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For the original books:
- Designated Villain: Nag and Nagaina want to kill the humans in the bungalow for a fairly sympathetic cause - they simply wish to raise their children in the house. Yet they're described in the narration as utterly contemptible characters with no redeeming qualities.
- Although, granted, Nag did eat one of Darzee's children that fell out of the nest...
- Rikki Tikki murders Nagaina's family and then gloats about it to her face, similarly to protect his adopted human family. Given the regarding of natural predators in the books' narrative, it's hard to see the former act as exceptionally evil unless it's a Double Standard.
- Unfortunate Implications: In Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, we read about a heroic mongoose who fights against two cobras who want to kill the humans in the bungalow so that they can raise their children. Okay. But if, in the story, all animals are sapient like people, why should humans be considered objectively worth more than cobras? One could argue that it would make more sense for Nag and Nagaina to succeed in their plan, since the lives of three individuals would be sacrificed for the benefit of dozens more. Overlaps with What Measure Is a Non-Human?
- If I recall correctly, Rikki-Tikki was simply defending the family he'd come to love. That, and he's a mongoose - killing snakes is just what they do.
- If someone, be that a human or a cobra, desides they want to kill me and my family just so they coud raise their kids in my house, I'd consider them pretty evil. Human family had a kid too, now, should he be sacrificed just because cobras outnumbered humans?
For the Disney animated movie:
- Adaptation Displacement: More people know about the aforementioned Disney movie than Kipling's books.
- Angst? What Angst?: Mowgli seems far more choked up about leaving Baloo (who he known for all of a couple of days) than his wolf family that raised him for about a decade. In the sequel despite pining for the jungle for so long he does not even make so much as a passing mention of them.
- Badass Decay: Baloo in the sequel, to the point that Mowgli must teach him how to roar like a bear.
- Ear Worm: "Bare Necessities"
- Ensemble Darkhorse: Kaa is praised as one of the most entertaining villains in Disney Animated Canon and, due to his Hypnotic Eyes, has garnered an unusual fanbase. A second scene was in fact produced for the movie after he proved popular with test audiences.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Shere Khan is a tiger with a british voice and is implied to be somewhat insane. Richard Waugh later mentions that he used Shere Khan's voice as the inspiration for how he would voice Albert Wesker from the Resident Evil series, who is a really bad individual and also happens to possess feline eyes after a certain incident involving a serum.
- Ho Yay: So much between Baloo and Bagheera.
- Memetic Mutation: "What are we gonna do?" "I don't know; whatcha wanna do?" "Hey, don't start that again!"
- Nightmare Fuel: Kaa hypnotizing Mowgli to be nearly eaten by him, especially with the voice of Winnie the Pooh.
- Toy Ship: Mowgli can't be older than ten, but that doesn't stop the similar-aged village girl Shanti from making goo-goo eyes at him.
- Villain Decay: Sure, Kaa gets a bad rep around here for his horrendously decayed personality and role in the story, but he was legitimately threatening in the original movie. In The Jungle Book 2? Not so much.
- Reversed for Shere Khan, who is somewhat less whimsical a villain in the sequel.
For the show Jungle Cubs:
- Unfortunate Implications: The fact all the animals are close friends leads the obvious suggestion that Kaa and Shere Khan (and possibly King Louie) somewhere along the line ended their friendship with Baloo and Bagheera later on in their lives, in bad enough terms to both be willing to kill them the latter two out of spite in the original movie. Emphasized well in the "Born To Be Wild" Compilation Movie with bookends depicting their present day forms.
Shere Khan: Oh Baloo, the past is the past...
- Even in the episode when they talk about taking their sweet time growing up, they start singing about doing things as they come naturally, take their sweet, sweet time...and Shere Khan buts in and laughs "and this jungle will be mine!" ending the song. It's also his only line in the song. While the show did a lot to nod at his future villain status, but that was the most blatant time.
For the 1994 Disney live-action movie:
- Narm: Tabaqui's Disney Villain Death, which is clearly a cheap effect and has him screaming in a hilariously odd way and his eyes bugging out.
- Nightmare Fuel: Kaa is terrifying.
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