Follow TV Tropes


Series / Journey to the West (1996)

Go To

Journey to the West is a Hong Kong television series adapted from the novel of the same title. Starring Dicky Cheung as Sun Wukong, Kwong Wah as Tang Sanzang, Wayne Lai as Zhu Bajie, and Evergreen Mak as Sha Wujing. The series was produced by TVB and was first broadcast on TVB Jade in Hong Kong in November 1996. A sequel, Journey to the West II, was broadcast in 1998, but the role of Sun Wukong was played by Benny Chan instead, due to contract problems between Dicky Cheung and TVB.

This adaptation is rather loosely based on the novel and has some differences. It contains several new characters from good and bad guys alike which are not present in the novel. While some argue it's not best adaptation due to having few similarities with the novel, it has its own fanbases. Mostly because the series is Lighter and Softer (some hostile characters even go on Adaptational Heroism), more family-friendly (there are many fans who note this is their favorite tv series in their "childhood"), and contains many Rule of Funny played in most episodes. Though some of which are Black Comedy (such as treated violence as comedy and sometimes in the form of Amusing Injuries suffered by certain characters), it is still favorable.


The series is also known for making Dicky Cheung famous.

This series is NOT to be mistaken with Monkey King: Quest for The Sutra, a remake where Dicky reprises his role as Sun Wukong.

This series provides examples of:

  • Abduction Is Love/And Now You Must Marry Me: White Bone Demon makes an entrance in the series by abducting a human prince and force him to marry her (which he reluctantly complied).
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: The moment when Honghaier atone for his crimes and become Guanyin's companion has more angst because Bull Demon and Princess Iron Fan are present along the time to company their son for some time.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: In the novel, Sun Wukong was consistently described as an ugly demon not unlike Lei Gong (Thunder Duke) in facial features. In the adaptation, while he's far from normal-looking by human standards, he doesn't really look frightening. That is, he simply looks like a human covered with long fur.
  • Adaptational Badass: Wukong in this series appears to be more badass than his appearance in the novel or many other adaptations.
    • Also Sanzang. In the novel he was portrayed as weak, cowardly, naive, and practically useless throughout the entire journey. In this adaptation however, while he still can't fight at all, he has his shining moments other than being The Load and Distressed Dude.
      • In the novel when Sha Wujing was first encountered, Sanzang was cowering in a corner while the disciples tried subduing Wujing but failed - In the end requiring the help of Guan Yin to recruit Sha Wujing. In this adaptation, Sanzang was captured by Wujing and was threatened to be eaten by the latter, but Sanzang used his words and knowledge of the Buddhist scriptures to rebuke Wujing, guilt-tripping the demon into surrendering to him without force.
      • Sanzang with the help of his three disciples subdued the Dream Demon through chanting of the Buddhist scriptures, reverting him back to his Sleep-Mode Size.
      • Wukong's defeated Long Armed Ape Monkey in their first match with the help of Sanzang. Wukong tricked Long Armed Ape into hitting his golden headband, making it look like the headband was destroyed. What actually happened was that Sanzang used a secret magical chant that temporarily transferred the golden headband from Wukong to Long Armed Ape Monkey, and then recite the curse to cause intense headaches, effectively subduing him.
      • The Python Demoness easily overwhelmed Wukong with her magical stone of Seven Emotions and Six Desires, because Wukong displayed the sin of anger. Sanzang arrived in time to see Wukong incapacitated. She tried doing the same with Sanzang but it backfired because Sanzang had none of the sins that the magical stone had power over and she was forced to retreat.
    • For villain example, there's White Bone Demoness, who still survived Wukong's deadly blow by the time Wukong is temporarily banished from the group.
    • While already dangerous in his story counterpart, the Centipede Demon is now able to absorb demonic essence and mimic the appearances and powers of other beings. By the time he openly confronts Wukong, he becomes powerful enough to transform into heavenly deities like Erlang Shen, Guanyin, and even the Buddha
  • Adaptation Expansion:
    • Contains several arcs and enemies which are not present in the novel. Notably the 1998's adaptation of Long Armed Ape Monkey, who was merely mentioned in the original novel.
