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''The Legend of Tarzan'' is a Disney show starring the main cast [[RecycledTheSeries from the movie]] ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}''. It takes place after the events of the film; Jane and Tarzan live in the jungle as husband and wife, along with his gorilla pack and her scientist father. [[HilarityEnsues Hijinks ensue.]]

It adapted several characters and locations from other original Tarzan books and Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs material such as Queen La and the hidden dinosaur world of Pellucidar. An episode even brought Burroughs himself into the action.

Shares the title with [[Film/TheLegendOfTarzan a 2016 live-action Tarzan movie]].

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!!Tropes:

* AbsentMindedProfessor: Prof. Porter.
--> ''(listening on his self-built radio, trying to get a cricket match, as Jane had taken over the comms system from a war airplane)'' "Jane? What are you doing at the cricket finals?"
* AdaptationDistillation: Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote a ''lot'' of Tarzan books (25!), so elements of several were occasionally combined into single stories:
** Queen La (a recurring antagonist in both the books and the show) is in control of an army of Leopard Men, who are very loosely based on the villains of ''Tarzan and the Leopard Men''- although, the novel's characters were cannibalistic humans, not literal leopard-men.
** In the book, Kerchak is the villainous leader of the apes (not gorillas like in the ''Disney'' version but fictional "Mangani") who challenges Tarzan and loses, while Tublat is Kala's benevolent mate who resents Tarzan, but doesn't outright hate him. The original movie combined the two (keeping Kerchak as the leader of the tribe, but also filling Tublat's role as Kala's mate who passively dislikes Tarzan), so the series has a character named Tublat who fills the original Kerchak's role.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Professor Philander wasn't a villain in the original books, but was Porter's colleague and friend. Whereas in the show, he's [[TheRival the exact opposite.]]
** Also, Tublat. See {{Expy}} below.
* AnAesop: Usually spelled out by Jane at the beginning with a metaphor and a book.
* AffectionateParody[=/=]NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Hugo and Hooft are parodies of Creator/BobHope and Creator/BingCrosby, respectively. The first episode in which they appear is an homage to the ''Film/RoadTo'' movies.
** Averted in "Tarzan and the Rough Rider", which features an appearance by ''UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt'' of all people.
* AmbiguousGender: We never learn whether the leopard cub in "The Lost Cub" is male or female - Tantor is sure it's a girl, but Terk and Jane refer to it as "he".
* AnachronismStew: The original film was set in 1882, but 'Dumont's Trading Post' is established in 1912, Teddy Roosevelt shows up ''after'' his presidency (1901-09) [[note]]In RealLife he visited Africa in 1909-1910 during the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smithsonian%E2%80%93Roosevelt_African_Expedition Smithsonian-Roosevelt African Expedition]][[/note]] and is running in the 1912 election and "Tarzan and the Flying Ace" is implied to be taking place during UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne. Meanwhile Jane is able to identify Velociraptor, a dinosaur genus described in 1923. It's the easiest to assume that the series {{retcon}}ned the original movie's time period to the 1910-s.
* AngryGuardDog: Some of them are guarding Cape Doom.
* AnimalEyes: Queen La, being an evil leopard queen, has leopard-like eyes.
* AnimalMotifs:
** Gorillas for Tarzan, as he was raised by gorillas, often walks on his knuckles like a gorilla, and tends to do a PrimalChestPound.
** Leopards for Queen La, who commands an army of leopardmen, has a leopard-headed staff, decorates her palace with leopard skins and has cold, leopard-like eyes.
* AnimalReligion: The gorillas believe in a protective savior called Mangani, an albino gorilla guardian, while the elephants believe in the All-Seeing Elephant. The two differ in several respects; Mangani inhabits a physical form and resurrects dead animals, while the All-Seeing Elephant is a spirit and protects elephants from fatal accidents.
* AnimalTalk: Subverted. Only gorillas, elephants and some monkeys seem to be talking in a language the audience hears as English. Baboons, leopards, rhinos and other animals communicate with growls, grunts and roars. The only three people who [[SpeaksFluentAnimal Speak Fluent Animal]] are Tarzan, Jane and Professor Porter, but the latter two understand only gorillas and elephants.
* AntiHero: Renard Dumont is a Type III.
* AntiVillain: [[spoiler: The Leopard Men. As Jane discovered in "Leopard Men Rebellion", it was Queen La that transformed them from normal leopards into her humanoid henchmen. They kidnap Jane so that she becomes their queen and frees them.]]
