|Occupation|| Inmate of the San Bruno Primate Shelter (formerly)|
Leader of the Ape Army
King of the Ape Colony
Patriarch of the Royal Ape Family
Head of the Ape Council
|Age|| Few days old; 3; 8 (RotPotA)|
|Family|| Alpha (biological father) †|
Bright Eyes (biological mother) †
Will Rodman (adoptive father) †
Caroline Aranha (adoptive mother) †
Charles Rodman (adoptive grandfather) †
Blue Eyes (son)
|Portrayed By||Andy Serkis|
|Voiced By||Andy Serkis|
|First Appearance||Rise of the Planet of the Apes|
|Last Appearance||War for the Planet of the Apes|
|“||I did not start this war. I offered you peace. I showed you mercy. And now you are here...to finish us off. For good.||”|
— Caesar on War for the Planet of the Apes.
In Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Caesar is raised by Will and Caroline after the death of his mother, but he is banished to live in captivity at the San Bruno Primate Shelter after he violently attacks a neighbor for threatening his adoptive grandfather. However, he later leads fellow apes in a rebellion against abusive handlers and the police resulting in the apes finding true freedom in the Muir Woods Park. For a decade, Caesar and his people live in peace due to world pandemic caused by Gen-Sys Laboratories' releasing a deadly virus strain, which isn't lethal to primates, only the human population.
In Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Caesar struggles to maintain dominance over his community of intelligent apes while also having to deal with the threat of war after a group of human survivors suddenly re-emerge after it is believed that humanity had been pushed to extinction due to the Simian Flu Pandemic. Caesar was briefly overthrown by one of his former closest friends who he fights to regains his position. Caesar emerges victorious but has to prepare his people for all out war against the human race.
Rise of the Planet of the ApesEdit
A Legend is BornEdit
Caesar is born in the San Francisco biotech company Gen-Sys Laboratories as the son of a female chimpanzee nicknamed Bright Eyes and an alpha male chimpanzee of Bright Eyes' troop residing in the West African Jungle. Following the death of his mother, Caesar is found by the chimpanzee handler, Robert Franklin, and the eccentric scientist, Will Rodman. Upon the discovery, they realize that Bright Eyes' earlier rampage was not due to the ALZ-112, an experimental drug that, through neurogenesis, repairs brain cells and increases mental capabilities, in her system, but due to her maternal instincts to protect her newborn baby whom she had secretly given birth to a day or two earlier. Because Bright Eyes' aggression was believed to be the effects of the ALZ-112, head of Gen-Sys, Steven Jacobs, terminates the project and orders the apes in the facility's possession, euthanized. However, Franklin is unable to bring himself to put the infant down and convinces a reluctant Will to take him instead, sparing the infant's life in the process.
Returning home, Will discovers, to his delight, that the infant chimpanzee has inherited the ALZ-112 from his mother after he and his father, Charles Rodman, who is suffering from Alzheimer's disease that Will, under employment at Gen-Sys, is desperately searching, to no avail, for a cure to, witness the infant drinking from a bottle on his own at only two days old. Three years later, Will has decided to keep the infant whom is given the name, Caesar, and raise him as his own while continuing his life's work on the ALZ-112 in secret. At eighteen months, Caesar is signing up to twenty-four words, at age two, he completes puzzles and models designed for human children eight years and up, at age three, he completes the Lucas Tower with a perfect score of fifteen moves and becomes an expert chess player as well. Throughout his years, Caesar continues to show signs of heightened intelligence and cognitive skills that far exceed that of a human counterpart, much to Will's amazement.
One day, Caesar spots children outside of his attic window playing on bikes and, after seeing the children leaving their bikes in a garage, he sneaks out a window while Will is distracted accessing his father's improvement after supposedly curing him with the ALZ-112. However, Alice Hunsiker discovers Caesar playing with a bike in the garage and alerts her father, Will's short-tempered neighbour, Douglas Hunsiker, who threatens Caesar with a baseball bat until Will and Charles, after discovering his absence, arrive to defend him. Since Caesar suffers a leg injury while attempting to escape from Hunsiker, Will sneaks him into the San Francisco Zoo where he is treated by veterinarian and primatologist, Caroline Aranha, who takes an interest in Caesar after learning that Will had taught Caesar how to sign along with a handful of other things. Visiting their home, Caroline informs Will that Caesar should have "some open space" since he will not be young and small for long and will soon grow into "a large, powerful animal". Therefore, Will, Caroline and Charles introduce Caesar to the redwood forest at Muir Woods National Monument where he spends time in a more natural habitat, climbing the towering redwood trees. Five years later, Caesar, now an ambitious teenager, is growing more and more curious about the world around him. After leaving the redwood forest with Will and Caroline, now in a relationship, Caesar spots a dog on a leash like his own and questions his identity. Will takes Caesar and Caroline to Gen-Sys and informs Caesar of his mother's death and explains the origins of the ALZ-112 that she genetically passed on to him, leaving him devastated over her death and causing him to start to resent humans.
