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->''"More fun than a barrel of monkeys!"''
-->-- '''Old proverb''', setting the bar impossibly high

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Some people find apes, monkeys, and lemurs inherently amusing. Perhaps it's the fact that they mirror humanity so closely while still maintaining the visage of a wild animal, perhaps it's just easier to anthropomorphize them, or maybe people just like [[ToiletHumor poop-tossing jokes]]? Whatever the reason, there's a cyclic period of people being fascinated by primates that always seems to take the world of fiction by storm.

This has long been noted by [[ComicBookTropes comic book authors]], who, during UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|OfComicBooks}}, took every opportunity to insert, turn people into, or otherwise add gorillas to a superhero story. In fact, Creator/DCComics had a policy at the time limiting the number of "monkey" issues per month, to prevent everybody from doing it!

This is sometimes associated with the tastes of the LowestCommonDenominator, who view the ultimate form of entertainment as a top-hat-wearing, diaper-wearing, cigar-smoking chimp riding a tricycle.

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.

See also ApesInSpace, KillerSpaceMonkey, ManiacMonkeys, MischiefMakingMonkey, and NinjaPirateZombieRobot (which invokes this trope quite often); also check out EverythingsBetterWithPenguins, TurtlePower, and EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs for the avian and saurian equivalents of this trope. See CymbalBangingMonkey for a common exception to this trope.



* According to panelists from TheGruenTransfer, it's something of an [[BraggingRightsReward industry in-joke]] to do an ad with a monkey in it.
* A very well-known series of adverts for PG Tips Tea in Britain involved a group of trained chimpanzees who acted in the roles of a suburban family, with dubbed voices. Despite their popularity, these were axed in the 1990s over fears of animal cruelty allegations. They have since been replaced with the sock monkey (or ''Muuuuun-keigh!'' as Johnny Vegas pronounces it) inherited from ITV Digital, allowing a thematic continuation.
* ''Anime/SpeedRacer'' has Chim-Chim.
* The latter arises from a series of adverts by Vegas (playing a character called Al) and the Muuuunkeigh for ITV Digital, which went under despite giving away free sock monkeys with every subscription (some people signed up purely for that reason). The Al-Muuunkeigh combo was briefly transferred to Creator/TheBBC for UsefulNotes/ComicRelief, then bought by PG Tips.
* The Cadburys "Gorilla" ad. The entire ad consists of a man in a disturbingly realistic gorilla costume drumming along to Music/PhilCollins' "In The Air Tonight", and relies on this trope in order to generate publicity (which it has). [[http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Wy52yueBX_s Check it out.]]
* "It's the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_5w0NvWdZE Rolling Rock Beer Ape]]! And he's here to save the day!"
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2ZeIoLz8FE This]] classic '70s ad for American Tourister Luggage.
* There's something inherently hilarious about a belligerent gorilla swinging a sleeping man around by his hair in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvk8eyTO6Tc this classic Wella Shock Waves ad]] from TheNineties.
* Arby's simultaneously subverted this trope while playing it straight with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vg05vToa7Zk this commercial.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YR71GnQ4CU4 These hilarious Career Builder ads,]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRDx18GYITw one of which]] aired during the friggin' ''Super Bowl''.
* The instant-classic [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8oPVVGYQ40 Trunk Monkey ads]]. No one really knows where this "Suburban Automotive Dealerhip" is, but their commercials are ''hysterical''. ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* The newer Subway commercials all feature monkeys.
* A Dodge Automobile commercial advertising a new sale has Michael C Hall say, "This event could not be more amazing. Oh, wait, there's a monkey." Cue a small chimpanzee dressed like UsefulNotes/EvelKnievel walking into the lot and pushing down on a plunger that blasts a small amount of confetti. Hall then says, "I stand corrected."
** In response to PETA's complaints about using a monkey, Chrysler produced another commercial that was almost exactly like the first one--but now [[TakeThat with an invisible monkey]].
** "Unbelievable"
* Invoked by USA Network while advertising Film/TheGoldenCompass.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyU5uxpfyhk&feature=relmfu "Jammie? Jammie jammie..."]]

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Etemon, the comedic "{{breather|Episode}}" (well, [[NotSoHarmlessVillain not really]]) villain from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure''.
** Other ape Digimon include [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Apemon and Gorillamon]].
* ''Manga/DragonBall'''s protagonist Goku has a monkey-like tail, and turns into the Oozaru, a giant were-monkey, when he looks at the full moon. He shares these traits with his entire race, the [[HumanAliens Saiyans]]. Though in this case, everything is ''not'' better with monkeys: Goku and his son Gohan turn completely feral and lose control when they turn into Oozarus, and while Vegeta can remain in control in Oozaru form, he's still evil (and by the time he makes his HeelFaceTurn he's lost his tail, and with it the ability to go Oozaru).
* Let's not leave ''Anime/SpeedRacer'' out of the mix, with their TeamPet Chim-Chim.
** [[Film/SpeedRacer The movie]] had not one but two chimps taking turns playing Chim-Chim. Whenever either one of them was on screen, they quite literally [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar threw crap past the radar]], and also [[HilarityEnsues got behind the wheel of a vehicle]].
* ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool'' has a gorilla who frequently shows up at the school, and is said to be smarter than many of the {{delinquents}} who go there (which isn't that hard to believe when you see the rest of the cast).
* ''LightNovel/BludgeoningAngelDokuroChan'' has a student transformed into a recurring monkey. Said monkey's head was made using stock real life photos.
* ''Anime/{{Fireball}}'' has the appearance of Schadenfreude, a ''robotic'' monkey.
* The Kyoto Arc of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has Chigusa, the BigBad charm user with a monkey motif.
** [[{{Fanservice}} The manga has]] [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v04/c030/3.html this]] [[{{Fanservice}} page]].
* ''Franchise/YuGiOh'':
** [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries "Do the words 'robot monkey' mean anything to you?"]][[note]]Honda/Tristan had his body stolen and his mind stuck in a tiny and adorable robot monkey in the virtual world[[/note]]
** ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' had one episode featuring an experimental dueling monkey with a monkey deck. In the dub he's named Wheeler as a callback joke to a comment Kaiba made in the original series about Joey being a "dueling monkey".
** In ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', the Dark Signer Demak had the Dark Signer Birthmark of the Monkey, his Deck had monsters that were primarily Monkeys/Apes... and, of course, [[EldritchAbomination Earthbound Immortal]] Cusillu.
* ''Manga/BusterKeel'' has Keel, a Dragon Ape, stuck in human form.
* In ''Anime/AskDrRin'', one of their four [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Ridiculously Cute Critters]] is Tenshin, a monkey that does nothing but squawk and eat candy, but due to being something of a mascot for the series, gets a lot of screentime.
* In a ''Anime/{{Naruto}}'' filler arc, Kakashi placed a genjutsu on a bunch of monkeys so they would look like his team, confusing his tail. Apparently said tail found monkeys highly entertaining, as it took him half an hour to figure out they weren't human.
** As far as canon goes, the Third Hokage has a very formidable (if aging) monkey summon, while the Four-Tails is a giant sentient mass of chakra in the form of a four-tailed monkey with lava powers.
* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' episode ''1 Angry Ghost'' has an VisualNovel/AceAttorney monkey.
* ''Manga/GetBackers'' has monkeys popping up in the two {{Hot Springs Episode}}s and breaking havoc on the cast.
* Averted in ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}'', where Basho Matsuo, one of the vilest and most dangerous villains of the series turns into an ape-man during his fight with Yaiba. He relies more on agility and [[TakenForGranite cursed needles]] than brute strength though.
* The small purple monkey-like creature Chu-Chu in ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena''
* ''Manga/SlamDunk'': No actual monkeys in the show, but the main character is described as a "redheaded monkey" and his captain's nickname is literally "Gori" (short for Gorilla). In fact, any excessively big and manly guy is referred to as a gorilla. Whenever Shohoku is chibified, they're usually portrayed as monkeys being led by a gorilla (except Rukawa whose a fox). An equally HotBlooded rival from another team is called "Wild Monkey", while the captain's rival from another different team (who also has big stature), is nicknamed "Boss Monkey".
* Nanami from ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'' has a monkey shikigami named Mamoru-kun.
* In ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'', the author of the manga [[SelfParody Gintaman]] is revealed to be an ordinary gorilla. The AuthorAvatar later ends up being a [[FunnyAnimal humanized gorilla]], and Kondo, who has the nickname of "Gorilla", ends up being transformed into one in a particular story arc.
** In one arc, the Yorozuya gang and others decide to play a MMORPG called [[VideoGame/MonsterHunter Monkey Hunter]] in an attempt to gather some information on some aliens who had them unwillingly modified into screwdrivers. The game is essentially the same as what it's a parody of, just with nothing but giant monkeys as the enemies.
** Another arc has Kyubey tasked with watching over a pet monkey, whom she proceeds to give an OverlyLongName.
* ''Franchise/{{Jewelpet}}'' has the squirrel monkeys Tata and Purinki. The latter is a Sweetspet.
* ''Manga/{{Eyeshield21}}'' has one of the main characters, Raimon Tarou, follow a monkey motif. This includes adhering to stereotypical monkey traits such as running on all fours, climbing high trees, handling objects with his feet(he caught the football with his feet in a dream, and main character Sena ''actually believed it was Raimon's new technique''), and snacking on bananas, his favorite food. He even cries "Mukyaa!", which in Japanese is a monkey's cry. Despite all this, he still gets incredibly offended when someone calls him a monkey.
** In a poll for the manga, he won over a real monkey for "most monkey-like".
* In ''3000 Leagues to Find Mother'', Marco's older brother Tonio gives him a white and tiny pet monkey named Amedio before he leaves to Argentina. [[FunnyAnimal Amedio's]] antics tend to [[PluckyComicRelief add comedy]] to a rather melodramatic story.

* One of Dane Cook's stand up routines includes a tangent about how awesome monkeys are.
* Nick Swardson tells a story in ''Seriously, Who Farted?!!'' about how he ended up giving $300 (mostly in small bills) to a monkey in Las Vegas who gives high fives. He was drunk at the time but still ...

