Icarus Tigris is a tiger monster profiled in "Skull Island: Archives," a featurette included on home video releases of the 2017 Legendary Pictures film Kong: Skull Island. It is also seemingly alluded to in Kong: Skull Island - The Official Movie Novelization. Like the Death Jackal, Psychovulture, Sirenjaw, Magma Turtle, Swamp Locust, and Vinestrangler, Icarus Tigris was created for the film but ultimately cut. Icarus Tigris was the only one of these creatures not to be featured in the film's tie-in comic series Skull Island: The Birth of Kong, although it will appear in Kingdom Kong, due for release in 2021.
In a bio for the creature included in the Chinese marketing for Kong: Skull Island, it is given the English species name Icarus Tigris. Its Chinese name, 圣虎 (Shèng Hǔ), roughly translates to "Holy Tiger." It is referred to as simply Tiger Creature in some concept art.
Icarus Tigris resembles an abnormally large Bengal tiger or white tiger. Some depictions have antlers, while others have curved, elongated teeth. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts cited the video game Okami as an influence on its design.
In the book The Art and Making of Kong: Skull Island, writer John Gatins describes the planned scene involving Icarus Tigris:
[The characters] had landed on the island and spent the night on the beach before they traveled inland. They sit around and drink beer by a fire and sing sailor shanties. I just loved it, but it was a bit kind of tangential to having to get to the meat of the matter. In the morning after this raucous night, two saber-toothed tigers come out of the jungle and sniff around the camp. Someone says, "Don't shoot and they'll go away," but the guy takes the shot and kills one. They were a pair, a male and a female, and the other one just goes nuts. It kills the guy who took the shot. It's like the inciting incident of a war, a kind of harbinger; you're in a place you don't know, and now you've awakened more than you know. It was the first indication that we're not in a normal place. There's no such thing as a saber-toothed tiger and it's enormous.
In Kong: Skull Island - The Official Movie Novelization, Conrad observes the tracks of a feline he estimates to be at least one-and-a-half meters long, although the creature itself is never seen.
- Kingdom Kong (2021)
- Giant saber-toothed tigers also appeared in the The King Kong Show segment "Tiger Tiger."
- Icarus Tigris's genus name is the same of that of the Leafwing, Icarus folium.
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