    • Guanyin is shown to have had far more influence on Wukong's life than in other adaptations, to the point where she could be considered to be Wukong's surrogate mother throughout his childhood.
  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • The best examples of this trope is Bull Demon King and Princess Iron Fan. In this adaptation they are a bickering married couple with good intentions who merely spoiled their child Honghaier. They also seem to be changed into demigods instead of a demon (Bull Demon King) and a Rakshasa (Princess Iron Fan). They also worship Buddha.
    • The Spider Demonesses in the original are typical monsters seeking to eat Sanzang. In the adaptation, not all of the Spider Demonesses are evil, in particular those who are the focus of the story.
    • Six-Eared Macaque, who is highly mischievous but innocent and well-intentioned little monkey. After some nasty shit that happens to him, he gets better much later on.
    • Black Bear Demon, Who becomes a Well-Intentioned Extremist.
    • Sun Wukong himself. Whoever read the original novel will realize that the adaptation omitted many killings that the original Wukong did. The adaptation also portrayed him in a more sympathetic light. The series suggests that he would've been even more of an evil asshole if Bajie hadn't cut off his tail when he was born.
    • Tang Sanzang. He is more noble and less cowardly in this adaptation as compared to the novel's version, and more likable as a character too.
    • Zhu Bajie, in a way. The original version eats humans until he was converted to the Buddhist faith, and even after conversion he remained a lustful demon where it was implied that he raped his own wife and much later on intentionally molested the naked Spider Demonesses before attempting to kill them. The adaptation completely omits his cannibalistic past, portrayed him as a Casanova, and played down his encounter with the Spider Demonesses.
    • White Dragon Horse never eats Sanzang's original (and mortal) horse. Said mortal horse is freed willingly by Sanzang before he met Wukong.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Long Armed Ape Monkey in the sequel is derived from Chinese mythological figure who is heroic. While this is present as his backstory, he later becomes Rival Turned Evil.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Some villains, notable ones are...
    • The Three Kings of Lion Camel Cave. 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 trio of cowardly and incompetent jerkasses who merely seek power and wealth and are barely a match for Pigsy.
    • Yellow Brows Great King, whose role was completely altered and become a mere follower for the Long Armed Ape Monkey (who is also his sworn brother in this series).
  • Adaptation Origin Connection:
    • Wukong, Bull Demon King, and Princess Iron Fan are childhood friends who studied under the same master. Many of the skills Wukong would have, including invisibility were secretly taught to him by his fellow classmates, who would also grow up to become major demigods or servants of Heaven that later help out the protagonists.
    • Within the same note, it's later revealed that the volcanic mountain range that Wukong needs to extinguish with the Princess's fan was created by a giant pot of lava Wukong had kicked during his rampage across Heaven.
    • Bajie turns out to be indirectly responsible for Wukong's Adaptational Heroism. As a result, the high reverence he achieved for his deed would eventually lead to his fall from grace and transformation into a pig monster.
    • Wujing and Yulong were found and recruited together.
  • Anachronism Stew:
    • In the first arc of second season, there's a character who is loose adaptation of Six-Eared Macaque and nicknamed as "Little Monkey" who suffers Involuntary Shapeshifting into a Great Ape Demon, and if someone trying to drown him into water, instead of drown to his demise, he will transform into a Demonic Dragon who looks nothing like Chinese Dragon and more resembles Western Dragon.
    • In the same arc, while inspecting said dragon, Bajie inexplicably used telescope, which didn't exist until 1600s. Although being Bajie, this is played for comedy in an otherwise tense situation.
  • Angel Unaware: Guanyin loves disguising herself as a human to give Secret Test of Character to other characters.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: Snow Demoness was a fairy who is also Jade Emperor's second daughter.
  • The Assimilator: Long Armed Ape swallowed a demonic pill that gave him the ability to swallow someone and obtain their powers. If the person isn't regurgitated in time, they would perish and be digested.
