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The New Legends of Monkey is an Australian/New Zealand 2018 television series inspired by the Japanese 1970s Live-Action series Monkey, which in turn was based on the 16th century Chinese novel Journey to the West.
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The series follows an orphaned girl who takes the name Tripitaka and disguises herself as a monk in order to free the Monkey King, the mightiest of all the Gods, who was imprisoned in a mountain five hundred years earlier. Together, along with the help of two fellow Gods Pigsy and Sandy, they must journey across a land now ruled by demons in order to collect several lost scrolls of wisdom.

The first three episodes debuted in Australia on the 28th January 2018 as a single 90-minute television movie, with the subsequent episodes airing every day following. The first season, consisting of ten episodes, was released on Netflix worldwide on the 28th April 2018. The second season, also consisting of ten episodes, was released on Netflix on August 7th 2020.


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  • The Ace: The Monkey King was said to have been the mightiest of all the Gods with various powers, including duplicating himself into an army and shrinking himself down to the size of an ant. After being trapped in a mountain for five hundred years, he can’t access most of these powers, though he manages to successfully call upon his cloud in the tenth episode.
    • How powerful is he? It’s implied that he alone was preventing the demons from attacking Jade Mountain. When he’s imprisoned, the demons attacked immediately afterwards and the Gods didn’t stand a chance against them without Monkey.
  • Action Girl: Sandy.
  • Action Survivor: Tripitaka.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Monkey, Pigsy and Sandy. Helped by the fact that they’re Gods in this version instead of demons. Monkey in particular is very good looking.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the book, Tripitaka was constantly getting captured left and right and had to rely on his companions to save him. While she does get captured a number of times in this version, it’s not nearly as often, and a few times she even manages to save herself.
  • Adaptational Heroism: The main four all fall under this. Monkey is a lot more heroic than his book counterpart, Pigsy is a lot more selfless, and Sandy isn’t a disgraced warrior seeking redemption. Tripitaka is a lot smarter than in the book and takes a more active role in the quest.
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  • Adaptational Species Change: Monkey, Pigsy and Sandy are Gods instead of demons, and look human.
  • All-Loving Hero: Tripitaka. She did, after all, manage to convince Monkey and Pigsy (who were both initially not interested) to help her on the quest.
  • And the Adventure Continues: The first season ends with the four main characters talking about how their journey isn’t over yet because there’s still more scrolls to find.
  • Androcles' Lion: In the first episode, Tripitaka gives her food to a starving monk. Later in the episode when she’s being chased by a demon, he helps her escape by bringing her into his monastery and disguising her as a monk.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Monkey, in spades.
  • Asshole Victim: A number of times:
    • Affe falls on a pike after trying to control the Monkey King for his own gain.
    • Hagfish gets killed by his own creation.
  • The Atoner:
    • Monkey’s arrogance is the reason why the world’s gone to Hell, and he can only make things right again by finding the scrolls. Sandy even comments that the situation is poetic.
    • Pigsy spent years serving a demon princess, and is trying to wipe his hands clean by aiding Tripitaka.
  • Back for the Dead: Gaxin and Monica return late in season two, but both only last a few episodes before they’re killed off again. Gaxin even combines this with a literal...
  • Back from the Dead: Along with Gaxin, the Dark Queen Hakuru is brought back into Monica’s body.
  • Back Handed Compliment: Pigsy tells Monkey that his “upstairs” is only good for growing beautiful hair. Monkey isn’t offended because Pigsy complimented his hair.
  • Badass Boast: Monkey gives one to the Font Demon immediately after appearing from the mountain. But because his powers are unavailable, the speech ultimately leads to nothing.
  • Badass Bookworm: Tripitaka. She’s one of the very few humans who can read the ancient language of the Gods, and was raised by a scholar.
  • Badass in Distress: Monkey, first when he was trapped inside the mountain, then when he and Sandy are captured by Princess Locke, and then when he gets trapped inside his own subconscious…
  • Berserk Button: Don’t touch Monkey’s hair.
