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Franchise: Planet of the Apes
"Beware the beast Man, for he is the Devil's pawn. Alone among God's primates, he kills for sport, or lust, or greed. Yea, he will murder his brother to possess his brother's land. Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will make a desert of his home and yours. Shun him; drive him back into his jungle lair, for he is the harbinger of death."

A media franchise based on the 1963 French novel La Plančte des singes by Pierre Boulle consisting of seven movies in three continuities, a live-action series, an animated series and canon novels.

Primary inspiration for the roleplaying game Terra Primate, by the makers of All Flesh Must Be Eaten.

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    Original novel 
  • Aliens Speaking English: Averted. They speak their own language. Ulysse has to learn it.
  • Apocalypse How
  • Artistic Licence Biology: After living a few months among savage humans, the old scientific genius Professor Antelle loses his memory, his speech, and even his conscience, becoming totally animal-like like the others… that's a bit radical.
    • Put electrodes on a woman's head, stimulate specific areas of her brain, and she will awaken memories of what her ancestors said ten thousand years ago. No, really!
  • Creative Sterility: apes can mimic human civilization but haven't come up with any new inventions for ten thousand years.
  • Cute Mute: Nova.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The "stock exchange" scene. It certainly looks nothing like reality.
  • Framing Device: The majority of the book is a manuscript which a couple of scientists find floating in space at the beginning.
  • Human Aliens/Humans Are the Real Monsters: Subverted. Soror's humans before being overwhelmed by the apes, aren't so much depicted as bastards (although they do nasty experiments on them, but so do the apes afterwards) than a decadent species no more fit to survive natural selection, with a "mental idleness" and a total incapacity to organize and resist against the rise of the apes. Ulysses lampshades that a race that submitted and resigned itself so pitifully easily might as well be replaced by a "more noble race".
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Nova never wears clothes, nor do any of Soror's humans.
  • Interspecies Romance: Depends if you consider Soror's humans as a different species.
  • Killer Space Monkey
  • Meaningful Name: Justified. The humans called her Nova because they thought she was beautiful.
  • Message in a Bottle: The Framing Device is two scientists finding the story in a bottle floating in space.
  • Nubile Savage: Nova.
  • Turned Against Their Masters
  • Twist Ending: Completely different from the movies. Ulysse escapes from Soror and returns to the Earth, but during the time passed, Earth was taken over by apes as well. As a further twist, the scientists who are reading the human's diary turn out to be apes. After finishing their read, they scoff at the notion that a human would ever be that intelligent.
  • Wham Line: Ulysse's last line. "It is a gorilla".

    Original film series 

Planet of the Apes (1968)

A team of astronauts flies into space at near light speed. They are influenced by time dilation: eighteen months for them is over two thousand years for the Earth. They crash onto a mysterious, seemingly desolate planet (losing the sole female on the crew in the process), specifically into a dead lake; this loses them their spacecraft and most of their supplies.

On this planet, there is a mute race of human-like creatures, treated as animals by a race of sentient English-speaking apes. Caught in the middle of an ambush between Ape and Man, one of the astronauts is killed, another lobotomised and a third, George Taylor (Charlton Heston), is shot in the throat, which renders him mute like the other men. He is among the captured men, and taken back to the apes' mostly pre-industrial city. As the talking ape civilisation learn that Taylor, "Bright Eyes" to them, can (eventually) speak and write, they put him on trial for heresy against the ape civilisation's sacred scrolls.

Notable for its famous Earth All Along ending: Taylor escapes from the apes, finding a new life with his love Nova, and eventually discovers the ruins of the Statue of Liberty. He realized that Man destroyed himself, sent society back to the Stone Age, and allowed the apes to conquer.

The first movie contains examples of:

  • Adaptation Name Change: Ulysse from the book becomes Taylor.
  • Apes Speaking English: It should have been Taylor's first clue...
  • After the End: As revealed at the end of the movie.
  • Agent Mulder: Zira.
  • Agent Scully: Cornelius.
  • All-Star Cast
  • Anti-Hero: Taylor is a misanthropic, rather vicious Jerk Ass. However, he is not without sympathetic traits, such as his affection for Nova and his disgust with Landon's lobotomy. He also seems disappointed that the apes are no better than humans (or vice versa)
  • Anti-Villain: Doctor Zaius can be ruthless when pressed though he has fundamentally good intentions as he seeks to prevent humanity from causing another apocalpyse and is at least reasonable enough to try and talk Taylor into making a false confession in exchange for his safety.
  • Arc Words: "Somewhere in the universe, there must be something better than man..."
  • Artistic License - Geography: The fact that most of the landscapes resemble the American southwest (namely Arizona and Utah, along with California) given both the ending and Cornelius' map, which shows NYC's islands, only with less water around them.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: "Dr. Zaius, would an ape make a human doll that TALKS?"
  • Apocalypse How: "You maniacs! You blew it all up!"
  • Asshole Victim: Taylor could be considered this.
  • Big Applesauce: The end of the film, which lets Taylor know where he really is.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Technically (in more ways than one) averted, but Dodge didn't live up to his name.
  • Break the Haughty: Taylor
  • Captain's Log: Taylor is making an entry at the beginning of the film.
  • Cash Cow Franchise: One decade before Star Wars it was raking on money from sequels and merchandise.
  • Characteristic Trope: Earth All Along.
  • The Constant: the Statue of Liberty.
  • Cryonics Failure: Stewart's death while in Human Popsicle state.
  • Cute Mute: Nova.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Taylor, even when mute. Also Cornelius.
  • Dead Guy on Display: This is what happened to Dodge.
  • Despair Event Horizon: The ending.
  • Downer Ending: In a nutshell.
  • Earth All Along: The former Trope Namer.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: The whole series, really.
  • Evolutionary Levels: the apes' evolution to intelligence in a couple of thousand years. RetConned in the sequels.
  • Expy: The Lawgiver is basically Ape Moses.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • The way apes hate humans. For good reason...
    • Ape society seems clearly divided between chimp, gorilla, and orang-utan. There's a story that during film production the cast would segregate themselves by the ape costumes they wore.
  • Fate Worse than Death:
    • Taylor finds Landon lobotomized by the apes.
    • Taylor himself becomes more desperate to escape after learning that he himself is scheduled to be not only lobotomized, but also stands to lose his two best friends.
    • The ending. Possibly a shout-out to Farnham's Freehold.
  • Forbidden Zone: a really notable example.
  • Franchise Zombie: The sequels and TV shows. Both the second and third movie were intended to be the last in the series (5 were made).
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: There were concerns that censors would object to Taylor's cry of "God damn you all to hell!" The problem was avoided when the producers and Heston explained that the phrase was not an expletive. Rather, Taylor was, literally, calling on God to damn the entire human race for destroying civilization.
  • Gone Swimming, Clothes Stolen
  • Hollywood Science: Averted. This movie shows a great deal of respect and knowledge of science, far more than would be expected from Hollywood.
    • Nevertheless, the series still portrays gorillas as violent brutes and chimpanzees as pacifists (chimpanzees are probably the most violent of the non-human ape species, and gorillas are generally reclusive and peaceful unless forced to defend themselves), either because they didn't know better or because Primatology Marched On.
    • Perhaps this was why the Big Bad of Tim Burton's remake was a chimp, and The Dragon (a gorilla) ended up pulling a Heel-Face Turn. Apparently Thade was originally going to be an albino gorilla, but Rick Baker told Burton that chimps are meaner.
  • Human Aliens: The apes and the humans look exactly like the ones on Earth. Justified, since it was Earth All Along.
  • Human Popsicle: The four astronauts.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Taylor feels this way at the beginning, but after meeting the apes, he changes his mind. Then comes the ending.
  • Humans Are Morons: Unlike other examples of this in Speculative Fiction, this is one example where humanity is less civilized than the apes, as opposed to usually being the slightly more civilized ones. This is because humanity managed to blow itself to damn near the brink of extinction, losing its civilized qualities in the process.
  • Humans Are Ugly: When Taylor wants to kiss Zira goodbye, she says he is damn ugly.
  • Humiliation Conga: Taylor spends the bulk of the film enduring this. Serves him right though, considering what a Jerk Ass he is.
  • Idiot Ball: Most characters hold it at one point or another. Especially Taylor trying to prove to the apes that he is an intelligent being takes ridiculously long due to one blunder after another. Had he just motioned for Dr. Zira's notepad right away and shown immediately that he could write, things would've been that much simpler.
    • He tried to do just that, they just didn't understand him.
      • Not very well, though. He could have done something like pretend to write on his hand so they knew what he meant.
      • Cornelius says 'human see! human do!' when Zira says he's trying to speak. They would have just assumed he was mindlessly copying the apes writing.
  • In Name Only: adaptation of the novel.
    • The only characters from the novel are Zaius, Zira, Cornelius, and Nova.
    • Pierre Boulle was apparently impressed enough with the adaptation that he submitted his own proposal for a sequel titled Planet of the Men, which would've ended with the humans taking over the planet and ultimately turning Dr. Zaius into a zoo exhibit.
  • Irony: In the first movie, Taylor wonders if there's a sentient race out there that's "better than man." It turns out most of the Apes are hardly any better than the humans they claim to be superior to.
    • Taylor starts off as a cynical misanthrope who couldn't wait to get away from the human race. By the halfway point of the movie, he's forced to become humanity's vocal proponent. And then the ending reveals he was right about humans being bastards all along.
    • Taylor emotionally breaking down and damning all humanity to Hell for "blowing it up" at the end of the original movie becomes Hilarious In Hindsight when he blows the planet up for real at the end of the sequel.
  • Jerkass: Most of Taylor's behaviour to the apes for most of the film.
  • Kangaroo Court: Zira and Cornelius vs. the ape government.
