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Film - Television - Video Games

A collection of references (either through memorabilia, characters or the movies themselves) in television programs to Toho's many produced and distributed releases.

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Imitative
Roar

Program: Frankenstein, Jr. and The Impossibles
 Reference: Godzilla Series (-)
Episode/Sketch: The Menace from the Wax Museum Air Date: September 24th, 1966

A masked super villain named Mister Menace brings to life three giant monsters based on movie creations, including a very early homage to Godzilla in American animation, the fire breathing sea dragon named Godzonka.
Credit: Raf Gonzalez

Program: Steel Jeeg
 Reference: Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)
Episode/Sketch: Memory Transfer Air Date: Early 1976

In this episode of Steel Jeeg, the Jamatai Kingdom unleashes a phantom named Numeme that starts out as a slime creature. This corrosive entity resembles Hedorah and possesses a few of his traits.
Credit: alienhulk2099

Program: The Muppet Show
 Reference: King Kong Escapes (1967)
Episode/Sketch: Avery Schreiber Air Date: April 18th, 1977

Dr. Bunsen Honeydew's gorilla detector bears a resemblance to Mechani-Kong's head from King Kong Escapes (1967)
Credit: Monsterzero 1965

Program: Super Electromagnetic Machine Voltes V
 Reference: Kaiju Movies (-)
Episode/Sketch: Various Air Date: June 4th, 1977 – March 25th, 1978

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.
Credit: alienhulk2099

Program: Super Friends
 Reference: Rodan (1956)
Episode/Sketch: Rokan: Enemy From Space Air Date: September 16th, 1978

This episode features a giant flying monster named Rokan, who shares way too much in common with Rodan to be a coincidence (not to mention some possible inspiration from "The Giant Claw"). Rokan also bears some resemblance to The Fire Bird in Hanna-Barbera's own Godzilla cartoon series.
Credit: Raf Gonzalez

Program: The Plastic Man Comedy Adventure Show
 Reference: Atragon (1963)
Episode/Sketch: The Colossal Crime of Commodore Peril Air Date: December 29th, 1979

The super-elastic Plastic Man must match wits with the evil Commodore Peril (perhaps an obtuse reference to Commodore Perry, the man who "re-opened" Japan in the 1800s) in this episode, wherein the villain makes use of his super-ship to extort riches from powerful people around the globe. Commodore Peril uses a dastardly flying submarine highly reminiscent of the Gotengo. This submarine, which is never given a name in the episode, can fly, dive, and drill through the earth with its retractable drill nose-cone, among other abilities.

Program: Astro Boy
 Reference: Kaiju Movies (-)
Episode/Sketch: Major Operations of Black Jack Air Date: April 8th, 1981

When the evil wizard Gore finds his plans foiled by Astro Boy and Black Jack, he calls forth two enormous monsters that burst from the ground underneath his lair. One of the monsters looks to be a parody of King Ghidorah wearing sunglasses and a professional wrestler's belt and towering over the forest. The monster is called Three-Headed Dragon in the dub, and simply Three-Head in the sub, although Gore sounds like he is actually saying "Three-Neck."

Program: Transformers
 Reference: Godzilla (1954)
Episode/Sketch: Kremzeek! Air Date: December 27th, 1985

A movie banner can be spotted in this episode that appears to overtly draw inspiration from Godzilla (1954).
Credit: "Hikaruon"


Program: Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in The Pocket
 Reference: Kaiju Movies (-)
Episode/Sketch: How Many Miles to The Battlefield? Air Date: March 25th, 1989

Alfred plays what appears to be a parody of an NES light gun game in his room, which involves giant monsters destroying a city. When we see the game over screen, digital parodies of Godzilla and Mothra can be spotted behind the text overlay.
Credit: alienhulk2099

Program: Mobile Suit SD Gundam's Counterattack
 Reference: Mothra (1961)
Episode/Sketch: The Storm-Calling School Festival Air Date: July 15th, 1989

At the end of this insanely wacky Super Deformed Gundam episode, one can find an interesting sighting in the credits. Kamille emerges from a cocoon in the form of a Mothra-type, complete with Elpe Ple and Ple Two playing the parts of the Shobijin fairies (look closely between the antennae to spot them).
Credit: alienhulk2099

Program: The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3
 Reference: Godzilla Series (-)
Episode/Sketch: Dadzilla Air Date: October 6th, 1990

Kootie Pie and Big Mouth Koopa go to Hollywood to find their "real father" and come across the robotic Madzilla (an obvious homage to Godzilla who can even fire an atomic blast).
Credit: Hellspawn28

Program: Tiny Toon Adventures
 Reference: Godzilla Series (-)
Episode/Sketch: Bunny Daze Air Date: November 1st, 1990

In a bathtub scene, Babs Bunny indulges in a flight of fancy in which she takes on the role of Babzilla, eats a ship, fights a battleship, and speaks a bunch of blatantly spurious Japanese.

