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

Generation I

The very first Pokémon generation featured the popular games Red, Green, Blue and Yellow, yet there have been abundant references to the kaiju franchises.

In the Show

  • In one episode of the Pokémon anime, a giant Caterpie attacks a city similar to Tokyo. The Caterpie evolves into Metapod, and eventually evolves into Butterfree. This entire sequence was very similar to Mothra's very first movie appearance.
  • In an episode that was later banned in America in the wake of 9/11 (but later unbanned when the show was picked up Cartoon Network), a group of Tentacool's attack a city followed by a Giant Tentacruel attack similar to the way kaiju destroy cities.
  • In an episode of Pokémon, the main characters go searching for fossils and they resurrect an Aerodactyl. Aerodactyl is a pterodactyl-based Pokémon. Aerodactyl starts to terrorize the group through Hyper Beam. This entire process is very similar to Rodan's appearances and depictions.

The Pokémon

  • The Pokémon evo-family Nidoran (male and female), Nidorina, Nidorino, Nidoking and Nidoqueen have similar appearances/behaviors as Baragon. Nidoking has a large horn erecting from his head that can be used as a weapon which is remarkably similar to Baragon. Baragon and Nidoking also share the ability to burrow.
  • The Pokémon Gyarados in the Pokédex states that it if provoked it will come from the sea and destroy cities and towns. This is similar to Godzilla who attacks Japan whenever angered.

Generation II

The second generation of Pokémon has many more references in the Pokémon themselves than Generation I's anime or movies.

In the Movies

  • In the movie "Pokémon Heroes", an Aerodactyl is summoned to destroy the city and its citizens. This again was very similar to Rodan and other monsters.

The Pokémon

  • The Pokémon evo-family Larvitar, Pupitar and Tyranitar have made references to Godzilla. Tyranitar is a very powerful and in the movies/show it can be seen as an unstoppable force. Its appearance and depictions are similar to Godzilla. Its powerful hyper beam attack is similar to Godzilla's atomic breath. Also, Tyranitar's Japanese name is Bangiras (バンギラス?), which is an obvious reference to Anguirus's Japanese name Angirasu (アンギラス?).
  • The Pokémon Kingdra's japanese name is Kingudora (キングドラ?), very similar to King Ghidorah's japanese name, Kingu Gidora (キングギドラ?).

Generation III

The third generation of Pokémon seems to have the least amount of Godzilla references out of all generations.

In the Show

  • In an episode featuring Pokémon "Claydol", there was a giant Claydol and it was awakened if the giant rock Pokéball was opened. The main characters opened the Pokéball and the Claydol escaped and wreaked havoc. The group had to encase it in the rock Pokéball in order to stop it. This seems loosely based on King Caesar.
  • In a couple episodes, the Pokémon "Kyogre" and "Groudon" are awakened and they begin to battle. Throughout the entire episodes they begin to fight non-stop and are unstoppable forces. This is very much like the Kaiju fighting in the movies.

The Pokémon

  • Pokémon mascots for Generation III (Groudon, Kyogre and Rayquaza) all are destined to duel if encountered. In the game, it states that Groudon and Kyogre had a battle and the Pokémon Rayquaza was forced to awaken from slumber and stop the two from fighting. This is reminiscent of Kaiju movie plots.

Generation IV

Generation IV seems to be fueled with references to Godzilla.

In the Movies

  • The movie series for this generation are all very similar to Godzilla. They revolve around Dialga, Palkia and Giratina fighting. At first, Dialga and Palkia are awakened, forcing Darkrai to stop them. Dialga and Palkia stop fighting but Giratina got angered and threatens Dialga. Giratina and Dialga fight for a while but they begin to subside. However Arceus the creator of the 3, is going to return and cause destruction of what it created because a subject named Damos betrayed it. Time and space begins to rip and a girl named Sheena summons Dialga to stop it. However another rift in time and space occurs and out comes Giratina. They start fighting but another rip in time and space occurs and out comes Palkia. The three all begin to fight but then Sheena stops the fight and the 3 Pokemon stop fighting. Arceus returns and decides to destroy life. Dialga sends Ash and his friends back in time to stop the end of the world. Arceus fights Palkia, Giratina and Dialga during the time and Arceus wins. Arceus then changes its mind and it decides to spare this world and everything is fine. This entire sequence is reminiscent of Kaiju movie plots.
  • Pokémon Giratina's roar is actually Mothra's chirps, screeches & cries.
  • Palkia's roar is the Boga's roar mixed with King Ghidorah's roar and Godzilla's roar.

