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King in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. King

  2. Monkey King

  3. Lion King

  4. Monkey King

  5. Adamantine / King Kong

  6. Drunken Monkey

  7. Queen / Empress

  8. Queen

  9. Emperor

10. Empress

11. Dragon / Emperor Symbol

12. Emperor

13. Wukong / Goku

14. Sun Wukong / Son Goku


China wáng
HK wong
Japan ou
King Vertical Wall Scroll

王 is wang which means king. It is not pronounced the way you think in Chinese. It is more like English-speakers would want to pronounce wong. It has roughly the same vowel sound as tong, song, or long in English.

Note that this means king only, not emperor. An emperor is higher than a king, and theoretically is chosen by God, according to ancient Chinese culture. However, the definition is often blurred at various points in Asian history.

王 can also be defined as ruler, sovereign, monarch or magnate. It is also can refer to a game piece in the chess-like Japanese strategic game of shoji.

Note: This can also be a family name in Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese (in Vietnamese it's Vương).

See Also:  Queen

Monkey King

China měi hóu wáng
Monkey King Vertical Wall Scroll

美猴王 is the specific title for "Monkey King." A character made famous by the ancient novel, Journey to the West. It literally means "Handsome/Beautiful Monkey King."

See Also:  Monkey Fist | Drunken Monkey

Lion King

China shī zǐ wáng
Japan shi shi ou
Lion King Vertical Wall Scroll

獅子王 is the Chinese title for "The Lion King" (also associated with the Disney movie).

This has the "Lion King" meaning in Japanese however, not in association with the movie you are thinking of. 獅子王 is also a Japanese surname that romanizes as Shishiou.

Monkey King

China hóu wáng
Monkey King Vertical Wall Scroll

猴王 is the short title for "Monkey King." This can refer to the character made famous by the ancient novel, Journey to the West.

This literally reads "Monkey King." However, this title is open to interpretation, and could be used for someone who is the boss of the primate exhibit at the zoo, or certain characters in Chinese opera.

See Also:  Monkey Fist | Drunken Monkey

Adamantine / King Kong

China jīn gāng
Japan kongou
Adamantine / King Kong Vertical Wall Scroll

金剛 can translate as adamantine from Chinese, Japanese, and old Korean.

Other meanings and translations can include diamond, thunderbolt, Indra's indestructible weapon, Buddhist symbol of the indestructible truth, Vajra (a mythical weapon), guardian deity, hardness, indestructibility, power, the least frangible of minerals.

The Chinese pronunciation of "Jīn Gāng" became the loanword used in English as "King Kong". You can see King Kong as the indestructible ape guardian deity depending on how you read the story.

Drunken Monkey

Japan yo i saru
Drunken Monkey Vertical Wall Scroll

酔い猿 is the Japanese title for Drunken Monkey.

See Also:  Monkey Fist

Queen / Empress

Wife of the King
China wáng hòu
Japan ou kou
Queen / Empress Vertical Wall Scroll

王后 is another way to write queen in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

王后 is sometimes used for the title of empress.

The first character means "king" and the second means "wife," or a short form to say "wife of the king / emperor." So this is literally, "king's wife" or "emperor's wife." Some will translate this as "queen consort."

See Also:  Queen | Goddess | Emperor


China nǚ wáng
Japan jo ou
Queen Vertical Wall Scroll

女王 is one way to write queen in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

女王 is not the same thing as an empress.

The first character means "woman" or "female," and the second means "king." So this is literally, "woman king."

See Also:  Empress | Goddess | Emperor


China huáng dì
Japan koutei
Emperor Vertical Wall Scroll

From times of old, the emperors of Asia ruled under the authority of God himself. In fact, one definition of an emperor is a ruler put in power by God. This definition separates emperors from the various kings in Chinese history (although defining who is a king versus an emperor gets vague sometimes).

Occasionally, the emperor's wife was widowed, and she took the role of empress until her death (see our entry for empress if that is what you are looking for).

