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Are there more like you? More apes from zoo?
Dead. All dead. Long time. Human get sick. Ape get smart. Then human kill ape. But not me. I run.
You learned to speak?
Listen. Human. "Bad ape!" Bad Ape.
Bad Ape explains his origin to Caesar.

Bad Ape was an evolved chimpanzee who lived in the Sierra Safari Zoo in Nevada before the Simian Flu Pandemic and was one of the many apes who became more intelligent due to the virus. Bad Ape encountered the San Francisco Ape Colony and joined them, having found more of his kind and having nowhere else to go.



Not much is known about Bad Ape other than he lived in the Sierra Safari Zoo in Reno, Nevada. Over the years, Bad Ape repeatedly heard and listened to his human handlers call him "Bad Ape" and as such, over time he began to firmly believe that "Bad Ape" was indeed his name. According to him, he had a child that was taken from him by humans.

When the Simian Flu first broke out, Bad Ape became infected along with the rest of his fellow apes. As a result, he and the other apes evolved and became incredibly intelligent. With his new-found intelligence, Bad Ape immediately realized that the humans were quickly becoming sick while he and the other apes became smarter. As human civilization began falling apart, rioting mobs began killing the apes. Terrified, Bad Ape managed to escape the zoo and fled into the wilderness.

As time passed, Bad Ape learned to speak from remembering how he used to watch and listen to the humans speak to him. He also adapted to wearing clothing to better help him survive the weather changes and lived on as a hermit. He also occasionally scavanged for food and supplies at a former quarantine facility that would become known as The Border.

War for the Planet of the Apes

Encounter With Caesar

Two years into the Human-Ape War, Bad Ape mistook Caesar's group for humans upon seeing a human girl with them and steals one of their horses, forcing them to chase him as he opens fire on them. Caesar's group soon cornered him in an abandoned building where both sides learn each other were apes.

After taking Caesar's group inside his shelter amidst an upcoming snowstorm, Bad Ape announced that he was excited to see more apes like him before he tells them of his origins as a zoo ape. He explains as humans were getting sick, the apes became smarter due to the effects of the ALZ-113 and that he learned how to speak by picking up from humans and he obtained the name Bad Ape due to being called that repeatedly. After sharing his food with Caesar's group, they soon realized that the supplies came from The Border, which now serrved as a base for McCullough and his soldiers, to which Caesar iniststed that Bad Ape leads them there. Though Bad Ape was intially hesitant, he agreed to do so the next morning after the snowstorm ended.

Aiding Caesar

Bad Ape then took Caesar and his friends to the Alpha-Omega base in the hope that he can find his sons. However, after Caesar was captured, Bad Ape played a huge part in rescuing Caesar and his colony from the soldiers because he was small and could fit through small places. Bad Ape mistakenly found the underground sewers that Maurice, Nova, and Rocket could use to rescue the apes. However, he was reluctant to dig through to the surface until Maurice roared at him.

Bad Ape was worried when Nova wandered into the camp and watched as Rocket intentionally got captured to cover for the girl.

Helping the Apes Escape

He later took part in the rescue, he was forced into climbing on Maurice's back and would meet the rest of the colony. Rocket pointed him out as a good ape, as the other apes thanked him for his help. Fascinated to meet more apes like him, Bad Ape introduced himself to the colony.

When Caesar and Rocket liberated the young apes, Bad Ape took part in making sure the young were tended to. After the Northern Army attacked, Bad Ape was worried at the destruction caused by the warring humans. He quickly shielded several young apes from the flying projectiles and got them to safety.

Once the avalanche took place, Bad Ape and the others escaped to the trees before watching as the soldiers were wiped out in the process. He was pleased to see Caesar had survived the damage and would cheer for this.

Finding the Oasis

Afterwards, Bad Ape takes part and the other apes leave the devastated area and crossing the desert. The apes then find an Oasis, in which they make into their new home far away from humanity's grip. Bad Ape can be seen playing with Nova and Caesar's son Cornelius at the colony's new home.

Bad Ape witnesses Caesar's demise and is sad at the passing of his first friend.

Ceasar's Funeral

While Bad Ape was not shown during Caesar's funeral scene in the intro of Kingdom, he was likely present off-screen.


Not much is known about Bad Ape's personality at this moment other than he is a congenial and anxious yet friendly ape; if not a little bit crazy from witnessing the deaths of his family and the constant years of isolation in the mountains.

Upon meeting Caesar and his allies, Bad Ape was overjoyed and ecstatic to finally meet apes who were evolved like himself; happily stating "new friends" and sharing his food rations with them. He was also fascinated to meet the rest of the colony, as seen when he helped in saving them from J. Wesley McCullough and was only able to give his name repeatedly. After the apes crossed over, he was happy at the chance to finally live in peace and be accepted by those like him.

