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Tarzan Voiced By: Tony Goldwyn, Alex D. Linz, Michael T. Weiss Adorably Precocious Child: Tarzan as a kid. Badass Bookworm: He becomes utterly fascinated with books and reading once Jane and Professor Porter arrive. Badass In Charge: Becomes this after Kerchak dies and gives his son the job of protecting the family. Braids of Action: In a Dreadlock Rasta style. Dreadlock Rasta: His hairstyle that he had ever since he was a kid. Fish out of Water: In human society after being raised by gorillas for most of his life. Genius Bruiser: He develops stone-age technology by himself as a child with nothing to go on but his own intuition. And manages to figure out reading and human language conventions in a matter of months. Happily Adopted: By Kala. Interspecies Adoption: Tarzan was raised and loved by gorillas. He Cleans Up Nicely: When he wears human clothing for the first time. Hulk Speak: When talking to humans. He mostly grows out of it by the end. Kubrick Stare: He does this a lot. Le Parkour: Takes this to new heights, especially with his "tree-surfing". Love at First Sight/ Single-Target Sexuality: Towards Jane. Mr. Fanservice: A handsome young man who walks around in nothing but a Loin Cloth. Muscles Are Meaningless: He can easily strangle a silverback gorilla who's much more muscular than him. Nature Hero: He is basically the Trope Codifier. Nice Guy: Despite being a Nubile Savage, Tarzan is one of the sweetest, bravest, thoughtful and humble men you'll ever meet. No Sense of Personal Space: He shows shades of this when he gets too close to Jane. Nubile Savage: He looks very clean for a man living in the jungle. And he looks permanently shaven. Official Couple: With Jane Porter. Parental Abandonment: They were killed by a leopard. Primal Chest-Pound: At the end of the movie, he pounds his chest while letting out his Signature Roar. Protagonist Title Raised by Wolves: He was raised by gorillas. Signature Roar: His yell. Strong Family Resemblance: Without the mustache, Tarzan's father looks identical to his son. Tall, Dark and Handsome: For a man living in the jungle his whole life, he is quite handsome. 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 "London will seem so small after all this." Voiced by: Minnie Driver, Olivia D'Abo
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 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. Papa Wolf: He threatens to kill Jane and her father when they get close to the gorillas. Primal Chest-Pound: He's a silverback gorilla, after all.
John Clayton "I was made for Africa, and Africa was made for me!" 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. Badass Mustache: I mean, look at his picture! Big Bad: He's the biggest threat towards the gorillas.
Prof. Archimedes Q. Porter Voiced By: Nigel Hawthorne, Jeff Bennett
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 Heart of Gold: She really does care for Tarzan; in one scene she lends him a hand when he's climbing a tree. The Lancer: To Tarzan. Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: An interspecies example: She's (gorilla) the Masculine Girl to Tantor' s (elephant) Feminine Boy. Never My Fault: She never takes responsibility for her actions. Tomboy and Girly Girl: An interspecies example: She's (gorilla) the Tomboy to Jane's (human) Girly Girl.
Tantor The Big Guy: He is an elephant, and he has the strength that comes with one. 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. Nervous Wreck: Is he ever! See Cowardly Lion above. Let's Get Dangerous: Near the end of the film, when he rescues Tarzan. Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: An interspecies example: He's (elephant) the Feminine Boy to Terk's (gorilla) Masculine Girl. Lampshaded when one episode had him dress up as a female beetle.
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. Panthera Awesome: She is a Badass leopard, and stronger than the gorillas. 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 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.