Specter (スペクター) is the main antagonist of the Ape Escape series and the focus of all the main series' games. He is an albino monkey that used to perform in a juggling act during his stay at Monkey Park.
During the events of Ape Escape, Specter accidentally got a hold of an experimental helmet that boosted his intelligence. He freed the rest of the apes from the amusement park and used the Time Station made by the Professor to travel back in time.
Although he was defeated, Specter quickly took any chances he got to retry world domination in various ways, either through mass mind control or chopping the Earth in half. He is best known for his advanced Peak Point Helmet that he created himself off of the original model, giving him psychic powers, and his mechanized floating throne that he is rarely seen without.
Specter is an albino monkey and thus has white hair and red eyes. His hair is spiked and usually has blue or purple-ish coloring at the very tips of each spike, with some covering one of his eyes. His skin is pale from albinism.
In the expanded media such as the anime or Ape Escape: Million Monkeys, Specter wears a red cape with black leather boots and a white belt with decals on it followed with an alternate colored helmet. He is usually seen smirking or grinning.
In PlayStation Move: Ape Escape, Specter has no Pipo Helmet. He wears a space suit and has a tail unlike any other ape. He has a much more ape-like face and body structure, and a lot softer expressions.
Specter is arrogant and self-centered, claiming that humans are a weak species that should be living beneath other primates. This could be a side effect of the helmet being a source for his aggression and hatred. Alternatively, Specter could finally understand the situation his species is in and hold vengeance from his time in Monkey Park.
His typical dark humor is what he is best known for. His tone is extremely dark and playful with a sharp tone of sarcasm. He is very cocky and believes no one can defeat him, growing more frantic with his beliefs the closer the protagonists get to stopping his plans.
In the beginning of the series, Specter avoided Spike until attempting to kill him twice. Each time Spike survived Specter’s attempts to off him or to break his spirit by sending Jake against him, Specter’s mental state deteriorated slightly. By the time Spike had fully ruined Specter’s plans and damaged his resources beyond repair, Specter had fully lost it, having a short mental breakdown in front of Spike before teleporting away. When Spike finally caught up to him for the final time, Specter implied that he still cared about his old trainer, but had no plans to return to the park and engaged Spike in a final battle. His overconfidence in his abilities proved to be his own defeat, and he was captured.
After Ape Escape 2, Specter’s temperament was gone, and he planned to do whatever it took so that his plan would succeed. Long term use of the helmet and repeated failures caused Specter to become slightly more sadistic and possibly insane. His new plan "Twin Heavens" was to chop the world in half. It is possible that Specter knew the humans would die, and since his TV broadcasts left almost everyone brainwashed, no one would have been able to survive, with himself and the monkeys possibly living on SARU-003 or the moon. In this case, Specter has also tried to commit genocide of the entire human race.
Over time, Specter became more dictator-like than the first game, more and more desperate while losing his sanity to a complete breakdown. While in the first two games Specter showed mercy or at least tried to avoid killing the protagonist until provoked, Specter ordered the Freaky Monkey Five to and attempted to kill Kei and Yumi himself during the final battle of Ape Escape 3. He still managed to keep up a ruse of giving up until he caught the twins and broke into manical laughter.
Specter is proficient with telepathic powers, relying heavily on energy shields and blasts for offensive and defensive capabilities. He is also capable of creating false copies of himself to distract enemies. Finally, it seems the more angry he gets the stronger he gets. In Ape Escape 3, Specter was easily able to create energy blasts that extended out in radius similar to a nuclear detonation, as well as using shields to defend himself.
Ape Escape/Ape Escape: On the Loose EditSpecter was originally a white monkey that performed at the Monkey Park in a juggling act. Somehow a beta Peak Point helmet ended up inside his trainer's tent and out of curiosity he put it on, gaining super intelligence and an evil will almost instantly.
Specter escaped his tent before releasing the rest of the monkeys, causing a massive riot that followed him all the way to the Professor’s laboratory. Busting in, the monkeys under Specter’s control proceeded to tie up both the Professor and his granddaughter Natalie while inspecting how the time machine works.
It was then that Spike and Jake walked in accidentally. Specter ignored their presence and ordered the time machine to be activated. Within moments everyone except for Natalie and the Professor were dragged back in time to different periods.
