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  • Awesome Art: The SDCC poster for the film, which is a suitably epic mural of Godzilla fighting King Ghidorah.
  • Awesome Music:
    • The first trailer features an absolutely majestic orchestral arrangement of Claude Debussy's iconic "Clair de Lune". This classical music theme to the marketing has been followed with a TV Spot featuring an orchestral rendition of "Over the Rainbow" and an extended preview played at Wondercon using "Nessun Dorma".
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    • Bear McCreary's new arrangement of Akira Ifukube's Godzilla theme adds a chanting male choir to the mix for fantastic effect.
    • The Blue Öyster Cult song is used in the film's credits, covered by Serj Tankian with instrumentals by Brendon Small and Gene Hoglan.
    • "Old Rivals", pulse pounding theme taking cues from the 2014 Godzilla theme, the classic Godzilla March, and the King Ghidorah's Terror theme.
    • A new variation on Mothra's Song, which matches the melody of the original beautifully.
    • Ghidorah's theme, which incorporates Buddhist chantingnote  along with booming orchestration to make a menacing song perfect for the three-headed destroyer.
    • Rebirth, a beautifully triumphant variant on Godzilla’s classic theme. Perfectly encapsulates the raw, emotional feeling that the king is back.
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    • "Battle in Boston", an epic battle theme that perfectly blends Godzilla, Ghidorah, Mothra and Rodan's themes into one.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • In the original Godzilla film, Dr. Serizawa's claims of Godzilla's ecological importance are kind of hard to take seriously. In this film, it's shown that The Cloud Cuckoolander Was Right, with the ending revealing the presence of the awakened Titans is having a massive healing effect on damaged ecosystems.
    • The 2014 film was criticized by fans for focusing too much on the human drama and not giving the monsters enough attention. The filmmakers have addressed this by balancing out both the human story and the monster fights, giving the monsters and the threats at large a much greater presence. Sadly, this became even more polarizing among critics.
    • Godzilla’s design in 2014, while praised for being truer to the Toho Godzilla than the previous American Godzilla, was criticized by fans in a few areas, such as the dorsal spins being too small and too reminiscent of the jagged spikes that took over since Godzilla 2000: Millennium, and the infamous elephant feet. This film updated the spines to resemble the more traditional maple leaf spines from 1954, and the claws on his toes were enlarged to make the feet look more even.
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    • After suffering through Villain Decay in some of the past movies, King Ghidorah is back to his original, villainous, and terrifying portrayal seen in Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, as a stand-alone planet destroying menace who proves his dominance over other Kaiju.
  • Catharsis Factor: In response to the tyrannical alien bringing global death and suffering, along with the death of Mothra, Godzilla pulls off a massive and merciless No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on King Ghidorah by blowing off his wings, his side heads, and the rest of his body from the neck down before blowing up the agonizing central head with an Atomic Breath.
  • Character Rerailment: Ghidorah returns to become the unstoppable and terrifying alien Omnicidal Maniac acting out of his own will that he was introduced as in Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster after spending almost all of his appearences afterwards as the resident Psycho for Hire for the next Alien Invaders Villain of the Week after another, suffering progressive Villain Decay through the franchise as a result. Here, even when the human villains do try to control him like the alien villains had done before, Ghidorah immediately proves to be Eviler Than Thou and they barely escape from his wrath.
  • Complete Monster: Ghidorah, The One Who is Many, is an invasive alien Kaiju who fought the Kaiju of Earth for control of the planet before being defeated and sealed away in ancient times. Released from his prison in the present day, Ghidorah cheerfully kills several humans before and during a fight with his Arch-Enemy Godzilla, displaying a simplistic thirst for blood that clashes horribly with the natural animal instincts that motivate the terrestrial Kaiju. After the apparent death of Godzilla leaves Ghidorah virtually impossible to defeat, he uses his powers to enslave the remaining Kaiju of Earth, forcibly awakening them and commanding them to wipe out all life on the planet. When Madison Russell uses a device called the ORCA to disrupt his plans, he attempts to kill her in cold blood simply because he can. A sinister analogue to the Devil opposite the benevolent God-like Godzilla, King Ghidorah is just as wicked here as he was at the start of his movie career.
