After the release of Godzilla vs Kong, now seems like the perfect time to look back on Toho's longest-running series. The original Gojira was made as an analogy to highlight the chaos caused by humanity interfering with forces beyond their understanding.
But it wasn't long before the franchise focused more on the titular dinosaur squaring off against other city-destroying monsters. (And by "wasn't long" I mean the series started doing that in the second movie.) With his towering height, regenerative powers, and his atomic blast, Godzilla has been able to hold his own against nearly every kaiju he has ever faced.
After a staggering 36 movies, the Alpha Predator has gone toe-to-toe (or claw-to-claw) with anything you could imagine.
He's battled dragons, doppelgängers, robots, a monster made of pollution, and a giant buzzsaw chicken. The king of the monsters has fought titans underwater, outer space, and in almost every major city in the world.
But we're here to look at the bouts that stand out above the rest, the most sensational of showdowns. Here are the 12 most epic Godzilla battles ever.
12. Godzilla Vs Mothra - Mothra Vs Godzilla (1964)
Contrary to popular belief, Godzilla isn't the only Toho monster series. The studio created other kaiju-based movies including War of the Gargantuas, Frankenstein Conquers the World, and Space Amoeba. Although a lot of these films didn't do well, Mothra, which revolves around a gigantic butterfly, was a hit, inspiring Toho to do a crossover with Godzilla.
In Mothra vs Godzilla, (not to be confused with a completely different movie called Godzilla vs Mothra), the Japanese army encourage Mothra to stop Godzilla after he decimates a city.
Now, having a 400ft tall dinosaur fighting a flying insect sounds ridiculous but Mothra has proven to be one of Godzilla's greatest opponents. In fact, Godzilla has NEVER beaten Mothra. Every time they go head-to-head, the prehistoric lizard gets his ass handed to him.
In their first encounter, Mothra absolutely annihilates him. She spews Godzilla with asphyxiation powder, drags him around by the tail, and flaps her wings, creating a gale powerful enough to knock him to the ground.
Mothra is so powerful, she doesn't have to defeat Godzilla... her babies do! After her larvae hatch, they cover Godzilla in silk, immobilising him.