Bad Ape often appears cowardly when faced with possible danger. However, when feeling intense emotions, he is willing to put aside his fear, showing when he emphasized with Nova over being alone and accept her, helped Caesar after learning of the death of his son Blue Eyes, revealing that he had his own child that was lost, as well as when Maurice growled at him to get him to climb up into the sewer drain. He also protected several young apes from flying projectiles by the warring humans.

Physical Appearance

Bad Ape was an old chimpanzee, having thin black fur on his tan skinned body, green irises and white sclera from the ALZ-113, and a bald head. Due to lack of thick fur, Bad Ape adopted to wearing clothes: he initially wore a thick hoodie jacket with mittens, pants, and snow boots; after giving his jacket to Nova, Bad Ape wore a thick blue vest and a snow cap.


  • High-Level Intellect: Having been infected by the Simian Flu, Bad Ape was granted increased intelligence, understanding that clothes help keep one warm and was able to use such to attempts to get Caesar and his companions to like him. He also understood the danger of mortar launchers, protecting a group of ape children from them. He didn't understand sign language though, most likely because he hadn't been taught.
  • Speech: From his infection, Bad Ape gained the ability of speech. He was taught how to speak by watching the humans, who gave him his self declared name; "Bad Ape". His fluency paralleled that of Caesar's, Bad Ape was able to speak much better than most of Caesar's own group.
  • Expert Horse Rider: Bad Ape is able to ride a horse with ease, using one to escape from Caesar's group.
  • Skilled Marksman: Bad Ape is able to fire a shotgun to ward off Caesar as he pursued him, though it ultimately had little impact.
  • ​Fashion: ​ Bad Ape wore clothes which were suited for his body, making him look very much like a human at times.



(Bad Ape looks through binoculars backwards) "Oh no! Why so small?"

(talking to Caesar) "I see girl, I think you human. But you ape! Like me!"

"New friends! Special day!"

(Bad Ape) "After zoo, I go... look for food. Then find... human zoo! Zoo for sick. Big walls. Sick human climb. Bad human kill." (Caesar) "Bad humans? Soldiers?" (Bad Ape) "Soldiers."

(To Nova touching the Chevy Nova wordmark) "No. No touch! That- that's mine."


More to come...'


  • Although the character's name is officially "Bad Ape", this not technically his name. "Bad Ape" is just the derogatory name that the humans gave him repeatedly thus over time he mistakenly began to believe that his name was actually indeed "Bad Ape".
  • In interviews, director Matt Reeves explained that introducing Bad Ape was meant to start widening the fictional world for future sequels, by establishing that there are other apes across the world beyond Caesar's colony who were mentally uplifted by the Simian Flu:
"Bad Ape is really...he’s critical to this story but he’s actually a seed that’s planted that sort of says that… that’s a widening up of the world. It’s not just Caesar’s apes, there are other apes elsewhere – and those apes haven’t had the benefit of Caesar’s leadership. And so who knows what they’re like, and they certainly wouldn’t necessarily have the level of empathy and integrity that he’s tried to instill in his family of apes. So future conflicts might not just be human and ape".[1]
  • Reeves also pointed out that the apes in Rise and Dawn don't wear clothing, but the end point of the future ape society seen in the original Planet of the Apes movie does wear clothing, and Bad Ape is also supposed to be the start of a progression in this direction; to survive in a harsh winter he's the first ape we see who shifted to wearing heavy winter coats he scavenged.
    • This is primarily assisted by the fact that he is bald, similarly to Rocket. However, while Rocket likely has Alopecia, Bad Ape seems to have lost his hair from old age.




Planet of the Apes - 20th Century Reboot 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 | Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes | Untitled fifth Planet of the Apes film
Main Evolved Ape Characters
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
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 | 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
Rodman Family | Caesar's Family | Malcolm's Family | Rocket's Family | Dreyfus' Family
Horse | Elk | Grizzly Bear | Eagle | Zebra
Items / Weapons
Simian Flu
Important Events / Battles
Ape Rebellion | Human-Ape War | Simian Flu Pandemic | Battle on the Golden Gate Bridge | Battle in San Francisco | Battle of Muir Woods Park | Attack on Ape Waterfall | Battle of the Border
Organizations / Colonies / Companies
San Francisco 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 | Alpha-Omega | Donkeys | Florida Ape Colony | Rocky Mountains Ape Colony | Eagle Clan | Coastal Ape Colony | Order of Caesar | Satellite Human Colony
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 | Ape Waterfall | The Border | Oasis
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) | Planet of the Apes: The Time of Man | Planet of the Apes: The Simian Age | Planet of the Apes: Devolution
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
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album) | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album) | War for the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album) | Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album)
Video Games
Plague Inc: Simian Flu | Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier | Crisis on the Planet of the Apes VR