|Occupation|| Inmate at the San Bruno Primate Shelter (formerly)
King of the Ape Colony
Patriarch of the Royal Ape Family
Leader of the Ape Army
Head of the Ape Council
|Family|| Alpha (biological father; deceased)
Bright Eyes (biological mother; deceased)
Will Rodman (adoptive father; deceased)
Caroline Aranha (adoptive mother; deceased)
Charles Rodman (adoptive grandfather; deceased)
Blue Eyes (son)
|First Appearance||Rise of the Planet of the Apes|
|Last Appearance||War of the Planet of the Apes|
|“||War has already begun. Ape started war. And human...human will not forgive. You must go before fighting begins. I am sorry...my friend.||”|
— Caesar warns Malcolm to seek refuge
Caesar is an evolved chimpanzee who is the biological son of the late Alpha and the late Bright Eyes, wild chimpanzees from the West African Jungle. After the death of his mother, Caesar became the adoptive son of Will Rodman and the later Caroline Aranha. Through Will, Caesar became the adoptive grandson of the late Charles Rodman. Later in life, Caesar goes on to lead an Ape Rebellion before going on to rule as a king over the newly formed Ape Colony. As a king, he becomes the husband of fellow San Bruno Primate Shelter inmate, Cornelia, and the father of two sons, Blue Eyes and Milo. Because he is the king of the ape colony, he is the patriarch of the the Royal Ape Family. When humans are rediscovered, Caesar becomes the ape counterpart of Malcolm. Caesar is also the main protagonist of Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Rise of the Planet of the ApesEdit
Dr. Will Rodman, under the employment of Gen-Sys Laboratories, had been working with apes using "ALZ-112" -ged cells through neurogenesis - in the hopes of curing Alzheimer's. A female chimpanzee named Bright Eyes was given the ALZ-112 drug which not only repaired brain cells, but increased her mental capabilities as well. Two months into her trial, while being forcibly removed from her cage, Bright Eyes went on a rampage through the facility before security was forced to kill her in front of board members. Believing the outburst to have been caused by the drug, head of Gen-Sys Laboratories Steven Jacobs ordered all remaining lab apes euthanized, destroying any chance of developing ALZ-112 further. It was discovered, however, that Bright Eyes' aggression was not due to the drug, but to her maternal instinct to protect her newborn baby, whom she had secretly given birth to a day or two earlier. Robert Franklin, the chimp handler responsible for carrying out the euthanasia order, couldn't bring himself to kill the chimpanzee baby, and instead gave it to Will, who managed to smuggle the infant out of the lab and take it home with him.
At first Will intended that the baby chimp was just a "temporary house guest", but Charles Rodman's caretaker Irena wondered if having the "pet" might be good for him to take his mind off his Altzheimers. This idea proved true when Charles instantly started to get attached to him. The baby chimpanzee was given the name Caesar by Charles Rodman, Will's Alzheimer's-afflicted father, who, upon holding the infant, quoted Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, "But as for Caesar, Kneel down, kneel down, and wonder". Bearing the same white shooting star birthmark his father Alpha had, Caesar was incredibly intelligent for an ape of his age, immediately learning how to nurse from a bottle on his own at only two days old. This quick learning, and the flecks of green present in his irises, a side effect of ALZ-112 treatment, made Will decide to keep Caesar and raise him as his own, monitoring the ape and continuing to work on the ALZ-112 drug in secret. Right away Caesar displayed signs of heightened intelligence, learning up to twenty-four words in sign language by eighteen months of age, completing puzzles and models designed for human children eight years and up at age two, and able to play chess and complete a Lucas' Tower puzzle with a perfect score of fifteen moves at age three, continuing to show cognitive skills far exceeding that of ordinary Chimpanzees. Will hypothesized that Caesar's heightened intelligence was a result of the ALZ-112 virus being passed down genetically from Bright Eyes to Caesar in utero, as indicated by his eyes changing to a green color, and that in the absence of damaged brain cells that needed replacing, the drug instead radically boosted healthy brain functions.
When Caesar was three years old, he wanted to join the human children riding bicycles outside and escaped out a window while Will was busy assessing his father's improvement, having treated him with the ALZ-112. When Caesar was caught playing with a bicycle in his neighbour's garage, Alice Hunsiker alerted her father, irate neighbor Douglas Hunsiker, who tried to beat Caesar with a bat until Will and Charles arrived to defend him. Caesar's leg is injured in the scuffle, so Will snuck him into the San Francisco Zoo where he is treated by veterinarian and primatologist Caroline Aranha. Surprised that Caesar had been taught how to sign, Caroline checks up on Caesar at the Rodman House, impressed by the home Will has made for Caesar and his skills in language and acrobatics. She says that despite her love of chimpanzees, she is also appropriately afraid of them, noting that Caesar will soon grow into a large, powerful ape and should have some more space. This prompts will to take Caesar to the Muir Woods Park, and for the next five years Will and Caroline, now in a relationship, take Caesar here frequently, where he plays and spends time in a more natural habitat, climbing the towering redwood trees. On one such outing, Caesar, now eight years old, is being led on a leash by Will when he sees a family with their dog on a leash as well and begins to question his identity. To answer his questions, Will takes Caesar to see the Gen-Sys Laboratories where he works, and explains that it is where Caesar was born, where his mother was kept with other chimps, but that she is dead. He goes on to reveal to both Caesar and Caroline that Caesar's intelligence is the result of his mother having been treated with the ALZ-112 and passing it onto him. Caesar, agitated, doubts his identity now more than ever, unsure if he is human or ape.
Worse, Charles' immune system developed antibodies that fight off the ALZ-112 virus and his dementia returns. In his state of dementia, Charles got into Hunsiker's car and turned it on, the key carelessly left in the ignition. He pressed the gas and hit the cars in front of and behind him, getting the attention of Hunsiker, who threatened and pushed Charles. Caesar was alerted to the situation and jumped out of a window, attacking and biting the neighbor's finger in Charles's defense. After the incident, Caesar was ordered by the courts to leave Will's house and to be sent to the San Bruno Primate Shelter run by John Landon, where the apes were held in cages with the exception of intermissions where they were released into a jungle-themed play area. The apes inside the facility were treated cruelly by Landon's son, Dodge, who worked as a guard there. At the San Bruno Primate Shelter, Caesar started out being treated poorly by both the staff and by most of his ape companions. In the exercise area, he was beaten down by the dominant chimpanzee, Rocket. Despite all this Caesar was able to form a friendship with Maurice, a friendly former circus orangutan who knows sign language as well. Later, Dodge brought his friends into the facility, who teased the apes. Without caution his male friend moved too close to Caesar's cage and was grabbed by Caesar, having his pocket knife unknowingly stolen. Caesar tied the pocket knife to a stick and used it to unlock the door and free himself. The first thing he did while free was break out Buck, the aggressive gorilla kept in solitary confinement, whom he took an interest in after seeing him trying to escape from his cage. After a small celebration of his freedom, Buck showed his respect and gratitude for Caesar becoming a second friend to the chimpanzee. Caesar, with Buck at his side, lured Rocket into the exercise area where he hit Rocket over the head with a metal gasoline canister (one of the toys given to the apes) but did no more harm, establishing his dominance over the ape and proving he was the new leader. During this encounter, Caesar gained the respect from the other sheltered apes.
Caesar then stole cookies that belong to Dodge and gave them to Rocket who while tempted to eat all the cookies he ultimately shared with the others which earned him the respect from Rocket. The next day, Maurice asked Caesar why he gave the cookie to Rocket and Caesar using sign language said that apes must stand together to be strong. As this was happening the pair noticed a pair of apes playing in the water and acting foolishly, prompted Maurice to say "Apes stupid". This statement had gave Caesar an idea and he decided to escape from the primate shelter in order to find a way to make the other apes smarter. That night, he traveled back to Will's house. Caesar entered the house through Will and Caroline's bedroom window where after looking upon his sleeping adoptive parents he went into the kitchen where he stole some canisters of "ALZ-113" and after inhaling some of the gas he gained more intelligence with his eyes turning more green in the process. Realizing this is what he needed to enhance the intelligence of the other apes he returned to the facility where he punctured the canisters and released the gas throughout the cage area which further enhanced the intelligence and mental capabilities of himself and his fellow apes. The next day, when all the apes were being sent to the play area Caesar examined the apes and saw that they now possess green eyes, a sign that they have gained intelligence and are now Evolved Apes like him. Caesar then organized the apes and told them of his plan of leading them to freedom in the Muir Woods Park. Dodge, the sadistic caretaker noticed Caesar in the play area when he was not supposed to be with the other apes watching this act. A brief scuffle ensued with Dodge hitting Caesar with the electrical cattle prod multiple times but soon ended with Caesar catching the prod. Dodge, angered and struggling stated "Take your stinking paw off me, you damn dirty ape!". Caesar then showed his first capability of human speech by shouting "NO"! at Dodge, leaving him, Rodney and Buck shocked, after which Caesar knocked the surprised human out by hitting him with the prod. He then took the incapacitated Dodge to the cages where he freed the other apes though the remaining watchman Rodney entered the scene but seeing he was outnumbered he tried to escape however, he was grabbed and the apes proceeded to beat him until Caesar stopped them. Knowing that Rodney was a more kinder human than Dodge, Caesar instead calmly locked the scared Rodney in a cage. As he did so Dodge regained consciousness and got out his cage this didn't go unnoticed by the apes who began moving in on him. Dodge then tried to get the water hose, Caesar pulled it back, making Dodge grabbed his electric cattle prod saying he will skin every one of them before running at Caesar, who sprayed him with the hose while his electric cattle prod was in his hand, electrocuting and killing him. Horrified, at his deed Caesar grieves before looking upon an ape tag and deciding to move ahead with his plans and liberate all the other captive apes in the city. He frees Buck from his cage and the apes at the facility then escaped into the night by breaking the windows above the play area and climbing through them. Arriving at the outskirts of the city, Caesar divided the ape forces into two groups with one faction led by Buck to invade the Zoo while the other with himself, Rocket and Maurice which headed to the Gen-Sys Laboratories, as he knew some of the sheltered apes - such as Cornelia and Lucky who had been there for experimentation. Caesar's group released all the apes there (including Koba) while Buck's group broke into the San Francisco Zoo not only liberating countless apes but the bars from the ape cage's at the Zoo gave the evolved apes new weapons to combat the humans. Caesar successfully led an army of hundreds of apes through the streets of San Francisco putting the city to a massive panic. The apes battled through multiple police and animal control threats of the city and using a trolley they headed to Golden Gate Bridge, as their next stop to freedom.
