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-> ''"Monkeys, apes, they all hold stuff with their feet, man! We're talking ''freaks of nature''!"''
-->-- '''[[ProperlyParanoid Ron Stoppable]]''', ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''

These monkeys are used as signs that something bad is about to go down. Because of their similarities to humans, a superintelligent ape is going to suffer from an inherent sibling rivalry with the human race, and want to either wipe it out or subdue it. Often, in a series which features anthropomorphic animals, apes and monkeys will play the bad guys.

This trope is distinct from KillerSpaceMonkey in that these monkeys are usually SuperIntelligent {{Mad Scientist}}s who want to TakeOverTheWorld or at least make life difficult for humanity. Another possibility is that they are {{Genius Bruiser}}s determined to both overpower and OutGambit their fellow primates.

This here is the opposite of EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys. KillerGorilla is a subtrope, as gorillas (and other great apes) are particularly often portrayed as malevolent, due to their great strength and menacing appearance.



[[folder: Anime & Manga ]]
* The Saiyans from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' are like this. They are galactic conquerors who can transform into giant apes during the full moon. Their only simian-like characteristic in their normal form is their monkey tails.
* The apes in ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'', who distrust and hate San.
* Aozaru from ''LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms''.
* Etemon from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure''. And [[SmugSnake Makuramon]] from Anime/DigimonTamers.
* The Beast Titan, from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. It's 17 meters tall, with CreepilyLongArms, [[spoiler:a cruel, brilliant mind, and possibly the ability to turn humans into Titans]]. Its appearance heralds very bad things.
** It also [[spoiler:loves baseball and frequently makes baseball references (or at least its host does)]].

[[folder: Asian Animation ]]
* One of the rival teams faced by the Sunny Farm F.C. in ''Animation/{{Dreamkix}}'' had several spider monkeys who'd physically impede their progress, even in blatant displays like covering Roy's eyes and trying to drag George down. Yet they were apparently not committing fouls because they were deemed "too small and weak to really physically assault anyone".
* ''Animation/RimbaRacer'': [=OoAa=] the chimpanzee is never shown to speak intelligibly, unlike the other PettingZooPeople on the show, and tend to screech and grab people when annoyed.

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* ''Franchise/TheDCU'':
** Gorilla Grodd, one of major [[ComicBook/TheFlash Flash]]'s villain, is probably the most archetypal example of this trope, because of his utter disdain for humanity, psychopathic nature and plots to make gorillas the dominant species on Earth. Do NOT [[IAmNotWeasel call him a monkey]], though -- unless [[BerserkButton you really want to make him mad]]. And he hates bananas.
** Likewise, Ultra-Humanite sort of fits this trope, as he is a MadScientist inside an albino gorilla's body.
** Dc love this trope; in addition to the two examples above, there's also the late [[Comicbook/DoomPatrol Monsieur Mallah]], [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot a superintelligent machine-gun-toting communist revolutionary homosexual French-speaking gorilla]] (seriously), the muscle (and lover) of the also deceased [[BrainInAJar Brain]]. Coincidentally, Grodd killed both of them in ''ComicBook/SalvationRun''.
** In the ''Saga of the Comicbook/SwampThing'' story arc, a demonic creature resembling a marmoset fed on the terrors of traumatized children.
* ''Franchise/MarvelUniverse'':
** Ape X from ''ComicBook/SquadronSupreme.'' Which in ComicBook/SquadronSupreme tradition is a homage to the above comic book supermonkeys.
** [[RedScare Red Ghost]] and his [[ApesInSpace Super Apes]] are enemies of the Comicbook/FantasticFour.
* The Disney ''ComicBook/MickeyMouseComicUniverse'' features the monkey mad scientists Ecks, Doublex, and Triplex as enemies of Mickey Mouse. Another comics pal of Mickey's is the tough robot operator Sam Simian, seemingly a gorilla. There's one story where Mickey and Sam take on the three Professors. Apart from Mickey himself, everyone in the story is a monkey!
* From ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' There's the Brass Monkey, a foe of Jack in the Box, who was a janitor whose soul got transferred into a monkey statue.

[[folder: Fan Fic ]]
* After Calvin opens a circus box in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'', he releases a monkey and HilarityEnsues.
* The ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9565191/1/An-Old-Foe-Returns An Old Foe Returns]]'' gives us Mastermind, a sinister superintelligent chimp who intends to make simians the dominate species on Earth. [[spoiler:It's revealed that he used to be Bobo, the Camp Wannaweep mascot that created Ron's monkey phobia]].

[[folder: Films -- Animated ]]
* The CymbalBangingMonkey from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', who monitors Sunnyside Daycare to see if any of the prisoners are trying to escape.
* [[BigBad Shen's]] gorillas from ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' are EliteMooks in his army that otherwise consists of SavageWolves.
* The main antagonist in ''WesternAnimation/IceAge4ContinentalDrift'' is a prehistoric ape pirate captain called Gutt.

