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Eek eek! AiAi doesn’t know where he is, but he’s happy to meet you! Do you have a banana?


— AiAi, SEGA Heroes

AiAi (アイアイ?) is the main protagonist of the Super Monkey Ball franchise. He is obsessed with bananas and likes fighting evil on the island, alongside his friends and family. Although he may seem crazy for bananas, AiAi really does care about his friends and family and would do almost anything for them.
AiAi has appeared several times in the Sonic the Hedgehog series.

Appearance

AiAi has similar traits to a barbary macaque. His tail is short and stubby. He has an orange shirt with the letter A on it. He has brown eyes, a small scruff of hair, and rounded ears that stick out of his head. Later games updated his look, giving him a blue backpack, red oval shaped cheeks, a cat-like smile and a much softer appearance overall.

Game appearances

Sonic Riders

In Sonic Riders, AiAi appears as an unlockable character, along with the Sega Carnival track which contains references to the Super Monkey Ball series. Thanks to his small stature, he is easily pushed around despite his type.

In this game, AiAi is a Power Type, and his signature Extreme Gear is the BANANA. Also, when attacking, he enters a Monkey Ball and uses it to knock into his opponents.

Sega All-Stars series

Sega Superstars

AiAi appears in Sega Superstars with a minigame based on his own series of games where the player has to use their own body to move him around and get to the end in time, like his own games.

Sega Superstars Tennis

He reappears in Sega Superstars Tennis Tennis with other Sega Superstars like NiGHTS and Ulala. In this game and from now on, he has his updated appearance.

Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing

AiAi once again appears in Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing driving a racer called the Blazing Banana which is modeled after his favorite obsession: Bananas. his All-Star Move has him rolling around in his monkey ball with friends while running over anyone that gets in his way.

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

The cheeky little monkey appears in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed with the same vehicle from the previous racing game, slightly redesigned to look more like a conventional drag race car and with the ability to transform into plane and boat forms like the rest of the game's vehicles.

Sonic Forces

In Sonic Forces, a Costume of AiAi can be unlockable in the game with the game's bonus edition.

SEGA Heroes

Sonic Colors: Ultimate

In Sonic Colors: Ultimate, AiAi makes a cameo appearance as one of the many optional profile icons available in the Customize menu.[1]

In other media

Archie Comics

Main article: AiAi (Archie)

AiAi in the Archie Comics.

In the Archie Comics, Aiai appeared in Sonic Universe #45 as one of the racers in the story. Doctor Eggman had plans of conquering his world and taking Jungle Islands' banana horde for a lifetime supply of smoothies.

McDonald's

AiAi included in the Sonic 2003 Happy Meal toys.

In the 2003 set of Sonic Happy Meal McDonald's toys, Sega included a toy starring AiAi in a Super Monkey Ball themed, banana grabbing game. He was the only non-Sonic character included in that set. This toy was also one of Sega's free giveaways at the E3 convention in 2003.

Trivia

References

  1. Super Monkey Ball on Twitter. Twitter (7 September 2021). Retrieved on 8 September 2021.

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