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Original characters appearing in the Disney animated series The Legend of Tarzan. Since the series is based on the feature film Tarzan, see that film's character page for the characters introduced there.

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Animated TV series - Friends

    Renard Dumont

A French businessman who sets up a shop in a port near the jungle. He occasionally helps Tarzan and his friends, but his greed often causes trouble.

  • Anti-Hero: He is a Pragmatic Anti Hero that often sides with Tarzan and his friends, but this doesn't make him a nice person. On the flip side, he may be a greedy businessman, but isn't without his redeeming qualities.
  • Do You Want to Haggle?: As a greedy businessman, Renard Dumont will often end up haggling with any visitor from the civilized world.
  • French Jerk: Downplayed. Not evil, but a selfish and greedy Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Greed: He is always ready to make a quick buck.
  • Incidental Villain: His greed and disrespect towards nature often makes him the antagonist of the episode.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While Renard is selfish and greedy, he occasionally helps the heroes. In one episode, he pretends to be a Magistrate to save Hugo and Hooft from Colonel Staquait.
  • Only Shop in Town: His trading post that he built solely to exploit this trope as the sole business in a mostly undiscovered jungle with increasing visitors. He shamelessly takes advantage of this.

    Hugo and Hooft
Voiced by: Dave Thomas and Joe Flaherty

Two deserters from the French Foreign Legion who are saved by Tarzan from Colonel Staquait. They find a job at Dumont's Trading Post.

  • Adaptational Heroism: They were not bumbling heroes in "Tarzan and the Foreign Legion." In fact, they were villainous outlaws.
  • Affectionate Parody: Hugo and Hooft are parodies of Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, respectively. The first episode in which they appear is an homage to the Road to ... movies. Their physical appearance are based on Abbott and Costello (who even made a film where they join the Foreign Legion).
  • Con Artist: They are ready to trick and scam anyone, including their own friends. No wonder why Dumont sees potential in them.
  • Eagle Land: Hugo and Hooft are examples of the Mixed Flavor type III. They're the first Americans shown in the series and they are presented as boorish, shady grifters prone to laziness, vulgar behavior, scamming and gambling, and all around incompetence, but are good people at heart who are loyal, abhor doing physical harm to innocent people and try to help those who give them aid.
  • Everyone Has Standards: They run cons and have sizable egos, but they're against hurting people and take friendship very seriously.
  • Fat and Skinny: Hugo is the fat one, Hooft is the skinny one.
  • Legion of Lost Souls: They served in the French Foreign Legion, but their commanding officer ordered them to burn down a civilian village for no reason, then jailed them for refusing an order. They escaped.
  • Loveable Rogue: 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.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: They were safe from Staquait because they were presumed dead and living in obscurity. Then they started marketing a barbecue sauce and put a picture of themselves on the label. Oops.
  • Those Two Guys: They escape the foreign legion together, and are inseparable since then.
  • Too Dumb to Live: These two made up their own brand of barbecue sauce to sell across the world with their name and face on the labels after they managed to convince Staquait they had died during their last encounter and didn't think he'd come back for them.
  • What You Are in the Dark: In the aforementioned prison break, they get pretty far by the time they have a chance to be by themselves and catch their breath. It's then that they dwell on how they left their buddy behind and how they can't just think of themselves.

Voiced by: Taylor Dempsey

A young, neurotic elephant who in many respects resembles Tantor.


A young male gorilla who challenges Tarzan for leadership.

  • Fire-Forged Friends: He becomes friends with Tarzan after they have to cooperate in a fight against Hista the python.
  • Hero Antagonist: He opposes Tarzan because he believes that he would be a better leader, but his primary concern is the safety of the other gorillas.
  • The Native Rival: To Tarzan, whom he challenges for a duel since he believes that as a gorilla he'll be a better leader of the family than the human Tarzan.
  • Primal Chest-Pound: As an arrogant male gorilla, he does this very often.


A mystical spirit resembling a silvery-white gorilla.

  • Healing Hands: He has the power to heal the injured.
  • Light Is Good: He has silvery-white fur, resembling the moonlight, and is very benevolent.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: His true nature is never explained. He does have healing powers, but it's possible to capture and cage him.
  • Mythology Gag: In the books, "mangani" was the name of the species of great apes that raised Tarzan.
  • Nature Spirit: He is a benevolent spirit who wanders the jungle at night and heals injured animals or people.

