Western Animation / Kong: The Animated Series

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Kong and his human friends. Left to right: Lua, Jason and Eric.

Kong is a genetically-engineered gorilla created by Dr. Lorna Jenkins using D.N.A. from the original King Kong as well as her grandson Jason. Jason's teacher, Ramon De la Porta, learns about the magical Primal Stones kept on Kong Island and tries to steal them to become all-powerful, but in the process awakens the demonic being Chiros the Destroyer. Jason and Kong charge themselves with getting the stones back before Chiros can fully escape, Jason using a special earpiece, the Cyberlink, to combine into one being with Kong to make him more of a match against monsters of De la Porta's creation. The two are also helped by Jason's hulking but jovial friend Tann and Lua, a shaman from Kong Island who knows the most about the powers of the Primal Stones.


Tropes:

  • Adaptational Heroism: Kong goes from the wild animal worshiped by terrified natives in the movie to the island's legendary guardian beast who spends the time he's not helping Jason and his friends rescuing animals on the island from danger. In one episode he even sneaks out of the airplane hangar where the humans left him and spends the night saving people from street thugs.
  • Agent Mulder/Agent Scully: One episode has a pair of these with the genders reversed.
  • And I Must Scream: In the final episode, De La Porta's life force is sucked out to free Chiros. Though his life force is returned when Chiros is killed, his spirit has been broken by the ceremony, leaving him in a state of shock his doctors don't think he'll recover from.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Lua
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: De La Porta merges with a scorpion and a cat to become a manticore, and tries to stab Kong with his tail twice.
  • Big Bad: De la Porta's the villain of most episodes, but the biggest threat in the show is Chiros, the evil fire god sealed under Kong Island who starts to wake up when De La Porta steals most of the Primal Stones. The good news is they manage to hang onto enough to keep him from being able to leave his temple. The bad news is his minions like Harpy, her gargoyles and Onimus, a monster who's big enough to take on Kong, have no such barriers.
  • Can't Spit It Out: Jason and Lua just can never admit their feelings for each other.
  • Classy Cat-Burglar: Tiger Lucy. Literally, thanks to De La Porta's Cyber-Link.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: Lua.
  • Disney Villain Death: Averted with De La Porta in the second episode and the second last episode.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Lua is always barefoot, and the series never lets us forget it.
  • The Dragon: Both of the show's main villains, Chiros and De la Porta, have their own. Chiros has Harpy, his most intelligent underling who supervises most plans, and De la Porta has Omar, his most competent and loyal henchman; in one episode he pulls a gun on the Egyptian god Set to try to save De la Porta.
  • Five-Episode Pilot: Well, almost. The first four episodes set up the plot and the major characters, with the fifth episode introducing a semi-regular villain, so still necessary viewing.
  • Fusion Dance: Jason and Kong do this via the Cyber-Link so Jason can lend his martial arts expertise to Kong and Kong can "ride" inside Jason to avoid the logistics of transporting a giant gorilla around the world. De La Porta and his henchmen use their own Cyber-Link to merge with regular animals to fight Kong (during which they are dominant over the animals they are merged with).
  • Genetic Memory: Kong sometimes gets flashes from his past life as the original King Kong.
  • Gentle Giant: Kong fits this trope among the non-humans and the muscular Tann among the humans.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: Both sides are trying to collect all the Primal Stones, to either seal the ultimate evil or become it.
  • Great White Hunter
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Lua becomes one every time another girl shows attraction to Jason.
  • Horny Vikings
  • Hulking Out: If Kong gets angry enough while fused with Jason he can turn into "Mega Kong" with twice the size and strength of his original form. Given that he looks identical aside from size which can be hard to notice in a show with inconsistent animation, they usually resorted to having the characters specifically point out the transformation so the viewer would know it happened.
  • Humongous Mecha: Howling Jack cobbles one together from parts taken from animatronic movie monsters.
  • Impairment Shot: Happens to Lua as she's tranquilized by poachers and as she wakes up.
  • Kissing Under the Influence: Tann and Lua in "Reborn."
  • Magical Computer: On this show you can find out the current location of notorious international arms dealers using The Internet!!
  • Monster of the Week: Usually a kaiju created by De la Porta or one of his henchmen merging with an ordinary animal, but there's the odd real legendary beast thrown in too.
  • Nubile Savage: Lua.
  • Preppy Name: Eric Tannenbaum IV.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: In one arc, there were evil snake people that wanted to mind control Kong.
  • Save the Villain: The heroes save De La Porta from death quite often, and Andre at one point. De La Porta even returns the favor once.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Chiros was sealed inside a stone tablet before he is partially released near the beginning of the series. He is later reimprisoned in the tablet, which is then smashed by Kong to destroy him for good.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Lua.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Tann's parents are quite wealthy and, thanks to the fund his grandfather left him, he can buy whatever his parents won't give him. Despite this, he's a true friend and only mentions his wealth whenever it's needed to help.
  • Tail Slap: De La Porta and all of his henchmen (aside from Tiger Lucy) have all done this to Kong while merged with animals. In the second last episode, Giggles tries to do this to Kong but accidentally hits Frazetti instead, smashing his Cyberlink.
  • Taken for Granite: De La Porta is turned to stone by Set in an immortality deal Set twisted. He is restored when Set is destroyed.
    • Also happens to Harpy, when she is struck by lightning, and in her case she is presumed dead.
  • Totally Radical: "Hey Kong, let's go save the world, bro!"
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Tann can't go a day without a Pineapple Pizza.
  • Villainous Rescue: De La Porta saves Jason from falling into a spike pit to repay an earlier favor.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Ramon De La Porta. Most people perceive him as a respected college professor. Despite what little we see of his curriculum apparently discussing the existence of Atlantis and magic rocks.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: While the rest of De La Porta's henchmen are captured, Tiger Lucy mysteriously disappears.

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