Xenilla's Ambiguously Evil tendencies hit a new high when it was shown he saved Godzilla Junior's life back in Final Wars. Was it a case of The Only One Allowed to Defeat You or does he actually care about his "little brother"? Turns out he actually cares about Junior.
Arguably nearly the entire Kaiju roster is subject to this, given the little characterization most of them get in the movies. So far the creator's efforts at fleshing them out has been pretty well received.
After his fight against the team composed of Irys, Gigan, and Megalon; Grand King Ghidorah seems pretty calm after having his back sliced open. He then turns around and grants Irys' wish; which the lack of started the fight in the first place. Was it a case of Ghidorah being barely harmed by their assault and granting the request to avoid trouble from the Big Bad? Or was the injury indeed quite grievous and he was calling off the fight to buy time because they actually came close to killing him? Pragmatic Villain or Affably Evil?
Some have called into question the GDF's choice at firing upon Solgell Island with Dimension Tide, the event that started the story, in the first place. As we've found out Solgell was home base to the Defender faction of kaiju, who have no interest in attacking humanity, and have acted on humanity's behalf multiple times. Considering the good morality of this continuity's current Godzilla and Mothra, it can come off as an incredibly dickish move on the GDF's part to consider them acceptable losses and backstab them like that. True, it didn't end up killing them; but the GDF didn't know that when they fired. On the other hand, they might have been aiming at high priority targets like Destroyah and Xenilla; and Godzilla, Mothra, Anguirus, and Rodan being caught in the blast radius was an accident. note This question is answered in the spin-off The Bridge: Humanity's Stand. Godzilla and Xenilla's duel was generating so much heat that if it had been allowed to continue, it would have ignited the atmosphere and wiped out the biosphere. Marshall Stacker Pentecost considered the Godzilla Threshold to have been crossed and solemnly chose the option that would save the world. However, this is later revealed to be a lie.
Archive Panic: The main fic itself already has a prodigious amount of content, with over 800,000 words spread over 70 chapters (and counting). On top of that, there's also a great number of different spinoffs, sidestories, and supplementary information blogs. One of the fic's proofreaders eventually put together a master reading list to keep track of it all.
Author's Saving Throw: Tarbtano went out multiple times to try and mend off continuity questions Friendship is Magic brought up.
The fact Celestia and Luna seem to appear in the Hearth's Warming Eve flag despite that time in history predating them is mended by the idea alicorns were originally a fictional species that the flag bore to represent unity across the three tribes who'd come together. When the filly and foal aged Celestia and Luna were found, their resemblance to the flag was taken as a good omen. Given it's implied Harmony created the two, it could be taken as her using the flag's design and making it real.
Prince Blueblood being a prince despite not appearing to be Celestia or Luna's child is explained by having him as a descendant of Princess Platinum, one of Equestria's founders and a close friend of the alicorn sisters.
Princess Celestia losing to Queen Chrysalis is cushioned by the fic stating Celestia and Luna have Wonder Twin Powers and are thus much weaker when the other isn't present. Word of God has stated that had Luna even been present during the wedding, her proximity boost would have evened the odds or swung them in Celestia's favor. Similarly, when some were upset that Princess Luna just barely was able to defeat the ponified Godzilla Junior; it is stated Celestia wasn't in Canterlot at the time and thus Luna was working at a lower power scale; and even then, she was only able to win because Junior got distracted when he sensed Anguirus's transformation and Luna attacked him and knocked him out while his guard was down, coupled with the fact that Junior's Healing Factor wasn't working at its regular pace.
Given her mother was G3 Rainbow "Radiance" Dash and is a fashionista, some worried that the tomboyish Rainbow Dash and her eccentric mother had a strained relationship. Chapter 35 thankfully demonstrated that while they're different, they get along great and both think the other is awesome even if "Radiance" can embarrass her daughter in public a lot.
Multiple readers have expressed the opinion that the versions of many kaiju showcased in The Bridge are their favorite versions of the character. Monster X in particular gets this treatment, thanks to sympathetic backstory and ongoing subplot as opposed to his Diabolus ex Nihilo status in the movie.