  • Killer Space Monkey: The apes, and the gorillas in particular. Until the truth is revealed at the end.
  • Large Ham: Charlton Heston ("It's a MAAAAAAADHOOOOUSE!!!")
  • Laser-Guided Karma: The various humiliations Taylor suffers throughout the film could be considered this.
    • At the end of the film after being repeatedly attacked, beaten, caged, stripped and tied up by the apes, Taylor exacts a small measure of revenge by capturing Dr. Zaius, arguably the Apes' main spokesperson, and tying him to a log.
  • Legend Fades to Myth: The religious myth held by the apes in the first movie turns out to be a distorted version of Caesar's rebellion and the human war that allowed apes to come to power, as depicted in the sequels.
  • Lobotomy: One of the astronauts gets lobotomised by the apes.
  • Low Culture, High Tech
  • Monumental Damage: The Statue of Liberty.
  • Motherly Scientist: Chimpanzee Zira, notable psychologist and zoologist, calls Taylor "Bright Eyes", at least until he manages to write his own name, to her surprise. She ends up kissing him goodbye - even though, as she tells him, "You're so damned ugly."
  • Meaningful Name: Played with with Dodge.
  • Monkey Morality Pose: The Three Wise Judges.
    • Meant to be a private gag for the film crew, but Executive Meddling meant the shot stayed in the movie.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In the "What have you done" variant.
  • Nubile Savage: Nova.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Delivered as only Moses can say it. All together now: GOD! DAMN! YOU! ALL! TO! HELL!
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: The ape society was originally going to be more technologically advanced, akin to the book it was based on, but it proved too expensive and the ape society was made more primitive to cut costs.
  • Really 700 Years Old: When Taylor, Landon, and Dodge leave Earth, it is 1978. When they crash-land on the planet, about 2,000 years have passed (Taylor says that Landon is now 2,031 years old), and they still look like they're in their mid-30's/-40's. Given a rather snarky lampshade by Taylor.
  • Sacred Scripture: The Sacred Scrolls, written by the deified Lawgiver.
  • Scenery Porn: For starters the Forbidden Zone scenes, shot around the Colorado River and Lake Powell in Utah.
  • Schizo Tech: The objects in the ape society have varied levels of technology.
    • Possibly deliberately invoked by the orangutans. It is shown repeatedly that Dr. Zaius is hell-bent on eliminating any trace of ANYTHING that doesn't mesh with the apes' doctrine of law. The implication is that the orangutans possess far greater knowledge of the technology of man than is generally knownnote , and are deliberately thwarting the advance of certain fields of science in order to prevent the apes from becoming the same self-destructive mess mankind became.
    • The real reason behind this was that the production crew did not have the money to build the super-advanced civilization the apes had in the books.
  • Science Marches On: the film makes it clear that Ape society is composed of all (non-Human) apes: chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans. Back when the film was made, bonobos were thought to be chimpanzees, but nowadays they're known to be a separate species.
    • This leads to some Fridge Horror: if bonobos are not present at all, it means they all died at some point (How? By whom?); on the other hand, if they're still around, given that we don't see them in the movies and the most notorious aspect of their society, it's not unreasonable to assume they are sex slaves, imprisoned in the homes of the other apes.
  • Shout-Out: To Animal Farm. When asked if he knows why all apes were created equal, Taylor replies that "some apes seem to be more equal than others".
  • Sleeper Starship: The crew hibernate during the trip, though apparently the method doesn't stop them from aging.
  • The Smart Guy: Dodge, for the brief time we knew him. Landon says that he'd walk naked into a live volcano if it meant he could learn something that no one else knew.
  • Time Dilation: Taylor's crew ages 18 months while 2006 years have passed outside.
  • Tomato Surprise: Earth All Along.
  • Twist Ending: Earth All Along. Considering Rod Serling had a hand in the 1968 screenplay, it really shouldn't have been that surprising...
  • Twenty Minutes into the Future: When the movie starts out, the year on the ship's onboard calendar reads 1978. When they crash-land on the titular planet, it's 3972.
  • Viewers Are Geniuses: Viewers are expected to understand the subtleties, such as slowly making new discoveries and realizing that apes' cruelty towards humans represents our monstrous, self-destructive acts.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Dr. Zaius, according to Alternate Character Interpretation. In any case, he obviously already knows what Taylor would discover in the ending.
    Dr. Zaius: All my life I've awaited your coming and dreaded it. Like death itself.
    Taylor: Why? I've terrified you from the first, Doctor. I still do. You're afraid of me and you hate me. Why?
    Dr. Zaius: Because you're a man! And you're right, I have always known about man. From the evidence, I believe his wisdom must walk hand and hand with his idiocy. His emotions must rule his brain. He must be a warlike creature who gives battle to everything around him, even himself.
    Taylor: What evidence? There were no weapons in that cave.
    Dr. Zaius: The Forbidden Zone was once a paradise. Your breed made a desert of it, ages ago.
    Taylor: That still doesn't give me the why. A planet where apes evolved from men? There's got to be an answer.
    Dr. Zaius: Don't look for it, Taylor. You may not like what you find.
  • Wham Line: "GET YOUR STINKING PAWS OFF OF ME, YOU DAMNED DIRTY APE!!!" Made all the more powerful when you realize that Charlton Heston was sick with the flu at the time, but the director felt that the hoarseness of his voice would add impact to that line. It did.
  • Wham Shot: The Statue of Liberty at the end. (At least, if you don't already know the ending.)
  • What Might Have Been: Scenes were scripted and filmed revealing, near the end, that Nova was pregnant with Taylor's child. The scenes were cut out of the final print, as it was felt that they changed the focus of the ending, leaving the door open to a sequel Heston didn't want (but got anyway).
  • Artistic License - Biology: the ship with the protagonist is sent into space to colonize a new planet. That's why it contains three males and one female. D'oh!
    • Also, portraying gorillas as warlike and violent, chimpanzees as reserved and rational, and orangutans as wise and social. Gorillas are very gentle and docile animals while chimps have been known to exterminate other tribes, including the infants, to take the females and food. Orangutans have a completely anti-social society; males leave upon puberty and live on their own, attacking anyone that comes into their territory. Again, probably a case of Primatology Marched On.