  • Critical Dissonance: The film has been savaged by critics, with many complaining about the weak plot, thinly-written characters, and bad pacing and cinematography in the monster fighting scenes. However, Godzilla fans, who are mainly here to see the monsters anyway like having lots of monsters on screen.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: A weird example; one of Ghidorah's heads gets this treatment. Many fans like to depict the left head, nicknamed "San" or more often "Kevin", as the Token Good Teammate of the three, focusing on the fact that he's The Ditz and more curious and easily distracted than his brothers. This ignores the fact that he's depicted as being Ax-Crazy to the point that killing excites him and indeed, part of the reason he's considered a Psychopathic Manchild is because he's more openly enthusiastic about killing people than his siblings.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • King Ghidorah's left head has proven to be popular due to its curiosity and surprisingly Adorkable nature (also, Word of God confirms his name as "San" (AKA Kevin), with the other heads especially the center's interaction with it being praised.
    • Of the original Titans in the film, Behemoth (the one which resembles a woolly mammoth) is probably the most popular of them, probably for having a very distinct design and being one of the rare examples of a mammalian kaiju (besides Kong, of course).
      • This seems to also be an In-Universe case as in the novelization a researcher frees him before Monarch can kill him due to finding him to be "the most interesting titan".
    • The older Houston Brooks who appears late in the film. For simply being a returning character from Kong: Skull Island and for now being playhed by Ensemble Dark Horse king Joe Morton.
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • Artwork of Rodan that can be uncovered in the "Monarch Sciences" ARG includes a depiction of a bird-headed creature that has a strong resemblance to Gigan. This caused large swathes of the fandom to speculate about him making a surprise appearance in the film. The creature turned out to actually be an Apkallu, a common motif in Mesopotamian relief art.
    • Based on Michael Dougherty's claim that a character from Kong: Skull Island will show up in the movie, fans speculate Charles Dance's character is none other than an aged up James Conrad, who was previously played by Tom Hiddleston in Skull Island.
      • Ultimately jossed, as it's revealed that Charles Dance plays Jonah Alan, the leader of an eco-terrorist organization seeking to weaponize the Titans. The Skull Island character in question is an older Brooks, now played by Joe Morton.
    • The second trailer teases two additional monsters: one a multi-legged crustacean-like creature and another being a shelled, mountain-like monster. While generally thought of as brand-new kaiju created by Legendary, some are speculating that the spider-creature might be Kumonga, Ebirah, Destroyah, or even "Vishnu" from the 2014 teaser trailer; while the mountain-creature has been theorized to be Anguirus, Kamoebas, or even Gamera.
      • This was intensified upon the reveal that there's 17 reported kaiju, and various have been getting curious codenames like "Leviathan" and "Bunyip", driving speculation on what kaiju these could be Up to Eleven.
  • Evil Is Cool:
    • King Ghidorah is as badass as ever in this movie and stays true to his original portrayal in Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster as an unstoppable, world-ending alien force of nature.
    • Charles Dance's cold and charismatic portrayal of the Eco-Terrorist Alan Jonah made for an entertaining villain. Many viewers even found his chillingly nihilistic support of King Ghidorah and the Titans more compelling than Emma's Heel Realization.
  • Fanfic Fuel: The movie notes that Monarch has confirmed the existence of 17 Titans and predicts there may be even more. Lots of room for writers to reinterpret already-existing monsters, such as missing fan-favorites Anguirus or Battra — both of whom make brief cameos in the film and novelization respectively — into the context of the MonsterVerse or even make up stories about their own original kaiju.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Mothra/Godzilla, for their incredibly soft, devoted relationship and the fact that even characters in the movie assume they're "a thing." Apparently, Mike Dougherty ships it harder than anyone.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • With Pokémon Detective Pikachu. Despite being released within close proximity, you’ll see both fandoms getting along splendidly. Simply because both are Legendary productions based off popular Japanese franchises and both have Ken Watanabe. Numerous Pokemon fans have voiced eagerness to see King of the Monsters, christening it a Spiritual Adaptation of what they'd imagine a movie involving Legendary Pokemon would be like. Likewise, many G-fans are more than happy to voice support for the follow-up Legendary movie, considering the two as teammates in the box office context. Toho distributing both in Japan ensures any site talking about one film is bound to include the other.
