The Monkey Man was a mercenary ann informant hired by Nazi agents in Cairo in 1936. He used his Capuchin monkey to track persons of interest, and frequently used a motorbike to travel the streets of Cairo.
The mercenary known as the Monkey Man kept to the shadows of Cairo's alleys in the 1930s, perched atop his sputtering motorcycle like a one-eyed falcon. Monkey Man reported what he saw to the highest bidder, but generally, Monkey Man worked for shady businessmen or those trafficking in illegal goods. He was suspected of being involved in smuggling ancient Egyptian artifacts from a treasure hunter out of the country.
In 1936, the Monkey Man was hired by some Gestapo agents along other Cairo thugs to follow Indiana Jones and Marion Ravenwood's movements through the streets of Cairo with the aid of his pet monkey. Following a great duel, Monkey Man escaped from the scene and Ravenwood was semingly killed along an agent and some thugs with the explosion of the truck in which she was locked.
After Marion's apparent death, Monkey Man followed Jones to the home of the old man whom Sallah believed could decipher the markings of the Headpiece to the Staff of Ra. While the serving boy was away from the kitchen, Monkey Man sneaked in and poisoned a bowl of dates in an attempt to kill Indiana. His plot was thwarted when his own pet monkey ate from the bowl first first, her death revealing the plot to Sallah just in the nick of time. 
Behind the scenesEdit
Monkey Man was portrayed by Vic Tablian in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Tablian also played Barranca in the same film and later went to portray Demetrios/Claw in the episode Young Indiana Jones and the Curse of the Jackal of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles TV series.
The character bears a similarity to Garindan in George Lucas' Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope; Garindan is an Imperial informant and spy who sells out Harrison Ford's character, Han Solo and company to the Empire on the desert planet of Tatooine.
- Raiders of the Lost Ark novel (First appearance)
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures (Non-canonical appearance)
- LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues (Non-canonical appearance) (Portable consoles exclusive)