Specter contacted Natalie and the Professor soon after finding out Spike was trying to damage his plans, and that the original creator of the monkey helmet was aiding Spike with gadgets.
Introducing himself, Specter told the three of his plans and threatened that if they didn’t back off, he would not hesitate to deal with them. Specter showed off his improved helmet and revealed that he had somehow brought Jake under his control, turning him into a mindless follower. When Spike finally caught up with Specter and Jake, the albino ignored the boy’s presence and teleported away in his Battle Cruiser, leaving a large robot with an ax behind to discard of Spike.
Spike survived and returned to the present, taking out the power reserve and the factory Specter had been using after being instructed by the AI Casi to do so. The Professor and Natalie had been kidnapped by Specter and were held there. Spike once again attempted to face Specter at the TV Tower the apes were using as a base, finally getting on Specter’s nerves. He attempted to kill Spike with the large mechanized Battle Cruiser he possessed but failed. Retreating once more he contacted Spike later on, telling him to come to the remodeled Monkey Park to find his friends before something “terrible” would happen.
After saving the Professor and Natalie from their death-trap filled rides, Spike fought with Jake a final time and freed him of Specter’s control. Now awknowledging that the ten-year-old was indeed a threat, Specter urged Spike to come to his castle for a “talk”. Soon after Spike arrived in the castle, the huge fortress lifted off of the ground and the security system activated, revealing a trial to reach Specter.
Despite the challenging security system and the dangerous passageways outside the castle Spike was forced to take, he eventually reached Specter’s throne room where the albino tried to brainwash Spike the same way he did Jake. This failed, and after a desperate battle with Spike, Specter finally caved and had a mental breakdown before teleporting away.
Nowhere to be found, Spike went back through the previous time periods to capture any monkeys he missed in order to make sure Specter could not muster up his forces in retaliation to try anything else. Once that was done, the Professor located Specter and Spike confronted him a final time.
For the only time in the entire series, the albino admitted to caring about his old trainer, although he still had no plans to return on his own and entered a final battle with Spike. Losing, he was finally captured and was last seen as a normal monkey being held by his trainer at the park.
If Spike got a Game Over and Specter showed up, he would taunt Spike for being defeated.
Ape Escape 2001 Edit
The storyline is a lot simpler compared to the original game. Specter has made all the monkeys' pants dirty and Spike has to wash them by vaccuuming them off the apes.
Ape Escape 2 EditAfter Jimmy accidentally sends a group of Pipo Helmets along with Monkey Pants to the Park, Specter puts on a helmet once more and regains his intelligence and evil nature, commanding the monkeys to break out of the Park.
Jimmy's pet monkey Pipotchi is kidnapped as Specter plans to use the data in his redesigned Peak Point helmet and transfer it into a device called the "Lethargy Laser". Jimmy manages to save Pipotchi and capture almost all of the Freaky Monkey Five, except for Yellow Monkey. He is soon confronted in a monkey-controlled Military Base with Specter in a hi-tech gunship. Before the two can battle, however, Yellow Monkey reappears, now a giant due to overdosing on the Vita-Z Bananas. Specter flees from tbe scene and Jimmy captures Yellow Monkey.
Specter reveals his plans to use the Lethargy Laser to make all the humans in the world lose their will to fight, making it easier for him and his apes to take over the world. Jimmy tries to convince him otherwise, much like Spike before, but to no avail. Jimmy claims humans will never give up, and captures Specter.
Shortly afterwards, Specter escapes and goes into hiding on a secret base. Jimmy captures the monkeys he missed previously while Specter's hideout is searched for. When the Professor discovers Specter's base on the moon, Jimmy goes after him and he is captured once more.
Ape Escape: Pumped & Primed Edit
After the Second Round ends, Specter appears in person with a walking Goliath named the Super Goliath and destroys a highway. He awknowledges the Pipo monkeys for performing well, and reveals that the monkeys entered the Tournament to prove to the world that monkeys with Pipo Helmets are smarter than humans. He is then attacked by Pipotron Yellow's laser beam, and decides to get rid of them all except for his monkeys. After Team Spike, Helga, and the Pipotrons beat Goliath, Specter retreats. Specter and Jake are later defeated in the Semi-Finals.
After the Pipotrons win the High-Tech Tournament, and give Nazo the Disk, Nazo turns the tournament into the Virus-Tech Tournament and traps everyone in it, including Specter. Nazo gives Specter the Disk, transforming him into Dark Specter, along with Battleship Goliath, reveling that the Disk can work on both humans and monkeys. After Dark Specter is defeated, he transforms back to normal, albeit collapsed.
