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Gorillas, orangutans, and sometimes chimpanzees: about the same size and shape as humans (normally), but tougher, hairier and generally meaner. Don't incite them to gorilla warfare, because the things they throw tend to hurt. They may also like to squeeze people to death. Or [[MetronomicManMashing pick them up and bash them to the ground]]. Sometimes they will even try to [[IAmAHumanitarian eat people]], despite real apes, save for chimps (and humans), being primarily herbivorous. They'll also often be shown [[AnimalsNotToScale towering over humans,]] something real-life apes would have a hard time doing (gorillas are rarely more than 168cm/5'6 tall).

In a nutshell, this trope is when gorillas and other great apes (excluding humans) are, contrary to their real usual behaviour, treated as belligerent, pugnacious creatures. It's pretty much been a DiscreditedTrope for gorillas ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and orangutans]]) since at least TheNineties. The sign that it was pretty much done for was when Disney's adaptation of ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'' changed the fictional [[FrazettaMan Mangani]] of [[Literature/{{Tarzan}} the original novels]] to gorillas to reflect how [[ScienceMarchesOn science has marched on]]. However, it still pops up in media from time to time, often with a LampshadeHanging that the violent behavior is not normal for gorillas. Also, chimps are still subject to ManiacMonkeys, as they can be more dangerous than they appear.

A subtrope of ManiacMonkeys. For other unlikable non-human primates, see KillerSpaceMonkey and CymbalBangingMonkey. Related to BigfootSasquatchAndYeti, another large, hairy and often dangerous hominid, and FrazettaMan, where primitive humans are portrayed as savage brutes with an ape-like appearance. For the GoodCounterpart to this trope, see EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Gorillamon from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' and ''Anime/DigimonTamers''. It's a gorilla, with an ArmCannon.
* Wyald, a PsychoForHire [[TheHedonist hedonist]] and adrenaline junkie from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' closely resembles an ape even in his human form. He then reveals that his Apostle form is a colossal, three eyed gorilla with a tiny head, and an extra mouth (with a massive spiky penis for a tongue) on his chest. The Band of the Hawk know him as a "monkey monster" for good reason.
* The Beast Titan, from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. At [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever 17 meters]] tall, it towers over regular Titans and its CreepilyLongArms give it not only reach but complement its ImprobableAimingSkills. It doesn't help that it is also exceptionally cruel, with [[spoiler:a brilliant mind and possibly the ability to transform human victims into]] Titans it commands. It is [[{{Understatement}} very bad]] news, and causes a battle-hardened veteran to have a FreakOut just by [[spoiler:speaking to him]].
* Shoukaku from ''Manga/{{Gintama}}''. Yeah, he is in fact an alien gorilla who [[spoiler: is the 4th captain of Harusame and defies Katsura in a combat]].
* The Iron Kong from ''Franchise/{{Zoids}}'' is modeled after the gorilla.
* Both {{Invoked}} and {{Subverted}} in ''Manga/TigerMask'': when presenting Tiger's Cave wrestler Gorilla Man, Mr. X describes [[RaisedByWolves the gorillas that originally raised him]] as this trope, but later the CombatCommentator points out they're actually nice and gentle unless provoked, contrasting them to the (apparently) ferocious Gorilla Man. Everyone still agrees that provoking a gorilla (or Gorilla Man) is suicidal.
* Forever from ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'' is an orangutan who gained human-level intelligence after acquiring a Stand (in the form of a mind-controlled ship) and became a sea captain. He manages to give Jotaro quite a bit of trouble in the Stardust Crusaders arc.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}}'' volume ''The Black Island'', the villains keep a gorilla named Ranko to attack anyone who trespasses on the island of the title. Subverted, however, in that Ranko is mostly dangerous because it is abused by the villains, and in fact Tintin befriends it by helping it after it is injured.
* Creator/DCComics supervillains Gorilla Grodd and Monsieur Mallah.
** The Ultra-Humanite may also count, as he's most commonly seen in the body of a great white ape.
** DependingOnTheWriter, DC comics may make the point that ''normal'' gorillas are {{Gentle Giant}}s, and that even most of Grodd's fellow Gorilla City denizens follow suit. And then there are stories where the Flash says that every so often he's reminded that Grodd is a wild animal...
* The second arc of ''ComicBook/TheIncredibles'' comic series starts with an attack on the mall by the Ungorilla, a CaptainErsatz of Grodd.
