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AiAi

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AiAi

First Seen: Monkey Ball (2001)

Biography

Species: Monkey
Gender: Male
Age: Unknown
Height: Unknown
Weight: Unknown

AiAi is a fictional character in the Super Monkey Ball series of games that made his first appearance in the arcade-only Monkey Ball. He was designed by Amusement Vision member Mika Kojima, and is frequently characterized as a child in the series. His name was taken from the real-life aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis), a primate with a noted "odd look" from Madagascar.

Appearance

AiAi in Sega Superstars Tennis, sporting his Touch & Roll redesign.

AiAi is a monkey with intentionally exaggerated features (huge ears, simplistic beady eyes, etc.), sporting an orange shirt with a huge white A on it. His CGI appearance in the initial games, along with other characters in the series, were revamped into more cartoon-ish and distinct looks for Touch & Roll in 2005, and have since been used in later games in the series.

Abilities

His greatest ability is the iconic red and white "Monkey Ball", in which he, and others that have the ability, use to roll themselves around the mazes he traverses through throughout the game series.

Friends and Allies

He usually lives his adventures with his family, formed by his (soon-to-be) wife MeeMee, a lovely monkey which carries a flower in her hair and wears a pink mini-skirt; and his son Baby, a little monkey from the future that is the fastest of the family. He also usually hangs out with his best friend GonGon (introduced in Super Monkey Ball), a muscular monkey which aspires to be the most powerful of all.

New friends introduced in Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz are YanYan, a little monkey with the same size as Baby which has fallen in a one-side love with him; and Doctor, an old inventor with memory problems.

Enemies

His main enemy in Super Monkey Ball 2 was Dr. Bad-Boon, an evil scientist monkey, which is helped by the help of his assistant to steal every banana in Jungle Island. (Additionally, Bad-Boon also had a thing with Mee Mee, but she preferred AiAi more.)

Trivia

  • AiAi, incidentally, is also the Japanese name of an enemy (Badnik) in Sonic 2, known better in the west as Coconuts.
  • AiAi was a part of McDonald's "Sega Happy Meals" toy collection in 2003; this toy was also one of the free presents that Sega gave during E3 of that same year.


Super Monkey Ball series of games
Arcade
Monkey Ball (2001) | Super Monkey Ball: Ticket Blitz (20xx)
Nintendo GameCube
Super Monkey Ball (2001) | Super Monkey Ball 2 (2002) | Super Monkey Ball 2 Pack (2004) | Sonic Heroes & Super Monkey Ball Deluxe (2005) | Super Monkey Ball Adventure (2006)
Mobile phone
Sega Monkey Ball (2002) | AiAi's Funhouse (2002) | Monkey Ball Bowling (2003) | Monkey Ball Mini Golf (2003) | Super Monkey Ball 3D (200x) | Super Monkey Ball: Tip 'n Tilt (2007) | Super Monkey Ball: Tip 'n Tilt 2 (200x)
Nintendo Game Boy Advance
Super Monkey Ball Jr. (2002)
Nokia N-Gage
Super Monkey Ball Jr. (2003)
Sony PlayStation 2
Super Monkey Ball Deluxe (2005) | Super Monkey Ball Adventure (2006)
Xbox
Super Monkey Ball Deluxe (2005) | Sonic Heroes & Super Monkey Ball Deluxe (2005) | Sonic Mega Collection Plus & Super Monkey Ball Deluxe (2005)
Nintendo DS
Super Monkey Ball: Touch & Roll (2005) | Sega Fun Pack: Sonic Rush & Super Monkey Ball: Touch & Roll (2009)
Sony PlayStation Portable
Super Monkey Ball Adventure (2006)
Nintendo Wii
Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz (2006) | Sega Fun Pack: Sonic and the Secret Rings & Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz (2009) | Super Monkey Ball: Step & Roll (2010)
iOS
Super Monkey Ball (2008) | Super Monkey Ball 2 (2009) | Super Monkey Ball 2: Sakura Edition (2010) | Super Monkey Ball 2: Sakura Edition Lite (2012) | Super Monkey Ball Bounce (2014)
Nintendo 3DS
Super Monkey Ball 3D (2011)
Windows Phone 7
Super Monkey Ball (2011) | Super Monkey Ball 2: Sakura Edition (2012)
Google Android OS
Super Monkey Ball (2011) | Super Monkey Ball Uki-Uki Seesaw (2012) | Super Monkey Ball 2: Sakura Edition (2012) | Super Monkey Ball Bounce (2014)
Sony PlayStation Vita
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz (2012) | Super Monkey Ball Adventure (201x)
Super Monkey Ball Characters
AiAi | MeeMee
Super Monkey Ball related media
Book
Super Monkey Ball Player's Book (2001) | Prima's Official Strategy Guide: Super Monkey Ball 2 (2002)