Characters: Rise of the Planet of the Apes
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Dr. William 'Will' Rodman
"All I'm saying is that this is a good thing. Caesar's proof of that. So is my father."
Played by: James Franco
"Caesar. I'm sorry. This is my fault. This has to stop. This isn't the way, you know what they're capable of. Please come home. If you come home, I'll protect you."
The son of Charles Rodman, the adoptive human father of Caesar, and the boyfriend of Caroline Aranha. Through his connection to Caesar, Will unknowingly became the adoptive human grandfather of Caesar's two young sons, Blue Eyes and his infant brother. He was the scientist who was responsible for the creation of ALZ-112, the so-called cure for Alzheimer's Disease. Like Robert Franklin, Will was one of the rare employees at Gen-Sys Laboratories who actually did care for animal test subjects, such as Bright Eyes, and did not simply see them as experiments.
- Bus Crash: According to Word of God, Will and Caroline die (likely from the Simian Flu) in the interlude between Rise and Dawn.
- The Caretaker: For his father, who has Alzheimer's.
- Decoy Protagonist: His name comes first in the credits, but Caesar is the real protagonist.
- Deuteragonist: That being said, he is still the secondary focus of the story after Caesar.
- For Science!: Partly his reason for developing the drugs, although his primary motivation is his father.
- Hope Spot: He's bombarded with these (such as his father getting better) and they always get yanked away from him.
- Hot Scientist: Caroline seems to think so.
- Karmic Death: Will dies from the Simian Flu, which he was responsible for creating, however inadvertently.
- Papa Wolf: Toward Caesar. He attacks Dodge when he realizes Caesar is being abused.
- Parental Substitute: He and his father took care of Caesar after the latter's mother died.
- Poor Communication Kills: 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.
- Promotion to Parent: After taking Caesar home, he becomes his father in every respect.
- Reed Richards Is Useless: 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 judgment, but still.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His work (although enabled by Jacobs and spread by others) ultimately dooms most of humanity.
- What the Hell, Hero?: He gets one from Caroline when she discovers Caesar's true nature, although it falls a little flat since she's trying to say that curing Alzheimer's is wrong.
"You make history. I...make...money."
"I run a business. Not a petting zoo!"
The head of Polytechnic Solutions' Gen-Sys Laboratories, and superior to Dr. Will Rodman, the creator of the Simian Flu.
- Asshole Victim: He pushes the testing of ALZ-113, and is killed by Koba.
- Big Bad: Jacobs is the closest thing the film has to a Big Bad. He's Will's boss, and pushes the mass-production of ALZ-113 despite warnings over the potential disaster it could cause.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's the CEO of GenSys and is only interested in money. He becomes aware of Will's ethical breach, and tries to blackmail him into continuing the tests using that information.
- Disney Villain Death: He is trapped in a wrecked helicopter, which Koba kicks off the edge of the Golden Gate Bridge.
- Evil Brit: He has a British accent and is certainly an antagonist.
- Karmic Death: Jacobs is killed by an ape infected with virus he so carelessly pushed to be engineered.
- Kick the Dog: Forcing Franklin to put down the ape test subjects.
- Only in It for the Money: He can barely go a few sentences without mentioning how important money is to him.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: He is constantly dressed in a business suit.
- The Unfettered: He's willing to do whatever it takes to make money and please the shareholders.
Played by: Tyler Labine
A clumsy but good-natured chimpanzee handler at the Gen-Sys Laboratories, where Dr. Will Rodman was researching a cure to Alzheimer's Disease. After being ordered to exterminate all chimpanzees exposed to a potentially dangerous drug, Robert discovered a new-born baby chimpanzee who he could not bring himself to euthanize. Unable to rescue the chimpanzee himself, due to his brother-in-law working in security, Robert asked Will to raise the chimpanzee, who was later named Caesar.
- Big Fun: He's overweight and very attached to the apes who the experiments are carried out on.
- Butt Human: He's the nicest guy in the movie, but he suffers for it.
- Chew Toy: He suffers greatly throughout the film for no reason, as he's one of the nicest people there.
- Dying Alone: He dies off-screen and is found in his apartment.
- Friend to All Living Things: Despite working in an animal testing lab, he has real affection for the apes and all the tests appear to be humane.
- The Heart: He is the kindest person in Gen-Sys.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Helped in developing the drug that became the cause of his death.
- The Lab Rat: He is in charge of looking after the chimpanzees used to test the drugs.
- Nice Guy: He genuinely cares about the apes in his care.
- Patient Zero: He is infected with ALZ-113 and accidentally infects Hunsiker when trying to get in touch with Will.
- Token Good Teammate: He is The Heart of Gen-Sys. Jacobs is greedy and selfish, and even Will is selfish to an extent but Franklin is considerate of everyone.
- Two First Names: Franklin is traditionally used as a given name.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: After being infected by ALZ-113, he inadvertantly ends up spreading the infection to most everyone he comes into contact with, including Hunsiker.
"They're not people, y'know."
Played by: Brian Cox
"You wouldn't be tryin' to entrap me now, would you?"