* Don Martin drew a comic around the self-created holiday National Gorilla Suit Day (that's January 31st.) In it, recurring character Fester Bestertester is visited by several wearers of gorilla suits, many of them being actual killer gorillas who creatively mangle him several times.
* A comic book miniseries prequel to ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' called ''ComicBook/WelcomeToTheJungle'' plays with this, in that a silverback gorilla name Moe is a suspect for a number of murders at the Lincoln Park Zoo, but he is actually very gentle and protective with his handlers. [[spoiler:What he does to a hag who is threatening one of his friends is very messy, though.]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' gives us the Kriegaffes, cyborg gorilla henchmen of the Nazi MadScientist head in a jar Hermann von Klempt.
* One of the main characters in ''ComicBook/{{Cavewoman}}'' is Klyde, a gigantic, violent gorilla.
* ''ComicBook/AndersonPsiDivision'': After a mind-transfer goes wrong, Judge Anderson and Vernan D'Arque both end up trapped in the subconsciousness of an intelligent gorilla. D'Arque uses the gorilla's body to go on a killing spree to recover his fortune.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* ''Fanfic/HitmanMiami'': The last chapter has the protagonist up against genetically engineered, gun-toting, yet still bestial, gorilla assassins.
* ''Fanfic/TheBridge'': Enjin is an AnimalisticAbomination kaiju whose full form resembles an amalgamation of different primates, with the body portion resembling a gorilla's. Other parts include tamarin claws and a mandrill-like face.

[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* In ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', the Ink&Paint Club had a ({{toon}}) gorilla named Bongo as the doorman/bouncer.
* Disney's ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'' averts this when it comes to gorillas - in the original ''Literature/{{Tarzan}}'', gorillas are AlwaysChaoticEvil, while the fictional Mangani are the apes who raise Tarzan (and even they are rather aggressive and violent). This was generally considered AdaptationDistillation by all but the staunchest Burroughs purists thanks to ScienceMarchesOn. Subverted with Kerchak, who is a very aggressive silverback, but he's just [[PapaWolf overprotective of his family]]. He's much LighterAndSofter than his book counterpart, who was the one killing Tarzan's father, because [[CompositeCharacter his personality is based on a much more passive ape from the books, named Tublat]].
* Captain Gutt from ''WesternAnimation/IceAge4ContinentalDrift'' is an evil Gigantopithecus (prehistoric giant ape) pirate captain.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'', the henchmen working for [[BigBad Lord]] [[EvilAlbino Shen]] that are not wolves are actually gorillas, [[MisplacedWildlife which are native to Africa despite the film's Asian setting.]]
* In ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'', Gary Johnston's saddest memory is the day when his brother fell into the gorilla enclosure in the zoo and was pummeled to death.
* Tublat, the rogue silverback who takes over the Tarzan's gorilla family in ''WesternAnimation/{{Tarzan 2013}}''. Tublat tries to kill Tarzan several times over the course of the movie.
* Subverted, rather amusingly, in the circus parade scene in ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}''. During the parade, a gorilla ferociously shakes the bars of his cage, roaring at the audience. But when he accidentally loosens one of the bars, he gets embarrassed and puts the bar back to its place, implying that his ferocity was just part of his circus act.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FreeBirds'' when Reggie was channel surfing while screaming, [[FreezeFrameBonus he see a killer gorilla on screen]].

[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
* ''Film/KingKong'', no ordinary gorilla but a member of a giant prehistoric species. The natives present human sacrifices to him, he wrestles giant reptiles, and rampages through a city, killing numerous people. He pretty much [[TropeCodifier codified]] this trope for modern media.
* The ''Franchise/StarWars'' universe:
** Wookiees, despite being an alien species, look and act this part (albeit as a mostly heroic {{proud warrior race|Guy}}, rather than villains). As Han says, they're known to rip people's arms out of their sockets.
** In the ExpandedUniverse book ''The Wildlife of Star Wars'', there's the Veermoks, large predatory apes that stalk the swamps of Naboo.
** Rancors, debuting in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' are [[MixAndMatchCritters described as a cross between "a bear and a potato"]], and their skin and face look reptilian, but their general body proportions, with a [[TopHeavyGuy top-heavy]] build, long arms, grasping hands and short, stubby legs, seem to be inspired by gorillas. They are enormous, carnivorous, and Jabba the Hutt keeps one of them [[FedToTheBeast to dispose of his enemies]].
* In the original ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'' and sequels gorillas are the soldier class, and are the only meat-eaters. ScienceMarchesOn, though, and it's now known that gorillas generally don't eat meat, but chimpanzees do. Which makes the scene in the book where Zira frowns at the gorillas, calling them "meat-eaters", quite ironic.
