A mysterious rock is said to have absorbed the essence of Heaven and Earth for thousands of years
until, one day, it gave birth to a very special monkey. He quickly rose to become king of all
monkeys and, under the tutelage of a Taoist master, learned supernatural powers. Dressed in yellow
hat and scarf, Monkey King has the ability to battle monsters with his long magical staff. He can
also fly and can see through illusions. And he can even transform himself into anything he wants.
What’s more, he can pull a hair from his head, blow on it, and turn it into more monkeys just like
him. But Monkey is also mischievous—in one of his best-known shenanigans, he creates chaos in the
Heavens and seems to be ruined. Yet the Goddess of Mercy appears and offers him a second chance: to
serve as the monk’s first bodyguard.
The monk is the kindhearted leader of our heroes on their journey. Tang Monk is based on a real
historical figure also known as Xuan Zang or Tripitaka. A humble but distinguished person, he wears
a golden headdress gifted to him by the emperor. Because he is a particularly holy man who piously
follows the Buddha’s teachings, demons believe that eating his flesh will grant them immortality.
When faced with danger, he relies on his disciples for protection. If they act out of line, however,
he can make them behave by chanting a special spell to tighten the metal bands on their heads,
giving them a terrible headache.
Pigsy once lived in the Heavens, where he was a high-ranking navy commander in charge of 80,000
celestial warriors. However, he had a fatal attraction to Chang’e, the beautiful Goddess of the
Moon, and was exiled to Earth for his inappropriate behavior. He was reborn as a pig-man creature
and has become portly, greedy, lazy, and—as before—lusty. But he can still fight his share of demons
with his trusty nine-toothed rake. When there’s work to be done, Pigsy’s the last to get moving, and
when trouble’s in the air, he’s the first to flee. Still, when push comes to shove, Pigsy’s loyalty
Like Pigsy, Sandy had once been an immortal general in the Heavens. Yet one day, he accidentally
shattered a precious vase and was banished to Earth. Sandy was cursed to live as an angry, bearded
ogre that shapeshifts into a giant fish and finds meager sustenance by munching on people. His fate
was finally reversed when he vowed to the Goddess of Mercy to mend his ways, and she arranged for
the monk to adopt Sandy as a disciple. His weapon is a double-ended spear with crescent blade on one
end. He is a dependable disciple who faithfully carries the group’s belongings over the long