The owner of the primate sanctuary. Initially a helpful and friendly enough guy, in reality he's a shrewd and immoral opportunist.
"Take your stinkin' paws off me, you damn, dirty ape!"
The son of John Landon, owner of the San Bruno Primate Shelter where Caesar was incarcerated following his attack on Hunsiker. He worked as a guard at the facility under his father, but he administered horrible treatment and cruelty to the primates there, bordering on torture for no apparent reason.
- Accidental Murder: How Caesar kills him; he clearly intended to just blast Dodge back with the hose, but when Dodge suddenly wields his electric prod he gets electrocuted to death. Caesar is very affected by his actions.
- Asshole Victim: He is electrocuted with his own taser.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: He is the least sympathetic and cruelest person in the film, and has blond hair.
- The Bully: He acts as the warden of the primate sanctuary, and takes sadistic pleasure out of tormenting the apes.
- Character Death: Dodge is killed by Caesar in self-defense.
- Enemy to All Living Things: He's needlessly cruel to the apes for the sake of being cruel to them.
- Evil Is Petty: Dodge reacts to the apes as if they're human beings who are laughing at him, as opposed to animals who are just reacting. Dodge is petty and stupid enough to think he's being made fun of by apes.
- He Can Talk?: He's shocked when Caesar speaks.
- Jerkass: Dodge is a repulsive bully and sadist with low intelligence. He's needlessly cruel to the apes, especially Caesar.
- Large Ham: In sharp contrast to his stoical father.
- Karmic Death: Dodge is killed by attacking Caesar with an electric prod; when Caesar blasts him with the hose, Dodge is electrocuted. Both of those items were tools that Dodge used to torture the apes.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Is killed by a combination of his taser and hose…two things he used to torture the apes.
- Non-Indicative Name: He wasn't able to (or didn't at all) dodge any of Caesar's attacks.
- Shout-Out: Dodge gets two of Charlton Heston's hammiest lines from the original.note
- Too Dumb to Live: Pulling a taser on a super-intelligent ape wielding a firehose was a bad idea.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He wants his father's approval, but doesn't get it.
Played by: Jamie Harris
A worker at the San Bruno Primate Facility, run by John Landon. Landon's son, Dodge, bullied both Rodney and the ape inmates. Rodney remained neutral, believing that Dodge was cruel to the apes, but was mostly too afraid - either of Dodge or his father's position - to question orders. Adding to this, Dodge would rudely ignore Rodney's advice on how to treat them.
- Ambiguous Disorder: He never seems entirely put together: he's nervous, stuttering, awkward, slack-jawed and submissive.
- Butt Human: Poor Rodney is mostly pushed around by Dodge, his much younger 'boss'.
- Extreme Doormat: To Dodge, who walks all over him.
- He Can Talk?: He's as shocked as anyone when Caesar speaks.
- Merciful Minion: Caesar recognizes that he's not a sadist or a bully, just a weak-willed flunky who bore no ill will toward the apes.
"No way to live...no way to live?"
Played by: John Lithgow
"And as for Caesar, kneel down, kneel down and wonder."
The father of Will Rodman, and the adoptive human grandfather of Caesar.
"I love chimpanzees. I'm also afraid of them...and it's appropriate to be afraid of them."
Played by: Freida Pinto
A veterinarian working with primates at the San Francisco Zoo infirmary. She was also the girlfriend of Will Rodman, and the adoptive human mother of Caesar.
- Bus Crash: According to Word of God, Will and Caroline die (likely from the Simian Flu) in the interlude between Rise and Dawn.
- Kindly Vet: She first meets Will while giving Caesar stitches after he is beaten by Hunsiker.
- Hospital Hottie: She is a very attractive veterinarian, as is noticed by Will.
- Hot Scientist: It's Freida Pinto, for God's sake. Will certainly thinks she's hot.
- We Need a Distraction: Distracts the cops to let Will sneak past the barricade and find Caesar.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It's not revealed what happened to her after the cops drag her off.
- What the Hell, Hero?: She gives one to Will when she discovers Caesar's true nature, although it falls a little flat since she's trying to say that curing Alzheimer's is wrong.
Played by: David Hewlett
A pilot for Global Airlines and a neighbour of Charles Rodman and Will Rodman. He had a bad temper, despised the Rodmans with deep hatred for no apparent reason, and clashed with them when three-year-old Caesar escaped and frightened his children when the curious chimpanzee wanted to ride a bicycle found in Hunsiker's garage.
- Artificial Limbs: After being Fingored by Caesar, his lost finger was replaced by a metal-looking one.
- Asshole Victim: He's a colossal jerk and winds up infected with ALZ-113, transmitting it around the world.
- 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 behavior 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.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: He has a razor-sharp temper, which usually kicks in just in time to screw him over.
- Hot-Blooded: He is very temperamental and not afraid to get physical. This backfires constantly.
- Papa Wolf: 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).
- Typhoid Mary: While he does display symptoms, he ignores them and winds up transmitting ALZ-113 around the world. Of course, he had no way of knowing what he was infected with.