Program: Captain Planet and the Planeteers
 Reference: Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)
Episode/Sketch: The Littlest Planeteer Air Date: November 1st, 1990

Dr. Blight's newest creation, the Smog Blob, is a monster that has very similar characteristics to Hedorah. It goes through a basic 3-stage metamorphosis: a tadpole-like monster, a limbed beast with a visible mouth, and a final humanoid form that towers over the city. It should be further noted that the Smog Blob ingests the fumes emanating from smokestacks, as well as inducing the corrosion of metal; both of which are the trademark traits of the aforementioned antagonist from Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971).
Credit: Legionmaster

Program: Sailor Moon
 Reference: Godzilla Series (-)
Episode/Sketch: Punish Them! The House of Fortune is the Monster Mansion Air Date: March 14th, 1992

Motoki Furuhata invites Usagi to the Crown Game Center to play the new arcade game "Sailor V". One of the game's monsters appears to be a super deformed Godzilla.
Credit: "Hikaruon"

Program: Sailor Moon
 Reference: Kaiju Movies (-)
Episode/Sketch: Jupiter, the Brawny Girl in Love Air Date: September 5th, 1992

A stuffed, winged three-headed dragon is plainly visible in a claw machine; a subtle nod to King Ghidorah.
Credit: ZillaRex2000

Program: Rugrats
 Reference: King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
Episode/Sketch: Toy Palace Air Date: September 6th, 1992

When Tommy and Chuckie become trapped in a giant toy store one night, a "battle" between a robotic toy Reptar and Thorg becomes the climax of the evening.
Credit: SG-17

Program: Eek! The Cat
 Reference: Godzilla Series (-)
Episode/Sketch: The Whining Pirates Of Tortuga Air Date: December 5th, 1992

Eek regales the neighborhood kittens with an adventurous tale from his youth, which includes an appearance by (none other than) Bigzilla.

Program: Beakman's World
 Reference: Godzilla Series (-)
Episode/Sketch: Microscopes, Beakmania & Healing Air Date: December 5th, 1992

When Beakman shows various samples through a microscope, Lester makes the following remark about one particular organism, "Whoa, I saw that thing destroy Tokyo on the late show." Cue a Godzilla-like roar and a Godzilla-like theme. After a description of the specimen is given, the roar is played again.
Credit: "Hikaruon"

Program: Dinosaur Squadron Zyuranger
 Reference: Godzilla Series (-)
Episode/Sketch: Various Air Date: Various

Starting in Episode 21, the Dragon Ranger was able to summon the Dragon Caesar. The mighty, draconic robot would emerge from the bay in a fashion inspired closely by Godzilla's emergence throughout his tenure. The Dragon Caesar itself could be considered an homage to both Godzilla and his robotic counterpart Mechagodzilla (with some minor facial resemblance to King Caesar as well). The most notable reference to Mechagodzilla is one of the Dragon Caesar's primary weapons: missiles launched from its fingertips.
Credit: Kane_Locke

Program: Sailor Moon R
 Reference: Godzilla Series (-)
Episode/Sketch: Usagi's Crisis! The Tiara Doesn't Work Air Date: April 10th, 1993

Ail shows a brochure of a "Virtual Reality Simulator" that features a character that resembles Biollante's rose form. A Godzilla type and a Ghidorah (or Mecha-King Ghidorah) type also appear in the fictional game.
Credit: "Hikaruon"

Program: Mystery Science Theater 3000
 Reference: Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)
Episode/Sketch: Episode 501, Warrior of the Lost World Air Date: July 24th, 1993

When Joel holds a fan letter up to the camera, an enclosed photograph reveals a specially-decorated birthday cake. This epic confection features a design inspired by Godzilla's infamous tail slide from Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973), a staple of the opening sequence on "Mystery Science Theater 3000" between the third and fifth seasons.

Program: Dragon Ball Z
 Reference: Godzilla Series (-)
Episode/Sketch: Gohan's Frantic First Date!? Air Date: September 29th, 1993
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fter a hard day of school and "saving the day", Gohan returns home. Later that night, he's in his room practicing battle cries (and poses) to go with his new identity "The Great Saiyaman", while his brother Goten watches. As their mother Chi Chi enters the room, a poster on the wall with a very familiar monster can be seen (spelled "Gogira").
Credit: Arun

Program: Fantastic Four
 Reference: Godzilla Series (-)
Episode/Sketch: Superskrull Air Date: November 5th, 1994

Reed (Mister Fantastic) creates a device that scares off the invading Skrulls through the use of cable TV images. A giant Godzilla-like monster complete with an atomic blast can be seen attacking the city, while a three-headed sea creature appears that resembles King Ghidorah.
Credit: Hellspawn28

Program: Magic Knight Rayearth
 Reference: Kaiju Movies (-)
Episode/Sketch: Lives at Stake - Presea's Weapons Air Date: November 21st, 1994

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.
Credit: ZillaRex2000

Program: Neon Genesis Evangelion
 Reference: Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)
Episode/Sketch: A Human Work Air Date: November 15th, 1995

Jet Jaguar was chosen from submissions from the public, and when it was initially announced, the robot was known as "Red Alone". To the left is featured Jet Alone, a combination of the two names. Jet Alone also has a "grill" on its head that is meant to resemble Jet Jagaur's mouth.
Credit: Hellspawn28

Program: Freakazoid
 Reference: Kaiju Movies (-)
Episode/Sketch: Dexter's Date Air Date: September 7th, 1996

This episode opens with a parody of children's television shows from the 50's, featuring scenes like Steven Spielberg controlling the Freakazoid characters as hand puppets. There is also a scene where Freakazoid comes face to face with 2 kaiju that bear a striking resemblance to Rodan and Mothra.
Credit: Brandon Lusk

Program: The Mask: The Animated Series
 Reference: Kaiju Movies (-)
Episode/Sketch: Broadway Malady Air Date: October 2nd, 1996

