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    The Pilgrims 

Sun Wukong/Son Gokuu AKA Monkey

  • Adaptational Heroism: The original version of Sun Wukong kills wantonly as soon as he is not within the presence of the Tang monk. For instance, during a period when he was dismissed by the Tang Monk, he wiped out a group of hunters who killed many of his fellow monkeys. Popular adaptations had him sparing the hunters, as well as merely injuring minor antagonists instead of killing them as he did in the original, possibly due to Sanzang's deeds growing on him.
  • Almighty Janitor: Before he finally became a Buddha, his official job in Heaven was a stableboy, until he found out how unimportant the job was (i.e. the very lowest post in the hierarchy) and stormed off back to earth. As a side-effect, all Earthly horses love and admire him, because they can sense he was once a celestial groom.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: No matter who you are, he is a better fighter than you and will demonstrate if you say otherwise.
  • Berserk Button: One reliable way to piss him off is to call him Protector Of The Horse.
  • Bilingual Bonus:
    • Due to some notable adaptations in Japanese culture, it comes as no surprise that savvy readers of the on'yomi reading know that Sun Wukong is said as "Son Gokuu" in Japanese.
    • His title of Qitian Dasheng (Equaling Heaven Great Sage) is said in Japanese as "Seiten Taisei".
  • Blood Knight: Occasionally there will be a circumstance that can be resolved peacefully/quickly via sneak attack but he will insist on a proper fight. Can also be seen in his fights. An example is when he was fighting Nezha, notable for being the first opponent comparable to him in power, in which he sends millions of weapons at Wukong, but Wukong simply "roars with laughter".
  • Born as an Adult: From a stone.
  • Breakout Character: Despite Triptaka technically being the protagonist, it's Son Wukong who everyone remembers.
  • Cavalier Competitor: He approaches everything with the same laid back manner due to the fact that he thinks he can take any challenge on with ease.
    • Best seen with the competitions against the three taoist brothers. Cut his head off? He says it wasn't painful at all, just fun. Cut open his stomach? Good chance to check over all his entrails. Take a dip in boiling oil? Hasn't had a bath in a while! The opponents are all cheating? Just cheat the cheaters. But when Bajie causes him to lose one of the competitions, he gets pissed, and is willing to take it out on anyone he holds responsible.
  • Character Development: Journey to the West is as much about Son Wukong learning the value of kindness, humility and compassion as it is about him kicking demon-ass.
  • Chaste Hero: He was never interested in that type of things, even when he was a demon. Though he does flirt with the Iron Fan Princess (while disguised as her husband) and later pretends to be a harmless boy to lure a blood-sucking demoness, he always stops before going all the way through.
  • Depending on the Writer: He ranges from a fully fledged Byronic Hero without a decent bone in his body to a bad-tempered Jerk with a Heart of Gold who only needed love and patience to truly grow up.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Just after meeting the monk Sun Wukong pretty effectively demonstrates his character when he beats a tiger's head in so hard that it literally explodes. "One strike caused its brain to burst out like ten thousand red petals of peach blossoms, and the teeth to fly out like so many pieces of white jade." Tripitaka does not react well.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: The Handsome King of the Monkeys!
  • Exact Words: He doesn't like following Sanzang's orders so he gets around them with this trope. For example, Sanzang said "Never kill anyone." So when a group of greedy monks tried to kill them both to steal Sanzang's cossack, Monkey didn't kill them. Instead he fanned the flames of the fire they started to ensure their monastery burned down.
  • Folk Hero: In real life for bringing back Buddhist scriptures.
  • Forgot About His Powers: Monkey will sometimes forget about certain powers he has when said power would too quickly solve the current dilemma. His power to copy is the one most often not used, but one time he failed to see through a demon's disguise despite being able to see through disguises both before and after.
  • Good Is Not Nice: While he's supposed to be a devout Buddhist, he's still a jerk (which may or may not fuel some funny moments at best).
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It doesn't take much to set him off and there's a hubris to match.
  • The Hero: For a given value of "hero" but he is the star of the work and the one doing the heavy lifting plot wise. He also becomes more heroic as the Journey continues, and even at the start of the story, he is motivated by concern for his monkey subjects.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: His (often mean-spirited) pranks are played for laughs.
  • Hot-Blooded: He has little patience and loves to dive head long in action.
  • Hypocrite: At one point, he revives a dead king, who has long since lost his kingdom to an evil spirit. Said king doesn't believe he's worthy of ruling anymore, and offers the throne to Wukong. Wukong proceeds to state that he would never want to be a king...this in spite of the fact that the first thing he ever does whenever he leaves the journey is to go back to his mountain and rule as king.
  • I Have Many Names: In order they are: Stone Monkey, Handsome Monkey King, Protector of the Horse, Equaling Heaven Great Sage, Sun Wukong (Monkey Who Realizes Emptiness), Buddha Victorious In Battle.
  • Immortality Seeker: He originally left the Mountain of Flowers and Fruit to become immortal.
  • It Amused Me: Half his actions are for his own amusement. The other half is bailing the group out of trouble.
  • Jerkass Gods: He is one, and he also showcases just how the other gods in heaven can be ones.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: After much much character development he becomes a heroic character that is kind of a dick sometimes.
  • Living Forever Is Awesome: Back when he was mortal he sought out immortality and only regretted it once; when he was trapped under that mountain.
  • Maniac Monkeys: Before being sealed away, he tried to take over Heaven and had the power of a Physical God.
  • Manly Tears: Sheds them for the first time after Tripitaka forgives him and takes him back in (the first time), and with some surprising-regularity later on when he gains a sense of compassion.
  • Monkey King Lite: The progenitor. He has everything from serious homages (Goku from Dragon Ball; who even has the same exact name as him) to parodies (a play during Love Hina).
  • Morphic Resonance: Wukong can use Taoist arts to perfectly change into many different animals — but if he tries to become a human, he can only change his head and must conceal his monkey body.
  • Munchkin: In the first seven chapters all his actions are about gaining things for himself: the most powers, the best weapon, the best armor, the greatest title, etc.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Monkey has a tendency to suddenly reveal often one-off powers or abilities without previous mention that conveniently solve the current problem. Lampeshaded a couple of times when his companions will express surprise and mention how in all the years they have been traveling together he never mentioned said power or skill.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Even demonic weapons wield by powerful monsters bend and crack on his head after hitting him.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: Monkey is only interested in joining the pilgrimage in the first place because it was join, or stay under the mountain for the rest of eternity. Afterwards, he comes along only in hopes of getting the Circlet of Headaches off his head. Eventually he comes to genuinely care about Tang Sanzang as a father figure that he loves and respects.
  • Number Two: The first disciple is the senior disciple which means he has authority over Pigsy and Sandy.
  • One-Man Army: In the first part of the story, Monkey takes on the entire military force of Heaven. He wins singlehandedly, although this is more of Conservation of Ninjutsu, because in a few other story arcs he has to seek help to deal with certain demons.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: Due to wounded ego and bruised pride more than anything; life on earth was pretty sweet for him, he just got so arrogant he thought he should be a god as well.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: He has red-colored eyes since that little sojourn inside Lao Zi's kiln.
  • Remember When You Blew Up a Sun?: He likes reminding people that he trashed Heaven.
  • Restraining Bolt: To be able to control him, Tripitaka tricked Monkey into putting on a magical headband so that he could cause Monkey intense headaches whenever he got up to mischief.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: He's the handsome king of the monkeys, but that doesn't stop him from kicking copious amounts of butt. In fact, it's his subjects that tend not to do anything rather than the other way around.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Often uses his supernatural contacts to bail the group of trouble but just as often the trope is inverted: the person in question won't help the group because they know him.
  • Screw The Rules I Have Super Natural Powers: The Jade Emperor, Ruler of Heaven, will relax any kind of rule concerning him because of his tremendous power.
  • Simple Staff: The As-You-Will crudel but Monkey's is by no means simple. Not only can it hit hard enough to take down gods, but it can extend to any length (from toothpick size to several hundred miles long) and provide Monkey with a bridge to heaven.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: At first when he was a mere monkey king that called himself "Great Sage Equalling Heaven". Skip 500 years and his reputation has caught up with his ego and lesser gods voluntarily call him "Great Sage".
  • Smug Super: Monkey is incredibly powerful, and unbelievably full of himself as a result.
  • Stock Super Powers: His sheer variety of powers and the feats he can do as a result.
    • Detect Evil: His aforementioned eyes (the Gold Pupil Fire Eyes) can detect any source of evil, no matter the disguise. Handy against several of the demons he and the group encounter on their journey west.
    • Super Strength: His trademark Compliant Staff is really freakin' heavy, yet he said all other weapons were "too light".
    • Not Quite Flight: His cloud jumping allows him to reach Heaven In a Single Bound or cross an ocean. Though he is capable of actual flight as well.
    • Nigh Invulnerable: The reason the Buddha dropped a mountain on him is because the gods failed in outright destroying him.
    • Self-Duplication: One of Monkey's signature moves has him pulling out a bunch of his hair and blowing on them, resulting in each hair turning into a clone of him.
    • Enlightenment Super Power: His magic comes from studying taoism and learning secrets from his master.
    • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Allegedly 72 transformations, but in actual fact he can transform into whatever he likes.
    • Mind over Matter: He is capable of telekinesis, and can make seemingly inanimate objects come to life.
  • Telescoping Staff: His Compliant Staff is both the original, the most famous, and one of the most extreme examples. He likes to shrink it to the size of a needle and store it in his ear when he's not bashing people's brains in with it.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Peaches. Pig snarks that he's "very skilled" when it comes to eating peaches.
  • Trickster Archetype: He is the classical Chinese trickster-figure. He upsets authority and plays tricks on people but his greatest achievement is bringing new scriptures to China.
  • True Sight: He can see through any disguise, illusion, or transformation.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Pigsy. He's like the elder brother that gives the younger a wedgie and then a hug.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: 72 Earthly ones due to his Enlightenment Super Power.
  • Weaksauce Weakness:
    • Despite being almost almighty on earth or air, he sucks at underwater battles, and is forced to rely on Pigsy and Sandy to fight against water-bound enemies.
    • The magical eyes he gains after being locked in Lao Zi's crucible make him vulnerable to smoke.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: While he does threaten and even fight female demons, he rarely kills them (except for Gold Horn and Silver Horn's mother), and during the Spider Women act he refuses to attack the seven unarmed demonesses, as such an act will dishonor him.