While Windy Whistle was never disliked by the readerbase, quite a few preferred the G3 inspired Rainbow "Radiance" Dash Sr. as Rainbow Dash's mother, voicing fears she'd be hit with a Retcon removal until Tarbtano assured he wouldn't.
The reveal of the show version of Starswirl the Bearded as a jaded and crabby old man in need of a reality check left some readers remarking they preferred the comic and book based, grandfatherly Parental Substitute to Princess Celestia and Luna his Bridge incarnation is.
The more dynamic battles and character development for Haruo Sakaki featured in the 2018 Halloween Special (which is set in the Anime Godzilla Universe) had some remarking they liked it more than the anime movies.
On the same note, the overall quality of the fights, action, and characters make some feel the fanfic as a whole does a better job of feeling like a Godzilla anime than the actual anime movies.
Grand King Ghidorah is an Omnicidal Maniac with a god complex. Traveling the universe for eons, Ghidorah has razed countless civilizations to absorb the souls of the fallen, increasing his own power. Enjoying mind games, Ghidorah also takes to psychically forcing worlds of people to turn on each other. Supposedly killing Monster X's wife and then continuously tormenting him, Ghidorah hopes to drive him over the edge into his Super-Powered Evil Side, Kaizer Ghidorah, which he adores as a fellow destroyer. Attacking Equestria with his cohorts, Ghidorah brainwashes Starlight Glimmer into attacking Godzilla Jr., in the hopes the latter will become enraged; this may destroy the whole planet, but Ghidorah is fine with that, as this provide a good fight and remove a problem. While bored, he cruelly mind rapes Celestia until Luna forces him to stop. Forcing Monster X to turn into Kaizer Ghidorah, King Ghidorah leaves the berserker to attack his friends while he himself attempts to kill Godzilla Jr. When fatally wounded, Ghidorah tries to destroy all of Equestria with a Wave Motion Gun as one last act of spite. A megalomaniac who planned to kill even his own brother, Grand King Ghidorah proves himself to be every bit as vile as his cinematic counterparts.
Jeog, aka "Beautiful Terror", is a monstrous, bloodthirsty Gumiho. Viewing love as something she can take by force by eating someone's heart, Jeog would pretend to be a Kirin doe and be adopted into the Cho Family. She would then slaughter most of the family before being sealed away, only to escape years later to finish the job. She would kill Cho Yon, Ki Seong's betrothed, and attempt to feed her soup made from his remains while trying to murder her as well. Chasing her victim onto a ship, Jeog would slaughter the entire crew. Finally tracking Seong down, Jeog would attempt to kill her honorary niece Gentle Leaf several times, and attempt to rip out her new love Anguirus's heart and liver while disguised as her. While kept at bay by wards, Jeog would try to convince Seong to run to her death by making it appear she's holding Gentle Leaf hostage. During the final battle, Jeog would paralyze Ki Seong so she can be Forced to Watch the Gumiho kill Anguirus. Despite not being a kaiju herself, Jeog proves more monstrous than many of them.
Halloween Special: Shōwa, Junior, Zilla, Legendary Godzilla vs. Godzilla-Earth: Godzilla Earth is the proud and arrogant ruler of an alternate Terra. Seeing itself as the supreme form of life and thus able to do whatever it chooses, Earth would deem all life except itself unfit to exist and brutally exterminate it to replace it with a biosphere in its own image. Seeking to destroy humanity's remnants more out of bruised pride rather than to avenge its fallen son, Earth is confronted by four heroic Godzillas from other worlds and cruelly kills them in the course of the resulting struggle, including trying to have Showa Eaten Alive by Servum, and intends to brutalize their corpses out of spite. When they merge into the Leviathan and bring Earth to death's door, Earth attempts to suck the life out of the biosphere it itself created and kill all life once more in a selfish attempt to preserve its own. An ego-driven mass murderer, Godzilla Earth would haunt Junior and fuel his fear of what he could become for years to come.
