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Zack: So is Time Ape an ape with a clock for a head..?

Melissa: ...Or a clock with the body of an ape?

— Zack and Melissa, The Doctor Zone Files

Time Ape is a character in the show The Dr. Zone Files. He is Dr. Zone's sidekick, and was also revealed to be his brother at the surprise ending of the film The Dr. Zone Files: The Movie Files.


While he doesn't talk for reciting the current time, Time Ape is shown to be a loyal companion to his brother, traveling together on their many various adventures. In the title sequence of "The Doctor Zone Files", he can be seen attempting to take care of Dr Zone whatever his current chronological age may be. Time Ape seems to be a bit clumsy as he rips the photograph he was carrying after getting stuck in the Time Beehicle's door. When asked to do something to get the two of them out of danger, Time Ape simply pressed the huge button on top of his clock, causing it to monotonously recite the time. After further instruction to activate the Time Beehicle, Time Ape does so. As he rarely speaks and doesn't appear a lot, the finer details of his personality and relationship to Dr Zone are unknown.

Physical Appearance[]

Time Ape is an ape with a clock for a head, or perhaps a clock with the body of an ape. His clock head is a large yellow clock with a knob on the top, while his face is the face of the traditional clock, sporting two hands.

His body is the body of a large ape with brown fur and tan skin. His only clothes are a pair of red shorts with orange-yellow lines at the edges.

After falling into the space-time continuum, Time Ape became a trans-chronological being represented as a continuously changing blob with a lot of eyes. Because normal people's minds cannot comprehend that form, their heads would explode upon seeing it. Though to avoid this he has the ability to appear in his original form.


Fungus (130)

Time Ape's strange appearance was inspired by Dakota, who'd been holding a clock over his face while making a joke, just as Cavendish had inspired the design for Dr. Zone. Upon seeing the duo for the first time, Orton Mahlson made his first sketches of the characters. Time Ape is seen in the first and latest episodes of the series so is likely a major character throughout the show's 50-year run.

According to the lore of Dr. Zone, Time ape had originally been a time ape already, before his home planet imploded. While Dr. Zone had been saved on a gettaway rocket, Time ape received the same fate as their mother and their planet. But when the planet imploded he was quickly sucked into a time vortex, turning him into a trans-chonological being, whose appearance could make ones head explode. Later a grown up Dr Zone was sucked through a rift of spacetime while in his Time Beehicle and came across Time Ape. To aid in the comprehension of people from our dimension Time Ape took on his original form. The two have been travelling throughout timespace ever since.

Recent Events[]

In "The Doctor Zone Files", Time Ape was first introduced as a main character in the Dr. Zone Franchise, appearing in the title sequence as Sara, Milo, Melissa, and Zack finished their Dr. Zone Marathon. During the episode he aids Dr Zone but also loses half of a photograph. During The Dr. Zone Files: The Movie Files the half a photograph is recovered and it is revealed to shows that Dr Zone and Time Ape were brothers.

In "The Wilder West", Time Ape is shown in an image alongside Dr. Zone as the Dr. Zone fans run around the ranch using pictures from the show to prove that an episode was filmed in that exact location.

In "Missing Milo", Sara, Melissa, and Zack go to Orton Mahlson on their search for Milo. While speaking to him, they ask about Cavendish and Dakota, to which he responds that they're the ones who inspired him to create Dr. Zone and Time Ape.

In "Love Toboggan", Sara imagines a scenario in which she admits to Neal that she once asked her mom if she could get her name changed to 'Time Ape'. Brigette said no.

In "Fungus Among Us", back in the sixtees, Orton Mahlson meets Cavendish and Dakota and instantly gets inspired to design Dr. Zone and Time Ape.


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“They're closing in. Time Ape, do something!”
“The time is now 1:54 pm.”
“No, you silly simian... Time is relative!”
Dr. Zone and Time Ape[src]
“So is Time Ape an ape with a clock for a head...”
“...Or a clock with the body of an ape?”
Zack and Melissa[src]
“You see, while traveling through the space time continuum, Dr Zone was sucked through a rift of space time, where he met... another traveler like himself. But since this being was not from our dimension, his appearance would cause any normal person's head to explode. So, for us to comprehend him, the Time Ape took the form that we now know.”
“Let's see now. Oh! Cavendish and Dakota! Yes, Yes! Very strange pistachio-obsessed fellas! It was them that gave me the inspiration for Dr. Zone and Time Ape.”
—Orton Mahlson[src]


