Pipo Monkey

The Pipo Monkeys from left to right; Red, Blue, White, Yellow, Black, Sky Blue, and Green.

Pipo Monkeys (ピポサル), sometimes just called Monkeys (サル) and called Apes in Ape Escape, are ordinary monkeys under the control of a mass produced helmet called the Peak Point Helmet. Being the main symbol of the whole Ape Escape franchise, they appear in every game and other Ape Escape-related media. They also have gained many cameo roles in other non-Ape Escape related media. There are currently eight known types of Pipo Monkeys.

Behavior and AppearanceEdit

Pipo Monkeys are brown apes with tan mouths, feet, and hands. They have big round eyes and usually very simplistic expressions. Depending on the type, they may have a certain expression or item different from common Yellow pantsed apes. Each Pipo Monkey wears a Pipo Helmet.

They are very simple minded when compared to Specter's way of thinking. As a result, they seem to only speak their own ape language, which comes out as "Ukki". When they feel threatened, they can attack their assailant by using random items at their disposal such as banana peels, rocks and other violent weapons they may possess such as laser guns and machine guns. They can even flail their own arms as a means of defense. There are also many other different monkeys throughout the series that have their own ways of fighting back against their enemies.

These little apes also have human-like behaviors. They eat, sleep, drink, play and do whatever they want. Their specific behavior can be easily identified by analyzing their pants color, their gears or their suits. 

Pants color Edit

The color of a Pipo Monkey's pants can give a glimpse on the monkey's personality and behavior.

  • Yellow: The most common color a Pipo Monkey can be seen wearing. There isn't any extra feature or item shown. Those apes can usually be caught very easily.
  • Red: Tough monkeys with a lot of fire power! In the first game they use a combination of machine guns, missiles, and bombs. In later installments this was changed to them wearing boxing gloves and aren't afraid to beat you up, should you get too close!
  • Black: Distinguished by their tie and sunglasses, Black Monkeys carry machine guns and the very moment they notice you, they will fire. They can't move while firing, which gives them a weakness from behind.
  • Blue: These Apes wear running shoes, a pair of goggles and scarves. They are rather fast in comparison to others.
  • Light Blue: Sad little Pipo monkeys that are very nervous and skittish, should you get too close.
  • Green: Apes wearing special sight goggles and a backpack that can fire missiles. They seem to be more into technology and currently have the highest alert rate.
  • White: Nerd-glasses wearing Monkeys that had the highest alert rate of them all in the first game, but in later installments this was changed to low alertness, in addition, they were given bombs to throw.
  • Pink: Only appearing in Ape Escape Move. They are almost like Yellow Pants Pipo Monkeys but with thinner eyes and they can throw items at the player character. They have a pink item pack worn around their necks and seem uneasy.
  • No Color: Sometimes a monkey with no pants or color can be located. Often due to just being in a situation where the pants are unneeded (such as in the occasion that they wear a costume of some sort) or they have simply lost them.

Secret MonkeysEdit

Certain monkeys require certain gadgets and abilities to find, and can't be encountered on the first play-through of a level. These have been referred to as secret monkeys or rare type monkeys. For more information see Secret Monkeys.

Notable Pipo Monkeys FactsEdit

  • Ape Escape or Ape Escape: On the Loose: A total of 204 monkeys can be caught. Of these 204 monkeys, 115 wear yellow pants, 33 wear light blue pants, 11 wear black pants, 7 wear blue pants, 7 wear green pants, 21 wear white pants and 10 wear red pants. Only 102 monkeys total are required to catch in order to beat the game.
  • Ape Escape 2: In the American version a total of 300 monkeys can be caught, while in Japan there's a total of 297 monkeys. There is something called a "DLC disc" floating around on the internet that when loaded onto a PS2 adds 3 monkeys to the save file and then can be captured in-game. The Freaky Monkey Five also make their first appearance. Pipotchi is also introduced as the little pet of Jimmy. There is a total of 77 yellow pants monkeys, 31 light blue pants monkeys, 36 black pants monkeys, 27 blue pants monkeys, 25 green pants monkeys, 39 white pants monkeys, 28 red pants monkeys and 37 non-specifically colored pants monkeys to catch. Despite this, only 180 total monkeys are required to catch to beat the game.
  • Ape Escape 3: A total of 434 monkeys can be caught. There are also 8 "code monkeys" that can be entered into the game making a total of 442. In this game they prove to be somewhat smarter then previously. Wearing costumes and even stealing the weapons used against them. After you beat the game, a few secret codes can be purchased to release more Pipo Monkey's. A special Ape was also introduced: Pipo Snake. Out of the catch-able monkeys, 248 wear yellow pants, 32 wear light blue pants, 14 wear black pants, 32 wear blue pants, 14 wear green pants, 21 wear white pants, 34 wear red pants and the other 47 don't have a specific assigned color pants. Only 224 total monkeys are required to catch to beat the game.
  • Ape Escape: Pumped & Primed: This game introduced a mutant breed of Pipo Monkeys called Pipotrons, which consist of Pipotron Red, Pipotron Blue, and Pipotron Yellow.


Cartoon Edit

PlayStation Move: Ape Escape Edit

Cameos Edit

PlayStation All-Stars Battle RoyaleEdit

Trivia Edit

  • The monkeys design is based on the Japanese Macaque, which are known for having short tails.
  • Purple and Orange are the only colors not seen in relation to a Pipo Monkey.
  • Ape Escape 3 was the only game where Pipo monkeys could steal the weapons used against them.
  • The reason they say Ukki is because that is the sound used to describe a monkey sound in Japanese.
  • In Ape Escape: Pumped & Primed, "Team Monkey" consisted of all Monkey colors except Yellow and White. The Pipo Monkey Team in Ape Escape: Million Monkeys, however had the missing yellow.
  • The Pipo Monkeys seem to really admire/respect Specter.
  • The Pipo Monkeys could be considered "Brainless" considering their dangerous habits, like riding on sharks.
  • It's been revealed that under the goggles of Blue pants wearers, they have the same eyes as light blue pants wearers.
  • In Japan, the Pipo Monkeys were voiced by Fushigi Yamada, Kikumi Umeda and Shinichi Namiki.

See also Edit

ApeEscapeTemplate ApeEscapeOTLTemplate
Characters Casi  · Jake  · Natalie  · Professor  · Specter  · Spike
Gadgets Dash Hoop  · Magic Punch  · Monkey Radar  · R.C. Car  · Sky Flyer  · Slingback Shooter  · Stun Club  · Time Net  · Water Net
Levels (/ Apes/ Enemies)
Hub World
Time Station
Prehistoric Era/ The Lost Land Fossil Field  · Primordial Ooze  · Molten Lava
Cenozoic Era/ Mysterious Age Thick Jungle  · Dark Ruins  · Cryptic Relics
Dimension/Dimension X Stadium Attack
Primitive Age/Oceana Crabby beach  · Coral Cave  · Dexter's Island
Ice age/New Freezeland Snowy Mammoth  · Frosty Retreat  · Hot Springs
Dimension/Dimension X Gladiator Attack
Recent Past/Medieval Mayhem Sushi Temple  · Wabi Sabi Wall  · Crumbling Castle
Present-Day/Futurama City Park  · Specter's Factory  · TV Tower
Present-Day 2/Specter Land Monkey Madness
Dimension/Dimension X Peak Point Matrix
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