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    George Taylor 

Colonel George Taylor
"Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!"
Portrayed by: Charlton Heston
Appears in: Planet of the Apes (1968), Beneath the Planet of the Apes

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

A 20th Century astronaut commanding an experimental space exploration project, Colonel Taylor was a cynical misfit who was happy to leave his life behind forever in the belief that he could find something more humane and civilized in another place or another time. He awakens in the 40th Century, completely unprepared for what awaits him.

  • Ace Pilot: Was one during World War II and The Korean War.
  • Anti-Hero: Taylor is a misanthropic, rather vicious Jerkass. 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).
  • Captain's Log: Taylor records one at the beginning of the first film.
    Taylor: "And that completes my final report until we reach touchdown. We're now on full automatic, in the hands of the computers. I have tucked my crew in for the long sleep and I'll be joining them soon. In less than an hour, we'll finish our sixth month out of Cape Kennedy. Six months in deep space - by our time, that is. According to Dr. Hasslein's theory of time, in a vehicle travelling nearly the speed of light, the Earth has aged nearly 700 years since we left it, while we've aged hardly at all. Maybe so. This much is probably true - the men who sent us on this journey are long since dead and gone. You who are reading me now are a different breed - I hope a better one."
  • Composite Character: Taylor is a sort of mixture of two characters from Pierre Boule's original novel: protagonist Ulysse Merou, who tries to prove to Zira that he's intelligent, and the misanthropic Professor Antelle who's grown contemptuous of humanity.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: His wartime experiences are implied to be one.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Even when he's temporarily lost his voice.
  • Decoy Protagonist: From a certain perspective, he, possibly along with Brent in the second film, Nova and even Cornelius and Zira in the third film, is considered to be this of the entire franchise, while Caesar who appears in the fourth and fifth films is the true protagonist.
  • Gone Swimming, Clothes Stolen: Happens to him and his fellow astronauts when they go skinnydipping.
  • Heroic BSoD: At the end of the first film.
  • Humiliation Conga: Spends the bulk of first film enduring one.
  • Large Ham: "It's a madhouse!!! A MAAAAAAADHOOOOUSE!!!"
  • Last-Name Basis: His first name is never used in the film, appearing only in the end credits and press materials.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He goes Skinny Dipping along with the other astronauts during the above-mentioned Gone Swimming, Clothes Stolen scene, and his state of dress doesn't really change from there on out. We also get to see his naked ass on at least two separate occasions.
  • Skyward Scream: "DAMN YOU ALL TO HELL!!!"
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Semi-averted. Taylor disappears at the beginning of the second film, before returning toward the end (and getting killed in the final scene thereof).
  • Taking You with Me: In his dying breath, he chooses to blow up the Earth to kill the apes to avenge Nova's and Brent's deaths.


Portrayed by: Linda Harrison
A primitive human woman who was captured in the same hunting expedition where Taylor was caught. After her blood was used in a transfusion to save the critically wounded Taylor, Nova was put in a cell with Taylor, and a mutual attraction developed between the two of them.

    John Brent 

Major John Brent
"What the hell would I have to say to a gorilla?"
Portrayed by: James Franciscus
Major John Christopher Brent was an astronaut piloting a reconnaissance ship tracing the trajectory of Colonel Taylor, after it was discovered that the calculations utilized by Taylor's ship were incorrect. Ten months after Taylor's crash landing, Brent's own ship crashes, leaving him the only survivor, and he begins to search for Taylor.

    Lewis Dixon
In a democracy, we do not shoot unarmed suspects on sight...for a murder in which their participation is still legally unproven.
Portrayed by: Bradford Dillman
Appears in: Escape from the Planet of the Apes

"Uh, well, I mean that in our, um... primitive civilization, apes just don't talk. I mean, I think it's important that when our primitive security precautions are lifted, that the first time you say anything in public, you should talk to what we primitively call... 'the right people.'"

Doctor of Animal Psychology at Los Angeles Zoo, Lewis Dixon and Dr. Stephanie "Stevie" Branton were put in charge of the study of the ape astronauts, Cornelius, Zira, and Dr. Milo, who mysteriously appeared from space. Over time, he later becomes a close friend and ally of said apes. Horrified at the plot to wipe out the talking apes, he assisted their escape and arranged for circus owner Armando to look after their infant son in the event of their deaths.

