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Jimmy (Hikaru)
Ape Escape 2 Jimmy
Name(s) Japan ヒカル (Hikaru)
America Jimmy
Europe Hikaru
Gender Male
Family Spike (cousin)
Age 9 (possible)
Likes Being with his pet monkey Pipotchi
Dislikes Losing contact with Pipotchi
Appears in Ape Escape 2 USA
Ape Escape (Shorts)
Ape Escape 3
Ape Escape (Cartoon Series)
Ape Escape SaruSaru Big Mission
Voice actor(s) America Veronica Taylor (AE2), Annie Mumolo (Cartoon Series)
Langfr-225px-Flag of the United Kingdom svg David Holt (AE2)

Jimmy, known in Japan and Europe as Hikaru (ヒカル), is Spike's younger cousin and the protagonist of Ape Escape 2. Jimmy accidentally started off the events of Ape Escape 2 by mistakenly transporting a number of Pipo Helmets to Monkey Park, provoking Natalie to make him sort things out. Like Spike, he is kind, brave, persistent, and simple-minded. He has a small, flying pet monkey named Pipotchi.


In Ape Escape 2, Jimmy wears a reddish orange, sleeveless vest with a yellow star on left side of the vest. Underneath he wears a red shirt with white stripes across his sleeves. He wears blue jeans and red shoes.

In Ape Escape: SaruSaru Big Mission, he doesn't wear his orange vest, but only the red shirt.


Jimmy is friendly and thoughtful and likes helping out around the Professor's lab. He is slightly clumsy, which is shown by his occational tripping and the band-aid always on his nose. He is also prone to accidents, such as crashing vehicles and accidentally sending a shipment of Pipo Helmets to Monkey Park causing the escape of Specter and the monkeys.

Jimmy seems to lack the competitiveness and attitude of his cousin, but still possesses an immense tenacity and willingness to get things done. Jimmy is somewhat more emotional than Spike, and although still possessing a willingness to fight in order to win, seems to prefer trying to settle things without it. In Ape Escape 2, he tried talking Specter out of his evil plans instead of outright attacking him, saying "Why don't you try doing something good for a change?"

He also seems to have both a fondness for and a way with animals and is rarely seen without the companionship of his baby monkey Pipotchi. When Jimmy left Pipotchi in the care of Natalie and the Professor to continue his adventure without endangering him, Pipotchi fled the safety and comfort of the lab to return to Jimmy.


Jimmy Visits The Lab[]

Sometime after Ape Escape 2001, Spike leaves the lab, and has Jimmy take over in his absence.

Ape Escape 2[]

The Professor had left for a vacation leaving his granddaughter Natalie and Jimmy to watch over the laboratory. The Professor left them with one task: deliver a load of monkey pants to the monkeys in Monkey Park. Jimmy accidentally sends not only monkey pants, but Pipo Helmets as well, wrecking the laboratory in the process. Specter gets a hold of one and yet again makes an army of monkeys bent on ruling the world. Under Natalie's orders to fix his messes, Jimmy aims to capture all the monkeys and stop Specter. However, Specter has supplied five monkeys with Vita-Z Bananas making them stronger and more intelligent than the average monkeys, forming the Freaky Monkey Five.

Pipotchi is kidnapped by Red Monkey in order to transfer the data in his re-engineered Pipo Helmet into a device called the Lethargy Laser. After rescuing Pipotchi, Jimmy has managed to capture all of the Freaky Monkey Five except for Yellow Monkey. He makes his way through a monkey controlled military base and confronts Specter who is waiting for him with a redesigned version of his battle cruiser from the first game. Before the two can battle, Yellow Monkey, now a giant monster thanks to an overdose of Vita-Z Bananas, attacks the facility. Specter flees, and Jimmy manages to downsize and capture Yellow Monkey.

Jimmy, the Professor and Natalie then discover the purpose of the Lethargy Laser. By firing it at the Earth, all humans worldwide will lose their will to fight back, making it easier for Specter and the monkeys to take over the world. Jimmy confronts Specter at his moonbase, who attacks him with a giant robot. Once defeated, Specter flees and attempts to fire the laser. Jimmy follows him, stating that humans will never give up, and captures him. Jimmy and Pipotchi then flee the exploding moonbase.

Shortly afterwards, Specter manages to re-escape and goes into hiding. Jimmy captures all the remaining monkeys before the Professor discovers Specter's hiding place in space. Jimmy warps there, encountering Specter, and the two of them battle again. Specter loses and is once again captured. Jimmy returns back to earth, and accidentally crashes his spaceship into the lab.

Ape Escape 3[]

Jimmy has a minor role in Ape Escape 3. He, along with Spike and the Professor only appear in the intro under hypnosis by Specter TV. He is also seen in the end credits with Spike smashing a Specter statue. A Monkey resembling Jimmy appears as a secret monkey by entering a password code on the character entry on the title screen.

