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The Foolish Monkey is a character in Majora's Mask.[3]


The Foolish Monkey is a Monkey who, prior to Link's arrival in Termina, sought the aid of the Deku Princess to enter Woodfall Temple and discover the source of the poison that was infecting the Southern Swamp. Upon entering the Temple, the Foolish Monkey saw that it was infested with monsters, who captured the Deku Princess. A Deku Scrub serving the Deku King saw the Deku Princess entering the Temple with the Foolish Monkey, and later saw only the Monkey leaving the Temple.[4] The Deku Scrub took word of this to the Deku King, who imprisoned the Foolish Monkey, believing that he deceived the Princess and trapped her inside the Temple.

After Link arrives at the Southern Swamp and saves Koume in the Woods of Mystery, he is confronted by the Foolish Monkey's brother, who was watching him. The Foolish Monkey's brother explains what happened to the Foolish Monkey and asks for Link's help,[2] as the Monkey noticed that Link is able to transform into a Deku Scrub and is therefore able to infiltrate the Deku-exclusive Deku Palace. Inside the Deku Palace, Link can see Deku Scrubs spreading rumors of the Foolish Monkey's deeds to the Deku King.[4][5][6] Infuriated by the rumors, the Deku King commands his subjects to prepare a cauldron of boiling water to torture the Foolish Monkey as punishment for tricking the Deku Princess.[7] Inside his cage, the Foolish Monkey attempts to warn his captors that their Princess is in danger, but to no avail.[8]

In order to save the Foolish Monkey, Link must enter and navigate the Deku Palace's Outer Garden to reach the inside of the Monkey's cell. Upon speaking to the Foolish Monkey inside the cage, he gives in to his fate and refuses to speak further.[9][10] However, if Link equips the Deku Pipes, the Foolish Monkey will recognize them as the same kind of instrument that the Deku Princess owns.[11] After catching himself in his furor, the Foolish Monkey asks who Link is before explaining his situation.[12][13] He asks Link to enter the Woodfall Temple on his behalf to rescue the Deku Princess.[14] If Link agrees, the Foolish Monkey will teach him the "Sonata of Awakening", the melody which raises the sunken Temple from the Swamp's floor.[15][16][17]

The Foolish Monkey being suspended over a cauldron from Majora's Mask

Though he attempts to teach the song quietly,[18] the Deku King overhears the exchange and affirms it as proof that the Foolish Monkey tricked his daughter into entering the Temple.[19][20] The Deku King then commands his subjects to commence with the Monkey's torture,[21] kicking Link out of the Palace in the process. As he is being dragged away, the Foolish Monkey instructs Link to take the Woodfall Temple Pathway to access the Temple and begs Link to hurry.[22] If Link returns to the Royal Chamber after this, he can witness the Foolish Monkey being repeatedly dipped into the cauldron of boiling water.[23][24][25] After the Monkey is dipped in the water, he will appear lifeless and remain silent.[26]

After Link rescues the Deku Princess and returns her to the Royal Chamber, she chastises her father for his hasty behavior and commands the Deku Scrubs to release the Foolish Monkey.[27] She then apologizes to the Monkey for his treatment,[1] which he dismisses.[28] The Deku Princess explains to him that Link cleared the evil from the Temple and returned the Southern Swamp to normal.[29] The Foolish Monkey then thanks Link for his help and rejoices in the fact that peace between the Monkeys and the Deku Kingdom has been restored,[30] though he still senses an unknown danger.[31] If Link speaks to the Deku Scrubs who oversaw the Foolish Monkey's torture, they will lament the fact that they were punishing an innocent Monkey.[32]

The Foolish Monkey can later be seen standing beside the Deku Princess in the credits.


