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The Franchise in general:

  • Broken Base: The timeline debates - was it an endless loop, or did history change?
  • Complete Monster:
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    • Koba. See that page for details.
    • Planet of the Apes: The Human War, written by Ian Edginton: Minister Shiva, the granddaughter of General Thade, seeks the near-annihilation of humanity and all their ape supporters at any cost. Willing to pointlessly sacrifice the lives of her soldiers in battle, Shiva's sadism extends to having a prisoner ape tortured to death and his body crucified to lure his brother into a trap. Committing treason by trespassing into Calima, Shiva reveals her true goals to use the unfamiliar technology to undo and remake ape society in her own image, regardless of how many lives are lost in the process.
    • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes prequel comic, by Michael Moreci et al.: Pope is a brutal chimpanzee and the commander of Caesar's ape soldiers. Believing that Caesar's rule has made the ape society weak, Pope desires to wrest power from the Ape King through any means necessary. Subjugating a tribe of primal apes by killing their alpha, Pope forces them to undergo vicious training to mold them into loyal soldiers with which to use to conquer Caesar's colony. Demonstrating his cruelty by having a dissenting ape tortured and fed to a polar bear, Pope proceeds to have dozens of humans and apes alike rounded up and caged with the intention of using them as slave fodder. When confronted about his inhumane treatment towards his fellow apes, Pope casually decries them as not apes, but mere "dumb animals".
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  • Contested Sequel: The two remakes. The original sequels too, to a lesser extent.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Ricardo Montalbán's character Armando in the third and fourth films.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Many deny that the sequels and/or remake exist. The reboot prequel series mostly managed to avert this, with Dawn and War in particular being seen as the only films to rival the original.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Take your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!"
    • YOU MANIACS! YOU BLEW IT UP!!!
    • "A planet where APES evolved from MEN?!"
    • "That is/is not Ape Law!"
  • Sequelitis: Until Dawn, no sequel had nearly as warm a reception as the original (Rise coming the closest), with Battle at the bottom.
  • True Art Is Angsty: The reboot movies are far more bleaker that the originals and have gotten the most praise.

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The Novel:

  • Adaptation Displacement: Few people (at least outside of France, and even then) are aware that the first film was an adaptation at all.

The TV Series:

  • Anvilicious: The television show. Each episode has a moral of the week, although Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: It was much more successful in Britain than at home (although it took until the '90s for the series to get a network screening - in its initial run and repeats thereafter it was shown in every ITV region except STV (Scottish Television, in Central Scotland); Channel 4 gave it its first UK-wide airing in the mid-90s, and both the series and the Compilation Movies regularly turn up on cable TV).
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Marc Singer played Dalton in "The Gladiators".
    • Jackie Earle Haley played Kraik in "The Legacy".
    • James Naughton's younger brother David Naughton played Dr. Stole in "The Surgeon".
    • Michael Conrad played Janor in "The Tyrant".
    • Sondra Locke played Amy in "The Cure".
  • Special Effects Failure:
    • In "The Good Seeds", when the chimpanzee Anto grabs a chicken, the actor Geoffrey Deuel's very human forearms can be seen.
    • The blackened teeth of the actors playing apes can often be seen behind their prosthetics.

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