Character page for the various film incarnations of King Kong.
1933 - 1986
- Anti-Villain: He's not really evil even in the 1933 version, just a massive force of Nature that loves Ann/Dwan. Later sequels and remakes even make him out to be the hero.
- Beast and Beauty: The Beast to Ann/Dwan Beauty.
- Breakout Character: Alongside Godzilla, the Trope Codifier for Giant Monster/Kaiju.
- Disney Villain Death: Falls to his death after being shot down.
- Killer Gorilla: Pretty much the Trope Codifier for modern media, being both a lot larger and a lot more aggressive than real gorillas.
- Last of His Kind: In the 2005 film.
- Non-Malicious Monster: He doesn't have any ill intentions towards humans, but he's still a gigantic, destructive monster.
- Adaptational Heroism: The 2005 version, in subtle ways, is far more outgoing and direct than her more Neutral Female counterpart from the original 1933 movie.
- Beast and Beauty: The Beauty to Kong's Beast
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Especially in the 1933 film, while in the 2005 film she only gets a few cuts on her face.
- Clothing Damage: She gets most of her dress peeled off by Kong in the 1933 film.
- Downplayed in the 2005 film, where her pink slip has a small rip.
- This is taken to insane extremes in the little-known Don Simpson "Monster Comics" adaptation. She's stripped completely down to her bra and panties.
- Fallen-on-Hard-Times Job
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Ann is blonde-haired and is probably the kindest and most moral character in the 2005 movie.
- Losing a Shoe in the Struggle: In the 2005 film, Ann gets kidnapped as she was getting ready for bed. Consequently, her shoes get left behind, and she spends the entire time in the jungle barefoot. By all accounts, her feet should've been ripped to shreds by the rough terrain, especially in the jungle itself.
- Ms. Fanservice: In the 1933 movie after she gets most of her dress ripped off by Kong.
- The 2005 film has Ann in a nightgown for most of her stay in Skull Island.
- Screaming Woman: The 1933 version, especially with her being played by Fay Wray.
- Playing Against Type: In-universe on the 2005 film. Carl tells Ann "you're the saddest girl I've ever seen" and chooses her to be his lead because she evokes The Woobie so well. Ann responds to this by telling him that she's a comedian who makes people laugh for a living.
- Sweet Polly Oliver: When we first see Ann during the intro of the 2005 film, she's performing on stage in male drag.
- Tom Hanks Syndrome: Invoked in-universe in the 2005 film. Ann is a vaudeville clown who gets cast as The Ingenue lead in Carl's adventure film.
- The Atoner: In the sequel Son of Kong, where he'd realized his actions in the original film were wrong. When he meets Kong's son, Denham tries to be more protective and helpful, and is truly remorseful when Son of Kong dies saving Denham's life.
- Jerkass: In the 2005 film.
KikoKing Kong son
General Masami Shinzo
Prime Minister Shigezawa
Commander Carl Nelson
Lt. Commander Jiro Nomura
Lt. Susan Watson
- Expy: Of Jack Driscoll.
Fred S. Wilson
- Adaptational Villainy: Is far from the Nice Guy the original Carl Denham was. The original was very friendly, and even tried to be peaceful with the natives. Wilson acts rather disrespectful to the natives. Even compared to the 2005 version, his jerkiness stands out. While the 2005 version of Denham was greedy and a bit of a jerk, he was ultimately a Mr. Vice Guy and a Jerk with a Heart of Gold. Wilson is far more greedy. Both versions of Denham also showed sympathy toward Kong, while Wilson does not and is more exploitive. In addition, both versions of Denham were film diretors trying to make a decent and honest buck, while Wilson is a corrupt man who has come to drain the island of its resources for oil.
- Death by Adaptation: Kong steps on him and kills him. Denham lives in both versions.
- Expy: Of Carl Denham.
- Hate Sink: His basic purpose is to be someone for the audience to hate.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold/ Mr. Vice Guy: Deconstructed. While he does still retain some of Denham's noble qualities, and has a few Pet the Dog moments, he is still a greedy, animal abusing Corrupt Corporate Executive.
- Pet the Dog: Like Denham, he still helps to rescue Ann (or in this case, Dwan) after she's given to Kong. He also seems saddened to hear about the deaths of the crew that occurred at the log chasm. In addition, one of his conversations with Dwan strongly implies that he considers rape to be a horrific action just like most people would.