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Shere Khan, the great one, has shifted his hunting grounds, or so he has told me.
~ Tabaqui
Sometimes i dream i'm a Tiger. But i always wake up a Hyena.
~ Tabaqui, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle.

Tabaqui is a jackal and Shere Khan's sidekick in Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, replacing Kaa in some versions. His name means "Dish-Licking Dog".

History

He is a scavenger who is despised by the wolves and has a tendency to fawn on Shere Khan and greatly hates being insulted. However, he is very cowardly and usually prefers flee to fight. He is also known to be a liar, so Mowgli is often informed by Bagheera and Baloo that Tabaqui is not to be trusted.

Tabaqui also appears in other animated films and TV adaptations of The Jungle Book, but in most of them he appears as a hyena, not a jackal. In Chuck Jones' made-for-TV special adaptation of the book, the way Tabaqui is animated gives him a striking resemblance to Wile E. Coyote. In the Jetlag film, he appears as a rusty-spotted cat.

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Trivia

  • He was originally set to appear in the 1967 Disney film as a minor antagonist and voiced by the late Bill Thompson, but he was deleted, along with Buldeo. A possible reason why he was cut is because a wolf who tried to eat the protagonist in a Disney film already happened in The Sword in the Stone.
  • His name is given to one of the minor antagonist's men in the 1994 version.
  • In the original novel and other adaptations, he is a jackal. However, for 2018 film, he is changed to a hyena for unknown reasons.
  • His appearance in the CGI series makes him look more like a fox rather than a jackal.

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Shere Khan | Tabaqui | Bandar Log | Nag | Nagaina | Dholes

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The Jungle Book 1 & 2: Shere Khan | Kaa | Bandar Log (King Louie)
The Jungle Book (1994): William Boone | Buldeo | John Wilkins | Tabaqui | Sergeant Harley | Bandits | Sergeant Claibourne | Shere Khan | Bandar Log (King Louie & Kaa)
The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli & Baloo: Buldeo
The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story: Shere Khan | Tabaqui | Bandar Log
The Jungle Book (2016): Shere Khan | Bandar Log (King Louie) | Kaa
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle: Shere Khan | Tabaqui | Bandar Log

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Jungle Book Shonen Mowgli: Shere Khan | Tabaqui | Dholes | Grizzle | Bandar Log (Alba) | Dusty & Jocko
TaleSpin: Air Pirates (Don Karnage & Mad Dog) | Shere Khan | Professor Torque | Douglas Benson | Sheriff Cleghorn & Deputy Wendell | Thaddeus E. Klang | Covington
Jungle Cubs: Cain | Mahra | Dholes

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