After Team Spike, Helga, and the Pipotrons destroyed the Grid Core, the Virtual World returns back to normal, and Specter reawakens. Specter meets up with the Pipo Monkeys, and is very proud of them for beating him, despite under mind control. He also witnessed the Pipotrons disappeared from the Virtual World. Afterwards, he takes the Pipo Monkeys to get some bananas, much to his dismay.
Ape Escape 3 EditSpecter, through an unexplained way, receives another Pipo helmet and begins broadcasting the hypnotic Specter TV everywhere in the world. When anyone sees their shows, they turn into "mindless couch potatoes." Specter regrouped the Freaky Monkey Five and gained a new human accomplice named Dr. Tomoki, who wanted revenge on mankind for mocking him. The twins Kei and Yumi, nephew and niece of Aki, set out to stop Specter when Spike, Jimmy, and the Professor were hypnotized by the mind-controlling television.
After Specter discovers Dr. Tomoki's secret of living with a Pipo Helmet stuck to his bead, he laughs mocks him, causing the twins to defend the doctor. This makes Tomoki leave Specter's side and join forces with the kids. With his help, they arrive at Specter's base way in outer space to face him. Specter reveals his true plan to send the giant metal hand of SARU-003 to chop the earth directly in half so that he can rule one half with his monkeys and let the humans fight over the other half. He had planneed going to give to Tomoki up until his betrayal.
Kei and Yumi race against time to defeat Specter's Gorilla-robot. Specter is caught, but not long that he and the Freaky Monkey Five are rereleased by Pink Monkey who had escaped after her battle, making the twins have to capture them again.
Ape Escape: Million Monkeys Edit
Specter, having been on vacation, was rather unaware of the events occurring in Million Monkeys up to a certain point. After a Pipotron had assumed Specter's form, the false dictator took over the Monkey Army in a bid for world wide conquest at the behest of his mysterious creator. A few monkeys caught wind of the false Specter and alerted the real one to what was going on. Extremely angered by the impostor and realizing he could lose his entire army, Specter immediately returned to Tokyo to deal with the enemy. Along the way he encountered his false copy, known as Pipotron Meta, a Pipotron capable of shape shifting. Specter quickly defeated the Pipotron only to find there were more. After a brief encounter with Spike and his team, who were also trying to stop the threat, Specter dealt with Virus Casi, the rest of the Pipotrons, and ended up eventually clearing his name as well as technically coming out as the good guy for once.
Ape Escape: SaruSaru Big Mission Edit
Using a Nano-Cannon, Specter shrinks and kidnaps the Professor, Aki, Yumi, Kei and Jimmy, and shrinks the Laboratory with Spike and Natalie still inside of it. He gives his hostages for the Freaky Monkey Five to deal with along with nanochips to return the Lab back to normal. When the heroes reach Pink Monkey, she steals back the three nanochips they had obtained to prevent them from winning and sends them to Specter. Once all the heroes are rescued, he reveals his plan to use a special Giant Nano-Cannon to shrink tbe entire human population, leaving only the monkeys.
The Lab warps to him and be uses new Goliath-mech to try and destroy the heroes, ultimately failing. The heroes take back the nanochips and activate the Giant Nano-Cannon's self destruction before escaping. Specter escapes this somehow and uses his original Nano-Cannon to shrink the lab again, planning to rebuild his Giant Nano-Cannon. He doesn't manage to make it differentiate between monkeys and humans anymore, however, so be engages the heroes in battle again to get the data he needs. He fails once more and his plans are stopped.
Other Appearances Edit
Ape Quest Edit
Specter doesn't make any direct appearances in this game, though he makes multiple cameos throughout it, iplying that the apes think of him with God-like respect.
Ape Escape Academy and Ape Academy 2 Edit
The player stars as an Ape enrolling into the Monkey Academy, raising its grades through a series of Mini-games in order to work for Specter.
In Academy 2, Specter invents a new card game popular among human and monkey alike. He makes a super special card after planning world domination and makes those who wish to own it enter a tournament. The winner will receive the card.
PlayStation Move: Ape Escape EditSpecter is the only previous character from the older games to return. However he is noticeably very different then his usual forms.
