!!Dr. William 'Will' Rodman
[[caption-width-right:350:''"All I'm saying is that this is a good thing. Caesar's proof of that. So is my father."'']]
->'''Played by''': James Franco

A scientist who is trying to discover a cure for his father's Alzheimer's disease by testing ALZ-112 on chimps. He is a father figure to Caesar.
* TheCaretaker: For his father.
* DecoyProtagonist: His name comes first in the credits, but Caesar is the real protagonist.
* ForScience: Partly his reason for developing the drugs.
* HopeSpot: He's bombarded with these (such as [[spoiler:his father getting better]]) and they always get yanked away from him.
* HotScientist: Caroline seems to think so.
* PapaWolf: Toward Caesar. He attacks Dodge when he realizes Caesar is being abused.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Will drops the ball many times. He doesn't fess up about taking the cure home and its effect on his father until his father is starting to relapse. He doesn't fess up and point out that one of the test apes intelligence is off the charts. Despite knowing the intelligence level of Caesar, and knowing full well there are children out in the street Will doesn't have "the talk" with him.
* PromotionToParent: After taking Caesar home, he becomes his father in every respect.
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: Will's drug gives his father full reversal of Alzheimer's for eight years (followed by a rapid regression and progression). A potential pharmaceutical gold mine he dumps and starts over from scratch because it wasn't permanent. Granted, his father's death messed with his judgement, but still.
* WhatTheHellHero: Gets one from Caroline.

!!Steven Jacobs
[[caption-width-right:350:''"You make history. I...make...[[OnlyInItForTheMoney money.]]"'']]
->'''Played by''': David Oyelowo

The head of [[MegaCorp GenSys]]. He is funding Will's research, but he's only interested in the money that would result from the ALZ-112 and -113.
* [[spoiler:AssholeVictim]]
* BigBad
* CorruptCorporateExecutive
* [[spoiler:DeathByFallingOver]]
* [[spoiler:DisneyVillainDeath]]
* EntitledBastard
* EvilBrit
* [[spoiler:KarmicDeath]]
* OnlyInItForTheMoney
* SharpDressedMan
* TheUnfettered
* WellIntentionedExtremist

!!Robert Franklin
[[caption-width-right:350:''"[[InsistentTerminology He's not a monkey; he's an ape.]]"'']]
->'''Played by''': [[{{Reaper}} Tyler Labine]]

Will's good-hearted assistant at [[MegaCorp GenSys]].
* BigFun
* [[ButtMonkey Butt Human]]
* ChewToy
* [[spoiler:DyingAlone]]
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Despite working in an animal testing lab, he has real affection for the apes and all the tests appear to be humane.
* TheHeart
* [[spoiler:HoistByHisOwnPetard: Helped in developing the drug that became the cause of his death.]]
* TheLabRat
* NiceGuy
* [[spoiler:PatientZero]]

!Primate Shelter

!!John Landon
[[caption-width-right:350:''"They're not people, y'know."'']]
->'''Played by''': BrianCox

The owner of the primate sanctuary. Initially a helpful and friendly enough guy, in reality he's a shrewd and immoral opportunist.
* AffablyEvil
* BeardOfEvil
* BitchInSheepsClothing
* CoolShades
* [[spoiler:KarmaHoudini: Subverted once the outbreak begins. No amount of Houdini is gonna protect you from a virus]]
* OnlyInItForTheMoney
* PragmaticVillainy
* TheStoic
* WellDoneSonGuy: He doesn't seem to like his son that much.
** [[EvenEvilHasStandards Who would?]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman

!!Dodge Landon
->'''Played by''': TomFelton

->''"Take your stinkin' paws off me, you damn, dirty ape!"''

