Godzilla in popular culture

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As an enduring and iconic symbol of post-World War II Japanese cinematic history, Godzilla is frequently referenced and parodied in popular culture. Godzilla and other icons of the kaiju genre have appeared in a variety of mediums, ranging from cartoons, film, literature, television, comics, and video games. Often, it is Godzilla's name, his design, and/or the style of his movies where he demolishes cities that is parodied the most. Godzilla's name is also often referenced by attaching the suffix "-zilla" to a word and/or phrase in order to denote size or monstrous/destructive behavior. The following is a list of such references, organized in alphabetical order. While this page aims to be comprehensive, due to the broad subject matter, it is evergrowing.


Image Film of origin Release date Description
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All About Our House 2001/06/09 Television writer Naosuke Iijima contrives of a scenario where a human-sized Godzilla takes up residence in an apartment building. Megaguirus later appears on the show as well. Attraction suits from Godzilla vs. Megaguirus were used to portray the monsters, with Hiromasa Taguchi as Godzilla.
Austin Powers in Goldmember 2002/07/26 As Austin, his father, and Foxxy Cleopatra pursue Goldmember through a parade in Tokyo, they crash into a parade float of a monster resembling Godzilla. They continue to drive with the float affixed to the top of their car which roars as music plays reminiscent of that of Akira Ifukube. Two men looking onto the float, played by Brian Tee and Masi Oka, provide the following dialogue before fleeing:
Man A: “Run, it's Godzilla!
Man B: “It looks like Godzilla, but due to international copyright laws, it's not.
Man A: “Still, we should run like it is Godzilla!
Man B: “Though it isn't.
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Beavis and Butt-Head Do America 1996/12/20 Beavis and Butt-Head at one point have a Godzilla-based dream. Butt-Head kidnaps a woman, reminiscent of King Kong, while Beavis breathes fire at military troops, reminiscent of Godzilla. The two fight over who wants a 'go' with the woman before the dream ends.
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City Hunter The Movie: Shinjuku Private Eyes 2019/02/08 As criminals pursue private detective Kaori Makimura through the streets of Shinjuku, their vehicle runs over a car mirror, throwing off the aim of the gunner just as he fires his RPG-7. The projectile heads towards the Hotel Gracery Godzilla Head, only to be destroyed by a single shot from Makimura's partner, Ryo Saeba. Smoke from the explosion appears to blow from the statue's mouth as it roars.
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Friday the 13th Part III 1982/08/13 Debbie reads an article in an issue of Fangoria magazine titled "Twenty-Five Years With Godzilla," and shows a photo from the original Godzilla film.
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Ganjasaurus Rex 1987 Professor Quintin Sprog gives a lecture on Ganjasaurus Rex to a most-empty classroom, using an Imperial inflatable Godzilla and Bandai KingGoji figure as visual aids. The creature, he explains, hatched from an egg off the coast of Japan that was awakened by the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. His daughter Cassandra also has a Godzilla figure on her desk. George Takahashi from the United States Copyright Office arrives at the end of the film, stating that he's "just here to check and make sure this particular production isn't violating any of the Godzilla copyright."
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Hey Arnold!: The Movie 2002/06/28 Helga's father, Bob Pataki, has a miniature model of Arnold's neighborhood which he plays with by pretending to be Godzilla destroying the city.
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Honey, I Blew Up the Kid 1992/07/17 When Adam Szalinski, now 100 feet tall, attacks Las Vegas, a fleeing Japanese tourist somehow confuses him with Godzilla.
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Instructions Not Included 2013/08/30 Maggie owns a giant inflatable Godzilla doll which is seen numerous times in the background. At one point, she hits it across the room.
Million Dollar Crocodile 2012/06/08 Released in the UK and on video in the US under the title Croczilla, clearly taking its name from that of Godzilla. One of the film's taglines, "Japan was just the appetizer," is also a clear nod to Godzilla.
Monsters vs. Aliens 2009/03/27 While his cohorts reference classic American movie monsters, Insectosaurus echoes Mothra. A grub mutated by nuclear testing, he once attacked Tokyo, metamorphoses into a butterfly, and can shoot strands of silk as a means of attack. As an added kaiju reference, would-be world conqueror Gallaxhar rallies his troops thusly: "Attention, all aliens! Destroy all monsters!"
My Hero Academia: Two Heroes 2018/08/03 A character named Godzillo (ゴジロ,   Gojiro), who is described as a "Monster Hero," appears with a design and roar based on Godzilla's from Godzilla vs. Biollante and Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah. Worth noting is that this character was actually included in the film with the permission of Toho, who distributed the film in theaters. In the promotional Vol. 0 Manga for the film, Godzillo's power, or "Quirk," is called "Toho." What this power is or can do is never specified.
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Pee-wee's Big Adventure 1985/08/09 As Warner Bros. security pursues Pee-wee Hermann across the studio lot, they interrupt the filming of a battle between Godzilla and King Ghidorah. After Pee-wee rides through on his bike, crushing some miniature tanks, a speedboat from another movie set crashes in, hitting Godzilla and causing the King Ghidorah puppet to get pulled to the ceiling. Later on, after crashing a Twisted Sister music video, the speedboat crashes into a car, sending Godzilla flying. 34 years later, Godzilla and King Ghidorah would duke it out near an erupting volcano in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, distributed by Warner Bros.
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Rugrats in Paris: The Movie 2000/11/17 The babies take control of a giant mechanical Reptar and roam through the city causing unintentional destruction, referencing both Godzilla and Mechagodzilla. They also pilot the robot against a giant purple hermit crab mecha, and scale the Eiffel Tower holding Angelica in its hand, referencing King Kong. Both mechs are eventually destroyed, with the robotic Reptar having its tail, right claw, and head cut off.
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Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion the Movie: Mirai Kara Kita Shinsoku no ALFA-X 2019/12/27 A creature called Snow Godzilla appears in the film. His design originated in VFX artist Takuya Uenishi's short film "G vs. G", which he submitted to the GEMSTONE Creators Audition.[1]
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Star Wars: Episode II -
Attack of the Clones
2002/05/16 Republic clone troopers use artillery resembling Maser Cannons to shoot down a Separatist core ship. Though unnamed in the film, other Star Wars works identify them as Self-Propelled Heavy Artillery Turbolasers (SPHA-T).
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Ted 2 2015/06/26 A person in a Godzilla costume resembling the DaisensoGoji suit takes part in a brawl at San Diego Comic-Con, shoving a Bumblebee cosplayer and knocking over a tower of Play-Doh containers. As the film was shot at the 2014 convention, a sign for Godzilla (2014) is visible in the background of several shots.
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Weathering with You 2019/07/17 During the montage of Hina and Hodoka taking clients for their sunshine service, a Godzilla cosplayer appears in the background of one shot.


