Dr. Zira
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Dr. Zira (Character)
from Planet of the Apes (1968)

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Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
Dr. Zira: [to Dr. Dixon] You're the second human I have kissed.
Cornelius: [to Dr. Branton] And you are the first.

Chairman of the President's Committee of Inquiry: [testing Lewis's assertion that the apes can speak] What is your name?
Dr. Zira: Zira.
Chairman of the President's Committee of Inquiry: One might as well be talking to a parrot.
Dr. Zira: A parrot?
Chairman of the President's Committee of Inquiry: What did I tell you? Mechanical mimicry. Unique in an ape, vocally, without a doubt, but... does the other one talk?
Cornelius: Only when she lets me.

Dr. Zira: Because I loathe bananas!

Curator: [in the museum, Zira sees a giant stuffed gorilla and faints] It must have been the shock!
Dr. Zira: [reviving] Shock, my foot... I'm pregnant!

Dr. Zira: A marriage bed is made for two. But every damn morning, it's the woman who has to make it. We have heads as well as hands. I call upon men to let us use them!

Dr. Zira: We are peaceful creatures. We are happy to be here. May we be unchained?


Planet of the Apes (1968)
George Taylor: Doctor, I'd like to kiss you goodbye.
Dr. Zira: All right, but you're so damned ugly.

[Taylor ties up Dr. Zaius]
Dr. Zira: Taylor! Don't treat him that way!
George Taylor: Why not?
Dr. Zira: It's humiliating!
George Taylor: The way you humiliated me? All of you? YOU led me around on a LEASH!
Cornelius: That was different. We thought you were inferior.
George Taylor: Now you know better.

Dr. Zira: What will he find out there, doctor?
Dr. Zaius: His destiny.

George Taylor: There's your Minister of Science; honor-bound to expand the frontiers of knowledge...
Dr. Zira: Taylor, please!
George Taylor: ...except that he's also chief Defender of the Faith!
Dr. Zaius: There is no contradiction between faith and science... true science!
George Taylor: Are you willing to put that statement to the test?
Cornelius: Taylor, I would much rather...
George Taylor: Take it easy... you saved me from this fanatic, maybe I can return the favor!

Dr. Zira: But what about your theory? The existence of someone like Taylor might prove it.
Cornelius: Zira, do you want to get my head chopped off?
Dr. Zira: Oh, don't be foolish. If it's true, they'll have to accept it.
Cornelius: [chuckles] No, they won't.


Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
Dr. Zira: Gorillas are cruel because they're stupid! All bone and no brain!

Dr. Zaius: Someone, or something, has outwitted the intelligence of the gorillas.
Dr. Zira: That shouldn't be difficult.

John Brent: [Dr. Zira pours a powder on Brent's wound] Ow! What is that damn stuff?
Dr. Zira: You wouldn't know if I told you. Just relax. Among other things, I'm a trained vet.