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Many, many {{superhero}}es and supervillains are intelligent apes of some sort. Notables include:
** Congorilla: Sacred golden gorilla who serves as the alter ego of Congo Bill, a British adventurer, courtesy of mind-swapping rings.
** Detective Chimp: ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. A member of ComicBook/{{Shadowpact}}, [[StevenUlyssesPerhero Bobo T. Chimpanzee]] would like to remind you that Franchise/{{Batman}} is merely the World's Greatest ''Human'' Detective.
** Gorilla Grodd: Psychic would-be world conqueror from a hidden city of superintelligent gorillas. Gorilla City's actually kind of a big deal in DC; King Solovar was an important figure in the ''original'' CrisisCrossover.
*** Voiced in ''ComicBook/BlackestNight'' with an undead Solovar:
--->'''Professor Zoom''': You know what makes '''everything''' better?! GORILLAS!
** The Mod Gorilla Boss: He's one hip swinger, Clyde, and you'd better believe that he's the big man behind the criminal underworld in Bludhaven. And that he thinks vertical stripes are cool.
** ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol'' villain Monsieur Mallah: [[MadScientist Superintelligent]] [[MoreDakka machine-gun-toting]] [[DirtyCommies communist]] [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized revolutionary]] [[BadassGay homosexual]] [[CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys French]]-[[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench speaking]] gorilla [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate surgeon]] [[UnholyMatrimony in love with a (male)]] BrainInAJar. [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Yes, really]] (it might help explain things to know he was first created in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|OfComicBooks}} -- and then Creator/GrantMorrison came along).
** Sam Simeon: Comic artist and half of ''ComicBook/AngelAndTheApe''. No points for guessing which half.
** Titano: Giant chimp with kryptonite-laser-shooting eyes.
** The Ultra-Humanite: Psychic MadScientist who had his brain surgically placed in a mutant gorilla's body.
** Arkhampedia has [[http://whysoserious.wikia.com/wiki/Monkeys an article]] on the subject.
** Primaul: [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot An intelligent vampire ape with fascist leanings]]. Which is to say, [[ThoseWackyNazis he's a Nazi]]. His real name is Julius, as a ShoutOut to Julie Schwartz.
** [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Beppo the Super-Monkey,]] who is a Kryptonian [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin monkey who is super.]]
** In his [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness first appearance,]] ComicBook/{{Brainiac}} of all people had a pet white space monkey named Koko. Many years later, as a MythologyGag referencing this, [[ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} Brainiac Five]] got a pet albino monkey named Koko.
[[indent:80:Note that ''all'' the above examples are from Creator/DCComics. Around 1940, DC fell head-over-heels in love with gorillas and has never recovered.]]
* Creator/{{Marvel|Comics}} has at least one example of its own: [[ComicBook/AgentsOfAtlas Gorilla Man]], a soldier of fortune who got turned into an immortal gorilla.
** And a different Gorilla Man, who has a human head and a gorilla's body. While he's technically a scientist, he's rarely portrayed as anything but the [[DumbMuscle dumbest, most single-minded thug scientist ever]].
** Not to mention how [[ComicBook/XMen the Beast's]] original thing was his incredibly simian physique, causing him to look like a shaved gorilla. Then he became something akin to a [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue-furred gorilla]] with a bizarre ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}-ish hairdo. Later he lost the gorilla-like traits to become cat-like, though.
** And the Red Ghost's super-apes, a gorilla, orangutan, and mandrill with super strength, shapeshifting, and gravity powers (respectively) from the same cosmic ray storm that gave the ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' their powers.
** And there is also Initiative member Gorilla Girl, The Gibbon, Gorr the Golden Gorilla, and the Beasts of Berlin.
** Julius Schwartz was parodied in ''J2'' by the gangster-turned-talking gorilla Big Julie.
** This doesn't apply to ''every'' ape, though; Giant monster-turned-regular-sized-monster Gorgilla is actually kind of a loser, like the rest of his teammates in the Fin Fang Four. And Moon Boy (of ''and Devil Dinosaur'' fame) is just too goofy to be cool. It's not entirely clear exactly what Moon Boy is, but at one point he's believed to be an example of ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homo_habilis Homo habilis]]'' (an early human species from back when humans were much more ape-like).
** Then there's the Hit-Monkey, which is basically what it sounds like, a NobleDemon hitman monkey with the ability to shoot with his feet and only kills hitmen, mercs, and other crooked types. First showed up in the pages of Deadpool, where he chased after the Merc with a Mouth.
-->"Let's be clear: HITMAN MONKEY is the harrowing tale of a Macaque monkey from the mountains of Japan who, though fate and circumstance, is transformed into the world's deadliest assassin," [Axel] Alonso continues. "I fail to see what could be funny about-oh. I see your point."
** The original ComicBook/SquadronSupreme (a team of [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]] [[{{Expy}} Expies]] from an alternate universe) have an expy of Gorilla Grodd in their rogues gallery: a female cyborg ape named Ape-X [[PunnyName (like "Apex").]]
* Nearly every superhero during UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|OfComicBooks}} was turned into a gorilla, at one time or another. The best way to tell if someone's doing an {{homage}} or AffectionateParody of the Silver Age is to see if there are any gorillas around.
** Legend has it that this trend began when a Creator/DCComics executive noticed sales spikes during months where monkeys and/or apes were on the cover. Whether or not this is true is unknown, but Peter David, in the same foreword quoted above, insists that it's true, and even names the exec: Julius Schwartz, creator of [[TheFlash Barry Allen]] and [[Comicbook/GreenLantern Hal Jordan]], among others.
*** Of course, this all culminated in the [=JLApe=] crossover, where the entire Justice League were turned into gorillas, even in their own comics. Before you ask, it was actually in the late nineties. Also, it turns out that red-haired and blond gorillas (such as the ape versions of the Flash and Aquaman, respectively), are really weird looking.
*** Later [[StealthPun mimicked]] by [[http://blog.wired.com/underwire/2008/04/simian-super-he.html Marvel Apes,]] an alternate universe where everyone is a monkey except the Inhumans and Sue Storm. (Note that the Marvel Apes version of Spider-Man, who has a tail, is not an ape, but a [[StealthPun spider monkey]]. He actually calls himself "Spider-Monkey".)
* ''ComicBook/AmbushBug: Year None'' # 5: [[MadnessMantra "Apes on covers sell comics. Apes on covers sell comics. Apes on covers..."]]
* A particularly long-running take on the above occurred in the Eclipse comic ''ComicBook/{{Zot}}''. Due to an early run-in with a deevolutionary cult, one of the characters turned into a chimpanzee every time he visited the alternate earth of the titular character. He didn't mind as much as you'd think.
* From the ''Comicbook/NewCrusaders'' we have a talking alien chimp named "Dusty", a.k.a. Uruk Ak'hak.
* The third collection of ''ComicBook/TheAdventuresOfBarryWeenBoyGenius'', "Monkey Tales," involves: a superintelligent other-dimensional gorilla, a tribe of sasquatch, and a hyper-Ebola monkey. (That's three separate stories, mind.) In the fourth collection, "Gorilla Warfare," the characters travel to the dimension the superintelligent gorilla came from, where he (the gorilla) is worshiped as a god.
* [[Creator/AlanMoore America's Best Comics]] has ComicBook/TomStrong's superintelligent gorilla friend King Solomon, and the [[ShowWithinAShow Comic Within a Comic]] ''Weeping Gorilla'' in ''ComicBook/{{Promethea}}''.
* Chris Sims' ''Exterminape'' is a tongue-in-cheek example, where the main character is a talking gorilla who discovered firearms shortly after learning how to use simple tools and quickly became a badass assassin who likes to show human women his "jungle love".
* The graphic novel ''GreaseMonkey'' features [[UpliftedAnimal biologically uplifted gorillas]] working on a space station, undergoing preparations for an alien invasion.
* Mike Mignola, creator of ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'', has admitted he likes drawing monkeys. Especially gorillas with bolts in their neck, which is why Hermann von Klempt has a series of enhanced gorillas ("Kriegaffen", or "war apes") as aides. In addition, Count Guarino is turned into a chimpanzee during "Box Full of Evil". A monkey that carries a pistol and tortures Abe with a burning poker.
** "Is that a monkey?" "He's got a gun!" *BLAM BLAM*
** The comic book series ''Proof'' about a Bigfoot who is a paranormal investigator is just "Hellboy [[RecycledINSPACE AS A MONKEY!]]"
* In ''ComicBook/IFeelSick'' by Creator/JhonenVasquez, the main character Devi, an artist who is working on cover art for a book, is instructed to put a monkey on the cover. The book in question features no monkeys, it is about children who get evil powers from gnawing on contaminated aluminum siding, but research shows that people love monkeys and a monkey on the cover will just about double sales.
* Mega City One in ''Comicbook/JudgeDredd'' has a simian ethnic enclave (named Apetown), and an Orangutan named Dave was once elected Mayor of the city. He ended up being assassinated.
* Matt Fraction's ''Mantooth'' is about a super-spy gorilla who's a super-smooth ladies man.
* ''ComicBook/TheSavageDragon'' features Brainiape, an evil gorilla with a BrainInAJar attached to his head. That has Psychic Powers. A crossover with the aforementioned ''Hellboy'' revealed that the brain in Brainiape was... Well, given that Hellboy was in it, [[StupidJetpackHitler Take a wild guess]].
* ComicBook/SquirrelGirl thinks that everything is better with monkeys.
* ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan'', or, as it should've been called, ''&: The Last Male Monkey''. Seriously, if you read it, you'll get it.
* In ''ComicBook/TheUmbrellaAcademy'', one of Reginald Hargreeves' inventions was a way to give chimpanzees sentience. They show up everywhere as detectives, soliders, hobos and even one hooker. One of these intellegient chimps is Hargreeves' assistant, Pogo. [[note]]No, really, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnt__lyGIQ4 EVERYTHING'S]] Better With Monkeys in Gerard Way's mind[[/note]]
* ''ComicBook/TheFilth'' has Dmitri, a talking chimp who also happens to be a Soviet assassin. He offed JFK.
* In ''ComicBook/SecretSix'', Ragdoll used some of his mercenary money to buy "a monkey house and a variety of little monkey outfits" for his monkeys. He dressed them up as his team members, covered himself with monkey chow and giggled as they attacked him. It was unsettling and hilarious.
* The villains of the ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' adventure ''[[Recap/TintinTheBlackIsland The Black Island]]'' keep a gorilla named Ranko to guard their island base.
* ComicBook/GastonLagaffe once gave Fantasio (of ''ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio'') three circus-trained chimpanzees as a birthday present. [[HilarityEnsues They proceed to wreak havoc in his office]].
* ''Monkeyman and O'Brien'' is about an intelligent gorilla from another dimension.
* The Norts in ''ComicBook/RogueTrooper'' once attempted to counter the Southers' [[SuperSoldier GIs]] with part-human-part-gorillas, who like the [=GIs=] could breathe the atmosphere of [[DeathWorld Nu Earth]]. They failed when Rogue beat their leader in one-on-one combat, [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority becoming the new commander]] and persuading them to rebel against their evil masters.
* The [[TakeOverTheWorld megalomanical]] Doctor Vulter is the villain of the early MickeyMouse story ''Mickey Mouse and the {{Pirate}} [[SubStory Submarine]]'', a Captain Nemo {{Expy}} MadScientist with a HighClassGlass and a penchant for PuttingOnTheReich (well, it ''was'' published in 1936...). He has returned in European Disney Comics several times since then, and has been a FunnyAnimal gorilla since the beginning.
* In ''ComicBook/RequiemVampireKnight'', Thurim's sex life gets better with gori-mandrills! [[spoiler:For those thoroughly {{squick}}ed: Aiwass actually turns back to her true vampire babe form to do the deed... and if ''this'' repels you, what are you doing reading ''Requiem'' in the first place?]]
* Creator/WilhelmBusch's story about Fipps the monkey.
* [[http://www.supermegamonkey.net/chronocomic/entries/scans6/DEF79_Mandrill.jpg Mandrill]], Marvel's [[http://itsclobberingtime.blogspot.com/2010/11/villains-with-potential-mandrill.html misogynistic]] [[http://www.oocities.org/daredevil_villains/mandrill/mandrill.html manipulating mutant monkey-man]].
* In ''ComicBook/AllFallDown'', the shape-shifter, Phylum, spends the book as a chimpanzee as a result of losing his powers.
* In ''ComicBook/TheMultiversity'', Nix Uotan is assisted by Mr. Stubbs, a buccaneer monkey.
* ''ComicBook/JoZetteAndJocko'': Jocko is the children's pet chimpansee and he always gets caught up in mischievous adventures.
* ''ComicBook/{{Jommeke}}'': Choco is the pet chimpansee of Annemieke and Rozemieke.
* ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' has Sticks, an intelligent gorilla who abandoned his militaristic gorilla nation to pursue a dream of becoming a rock drummer. Regarding Sticks' first appearance, Kurt Busiek commented, "I've always said that a superhero universe that doesn't have talking gorillas in it simply isn't finished yet, so it's good to get such an essential element established here, after almost twenty years."
* ''ComicBook/BuckyOHareAndTheToadWars'': B-B-B-BERSERKER B-B-B-BABOON! The only thing Toads fear. With good reason.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/LibertyMeadows''' artist Frank Cho [[AuthorAvatar chooses to depict himself]] as a chimpanzee. Trope referenced directly in [[http://www.gocomics.com/libertymeadows/2007/05/13 this comic.]]
* German comic ''ComicStrip/NickKnatterton'' has one story about two chimps who were taught to steal. One of them ends up as Nick's "housemaid", having learned to do that job.
* Monkeys are a recurring topic in ''ComicStrip/GetFuzzy'', being a particular obsession of Bucky Katt. Specifically, he wants to eat one.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' has Zimbu the monkey, who can speak English and does a good job of making Dilbert look like an inferior worker.
* ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' often features them.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'': Subverted. [[spoiler:Aki]] thought that monkeys were cute and funny. So did their parents... until three monkeys tried to kidnap their daughter.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon has a couple examples as well:
** ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' had Abu as Aladdin's NonHumanSidekick.
** ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'' was based on ''Tarzan of the Apes'', but Disney did work the monkey trope into a wacky lather in the film, particularly with Tarzan's loud-mouthed female gorilla sidekick Terk, her not-too-bright buddies Flynt and Mungo, and the mischievous baby baboon Manu. On the other hand, some primate characters are completely serious (i.e. Kerchak, the stern silverback and Kala, Tarzan's loving foster mother) or are more [[ManiacMonkeys threatening]] than funny (the baboon horde).
** ''Disney/TheLionKing'' had the shaman-type, Rafiki, who was an African vision-having kung-fu mandrill.
** King Louie from ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' was Disney's original addition to the movie, yet arguably, [[AdaptationDisplacement feels very much as if he belongs to Mowgli's world]]. The original book ''does'', however, have a scene where the monkeys try to make Mowgli their leader, and won't let him go. He was later transplanted to ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin''.
** A few Franchise/{{Disney|AnimatedCanon}} geeks have a theory: this trope is the ''only'' acceptable reason why there are "[[MisplacedWildlife lemurs]]" in the Late Cretaceous period in ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}''.
** Gorillas and monkeys appear as background characters in ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}''. A ferocious gorilla tries to escape from its cage during a parade, and a whole family of monkeys sleeping on a swing can be seen during the "Baby Mine" number.
* The Barrel Full of Monkeys game monkeys make brief appearances in each ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' film (sometimes only during the credits), and they're usually used for quick, silly gags. Taken UpToEleven in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' with DEATH BY MONKEYS. On the other hand, the latter movie also features a CymbalBangingMonkey as one of the antagonists, proving that ''not'' everything is better with monkeys. [[spoiler: At least until the monkey's HeelFaceTurn in the end.]]
* The monkey sidekick in ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs''.
* Monkey from ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' is a laid-back and somewhat [[MischiefMakingMonkey mischievous]] kung-fu master. The sequel also features gorilla EliteMooks serving the villain - [[MisplacedWildlife in a movie that takes place in Asia]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' film franchise has a ring-tailed lemur (King Julien), a mouse lemur (Mort) and an aye-aye (Maurice). ''And'' two chimps, Phil and Mason. All five can also be found in the spin-off TV series ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'', which ups the count even further by adding two gorilla characters, Bada and Bing.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRugratsMovie'' has the babies getting lost in a jungle where they meet a troop of escaped circus monkeys, and it seems this way when they start dancing with them. That is, until Tommy opens up Dil's banana-flavored baby food, at which points do ''not'' become better with the monkeys.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpaceChimps''. Everything's better with Monkeys... [[RecycledINSPACE in SPACE!]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/TheFourHorsemenOfTheApocalypse'', the protagonist has a well-trained pet monkey that he often dresses in a matching outfit. Taken a bit too far when said protagonist and said monkey are seen together in the trenches of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, with the monkey in a little soldier's uniform.
* ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack'' had the titular duo adopt an orangutan for some reason. (This was hinted at back at the end of ''Mallrats'', where the last scene shows Jay and Silent Bob heading off into the distance with the orangutan, named Suzanne, in tow. No explanation is given for this, nor was the ape ever seen prior. It seemed to be an excuse to shoehorn Music/{{Weezer}}'s "Suzanne" over the ending montage.) Sexy jewel thieves were involved.
** A similar sequence also appeared in the ''Jay and Silent Bob'' comic-book miniseries and the Clerks cartoon.
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the film. In one sequence, we see Shannen Doherty in a ''Franchise/{{Scream}}''-esque scene, in which she is attacked by Ghostface but manages to knock him out, and unmasks him. It's the orangutan:
--->'''Shannen:''' What?! Fucking Miramax... CUT!\\
'''Creator/WesCraven:''' What?\\
'''Shannen:''' A fucking monkey? Jesus, Wes, are you even trying anymore?\\
'''Wes:''' But the research says people love monkeys!\\
''[Jay and Silent Bob [[StealthPun take the monkey and run]])''\\
'''Jay:''' We love this monkey!\\
'''Wes:''' See?
* The [[GiantFlyer flying monkeys]] of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''. We would ''like'' to forget about them, though.
* Creator/ClintEastwood's ''Film/EveryWhichWayButLoose'' and its sequel ''Any Which Way You Can'' was about a long-haul trucker and his pet orangutan. Eastwood once told a joke about that film (in which the ape was a chimp, according to him); he enjoyed the ape's company so much that he attempted to buy it after filming was completed. The animal's keeper asked how much Eastwood made, and upon learning it was $5,000 a day or some such, replied "Well Mr. Eastwood, the ape likes you too. But he makes $6,000 a day, so perhaps he should buy you".
* Probably the most famous [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever giant monster]] ''not'' to be a [[Franchise/{{Godzilla}} dinosaur]] was Film/KingKong.
* ''Film/MightyJoeYoung'' is basically a LighterAndSofter version of ''King Kong'', starring a GentleGiant gorilla.
* ''Film/{{Outbreak}}'' unashamedly featured a cute little monkey who was the plague bringer of doom (albeit unintentionally.)
* ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'' (although they tend to make things ''worse'' for humans)
** And the musical thereof on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
* ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'' combines this with the UncannyValley-esque effect of a humanoid animal to make one scary-ass scene. Test animals unnerve us, monkeys amuse us, but-"The chimps are infected".
* ''Franchise/IndianaJones''
** A scene of ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' has Mutt Williams getting stuck in a tree, and being discovered by monkeys that due to having the same "hair" as his, decide to show Mutt [[VineSwing vine-swinging]] and then help him attack the DirtyCommunists. Opinions were divided between "it's stupid" ("[[http://www.comingsoon.net/news/reviewsnews.php?id=45198 I used to joke that you could make any movie better by adding monkeys or explosions to it. I take back the part about the monkeys.]]") and "it's fun" ("[[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080518/REVIEWS/969461084 What I want is goofy action--lots of it. (...) And throw in lots of monkeys.]]").
*** Third opinion: [[RuleOfFunny friggin hilarious]].
** Of course, a monkey appears in several scenes of ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' until its greed gets the better of it.
-->'''Sallah''': Bad dates.
** And of course they eat chilled Monkey brains in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom''.
* ''Film/TimeOfTheApes'' (like ''Planet of the Apes'', only Japanese and terrible). The film was featured on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', as was ''Film/OverdrawnAtTheMemoryBank'', which involved the main character temporarily inhabiting the body of a baboon as therapy.
* Inverted in ''Film/BackToTheFuture'': One of the early drafts of the script for the first movie featured a monkey as Doc Brown's pet instead of Einstein the dog. Apparently it was changed because one of the producers was under the impression that no movie with a monkey in it had ever made a profit (this was some years before ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' came out.)
* Two 1990 films gives us [[Film/MonkeyTrouble Dodger the Capuchin monkey]] and [[Film/DunstonChecksIn Dunston the Orangutan]].
* The Toho[=/=]Creator/{{Rankin Bass|Productions}} produced film ''Film/KingKongEscapes'' features [[RobotMe Mechanikong]]. [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Everything's better with ROBOT monkeys]].
* The 2 directors of ''Film/AmericanPie'' insisted on having a monkey in it somewhere as "any film with a monkey in it is twice as good as the same film without a monkey".
* UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan [[NeverLiveItDown never quite lived down]] his role opposite a chimp in ''Bedtime for Bonzo''.
** Reagan even {{Lampshaded}} this role in a comment he made to Creator/ClintEastwood, after Clint was elected mayor of Carmel (referring to Clint's role in ''Film/EveryWhichWayButLoose''): “What’s an actor who played with a monkey in a movie want to be doing in politics?”
** Supposedly Reagan once autographed a ''Bedtime for Bonzo'' publicity photo of him and Bonzo with the inscription "I'm the one with the wristwatch."
* TruthInTelevision: Diane Fossey and the movie of her life: ''Film/GorillasInTheMist.''
* ''Film/AceVenturaWhenNatureCalls'' has a scene with Ace joining a bunch of chimps in a mass exodus from a building, and doing a pretty fair imitation of their movements. Also, [[BlackComedyRape gorilla rape to the tune of "The Lion Sleeps"]]. The latter is a case of RuleOfFunny, as gorillas, by and large, have much smaller penises than humans. What? Why are you looking at me like that?
** He has Spike, his monkey sidekick.
* In ''Film/TheFall'', UsefulNotes/CharlesDarwin (yes, that one -- sort of) has a monkey "assistant" that he takes with him everywhere. [[spoiler:The monkey dying is the point in the movie when things in Roy's story start to get very dark, very quickly.]]
* Inspector Clouseau's first scene in ''Film/TheReturnOfThePinkPanther'' proves that his accent gets even funnier when a "minkey" is on the scene, as he argues with an accordion-playing beggar about his pet.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Gemora Charles Gemora]] is another actor who made a career of playing gorillas in older films and movie serials.
* In the screwball comedy ''Film/MonkeyBusiness'' (not to be confused with a MarxBrothers film which has nothing to do with monkeys aside from its title), a monkey breaks into a chemistry lab and accidentally creates a batch of ScrewballSerum.
* There is a lovable little monkey in the movie ''The Testaments, of One Fold and One Shepherd'', her name is Chio.
* A monkey in a cage plays a part in the finale of the comedy ''Film/TradingPlaces''.
* ''Film/{{Jumanji}}'', TWICE. Mischievous, violent monkeys are released early on, and later, one of the characters starts slowly transforming into a monkey-like creature as a penalty for cheating.
* Creator/BusterKeaton would appear to agree.
** In "Film/ThePlayhouse," he impersonates a performing orangutan.
** In ''Film/TheCamerman,'' he acquires an organ-grinder's monkey as a NonHumanSidekick.
* The 1987 film ''Film/ProjectX''.
* In ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Return Of The King]]'', the orc skeleton which Frodo trips over in Shelob's lair appears to be that of a chimpanzee.
* The monkey in ''Film/SunsetBoulevard'' is deceased. Norma Desmond sees to it that it's buried in style.
* In ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum'', we see the protagonist Larry Daley interacting with monkeys, to the point that he gets into an argument with one of them which eventually ends with a face slap fight.
* ''Born To Be Wild'', ABoyAndHisX film where X is a gorilla.
* Part of Stacee Jaxx's entourage in ''Film/RockOfAges'' is Hey Man, a primate of some sort. He's loud, crude, and prone to property damage.
* The Disney live-action film ''The Monkey's Uncle'' where school genius Tommy Kirk kept a chimp in his home as an experiment.
* [[WeNamedTheMonkeyJack Jack the undead monkey]] from the ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' movies is a comical NonHumanSidekick of the villains.
* Mona the monkey helped keep Commander Draper company in ''Film/RobinsonCrusoeOnMars'' (and also helped him find food and water).

