The Chimp

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The Chimp
Artwork of the The Chimp from Super Mario Galaxy 2
Species Monkey
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010)
“They call me The Chimp. Seems like you may be a worthy high-climbing rival. Take this Power Star icon from Super Mario Galaxy.! We'll talk later...”
The Chimp, Super Mario Galaxy 2

The Chimp is a non-playable character appearing only in Super Mario Galaxy 2. He is a blue monkey that wears sunglasses and somewhat resembles an Ukiki, with yellow hair on his head in a style similar to Iggy's. The Chimp is competitive by nature and challenges Mario to beat his records in various games across different galaxies.


Mario meets The Chimp.

Mario first meets The Chimp in the Fluffy Bluff Galaxy, just after finding the Captain of the Toad Brigade, when he shows interest in a climbing race against the plumber after watching him use the Cloud Flower. The Chimp later challenges Mario to a contest where he has to stomp on enemies and collect the coins, to get 10,000 points or more, with a time limit of two minutes (120 seconds).

Later, The Chimp appears in the Freezy Flake Galaxy, where he challenges Mario to a Whack-a-Mole style of game, where Mario has to get 500 points or more while avoiding the Spiky Gummits and hitting the green or gold ones.

The Chimp giving Mario a Power Star after Mario completes The Chimp's Bowling Challenge

In Melty Monster Galaxy's Secret Star mission, Mario needs to knock down Pinheads with the Rock Mushroom. After Mario gets 5,000 points or more, The Chimp gives him a Power Star. He next shows up in Shiverburn Galaxy and challenges Mario to another skating challenge but with 600 points as the target score. Even after, he appears in Honeyhop Galaxy, where Mario needs to defeat enemies to get points. If the player gets 10,000 points or more within the two-minute time limit, The Chimp will give Mario another Power Star.

The Chimp makes his final appearance in the Slimy Spring Galaxy, where he challenges Mario to another point challenge. This challenge is unique, however, in that it takes place mostly underwater, where Mario must shine a Green Shell's light on Snoodles and Boos. If the player can win this challenge and score 10,000 points or more in 180 seconds (three minutes), The Chimp gives the player a Star after requesting that Mario teach him some of his moves.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese さすらいの遊び人
Sasurai no Asobi-nin
Wandering Play Man
Chinese 放浪遊人
Fànglàng Yóurén
Wandering Playman
French (NOE) Billy Banane Billy Banana
German Wanderaffe Hiking Monkey
Italian Scimmia Bighellona Loafer Monkey
Korean 자유랑
Abbreviation for "자유로운 유랑자" (Jayuroun Yurangja), meaning "the Free Wanderer".
Spanish (NOA) Bananacho Pun on banana and, possibly, Nacho (a nickname for people called Ignacio)
Spanish (NOE) Molonio From "molón", meaning "cool", and possibly from "mono", meaning "monkey"