Sound of Thunder: Empress Mio Odiato Cadenza is the Mirror Universe version of Princess Cadence, and partner-in-crime to Mirror Godzilla Junior and Battra Lea. After they aided in her escape, she assisted them in an attempt to destroy Canterlot and other atrocities. She then led them to King Aspen's Thicket, resulting in a massacre by the villains as they claimed it as their base of operations. Setting to work on a way to unleash her kaiju allies on Equestria, permanently in their true forms, Cadenza kidnaps, experiments on, and murders ponies, changelings, and deer. A rampage on the heavily populated Manehattan is their next intended attack, something that comes to pass when Junior uses the fruits of her experiments to attack the city at the climax. When the prospect of making Duchess Chrysalis's student Starlight Glimmer her next victim comes about, Cadenza is ecstatic at the chance to take sadistic Revenge by Proxy on her nemesis, gleefully taunting and mocking her captive as she prepares. A self-described "cold-hearted wretch who causes hatred and grief", Cadenza manages to be even more of a monster than her kaiju allies, as she lacks what few mitigating factors either has.
Humanity's Stand: Gabara the Ancient is an ancient tyrant who ruled Japan in a sadistic reign of terror until he was sealed away. As his seal begins to break, he psychically tortures the then-infant Godzilla Jr. with nightmares. Years later, he begins to Mind Rape psychics with cruel nightmares that begin to inflict physical damage, taking it especially slow and torturous with a young boy named Damien out of spite for Miki Saegusa managing to best him. When Damien sees into his mind, Gabara brutally murders him with his own worst fear. During his showdown with the now-adult Godzilla Jr., Gabara attempts to torture the heroic kaiju to death in every sense of the word using his Soul Lightning. After being killed by Jr., Gabara attempts to possess his own descendant Ichiro to continue his rampage. Even with his soul destroyed by Ichiro's will, Gabara's lingering malevolence corrupts the kindhearted child into a lazy jerk. A cruel and psychopathic tyrant, Gabara's only goal is to sadistically torment every creature he comes across.
Continuity Lock-Out: While it is to be expected, given this is a crossover, there have been efforts taken to avoid this. The author frequently posts entries in his blog to catch less informed up to speed about the basic premise, including a time line, profiles for the major kaiju roster; and an active Q/A. So far it seems to work, with a good portion of the reader base being G-fans and MLP fans with little knowledge of the other series before The Bridge.
The quartet of villainous kaiju composed of Hyper Gyaos/Irys, Monster X, Gigan, and Megalon. After being the protagonists for the holiday specials, all four are near universally adored by the reader base for being sympathetic or likable bad guys. Monster X is even the core kaiju of the Enjin arc, the first kaiju out of the core 6 to star in a story arc.
Blade Dancer, holy guacamole Blade Dancer!Word of God has it that she was supposed to just be a one off character in the guards group to give Godzilla some extra interaction. Fans showed so much overwhelming support for her that she popped up several more times now and arguably has more fan art of her than half the cast in the story's fanworks. Not bad for a submission to a Free-To-Use-OC group.
She becomes the deuteragonist of the Crystal Empire arc.
The story's fairlyuniquetake on Destroyah has been very well received amongst the readers, despite going off in very different directions as other works using the character have traditionally done. In a popularity poll she ranked as the second highest scoring kaiju despite not having a full arc devoted to her and mostly appearing in chapters under a split billing.
Ki Seong, the kirin that Anguirus meets and later forms a relationship with has been subject to numerous fan art.
Aria Blaze was largely considered the least appealing siren by the fandom. However after her starring role in the Enjin arc, she and her Super Mode have more fans.
The story can be reliably credited with getting Azusa Gojo a lot more attention in Godzilla fan works. Her status as the catalyst for Godzilla Junior becoming the Big Good by being his adoptive mother endeared her to many. A first appearance in flashbacks lead to a chapter she got to visit Equestria that is widely considered one of the best.
Foe Yay: Monster X and Aria Blaze have a pretty decent sized shipperbase amongst the readers. The fact X was after their gems, which are referred to as "Siren Hearts", isn't helping to stop this. They later team up, save each other's life multiple times, bond through training, and start showing concern for one another. By Chapter 29 they are heavily implied to be an Official Couple.