  • The Atoner: In the final saga, the heroes meet six demons from previous sagas who attempt to atone themselves.... with limited success, as they're still misguided somehow. They are two Spider Demonesses (En En and her mother, who aren't really evil to begin with), White Bone Demoness (genuine evil threat in the first season), Black Bear Demon (who is still misguided even after becoming Guanyin's disciple), and Elephant Demon/Yellow Toothed Elephant and Lion Demon/Azure Lion (two Ineffectual Sympathetic Villains from second season's first saga). In the climax, Python Demon Queen brainwashed three of them (En En, White Bone, and Black Bear) to make them attack the protagonists and other unbrainwashed demons, so Wukong is forced to kill them.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Happens to Sanzang into a black bear, courtesy of White Bone Demoness.
  • Big Brother Bully: Wukong to Bajie, but this grew to become Vitriolic Best Buds eventually. Also Bajie to Wujing, although this is mostly Played for Laughs with Bajie constantly scolds Wujing's stupidity and Fearless Fool persona.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Wukong to Little Monkey.
  • Big Eater: SUPPOSED to be Bajie's defining trait but downplayed for this adaptation. While occasional references are made to Bajie's big appetite, this adaptation focuses more on his Casanova Wannabe personality.
  • Big Fun: Bajie.
  • Black Comedy: For one thing, there's a scene that combines incest, From the Mouths of Babes, and dead baby comedy.
  • Bodyguard Babes: Python Demon Queen has several female demons as bodyguards/handmaidens.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Bajie, even after undergoes many impressive Character Development, he is still infamously lazy. Other than this, he is also Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass and Cowardly Lion/Lovable Coward.
  • Brought Down to Normal:
    • Wukong loses his powers and his confidence for a period after he was defeated by Long Armed Ape, but recovered them in time for a final rematch.
    • Erlang temporarily gave up his power (and Third Eye) to save his mother.
  • Butt-Monkey: Earth Deity is repeatedly abused for laughs. It's only until Long Armed Ape Monkey starts abusing him as well that it stops being funny.
  • Camp Straight: Though he remains Casanova Wannabe, Bajie increasingly becomes more flamboyant in the second season. He even at one point wore pink clothing.
  • Canine Companion: Celestial Hound for Erlang.
  • Canon Foreigner: There are some characters who are not taken from the novel. Namely Dream Demon, Crow Demon, Snow Demon, etc.
  • Casanova Wannabe: This adaptation emphasizes on this trope for Bajie, even more so than his Big Eater and Lovable Coward personality.
  • Catchphrase:
    • Wukong has a habit of boastfully bragging, "What's there to be scared of?"
    • Bajie often melodramatically recites an excerpt from a favorite poem of his.
  • Composite Character: Several characters assume the role of other characters from novel who are not present (or being Demoted to Extra) in this series.
    • Beside characters, some arcs are also composed into one arc. For example...
      • Honghaier arc with Bull Demon arc
      • White Bone Demoness with Yellow Robe Demon arc. White Bone Demoness is also a composite of the original White Bone Demoness and the Yellow Robe Demon.
      • Ginsengfruit arc with Golden and Silver Horned Kings arc
    • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: If not being composed, then there are new characters who assume novel characters' role. For example, Immortal Ruyi, Bull Demon's brother from the novel, is not present. He is replaced by Bull Demon's niece who is called as "Bull Girl".
  • Cool Old Guy: Earth Deity, who is also resident Butt-Monkey. There's also Jiang Ziya, Erlang's mentor, who takes a pity on Erlang's mother.
  • Cool Old Lady:
    • Queen Mother of the West is more of a Reasonable Authority Figure than her son, Jade Emperor, for the most part.
    • Spider Demoness Matriarch is also a kind and harmless old lady who befriends the protagonists.
  • Demoted to Dragon: Dream Demon, who becomes one of Python Demon Queen's dragons in the second season. He's also the only male, as the Queen's other dragons are female.
  • Divine Date: Erlang's father is a human while his mother is a fairy (who disguise herself as a human). We learn about their love story in one story arc in the second season.
  • Divine Parentage: Erlang is demigod from his mother's side.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Ginsengfruit Demon Siblings really care about their mother. They hate Wukong for killing their mother.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Ginsengfruit Demon Siblings really care for each other. There are also Long Armed Ape Monkey and Python Demon Queen who undergo Unholy Matrimony.
  • Evil Aunt: Snow Demon, who was once Second Fairy Xueyao Bingqing, sister of Erlang's mother. He easily curb-stomped her when they fought.
