[[caption-width-right:350:[-''Till we find our place[softreturn]On the path unwinding[softreturn]In the Circle[softreturn]The Circle of Life''-] ]]

->''"Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba'' [[note]] Here comes a lion, Father.[[/note]]\\
''Sithi uhm ingonyama."'' [[note]] Oh yes, it's a lion.[[/note]]
-->-- '''[[AfricanChant isiZulu chorus]]''', "Circle of Life"

Released in 1994, and to date, the third most financially successful film in the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon[[note]]Bested only by ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' and ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', two decades later, making it the studio's most successful traditionally animated film.[[/note]]; and its 32nd entry.

''The Lion King'' tells the story of a lion cub named Simba who is heir to the African Pride Lands, only to be tricked by his jealous uncle into believing he set into motion the events that led to the death of his father, Mufasa, who is the Pride Land's ruler. Simba flees the Pride Lands in shame, but is saved from certain death in the wastelands by [[ThoseTwoGuys two wisecracking animals]] who raise Simba under their responsibility-free philosophy of "HakunaMatata" ("no worries"). However, when Simba meets an old friend from his past years later, he must decide whether to continue his carefree existence or return to the dying Pride Lands and reclaim his throne from Scar, whose treacherous rule has been with an iron hand.

A plot described by some as ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' and the Malian epic ''Sundiata Keita'', with a few hints of ''Theatre/HenryIV'', but with {{Talking Animal}}s. The sequels seem to follow the Shakespearean trend, as ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'' is ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' and ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' [[JustForFun/XMeetsY With Talking Animals In Africa]], and ''Disney/TheLionKingOneAndAHalf'' resembles ''Theatre/RosencrantzAndGuildensternAreDead'' (a PerspectiveFlip of ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', written in the 1960s).

The original film's success led to [[Franchise/TheLionKing a massive franchise]] that includes [[WesternAnimation/TimonAndPumbaa two TV]] [[WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard series]], a [[SugarWiki/NoProblemWithLicensedGames good]] [[NintendoHard but notoriously hard]] [[VideoGame/TheLionKing video game]] for Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo, and the third-longest running and ''the'' highest-grossing [[Theatre/TheLionKing Broadway musical]] of all time. It remains one of Disney's biggest animated {{cash cow|Franchise}}s to this day; in 2011, ''The Lion King'' received a re-release [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCKCSBpfL0M in Disney Digital 3D]], which became the first re-release of a movie since the 1997 re-release of ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' to hit number one at the box office.

One of the approximately 40 foreign dubs of this movie, incidentally, was in Zulu, and it remains the only Disney movie to ever have been dubbed in an African language.

In mid late 2016, hot off the success of their [[LiveActionAdaptation live action remake]] of ''[[Film/TheJungleBook2016 The Jungle Book]]'', Disney and Creator/JonFavreau announced a "live-action" reimagining of ''[[Film/TheLionKing2019 The Lion King]]'' set to be released July 19, 2019.
!!This film provides examples of:


* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Scar does a pretty lousy job of running Pride Rock, rendering it a barren wasteland, but refuses to let the pride move somewhere more survivable. This earns him plenty of contempt from all of his underlings.
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Mufasa and Zazu are discussing what should be done about Scar; Zazu suggests that he'd make a handsome throw rug. Mufasa chastises him, but he continues that you could take him outside and beat him when he got dirty. Mufasa can't help but laugh.
* AdultFear: Discussed.
-->'''Simba:''' But you're not scared of anything!\\
'''Mufasa:''' I was today.\\
'''Simba:''' You were?\\
'''Mufasa:''' Yes. I thought I might lose you.
* AerithAndBob: The hyenas: Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed.
* AfricanChant: The intro is probably the most famous example of the trope in all of media.
* TheAllegedBoss: Prior to becoming king, Scar was this to the hyenas. His plan required recruiting them with promise of good food and care and they had no problem snarking and back talking him. After the plan goes through they seem more fearful of him, until his fateful double cross where they make quite clear he is still ''very'' much this.
** Among the hyenas themselves, Shenzi acts more like a friend of Banzai and Ed than the leader and similarly shrugs off a lot of sass and arguing.
* AlternateAnimalAffection: Rubbing heads, crossing necks, and a lick on the cheek.
* AlternateEnding: The original ending to the movie would've had Scar actually throw Simba off Pride Rock at the end of the fight ([[UngratefulBastard after Simba tries to save his life]]). Scar then dies laughing hysterically as the fires surrounding Pride Rock engulf it, burning him to death. Simba survived the fall (ironically meaning Scar throwing him off Pride Rock saved his life) and then meets up with Nala after the fires are put out. This was changed as the filmmakers felt this wouldn't have really brought Scar to justice for his actions.
* AmbiguousTimePeriod: Except for minor pop-culture references that may have slipped into the plot, there is no indication of what time the story takes place, at least across the whole current Holocene epoch. The story does not feature any humans or even reference their presence, only animals in the wild, so there's hardly anything within the setting that could ever became dated.
** In {{Disney/Hercules}}, during one short scene, Hercules wears a lion skin that looks exactly like Scar (including the eye scar and the fur color). However, it is rather more a tribute to the film, like Disney films often do to each other. Even within the Disney Canon continuity, there is very little chance the rug is Scar's skin, because he was mauled to death by the hyenas and burned alive, so the skin would have born marks of this.
** The total absence of any human activity (even the slightest trail of a share taxi or cattle move) and additional material suggesting the characters aren't even certain that humans exist, indicates that the film probably takes place at a time before Homo Sapien settlements became widespread in Africa but during which animals such as the Elephant had reached their modern-day stage of evolution, likely mid-Holocene period.
* AmusingInjuries:
** Zazu being launched high into the air by a geyser. It's even called the "Birdie Boiler." Zazu gets by with nary a ruffled feather.
** Banzai falling into a thorn pit. Shenzi and Ed find it funny enough, with Shenzi even calling him "cactus butt" as he plucks thorns out of himself.
** Rafiki hitting Simba on the head with his stick. This one's justified as Rafiki didn't want to hurt Simba, just knock some sense into him
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: The song "Be Prepared", in which Scar rallies the Hyenas into setting up a new age in Pride Rock, ruled by Scar and the Hyenas. The Nazi symbolism is quite clear during a sequence when the Hyenas goose step (the most evilest march ever) by Scar. The scene is directly inspired by ''Film/TriumphOfTheWill''. This makes the song especially chilling if you watch it in either Hebrew or German..
* [[HumanLadder Animal Ladder]]: Zazu at the end of "I Just Can't Wait to be King" ends up at the bottom of one.
* AnimalStampede: In one of the film's most iconic scenes, young Simba gets in the way of a wildebeest stampede in a gorge that was started by the hyenas startling the wildebeests. Mufasa comes to rescue his son, [[spoiler: only to be killed when his treacherous brother Scar pushes him back into the gorge]].
* AnimalTalk: All animals seem to understand each other, regardless of species.
* AnimatedOuttakes: For the Blu-ray release, the animators made a short blooper reel. Most memorably, the "Rafiki drops infant Simba" gag, already overdone in various parodies, was officially done. Many of the outtakes were designed around voice acting errors.
* ArcWords: The phrase "Our/Your/My little secret" is said three times, all by Scar. It's easy to miss as the first instance is relativity early in the first act, and the last two right before and during the film's climax.
** "Remember who you are." by Mufasa
** "It is time." by Rafiki
* ArmorPiercingQuestion:
-->'''Nala''': [[WhatTheHellHero You're not the Simba I remember.]]\\
'''Simba''': [[ThatManIsDead You're right. I'm not.]] Now are you satisfied?\\
'''Nala''': No. Just disappointed.\\
'''Simba''': You know, [[DisappointedInYou you're starting to sound like my father]].\\
'''Nala''': ''Good.'' [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech At least]] ''[[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech one]]'' [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech of us does.]]
** [[GutPunch The look on Simba's face]] says it all.
* ArrangedMarriage: Simba and Nala; a rare [[PerfectlyArrangedMarriage happy one]], although they're not too thrilled by the idea when they first find out.
-->'''Young Simba:''' But I can't marry her! She's my friend!\\
'''Young Nala:''' Yeah! It'd be so weird!
* ArtisticLicenseBiology:
** Going by the way prides of lions are structured, Nala's father should be Mufasa or Scar, making her related to Simba, who became her mate.
** Rafiki is a mandrill with a tail of a baboon and ''living in the savannah instead of in the forest''; Zazu is a red-billed hornbill that is blue instead of brown; Pumbaa is a reddish brown warthog that looks more like a big-headed pig than a warthog; Timon is an always-bipedal meerkat with human-like teeth and that says "Ugh, Carnivores!" even though he belongs to the order Carnivora as well; the spotted hyenas (''Crocuta crocuta'') that [[MixAndMatchCritters bear some resemblance]] with striped hyenas (''Hyaena hyaena''), with grey hair, large shaggy black manes, black ears and low-hanging head.
** Lions in this film have larger dew claws than in RealLife, which they can use as thumbs to make human-like hand gestures. It's the most conspicuous with Scar, who [[MinionMaracas grabs Banzai by the neck]] during his VillainSong.
** The movie was originally going to be called ''King of the Jungle'' and be about African lions living in the jungle. [[SubvertedTrope This idea was dropped when the production staff realized that lions don't actually live in the jungle.]]