See Also:  Empress | Queen


China huáng hòu
Japan kou gou
Empress Vertical Wall Scroll

皇后 is the title of empress or emperess, the female form of emperor. 皇后 is used in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

While the emperor's reign was for life, if he died, his wife would hold his power. In this case, a woman was the ultimate ruler of the greater part of East Asia (what is now China) until her death and the succession of the emperor's first born son to lead the empire. Numerous times in various Chinese dynasties, an empress took power in this way.

The first character means emperor by itself.

The second character alone can mean "wife of an emperor or king" (the first character clarifies that we are talking about an empress, and not a queen). It can also mean sovereign or last offspring, depending on context.

Note: In some books, this word is translated as queen. While only incorrect if you get technical (because an empress is theoretically a higher level than a queen), the meaning is very similar.

皇后 is sometimes used for the title of queen but more technically, this is the wife of the emperor (a higher level than a queen).

See Also:  Emperor | Queen | Phoenix

Dragon / Emperor Symbol

China lóng
Japan ryuu / tatsu
Dragon / Emperor Symbol Vertical Wall Scroll

竜 is an alternate form of dragon. Still pronounced the same in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

This particular Kanji is often associated as an imperial symbol as well as representing the mythical Asian dragon. You may have seen it on the chest or flag of the emperor in old Japanese and Chinese movies.

Note: I would rate this as a non-universal alternate form. The other dragon character is by far more common, and universally understood.

We strongly recommend symbol of dragon if you are looking for the symbol of dragon.

See Also:  Phoenix | Emperor


China huáng
Japan kou
Emperor Vertical Wall Scroll

皇 is the simple, single-character way to write emperor in Chinese and Japanese.

See Also:  Empress | Queen

Wukong / Goku

Monkey King
China wù kōng
Japan go kuu
Wukong / Goku Vertical Wall Scroll

悟空 is the short name or given name of, Sun Wukong, the Monkey King, from the ancient Chinese novel Journey to the West.

This title is also known as the given name of the Monkey King in Japanese. This can also be Goku, short for Son Goku, a fictional character of the Dragon Ball Japanese manga series (also based loosely on the Monkey King).

Sun Wukong / Son Goku

Monkey King
China sūn wù kōng
Japan son go kuu
Sun Wukong / Son Goku Vertical Wall Scroll

孫悟空 is the name, Sun Wukong, also known as the Monkey King. He is a main character with supernatural powers in the ancient Chinese novel Journey to the West.

This title is also known as the real name of the Monkey King in Japanese. This can also be the Son Goku better known as simply Goku, a fictional character of the Dragon Ball Japanese manga series.

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Kingou / owáng / wang2 / wang
Monkey King美猴王měi hóu wáng
mei3 hou2 wang2
mei hou wang
Lion King獅子王
shi shi ou / shishiou / shi shi o / shishioshī zǐ wáng
shi1 zi3 wang2
shi zi wang
shih tzu wang
Monkey King猴王hóu wáng / hou2 wang2 / hou wang / houwang
King Kong
kongou / kongojīn gāng / jin1 gang1 / jin gang / jingangchin kang / chinkang
Drunken Monkey酔い猿yo i saru / yoisaru
王后ou kou / oukou / o ko / okowáng hòu / wang2 hou4 / wang hou / wanghou
Queen女王jo ou / joou / jo o / joonǚ wáng / nv3 wang2 / nv wang / nvwangnü wang / nüwang
Emperor皇帝koutei / koteihuáng dì / huang2 di4 / huang di / huangdihuang ti / huangti
Empress皇后kou gou / kougou / ko go / kogohuáng hòu
huang2 hou4
huang hou
Emperor Symbol
ryuu / tatsu
ryu / tatsu
lóng / long2 / longlung
Emperorkou / kohuáng / huang2 / huang
悟空go kuu / gokuu / go ku / gokuwù kōng / wu4 kong1 / wu kong / wukongwu k`ung / wukung / wu kung
Sun Wukong
Son Goku
son go kuu / songokuu / son go ku / songokusūn wù kōng
sun1 wu4 kong1
sun wu kong
sun wu k`ung
sun wu kung
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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