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Sabor is the secondary antagonist in Disney's Tarzan. Introduced as the antagonist of the film's first act, replaced by Clayton in the second act.

Background

Personality

Sabor is a dangerous, aggressive, and ferocious leopard who is well known throughout the jungle. Notably, Sabor is the only animal character in the film (other than the baboons) who never speaks, instead communicating with snarls and roars. In addition to being a stealthy predator, Sabor was also extremely brave and never backed down from a fight.

Sabor is one of the most lethal fighters in Disney to date; exceptionally deadly in battle and merciless as a carnivore. While still a young adult, Sabor killed and devoured the infant son of Kerchak and Kala, slaughtered both of Tarzan's parents, and fought Kala over the infant Tarzan, although Kala managed to escape with the baby. Approximately twenty years later, Sabor had not only lived a remarkably long life for a leopard, but was still an incredibly lethal fighter. Not only did Sabor defeat Kerchak, displaying incredible speed and agility which gave advantage over the gorilla's brute strength, but came even closer to killing Tarzan than Clayton ever did.

Physical appearance

Sabor is a large leopard with a slender, strongly built form which allows quick movement when hunting down prey. Clad in bright yellow fur with dark spots, Sabor always displays a fierce expression with long, razor-sharp fangs and large green eyes.

Appearances

Tarzan

In the opening song, "Two Worlds", Sabor's vivid eyes are seen as she growls, and soon later when Kerchak and Kala are resting, their young baby is playing far off. Sabor chases him and kills him off-screen, leaving Kala horrified and cries into Kerchak's arms. Later on, as the family is passing by the tree house Tarzan's parents built, Kala hears a baby's cry and rushes to Tarzan's old tree house, to find it trashed and his parents' bodies lifeless. She finds the baby and cuddles it, when Sabor suddenly leaps from a beam and attacks. As Kala escapes with on a lowering rowboat, Sabor gets a foot caught on the ropes lowering the boat, and is hoisted up into the air, left dangling from the top of the treehouse.

Sabor later appears in about the middle of the film, who ambushes and attacks the gorillas. Kerchak tries to fight Sabor, but is no match for the leopard's speed and agility, and receives a wound to the chest. Before Sabor can deliver the fatal blow, however, Tarzan comes in swinging on a vine, kicking the leopard backwards. During the fight, Sabor slashes off the tip of Tarzan's spear and also scratches Tarzan's chest, almost into his heart. The spear tip falls onto a flimsy covering of a pit and Tarzan heads after it and eventually grabs it. Sabor leaps down on the ape man and they plunge into the pit, and the leopard is incidentally impaled on the head of Tarzan's shattered spear as the ape man raises it against the leopard, finally killing Sabor. Tarzan then calls out the famous ape man cry, as he lifts up Sabor's corpse.

The Legend of Tarzan

Sheeta, the discarded original Burroughs designation, was later used in The Legend of Tarzan show as the name for one of two black panthers that attack together (the name of the other was Nuru). Black panthers are actually a color variety of leopards and they do exist in African jungles, although they seem to be rare. In a few episodes, Sabor has been mentioned. In some episodes of the series, Tarzan battles an unnamed leopard resembling Sabor. In Tarzan and the Flying Ace, when Tarzan meets Jane's former childhood friend Robert Canler, Tarzan says that when he looks into Robert's eyes, he feels as if Sabor is looking back at him.

Tarzan II

Sabor made a brief appearance in Tarzan II, who chases a young Tarzan into a valley. Sabor nearly kills Tarzan, but the sudden cry of the Zugor frightens the leopard off.

Printed media

Kingdom Keepers

In the seventh book of the series - The Insider - Sabor appears as one of the minions of the Overtakers. Finn is investigating Tarzan's Treehouse for clues to the Osiris Myth for bringing Mickey Mouse back to life. He takes notice of the Sabor statue, and knowing full well that it could be brought to life asks the Dillard hologram to keep watch on it with the cameras. No sooner does this occur and Finn leaves, Sabor comes to life and tries to kill him. Luckily, Finn's girlfriend Amanda is able to use a powerful telekinetic blast to knock her out of the tree and down below, where Sabor returns to being a statue.

Video games

Kingdom Hearts

Sabor KH

In Kingdom Hearts, Sabor serves as a mini-boss for Deep Jungle. Sabor can be encountered four times, each time trying to kill Sora and his friends until the final time in which the leopard finally falls.

Disney Parks

Disneyland Resort

Sabor is seen in Tarzan's Treehouse attraction. Guests walk up multiple steps until they come upon a small hut with everything wrecked, ripped, and broken. Sabor can be seen in the middle of it, with mouth wide open in a crazy way.

Shanghai Disneyland

Sabor is featured in Tarzan: Call of the Jungle, which reinterprets the film (and her final battle with Tarzan) as a ballet dance.

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Trivia

  • In the novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the name Sabor is a feminine term was used to describe lionesses, while the name Numa described male lions. Sheeta was the proper term in the fictional ape language of Mangani for leopards in the novels.
  • As lions are not found in jungles, Sabor was changed from a lion to a leopard for the film, which is the real apex predator of the jungle area depicted.
  • Despite being a leopard, Sabor was portrayed in a very stylized way, with a body and head with strange angles, very long, thin fangs (almost like those of a saber-toothed cat), and scarce spots unlike those of a real leopard. As usual in film depictions of big cats, Sabor's roars and growls are a mixture of sounds of several felines, including leopards, jaguars, lions, tigers, and cougars.
  • In real life, leopards do in fact hunt gorillas and are apex predators.
  • Originally, Sabor was shown killing Tarzan's father in the beginning of the film, but the scene was removed. It can still be seen in the 2-disc DVD.
  • Sabor's gender is unknown, but the Kingdom Hearts games credit Sabor as a male.
  • Sabor has a total of thirty to seventy spots.
  • Sabor lived a remarkably long life for a wild leopard, being over twenty years old at the time of death. Interestingly, Sabor shows no signs of aging and physical condition had not deteriorated at all. In real life, the average typical life span of a wild leopard is between 12 and 17 years. The oldest recorded leopard was a female named Roxanne living in captivity at McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary in The Acreage, Palm Beach County, Florida. She died August 8, 2014 at the age of 24 years, 2 months and 13 days.
  • According to the film commentary, the lighting in Tarzan's duel against Sabor is symbolic. Whenever Tarzan is safe from Sabor, he's always in the shade, but he's vulnerable to Sabor when he's outside of the shadows. The commentators say that this reflected how the gorillas were safe in their shady and secluded tree nests.
  • Despite being classified as a villain, Sabor is not truly evil. Rather, is simply a fierce predator that is trying to survive in a harsh jungle.


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  • Sabor is just like Rek' Sai. (Those who played LoL will get it)

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