In order to fight a Mechani-Kong lookalike, Mad Monkey, the Mask transforms into a Godzilla-type. The latter even uses a flying kick (similar to the well-known scene in Godzilla vs Megalon [1973]).
Credit: "Hikaruon"

Program: KaBlam!
 Reference: Godzilla Series (-)
Episode/Sketch: Various Air Date: October 7th, 1996 – May 6th, 2000

The comic-style intro features a monster (greatly resembling Godzilla) destroying a city. The monster roars at the viewer as the camera gets close, and it even sports a green atomic ray. This obvious homage to Godzilla remained in KaBlam!'s intros throughout the run of the series.
Credit: Adam Striker

Program: Dexter's Laboratory
 Reference: Godzilla Series (-)
Episode/Sketch: Monstory Air Date: January 1st, 1997

In this episode, Dexter accidentally mutates his sister into a giant monster. When DeeDee begins destroying his lab, Dexter is forced to mutate himself to save it. He eventually becomes a giant, Godzilla-like monster and battles DeeDee in an unnamed city. To further the homage, Dexter even eats nuclear material to increase his power.
Credit: Godzillawolf

Program: Detective Conan (aka Case Closed)
 Reference: Kaiju Movies (-)
Episode/Sketch: Big Monster Gomera Murder Case Air Date: June 16th, 1997

In this episode, Professor Agasa and the Detective Boys are invited to tour a movie studio by Mikami Daisuke, who happens to be the director of the Gomera monster movies. The monster Gomera appears to be a rather overt parody of both Godzilla and Gamera.
Credit: Hellspawn28

Program: Rugrats
 Reference: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)
Episode/Sketch: Faire Play Air Date: September 20th, 1997

When Stu and Grandpa find themselves stuck in a robotic dragon at a medieval festival, a man in a Reptar suit is forced to tear off the dragon's head in order to rescue them. This resembles an all-too-familiar robotic decapitation scene from the Godzilla series, specifically from the movie Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974).
Credit: SG-17

Program: Muppets Tonight
 Reference: Godzilla Series (-)
Episode/Sketch: Heather Locklear Air Date: Septemeber 21st, 1997

During a "Hardy Pig Boys" segment, Kermit dresses up like Godzilla (complete with spines and sharp teeth) and calls himself "Frogzilla".
Credit: Hellspawn28

Program: Getter Robo Armageddon
 Reference: Atragon (1963)
Episode/Sketch: Evolution's End Air Date: 1998

This episode features Shin Getter Liger, which bears a striking resemblance to the Gotengo.
Credit: "Hikaruon"

Program: South Park
 Reference: Kaiju Movies (-)
Episode/Sketch: Mecha-Streisand Air Date: February 18th, 1998

Barbara Streisand transforms into Mecha-Streisand; so in order to defeat her, Leonard Maltin morphs into an Ultraman-type and Sidney Poitier into a Gamera-type. It is The Cure's Robert Smith, by becoming a Mothra-type, who finally topples her. There are also heroic-y Japanese theme songs throughout the final segments (reminiscent of such films as Godzilla vs. Gigan [1972] and Godzilla vs Megalon [1973]).
Credit: Dean Stibbs

Program: The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police
 Reference: Kaiju Movies (-)
Episode/Sketch: AAIIIEEE, Robot! Air Date: February 27th, 1998

In the Japanese giant monster parody episode of Steve Purcell's cartoon, laidback canine Sam and insane rabbity thingy Max take their giant Max robot to Japan and encounter various enormous monsters. None of them look to be precisely based off of any monsters in the Toho canon, but a colossal caterpillar/worm suggests Mothra, and our anthropomorphic heroes do combat with a titanic toddler named "Todzilla." Another monster, a two-headed flying beast, looks uncannily similar to the two-headed Gyaos boss character from the Japanese videogame, Gamera 2000.

Program: Cardcaptor Sakura
 Reference: Godzilla Series (-)
Episode/Sketch: Sakura, Panda, and a Cute Shop Air Date: May 5, 1998

On this episode the bunny-like Clow Card, Jump, manifests itself and collects plushies at the Twin Bells store, giving the shopkeeper much hassle. While Sakura and Kero try to find Jump she goes through many plushies, one of which is a Godzilla plushie. The same plushie can be seen later in a mess of the toys after Jump hilariously fails at acting like a kaiju using the plushies to form his body.
Credit: alienhulk2099

Program: The Adventures of the Mini-Goddesses
 Reference: Godzilla (1954)
Episode/Sketch: Gabira the Giant Monster—The Birth Air Date: May 25th, 1998

In an elaborate homage to the original Godzilla (1954), this episode presents an artifact-laden b&w mock Toho logo and movie title card along with an imitation of the thundering footsteps and roar that began that classic film. In the story, sexy goddess Urd's remedy for her rat friend's stomach fungus instead turns him into an enormous dark green monster clearly based on Godzilla, complete with spiky maple leaf back plates. The episode ends on a cliffhanger.