    • Since the casting of Millie Bobby Brown and Randy Havens, fans of this film have gotten along very well with Stranger Things fandom. There are also fans who compare the female M.U.T.O to The Mind Flayer.
    • With Avengers: Endgame. Director Michael Dougherty has been very supportive to Avengers: Endgame and even posted a heartwarming tweet of a comic book cover of Marvel’s Godzilla featuring the Avengers and said, “This movie would make the world a better place.” Fans of both franchises took very kindly to this tweet and expressed love for the idea of a crossover between the two.
    • Many fans of God of War (PS4) also get along really well with fans of this movie courtesy of the composer Bear McCreary having worked for both projects which involve legendary battles between gods, monsters, and awesome soundtracks.
  • Genius Bonus: The never-seen Titan of Africa is called "Mokele-Mbembe," a reference to a legendary African sauropod dinosaur cryptid. Several other Titans seen or mentioned on-screen have names of mythological or biblical origin, such as "Scylla", "Behemoth", "Methuselah", "Bunyip" and so on, implying that most human legends and beliefs are based on those creatures' existence.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Dr. Serizawa’s line in the last film about how the arrogance of man is thinking nature is in their control and not the other way around became a lot more foreboding after this movie came out, which shows a group of eco-terrorists attempting to unleash the Titans as a way to "save" the earth with a machine that can lure and control their actions.
    • In the very first Godzilla movie, Dr. Serizawa was unwilling to use the Oxygen Destroyer on Godzilla as he feared that, in the wrong hands, it would be used as a destructive weapon on par with the atomic bomb. While not in the same continuity, we do get to see the military use an Oxygen Destroyer that was commissioned by the government as a weapon to use against their enemies, the Titans. Dr. Serizawa’s greatest fear has become a reality.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • King of the Monsters is releasing two months after How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, while coincidentally 2014's Godzilla released two months before HTTYD 2. And it's rather appropriate, considering that both Toothless and Godzilla are the respective kings of mighty reptilian beasts, and both have dorsal spines that glow blue when they power up! Even more so, the climax of both this film and HTTYD 2 revolved around two potential "alpha" beasts battling for rulership and absolute control of all the lesser dragons/titans.
      • Not to mention that both series deal with a hollow earth, populated by strange and powerful creatures. Interestingly, while HTTYD 3 centers around them disappearing from the surface and retreating to the hollow earth, KOTM deals with them awakening from beneath the hollow earth and rising to the surface.
    • The movie is part of a Shared Universe that also includes King Kong. One of the members of the cast is Kyle Chandler, who is no stranger to giant apes from Skull Island.
    • In Season 2 of Stranger Things, the Big Bad of the season — the Mind Flayer — looks very similar to the female MUTO from the previous film. Eleven herself, Millie Bobby Brown, will star in this film.
    • Speaking of Brown, her casting combined with Godzilla and King Ghidorah's trademark Breath Weapons is likely to have a few Stranger Things fans muttering to themselves Eleven's favorite insult.
    • In Kong: Skull Island, John Goodman's character, Randa, enters the film exclaiming "there'll never be a more screwed up time in Washington". This was a joke about the political climate of the time versus that of 2017, but cut to this film and Washington, D.C. has been turned into a hellscape with artillery guns firing, giant reptiles and bugs filling the sky, and oh yeah, a gargantuan evil space dragon blasting everything with lightning. Needless to say, it's much more messed up than it was in the '70s.
    • Charles Dance has previously fought against a king associated with a three-headed dragon, and a king associated with storms and had to deal with his evil grandson of a king. Now, he's dealing with an evil king who is a three-headed dragon that can control storms.