Mesal Gear Solid[]

In the mini-game Mesal Gear Solid, the Professor mentions that Jimmy, along with Spike, Kei and Yumi are at a summer camp which prevented them to stop Mesal Gear.

Ape Escape: SaruSaru Big Mission[]

Jimmy is one of the characters that were captured by Specter when Spike and Natalie were shrunken down. He is kept as a prisoner by Red Monkey.

Other Appearances[]

Ape Escape (Cartoon)[]

Jimmy is the main protagonist of the Ape Escape Cartoon Series.


See Jimmy/Gallery.


  • It was stated in a page of PlayStation Magazine that his dream was to become a true hero.
  • Jimmy is the only protagonist that doesn't appear in Saru Get You ~On Air~.
  • In the U.S. dub of Ape Escape 2, he is voiced by Veronica Taylor, who also voiced Ash Ketchum in the 4Kids dub of the Pokémon series. But In the UK Dub of Ape Escape 2, he is voiced by David Holt, who also voiced Oakie Doke from the BBC Stop-Motion Animated Series called Oakie Doke.
  • Jimmy was planned to be playable in Ape Escape 3, as his vest 1-Up icon can be found in the game's files.
  • In Ape Escape 3, you can unlock a monkey that is cosplaying as Jimmy using codes found in the game. When inspecting it, we learn that it is called “Shimmy.” Its Alertness is 3 stars, Speed 4 stars, Attack 4 stars and Temper 4 stars. It is found wandering in Winterville. It has the quote “Planning his big comeback”, referencing the lack of Jimmy as a playable character in the instalment.
  • In the PAL versions of Ape Escape 3, this secret monkey is called “Bigaru” - a play on words of Hikaru.
Ape Escape Franchise
Main Games Ape Escape ( On the Loose )  · Ape Escape 2  · Ape Escape 3
Spin-offs Ape Escape 2001  · Ape Escape Million Monkeys  · Saru Get You: Pipo Saru Racer  · Ape Escape SaruSaru Big Mission  · Ape Quest
Party games Ape Escape: Pumped & Primed  · EyeToy: Monkey Mania  · Ape Academy  · Ape Academy 2  · Ape Escape Move
Soundtracks Ape Escape Originape  · Ape Escape 3 Originape  · Ape Escape: Pumped & Primed ~Sound Tracks!!~
Other Media Anime  · Cartoon  · Shorts  · Comics  · Manga  · Cameos
Gameplay Chips  · Cookies  · Glitches  · Grid Core  · Peak Point Helmet  · Shirts  · Specter Coins
Minigames Galaxy Monkey  · Ski Kidz Racing  · Specter Boxing  · Ape Ping Pong  · Jake Attacks

Dance Monkey Dance  · Monkey Climber  · Monkey Soccer
Mesal Gear Solid  · Super Monkey Throw Stadium  · Ultim-ape Fighter!

Protagonists Spike  · Jimmy  · Kei  · Yumi  · Professor  · Casi  · Natalie  · Helga  · Aki  · Pipotchi  · Pipo Snake
Antagonists Specter (Dark Specter)  · Jake (Dark Jake) · Doctor Tomoki  · Monkeys  · Monkey Five ( Blue  · Pink  · Red  · White  · Yellow )  · Pipotrons (Pipotron J)  · Virus Casi
Enemies Ape Escape Enemies  · Ape Escape 2 Enemies  · Teleborgs
Gadgets Ape Vacuum  · Bananarang  · Banannerizer  · Dash Hoop  · Electro Magnet  · Magic Punch  · Monkey Radar  · R.C. Car  · Sky Flyer  · Slingback Shooter  · Smasher  · Stun Club  · Time Net  · Water Cannon  · Water Net
Vehicles Boat  · Pipobot  · Robot  · Snowmobile  · Sports Car  · Submarine  · Tank
ApeEscapeTemplate ApeEscapeOTLTemplate
Characters Casi  · Jake  · Natalie  · Professor  · Specter  · Spike
Gadgets Dash Hoop  · Magic Punch  · Monkey Radar  · R.C. Car  · Sky Flyer  · Slingback Shooter  · Stun Club  · Time Net  · Water Net
Levels (/ Apes/ Enemies)
Hub World
Time Station
Prehistoric Era/ The Lost Land Fossil Field  · Primordial Ooze  · Molten Lava
Cenozoic Era/ Mysterious Age Thick Jungle  · Dark Ruins  · Cryptic Relics
Dimension/Dimension X Stadium Attack
Primitive Age/Oceana Crabby beach  · Coral Cave  · Dexter's Island
Ice age/New Freezeland Snowy Mammoth  · Frosty Retreat  · Hot Springs
Dimension/Dimension X Gladiator Attack
Recent Past/Medieval Mayhem Sushi Temple  · Wabi Sabi Wall  · Crumbling Castle
Present-Day/Futurama City Park  · Specter's Factory  · TV Tower
Present-Day 2/Specter Land Monkey Madness
Dimension/Dimension X Peak Point Matrix