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Gorilla Gorilla was a comic by Art Baltazar that ran in Disney Adventures from 2003 to 2007, when the magazine ended. The comic centers around a gorilla named Gorilla who turns into a huge, King Kong-like monster called Gorilla Gorilla whenever evil strikes. His most recurring foe, the giant Lizard Lizard, is secretly his roommate Lizard, who has a Hair-Trigger Temper and turns into Lizard Lizard whenever he gets angry or stressed. Ironically, Lizard is a Gorilla Gorilla Fanboy. Neither are aware of each other's secret identity, though Gorilla is suspicious. The second most prominent villains are the Evil Aliens, and are usually the cause of most non-Lizard Lizard problems.

Some of the comics can be read on the author's website. Two collections featuring reprints of several comics have also been published.

Gorilla Gorilla provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Aliens Are Bastards: The Evil Aliens, who want to Take Over the World for no real reason other than because they can.
  • Another Dimension: One comic has Gorilla travel to his homeworld of Dimension Ape where The Baboon has allied with the aliens to conquer their world by... beating Gorilla's high score at Pong. Lizard tags along, and flips out when the aliens destroy his banana split.
  • Anthropomorphic Food: Vanilla Gorilla and Banana Banana, mutated by alien rays.
  • Berserk Button: Lizard has so many. Particularly having his TV reception interrupted and his banana split being vaporized.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: A few comics end this way.
    • An in-universe example from "Crayon Comic Catastrophe". After having a huge drawing fight, Lizard makes his character really big, and Gorilla makes his even bigger. Cut to Gorilla and Lizard sitting on the floor with paper everywhere.
      Lizard: And then they fight?
      Gorilla: I think we need a new ending to our comic.
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  • Born Unlucky: Lizard is this to an amazing degree. He can never do anything without something breaking or going wrong, triggering his transformation into Lizard Lizard.
  • Call-Back: In "Dimension Ape", Lizard wonders if the aliens who destroyed his banana split are the same ones who messed with his TV reception in "The Showdown".
  • Cerebus Syndrome: The four-part comic "The Showdown", where Gorilla faces most of his past foes, focuses more on action than humor.
  • Comic Within a Comic: Lobster Lizard and Samurai Gorilla.
  • Clark Kenting: The very first comic has Gorilla come home to see Lizard covered in bandages, who says he "slipped on a banana peel". Gorilla wonders if Lizard could really be Lizard Lizard. He then shrugs it off as being impossible.
  • Cloning Blues: In one comic, the Aliens create small, multicolored clones of Lizard Lizard from a sample of his slime. They can combine to form a huge, rainbow colored Lizard Lizard. Gorilla Gorilla defeats them rather easily.
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  • Continuity Nod: Lizard working at a car dealership is brought up in a later strip.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Both Gorilla and Lizard.
  • Depending on the Artist / New Powers as the Plot Demands: In-universe. When Gorilla and Lizard get into a drawing fight over whether Samurai Gorilla or Lobster Lizard would win in a fight, Gorilla says Samurai Gorilla would block Lobster Lizard's claws with his atomic sword. When Lizard says Samurai Gorilla doesn't have an atomic sword, Gorilla remarks "He does when I draw him!"
  • "Double, Double" Title: The title is "Gorilla", said twice.
  • Enemy Mine: Gorilla Gorilla and Lizard Lizard have these moments sometimes, notably in "The Showdown" and "Banana Splits".
  • The Enemy of My Enemy: In "The Showdown", Lizard Lizard destroys the alien mothership as Gorilla Gorilla prepares to destroy it and just walks away without a fight.
  • Fandom-Enraging Misconception: In-universe. Lizard gets really upset when Gorilla's drawing of Samurai Gorilla is bigger than his drawing of Lobster Lizard when the two aren't that bigger than each other in their respective comics.
  • Fantastic Racism: In one comic, Gorilla and Lizard go to a movie theater, and Lizard is thrown out due to a "No Talking Lizards" rule.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Lizard
  • Hating on Monday: In one comic, Gorilla wants to sit back and watch a Monday monster movie marathon, but keeps having to go out to fight Lizard Lizard, the Evil Aliens, a floating shark, and a tornado, tiring him out. At the end of the comic, the president holds a party in Gorilla Gorilla's honor, but Gorilla is too tired to answer the president's call telling him about it.
  • Horrible Camping Trip: Averted in the comic where Gorilla and Lizard go camping. They actually have a good time, but Lizard doesn't enjoy carrying the heavy backpack or getting up at the crack of dawn to go fishing.
  • Hulking Out: Lizard when he gets mad.
  • Humongous Mecha: Mega-Rilla, a giant gorilla robot controlled by aliens.
  • King Kong Copy: Gorilla becomes this when he turns into "Gorilla Gorilla".
  • Living with the Villain: This trope, plus Dramatic Irony and parodied Clark Kenting, is the basis of the series. Although Lizard is only sort of a villain.
  • Legion of Doom: The Aliens form a team of Gorilla Gorilla's past enemies to destroy him and Take Over the World. Except none of the others want to rule the world, they just want to beat up Gorilla Gorilla.
  • Lovable Lizard: Lizard is this, unless he's angry.
  • Mind Control: The Aliens use this on The Baboon to get him to help them conquer Dimension Ape.
  • New Job Episode: In one comic, Lizard wants to buy a comic book, but has no money. Gorilla suggests he get a job. Lizard has several Imagine Spots of possible jobs, all of which end in him losing his temper and turning into Lizard Lizard. At the end of the comic, he gets a job at a car dealership as a "monster balloon".
  • Not Zilla: Lizard Lizard is this.
  • Origins Episode: This comic.
  • Repetitive Name: Both Gorilla Gorilla and Lizard Lizard.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Gorilla and Lizard.
  • Say My Name: One comic has Gorilla adopt a puppy named "R.B." note  who turns small and violent if he hears the name on his tag, "Ringo Bingo". Of course, Lizard is the only one to ever say it.
  • Serial Escalation: One comic has Gorilla and Lizard drawing comics. This quickly degrades into a huge drawing fight when Gorilla's drawing is bigger than Lizard's.
  • Shout-Out: The entire premise is a shout-out to King Kong vs. Godzilla.
  • Stock Ness Monster: Its name is Nessie.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Lizard's is the Monstrous "Lizard Lizard".
  • Take Over the World: The Evil Aliens' goal.
  • Threatening Shark: Gorilla Gorilla fights a shark in one comic. It can float, too.
  • Time Travel Episode: One comic has Gorilla Gorilla, Lizard Lizard, and the aliens travel back to the age of the dinosaurs, where Gorilla Gorilla fights a tar monster.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Gorilla and bananas, obviously.
  • Translation Convention: Every time the Aliens speak, there is a footnote reading "Translated from Evil Alien language".
  • Un Sound Effect: All over the place.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Lizard works at a car dealership, and uses his Lizard Lizard form as a "monster balloon" to attract customers.
  • Villain Team-Up: The four-part comic "The Showdown" has the aliens recruit several of Gorilla Gorilla's past enemies to defeat him once and for all.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry!: If Lizard gets too angry or too stressed, he turns into the giant Lizard Lizard.