      • Once more for Game of Thrones fans - Charles Dance's on-screen daughter in Game of Thrones "wakes the dragon" by pushing Daenerys Targaryen into insanity and mass destruction by dragon. Now he gets to literally wake a three-headed dragon (the very symbol of House Targaryen), causing destruction on a far, far larger scale than Daenerys did. Even in another universe, Tywin Lannister is far ahead of his daughter when it comes to letting loose dragons!
    • Sally Hawkins' character peers at a strange creature behind a blue-tinted glass window, evoking her role in The Shape of Water, the soft piano music just adding to the mood.
    • Lots of memes popped up when the 2014 movie's trailers were released, with the teased appearances of the Male MUTO being jokingly theorized as "#RodanConfirmed". Fast forward five years later, and Rodan really is confirmed!
    • About forty years prior, "Clair de Lune" can be heard in the background in Terror of Mechagodzilla during a café scene involving Ichinose and Katsura. Now "Clair de Lune" is used in the trailer for this film!
    • The last shot of the trailer shows Godzilla roaring at a cloudy sky while yellow lightning flashes in the background, which is similar to a shot of Zilla Jr. in the opening sequence for Godzilla: The Series.
    • When stars Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell were announced to star in Kong: Skull Island, many Straight Outta Compton jokes came up. More commonly with jokes on where’s Ice Cube is at. Now come this film, Ice Cube is now in the Monsterverse.
    • In Last Action Hero, Charles Dance's character threatens to summon King Kong from the movies. This time around, he's responsible for unleashing pretty much every kaiju but Kong.
    • The scene with the Titan Methuselah awakening in Munich is pretty much identical to the "Torterra Garden" scene from Pokémon Detective Pikachu, with some mountains in the background being revealed as huge living entities that cause an earthquake when they move.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient:
    • The SDCC trailer definitely gave fans a reason to say so with the atmosphere being majestic to terror.
    • After 24 years, nobody expected the return of Burning Godzilla.
    • Kaiju possessing a strong Healing Factor is pretty par the course for Godzilla movies, but it's safe to say nobody was anticipating King Ghidorah to completely regrow a severed head in less than a minute.
  • Ho Yay: When Ghidorah responds to Rodan's cries, Mark points out that he's either coming for food, a fight, or "something more intimate." The two charge each other from a considerable distance, collide into a quick scuffle that's largely cut away from, and after that, Rodan is the first to bow to Ghidorah and something of a foil to Mothra.
  • Just Here for Godzilla:
    • Apart from Godzilla, there are plenty of fans who are eagerly awaiting the Legendary versions of Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah — the first time these characters have appeared in a Hollywood-made Godzilla movie.
    • For the human cast, plenty of fans are excited to see how Millie Bobby Brown will fare in her big screen debut.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Kill off Godzilla? Toho's most beloved creation and effectively to the MonsterVerse what Iron Man was to the Marvel Cinematic Universe years ago? Riiiiiiiight. note 
  • Memetic Loser: Because of this movie, Rodan is often jokingly depicted as a cowardly Quisling in the style of Starscream or Benedict Arnold, based on him serving King Ghidorah after being beaten up and switching to Godzilla’s side before Ghidorah’s body is even cold at the end.
  • Memetic Mutation
    • "Smoking the Dragon Blunt"Explanation (spoilers) 
    • With KOTM receiving mediocre to abysmal reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, it's become commonplace for fans to joke that Ghidorah (or Kong) running the critic site and/or bribing critics to sabotage Godzilla's Hollywood career.
    • Godfather: King of the Mobsters.
    • Perhaps to mock fans throwing increasing speculative theories around as facts, some fans are jokingly trying to prove that the oil field scorpion monster is King Ghidorah and that he would turn into a scorpion in the final fight of the movie. Some have even edited the teaser images to make fun of the concept, claiming that the three heads seen in one shot are scorpion tails.
    • The brief shot in the second trailer of KOTM where Ghidorah spreads his wings menacingly at Godzilla has drawn comparisons to DIO's "Oh, you're approaching me?" meme from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders.
      • As well as these glorious fanart pieces. AWAKEN, MY MONSTERS!