  • Evil Counterpart: In this adaptation, its not Six Eared Macaque that is Wukong's evil counterpart but Long Armed Ape instead (Both of their storyline also takes up significant portions of the second season). Long Armed Ape even deliberately replicate some of the actions that Wukong did in his earlier days in an effort to prove that he is better.
  • Evil Is Deathly Cold: Snow Demoness is actually a subversion. She's more misguided by her anger towards her father, Jade Emperor.
  • Face of a Thug: Wujing.
  • Fallen Hero: Long Armed Ape Monkey in the second season. His lover, Python Demon Queen, counts as well, since she was once a Sparrow Fairy who helped many people.
  • Faux Action Girls: Two sisters of Ginsengfruit Demon siblings. Even Bajie overwhelms them easily and they need their brother's rescue to defeat Bajie.
  • Fearless Fool: Sha Wujing, and he realizes it, too.
  • Frontline General: Erlang for Heaven, and Wukong for his own people.
  • Gender Bender: Guanyin, in her backstory, was a male human, who was even married to a human woman.
  • Giant Foot of Stomping: The first story arc in second season is about how Sanzang has a dream where he's stomped and crushed to death by Great Ape Demon. Since he's a holy man, most if not all of his dreams are Prophetic Dream, so it will eventually happen. Thankfully, in reality when it did happen, Wukong interrupts and saves him.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Demon Realm is led by Python Demon Queen.
  • The Good King: For all his faults, Wukong genuinely cares about the safety of his subjects, and requests that they be returned home and spared while he faces his punishment.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Long Armed Ape was originally a heroic monkey demon whose jealousy of Sun Wukong turned him into Wukong's evil counterpart.
  • Historical Badass Upgrade: Princess Wencheng, which isn't very surprising if one considers that much of her life has been mythified and used for various purposes. In this adaptation, she's apparently a military leader of Tang Dynasty. Granted, she's also Armchair Military and she never fights on-screen, but still. If anything, she's more politically active.
  • Honorary Uncle: Due to being childhood friends in this version, Bull Demon King introduces Wukong to his son as one. Honghaier is incredulous over having a monkey as his uncle.
  • Human Popsicle: Snow Demoness abducts Sanzang by non-lethally freezes him before taking him away.
  • Hypocrite: Bull Demon King, known for his adultery, was pretty angry when he mistakenly believed his wife cheat on him.
  • Identical Stranger: Since one supporting actor portrayed more than one characters, then it can happen anytime. The best example is when Bajie mistakes Princess Wencheng for his unrequited love Chang'e. Thankfully for Bajie, the princess gently expresses her theory to him about how some people may have similar face.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: The Three Kings of Lion Camel Cave are thoroughly portrayed as an incompetent and cowardly trio in this adaptation.
  • In Name Only: While not as horrible compared to its remake, the second season have many stories that completely deviated from the novel with next to no homages paid to the original events.
    • Notably, as the Long Armed Ape saga drags on, it no longer has anything to do with the original Fake Leiyin Temple plot other than the Yellow Brows Great King character who is a mere grunt in this adaptation.
    • The Real/Fake Sun Wukong saga had absolutely nothing to do with any impersonator of Sun Wukong, the closest it gets are brief misunderstandings at the beginning due to Sanzang's prophetic nightmares (Sanzang dreamt that a Giant Ape demon that resembles Wukong will kill him). The "Fake Sun Wukong" was Six Eared Macaque, who didn't even impersonate anyone in this adaptation.
    • The final saga for the protagonists in the second season isn't even part of the novel at all, they are merely lifting story ideas from various sources such as The Monkey's Paw and Stephen Chow's Journey to the West movie (The 1990s version).
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • Erlang's parents. His father is a human, his mother is a fairy / goddess.
    • Long Armed Ape and Python Demon Queen.
    • Bull Demon King and Crow Demoness (the only among Bull King's mistresses that Princess Iron Fan accepts as his second wife).
  • Involuntary Shapeshifting: Wukong in his birth in first season. In second season, we have Little Monkey who undergoes this after eating a poisoned food, which not actually hurt him, but instead make him REALLY ANGRY. It is his anger who involuntarily shapeshifts him into a Great Ape Demon.
