Even Rodan is better than his human co-stars. The first half of that movie is about a town that is being devoured by huge bugs. Turns out that Rodan, a giant pterosaur, is eating all of those man-eating bugs. How does man repay him? By trying to kill the crap out of him. And when two Rodans show up and one is killed, the remaining one kills itself so that it won't be lonely. I bet you feel like garbage now, huh, humans?
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He jumps on the buildings because deep down, he's sad.
Finally, you have Godzilla, who debuted in 1954 as a reminder of the horrors brought into the world by rampant nuclear testing. The military is powerless before him, and only a weird, lovelorn inventor with an eye patch can create a weapon strong enough to beat him. And then the inventor kills himself, because he knows that if he stays alive, the idea for his ultra weapon will inevitably fall into the wrong hands. This is all in a movie in which a stunt man in a sweaty lizard suit bats his claws at model planes. The main character in the greatest film ever made about the dangers of atomic weapons is the one that tries to eat a train.
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"I'd really like to not die, but I know that you guys are gonna screw this up somehow."
From there, Godzilla would go on to stand in for various things. He's represented how futile man's plans are in the face of nature. He's represented how man shouldn't go messing with science that they don't fully understand. And he's represented the fact that sometimes you need to put your faith in a questionable but extraordinary thing if you ever hope to survive an onslaught of space demons. That last one? Super relevant.
And throughout his series, there's always been a certain amount of reverence paid to Godzilla. Even in the infamous 1998 American film, where the lead actor's main attribute was literally "has a stupid, unpronounceable name," it was pretty clear that Godzilla was greater than all of us. The same thing goes for the 2014 American film, which bent over backwards to tell us, "No, Godzilla is a good guy. Like, a really good guy. He fights other monsters. He balances the world. He gave my son chemistry tutoring and didn't ask for payment. He's such a nice, genuine dude."
"I can drive the kids to soccer practice, Linda. It's really no problem."