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Works based, more or less, on Journey to the West include:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • The 1960 anime film Alakazam the Great, based on the manga Boku no Son Gokū by Osamu Tezuka, which got another anime film titled Boku no Son Gokū in 2003.
  • Dragon Ball, as it's no secret that the name "Son Gokū" is literally "Sun Wukong" in Japanese on'yomi, who ended up being a very popular character different from his naming origin. This mainly applies to the first Dragon Ball series where the version of Wukong/Gokū is a monkey with a staff and cloud (the said staff and cloud have the same exact Asian names as the original staff and cloud from Journey to the West) 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, which pretty much turns the Japanese reading of Sun Wukong's name into a whole new "legend" of its own within the anime and manga community; it's almost to the point where the Dragon Ball Z version of Wukong/Gokū barely ever pays enough respect to the source material outside of just his own name being the same.
  • Goku: Midnight Eye
  • Monkey Magic, an animated series which is a straightforward adaptation.
  • 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.
  • Saiyuki. Follows many elements of the source material with several of its own touches. Ironically, via the trope Decomposite Character, the portrayals of Wukong/Gokū and Wujing/Gojou both carry-on traits that akin to the original version of Bajie/Hakkai (AKA Pigsy); the above Wukong/Gokū from Dragon Ball and Saiyuki's Wukong/Gokū both share his hunger, while Wujing/Gojou from the latter shares his perverted tendencies and his tendency to fight/argue with Wukong/Gokū.
  • Secret Journey (Shotacon hentai manga by Poju)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Starzinger is Journey to the West IN SPACE!! (Dubbed into English as Spaceketeers; The Three Musketeers IN SPACE!!)
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    Comics 
  • 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.
  • The American comic book series XIN, created by Kevin Lau and published by Anarchy Studio in 2003. The main character, Xin, also known as Monkey, was based on the character Sun Wukong. XIN took many facets of the ancient tale and twists them with a modern sensibility.

    Eastern Animation 
  • The Flying Superboard
  • Havoc in Heavennote  (1964) from the same creators as Princess Iron Fan. Considered one of the greatest works in both Chinese film and animation.
  • 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.
  • Journey to the West: Return of the Demon King, a Darker and Edgier 3D animated film scheduled for release in 2020.
  • Monkey King, an unsubbed, undubbed Chinese cartoon produced in 1986.
  • Princess Iron Fan (1941), China's first feature-length animated film.
  • Monkey King: Hero Is Back, A Chinese 3D animated buddy-travel/adventure movie released in 2015.

    Film 
  • Monkey Sun, a 1959 movie by Toho Studios.
  • The Forbidden Kingdom, a 2008 movie starring Jet Li and Jackie Chan.
  • 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.)
  • 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 Lost Empire: The Legend of the Monkey King (a.k.a. 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.
  • Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons, a 2013 film directed by Stephen Chow and Derek Kwok. Had a sequel released in 2019, Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back.
  • The Monkey King, a 2014 Hong Kong film retelling the origin of Monkey, starring Donnie Yen as Sun Wukong. Followed by:
    • The Monkey King 2; Aaron Kwok takes over the title role, joined by Feng Shaofeng (Tang Sanzang), Xiaoshenyang (Zhu Bajie), and Him Law (Sha Wujing). The story depicts the conflict between the heroes and the White Bone Demon (Gong Li).
    • The Monkey King 3; the heroes enter the Womanland of Western Liang and get entangled with the queen (Zhao Liying).
  • The Cave of the Silken Web, a 1927 silent adaptation of the episode where Wukong and co. encounter a group of female spider demons. Feared lost for decades until being rediscovered in 2013.
  • Hong Kong's Shaw Brothers produced four adaptations: Monkey Goes West (1966), Princess Iron Fan (1966), The Cave of the Silken Web (1967 film), and The Land of Many Perfumes (1968).