Rebellion Against HumanityEdit
Meanwhile, Charles' immune system has developed antibodies that prevent the ALZ-112 from delivering its therapy and therefore his dementia returns. In his state of dementia, Charles accidentally wrecks Hunsiker's car who threatens him and attempts to call the police. However, Hunsiker is attacked by an infuriated Caesar who chases and bites off of the vile man's right index finger as revenge for threatening Charles, but becomes horrified by his actions and runs into Charles' arms. After the incident, Caesar is forced by court order to leave Will's custody and be confined in captivity at the San Bruno Primate Shelter. At first, Caesar is treated cruelly by Dodge Landon, a caretaker at the shelter who sprays Caesar with water after he throws food at Dodge and Rocket, the alpha male chimpanzee at the shelter who chases and almost beats Caesar to death before both are sedated. However, Caesar later forms a close friendship with Maurice, a circus orangutan, who also knows sign language. When Dodge invites his friends to the shelter, one of his friends foolishly entices Caesar over to him and is grabbed around the throat before Caesar releases him, scaring Dodge and his friends away. However, Caesar unknowingly stole a pocket knife and, using it, attached to a medium length stick, frees himself, gaining free access to the common area. He then frees Buck, a gorilla, who has been kept in solitary confinement and pledges his allegiance to Caesar. Later, Caesar lures Rocket out of his cage and attacks him with a gasoline canister, but does no more harm, establishing his dominance over the ape and proving that he is now the alpha male. Rocket willingly surrenders. Caesar also gains the respect of the other apes at the shelter.
Caesar later steals Dodge's cookies and gives the packet to Rocket, teaching him to be selfless and care for his fellow apes, earning Caesar the respect and friendship of Rocket. The next day, Caesar explains to Maurice that "apes alone... weak", but "apes together strong". They then notice several apes playing in the water, prompting Maurice to comment, "apes stupid", giving Caesar an idea. That night, he escapes from the shelter, undetected, and returns to Will's house. He proceeds to steal two canisters of the ALZ-113, a more powerful yet gaseous version of the ALZ-112 that Will developed in the hope of saving his father, but unfortunately, Charles declined further treatment and died overnight. Caesar returns to the shelter and uses the ALZ-113 to enhance the intelligence and mental capabilities of himself and his fellow apes. He promises to lead them to freedom. Ready to put his plan in action, Caesar confronts Dodge who strikes him several times with an electrical cattle prod, but just as Dodge attempts to strike Caesar again, he catches the prod before shocking everyone by speaking for the first time, shouting, "No!" He incapacitates Dodge and leaves him in a cage before freeing the apes. Rodney, another caretaker at the shelter, is beaten upon by the apes, but Caesar stops them, as Rodney was kind to the apes, and locks him in a cage instead. However, Dodge then awakens and tries to grab the hose, but Caesar pulls it away from him. An angry Dodge grabs the prod instead and lunges at Caesar who electrocutes him by spraying him with water, unintentionally killing him. Caesar is distraught at his first human kill before he leads his fellow apes to the outskirts of the city. He divides the apes into two groups, leading one group to Gen-Sys while Buck leads the other group to the zoo in order to free the remaining incapacitated apes. Caesar leads hundreds of apes throughout the city, sending its population into a massive panic. The apes combat the humans that try to apprehend them before Caesar, Rocket, Maurice, Buck and many other apes hitch a ride on a tram, heading straight for the Golden Gate Bridge in order to escape into the redwood forest.
Caesar leads his army across the bridge, terrifying the citizens as they make their way to the redwood forest. However, the police set up a blockade, forcing Caesar to halt his army's progression. Realizing the impending threat, Caesar divides his forces into three groups, the first group climbs the suspension cables, the second group climbs underneath the bridge while the third group, led by Caesar, charges straight ahead in order to overcome the blockade and ambush the police. Caesar then orders the gorillas to use a bus as a shield, protecting them from the police's gunfire before Caesar, riding a police horse, orders his army to attack from all sides, overwhelming the police. However, just then, a helicopter (in which Jacobs is riding) arrives and begins to gun down the apes. Caesar is targeted, but Buck sacrifices himself, throwing Caesar to safety and leaping onto the helicopter. Despite being mortally wounded, Buck still causes the helicopter to crash onto the bridge, killing all three police officers and trapping Jacobs in the wreckage. Caesar pulls the dying Buck to safety, but is unable to do anything to save him. Buck thanks Caesar for his friendship before succumbing to his wounds. Saddened over the death of his friend, Caesar refuses to save Jacobs who begs for his help and gives Koba, a scarred bonobo, who holds a grudge against humans for mistreatment, permission to kill Jacobs. Koba does so by pushing the helicopter off of the edge of the bridge, sending it and Jacobs plummeting into the ocean below.
The Beginning of the EndEdit
With the police defeated, Caesar leads the apes to the redwood forest. However, Will, who had earlier learned of Caesar's rebellion against humans and witnessed the battle between the police, quickly follows the apes to the forest. Will searches for Caesar, only to be attacked by Koba, but Caesar arrives and orders Koba to stand down. Will warns Caesar that the humans will hunt them down and pleads with him to come home, promising to protect him if he does. In response, Caesar hugs Will and whispers in his ear, "Caesar is home". A shocked Will, realizing that it is indeed their final moments together, respects Caesar's wishes. Caesar then approaches his favorite tree before turning to face the apes who have now accepted him as their leader as he climbs to the top of the tree with Maurice and Rocket joining him on the adjacent trees. They calmly gaze upon San Francisco, unaware of the deadly virus that would soon destroy mankind.
Dawn of the Planet of the ApesEdit
Peace and HarmonyEdit
Ten years after the worldwide pandemic of the deadly Simian Flu, human civilization is completely destroyed all over the world. Over 99% of the human population has died in the pandemic while apes with genetically enhanced intelligence have started to build a civilization of their own. Near the ruins of San Francisco, Caesar reigns supreme over the ever growing Ape Colony residing in Muir Woods. His people have learned sign language in order to communicate with one another, medical and combat training to care for and defend themselves as well as hunting as a way of life. He also forges the Ape Council consisting of his closest friends, Maurice, Rocket and Koba. Later in life, Caesar and his wife, Cornelia, have a son named Blue Eyes (due to his blue irises) who is inducted into the Ape Army and the Ape Council by his father in order for him to learn how to operate an empire that will one day be his own.
