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Anime and Manga
- Gorillamon from Digimon Adventure 02 and Digimon Tamers. It's a gorilla, with an Arm Cannon.
- Wyald, a Psycho for Hire 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 Band of the Hawk know him as a "monkey monster" for good reason.
- The Beast Titan, from Attack on Titan. At 17 meters tall, it towers over regular Titans and its Creepily Long Arms give it not only reach but complement its Improbable Aiming Skills. It doesn't help that it is also exceptionally cruel, with a brilliant mind and possibly the ability to transform human victims into Titans it commands. It is very bad news, and causes a battle-hardened veteran to have a Freak Out just by speaking to him.
- Shoukaku from Gintama. Yeah, he is in fact an alien gorilla who is the 4th captain of Harusame and defies Katsura in a combat.
- The Iron Kong from Zoids is modeled after the gorilla.
- Both Invoked and Subverted in Tiger Mask: when presenting Tiger's Cave wrestler Gorilla Man, Mr. X describes the gorillas that originally raised him as this trope, but later the Combat Commentator 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.
- In the 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.
- DC Comics 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.
- Depending on the Writer, DC comics may make the point that normal gorillas are Gentle Giants, 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 The Incredibles comic series starts with an attack on the mall by the Ungorilla, a Captain Ersatz 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 The Dresden Files called Welcome To The Jungle 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. What he does to a hag who is threatening one of his friends is very messy, though.
- Hellboy gives us the Kriegaffes, cyborg gorilla henchmen of the Nazi Mad Scientist head in a jar Hermann von Klempt.
- One of the main characters in Cavewoman is Klyde, a gigantic, violent gorilla.
- Anderson: Psi-Division: 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.
- Hitman Miami: The last chapter has the protagonist up against genetically engineered, gun-toting, yet still bestial, gorilla assassins.
Film - Animated
- In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the Ink&Paint Club had a (toon) gorilla named Bongo as the doorman/bouncer.
- Disney's Tarzan averts this when it comes to gorillas - in the original Tarzan, gorillas are Always Chaotic Evil, while the fictional Mangani are the apes who raise Tarzan (and even they are rather aggressive and violent). This was generally considered Adaptation Distillation by all but the staunchest Burroughs purists thanks to Science Marches On. Subverted with Kerchak, who is a very aggressive silverback, but he's just overprotective of his family. He's much Lighter and Softer than his book counterpart, who was the one killing Tarzan's father, because his personality is based on a much more passive ape from the books, named Tublat.
- Captain Gutt from Ice Age 4: Continental Drift is an evil Gigantopithecus (prehistoric giant ape) pirate captain.
- In Kung Fu Panda 2, the henchmen working for Lord Shen that are not wolves are actually gorillas, which are native to Africa despite the film's Asian setting.
- In Team America: World Police, 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 Tarzan (2013). Tublat tries to kill Tarzan several times over the course of the movie.
- Subverted, rather amusingly, in the circus parade scene in 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 Free Birds when Reggie was channel surfing while screaming, he see a killer gorilla on screen.
- The ape-like monster, King Malbert from Igor gets annoyed by the titular Idiot Hero's antics .
Film - Live Action
- King Kong, 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 codified this trope for modern media.
- In the Star Wars 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 Expanded Universe book The Wildlife of Star Wars, there's the Veermoks, large predatory apes that stalk the swamps of Naboo.
- In the original Planet of the Apes and sequels gorillas are the soldier class, and are the only meat-eaters. Science Marches On, 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.
- Rise of the Planet of the Apes 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 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 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.
- Mighty Joe Young (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 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 smarter than normal gorillas, capable of using tools, tactics, and TEACHING THEIR KIDS HOW TO BE GUARDS.
- The Three Stooges were often terrorized by, and sometimes befriended by, a gorilla.
- Dario Argento's Phenomena featured a razor-wielding chimpanzee on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
- The Kentucky Fried Movie has a gorilla who goes on a rampage and trashes the studio after his 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 Pootie Tang, a gorilla kills Pootie's dad. Apparently, it's 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.
