Referenced By / Journey to the West

Works based, more or less, on Journey to the West include:
  • Monkey King: Hero Is Back, A Chinese animated buddy-travel/adventure movie released in 2015.
  • Saiyuki
  • Dragon Ball, mainly in the first story arc where Goku (Monkey with a staff) travels with Bulma (human with a radar) to find a special treasure, and they are joined by a cowardly pig. This is not the case for later entries.
  • Monkey Magic, animated series is a straight forward adaption.
  • Goku Midnight Eye
  • Monkey series
  • Starzinger is Journey to the West IN SPACE!! (Dubbed into English as Spaceketeers; The Three Musketeers IN SPACE!!)
  • Alakazam the Great
  • Saiyuki: Journey West (PS1 video game by Koei)
  • Monkey Hero (Obscure PS1 game developed by BLAM!)
  • The Monkey King: The Legend Begins (Wii video game)
  • The Forbidden Kingdom (2008 movie starring Jet Li and Jackie Chan)
  • Secret Journey (Shotacon hentai manga by Poju)
  • Shinzo, where the heroes quest is to look for Shinzo, the last remaining human city after humanity is believed to have been destroyed in a war with the bio-engineered Enterran race centuries before. The saintly-tempered Yakumo frees the anti-heroic Mushra from confinement and they travel together.
  • Kǒudài Xīyóujì (An MMORPG, known in English as Ether Saga Odyssey)
  • Monkey King (An unsubbed, undubbed Chinese cartoon.)
  • The Flying Superboard
  • A Chinese Odyssey (Two movies directed by Jeff Lau starring Stephen Chow. A later Jeff Lau film, Chinese Odyssey 2002, has no relation to Journey to the West.)
  • Princess Iron Fan (China's first feature length animated film.)
  • The Shaw Bros. films Monkey Goes West, Princess Iron Fan (not the animated one above), Cave of the Silken Web, and The Land of Many Perfumes.
  • The graphic novel American Born Chinese ties together Monkey's story with the tale of a Chinese-American boy's coming of age story and the sitcom-like hilarity of an all-American jock plagued by his painfully stereotypical Chinese cousin. And the Christmas story.
  • Journey to the West: Legends of the Monkey King, an animated series co-produced by CCTV and Cinar, and aired in Canada in the late 1990's via Teletoon. More recently aired on This TV.
  • Saint (Wii video game)
  • Monkey: Journey to the West, an opera by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett done in the Chinese style and mixed up with martial arts and circus acts. Beautiful and humorous.
  • Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
  • The Lost Empire: The Legend of the Monkey King (aka The Monkey King), a two-part Made-for-TV Movie for NBC from 2001. An American scholar finds himself transported into the realm of the Monkey King and his companions by a luck goddess and and must help them save the very story of Journey to the West from demons who would remove it from the world — and reverse time itself in the process.
  • Son Son, a 1984 Capcom arcade game; the title character('s grandaughter) appears in Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age Of Heroes and has Sun Wukong's powers from the original story.
  • Mighty Monkey, a 1982 Universal arcade Shoot 'em Up.
  • Ganso Saiyuuki: Super Monkey Daibouken, an infamous Action RPG for the Famicom.
  • Journey to the West (1996), a Hong Kong 1996 live action TV series, with a second season airing on 1998. It stars Dicky Cheung as Sun Wukong.
  • Monkey King: Quest for The Sutra, a Hong Kong/Taiwanese 2002 live action TV series. While the characters are clearly those of the pilgrimage as described in the novel, the plot is totally different and twisted compared to the original.
  • Journey to the West (2011), a Chinese 2011 live action TV series.
  • YuYuKi, a Japan-only Famicom game published by Nintendo, part of the Famicom Fairytales series that includes Shin Onigashima.
  • Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons, a 2013 film directed by Stephen Chow and Derek Kwok.
  • The Monkey King, a 2014 Hong Kong film retelling the origin of Monkey, starring Donnie Yen as Monkey.
  • Queen's Blade: In the Alternative Continuity Queen's Blade Grimoire, one of the characters (named Seiten) is inspired in Sun Wukong. This is also notable for being one of the few works when a version of him is depicted as a female.
  • In RWBY, where each character is based off a mythological or storybook character, Sun Wukong is an easygoing, rogueish monkey faunus.
  • Giant Saver the core team of the chinese Toku series are based on the main characters of the novel.
  • God Of High School The main character is Sun Wukong with amnesia.
  • Tang Hill Burial, an off-the-wall parody of the tale notable for its oddly muscular portrayal of Tang Xiaolong and gender-flipping of near half of the cast.