Battle on the Golden Gate BridgeEdit
Caesar and his army charged their way through the bridge terrifying all the humans there and rushed their way to the end of the bridge. The police setting up a blockade evacuated all the people as they prepared to end the ape threat. Caesar, anticipating this strategy launched a three pronged attack with most of the chimpanzees guided by Koba attacking from the high-wire supports using the fog as cover,the orangutans and some of the chimps being led by Maurice to attack from the bottom supports, and the gorillas and several other chimpanzees headed by Caesar, Buck, and Rocket leading the charge straight down the bridge. When the police shot one of the chimpanzees, he slipped and fell to his death, causing an angered Maurice to lead the orangutans to the center of the bridge faster. Caesar then had Buck and the gorillas push a bus in the range of the police bullets and riding a police horse, through the fog, he gave his army the order to attack. After a long battle, the apes finally defeated the police and were celebrating their victory. As this happened, Will called out to Caesar which shocked the ape leader but this was quickly subsided as Steven Jacobs (director of Gen-Sys Laboratories) and a few officers arrived in a helicopter and began gunning down a large group of the apes. Jacobs had identified Caesar as the leader and attempted to have him gunned down but Buck witnessing this pushed his friend to safety and leapt off the bridge towards the helicopter (while being shot multiple times) and landed inside the cockpit attacking the officers. Buck's actions caused the helicopter to crash onto the bridge, killing all the people inside except Jacobs. Caesar rushed to the wreckage and pulled a fatally wounded Buck out the debris and tried his best to help him survive, but failed in doing so. Buck slowly died but not before thanking Caesar for his friendship, this act deeply sadden Caesar who closed buck's eyes before mourning the loss of his good friend and comrade. Caesar then heard a voice calling for help and walked over to the helicopter and saw a bloodied Jacobs inside. Jacobs begged Caesar to help him out, but Caesar angered at humans like Jacobs (who abuse and hurt apes) and sadden over the lost of his friend walked away and gave Koba permission to kill Jacobs once and for all. Koba putting his foot on the helicopter, caused it to tip over the edge of the bridge plummeting into the waters below, killing Jacobs.
Freedom At LastEdit
Caesar then led all of the apes to freedom in the Muir Woods Park. Will stealing a police car followed them and arrived at the forest calling for Caesar when he was suddenly attacked by Koba, who was prepared to kill him on the spot. However, Caesar appeared and stopped the angry bonobo before he could do any more harm, throwing Koba to the ground ordering him to back off. Angry, the latter ran off into the woods. Caesar then helped Will up, Will started to beg Caesar to come home with him and warned Caesar that he knew what humans are capable of doing to the ape population. He guaranteed Caesar that he would be protected if he would just came back home with him. Caesar looking upon his ape followers hugged Will, and now being capable of basic human speech, informed him "Caesar is home". Will, shocked and amazed that Caesar talked and seeing that he and the other apes are better off in the woods accepted this and allowed his adoptive son to be free with his own kind. Caesar then walked up to the tree he climbed when he was three, before turning to see the apes rising to their hind legs like him, accepting him as their leader and moved out of his way as he climbed the up his favorite tree with Maurice and Rocket joining him on the adjacent trees. The trio then looked out upon the destruction they had caused in San Francisco, wondering what the future holds in store for ape kind, unaware the ALZ-113 pandemic that struck mankind.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: FirestormEdit
A New Beginning For ApesEdit
Caesar is first seen scouting the trees as helicopters fly over the canopy of trees and is joined by his friend, Rocket. Caesar suddenly finds himself remembering his childhood when Will brought him out into the forest. Shaking the memories off, Rocket alerts him to the helicopter coming straight at them.
Signalling to Rocket that he wants six apes to come to him, Caesar tells him to be quick and quiet. Caesar then takes off attempting to calm the apes down. He finds his orangutan friend, Maurice and tells him to get the apes to be quiet and to lead them away from the helicopters.
Moving down the trees, Caesar finds his new wife Cornelia, tending to the injured apes. She spots him and approaches him almost reluctantly before extending her hand out to him. He sees that she is agitated but remembers she's like this a lot. He tells her that they need to get moving before the humans find them. She defiantly tells him no, explaining that if the apes that are injured move it hurts too much and that they require rest. Caesar then threatens her before she finally steps aside and goes to help the injured to their feet.
Satisfied, Caesar returns to the trees and is rejoined by Rocket who has recruited three orangutans, two chimpanzees and the bonobo, Koba whom they rescued from Gen-Sys Laboratories. The eight apes climb up into the canopy and towards the sound of the helicopters but the machines have seemed to disappear. Caesar is fearful that they might be too late. Reaching the top of the canopy his worst fears are realised as he sees that a helicopter is already lined up and is heading straight for the troop. He finds a dead tree branch and launches it at the helicopter and screams at the top of his lungs with Rocket and the assembled apes joining in.
Caesar stops one of the younger apes from throwing themselves at the machine which doesn't seem to be affected by the branch's blow. Caesar hears the familiar hiss of a tranquillizer dart and sees a shooter in the aircraft getting ready to take another shot. Caesar calls the other apes down from the trees and tells them to wait for the helicopters to leave. When they don't, Rocket asks what they're going to do it and Caesar tells him that he doesn't know and they should keep waiting.
The new Alpha begins to realize that he hasn't thought his escape plan out far enough and that now he is relying on the troop's willingness to survive. He knows he doesn't want the humans to die out and just wants them to leave them alone. Suddenly, his thoughts are penetrated when he hears the sound of gunfire. He tells the apes to keep moving. He has them moving until dawn the next morning, fully aware that everyone is tired and sore. He hopes that they have evaded the humans for at least a day or so.
More to come...
Dawn of the Planet of the ApesEdit
After ten years of living in peace and safety, Caesar still reigns strongly over the ape colony whose population have grown into thousands living in a large village in the Muir Woods Park. Through his rule, he has made his people more intelligent with them learning sign language, medicinal training and hunting as means of surviving the harsh woods. Caesar also assembled a group of his most closest friends which consist of Rocket, Maurice, Luca and Koba to be apart of the Ape Council that make the decisions for the village. He has married Cornelia and the two were soon given a son named Blue Eyes (due to his blue iris') who is the prince of their now growing colony. Caesar later inducted his son into his army and council in order for him to learn more about how to operate a growing empire that will one day be his own. At a later point in his life, he would learn that he and his wife will be expecting another child in the near future.
Now middle-aged and raising a teenage son, Caesar leads his apes on a hunting expedition. He attempts to teach his son, Blue Eyes how to hunt without getting hurt but this doesn't go to plan. Blue Eyes, who continuously ignores his father's orders, wanders off and is attacked by a bear. Caesar, seeing his son in trouble rushes to help him but he too struggles with the bear. He calls for his friend Koba who spears the bear in the back of the head, killing it but causing it's body to collapse on Caesar and his son. Caesar emerges from under the bear's corpse, he thanks Koba for his help before proceeding to lecture his son over being too reckless, he soon attempts to check out Blue Eyes' injuries only to be brushed off by the teen. Caesar then has his group collect the dead bodies of the bear and the deer that were caught in the hunt. Afterwards he meets back up with the other apes and marches the horses back to the village with their food in tow.
A Second SonEdit
Arriving back in the village, Caesar is summoned home by his wife Cornelia's midwives. Hurrying home, the Ape king joins his wife just as she gives birth to their second son Milo. Overjoyed by the reality of having a second son, Caesar summons the nearby Blue Eyes over, telling him, "Come meet your new brother." Together, the family celebrates the birth of a new addition to their family.
Later, Caesar sits looking out over the village with his long-time friend Maurice. Maurice congratulates Caesar over the birth of his new son. Caesar, taking his best friend's comments in stride, smiles. The conversation steers away from the boys and turns to the humans. Maurice asks if Caesar misses the humans in which Caesar replies that he does sometimes. Maurice then recounts everything that has happened in the last ten years as the human appearances have become less and less.
Finding Humans in the WoodsEdit
Caesar awakens early in the morning by the sound of gunfire. Hurrying outside, he sees that the entire colony has heard it. Rushing out into the forest with Rocket and Maurice and various others, Caesar sees that his honorary nephew, Ash, the son of Rocket has been shot by humans. Rocket begins to panic over his son's condition. Caesar tells Rocket to calm down and shouts (in English) at the humans to leave before ordering Koba to follow them to see how many humans there are now.
Back in the village, Caesar sits listening as his council argues over what is to be done about the humans. Koba and Blue Eyes argue with Ash and Rocket about Ash's shooting while Maurice sits silently, looking through the bag one of the humans dropped in the rush. Caesar shouts to make the council go silent. Caesar tells them that he will have a decision by morning. Afterwards, Koba approaches Caesar and tells him the apes need to make a show of strength to the humans to which Caesar agrees .
The next morning, the apes heavy in number march into the remnants of San Francisco, on horseback an armed with spears. It is there, to the shock of most of the humans present, that Caesar speaks (in English) and states that while the apes have no interest in a war, but they will fight to protect themselves and their home. He then warns the humans to not come back into the ape's territory and has Blue Eyes give Malcolm his son's satchel before personally telling Malcolm to not come back with that said and done, the ape army leaves back to their homes having given their message to the shocked humans.
Later, Caesar is in the village at his home when his followers come with a captured Malcolm the human states he remembers Caesar's threat about not staying out of the ape's territory but he had a reason to and he just has to show it to Caesar. However, koba accuses Malcolm of lying and asks for permission to kill him on the spot as the other apes present roar in agreement. Caesar, neutral on Malcolm's presence calms his subjects down and tells Malcolm to show him what's important with that he and his followers journey to the dam at the edge of the woods. Once there Malcolm shows the apes the thing which the humans need help with restoring the power to the city in order to contact any remaining human survivors and bringing them to San Francisco. He then reveals that he has other humans with him to accomplish the task and says that if he's a threat to the ape's home they have the right to kill him. Caesar agrees to let the humans work on the dam but on the condition that they give up their guns as a way to avoid any danger on both sides. The humans proceed to work and while some of his followers are mistrusting of them Caesar remains at ease with their presence in the territory.
While Rocket is busy destroying the guns Koba goes to Caesar about why he is helping the humans, despite the possibility of them becoming more dangerous if they get power. Caesar sees how desperate they are and tells him that if they make them leave they will attack the Ape Village. Koba suggests the apes should let them attack them and that they can destroy the humans while they are weak, but Caesar points out how many apes could die. He says that the humans and apes have only one chance for peace, he tells Koba that he will let the humans do thier work then they will go. Koba chuckles and reminds Caesar of the work humans did to him in the labs to the point of yelling. Caesar stands up over Koba for talking back at him and Koba immediately backs down. Caesar forgives him and Koba leaves in shame and anger. His son Blue Eyes, talks to his father that Koba says apes should hate humans. Caesar orders him to be quiet and tells him that Koba learned nothing but hatred from the humans.
Aiding the HumansEdit
Caesar, his sons and his most trusted followers would then visit the dam to monitor the humans progress as they arrive Caesar asks where Koba is after noticing his absence to which the other reply they do not know. When the humans were in danger after an explosion went off in the Dam the apes came to their aid and pulled them to safety which briefly put their past tense differences aside. As the humans were resting Caesar's son Milo crawled out of Blue Eyes' arms and go over to the humans having grown curious about them. Caesar was shown smiling as the humans and his son enjoyed the other's company and didn't seem to mind the fact that his son was being playful but this ended as soon as milo scurried over to the human Carver's pack discovering a concealed shotgun. Carver quickly shooed Milo away from the gun causing Blue to leap into action and defend his brother but this led to Carver picking up his weapon pointing it at blue Eyes threatening to kill him. However, Caesar came to both his sons' aid and strikes carver with the gun attempting to kill the human with it though Malcolm quickly tells Caesar to not do it and calms him down. Caesar, looks at the gun intently deeply angered the humans broke his rules about no guns which they used to threaten the lives of both his children. He points the gun at the humans before throwing the weapon into the water. He picks up Milo, while holding him in a protective grip he orders the humans to leave the Ape Territory immediately.