- Hollow Man has an invisible and somewhat vicious gorilla at the beginning. (which could count as Foreshadowing: if a gorilla was altered, how would 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 Road to Zanzibar, Bob Hope's character gets tossed in a cage with a wrestling gorilla.
- In Monty Python and the Holy Grail, 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 Pixels, the final boss is the Donkey Kong, who has his entry in Video Games section.
- While King Louie in the 1967 adaptation of The Jungle Book was a goofy, scat-singing orangutan who mostly averted this trope, the 2016 live-action remake changes him to a very large and violent Gigantopithecus.
- In Pacific Rim, one of the Kaiju, Leatherback, resembles a gigantic, hairless gorilla, with a bulky body, long arms, large fists and walking on his knuckles.
- In Snow White and the Huntsman, the troll walks on its knuckles and has the general body proportions of a gorilla. The goblins in the sequel, The Huntsman: Winter's War, 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.
- In The Murders in the Rue Morgue, Edgar Allan Poe's first tale of Detective Dupin, the murderer is an escaped orangutan. The Universal film adaptation 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 Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels is an orangutan, prone to violently correcting anyone who calls him a monkey.
- 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 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.
- Tarzan of the Apes and the other Tarzan books have the Mangani (Frazetta Man - like humanoid apes) and the Bolgani (actual gorillas). The two species are mortal enemies, and both of them are portrayed as pretty violent.
- A gorilla takes a brutal, if entirely justified revenge, on one of the villains at the climax of the Solomon Kane story Red Shadows.
- Conan the Barbarian takes on an intelligent ape-like creature that has usurped its master in the short story Rogues in the House.
- Kovo The Ape in Spirit Animals was one of the two 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.
- In Desert And Wilderness has one attack the protagonists, quite randomly.
- The H.P. Lovecraft 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.
- Bruno from Misfits.
- In one episode of The Big Bang Theory, 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.
- The Electric Company (1971): Several gags involving Paul the Gorilla, although he is completely harmless. Most notably is a skit about f-words (no, 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.
- The Gong Show: 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 The Flash (2014), where he's the victim of sadistic Animal Testing from the military prior to his intelligence being enhanced, leaving him to think none too highly of humans.
- The 100 features the extra-large, probably mutated, post-apocalyptic descendant of a zoo's gorilla habitat, with a habit of letting out monstrous roars before it rips people's limbs off with its bare hands.
- Various kinds of monstrous, malevolent apes have turned up in various editions and settings for Dungeons & Dragons and assorted spin-offs, such as Pathfinder. In fact, the last module Gary Gygax created for 1st edition before leaving TSR was Isle of the Ape, which was basically a rip-off of King Kong.
- In the obscure D20 setting Weird Wars 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 Rocket Age 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.
- Donkey Kong in the original Donkey Kong was a woman-kidnapping, barrel-tossing antagonist (the game had a clone on the BBC Micro and Amstrad CPC actually named 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 steals his bananas.
- 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.
- Golden Sun has gorillas as part of the Random Encounters. Infamously, The Lost Age's first boss is a trio of gorillas named "Chestbeaters" that attack you because they happened to be at the end of the dungeon.
- Heavy Weapon has the boss Kommie Kong (renamed Gorillazilla in the PS3/Xbox360 release), which is a giant communist mecha gorilla that throws exploding rockets and tries to stomp the player.
- In World of Warcraft, most gorilla mobs are are aggressive and will attack on sight. In a typical Blizzard manner, there are lots of Shout Outs: a giant gorilla living on an island and holding a woman captive, a (robotic) gorilla called A-ME trained to communicate with humans and gorilla mobs dropping barrels on death.
- In Tomb Raider, the Grecian ruins are populated by lions, crocodiles, bats, and aggressive gorillas.
- There is one hairy white gorilla in the Trophy Room in Brain Dead 13. And surprisingly, it has the same atomic wedgie kill scene as Moose!