Friendly Fandoms: The Bridge and Evowizard's The Shimmerverse readerbases intermingle and cross into each other frequently, enough one could make the case a majority of both groups are one and the same. Both stories have similar world building endeavors and have related groups on Fimfiction. Helps that the creators became friends and have praised each other's work before and the two series got a crossover.
When Lea, testing out her changeling abilities turns into a gender-flipped version of Junior. Junior remarks about how she looks like how he would if his egg was colder. Reptiles' genders are determined by their egg's temperature during early development, with females being more common at low temperatures.
Destroyah mentions that she's so huge because her kaiju form is a mutated arthropod. In many arthropod species, the females are a lot bigger and tougher than the males.
Azusa's lullaby to Godzilla Junior is a variation of "Edo Komoriuta" or the "Edo Lullaby", one of the oldest widespread lullabies from Japan.
Germans Love David Hasselhoff: While the story has the expected large chunk of readers from the US, a sizable portion of the readerbase hail from rest of the Anglosphere, Indonesia, Mexico, and the Philippines.
Growing the Beard: Post Chapter 9 we got the general status-quo set up with the Equestrians and main six kaiju, much larger chapters (Chapter 2 was 3,826 words; Chapter 30 was 24,584) as well as expanding the antagonist roster to include MLP villains and Anti-Villain kaiju. It's about this time when the story really began to pick up steam in the fandom.
In the Holiday special, Sunset Shimmer councils Irys that if she's lost a family, she can look to making new friends and build a family off of them. In the actual Holiday special for the IDW Equestria Girls comic, Sunset Shimmer refers to her friends, the "Human 5", as her family.
In the story, the Sirens pull a HeelFace Turn and are able to feed on positive emotions instead of negative emotions by making people happy with their songs. In the music video "Find the Magic", this happens.
Early on in the story, Mothra Lea's changeling form is called a "rainbow changeling" as a joke descriptor because of how unlikely it seemed given the species is dark colored. Three years later in Season Six of the show and we ended up getting actual rainbow colored changelings.
Some fan art of the story depicted Godzilla Jr. and Xenilla teaming up. Flash forward a year later, and IDW Comic's Godzilla: Rulers of Earth issue #21 has such a team up. Ironically, the artist of the comic Matt Frank liked a few of Bridge's designs months prior.
After Tarbtano said he was not going to try and pursue any romance angles, literally dozens of fan art depicting Princess Luna and Godzilla Junior popped up regardless, enough to make a DeviantArt fan group. Come the Valentine's Day special, despite its blunt title, and it looks like it might end up being Ascended Fanon given some hints the two have been giving off.
The In-Story version of King Sombra and the one in the IDW comic series have more than a few similarities. Having a direct hoof in the "death" of Princess Amore, being able to hide in crystals; and coming back to life via dark magic and his surviving horn.
Xenilla's shenanigans about the Crystal Empire's rulers constantly all having the wrong royal title (King/Princess instead of Emperor/Empress) causes a chuckle when one realizes in issue #36 of the IDW comics, the revived King Sombra declares he will be "Emperor Sombra". Bridge readers can't read that line without Xenilla/Spacegodzilla popping up and yelling, "F***ING FINALLY!".
The mermares in this setting are ruled by a queen. Come release of "The Movie" and this turns out to be exactly the case.
Tarbtano Word of God confirms that the Bridge Gojira has no relation at all to the Godzilla Family but in 2018 in Matt Frank's revival of Godzilla Neo, Gojira or the Legendary Godzilla is the super ancestor to Godzilla.
Years after Kirin were introduced to the story, Kirin were featured in the Season Eight episode "Sounds of Silence". They somewhat resemble Tarbtano and Faith-Wolff's designs.
The story repeatedly showed Princess Celestia not only also has a Royal Canterlot Voice, but it's even louder than her little sister's. Season 8 confirmed both years later.