** ''Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes'' plays it straight and subverts it at the same time. On one hand, Buck, Caesar's friend and main gorilla of the film, kills more people on-screen than any other ape by virtue of being big, strong and not particularly keen on restraint. On the other hand, the greatest contribution of the gorillas to the collective effort of the apes was to move a bus, which a large group of chimpanzees later use as cover to attack.
** Pretty much averted in ''Film/DawnOfThePlanetOfTheApes'' as far as gorillas go. In combat situations, the movie focuses more on the gorillas taking wounded apes out of the line of fire or assisting the other apes in hunts, not by killing preys, but by carrying weapons for the actual meat-eaters to use.
* ''Film/MightyJoeYoung'':
** In the 1949 original, the eponymous giant gorilla is fed liquor and goes on a drunken rampage, turning lions loose and causing tremendous damage.
** Also happens in the remake, albeit with him getting angry and\or scared instead of drunk.
* The film ''Film/{{Congo}}'' has a pack of hyper-territorial gorillas guarding the city of Zinj. The film goes out of it's way to mention that gorillas aren't normally aggressive, and that the hostile ones in the film have been specifically bred for violence. Also, they're [[ItCanThink smarter than normal gorillas]], capable of using tools, tactics, and ''teaching their kids ow to be guards.''
* Film/TheThreeStooges were often terrorized by, and sometimes befriended by, a gorilla.
* Creator/DarioArgento's ''Film/{{Phenomena}}'' featured a razor-wielding chimpanzee on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
* ''Film/TheKentuckyFriedMovie'' has a gorilla who goes on a rampage and trashes the studio after his [[TheLoinsSleepTonight sexual impotence]] is mentioned. The gorilla is named "Dino" and played by simian impersonator Creator/RickBaker, who also played the title part in Dino de Laurentiis' 1976 remake of ''King Kong''.
* In ''Film/PootieTang'', a gorilla kills Pootie's dad. Apparently, it's [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight a common form of working hazard in the factory he worked]].
* After attacking its cruel circus trainer and escaping, a gorilla in ''The Ape'' is killed by the local scientist, who [[ThisBearWasFramed takes its fur to disguise his forced gathering of spinal fluids as gorilla attacks]].
* ''Film/HollowMan'' has an invisible and somewhat vicious gorilla at the beginning. (which could count as {{Foreshadowing}}: if a gorilla was altered, how would [[InvisibleJerkass a human perform]]?
* ''House of Mystery'' features a cast of characters staying in mansion whose owner is targeted by a Hindu curse that takes the form of a murderous orangutan.
* Towards the end of ''Film/RoadToZanzibar'', Creator/BobHope's character gets tossed in a cage with a wrestling gorilla.
* In ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'', the man whose hand is shown turning the pages of the book telling about the search for the Grail gets grabbed suddenly at one point by a gorilla, who proceeds to take over the page-turning role.
* In ''Film/{{Pixels}}'', the final boss is the Donkey Kong, who has his entry in Video Games section.
* While King Louie in the 1967 adaptation of ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' was a goofy, scat-singing orangutan who mostly averted this trope, [[Film/TheJungleBook2016 the 2016 live-action remake]] [[AdaptationSpeciesChange changes]] him to a very large and violent ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gigantopithecus Gigantopithecus]]''. For extra scare value, he's voiced by Creator/ChristopherWalken.
* In ''Film/PacificRim'', one of the {{Kaiju}}, Leatherback, resembles a gigantic, hairless gorilla, with a bulky body, long arms, large fists and walking on his knuckles.
* In ''Film/SnowWhiteAndTheHuntsman'', the [[AllTrollsAreDifferent troll]] walks on its knuckles and has the general body proportions of a gorilla. The [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent goblins]] in the sequel, ''Film/TheHuntsmanWintersWar'', are even more ape-like: not only they essentially look like large black apes with goat horns, they also swing on trees and generally move like apes.
* Played with in ''Film/BlackPanther''. The Jabari's totem animal is a gorilla and come off as a tribe of brutish warriors, their leader M'baku being the most aggressive of them all. [[spoiler:Turns out M'baku's an honorable and reasonable leader despite political differences. He even pokes fun at this trope by threatening to eat people, only to reveal he's a vegetarian.]]
* In ''Film/TheMonsterMaker'', Dr. Markoff keeps a murderous gorilla in a cage in his lab. He eventually uses it in an attempt to dispose of his lab assistant Maxine.

