- "Who... is... child?"
"I don't know."
"But... she with you."
"She has no one else."
- ―Bad Ape and Caesar talking about Nova [src]
Nova is a kind human girl and the adopted daughter of Maurice. One of the first infected by the mutated Simian Flu, she is unable to speak and can only communicate through sign language. Nova accompanied Caesar and a strike team of his army to take down Colonel McCullough. She was crucial in rescuing the captured ape colony from his forces, and her kind nature helped Caesar heal spiritually and save his apes.
Born in 2016, the sweet and brave human girl later known as Nova grew up through the Simian Flu pandemic, surviving it and living through the initial wave. In 2028, two years into the brutal Human-Ape War, the flu returned and mutated, rendering those who carried it into a mute and primal state. The girl became infected and Colonel McCullough ordered that any carriers of the strain in his military group, Alpha-Omega, be killed. However, a portion of his followers didn't want to kill their friends and family, including the girl's parents. Therefore, they deserted and she was hidden away in a cabin by a lone soldier somewhere near San Francisco, where she was cared for for a time.
Joining Caesar's Apes
Eventually, the girl's cabin was located by Caesar and his strike team of apes, including Caesar's noble confidant Maurice, the fearless Rocket, and the gentle Luca on a mission to murder Colonel McCullough for his crimes against the apes, and killing Caesar's wife and son. Her caretaker was shot by Caesar for pulling a shotgun on the apes, and when the girl herself was found by Caesar, she panicked and tried to hide. However, Maurice, directed Caesar to stand down, and calmed down the frightened girl while the other searched for supplies. Seeing she was all alone, Maurice decided to take her with them, and she followed Caesar and his team to track down the Colonel, forming a close bond with Maurice and Luca.
While on their journey through the snowy wasteland, Caesar's team came across the aloof and empathetic Bad Ape, who allowed them to spend the night in his home, an abandoned house. While in the house, the girl came across the wordmark of a Chevy Nova car, which became the inspiration for her name, Nova. The next day, Luca bonded more with Nova, and Bad Ape led Caesar and his team to a border facility where the Colonel and Alpha-Omega were camping out. On their journey, the group was ambushed by Alpha-Omega soldiers, resulting in the death of Luca. Nova was greatly saddened by the death of her new friend, and Caesar decided it was a mistake bringing the other along, and left them to kill the Colonel alone.
Rescuing the Apes
Nova and the others waited until the next day, hoping Caesar would return, but eventually they made their way to the base to see if he was alright. When they arrived, they saw that Caesar was being kept prisoner, and the rest of the ape colony had been captured by Alpha-Omega, and were being forced to build a wall to help protect them from the opposing Northern Military. Seeing Caesar in peril, Nova snuck in to meet him, and gave him food and water in his cage. She also left him her plush doll, which she had been carrying around with her the whole trip. Rocket came down to distract the Colonel so she could escape without being seen, and her doll was taken by the Colonel.
From inside their prison, Rocket and Caesar formulated a plan to help the apes escape with the outer team's help. Bad Ape located an underground tunnel running under the apes' cages, and he, Maurice, and Nova made their way under the apes' cage to dig them out. During the excursion, Maurice told Nova she was very brave, and finally gave her her name, cementing the two as being as close as family. They used the tunnel to rescue the apes while the deadly battle between Alpha-Omega and the Northern Military began, and Caesar went to kill the Colonel, who instead killed himself after being infected by the flu on Nova's doll. Nova and the apes narrowly escaped the carnage of the battle, and made their way to a cliff overlooking the base, fearing for Caesar's safety. Caesar was able to destroy a series of gas tanks, however, and destroy the base, narrowly escaping himself. He reunited with Nova and the other apes, and they went in search of a new home.
The apes traveled far before reaching the home that Blue Eyes, Caesar's late eldest son, had found for them to migrate: a vast oasis filled with lush trees and running water. Nova joined the apes in their new home as an official colony member, playing with Bad Ape and Cornelius, Caesar's surviving son. As the apes and Nova celebrated their new home, Caesar quietly passed away from wounds he sustained in the earlier battle, and Nova joined the apes in mourning their great leader, while a new community was built from his sacrifice.
Nova at first was frightened by the apes and her horrific circumstances, but as she grew more comfortable with them, her gentle and compassionate nature began to shine through, trying to help Caesar and the colony escape the border prison, and crying over Luca's selfless sacrifice. She also became very brave the more time she spent with the apes, and the more she experienced, knowing the apes were there to protect her. She is also somewhat reckless, going off to help Caesar by herself and risking her life to do so. Despite all the sadness in her life, she is also somewhat playful, playing gleefully with Maurice at times, and having fun with Cornelius and Bad Ape when they reached their new home.
- Sign Language: Nova was taught American Sign Language by Maurice, and uses it to communicate with the apes and other humans, due to being unable to speak after being infected with the mutated Simian Flu.
- 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.
- She is the first human to be raised by apes.
- "Nova" is only the name given to her by Maurice. Her birth name is unknown.
- Amiah Miller's Nova is the third version of Nova in film, after Linda Harrison's version in the original film, and Lisa Marie's version in Tim Burton's 2001 remake.
- It has been said that Amiah Miller formed a close bond with Karin Konoval, who played Maurice, while the film was in principal photography.
- See Nova (CE)/Gallery.