Program: The Adventures of the Mini-Goddesses
 Reference: Godzilla Series (-)
Episode/Sketch: Gabira, the Giant Monster: The Final Battle Air Date: June 1st, 1998

Continues the Godzilla parody from the last episode, this time featuring an homage to Toho's 1960's Tohoscope logo and another wonderful monster movie title card. The rat Gan-chan is codenamed G in this episode, and proceeds to inflict destruction on the goddesses' dwelling. Type 66 Maser Cannons made from detergent bottles make an appearance alongside an electric fan that might be standing in as a Markalite Cannon. Even the music is inspired by Akira Ifukube's distinctive military themes. The action climaxes with the monster melting down in a ray of sunlight, a sequence obviously inspired by Godzilla's legendary death in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995).

Program: Dexter's Laboratory
 Reference: Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love? (1984)
Episode/Sketch: Last But Not Beast Air Date: June 15th, 1998

Upon arrival at school during his first day as a foreign exchange student in Japan, Dexter encounters two boys who build models. During a display of their "models", which turn out to be giant transforming robots, one of the boys uses a mech similar to a MOSPEADA from Genesis Climber MOSPEADA and Garland from the Megazone 23 series. The same boy then shows off a mech very similar to a Valkyrie fighter from the Macross franchise, most likely the VT-1 Super Ostrich type, complete with a gun that boasts similarities to a Gatling gun pod.
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Credit: alienhulk2099

Program: The Adventures of the Mini-Goddesses
 Reference: Godzilla Series (-)
Episode/Sketch: Gabira the Giant Monster—The Strike Back Air Date: June 22nd, 1998

This episode features the most elaborate homage yet. Gan-chan has stomach problems again, inevitably resulting in recurrence of his G mutation, dubbed G II. The title card this time parodies the style of the 90s Godzilla films, with a flashing light and colorful lettering. G II, like the 90s Godzilla, grows much bigger than ever. Cute goddess Skuld poses as a scientist and collects G II cells and examines them, and then proceeds to display a parody of the classic Godzilla anatomy illustration that closely mimics even the original pose. Skuld has also created a Mechanical G II, designed after the classic 74 Mechagodzilla, most memorably illustrated by Mechanical G II's entrance, which closely apes '74 Mechagodzilla's classy unveiling in the original movie. Again, the music is similar in style to Ifukube's themes, and even briefly imitates the jazzy kaiju tunes of the 70s.

Program: 2nd Annual Mystery Science Theater 3000 Summer Blockbuster Review
 Reference: GODZILLA (1998)
Episode/Sketch: N/A (Television Special)

Air Date: September 4th, 1998


Crow T. Robot is consistently bleeped when he tries to mention GODZILLA (1998), due to copyright restrictions. Understandably frustrated that he can't review the movie, he crafts his own makeshift giant lizard film using a toy iguana.

Program: Rugrats
 Reference: Kaiju Movies (-)
Episode/Sketch: Run Away Reptar Air Date: May 27th, 1999

In this episode, the characters enter a movie in order to see why their hero, Reptar (an homage to Godzilla), has gone on a rampage. As in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974), it is revealed that Reptar has been replaced by a disguised, mechanical doppelganger. Robot Reptar even has some resemblance to the Showa Mechagodzilla. Also, a character called Dactar is introduced in this special, who resembles Rodan and is described at first as Reptar's enemy and a threat to humanity, only to have a change of heart in the end to aid Reptar in battle. This is handled similarly to Rodan and Godzilla's interaction in Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964).
Credit: Godzillawolf

Program: Zoids (Multiple Series)
 Reference: Kaiju Movies (-)
Episode/Sketch: Various Air Date: September 4th, 1999 - March 26th, 2006 (The Duration of All Four Series)

One of the most common types of Zoids in the metaseries, Molgas are a clear homage to the larval stage of Mothra in both name and appearance. Additionally, a small version of the Zoid, called the Realga, takes the homage a step further by spraying streams of sticky silk from their "mouths."
Credit: Inferno Rodan

Program: Digimon Adventure
 Reference: Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)
Episode/Sketch: The Eighth Digivice Air Date: October 10th, 1999

While searching for the "8th Chosen Child", Myotismon unleashes Raremon in order to attack Tokyo Bay. Raremon has similar characteristics to Hedorah; they are both poisonous, composed of toxic sludge, and can be weakened by electricity. Raremon chasing Meeko (a cat) and his attack on the nightclub also seem to emulate scenes in Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971).
Credit: Hellspawn28

Program: Experimental Quack Anime Excel Saga
 Reference: Godzilla Series (-)
Episode/Sketch: The New Year's-End Party Hidden Talent Contest Air Date: January 6, 2000

This episode features Excel and Hyatt trying to raise money via a telethon using a random clip shows. At one point Excel tries to interrupt Hyatt using over the top means including using part of a Godzilla costume, complete with flaming breath.
Credit: alienhulk2099

Program: Love Hina
 Reference: Mothra (1961)
Episode/Sketch: Kendo Girl and the Legend of the Dragon Palace: Is this a Dream? Air Date: June 7th, 2000

In a dream sequence in which fantasy RPG videogames are extensively parodied, the adventurers stumble upon a pair of tiny twins called the Pure Maidens, played by supporting character Mutsumi Otohime. The Pure Maidens sing a song that closely parodies the Peanuts classic Mothra song in order to summon an enormous version of the Love Hina cute animal mascot, the turtle Tama-chan.

