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Tinker was an evolved chimpanzee and a member of the San Francisco Ape Colony. She was also the wife of Rocket and the mother of Ash.


Early Life[]

Tinker was the wife of the dominant male chimpanzee Rocket at the San Bruno Primate Shelter. When Caesar used Buck to make Rocket submit, Tinker assumed Caesar would take her as his own. However, Tinker was relived when he didn't and later escaped with Rocket when Caesar led the Ape Rebellion and became a member of his colony in the Muir Woods. Two years after the rebellion, Tinker and Rocket gave birth to a son and named him Ash.

War for the Planet of the Apes: Revelations[]

Tinker is first seen cradling her son's body, and later took his body away. When Grey and Red organized a coup against Caesar's rule, Tinker fled with fellow chimpanzees Maple and Fisher and regroup with Cornelia. Tinker tells Cornelia she saw her leave with Red and when they said Ajax took her after Caesar "died" in battle, she figured they meant to take Cornelia hostage to force the Gorilla Guard to surrender without a fight and improvised when that failed.

Tinker reassures Cornelia, who thinks Caesar could really be dead, that Caesar was once thought dead and the other female apes know Grey is lying but go along out of fear. Tinker and Shell follow Cornelia to search for Ajax while Fisher creates a false trail to lead Koba's followers away from them. Tinker offers Ash's spear to Cornelia for protection but Cornelia insists Tinker keep it.

They eventually return to their old home which Koba and his followers had burned down and found Ajax along with two of Koba's followers, Flint and Shell. Ajax and Flint were both dead while Shell was still alive, barely, having a spear plunged into his chest. When Shell proclaimed Caesar killed Koba, Tinker growls in anger at him and says he killed her son and deserved to die. Shell apologizes to Tinker about what happened to Ash and is comforted by Cornelia before he passes away. Tinker caught sight of Oak, a gorilla follower of Koba, and warned Cornelia before he threw his gun away and pledged his loyalty back to Cornelia as she tells them she want to back back to the other female apes.

The next day, Tinker and Cornelia discuss their respective husbands and sons and how Caesar changed their lives. Cornelia leaves Cornelius in Tinker's care and instructs her that if she doesn't come back to bring him to Caesar. Tinker agrees and watches as Cornelia, Oak and Maple head back to free the others from Grey's rule.

Caesar's Story[]

After escaping captivity from Alpha-Omega, Caesar, Rocket, and Maurice led all the surviving apes, including Tinker, to their new home in the Hidden Oasis.

After Caesar's death, she wrote in Maurice's book that he made to commemorate Caesar's life for his son Cornelius.


  • Rocket has gray hair, indicating that their son, Ash, may have inherited his dark hair color from Tinker.
  • Tinker had never had a "mask" like Sparrow and the other apes.
  • Tinker had only had the "necklace" like Sparrow and the other apes.


  • It is established that Tinker was with Rocket at the San Bruno Primate Facility, so it is most likely she inhaled the ALZ-113.
  • Tinker never appeared in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes nor War for the Planet of the Apes, but it is assumed that she survived at the war and join the Hidden Oasis offscreen. In more, a female chimpanzee suspected to be Tinker is seen at Cornelius's birth and Cornelia's sickness.
  • There is a fan theory which speculates that one of the female apes looking after Cornelia when Caesar returned from the dam to find her collapsed and ill may have been Tinker; specifically, the female crouching over her that wasn't wearing a "mask" bears physical resemblances to Ash. This is not confirmed.
  • The exact time of her death is unknown, though it’s most likely she died between 2028 and 2328, along with her husband.


Image Gallery[]

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