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5th May '16 11:07:45 AM Eievie
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A chimp with a diaper -- Ha ha... Wait, we didn't visualize that until just now. Ha ha ha!

This trope is named for a Website/{{Superdickery}}.com subpage. And yes, we know it ought to be "Everything's Better With Non-Human Primates" too. After all, everything's also better with ''apes'', who are technically not monkeys. The difference is actually very simple - Monkeys have tails, while apes (including chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans) don't. [[InherentlyFunnyWords On the other hand the word "monkey" is simply funnier]] (unless you're addressing a certain [[Literature/{{Discworld}} librarian]]...) There has been some controversy in recent years over the use of trained primates in film and television, so don't expect a lot of recent examples except, perhaps, computer-generated ones.

Apes and monkeys make fiction "better" in more ways than just comedy: they can be used for drama or even nightmare fuel if you're not going for laughs. In these cases baboons and mandrills are big favorites because they're more menacing than, say, sifakas or chimps. Gorillas, of course, can be used either way because they're seriously {{badass}} - see GentleGiant and KillerGorilla. If you want long-suffering pathos, orangutans are a good choice.

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A chimp with a diaper -- Ha ha... diaper--ha ha… Wait, we didn't visualize that until just now. Ha ha ha!

This trope is named for a Website/{{Superdickery}}.com subpage. And yes, we know it ought to be "Everything's Better With Non-Human Primates" too. After all, everything's also better with ''apes'', who are technically not monkeys. The difference is actually very simple - Monkeys simple--monkeys have tails, while apes (including chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans) don't. [[InherentlyFunnyWords On the other hand the word "monkey" is simply funnier]] (unless you're addressing a certain [[Literature/{{Discworld}} librarian]]...) librarian]]…) There has been some controversy in recent years over the use of trained primates in film and television, so don't expect a lot of recent examples except, perhaps, computer-generated ones.

Apes and monkeys make fiction "better" in more ways than just comedy: they can be used for drama or even nightmare fuel if you're not going for laughs. In these cases baboons and mandrills are big favorites because they're more menacing than, say, sifakas or chimps. Gorillas, of course, can be used either way because they're seriously {{badass}} - see {{badass}}--see GentleGiant and KillerGorilla. If you want long-suffering pathos, orangutans are a good choice.
2nd May '16 4:27:10 PM FlakyPorcupine
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* ''VideoGame/NaziZombies'' has the Monkey Bombs; cymbal-banging monkey toys that play music to distract the zombies and deal significant damage to them, perfect in aiding downed teammates or getting a horde off your back. In the inversion sense, some of the maps have a few monkey enemy variants.
26th Apr '16 3:49:01 PM Taskmaster123
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** For countries where it isn't, ''it definitely should be.'' Especially for the larger primates. Zookeepers and wildlife experts assert that chimpanzees are among the most dangerous animals to work with. Programmed by evolution to have high levels of aggression and dominance, keeping one as a pet means that sooner or later the chimp will start challenging you in very subtle ways that an untrained person simply will not pick up. Then one day a switch in the monkeys' brain will get flipped and it will basically say to itself: "There's only room for one boss around here, ''and I'm pretty sure that I can take you.''

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** For countries where it isn't, ''it definitely should be.'' Especially for the larger primates. Zookeepers and wildlife experts assert that chimpanzees are among the most dangerous animals to work with. Programmed by evolution to have high levels of aggression and dominance, keeping one as a pet means that sooner or later the chimp will start challenging you in very subtle ways that an untrained person simply will not pick up. Then one day a switch in the monkeys' brain will get flipped and it will basically say to itself: "There's only room for one boss around here, ''and I'm pretty sure that I can take you.''''"
26th Apr '16 3:47:34 PM Taskmaster123
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** For countries where it isn't, ''it definitely should be.'' especially for the larger primates. Zookeepers and wildlife experts assert that chimpanzees are among the most dangerous animals to work with. Programmed by evolution to have high levels of aggression and dominance, keeping one as a pet means that sooner or later the chimp will start challenging you in very subtle ways that an untrained person simply will not pick up. Then one day a switch in the monkeys' brain will get flipped and it will basically say to itself: "There's only room for one boss around here, ''and I'm pretty sure that I can take you.''

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** For countries where it isn't, ''it definitely should be.'' especially Especially for the larger primates. Zookeepers and wildlife experts assert that chimpanzees are among the most dangerous animals to work with. Programmed by evolution to have high levels of aggression and dominance, keeping one as a pet means that sooner or later the chimp will start challenging you in very subtle ways that an untrained person simply will not pick up. Then one day a switch in the monkeys' brain will get flipped and it will basically say to itself: "There's only room for one boss around here, ''and I'm pretty sure that I can take you.''
26th Apr '16 3:46:16 PM Taskmaster123
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** For countries where it isn't, ''it definitely should be.'' especially for the larger primates. Zookeepers and wildlife experts assert that chimpanzees are among the most dangerous animals to work with. Programmed by evolution to have high levels of aggression and dominance, keeping one as a pet means that sooner or later the chimp will start challenging you in very subtle ways that an untrained person simply will not pick up. Then one day a switch in the monkeys' brain will get flipped and it will basically say to itself: "There's only room for one boss around here, ''and I'm pretty sure that I can take you.''
25th Apr '16 6:46:01 AM Tron80
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* ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'': Subverted. [[spoiler:Aki]] thought that monkeys were cute and funny. So did their parents... until three monkeys tried to kidnap their daughter.
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23rd Apr '16 7:19:00 PM hamza678
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* For many years, the NBA's Phoenix Suns had a gorilla as it's mascot: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoenix_Suns#The_Suns_Gorilla

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* For many years, the NBA's Phoenix Suns had a gorilla as it's mascot: https://en.its [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoenix_Suns#The_Suns_Gorillaorg/wiki/Phoenix_Suns#The_Suns_Gorilla mascot]]
21st Apr '16 11:20:27 AM Shippudentimes
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* ''Anime/SpeedRacer'' has Chim-Chim.
19th Apr '16 6:31:58 AM erforce
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* Naturally, as they feature a lot in the Films, monkeys are all over ''[[VideoGame/LegoAdaptationGame Lego Indiana Jones]]''.



* The [[LegoAdaptationGame Lego adaptations]] of ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' and ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''. Both franchises had monkeys to begin with, but the Lego games, as full as they are of AffectionateParody and SillinessSwitch, decided everything was better with ''more'' monkeys. Trading bananas to monkeys so they'll give you a tool you need is a frequent game mechanic, and there are other gags involving monkeys.

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* The [[LegoAdaptationGame [[VideoGame/LegoAdaptationGame Lego adaptations]] of ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' ''[[VideoGame/LegoIndianaJones Indiana Jones]]'' and ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''.''[[VideoGame/LegoPiratesOfTheCaribbean Pirates of the Caribbean]]''. Both franchises had monkeys to begin with, but the Lego games, as full as they are of AffectionateParody and SillinessSwitch, decided everything was better with ''more'' monkeys. Trading bananas to monkeys so they'll give you a tool you need is a frequent game mechanic, and there are other gags involving monkeys.
18th Apr '16 10:25:04 AM DragonRanger
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* ''Series/TheFlash2014'' includes Gorilla Grodd as one of the Flash's recurring enemies, but as you might expect of a pissed-off gorilla, [[KnightOfCerberus he's not funny at all]].

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* ''Series/TheFlash2014'' includes Gorilla Grodd as one of the Flash's recurring enemies, but as you might expect of a pissed-off gorilla, [[KnightOfCerberus [[KnightOfCerebus he's not funny at all]].
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