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Japanese Films/Franchise-related YMMV:

  • Alas, Poor Villain: Godzilla, repeatedly.
  • Anvilicious: Godzilla vs. Hedorah is a high contender.
    • Even higher are the first two Rebirth of Mothra films.
  • Badass Decay: Well, design-wise, compare the fierce Rodan design in the original film to the goofier one in Monster Zero.
    • King Ghidorah in Godzilla vs. Gigan is often seen as this.
    • Zilla, which is one of the main reasons why he's viewed so negatively by the fans.
      • Averted in Zilla Jr.'s case, as fans consider him to be one of the best incarnations.
    • Weirdly averted by Godzilla himself. The more he ceased being a true monster, the more he moved into Crazy Awesome.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Some consider the entire film of Godzilla vs Hedorah to be this, peaking with the scene where Godzilla uses his Atomic Breath to fly. The talking scene in Godzilla vs. Gigan counts, too.
    • All Monsters Attack, which takes place entirely in a boy's imagination, and has Minya facing a bully and interacting with the boy (complete with Goofy-style "hyuk-hyuk" voice).
    • Godzilla's "victory dance" in Monster Zero.
    • Maguma's entire appearance in Gorath. So much so that he was cut from the American dub entirely.
    • The sliding dropkick that Godzilla delivers to Megalon in Godzilla vs. Megalon, as well as the scene where he bodyslams Megaguirus in Godzilla vs. Megaguirus.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Godzilla has a lot of these. From his dramatic entrance during a thunderstorm in Terror of Mechagodzilla to him blowing Orga's head off with a supercharged Atomic Breath Blast in Godzilla 2000, the list is huge!
    • After watching Godzilla demolish every other opponent in his way in Godzilla: Final Wars, watching Monster X give him a good fight and Keizer Ghidorah utterly thrash him is pretty awesome.
    • In Mothra vs. Godzilla, and again in Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S., despite being old, on the edge of death, and being very frail, Mothra agrees to battle freakin' Godzilla and gave everything she could to try to stop him, resulting in her tearjerking death.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: See page.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Anguirus for American fans. Megalon and Gigan as well, despite appearing in some of the worst movies in the series. Almost every Toho monster is a fan-favorite in one sector or another.
    • In Japan, Baragon is popular like Anguirus, though he has his American fans. Though he couldn't appear much, he appears in merchandise and has even influenced the design of some Pokémon! When GMK rolled around, he was the only monster to be retained in Kaneko's original plan and earned more fans in his fight with Godzilla.
    • Gorosaurus was just the stand-in for the tyrannosaurus-like monsters King Kong usually faces in King Kong Escapes. When the Baragon suit became so damaged that he had to be reduced to cameos, Gorosaurus was brought in to trash Paris and fight King Ghidorah. His kangaroo kick in the final battle among other things gained him a number of fans.
    • Biollante, despite appearing in only one movie, has a quite a robust fanbase. It must be her scary appearance and being one of the few female monsters in the Toho universe.
    • Bagan has a surprising following, despite only appearing in a video game. Him being a huge Difficulty Spike above anything before him and needing the player to become Super Godzilla to beat him seems to have something to do with it.
    • Despite only appearing in the first movie (and, even there, having limited screentime) Dr. Daisuke Serizawa is easily the most famous human character in the series.
    • Miki Saegusa tends to be well-remembered and regarded, partly due to being one of the few human characters to appear in multiple films. It really helps that she's also one of the only human characters who realizes that fighting Godzilla is stupid.
    • Joe Brody from the 2014 film has become one of the most popular humans in the franchise.
  • Jerkass Woobie: The big lizard himself.
  • Mainstream Obscurity: Not a lot of people have watched Godzilla movies, but everyone has heard about Godzilla.
  • Moral Event Horizon: King Ghidorah crossed it even before he made his first on-screen appearance when he wiped out all life on Venus.
    • Destroyah's cold-blooded murder of Godzilla Jr. is where it becomes obvious that Destroyah isn't just a instinctual monster, but a sadistic, merciless killer.
    • Way back in the original 1954 film, the first Godzilla crossed this by going out of his way to incinerate an innocent woman and her children.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Godzilla's trademark roar.
  • Only the Creator Does It Right: Many people have deemed most of the movies that weren't directed by Ishiro Honda to be inferior.
  • The Scrappy: Minya, Zilla, Gabara and ESPECIALLY Godzooky.
  • Special Effects Failure: All over the place. Especially in Godzilla vs. Gigan.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Destroy All Monsters to Son of Godzilla, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla to Godzilla vs. Megalon, Godzilla 2000 to the 1998 American Godzilla movie, and GMK to Godzilla vs. Megaguirus.
    • The third Rebirth of Mothra film is leaps-and-bounds better than 1 and 2.
  • Tear Jerker: Godzilla vs. Destroyah. That is all.
    • There is also this, a public funeral for the King of Monsters that was held shortly after the film came out. It was so big that even CNN covered it.
      • In fact, only two other fictional characters (Raoh and Toru Rikiishi) were fortunate enough to receive this kind of honor after their deaths.
    • The ending of the first film and Dr. Serizawa's Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Uncanny Valley: Gabara. There's something really weird about a monster with Godzilla's build, minus the tail.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Shusuke Kaneko had stated in interviews that the GMK Godzilla is supposed to be pure evil. 'Course, since we are talking about Godzilla, he gets more praise than the "heroic monsters" in the film.
  • Vindicated by History: Terror Of Mechagodzilla had the weakest performances of the Showa era. Today, it's considered one of the best of the Showa for being rather grim and mature for a 70s Godzilla flick.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Even the staff who made Mothra vs. Godzilla were not sure how to create a fight between the two. It took a lot of creativity but they gave us one of the most beloved and awe-inspiring battles in Godzilla history - and Mothra had only her wings, poison, and determination at the time!
  • Villain Decay: King Ghidorah and the big lizard himself. The former has probably the biggest of any movie villain, going from being the Big Bad Cosmic Horror that lays waste to entire world to being a mind-controlled slave to aliens.

1998 American movie specific entries:

Notes

  1. Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer and Nancy Cartwright
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