Godzilla is a gigantic monster and I would argue he works best as a terrifying force of nature. But he’s such a great character, and so iconic, that he’s stood the test of time and has been around in one form or another since 1954, appearing in 28 Japanese films. But when you appear that much, every once in a while mistakes are made. Choices are made to appeal to a younger audience perhaps. Whatever the reason, Godzilla has had some incredibly silly moments. Here are the top ten goofiest ones.
In 1978, Toho (the company that created and owns Godzilla) teamed up with Hanna-Barbera to make a U.S. cartoon version. And they made the strange decision to give Godzilla a tiny, cowardly cousin named Godzooky. Godzooky had wings but couldn’t really fly and when he tried to breath fire, he’d just cough up smoke. Mostly he’d just act as comic relief. No one liked him.
9. Godzilla Off the Top Rope!
This comes from 2000’s film Godzilla vs. Megaguirus. It’s notable in that the films were more realistic at this point in time, but this features Godzilla jumping hundreds of feet in the air and cutting to Megaguirus looking pretty scared before receiving a clumsy body slam.
8. Godzilla Busts a Move
In 1965’s Invasion of the Astro-Monster, Godzilla takes out one of his most powerful (and popular) enemies King Ghidorah. Godzilla then opts to celebrate by doing a weird dance that looks like he’s punching himself in the head.
7. Godzilla Tries to Nap While His Kid Jumps Rope
Godzilla got a son, Minilla, in 1967’s Son of Godzilla. He’ll show up again because he’s the worst. Worse than Godzooky, probably. In this waste of a scene, Godzilla is trying to take a nap. Very exciting. Minilla tries to pass the time by jumping rope with his father’s tail. Someone actually thought this was a good idea for a film. Hundreds of actors, writers, and crewmembers worked to put this on the big screen.
6. Godzilla’s Kid Uses Leverage
The relevant part of the video comes at 3:38 or so. 1969’s All Monsters Attack had Godzilla battle Ebirah and Kumonga. That’s cool. But Minilla is being bullied by an ogre monster called Gabara. In this scene, Minilla’s human friend Ichiro helps him fight back by jumping on a log which sends Gabara flying for seemingly miles. Straight out of a cartoon.
5. Godzilla Fights King Kong
King Kong vs. Godzilla came out in 1962, the third Godzilla film ever. What’s goofy about it? Just… all of it. They use pro wrestling suplexes. King Kong tries to make Godzilla eat a tree. Kong gets electric powers. Some scenes are obvious puppets. It helped get Godzilla become more well known in the West, but at what cost?
#4 Godzilla… Talks
One of the most bizarre choices in any Godzilla film EVER came in 1972’s Godzilla vs. Gigan. Godzilla had to team up with Anguirus to defeat the combined threat of Gigan and King Ghidorah. Then they actually start talking to one another to figure out a strategy. The Japanese version threw speech bubbles, like in a comic book, up on the screen. The English version dubbed actual voices. To explain how weird this is, in case you’ve never watched a Godzilla film, it’d be like watching King Kong and all of a sudden, when he is seen on stage in America at the end, King Kong started telling everyone to leave him alone.
3. Godzilla Belches Through The Sky
In 1971, Godzilla took on a smog monster in Godzilla vs. Hedorah. Hedorah can fly. To catch up with him Godzilla decides to fly for his first and only time. How does he do that? He shoots his atomic breath, tucks his tail up, and goes rocketing across the sky backwards. Sounds awkward.
2. Godzilla Beats His Son
We’re back to Son of Godzilla. Godzilla takes time to be a good parent by coaching his son on how to breathe atomic fire. When Minilla doesn’t do a good job, Godzilla slaps him around. I guess no one can stand up to Godzilla if he’s a crappy parent. Sorry, Minilla.
1. Godzilla Dropkicks a Cockroach
Arguably the most famous goofy Godzilla clip thanks to being in the opening credits of MST3K. In 1973’s Godzilla vs. Megalon, Godzilla teamed up with a robot named Jet Jaguar to battle Gigan and Megalon. At one point, Jet Jaguar holds Megalon and Godzilla does a strange running dropkick where he seems to slide on the tip of his tail for quite a while. And then Godzilla is so pleased, he does it again.