Xuanzang Sanzang/Genjou Sanzou, Tang Sanzang/Tou Sanzou or Sanzang Fashi/Sanzou Houshi AKA Tripitaka

  • Actual Pacifist: Being a super-dedicated monk, he refuses to fight; this is generally the case in adaptations as well, but there are exceptions (see Adaptational Badass below).
  • Adaptational Badass: A small number of incarnations of himself via some of the adaptations show him to engage in combat in some form of another (especially in a small amount of video games with him being playable). Being in that he can't really kill with his way of fighting, it fits him very well and doesn't make him any less badass.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Popular adaptations, especially the 1996 and 2002 Hong Kong adaptations, portrayed him as a wise and merciful master and downplayed his naiveness and hypocrisy; a reversal from his original portrayal in the novel.
  • Adaptational Wimp: There are stories of the historical event that pre-dates Journey to the West and in these stories he is much more competent. His weakness here is to better show off Wukong.
  • The Atoner: It's not brought up often but he's atoning for something in his previous life as the Golden Cicada, one of the Buddha's disciples. He disagreed with Buddha (or at least ignored his teachings) and so he was demoted to a lesser soul and reborn in China.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Many of these due to his many titles....from Chinese pinyin to Japanese on'yomi:
    • Xuanzang Sanzang = Genjou Sanzou
    • Tang Sanzang = Tou Sanzou
    • Sanzang Fashi = Sanzou Houshi
  • Bishōnen: His beauty is frequently commented on, and he's generally portrayed by women in stage productions.
  • Celibate Hero: Despite women lining up to have sex with him he staunchly refuses because he's a monk.
  • Chick Magnet: Every female they encounter, whether human or demon, desires him. The only exception is Guanyin.
  • Cowardly Lion: Despite all his moaning and crying, he never considers giving up on his journey.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Possibly the oldest extant example. His primary purpose is to be kidnapped every two minutes so Sun Wukong can get all badass while rescuing him.
  • Determinator: Fourteen years of constant travel through demonic areas to fetch the scriptures despite many incentives to stop.
  • Distressed Dude: He is captured in most of the arcs concerning the Journey. Not only a pacifist but completely untrained in magic or fighting, thus he cannot defend himself.
  • The Face: He does all the talking with muggles etc. because he is a courteous monk and his companions are scary-looking (and in Wukong and Bajie's cases, very rude and more so for the former) demons.
  • Historical Downgrade: In some ways the historical Xuanzang is more impressive than his fictional counterpart. Sure, he didn't have any supernatural allies or enemies, but he defied a travel ban by the Emperor in order to go to India. He also decided to go to India on his own, because he thought the then-current translations of Buddhist scripture were poor and wanted to look at the Sanskrit originals.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: The reason why he was sent on the pilgrimage in the first place...but also the reason why he gets into so much trouble, as A: he's too "pure" to resist even the most obvious deceptions or traps when they are framed as helping someone, and B: his purity draws swarms of monsters that hope to consume that purity and increase their own power.
  • The Leader: He's supposed to be this (Charismatic type to be exact) but he spends too much time kidnapped to do any real leading. They rarely listen to him anyways.
  • The Load: Tripitaka not only constantly gets into trouble, he frequently diverts his disciples from their quest to pursue other minor goals, refuses to heed their advice, and places restrictions on their actions that make them harder pressed to go about their tasks. He also has absolutely no skills at all that let him contribute anything of worth when they get in trouble.
  • Nice Guy: He's the picture of Buddhist values and is thus completely selfless and courteous.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: No woman, be she human or demon, can arouse him. No matter how beautiful or willing she may be, she cannot distract him from his mission.
  • Non-Action Guy: He prays and preaches. That's about it.
  • Stupid Good: Tripitaka takes "goodness" to levels of life-threatening stupidity on more than one occasion. His disciples call him on this often, but he never listens to them.
  • Supernaturally Delicious and Nutritious: Literally, as he's so infused with holy power that eating even a single bite of his flesh will extend a demon's lifespan. Female demons find him sexually attractive as well.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: He can sit perfectly still for up to three years and he's very proud of this fact. It only came in handy that one time the group was challenged to a meditation duel.
  • Thou Shall Not Kill: Being a buddhist monk, one of his vows is not killing anything ever. His companions think this is ridiculous. It's either out of his belief itself or fear of laws.

