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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 may like to squeeze people to death. Or [[MetronomicManMashing pick them up and bash them to the ground]].

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 ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'' adaptation changed the fictional Mangani of [[Literature/{{Tarzan}} the original novels]] to gorillas to reflect how [[ScienceMarchesOn science has marched on]]. However, chimps are still subject to ManiacMonkeys after a nasty incident where a pet chimp gnawed the face off of his owner.

A subtrope of ManiacMonkeys. For other unlikable lower primates, see KillerSpaceMonkey and CymbalBangingMonkey. Related to BigfootSasquatchAndYeti, another large, hairy and often dangerous hominid. For the LighterAndSofter relative of this trope, see EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Gorillamon from ''DigimonAdventure02'' and ''DigimonTamers''. It's a gorilla, with an ArmCannon.
* Wyald, a PsychoForHire [[TheHedonist hedonist]] and adrenaline junkie from ''{{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 Beast Titan, from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. At [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever 17 meters]] tall, it towers over regular Titans and its CreepilyLongArms give it not only reach but compliment 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]].

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* In ''[[{{Tintin}} The Black Island]]'', the villains keep a gorilla named Ranko to attack anyone who trespasses on the island of the title.
* 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.
* 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.

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[[folder: Fan Fiction ]]

* ''Fanfic/HitmanMiami'': The last chapter has the protagonist up against genetically engineered, gun-toting, yet still bestial, gorilla assassins.

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[[folder: Film - Animated ]]

* In ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', the Ink&Paint Club had a ({{toon}}) gorilla named Bongo as the doorman/bouncer.
* Subverted in Disney's ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'': Kerchak 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...
** That was because [[CompositeCharacter his personality is based on a much more passive ape from the books, named Tublat]].
** The whole movie 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.
* Captain Gutt from ''Film/IceAge: Continental Drift'' 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.
* Tablat, the rogue silverback who takes over the Tarzan's gorilla family in ''WesternAnimation/{{Tarzan 2013}}''. Tablat tries to kill Tarzan several times over the course of the movie.

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[[folder: Film - Live Action ]]

* ''Film/KingKong'', no ordinary gorilla but a member of a giant prehistoric species.
* In the ''Franchise/StarWars'' universe, Wookiees, despite being a fantastic sapient species, look and act this part. 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.
* 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 the sequel 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'' (1949). The title 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.
** Worse, they're [[ItCanThink smarter than normal gorillas]], capable of using tools, tactics, and ''TEACHING THEIR KIDS HOW 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 Rick Baker, 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 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/RoadTo Road to Zanzibar]]'', Creator/BobHope's character gets tossed in a cage with a wrestling gorilla.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* In ''The Murders in the Rue Morgue'', 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. The play-it-straight version may exist in the later part of the war, when the Yeerks got the morphing cube.
* ''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''.
* ConanTheBarbarian takes on an intelligent ape-like creature that has usurped its master in the short story ''Rogues in the House.''
* Kodo 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.

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[[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/TheElectricCompany'': 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.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* 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.

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[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* The FemmeFatale Sleet from ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'' is nearly done in by one and has to be rescued by Tracy.

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[[folder: Pinball ]]

* The backglass for {{Atari}}'s ''Pinball/MiddleEarth'' pinball shows a giant hairy ape holding a human in one clawed hand while fighting against a giant horned {{Kaiju}}.

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[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]

* The gimmick of Nemesis, who frequents Wrestling/ProWrestlingGuerilla in a gorilla mask.
* Leva Bates in her gorilla gear, channeling Film/PlanetOfTheApes.

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[[folder: Theatre ]]

* 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.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Donkey Kong in the original ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'' (which 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 or grandson of the original 1981 DK) is more fun-loving than threatening... until someone [[LostFoodGrievance steals his bananas]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Rampage}}'': The legendary video game series stars three mutated monsters, with George a King Kong-like gorilla - as the trope-maker. 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.
* ''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 in Level 4. And is 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.

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[[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.]]

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In ''WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck and the Gorilla'' (1944), Ajax, the titular antagonist.
* 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 ''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 escaped circus ape in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMeetsTheBooBrothers''.
* Genghis Kong in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheReluctantWerewolf''.
* In ''{{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. Burns 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.
* Gruesome Gorilla from ''LooneyTunes''.
* Lord Tirek from the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials'' and ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'''s Season 4 finale is a [[OurCentaursAreDifferent centaur]] with a simian head and torso.

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[[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 strong, very aggressive primate easily 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 in general ''can'' be {{Gentle Giant}}s most of the time like gorillas, but they are more unpredictable and have a much worse temper problem. Some of them are belligerent most of the time. So chimps are actually 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.
** When Chimpanzee troops undergo a leadership change, it's not uncommon for every chimp in it to go berserk in a bid for power.
* {{Averted|Trope}} with real life gorillas though, which fall into the GentleGiant category. They will normally try to fend off intruders with bluff attacks rather than actually hurting them. The public perception of gorillas being vicious brutes was changed largely due to the research of George Schaller and Dian Fossey. That does NOT mean you should [[RageBreakingPoint push them too far]], though...
** Male gorillas, however, 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'' have been 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.

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