Biographical information
Birth Unknown
Death 2028
Occupation Soldier of the Ape Army (formerly)
"Donkey" for Colonel McCullough's forces (formerly)
Race Gorilla
Gender Male
Age Unknown
Status Deceased
Family Unknown
Continuity Movies (CE)
Portrayed By Ty Olsson
Voiced By {{{Voiced By}}}
First Appearance War for the Planet of the Apes: Revelations
Only Appearance {{{Only Appearance}}}
Last Appearance War for the Planet of the Apes
Colonel...shoot apes...when wall is done.
This madness. It won't save him...anymore than it will save you.
I save myself.
Is there anything left...of you to save?
— Caesar see through Red, seeing his wavering resolve.

Red was an altered gorilla and the secondary antagonist turned anti-hero of War for the Planet of the Apes. Red was one of Koba's followers who defected to Colonel McCullough's forces and has the word "DONKEY" tattooed on his back.


War for the Planet of the Apes: RevelationsEdit

Red was shown early in the story to be questioning Caesar's leadership, disliking the fact that Caesar had let the humans go after killing Koba. He went on to convince Grey to leave Caesar's army to create a colony of their own, along with others that were loyal to Koba. Grey became their leader, though it was Red behind their schemes.

Red lured the humans to the building in which Caesar had hidden the females and young, knowing that the attack would prompt Caesar to send the females and their children back to the safety of the forest. Some of the Gorilla Guard accompanied them to keep them safe, Red included. However, Grey and the others in their secret group slipped away to follow them without Caesar's knowledge.

With the help of their group, Red and Grey managed to subdue the females and the Gorilla Guard, convincing them that Caesar and the ape army had all perished and that Grey was the new king. Cornelia had escaped, however, and they sent some of their loyal apes to find her with orders to kill her, so that the rest of the females, leaderless, would succumb to Grey's leadership.

When push came to shove, however, Grey stood against Red in his bid to kill Cornelia during the birth of one of the females. He stated that it was against custom and that they would wait until after the birth to seize the former queen. This enraged Red, who attacked Grey, and the two of them brawled until Red got hold of a gun and shot Grey point blank in the face, killing him. The gorilla was then descended upon by the females, and retreated in humiliation to have lost to their mob.

War for the Planet of the ApesEdit

Red was present with the group of soldiers who attacked one of Caesar's outposts in the forest, the gorilla providing ammunition and grenades for the soldiers to use. He was later captured, branded a traitor by the apes. However, he spoke out against Caesar's claims he feared him, prompting one ape to strike him to the ground. The gorilla Winter then forced him outside. However, Red managed to overpower the gorilla, threatening to kill him if he didn't reveal where Caesar's main base was, Winter giving in. Red then returned to the humans, informing them of Caesar's location. As promised, he allowed Winter entry into to be one of the Colonel's "donkeys".

Red was later watched by Caesar, Luca and Maurice helping the soldiers pack their gear. A few days later, he encountered Caesar's co, only with the soldiers, helping them capture nearly all the apes and helped string the near dead ones on crosses to be made an example of. He found Caesar near one cross trying to help his dying ape, proceeding to knock him out with the butt of his rifle. The next day, Red was ordered to whip a captive orangutan until Caesar, also a prisoner, suddenly yelled at him to stop. Red brought Caesar before the Colonel and then whipped Caesar in the orangutan's place.

During his captivity, Caesar reminded Red than he was an ape and he would always be thought of as inferior by the humans. When Alpha-Omega was attacked by rival military forces, Red was tasked with firing grenade launchers. Ultimately Red had a change of heart thanks to Caesar's words, and when Caesar was wounded by Preacher, he turned on the humans and fired a grenade, blowing up Preacher and saving Caesar's life. Unfortunately, he was then shot in the head by his human superiors because of his betrayal. However, his sacrifice allowed Caesar to set fire to a fuel tank, blowing up the Alpha-Omega facility and escaping.


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War for the Planet of the Apes: RevelationsEdit

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  • Animal Strength: Like all gorillas, Red was extremely powerful and strong, able to carry mortar launchers for the humans and easily drag Caesar around, albeit with chains.
  • High-Level Intellect: Red had been given the ALZ-113, through unknown methods, giving him increased intelligence. Despite such, he preferred to keep such secondary when with the soldiers, favouring to act as one of their "Donkey's".
  • Expert Hand-To-Hand Combatant: Due to him being a former member of the Ape Army, Red was a capable fighter. He successfully defeated Grey in a fight. He managed to overpower Winter, another gorilla with ease, despite being restrained; he beat him to the point that he made the ape tell him where Caesar's hideout was so Red would spare his life. He also managed to gain the upper hand against Rocket, the second-in-command of Ape Army, in their brawl.
  • Speech: Having been given the ALZ-113, through unknown methods, Red gained the ability of speech. He was taught how to speak by humans. It also made him arrogant, using it to defy Caesar's status as alpha by speaking against him, much like Koba had once done. He rarely used it around the soldiers though, ultimately being subordinate to them.
  • Expert with firearms: Red was capable of firing a mortar launcher over a distance with enough accuracy to kill a soldier, saving Caesar's life.



  • Unlike the other gorillas from the Ape Colony, he has red colored fur from his head extending to his shoulders and upper back. This may be the reason why he is named Red.
  • Red is the only known gorilla who could speak.
  • He is portrayed by Ty Olsson, who previously played John Hamil in Rise.
  • The name given to him before, "Donkey", is a reference to the name of the Nintendo character Donkey Kong, who is also a gorilla with brownish-red fur.
  • The prequel novel Revelations confirmed this character's name to be Red, not Rex, as stated IMDB, perhaps mistakenly.
  • It was Red who started the rebellion of Koba's followers against Caesar in Revelations.


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