* ArbitrarySkepticism: Being a man of science, Professor Porter tends to be more concerned with finding scientific explanations to more mystical occurrences. Nevermind that he regularly converses with apes and an elephant, and has encountered thought-to-be-extinct dinosaurs. The trope is subverted in "The All-Seeing Elephant." After doubting the concept of such a being, he is reminded of how he doubted the all-too real Mangani.
** {{Talking Animal}}s and living dinosaurs are, at least, not supernatural. On the other hand, there's also an evil sorceress with an army of leopardmen...
* UsefulNotes/AmericanAccents: The actress Joan has a thick New York accent (and the director sighs with relief that movies don't have sound yet).
* ArchEnemy: Professor Philander with Professor Porter. Ironic, since in the original books the two were colleagues and friends.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Partly carried over from the original film.
** Leopards are solitary animals, never moving around in packs.
** Gorillas don't catch termites with sticks (chimpanzees do) - though they do occasionally eat insects.
** Female African elephants have tusks like the males.
** Snakes cannot hear music, so the SnakeCharmer skills in "Tarzan and the New Wave" wouldn't work in RealLife.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Tarzan and the Giant Beetles.
* AvengingTheVillain: One episode, "The Gauntlet of Vengeance" is about the sister of Clayton ([[Disney/{{Tarzan}} the movie's]] BigBad) tormenting Tarzan to avenge her brother.
* BadassMoustache: One Punch Mullargan.
* BadBadActing: "Tarzan and the Silver Screen" has several examples from the visiting actors. Tarzan even gets into the act with some HulkSpeak during the conclusion.
* BadBoss: Queen La. Especially in her debut episode, where she has a habit of disintegrating minions for no reason whatsoever other than they happen to be there when she's in a bad mood. One of the episodes deals with her Leopardmen getting fed up and revolting. Of course, she [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves disintegrates those who were disloyal once she regains control]].
* BalefulPolymorph: One of Queen La's powers. She uses it on Dumont to turn him into a [[MisplacedWildlife gibbon]].
* BeeAfraid: A bee swarm attacks Terk and Tantor in "Tarzan and the All-Seeing Elephant".
* BeenThereShapedHistory: According to this series, his encounter with Tarzan is what inspired Theodore Roosevelt to "give people wide open spaces" and create national parks in the USA (which is a bit of a paradox, since Roosevelt visits Tarzan ''after'' his presidency, and he created the national parks ''during'' it).
* BewareTheSillyOnes: Out of the entire RoguesGallery; the savage Tublat, the rogue Mabaya, the powerful Queen La and the ruthless Colonel Staquait, it's Professor Philander who comes the closest to killing Tarzan. It's only by the grace of Mangani, the Silver Ape with healing powers being in a cage near him, that Tarzan survives.
* BigBeautifulWoman: Hazel, one of Jane's English friends.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: The eponymous insects in "Tarzan and the Giant Beetles".
* BigDamnHeroes: When doesn't Tarzan do this?
* TheBoxingEpisode: Invoked in "Tarzan and One Punch Mullargan". Subverted, since Tarzan and One Punch never actually get to fight.
* ButtSticker: A running gag with Tantor sitting on Terk. For example, in the episode "Tarzan and the City of Opar", after Terk gets Tantor unstuck from a doorway in Opar, he crashes into a wall and crushes Terk.
* CatFolk: Leopardmen. [[spoiler:Turns out they're just ordinary leopards]].
* CharacterDevelopment: The episode "British Invasion" has Jane realise how much she has changed for the better since leaving England. And when her friends reappear again in "New Wave", Greenlie had previously been the most superficial and spoiled of the girls but has now fallen in love with a man her friends disapprove of and has become a lot more competent.
* CharacterNameAndTheNounPhrase: All episodes are titled "Tarzan and the X". It's probably an allusion to the original book series which also followed this naming pattern.
* ChekhovsGun: Played with in "Tarzan and the Jungle Madness." Tarzan and Jane return from vacation to find the animals have gone crazy. The two assume it's because of the strange new flowers growing all over the jungle, but that's just [[RedHerring misdirection]]. The "madness" is happening because the animals hear ringing coming Dumont's new communications tower, which Tarzan and Jane saw upon their return from vacation.
* ChekhovsSkill: In "Tublat's Revenge", it is mentioned early on in the episode that gorillas can't swim. [[spoiler: This becomes crucial in Tarzan's fight against Tublat, where Tarzan tricks the rogue ape into following him into an InevitableWaterfall.]]
--> '''Tarzan:''' "I can't protect the family. I am not even an ape. [[spoiler: But I can swim!]]"
* ClipShow: "Tarzan and the Visitor" contains lots of footage from previous episodes, where various characters (such as Philander, Dumont, Hugo and Hooft) tell Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs about the way they met Tarzan.
