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* {{Expy}}: Stephanie is essentially Zira from the novel.



-->'''Hasslein:''' "That's what I'm worried about. Later. [[GreenAesop Later we'll do something about pollution.]] Later we'll do something about the population explosion. Later we'll do something about the [[WorldWarIII nuclear war]]. We think we've got all the time in the world, ''[[ArmorPiercingQuestion but how much time has the world got?!]]'' [[AntiNihilist Somebody has to begin to care]]."

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-->'''Hasslein:''' "That's what I'm worried about. Later. [[GreenAesop Later we'll do something about pollution.]] Later we'll do something about the [[OverpopulationCrisis population explosion.explosion]]. Later we'll do something about the [[WorldWarIII nuclear war]]. We think we've got all the time in the world, ''[[ArmorPiercingQuestion but how much time has the world got?!]]'' [[AntiNihilist Somebody has to begin to care]]."


* EvilSoundsDeep: Hes a talking immoral gorilla, so it makes sense considering gorillas have deeper vocal chords.

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* EvilSoundsDeep: Hes a talking immoral gorilla, [[JustifiedTrope so it makes sense considering gorillas have deeper vocal chords.chords]].



* KillerGorilla: One in a high-ranking military position, no less.



* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: His decision to invade the Forbidden Zone is the ultimate catalyst for the events that lead to Earth's final destruction.



* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: His decision to invade the Forbidden Zone is the ultimate catalyst for the events that lead to Earth's final destruction.



* {{Foil}}: To Caesar Caesar was lovingly raised by humans before being forced to see how some humans are monstrous, but there are good ones and he verges on being an All-Loving Hero, tries not to kill when he can, and cares for his kind; Aldo was mistreated by humans causing him to view all of them as scum, has a desire to kill anything and despite his claims, the only being he cares about is himself.

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* {{Foil}}: To Caesar Caesar was lovingly raised by humans before being forced to see how some humans are monstrous, but still recognizes there are good ones and he verges on being an All-Loving Hero, tries not to kill when he can, and cares for his kind; Aldo was mistreated by humans causing him to view all of them as scum, has a desire to kill anything and despite his claims, the only being he cares about is himself.


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* KillerGorilla: One murderous bastard, and a gorilla.


* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Picks up the IdiotBall with both hands in the second film, deciding that it's a good idea to berate the dying man standing next to the controls of a bomb capable of incinerating all life on Earth as belonging to a species that is "evil" and "capable of nothing but destruction." In fairness, Zaius didn't know about the bomb's destructive capabilities, but all life on the planet ends up paying the price for his KickTheDog moment.

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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Picks UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom:
**In the first film, he figures that Taylor obviously isn't from Ape City, but dismisses the prospect of him being an alien (or time traveler) as sheer nonsense. Logically, Taylor must be a mutant, and there are more like him in the Forbidden Zone. While he apparently ''does'' eventually realize that Taylor was telling the truth, he cannot share this with the senior Ape leadership without betraying the [[spoiler: cover-up surrounding the downfall of human society]]. By the start of the second film, the more hawkish Ape Senators, going with Zaius' original hypothesis, send numerous military expeditions into the Forbidden Zones, provoking the actual mutants and leading to a conflict that proves to be the final undoing of the Earth.
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up the IdiotBall with both hands in at the end of the second film, deciding that it's a good idea to berate the dying man standing next to the controls of a bomb capable of incinerating all life on Earth as belonging to a species that is "evil" and "capable of nothing but destruction." In fairness, Zaius didn't know about the bomb's destructive capabilities, but all life on the planet ends up paying the price for his KickTheDog moment.


* {{Expy}}: Of Napoleon from ''Literature/AnimalFarm''. He gets his own Expies in later ''Apes'' films: Thade in the [[Film/PlanetOfTheApes2001 2001 remake]] and Koba in the 2010s reboot.

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* {{Expy}}: Of Napoleon from ''Literature/AnimalFarm''. He gets his own Expies in later ''Apes'' films: Thade in the [[Film/PlanetOfTheApes2001 2001 remake]] and Koba in the 2010s [[TheNewTens New '10s]] reboot.


* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Aldo murders him in cold blood. But he was also a cruel enforcer for Governor Breck's regime, and as leader of TheRemnant, he breaks the peace between Apes and Humans, and wanted his potential death avenged via planet-killing nuke. The directors cut of ''Battle'' makes it clear that his own subjects are glad to be rid of him.]]

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* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Aldo murders him in cold blood. But he was also a cruel enforcer for Governor Breck's regime, and as leader of TheRemnant, he breaks the peace between Apes and Humans, and wanted his potential death avenged via planet-killing nuke. The directors cut DirectorsCut of ''Battle'' makes it clear that his own subjects are glad to be rid of him.]]


%% * ANaziByAnyOtherName: Despite being the high-ranking Science Minister he is still consumed by the ideology that Apes are the superior species, and Humans are nothing more than corrupt violent savages, and therefore it is his duty to pacify them... even if he is faced with evidence that Humans built a greater civilization. And it is revealed that he ''knows'' Human civilization but argues that since they destroyed themselves in a nuclear war, then Apes are the superior species.



* WellIntentionedExtremist: Dr. Zaius is not incorrect that [[spoiler: the human civilization that predated his own destroyed itself]]. However, he is ''incorrect'' in assuming that the faults of that civilization were [[spoiler: uniquely human, and is blind to the ironically-very-human faults that exist within himself and in all ape civilization]]. At any rate, he is willing to do horrible things to other sapient creatures and suspend ape science with the aim of preventing his culture from advancing towards self-destruction.

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* WellIntentionedExtremist: Dr. Zaius is not incorrect that [[spoiler: the human civilization that predated his own destroyed itself]]. However, he is ''incorrect'' ''is'' incorrect in assuming believing that the faults of that civilization were [[spoiler: uniquely human, and is blind to the ironically-very-human faults that exist within himself and in all the ape civilization]].civilization that replaced theirs]]. At any rate, he is willing to do horrible things to other sapient creatures and suspend ape science with the aim of preventing his culture from advancing towards self-destruction.


* StuffedInTheFridge: The second film technically [[DroppedABridgeOnHim dropped a bridge on]] '''[[EarthShatteringKaboom everybody]]''' ([[TimeTravel Except Cornelius and Zira]]), but Nova gets unceremoniously bumped off just to give Taylor and Brent an extra level of angst for the finale.

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* StuffedInTheFridge: The second film technically [[DroppedABridgeOnHim dropped a bridge on]] '''[[EarthShatteringKaboom everybody]]''' '''''[[EarthShatteringKaboom everybody]]''''' ([[TimeTravel Except except Cornelius and Zira]]), but Nova gets unceremoniously bumped off just to give Taylor and Brent an extra level of angst for the finale.finale.
-->'''Taylor:''' Well, that tears it. Maybe we should just ''let'' the world blow up. The gorillas, every damned... what's it come to?
-->'''Brent:''' [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan Taylor, come on. Come on!]]



* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:His death at the hands of Aldo and his forces was long overdue.]]

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* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:His [[spoiler:Aldo murders him in cold blood. But he was also a cruel enforcer for Governor Breck's regime, and as leader of TheRemnant, he breaks the peace between Apes and Humans, and wanted his potential death at the hands avenged via planet-killing nuke. The directors cut of Aldo and ''Battle'' makes it clear that his forces was long overdue.own subjects are glad to be rid of him.]]



* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Nobody would mourn when the Earth was destroyed with him on it.]]

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* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Nobody would mourn [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal when the Earth was destroyed with him on it.]]Alpha-Omega Bomb detonates. But if he hadn't been such a dick to Taylor in his final moments, the destruction of the planet might have been avoided altogether.]]
-->'''Zaius:''' You want me to help you? Man is EVIL! Capable of nothing but destruction!
-->'''Taylor:''' [[TakingYouWithMe You bloody bastard!]]


* LargeHam: "''It's a madhouse!!!'' '''A MAAAAAAADHOOOOUSE!!!'''''"

