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    Caesar 

Caesar

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"War has already begun."
Played by: Andy Serkis
Appears in: Rise of the Planet of the Apes | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes | War for the Planet of the Apes

"If we go to war, we could lose all we've built. Home. Family. Future."

Biological son of the late Alpha and the late Bright Eyes, wild chimpanzees from the jungles of the Congo. Bright Eyes became a test subject for the drug ALZ-112, which greatly stimulated Caesar's mental development in utero. After the death of his mother, Caesar became an adoptive son to Will Rodman and Caroline Aranha. Later in life, Caesar leads the captive apes to rebellion, and rules as the chief of their newly formed colony. He becomes the husband of fellow San Bruno Primate Shelter inmate Cornelia and the father of two sons, Blue Eyes and Cornelius.


  • Accidental Murder:
    • How Caesar kills Dodge; he clearly intended to just blast Dodge back with the hose, but when Dodge suddenly wields his electric prod he gets electrocuted to death. Caesar is very affected by his actions.
    • He unintentionally chokes Winter to death, trying to prevent Winter from calling out to his human allies for help. It disturbed him so much that he began to hallucinate Koba taunting him with Ape Shall Not Kill Ape.
  • Action Dad: He becomes a father of two in the sequel, and is even more badass.
  • Anti-Hero: In War, Caesar becomes this as he struggles with his darker instincts.
  • And Starring: In Rise he is credited last as "And Andy Serkis", despite being the true protagonist. This is amended in Dawn and War, where he receives top billing.
  • Arc Symbol: The window design of his room in the Rodmans' house becomes a symbol associated with him in the sequel.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Koba finds it out the hard way in the sequel.
  • Badass Baritone: When he finally speaks, he has a very deep voice.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He starts off very cheerful — if protective of his human family. He becomes very embittered as Rise progresses, but he still disapproves of killing humans.
  • Big Good: For the apes over the course of the entire trilogy.
  • Big "NO!":
    • His very first word is a shout of 'No!' when fighting with Dodge.
    • Does another one in Dawn when the apes suggest attacking the human settlement after discovering it, not wanting to sacrifice apes unless necessary.
  • Break the Cutie: Dodge's abuse and Will's inability to protect him destroy his innocence. The events of Dawn also did a number on him, and War threatens to push him over the edge.
  • The Chains of Commanding: Starts to feel this in Dawn when he needs to try to keep a tense peace between apes and humans. When war does break out, he puts the blame on himself for trusting the wrong people.
  • Character Development:
    • In Rise, he grows independent from his human upbringing, becoming the leader of the apes.
    • In Dawn, Caesar learns (in a harsh way) that humans and apes aren't as different as he thought.
    • In War, he gains an enemy whom he truly hates and is constantly tested as to what will prove more important to him: vengeance or the well-being of the other apes. In the end, it's the latter, and he dies as a legendary, messianic figure.
  • Clothing Damage: Caesar wears clothes for much of the first film, but after being placed in the primate shelter, they mark him out as different. Rocket tears his shirt off to show his superiority. Later, Caesar takes his pants off himself when he decides to stay and free the other apes.
  • Combat Pragmatist: In his second fight with Koba, he's not at full strength due to previous injuries. He makes up for this by using Koba's anger against him, letting Koba wear himself out with repeated attacks then retaliating when Koba's too tired to defend himself properly.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: Rise serves as a coming of age story for him, detailing how he came to lead the uprising of the apes.
  • Dark Messiah: After Koba's betrayal, he was forced into this role, rejecting Malcolm's offer of safety/escape and choosing to fight in the Human-Ape war.
  • Death Glare: Quite a few in the animal sanctuary once Caesar starts getting pissed off.
  • Doesn't Like Guns: Dawn shows that he'd rather not use firearms, though he definitely knows how to fire them.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Aside from literally biting off Hunsiker's finger, he accidentally kills Dodge with the very weapons used to torment him.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Destroys an enemy fortress, then leading his followers to a new home before succumbing to his wounds.
  • Expy: He's basically a modern Moses, considering he's a leader for a persecuted people, and passes on after leading his people to their Promised Land.
  • Gradual Grinder: He adopts these tactics in the final battle with Koba in Dawn, since the blood loss from Koba's previous assassination attempt was slowing him down. When Koba grabs a piece of rebar to use as a sword, Caesar goes for a metal plate as a shield, and proceeds to taunt him so Koba keeps hammering away at his shield until he starts to tire himself out, exposing his newly-gashed side for Caesar to hit.
  • Guile Hero: He is very intelligent and frees the other apes at the shelter through sheer cunning.
  • Happily Married: What we see of him and Cornelia is a loving and happy marriage.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Doesn't take the deaths of Cornelia and Blue Eyes well at all.
  • The Hero: Turns out the franchise is centered around Caesar and his journey as the leader of the apes.
  • The Hero Dies: He dies at the end of the third film, succumbing to the wounds he sustained throughout it.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: He was once one of the apes that advocated peace with the humans, and fought against one of his own kind in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in order to preserve peace. Unfortunately, the war against the apes going badly for the humans is taking its toll on him. War describes him as in danger of becoming this, as he struggles with his darker impulses. He eventually chooses to spare Colonel McCullough in their final confrontation upon seeing the latter succumbed to the mutated virus that he's been desperately trying to stave off.
  • I Choose to Stay: Chooses to remain in confinement in order to free the other apes rather than go back home with Will. His "Caesar is home" line by the end also counts.
  • Ideal Hero: In contrast to the bleak setting, Caesar is compassionate, highly opposed to killing, revenge, and war, and extremely forgiving, always attempting to find the most peaceful solution possible to a problem. While he wavers in War following the murder of his wife and son, he ultimately chooses not to give in to his darker instincts and spares the Colonel (who instead shoots himself in the head).
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: A strange example, in that he kills Koba by the end of Dawn. In War, the deaths of his eldest son and wife after two years of war with humanity push him over the edge, and he pursues a one man (ape?) war on the Colonel's forces. It gets narrowly averted, after he prioritizes the escape and survival of his fellow apes, and doesn't follow through with killing the Colonel, even letting go of his hate for him.
  • Interspecies Adoption: Caesar was adopted and loved by human Will for most of his life. Deconstructed later on when Caesar finds that Will won't always understand him. Doesn't mean they stopped loving each other, though.
  • It Can Think: More like "it can speak" from the workers of the sanctuary.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: To Koba in Dawn, when the latter claims that Caesar loves humans more than his sons. He finally drops Koba to his death, after the latter betrayed the apes for his own selfish goals.
  • The Leader: He becomes the leader of the apes in the animal shelter.
  • Magnetic Hero: He wins the allegiance of all the apes... with cookies.
  • Martial Pacifist: He avoids violence as much as possible despite being a very competent ass-kicker.
  • Meaningful Name: He's names after Julius Caesar, who conquered Rome to overthrow the corrupt government.
  • Messianic Archetype: In spades. He is the "saviour" of the Apes, conceived from a miraculous birth (the only ape born intelligent rather than artificial brain modification) gives all Apekind the gift of Intelligence (ALZ-113) and leads them to an exodus away from the Human oppressors to the "Promised Land" of the forests where they can live in peace. Everyone, even Koba, looked up to him as a sort of God-Emperor but despite all this he retained an overwhelming sense of compassion, understanding, and tolerance to all sapient life — human and ape alike. He follows a strict self-imposed morality of Ape Shall Not Kill Ape, seeking to avoid war whenever is possible, though if you cause him trouble, he definitely knows how to kick your ass. Of course, no Ape version of Christ can be complete without a catastrophic betrayal caused by his most trusted "brother": Koba, who "killed" him, dismantled all of Caesar's work and led the Apes to immoral brutality and persecution of both humans and Caesar's remaining apostles. Caesar even metaphorically "rose from the dead" when Malcolm found him, brought him back to Heaven (Will Rodman's house), and returned to Apekind injured but stronger, ending in the apes "repenting" and Koba's damnation into Hell. His personal symbol, the sequin-like window of Rodman's house even became the universal symbol of Ape liberation ala the Chi-Rho of early Christians. Finally, in War, he leads the Apes to a new Promised Land, where the few remaining humans cannot follow, and dies just after making it there, leaving his fellow Apes bereft of his guidance but knowing they are safe and free for his efforts.
  • Naïve Newcomer: When he first arrives at the primate "sanctuary".
  • Never Trust a Trailer: Most of them will make you think that Caesar is the film's villain. He is the hero.
  • Nice Guy: Caesar is a really sweet guy, just don't piss him off.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Gives an outright brutal one to Koba in Dawn after his insults push him too far, but stops short of killing him. A mistake he corrects later.
  • Not So Different: Subverted. While he is initially compared to Koba in that the former is out to get revenge against the Colonel for killing Cornelia and Blue Eyes, he ultimately doesn't give in to his darker instincts and instead spares an infected Colonel, who takes his own life with a gunshot to the head.
  • Not So Similar: Despite hints throughout War that he is becoming as vindictive as Koba, his actions after seeing how pathetic Colonel McCullough has become in his final moments show that when push comes to shove, he still only hates a specific human, rather than blaming the entire species for the actions of the few, even being furious at said human for killing his own infected men, and even then he can't go through with killing him because he pities him too much.
  • Odd Name Out: Among his family whose name starts with the letter C, his name is the only one who sounds different. His wife is named Cornelia while their youngest son is named Cornelius.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: His eldest son, Blue Eyes, was killed along with his wife.
  • Papa Wolf:
    • A little inverted since he was their child and grandson respectively, but Caesar's main berserk button was anyone attacking Will or his grandfather. He mangled their neighbor's finger when he got aggressive with Charles.
    • In the sequel, it would be very wise that you don't harm a hair on his kids' heads.
  • A Protagonist Shall Lead Them: He is the series' true protagonist.
  • Rage Breaking Point: After Koba accuses him of loving humans more than apes and his own sons, he loses his shit and brutally pummels Koba until he relents.
  • Raised by Humans: Will adopted him after Jacobs gave the order for the test-facility apes to be terminated. This trait continues to pop up throughout the series, especially since Caesar never stopped loving his adoptive parents and grandfather, and actually understands what it's like to live in both worlds — ape and human.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: In Dawn, where he allows Malcolm's group to enter his colony's territory to work on the generator on the condition that they turn in their firearms.
  • Revenge: Goes after the Colonel to get back at him for the deaths of Cornelia and Blue Eyes.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Despite Maurice's concerns that Caesar is Not So Different from Koba in that Caesar is out to get revenge against the Colonel for killing Cornelia and Blue Eyes, Caesar doesn't relent and goes on to confront the Colonel by his lonesome.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The death of his eldest son and wife courtesy of the Colonel's men kickstarts this.
  • Serkis Folk: Played by Andy Serkis himself, no less.
  • Secretly Dying: He sustains a near lethal wound from a crossbow bolt during the final battle in War. It's only after the Apes find their new home that he reveals the wound to Maurice, but by that point, there's nothing the Apes can do about it.
  • Shipper on Deck: When Will and Caroline first met early in the film, he was the first to suggest they go out together.
  • Smart People Play Chess: He has intelligence on par with — perhaps exceeding — a human, and beats Will in chess.
  • The Stoic: Starting with Dawn, he rarely displays most emotions, which makes him more serious.
  • The Strategist: He is very cunning and uses his brain to solve problems such as escaping the animal shelter and bypassing the police barricade.
  • These Hands Have Killed: Koba's death weighs heavily on him, to the point he hallucinates his former nemesis and brother beckoning Caesar to join him in death. He is likewise shocked at himself after killing Winter, semi-accidentally.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Caesar holds to this in Rise, only killing Dodge accidentally and going out of his way to prevent other apes from killing humans. He is finally pushed to a lethal extreme in Dawn when he lets the treacherous Koba fall to his death. And in War, he ultimately doesn't give in to his darker instincts and spares an infected Colonel, who instead takes his own life.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: His time in the ape penitentiary made him lose all of his innocence.
  • Trash Talk: Hits Koba with this coupled with You Monster!, calling him weak for relying on guns, and telling him he belongs in a cage.
  • True Companions: Prove your loyalty and the good in your heart to him, and you are his family. Koba, Maurice, Rocket, Buck, Stoned, Ash, and Malcolm's family learn this over course of the series.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Except if it means killing... Initially.
  • Vocal Evolution: Invoked. While his voice was a guttural, primal thing at first, it slowly evened out as he began to use it more, and he was always the one to speak on behalf of the apes in any dealings or confrontations with the humans. By the time of War, it sounds indistinguishable from a man's, and he's the only ape capable of speaking in full sentences, even seeming to prefer that over the sign language used by most apes. Even Invoked behind-the-scenes, Andy Serkis wore large fake "chimp fangs" in Rise, so his few lines come out very mangled. He wore a smaller set in Dawn, and none at all for War.
  • War Is Hell: He knows fully well how terrible war would be. And War for the Planet of the Apes shows that two years of fighting has really pushed him.
  • Weak, but Skilled: He tends to win fights against stronger opponents by keeping his composure and fighting defensively until an opening presents itself or help arrives. By Dawn he has grown into a comparatively powerful Lightning Bruiser, but still avoids going on the offensive without a strategy in mind, in contrast to more Hot-Blooded apes like Buck, Rocket, and Koba.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Probably because of his exposure to the ALZ-112 in the womb, Caesar looks more human-like than the other apes. He is, of course, the hero.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Caeser's belief that all apes have a superior morality than humans. Koba proves this wrong.
  • You Are Too Late: After he is informed that the Ape Colony is under attack by Alpha Omega, he hurries to Cornelia and Blue Eyes, only to discover that they're dead, courtesy of the Colonel.
  • You Can Talk?: He asks it to Maurice when the orangutan uses sign language to communicate with him. Caesar himself learns to talk later, prompting this reaction from humans (although they do not ask the question).

