As an enduring and iconic symbol of post-World War II Japanese cinematic history, Godzilla has been referenced and parodied numerous times in popular culture. Godzilla and other atomic monsters have appeared in a variety of mediums, including cartoons, film, literature, television, comics, and video games.
Due to the nature of American entertainment often parodying other works of fiction, it has become rather rare for Godzilla to not be referenced in an animated/live-action movie/TV show that intends to be comedic and/or having a habit of parodying pop culture. Often it is usually Godzilla's name, his design, and/or the style of his movies where he destroys cities that is parodied the most.
Toho is not fond of Godzilla parodies and dislikes them strongly. They argue for their copyrighted material to be protected although there are so many movie/TV references to Godzilla that it's virtually impossible work for Toho to respond to all of them.
- In the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon, a poster with King Ghidorah can be seen next to the Turtles' television all throughout most of the series.
- In an episode of the first season of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, when Krang and his suit turn giant and rampage through the series, one of the turtles says "Where's Godzilla when you really need him?"
- 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.
- In the Rugrats episode "Angelicon", Angelica as 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 the Disney/Pixar film Toy Story 2, the toys are trying to reenact Al kidnapping woody using a small replica of the town using Andy's toy cars. Rex comes stomping through the replica by accident, and Ham shouts, "Watch were you're going Godspilla!" Also, while they trying to break out of Al's car to rescue Woody, Mr. Potato Head tells Rex to be still, simultaneously calling him Godzilla.
- In the Toy Story Toons short, Partysaurus Rex, Rex, while being played with by Bonnie in the bath tub in a suspense-like moment with rubber ducks, rises slowly from the water with yellow eyes and Godzilla's roar.
- In Rugrats In Paris, the babies take control of a giant mechanical Reptar and go through the city unintentionally causing destruction, referencing both Godzilla and MechaGodzilla. They also fight a giant purple hermit crab mecha, and go up the Eiffel Tower, holding up Angelica in its hand, referencing King Kong. Both mechas eventually get destroyed, with the Reptar mecha having its tail, right claw, and head cut off.
- In Batman: The Brave And The Bold, when a T-Rex statue was about to fall on a person, one can hear Godzilla's roar.
- In Hey Arnold! The Movie, there is a scene showing Helga's father, Bob Pataki has a miniature model of Arnold's neighborhood and Bob plays with the miniature city as he is playing as Godzilla destroying the city.
- 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.
- The title of the Destroy All Humans games series use the Godzilla font. Additionally, the series' name could be a reference to Destroy All Monsters. On top of this, in Destroy All Humans! 2, the level boss for Takoshima is a giant lizard named "Kojira," a parody of Gojira.
- In an episode of the popular animated TV series The Simpsons called "Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo", the plane the Simpson family is in gets attacked by Godzilla, Gamera, Mothra and Rodan. In an earlier episode called Marge in Chains, when Kent Brockman starts talking about the Osaka Flu, a picture of Godzilla's head with a hot water bottle on and a thermometer in his mouth can be seen.
- The band Blue Oyster Cult has a song called Godzilla (which is about Godzilla, predictably).
- 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. Another one of "The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy" episodes called "Giant Billy and Mandy All-out Attack" is a parody of Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack. And during the episode there was 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. Godzilla was yellow that time, Anguirus had fire, Gigan was shorter and different, and Rodan had no wings.
- In Pokémon, the creature Tyranitar is most likely based upon Godzilla. This could be intentional as many Pokemon have an uncanny resemblance to kaiju, such as: Feraligator looks quite a bit like Zilla, although his orange maple leaf-shaped dorsal plates resemble those of the real Godzilla's, Rhyperior bares a slight resemblance to Anguirus, and Nidoking is an obvious reference to Baragon, among many other Pokemon-kaiju references.
- 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 monsters have appeared in Dragon Ball.
- Godzilla's roar is uttered in the Camp Lazlo Episode "Creepy Crawly Campy" when Raj's new bug, Elebug, becomes a giant insect that resembles Kamacuras and also done Godzilla's roar.
- Several different types of cheap and/or bootleg dinosaur toys that have a roar feature usually have the same roar as Godzilla.
- Godzilla also has an appearance in a song 'Ultimate Showdown Of The Ultimate Destiny' by Lemon Demon.
- 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 Cartoon Network show Codename: Kids Next Door, in the episode Operation: C.A.K.E.D.-F.O.U.R., Numbuh 4's tube was called Tubezilla.
