A Gorilla is one of the species of apes in the Planet of the Apes franchise. The gorillas typically serve as Caesar's "muscle" in the ape army, as seen when Buck became his personal bodyguard. Caesar maximizes the gorillas' skills by having them use their incredible brute strength and imposing size, which were both essential during the ape rebellion. Prior to the destruction of Ape Village, the gorillas, led by Stone, served as the village guardians. It is unknown if the gorillas have the same intelligence as the rest of the apes, but they show signs of understanding what the other apes say and mean.