Program: CatDog
 Reference: Godzilla Series (-)
Episode/Sketch: New Cat in Town Air Date: August 26th, 2000

At one point during the episode "New Cat in Town", a group of moviegoers can be seen watching the latest Catzilla movie (the titular monster even boasts a rather familiar atomic breath). It may be worth noting that this episode premiered during the same month as the USA release of Godzilla 2000: Millennium (1999).
Credit: Hellspawn28

Program: The Powerpuff Girls
 Reference: Godzilla Series (-)
Episode/Sketch: Super Zeroes Air Date: October 20th, 2000

The City of Townsville is under attack by a monster named "Steve", a creature similar to Hedorah. Later on in the episode, the monster reveals that fighting the Powerpuff Girls and returning alive is a symbol of honor on Monster Isle (which is a clear reference to Monster Island from the Showa era).
Credit: Hellspawn28

Program: South Park
 Reference: Akira (1988)
Episode/Sketch: Trapper Keeper Air Date: November 15th, 2000

Shortly after Cartman's Dawson's Creek trapper keeper absorbs him, he quickly turns into a giant cyborg-like creature, which appears very similar to Tetsuo's mutated form at the end of Akira (1988). Rosie O'Donnell's death scene is also a nod to similar sequences in the film.
Credit: alienhulk2099

Program: The Oblongs
 Reference: Godzilla Series (-)
Episode/Sketch: Narcoleptic Scottie Air Date: April 8th, 2001

Early in this episode, Milo Oblong discovers a talent for styling bonsai trees, which would later influence him to sculpt forms out of much of the town's shrubbery. This includes a bush that is styled to resemble the Heisei Godzilla. It is so believable that the local police and military attempt to engage it.
Credit: G2KMaster

Program: Invader Zim
 Reference: Godzilla Series (-)
Episode/Sketch: Hamstergeddon Air Date: August 17th, 2001

Sporting a familiar array of fins, an "atomic" beam, and even the proclivity to attack a power plant, Zim's city-devastating cybernetic hamster monster has several overt similarities to Godzilla.
Credit: Hellspawn28

Program: The Brak Show
 Reference: Godzilla Series (-)
Episode/Sketch: Bawkbagawk Air Date: October 7th, 2001

Throughout this episode, a giant creature resembling Godzilla named "Giganticon" is seen destroying things with his blue fire breath in the background. The beginning of the episode states that he has destroyed the city yet again, but it will just be rebuilt like it always is, to which Dad replies "Not with my tax dollars!" The episode ends with Giganticon's giant foot stepping on Zorak.
Credit: James Bonney

Zoids: Chaotic Century
 Reference: Godzilla Series (-)
Episode/Sketch: Various Air Date: 2002, Various

The Zoid known as Gojulas has a name that may be an homage to Godzilla.
Credit: "Hikaruon"

Program: Shinzo
 Reference: Kaiju Movies (-)
Episode/Sketch: Ryuma, Lord of the Reptiles & The Dark Spirit of Destruction Air Date: August 17th, 2002 & August 18th, 2002

Ryuma summons a blue, three-headed dragon and commands it to attack a city, which is similar to the traditional behavioral patterns of King Ghidorah. The monster's name, Grandora, further points to the fact that this creature is a spoof of the "King of Terror". Strangely, its roar is similar to Godzilla's Millennium incarnations.
Credit: Adam Striker

Program: Mouse
 Reference: Godzilla (1954)
Episode/Sketch: Country of Electronics' Mouse Air Date: February 10th, 2003

Hazuki has turns into a giantess, draped in a costume that looks almost exactly like Godzilla. Nearly half of the episode has many references to the original Godzilla movie, from the conference room, to Godzilla's attack on Tokyo, and one of the characters even utters the final lines of the film (although they are slightly altered).
Credit: ZillaRex2000

Program: The Fairly OddParents
 Reference: Godzilla Series (-)
Episode/Sketch: This is Your Wish Air Date: May 2nd, 2003

Cosmo's past actions are judged by the audience of a game show in order to decide if he is fit to be a fairy godparent. The accidental transmutation of a frisbee into a giant Ghidorah-like monster (complete with Godzilla's iconic roar) is one such instance that comes under scrutiny.
Credit: Hellspawn28

Program: Sonic X
 Reference: Godzilla Series (-)
Episode/Sketch: Mayhem! 6 Chaos Emeralds Air Date: September 7th, 2003

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.
Credit: "Osutinik"

Program: What's New, Scooby-Doo?
 Reference: Godzilla Series (-)
Episode/Sketch: Big Appetite In Little Tokyo Air Date: September 13th, 2003

In this episode, the gang ends up in Japan. References are made to guardian monsters (which seem to be based off Rodan, Manda, and the Giant Octopus), and Shaggy is seemingly cursed to become a monster that looks like a mix between Shaggy and Godzilla. To further the reference, previews dub the creature "Shagzilla".
Credit: Godzillawolf

Program: Zoids Fuzors
 Reference: Godzilla Series (-)
Episode/Sketch: Various Air Date: Various (US: October 4th, 2003 - December 27th, 2003 / Japan: October 3rd, 2004 - April 3rd, 2005)

Just as the classic Gojulas pays homage to the original Godzilla, the modern Gojulas Giga likewise takes more modern inspiration. With its more triangular, forward-curving dorsal plates and ability to lock its body into a horizontal position for faster movement, the Gojulas Giga clearly takes a few notes from the American Godzilla while still retaining features from the original Godzilla's design. In one episode of the series, the normally heroic Zoid is even sabotaged and goes on a rampage through Blue City on a path towards a power plant.
Credit: Inferno Rodan

