[[WMG: Specter is a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds]]
He was always very intelligent, pretty much on the level of a human, but was still [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman considered a lesser creature]] and forced to perform for other humans at the monkey park. He's not really evil, he's just misguided and thinks HumansAreTheRealMonsters, and wants to prove himself to a world that [[FantasticRacism wouldn't treat him as an equal]].
* Most of this became true in the Playstation Move reboot, oddly enough. Just replace the backstory of him being a circus monkey with that of a astronaut monkey and you're spot on! Not so sure about the original games though...
[[WMG: Monkey White is Cranky Kong.]]
Think about it. Both of them are old, crotchety primates who are genius inventors. White's metal diaper/pants thingy could be futuristic leg support as opposed to Cranky's two canes.