Image Series of origin Episode(s) Air date Description
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30 Rock "Chain Reaction of Mental Anguish" 2010/12/02 Tracy Jordan's "son," Donald, has begun a new business venture: a themed restaurant that features brawls between "unlicensed" versions of Japanese monsters. The unfortunately-named "Staples" restaurant features a debut battle between Godzilla and Mechagodzila.
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Animaniacs "Hercule Yakko" 1993/10/21 In a pre-opening credits parody of Masterpiece Theater, Yakko introduces a series of catastrophic events culminating in the appearance of Godzilla, who, after delivering his distinctive roar, proceeds to deluge the screen in a wall of fire.
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"Sir Yaksalot" 1993/10/22 A dragon is terrorizing a medieval town, and the Warners are called in by the king to deal with the situation. They suggest consulting the war room, and the cartoon cuts to a high tech facility where several people are sitting around a large, circular table. A Japanese general and scientist, whose voices are out of sync, are present, along with Doctor Strangelove and Perry Mason, the television lawyer made famous by Raymond Burr, who appeared in the Americanized version of the original Godzilla film, known as Godzilla, King of the Monsters!. The intended parody of the original Godzilla film is evident.
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"The Warners and
the Beanstalk"
1994/02/10 While trying to convince a giant to eat gold eggs and meat instead of them, the Warners end up in Tokyo where civilians begin to flee. They ask the giant "Would you could you in Japan, with Godzilla and Rodan?" and stand-ins for the two monsters appear before him. The giant replies that he "would not could not in Japan, with Godzilla and Rodan," causing Godzilla to blast him with fire, and Rodan to slap him into the air with his wings.
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The Awful Truth "Don't Shoot,
It's Only a Wallet"
2000/05/24 In this episode regarding race relations, a scene from Godzilla vs. Megalon is used in order to present a visual metaphor.
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Bill Nye the Science Guy "Electricity" 1994/11/2 While talking about how there's enough electricity coming out of a wall to stop your heart, Bill shows a giant plug and outlet, saying that it's "Godzilla's hairdryer" before a clip of Godzilla destroying New York from Destroy All Monsters is shown. Later in the episode, a clip from Gorgo flashes on a TV.
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Brickleberry "High Stakes" 2014/11/11 Woody Johnson drew out a picture of Godzilla fighting soldiers, tanks and the Air Force.
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The Colbert Report "Everything Must Go" 2006/06/20 Introducing a new segment, "Stephen Makes It Simple," show host Stephen Colbert attempts to dissect the differences between big and little governments. To demonstrate this, Colbert picks metaphors for the two subjects: Godzilla as big government and Lassie as small government.
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Courage the
Cowardly Dog
"Courage in the
Big Stinkin' City"
2000/11/07 Courage must deliver a package to a giant roach who is holding Muriel and enters a condemned building where various shocking sites lie behind each door, one of which being King Ghidorah using stock footage from Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster.
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The Critic "Siskel & Ebert
& Jay & Alice"
1995/03/12 Critic Jay Sherman shows clips from films that the Oscars overlooked, which includes a movie about a deaf Godzilla.
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The Daily Show
with Jon Stewart
"Dominic Chianese" 2001/05/01 Anchor Steve Carell weighs in on the occurring fascination with Asian culture in the United States, in particular focusing on the surge in Japanese toys being sold in America. Carell, however, provides a grim reminder that "it's only been 50 years since this happened" as footage from Godzilla (1954) plays.
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"Howard Kurtz" 2007/10/11 This mock commercial focuses on Finland and briefly features Godzilla from Godzilla 2000: Millennium.
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Death Note "Scorn" 2007/05/29 As Near comes to the conclusion that Teru Mikami may be directly connected to the mysterious serial killer Kira, a small toy in Godzilla's likeness is shown twice, along with a paper cutout of Tokyo Tower and stacks of CDs, representing buildings in a city.
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Dexter "The Dark Defender" 2007/10/28 Dexter investigates the scene of a murder at a comic shop. There, a Godzilla action figure, possibly Bandai's large scale 1991 figure or a Horizon Godzilla figure, which is painted green can be seen briefly in the background.
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Dr. Slump: Arale-chan "The Mysterious
Dr. Monster?!"
1982/01/13 Dr. Monster daydreams of playing jump rope with Godzilla and Gamera.
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Dr. Stone "Spartan Crafts Club" 2019/11/22 Senku and the Ishigami Village set out to collect tungsten. Tungsten in one scene is represented by Godzilla with the word tungsten replacing his dorsal fins.
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Drawn Together "Super Nanny" ‎2005/12/07 At a red carpet event, Godzilla appears to chastise the sold-out Ling Ling about losing his culture and becoming too American, and uses a giant placard to state that Ling Ling is a "House Monster." All of Godzilla's dialogue consists of his Showa roar.
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DuckTales "Master of the Djinni" 1987/09/29 As Djinni is watching TV at Manor McDuck, Godzilla appears on the screen blasting Anguirus with his atomic breath, similar to Godzilla Raids Again.
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Food Wars! "The Unfolding
Individual Competition"
2015/09/12 During judging of Ryō Kurokiba's dish, French Curry Lobster Rice with Cognac, one of the judges pictures Napoleon Bonaparte riding a giant crustacean resembling Ebirah as a parallel to the food's deliciousness. Ebirah's roar can be heard in the background.
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Food Wars!
The Second Plate
"Interplay of
Light & Shadow"
2016/07/09 Ebirah's roar is heard as the judges begin eating Ryō Kurokiba's Soupe De Poisson Ramen, a dish coated with crushed dried crustacean shells.
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"The Age of Kings" 2016/07/16 As Hisako Arato prepares her Soft-Shelled Turtle Hamburger for the competition, a visual metaphor is employed featuring the girl wreaking havoc on a city dressed as a giant turtle, similar to Gamera.
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Franklin "Franklin in the Dark" 1998/01/05 While trying to learn to cope with his fear of the dark, Franklin imagines monsters in his room. The spirits of Gyaos, Viras, Jiger and Barugon, who are all represented in different colors, appear from a spare shell lying on the floor, terrifying him.
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Full House "D.J.'s Very First Horse" 1988/11/04 After returning from a date with Becky, Jesse Katsopolis tries to blow up Michelle's new toy, an inflatable Godzilla doll.
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Futurama "The Devil's Hands
Are Idle Playthings"
2003/08/10 While at the theatre, an image of Fry, Bender and Leela is displayed with Godzilla, and Bender exclaims in an operatic signing voice "Oh no! It's Godzilla!" The Real bender in the audience quips that "That's funny..I don't remember fighting Godzilla."
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Garo "Taiga" 2005/12/23 While waiting for his father to return from his Horror hunting, a young Kouga Saejima walks to a nearby toy store where a Rodan toy is seen on display.
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Good Luck Charlie "T. Wrecks" 2012/08/26 Bob brings PJ and Emmet the Classic Media DVD release of Godzilla, King of the Monsters!, which he then proceeds to watch.
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Happy Tree Friends "Wingin' It" 2006/12/10 While safety instructions are being read on a plane, Flaky notices a panel on the safety leaflet telling passengers what to do in the event of a Godzilla attack, which frightens her. Later, when Lumpy is using his radio equipment aboard the plane, it knocks out a television signal, affecting Toothy on the ground who was watching a Godzilla movie. After seemingly crash-landing, the plane rolls into the ocean, with Flaky seemingly escaping to a sinking life-raft after being attacked by a shark. Suddenly, Godzilla can be heard roaring off-screen, and the episode ends with her presumably being killed by the monster.
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Heroes "Genesis" 2006/09/25 During the scene in Tokyo where Hiro attempts to reverse time, an out-of-focus Godzilla toy can be spotted among other collectibles.
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Hunter × Hunter "Secret Trick × Register × The Battle Begins" 2000/09/16 When Gon and Killua enter their hotel room on the 200th floor of Heavens Arena, Godzilla can be seen fighting Mothra on a television screen.
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Invader Zim "Hamstergeddon" 2001/08/17 Zim plants an Irken device on Peepi the hamster to make him grow larger, but quickly becomes too big to contain and breaks free. Zim doesn't worry about this at first, but reconsiders once his house ends up in the path of the hamster's destruction. After failing to stop Peepi on his own, Zim enlists the help of Dib and formulates a new plan; he gets Peepi to follow his Voot ship to a Ferris wheel which is fitted with rockets to blast Peepi into space. The involvement of the military causes this plan to fail, however, and as a last resort, Zim attaches rockets to Peepi himself and blasts the hamster into orbit.
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Jimmy Kimmel Live! "Kobe Bryant/Lake Bell/Pharrell Williams" 2014/05/08 While talking about Hollywood rebooting old franchises, Jimmy shows a fake trailer for "Barneyzilla" in preparation for the release of Godzilla on May 16. The trailer begins with the Legendary and Warner Bros. logos dissolving into "On May 16..." and showing Admiral Stenz talking. Then, "He is coming..." appears onscreen, followed by more footage from the Godzilla teaser. "And he is not your friend." appears as the teaser trailer footage builds up to Godzilla hiding behind smoke and rubble. Instead of Godzilla, however, Barney appears out of the ashes, laughing and jumping, and saying "Okay!" excitedly with explosions at his feet. "BARNEYZILLA" appears in purple with the "Gojira" katakana behind it. The title cuts to Barney singing "I love you, you love... SKREEONGK!" Barney roars like Godzilla and breathes fire from his mouth onto the camera, transitioning to notify viewers that the film is rated "G" for general audiences.