* Carl the monkey (who is disturbingly savvy and prone to [[FlippingTheBird shooting everyone the bird]]) has shown up in Janet Evanovich's Numbers cycle (the Literature/StephaniePlum series) and is also in the Sins spin-off books, ''Wicked Appetite'' and ''Wicked Business'', alongside Diesel, who is fairly put out by it. Monkeys make the books better, but NOT Diesel's day, as a rule...
* Hanuman from the Sanskrit epic ''Literature/{{Ramayana}}'' is without doubt the most badass monkey ever.
** Not only is he the king of all monkeys in India, he is also a legendary hero and a demigod. Unable to find a rare healing plant on a mountain, he just brought the entire mountain back. Then he helped his friend Rama find his kidnapped wife by jumping from the Indian mainland all the way to Sri Lanka to scout the capital city of the Rakshasa demons. When he was captured and the demon king Ravana had his tail set on fire, Hanuman escaped and jumped from roof to roof, setting the entire city on fire.
* Sun Wukong from the classic Chinese novel ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'', a super-strong, super-fast, regenerating monkey with magic powers who was also a SociopathicHero. Also a textbook example of a {{munchkin}}. He was likely originally inspired by the above Hanuman.
* In Creator/LFrankBaum's ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', the winged monkeys. They're more complex characters than those represented in the film, and have more backstory.
* In Max Brooks' ''Literature/WorldWarZ'', the one scene with a monkey popping up is one of the few light moments of the book.
* The killer apes from Creator/MichaelCrichton's ''Literature/{{Congo}}'', trained to crush the heads of humans who approached the lost city.
** Crichton's novel ''Literature/{{Next}}'' features a ''talking'' monkey pretending to be a kid with a skin condition. Really.
* Creator/RudyardKipling's ''Literature/TheJungleBook'' had a bunch of monkeys, the Bandar-log, most of whom were eaten by Kaa.
-->''I have taught thee all the Law of the Jungle for all the peoples of the jungle -- except the Monkey-Folk who live in the trees. They have no law. They are outcasts. They have no speech of their own, but use the stolen words which they overhear when they listen, and peep, and wait up above in the branches. Their way is not our way. They are without leaders. They have no remembrance. They boast and chatter and pretend that they are a great people about to do great affairs in the jungle, but the falling of a nut turns their minds to laughter and all is forgotten. We of the jungle have no dealings with them. We do not drink where the monkeys drink; we do not go where the monkeys go; we do not hunt where they hunt; we do not die where they die. Hast thou ever heard me speak of the Bandar-log till today?''
* Creator/DeanKoontz's Christopher Snow books, ''Fear Nothing'' and ''Seize the Night'', feature a tribe of monkeys that are escaped lab animals.
* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', Marco's favorite battle morph was a gorilla. Chimpanzee and monkey morphs show up as well, although the monkey morphs were sario rip morphs and unusable after the end of the rip.
* Creator/HPLovecraft's "Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn And His Family". [[spoiler: The title character [[TomatoInTheMirror eventually realizes that he is]] a HalfHumanHybrid.]]
** [[spoiler: Though to be more precise he's a thirty-one thirty-secondths human hybrid. As it turns out, most caucasians in Lovecraft's universe are probably the result of interbreeding between ancient African tribes and degenerate albino [[FrazettaMan ape-things]].]]
* In Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's first tale of Detective Dupin, ''Literature/TheMurdersInTheRueMorgue'', [[spoiler:the murderer is an escaped orangutan]].
* According to some sources, the Librarian of the Unseen University from Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels was turned into an orangutan because it was the funniest thing Pratchett could think of.
** But for god's sake, [[BerserkButton/{{Literature}} don't call him a monkey!]]
*** He is somewhat justified in this anger. Orangutans are ''apes''. Great Apes, to be exact.
** Pratchett is a big fan of orangutans in RealLife, and is a trustee of the Orangutan Foundation, dedicated to preserving the endangered creatures.
* Terryl Whitlatch's ''Literature/TheKaturranOdyssey''. That is all ye know or need know.
* Sue the Gorilla, a gorilla befriended by ''Literature/ForrestGump'' and arguably one of the best things about a very, very eventful book. [[Music/JohnnyCash Sue's a boy]], by the way.
* A pair of monkeys show up in the early chapters of the second ''Literature/TheKingdomKeepers'' book, for no other reason than to {{foreshadow|ing}} [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks The Animal Kingdom]].
* The front cover of ''Literature/EarthTheBook'' has [[Series/TheDailyShow Jon Stewart]] pose with a chimpanzee.
* The ''Literature/HankTheCowdog'' series has one book where Hank finding a monkey in a crate and using him as his own personal servant, inflating his ego in the process. The monkey later starts talking and usurps Hank's command, calling himself the Pasha of Shizzam. [[spoiler: But it turns out that part was AllJustADream.]]
* ''Literature/CuriousGeorge''
** Though (whatever the books say) he has no tail, and is therefore an ape (a chimp, specifically), not a monkey.
* Chuck Bass in ''Literature/GossipGirl'' has a pet monkey named Sweetie. He brings Sweetie with him everywhere and dresses him in outfits that match Chuck's own. On the TV show they settled for giving Chuck a dog named Monkey.
* The teacher in Literature/{{Ishmael}} is [[spoiler: a telepathic gorilla.]] No reason is given for this.
* Esphyr Slobodkina's 1938 children's book ''Caps for Sale'' includes mischievous monkeys.
* Not if you're in ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' it isn't. [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in ''Catching Fire'' with the monkey-mutts.
* Muggle-Wump and family from ''Literature/TheTwits''.
* Zig-zagged in ''[[Literature/WaysideSchool Sideways Stories From Wayside School]]''. When Mrs. Jewls becomes the new teacher of the classroom on the top floor, she thinks all the children look too cute to be human. This causes her to mistake them for monkeys. However, she admittedly doesn't think it seems fun to teach a classroom full of monkeys.
* The title character of Gareth L. Powell's ''Ack Ack Macaque'', a badass, one eyed, AntiHero.
* Singh uses a trained chip to demonstrate his work to Arthur in ''[[Literature/FuturisticViolenceAndFancySuits Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits]]''.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': In the Season 5 episode "Into the Woods", Anya wants to watch a movie about monkeys playing hockey because "The ice is so slippery and monkeys are all irrational".
* Paul the Gorilla from ''Series/TheElectricCompany1971'' and [[Series/TheElectricCompany2009 its reboot]]. Companion of Jennifer of The Jungle. No, not ''that'' kind of companion...
* On ''Series/{{Double Dare|1986}}'' there were several physical challenges where a person getting messy had to dress like a gorilla (a few episodes even featured [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzvZdjpT_AE&t=9m10s Robin dressed in the costume]]). Marc would often give the other player in such challenges a Fay Wray wig, meaning if you were told to wear that you were safe from the mess; however, he once pulled a BaitAndSwitch by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6HyYZRxcQY&t=11m38s telling a girl to put the wig on and then having her also put on the gorilla outfit and receive the messy end of the challenge]].
** 2000 featured a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvF4K97fOT4 chimp mascot named Brooks]] in a few episodes
* The comedy action series ''Series/BJAndTheBear'' was essentially a ripoff of ''Every Which Way But Loose''; it was about a long-haul trucker and his pet ''chimpanzee''.
* Subverted in an episode of ''Series/BostonLegal'', in which a lawyer attempted to use a case study involving a monkey in one of his closing arguments, but the judge was not impressed.
* The entire premise of ''Series/LancelotLinkSecretChimp''. ("Get that Ape!")
** Which was apparently based on a series of British commercials for PG Tips Tea -- see '''Advertising'''.
*** A more recent example could be TBS's "Monkeyed Movies" shorts (featuring chimps doing parodies of popular movies) and it's 30-minute follow-up/spin-off The Chimp Channel from the 1990s.
* ''Series/TinMan'''s Mobats were a new spin on the Winged Monkeys. Only thing better than flying monkeys? Flying monkeys that spawn from the tattoos on the hot Wicked Witch's boobs!
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' and ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' frequently include gorillas and other apes when doing an animal theme. Gorilla-themed Rangers appear in ''Gingaman''/''Lost Galaxy'', ''Go-Busters'', and ''Zyuohger'', and ''Gaoranger''/''Wild Force'' and ''Gekiranger''/''Jungle Fury'' also have gorilla mecha in them. ''Kakuranger''/''Mighty Morphin''' Season 3 also has an ape mecha and ''Shinkenger''/''Samurai'' has a monkey.
** Also, in ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'', Grifforzer was supposed to be a griffin (hence the name), but was referred to as a "space monkey" and given a more monkey-like voice when he became Goldar in the American ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''.
** During the premiere of ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'', [[ThoseTwoGuys Bulk and Skull]] were turned into chimps by Elgar and remained stuck that way for half the season.
** In ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', evil pirate Basco has a pet monkey named Sally. It's a guy in a rubber suit, but one that generally ''acts'' like an actual monkey rather than a MonsterOfTheWeek.
* The premiere episode of ''Series/TheMiddleMan'' featured superintelligent genetically engineered lowland gorillas.
-->'''Wendy:''' Oh no. It's [[Franchise/TheFlash Gorilla Grodd]].
* Kelso on ''Series/That70sShow'' thinks that if a Monkey had a loaded gun would be an awesome premise for a TV Show.
* ''Series/MorkAndMindy'' had Mork rescuing (or so he thought) a chimp from the zoo. Twice. The first time was just a gag at the beginning of an episode, but the second time was an entire plot.
* Professor Bobo, the semi-intelligent chimp from ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3k]]''.
** Sort of subverted in an earlier episode. A gorilla appears at the Hexfield Viewscreen. He doesn't really do anything. Everybody's understandably confused.
* On ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'' Doctor Liam Neesam, played by Creator/JohnCleese, tries to turn the entire population of Earth into monkeys to turn Earth into "Super Monkey World" as an amusement attraction for the rest of the Universe.
* ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide''. In the episode where he tackles the evil monday haze his second (or third) attempt was
-->Moze: "Monkey Mondays?"
-->Ned: "Monkeys make ''everything'' better."
* ''Series/LegendsOfTheHiddenTemple'': The infamous "Shrine of the Silver Monkey" room is one of the few obstacles on the show that lasted through the entire show's history.
* A first-season episode of ''Series/RescueMe'' included a subplot in which Tommy Gavin's Uncle Teddy wins a bet against a zookeeper, and Tommy's father (who is living with Teddy at the time) is at pains to keep the animal from ruining the house.
* ''KrattsCreatures'' spinoff ''Series/{{Zoboomafoo}}'' featured a lemur as a main character. For a few seconds each episode, he'd be an actual lemur, for most of the rest, he'd be a puppet, but then there'd also be these stories with him depicted in claymation.
* A sketch in ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' had a gorilla being interviewed for a librarian's position. He is thrown out after he is forced to admit he's really a human librarian wearing a gorilla suit ("...trying to deceive us in order to further your career!").
* The title character of the short-lived '80s sitcom ''Mr. Smith'' was a talking orangutan who worked as a government advisor in UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC.
* Gerald the Gorilla, in one of the best known ''Series/NotTheNineOClockNews'' sketches. Taken onto a talk show by Professor Fielding, to demonstrate how he has taught a wild animal to talk, they quickly descend to bickering like a married couple, while the interviewer looks on in bemusement.
-->'''Professor Fielding''': Look, can we get this into some sort of perspective? When I first met Gerald he was completely wild...
-->'''Gerald''': Wild? I was absolutely livid!
* [[PlayingWithATrope Lampshaded and Discussed]] in ''Series/{{Community}}''. Troy gets a monkey in "Contemporary American Poultry" when the study group starts controling chicken finger business at the school, mirroring maffia movie plots. The monkey escapes and cannot be found. It resurfaces from time to time. The monkey named Annie's Boobs lives in the college air ducts with a trove of stolen goods.
-->'''Jeff''': Why do you have a monkey?
-->'''Troy''': It's an animal that looks like a dude, why don't I have ten of them?
* Creator/DavidLetterman often makes jokes about monkeys. Cue that vintage clip of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9wAqNN-Dic a chimpanzee washing a cat]].
* Ray from ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'' seems to have a deep appreciation for monkeys. The best example is when he mentions this one time when he and his family were at a zoo, and he was watching a man with a monkey, and Debra simply gave him the "don't even think about it" look just for thinking it might be fun to have a monkey in the house.
* In ''Series/NeverMindTheBuzzcocks'', host Mark Lamarr once got bored reading out the current joke so said "Never mind, here's a video of a monkey on a tricycle."
* If [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Dieter]] allows you, you may [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything touch his monkey]].
-->"Touch him, love him! [[GratuitousGerman LIEBE MEINE APSCHMINKI!]]"
* ''Music/TheMonkees'' have a stuffed one at their beach house.
* Averted in the ''Series/{{Medium}}'' two-parter "Four Dreams", where one of the creepy prophetic dreams involves an animated monkey mother and her child fleeing a home invasion. It's [[SurrealHorror as silly as it is disturbing]].
* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Amy owns a cigar-smoking capuchin monkey. Although, to quote her, he's a bit of an ass.
* Cesare gets a monkey in an episode of ''Series/TheBorgias'' but he doesn't have it for long because it eats poisoned food. This is ''why'' Cesare brought a monkey to the banquet in the first place.
* Marcel, Ross's per from ''Series/{{Friends}}. It was illegal and the gang got in trouble when Marcel ran away. Later Ross gave him up to a zoo, and then they found out he got into showbusiness. Ross in season 6 pointed out this was a stupid storyline ("What was I thinking?").
* The revived ''Series/UpstairsDownstairs'' had Maud's pet monkey, [[spoiler: which eventually met an unfortunate fate due to the stupidity of Mr. UltimateJobSecurity himself, Johnny the footman]].
* On their spinoff series, Series/TheLoneGunmen come to the aid of a chimpanzee who speaks with the voice of Edward Woodward.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' features monkeys a few times:
** In one episode, Marshal gets mugged by a small monkey. (Or not. He never [[TheUnReveal tells anyone once and for all]] if he actually just invented that story.) Barney finds this just hilarious. And at the end of the episode, the little primate is reenacting ''Film/KingKong''.
** In another episode, Robin temporarily moves to Japan, where [[WidgetSeries the co-host of her news show is a chimp]].
* ''Series/TheFlash2014'' includes Gorilla Grodd as one of the Flash's recurring enemies, but as you might expect of a pissed-off gorilla, [[KnightOfCerebus he's not funny at all]].

