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|“||[laughs] Are you for real?||„|
|~ Zhora as she is interrogated by Deckard.|
Zhora Salome is a minor antagonist of the 1982 American neo-noir science fiction film Blade Runner. She is one of four surviving Nexus 6 replicants to escape her colony and make it to Earth, along with Roy Batty, Pris Stratton and Leon Kowalski.
She was portrayed by Joanna Cassidy.
In Los Angeles in November 2019, ex-police officer Rick Deckard is detained by officer Gaff and brought to his former supervisor, Bryant. Deckard, whose job as a "Blade Runner" is to track down bioengineered beings known as replicants and "retire" (a euphemism for killing) them, is informed that four have come to Earth illegally (Roy, Pris, Leon and Zhora). As Tyrell Corporation Nexus-6 models, they have only a four-year lifespan and may have come to Earth to try to extend their lives.
While searching Leon's hotel room, Deckard finds a photo of Zhora and a synthetic snake scale that leads him to a strip club where Zhora works dancing with a snake. Deckard waits till the show is over, then he intercepts Zhora, making himself pass as an agent of the Confidential Committee of Moral Abuses and interrogates her in her dressing room about sexual harassment and other things. As he looks for evidence, he discovers the snake she dances with is synthetic. Zhora uncovers Deckard and attacks him, and as she is about to kill him, the other dancers arrive and she escapes to the street.
After a while difficulty searching Zhora between the crowd, Deckard spots her near the subway entrance. When Zhora spots him, she again runs into the crowd, Deckard pursues her and finally manages to shoot her through the chest. She falls and gets up again, then Deckard shoots her one more time, finally killing her.
- Two songs from the Blade Runner soundtrack play during Zhora's appearance, those being '"Tales of the Future" when Deckard meets Zhora and "Blade Runner Blues" when Deckard retires Zhora.