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Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger "The Strongest
Fighting Machine
2011/11/06 The Gokaigers use their newly acquired Grand Power to obtain the Kanzen Soul, which when used, combines the GokaiOh, the GoZyuJin, and Malchalcon, creating the Kanzen GokaiOh. This robot sometimes makes a screeching noise which is created from Gigan's Showa roars.
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"The Strongest Man
in the Universe
2011/12/11 After seeing an article in a magazine about Don slaying a dragon, Luka and the rest of the Gokaigers confront Don about the matter. Don is then seen fighting with the dragon as Luka continues reading off the article. This dragon uses the roar of the Heisei King Ghidorah, itself created from that of Rodan.
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Kamen Rider Zero-One "The Bus Guide Saw It! Anna's Truth" 2019/09/22 Isamu Fuwa, known as the hero Kamen Rider Vulcan, obtains his gorilla-based form Punching Kong which is clearly named after King Kong.
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The Late Late Show
with Craig Ferguson
Various To transition into the "Email Twitter Attack!" segment, an opening jingle is played featuring footage from multiple Gamera films and Gappa.
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Laverne & Shirley "The Driving Test" 1978/02/21 An American poster for Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster can at one point be seen in the background.
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The Looney Tunes Show "French Fries" 2011/11/08 Godzilla appears in the Merrie Melodies song "Presidents' Day." Lola sings that Godzilla was present at the Battle of Manila in the Philippines, and the camera zooms into a giant painting as Godzilla gives a thumbs up and lets off a roar, with Lola saying "Thank you, President Godzilla!"
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Mad "Dinosaurs with
Corrected Bird
Sound Effects"
2010/10/11 A professor tries to teach his students that dinosaurs are more closely related to birds and to illustrate his point, replaces the roars of several clips of dinosaurs (including the Jurassic Park T-Rex and Godzilla) with the chirps of birds.
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"Ancient Greek MythBusters" 2012/06/18 Mothra appears in ancient Greece, destroying the civilization alongisde a Minotaur.
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"Linkong" 2013/04/01 The episode follows the story of Linkong, a fusion of King Kong and American president Abraham Lincoln. Mothra also makes a brief cameo, while small twin fairies resembling the Shobijin appear at the episode's end stood atop a hat.
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Magic Knight Rayearth "Lives at Stake - Presea's Weapons" 1994/11/21 Ascot summons a caterpillar-like monster, which looks and sounds identical to the larval Mothra, to destroy the Magic Knights. When it absorbs the Knights' magic powers, it takes on a form reminiscent of Battra's larval stage and reuses his roar. Its final transformation appears similar to Battra's imago stage.
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The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya "The Melancholy
of Haruhi-chan
Suzumiya Part 6"
2009/03/06 A rivalry between Mikuru Asahina and Yuki Nagato forms involving cosplay. When Mikuru resorts to donning a frog suit, Yuki can be seen dressed as Godzilla.
Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket "How Many Miles to the Battlefield?" 1989/03/25 After eating dinner, instead of doing his homework Alfred Izuruha decides to play a video game. The video game he play's involves the boy shooting monsters to defend a city. He intentionally destroys buildings such as a hospital and police station causing the game to give him a game over screen featuring two monsters bearing a slight resemblance to Mothra and Godzilla.
Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls "Everyday Life with D" 2015/09/08 In this episode, Suu is dropped in a vat of nuclear waste, mutating her into a giant monster with dorsal spines and the ability to shoot an atomic beam from her mouth. She fights with a giant dryad named Kii who, after having the waste removed from her body by Kimihito, is restored to regular size.
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The Muppet Show "Avery Schreiber" 1976/12/12 Dr. Bunsen Honeydew's gorilla detector bears resemblance to the monster Mechani-Kong's head from King Kong Escapes.
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"It Came From
Next Door"
2003/08/01 A monitor can be seen inside of Jenny's bedroom showing a giant monster attacking Tokyo.
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"Around the World
in Eighty Pieces"
2005/01/28 A giant reptilian monster with blue dorsal plates is shown knocking down buildings and breathing fire, and even uses Godzilla's roar. It is eventually shown that the reason it's so angry is because it has the disembodied leg of Jenny stuck in its foot. After it is removed, the monster sighs with relief and returns to the sea.
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"Agent 00' Sheldon" 2008/11/08 The secret agents' laser guns reuse the sound effects of the Maser Cannon.
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MythBusters "Car vs. Rain" 2009/06/17 Kari, Tory, and Scottie try to pop a house full of popcorn based on the myth of heating kernels with a laser. During Tory's talk with laser researcher Karel Urbanek, three clips featuring lasers are shown, the last of these being the Markalite Cannon firing on the Mysterians' Dome in The Mysterians.
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Nurse Witch Komugi "Encounter Has Come" 2004/04/02 Windmills transform into Markalite Cannons in Nagasaki, King Caesar is awakened by Miyarabi in Okinawa, and Gamera makes a cameo appearance.
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Olive, the Other Reindeer 1999/12/17 During the musical number "Merry Christmas After All," Olive, Santa, and the reindeer deliver presents across the globe. When they visit Tokyo, "Ultraman" and "Godzilla" make a brief cameo appearance, dancing to the tune of the music.
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Pani Poni Dash! "A Wise Man Will Know Not to Approach Danger" 2005/11/13 In the episode's prologue, Kurusu and Serizawa square off in the school hallway wearing costumes. Kurusu is wearing a Godzilla costume, while a Type 66 Maser Cannon, Gyaos, and Viras also make very brief appearances.
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Pinky and the Brain "Tokyo Grows" 1995/11/24 This episode features a plethora of nods to Godzilla and the film Godzilla, King of the Monsters!. In order to achieve world domination, Brain plans to use a growing ray to turn Pinky, dressed as "Gollyzilla," and him giant. However, the real Gollyzilla appears instead, and the ray eventually malfunctions, growing the Earth around them so that they are small in comparison once more. There are also a number of cutaways featuring a Raymond Burr stand-in.
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The PJs "Rich Man, P*rn Man" 1999/02/02 Thurgood uses his hands to produce amazingly realistic shadow puppets of Godzilla emitting flames, destroying a building, and even roaring. In another shot, Godzilla fights a rabbit head, much in the style of a kaiju movie.
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Pucca "Tokyo a Go-Go" 2007/04/02 Pucca, Garu and friends find an extremely long sushi conveyor belt. They ride it and find themselves taken to Tokyo, where Godzilla and Gigan are seen battling in the background. This scene replays several times throughout the episode, whenever the layout of Tokyo is shown.
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Robot Chicken "The Butterfly Effect" 2005/06/26 Godzilla destroys a geisha's house using his atomic breath.
Godzilla Zilla Reference 1.jpg "Godzilla Remade Again" 2005/07/10 Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich are given a chance to create another Godzilla remake, resulting in the Baby Godzillas performing an ice skating number. Later, they congratulate themselves on making "another giant piece of crap." The sketch's title also parodies Godzilla Raids Again.
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"Godzilla Sex Toys" 2006/04/23 Mechagodzilla, sporting a drill in his chest, visits Godzilla and his wife in their bedroom.
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"King of the Monsters" 2007/08/19 In a parody of the movie Training Day, Godzilla teaches a young Godzilla Junior the ropes on the streets of Japan. They later encounter the Great Mazinger.
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Mr. Rogers"
2007/10/07 Godzilla appears in a Japanese-style parody of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, picking up the trolley as it enters the "Kingdom."
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"A Ruined Nation" 2012/11/18 Godzilla destroys a number of famous landmarks across the United States.
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"Godzilla vs.
Jason Voorhees"
2015/10/25 Godzilla battles the serial killer Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th series of films.
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Roseanne Various A Godzilla action figure famously decorated the background of the living room set for much of the show's run.
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Sailor Moon "Jupiter Comes Thundering In" 1992/09/05 A stuffed three-headed dragon toy resembling King Ghidorah can be seen in a claw machine.
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Saturday Night Live "Broderick Crawford/
Levon Helm/Dr. John/
The Meters"
1977/03/19 A person wearing a Godzilla costume is interviewed.
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"Robert De Niro/
Diddy-Dirty Money"
2010/12/04 When Kenan Thompson's character DeAndre Cole veers off onto yet another musical tangent on his fictional talk show "What's Up With That?," he introduces Mothra, who dances furiously to chants of "Don't get too close to the porchlight."
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Scooby Doo!
Mystery Incorporated
"Battle of the Humungonauts" 2010/09/06 This episode features numerous references to The War of the Gargantuas, including its title and featured monsters—green and reddish 'Humungonauts,' the former seen emerging from the sea—along with a female character singing a rendition of Kipp Hamilton's "The Words Get Stuck in My Throat."
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Seinfeld "The Nap" 1997/04/10 When Mr. Steinbrenner enters George's office and hears the ticking of an alarm clock, he believes it to be an explosive device and calls the bomb squad. The bomb squad sends in a remote control vehicle equipped with a camera to investigate, which moves up close to a Godzilla figurine behind George's desk.