"I'm saving the human race."
Played By: Gary Oldman
"You know what we're up against."
A former San Francisco police chief who became Mayor shortly after the beginning of the Simian Flu outbreak which subsequently claimed the lives of his wife and children. He retained his position of authority in the rapidly depopulated city for a decade, and took a militant stance against the Evolved Apes.
"I need to speak to Caesar!"
Played By: Jason Clarke
"I've seen things, I've seen the way they are, they want what we want: to survive."
A leader of a small group that formed a strong bond with Caesar and the other apes.
"The virus was created by scientists in a lab. You can't honestly blame the apes."
The second wife of Malcolm and step-mother to Alexander. She is a member of a struggling group of human survivors who meets Caesar and his colony under difficult circumstances.
- Brainy Brunette: Along with Malcolm, she's the most level-headed and intelligent of the humans.
- The Chick: Of Malcolm's scouting party.
- Hospital Hottie: She's a nurse before the outbreak.
- Male Gaze: When she's doing surgery on Caesar, she takes her coat/jacket off and is wearing a very tight and low-cut tanktop. You're welcome.
- The Medic: Her main role being a former nurse.
- Outliving One's Offspring: She has a daughter that died during the outbreak.
- Replacement Scrappy: Invoked in-universe. It is implied that Alex is initially distant to her because he sees her as "someone trying to replace his late mother".
- Second Love: She is Malcolm's second wife.
- Single Tear: When telling Alexander about her deceased daughter.
- True Blue Femininity: Wears a blue tanktop.
"Where's he taking us?"
Played By: Kodi Smit-McPhee
Malcolm's teenage son who is coping with the death of his mother and the arrival of his father's new wife and his new step-mother, Ellie. Upon meeting the apes, he befriends Maurice, the kind Orangutan who becomes fond of him.
"You know the scary thing about them? They don't need power, lights, heat; that's their advantage. That's what makes them stronger."
A member of the Colony and is a good friend to Malcolm and his family.
"I don't take orders from monkeys!"
Played By: Kirk Acevedo
""They're apes, man! You think they understand what you're saying?"
A member of Malcolm's group.
- Asshole Victim: He's beaten to death by Koba. Nobody mourns.
- Bald of Evil: Shaved bald, and although 'evil' is debatable he's certainly enough of an asshole to be an antagonist.
- Dirty Coward: Shoots Ash in the beginning of the film out of blind terror. His continued fear and distrust of the apes leads him to sneak a shotgun to the dam, which only serves to increase the friction between the apes and Malcolm's group and make him a believable scapegoat for Koba's False Flag Operation.
- Fantastic Racism: He absolutely hates the apes.
- Hot-Blooded: He's in a permanently foul mood, and it only takes the slightest nudge to send him into violence.
- Jerkass: He's selfish, aggressive, ignorant and miserable. He insults Malcolm and Ellie by bringing up their dead loved ones in an accusatory tone and his unchecked temper ultimately helps Koba to take power by framing him.
- Lampshade Hanging: "Okay, so I'm the asshole."
- Not So Different: He is practically a human Koba. Both are distrustful, angry and violent. Makes it ironic since the latter killed him.
- Perma Stubble: Like many male survivors.
- Revenge Before Reason: Carver straight-up admits that he's angry at the apes because he has nobody else to blame for the virus. He also ignorantly dismisses the Simian Flu's true origins - a virus created by humans and not spread by apes - as "hippy-dippy bullshit".
- Small Role, Big Impact: In comparison to the other human characters Carver is relatively minor (and he's killed halfway through Dawn) but he serves as an example to Caesar's apes of the possible threat humanity poses. Ultimately, he's used as a scapegoat by Koba to incite war between ape and human.
- Token Evil Teammate: Of Malcolm's scouting party. Koba even learns of this and sets him up (posthumously) to take the fall for his assassination of Caesar.
- We Could Have Avoided All This: If Carver hadn't shot first without thinking, the apes and humans would have gotten off to a much better start. And if Carver didn't sneak a gun into the apes' home, he wouldn't have been kicked out and used as the Scape Goat to instigate the war.
"Apes do not want war!"
Played by: Andy Serkis
"If we go to war, we could lose all we've built. Home. Family. Future."
Biological son of the late Alpha and the late Bright Eyes, wild chimpanzees from the jungles of the Congo. Bright Eyes became a test subject for the drug ALZ-112, which greatly stimulated Caesar's mental development in utero. After the death of his mother, Caesar became an adoptive son to Will Rodman and Caroline Aranha. Through Will, Caesar became the adoptive grandson of the late Charles Rodman. Later in life, Caesar leads the captive apes to rebellion, and rules as king/leader of their newly formed colony. As king, he becomes the husband of fellow San Bruno Primate Shelter inmate, Cornelia and the father of two sons, Blue Eyes and a newborn son. As king of the ape colony, he is the patriarch of the Royal Ape Family.
- Action Dad: He becomes a father of two in the sequel, and is even more Badass.