Zhu Wuneng/Cho Go'nou or Zhu Bajie/Cho Hakkai AKA Pigsy

  • Adaptational Heroism: Kind of. The original Pigsy was originally a demon who eats humans just like Sandy did. Popular adaptations tend to omit this detail.
  • Adorkable: Depends on the Writer; he be either endearing or a jerk.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: At one point, the group's path is blocked by a huge mountain of rotten fruit. His solution? Turning into a colossal pig and eating the way through the thing. In the same chapter he also explains that he excels at transforming into "large" forms, but his appetite grows with his size.
  • Big Eater: When the quest is over, the still-too-crude Pigsy is offered the existence as a lesser god; "Cleaner of the Heavenly Altar", which means eating all of the food that is offered to Buddha for the rest of time. He thinks this is the best job ever.
  • Bilingual Bonus: His names from Chinese pinyin to Japanese on'yomi:
    • Zhu Bajie = Cho Hakkai
    • Zhu Wuneng = Cho Go'nou
    • Marshall Tianpeng = Marshall Tenpou (His name during his time in heaven)
  • Butt-Monkey: Other demons often think of making hams out of him, and Sun Wukong loves to prank him.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Pigsy really likes the ladies — in fact, he was thrown out of heaven for trying to make off with a celestial maiden — but his efforts at wooing them are poor to say the least. Some adaptations of him seem to also give him a more romantic approach on things.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: In the novel both he and Sha Wujing are met by Guanyin earlier and informed of Tripitaka.
  • Elemental Powers: He claims that his rake can summon flames when hold upward and gusts of wind when swung down. At one point he also turns himself in cold light-beams to run away from Sun Wukong.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Rice, noodles, dough, rotten fruit, people... anything will do.
  • Fat Best Friend: To Monkey. Their banter is the meat of the various formula plots.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Justified, his weapon is a muckrack one would normally use for working the fields, but was created from special metal and numerous gods for the purpose of being a weapon.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: Has the tendency to be much bolder around weakened or defeated opponents. He even hits the corpse of an enemy Sun Wukong just brought in.
  • The Lancer: He's the second disciple, the most likely to fight next to Monkey, and is lazy.
  • Lovable Coward: He'll often run away from powerful enemies. Sometimes, the only reason he can't beat his current opponent is that he gets too scared to keep on fighting.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: Pigsy just wants to go back to Heaven, he doesn't care about the scriptures at all. Being turned into something more attractive than his current humanoid pig-monster shape would also be nice. Like Wukong, he comes to genuinely care about Tripitaka as a surrogate father, maybe even moreso due to his immature nature.
  • Pig Man: This is part of his punishment; he was better looking back in Heaven.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Monkey. They constantly give each other grief on the journey but are still fellow buddhists.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Unlike Monkey, he can only perform 36 transformations, but he mentions that he's really good at turning into "large" things, ranging from elephants to hills.
  • Warrior Poet: In some adaptations of his portrayal, especially due to his life in the human realm, as a pig or not he's said to be VERY poetic (the 1996 and 1998 Hong Kong adaptations show this off too well). Must be due to him despite being a bit of a casanova he also has quite a few romantic thoughts, possibly tying into his tragic time in heaven.
  • Weapon of Choice: A steel nine-toothed rake, which is a precious, deadly weapon, and don't try to suggest otherwise.
  • The Worf Effect: When first introduced, Pigsy battles better against Monkey than many of the gods did during Monkey's war against heaven. Later on, he's usually swiftly beaten so that Monkey can then beat the creature who beat up Pigsy. In his defense, he can often fight several demons on equal ground, but they either run away or call for help.

Sha Wujing/Sha Gojou AKA Sandy

  • The Atoner: Though all three disciples are nominally working for their atonement, Sandy seems to be the only one who actually cares about making himself a better person.
  • Berserk Button: Normally rather pacific and calm, he becomes furious upon seeing his identical look-alike among the fellowship of the Fake Sun Wukong and immediately cuts him down.
  • The Big Guy: Though often mistakenly portrayed as a Kappa, the original source material depicts Sandy as a kind of river-dwelling Oni. In either case, he's the tallest of the disciples, though he's much more the thoughtful type than the bruiser type.
  • Bilingual Bonus: His name in Japanese on'yomi is said as "Sha Gojou". His title during his previous time in heaven was the Juanlian Dajiang/Kenren Taishou (Rolling Curtain Great General). However, the conflicts with the Japanese writing systems caused the "jing/jou" character to be written quite often with different hanzi/kanji used.
  • Blade on a Stick: His weapon of choice is the famous monk spade/moon fang spade, sometimes depicted as a simple crescent-blade on a stick. In Serafino Balduzzi's version, for some reason, it's a jewel-adorned warclub.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: His appearance in modern productions is incredibly inconsistent, so most dress him in blue or green to identify him.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Compared to the antics of Sun Wukong (causing havoc anywhere he goes, with trashing Heaven a la "Stone Cold" Steve Austin being the final straw for Buddha) and Zhu Bajie (making inappropriate sexual advances towards the Moon Goddess) which landed them their punishment, Sha Wujing was banished from heaven and transfigured into a demon simply because he accidentally broke a precious crystal goblet belonging to the Queen Mother of the West.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: In the novel both he and Zhu Bajie are met by Guanyin earlier and informed of Tripitaka.
  • Gentle Giant: Described as the tallest and biggest of the three disciples, he's also the less troublesome and the one who's genuinely looking for redemption.
  • Idiot Ball: Shares this with Sanzang at times as well as with Bajie, often causing Wukong to bail them out of tough situations; though the 1996 and 1998 Hong Kong adaptations drive the point home in that he literally Took a Level in Dumbass as a part of his divine punishment.
  • Making a Splash: In some adaptations of him he has water powers, especially if he's playable in a video game.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: Sandy just wants to be let back into heaven but just like his two elder "brothers", he comes to care for Tang Sanzang too, though more as a friend rather than a father-figure.
  • Only Sane Man: Compared to the compassionate-to-fault Tang Sanzang, mischievous trickster Monkey and the obtuse glutton Pigsy, Sandy comes off as more reasonable. To the point that when Sun Wukong is sent away after the Lady White Bones accident, he specifically asks Sandy to watch over Xuanzang while he's away.
  • Out of Focus: Sandy is usually a secondary character in all the stories, usually beacause he's tasked by Sun Wukong to protect Tripitaka during battles.
  • The Quiet One: Sandy rarely has much to say, but is often the most practical and philosophical of the group.
  • To Serve Man: He ate people during his days as a demon.
  • Skeletons in the Coat Closet: Wears a macabre rosary made from the skulls of some holymen he killed and ate during his retinue as a monster. Since these skulls floated on the water, he decided to make them into a rosary to entertain himself.
  • The Worf Effect: When he first appeared, he was good enough to fight Pigsy to a draw. Later on, he's described as the weakest of the three. The only times where he defeats a named demon in combat is because is either a clone in disguise or he's helped by Sun Wukong.

Yu Lung/The Dragon-Horse

  • The Atoner: Unlike Pigsy and Sandy, he was punished for a serious reason (namely, he rebelled against his father and burnt his sacred treasures).
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: At one point he turns into a beautiful, big-breasted woman to slay a demon who already took out Sandy and Pigsy.
  • Out of Focus: Even the original author seems to forget he exists more often than not. Yu Lung's big character moment is when he first appears and eats Tripitaka's horse, then has to turn into a replacement horse. After that, he's in the background until they reach the end of the Journey and he can turn back into a dragon and fly off home. This turned out very badly for him. The Other Wiki calls him "the horse" or "the dragon prince", insists there are four main characters, and doesn't have a page on him. Ninja Sentai Kakuranger claims that there are four main characters, and that their fifth is a totally original creation. Most local theatre productions of the story leave him out entirely.
  • Solid Gold Poop: As he states, his urine alone is so special that if a single drop falls in a river all the fishes inside will turn into dragons, and could turn even the most common grass into a miracolous mushroom.
  • Team Pet: The role he's often relegated to; the horse. He does, however, takes matters in his own hands (or at least tries to) when Tripitaka's in danger and all the disciples are out of commission.

    Gods and Immortals 

The Bodhisattva Guan'yin/Kannon

  • Angel Unaware: Bodhisattva Unaware. She does this to find out which monk is pious enough to obtain the scripts. It's not the last time she does this.
  • Team Mom: Always ready to advise or help Monkey when he's in pinch.
  • Woman in White: Along with a dash of Gold and White Are Divine. It emphasizes her purity.
  • The Mentor: Becomes one to Red Boy after his Heel–Face Turn and is the one who teaches him to become a benevolent Buddhist.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: A major religious figure who often acts to calm down and peacefully resolve situations.
  • Unkempt Beauty: During the Spiritual Touch King arc, When Sun Wukong comes to her island and finds her in her "gardening clothes", without make up nor showy clothes and with her hair unkempt. The poetry for this section is no less flattering than any other about her.
  • You Are Fat: Wukong basically calls her a fat ass when he sees the Red Boy sitting on her Lotus Throne.