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* LargeHam: "''It's a madhouse!!!'' '''A '''''A MAAAAAAADHOOOOUSE!!!'''''"


* LargeHam: "''It's a '''MAAAAAAADHOOOOUSE!!!'''''"

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* LargeHam: "''It's a '''MAAAAAAADHOOOOUSE!!!'''''"madhouse!!!'' '''A MAAAAAAADHOOOOUSE!!!'''''"


** Shortly afterwards, when he has the opportunity to go back on his word with Taylor and destroy him, he lets him leave with a human female in toe, especially remarkable given his terrified obsession with the idea of Taylor breeding a race of other intelligent humans. The sequel reveals he has Zira and Cornelius convicted of heresy, but declines to seriously punish them.

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** Shortly afterwards, when he has the opportunity to go back on his word with Taylor and destroy him, he lets him leave with a human female in toe, tow, especially remarkable given his terrified obsession with the idea of Taylor breeding a race of other intelligent humans. The sequel reveals he has Zira and Cornelius convicted of heresy, but declines to seriously punish them.then pushes for clemency on their behalf.


* AntiVillain: Can be ruthless when pressed though he has fundamentally good intentions as he seeks to prevent humanity from causing another apocalypse and is at least reasonable enough to try and talk Taylor into making a false confession in exchange for his safety.
* ArchEnemy: To Colonel Taylor.

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* AntiVillain: Can be ruthless when pressed though he has fundamentally good intentions as he seeks to prevent humanity from causing another apocalypse and is at least reasonable enough to try and talk Taylor into making a false confession in exchange for his safety.
safety. His refusal to go back on his word at the film's end implies it was sincere.
* ArchEnemy: To Colonel Taylor.Taylor, an intelligent human.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: While overall he's also a vile asshole, Zaius isn't that thrilled about Ursus' extremism in ''Beneath''. He even has to remind Ursus to not kill other apes in a couple of scenes (although one is, strangely enough, Ursus suggesting giving some illusionary gorillas that have apparently been crucified and set on fire a MercyKill).

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* DestroyTheEvidence: Aside from his obviously frightened reaction at seeing Taylor's apparent intelligence, he is the first ape in the film to spot Taylor's writing, scratched in the dirt of his cage... and he destroys it with a swish of his walking stick, proving to the audience that he knows more than he lets on. [[spoiler: Later, he applies the same logic to a thinking human, one of Taylor's crew members who was captured separately, lobotomizing him, and to the cave in which Cornelius found proof of a pre-ape civilization, with evidence it was human.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: While overall he's also a vile asshole, he admits he takes no pleasure in destroying Cornelius's life's work and lets both he and Zira off the hook for their heresy conviction. Zaius also isn't that thrilled about Ursus' extremism in ''Beneath''. He even has to remind Ursus to not kill other apes in a couple of scenes (although one is, strangely enough, Ursus suggesting giving some illusionary gorillas that have apparently been crucified and set on fire a MercyKill).



* FreudianThreat: His first reaction upon realizing Taylor can write is to try to have him castrated. During his GrandInquisitorScene with Taylor, he repeats the threat, and is obsessed with the idea of Taylor and other intelligent humans like himself breeding more of themselves.



* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Despite being the high-ranking Science Minister he is still consumed by the ideology that Apes are the superior species, and Humans are nothing more than corrupt violent savages, and therefore it is his duty to pacify them... even if he is faced with evidence that Humans built a greater civilization. And it is revealed that he ''knows'' Human civilization but argues that since they destroyed themselves in a nuclear war, then Apes are the superior species.
* PetTheDog: His final warning when Taylor sets off to find more about the planet. [[YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious Even calling Taylor by name, acknowledging him as his equal.]]

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%% * ANaziByAnyOtherName: Despite being the high-ranking Science Minister he is still consumed by the ideology that Apes are the superior species, and Humans are nothing more than corrupt violent savages, and therefore it is his duty to pacify them... even if he is faced with evidence that Humans built a greater civilization. And it is revealed that he ''knows'' Human civilization but argues that since they destroyed themselves in a nuclear war, then Apes are the superior species.
* PetTheDog: His final warning when Taylor sets off to find more about the planet. [[YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious Even calling Taylor by name, acknowledging him as his equal.]]]]