  • Jerkass: Sun Wukong, until character development by the end of the Spider Demonesses' story arc where he becomes more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Kill and Replace: Golden and Silver Horned Kings are present, but never met the protagonists. It is because they are killed by Ginsengfruit Demon Siblings, and then two of the oldest siblings replace them as new Golden and Silver Horned Kings.
  • Knight Templar: Sun Wukong. Interestingly, this adaptation does focus on this aspect of his character throughout the first season, especially the Spider Demonesses' saga.
  • Lady Land: The Woman Country. Interestingly, most of them seem to be asexual (and if one, such as Flying Tiger General, falls in love with a man, it's portrayed to be an unusual case, although not necessarily forbidden) and they can procreate by drinking water from a magical well to be a Truly Single Parent.
  • Lighter and Softer: Compared with many other adaptations, and especially compared to the novel.
    • Wukong sparing the hunters who killed his followers, as opposed to the original who wiped them out in revenge
    • The novel's part where Wukong killed the robbers that represent his six senses was completely omitted
    • Stories involving genocide were either reduced in intensity or completely omitted
    • A few characters who were originally antagonists became either comedic nuisances or eventually befriended the 4 protagonists, notably the Spider Demonesses and the Black Bear demon.
  • Love Hurts: Repeated examples. How many?
    • Bajie's unrequited love for Chang'e. This also gets him to be punished by experiencing many lives as mortal to suffer any kind of Love Hurts, including but not limited to unrequited loves, forbidden loves (one of them is even incestuous love!), adulteries, and many others.
    • En En's unrequited love for Wukong.
    • Flying Tiger General's (the general of Woman Country) unrequited love for Sanzang. She got over it, eventually.
    • Little Sparrow's unrequited love for Wukong. She got over it, eventually.
    • Long Armed Ape Monkey and Python Demon Queen after the former's death (and reincarnation into a monk, who rejects her advance when she wants them to reunite).
    • Guanyin was a male human, whose wife loves him and is deeply saddened once Guanyin seemingly died when s/he actually has ascended to a higher plane of existence and become the Guanyin we know today.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: The story arc in Woman Country. Was it real or just a dream?
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Due to Crow Demoness' manipulation, Bajie is set up to sleep with her, who disguise herself as Princess Iron Fan, so Bull Demon King will think his wife cheat on him.
  • Mr. Seahorse: Happened to the four protagonists in Woman Country after they accidentally drank from a magical well that is usually used by people of Woman Country to procreate.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Some female demons. Most notably are spider demons (exclude the matriarch, who is elderly, and En En, who is considered a child by other characters) who are introduced via Furo Scene.
  • Morality Pet: Erlang's is his mother. The first time audiences can see that Erlang is really a good guy is when we learn about his mother.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Wujing is not exactly happy to realize his cannibalism was for naught.
  • Mystical White Hair: Snow Demoness is white-haired.
  • Never My Fault: Long Armed Ape exhibits this trope, even in his death.
  • Non-Nazi Swastika: Buddha first makes his appearance in this form.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: The Heavenly Court, but most notably Erlang Shen.
  • Our Dragons Are Different/Dragons Are Divine: Some characters can transform into a Chinese Dragon. Notable examples are the Dragon Kings, Subhuti, and Xueliang (Erlang's mother, who is also a fairy). Subhuti also has a golden-colored Chinese Dragon as a pet.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • After Bajie guilt-trip him, Nezha allows himself to be defeated by Wukong and Bajie so they can protect depowered Erlang and his mother from being captured by Li Jing (Nezha's father).
    • Princess Iron Fan, known for her Clingy Jealous Girl and Yandere personality, eventually accepts Crow Demoness to be her husband's second wife.
  • The Phoenix: Peng Demon/Golden Winged Great Peng's ancestor in the second season is a Fenghuang who once rescued Queen Mother of the West with Heroic Sacrifice. This Heroic Lineage makes him arrogant.
  • Powers via Possession: After Wukong is banished, Sanzang is abducted by White Bone Demon. Bajie and Wujing are powerless to save him. So Four Heavenly Kings temporarily (and secretly) possessed Bajie to empower him. This made him ridiculously powerful and easily curb-stomped White Bone Demon.