    Monkey: Not the hair. Never the hair!
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • In the first episode, when Tripitaka is cornered by the Font Demon, Monkey suddenly bursts out of the mountain and confronts the demon.
    • In the tenth episode, Monkey and Pigsy are struggling against Davari and his demons when Tripitaka and Sandy arrive to help with an army of Font Demons under their command.
  • Big Eater: Pigsy.
  • Big "NO!": Monkey gives an epic one when he learns he's been sealed away for five hundred years.
  • Blade on a Stick: Sandy’s staff. Also, Monkey has a small blade hidden in the end of his staff, but he rarely uses it.
  • Blood Knight: Monkey enjoys beating up demons a little too much.
  • Bounty Hunter: Kaedo Zef.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Tripitaka while under the control of Hagfish. She ends up stabbing Kaedo with a poisonous dagger (he gets better).
  • Break the Haughty: Gaxin is so sure of his own wisdom and that he was chosen by the Gods that he doesn’t listen to Tripitaka’s warnings. Only when the Rebellion is defeated by demons does he realise that maybe this isn’t true, and is further humbled when he can’t reach the Scroll of Creation.
  • Butt-Monkey: Pigsy. He gets thrown off a four-story balcony, and it’s Played for Laughs. Monkey often makes fun of his size in season two.
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: Twice.
    • In the first episode, this is how the story begins. When the Scholar is about to send off the monk and the warriors on their quest, the Font Demon arrives and kills them all, before taking Monkey’s crown. Tripitaka is the only one left alive, and the Scholar entrusts her with the quest.
    • Then in episode eight, Tripitaka has left the quest to find her family and settle down with them. But then it’s revealed that not only is the woman not her mother, but she was threatened into pretending to be so in order to lure Tripitaka into a trap. Then the Font Demon arrives to take Tripitaka away.
  • Changed My Mind, Kid: Monkey is initially uninterested in helping Tripitaka. But after she gets captured by a demon (who turns out to be Sandy, who jut wanted to know who she was), Monkey tracks her down to save her. Tripitaka even points this out, after she stops him from killing Sandy via his crown.
    Monkey: I guess I don’t have a choice in any of this, do I?
    Tripitaka: You already made your choice. That’s why you came back to save me.
    • In season two, Kaedo was paid to take Tripitaka back to Monica’s tavern so she doesn’t get hurt. Instead he decides to help her escape.
  • Chekhov's Gun: In season two, Sandy picks some poison berries in episode six. They don’t reappear until episode seven, when she puts them in the demons’ stew, leaving them out of action at the execution of Monkey, Pigsy and Sandy so the group can escape.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Monkey learns the word ‘and’ in the ancient language. When fighting the Scribe, and the Scribe starts writing out his next attack in the air, Monkey recognises the word ‘and’, knows another attack won’t be coming for a moment, and quickly defeats him.
  • Chubby Chef/ Team Chef: Pigsy.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Sandy is a little out there, but that doesn’t make her stupid in the slightest. She actually figures out that Tripitaka’s mother is hiding something, which turns out to be the case when the woman reveals she isn’t actually Tripitaka’s mother at all.
  • Conscience Makes You Go Back: When Tripitaka gets taken by Sandy, Monkey doesn’t take the opportunity to go off on his own and instead tracks her down to save her.
  • Cool Old Lady: Monica, the woman who owns the tavern. Despite acting cool and aloof, she grows fond of Tripitaka and shows concern for her when she gets into danger. She returns towards the end of season two, leading a rebellion.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Monkey is famous for dishing out these. He can’t do it as often now since he can’t access most of his powers, but it still happens. He gives a pretty epic one at the end of episode six.
    • Raxion attempts to fight Davari. Davari kills him with one strike. Keep in mind that Davari was old and close to death at this point…
  • Curse Cut Short: Tripitaka reads from a scroll “Consensus among historians is rare, but all agree that the Monkey King is a piece of sh…” *gets interrupted by Pigsy and Sandy hurrying up to them*
  • The Cynic: Kaedo, before he softens up. Monica, too.