- In a episode from 'American Dad!', when Steve Smith was going to introduce an ugly girl, his friend, Toshi, shouted "Godzilla!" In a later episode, Snot says "Oh my Godzilla!" In another episode, Stan tries to scare away Francine's parents, who are Chinese, by wearing a cardboard Godzilla costume.
- In the 2002 prequel Star Wars - Episode II: Attack of the Clones, the Republic troops use artillery that bares much resemblance to that of the Japanese defense weapons in various Toho productions.
- In the Catscratch episode "King Of All Root Beer," the cats turn into parade floats and fight each other while roaring like Godzilla. At the end of the episode, the Burpos mascot turns into a parade float and roars like Godzilla at the cats, scaring them off.
- The Godzilla theme song was played in a Shinchan movie when a giant robot was about to crush a tank.
- 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 2 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 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.
- South Park aired a heavily parody of the Godzilla series called "Mecha-Streisand".
- In the South Park episode, "Whale Whores", Stan and his gang made a giant model of Godzilla to scare the Japanese away.
- 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 the movie Beavis and Butt-Head Do America, Beavis and Butt-Head have a Godzilla-based dream. Butt-Head kidnapped a woman, making him based on King Kong, and Beavis breathes fire at the army, making him based on Godzilla. The two fight over who wants a 'go' with the woman and the dream ends.
- 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.
- In the final battle of the film Species 2. When Micheal Mansen's character throws the hay fork into the back of the alien, the alien lets out a Godzilla roar.
- Godzilla can be found in many top rated TV shows. He can be seen behind George Costanza in his office of the NY Yankees in the show Seinfeld. He is also seen In the Taylor living room in Home Improvement, as well as in the living room of the show Roseanne.
- Godzilla received The MTV Lifetime Achievement award in 1996. He is the only non-"real" person to receive this award.
- In the episode of My Life As a Teenage Robot where Jenny falls apart, A blue version of Godzilla is destroying Tokyo.
- "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 resembled and looked like a Godzilla/Gorgo wrecked power lines then fought the Teen Titans causing a lot of damage based upon Godzillas destruction and the army.
- 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."
- In Wizard101 there are cards that are called Firezilla and Stormzilla.
- 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.
- In the sequel Austin Powers in Goldmember. There is a scene where Austin and Foxy Cleopatra are chasing Goldmember through a parade in Tokyo. Besides a suit of the Pokemon Charmander but the car Austin and Foxy are driving runs through a parade float with a Kaiju that looks similar to Godzilla as the theme from the 1954 film plays in the background as people scream "GODZILLA!!!".
- In the Show, 30 Rock, there is a restaurant that has "special hour" were two men dress as Godzilla and MechaGodzilla (dressed like Kiryu however) start fighting, and eventually the people dressed up get tired and pass out.
- 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 "Beyond the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman" episode "Alien Faces", a fact shows up in the bottom left corner of the screen saying "The first Godzilla (1954) suit weighed 200 pounds."
- In Doug's First Movie, the main character Doug's second fantasy involves him and his dog Porkchop saving the city from a Godzilla-like monster.
- 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 Drawn Together, Ling-Ling is at a film première, when Godzilla appears and chastises the smaller monster for trying to make the Japanese people act too American in their behaviour. He also carries a large placard claiming that Ling-Ling is a 'House Monster'.
- In Detective Conan (A.K.A. Case Closed) there is a famous kaiju show with "Gomera" which parodies Godzilla quite often.
- A movie was made in 2012 titled Croczilla, and its tagline was "Japan was just the appetizer".
- 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.
- The horror/drama Supernatural series, Godzilla and Mothra has been mentioned several times. Dean Winchester (one of the main characters) says that Mothra vs. Godzilla is his favorite Godzilla movie.
- 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 Danny Phantom episode "Flirting With Disaster", the ghost Technis transforms into a multi-headed monster with Godzilla's roar.
- An extinct species of platypus was nicknamed "Platypus Godzilla" when it was discovered in Australia.
- In the show MAD, several references about Godzilla and monsters are made. One showed Godzilla sounding like a chicken. In the part "Ancient Greek Myth Busters", Mothra is destroying Greece along with a minotaur. In "Linkong", King Kong is the president of the U.S. and Mothra makes a brief appearance along with two fairies which are clearly parodies of the ones from Godzilla movies.
- In an episode of The Cleveland Show, in an episode that takes place in Japan, a new neighbor named "Mr. Zilla" has to inform the neighborhood that he is a repeated felon.
- In the show Uncle Grandpa, a character named Mr. Gus bares 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 plates.
