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Some can consider King Kong one of the most famous and enduring movie monsters ever to be put to screen. "The 8th Wonder of the World" he was called since his 1933 debut. He has appeared in things from sequels to remakes, spin-offs, animated spin-offs, comic books and video-games. Thus, copyright-dodging spoofs trying to ape him are just as likely to exist. (Notably, while Godzilla is more difficult to knock off due to his unique design combining features of several real-life dinosaurs, King Kong, aside from his size, exactly resembles a typical gorilla and thus is more difficult to copyright as a trademarked character.)

A King Kong Copy will almost always either be an ape, a giant creature or both. They often live on an Isle of Giant Horrors, where they are worshipped like gods by primitive peoples, being offered a nubile young woman, usually as a sacrifice to them. A "King Kong" Climb is almost inevitable, followed by a long drop to their death after being shot at by fighter-pilots. Primal Chest-Pound may also be used. A Behemoth Battle with another giant monster (such as a Notzilla) is optional.


Many King Kong Copies have names that sound vaguely like "Kong", including variants of "Congo", "Conga", "Ping Pong", etc.

Compare with the other Captain Ersatz/Expy Stock Parodies like Notzilla and Monkey King Lite.

Not to be confused with King Koopa Copy. That's the one that kidnaps princesses and breathes fire.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • The Oozaru (the Great Ape in some English Dubs) from Dragon Ball seem to be inspired by King Kong, but are different from other examples in many respect. They are Saiyans, a savage Human Alien race that conquered planets, who can transform into giant primates (resembling a cross between a gorilla and a baboon) under the light of a full moon in a werewolf-like manner. The transformation stops and they come back to normal when the moon hides or disappears (temporarily), or if the monkey tail of a Saiyan is cut (meant to be permanent, but there's been instances of the tail growing back under the light of a subsequent full moon). A Saiyan who doesn't know how to control the form (as was the case for Goku in the original Dragon Ball and Gohan in Dragon Ball Z) is likely to do the stereotypical gorilla chest-pounding, despite the Oozaru technically being a monkey.
  • In Captain Celebrity's commercial for Narufest in Vigilante: My Hero Academia Illegals, he is seen beating a villain who's "a giant gorilla with, let's say, an air of royalty about him" climbing the Tokyo Tower.
  • The Pokémon episode "Slaking Kong" features a gigantic Slaking (a pokémon resembling a cross between a sloth and a gorilla) living behind a massive wooden wall. It is ultimately revealed to be a Humongous Mecha built by Team Rocket.

    Comic Books 
  • Titano the Super-Ape, a recurring foe of Superman, in the Pre-Crisis version, is an ape of gigantic size with kryptonite Eye Beams which forces Superman to deal with him carefully. His species (i.e. gorilla or chimpanzee) and origin story varies from comic to comic. On one comic book cover, he's climbing the Daily Planet tower.
  • Klyde from Cavewoman is a genetically engineered 15-foot-tall gorilla who regularly wrestles with dinosaurs.
  • Space Ape is basically King Kong as a Green Lantern.

    Comic Strips 
  • One The Far Side strip has a bunch of insects lining a wooden palisade and a single butterfly chained between posts outside, screaming with horror at the approaching giant butterfly collector.

    Fan Works 
  • In the Steven Universe fanfic series A Pink Planet, an experimental gem-organic hybrid (or "geminal") attacks the Treetop Palace in India right around the time when Steven is visiting there. While safely held-up in the guardhouse, Steven amusingly names it "Queen Kang", the geminal itself being monkey-like and reaching massive proportions uncommon in geminal experiments.

    Film - Live Action 
  • Mighty Joe Young is a giant gorilla much friendlier than Kong who is tamed by a woman named Jill Young. Similarly to Kong, Joe is taken to the city and exhibited to the public, where he escapes and goes on a rampage. The same effects man who worked on Kong, Willis O'Brien, also worked on this film (alongside his protege, Ray Harryhausen).
  • Rampage (2018), adapted from the video game of the same name, stars a giant gorilla named George along with two other Kaiju. In this version, George gets some Adaptational Heroism, is a friendly zoo animal that is turned gigantic and aggressive by a serum, and has white fur to look distinct from King Kong.
  • In the 1970s, a number of imitators attempted to capitalize on the success of King Kong (1976), featuring a giant rampaging ape of some sort:
    • The 1976 British parody, Queen Kong, has a Gender Flipped cast, including the eponymous female ape.
    • The 1976 South Korean film A*P*E features a giant gorilla that is best remembered for Flipping the Bird at the helicopters trying to shoot it.
    • The 1977 Hong Kong filmnote  Mighty Peking Man features a giant yeti named Utam, who raised a Fur Bikini-clad blonde woman named Samantha.


