According to legend, Hanuman The Wise was a founder of ape society. He led the three ape species through the wilderness for a year, a month, a week, and a day, far from mankind. He divided his followers into nine tribes and scattered them over the land. One tribe was led by his son, Pharo, an orangutan. Pharo built the apes 'First City' and took a gorilla wife. Many more hybrid apes were born, but they became insane and these 'Chimerae' were left to live in the city, isolated from other apes by thick jungle.
- Hanuman The Wise is exclusive to the continuity of the Planet of the Apes (Chronicles of Ashlar) mythos and only appears in the Planet of the Apes comic books published by Dark Horse Comics.
- Hanuman is a prominent deity who appears in ancient texts of the Hindu, Jain, Buddhist and Sikh religions of the Indian subcontinent and South-East Asia. He is typically depicted taking the form of a monkey.