- The Energon Autobot "Signal Flare" from the Transformers franchise transforms into a Maser Cannon, which appear in Godzilla movies.
- The title of horror film series The Gingerdeadman utilize the Godzilla font.
- The "Bringing Down The House" Angry Birds t-shirt utilizes the Godzilla font.
- 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 the game Days of Monsters, there is a monster called "Repzilla."
- In a TV commercial for Charter Internet, Godzilla is seen attacking a few planes.
- In one of the dream-battle sequences in the SNES Simpsons' game, Bart's Nightmare, Bart is the city-stomping Bartzilla, facing down enemies Homer Kong and Momthra.
- In the Comedy Central series Brickleberry, Woody claims he's more afraid of volcanoes than Godzilla in the episode "Aparkalypse" when talking to Bobby Possumcods and Bodean.
- In The Book of Mormon musical when singing the song "Two By Two", one missionary is sent to Japan which he points out that's where Mothra is.
- 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.
- There is a children's book called "Dogzilla", in which a dog terrorizes a city of mice.
- Transformers: Energon Cruellock bares a striking resemblance to Zilla. Due to a repaint, so does one of the Grimlock toys from Transformers: Age of Extinction.
- 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.
|Screenshot||TV Show Origin||Episode Title||Reference||Description|
|Saturday Night Live||Broderick Crawford/Levon Helm/Dr. John/The Meters||Godzilla Series||A person in a Godzilla Costume gets interviewed.|
|Laverne & Shirley||The Driving Test||Godzilla vs. Hedorah||An American poster for Godzilla vs. Hedorah can be seen in the background.|
|Dr. Slump & Arale-chan||The Mysterious Dr. Monster?!||Kaiju Films||Dr. Monsters begins to daydream of playing jump rope with Godzilla and Gamera.|
|The Number of the Beast (Music Video)||Iron Maiden||Mothra vs. Godzilla||Godzilla makes an appearance in footage from Mothra vs. Godzilla.|
|Urusei Yatsura||The Great Space Matchmaking Operation||Godzilla Series||Godzilla can be spotted amongst the classmates during the exchange.|
|Urusei Yatsura||Happy Birthday My Darling||Kaiju Films||Ataru goes to the arcade, where he plays a game. The objective is to fight Godzilla; however, the nuclear saurian isn't the only target, as Mothra, King Kong, King Ghidorah, an Xilien Ship and Rodan also appear to be featured.|
|Stop!! Hibari-Kun!||Episode #13||Godzilla Raids Again||The scene in question takes place in a movie theater, complete with unmistakable near-silhouettes of Godzilla and Anguirus on the big screen.|
|Urusei Yatsura||Oh! The Memories of Mother||Godzilla Series||Ataru's mother sees herself inside her home, as Godzilla, Gamera and Alien Baltan all hang around outside.|
|Urusei Yatsura||Underground Reincarnation! What's Darling Thinking Of!?||Destroy All Monsters||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.|
|DuckTales||Master of the Djinni||Godzilla Raids Again||Djinni is busying viewing TV at Manor McDuck, where he is clearly seen watching Godzilla blast Anguirus with his heat ray.|
|Roseanne||Various||Godzilla Series||The famous Godzilla action figure that decorated the background of the living room set for much of the show's run (October 18th, 1988 through May 21th, 1997) can be found in the top left hand corner of the accompanying still.|
|Full House||D.J.'s First Horse||Godzilla Series||Jesse Katsopolis returns from a date with Becky. After attempting with futility to inflate Michelle's new toy (a blow-up Godzilla doll) he unsuccessfully attempts to schedule another date.|
|Mystery Science Theater 3000||Episode 212, Godzilla vs. Megalon||Godzilla vs. Megalon||In this early episode of the movie-mocking program Mystery Science Theater 3000, Dr. Forrestor sends Joel, Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot the 1973 Toho film Godzilla vs. Megalon. Joel and the bots have a fun time picking apart the special effects and the movie's English-dubbed dialogue. Two skits performed by the characters directly mock the film, including a comedic "translation" of Jet Jaguar's theme song.|
|Mystery Science Theater 3000||Episode 213, Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster||Ebirah, Horror of the Deep||Mystery Science Theater 3000's second season came to a close with Joel and his robot companions riffing on Toho's Ebirah, Horror of the Deep. This episode features a neat jazz ditty performed by Joel in an attempt to explain to the bots just who Godzilla is and how he came to be. Another segment has Tom and Crow making fun of Mothra's twin fairies until Mothra shows up. Mothra is voiced by future series host Mike Nelson.|
|Mystery Science Theater 3000||Various||Godzilla vs. Megalon||A two-second clip of Godzilla's tail slide from "Episode 212, Godzilla vs. Megalon" was shown in the show's introductory sequence from "Episode 317, Viking Women vs. the Sea Serpent" until "Episode 512, Mitchell".|