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She-Ra and the Princesses of Power "Destiny Part 1" 2019/11/04 A giant robot built by Entrapta emits Godzilla's roar to scare off a group of Beast Island monsters.
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Skip Beat! "The Danger Zone" 2008/11/02 After spraining her ankle, Kyoko Mogami tries to take the weight off but moves her leg wrong, envisioning Godzilla as a visual metaphor for her pain.
The Simpsons Various A Godzilla doll can be seen in the bedroom of Bart Simpson throughout the series.
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"Brother from
the Same Planet"
1993/02/04 Homer Simpson is compared to Godzilla on the news.
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"Marge in Chains" 1993/05/06 A Japanese "Osaka Flu" virus is personified on the news by a picture of a sickly Godzilla.
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"Lisa on Ice" 1994/11/13 Lisa, in danger of failing PE, fears that if she ever receives an "F," it could blemish her record forever. Fantasizing that her Presidency of the United States is revoked during her inauguration due to the grade, the official sentences her to "A Lifetime of Horror on Monster Island," but reassures her that it is only a name. Her and other hapless humans are then seen fleeing in terror from Gamera, Rodan, and Mothra.
"Bart's Comet" 1995/02/05 Bart's alternate name for his Principal Skinner balloon is "Buttzilla," a play on the name of Godzilla.
"Treehouse of Horror VI" 1995/10/29 Lard Lad, an advertisement for a doughnut store, is brought to life by a bolt of lightning and begins roaring like Godzilla.
"Homer's Phobia" 1997/02/16 A Godzilla doll is seen in a store.
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"The Canine Mutiny" 1997/04/13 Bart Simpson tries to buy a comic titled "Zoidzilla" from the comic store.
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"Mayored to the Mob" 1998/12/20 During Springfield's bi-monthly sci-fi convention, Godzilla can be seen signing autographs.
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"Thirty Minutes
Over Tokyo"
1999/05/16 As the Simpson family departs from Tokyo via airplane, a sudden attack by four famous kaiju prompts routine assurances by an unfazed pilot. Upon their escape, the scene reveals Gamera, Rodan, Mothra and Godzilla roaring into the sky.
"Grift of the Magi" 1999/12/19 One of Bart Simpson's classmates has a Godzilla doll on his desk.
"Faith Off" 2000/01/16 Homer Simpson draws a picture of Superman fighting Godzilla.
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"Worst Episode Ever" 2001/02/04 While working at a comic book store, one comic being sold by Bart Simpson is "Bloodzilla" with a photo of a vampire Godzilla on the cover.
"Hungry, Hungry Homer" 2001/03/04 "Radiozilla" is the name of a Springfield radio station.
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"Simpsons Tall Tales" 2001/05/20 A homeless man treats the Simpson family to three tales of Americana. The first features Homer as Paul Bunyan; however, the story is altered to include new scenes, such as a battle between Bunyan and Rodan.
"Helter Shelter" 2002/12/01 A Godzilla action figure can be seen in the bedroom of Comic Book Guy. Later, an NSYNC member claims that the NAVY help fight Godzilla.
"The Wandering Juvie" 2004/03/28 Bart Simpson creates a drawing of Godzilla farting on buildings, labeling it "Fartzilla."
"The Way We Weren't" 2004/05/09 Homer Simpson calls a girl he met at a lake a "Godzilla made of garbage."
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"Wedding for Disaster" 2009/03/29 During an argument, Homer calls Marge "Bridezilla," and Marge calls Homer "King Wrong." Maggie then imagines them as Godzilla and King Kong.
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"The Real Housewives
of Fat Tony"
2011/05/01 A DVD of "The People vs. Godzilla" is briefly visible during the episode's couch gag.
"Treehouse of
Horror XXIV"
2013/10/06 During the intro sequence conceived by Guillermo del Toro, Godzilla's skeleton is seen buried underground. Godzilla's roar can later be heard in the distance.
"Treehouse of
Horror XXVI"
2015/10/25 A giant monster resembling Homer Simpson, called Homerzilla, emerges from the ocean after an old man who had been dropping him donuts suddenly died and could no longer appease him. By the present day, a Homerzilla film has been produced, and a board of executives seek to remake it as a Hollywood blockbuster. The resulting film, entitled Zilla, is a box office failure. Defeated, the executives dumb all promotions into the ocean, reawakening Homerzilla in the process. An onscreen message explains that Homerzilla will one day return, just as soon as the Zilla film is forgotten. This episode is likely a jab at the 1998 GODZILLA film and its featured incarnation of Godzilla, who was later reintroduced as the character Zilla, and is often referred to as such by fans.
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Sonic X "Emerald Anniversary" 2003/09/07 When Sonic is being chased by Dr. Eggman's robot Weazo, the two pass by a movie scene with a monster clearly resembling Godzilla. Weazo uses a flamethrower on the Godzilla look-alike as it passes by, leaving the monster comically burnt up.
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"Map of Mayhem" 2004/02/22 "Map of Mayhem," titled "The Great Latitude Zero Battle" in Japan, references the film Latitude Zero both through its title, which is only one kanji off from the film's Japanese title, and its title card, which mimics both the film's title card and the famous Toho logo. The episode begins with an aquatic research vessel called the Seahawk going missing, a clear nod to the submarine of the same name from King Kong vs. Godzilla. A scientist named Dr. Atsumi, possibly named after the character Joji Atsumi from The Mysterians, is researching a lost civilization known as "Murasia," similar to Mu from Atragon. The episode features a scene where characters depart via boat as part of an investigation party which is framed siilarly to scenes depicting the same situation from the original Godzilla and Mothra. When the party reaches their destination at Latitude Zero, they are attacked by the villainous Dr. Eggman's battleship the Egg Giant Makan, which is clearly both named and designed after the Daimakan from The War in Space. The Egg Giant Makan is even armed with a laser weapon heavily resembling the turret of a Maser Cannon. The Egg Giant Makan is then engaged by the GUN Fort, a drill-nosed multipurpose warship clearly modeled after the Gotengo.
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"The Volcanic Venture" 2004/02/29 "The Volcanic Venture" has its Japanese title, "Sonic vs. the Subterranean Monster," taken from that of Frankenstein vs. Baragon, while the title card mimics that of Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah. This episode is also rife with Godzilla and Toho references, including a giant moth named Mothmacin which is obviously based on Mothra and a giant robot called Mongroun which is the spitting image of the Showa Moguera. A statue of Godzilla is briefly seen before seismic activity causes it to collapse. Atsumi further discusses the sunken Murasian civilizations and mentions that they worshiped dragons, while an ancient relief is shown onscreen depicting a giant serpentine dragon clearly resembling Manda.
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"Agent of Mischief" 2005/04/15 A giant alien three-headed dragon called Final Mova, which is a clear homage to King Ghidorah, is featured. Perhaps coincidentally, due to Final Mova's plant-based nature, it also resembles the Biollante and King Ghidorah hybrid from The Godzilla Comic Raids Again.
South Park "Mecha-Streisand" 1998/02/18 Many homages to Godzilla monsters are made in this episode.
"Whale Whores" 2009/10/28 Stan and his gang erect a giant statue of Godzilla, somewhat resembling the FinalGoji design, to scare away the Japanese.
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Space Dandy "There's Music in the Darkness, Baby" 2014/07/13 One of the creatures exploring the River of Time near Dandy as he was trying to revert his friends Meow and QT to a live state is Mothra, who was caught in a tidal wave which reverted her to her larval stage, then an egg. The egg then disappeared into the wave after it was spat out by the river.
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Steven Universe Future "I Am My Monster" 2020/3/27
Spoiler.png SPOILER WARNING: This section may contain major plot and/or ending details. Proceed at your own discretion.
After succumbing to his negative thoughts, Steven believes that he is a fraud, and fuelled by his immense metal trauma, transforms into a giant monster with glowing pink spines similar to Shin Godzilla. After realizing that the only way to help him is to let him know that they are there for him, the Crystal Gems hold him down and comfort him, causing Steven to revert back to his normal form.
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Stop!! Hibari-kun! "Hibari Goes for Broke!!" 1983/08/12 Near-silhouettes of Godzilla and Anguirus appear onscreen at a movie theater.
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Stranger Things "The Weirdo on Maple Street" 2016/07/15 Mike tries to show Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) his dinosaur toy Rory, who has a speaker in his mouth that emits Godzilla's roar, but a science fair trophy grabs her attention instead. Rory reappears in the Season 2 episode "MADMAX", where Mike comtemplates throwing him out and plays the roar again. By Season 3, he has taken up residence in Eleven's room.
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Super Electromagnetic Machine Voltes V "Father's Trick of
Aiming at the Earth"
1977/08/27 The beast fighter Kuragenyara appears identical to Dogora. Throughout the series, various beast fighters and super fighters also use the roar of several kaiju, including Gabara, Anguirus, Gamera, Kamacuras, and Ebirah.
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The Super Mario
Bros. Super Show!
"Mario Meets Koop-zilla" 1989/10/19 King Koopa consumes a powerful dish called "Super Sushi," causing him to become giant and begin destroying the city of Sayonara. Mario also consumes one of the dishes and confronts him. They battle it out in the city until Bowser is struck by a giant needle, reducing him back to normal.
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Teenage Mutant
Ninja Turtles
Various A poster featuring King Ghidorah is visible next to the Turtles' television throughout most of the series.
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Teen Titans Go! "Arms Race With Legs" 2016/05/05 As the Titans see who can slap the highest, they pass Godzilla and all lightly slap his face.
Giant Robot Mikazuki "Fourth Night: New