The story pretty much predicted a reverse version of the episode "The Beginning of the End". Here, Grogar is an ancient evil who trained and empowered the MLP villains. The villains revere him and work to free him from imprisonment. In the episode, Grogar is an ancient evil who frees the villains from imprisonment, empowers them, and forces them to work for him while they don't like him at all.
Grand King Ghidorah mentions how he lost a head when he first fight Kaizer Ghidorah and how it eventually regenerated. Come Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), and we see that King Ghidorah do just that after Godzilla tore off one of his heads! Only it took him a few SECONDS! In addition, Grand King Ghidorah tries to kill Junior by flying him up and dropping him from the upper atmosphere, which is exactly how Legendary Ghidorah attempts to do to finish off Godzilla in that film.
Blade Dancer was going to be this, but evolved into one of the main secondary characters.
Mane-iac shows up in the Halloween special, but due to growing into the readerbase's OTP she returns for the Valentine's Special.
Magnificent Bastard: Grand King Ghidorah. Why? He figured out Bagan's true identity on his own, tells him to his face he knows (and thus is the only one other than Harmony who knows Bagan isn't still locked up in his prison), that he has every intention of stabbing him in the back when he gets the chance, and attacking him (which does nothing)...and then exploits Bagan's Pragmatic Villainy by explaining exactly why he's too useful to kill, all the while without an ounce of fear or intimidation to a being he knows for a fact could easily kill him. What he doesn't tell the mad God is that he also went on a self-imposed challenge of creating a creature powerful enough to destroy Bagan, out of either necessity or selfishness, which is what he gets after his death in Equestria at the hands of the Godzilla Dynasty's Family Spiral Fire Ray.
Memetic Badass: Azusa Aoki, maiden name Gojo, is theAlmighty Mom of the Amalgam'verse. Jokes and art she can tell off her fully grown son Godzilla Junior have evolved to claims she can tell off anyone including the three deities.
Memetic Mutation: Over the years it has spawned some memes in both the reader base and respective fandoms.
Godzilla Junior being an shipped with almost every female character he meets, or all of them. Reached Ascended Meme status when "Big Fish in a Small Pound" lampooned the harem idea.
People calling it the true Godzilla anime.
"Is [Insert Kaiju name here] going to be in the story?!"
Misaimed Fandom: There's a sect of fans who are firmly of the belief that Bagan at his full power would completely curbstomp Harmony and Grogar at their full power even at the same time. This is despite the huge amounts of effort the author has put into balancing the two sides of the story in contrast to many crosssovers and that being the case would go completely against that, and repeated Word of God that the three characters are all equal to each otherand Harmony was at the same percentage of her full power as Bagan when they fought. In fact, according to Word of God, the entire inspiration for this story was how many crossover Godzilla fics amounted to 'drop Godzilla into a franchise and let him flatten everything' and wanting to buck the trend, meaning that happening would go against everything the story was trying to do.
One True Pairing: Despite having no backing from the latter party in-story and leaning dangerously on Foe Yay, a majority of the readerbase ships Mane-iac with Gigan. Or rather Mane-iac to Gigan. Ironically, Mane-iac's crush on Gigan was intended as a parody of shipping. People just thought it was too over the top funny not to love. Later on their Mirror Universe counterparts get a lot of Ship Tease moments.
Likewise, Raiga (a rather obscure kaiju) had these treatment in the spin-off, "A Sound of Thunder". While some argued that they'd prefer a more well known kaiju, her portrayal won the detractors over.
The same could be said about Kaizer Ghidorah. Before this story, he was hated by the majority of the Godzilla fandom thanks to his bad suit design, lack of explanation about his origins, etcetera. Now, thanks to having a new, more likable design, explicitly not being a replacement for King Ghidorah, an explanation about his origins, the overall reception has been positive.
When she was introduced, Moonbeam Glimmer was heavily disliked as an idiotic fearmonger. Fans quickly did a 180 once her heartbreaking backstory was told.