    Cornelia 

Cornelia

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"You worry about the humans."
Portrayed By: Devyn Dalton and Judy Greer

An altered chimpanzee, the wife of Caesar and queen of the apes. She was a fellow inmate of Rocket, Maurice and Buck at the San Bruno Primate Shelter. She meets Caesar during his stay at the shelter and forms a romantic bond with him. After Caesar's rise of power, she becomes his wife and bears him two sons, an heir, Blue Eyes and an infant son.


  • Ascended Extra: Has more importance in Dawn than in the first film.
  • The Chick: Offers a lot of warmth and encouragement for Caesar.
  • Expy: Of Lisa from Conquest of the Planet of the Apes and Battle for the Planet of the Apes.
  • Flat Character: She never interacted with the other apes. She does in Dawn, and gets a decent amount of screen time after giving birth. However, she disappears completely after Koba shoots Caesar and seizes control, not appearing until the final few shots of the film when Caesar reclaims his throne and prepares to wage war with the humans.
  • Good Parents: Her kind and loving personality makes her the ideal mother to her two young sons, Blue Eyes and Cornelius.
  • Happily Married: She and Caesar are a loving, happy couple. When he's shot by Koba, she visibly panics and has to be restrained from leaping after him.
  • The High Queen: To the Ape kingdom. She even has a crown!
  • Ill Girl: Spends most of the sequel being sick.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: To Caesar. Seeing what her husband must endure on a daily basis as the leader of the ape colony, Cornelia serves as a calming presence to keep him grounded.
  • Mama Bear: According to War Novelization, reason why she was killed is that she jump in front of Blue Eyes when she saw Colonel pointing gun at him.
  • Meaningful Name: Named from Julius Caesar's first wife, Cornelia Cinna Minor. Cornelia is also the feminine form of Cornelius, the name of original series Caesar's father.
  • Nice Girl: She is kind and is willing to help those who need it, whether it be ape or human.
  • Satellite Character: She never had a scene alone.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only named female ape in the shelter.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Dies within the first twenty minutes of War along with Blue Eyes.
  • Together in Death: She was killed along with her eldest child.

    Blue Eyes 

Blue Eyes

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"Father. Let...me...help you."
Portrayed By: Nick Thurston and Max Lloyd-Jones

A teenage chimp and the eldest son of Caesar and Cornelia.