    Live-Action TV 
  • Monkey series
  • A 1986 series what aired on CCTV in China, which got a second season in 1999 adapting portions not covered in the first one. Officially uploaded to YouTube with English subtitles here.
  • 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.
  • The New Legends Of Monkey, Australian-New Zealand production.
  • Into the Badlands, the 2015 AMC series is based on the story with Sunny being Sun Wukong and T.K. as Xuanzang/Tripitaka.
  • Giant Saver the core team of the Chinese Toku series are based on the main characters of the novel.
  • The Wishbone episode "Barking at Buddha" adapts the first seven chapters, featuring Wishbone as Sun Wukong. ("Okay, I'm not really a monkey, but work with me here. It's a character thing.")
  • Saiyuki, a 2006 Japanese TV series that starred Shingo Katori, a member of the pop group SMAP. Such a hit that a third of all viewers tuning into every episode.

    Opera 
  • 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.
  • Fred Ho's critically acclaimed, pop culture-infused 1997 Jazz opera Journey Beyond the West: The New Adventures of Monkey.
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    Western Animation 
  • Monkie Kid is a LEGO animated series based on Journey to the West, starring Monkie Kid, an ordinary kid whose life is changed when the Demon Bull Kid, Monkey King's Arch-Enemy, is resurrected.

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References to Journey to the West are made in:

    Anime and Manga 
  • One villain in the Read or Die OAV series
  • There is a martial artist named Sun Wukong in the manga, Shamo.
  • A group of villains in Yu Yu 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.
  • 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 Sun 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 Sun 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 (imprisoned for centuries, hot-tempered, and kept in control by a magic item), Kagome as Monk Xuanzang (pure of heart, the reincarnation of a great holy person, often in need of rescue), Miroku as Bajie (sleazy and viceful), and Sango as Wujing (the sensible foil to Inuyasha and Miroku), with Kirara as the Horse (the Team Pet). Shippo is basically just an additional Team Pet.
  • An entire chapter of Love Hina is devoted to the main characters putting on a play of this story for a bunch of children. Naru is initially Sun Wukong, Keitaro is Sanzang, Suu is Bajie, and Motoko is Wujing, with Shirai and Haitani sharing the role of Yulong until they're revealed to be demons. Keitaro's main rival for Naru's affection, Seta, steps in to play the One-Horned King, and Naru and Keitaro switch characters so that Seta and Keitaro can have an epic one-on-one fight in the climax.
  • 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.
  • Dirty Pair TV episode 4 briefly showed a pro wrestling match with one wrestler in a Sun Wukong costume (including the circlet and staff).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • At one point, Paprika, from the film of the same name, is shown dressed as the Monkey King as she rides on a cloud.
  • Doraemon's 1988 film Doraemon: The Record of Nobita's Parallel Visit to the West is the long-running series take on the story.
  • Episode 31 of Yo Kai Watch has the characters kidnapped by a yokai and forced to act out the events of the story.
  • The Last Saiyuki has a lot references to the story and characters.

    Comics 
  • 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.
  • Recurring character Monkey Khan in Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog.
  • 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.

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    Film 
  • Boonie Bears film, Entangled Worlds / Fantastica, has the beginning (and ending) set in Sun Wunkong's universe, where his staff is stolen by the Tech Boss's crew to set up for the plot.
  • A Syfy 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.

