Skull Island's Kaiju
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Two giant apes who are Kong's mother and father. Their remains rest in the Valley of the Fallen Gods, home to the Skullcrawlers.
- Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism: Subverted. Like a real gorilla, Mrs. Kong has noticeable breasts during and after her pregnancy.
- Dead to Begin With: By the time of both the comics and movies.
- Giant Equals Invincible: Subverted big time.
- Kaiju: They are members of a species of gigantic apes.
- Mama Bear: Her last act was to hide her newborn son in a cave and die helping her mate fight off the Skullcrawlers.
- Monster Is a Mommy: Kong's mother gave birth to him in the middle of a fight with the Skullcrawlers.
- Papa Wolf: Kong's father held off the Skullcrawlers while his mate gave birth to and hid their son away.
- Pregnant Badass: The mother was in labor during the assault of the Skullcrawlers and still managed to give birth to Kong in the process.
Appeared In: Kong: Skull Island
Portrayed By: N/A
Giant reptilian kaiju who seem to be at an intermediate state between the divergence of lizards and snakes; mostly serpentine in shape, they use a pair of prehensile forelimbs to half-drag, half-slither across the ground. Their name derives from their pronounced facial bone structures, which combines with their white facial coloration to make them look like they have skulls for heads. Apex predators on Skull Island, their voracious appetites make them feared and hated by all creatures and especially the indigenous tribals.
- Ascended Extra: They seem to be based on the two-legged lizard from the 1933 film, and their role in Kong: Skull Island is beefed up to the main antagonist.
- Armless Biped: Inverted. They move via slithering and with two massive arms, but lack legs.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: Hank Marlow came up with their name, thinking it sounded 'neat'. When he says it out loud, he changes his opinion a little (mostly because he notices it's Names to Run Away from Really Fast).
- Beneath the Earth: They live there, given Skull Island is mostly hollow underground.
- Big Bad: The Skullcrawlers, said to be "devils" in comparison to Physical God Kong. Specifically, their Alpha Ramarak, who's the biggest and most dangerous.
- Black Eyes of Evil: Subverted. It looks like they have these (further reinforcing the skeleton theme they have going on), but this is an illusion—what appear to be large black eyes are actually fenestrae in their skulls. Their real eyes are tiny and placed much further back on their heads.
- Combat Tentacles: They use their prehensile tails (and tongues) in this manner, grabbing Kong and human victims.
- Expy: Although their design is inspired by the two-legged lizard, their role in the story is very similar to Gaw and the Deathrunners from the Kong: King of Skull Island novel. Both are violent reptilian carnivores which caused the almost total extinction of the Kong species (including Kong's parents), and Kong establishes himself as king of Skull Island by killing the largest of the species.
- Hero Killer: The Monarch Files imply that many of Skull Island's other predator species were wiped out by the Skullcrawlers.
- Horror Hunger: Their bodies have increased metabolism, keeping them in a state of constant starvation.
- Immune to Bullets: Shots from rifles frankly seem to bounce off their skin. Even a small one is completely unfazed by several M16s pumping lead into it nonstop.
- Mauve Shirt: Outside of Ramarak most of them serve as canon-fodder to Kong. The single one that got away, however, serves as a major threat against the humans. It not only kills major characters Chapman and Bill but its fight is used to demonstrate the species' tough hide and fighting style.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Their mouths are full of a ridiculous number of inward-angled fangs, which serve predominantly to support using their prehensile tongues to swallow smaller creatures whole.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: They're the only explicitly reptilian creatures seen on Skull Island, and are certainly the most dangerous. Marlow reveals they are an invasive species that hurt the ecosystem by overhunting animals. If Kong weren't around, the Skullcrawlers would be free to multiply and hunt both Skull Island's native wildlife and the entire human race to extinction.
- The Scottish Trope: Implied, as the natives refuse to say their real name.
