Author of numerous pulp fiction heroic adventures. The most famous are ''Literature/{{Tarzan}}'', set in DarkestAfrica, and ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'', but other lands are used: jungles and islands thoroughout the world, [[PlanetaryRomance Venus]], and [[BeneathTheEarth the hollow center of the earth]] ''Literature/{{Pellucidar}}'', one of several literary examples of the HollowWorld.

TropeMaker for many aspects of PlanetaryRomance. An influence on SwordAndSorcery, despite the SF veneer to all the marvels. Lots of books [[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Author:Edgar_Rice_Burroughs here]]

Most definitely not to be confused with Creator/WilliamSBurroughs.[[note]] Unless you're Creator/PhilipJoseFarmer, who wrote a Burroughs+Burroughs pastiche.[[/note]]

Acclaimed indie director Creator/WesAnderson is his great-grandnephew.

!!Works by Edgar Rice Burroughs with their own trope pages include:

* ''Literature/{{Tarzan}}'' series
* ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' series
* ''Literature/TheLandThatTimeForgot'' series
* ''Literature/{{Pellucidar}}'' series
* ''Literature/TheMonsterMen''
!!Tropes featured in his other works:

* ActionGirl: His heroines never lack pluck and while not the fighter the hero is, often can weigh in on a fray.
* AltarTheSpeed: In the backstory of ''The Mad King''.
-->Neither his mother nor his father had ever returned to the little country since the day, thirty years before, that the big American had literally stolen his bride away, escaping across the border but a scant half-hour ahead of the pursuing troop of Luthanian cavalry.
* BlueBlood: Constantly. A hero, or heroine, not of Royal Blood is at least this.
* CanNotSpitItOut: All over the place.
* CanonWelding: Just about all of his books are in continuity with one another.
* AChildShallLeadThem: The boy kind in ''The Mad King''.
* ContemporaryCaveman: The novel ''The Eternal Lover'' and the short stort "The Resurrection of Jimber Jaw".
* ContrivedCoincidence: His plots are stuffed with them.
* CultureClash: An ingredient of a big percentage of Burroughs' books, especially in the LostWorld and PlanetaryRomance stories.
* DamselInDistress: Almost every major female character at one point or another.
* DirectLineToTheAuthor: Used for many of his works, including ''Literature/TarzanOfTheApes'', the Literature/JohnCarterOfMars series, and the Literature/{{Pellucidar}} series; see their respective works pages for details. In the Amtor novels, he is visited psychically by the protagonist, Carson Napier of Venus (who oddly enough, rarely uses his psychic powers for anything other than giving Burroughs infodumps).
* DirtyCoward: More than one of his villains.
* DownerEnding: As a prequel to the Moon series, Va-Nah's last known free city is destroyed, leaving the moon chaotic and quite possibly without any free peoples left.
* EmergencyImpersonation: ''The Mad King''.
* EverythingIsBetterWithPrincesses: A great number of heroines have royal background such as Barsoom's Dejah Thoris (by no means the only one in that series, but the most prominent example), Nee-aah-Lee of the Moon, Duare of Venus and Pellucidar's Dian the Beautiful (NubileSavage variety).
* FrazettaMan: Burroughs' books are full of these guys. It's also worth noting that just having a Frank Frazetta painting on a book's cover is said to have sold a lot of books that might not have sold otherwise.
* HappyEndingOverride: If the CanonWelding is taken to its logical extreme, then every setting related to Earth will be destroyed. The Moon trilogy establishes that the leading faction from the Moon will eventually conquer Earth. Although it gets better eventually, the cost is the lost of most modern governments, some loss of historical records, and a slow climb back to previous technology. Barsoom itself seems to have been untouched, and will likely aid in the rebuilding, but this is never addressed.
* HollowWorld: Apart from the ''Literature/{{Pellucidar}}'' series, ''The Moon Maid'' offers a hollow and inhabited ''moon''.
* HumanAliens
* HuntingAccident: Proposed for Von der Tann in ''The Mad King''.
* LoinCloth: The official dress code in many a Burroughs novel.
* LostWorld: Several, including Caprona (or Caspak in native-speak).
* LoveAtFirstSight: Common method of choosing a mate for a Burroughs hero.
* LoveHurts: Common ''result'' of choosing a mate for a Burroughs hero.
* MamasBabyPapasMaybe: In ''Beyond Thirty'', a savage tribe is advanced enough to recognize paternity, but matrilineal because of this trope, and not being advanced enough to pull off any monogamous marriages.
* MightyWhitey: Carson Napier, Bowen Tyler... the list goes on. Practically every hero who gets thrust into a "savage" environment.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: ''Carson of Venus'' features the [[SignificantAnagram Zani]] Party.
* NiceToTheWaiter: Von der Tann in ''The Mad King''. One of the villains is aware of it, but considers it a bad point:
-->You know the old fox has always made it a point to curry favor with the common soldiers. When he was minister of war he treated them better than he did his officers.
* ObliviousToLove: Your typical Edgar Rice Burroughs hero needs to be hit over the head with a club, several times, before he realizes that he has fallen in love with the heroine.
* OhWaitThisIsMyGroceryList: Happens to the Prime Minister in ''Minidoka: 937th Earl of One Mile Series M''.
* PlanetaryRomance: Apart from the famous Mars (Literature/{{Barsoom}}) series, there was another set on Venus.
* RagsToRoyalty: Though the heroes and heroines are invariably of high birth, they can fall, and some are not even aware of their birth.
* ReadingTheStageDirectionsOutLoud: The Prime Minister in ''Minidoka: 937th Earl of One Mile Series M''.
* {{Reincarnation}}: The Julian heroes in the ''Moon'' duology.
* RoyalBlood: constantly.
* RoyalBrat: The Leper King Lodivarman in ''The Land of Hidden Men''.
* StrictlyFormula: Burroughs stuck, most of the time, to a formula plot. His occasional departures were often less successful.
* VichyEarth: ''The Moon Men'', at least the first half.
* WhipSword: The spear-whips in ''Minidoka: 937th Earl of One Mile Series M''.