The Gorilla Personality

Portrait of a Gorilla Personality

Scientific Name

Gorilla gorilla

Collective Term

A band of gorillas

Gorillas are strong, unpolished individuals with a gruff exterior that conceals their soft and chewy center. They are capable, happy-go-lucky individuals with a disarming naivete. Maybe a little hairy with a tattoo or two too, they are unpretentious and engaging creatures who brighten everyone's day with their enthusiastically warm greetings. They pay little attention to their physical condition and can even be a bit of a slob. With this tendency to be untidy, a gorilla isn't one to recycle or pick up after itself.

Gorillas are intelligent but not overly motivated. When young they avoid formal learning, and as an adult their intelligence manifests itself as street-smarts. They have the talent and problem-solving skills to be excellent mechanics, plumbers or repair people.

Their career, however, takes a backseat to the pursuit of recreational activity and they will rarely reach great heights in business. However, if they're lucky enough to find a job that incorporates fun and physical prowess - such as a personal trainer or professional wrestler - they can certainly rise to the top of their field.

Gorillas' appreciation for the good life puts them in good stead for careers in the service industry, including the hotel and restaurant businesses, and customers appreciate a gorilla's gruff but can-do attitude.

Gorillas are unmotivated by money, and they avoid strenuous physical exertion in favor of spending their leisure time at play. Drawn to social groups, the classic gorilla scene is a group of Hells Angels revving their bikes, mimicking a gorillalike chest pounding and roaring.

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Famous Gorilla Personalities

Hulk Hogan

The thing that defines gorilla personalities is their ability to be both gruff-looking, and socially amenable. This is why professional wrestler Hulk Hogan was able to make his mark as both a villain and a good-guy.

Mr. T

Mr. T's personality -- both on and offscreen -- was that of a blustery, well-muscled macho-man with a soft center. Nothing describes a gorilla personality better.

Careers & Hobbies

  • Mechanic

  • Plumber

  • Repairperson

  • Personal trainer

  • Food Industry

  • Service industry

  • Wrestling

  • Motorcycling

  • Watching TV

  • Sports fan

Best Mates for a Gorilla

All animal personalities relate to each other differently - some better than others! Here are the three best matches for a Gorilla.


Your kinda guy/gal


Nonstop fun


Voracious sex!


Always entertaining


One big happy family


Loving and exciting


A vigorous friendship


Never a dull moment


A love fest

Animal Matchmaker

Choose any two animal personalities from the lists below and see how they match up.