The son of John Landon, Dodge works at the primate sanctuary. Sadistic and petty, he's especially cruel to Caesar.
* [[spoiler:AssholeVictim]]
* BlondGuysAreEvil
* TheBully
* EnemyToAllLivingThings
* EvilIsPetty: Dodge reacts to the apes as if they're human beings who are laughing at him.
* [[spoiler:[[YouCanTalk He Can Talk?]]]]
* {{Jerkass}}
* LargeHam
* [[spoiler:KarmicDeath]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Is killed by a combination of his taser and hose…two things he used to torture the apes.]]
* NonIndicativeName: [[spoiler:He wasn't able to (or didn't at all) dodge any of Caesar's attacks.]]
* ShoutOut: Dodge gets two of Charlton Heston's [[LargeHam hammiest]] lines from the original.[[note]]"Take your stinkin' paws off me, you damn, dirty ape!" and "It's a MAAAADHOUSE!"[[/note]]
* [[spoiler:TooDumbToLive]]
* WellDoneSonGuy

->'''Played by''': Jamie Harris

A weak but compassionate worker at the primate sanctuary.
* ActionSurvivor
* AmbiguousDisorder: He never seems entirely put together: he's nervous, stuttering, awkward and submissive.
* [[ButtMonkey Butt Human]]
* ExtremeDoormat
* [[spoiler:[[YouCanTalk He Can Talk?]]]]
* MercifulMinion
* PunchClockVillain
* OhCrap: Cornered by angry apes, and the door doesn't open... [[spoiler:Also when Caesar speaks. Luckily for him, the apes just lock him up cause he at least bothered to take care of them.]]
* OlderSidekick: To Dodge.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Of the AntiVillain variety.
* YouWillBeSpared

!Other Humans

!!Charles Rodman
[[caption-width-right:350:''"No way to live...no way to live?"'']]
->'''Played by''': Creator/JohnLithgow

Will's kind-hearted father who is afflicted with Alzheimer's. He is the reason Will created the ALZ-112 and is also the one who named Caesar.
* CoolOldGuy: A music teacher who quotes Shakespeare and doesn't have a bad bone in his body.
* [[spoiler:DiedInYourArmsTonight]]
* FriendToAllLivingThings
* FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome
* GuineaPigFamily
* NiceGuy: He's a loving father and genuinely good man.
* TeamDad

!!Caroline Aranha
[[caption-width-right:350:''"I love chimpanzees. I'm also afraid of them...and it's appropriate to be afraid of them."'']]
->'''Played by''': Freida Pinto

A veterinarian for the San Francisco Zoo and Will's girlfriend.
* BrainyBrunette
* FriendToAllLivingThings
* KindlyVet
* HospitalHottie
* HotScientist
* WeNeedADistraction
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse
* WhatTheHellHero: Gives one to Will.

!!Douglas Hunsiker
->'''Played by''': David Hewlett

Will's short-tempered neighbor. Hunsiker tends to react with anger and violence towards any situation, even if it means overreacting.
* ArtificialLimbs: After being {{Fingore}}d by Caesar, his lost finger was replaced by a metal-looking one.
* [[spoiler:AssholeVictim]]
* [[ButtMonkey Butt Human]]: He only turns up when something bad is about to happen. To him.
* {{Fingore}}: Caesar bites his finger off.
* {{Jerkass}}: While a lot of his behaviour is somewhat reasonable if you considerable the circumstances from an impartial viewpoint, it's still bad form to blow your lid at a clearly senile old man. The best thing to do was to speak to his carer and/or family member rather than borderline assault someone who clearly didn't know what was going on.
* HairTriggerTemper
* HotBlooded
* PapaWolf: He has kids, and is somewhat justified in his anger at Caesar since he's just protecting them as best as he can. There was no way to know that Caesar wasn't dangerous: if you saw a chimpanzee on your property near your kids, what would ''you'' do? (Although, this isn't an excuse for attacking a confused old man who was obviously not all there.)