Giant Shingetsu, Arise!"
2001/01/27 Akane and one of the AIT members design a monster called Gyleek using a computer program, which bears a resemblance to Godzilla with the dorsal spines on its back and its overall body shape. They even mention that they should give it a breath attack as it is a "classic staple of kaiju." In the background, several kaiju toys can be seen, including a bust of the TriStar Godzilla. Later, Torupa uses the club president's thoughts of anger and hatred to create an Idom of the kaiju. The Idom appears as a giant egg which AIT tries to destroy using the Ultima Cannon, but cause to hatch into Gyleek, who rampages through the city. In additon to a superficial resemblance to Godzilla, Gyleek has sound bytes of Godzilla's roars as part of its audio sound effects.
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Ugly Americans "The Kong of Queens" 2010/04/28 Kong breaks open the wall of his next door neighbor, Mechagodzilla, who is eating cereal.
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Ultraman Max "The Prophesy
of Baradhi
2005/09/10 This episode, directed by Shusuke Kaneko, begins with two children playing with action figures of Gamera, in his design from Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris and Godzilla, in his design from Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, films which were both directed by Kaneko. The two kids are interrupted by the arrival of Antlar, and run away from the giant monster.
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Urusei Yatsura "Great Space Matchmaking Operation" 1982/04/07 Godzilla can be seen in the background amongst the classmates during one scene.
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"Happy Birthday,
My Darling"
1983/04/20 While at the arcade, Ataru plays a game involving fighting Godzilla. Mothra, King Kong, King Ghidorah, an Xilien UFO and Rodan also seem to be featured.
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"Ah, the Eyelid
of Mother"
1983/08/17 Ataru's mother sees herself inside her home, as Godzilla, Gamera and Alien Baltan all hang around outside.
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"Here Again!
The Hunter of Love,
Princess Kurama"
1984/08/01 Princess Kurama, needing to find a mate to save her species, searches through a database of potential matches. One such candidate is Gigan.
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"Blazing Hidden Trick! This Straight Line Road" 1984/10/31 While onstage to perform hand puppetry, Ataru and Lum form the shape of a three-headed dragon. King Ghidorah is then clearly displayed.
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"Underground Reincarnation!
What's Darling Thinking!?"
1985/01/30 Mendo daydreams of flying over Godzilla, whose escape is prevented by the same magnetic fields that were used to keep Rodan from wandering too far away from Monsterland in Destroy All Monsters.
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"Snow Panic!
The Mendo Family
Hanami Banquet!!"
1985/02/06 After the whole city is sprayed with a special juice from Lum's home planet, the citizens begin to act out various roles. Frankenstein can be seen holding Baragon over his head in one shot, with a transitional Matango not far away. Ebirah and Mothra can also be spotted in the background.
  • In the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Clash of the Metal Men!," the supervillain Chemo utters Godzilla's roar.
  • In the cartoon Rugrats, there is a fictional dinosaur called Reptar with rounded, blue spike-like appendages on his back, which intentionally causes him to resemble and spoof Godzilla. He also has enemies: Dactar, a pterodactyl that is based on Rodan, and Thorg, a purple gorilla that Reptar beats in the episode, "Toy Palace". Thorg is based on King Kong. Most notably, he battles a robotic duplicate of himself that is an obvious homage to Mechagodzilla.
  • Rodan's roar appeared in 2 episodes of The anime Naruto. The first in a episode when Naruto farts on Kiba's face, and Kiba screams with Rodan's roar. In another episode, when Konohamaru calls Sakura "Naruto's Girlfriend" she lets out Rodan's roar and punches Naruto.
  • In the Rugrats episode "Angelicon", Angelica becomes a giant monster destroying the city referencing the original Godzilla film from 1954 and climbs up the Empire State Building as a reference to King Kong.
  • In LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, an animatronic T-Rex in the Batcave's trophy room lets out the TriStar Godzilla's roar when activated. Plastic Man will also emit this roar if the player transforms him into a T-Rex in the "Big Trouble in Little Gotham" chapter.
  • Ebirah inspired two monsters who appeared in the Nintendo anime Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, Ebifryer and Ebizou. Both are giant shrimp monsters who have abilities far stronger than the rest of the cast.
  • Kirari Moroboshi wears a Godzilla suit in episode 4 of the anime THE iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls.
  • Billy and Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure, the movie for the children's cartoon TV series, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy had a cameo from Godzilla, as well as Rodan, Anguirus, Gamera, King Ghidorah and Gigan. Godzilla is yellow, Anguirus breathes fire, Gigan is shorter, and Rodan has no wings. Another episode's title, "Giant Billy and Mandy All-out Attack," is a parody of Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack. During the episode there is a monster called Mechagorillasaur which is a parody of Mechani-Kong, Cragera which is a parody of Gamera, and Kittyra which is a parody of King Ghidorah.
  • In the cartoon Dexter's Laboratory, there are episodes that parodied the kaiju films as well. The episodes are "Monstory", "Last But Not Beast", and "Dial M for Monkey: Magmanamus" and they are a reference to the kaiju films. The giant monsters in that cartoon are parodies of monsters from the Godzilla and Gamera franchises. From the episode, "Last But Not Beast", the giant monster with an axe-shaped head is parody of Godzilla or Gamera. The giant monster, Magmanamous from "Dial M for Monkey: Magmanamus", is a parody of Hedorah. In the episode, "Monstory", Dexter's giant monster form looks like Godzilla.
  • Godzilla made a minor appearance in Scooby Doo and the Ghoul School but only his foot is shown. He also has a daughter that wears a pink dress and bow tie.
  • In Daffy Duck's Quackbusters, Daffy had a dream of himself singing to monsters and introduces Godzilla but called Smodzilla. Smodzilla eats Daffy at the end of the dream.
  • In the episode of Futurama, "Anthology of Interest I", there is a segment of the episode where Bender and Zoidberg are fighting over the city as giant monsters. That segment is a parody of Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II and other giant monster films. In another episode, a T-Rex is heard with Godzilla's roar. Later, Calculon tells Bender that extras from Godzilla movies are better actors than him. In a later episode, Leela mentions how "diamonds bounce off the tentacle as meatballs bounce off Mothra". In the third Futurama movie, Professor Farnsworth says Godzilla when he is shocked by his destroyed ship. Later in the episode, Farnsworth metions Raymond Burr. In a later episode, Fry writes an opera where Leela saves him from being eaten by Godzilla. In one of the final episodes, the crew returns from Japan saying they had to deal with "Mothzilla", which then comes out of the ship and attacks.
  • In the Futurama episode "A Clockwork Origin," a robotic plesiosaur has Godzilla's roar.
  • In The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Sheen wants to see a 12-inch monster parody of Godzilla, Bonzilla, in one episode.
  • In a Family Guy episode, Halloween On Spooner Street, Stewie threatens three bullies into giving them his candy back. One of them throws a rock at Stewie, causing him to fall over. During the fall, he accidentally fires a rocket and miles away, at a city where Godzilla is fighting the army, the rocket kills him, causing the monster to explode into blood. In the episode "Road to the Multiverse", a title card depicts a Godzilla-like Brian attacking a city in Japan.
  • In an episode of Squidbillies, one of the characters says that they had a drew about Godzilla coming in and tearing the house off the ground. His father says that that's impossible since Godzilla lives in Japan and that's too long of a commute. However, the house starts shaking and he screams "It's Godziller!" and the squids all pointlessly run around when the same squid says "We have angered him!". Soon it's revealed that it wasn't Godzilla, but an underground hydroponic greenhouse.
  • In one of the Simpsons couch gags, called "Homer Evolution", Homer Simpson evolves from a microbe to a human in about two minutes. In the Cretaceous period, Homer is a rat, and finds himself being chased by Bart, looking like a Tyrannosaurus, until a Stegosaurus, sporting Lisa's appearance, hits the Tyrannosaurus with its tail. The Lisa Stegosaurus lets out a Godzilla roar as Homer hides in a hole and the K-T extinction unfolds. Homer pops out of the hole a couple of seconds later and continues his evolution.
  • In the Fairly OddParents musical special "Schools Out!", before the mayor makes his speech Godzilla could be seen destroying Dimmsdale. He is based on the appearance in the 1950s.
  • In the video game Ed, Edd 'n Eddy: The Misedventures, there is a mini-game called "The Revenge of Edzilla". He later fights the Kanker Sisters as the end boss, and they resemble King Ghidorah. The monster "Edzilla" was also in Ed, Edd 'n Eddy TV series, in the episode called "The Day the Ed Stood Still," where Ed is dressed up as a monster, then goes on a rampage, and terrorizes the kids. It does not actually show itself until the middle of the episode.
  • "The Kaiju" is a monster that appeared the first episode of Total Drama Action, "Monster Cash," as part of a challenge themed around monster films. It was revealed to be an animatronic at the end of the episode
  • In Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo, a monster that resembles Godzilla wrecked power lines then fought the Teen Titans.
  • In many episodes of Phineas and Ferb, a Godzilla-like creature has made many appearances. In an episode that takes place in ancient China, a mechanical dragon with Godzilla's roar is sent to fight a giant terracotta warrior. A bystander points out that "they would love this in Japan."
  • On the electricity episode of "Bill Nye the Science Guy" a large plug-in is shown. Bill describes it as Godzilla's hairdryer and Godzilla is shown attacking Tokyo in black & white.
