Created By: FuriouslySleepingIdea on May 21, 2012 Last Edited By: troacctid on June 14, 2012
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King Kong Climb

A stock parody of the Signature Scene from King Kong.

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This has been grabbed. Rolling Updates. Could use a good image, if anyone has one.

A Stock Parody and/or Stock Shout-Out where circumstances somehow conspire to recreate the Signature Scene ending of King Kong.

In the original film, King Kong famously grabbed the female lead character and climbed up the Empire State Building while planes circled overhead, shooting at him. The iconic image of the giant ape climbing the tall building has since wormed its way into pop culture and frequently attracts parodies and homages.

So thanks to King Kong, giant apes in fiction have a tendency to grab screaming girls and start climbing tall buildings while being attacked by airplanes. Of course, there are lots of other ways to riff on it. Some common variations: You could have normal-sized monkey climb a scale model of a tall building. You could flip things around and have a giant woman carry an ape up a tall building. And it works with any Kaiju-sized creature too, not just giant apes.


Examples:

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  • One Twizzlers commercial recreates the scene with everything--King Kong, the buildings, the planes--made out of Twizzlers.
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[[folder:Film - Animated]]
  • Chicken Little: Fish out of Water recreates the scene with paper planes and a house of cards.
  • The Curse of the Were-Rabbit has Wallace (as a giant rabbit) climbing a tower carrying Lady Tottington, while Gromit and Philip zip around dogfighting in two carousel airplanes.
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[[folder:Literature]]
  • Discworld: In Moving Pictures, a giant monster in the form of a girl climbs the tower of art carrying the librarian (an orangutan). Wizards on broomsticks fly by and shoot it with the archchancellor's hunting crossbow.
  • Wild Cards. The wild card Jeremiah Strauss has the ability to take the form of other creatures. After a nervous breakdown, he took the form of a 45 foot tall ape and remained that way for twenty years. Held in the Central Park Zoo in New York, he would periodically escape, grab the nearest blonde woman and climb to the top of the Empire State building. The nearest aces would beat him up, rescue the woman, and return him to the Zoo.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
  • Misfits had an episode where a fugitive in a gorilla costume tries to escape the police by climbing a building while carrying his blond girlfriend. Also, he was really a gorilla.
  • How I Met Your Mother: On Robin's TV show, a monkey from the Central Park Zoo escapes from his cage, grabs a doll, and climbs a scale model Empire State Building. The cameraman tries to get it down by tossing paper airplanes at it. This may not have actually happened.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
  • There is a moment in the Lungfishopolis section of Psychonauts where Raz, as "Goggalor", climbs a toy-sized skyscraper while attacked by toy warplanes.
  • This trope is essentially the entire premise of the Rampage games, where you play as a giant monster, climb buildings, and get points for grabbing innocent civilians, all while being attacked by the military.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
  • The Simpsons:
    • On one of the Treehouse of Horrors, "King Homer" attempts to climb the Empire State Building, but only makes it up a few feet before he collapses from exhaustion while the pilots circle around the top, confused.
    • In "Revenge Is A Dish Best Served Three Times", Bart's story of revenge "Bartman Begins" takes place in 1930s Gotham City. In a Funny Background Event Kong can be seen atop a skyscraper waving to Paparazzi taking his picture.
  • In Family Guy, the evil monkey is carried to the top of a building by a robot girl before being rescued by Quagmire in a biplane.
  • On the Penguins of Madagascar episode "Otter Gone Wild", Marlene (normal sized but turned feral) carries King Julien to the top of the Central Park Cleopatra's Needle, while the penguins use RC model planes to save him.
  • Probably the very first instance is the Mickey Mouse cartoon "The Pet Store", released the same year as King Kong. A tamed ape, specifically imitating Kong, carries Minnie to the top of a pile of bird seed boxes while being attacked by birds.
  • WordGirl inverts this. A giant girl grabs an ape and climbs a tower. For bonus points, one confused bystander points out that it should be the other way around.
  • The Powerpuff Girls movie. After Mojo Jojo injects his brain with Chemical X, he grows to giant size and ends up recreating the King Kong scene, with the Girls as the planes.
  • The Garfield and Friends episode "Nighty Nightmare''. After Garfield eats way too much and grows to huge proportions, he starts climbing a skyscraper in the exact same way as King Kong.
  • In the Tiny Toon Adventures episode "Duck Out of Luck", Plucky becomes "Duck Kong", rampages through a city, and does the inevitable tower climb with Shirley the Loon in his grasp. He encounters an actual ape at the top, holding a human girl. Plucky gives Shirley to the ape and sneaks off, thus accidentally falling off the tower under his own will.
  • In DuckTales, there is an episode where monsters hold a convention in town. The group contains one giant ape and it is traditional for it to climb the highest building available - which of course is Scrooge's treasure vault.
  • A giant Slimer does it in one episode of The Real Ghostbusters.
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Community Feedback Replies: 25
  • May 21, 2012
    WWRU
    The Simpsons example subverted it: King Homer only made it a few feet up the tower before passing out from exhaustion. The pilots circled the top, confused.
  • May 21, 2012
    TonyG
    • Chicken Little: Fish out of Water recreates the scene with paper planes and a house of cards.
    • On The Penguins Of Madagascar'' episode "Otter Gone Wild", Marlene (normal sized but turned feral) carries King Julien to the top of the Central Park Cleopatra's Needle, while the penguins use RC model planes to save him.
  • May 22, 2012
    Nithael
    • Misfits had an episode where a fugitive in a gorilla costume tries to escape the police by climbing a building while carrying his blond girlfriend. Also, he was really a gorilla.
  • May 22, 2012
    kjnoren
    The Curse of the Were-Rabbit has Wallace (as a giant rabbit) climbing a tower carrying Lady Tottington, while Gromit and Philip zips around dogfighting in two carousel airplanes.
  • May 22, 2012
    Mozgwsloiku
    Correction on the Discworld example - the wizard were using projectile weapons- you Do Not want to sling magic at creatures from Infernal Dimensions.
  • May 22, 2012
    Koveras
    • There is a moment in the Lungfishopolis section of Psychonauts, where Raz, as "Goggalor", climbs a toy-sized skyscraper while attacked by toy warplanes.
  • May 22, 2012
    TonyG
    Probably the very first instance is the Mickey Mouse cartoon "The Pet Store", released the same year King Kong was. A tamed ape, specifically imitating Kong, carries Minnie to the top of a pile of bird seed boxes while being attacked by birds.
  • May 22, 2012
    HandsomeRob
    Word Girl inverted this. A giant girl grabbed an ape and climbed a tower. complete with one confused bystander pointing out that it should be the other way around.
  • May 23, 2012
    Arivne
    Literature
    • Wild Cards. The wild card Jeremiah Strauss has the ability to take the form of other creatures. After a nervous breakdown he took the form of a 45 foot tall ape and remained that way for twenty years. Held in the Central Park Zoo in New York, he would periodically escape, grab the nearest blonde woman and climb to the top of the Empire State building. The nearest aces would beat him up, rescue the woman and return him to the Zoo.