* In ''Literature/TheMurdersInTheRueMorgue'', Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's first tale of Detective Dupin, the murderer is an escaped orangutan. The [[Film/MurdersInTheRueMorgue Universal film]] adaptation [[AdaptationSpeciesChange changed it]] into a gorilla, both because of this trope and because it's really hard to squeeze an actor into an orangutan suit.
* The Librarian of the Unseen University from Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels is an orangutan, prone to violently correcting anyone who [[IAmNotWeasel calls him a monkey]].
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' Played with but mostly averted. Marco goes on quite a few rampages in gorilla morph, but it's the bad guys he's usually throwing around. Unlike many of their combat morphs, though, he never mentions the gorilla's instincts as being particularly violent (as opposed to many predators, like big cats or even eagles, that they [[TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody sometimes have trouble controlling]]). Indeed, Marco actually comments at least once that he's fully aware that real gorillas actually aren't usually violent - but Marco still uses it as his combat morph, because they're nevertheless strong. On the other hand, Marco is one of the most ruthless members of the team, so in that regard its played straight.
* ''Literature/TarzanOfTheApes'' and the other Literature/{{Tarzan}} books have the Mangani (FrazettaMan - like humanoid apes) and the Bolgani (actual gorillas). The two species are mortal enemies, and both of them are portrayed as pretty violent.
** Also from Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs, the ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' series feature the white apes - [[KillerSpaceMonkey gigantic, carnivorous white Martian gorillas]] [[MultiArmedAndDangerous with six limbs]].
* A gorilla takes a brutal, if entirely justified revenge, on one of the villains at the climax of the SolomonKane story ''Red Shadows''.
* Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian takes on an intelligent ape-like creature that has usurped its master in the short story ''Literature/RoguesInTheHouse''.
* Kovo The Ape in ''Literature/SpiritAnimals'' was one of the two [[PhysicalGod Great Beasts]] to turn evil and help the villain. Being locked up in the middle of a scorching desert for several millennia as punishment has not inspired him to change his ways.
* ''Literature/InDesertAndWilderness'' has one attack the protagonists, quite randomly.
* The Creator/HPLovecraft short story "Facts Concerning The Late Arthur Jermyn" mentions that one of Jermyn's ancestors, a circus performer whose act consisted of a mock boxing match against a gorilla, was brutally killed by it after he had a breakdown and assaulted it after it accidentally punched him too hard during practice. Said story also has a twist ending based on FrazettaMan.
* Parodied in the Creator/PGWodehouse story "Monkey Business": the Hollywood-based protagonist ends up face-to-face with a baby-stealing gorilla.. only to learn that it's actually a human in a costume who is embarrassed to explain he got a [[MethodActing little too into]] his role.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* [[spoiler: Bruno]] from ''Series/{{Misfits}}''.
* In one episode of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Penny confesses that she had a topless scene in a B-movie about a killer gorilla called "''Serial Apist''". In a later episode, she is offered a part in its sequel, ''Serial Apist 2: Monkey See, Monkey Kill''.
* ''Series/TheElectricCompany1971'': Several gags involving Paul the Gorilla, although he is completely harmless. Most notably is a skit about f-words (''no, [[ClusterFBomb not THAT word]]'') where Melanie Henderson blindfolds Luis Avalos, brings in Paul and has him feel fingers, feet, fur and a face before he takes off his blindfold, sees Paul staring him in the face, and then he feels funny and faints. Paul looks at Avalos then stares into the camera.
* ''Series/TheGongShow'': A recurring gag saw a giant gorilla hand often grab a hilariously bad act often a stunningly beautiful girl and yank her offstage, with host Chuck Barris implying the worst. These were non-scoring acts done for comedy relief.
* The above mentioned Grodd appears in ''Series/TheFlash2014'', where he's the victim of sadistic AnimalTesting from the military prior to his intelligence being enhanced, leaving him to think none too highly of humans. In season 2, he's sent to Gorilla City Earth 2, figuring he'd be happier among his own kind. It turns out not to be the case, as there's AlwaysSomeoneBetter. In season 3, it's revealed that Grodd feels chafed under Gorilla City's ruler Solovar, who is stronger than him. While Barry does end up battling Solovar, he spares his life, and Solovar later stops the gorilla invasion of Central City in return.
* ''Series/{{The 100}}'' features the extra-large, [[NuclearNasty probably mutated]], [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] descendant of a zoo's gorilla habitat, with a habit of [[RoarBeforeBeating letting out monstrous roars]] before it rips people's limbs off with its bare hands.