* Music/{{Aerosmith}} - "Monkey On My Back" (Actually an aversion - a "monkey on your back" is a drug addiction.)
* Music/GeorgeMichael's "Monkey" ("Why can't you do it? Why can't you set your monkey free?") is about drugs.
* "Mechanical Ape!" by ''Music/TheAquabats'' is about, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin as the name suggests]], a HumongousMecha shaped like a gorilla.
* The Music/BarenakedLadies song "Another Postcard" is about a man who cannot escape an endless stream of anonymous international postcards - all of which feature allegedly humorous photos of chimpanzees in various costumes and poses: "Another postcard with chimpanzees / And every one is addressed to me..."
** And, of course: ''"If I had a million dollars / I'd buy you a monkey! / Haven't you always wanted a monkey?"''
* Music/BeastieBoys - "Brass Monkey" ("Brass monkey, that funky monkey"). Which, as many people don't even realize (but is obvious in the context of the song) is a kind of cocktail drink.
* [[Music/TheWhiteAlbum "Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except For Me And My Monkey"]], by Music/TheBeatles. Although that song could either be about heroin or about Music/{{Yoko| Ono}}.
** Title echoed by the song "Me and My Monkey" by Robbie Williams, in which the protagonist and his talking monkey friend go to Las Vegas.
* Music/ChuckBerry - "Too Much Monkey Business"
* Music/TheBonzoDogDooDahBand's first album was called ''Gorilla'', featured a man in a gorilla suit on the cover, and was dedicated "to Kong who must have been a great bloke".
* Music/ElvisCostello - "Monkey to Man"
* Music/JonathanCoulton's "Code Monkey", a sympathetic take on the slang term referring to software developers whose work involves no creativity.
* "My Monkey," about the narrator [[http://www.jonathancoulton.com/wiki/index.php/My_Monkey projecting thoughts and feelings onto his monkey butler]].
* "De-Evolving", where the narrator starts ''turning into'' a monkey.
* "Skullcrusher Mountain" has the mad scientist narrator attempts to woo the object of his affection with the gift of a pony, [[MixAndMatchCritters enhanced by the addition of several monkeys]].
* This trope plays into [[=JoCo=]]'s music so much that when he posted "Space Doggity" - a song about the first dog in space - to his blog, he wrote, "I almost went with the first monkey in space, but I didn't want to be accused of [[DiscussedTrope going overboard with the monkeys]]."
* Music/CountingCrows - "Monkey" ("Hey monkey, where you been?")
* Darling Pet Munkee's almost-eponymous song "Darling Pet Monkey", about an actual mail-order ad for live squirrel monkeys (see the "real life" section). Since their main shtick is writing songs about comic book ads that reflect the ad's tone and not what the actual product was like, it makes getting a monkey in the mail sound much cooler and less dangerous than it really would be.
* Music/FlightOfTheConchords subverts it in "Think About It"; people on the streets are getting diseases from monkeys.
* Music/PeterGabriel's "Shock the Monkey", the video of which featured a chimpanzee.
* ''[[DanceSensation The Funky Gibbon]]'' -- the greatest novelty hit of ''Series/TheGoodies''.
* "Monkeys clapping" are actually part of Eugene's wedding party on the Music/GogolBordello song "Dogs Were Barking".
* Music/{{Gorillaz}}.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xp9Gm-aRe5A Chimpanzee Riding On a Segway, bam ba ba bam ba bam!]]
* Honey Cone - "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show"
* Music/JethroTull - "Steel Monkey"
* Brazilian band Jota Quest's second album, and the lead single out of it, was called ''De Volta ao Planeta'', "back to the planet"... the planet [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/pt/8/86/JQuestPlaneta.jpg being]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tGb1jHjiTk the]] Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes. (the lead singer even made [[http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4129/5197585666_f3d3dd329e_z.jpg a sunglasses-wearing ape tattoo!]])
* Music/TheKinks - "Ape Man"
* Major Lance - "The Monkey Time"
* Inverted in the Music/LemonDemon song "Fiberglass Monkey", which is about a guy having reoccurring nightmares about a fiberglass monkey statue.
* The music video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLexgOxsZu0 Bruno Mars's "The Lazy Song"]].
* Creator/SteveMartin's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqrr-N4ue0c video for Marty Robbins's "El Paso"]].
* Music/DaveMatthewsBand - "Shake Me Like a Monkey" ("Love me baby shake me like a monkey")
* The video for Music/{{Megadeth}}'s "PublicEnemyNumberOne" has chimps on both side of the law. [[spoiler:[[CrazyAwesome The crook ape gets to fire a Thompson machine-gun.]]]]
* Music/TheMonkees.
* The eternal struggle of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_QsCXm1vrk Monkey versus Robot]].
* Ookla the Mok's monkey rock opera, Smell No Evil. All of it.
* Martin Page's "Monkey In My Dreams", although it's probably about drugs.
* Music/ThePixies - "This Monkey's Gone to Heaven"
* Music/{{Placebo}}'s "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKC7RCb1H_o Space Monkey]]" ("Space monkey in the place to be")
** And John Prine's song of that title.
* ProfessorElemental's butler is an orangutan.
* Music/ReelBigFish - "Monkey Man"
* Smokey Robinson & the Miracles - "Mickey's Monkey"
* Music/TheRollingStones - "Monkey Man"
** Bill Wyman's solo album, ''Monkey Grip''
* Music/DavidLeeRoth's "Everybody's Got The Monkey".
* Music/{{Rush}} - "The Main Monkey Business"
** Also, on the [=DVD=] for the Time Machine Tour, a video montage plays in the background during Tom Sawyer. Part of the montage includes monkeys playing the song.
* Saves The Day - "Monkey" ("The monkey will bite / better eat your poultry")
* Music/BruceSpringsteen - "Part Man Part Monkey"
* The punk/alternative band [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sprung_Monkey Sprung Monkey.]]
* Music/SteelyDan - "Monkey in Your Soul"
* Music/RayStevens - "Harry the Hairy Ape"
* Music/JamesTaylor's "Gorilla".
** Music/BrunoMars has a song with that title too... albeit it is comparing [[IntercourseWithYou his sex performance]] to the great ape.
*** He ''does'' have guys in gorilla suits in the video for "The Lazy Song," though.
* Rufus Thomas - "Can Your Monkey Do the Dog?"
* The song "Monkeys and Playbills" from [[Theatre/TitleOfShow [title of show]]].
* The Traveling Wilburys - "Tweeter and the Monkey Man"
* An important theme in [[Music/PinkFloyd Roger Waters]]' ''Amused To Death'' album involves a monkey watching television, and, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin amusing himself to death]]...
* Inverted with Logan Whitehurst's ''Monkeys Are Bad People''. Dude really hates monkeys.
* Widespread Panic - "Sleepy Monkey"
* Music/WarrenZevon - "Gorilla, You're A Desperado". A zoo gorilla forces Warren to trade places with him. [[spoiler: The gorilla ends up depressed, divorced, and playing Warren's guitars.]]
* Debbie Reynolds' "Aba Daba Honeymoon" featured a romance between a monkey and a chimp.
* "Hockey Monkey" by The Zambonis.
* ''Strange But True'', an album by Jad Fair & Music/YoLaTengo, is a ConceptAlbum where all of the songs are inspired by tabloid news articles, and three of those songs also happen to be centered around monkeys: "Helpful Monkey Wallpapers Entire Home", "Retired Woman Starts New Career in Monkey Fashions", and "Minnesota Man Claims Monkey Bowled Perfect Game".
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLaW9NnKU6M "The Monkey Speaks His Mind"]] by David Bartholomew, in which some monkeys discuss how the theory that humans evolved from monkeys is [[InsultToRocks insulting to monkeys]].

