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The Baboons are the former antagonists from the Disney's 1999 animated film Tarzan.

Role in the film

They are first seen resting in trees when Kala runs across the jungle after hearing baby Tarzan's crying.

Later in the film, Jane Porter meets a baby Baboon and tries to sketch him; however, the Baboon likes the drawing so much that it steals it, and when Jane tries to recover it, she is attacked by the entire troop of Baboons. She runs as fast as she can as the baboons chase her down, and rips her dress in the process. Tarzan follows her and rescue her from the baboons. As Jane is running, she jumps off of a cliff but Tarzan grabs her belt before she falls. She looks down and sees that she is flying and looks up at Tarzan. But they still chase them down and Jane looses her boot and umbrella during the chase. The baboons chase Tarzan and Jane and one eventually jumps on Jane trying to bite down on her head. She knocks it off, but gets her umbrella caught on a vine. The baboons jump on Jane and Tarzan grabs Jane's foot as she falls. Tarzan swings Jane onto a tree, where the baboons are closing in. They all fall into a huge hollow branch of a tree. The tree breaks and falls to the ground. Tarzan and Jane manage to land on another tree and the baboons flee. But in order to fully calm them down, Tarzan speaks with their leader (in ape language) and gives the drawing back to them, making the baby baboon happy again.

Later, the Baboons are among the wild animals summoned by Tarzan to fight against Clayton and his men. This implies that they are not really evil but rather extremely short-tempered and vicious, as are Baboons in real life.

Personality

The baboons are completely neutral beings, who are both fierce but noble. They are typical wild animals, who generally keep to themselves and have a desire to breed and colonise. When they mistook Jane for an infanticidal predator, they justifiably tried to eliminate her at all costs to ensure their babies safety.  In fairness, they had never seen a female human, so she must have alarmed them.

However, despite their fierceness, they can set aside their differences and help another species, not just to save themselves but because they genuinely care about the gorillas. 

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Trivia

  • Interestingly, the Baboons in Tarzan don't fit into any real life species, as they have traits common to both baboons and mandrills (for example, the brightly colored faces).
    • It is possible that they are more like mandrills due to their appearance (the leader: adult male, baby baboon: infant, others: adult female).
  • The Baboons look very similar to Rafiki from The Lion King, who also has traits of both baboons and mandrills.
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Media
Films: Tarzan/Video/SoundtrackTarzan & JaneTarzan IIThe Legend of Tarzan

Television: The Legend of TarzanHouse of Mouse
Video Games: Disney's TarzanTarzan: UntamedReturn to the JungleKingdom HeartsDisney's Extreme Skate AdventureDisney Infinity
Books: Read-Aloud StorybookDisney's Wonderful World of Reading Little Golden StorybookThe Tarzan ChroniclesBanana Hunt

Disney Parks
Art of AnimationDisney Animation BuildingTarzan's Treehouse

Entertainment: Fantasmic!La Forêt de l’Enchantement: Une aventure musicale DisneyOne Man's Dream II: The Magic Lives On!Tarzan Rocks!Tarzan: The EncounterThe Golden Mickeys
Shops: Professor Porter's Trading Post
Parade: Parade of the StarsFlights of Fantasy ParadeMickey's Soundsational Parade
Firework: Celebrate the MagicHappily Ever AfterTree of Life Awakens

Characters
Original: TarzanTerkTantorKalaKerchakFlynt and MungoSaborLord and Lady GreystrokeManuJane PorterArchimedes Q. PorterClayton and his menBaboons

Midquel: ZugorMama GundaKago and Uto
TV Series: Robert CanlerNigel TaylorTublatHistaZuthoGozan and HungoIan McTeagueThaddeus HuntJake & SamMabayaCount Nikolas RokoffLady WalthamQueen LaLeopard MenMuviroKajUsulaDr. DoyleEleanorGreenlyHazelIanLieutenant Colonel StaquaitRenard DumontSamuel T. PhilanderTheodore RooseveltHugo and HooftNura and SheetaEdgar Rice BurroughsManganiJabariDaniaGerman PoacherBasuliNaohChief KeewaziNigel TaylorFemale Tyrannosaurus RexVelociraptorsTriceratops

Episodes
Season One: "Race Against Time" • "Trading Post" • "Lost Cub" • "Lost City of Opar" • "Fugitives" • "Rogue Elephant" • "Poisoned River" • "Enemy Within" • "Fountain" • "Hidden World" • "Rift" • "Giant Beetles" • "Jungle Madness" • "Protege" • "Leopard Men Rebellion" • "Rough Rider" • "Seeds of Destruction" • "Silver Ape" • "Challenger" • "Outbreak" • "Silver Screen" • "Beast from Below" • "All-Seeing Elephant" • "New Wave" • "Lost Treasure" • "Return of La" • "One Punch Mulligan" • "Missing Link" • "Prison Break" • "Eagle's Feather" • "Face from the Past" • "Caged Fury" • "Gauntlet of Vengeance" • "Mysterious Visitor" • "Tublat's Revenge"

Season Two: "British Invasion" • "Volcanic Diamond Mine" • "Flying Ace"

Songs
Film: Two WorldsYou'll Be in My HeartSon of ManTrashin' the CampStrangers Like Me

Musical: Who Better than MeNo Other WayI Need to KnowSure as Sun Turns to MoonWaiting for this MomentDifferentLike No Man I've Ever SeenFor the First TimeEverything that I Am

Locations
AfricaJunglePellucidarDark MountainSkull Cave
See Also
The Disney AfternoonDisney RenaissanceMusicalQueen La's Staff