  • Into The Badlands, the 2015 AMC series is based on the story with Sunny being Sun Wukong and T.K. as Xuanzang/Tripitaka.
  • Anchira from Granblue Fantasy, notable not only because Sun Wukong is being depicted as a girl, but also her personality is being the complete opposite of him.

References to Journey to the West are made in:
  • One villain in the Read or Die OAV series
  • A group of villains in YuYu Hakusho
  • A children's play staged by the main characters of Love Hina
  • The Digimon franchise has taken to doing this in recent years; it started with Kamemon's Perfect form, Shawujingmon, in Digimon Savers, and years later Digimon Jintrix introduced a whole slew of mons based on it: Gokuwmon, ChoHakkaimon, Sagomon, Sanzomon, Shakamon, Kinkakumon and Ginkakumon, several of whom have shown up in Digimon Xros Wars: The Young Hunters Leaping Through Time.
  • A School Play staged by the characters of Urusei Yatsura
  • The appropriately titled episode, "Lupin's Big Saiyuuki" of the Lupin III (Red Jacket) TV series, where the Lupin gang are cast as the characters from the tale. It's likely a Homage to Monkey, which debuted shortly before the Lupin version came about. To be specific: Fujiko is Sanzo (carrying forward the gender-bending casting gag), Jigen is Hakkai, Goemon is Gojo, and Lupin is, of course, Son Goku.
  • The short story "Sir Harold and the Monkey King", from the Harold Shea series of fantasy short stories
  • One of the productions of the Imperial Theater Troupe in Sakura Wars.
  • The title character of Paprika manifests at one point wearing Sun Wukong's trademark outfit.
  • The first chapter of Kim Stanley Robinson's The Years of Rice and Salt is written in the style of Journey To The West.
  • GoGo Sentai Boukenger, where Wukong's size-changing staff was one of the treasures sought by hero and villain.
  • The theme to the above-mentioned Monkey series was included as a bonus stage in the second Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan game.
  • The Bladedancer stories of the Whateley Universe, especially the first one, in which Chou's journey to Whateley Academy is closely based on Xuanzang's journey. Sun Wukong has in fact been established as a recurring supporting character, and he's still good at stealing the show each time he pops up.
  • The Genesis Unit of Wily Tower in the Sega Genesis remake collection Mega Man: The Wily Wars, Hanumachine from Mega Man Zero.
  • The time travelers in Dinosaur King spend several episodes visiting with Sanzo Hoshi, aka Tripitaka.
  • In the Sesame Street special Big Bird in China, Sun Wukong in full theater glory gives Big Bird the clues to find the Phoenix i.e. Feng Huang.
  • InuYasha
    • A Villain of the Week in the anime's 6th season is a boar demon who claims to be a descendent of Zhu Bajie, while he hauls around a goofy looking kappa and monkey that he insists are, likewise, descendents of Sha Wujing and Son Wukong respectively.
    • Also, Inuyasha has an enchanted necklace around his neck which lets Kagome force him to the ground by yelling "Sit, boy!", an obvious reference to Son Wukong's headache-inducing headband. The entire main cast of InuYasha can effectively be seen as a group of expys - Inu-Yasha himself as Wukong, Kagome as Monk Xuanzang, Miroku as Bajie, and Sango as Wujing, with Kirara as the Horse. Shippo is basically just an additional Team Pet.
  • At the end of Lucifer, Yahweh tells the title character a story about the Monkey King (drawn as a literal monkey in golden armor, able to leap from one end of the universe to the other in a single bound) and the Buddha.
  • The Monkey King antagonized the heroes a few times in Jackie Chan Adventures
  • Recurring character Monkey Khan in Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog.
  • A Sci-Fi Channel Original Movie where bad special effects and worse writing conspire to force a scholar who has devoted his life to the story to go through a shallow ripoff of its plot after an argument with his wife about it.
  • An episode of Mighty Max invovled him teaming up with four "washed up" literary/legendary figures from around the world; one of them was Sun Wukong, who had given up life as the Monkey King to laze about at a zoo.
  • In Yoroiden Samurai Troopers aka Ronin Warriors, Shu Lei Faun/Kento of the Hardrock (Diamond) is a clear homage of Sun Wukong from his Chinese origin (in the original version), gold headband, element, headband, staff, antics and comparisons (in both versions) to being a monkey.
  • The Handsome Monkey King is one of the gods included in the Celestial Bureaucracy in Scion, and is available as a player character's divine parent.
