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 novel La Planète des singes (Planet of the Apes) by French author Pierre Boulle, consisting of nine movies in three continuities, a live-action series, an animated series and canon novels.

The franchise, as an allegory of human evolution and hubris, centers on a role-reversal premise where humanity's fall leads the great apes to evolve into a dominant, thriving, highly-intelligent civilization, while humans are now the caged animals.

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

Works in this franchise:

Original novel:


TV Series:

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  • 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.
    • Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes, which functions as an alternate sequel to Beneath where Zira, Cornelius and Dr. Milo traveled back to the early 20th century instead of the 1970s, became the leaders of the Mangani and the adoptive parents of Tarzan. However, their time travel messed with the fabric of space-time enough that the Mahars of Pellucidar begin threatening multiple dimensions.
    • Kong on the Planet of the Apes, where a group of apes pursuing Taylor into the Forbidden Zone shortly after the events of the original film encounter a Kong washed up on the shore next to the Statue of Liberty, prompting an Ape expedition to Skull Island.
  • 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.
  • Mythology Gag: In the Rise of the Planet of the Apes prequel comic, Caesar's father is referred to as Alpha. This is a reference to the Alpha-Omega bomb from Beneath the Planet of the Apes.
  • Servant Race: Mutant Drones.
  • Shout-Out
    • In the Rise of the Planet of the Apes prequel comic, there is a chimp named Chambers, who is named after the 1968 film's makeup artist John Chambers.
    • Two other chimps in the prequel comic include Verdon and Burke, who are named after human astronauts Alan Virdon and Peter Burke from the live-action TV series.

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All the films have received novelizations, minus the original 1968 film and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Both TV series have been novelized in part as well.

The 2001 film has four original tie-in novels: The Fall, Colony, Force, and Resistance. There were more planned, but they were canceled due to poor sales.

Conspiracy of 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 canon of the original movie series and fill in some gaps. The second novel, Death of the Planet of the Apes, was scheduled for release in 2013, but has been pushed back indefinitely. Conspiracy centers on Landon 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.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm is a novel that takes place in the days following Rise of the Planet of the Apes and released in 2014 to tie into the release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

War for the Planet of the Apes: Revelations is a novel taking place after Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and released in 2017 to tie into the release of War for the Planet of the Apes.

Planet of the Apes: Tales from the Forbidden Zone is a collection of short stories taking place in the continuity of the original films, released in 2017.
  • Anthology: Tales from the Forbidden Zone
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: The cover of Colony features an ape facing off against a dinosaur.
  • Interquel:
    • Conspiracy takes place during the events of the 1968 film.
    • Firestorm takes place after Rise and is billed as a prequel to Dawn.
    • Revelations takes place after Dawn and is billed as a prequel to War.
  • Mythology Gag: The Alpha-Omega group, which burns buildings and puts graffiti of the Alpha and Omega symbols together, is a reference to the Alpha-Omega bomb from Beneath the Planet of the Apes.
  • Shout-Out:
    • It is said that people in France were among the first of many infected with the Simian Flu. This not only correlates with the end credit sequence of Rise but also reflects how the franchise itself originated in French, with Pierre Boulle's novel.
    • Koba's friend, a chimp named Milo, is named after Dr. Milo, a chimp from Escape From The Planet of the Apes.
    • Tommy calling Koba ugly is a reference to Zira calling Taylor ugly in the 1968 film.

"I can't help thinking that somewhere in the universe there has to be something better than man. Has to be."

Alternative Title(s): Planet Of The Apes