** Given that they are very close to the same age, realistically, Scar and Mufasa would have been kicked out of their natal pride by their father at or around the same time, and worked ''together'' to take over a pride. Which they would then lead and father cubs for ''together.'' The same would have happened to Simba, [[spoiler:had Mufasa lived.]] But, that doesn't make for a very good Disneyfied version of ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', now does it?
** In general, the pride operates much closer to a human monarchy than an actual lion pride, with a clear line of succession, a monogamous ruling couple, and even royal advisers and arranged marriages.
** The decision to portray the hyenas as stupid feels odd when you realize that they are among the most intelligent animals in real life, and are comparable to the great apes in that regard. They have a very complex social structure (the most complex of any predator), and can work together and problem solve better than chimpanzees can, as [[https://today.duke.edu/2009/09/hyenas.html elaborated on here.]]
** The hyenas bark, drool, and whine like dogs. In real life, hyenas belong to their own family (Hyaenidae), which is more closely related to the cat family (Felidae), or the Mongoose family (which includes animals such as meerkats), compared to the dog family (Canidae.) To show how wrong this is, they could meow or purr and it would be more logical than barking (but still very wrong, as said they belong to their own distinct family which has it's own distinct vocalizations; mainly whooping or giggling noises.)
** A relativity small thing, but none of the cubs in either of the movies seem to be part of a litter. Though lionesses typically have small litters (usually just two or three cubs at a time)and having a single cub is certainly possible, to have all of these cubs being single births is quite bizarre.
** None of the cubs have spots, as real lion cubs do. [[note]] Baby Simba is depicted as having spots, though. [[/note]]
** All of the lion roars heard in the movie are actually tiger roars because the people making the movie felt like the lion roars weren’t powerful enough.
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Scar. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard And a]] [[KarmicDeath well-deserved example]], too.]]
* AttackAttackRetreatRetreat:
-->'''Zazu:''' ''(trapped)'' Let me out, let me out!\\
'''Timon:''' ''(chased)'' Let me in, let me in!
* AwardBaitSong: "Can You Feel The Love Tonight." ("Circle of Life" also earned nominations, but that one is the only that fits the "Award Bait" formula.)
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: There is no physical crown, but the scene in which Simba ascends Pride Rock and finally lets loose with a full-throated lion roar signifies that he has taken his place as King.
* BabiesEverAfter: Simba and Nala's cub appears in the final scene, hoisted by Rafiki as Simba was.
* BackstabBackfire: Scar would have won his last fight if he had not chosen to tell Simba who was ''really'' responsible for Mufasa's death. And he still might have survived it if he hadn't tried to [[IdiotBall blame everything on the hyenas]] (who were practically his only supporters at that point and the three looked to be sneaking up behind Simba to give Scar aid, backing off when they heard him) before he ended up needing their help.
* TheBadGuyWins: Scar, when he throws Musafa off the gorge and into the wildebeest stampede. Scar's victory, although it lasts several years, is temporary.
* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork: The hyenas are none too happy about Scar trying to throw them under the bus earlier, and they're mighty hungry...
* BatmanGambit: A particular talent of Scar's. He plays everyone like a fiddle because he knows them so well.
* BattleAmongstTheFlames: One of the most famous examples occurs at the end.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: While no one is necessarily "beautiful" or "ugly" by the standards of the human viewers, most of the good characters (Zazu and all the lions except for Scar) are quite normal looking, while the antagonists are rather creepy looking.
** Case in point: Scar and Mufasa. [[TheGoodKing Mufasa]] is [[LightIsGood light-furred]] and [[RedIsHeroic red-maned]] with the animal equivalent of a HeroicBuild. [[TheCaligula Scar]] is [[LeanAndMean lanky]] with [[DarkIsEvil a black mane,]] and a [[GoodScarsEvilScars sinister scar]] on his eye.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: [[EarWorm "Oh I just can't wait to be king!"]]. Simba probably forgot that his succession implies his father's death, but yet, once can argue that Mufasa could have abdicated in his old age. In the context of the film, "To be king" should rather be interpreted as a metaphor of "adulthood".
** A minor one goes to the hyenas, who despised Mufasa and eagerly (And blindly) supported Scar's quest to kill him and take over the Pridelands. Before very long, they have have hunted everything into nothingness, the herds have abandoned the place entirely, ''the riverbed has dried up'', and the place is very much a wasteland. Growing restless, they constantly confront Scar on the lack of food in the kingdom, and the most Scar does is level blame on either them or the lionesses, forcing the hyenas to question what they signed on for.
-->'''Banzai''': And I thought things were bad under Mufasa!
* BerserkButton:
** While ruling as King, Scar cannot stand hearing Mufasa's name, to the point that he makes a law against saying it.
** Pumbaa is called a pig, prompting him to say "[[YouTalkinToMe Are you talking to me]]?! [[TheyCallMeMisterTibbs They call me MISTER PIG!]]" [[PreAssKickingOneLiner before attacking]]. However he doesn't mind when Timon or Simba call him one; it's just strangers.
* BetterLivingThroughEvil: While Scar sings about gaining power, the hyenas sing only about getting food:
-->"We'll have food! Lots of food! We repeat! Endless meat!"
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Pumbaa is generally friendly and well-mannered (apart from his farting), but calling him a pig is a BerserkButton. Makes sense in this case, as despite his niceness he is still a boar warthog.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: Both sides of the final battle display this--on Scar's side, the hyenas prove themselves to be viciously brutal killers. On Simba's side, Rafiki shows that you shouldn't judge him based on his age while [[DeadpanSnarker Timon]], [[{{Gasshole}} Pumbaa]] and [[NoRespectGuy Zazu]] manage to beat up Shenzi and Banzai offscreen.
* BigBad: Scar, whose desire to become king causes the main conflict of the film.
* BigDamnReunion: Simba and Nala coincidentally meet again as adults and have a joyous reunion, particularly from Nala's point of view as she had thought Simba was dead.
* BigGood: Mufasa, the noble king of the Pride Lands.
* BigGulp: The hyenas, when a returning Simba earns them a DeathGlare from Scar.
* BigNo:
** Twice by Simba. When Mufasa dies and when Simba finds out who did it.
** Scar just before he is [[spoiler: devoured by the hyenas]].
* BilingualBonus:
** "Hakuna Matata" is a touristy phrase -- versus ''Hamna Shida'' -- translating roughly as "there are no worries" in Swahili.
** The first line of Rafiki's chant is "Asante sana squash banana." In context, it doesn't mean anything, but "asante sana" is Swahili for "thank you very much." In addition, the second line ''does'' mean "You're a baboon and I am not".
** Most of the characters' names are Swahili words: Simba ("Lion" or "Courageous Warrior"), Pumbaa ("Simpleton"), Nala ("Gift"), Rafiki ("Friend"), Shenzi ("Savage") and Banzai ("Skulk").
* BitingTheHandHumor: Zazu starts to sing "It's a Small World". Scar freaks out and demands him to sing anything else but that. Even funnier, in the Broadway show, Zazu may sing "Be Our Guest" from ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' or "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" from ''Film/MaryPoppins'' (two other Disney movies that also became successful Broadway musicals; they have all been [[FriendlyEnemy "rival"]] shows at one time or another).
** In the Las Vegas production, he sings "Viva Las Vegas."
** The touring production has, naturally, also used "[[{{Disney/Frozen}} Let It Go]]."
* BizarreTasteInFood: Timon and Pumbaa's taste for insects is shown to be weird (even though {{Justified}} considering their species).
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: A Disney hallmark after all.
* BloodlessCarnage:
** Mufasa's body, intentionally (it is a children's film).
** Scar and Simba duke it out with claws extended, but neither actually sheds blood, aside from a ''very'' quick "spray" from Simba's muzzle after taking a hit, though it could be saliva or sweat. Simba wins the fight by knocking Scar off a cliff.
** Averted with Shenzi; when Simba slashes her face to protect Nala, it leaves three small but clear and bloody marks.
** Acknowledged in the commentary in that the meat the hyenas pull from a zebra haunch looks closer in appearance to striped neckties than it does flesh, and there is no blood anywhere from the carcass.
* BlowingARaspberry: Young Nala does this to Zazu behind his back during "I Just Can't Wait to Be King."
* BluntYes:
-->'''Banzai:''' What were we supposed to do? Kill Mufasa?\\
'''Scar:''' Precisely.
* BondVillainStupidity: Scar could have avoided all this trouble if he had just killed Simba himself rather than sending him running off and delegating the killing to the incompetent hyenas, although that would have included the danger of him being seen or found out. More obviously, Scar telling Simba that he killed Mufasa, which gave Simba both the determination and the support of the pride that he needed to win.
* {{Bookends}}: The film begins with Mufasa's cub Simba presented to the kingdom, and ends with Simba's cub similarly presented, both accompanied by the same song, "The Circle of Life".
* BowledOver: We first see Timon and Pumbaa playing "bowling for buzzards".
* BrainsEvilBrawnGood: The strong and noble Mufasa, (and later Simba) vs. the LeanAndMean Scar. Subverted, seeing as Mufasa is for the most part smarter than Scar.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: In the middle of "Hakuna Matata", Timon and Pumbaa do this.
-->'''Pumbaa:''' And I got down-hearted...\\
'''Timon:''' How did you feel?\\
'''Pumbaa:''' Every time that I--\\
'''Timon:''' [''claps hands over Pumbaa's mouth''] HEY, PUMBAA! [''looks right at the fourth wall''] [[ThinkOfTheCensors Not in front of the kids]]!\\
'''Pumbaa:''' [''also looks''] Oh! Sorry.