      • The reveal that Ghidorah has the vampiric ability to drain his victim's energy, as well as his fate as a living severed head only further fueled comparisons to DIO, as well as his tendency to strike intimidating poses or his association with the color gold.
      • Many have also compared Rodan to Avdol's Stand "Magician's Red", or compared Mothra's Heroic Sacrifice to power up Godzilla to Caesar's "TAKE THE LAST OF MY HAMON!"
    • Calling the monsters "Titans" has prompted quite a few comments of "Where is Eren Yeager when you need him?"
    • The fact that the second trailer was teased in the December 2018 Comic-Con drew lots of jokes about how "we have trailers for trailers now".
    • The reveal of Mothra's new design, with curved claws on her forelimbs, has inspired plenty of jokes comparing her design to the Pokémon Scyther and Kabutops.
      • Many Pokémon fans also frequently compare the film's main monsters to Pokemon that resemble them, such as Tyranitar (Godzilla), Aerodactyl (Rodan), Volcarona (Mothra) and Hydreigon (King Ghidorah), also poking fun at the 4-trainer Battle Royale mechanic introduced in the Sun & Moon games where four trainers can either team up or just beat the heck out of each other (which the film's main Titans are pretty much doing.)
      • The introduction of Dynamax Battles in Pokémon Sword and Shield drew jokes from the fandom comparing it to this film, as the Pokemon are greatly buffed up for three rounds and grow to Kaiju size. Many have expressed a desire to see a Dynamax Tyranitar fight a Dynamax Hydreigon for this very reason.
    • The shot of Sally Hawkins looking at Godzilla through an underwater window has prompted jokes that she wants to have sex with him.
      • With Dr. Graham getting killed by Ghidorah early on, many fans have expressed outrage that "Sally Hawkins deserved better!"
      • Also, "Ghidorah's favorite crackers are Graham."
      • "Who's gonna tell the Amphibian Man about his girlfriend's fate?"
    • With Charles Dance uttering the line "Long live the king" and considering one of his most well known roles, cue the Game of Thrones jokes.
      • On a related note, people referencing House Targaryen for King Ghidorah's appearance (since their sigil is fittingly a three-headed dragon).
      • "The Dragon has three heads, and the left one is Jon Snow"Explanation 
      • "The Lepidopterans send their regards."Explanation 
    • Due to how spectacular the trailer for this movie is, hundreds of people have started making trailers for other movies using the style of this trailer. Some have even remade Godzilla trailers like this, from Godzilla (2014) to Shin Godzilla!
    • "You mean you want us to make Godzilla our pet?" "No, we would be his." Cue fandom jokes about Godzilla keeping an ant farm but with humans.
    • Mothra's title as "Queen of the Monsters" has had some fans musing about Monarch shipping Mothra and Godzilla. Some are even joking about names of such a Crack Pairing, such as "Mothzilla".
      • The meme has further gained traction with Michael Dougherty himself acknowledging it on Twitter, dropping some Ship Tease in his descriptions of Godzilla and Mothra's "symbiotic relationship".
    • BIDIBIDIBIDIBIDIExplanation 
    • Ghidorah spreading his wings in a threatening posture as he faces off against Godzilla has also drawn comparisons to the "T-pose to assert dominance" meme.
    • It certainly isn't as hate-fueled as GINO for the 1998 Godzilla but Mothra has been teasingly revered to as MINO after her figure was revealed with some dramatic changes. note 
    • Godzilla sprinting straight at Ghidorah has spawned memes of "Very big lizard boi running at incredible hihg speed".
    • Rodan has been affectionately compared to Starscream due to having flight, speed and an association with the color red. And most importantly Rodan's sulky resignation to submit to Godzilla was what sealed it.Note 
    • Ghidorah's three heads have drawn comparisons to the three hyenas Shenzi, Banzai and Ed from The Lion King.
    • "Ichi, Ni, San AKA Kevin"Explanation 
    • Fans have taken to using a screenshot from Thor: Ragnarok of the Hulk throwing his hands up and frustratedly yelling "Big monster!" as a counterpoint to the negative reviews King of the Monsters is getting.