Beneath the Planet of the Apes

A fellow astronaut, Brent, is sent to find Taylor and rescue him... and somehow also falls in the Planet of the Apes. He first finds Taylor's girl Nova, and with her discovers in a cave a former New York subway station, realizing where he is. The station leads to an Underground Lair inhabited by mutant humans with psychic powers, who have already imprisoned Taylor, and cultivate a "Divine Bomb". When the apes decide to invade the Forbidden Zone and then find the mutants' lair... well, the trope examples below show it's catastrophic.

This movie contains examples of:

Escape From The Planet of the Apes

Taylor's spaceship crashes in 1970's Earth. Inside, are three talking apes - Zira and Cornelius, along with another scientist, Dr. Milo. Milo is killed by a non-civilized gorilla, and this prompts a pregnant Zira to baptize her son "Milo". Considering the dangers of talking apes, the US Military starts chasing them, prompting Zira, Cornelius, and Milo to get hidden in Armando (Ricardo Montalban)'s circus.

This movie contains examples of:

  • Berserk Button: Apes, when called "monkeys".
  • Fainting: Zira, due to her pregnancy.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Mister Roark now manages a circus.
  • Little "No": "On an historic day, which is commemorated by my species and fully documented in the Sacred Scrolls, there came Aldo. He did not grunt. He articulated. He spoke a word which had been spoken to him time without number by humans. He said, 'No'."
  • Moses in the Bullrushes: The unassuming chimp baby that was the first to be born in a circus sitting in a cage, saying "Mama".
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Herod: Hasslein's obsession with killing Zira's baby merely ensures that nobody notices Zira had switched babies with another chimp mother at Armando's circus.
    • Openly referenced in the movie by the President, played by William Windom, who refuses at first to sign off on aborting Zira's pregnancy, and directly cites Herod's murder of innocent children as a reason.
  • Prequel in the Lost Age: From the apes' point of view, it's this.
  • Red Shirt: Dr. Milo — although in fairness, his death wasn't actually meant to happen until much later in the film. The actor had trouble working with the makeup prosthetics however, and the character's death was bought forward.
  • Rule of Symbolism: The series started having racial conflicts overtones, and in this one also did Biblical parallels (it's even lampshaded with a line mentioning Herod).
  • Sequel Hook: the ending scene was meant to simply connect this movie to the future. Executive Meddling led to more movies.
    • After his experience being forced to write this sequel after Beneath (which was written with as final a Downer Ending as could be done), screenwriter Paul Dehn wrote the ending of Escape as both a link to the future storyarc and with enough wiggle room to squeeze in another movie if the studio wanted it.
  • Time Travel
  • Together in Death: Cornelius and Zira.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Dr. Otto Hasslein; he believes the only way to prevent the fall of mankind (and by extension, the destruction of Earth) is to kill the apes and their child.

Conquest Of The Planet of the Apes

20 years have passed. During them, cats and dogs died of a mysterious disease, and apes became both household pets and servants for mankind. The United States became oppressive and fascist in culture, of uniformed classes and castes, based upon ape slave labour. And Milo, now known as Caesar, is a horseback rider in Armando's circus.

