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The Pokémon franchise has made references to the Godzilla franchise since it first began.

Generation I

In the show

  • In "Ditto's Mysterious Mansion," Jesse yells at Ditto with Godzilla's roar.
  • In one episode of the Pokémon anime, a giant Caterpie attacks a city similar to Tokyo. The Caterpie evolves into Metapod, and eventually evolves into Butterfree. This entire sequence was very similar to Mothra's very first movie appearance.

The Pokémon

  • Nidoking and Rhydon both strongly resemble Baragon.
  • Butterfree and Venomoth set a precedent for butterfly and moth-like Pokémon to have psychic abilities and powder attacks with debilitating status effects, recalling Mothra.
  • One piece of concept art for Capsule Monsters, which evolved into Pokémon Red and Blue, shows a fire-breathing reptile named Godzillante, combining Godzilla and Biollante's names.[1]
  • The initial Capsule Monsters pitch to Nintendo included Pokémon named Omega who resembled Mechagodzilla, particularly its finger guns.[2]

Generation II

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In the movies

  • In the movie "Pokémon Heroes", an Aerodactyl is summoned to destroy the city and its citizens. This again is similar to giant monster films.

The Pokémon

  • The Pokémon Tyranitar is similar to Godzilla in many ways, including a passing resemblance through its design. Tyranitar is a very powerful and in the movies/show it can be seen as an unstoppable force. Also, Tyranitar's Japanese name is Bangiras (バンギラス,   Bangirasu), which is an obvious reference to Anguirus's Japanese name Angirasu (アンギラス).


Generation III

The Pokémon

  • The Steel- and Rock-type Aggron may be based on the Pulgasari, a monster that eats iron in Korean legend, in addition to potentially being based on Triceratops and other dinosaurs.

Generation IV

In the movies

  • The legendary Pokémon Giratina's roar is actually Mothra's chirps, screeches and cries.
  • The legendary Pokémon Palkia's roar is a mix of the roars of the Boga from the Star Wars franchise, King Ghidorah's roar and Godzilla's roar.
  • In the eleventh movie, the villain's ship (when using its beam) produces the same sound as Megaguirus's roar.

The Pokémon

  • Palkia's roar from the movies is also used in Super Smash Bros. Brawl whenever he appears in the Spear Pillar stage, and in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U whenever he appears from a Pokéball.
  • The Pokémon Yanmega is a dragonfly that evolves from Yanma by learning AncientPower and is directly based off the Meganeura species of ancient dragonflies, just like Megaguirus and the Meganula.

Generation V

The Pokémon

  • The Pokémon Hydreigon is similar to King Ghidorah in appearance as they are both winged, flying three-headed dragons with no real "arms." However, Hydreigon has been confirmed in a Nintendo Dream interview with Ken Sugimori, head Pokémon designer, to be based off Yamata no Orochi instead of King Ghidorah. The explanation given was that Hydreigon has 3 heads instead of 8 because 3 heads was simpler than 8 heads.

In the games

  • MechaTyranitar.jpg
    In Pokémon Black 2 & White 2, there is a feature called the "Pokéstar Studios", in which you can make short movies. The feature has a giant Steel-type mechanical Tyranitar that can be used in the movies, that goes by the name of "Mecha Tyranitar" and shortened to "MT" in-battle. This character is similar to the Heisei Mechagodzilla and the late Heisei Godzilla, because of its appearance and role in the film. Mecha Tyranitar is at level 73, has the ability "Analytic" and has the moves "Iron Head", "Surf", "Spark", and "Earthquake".
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In the studios, there is a series of films called "Big Monster" (大怪獣,   Daikaijū) that can done at any point after the player has defeated the Champion, in which Mecha Tyranitar appears. These are the films' titles:

  • The Titanic Tyranitar - A giant organism appears, and the UDF goes into action!
  • The Mechanical Menace - The UDF rushes into action when an odd scream is heard during patrol!
  • Mysterious Beach - The Titanic Tyranitar reappears! The mysterious light's true identity!
  • Return of Mecha Tyranitar - MT reappears. It's time for the final battle with the UDF!

In the Return of Mecha Tyranitar, the player battles a "Strange Man" called Serizawa, who uses a Steel and Electric-type Black Mecha Tyranitar called MT2. Mecha Tyranitar 2 is at level 72, has the ability "Flash Fire", has a "Scope Lens" held item, and has the moves "Flamethrower", "Thunderbolt", "Metal Burst", and "Dragon Pulse."