[[folder: Films -- Live-Action ]]
* The Simians from ''Film/GodzillaVsMechagodzilla'' and ''Film/TerrorOfMechagodzilla'' are green chimpanzee aliens who attempt to use Mechagodzilla to TakeOverTheWorld.
* The Flying Monkeys from ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''. [[spoiler:Though they're actually {{Punch Clock Villain}}s.]]
* The apes from ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'', who have replaced humanity as the superior species.
* The titular primate in ''Film/{{Shakma}}'' is a genetically altered baboon with a murderous attitude.
* Ella in ''Monkey Shines'' is an assistant to a paralyzed man who develops a psychic connection with him. Whenever he lashes out at someone, she is soon out to get them.
* The Killer Apes of Zinj from ''Film/{{Congo}}''.
* 1986 film ''Link'' had a killer chimpanzee butler, rather similar to Ella above.
* In ''The Shadow of Kilimanjaro'', thousands of aggressive baboons ransack villages and attack humans because a drought has depleted their natural food sources.
* In ''Film/{{Jumanji}}'', the game introduces a troop of monkeys to wreak havoc: "This will not be an easy mission. Monkeys slow the expedition". Though the monkeys aren't so much dangerous as a sheer nuisance.
* A segment from the anthology horror film ''Terror Tract'' features a killer capuchin monkey named Bobo, who has a talent for stabbing people offscreen.
* The gorilla in ''Film/BabysDayOut'' doubles as this and also an ape version of a PapaWolf.
* One monkey in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' works as a spy for ThoseWackyNazis. No, really. [[spoiler:He ends up inadvertently helping the heroes when he eats a date and dies, tipping Sallah off that the bowl of dates is poisoned.]]

[[folder: Literature ]]
* The Bandar-log (Monkey-folk) from Creator/RudyardKipling's ''Literature/TheJungleBook'' capture Mowgli so he can teach them human things and help them become masters of the jungle. It's a subversion because the Bandar-log's attention spans aren't long enough to complete their plan.
* The [[TalkingAnimal talking]] ape Shift serves as an [[TheAntichrist Antichrist]] figure in Creator/CSLewis' ''Literature/TheLastBattle''.
* In ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials,'' Mrs. Coulter's dæmon is a handsome golden monkey with long, lustrous fur. Considering how your dæmon signifies your true self, that shows that Mrs. Coulter is ''very'' intelligent, cunning, and charming; then again he also likes to ''pull small creatures limb from limb'' when he's bored. [[CaptainObvious Mrs. Coulter is not good.]]
* ''Ape and Essence'' by Aldous Huxley uses apes to symbolize the decline and fall of human civilization.
* In ''[[Literature/TheHungerGames Catching Fire]]'', the Hunger Games arena contains genetically-modified killer monkeys with claws and fangs.
* Apes were a common monster in Robert E. Howard's Literature/ConanTheBarbarian stories, being prominent antagonists in Literature/ThePhoenixOnTheSword, Literature/IronShadowsInTheMoon, and Literature/RoguesInTheHouse.
* The Wickersham brothers from ''Literature/HortonHearsAWho''
* The Pak, in Larry Niven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'', are [[spoiler:the ancestors of mankind, and are known to Earthly science as ''Homo habilis'']]--young Pak look like somewhat leggy chimpanzees. Their life-cycle is odd, consisting of an animalistic "breeder" phase followed by eating a poisonous root, Tree of Life, that [[PowerUpgradingDeformation mutates]] them into Protectors, hyper-intelligent, super-strong [[EvilOldFolks sociopaths concerned only with the protection of their progeny]]. Most of them regard human beings as competitors--and therefore as appropriate targets for genocide.
* In ''Literature/AfterManAZoologyOfTheFuture'', several species of deadly predator have evolved from monkeys, including the fish-eating [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin swimming monkey]], the cheetah-like [[FragileSpeedster horrane]], and several species of [[ItMakesSenseInContext theropod-like raboon]].
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': ''Looming Shadow'' boasts of a monkey beastfolk who becomes a LifeDrinker with necrocraft and [[AGodAmI goes on a screeching and insane rant about how he has become a god]].
* In ''Literature/TheEnemy'', the Holloway kids are attacked by diseased monkeys and apes which have escaped (or been released) from London Zoo, resulting in them losing five members of their group.

[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]
* In ''Series/{{Helix}}'', the hunt for lab monkeys infected with TheVirus is critical to the CDC team's effort to figure out how to contain the outbreak at a remote research base. Though their existence is at first vociferously denied by Arctic Biosystems staff, Dr. Boyle discovers infected macaques are the source of zoonotic transfer after she's attacked by an unusually intelligent and violent escaped specimen. Balleseros later finds the rest of the infected lab monkeys frozen outside the base.