He and his followers return home while the humans are begging for him to reconsider as they did not know about the weapon Carver had on him promising to get rid of him if necessary. Caesar ignores their pleas and is quickly called by his village doctors to tend to his wife who is shown to be really sick and the doctors tell him they do not know what is plaguing her. This news begins to worry Caesar as he can't believe he will lose his wife to an unknown disease. His worries are soon pushed to the side as Malcolm and Ellie who followed him to his home say they have medicine that might cure Cornelia but they will only administer it with his permission. Caesar weighing his options of either losing his wife or permitting the humans help ultimately relents and allows the humans to aid him and his family. Ellie gives Cornelia medicine and her condition starts to improve after taking the medicine. Seeing their generosity Caesar allows Malcolm's group to stay for one more day but Malcolm tells him they might need more than that, but Caesar is adamant about his decision and tells them the apes will help them as Blue Eyes bluntly refuses to do so.
Later on, Caesar is at the dam with the humans while having the other apes aid the humans to restore power to the city. As some time goes on the apes and humans begin to get along that is until an angry Koba arrives yelling for Caesar while attacking the humans at the dam before Caesar arrives. Koba angry that Caesar would let the humans work after they just threatened his sons and accuses him of loving humans more than apes and more than his own sons. This angers Caesar; he violently lashes out at Koba and begins to beat the bonobo for his insolence but after seeing him on the verge on death he stops. Citing the "Ape not kill Ape" law, he calms down and Koba begs for his forgiveness which Caesar allows and continues to aid the humans unaware of Koba's future plans. Through the combined efforts of the apes and humans they succeed in restoring power, giving San Francisco back it's power. Later at night, Caesar would invite the humans to the Ape Village where they could see the results of their hard work. Caesar would express happiness that his followers have managed to work with humans has his spirits lifted when out of nowhere Cornelia arrives and joins the celebration her illness cured due to the humans' kindness. This makes Caesar more happy and he and his family celebrate even more with their new human friends. Caesar is seen smiling while watching his wife and sons embrace before he notices a noise and goes to check it out where he spots Koba sitting on a branch awaiting him. The two apes lock eyes with one another as Koba pulls out an assault rifle and shoots Caesar in the shoulder causing him to fall from his home to the ground below with his family and followers reacting in horror as he falls presumably to his death. Koba would then have his followers set the village on fire forcing the apes to flee out their homes with their lives intact. Blue Eyes would show the apes a gun along with Carver's baseball hat as Koba appears and tells them it was humans that attack their home and killed their beloved leader. He takes mantle of Alpha for himself and using his new power convinces the apes to attack the city to get revenge on those responsible for their home's destruction and Caesar's "death".
Return to his Old HomeEdit
Malcolm and his family who narrowly managed to escape the Ape's rampage hide out in the forest where they find Caesar's body on the ground before realizing he is still alive (albeit barely). They quickly gather him up and place him in their truck where they ponder on how Carver got the gun in his supposed attack on the ape king but Caesar tells them it was Koba that shot him and he just framed humans for the incident. Malcolm's family then ponder on where to take Caesar only for him to say he knows a place: his old family home the Rodman's Residence which was a place for him to truly be at rest.
Reunion With His SonEdit
As he rests his condition begins to take a turn for the worse which makes his new friends worry but because they have no medicine on them and the apes have taken control of the city they have no way to acquire it until Malcolm volunteers. Caesar would then await his friend's return and when he comes back bringing the medicine and a surprise with him it is Caesar's son Blue Eyes who is shocked to see his father still alive. Upon seeing his son, Caesar would ask him over the condition of Cornelia and Milo to which Blue Eyes says they are both okay for the time being relieving Caesar. Blue Eyes then examines his father's wound and becomes angry at the humans thinking they are responsible for the shooting but Caesar tells him it was Koba that shot him not humans. Ellie tells Caesar they have to operate as Caesar holds out his hand to Blue Eyes which his son takes as Ellie proceeds to operate on Caesar. Later on, Caesar rests from the surgery until he suddenly awakens and grunts in pain catching Blue Eyes' (who was looking a picture of Caesar and Will Rodman together) attention. The young ape apologizes to his father for his actions while his father says that everything that has happened is because of him confusing his son who states that Koba is the one who betrayed him. Caesar then says he chose to trust Koba because he is an ape. Caesar then tells Blue Eyes he always thought that apes were better than humans but after seeing Koba's actions he realizes how alike they truly are. He asks for Koba's location to which he is told that he's on the human tower with the loyal apes causing Caesar to ask about those that don't follow the rogue bonobo's orders to which Blue Eyes says they are prisoners among them are Maurice, Rocket and many others before telling Caesar that Koba has killed Ash and that fear has turned the apes into ruthless killing machines. Blue Eyes tries to reassure his father that once the apes see Caesar alive they will turn from Koba but Caesar says they won't if he is weak as ape always follow the strongest branch. Unable to contain his anger at koba's actions towards his people, Caesar attempts to get up while proclaiming he must stop Koba before its too late only to have his son stop him and beg (in broken English) to help though reluctant he allows the young ape to try. Blue Eyes would leave the house to gather a force of apes for his father to defeat Koba.
While awaiting his son's return, Caesar having fully recovered walks around his family home becoming nostalgic over his past and though sadden at what has happened to it in the ten years that he's been gone he feels great to be back. He would then spot a charging Camcorder and after turning it on he find out it is an old video of him as an infant being taught sign by his adoptive human father Will Rodman. He would then tell the observing Malcolm who asks about who the man in the video was that he was a good man like him.
When blue eyes returns with Caesar's remaining loyal followers Maurice, Rocket, Luca and many others who are overjoyed to see their true leader and close friend still alive. Malcolm then tells Caesar he knows of a place to enter the city without being detected and the apes follow him down the subway where they are forced to separate due to hostile humans being there. Caesar is then told by Blue Eyes that Koba is staring to move the female apes and their infants from the woods into the city (including Cornelia and Milo). With this new knowledge, he urges Malcolm and the others to move immediately.
Battle With an Old FriendEdit
Caesar and his followers would then head to the Human Hideout Tower where they personally confront Koba who along with the other apes is deeply surprised to see Caesar still alive. Koba tells Caesar he has no place there as the apes follow him now but Caesar replies they follow him to war, koba boasts the apes are strong and will win the war with him as leader. He then calls Caesar weak but unhurt and defiant Caesar replies "Koba... Weaker" which angers Koba who then attacks Caesar, resulting in a huge battle. The two apes would use their fists and melee weapons to aid them in their fight while the other apes can only watch as the battle for supremacy commences. As they fight, Caesar express contempt for Koba's actions against him, saying he trusted Koba like a brother only to be told by Koba that he is a brother to humans while he (Koba) fights to free apes from human tyranny. Caesar states Koba killed ape, that he only fights for himself and that he belongs in cage, causing the bonobo to attack him more viciously. Caesar quickly takes advantage of the frenzy by punching Koba in the ribs before knocking him back and continuing their battle which ends up going all around the tower. The battle would then be interrupted as an explosion caused by Dreyfus detonating C4 causes them to lose their balance and nearly destroys the tower. Caesar, seeing many of his people dead or injured has his followers help him get the other apes to safety before it is too late. As they helped their people a gunshot is heard and an ape helped by Caesar is shot dead, the apes turn and see Koba holding a gun shooting the other apes forcing many apes to run for cover. Caesar watched as Blue Eyes throws debris at Koba causing him to open fire him leading to one stray bullet hitting and scarring a nearby Maurice who is pulled to safety by Blue Eyes and Rocket. Enraged by Koba's actions, Caesar angrily dives at Koba and tackles him, causing both of them to tumble down the debris. Caesar lands to safety while Koba is left dangling from a ledge holding on for dear life. Koba barely manages to pull himself up and begs for Caesar to save him citing the "Ape not kill Ape" law. Caesar then grabs Koba's hand and slowly starts to pull him up, which relieves Koba until he sees the dark look in Caesar's eyes and hears him say firmly, "You are not ape". Caesar then lets go of Koba's hand, sending him falling from the tower, presumably to his death. The apes then celebrate Caesar's victory, as the latter mourns Koba's death as he had previously been like a brother to them, but felt it was for the best to end the chaos he began.
Restoration to PowerEdit
The apes then leave the tower to regroup with the females and the young and tend to their wounded as they do Caesar hears the sound of growling apes is heard Caesar turns and sees Malcolm being threatened by Grey and other apes with guns he tells them to leave him alone. Malcolm then informs him that Dreyfus had made contact with humans up at military base and they're on the way to battle against the apes, with that he begs Caesar to leave while he still can. Caesar, on the other hand asks where would he go as this is his home and says the apes started the war and humans will not forgive them for what has transpired. Caesar apologizes to Malcolm and tells him to take his family somewhere safe before the fighting begins and the two sadly embrace as friends. Both he and Malcolm lament the fact that peace between their races could have been achieved if there were not any prejudice or animosity existing on each side. Malcolm then slips into the shadows as Caesar is reunited his wife and infant son who are overjoyed to see him alive and healthy. Caesar embraces his wife and both his sons after having been away from them too long in the chaos that followed.
Caesar approaches the remaining apes who proceed to bow down signifying they once again accept him as their leader and await his guidance for the fighting to come. Caesar then looks onto the horizon knowing that things will never be the same after the upcoming war started by Koba.
War for the Planet of the ApesEdit
More To come...
Caesar is marvelously unique by intellectual means. Due to his inheriting the drugs used on his mother, he is incredibly intelligent, dangerously cunning and viciously ruthless. He developed quick relationships with humans, unlike the other apes, and seemed to be almost mutually connected with them. He is unusually cynical and attacked one of his neighbors with spiteful intent when the latter threatened his adoptive human grandfather. Incredibly, he is capable of leading vast armies of delusional, deranged apes into battle, showing charisma, loyalty, cerebrality, social mastery and dedication to his kind. Also, he is shown to be quite vengeful as he would strike out the moment he or a close friend/relative of his is threatened and would sometimes try and kill his enemies. He is a brilliant tactician, shown in the Battle on the Golden Gate Bridge, and used strategic excellence in the skirmish and used all of the advantages he had at his disposal. Caesar has several human emotions that the other apes didn't share; fear, happiness, triumph, concern, sympathy, compassion and independence. He is bound by his loyalty to his human companions and his fellow apes. In the climax of the battle, Caesar shows a darker side; the one thing that all of his apes shared that day; revenge. He was distraught and angry at Buck's death and was about to take his revenge on Steven Jacobs for his friend's death. He then showed a cruel side to him when he coldly walked away and left Koba, twice as vengeful and cruel then Caesar, to deal with the man. At the end of the film, he shows his true connection to mother nature when he says to his former owner, and adoptive human father Will, indicating his dedication to his fellow comrades; "Caesar is home".
Rise of the Planet of the ApesEdit
From the very beginning, it was extremely difficult to deny that Caesar had great potential. From the moment Charles Rodman recited from Julius Caesar to him as an infant, Caesar was bound for greatness even if it cost him greatly in the sacrifices that Will made to protect him from harm. At one to two days old, Caesar showed great signs of intelligence for a chimpanzee of his age. The morning after Will takes him home, Caesar surprises Will and Charles when he bottle-feeds himself. This is when it is seen that he has green-irises like that of his late mother, Bright Eyes, backing up Will’s later theory that Caesar’s intelligence and strange eye color was developed while in utero. By the time he was eighteen months old, Caesar had learned to use sign language and could sign up to twenty-four words and could, by the time he was three years old, complete puzzles and models designed for children aged eight and up. Because his intelligence was so high, he could even outsmart Will at chess along with completing the Lucas Tower with a perfect score of fifteen.
