WPOTA Nova 2
Biographical information
Birth 2016
Race Human
Gender Female
Age 12
Status Alive
Family Maurice (adoptive father) Unnamed Parents †
Continuity Movies (CE)
Portrayed By Amiah Miller
Voiced By Amiah Miller
First Appearance War for the Planet of the Apes
Only Appearance War for the Planet of the Apes
Last Appearance War for the Planet of the Apes

Who is...child?
I don't know.
But...she with you...
She has no one else.

— Caesar and Bad Ape talking about Nova in War for the Planet of the Apes

Nova is the secondary protagonist of War for the Planet of the Apes. She is also the adopted daughter of Maurice.


War for the Planet of the ApesEdit

Nova was initially introduced in the movie as a frightened girl, with her nose bleeding, at the sight of the apes who intruded into her caretaker's shelter with fired arms. Her caretaker, an escaped soldier from Colonel McCullough's army, was killed by Caesar outside Nova's cabin. Nova, having been infected by the virus, is a mute, and consequently she was ordered to be killed by McCullough who despised the apes for their animalistic natures and feared for their strength and intelligence that could potentially overrule humans. However, a portion of McCullough's followers were sympathetic to the demise of their family and friends who were infected by the virus and decided to rebel against McCullough's black-and-white sentiments; to him apes can never be human, and therefore humans that behave like apes are no longer humans. As a result, Nova was hidden and cared for in a cabin by a soldier, who probably had medical knowledge and is experimenting on her to get a cure for the virus. She followed Caesar's gang to track down McCullough, who killed Caesar's first-born son and wife. Along the way, a fatally wounded soldier, who bear a great resemblance to Nova, was found with gun-shot wounds and bleeding to death while buried in heavy snow. He was likely to be Nova's father, who was killed by McCullough's army for his rebellion. Nova was initially nameless, but was named "Nova" by Maurice to match the words on the gift "Bad Ape" gave her. Throughout the movie, Nova played a key role to disprove McCullough's sentiments, by being an analogous representative of ape-like humans, to allow for opportunities for both the apes and ape-like humans to show their humane sides of compassion, grief and kindness. Nova also unintentionally caused the suicide of McCullough, by having him infected by the virus she was carrying, through contact with her plushie. Nova might also represent a promising future for a harmonious coexistence between apes and humans. She was adopted into the ape community, not as an ape, but as a person of her own.


Even though, Nova is a mute, at first she was frightened by the apes. But as she begins to travel with them, Nova sees the Ape Army's good side and quickly learns one of their most important laws "Apes Together Strong". When Caesar and his apes are held prisoners, Nova is the only one that shows them compassion and kindness as they did for her.



  • Nova reportedly serves as a younger counterpart to the original Nova in the first two films, though their eras of existence are separated by almost 2,000 years. Nova in War, is mute, just like the original Nova was.


  • Entertainment Weekly revealed that the character's name was Nova.
  • The name is widely known within the Planet of the Apes universe as the name has been carried by characters in both the original film series and in Tim Burton's attempt at a remake.
  • It has been said that Amiah Miller (Nova) formed a close bond with Karin Konoval while the film was in principle photography.

Image GalleryEdit

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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