List of fictional primates in literature

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This list of fictional primates in literature is a subsidiary to the articles of list of fictional primates and list of fictional animals. The list is restricted to notable non-human primate characters that appear in notable works of literature.

Name Species Origin and Author Notes
Curious George Monkey Curious George by Margret Rey and H. A. Rey Identified in the text as a monkey, his illustration does not correspond exactly to any non-fictional monkey species, and has more of the characteristics of an ape, especially a chimpanzee, or a gorilla. For example, he lacks a tail (though some species of monkeys, such as the Barbary macaque, have little or no tail).
Fiben Bolger Chimpanzee The Uplift War by David Brin A Neo-Chimpanzee
Francine Frensky Monkey Arthur's Valentine by Marc Brown A tomboy who loves sports, drumming, and singing. She is 8 years old, and she is the best player on her team in just about every sport they play, rivaled only by the Brain at soccer and basketball.
Hanuman Vanara Ramayana, The by R. K. Narayan Ally to Rama in the classic Indian tale.
Ishmael Gorilla Ishmael by Daniel Quinn A philosopher who was captured from the wild when young and sent to the zoo. After the zoo sold him to a menagerie, an old Jewish man bought him and could communicate with him through his mind. Ishmael teaches captivity to the unnamed narrator.
The Librarian Orangutan Discworld by Terry Pratchett The Librarian appeared in the first novel of the series, The Colour of Magic, and was transformed into an orang-utan in The Light Fantastic as the Octavo fired a beam of magic upwards. On discovering that being an orang-utan had certain advantages for a librarian - he can climb up to high shelves, for example - he refused to be transformed back into a human and has remained an orang-utan ever since. The other wizards have gradually become used to the situation, to the extent that, from Night Watch: ‘if someone ever reported that there was an orang-utan in the Library, the wizards would probably go and ask the Librarian if he'd seen it.’
Lucy Human-bonobo hybrid Lucy by Laurence Gonzales Brought back from a researcher's camp in war-torn Congo. The novel explores what is human and tolerance vs discrimination.
Kala Western gorilla Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan's adoptive mother.
Kerchak Western gorilla Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs Leader of the gorillas.
Nkima Monkey Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs A companion and sidekick to Tarzan, sometimes providing comic relief and at other times conveying messages between Tarzan and his allies, and occasionally leading Tarzan's Waziri warriors and other animal friends to the ape-man's rescue.
Ozymandias Monkey His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman A golden monkey with long fur, who is not named in the books, but was given the name "Ozymandias" in the radio adaptation. A few times throughout the books, the golden monkey is shown to be capable of going much further from Mrs. Coulter than other people's dæmons,
Shift The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis The main antagonist of The Last Battle, which is the last book of the series. Shift is an ape who, like many animals in Lewis' work, can talk.
Unnamed White Ape Princess Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family by H. P. Lovecraft The horror descended from the marriage and children of Sir Wade Jermyn and the White Ape Princess.
Sun Wukong Monkey Journey to the West by Wu Cheng'en The Monkey King from classic Chinese literature.
Zoey Orangutan Zoey & Me by Mallory Lewis A baby orangutan who was brought into the Miles' family after being rejected by her mother. Zoey is very playful and curious, which is the biggest reason she gets into tight, and sometimes fatal, situations.
Melanie Bradshaw Gorilla Thursday Next by Jasper Fforde Wife of Trafford Bradshaw, to whom she has now been married for fifty years. As the books never describe her character to any great degree of detail, no reader ever discovers that she is, in fact, a gorilla.
Amy Gorilla Congo by Michael Crichton A main protagonist, Amy is a Mountain Gorilla being studied by Dr. Peter Elliot. Her normal behavior begins to start going bad when she has nightmares about the Lost City of Zinj, located in the middle of the Congo and guarded by her gorilla-chimpanzee hybrid relatives. Her drawings make her unique; they are an exact match to a picture of the Lost City of Zinj from a book published in 1642.
Olongo Featherstone-Haugh Gorilla The Probability Broach by L. Neil Smith Serves as Vice President of the North American Confederacy under President Jennifer Smythe on the Gallatinist Party. He elected as the 27th President of the NAC and serves until 2000.

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