By the age of three, Caesar became a carefree, adventurous, playful, mischievous and energetic young chimpanzee who adored his adoptive human father, Will who was raising him single-handedly with the help of his own father, Charles. Because of his energetic and playful nature, Caesar certainly kept Will and Charles on their toes. The young chimpanzee’s mischievous exploits often got him into trouble which was often a concern to both Will and Charles as they saw Caesar injured, especially if he was attacked by the family’s vile, ape-hating neighbor Douglas Hunsiker. After one such attack, Caesar was injured and required stitches and was taken by Will to the San Francisco Zoo, where the pair meets Caroline Aranha. While Caesar’s main interaction was solely with Will and Charles, he took an immediate liking to her. Using his skills of sign language, he sets Will and Caroline up on a date, which greatly embarrasses Will. His show of affection towards Will in front of his new human friend showed that Caesar had very human like emotions. Upon Caroline’s first visit to the Rodman house, Caesar enjoyed the attention that the humans were showing him. After some encouragement from Caroline, Caesar was granted the one thing he had never really had; freedom. The Rodmans and Caroline took him to the Muir Woods Park where Caesar, having not been outside a lot, hesitates before running off into the forest. He asks Will’s permission showing a sign of respect towards his adoptive human father.
For the next five years, the redwoods become Caesar’s single favorite place other then the house. It is also over this time that Caesar’s personality changes. As a teenager, Caesar is no longer the mischievous, energetic and carefree young chimpanzee he once was. He begins to display a tint of jealousy towards his adoptive human parents who are now dating and very much in love. He is able to hide it, as he still adored them and loved them. Upon seeing a dog on a leash, Caesar begins to ask Will who and what he really is. Upon discovering from Will how he came to be in his care, and why he is so intelligent, Caesar begins defying Will but makes an exception for Charles who is beginning to show signs once more of his Alzheimer’s returning. After witnessing the family neighbor verbally assaulting Charles, Caesar begins to show a defensive and protective side to himself in regards to his sick adoptive human grandfather and those he cared about, he is only violent and aggressive towards anyone, who is a threat to the people he cares about, like Douglas Hunsiker, however he soon becomes horrified, when he accidentally bites Douglas' right index finger off.
Arriving at the San Bruno Primate Shelter that would later prove to be his worse nightmare, Caesar showed vulnerability and was consistently picked on by then alpha ape, Rocket and by Dodge Landon, the son of the shelter’s boss, (this is because he didn't know how to defend himself at the time). During this time, Caesar began to build a resistance and forms a bond with the friendly orangutan, Maurice and the isolated but kind gorilla Buck. It was through Maurice that Caesar came up with the belief that "Apes together, strong. Apes alone, weak". This was a belief that he would instill in the other apes years later. Able to outsmart Rocket using his intelligence, Caesar adapted quickly to being a leader with a little help from Maurice and was given the idea to break into his adoptive human parents’ house and steal the ALZ-113 to make the other apes, including Maurice more intelligent. With the apes more intelligent, Caesar influenced them to break out of the shelter but not before they started beating Rodney to a bloody pulp. Caesar, (correctly) seeing that Rodney had done nothing wrong, stops the apes from hurting him and locks him in a cage for his safety. After accidentally killing Dodge, Caesar immediately shows guilt and remorse for his accidental slaughter. Though he did not mourn the death of his human tormentor for long, Caesar made a silent vow to only hurt humans that did him and his fellow primates harm while still showing his compassion and sympathy towards humans, but not harming those who weren’t doing anything wrong. As he does not like the idea of killing innocent humans, he tries to prevent other Evolved Apes from killing them.
He once displayed a cold side to his personality; after Will bribes John Landon into letting Caesar return home he shuts his cage door coldly in Will's face after he sees the leash in his hand. This was mainly due to the fact, that Caesar had made friends and was secretly plotting his escape with the other apes in tow and that he no longer needed to lean on Will to live and had no desire to be treated as a pet again. Caesar also has a sense of humor, after he accidentally throws his food on Dodge's face, he found it very amusing.
During the Battle on the Golden Gate Bridge, Caesar proved that he was capable of being a warrior as well as a leader. Using sign language, he instructed he instructed Koba to take the bridge from above using the fog as cover, Maurice to lead the orangutans down to under the bridge, while Rocket, Buck, the remaining chimpanzees and gorillas rampaged across the main part of the bridge. During the battle, Caesar was able to tame one of the police horses and ride it out of the fog, screaming an order to pounce before the apes earned a victory and fled the scene. His love and dedication for Will was what helped him decide on how he wanted to live his life which was in freedom with his own kind. Upon seeing that Koba was about to hurt his adoptive human father, Caesar immediately leapt in to help, pushing Koba away, warning him to stay away from Will. Hearing Will’s pleas to come home, Caesar kindly declined, whispering "Caesar is home" in his ear.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: FirestormEdit
During his early reign Caesar's character exhibited the adverse traits of his own insecurities as a new leader, manifesting in arrogance, impulsiveness and an intractable need to control. These are evidenced in his rigid demand of obedience from his troops and his initial dismissiveness of the valuable insights put forward by his would-be wife, Cornelia, such as when the apes were struggling to find food and Cornelia offers her knowledge of the difference between forest food and jungle food in an attempt to help the situation only to be dismissed by Caesar or his prompting her to know her place and do as she is told when she argues the case of their injured subjects after the battle on the Golden Gate Bridge. By the time of the rediscovery of humans, Caesar is no longer the arrogant, impulsive and control-freak ape he once was.
Dawn of the Planet of the ApesEdit
At middle-aged, Caesar’s colony of apes rises from those that survived the Battle on the Golden Gate Bridge to a grand mass of 2,000. Among those apes are Caesar's own growing family containing his wife, Cornelia and his two sons. As a husband, Caesar loves his wife Cornelia dearly and is extremely loving towards her as he remains at her side as she gives birth to both their sons. As a father, Caesar loves both his sons and has a strong bond with his eldest son, Blue Eyes, becoming the counter-balance to Blue Eyes' recklessness. He shows protectiveness of his new formed family by being concerned for their safety and leaping into action when they are in danger best shown when he immediately attacked and nearly killed the ape hating human Carver who threatened the lives of his two sons.
As a king, Caesar takes his role as the ruler of his ape colony very seriously, but it is also very stressful, as he tries to juggle his responsibilities as a husband, a father and a king it is because of his wife, Cornelia's constant support and presence, that he is grounded and calm during important moments. Despite his leadership and responsibilities, he is still known to be kind and polite as proven when he offers Ellie his hand when he invites the humans to view their handiwork from the village.
Caesar develops an extremely strong moral code and principle; Apes do not kill apes. It is this that motivates him as a leader, but it is also something that can be used against him, exploited by Koba. In terms of leadership, he is charismatic, moral, honorable, benevolent, intelligent, wise, calculating, selfless, capable, passionate, merciful, level-headed and independent. Everybody in his ape colony (except for Koba and Stone) totally respect his authority, showing that he is an exceptionally admirable leader. He is also motivated by giving people a second chance, shown in his decision to help the humans despite the animosity between the ape colony and the humans, and when he forgives Koba twice for his cruel insults.
He is short-tempered and dislikes being disrespected, such as when Koba mockingly accused him of loving humans more than his people, and more than his sons, Caesar violently/brutally beat the bonobo to a bloody pulp for his insolence, but ultimately spared his life.
Despite his bad experiences with Douglas Hunsiker, Dodge Landon, Steven Jacobs and Carver, Caesar still (correctly) believes that not all humans are bad, and still has sympathy and compassion for them, due to the fact that he was raised by the Rodmans, a human family who showed him nothing but love and kindness.
Caesar used to be a bit naive; he believed that all apes were better than humans (that an ape would never kill or try to kill another ape for power). However, after he was betrayed and nearly killed by Koba, this notion changed and Caesar now realizes that apes and humans are not so different after all.
Much like he was during the first film, Caesar was capable of violent mood swings, which he appeared to have obtained a better control of later in his life. He was a terrifying spectacle when he was angry.
Despite being a kind and loving ape, there is a dark side to his personality; Caesar is cold, merciless and vengeful towards his enemies, like when he killed Koba as revenge for the death of his nephew Ash, however, he mainly killed Koba in self-defense, as the bonobo was trying to kill him, and he knew as long as Koba was still alive, he would put the ape race in danger and Koba would kill him the first chance he gets.
- Animal Strength: Like all chimpanzees Caesar is very powerful and strong as he was able to take on countless police officers on the Golden Gate Bridge. Not only this, but in top shape he was able to tackle and nearly kill Koba within seconds. In his older years, it would seem Caesar's strength has increased to greater extent as Ellie remarked that he's very strong after giving Caesar surgery.
- Animal Speed: Like all chimpanzees Caesar is amazingly fast. After he escape from the San Bruno Primate Shelter, he was able to get from the facility he was being held at to the Rodman House without being seen or noticed. After stealing three ALZ-113 canisters from his adopted human parents home, Caesar was able to make it back to the facility without being seen or noticed by any humans during the night. Caesar was also able to catch a police officer off-guard with his speed and get the drop on Koba while defending Will.
- Animal Reflexes: Caesar has incredible reflexes, shown in his feats of tree-climbing and how he moved around Will's house as a child, but also during his fight scenes against Rocket, the police officers at the Golden Gate Bridge, a grizzly bear at the ape Hunting Grounds and Koba.
- Animal Stamina: Caesar is shown to have considerably high stamina, as he was very rarely shown to get tired when running or fighting.
- Animal Endurance: Caesar can endure powerful attacks from other apes and he managed to survive a point blank bullet that caused him to fall from his home. He was also able to survive what looked like a two story fall and cling to life all the way till the next morning where he would be found and tended to by his human friends.
- Expert Combatant: Caesar is an exceptionally skilled combatant; he had learned to defend himself while in captivity due to being continuously picked on by both Rocket and Dodge Landon. He uses these new-found combat skills to his advantage during the Battle on the Golden Gate Bridge, overpowering several police officers with ease, but refusing to kill them. Caesar was also skilled enough to overpower Koba, a highly skilled combatant in his own right, on two separate occasions. The first fight was a brief brawl when Caesar attacked and pummeled the insolent bonobo to a bloody pulp for mocking him over his "love" for humans. The second fight was a long, ferocious duel, during which both of them use nearby debris as melee weapons, and though Koba puts up an incredible fight, Caesar ultimately proves to be the superior fighter and defeats his rival relatively easily. Also, during this particular fight, Caesar utilizes psychological warfare, frequently taunting Koba about his betrayal and his time in captivity. This provoked the angry bonobo into attacking him more impulsively and allowed Caesar to get the upper hand.
- Sign Language: Growing up amongst humans, Caesar was taught American Sign Language as a ways of communication. During his time in captivity, Caesar used sign language to communicate with his new friend Maurice. During the Ape Rebellion he used sign to command his troops. As his empire grows, Caesar with the help of Maurice has taught the other apes how to utilize sign as a way of communicating.
- Expert Horse Rider: During Battle on the Golden Gate Bridge, Caesar became the first ape to ever ride a horse and was shown to be highly skilled in doing so despite never having rode one ever in his life. In Dawn, many of the apes have taken to the use of horses as a way to get around the Muir Woods Park suggesting Caesar taught his followers how to tame and successfully ride the horses that strayed into their territory.