- Arc Symbol: The window design of his room in the Rodmans' house becomes a symbol associated with him in the sequel.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Koba finds it out the hard way in the sequel.
- Badass Baritone: When he finally speaks, he has a very deep voice.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He starts off very cheerful - if protective of his human family. He becomes very embittered as Rises progresses, but he still disapproves of killing humans.
- Berserk Button: His berserk button was attacking Will or his father. He mangled their neighbor's finger when he got aggressive with Charles.
- Big Good: For the apes in the ending of Rises and during Dawn.
- Big "NO!": His very first word is a shout of 'No!' when fighting with Dodge.
- Does another one in Dawn when the apes suggest attacking the human settlement after discovering it, not wanting to sacrifice apes unless necessary.
- Break the Cutie: Dodge's abuse and Will's inability to protect him destroy his innocence. The events of Dawn also did a number on him.
- Broken Bird: His experiences in the animal shelter leave him deeply embittered.
- The Captain: See The Hero section.
- The Chains of Commanding: Starts to feel this in Dawn when he needs to try to keep a tense peace between apes and humans. When war does break out, he puts the blame on himself for trusting the wrong people.
- Clothing Damage: 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 decides to stay and free the other apes.
- Combat Pragmatist: In his second fight with Koba, he's not at full strength due to previous injuries. He makes up for this by using Koba's anger against him, letting Koba wear himself out with repeated attacks then retaliating when Koba's too tired to defend himself properly.
- Coming-of-Age Story: Rise serves as a coming of age story for him, detailing how he came to lead the uprising of the apes.
- Death Glare: Quite a few in the animal sanctuary once Caesar starts getting pissed off.
- Doesn't Like Guns: Dawn shows that he'd rather not use firearms, though he definitely knows how to fire them.
- The Dog Bites Back: Aside from literally biting off Hunsiker's finger, he accidentally kills Dodge with the very weapons used to torment him.
- Fragile Speedster: Caesar is very agile, but is much weaker than Maurice and Buck.
- Weak, but Skilled: He tends to win fights against stronger opponents by keeping his composure and fighting defensively until an opening presents itself or help arrives. By Dawn he has grown into a comparatively powerful Lightning Bruiser, but still avoids going on the offensive without a strategy in mind, in contrast to more Hot-Blooded apes like Buck, Rocket and Kooba.
- Green Eyes: He has flecks of green in his irises due to being enhanced by ALZ-112 and 113.
- Guile Hero: He is very intelligent and frees the other apes at the shelter through sheer cunning.
- The Hero: Turns out the franchise is centered around Caesar and his journey as the leader of the apes.
- I Choose to Stay: Chooses to remain in confinement in order to free the other apes rather than go back home with Will. His "Caesar is home" line by the end also counts.
- Ideal Hero: In contrast to the bleak setting, Caesar is compassionate, highly opposed to killing, revenge and war, and extremely forgiving, always attempting to find the most peaceful solution possible to a problem.
- Interspecies Adoption: Caesar was adopted and loved by human Will for most of his life. Deconstructed later on when Caesar finds that Will won't always understand him. Doesn't mean they stopped loving each other, though.
- It Can Think: More like "it can speak" from the workers of the sanctuary.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: To Koba in Dawn, when the latter claims that Caesar loves humans more than his sons. He finally drops Koba to his death, after the latter betrayed the apes for his own selfish goals.
- The Leader: He becomes the leader of the apes in the animal shelter.
- Magnetic Hero: He wins the allegiance of all the apes... with cookies.
- Martial Pacifist: He avoids violence as much as possible despite being a very competent ass-kicker.
- Meaningful Name: He's names after Julius Caesar, who conquered Rome to overthrow the corrupt government.
- Naďve Newcomer: When he first arrives at the primate "sanctuary".
- Never Trust a Trailer: Most of them will make you think that Caesar is the film's villain. He is the hero.
- Nice Guy: Caesar is a really sweet guy, just don't piss him off.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Gives an outright brutal one to Koba in Dawn after his insults push him to far, but stops short of killing him. A mistake he corrects later.
- Non-Human Sidekick: To the Rodmans, at first.
- Papa Wolf: Don't harm a hair on his kids' heads.
- A Protagonist Shall Lead Them: He is the series' true protagonist.
- Raised by Humans: Will adopted him after Jacobs gave the order for the test-facility apes to be terminated.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: In Dawn.
- Serkis Folk: Played by Andy Serkis himself, no less.
- Smart Apes Play Chess: He has intelligence on par with - perhaps exceeding - a human, and beats Will in chess.
- Shipper on Deck: When Will and Caroline first met early in the film, he was the first to suggest they go out together.
- The Strategist: He is very cunning and uses his brain to solve problems such as escaping the animal shelter and bypassing the police barricade.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Caesar holds to this in Rise, only killing Dodge accidentally and going out of his way to prevent other apes from killing humans. He is finally pushed to a lethal extreme in Dawn when he lets the treacherous Koba fall to his death.
- Trash Talk: Hits Koba with this coupled with You Monster!, calling him weak for relying on guns, and telling him he belongs in a cage.
