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Great White Ape (War That Time Forgot) (DC Comics)

Great White Ape

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game
  • For more context about continuity assumptions, see our entry for Rick Flag, Sr. – all the tweaks we’ve made to the stories (and why) are explained there.
  • Reading the entry about the wartime Suicide Squadron will also provide context.

Powers and Abilities

A Great White Ape is a gorilla-like primate with white fur, and a height somewhere between 15 and 18 metres. It presumably weighs in the 220-to-280 tonnes range.

Such an ape is a skilled hand-to-hand fighter, and its immense reach, strength and mass allow him to take on giant dinosaurs and win. A pack of mega-dinosaurs can kill a Great White Ape, though.

Great White Apes have a peculiar rapport with human beings. They feel compelled to rescue endangered humans, and are skilled at reading human facial expressions and body language – or even guess how simple human machines (such as a glider) work. They are also at least as intelligent as a smart gorilla.


Two – perhaps three – Great White Apes were encountered during World War Two on Dinosaur Island. Cave paintings there, made by unknown persons, depict these apes saving humans from mega-dinosaurs. Why the Apes have such an affinity for humans is unknown.

The first chronicled encounter with a Great White Ape took place during World War Two when CPT Richard Montgomery Flag’s PT boat, trapped on Dinosaur Island, tried barrelling down a river to reach the ocean and sail away.

Vicious mega-fauna attempted to sink the boat. When the immense silverback came to help, Flag assumed that it too was hostile.

A giant dinosaur attacks the great white ape

However his passenger, a US Army Ranger called Jesse the Professor had studied the cave paintings, and explained that the ape was probably benevolent. Jesse was right – the ape fought the mega-dinosaurs and was critical in allowing the humans leave the Island alive. However, it was felled by a pack of frenzied mega-dinosaurs as it covered the retreat of Flag’s PT boat.

For weeks, Flag felt guilty about the ape’s self-sacrifice, and irrationally wanted to return to Dinosaur Island to ascertain whether the silverback was indeed dead. He had an occasion when he and Jesse the Professor had to crash their glider here after another mission.

The two men established, to their dismay, that the colossal primate had indeed died.

But wait !

Shortly after their macabre investigation ended, they were beset by yet more mega-predators – and an identical white mega-gorilla came to help. Jesse theorised that it may have been the son of the dead ape.

The great white ape fights dinosaurs in a river

Beating back attacking mega-carnosaurs, the second Great White Ape returned the two Americans to their gliders, cleared the sky of attacking mega-pterosaurs, and hurled the glider into the sky like a paper plane.

As they flew to a safer area and radioed for pickup, Flag and the Professor feared that this gorilla, too, had sacrificed his own life as it was now beset by a flock of mega-pterosaurs.

It presumably survived, since two Suicide Squad troopers whose Helldiver crashed on Dinosaur Island stumbled across a gorilla exactly like the ones encountered by Flag and the Professor.

Smitty, the plane’s gunner, knew that the ape was benevolent and the two men helped it fight off a large mega-carnosaur. The gorilla returned the favour and helped the two soldiers to safety.

Whether the Helldiver’s crew made it back to base is unrevealed, but they chronicled the encounter in a message in a bottle.


In the last story the gorilla was mistakenly coloured like a normal ape, though the dialogue refers to it as white.


The Ape really likes humans, and will unhesitatingly fight against very poor odds to defend them.


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Great White Ape

Dex: 05 Str: 15 Bod: 15 Motivation: Live, eat, reproduce
Int: 02 Wil: 02 Min: 03 Occupation: Professional animal
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: N.A.
Init: 010 HP: 010

Analytical smell/Tracking scent: 03, Density increase: 02, Growth: 10, Telescopic vision: 02

Bonuses and Limitations:
Density Increase and Growth both are Always On and Already Factored In

Accuracy (Eyesight): 05

Familiarity (Humans lore), Prehensile Feet

Other Giant White Apes (Low)

MIA toward Protecting humans

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: DC Universe… in a very loose sense.

Writeup completed on the 3rd of October, 2011.

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