  • Dirty Pair TV episode 4 briefly showed a pro wrestling match with one wrestler in a Sun Wukong costume (including the circlet and staff).
  • In Dragon Cauldron, and the other books in the same series, Monkey makes an appearance as a main character, constantly referencing the events that led to his imprisonment under a mountain.
  • Some Word of God in Top Dog (in the author's FF.net forum) has Son Wukong as one of the Amerai clanlords, mentioned in context as an insanely-powerful Supernatural Martial Artist. Given Top Dog's Mega Crossover nature, it's uncertain whether this is a reference to Journey to the West or to Dragon Ball, though if it's the latter the name Wukong as opposed to Goku certainly at least acknowledges the character's origin.
  • Kitty's Big Trouble takes place largely in San Francisco's Chinatown, and the title character runs into a fellow named Sun around halfway through the book.
  • The character Wukong the Monkey King in League of Legends.
  • Naruto contains several shout outs to Journey To The West
    • Hiruzen Sarutobi, the Third Hokage, is capable of summoning Enma the Monkey King, who wears a tiger-striped kimono and can transform into a telescoping bo staff.
    • Two of the Edo Tensei'd villains, Kinkaku and Ginkaku, derive their names, weapons, and abilities from a pair of half-youkai warlords.
    • The Four-Tailed Ape is named Son Goku, and even introduces himself with all the titles he has in Journey to the West.
  • Secret Journey is an H-Manga that gender-flips the disciples as Goku is now punished for having a harem of boys and trying to jump Buddha with the seal resulting in a hair-removing bikini, Pig being roughly the same and Sandy (a Meganekko and Pettanko) needing that type of facial to access a Super Mode giving her Femme Fatalons.
  • One of Soulcalibur V's new fighters, Xiba, is very clearly inspired by (if not outright implied to be) Sun Wukong.
  • High School D×D introduces the descendant of Son Goku named "Bikou" who also has his staff. Also, the original one appears in this series too and he's really strong.
  • The Chimchar line in Pokémon is at least partially based on Sun Wukong, especially the gold armor on Infernape. The Tepig line is also based on Zhu Bajie.
  • Occasionally referenced in Asura's Wrath, where the main character, just like Son Goku, is sealed underneath a mountain for 500 years, and Augus's extendable blade is basically this to Son Goku's extendable staff.
  • Post-Journey Wukong (going by the Japanese pronunciation of Son Gokuu) is an antagonist in Warriors Orochi, implied to have gotten bored with the sacred realm and now running around causing trouble. Sanzang chases after him to try to get him back. (When Sanzang is recruited into the party, an allusion to the original journey is made, with Hideyoshi -> Gokuu, Goemon -> Hakkai and Ling Tong -> Gojo.) Oh by the way, Sanzang is a girl here.
  • The characters of Ninja Sentai Kakuranger are all based on the main characters (except Ninja Black).
  • In Bookworm Adventures, Volume 2, the vast majority of enemies in The Monkey King are inspired by Journey.
  • A Chinese crime lord in the Marvel Universe who'd taken the name of the Monkey King ventured into Sun Wukong's 'tomb' to claim the treasure Wukong had been buried with. There, he encountered the spirit of the real Monkey King, who gave him a test to see if he was worthy of his powers - break out of the hellish realm of the Eighth City. He succeeded, becoming Wukong's avatar, and inheriting his staff and powers, which he put to use fighting crime - having been to Hell, he really didn't want to go back.
  • Sun Wukong appears in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, revealed to be one of many sentient animals (Scooby included) that are members/descendents of a race of inter-dimensional beings who visited Earth and took the form of animals to assist mankind.
  • The Twin Demon Owls Lechku and Nechku from Ōkami are based on the gold and silver bros.
  • Seiten Taisei, i.e. Sun Wukong, appears as a demon in many Shin Megami Tensei games.
  • Various Multiplayer Online Battle Arena have characters based on Wukong himself. The original Defense of the Ancients: All-Stars has Wukong become a secret Bonus Boss and the first Dota2 exclusive hero. Monkey King from Heroes of Newerth and Wukong from League of Legends are all based on, but not quite the exact Wukong from the literature. The actual Sun Wukong is also a playable character in Smite as the game is about Crossover Cosmology and Chinese Pantheon is included.
  • The "Monk, Eh?" campaign setting in the Pyramid article "The Hubland Mountains for GURPS Discworld" pastiches the already tongue-in-cheek Monkey, with a very obviously female monk called Trickiparka accompanying the orangutan god Buna on his journey to the Rim.
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