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Alpha was a wild chimpanzee who lived in the West African Jungle and the leader of his troop. He was also the mate of the late Bright Eyes, the biological father of Caesar, the father-in-law of Cornelia, and the grandfather of Blue Eyes and Cornelius.


While leading his troop through the jungles of West Africa, Alpha and his troop were attacked by a group of poachers. Bright Eyes was the only one captured and taken by the poachers, leaving Alpha and his troops to watch in horror as she was hauled away to be brough to Gen-Sys Laboratories in San Francisco for experimental research, where she was given the ALZ-112 drug which increased her mental capabilities.[1]


In 2016, his son Caesar, became an alpha in his own right at the San Bruno Primate Shelter. Over the next decade, Caesar formed the San Francisco Ape Colony with apes from the San Bruno Primate Shelter, Gen-Sys, and the San Francisco Zoo.

Physical appearance[]

Alpha had a typical appearance of a chimpanzee, having coarse black fur and tan skin. In the prequel comic, Alpha was shown to have a birthmark on his right shoulder, similar like the one on his son Caesar's right pectoral.


  • The name Alpha refers to his rank as the dominant male of his troop of chimpanzees. Alpha's son, Caesar eventually became an alpha himself hence the connection to the titles of both father and son.
  • Alpha was not explicitly shown on-screen. However, actor Jay Caputo was credited with the part, and an earlier version of the script gave the character a more prominent role which was edited out of the theatrical cut of the film. A deleted scene on the Blu-ray release of the film reveals Alpha's possible fate, where he begins to chase the truck to try and rescue his mate but is shot by the hunters before he can get close. Bright-Eyes screams and looks on tearfully as Alpha lies dead.


  • Alpha's trademark shooting star birthmark was passed down to his son, Caesar. The birthmark was not passed down to either one of Alpha's grandsons, Blue Eyes and Cornelius.
  • In the original Planet of the Apes films, Caesar had a son with Lisa whom they named Cornelius after Caesar's father while in the reboot films Caesar had a son with Cornelia (who is named in reference to Cornelius) whom they named Blue Eyes (for his blue eyes). Like the original Cornelius, Alpha did not live to see his grandchildren.

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Planet of the Apes - 20th Century Reboot Series
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Caesar | Bright Eyes | Koba | Maurice | Rocket | Buck | Cornelia | Blue Eyes | Luca | Ash | Cornelius | Winter | Lake | Bad Ape | Red | Noa | Soona | Anaya | Raka | Koro | Dar | Proximus Caesar | Sylva | Lightning
Supporting Ape Characters
Alpha | Burke | Verdon | Tinker | Grey | Stone | Andy | Wolfie | Jeanpierre | Lucky | Koba's Mother | Sparrow | Pope | Fifer | Cora | Rex | Bon | Dallas | Milo | Herman | Spear | Ajax | Oak | Fox | Aghoo | Ursus | Percy | Beardface | Armando | Luna | Oda | Rust
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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 | Mae | Trevathan
Supporting Human Characters
Rodney | John Hamil | Rita | Sarah | Maddy | John | Edward | Roger Mason | Werner | Kemp | Clancy Stoppard | Corbin | Daniel Nygun | David Flynn | Finney | Kuo | Malakai Youmans | Max (Firestorm) | McVeigh | Terry | Roger | Rod Wilson | Preacher | Boyle | Lang | Travis | Korina
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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 | Caesar’s Story
Other Books
Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: The Art of the Films
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Plague Inc: Simian Flu | Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier | Crisis on the Planet of the Apes VR