Godzilla (better known as just Zilla, sometimes also known as TriStar's Godzilla) is the titular antagonist of the 1998 TriStar Pictures film of the same name.
While the original Godzilla is well-liked by many people, this version of Godzilla has a much more controversial response from Godzilla fans and has earned the nickname "GINO" (Godzilla In Name Only) for the following reasons listed below.
Note: This mainly applies to the character in his debut appearance in TriStar's 1998 Godzilla film.
- First of all, he is a very unfaithful representation of the King of the Monsters that we all know and love. In fact, he feels much more like a Notzilla or some sort of a cheap knock-off of the original Godzilla than the real deal.
- The original Godzilla was well-known for having a unique design that combines elements of a Tyrannosaurus rex, a Stegosaurus, and an Iguanodon. This Godzilla, on the other hand, looks more like a giant mutated iguana mixed with a Stegosaurus and only vaguely resembles the Japanese Godzilla.
- He is depicted in poorly-aged CGI, which is even parodied in his appearance in Godzilla: Final Wars.
- He is incredibly pathetic compared to the actual Godzilla, as he lacks the genuine article's atomic breath and strong durability and is also afraid of the military, so overall, he feels more like a weak, frightened creature than the strong, fearsome kaiju we know him as. As a result, he is taken down much more easily by the military.
- He barely causes any destruction in the movie. That is instead given to the US military, which consequently makes the US military come off as incompetent idiots.
- He's much faster compared to the other Godzillas, all of which move at a slower pace.
- He is never given a discernible gender and is able to reproduce asexually, while the genuine article is officially male and has adopted two sons named Minilla and Godzilla Junior.
- In some rare shots, he is depicted with a visible cloaca.
- Most of his roars don't even sound close to the real Godzilla's iconic roar.
- Due to the criticisms listed above, Toho had to classify him as a new species of kaiju called "Zilla". Heck, he is easily defeated by the real Godzilla in Godzilla: Final Wars to illustrate how superior the latter is over TriStar's interpretation.
- He actually lets out the real Godzilla's roar on some rare occasions.
- His roar is good on its own.
- Say what you will about his design, but it actually isn't that bad. What made it bad was the horrible CGI and the poor design choices.
- He would have been slightly better if he wasn't called Godzilla and was instead just a standalone creature.
- In fact, Toho was extremely dissatisfied with TriStar's take on the Godzilla character, and following the intense negative reception this character had, Toho decided to completely retcon him as a standalone creature named Zilla in future appearances.
- His offspring from Godzilla: The Series, Godzilla Jr. (not to be confused with Godzilla's child who debuted in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II), is much more faithful to Toho's Godzilla as he actually has atomic breath and is quite difficult to take down.
- The next live-action incarnation of Godzilla from a Hollywood production, which first debuted in Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures' 2014 live-action Godzilla film, thankfully avoided all these problems TriStar's Zilla had as listed above.