** Simba gets in on the act a second later as ''he'' seems to give the fourth wall a puzzled AsideGlance in response to the above exchange.
** At least the Hungarian dub turns this joke into LeaningOnTheFourthWall, as Timon says "Not in front of the kid!" instead of "kids", which could refer to Simba just as well as a kid watching the movie.
* BreakUpMakeUpScenario: Between Simba and Nala, when she confronts him about being the king.
* BriarPatching: Scar tempting Simba to visit the elephant graveyard.
* BrickJoke: Arguable, and possibly unintended. Early on, Scar said that he would be a monkey's uncle when Simba becomes king. Later, when Nala is looking for Simba after he has left for Pride Rock to become king, we have this conversation.
-->'''Nala:''' Have you guys seen Simba?\\
'''Timon:''' I thought he was with you.\\
'''Nala:''' He was, but now I can't find him. Where is he?\\
'''Rafiki:''' [''chuckles''] You won't find him here. The King has returned.\\
'''Nala:''' I don't believe it. He's gone back.\\
'''Timon:''' What?\\
[''looks up and sees Rafiki has appeared'']\\
'''Timon:''' Hey, what's going on here? Who's the monkey?\\
'''Nala:''' Simba's gone back to challenge Scar.\\
'''Timon:''' Who?\\
'''Nala:''' Scar.\\
'''Pumbaa:''' Who's got a scar?\\
'''Nala:''' No, no, no. It's his uncle.\\
'''Timon:''' The monkey's his uncle?\\
'''Nala:''' No! Simba's gone back to challenge his uncle to take his place as king.\\
'''Timon''' and '''Pumbaa:''' (''beat'') Oh.
* BrokenAesop:
** As pointed out by countless critics, Rafiki's message of "the past can hurt, but you can either run from it or learn from it" is broken by the narrative. [[spoiler:Simba ''tries'' to confront his fears, but his fears start to win. Scar again puts the blame on Simba for causing his father's death, Simba starts to doubt himself again ,and the other lions doubt him too. It's only when [[BadassDecay Scar]] has Simba in a situation where he will probably die that he [[NiceJobFixingItVillain confesses that he was the actual murderer.]] This gives Simba the confidence to finally defeat Scar and when he does this, all the others finally accept him in their midst.]]
** In-universe. Simba's new lesson of "Hakuna Matata, forget your worries" results in him running from his problems and thus shirking his duty as king. It's not that it's bad advice, per se... just not the greatest philosophy to follow when your tyrannical uncle is sitting on the throne.
** Another in-universe, Rafiki teaches Simba that it's okay to make mistakes as long as you learn from them. Simba thus decides to quit running and forgive himself before confronting Scar. Despite Simba's efforts to put his guilt behind him, Scar takes advantage of the fact that Nala, Sarabi, and the other lions still don't know the true circumstances of Mufasa's death to turn them against Simba, which quickly leads to Simba falling prey to his guilt once again. No one rallies behind him until [[TheReveal Scar admits publicly he killed Mufasa]].
* BrosBeforeHoes: Timon and Pumbaa are firm believers, which is why they're more than a little upset when Nala comes along to break up the trio, and not just because they thought she was going to eat Pumbaa.
* ButtMonkey:
** Zazu, who starts out as Mufasa's PR guy and constantly finds himself at the butt of Simba's antics. After Scar takes over, he is reduced to being nothing but a source of entertainment for Scar, and is almost eaten by the hyenas on several occasions.
** Of the three hyenas, Banzai has always received the most physical punishment, such as the many claw-marks we see him with in the graveyard, and him falling into the thorns.
* ButtSticker: At the end of "I Just Can't Wait To Be King", [[IronButtMonkey Zazu]] ends up under the bottom of a sitting rhinoceros.
* CainAndAbel: Mufasa and Scar.
* CarnivoreConfusion: Solved by having Simba eating bugs, a TruthInTelevision since real lions are happy to eat them if necessary. Averted when Nala stalks and nearly kills Pumbaa, but then backs off when she has her reunion with Simba. With no recourse at all, the movie "solves" these troubling issues by Lampshading and then ignoring them, despite Timon and Pumbaa end up in the middle of starving lionesses eventually.
-->'''Timon:''' Whoa, whoa! Time out! Let me get this straight. You [Simba] know her [Nala]. She knows you. Yet she wants to eat him [Pumbaa]. And everybody's okay with this? ''DID I MISS SOMETHING?!''
** When Simba asks Mufasa about this near the beginning of the film, [[PredationIsNatural he justifies them eating herbivores with it being the part of the Circle of Life]].
---> '''Mufasa:''' When we die, our bodies become the grass, and the antelope eat the grass. And so we are all connected in the great Circle of Life.
* CatsHateWater: During "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" Simba playfully grabs Nala and pulls her into the lake they were drinking from. Nala quickly rises up surprised and quickly gets out, dripping wet and with a shocked look. Downplayed as Simba is just fine in the water, and Nala smirks at him before pushing him back in.
* CaughtInTheBadPartOfTown: When Mufasa shows Simba the Pride Lands, he informs Simba that the Elephant Graveyard is beyond their borders and they must never go there. Scar coaxes Simba to go there by telling him only the bravest lions are allowed to go there, and Simba tricks Zazu into bringing him and Nala there by telling him they're going to the water hole. When Simba, Nala, and Zazu reach the Elephant Graveyard, they get chased by the hungry hyenas, until [[BigDamnHeroes Mufasa arrives and saves them]].
* CharacterDeath: [[spoiler:Mufasa really was killed by Scar. And at the end, Scar is eaten alive by his former hench-hyenas. Given Scar's occasional cameos in the questionably-canon ''Timon and Pumbaa'' series, some fans think that he [[HesJustHiding survived and is in hiding]].]]
* CheatedAngle: Pride Rock is always seen from the left to which the front is faced on the inside, except for three shots at the very beginning and five at the climax of the film.
* CheatersNeverProsper: Downplayed. After Simba loses to Nala and is pinned by her, he immediately tries to get back at her by pouncing on her while she's distracted. This backfires by accidentally sending them both tumbling down a hill and Nala still ends up pinning him when they reach the bottom.
* ChekhovsGun: "Ha! Pinned ya!" Serves as a SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay moment later.
* ChekhovsSkill:
** Nala's trick flip that she uses every time she pins Simba. He finally learns it [[spoiler:just in time to use it on his arch-nemesis Scar]].
*** He also recognizes her years later thanks to this trick.
** Timon and Pumbaa use the same moves they used to chase off the vultures to fight the hyenas during the final battle.
* CheerfulChild: Young Simba.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Simba and Nala.
* CirclingMonologue: Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed circle the cubs and Zazu in the elephant graveyard, and Scar circles Simba while blaming him for Mufasa's death.
* CirclingVultures: Vultures swoop down on an exhausted Simba, but are dispersed by Timon and Pumbaa "bowling for buzzards".
* CliffStack: At least once, to great effect.
* CloudCuckooLander: Ed.
* ComicallyCrossEyed: Ed is the most dim-witted of the LaughablyEvil TerribleTrio of hyenas, and fittingly, he has FishEyes (as well as a ManiacTongue).
* ComicallyMissingThePoint:
** This exchange:
--->'''Timon:''' Gee. He looks blue.\\
'''Pumbaa:''' I'd say brownish-gold.\\
'''Timon:''' No, no, no. I mean he's depressed.\\
'''Pumbaa:''' Oh.
** Timon and Pumbaa's worry-free lifestyle is based on the motto "Hakuna Matata." They ''may'' have missed the fine print that said the phrase only tells you not to worry in a given situation- you ''still'' need to face your problems.
** During "Be Prepared", Scar says the hyenas need to be prepared for the death of the king (Mufasa). The hyenas ask if he's sick, then Scar says that they'll kill him and Simba. The hyenas then think that this means that there will be no king (until Scar reminds them that he'll be the king).
* ComingOfAgeStory: Centered on Simba.
* ConspicuousCG: The wildebeest from the stampede were cel-shaded to avert this. Compared to other mixed CGI-in-handrawn-animation examples, this one still holds up pretty well after all these years.
* ContinuitySnarl: Primarily from the obscure book series ''[[http://lionking.wikia.com/wiki/The_Lion_King:_Six_New_Adventures The Six New Adventures Of The Lion King]]'', which came out after the first movie, but before ''Simba's Pride''. The series added the character of Simba and Nala's son, a cub named Kopa, some other cub characters to Mufasa's original pride, the story of how Scar got his scar, as well as named Mufasa's parents and grandfather, and Scar before he got his scar. Since Kopa has since been {{Retcon}}ed into Kiara in ''Simba's Pride'', the extent to which ''Six New Adventures'' is considered canon is hotly debated amongst some fans, and has resulted in much WildMassGuessing and cries of FanonDiscontinuity. Also, the animated series gave a different (and fairly [[TearJerker moving]]) version of Timon and Pumbaa meeting than ''1½''.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: The "Be Prepared" sequence seems to have happened in a lava hotspot.
* ConvenientCranny: As a cub Simba runs from the pride lands, hyenas on his tail, he squeezes through a tiny passageway. One of the hyenas swipes its claws where he vanished just moments before.
* TheCoup: Mufasa is killed by Scar so he can become king. Simba eventually launches a counter-coup to regain his throne.
