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Characters: Tarzan
Characters from the Disney film:

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    Tarzan 

Tarzan

Voiced By: Tony Goldwyn, Alex D. Linz, Michael T. Weiss

  • Unkempt Beauty: He didn't look bad for a man living in the jungle with no opportunity for hygenie.
  • Vine Swing: He often travels around the jungle like this.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: For the majority of the movie he wears nothing but a Loin Cloth.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Tarzan is constantly seeking the approval of Kerchak, who refuses to accept Tarzan as a member of the gorilla pack, much less as his adopted son. Kerchak almost accepted him when he defeated Sabor, until the arrival of the British expedition team reminded him of his distrust in humans. That all changes when Tarzan comes back to save the gorillas. Sadly, it doesn't last that long, as Kerchak receives a fatal bullet wound from Clayton. After Clayton's death, Tarzan kneels over Kerchak, who passes on leadership of the pack to Tarzan and even acknowledges Tarzan as his son with his last words.
  • Wild Child: In the first act of the movie.

    Jane Porter 

Jane Porter

"London will seem so small after all this."
Voiced by: Minnie Driver, Olivia D'Abo

  • Badass Bookworm: Is smart throughout the entire movie, but when she takes a level in badass in the climax, it really comes to shine.
  • Bare Your Midriff: In the closing scene.

    Kala 

Kala

Voiced By: Glenn Close, Susanne Blakeslee

  • Mama Bear: She shows impressive feats when trying to defend baby Tarzan from Sabor.
  • Parental Substitute: She takes Tarzan in after his parents are killed by Sabor. Makes even more sense since her own son was killed by the same leopard.
  • Spared By Adaptation: Unlike in the book, she's still alive at the end of the movie.

    Kerchak 

Kerchak

Voiced By: Lance Henriksen

  • Action Dad: He often gets in fights to protect his family; first with Sabor and then with Clayton.
  • Adaptational Heroism: He was a villain in the books.
  • Badass: He's a large, tough silverback gorilla.
  • Composite Character: Of the book's Kerchak (his name, leader of the tribe) and Tublat (Kala's mate, unfriendly father figure to Tarzan).
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is constantly hostile towards Tarzan over the course of the movie. However, he only does so because he sees Tarzan as a threat to the gorilla family, and changes his heart when Tarzan saves the gorillas from Clayton.
  • Killer Gorilla: Subverted. He only attacks to defend his family.

    Clayton 

John Clayton

"I was made for Africa, and Africa was made for me!"
Voiced by: BRIAN BLESSED

  • Adaptational Villainy: In the novels, he is Tarzan's cousin who inherits the title after Tarzan's parents are presumed dead. His worst fault is that he is a coward, and his worst crime is concealing Tarzan's true identity after he figures out the truth so that he can keep the title.
  • Big Bad: He's the biggest threat towards the gorillas.
  • Evil All Along: He was planning all along to capture and sell Tarzan's gorilla family.

    Professor Porter 

Prof. Archimedes Q. Porter

Voiced By: Nigel Hawthorne, Jeff Bennett

    Terk 

Terk

Voiced By: Rosie O'Donnell, April Winchell, Audrey Wasilewski
Terk is Tarzan's best friend from childhood.

  • Dirty Coward: She's often willing to bail at the first sign of trouble.
  • Expy: She's a female Timon.
  • False Friend: Early in the movie Terk is willing to help Tarzan and shows concern for his safety but is unwilling to be seen with him by her other friends.
  • Incoming Ham: THE FUUUUN HAS ARRIIIIIIIVED!
  • Jerk With A Heartof Gold: She really does care for Tarzan; in one scene she lends him a hand when he's climbing a tree.

    Tantor 

Tantor

Voiced By: Wayne Knight, Jim Cummings

  • Cowardly Lion: He has phobia of everything, despite being a gigantic African Elephant.
  • Gentle Giant: He's a large elephant, but he wouldn't hurt a fly.

    Sabor 

Sabor

Voiced By: N/A

  • Badass: Despite being smaller and more fragile, she tears circles around Kala and almost kills Kerchak.
  • Cats Are Mean: She's terrifying and brutal, but no more than a normal predatory animal.
  • Disc One Final Boss: Dies around halfway through the movie, before the appearance of the British research team.
  • The Dreaded: Nobody wants to go up against her.
  • Talking Animal: The only established animal character to avert this; she is purely feral and dehumanized through and through.
  • Super-Persistent Predator: She does a lot of effort to get her paw on baby Tarzan, even when he's already defended by Kala, and then puts on an impressive fight with adult Tarzan.

    Tarzan's Parents 

Tarzan's Parents

Voiced By: N/A

  • Badass: The only survivors of the ship-wreck, and also able to create an awesome treehouse that would be the envy of the Swiss Family Robinson.
  • Badass Mustache: Tarzan's father has a cool one.
  • Happily Married: Judging from their moment after both of them are on the lifeboat.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Tarzan's mother had auburn hair and bluish-green eyes.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Tarzan received his father's hair color and facial structures, while gaining his mother's eye color and hair style.
  • The Voiceless: No lines from either.


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