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The Gorilla Personality

Portrait of a Gorilla Personality

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.

The Gorilla's Intentions can be Deceiving

Even with the gorilla's warmly gruff exterior there remains an underlying sense of menace that permeates its personality. It's certainly built for physical confrontation but it's difficult to imagine a gorilla actually inflicting bodily harm. However, when the gorilla or its family is threatened, a transgressor will quickly realizes its mistake. With body hair standing on end and large frame at full height, the gorilla will never back down from a fight. In a child-custody battle it's better to negotiate an up-front peace with a gorilla rather than endure a prolonged and bloody battle.

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.

The Gorilla's Work Life

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 gorilla-like chest pounding and roaring.

Gorillas in the Wild

Gorillas are the largest of the great apes, weighing up to six hundred pounds. Living in troops consisting of a single adult male and several females, gorillas do not defend a particular territory. When two troops do mingle, they generally ignore one another, and fighting between groups is rare.

With the exception of man, gorillas have no natural enemies , although leopards have been known to take the occasional youngster. Probably as intelligent as chimpanzees, gorillas are less volatile in their emotional makeup, belying their savage reputation.

Careers & Hobbies

Personal trainer
Food Industry
Service industry
Watching TV
Sports fan

Love & Friendship

A monogamous relationship suits the gorilla's style. They happily honor their mates with their fidelity and cooking, in return for great backrubs and the occasional haircut.

Gorillas are well suited to those animal personalities that complement their laid back lifestyles. In fact, the entire canine family, which includes dogs, foxes, wolves, and wild dogs particularly appreciate their strong amiable spirit.

An unlikely union with the cottontail proves to be quite enduring. The cute fluffy personality of the rabbit is enveloped by the gorilla's personality, while the bunny reciprocates with adoration and affection.

But the bird personalities are particularly vexing to this gentle soul. Their raucous goings-on irritate and annoy the gorilla that is far too earth-bound to accept their fickle ways.

Sometimes gorillas find themselves in relationships that are way over their heads -- and a heartbroken gorilla is a pitiful sight. By avoiding unions with the snooty sable, standoffish swan or dangerous lion, the gorilla will spare itself the despair that comes from utter rejection. But gorillas are a hardy species and a failed relationship is soon forgotten as they bounce right back into the dating scene. Their high-spirited fellow primate, the baboon, is a natural balm for those tough times and these two love nothing more than hanging out while exchanging gossip and massages.

Best Mates 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

Use the Animal Matchmaker to see how the Gorilla gets along with any other animal personality (including itself). Choose one from the list below and click "Make a match".

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Famous Gorilla Personalities

Hulk Hogan

Portrait of 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

Portrait of 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.