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Note: Due to Monkie Kid not being a direct representation to Journey to the West, this article will be primarily about Macaque's appearance within Monkie Kid. For information about him in Journey to the West, click here.
“Come on! Show me the real Sun Wukong! The old you would have leveled this whole mountain range to stop me. But you're scared of hurting some kid? Pathetic!”
Macaque (short for Six Eared Macaque) is one of the many Demons that the Monkey King once fought.
Before becoming enemies, Macaque and the Monkey King became friends and fought alongside each other in the Celestial Realm and on Earth. However, as the Monkey King continued to get more powerful, Macaque was left behind and grew a disliking to the Monkey King.
MK believes that he is getting nowhere with his training under the Monkey King and trains under Macaque, not knowing his true intentions. Leading MK on a path to darkness, Macaque tricks MK and succeeds in stealing the power of the Monkey King from him, absorbing it and increasing his power. After a furious battle with the Monkey King, Macaque is defeated by MK, who regains his power.
Macaque disguises himself as a puppeteer and tells the story of The Hero and the Warrior, referring to him being friends with the Monkey King once before being forgotten. He toys with MK by trapping his friends in the magic lantern and using them to fight him, after he shared his insecurities with him about the Lady Bone Demon and the thoughts of being the wrong successor to the Monkey King. After briefly fighting, Macaque breaks the lantern and leaves, only to later return to get it back, but is confronted by the Mayor, who wants the lantern as one of the ingredients to the bone mech and to bring him to the Lady Bone Demon.
Macaque, befitting his dark appearance and abilities, is a shady individual. He will try to gain the trust of others with promises of power, only to betray them to suit his own ends. As shown during his talk while training MK, he is an aggressive fighter who thinks that people with power should fight without mercy. Macaque, being a rival of the Monkey King, has a desire for power, and seeks to gain the Monkey King's power to become the new Monkey King. Despite his antangonistic relationship with the Monkey King, Macaque seem to respect his strength, demanding him to show the "real" Sun Wukong in battle, and claiming the fact that he would hold back his strength on a kid to be pathetic.
Appearance & Variants
Macaque has a similar appearance like the Monkey King. However, he bears dark fur covering his body and tail. He also has crimson shading across his dark yellow eyes and thick black eyebrows.
Current: Macaque's clothing consists of a brown, yellow and black gi with a black sash around the waist, and red cape and pauldron.
Puppeteer: While disguising himself as a puppeteer, Macaque wears a black cloak with red clouds and a red interior.
Unlike the show, Macaque's minifigure includes a yellow torso with square patterns on it, a gold strap similar to the show counterpart, two smaller black straps, along with a bit of his chest exposed. The legs are almost the same as the show counterpart, but more detailed. Macaque's face also resembles a younger looking appearance with light brown face paint around his eyes, while the alternate face is the current crimsion face paint around the eyes, with one eye being white and a scar going through it.
Macaque wields a dark purple staff that resembles Monkey King's staff, but features spikes in both ends.
Macaque is a powerful spiritual primate much like the Monkey King and possesses all of his powers and abilities to match him a fight.
Immortality - Macaque is ageless and immortal, able to live out the centuries and become known in the current times.
Immense Physical Attributes - Macaque possesses incredible physical abilities rivaling those of the Monkey King. He yields immense speed, strength, agility and reflexes to take Monkey King in a one on one fight.
Immense Combat Skills - Macaque is one of the greatest fighter of the series. His skills in hand-to-hand combat make him a dangerous opponent for figures as powerful as the Monkey King.
Staff Proficiency - Macaque's skill with his dark energy staff match those of the Monkey King's.
Dark Chi Manipulation - Macaque appears to control a form of dark Chi energy. He can use this power to strengthen his physical attacks.
Shadow Manipulation - With his dark Chi, Macaque can manipulate his own shadow to create shadow clones to mimic the Monkey King's replication ability.
Smoke Generation - Macaque can create a massive avatar of his image known as a Smoke Monster.
Shapeshifting - Similar to the Monkey King, Macaque can shapeshift into one of his 72 forms.
Monkey King (formerly ally) - The Monkey King is one of Macaque's enemies. Before becoming enemies, Macaque and the Monkey King were allies until the latter became more powerful than the former, causing their relationship to be torn apart. During their battle, Macaque wanted Monkey King to show his real self, claiming that he would lift an entire mountain just to stop him, but wouldn't due to MK.
MK - When Macaque first met MK, he immediately recognized him as the Monkey King's successor. When MK asked Macaque to train him so he can become better, he gladly accepted. Unbeknownst to MK, Macaque only agreed because he wanted to turn MK evil. However, when he did, instead of convincing MK to join him, he would instead steal his powers so he can take Monkey King's place.
“Stop holding back. Stop trying to be nice. Your first strike should be your last strike. Every time you attack, give it everything you got. Other people are gonna be telling you to be patient. They are slowing you down. You have power inside you. Use it. Take the power and destroy! Remember, you don't use a weapon, you are a weapon!”
“Welcome viewers, to a shadow play likes the which have never been seen. It follows the tragic tale of of a legendary warrior and how those who bring light into this world inevitably bring darkness to those who bring dear.”
“Like light, heroes bring warmth, hope, and friendship. But they also bring life to the darkness.”
“The hero and the warrior were like the Sun and the Moon. Their light, a protective glow, shining upon the world. Together, there was nothing that could stop the two of them. Either in the Celestial Realms or on Earth. As time went on, the hero attained power beyond comprehension. As the hero's light grew, so too did his shadow. And soon, the warrior was cast in that shadow. In the darkness, the warrior was forgotten by the hero.”