Animated TV series - Enemies

Voiced by: Frank Welker (vocal effects)

A giant python that attacks Tarzan's gorilla family.

    Queen La
Voiced by: Diahann Carroll

Mystical queen of the Lost City of Opar. She wants Tarzan to be her mate.

  • Adaptational Modesty: While in the show she wears quite a Stripperific outfit, it is toned down compared to the book where she only wears Diamonds in the Buff.
  • Adaptational Villainy: She became Tarzan's ally and banned human sacrifices in the book, while in the series, she is more evil and never becomes an ally to Tarzan.
  • Animal Eyes: Queen La, being an evil leopard queen, has leopard-like eyes.
  • Animal Motifs: Leopards. She commands an army of leopardmen, she decorates her palace with leopard skins, wears clothes trimmed with leopard fangs, carries a leopard-headed staff, and has cold, leopard-like eyes.
  • Bad Boss: 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.
  • Baleful Polymorph: One of her powers is to turn people into animals, or animals into humanoid monsters.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her regular outfit shows her stomach.
  • Black Widow: She implied to Tarzan that he is not the first male to be the object of her advances, and the human skeletal remains chained in her catacombs she hinted at implies she had all her male love interests killed for displeasing her in the past.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: She's always barefoot. A Justified Trope, as she lives in the jungle and wears little clothing of any kind.
  • Evil Brit: While she's obviously not from Britain, she has the accent and is certainly a villain.
  • Evil Sorcerer: She owns a magical staff by which she can control an army of leopardmen.
  • Foil: To Jane. Both of them are beautiful women who are attracted to Tarzan, but while Jane is kind, caring and thoughtful, La is bad-tempered and possessive.
  • Fur Bikini: Her regular outfit is a black bikini decorated with leopard fangs.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: She's the only character who bears the "queen" title, and one of the most vile villains.
  • Lady of Black Magic: Queen and high priestess of Opar, and an evil sorceress.
  • Ms. Fanservice: A seductive sorceress in a Stripperific outfit.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: La had the mindset if she killed off Jane, she'll have Tarzan to herself.
  • Mystical White Hair: Unexplained in the show, but it's rumored that had the show continued, she would have been revealed as an Atlantean. This would have been fitting, considering her literary counterpart was also an Atlantean native.
  • Occult Blue Eyes: She has light blue eyes and a practitioner in witchcraft.
  • Ominous Opera Cape: She wears one over her Fur Bikini.
  • Race Lift: From Atlantean to Waziri, but she looks more like the former than the latter.
  • Slouch of Villainy: She lies on her throne very casually while Tantor presents her gifts as distraction.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: By far the most darkest villain that Tarzan ever faced.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: She finds Tarzan as the only mate worthy of her.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Wicked, vile, and white-haired.
  • Yandere: She wants to either get Tarzan as her mate, or kill him.

    Leopard Men

Half-leopard, half-human creatures in the service of Queen La.


Voiced by: Frank Welker (vocal effects)

A rogue elephant who has turned into a mindless monster that occasionally threatens Tarzan's gorilla family.

  • Ax-Crazy: Completely mindless, he charges at everything he sees.
  • The Berserker: Is a bloodthirsty, rampaging brute.
  • Cruel Elephant: In complete contrast to Tantor and the other elephants.
  • Ear Notch: His ears look torn with several holes in them.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Tantor. Both of them are solitary male elephants, but while Tantor is a nice and somewhat cowardly fellow, Mabaya is a mindless, nonverbal, rampaging monster.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: He has red, pupil-less eyes.
  • Red Is Violent: His eyes and skin are both red.
  • The Speechless: Never says a single word in either of his two appearances and only lets out roars and trumpeting sounds, which is odd considering how the other elephant characters in the franchise are shown speaking.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is it "Mbaya" or "Mabaya"?
  • Unstoppable Rage: He's in a perpetual state of fury and always goes on a rampage.

    Professor Samuel T. Philander
Voiced by: Craig Ferguson

An egotistical and amoral scientist, Professor Porter's academic rival.

