|“||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, who also played Archimedes Q. Porter in the same TV series.
When introduced in the episode, Robert started off as a suave, polite and courteous gentleman, 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.
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. At some point, however, he betrayed England by stealing secret codes and wanted sell them to the countries enemies.
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 that it was a printing machine, Robert reveals it to be a code machine and threatens Jane. She then 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, causing the boar to bellow in pain and run away. Eventually, Robert steals the code machine back. After an aerial sword fight with Tarzan, Canler attempted to escape, but he returns to save Jane from being killed by his biplane's propellers in an moment of conscience. He was then arrested for his cunning actions, telling Jane that it is "not goodbye, just until next time".
- Robert Canler is the only villain in the Tarzan universe to be less evil than his original novel counterpart.
- He is similar to Clayton in the first movie. They are ruthless hunters in the Tarzan universe. The difference is that whereas Clayton is a gorilla poacher, Robert is a criminal pilot.