- True Companions: Prove your loyalty and the good in your heart to him, and you are his family. Koba, Maurice, Rocket, Buck, Stoned, Ash, and Malcolm's family learn this over course of the series.
- Unstoppable Rage: Except if it means killing.
- Weak, but Skilled: In Dawn during, his fight with Koba in the finale, Caeser is still not fully recovered from being shot. He compensates by cutting Koba and repeatedly attacking his injured spot.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?/What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: Probably because of his exposure to the ALZ-112 in the womb, Caesar looks more human-like than the other apes. He is, of course, the hero.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Caeser's belief that all apes have a superior morality than humans. Koba proves this wrong.
- You Can Talk?: He asks it to Maurice when the orangutan uses sign language to communicate with him. Caesar himself learns to talk later, prompting this reaction from humans (although they do not ask the question).
"Careful. Humans don't like smart ape."
Played by: Karin Konoval
An altered orangutan and a former circus ape who resided at the San Bruno Primate Shelter with Cornelia, Rocket and Buck. He watched over Caesar and discovered his intelligence, hence learning about his ability to communicate with Sign Language. Seeing Caesar's potential, Maurice befriended him becoming Caesar's best and most trusted friend. During the Ape Rebellion, Maurice served as the second of Caesar's lieutenants, the first being Rocket. Over the next ten years, Maurice remains loyal to Caesar and serves as the colony's seer and as a teacher to the new generation of apes.
- Badass Adorable: His kindly demeanor and fierce loyalty make for an absolutely adorable combination.
- Badass Grandpa: If not in Rise then definitely by Dawn.
- Big Damn Heroes: In Dawn, steps in to protect Alexander from Koba, and when doing so stands upright showing off how big he is. Koba backs away.
- Beware the Nice Ones: 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.
- Deadpan Snarker: Without actually speaking. Continued in Dawn, when Koba shoots Caesar, immediately blaming the humans.
(to Malcolm's family): Run.
- Death Glare: Gives a terrifying one to Koba when protecting Alexander.
- Demoted to Extra: He's less important in the sequel, though he didn't get it as bad as Rocket.
- Cross-Cast Role: He is portrayed by actress Karin Konoval.
- Genius Bruiser: Aside from Caesar, he's the most intelligent of the apes. And aside from Buck, he's the biggest.
- Gentle Giant: One of the largest apes, as well as one of the kindest.
- Guttural Growler: His speaking voice is extremely deep and rumbly, even for an ape.
- Hulk Speak: Initially, in Rise, both he and Caesar use sign language like this. After 10 years of practice and presumably exposure to the 113, they are more eloquent. When speaking English, though this remains in effect.
- Mighty Glacier: He can hold his own with Buck and the other gorillas regarding strength. Speed, not so much.
- Number Two: He, Rocket and Koba are Caesar's right-hand apes by Dawn.
- Red-Headed Hero: Well, he has red fur.
- The Stoic: Maurice mostly lounges around with a droopy expression.
- Not So Stoic: When he sees an ape shot off the Golden Gate bridge, he gets very angry.
- Shout-Out: 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.
"I follow Caesar."
Played by: Terry Notary
An altered chimpanzee who was the Alpha at the San Bruno Primate Shelter before and during Caesar's time at the shelter. He was a typical bully until Caesar outsmarted him and took his place as Alpha. Settling their differences aside, the two became the most unlikeliest of allies. During the Ape Rebellion, Caesar tasks Rocket as one of his lead lieutenants. After ten years, the two are still best friends and Rocket is still one of Caesar's closest companions.
Played by: Richard Ridings
An extremely powerful gorilla housed in a specially-built cage at the San Bruno Primate Shelter. He was the only ape never harassed by Dodge Landon. He was bad tempered, strong and brave, and was seen trying to get out and banging his cage.
- 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.
- The Big Guy: He is the largest of the apes Caesar recruits.
- Big Guy Fatality Syndrome: He sacrifices himself to take down the police helicopter gunning down the apes. Caesar takes it hard.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Granted that the apes are loud, but he's the one who always scream.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Close to the end of the first film, Buck dies in Caesar's arms after taking on a helicopter.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: He tackles a helicopter filled with armed men out of the sky, then survives long enough to have a Died in Your Arms Tonight moment with Caesar.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He takes several bullets for Caesar and destroys the helicopter, which was both the biggest physical threat to the apes and carried their mortal enemy Jacobs.
- Hidden Depths: When Caesar first arrives in the sanctuary, Buck seems to be a stereotypical Killer Gorilla 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.
- I Owe You My Life: He becomes a trusted underling of Caesar after he freeds him from his small cage.
- Killer Gorilla: When first introduced he was roaring at every chimp who came too close to his cage.
- Lightning Bruiser: Just like real gorillas, he's not only incredibly strong but moves at surprising speed.
- Rated M for Manly: Big, Badass Screaming Warrior who goes out in a Dying Moment of Awesome.
- Screaming Warrior: While the apes scream from time-to-time, Buck and Koba are the ones constantly seen roaring.