The Pokémon

  • Pokémon Palkia is the controller of Space and it is a Dragon Pokémon. This seems similar to King Ghidorah and it is considered a direct reference to it because its roar features King Ghidorah's roar (the Super Smash Bros. Brawl version had one of Godzilla's 1954 roars).
  • Pokémon Yanmega is a dragonfly that evolves from Yanma by learning AncientPower. The fact it is a dragonfly, has mega in its name and levels up through "AncientPower" suggests it is based upon Megaguirus.
  • Pokémon Giratina is the controller of the reverse world and it looks similar to the monster Destoroyah.
  • In the Eleventh movie, the villains' ship (when using it's beam) has the same sound as Megaguirus.

Generation V

Generation V is loaded with references to Godzilla.

The Pokémon

  • Pokémon evo-family with Deino, Zweilous and Hydreigon are all very similar to Desghidorah and King Ghidorah in appearance. The shiny Hydreigon is also green, which is close to yellow on the color spectrum.
  • The Pokémon evo-family Larvesta and Volcarona are direct references to Mothra. Volcarona is a giant moth that is on fire which is similar to the way Mothra dies most of the time.

The Games

  • MechaTyranitar
    In Pokémon Black 2 & White 2, there is a feature called the "Pokéstar Studios", in which you can make short movies. The feature has a giant Steel-type mechanical Tyranitar that can be used in the movies, that goes by the name of "Mecha Tyranitar" and shortened to "MT" in-battle. This character is similar to the Heisei MechaGodzilla and the late Heisei Godzilla, because of it's stance and appearance. Mecha Tyranitar is at level 73, has the ability "Analytic" and has the moves "Iron Head", "Surf", "Spark", and "Earthquake".
Pokemon - Big Monster Series
In the studios, there is a series of films called "Big Monster" (大怪獣?, Daikaijū) that can done at any point after the player has defeated the Champion, in which Mecha Tyranitar appears. These are the films' titles:
  • The Titanic Tyranitar - A giant organism appears, and the UDF goes into action!
  • The Mechanical Menace - The UDF rushes into action when an odd scream is heard during patrol!
  • Mysterious Beach - The Titanic Tyranitar reappears! The mysterious light's true identity!
  • Return of Mecha Tyranitar - MT reappears. It's time for the final battle with the UDF!

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

The Show

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

Generation VI

Generation VI has only made small references to Godzilla so far.

The Pokémon

  • Tyranitar gained a mega evolution in this Generation, and rather fittingly resembles Super Godzilla or SpaceGodzilla (who was inspired by Super Godzilla anyways), complete with an exaggerated version of Super Godzilla's 'crown' and large dorsal plates erupting out of its back.
  • In Pokken Tournament, Shadow Mega Mewtwo X's Crystals on its back strongly resemble SpaceGodzilla.

The Show

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


  • Capsule Monsters Godzillante Gorillaimo

    Godzillante vs. Gorillaimo

    Toho Company Ltd. makes Pokémon movies, and to 'save' time, they reuse kaiju roars on the Pokémon.
  • The video game Godzilla: Trading Battle plays very similarly to Pokémon games.
  • In the Capsule Monsters Beta (Pokémon Beta), there were two generic Pocket Monsters that were made to show off a prototype of the battle screen. The two Pokémon's names translate to "Godzillante" and "Gorillaimo." Godzillante (ゴジランテ?, Gojirante) is a reptile-like Pokémon that shoots fire, and it could have been a very early fire-type prototype for Tyranitar. Godzillante's name could also be a reference to Biollante's English and Japanese names.
  • Originally, the Pokemon series was to be called 'Capsule Monsters'. It has since been revealed by Satoshi Tajiri that one of his inspirations for the concept of people summoning monsters to help them battle or surmount obstacles was taken from Eiji Tsuburaya's hit Tokusatsu TV show, Ultraseven.[1]
  • According to an interview with Shogo Tomiyama during the US premiere of Godzilla: Final Wars, Godzilla's most dangerous adversary is Pikachu and that hopefully, "Godzilla's new film will finally win the hearts of children back from his most dangerous advisory ever: Pokémon."[2]


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