    • Early on in 2019, some concept art leaked allegedly showing the new King Ghidorah design that had disproportionately long limbs. The concept was widely mocked by the fandom, with many jokingly comparing it to a giraffe, though it was later mitigated after the leaks were revealed to be fake.
    • "Is that a monkey?"Explanation 
  • Moral Event Horizon:
  • Narm:
    • During the battle in Antarctica, Ghidorah knocks Godzilla into the chasm that he emerged from. However, Godzilla just clumsily tumbles into the hole with a scream, like a fat cat that just happened to roll off the couch. Doesn't help said scream is one of Goji's higher-pitched Showa roars.
    • Some have found Emma Russell's "Humanity is the infection" speech in the trailer to be too dramatic and condescending to take very seriously. Possibly more forgivable in the final product, where it is repeatedly challenged and criticized by the people receiving it, and thus probably meant to not be taken too seriously.
      • Additionally, it’s implied that Emma's sanity has been slipping. Her daughter expressed concern about her early in the film; when called out about having lost her mind, Russell responds with the “I’ve never been more sane” response often stereotyped as typical for the insane.
    • To those not familiar with Mothra, the idea of a giant butterfly monster may seem downright absurd, though time will tell if Mothra wins the crowd with her grace and power when the film finally comes out.
    • Jonah actually goes to the trouble of making a Powerpoint presentation for his Motive Rant. You can only imagine the other eco-terrorists asking if this is really the best use of his time.
    • Late in the film, when Madison decides to steal the Orca device in order to stop the Titan attacks around the world, Jonah's men who are guarding the device just so happen to take a break all at once, and coincidentally at the same time Madison arrives to take a peek into the room as well! This leaves the Orca device completely unguarded and very conveniently allows Madison to easily steal the device and waltz out of the front door with nobody to stop her at all. Better yet, nobody discovers that Madison stole the device until she already traveled all the way to Fenway Park in Boston and used it, and even then it took Jonah seeing the news report that the monsters ceased their attacks to realize what Madison had done.
  • The way Godzilla finally defeats Ghidorah, with his still living head dangling from his mouth like a cigar before being vaporized is probably meant to look really cool, but instead it just looks plain goofy.
  • Narm Charm:
    • There is the shot of Madison grinning at the sight of Godzilla at the end of the trailer. It may feel inappropriate to some considering that she is smiling at a living nuclear bomb, something Godzilla has been compared to many times. But since this is Godzilla we are talking about, add to that his heroic presence and the overall mood of the trailer, Madison's smile completely fits the scene and maybe even makes her an Audience Surrogate. More forgiveable in the film itself, since Ghidorah is actively hunting her and the Orca at that point, so the arrival of Godzilla actually is a cause for relief.
    • King Ghidorah's middle head has a gloriously sinister Slasher Smile, and while it may seem rather cheesy and silly in such a serious and realistic film, it certainly works wonders in making him feel all the more evil and malevolent.
    • From the second trailer, the sight of Godzilla charging at King Ghidorah with a speed that would be impossible for a creature of his size is rather cheesy, but it does bring back some fond memories of the lovable silly charm from the classic Showa era films.
    • The Kaiju move much faster and more human-like in this film, notably Ghidorah's rapid wing-flapping when he lands. Unrealistic for creatures their size, but a nice touch that make them feel like the good old Showa suitmation.
    • In addition to his new roar, Godzilla has been given his squealing, higher-pitched screeches of the Showa era. Vocal Dissonance at its finest, but still a loving tribute to the Toho films and very fitting considering this Godzilla is quite a heroic character like how the Showa Goji evolved into a full-blown hero in the later films of his era.
  • Older Than They Think:
    • This isn't the first time that Mothra was given a more leaner, edgier appearance. Rebirth of Mothra 3 gave Mothra Leo a badass armored form in the climax while Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack! redesigned Mothra to look more like a wasp.
    • This also isn't the first time that Rodan was portrayed in a more hostile light. Rodan was the titular villain in his debut film, and Expanded Universe material for the Toho kaiju universe would portray him as something of a Token Evil Teammate.
