Spirit Tiger

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Spirit Tiger
A Spirit Tiger in Kingdom Kong
Alternate names Icarus Tigris, Holy Tiger, Tiger Creature, Majesty of the Winds
Species Tigris Spiritus
Length 15 feet[a]
Footprint length ~1.5 meters
Enemies King Kong
First appearance Latest appearance
Kong and Me Kingdom Kong

The Spirit Tiger is a tiger monster which appears in the 2021 Legendary graphic novel Kingdom Kong and the picture book Kong and Me. The creature was also profiled in "Skull Island: Archives," a featurette included on home video releases of the 2017 Legendary Pictures film Kong: Skull Island, and seemingly alluded to in Kong: Skull Island - The Official Movie Novelization. Like the Death Jackal, Psychovulture, Sirenjaw, Magma Turtle, Swamp Locust, and Vinestrangler, the Spirit Tiger was created for the film but ultimately cut; it was, however, the only one of these creatures not to be featured in the film's tie-in comic series Skull Island: The Birth of Kong.

Name

In a bio for the creature included in the Chinese marketing for Kong: Skull Island, the Spirit Tiger was 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.

The comic Kingdom Kong finally revealed the creature's English name, Spirit Tiger, and retconned its cryptozoological classification to "Tigris Spiritus."

Development

In the book The Art and Making of Kong: Skull Island, writer John Gatins describes the planned scene for Kong: Skull Island involving the Spirit Tiger:

[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.

Design

The Spirit Tiger resembles an abnormally large Bengal tiger or white tiger with antlers. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts cited the video game Okami as an influence on its design.[1]

Books

Kong: Skull Island - The Official Movie Novelization

Conrad observed the tracks of a feline, estimating them to be at least one-and-a-half meters long, although the creature itself was never seen.

Kong and Me

The Spirit Tiger lounged in a field of flowers with Jia and Kong as they watched a swarm of blue butterflies.

Comics

Kingdom Kong

While Wallace and Cooper were on watch, they noticed a Spirit Tiger moving in the distance. As they prepared to head back to base, they noticed the Spirit Tiger had disappeared, only for it to reappear and kill Cooper. The tiger chased Wallace down, but before it could devour him, it was grabbed by Kong who snapped its neck and tossed it aside.

Gallery

Concept art

Kong: Skull Island

Trivia

  • Giant saber-toothed tigers also appeared in the The King Kong Show segment "Tiger Tiger."
  • The Spirit Tiger's initial genus name, Icarus, is shared with the Leafwing: Icarus folium.

Notes

  1. The Chinese Monarch profile for the Spirit Tiger instead listed its length as 14 feet.

References

This is a list of references for Spirit Tiger. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

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