He is the great-grand-uncle 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 incorrect views.
- 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.
- The Social Darwinist: In both the Tarzan series and his lesser-known sci fi Venus series Burroughs depicted what we might call "eugenics utopias", societies that strictly regulated heredity. This ranged from rewarding "fit" births, forced sterilization and even killing people deemed unfit. In the Tarzan example, this has gone on for over 2,000 years, with the result that no crime exists. Burroughs firmly believed that all criminal behavior was caused by hereditary traits, and strongly supported eugenics, writing a nonfiction essay called "I See A New Race" which made clear this reflected his own views.
- 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.