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That's the Big One!
~ Hank Marlow

Skull Devil, also known as The Big One or Ramarak, is the main antagonist of the 2017 action/adventure film Kong: Skull Island, the second installment in Legendary's MonsterVerse, despite having little screen time. He is the alpha of the Skullcrawlers on Skull Island and Kong's primary adversary who is said to be responsible for slaughtering his kind on the island, leaving Kong as the only survivor.

His vocal sound effects were provided by Frank Welker, who also did the vocal sound effects of the Skullcrawlers in the same film.

Biography

Kong: Skull Island

Background

Despite being the main antagonist, Skull Devil's role is small as he doesn't appear throughout the entire movie until the climax, but is said to be responsible for the extinction of Kong's species as well as described to be the most terrifying, 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 his kind and Kong was incapacitated by Preston Packard, he let Skull Devil's presence be known by emerging out from the water. He heads quickly to Kong, who crushes Packard with his fist and then begins to fight against him 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 his 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 weapon to swing it against Skull Devil's face. Unfortunately, the giant Skullcrawler wraps his 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 his prey, he is distracted by Houston Brooks and Lin San with gunfire from Hank Marlow's boat armed with mounted guns.

Distracted, Skull Devil turns his attention to the boat until the guns cut off, leaving them defenseless to the Skullcrawler until Mason Weaver, stood atop a cliff, shoots him in the eye with a flare which then explodes, blinding Skull Devil and allowing Conrad to lure him 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 him. 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.

Death

However, Skull Devil is revealed to be still alive and attacks Kong once more. In the ensuing fight, Skull Devil uses his 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 Skullcrawler's tongue still around it, but also pulled out all of Skull Devil's organs, finally killing him and avenging Kong's kind.

Personality

Skull Devil had better self-control than the smaller Skullcrawlers. This was seen when he appeared only once Kong was subdued by Preston Packard. He also seems to have a hint of sadism, as he 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 he diverted his attention from Kong to James Conrad and Mason Weaver, implying that he acts not only from primal instinct, but some degree of malice and cruelty. Skull Devil also demonstrates some intelligence when he swats Earl Cole away with his tail before the grenades can detonate.

Powers and Abilities

  • Immense Strength: Skull Devil is known as the strongest of all the Skullcrawlers as he grappled and wrestled against Kong. He even threw Kong a considerable distance, despite the giant ape weighing 158 tons.
  • High Durability: Skull Devil's durability also topped that of his species, as he was fine after Kong smashed a boulder on top of his head, whacked him across the face with a fallen tree and sliced his throat open with a boat propeller.
  • High Intelligence: Skull Devil is smarter than the other Skullcrawlers as well, considering the fact that he swatted Earl Cole away when he tried to get Skull Devil to devour him while he was holding grenades that was about to detonate.
  • Prehensile Tail: Skull Devil's long prehensile tail was able to constrict unfortunate victims such as Kong.
  • Prehensile Tongue: Skull Devil had a long triple-forked prehensile tongue that he would use to grab and swallow his prey. However, it was connected to his internal organs, so if it were to be pulled out, his organs would be yanked out as well, as he would die within seconds.

Trivia

  • It is unknown if Skull Devil is the parent of the Skullcrawlers or if he is just the alpha and leader of the pack.

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