- Genius-Level Intellect: As the son of the late test subject chimpanzee Bright Eyes, Caesar inherited the ALZ-112 through his mother. As he grew older, Caesar's IQ and advanced intelligence had become so high that it outdid that of a human. Because of his intelligence, he was able to teach himself how to defend himself, to pick locks, etc as a way of survival. His intelligence sky-rocketed after being exposed to the ALZ-113 this allowed him to evolve faster than the other apes in the shelter and allowed him to be the first to gain the ability to speak. Caesar was even able to teach himself how to ride a horse during the Battle on the Golden Gate Bridge. Because he inherited his intelligence from his mother, Caesar passed the gene down to his own sons, Blue Eyes and Milo.
- Expert Leader: Caesar is a natural born leader possessing large amounts of charisma. He has shown this ability on multiple occasions as he was able to bring the isolated Buck (a large gorilla) to his side and use his strength to bring down Rocket, the former alpha of his shelter. Caesar then used his more advanced intelligence to unite all the apes in the shelter to launch a successful escape. This trait is shown again where Caesar had brought countless apes from the Gen-Sys Laboratories and the San Francisco Zoo to build up an ape army which was able to bring the city into complete chaos in mere hours. As the King of the Ape Colony, Caesar has been able to gain the loyalty of his fellow apes as many of the high-ranking apes such as Maurice, Rocket, Luca and Ash showed only their faith in him during Koba's usurpation. This is also evident how Koba does not agree with Caesar, but simultaneously respects him.
- Expert Tactician: Due to his advanced intelligence and IQ, Caesar is a brilliant tactician. This is proven during the Battle on the Golden Gate Bridge; as he knows that there are police officers on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge, when he commands the chimpanzees part of his army to climb the bridge, the orangutans to traverse to the bottom of the bridge, the gorillas to push an overturned bus along the bridge, to shield them against police bullets, and when Caesar literally rides a horse to signal his troops to attack, overwhelming the police from all sides and forcing them to retreat. This strategy resulted in Caesar's victory as well as allowing himself and his fellow apes to find true freedom in the Muir Woods Park.
- Psychological Warfare: Caesar is capable of using psychological warfare to his advantage, he showed this trait while fighting against Koba where he berated the bonobo for his treachery which led to the latter attacking him wildly and giving Caesar the chance to punch him in the ribs.
- Speech: Because of his increasing IQ and advanced intelligence from both the ALZ-112 and ALZ-113 drugs, Caesar gained the ability of speech, being the first ape to gain this power. This power is later passed on to Caesar's two sons, Blue Eyes and Milo. In Dawn, Caesar can speak English, almost completely clearly, but he cannot form complete sentences yet.
Will RodmanEditWill was Caesar's adoptive human father. Will and Caesar had a close bond very similar to Will's relationship with his own father, Charles. Caesar adored Will and thought of him as his father. When Caesar started to question who he was after seeing a dog on a leash, Will was quick to reassure him that he wasn't a pet but his and Caroline's son. Caesar's trust in Will started to diminish when Caesar was forced to move to the San Bruno Primate Shelter after attacking the Rodman family's neighbor while defending Charles. Every time he asked Will if they were going home, Will would tell him that he wasn't going home with him, which greatly upset the chimpanzees. Finally, Caesar's dependence on Will faded completely after Will attempts to bribe Landon with money to get Caesar out. Will tries to get Caesar to go with him but after seeing the leash in his hand, Caesar shuts his cage door in Will's face and goes on ignoring him. This was mainly due to the fact, that Caesar had made friends and was secretly plotting his escape with the other apes in tow and that he no longer needed to lean on Will to live. The next time Caesar sees Will is on the Golden Gate Bridge after Will calls for him. Caesar turns to look at him in surprise. Caesar's last known interaction with Will is in the Muir Woods Park where Caesar saves him from being attacked by the vengeful Koba and Will begs him to come home. Caesar, understanding who he truly is declines Will's offer by hugging and speaking to his adoptive father for the first and last time saying, "Caesar is Home" which greatly surprised and amazed Will who sees that Caesar and the other apes are better off in the woods. Will then gives him his blessing and watches as caesar walks up and ascends into the trees followed by his new-found ape family. The look on Will's face while this happens shows that he was incredibly proud of his adoptive son who has finally found a place for himself.
It is unknown whether Will and Caesar ever saw each other again after this. Will died during the virus outburst as he and Caroline were "ground zero" of the virus. It is currently unknown if Caesar witnessed his death.
As Caesar struggles to keep his colony alive in the early days after the Battle on the Golden Gate Bridge, Caesar has constant flashbacks of his time with Will and the time they were together in the forest while Caesar was growing up. During this time, Caesar also wonders where Will is and what he might be doing with his life now that he isn't with him.After Caesar is shot by Koba and taken by Malcolm and his family to the Rodman House, Caesar relishes in his childhood memories of Will and spies his son, Blue Eyes looking at a photo of the young Caesar and Will and realizing that in a lot of ways, Will was his grandfather because he raised Caesar. Returning to his room in the attic, Caesar finds a video camera of Will's still charging at the wall. Disconnecting the camera from the charger, he views a video of himself and Will practicing sign. Smiling at the memory, Caesar is hit with the reality that his father died from something he created and that there could have been more to Caesar's future if Will had not died. The reality of Will not getting the chance to meet his grandsons also hit Caesar hard after seeing his son looking at the photo of him and will.
Charles RodmanEditCharles was Caesar's adoptive human grandfather as well as his first human friend. When Will first brought Caesar home as a baby, Charles took an immediate liking to him and gave him his name using a quote from the Shakespearean text, Julius Caesar (this quote was an indirect link to Caesar's future role as leader of the ape colony later in life). Irena, the former nurse who had been caring for Charles while Will was at work, said that Caesar (unknown to her was an ape) would be good for him, indeed the two shared an unusual bond and Charles truly loved Caesar and was quick to defend him when the neighbor Douglas Hunsiker attacked the then three year old chimp. Charles was greatly concerned when he and Will took him and checked Caesar over for injuries, finding a cut soon after.
Charles was also very encouraging of Caesar and was able to get him to climb the trees in the Muir Woods Park for the first time. Caesar later repaid Charles for his kindness five years later when the neighbor had a go at Charles, whose Alzheimer's had returned. In Charles' defense, Caesar attacked and bit the neighbor's finger off by accident. Charles held Caesar after this event in an effort to comfort him knowing a terrible fate awaits the young chimpanzee. Because of this altercation, Caesar, by court order, was sent to the San Bruno Primate Shelter. Caesar never saw Charles again as Will didn't take Charles with him when he and Caroline went to visit Caesar and Charles later died while Caesar was in captivity. It is unknown whether Caesar ever learned of Charles' death.
Caroline AranhaEditCaroline was Caesar's adoptive human mother. Caesar meets Caroline at the age of three when Will takes him to the San Francisco Zoo for treatment after the neighbor's attack on him. Caesar takes an immediate liking to her and sets her and Will up on a date by embarrassing Will.Over time, Caesar's relationship with Caroline strengthens and he begins to consider her as his mother. Caroline is present when Will takes Caesar to Gen-Sys Laboratories and explains how he came to be in Will's care. Back at the house, Caroline demands that Will tell her the full truth and he does. Appalled, Caroline tells him that things aren't meant to be controlled, ultimately defending Caesar, who is listening from his room in the attic. Caroline, along with Will travel to the San Bruno Primate Shelter. After Caesar arrives in the animal control van and doesn't want to go inside, Caroline gently tells him that they'll go in and see what it's like inside. Caroline offers him her hand and he takes it, happy to know that he has her support. Caroline and Will visit Caesar several times during the course of his stay at the shelter. After Caesar is injured, Caroline checks him over and comments on how awfully he has been treated. After Caesar and the other apes have escaped from the shelter, Caroline finds Rodney, the only surviving human from the attack locked in a cage. Terrified, the softly spoken man tells Caroline and Will that he heard Caesar speak. Will, having pieced together where Caesar and the apes are heading, the couple head towards the forest but become stuck on the Golden Gate Bridge where Caesar has ordered a full scale attack. This is the last known time Caroline sees Caesar.
CorneliaEditCornelia is Caesar's wife and queen. Very little of the early days of Caesar's relationship with Cornelia is seen but according to the prequel novel, Firestorm, they didn't exactly fall in love straight away. Just days after the Battle on the Golden Gate Bridge, Caesar and Cornelia get into an argument regarding the injured apes. When she attempts to stand her ground on the issue, Caesar threatens her prompting her to do as she is told.
Later, when the apes are struggling to find food, Cornelia offers her knowledge of the difference between forest food and jungle food but Caesar dismisses her. After talking to Maurice, Caesar reveals he finds her annoying but can see her point at times.
When humans begin capturing apes, Cornelia tells Caesar that she knows where they are and she can lead him to them. Not long after, the forest is engulfed in fire to flush the apes out of hiding, Caesar pushes Cornelia into the river in order to protect her from the flames. Later, Caesar once again sits alone in a tree overlooking the city, Cornelia joins him and silently grooms him.
As time passes, Caesar and Cornelia developed feelings for each other and eventually marry. This union produces two sons, Blue Eyes and a newborn son named Milo. When Cornelia goes into labor with their second son, Caesar stays with her as the baby is brought into the world; however during Milo's birth, Cornelia contracted an infection. With the pressure of raising a rebellious son as well as a baby who is curious about the world around him and ruling over an ape colony, Caesar has Cornelia's constant support and is grounded by her presence. After settlling Malcolm's group to a camping site and putting Koba in his place, Caesar shares a quiet moment with Cornelia and their newborn son. As he lays down, he noticed her breathing was wheezy and asked if she was all right. She replied she needs more rest. The next day, her condition worsened, forcing Caesar to let Ellie give Cornelia antibiotics. When she recovers he is greatly relieved to see her alive and well as she joins the other apes and the humans in a celebration. But this moment ends when he is shot and presumably killed by Koba who takes over the ape colony after burning down their village. Moreover Cornelia is left devastated by her husband's supposed death. Caesar would later ask Blue Eyes the status of his mother and brother to which the teenager tells him they are safe for the moment which relieved Caesar. Later Blue Eyes returned to Caesar and told him that Koba was planning to go after the infants and females which worried Caesar who realized his family was in danger. The family would then be reunited once Koba was defeated and Caesar took back his rightful place as the Colony's King. Cornelia would then watch as her husband looked upon his followers who awaited his guidance for the battle with humans to come.
Blue EyesEditBlue Eyes is Caesar's teenage son and heir. Born from his marriage to Cornelia sometime after the famous ape rebellion was the pair's son was named after his unique eye color. Caesar deeply loves Blue Eyes teaching the young ape everything he needs to know in life, but despite his love for his son, Caesar doesn't always agree with Blue Eyes' reckless and rebellious behavior. It is clear that they love each other dearly but wish that the other would see from their perspective. While Caesar attempts to juggle his responsibilities as a doting husband and father as well as king of the colony, he tries to make Blue Eyes see that one day he will be king of the colony and that his recklessness will get him nowhere. Caesar is very protective of his son seen when he comes to his son's aid to protect him from a bear as well as attempting to examine his scars from the bear but is brushed off by the teen. His protective side is shown again when he fights and nearly kills the ape hating human Carver who threatened him and Milo with a concealed gun and when he nearly beat an insolent Koba for accusing him of loving humans more than his sons.