* CradleOfLoneliness: Simba briefly makes Mufasa's body cradle him just after Mufasa's death.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath:
** Mufasa, when he is flung off the gorge cliff and plummets to the ground far below. It is unclear whether the fall killed him or – if initially surviving with major injuries – he was still (semi-)conscious when he is crushed repeatedly by the wildebeest stampede.
** Scar, although justice is served, it can still be seen as rather "cruel" when he is mauled by his former hyena stooges and concurrently burned to death.
* CruelMercy: Simba corners Scar at his mercy and after a climactic fight scene, eventually sends him off the edge of Pride Rock, where Scar is now at the cruel mercy of his ''hyena henchman'', [[DisneyVillainDeath who finish the job on their traitorous leader.]]
* CrushParade: Mufasa saves Simba from this, but gets knocked away. Simba looks on at the stampede in horror, but then [[HopeSpot Mufasa emerges and climbs up the cliff to meet Scar]], who throws him off and sends him falling back down to it.
* CryingWolf: Simba says to Scar, "Why should I believe you? Everything you ever told me was a lie."
* CubCuesProtectiveParent: Played with. The birdy boiler sends Zazu flying far enough to summon Mufasa on his own, and Simba's roar (?) helps Mufasa to zero in on his and Nala's location.
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: During the fight between Simba and Nala, Timon screams at Simba to "Go for the jugular!" The primary way lions kill their prey is by biting the throat of the animal, cutting off blood to the brain and air to the lungs.
* CueTheSun: The film's opening shot.
* CurbStompBattle: Nala easily flips and pins Simba twice as cubs, both of which ''he'' started. Especially clear the second time where he is [[SoreLoser upset]] that [[IWasBeatenByAGirl she beat him so easily]] and tackles her while she's distracted, but when they roll down a hill all she does is laugh while he's panicking and still pins him no problem. Subverted later when they fight evenly as adults, though she still wins.
* CurseCutShort: "Why do I always have to save your- AAAHHHH!"

* DarkChick: Shenzi.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to other Disney films of the period. It is, in fact, a very tense, pathos-filled drama rather than the usual fairy tale romantic comedy.
* DarkIsEvil: Scar is the darkest of the lions and has a black mane.
* DeadpanSnarker: Scar, Banzai, Timon, and Zazu.
* DeathGlare: Scar gives an aside one to the hyenas when realising they failed to kill Simba.
-->'''Scar:''' Simba, so good to see you... ''alive''.
-->''*the hyenas gulp*''
* DemotedToExtra: Zazu in the second half.
* DerangedAnimation: A vast majority of "I Just Can't Wait To Be King"'s backgrounds employ this.
* DesertSkull: As Simba returns to the Pridelands, he finds it riddled with wildebeest skeletons to show how Scar's rule has ruined the land. At the end, as Simba returns to power, there's a brief shot of a skull being washed away by the rain, to symbolize the end of the old regime.
* DevouredByTheHorde: After Simba defeats Scar in a fight, [[spoiler: Scar gets surrounded by his former hyena henchmen and he gets eaten alive by them when they learn he'll eventually betray them.]]
* DidntThinkThisThrough: When Zazu is captured by the hyenas and subjected to the birdie boiler, Simba tells them they should [[PickOnSomeoneYourOwnSize pick on someone their own size]]. Unfortunately for Simba, this merely causes the hyenas to turn on him and Nala instead, giving him an OhCrap moment when he realises his mistake. Oops, indeed.
* DirtyCoward: Scar is perfectly happy to order everyone else about and let them do all the work, but when Simba has him cornered at the top of Pride Rock near the end, he begs for mercy and pins the blame on the hyenas to try and save his own skin. They overheard him do it, and later, when he's left at their mercy, he's last heard trying to explain himself before the hyenas kill him.
* DisappointedInYou: Mufasa to Simba during his lecture after the incident at the elephant graveyard.
-->'''Mufasa:''' You deliberately disobeyed me, and what's worse, you put Nala in danger!\\
'''Simba:''' I was just trying to be brave, like you.\\
'''Mufasa:''' I'm only brave when I have to be. Simba... being brave doesn't mean you go looking for trouble.
** And later, when his ghost tells Simba, "You've forgotten who you are!"
* DisneyAcidSequence: "I Just Can't Wait to Be King". Justified this time, because the sequence is supposed to capture Simba's childish perspective during the song.
* DisneyDeath: Averted. Contrary to Baloo in ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' (who simply wanted to know how Bagheera and Mowgli felt about him), Mufasa is quite definitely dead.
** Also downplayed with Simba in that Scar led everyone at Pride Rock to believe Simba was dead, yet we know otherwise.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Subverted. While Simba does manage to throw Scar a significant distance below him, the fall isn't what does him in. Rather, [[spoiler:the hyenas overhearing his attempt to throw them under the bus is what [[EatenAlive seals his fate.]]]] Also, inverted, as Mufasa was the one who fell to his ultimate doom at the hands of Scar and got his carcass trampled by wildebeest.
* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in-universe by Scar. He intentionally told Simba about the Elephant Graveyard outside the Pride Lands, and mentioned to him how only the bravest go there, knowing it would make Simba want to go there all the more. It was to lure Simba into a trap he set up with the hyenas.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything:
** Goose-stepping ''[[ThoseWackyNazis hyenas]]''. The scene was based off of the Nazi propaganda film ''Triumph of the Will'', from the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
** [[Theatre/{{Hamlet}} The king's brother overthrowing (and killing) him, and the prince is persuaded by the ghost of his father?]]
** A quote from ''Film/ReversalOfFortune'':
-->'''Simba:''' Heh heh. You're so weird.\\
'''Scar:''' You have no idea.
* [[TheDogBitesBack The Hyena Bites Back]]: Near the end, Scar attempts to pin everything on the [[{{Mooks}} hyenas]] and sell them out to Simba, not knowing that they're there listening to him say it.
-->'''Scar:''' My friends.\\
'''[[TheDragon Shenzi]]:''' Friends? I thought he said we were the enemy.
* TheDragon: Shenzi. Quite possibly DragonWithAnAgenda (see BetterLivingThroughEvil above).
** CoDragons: Though Shenzi is the ringleader (as befitting their species), Banzai and Ed are her friends (and fairly impudent ones), hence this.
* DramaticSpotlight: On Simba, then Timon and Pumbaa, during the song "Hakuna Matata".
** Also NaturalSpotlight on Pride Rock when cub Simba is shown to the masses. The sun's timing is impeccable.
* DudeNotFunny: An in-universe variation. Banzai is complaining about his injuries after the hyenas' scuffle with Mufasa, and Ed ticks Banzai off because he ''won't stop laughing''.
-->'''Banzai:''' It's not funny, Ed.\\
''(Ed tries briefly to stop before bursting out again)''\\
'''Banzai:''' Hey, shut up!
** Related to that, when Banzai falls into the thorns, the other two laugh at him. When Banzai starts pulling them out, he spits a few into Ed's face. He doesn't dare spit any at Shenzi - she's his boss (he does snark a LetsSeeYOUDoBetter at her though, she just keeps laughing).
-->'''Shenzi:''' What, you want me to come out there looking like you? Cactus-Butt?
* DynamicEntry: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haClqHSuAiw hyenas chase Simba and Nala]] to a corner of the elephant graveyard. As they [[OminousWalk calmly close in for the kill]], Simba suddenly feels brave enough to "roar", which they find laughable. The [[PapaWolf second roar]], however, is [[OhCrap considerably]] [[BigDamnHeroes more]] [[IAmYourOpponent startling]] to them.
** Simba gets one himself years later, when he lunges at Nala to protect Timon and Pumbaa with a mighty roar, and even manages to pin her under him for a moment.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Simba finally becomes king of Pride Rock, is reunited with his mother, and gets to marry Nala and have a cub... but to get there he has to lose his father (right before his eyes), go into exile, face down his personal guilt and psychological demons, then stage a countercoup and take out his usurping uncle whose lies and manipulations were what put him through MindRape in the first place. [[MiseryBuildsCharacter In the process, not coincidentally]], he is forced to mature a great deal and become a far wiser, humbler, more heroic character.
* EatingTheEnemy:
** Scar tries to have his hyenas dispose of Simba this way but they fail both times.
** The ending has a chilling case of JustDesserts. When Simba corners Scar, Scar shamefully tries to get Simba's sympathy by [[NeverMyFault by saying it was the hyenas' idea]]. Unbeknown to him, the hyenas had overheard his attempt to throw them under the bus. After Simba throws him off a cliff, [[spoiler: the betrayed hyenas decide [[TheDogBitesBack to devour him out of spite]].]]
* EccentricMentor: Rafiki looks like a crazy old monkey, but has great wisdom (and kung-fu skills).
* ElephantGraveyard: The base of operation for Scar and the home of the hyenas.
* EqualOpportunityEvil: What Scar offers to the hyenas.
* TheEpic: Essentially, this film is a straight up classical one.
* EpicMovie: Arguably Disney's most well known example from their animated films.
* EtTuBrute: This happens when Scar kills Mufasa.
* EuphemismBuster: Scar has to backtrack and Euphemism Bust ''himself'' thanks to [[TheDitz dumb hyenas]]:
-->'''Banzai:''' Yeah, be prepared! We'll be prepared! For what?\\
'''Scar:''' For the death of the king!\\
'''Banzai:''' What, [[ComicallyMissingThePoint is he sick]]?\\
'''Scar:''' No, you fool, we're going to kill him. [[CrossesTheLineTwice And Simba, too.]]