The Jade Emperor

  • Disproportionate Retribution: Fond of handing these out to even minor violations of the law requiring him to be talked into being more lenient by others.
  • Informed Ability: The Jade Emperor is praised as the perfect ruler of heave and Earth due to spending eons spiritually developing himself and have "infinite wisdom." In the novel he tends to misjudge situations, make stupid decisions, and be clueless as to what to do if anything serious actually happens. He refused to investigate Monkey's birth despite all the miraculous signs and constantly mishandled the situations with him throughout the whole novel.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: His go to punishment for most crimes.
  • Top God: Ruler of heaven and every single god.
  • Take That!: His portrayal as an incompetent and not-so almighty ruler is another jab at Taoism found in this book.

Lao Zi

  • Absent-Minded Professor: His students and pet both end up demons, and in at least the second case, he's none the wiser.
  • Horse of a Different Color: His personal mount (who escapes to become the One-Horned Demon King) is a massive azure bull with a broken horn.
  • Rings of Death: His Vajra Ring (big enough to serve as a bracelet), which he threw at Monkey during his duel against Erlang. Later the Ring is used by the One Horned Great King to disarm Monkey and defeat anything he threw at him.

Taibai Jinxing, the Great White Planet

  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Of the planet Venus
  • The Consigliere: To the Jade Emperor as his chief minister.
  • Nice Guy: One of the nicest gods, especially in his treatment of Monkey. In return, he's the only god besides Guan Yin that Monkey respects.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Chief minister to the Jade Emperor and often the one who proposes a more conciliatory approach or lenient punishments besides death.

Erlang Shen/Nirou Shin

  • A Boy and His X
    • Has a dog named Xiaotianquan/Shoutenken (Howling Heaven Dog).
    • In some adaptations like the 1996 and 1998 dramas, he even has a human form where he can speak and think for himself.
  • Divine Parentage: Started out as a demigod on his mother's side.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's not only strong enough to fight Sun Wukong to a draw, but he can also see through all his transformations and even match him in that game as well.
  • The Hermit: Rarely has anything to do with Heaven, instead living in the mountains of Earth.
  • Momma's Boy:
    • His backstory includes freeing his mother after she was imprisoned under a mountain for eloping with his father.
    • It becomes a bit more delved into in the 1998 adaptation and he even gives up all of his powers for a while just for her to be spared.
  • Prongs of Poseidon: His weapon is an edged trident.
  • Size Shifter: Turn himself into a colossal, fanged giant to scare Sun Wukong and his army.
  • Third Eye: He's also famous for having a third eye on his forehead, which can be used to see through all sorts of things, especially lies and deceptions.
  • Unusual Ears: Being an immortal, his lobes reach his shoulders.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: There's a particular buzzard that he won't touch or even get close to.

Lianhua Santaizi Nezha/Renka Santaishi Nata

  • Badass Adorable: A little boy who happens to in charge of subduing demons. He even fought Wukong to a standstill for up to three days.
  • Bilingual Bonus: His name in Japanese on'yomi is "Nata" or "Nataku".
  • Blade on a Stick: His main weapon is his signature Fire-Tipped spear. It was said to be a normal spear before he even touched it himself.
  • Canon Immigrant: He originally was from his own novel and from one of Taigong Wang's stories. This adaptation of him is one of the detailings after his own story.
  • Clothing Combat: Has his Turbid Heaven Twill AKA Red Armillary Sash, which is a red sash that can reach quite far and is very sturdy.
  • The Dandy: Wears lotus blossom decorations, despite being a boy.
  • Made of Iron: Got hit squarely in the shoulder by Sun Wukong's staff (which usually one-hit-smashes anything that gets hit) and survives, albeit with a broken shouklder.
  • Multiple Head Case: As well as an arm case; Nezha is also popular for being able to grow two extra heads, each with their own pair of arms and their own spears.
  • Playing with Fire: He's often quite fire-themed in his attacks.
  • Red Baron:
    • His title also literally translates to "Lotus Flower Third Crown Prince".
    • He also is known as the "Mid-Podium Field Marshall".
  • Rings of Death: Has two-three in the form of his Universe Circle and Wind-Fire Rings. The latter he rides on with his feet. He also uses them to finally defeat the Bull Demon King.
  • Storm of Blades: Does this on multiple occasions. Takes his six weapons in his three headed, six armed form, and then multiplies them...numbering in the thousands, where he then proceeds to rain them down upon the enemy.

Dragon Kings

  • An Ice Person: By virtue of his arctic residence, the North Dragon King has the power to become an ice dragon
  • Chinese Dragon
  • Chew Toy: Starts off being terrorized by Monkey in search of armor and weapons, later end up being at Monkey's beck and call. Their brother-in-law also gets executed
  • I Have No Son: For his crime of setting fire to the throne room, Yu Long's father disowns and reports him to the Heavenly Authorities
  • Making a Splash: The four of them rule the seas and act as rain deities
  • Superpowerful Genetics: Their offspring are dragons just like them
  • Team Dad: Even though Monkey never gives him the proper respect, the East Dragon King plays mentor to Monkey on at least one occasion

Prince Mo-ang

Spirits of the Twenty-Eight Lunar Mansions

  • Animal Metaphor: Each of them have a different one.
  • Animal Stereotypes: Averted. The one star who does lose himself enough to eat an enemy happens to be a moose spirit.(In some translation though he was a jackal spirit, making the thing more believable)
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Of the twenty-eight Chinese Lunar Mansions. They're a weird case, since their true forms are actually shape-shifting animals
  • Elemental Powers: Invoked. They're divided into the five Chinese elements plus sun and moon, with four stars to each element. The only group that specifically gets a reference to their elements are the Four Heavenly Wood Star Spirits.
  • Horned Humanoid: The god of the Horn mansion has a big horn right on his face. It later comes in handy getting Monkey out of a pinch.
  • Love Makes You Evil: The Wood Spirit of the Legs became the Yellow Robed Demon to have an affair with a celestial maiden on earth. See below for more detail.
  • My Instincts Are Showing: Since they're originally animal spirits, they will eat their opponents if they lose control of their instincts. One of the rhino demons was unfortunate enough to experience that.

    Demons 

The Demon King of the Confused World

  • BFS: His giant Dao, which Sun Wukong inherits and later barters for the Magic Staff.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: He wears black gold. Of course he's a villain.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Sun Wukong bifurcates him with his own sword.
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: Seeing that his opponent is unarmed, he decides to face him in a unarmed fight. However, as he starts losing, he decides to use his giant sword instead.
  • Monstrous Humanoid: He's a black-clad gigantic ogre of a man, but unlike other demons met later, it's not revealed if he was an animal turned monster like them or something similar.
  • Off with His Head!: Gets beheaded after being rushed and beaten by Sun Wukong's clones.
  • Sore Loser: Challenges Sun Wukong to a barehanded fight, claiming that it would be dishonorable to use his sword against a weaponless enemy. When it's clear that the Monkey is overpowering him, he changes his mind and goes for the kill with his sword.
  • Starter Villain: The very first serious villain fought by our hero.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: Sort of, he took over Sun Wukong's mountain while he was away, but he lives in his own domain and kidnaps the monkeys to use them as slaves.

General Three O'Clock, Mountain Lord Bear, and the Special Dweller

Black Wind Demon

Great King Yellow Wind

  • Be Careful What You Wish For: He claims that he was Expecting Someone Taller to Sun Wukong, only for him to grow in size twice after being hit by the former's weapon.
  • Breath Weapon: How he channels the Divine Samadhi Wind.
  • Blow You Away: He mastered the use of the Divine Samadhi Wind, which allows him mastery over deadly squalls of wind that nearly blind Sun Wukong, forcing him to flee.
  • Large and in Charge: Like pretty much all the monsters after him, with some token exceptions.
  • Oh, Crap!: Is terrified when Sun Wukong throws the Dragon-Cane at him, his only weakness.
  • Prongs of Poseidon: Carries an edged trident, like Erlang. Of course, he's much less formidable with it.
  • Starter Villain: In a way, he's the first demon to actually kidnap Tripitaka setting the base for most of the villains in the book.
  • Wicked Weasel: His true form is that of a large marten.

