Not to be confused with Disney's version, who was an anti-hero.
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Kerchak is a villainous Mangani from the original Tarzan books, a vicious silverback who was responsible for the deaths of Tarzan's original family. His role was replaced in the 1999 Disney cartoon film by Sabor, a rogue leopard.
He is the main antagonist of Tarzan of the Apes.
In the novel Tarzan of the Apes, Kerchak is the "king" of a tribal band of Mangani, a fictional species of Great Ape intermediate between real life chimpanzees and gorillas. In the beginning of the original novel, Kerchak leads his band against Tarzan's marooned father and kills him; the infant Tarzan is saved by a female Mangani named Kala, who rears the baby and protects him against Kerchak. When Tarzan reaches adulthood, he fights and kills Kerchak and succeeds him as king of the apes.