|This is MST3K||N/A (Television Special)||Godzilla Series||Decorating the walls are posters for Toho's "Godzilla on Monster Island" (aka Godzilla vs. Gigan) and "Godzilla vs. Cosmic Monster" (aka Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla). Kaiju fans will also note that "Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster" (aka Ebirah, Horror of the Deep) and Godzilla vs. Megalon were both featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000 in early 1991.|
|Animaniacs||Disasterpiece Theater||Godzilla Series||In a pre-opening credits parody of Masterpiece Theater, series regular Yakko introduces a series of destructive events culminating in the appearance of Godzilla, who, after delivering his distinctive roar, proceeds to inundate the screen in a wall of flame.|
|The Critic||Siskel & Ebert & Jay & Alice||Godzilla Series||Critic Jay Sherman shows clips from films that the Oscars overlooked, which includes a movie about a deaf Godzilla.|
|Seinfeld||The Nap||Kaiju Films||When Mr. Steinbrenner enters George's office and hears the ticking of an alarm clock, he calls in the bomb squad because he thinks an explosive device is planted underneath George's desk. The bomb squad sends in a vehicle equipped with a camera to investigate. The vehicle moves up close to the Godzilla figurine behind George's desk.|
|CBS News: Saturday Morning||N/A||Godzilla Series||Prior to the premiere of the American Godzilla movie, CBS' Saturday morning show hosted a segment that featured the cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000. A teaser trailer of the new movie and general Godzilla trivia were featured as Mike and the robots cracked wise with anchorman Russ Mitchell.|
|The Simpsons||Mayored to the Mob||Godzilla Series||During Springfield's bi-monthly sci-fi convention, Godzilla can be seen signing autographs.|
|The PJs||Rich Man, Porn Man||Godzilla Series||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.|
|The Simpsons||30 Minutes Over Tokyo||Kaiju Films||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.|
|Olive, the Other Reindeer||N/A (Television Special)||Kaiju Films||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.|
|Hunter × Hunter||Secret Trick × Register × The Battle Begins||Godzilla Series||When Gon and Killua enter their hotel room on the 200th floor of Heavens Arena, Godzilla can be seen fighting Mothra on the television screen.|
|The Daily Show with Jon Stewart||A Trend Indeed||Godzilla (1954)||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 to his story saying "it's only been 50 years since this happened" as footage from Godzilla (1954) plays.|
|Futurama||The Devil's Hands are Idle Playthings||Godzilla Series||At one point an image of Fry Bender & Leela is displayed with Godzilla, and Bender exclaims on an operatic signing voice "Oh no! It's Godzilla!", to which the Real bender in the audience replies "That's funny..I don't remember fighting Godzilla".|
|Sonic X||Mayhem! 6 Chaos Emeralds||Godzilla Series||When Sonic is being chased by Dr. Eggman's robot "Weasel" the two pass by a movie scene with a monster clearly resembling Godzilla. "Weasel" uses a flamethrower on the Godzilla look-alike as it passes by, leaving the monster comically burnt up.|
|The Daily Show with Jon Stewart||World Nukes Tonight||Godzilla Series||Jon Stewart, relating a piece ABC News did on how easy it was to smuggle in uranium, begins to talk about the last time ABC got their hands on radioactive material, showing a giant Barbara Walters attacking a city. Stewart then mentions that next time "Godzilla might not be there to defend us", before looking at the photo to say that she's being turned around so "Mothra can look up her skirt".|
|My Life as a Teenage Robot||Around the World in Eighty Pieces||Godzilla Series||The main characters are trying to gather Jenny's body parts, which have been scattered around the globe (she's a robot, mind you). When they arrive in Japan, they witness a blatant parody of the King of the Monsters, complete with signature roar. They remove a part of Jenny's body from the bottom of his foot, which calms the erstwhile savage beast as he returns to sea.|
|Ultraman Max||The Prophesy of Baradhi||Kaiju Films||This episode, directed by Shusuke Kaneko, starts off with two children clashing two action figures together, namely Gamera from Gamera 3: Incomplete Struggle and Godzilla from Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (both of which were also directed by Kaneko) yelling at each other "Godzilla is stronger" "No, Gamera is stronger" until their playing is interrupted by the onslaught of classic Ultraman monster, Antlar.|
