Caesar's Infant Son
Biographical information
Birth 2026
Occupation Second Prince of Ape Colony
Race Chimpanzee
Gender Male
Age A few days old (DotPotA)
2 (WftPotA)
Status Alive
Family Caesar (father) †
Cornelia (mother) †
Blue Eyes (elder brother) †
Alpha (paternal grandfather) †
Bright Eyes (paternal grandmother) †
Will Rodman (adoptive grandfather; unknown)
Caroline Aranha (adoptive grandmother; unknown)
Charles Rodman (adoptive great-grandfather) †
Continuity Movies (CE)
Portrayed By CGI (DofPotA)
Devyn Dalton (WftPotA)
Voiced By {{{Voiced By}}}
First Appearance Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Only Appearance {{{Only Appearance}}}
Last Appearance War for the Planet of the Apes
Come meet your new brother.
Caesar introduces Blue Eyes to his new brother

Cornelius is an evolved chimpanzee, the youngest son of the late Caesar and the late Cornelia, and the younger brother of the late Blue Eyes. Through his father, Cornelius is the youngest grandson of the late Bright Eyes, and the late Alpha, as well as the youngest adoptive grandson of Will Rodman and Caroline Aranha, and the youngest adoptive great-grandson of the late Charles Rodman. He was second-in-line to inherit the colony after his older brother, Blue Eyes.

Following the deaths of his father and brother, Cornelius will succeed as the next Ape King.


Dawn of the Planet of the ApesEdit


Born before the rediscovery of humans, Cornelius was born the second child and youngest son of ape king, Caesar and his queen Cornelia. Through his parents, he is the younger brother of the couple's heir and eldest son, Blue Eyes.

Interacting with HumansEdit

When Caesar rescues a group of humans consisting of Malcolm, his wife Ellie, his son Alexander and Carver, Cornelius along with his brother meets humans for the first time. Curious, Cornelius climbs out of Blue Eyes' arms and scurries over to Ellie and Alexander to investigate them further and to play with them much to the nervousness of his older brother and the amusement of Alexander and Ellie who take his curiousness and playfulness in stride.

Being threatenedEdit

Cornelius's playtime came to an all too soon halt when he started to take a look inside Carver's supply box for a new toy and uncovered a hidden shotgun. Carver rushed over in fear to recover his property and was set on attacking the innocent baby chimp if not for his protective older brother. After a tense moment of betraying and the attempt on his sons lives, Cornelius quickly returned to his father's arms and was escorted home where he remained in his mother's care for the remainder of the human's venture and Koba's rebellion.

Reunion with his fatherEdit

Cornelius is later seen asleep in his mother's arms at the time he is reunited with his father and brother after Koba is announced dead and is present when his father prepares his army for war with the humans.

War for the Planet of the ApesEdit

Cornelius is seen with Cornelia at the beginning of the film when Blue Eyes returns, and Caesar tells him to "say hi to his brother." He is later shown sleeping in Cornelia's lap during the ape council meeting. At night, when Cornelia and Blue Eyes are murdered by the Colonel, Cornelius hides. While the other Apes look for him, he makes himself known to a distraught Caesar who is sitting where his wife and son's bodies had been found.

Caesar leaves Cornelius with Blue Eyes' mate, Lake as he goes off on his journey, Cornelius screams his name as he goes off. Later at the labor camp, Cornelius cries and calls for Caesar when he is brought in.

When the apes escape, Caesar picks up Cornelius and tells him he loves him. He rides with Caesar away to the Apes' new home. He is presumably raised by Lake after Caesar's death.


Dawn of the Planet of the ApesEdit

As an infant, Cornelius is closely watched by his family, especially his protective older brother, Blue Eyes. Despite his protective family, this doesn't stop Cornelius from exploring and being curious. When his father rescues Malcolm, his family and Carver from an explosion, Cornelius and Blue Eyes are present when Caesar along with their honorary uncles, Maurice and Rocket meet up with the humans. Cornelius becomes curious and wanders over to Ellie and Alexander and investigates them for himself but finds something more interesting; the humans' box of supplies. Cornelius is almost injured but is rescued from the incident by Blue Eyes who attacks Carver for wanting to harm his brother.

War for the Planet of the ApesEdit

Now two years old, Cornelius no longer possesses his curious nature from infancy and now appears timid and shy, which is evident when he holds Cornelia or Caesar's hand when walking.

More to come...


  • Genius-Level Intellect: As the son of an evolved ape and an altered ape, Cornelius has a high level of intelligence; because his parents inhaled the ALZ-113 early in their life, Cornelius has a higher level of intelligence than both of his parents combined.
  • Speech: As the second son of an evolved chimpanzee and an altered chimpanzee, Cornelius was born with the ability of speech, while his father (and presumably his mother) learned to speak later in life.



  • Like his parents, but unlike his older brother, Cornelius has green eyes.
  • Cornelius and Blue Eyes do not seem to possess the shooting star birthmark their father and paternal grandfather hold.



Planet of the Apes - Chernin Entertainment Series
Planet of the Apes (CE) Movies
Rise of the Planet of the Apes | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes | War for the Planet of the Apes
Main Evolved Ape Characters
Caesar | Bright Eyes | Koba | Maurice | Rocket | Buck | Cornelia | Blue Eyes | Luca | Ash | Cornelius | Winter | Lake | Bad Ape | Red
Supporting Ape Characters
Alpha | Burke | Verdon | Tinker | Grey | Stone | Andy | Wolfie | Jeanpierre | Koba's Mother | Gorilla Guardian | Sparrow | Lucky | Pope | Dallas | Milo (Firestorm) | Spear
Main Human Characters
Will Rodman | Charles Rodman | Caroline Aranha | Robert Franklin | Steven Jacobs | Dodge Landon | John Landon | Douglas Hunsiker | Malcolm | Ellie | Alexander | Dreyfus | Carver | Foster | Colonel McCullough | Nova
Supporting Human Characters
Irena | Linda Andersen | Donnie Thompson | Rodney | John Hamil | Alice Hunsiker | Court Clerk | Natalia Kosar | Officer 1 | Rationer | Rita | Sarah | Maddy | John | Edward | Roger Mason | Sniper | Tommy | Werner | Northside Officer | Mary | Kempt | Armed Colony Member | Clancy | Colony Member | Corbin | Daniel Nygun | David Flynn | Finney | Kuo | Malakai Youmans | Max (Firestorm) | McVeigh | Roger | Preacher | Boyle | Lang | Travis | Elder | Tee
Rodman Family | Caesar's Family | Malcolm's Family | Rocket's Family | Dreyfus' Family | Muir Woods Family | Royal Ape Family
Horse | Elk | Grizzly Bear
Items / Weapons
Simian Flu
Important Events / Battles
Ape Rebellion | Human-Ape War | Simian Flu Pandemic | Battle in San Francisco | Battle on the Golden Gate Bridge
Organisations / Colonies / Companies
Caesar's Ape Colony | Caesar's Council of Apes | Caesar's Ape Army | Gen-Sys Board | San Francisco's Human Colony | Dreyfus' Human Army | Malcolm's Group
West African Jungle | San Francisco | San Francisco Zoo | Gen-Sys Laboratories | Rodman House | San Bruno Primate Shelter | Golden Gate Bridge | Muir Woods Park | Ape Mountain | Ape Gate | Ape Village | Caesar's Home | Warehouse
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (webcomic) | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Contagion | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (BOOM! Studios) | Before the Dawn | War for the Planet of the Apes (BOOM! Studios)
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Official Movie Novelization | War for the Planet of the Apes: Revelations | War for the Planet of the Apes - Official Movie Novelization
Other Books
Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: The Art of the Films
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album) | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album)

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