  • A Day in the Limelight: The prequel novel, Revelations, mostly focuses on him than his father.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Implied to be the cause of his death.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Immediately attacks Carver for being aggressive to his baby brother.
  • Decomposite Character: Of Cornelius in Battle for the Planet of the Apes. He is the son of Caesar, but the aspect of Cornelius' murder, done at the hands of a treacherous fellow ape, is transferred over to Ash.
  • Emo Teen: His screen-time in Dawn usually involves him angry or sulking. He grows past this in War and seems to have learned some of his father's leadership skills.
  • Expy: Of Cornelius in Battle for the Planet of the Apes.
  • Family Theme Naming: His name seems to be patterned over his late grandmother, Bright Eyes.
  • Foil: To Alexander. Both are the Emo Teen sons of the two factions' main characters. But while Alex has always been close to Malcolm, Blue Eyes is initially distant to Caesar.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Earns a nasty, but pretty cool looking triple scar from a bear attack. His arc in Dawn is basically deciding if the scars will be Good or Evil.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Ash — Having grown up together, the two young apes love each other and are often known to tease each other; and it was Ash's murder at the hands of Koba that caused Blue Eyes to turn against the savage ape.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: To showcase his naiveté throughout the entire conflict between humans and chimps in Dawn.
  • Like Father, Like Son: In War he shows some of Caesar's leader-like qualities. Like calming Winter down with empathy and reason while advocating careful planning of their next move. If he had survived the Colonel's attack he might have become as great a leader to the apes as his old man.
  • Meaningful Name: Guess what color eyes Blue Eyes has?
  • My God, What Have I Done?: His reaction after learning that it was Koba and not a human that shot Caesar.
  • Odd Name Out: Zig-Zagged. Both his parents and younger brother have names that start with the letter C, but his name is clearly patterned over his late paternal grandmother who is long dead by the time he was born.
  • Spanner in the Works: Played tragically in the third film. Colonel mistakes Blue Eyes for Caesar during his raid of the Apes Camp and his killing him is what sets off the chain of events of the film.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Dies within the first twenty minutes of War along with Cornelia.
  • Together in Death: He was killed along with his mother, and by the end of the movie, his father.
  • War Is Hell: Finally realized this near the end of the Dawn. Seeing his idol Koba's true colors helped.
  • Warrior Prince: His father is practically the Ape King, so yeah.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: His relationship with Caesar is more than a little complicated.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Just before he's killed by the Colonel, Blue Eyes beats a female Alpha Omega soldier to death. Justified, since said-soldier was a danger to his mother and younger brother.

    Cornelius 

Cornelius

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"Come meet your new brother."
Portrayed By: Devyn Dalton

The youngest son of Caesar and Cornelia.


    Bright Eyes 

Bright Eyes

Portrayed By: Terry Notary

An altered female chimpanzee and mother of Caesar.


  • Death by Origin Story: She was killed while trying to protect the child she's carrying, which was Caesar.
  • Mama Bear: Her rampage turns out to be a reaction to what she presumed to be threats to her newborn son.
  • Meaningful Name: She has bright eyes.
  • Mythology Gag: "Bright Eyes" is the same name Zira gives to Taylor in the original Planet of the Apes film.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: In fact, the franchise wouldn't have likely begun without her death.
  • Pregnant Badass: She' carrying Caesar when she's wrecking havoc at Gen-Sys at the beginning of the first film.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Only appeared once in the first film, but she was the one who gave birth to the franchise's protagonist.
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    Koba 

Koba

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"Caesar loves humans more than apes!"
Portrayed By: Christopher Gordon & Toby Kebbell
Appears in: Rise of the Planet of the Apes | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes | War for the Planet of the Apes note 

"For years I was a prisoner in their lab. They cut me... tortured me. You freed me, I would do anything you ask. But we must show strength!"

An altered bonobo with a strong hatred for humans, stemming from years of neglect and abuse. He had a scar over his blind eye and looks more feral than the other apes held at Gen-Sys Laboratories. He was initially a staunch ally of Caesar, but later became disillusioned with him after seeing his sympathy and compassion towards humans.