Lady White Bones AKA Baiguijing (White Bone Spirit)

Yellow Robed Demon

  • Abduction Is Love: Abducted and raped the Princess of Baoxiang kingdom under the delusion that she loved him. Technically, the princess was supposed to be channeling his heavenly lover.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: Forced Princess Hundred Flower to be his wife for twelve years. On the other hand he did treat her well and with respect.
  • Badass Bookworm: Not in the work proper, but he's a god of literature
  • Baleful Polymorph: After he went to the court of Baoxiang's king (under human disguise), he persuaded the king that Tripitaka was actually the monster responsible for the princess' kidnapping and turns him into a tiger with a spell. Later said spell is undone by Monkey.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Wears only yellow.
  • Karma Houdini: After returning to heaven to escape from Wukong, he only got sentenced to be Lao Zi's errand boy for a little while. Of course if you overlook the death of his children by Pigsy's hand.
  • Master Swordsman: Takes on both Pigsy and Sandy at the same time with little help and later defeats the White Horse (who was wielding his own scimitar) with a chandelier.
  • Noble Demon: For a rapist and a kidnapper, he's extremely kind to his wife, agreeing to free Tripitaka when she asked politely, treating her as a queen and begging for her forgiveness after being rude to her, thinking that she was in cahoots with Sandy and Pigsy.
  • Oh, Crap!: Has one when he learns that Sun Wukong is after him.
  • Papa Wolf: Becomes furious when Pigsy and Sandy kills his infant children by throwing them to their deaths.
  • Reincarnation Romance: Invoked and then subverted. He reincarnated as a demon to be together with a minor goddess he fell in love with. Only his love got Laser-Guided Amnesia upon reincarnating as Princess Hundred Flower. He does not take it well.
  • To Serve Man: Ate one of the Baoxiang court's serving maids when he got drunk.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: His true form is a wolf.

Gold Horned and Silver Horned Great Kings

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Averted: the Seven Star Sword is treated as such, but dents a little after hitting Monkey's head too many times.
  • Acid Pool: The Gourd and the Pot have the power to absorb people inside it and melt them.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: The younger one. It's practically his entire character. Gold Horn warned him repeatedly not to go after Wukong because of how strong he was. Silver Horn didn't listen and well...let's just say it did not end well for him.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: They're kings after all.
  • BFS: Supposedly the Seven Star Sword, which is also a Sinister Scimitar.
  • Colony Drop: Silver Horn knows a spell that drops an entire, existing mountain on the back of the victim, squashing it. It still took three mountains to pin Sun Wukong to the ground. After he fred himself, the mountains returned to their place.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Yes, they're both vicious, man-eating tyrants but the first thing they do after capturing Tripitaka is to send an invitation letter for their elder mother so that she too can taste his flesh and become young and immortal.
  • Face–Heel Turn: They used to work for Taishang Laojun. They come back to him after being beaten by Sun Wukong.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Their mother was a huli jing, and so is their uncle, Great King Hu a Qi.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Monkey use their own Treasures against them.
  • Horned Humanoid: Implied, though they're not descripted in detail.
  • I Am A Humanitarian: [[To Serve Man: Not only they want to make a lavish banquet out of Tripitaka]], they also plan to turn Pigsy into dried ham. Pigsy is less than amused.
  • I'm Melting!: What happened to them. Luckily, their true forms were spared.
  • Instant Knots: By giving the order "Bind!", the Golden Rope can tie itself around someone's neck, suffocating him. Not even sizeshifting into a bigger or smaller form is of any help.
  • Large and in Charge: They're both massive, and lead an army of smaller monsters.
  • Mundane Utility: Turns out that the five treasures that put even Sun Wukong in a pinch were just Lao Zi's tools of the trade. (The Pot is for holding water, the Gourd medicine, the Fan is used to kindle the fire, the Rope his is tool belt and the Seven Star Sword is his demon-repelling weapon).
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: In most of the fiction depicting/nodding them, the Gourd, the Fan and the Sword are probably the most famed treasures in that order. The Pot and Rope? Good luck finding someone who knows what they do.
  • Paper Fan of Doom: The Banana Leaf Fan.
  • Playing with Fire: The Fan has power over fire, enough to force Sun Wukong to retreat.
  • Possession Implies Mastery: Subverted when Sun Wukong takes the Golden Rope and use it against Silver Horn: the latter knows how to use the rope better than Monkey and turns the artifact against him.
  • Say My Name: In order for the Crimson Gourd or the Jade Pot to work, the user must call the victim by name and the victim has to answer. As Sun Wukong found out the hard way, even nicknames will work. Furthermore, it's implied that a mere nod is enough of an answer for the tools.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: The older brother Gold Horn is a careful strategist, while Silver Horn is more combative and easy to fool. In Japan, this trope gets taken Up to Eleven, as the two will often be portrayed as literal Oni.
  • Stock Shout-Out: Comes with being two of the most famous villains in the story, though not to the extent of Sun Wukong himself. For example, they appear as villains in both Dragon Ball (in a filler episode) and in Lupin III.
  • Weapons That Suck: The Gourd and the Pot. According to most tradition, you have to point it towards the victim, said his/her name and have him/her answer a question.
  • Younger Than They Look: Their real forms are two boys apprenticed to Taishan Laojun.

Kid Croc

  • Black Sheep: All eight of his brothers have respectable jobs, and he's a flesh-eating demon
  • Cain and Abel: With his elder cousin, the Crown Prince of the Western Sea
  • Combat Pragmatist: When attacked by Sandy and Pigsy, who are not enough to defeat him, he repeals them and do not pursue them outside his mansion and out of the river where Sun Wukong is waiting in ambush.
  • Enfant Terrible: A juvenile delinquent of a Dragon Prince
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: At first he doesn't even understand why his brother Mo Ang is angry at him after he invited him and his family to the banquet with Tripitaka as the main course.
  • Fisher King: Under his mismanagement, the Blackwater River looks like either a cesspool or an indigo dye vat
  • Making a Splash: Makes waterpools to suck in unsuspecting victims to his watery mansion.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: In the original Chinese, he's the "Tuò Long", Tuò being an old word for "big, water lizard". Most translations turn him into a crocodile or alligator (which, to be fair, fits the description of the Tuò nicely). In the novel, Sandy claims he looks like a giant turtle.
  • Non-Mammalian Hair: Described has having black, spiky hair despite being a reptile. Maybe is due to his Dragon blood.
  • Self-Disposing Villain: Sort of: even though he planned to kill and cook Tripitaka, he also meant to invite his family to the banquet, and they would have surely punished him for his actions.
  • The Unfought: In a way, he's not defeated by Sun Wukong, fights briefly Sandy and Pigsy and in the end he's subdued and taken away by his own brother and imprisoned.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He's subdued by his brother's army and taken into custody. It's not revealed wether he was executed or if they give him another type of punishment.
  • Whip It Good: His weapon is a type of chinese whip called "Biàn", which is a flexible, segmented club. His is made of bamboo and steel.

