Shere Khan, the great one, has shifted his hunting grounds, or so he has told me.
Tabaqui is a jackal and Shere Khan's sidekick in Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, thus making him the secondary antagonist, replacing Kaa in some versions.
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. Tabaqui is to appear in Andy Serkis' upcoming version of The Jungle Book and he will be played by Tom Hollander, who also played Lord Cutler Beckett and Isaacs.
Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book
Tabaqui serves as a supporting antagonist in the 1994 film Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book.
He was portrayed by Anirudh Agarwal.
In the film, Tabaqui is portrayed as a human - a wicked jungle guide who is friends with Buldeo, who serves as the right-hand man to William Boone. When William discovers a jeweled dagger that Mowgli is in possession of, Buldeo and Tabaqui plot with William and his friend Lieutenant Wilkins to convince Mowgli into taking them to Monkey City where there is more treasure. When Mowgli refuses, they decide to kidnap him instead.
The attempt to capture Mowgli fails as well so they kidnap William's ex-girlfriend and Mowgli's love interest Kitty Brydon, along with her father Colonel Brydon, and threaten their lives unless Mowgli cooperates. Mowgli agrees to take them to the city, as long as they survive the dangerous jungle.
The next morning, Sergeant Harley, one of William's men, sinks in quicksand when attempting to catch Mowgli and the group proceeds through the jungle, supervised by Mowgli. Later that day, Tabaqui aggressively confronts Mowgli atop some cliffs and tries to throw him off the edge. Mowgli fights back, only to be pummeled and overpowered. Tabaqui nearly crushes Mowgli with a small boulder but Mowgli recovers quickly and kicks him in the groin, knocking Tabaqui off his balance and causing him to topple off the cliff to his death on the rocks below.
He was originally set to appear in the 1967 Disney film as a minor antagonist and voiced by Bill Thompson, but he was deleted. 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.