  • Anti-Villain: In Rise. He's on the side of the apes, and he's experienced the same injustices they've endured. He's notably more angry, aggressive and even sadistic. Subverted in Dawn where he poses as this, but is far too bloodthirsty, ruthless, selfish and cruel by the end to qualify.
  • Ascended Extra: In Rise, he's overshadowed by the other named apes and his only effect on the plot is killing Jacobs. In Dawn, he is the main antagonist who instigates most of the conflicts in the film.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Is a firm believer of this principle in Dawn. He successfully usurps Caesar and becomes a very violent leader.
  • Asshole Victim: Nobody in either film deserved to die more than him.
  • Ax-Crazy: He is the most bloodthirsty of the apes, showing an enjoyment for violence, which is ironic considering he's a bonobo. In the assault on San Francisco, he goes absolutely mental, shrieking and shooting like the wild animal he is at heart.
  • Bad Boss: When he becomes a traitor to Caesar and briefly becomes the apes' leader, he kills or imprisons anyone who questions/defies his authority.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: It's mentioned off-handedly that Koba has a history of being a lab subject, and the scars show. In Dawn, when Caesar decides to let Malcolm do his "human work", Koba gets one of the most poignant moments in the film.
    Caesar: Just let them do their human work, and they'll go.
    Koba (almost chuckles): Human work?
    (points to a scar)
    Koba (more aggressively): Human work.
    (points to another)
    Koba: Human work!
    (points to his eye)
    Koba: HUMAN WORK!
  • Berserk Button: Humans set him off fierce. As well as reminding him of his imprisonment and torture as a lab ape. At the beginning of Dawn, he's actually very friendly and laid-back. . . until the Apes encounter humans again for the first time in two years, at which point he quite rapidly goes off the deep end.
  • Big Bad: Of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, once he betrays Caesar and takes over the ape community.
  • Big Bad Slippage: At the start of Dawn he is a trust-worthy ally of Caesar and Honorary Uncle towards his son, Blue Eyes. However, when the humans show up, Koba's deep-seated misanthropy drives him to turn on Caesar and wage war on the human community.
  • Big "NO!": As he is thrown to his death by Caesar.
  • Blood Knight: Given the fact that during the invasion of the human city he fires in the air with two machine gun laughing maniacally and doing the same thing later to some apes while he tries to kill Caesar we could say he loves carnage.
  • Broken Pedestal: Caesar's eldest son Blue Eyes looks up to him... until the young ape sees him for what he really is. Koba also demonstrates loyalty and friendship to Caesar, considering him a brother. The extended interaction with humans and Caesar's care for them, however, breaks Koba's loyalty.
  • Bullying a Dragon: When he finds humans at the ape village, Koba wastes no time screaming at Caesar how he loves humans more than apes- even Caesar's own sons. The result is a violent beating with a wrathful Caesar restraining himself from throttling Koba to death.
  • The Caligula: After taking over the apes, he proves to be an Ax-Crazy tyrant.
  • The Chessmaster: When he's got his hate-on going, but before dipping truly into Unstoppable Rage, Koba's quite adept at coming up with pretty elaborate plans to further his own ends.
  • Combat Pragmatist: To make up for his comparative lack of physical strength next to other apes, Koba fights smart, quick and dirty.
  • Composite Character: In Dawn, he's got traits of Dr. Zaius (intense hatred for humans), Aldo (believes/knows that guns will give him and the apes the ultimate advantage and gets very trigger happy), and Thade (the first two, plus is a Manipulative Bastard who isn't above turning on his own kind to stay in power) from previous films.
  • Consummate Liar: Spouts nothing but lies in Dawn. Very convincing ones.
  • Control Freak: Revealed as this once he takes over as the apes' leader. He has no tolerance for insubordination, killing or imprisoning any ape that defies him or retains their loyalty to Caesar.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He was subjected to numerous lab tests by humans.
  • Dark Messiah: Furthering his role as Foil to Caesar, whilst Koba is a monster, his actions were also integral to the rise of the Ape Civilization. In Rise, it was his actions in the lab that resulted in Robert Franklin being infected with AZ-113, which led to the infection of Douglas Hunsiker, who caused the world-wide outbreak of Simian Flu that paved the way for apedom's rise. Then, in Dawn, he instigated the great Ape/Human War that would ultimately lead to humanity's infection with second-strain Simian Flu and the development of Ape Civilization into a direction of conquest and anti-human sentiments.
  • Death Glare: Jacobs should have know that Koba had it out for him just from the look he gave him.
  • Death by Irony: He dies a Disney Villain Death in the sequel, similar to Jacobs' in the first film and Ash as caused by him in the sequel.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: He is covered in scars and frequently sports a Slasher Smile.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Koba's introduction has his repeatedly holding out his hand to get more food, implying he has already learned Greed and foreshadowing his dark nature in Dawn.
  • Evil Brit: His voice sounds animalistic, but some of the words he says in English are pronounced British.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Caesar. Unlike him he's more violent and loves killing humans and his fellow apes alike.
  • Evil Mentor: He is a very bad influence to Caesar's son Blue Eyes in Dawn.
  • Expy: He shares many similar traits to Aldo from Battle for the Planet of the Apes.
  • The Extremist Was Right: Caesar begins to wonder if Koba's beliefs were actually correct in War for the Planet of the Apes.
  • Face–Heel Turn: He goes from Caesar's ally in Rise to the Big Bad of Dawn.
  • Fangs Are Evil: While all the apes have fangs, he shows them off the most.
  • Faux Affably Evil: In Dawn, he pretends to be a fun playful ape in front of two gunmen, before revealing his true nature to them later in the film.
  • 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 is verges on being an All-Loving Hero, tries not to kill when he can, and cares for his kind; Koba was experimented on by humans causing him to view all of them as scum and he is He Who Fights Monsters, has a desire to kill anything and despite his claims, the only being he cares about is himself.
  • Freudian Excuse: He's been cruelly tortured all his life and treated worse than a rat lab. However in Dawn, seeing that the only true responsible for his pain (Jacobs) died long ago since he killed him personally, this doesn't justify his hatred for all humans anymore. The human survivalists have nothing to do with his past.
  • General Failure: Admittedly he doesn't have any military training, but even then, he couldn't think of much strategy for attacking the humans' compound besides throwing more and more apes at against the humans' automatic weapons.
  • Glass Cannon: Koba mainly prioritizes offense. This came to bite him in the ass several times in Dawn.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Very evil. Just look at that picture!
  • Guns Akimbo: Wielded two assault rifles in the sequel.
  • Guttural Growler: Unlike Caesar, Koba has a raspy voice.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: By the latter half of Dawn, Koba is a boiling fountain of fury and anything can make him snap if you're not careful.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: By the end of Dawn, he has become much more like human than ape, down to using guns and rounding up enemies in cages. He probably doesn't even consider that a bad thing, since he seems to think that if humans are evil, then the best way to beat them is to be even more evil than they are. After gaining power, he even primarily walks in a bipedal position moreso than the other apes, ala Napoleon from Animal Farm. He eventually dies in almost the same way as Jacobs, as a final point on how human he has become.
  • Honorary Uncle: By the start of Dawn, Koba acts as a cool uncle to Blue Eyes.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: After Dreyfus tries to kill the apes by blowing the tower up, Koba surviving the explosion prompts him to wildly fire a gun off at Caesar and the other surviving apes who Caesar is trying to rescue them from the wreckage. Seeing his true colors, the rest of the apes turn on him and let Caesar kill him.
  • Hypocrite: Has the audacity to utter the words "Ape not kill ape". Guess how he spends his screentime in the last half of the sequel?
    • Also, he has a good point about "human work"...until he starts using "human work" like guns and tanks to achieve his own ends, and relishing in doing so.
  • Insult Backfire: Calls Caesar weak while preparing to shoot; Caesar replies "Koba weaker" since he's relying on a gun, prompting him to drop it and fight with his hands.
  • It's All About Me: He claims to be fighting for all apes and he might even believe it, but even if it was true at one point, by the final act of the movie his one and only concern is personal revenge and taking out his Unstoppable Rage on humans and any ape who doesn't side with him; by the climax, even they aren't safe from this Ax-Crazy homicidal maniac. Caesar even calls him out on it.
    Koba: Caesar brother to humans! Koba fight for ape! Free ape!
    Caesar: You killed ape. Koba fight for Koba. Koba belong in cage.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Before his undying hatred for humans completely takes over later in Dawn, Koba points out to Caesar that the apes should not appear weak to humanity. Caesar immediately agrees, and organizes his envoy to the human colony out of what appears to be every fighting ape in his colony. His general behavior in the early portions of the film are also generally reasonable considering his and Caesar's experience in human hands; it's when his unwavering hatred and desire for revenge overcomes all thought for his fellow apes that he goes off the deep end.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: After killing two humans, something is unleashed in Koba, and he gleeful tries to assassinate Caesar, tries to destroy the humans and resorts to murdering and imprisoning apes who he feels are insufficiently loyal.
  • Karmic Death: In Dawn, Caesar kills Koba the exact same way Koba killed Jacobs in Rise — watching him holding onto a ledge and begging for help, only to disregard his pleas and let him fall.
  • Kick the Dog: Ash refuses to kill some defenseless humans; Koba responds by grabbing him and dropping him to his death. A lesser example occurs later during his fight with Caesar, after the tower partly collapses. Koba moves a piece of debris trapping another ape, only to simply retrieve the gun the ape was carrying and drop the debris back on him.
  • Kill All Humans: Koba's main goal in life.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Literally; he kicks Jacobs' helicopter off the bridge in Rise and very few people will hold killing Carver against him And he himself gets this treatment from Caesar.