[[folder: Pinball ]]
* The Crazy Monkey in Creator/SternPinball's ''Pinball/FamilyGuy''; hitting him repeatedly starts "Crazy Chris" mode.
* The "Monkey Mayhem" table of ''VideoGame/ExtremePinball'' is all about this trope.
* In ''Pinball/TheWizardOfOz'', the Flying Monkeys carry the pinball from the lower playfield to the Wicked Witch's Castle.

[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]
* Dr. Cube's demon Hell Monkey of Wrestling/KaijuBigBattel.

[[folder: Religion ]]
* Medieval bestiaries [[http://bestiary.ca/beasts/beast148.htm often portrayed them]] as allegories of the devil, and sometimes illustrated [[FaunsAndSatyrs satyrs]] (another source of [[BigRedDevil Satanic imagery]]) to look [[http://www.theoi.com/Thaumasios/SatyroiNesioi.html very ape-like]]. This may be where Lewis got the idea for the above example.

[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]
* Among the factions of ''TabletopGame/FengShui'' are the Jammers, intelligent apes working in concert with the few humans immune to the influence of Chi. They're a faction of {{Mad Bomber}}s who do not care one whit about who they blow up, so long as they get to blow up Feng Shui sites and [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans bring about Battlechimp Potemkin's dream of a world without chi]].
* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' features a city of evil sentient apes called Usaro. Their ruler, Ruthazek the Gorilla King, is one of the setting's major villains.
** A swarm of less lethal but very annoying monkeys is summoned by the spell "Mad Monkeys".
* Given that ''TabletopGame/TerraPrimate'' is at the least a loose shoutout to ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'' as a whole, this is quite applicable.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has had a wide variety of ape and monkey-based monsters appear in it during its history, such as the psionic carnivorous Su-Monsters and six-armed carnivorous gorilla-like Girallons.
* ''TabletopGame/FreedomCity'' has several, including Dr. Simian, criminal refugee from a city of intelligent apes, and Dr. Geistmann, a Nazi scientist trapped in the body of an albino ape.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* ''VideoGame/StarFox''
** Andross is an evil genius primate who leads an army of ManiacMonkeys and has two of them as his proteges.
** His nephew, Andrew Oikonny, is a highly incompetent Maniac Monkey, a character trait which is PlayedForLaughs.
** His grandson Dash Bowman appears to be a subversion of this trope, as he joins the Star Fox team to clear his family name and right Andross's wrongs, but two of the possible endings of ''VideoGame/StarFoxCommand'' have him [[FaceHeelTurn follow in his grandfather's footsteps to become another galactic overlord]]. So far, there hasn't been a single ape or monkey in VideoGame/StarFox who hasn't turned out to be evil.
** There's also the Meteo Crusher pilot in ''VideoGame/StarFox64'', yet another monkey who works for Andross. Falco even calls him a monkey in an insulting, derogatory way.
--> '''Pilot''': I am no match for you. I admit defeat.
--> '''Falco''': Are you gonna listen to that monkey?
* The Monkeys from ''VideoGame/TimeSplitters''. They have guns!
* The monkeys causing havoc across time, especially Specter, from ''VideoGame/ApeEscape''.
* ''VideoGame/SystemShock2'' has screeching monkeys with cryokenitic and pyrokinetic powers, who still have their heads cut open and their brains exposed from experimentation.
* In ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' the monkeys and apes of Ape Atoll form a terrifying militaristic faction bent on world domination. And during the Do No Evil quest, where [[spoiler:the desert god of monkeys has her senses split into 3 parts, and they take the form of 3 dark and powerful gorillas.]]
* The demon monkeys chasing you in ''VideoGame/TempleRun''.
* Gohma Howlers from ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'', which don't hesitate to kill humans in packs.
* The monkeys in ''VideoGame/{{Alundra}}'' are bloodthirsty, violent and murderous little bastards.
* The Monkeymen from the ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'' series.
* [[BigBad Morty's]] Cyberchimps in ''[[VideoGame/SuperSolvers Super Solvers: Gizmos & Gadgets]]''. They can steal your vehicle parts and pick up parts on the floor, making them [[GoddamnedBats very irritating]]. Feeding them a banana makes them sleep and drop their parts. Later on the slow, fat Chimps are replaced with [[EliteMook fast, wheeled Chimps]] that sleep for a much shorter time.
* The MiniBoss "Ausf A Gestell" from ''VideoGame/{{Einhander}}'' is a HumongousMecha ape. It attacks the player's ship like a deranged robot monkey would as well as having a number of dangerous weaponry. Befittingly enough, its battle theme is called "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ANSeJFNDYQ Madness]]".
* The ''{{VideoGame/Pokemon}}'' Mankey and its evolution, Primeape are characterised for their HairTriggerTemper and violent outbursts, making them notorious for going on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge [[DisproportionateRetribution for minor slights]]. Various renditions of Primeape describe it as being willing to "[[{{Determinator}} chase you down]] '''[[{{Determinator}} forever]]'''" in order to give you a thorough beating if you piss it off.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Dominions}} 4'', the Early Age nation of Lanka is composed of various castes of different sorts of primates, from chimps to gorillas, ruled over by gluttonous demon ogres. They're heavy users of BloodMagic and one of the few nations that can benefit from increasing the Turmoil in the land.
* Hun Batz, the Howler Monkey God of the Mayan pantheon in ''VideoGame/{{Smite}}'', is a rather sinister monkey driven with vengeance of being humiliated by the Hero Twins. While at first being introduced to replace Sun Wukong, at least Wukong's old kit was meant to be silly, Hun Batz made the kit more sinister as he's more serious in cracking the enemy's skulls wide open. Also, he babbles about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt because [[MayanDoomsday he's Mayan]].

