So I finally got some answers to the question I asked in my previous post, in the other forums where I posted it. Several answers. All of which amounted to: “Without the magical you-can’t-kill-me-until-the-climax powers, you get monster paste so fast that you couldn’t even make an eight-minute short, let alone a movie”.
While I knew that when I asked the original question (that’s why I specifically ruled out the can’t-kill-me-until-the-climax powers – I needed a baseline), I was amazed by just how many options there were for reducing a six hundred foot monster to slurry, and how easily it could be done. For which I partially blame the movies themselves. Those missile impacts that look like sparks against the kaiju‘s skin? They should be engulfing it in a giant ball of fire.
This is why I get annoyed with so many horror and sci-fi stories – in all media – where they apply the “puny humans” trope with a sledgehammer. Humans are actually very fucking dangerous, and if Godzilla can survive a hit from an accurately-depicted MOAB and come out unscathed (or even still breathing), that actually makes him significantly more impressive.
(Incidentally, those who acknowledge that humans are actually very fucking dangerous tend to jump straight to the nukes. No, we actually do have settings between “Ineffective Small-Arms Fire” and “Tsar Bomba”, settings which will annihilate any monster without can’t-kill-me powers and still leave the city habitable.)