    Literature 
  • The short story "Sir Harold and the Monkey King", from the Harold Shea series of fantasy short stories
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In the Grand Central Arena, several of the main characters are refugees from a rogue scientific establishment that attempted to create genetically-engineered replicas of fictional heroes; one of them, Wu, was modeled on Sun Wukong.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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.
  • Super Sentai
    • The characters of Ninja Sentai Kakuranger are all based on the main characters (except Jiraiya), with Sasuke corresponding to Sun Wukong (the Hot-Blooded hero), Seikai to Zhu Bajie (a Big Eater obsessed with women), Tsuruhime to Xuanzang (the leader whom the guys have been assigned to accompany), and Saizou to Sha Wujing (the extra fighter). Likewise, they also fight lots of youkai and journey around the country.
    • GoGo Sentai Boukenger, where Wukong's size-changing staff was one of the treasures sought by hero and villain.
    • Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger featured a Monster of the Week named Dora Kinkaku based on one of the best-known villains in the story. Incidentally, Bandora had gotten Pleprechaun to make him because she hated how the monsters always lost to Sun Wukong.
  • A Korean Odyssey, a modern South Korean comedy retelling that begins with the release of Sun Wukong/Son O-Gong and the reincarnation of Tang Sanzang/Samjang.
  • The heroes of Kamen Rider Ghost can channel the spirits of historical and folk heroes, one of which is Sanzo (an alternate name for Sanzang). Sanzo's powers are mainly used by Kamen Rider Necrom, and they include the ability to summon Sun Wukong, Zhu Wuneng, and Sha Wujing to assist him; and the three can turn into a cloud like Wukong's.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The Handsome Monkey King is one of the gods included in the Chinese pantheon in Scion, and is available as a player character's divine parent.
  • 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.
  • In Pathfinder, Sun Wukong is one of the major deities of the setting's East Asia-analogue Tian Xia and the Chaotic Neutral god of trickery, drunkenness, and nature. He was a stone statue given life who became king of all monkeys and then achieved godhood by learning magic under Qi Zhong, the Tiax Xia god of magic, and erasing his name from the records of Pharasma, the goddess of death.

