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The daughter of the Professor, Natalie is a Tomboy who follows in her father's footsteps. In the anime, she actually goes out and assists Spike in capturing monkeys, moreso then any other character. Otherwise, she acts like she did in the games.
Hey, It's That Voice!: Misty from Pokemon in Ape Escape 2. Hilarious, considering that Jimmy, the protagonist of Ape Escape 2, was voiced by Ash Ketchum.
Only Sane Man: In the games. Subverted midway into the anime's second season, where she is somewhat distraught over the abduction of her father. Averted in the Fredorator cartoon, where she's just as zany as the rest of the cast.
Lethal Chef: Possibly; she likes cooking and she is the only person to like how they taste. The only reason her Sweet Azuki bean porridge turned out well is because a Monkey changed the spice shaker caps. But upon trying it she notes it doesn't taste like how she usually makes it.
Phil Proctor (Ape Escape: On the Loose and Ape Escape 3)
The creator of the pipo helmet that gives the apes their intelligence. He appears in the anime with more or less the same role. He is a bit more zany.
Drop the Hammer: His melee weapon of choice in Pumped & Primed is a mechanical hammer.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: He created the Pipo Helmet (Peak Point Helmet in the US release) to increase the intelligence of monkeys, although his prototype helmet was unstable and needed to be finished. He left the prototype at the circus where it was ultimately found by Specter, thus beginning the series.
It doesn't help that his colleagues also did similar experiments and most of them actually ended up worse for wear. One ( Tomoki) has a helmet permanently grafted to his head, and another (Helga's father) created the Pipotrons, who eventually kidnapped him years later.
Put on a Bus: Outside of a minor role in Saru Saru Big Mission, Jimmy hasn't appeared in any subsequent games in the series. He didn't even appear in the anime. However, he was the main character of two short-lived Ape Escape cartoons that aired on Nicktoons (a CGI one made around 2004 by the makers of the games themselves, and a flash cartoon helmed by Doug TenNapel in 2010.)
A small, baby monkey that accompanies Jimmy on his adventures. He wears a pipo helmet that works as it was originally intended, making him smarter but not evil or out of control. He also has suspenders with wings attached, that allow him to fly.
Put on a Bus: He's only ever appeared in Ape Escape 2, and hasn't showed up in anything since, even the minuscule amount of material where Jimmy is present.
The protagonists of Ape Escape 3, the player chooses which one of them to play as for the remainder of their game. They made reoccurring appearances in the anime, with Yumi being a major character in three episodes (two involving the Pipotrons kidnapping her, and the third involving a drawing contest between her and Pink Monkey.)
Expy: Yumi briefly becomes one of Chun-Li in an episode of the anime.
Flat Character: Kei is no different then his predecessors, and due to the popularity of his sister (in-universe, that is), he has even less development.
Henshin Hero: Their watches allow them to transform and gain powers.
Magic Knight: The first transformation given to them, although Yumi's outfit resembles a wizard more.
Cowboy: Their second transformation allows Kei to become a cowboy and Yumi a cowgirl, with rapid-fire pistols.
Ninja: Allows them to run on walls and walk across tightropes.
Belly Dancer: Well, the outfits match that description, but they use maracas. They use said maracas to control a dancing genie, who can dance to distract enemies and go through lamps to reach spaces otherwise unreachable.
Kung-Fu Wizard: Gives them a fiery and fast set of combo attacks and the ability to hit special buttons.
Magical Girl: A powerful form that allows them to fire lasers and glide short distances.
Dressing as the Enemy: The final form is a big monkey suit, that allows them to walk amongst monkeys without being noticed, and find secret rooms by following a banana scent, which are filled with more monkeys to capture.
Idol Singer: Yumi is one in both the games and anime. This attracts the wrong attention in both, a rivalry with Pink Monkey in the games and being kidnapped twice by the Pipotron Brothers (as part of an attempt to become famous by performing with her) in the anime.
Because of this, picking her makes Ape Escape 3 slightly easier, as a handful of the monkeys are part of her fan club, and instead of running away or attacking her, simply fall to the ground and stare at her with hearts in their eyes.
