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Clayton Portrait
Background information
Feature films Tarzan
Short films
Television programs The Legend of Tarzan (cameos)
Video games Tarzan
Tarzan Untamed
Kingdom Hearts
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators Randy Haycock
Richard Hoppe
Dan Tanaka
Miriam McDonnell
Dorothea Baker Paul
Carl Philip Hall
David Recinos
Jim Snider
Ron Westlund
Voice Brian Blessed
Performance model
Inspiration William Cecil Clayton from the original Tarzan novel
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name William Cecil Clayton
Other names Mr. Clayton
Personality Cold, thoroughly cunning, power-hungry, haughty, violent, chivalrous, suave, ruthless, cruel, selfish, arrogant, greedy
Appearance Slender, muscular, briefly mustachioed, brown hair with gray sides (could be balding), fair skin, thick black eyebrows, stubbles on his limbs
Occupation Poacher
Alignment Neutral, later bad
Goal Guide the Porters on their quest
To find the gorillas and sell them to zoos (failed)
To slay Tarzan so he wouldn't interfere with his plans (failed)
Home England
Relatives Lady Waltham (sister)
Allies Archimedes Q. Porter (formerly), Jane Porter (formerly), Tarzan (formerly), Lady Waltham
Minions His thugs
Enemies Tarzan, Kala, Kerchak, Jane Porter, Professor Archimedes Q. Porter, Terk, Tantor the Elephant, Baboons
Likes Money, hunting
Dislikes Animals, Tarzan interfering in his plans, Jane's nagging, tomfoolery, embarrassment
Powers and abilities Strength, hunting skills
Weapons Rifle, machete
Fate Gets violently hung by one of the vines and dies when it snaps his neck
Quote "Have we met?"
"Professor, you're here to find gorillas, not indulge such girlish fantasies."
"I think this one would be better off stuffed."
"I could use a challenge, because after I get rid of you, rounding up your little ape family will be all too easy!"
"How does he know my name?"
"Go ahead, shoot me. Be a man."
Hiding, are we? Good! I could use a challenge, because after I get rid of you, rounding up your little ape family will be ALL TOO EASY!
―Clayton taunts his enemies

Clayton is the main antagonist of Disney's 1999 animated film Tarzan, replacing the first act's antagonist Sabor shortly after her death.


Clayton initially appeared to be a chivalrous gentleman, but eventually, he is proven to be violent, selfish, greedy and ruthless. Clayton was very manipulative using the Porters to get him to Africa and manipulating Tarzan into showing him where the gorillas were by telling him that Tarzan's love interest, Jane, was devastated about not being able to see gorillas. He thought that gorillas and any other creature that wasn't human were nothing more than beasts and wanted to use the gorillas to make himself rich. A talented hunter and tracker, Clayton was a very dangerous man. He was also very willing to risk death at the hands of his enemies if it ensured they descended down to his level of savagery (or in his words, "be a man"), although other than that, he does fear death. This is especially evident when he attempted to cut himself free from the vines, only to kill himself in the process.



Claytons appears in the original Tarzan.

In Tarzan, Clayton, a veteran hunter and guide, serves as guide for Jane and her father Archimedes Q. Porter on an expedition to Africa in search for gorillas, but his secret agenda is to use the trip as a means to hunt gorillas to sell on the black market. Clayton is arrogant and totally convinced in his own abilities and invulnerability.

With the introduction of Tarzan to the expedition, Clayton makes several attempts (all unsuccessful) to get the location of the gorillas from Tarzan, who is far more fascinated by what Jane has to teach him about humans.

With both his and his employers' goals thwarted, Clayton prepares to leave Africa with Jane and Professor Porter. Manipulating Tarzan's feelings for Jane, he tells the ape man that they'll stay if he takes them to the gorillas. This is of course, not true—Jane would have had to return to England at some point anyway. Tarzan, however, is convinced, and has Kerchak, the head gorilla, distracted so that he can lead Jane to the gorillas. Upon arrival Clayton secretly forges a map to the troop's home. Kerchak returns unexpectedly though, and is angered by the trespassers and attacks Clayton, after the hunter threatens one of the family during a skirmish.

Kerchak attacks Clayton

Luckily for Clayton, Tarzan manages to pin down Kerchak. Disowned from the family by Kerchak, he agrees to return to England with Jane and the professor, only to be surprised and imprisoned with them by Clayton and the captain's crew (who working for him after turning on the captain and his officers) when they board the ship. Now that the villain no longer needs them, he wants them all out of the way so that he and his cronies can capture the gorillas and sell them to a zoo for three hundred pounds each (a substantial amount of money in the days when the movie was set). In order to further emotionally damage Tarzan's spirit, Clayton sadistically reminds him that only by his own unknowing efforts would he have succeeded and orders him to be imprisoned. 

The heroes manage to escape, scare Clayton's henchmen (trapping them in the same cages they intended to trap the gorillas in), and free the gorillas, including Kala, Tarzan's adoptive mother.