* EvilCounterpart: Scar serves as this to Simba.
* EvilGloating: Scar admits to Simba that [[spoiler: he killed Mufasa]] while he dangles him over Pride Rock. This backfires.
* EvilIsBurningHot:
** Fires set the stage for Simba's final battle with Scar.
** Also, [[RuleOfCool for some reason]] there's unexplained volcanic activity right during "[[VillainSong Be Prepared]]".
* EvilIsPetty: Scar can be considered the absolute biggest scumbag of any Disney villain based solely on what he does and why: he [[spoiler: murders his brother]] and guilt-trips his nephew so he can take over the pride land for really no other reason than to have the status of king. Likewise, once he ''is'' in power, he really doesn't do anything other than tell everyone else what to do, most of the time telling them to deal with their problems themselves, which, ironically, are all things the king is responsible for (i.e., food and safety). The only time Scar takes responsibility for anything he does is when he thinks he's [[spoiler: about to kill Simba and confesses being Mufasa's murderer]], assuming that he'll get away with it. When he doesn't, his first reaction is to blame the hyaenas... until he's at their mercy, at which point they're his "friends". Indeed, there is no honor among criminals.
* EvilWillFail: Even if Simba hadn't shown up and pulled a RightfulKingReturns, Scar's rule over the lion pride would have collapsed anyway since he'd driven the pridelands to the point of ecological ruin.
* FailedASpotCheck: Simba and Nala don't realize that they have literally wrestled right into the Elephant Graveyard until a steam geyser goes off right next to them.
* FallingInLoveMontage: The song "Can you feel the love tonight".
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath:
** Mufasa's death while his son watches, and Simba's [[PleaseWakeUp repeated pleas for him to "wake up, Dad"]] while desperately nudging his corpse.
** The fight between Simba and Scar ends with Scar [[spoiler:being eaten alive (or at the very least being mauled to death) by his hyena henchmen]] ([[ShadowDiscretionShot cast in shadow]], but still!). [[Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride The sequel]] makes it even worse by implying that he might have been burned to death as well.
* FamilyUnfriendlyViolence: Scar and Simba's brief no-holds-barred beatdown, and Mufasa's death as implied (but not shown).
* FisherKing: When Mufasa is in charge, his wise leadership makes the land around Pride Rock a beautiful place of peace and plenty. When Scar is the king, the same land turns into a dark and dying graveyard, due to his poor leadership and the hyenas eating and taking almost everything there is, reflecting his own dark personality. Once Simba assumes the throne, everything goes pretty again.
* FlatJoy: Scar does the sarcastic version.
-->'''Simba''': Hey, Uncle Scar, guess what.
-->'''Scar''': I despise guessing games.
-->'''Simba''': I'm gonna be king of Pride Rock.
-->'''Scar''': (''deadpan'') Oh, goody.
* FloatingHeadSyndrome: Mufasa in the cineplex posters. This is a unique case of it pertaining to the events of the story.
* ForbiddenFruit: The elephant graveyard and anything beyond the borders of the Pride Lands, despite not being an ideal place.
* ForebodingFleeingFlock: Invoked when Scar has the hyenas cause a wildebeest stampede as a trap for both Simba and Mufasa.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: At the climax of "I Just Can't Wait to be King" when the tower of animals collapses, it can be interpreted as either PlayedForLaughs (as a rhino had fallen on top of Zazu) or foreshadowing how Simba's whole self-image is about to come crashing down thanks to Scar's frame-up.
* ForTheCelOfIt: The wildebeest from the stampede sequence are CGI, but cel-shaded to look like traditional animation.
* {{Frameup}} and FalseConfession: After Scar kills Mufasa, he gets Simba to believe ''he's'' responsible, leading to Simba's running away. Simba believes this until the JustBetweenYouAndMe moment in the final act, even to the point of confessing himself to his mother and the rest of the pride.
* FreezeFrameBonus: There's a famous myth that the dust clouds form the letters SEX for a split second. [[WordOfGod They actually spell SFX]].
** This bonus was removed from the Platinum edition DVD, Diamond Edition Blu-ray, and assumedly all subsequent releases of the film. It is referenced in the audio commentary, though.
* FullBoarAction: Pumbaa, once his BerserkButton is pressed one time too many.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Timon and Pumbaa swing on a vine in the background during young Simba's solo in "Hakuna Matata". Pumbaa does this at the beginning of the theme song in the TV series.
** Also, during the last part of "Be Prepared" while Scar is going on about why he should be king the hyenas are actually singing about how much food they'll get under Scar's rule.
---> '''Scar:''' Meticulous planning\\
'''Hyenas:''' We'll have food!\\
'''Scar:''' Tenacity spanning\\
'''Hyenas:''' Lots of food!\\
'''Scar:''' Decade of denial\\
'''Hyenas:''' We repeat.\\
'''Scar:''' Is simply why I'll\\
'''Hyenas:''' Endless meat
* GenerationalSaga: Mufasa tells Simba that even when he's gone he'll always be there in the sky with the great kings to look down on his son. Once he is gone, Simba abandons the Pride Lands to his uncle Scar, but after talking to his father in the sky he realizes that he needs to come home and be king.
* GetOut: After he kills Mufasa, Scar tells Simba to do this, telling him to "run away and never return". Once Simba has run off, Scar sends the hyenas after him. This gets reversed in an IronicEcho later.
** Scar tells the hyenas this when they complain that they're hungry, showing how little he really cares about them. He then shortens it to "OUT!" when Banzai says they're still hungry and Scar has done nothing about it.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** Timon while trying to save Pumbaa from Nala.
---> '''Timon:''' (''while placed near Pumbaa's rear'') Why do I always have to save your aaaAAAAH!!
** "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" quite obviously ends with the implication that Nala and Simba mated, with Simba standing over her in the grass as she looks up at him with hooded eyes and a small smile. An earlier version of the sequence, with an alternate version of the song, makes it even more explicit with more suggestive lyrics and more physicality between the two.
** If you have a dirty mind, you can find a whole different interpretation to Banzai's complain about the fact he won't "be able to sit for a week". It explains why Ed could not stop laughing.
* GilliganCut:
--> '''Timon:''' [[WeNeedADistraction A diversion]]? What do you want me to do, [[spoiler:[[WholesomeCrossdresser dress in drag]] and [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor do the hula]]?]]
* GladIThoughtOfIt:
** Simba calls himself a genius after he and Nala escape Zazu, and Nala points out it was ''her'' idea they used. Simba simply says ''he's'' the one who pulled it off, but Nala once again claims he did it with her.
** Pumbaa suggests that they should adopt Simba since "When he grows up, maybe [[PredatorTurnedProtector he'll be on our side]]." Timon first dismisses the idea as stupid, but then presents it as his own.
* GoodAnimalsEvilAnimals: Subverted with lions and hyenas. Scar is the glaring exception to the former. On the other hand, no truly good hyenas have, to date, appeared in the films, although the TV Series implies that Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed settle for neutrality following the movie, and Lion Guard introducing Jasiri's Clan, who claim that Shenzi's clan are the exception, rather than the rule, when it comes to Hyenas?
* TheGoodKing: Mufasa. And Simba after his [[RightfulKingReturns return to the Pridelands]].
* GoryDiscretionShot: [[spoiler:The camera pans to Scar's shadow when the hyenas gang up on him. All the audience gets is a silhouette of him when the hyenas pounce him and eat him alive.]]
* GracefulLoser: Downplayed. During "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" [[spoiler:Simba finally manages to pin Nala when they tumble down a hill and he lands on top of her. She rewards him for "beating her" with a [[SmoochOfVictory lick on the cheek]] and a seductive look.]]
* GRatedSex: At the end of "Can You Feel The Love Tonight", confirmed by [[NoSexAllowed Disney]] itself. From the DVD audio commentary narrated by directors Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff and producer Don Hahn:
-->"This is probably the most steamy love scene in a Disney film ever!"\\
"[[GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex Wooooooooooooooo!]]"
** All the more obvious in the original, pre-production version, where there's very little room for doubt.

* HakunaMatata: TropeNamer.
* AHandfulForAnEye: Right before their fight, Scar blinds Simba by kicking hot coals into his face.
* HatesBaths: Simba as a cub. He presumably grew out of it during his time with Timon and Pumbaa, since the midquel shows him playing about in the water while living with them as a cub.
* HeldGaze: Simba and Nala gaze deeply into each other's eyes at the end of their FallingInLoveMontage of "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" before nuzzling each other in a manner that resembles a kiss.
* HeroicSecondWind: When Scar has Simba right where he wants him (desperately trying to keep his grip on the ledge of Pride Rock but about to fall off), and he admits that he killed Mufasa (in what he thinks will be a JustBetweenYouAndMe moment, before throwing Simba to his death) ... Simba (who relives watching his father being thrown to his death in what could well be his final moments) instead lunges up the rest of the cliff, pinning his evil uncle and forcing him to reveal the truth to the others.
* HesAFriend: Simba to Nala for Pumbaa.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Timon and Pumbaa. [[HoYay Maybe.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Scar spends his relationship with the hyenas lying and constantly breaking promises about bringing food to them, and their impatience and irritation boil over when Scar tries to pin the blame for Mufasa's death on them. He ends up getting eaten by his own hyenas in a well-deserved FamilyUnfriendlyDeath]].
