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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 (Notably, while Godzilla is more difficult to knock off due to his unorthodox and outdated Tyrannosaurus-inspired design combining features of several other dinosaurs, King Kong, aside from his size, mostly resembles a typical gorilla or ape and thus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 or a T-Rexpy) 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) while firing energy blasts from their mouth at everything in the general vicinity.
  • Kaiju Girl Caramelise: Raimu Kouno, aka "Rairi," is a Downplayed example. Underneath her makeup, she has an apelike face, and she has a tendency to act a bit apelike when her real face is exposed. She also did a "King Kong" Climb in middle school during her outburst against the classmates bullying her for her appearance. However, she's a normal human girl otherwise. In a bit of Irony, she also becomes close friends with Kuroe Akaishi, who can secretly turn into a Notzilla.
  • In Captain Celebrity's commercial for Narufest in My Hero Academia: Vigilantes, 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.

  • As well as painting official King Kong posters and the cover for the novelization to the 1976 movie, Frank Frazetta drew Queen Kong. A naked Giant Woman standing on a skyscraper holding a regular sized gorilla.

    Comic Books 
  • Superman fought a few;
    • Titano the Super-Ape is a recurring foe. 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.
    • He once fought a giant superpowered gorilla called King Krypton. Before dying KK turned humanoid and revealed he was a Kryptonian scientist who was turned into a gorilla and launched into space hoping cosmic radiation would cure him.
    • Superboy once fought a giant gorilla called Chandu who could use X-Ray Vision, heat vision and Kryptonite Eye Beams after drinking water that had been polluted by Kryptonite. Shoes defeats him by using a giant battery to drain the thunderclouds of their excess energy.
    • Superboy once had to rescue Lana Lang's parents after they were kidnapped by an African tribe and going to be fed to a giant ape called Kingorilla.
  • Obscure DC hero, Congo Bill had a magic ring that let him swap bodies with his giant golden ape, Congorilla.
  • Space Ape is basically is a giant gorilla who joined the Green Lantern Corps.
  • Klyde from Cavewoman is a genetically engineered 15-foot-tall gorilla who regularly wrestles with dinosaurs.
  • The defunct Disney Adventures had a comic called Gorilla Gorilla, about a gorilla called Gorilla Gorilla who would turn giant and fight a Not Zilla who he didn't realize was actually his roommate, Lizard Lizard.
  • ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Issue # 17 had a giant robot gorilla called King Gong.

    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 
  • Jaune Arc, Lord of Hunger: During the Breach, the Grimm horde attacking Vale are led by a gigantic Beringel referred to as a King Beringel. Like Kong, it has the title king and is introduced attacking a city.
  • 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 1961 British-American movie, Konga, involves a Mad Scientist who uses a growth serum that eventually turns an ordinary chimpanzee into a gargantuan gorilla-like monster that rampages through London in the climax. The film proudly wears its status as a knockoff right in the title, and the director even paid RKO Pictures twenty-five thousand dollars for the right to use the name.

  • Inverted in Moving Pictures, where the climax involves a Giant Woman climbing a tower while holding a screaming ape in her hand.
  • Johnny from Go, Mutants! had a human mother and a giant gorilla father. Here King Kong (1933) is A True Story in My Universe being based on Johnny's dad.
  • There was a parody novel called King Dong written by Edgar Rider Ragged.
  • Wild Cards has a rather literal example in Mr. Nobody, a shapeshifting ace who transformed into King Kong, got stuck in that form and forgot who he was, and spent decades escaping from a zoo and reenacting Kong's climb up the Empire State Building.

    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 explicitly called Skull Island, 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.
  • In the DuckTales (2017) episode "The Lost Cargo of Kit Cloudkicker", the Stone of What Was is an artifact on a tropical island that fuses regular creatures, turning the island into an Isle of Giant Horrors. One of them is a combination of a gorilla and a rhinoceros (essentially, a more monstrous, King Kong-like version of Rhinokey) that aggressively charges at Kit and the Ducks.
  • 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.
  • The Croods: A New Age: The film's Big Bad is a Kaiju-sized ape (part mandrill, part gorilla, part echidna) named Spiny Mandrilla. The Betterman family hide behind a wooden wall from him, just like the Skull Island natives do from Kong. The local tribe of Punch-Monkeys appease him with sacrifices (primarily bananas), but when Grug eats the bananas intended as sacrifice, the Punch-Monkeys kidnap him along with Phil and Guy and give them to the Mandrilla as Human Sacrifice. Finally, the Mandrilla also suffers a Disney Villain Death, falling into a chasm to his doom.


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