He even goes as far as to attempt to teach him that not all humans are bad but Blue Eyes has been too far influenced by Koba to make much of an impact which puts a massive strain on their relationship. Later, when Koba usurps Caesar and goes on a rampage and begins to rally apes against the humans for "killing" Caesar, Blue Eyes sees that his father was right to worry about Koba who lies to Blue Eyes by telling him they are avenging his father's death. Blue Eyes (with the help of Malcolm) finds his injured father whom he is happy to see and tells him of what has occurred in his absence. While tending to his father, he finds pictures of a young Caesar and Will Rodman together which makes him realize that the reason for his father's compassion and sympathy to humans is due to him being raised by them and sees that Koba's views of all of them being bad were wrong. Blue Eyes would later be told by his father that he is going to end Koba's reign which elates his son who asks to go along but he is rejected by Caesar. However, Blue Eyes doesn't yield and begs his father to let him help while simultaneously begging for his forgiveness. Blue Eyes would then lead a group of rebels to his father's hiding place at his old childhood home showing that he now supports his father in his decisions and sees him as a better leader than Koba. Blue Eyes would try and help Caesar in the battle but would be told to stay out of it forcing him to watch as his father does battle with Koba and support him for a potential victory the who way. Upon seeing Koba attacking other apes with his gun, Blue Eyes tried to stop the bonobo but caused Koba to shoot at him as well, seeing his son and friends in danger Caesar threw caution to the wind and attacked Koba defending him and the other apes in the battle on the tower. After the battle, Caesar would embrace Blue Eyes along with his wife and youngest son as he prepares the other apes for war with the humans.
MiloEditMilo is Caesar's second son, heir and the youngest child. Born sometime before the rediscovery of humans. When Milo is born Caesar is overjoyed at the thought of having another son and shares a heartfelt moment with Milo and Cornelia. He then tells his oldest son Blue Eyes to come and meet his new brother and happily watches as they bond for the first time. He would later speak with his friend Maurice that he is happy to have another son born into a time of peace and it was just the beginning for the ape colony.
When Milo is a few days old, Caesar would take his infant son with him on the outings with the other apes and would allow his child to be curious and play with the recently discovered humans showing amusement in the infant's merriment. Caesar is also protective of Milo as he is to Blue Eyes shown when he comes to their aid and fights off Carver who was threatening them with a concealed handgun Milo found. After fighting off Carver, Caesar quickly picks up Milo and walks away from the altercation while holding his son in a protective grip and telling the humans to leave ape territory. When Caesar is usurped by Koba and meets up with Blue Eyes at the Rodman House he asked about the safety Milo and Cornelia and when told they are alright he is deeply relieved at the news. Caesar would later be reunited with Milo and the rest of his family after Koba is defeated at the end of the movie he is deeply happy to be with his beloved family after suffering from hard times.
Friends and AlliesEdit
MauriceEditMaurice is Caesar's first ape best friend. From the moment he stepped foot into the San Bruno Primate Shelter, Caesar always had former circus orangutan, Maurice watching over him. Maurice watched from the sidelines when Caesar struggle to adjust to the shelter and found himself in an unnecessary fight with the alpha chimpanzee Rocket. After seeing Caesar's potential, Maurice decided to befriend the chimpanzee, showing him that he too could use sign language. Caesar happily took the orangutan's companionship and never once questioned him except over his ability to use sign on their first encounter. From that moment on, the two apes stuck together and Caesar finally made his first friend at the shelter. It was Maurice who unknowingly gave Caesar the idea to break into Will's house and steal the ALZ-113 drug in order to make the other apes intelligent. Maurice was one of the apes first seen with the green irises and silently nodded at Caesar for giving him his new intelligence. During the Ape Rebellion, Caesar commanded Maurice to lead a group of orangutans and chimpanzees under the Golden Gate Bridge supports as they battled the police. They reunited in the forest after the fight where the two along with the other apes embraced each other as brothers living in real freedom.
In the early days, Maurice served as Caesar's third-in-command as the apes struggled to survive when hunters began to hunt them. Caesar commands Maurice to lead the apes away from the helicopters that were circling above the trees and to keep the apes quiet. Maurice also acts as an anchor in the early days of Caesar's marriage to Cornelia despite almost always siding with Cornelia which greatly displeases Caesar.
As the years go on, Maurice and Caesar still remain best friends with Maurice becoming a teacher to Caesar's eldest son, Blue Eyes and being seen as an uncle to the young ape. Maurice also serves as a member of Caesar's council and is still his main confidante. After Cornelia has given birth to a second son, Maurice is one of the first to congratulate Caesar on the birth. Caesar, taking his friend's comment in stride, smiles. The subject steers away from Caesar's sons to the humans. Maurice asks whether Caesar misses them, in which the Alpha admits sometimes, thinking about his adoptive parents, Will and Caroline. Maurice then mentions that over the last ten years the human sightings have become less and less until the last two years in which there hasn't been any sighting of any. When Alexander drops his bag in the forest, Maurice retrieves it on Caesar's orders and looks through it while the council argues on what to do about Ash's shooting. After Caesar agrees to allow to the humans to work on the dam, Maurice accompanies him and comments when Caesar asks about Koba's whereabouts, that Koba is too angry to want to help them.
Maurice is one of the few apes who embraced Caesar's new human friends, showing that his belief with the humans is very similar to Caesar's. After Caesar is shot by Koba, Maurice is locked up for his loyalty to Caesar. After being freed by Blue Eyes on Caesar's orders, Maurice reunites with Caesar at the Rodman House and watches with concern as the Alpha takes on Koba. When Maurice is struck by a stray bullet fired from Koba, Caesar becomes enraged as he sees his best friend in pain and tackled Koba for his deed and letting the traitor fall to his death. Maurice would later be seen bowing before Caesar as he along with the other ape await the battle with the humans to commence.
BuckEditBuck was Caesar's second ape best friend. After befriending Maurice, Caesar decided to befriend the lonely gorilla of the shelter known as Buck whom he had took an interest in after seeing him trying to break out of his cage. Caesar, who had just learned how to pick locks freed himself from his cell snuck into the play den where he opened a sleeping Buck's cage and woke the latter. Though the Gorilla nearly attacked Caesar, he stopped himself upon seeing his cage door was opened by the chimpanzee who urged him to get out of his cage. Buck showed some reluctance, but then dashed out of the cage and enjoyed himself by playing around in the den for the first time in years. Truly happy and grateful to be free, Buck turned to thank the smiling and observing Caesar whom he came to respect and see as a friend. After this encounter, Caesar, with Buck's help had managed to lure and overthrow Rocket as the Alpha of the shelter.
Buck ultimately becomes Caesar's second best friend and serves as one of Caesar's most loyal allies during the Ape Rebellion. Due to his loyalty towards Caesar, Buck sacrificed himself to save Caesar when he was being shot at by police helicopter during the Battle on the Golden Gate Bridge this causes copter to fall and explode. Caesar quickly ran to the debris and pull his wounded friend out of the debris and did his best to help him survive but to no avail. Buck slowly dying, thanks Caesar for his friendship and passes on in his arms, which leaves Caesar devastated by the loss of his good friend. Caesar later allowed the human hating bonobo to finish Jacobs who survived the crash which thereby avenging Buck's heroic actions.
RocketEditRocket is Caesar's third ape best friend. Caesar's relationship with Rocket didn't have a good start at first. In the beginning Caesar tries to befriend Rocket but the hairless chimpanzee who was also the Alpha male started to bully him for no apparent reason. After befriending Buck the gorilla, Caesar lures Rocket out of his cage to the play area, and is able to overthrow him as Rocket is no match for Buck. Caesar and Rocket later settle their differences and they become the most unlikeliest of friends with Rocket serving as one of Caesar's key lieutenants during the Ape Rebellion and Battle on the Golden Gate Bridge. Rocket ends up becoming Caesar's third best friend and loyal follower.
After ten years, Caesar and Rocket have become even closer as both are now fathers to teenage sons. Rocket serves as an uncle to Caesar's two boys while Caesar serves the same purpose to Ash. Rocket is a member of Caesar's council and is greatly valued for his input and strength. After his son is accidentally shot by Carver, Caesar attempts to calm Rocket down as a panicked Rocket lingers over an injured Ash. Later, Rocket and Ash agree to follow Caesar in whatever he decides is to be done. After Caesar is shot and almost killed by Koba, Rocket is caged for his loyalty to Caesar. The friends are reunited later at the Rodman House. Rocket then aided Caesar in his plans to defeat Koba and paid witness to their battle for supremacy. He is later seen bowing down to Caesar with the other apes as they await the battle with the humans to come.
AshEditAsh was Caesar's honorary nephew and the son of Caesar's best friend Rocket. Like how Koba is to Blue Eyes, Caesar acts as an uncle to Ash due to his friendship with the young ape's father. Caesar knows Ash well as he grew up with his own son, Blue Eyes. Because Ash is Rocket's eldest (and possibly only) child, Caesar has granted him a place on the ape council with Blue Eyes. Growing up, Ash idolized Caesar for his leadership and his views towards humans, which prompted the young chimpanzee to become one of Caesar's biggest supporters. When Ash is shot by accident by Carver, Caesar becomes worried for his nephew and tells Rocket, Ash's father to calm down and that everything will be all right. At a council meeting later, Ash and Rocket agree with Caesar that the shooting by Carver was a freak accident which greatly displeases Blue Eyes and Koba, who want to make the humans pay for what they did. After Caesar is shot by Koba who framed the humans, Ash follows Blue Eyes into battle to "avenge" Caesar. When Blue Eyes reunites with his father at the Rodman House, he tearfully tells Caesar that Koba killed Ash for defying him which greatly upsets Caesar knowing that Koba, once a friend to the apes is now their biggest enemy. Caesar later avenges Ash's death, by killing Koba for the murder of his nephew and other apes.
LucaEditLuca is Caesar's new good ape friend. Not much is known about their relationship due to the limited interactions between the two but it appears that Caesar has enough trust to let Luca take up the mantle of fourth in command a position which formerly belonged to one of his late friends. Luca guards the entrance of the Ape Village and is the leader of the Gorilla Guardians it appears that no threat has interrupted the peace of the Ape Village in the last decade. When Caesar sends Koba to follow the humans to make sure they left, Luca tried to follow him but was immediately held back by Caesar for unknown reasons. Later when Malcolm comes to the Ape Village to speak with Caesar, Luca drags him to Caesar while continuously pinning the human to his knees possibly to protect his king from life threatening attempts. When Caesar is "killed" and Koba takes charge he has all the apes still loyal to Caesar imprisoned, these apes include Luca. After Koba is defeated by Caesar, Luca and the other apes are seen bowing in respect to Caesar who has retaken his position as king of the apes just before the war started by Koba begins.
GreyEditGrey is one of Caesar's ape soldiers turned enemy, turned follower. Grey is a member of the Ape Army and was a follower of Koba whom he showed more loyalty towards than the Ape King. Grey, like Stone was also scared of Caesar as he did not try to help Koba when he was nearly beaten to death by Caesar and due to that scene he had no seconds thoughts towards aiding Koba in overthrowing Caesar. Grey's part in the usurpation was when he produce evidence that humans killed Caesar and were responsible for the Ape Village burning down which caused the apes to become angered and follow Koba with his plans of attacking the humans. Grey would become Koba's right hand ape after the occupation of the city but moved aside when Caesar turned out to be alive. Grey would then witness Caesar and Koba's battle for supremacy scared of whom he should help but this was put aside when the ape hater, Dreyfus detonated the C4 under the building to explode, Grey became trapped under rubble. Koba, traumatized by the humans' retaliation, spotted Grey and walked towards him, only to retrieve a gun and leaving Grey pinned under the rubble. Koba then opened fire on the apes. This caused Grey to turn against Koba and become a loyal follower to Caesar. Moreover, when Caesar defeated Koba and the apes were visited by the human Malcolm, Grey held him at gunpoint until Caesar had him back off. Later on, Grey was seen bowing down to Caesar as he prepared the other apes for war with humanity, signifying his new-found loyalty to his king.
