King Kong Defeated Godzilla

Updated on May 1, 2016

The Most Epic of All Battles

The Truth Hurts

As a young boy, I rewound the vhs over and over hoping that the ending would be different. After seeing Godzilla vanish into the ocean and Kong swimming away with a triumphant roar, it was clear to me that the ending was not going to change. King Kong defeated Godzilla. After seeing many other epic Godzilla battles growing up, I felt that defeating this overgrown monkey would be a piece of cake. He had previously defeated alien cyborgs, three-headed dragons, and even a cybernetic replica of himself before taking on this clown. How could it be that an ape that only possessed a made-up power, whose sole purpose was to give him a fighting chance in this match-up, could defeat the King of the Monsters. It's taken many years, but I am finally at peace with it.

The Japanese version

You may have heard that the Japanese version had a different ending. Some will claim that Godzilla won in that version, while others claim that it was a clear draw. Regardless of which claim you have heard, understand that the ending is exactly the same, except you hear both monsters roar at the conclusion of the film, opposed to just King Kong's. To many fans' dismay, the ending is still the same and King Kong is the winner.

Can King Kong Defeat Godzilla?

King Kong could never beat Godzilla. Throughout the film it was made obvious that in a realistic showdown between the two monsters, Kong would stand no chance. At the onset of their first showdown, Godzilla breathes fire at Kong, narrowly missing him, and Kong retreats.

In their second battle, a different scenario gives Kong a fighting chance. He is airlifted and dropped on Godzilla, locking them into close-quarters battle. In this instance, King Kong had a much better chance of winning but Godzilla's immense stature eventually overcame him. King Kong is knocked out and then supercharged by lightning strikes which propeled him to victory.

The plot element that allowed King Kong to win was both clever and incredibly cheesy. Nonetheless, if you like a good giant monster death match, you will not be disappointed by the action that ensued between these two colossal titans. It is truly one of the most brutal and realistic (barring the special effects) giant monster battles ever. Despite Kong's victory, his franchise would wane thin while Godzilla's portfolio expanded.

It's All Good

The Good Guys Always Win

The disappointment among Godzilla fans doesn't really blossom from the reality that Godzilla should have won this battle. Most Godzilla fans were introduced to the franchise through the films in which he was the good guy. They may have enjoyed the antics of Big G trouncing evil Ghidorah, drop-kicking Megalon, or ripping the head off of Mechagodzilla (all of which are far superior opponents compared to King Kong). Watching him be defeated by King Kong was like watching Lex Luthor defeat Superman. It's something that is just not supposed to happen.

Alas, Godzilla found his big screen roots as a bad guy. Gojira portrayed him as an absolutely dastardly character whose sole desire was to punish mankind. In Godzilla Raids Again, he caused nearly an equal amount of destruction and death after duking it out with Anguirus. King Kong vs. Godzilla was the third movie in the series and up until that point it was experiencing great success with Godzilla as the bad guy.

Up until that point, King Kong was a tragic misunderstood giant ape. He was taken away from his home to be put on display for the entertainment of the general public. This was the same premise that undergirded King Kong vs Godzilla, although it rebooted Kong for the sake of making him bigger. Regardless of his incredible strength, greater intellectual capabilities, and upgraded size he still stood no chance in beating Godzilla. But that's just it. He was the underdog. It would have been nothing of a surprise to watch Godzilla roast Kong for an hour and a half. To have the giant ape walk off triumphant was a welcomed twist. Back then Godzilla's defeat would have been a great way to end the movie.

Who Will Win?

In the 2020 rematch between the titans the landscape is completely different. Godzilla (2014) has introduced an incarnation of the monster that is sympathetic in some ways toward mankind. He is a good guy. Kong's Skull Island has yet to have been released. There is no telling what sort of character to expect in the new King Kong. Odds are the bout will end in a clear draw. The two monsters will be interrupted mid-battle and have to team up to defeat a common foe. That, at least, seems most likely.

Embrace Kong's Victory

King Kong's victory in 1962 brought the popularity of Godzilla to new heights. Toho began making Godzilla films like McDonald's makes hot cakes and were able to market them to an enthusiastic American audience. Within the span of two more movies Godzilla made the transition from villain to hero as Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster was introduced to the world. Kong's victory was short-lived as he only appeared in one more Toho film and would endure a terrible remake accompanied by an even worse sequel in the '70s.

