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    Tabaqui (The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story)
    Eek! Bad joke, bad joke! You are right, i am DUMMMMB! Yeah, you sure are right about that, Tabaqui.
    Gender: Male
    Type: Shere Khan's Dumb Hyena Henchman
    Age: Unknown
    Species: Hyena (only in the movie)
    Status: Unknown
    Media of origin: The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story
    First appearance: Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book (1894)

    Tabaqui is a male jackal that lives in the jungle and serves as a henchman. In the 1998 direct-to-video movie The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story, he is portrayed as a spotted hyena who works for Shere Khan. He is voiced by Stephen Tobolowsky.

    Why He Intentionally Should Go Suck a Beehive Instead Now

    1. FIRST and Foremost, Tabaqui has been severely flanderized beyond recognition from a ditzy but tough henchman from the original books into an even dumber jokester who is very unfunny, making him come off as nothing more than a weaker clone of Ed the Hyena from The Lion King, except with none of the charm and likability that Ed had.
      • It also doesn't help that he himself is portrayed by a spotted hyena instead of a jackal for no apparent reason, which makes absolutely zero sense. Spotted hyenas are only native to Sub-Saharan Africa, not India.
      • However, the striped hyena serves as the only hyena species that is actually native to India. Why not add a striped hyena instead?
      • Granted, while most of the characters of The Jungle Book like Kaa, Baloo, Bagheera, Colonel Hathi, etc. have been flanderized from the original books in Disney's 1967 animated version, but at least they remained as likable characters their own right. But the same cannot be said about Tabaqui though, due to the various reasons as listed below.
    2. He tries way too hard to be funny, as almost all of his jokes come off as unfunny, stale, and tasteless rather than hilarious and entertaining.
    3. He even comes off as annoying much to the point that he won't shut up every minute he's onscreen, as he is always making jokes about every "food" Shere Khan sees, to the point where Shere Khan himself is constantly telling him to shut up.
    4. He provided an infamous moment of him telling Baloo to go suck a beehive, which is not only a downright disturbing quote, it also counts as a rape joke in a kids movie.
    5. Although he serves as Shere Khan's henchman, he doesn't get a lot of screen time either.
    6. He barely serves any purpose in the film other than being Shere Khan's unfunny henchman, which can make him bland and easily forgettable.

    Redeeming Qualities

    1. He was a much better character in the original Jungle Book story and even the live-action 1994 movie.
    2. He actually does have a few funny moments, such as tumbling down the hill while being chased off by Akela and face-flopping into the river after being launched off of a log by Shere Khan.
    3. His voice actor Stephen Tobolowsky did a good job voicing him.
    4. Speaking of RQ#2, he does get his comeuppance for attempting to steal Mowgli by getting chased out of the den by Akela and falling off a cliff and tumbling down a hill thus crashing into a rose bush below.
    5. The idea of Tabaqui being portrayed by a spotted hyena was somewhat justified since an actual striped hyena is more aggressive and much more difficult to train than a spotted hyena. Also, spotted hyenas tend to be more popular and widely known then striped hyenas.
    6. His line "Hey yo! Berry breath! Go suck a beehive!" can actually come off as unintentionally hilarious to some, depending on your view.
    7. He is at least aware that some of his jokes are actually bad.
    8. His character in the movie would probably be much better as a striped hyena instead.


    1. The first and only time he ever appeared in a Disney adaptation of The Jungle Book, is in 1998's The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story.
      • He was originally planned to appear in the 1967 Disney animated adaptation of The Jungle Book as a minor antagonist who unsuccessfully attempts to eat Mowgli similar to that of Wile E. Coyote from Looney Tunes, but was scrapped with his role given to Kaa instead, due to his excessive similarities to the Wolf from Disney's The Sword In The Stone (who also co-incidentally is a similar Wile E. Coyote-esque minor antagonist who unsuccessfully attempts to eat the main kid protagonist), which Walt Disney himself felt that it wasn't a great idea to have a canine antagonist appear in two animated films at once within such a short timespan of 3-4 years between both films.
        • Ironically in Chuck Jones' animated adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling books known as Mowgli's Brothers produced for television later in 1976, the Tabaqui character that appears bears a striking physical resemblance to that of Wile E. Coyote.


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