* Lee Scratch Perry's albums ''Super Ape'' and ''Return Of The Super Ape'' use a gigantic killer gorilla on their album covers.
* In the music video for "Clint Eastwood" by Music/{{Gorillaz}}, a bunch of [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot zombie gorillas]] show up in a graveyard that the band members need to fight.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* The FemmeFatale Sleet from ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'' is nearly done in by one and has to be rescued by Tracy.
* One appears in Wally Wood's ''[[ComicStrip/SallyForthWood Sally Forth]]'' as part of a ''Film/KingKong'' parody.

* The backglass for Creator/{{Atari}}'s ''Pinball/MiddleEarth'' pinball shows a giant hairy ape holding a human in one clawed hand while fighting against a giant horned {{Kaiju}}.
* Naturally, these are featured all over the place in ''Pinball/{{Congo}}''

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Dr. Cube's monster Grudyin of Wrestling/KaijuBigBattel is part gorilla.
* The gimmick of Nemesis, who frequents Wrestling/ProWrestlingGuerilla in a gorilla mask.
* Leva Bates in her gorilla gear, channeling Film/PlanetOfTheApes.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Various kinds of monstrous, malevolent apes have turned up in various editions and settings for ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' and assorted spin-offs, such as ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}''. In fact, the last module Creator/GaryGygax created for 1st edition before leaving Creator/{{TSR}} was ''Isle of the Ape'', which was basically a rip-off of ''Film/KingKong''.
* In the obscure D20 setting ''WeirdWars II'', the bestiary (''Horrors of Weird War II) includes three kinds of ape-man monster; apes given near-human intelligence and trained as Nazi soldiers, apes with Nazi soldier brains transplanted inside of them, and humans mentally devolved into quasi-ape monsters.
* Although Venusians are an intelligent, cooperative and developed people in ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' this doesn't change the fact that they are two and a half meter tall war-like ape men.

* In Eugene O'Neill's play ''The Hairy Ape'', the protagonist goes to the Zoo to talk to a gorilla and releases it from its cage, whereupon it crushes him to death.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Donkey Kong in the original ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'' was a woman-kidnapping, barrel-tossing antagonist (the game had a clone on the UsefulNotes/BBCMicro and UsefulNotes/AmstradCPC actually named ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqBmvnzJMuE Killer Gorilla]]''). In most later games, however, Donkey Kong (who's actually the son of the original 1981 DK) is more fun-loving than threatening... until someone [[LostFoodGrievance steals his bananas]].
** This also applies to Bongo from the Sega's ''VideoGame/CongoBongo'', which was essentially [[FollowTheLeader their]] [[AlternateCompanyEquivalent answer]] to the original Donkey Kong.
* ''VideoGame/{{Rampage}}'': The legendary video game series stars three mutated monsters, including George a King Kong-like gorilla. George (along with his "friends") could eat people to earn bonus points and maintain/gain energy.
* ''Crazy Climber'': The 1980 video game, which cashed in on the media fad where stuntmen attempted to climb the side of tall skyscrapers, featured a King Kong-type gorilla (on buildings 1 and 3) whose punch was deadly. He returns in ''Crazy Climber 2'' to throw bricks.
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' has gorillas as part of the RandomEncounters. Infamously, ''The Lost Age'''s first boss is a trio of gorillas named "Chestbeaters" that attack you [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere because they happened to be at the end of the dungeon]].
* ''VideoGame/HeavyWeapon'' has the boss Kommie Kong (renamed Gorillazilla in the [=PS3/Xbox360=] release), which is a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot giant communist mecha gorilla]] that throws exploding rockets and tries to stomp the player.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', most gorilla mobs are are aggressive and will attack on sight. In a typical Blizzard manner, there are lots of {{Shout Out}}s: [[Film/KingKong a giant gorilla living on an island and holding a woman captive]], [[{{Congo}} a (robotic) gorilla called A-ME trained to communicate with humans]] and [[VideoGame/DonkeyKong gorilla mobs dropping barrels on death]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Tomb Raider}}'', the Grecian ruins are populated by [[MisplacedWildlife lions, crocodiles, bats, and aggressive gorillas]].
* There is one hairy white gorilla in the Trophy Room in ''VideoGame/BrainDead13''. And surprisingly, [[PaletteSwap it has the same atomic wedgie kill scene as Moose]]!
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' has a [[MultiarmedAndDangerous four-armed]] variation known as bullymongs. Like many of [[DeathWorld Pandora's]] wildlife, they are hostile to everyone.
