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Robert Canler

I don't trust him. When I look in his eyes, it's like Sabor is looking back.
~ Tarzan about Robert Canler
There's no trouble I cannot handle.
~ Robert Canler's catchphrase.

Robert Canler is the main antagonist in the Legend of Tarzan episode "Tarzan and the Flying Ace" (or Tarzan & Jane, depending on which version you're watching).

He was voiced by Jeff Bennett.

Personality

When introduced in the episode, Robert started off as suave, polite and courteous, but beneath it, he was a greedy, cunning, diabolical and manipulative person, a worst side that Tarzan has sensed which he perceived as worse as Sabor. It is undeniable that he was once good friends with Jane, but his kindness ultimately overweighted his lust and greed for profit.

History

Background

Robert Canler was an old childhood friend of Jane Porter since they were young children and was also her next door neighbor. Growing up, he and Jane use to attend dance classes, but reveals Jane had "two left feet". They had a great friendship growing being very close to each other. Eventually, when he grew up, Robert managed to work for the Queen of England, but at some point betrayed England by stealing secret codes and wanted sell them to the countries enemies.

Role

Robert Canler was first seen flying his biplane while avoiding Captain Nigel Taylor on another biplane. After landing in the jungle, he meets up with Jane after saving her family camp from a destructive wildfire before meeting up with Tarzan. However, he turned out to be a notorious double agent who has stolen secret codes in London and shot opposing pilots, and that he seeked out Jane to steal a music box (which happens to be a code machine) that he gave to her. After Jane thought it was a printing machine, Robert reveals it to be a code machine and threatens Jane. She takes the code machine from Robert, and runs out of the treehouse. Robert chases after her through the branches of the jungle, but Jane tries to reach a vine. Unfortunately, she loses her balance and falls down into the canopy, and then lands on a wild boar. Eventually, Robert steals the code machine back. After an aerial sword fight with Tarzan, Canler attempted to escape, but in an moment of conscience, he returns to save Jane from being killed by his biplane's propellers. He was then arrested for his cunning actions, telling Jane that it is "not goodbye, just until next time".

Trivia

  • Canler is the only villain in the Tarzan universe to be less evil than his original novel counterpart.

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Books
Kerchak | Queen La

Movies
Tarzan (1999): Cecil Clayton | Sabor | Clayton's Pirates
Tarzan II: Mama Gunda | Uto and Kago | Sabor
The Legend of Tarzan: Léon Rom

Television
Tublat | Queen La | Samuel T. Philander | Count Nikolas Rokoff | Lt. Colonel Staquait | Nuru & Sheeta | Hista | Lady Waltham | Robert Canler | Zutho | Ian McTeague

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