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Putting the "God" back in "Godzilla".note 
Godzilla: The Series (1998-2000) was an animated television series and the Sequel Series to the 1998 American version of Godzilla, produced by the Adelaide Productions division of Sony Pictures Television, and lasted a total of 40 episodes on Fox Kids.

In the first episode, the last egg that Godzilla laid note  is found, it hatches and imprints on The Hero from the movie, Dr. Nick Tatopoulos. Naturally, he subsequently forms HEAT (the Humanitarian Environmental Analysis Team) with four other humans, Drs. Elsie Chapman and Mendel Craven (both from the movie, as well), as well as Randy Hernandez and Monique Dupre. With Godzilla loyal to Nick, they defend the world from various Kaiju that have abruptly sprung up, crazy and/or sinister humans and, eventually, invading psychic aliens (naturally).

See The Godzilla Power Hour for the 1978 Hanna-Barbera cartoon.

This series provides examples of:

  • 90% of Your Brain: Nick states this is the reason as to why the aliens were able to copy their minds into human brains.
  • Acid Attack: Several of the giant monsters spit out acid that melt various materials, usually metal and plastic. How fast the acid eats away whatever it's spat on varies.
  • Action Girl: Monique is a French spy who is more than capable of taking care of business when it comes to helping combat regular Mooks or other monsters. In fact, Roache is the one who sent her to H.E.A.T to watch over them and Godzilla.
  • Actionized Sequel: The series' premise for its Truer to the Text version of Godzilla. There's more action, and due to the rise of mutations across the world, the H.E.A.T team has to travel across the world to stop various mutations, and Godzilla is given a green atomic breath to fight these monstrosities.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job:
    • Mendel's originally a short-haired brunette in the film. Here, he's a blonde with a ponytail.
    • Godzilla's atomic breath (called Power Breath) is the same color as the logo rather than traditional blue. However, his undead father's breath is actually blue.
  • Adaptation Induced Plothole: In the series, Nick is from New York, and has his own private property in Staten Island, and Randy was his assistant for 14 months. The film however does not imply that Nick lives in New York or a native, because he was conducting radiation effects on earthworms in Chernobyl, and the military higherups remove him from their operations when Audrey stole his tape (therefore leaving New York). There was no indication that Nick even knows someone, let alone an assistant, that could have helped find Godzilla's father faster to prevent casualties that ensued in the film.
  • Adaptational Heroism: The lead monster is the third most heroic version of Godzilla, behind the Showa Godzilla after his Heel–Face Turn, and the Hanna-Barbera Godzilla whereas his father was the antagonist of his movie. His siblings were also the secondary antagonists, attacking humans because they smell like fish, and thus started hunting them out of hunger. While he nearly eats Nick, he instantly realizes Nick was his "father", and thus is very protective of him. His own protectiveness brings to mind the Gentle Giants Minilla and Godzilla Junior in the Toho canon.
  • Adapted Out: Animal's wife Lucy isn't seen in the series, but always mentioned in passing.
  • Aesop Amnesia: The movie this spun off from had Audrey somewhat harshly learning the lesson that the big scoop isn't worth screwing over your friends and/or love interests. Most of the conflict involving her in the cartoon has her conveniently forgetting this.
  • Alien Invasion: The Leviathan aliens' endgame was to invade Earth which comes to fruition in "Monster Wars."
  • Aliens Are Bastards: The aliens seen in the series want to invade the Earth and and assimilate the minds of humanity into their Hive Mind. They do however, find human architecture aesthetically pleasing and planned to rebuild as much as they could after the invasion.
  • American Customary Measurements: Measurements in any form tend to switch between this and the metric system at times, which isn't surprising considering the prevalence of science and the fact that the team travels all around the world.
  • Animal Mecha: Cameron Winter's "Cyber flies" and the JSDF's Robo-Yeti.
  • Animal Wrongs Group: S.C.A.L.E. (Servants of Creatures Arriving Late to Earth) are effectively terrorists trying to "protect" mutants such as Skeetera no matter how dangerous they are. They originated as a spin-off/splinter faction from another animal rights group, but judging from Audrey's report, that one averts this trope and is in fact quite reputable. Historically, the group's tactic had been peaceful until the arrival of the fanatically insane Alexandra Springer, whose extensive military training and vast weaponized resources transformed the organization into an unpredictable band of terrorists.
  • Animation Bump: The intro has slightly more fluid animation than the rest of the show, and is noticeably digitally inked and painted, resulting in a broader color palette; the show itself used traditional cel animation.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism:
    • Mocked in "Leviathan" in regards to aliens.
      Monique: Indeed. It is almost as laughable a notion as one breathing atomic fire.
    • Played straight in "Deadloch": Nick doesn't believe in the Loch Ness Monster despite being the adopted father of a giant fire-breathing lizard, who is the son of another radioactive monster who reproduced asexually. Oh, and said fire is radioactive.
    • Elsie, being a fan of Alien Invasion theories and below trope, apparently forgot about a certain event that took place a year ago. And being Mind Controlled as a result.
  • Area 51: And the rumors of aliens are a coverup for what's really going on.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: The team's lawyer gives one to the jury in the state of Florida, asking them if the property damage set off by HEAT's weapons to stop Shreetka is more important than human lives caught in the crossfire. Though the team left before they could hear the final hearing, they were declared innocent.
  • The Artifact: Nick wondering if Komodithrax is the same genus as Godzilla, even though the former is obviously a Komodo dragon and the latter a marine iguana, is due to the fact that she was originally going be a mutant marine iguana as well.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Extremely numerous and inevitable since this is a children's cartoon centering around giant monsters.
    • One example is the Shrewster, a shrew that was spontaneously mutated after it was caught in a radioactive explosion near an experimental wind-nuclear fusion energy plant, which fused its DNA with a tornado, giving it the ability to generate a whirlwind around it. Yes, its DNA fused with a tornado. How the Shrewster even generates the tornado is never explained.
    • "Trust No One" has a shapeshifting genetic experiment whose abilities are explained as being due to "pure DNA", a genetic blank slate, which is nonsensical for the same reasons Pure Energy is. Apparently that translates into the ability to assimilate the genes of whatever living thing it touches, becoming a perfect copy, yet it also still has two distinct sexes required for reproduction even though it regularly switched between characters of different sexes and again was a "blank slate". The only explanation is that being engineered everything but sex chromosomes were made a blank template.
    • The mutant bee drones are shown shooting their stingers at the protagonists. The stingers themselves holds the bees' vital organs and such, and when removed, it's practically a death sentence.