->'''Played By:''' Creator/GaryOldman

->'''Played By:''' Jason Clarke


[[caption-width:350:[[spoiler:''"Caesar ''is'' home."'']]]]
->'''Played by''': Creator/AndySerkis

The main protagonist. His mother was subjected to ALZ-112 when she was still pregnant with him, resulting in him inheriting the effects and becoming super intelligent. Caesar was raised by Will until an attack on Hunsiker forced the police to place him in the primate sanctuary, where he seized control of the apes and planned his rebellion against the humans who had wronged him.
* [[spoiler:BadassBaritone: He has a ''very'' deep voice.]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes
* BerserkButton: His berserk button was attacking Will or his father. He mangled their neighbor's finger when he got aggressive with Charles.
* [[spoiler:BigNo: His very first word is a shout of 'No!' when fighting with Dodge.]]
** [[spoiler: Does another one in ''Dawn'' when the apes suggest attacking the human settlement after discovering it, not wanting to sacrifice apes unless necessary.]]
* BreakTheCutie
* BrokenBird
* ClothingDamage: Caesar wears clothes for much of the film, but after being placed in the primate shelter, they mark him out as different. Rocket tears his shirt off to show his superiority. Later, Caesar takes his pants off himself when he [[IChooseToStay decides to stay]] and free the other apes.
* CombatPragmatist
* ComingOfAgeStory
* DeathGlare: Quite a few in the animal sanctuary once Caesar starts getting pissed off.
* TheDogBitesBack
* FragileSpeedster: Caesar is very agile, but is much weaker than Maurice and Buck.
* GuileHero
* GreenEyes
* TheCaptain
* TheHero
* IChooseToStay: Chooses to remain in confinement in order to free the other apes rather than go back home with Will. [[spoiler:His "Caesar is home" line by the end also counts.]]
* ItCanThink
* [[spoiler: KickTheSonOfABitch: To Koba in ''Dawn'', dropping him to his death, after Koba more than earned for his actions throughout the film.]]
* TheLeader
* MagneticHero
* MeaningfulName
* NaiveNewcomer: When he first arrives at the primate "sanctuary".
* NeverTrustATrailer: Most of them will make you think that Caesar is the film's villain. [[spoiler:He is the hero.]]
* NonHumanSidekick: To the Rodmans, at first.
* AProtagonistShallLeadThem
* RaisedByHumans
* SerkisFolk
* [[SmartPeoplePlayChess Smart Apes Play Chess]]
* ShipperOnDeck: When Will and Caroline first met early in the film, he was the first to suggest they go out together.
* TheStrategist
* ThouShaltNotKill: Caesar holds to this in ''Rise'', [[spoiler: and is finally pushed to a lethal extreme in ''Dawn'' when he lets the treacherous Koba fall to his death.]]
* UnstoppableRage: [[ThouShaltNotKill Except if it means killing]].
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman / WhatMeasureIsANonCute : Probably because of his exposure to the ALZ-12 in the womb, Caesar looks more human-like than the other apes. He is, of course, the hero.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds
* YouCanTalk?: He asks it to Maurice when the orangutan uses sign language to communicate with him. [[spoiler:Caesar himself learns to talk later, prompting this reaction from humans (although they do not make the question)]]

->'''Played by''': Karin Konoval

An orangutan who is Caesar's first ally. Having been part of a circus before arriving in the primate sanctuary, Maurice is the only other ape who knows sign language in ''Rise''. At the very beginning of ''Dawn'', he is shown teaching the younger apes and all of the adult or adolescent apes understand and use sign language.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Throughout ''Dawn'', he is one of the kindest apes in the film, but when Koba attacked Alexander, he promptly put his foot down and drove him off.
* CoolOldGuy: In ''Dawn''.
* DeadpanSnarker: Without actually speaking. Continued in ''Dawn'', when [[spoiler:Koba shoots Caesar, immediately blaming the humans]].
-->'''Maurice''' (to Malcolm's family): [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Run.]]
* CrossCastRole
* GeniusBruiser: Aside from Caesar, he's the most intelligent of the apes. And aside from Buck, he's the biggest.
* HulkSpeak: When he speaks in sign language, and later in English in ''Dawn''.
* TheObiWan: To Caesar.
* TheStoic: Maurice mostly lounges around with a droopy expression.
** NotSoStoic: When he sees an ape shot off the Golden Gate bridge, he gets very angry.
* SerkisFolk
* ShoutOut: He is a wise orangutan, the species that formed the intellectual elite in ape society in the original films, and is named after actor Maurice Evans, who played Dr. Zaius.
* TheSmartGuy