* One of the game modes in ''Pinball/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' is centered around Jack the Monkey.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Why else would you call him Wrestling/GorillaMonsoon?
* Wrestling/{{CHIKARA}} featured the wrestler [=USApe=], who's your standard AllAmericanFace in a gorilla suit. At ''Here Come the International Invaders: Attack of the Phantom Sith'', August 17, 2007, he defeated [[EverythingsBetterWithCows [=MosCOW=] the Communist Bovine]]. They also teamed up with Dragon Dragon in a losing effort against the Order of the Neo-Solar Temple (Crossbones, Hydra and Wrestling/{{UltraMantis Black}}) at ''Bruised'' on October 26. Cows are quite funny, too.
* Wrestling/JimmyJacobs was part of a {{tag team}} with Gregory The Gorilla called Ape Of The Falls in the Wrestling/{{N|ational Wrestling Alliance}}WA.
* Jim Nye and Space Monkey, a tag team known as ''The Theory Of Evolution''

* During the [=NFL=] season, Tony Kornheiser's radio show has a regular segment called "Jaws versus the Monkey". In which football picks made by ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski are set against picks made by "Reginald the Monkey", from the DC Zoo.
* Karl Pilkington's "Monkey News" and the short-lived "Cheap as Chimps" segments from ''Radio/TheRickyGervaisShow.''
-->Ricky: [[PunctuatedForEmphasis "Ohhh, Chimpanzee that! MONKEY NEWS!"]]
** Karl loves monkeys in general. When discussing aliens, Ricky points out that Karl would love if the aliens looked like monkeys and, if anything, he would want to go to the planet from ''Planet Of The Apes''.
* [[Radio/BleakExpectations Victorian businessman Thomas Bin thought so]], to the extent he had a hotel made out of monkeys, who were stacked together to form a 'rigid but flexible framework'. And it actually worked, until someone set up a peanut-butter and banana treat factory next door, causing the monkeys to go berserk and attack everyone nearby, including Bin himself, who then goes missing. Incidentally, the man describing Bin's fate to his children, who just happens to be his business partner, [[BlatantLies has no idea why someone would put such a factory there]], before offering them some peanut-butter and banana treats.
* In ''Radio/NewDynamicEnglish'', some kids, including Max's son John and a girl named Karen wanted a pet monkey.

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* One faction in the tabletop miniatures game ''AT-43'' are the Karmans, who are ''gorillas in PoweredArmor''.
** ''Who smoke cigars''.
* ''TabletopGame/FengShui'' includes among its factions the Jammers, which are intelligent cybernetic monkeys and apes working in concert with the few humans immune to the influence of Chi. Their aim is to destroy every feng shui site in existence so humanity can be "free" from the "tyranny" of Chi, something which may have very bad consequences for the world.
* The ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' joke set ''Unhinged'' featured monkeys, alongside donkeys, as the two major creature types featured. [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=74233 Monkey Monkey Monkey]]!
* The ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' design team for ''Alliances'' thought that continuity's idea for a race of sentient gorillas was silly, so they made fun of it by putting the word gorilla in every card's name. For example, Force of Will was originally called "Gorilla Gorilla Gorilla Gorilla Gorilla Gorilla Gorilla Gorilla (Stop That)." As an homage to this, the card Sol Grail's name is an anagram of "gorillas".
** Of course, some of the gorillas (and references to them) still made it into the set as actual cards. In all, nineteen distinct Ape cards have been printed to date (most recently four reprints in the ninth edition of the main set)...not counting those which simply have ''all'' creature types.
* Kroot from the ''[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Warhammer 40k]]'' use a species called the "Krootox" as a battle and pack animal, it is essentially a big beaked gorilla. More interestingly, the Krootox were once a normal kroot Kindred ("tribe") that used the [[LegoGenetics kroot ability to absorb genes from food]] to bulk up, eventually becoming non-sentient and stuck in that form.
** There's also the Jokaero, who are intelligent orangutans...[[RecycledINSPACE In SPACE]]. Though not as prevalent as they once were, they are still important due to their feats of engineering.
*** And now, thanks to the new Grey Knights codex, it's possible to field ''an entire army'' consisting of them (plus one Inquisitor) colloquially known as the "Barrel of Monkeys" army build.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' features Ape-Boys (genetically-enhanced apes and monkeys) as a playable race.
* The fourth set of ''TabletopGame/{{Monsterpocalypse}}'', "Monsterpocalypse Now", introduced the faction "Empire of the Apes".
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has the [[MixAndMatchCritters howler wasps]], more popularly known as [[http://www.headinjurytheater.com/images/d&d%20beasts%20monkey%20bees.jpg Monkey Bees]]
** [[MemeticMutation Monkey bees... my God.]]
** Monkey Bees DO NOT make everything better.
** On a more pleasant note, there are the ''Ramayana''-inspired [[PettingZooPeople vanaras]], a playable race introduced in ''Oriental Adventures''.
*** There have actually been lots of monkey- and ape-based creatures in D&D over the years. Listing all of them could probably double this page's length.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' has its own arrangement of monkey monsters, most notably the Sikari Macaques - swarms of monkeys infected with a form of monkey rabies that leaves them as unhinged killers. This leaves them [[ReviveKillsZombie vulnerable to healing magic]] - a ''remove disease'' spell will halve the swarm's current hit points.
* Doctor Silverback, from the TabletopGame/{{Champions}} Universe (and brought over to ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline''), is a superhumanly-intelligent gorilla.
* The serie of Flash Games ''Bloons Tower Defence'' put the player in charge of an army of ridiculously cute monkeys hell-bent on destroying their mortal enemy: ''balloons''.Which they fight with darts at first, but then escalates quickly as they bring on bombs, flamethrowers, warlocks, spiked mines and much more.
* [[http://evilhat.com/ Evil Hat Productions]] games frequently feature Gorillas, in particular the pulp styled game TabletopGame/SpiritOfTheCentury has Gorilla Khan, a sentient gorilla mastermind with many gorilla minions, and TabletopGame/TheDresdenFiles RPG. A spin off company 'One Bad Egg' produced a whole setting seed and race of intelligent apes for Dungeons and Dragons 4e.
* Meta example for ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'': The team of freelance writers calling themselves the Ink Monkeys, who [[BrokenBase nearly]] everyone agrees make everything they touch a thousand times better.
** Keep in mind however, that some fans (some more rational [[UnpleasableFanbase than]] [[FanDumb others]]) think they dialed down the brokenness ''too'' much, and now the game is a ''little'' underpowered. Most of those admit that the game is more playable, now (and the official boards [[FandomHeresy won't like you very much]] if you bring up that criticism).
* ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' has "Earth-Ape" which is protected by The Primate Patrol. The classic adventure, "Time of Crisis", features the heroes arriving here during a cross-dimensional mission.
* The comedy RPG ''Stuperpowers'' had "{{Mighty Joe|Young}} [[StealthPun Jung]]" as a villain. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Make a wild guess]].
** Evil gorilla psychiatrist?
* EdenStudios once published ''Terra Primate'', an RPG not unlike their better-known ''TabletopGame/AllFleshMustBeEaten'', but with apes instead of zombies. Most "Ape Worlds" (e.g. settings) were reminiscent of the ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'' franchise in one way or the other.
* In ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' Venus' original sapients are the Lizard Monkeys. Unintelligible, one metre tall and not thought to be sapients by most, they nonetheless have a very developed culture and belief system. They're very popular 'pets'.

* In the opera ''Der Junge Lord'' (''The Young Lord'') by Hans Werner Henze, scientist Sir Edger introduces his 'son', Lord Barrett, to the upper dignitaries of a German town. The young Lord's strange speech and eccentric behavior become a source of fascination: he is much admired and imitated, even catching the eyes of a young noble lady -- until he flings off his clothes during a dance, revealing himself as an ape.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* At the Ride/DisneyThemeParks:
** ''Ride/JungleCruise'' includes many primates, such as orangutans and gorillas; the latter of which is shown ransacking a camp site.
** ''[[Ride/TheHauntedMansion The Mystic Manor]]'' at Hong Kong Disneyland involves a mischevious monkey among the supernatural stuff.

