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Monkeys are often portrayed in fiction as mischievous little pranksters, who like to [[StickyFingers steal things]] ([[NiceHat Hats seem to be a common target]]), throw stuff at people (including [[DungFu their own excrement]]), drop {{Banana Peel}}s, and otherwise make monkey business. Sometimes, the mischief-making monkey is a KarmicTrickster. Can overlap with ManiacMonkeys, or, if they're funny, EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys.

May be a reason for HilarityInZoos.



* A Visa card advertisement had orangutans stealing the luggage of Catherine Zeta-Jones, until she ransoms it back by using her Visa card to order a truckload of bananas. The monkeys are so impressed they want the Visa card as well. Catherine refuses, and is about to drive off whereupon the leader of the monkeys shows he's nicked her carkeys too.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/InuYasha'', three little monkey youkai appear as playful pests. Subverted by their leader Sarugami, who's TheStoic.
* ''Franchise/{{Jewelpet}}'': Tata, a squirrel monkey Jewelpet, is very mischievous and chaotic, and often a nuisance to the heroes. He's also known for stealing stuff in the second and fourth seasons.
* In ''Manga/BloodBlockadeBattlefront'', Sonic is introduced stealing Leo's camera and has to be chased down for the rest of the episode.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* One of the locations on the map at the end of issue #2 of ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'' is "Here there be Monkeys", with a subtitle warning visitors to guard their valuables.
* ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'': A Mafioso goes to the zoo with a date and a ButtMonkey bodyguard. While at the monkey cages, the don manages to ''get his penis ripped off by a chimp''. Naturally, it all falls on the bodyguard's fault, who would have been executed if Frank hadn't been in need of an informant. The mook later suffers brain damage, falls in love with a pumpkin, and heads out west with it.
* ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan''. Ampersand might be a crucial clue to the {{Gendercide}} and Yorick's pet, but that still doesn't stop it from throwing shit and biting people. [[spoiler:The former might well have saved Yorick's life, passing on whatever immunity the monkey had.]]

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio}}'', the marmosets are all thieves and con artists (within the animal kingdom, at least).
* Abu from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' is a thief. And not a thief like Aladdin is a thief, who steals only what he really needs to steal. Abu steals anything and takes great pleasure in using it to mess with people.
* The baby baboon that steals Jane's drawings in Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}''.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In the Creator/CharlieChaplin film ''Film/TheCircus'', one scene featured The Tramp performing a tightrope routine because the regular could not be found. While highly entertaining, especially after the Tramp's safety harness falls off, a group of monkeys that has harassed Chaplin's character throughout the movie decides to get involved, crawling all over him, biting him, and removing his pants.
* The monkeys in ''Film/{{Jumanji}}'', who wreak havoc all across the town.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* On an episode of ''Series/TheLucyShow'', Lucy gets a job babysitting, but finds out she's expected to care for a couple's three chimpanzees which they see as their children. The chimps put off going to bed with all sorts of tricks including riding bikes and playing Cowboys and Indians. The couple comes home to an exhausted Lucy who apologizes that the chimps aren't in bed. The "parents" are just glad she didn't run away like the last babysitter.
* In ''Series/{{Friends}}'' season one, Ross had a capuchin monkey named Marcel in order to get used to having someone who depended on him, in preparation for his then-unborn son. It got into a lot of mischief, including setting the girls' TV to the Spanish language SAP. Ross eventually gave it to a zoo, and it was last seen starring opposite Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme in ''Outbreak 2''.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'': Annie's Boobs, the thieving monkey.
* On ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' Marshall may or may not have been mugged by a monkey; he refuses to say. From the same episode, Ted claims a monkey [[Film/KingKong stole a doll, climbed a model of the Empire State Building and was attacked by paper airplanes]], [[UnreliableNarrator but fans have their doubts]].