Ascended Extra: Casi plays a bigger role overall in the anime. She is given an android body in order to save Spike and his friends from shapeshifting monkeys. She later plays a key role in breaking Specter's control over Kohta towards the end of the first season, and is ultimately the one who stops Specter in the season two mid-finale.
Demoted to Extra: Casi never really did much to begin with, but outside of Pumped and Primed and Million Monkeys, she never appeared outside of the first game. Interestingly, concept art and even an in-game photo of her and Natalie appear in the second game, despite Casi herself not being in it.
Dub Name Change: She is called Casey in the original game, then is given her Japanese name in Ape Escape 2 artwork, then called Casi in Pumped and Primed. Most English fans usually refer to her P&P name.
Evil Knockoff: Million Monkeys had Virus Casis, which were EvilTwin Evil Twins that were murderous, used machine guns, and could multiply and overwrite Casi herself.
Leitmotif: Oddly enough, a rather Indian sounding tune with drums and chanting.
Minor Major Character: In the first game, Casi mostly appeared on-screen showing you how many monkeys the player had to catch. The only time she plays an important role in the game is when Spike returns to the present time finding it overrun with monkeys causing havoc. She informs Spike of what happened to the Professor and Natalie and gives him the penultimate gadget, the RC Car.
Ms. Fanservice: Casi is this in the anime, almost always wearing a maid outfit from the second season onwards. There's even a scene in one episode where it appears that she's stripping.
Ninja Maid: Sometimes becomes this in the anime, namely when taking on Red and Pink.
Robot Girl: Becomes this in Million Monkeys and shortly after her debut in the anime.
Super Powered Robot Meter Maid: Quite possibly the strongest character in the anime, even stronger then Ukki Red! She spends the majority of the anime on the sidelines though.
You Don't Look Like You: She gets a ponytail in Pumped and Primed onwards, and later has giant "ear bolts" sticking out of her head in Million Monkeys and the anime.
Specter was a famous circus monkey loved and adored by thousands. One day he found the prototype Peak Point Helmet and put it on, increasing his intelligence but also twisting his mind. He quickly escapes the amusement park, after giving all of the other monkeys in the zoo peak point helmets of their own, and leads them to try and take over the world.He is the only character returning for the new storyline of the Playstation Move reboot. Here he is a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds who was forcibly separated from his owner Haru and shot up into space, in a constant stare of discomfort and fear due to his dislike of cold.Specter's portrayal in the anime is a little different. In this version of the story, he is actually a sentient Pipo Helmet that controls whatever unfortunate monkey wears it. Otherwise, he's basically the same as he is in the games.
Ax-Crazy: Increasingly so in the anime. By the end he was willing to blow up the entire Earth after being fed up with just about everyone.
Badass Adorable: Subverted, as he is not usually both badass and adorable at the same time. With the helmet, he's a threatening figure, oftentimes with a deep voice in the english dubs. Without the helmet, however, he's just a cute little white monkey who likes to hang on to people.
Badass Cape: His default appearance has him wearing a red one.
Badass in a Nice Suit: Doubles with He Cleans Up Nicely, as he looks pretty swag in his tuxedo. He also fights you in it in 3. After that, he switches between this and his cape whenever the mood strikes him.
Big Bad: For most of the series, excluding Pumped and Primed, where the story is hijacked by a Giant Computer Core From Nowhere, and Million Monkeys, where he is playable and fights against that game's Big Bad. Subverted in the Playstation Move game.
Evil Plan: Specter pulls a huge one in the second season of the anime. As nothing more then a mere helmet, he had a mutated monkey called Pipo Angel trick the Pipotrons by promising them a wish should they grab five feathers from it. After they do so, Specter gave them a car and had them enter a race, which regardless of who would win (ultimately it was a normal monkey), helped him assimilate the body of Pipo Angel into that of his own. Afterwards, he made the Pipotron Brothers his Terrible Trios with hundreds of monkeys at their disposal and had them do odd tasks. Regardless of whether or not Spike and his friends stopped them, the monkeys' activities powered up a machine that was capable of turning every human on Earth into monkeys. He left Earth to make sure that the Pipotron Brothers (who pulled a Heel-Face Turn) couldn't lead Spike to him, and when the Professor made a device to repel the monkey conversion, Specter was able to hack it anyway, making it futile. When Spike finally got up to Specter's base, he proved to be too powerful for Spike to attack, and was only defeated because Casi hijacked his space station and tossed him out into deep space.