* CoolOldGuy: Professor Porter might be absent-minded, but he's a brave man and a loving father.
* CombatTentacles: A tentacle monster lives in the sewers of Opar, which attacks Tarzan and the leader of the rebelling Leopard Men.
* ComedicUnderwearExposure: In "The British Invasion", Jane and her friends Eleanor, Greenley and Hazel remove their dresses to walk or run more easily in the jungle, and they're all in their white pantalets.
* CompilationMovie: ''Tarzan & Jane''. Three then-unaired episodes ("British Invasion," "The Volcanic Diamond Mine" and "The Flying Ace") were used with a framing story about Tarzan and Jane's wedding anniversary.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: "The Volcanic Diamond Mine" turns it UpToEleven: it involves Tarzan and his companions ''LavaSurfing''! Jane immediately [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on it, quickly {{Hand Wave}}d by the Professor.
--> '''Jane:''' Should that even be possible?
--> '''Prof. Porter:''' Who cares, as long as it's working!
* CowardlyLion: Tantor, an enormous elephant who is afraid of pretty much everything.
* CubCuesProtectiveParent:
** When Manu, the baby baboon gets in danger (such as being attacked by a leopard cub in "The Lost Cub"), [[ManiacMonkeys his family]] will surely come for his aid.
** One Punch Mullargan, to provoke Tarzan into a fight, menaces a piglet. He gets attacked by a whole sounder of boars.
* CutenessProximity: Almost every character softens up to the leopard cub in "Tarzan and the Lost Cub" due to its cuteness, even those who first consider him a potentially dangerous predator.
* DarkestAfrica: The setting of the show. The continent of Africa is still unexplored, and the jungle is full of savage beasts. However, during the show gradually more and more people arrive to Africa.
* DeadpanSnarker: Terk.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Colonel Staquait wants to hang Hugo and Hooft for disobedience.
* DistressedDude:
** Gobu in "The Enemy Within". Tarzan and Terk rescue him from a pack of hyenas [[spoiler: and then from Tublat]].
** Henry in the beginning of "The New Wave", where Tarzan saves him and his female companions from a ThreateningShark. By the end of the episode he TookALevelInBadass.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Since the show is set in the jungle, it's hardly surprising that many of the human characters go barefoot.
* DoesntLikeGuns: Tarzan, so much that guns are his BerserkButton. Justified, considering Kerchak's death in the movie.
* DoomyDoomsOfDoom: Cape Doom.
* DoYouWantToHaggle: As a greedy businessman, Renard Dumont will often end up haggling with any visitor from the civilized world.
* EEqualsMCHammer: At the beginning of the episode "Tarzan and the Missing Link", Philander has a sheet of paper with a "great scientific formula" that will restore his reputation in the world of science. The paper says E=mc[--[[superscript:3]]--].
* EndOfAnAge: The apes are quietly realizing this, as more human traders and colonists begin arriving to the jungle.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Pellucidar is an underground LostWorld inhabited by StockDinosaurs.
* EvilBrit: While she's obviously not British, Queen La seems to have the accent.
** Played straight in "Tarzan and the Return of La", where Jane is possessed by the spirit of La.
* ExitPursuedByABear:
** [[spoiler: Nicholas Rokoff]] exits pursued by a trio of leopards.
** At the end of "Tarzan and the Missing Link" [[spoiler: the two British thugs exit pursued by Mabaya, the rogue elephant]].
* {{Expy}}[=/=]CompositeCharacter: Tublat. While qualities of Book!Tublat were used to soften up Kerchak, qualities of Book!Kerchak [[AdaptationalVillainy were used to create the villainous Tublat]].
** Also, Nikolas Rokoff in the show is less of the Rokoff from the original ''Tarzan'' books and ''much'' more like General Zaroff from the famous short story "Literature/TheMostDangerousGame".
** Robert Canler, in the meanwhile, is actually closer to the original book's William Cecil Clayton than to its Robert Canler, who had a ''very'' small and shallow role.
* FangsAreEvil: Technically all gorillas have fangs, but Tublat's are much larger and more prominent than the rest of the cast. Justified in the case of Terk or Kala, since female gorillas have smaller fangs than males. Not so much in the case of Moyo or Kerchak.
* FatAndSkinny: Hugo and Hooft, as their character designs are based on Bing Crosby and Bob Hope.
* FateWorseThanDeath: According to Colonel Staquait, being imprisoned in [[HellholePrison Cape Doom]] is one.
* FawltyTowersPlot: Much of the plot of the episode "Tarzan and the Giant Beetles" is about Terk and Tantor trying to cover up the fact that they accidentally created the titular giant beetles.