- Shout-Out: Named after Buck Kartalian, who played gorilla characters in Planet of the Apes and Conquest of the Planet of the Apes.
- Taking the Bullet: He saves a small chimp and Caesar from being gunned by a machine gun.
- Undying Loyalty: To Caesar after he frees him from his cage.
"Caesar loves humans more than apes!"
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"For years I was a prisoner in their lab. They cut me...tortured me. You freed me, I would do anything you ask. But we must show strength!"
An altered bonobo with a strong hatred for humans, stemming from years of neglect and abuse. He had a scar over his blind eye and looks more feral than the other apes held at Gen-Sys Laboratories. Ten years after escaping the Gen-Sys Laboratories, Koba became a member of Caesar's colony of 2000 apes. He was initially a staunch ally of Caesar, but later became disillusioned with him after seeing his sympathy and compassion towards humans.
- Anti-Hero: In Rise. He's on the side of the apes, and he's experienced the same injustices they've endured. He's notably more angry, aggressive and even sadistic.
- Ascended Extra: In Rise, he's overshadowed by the other named apes and his only effect on the plot is killing Jacobs. In Dawn, he is far more important to the story and is the one who instigates most of the conflicts in the film.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Is a firm believer of this principle in Dawn. He successfully usurps Caesar and becomes a very violent leader.
- Asshole Victim: Killed while begging for mercy, and nobody in either film deserved to die more than him.
- Ax-Crazy: He is the most bloodthirsty of the apes, showing an enjoyment for violence, which is ironic considering he's a bonobo. In the assault on San Francisco, he goes absolutely mental, shrieking and shooting like the wild animal he is at heart.
- Bad Boss: When he becomes a traitor to Caesar and briefly becomes the apes' leader, he kills or imprisons anyone who questions/defies his authority.
- Badass: Koba is a tough, powerful warrior.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: 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 his eye) Koba: HUMAN WORK!
- Big Bad: He betrays Caesar in Dawn and takes over the ape community.
- Broken Pedestal: Caesar's eldest son Blue Eyes looks up to him... until the young ape sees him for what he really is. Koba also demonstrates loyalty and friendship to Caesar, considering him a brother. The extended interaction with humans and Caesar's care for them, however, breaks Koba's loyalty.
- Composite Character: In Dawn, he's got traits of Dr. Zaius (intense hatred for humans), Aldo (believes/knows that guns will give him and the apes the ultimate advantage and gets very trigger happy), and Thade (the first two, plus is a Manipulative Bastard who isn't above turning on his own kind to stay in power) from previous films.
- Consummate Liar: Spouts nothing but lies in Dawn. Very convincing ones.
- The Caligula: After taking over the apes, he proves to be an Ax-Crazy tyrant.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: His proves this with his False Flag Operation 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 armoury, knowing the apes have no chance without any guns.
- Death Glare: Jacobs should have know that Koba had it out for him just from the look he gave him.
- Defiant to the End: Taunts Caesar in his last moments.
- Death by Irony: He dies a Disney Villain Death in the sequel, similar to Jacobs' in the first film and Ash as caused by him in the sequel.
- Devil in Plain Sight: He is covered in scars and frequently sports a Slasher Smile.
- Expy: He shares many similar traits to Aldo from Battle for the Planet of the Apes.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Upon usurping command from the supposedly dead Caesar, he explicitly orders for the females and children to be hidden and protected in the forest, and doesn't bring them out of hiding until it looks like the battles are over, rather than just throwing them against the humans like he did with the rest of the apes. However, this could just be a case of Pragmatic Villainy rather than any true moral considerations; after all, if Koba has reasoned that apes are meant to take over the Earth, he also likely reasoned that he needs to keep the women and children alive for that to happen.
- Evil Mentor: He is a very bad influence to Caesar's son Blue Eyes in Dawn.
- Fangs Are Evil: While all the apes have fangs, he shows them off the most.
- Faux Affably Evil: In Dawn, he pretends to be a fun playful ape in front of two gun-man, before revealing his true nature to them later in the film.
- Foil: To Caesar.
- Evil Scars: Very evil. Just look at that picture!
- General Ripper: Admittedly he doesn't have any military training, but even then, he couldn't think of much strategy for attacking the humans' compound besides throwing more and more apes at against the humans' automatic weapons.
- Glass Cannon: Koba mainly prioritizes offense. This came to bight him in the ass several times in Dawn.
- Guns Akimbo: Wielded two assault rifles in the sequel.
- Guttural Growler: Unlike Caesar, Koba has a raspy voice.
- He Who Fights Monsters: By the end of Dawn, he has become much more like human than ape, down to using guns and rounding up enemies in cages. He probably doesn't even consider that a bad thing, since he seems to think that if humans are evil, then the best way to beat them is to be even more evil than they are.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: After Dreyfus tries to kill the apes by blowing the tower up, Koba surviving the explosion prompts him to wildly fire a gun off at Caesar and the other surviving apes who Caesar is trying to rescue them from the wreckage. Seeing his true colors, the rest of the apes turn on him and let Caesar kill him.
