The obstacle consisted of five ropes hanging from the scaffolding above and over the water. Competitors must cross all five ropes to make it to the next obstacle, Rope Climb.
Competitors were also allowed to bypass as many ropes as they wished. Some competitors jumped past the obstacle all together, trying to make it to Rope Climb in order to save time (as Iijima Toyohisa did in SASUKE 11, although he timed out soon before reaching the button due to showboating).
In SASUKE 11, there was a plank placed above the original starting platform, so it was easier for competitors to reach the ropes.
For SASUKE 12, the number of ropes was decreased to four, increasing the size of the gap between each rope. This modification is also what used in SASUKE 13 Trials. This version also removed the plank appeared before.
When the course was redesigned for SASUKE 13, Tarzan Rope was replaced with its predecessor, Tarzan Jump, possibly due to its high clear rate across the three tournaments it was in despite being hoped that it will be a harder version of Tarzan Jump.
Competitors' Success Rate
- All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found.
American Ninja Warrior
The Tarzan Rope (called the Tarzan Swing) appeared as the seventh obstacle during semifinal on American Ninja Warrior 1, with twenty hanging ropes instead of five. Also, the ropes were not rubbery.