  • Laughing Mad: When he charges the human barricade on his horse, his constant roaring sounds more than a little bit like deranged laughter.
  • Maniac Monkeys: He's a bonobo, which are usually peaceful in comparison to chimpanzees. However, he's the most bloodthirsty of all the apes.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Demonstrates aptitude with this skill, as shown not only when he tricks a couple of humans into underestimating him, but also when he seizes control of ape society through lies and xenophobia. Blue Eyes is one of the main targets of his manipulations.
  • Meaningful Name: "Koba" was the nickname used by Joseph Stalin before the Russian Revolution.
  • Motive Decay: He originally believed the humans had to be defeated to protect the apes. After seizing power, Koba becomes more concerned with own power and imposing his hateful view of the world on the other apes rather than giving a damn about protecting them. It's quite probable that his initial motive was never genuine but that he had convinced himself that it was, when in actuality it was his hatred of humans that always drove his actions as opposed to real concern for his kind.
  • Not So Different: There are scary parallels between Koba and the other human villains of the series. Koba is also the ape who, besides Caesar, vocally speaks the most.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: Claims to fight for apes, yet he won't hesitate to kill any of his fellow apes for extremely petty reasons. Whether he admits it or not, his motives are entirely selfish.
  • Number Two: He, Maurice, and Rocket are Caesar's right-hand apes by Dawn, though he clearly asserts his authority more than the other two.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He uses Black Comedy and Slapstick as ploys against two human antagonists in the sequel.
  • Obviously Evil: The deep scars on his face and his default Death Glare expression should clue you in to what type of ape he is.
  • Oh, Crap!: He has this reaction when Caesar declares he is not an ape, seconds before dropping him to his death.
  • Overarching Villain: The closest thing this trilogy has to one. He acts as the Token Evil Teammate of Ceasar's freed apes in Rise, becomes the Big Bad of Dawn, and appears as a hallucination that haunts Ceasar in War.
  • The Paranoiac: He is bitter and vengeful for all of the experiments done to him by humans, and is utterly convinced that the humans mean to do apes harm. He's perfectly willing and even eager to strike them first, tries to assassinate Caesar and actually kills Ash for being "weak"- ie. not being murderous bastards like himself-, and he devolves into a psycho Control Freak who puts humans and rival apes alike in cages just like he had been. Like many paranoiacs, he is far more concerned with the suffering he has gone through than with the troubles of anybody else, and if other apes aren't, he'll just have to convince them different.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Subverted. When Ash refuses to kill some unarmed humans, Koba initially looks like he's going over to help him (or at least kill the humans himself), but instead drags him up and drops him to his death. It's played a little straighter when his first order is to keep the women and children safe, but he may have just been savvy enough to know he shouldn't risk them.
    • At the start of the film, he received some genuine moments, showing how much of a friend he is to Caesar by rushing in to save Caesar and Blue Eyes from a bear. He also comforts Blue Eyes afterwards, affectionately telling him that the scars the bear gave him make him strong. A mark of how insane and hate-filled he's become is when he first tries to assassinate Caesar, then later even tries to gun down Blue Eyes at the climax of the film.
  • Poisonous Friend: Averted in Rise, where he's reasonably loyal to Caesar. In Dawn... things change.
  • Posthumous Character: During War for the Planet of the Apes, Koba weights heavily on Caesar's mind. It gets to the point where Caesar starts hallucinating Koba as his desire for revenge consumes him.
  • Predecessor Villain: He's dead as of War, but he casts a dark shadow over the film's events — even to the point where Caesar's descent into ruthlessness draws comparisons to him.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Gets one when he gets the chance to kill Jacobs. He does it far more often in Dawn.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Koba did get what he wanted; a war against humanity. Posthumously.
  • Rated M for Manly: He may count as a Deconstruction of this concept, as he is a fighter who thinks that War Is Glorious but only does it to sooth his Unstoppable Rage.
  • Sadist: In the final act he is gunning down humans with hateful glee left, right and centre; he also has them- and his ape enemies- rounded up and caged just as he was, seeing it as poetic revenge. He revels in the power guns and violence give him, and tries to force young ape Ash to murder a human so he can turn him into a killer like Koba himself- when Ash refuses, Koba kills him.
  • Sanity Slippage: As hatred and rage take their toll, Koba slowly slips further into madness to the point he will kill apes who defy him in killing humans and refuse to submit to his authority. By the time he fights Caesar, Koba resorts to grabbing a gun and firing indiscriminately at all the apes, screaming furiously. It's this that makes Caesar realize how Koba is utterly beyond saving.
  • Satanic Archetype: Koba has a very Luciferian element to his character. He starts off as a loyal ape who is almost family to Caesar, but soon becomes corrupted and rebels against Caesar, leading the apes down a dark path. His legacy of terror persists even after his death with many apes using his name in a very "speak of the Devil" manner, and Caesar hallucinates him saying "Stop fighting. Join me." when he is tied to a post at Alpha Omega's camp, evoking the imagery of Jesus on the cross being tempted by Satan. In addition, a number of scenes involving Koba have fire in them, and fire is a significant element of Hell. He will likely go down in ape history as the absolute worst of their kind.
  • Screaming Warrior: While the apes scream from time-to-time, Buck and Koba are the ones constantly seen roaring.
  • Serkis Folk: Like the other apes.
  • Shadow Archetype: To make a long story short, Caesar's quest for revenge in War has drawn comparisons to Koba (with even Caesar himself agreeing eventually). Luckily, Caesar doesn't fully commit to becoming like Koba.
  • Sixth Ranger: He swings in as a last minute addition to Caesar's primate shelter team. He and Caesar are the only named apes that 'belong' to Gen-Sys. Becomes a Sixth Ranger Traitor in the sequel.
  • Slasher Smile: Koba's scars and fangs make him support an utterly terrifying grin, and he flashes it often as he grows more and more unhinged
  • The Sociopath: At the end of the day, behind Koba's excuse of torture, this is what Koba truly is. He shows no qualms about betraying and attempting to kill Caesar for power despite knowing him for a decade, he has no regard to the lives of his own kind, he only cares about himself, and he happily cites "Ape not kill ape" yet kills Ash to set an example.
  • The Social Darwinist: Reveals himself as one when he imprisons Maurice, Rocket and several other apes who refuse to kill humans, because they are "weak". He clearly wants to create a situation where the powerful (bloodthirsty) rule and the weak (empathetic) are wiped out.
  • The Strategist: Averted. Whereas Caesar can plan and coordinate complex operations, Koba's strategy for the attack on the humans' tower is to just throw more apes at the humans despite mounting casualties.
  • Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome: Despite his hatred of humans making him much more bloodthirsty, he's an otherwise loyal ally of Caesar's in Rise and the main villain who tries to kill him in Dawn.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Of the Apes that break away from society. Turns into a full-blown villain.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: After injuring Caesar and leaving him to die, he proves himself to be a tyrannical leader, imprisoning all those who defy him and executing Ash, to serve as an example.
  • The Unfettered: He wants to kill humans, and he doesn't care how many apes die while he's at it.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: After Caesar rescues him, and later spares his life after a brutal fight between them, he becomes a traitor and tries to assassinate Caesar.
  • Unstoppable Rage: His driving motivation is revenge on humans — all humans — for the cruel treatment he received in the labs.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Struggling during the testing of ALZ-113 resulted in Franklin being exposed to it and becoming patient zero of the simian flu that would kill off most of humanity. Given his actions in the sequel, he'd most certainly be ecstatic to learn that.
  • Victorious Loser: He's defeated and killed by Caesar at the end of Dawn but though he doesn't live to see it, he gets what he wants in the form of an all-out war between apes and humans.
  • Villains Want Mercy: After all he did in Dawn, he seems to do this by saying that Caesar won't kill him or let him die, invoking Ape Shall Never Kill Ape. He isn't considered an ape by Caesar, so he doesn't grant him mercy.
  • War Is Glorious: Repeatedly urges Caesar to go to war against the humans because he both hates them and loves violence. When Caesar calls him out for starting a war, Koba readily brags about winning it and doesn't think about all the apes he saw die.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Paints himself as this at first, betraying his 'brother' to save his species from what he deems a threat. Averted when it turns out Koba is so full of hatred and rage that even his justifiable anger has completely rotted his soul and all he cares for is taking that rage out on every human he can-and every ape that he views as wrong.
  • We Used to Be Friends:
    • At the beginning of Dawn, Koba has a pretty strong friendship with Caesar and they get along well. Caesar even says he trusted Koba like a brother. When humans arrive, their differences become very apparent and they wind up bitter enemies.
    • Also extends to Rocket, Maurice, and Blue Eyes. Koba acted like an Honorary Uncle to Blue Eyes, and appeals to Rocket to attack the humans since they harmed Rocket's son, Ash. Later on, Koba imprisons Rocket and Maurice for being loyal to Caesar, tries to kill Blue Eyes, and murders Ash himself for showing mercy to humans.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Deconstructed and ultimately Averted. Koba tries to justify his actions by pointing out the scars he had gotten from science-related torture committed by humans. However other apes have suffered similar circumstances, but they didn't become vicious like him and he ends up treating them very cruelly not unlike his abusers.
  • You Are What You Hate: He hates human because he considers them all evil. He later betrays Caesar and becomes exactly evil like the humans he hates, flat out using human weapons and techniques to further his own agenda without a hint of self-awareness.