Program: Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
 Reference: Godzilla Series (-)
Episode/Sketch: Fitness Fiend Air Date: February 14th, 2004

As King Dedede skips through several television channels, he comes across a monster movie named "Godzillo". The name is a rather overt play on "Godzilla".
Credit: Hellspawn28

Program: Megas XLR
 Reference: Kaiju Movies (-)
Episode/Sketch: Breakout Air Date: June 5th, 2004

In this episode, Jamie accidentally unleashes an army of the worst monsters in the universe from a virtual prison, among them many Japanese monster lookalikes, including a mechanical Heisei Gamera, a flying monster resembling Gyaos, and a two-headed, twin-tailed monster resembling King Ghidorah that Coop tears into two separate monsters. And as in any kaiju film (and most of the episodes of the series), the city gets destroyed in the resulting battle.
Credit: Godzillawolf

Program: Megas XLR
 Reference: Godzilla Series (-)
Episode/Sketch: Dude, Where's My Head? Air Date: July 31st, 2004

Equipped with eye beams, finger missiles, a mouth ray, a pectoral ice blaster, and the classic roar of Godzilla's mechanized doppelganger, "Mecha Megas" is clearly an amalgam of Mechagodzillas old and new.
Credit: Mecha-gino

Program: My Life as a Teenage Robot
 Reference: Godzilla Series (-)
Episode/Sketch: Around the World in Eighty Pieces Air Date: January 28th, 2005

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.
Credit: Ryan Rodriguez

Program: Transformers: Energon
 Reference: GODZILLA (1998)
Episode/Sketch: Various Air Date: July 3rd, 2004 - June 1st, 2005

In this series, the Decepticons use Terrorcon drones to pillage planets of their Energon sources. These drones come in a variety of forms, but in episode 17, "The Return Of Demolisher", the Cruellocks (known as "Dinobots" in Japan) are introduced. These have been noted by Transformers fans and Godzilla fans alike to bear a resemblance to the Baby Godzilla's from Sony's GODZILLA (1998). They appear in various episodes after this initial appearance, as well.
Credit: Brandon Lusk

Program: Sgt. Frog
 Reference: Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979)
Episode/Sketch: Some Like It Scorching And Miserable! Air Date: August 21st, 2004

The trap door and car chase scenes from Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979) have uncannily similar counterparts in this episode of Sgt. Frog.

Program: Sgt. Frog
 Reference: Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979)
Episode/Sketch: A Justified War! Air Date: September 18th, 2004

Nishisawa Group's Assassin Squad strongly resembles Count Cagliostro's assassins from Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979)

Program: The Fairly OddParents
 Reference: Godzilla Series (-)
Episode/Sketch: Catman Meets The Crimson Chin Air Date: January 25th, 2005

When Timmy thinks up a plan to get the Crimson Chin and Catman to team up with each other, Timmy wishes for a giant robot dog named "Dogzilla" to attack the city. Dogzilla has some of the Showa Mechagodzilla's trademark characteristics, such as finger missiles.
Credit: Hellspawn28

Program: Sonic X
 Reference: Latitude Zero (1969), The War in Space (1977)
Episode/Sketch: Decisive Battle on the Equator! Air Date: March 5th, 2005

The Toho style logo, a lost continent at "latitude zero", and Goten and Daimakan look-alikes all make appearances here; which are clear references to Latitude Zero (1969) and The War in Space (1977).
Credit: "Zeak the Hedgehog"

Program: Sonic X
 Reference: Kaiju Movies (-)
Episode/Sketch: Sonic vs. Monster from the Underground Air Date: March 12th, 2005

A giant slug (à la Prophecies of Nostradamus (1974)), a Mothra look-alike, and even a Moguera clone make guest appearances in this episode of Sonic X. To boot, Sonic, Knuckles, and Rouge face off against Moguera's doppelganger in battle.
Credit: "Zeak the Hedgehog"

Program: Aquarion
 Reference: Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love? (1984)
Episode/Sketch: Fleeting Wings/Final Battle!! Atlandia Air Date: August 29th, 2005/September 20th, 2005

War machines based on Aquarion created by DEAVA, the Assault Type Aquarions (and the vectors that form them) are existentially based on the Valkyrie units from Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love? (1984) with their ability to change from a vehicle to their robot forms very quickly, a gatling gun pod style weapon (the PSG cannons), and Macross' famous "missile spamming". It should be noted that Shoji Kawamori, the director and creator of Macross, is also the director of the series.
Credit: alienhulk2099

Program: Pokémon: Advanced Generation
 Reference: Mothra (1964)
Episode/Sketch: Caterpie's Big Dilemma Air Date: September 8th, 2005

In this episode, a Caterpie eats a special rare candy that causes Pokémon to grow to enormous size. In what appears to be an homage to Mothra (1964), it ends up tearing through a city and climbing to the top of a building (which appears very similar to Tokyo Tower) in order to transform into the coccoon-like Metapod.
Credit: Godzillawolf

Program: The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy
 Reference: Kaiju Movies (-)
Episode/Sketch: Giant Billy and Mandy All Out Attack Air Date: January 27th, 2006

