Zeman the Ape King (character)

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Zeman the Ape King
Zeman the Ape King
Corresponding cardZeman the Ape King
English name
  • Zeman the Ape King
Japanese translatedDemonic Monkey King Zeman
Japanese name
RōmajiEn Maō Zēman
  • Male
WC 2010Apes of the Mountain
Anime debutYu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 04848: "Mark of the Monkey, Part 2"
Video game debutYu-Gi-Oh! 5D's World Championship 2010: Reverse of Arcadia
Appears in
AnimeYu-Gi-Oh! 5D's
Video gamesYu-Gi-Oh! 5D's World Championship 2010: Reverse of Arcadia
English voice
  • David Brimmer
Japanese voice
  • Binbin Takaoka
Zeman the Ape King (character)

Zeman the Ape King, known as Demonic Monkey King Zeman in the Japanese version, is an evil being who entered the Duel Monsters Spirit World. Using the Minus Curse, Zeman took the spirits as prisoners and ruled as an evil King.


At a time, unknown to the Spirits, Zeman came to the Spirit World. He and his monkey minions used Cursed Needles to cast the Minus Curse throughout the land.

While his true intentions were unclear to the Spirits, Zeman used the Minus Curse to take prisoners, who became trapped in stone tablets, resembling Duel Monsters cards, but with their Levels "minused". He managed to take Ancient Fairy Dragon, but was unable to completely minus her. He tried taking more prisoners in the hopes that this would allow him to minus her.

Luna, Torunka and Regulus infiltrated Zeman's castle under the disguise of a mage and her servant, who have captured Regulus. They make Zeman believe that the only way to minus Ancient Fairy completely is to release it first and then place the Curse on both her and Regulus. Zeman falls for the trick and frees Ancient Fairy Dragon.

After he realizes he has been tricked, Zeman orders his minions to capture Luna, Torunka and Regulus. During the chase, Regulus manages to attack and defeat Zeman, but not before he passes the control of the Minus Curse on to his true master: the Dark Signer Devack.

World Championship 2010[edit]

Zeman appears in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's World Championship 2010: Reverse of Arcadia as a late-game opponent that can be rematched after the end of the storyline in the deepest area of his castle.

Post-duel rewards[edit]



  • This character is probably based on Sun Wukong from the novel Journey to the West.
    • Wukong's nickname is Monkey King, and he also wears a golden circlet which is similar to Zeman's one.
    • Zeman's weapon is Cursed Needle/Minus Staff, it is probably based on the weapon of Wukong, Ruyi Jingu Bang. This weapon is a magical staff that can be shrunk down to the size of a needle.
    • Zeman uses a Deck titled "Apes of the Mountain". In the novel, Wukong and his monkey minions live in the Flowers and Fruit Mountain.
    • In 5D anime, Luna and Torunka are riding a white Regulus to go to Zeman's castle. This is probably a reference to Tang Sanzang, who is riding a white horse when he meets Sun Wukong for the first time. Also, Torunka is the spirit of Dark Sage, but after being affected by the Minus Curse, he appears as a child, while Tang Sanzang is actually a reincarnation of Golden Cicada, a disciple of the Buddha.