As a Japanese macaque (Macaca fuscata, also known as the snow monkey), Hit-Monkey is proportionally stronger and faster than a human being, though he is not super powered. Like other macaques, he is adapted for cold weather, is an excellent swimmer, possesses advanced pedal dexterity enabling him to use his feet like hands and has an olfactory sense far greater than that of humans. He is smarter than the average macaque, understanding concepts of murder and revenge, and is able to copy fighting styles and firearms usage after observing them. He is one of the world’s best paw-to-hand fighters and is skilled with a variety of weaponry. His signature style is a combination of Eastern martial arts and monkey agility, recognizable to experienced assassins. He is also trained in survival and the use of medicinal herbs native to northern Japan. Hit-Monkey has natural animal magnetism, making human females want to hang out with him. He has a 3” non-prehensile tail.
A clan of macaque monkeys lived peacefully near volcanic hot springs in the mountains of northern Japan until the day they discovered an unconscious business-suit wearing assassin with a bag of weapons and money on the run from an unrevealed army. The monkeys took in the assassin and cared for him using the traditional healing herbs of their society, but one young male was threatened by the outsider and seemed to understand the blood on the man’s hands was a warning of the capacity for violence in humans. He begrudgingly watched the clan accept the man and studied him practicing martial arts, copying the moves when no one was looking. When the human’s health deteriorated, the dissenting macaque demanded they let the outsider die. He was exiled when he used martial arts against his clan to settle the disagreement. Two days later, he saw gun-toting humans approaching the mountain and returned to find the assassin surrounded by soldiers and the clan hidden in rock crevices. The assassin was gunned down, as were the rest of the clan when they moved to retaliate. The exiled survivor took the assassin’s guns and shot back. Using his innate skills, the martial arts he copied from the human and the bag full of weapons, he took revenge. That was the day the legend of Hit-Monkey was born. Hit-Monkey’s reputation grew and he became something of a bogeyman among assassins: a hitman who hits hitmen. He was known for clean, efficient kills and a keen sense of style.
Hit-Monkey gained Spider-Man (Peter Parker)’s attention after hitting an illegal gambling ring and killing Mr. Cheng, a grocer once saved by the wall-crawler. Hit-Monkey spent the next night relaxing at a Manhattan night club with several lady friends while Spider-Man and Deadpool (“Wade Wilson”) investigated the murder scene and deduced Deadpool would be on Hit-Monkey’s hit list. Next, Hit-Monkey executed two corrupt members of the New York City Police Department. The following day he trailed Spider-Man to Deadpool’s location. Despite the mercenary’s disguise (a lady’s dress), Hit-Monkey recognized and attacked his target, wounding Spider-Man in the process. Spider-Man and Deadpool eluded capture temporarily, and when Hit-Monkey found them again he saw in Spider-Man the potential for good, and decided to stop fighting. Deadpool, determined to kill his assailant, attacked the unarmed Hit-Monkey, only to be surprised when the simian assassin fired guns with his feet, seemingly killing Deadpool. Upon healing, Deadpool faked Spider-Man’s death to draw a remorseful Hit-Monkey out and “arrest” him; a battle ensued and Hit-Monkey was apparently killed when his damaged gun exploded, but no body was found.