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  • Time Ape is seemingly based off of the Clock-People, a race of clock-faced humanoids that were the remains of the Faction Paradox members after the War in Heaven ended. Notable similarities between the two are they both have a physical clock on their head, they both are humanoids, and their origins are from outside normal dimensions. However, notable differences between the two are; Time Ape is an individual person while the Clock-People are a race, meaning there are more than one of them; Time Ape has a clock head, while Clock-People have clock faces; Time Ape is not known to spread any harmful pathogens, while the Clock-People are the spreaders of pathogens known as "ticking gearwork viruses" because the organisms turn their human hosts into empty clock faces; The doctor of Dr. Zone is an ally with and partner of the Time Ape, while the Doctor of Doctor Who was originally enemies with the Clock-People until he realized he was being manipulated by Sabbath Dei into believing they were a threat instead of refugees looking for a place to live in the normal universe, with the Doctor later relocating them to the Void Between Worlds; and Time Ape is the brother of Dr. Hankry Zone, while the Clock-People are not part of the Eighth Doctor’s family, or any other incarnation of the Doctor.
  • While Time Ape is credited as himself in the title sequence, his uncredited actor is shown pulling on the Time Ape costume in "Fungus Among Us".
  • His only lines are from his clock. These lines are voiced by Sophie Winkleman.

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Main Characters Milo MurphyMelissa ChaseZack Underwood
Supporting Characters Balthazar CavendishVinnie DakotaDiogeeMartin MurphyBrigette MurphySara MurphyAmanda LopezMort SchaefferBradley NicholsonElliot DeckerHeinz DoofenshmirtzPerry the Platypus
Recurring Characters Richard ChaseEileen UnderwoodMarcus UnderwoodChad Van CoffElizabeth MilderKyle DrakoMs. MurawskiNolan MitchellScottBrickSavannahMr. BlockOrton MahlsonLydiaJoniNealBob BlockFrancis Monogram
Story Arc Characters Orton MahlsonPistachionsSentient BlobKing PistachionDerekGiant PistachionLost DakotasPhineas FlynnFerb FletcherCandace FlynnBuford Van StommBaljeet TjinderIsabella Garcia-ShapiroOctaliansAlien CommanderAlien PilotLoabKhoneOrgaluthCavenpuss
Families Murphy: Martin MurphyBrigette MurphySara MurphyMilo MurphyDiogeeJoey MurphyLaura MurphyNate MurphyGrandpa MurphyGrandma MurphySheriff MurphyMurphy Family
Underwood: Marcus UnderwoodEileen UnderwoodZack UnderwoodZeldaCornelius Underwood
Chase: Richard ChaseMelissa ChaseAbigail Chase
Jefferson County Middle School Students: Milo MurphyMelissa ChaseZack UnderwoodAmanda LopezMort SchaefferBradley NicholsonChad Van CoffLydiaJoni
Staff: Elizabeth MilderKyle DrakoMs. MurawskiNolan MitchellMs. WhiteFredMr. HartoonianMs. Whipley
Related: Elliot DeckerMs. DeckerMs. BaxterMr. Blunt
Cavendish and Dakota's Jobs Bureau of Time Travel: Mr. BlockGretchenBrickSavannah
Paranormal Investigation Group: Bob BlockArmory Security GuardBalthazar CavendishVinnie Dakota
Related: Lost Dakotas
The Doctor Zone Files Show and Cast: Orton MahlsonDoctor ZoneTime Ape
Fans: Sara MurphyKrisWallyJosh
Non-Human Characters Pistachions: King PistachionDerekGiant PistachionDennisJerry
Octalians: Alien CommanderAlien PilotLoabKhoneOrgaluthBeekMantelDorsalZorb Zerbavoir
Phineas and Ferb Characters Heinz DoofenshmirtzPerry the PlatypusFrancis MonogramCarl KarlPhineas FlynnFerb FletcherCandace FlynnJeremy JohnsonBuford Van StommBaljeet TjinderIsabella Garcia-ShapiroVanessa Doofenshmirtz
Other Characters Kids and Teens: NealThe LumbermaxesMaxJackieCharlene and Sharon BruleeHenryWendyLizzyLola SunderguardJohn and Jake JacksonRain and StormAnthony and AshleyBilly BisonToby
Adults: ScottVeronicaTobias TrollhammerVictor VerliezerClyde RickenbackerMr. BruleeMrs. BruleeShelleyTrucker TedForemanDaveEuniceJavierJimSlashGretchen FlammkuchenPhillipColonel NibletLieutenant TennantJefferson G. CountyEuniceMayorCaptainSergio McGuinnessWilsonDr. Not SorryRusty WallaceNASCAR RacersMike JoyBasil BravoJoseDirectorMuseum Tour GuideSallyPower Plant EmployeePete and TinaCorn Field FarmerEvan ChaffeToby's GrandfatherVlad and IgorFuller and HastingsNature Surveyor
Animals: LlamasRecurring RaccoonZippyAgent GPioBeauregardCyborg BearRex
Misc: Lardee BoyC.I.D.D.AliensSentient BlobCavenpussMinor Characters