* Sun Wukong from ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'' is what happens when a mischievous monkey gains extreme god-like powers. Had it not been for The Buddha's intervention, he would have overthrown heaven.
* Zephyr from ''Literature/{{Babar}}'' is often mischievous.
* The monkeys in ''Caps for Sale'' by Esphyr Slobodkina steal all the peddler's stock, and he has to use another well-known monkey trait to get the caps back.
* The title character of the children's book ''Good Night, Gorilla!'' is a mischievous young gorilla who steals a zookeeper's keys and releases the other animals in the zoo.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/ScarabOfRa'' has a monkey that cannot hurt you, but likes to steal your gold and whatever else you might be carrying. Then after it's robbed you bare, it might come back to tweak your nose.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' has a kleptomaniac monkey familiar that increases meat drops when used (meat being Loathing's currency, in a bizarre justification of the MoneySpider trope).
* In ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'', Hideyoshi has a monkey motifs and has a mischievous, playful attitude.
* In ''VideoGame/YoshisIsland'', the third world is mainly inhabited by monkeys called Grinders that spit watermelon seeds at Yoshi and sometimes drop bombs.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'' had the hat-stealing Ukiki of Tall, Tall Mountain.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLionKing'', the second level had a lot of monkeys hanging from trees waiting to toss something around. That something is Simba, who can roar at them to change the direction they toss him.
* The Chimp from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'' is a blue chimpanzee that will challenge Mario/Luigi to some sort of challenge several times in the game, such as stomping as many Goombas as possible, ice skating to knock out enemies a la Whack-A-Mole, bowling over pin-shaped enemies using the rock power-up or swimming for coins.
* Aipom and Ambipom from ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' fit this description to a tee. Mankey as well, provided that [[BerserkButton it isn't angry at something]].
* Levels set in ancient Egypt in ''Videogame/CrashBandicoot3Warped'' often feature monkeys who hide in (and can apparently teleport between) vases, while they throw stuff at Crash. Break the last of the vases in a given area, however, and the monkey will cower with its hands over its head, leaving you free to jump on his head a few times for more Wumpa Fruit, [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential if you're so inclined.]]
* Sun Wukong, the Monkey King from ''VideoGame/Dota2'' literally has an ability called Mischief, which transforms him into a semi-random object to blend in with the area and makes AI-controlled units (such as creeps and towers) ignore him. Videos abound on YouTube about the cheeky plays that this enables.
* ''VideoGame/{{Spelunky}}'' has monkeys in the Jungle levels as a minor enemy. Unlike [[EverythingTryingToKillYou most things in this game]], they can't do direct damage to you; they simply latch onto your back for a bit and steal ropes, bombs, or money (or simply knock you down for a moment). The only real danger they pose is if one knocks you into (or near) something dangerous, like {{spikes|OfDoom}}, [[PiranhaProblem a piranha pool]], [[ManEatingPlant a mantrap]]....
** In [[UpdatedRerelease the HD version]], the monkeys have been upgraded slightly: while they still don't do direct damage, they now light any bombs they steal. Woe unto you if a monkey throws a lit bomb into a {{shop|liftAndDie}}; [[MisplacedRetribution the shopkeeper will blame you for it]].

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' gives us the monkey [[LittleBitBeastly faunus]] Sun Wukong. [[EstablishingCharacterMoment His introduction]] has him running away from guards who caught him stowing away on a ship and throwing a banana peel into their faces. And his jokey antics don't stop there.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Rhinokey from ''WesternAnimation/TheWuzzles'', although he's only [[MixAndMatchCritter half monkey]], is the joker of the gang.
* Master Monkey on the TV series ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' is the most mischievous of the Furious Five, although it is not seen often in the movies.
* [[TeamPet Mr. Twitchy]] from ''WesternAnimation/RatedAForAwesome'' hinders the gang just as much as he helps them.
* In the [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheatricalCartoons Superman short]] "Terror on the Midway", a mischievous monkey releases a bunch of circus animals, including a terrifying KillerGorilla.