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Tublat is a monstrous ape and a villain from The Legend of Tarzan. A rival of Kerchak's, he aggressively tried to take over control of the family, but was quickly banished. With Tarzan now in charge, he seeks to defeat him and assert himself as the leader of the apes. Strangely enough, while the books portrayed Kerchak as being the violent one, but was made more sympathetic by Disney, using the book's portrayal of Tublat as being benevolent, Disney's version of Tublat suffered the complete opposite (he is changed into a villain using the original version of Kerchak's personality).

Personality

Tublat is incredibly mean and aggressive He challenged Kerchak for leadership but was defeated (with help from a young Tarzan) and cast out. He is considered dangerous by all the gorillas. He is based on Kala's husband (and Tarzan's foster father) in the original Tarzan novel. His personality is also very much like the original Kerchak from the original novel. He once took over another gorilla family that Gobu belonged to by killing the leader of that family. But the family (with Tarzan's help) overthrew him and Gobu replaced him. He often calls Tarzan a hairless runt. He has four toes on his right foot, and this is one way to tell he is in the area.

Appearances

The Legend of Tarzan

"Tublat's Revenge"

A violent thunderstorm has Tarzan, Jane, and the rest of the gorilla family seeking shelter in nearby caves, but they have chosen the same cave that the banished gorilla Tublat lives in. Tarzan is no physical match for Tublat. But using his superior cunning, speed, agility, and ingenuity, he manages to defeat him.

"Caged Fury"

Niels and Merkus return to the Jungle to mine diamonds. Tarzan agrees to this as long as they stay away from the gorillas. Neils and Merkus are threatened by Tublat, who they capture and plan to make money out of. Tarzan sets out to rescue Tublat, despite Terk's protests and the past conflict between them. 

"Enemy Within"

In this episode, Tublat appeared as the leader of the family of a gorilla named Gobu, whom Tarzan had earlier nursed back to health after he found him being attacked by a pack of hyenas. Gobu states that a few months before the events in that episode took place, Tublat killed the family leader and took control over instead, content to take over another family rather than Kerchak's. With the help of a malicious new monkey friend named Fungi, he forced Gobu to gain Tarzan's trust and bring him to him directly under threat of mutilating or even killing Gobu's relatives. Relishing the long awaited opportunity to kill Tarzan, Tublat has his minions pursue him after the ape man escapes and blackmails him into compliance by threatning Terk (who had also traveled to find Gobu and pursue a relationship with him). To save his friend, Tarzan concedes to allow Tublat to have his way with him. Eagerly intending to do so, Tublat is intercepted by Gobu himself. Emboldened by Tarzan's earlier speech towards him, Gobu openly speaks out against Tublat claiming he is dependent on the family to secure his victory over Tarzan. Seething with rage, Tublat attacks Gobu with lethal intentions for his defiance; stating maliciously he has outlived his usefulness. After beating aside the intervening Tarzan, Tublat grabs Gobu in a bear hug to crush him to death. Gobu cries out to his family; encouraging them to stand together and face Tublat and that they are stronger than him together. Reinspired, the family turns on Tublat and overpowers him. Driven off, Tublat lets out a roar of anger before fleeing. With him and his family now free from Tublat's malign overrule, Gobu steps up to lead them.

Trivia

  • Tublat first appeared in the original novel Tarzan of the Apes. However, in the novel, he was Kala's mate and was more like the Disney version of Kerchak. Whilst Kerchak in the novel was a lot more like the Disney version of Tublat. 
  • Tublat's name ironically means "broken nose."
  • During the flashback in Tarzan and Tublat's Revenge, Tublat said to Kerchak, before he leaves, "You won't live forever Kerchak, this tribe will be mine!". This could strongly imply that Tublat is younger than Kerchak.
  • Tublat's strength is extreme even by gorilla standard.
  • Based on the skeletons littering the cave in "Tablet's Revenge", it is possible that Tublat may have either turned or has always been more carnivorous than the other gorillas.

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Media

Films: Tarzan/Video/Soundtrack | Tarzan & Jane | Tarzan II | The Legend of Tarzan
Television: The Legend of Tarzan | House of Mouse
Video Games: Disney's Tarzan | Tarzan: Untamed | Return to the Jungle | Kingdom Hearts | Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure | Disney Infinity
Books: Read-Aloud Storybook | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Little Golden Storybook | The Tarzan Chronicles | Banana Hunt

Disney Parks

Art of Animation | Disney Animation Building | Tarzan's Treehouse
Entertainment: Celebrate the Magic | Fantasmic! | Festival of Family & Friends | La Forêt de l’Enchantement: Une aventure musicale Disney | One Man's Dream II: The Magic Lives On! | Tarzan Rocks! | Tarzan: The Encounter | The Golden Mickeys | Tree of Life Awakens
Shops: Professor Porter's Trading Post

Characters

Original: Tarzan | Terk | Tantor | Kala | Kerchak | Flynt and Mungo | Sabor | Lord and Lady Greystroke | Manu | Jane Porter | Archimedes Q. Porter | Clayton and his men | Baboons
Midquel: Zugor | Mama Gunda | Kago and Uto
TV Series: Tublat | Hista | Zutho | Gozan and Hungo | Ian McTeague | Thaddeus Hunt | Jake & Sam | Mabaya | Count Nikolas Rokoff | Lady Waltham | Queen La | Leopard Men | Muviro | Kaj | Usula | Dr. Doyle | Eleanor | Greenly | Hazel | Ian | Lieutenant Colonel Staquait | Renard Dumont | Samuel T. Philander | Theodore Roosevelt | Hugo and Hooft | Nura and Sheeta | Edgar Rice Burroughs | Mangani | Jabari | Dania | German Poacher | Basuli | Naoh | Chief Keewazi | Nigel Taylor | Female Tyrannosaurus Rex | Velociraptors | Triceratops

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 Worlds | You'll Be in My Heart | Son of Man | Trashin' the Camp | Strangers Like Me
Musical: For the First Time

Locations

Africa | Jungle | Pellucidar | Dark Mountain | Skull Cave

Objects

Queen La's Staff

Other

The Disney Afternoon | Disney Renaissance | Musical

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