    Western Animation
    • The Powerpuff Girls movie. After Mojo Jojo injected his brain with Chemical X he grew to giant size. During his battle with the title characters he grabbed them and climbed to the top of a tall building. The girls broke free and beat him up, flying at him and hitting him like the biplanes in the 1933 version. They knocked him off the building and he fell right on top of an antidote Professor Utonium came up with, which returned him to normal size.
  • May 23, 2012
    ShiningArmor87
    • The Garfield And Friends episode "Nighty Nightmare''. After Garfield eats way too much and grows to huge proportions, he starts climbing a skyscraper in the exact same way as King Kong.
  • May 23, 2012
    kjnoren
    Given the examples, I'm not sure this should be a parody trope. Just King Kong Climb will probably suffice.
  • May 25, 2012
    NESBoy
    • In the Tiny Toon Adventures episode "Duck Out of Luck", Plucky becomes "Duck Kong", rampages through a city, and does the inevitable tower climb with Shirley the Loon in his grasp. He encounters an actual ape at the top, holding a human girl. Plucky gives Shirley to the ape and sneaks off, thus accidentally falling off the tower under his own will.
  • May 25, 2012
    randomsurfer
    How I Met Your Mother: On Robin's TV show a monkey from the Central Park Zoo escapes from his cage, grabs a doll, and climbs a scale model Empire State Building. The cameraman tries to get it down by tossing paper airplanes at it. This may not have actually happend though.
  • May 27, 2012
    troacctid
    I'll grab this.
  • May 28, 2012
    Arivne
    Music Videos
    • The Cars song "You Might Think", in which a man (Rik Ocasek) stalks a beautiful woman. In one scene the woman is sitting near a window when a gigantic version of the man appears outside, reaches through the window and grabs her, climbs up the side of a building and has biplanes flying around him after he reaches the top.
  • May 28, 2012
    Mozgwsloiku
    In Duck Tales, there is an episode where monsters hold a convention in town. The group contains one giant ape and it is traditional for it to climb the highest building available - which of course is Scrooge's treasure vault.
  • May 28, 2012
    kjnoren
    Ready for launching, I think. Why not simply use the image from King Kong? After all, that's the trope maker.
  • May 28, 2012
    troacctid
    The original King Kong image would be great, but it's already being used on Signature Scene. Would be nice to have one that's not a duplicate.

    If we can't come up with anything, it'll have to go to Image Pickin since this trope really wants an image.
  • May 28, 2012
    Jordan
    I'm pretty sure this has happened to the Incredible Hulk at least once, right?
  • May 28, 2012
    Fanra
    The Rocky Horror Picture Show had one at the end when Rocky climbed an RKO tower with Frank-N-Furter in his arms.
  • May 28, 2012
    randomsurfer
    ^^It was actually inverted in at least one instance, where Hulk was the one being carried by Valkyrie in her first appearance.
  • May 29, 2012
    Arivne
    Advertising
    • A Twizzlers commercial had King Kong (made of Twizzlers, naturally) hanging onto the top of the Empire State Building with airplanes flying around him.
  • June 13, 2012
    troacctid
    Bumping because I think this is nearly ready for launch, but it still needs an image and some more examples wouldn't hurt.
  • June 13, 2012
    randomsurfer
    The Simpsons: In "Revenge Is A Dish Best Served Three Times" Bart's story of revenge "Bartman Begins" takes place in 1930s Gotham City. In a Funny Background Event Kong can be seen atop a skyscraper waving to Paparazzi taking his picture.
  • June 13, 2012
    Omeganian
    There was a Real Ghostbusters episode where a giant Slimer did it.
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