RodneyEditRodney was Caesar's kind human caregiver and handler. Despite not having a lot of interactions with each other. Rodney, unlike Dodge, never bullied Caesar throughout his time at the shelter and even showed some sympathy for the ape as he worried about the ape's safety when he would met his own kind. Also, during the ape's fight with Dodge, Rodney was to tranquilize Caesar but became afraid when Caesar uttered his first word which left him unable to do his order, and allowed Caesar to knock dodge out. When Caesar freed the other apes from their cells Rodney entered the room but saw he was outnumbered and tried to leave the room only to be grabbed and beaten horribly by the apes. However, they were stopped by Caesar who knew that Rodney was a more kinder human than Dodge and that he had done nothing wrong, Caesar calmly lock him in a cell for his safety. When Dodge woke up to confront the apes and was killed by Caesar, Rodney was again horrified and stayed in his cell after witnessing this action. The next day, when he is found by Caesar's adoptive parents the only words he could muster about the previous night's events was that "He spoke; Your ape he spoke", showing that he was deeply traumatized over seeing an ape talk.
MalcolmEditMalcolm is Caesar's second good human friend. After the rediscovery of humans, Caesar meets Malcolm and his group of humans. Though their meeting did not have a good beginning with a member shooting Caesar's honorary nephew Ash which caused Caesar to order the humans to leave the woods. When Alexander drops his backpack in the rush to get out of the forest, Caesar has Maurice retrieve it and Koba follow them to the city. Later when Caesar addresses the humans in the city and meets up with Malcolm, he returns the backpack to him, showing no ill intent is necessary between the groups. Malcolm later returns to the Ape Village to ask Caesar for help in restoring power for the human shelter and though Caesar's followers asked to kill the human intruder, Caesar spared him noting he and his group seemed desperate for help. As time passes, Caesar becomes friendly with him as they both have wives that they love and rebellious teenage sons. They also have the same goal; to bring peace so that the apes and humans can live in peace. Though hitting tough spot when Carver threatens both of Caesar's sons at the dam, the bond is restored after the humans give Caesar's sick wife medicine causing the latter to offer help at the dam.
When Koba usurps Caesar, Malcolm and his family find and take Caesar into the city for him to recover and show him nothing but concern. Malcolm and his family take Caesar to the Rodman House where Alexander shows Malcolm a picture of a young Caesar with a human man making him realize that the house is where Caesar grew up and why he was sympathetic and compassionate to him and his family. Caesar then puts his full trust into Malcolm when the latter not only risked his life to get him medical supplies but brought back Caesar's eldest son with him. When Caesar sends Blue Eyes out to get reinforcements to overthrow Koba, he looks at an old video of his younger-self and Will together. Caesar tells the curious Malcolm that the man on the video was a good man like him. Malcolm later aided the apes by helping them enter the city as well as buying them time on the tower by holding up Dreyfus and his men. When doing this act, he stated that he believes that Caesar will put an end to the chaos one of his rogue soldiers caused. Malcolm's work with the apes allowed Caesar to get back his colony, later Caesar called off his followers who were threatening Malcolm as the latter told him to evacuate the city or war will break out due to Dreyfus' men making contact with other humans. Caesar refused to leave and told Malcolm to leave instead as this war was started by his (Caesar's) people and that the arriving humans will not forgive them due to the events that had transpired. The two lamented on their lost chance for peace and tearfully parted ways as friends.
EllieEditEllie is Caesar's third good human friend. When Malcolm and his group enter the forest, Caesar encounters Ellie for the first time. But Caesar scares them off after Carver had shot Ash in fear. After Caesar allows Malcolm to access the dam to get the power back up and running, the humans get to work the following day. Ellie is more sympathetic towards the apes evidently when she defends them from Carver's hatred statements about them being responsible for the Simian Flu epidemic. After the falling out between Malcolm's group and Caesar caused by Carver's concealed shotgun, Ellie hurriedly follows Malcolm into the Ape Village for plead for Caesar's forgiveness. Caesar wants nothing to do with the humans after they broke his trust, but Malcolm and Ellie notice that Cornelia is very ill and she offers to treat Cornelia's sickness as an act of apologetic gesture. Ellie's good nature reminds Caesar that not every human is bad and her kindness helps him to reconsider his orders and rectifies that the human's expedition is extended to one day only.
At the beginning of Koba's revolution, Malcolm, Ellie and Alexander ran through the woods back to the city but stopped when Ellie discovered the recently deceased body of Caesar, but in a miracle's chance he hadn't been killed and Ellie quickly tries to help treat his wound. Stopping at the Rodman house, Ellie treats Caesar's gunshot wound, even though he had lost a lot of blood, she was astounded at how well he managed to survive his attack.
AlexanderEditAlexander is Caesar's fourth good human friend. Despite their limited interaction, it is shown that Caesar sees Alexander as a kind human due to him examining the picture of a young Alex and his mother and even expressing a sign of sympathy when looking at the picture which makes him travel to the city to the hand the sketchbook back to Alex. When helping the humans with the dam, Caesar did not seem to mind his youngest son Milo (CE) approaching or playing with Alex and Ellie and even smiles at this touching display. Later, Caesar invites Alex and the others to the ape village in order to monitor their progress in the city. When Koba usurps Caesar, Alex and his family find Caesar's body in the woods before realizing that he's still alive and take him to the city in order for him to recover. Once at the Rodman house, Alex notices a picture of Caesar with Will Rodman on the mantelpiece making him understand why the ape king was sympathetic to him and his family. As Caesar recovered from his wound alex expressed concern for the ape while drawing a sketch of him in his book.
Douglas HunsikerEditDouglas was Caesar's former human neighbor.
He had a bad temper, and clashed with his neighbours when an all too curious three-year-old Caesar escaped the Rodman house and crept down into Hunsiker's garden, which frightened his children when the curious chimpanzee wanted to ride a bicycle found in Hunsiker's garage, causing Hunisker to try and attack Caesar with a baseball bat. Hunsiker chased Caesar around his garden, causing the frightened chimp to fall off the fence and slash his shin on gardening tools, and almost struck him before Will and Charles arrived to save him from any beatings. Even though Charles insisted that "he just wanted to play", Hunsiker warned the Rodmans to not let Caesar near his house or his children again or else.
Five years later, Hunsiker attacked Charles - then suffering from Alzheimer's Disease - over damage to his car. He refused to show any mercy to Charles who tried to prevent him from calling the police. Hunsiker started threatening and poking Charles, which provoked an angry Caesar to retaliate and bite Hunsiker's right index finger off by accident. In revenge, Hunsiker presumably called the police and Animal Control with Caesar being sent to the San Bruno Primate Shelter.
Dodge LandonEditDodge was Caesar's human tormentor. Right from the start, Caesar and Dodge had an antagonistic relationship. When Caesar wanted to escape the San Bruno Primate Shelter on his first day, Dodge promised a way out only to trap him in his cage. Caesar then throws "Grade A Primate Chow" in Dodge's face by accident and hoots in amusement. Dodge hoses him and continues to bully him throughout his time at the shelter. When Caesar and the other apes rebel, Dodge is their first casualty when he is electrocuted by accident. Caesar is horrified by what he has done but doesn't mourn for long.
KobaEditKoba was Caesar's close friend turned enemy. Koba was Caesar's opposite; while Caesar stil feels sympathy and compassion for humans, Koba hates them for all the times he was abused and sent to labs as a test subject. Koba can be seen as Caesar's potential rival. In the beginning, it can be seen through the little interaction that the two apes have that Caesar trusted Koba enough to have him lead a group of chimps for the assault on the upper part of the Golden Gate Bridge. It was evident that when Caesar pushes Koba away from Will that if Caesar hadn't stepped in when he did, Koba would have killed him hinting at the rivalry that the two primates will have 10 years in the future. This confrontation also gave Koba knowledge of Caesar's sympathy and compassion for humans.
After 10 years, Koba was appointed as Caesar's advisor and was one of his main companions other than Maurice, Cornelia and Rocket. Caesar appears to have forgiven Koba's attempted attack on Will and now fully trusts Koba taking the bonobo's advice to heart. The pair were close friends but acted so much like brothers as Koba thinks of Caesar's eldest son, Blue Eyes as his nephew due to the bond the two elder apes share. The rediscovery of humans puts a massive strain on their friendship. Caesar was forced to defend himself when Koba accuses him of loving the humans more than the apes causing Caesar to attack Koba for his insolence this would be the breaking point of their relationship as Koba would make plans of overthrowing Caesar. Caesar was shot in the shoulder by Koba and was gravely injured while koba led the apes to war. Later, Caesar confronts Koba and battles him for supremacy over the colony as they battle Caesar brought up Koba's treachery while stating he loved Koba as a brother but the bonobo rebuked Caesar's word proclaiming Caesar was a brother to humans. Caesar in turn denounced Koba's claim of fighting for apes by mentioning Koba killed ape and stated Koba rebelled for himself and that he belonged in a cage. When Koba is left dangling from a ledge he begs his former friend to save him using the "Ape Not Kill Ape" law only for Caesar to let him fall to his death, after disowning Koba as a true ape. This act was shown to have been done with reluctance as Caesar would later mourn Koba's death showing that despite the latter's actions the previous bond of the brotherhood still meant something to him but felt it needed to be done.
StoneEditStone was Caesar's ape soldier turned enemy. Stone was a member of the Ape Army and was a loyal follower of Koba as he was disgusted by Caesar's mercy towards the humans and his refusal to not declare war after they threatened his own children. Stone was also deeply scared of Caesar as he refused to help Koba when the bonobo was nearly beaten to death by Caesar for his insolence. Stone would later aid in overthrowing Caesar while Koba shot Caesar, Stone was in charge of setting the Ape Village ablaze. Because of Stone's actions the apes were now out of homes and were in a frenzied panic about what to do without a leader but this allowed Koba to take full control of the Ape Army and attack the humans which foreshadowed a fierce battle to come. Stone's choice of following Koba, burning down the ape's homes and marching with him into battle ultimately led to his painful yet deserved death by the humans during the attack on the human shelter.
CarverEditCarver was Caesar's human enemy. Caesar met Carver when the latter shot and injured his nephew Ash and threatened the life of Caesar's son Blue Eyes in the woods and while Malcolm tried to apologize for the situation, Carver scolded him for talking to what he thought were dumb animals. However, Caesar and his colony had not only manage to prove Carver wrong but leave him visibly shaken by talking to them and ordering his group out of the woods. Later on when Caesar allowed Malcolm's group to work on the dam, Carver express his disgust for the apes falsely believing they are responsible for the Simian Flu Outbreak that wiped out the human race. While Malcolm's group were working on the Dam and suffered some injuries, Caesar's young son Milo becomes curious and decides to investigate the humans where he winds up befriending Ellie and Alexander and dislike of Carver who bluntly ruined the fun between the apes and humans. Carver went over the line when Milo accidentally uncovered a hidden gun in his tool box which not only broke Caesar's rule of no guns be allowed but gain the human's ire and made him threaten the baby chimp causing Blue Eyes to step in and be threatened to. Caesar would come and protect both his sons from this situation by attacking Carver (he almost beats Carver to death for threatening his sons, if Malcolm had not calm Caesar down) and throwing his gun off the dam and order the humans out of Ape Territory. When Malcolm tells Caesar that he had no idea that Carver had a gun with him, realizing that Malcolm is telling the truth, he gives his group another chance, however, Caesar makes it clear that he wants Carver out of the apes' territory, as he cannot be trusted, which Malcolm agrees to.