And after that, he STILL had a backup plan, which resulted in creating the Freaky Monkey Five, partially disabling Casi and destroying the teleporter Spike and his friends had been using, freeing all of the monkeys they captured, disabled the Monkey Net, making it useless in capturing them again, and kidnapping the Professor and Kohta. His winning streak more or less stopped there, especially after the Professor was rescued.
Space Is Cold: In the Playstation Move reboot, Specter is shown to greatly dislike the cold. It doesn't help that he's up in space for most of the game, and it's hinted that this was a partial reason for his Face-Heel Turn decades earlier.
The Other Darrin: Specter's voice actor changes with every game. The only time the same actor has played his part twice was for 2 and Pumped and Primed.
In the first Ape Escape, Specter's Psychic Powers are limited to basic shields and energy blasts, though said energy blasts have enough AOE to cover the whole arena, and he has a lot more health than previous bosses by far. He can also teleport, but this is actually a built-in function of his hoverchair rather an ability of his own.
Ape Escape 3 cranks it up even further. The mental projections can now attack on their own, he can concentrate his psychic power into a laserthat lasts for a freaking while, and his telekinesis has evolved to the point where he can lift a massive robot head with his mind and drop it on you. He spams the Fantastic Nuke with wild abandonnote Every time you knock him off his chair and is even more durable then in the last game. His hoverchair has also been upgraded with a seemingly endless supply of missiles to bombard you with.
Villain Protagonist: In Million Monkeys. After Specter discovers that most of his monkey army is under the command of an imposter of him (actually a shift-shaping monkey mutant who is actually working for a human dictator), he and what little remains of his monkeys decide to take action against them. He doesn't team up with Spike and his friends however, and even fights them at one point.
You Dont Look Like Yourself: Specter wears a tuxedo in Ape Escape 3 and Saru Saru Big Mission, and he gets a red cape and leather pants in Million Monkeys and the anime. The Fredorator cartoon gave him Messy Hair.
You Will Be Assimilated: Specter does this quite often in the anime. The first time, the helmet transforms the baby monkey Kohta's body into Specter's form. During the first season finale Kohta's emotions overwhelm the helmet and frees him from it's control. During the second season, he does it again to Pipo Angel, only this time he uses a machine to slowly morph it into a host body that the helmet itself has permanent control over. Lastly, Specter's Evil Plan in the first half of the second season involved turning every human on Earth into monkeys. He almost succeeds.
Pipo Apes/Monkeys/Pipo Saru
The mascots of the series itself, the Pipo Apes are Specter's minions that cause havoc.The cartoons and anime discarded the multicolored pants in favor of more uniquely dressed monkeys.
Beware the Silly Ones: In the Playstation Move game. They act goofy, but are capable of pulling an invasion of Earth off, even going so far as to kidnap Specter, who had a Heel-Face Turn, at the end.
Yellow: Average, run of the mill monkey. Nothing special about these guys.
Red: These monkeys are short-tempered powerhouses. They'll punch and scratch you a lot more than other monkeys.
Dark Blue: These monkeys run really fast, sometimes to the point of needing a gadget to keep up with them.
Light Blue: Cowardly monkeys that just really don't want to be caught. They're more gentle than others, and won't attack the player as often.
Green: These monkeys wear special goggles that allow them to see you coming more easily. Often carry rocket-firing backpacks.
White: They have poor eyesight and won't see you coming as well as other monkeys. However, they also carry bombs that they'll throw at the player.
Black: These monkeys sport Sinister Shades and tote machine guns. Think the monkeys wearing red pants are bad? These guys are much worse.
