In 2016, the Simian Flu spread beyond San Francisco, reaching the other states in America and beyond. The chimpanzee that would later become "Beardface" was infected by the virus and gain intelligence. Over the next decade, he founded and formed his own colony.
One day in Ocala, 2026, "Beardface" and his tribe stumble upon a human truck with two captured chimps and two humans. They slaughtered the humans and free the chimps, but "Beardface" noticed the reward paper one of the humans were holding, figuring out that humans have been capturing apes and shipping them to Atlanta, Georgia. He then signaled to his clan their next heading.
In two months, "Beardface" and his tribe reached Valdosta, Georgia. They made their way through the wild vegetation and stumbled upon a farm with human survivors. He lead a charge and they slaughtered all the humans there, with "Beardface" killing the leader viciously by thrusting his spear into the human's chest.
Within two weeks, "Beardface" and his tribe camped at Interstate 57 of Macon, roasting an animal carcasses they caught. As he sat on top of a run-down jeep, "Beardface" stares at the reward poster, tracing his finger over the words "Atlanta". In a matter of days, "Beardface" and his tribe came across a sign that stated Atlanta is ten miles away. Recognizing the word, "Beardface" tosses the reward poster aside and marches forward with his tribe.
"Beardface" and his tribe eventually reach the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, where all the apes are being held and launches an attack on the facility. When a scientist named Dr. Peter Burke takes an ape and runs for his life, "Beardface" and his tribe freed an ape locked in a cage before going after Burke.
"Beardface" catches Burke in a barricaded closet, smashing the door with all his might down until he broke through. He approaches Burke, who pleades for mercy, but "Beardface" ignores his pleas and viciously beats the human to death with his bare hands. When the young ape with Dr. Burke become shocked and confused, "Beardface" turns to him and embraces him, telling him it's time to leave, bringing the new member of his tribe through the door.
Not much is revealed about "Beardface" except that he is devoted to his fellow apes and seemingly despises humans. His devotion to his kind is best shown when he leads an attack freeing two captive apes and is willing to travel across long distances to help captive apes he never even met, showing complete sympathy for them. While his ruthlessness and hatred of humanity is shown by him leading unprovoked attacks on human settlements and viciously beating them to death despite them begging him not to. In a way, his personality seems to be a combination of both Caesar and Koba, an ape leader with complete regard for apes and pure hatred for humans.
- "Beardface" is exclusive to the continuity of the War for the Planet of the Apes comic books published by BOOM! Studios.
- War for the Planet of the Apes #1
- War for the Planet of the Apes #2
- War for the Planet of the Apes #3
- War for the Planet of the Apes #4