  • Nice Guy: On screen, he has shown nothing but kindness to both human and animals, especially the apes. He's so nice, Cornelius and Zira both expressed how they thought about him.
    Zira: "May I say something personal please? [smiles] I like you."
    Cornelius: "I have from the beginning."
  • Expy: As Cornelius gets an arc similar to Ulysse Merou, Lewis essentially gets Cornelius' old job (with more influences from the novel worked in). He is also one of two prototypes for Will Rodman, the other being Armando.

    Stephanie Branton 

    Otto Hasslein 

Doctor Otto Hasslein
Portrayed by: Eric Braeden
Appears in: Escape from the Planet of the Apes

"They must be killed... it has to be done and done quickly, before they start a stone rolling that'll gather enough poison moss to kill us all!"

A prominent physicist and scientific adviser to the President of the United States, Dr. Otto Hasslein theorized the time dilation curve that sent Colonel Taylor and Major Brent to the 40th Century. When Cornelius and Zira arrived in the 20th Century in Taylor's shuttle, Hasslein became disturbed by their revelations about the future of humanity, and took it upon himself to prevent the bad end for his species.

  • Alas, Poor Villain: Not as much as Colonel McCullough in his final moments, but the comics painted him, his goals in vain and his death in this light.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: He is played by a German American actor, has a German name and the first thing he can think of to avert the Bad Future for humanity is to Kill Them All and even Would Hurt a Child against the apes, eerily similar to Adolf Hitler's Final Solution against the Jewish race to purify the Aryan race. This is a likely reason why his actor viewed this role as an Old Shame caricature as Hasslein is Not So Different from his past WWII Nazi television roles in The '60s that he tried to put behind.
  • Anti-Villain: His goal is saving humanity, and he's painfully aware that it is perfectly capable of destroying itself without the apes.
    Soldier: "Don't worry. We'll catch them, sooner or later."
    Hasslein: "That's what I'm worried about. Later. Later we'll do something about pollution. Later we'll do something about the population explosion. Later we'll do something about the nuclear war. We think we've got all the time in the world, but how much time has the world got?! Somebody has to begin to care."
  • Asshole Victim: While his intents were noble and understandable, especially what has been seen in the past two films that contributes to his fears, he was still a Dr. Jerk who is killed for killing a mother and her infant child.
  • The Atoner: A dark example, as in the comics he believed he was the cause of the Bad Future (and by extension the deaths of Taylor and Brent and their space exploration teams due to having sent them into space in the first place) and attempts to redeem himself by killing the apes and their child to prevent it.
  • Big Bad: Of Escape.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Hasslein is mentioned in passing in both of the earlier films. On the third we finally get to meet the man, who turns out to be the film's Big Bad which in turn makes him the earlier films' Greater-Scope Villain.
  • Clash of Evolutionary Levels: If Cornelius and Zira were to have any offspring, their descendants will eventually replace humanity. Or so he believes.
  • Dr. Jerk: Overly paranoid about the apes (his first line, when asked by a reporter what they should expect from the hearing? A very blunt "Fear") and looking to find out about their society (by making Zira drunk) and when the truth of the apes' history is known, the first thing he can think of is to Kill Them All (with killing a defenseless baby at his worst and neutering at his most benevolent — at the climactic confrontation, he even wastes all of his ammo shooting the poor baby rather than deal with his parents, one of whom has a gun of his own). It's because of these faults why his portrayer Eric Braeden in a recent interview had looked down at his role as Hasslein for being a typical one-dimensional caricature bad guy.
  • Expy: He is essentially a human version of Dr. Zaius, and arguably an early prototype for Colonel McCullough. He could also be considered an Evil Counterpart of his actor's past role as Dr. Charles Forbin from Colossus: The Forbin Project, which could be why his portrayer disliked his character of Hasslein because he was a rehash of Forbin, but as the one-dimensional Big Bad.
  • The Extremist Was Right: His fears of the apes replacing humans are ultimately correct.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He was a polite gentleman towards the apes and initially appeared to them as their supporter for being interested in their Time Travel story in contrast to others' skepticism, even though underneath the facade is a paranoid and ruthless individual.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Of the original film and Beneath, due to the Time Travel worm hole Taylor and his team went through into the future was called the "Hasslein Time Curve" named after him and how the scientist himself was responsible for sending Taylor and the five other astronauts into the space mission in the first place.
  • Hero Antagonist: From a certain perspective, he is the Inspector Javert kind towards Cornelius and Zira as he is trying to prevent the Bad Future that was shown in the previous two films when the apes ruled the Earth.
  • In Vino Veritas: Obtains all of the information regarding the Planet of the Apes and how it came to be by making Zira drunk and talking to her while using a hidden tape recorder.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Dr. Jerk he may be, however, he was correct of humanity meeting its downfall at the hands of the apes in the future.
  • Mad Scientist: He is a scientist and mad in a sense of deciding to just kill the apes and their baby to prevent the Bad Future.
  • Misplaced Retribution: Next to trying to avert the Bad Future, 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Properly Paranoid: Sure he is paranoid about the apes, but it's justified due to Bad Future caused by them as shown in the previous two films.
  • Revenge Before Reason: While his main goal is to prevent the Bad Future for humanity, as an inadvertent bonus he would also try avenge the deaths of his astronaut associates Taylor and Brent and their teams he had sent into space in the first place at the hands of the apes.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: 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.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: 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.