On a hunt for elk, Caesar successfully ensnares a stag. Before proceeding to kill the stag, Caesar notices, to his concern, large claw marks on a nearby tree and orders his son to wait. Blue Eyes, however, disobeys his father's order and attempts to kill the stag, but is attacked by a bear. Caesar, attempting to protect his wounded son and fight the bear, stands no chance and immediately calls for help. His call is eventually heard by Koba who kills the bear by spearing it in the back of the head, trapping Caesar underneath its corpse. However, Caesar emerges from underneath the corpse. He thanks Koba for the assistance and reprimands Blue Eyes for his recklessness before they return to the Ape Village. Returning to the village, Caesar is summoned to his home where he witnesses the birth of his youngest son, Milo. He summons over Blue Eyes to meet his new younger brother and together, the Royal Ape Family celebrates the new addition to their family and colony. Later that afternoon, Maurice congratulates Caesar on the birth, but the subject changes to humans who haven't been seen for the last ten winters. Maurice believes that the humans are all gone, but Caesar still questions the humans' eradication.
A Fragile AgreementEdit
Awakened by the sound of a gunshot, Caesar quickly makes his way through the forest until he discovers a group of humans led by a man named Malcolm, much to his shock. Malcolm tries to reassure the apes that the humans mean no harm to them, but since one of the humans shot Ash, the son of Rocket, wounding him. Caesar angrily orders the humans to leave. The humans quickly depart, but Caesar orders Koba to follow them, leading the apes to discover a community of human survivors in the city who are genetically immune to the virus and living in a tower within the city. Back at the village, Caesar and the Council discuss what should be done about the humans. Koba insists on fighting the humans, but Caesar acknowledges that war could cost them their home. He assures the Council that he will have a decision by morning before retiring to his home. However, Koba approaches Caesar and tells him of his past, that he will obey his commands without hesitation, but the apes must show strength. Caesar agrees. Marching to the tower, Caesar announces to the terrified humans that while apes do not want war, they will fight to defend their home, warning the humans to never come back to the forest before the apes depart. However, Malcolm and his party return to the forest despite Caesar's warning. Malcolm travels into the apes' territory and is captured by the Gorilla Guardians, the protectors of the forest, and is taken to Caesar. Malcolm tells Caesar that if he just allows him to show him, he will understand why the humans are trespassing into his territory. Caesar accepts Malcolm's proposal. Malcolm then takes Caesar and several other apes to a hydroelectric dam where he explains that the humans need to repair the dam's generator, which could provide long-term power to the city and therefore they will be able to reach the outside world and hopefully find other survivors. Sympathetic to the humans, Caesar allows them to stay and repair the dam's generator, but they must work unarmed.
Returning to the village, Caesar is at ease with the humans' presence in the forest unlike Koba who is angry that Caesar is choosing to help the humans rather than attack them. However, Caesar informs Koba that the apes and the humans have only one chance for peace, but Koba's hatred for humans only grows stronger, driving a wedge between the honorary brothers. As the humans proceed to repair the dam's generator, they bond with the apes. Mutual distrust of both sides gradually subsides. During their progression, the humans are suddenly trapped underground due to an explosion, but Caesar and his fellow apes rescue them after they had been informed of the humans' situation by Ellie, a nurse and Malcolm's wife, and Alexander, Malcolm's son. While the humans are being treated for their injuries, Malcolm thanks Caesar for the assistance, but before anything else can be said, Milo scurries out of Blue Eyes' arms to investigate the humans. However, the genocide between the apes and the humans returns when Carver, who holds a deep hatred for the apes, threatens Blue Eyes with a concealed shotgun, enraging his father who almost kills Carver. Caesar, in his betrayed fury, threatens the humans with the shotgun, but instead, tosses it into the lake. Departing with both of his sons, Caesar furiously orders the humans to leave at once. Back at the village, Caesar discovers, to his grief, that his wife is seriously ill. Weeping over his sick wife, Caesar receives a visit from Malcolm and Ellie who had followed him back to the village, begging for him to reconsider as they did not know about the shotgun. Caesar, however, hasn't forgotten the recent incident and is not at all pleased by their presence in his home, ignoring their pleas. Ellie then notices Cornelia and offers to treat her with antibiotics, but Caesar doesn't trust them anymore. Despite his distrust and his son's protests, Caesar allows Ellie to treat Cornelia, allowing the humans only one day to finish their work with the apes' help.
Meanwhile, Koba returns to the village after infiltrating the city along with his followers, Stone and Grey, and discovering an armory in secret. After learning from Blue Eyes that Caesar is still assisting the humans at the dam despite that they have threatened both of his sons. Koba confronts Caesar, accusing him of loving humans more than apes and more than his own sons. In response, an enraged Caesar severely beats Koba, but refrains from killing him, adhering to his philosophy that "ape not kill ape". Koba asks for forgiveness and Caesar hesitantly forgives him. However, the brutal fight has permanently broken their relationship beyond repair. While Caesar continues to assist the humans, Koba begins to secretly plan to overthrow him. The dam is eventually repaired with the combined efforts of the apes and the humans, restoring power to the city. Caesar invites the humans back to the village to celebrate. During the celebration, however, Grey, under Koba's orders, sets fire to the apes' home, then, unseen to anyone else, Koba shoots Caesar in the shoulder with an assault rifle that he stole from the humans' armory, causing Caesar to fall from the settlement's main tree, much to the horror and grief of his people, especially Cornelia and Blue Eyes. In the panic of the loss of the alpha and the threat of the fire, Koba takes charge and, implicating Carver whom he secretly murdered in the shooting, urges his people to fight against the humans, promising to avenge the death of their beloved king.