- Skull for a Head: Not literally, but the structure of their head looks an awful lot like it, which is where their name comes from.
- Stronger with Age: They start at around house-sized and can grow to become much bigger, eventually becoming around the size of Kong himself.
- Swallowed Whole: Subverted with Randa's death as one of them devoured him in just two bites. It did however use its tongue that grabbed one of Packard's soldiers and gulped him entirely.
- Voice Changeling: The novelization reveals that Skullcrawlers can mimic human cries, which happened to be the cause of Gunpei's death, as he was killed by one after he and Marlow thought they heard an Iwi child scream in the distance and went to rescue them.
Portrayed By: N/A
Appeared In: Kong: Skull Island
The largest of all Skullcrawlers on Skull Island, also nicknamed "Skull Devil". It's unknown if it's the mother or simply the Alpha, but it is known and feared by everything except Kong on the island.
- All There in the Manual: The data book and novelization calls it the Skull Devil, but this is never uttered in the movie; the closest anyone gets is calling it 'the big one'.
- Asskicking Equals Authority Is the Alpha Skullcrawler, and the only one capable of fighting Kong one on one.
- Behemoth Battle: Against Kong, being the only Skullcrawler his size.
- Beware My Stinger Tail: In the novelization, the Skull Devil has a bladed tail that it slashes at Kong with, something absent in the film.
- Big-Bad Ensemble: It's the largest Skullcrawler and Marlow believes that if left unchecked, it will decimate Skull Island, providing the animalistic threat alongside the human Colonel Packard.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Essentially beaten Kong in their first battle with no difficulty whatsoever. Justified when the latter was set ablaze from Packard's napalm no less.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Kong ends up ripping out its entire digestive tract, its heart and its lungs when it attempts to swallow Mason whilst she's still clutched in Kong's hand. The giant ape finally turns the Skullcrawler inside out with one fierce yank to free himself.
- The Dreaded: While the natives of Skull Island fear all the Skullcrawlers, Ramarak is feared above them all. It's feared it would spell the end of the island if Kong can't stop it.
- Eye Scream: Mason shoots a flare rocket directly into its eye, which then explodes, bursting its eye.
- It Can Think: Ramarak is no more a mindless beast than Kong. But it gets a moment of this, when Cole arms grenades and stands in front of it in an attempted heroic sacrifice. It definitely realizes that something isn't right, and instead of eating him, smacks him away with its tail. This actually makes a fair bit of sense as predators are instinctively cautious around animals that don't appear to be afraid of them. This is subverted in the novelization when the Alpha falls for Cole's trick.
- Karmic Death: After trying to make Mason its latest victim as well as consume Kongs left arm just to make Kong suffer, it unwittingly allows Kong the opportunity to kill it by literally pulling it apart from the inside-out.
- King Mook: Seemingly being the only giant Skullcrawler.
- Large and in Charge: Being the Alpha, it's the biggest of all Skullcrawlers.
- Lecherous Licking: At one point he licks Kong's face in a creepily dominant way of showing his sadism.
- Lightning Bruiser: Massive as Kong himself but that doesn't even dwindle his movements akin to the other Skullcrawlers before him. All it took to finally injure him was a propeller hurled into his sternum allowing Kong to gain the upper hand.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Ramarak manages to combine this with Hoist by His Own Petard. When it attempts to eat Mason, along with Kong's entire left arm, just to spite Kong, it gives Kong the opportunity to literally rip out its entire digestive tract, heart and lungs, which Kong does.
- Rasputinian Death: It gets alternatively shot by the survivors with a salvaged guns from a B-29 and beaten by Kong, gets choked with an anchor chain, has a boat propeller slammed into its shoulder, gets one eye blown out with a flare, and then has a vertical slice delivered up the length of its throat with said boat propeller. Finally, Kong finishes it off by pulling its guts out through its mouth.
- Red Baron: "Skull Devil", but only in the data book.
