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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

    Jane Porter 

Jane Porter

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

    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.
  • Papa Wolf: He threatens to kill Jane and her father when they get close to the gorillas. Before that, he effortlessly sweeps through a herd of rampaging elephants to rescue a baby gorilla and flies out without a scratch.
  • Primal Chest-Pound: He's a silverback gorilla, after all.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: Being an adult gorilla, his muscled forearms and torso are massive.

    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.
  • Badass Mustache: I mean, look at his picture!
  • Big Bad: He's the biggest threat towards the gorillas.

    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 cousin and best friend from childhood.

  • Cool Big Sis: She kinda leans on this trope for Tarzan.
  • 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.
  • Gender Bender: She becomes male in the stage production.
  • 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 

Tantor

Voiced By: Wayne Knight, Jim Cummings

  • 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 

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 

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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