San Bruno Primate Shelter

    Maurice 

Maurice

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"Careful. Human no like smart ape."
Portrayed By: Karin Konoval

An altered orangutan and a former circus ape who resided at the San Bruno Primate Shelter with Cornelia, Rocket and Buck. He watched over Caesar and discovered his intelligence, hence learning about his ability to communicate with Sign Language. Seeing Caesar's potential, Maurice became Caesar's best and most trusted friend. During the Ape Rebellion, Maurice served as the second of Caesar's lieutenants, the first being Rocket. Over the next ten years, he remains loyal to Caesar and serves as the colony's seer and as a teacher to new generations of apes.


  • Amplified Animal Aptitude: Even before his exposure to the 113 virus, Maurice was remarkably intelligent compared to the other sanctuary apes. Maurice was able to hold complete conversations with Caesar through sign language, and he understood the symbolism behind Caesar's fasces.
  • Badass Adorable: His kindly demeanor and fierce loyalty make for an absolutely adorable combination.
  • Badass Baritone: Has a deep, smooth, warm voice when he speaks, and he's the only ape other than Koba and Caesar who talks out loud most often.
  • Badass Beard: Sports one par for the course of male orangutan, complete with complementary mustache.
  • Badass Bookworm: Is the second-smartest of the apes after Caesar, understanding the parable of broken sticks Caesar shows him in Rise and appears to have become a teacher in Dawn, instructing some of the new apes in sign language. He also appears interested in a comic book that Alexander's reading.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In Dawn, steps in to protect Alexander from Koba, and when doing so stands upright showing off how big he is. Koba backs away.
  • Berserk Button: Don't hurt his friends or innocent people. It'll make him actually resort to physical force.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Throughout Dawn, he is one of the kindest apes in the film, but when Koba attacked Alexander, he promptly put his foot down and drove him off. In War, when he needs Bad Ape to do something and Bad Ape is very hesitant, Maurice swiftly reminds Bad Ape that you do not want to be on an orangutan's bad side.
  • Breaking the Bonds: Tears metal chains apart like they're paper and then punches through a window (one that had bars on it, mind you) in Dawn.
  • Cool Old Guy: He is seen teaching to new generations of apes in Dawn, and he is the one who prompts Caesar's party to adopt Nova in War. Beside Caesar, Maurice is the friendliest ape towards humans who deserve their trust.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Without actually speaking.
  • Death Glare: Gives a terrifying one to Koba when protecting Alexander.
  • Demoted to Extra: He's less important in Dawn, though he didn't get it as bad as Rocket. Both regain more focus in War.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: He was the one with Caesar during his final moments.
  • Cross-Cast Role: He is portrayed by actress Karin Konoval.
  • Genius Bruiser: Aside from Caesar, he's the most intelligent of the apes. And aside from Buck and Luca, he's the biggest, and the strongest.
  • Gentle Giant: One of the largest apes, as well as one of the kindest. Maurice is so gentle, passive, and soft-spoken (usually only speaking in sign, he actually talks only three times in all the movies so far) that you forget he's huge, strong, and can be pants-wettingly terrifying when he wants to. As Bad Ape finds out in War. Not even Koba is willing to take Maurice on in a straight fight.
  • Guttural Growler: His speaking voice is extremely deep and rumbly, even for an ape.
  • The Heart: Maurice is the kindest and gentlest of the apes, who holds no ill-will towards humans and serves as Caesar's moral conscience.
  • Hulk Speak: Initially, in Rise, both he and Caesar use sign language like this. After 10 years of practice and presumably exposure to the 113, they are more eloquent. When speaking English, though this remains in effect.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Crossed with Interspecies Friendship with Nova in War.
  • The Lancer: To Caesar in War, playing up compassion and empathy to counterpoint Caesar's growing ruthlessness and Revenge Before Reason.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: When Maurice is pissed off and his friends are in dangerous, he has Luca and Rocket help him flip a bus.
  • Mighty Glacier: He can hold his own with Buck and the other gorillas regarding strength. Speed, not so much. This extends to his everyday body language, which is slow and deliberate - the actor researched orangutan body language, which is like this in real life (though as with Maurice, their slow reaction time doesn't directly correlate with low intelligence).
  • Nice Guy: Out of all the apes, he is the gentlest.
  • Number Two: He, Rocket and Koba are Caesar's right-hand apes by Dawn.
  • Not So Stoic: When he sees an ape shot off the Golden Gate bridge, he gets very angry.
  • The Stoic: Maurice mostly lounges around with a droopy expression.
  • Serkis Folk: Like the other apes.
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming: He is a wise orangutan, the species that formed the intellectual elite in ape society in the original films, and is named after actor Maurice Evans, who played Dr. Zaius.
  • The Smart Guy: Of Caeser's group. He serves as a trusted adviser to Caeser.
  • Suddenly Voiced: In War, after spending most of the film using sign language, he says his first word at one point to give Nova her name.
  • Undying Loyalty: One of Caesar's most loyal followers and trusted friends/advisors.
  • The Voiceless: He uses sign language as a use of communication in the first two films, but only utters a single word ("Run.") until War, where he starts speaking English.

    Rocket 
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"I follow Caesar."
Played by: Terry Notary

An altered chimpanzee who was the Alpha at the San Bruno Primate Shelter before and during Caesar's time at the shelter. He was a typical bully until Caesar outsmarted him and took his place as Alpha. Settling their differences aside, the two became the most unlikeliest of allies. During the Ape Rebellion, Caesar tasks Rocket as one of his lead lieutenants. After ten years, the two are still best friends and Rocket is still one of Caesar's closest companions.


  • Action Dad: He is a father by the time of Dawn.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The prequel novel, Revelations, mostly focuses on him and Blue Eyes.
  • Badass in Distress: In Dawn, when newly-ascended Koba has all of Caesar's loyalists rounded up.
  • Bald of Awesome: After Caesar lets him live and he helps spearhead the invasion.
  • Bald of Evil: When he runs the tribe, having them all bully Caesar.
  • The Bully: He became the leader of the shelter apes through bullying tactics and aggression.
  • Character Development: Once a petty, dimwitted bully only concerned with running his little kingdom in the primate shelter, Rocket becomes Caesar's loyal right-hand ape, who is fiercely devoted to him, his race and shows quite the ability to plan ahead.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: After being beat and then spared by Caesar, Rocket comes to respect him.
  • Demoted to Extra: Despite being The Lancer in Rise, he has less screentime in Dawn and Koba becomes the more assertive Number Two. He regains more focus in War however.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Despite starting as a bully and a brute, after all they go through together Rocket ends up not just a loyal follower to Caesar, but loves him like a brother.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He starts out as a bully who leads the shelter apes through intimidation. When Caesar stands up to him and knocks him down a peg or two, he quickly submits and after gaining intelligence via exposure to ALZ-113, Rocket becomes Caesar's closest friend and trusted second-in-command.
  • Hot-Blooded: He chases Caesar around the shelter and beats him up to assert his dominance in the first film.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: When at the primate shelter, he wisely decides not to pursue a fight with Caesar when he sees Caesar has brought the huge gorilla Buck as an ally, offering a submissive gesture to Caesar as a result.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: He seems to have a decent combat performance.
  • The Lancer: After being beaten by Caesar, he becomes his second-in-command.
  • The Leader: He is first introduced as the leader of the shelter apes until being overthrown by Caesar in Rise. In Dawn and War, he holds a high-ranking leadership position among the ape colony as Caesar's loyal second-in-command and is seen acting as their temporary leader in Caesar's absence. He presumably becomes the new permanent leader of the colony upon Caesar's death at the end of War since Caesar's only surviving heir is Cornelius, who is still far too young to take over as leader at that point.
  • Made of Iron: In War, he's able to withstand a brutal beating from a much larger gorilla like Red and is still able to stand afterwards with seemingly no serious crippling injuries.
  • Number Two: He, Koba, and Maurice are Caesar's right-hand apes by Dawn.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Koba's murder of Ash weighs heavily on him, and he later tells Caesar he knows exactly what losing a son is like.
  • Papa Wolf: Wanted to hurt the human who shot his son in the arm.
  • Reformed Bully: Initially a bully to Caesar, he becomes a genuine friend and ally to him afterwards in a classic example of Defeat Means Friendship.
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming: He was named after Norman Rockett, a set designer for the original Planet of the Apes film.
  • The Smart Guy: Becomes this in War, in a Guile Hero/Indy Ploy kind of way.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Being humbled by Caesar and then given compassion turns Rocket into a much nicer ape who's fully devoted to Caesar and their society.
  • Undying Loyalty: Following his defeat at the hands of Caesar, Rocket became one of Caesar's most trusted friends.

    Buck 
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Played by: Richard Ridings

An extremely powerful gorilla housed in a specially-built cage at the San Bruno Primate Shelter. He was the only ape never harassed by Dodge Landon. He was bad tempered, strong and brave, and is introduced banging his cage, trying to get out.