|Pani Poni Dash||A Wide Mas Will Know Not to Approach Danger||Kaiju Films||In the prologue for this episode, two minor characters (Kurusu and Serizawa) square off in the school hallway wearing costumes. Kurusu is wearing a Godzilla costume, and a Type 66 Maser Cannon, Gaos, and Viras also make very brief appearances.|
|Drawn Together||Super Nanny||Godzilla Series||At a red carpet event, Godzilla appears to chastise the sold-out Ling Ling about losing his culture and becoming too American, and also uses a giant placard to state that Ling Ling is a "House Monster". All of Godzilla's dialogue consists of his Showa roar.|
|Robot Chicken||Celebrity Rocket||Godzilla Series||This rather risqué scene features an unusual encounter between Godzilla, his wife, and MechaGodzilla. The finer details here shall remain unmentioned, although clarification will be offered in regards to the fact that they are looking at MechaGodzilla's chest drill.|
|Colbert Report||Stephen Makes It Simple||Godzilla Series||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.|
|Heroes||Genesis||Godzilla Series||During the scene in Tokyo where Hiro attempts to reverse time, an out-of-focus Godzilla toy can be spotted among other collectibles.|
|Death Note||Scorn||Godzilla Series||In episode 33 of Death Note, the character Near has a habit of playing with toys, despite his age. In this scene, as he comes to the conclusion that Teru Mikami may be directly connected to Kira, a small toy in Godzilla's likeness is shown twice, as well as a paper cutout of Tokyo Tower (not shown here) and stacks of CDs, which could represent buildings in a city.|
|Robot Chicken||King of the Monsters||Godzilla Series||A parody of the movie Training Day, featuring Godzilla teaching a young Godzilla Junior the ropes out on the streets of Japan. Includes a confrontation with the Great Mazinger.|
|Robot Chicken||Celebutard Mountain||Godzilla Series||Utilizing the same Godzilla prop seen in the "King of the Monsters" sketch, Robot Chicken reveals their idea of a Japanese version of Mr. Roger's Neighborhood. When the iconic trolley enters the "Kingdom", a feral Godzilla takes the hapless vehicle into his grasp. This act of recklessness is shortly followed by several cultural parodies.|
|The Daily Show with Jon Stewart||Media Blitz||Godzilla 2000: Millennium||This mock commercial focuses on Finland and briefly features Godzilla from the first movie in the Millennium series.|
|Dexter||The Dark Defender||Godzilla Series||Dexter is at a crime scene, which is a comic shop, explaining how a murder occurred, while in the background, a blink-and-you'll-miss-it Godzilla action figure is visible. It is likely a Bandai's large scale 1991 figure, or possibly an Horizon Godzilla figure. Whichever one it is, it is clearly customized with a green coating.|
|Skip Beat!||Danger Zone||Godzilla Series||When our cute protagonist Kyoko Mogami sprains her ankle, she sprawls on the grass to take the weight off, and when she moves her leg wrong, she sees Godzilla through the pain.|
|Colbert Report||MLK Day Mascot||Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla||While bringing up the fact that Martin Luther King Jr. Day (unlike many other major holidays) has no mascot, Stephen brings up the two most popular mascots: Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, before introducing his own creation: The Veteran's Day Godzilla, which is an image of the 1994 incarnation of the monster in uniform.|
|The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya||Part 6||Godzilla Series||In this episode, a rivalry between Mikuru Asahina and Yuki Nagato forms involving cosplay. When it gets to the point where Mikuru resorts to donning a frog suit, we see in the background that Yuki has dressed up as Godzilla. We know it's Yuki, of course, because of a strategically-placed, free-floating label.|
|MAD||Pirates of Neverland: At Wit's End, Batman Family Feud||Godzilla Series||A professor tries to teaches his students that dinosaurs are more closely related to birds than reptiles and attempts to illustrate his point by replacing the roars of several clips of dinosaurs (including the Jurassic Park T-Rex and Godzilla) with the chirps of birds.|
|30 Rock||Chain Reaction of Mental Anguish||Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla||Tracy Jordan's quote-unquote "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.|
|American Pickers||Keep Out!||Godzilla Series||As Mike and Frank search through Joe's old stuff for items of interest, Mike notes that he's located "an old Godzilla" but laments that "he's missing his hand."|
|The Simpsons||The Real Housewives of Fat Tony||Godzilla Series||In one of those blink-and-you'll-miss-it moments, a variety of movie spoofs can be seen during the couch gag. If you look really closely at the bottom of the screen during the zoom out, a DVD of The People vs. Godzilla is visible.|