Rainbow Dash's mom, Rainbow "Radiance" Dash Senior is basically Generation 3 Rainbow Dash. One would think most Generation 4 fans would find her annoying, especially since she's wearing the Newborn Cutie's attire. You'd be dead wrong here as the readerbase adores "Mama Dashie" for being her own brand of Crazy Awesome. It was strong enough that when Rainbow Dash's canonical mother was revealed in the show, numerous readers wrote in worried Radiance would be replaced, thankfully being told she was there to stay.
For some, the story giving Equestrian Flash Sentry traits like a Heroic Lineage he worries he's not living up to, a status as Shining Armor's protege and right hand man, and Chronic Hero Syndrome are redeeming those who didn't like his Equestria Girls counterpart.
The Spinosaurus from Jurassic Park III, nicknamed "Snoke" in the setting, got more fans after his origin tale of being created by Dr. Henry Wu for a purpose was shown in a well received side story.
Tarbtano received a lot of hate mail for even mentioning both the human and pony versions of Flash Sentry in the fic, as many fans of the Equestria Girls films heavily dislike him. One of Tarbtano's goals once the Amalgamverse reaches the Rainbow Rocks timeline is to correctly portray human Flash in a way that gets him Rescued from the Scrappy Heap. He's also started giving pony Flash some characterization.
Many fans were calling for Moonbeam Glimmer to be killed when she was introduced due to her antagonizing Godzilla Junior and seeming to be an Ungrateful Bastard to his heroics. This stopped once her backstory and Freudian Excuse were revealed.
Ship-to-Ship Combat: Developed in the early years with two of the main pairings the fans support, Godzilla Junior x Blade Dancer and Godzilla Junior x Luna.
Hilariously Tarbtano has gone on record several times saying the creation of the pairings was purely reader interpretation and any support he gave was accidental as he didn't feel confident he could write romance. However he found the prospect so amusing he decided to start dropping hints.
And now there's a third ship thrown in the mix (Xenilla x Blade Dancer). With Luna and Junior getting more support, some of the Blade Dancer group have jumped ship to this especially after Blade Dancer and Xenilla went through a lot of character development together. Others still maintain Blade Dancer as a better potential partner for Junior.
Stoic Woobie: Godzilla Junior, Princess Celestia, and Monster X are both strong contenders for this at times. The Eclipse Times reveals Princess Celestia especially was this 1,000 years ago.
Godzilla Junior is actually a pretty nice guy who just finds himself in one bad circumstance after another. After effectively battling a war for nearly two decades straight to keep his world safe, more than anything he wants to be able to stop fighting and enjoy some peace. But because of how he views power, he just won't quit as long as there are threats the innocent can't face but he can. Retiring or taking too long of a break would only seem selfish to him.
It's extremely safe to say that Monster X's life has been a living hell, possibly even more so than any of the other characters. However, he simply continues to follow whatever orders he's given to the best of his ability, since that's all he really knows how to do well, and speaks of his inner turmoil to no one. Poor guy just doesn't know what else to do with himself other than be a Punch-Clock Villain.
Princess Celestia 1,000 years ago had just gone through all the conflicts with Grogar's students Tirek, King Sombra, and Discord; only to lose her sister and be forced to banish Nightmare Moon in a botched attempt to cure her. Her powers are on the fritz due to using the Elements of Harmony by herself, half the populace is confused and afraid of her with talks of rebellion, the Founders' attempts to comfort her result in her feeling useless; and her being unwell gives Chrysalis the chance to ravage Timbucktu. All of which Celestia blames herself for but is so emotionally broken she can't speak or emote.
Even with as crazy as the April Fools' Day special was, nobody saw G3!Pinkie coming.
Given the story was already running for years by the time Shin Godzilla came out and the Godzilla incarnation present was drastically different from that version, the fact Shin Godzilla appeared as the Nightmare form for Godzilla Junior with a direct reference was very much out of left field for the readers.
The video game:
That One Level: IV-VI, The Archway. It looks simple, but with the need to carefully account for the sphere's movement, your own position within the Alien Geometries, and the barrier's movements, it ends up being a surprisingly complicated puzzle which may take you over an hour to solve.