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River is an evolved chimpanzee who appeared in Planet of the Apes: Caesar’s Story.


Not much of River's background is ever revealed except that he was friends with Blue Eyes and Ash. He didn't like that Blue Eyes blamed his father for nearly dying and initially looked up to Koba after he told them the worst atrocities humans had committed. When they rediscovered humans after one of them shot Ash, River wanted Caesar to give them the order to kill them but he just yelled at them to go with the other apes joining.

After Caesar was supposedly killed by the humans and burned their home, River was so enraged he joined Koba in assaulting their home but was very uncomfortable using guns and much preferred his spear but was overruled by Koba. After the humans started firing back, River's rage was quickly replaced with fear and watched as Koba killed a human mounting a tank and used it to blow open the gates. After Caesar was revealed to be alive and that Koba shot him, River went back to serving Caesar after he killed Koba. For years he fought the Alpha-Omega army and started courting a female chimpanzee named Kami.

One day when he was guarding a trench, an explosion rang out and the apes were attacked and River was shot in the shoulder and fell off his horse and the body of another ape named Spark fell on top of him and struggled to move before reinforcements arrived and killed the humans save four. River was later present when Caesar talked to the prisoners and let them go to send a message the apes just wanted to left alone. River eventually managed to reach the oasis that would become their new home and told Maurice stories about his life so he could write them in a book Maurice planned to give to Cornelius when he was old enough.


  • In an early draft of Dawn, River was originally the name of Caesar's eldest son before it was changed to Blue Eyes.
Planet of the Apes - Chernin Entertainment 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
Main Evolved Ape Characters
Caesar | Bright Eyes | Koba | Maurice | Rocket | Buck | Cornelia | Blue Eyes | Luca | Ash | Cornelius | Winter | Lake | Bad Ape | Red
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
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
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
Rodman Family | Caesar's Family | Malcolm's Family | Rocket's Family | Dreyfus' Family
Horse | Elk | Grizzly Bear
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 the Muir Woods Park | Battle of the Border
Organizations / Colonies / Companies
Caesar's 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
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 | The Border
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 Simian Age | Planet of the Apes: The Time of Man
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)
Video Games
Plague Inc: Simian Flu | Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier | Crisis on the Planet of the Apes