|Urusei Yatsura||Blaze, Secret Powers! Stick to the Straight and Narrow Path||Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster||At the risk of vanishing, Ataru, dressed as a girl, and Lum both appear onstage to perform puppetry with their hands. Their first rendering consists of Lum wiggling her fingers and Ataru holding out his hands to the side of hers, making it appear as though there were a three-headed dragon present. Of course, King Ghidorah pops in to "say hello", as a means to add to the visual.|
|Sailor Moon||Jupiter, the Brawny Girl in Love||Kaiju Films||A stuffed, winged three-headed dragon is plainly visible in a claw machine; a subtle nod to King Ghidorah.|
|Courage, the Cowardly Dog||Courage in the Big Stinkin' City||Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster||Courage must deliver a package to a giant roach (who is holding Muriel), and enters a condemned building where creepy stuff awaits behind each door. King Ghidorah is actually the least creepy thing he encounters.|
|The Super Hero Squad Show||And Lo... A Pilot Shall Come!||Kaiju Films||Tricephalous, who resembles an incarnation of King Ghidorah, and Megataur attack Super Hero City. Controlled by Mole Man, they proceed to do battle with Silver Surfer, Falcon, Wolverine, Storm, and Thor.|
|Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated||Battle of the Humungonauts||War of the Gargantuas||The episode begins with an Asian woman singing a rendition of Kipp Hamilton's "The Words Get Stuck in my Throat", before the party is trashed by a very Gaira-esque monster. Later, the Green Humungonaut battles a Red Humungonaut, and to further the Gaira comparison, the green one comes out of the water and is shown to have scales in close up shots.|
|The Muppet Show||Avery Schreiber||King Kong Escapes||Dr. Bunsen Honeydew's gorilla detector bares a resemblance to Mechani-Kong's head from King Kong Escapes.|
|Urusei Yatsura||Here Again! The Hunter of Love, Princess Kurama||Godzilla vs. Gigan||Princess Kurama, the princess of the crow goblins (which are known as Tengu), needs to find a mate to save her species. Her crow minions submit data for every male in the universe into a super computer, and it quickly flashes through all the potential mates. One such candidate happens to be Nebula Space Hunters M's very own Gigan! (Who knew he was single?)|
|Pucca||Tokyo A Go-Go||Godzilla vs. Gigan||Pucca, Garu and friends find an extremely long sushi conveyor belt. They ride it and find themselves taken to Tokyo, where Godzilla and a modified Showa Gigan are seen battling in the background. This scene replays several times throughout the episode, whenever the layout of Tokyo is shown.|
|Magic Knight Rayearth||Lives at Stake - Presea's Weapons||Kaiju Films||Ascot summons a caterpillar-like monster to destroy the Magic Knights. The monster looks and sounds exactly like Mothra Larva. When it absorbs the Magic Knights' magic powers, it looks very similar to Battra's larval stage and sounds exactly like Battra and/or Rodan. It's final transformation appears to be reminiscent of Battra's Imago stage, and he sounds a lot like the Heisei King Ghidorah as well.|
|Colbert Report||Obama the Socialist||Mothra (1961)||Show host Stephen Colbert talks about the labels Barack Obama has been accused of, such as a "secret Muslim", a "domestic terrorist" before confessing that "for awhile I thought he might be Mothra" while the famous kaiju is shown from her debut film.|
|Saturday Night Live||Robert De Niro/Diddy-Dirty Money||Kaiju Films||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."|
|The Simpsons||Simpsons Tall Tales||Kaiju Films||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 Paul Bunyan's battle with Rodan. Lisa points out that this never happened in the original story, and goes on to ramble about all the inconsistencies in Paul Bunyan's size, to which the homeless man simply replies, “Who’s telling this story, you or me?”|
|Dragon Ball||Mystery of the Dark World||Godzilla Series||Rodan makes an appearance in Dragon Ball, in the episode "Mystery of the Dark World".|
|Garo||Taiga||Rodan (1956)||While waiting for his father to return from his Horror hunting, a young Kouga Saejima walks over to a nearby toy store and looks at all of the toys on display, one of which is Rodan.|
|Colbert Report||Threat Down||Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla||During the show's "Threat Down", Stephen Colbert talks about the dangers of robots and the Japanese's fascination with them, saying that they have apparently "learned nothing from MechaGodzilla" while a shot of Kiryu is displayed.|
|Ugly Americans||The Kong of Queens||Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla||In this episode, Kong breaks open the wall of his next door neighbor, MechaGodzilla, who is eating cereal.|