* FemininityFailure: An episode has Terk, the feisty, tomboyish gorilla, wanting to be feminine to attract another gorilla. She realizes by the end that it's completely unnecessary.
* FindTheCure: Tarzan was poisoned by a spider in one episode, and Jane and Terk had to work together to get a flower which was needed to make the antidote.
** In "The Gauntlet of Vengeance", Clayton's sister poisoned Tarzan and offered him a SadisticChoice: save his friends, whom her valet had kidnapped, or go after an antidote she had hidden on top of a mountain. Subverted, as she still possessed the antidote.
* FireForgedFriends: Tarzan and Basuli.
** Also Jane and Terk.
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Tarzan
** TheLancer: Terk
** TheBigGuy: Tantor
** TheSmartGuy: Professor Porter
** TheChick: Jane
** TeamMom: Kala
* FluffyTheTerrible: One episode had Terk and Tantor trying to name a leopard cub. Terk likes "Fluffy" and "Doodles" while Tantor likes "Bobo". The end up deciding on "Commandor Fluffy Paws".
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Throughout the series' run several characters from America and Europe wind up coming across their patch of jungle and begin making a sort of shanty town and port. When there wound up being practically a town now, an episode ended with Kala silently worrying that their jungle may be lost to the new humans forever.
* {{Forgiveness}}: Even after Lady Waltham tries to kill Tarzan and his friends for the revenge of her brother Clayton, Tarzan still saves her from being killed by a pack of leopards. Realizing that someone like Tarzan could never have killed her brother, she ended her vendetta towards Tarzan.
* FrenchJerk: Renard Dumont, and while he wasn't a villain, he was a Selfish Neutral character always looking to make a quick buck. [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold He does things right from time to time though,]] particularly in episodes like "Tarzan and the Prison Break".
** Colonel Jean Staquait, on the other hand, is outright evil.
* {{Frenemy}}: The Baboons, who usually attack Tarzan and his friends when they enter their territory, but sometimes team up with Tarzan.
* FriendVersusLover: In "Tarzan and the Rift", between Terk and Dania, with Tantor as the third party.
* FullBoarAction: One Punch Mullargan provokes a sounder of wild boars into attacking him, to lure Tarzan into fighting him. Tarzan has to rescue One Punch, Joe and Max from the angered boars.
* FurBikini: Jane wears one as a swimsuit in "Tarzan and the Lost Cub". Her usual outfit in the show is much more modest.
** Also, Queen La's outfit resembles this.
* GeekyTurnOn: See below.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar
** The Professor's love interest visited during one episode, and they spent a lot of time discussing germination. In [[GeekyTurnOn very sexy terms]].
** In "Tarzan and the Lost Cub" the aforementioned leopard cub snatches Tarzan's loincloth at one point, to his embarrassment and Jane's amusement.
** Jane's English friend Hazel is a bit of a CovertPervert. When she first meets Tarzan, she describes him as "a savage wild man" in a tone of voice that sounds like she's turned on. When Eleanor suggests putting him back in his cage[[note]]Assuming he was one of the Professor's experiements[[/note]] Hazel excitedly says "he's got a cage?" - not to mention her asking Jane if Tarzan has any brothers or cousins.
* GirlOfTheWeek: Tantor gets a girlfriend called Dania in "Tarzan and the Rift". They break up because she and Terk cannot get along. Terk also gets a boyfriend named Gobu in "Tarzan and the Enemy Within". He disappears in the following episodes. [[spoiler: It's implied that he remained the leader of his own family, while Terk remained with Tarzan.]]
* GodIsGood: The All-Seeing Elephant, a deity worshiped by elephants, is shown to be benevolent. Mangani, the silver ape is also a benevolent NatureSpirit, wandering the jungle and healing injured animals.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Queen La is an evil sorceress.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Colonel Staquait sports an evil scar over his eye.
* GoofyPrintUnderwear: In "The New Wave", Eleanor finds a pair of boxer shorts with red polka dots, belonging to Professor Porter, in the jungle after a tidal wave washes them away.
* GrandTheftMe: In "Tarzan and the Return of La," Queen La possesses Jane. [[spoiler:Crosses with GenderBender when she possesses Tarzan due to a BatmanGambit he pulls.]]
* GreatWhiteHunter: UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt, just like in RealLife. He almost shoots Tantor, but is quick to apologize when he learns that the elephant is Tarzan's friend, and he emphasizes that he hunts for science, not for sport.