"The mere fact of your existence would be regarded as a great threat to mankind".
Portrayed by: Ricardo Montalban
Appears In: Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes

"You're asking me to risk imprisonment for the sake of two fugitive apes? The answer is: a thousand times, yes."

A kind circus owner, a human friend of Cornelius and Zira, and foster-father of Caesar.

    Harvey Breck 

Governor Harvey Breck III
"It seems the little fella's not quite so bright after all."
Portrayed By: Don Murray
Appears In: Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
"Man was born of apes, and there's still an ape curled up inside of every man. You're the beast in us that we have to whip into submission. You're the savage that we need to shackle in chains. You taint us, Caesar. You poison our guts. When we hate you, we're hating the dark side of ourselves."

The Governor of an unnamed city in a dystopian fascist United States of 1991. Breck's regime has Apes, previously pets after a mysterious virus killed several species of domestic animal, perform slave labor. When the chimpanzee Caesar mobilizes the enslaved Apes in revolution, Breck becomes determined to crush the rebellion and preserve the status quo.

     Arthur Kolp 

Arthur Kolp
"Every Caesar has its Brutus."
Portrayed By: Severn Darden
Appears In: Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Battle for the Planet of the Apes

"We're all radiated but at least we're active."
The chief inspector for Governor Breck's regime, after the fall of human civilization, Kolp becomes the leader of a society of mutated human survivors in the aftermath of World War III, seeking revenge on the Apes he blames for humanity's downfall.

    Bruce MacDonald 





Portrayed By: Kim Hunter
"Just relax. Among other things, I'm a trained vet."
Appears In: Planet of the Apes (1968), Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Escape from the Planet of the Apes

"A marriage bed is made for two. But every damn morning, it's the woman who has to make it. We have heads as well as hands. I call upon men to let us use them!"

A chimpanzee psychologist and veterinarian who specialized in the study of humans. Zira treated Taylor's injuries when he was first captured by the Apes, and was impressed by his displays of intelligence. After numerous clashes with the Ministry of Science, she eventually helps Taylor escape from Ape City.


Cornelius I
"They will dissect you and they will kill you. In that order."
Portrayed By: Roddy McDowall, David Watson

A chimpanzee scientist and fiance (later husband) of Dr. Zira. Though skeptical of Zira's views on humans, he reluctantly supports her and attempts to smooth over her confrontations with the Ministry of Science. When his own research comes under fire from the Ministry, he reluctantly helps Taylor escape from Ape City.


Doctor Zaius
"All my life I've awaited your coming and dreaded it."
Portrayed By: Maurice Evans
Appears In: Planet of the Apes (1968), Beneath the Planet of the Apes

"Man is a nuisance. He eats up his food supply in the forest, then migrates to our green belts and ravages our crops. The sooner he is exterminated, the better."

An orangutan politician who serves as the Minister of Science for the Ape Civilization, advancing the knowledge of Ape society while also maintaining the sacred traditions of the Ape religion. Secretly, he is aware of the true origins of simian society, and will stop at nothing to ensure that secret never gets out.