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* Mojo Jojo from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''.
** Along with his army of fellow [[UpLiftedAnimal Uplifted Simians]].
* During the first ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' TV movie, AJ's monkey takes a bite out of a magic muffin that grants its eater any wish, regardless of Da Rules. The monkey's wish is--you guessed it--to make apes TakeOverTheWorld. Or it could have been a banana. [[RunningGag Cosmo always mixes those two up.]]
* Monkey Fist and his army of monkey ninjas from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''.
* Baboon and ''his'' army of monkey ninjas from ''WesternAnimation/SkunkFu''.
* Dr. Wasabi's ninja chimps from ''WesternAnimation/ChopSockyChooks''.
* Simian from the ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' "Dial M For Monkey" shorts, though he gets a HeelFaceTurn.
* The Monkey King from ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures''.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' has all DC Gorillas team up to form [[FunWithAcronyms G.A.S.P.]], Gorillas and Apes Seizing Power.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' has had robotic monkeys, Cobra venom mutated monkeys, Monsieur Mallah, The Ultra-Humanite, and [[ComicBook/TheJoker Joker]] monkeys in the tie-in comic. You can understand Conner's hatred of these buggers.
* Literal example from ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim''
--> The letter M: Dib's screaming like a Maniac... monkey.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/BackAtTheBarnyard'' dealt with a space test monkey who pretended to be friendly for awhile before revealing his true colors by somehow intending to take over the entire farm in front of the horrified animals due to his opposable thumbs (which is sort of FridgeLogic as Otis and his friends never had problems with manipulating objects before despite not having opposable thumbs), although it could all be down to playing the entire scenario for comedy.
* Evil Monkey from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', though he and Chris eventually become friends and he moves on to another boy's closet.
** As a throwaway joke, in the episode where the family finally discovers his existence, Meg reveals she also deals with an evil monkey, this one being bigger and scarier looking.
* Dr. Frankenollie, the MadScientist from the MickeyMouse short ''WesternAnimation/RunawayBrain''.
* The ''WesternAnimation/MrBogus'' episode "[[Recap/MrBogusS1E9HipsterTripster Hipster Tripster]]" featured a trio of monkeys who Bogus plays around with in the first act, but in the second act, they become this after Bogus releases them from their cage. At the end of the second act, Bogus is able to corral the monkeys back into their cage by luring them away from the zoo's gift shop while hiding under a banana peel.
* In ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'', Jack Spicer's favorite Shen Gong Wu is the Monkey Staff, which gives him the appearance and characteristics of a monkey.
* Rancid Rabbit's buddy Mr. Sunshine from ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'' hates Cat as much as his friend does.

[[folder: Real Life ]]
* Nonhuman primates in general are extremely dangerous animals. Chimpanzees take the cake, having killed quite a few people, not just in the wild, but also in zoos.
** Baboons are territorial, and they often raid human settlements to steal food. They tend to travel in groups, too.
** Inverted with gorillas, who are generally docile and peaceful despite being more menacing in their appearance. [[BewareTheNiceOnes Harm them or their families, however, and you will soon learn why they have no natural predators]].
* ''Human'' primates are sometimes considered [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters the most dangerous]] [[HumansAreBastards animals on Earth]]. [[note]] [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Technically they're apes, not monkeys.]] [[/note]]
* Former wildlife TV show presenter [[Series/TheJeffCorwinExperience Jeff Corwin]] would frequently handle venomous snakes and other reptiles, but disliked and feared monkeys; everywhere he went, monkeys caused him problems.