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{{Infobox Character
|name= Zhora
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|image= Zhora.jpg|300px
|image= File:Blade-runner-18-joanna-cassidy-zhora.jpg|300px
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|occupation= Assassin (formerly)
|occupation= Member of Roy's rogue [[Nexus-6]] group.
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Exotic dancer
|gender=Female, Serial Code N6FAB61216
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|gender=Female
|age=3 years and 5 months (Incepted June 12, 2016)
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|age=3 years and 5 months
|race=[[Replicant]], Mental level B, Physical A
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|race=[[Replicant]], [[Nexus-6]] Mental level B, Physical level A
|featured=''[[Blade Runner|Blade Runner]]''
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|featured=''[[Blade Runner]]''
|portrayed= [[Joanna Cassidy]]}}'''Zhora/Salome/Luba Luft''', is a [[Nexus-6]] replicant who has returned to [[Earth]] with [[Roy Batty]] in search of a way to extend her lifespan.
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|portrayed= [[Joanna Cassidy]]
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|created by = [[Tyrell Corporation]]
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|incept date = June 12, 2016
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|serial number = N6FAB61216
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|died = November 2019 - Retired by [[Rick Deckard]]
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|status = Deceased|hair color = Red
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|eye color = Green
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|affiliation = Military (formerly)<br>[[Roy Batty]]'s rogue [[Nexus-6]] group<br>[[Taffey Lewis]]'s nightclub}}
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{{Quote|She's trained for an off-world kick murder squad. Talk about Beauty and the Beast. She's both.|[[Harry Bryant]]|Blade Runner}}
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'''Zhora''', known by her stage name '''Miss Salome''', was a [[Nexus-6]] [[replicant]] who returned to [[Earth]] with [[Roy Batty]] in search of a way to extend her lifespan.
   
==Appearance==
 
====Main Article: [[Feminism]]====
 
Zhora comes in the appearance of a tall woman with brown hair reaching down to her neck. She, like [[Pris]] is flexible and athletic in form and appearance. She has combat experience and is able to defend herself if needed. Zhora's appearance is voluptuous in form, making herself seem perfect for dancing or working at [[Taffey Lewis]].
 
 
From a symbolic standpoint, Zhora, along with the other female characters in ''Blade Runner'', artificial (replicants) and sexualized by the men around them.
 
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
 
===Creation===
 
===Creation===
 
[[File:Zhora_Info.jpg|thumb|250px|Zhora's information on record]]
 
[[File:Zhora_Info.jpg|thumb|250px|Zhora's information on record]]
Zhora, like other replicants, was created to be of use in [[Off-world Colonies]]. However, she joined Roy Batty and the [[The Six Renegade Replicants|other replicants]] to travel back to Earth in search of longevity and the meaning to her life after learning about her short lifespan as a replicant. After taking an [[off-world]] pilot's vessel, Roy flew the replicants to earth to undergo their mission.
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Zhora, like other replicants, was created to be of use in [[Off-world Colonies]]. However, she joined Roy Batty and the [[Six renegade replicants|other replicants]] to travel back to Earth in search of longevity and the meaning to her life after learning about her short lifespan as a replicant. After taking an [[Off-world]] pilot's vessel, Roy flew the replicants to earth to undergo their mission.{{ref|br}}
   
===On the Run===
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===On the run===
After arriving on Earth, the group were immediately hunted by the [[Los Angeles Police Department]], and were forced to separate and live on Earth while searching for their creators.
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After arriving on Earth, the group was immediately hunted by the [[Los Angeles Police Department]] and were forced to separate and live on Earth while searching for their creators.{{ref|br}}
   
After escaping from the police, Zhora occasionally met with [[Leon]] and Roy at Leon's apartment to discuss plans concerning their mission.
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After escaping from the police, Zhora occasionally met with [[Leon Kowalski|Leon]] and Roy at Leon's apartment at the [[Yukon Hotel]] to discuss plans concerning their mission.{{ref|br}}
   
 
===Dancing at Taffey Lewis===
 
===Dancing at Taffey Lewis===
Zhora eventually found work as an exotic dancer at Taffey's Bar and gathered enough finances to purchase an [[animoid]]. Zhora remained a dancer while assisting Roy with their mission for more life.
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Zhora eventually found work as an exotic dancer at [[The Snake Pit]] and gathered enough finances to purchase an [[animoid]] snake. Zhora remained a dancer while assisting Roy with their mission for more life.{{ref|br}}
   