* HopeIsScary: One problem about getting Simba to come back.
* HopeSpot: After disappearing into the stampede, Mufasa leaps onto the cliffside and is seemingly about to claw his way back up to safety. And then Scar shows up to finish what he started...
* HumanlikeHandAnatomy: Rafiki has hands, understandably. Zazu has FeatherFingers and Timon has HumanlikeHandAnatomy, for some reason. And the lions have rather large thumbs on their front paws, with which they can sometimes make humanlike gestures.
* HurricaneOfPuns:
** Zazu's morning report. The Special Edition's new song has even more of them.
--->"Well, the buzz from the bees is that leopards are in a bit of a spot. The baboons are going ape... I told the elephants to forget it, but [[AnimalStereotypes they can't]]... [[CheatersNeverProsper Cheetahs never prosper]]".
*** To cap that off, after finishing his report and getting pounced by Simba, a groundhog pops up to deliver "news from the underground".
** Timon's line, "What's the motto with you?"
** In "I Just Can't Wait to be King", Simba ''does'' say that "I'm gonna be the ''mane'' event" while he has a mane of leaves on his face.
** Also, with the hyenas.
--->'''Banzai:''' We could have whatever's... ''lion'' around!\\
'''Shenzi:''' Wait wait wait. I got one. Make mine a ''cub'' sandwich. (''Ed tries to get their attention'') WHAT, ED?!\\
'''Banzai:''' Hey, did we order this dinner to go?\\
'''Shenzi:''' No. Why?\\
'''Banzai:''' 'Cause ''there it goes!'' (''points to Simba, Nala, and Zazu running like crazy'')
** Scar to Zazu when the latter's intervening made the field mouse the former was going to eat escape: "Look Zazu, you made me lose my lunch."
*** TalksLikeASimile: In the same scene, Zazu tells Scar that "You'll lose more than that when the king gets through with you! He's as mad as a hippo with a hernia."
* TheHyena: A ton of them. Three main ones. Ed is the one that fits the trope the most.
* {{Hypocrite}}:
-->'''Simba:''' You don't deserve to live.\\
'''Scar:''' But Simba... I am family.
* IdioticPartnerConfession: Provides the trope quote.
** Also happens with Ed when Mufasa confronts the hyenas.
-->'''Shenzi:''' Ohhhh, that's ''your'' son! This is ''your'' son, I didn't know he was your son. Did you, Banzai?\\
'''Banzai:''' No, I had no idea, did you?\\
'''Shenzi:''' No, of course not, no!\\
'''Both:''' Ed?\\
'''Ed:''' ''(grins and nods excitedly)''
* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: {{Averted}} and {{invoked}} by Simba in his final fight with Scar.
* IllKillYou:
-->'''Shenzi:''' He's as good as dead out there anyway. And IF he comes back, we'll kill him.\\
'''Banzai:''' Yeah! D'you hear that? If you ever come back, we'll kill ya!
* IKissYourFoot: Pumbaa, after learning Simba is the king.
-->'''Pumbaa:''' King? Your Majesty! I [[{{Malaproper}} gravel]] at your feet. (''begins kissing Simba's paw'')\\
'''Simba:''' (''pulling it away'') Stop that!\\
'''Timon:''' It's not gravel, it's ''grovel''.
* InsultBackfire:
-->'''Simba''': Hey, why don't you pick on someone your own size?!\\
'''Shenzi''': Like you?\\
'''Simba''': Oops.
* InsultMisfire: [[PlayingWithATrope Zig-zagged]]:
-->'''Simba''': Zazu, you told me they were nothing but slobbering mangy stupid poachers.\\
'''Zazu''': Ixnay on the upidstey.\\
'''Banzai''': Who you calling 'upidstey'?!
* InterspeciesFriendship[=/=]OddFriendship:
** Mufasa with Zazu and Rafiki.
** Timon, Pumbaa, and Simba.
** Scar and the hyenas... until the end.
* IronicEcho: After killing Mufasa, Scar tells Simba to "Run. Run away and never return." Then at the end of the film, when Scar seemingly pleads for mercy, Simba accepts but tells him, "Run. Run away, Scar, and never return."
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: The hyenas start out as this somewhat. Once Scar enlists them however they become a ''much'' bigger threat.
* {{Irony}}: The whole song "I Just Can't Wait to Be King". Turns out Simba could wait.
* ItsAllAboutMe: It's pretty obvious early on that Scar cares for no one except himself. He wants the throne for himself, is perfectly willing to [[CainAndAbel kill his brother]] and try to kill his nephew to get it, and drives the Pridelands to ruin because of how he only wants the power of the throne and not the responsibilities that come with it.
* IWasBeatenByAGirl: Simba is visibly frustrated at being handily pinned by Nala in their scraps. He uses this fighting tactic to recognise her as an adult, and later uses it against Scar. [[spoiler:Though he does eventually pin her himself, it is actually the least like a "fight" out of them all, being while they were romantically rolling down a hill together, and she still leads him 3-1.]]
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: Prompting Simba's HeroicResolve / YouKilledMyFather reaction.
* JustDesserts: Scar gets a KarmicDeath as his hungry and angry hyena minions devour him.
* JustInTime: At the beginning, Scar traps Zazu in his mouth and is about to eat him, when Mufasa enters at just the right moment and orders Scar to drop him. Zazu lampshades it, poking his beak out of Scar's mouth to do so: "Impeccable timing, your majesty!"
* JustSoStory: Timon's theory about how stars form was actually confirmed in ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''.
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Scar spent his life betraying family and allies, and this finally bites him big time as the Hyenas descend upon him for trying to blame them for Mufasa's death. Doubly so that he is only swarmed after being thrown off a cliff, the same way he killed Mufasa.]]
* {{Keet}}: Simba occasionally shows a bit of this as a cub. Also possibly as an adult, thanks to living with Timon and Pumbaa.
* KingOfBeasts: It ''is'' about a lions monarchy.
* KnightOfCerebus: Scar. The film begins quite cheerful, but when Scar tries to kill Simba and kills his own brother and takes power, the film definitely becomes quite dark. He may be this to the whole franchise as he's the first Disney villain to successfully kill a main character.
* LargeAndInCharge: Mufasa is the biggest and brawniest lion in the film.
* LargeHam: Scar and Timon. Pumbaa is a ''literal'' example.
** The hyena trio as well, expecially Banzai.
* LateToTheRealization: Zazu, even after being told by Mufasa to turn around, and '''''obeying''''' the order willingly, continues to ramble on before realizing that he's the target of Simba's pouncing lesson:
-->'''Zazu:''' Sire, what is going on?\\
'''Mufasa:''' A pouncing lesson.\\
'''Zazu:''' Ah, very good... pouncing. (''turns back, {{beat}}'') (''realizes what he just said'') '''''POUNCING?!''''' Oh, no, sire - you can't be serious! Oh, this is so humiliating.
* LeftHanging: Although 'Hakuna Matata' vaguely explains why Pumbaa became an outcast, Timon does not. Made up by the fact that there's an entire midquel dedicated to it.
* LetsGetDangerous: Pumbaa, the friendly and kind warthog and Rafiki, the eccentric monkey shaman both show surprisingly good fighting skills during the climax.
* LifeIsntFair: Said by Scar in a creepy tone. It is the first spoken (not sung) sentence in the movie.
* ADogNamedDog: Simba is a lion and "Simba" means "lion" in Swahili.
* LiteralMinded: Pumbaa.
-->'''Timon:''' Gee, he looks blue.\\
'''Pumbaa:''' I'd say brownish-gold.
* LoveRedeems: Simba may have killed his father (or so he thought) and happily let the pride become a desert while he sings "Hakuna Matata", but he meets Nala again and returns.
* LoveTheme: "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"
* LyingOnAHillside: Simba, Timon, and Pumbaa when stargazing, although it isn't actually a hillside they're on.
* MagicalNegro: Rafiki is the only character who speaks with an African accent, and he is a mystical shaman.
* {{Malaproper}}: Pumbaa, occasionally, for example saying "I gravel at your feet" instead of "grovel" and messing up Timon's saying "You've gotta put your past behind you" as "You gotta put your behind in your past". Timon corrects him both times.
* ManChild:
** Timon & Pumbaa (and occasionally the hyenas) can act very immature at times.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: In the Outtakes short in the 3D release, Scar and the hyenas get in on the fun. The hyenas are also frequent guests in ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse''.
* MeaningfulEcho:
** "Run... Run away... and NEVER return." Scar to Child!Simba, then Adult!Simba to Scar once he catches on to the deception
** "Danger? Ha!... I laugh in the face of danger! Ha ha ha ha!" Child!Simba, later quoted by Adult!Nala
** "...MISTER Banana Beak/Pig..." Respectively by Zazu and Pumbaa
** "What will your mother/she think?" Scar to Child!Simba, then Adult!Nala to Adult!Simba
** "a king/I can do whatever he/I want(s)" Scar sticks with the puerile misconception of royalty by Child!Simba, though it's doubtful that the latter would let his pride starve to death
** The hyenas rethorically question each other about the cub presence in the graveyard scene, Ed concluding with an hysterical laugh. They echo themselves at the end, but with a much darker overtone:
-->"Ed?" ('' Evil laughter'')
* MeaningfulName: Every name can be translated from Swahili (except Ed, Timon and Scar), but it is more or less meaningful for each character.