* GreenAesop: Three episodes (one of them is technically a double episode) deal with environmental issues. In "Tarzan and the Outbreak", a group of loggers release a dangerous virus that was dormant in the soil. In "Tarzan and the Seeds of Destruction", Jane plants a vine which almost destroys the jungle's ecosystem. And in "Tarzan and the Poisoned River", a group of miners release [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin poison in a river]].
* HellholePrison: Cape Doom in "Tarzan and the Prison Break".
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt shows up in the episode "Tarzan and the Rough Rider", as the former president of the USA. The episode presumably takes place during the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smithsonian%E2%80%93Roosevelt_African_Expedition Smithsonian-Roosevelt African Expedition]], when Roosevelt visited Africa to hunt animals for the Natural History Museum of the Smithsonian Institution.
* HonorBeforeReason: In "Tarzan and the Challenger," Tarzan only loses the leadership challenge because he saved Moyo from a deadly fall. Tarzan nonetheless concedes because he agreed to the rules.
* HowUnscientific: The original film's setting, while featuring {{Talking Animal}}s and a hero capable of physically impossible actions, was more or less realistic. This carries on to the series... up to the episode "Tarzan and the City of Opar", which suddenly introduces magic in the form Queen La.
* HulkSpeak: Averted with Tarzan. Lampshaded in "Tarzan and the Silver Screen", where the actor playing the NatureHero in the ShowWithinAShow is supposed to talk like this, which really confuses Tarzan.
* IResembleThatRemark: Terk in "Tarzan and the Outbreak" when she is against helping the loggers get cured of the deadly disease they caught.
-->'''Terk''': I don't mean to sound cold or nothing, but that's their problem!
-->'''Tantor''': [[LampshadeHanging In what way is that not cold?]]
* IWarnedYou: When Terk and Jane are cornered by a raptor.
-->'''Terk:''' I hate to say I told you so...\\
'''Jane:''' Then please don't.\\
'''Terk:''' But it's the only thing I can look forward to!
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: All episodes follow the name structure "Tarzan and the X", probably as a nod to the original book series which had the same naming pattern.
* TheImp: Tublat has a monkey sidekick that acts like this in "Tarzan and the Enemy Within".
* IncidentalVillain: Dumont. He's not particularly mean, he's just selfish and greedy, and has little respect towards nature.
* InsistentTerminology: In "Tarzan and the Silver Ape", Philander has to regularly remind his henchmen that Mangani is not a monkey.
* ItIsDehumanizing: In "Tarzan and the Lost Cub", Tarzan refers to the leopard cub as "it" when he thinks the cub means danger to his family. It makes him NotSoDifferent from Kerchak in the movie, and both Jane and Kala call him out on it.
* {{Jerkass}}: Professor Philander, so much so that he [[BerserkButton really aggravates]] Professor Porter (and the feeling is mutual).
* JerkJock: One Punch Mullargan.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Tarzan punching out One Punch Mullargan. He did it by accident while practicing with some boxing gloves, but Jane insists Mullargan deserved it.
-->'''Terk:''' So let me get this straight: you just happen to swing in your fist and it just happen to sock his jaw?\\
'''Tarzan:''' Right. It was an accident.\\
'''Terk:''' Uh huh. So what did he do to make you deck him?
* KillerGorilla: While most ape characters avert this trope, Tublat plays it straight. And Mangani, the Silver Ape inverts it, as he is a ''Healer'' Gorilla.
* LegionOfLostSouls: Hugo and Hooft served in the French Foreign Legion before they deserted. Lt. Colonel Staquait, a commander from the Legion, is in pursuit of them, wanting to execute them for disobedience.
* LemonyNarrator: "Tarzan and One Punch Mullargan" is narrated in this fashion by Max. He's admittedly in awe of Tarzan, but he's also quick to mock Mullargan.
* LetsGetDangerous:
** Jane and Professor Porter, despite being [[SpotOfTea fancy British citizens]] who [[FishOutOfWater didn't fully adapt to jungle life]], get into action and save the other characters several times.
** Tantor may be cowardly, but when he overcomes his fear to protect his friends, he shows what an enormous African Elephant is capable of.
* LimitedWardrobe: Somewhat justified, in that over half of the main characters don't really wear clothing, and it's rather difficult for the other two to get their hands on new clothes in the middle of the jungle. {{Lampshaded}} when Dumont opens his store. Jane complains about having only one change of clothing, then comes back from Dumont's with an elephant load of Paris fashions. Though her main outfit remains the same, occasionally she changes into others afterwards.
* LiteraryAgentHypothesis: Similar to ''WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaid'' TV series, an episode focuses around Edgar Rice Burroughs as a struggling author traveling to Africa searching for inspiration for a book after reading a news story about Tarzan.