  • In the popular 1980's sit-com ALF, there are many references to Godzilla. In season two, Alf enters the Tanner families' living room and changes the channel on the TV, stating "its "Godzilla Week" on Channel 6!". He exclaims "They're showing Godzilla vs The Thing, Godzilla vs King Kong, and Godzilla vs The Smog Monster!". After watching for a few seconds, he sees one of the monsters (ironically not even from a Godzilla movie at all) roaring at the screen and quickly flees from the room screaming. In season three, Kate uses Godzilla's attack on Tokyo in the original film to explain how an earthquake works to Alf. The same year, Alf refers to a pregnant Kate as "Crabzilla" in reference to her recent moodiness. In season four, when Kate asks Alf to leave the room (something Alf is asked to do a lot in the show), the alien retorts, "You didn't say "Godzilla-Says!". When Kate gives him "the look", Alf reconsiders and says, "But perhaps I...didn't hear!", and beats a hasty retreat to the kitchen.
  • A red Godzilla robot appeared in Samurai Pizza Cats.
  • The Big Time Rush episode Big Time Song Writers features a scene where Gustavo breaks out of cement while Godzilla's roar is heard multiple times.
  • In the Back at the Barnyard episode "Plucky and Me" when the other barn animals discover Plucky, who is a dinosaur, Pip says "That's a Godzilla!". Later, when Mrs. Beady is captured by Plucky, she calls the police and says "I've been captured by a Godzilla!". The policeman later says "Time to hunt some Zilla." Afterwards, Plucky gets on top of the farm house and holds Mrs. Beady in his hand, and the policeman comes in a plane and starts shooting at Plucky (which is a reference to the King Kong films). The policeman hits Plucky with a giant ball of cheese and he falls off, pretending to be dead. Mrs. Beady then says that "it was beauty that killed the beast".
  • In the Back at the Barnyard episode "Animal Farmers", Bessy calls Otis by "Cowzilla" when he gets an idea of resuming Farmer Buyer's market after he's been sent to the hospital by a tractor accident unintentionally caused by Otis.
  • In Detective Conan (A.K.A. Case Closed) there is a famous kaiju show with "Gomera" which parodies Godzilla quite often.
  • The anime series Gatchaman used a sound clip of Godzilla's roar on occasion for the evil Galactor's mecha beasts as well as the TARDIS sound effect from Doctor Who.
  • In the Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series, two clone troopers are nicknamed "Goji" and "Rod". Goji has a Godzilla-like design in his helmet, and Rod has two Rodans in his helmet design.
  • In the same Episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series, A creature with an uncanny resemblance to Godzilla and Zilla appears and is combated with Maser Cannon-like tanks and is eventually defeated. In the next episode, the creature is unwisely brought to an important planet but breaks loose on a rampage.
  • In the show Uncle Grandpa, a character named Mr. Gus bears a striking resemblance to Godzilla. In an episode that takes place in Japan, they use Mr. Gus to make a giant monster movie named "Guszilla."
  • In AQWorlds, Deady's giant monster form has Godzilla's dorsal fins.
  • The Energon Autobot "Signal Flare" from the Transformers franchise transforms into a Maser Cannon, which appear in Godzilla movies.
  • In the 21st episode of the 1979 Cyborg 009 anime series, the team is watching a recon film that has visual evidence of a living dinosaur. Cyborg 006 immediately thinks they are watching an old kaiju film and tries guessing what the monster is, calling out the names of various Toho monsters: Godzilla, King Ghidorah, Rodan and Mothra. Upon asking if 007 would act in a kaiju film, 007 transforms into a giant bipedal komodo dragon lizard who loosely resembles a very cartoonish version of the King of the Monsters.
  • In a TV commercial for Charter Internet, Godzilla is seen attacking a few planes.
  • In the Comedy Central series Brickleberry, the character Woody Johnson thinks Godzilla is real in the show's universe. Woody claims he's more afraid of volcanoes than Godzilla in the episode "Aparkalypse" when talking to Bobby Possumcods and Bodean. Also in the episode "High Stakes", Woody drew out Godzilla on a composite sketch when he was explaining on how he will get his park back, thinking Godzilla will be involved in this.
  • In Dragon City, there is a dragon type known as Kaiju Dragon who resembles a winged Zilla.
  • In the Nitrome game Rubble Trouble Tokyo, one of the tools is Mechazilla, an obvious expy of Mechagodzilla, specifically the Heisei incarnation.
  • The character Javil from Transformers: Super-God Masterforce has a slight resemblance to Gigan, with a beak, mandibles, a long tongue and hooks for hands.
  • In the IDW Transformers Rising Storm #3, Jolt is reading a Godzilla comic book.
  • In the Mexican comics of "El Santos", by Jis & Trino, Godzilla is a recurring character, who's depicted sometimes as a monster who loves eating poor kids.
  • In the Chilean TV show: "31 Minutes", there is a Godzilla reference in the chapter of Season 2: "The Explosive Wizard!". In the credits, Dante Torobolino, the Explosive Wizard, is seen flying through the universe with his jetpack, destroying Ultraseven, King Kong, and the Heisei Godzilla.
  • In the arcade game Time Gal, Godzilla is featured as one enemy in one level. His Atomic Breath is even featured.
  • The Nintendo all-star fighting game Super Smash Bros. Melee has an event match titled "Gargantuans" wherein a giant Bowser fights a giant Donkey Kong on top of buildings.
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl, featured a similar event to Melee's "Gargantuans" titled "Three-Beast Carnage" where R.O.B. fights against a giant Bowser, Donkey Kong, and Charizard.
  • In an episode of the Comedy Central show Tosh.0, during a video of a reckless driver crashing into several people and vehicles, Daniel Tosh proposes that the driver may have been trying to escape from Godzilla, as a brief clip of Godzilla roaring from King Kong vs. Godzilla is shown.
  • In the team-based first-person shooter multiplayer video game Team Fortress 2, an update called the "Mecha Update" was accompanied by a poster showing the characters "The Engineer" and a robot version, in the style of the poster for Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II. Even the text is in this style, reading "Engineer vs. Mecha-Engineer" in the almost exact same style as the poster.
  • In the Mazinger Angels manga, a character called King Doublas appears as a modified version of Doublas M2. King Doublas bears a resemblance to King Ghidorah.
  • In the anime, Bakugan, there are many Godzilla references:
    • In episode 17 of season one, when Drago was about to defeat Tentaclear, he had his regular roar but mixed with Godzilla's.
    • The Bakugan Mantris heavily resembles Kamacuras.
    • The main villain of season one, Masquerade, resembles the Xiliens.
    • The third evolution of the Bakugan Hydranoid share many similarities with King Ghidorah (and a little with Godzilla). As the they had a past as a main villain but then turned good, they are three headed alien dragons, they have electrical-based powers and also human-like masters.
    • If one combine episodes 15 and 33 of season 2, many get a very similar story to Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla: a known hero from the past seems to act weirdly and evilly (Godzilla and Hydranoid), then another good character (Anguirus and Ingram) notice and attack it, destroying his fake skin and revealing it's mechanical identity (Mechagodzilla and Hades). The good character re-attack, but it is now failed and defeated. Then after these even, the real hero (Godzilla and Hydranoid) is now fighting against his mechanical counterpart with an Asian-style monster on his side (King Caesar and Fortress), and successfully defeats it.
  • A Transformer named Dalung Master has an altmode very similar to Godzilla.
  • The video game Saints Row IV contains numerous references to Godzilla. In some missions, there is a giant soda can named Paul that attacks the city and breathes fire. There is also a wearable character costume called "Digital Dino" that bears a striking resemblance to the Showa Mechagodzilla.
  • In the video game Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, the character Paramedic tells Snake about the original Godzilla film and also references the 1956 American re-release Godzilla, King of the Monsters!. After hearing that Godzilla grew to his enormous size due to nuclear radiation, he remarks that "the Marshall Islands must be crawling with monsters right now." Hideo Kojima, the director of the game, is a longtime Godzilla fan.
  • The Netflix animated series Legend Quest, in which the protagonists go around the world to solve mysteries relating to mythologies of the local region, has an episode in its first season titled "Kaiju" that features a giant Godzilla-like monster.
  • In the Super Sentai series Gosei Sentai Dairanger, the Super Mythical Chi Beast Daimugen while in turtle form uses the roars of Anguirus.
  • In the pilot episode of the show Kappa Mikey, following the opening sequence, the posters for The Return of Godzilla and King Kong vs. Godzilla can be seen in the background.
  • In the game Project Diva: Future Tone for PS4, a Godzilla look alike is present in the music video for Gigantic Girl.
  • The music track "Enter the Pigmasks" from the Nintendo game Mother 3 has cues taken from "Godzilla's Theme."
  • In the 2018 Disney animated film Ralph Breaks the Internet, an insecurity virus named Arthur replicates Ralph's insecurities, creating a legion of Ralph clones that rampage through the internet. During the climax of the film the Ralph clones combine into one giant Ralph named Ralphzilla, although this name is never spoken by the characters. Ralphzilla behaves like King Kong. He climbs the Google building and swats at a Gmail chain email, carrying Vanelope with him in a recreation of the climax from the 1933 King Kong film. The song that plays during this scene is even titled "Kling Kong".
  • Professional wrestler Samoa Joe has incorporated fragments of Godzilla's theme during his runs in TNA (Total Nonstop Action) and WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment). His WWE theme, "Destroyer," features Godzilla's growl.
  • Japanese professional wrestler Shoko Nakajima is known as the "1.47-Meter Big Kaiju" and has stated that Anguirus is her favorite kaiju.[2]
  • The Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 was nicknamed "Godzilla" when it surpassed Ford Sierra Cosworth at the Australian Touring Car Championship, and is still referred to by this name to this day.
  • In the 1990 television miniseries adaptation of the novel It, the character Richie Tozier mentions Godzilla during his stand-up routine. He specifically seems to allude to "Operation: One Million Volts" from King Kong vs. Godzilla, remarking that even though military weaponry and the atom bomb failed to stop Godzilla, he was able to be repelled by power lines. Shortly after this scene, an inflatable Godzilla can be seen in Richie's pool.
  • Garfield tells Odie to come watch a "Godzilla movie where he steps on people" in an episode of Garfield and Friends called "Safe at Home".
  • In The Garfield Musical, a viewer changes the TV to watch a movie that resembles Godzilla destroying a city.