->'''Played by''': Terry Notary

The original leader of the apes in the primate sanctuary, a bald male chimpanzee. He initially challenges Caesar but accepts his leadership after being defeated by him.
* AntiHero
* BadassInDistress: In ''Dawn'', when [[spoiler: newly-ascended Koba has all of Caesar's loyalists rounded up]].
* BaldOfEvil: When he runs the tribe, having them all bully Caesar.
** BaldOfAwesome: After Caesar lets him live and he helps spearhead the invasion.
* TheBully: He's become the leader of the shelter apes through bullying tactics and aggression.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Leading to...
** UndyingLoyalty: To Caesar.
* HotBlooded
* TheLancer
* SerkisFolk

->'''Played by''': Richard Ridings

A male silverback gorilla that Caesar befriends at the primate sanctuary. Buck helps Caesar seize control of the apes from Rocket after being freed by the intelligent chimp.
* [[ManChild Ape Child]]: Watch the scene when he first touches un-cemented ground in a very long time. He's bursting in joy!
* {{Badass}}: Enough to ''wrestle a helicopter''.
* TheBigGuy
* [[spoiler:BigGuyFatalitySyndrome]]
* BoisterousBruiser: Granted that the apes are loud, but he's the one who always scream.
* [[spoiler:DiedInYourArmsTonight: Buck dies in Caesar's arms after taking on a helicopter.]]
* [[spoiler:DyingMomentOfAwesome: He tackles a helicopter filled with armed men out of the sky, then survives long enough to have a DiedInYourArmsTonight moment with Caesar.]]
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice: He takes the bullet for Caesar and destroys the helicopter, which was both the biggest physical threat to the apes and carried their mortal enemy Jacobs.]]
* HiddenDepths: When Caesar first arrives in the sanctuary, Buck seems to be a stereotypical KillerGorilla that tries to hurt anything that comes near his cage. It turns out he is always angry ''because'' he is in a cage, a small one where he can barely move and whose ground is entirely of concrete. He is overjoyed when he can finally touch the grass outside.
* IOweYouMyLife: He becomes a trusted underling of Caesar after he freeds him from his small cage.
* KillerGorilla
* LightningBruiser: Just like real gorillas, he's not only incredibly strong but moves at suprising speed.
* SerkisFolk
* ShoutOut: Named after Buck Kartalian, who played gorilla characters in ''Planet of the Apes'' and ''Conquest of the Planet of the Apes''.
* [[spoiler:TakingTheBullet: He saves a small chimp from being gunned by a machine gun.]]
* UndyingLoyalty: To Caesar.

