Kong's father

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Kong's father
Kong's father in Skull Island: The Birth of Kong
Kong's father in Kong: King of Skull Island
Alternate names Father KongSI:RoK
Species Giant ape
Relations Kong's mother (mate), King Kong (son)
Allies Kong's mother, King Kong
Enemies Deathrunners, Gaw, Skullcrawlers
First appearance Latest appearance
Kong: King of Skull Island Skull Island: The Birth of Kong

Kong's father is a monster first introduced in the 2005 novel Kong: King of Skull Island, and subsequently adapted into other stories featuring the character of King Kong. He and his mate are typically killed in Kong's backstory at the hands of a vicious predator, with Kong maturing and one day avenging his parents. In addition to his multiple appearances in stories based on Joe DeVito's Kong of Skull Island, the character of Kong's father most recently appeared as a skeleton in the 2017 film Kong: Skull Island, and alive in flashback scenes in the film's official tie-in comic Skull Island: The Birth of Kong.


Kong's father, like all members of the species, resembles a huge gorilla. In the Kong of Skull Island continuity, he lost an eye before Kong was old enough to remember it, and was heavily scarred from years of battle. In the Monsterverse, Kong's father had many human-like physical features, but possessed shorter legs and a more muscular neck than his son.


The father of the giant ape who would later become known as King Kong, he and his mate were believed to be the last living members of their species prior to the birth of their son.


Kong: King of Skull Island

Kong's parents were quite elderly when they were slaughtered by Gaw: a gigantic Deathrunner. When his juvenile son discovered his father's corpse, it was being eaten by a parent and child Meat-Eater, which Kong believed had killed him. The young Kong viciously attacked the Meat-Eater, but was easily defeated. This set Kong on a path to defeating Gaw and avenging his parents, and becoming the god to the Tagatu people of Skull Island.

King Kong (2005)

Kong kept a boneyard filled with the remains of his ancestors in his lair, in a form of mourning the relatives he had never known. The full skeleton lying farther away from the rest, nearest to Kong's sleeping perch, belonged to Kong's father.

Kong: Skull Island

The skeletal remains of Kong's father (right) in Kong: Skull Island

The skeletal remains of Kong's parents were present laying side-by-side in the giant graveyard that served as the lair of the Skullcrawlers, referred to by the Iwi as the "Valley of the Fallen Gods."

Skull Island: The Birth of Kong

After millions of years of struggle against the Skullcrawlers, Kong's parents were the only two members of the species left in existence, and were present when the Iwi people first arrived on Skull Island. At some point, Kong's mother became pregnant, but the Skullcrawler threat persisted, and she went in to labor while on the battlefield. She and her mate did their best to fend the devils off, and their son was delivered safely. Kong's mother then sealed the infant in a cave before she and his father succumbed to the Skullcrawlers, and Kong watched as they were slaughtered. After the battle, the young Kong emerges from the cave and knelt over the corpses of the parents he never knew, weeping. From that day onward, Kong fought to defend the other creatures inhabiting the island from the monsters that had slaughtered his parents, keeping the Skullcrawler population and growth in check and driving them deep underground.

Video games



  • Though the father of Kid Kong, a young kong presumed to be King Kong, is never explicitly referenced in Kong of Skull Island, a skeleton of a kong is visible inside the lair of his biological mother Ghost.


  1. The game's Skull Island map, based on the boneyard in Kong: Skull Island which contained the skeletons of Kong's parents, contains only one Kong skeleton, leaving its identity ambiguous.


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