Malcolm's group, who had successfully hidden from the outraged ape army, find Caesar barely alive who reveals to Malcolm that Koba shot him, not Carver. The group return and discover the city in flames due to the apes' earlier assault on the city. Despite heavy causalities, the apes breached the tower using a hijacked tank and imprisoned the humans while Dreyfus, the leader of the remaining human survivors, fled underground. Malcolm's group transports Caesar to his former home in the city where they learn of his past with humans. Malcolm leaves the group and heads into the city to find medical supplies for Caesar. Eventually, Malcolm returns with the medical supplies and Blue Eyes who had encountered Malcolm whilst he was searching for the medical supplies. Blue Eyes is overjoyed to see that his father is alive and stays by his side while Ellie prepares to operate. After the surgery, Blue Eyes also learns of his father's past with humans before Caesar suddenly awakens. Blue Eyes apologizes to his father, but Caesar tells his son that it is his fault and that he shouldn't have trusted Koba. Because of Koba's actions, Caesar realizes that apes can be as violent as humans. Blue Eyes informs his father that Koba imprisoned the apes still loyal to him and that Koba killed Ash, much to his sadness. Blue Eyes tries to reassure his father that once the apes see that he is alive, they'll turn from Koba, but not if Caesar is weak. Since ape always seek the strongest branch. Unable to contain his rage towards Koba for not only his betrayal, but for what he is trying to turn his people into, Caesar is determined to try and stop Koba, but is in no condition to fight just yet. Therefore, Blue Eyes, speaking in broken English for the first time, asks his father to let him help him. Caesar, proud of his son, agrees.
Two days later, Caesar, slowly recovering from the surgery, explores his former home and discovers an old camcorder, which depicts Will Rodman, Caesar's adoptive father, teaching a younger Caesar before Caesar is interrupted by Malcolm. Suddenly, Caesar spots, outside of his attic window, Blue Eyes, who has successfully freed the imprisoned apes, he had also successfully freed the imprisoned humans as well. Blue Eyes informs his father that Koba is planning to move the females and the infants from the forest into the city, including Cornelia and Milo. Fearing for his wife and his youngest son, Caesar urges Malcolm that they must leave immediately. Malcolm guides Caesar and the apes to the tower from below, but are forced to separate after encountering an armed human. Caesar and the apes climb the tower to the top where Caesar confronts Koba. Caesar and Koba battle for supremacy while the rest of the tribe watches on with concern. As Caesar and Koba's battle escalates, Dreyfus detonates C-4 charges that he planted beneath the tower. The resulting explosion kills him and collapses part of the tower. While Caesar and Blue Eyes help injured apes, a furious Koba suddenly begins to open fire on them, injuring Maurice in the process. Caesar then dives at Koba and tackles him, causing both of them to tumble down the debris. Caesar lands safely, but Koba is hanging over the edge of the tower. Pleading for his life, Koba reminds Caesar that apes do not kill apes, but Caesar states that Koba is not an ape anymore and lets him fall to his death, shedding a single tear at the latter's death. The tribe celebrates Caesar's victory.
Preparation For WarEdit
After ending Koba's tyranny, Caesar notices Grey and several other apes threatening Malcolm who had survived the earlier explosion and orders the apes to leave him. Malcolm informs Caesar of the impending arrival of human military reinforcements that Dreyfus' men had made radio contact with. Caesar tells Malcolm that the humans will never forgive the apes for the war that they have started and advises him to leave with his family for safety as the two of them acknowledge their friendship. Both of them lament the fact that peace could have been achieved if there wasn't any animosity existing between the apes and the humans. As Malcolm disappears, Caesar reunites with Cornelia and Milo and along with Blue Eyes, he embraces his family. He then stands before a kneeling mass of apes, awaiting the war to come.
War for the Planet of the ApesEdit
More to come...
Rise of the Planet of the ApesEdit
Caesar is a super-intelligent chimpanzee who commands respect and loyalty from all those that encounter him. From his various ages, Caesar's personality changes. As an infant, he is very curious. His curiosity grows as he gets older and sometimes gets him into trouble. As a young chimpanzee, Caesar is very playful, adventurous and carefree. However, as a teenager, Caesar is much more mature, displaying human emotions, such as happiness, anger and independence. He also displays a resentment for most humans after he learns the truth about his origins and his mother's death. At the beginning, Caesar has a good relationship with humans due to being raised by Will and Caroline, but by the end, Caesar has grown to despise most humans mainly because of their behavior towards his fellow apes. His relationship with his people is much better. He is devoted and protective of his fellow apes. He has proven on several occasions to be a great leader, displaying charisma during the battle on the Golden Gate Bridge, and willing to sacrifice himself for the sake of his army.