* The ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'' mod ''VideoGame/HeartOfEvil'' has a lot of them.
* ''Videogame/TheLionKing'' has one at the end of the "Hakuna Matata" level. Subverted in that he's not actively attacking Simba, only throwing coconuts at him, because apparently he wants to be left alone. It doesn't stop him from being widely considered ThatOneBoss.
* Mechapon, a giant mechanical gorilla, appears as one of the Stage 2 mid-bosses in the ''VideoGame/{{Strider}}'' arcade game, and returns as a proper boss in the 2014 HD verson.
* Rajang from ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter''. It's one of the most feared monsters in the series, being TheDreaded both InUniverse ''and'' by players. It has a six star danger rating, something that's usually reserved for Elder Dragons. ''Frontier'' even reveals that ''[[OurDragonsAreDifferent Kirin horns]]'' are one of its favorite foods. [[FatBastard Congalala]] is this also to a lesser extent, being a horn-headed fat hippo-faced ape that annoys players with its reliance on deadly [[{{Fartillery}} flatulence]]-based attacks.
* One of the roaming monsters in ''VideoGame/TheUltimateHauntedHouse'' is one of these, a tormented pet gorilla kept in a cage in the Menagerie.
* ''VideoGame/SaiyukiJourneyWest'' has one of these as Son Goku's SuperMode.
* Zigzagged with Winston of ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}''. Normally he's a friendly and {{Adorkable}} talking gorilla who's interested in engineering. But when he uses his Ultimate, he loses his calm demeanor and goes on a roaring rampage (combined in-game with increased health and mobility.)
* The General enemy and it's variants in ''VideoGame/{{Miitopia}}'' are giant gorillas that have nastily powerful fists.
* The Steel Mechorilla, fought at the top of Snowcap Mountain in ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'', is a powerful [[{{Cyborg}} mechanical chimera]] whose hands have been replaced with wrecking balls. You might think it a good idea to [[ShockAndAwe strike it with PK Thunder]], since it's weak to electric attacks. [[TurnsRed Think again.]]
** Additionally, there are [[MixAndMatchCritters biological chimarae]] in the form of the Batangutan (an orangutan head with bat wings) and the Monkalrus (a walrus head on an orangutan's body). It's suggested that the same orangutans were used to create both creatures.
* Gorilla-type enemies are a RecurringElement in the ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'' series, in the form of Gogols in the first and [[VideoGame/XenobladeChronicles2 second]] mainline games, and Simius in ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX'' It's also something of a RunningGag that a gigantic, ludicrously high-levelled unique BonusBoss of this type (with a name that translates to 'Redbeard'; 'Territorial Rotbart' of ''[=XC1=]'' and ''2'', and 'Hayreddin, the Territorial' of ''X'') patrols an early area of each game.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In the {{Creepypasta}} ''Normal Porn for Normal People'' [[spoiler:the last video, "useless.avi", shows a woman getting mauled to death by a chimpanzee.]]
* [[http://www.theonion.com/article/gorilla-sales-skyrocket-after-latest-gorilla-attac-30860 This article]] by ''Website/TheOnion'' uses killer gorillas as a thinly-veiled metaphor for guns. [[http://www.theonion.com/article/man-dies-after-secret-4-year-battle-with-gorilla-2836 Another article]] uses the violent gorilla metaphor again, but this time for cancer. Averted in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJkWS4t4l0k this video]], though, where a once kind and happy gorilla is taught that one day it will die.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts:
** WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse was antagonized by a gorilla named Beppo in several shorts. In ''The Gorilla Mystery'' (1930) and ''The Pet Store'' (1933), Beppo kidnaps Minnie, whom Mickey rescues; in ''Mickey's Mechanical Man'', the gorilla, dubbed "The Kongo Killer", gets into a boxing match with the titular robot.
** In ''WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck and the Gorilla'' (1944), Ajax, the titular antagonist, is an extremely violent gorilla escaped from a zoo who chases Donald and his nephews through the house before being subdued with a tear gas grenade.
** In ''WesternAnimation/DuckPimples'', as Donald Duck listens to the radio, one of the programs he tunes into is about a killer ape. He briefly imagines his armchair turning into the ape (who looks the same as Ajax from ''Donald Duck and the Gorilla'') and trying to strangle him.