  • Artistic License – Chemistry: The giant beetle in "Cash of the Titans" spews out a billowing cloud of deadly gas as its attack, which Elsie identifies as ammonium nitrate. Ammonium nitrate occurs as a crystalline solid, which is inert and harmless (although extremely combustible, so they should've been more worried about the room blowing up), and dissolves into non-toxic nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and water.
  • Artistic License – Geography: In "Deadloch", the HEAT Seeker is shown cruising into Loch Ness. The thing is, Loch Ness is completely landlocked, meaning it would be impossible for the ship to get into it, unless it was dragged overland.
  • Artistic License – Martial Arts: In "Competition", Robo-Yeti nails Godzilla with a throw Monique identifies as a Judo move called osoto gari. It's not, and in fact osoto gari couldn't resemble less the throw used; the move is actually a pro wrestling move called snapmare, which doesn't even have a direct equivalent in judo.
  • Artistic License – Nuclear Physics:
    • Granted, it's a kids' show, but if Godzilla's atomic breath is as deathly radioactive as in the Japanese films, no one would live. One example is when Craven picks up a recently toasted NIGEL after the Big G fried him for disturbing his sleep in "Vision." You'd think he'd be sick later from it. Radiation poisoning isn't instantaneous since it could take days or years to occur, but Craven's allergies would not be good even around as something as big and radioactive as Godzilla and other monsters.
    • When Godzilla's atomic breath clashes with Sub-Zero Manta's ice breath, it causes a massive weather that could spawn thunderstorms and waterspouts in the area. Since Godzilla is radioactive, he would had caused a radioactive thunderstorm in the area he is in, never mind that thunderstorms themselves can generate harmless radiation. He and his opponent would be fine. As for everyone else...
  • Artistic License – Physics: Godzilla is 60 meters, but tends to stand/climb on structures smaller than he is, such as a building frame when he faces the Techno-Sentient monster.
  • Ascended Extra: Elsie and Craven actually appear in the 1998 movie, though you won't be blamed for not remembering them.
  • Asteroids Monster: The Hydra in "Shafted," which can split itself.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Just about every Monster of the Week. In fact, it would be easier to list the ones that aren't.
  • Back from the Dead: Godzilla's father (the one from the movie), as Cyber-Godzilla in the "Monster Wars" trilogy.
  • Bad Future: The episode "Future Shock" has the crew sent forward through time to one of these, where bio-engineered monstrosities have killed all the other kaiju (Including Godzilla) and overrun the world.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: The episode "Lizard Season" featured Corrupt Corporate Executive Cameron Winter breaking three criminals out of jail and giving each one of them a Humongous Mecha so they could hunt down Godzilla. When the three hunters were captured, Winter got off by accusing them of stealing their mechas and the Government even hired him to make them mechas of their own.
  • Behemoth Battle: Godzilla versus Monster of the Week.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Let's see - the Megapede, Fire Monster, Giant Scorpion, Giant Spider, El Gusano Gigante, the Giant Bees, Giant Termites...
  • Bittersweet Ending: In "Lizard Season", the hunters are sent back to jail for trying to hunt and kill Godzilla. But their mastermind, Cameron Winters, walks away scot-free, and even rubs it in Nick's face that Winters got exactly what he wanted out of the incident.
  • Blow You Away: The Shrewster's mutation allowed it to generate a tornado around itself, which both protected it from attack and drew food up to the Shrewster for easy consumption.
  • Body Horror: The Chameleon, as well as the aliens.
  • Brainwashed: The majority of the monsters in "Monsters Wars", and parts of the US military, easily indicated by their eyes being green.
  • Breath Weapon: They got it right this time, except for how it's green. Though Truth in Television applies, since radium itself is green.
    • Funnily enough, when Cyber-Zilla attacks Tokyo, its atomic breath is the traditional light blue. And speaking of which, the atomic breaths themselves are more or less a heat ray of the original 1954-1975 ray than a solid beam of the 1984-1995 rays.
  • Bullying the Dragon: "Freak Show" opens up with some VERY stupid people trying to capture Godzilla as Tobias Wilson had placed a bounty on him. It goes as well as you'd expect it to.
  • Captain Ersatz: Reasonable facsimiles of Anguirus, Kumonga and many others like Cyber-Zilla.
  • The Chew Toy: Mendel's robot N.I.G.E.L. dies as often as Kenny McCormick.
    N.I.G.E.L.: "Aaargh—"
    Mendel: "N.I.G.E.L., nooooo!"
  • City of Adventure: New York, though the H.E.A.T. team is just as often elsewhere in the world...and inevitably, Godzilla will follow.
  • Collateral Damage: Everywhere. Cars, bridges, warehouses, forests... Whatever it is, a kaiju can wipe it out with a footstep or a swipe of their tail. It happens so often that entire skyscrapers can fall due to a single unfortunately-timed attack and no humans will even bat an eye.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Cameron Winter, who uses his finance and connections to get what he wants — more money.
  • Continuity Nod: Multiple ones back to the film.
    • The first scene of the series is a giant one: a shortened, animated version of the climax of the cab chase from the end of the film and Godzilla, Sr.'s demise on the Brooklyn Bridge.
    • Nick having an aquarium tank of earthworms in the first episode, his use of "annelid" when referring to El Gusano in "D.O.A." note , and knowing how an earthworm looks like on a hot sidewalk on a sunny day. All refer back to his studying of worms.
    • Mendel sneezing into his hand and then offering it for a shake to Nick, which is repeated when Nick introduces him to Randy in the first episode. Obviously, Randy suggests that they just wave.
    • The pronunciation joke/argument on Junior's name. Randy corrects Ifukube's "Gojira" with "Hey! It's 'Godzilla', lady!" in the episode "Competition", which is the complete reverse to Caiman using "Godzilla" and Audrey correcting "It's 'Gojira', you moron!'" in the film.
    • Animal's afraid of Lucy hurting him. His son in "Future Shock" asks to be dismissed to go home or his mother was "gonna thrash" him.
    • In "Cat and Mouse," as the redneck hunters target Godzilla, he passes by a crane hoisting up a new top to the Chrysler Building, which the Army had accidentally destroyed in the movie. The hunters accidentally hit that instead, leading to their arrest at the end of the episode.
  • Continuity Snarl:
    • At the end of the movie, the last Godzilla egg hatched while completely alone. Here, it hatched while Nick was present, allowing Godzilla Jr. to imprint on him.
    • Anthony Hicks was originally an Army colonel in the film, yet it's not clear why he was suddenly reduced in rank to a major in the series.
  • Conveniently Empty Building: A remarkable amount of people manage to not be killed during various monster fights. Sure it's technically a kids show, but still.
    Monique: Would you still be cheering if there were people in those warehouses?