** Simba means lion in Swahili and, indeed, [[ADogNamedDog Simba is a lion]].
** Scar, who has a very obvious one across the left eye. There may be a heavy background behind this, but it is never detailed in the film.
*** According to ''The Lion King: Six New Adventures'', his Swahili name is Taka, meaning both "garbage" and "want". He certainly wants his brother's kingdom, and being named garbage his whole life might explain his envy of his brother, see below.
** Mufasa means king, and he's king of the Pride Lands and the elder of two brothers.
** Pumbaa means foolish. It's right that he's not especially smart and gets often fooled by Timon, but he has also moments of perspicacity.
** Rafiki means friend. He looks like to be a precious adviser for the king, and his advices were indeed decisive to resolve Simba's inner conflict.
** Zazu means movement. Of course, since he is a bird, he moves a lot and fast by flying, but he doesn't look especially restless.
** Shenzi means barbarous. Of course, she is part of a species excluded from the "civilized" Pride Lands because they don't respect its rules, but that seems to be true for every hyena. Unless it means she is worse than the other.
* MediumAwareness:
-->'''Pumbaa:''' Every time that I--!\\
'''Timon:''' Hey Pumbaa! Not in front of the kids!
* MetaphoricallyTrue: Almost nothing Scar says to Simba before or after the stampede is ''untrue'', which has the dual effect of covering his tracks and appealing to his twisted sense of humor.
-->"Simba, it's to ''die'' for."\\
"If it weren't for you, he'd still be alive."\\
"If it weren't for you, Mufasa would still be alive! Do you deny it?"
* MightyRoar: Used a lot by the lions whenever they are about to do something awesome, though Simba as a cub can only give an anticlimatic meow (TruthInTelevision: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBjKntYuUIk lion cubs can't roar, only mewl adorably]]).
* MillionMookMarch: The goosestepping hyenas in "Be Prepared".
* MisplacedVegetation: The when Banzai falls into the thorns and suffers some AmusingInjuries, Shenzi jokingly calls him "cactus butt". There are no traditional-looking cacti in Africa, and the plants that hurt Banzai don't look like cacti, so they probably just used this word because "cactus butt" [[InherentlyFunnyWords sounds funnier]] than "thorn butt".
* MisplacedWildlife: South American Giant Anteaters and Leaf Cutting Ants; all the other fauna is properly from central Africa. Gorillas are also briefly seen amongst the savannah animals at the end of "The Circle of Life" as well as once in "I Just Can't Wait To Be King", even though gorillas are forest-dwelling primates.
* MoodWhiplash: Constantly. Perhaps most notably when we go from Mufasa and Simba's funeral and Rafiki crossing out Simba's outline to... ''bowling for buzzards!'' (the comic relief was badly needed for some after the past few minutes).
* MoreDeadlyThanTheMale: Simab has ''never'' been able to beat his best friend Nala in a fight. He lost to her twice in a row as cubs, and the second time he pounced her when she was distracted. They fight a third time years later as adults and although they are more evenly match, she still beats him the exact same way, flipping him and pinning him down. She snarls down at him and could have possibly killed him before he says her name. [[spoiler:Although Simba does ''eventually'' get a "win" against her, pinning her after tumbling down a hill together, it is more of a romantic moment between the two than a "fight".]]
* MoralLuck: Scar uses this trope to trick Simba [[spoiler: and later the lionesses]] into thinking he's morally responsible for his father's death. [[DramaticIrony While the audience knows Scar masterminded the whole thing]], [[LockedOutOfTheLoop Simba is tricked]] into thinking that his "little roar" in the gorge frightened a nearby heard of wildebeest (which he didn't even know were there) into stampeding, which ended up trampling Mufasa. Scar then leads him to believe that accidentally doing something that unintentionally causes someone else's death is morally the same as intentionally killing them.
-->'''Scar:''' Murderer!\\
'''Simba:''' No! It was an accident!\\
'''Scar:''' If it weren't for you, Mufasa would still be alive! Your fault he's dead. Do you deny it?\\
'''Simba:''' No.\\
'''Scar:''' Then you're ''guilty''.
* {{Mordor}}: The elephant graveyard. The Pride Lands start to resemble it during Scar's reign, partly because he can't be bothered to run it.
* MouthyKid: Simba. A lot. Too much.
* MyNameIsInigoMontoya: Following the HeroicResolve above.

* NaturalSpotlight: The king being held to the sky. There aren't even any clouds to justify the light slits.
* NeverSayDie: {{Averted|Trope}}. Multiple times, including a villain song about murdering the king!
* NiceJobFixingItVillain:
** Young Simba had a ''massive'' ego and believed that being King allows one to do anything they want. It is scary to imagine just how easily he could have become a tyrant. By destroying his life, Scar sets in motion the events that proceed to turn Simba into a better person.
*** Some may object that Mufasa would have curbed this trait by teaching him how to rule the kingdom; but it is debatable. One can find the admonition he gives to his son a little too short and light-hearted for the case of a child who nearly died with his friend by going into a place he was ''explicitly'' told not to by ''two'' people on the very day. In parallel, Sarabi seems careless enough to let the crown prince couple take a stroll under the lone supervision of a small powerless hornbill.
** The hyenas for breaking off the chase after Simba manages to lose them in the briar patch (Shenzi had a point that Simba probably ''wouldn't'' survive in the desert, although it was just an assumption). Needless to say, Scar pays for their lack of responsibility years later when Simba returns fully grown.
** Scar is being challenged by Simba's return, but he makes the pride turn against Simba by making him still believe he caused Mufasa's death. As he drives Simba towards the cliff, he decides to give a JustBetweenYouAndMe speech in which he tells him what really happened. This helps Simba shake off his guilt, and he gets his HeroicSecondWind against Scar.
** Scar does it ''again'' in the finale when he hastily tries to save his own skin by shifting all the blame onto the hyenas... within their hearing. This makes the hyenas back off to make him fight Simba alone... and they maul him to death later.
* NoJustNoReaction: Scar wants Zazu to sing him something happy sounding instead of the downtrodden depressing songs he's been singing him.
-->'''Scar:''' Come now, Zazu, sing something happy, with a little... Bounce!\\
'''Zazu:''' (deadpan) ''Iiiit's a Small World Aaaafter Aaaaall-''\\
'''Scar:''' No, NO! [=ANYthing=] but that.
%%* {{Non Indicative Name}}s: The hyena trio. <--This is a ZeroContextExample, can someone elaborate?
* NonStandardKiss: Simba and Nala nuzzle their faces together as a means of showing affection soon after they run into each other for the first time in years.
* NoOntologicalInertia: Scar is killed and within what must be roughly a lion's gestation period [[note]]110 days, if you care[[/note]] the Pridelands have gone from barren and burned back to GhibliHills.
* NotInFrontOfTheKid:
-->'''Pumbaa:''' And I felt downhearted / [[SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion Ev'ry time that I...]]\\
'''Timon:''' [[CurseCutShort Pumbaa! Not in front of the kids.]]
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Let's see, Scar KILLS MUFASA, and is perfectly able to go toe-to-toe with Simba in the climax. A bit out of place considering that he groans about getting the brains and none of the brawn in the beginning, but makes some sense when you consider that Simba has apparently lived only on insects and has been in a total of one fight (that he lost). This plot point makes even more sense when taking into account [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Scar's original character design]] as a much more bulky and brawny lion.
* NotSoDifferent: Simba as a kid has the mentality that when they become king, they could do anything they want and no-one would be able to stop them (although when young Simba says this, Mufasa immediately advises him against this). Scar later says the exact same thing.
* ObviouslyEvil: At the very beginning of the movie, Scar straight up tells Mufasa to his face that Mufasa should be wary of him, that he covets the throne and is bitter towards Simba, and that if he ever does try something, it won't be through a direct challenge.
* OddNameOut: On a grand scale. All members of the main cast have [[BilingualBonus African names]] (except [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Scar]]). (Scar's real name is Taka, which means "trash"). The only one to have a more European sounding name is Ed. He also seems to be mentally challenged.
** As mentioned in BilingualBonus, Banzai's name is also a Japanese word, though it's possible the writers either didn't know, didn't ''care'', or just decided to ThrowItIn anyway because most people wouldn't care even if they noticed since the film was set in the African savannah and jungles.
** Also Timon, whose name is Greek in origin.
* OhCrap: There are quite a few moments of characters realizing that they are in serious trouble.
** Zazu at the beginning when he realizes Scar is about to try and ''eat'' him. Luckily for him, Mufasa enters JustInTime and Scar spits Zazu out.
** After Simba confidently laughs in the face of danger, he gets this reaction after he hears danger (i.e. the hyenas) laugh back.
** And when Simba says to the hyenas, "Pick on someone your own size!" to which Shenzi responds, "Like... you?" and Simba gets this reaction and says, "Oops."
** The hyenas when they realized that [[PapaWolf Mufasa]] [[DynamicEntry arrived]].
** Simba when he first sees the stampede heading straight for him. One of the rare examples of this not being played for laughs ''at all'', but instead for a dark kind of awesomeness. (Despite this, it provides the page image.)
** Mufasa, when he realizes his son is in the middle of a wildebeest stampede, as well as, in his last moments of life, realizing how insane, dangerous, and power-hungry his brother really is.
** After Mufasa is killed and Scar tells Simba to run away, Simba has one when he sees the hyenas are behind him and realises they intend to kill him.