Caesar is also compassionate, these emotions, however, can cause him to attack anyone who dares to try and harm the people he loves. This is proven on several occasions usually involving humans and apes. On the first occasion, he viciously attacks Hunsiker who assaults a confused Charles, during the incident, Caesar bites off of Hunsiker's right index finger by accident, a trait that all apes share when it comes to humans, but becomes horrified by his actions and is consoled by Charles. On the second occasion, Caesar refuses to return to his cage and is confronted by Dodge, growing more and more furious at the man's insults, he shocks everyone by speaking for the first time and by unintentionally killing Dodge. Although Caesar hated the man, he did not intend to cause his death. His death causes Caesar to experience survivor's guilt, but it also leads him to vow to kill only the humans that did wrong to him and his people, not those that did no wrong. He also begins to teach his people to do the same.
Although he loves and adores his adoptive father, Will. Their relationship eventually becomes strained to the point where Caesar starts to feel abandoned by Will and when Will attempts to reclaim him, Caesar refuses to go home with him, no longer wishing to be treated as a pet and preferring to stay with his fellow apes. During the battle on the Golden Gate Bridge, Caesar witnesses the deaths of many of his fellow apes, including his loyal friend, Buck, who sacrifices himself in order to protect Caesar. Caesar experiences sorrow and pain over Buck's death and also displays ruthlessness and cruelty when he refuses to save Jacobs who was, although indirectly, responsible for Buck's death. Instead of killing the man himself, Caesar chooses to allow Koba to kill Jacobs, which also displays that Caesar can be merciless but also vengeful. Although Caesar could have returned to the only home he has ever known, he ultimately chooses to live in the redwood forest with his fellow apes, choosing a life of freedom over a life of solitude.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: FirestormEdit
During the early days of the Ape Colony, initially, Caesar became slightly arrogant, impulsive and a control freak, however, by the time of the events of Dawn, he had become mature to the point where he is no longer the arrogant, impulsive and control freak chimpanzee he once was.
Dawn of the Planet of the ApesEdit
As a middle-age chimpanzee, Caesar is wise and well-respected by his people who see him as more of the all-father than the King. He is the ultimate leader. He combines intellect and ability, confidence and humility, strength and compassion. It's this unique mix of rare qualities that inspires others to follow. At the same time though, he is not afraid to assert dominance if another ape defies him, seeing it as a challenge to his authority (such as when he nearly strangled Koba after the latter accused Caesar of caring for humans more than apes and his own family, in front of his fellow apes including his son).
As a husband, he loves his wife, Cornelia, and shares an affectionate relationship with her. As a father, he loves both of his sons, Blue Eyes and Milo, sharing a strong bond with and sometimes having problems with his eldest son, but also becoming a counterbalance to Blue Eyes' recklessness. Caesar is fiercely protective of his family and will never hesitate to protect them when they are threatened, he will even go as far as to attempt to kill to protect his loved ones. This is proven when he almost kills Carver who threatened the lives of both of his sons.
As the king of a growing empire, Caesar has many responsibilities that can be very stressful since he has to try and juggle between being a husband, a father and a king. However, he has Cornelia's constant support; her presence also helps keep him grounded and calm in important situations. He has since developed a strong moral code and principle, apes do not kill apes. He is fiercely loyal to the moral code, proven when he almost kills Koba after the latter accuses him of loving humans more than his people and his family, but ultimately spares his life. Caesar is also very forgiving even if he has been deceived or disrespected, proven when he forgives Koba twice for his indolence. Despite his resentment for most humans, Caesar still possesses compassion and sympathy for the humans, proven by his friendship with Malcolm, but also because he was raised by the Rodman family who showered him with nothing but love and kindness.
Caesar was once naïve, believing that apes were better than humans, but after Koba's betrayal, Caesar realizes that there is no difference between the two species. Caesar still possesses some of the personality traits when he was a teenager, such as violent mood swings, although he has learned to control himself. He is a terrifying spectacle when he was enraged. In the end, Caesar still displays a dark side when he chooses to let Koba fall to his death, after declaring that he was no longer an ape and because he has destroyed any chance for peace between the apes and the humans, forcing Caesar to have to prepare his people for war.
- Animal Strength: Caesar possesses incredible feats of strength, capable of overpowering several police officers during the battle on the Golden Gate Bridge. It was stated in the Novelization of Dawn that Caesar is stronger than most Chimpanzees and any human. He easily overpowered Koba during their first confrontation, however this could have been due to the latters advanced age. He is able to overpower and knock over adult humans effortlessly. The reason for his unusual physical strength in comparison to the other apes is unknown, however, it could be a side effect of the ALZ-113 virus.
- Animal Speed: Caesar possesses incredible feats of speed. Escaping from and returning to the shelter without being seen. During the battle on the Golden Gate Bridge, he catches a police officer off guard, knocking him off of his horse. He later prevents Koba from harming Will as well.
- Animal Reflexes: Caesar possesses incredible reflexes. He is also an expert acrobat, possessing incredible climbing abilities, which are constantly displayed throughout his life and his countless battles with both apes and humans alike.
- Animal Stamina: Caesar possesses very high stamina, rarely ever growing exhausted from daily activities or the necessaries of survival.
- Animal Endurance: Caesar possesses incredible feats of endurance, capable of enduring powerful attacks from other apes or humans. He manages to survive a non-fatal gunshot wound and a dangerous, massive fall from his home until the next morning where he is found and treated by Malcolm's group.
- Expert Leader: Caesar is a natural born leader, possessing great feats of charisma. He is capable of earning the respect and loyalty of every ape under his command, including Maurice, Buck, Rocket, Luca, Ash and even Koba. All of them, (with the exception of Koba and Stone) remain loyal to Caesar during the battle of San Francisco. Caesar later displays his leadership skills as he amasses an army of apes and leads them throughout the city, into the battle on the Golden Gate Bridge and to the redwood forest.