  • Cool Boat: Provided by Monique, Randy ends up dubbing it the "HEAT Seeker" and quickly paints the bow to look like a shark. It's got hydrofoils equipped for speed and state-of-the-art radar equipment to keep track of Godzilla and other monsters they encounter, as well as a landing pad for the HEAT helicopter.
  • Cryptid Episode: Godzilla fights the Loch Ness Monster in "Deadloch."
  • Curbstomp Battle: There will be a rare chance Godzilla defeats an enemy kaiju unscathed. The Mutant Hummingbirds in "Vision" is one of those cases.
  • Cutting the Knot: In "Monster Wars":
    Mendel: We can generate a radiopathic feedback to overload the dampers—
    (Monique blasts the console)
    Mendel: —or we could just blow it up.
  • Darker and Edgier: The "Monster Wars" trilogy is perhaps the darkest episodes in the series with the team splitting up, the Earth under threat of the Alien Invasion by the Leviathans, all monsters are completely loose, and Godzilla meets his biological father... in cyborg form.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Elsie's the most prodigious team snarker, Monique being a close second. Mendel Craven has his moments as well, after the other two.
  • Destructive Savior:
    • To be fair, Godzilla's the size of a building, and his main abilities involves tunneling through the ground and breathing atomic fire. It's kind of unavoidable. An early episode has Godzilla causing so much damage to New York City while trying to hunt down an infestation of giant mutated rats that the military believes he's simply on the attack.
    • "Underground Movement" had the city of Miami suing HEAT for damage caused not by Godzilla but by their own weapons. Their lawyer gets them off on a technicality being that it was an emergency that necessitated said use of weapons.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: Godzilla's father was killed by 12 missiles to take him down and falls horizontally. In this series, he's only taken out by four missiles and falls on his side then expires immediately.
  • Downer Ending: " End of the Line" doesn't have a happy ending for either Godzilla or Nick.
  • Energy Absorption: Several of the monsters had this type of ability, whether it be against fire or some other form of energy.
  • Escaped Animal Rampage: The episode "S.C.A.L.E." has the titular terrorist group releasing mutations from their habitats on Monster Island, causing them to run amok on the island until H.E.A.T. is able to corral them back into their pens.
  • Everybody Has Standards: In "Leviathan", Kraven may be true to his cowardly namesake, but when it comes down to handing Earth over to aliens more advanced than humans ten times over, he actually grows enough mettle on the spot to defy them. He even calls out his idol (who sided with them) on how easily he rolled over to serve these intergalactic interlopers. At the end of the day, Kraven is a lot of things, but he's not a traitor.
  • Everything's Louder with Bagpipes: Mendel, on learning the likelihood of his Scottish ancestry, tortures Randy with his attempts at playing the bagpipes in "Deadloch," much to Randy's utter dismay and Mendel's delight.
  • Exact Words: Area 51 is not hiding aliens, the site was used for nuclear testing. And now they are hiding the mutations created by said radiation.
  • Expy: Hell, everything. Early in development several of the monsters were even named after the Toho kaiju, although they were all In Name Only and never meant to actually be used. But some more specific examples in the series proper include:
    • The Nanotech Creature, a garbage-eating microorganism able to evolve and grow larger by feeding on pollution, is able to shape-shift, and has a semi-fluid body that it tries to kill Godzilla by smothering him in? Sounds exactly like Hedorah.
    • The Crackler, a dream kaiju with electric punches? Fits the description of Gabara (although otherwise the two look nothing alike).
    • The Robo-Yeti, a mecha disguised with a costume to resemble a kaiju, which is burned off by Godzilla's atomic breath? The same thing happened with the Showa Mechagodzilla. Funny enough, the concept of Cyber-Godzilla, a mechanized kaiju that uses the remains of the previous Godzilla as its base, would later find use in a Toho film as the Millennium Mechagodzilla (Kiryu).
    • Quetzalcoatl (Q) is a pterodactyl-like creature which emerges from a volcano, drawing a number of parallels with Rodan.
    • Case in point, Cameron Winter is most likely an expy of Lex Luthor. A Corrupt Corporate Executive? Check. Attempt to control the most powerful creature on the planet (Superman's case, the most powerful alien on the planet)? Check. Attempt to destroy it? Check. Unlimited resources, and impossibly short prison time? Check. Hire Mooks and sometimes idiots? Checkmate.
  • Family-Friendly Firearms: A rare case of the shift to family-friendly lasers actually being part of the story. Real guns are used at first, but after "Monster Wars," where the invaders left some of their weapons behind on Earth, lasers start appearing in the military's hands.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: All over the place. Many of the kaiju that are killed are given rather nasty demises. The most notable are probably the Chameleon's death, which is Taken for Granite and crumbles to dust, Cyber-Zilla getting disemboweled on-screen, and the multiple times Godzilla finishes off an enemy by burning them alive. In "Monster Wars, Part 3", a Leviathan alien crashes into the back of Monster Island, and melts on-screen.
  • "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: "What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been". Of course, since they're going inside Godzilla, no shrinking is required. The Big Guy has some massive blood vessels.
  • Feed It with Fire: Several times had Zilla fire his plasma breath at both the Fire Monster ("Ring of Fire") and the Crackler manifested from dreams ("What Dreams May Come"), each time causing them to grow bigger and more powerful as a result. "D.O.A." had a military force use a biological weapon against El Gusano Gigante, but it turned out to be derived from its natural food, so it fed on the weapon to grow bigger, stronger and pointier.
  • Foreshadowing: Cameron Winter mentions his work on cloning in "The Winter of Our Discontent". In "An Early Frost", he reveals the fruits of this endeavor in the form of the Chameleon, an Evil Knockoff of Godzilla.
  • Formula-Breaking Episode: "S.C.A.L.E" plays out as a found footage episode, framed as a report Audrey does on the events of the episode, comprising of footage from Animal's camera as well as interviews with the HEAT team and security footage from Monster Island.
  • Fragile Speedster: The mutant hummingbirds in "Vision" are so fast, they're nearly impossible to spot to the naked eye unless you're traveling at the same speed as they are. Godzilla manages to land a lucky shot at one of them, knocking it out. Once the main characters give him specialized glasses, it's a full-blown Curb-Stomp Battle to them.
  • Friend-or-Idol Decision:
    • Mendel briefly has this in "Leviathan" when he realizes that Dr. Preloran, a xeno-biologist that he looked up to, was siding with the Tachyon aliens on conquering Earth.
    • Of a sort. During "Monster Wars", Godzilla is reunited with his (cybernetically reconstructed) biological father, and joins the aliens with More than Mind Control. In the last episode of the three-parter, he's torn between staying loyal to his adopted father or joining his biological father.