It's revealed he was a monkey they planned to send into space. His trainer that worked with him had began to cry as he was about to be sent off, which in turn upset him to the point of tears, but they held his trainer back and refused to cancel this mission. He was sent up into space where he spent time developing a hatred for humans.
He was soon rescued by descendants of other monkeys sent into space and taken to a special ship where he remains. Specter is seen to be very bitter and sad about his entire experience.
It's also revealed he dislikes the cold Space air. It's also worth noticing he takes on a more 'emo' appearance compared to before where he could usually be smirking or with a glaring expression.
When he's returned to earth, he meets his trainer, now an old woman, and begins to smile with her like in the past.
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Edit
Specter appears as a non-playable hazard character in the crossover fighting game PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. He, along with Pipo Monkeys, appears in the Time Station stage based on the hub area from the original Ape Escape where he will constantly summon various creatures from various PlayStation franchises using the time portal, such as a Harpy from God of War III, a Lurker Shark from Jak and Daxter, a Vermin Truck from Twisted Metal, and the main stage hazard, the Satan Chimera from the Resistance series.
Specter also appears in the game as a downloadable minion.
Spector and the Pipo Monkeys, along with the Goliath robot, also appear in the Invasion stage.
Other Media Edit
Saru Get You ~On Air~ Edit
In the anime, Specter was a little white monkey name Kuuta. Kuuta is Natalie's pet monkey and they have a close relationship. Kuuta was captured by Pipotron J who brainwashed him with a Peak Point Helmet that made him become Specter. Specter wanted to make the world just for monkeys and used many of them for his plans, though he ultimately failed due to the Professor and Spike's meddling. When Spike tried to use the Net on him, it failed due to Specter's strength.
When the Pipotrons took Specter again into a special virtual world, they chained him up, Specter became stronger from his own anger and broke free. The second time Spike tried to capture him, the Net had been upgraded to transform him back into Kuuta. Despite capture, it failed to change him back. Specter broke out of the Paradise Room, then proceeded to tie up Casi and The Professor. He was about to finish them off before be saw how well his monkeys were being treated and how much they had fun. Seeing clips of Spike saving them and tending to them, he was very touched but refused to turn back. With his last moments as Specter he helped Spike defeat Pipotron J and willingly removed his helmet.
In season 2 of ~On Air~, it's revealed that Kuuta was just a host for the real Specter, who modified his form to resemble his own. He pretended to be Pipo Angel to get the Pipotrons to do his bidding for a while before revealing himself again. In season 2 he has also rebuilt Freaky Monkey Five, who help him in fighting the heroes.
- In the UK version of On the Loose, Specter and Spike share voice actors. The voice actor is Marc Silk, who returned to play both character in PlayStation All-Stars.
- Specter's appearance has changed the most compared to other characters.
- Specter seems to dislike cold, Yellow Monkey, and Pink Monkey.
- The fact that he wore a tuxedo in Ape Escape 3 could be based on the phrase "Monkey Suit".
- Oddly enough, Specter accepted his Tuxedo gift rather than throwing it away. He could possibly just like suits or the pun of it.
- Specter has appeared in almost everything Ape Escape related, more than any other character.
- In Ape Escape: Million Monkeys, Specter ironically uses a Monkey Net of his own to capture his insubordinate monkeys.
- Specter is rarely ever seen not seated on his throne, which often serves as a phase 1 of any final battle with him. In order to defeat Specter his chair must be destroyed. However in Ape Escape 3 the throne could not be blown up.
- His special attack in Ape Escape 3 is called "No Mercy!" in the US version, and "No Rest For The Wicked!" in the UK version.
- According to the Monkey Radar in Ape Escape 3, Specter's birthday is on January 28th..
- Despite showing some worry for Helga in Million Monkeys, he did it out of his own amusement and to have a human in gratitude for him to take advantage of some day.
- Specter is the one of the few characters who's name is the same in the American, European, and Japanese games. All other characters either had their names changed, or spelled their names differently. The other characters who have this trait are Hero, Tohko, Tsukushi, and Haru.
- When inspecting Specter in Ape Escape 3, we are able to see his stats and a quote surrounding him. His Alertness, Speed, Attack and Temper are all at 5 stars. The quote is “No way. Better give up now.” It is unknown if this is something he said, or someone talking about him.
|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|
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|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|