongly resembles Hedorah, and who lives on Monster Isle (a clear reference to Monster Island). Many of the other giant monsters are more generalized homages to city-destroying kaiju like Godzilla.
- Robot Chicken: Godzilla appears in several sketches in numerous episodes, many of which are compiled here.
- One of the [adult swim] bumpers has Rick and Morty as Godzilla and Mothra, respectively.
- Rugrats: Aside from Reptar being a well-known Notzilla, there are other specific references to the Godzilla franchise, such as two episodes where Reptar is depicted fighting a giant ape as a nod to King Kong vs. Godzilla, another episode where a man in a Reptar suit twists the head off of a robotic dragon as a reference to the end of Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, and Reptar's rival being a pterosaur monster as a reference to Rodan.
- Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: The episode "Battle of the Humungonauts" is one long Shout-Out to War of the Gargantuas, complete with a woman singing "The Words Get Stuck in my Throat".
- The Simpsons:
- At the end of "30 Minutes Over Tokyo", when the family are leaving Japan, the plane they're in is attacked by Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, and Gamera. It's treated like a normal everyday occurrence, akin to turbulence.
- In an Imagine Spot in "Lisa on Ice", Lisa is being inaugurated as president when her 'F' in second grade gym class is discovered, leading to her instead being sentenced "to a lifetime of horror on Monster Island". It cuts to her and some other prisoners being chased by Rodan, Mothra, and Gamera.
- One of Homer's ideas for a parade float in "Faith Off" is Superman fighting Godzilla. Lisa points that that Superman probably shouldn't be the same size as Godzilla.
- In "Simpsons Tall Tales", when the hobo tells the Simpsons the story of Paul Bunyan, at one point Paul and Babe are tag-team fighting Rodan in Tokyo. Lisa immediately objects, stating Paul definitely never did that.
- In "Mayored to the Mob", Godzilla is seen signing autographs next to Gort and the Doctor at Springfield's bi-monthly sci-fi convention (while actual astronaut Neil Armstrong is receiving no attention at all).
- In the first segment of "Treehouse of Horror VI", when the Lard Lad statue comes to life, he lets out Godzilla's roar.
- In "Wedding For Disaster", Homer accuses Marge of being a Bridezilla planning their re-wedding, while Marge angrily retorts that he's "King Wrong", resulting in Maggie imagining the two as King Kong and Godzilla (complete with Godzilla's roar).
- In the special intro for "Treehouse of Horror XXIV", a Godzilla skeleton can be seen underground in one shot.
- South Park: In the episode "Mecha-Streisand", Barbara Streisand turns into a giant robotic dinosaur as an obvious reference to Mechagodzilla (the Showa version specifically), but she is defeated by monsters referencing Mothra, Gamera, and Ultraman. Mecha-Streisand later returned and got upgraded in later episodes, now more closely resembling the Millennium Mechagodzilla (or Kiryu).
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987): For most of the series, the Turtles have a poster of a three-headed dragon that resembles King Ghidorah on a wall next to the television in their sewer home (although it changes its appearance from episode to episode). The Turtles also namedrop Godzilla occasionally, and had numerous homages to kaiju movies, which is unsurprising, as the show had many pop culture reference jokes.Raphael: Where's Godzilla when you really need him?
- Ugly Americans: In the episode, "The Kong of Queens", Mark's client is King Kong, who has severe OCD. In one scene, Kong punches out his apartment's wall in anger, showing that his neighbour is Mechagodzilla (the Showa version). Godzilla himself also appears in a fight with Kong on the television just before this.
- Wander over Yonder: In the episode "The Matchmaker", Sylvia is trying to stop Wander from delivering a letter and eventually the two chase each other through different alternate dimensions. One dimension is titled "The Kaiju", where Sylvia turns into a three-headed winged dragon, and Wander turns into a spike-backed dinosaur.