|“Nice sidekick, Shere Khan. A hyena who laughs at his own bad jokes.”|
|—Bagheera to Shere Khan about Tabaqui|
Tabaqui is an enormous Indian hyena and the tertiary antagonist a powerful Jackal Hyena a Disney villain who was deleted from the 1967 film The Jungle Book, and was a parody of Wile E. Coyote (Ironically, as a sidenote, when Chuck Jones did "Mowgli's Brothers", Tabaqui looked very much like Wile E. Coyote).
While he does not appear in the 1994 live-action adaptation, his name is given to one of the minor antagonist's men. However he did appear in The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story.
The Jungle Book
In the deleted scene's, Tabaqui makes his first appearance in The Jungle Book. After Mowgli ran away from his guardians, he wanders aimlessly through the jungle until he sits down under a tree when suddenly Tabaqui shows up and tries to eat him only to get defeated.
The Jungle Book 2
In the deleted scene's, Tabaqui makes his returning appearance in The Jungle Book 2, after Mowgli meets up with Baloo near the beginning of the film. Tabaqui attempts to eat Mowgli, but faces many accidents and injuries as he pursues them. Mowgli and Baloo remain unaware of Tabaqui's presence, and the two walk away. He is voiced by Corey Burton.
- Like several Jungle Book characters (e.g. Colonel Hathi, Baloo, etc.), Tabaqui was intended to be altered into a comic relief character.
- A possible reason why Tabaqui was deleted from The Jungle Book because of the idea of a wild wolf failing to eat a protagonist was already used in The Sword in the Stone. This idea of a villain failing to eat a protagonist is retained, but with Kaa in the role.