- Spikes of Villainy: The main feature that distinguishes it from the other Skullcrawlers besides its size are the spikes that jut from its elbows.
Skull Island's other creatures
Species: Mater Crura or Arachnida Acidosasa
Appeared In: Kong: Skull Island
A predatory arachnid that haunts the bamboo forests of the northern regions of Skull Island. These massive creatures use their exaggeratedly long legs to hoist their bodies high above the canopy, silently waiting for smaller creatures to stumble through, as their legs look like the bamboo shoots surrounding them. In addition to rending, crab-like pincers, a cavity in the underside of their abdomen opens up to directly reveal the stomach cavity, with sticky tentacles being used to draw prey inside. More horrifically, their legs are actually hollow and function much like a conventional spider's fangs; impaling a victim on a leg allows the Mother Longlegs to pre-digest and then drink its prey.
- Belly Mouth: There's an orifice of some sort on its abdomen which it can open up to allow direct access to its stomach.
- Combat Tentacles: Unleashes several fleshy tendrils from its abdomen to pull prey directly into its Belly Mouth.
- Giant Spider: It's unclear if it's this or a Giant Enemy Crab; it looks mostly like a spider, but it has a set of crab-like claws as well. The Monarch Data File on the creature asserts that it's actually a giant arachnid, with attributes of plants integrated into its genetic and physical structure.
- Glass Cannon: It can do a lot of damage with its legs and claws, but it's surprisingly squishy for its size. The soldiers cut through its legs as easily as hacking bamboo, and shoot it to death with their rifles.
- Mythology Gag: As a blending of spider and crab, it references similar "crab-spiders" that appeared in the pit sequence in King Kong (2005)... which were themselves a Mythology Gag to a deleted scene from the original King Kong (1933).
- One-Gender Race: According to the Monarch Data File, the Mother Longlegs is an all-female, self-reproducing species.
- Paranoia Fuel: As the Monarch file on the creature states...When the spider is perfectly still, the bamboo trunks conceal it perfectly, turning an entire forest into a silent deathtrap of legs and mandibles.
- Planimal: Much like the Spore Mantis and the Sker Buffalo, the Mother Longlegs is a physical and genetic fusion of both animal and plant aspects. Its legs in particular contain vascular bundles of woody xylem — the same material that makes up the bamboo stems it lives amongst.
Species: Skerry bubalis
Appeared In: Kong: Skull Island
Amongst the largest of Skull Island's native herbivores, these gargantuan herbivores inhabit the rivers and marshlands of the island, pursuing an amphibious existence. Aside from their unique triple-pronged horns and sheer size, their most distinguishing feature is the hard, bony structure that grows over their back and flanks. Not only does this provide some protective armor, but it is structured like a coral reef, providing a framework that encourages the growth of symbiotically linked fungus. The creatures spend most of their time predominantly submerged in the water, using their greenery-coated backs to provide camouflage.
- Butt-Monkey: They might be huge, but they're still near the bottom of the food chain in an ecosystem that includes Skullcrawlers.
- Gentle Giant: They're very peaceful animals despite their tough appearances.
- Planimal: Per their Monarch Data File, they're actually symbiotically linked with the algae that grows on their back, to the point of having a four-chambered heart of which two chambers pump blood and the other two pump highly oxygenated chlorophyll!
Species: Phasmid Sylas
Appeared In: Kong: Skull Island
A massive insect/plant hybrid creature, the Spore Mantis is a stick insect that has not only grown to huge sizes, but also taken its name to a literal definition. Its carapace is comprised of dense bark, whilst its body houses a powerful muscle system that is a unique interweaving of striated tendons and fibrous structural tissues more commonly found in the stems and roots of trees. In fact, it's possible that the Spore Mantis is more accurately defined as two creatures in one; an animate tree and a huge slug-like organism with bone-crushing jaws laden with spiked teeth. This secondary creature serves the whole by actually digesting the prey that the host helps capture.
