The Journey to the West Questions and Answers
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List all people and characters mentioned in the story. Which of them are real?

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As one of the four great classics of Chinese literature, The Journey to the West has over 2000 pages chronicling the adventures of the Buddhist monk Tang Sanzan and his companions as they go on a pilgrimage to central Asia. On the way, they meet demons, gods, and others that are too numerous to list on these pages.

As well as the main protaganist, Tang Sanzan, there are three other major characters, all of whom are his companions on his journey. They are Sun Wokung, better known as the Monkey King, and arguably the most famous and memorable character in the novel; Zhu Bajie, better known as Pigsy; and Sha Wujing, better known as Sandy.

TV Tropes seems to be one of the few resources to have an extensive list (see link below) of all the characters in the novel. Helpfully, they divide the characters into pilgrims, gods and immortals, demons and mortals.

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