  • Damsel in Distress: Tripitaka, though not as often as in the source material.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Tripitaka does manage to rescue herself a number of times.
  • Dark Action Girl: Princess Locke. Season two gives us General Khan, Tsumori and Borja, one of Dreglon’s soldiers.
  • Decoy Protagonist: In the first episode, a monk named Gaxin arrives at the Scholar’s home dressed in white robes. This is Tripitaka, right? Wrong. He gets killed by the Font Demon mere minutes after being introduced.
  • Disappeared Dad: Tripitaka’s birth father is never mentioned. And her adoptive father is killed within the first five minutes of episode one.
  • Divided We Fall: Hagfish manages to briefly divide the group in episode four of season two, and makes off with the scrolls on top of that.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Three times in season two:
    • Cranius Kang takes out the last needle controlling Gorm, thanks to being mistreated by Hagfish in his semi-vegetable state.
    • Gorm isn’t happy that Hagfish has been using him as a puppet all this time.
    • Shadow Monkey also refuses to be used as a slave to someone he considers beneath him, and kills Hagfish.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: Thanks to being trapped in a mountain for five hundred years, Monkey doesn’t have access to most of his powers. Which is for the best; the series wouldn’t be very exciting if Monkey was easily taking out bad guys left and right.
    • In season two, Monkey loses his staff for a few episodes, which is why they have to infiltrate the demon army instead of Monkey fighting and defeating them all. Monkey also has trouble with his cloud again.
    • The Broken Temple has a curse on it which stops Gods from using their powers.
  • Elemental Powers: Sandy has the ability to control water.
  • Elite Mook: The Font Demons, are the elite warriors of the Davari army. In the tenth episode they are able to fight on equal terms against several high-ranking demons..
  • Enemy Mine: One of Davari’s demon henchman, Raxion, decides to help Monkey and Pigsy sneak into Jade Mountain because he’s tired of not being appreciated. He then tries to help them take out Davari, but Davari catches on and kills Raxion for his betrayal.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Monkey isn’t happy to discover that Davari, his only friend, isn’t a human at all. He’s really a demon who manipulated Monkey’s ego, leading to the death of the Master, Monkey’s imprisonment and the demons taking over the world.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Played for Laughs. Hagfish cuts some of Monkey’s hair for a spell, and he freaks out. He gets Hagfish's attention… and asks him to cut a bit off the other side so it looks even. Hagfish’s response? “But of course. I’m not a monster.”
    • Hagfish again, when he loses control of Shadow Monkey, he realises he’s made a terrible mistake.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Many. The Scholar, the Font Demon, the Master, the Shaman. Season two gives us two more: The Scribe, The Librarian.
  • False Friend: Davari pretended to be a human and Monkey’s only friend in order to manipulate him.
  • Evil Twin: Shadow Monkey for regular Monkey. Though unlike most evil twins, he doesn’t want to kill his “brother”; he wants Monkey to join him.
  • Fat Bastard: A rare, female example. Princess Locke is a demon who rules over a small town, but is overthrown in the third episode.
  • Foreshadowing: Minutes before he’s killed, it’s apparent that the monk, Gaxin, who’s made out to be “Tripitaka” isn’t the hero of this story. Why? Tripitaka is supposed to be pure of heart, but when he arrives at the Scholar’s home, he completely ignores the actual main lead, dismissing her as unimportant. This is solidified when he displays a small moment of arrogance right before he dies; he can’t believe that he, “Tripitaka”, can be killed so easily.
    • There's plenty in season two. Mycelia tells the gang in the first episode that the world must stay in balance, and that everything comes at a cost. This lesson comes back in the last episode; Tripitaka warns Gaxin of this lesson when he wants to resurrect the other Gods, but ignores the lesson herself when she wants to resurrect Monkey. And when he is brought back, so is the Dark Queen Hakuru.
