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->''[[BeamMeUpScotty Me Tarzan, you Jane.]]''

First created by Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs in 1912, Tarzan has since swung through dozens of books, films and TV series, both straight and parodied. [[FolkHero Tarzan]] is the quintessential [[NatureHero jungle hero]]; [[MightyWhitey white but at home]] in DarkestAfrica. Often seen in a leopard LoinCloth.

In [[Literature/{{Tarzan}} the original books]], Tarzan was the son of Lord Greystoke, [[WildChild raised by apes]] after being orphaned in Africa as a baby. After meeting Jane and learning the basics of human interaction, he left the jungle in search of his true love. They married and settled in England, where they had a son, but eventually grew tired of civilization and returned to the jungle.

Most of the [[TheFilmOfTheBook films]] omit Tarzan's English sojourn and his status as Lord Greystoke. Instead, he has often been provided with a [[NonHumanSidekick pet chimpanzee]] and an adopted son -- the latter because the film Tarzan never formally married Jane, and thus was not allowed by the [[CensorshipBureau Hays office]] to actually have gotten her pregnant.

Tarzan's further adventures generally have one of two plots: either Tarzan discovers a LostWorld, or he defends his African friends against European villains. Along the way, Tarzan and his family became immortal, if only in the literary sense.

The quote at the top of the page was a BeamMeUpScotty, as Tarzan did not say it in any of the books, or even, exactly, in any movie - he just slapped his chest and said "Tarzan", then poked Jane and said "Jane". (In the books, [[GeniusBruiser Tarzan was very intelligent]], and by the end of the series, spoke something like thirty languages.) However, in the 2013 animated movie the phrase [[AscendedMeme finally does appear]].

The earlier Tarzan novels are [[PublicDomainCharacter out of copyright]] in the US, but not in Europe, and TheOtherWiki suggests he's also trademarked by the author's company. Altogether, that explains why ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' only refers to him as [[CaptainErsatz "Lord Greystoke"]].

The JunglePrincess is his DistaffCounterpart.
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For details of the novels, see {{Literature.Tarzan}}.

Adaptations of the ''Tarzan'' books include:

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* Johnny Weissmuller starred in the best known film series, starting in 1932 with ''Tarzan the Ape Man'', followed up by eleven sequels up to 1948.
** ''Tarzan the Fearless'' (1933) was released as both a movie and a serial. It starred Buster Crabbe, making him the only actor to play Tarzan, Film/{{Flash Gordon|Serial}}, and BuckRogers. Crabbe, like Weissmuller, was an Olympic gold medalist in swimming, and a rivalry between the two was publicized. (In truth they had been friends for years.)
* The 1984 film ''Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan'' was an attempt at both a more naturalistic and slightly more faithful adaptation of Burroughs' work, including a depiction of Tarzan's returning to England. Notable that except in the film's subtitle, the name Tarzan is never used in any dialog.
* Bo Derek and Richard Harris once starred in another film titled ''Tarzan The Ape Man'' in 1981, which was a more adult look at the Tarzan mythos, focusing mostly on Jane and featuring a large supply of FanService. The film was a flop since children could not see it, male audience members hoping to see a naked Bo Derek were disappointed to see what was mostly a romance film with Tarzan playing a supporting role, and female audience members were turned off by the more blatant scenes of nudity (if they were interested in seeing a "Tarzan film" to begin with). Derek reportedly firing most of the cast and crew before filming ended did not help matters, either.
* (from [[http://www.celebuzz.com/2014-02-12/alexander-skarsgard-and-margot-robbies-tarzan-to-hit-theaters-in-july-2016/ celebuzz.com]]) WarnerBros is planning a film for 2016 directed by DavidYates with ''TrueBlood''[='s=] AlexanderSkarsgard as the lead, ''Film/TheWolfOfWallStreet''[='s=] Margot Robbie as Jane, Oscar-winner Creator/ChristophWaltz as the bad guy and Creator/SamuelLJackson as a friend of the hero.

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* The Disney feature-length ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'' cartoon was relatively free of gross instances of the studio's usual {{Disneyfication}}, although it did turn Jane from an American to a Brit among other things. It also had a villain named Clayton (note that Tarzan's real name in the book was John Clayton, not to be confused with this character who was Jane's fiancÚ, William Clayton, [[OneDegreeOfSeparation as well as Tarzan's cousin]]). The Disney ''Tarzan'' franchise also spawned an animated SpinOff TV series (''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTarzan'') and a stage musical (''Tarzan the Musical'').
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarzan_(2013_film) A 3D animated film]] featuring Tarzan defending an ancient meteor crash site from the CorruptCorporateExecutive who killed his parents.

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* Several TV series. The best known in the United States is the 1966 series ''Tarzan'', starring Ron Ely, which lasted for two seasons on Creator/{{NBC}}.
* A 2003 revision on The WB had the title character (Travis Fimmel) meet Jane (Sarah Wayne Callies) in [[BigApplesauce New York City]]. Broadcast [[ShortRunners 8 episodes]].

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* A daily newspaper strip from 1929 to 1972 and a Sunday paper strip from 1931 to 2000, both distributed by King Features Syndicate and featuring the work of a variety of writers and artists.

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* ''Tarzan the Musical'', a ScreenToStageAdaptation of the Disney feature, premiered on Broadway in 2006.

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* The 1976 Creator/{{Filmation}} Saturday morning [[AnimatedAdaptation cartoon series]], ''Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle'', was among the most faithful of the adapatations; the writers (including Creator/PaulDini) had ''[[ShownTheirWork actually read the books]]''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTarzan'', the animated series SpinOff to the Disney ''Tarzan''.
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!!Various adaptations provide examples of:
* HulkSpeak: In the various movies, the ape man talks like this.
* SignatureRoar: Tarzan's yell, described in the book as "the victory cry of the bull ape".
* VaporWear: Jane's jungle dress, especially the BareYourMidriff version.
* VineSwing: The TropeCodifier.
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