Tarzan is a famed english lord raised by apes and debatably the first superhero. Born in 1888 and surving into our time via magic tarzan, or rather John Clayton, Viscount Greystoke, is one of the most extraodinary men to have ever lived, and has recently been honoured with and knighthood, seeing how he is english, and occasionaly takes part in adventuring.
Tarzan is the son of a British lord and lady who were marooned on the Atlantic coast of Africa by mutineers. When Tarzan was an infant, his mother died, and his father was killed the leader of the ape tribe by whom Tarzan was adopted. Soon after his parents' death, Tarzan became a feral child, and his tribe of apes are known as the Mangani, Great Apes of a species unknown to science. little is known of his adolencene and he prefers to keep it hidden. Tarzan is his ape name; his real English name is John Clayton, Viscount Greystoke.
They met when he was around 20 and she was around 18. Despite certain rumors Tarzan had experience with civilization having observed and becoming legend to the Waziri, so he had experience with humans and language. but it was after saving Jane from various threats that he was notices by the humans. he quickly interacted with them and learned much about his real species. despite this Tarzan refused to leave africa and stayed there until years later when Jane and her father returned and made the discovery of Tarzan's parentage. Knowing this Tarzan was forced to leave for england.
Coming out of hidingEdit
Tarzan's jungle upbringing gives him abilities far beyond those of ordinary humans. These include climbing, clinging, and leaping as well as any great ape, or better. He uses branches and hanging vines to swing at great speed, a skill acquired among the anthropoid apes.
His strength, speed, stamina, agility, reflexes, senses, flexibility, durability, endurance, and swimming are extraordinary in comparison to normal men. He has wrestled full grown bull apes and gorillas, lions, rhinos, crocodiles, pythons, sharks, tigers, Minotaurs and even Dinosaurs. Tarzan is a skilled tracker and uses his exceptional senses of hearing and smell to follow prey or avoid predators, and kills only for food, yet is a skilled thief when raiding African tribal villages or hunting parties that Tarzan has judged to be brutal and deserve no pity, taking their spears, shields, bows, knives, and most importantly, metal arrowheads. A keen sense of hearing allows him to eavesdrop on conversations between other people near him.
Extremely intelligent, Tarzan was literate in English before being able to speak the language when he first encounters other English-speaking people such as his love interest, Jane Porter. His literacy is self-taught after several years in his early teens by visiting the log cabin of his dead parents and looking at and correctly deducing the function of children's primer/picture books. The books were brought to Africa by his dead mother who intended to teach her son herself. He eventually reads every book in his dead father's portable book collection, and is fully aware of geography, basic world history, and his family tree, yet is not able to speak English until after meeting human beings as he never heard what English is supposed to sound like when spoken aloud. He is "found" by a traveling Frenchman that teaches him the basics of human speech and returns him to England.
Tarzan can learn a new language in days, ultimately speaking many languages, including that of the great apes, French, Finnish, English, Dutch, German, Swahili, many Bantu dialects, Arabic, ancient Greek, ancient Latin, Mayan, etc.
It should be noted that unlike depictions in black and white movies of the 1930s, Tarzan/John Clayton is very articulate, reserved (he prefers to listen and carefully observe before speaking) and does not speak in broken English as the classic movies depict him.
He can communicate with many species of jungle animals, and has been shown to be a skilled impressionist, able to mimic the sound of a gunshot perfectly.
Tarzan is a strong Environmental Activist. He Funds several Charities that help wildlife, seeing how he was raised by wildlife. Despite this he does eat meat and understands killing animals that threaten human lives. His wife Jane also shares this believe and the two also endorse the Wayne's wildlife charity even showing up in chicago and going to the fundraiser gala.