This movie contains examples of:

  • California Doubling: The opening scenes showing apes being processed at Ape Control were filmed on the campus of the University of California at Irvine (which had just opened in 1971)
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The apes wear different jumpsuits depending on their species: chimps wear green, gorillas wear red and orangutans wear yellow.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything??: The movie was filmed just as The Sixties were ending, but with the streets still filled with violent riots over Vietnam and Civil Rights.
  • Driven to Suicide: Armando.
  • Electric Torture: Caesar is tortured to make him admit he can talk. One of the men watching it leaves, apparently sickened. The Big Bad then shows he has an order for Caesar's execution, so just turn it on again Up to Eleven and electrocute him. The other man who left went to a control room and turned off the power. Caesar is smart enough to fake his own death by torture, then later escapes.
  • Executive Meddling: The original ending had the apes slaughtering all the human characters (even MacDonald, who was one of the good guys) after Ceasar announces that, once humanity had nearly wiped itself out in an inevitable nuclear war, apes would step in and take over, subjugating whoever was left. Studio objections led to a partially re-shot ending, where (following a Little "No" from Lisa), Caesar reconsiders and instead says that, while the apes would still take over, they'd treat humans with some measure of compassion.
  • Five Rounds Rapid: Played very straight with how the humans fight the apes, no matter how bad things get for the humans, they never go to anything more dangerous than riot police with rifles and shotguns.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Who knew Khan was such a nice guy?
  • Identical Grandson: Roddy McDowall plays Ceasar here, and in all the follow-ups.
  • Meaningful Name: Caesar.
    Breck: Caesar. A king.
  • Only Sane Man: Armando.
  • Stable Time Loop: The apes from the future create the apes from the past.
  • Title Drop
    Caesar: Tonight, we have seen... the birth... of the Planet of the Apes!
  • Turned Against Their Masters: The ape takeover happens in this movie.
  • Twenty Minutes into the Future: Set in 1991, filmed in 1972.

Battle For The Planet of the Apes

Set after a nuclear holocaust in 1993.

This movie contains examples of:

  • After the End: The apes are in charge because humanity somehow managed to nuke themselves after the events of Conquest.
  • Ape Shall Never Kill Ape: Trope Namer. Cruelly subverted in the film by Aldo.
  • Big Bad: Aldo
  • Bittersweet Ending: The apes and the non-mutant humans seem to be reconciled, but Caesar was forced to kill Aldo, violating the most important of his society's laws, because Aldo murdered Caesar's son.
    • The scene of the Lawgiver teaching to both ape and human children suggest that history has changed. But Caesar's statue starts crying, implying that the future of Earth is still doomed.
      • Though the tears could mean Caesar's tears of joy because not only apes and humans will live peacefully, but the world might be saved.
      • Ape and human children are seen learning together, but at the back a human and an ape child are fighting. The writers threw this in as a deliberate bit of ambiguity about future ape-human relations.
  • Bookends: Begins and ends with the Lawgiver telling the story to ape and human children.
  • The Cameo: John Huston as The Lawgiver.
  • Director's Cut: The extended version included in the Legacy Collection improves the film considerably.
  • Fantastic Racism: Humans are treated as second class citizens at best by the apes for most of the film.
  • Foreshadowing: Everything involving Mendez.
  • General Ripper: Kolp and Aldo.
  • Meaningful Name: Mandemus, possibly. His names sounds like the legal term mandamus, which involves a writ commanding somebody to perform a certain action. Possibly appropriate, since his job in the film is acting as Caesar's conscience and guarding the Ape City armory.
  • Nuke 'em: Kolp's contingency plan.
  • N-Word Privileges: An ape can say "no" to another ape, but a human may never say "no" to an ape.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Virgil.
  • Papa Wolf: Caesar. Too late for anything but revenge, however.
  • Sour Supporter: Mendez is this to Kolp.

    The 2001 remake 
An astronaut, Leo (Mark Wahlberg), works in a space station where genetically enhanced apes have been trained to pilot space pods, to search and study a strange electromagnetic storm phenomenon. When it's found a chimpanzee flies into it and after his signal's cut, Leo chases it in another pod against orders, to save the chimp. The storm makes him travel in time, after which he crashes on the planet below, encounters some humans and is captured by highly evolved apes. He is enslaved with the rest of the humans. He is tortured by the apes until one (Helena Bonham Carter) takes pity on him and helps the humans escape. He goes to the apes' Forbidden Zone Calima to discover the crashed space station, which apparently has been there for thousands of years. There, the hero plays a recording made by the ship crew, which tells they decided to go after Leo, crashed, and the apes rebelled and killed most of them. An army of apes attacks and the astronaut responds by hitting them with the fuel from the station's tanks. When the ape army recovers, a large battle occurs until the original chimp returns in its space pod. It remembers Leo and shows affection towards him; the apes revere it as a God, thus they stop fighting and treat the humans fairly. Having achieved peace and become a hero, the astronaut decides to return home through the same electric spacestorm. He goes back to Earth... and discovers the civilization he used to know is now inhabited by talking apes.


