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That's the Big One!
~ Hank Marlow

Skull Devil, also known as Ramarak or The Big One, is the main antagonist of the 2017 action/adventure film Kong: Skull Island and a posthumous cameo antagonist of the 2021 film Godzilla vs Kong.

She is the tyrannical alpha of the Skullcrawlers and the arch-nemesis of Kong. She has terrorized Skull Island for thousands of years and is also the one responsible for the mass extinction of Kong's race and his parents, leaving Kong as the sole survivor in the first place.

Biography

Background

Despite being the main antagonist, Skull Devil's role is small as she doesn't appear throughout the entire movie until the climax, but is said to be responsible for slaughtering Kong's species and his parents in the past, making her the most terrifying and feared creature on Skull Island.

Fighting Kong and his Allies

After Skull Devil was awakened due to seismic explosives being dropped onto Skull Island along with the rest of her kind and Kong was incapacitated by Preston Packard, she let Skull Devil's presence be known by emerging out from the water. She heads quickly to Kong, who crushes Packard with his fist and then begins to fight against her while James Conrad and the others escape. Skull Devil injures and subdues Kong before he pursues the survivors, who are running towards the waiting boat just as dawn approaches.

Skull Devil soon catches up to the group, but Earl Cole stays to sacrifice himself by blowing himself and Skull Devil up with grenades strapped to him. However, Skull Devil sees this and whips Cole away with her tail into the side of a mountain which causes the grenades to explode, killing him. Before Skull Devil can proceed to kill the survivors, it was revealed that Cole's sacrifice had given enough time for Kong to appear and smash a large boulder over Skull Devil's head, allowing the survivors to escape while the two monsters begin their epic battle. During the fight, Kong picks up a large tree and uses it as a club to swing it against Skull Devil's face. Barely fazed by the hit, Skull Devil wraps her tail around Kong and throws the giant ape onto a wrecked ship where Kong becomes entangled in heavy chains of the ship itself. Before Skull Devil can kill her prey, she is distracted by Houston Brooks and Lin San with gunfire from Hank Marlow's boat armed with mounted guns.

Distracted, Skull Devil turns her attention to the boat until the guns cut off, leaving them defenseless to the Skullcrawler until Mason Weaver, stood atop a cliff, shoots her in the eye with a flare which then explodes, blinding Skull Devil and allowing Conrad to lure her away from Brooks and San on the boat. This distraction gives Kong enough time to free himself and uses a propeller attached to a chain like a flail to land a vicious blow on Skull Devil's back. He then uses the chain to drag the Skullcrawler toward him, pulls the propeller out and uses it as a shuriken to slice Skull Devil's throat open, apparently killing her.

However, Weaver was knocked off the cliff during the battle and had caused her to fall into the water below, but Kong manages to save her from drowning. However, Skull Devil is revealed to be still alive and attacks Kong once more. In the ensuing fight, Skull Devil uses her prehensile tongue to wrap around Kong's fist in order to devour Weaver. As Skull Devil pulls her and Kong's hand into his mouth, Kong uses all of his strength to pull his fist out with Skull Devil's tongue still around it, but also pulled out all of the Skullcrawler's organs, finally killing her and thus avenging both Kong's kind and his parents in the process.

Personality

As the alpha of the Skullcrawlers, Skull Devil had better self-control than the smaller individuals. This was seen when she appeared only once Kong was subdued and incapacitated by Preston Packard. She also seems to have a hint of sadism, as she licks Kong's face maliciously after he has been tangled up in a shipwreck's rudder chain during their battle. Skull Devil was also shown to have a deep desire of killing and eating humans, which was shown several times when she diverted her attention from Kong to James Conrad and Mason Weaver, implying that she acts not only from primal instinct, but some degree of malice and cruelty. Skull Devil also demonstrates some intelligence when she swats Earl Cole away with his tail before the grenades can detonate. She is also vicious, savage, callous, venomous, and malevolent.

Appearance

Skull Devil has the same appearance like her species, except she is much larger since he is almost the same size as Kong. Her head is more defined, larger and somewhat angled while her tail is armed with the form of a club or fin. Unlike the other Skullcrawlers, she has distinct bone-like spikes protruding from her elbows.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

  • Titan Skullcrawler Physiology: As a Titan Skullcrawler, Skull Devil is incredibly powerful, possessing several physical and supernatural attributes.
    • Advanced Strength: Skull Devil is strong enough to send Earl Cole flying a good distance with a tail slap, grapple and wrestle against Kong and also pull his hand into her mouth with her tongue. She even threw Kong a considerable distance, despite the ape weighing 158 tons.
    • Advanced Durability: Skull Devil is capable of withstanding a boulder smashed on top of her head by Kong, getting whacked across the face with a fallen tree and even having her throat sliced open with a boat propeller.
    • Advanced Speed and Agility: Skull Devil is fast and agile enough to dodge and counter most of Kong's strikes.
    • Advanced Stamina: Skull Devil's stamina is shown to be high, never needing to stop or even slow down during her battle with Kong.

Abilities

  • High-level Intellect/Leader: Skull Devil was the most intelligent of the Skullcrawlers, considering the fact that she swatted Cole away when he tried to get Skull Devil to devour him while he was holding grenades that was about to detonate. As the alpha Skullcrawler, Skull Devil was a very capable leader.
  • Prehensile Tail: Skull Devil's long prehensile tail can be used as a formidable weapon or even used in a snake-like manner to hold opponents such as Kong in her grasp.
  • Prehensile Tongue: Just like the other Skullcrawlers, Skull Devil possesses a long triple-forked prehensile tongue that she could use to grab and swallow prey whole.

Weaknesses

  • Limited Durability: Although Skull Devil is an incredibly powerful fighter, she does have her limits as her tongue is connected to her internal organs, so if it were to be pulled out, her organs would be yanked out as well, as she would die within seconds. Her eyes are also vulnerable, seen when one of them was shot out after Mason Weaver fired a flare gun at it.

Trivia

  • Since after her death at the hands of Kong, it can be assumed that Skull Devil might be the only adult Skullcrawler in the film as there are no sightings of any other adult individuals anywhere on Skull Island until it was proof wrong when Number 10 made a appearance in Godzilla Vs Kong.
  • It is unknown if Skull Devil is the parent of the Skullcrawlers or if she is just the alpha of the pack but In the Behind the Magic: Kong Skull Island, Skull Devil was revealed to be a female and the mother of the smaller Skullcrawlers.

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