  • Fungus Humongous: "Underground Movement," where an enormous fungus was sucking anything with any sort of nutrients alive dry in Michigan.
  • Fun with Acronyms:
    • Randy originally intended "H.E.A.T." to mean "High-performance Environmental Attack Team". Nick wisely changes it to the current "Humanitarian Environmental Analysis Team".
    • S.C.A.L.E. for Servants for Creatures Arriving Late to Earth.
    • The Dragmas in "Future Shock" got their name from Insley's website, the Democratic Resurgence Against a Global Mechanized Armageddon.
  • Funny Background Event: Monique threatened to hurt their lawyer Ray if he calls her "sweetie" in the episode "Underground Movement". He does so, and as Ray goes into details about the destruction caused, Nick has to restrain Monique from punching their lawyer from behind his back without his knowledge.
  • Future Badass: Craven in "Future Shock," who is leading the remnants of humanity in New York against the Dragmas, alongside N.I.G.E.L. that has been upgraded with heavy firepower, and Hicks who is a senior citizen but still fighting on the frontlines.
  • Gaia's Vengeance: In "The Ballad of Gens Du Marais," this is Georges' explanation for the Swamp Monster's attacks on anything owned by Paul Dimance, whose operations have been harming the local Louisiana swamp.
  • General Ripper: Averted with Major Hicks, who while (understandably) skeptical about the prospect of allowing Godzilla to roam free, is often among the first military officers to come to HEAT's defense, and understands that Godzilla is the best chance humanity has got against the other mutants.
  • Genetic Engineering Is the New Nuke: The Chameleon was a clone created using Godzilla's DNA, while the D.R.A.G.M.A.'s in "Future Shock" and the DNA Mimic in "Trust No One" were the results of the scientists playing with genetics.
  • The Ghost: Animal's wife Lucy doesn't show up in the series despite being one of the supporting characters in the film.
  • Giant Equals Invincible: Unlike the film, this is played straight. The only time a monster would die in this series is by fighting each other or a specialized weapon by the main character. Even when it's specially meant to kill, it could have the possibility to hurt Godzilla himself, as Nick had to be careful when the DNA creature turns into Godzilla and Elsie says it could kill him. However, Godzilla is still shown to at least be able to be hurt by conventional weapons, and in "Monster Wars", when the mind control over the monsters is broken and they turn the aliens, the aliens' warships swiftly kill them.
  • Giant Flyer: Skeetara, the Giant Bat, Quetzalcoatl, the Giant Cicada, the Giant Hummingbirds, the Giant Bees and their Queen.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Most notably, Big G Junior himself. Also, any creature under the Tachyon aliens' mind control had eyes glowing a sickly green.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Somewhat the trope namer. While Godzilla, Jr. comes to the humans' aid by himself, H.E.A.T will use a recording of Godzilla, Sr.'s call to summon him when there's a mutation that gives them trouble.
  • Happily Adopted: Interestingly enough, it was Godzilla that technically adopted Nick as his father since the giant lizard had imprinted on him (Nick was the first thing he saw and was covered in egg slime). Since then, the two have formed a bizarre father/son bond and protect one another from danger.
  • Hive Mind: The Tacyhon aliens, who express distaste at humanity's individuality from one another.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Usually by the climax or the episode's end.
    • Dr. Jonathan Insley was killed by his own genetically-created Dragmas in the Bad Future and is almost killed by the infant versions in the present in "Future Shock".
    • Maximilian Spiel in "Cash of Titans" gets his comeuppance when the very Giant Water Beetle he sent to attack H.E.A.T. at the beginning gets tossed onto him in the end.
    • Colonel Charles Tarrington nearly gets killed by his own bio-engineered scorpions in "Where Is Thy Sting".
    • Paul Dimanche's greed for money lands him in prison when Animal taped him admitting bribery in "The Ballad of Gens Du Marais".
    • Tobias Wilson in "Freak Show" is hinted to have gone to prison when he tries to steal away a liquefied Medusa under the team's and Hick's noses despite the havoc created and obvious danger she presented.
    • Milo Sanders's greed for fame and money has him getting arrested for stealing the team's helicopter in "Tourist Trap".
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Sometimes, the human antagonists prove to be just as dangerous as, if not more dangerous than, the mutants. Cameron Winter, General Albondinga, the supervisor behind the petroleum-eating nanotech, the three hunters who tried to bag Godzilla, Dr. Hugh Trevor, the Antarctic expedition leader Chad Gordon, the creator of the DNA mimic, Jonathan Insley of D.R.A.G.M.A., Maximilian Spiel, S.C.A.L.E., Tobias Wilson, Paul Dimanche, Colonel Charles Tarrington...
    • Not to mention the mutations only arose because of the actions of humanity in the first place.
  • Humongous Mecha: The Robo-Yeti used by the JGSDF in "Competition" that's later used to go against the Giant Cobra; and the "Lizard Slayer" machines used by Bill, Dale, and Hank to hunt Godzilla, actually a product from Cameron Winters.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: Many of the mutations were caused by radiation like in Godzilla's origin story. Not quite so tragic as most examples as many of them would just as soon as kill Godzilla as look at him.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • In "Future Shock":
      Kid: Go go go!
      Nick: Kid's kind of bossy, isn't he?
    • In "Underground Movement".
      Randy: Dinner is served. (produces berries in one hand and insects in the other)
      Mendel: Sorry, Rambo, but I am not putting those in my mouth. (proceeds to drink water being filtered through a sock)
      Randy: (stares) Ditto.
  • Immediate Sequel: The series begins immediately after the events of the film (albeit with events slightly tweaked), with Nick going up to Hicks and convincing to do a sweep of the nest to ensure that they didn't miss any of the eggs.
  • Imprinting: The entire series' plot depends on Godzilla imprinting on Nick.
  • In Medias Res:
    • The first scene of "New Family: Part One" is the tail end of the cab chase from the film and the F-18s' run on Godzilla, Sr.
    • "S.C.A.L.E" opens with Audrey addressing the camera for her report during Godzilla's fight with Monster of the Week. The rest of the episode details How We Got Here.
  • In Name Only: Played With. While Godzilla is virtually identical to his father, he is significantly tougher to put down, and has a Breath Weapon and Healing Factor, the two abilities his old man didn't have. And unlike his father, he actually engages into battles with other monsters that could be a threat to his adoptive family or humanity in general while his father only fights back when provoked.
  • Indy Ploy: Most of the plans tend to be formed on the spot, and even those that were previously thought up have to be modified on the fly given how chaotic dealing with giant mutations can be. Examples include Nick modifying Randy's sensor reader into a low-power laser beam when suddenly attacked by the mutated plants in "Hive," to Nick, Monique, and Mendel using their electric prods to build up a big enough of an electric charge with a flagpole to partially weaken the Crackler in "What Dreams May Come," to Nick and Monique needing to find an alternate exit out of Godzilla's body in "What A Long Strange Trip It's Been."