    Video Games 
  • A statue in Yang's stage of Street Fighter III Second Impact has a statue of Sun Wukong/Son Gokū himself trapped in his prison of Wuxingshan/Gogyouzan (lit. Five Elements Mountainnote ), which can be broken if a strong enough impact occurs around it; doing so will have the Wukong/Gokū statue itself will be freed in prime condition.
  • One of the productions of the Imperial Theater Troupe in Sakura Wars.
  • The theme to the above-mentioned Monkey series was included as a bonus stage in the second Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan game.
  • The Genesis Unit of Wily Tower in the Sega Genesis remake collection Mega Man: The Wily Wars are based on Wukong, Bajie, and Wujing. There's also Hanumachine from Mega Man Zero.
  • The time travelers in Dinosaur King spend several episodes visiting with Sanzo Hoshi, aka Tripitaka.
  • The character Wukong the Monkey King in League of Legends. He even has the same Japanese voice as Dragon Ball's version of Wukong/Gokū that everyone knows.
  • One of Soulcalibur V's new fighters, Xiba, is very clearly inspired by (if not outright implied to be) Sun Wukong. Likewise akin to his many other expies, he tends to be one of the hungry ones.
  • 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 pronunciation of Son Gokū in the Japanese version) 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 in the third installment is recruited into the party, an allusion to the original journey is made, with Hideyoshi -> Wukong/Gokū, Goemon -> Bajie/Hakkai and Ling Tong -> Wujing/Gojou.
    • Ironically in Ling Tong's case, Sha Wujing/Gojou is even an NPC in the third installment. Oh by the way, Sanzang is a girl here.
  • A very rare yet classic beat-em-up game known as Oriental Legend (made by the Taiwanese company IGS) features the trio, the dragon horse (and one original character, Xiaolongnü; lit. Little Dragon Girl; probably based on and named after the heroine of The Return of the Condor Heroes, another epic that has no relations with Journey to the West) as playable characters. The un-localized sequel with extra elements added features a few more characters while also adding Sanzang himself as an unlockable character.
  • In Bookworm Adventures, Volume 2, the vast majority of enemies in The Monkey King are inspired by Journey.
  • The Twin Demon Owls Lechku and Nechku from Ōkami are based on the gold and silver bros.
  • Seiten Taisei (or in pinyin as "Qitian Dasheng"), i.e. Sun Wukong/Son Gokū, appears as a demon in many Shin Megami Tensei games.
    • Persona 5: Seiten Taisei, as a mythic figure who stole the secrets of immortality from the gods, serves as the ultimate Guardian Entity of your party's Lancer, Ryuji Sakamoto.
  • Overwatch had an event based on the Chinese New Year in January 2017, and 4 characters (Winston, Roadhog, Reinhardt, and Zenyatta) specifically got skins based on Journey.
  • Granblue Fantasy has Andira, the Erune descendant of Sun Wukong. She inherited most of his powers and tools like the Self-Duplication using hairs, the flying cloud and staff. The player character reminds her of Xuanzang so she decides to go on a journey with them to try to find Tenjiku (or in pinyin, "Tianzhu"; the Chinese/Japanese name for India).
  • Sun Wukong is the direct inspiration of the Warframe Wukong, with a powerset based on his most famous abilities like cloud walking and his staff which can grow infinitely large and wide. Fittingly, he was released in China's version of the game first before seeing a worldwide release; much like his fellow Chinese story-based Warframe Nezha.
  • Qitian Dasheng serves as the final boss of Swallow's Compass dungeon in Final Fantasy XIV. He spends most of the fight swinging his signature Telescoping Staff, and after you survive his ultimate he drops two clones and runs off. "Qitian Dasheng" is notably not a version of the name "Sun Wukong"; it’s the title he gave himself ("Great Sage Equal to Heaven") in response to the court of Heaven not giving him a fancy title he believed he deserved.
  • Kirby gains a Staff ability in Kirby Star Allies. The Nice Hat associated with the moveset includes Sun Wukong's headband, and the staff itself has the same ability to extend as Wukong's.
  • Dragalia Lost has a few raid events inspired by the story:
    • "Echoes of Antiquity" is the first. The main focus is on the teacher, Xuan Zang, who is teaching her student Wu Kong about Qilin relics. Wu Kong, like his namesake, has a mischievous streak. His mishandling of a dangerous relic, Jin Gu Er (the golden headband), caused him to transform into the raid boss Qitian Dasheng who bears a stronger resemblance to the Monkey King. Also featured is Yulong, a recruitable dragon who serves as Xuan Zang's steed like his namesake.
    • The characters return a year later in "Timeworn Torment", with Wu Kong as the main character this time and Promoted to Playable. Another issue develops with the Jin Gu Er, as it turns out to have been the seal on a dangerous fiend named Mei Hou Wang — albeit one who has a good side, which Wu Kong has to defend to Xuan Zang. Wu Kong has picked up a few traits of the Monkey King in the interrim, and ironically starts wearing the Jin Gu Er to keep someone else under control (since it can exert an influence on Mei Hou Wang). The story also introduces the game's versions of Zhu Bajie and Sha Wujing as followers of Xuan Zang (if sometimes annoying and unwanted ones); with Zhu Bajie as a brash yet honorable Blood Knight and Sha Wujing as a Mad Scientist weapons designer.

    Web Animation 
  • In RWBY, where each character is based off a mythological or storybook character, Sun Wukong is an easygoing, rogueish monkey faunus.

    Western Animation 
  • The Monkey King antagonized the heroes a few times in Jackie Chan Adventures, portrayed as The Prankster who fancies himself as the King of Comedy, but cursed with the form of a doll until somebody pulls his string.
    • The irony here is that this version of him in Japanese is voiced by Ryusei Nakao, who happens to be the voice of Frieza. Talk about having your voice portray a closer-to-original version of your nemesis.
  • An episode of Mighty Max involved 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.
  • Sun Wukong appears in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, revealed to be one of many sentient animals (the Egyptian deities, Quetzalcoatl, Professor Pericles, and Scooby himself included) that are members/descendants of a race of inter-dimensional beings who visited Earth and took the form of animals to assist mankind.
  • Both Sun Wukong and Baigujing are major characters in Season 2 of Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny. The first episode of season two is even titled "Journey to the East".
  • Miraculous Ladybug: The current holder of the Monkey Miraculous goes by King Monkey.
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