  • Aliens of London: Speaks with Received Pronunciation.
  • Anti-Villain: 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. His refusal to go back on his word at the film's end implies it was sincere.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Colonel Taylor, an intelligent human.
  • Asshole Victim: Killed Off for Real when the 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!
  • Big Bad: Of the first film.
  • Blue Blood: Ape society's caste system places orangutans at the top of the pecking order.
  • Destroy the Evidence: 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. 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.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: 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 Mercy Kill).
  • Expy: Of The Grand Inquisitor; he doesn't really believe in the religion he's tasked with defending, but enforces it anyway, because he does believe society will fall apart without it.
  • Fantastic Racism: In addition to his hatred of humans, he is also mentioned to "look down his nose at chimpanzees."
  • Freudian Threat: His first reaction upon realizing Taylor can write is to try to have him castrated. During his Grand Inquisitor Scene with Taylor, he repeats the threat, and is obsessed with the idea of Taylor and other intelligent humans like himself breeding more of themselves.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Firmly believes this:
    Dr. Zaius: "You are 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."
  • In Your Nature to Destroy Yourselves: Dr. Zaius explains to Taylor that his bigotry against humans is because they ultimately destroy any environment they settle in. Towards the end Dr. Cornelius (who is actually sympathetic to Taylor) even reads from a religious scroll that warns of "that harbinger of doom — man". The ending reveals that Zaius was completely right, since it's really a post-apocalyptic future.
    Dr. Zaius: "The Forbidden Zone was once a paradise. Your breed made a desert of it, ages ago."
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: He routinely performs lethal experiments on those inferior humans, although he later explains why he's so wary of man.
  • Pet the Dog: His final warning when Taylor sets off to find more about the planet. Even calling Taylor by name, acknowledging him as his equal.
    Taylor: 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.
    • 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 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 then pushes for clemency on their behalf.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Picks up the Idiot Ball 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 Kick the Dog moment.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Dr. Zaius is not incorrect that the human civilization that predated his own destroyed itself. However, he is incorrect in believing that the faults of that civilization were uniquely human, and is blind to the ironically-very-human faults that exist within himself and the ape 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.


General Ursus
"The only good human is a DEAD human."
Portrayed By: James Gregory
Appears In: Beneath the Planet of the Apes
"The only thing that counts in the end is power! Naked merciless force!"
A high ranking military commander answering only to the Ministry of Science. When a scouting expedition in the Forbidden Zone goes missing, Ursus sees this as evidence that something within the Zone is a threat to simian survival and presses for a full fledged invasion. Although the Ape leadership believes Ursus to have an insane vision of conquest, they support the campaign for pragmatic reasons.

  • Asshole Victim: Nobody would mourn when the Earth was destroyed with him on it.
  • Bond One-Liner: When Mendez reveals the instrument of his god, Ursus coldly guns him down and remarks "Your god didn't save you, did he?"
  • Dragon-in-Chief: He's The Heavy of the second film, but Dr. Zaius is still his boss.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: He’s a talking immoral gorilla, so it makes sense considering gorillas have deeper vocal chords.
  • Fantastic Racism: Against humans.
  • General Ripper: He wants to conquer something and probably isn't too picky about what it is.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Leather armor with an ornate headdress.
  • Hero Killer: Fatally wounds Taylor.
  • Meaningful Name: "Ursus" is a composite of Ursa (Latin for bear) and Urus Khan (a Mongol chieftain that led a failed campaign against the Persians).
  • Putting on the Reich: Delivers a Rousing Speech calling for an invasion of the Forbidden Zone, where he also reveals his genocidal hatred of humans.
  • What Does This Button Do?: His literal reaction to seeing the control console for the Alpha-Omega Bomb.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His decision to invade the Forbidden Zone is the ultimate catalyst for the events that lead to Earth's final destruction.


Doctor Milo
Portrayed By: Sal Mineo
Appears In: Escape from the Planet of the Apes
"We have returned to Earth nearly 2,000 years before its destruction. And there's another reason for us to keep silent: our human captors will not be edified to learn that one day their world will crack like an egg and burn to a cinder because of an ape war of aggression. Apes, at this instance in time, cannot yet talk. For the moment, we should follow their example."

A chimpanzee scientist who traveled to 20th Century Earth with Cornelius and Zira. He briefly served as the tertiary protagonist of Escape from the Planet of the Apes.


"Lousy Human bastard!"
Portrayed By: Roddy McDowall
Appears In: Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Battle for the Planet of the Apes
"Where there is fire, there is smoke. And in that smoke, from this day forward, my people will crouch and conspire and plot and plan for the inevitable day of Man's downfall - the day when he finally and self-destructively turns his weapons against his own kind. The day of the writing in the sky, when your cities lie buried under radioactive rubble! When the sea is a dead sea, and the land is a wasteland out of which I will lead my people from their captivity! And we will build our own cities in which there will be no place for humans except to serve our ends! And we shall found our own armies, our own religion, our own dynasty! And that day is upon you... now!"
The son of Cornelius and Zira, Caesar is raised by the kindly circus owner Armando, who keeps his heritage a secret. When a totalitarian regime begins using Apes as slaves, circumstances eventually force Caesar to come out of hiding and become a leader for his species.