In his scanning of photos obtained from a search of [[Leon]] Kowalski's apartment, [[Deckard]] finds Zhora & identifies a custom tattoo of a snake on her neck, tying it to a snake scale he found in Leon's bathtub.
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In his scanning of photos obtained from a search of [[Leon Kowalski|Leon]] Kowalski's apartment, [[Rick Deckard|Deckard]] found Zhora and identified a custom tattoo of a snake on her neck, tying it to a snake scale he found in Leon's bathtub.{{ref|br}}
   
 
===Encounter with Deckard===
 
===Encounter with Deckard===
 
[[File:Zhora_and_Deckard.jpg|thumb|260px|left|Zhora speaking with Deckard about exploitation]]
 
[[File:Zhora_and_Deckard.jpg|thumb|260px|left|Zhora speaking with Deckard about exploitation]]
After a performance at Taffey's one night, Zhora is approached by Deckard disguised as a representative from the American Federation of Variety Artists from the department of Moral Abuses. Allowing him to follow her to her dressing room, Deckard explains how the management from his committee has been taking liberties with the artist from her club.
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After a performance at Taffey's one night, Zhora was approached by Deckard disguised as a representative from the American Federation of Variety Artists from the committee on Moral Abuses. With Zhora allowing him to follow her to her dressing room, Deckard explained how the management from his committee had been taking liberties with the artist from her club.{{ref|br}}
   
Deckard asks her questions about her activities at Taffey's while Zhora puts down her artificial snake and gets ready for a shower. Before she enters the shower room, Deckard asks if he could inspect her dressing room claiming that there could be holes created by men who would peep to see Zhora nude. Zhora allows inspection to proceed while she showers.
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Deckard asked her questions about her activities at Taffey's while Zhora put down her artificial snake and got ready for a shower. Before she entered the shower room, Deckard asked if he could inspect her dressing room, claiming that there could be holes created by men who would peep to see Zhora nude. Zhora allowed the inspection to proceed while she showered.{{ref|br}}
   
===Murder Attempt===
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===Murder attempt===
 
[[File:Zhora_Strangles_Deckard.jpg|thumb|260px|Zhora attempts to strangle Deckard]]
 
[[File:Zhora_Strangles_Deckard.jpg|thumb|260px|Zhora attempts to strangle Deckard]]
Zhora, however, sees through his ruse and devise and plan to kill him before he could [[retire]] her. After drying her hair and putting on her boots, Deckard asked Zhora if her snake was real, which Zhora denies. Zhora returns to the dressing room and asks Deckard to dry her while she puts on her bra.
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Zhora, however, saw through his ruse and devised a plan to kill him before he could [[retire]] her. After drying her hair and putting on her boots, Deckard asked Zhora if her snake was real, which Zhora denied. Zhora returned to the dressing room and asked Deckard to dry her while she put on her bra.{{ref|br}}
   
As Deckard is about to dry Zhora's back, she attacks him by striking him with her elbow and striking his face with her palm. Zhora puts on a clear jacket and kneels down to Deckard on the floor and begins to strangle him with his necktie. Zhora, however, did not have time to kill him because several other dancers entered the room, causing Zhora to flee while Deckard chases her.
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As Deckard was about to dry Zhora's back, she attacked him by striking him with her elbow and striking his face with her palm. Zhora put on a clear jacket and knelt down to Deckard on the floor and began to strangle him with his necktie. Zhora, however, did not have time to kill him because several other dancers entered the room, causing Zhora to flee while Deckard chased her.{{ref|br}}
   
===Running for Her Life===
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===Final moments===
 
[[File:Zhora_Running.jpg|thumb|260px|left|Zhora flees from a chasing Deckard]]
 
[[File:Zhora_Running.jpg|thumb|260px|left|Zhora flees from a chasing Deckard]]
Zhora flees the club and Deckard pursues her into the streets where she attempts to hide among the crowds of people. Zhora first runs down the street and past the vast of pedestrians. Deckard, while on her trail, had multiple opportunities to retire her but after taking aim with his blaster, he forfits and continues to chase her due to Zhora's distance and due to the walking pedestrians and vehicles.
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Zhora fled the club and Deckard pursued her into the streets, where she attempted to hide among the crowds of people. Zhora first ran down the street and past the vast of pedestrians. Deckard, while on her trail, had multiple opportunities to retire her but after taking aim with his gun, he forfeited and continued to chase her, due to Zhora's distance and the walking pedestrians and vehicles.{{ref|br}}
   
After running past a street bus, Zhora runs a quarter way down a set of stairs leading to the subway and hides against the wall. Deckard loses track of her for a moments and recaptures his sights after jumping off the bus and moving towards the subway. Noticing Deckard aiming at her and about to fire, Zhora flees once again away from the subway and back into the streets.
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After running past a street bus, Zhora ran down a set of stairs leading to the subway and hid against the wall. Deckard lost track of her for a moment and recaptured his sights after jumping off the bus and moving towards the subway. Noticing Deckard aiming at her and about to fire, Zhora fled once again away from the subway and back into the streets.{{ref|br}}
   