    • As mentioned above, Gaxin wants to use the scrolls to resurrect the fallen Gods. Then when Monkey dies, they use the scrolls to resurrect him.
    • The gang see a vision of the Dark Queen Hakuru while inside the Infinite Archive, and she’s mentioned many times. She returns in Monica’s body at the end of season two.
    • Hagfish many times in season two tries to take charge of the situation, only to be put in his place by Gorm. Later it’s revealed that Hagfish is controlling Gorm, and is using him as a front in order to keep the other demons in line. By having Gorm constantly “put him in his place” whenever he slips up, it upholds the illusion.
    • Pigsy jokes that the only way to destroy the shadow scroll is to throw it into the sun. In the season finale, that’s exactly what Monkey does.
  • Gender Flip: Both Tripitaka and Sandy, two male characters in the book, are female in this version.
  • Guilt Complex: Tripitaka tends to blame herself for everything that goes wrong on the quest, even if it has nothing to do with her or what happened was out of her control.
  • Happily Adopted: Tripitaka was raised by the Scholar, and clearly thought the world of him.
  • Heel–Face Turn: The main Font Demon and the other font demons, though this isn’t through choice; they’re merely puppets that can be controlled, and in the tenth episode, Tripitaka is given the means of controlling them.
    • Pigsy worked for a demon princess, before Tripitaka convinced him to turn against her.
    • He wasn't really evil, but Kaedo originally considered taking the bigger bounty from the demons in order to hunt down Tripitaka and the other Gods. Then he actually met Tripitaka, was swayed by her kindness and decided instead to bring them to the Rebellion. For a price, but still.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Monkey flies the shadow scroll into the sun in order to destroy Shadow Monkey. Gaxin then sacrifices himself in order to resurrect Monkey.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Tripitaka definitely has shades of this. She’s often wondering if she can lead this quest, has to endure being told by others that she’s “just a girl” (sometimes by her own friends) and always feels guilty whenever someone dies around her. This doesn’t stop her from always doing the right thing, even when the rest of the world is against her.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Hagfish is killed by Shadow Monkey, his own creation.
  • Holier Than Thou: Gaxin, the original Tripitaka. He believes he was chosen by the Gods to lead the quest, and won’t listen to anyone else’s advice simply because he believes that whatever he says has to be right. He snaps out of it once it all comes crashing down around him.
  • Hope Bringer: Tripitaka and her friends are the reason that a rebellion has risen up against the demons in season two.
  • Hot-Blooded: Monkey, unsurprisingly.
  • Hugh Mann: When Monkey pretends to be Norman, Human Farmer. Complete with funny walk and accent.
  • Hypocrite: Monkey tends to be inconsiderate towards others, but is personally hurt when others throw it back at him, especially if that person is Tripitaka. The best example is in the Infinite Archive; when the team has to leave one member out of the next test, he’s trying to bump off everyone but himself, and is hurt when the others vote him out.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: When Affe, leader of the Monkey Tribe, captures Tripitaka and learns that she’s a girl, he’s tempted to take her as his wife. Then he decides that killing her would be better, since he doesn’t want to share control over the Monkey King.
  • Immortality Seeker: Davari. Demons only live for six hundred years while Gods live forever, and he wants to use one of the scrolls to become immortal.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Tripitaka. It’s stated that the crown sutra used to control Monkey’s crown only works for someone who is pure of heart, which is why it doesn’t work when Affe recites it.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Whenever Monkey calls Tripitaka “just a human” or “just a girl”, or shows he might not believe in her. It’s clear he doesn’t mean any offense by it, and it’s more of a by-product of his godly-ego. It doesn’t mean he doesn’t care about her.
  • Insufferable Genius: Cranius Kang. It ends up getting the better of him when he steals the wrong scroll and his head literally explodes. He survives, but only in a semi-vegetable state.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Monkey. He’s arrogant and acts like he doesn’t care, but he has a good heart and will do the right thing when the chips are down. He’s also loyal to those he cares for.