    Live-Action TV 
  • In one Sesame Street skit, a large primate is invading a city and the skit talks about various physical sensations (hunger, thirst, being too hot, and having to pee) and shows how the primate deals with them (eating a store that's Shaped Like What It Sells, namely burgers, drinking from the fire hydrant, using a plane's propeller to cool down, and using a giant toilet respectively).

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    Western Animation 
  • The very first example is the Walter Lantz cartoon "King Klunk", released only six months after the original King Kong. In this cartoon, Pooch the Pup and his girlfriend Coonhound go on an expedition to film the giant Killer Gorilla King Klunk. From that point, the short follows all the most important beats of the original film: a Human Sacrifice by a tribe of Hollywood Natives, a Behemoth Battle against a dinosaur, Klunk getting captured and taken to the USA, and a dogfight climax on top of a skyscraper - all of them peppered with over-the-top cartoon gags.
  • The Mickey Mouse cartoon "The Pet Shop", released about seven months after Kong, features Beppo, the Movie Monknote , a movie-loving gorilla who breaks out of his cage, kidnaps Minnie and takes her to the top of a bird seed display in order to imitate his favorite screen idol.
  • Honky Kong from the Black Dynamite episode "'Honky Kong!' or 'White Apes Can't Hump'" is a giant albino gorilla that winds up in the possession of drug-dealers Rallo and Rallo and used as an act in the circus. He takes one look at Honey Bee and winds up falling for her, kidnapping her and taking her back to the island he was captured from.
  • A few episodes of Rugrats feature Thorg, a giant purple ape that acts as King Kong Expy counterpart to their mainstay Notzilla Reptar.
  • Miraculous Ladybug: The Monster of the Week in the episode "Gorizilla". Adrien's bodyguard The Gorillanote  is turned into a giant blue gorilla with super smell who is determined to find Adrien.
  • The Simpsons: The middle segment of "Treehouse of Horror III" is "King Homer," a parody of the original 1933 film with the giant ape possessing Homer's head shape and lazy personality.
  • Thundarr the Barbarian encounters Simius and his fellow man-apes as they unearth various pieces of a Giant Mecha termed "the Mighty One." Despite efforts by Thundarr and his party to allay them, the man-apes succeed in reassembling a giant robot primate and use it as a weapon against the dwarf villagers. The locale is suggestive of old Hollywood, including derelict soundstages, meaning the man-apes have rebuilt an actual movie prop King Kong.
  • The Powerpuff Girls Movie has Mojo Jojo ripping off King Kong after loading himself with Chemical X. Not only does he mutate into an enormous ape, but he also gains several abilities fitting that of a Kaiju, like fire breathing.
  • An episode of Nelvana's Babar animated series is about the elephant king and his friends getting shipwrecked on an Isle of Giant Horrors, inhabited by a giant gorilla named Conga the Terrible.
  • The Great Grape Ape is a friendly, purple giant gorilla. People are terrified of him anyway.
  • The Beetlejuice episode "Beauty and the Beetle" featured Thing Thong, a giant Neitherworld ape (so named because he wears thongs—the footwear like sandals) who takes Lydia captive because he thinks she's beautiful, and he's self-conscious about his own appearance. Lydia helps Thing Thong overcome his neurosis.
  • The DuckTales (1987) episode "The Ducky Horror Picture Show" featured a Monster Mash including a giant gorilla named Ping Pong who carries a giant paddleball. The ape climbs Scrooge's Money Bin with Mrs. Beakley in his hand.
  • The Darkwing Duck episode "Film Flam" has an in-universe movie called "Son of Kongo" (a clear reference to The Son of Kong), starring a giant gorilla, which is brought into the real world by the supervillain Tuskernini.
  • Scooby-Doo! and the Reluctant Werewolf has one of the most bizarre examples: Genghis Kong, who is a mash-up between a giant orangutan and Genghis Khan.
  • In the Primal (2019) episode "Rage of the Ape-Men", the eponymous ape-men hold a tournament where large Killer Gorilla warriors fight each other to death. Their champion becomes an example of this trope after earning the right to drink from a potion that increases his size, strength and bloodlust, and engaging in a battle with the Tyrannosaurus rex Fang.


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