- All There in the Manual: The Monarch Data File on the creature provides absolutely all the information we know; all we see in the movie is that it's a giant stick insect with a carapace of wood instead of chitin.
- Always a Bigger Fish: Initially unfazed by Chapman's bullets, it turns and flees when it sees a Skullcrawler behind him. To be honest, we can't say we blame it...
- Bizarre Alien Biology: Even compared to the other planimals on the island. For starters, it relies on a symbiotic organism to serve as a digestive system, it digests its prey with "protein-rich sap", and it excretes the remains as huge chunks of translucent amber with the undigested bone, shell, etc trapped inside. It also does not react to being shot repeatedly in the head, despite the bullets doing visible damage.
- One-Scene Wonder: It only appears for a minute or two roughly halfway through the movie.
- Planimal: It's a literal stick insect, equal parts wooden tree and giant bug.
- The Symbiote: The Spore Mantis uses a slug-like organism contained within its trunk to digest its prey for it.
Species: Gigantus Leviapus
Appeared In: Kong: Skull Island
A massive freshwater cephalopod which mostly resembles a giant octopus with an elongated head. This dangerous creature can defend itself with clouds of superheated boiling ink and rotates its beak at hyper speeds to create powerful vacuums it can use to suck in prey.
- Always a Bigger Fish: While it does struggle against Kong for a short time, it quickly ends up as the ape's lunch.
- Combat Tentacles: Makes great use of its tentacles when fighting Kong.
- Expy: To Oodako, the giant octopus from King Kong vs. Godzilla.
- Giant Squid: Clearly.
- Informed Ability: Its boiling ink and whirlpool-creating beak are never used or mentioned in the movie (not that they'd be very useful against Kong).
- Mix-and-Match Critters: According to the Monarch website, it is a giant squid and giant Pacific octopus hybrid.
Large, highly aggressive bat like creatures native to Skull Island, they show signs of psychopathy by purposely ingesting puffer-fish indigenous to the island's waters, causing a psychotropic effect that results in them attacking anything including each other.
- All There in the Manual: Subverted. The Monarch Data File makes no mention of their ability to fire electricity from their mouths as demonstrated in the tie in comic, Skull Island: The Birth of Kong.
- Ascended Extra: They set off the events in the tie in comic that leaves the second team stranded on the island.
- Badass Abnormal: Seems to have gained the ability to fire lightning and gotten bigger in the tie in comic Skull Island: The Birth of Kong.
- Demoted to Extra: Despite being heavily part of the viral marketing, they only showed up in the last few seconds of the film in a blink and you'll miss it scene.
- Informed Ability: The Monarch Data File claims they are more violent than their cousin the Leafwings however we see the Leafwings kill more people in the movie while the Psychovultures only do a fly by scene at the end.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: According to the Monarch website, they are some type of bird/reptile/pterosaur hybrid.
- Shock and Awe: They've gained to the power to shoot lightning in the tie in comic.
- Took a Level in Badass: They down an Ospray in the comic.
Appeared In: Kong: Skull Island | Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Cousins of the Psychovulture, the Leafwings are less aggressive but still highly dangerous, as they use their cacti like beaks to saw limbs off their victims.
- Alien Blood: They have blue blood.
- An Arm and a Leg: Their saw-like beaks are sharp enough to cut off human limbs.
- The Cameo: They appear at the end of Godzilla: King of the Monsters. They're difficult to see due to their small size, but Word of God confirms their presence.
- Informed Ability: Their Monarch files state that the Iwi hunt them down because their grounded up wings act as a trippy drug.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: They're about the size of a dog, but two of them were strong enough to carry a human high into the air. They're apparently also among the kaiju that bow to Godzilla at the end of Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
- Planimal: Like many creatures of the island, they are Flora-Fauna, with cactus spines along their beak.
A giant katydid like insect living in trees that ambushes prey and ensnares prey with their tentacles.