When Billy and Irwin want to watch classic giant monster movies, Grim decides to take them to Japan to see real monsters! There, they meet the turtle-like Cragorah (a parody of Gamera) who engages in a fierce battle with the three-headed Kittirah (a catlike version of King Ghidorah). Then, to help Cragorah, Grim transforms Billy into a giant hero who appears to be a parody of Ultraman. Mandy also uses a giant mecha called Mecha-Gorillasaur (a possible spoof on Mechani-Kong) to fight Kittira and punish Billy for his disobedience. The title of the episode is also an apparent spoof of Godzilla, Mothra & King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001).
Credit: Hellspawn28 & Godzillawolf

Program: Sgt. Frog
 Reference: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla 2 (1993)
Episode/Sketch: Keroro Nyororo vs. Mecha Nyororo Air Date: June 23rd, 2006

This day marks the third year of Keroro's moisture absorption by a Nyororo due to the increased humidity of the former. Keroro prepares for this and, at the same time, uses this experience to launch his entry in a filmmaking contest. Enter a parody of Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla 2 (1993).
Credit: "Hikaruon"

Program: Gaiking: Legend of Daiku-Maryu
 Reference: Rebirth of Mothra III (1998)
Episode/Sketch: Your Earth, Your Future Air Date: September 24th, 2006

In the series epilogue, the Daiku-Maryu crew find themselves in difficult combat with a giant, three-headed space monster named Triple Eagle. Triple Eagle has characteristics of Cretaceous King Ghidorah, with similarities in the areas of size, design, and even mouth-launched fire balls.
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Credit: alienhulk2099

Program: Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
 Reference: Godzilla Series (-)
Episode/Sketch: The Princess and the Witch Air Date: November 2nd, 2006

When Suzaku accidentally meets the Third Princess Euphemia li Britannia, they proceed to walk around the city. When they arrive in the decimated ghetto of Shinjiku, a Godzilla-type with a duck beak and an Ultraman-type can be spotted near a tombstone with a whirligig.
Credit: "Hikaruon"

Program: Princess Resurrection
 Reference: Godzilla Series (-)
Episode/Sketch: Princess Delinquent Air Date: September 28th, 2007

When Hime's robotic maid, Flandre, goes on a rampage due to a loose screw, she heads toward a nuclear power plant on the outskirts of the city. Several forced-perspective shots make the 2-foot-tall maid look monstrous, with one shot in particular possibly being a direct reference to Godzilla's encounter with the high-tension wires in the original film. Upon realizing they can do nothing to stop the super-powerful robot, Hiro has a mental image of Flandre in the midst of burning buildings, "roaring" menacingly as her hair bun flashes and crackles with electricity before firing a beam from her mouth. There is then an obligatory property-damaging battle with Sherwood's own robotic maid, Francesca. Flandre's rampage ends as she walks out into the ocean with the sun setting in the distance, again reminiscent of several such scenes in Godzilla movies.
Credit: Inferno Rodan

Program: Juken Sentai Gekiranger
 Reference: Kaiju Movies (-)
Episode/Sketch: Saba-Saba! Crucial Fist Judgement Air Date: February 3rd, 2008

When a revived Long devours Sanyo (an extension of his being), he assumes his true form, the Infinity Dragon, which appears to be similar to several incarnations of Ghidorah.
Credit: "Hikaruon"

Program: Świat Według Kiepkisch
 Reference: The Ring (1998)
Episode/Sketch: Maskara Air Date: 2008

In the Polish program Świat Według Kiepskich for episode 293, Paździoch gives Ferdkowi the film "Disc 3". After watching the movie ghost haunts Kiepskiego (similar to Sadako). The whole episode is a parody of the movie The Ring (1998).
Credit: Marcin Karwan

Program: Hidamari Sketch x 365
 Reference: Godzilla Series (-)
Episode/Sketch: February 24: Poloroidon Air Date: March 25th, 2009

When photography-enthusiast Sae shows off her new Poloroid camera to her friends, spunky blond Miyako indulges in a fantasy sequence in which the camera is transformed into Poloroidon, a rampaging beast patterned after Godzilla, and even sporting a zappy ray.
Credit: Nick Driscoll & Mike Driscoll

Program: The Simpsons
 Reference: King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
Episode/Sketch: Wedding For Disaster Air Date: March 29th, 2009

When tempers begin to flare over plans for their elaborate re-wedding, Homer calls Marge “Bridezilla”, and Marge retorts by dubbing him “King Wrong”. As Maggie watches her parents argue, they begin to take on the physical attributes of Godzilla and King Kong, roars and all.
Credit: Brandon Lusk

Program: The Fairly OddParents
 Reference: Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964).
Episode/Sketch: Formula For Disaster Air Date: July 7th, 2009

Throughout the episode, fairy baby Poof takes on many different forms as he avoids taking his nap. His final form is a spoof on King Ghidorah, rampaging through a Japanese-like town. His parents Cosmo and Wanda, and their godchild Timmy, use a contraption with formula that strongly resembles a maser tank to finally defeat him, putting him to sleep and turning him back into a baby.
Credit: JVM

Program: The Super Hero Squad Show
 Reference: Kaiju Movies (-)
Episode/Sketch: And Lo... A Pilot Shall Come! Air Date: September 14th, 2009

Tricephalous (who resembles an incarnation of Ghidorah) and Megataur attack Super Hero City. Controlled by Mole Man, they proceed to do battle with Silver Surfer, Falcon, Wolverine, Storm, and Thor.
Credit: "Hikaruon"

Program: Family Guy
 Reference: Godzilla Series (-)
Episode/Sketch: Road to Multiverse Air Date: September 27th, 2009