  • Psychopathic Man- and Womanchild: Ginsengfruit Demon siblings.
  • Rule of Three:
    • The adaptation of Sun Wukong's three attempts in attacking the White Bone Demoness, which was surprisingly faithful to the original.
    • Long Armed Ape had a one-on-one match with Sun Wukong three times. He lost the first two but succeeded beating Wukong in the third attempt.
      • In the first attempt, he was defeated by Wukong, albeit with the help of Sanzang and Bull Demon King. Sanzang temporarily transferred the golden headband to Long Armed Ape Monkey's head and incapacitated him with the magical curse, allowing Bull Demon King to tie him up.
      • In the second attempt, he obtained power absorbing magic but was too hasty in re-challenging Wukong. He suffered Power Incontinence from swallowing too many victims in too short a time and Wukong took opportunity of his moment of weakness to beat him to within an inch of his life and forced him to regurgitate his victims in time.
      • In the third attempt, he had recovered from near-death and also fully mastered his new absorbing powers with the help of the Python Demoness. The additional powers he stolen made him practically invincible and Wukong was forced to surrender.
      • Technically though, there was also a fourth and final battle, where Sun Wukong with his latent powers regained finally succeeded killing the Long Armed Ape by exploiting a weakness of his digested victim.
  • Screw Destiny: This is basically the reason for the four protagonist to backtrack as far as Chang'an (read: Sanzang's starting point in his journey) to rescue Tang Dynasty from their ill-fated destruction by Great Ape Demon as a punishment for them being arrogant with their superiority. Even Guanyin told them it's not the heroes' duty to stop the demon because even she thought Tang Dynasty was beyond saving, which says something when even the Goddess of Mercy herself said that. The protagonists' other reason is because the Great Ape Demon is really just an innocent Little Monkey and they don't want him to be a murderous monster.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: Before becoming the Buddha, Siddharta Gautama was a human prince who's raised and spoiled by his family. He's genuinely shocked when he learned the world outside his palace is not as pretty as he thought they would be.
  • Silly Walk: Since he's a monkey, Wukong's earlier attempt to walk casually like a human is pretty silly.
  • Sinister Minister: Three Fiends Of Cheda (Tiger Power Great Hermit, Stag Power Great Hermit, and Goat Power Great Hermit) take the guise of Taoist Priests. They also seem possessing actual Taoist powers, since other Heavenly gods, including two Dragon Kings, obey their commands.
  • Snow Means Death: There are at least two occassions where Sanzang is abducted by demons when there's a snowfall. There's also one occassion when Wukong is almost frozen to death during another snowfall after he's mortally wounded by Long Armed Ape.
  • Supernaturally Young Parent: Erlang's mother. For good reason, since she's pure-blooded fairy while Erlang is half-human.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: This seems to be what Great Ape Demon is to Little Monkey. Great Ape Demon is merciless and monstrous; while Little Monkey is innocent, even if mischievous.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: That is how Sanzang subdued Sha Wujing.
  • Third Eye: As in the mythology, Erlang has third eye. He notably lost it when he temporarily gave up his powers to his mentor to save his mother.
  • Too Dumb to Live: There's Great Ape Demon advancing towards Chang'an. So what does Emperor Taizong of Tang Dynasty do? Capturing him alive to prove Tang Dynasty's superiority, of course. He does realize the errors of his ways enough to want to step down from his position though, despite others refusing to let him.
  • Truly Single Parent: Effectively, all mothers in Woman Country are truly single mothers as they can procreate without male mate by drinking water from a magical well. This includes their Queen, who has adult daughter as a Princess.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Long Armed Ape Monkey and Python Demon Queen in second season.
  • Unstoppable Rage: this is what triggers the Six-Eared Macaque to transform into a Great Ape Demon in second season. In first season, there's also Bajie who does this to a black bear whom he mistook eating Sanzang. Said black bear IS actually Sanzang being polymorphed by White Bone Demoness.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Wukong and Bajie.
  • Younger Than They Look: Erlang in his backstory, due to him being demigod. He already has body of an adult when he's still an underaged child.


How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: