|Family||Maurice (adoptive father) Unnamed Parents †|
|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|
— Caesar and Bad Ape talking about Nova in War for the Planet of the Apes
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.
- See Nova (CE)/Gallery.