* The Toys/BeanieBabies line has several basic monkeys, a couple chimpanzees, an orangutan, and a baboon named Cheeks. ''And'' a bushbaby.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* A ridiculous number of video game mascots are apes or monkeys of some sort: The mascot for the rhythm action game ''VideoGame/SambaDeAmigo'', the cast of ''VideoGame/SuperMonkeyBall'', and ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'', among others.
* ''VideoGame/ApeEscape''.
* A monkey drives and conducts the train in ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing''.
* In ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'', the canonical ending for Jan Jansen (spoiler tagged for obtrusive wall of text):
** [[spoiler:Jan Jansen's life following his association with CHARNAME was typically convoluted, the barest of details hidden amidst his half-truths and whole lies. According to his published memoirs, "A Jansen in Every Port," after a short prison term for monkey smuggling, he returned to his first love... monkey smuggling. This led to the now infamous Gibbon Riot of '72, a tumultuous and altogether unclean event that seemed to center on the estate of the Shadow Thief Vaelag. Jan would deny that he had planned the downfall of the rogue, but he was unable to explain what practical application he had intended for a horde of knife-wielding simians. Nevertheless, the death of the admittedly disliked and generally suspect Vaelag could not be attributed to the young gnome. Strangely enough, Jan had alibis for each and every second of the day in question, and what a day it must have been! Relatives from across the Realms came forward to say that he had stopped in for tea and turnips. At his later wedding to Lissa, Jan was asked how he managed to be in so many places at once, and yet still so far from the scene of the crime. "Well," Jan would say, "when you have that many monkeys, anything is possible."]]
* In ''Bible Adventures'', one level of Noah's Ark had you gathering a pair of monkeys; another level had monkeys throwing fruit and coconuts for you to scavenge.
* ''VideoGame/{{Contact}}'' features a white-furred monkey that turns out to be the antagonists' TeamPet.
* The reason why Crunch wouldn't take off his NV Helmet in ''VideoGame/CrashMindOverMutant''. "Sooo ''awesome!'' Monkeys!"
* ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' describes [[spoiler:the Grays]] as (possibly) being genetically engineered hairless monkeys. This doesn't stop them from being the most annoying enemies in the game. Note that these are ''psychic'' monkeys.
* The ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' series has more than a barrel full of monkeys factoring into the plot.
** In the part of the first game where you control Jeff, a bubblegum-chewing monkey is the key to getting across the river; another point in the game requires the party to give and receive gifts from several monkeys to proceed.
** In the sequel, ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'', the third chapter of the game is played ''entirely'' by a monkey named Salsa. Fassad makes him his slave by threatening his girlfriend (whom Kumatora dubs the "love monkey") and then fitting him with an [[ShockAndAwe electric collar]].
* One of the main villains in ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim'' is Professor Monkeyforahead, a mad scientist who shares his head with an upside-down monkey. The monkey's name is Monkey Professorforahead.
* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, the Imga and the Tang Mo are two monkey races, respectively from Valenwood and [[{{Wutai}} Akavir]].
* ''FarCry'' has mutated monkeys known as Trigen that run straight at you, can leap at you from more than a dozen feet away, and can kill you in just 2 or 3 hits. They were widely considered DemonicSpiders and an unexpected GenreShift from the game's previously tactical combat against human mercenaries.
* Apparently there were real monkeys on the set of ''VideoGame/TheDeadlyTowerOfMonsters.'' Unfortunatly they were known for flinging their feces all over the place.
* A SideQuest in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' involves acting as matchmaker for a group of lonely, single monkeys.
** The Trainer Dressphere for Rikku provides her with a monkey named Ghiki for a battle companion.
* Zidane Tribal, protagonist of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', has a monkey tail. He's also one of the most beloved main characters of the series, probably only behind [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud.]] Better with monkeys indeed!
* ''VideoGame/FreedomForce vs. the 3rd Reich'' has the Kill-a-Rillas, half-human, half gorilla experiments created by Bliztkrieg.
* Apparently, the developers of ''VideoGame/GodHand'' decided that the hilarity of gorillas was only increased by training them in the art of Lucha Libre, and was increased to nearly fatal levels by throwing in groin shots complete with a laugh track. It worked, mostly due to the fact that the whole game is so absurd that they don't seem too weird in comparison.
* Monkeys feature heavily in an early part of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', and show up later. One subboss is even a baboon (acting under pest control).
** Likewise it's necessary to rescue an innocent monkey from implied death in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'', and in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link to the Past]]'', you need to pay a monkey to open a dungeon door for you.
** A similar monkey appears in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening Link's Awakening]]'' to perform essentially the same function... and to fight the [[SuperMarioBros Chain Chomp]] you happen to be walking.
* The original ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' series had Buster Rod G. of the Genesis Unit. Both he and Hanumachine from ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' are [[ShoutOut shout outs]] to Sun Wukong from ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest''.
** ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' series had Spark Mandrill and Soldier Stonekong. More recently there's Purprill the Mandroid from ''VideoGame/MegaManZX''.
** ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends'' have the recurring character of Data, a cute robot monkey sidekick.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' included the minigame entitled "Snake VS Monkey". It's almost exactly what it sounds like. It's a ShoutOut to Sony's ''VideoGame/ApeEscape'' series which, in return, featured a minigame in ''Ape Escape 3'' called "Mesal Gear Solid: Snake Escape", an AffectionateParody of the MGS games.
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' has a monkey in the actual game - apparently the character it hangs out with wasn't "interesting enough" on his own. Fortunately Raiden's MotionCapture actor was pretty good at imitating a monkey, and Kojima liked the imitation enough that he decided to ThrowItIn.
* ''VideoGame/MetalSlug 3'' allows the player to get a cute monkey armed with a deadly Uzi as a sidekick. ''VideoGame/MetalSlug 4'', in the other hand, allows the player to ''transform'' into said cute machine gun-wielding monkey.
* ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland''. Better yet, '''[[LookBehindYou three-headed]]''' [[RunningGag monkey]].
** ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'' (the third in the series), obviously taking advantage of this trope, advertised having more monkeys in it than the previous two games combined.
*** Also the awesome [[LogoJoke parody]] of the THX logo in it with increasingly louder monkey sounds and the ominous text "The monkeys are listening".
* In ''[[OsuTatakaeOuendan Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2!]]'', one of the bonus missions involves the Ouendan helping a stuffed monkey and toy soldier who were accidentally thrown away return home. The BGM? The theme song to the 70's TV show, ''Monkey Magic''.
* A number of ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' are monkeys and other primates.
** Ash has captured some of them in the [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} anime]]: Primeape, Aipom (traded to Dawn and now an Ambipom), and Chimchar (now an Infernape).
** ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' feature a trio of monkeys of the Fire, Water, and Grass types. The first Gym Leaders and countless trainers after use them (for Triple Battles or otherwise) for no other reason than to execute this trope.
* Speaking of enemy robomonkeys, the Kikis of the ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' series.
** There's also the robot monkey Coconuts featured in both Sonic 2 for the Genesis and a cartoon series that was (somewhat) based on it, as well as some of the Sonic-based comics.
* In DoctorLautrecAndTheForgottenKnights, the titular doctor has a pet monkey named Nico who hides in his [[CoolHat top hat]].
* ''VideoGame/SystemShock2'' had monkeys with [[PsychicPowers cryokinesis and pyrokinesis]].
* The Eliminators from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil0'' are zombified lab monkeys. [[SubvertedTrope However]], everything is ''not'' better when these [[DemonicSpiders little assholes]] are around.
* Zombie monkeys also showed up in the original ''VideoGame/HouseOfTheDead''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}: The Dark Project'' and ''VideoGame/{{Thief}} 2: The Metal Age'' include [=ApeBeasts=] among the Trickster's minions. In the second game, some of them have blowpipes.
* Monkeys have become the de facto mascots of the ''VideoGame/TimeSplitters'' game series.
** ''VideoGame/TimeSplittersFuturePerfect'' included [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot ninja monkeys, zombie monkeys, and cyborg monkeys]] (which the game describes as "Inevitable, really"). Multiplayer includes "Monkey Assistant" mode, in which the losing player is lent help by a pack of monkeys with rocket launchers.
** The easiest way to describe the series (especially 2) is like this: ''[[VideoGame/GoldenEye1997 GoldenEye]]'' on speed with monkeys!
** The 4th entry to the series will reportedly have a [[VideoGame/{{Halo}} Master Chief monkey]] and a [[VideoGame/BioShock Big Daddy monkey]]
* In ''VideoGame/WarioWare: Touched'', Kat and Ana adopt a monkey and call him Nunchuck.
* ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'' features a monkey named Konga, who returns in the sequel as a circus ringmaster.
* The main reason for the character of Skrunch in ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal'' (in this case, a cyclopean alien monkey).
** And of course, the series wouldn't be complete without a gun that turns enemies into monkeys, which appears in ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureACrackInTime'' as the Chimpinator. Enemy robots? Cymbal banging monkeys.
* The ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' series has [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Keiji]] with his little monkey friend Yumekichi.
* At one point in the Infocom game ''VideoGame/LeatherGoddessesOfPhobos'', your character gets mindswapped with a monkey. In a cage. With an amorous monkey of the other sex.
* The player's party in ''VideoGame/TreasureHunterG'' includes a monkey that wields BlackMagic.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Dubloon}}'', [[PlayerParty your crew's]] TeamPet is a monkey named Ricky.
* In ''VideoGame/MindJack'' the corporate military have cybernetically enhanced gorillas and bonobos in their army.
** In his otherwise-bile-filled review of the game, [[WebVideo/TheAngryJoeShow Angry Joe]] singled this out as the only positive thing he could mention about it.
-->"Y'know, I'm trying ''real'' hard to find one good thing about this game. But I can't! I can't! Oh! Oh! There are monkeys! Everyone loves monkeys! You can even create a little monkey-minion-army! Monkey minions! Monkey Minions! WOO!"
* Monkeys and apes are very well-represented in the roster of species available for ''VideoGame/ZooTycoon 2'', especially if you include the Endangered Species and African Adventure expansion packs.
* Jep, a monkey you can befriend in ''Return to Mysterious Island'', is an implausibly-clever helper that uses inventory items for you.
* ''VideoGame/AladdinVirginGames'' has bonus levels that actually let you play as Abu the monkey.
* DoublySubverted in ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}''. There's an island populated by intelligent monkeys but it's a DeathWorld to humans. Things get better when you get an item that turns you into a monkey.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'', with Gohma Howlers, which are anything but nice, as they kill humans without hesitation in packs.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/StarFox'' - with the exception of a single specimen all simians are evil. And at least [[MadScientist one]] is [[OneWingedAngel creepy]].
* The Hozen of ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' are a race of sapient mountain- and tree-dwelling monkeys. They are noted as having mentalities comparable to a fourteen year-old boy, made only worse when their new Horde allies give them rocket launchers and machine guns.
** For a while, ''World of Warcraft'' had an inverse to the trope. Despite their toughness and useful area-of-effect ability, gorillas were the least popular Hunter pets, due to their scarcity, lack of skills, and fussy diets. Fortunately, [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap later patches corrected this.]]
* A rather large number of minigames in all four ''VideoGame/RhythmHeaven'' titles feature monkeys in some form or another, from a girl tap-dancing alongside two monkeys, to a pop star's cheering audience of monkeys, to even a wristwatch (and a clock tower) that relies on tiny, high-fiving monkeys to tell the time. ''Megamix'' lampshades and invokes this in the description for the minigame "Pajama Party" ("Everything, including pajama parties, is better with monkeys"), and features a challenge where you play a string of monkey-based minigames in a row.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' has a few monkey familiars (the Howling Balloon Monkey, the Cymbal-Playing Monkey, and the Hobo Monkey) and a few pieces of monkey-based equipment (the sock monkey, mad scientist's sock monkey, and Borg sock monkey, off-hand items available from Crimbo 2005, 2006, and 2007 respectively, and the rhesus monkey, the familiar-specific equipment for the NinjaPirateZombieRobot).
* The African Warlords in ''VideoGame/MarchOfWar'' use trained gorillas as shock troops.
* The [[VideoGame/LegoAdaptationGame Lego adaptations]] of ''[[VideoGame/LegoIndianaJones Indiana Jones]]'' and ''[[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.
* The first mascot of the SNK games company was a cute monkey named Ukee. He's later seen as the pet of [[VideoGame/FatalFury Terry Bogard.]]
* ''VideoGame/JusticeLeagueHeroesTheFlash'' follows the trend of DC comics and has TheFlash villain Gorilla Grodd as the first boss fight, and his gorilla army serves as some of the variety of goons throughout the entire game.
* ''VideoGame/{{Ryzom}}'' both {{invert|edTrope}}s this and plays it straight--there are "Primitive" variants of each of the four Homin Races (three--Gibbaï, Cutes, and Frahars--that actually appear ingame, and a fourth, Momos, which is extinct) that like to attack you on sight (and can hit like a ton of bricks if you're a lower-level character), but there are also "Intelligent" variants of these (Gibads, Fraiders, and Cuzans) which are relatively friendly and are grouped as Tribes that you can earn [[AllianceMeter Fame]] with.
* ''VideoGame/{{Spelunky}}'' features monkeys who [[StealthPun leap on your back]] and randomly inflict one of several possible annoyances on you. (Knocking you out, stealing something from your inventory, lighting the fuse on one of your bombs...)
* Your NonHumanSidekick in ''VideoGame/ZackAndWikiQuestForBarbarosTreasure'' is Wiki: a hovering golden monkey that can magically transform into a bell that Zack can use to transform animals into specific tools to solve puzzles.
* ''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.
* One of the playable characters in ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' is [[UpliftedAnimal an uplifted gorilla]] with powered armor and an electric gun named Winston.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', Lord Inquisitor Coteaz's tactic against Descius' ministers are barrels of Jokaero, intelligent orangutans.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Imagine suddenly finding a dojo in your room. Now see [[http://www.leasticoulddo.com/comic/20071030 this Least I Could Do strip]]. See? Better.
* A recurring villain (despite a brief HeelFaceTurn) in ''ItsWalky'' is Monkey Master, a HumongousMecha created by Head Alien. Monkey Master will take every opportunity to point out that he is in fact shaped more like an ape; at one point, [[GenkiGirl Robin]] wrote the word "Munky" all over him [[SuperSpeed in a split second]] just to goad him (or rather, at the time, [[GenderBender her]]).
* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', Dr. [=McNinja=] employs a gorilla named Judy as his secretary.
** According to WordOfGod, Judy is the proud possessor of one of the few immutable laws of the universe:
-->[[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/17p52 Gorilla + rocket launcher > giant ninja]]. Seriously.
* Some children have a monster in their closet. Max, from ''BitmapWorld'', has a [[http://bitmapworld.com/comic/issue61/ monkey in his closet.]] Later in the comic, there's a whole storyline involving monkeys.
* [[http://demonarchy.dreamwidth.org/2846.html Churd Thomas]] from ''Webcomic/{{DEMONARCHY}}''. [[http://demonarchy.dreamwidth.org/4143.html He even plays go-fish.]]
* In ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', various Terran species have been ascended to sapience. Of these, apes are prominently featured. Also elephants.
** When the crew are going undercover in a circus, the ringmaster wants to know what a sentient elephant and an ape could do that would be impressive. [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20090524.html Isn't it obvious?]]
** And now, we have a [[http://schlockmercenary.com/d/20100805.html headless monkey]]. Originally meant to be used for torture, it turns out to be [[http://schlockmercenary.com/d/20100817.html more important than that]]. It's a [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Monkey]]!
** [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2010-10-31 "One of the best uses for a monkey is to make everybody pay attention to the monkey."]]
* [[Webcomic/ElGoonishShive EGS]]: [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2008-06-02 Everything's better with monster gremlin monkeys!]]
** [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad An evil monkey-American!]]
* [[http://www.kismetropolis.com/view.php?date=2005-11-24 Kismetropolis]]: featured a [[MushroomSamba tryptophane trip]] involving a recipe for Monkey Bread.
-->'''Jamie:''' There's NO monkey in the monkey bread. Swear. Guys? Seriously! No monkey!
* In ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'', Everything's Better With [[IncendiaryExponent Fire]] [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2007-03-18 Monkeys]].
* Gwynn from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' owns several monkeys who are enchanted to attack and humiliate anyone who irritates her. The monkeys themselves don't appear that often, but a lot of mileage is gotten out of the gag that the other characters pretend "monkeys" is Gwynn's nickname for her breasts. "I've done something bad with my monkeys (...) If we don't do something my monkeys are going to be ''all over her'' in front of ''everyone'' (...) be on the lookout for my monkeys and grab them if you see them. They could pop up anywhere."
* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' uses [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1713 a monkey dressed as Hitler]] as part of a proof that fiction is stranger than truth.
* ''Webcomic/TheThrillingAdventuresOfLovelaceAndBabbage'' features lots and lots of monkeys in "Lovelace and Babbage vs The Organist." In [[http://sydneypadua.com/2dgoggles/lovelace-and-babbage-vs-the-organist-part-9/ part nine]], Ada Lovelace has to negotiate a room full of sleeping monkeys belonging to the titular organist and his minions. It's a subversion for the protagonist, though - everything is [[ManiacMonkeys far worse with monkeys]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Balderduck}}''[='s=] Single Panel [[http://www.balderduck.com/2010/12/20/single-panel-8/ #8]], monkeys seem to have played a huge part in making Shakespeare's works better.
* ''Webcomic/MyRoommateIsAnElf''. Griswold's familiar, Glen, is a talking monkey.
* ''Webcomic/PvP'''s Francis Ottoman believed that monkeys were an important component in a [[http://www.pvponline.com/comic/2002/12/04/wed-dec-04 wacky plan]].
* It's eventually revealed in ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' that [[spoiler: Florance's genius creator Dr. Bowman is an uplifted chimpanzee whose brain is hard-wired an ''extremely'' short temper.]]
* One strip of ''Webcomic/SquareRootOfMinusGarfield'' put this to the test, with the aptly titled "[[http://www.mezzacotta.net/garfield/?comic=1773 Is Everything Better With Monkeys?]]".

