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  • Awesome Music: Composed by Koichi Sugiyama. Yes, that Koichi Sugiyama. It even features a remix of Godzilla's theme with electric guitars and drums (which incidentally, Akira Ifukube hated, but most viewers don't share his dislike).
    • Also, just before Osaka is evacuated, a snippet of the Yuki Saito cover of Yume no Naka e can be heard.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Lt. Goro Gondo.
    • Biollante. While the film wasn't the success Toho hoped, the character herself still remained a popular monster, though not enough to make a reappearance. She does show up quite constantly in video games and other material from the franchise.
    • Kuroki is also well liked, to the point that he was brought back for Godzilla vs. Destroyah, making him and Miki Saegusa the only human characters to appear in more than one Heisei movie.
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    • The BioGoji suit is widely considered one of the (if not the) best designs the Big G ever had - it worked so well that every suit for Godzilla used in the rest of the Heisei era films had its design adapted from it.
  • Fridge Brilliance: In The Return of Godzilla, Godzilla was a curious explorer, but mankind responded by throwing him into a volcano. In this film, he emerges from the volcano incredibly vengeful, explaining why he's incredibly destructive in this film compared to the last.
  • Narm: The English dub was produced by the infamously known Omni Productions, so this is to be expected. That being said, the dubbing here is somewhat more competent than their usual standard, and depending on your preferences, can still be rather enjoyable.
    • "We're the lethal weapon!"
    • The opening gun fight is ridiculous with no one stopping to fire at targets that are just ten feet in front of them. On the bright side the Saradian Agent's boring but practical methods of ambush and sniping are far more effective.
  • Narm Charm: Biollante dissolving and allowing Erika's spirit to ascend into heaven. It looks quite silly, but it can still be rather touching in the right mindset.
    • Meta example, also a Funny Moment; the official MPAA rating for this film has it rated PG for "Traditional Godzilla Violence".
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    • The room of psychic children, asked to draw what they all dreamed of, all cheerfully holding up crayon drawings of Godzilla rampaging, with his theme song suddenly blaring, should be silly, but actually comes off effectively dramatic.
  • Nightmare Fuel: During their second fight, one of Biollante's tendrils pierces Godzilla's hand. While it may not necessarily be as scary for adults nowadays due to better knowledge of his Healing Factor, Biollante wounding Godzilla in that manner can be quite frightening to see if you're a child, considering up to that point, no other monster had managed to wound Godzilla in that kind of way. And that's not even getting into how frightening Biollante can look in her second form.
  • Older Than They Think: Shinichiro Kobayashi (the dentist who came up with the script) actually first wrote the script when he was 16. It was pitched to Tsuburaya Productions as part of a contest to make your own Ultraman episode. It won and went on to become Episode 34 of Return of Ultraman, "The Life that Can't be Forgiven" where Ultraman Jack battles Leogon, a giant Planimal created by a scientist.
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  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: While "The Return of Godzilla" is still considered one of the better movies in the series, this film is considered an improvement in terms of special effects and pacing as well as having more interesting characters.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The loss of his daughter is what causes Shirigami to create Biollante. Especially since it's not a Kaiju attack that kills her, it's a terrorist bomb and he's too far away to save her. It's even more heartbreaking in the first battle between Godzilla and Biollante in Fridge Horror terms. As Biollante is burning, he is basically watching his daughter die again, only this time it's right in front of him.
      • The death of Gondo. Godspeed, you Magnificent Bastard.
      • Erika's soul going up into heaven.
      • The death of Shirigami. Having seen Biollante rise away into space, the genius scientist takes some time to reflect on what has just happened...but then, SSS9 shows up...
  • Too Cool to Live: Gondo again.
  • Vindicated by History: The film was considered a disappoint compared to The Return of Godzilla at the time, with some (including Toho themselves) believing the introduction of a new Kaiju lead to its poor ticket sales, thus leading to the reintroduction of King Ghidorah in their next film. Nowadays it’s seen as a major fan favorite within the series, with many praising the addition of Biollante herself, the outstanding visual effects and its themes of meddling with nature. When fans and movie critics rank the best films in the series, Godzilla vs. Biollante often makes the top ten. Some even say it surpasses The Return of Godzilla in terms of story and character.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The suits, models and wirework are widely praised as being some of the best designed of the series


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