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** Shortly afterwards, when he has the opportunity to go back on his word with Taylor and destroy him, he lets him leave with a human female in toe, especially remarkable given his terrified obsession with the idea of Taylor breeding a race of other intelligent humans. The sequel reveals he has Zira and Cornelius convicted of heresy, but declines to seriously punish them.


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* WellIntentionedExtremist: Dr. Zaius is not incorrect that [[spoiler: the human civilization that predated his own destroyed itself]]. However, he is ''incorrect'' in assuming that the faults of that civilization were [[spoiler: uniquely human, and is blind to the ironically-very-human faults that exist within himself and in all ape civilization]]. At any rate, he is willing to do horrible things to other sapient creatures and suspend ape science with the aim of preventing his culture from advancing towards self-destruction.


* DemotedToExtra: In universe. In the original timeline, he would have led the Ape revolt. The TimeTravel in ''Escape'' meant that he was one of Caesar's lieutenants instead.
-->'''Cornelius:''' "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'."


* MisplacedRetribution: Next to trying to avert the BadFuture, Hasslein's bonus in trying to kill the apes is also to avenge the deaths of his astronaut associates Taylor and Brent and their teams at the hands of their ape kind. However, the apes targeted, Cornelius and Zira, had played no part at in their deaths nor Taylor's teammates Dodge getting stuffed and mounted and Landon being lobotomized. In fact, Cornelius and Zira had actually tried to save Taylor and Brent from death and the other apes' wrath. Those atrocities were all Hasslein's ape counterpart Zaius' and the gorilla soldiers' doing.

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* MisplacedRetribution: Next to trying to avert the BadFuture, Hasslein's bonus in trying to kill the apes is also to avenge the deaths of his astronaut associates Taylor and Brent and their teams at the hands of their ape kind. However, the apes targeted, Cornelius and Zira, had played no part at in their deaths nor Taylor's teammates Dodge getting stuffed and mounted and Landon being lobotomized. In fact, Cornelius and Zira had actually tried to save Taylor and Brent from death and the other apes' wrath. Those atrocities were all Hasslein's ape counterpart Zaius' and the gorilla soldiers' doing.


* MisplacedRetribution: Next to trying to avert the BadFuture, Hasslein's bonus in trying to kill the apes is also avenge the deaths of his astronaut associates Taylor and Brent and their teams at the hands of their ape kind. However, the apes targeted, Cornelius and Zira, had played no part at in their deaths nor Taylor's teammates Dodge getting stuffed and mounted and Landon being lobotomized. In fact, Cornelius and Zira had actually tried to save Taylor and Brent from death and the other apes' wrath. Those atrocities were all Hasslein's ape counterpart Zaius' and the gorilla soldiers' doing.

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* MisplacedRetribution: Next to trying to avert the BadFuture, Hasslein's bonus in trying to kill the apes is also to avenge the deaths of his astronaut associates Taylor and Brent and their teams at the hands of their ape kind. However, the apes targeted, Cornelius and Zira, had played no part at in their deaths nor Taylor's teammates Dodge getting stuffed and mounted and Landon being lobotomized. In fact, Cornelius and Zira had actually tried to save Taylor and Brent from death and the other apes' wrath. Those atrocities were all Hasslein's ape counterpart Zaius' and the gorilla soldiers' doing.

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* MisplacedRetribution: Next to trying to avert the BadFuture, Hasslein's bonus in trying to kill the apes is also avenge the deaths of his astronaut associates Taylor and Brent and their teams at the hands of their ape kind. However, the apes targeted, Cornelius and Zira, had played no part at in their deaths nor Taylor's teammates Dodge getting stuffed and mounted and Landon being lobotomized. In fact, Cornelius and Zira had actually tried to save Taylor and Brent from death and the other apes' wrath. Those atrocities were all Hasslein's ape counterpart Zaius' and the gorilla soldiers' doing.

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