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Inverted in with Mendel Craven and Mayor Ebert. Despite Malcolm Dunare and Michael Lerner coming back to reprise the respective roles, Craven was now blond with his hair in a ponytail instead of short brown hair, and Ebert was sporting a mustache instead of his original clean-shaven look and his hair was styled differently.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Nick's girlfriend Audrey. Godzilla being the biggest scoop of all, they clash often.
  • Irony:
    • "What would Gojira be doing in Japan?" asked by a Japanese woman despite Gojira is Godzilla's Japanese name.
    • In the film, Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich excised Godzilla's ability to use the atomic breath, which is one of Godzilla's iconic powers because they thought it was unrealistic. In this series, not only are they the executive producers of the show, Godzilla in this series was given his own atomic breath, and is portrayed as a heroic character, something Devlin and Emmerich couldn't decide for his father if he were to be a heroic or villainous, and decided on neither. Not to mention Godzilla actually behaves like his Japanese counterparts while his father was a Cowardly Lion that would retaliate when sufficiently pissed.
  • Isle of Giant Horrors: Monster Island is where the military keeps all monsters that have been captured over the course of the series (barring those that need a Tailor-Made Prison instead).
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Multiple people point out to Nick that Godzilla is a major threat, and rightfully point to Zilla, Sr. as their proof - after all, he had totaled Manhattan, and that was without the ability to breathe fire the same way his biological son could.
  • Jurisdiction Friction: A variation in "Competition". The Japanese SDF had Robo-Yeti, and head scientist Dr. Yukiko Ifukube had assumed that Godzilla was the one who was the cause of the hikers' disappearance. They eventually work with H.E.A.T. on dealing with the real culprit, the King Cobra.
  • Kaiju: While most of the creatures H.E.A.T. and Godzilla encounter are over 10-stories tall, some are basically giant versions of whichever animal they're based off of, like the Giant Rats, Bees, and Termites.
  • Killer Finale: El Gusano, Queen Bee, Cyber-Zilla, and the Cryptocliedus die in the finale of "Monster Wars".
  • King Kong Copy: Played with in regards to Robo-Yeti. Initially presumed to be a giant, albino yeti, it is just thought a King Kong Copy. When revealed a robot, it goes from King Kong Copy to Mechani-Kong Copy.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In "Tourist Trap", Milo tries to take Nick's personal video documenting the latter's bond with Godzilla. He intends to bring it to the news, make wild claims that Nick is grooming Godzilla as his attack dog, and make a quick buck off of it. However, Animal intercepts the video and makes it so that Milo's stealing of the H.E.A.T. helicopter makes the news instead, most likely sending the sleazy man to jail.
  • Left Hanging: Some plot points were left hanging: 1. The Fire Monster has been accidentally released by a shark. 2. Colonel Tarrington asks when Third Wave is in production. 3. Nick suspects the Tachyons will return. 4. Cameron Winter still is at large. 5. Dr. Preloran's fate isn't revealed after he walked through a portal.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang!: Nick suggests this after encountering a creature he's already seen is capable of shapeshifting and just after seeing it impersonate someone in "Trust No One." He only suggests everyone keep each other within line of sight after the third incident of it impersonating a friend.
  • Lighter and Softer: The series is intentionally family-friendly while keeping deaths restricted only towards the monsters. Unlike the film, there is less human body count, and anyone getting caught in the cross between Godzilla and his opponent will be miraculously saved at the last minute. The sole exception is the miners who were victims to the Silver Hydra in the 1940s.
  • Long-Distance Relationship: While Nick and Audrey are both based in New York, the amount of time they spend traveling the globe on separate assignments turns them into this.
  • MacGyvering: His Butt-Monkey status aside, Mendel's the one who usually rigs something up on short notice that saves the teams' lives. Best example is using Animal's camera and his own watch to make a tuning fork to permanently disable Spiel's high-beam spotlight that was preventing Godzilla from fighting properly in "Cash of the Titans". All of them have done some MacGyvering, but not as much as Mendel.
  • Mad Scientist:
    • Dr. Insley in "Future Shock," who created the D.R.A.G.M.A.s out of a misplaced fear of the current society, and the reason for a Bad Future where the team—sans a sick Mendel—brings back the laser rifles that could take out the baby-versions of the D.R.A.G.M.A.s before they grow into their nigh-invulnerability against conventional weaponry.
    • From "Trust No One," the French geneticist whose abandoned lab in French New Guinea that created the DNA Mimic counts (as well the preserved chimera creatures the team finds), given the danger the DNA Mimic presented on possibly replacing any living creature with copies of itself.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Cameron Winter, who uses underhanded means to either get money (the Lizard Slayers, which he actually succeeds), or petty spite and revenge (the fly drones to manipulate Godzilla in the former, the Chameleon against Godzilla and Nick in the latter case).
  • Married to the Job: Audrey states that between herself and Nick when Nick tries to propose to her.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: The Swamp Monster and Georges of "The Ballad of Gens Du Marais". While Nick sticks with the scientific thinking of the Swamp Monster being a mutation, Georges responds back with "We all believe what we wanna believe".
  • Mega Manning: Skeetera, the giant mosquito whom could drain other monster's powers with their blood. Including Godzilla's fire.
  • Mistaken for Dying: Craven is this in "Vision", after Randy snoops in his email and gets the wrong idea.
  • Monster of the Week: Although many of the most notable creatures would return in the "Monster Wars" three-parter.
    • The series was known for odd yet real-looking kaiju designs, so it was part of the fun to see the latest monster, and whether it was a bird or a fungus.
  • Monumental Damage: In the Monster Wars trilogy, with this many kaiju and locations, it's inevitable. With a homage of Destroy All Monsters to boot.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • A good number of the Mutations pay tribute to Godzilla's foes (Nanotech monster: Hedorah, Megapede/Giant Cicada: Battra (although there is also a Giant Bat Mutation), Crackler: Gabara, Nessie: Manda, and Cyber-Zilla: Mechagodzilla—and could be considered an inspiration for Kiryu—, though the fact that organic flesh is visible in the creature is reminiscent of Mecha-King-Ghidorah).
    • When Randy is mentioning ideas for Monster Island in "Competition," he does so with a hand puppet that looks very similar to the Marvel incarnation of Godzilla.
    • During Godzilla's fight with the Megapede and later the Giant Cicada, both fights happen in an amusement park, kinda what happened in Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth. Hell, there's even a ferris wheel involved.