Harmless Villain: The monkeys actions seem to mostly harmless for the most part, consisting of dancing, goofing about, etc. If it weren't for Specter commanding them, most of these monkeys might not be a threat at all.
They become Not So Harmless Villains in Million Monkeys. Due to being ordered around by a human dictator and his four mutated monkeys, the monkeys dress up in military garb and act rather seriously and use hi-tech gear, realistic mechs. Only the six or so monkeys remaining under Specter's command still act this way, although since they are playable, it can become a case of Beware the Silly Ones.
The Unintelligible: They make typical monkey screeching noises throughout the majority of the games. In Pumped and Primed's Pipo Ape/Team Monkey cutscenes, Ape Escape 3 (in Mesal Gear Solid and Monkey Theater only), and all three animated adaptations, they "Ukki".
Freaky Monkey Five/Ukki Five
The Freaky Monkey five are Specter's Quirky Miniboss Squad from the second games onward. They are monkeys mutated by Vita-Z Bananas and are usually fought in between levels.
Dub Name Change: A odd case in that all the members had their names changed three times in the US. In Ape Escape 2, they were referred to as their color first, then "Monkey" last, in Ape Escape 3, this was swapped around, and in Ape Escape Academy they were referred to by their Japanese names (example: Blue Monkey in 2, Monkey Blue in 3, and Ukki Blue in Academy).
Although her pop idol status remains the same throughout the series, her clothes change like the rest of the group. She resembles a typical pop singer in 2, a princess in 3, and a schoolgirl in Saru Saru Big Mission and the anime.
Real Men Wear Pink: He's forced into this situation in the anime. Due to his multiple losses at the hands of the female protagonists (Casi, Helga, and Natalie), Specter makes Red wear a dress and act as girly as possible. He warms up to it and even knits a quilt with Hegla and Natalie, but afterwards he reverts back to his old self.
An eccentric scientist who teams up with Specter in Ape Escape 3 with a plan to split the Earth in two. Turns out years ago he was a colleague of Aki and the Professor. After a disastrous experiment which left a helmet permanently grafted to his head, he became an outcast to society and hid.
Tragic Villain: He only became a villain because he thought all of society would shun him because of the monkey helmet grafted onto his head.
The Pipotrons/Apetrons/Pipotron Brothers
Three experimental monkeys that escaped the lab in which they were created.The trio includes Red, the calm but strong leader, Blue, the talkative speedster, and Yellow, the unintelligible marksman.The anime portrays them as goofy klutzes with the goal of becoming "big". They started out as the Big Bads of season two, demoted to the Quirky Mini Boss Squad once Specter hijacks the plot
Attention Whore: In the anime. All of their schemes are wacky attempts to become famous (or "big", as they frequently put it).
Big Bads: In the first eight episodes of season two and in Ape Quest.
Alternative Character Interpretation: The Pipotrons in the anime are VERY different to the ones in the games. In the anime, they're completely goofy. In Pumped and Primed, they were mysterious, threatening, and thanks to their intermission videos, really creepy.
Heroic Sacrifice: Twice in the anime. The first time they had to detach a piece of a rocket in order to get Spike to Specter's base, and later in the series finale where Specter tries to shoot the heroes' Humongous Mecha only for the Pipotrons' mecha to take it instead. Both are Disney Villain Deaths.
Humongous Mecha: The Pipotrons use a mecha the size of Earth itself in the finale of the anime. It's crudely made in comparison to the equally huge mechas the heroes and villains are using though.
The Unintelligible: In Pumped and Primed, they speak odd sounding gibberish with distorted voices. Red speaks in a deep murmer, Blue speaks with a higher pitched voiced of mostly vowels, and Yellow speaks only in beep noises. In Ape Escape 3, they sound much like any other monkey. Subverted in Academy and the anime, where Pipotron Red and Blue can speak perfect English or Japanese (still distorted in the games), whereas Pipotron Yellow talks in beeps in the games and Pokémon Speak in the anime.
A young girl around Spike's age. She first appeared in Ape Escape: Pumped & Primed, where she was the previous champion of the tournament that Spike and company enter. Her father mysteriously went missing, and she's determined to find him.