  • Adaptational Villainy: He was Professor Porter's friend in the book. Here, he is Porter's nemesis.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Though he nevertheless never gets to enjoy it. In his first appearance, he legitimately outdoes Prof. Porter, Jane and Tarzan, leaving them to die in Pelucidar while he gets all the photographic proof of its existence. Though they survive, he doesn't even care since he had what he came for... until he returns to England. It turns out that a monkey stole his camera and ruined all of his film, but neither he nor the heroes had any idea at the time, and the latter react as though he had legitimately beaten them. Really, it turned out to be a Pyrrhic Victory since thanks to said monkey, he winds up embarrassing himself at a public seminar when he presents nothing but photos of the monkey and its unmentionables up close.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Despite being the goofiest of the Rogues Gallery, he 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.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Professor Porter. Both are British scientists, but Porter is motivated by curiosity towards the natural world and is honorable, whereas Philander is motivated by fame and glory - and is willing to do immoral acts Porter would never even think about.
  • Glory Hound: His biggest character trait. His main motivation is to become a famous and acknowledged scientist - preferably more acknowledged than Porter.
  • Jerkass: He is a Glory Hound who doesn't shy away from immoral actions to advance his scientific reputation.
  • Mad Scientist: After failing to present his discovery of living dinosaurs, he loses all his scientific credit, which drives him more and more crazy.
  • Mysterious Middle Initial: It's unknown what the "T" in his name stands for.
  • Never My Fault: Professor Philander always blames Professor Porter for his own misfortunes.
  • Nice Hat: He wears an explorer's hat.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: His appearance is designed after the British comedian Terry-Thomas, including his trademark tooth gap.
  • Stealing the Credit: Philander has a nasty habit of taking credit for Professor Porter's discoveries and exploits, and has done so since they were in their university days together. It's why the Professor hates him so much and the prime reason Philander even comes to Tarzan's jungle in the first place.
  • The Rival: The academic rival of Professor Porter.

    Lieutenant Colonel Jean Staquait
Voiced by: Jim Cummings

A cruel, ruthless colonel of the French Foreign Legion, he is one of the recurring antagonists of the show.

  • Colonel Badass: He's a colonel, and not only one of the most competent fighters in the French Foreign Legion, but also one of the only men shown to be capable of fighting one-one-one with Tarzan for a period of time.
  • Determinator: He will not stop until he can execute Hugo and Hooft; ultimately subverted. After the Cape of Doom he doesn't try anything else; Since he tried to execute them without filing the proper documents and getting approval it means that if he DOES go after them again then he'll be exposing his own law breaking. As such, he's forced to suck it up and let them go.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He wants to execute Hugo and Hooft for disobeying him. The order? Staquait wanted them to burn down a village of innocent people.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Defied. He knows Tarzan will always fight to the bitter end, but not if it meant his friends being harmed.
  • French Jerk: Unlike Dumont, Staquait is outright evil.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has a scar over one of his eyes which only emphasizes how scary he is.
  • I Am the Noun: When Jane tells him he's breaking the law by executing Tarzan, he declares: "Ridiculous! I am the law!"
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Colonel Staquait has blue eyes and is a ruthless Sadist.
  • Nice Hat: He wears a black, mustic oldier.
  • Noble Demon: He may be a draconian and brutal soldier, but he is consistent and rigid when following his own rules and will not break them for circumstances of aggression or revenge. After Hugo and Hooft were supposedly killed from falling off a cliff, he immediately decided to leave instead of having Tarzan killed for attacking him.
  • No Social Skills: Hugo zings him as a man with an evil sneer and poor people skills.
  • Reused Character Design: He looks like Jafar in a military uniform instead of a sorcerer outfit.
  • Sadist: He seems to enjoy torturing his prisoners at Cape Doom.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: He is in control of Cape Doom where he has pleasure in tormenting the prisoners, and would execute Tarzan without any permission from the Magistrate. Lucky that Dumont showed up, disguised as the Magistrate, to stop him from doing so.
  • Taught by Experience: In his second appearance, he refers to Tarzan as an unknown variable that he will be ready for this time. He proves it a few times over.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When Tarzan, Hugo, and Hooft slip through his fingers for the last time and rub that in his face, he screams in a violent rage.
  • Villainous Cheekbones: He has prominent cheekbones and is a cruel military commander.

Voiced by: Keith David

An enormous male gorilla with an uncontrollable temper, Tublat was once part of Kerchak's gorilla family, but he was exiled for his violent tendencies. He seeks revenge since then.