This movie contains example of:

  • All There in the Manual: The ending only makes sense if you read the explanation on the movie's website.
  • All There in the Script: Most humans of the planet end up not being named on-screen.
  • Alternate Universe: One of the many theories explaining the twist ending is that Leo did return to Earth in his time, just not of his dimension.
  • Ape Jews:Limbo
  • Apocalyptic Log: The Oberon reports.
  • Cargo Cult: Leo's chimp is confused with the apes' God, Semos.
  • Continuity Nod: So, Zaius, you go from being Minister of Science, proclaiming that apes and humans have nothing in common biologically, declaring that the principles of science and theology work side-by-side, and those who go against it are instant heretics to a senator who constantly reminds those of humanity's destructive nature? No wonder Thade closely followed, and even amplified, your ideals.
  • Conveniently Close Planet: Leo flies to earth from wherever the space station was in that tiny little spaceship. It can't have been very far in that ship with no toilet or way to get up and move around - or that craft could really book it.
  • Crystal Dragon Jesus: The apes' religion. Though unlike Jesus, Semos is belligerent...
  • Dull Surprise: Leo doesn't seem nearly as surprised to be on a planet of talking apes as you'd think he would.
  • Gainax Ending: It is pretty vague, although not necessarily in a bad way. Not in a good one, either.
  • General Ripper: Thade.
  • Have You Told Anyone Else?
  • Hazy Feel Turn: Limbo retains his greedy qualities, even seeing the peace as a "new era of trade with the humans."
  • Ignore The Fan Service: Leo pays absolutely no attention at all to the drop dead gorgeous Daena.
    • Subverted with Interspecies Romance: Leo and the female ape Ari are clearly attracted to each other, and he kisses her.
  • Kick the Dog: General Thade knocks the human-friendly (and unevolved) chimp Pericles against a wall, breaking the chimp's leg; thus cowed, Pericles crawls pathetically back into the safety of his cage.
  • Mind Screw: The ending.
    • The ending is almost directly taken from the end of Ulysse's journal in the original Pierre Boulee novel. Only the landing site has changed: from Paris (where Ulysse encounters sentient apes at the base of the Eiffel Tower) to Washington D.C. (where Leo encounters ape police at the foot of what appears to be the Lincoln Memorial, but is in fact a memorial to Thade).
  • Mythology Gag: Senator Nado's wife is named Nova, and Thade's father is named Zaius. Thade's father, (Charleton Heston in a cameo) repeats Taylor's famous "damn you all to hell..." line as he lies dying.
  • Negative Space Wedgie
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Leo's search for his chimp causes both the deaths of his workmates and the creation of the ape society.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Nice job, Thade. Pericles was seeing seen as the arrival of apes' god, Semos. Now that you that you wounded him, your "friend" Attar felt betrayed and refused to give you any more help when you needed it.
  • Now Do It Again Backwards: Going through a storm pushes you ahead in time, and going through it again in the opposite direction...
  • Nubile Savage: Daena, and boy is she ever.
  • Obviously Evil: Seriously, just look at Thade's face and listen to his voice.
  • Peek-A-Boo Corpse
  • Rock Beats Laser: A technologically advanced society is implied to be inferior to a simple, agrarian one.
  • Science Is Bad: Just one example: genetically enhancing apes to make them more suitable for work makes them later rebellious.
  • Shout-Out:
    Attar: Take your stinkin' paws of me, you damn dirty HUMAN!note 
    Thade's father: Damn them. God Damn them all... to hell.note 
  • Shown Their Work: The evolved apes certainly look more like real apes do than in the original, especially the orangutans.
  • The Cameo: Linda Harrison (Nova) as a human slave; Charlton Heston as Thade's father.
  • Time Travel
  • Turned Against Their Masters
  • Villainous Breakdown: Thade degenerates into a screeching beast.
  • Villain Has a Point: Limbo (a slave trader dealing in humans) points out that while other apes look down on his distasteful work, he's doing a job that no one else wants to do and other apes benefit from his services. Thade also falls into this category, as the ape politicians send him to do the dirty work. It also established humans have attacked and stolen from apes on numerous occasions and his job is to protect other apes.
  • Artistic License - Biology: Done intentionally in the case of female apes. In order to make them seem more attractive, they were given eyebrows, something real apes do not have. And human-sized breasts, evident when the female ape is being "sexy" for the Senator Nado. Note that female apes do have breasts, just not as "perky" as human females.

     2011 reboot 

    Comics 
  • Adaptation Distillation: The Hungarian comic book adaptation.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The film adaptations do this sometimes, especially based on deleted scenes.
  • Area 51
  • Brains In Jars: The Gestalt Mind, leader of the Inheritors, is made up of five brains, with one of them being the biggest.
  • Canon Welding: The comics, the timeline in Marvel Comics' Planet of the Apes magazine #11, and the subsequent Timeline of the Planet of the Apes: The Definite Chronology try to fit all the series of the franchise in one universe. With varying success.
  • Crossover: Believe it or not, there was an Alien Nation/Planet of the Apes crossover comic.
  • Expanded Universe
  • Expy: The Ape Supremacists are like the Dragoons from the TV series.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In the comics, Hasslein realized the ape-ruled future was his fault. He created the space-drive for the mission led by Taylor in hopes of a better future, but it has created a Predestination Paradox which caused the end of human civilization, the rise of the apes, and the destruction of the world. He took it upon himself to prevent the dark future he caused, by killing Zira's baby and the apes themselves to prevent them from having another child.
  • Servant Race: Mutant Drones.

