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Voiced by Andy Serkis
- Anime Hair
Pigsy: "So, Monkey...let me ask you a question."Monkey: "Yeah."Pigsy: "Do you use a lot of hair product?"Monkey: (blankly) "What?"
- Lampshaded by Pigsy
- When you consider that Monkey is based on the Monkey King the same as Goku, it seems all the more fitting.
- Carry a Big Stick: His collapsible staff. It's even capable of shooting plasma and EMP blasts.
- Cool Bike: "Two wheels and an engine."
- Covered with Scars: Of the decorative and generic kind. Although not explained in-game, Nina Kristenson of Ninja Theory elaborates that the swirling designs on his torso are war scars he drew on himself after major battles. Considering the sheer amount he has, your mileage may vary as to whether that's awesome or not.
- Curse Cut Short: We hear Monkey curse out Trip for locking him away from the escape pods in the beginning, but severely muffled by a sound-proof door.
- Deadpan Snarker: Sneaks in some quips when usually agitated.Trip: "So what's the plan?"Monkey: "To get you home as fast as possible so you can take this thing off my head and I can break your neck."
- Deflector Shield: Has gauntlets that generate a Deflector Shield capable of blocking attacks and bullets.
- Does Not Like Shoes
- Expy: of Sun Wukong
- Gatling Good: Monkey is able to override turret Mechs and rides them while turned into these.
- Happiness in Slavery: Refuses his freedom from the slaver's headband when Trip turns it off near the final act.
- Hover Board: His "Cloud"
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Able to carry Trip on his back with no sweat
- I Work Alone: Was this before being controlled against his will.
- Improvised Weapon: Can use the weapons from mechs themselves against their own.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Lightning Bruiser
- Made of Iron: Monkey survives an escape pod crash into Grand Central Station while he was outside of the pod. The fact he lands on a mattress covered in rocky debris just drives the point home.
- Meaningful Name
- Mr. Fanservice
- One-Man Army: You bet; taking on legions of killer mechs from small to the size of skyscrapers.
- Restraining Bolt: The slaver's headband.
- Screaming Warrior: HEY!
- Serkis Folk: Andy himself plays him.
- Simple Staff: Monkey's power staff is a little less simple than most examples; it's collapsible and shoots plasma and EMP bolts.
- Supporting Protagonist: The entire story really revolves around Trip.
- Talking to Himself: Andy Serkis plays both Monkey and Pyramid.
- Tribal Facepaint: A red streak across his face.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: From the entirety of the game.
Voiced by Lindsey Shaw
- Action Survivor
- Bare Your Midriff
- Break the Cutie: Several throughout the game.
- The Cracker: Comes useful when running across abandoned technology.
- Distressed Damsel: Deconstructed. Trip isn't without skills of her own, but she's easy prey to the slavers and the mech. Her solution? Shoot the Dog.
- Doomed Hometown: Trip ends up getting to her home only to find that the slavers have burned it to the ground and killed the inhabitants.
- Hair Decorations: After reprogramming a robotic dragonfly, Trip usually wears it in her hair where it looks like a feather clip-on.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Goes into hysteric shock when finding her home destroyed by mech.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl
- Kid with the Leash: Averted. She may have a slave helmet on Monkey, and can pretty much tell him to do whatever she wants, but she never uses it to do more than keep Monkey from running off without her. Monkey is the one in charge: he's the one who knows how to get through the wasteland, and he makes it clear to her that if she wants to survive she has to do as he tells her.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Becomes the main driving force of the second half of the game after finding her home, father, and villagers dead.
- Stripperiffic: Trip runs around in a tube-top and jeans with many holes in it.
- Younger Than They Look: Looks a bit older than someone in their teens.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Trip doesn't start her relation with Monkey on the best footing. She ignores him as he tries to escape the airship they're on which is going down from what seems to be from her tamperings, she ejects her escape pod from the airship despite how he visibly begs from outside of it to not do so while gripping onto the escape pod, and finally, she attaches a slave headband to him that forces him to protect her life despite that he was already lucky to survive the results of her actions. His threat—and attempt—to rip her head off is pretty understandable.
- Wrench Wench
Voiced by Richard Ridings
- Abhorrent Admirer: Has a crush on Trip.
- Acrofatic: Never has a short, rotund man been so agile, although the grappling gun probably helps.
- A Day in the Limelight: Pigsy's Perfect 10, a DLC which features Pigsy on a quest to build himself a Fembot
- BOOM Headshot: Name dropped by him later in the game.
- I Call It "Vera": Lola, his rifle.
- Casanova Wannabe
- Heroic Sacrifice: Pigsy and the Leviathan vs five scorpion mechs. Borders to Tear Jerker territory.
- Loners Are Freaks: Lampshaded by Trip.Monkey: "More...music and pigs? This friend of your father's seems a bit weird."Trip: "Well, he's been living alone out in the wilds most of his life. That usually makes people pretty weird and eccentric."Monkey: You mean like me?
Trip: As well as strong and resourceful individuals.
- Meaningful Name: Speaks for itself, doesn't it? Named for his smell.
- Robot Buddy: Truffles, who appears in Pigsy's Perfect 10.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Pigsy sure doesn't stop reminding everyone how great he is. This is much to Monkey's annoyance.Monkey: Pigsy, if you don't shut up I'm switching sides!
Voiced by Andy Serkis
- Anti-Villain: A Type II masquerading as a Type III. He's created a slave empire that's captured thousands, but all he wants is to go back to a time when people's problems revolved around jobs, schools and the like, instead of living in fear of machines, starvation, and slavers.
- Big Bad: After his mechs destroy Trip's home, confronting him becomes her driving motivation.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Implied. He's old enough to remember how things used to be before the war, and underneath his mask, he's clearly in the winter of his life. It's implied that unlike Monkey and Trip, Pyramid couldn't cope with the loss of his previous life, so he became the Big Bad in an effort to get something of it back.
- Egopolis: Played with. His monikor and his city are both called Pyramid, but it's clearly not his original name.
- Evil Overlord: A post-apocalyptic subversion. His motives are more complex than the typical Evil Overlord.
- Foreshadowing: Those visions of a man Monkey repeatedly gets? That man is who Pyramid used to be.
- Karmic Death: Ends up dying at the hands of a woman who belonged to one of the countless communities he's destroyed in the name of his vision.
- Lotus-Eater Machine: He's feeding his slaves the memories of the world before the Robot War, creating a form of Escapism from the Crapsack World they inhabit.
- Trouble from the Past: Darkly inverted. Pyramid's desire to share what the world used to be like to the people of the wasteland, at the expense of what it is and could be, turns out to be the driving motivation of his villainy.Pyramid: "Pyramid is a world in which you can live."