|Nurse Witch Komugi||Encounter Has Come||Kaiju Films||Windmills become Markalite Cannons in Nagasaki; King Caesar awakens in Okinawa one can even see Miyarabi singing in the foreground, and even Gamera makes a cameo appearance in this episode of Nurse Witch Kumogi.|
|Robot Chicken||Godzilla Remade Again||Godzilla (1998)||Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich are given a chance to create another movie, or rather a "remake of a remake". The result: Baby Zilla's performing an ice skating number. Later, they congratulate themselves on making "another giant piece of crap."|
|The Awful Truth||Don't Shoot, It's Only a Wallet||Godzilla vs. Megalon||In an episode of The Awful Truth regarding race relations shows a scene from Godzilla vs. Megalon in order to present a visual metaphor.|
|Pinky and the Brain||Tokyo Grows||Godzilla, King of the Monsters!||A spoof on Godzilla, King of the Monsters, this episode features a plethora of subtle and not-so-subtle nods to the original classic; the most famous being the hilariously deadpan "Yes, I see..." cutaways with a Raymond Burr parody.|
|Animaniacs||Sir Yaksalot||Godzilla, King of the Monsters!||A dragon is terrorizing a medieval town, and the Warner Brothers (and the Warner Sister) are called in by the king to deal with the situation. The Warners suggest consulting the war room, and the cartoon cuts to a high tech facility where several people are sitting round 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.|
|Urusei Yatsura||Snow Panic? The Mendo Family Cherry Blossom Display Banquet!||Kaiju Films||After the whole city is sprayed with a special Juice from Lum's home planet, they begin to act out various roles. Kamen Rider, Hulk, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon appear at random times. Frankenstein can be seen holding Baragon over his head during the big pan scene, and not to far away, a mutating Matango is visible. Ebirah and Mothra can also be spotted in the background.|
|The Simpsons||Lisa on Ice||Kaiju Films||Lisa is in danger of failing PE, so she joins a children's hockey league. Lisa fears that if she ever receives an "F", it could blemish her record forever as she fantasizes that in the future, the Presidency of the United States is immediately revoked during her inauguration when a reporter exposes her 2nd grade "F" in PE. The official sentences Lisa to "A Lifetime of Horror on Monster Island", reassuring her that it is only a name. Cut to her and other hapless humans fleeing in terror from Gamera, Rodan, and Mothra, as someone matter-of-factly states, "It's not really an island, its a peninsula".|
|The Big Bang Theory||The Pirate Solution||Kaiju Films||Main character Sheldon wears a tee shirt that features silhouettes of all the major Toho kaiju. He wears it throughout the last half of the episode, when he and Raj are arguing about the dark matter experiment.|
|Super Electromagnetic Machine Voltes V||Various||Kaiju Films||Throughout the series, various beast fighters and super fighters boast the roars of several kaiju, including Gabara, Anguirus, Gamera, Kamacuras, and Ebirah. In episode thirteen, one beast fighter named Kuragenyara appears identical to Dogora.|
|Mythbusters||Car vs. Rain||The Mysterians||On this episode of Mythbusters, 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 one being the Markalite Cannon vs. the Mysterian Dome scene from The Mysterians. It should be noted that these clips were shown in black-and-white format for comical reasons.|
|IKEA||Playing With My Friends||Godzilla Series||A slightly modified Godzilla, seen here in IKEA's advert Playing With My Friends. Note the large horn and bright blue color, the latter somewhat resembling Godzilla's colors in Godzilla: Monster of Monsters.|
|The Looney Toons Show||Merrie Melodies - President's Day||Godzilla Series||Godzilla, bearing the SoshingekiGoji suit look, appears in the Merrie Melodies song "President's Day". Lola sings that Godzilla was there in the battle of Manila (in the Philippines), and the camera zooms into the giant painting as Godzilla gives a thumbs up and lets off a roar, and Lola says "Thank you, President Godzilla!"|
|Sparkle Crest||Commercial||Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster||King Ghidorah makes two appearances in a Sparkle Crest commercial from the 1980's. In the first appearance, King Ghidorah's gravity beams are replaced by Sparkle Crest tooth paste. In the second appearance, King Ghidorah appears with other characters featured in the commercial.|
|The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!||Mario Meets Koop-zilla||Godzilla Series/Frankenstein vs. Baragon (1965 film)||In this episode of the popular 80's cartoon, King Koopa (Bowser) consumes a powerful dish called 'Super Sushi', Grows to a giant size, and starts trashing a city very similar to Tokyo. Mario consumes another dish of Sushi, and also grows gigantic. The two battle it out in the City until Bowser is struck by a giant needle, reducing him back to normal. Bowser's general appearance in the cartoon means he also slightly resembles Baragon, with Mario taking up the role of Frankenstein.|