  • Because You Were Nice to Me: How Caesar gains Buck's loyalty. All he had to do was let him out of his cage so he could run and play.
  • The Big Guy: He is the largest of the apes Caesar recruits.
  • Big Guy Fatality Syndrome: He sacrifices himself to take down the police helicopter gunning down the apes. Caesar takes it hard.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Granted that the apes are loud, but he's the one who always scream.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Close to the end of the first film, Buck dies in Caesar's arms after taking on a helicopter.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: He tackles a helicopter filled with armed men out of the sky, then survives long enough to have a Died in Your Arms Tonight moment with Caesar.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Dies near the end of the movie. After this, he is never brought up again after the apes make it to Muir Woods in the first film, nor the rest of the series.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He takes several bullets for Caesar and destroys the helicopter, which was both the biggest physical threat to the apes and carried their mortal enemy Jacobs.
  • Hidden Depths: When Caesar first arrives in the sanctuary, Buck seems to be a stereotypical Killer Gorilla that tries to hurt anything that comes near his cage. It turns out he is always angry because he is in a cage, a small one where he can barely move and whose ground is entirely of concrete. He is overjoyed when he can finally touch the grass outside.
  • I Owe You My Life: He becomes a trusted underling of Caesar after he freeds him from his small cage.
  • Killer Gorilla: When first introduced he was roaring at every chimp who came too close to his cage. He's also the most formidable fighter in Caesar's group, being strong enough to take out a helicopter all by himself.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Just like real gorillas, he's not only incredibly strong but moves at surprising speed.
  • Manchild: Watch the scene when he first touches un-cemented ground in a very long time. He's bursting in joy!
  • Primal Chest-Pound: He sometimes thumps his chest in the fit of battle, such as after successfully taking out a car with a manhole cover, or throwing a man off the bridge.
  • Rated M for Manly: Big, badass Screaming Warrior who goes out in a Dying Moment of Awesome.
  • Screaming Warrior: While the apes scream from time-to-time, Buck and Koba are the ones constantly seen roaring.
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Other Ape Colony Chimpanzees

    Ash 
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"Caesar wouldn't want this."
Portrayed By: Doc Shaw

Another teen chimp, best friend of Blue Eyes, and son of Rocket.


  • Butt-Monkey: Nothing good happens to him in all his screen-time.
  • Decomposite Character: Of Cornelius in Battle for the Planet of the Apes. Though he is not the son of Caesar, the aspect of Cornelius' murder at the hands of a treacherous fellow ape is transferred over to him. Also, much like Cornelius, Ash is supportive of Caesar's efforts to keep the peace between humans and apes.
  • Foil: He and Blue Eyes have been friends presumably since birth, in stark contrast to their fathers who have an initially rocky relationship.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Blue Eyes — Having grown up together, the two young apes love each other and are often known to tease each other; and it was Ash's murder at the hands of Koba that caused Blue Eyes to turn against the savage ape.
  • The Lancer: To Blue Eyes, among the second generation of intelligent apes, just as his father is to Caesar among the adult apes.
  • Meaningful Name: Ash has white pigments on the skin of his mouth and left shoulder, which resemble ashes.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Ash is the first ape to realize what they're becoming in the attack on San Francisco and refuses Koba's urging to beat an unarmed man to death because it's not what Caesar would want. Koba furiously murders him to prove a point after this.
  • The Pollyanna: He seems to deal with being the Butt Ape of the film just fine in contrast to Blue Eyes, who goes Emo Teen.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: His death serves to show Blue Eyes how much of a monster Koba is, and serves as further motive for Caesar to kill Koba.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Caesar. It gets him killed.

    Lake 
Portrayed by: Sara Canning

The Love Interest of Blue Eyes.


  • Cool Big Sis: To Cornelius. Had she married Blue Eyes, she would have been his sister-in-law.
  • Nice Girl: One of the kindest, gentlest apes we meet.
  • Promotion to Parent: Caesar asks her to look after Cornelius while he goes after McCullough for killing Cornelia and Blue Eyes.

Other Ape Colony Gorillas

    Luca 
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"At least this time I was able to protect you."
Portrayed By: Scott Lang & Michael Adamthwaite

A huge, imposing gorilla loyal to Caesar. Leader of the Gorilla Guardians who guard the gates of the ape's home.


  • Ascended Extra: Becomes a part of the main ape cast of War after being a minor character in Dawn.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's a very kind ape and utterly loyal to his comrades, but he's also an immensely strong gorilla.
  • The Big Guy: He's huge, strong, and tough, and also carries equipment on his back for any apes going hunting.
  • Big Guy Fatality Syndrome: Unfortunately dies during the third film.
  • Expy: Of Buck. Both were gorillas loyal to Caesar, who ultimately die while protecting him from humans.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: By the end of the film, his death is never brought up again by Caesar or anyone else.
  • Genius Bruiser: Not only is he powerful, but he's also fairly intelligent, having earned a seat at the ape council.
  • Gentle Giant: He's huge and can be quite intimidating, but he loves his fellow apes and immediately throws himself out there to help save them, whether it's during Koba's assault on the humans or when Koba fires wildly on Caesar. In War, he sweetly puts a flower in a little girl's hair and smiles.
  • Killer Gorilla: Averted; while he is seen fighting in the battle at Dreyfus' gate, he focuses more on getting fellow wounded apes out of the line of fire and later is seen doing the same when Koba fights Caesar.
  • Kneel Before Zod: In this case, he's the one forcing Malcolm to kneel before Caesar (who is not a villain).
  • Made of Iron: He gets shot trying to drag apes out of harm's way in the human-ape battle. How does he follow up on this? By throwing a barrel of gasoline as big as he is at the humans and blowing shit up good.
  • Mauve Shirt: In Dawn, the novelization names him, and while he's often in the backgrounds of scenes, he only has one minor scene of note when he confronts Malcolm at the gates of the colony, but is otherwise an extra. In War he becomes an Ascended Extra.
  • My Greatest Failure: He views his inability to protect Caesar from Koba as his failure. When dying, he expresses only happiness that he could save Caesar this time.
  • No Man Left Behind: He's seen helping apes out of harm's way during the battles in the latter part of the film.
  • The Quiet One: Played with. He's still rather loud at times, but he rarely signs or speaks actual words, more shown by his grunts and roars.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Caesar, which gets him locked up by Koba when he takes power.

    Winter 

Winter

Portrayed By: Aleks Paunovic

An albino gorilla in Caesar's tribe.


  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: He pathetically pleads for mercy when Caesar comes across him.
  • Dirty Coward: Despite his massive size, he's utterly terrified of the humans, and when Blue Eyes says he found a new home for them away from the soldiers, Winter tries to get everyone to head there immediately. His fear for his own life leads to him betraying his people and sacrificing his dignity by working for the humans. When confronted by Caesar, he betrays the humans too.
  • Expy: His appearance seems to be based on Snowflake, an albino gorilla.
  • Foil:
    • To Red. Winter is a white, openly timid gorilla while Red is a red, openly aggressive gorilla. Both are Dirty Cowards who betray Caesar to the humans to ensure their own safety, except Red was a well-known traitor before hand while Winter's betrayal came as a saddened surprise. Their deaths also have some foil to it — Winter is accidentally killed by Caesar who was trying to keep him quiet so the nearby humans wouldn't hear; Red sacrifices his life to save Caesar from being killed.
    • He is also one to Bad Ape. Physically, Winter is a large white gorilla, while Bad Ape is a much smaller black-haired chimpanzee. Both characters are defined by their cowardice, but how they face their own fears differs greatly. Winter, in spite of being a powerful gorilla, ultimately allows his fears to take over to where he betrays Caesar and the colony, eventually paying with his life. Bad Ape, despite being smaller and weaker than most of the apes, chooses to confront his own fears, never once even considers abandoning Caesar and the other apes, and becomes a better character for it in the end, ultimately surviving the events of War and joining the other apes in finding a new home.
  • Freudian Excuse: Has a somewhat weak excuse for being a cowardly traitor but an excuse nonetheless. In the prequel novel Revelations, it's revealed that he grew up very self-conscious and insecure over his own albino coloring and felt useless because his white fur made him easy to spot in hunts. The weak part of his Freudian Excuse comes in when it's revealed that despite his own insecurity, apes like Luca still treated him decently and tried to reassure Winter that he was just as valuable as any other ape.
    • Said excuse is somewhat more justified when other novelizations reveal how much he was abused and used when Red was secretly leading an insurrection against Caesar, subjecting Winter to misinformation and causing his loyalties to waver because of his beliefs being shaken.
  • Les Collaborateurs: Red tells him that if he gives up Caesar's location to the Colonel, his life will be spared. Winter takes him up on the offer, allows Red to escape, and sells out his home, resulting in the deaths of Blue Eyes and Cornelia.
  • The Quisling: Becomes a "Donkey" for the human soldiers, a glorified pack mule with a modicum of power over other apes in exchange for betraying them.
  • Saying Too Much: Reveals the whereabouts of the Ape Colony to the Colonel to save his own skin, not knowing it'd also cost the lives of Cornelia and Blue Eyes at the Colonel's hands.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Seconds before his death, he was planning to abandon the humans upon realizing he made the wrong choice.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: His betrayal kicks off the rest of the movie; he gives the Colonel the location of the Ape Colony.
  • The Stool Pigeon: The Betrayer Barry kind when he rats out the apes' hideout in order to save his own skin.
  • Walking Spoiler: Many of his tropes are marked as spoilers.