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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Oh, Mr. Monkey, I am truly sorry. Father does such rash things when he's worried about me." — Deku Princess (Majora's Mask 3D)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Me been watching you from the forest! Lately, this swamp, filled with poison water. Woodfall Temple across swamp strange... But me no able to find temple entrance. Temple for Deku only. Brother went to see Deku Princess to find Temple. It no go well. Now brother captured by Deku. Brother in palace. He and swamp in big danger! Help!" — Monkey (Majora's Mask 3D)
  3. "This is the palace of the Deku Kingdom. Only those on official business may enter! ...But you may enter to see the public humiliation of the foolish monkey who angered our king. Follow this hall straight to the Royal Chamber. Do not enter any other areas whatsoever!" — Deku Scrub (Majora's Mask 3D)
  4. 4.0 4.1 "I saw it! That monkey and the princess entering the temple at night! ...But only the monkey came back out!" — Deku Scrub (Majora's Mask 3D)
  5. "Only Royal Family members can enter the sunken temple, so it's obvious that monkey was using her!" — Deku Scrub (Majora's Mask 3D)
  6. "Rumor has it that the monkey ate the princess... How frightful!" — Deku Scrub (Majora's Mask 3D)
  7. "Everyone! Hurry up and get that cauldron ready!!!" — Deku King (Majora's Mask 3D)
  8. "They keep saying that I kidnapped her. No matter how many times they say it, it's not going to bring the princess back! If they're not careful, the princess will fall victim to a monster! Please, believe my words..." — Foolish Monkey (Majora's Mask 3D)
  9. "They keep saying that I kidnapped her. No matter how many times they say it, it's not going to bring the princess back! If they're not careful, the princess will fall victim to a monster! Why won't they believe what I say? ...Fine! I get it! Then I shall say nothing more to you! Punish me or do whatever else you might!" — Foolish Monkey (Majora's Mask 3D)
  10. "I have nothing else to say to you Deku Scrub! Do as you will!" — Foolish Monkey (Majora's Mask 3D)
  11. "Oh! You have them! You do! Just like the princess... Deku Pipes! Those will work great!!!" — Foolish Monkey (Majora's Mask 3D)
  12. "By the way...who are you?" — Foolish Monkey (Majora's Mask 3D)
  13. "...Whoa! That's not important now... Just listen to me!" — Foolish Monkey (Majora's Mask 3D)
  14. "I was trying to find out about the poison in the swamp, so I went to Woodfall Temple above the waterfall. But the temple had become a monster's lair, and the princess was captured by the monster... Since the Deku King thinks I kidnapped the princess, he won't listen to a word I say. Now the princess is in trouble, so I must somehow hurry to the temple and save her!" — Foolish Monkey (Majora's Mask 3D)
  15. "Do you understand my plight?" — Foolish Monkey (Majora's Mask 3D)
  16. "Yes So then, that means... You will go in my place and save the princess!" — Foolish Monkey (Majora's Mask 3D)
  17. "OK, now I'll teach you the melody that opens the temple. The princess taught it to me! We can't let them hear us, so I'll sing it softly..." — Foolish Monkey (Majora's Mask 3D)
  18. "Open your ears and listen hard!" — Foolish Monkey (Majora's Mask 3D)
  19. "Everyone, did you hear that?" — Deku King (Majora's Mask 3D)
  20. "This melody, which only the Deku Royal Family knows... It proves the foolish monkey deceived the princess so he could enter the temple!" — Deku King (Majora's Mask 3D)
  21. "Everyone! Let the monkey's punishment commence!" — Deku King (Majora's Mask 3D)
  22. "You'd better take the pathway the Deku people use to get to Woodfall Temple. But you must hurry! If you don't, I will be punished by the Deku King!" — Foolish Monkey (Majora's Mask 3D)
  23. "How about that? ...Hot, isn't it? The monkey shall suffer and suffer 'til he can suffer no more! You shall know the wrath of a king whose darling princess was taken away from him!!!" — Deku King (Majora's Mask 3D)
  24. "Suffer! I shall prolong his suffering! Foolish monkey!" — Deku King (Majora's Mask 3D)
  25. "Ooh! Hot! Hot! St-stop it! Please!!! They keep saying that I kidnapped her. No matter how many times they say it, it's not going to bring the princess back!" — Foolish Monkey (Majora's Mask 3D)
  26. "........." — Foolish Monkey (Majora's Mask 3D)
  27. "WHAT are you doing?!? Let that monkey go this instant!!" — Deku Princess (Majora's Mask 3D)
  28. "I understand, Princess. Forget about that. Has the temple been returned to normal?" — Foolish Monkey (Majora's Mask 3D)
  29. "Why yes, thanks to Mr. Link here. I am very, truly grateful." — Deku Princess (Majora's Mask 3D)
  30. "Really? So you're called Link, are you? Thank you for keeping your promise to me." — Foolish Monkey (Majora's Mask 3D)
  31. "Link, I'm sorry for all that trouble. Now it looks like we monkeys and the Deku Scrubs can start getting along again. ...You know, the swamp may be back to normal, but something still gives me a bad feeling... I wonder what it could be..." — Foolish Monkey (Majora's Mask 3D)
  32. "We were about to punish an innocent monkey!" — Deku Scrub (Majora's Mask 3D)
  33. Encyclopedia (Les Éditions Soleil) pg. 244