* LoinCloth: Tarzan's primary outfit. Occasionally Professor Porter will switch into it too, when he wants to blend in with the gorillas.
* LoveableRogue: Hugo and Hooft. While they don't have a problem with scamming their friends, they really are good-natured. For example, in "Tarzan and the Prison Break", they have the chance to abandon Tarzan after escaping prison (he broke in to try and rescue them, and got imprisoned himself), but instead they return to save him from being executed. Also, the reason they're fugitives in the first place is because they refused to obey Colonel Staquait when he ordered them to burn down a village of innocent civilians.
* ManiacMonkeys: The baboons often attack intruders who enter their territory, especially [[CubCuesProtectiveParent when their baby, Manu, appears to be in danger]].
* MischiefMakingMonkey: Manu, the baby baboon who stole Jane's drawing in the movie, returns to cause trouble in this show.
* MisplacedWildlife: Mostly averted, but there is the odd mention of tarantulas, alligators or howler monkeys. The ring-tailed lemurs from the original movie also appear in the background, as well as blue-and-yellow macaws. And in one episode, Queen La [[BalefulPolymorph turns Dumont into]] [[SeldomSeenSpecies a gibbon]]. Other episodes had giraffes, zebras, spotted hyenas, and what looked like a lioness, which are native to Africa but live in open grasslands rather than jungles.
* MonsterIsAMommy: The ''TyrannosaurusRex'' in "The Hidden World". Subverted, since after Jane gives the baby ''T. rex'' back to her, she still keeps attacking the heroes.
* MsFanservice: Jane to a degree. The clothes she usually wears would look disheveled and revealing to mainstream Victorian society.
** And La, in an EvilIsSexy way.
* MusicSoothesTheSavageBeast: Overlapping with SnakeCharmer: Henry, Greenley's nerdy boyfriend plays the oboe to calm down a black mamba and save Eleanor from it.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Clayton's sister has this reaction when she realizes that Tarzan isn't the monster she thought he was and that she's been doing the truly monstrous things in seeking her revenge.
* MythologyGag:
** "Mangani", the name of the mystical silver ape in this show, is the name of the species that raised Tarzan in the books.
** Also, to show that La is actually Atlantean, the animators decided to give her dark skin and white hair, like the characters in ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire''.
** Tarzan and co.'s brief adoption of a leopard cub could be considered a slight nod to Jad-bal-Jah, an orphaned lion Tarzan raises in the Burroughs novels and the 70's cartoon, ''Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle''.
** Tarzan has a brief confrontation with a ''Triceratops'' in "The Hidden World", which may be a reference to the novels ''Tarzan the Terrible'' and ''Tarzan at the Earth's Core''.
** Jane's friend Hazel asked if Tarzan has any cousins. In ''Tarzan of the Apes'', Jane was accompanied by his cousin William Cecil Clayton.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Professor Porter losing his clothes is something of a RunningGag, always PlayedForLaughs. The apes are always shocked to see him that way, which is a bit of FridgeLogic when you realize they aren't wearing clothes themselves. Terk gives that a HandWave, saying that apes are beautiful so they don't need to cover themselves, unlike Porter.
* NatureHero: [[CaptainObvious Of]] [[TropeCodifier course]].
* NatureSpirit: Mangani, the Silver Ape. While his true nature [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane is never explained]], he appears to be a benevolent creature with magical healing powers that walks the jungle and helps those in need. However, it is possible to capture and cage him.
* NerdGlasses: Henry, Greenley's nerdy, sensitive boyfriend wears a pair in "Tarzan and the New Wave".
* NeverMyFault: Professor Philander always blames Professor Porter for his own misfortunes.
* NeverSmileAtACrocodile: Crocodiles often show up as adversaries to Tarzan.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In "Leopard Men Rebellion" Tarzan helps Queen La get her staff back off the leopard men when they kidnap Jane. [[spoiler: Turns out they kidnapped her to make her their queen so she could free them]].
* NubileSavage: Tarzan is a male example.
* ObviousStuntDouble: There's an episode in which a director is filming a movie about a wild man raised by monkeys in the very jungle the protagonists live in. Since the actor playing the wild man is lousy at filming the action scenes, Tarzan ends up roped into being his stunt double. Not only do Tarzan and the actor look noting alike, but their outfits are different.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Robert Canler's explanation [[spoiler: for betraying Britain to Imperial Germany]].
* OnlyShopInTown: Renard Dumont's trading post. Dumont shamelessly takes advantage of this; for example, he charges outrageous prices for the catering of a film crew.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: La has a British accent but some American pronunciations seep through, particularly with the way she says Tarzan's name.
