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Mystery Man
Mystery Man
Name(s) Unknown
Gender Male
Family Pipotrons (creations), Super Pipotrons (creations), Neo Pipotrons (creations)
Age Unknown
Likes World destruction
Dislikes Helga's father, Spike, Specter, his Minions Failing
Appears in Ape Escape Pumped & Primed Ape Escape Million Monkeys Logo1
Voice actor(s) Japan Kusunoki Dai
America Beau Billingslea

The Mystery Man (謎の男), also called Nazo () is a character in the Ape Escape series and serves as the main antagonist of Ape Escape: Pumped & Primed and the primary antagonist of Ape Escape: Million Monkeys. He is the creator of the Pipotrons, Super Pipotrons, Grid Core, Dark Jake, Dark Specter, and the Neo Pipotrons.


The Mystery Man wore a black double breasted suit with golden buttons and a black dress shirt together with a yellow tie. He also wore sunglasses.


The Mystery Man was much more cruel than Specter. Whenever Specter tries to take over the world, his monkeys are usually goofing around and doing whatever they please. The Mystery Man, on the other hand, wasted no time turning them into competent soldiers armed with guns, tanks, stun clubs and even robots. He treats his own creations, the Neo Pipotrons, like garbage, especially when they failed at their tasks. He also has no problems trying to kill Spike and his friends.


Ape Escape: Pumped & Primed[]

The Mystery Man attempts to take over the virtual world in Pumped & Primed. At the end of the High-Tech Tournament, the Pipotrons hand him the disk he desired.

He then creates the Virus-Tech Tournament, where the characters are fighting for their very lives while getting closer to him. Even with them going against the Super Pipotrons, Dark Jake and Dark Specter, Spike and friends reach him (in the form of Grid Core) and defeat him. After his defeat, the virtual world turns back to normal.

Ape Escape: Million Monkeys[]

The Mystery Man is revealed as the one who started the Pipo Monkey invasion in Ape Escape: Million Monkeys. With the help of Pipotron Krack, they trap Spike, Specter, and co. in a virtual world trap with Virus Charu and a more powerful Grid Core. Spike and Specter destroyed the Grid Core, which stopped his plans of conquering the world with the Pipo Monkeys. He killed Pipotron Krack without care and turned him into a strange purple gel. He attempted to deploy the aliens as a backup plan in order to continue with his objective, but was strangled and electrocuted to death by Pipotron J.



  • His true name is never revealed during Pumped & Primed or Million Monkeys, and even the official guidebook for Million Monkeys only refers to him as Nazo no Otoko (謎の男), which can literally translates into "Mysterious Man" or "Man of Mystery". Because of this, some fans refers to him as Nazo.
  • He's the first and currently only human character to die in the entire series; at least one that's shown on-screen and obvious.
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
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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