- Canon Foreigner: A creature that didn't make it into the film but its profile and sketches show up in the Monarch Files extra.
- Combat Tentacles: It ensnares prey with tentacles and pulls them up into the trees it hides in.
- Planimal: The profile on the extras points that it is like many things on Skull Island, part plant, part animal. Taking it a step further it is hard to tell where they end and the trees they dwell in begin, giving the impression they are an extension of the trees they live in.
Large land predators of Skull Island with manes as sharp as razor-wire, they immediately attacked the second expedition team when they landed on the island in 1995, only to be stopped by a much bigger and older Kong. They made their debut in Skull Island: The Birth of Kong tie-in comic.
- Alien Blood: They bleed white due to high levels of calcium in their blood.
- An Arm and a Leg: As pictured, many are missing limbs. Doesn't stop them from being able to hunt.
- Auto Cannibalism: They will eat each other and even themselves if they can not find prey to kill.
- Body Horror: See below.
- Handicapped Badass: Despite their missing limbs they are still very effective predators.
- Monstrous Cannibalism: Monarch documents suggest that these creatures can only fully satisfy their appetites by eating their own kind.
Large crocodiles that live in the southern jungles of Skull Island. Like many animals of Skull Island they are part plant, with trees growing out of their backs. The second expedition had a short but scary encounter with one.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: It's massive, bigger than the Sker Buffalo.
- Never Smile at a Crocodile: Sirenjaws are enormous crocodilians that lure in prey by posing as islands.
- Planimal: They are enormous crocodiles engaged in symbiosis with trees as a form of camouflage.
- Puberty Superpower: When they begin to sexually mature they start to grow trees out of their backs, looking like an island to unwitting prey when partially submerged.
- Shout-Out: Its appearance is similar to Biollante, being a plant/animal hybrid with crocodilian features.
Large insects that float just below surface of rivers facing upwards with their claws sticking out, looking like logs.
Gigantic peaceful turtles native to Skull Island's active volcanoes, their blood is burning hot to deter predators.
- Alien Blood: They bleed lava when injured or bleeding to deter predators. They are docile though.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: They are massive enough that trees grow off their shells.
- Foreshadowing: It's subtle, but it's there - the MonsterVerse has had creatures adapted to life inside of active volcanoes, with a circulatory system as hot as magma, long before Rodan demonstrated a very similar physiology in Godzilla: King of the Monsters!
- Gentle Giant: Along with the Sker Buffalo, they are one of few peaceful animals in the ecosystem.
- Planimal: Subverted. The trees growing off their backs are feeding off the volcanic soil their shells are made out of.
- Rock Monster: They are hatched from eggs laid in volcanoes, the cooled off magma acting becoming their shells. They bathe in it throughout their lives as they grow to make their shells bigger.
- Shout-Out: To Gamera and Pokemon.
Abnormally large tigers with antlers growing out of their heads and red masks that look like splotches of blood staining their face or sometimes patterns.
- All There in the Manual: The chinese marketing calls them both Icarus Tigers and Holy Tigers.◊
- Bilingual Bonus: If you can read Chinese you can probably read what their profile says on their abilities.
- Canon Foreigner: Oddly the creature was only advertised in China's promos for the movie.
- Demoted to Extra: Sadly they never made it to film with the director expressing sadness at this. Though their photos do appear in extras for the movie.
- Panthera Awesome: It's a large tiger with antlers.
- Shout-Out: Jordan Vogt-Roberts has gone on record saying the game Ōkami inspired the design.
A species of Ant that Marlow mentions, it apparently mimics bird calls to lure prey and is apparently the size of a large dog.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: Apparently are massive, despite never being seen.
- Death from Above: They live in the trees, rather than usual anthills.
- Noisy Nature: They are said to lure prey using bird-like calls, making this a weaponized version of this trope.
- Paranoia Fuel: Marlow mentions them as the group are sat amongst the trees, everyone seems to look up and about nervously.