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Why do people think gorillas are so strong?

I recently asked this question, and I feel as if many people misunderstood it. So let me attempt to clarify:

Gorillas are no doubt very powerful animals, but when it comes to the general public, most people think they have unequivocal, supernatural strength.

When asked at my office which creature would win in a fight, a lion or a gorilla, almost everyone answered gorilla and with certainty. Even if a gorilla COULD kill a lion, it most certainly wouldn't be easy.

Here were some people's explanations, "The gorilla could snap the lions back in two", "The gorilla would pick up a rock and crush it's skull", "The gorilla would hold the lion down and rip open its jaw". NONE OF THESE THINGS ARE PLAUSIBLE, yet people wholeheartedly believe them.

There's also a very common saying that goes, "800-pound gorilla". The biggest silverbacks will rarely push over 400 pounds. An 800 pound gorilla is just not physically true, yet people believe it.

Where does this false idea of gorillas come from?

Cause they are really strong!!?

Gorillas are punk *** $&"" I bet you could beat one in a fight, I say go for it

"most people think they have unequivocal, supernatural strength"

No. They. Don't.

Saying it again over and over again doesn't make it true, and doesn't count as evidence.

If you compare gorillas to humans, yes, they are significantly stronger by an order of magnitude, but I truly know of no one that has the notion they posses any unequivocal, supernatural strength.
There is no account of combat between a gorilla and lion, so prospecting a victor would be pure speculation.
One is a seasoned predator that survives by taking down animals, the other is a passive omnivore but certainly heavier and stronger than any lion and well able to defend itself.
Maybe you should surround yourself with smarter people.

Because gorillas are so strong, 3 or 4 times as strong as humans , so are chimps. We are humans we don't need to be strong at least not since we invented weapons.

A full grown Male Gorilla would destroy a human with brute strength.

Chimpanzees are known to disfigure human faces to be unrecognizable & have even killed human children in Africa.

people can be ignorant. It is just the way people are. No one knows everything, so everyone doesn't know some things (many things, really). Lots of things that people "know" are really just myths that we get from stories and movies and books. Basically, "people" don't know how strong a gorilla actually is, but they do know that the typical gorilla is way stronger than the typical human.

They are strong

Well I wouldn't want to piss one off.
Are you the one that claims a human could kill a big cat with no weapons? And that big cats are NOT unsafe, lol. Crazy.

Because gorillas are so human-like, so it's natural to make a comparison.
And they are so much stronger than humans.
As far as who would win in a fight? Maybe we're partial to primates.