In the show

  • In the first episode of the Generation V anime adaption, the Pokémon Zekrom has the same roar as Megaguirus, while it has Baragon's GMK roar in the 14th Pokemon movie. The Pokémon Reshiram has Megaguirus' roar mixed with one of Keizer Ghidorah's roars in the movie as well.
  • In Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice, Kyurem has the roars of Zilla and Monster X.
  • A giant robot that goes by the name "Mecha Tyranitar" appears in the anime episode "An Epic Defense Force!". In that, a giant Tyranitar is shown swimming across the sea. Ash fires at it, removing some of it's fake skin. The Mecha-Tyranitar then reveals it's true self as a robot. This is a direct reference to Fake Godzilla and the movie Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla. Mecha Tyranitar has Heisei King Ghidorah's roar and is controlled by an alien, played by Cilan. Ash Ketchum is a member of the "Unova Defense Force" and lands on an island where two twins, one played by Iris and another played by a Zorua, talk about restoring a sleeping titan of legend, a giant Golurk, which is a reference to the Shobijin. The aliens capture some Pokémon and the twins plead the giant to wake up, but Mecha Tyranitar destroys the sleeping Golurk. Mecha Tyranitar fires a beam at the twins but Golett sacrifices itself. The twins shed two single tears which revive Golett and make it evolve into a giant Golurk. Golurk and Mecha Tyranitar fight, and Golurk uses Mega Punch to destroy the Mecha and uses Psychic to save the Pokemon. The aliens try to beam Mecha Tyranitar back into their ship but Golurk blocks the beam and later damages the alien ship, making it explode. Golurk lands in front of the main characters and the twins thank Golurk for saving the Earth and all living on it. Golurk restores the Golurk statue and devolves back into Golett. This entire sequence is a direct spoof of kaiju movies, mainly Godzilla ones.
  • The part where Cameron's Hydreigon uses it's Tri Attack from its mouth is a reference to King Ghidorah's Gravity Beam.

Generation VI

The Pokémon

  • Tyranitar gained a mega evolution in this Generation, and rather fittingly resembles Super Godzilla or SpaceGodzilla (who was inspired by Super Godzilla anyways), complete with an exaggerated version of Super Godzilla's 'crown' and large dorsal fins erupting out of its back.

In the show

  • In the movie Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction, Yveltal has Megaguirus' roars.
  • In Mega Evolution Special III, both Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre have Godzilla's roar, mixed with Mothra and King Ghidorah's roars.

Generation VII

In the games

  • In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Lunala utilizes one of Mothra's chirps, and Solgaleo uses a short Baragon roar.

Trivia

  • Godzillante vs. Gorillaimo
    Toho holds the distribution rights for the Pokémon movies in Japan, and also plays a significant role in the production of the films. Thus, the use of Kaiju roars for legendary Pokémon is as a result of Toho allowing the use of their extensive sound effects.
  • In the Capsule Monsters Beta (Pokémon Beta), there were two generic Pocket Monsters that were made to show off a prototype of the battle screen. The two Pokémon's names translate to "Godzillante" and "Gorillaimo." Godzillante (ゴジランテ,   Gojirante) is a reptile-like Pokémon that shoots fire, and it could have been a very early fire-type prototype for Tyranitar. Godzillante's name could also be a reference to Biollante's name.
The Skullcrawlers were partially inspired by Cubone[3]
  • Originally, the Pokémon series was to be called 'Capsule Monsters.' It has since been revealed by Satoshi Tajiri that one of his inspirations for the concept of people summoning monsters to help them battle or surmount obstacles was taken from Eiji Tsuburaya's hit tokusatsu television show, Ultraseven.[4] In Ultraseven, Seven can summon one of a trio of monsters when he is unable to transform into Seven, so that the monsters can fight for him.
  • According to an interview with Shogo Tomiyama during the U.S. premiere of Godzilla: Final Wars, Godzilla's most dangerous adversary is Pikachu and that hopefully, "Godzilla's new film will finally win the hearts of children back from his most dangerous advisory ever: Pokémon."[5]
  • One of the inspirations for the Kong: Skull Island monsters, the Skullcrawlers, was the Pokémon Cubone.[3]


References

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MINEZILLA

11 months ago
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Godzilla vs Pikachu! I can see it now...
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Sam The Giganfan

11 months ago
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no no no no no.

Godzilla VS Detective Pikachu
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VaderRaptor

2 months ago
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Yes!
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JohnGojira

12 months ago
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Grimer and Muk are a lot like Hedorah
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MightyAnt43

22 months ago
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What, no mention about how Gliscor is similar to Megaguirus?
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Green Blob Thing

22 months ago
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But they look nothing alike though.
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Sputtlefish

28 months ago
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Gen 3 has no - what? Aggron looks a lot like a kaiju (mainly Pulgasari) and yes I know, Pulgasari is a Godzilla ripoff, not anything else. But when I first saw Aggron, I thought he looked like Godzilla wearing armor
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Koopa

41 months ago
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Perhaps it would be worth mentioning that since Toho hold the distribution rights to the Pokemon movies, it's probable that the inclusion of Kaiju roars in the films are from Toho allowing the makers of the anime to include them.
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SuperNerd295

41 months ago
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Saying gen three had no clear references to Godzilla is a little incorrect. Beuatifly looks a hell of a lot like Mothra.
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SuperNerd295

41 months ago
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and not to mention, Wurmple can also evolve into Dustox, which could be seen as a homage to Battra. Wurmple is was also the first Bug type to evolve into a silken cocoon instead of a hardened one, with the second being Scatterbug. ALSO Intentional or not, Rayquaza looks very much like Manda before Mega evolving.
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Titanollante

41 months ago
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Well, it doesn't matter what you think, or what I think, or what anyone thinks. It has to be a clear, actual reference to Godzilla to be included. Some people say that Feraligatr looks like Godzilla, but to people like me that's just totally wrong.
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