The shadow of Clayton's dead body

From the undergrowth, Clayton shoots at Tarzan, but the bullet only grazes his arm. Kerchak is fatally shot when he charges Clayton. After knocking Jane aside savagely with his rifle, putting her out of the fight, Clayton confronts Tarzan, who takes the battle to the treetops. The two of them exchange blows briefly, where Tarzan causes Clayton to drop his rifle. Tarzan then takes the rifle and points it at him. Clayton mocks Tarzan by telling him to "be a man" and shoot him, but Tarzan realizes he'd only be stooping to Clayton's level. Tarzan says he's not a man like him, and smashes the rifle. After watching the pieces of his beloved gun fall to the ground, Clayton flies into a rage and draws his machete. Tarzan jumps back into a mass of vines to escape Clayton's furious swipes. He manages to entangle Clayton in the vines, but Clayton mindlessly hacks at them with his machete in an attempt to free himself, not noticing that one vine has slipped like a noose around his own neck. Tarzan tries to warn him, but in his rage, Clayton accidentally cuts the vine he's holding on to, causing him and Tarzan to plummet towards the ground. Tarzan lands safely, but Clayton is hanged by the vine and dies when it snaps his neck. A flash of lightning briefly illuminates the shadow of his hanged corpse, swaying ever so slightly in the breeze.

Alternate Ending

There was an alternate ending to the original movie where Clayton and Tarzan fight on a boat where Clayton has some gorillas in cages and is trying to make an escape along with his henchmen.

In this version, Clayton battles Tarzan with a machine gun and a dagger while making references to Tarzan being a savage and not a real man, which is reminiscent of the statement made in the actual ending. In this version, he dies when some barrels of oil catch fire and blow up the boat. Both Tarzan and Clayton are trapped on the boat, but Clayton meets his end when support ropes tie up his legs and bring him down with the boat, making him drown.

This ending was dropped because it was too dark and violent for young viewers and was felt that it was more appropriate to have the final fight in the jungle and allow the jungle to play a part in Clayton’s downfall (the vine around his neck). Another reason for it being dropped was because it also contradicted Tarzan's remark that he won't kill as a "man like [Clayton]." They also wanted Clayton to appear more animalistic and rely more on brute force in his battle with Tarzan. Hence, he has a lot less dialogue in the final version, except for his xenophobic remark, and is a lot more violent in his attacks. This alternate ending can be found on the Special Edition 2-Disc DVD.

The Legend of Tarzan

Lady Watham&Clayton

A photo of Clayton with Lady Waltham in The Legend of Tarzan episode "The Gauntlet of Vengeance".

In The Legend of Tarzan episode The Gauntlet of Vengeance, It is revealed that Clayton has a sister named Lady Waltham who plots revenge on Tarzan (whom she thinks killed Clayton on purpose). Lady Waltham has her butler kidnap Jane, Professor Porter, Terk, and Tantor, hiding them in places all over the jungle with dangerous traps set to kill them. Before Tarzan can go to save them,Lady Waltham shoots him with a dart, causing Tarzan to be poisoned, giving Tarzan a choice to suffer the way she did by having someone he loves die or suffer the way Clayton did and die.

However after Tarzan saves her life, she gives him the antidote for the poison and finally understands that Tarzan never killed her brother.

In the episode Tarzan and the Race Against Time, After Tarzan is bitten by a venomous spider, Jane and the others learn that the only cure is the Mububu flower, found on the top of a waterfall. Terk begins to feel jealous of Jane and thinks that she is not suited for jungle life, so Terk makes a bet that she cannot make it. But as Tarzan's condition worsens, one of Tarzan's hallucinations was of Clayton.

Descendants: Isle of the Lost

Clayton is one of the villains brought back to life and imprisoned on the Isle of the Lost. He now has a son named Clay.

Kingdom Hearts

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In Kingdom Hearts, Clayton finds Donald and Goofy in a bamboo thicket after they landed in the Deep Jungle. He toke them to the Encampment Site, where they reunited with Sora and met Tarzan and Jane. Suspicion over Clayton's activity arose when Clayton said that Donald and Goofy were "not much use for hunting gorillas", when he and Jane actually came there for research. He questioned Tarzan about the gorillas' nesting grounds, secretly desiring to hunt them down as they would fetch a great price at the zoos.

Eventually, Tarzan agreed to take him to the nesting grounds and met with the pack leader, Kerchak, while Clayton snuck to the abandoned treehouse. There, he tried to shoot Terk, but stopped when startled by Donald's squawking. To defend himself, Clayton lied that he shot at a snake threatening Terk's life.

Once back at the tent, Clayton was yelled at by a furious Jane and forbidden from seeing the gorillas. Hiding his anger with a nervous smile, Clayton backed out of the tent. Grumbling to himself in private, Clayton said that he'd stake his life to hunt down the gorillas. Little did he know, his anger and determination to hunt the gorillas had lured the Heartless to Deep Jungle. Frightened of them at first, Clayton took a shot at the Heartless, but the darkness in his heart took him over and he realized that he could use his new-found mastery over these "animals" to help him catch the gorillas.