Three Fiends Of Chechi (Tiger Power Great Hermit, Stag Power Great Hermit, and Goat Power Great Hermit)

  • Adaptation Species Change: Whilst Tiger Power is consistent throughout all the versions, the other two aren't. Stag Power has been portrayed as a deer or an elk — which, admittedly, are pretty close to the same thing. Goat Power, on the other hand, has also been an antelope and a ram!
  • Always Someone Better: Wukong is not only better at being indestructible, he's also better at cheating compared to them; especially when it comes to cheating back at them.
  • Animal Metaphor: The three of them are a tiger, deer, and goat respectively.
  • Animal Stereotypes: Tiger Power, the animal considered king of the beasts in Asian cultures, is clearly dominant over his two comrades
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: All three of them, through means of their own making:
    • Off with His Head!: Tiger Power attempts a beheading competition. Though the biased executioner kicks Wukong's head too far to be summoned back, Wukong simply regenerates one. Tiger Power's head is not kicked far, but Wukong carries it off in the form of a dog. Tiger Power can't regenerate, so...
    • Gutted Like a Fish: Stag Power attempts a disembowelment competition, which both he and Wukong seem to pass. However, Stag Power took a shortcut while honing his powers, leading to him unable to achieve true regeneration. The second Wukong turns one of his hairs into a hawk that snatches away Stag Power's internal organs, he's done for.
    • Stewed Alive: Goat Power proposes a deep-fry competition...in which the competitors themselves are deep-fried. Though Wukong never learned how to survive an oil bath, he makes it out by virtue of his Nigh Invulnerablity, being made of rock, then augmented by Taishang Laojun's pills. Goat Power cheats, summoning an ice dragon. Wukong finds it out and calls up the Dragon Kings to retrieve it, leading to Goat Power's death
  • Fatal Flaw: Pride, which causes them to make greater and more dangerous wagers, until they all end up dead.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: First when they try to cheat during the challenges, which motivates Wukong to inflict painful retaliation. Then their bets with Wukong culminates with them proposing deadly challenges, intended to either kill or scare off the pilgrims. Wukong not only passes with flying colors, but arranges for all three demons to die in the course of performing their feats.
  • Humiliation Conga: Starts with Wukong, Bajie and Wujing tricking them into drinking urine by making the believe it was holy water granted to them by the heavens. They then try to humiliate the Buddhists by challenging the party to various feats of skill. Wukong rides roughshod over them, hindering Tiger Power's rain ceremony, stopping Stag Power's attempt to cheat during a meditation duel and knocking out Tiger Power in retaliation, and outright cheating during Goat Power's X-ray vision test, making them all look like idiots. Then, when they try more dangerous duels, they end up dead.
  • Sinister Minister: All three take the guise of Taoist Priests. They may or may actual Taoist powers depending on the adaptation.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In Monkey, they are allowed to live after being defeated — mind you, their portrayal in that show also changes to make them open tyrants who are starving the populace to acquire wine, pearls and paper, which they consume to strengthen their magic.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Are they Great Hermits or Immortals? Are they called Animal Power or Animal Strength? It all depends on which version of the story you read.

The Red Boy AKA Honghaier/Kougaiji

  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Similar to Monkey in his first appearance. He mellows out after moving to Guanyin's island.
  • Blood Upgrade: He has to draw his own blood to activate the Samadhi Fire.
  • Bluff the Impostor: A rare case of a villain doing this to a hero, he realizes that something is wrong when his father (actually Sun Wukong in disguise) tells him that he became vegetarian and that he should free Tripitaka in the name of his friendship with Sun Wukong.
  • Breath Weapon: Can spit fire from his mouth and smoke from his eyes and nostrils.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The defeat of the Red Boy would later cause more trouble to Sun Wukong with both his uncle in the Women's Country and later with his parents.
  • Cute Bruiser: Has the form of an adorable young boy.
  • Enfant Terrible: A villain at first despite having the form of a child.
  • Expy: Some adaptations via both his fighting style, powers and weaponry make him akin to Nezha.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: When he sits on Guanyin's throne it transforms into a bunch of swords, and then into halbeards.
  • Playing with Fire: His flames, the True Fire of Samadhi, are so powerful that water do nothing against them, and Sun Wukong was barely able to survive them.
  • Restraining Bolt: Ends up with five of them when he's forced into a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Leaves the fight against Sun Wukong after spitting some fire against him without checking out his health status. Later when he sees Guanyin's empty Lotus throne he smugly sits on it acting as her. It goes as well as you could possibly imagine.
  • X on a Stick: As if his fire powers weren't enough, he has a spear tipped with flames.

The One Horned Great King

  • A Load of Bull: His true form is that of a massive, one-horned blue buffalo.
  • Blade on a Stick: His weapon of choice is a long, steel-tipped lance. In some depictions it has a wavy edge, like a flamberge.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He's not afraid of putting that Ring of his to use to turn the combat into his favor.
  • Horned Humanoid: Why do you think he's called the "One Horned Great King" for?.
  • Horse of a Different Color: His true form is that of Laozhi's mount.
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: When Sun Wukong challenges him to a kung fu match he agrees and duel him bare-handed.
  • Master of Illusion: His palace appears to be an empty ruin in order to lure travelers inside.
  • Near Villain Victory: One of Sun Wukong's most persistant enemies, and the one who came closer than anyone else to defeat him.
  • No-Sell: Thanks to his Vajra Ring, he can suck inside enemy weapons, but also fire, water and nearly everything else used against him.
  • Oh, Crap!: He finally panicks when Sun Wukong appears with his rightful owner, Laozhi
  • Rhino Rampage: He's described as rhino like and his chinese name is "Great King One-Horned Rhino".
  • Rings of Death: He uses Laozhi's Vajra ring to suck in the weapons of his opponents, disarming them. He later removes said weapons and put them in his castle.

The Fake Sun Wukong/The Six-eared Macaque

  • Evil Counterpart: To the real Sun Wukong: both are one-of-a-kind monkeys with supernatural powers, but while the former tries to obtain salvation with genuine effort on his part, the latter is an impostor who copies his mission, friends and fighting style.
  • Evil Knockoff: He spends most of his time on page under the form of Sun Wukong, being able to copy even his abilities, weapon and weaknesses. He also turned some of his monkey minions into doppelgangers of the other pilgrims.
  • I Am A Humanitarian: When one of his subjects is killed by Sandy and revealed to be a monkey, he orders his minions to cook and serve the corpse for the others.
  • Kick the Dog: Tries to kill Tripitaka when the latter sees through his disguise and eats one of his own dead followers.
  • Kill and Replace: His plan is to do this to the pilgrims, go to the West in their place and take the reward for himself.
  • Mirror Boss: Being his perfect deadringer, his battle against Sun Wukong is fruitless, and no one seems to be able to tell them apart, except for a denizen of the Underworld and later on Buddha.
  • Oh, Crap!: He becomes afraid and tries to run away when Buddha succesfully identifies him. With good reasons too, since Sun Wukong squashes him flat the second he takes hi real form back.
  • Pun: Based on the old saying that "a secret is not safe between six ears".
  • Single Specimen Species: According to Buddha, there are four unique monkeys in the world, one of them being the Six-Eared Macacque, who can hear everything around miles of himself and shapeshift. When Sun Wukong is done with him, he's extinct for good.

The Scorpion Lady

  • Affably Evil: Civil torwards Tripitaka but much less so towards the three disciples.
  • Dark Action Girl: She's more than capable of fighting the three heroes on equal footing.
  • Femme Fatale: Actively tries to force Tripitaka to sleep with her.
  • Poisonous Person: Her touch (technically the stinger), which she uses on Monkey and later Pigsy.
  • Prongs of Poseidon: Her weapon is described as a large trident-like spear. Apparently it was her pincers.
  • Scary Scorpions: She is a Scorpion demon.
  • To Serve Man: Her dumplings are filled with human flesh.
  • The Vamp: Though her attempts to seduce Tripitaka fail, someone who wasn't 100% pure would have succumbed.