Video games

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Destroy All Humans! 2 2006/10/17 The wordmark for Destroy All Humans! 2, as well as the rest of the Destroy All Humans! series, is represented using the Godzilla font. Their titles may also be inspired by Destroy All Monsters. The level boss for Takoshima is a giant lizard named "Kojira," which is just one letter off from Gojira.
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Sonic Adventure 1998/12/23 The game's final boss, Perfect Chaos, bears a strong resemblance to Biollante's Plant Beast Form.
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Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992/11/21 The Turtloid enemy clearly resembles Gamera in flight. Concept art for one of the game's bosses, Mecha Sonic, features an "MS" insignia on its arms, almost certainly in reference to the Showa Mechagodzilla.
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Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II 2012/05/15 The boss Egg Serpentleaf may be inspired by Biollante's Flower Beast Form, possessing a giant flower for a head and attacking with mouth-tipped tendrils.
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The Simpsons: Bart's Nightmare 1992/09 In one of the game's dream-battle sequences, Bart is the city-stomping Bartzilla, facing down enemies Homer Kong and Momthra.
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Wizard101 2008/09/02 Two cards can appear in the game called Firezilla and Stormzilla.
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Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits 2014/07/10 On the second floor of the Gourd Pond Museum, a poster for The BIG Lizard Movie has been stolen.
Yo-kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls
Monster Attack 2003/6/26