 
===Death===
 
===Death===
 
[[File:Zhora_Shot.png|thumb|260px|Zhora shot by Deckard]]
 
[[File:Zhora_Shot.png|thumb|260px|Zhora shot by Deckard]]
While running, Zhora realizes that the street she chose to run down has less people than the streets before. Seeing his opportunity, Deckard takes aim and yells for pedestrians to stand clear. Deckards opens fire and misses his first shot. In fear for her life, Zhora continues to run while Deckard is still on the chase. He shoots a second time and nearly hits her.
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While running, Zhora realized that the street she chose to run down had fewer people than the streets before. Seeing his opportunity, Deckard took aim and yelled for pedestrians to stand clear. Deckard opened fire and missed his first shot. In fear for her life, Zhora continued to run while Deckard was still on the chase. He shot a second time and nearly hit her.{{ref|br}}
 
Zhora then attempts to lose Deckard by running through glass display windows of clothing stores. Seeing that Zhora's destination is narrow and clear, Deckard shoots again with the shot hitting her back and through her chest.
 
   
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Zhora then attempted to lose Deckard by running through glass display windows of clothing stores. Seeing that Zhora's destination was narrow and clear, Deckard shot again with the shot hitting her back and through her chest.{{ref|br}}
 
[[File:Zhora_Death.jpg|thumb|270px|left|Zhora's body dead on the street]]
 
[[File:Zhora_Death.jpg|thumb|270px|left|Zhora's body dead on the street]]
Stumbling, Zhora crashes through more glass windows and collapses to the floor. Injured and determined to escape, Zhora gets up and attempts to run once again. Deckard then shoots her back once more, causing Zhora to crash though the final set of glass windows before lying on the street to die.
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Stumbling, Zhora crashed through more glass windows and collapsed to the floor. Injured and determined to escape, Zhora got up and attempted to run once again. Deckard then shot her back once more, causing her to crash through the final set of glass windows onto the street to die. As backup arrived, a passerby found the snake tattoo on her neck, one of the clues that Deckard used to track her.{{ref|br}}
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==Characteristics==
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:<sub>''See also: [[Feminism]]''</sub>
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Zhora had the appearance of a tall woman with brown hair reaching down to her neck. She, like [[Pris]], was flexible and athletic in form and appearance. She had combat experience and was able to defend herself if needed. Zhora's appearance was voluptuous in form, making herself seem perfect for dancing or working at [[The Snake Pit]].
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==Behind the scenes==
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Zhora is portrayed by [[Joanna Cassidy]], who was cast partially because she had a pet Burmese python named Darling, which was used as Zhora's snake in the film. She was also cast largely because of her physicality.<ref>''[[Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner]]''</ref> In Zhora's death scene, she was portrayed by a stunt performer [[Lee Pulford]]. Cassidy's head was digitally placed over Pulford's for the release of ''Blade Runner: The Final Cut''.
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In the shooting script, Zhora is not killed by Deckard's gunshots. Instead, she reaches the street and is hit by a bus.{{ref|fn}}
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Zhora's dance was originally to be filmed, but ultimately did not make it past choreography and a makeup test.
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The character is loosely based upon the ''[[Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?]]'' character, [[Luba Luft]].
   
As backup arrives, a passerby finds the snake tattoo on her neck, one of the clues that Deckard used to track her.
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==References==
[[Category:Characters]]
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{{Reflist}}
[[Category:Replicants]]
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[[ja:ゾーラ]]
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[[Category:Individuals (film continuity)]]
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[[Category:Replicants (film continuity)]]
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[[Category:Deceased (film continuity)]]

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"She's trained for an off-world kick murder squad. Talk about Beauty and the Beast. She's both."
Harry Bryant[src]

Zhora, known by her stage name Miss Salome, was a Nexus-6 replicant who returned to Earth with Roy Batty in search of a way to extend her lifespan.