Other Ape Colony Orangutans

    Percy 

Percy

Portrayed by: Timothy Webber

An orangutan who is an elder in Caesar's tribe.


  • All There in the Manual: He is named "Ape Elder" in the credits, but his real name Percy is revealed in the novel.
  • A Taste of the Lash: He is whipped by Red as punishment for dropping a branch due to his ailing strength.
  • Boom, Headshot!: How the Colonel executes him.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Doesn't get much screen time until his death.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: He gets executed by the Colonel when Caesar defiantly asks him to give the apes food and water, to show how ruthless and merciless the Colonel is..

Other Apes

    Bad Ape 

Bad Ape

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Portrayed By: Steve Zahn
Appears in: War for the Planet of the Apes

"Human get sick. Ape get smart. Then human kill ape. BUT NOT ME! I run!"

A common chimpanzee who lived in a zoo prior to the Simian Flu outbreak. When the human backlash against apes began, he fled to the mountains to hide.


  • Appropriated Appellation: Was called "Bad Ape" in captivity enough times that he believed it was his actual name.
  • Catchphrase: "Oh no," in response to danger, usually repeated. He says it when asked to lead Caesar's group back to the prison camp, when having to enter the tunnels and climb on Maurice's back, when Nova wanders into the camp by herself, and when he sees the avalanche coming.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Years of solitude have made him... a little off.
  • Cowardly Lion: He's not too thrilled about the idea of going back to the army base, but he does so anyway and never once even considers abandoning his new friends, though Maurice does have to scare him into helping.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: An unusual example that almost counts as an inversion. When he is first seen, he hijacks one of their horses and evades them in hot pursuit while firing a shotgun back at them one-handed - it's only when they catch up to him inside the abandoned ski resort that he's shown to be a goofy hermit.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His backstory was explored in the prequel comic book mini-series, where it was revealed that Bad Ape and a few other chimpanzees lived alongside a former zookeeper and other humans, one of which, a girl named Josey, was very abusive towards Bad Ape. When the zookeeper and the other humans died, Bad Ape and the other chimps were attacked by soldiers planning to take over the undefended zoo. Bad Ape managed to escape, but his fellow apes were all killed, including a young chimp that he was trying to escape with.
  • Expy: His physical appearance seems to be inspired by Oliver, a bald chimpanzee.
  • Foil: Can be considered this to Winter to some degree. Winter is a large white gorilla while Bad Ape is a much smaller black-haired chimpanzee. Both characters are defined by their cowardice but how they face their own fears differs greatly. Winter, in spite of being a powerful gorilla, ultimately allows his fears to take over to where he betrays Caesar and the colony, eventually paying with his life. Bad Ape, although smaller and weaker than most of the apes, chooses to confront his own fears and becomes a better character for it in the end, ultimately surviving the events of War and joining the other apes in finding a new home.
  • The Hermit: Isolated himself after running away from the human backlash against the apes.
  • Ironic Name: Bad Ape is very good-natured. The only bad thing about him is his luck.
  • Manchild: Despite his obvious old age, he is very childish in his demeanor. At the end of the movie, he's even playing with Cornelius and Nova, who are actual children.
  • Motor Mouth: Being one of the only few apes that can speak English, he tends to ramble occasionally for no discernable reason.
  • Nice Guy: Is very friendly and good-natured. When introduced, he gives Nova (whom he had only just met) his parka, seeing that she was cold.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: He tells Caesar that he had a child once but doesn't go into detail. The memory of his loss is enough to convince him to risk his life in helping Caesar avenge his own son.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Provides almost all of the comedic moments in War, although he's something of a Sad Clown given his backstory.
  • Talkative Loon: The most out there by far of any of the apes in the series, and the only one that communicates entirely through spoken English, mostly because he didn't have anyone to teach him sign language which is what the rest of the apes mainly communicate with.
  • The Sixth Ranger: Joins Caesar and his group halfway through their mission to find the Colonel.

    Red 

Red

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Portrayed By: Ty Olsson

A gorilla who supported Koba's mutiny against Caesar. After Koba's defeat, he joins the human forces fighting Caesar's apes.


  • Armor-Piercing Question: During a talk with Caesar about the incoming danger, Red says he'll find a way to save himself. Caesar responds by asking if there's anything in him worth saving. Red doesn't have an answer, until the end of the movie where he gives his life to save Caesar and his people.
  • Big Bad: Of the prequel novel, Revelations.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Stops Preacher from finishing off Caesar by blowing up the former. Seconds later, he pays for it with a gunshot to the head by his human compatriot.
  • Boom, Headshot!: After saving Caesar's life, Red's human compatriot immediately shoots him in the head.
  • The Brute: Physically speaking, he's one of the strongest soldiers on the Colonel's side as the average ape is stronger than a human. The humans also rely on his strength to keep the enslaved apes in line.
  • Category Traitor: He's essentially a pack mule for the humans. But the trailers show him overseeing enslaved apes, implying that he has made some compromises in exchange for a higher level of comfort.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Has betrayed Caesar twice. First by supporting Koba, and again by joining the humans. Then he betrays the humans.
  • Dirty Coward: Joins the human forces to save his own skin.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Remembering he is, in fact, an ape after all, Red saves Caesar and stoically watches him with calm acceptance before the humans execute him, his death giving Caesar time to save the apes.
  • The Heavy: The bargain he strikes with Winter causes the death of Cornelia and Blue Eyes. This starts Caesar's Roaring Rampage of Revenge, and kicks off the main conflict of the film. From there, he's one of the biggest direct threats to Caesar and the apes.
  • Heel–Face Turn: As he watches the humans shoot down his fellow apes, he has an epiphany and takes the opportunity to save Caesar's life.
  • Heel Realization: Comes to one when he sees the humans aim to gun down the surviving apes.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: While Red is a villain for much of the film, nobody can ever attack the manner of his death: saving Caesar's life, saving his species, reclaiming his pride and accepting his death without flinching. Ape after all.
  • Les Collaborateurs: He's working with the humans to enslave his own species.
  • Mark of Shame: Like other apes who joined the humans, Red has "DONKEY" tattooed into his back, as well as the Alpha-Omega insignia on the side of his forehead.
  • Meaningful Name: Is named "Red" and has a fur coat that has a much noticeably reddish-tone to it, in contrast to the other gorillas seen in the film.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Ceasar's Armor-Piercing Question clearly shook his resolve but his expression as he witnesses Alpha-Omega gun down the fleeing apes shows him truly realizing just what allying with the Colonel has cost him.
  • The Quisling: Betrays his own kind to serve the humans to save his own hide.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Saves Caesar by blowing Preacher to smithereens just in time before getting himself executed for it just a few seconds later.
  • Remember the New Guy?: He's introduced as a formerly part of Koba's mutiny, yet he wasn't seen in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

    The Donkeys 

The Donkeys

Apes who were once followers of Koba during the events of Dawn, who end up siding with the Colonel during the events of War.


  • Category Traitor: Betray the apes by supporting the Colonel's efforts to kill them off.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: They've betrayed Caesar twice: first by joining Koba's coup against him and again by assisting the Colonel in his plans to eradicate the apes into extinction.
  • Dirty Coward: Have joined forces with the humans to ensure their own survival.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: If the Northern Army's attack on the Alpha-Omega base didn't kill them, then the avalanche that wiped out the Northern Army and the remains of the Alpha-Omega soldiers did.
  • Enemy Mine: According to Caesar, their motive for teaming up with the Colonel is to avoid retribution from him after supporting Koba in Dawn.
  • Les Collaborateurs: Are working with the humans to enslave other apes.
  • Mark of Shame: Have the word "DONKEY" tattooed to their backs, as well as the Alpha-Omega symbol to their faces.
  • Meaningful Name: Or in this case nickname. They're called "donkeys" by the soldiers as a reference to acting as their own personal "pack mules."
  • The Quisling: Assist the Colonel in his attempts to conquer Caesar and his ape colony.

Alternative Title(s): Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes Apes

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