* OutOfOrder: The three episodes featured in ''Tarzan & Jane'' were aired later than the rest (since the show itself aired in 2001, while the direct-to-video film was released in 2002). However, two of those three episodes, namely "The Volcanic Diamond Mine" and "The British Invasion", obviously take place before two episodes of the show, "The Caged Fury" and "The New Wave", respectively, since the events of the former two are referenced in the latter two.
* PaperThinDisguise: The disguise Tantor wears as a giant female beetle is not very convincing. However it works [[FridgeBrilliance because he was sprayed with beetle pheromones]].
* PassThePopcorn: Terk and Tantor are often just bystanders. Very interested bystanders.
--> '''Terk:''' ''Aww!'' It was just gettin' good!
* PimpedOutDress: Jane wears her yellow dress in four episodes: "Tarzan and the Silver Screen," "Tarzan and One Punch Mullargan," "Tarzan and the Prison Break," and "Tarzan and the British Invasion," while she wears her blue dress in "Tarzan and the Trading Post," and "Tarzan and the Eagle's Feather."
* ThePrimaDonna: Stanley, the actor from "Tarzan and the Silver Screen" is a male example. He insists on being the star of the movie and doing his own stunts, and is very jealous at Tarzan upstaging him. [[spoiler: He goes as far as burning all the film footage with Tarzan's stunts.]]
* PrimalChestPound: Tarzan does it in the opening credits, as well as on various occasions in the show. Other characters such as Kerchak, Tublat, Moyo and even Professor Porter do it too (the first three are all silverback gorillas, and the Professor is pretending to be Tarzan thanks to one of Philander's ploys when he does this).
* RaptorAttack: As inspired by ''Franchise/JurassicPark''. The raptors found in Pellucidar are far larger than real velociraptors (their size actually exceeding that of the ''Deinonychus'', edging closer to ''Utahraptor'' territory) and stronger (they easily overpower Tarzan and a single one of them makes prey of a leopard). They are also featherless and their necks are incredibly long. It could however be argued that all these features were evolved over millions of years in Pellucidar. The series takes place before the first ''Velociraptor'' fossil was found and named, and yet Jane seemed to know what they are called at a glance..
** On the other hand, their skulls are correctly shaped for ''Velociraptor'' and they are even portrayed [[ShownTheirWork climbing trees]].
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Mabaya the rogue elephant has red, pupil-less eyes, and is a mindless brute who attacks everything that moves.
* RedRightHand: Tublat's right foot, which has one toe missing.
* ReplacementFlatCharacter: Jabari is essentially young Tantor (even sharing the same voice actor). Tantor sees the similarities immediately and bonds with him.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Snakes (normal-sized or gigantic), [[NeverSmileAtACrocodile crocodiles]] and dinosaurs (at least theropods and ceratopsians) are always hostile to Tarzan and his friends.
* RhinoRampage: Rhinoceroses occasionally appear as adversaries for Tarzan, like in the episode "Tarzan and the Trading Post".
* TheRival: Basuli to Tarzan. In Basuli's first appearance, it was more volatile, but a [[RivalsTeamUp team-up]] saw them iron out their differences to a far more friendly rivalry.
** Professor Philander to Professor Porter are academic rivals.
** Kerchak and Tublat fight over the leadership of the gorilla tribe in a flashback scene.
** Moyo to Tarzan in "Tarzan and the Challenger". Doubles as TheNativeRival.
* RoguesGallery: The most recurring foes are Tublat, Professor Philander and Queen La. Other villains appearing in more than one episode are Mabaya the rogue elephant, Sheeta and Nuru the black panthers, Niels and Merkus the diamond miners, and Colonel Staquait. The latter appears along with Tublat and La in the RoguesGallery montage part of the show's intro.
* SaveTheVillain:
** Tarzan saves Tublat from a pair of poachers, then the very same poachers from Tublat, in the episode "Caged Fury".
** He also saves Queen La from a leopard in "The Leopard Man Rebellion".
** While more of a HeroAntagonist than a villain, Tarzan saves Moyo when they are duelling, even though it leads to Tarzan losing the duel and having to leave the gorilla tribe.
* SceneryCensor: Used whenever Professor Porter loses his LoinCloth.
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: Colonel Staquait is a member of the French military and thus a man of law, but he is more than willing to abuse his power. He would execute Hugo and Hooft for mere disobedience, and would do the same to Tarzan when he tries to escape Cape Doom, without any trial or order from the Magistrate.
--> '''Staquait:''' What are you doing here?
--> '''Jane:''' Stopping you from breaking the law, Colonel!
--> '''Staquait:''' Ridiculous! [[IAmTheNoun I am the law]]!