    • Fans may have been caught off-guard by Ghidorah's ability to regrow his heads, but this isn't the first time the character has shown such abilities: In Rebirth of Mothra 3, Grand King Ghidorah regenerated his entire body from one of Cretaceous Ghidorah's severed tails!
    • Viewers and meme posters have been confused on why is Godzilla somehow been able to stand in the middle of the ocean when there is no sea floor for him to stand on. For one, it's an official poster specifically for Rule of Cool. Second, Godzilla has always done this since Godzilla (1954) where he's out in the ocean. Fans are quick to point out he's done this for years.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Dr. Ling Chen, Dr. Ilene Chen's twin sister also played by Zhang Ziyi half way in the film. Although she has no speaking lines, the reveal she is Dr Chen’s twin sister was unexpected. Implying that both characters are this film’s version of the iconic Mothra Twins.
    • In the same scene, an older Houston Brooks now played by Joe Morton is also memorable.
  • Pandering to the Base: This movie is purposefully designed to appease die-hard Godzilla fans. This time, there more Kaiju fights involving the classic Toho monsters, the music includes new renditions of Akira Ifukube’s iconic Godzilla theme, plus Yuji Koseki‘s Mothra theme, and a remix of Blue Oyster Cult's song "Godzilla", and more scenes taken straight out of the Toho movies. Given the amount of love the fans are giving it, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
  • Signature Scene:
    • Godzilla creating a Pillar of Light with his Atomic Breath, being the first promotional material that was released. The quick shots of Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah from the first trailer also count.
    • And as of the second trailer, when Godzilla and King Ghidorah charge each other head-on.
    • The movie proper has King Ghidorah perched atop an active volcano, roaring into the sky with a cross in the foreground, cementing him as the Devil to Godzilla's God.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: Given the Kaiju cast (Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah), the movie is spiritually a remake of Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (although the plot goes in a completely different direction).
  • Squick: The scene where King Ghidorah is on top of volcano and regenerating his left head is rather disgusting, especially when the middle head was biting parts of the membranous encasing to forcefully pull out the head. And the first structure to form out of the growing mass is its tongue!
  • Strawman Has a Point: A number of people in the movie, representatives of the US government in particular, are portrayed as in the wrong for wanting to kill the Titans before they awaken. Especially underscoring this is that the military makes things worse for everyone when their Oxygen Destroyer prototype grievously wounds Godzilla but doesn't affect Ghidorah, leaving him free to mass-awaken and dominate the world's Titans. However, considering the sheer destruction the MUTOs inflicted last time (not to mention the damage Godzilla did stopping them), not wanting to risk global destruction purely because Monarch don't want Titan blood on their hands due to research that is, at best, still largely theoretical despite having had years to run research on them is a reasonable stance to take, on the face of it, and no-one could have known that Ghidorah's status as an extra-terrestrial let him shrug off a weapon that by all rights should have killed him if he were Earth-based. Not helping is that the most vocal and unquestioning proponent of the Titans' benevolence is Emma Russell, whose beliefs and plans are considered insane and dangerous even by the rest of Monarch and who is, in effect, partially responsible for all the destruction in the movie because it was her idea to let King Ghidorah out.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
    • While the new designs for Godzilla, Rodan, and King Ghidorah are well-received, Mothra's final imago form garnered a more divisive reaction. Some complained how Mothra's slimmer body and scythe-like appendages are too much a departure from her traditional Toho design, while also causing her to look too similar to the Male MUTO.
    • Many have also complained at changing the catch-all designation of giant monsters from "M.U.T.O.s" to "Titans", changing their overall feel from being cryptids to being straight up eldritch gods. Though it could be very likely that it was changed to avoid confusion with the "M.U.T.O.s" from the previous film, since the name is associated with those two far too often. Given the more god like appearance of the monsters in this upcoming film, the name "Titans" could be more fitting.
  • Ugly Cute:
    • Kaiju fans are already pretty much begging to hug the monsters, but Mothra's larva form takes the cake.