  • Jumped at the Call: Tripitaka is quick to take action when she stumbles upon the demon who stole Monkey’s crown, knowing that she’s the only person who can release the Monkey King.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: Sandy. Nice to everyone she meets (unless you’re a demon) and is under the impression that everyone can squirt water from their fingertips and turn to mist.
  • La Résistance: The God’s resistance is based in the western mountains, which is where Monkey and the group need to deliver the scrolls once they’ve all been collected. A Rebellion also builds among the humans, led by Monica and Gaxin.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Twice:
    • First when Monkey pulls his hands out of the dirt before they’ve finished growing back, revealing them to be tiny. He immediately shoves them back in again and says this to Tripitaka.
    • Second time after the gang are snapped out of the love potion, and can’t look at each other because they’re too embarrassed.
  • Living Forever Is Awesome: Davari seems to think so.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: The Font Demon.
  • Love Potion: Mothrax uses “smoke bombs” which releases a love potion gas. Monkey, Pigsy, Sandy and Tripitaka all come under its influence briefly while Mothrax makes off with the scrolls, and they snap out of it by having water squirted in their faces by Sandy.
  • MacGuffin: Monkey’s crown in the first episode. Then the scrolls for the rest of the season.
  • Magic Librarian: The Librarian of the Infinite Archive. She can take your voices by magically gluing your finger to your lips.
  • Magitek: The device used to destroy Tripitaka’s home looks and sounds like a high-tech grenade, but the way it sucks in its surroundings looks magical. Season two introduces a tracking device that looks both mechanical and magical.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Hagfish controls Gorm with his puppetry.
  • Manchild: Monkey acts like an overgrown teenager. Sandy also acts rather child-like, though this is understandable since she was abandoned at a young age.
  • Manly Tears: Monkey is fighting back his tears after the Master’s death, when he’s forced to escape Jade Mountain with the scrolls.
    • In season two, Pigsy is bawling his eyes out when Monkey sacrifices himself.
  • Meaningful Name: Cranius Kang. An intelligent demon, with a first name that sounds like cranium (head).
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Twice, with two different mentors.
    • The Scholar, Tripitaka’s adoptive father, is killed by the Font Demon in the first five minutes of the series.
    • The Master, Monkey’s mentor figure, is killed by Davari. To make things worse, Monkey is blamed for his death, which is why he’s imprisoned.
  • Missing Mom: Tripitaka’s birth mother was forced to flee her home in the north due to demons, and finding herself unable to care for her daughter, left her with the Scholar to be raised. Tripitaka continues to carry around the letter from her mother that was left with her. In episode eight she reunites with her mother, but it turns out that the woman was only pretending; the Font Demon forced her to play along under the threat of taking away her two young daughters. The woman did know Tripitaka’s mother, however, and tells Tripitaka that she would be proud of the woman she’s become. What actually happened to Tripitaka’s mother is never revealed, though there’s an underlying implication that she died many years ago.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Why Raxion agreed to help Monkey and Pigsy; he feels that Davari never appreciated him.
  • Morality Chain: Tripitaka for Monkey. She curbs his impulsive nature and brings out his more heroic side.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • In the Japanese Live-Action series Monkey, Tripitaka was a male character played by a woman. In this series, Tripitaka is a girl disguised as a boy monk.
    • A pan-pipe version of the 1978 television series theme song "Monkey Magic" can be heard playing over a party held by a bandit tribe who idolize Monkey.
    • Season two gives us many call-backs to the original fable. Monkey being born and then reborn from an egg. The peach. Monkey referring to himself as “Great Sage Equal of Heaven”.
  • Never Learned to Read: Monkey never learned to read the ancient language, thinking he’d never need to use it. Because of this, the Shaman can’t force him to translate the scrolls.
  • Nice Girl: Tripitaka. In the first episode she gives her food to a starving monk despite being hungry herself.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: During Gorm’s fight with Monkey, Mothrax walks in on Hagfish while he’s controlling the other demon. She thinks he’s having a seizure so shakes him out of his meditation, preventing him from controlling Gorm. This leads to Monkey and Tripitaka trapping the now immobilized Gorm and escaping with the others.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Sandy is way too cheerful about seeing human bones.