  • Adaptational Villainy: If ones goes by the name. Tublat was Kala's mate and Tarzan's unfriendly father figure in the book (much like Kerchak in the movie). While Tublat was hostile with Tarzan in the book too, he wasn't the monster he is in the show, having more or less exchanged names with Kerchak.
  • Ascended Extra: In Tarzan of the Apes, Tublat was a minor antagonist. In this series, Tublat is one of the Big Three of Tarzan's Rogues Gallery.
  • Beard of Evil: He has a tuft of hair on his chin resembling a beard.
  • Composite Character: Of the book's Tublat (his name) and Kerchak (personality).
  • Dark Is Evil: His fur is almost completely black, unlike the rest of the gorillas who are various shades of grey or brown.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Kerchak. Both of them are silverback gorillas who are antagonistic towards Tarzan, but while Kerchak is a Hero Antagonist who only attacks outsiders to protect his family and only mistrusts Tarzan because he's a human, Tublat is a violent Killer Gorilla who terrorizes even his own family and attempts to outright kill Tarzan several times over the show's run.
  • Evil Is Bigger: He's bigger and stronger than any ape shown and as evil as he is big.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: His growling voice is provided by Keith David.
  • Fangs Are Evil: He has the largest fangs out of all gorilla characters. He shows them a lot too when he's roaring or snarling.
  • Killer Gorilla: The only gorilla character in the show that plays this trope straight. He's an enormous and senselessly violent ape who, considering the animal bones littering his cave, may have Ascended to Carnivorism.
  • Made of Iron: His durability reaches into Made of Diamond territory. He's survived tangles with Kerchak in the past, having his nose broken, being thrown off a cliff into a raging river, pummeled by a group of gorillas, getting blasted by dynamite, and lived through falling from a moving train before being crushed by several tons of coal and tree logs unscathed.
  • Malicious Misnaming: He always refers to Tarzan as a "hairless runt".
  • Mythology Gag: As a child, Tarzan broke Tublat's nose by hurling a coconut at it. The meaning of his name in the Mangani language of the books was 'Broken Nose'.
  • Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: Implied with Tublat's statement that Kerchak would not live forever, suggesting he was the latter's junior. By the time of the present however, he is the elder of Kerchak's successor and adoptive son Tarzan.
  • Primal Chest-Pound: He pounds his chest while letting out a Victorious Roar when he believes he has defeated Tarzan. He's a gorilla after all.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Downplayed. Only one of Tublat's eyes are red, but he's still a dangerous and violent antagonist.
  • Red Right Hand: He misses a toe on one of his feet. He also has Mismatched Eyes, with black iris in his left eye and red iris in his right eye.
  • The Rival: To Kerchak in the flashback scenes.
  • Skyward Scream: Whenever Tarzan defeats him.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: At no point does Tarzan ever kill him nor does he get killed off.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: After Tarzan saves him from a pair of poachers, he attempts to kill Tarzan in change.
  • Unrelated in the Adaptation: Downplayed. In the books, Tublat was Kala's mate and Tarzan's unfriendly adoptive father. Both of these roles were taken by Kerchak in the Disney adaptation.

    Lady Waltham
Voiced by: Amanda Donahue

Clayton's sister, who seeks revenge against Tarzan for "murdering" her brother.

  • Anti-Villain: Is ultimately misguided rather than evil, and does genuinely let it go after realizing that it was Clayton's own cruelty and greed that destroyed him.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: She's a cunning, vengeful noblewoman.
  • Avenging the Villain: Seeks to make Tarzan suffer like she did. She gets over it when Tarzan saves her even after she endangered his loved ones and poisoned him.
  • Evil Brit: She is an English lady, and a vengeful villain.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Pulls one after Tarzan saves her and she discovers that Clayton was responsible for his own death.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When Tarzan saves her even after everything she's done she finally realizes that Tarzan was telling the truth about Clayton's death being an accident.
  • Nice Hat: An explorer's hat.
  • Smug Snake: Once she shows her true colors, she takes delight in rubbing it into Tarzan's face how he fell for her plan and how he'll feel the same pain she did when Clayton died.
  • Villainous BSoD: After Tarzan saves her life she realizes that she's the one who's being despicable and is overcome with guilt.
  • Villainous Rescue: Saves Tarzan's life after he saves her.


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