    • Mothra's post-metamorphosis state. You will believe a giant moth can be majestic and beautiful.
    • In a darker way, there's something rather amusing about the way Ghidorah's three heads occasionally disagree like bickering siblings.
  • Unexpected Character:
    • While Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins were heavily expected to return as Dr. Serizawa and Dr. Graham respectively, nobody expected Admiral William Stenz played by David Strathairn to return until he was seen in the second trailer.
    • Another female M.U.T.O was also unexpected. Though this time, it’s implied that she will now be Godzilla’s ally in the future.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: While the character of Emma Russel is clearly not supposed to be fully sympathetic, much is made of their tragic backstory, including the loss of a child, fueling their determination to take drastic action to fix the world. Unfortunately, said "drastic action" involves human death on a truly massive scale, and the film never really acknowledges the hypocrisy of it, painting their protectiveness over their remaining offspring as a redeeming quality instead of drawing attention to the incredible cognitive dissonance necessary to condemn hundreds of millions of other parents' children to their deaths "for the greater good" while doing so. Indeed, Alan Jonah's constant sniping at them over their attitude in this matter is supposed to be a Kick the Dog moment, but instead comes across as him calling the character out and making him more likable.
  • What an Idiot!: Alan Jonah leads an "elite" group of ecoterrorists, who were approached by Dr. Emma Russell to use her research to awaken the Titans, and thus bring the Earth back into balance. Unfortunately, the first Titan they set about awakening is Ghidorah, who screws their plans to wake the Titans up one by one and limit the destruction, instead waking them all up and summoning them to him. Jonah decides this isn't exactly a bad thing, despite the increasing reluctance of the woman who conceived the plan in the first place and the obvious horror of that woman's teenage daughter.
    You'd Expect: Him to keep Madison under guard, or at least under watch, and have a guard posted at the Orca, the linchpin of his (granted, now moot) plan, and the only device that can allow humans to meaningfully interact with the kaiju and influence their behavior.
    Instead: He basically indulges in Locking MacGyver in the Store Cupboard, allowing Madison to hear her mother give some crucial exposition over the PA.
    The Result: Madison figures out where these looney-tunes have taken her, steals the completely unattended Orca, escapes with zero difficulty, and makes it to Fenway Park, where she uses its speakers to amplify the Orca enough to draw in Ghidorah and alert MONARCH to her location, thus not only getting rescued but setting the stage for Godzilla and Ghidorah's final battle.
    • Emma Russell releasing Ghidorah also counts. Simply put, Ghidorah is so recently discovered that he's a black void of information.
      You'd Expect: Emma to be cautious about releasing such a Titan until more information could be found.
      Instead: She releases Ghidorah under the assumption that he's from Earth, based only on his power.
      The Result: Ghidorah turns out to be an alien, and begins a Hostile Terraforming of Earth by waking all the Titans at once.
  • Win the Crowd:
    • The reveal that an epic remix of Blue Oyster Cult's song "Godzilla" is included in the soundtrack drew legions of fans cheering.
    • The announcement at Comic-Con 2014 following the success of Godzilla (2014) that the sequel will feature Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah.
    • The very first trailer at Comic-Con 2018 was one of the most talked about trailers coming out of the event. With its wonderful cinematography and use of “Claire de Lune” as well as it’s very brief but memorable shots of the monsters in the trailers had the crowd lose it.
    • The sneak-peek designs of the monsters via S.H. Monster Arts was very well received. As many fans were happy that the designs of each monster retain their classic iconic look with minor changes.
      • Even better with Godzilla’s design retaining his well-received look from the previous film but with some tweaks to improve his appearance.
    • The announcement that Bear McCreary will not only compose the music, but will adapt Akira Ifukube’s iconic Godzilla’s theme for the film has gone over well with fans.
  • Win Back the Crowd: Amongst the few fans who were at least indifferent to Legendary’s previous Godzilla effort, this film won many of those same fans over by increasing the monster action, balancing out said action and the human drama, and by introducing more iconic Toho kaiju in a faithful and respectful manner.


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