- Expert Hand-to-Hand Combatant: Caesar is a highly skilled hand-to-hand combatant. He displays his combat skills on three separate occasions. The first occasion, he overpowers several police officers during the battle on the Golden Gate Bridge, but doesn't kill them. The second occasion, he severely beats Koba within seconds after he mocks him about his love for humans, but forgives and spares him. The third occasion, Caesar once again fights Koba, but for supremacy, both apes are initially equally matched on the battlefield and make use of nearby debris as melee weapons. However, in the end, Caesar proves to be the superior fighter, defeating Koba and letting him fall to his death.
- Expert Tactician: Due to his enhanced intelligence, Caesar is an expert tactician. This is proven during the battle on the Golden Gate Bridge, he orders his army to stop when he becomes aware of the police blockade. In order to overcome the blockade and ambush the police, he divides his army into three separate groups, ordering the first group to climb the suspension cables, the second group to climb underneath the bridge and leading the third group to charge straight ahead. He later orders the gorillas to use a bus as a shield in order to protect them from the police's gunfire. In the end, Caesar's strategy succeeds, leading the apes to defeat the police and to escape into the redwood forest.
- Expert Horse Rider: During the battle on the Golden Gate Bridge, Caesar becomes the first ape to ever ride a horse and is a very skilled rider despite the fact that he has never rode a horse before in his life. He most likely taught his fellow apes how to ride horses as well.
- Genius-Level Intellect: Inheriting the ALZ-112 from his late mother, Caesar is highly intelligent and excels at everything. As he grows older, Caesar's intelligence further increases, far exceeding that of a human counterpart. His intelligence increased even further due to inhaling the ALZ-113 in the shelter. He is the most evolved ape in the colony besides his sons. Because of his advanced intelligence, he becomes the first ape to ever speak and later passes the gene onto his two sons, Blue Eyes and Milo.
- Sign Language: Growing up alongside humans, Caesar was taught American Sign Language in order to communicate with others. It is his Native language. Along with his best friend, Maurice, Caesar most likely taught his people how to sign as well.
- Speech: Due to his enhanced intelligence, Caesar has become the first apes in history to speak. In Rise, Caesar was shown to spoke loudly his first word during the fighting against Dodge and whispering to Will's ear that he's is at home in Muir Woods Park. This ability is later passed on to his two sons, Blue Eyes and Milo. In Dawn, Caesar can speak English almost completely clearly, but could not form complete sentences at the time. By the events of War, Caesar is now capable of fluently speaking English and can now form complete sentences; something he was previously unable to do.
- Psychological Warfare: Caesar is capable of using psychological warfare to his advantage. This is proven during the battle of San Francisco when he berates Koba for his treachery, leading an enraged Koba to attack Caesar more ferociously, but still ends with Caesar's victory and Koba's death.
Blue Eyes is Caesar's first-born son and heir.
Despite their familial problems, Caesar loves his son a great deal, but is often frustrated by Blue Eyes' defiant and rebellious behavior. Caesar tries to teach Blue Eyes that his recklessness will get him nowhere while juggling his responsibilities as husband, father and king. Caesar is also fiercely protective of his son and is greatly concerned for his welfare. This is proven during a hunting expedition when Caesar protects his son from a bear after Blue Eyes disobeys his father, which would have resulted in both Caesar and Blue Eyes' deaths if Koba hadn't intervened. Later, an enraged Caesar almost kills Carver after he threatens his two sons' lives. During the humans' time in the forest, Caesar attempts to teach Blue Eyes to see the good in humans, but due to Koba's influence on Blue Eyes, he is left to see nothing but evil in the humans.
Caesar and Blue Eyes' relationship soon becomes very strained after Caesar severely beats Koba for cruelly accusing him of loving humans more than his sons, however, Blue Eyes later becomes greatly concerned for his father's life after he is led to believe that the humans pose a great threat. His fears come true when he witnesses his father's supposed death at the hands of humans, breaking his heart. However, with Malcolm's help, Blue Eyes learns that Caesar is alive and reconciles with his father.
While tending to his wounded father, Blue Eyes learns of his father's past with humans and finally understands the reason for Caesar's compassion and sympathy for the humans, changing Blue Eyes' own perspective for the humans. Their relationship ultimately improves as Blue Eyes is now and forever devoted to his father, which is proven when he asks his father, in broken English, to let him help him. Caesar proudly accepts. Blue Eyes risks everything to support his father in his upcoming battle against Koba, their now shared enemy. As Caesar's battle with Koba escalates, Blue Eyes watches on with concern. After Caesar defeats Koba in combat and lets him fall to his death, Caesar embraces Blue Eyes along with Cornelia and Milo before preparing the tribe for the upcoming war.
Cornelia is Caesar's wife and queen.
Caesar and Cornelia first meet during their captivity at the shelter and fall in love. When he gains free access to the common area, he spends a lot of time with her in her cage. After Dodge's death, Caesar discovers that Cornelia has been taken to Gen-Sys for experimentation and is greatly concerned about her welfare. He, along with his fellow apes, infiltrates Gen-Sys and rescues her and the other incapacitated apes. After the battle on the Golden Gate Bridge, Caesar and Cornelia are free to begin a life together in their forest kingdom. Through mating, Caesar and Cornelia are husband and wife and have two sons, Blue Eyes and Milo. During Caesar's rise to power, Cornelia earns his respect with her compassion toward both apes and humans, her knowledge of the outside world, and ultimately, her acquiescence of the king.
