At the same time, apes are so close to us in appearance that it's only natural to imagine them copying our intellect.
Here are seven of the smartest fictional apes in movies, television, and comic books.
7. Ape (George of the Jungle)
6. Caesar - (Rise of the Planet of the Apes)
Genetic engineering turns a chimp into an intelligent animal enraged at his treatment by the human race. He single-handedly leads a revolution of fellow primates to overthrow Mankind. As a primate Malcolm X, Caesar is tough, smart, and ultimately succeeds at one thing where many humans have failed; world conquest.
5. Cornelius (Planet of the Apes, 1968)
4. General Thade (Planet of the Apes, 2001)
3. Mojo Jojo (The Powerpuff Girls)
2. Ape-X (Squadron Supreme)
1. Gorilla Grodd (Justice League, DC Comics)
Any other smart apes you can add to the list? Were you surprised by the choices?
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