* ShoutOut: In "The All Seeing Elephant" Tantor falls off a cliff and thanks to trees gets launched into the air. At one point Tarzan and Jane see him fly by and Jane comments:
-->'''Jane:''' [[Disney/{{Dumbo}} "Well, I've done seen about everything."]]
** See MythologyGag above for Queen La's design for this show.
* SignatureRoar: Tarzan often lets out his iconic yell in the show.
* SingleTargetSexuality: The first episode with La shows that Tarzan is pretty much Jane-sexual, as he is immune to La's attempts to seduce him.
* SkywardScream: Tublat, everytime Tarzan beats him in the end.
* SlipknotPonytail: Jane keeps her hair partially tied up but sometimes it comes fully down in an action situation. Also happens to her friend Eleanor in "British Invasion".
* StiffUpperLip[=/=]BritishStuffiness: Every English person in the show is this.
* StockAnimalDiet: Tantor occasionally mentions his fondness of peanuts ([[MisplacedVegetation which is native to South America]]). Averted with the gorillas; while they sometimes eat bananas, their diet includes a high diversity of fruit, and their favourite tid-bit seems to be termites (which is ArtisticLicenceBiology, since gorillas rarely eat insects).
* StockDinosaurs: The fauna of Pellucidar includes a TyrannosaurusRex, several [[RaptorAttack very inaccurately portrayed Velociraptors]], a Triceratops, Apatosaurus, a Brachiosaurus, and a bunch of small bipedal dinosaurs.
* {{Stripperific}}: Queen La dresses in a very revealing outfit, and Tarzan wears nothing but a LoinCloth.
** Jane wears a FurBikini as a swimsuit in "Tarzan and the Lost Cub". She also wears La's clothes in two episodes.
* StyrofoamRocks: Used in-universe in an episode involving movie filming. Tarzan freaks out when he sees a seemingly helpless actress about to be crushed by an avalanche, and rushes to save her. However, the actors show him after the scene that the boulders were actually fake ones that are incredibly light.
* TempleOfDoom: The Lost City of Opar.
* TerribleTicking: In one episode, Tarzan's animal friends go crazy, complete with the MadnessMantra "Stop the ringing!" Turns out the local trading post had installed a long-range radio tower, and something in the equipment was generating an ultrasonic noise that was doing this to Tantor, Terk, and the rest. The humans couldn't hear it, but it was driving the animals nuts for miles.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Besides Terk and Tantor, the comic relief duo of the original film, there is also Flynt and Mungo for the gorillas and Hugo and Hooft for the humans.
* ThreateningShark: Tarzan fights off one of these in "Tarzan and the New Wave".
* ThrowingDownTheGauntlet: Apparently throwing mud at your opponent's face is the Rhino equivalent.
* TranslationConvention: Tantor and Terk are shown as speaking English with each other and with Tarzan, Jane, and Professor Porter, but several episodes make it very clear that Tarzan et. al. speak their languages. In one episode, Jane has difficulties because her Baboon is a bit rusty.
* UngratefulBastard: Tublat, after Tarzan saved him from poachers. Of course Tarzan was never expecting a "thanks" from him.
* UpliftedAnimal: The Leopardmen are revealed to be these.
* VillainessesWantHeroes: Queen La to Tarzan, so very much.
* VineSwing: Tarzan does it a lot, as usual.
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: Jane towards Tarzan, believe it or not.
* WhatDoTheyFearEpisode: Subverted. Jane spends an entire episode trying to find something which scares the titular character. In the end he freaks out over her powderpuff, however the last scene reveals that [[spoiler: he pretended to be scared so she would stop trying to scare him]].
* WhyIsntItAttacking: The mother leopard in "The Lost Cub".
* WoundedGazelleGambit: Queen La pulls one not once, but twice. In "The Leopard Man Rebellion", she begs Tarzan to save her from a vicious leopard and then help her defeat the rebelling leopard men - but it's all a trick to reclaim her power. In "The Return of La", it's also a LiteralMetaphor: her spirit, which can hop from body to body via touching, possesses the body of a wounded antelope, and when Jane comes to aid the animal, she moves over into her.
* WorldWarOne: "Tarzan and the Flying Ace" is implied to be set during this time.
* {{Yandere}}: Queen La, who wants to either make Tarzan her mate, or kill him.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Spoken word-by-word to Gobu by Tublat. [[spoiler: Fortunately, Tarzan and the rest of the gorillas can save him from Tublat's wrath.]]
* YourSizeMayVary: Tublat is a very big gorilla, but his size compared to Tarzan seems to be a bit inconsistent.
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