    TV series 
  • Aliens Speaking English: Strictly speaking, this goes for the humans. After a thousand years, linguistic drift should have made their English near-incomprehensible to the apes and other humans.
  • All There in the Manual: The only clue we have about how the series might have ended comes from a series of spots shot for the TV movies, "hosted" by Galen. Apparently, Burke and Virdon escaped, although we don't know if they made it back to 1980. Here's the final spot.
  • Apocalyptic Log: "The Legacy."
  • Arc Words: "Friend."
  • Blunt Metaphors Trauma: Galen suffers from this.
  • Bread and Circuses: Prefect Barlow uses the gladiator games to keep the village quiet.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Gorillas (black and purple), chimpanzees (green), orangutans (orange).
  • Deadpan Snarker: Burke.
  • The Determinator: Virdon. He's going to get home, no matter how many idiot balls he needs to carry along the way.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The Dragoons, a group of masked apes killing humans.
  • Downer Ending: At the end of "The Deception," the Dragoons have been dismantled and their leader taken away for trial. However, it seems clear that nobody else will be prosecuted, even though all of them are accessories to the murder of at least one human. Fauna goes on living with her uncle, who admits that he covered up the murder of his brother Lucian. And, unusually for this series, Fauna isn't cured of her prejudice against humans at the end. Though Virdon inspired her to be more open-minded.
    • YMMV on that; Sestus admits outright that his prejudices were wrong and Fauna doesn't seem to hate humans any more so much as be dumbstruck that she could have fallen for a human.
  • Dull Surprise: Most of the apes accept the idea of time-traveling humans with remarkable calm.
  • Edited for Syndication: Some of the hour long episodes were edited together for local tv reruns as two hour 'movies'.
  • Enemy Mine: "The Trap" and "The Tyrant" both have the characters try to do this with Urko. It doesn't really work that well.
  • Expy: Galen (Cornelius).
    • Urko (Ursus and Aldo).
  • Fantastic Caste System: Lampshaded in "The Tyrant." Gorillas do army and police work; chimpanzees are doctors and bureaucrats; and the orangutans control upper-level slots in government, education, and religion.
  • Fantastic Racism: All apes vs. humans, but also chimpanzees vs. gorillas vs. orangutans.
  • Farm Boy: Virdon.
  • Gilligan Cut: Galen, refusing to learn how to fly a makeshift glider, declares, "I put my foot down!" Cut to Galen putting his foot down as he learns to fly a makeshift glider.
  • Gladiator Games: "The Gladiators".
  • Happiness in Slavery: Many of the humans accept their inferiority without question. Tolar in "The Gladiators" is fully loyal to his prefect.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Tolar in "The Gladiators."
  • The Heretic: One of Galen's many, many problems.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Urko is Spock's dad.
  • Hypocrite: Urko apparently hates corruption amongst his officers, as mentioned in "The Tyrant", but at the same time he's willing to force prefects into betting on blatantly unfair horse races and then cheating to win ("The Race"), while it's implied in "The Tyrant" that he cheated during exams in training academy — unlike his friend Aboro, though, he was never caught.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In "The Tyrant", Galen is aghast at the idea that an ape could use bribery to acquire political power, despite the fact he blatantly brings up the fact that his family and Dr. Zaius are old friends in the pilot as part of his efforts to secure a job working with him.
  • Joisey: In the pilot, Burke mentions he grew up in Jersey City, NJ, while he mentions it again in "The Surgeon".
  • Lost Technology: All of human civilization, basically. Zaius has some grenades in his office, which serve as mementos of the human capacity for destruction, as well as a number of human books, including a text book on surgical procedures and medicine.
  • Made-for-TV Movie
  • Malevolent Masked Men Apes: "Deception".
  • Meaningful Name: Galen, who is genuinely intrigued by human history and technological accomplishments, is named after one of the great scientists of antiquity. He passes himself off as a scientist in "The Gladiators."
  • Mighty Whitey: Invoked in that, as time-travellers from before whatever apocalypse left apes in charge of the Earth, Virdon and Pete have knowledge that the apes lack thanks to the Schizo Tech. This is actually a key part of three episodes. Firstly, "The Good Seeds", where they provide several bits of advanced agricultural lore to the ape tenant farmers currently hosting them (how to use a rope to more easily lift hay into a loft, the importance of ploughing around hills to prevent erosion, how to improve future crops by using the biggest corn seed, how to make a rail fence, building a windmill for aided irrigation). Then in "Tomorrow's Tide", they invent fishing nets for a fishing colony dependent upon spear-fishing. Finally, "The Cure" revolves around their efforts to combat an outbreak of malaria-carrying mosquitoes in a remote village.
  • Missing Episode: "The Liberator" didn't air in the United States during the original run. This is due to the controversy of its plot, which culminates in a man stockpiling chemical weapons (crude poison gas bombs) in hopes of using them to wipe out the apes who oppress his village.
  • Monkeys on a Typewriter: Comic inversion in "The Gladiators." Prefect Barlow suggests that if you give "fifty humans" enough paint, they'll ultimately manage to create the apes' own great works of art.
  • Nepotism: In the pilot, Galen tells Zaius point-blank that he deserves a job because of Zaius' previous connections with his family.
  • Only Sane Man: Burke, as far as he's concerned.
  • Pet the Dog: Prefect Barlow's behavior at the end of both "The Gladiators" and "The Race."
  • Plot Hole: The first episode has a dog chasing a man up a tree, while in Conquest Of The Planet of the Apes, it was stated that all dogs and cats were wiped out by a disease from space which necessitated the humans turning apes into a slave race.
  • Power Trio: Burke, Virdon, Galen.
  • Prequel: Set over eight centuries before the first film.
  • Propaganda Machine: Even though another set of astronauts landed a decade before the series begins, according to the pilot, the High Council has successfully turned them into tall tales.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The paternalistic Prefect Barlow.
  • Schizo Tech: As a result of orangutang meddling, most likely, the technology in the ape-controlled Earth is... all over the place. Particularly beyond the Capital City, residents live in a fundamentally Iron Age setting, but revolver pistols and repeater rifles out of the late 1800s are standard armaments for apes.
  • Science Is Bad: Why Zaius is working to keep knowledge about human technology secret. It's implied that the orangutangs all tend to support such beliefs.
  • Shout-Out: In the pilot, Burke and Virdon find a book showing a picture of New York City that was taken in A.D. 2500. 2500 was the year the astronauts in the novel first started their journey, and the film took place in New York.
  • Status Quo Is God: Burke and Virdon make zero progress towards their goal.
  • Stock Footage: The gorilla signalmen are the most obvious example.
  • Theme Naming: Many of the chimpanzees have classical names, like Augustus, Galen, and Lucian.
  • Twenty Minutes into the Future: Burke and Virdon began their mission in 1980.
  • What Could Have Been: Urko was originally named Ursus (from Beneath), then Urso.
    • He would also have a son named Zonda.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The computer disc.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In "The Cure," instead of being deferential to Virdon as usual, Galen sharply dresses him down twice: first for opening up to a village girl about their real origins, then for having a guilt complex about a possible plague epidemic.