BiographyEdit

CreationEdit

Zhora Info

Zhora's information on record

Zhora, like other replicants, was created to be of use in Off-world Colonies. However, she joined Roy Batty and the other replicants to travel back to Earth in search of longevity and the meaning to her life after learning about her short lifespan as a replicant. After taking an Off-world pilot's vessel, Roy flew the replicants to earth to undergo their mission.[1]

On the runEdit

After arriving on Earth, the group was immediately hunted by the Los Angeles Police Department and were forced to separate and live on Earth while searching for their creators.[1]

After escaping from the police, Zhora occasionally met with Leon and Roy at Leon's apartment at the Yukon Hotel to discuss plans concerning their mission.[1]

Dancing at Taffey LewisEdit

Zhora eventually found work as an exotic dancer at The Snake Pit and gathered enough finances to purchase an animoid snake. Zhora remained a dancer while assisting Roy with their mission for more life.[1]

In his scanning of photos obtained from a search of Leon Kowalski's apartment, Deckard found Zhora and identified a custom tattoo of a snake on her neck, tying it to a snake scale he found in Leon's bathtub.[1]

Encounter with DeckardEdit

Zhora and Deckard

Zhora speaking with Deckard about exploitation

After a performance at Taffey's one night, Zhora was approached by Deckard disguised as a representative from the American Federation of Variety Artists from the committee on Moral Abuses. With Zhora allowing him to follow her to her dressing room, Deckard explained how the management from his committee had been taking liberties with the artist from her club.[1]

Deckard asked her questions about her activities at Taffey's while Zhora put down her artificial snake and got ready for a shower. Before she entered the shower room, Deckard asked if he could inspect her dressing room, claiming that there could be holes created by men who would peep to see Zhora nude. Zhora allowed the inspection to proceed while she showered.[1]

Murder attemptEdit

Zhora Strangles Deckard

Zhora attempts to strangle Deckard

Zhora, however, saw through his ruse and devised a plan to kill him before he could retire her. After drying her hair and putting on her boots, Deckard asked Zhora if her snake was real, which Zhora denied. Zhora returned to the dressing room and asked Deckard to dry her while she put on her bra.[1]

As Deckard was about to dry Zhora's back, she attacked him by striking him with her elbow and striking his face with her palm. Zhora put on a clear jacket and knelt down to Deckard on the floor and began to strangle him with his necktie. Zhora, however, did not have time to kill him because several other dancers entered the room, causing Zhora to flee while Deckard chased her.[1]

Final momentsEdit

Zhora Running

Zhora flees from a chasing Deckard

Zhora fled the club and Deckard pursued her into the streets, where she attempted to hide among the crowds of people. Zhora first ran down the street and past the vast of pedestrians. Deckard, while on her trail, had multiple opportunities to retire her but after taking aim with his gun, he forfeited and continued to chase her, due to Zhora's distance and the walking pedestrians and vehicles.[1]

After running past a street bus, Zhora ran down a set of stairs leading to the subway and hid against the wall. Deckard lost track of her for a moment and recaptured his sights after jumping off the bus and moving towards the subway. Noticing Deckard aiming at her and about to fire, Zhora fled once again away from the subway and back into the streets.[1]

DeathEdit

Zhora Shot

Zhora shot by Deckard

While running, Zhora realized that the street she chose to run down had fewer people than the streets before. Seeing his opportunity, Deckard took aim and yelled for pedestrians to stand clear. Deckard opened fire and missed his first shot. In fear for her life, Zhora continued to run while Deckard was still on the chase. He shot a second time and nearly hit her.[1]

Zhora then attempted to lose Deckard by running through glass display windows of clothing stores. Seeing that Zhora's destination was narrow and clear, Deckard shot again with the shot hitting her back and through her chest.[1]

Zhora Death

Zhora's body dead on the street

Stumbling, Zhora crashed through more glass windows and collapsed to the floor. Injured and determined to escape, Zhora got up and attempted to run once again. Deckard then shot her back once more, causing her to crash through the final set of glass windows onto the street to die. As backup arrived, a passerby found the snake tattoo on her neck, one of the clues that Deckard used to track her.[1]

CharacteristicsEdit

See also: Feminism

Zhora had the appearance of a tall woman with brown hair reaching down to her neck. She, like Pris, was flexible and athletic in form and appearance. She had combat experience and was able to defend herself if needed. Zhora's appearance was voluptuous in form, making herself seem perfect for dancing or working at The Snake Pit.

Behind the scenesEdit

Zhora is portrayed by Joanna Cassidy, who was cast partially because she had a pet Burmese python named Darling, which was used as Zhora's snake in the film. She was also cast largely because of her physicality.[2] In Zhora's death scene, she was portrayed by a stunt performer Lee Pulford. Cassidy's head was digitally placed over Pulford's for the release of Blade Runner: The Final Cut.

In the shooting script, Zhora is not killed by Deckard's gunshots. Instead, she reaches the street and is hit by a bus.[3]

Zhora's dance was originally to be filmed, but ultimately did not make it past choreography and a makeup test.

The character is loosely based upon the Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? character, Luba Luft.

ReferencesEdit

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