* Tublat from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTarzan''. While Tublat's comparatively passive personality from the books were used to make Disney's Kerchak a much gentler character, Kerchak's personality from the books were consequently used to make Disney's Tublat more violent.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries'', Jay announces that they have "decided we need more gorillas in our empty lives", and they free the gorillas from the fair across the road from the [=QuikStop=]. The gorillas proceed to attack everyone in sight. ("Oh no! Caitlyn!" "Except Caitlyn Bree and Dan Whiffler who are *** *** in a car!")
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', one of the many supervillain {{Captain Ersatz}}es is King Gorilla, a ManlyGay supervillain gorilla who spent some time in prison with the Monarch. He got thrown into prison for murder and rape [[{{Squick}} (yes, in that order)]]. He was later let out of prison since he was dying of lung cancer.
* The ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' franchise features several gorilla-like monsters, including:
** The Ape-Man from ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou''.
** The escaped circus ape in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMeetsTheBooBrothers''.
** Genghis Kong in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheReluctantWerewolf''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Johnny Test}}'', Susan and Mary's oblivious love interest, Gil, is accidentally transformed into a gorilla and causes general mayhem in Porkbelly for awhile before he changes back.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** "Bart Gets an F": Bart and Homer watch a killer gorilla movie where the titular antagonist eats people at random.
** "Treehouse of Horror III": The segment "King Homer," where Homer eats several people, including Mr. Smithers, Lenny and a Shirley Temple-lookalike.
** "To Cur With Love" reveals that the predecessor to Krusty's chimp Mr. Teeny was a gorilla who would beat up Krusty, causing him to remark, "next time I get a smaller monkey."
* One really mean gorilla appears in the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode I Had an Accident". It's played by a live actor in a gorilla suit.
* Kiki from the ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' episode "Kiki's Kitten" is a violent female gorilla, who only calms down if she gets kitten whom she can [[AndCallHimGeorge play with]]. Poor Rita gets to be her toy.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''
** Gruesome Gorilla from "WesternAnimation/GorillaMyDreams" and "Apes of Wrath" (renamed Elvis in the latter cartoon) is a "ferocious ape" who isn't willing to accept WesternAnimation/BugsBunny as his son, and beats him up.
** In "WesternAnimation/TheDucksters", Porky Pig finds out the hard way that WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck's special guest "Miss Shush" is actually an ill-tempered gorilla named [[PunnyName Mamie]] when he receives an off-screen beating and barely escapes with his life.
* Lord Tirek from the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials'' and ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'''s Season 4 finale is a [[OurCentaursAreDifferent centaur]] with a simian head and torso.
* One of the WesternAnimation/SupermanTheatricalCartoons, "Terror on the Midway" is about a giant gorilla accidentally getting released in the circus and [[EscapedAnimalRampage going on a rampage]]. Its tamer was nowhere to be found.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** A cutaway gag at first subverts, then horribly and hilariously plays it straight when Peter mentions how he once introduced a gorilla to a kitten.
-->'''Lois''': Awww look Peter! She's taking care of that kitten like its her own child!\\
'''Peter''': Yes, I knew that eventually she'd stop tearing them in half. *the camera pans out to show the gorilla sitting next to a small mountain of dismembered kittens*
** Another gag shows Stewie rushing out of a building, finding a door saying "Not An Exit". [[SchmuckBait He opens it anyway]], and gets pounced and beaten up by a vicious gorilla.
--> '''Stewie''': Why did the sign say "Not An Exit"? It should have just said "Gorilla Door"!
* Despite looking like a gorilla, Rondo Jr. from ''WesternAnimation/YakkityYak'' serves as a threat to the titular character.
* In an episode of Creator/{{Nelvana}}'s ''Literature/{{Babar}}'' animated series, Babar and his friends get shipwrecked on an island and get antagonized by a King Kong-like giant gorilla named "Conga the Terrible". Subverted at the end of the episode - Conga is revealed to be a GentleGiant who tried to scare Babar and his friends away because he believed they wanted to capture him.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' heavily based on ''Literature/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau'' has a mook gorilla-human hybrid made by a villainous MadScientist.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGreatGrapeApe'' only looks like this, but is actually quite harmless. Nevertheless, a RunningGag that happens at least OnceAnEpisode has people running away from what they believe to be a ferocious "goril-il-il-il-il-il-il-il-la".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfSuperman: "Ape Army of the Amazon". In South America, an exiled military officer named Colonel Vasta and a disgraced scientist named Dr. Rucas control apes, with the transmitter on Dr. Rucas's back, in a plot to rob an underground treasure.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheWildThornberrys'' has Eliza and Darwin trying to sneak a wheel-shaped rock (as a replacement wheel for the comvee when it loses one) from some gorillas in order to avoid invoking this trope. The gorillas turn out to be aversions, being willing to negotiate and give the rock to Eliza if she asks for it, with the troop leader teaching her an example about taking things without permission.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* This trope especially comes into play when misguided humans, charmed by how much a baby chimpanzee resembles a human child, try to take one as a pet. The problem comes when this cute little chimp hits puberty and becomes a very aggressive primate strong enough to rip your arm off and beat you to death with it. Or if you're lucky they'll stop at merely ripping your face off.