    Return to the Planet of the Apes 
Occupying its own continuity, yet clearly drawing aspects from the first two films, Return to the Planet of the Apes is an animated series that was produced in the 1970s. In the year 1979, a small space shuttle with a three man crew is launched as part of an experiment in relativity, achieving a speed where one hundred years and multiple days goes past in almost no time at all for them. But then their ship develops a malfunction and goes blasting towards an alien planet, hurtling rapidly through time to the point that, when they crash-land in a lake, over 2000 years have passed for them. Setting out in hopes of finding civilisation, they discover themselves on a strange world of caveman-like humans and advanced, intelligent apes... which are not too welcoming towards the intelligent humans.

  • Continuity Nod: The series is full of Shout Outs to the first two films and even one or two to the live-action series. Cornelius and Zira the Chimpanzees are scientists with respect for humans, Dr. Zaius the Orangutan is a lawkeeper hoping to kill the space travelers to avoid the destruction of the Ape society, Urko the Gorilla Chief of Security leads the hunt for the humans, Nova the savage woman, the mysterious earthquakes and walls of fire being created by the Underdwellers in the Forbidden Zone... Nova even has the dogtags of Brent, the main character from Beneath.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: The Forbidden Zone, which is where the astronauts first land; partly because of the Underdwellers panicking and attacking them with their psychic powers.
  • Fantastic Racism: The apes look down on humans in general as being little better then animals, but General Urko was champing at the bit to exterminate all humans before the space travelers landed.
  • Nubile Savage: Nova
  • Screwed by the Network: The series was cancelled partway through the creation of its fourteenth episode, meaning only the first thirteen were ever aired.
  • Token Trio: Bill Hudson (white male), Jeff Allen (black male), and Judy Franklin (white female) in the initial crew, then Bill, Jeff, and Nova for the series proper, until Judy came back.

    Video Games 

    Novels 
'Conspiracy On The Planet Of The Apes' is the first in a planned series of six novels by Andrew E. C. Gaska intended to add to the movie canon and fill in some gaps. The second novel is currently scheduled for release in 2013, with a title of 'Death On The Planet Of The Apes' 'Conspiracy' centers on Virdon, and his ordeal while Taylor is with Zira and Cornelius in the first film. It also tells the story of Dr. Milo, and his endeavour to study and repair the damaged spacecraft.


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