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Skull Island Tiger
Icarus tigris
Abilities and Weapons:
teeth, senses, speed
Skull Island
First Appearance:
film Kong: Skull Island (originally intended)


Skull Island Tiger, also known as Icarus tigris or Holy tiger, is a species of tiger that is found on Skull Island. The animal is originally intended to appear in the movie "Kong: Skull Island".

Icarus tigris resembles an abnormally large Bengal tiger or white tiger. Some depictions have antlers, while others have curved, elongated teeth. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts cites the video game Okami as an influence on its design.

In a bio for the creature included in the Chinese marketing for "Kong: Skull Island", it is given the English species name Icarus tigris. Its Chinese name roughly translates to Holy tiger.


Kong: Skull Island[]

  • In the book "The Art and Making of Kong: Skull Island", writer John Gatins describes the planned scene involving the Icarus tigris: "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 sign 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."