General Aldo
Portrayed By: Claude Akin
Appears In: Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Battle for the Planet of the Apes
"We shall do with them what we will!"
A gorilla who fought in Caesar's revolution, Aldo becomes a commander of the military in the Ape-Human civilization formed by Caesar in the aftermath of World War III. However, Aldo is unable to let go of his resentment of humans, and plots to overthrow Caesar and establish a new Ape society where he rules with an iron fist.
  • Ascended Extra: Was literally a background character in Conquest, part of this was because it took a while for them to decide what species of Ape he would be. He was originally going to be the chimpanzee protester being assaulted by the cops at the beginningnote , before being changed to the gorilla janitor who briefly looks at Caesar as if he is sizing him up, before following his lead. Either way, he's only in Conquest for about thirty seconds.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Is a firm believer of this principle in Battle. He temporarily usurps Caesar and becomes a very violent leader.
  • Asshole Victim: As he had already broken Ape society's most sacred law, his own death is seen as Laser-Guided Karma.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: Massacres Kolp and his mutant followers near the end of Battle. In the original ending for Conquest, he would have bludgeoned Breck to death with the butt of his rifle.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: His treatment in human captivity is not given as much detail as his reboot continuity counterpart, but it is implied to have been bad. See Berserk Button below.
  • Berserk Button: Being told "No!" by a human.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: With Kolp in Battle.
  • Blood Knight: Disturbingly gleeful when he gets to shoot humans.
  • Book Dumb: Considers "book learning" to be a complete waste of time.
  • Dirty Coward: Exposed as a murderer and shunned by Ape society, Aldo immediately attempts to flee. Caesar doesn't let him get very far.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Caesar. He's more violent and loves killing humans and will not hesitate to murder his fellow apes.
  • Evil Is Petty: A human schoolteacher calls Aldo out on his disruptive behavior, so he trashes the school. And since Caesar wouldn't let Aldo give the teacher a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, he is too weak to lead the apes. The teacher is, naturally, one of the first thrown into the cages during Aldo's coup.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Once he learns how to talk, he takes full advantage of gorillas' deeper vocal cords.
  • Expy: Of Napoleon from Animal Farm. He gets his own Expies in later Apes films: Thade in the 2001 remake and Koba in the New '10s reboot.
  • Fantastic Racism: Against humans. To the point that seeing Ape children being educated by a human teacher pisses him off.
  • 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.
  • General Ripper: Slaughters retreating attackers and attempts to overthrow a peaceful regime that is too softhearted for his tastes.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Of the first four films before his official debut in Battle, being mentioned to be the original leader of the Ape revolt that led to humanity's downfall that Taylor had to go through in its Bad Future until Caesar enters the picture.
  • Kick the Dog: After seizing power, he immediately locks all the humans in cages.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Finishes off Kolp for good. Is on the receiving end of this himself when Caesar drops him to his death.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: Claims to fight for apes, but his motives are petty and self-serving.
  • Slouch of Villainy: When he assumes Caesar's throne.
  • Token Evil Teammate: In Conquest.
  • Villain Opening Scene: After the recap prologue, he is the first character in Battle to debut during the main titles, horseback riding his way to the village for school.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Murders Caesar's son, and tries to frame humans for it.



Grand Inquisitor Mendez XXVI
"The heavens declare the glory of the Bomb, and the firmament showeth His handiwork."
Portrayed By: Paul Richards
Appears In: Beneath the Planet of the Apes
"May the Blessings of the Bomb Almighty, and the Fellowship of the Holy Fallout, descend upon us all. This day and forever more."

The leader of a society of subterranean mutants living within the ruins of St. Patrick's Cathedral in 40th Century New York, Grand Inquisitor Mendez oversees the mutant communities religious services, and is also the caretaker of the Alpha-Omega Bomb, a prototype cobalt shielded nuclear warhead, which his people have come to revere as a god.


Inquisitor Ongaro
Portrayed By: Don Pedro Colley
Appears In: Beneath the Planet of the Apes
"We are a patient people, Mister Brent. We can repeat this little lesson as often as you want, because we are determined to know what the apes want: war, or peace."

The jailer and executioner for the Mutant society living in 40th Century New York, Ongaro is the cruelest and most sadistic of the Mutant Inquisitors, taking a perverse delight in using his telepathic powers to get his prisoners to kill each other with their bare hands. His projections were always filtered through a haze of yellow light, oftentimes overlapping psychic impressions created by his fellow mutants.


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