- Hypocrite: Has the audacity to utter the words "Ape not kill ape". Guess how he spends his screentime in the last half of the sequel?
- Irony: In Real Life, 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 his past, and bonobos under stressful captive conditions do become as cruel as chimpanzees.
- Insult Backfire: Calls Caesar weak while preparing to shoot; Caesar replies "Koba weaker" since he's relying on a gun, prompting him to drop it and fight with his hands.
- It's All About Me: He claims to be fighting for all apes and he might even believe it, but even if it was true at one point, by the final act of the movie his one and only concern is personal revenge and taking out his Unstoppable Rage on humans and any ape who doesn't side with him; by the climax, even they aren't safe from this Ax-Crazy homicidal maniac. Caesar even calls him out on it.
Koba: Caesar brother to humans! Koba fight for ape! Free ape!
- Karmic Death: Caesar lets him die in Dawn the exact same way he let Jacobs die in Rise - holding onto a ledge begging for help, only to be ignored until he loses his grip and falls.
- Kick the Dog: Ash refuses to kill some defenceless humans; Koba responds by grabbing him and dropping him to his death. A lesser example occurs later during his fight with Caesar, after the tower partly collapses. Koba moves a piece of debris trapping another ape, only to simply retrieve the gun the ape was carrying and drop the debris back on him.
- Kill All Humans: Koba's main goal in life.
- Laughing Mad: When he charges the human barricade on his horse while Dual Wielding rifles, his constant roaring sounds more than a little bit like deranged laughter.
- Maniac Bonobo: He's a bonobo, which are usually peaceful in comparison to chimpanzees. However, he's the most bloodthirsty of all the apes.
- Manipulative Bastard: Demonstrates aptitude with this skill, as shown not only when he tricks a couple of humans into underestimating him, but also when he seizes control of ape society through lies and xenophobia. Blue Eyes is one of the main targets of his manipulations.
- Meaningful Name: "Koba" was the nickname used by Joseph Stalin before the Russian Revolution.
- Number Two: He, Maurice, and Rocket are Caesar's right-hand apes by Dawn, though he clearly asserts his authority more than the other two.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: He uses Black Comedy and Slapstick as ploys against two human antagonists in the sequel.
- Obviously Evil: The deep scars on his face and his default Death Glare expression should clue you in to what type of ape he is.
- The Paranoiac: He is bitter and vengeful for all of the experiments done to him by humans, and is utterly convinced that the humans mean to do apes harm. He's perfectly willing and even eager to strike them first, tries to kill Caesar and actually kills Ash for being "weak"- ie. not being murderous bastards like himself-, and he devolves into a psycho Control Freak who puts humans and rival apes alike in cages just like he had been. Like many paranoiacs, he is far more concerned with the suffering he has gone through than with the troubles of anybody else, and if other apes aren't, he'll just have to convince them different.
- Pet the Dog: Subverted. When Ash refuses to kill some unarmed humans, Koba initially looks like he's going over to help him (or at least kill the humans himself), but instead drags him up and drops him to his death. It's played a little straighter when his first order is to keep the women and children safe, but he may have just been savvy enough to know he shouldn't risk them.
- He does one small moment, to be fair: in the aftermath of the bear encounter that leaves Blue Eyes with some nasty-looking injuries, Koba approaches him and tells him "Don't feel bad, Blue Eyes. Scars make you strong".
- Poisonous Friend: Averted in Rises, where he's reasonably loyal to Caesar. In Dawn....things change.
- Psychotic Smirk: Gets one when he gets the chance to kill Jacobs. He does it far more often in Dawn.
- Pyrrhic Victory: Koba did get what he wanted; a war against humanity. Posthumously.
- Rated M for Manly: He may count as a Deconstruction of this concept, as he is a Badass fighter who thinks that War Is Glorious but only does it to sooth his Unstoppable Rage.
- Sadist: In the final act he is gunning down humans with hateful glee left, right and centre; he also has them- and his ape enemies- rounded up and caged just as he was, seeing it as poetic revenge. He revels in the power guns and violence give him, and tries to force young ape Ash to murder a human so he can turn him into a killer like Koba himself- when Ash refuses, Koba kills him.
- Screaming Warrior: While the apes scream from time-to-time, Buck and Koba are the ones constantly seen roaring.
- Serkis Folk: Like the other apes.
- Sixth Ranger: 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.
- Social Darwinist: Reveals himself as one when 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.
- Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome: Despite his hatred of humans making him much more bloodthirsty, he's an otherwise loyal ally of Caesar's in Rise and the main villain who tries to kill him in Dawn.
- The Strategist: Averted. Whereas Caesar can plan and coordinate complex operations, Koba's strategy for the attack on the humans' tower is to just throw more apes at the humans despite mounting casualties.
- Token Evil Teammate: Of the Apes that break away from society. Turns into a full-blown villain.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: After injuring Caesar 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.
- The Unfettered: He wants to kill humans, and he doesn't care how many apes die while he's at it.
- Ungrateful Bastard: After Caesar rescues him, he becomes a traitor in Dawn.