Bull Demon King

  • A Load of Bull: Is a Bull Demon.
  • Affably Evil: At first he's friendly towards Sun Wukong.
  • Carry a Big Stick: When he's not Dual Wielding the swords of his wife.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Used to be best pals with Sun Wukong and one of his six most loyal True Companions. Then he became a Demon King.
  • Genius Bruiser: A powerful and brutal warrior, he can also be quite cunning when he wants.
  • Horse of a Different Color: Rides a massive, unidentified beast with scales of gold and eyes of crystal which can run underwater, and is later stolen by Sun Wukong.
  • Off with His Head!: Subverted, no matter how many heads Nezha severs, he always grows a new one. So Nezha simply sticks a fiery wheel onto his horn.
  • One-Winged Angel: Turns into a giant white bull in order to crush Wukong and battle Nezha.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After finding out that Wukong transformed into him to steal the Fan from his wife, with whom he flirted too.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: With the Iron Fan Princess. He also cuckolds her with his mistress, the Jade-Faced Princess.

Iron Fan Princess

  • Blow You Away: Her giant fan can summon storms capable of putting off giant fires. Probably the Ur Example of all the wind-generating fans.
  • Dark Action Girl: She's a Rakshasa, so she is vicious in combat.
  • Dual Wielding: With swords.
  • Mama Bear: Hates Sun Wukong for hurting her son, the Red Boy.
  • Paper Fan of Doom: Her Banana Fan. She also has a fake one which makes flames higher.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: With the Bull Demon King. She's described as being quite attractive and humanlike, while her husband is an ox-like ogre.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After getting all drunk and flirty around her "husband" and giving him the Fan, he reveals himself as Wukong. She wasn't pleased.
  • Womb Level: In order to beat her, Sun Wukong turned into a fly, flew into her mouth and started punching her stomach from the inside.
  • Yandere: Hates her husband for having a lover.

The Nine Headed Monster

  • Blade on a Stick: Wields a Monk's Spade, just like Sandy.
  • Body Horror: Even in his normal form, the guy sports nine mouths and eighteen eyes on a single head.
  • The Dragon: To his father-in-law, the actual dragon king Wansheng.
  • Feathered Fiend: His monster form is implied to be bird-like.
  • Multiple Head Case: In his true form he has nine heads plus a tenth, usually hidden head sprouting from his chest. Later said head is severed by Erlang's guard dog.
  • One-Winged Angel: Turns into a giant nine-headed bird monster whenever he fights Sun Wukong outside of his lake.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Upon being attacked by Erlang and his pack of hounds he decides to fly away, never to be seen again, leaving his ultimate fate ambiguous.

Sai Taisui

  • An Axe to Grind: Wields one named Flower Storm against Sun Wukong.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: Abducts and tries to marry the queen of the Zhuzi kingdom. Too bad she has a wedding dress that grows poisonous thorns as soon as he gets close.
  • Canis Major: His real form is that of a massive wolf-like dog with golden fur.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Showers the queen with favors in an attempt to gain her love. Doesn't stop him from taking his frustrations on the slave girls.
  • Elemental Powers: His three bells: the first bell will summon forth flames, the second one will create smoke and the third one a stream of irritating sand. The latter two elements are especially effective against Sun Wukong's sensitive eyes.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Has his bells stolen and used against him.
  • Sex Is Violence: Because he is unable to satisfy himself with the queen, he instead spends his energy on slave girls, who he rapes to death
  • The Pig Pen: Invoked, Sun Wukong turns into a flock of huge fleas, lices and bugs on his body to make him scratch himself until he removes the three bells from under his clothes.
  • Villainous Crush: Has a huge crush on the queen he kidnapped.

The Hundred-Eyed Demon Lord and the Spiderling Spirits

  • All Webbed Up: The Spider Ladies do this to Tripitaka, Pigsy and later to the whole mansion they're in in order to keep Sun Wukong at bay. In the last case, Sun Wukong used his clones and his staff turned into a fork-like tool to unravel the web.
  • Avenging the Villain: After their defeat the Spidering Spirits go to their "brother" and tell him that they've been assaulted by his guests. Unusually, the Hundred-Eyed Demon Lord decides to check out if his guests are really guilty before he can take action against them.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Both the seven spirits and their "brother" are these. They also have some "adoptive sons" in the form of various bugs and insects that they spared from their webs.
  • Cool Sword: The Hundred-Eyes Demon Lord wields one against Sun Wukong.
  • Creepy Centipedes: The Hundred-Eyes Demon Lord's true form is a large centipede. Ironically, the spirit who defeated him is really a large hen, and in Chinese folklore hen and roosters are the natural predators of centipedes.
  • Extra Eyes: The demon lord had a hundred on eyes situated on the sides of his body, and can fire hot beams of Hard Light from them.
  • Giant Spider: The Seven sisters' true forms, though they're about the size of a large basket. Still giant enough.
  • Gone Swimming, Clothes Stolen: How Monkey defeats the sisters the first time. Apparently, even if they're man-eating demons they're still susceptible to human ideas decency.
  • Light Is Not Good: The Hundred-Eyes Demon Lord looks like a kind old Taoist and his powers are light-based but is not a saint.
  • Magical Eye: A hundred of them, which emit scorching rays of light.
  • Master Poisoner: Hey, it's a centipede demon, what did you expect? He also nearly kills the heroes sans Sun Wukong, who's the only one to spot the poison in his cup.
  • Noble Demon: The Hundred-Eyes Demon Lord is incredibly polite with his guests, and tries to kill them only after finding out that they attacked his adoptive sisters earlier. A widow though accuses him of poisoning her husband out of spite.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The sisters are energetic, violent and more prone to direct tactics, hence the red. Their brother is much calmer, polite and prefers traps and clever tactics, hence the blue.
  • To Serve Man: The Spiders Sisters are among the few female demons who want to eat Tripitaka, not bed him.
  • Villainous Valor: Even if their' spider-women with a taste for human flesh they're still too shy to go around naked unless if forced too and even cover themselves as the walk past Tripitaka. Their brother is probably the nicest of the demons encountered by our heroes.
  • You Have Failed Me: When the spiders are captured by Monkey, the Hundred-Eyes Demon Lord says that he's fed up with them, thus causing Wukong to be pissed off at the Demon Lord's decision and the spiders then die at Wukong's staff and anger.

The Three Kings of Lion Camel Cave

  • Animal Motifs: Lion, Elephant and Peng (a mythological giant bird, which is this case doubles as a Garuda).
  • Adaptational Wimp: Very much so in the 1998 Hong Kong TVB Adaptation. Their goals, motivations, and the general plot were completely altered. In the original novel, they are crafty villains seeking to eat Tang Sanzang, which Sun Wukong can't defeat by himself. In the 1998 Hong Kong TVB Adaptation, they are a comedic trio of cowardly incompetent jerkasses who merely seek power and wealth and are barely a match for Pigsy.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: More kings.
  • Blade on a Stick: The Elephant and the Peng. The former has a spear, the latter has a ji with a beautifully painted shaft.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: The Lion actually shows up earlier as the impostor king of Wuji
  • Feathered Fiend: The Thousand Ri Travelling Peng is a villainous bird demon.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After getting stormed by the armies of the Heavens.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The Lion tries to swallow Wukong, who then wreaks havoc in his innards and shatters his teeth with his staff as the Lion attempts to bite him to death expecting Wukong to exit out. Later the Elephant tries to seize him with his trunk, but he's defeated when Wukong uses his own trunk to beat him up.
  • "Just So" Story: Used to explain the iconography of Garuda flying above Buddha's head. When Buddha showed up to retrieve him, the Peng fought back, so Buddha paralyzed him and placed him on his head.
  • Lightning Bruiser: The Peng can fly so fast he can catch up with Sun Wukong's cloud leap in just two wingbeats.
  • Oh, Crap!: They panic when they first hear that Sun Wukong may have infiltrated their lair, and speculates that he could have turned into a fly. Cue Sun Wukong summoning a whole swarm of flies just to enjoy their even more panicked reaction.
  • Panthera Awesome: The Azure Lion.
  • Rebellious Spirit: The Peng seemed to have it made. Son of the Phoenix, brother of Mahamayuri, adopted uncle of Buddha himself. Yet he runs off to become a demon because Paradise is boring.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Peng/Garuda and his older sibling, Mahamayuri. One is the foster mother of Buddha, the other a flesh-eating demon who left Paradise because he couldn't stand Buddhist vegetarianism
  • Sinister Scimitar: The Lion wields one, which is supposedly an Absurdly Sharp Blade.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: All three are pets of Buddhist deities. The Peng, in particular, is the adopted uncle of Buddha, and he uses this to do whatever he wants.
  • Swallowed Whole: The Lion's jaws are so big he could eat alive a whole army of celestial soldiers. He tries this on Sun Wukong, but backfires as the Wukong threatens to kill him from the inside and live in his stomach.
  • Terrible Trio: Unlike other demons, these three guys work together against their foe Wukong and come close to victory.
  • To Serve Man: The Peng devoured all the citizens of the Lion-Camel Kingdom, and then set himself up as king, recruiting demons to be his subjects.
  • Vocal Dissonance: The second demon looks like am elephantine brute, but has the voice of a maiden.