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Purple Monkey from ''WebVideo/Lonelygirl15'', the purple monkey puppet.
* Never one to miss a comics trope, ''Literature/TheDescendants'' has recurring character Lucian the Ape Knight and has had some one shot demonic baboons.
* Bruno, Vatsy's bodyguard/handyman/gopher in ''Literature/VatsyAndBruno'', is a chimp. Subverted somewhat in that, unlike most chimp characters, he's pragmatic, stoic, and content. To quote the work:
-->He'd found that a level tone, an open stance, a patient mind and a large-bore double-barreled shotgun solved most problems almost effortlessly. His philosophy could be almost described as Taoism, if Taoism had a little-known subclause about the prudent use of firearms and arson.
* Well not everything is better with monkeys, as the end of this {{nightmare fuel}}ed video should prove: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRMEGMZcF2Y&feature=recommended]]
* In Music/DoctorSteel's propaganda video, "Building a Utopian Playland", Dr. Steel talks about his plans for world domination, then distracts his audience with a monkey puppet, saying, "Now... who wants to see the dancing monkey!"
* The Wiki/SCPFoundation disagrees with this trope.
** The two non-human primate [=SCPs=] are a CymbalBangingMonkey that plays tricks on its owner, and an over-evolved chimp that wants to destroy human society.
** There's also [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-983 SCP-983]], a mechanical monkey that comes to life when someone touches it on their birthday, sings a song that ages that person for a year for each verse and won't stop until they're either dead or sing along with it until it's satisfied. Played straight to a degree in that if the person sings well enough, the candy it produces afterwards reverses any aging caused by the song and might even ultimately make the person younger: however, if the song is sung perfectly, it's implied that the candy makes them AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence, which may or may not be what they wanted.
** Possibly played straight (at least for readers) with [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-050 SCP-050]], a monkey statue that automatically appears in the possession of [[HilarityEnsues the person to play the best prank]].
* The ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' plays this trope straight with the Ape superheroes Tachyon, Massive, Charity, Bounder, and The Shape. They invert the trope with the Ape supervillains Guido the Killer Chimp and Brainy Ape, not to mention the sinister [[EvilGenius Doctor Simian]] and his [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters "ape liberation" organization, Prime 8]].
* Joe Cartoon's short subject "Look At My Monkey" is a pun on the phrase, "spank the monkey." But the monkey gets his own back in the end.
* In WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick's list of top villainesses, she places [[Film/TheWizardOfOz The Wicked Witch Of The West]] as #2, but admits that other than the flying monkeys, there's not much to say about her. So instead, the Chick just says "here's some monkeys" and shows videos of chimps dancing to "Yakety Sax" for the next ten to fifteen seconds.
* Subverted by WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic in his ''Dunston Checks In'' review, who actually interrupts his own opening catchphrase to say "MONKEYS AREN'T FUNNY!"
* [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/teamt/nash/wtfiwwy/28928-monkeys An episode]] of WebVideo/WhatTheFuckIsWrongWithYou regarding weird news with monkeys had Nash discussing this trope, specially on how monkeys turn anything funny.
* The Monkey King certainly thinks so in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse. Some of the people he decides need a little pranking, like Phase, may disagree.
* Theatre/TheLeagueOfSTEAM has once to deal with invisible ghost monkeys.
* ''Podcast/{{Psycomedia}}'' features some amazing experiments with a monkey with a robot arm, or monkeys using poop-throwing the way humans use speech.
* The ''WebVideo/BadMovieBeatdown'' review of ''[[NightAtTheMuseum Night at the Museum II]]'' uses this trope by name to describe a gag involving two monkeys slapping the main character.
-->'''Film Brain:''' You see, it's exactly the same joke as in the first movie, except it's now with ''two'' monkeys. Because ''everything'' is better with ''monkeys''!
* Brian Phelps of ''Podcast/TheBrianAndJillShow'' expressed this sentiment after co-host Jill read a news story about a man trying to smuggle a monkey in his pants.
* Occasionally, Website/YouTube spits out this amusing [[http://imageshack.us/a/img21/7097/rfg3.png error message]].
* [[Website/{{Cracked}} M. Asher Cantrell's]] [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/the-10-biggest-password-mistakes-people-make/ The 10 Biggest Password Mistakes People Make]] cites a study claiming that half a percent of English-speaking Internet users have "monkey" as a password on an online account and suggests it may be related to the word's status as an InherentlyFunnyWord.
* In ''Literature/WorldDominationInRetrospect'', the VillainProtagonist has faced an intelligent, talking, jetpack-wearing gorilla named Gorilla Awesome. He also once faced off against Gorilla Awesome's leather jacket-clad cousin who wields his chain belt as a weapon, Gorilla Badass.
* One AprilFoolsDay, Creator/CartoonNetwork gave its entire website an ape-themed makeover and released a new game called ''Brick It''. Said game seems like a straightforward brick-breaking game... except with just about every simian from CN's shows as obstacles (WesternAnimation/MagillaGorilla holds the paddle in place, [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls Mojo Jojo]] lays extra bricks, etc.). In the game's own universe, it might be inverted -- Everything's ''Worse'' with Monkeys.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* One of the [[Creator/VanBeurenStudios Aesop's Film Fables shorts]], "Day at the Park", features a monkey who, [[MisplacedWildlife for no apparent reason]], resides inside a tree in a local park, and it causes Farmer Al Falfa a good deal of trouble.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "Stan of Arabia part 2", Stan is at the American embassy trying to secure his wife's release from prison, despite having renounced their American citizenship. Trying to explain his lack of passports he says it's a "funny story," and is met with a number of monkey themed scenarios from an official, who assumed that any "funny story" must naturally involve "nature's clowns." Later, after he explains that Francine is in real danger, a monkey randomly pops out from behind his desk, making the official crack up.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Momo is a flying lemur MixAndMatchCritter, used for comic relief and as the TeamPet.
** There's also a [[ContinuityNod recurring]] incredibly ugly ruby-encrusted monkey statue. It creeps the hell out of Katara, but Iroh thinks it's "handsome" enough to buy.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Babar}}'' has Zephyr the monkey as Babar's best friend. It occasionally features other monkeys and apes as well.
* Gorilla Grodd is a recurring villain on ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' and Detective Chimp showed up in a teaser, but in ''one episode'', those two show up, ''plus'' Monsieur Mallah ''and'' Gorilla Boss join up with Grodd to form a group called G.A.S.P. (Gorillas and Apes Seizing Power) and turn everybody into monkeys. The episode's name? Gorillas In Our Midst!
* Spidermonkey from ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin just what he sounds like]]; a monkey with Franchise/SpiderMan powers. Though his species is called "Arachni''chimp''". His SuperMode in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' is apparently a gorilla with [[SpiderLimbs spider legs]].
* ''WesternAnimation/BigGuyAndRustyTheBoyRobot'' the CEO of the company that created the titular boy robot had a sidekick/business partner who was a sarcastic talking monkey. Voiced by ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow''[='s=] Mimi, no less.
* The '80s cartoon ''WesternAnimation/BionicSix'' had a robot ape. It wasn't part of the 'Six', it was more like a TeamPet/helper.
* ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo'' stars a monkey.
* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainSimianAndTheSpaceMonkeys''
* ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' has a variety of primates at hand, too, ranging from chimpanzees (Heebie and Jeebie in "An Elephant Never Suspects") to a gorilla ([[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Kookoo]] in "Gorilla My Dreams").
* ''WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries'': Jay and Silent Bob decide to get a monkey. When asked why, Jay replies "To teach it to smoke. Duh." Randal thinks it's infected like in that [[Film/{{Outbreak}} Dustin Hoff...]] [[LawyerFriendlyCameo Al Pacino]] movie. It isn't.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' had one episode with the near extinct fictional Purple Back Gorilla named Samson. [[spoiler: Later revealed to be a female]], Samson played a part in the plot by kicking the main villain's ass.
* "Dial M For Monkey" shorts on ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', where one of Dexter's test animals is secretly a super-powered crime fighter.
* ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' has a monkey, Boots, as a {{sidekick}}.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'':
** "Abra-Catastrophe" flips the entire cartoon's universe into one populated with monkeys as the dominant species, complete with an alternate, monkey-and-banana-centric credits sequence.
** "You know, if it weren't for the fact that all of this is historically accurate, I would think that someone was making up incredibly lame puns." This is specifically in response to a history lesson about how the "Founding Alpha Males" signed the "Declar''ape''tion of Independance" to create "The United Apes of America", but there are more ape related puns. [[WorldOfPun Many, many more]].
* In a few episodes of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', it was shown Chris had an evil monkey in his closet. No one else believed him. It was apparently one of the writers' favorite {{running gag}}s. [[spoiler:Later, it turns out the only way he was evil was that he was squatting there the whole time, accidentally terrorizing Chris with poor communication skills.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' provides us with Simian 7, an entire planet populated by sapient monkeys and apes descended from Earth's genetic experiments. The show also had two primate characters - Guenter, a monkey with a hat designed by Professor Farnsworth that makes him as intelligent as a human, and Dr. Banjo, an orangutan zoo and museum curator who believed in "Creaturism", the 31st century version of Creationism.
* ''WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTheJungle'' in both movie and animated form had George's best friend/"brother" as "an ape named Ape." As voiced by Creator/JohnCleese in the film.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GetEd'', the word "monkey" is used as slang for "cool".
* Creator/HannaBarbera worked this trope handily during the '60s and '70s.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheHerculoids'' had a rock ape named Igoo, and "The Beaked People" had flying monkeys.
** ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost'''s {{sidekick}}s, Jan and Jayce, had a monkey named Blip as ''their'' sidekick.
** ''WesternAnimation/MagillaGorilla'', which, in addition to its own primate star, had a secondary cartoon called ''The Adventures of Peter Potamus and So-So''. So-So, Peter's {{sidekick}}, was -- you guessed it - a monkey.
** Beagley Beagley and ''WesternAnimation/TheGreatGrapeApe''
** The ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends''' ComicBook/WonderTwins have a monkey named Gleek, effectively making Gleek, as Blip before him, the {{sidekick}}'s sidekick. Technically, Gleek is indeed a space monkey, but not, as far as we know, a {{Killer|SpaceMonkey}}.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' paid {{homage}} to ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost'' in "Channel Chasers," when Cosmo turned into The Monkey.
* ''WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters'' had an anthropomorphic ape called Tracy.
* I.R. Baboon in ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel'', though he's a literal ButtMonkey.
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' features The Angry Monkey Show and [=GIR's=] Monkeydance most notably, but just you ''try'' to find even ''one'' episode that doesn't feature monkeys as a sound effect.
* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'''s opening theme, the titular character exclaims "Do the monkey with me!" and the cast does a monkeydance with him.
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' episode "Dead Reckoning" Gorilla Grodd reveals his master plan is to use Gorilla City's cloaking shield generator to produce a carrier wave that will magically turn every man, woman, and child on Earth into an ape. ComicBook/LexLuthor and the other supervillains were less than amused. And by "less than amused," we mean "Luthor shot him in the face." Even the heroes were underwhelmed; WonderWoman's response upon seeing her transformation: "Oh, come ON!"
* Monkeys and apes are a recurring joke throughout ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', with them being the source of Ron's mystical kung-fu powers (which usually don't work until the GrandFinale), as well as his greatest fear and the source of power of his personal archenemy, Monkey Fist. Two words: ''monkey {{ninja}}s''.
** There was also Josh Mankey, a character that Ron formed a ConspiracyTheory around, based on his last name being one vowel away from "monkey." And Camp Wannaweep, the camp Ron went to as a young boy, had a chimpanzee for a mascot. Ron was forced to bunk with said mascot, and this is where he developed the phobia.
** When [[spoiler:geneticist villainess DNAmy]] fell in love with Monkey Fist, she stalked him with the help of her ''samurai gorillas''.
* ''WesternAnimation/JuliusJr'' has the titular character. Who is a ChildProdigy and generally believes in ThePowerOfFriendship.
* A monkey participated in many of the Prometheus and Bob shorts on ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam''.
* Film/KingKong had his own cartoon series that was produced by Creator/{{Rankin Bass|Productions}}. Yes, [[WesternAnimation/TheHobbit THAT Rankin-Bass]].
* The half-hour film adaption of ''Literature/TheLittleEngineThatCould'' includes a monkey named Jeepers, an assistant to Rollo the Clown.
* ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'' has the excitable and [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny easily distracted]] Minka Mark, a cute pink female monkey.
* ''WesternAnimation/MrBogus'':
** The second act of the episode "[[Recap/MrBogusS1E6BeachBlanketBogus Beach Blanket Bogus]]" showed Brattus having fun with an organ grinder's pet monkey.
** The episode "[[Recap/MrBogusS1E9HipsterTripster Hipster Tripster]]" featured a trio of monkeys who Bogus plays around with at the zoo in the first act, but in the second act, they turn into ManiacMonkeys when Bogus releases them from their cage. The first act also featured a gorilla who grabs up Bogus, but he was able to tickle the gorilla into letting him go.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyGymPartnersAMonkey'' uses a spider monkey named Jake (not to mention a whole cast of {{Funny Animal}}s) to spin the FishOutOfWater trope. There was also Winsor Gorilla, another of Adam's friends and the most intelligent of the bunch, and Mr. mandrill, the school's HippieCounsellor.
* ''WesternAnimation/NiHaoKaiLan'' has Hoho (a hyperactive monkey) as a regular character.
* The ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' opening theme mentioned "giving a monkey a shower." They [[OpeningShoutOut actually do this]] after getting stranded on a deserted island in "Swiss Family Phineas".
-->'''Candace:''' ''(incredulously)'' You're giving a monkey ''a shower''?!?\\
'''Ferb:''' [[BluntYes Yep, had to be done.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/PlanetSheen'' has Nesmith, a [[TalkingAnimal highly intelligent]] chimpanzee frequently dumbfounded by the title character's actions.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'':
** Their first nemesis is an evil monkey called Mojo Jojo.
** in the episode "[[Music/TheBeatles Meet the Beat-Alls]]", they disguise a monkey named Michelle as [[Music/YokoOno Yoko Jono]] to break up Mojo's villainous team.
** TheMovie, which shows his origin, {{in which|ATropeIsDescribed}} Mojo got together an '''''entire [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal monkey military primate posse simian squad lemur legion orangutan order baboon battalion rhesus regiment ape army catarrhini corps tamarind troop gorilla gang]]'''''.
* Mr. Twitchy in ''WesternAnimation/RatedAForAwesome'' is the team's cameramonkey.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'', the gang's favorite cartoon is ''Beany [=McChimp=]'', about an (apparently) anthrophomorphic monkey. The series is so popular, it has a live-action series, a video game, and tie-in bubble gum, "Beany [=McGum=]"
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' had the Baboon as a recurring character.
* ''WesternAnimation/RocketMonkeys'' stars Gus and Wally, a [[ApesInSpace pair of dimwitted simian astronauts getting into various outer space shenanigans]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has used the primate gag a couple dozen times over its long run.
** Most delightfully when Homer becomes the leader of a Stonemasons-style secret organization and decided that the best way to use his new-found power was to get a bunch of monkeys together and re-enact the Civil War.
** There's Mr. Teeny, Krusty's cigar-smoking chimp sidekick.
** There's that time Flanders's house got taken over by a radioactive baboon. He was seen slapping Flanders while the latte was driving and trying to understand his commands.
** Apu gets a helper monkey, and Homer craves one too. Old Grampa is able to get Mojo for himself and Homer of course usurps him. He gets him to do fun stuff like watch TV, eat and drink to excess, steal donuts, etc. "Pray. For. Mojo."
** Title on the multiplex cinema marquee: "Sing, Monkey, Sing."
** An in-universe example: Homer always finds monkeys (or actually, chimpanzees) hysterically funny whenever someone dresses them in human clothes. It helps that he's easily amused in general, but for his entertainment value, nothing beats chimps.
** "He's... Editor in CHIMP!"
** [[RuleThirtyFour Come on, Lisa! MONKEYS!]]
** "That's what you get for not hailing to the chimp!"
** When the Simpsons went to Africa and became hopelessly lost, Homer reassured them that he had a map. He gets out the box of Animal Crackers that started it all and finds an outline of Africa on one side with a picture of a chimp as the only decoration on it. Homer: "He, he, he. Monkey." They were still lost.
* The enemies in ''WesternAnimation/SkunkFu'' are monkey {{ninja}}s.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', a lawyer implores the jury to "look at the silly monkey" during his closing argument. The jury (minus the one whose head explodes) rule in favor of his client.
** Plus there was Phonics Monkey, who killed Kenny...
** And Dr. Mephesto's ([[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke genetically engineered]]?) four- and five-assed monkeys.
* ''WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperForceGo!'', an AffectionateParody of the ActionHero FiveManBand, but with monkeys. And although they're the heroes of the show, they technically are [[KillerSpaceMonkey killer monkeys from space]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', Episode 026: "Monkey Fun". Featuring Titano (Trope Pic Relevant), it's basically an entire episode dedicated to this trope.
* ''WesternAnimation/TakAndThePowerOfJuju'' had the chief of the tribe act like a monkey under a voodoo curse.
* Monsieur Mallah, mentioned up in Comics, also appeared in the fifth season of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' as TheDragon. Considering that the show was aimed at kids, no mention of his sexuality was made.
* ''WesternAnimation/TenkoAndTheGuardiansOfTheMagic'' had Kiddles the monkey.
* Optimus Primal of ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}: WesternAnimation/BeastWars''. The whole Optimus-Gorilla vs. Megatron-Tyrannosaurus Rex thing was, of course, in reference to ''Film/KingKong''.
** He's not the only one though. Other Transformers getting up to monkey business include Beastbox and Apeface from ''Generation One'', and Optimus Minor, Apelinq, Primal Prime, B'Boom, and Apache from the beast era. Though to be fair, two of those are derived from toys of Optimus Primal, and the last two are nigh identical, but separate, characters using the same toy.
** [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Trukk_not_munky However, not everyone thought it was good]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TitanMaximum'' features Leon, the monkey janitor, as the pilot of the green fighter that makes up the giant mecha's left leg. Inverted in that Leon is usually shown reacting with a calm world-weariness to the antics of his human teammates.
* The Creator/WalterLantz cartoon characters Meany, Miny and Moe.
* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' has the Monkey Staff, which turns humans into monkeys.
* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' Beast Boy stays partially transformed into a monkey whenever he's not in any other animal form, seemingly for this reason.