Embrace Kong's victory. It made both monsters iconic and made a rematch something that fans on both sides have longed to witness. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for both monster kings.

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      Moral Man 

      2 months ago

      King Kong vs Godzilla from 1962 has its strengths and weaknesses as a movie. Both Kong and Godzilla are played primarily by men in monster costumes and by puppets, while the octopus scene on Carouse island was done by using real live octopus and by a fake plastic octopus. The Kong suit is shoddy and shabby, and the Godzilla suit for this movie is well done. Both monsters are more or less evil and destructive in this movie, although the human actors are cheering for Kong near the end of the movie. In both US and American versions, King Kong is the winner. I can only speculate why the film makers had Kong win. Yes, King Kong is immensely powerful but can he really survive Godzilla's claws, teeth, tail, and radioactive breath?

      Other reasons why Kong won is because in 1962 King Kong was more popular than Godzilla when this movie was made. Toho paid a great deal of money to make a King Kong movie, so its behooving to have Kong win. Originally, Willis O Brien's King Kong vs Frankenstein was going to be made but no one was interested in making it. It was decided to substitute Frankenstein's monster with King Kong.

      While the original 1933 King Kong was 18 feet to 24 feet tall, the original Godzilla was 164 feet tall. The original Kong is no match for Godzilla, so the film makers had to even the odds by having Kong grow to 148 feet tall and gave him the ability to thrive on electricity and lightning, while lightning in this movie repels Godzilla. A bigger stronger Kong and a less powerful Godzilla was the result. Godzilla was not at his strongest in this movie. In later movies from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 2000s, Godzilla would become way more powerful. Look how insanely overpowered Godzilla is in Godzilla Final Wars in 2004. The 2004 Godzilla is powerful beyond imagining and could make short work of Kong.

      King Kong in this movie shows his immense strength by lifting and throwing hundred ton boulders as if they were basketballs, derailing a speeding train with one hand, plucking a tree, and lifting Godzilla. Actor Shoichi Solomon Hirose wore lthe Kong suit and actor Haruo Nakajima wore the Godzilla suit, which weighs about 100 pounds. In the scene where Kong shoulder throws Godzilla, Shoichi Hirose lifted Haruo Nakajima inside the Godzilla suit! That's a combined weight of 250 to 300 pounds. That's one strong dude. The scene where Kong stops a speeding train with one hand is most impressive. It takes unimaginable power to stop a speeding train.

      The remake to King Kong vs Godzilla in 2020 is interesting. Whichever monster wins, there's going to be disappointed fans. If Godzilla wins then Kong fans will be disappointed, and if Kong wins, then Godzilla fans will be disappointed. If its a draw with no clear cut winner, there's going to be disappointment. Here's what I suggest. Why not finally have two separate endings to this remake? In other words, finally make the myth of the two separate endings come true. Have Kong win in one version and have Godzilla win in the other version. I also think its a wonderful idea for both Godzilla and Kong to unite after they fight and have them team up against a greater threat such as Destroyah. I would like to see the Godzilla series turn Godzilla into earth's defender as he was in the 70s movies but without the silliness of the 70s movies. They should make Godzilla similar to Gamera and similar to movies such as Gamera Guardian of the Universe.

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      Jeremy Gill 

      9 months ago from Louisiana

      I honestly enjoy both monsters, and I didn't mind Kong winning. Us Godzilla fans can always revel in the knowledge that Godzilla was stronger by default, even after Kong was scaled up in size for the movie. Like you say, Kong only won through a cheesy power-up.

      I like Kong, I like Godzilla, I like the ending. It let Kong prevail but gave Godzilla fans room to argue their case, and I eagerly await the 2020 clash between the two.

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      King Kong hater 

      13 months ago

      I'll never celebrate Kong's victory because of what he did to reptiles, especially my favorite one: Tyrannosaurus. Due to what he did, I developed a hatred of him, which made me favor reptiles over mammals and animals over humans. And so, I wish that every reptile and non-humanoid animal Kong antagonized to kill him brutally.

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