    • Komodithrax and Cyber-Zilla both utilize blue flames, a reference to the fact most of the time, Godzilla's atomic ray is a neon blue. Speaking of atomic fire, Junior's flames are more akin to the more fiery look of the Showa series as opposed to the more solid and laser like blasts in later installments.
    • The entire episode of "Competition" is this from start to finish. First off, the Robo-Yeti is an homage to King Kong and his robot duplicate Mechanikong, the machine has electrical control powers (as Kong had in his brawl with Godzilla), the bot's creator is named Yukiko Ifukube on homaging composer Akira Ifukube, and finally there's a full scale brawl in Tokyo.
  • Nanomachines: The Nanotech creature was originally designed to bio-degrade plastic in "Talkin' Trash". Naturally, it grows out of control and eats all the petroleum-based things it can find.
  • The Nicknamer: The entire team, Audrey, Animal, and Hicks will usually either nickname the Monster of the Week they're dealing with and the situation(s) they find themselves in.
  • Nobody Can Die: Since this is a kids show, no human characters can explicitly die, no matter how ludicrously implausible it would be for them to survive. For example, at the end of "New Family Pt. 2," every single civilian kidnapped by the mutant squids is recovered alive and unharmed after several days at the bottom of the ocean despite the tar surrounding them explicitly said to digest its victims. To make up for this, N.I.G.E.L. is completely obliterated in hilarious ways almost every episode (since, as a robot, he can be rebuilt).
  • Noisy Nature: Literally every monster has some sort of roar or growl and constantly show it off, even things like the Nanotech Creature (which is a colony of single-celled microbes) and the Santa Marta Plant (which is a pile of vines and roots), both of which have no possible organs for sound to come out of.
  • Non-Action Guy: Craven wants so badly to be one of these. Unfortunately, circumstances just won't let him.
  • Non-Malicious Monster:
    • The series makes a note of pointing out that most of the monsters are just acting out their natural life cycles like any other animal, such as feeding and reproducing. Unfortunately, their size means that they can no longer act out said life cycle without causing rather severe destruction. Exceptions include the aliens, and arguably the Dragmas and Crackler. note 
    • The Spirit of the Swamp zigzags this trope. Its primary goal is to defend the swamp (and by extension the people of said swamp) that the Corrupt Corporate Executive is pillaging, but in doing so, it has a tendency to cause harm to innocent people.
  • No One Could Survive That!: Almost constantly; usually, Godzilla. And of course, many a Monster of the Week turned out to be Not Quite Dead come "Monster Wars."
  • Nuclear Mutant: Quite a few mutations are the result of radiation, mostly from human testing but one occasion was a radioactive volcano.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome:
    • In "D.O.A.," Randy and Monique break into a facility to obtain samples of the engineered poison affecting Godzilla. Randy is made to stand guard and ends up surrounded by three armed guards. Monique steps out of the supply room, appraises the situation, and the scene cuts to a shot of the outside of the facility with the sounds of the fight cut over it. It moves back to show the three guards tied up.
    • In the Bad Future of "Future Shock," an older Hicks says that, to combat the Dragmas, he released all the monsters from Monster Island (which included, at least, C-Rex, King Cobra and the Giant Bat), but that they all fell in battle. None of this conflict is shown at all.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Nick's original field is radiobiology (radiation's effects on living things, which is still in effect even if they don't always go into detail) and Elsie's a paleontologist, so it would stand that they would know biology. Elsie has also been mentioned to be the animal behavior expert a few times. While Mendel's exact field wasn't mentioned in the film, he's established as the team's roboticist (what with the repairs N.I.G.E.L. goes through) and is shown to be quite the computer programmer, biochemist, and mechanical engineer. All three have some knowledge of the various branches in chemistry, biochemistry, botany and especially zoology, considering what they're dealing with. Elsie even lampshades their scientific omnidiscipline by mentioning Mendel having two PhDs in the first episode.
  • Papa Wolf: Both ways.
    • Inverted in that Godzilla goes to crazy lengths to protect his adoptive father, which is often pointed out.
    • Played straight where if you are human and you do something that can harm Godzilla, Nick will cut a bitch.
  • Primate Versus Reptile: The battle between Godzilla and Robo-Yeti in "Competition", complete with homages to the original King Kong.
  • Product Placement: In the first episode, Randy is seen playing on a PlayStation.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: Kind of a strange case in the first two episodes, when Nick claims that the military was "wrong" for trying to kill Godzilla Junior, as "He wasn't hurting anyone." This despite the fact that the previous specimen nearly leveled the city, and the current one is seen shooting atomic fire out of his mouth, even before the military showed up. In fact, Nick was previously advocating the creature's destruction, and was trying to force the military to do that exact thing. He gets a little better.
  • Raised by Humans: Godzilla imprinted on Nick as his adopted father, and he will save other humans when directed by Nick.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: US Army Major Anthony Hicks. He does sympathize with the heroes, but at the same time he has to think of larger concerns or about the potential damage creatures such as Godzilla can cause. That being said, once it becomes clear Godzilla is on humanity's side, he becomes increasingly accommodating to Nick and the crew calling him in, defends Godzilla from other government authorities who refuse to acknowledge his usefulness, and even coordinates his troops to assist Godzilla numerous times.
  • Recurring Monsters: In "Monster Wars," Crustaceous Rex, King Cobra, El Gusano, Queen Bee and Cryptocleidus all made return appearances. In the later episode "S.C.A.L.E.," Crustaceous Rex and King Cobra (as well as the Giant Bat introduced in "Monster Wars"') appeared again, this time as captives on Monster Island.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Godzilla originally glows orange eyes before launching his atomic breath. It becomes red later on, indicating that his Breath Weapon is becoming stronger.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Randy is introduced in "New Family Pt. 1" of the series as Nick's 14-month long assistant, meaning he would have been present, but offscreen during the events of the film. Similarly, Nick also owns his own private research facility on Staten Island (which becomes HEAT's base) that was never mentioned in the film, which is where Randy apparently was during that time.
  • Ridiculous Future Sequelisation: A movie marquee in "Future Shock" displays Ghostbusters 10.
  • Robot Names: Next-Millennium Intelligence Gathering Electronic Liaison, or N.I.G.E.L. Which makes Randy's intended "High-performance Environmental Attack Team" line for their group's name a bit of Hypocritical Humor in the episode "Talkin' Trash".
    Randy: "Wouldn't that be 'Nmigel?'"
  • Running Gag: You can count on N.I.G.E.L. being smashed to pieces by the Monster of the Week or Godzilla at least once per episode.
    Craven: (sigh) I should just order spare parts in bulk.