While Tarzan, Donald, Sora, and Goofy were out looking for him, Clayton kidnapped Jane and Terk and imprisoned them in the jungle. He then hunted out the location of the gorillas, with the help of the Heartless. Just as he was about to kill them, Sora, Donald, Goofy, and Tarzan arrived, finding Clayton was on the verge of losing his heart. Sora and company did battle with him and his Heartless. Even though he proved to be proficient at using a shotgun at long range and even close range (swinging it like a club), Clayton and his Heartless were easily defeated. Outnumbered, Clayton summoned a Heartless called the Stealth Sneak, mounting it and starting a boss battle. When Clayton was thrown from his steed, Sora defeated him. Afterward, as Clayton prepared to finish Sora once and for all, the Stealth Sneak, having been defeated and dazed, fell and ultimately crushed Clayton to death; the whereabouts of his body after the battle is unknown, although it may have disappeared with the Heartless.

Clayton's actions do not go unnoticed, however. In Hollow Bastion, Maleficent's group would discuss the presence of the Heartless in Deep Jungle due to Clayton's darkness, saying that his darkness was a bait too tasty to the Heartless for his own good. Oogie Boogie would laugh that "he got chomped instead," referring to Stealth Sneak's open mouth revealing Clayton's crushed body, while Jafar labels Clayton a "weak-hearted fool."

He is voiced by Brian Blessed in English, and Japanese voice by Banjō Ginga.


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  • When the lightning flashes in the original movie, viewers can see Clayton's shadow in the flash, dangling from the vine-turned-noose for a brief moment. This makes Clayton's death scene one of the most graphic in Disney's animated history the others being ScarUrsula and Roscoe and DeSoto—characters are rarely shown to be dead because of injuries; they usually fall and are never seen again (Ratigan from The Great Mouse Detective and Gaston from Beauty and the Beast), or lie dead, but without any scratches on them (Mufasa from The Lion King and Megara from Hercules). Due to the graphic appearance of his death, it is often rewritten in media such as children's novelizations, such as that he merely fell to his death rather than getting hanged.
  • Tarzan's true name is never shown. In the original Tarzan of the Apes, Clayton is the surname of both Tarzan and his father, and the man who accompanies Jane to Africa is William Cecil Clayton, Tarzan's biological cousin.
  • Clayton is the ninth villain who has fallen to his death. The first being the Witch from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the second being Maleficent, the third being Bear, fourth Ratigan, fifth Percival McLeach, the sixth being Gaston, the seventh being Frollo, the eighth being Zira, the tenth being Charles Muntz
  • Unlike most villains who fell to their death, Clayton is one of the few who was actually seen landing. The others include Frollo, Zira, Queen Narissa, and Mother Gothel (Scar doesn't count because he was killed by the Hyenas devouring his flesh in revenge for pinning the blame of his brother's murder on them after Simba kicked him off a cliff).
  • Clayton is the only villain in the first Kingdom Hearts to control the Heartless without being a member of Maleficent's council.
  • Clayton is similar to Prince Hans from Frozen as they don't appear to be bad at first only for their true colors to be revealed before the climatic scene. Furthermore they have own deceiving words to say to main protagonist (Clayton: 2nd time of "Have we met?", and Hans: "Oh Anna, if there was someone out there who loved you").
  • Clayton is also similar to William Boone from Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. Both are hunters, are villains who aren't revealed to be bad at first, are British villains, possess guns and swords, have some henchmen, treat the protagonists like animals and try to kill them, and use the protagonists to help them get what they are after (Tarzan/The Ape Family, Mowgli/The Treasure of Monkey City), however Clayton isn't a soldier and doesn't have a former love interest whereas Boone was a Captain of the British Army and had Kitty.
  • Although Brian Blessed is the voice of Clayton, he proved to be better at the Tarzan yell than Tony Goldwyn.
  • Brian Blessed has stated that Clayton is one of his two most cherished roles in his career, the other being Blackadder's father, King Richard IV, in the British sitcom The Black Adder.
  • Clayton appears in the stage musical adaptation, but not even there does he have any singing parts. Also, in this version, Clayton is American, not British and has romantic feelings towards Jane. He also lives in this version.
  • According to the film commentary, Clayton's outfit was designed to appear like Sabor's yellow fur to designate him as the new villain. When he's introduced he's covered in shadows that gives him the look of spots like Sabor's.


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Video Games: Disney's Tarzan | Tarzan: Untamed | Kingdom Hearts | Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure | Disney Infinity

Books: Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Little Golden Storybook | Tarzan Chronicles | Banana Hunt

Disney Parks: Tarzan's Treehouse | Tarzan Rocks! | World of Color | Fantasmic! | Mickey's Soundsational Parade | Parade of the Stars | Celebrate the Magic

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Objects: Queen La's Staff

Songs: Two Worlds (Reprise) | You'll Be in My Heart | Son of Man | Strangers Like Me | Trashin' the Camp | Two Worlds (Finale)

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