DreyfusEditDreyfus is Caesar's human opposite. Despite having no direct contact with the leader of the human colony, it is very clear that Caesar doesn't trust Dreyfus and in return, doesn't trust Caesar. It is also shown that Dreyfus was surprised when Caesar addresses the humans in English when he takes his army into the city and threatens to wage war if the humans don't obey his orders to stay away from the apes' territory. Later, when Malcolm threatens to kill Dreyfus, the latter once again displays his dislike and contempt for the apes by saying that they're purely mindless animals who don't know what they're doing.
- "Ape alone, weak. Apes together strong." - Caesar to Maurice (Sign).
- "NO!" - Caesar's first word, to Dodge Landon (Spoken).
- "Caesar is home." - Caesar before parting ways with Will (Spoken).
- "Think before you act, son." - Caesar to Blue Eyes (Sign).
- "Come meet your new brother." - Caesar to Blue Eyes after the birth of his youngest son (Sign).
- (Maurice) "Another son." (Caesar) "Makes me think how far we've come, Maurice." (Maurice) "Seems long ago. Still think about them?" (Caesar) "Humans? Sometimes." (Maurice) "Didn't know them like you did, only saw their bad side." (Caesar) "Good, bad...Doesn't matter now. Humans destroyed each other." (Maurice) "Apes fight too." (Caesar) "But we are family." - Caesar and Maurice (Sign).
- "GO!" - Caesar after the rediscovery of humans (Spoken).
- "If we go to war, we could lose everything we've built. - Caesar during the Ape Council Meeting (Sign).
- "Home...Family...Future." - Caesar to the Ape Council (Spoken).
- "APES DO NOT WANT WAR, BUT WILL FIGHT IF WE MUST!" - Caesar to humans (Spoken).
- "(Points toward the Ape Village) Ape home! (Points toward the city) Human home! Do not come back." - Caesar to Malcolm (Spoken).
- "Show me." - Caesar after Malcolm asks to show him the generator (Spoken).
- "I said no guns...Humans leave NOW!" - Caesar reacting angrily to Carver's hidden shotgun (Spoken).
- (Caesar to Ellie) "You stay...one day." (Malcolm) "Might need a little more time." (Caesar, angrily) "ONE DAY!" - Caesar after agreeing to let Ellie help Cornelia (Spoken).
- "Ape not kill ape." - Caesar after nearly killing Koba in anger (Spoken).
- "You are my son, I need you to listen." - Caesar to Blue Eyes (Sign).
- "Trust." (Extends hand) - Caesar offering peace to Malcolm (Spoken).
- "Ape. Ape...did...this." - Caesar to Malcolm (Spoken).
- "Your mother, brother...safe?" - Caesar asking Blue Eyes about his family's safety (Spoken).
- "No... Not Human... Koba." - Caesar revealing to Blue Eyes that Koba tried assassinate him (Spoken).
- (Blue Eyes) "I'm so sorry...for everything." (Caesar) "No...I am to blame." (Blue Eyes) "But Koba betrayed you." (Caesar) "I chose to trust him because he is ape. I always think, ape better than human. I see now...how much like them we are." - Caesar to Blue Eyes (Sign/Spoken).
- (Blue Eyes) "Fear makes others follow. But when they see you alive, they will turn from Koba." (Caesar) "Not if I am weak...Ape always seek strongest branch." - Caesar to Blue Eyes (Spoken).
- (Malcolm) "Who was that? On the video." (Caesar) "A good man...Like you." - Caesar telling Malcolm about Will (Spoken).
- (Koba) "Caesar has no place here, apes follow Koba now."(Caesar) "Follow Koba to war."(Koba) "Apes win war, apes together strong! Caesar...Weak."(Caesar) "Koba...Weaker." - Exchange between Koba and Caesar prior to battle (Spoken).
- (Caesar) "Trusted Koba, like brother." (Koba) "Caesar brother to humans! Koba fight for ape! Free ape!" (Caesar) "You killed ape, Koba fight for Koba. Koba belong in cage. - Caesar and Koba during battle (Spoken).
- (Koba) "Ape not kill ape." (Caesar) "You are not ape." - Caesar declaring that Koba is no longer a true ape (Spoken).
- "LEAVE HIM!" - Caesar ordering the apes to not harm Malcolm (Spoken).
- "War has already begun. Ape started war, human...human will not forgive. You must go...before fighting begins. I'm sorry...My friend." - Caesar telling Malcolm to escape before the war begins (Spoken).
- (Malcolm) "I thought we had a chance." (Caesar) "I did too." - Caesar and Malcolm lamenting the lost opportunity for peace (Spoken).
- Caesar was named by Charles Rodman, who was mumbling quotes from Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar on the day Will brought the chimp home.
- An earlier version of the script notes Bright Eyes' treatment at Gen-Sys Laboratories beginning on "Tuesday, March 10, 2011", with Caesar's birth following six week later (approx. 21 April, 2011). Seven years (according to that script) spent at the Rodman House would place the Ape Rebellion around 2018. Whether this is the correct year or not is unknown. It has been rumored that an August 2016 calendar was put on the set of the kitchen at the Rodman House. The film itself spans eight years, as evidenced by the captions "Three Years Later" and "Five Years Later". See also: What Year Is The Film Set?
- The early script differs in that Rocket's eyes begin to go green (a sign of intelligence) after having bitten Caesar during their initial confrontation. After Caesar and Rocket together escape the San Bruno Primate Shelter and visit both the Rodman House and the Gen-Sys Laboratories, they use stolen scissors to share their blood with the other apes at the facility and pass on their viral intelligence. Caesar also has a relationship with Cornelia, a female chimp at the facility. The apes go to the Gen-Sys Laboratories and then to the San Francisco Zoo to free the apes Caesar has encountered over the years. At the end, Will takes a bullet intended for Caesar, and dies in his arms.
- A deleted scene included in the DVD release had Caesar using his hands to push the helicopter off into the water with Jacobs inside. This would be changed to Koba using his feet to do so.
- Most of Caesar's dialogue is either vocalizations, sign language, and the word "NO". To create Caesar's voice, sound designers Chuck Michael and John Larsen recorded hundreds of chimp sounds at the Chimp Haven sanctuary in Louisiana and mixed them with some of the audio Andy Serkis provided on set. The duo also aged Caesar’s voice from that of an infant to a full-grown chimp.
- It could be possible that Caesar would be more intelligent due to the fact he has been exposed to the ALZ-113, and his exposure to the ALZ-112 while he was in the embryo. A close-up on Caesar's plotting scene and showed that his eyes were more green than before.
- According to the Rise timeline, Caesar is seen at 3 years old, then in the year in which the Ape Rebellion takes place, Caesar is 8 and can be classified as a teenager whereas in the events of Dawn, which takes place ten years after the rebellion and virus outbreak, Caesar is 18 meaning he is fully grown and possibly an elder ape.
- The quote that Charles says when he picks up Caesar for the first time as a baby could have been prophetic in terms of Caesar growing up and becoming a leader.
- Caesar's first word, "NO"! serves as a parallel to the story that Cornelius tells in Escape from the Planet of the Apes about the ape known as Aldo uttering the word and being the first ape to speak. It is also parallel to Lisa telling Caesar (Milo) "No" in Conquest of the Planet of the Apes.
- Caesar is a similar character to Taylor in the original films, because of his situation and because the birthmark on his shoulder may be inspired by the burns Taylor got on his shoulder after fighting another human.
- It can also be seen that this version of Caesar is similar to Roddy McDowall's Caesar in Conquest of the Planet of the Apes and Battle for the Planet of the Apes as both become leaders of ape colonies, marry and have sons.
- Similar to Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Caesar was named after the Roman dictator Julius Caesar. Unlike Julius Caesar, he stands for leadership through kindness.
- The screenwriters believed that apes sexually mature at 8 years old and that Caesar could thus potentially attack Hunsiker at that age. Although chimps can become unpredictable at age 8, they don't become adults until at or past the age of 13.
- Caesar was actually to be played by three people, Andy Serkis mostly played him from infancy to adulthood, Devyn Dalton played him in some scenes when he was a toddler, and Terry Notary played Caesar in the Golden Gate Bridge battle scene.
- At Comic Con 2013, Andy Serkis mentioned in an interview that in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Caesar would have a teenage son and wife. It was confirmed by the film's producer Dylan Clark that Caesar's wife will in fact be Cornelia while the son was only mentioned a couple of times by Jason Clarke and by Andy Serkis himself. Actor Nick Thurston announced on his Facebook page that he was playing the role of Caesar's son and that the character's name was River before the name was changed to Blue Eyes during post-production. In a press conference at Comic Con, Andy Serkis mentioned that Caesar will also have an infant child meaning he would have more then one child in the film.
- It has been suspected that Caesar actually witnessed the deaths of his surrogate parents Will and Caroline.
- The words Caesar speaks in Rise are: 'NO!' and 'Caesar is Home' which he says clearly while according to the film's DVD subtitles he says "Wait!", "Go Up" and "Get Under" which are incoherent during the Battle on the Golden Gate Bridge. He also seems to say "NOW!" when he emerges out of the fog on the back of a police horse.
- In the first official still from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, his shooting star birthmark wasn't visible.
- When Caesar bites Hunsiker while attempting to protect Charles, it's a reference to Andy Serkis' earlier role in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings Trilogy when Gollum (Andy Serkis) bites Frodo's finger off in their final confrontation.
- Judy Greer revealed in an interview that Caesar is still grounded in terms of personality because of the presence of his wife.
- Matt Reeves has said in the recent USA Today sneak peek article that the other apes who value Caesar's leadership see him as their king and as their father.
- According to a recent article, Caesar is not a big fan of guns.
- Caesar will share some emotional scenes with both Ellie and Malcolm.
- Caesar will be in a dilemma in this movie as he has very difficult choices to make regarding his apes and the surviving humans led by Malcolm.
- There is a difference in the two trailers recently released in the shot of the baby's birth. In the domestic trailer, Caesar isn't wearing war paint but in the international trailer its the same shot only Caesar is wearing war-paint.
- In the first official featurette for Dawn, there is a never before seen shot where Caesar hugs Koba but the reason is currently unknown. The scene does return in a deleted scene where Caesar thanks Koba for saving his life from the bear and declares to the entire Ape Village in speech, "Apes together strong!"
- According to an interview Caesar has only one scene with Dreyfus.
- Andy Serkis has mentioned in an interview that he has based Caesar's relationship with Blue Eyes on the relationship he has with his own teenage son.
- Andy Serkis stated that he took great inspiration from revolutionary and former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela when he said "Really what Caesar is all about, he is empathy". and "It was really important to base the character on a leader who is capable of empathy and there aren't that many out there, however Nelson Mandela came to mind".