  • Science Hero: The entire team. Nick, Elsie, and Mendel utilize their varying scientific backgrounds to a number of answers that saves the day, from biology to chemistry to mechanical engineering. Randy's "science" would be computer science what with the hacking he does, as well the one time he had to code a program with Mendel to defeat the Nanotech Creature in "Talkin' Trash." Even Monique has Hidden Depths like translating ancient Arabian glyphs in "Protector", and hypnosis in "Monster Wars".
  • Series Continuity Error: In the film, Godzilla's egg was located in a locker room in the destroyed remains of the Madison Square Garden, then he hatches. In the series proper, he's in a cavern under the Garden, but doesn't hatch until Nick finds his egg.
  • Shoehorned Acronym: Mendel's Robot Buddy is named N.I.G.E.L., which stands for "Next-millennium Intelligence Gathering Electronic Liaison". Randy immediately establishes what his relationship with Mendel will be by pointing out the acronym should be "N.M.I.G.E.L.", much to Mendel's annoyance.
  • Shooting Superman: Naturally, though not as bad as the Japanese films since this is set as the same continuity where shooting a giant monster worked, and the army usually avoids it, but it still has some blatant cases like soldiers trying to shoot the C-Rex with small arms. Though even this can be forgiven to a degree, since this is the dawn of the age of Kaiju in this world, and they don't know what will or will not work against monsters. Several methods of shooting monsters with human weapons are shown to work a few times in the show.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Several pop culture references an episode is the norm. And then, Elsie mentions a giant lobster attacking the coast of Manila. Also a Mythology Gag: When Nick tries to awaken Godzilla, he shouts to him if he's gonna let those "Space Monkeys" defeat him and take over Earth. "Competition" has one where JGSDF Dr. Yukiko Ifukube is named after composer Akira Ifukube, who had composed many of the haunting soundtracks for the early Showa Godzilla films.
    • Felix Hoenikker from "Talkin' Trash" references to the identically-named scientist from Cat's Cradle, and the Nanotech Creature shares similarities to the ice-nine from the novel of creating more copies of itself the more it consumed/touched (petroleum-based products in the Nanotech Creature's case, water to more ice-nine).
    • "Competition" is a not so subtle homage to Neon Genesis Evangelion, with the fight between Godzilla and Robo-Yeti on the mountains being framed and lit exactly like that between Unit 01 and Zeruel; Robo-Yeti's true face and teeth even resemble the unmasked 01's. Dr. Ifukube also feels and behaves like a version of Ritsuko with Misato's hair, her background comes directly from a counterpart to the Jet Alone project, and the scene of them hacking into Robo-Yeti reminds visually of that where Ritsuko hacks into MAGI.
    • The mutated Ice Borers in the Antarctic from the episode "Freeze" are a two-fold example. First is they are very much based off the Hotheaded Naked Ice Borer April Fools joke pulled by Discover magazine four years earlier. Second is that they live underground and hunted their prey by tunneling under them before pulling them down, meaning apparently someone on the staff was a fan of Tremors.
    • In "Bird of Paradise," Elsie's ex-fiancé is named Lawrence Cohen. Larry Cohen wrote and directed Q: The Winged Serpent. Both the film and the episode feature the Aztec god Quetzlcoatl - nicknamed "Q" - as an antagonist, and the episode based the monster design on the one in the film. Lawrence’s appearance is also modeled on Larry Cohen.
    • Outside of the Mythology Gag with Robo-Yeti to the first two Mechagodzilla incarnations (not to mention King Kong vs. Godzilla, and the monster Mechanikong), it's skeleton appearance also serves as a Shout-Out to Terminator.
    • Nick puns on The Taming of the Shrew when turning on the wind turbine to negate the Shrewster's tornado in "The Twister."
    • In "The Winter of Our Discontent," the signal that is driving Junior nuts sounds like the siren from Ghostbusters, but lower in pitch. (This is likely because Adelaide Productions had previously produced Extreme Ghostbusters before this show, so they already had the sound effect on hand.
    • The trio of redneck hunters are named Dale, Hank and Bill, though they neither look or sound anything like their apparent namesakes. (It might count as Biting-the-Hand Humor, considering both Godzilla and KOTH were aired on Fox.)
    • In "Trust No One," the scene where the team test the body temperature of each other is an appropriate reference to the famous blood test sequence in The Thing (1982).
  • Shown Their Work: Granted, Artistic License is in force on various aspects (such as Hollywood Acid multiple times), but most of the material shown and talked about did have basis in real life science at the time of the show's airing. Other subjects not science-based is also demonstrated, such as:
    • Mendel uses a sock to filter water from a river for drinking purposes in "Underground Movement", a real wilderness survival technique.
    • Monique makes note that Japan's constitution doesn't allow the Japanese Self-Defense Force to have serious offensive weapons, to which Yukiko insists that Robo-Yeti is defensive in "Competition".
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Randy and Monique throughout the entire series.
  • Spike Shooter: The Giant Bees in "Hive" are capable of firing their stingers in this fashion, as does the Giant Thorny Devil in "Area 51" with its "thorns".
  • Spoiler Opening: The first episode spoils the ending of the movie where Godzilla's father was killed by the military on the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • Spot the Impostor: The shapeshifting DNA Mimic began mimicking Junior at the climax of "Trust No One", and Nick had to tell them apart. The entire episode is essentially an homage to the classic sci-fi movie The Thing (1982).
  • Stock Scream: N.I.G.E.L.'s robotic "AAAAARRRGGGGGHHHHH!"
  • Story-Breaker Power: Godzilla often ends up disabled or otherwise occupied to prevent him from just roasting the monster with his atomic breath or otherwise killing it; sometimes the HEAT team is prevented from assisting him, other times they're occupied by figuring out the real solution to the problem with Godzilla keeping the kaiju busy in the meantime.
  • Strong Flesh, Weak Steel: Likely in part because of censors regarding violence, flesh and blood giant monsters are always more durable than anything mechanical, most notably shown in "Competition" Godzilla manages to stay in the fight after the King Cobra tries to crush him, but the Robo-Yeti gets knocked out of the fight both times, the second time actually leading to it's head getting broken off.
  • Superior Successor: Zilla Junior ends up defeating Cyborg Zilla Senior in the climax of "Monster Wars."