2005/7/28 / 2014/12/11
The giant fire-breathing kaiju Saurous from the video game Monster Attack and its sequel Global Defence Force, also romanized as "Solas" in the English-language PlayStation Vita remake of Global Defence Force titled Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders from Planet Space, is clearly based on classic tokusatsu monsters, specifically Godzilla. The monster even has a cyborg form dubbed "Mecha-Saurous," a clear nod to Mechagodzilla. The official Earth Defense Force series Twitter page has acknowledged this resemblance by tweeting a screenshot of Saurous containing the text "Shin Saurous" (シン・ソラス,   Shin Sorasu), obviously referencing Shin Godzilla.
Global Defence Force /
Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders from Planet Space
Earth Defense Force 2017 2006/12/14 The Vallak is obviously inspired by Godzilla, while its "Mecha-Vallak" variant is based on Mechagodzilla.
Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair 2015/4/2 The giant monster Erginus appears to be heavily based on Godzilla. It appears from the ocean and comes ashore in Japan, destroying several cities. Erginus' back spikes even light up before it fires a blue beam from its mouth. Ultimately, after Erginus proves immune to all of the EDF's weaponry, the EDF builds a giant robot to battle it.
Earth Defense Force 5 2017/11/7 Earth Defense Force 5 features, in addition to the Godzilla-like kaiju Erginus, another spiny kaiju resembling Anguirus named Archelus that is capable of rolling into a ball, and several laser tanks clearly based on Maser Cannons that are used to fight both kaiju.
Earth Defense Force:
Iron Rain
2019/4/11 The game includes the Godzilla-like kaiju known as Beizal as an enemy. Beizal specifically resembles Shin Godzilla and possesses abilities reminiscent of Godzilla Earth's.


Image Book of origin Author(s) Publish date Description
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It Stephen King 1986/09/15 Mike Hanlon, a member of the Losers Club, is being stalked by the evil clown Pennywise, who transforms into a giant bird resembling Rodan to attack him, as Mike had recently seen the film Rodan.
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The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari Robin Sharma 1999/04/21 Julian narrates his spiritual experiences to John, who imagines the events as a Godzilla movie.


Image Comic of origin Issue(s) Publish date Description
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Dinosaurs vs. Aliens Various 2012/07/23 In this motion comic of the graphic novel, all of the theropod and herbivorous dinosaurs use the TriStar Godzilla's roar.
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Eerie #5 2014/07 A story titled "The King of All Monsters" pays homage to Godzilla and the tokusatsu genre while delivering a horror story. The story follows an aging suit actor who is forced into retirement by selfish and greedy executives who think replacing him with the latest in CGI and digital technology will make his character "scary again" to modern audiences. After being shocked by a digital camera, the angry suit actor transforms into a giant monster and rampages across Tokyo. The main character is named Haruo Furuya, a play on Godzilla's original suit actor Haruo Nakajima, and Bin Furuya, the original suit actor for Ultraman.
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Garfield N/A 2001/10/02 A talking scale tells Garfield that he is fat, to which he responds that he is simply big-boned. The scale tells him that Godzilla was big-boned, and reiterates that Garfield is fat, implying that he is even heavier than Godzilla.
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2006/04/24 While reading the newspaper, Jon points out a courtroom drama film which he says sounds interesting. Garfield replies that he doesn't "really get into those," but when Jon reads him the title, Godzilla vs. the Board of Education, it causes him to reconsider.
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2011/12/06 Garfield watches a movie on TV entitled Santa's Elves versus Godzilla. Godzilla is implied to repeatedly stomp on the elves, prompting Garfield to comment that the battle feels one-sided.
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2012/03/11 Jon tells Garfield that he has a date night with Liz and that she will be choosing the movie they'll watch. He calls her to ask what she picked, hoping that it will be a monster movie. He is elated upon hearing that she indeed chose a monster movie, but is quickly snapped out of it by the film's title: When Godzilla Met Sally.
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2015/01/09 While talking with Liz, Jon claims to have dreamt about Godzilla the night before.
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2017/10/25 Garfield watches a movie on TV entitled Mothra Returns a Sweater. In it, Mothra tries to return a sweater that has holes in it to the store, claiming that she found them after bringing it home. The clerk does not believe her, a joke on moths chewing holes through articles of clothing such as sweaters.
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Planetary "Island" 1999/03 The issue's story is a clear homage to kaiju films; an infamous Japanese writer visits the mysterious Island Zero, where he discovers the carcasses of giant, prehistoric monsters. Jakita, a member of Planetary, explains that after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, giant monsters began to populate the island but were thought wiped out by the mid-1970s. Later, after the writer unleashes a deadly nerve gas on the island to kill an armed defense force stationed there, Jakita and fellow team member Snow observe a giant dragon-like creature fly overhead, confirming that the island is still home to giant monsters.
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Steven Universe #6 2017/7/12 The issue's cover is a homage to the original Godzilla film's poster, with the fusion Sugilite taking Godzilla's place, and Steven and Pearl copying Hideto Ogata and Emiko Yamane's positions.


Image Song of origin Artist(s) Release date Description
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"Godzilla" Blue Öyster Cult 1977/11
Main article: Godzilla (Blue Oyster Cult).
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"Godzilla" Michael Sembello 1983/09/25
Main article: Godzilla (Michael Sembello).
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Iron Maiden 1982/04/26 Godzilla makes an appearance in the song's music video through stock footage from Mothra vs. Godzilla.
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"The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny" Lemon Demon 2005/12/22 Godzilla is one of the many pop culture characters mentioned in the song. A green and rather cuddly version of him also appears in the song's music video.
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"Godzilla" Eminem ft. Juice WRLD 2020/01/16 Godzilla is referenced in the song's title and lyrics.

Dragon Ball

Main article: Dragon Ball.

Kat Kong and Dogzilla

Main articles: Kat Kong, Dogzilla.

Mystery Science Theater 3000

Main article: Mystery Science Theater 3000.


Main article: Pokémon.


Image Media of origin Description
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Adult Swim bumper Godzilla and Mothra, sporting the faces of Rick and Morty, appear attacking a city.
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Garbage Pail Kids card The card "Charred Chad" features a giant green fire-breathing character, who is clearly inspired by Godzilla, trampling a city.
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IKEA commercial A slightly modified Godzilla with a large horn is seen in IKEA's "Playing With My Friends" advert sitting at a kitchen table with a number of other brightly-colored mascots. Note its blue coloration, making it somewhat resemble the Godzilla from Godzilla: Monster of Monsters!.
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Sparkle Crest commercial King Ghidorah makes two appearances in a Sparkle Crest commercial from the 1980's. In the first, King Ghidorah's gravity beams are replaced by Sparkle Crest tooth paste, while in the second, he appears alongside other characters featured in the commercial.
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Trumoo milk carton In the milk company Trumoo's back-of-carton "Power Cows" series, one carton contains a character called "Moozilla" whose power is "flaming fire breath."



Cheerios Godzilla commercial
Godzilla "Good Father" PSA commercial
Sparkle Crest commercial with King Ghidorah
Godzilla in a commercial for Yellow Tail wine


Toho enforces its rights to the Godzilla trademark strictly.

  • Toho forced Adler Fels Winery of Napa Valley to dump an undisclosed amount of wine for using the Godzilla image without permission.[3]
  • Toho sued the company Subway for allegedly infringing on their copyrights on Godzilla. Subway released an advertisement part of their "Fire Dollar Footlong" series where a giant green reptilian monster attacks a city.[4]
  • Toho sued NOLA Brewing over their "Mechahopzilla" beer line, which uses a character very similar to Mechagodzilla.[5]
  • Toho sued Voltage Pictures over their film Colossal, which was described by the filmmakers as a "cross between Godzilla and Being John Malkovich." Toho claimed that not only did the filmmakers frequently reference Godzilla when discussing their film, even calling it "a Godzilla film" in interviews, but blatantly used the design and characteristics of Godzilla in marketing for the film.[6]


This is a list of references for Godzilla in popular culture. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

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