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Monkey Dude[1] (モンキー・デュード[2] Monkī Dyūdo?), later known in Japan as Saruder (サルダー[3][4] Sarudā?), is an enemy that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a mass-produced, monkey-based Badnik model created by Dr. Robotnik.


Monkey Dudes are, as their name implies, based on monkeys, though they feature a heavy design. They have a metallic blue body, a thin silver tail, and arms made up of four segmented spheres, which are tipped with a clawed hand on each of them. They also have a black face with white black eyes and a yellow beak-like mouth. This Badnik does not appear to have legs, as it hangs from trees with its hands and tail.

Game appearances

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles


In Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and its add-on continuation Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, Monkey Dudes can be found in Angel Island Zone. Like Coconuts, they climb up and down palm trees from where they will fling a coconut at the player when spotting them. Monkey Dudes are either placed so that they look left or right, and can never turn around.

If the player runs past a Monkey Dude before it can throw its coconut, it will keep it in its hand since it cannot turn around to throw it the other way. The coconut itself has a medium spiral gap when it is thrown. Additionally, each Monkey Dude can only throw one coconut. Afterwards, they are left helpless and vulnerable, as they keep repeating their movement pattern and waving their arm, and can easily be defeated with a Spin Jump. However, leaving the area and returning will mysteriously cause it to gain another coconut.

Sonic Mania Plus


In Sonic Mania Plus, Monkey Dudes reappear as enemies. In terms of design, they look exactly how they did in Sonic the Hedgehog 3. They only appear in Angel Island Zone. In gameplay, they behave just like in their debut game by climbing up and down palm trees from where they will fling a coconut at the player when spotting them. They are similarly easily destroyed by any attack. Also, upon their destruction, they release an Animal.

Powers and abilities

Monkey Dudes are capable climbers amongst tree tops and can throw coconuts as weapons.

In other media

Archie Comics

Main article: Monkey Dude (Archie)

Monkey Dude made a cameo appearance in Sonic the Hedgehog #13, where it was seen watching Sonic and Tails pass by as they began investigating the Floating Island.

Sonic Mania Adventures

In Sonic Mania Adventures, a Monkey Dude was spying on Knuckles the Echidna as he took the Master Emerald elsewhere. Dr. Eggman viewed this transmission and plotted to steal the gem.[5]


  • Monkey Dudes are very similar to Coconuts from Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
  • Although Monkey Dude has not made an appearance in Sonic the Comic, it is featured along with other Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Badniks in the Sonic's World feature of the first Sonic the Summer Special.
  • The alternate Japanese name for this Badnik comes from saru, which means 'monkey' in Japanese.
  • The Badnik's name was misspelled "Monky Dude" in Sonic Jam.



  1. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Sega Genesis) North American instruction booklet, pg. 22.
  2. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Sega Mega Drive) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 37.
  3. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 card number 02 from Sonic Tweet.
  4. (in Japanese) ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ3 公式ガイドブック. Shogakukan. 1 July 1994. p. 11. ISBN 978-4091024794.
  5. Hesse, Tyson (30 April 2018). "Sonic and Tails". Sonic Mania Adventures. Season 1. Episode 2. YouTube.

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