- Borderlands 2 has a four-armed variation known as bullymongs. Like many of Pandora's wildlife, they are hostile to everyone.
- The Half-Life mod Heart of Evil has a lot of them.
- The Lion King 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 That One Boss.
- Mechapon, a giant mechanical gorilla, appears as one of the Stage 2 mid-bosses in the Strider arcade game, and returns as a proper boss in the 2014 HD verson.
- Rajang from Monster Hunter. It's one of the most feared monsters in the series, being The Dreaded both In-Universe and by players. It has a six star danger rating, something that's usually reserved for Elder Dragons. Frontier even reveals that Kirin horns are one of its favorite foods. Congalala is this also to a lesser extent, being a horn-headed fat hippo-faced ape that annoys players with its reliance on deadly flatulence-based attacks.
- One of the roaming monsters in The Ultimate Haunted House is one of these, a tormented pet gorilla kept in a cage in the Menagerie.
- Saiyuki: Journey West has one of these as Son Goku's Super Mode.
- Winston in Overwatch has this as his ultimate ability. Dropping his usually calm demeanor and entering a berserk rampage.
- Classic Disney Shorts:
- Mickey Mouse 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 Donald Duck 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.
- Tublat from The Legend of Tarzan. 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 Clerks: The Animated Series, 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 The Venture Bros., one of the many supervillain Captain Ersatzes is King Gorilla, a Manly Gay supervillain gorilla who spent some time in prison with the Monarch. He got thrown into prison for murder and rape (yes, in that order). He was later let out of prison since he was dying of lung cancer.
- The Scooby-Doo franchise features several gorilla-like monsters, including:
- 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.
- The Simpsons:
- "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 SpongeBob SquarePants episode I Had an Accident". It's played by a live actor in a gorilla suit.
- Kiki from the Animaniacs episode "Kiki's Kitten" is a violent female gorilla, who only calms down if she gets kitten whom she can play with. Poor Rita gets to be her toy.
- Looney Tunes
- Gruesome Gorilla from "Gorilla My Dreams" and "Apes of Wrath" (renamed Elvis in the latter cartoon) is a "ferocious ape" who isn't willing to accept Bugs Bunny as his son, and beats him up.
- In "The Ducksters", Porky Pig finds out the hard way that Daffy Duck's special guest "Miss Shush" is actually an ill-tempered gorilla named Mamie when he receives an off-screen beating and barely escapes with his life.
- Lord Tirek from the My Little Pony TV Specials and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic's Season 4 finale is a centaur with a simian head and torso.
- One of the Superman Theatrical Cartoons, "Terror on the Midway" is about a giant gorilla accidentally getting released in the circus and going on a rampage. Its tamer was nowhere to be found.
- Family Guy:
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*
- 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.
Stewie: Why did the sign say "Not An Exit"? It should have just said "Gorilla Door"!
- Another gag shows Stewie rushing out of a building, finding a door saying "Not An Exit". He opens it anyway, and gets pounced and beaten up by a vicious gorilla.
- Despite looking like a gorilla, Rondo Jr. from Yakkity Yak serves as a threat to the titular character.
- In an episode of Nelvana's 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 Gentle Giant who tried to scare Babar and his friends away because he believed they wanted to capture him.
- An episode of Batman: The Animated Series heavily based on The Island of Doctor Moreau has a mook gorilla-human hybrid made by a villainous Mad Scientist.
- The Great Grape Ape only looks like this, but is actually quite harmless. Nevertheless, a Running Gag that happens at least Once an Episode has people running away from what they believe to be a ferocious "goril-il-il-il-il-il-il-il-la".
- 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.
- Largely Inverted with real life gorillas, who fall into the Gentle Giant 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 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 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.
- This◊ World War I propaganda poster depicts Imperial Germany as a savage gorilla wielding a club and 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, 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 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 drag and pick him around. Not wanting to see whether this trope became Truth in Television 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 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 ambiguously ironic memes.