Lady Earth Flow

  • Affably Evil: Again, she's absolutely kind towards Tripitaka.
  • Evil Albino: Her original form, at least, is an albino rat.
  • Dark Action Girl: Fully capable of fighting the heroes, even if for a short while.
  • Damsel in Distress: Pretends to be one to lure Tripitaka. It's lampshaded by Sun Wukong who almost persuades Tripitaka to leave her, but, you know, Tripitaka/Sanzang is that guillable...
  • Dual Wielding: With swords, whenever she gets into battle.
  • Horny Devils: Seduces monks to have sex with them and drain their essence. At one point she assaults Wukong disguised as a monk.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: She does seduce monks to feed on them, can shapeshift and is physically powerful. Also, see below.
  • Race Lift: In Serafino Balduzzi's italian translation she becomes a bat demon instead, reinforcing the vampire image.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: She wants to marry Tripitaka. Unlike the Scorpion Lady, she doesn't try to force herself on him though.

King of the Southern Mountains

  • Carry a Big Stick: Use a massive pestle as his weapon of choice. Pigsy sarcastically asks him if he uses it for his laundry as well.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Being no match for the pilgrims, he tries to trick them into believing that their master is dead and uses decoys to accomplish this.
  • Dirty Coward: Not very powerful, he's routed by Pigsy in combat.
  • Fake Kill Scare: Shows the party what is supposed to be Tripitaka's severed head. But is really a carved root the first time and a completely different guy the next time.
  • Panthera Awesome: A leopard demon. Subverted in that he's not very powerful.

Yellow Lion and the Sage of Nine Spirits

  • Badass Grandpa: Old enough to be a grandfather, but still able to fight Wukong in giant form.
  • The Don: Sage of the Nine Spirits has several grandchildren, at least one of whom has his own cave.
  • Fatal Flaw: Greed for the Yellow Lion, which motivates him to steal the main party's weapons
  • Fluffy the Terrible: The true name of Sage of the Nine Spirits more or less translates to "Baby Sage".
  • Kaijuu: Sage of the Nine Spirits is probably the demon who most resembles this trope, seeing as how he regularly turns himself into a giant form to fight.
  • Multiple Head Case: The Sage of Nine Spirits prefers the form of a giant, nine-headed Lion, able to bite and carry away several people at once.
  • Noble Demon: Yellow Lion prefers to do honest business with humans, rather than terrorize them. He still takes people's possessions without asking first and lies to his Grandpa to have his revenge.
  • Panthera Awesome: Yellow lion is a lion demon, as is his "Grandfather" the Sage of Nine Spirits and the various demons under their command.
  • Theme Naming: After Lions: Yellow Lion and two brothers are directly named after the lion, two of them are named after lion-like mythological creatures and the last two are named after epithets associated to lions.
  • Weapon of Choice: Yellow Lion has a shiny spade as his. The Sage fights unarmed, while his followers wield various weapons, including an iron gorse branch, a triangular cane, An Axe to Grind, a Blade on a Stick and a stiff club.
  • Wolf Pack Boss: Sage of the Nine Spirits brings along a large number of grandchildren to fight alongside him. Subverted when he leaves the battle half-way through after kidnapping Tripitaka, Pigsy and the royal family, leaving his family and underling to Sun Wukong and Sandy.

The Rhino Kings

  • A Load of Bull: Despite their true nature they look a lot like oxen demons, and have many bull demons working for them. In fact, Sun Wukong learns that they're actually rhinos only when he goes to get help by the heavens.
  • Eaten Alive: The first Rhino king is eaten by one of the heavenly wood star spirits sent to capture them.
  • Fur and Loathing: The first brother wears a Nice Hat made of fur.
  • God Guise: They pretend to be Buddhas in order to drink the oil of the local temple's lanterns.
  • Genius Bruiser: They seems to be good tacticians, as they can force Sun Wukong to retreat, implying that not even his clones can be of help.
  • Rhino Rampage: They're rhino demons. To the point that Pigsy decides to kill the surviving brothers so that he can sell their horns as aphrodisiac medicine.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When they hear the four star spirits coming they make a run for it in the ocean, but are captured and defeated.
  • Terrible Trio: Another group of three demons working together.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Lantern oil. They also want to fry Tripitaka in it.
  • Weapon of Choice: The first brother uses an axe, the second a scimitar, the third a staff.
  • Wolfpack Boss: Because they fight together and with lots of well-trained underlings, they're too hard for Wukong to defeat, even with his cloning spell.

Princess of India

    Mortals 

Gao Cuilan

Princess Hundred-Flower

  • Abduction Is Love: More on his end than her end, but they do stay married for thirteen years after he kidnaps her
  • Reincarnation Romance: Subverted. She and the Wolf God of the Legs Mansion had been lovers in heaven, but upon reincarnation, she lost her memories and did not appreciate his continued affections.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: The beautiful wife of the horrifying Yellow Robed Demon
  • Unwanted Spouse: She seemed glad to be rid of her husband and their children

Royal Family of the Wuji Kingdom

  • Always Murder: The King of Wuji's murder sets off the story for his arc
  • Back from the Dead: The King, by the end of the party's stay
  • Dead Person Conversation: The King appears to Tripitaka in a dream, and it's only after he tells his story that Tripitaka realizes he is a ghost
  • Disproportionate Retribution: What did the king do to deserve three years of drought, followed by being thrown into a well by his best friend, his grave stopped up with banana bushes, and lurking as a ghost for three years? He threw the Bodhisattva Manjusri in the Royal Sewer for three days when the disguised god dared preach to him. Then again, it might be a fair punishment for hypocrisy and arrogance.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: The King was murdered by a Taoist priest he befriended, who was actually a demon.
  • Ghostly Goals: Type A for the King. He asks Tripitaka to expose his murder and retrieve his body
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: The Crown Prince is easily annoyed by the antics of the pilgrims
  • Kill and Replace: After drowning the king, his demon friend impersonated him
  • Jacob Marley Apparel: The King appears in his robes of state, only sopping wet because of the manner of his death
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: The King cannot appear to normal people and is repelled by holy people and places. He wouldn't even be lurking around as a ghost if it wasn't for the fact that he was pulled out of the afterlife by some inspector deities
  • Or Was It a Dream?: Tripitaka's encounter with the king seems to be all just a dream, but Tripitaka wakes up with the king's jade Scepter of State in his hand
  • Royal Brat: The Crown Prince has shades of this

King of Chechi

King of the Kingdom of Women

  • She Is the King: Obviously, seeing as how there are no men in the kingdom.

Princes of Yuhua Kingdom

King of Zhuzi

  • Ill Boy: His arc starts off with him deathly ill, and Wukong and Bajie having to find a way to cure him

Queen of Zhuzi

Mister Kou and his family

  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: As the result of lavishly entertaining Xuanzang's party, he gets his home raided by robbers, who also kill him. Thankfully, Wukong fixes all this.


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