  • No Name Given: We never learn Tripitaka’s real name. And by the end of season one, she’s officially become Tripitaka, so it’s likely we’ll never know what her real name was.
  • One-Man Army: Monkey.
  • Only in It for the Money: Kaedo. At first.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: Only one who is “pure of heart” can recite the sutra that controls Monkey’s crown. Affe tries it in episode four, but it has zero effect on Monkey.
  • Parental Abandonment: Tripitaka’s birth mother gave her up as a baby because she was unable to take care of her. There is no mention of her birth father. Her adoptive father, the Scholar, is killed at the beginning of the first episode.
  • People Puppets: Hagfish is able to control the demon Gorm this way, and briefly controls Tripitaka.
  • Psychopathic Man Child: Shadow Monkey.
  • Quest to the West: Just like in the original source material, though the reasons why are different; the scrolls are the only things that may be able to break the demons’ hold on the world, and the series goal is to collect them all and take them to the western mountains where the main resistance is based.
  • Reality Ensues: Monkey may have discovered what really happened that night on Jade Mountain, but most people still see him as a betrayer, because that’s all that’s been said about him for five hundred years. And Shadow Monkey destroying a village doesn’t help matters.
  • Restraining Bolt: Monkey’s crown admits a splitting headache when Tripitaka recites the sutra. She’s only had to do this twice, first when Monkey almost killed Sandy, and then when he was acting arrogant and ignoring her advice.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Gaxin believes he was resurrected by the Gods because he has an important roll to play. He’s right about that, but he initially thinks it’s his destiny to lead the quest for the remaining scrolls. In the end he realises he was brought back so he could give his life resurrecting Monkey so Tripitaka doesn’t have to.
  • Running Gag: Mothrax being a, well, moth demon is drawn to light against her will even in human form. So whenever there’s a large light, she immediately runs in circles around it, squealing. Flying directly into an open flame is what finally does her in.
  • Sequel Hook: After Davari’s defeat, the gang talk about finding the remaining scrolls, stating that their journey isn’t over yet.
    • How season two ends: Monkey comes back to life after sacrificing himself. The Dark Queen Hakuru is resurrected into Monica’s body.
  • Shapeshifting: This is the power of the demon, Tsumori. She shapeshifts into Sandy while stealing children in order to make the villagers think that the Gods are responsible.
  • Ship Tease: There’s a number of moments between Monkey and Tripitaka. He gives her a kiss of gratitude when she gives him his staff, he sleeps next to her when she’s recovering from being poisoned, and he doesn’t hesitate to jump after her when she gets pushed off a balcony – and that’s only a few of them. Considering that most of them happened when Monkey thought Tripitaka was a boy…
    • Pigsy and Sandy get a few moments in season two.
  • Shirtless Scene: Monkey and Pigsy both strip when they go swimming in season one. In season two, Monkey takes off his vest while under the influence of the love potion. It’s also absent in one scene where he’s working as a slave for General Khan.
  • Shout-Out: While celebrating with some Monkey-worshiping bandits in an episode of the first season, a pan-pipe version of "Monkey Magic" from the 1978 television series Saiyūki (Monkey) is playing.
  • Sleep Cute: In episode seven, Monkey snuggles up next to Tripitaka during the night when she’s recovering from being poisoned.
  • Smug Super: Monkey. Though he learns humility as the series goes on.
  • So Proud of You: After the reveal that the woman isn’t actually Tripitaka’s mother, the woman reveals that she did know her mother – and that she would be proud of the woman Tripitaka has become.
    • In season two, Monkey tells Tripitaka this before he sacrifices himself.
  • Spiritual Successor:
    • To the original Monkey series
    • Could be considered one to Hercules: The Legendary Journeys in that it incorporates fantasy elements from mythology (albeit Chinese rather than Greek) and uses a blend of action and comedy, with references to modern culture.