|Invader Zim||Hamstergeddon||Godzilla Series||In this episode of Invader Zim, Zim plants an Irken device on Peepi the hamster that will makes it grow larger while under Zim's control, but instead, Peepi grows giant and breaks free. Zim doesn't worry about this at first, and just lets it go on a rampage. However, once Zim's house ends up in the path of Peepi's destruction, Zim decides that the hamster must be stopped. After failing to stop Peepi on his own, Zim gets the help of Dib and formulates a new plan. Zim gets Peepi to follow his Voot ship to a Ferris wheel with rockets on it to blast Peepi into space. The military's meddling causes this plan to fail, and as a last resort, Zim attaches rockets to Peepi himself and blasts the hamster back into space. Unbeknownst to everybody, Peepi comes crashing back to Earth and explodes.|
|Pingu||Pingu's Dream||Gorath||In this episode of Pingu, Pingu falls asleep while he has a story read to him, and wakes up in a bizarre dream world where inanimate objects appear to have a life of their own. At first, the penguin appears to enjoy his dream, unaware that a giant Walrus is stalking him. Pingu is then chased by the Walrus, who obliterates everything in its path, similar to the mannerisms of Maguma. Curiously, the episode was removed from circulation in many countries in the early 2000s, leaving Japan as one of the countries which kept airing it.|
|Jimmy Kimmel Live||May 9, 2014 Episode||Godzilla (2014)||In the May 9 episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kimmel is talking about Hollywood rebooting old franchises. He talks about Godzilla coming on May 16, and then a fake trailer for "Barneyzilla" is shown. The "Barneyzilla" trailer shows footage from the teaser trailer. It starts with the Legendary and Warner Bros. logos dissolving into "On May 16..." and showing Admiral Stenz talking. Then, "He is coming..." is shown on screen, followed by more footage from the trailer. "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, saying "Okay!" excitedly and 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.|
|The Simpsons||Wedding for Disaster||King Kong vs. Godzilla||During an argument, Homer calls Marge 'Bridezilla', and Marge calls Homer 'King Wrong'. Maggie then imagines them as Godzilla and King Kong, as a reference to King Kong vs. Godzilla.|
|Tekkōki Mikazuki (Giant Robot Mikazuki)||Fourth Night: New Giant Shingetsu, Arise! (Ep. 4)||Godzilla||In the fourth episode of this Super Robot mini-series, Akane and one of the AIT members visit a Monster Fan Club. They were in the midst of designing a monster called Gyleek using a computer program, which bares a resemblance to Godzilla with is dorsal spines on its back and overall body shape with SpaceGodzilla-like spines on its shoulders. They even mention that they should give it a breath attack as it is a "classic staple of kaiju". In the background, kaiju toys can be seen and one of them was a bust of Zilla.
Later, Torupa, the villain of the series uses the club president's thoughts of anger over Akane's friend not accepting that he loves her, (even though he was stalking her in a rather disturbing way) and his hatred for those who judge him to create an Idiom of the Kaiju. The Idiom appears as a giant egg and AIT tries to destroy it using the Ultima Cannon, but it only makes the egg hatch into Gyleek, who rampages through the city. In additon to having Godzilla like-features on its body, Gyleek had sound bytes of Godzilla roars as part of its audio sound effects.
|Space Dandy||There's Music in the Darkness, Baby (Season 2 Episode 2)||Mothra||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 and then to her egg stage, with the egg disappearing into the wave after it was spat out by the river.|
|Happy Tree Friends||Wingin' It||Godzilla series||In the episode of the darkly-humorous cartoon entitled Wingin' It, several members of the cartoon's cast go on a plane. While the safety instructions are being read, Flaky, the show's nervous porcupine, notices a panel on the safety leaflet telling passengers what to do if Godzilla attacks, which scares her. Later, Lumpy is using his radio equipment aboard the plane, and it knocks out a television signal. On the ground, Toothy is watching a Godzilla movie on television when the signal cuts out. Finally, after the plane rolls into the ocean after seemingly crash-landing, Flaky seemingly escapes to a sinking life-raft after being savagely bitten by a shark, only to hear Godzilla roaring off-screen, and the episode ends with her being killed by the nuclear behemoth.|
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