- Unstoppable Rage: His driving motivation is revenge on humans - all humans - for the cruel treatment he received in the labs.
- Villains Want Mercy: After all he did in Dawn, he seems to do this by saying that Caesar won't kill him or let him die, invoking Ape Shall Never Kill Ape. He isn't considered an ape by Caesar, so he doesn't grant him mercy.
- War Is Glorious: Repeatedly urges Caesar to go to war against the humans because he both hates them and loves violence. When Caesar calls him out for starting a war, Koba readily brags about winning it and doesn't think about all the apes he saw die.
- We Used to Be Friends: At the beginning of Dawn, Koba has a pretty strong friendship with Caesar and they get along well. When humans arrive, their differences become very apparent and they wind up bitter enemies.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Koba may become a monster, but his hatred of humans is not completely without merit, as he points out all over his body.
An altered chimpanzee, the wife of Caesar and queen of the apes. She was a fellow inmate of Rocket, Maurice and Buck at the San Bruno Primate Shelter. She meets Caesar during his stay at the shelter and forms a romantic bond with him. After Caesar's rise of power, she becomes his wife and bears him two sons, an heir, Blue Eyes and an infant son. Because of her status as Caesar's wife, Cornelia is the matriarch of the Royal Ape Family.
- Ascended Extra: Has more importance than in the first film.
- The Chick: Offers a lot of warmth and encouragement for Caesar.
- Expy: Of Lisa from Conquest of the Planet of the Apes and Battle for the Planet of the Apes.
- Flat Character: 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 Koba shoots Caesar and seizes control, not appearing until the final few shots of the film when Caesar reclaims his throne and prepares to wage war with the humans.
- The High Queen: To the Ape kingdom. She even has a crown!
- Ill Girl: Spends most of the sequel being sick.
- Meaningful Name: Named from Gaius Julius Caesar's first wife, Cornelia Cinna Minor. Cornelia is also the feminine form of Cornelius, the name of original series Caesar's father.
- Satellite Character: She never had a scene alone.
- The Smurfette Principle: The only named female ape in the shelter.
Played by: Nick Thurston
A teenage chimp in Dawn
and the eldest son of Caesar and Cornelia.
Played by: Doc Shaw
Another teen chimp, best friend of Blue Eyes, and son of Rocket.
- Butt Chimp: Nothing good happens to him in all his screentime.
- Disney Villain Death: Courtesy of Koba.
- Foil: He and Blue Eyes have been friends presumably since birth, in stark contrast to their fathers who have an initially rocky relationship.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Blue Eyes.
- The Lancer: To Blue Eyes.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Ash is the first ape to realize what they're becoming in the attack on San Francisco and refuses Koba's urging to beat an unarmed man to death because it's not what Caesar would want. Koba furiously murders him to prove a point after this.
- The Pollyanna: He seems to deal wit being the Butt Ape of the film just fine in contrast to Blue Eyes, who goes Emo Teen.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: His death serves to show Blue Eyes how much of a monster Koba is, and serves as further motive for Caesar to kill Koba.
- Undying Loyalty: To Caesar. It gets him killed.
''Played by:Scott Lang
A huge, imposing gorilla loyal to Caesar. Leader of the Gorilla Guardians who guard the gates of the ape's home.
- Badass: Not only is he charged with guarding the ape colony's gates, he also later pulls apes out of the line of fire during Koba's assault on the human encampment.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's a very kind ape and utterly loyal to his comrades, but he's also an immensely strong gorilla.
- The Big Guy: He's huge, strong, and tough, and also (since gorillas are too heavy to ride horses) carries equipment on his back for any apes going hunting.
- Expy: A downplayed example, one of Buck, in that while he fills the role of a gorilla loyal to Caesar, he's far less prominent of a character likely to avoid portraying the same character twice.
- Genius Bruiser: Not only is he powerful, but he's also fairly intelligent, having earned a seat at the ape council.
- Gentle Giant: He's huge and can be quite intimidating, but he loves his fellow apes and immediately throws himself out there to help save them, whether it's during Koba's assault on the humans or when Koba fires wildly on Caesar.
- Killer Gorilla: Averted; while he is seen fighting in the battle at Dreyfus' gate, he focuses more on getting fellow wounded apes out of the line of fire and later is seen doing the same when Koba fights Caesar.
- Kneel Before Zod: In this case, he's the one forcing Malcolm to kneel before Caesar (who is not a villain).
- Made of Iron: He gets shot trying to drag apes out of harm's way in the human-ape battle. How does he follow up on this? By throwing a barrel of gasoline as big as he is at the humans and blowing shit up good.
- Mauve Shirt: The novelization names him, and while he's often in the backgrounds of scenes, he only has one minor scene of note when he confronts Malcolm at the gates of the colony, but is otherwise an extra.
- No Ape Left Behind: He's seen helping apes out of harm's way during the battles in the latter part of the film.
- Undying Loyalty: To Caesar, which gets him locked up by Koba when he takes power.
Played by: N/A
A newborn chimp in Dawn
and the youngest son of Caesar and Cornelia.