* ''Magazine/{{Mad}}'' had a one-panel feature for a brief period of time called "Monkeys Are Always Funny". The article consisted of a serious, often tragic picture from real life with a monkey digitally added in -- and yes, for some reason the monkey was ''always'' funny.
** They also did an entire issue "written by" monkeys. It didn't work as well as you'd think; when [[OverusedRunningGag every single punchline is "MONKEY!"]], it loses its effect.
* The greatest TV pitch in history: "[[TheyFightCrime She's the Pope. He's a chimp. They're cops]]."
* Stand-up comedian Dane Cook in his act claims having a pet monkey would be BetterThanSex, or being a part of a heist...with the monkey driving the van.
** Monkeys are a fairly common theme in Ross Noble's comedy as well, particularly on his 'Unrealtime' DVD.
* As they're all improvised it gets hard to really pin it down, but around 30% of Ross Nobles shows will involve monkeys.
* The Penn Jillette radio show had a regular feature called "Monkey Tuesday", in which monkey news and monkey-related discussion would open the show, and callers would call in with stories of their personal encounters with primates. It all started with a story about a monkey and a dwarf ([[http://www.pennfans.net/view/Audio_Archive/PennRadio/The.Penn.Jillette.Radio.Show.2006.04.11/ part 1 near the end]], [[http://www.pennfans.net/view/Audio_Archive/PennRadio/The.Penn.Jillette.Radio.Show.2006.04.12/ part 2]], and [[http://www.pennfans.net/view/Audio_Archive/PennRadio/The.Penn.Jillette.Radio.Show.2006.04.18/ next week it was a trend]].
* Freeware 3D program Blender has the head of a monkey (named "Suzanne," as a ShoutOut to Kevin Smith) as one of its basic models. It's often used for test renders.
* [[http://www.coolstuff.se/Blasapa_Nageltorkare Here]]. A monkey for blow-drying fingernails after you've applied nailpolish.
[[folder:Real Life]]
* It is worth noting that this is ''almost never'' truth in television. Apes and monkeys may be cute, charming and even harmless as babies, but when they reach adulthood they tend to become aggressive, unpredictable and physically stronger than humans. They may even potentially carry a number of deadly diseases that can infect humans. This combination makes many non-human primates ''very'' dangerous animals. This is why it is illegal to keep any monkey or ape as a pet in many countries.
** Zookeepers and wildlife experts have stated 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 subtle ways that an untrained person will not pick up on. One day, a switch in its brain will get flipped and it will basically say to itself: "There's room for only one boss around here, ''and I'm pretty sure that I can take you.''"
** Gorillas and orangutans, however, are straight examples of this trope, as they both fall into the GentleGiant category despite their menacing appearances. [[BewareTheNiceOnes If you harm them or their families, though, you will see why they have no natural predators.]]
* Do a search by interest on any popular blog site for monkey and another word. Hit counts are highest for "mad monkey sex" or "mad monkey love" or "crazy monkey sex" or "crazy monkey love".
** Some species of monkeys take promiscuity to a very high level. BrotherSisterIncest does occur. Plus there's the whole gorillas/harems thing.
*** The "monkeys" most often mentioned in terms of sex studies are the Bonobo apes. They use sex as recreation and it is not limited to same-gender pairing. They've also exhibited rudimentary fetishes.
* Monkeys are being trained to [[http://www.monkeyhelpers.org assist disabled people]].
* The monkey god Hanuman was [[http://www.azcentral.com/offbeat/articles/2008/06/07/20080607monkeygod-ON.html named]] chairman of an Indian business school. No, seriously.
* Due to the depressing nature of the credit crunch, the front page of the BBC website currently reads "Sick of hearing about stock slides? Never fear, we have the solution - [[http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh305/rissaofthesaiyajin/monkeywaiters.png monkey waiters."]]
* The UsefulNotes/LosAngeles Angels of Anaheim introduced an unofficial mascot in 2000 which they dubbed the "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rally_Monkey Rally Monkey]]". It began as a gag by two of the team's video board operators who would play a clip from ''Film/AceVentura: Pet Detective'' of a white-haired capuchin monkey jumping up and down with the words "Rally Monkey" superimposed over it when the Angels were losing against the San Francisco Giants by one run in the bottom of the ninth. They then scored two runs to win the game. The Rally Monkey became so popular among fans that the Angels hired an ''actual'' monkey to shoot clips to be used in later seasons, and the Monkey made its reappearance in 2002, the year the Angels won the World Series (once again to San Francisco's chagrin).
* Oh dear, the Lake Superior State University has added the word to their "List of Words to Be Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness", specifically because of this trope. I think we broke it [[http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081230/ap_on_re_us/banned_words]].
* ''Series/TheDailyShow'' had a lot of fun with this one in relation to Congress' [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=219507&title=Felonious-Monkeys "monkey bite bill"]].
-->'''Jon:''' Boy, we've all been there. I just inherited $45,000. I could get a few years of tuition for my kid...or a monkey. I don't know, my cat's pretty dirty...
* The late Music/MichaelJackson's best friend, Bubbles The Chimp.
* A man in China trained some pet monkeys in rudimentary Tae Kwon Do to entertain passersby. In December 2009 the monkeys turned on him. (For the record, the trainer overcame the monkeys and restrained them before they could do any real harm)
* [[http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=4922473&categoryid=2378529 "The monkeys are beating the bears!"]] Uh, yeah...that's definitely interesting.
* Fox News (erroneously) reported in 2010 that the Taliban was training [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buoVwM1pQEs "monkey terrorists"]] to shoot and kill American soldiers.
* Some 50 years ago, people actually put up ads [[http://teddyandtheyeti.blogspot.com/2010/11/you-should-not-be-able-to-order-monkeys.html selling monkeys in comic books]] - this could not be a good idea at any level.
* In Spain, to call a young child "mono/mona" (basically, calling them a monkey) is a compliment, basically saying that they are very cute.
** In England, a small child being referred to as a 'little monkey' is not quite so complimentary: it means they're mischievous, but conveys to other adults that they're adorably so, and is sometimes used affectionately. Which more or less sums up this trope...
* Only one animal on Earth has mastered fire, sailed the ocean blue, eradicated some of the world's deadliest diseases, landed members of its species on the moon and created the internet. That species, ''Homo Sapiens'', is a primate.
* The Ikea Monkey, a baby snow macaque in a winter coat that wandered around the front of an Ikea store in Toronto, Canada. It became an [[MemeticMutation Internet sensation]] due to the sheer absurdity and adorableness. [[TearJerker Although the monkey had to be taken into custody since owning a pet monkey is illegal in Canada]].
* For many years, the NBA's Phoenix Suns had a gorilla as its [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoenix_Suns#The_Suns_Gorilla mascot]]