He is the Great-Grandfather of filmmaker Wes Anderson.
Most definitely not to be confused with William S. Burroughs.note
Works by Edgar Rice Burroughs with their own trope pages include:
- Amtor series
- Beyond Thirty
- John Carter of Mars series
- The Land That Time Forgot series
- The Mad King
- The Monster Men
- The Moon Maid series
- Pellucidar series
- Tarzan series
Tropes featured in his other works:
- Action Girl: His heroines never lack pluck, and while not the fighter the hero is, they often can weigh in on a fray.
- All Cavemen Were Neanderthals: Averted in The Eternal Lover (aka The Eternal Savage); Nu and his people live in caves, but they appear to be modern humans.
- Birthmark of Destiny: In The Outlaw of Torn, Norman of Torn has a lily-shaped birthmark on his right breast, which eventually proves that he's Prince Richard, lost heir to Henry The Third.
- Blue Blood: Constantly. A hero, or heroine, not of Royal Blood is at least this.
- Cannot Spit It Out: All over the place.
- Canon Welding:
- Jason Gridley is introduced in Tanar of Pellucidar, meets Tarzan in Tarzan at the Earth's Core, appears in A Fighting Man of Mars, and is mentioned in Pirates of Venus.
- The technology for the Moon mission from The Moon Maid was Barsoomian in origin.
- Tarzan is a supporting character in The Eternal Lover, whose central character is the sister of the hero of The Mad King; thereby bringing those otherwise non-series novels into the fold.
- Contemporary Caveman:
- The novel The Eternal Lover (a.k.a. The Eternal Savage and Sweetheart Primeval). A cliff-dwelling warrior of 100,000 years ago, Nu, is magically transported to the present, falls in love with Victoria Custer of Beatrice, Nebraska, the reincarnation of his lost lover Nat-ul, and the two are transported back to the Stone Age.
- The short story "The Resurrection of Jimber Jaw" features an unfrozen caveman with politically uncorrect views.
- Contemptible Cover: It's worth noting that just having a Frank Frazetta painting on a book's cover is said to have sold a lot of books that might not have sold otherwise.
- Contrived Coincidence: His plots are stuffed with them.
- Culture Clash: An ingredient of a big percentage of Burroughs' books, especially in the Lost World and Planetary Romance stories.
- Dirty Coward: More than one of his villains.
- Frazetta Man: Burroughs' books are full of these guys. Appropriately, Frank Frazetta himself did a lot of his covers.
- Loincloth: The official dress code in many a Burroughs novel.
- Love at First Sight: Common method of choosing a mate for a Burroughs hero.
- Love Hurts: Common result of choosing a mate for a Burroughs hero.
- Oblivious to Love: Your typical Edgar Rice Burroughs hero needs to be hit over the head with a club, several times, before he realizes that he has fallen in love with the heroine.
- Oh Wait, This Is My Grocery List: Happens to the Prime Minister in Minidoka: 937th Earl of One Mile Series M.
- Rags to Royalty: The title character of The Cave Girl was a ship-wrecked child of Spanish nobility.
- Reading the Stage Directions Out Loud: The Prime Minister in Minidoka: 937th Earl of One Mile Series M.
- Royal Brat: The Leper King Lodivarman in The Land of Hidden Men.
- Strictly Formula: Burroughs stuck, most of the time, to a formula plot. His occasional departures were often less successful.
- Whip Sword: The spear-whips in Minidoka: 937th Earl of One Mile Series M.