Raising two sons and ruling an empire are quite stressful for Caesar, but he has Cornelia's constant support and is grounded by her presence. He loves her very deeply and is very affectionate towards her. This is proven when he remains at her side and comforts her after a difficult childbirth while they also celebrate the birth of their youngest son. Later, Caesar is heartbroken when he learns that his wife has contracted an infection, crying while he and his sons remain at her side.
However, Ellie cures Cornelia with antibiotics, much to her husband and her eldest son's relief. After recovering, Cornelia joins the celebration with the tribe, but it is suddenly cut short when Caesar is shot by Koba and falls from his home into the jungle below, leaving Cornelia and Blue Eyes devastated. However, after the battle of San Francisco, Caesar and an overjoyed Cornelia reunite and embrace one another along with their sons just as Caesar must prepare his people for the war to come.
Will is Caesar's adoptive human father.
Caesar shares a close relationship with Will, who raises him as his own son along with his late father, Charles, and his late girlfriend, Caroline. Caesar has a happy childhood as he becomes a beloved member of the family. Caesar and Will display much love and respect for one another and are very protective of each other. This is proven when Will defends Caesar from Hunsiker who threatens Caesar with a baseball bat after discovering him in the garage. Later, Caesar defends Will from Koba after Will pursues Caesar and the apes to the forest. However, Caesar and Will's relationship starts to become strained after Will confesses the truth to Caesar about his origins and his mother's death, causing him to begin to resent humans.
After injuring Hunsiker while defending Charles, Caesar is sentenced to live in captivity at the shelter, which ultimately drives a wedge between Caesar and Will who is unable to get him released. Feeling abandoned by Will, Caesar becomes the leader of the apes at the shelter that come to respect him. Therefore, when Will finally attempts to reclaim Caesar and take him home, Caesar rejects Will, choosing to remain with his fellow apes and not wanting to be treated as a pet anymore (despite Will earlier reassuring Caesar that he is his son, not his pet).
After reuniting with Caesar, Will pleads with Caesar to return home, promising to protect him, but Caesar politely declines, telling Will that he is home. Initially shocked and saddened, Will respects Caesar's decision and the two bid farewell. Ten years later, Caesar returns to his former home in the city, but finds the house long abandoned and in ruins. After recovering from surgery, Caesar explores the house and finds his old bedroom in the attic where he finds an old camcorder, depicting Will teaching Caesar in his younger years, much to his happiness and sadness. When Malcolm asks Caesar the man's identity in the video, Caesar tells Malcolm that he is "a good man" like him. Will was most likely killed during the virus outbreak.
Charles Rodman was Caesar's adoptive grandfather and first human friend.
Caesar was raised by Charles along with Will and Caroline who forms a strong bond with him. Caesar and Charles truly love one another and truly care a great deal about the other. Along with Will, Charles protects Caesar from an angered Hunsiker and is concerned when he learns that Caesar has suffered a leg injury while attempting to flee from Hunsiker. Later and after Charles' disease returns, Caesar displays a protective side when he viciously attacks Hunsiker, beating him and eventually biting off his right index finger by accident for assaulting Charles.
However, Caesar becomes horrified by his actions and is comforted by Charles, but is later forced to live in captivity at an abusive shelter. Caesar and Charles never reunite after his sentence even after Caesar escapes from the shelter along with his fellow apes and choosing to live a life of freedom in the forest as Charles dies from his disease during the night.
Milo is Caesar's second-born son who is born in the village. Caesar loves his newborn son very much and is fiercely protective of him, which is proven when he almost kills Carver for attempting to harm both of his sons. Milo shares his father's personality traits when he was an infant, such as curiosity. After reuniting with Blue Eyes, Caesar is greatly concerned for Cornelia and Milo, but is relieved to learn from Blue Eyes that they were safe for the moment. After the battle of San Francisco, Caesar reunites with Cornelia and Milo, embracing them along with Blue Eyes as he and the tribe prepare for war.
Bright Eyes was Caesar's mother.
Bright Eyes was pregnant with Caesar (Alpha's son) when she was first brought to Gen-Sys Laboratories and secretly gave birth to Caesar during her stay. When Robert Franklin attempted to retrieve Bright Eyes for a presentation, her maternal instincts kicked in as she chose to not leave her infant son alone and went on a rampage to protect him.
Unfortunately, Bright Eyes was killed by Gen-Sys Laboratories security guards as Franklin informed Will of finding the infant Caesar. Eight years after Bright Eyes' death, Caesar ask Will who and what he really is; he is devastated to learn that not only is his mother dead, but she was also killed in cold blood.
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.
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 the 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 best friend. Caesar later allowed the human hating bonobo to finish Steven 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 10 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 friend. 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 "apparently 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 Koba, 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 second-in-command 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.
Robert FranklinEditRobert was Caesar's human savior.
After the death of Caesar's mother, Robert had found out that her reason for Bright Eyes going on a rampage was to protect the life of her newborn child. Robert showed great affection to the baby Caesar and refused to euthanized him even after being given orders by Steven Jacobs to do so.
It was Robert who entrusted Caesar in the care of the Rodman Family as he couldn't sneak him out of the lab; due to the fact that his brother-in-law worked in security and knew that Will would take care of him. It is unknown if Will ever told Caesar about Robert's role in him being raised his family or if Caesar ever met Robert while growing up; Caesar is alive today because of Robert.
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 far 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 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 compassion and 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 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.