  • Swamp Monster: The Swamp Beast is a possibly supernatural creature made of plant and animal matter.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: The previously-mentioned N.I.G.E.L.-smashing, much to Mendel's constant dismay. note 
  • Thematic Theme Tune: The opening theme to the show is very serious in tone, unlike The Godzilla Power Hour, which fits the very serious tone of the show incredibly well.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • Lead researcher Dean Whitehead of the Manhattan Institute for Advanced Technology in "Talkin' Trash" forces creator Felix Hoenikker to have the petroleum-eating nanotech microbes ready for use by the next day despite Felix telling him it's still weeks from completion, and is present when the microbes breaks loose and attacks a worker seconds later, just barely being recaptured. Despite being told it isn't finished and also witnessing its aggressive behaviour firsthand, immediately afterwards Dean still wants it ready by tomorrow. Big shocker, the Nanotech Microbes break loose and start attacking people when they are put to use the next day, but now it's too big to be recaptured.
    • General Albondinga's only solution to dealing with Godzilla and El Gusano is using a biological weapon in "D.O.A," and while it works on Godzilla, it only makes El Gusano larger and more powerful, and even after seeing this first-hand for himself, he still insists on using it against them.
    • Circus Mutant Mania ringmaster Tobias Wilson in "Freak Show", in particular regards to Medusa. Had he done some research on observing Medusa after capturing her but before debuting her, it wouldn't have led to her escaping and creating havoc throughout NYC on dehydrating anything with water.
    • Milo Sanders, the "tour guide" of the Manhattan Monster Line in "Tourist Trap", kept putting his passengers and himself in harm's way despite being warned multiple times to leave the area when Godzilla was fighting the Deep Dweller. It's a surprise the city hasn't shut his "tour ride" operation down before his arrest at the end for stealing H.E.A.T.'s helicopter.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • Purposefully done with Junior. He's much tougher than his daddy and much closer to the Power Levels of the Japanese Godzilla.
    • Nick is much more active than he used to be when Matthew Broderick portrayed him in the movie.
    • Same with Craven, who gets more into the action as the show goes on.
    • Cyborg Godzilla from "Monster Wars." Unlike Junior, this is the original monster from the film this spun off of, but now can breathe fire, shoot lasers, and fire missiles.
  • Tornado Move: "The Twister" featured the Shrewster, a shrew that had somehow fused with a tornado.
  • True Companions: Snarking at each other aside, the team always have each others' backs, even Godzilla. Hicks as well.
  • Tunnel King: Godzilla, like his daddy, but even better at it than he was.
  • Uncertain Doom: Whenever a Monster of the Week shows up, a random character that encounters them will usually not appear for the rest of the episode, with some fates do get answered. Subverted for some of the introduction characters that becomes supporting characters for the HEAT team.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Despite Godzila defeating the Monster of the Week, the military would sometimes fire on him.
    • Near the end of "New Family, Part 2", Hicks was getting ready to signal an air strike on Godzilla, even though Godzilla had just defeated the C-rex, and located the missing swimmers and boats. Nick convinced him to spare Godzilla by pointing out they will need his help with all of the new mutations that would inevitably show up.
    • In "Web Site", two soldiers fire on Godzilla after the Spiders got paralyzed, but Hicks stops them.
    • In "Where Is Thy Sting", after Godzilla takes a shot from First Wave, Colonel Tarrington orders his men to fire on Godzilla. Hicks calls him out on this, saying Godzilla took a hit for Tarrington.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: After Godzilla saves several people in a Runaway Train (using his hands, though that probably hurt a bit for a kaiju like him), the passengers seem to not panic after he saves them, and just walks off casually.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Craven and Randy, jabbing at each other over various topics, such as their computer and technological skillsets, and things they enjoy.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: Zilla Senior is brought back as Cyber-Godzilla by aliens to fight the star of the show. Also, NIGEL. A lot. No seriously, a lot.
  • Western Terrorists: SCALE (Servants of Creatures Arriving Late to Earth), the Animal Wrongs Group who frees imprisoned Kaiju to purge humanity.
  • Wham Episode: The 3-part "Monster Wars" which has an Alien Invasion, most of the kaiju being mind-controlled as weapons, Cyber-Zilla, the HEAT team facing its Darkest Hour, and more. Just to top it off, several of the recurring kaiju are Killed Off for Real in the big finale.
  • What a Piece of Junk: The "HEAT Seeker" boat Monique provided the team with looks pretty beat up, with rust everywhere on the hull. However, it has hidden hydrofoils that can be activated for a speed boost.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: Generally speaking, the closer the Monster of the Week was to a recognizable animal, the more likely it was to survive the episode, or at worst subject to Uncertain Doom. Monsters that were objectively non-animal, like the DNA Mimic, the Nanotech Creature, the Crackler, the Silver Hydra, and the Techno-Sentient, tended to be explicitly destroyed onscreen much more often.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: More often than not, most authoritative figures or those with some power tend to always opt for the perspective of seeing the kaiju as simply monsters, animals at best (if that could even be considered "best", given animal cruelty cases). Examples include: the captain from Fort McKinley in "End of the Line" evoking with "a monster is a monster"; just seeing them as weapons as demonstrated in "Where Is Thy Sting"; or just "toys" tied to money, as seen in "Freak Show", "Winter of Our Discontent", and "Tourist Trap". Major Hicks is about the only authoritative person to at least consider alternative options and give the kaiju a smidgen of respect for their abilities.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Nick calls Georges out on this in "The Ballad of Gens Du Marais" when the Swamp Monster trashes Dimanche's paddle boat during a Mardi Gras celebration. Nick points out that Georges was no different than Dimanche on not caring who gets hurt in the process during the pursuit of their goals.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: "What Dreams May Come." A rather literal case there, as the Crackler monster, has this weird chuckle growl when active.
  • Whole-Plot Reference:
  • Why Isn't It Attacking?: The reason why Junior didn't eat Nick, in the first episode, on their second encounter? Because he imprinted on Nick not long after hatching, and sees Nick as his "dad."
  • Wormsign: Godzilla occasionally creates them when digging on land.
  • Your Size May Vary:
    • Inevitably, almost all the monsters end up appearing to change size from scene to scene due to animation inconsistencies, although this usually isn't too drastic. It was especially common with smaller monsters, who would appear just big enough to menace individual humans in some scenes and suddenly balloon to much bigger when fighting Godzilla.
    • The Lizard King himself would either the size of Godzilla Senior, to being as big as Heisei Godzilla. Godzilla's size is especially increased when Nick and Monique enter his body to fight the Mutant Bacillus infecting him in "What A Long Strange Trip It's Been."
    • The show would be horribly inconsistent with the size of enemy monster King Cobra in "Competition." In one scene, he would be massive enough to tower over Godzilla and completely envelope him in his coils. In another, he's small enough for Godzilla to bite down on his neck and toss around like a rag doll. It thankfully didn't happen too often, but when it did, it was jarring.


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Zilla Jr

Zilla Jr is the main Kaiju character from the series Godzilla: The Series which is the better-received sequel series to the 1998 Roland Emmerich movie 'Godzilla'.

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