During the opening of this episode of Family Guy, a montage of different multiverse scenarios are displayed. One of the scenes depicts Brian as Godzilla, while Stewie runs in terror from the rampant destruction.
Credit: alienhulk2099

Program: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
 Reference: Kaiju Movies (-)
Episode/Sketch: The Zillo Beast Air Date: April 9th, 2010

When an experimental weapon is used, it awakens a prehistoric giant monster called the Zillo Beast, and it's up to the Republic to contain the massive monster. In addition to the kaiju's name being a reference to Godzilla, other ways the episode pays homage include a Clone Trooper with a dinosaurian face mask named "Goji" and another with a pteranodon-designed helmet named "Rod". The Stun Tanks used to combat the Zillo Beast resemble Maser Tanks in function and use. The commanding droid has a symbol almost identical to that of the Oxygen Destroyer, which killed the original Godzilla.
Credit: Godzillawolf

Program: South Park
 Reference: Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002)
Episode/Sketch: 200 Air Date: April 14th, 2010

Mecha-Streisand appears on South Park once more. This new version has more of a mechanical dragon look, and therefore appears to specifically ape Kiryu's appearance.
Credit: Hellspawn28

Program: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
 Reference: The Return of Godzilla (1984)
Episode/Sketch: The Zillo Beast Strikes Back Air Date: April 16th, 2010
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After an attempt to kill it so its armor could be studied, the Zillo Beast breaks free and goes on a rampage across Coruscant, the capital of the galaxy. As with the previous episode, there are several references to various kaiju films. In particular, the monster's death scene is similar to Godzilla's fight with the Super-X in The Return of Godzilla (1984), with flares being used to make the monster roar so a substance (toxic to the beast) could be shot into its mouth.
Credit: Godzillawolf

Program: South Park
 Reference: Kaiju Movies (-)
Episode/Sketch: 201 Air Date: April 21st, 2010

When Mecha-Streisand attacks the town, she displays similar characteristics to Hedorah and the titular monster of GODZILLA (1998). As in the previous episode, she still appears to be a very clear homage to Kiryu.
Credit: JVM

Program: Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated
 Reference: The War of the Gargantuas (1966)
Episode/Sketch: Battle of the Humungonauts Air Date: September 6th, 2010

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.

Program: HeartCatch PreCure!
 Reference: Godzilla Series (-)
Episode/Sketch: Everyone's the Main Character! Our Stage!! Air Date: October 17th, 2010

In the beginning of this episode during the School Festival, one of the students can be seen wearing a costume that appears to be inspired by Godzilla, while another student is dressed like Bruce Lee. On the sign in the background, "Daikaiju Land 3-2" is written, but room 3-2 isn't shown in this episode.
Credit: "Hikaruon"

Program: Modern Family
 Reference: Godzilla Series (-)
Episode/Sketch: Chirp Air Date: November 3rd, 2010

In this episode, which aired on Godzilla's 56th anniversary, a baby stars in a commercial brimming with heavy Asian stereotypes. Save-Zilla, a Godzilla-like creature that destroys prices perched atop buildings, prompts the following monologue: "Oh, no! We are trapped in a city! Ohh! Can no one protect us from these high prices?!? Look! Over there! It's Save-zilla! He's knocking down prices on everything!"
Credit: "Hikaruon"

Program: Ultra Galaxy (Special)
 Reference: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)
Episode/Sketch: Ultra Galaxy Legend Gaiden: Ultraman Zero vs. Darklops Zero Air Date: November 26th, 2010

The evil Salome Seijin, the creators of the titular Darklops Zero, create a mechanical version of Rei's Gomora. Dubbed Mecha Gomora, this mechanical creature is a clear homage to the Showa Mechagodzilla. Besides the name, finger missiles and a chest-mounted energy ray are two overt nods. The debut of the mechanical doppelganger also strongly apes the first true appearance of Mechagodzilla, right down to its hand spinning into position.
Credit: Godzillawolf

Program: Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger
 Reference: Atragon (1963)
Episode/Sketch: The Big Abare With the Dinosaur Robot Drill Air Date: June 26th, 2011

A giant time-ship called GoZyu Drill is similar in basic design to the often-imitated Gotengo. Meanwhile, its GoZyu Rex form has similarities to Godzilla, including dorsal spines and a blue energy ray (the GoZyu Laser).
Credit: "Hikaruon"

Program: The Simpsons
 Reference: Godzilla Series (-)
Episode/Sketch: Treehouse of Horror XXIV Air Date: October 6th, 2013

An extended intro couch gag, done by Guillermo del Toro, is seen for this 24th entry in the Treehouse of Horror series for The Simpsons. Many references to del Toro's own films play during the sequence, along with others. One is an underground view of what look like Godzilla bones, as seen in films like Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002).
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Program: The Simpsons
 Reference: Spirited Away (2001)
Episode/Sketch: Married to the Blob Air Date: January 12th, 2014

Homer is with a Japanese manga artist they run into a bunch of references to several Hayao Miyazaki films. The backdrop is for Spirited Away (2001), complete with the town and No Face, but other references are included as well. In addition Otto stands in for the Cat Bus from My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Krusty the Clown stands in for Jigo from Princess Mononoke (1997) and the Kwik-e-Mart stands in for the moving fortress from Howl's Moving Castle (2004).
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Credit: Liam Bishop

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