Nova is Caesar's human ally. Not exactly a friend but not exactly a foe, Caesar and Nova have a bit of an odd relationship. Caesar is seen to argue with Maurice over Nova's fate when they find her and he tells Maurice to just leave her, basically to die. Maurice is insistant and Caesar is forced to agree to take Nova with them.
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Douglas HunsikerEditDouglas was Caesar's former human neighbor.
Douglas 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 Douglas' garden, which frightened his children when the curious chimpanzee wanted to ride a bicycle found in Douglas' garage, causing Douglas to try and attack Caesar with a baseball bat.
Douglas 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. While understandable, his actions were unjustified as Caesar posed no true threat to his children at that time (he was even far too young and small to even be considered dangerous) Even though Charles insisted that "he just wanted to play", Douglas warned the Rodmans to not let Caesar near his house or his children again or else.
Five years later, Douglas 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. Douglas started threatening and poking Charles, which provoked an angry Caesar to retaliate and bite Douglas' right index finger off by accident. In revenge, Douglas presumably called the police and Animal Control with Caesar being sent to the San Bruno Primate Shelter. It is apparent that his past attempt on the ape's life and threatening behavior towards his adoptive earned him Caesar's hatred.
Dodge LandonEditDodge was Caesar's human tormentor and enemy.
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.
Steven JacobsEditSteven was Caesar's human enemy.
When Caesar's mother Bright Eyes went on a rampage resulting in her being killed by security, Steven had ordered all the chimpanzees in Gen Sys Labs euthanized. Unknown to Steven, the newborn Caesar was spared from this fate as the kind caregiver Robert Franklin refused to kill him and turn the infant chimpanzee over to Will Rodman. Years later, Caesar would lead an Ape Rebellion and Steven (unwilling to allow his business to suffer) had join the police in a helicopter and told they had to kill the ape leader.
After the Battle on the Golden Gate Bridge, Steven had identified Caesar as the ape leader resulting in the police shooting at Caesar and forcing him to run for cover. Caesar would run to a police car where he would find chains and throw them at Steven and the shooter which took them down but one of the pilots began to shoot at Caesar causing his gorilla friend Buck to come to his aid.
Buck's attack on the helicopter led to it crashing into the bridge killing everyone except Steven who was seriously wounded and dangling precariously over the waters below. Steven would beg Caesar for help and the chimpanzee was on the verge of doing however, Caesar, distraught by his friend's death; (correctly) seeing Steven as a corrupt man and the cause of the ape oppression elected not to help him, and allowed the bonobo Koba to finish Steven.
KobaEditKoba was Caesar's close friend turned enemy.
Koba was Caesar's opposite; while Caesar still 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 the bonobo is surprised at Caesar's survival before stating he has place amongst the apes as they follow him now. Caesar states they follow him to war and madness. Koba states the apes will win war with him as their leader before declaring Caesar as weak. Caesar, unhurt and defiant labels Koba as weaker which causes the latter to lash out at him. Caesar then battles his former friend 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 the tower explodes (due to Dreyfus detonating explosives), Caesar and his followers attempted to help any ape who was caught in the explosion while Koba steals Grey's gun and opens fires on the apes in an attempt to kill Caesar. Caesar, angered and disgusted by this act leaps at Koba causing both to fall. Caesar lands to safety while 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 and grieve over 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, however, he could not forgive the bonobo for his actions.
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 was about to beat 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 was 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.
The Colonel is Caesar's human enemy.
While there is not much information about the rivalry between Caesar and the Colonel as of yet, it is known that the Colonel has one mission and that is to eliminate Caesar and his apes. Caesar also has a mission to stop the Colonel from taking out his ape colony.
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- "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. In addition to this, it has since been revealed that War will take place 2 years after Dawn so Caesar will 20 years old.
- 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".
- As two years have passed since the events of Dawn, it appears (according to the first trailer for War) that Caesar is now capable of forming complete sentences when it comes to speaking. However, it is unknown at the moment as to whether both of his sons and Cornelia can do the same.
- It can be presumed that Caesar always had a knowledge of proper English grammar given that he was raised by humans, and is able to understand complex sentences, his grammar improves drastically over the course of the films without any form of instruction, the reason why he couldn't speak fluently from the start could possibly be because, he has never actually spoken for most of his life so he would have no prior practice speaking despite having a theroetical knowledge of the language, and that his vocal cords had not mutated enough to allow him to speak until he was an adult.
- It is unknown how Caesar knew green eyes was a sign on intelligence when inspecting the evolved apes in Rise.
- Casear has become more human like biologically over the franchise, in rise he was still mostly ape like despite his enhanced intelligence, in Dawn he has a more straight posture when he stands, and walks, and walks upright more, his screams are far more human like than a chimp in Dawn, he fights in a far more human like way, like when he fought koba in the factory, he was shown to punch koba with one fist at a time, and hit him directly with his knuckles. in dawn. It is shown that casear is even more human like than ever before, in the trailer for war Casear was shown being capable of running on his hind legs.
- It is unknown if Casear knew the simian outbreak had anything to due with the ALZ drug that made himself and the apes intelligent.
- Casear knows as much about human society as a normal human being raised in a mostly normal setting.
- It is unknown why Casear only began to realize he was different than humans until he was 8 or 9, or why he was considered a pet.
- it can presumed that Casear only became completely sentient when he was 8 or 9, or never really thought of it considering his extremely sheltered upbringing and the fact that Will never completely treated Casear as a fully intelligent sentient being no different from any person to begin with.