->'''Played by''': Christopher Gordon & Toby Kebbell

An old, angry, scarred bonobo with a long history as an experimentation subject and the first ape at [=GenSys=] to be tested with the ALZ-113. He has a special hatred for [=GenSys=]' CEO, Steve Jacobs.
* AntiHero: He's on the side of the apes, and he's experienced the same injustices they've endured. Koba is notably more angry, aggressive and even sadistic.
** NominalHero
* AxCrazy
* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil: It's mentioned off-handedly that Koba has a history of being a lab subject, and the scars show. In ''Dawn'', when Caesar decides to let Malcolm do his "human work", Koba gets one of the most poignant moments in the film.
-->'''Caesar''': Let them do their human work.
-->'''Koba''': Human work?
-->(''points to a scar'')
-->(''more aggressively'')'''Koba''': Human ''work''.
-->(''points to another'') '''Koba''': ''Human work!''
-->(''points to one more, then roars'') '''Koba: HUMAN WORK?!?'''
* [[spoiler: BigBad: Of ''Dawn''.]]
* [[spoiler: ConsummateLiar]]
* [[spoiler: DangerouslyGenreSavvy: His proves this with his FalseFlagOperation that instigates the apes to going to war with the humans, and when he launches his attack the first thing he goes after is the humans armory knowing the apes have no chance without any guns.]]
* DeathGlare: Jacobs should have know that Koba had it out for him just from the look he gave him.
* [[spoiler: DevilInPlainSight]]
* EvilGenius: Possibly. He was chosen to test the ALZ-113 after displaying his cunning.
* FangsAreEvil: While all the apes have fangs, one of the ways to remind how evil he is that he shows them off the most.
* {{Foil}}: To Caesar.
* [[GoodScarsEvilScars Evil Scars]]: Very evil. Just look at that picture!
* {{Irony}}: In RealLife, bonobos are considered by many, such as primatologist Frans de Waal, to be the more gentle cousins of the often aggressive chimpanzees, mostly based on their "Make love, not war" behavior in regards to disputes amongst themselves. Koba is anything but a peace loving hippie version of a regular chimp. Justified though, given [[BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil his past]].
* [[spoiler: KickTheDog: Ash refuses to kill some defenseless humans, Koba responds by grabbing him and dropping him to his death.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: Demonstrates aptitude with this skill, as shown when [[spoiler: [[ObfuscatingStupidity he not only tricks a couple of humans into underestimating him]], but also seizes control of ape society through lies and xenophobia]].
* MeaningfulName: "Koba" was the nickname used by JosephStalin before the Russian Revolution.
* NumberTwo: Has become this to Caesar by ''Dawn''.
* ObviouslyEvil: The deep scars on his face and his default DeathGlare expression should clue you in to what type of ape he is.
* PoisonousFriend: Somewhat averted. He's reasonably loyal to Ceasar, for now....
* PsychoticSmirk: Gets one when [[spoiler:he gets the chance to kill Jacobs.]] He does it far more often in ''Dawn''.
* SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou: A DeletedScene has him loading an abandoned shotgun, pointing it as the screen and firing.
* SerkisFolk: Like the other apes.
* SixthRanger: He swings in as a last minute addition to Caesar's primate shelter team. He and Caesar are the only named apes that 'belong' to Gen-Sys.
* TheStarscream: [[spoiler: To Caesar in ''Dawn''.]]
* SocialDarwinist: [[spoiler:He imprisons Maurice, Rocket and several other apes who refuse to kill humans, because they are "weak". He clearly wants to create a situation where the powerful rule and the weak are wiped out.]]
* TheSociopath: Shows signs of this through not only his sadistic tendencies, but also through his skills in social manipulation as described above in ManipulativeBastard.
* TokenEvilTeammate: Of the Apes that break away from society. [[spoiler: Turns into a full-blown villain.]]
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: [[spoiler:After injuring Ceasar and leaving him to die, he proves himself to be a tyrannical leader, imprisoning all those who defy him and executing Ash, to serve as an example]].
* {{Wrath}}

->'''Played by''': Devyn Dalton and Judy Greer

A female chimpanzee in the ape sanctuary.
* TheChick
* FlatCharacter: She never interacted with the other apes. She does in ''Dawn'', and gets a decent amount of screen time after giving birth. However, she disappears completely after [[spoiler:Koba shoots Caesar and seizes control]], not appearing until the final few shots of the film when Caesar [[spoiler:reclaims his throne and prepares to wage war with the humans]].
* SatelliteCharacter: She never had a scene alone.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: The only named female ape in the shelter.