[ Monkey | Pigsy | Sandy | Tripitaka | Yu-Lung ]
|Other Names:||Great Sage Equal of Heaven,
King of the Apes,
The immortal egg.
|From:||Water Curtain Cave on the Mountain of Flowers and Fruit.|
|Features:||Large, full-on sideboards,
Indestructible ('well, you know - a bit'),
Covered from head to toe in hair at times,
Made of stone.
|Weapon:||Magic Wishing Staff (which can grow to any size).|
Able to complete 72 transformations,
Able to transform clumps of his hair into any object.
|Traits:||Restlessness and genius.|
'I love a good fight!',
'I don't like it!'
|Details:||The Monkey King is a rebellious soul, but is in fact not an ordinary being. He was born out of a stone egg, fertilized on top of a mountain by the grace of Heaven. Being extremely smart and capable, he learned all the magic tricks and kung-fu from a master Taoist. He is able to transform himself into seventy-two different forms - a tree, a bird, a beast or even a bug as small as a mosquito enabling him to sneak into an enemy's belly to fight them from the inside out! Using clouds as a vehicle he can travel 180,000 miles a single somersault. After acquiring the magical wishing staff he gets pretty handy at disposing of the demons that the troupe meet on their journey.|
|Actor:||Toshiyuki Nishida (seasons 1 & 2, shown above),
Tonpei Hidari (season 3).
|Other Names:||Pig spirit,
Martial of the Heavenly host.
|From:||Cloud Ladder Cave on Mount Fu-ling.|
|Features:||Large, pointed pig ears,
Pig-snouted on occasions,
Able to consume vast quantities of food in mere seconds.
Not being able to woo any female.
|Traits:||Greed, lust and strength.|
|Phrase:||'Look! A woman!'|
|Details:||Zhu Ba Jie (or Ba Jie for short) translates as Pig or Piggy, but for the TV show the more catchy name Pigsy was used. Pigsy, who used to be a General in Heaven, has a penchant for beautiful women and made a big mistake by getting a bit too friendly with the Moon Princess. The angry Gods punished him by throwing him down into the mortal world, re-incarnated as a big, fat, rude, smelly Pig Monk! After all, what else could make a person more unattractive to the opposite sex?|
|Other Names:||Water monster,
Commander of the Heavenly host.
|From:||River of Flowing Sands.|
Necklace of nine human skulls.
|Traits:||Mystery and trust.|
|Phrase:||'Oh do shut up!'|
Sandy is a famous kind of mischievous water spirit called a Kappa. The Kappa delights in playing tricks
on people and generally causing bother. The Kappa has a small indentation on the top of its head which
contains water. If there is no water there then the Kappa loses its magical powers. So to defeat a Kappa
you have to do a very Japanese thing, Bow. The Kappa must then reply with a bow and the water spills
out rendering it powerless.
Thanks to Lee Carragher for this information.
|Actor:||Masako Natsume (female).|
|Other Names:||Boy Priest,
Master (pron. Mosta).
|From:||The city of Ch'ang-an.|
|Features:||Knows about Buddhism,
Looks like a girl,
Speaks like a girl,
For all intents and purposes is a girl.
|Traits:||Faith and normality.|
'Remember - no violence Monkey!'
Tripitaka is actually a Mahayana Buddhist (Greater Vehicle) which teaches love and compassion -
Tripitaka always wants to help people and forces Monkey to help. The Mahayana tradition was founded by Je
Tsongkhapa who was an emanation of Manjushri (The Wisdom Buddha). This Tradition teaches that everyone
has a Buddhaseed and can become a Buddha.
Tripitaka means 'Three Baskets' in Sanskrit:
Thanks to Michael Mellor for this information.
|Actor:||Shunji Fujimura (season 2 only).|
White dragon horse,
Son of the Dragon King of the Western Ocean.
|From:||The Western Ocean and then Falcon Grief Torrent.|
Can't change form on his own,
Corny references to horsey things.
|Traits:||Foolishness and reliance.|
|Phrase:||'What about me!'
|Details:||Yu-Lung, a ferocious white water dragon, actually ate Tripitaka's horse when he was a bit hungry. A suitably furious Monkey challenged him to a big fight under the sea, which resulted in defeat for Yu-Lung and him being banished to Falcon Grief Torrent by the Buddha. It was here where he had to wait for the band of adventurers to pass by, bound by faith to offer his services as their new steed - a trusty, but quite shy, talking horse! Quite handily he could be changed back into human form to help out in the odd demon-kicking.|
Monkey ©NTV/KHK 1979/81.
This web page by Matt Sephton.