  • Story-Breaker Power: The reason why Monkey can’t access most of his powers; the story wouldn’t be nearly as good if everything was easy. The cloud especially is out of action so the group have to travel on foot. This continues into season two, where it’s made clear why Monkey can’t just use his cloud to collect the scrolls himself.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Monica. Hard as nails most of the time, but has moments that shows she really does care, especially about Tripitaka.
  • Superpower Lottery: Monkey has a lot of incredible powers – which, after being trapped for five hundred years, he can’t access.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: The main lead is a girl who disguises herself as a boy monk and takes the name Tripitaka in order to complete the quest of her adoptive father, the Scholar. Sandy discovers the truth in episode eight, Monkey in episode nine, and Pigsy in episode ten.
    • Tripitaka pulls this off once again in season two, where she poses as a boy while going undercover with Monkey.
  • Tempting Fate: Monkey insists while walking into the Archive that finding the scroll is going to be “easy peasy”. It’s not.
    • Then Monkey, about the Dark Queen Hakuru: “I knew she couldn’t come back. When Monkey kills you, you stay dead.” Yeah, about that…
  • 10-Minute Retirement: In episode eight, a conflicted Tripitaka decides to abandon the quest for the scrolls and instead track down her missing mother, intending to settle down and lead a quiet life with her family. This decision lasts only an episode; it’s revealed that the woman isn’t actually Tripitaka’s mother, and was threatened by the Font Demon into playing along so she could lead Tripitaka into a trap. Upon learning this, Tripitaka quietly accepts her fate and goes with the demon.
  • This Cannot Be!: Gaxin, the monk in the beginning who was intended to be Tripitaka, has this reaction moments before he’s killed by the Font Demon.
  • This Is My Human: Monkey has shades of this towards Tripitaka, often referring to her as ‘my monk’.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Tripitaka is far more capable in season two, displaying more advanced hand-to-hand combat skills.
  • The Unchosen One: Tripitaka was never meant to be the one to go on the quest. But when the Scholar, the warriors and the monk are killed, she’s the only one left who knows the details of the quest, so becomes Tripitaka in order to complete it.
  • Undying Loyalty: Monkey, Pigsy and Sandy towards Tripitaka.
  • Unexplained Recovery: It isn’t explained how Kaedo managed to recover from getting stabbed with a poisoned dagger.
  • Unfit for Greatness: Gaxin was originally chosen to become Tripitaka and lead the quest for the scrolls. But he was killed by the Font Demon, and when he’s resurrected, he keeps making poor decisions which all end in disaster.
  • The Un-Reveal: Though there are moments where she almost says it, we never learn Tripitaka’s real name.
    • In season two: What was the meaning of the peach?
  • Villainous Crush: General Khan clearly has a thing for Pigsy – at least, so long as he cooks her delicious food. Pigsy uses this to distract her while the others try to steal from her.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Monkey and Pigsy.
  • Warrior Poet: Sandy. She wrote poetry about Tripitaka while waiting for her to arrive.
  • We ARE Struggling Together: There’s a lot of infighting among the demon lords.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The Shaman and the Font Demon, who both survived season one, are nowhere to be seen in season two. General Khan also vanishes without explanation, though it’s implied she was executed by Gorm.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: The Font Demon has long, white hair, wears all black, is very good looking, and is an enemy for most of the season who then fights for the heroes in the season's last episode. It’s like he was purposely designed to be a Chick Magnet.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Implied of the Librarian. She was given a long life by the Scroll of Knowledge so she could protect it. When Tripitaka solves the final puzzle, she hands it over willingly, knowing she can finally rest.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Monkey can’t access most of his powers due to being trapped inside a mountain for five hundred years, which is why he can’t immediately defeat most of the enemies they face.
  • Yandere: Shadow Monkey for regular Monkey. He tries to kill Tripitaka, thinking that if he does, Monkey will be free to go with him.

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