** Chimpanzees are among the few animals (along with hippos, swans and the sort) that are much ''more'' dangerous than people generally think. Almost every individual chimpanzee has the potential to play this trope straight, and some chimpanzees play it straight a lot of the time.
** Also, in contrast to gorillas that are almost exclusively vegetarians, chimps also often eat meat (although their primary food is still fruit). There's a reason Jane Goodall locked her baby in a cage when studying them.
** When chimpanzee troops undergo a leadership change, it's not uncommon for every chimp in it to go berserk in a bid for power.
** In one famous case, a women's pet [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Travis_(chimpanzee) chimp]] attacked her friend. The women tried to fight her pet chimp off with a ''shovel and a knife and it still kept attacking her friend.'' The friend of that women is ''blind and mutilated'' now. This is why you do not selfishly keep dangerous animals as pets no matter how "cool" they are or how "fun" it would be.
* Largely {{Inverted|Trope}} with real life gorillas, who fall into the GentleGiant category. They will normally try to fend off intruders with bluff attacks rather than actually hurting them. While early reports by hunters painted gorillas as vicious brutes who attack humans with little to no provocation, this public perception was changed largely due to the research of primatologists George Schaller and Dian Fossey. That does NOT mean you should [[RageBreakingPoint push them too far]], though...
** If you encounter gorillas, the following are really bad ideas to do, as they may interpret them as a challenge to fight: locking eyes with them, showing your teeth (even by smiling), and especially [[PrimalChestPound pounding your chest]]. If you avoid doing these, the gorillas are likely to leave you alone.
** Male gorillas occasionally commit infanticide, which means that they kill the offspring of rival males they defeat for mating opportunity.
* [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/ab/%27Destroy_this_mad_brute%27_WWI_propaganda_poster_%28US_version%29.jpg This]] World War I propaganda poster depicts Imperial Germany as a savage gorilla wielding a club and [[TouchOfTheMonster carrying off a woman]].
* There's been some argument among paleontologists if extinct super-ape ''Gigantopithecus'' was like this or not. It clearly was omnivorous and bamboo stalks were major part of its diet (similar to giant panda). Paleontologists find a lot of animal bones in caves where Gigantopithecus supposedly lived and some of those caves are quite far above ground, meaning the dead animals were brought there by some predator. To complicate matters we know pretty little about Gigantopithecus anatomy -- all skeletons found are fragmentary; most of the finds are just mandibles (the rest of the skeleton have uses in traditional Chinese medicine). We don't know yet how good it was as a hunter. Also we don't know if the tools and weapons found next to Gigantopithecus bones were made by ancient humans or Gigantopithecus. Of course, unless someone stumbles across one on a deserted island, [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti in Asian mountains or in the backwoods of Washington state]], it's all rather academic.
* There were several incidents in zoos where gorillas behaved violently with visitors:
** In 2007, at the Rotterdam zoo in the Netherlands, a male gorilla named Bokito [[EscapedAnimalRampage escaped his enclosure]] and attacked a woman, biting her multiple times and dragging her around for tens of meters. The ape was sedated with a tranquilizer gun and returned to the enclosure. The woman was a regular visitor to the zoo who often engaged in eye contact with Bokito and smiled at him, which the gorilla might have misinterpreted as an aggressive display and a challenge to fight.
** In 2016, a boy fell into the enclosure of Harambe, a 17 year old male gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo, who caught the kid and proceeded to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEU2FyMNEpc drag and pick him around.]] Not wanting to see whether this trope became TruthInTelevision or not, zookeepers shot and killed the ape in order to save the boy's life. Much controversy arose by objectors to the act, among them biologists and primatologists, who argued that Harambe was actually trying to protect the boy and/or merely behaving curious about him, as well as animal rights activists [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman who saw the decision as unfairly placing human life above animal life by blind policy alone]]. The debate about the zookeepers' decision to kill the gorilla is still heated and ongoing, and Harambe himself has since been notably memorialized through [[MemeticMutation ambiguously ironic memes]].