** Pumbaa, complete with ScreamsLikeALittleGirl, when he happens to spot Nala lining up for a pounce - on ''him''.
** Nala gets one when Simba lunges at her when she's chasing Timon and Pumbaa. Though she quickly gets over it and begins fighting him evenly.
** The hyenas when they realize that they hadn't finished Simba off after his escape from the Pride Lands.
** After smacking Sarabi to the ground for mentioning Mufasa in his presence, Scar notices a very angry looking Simba watching above. Punctuated since he actually thought it was Mufasa himself at first. Then, he realizes that Simba's returning to take his place as the rightful king.
** Banzai and Shenzi when they realize why calling Pumbaa a pig wasn't the smartest thing to do.
** Scar when he realizes that he is [[TheDogBitesBack about to be killed by his former mooks]] after being thrown off Pride Rock.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: We do see the events leading up to it, but sadly for the fans, Timon, Pumbaa and Zazu teaming up to scare away Shenzi and Banzai takes place entirely offscreen. Still pretty epic for some, though.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Ed is usually seen laughing or goofing about. At the end, though, he is visibly pissed off and glaring straight at Scar. Even Shenzi and Banzai look worried at Ed's change of mood.
* OrphanedEtymology: Scar uses several turns of phrase reliant on modern society, such as the "shallow end of the gene pool" or "the lights are not all on upstairs."
* PainPoweredLeap: Banzai the hyena jumps about 30 feet into the air after he is knocked into a bramble thicket by the other hyenas.
* PaleFemalesDarkMales: Nearly all the lionesses are lighter compared to the lions, except Sarabi.
* PapaWolf: Mufasa is usually wise and level-headed, but he will fight hyenas and leap into a wildebeest stampede if Simba's in danger.
* PermaStubble: All male hyenas have dark patches around their muzzles that look remarkably like stubble. It's one of the few things that distinguish them from the females. In ''The Lion King 1½'', there is another female hyena -- you can tell because she has no stubble and a thick tuft of fringe.
* PickOnSomeoneYourOwnSize: Simba yells this at the hyenas when they start picking on Zazu. Turns out, it wasn't a very good idea.
-->'''Shenzi:''' ''(to Simba)'' [[SubvertedTrope Like... you?]]
* PleaseWakeUp: [[TearJerker In one of the most heartbreaking examples]], Simba does this to Mufasa shortly after he dies. It even provides the trope image!
* PopStarComposer: Music/EltonJohn not only composed the songs for the film, but he also sang his own version of "Can You Feel the Love Tonight", as featured in the ending credits.
* PopulationControl: Cleverly implied. Mufasa was a wise king, and learned 'the circle of life' means balance of predators, prey and the land's resources, and a king must understand, respect and maintain that balance. Scar on the other hand [[spoiler:does not. In elevating the hyenas from scavengers to apex predators he creates [[{{Dystopia}} an unholy union that overwhelms their food source]]. To sustain them, the prey must breed like wildfire, consequently resulting in overgrazing, [[CrapsackWorld turning the lush Pridelands into an arid wasteland]]. Resources exhausted, the herds have no choice but to leave. Scar however refuses to abandon his kingdom ([[FridgeBrilliance as that would mean he's no longer king]]), thus condemning his subjects to death by starvation.]]
* PredatorTurnedProtector: Simba fiercely protects his surrogate parents, Pumbaa and Timon, from the hungry Nala. In fact Timon, initially reluctant to adopt the orphaned Simba due to him being a predator, changes his mind after he realizes he can [[ExploitedTrope exploit]] this trope.
* PredationIsNatural: Mufasa explains to Simba that hunting and eating other animals is part of the Circle of Life.
--> '''''Simba:''' But, Dad, don't we eat the antelope?''
--> '''''Mufasa:''' Yes, Simba, but let me explain. When we die, our bodies become the grass, and the antelope eats grass. So we are all connected in the great Circle of Life.''
* PreMortemOneLiner:
** Scar says, "Long live the king", before he sends Mufasa to his death.
** Banzai and Shenzi say, "Ed?...", when they are going to kill Scar for his betrayal.
* PrincelingRivalry: [[BrainsEvilBrawnGood Mufasa as the strong first born, and Scar as the smart, plotting second born]] who has been jealous of Mufasa for some time. He doesn't begin his betrayal in earnest until after Mufasa's son is born. Scar murders Mufasa and attempts to kill Simba, Mufasa's child son. Simba lives and leads a charge to defeat Scar in his adult years.
* ProdigalHero: The film follows this with Simba, invoking RightfulKingReturns since he was royalty before fleeing.
* PsychopathicManchild: Scar and the Hyenas. The Hyenas act very childish at times, as they argue in a way children would and say things like "no king! no king! la! la! la!' while Scar throws toddler-like temper tantrums when he becomes king and is only interested in becoming a king for the reasons a child would.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis:
** As Scar is about to throw Mufasa to the stampede, he delivers the line "Long. Live. The king."
** When he has Simba in a similar situation towards the end of the movie, he whispers "I. Killed. Mufasa."
** Pumbaa's PreAssKickingOneLiner in response to Banzai calling him a pig. "They! Call! Me! MIS-ter Pig!"
* PuttingOnTheReich: The hyenas goose-stepping in grid formations. The animators based the sequence on ''The Triumph Of The Will''. On top of that, Scar's rhetoric is right out of Hitler's mouth:
-->'''Scar:''' '''I''' ''will be king! Stick with me, and you'll NEVER GO HUNGRY AGAIN!!!''
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The hyena trio. Although they're unusually frightening, effective villains for this trope when they're interacting with Simba.
* RageAgainstTheMentor[=/=]RageAgainstTheHeavens: Simba briefly has this towards his dead father, before it turns into [[ItsAllMyFault rage against himself]].
-->'''Simba:''' You said you'd always be there for me! But you're not. It's because of me. It's my fault. It's my fault.
* RagtagBandOfMisfits: The group to take back the Pride Lands: Simba, Nala, Timon, Pumbaa and although he comes in later, [[SixthRanger Rafiki]]. It's unknown exactly where Zazu fits in, however.
* RealityEnsues:
** Being king means you have to take care of certain responsibilities. If you don't, you won't last long, as Scar gets despised by ''everybody'' for neglecting those responsibilities. As Mufasa told Simba, "There's more to being King than getting your way all the time." ''The Lion Guard'' would later depict Simba's mundane, day-to-day activities as king.
** Scar allows the massive hyena clan to roam freely in the Pride Lands. The massive influx of new alpha-predators proves too much for both the herbivore population and water supply of the Pride Lands, leading to drought, destruction of the kingdom's vegetation, and the mass exodus of herbivores who faced starvation. Scar's unwillingness to actually ''run'' his kingdom also is implied to have hastened the destruction of the Pride Lands, especially since he let the hyenas run rampant and presumably over-hunt.
* RecycledInSpace: IT's based on ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''.
* RedemptionInTheRain: It's raining when Simba climbs Pride Rock at the end. A clear case of the rain being "purifying" and symbolizing new life, as the sequence includes a gazelle's skull being dislodged and washed away.
* TheResenter: Scar to Mufasa. Also The hyenas toward the lions, and viceversa.
* RibcageRidge: The elephant graveyard.
* RightBehindMe: Scar doesn't realize the hyenas are close enough to hear him tell Simba that the hyenas were the real enemies. Unusually for this trope, Scar doesn't immediately find out they were right there. It's revealed to him a few minutes later when they decide to kill him.
* RuleOfCool: The ground rising up beneath Scar in the last verse of "Be Prepared" doesn't really make any sense, but looks quite epic.
* RuleOfSymbolism:
** There are quite a number of Christian parallels, which is unsurprising considering lions being associated with God and Jesus for centuries. There's Simba's apparent resurrection--Nala says to him "It's like you're back from the dead" and is informed "The King has returned" in a manner rather reminiscent of Mary Magdalene in the garden with the open tomb, and both Scar and Sarabi think he is his father come back from the dead. There's the FisherKing analogy, with Simba's fight with Scar being [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory easily related]] to Jesus combating Satan after his SecondComing. There's Simba's anointment by Rafiki, his reluctance to do his father's will, and Mufasa's divine image declaring Simba his son and the true king.
** An example without the religious undertones, but still fraught with portent: the image of Simba's little paw stepping into his father's huge pawprint, that one he will one day fill as king. [[EarnYourHappyEnding After much hardship]], he does.
** The story of Moses is heavily referenced, in that Simba, the would-be king, is driven into the desert where he spends years trying to forget his past until a God-like apparition appears and tells him to liberate his homeland.
** The directors' commentary says that the drought during Scar's reign is this, quoting "The King restoreth the land!"
* RunningGag: Simba's complete inability to beat Nala in a fight. It's even given a ContinuityNod in the sequel. Considering that lionesses are the ones to hunt unless they're fighting [[GodzillaThreshold much larger prey]], this can also fall under FridgeLogic.
** To be precise, Nala is simply much better at wrestling and flipping than he is (she needs to be; that's how lionesses deal with most of the prey they can't knock silly). On the other hand, if Simba used the TruthInTelevision method of smashing opponents in the face with heavy, clubbing blows, like he did with Scar, he could easily knock her silly (as seen when Scar hits Sarabi). But for [[TheHero Simba]] to whack around a girl who's his best friend is just... wrong, and neither has ever fought each other with the desire to kill (the instance they don't recognise each other and fight more serious he [[WorthyOpponent almost matches her]]).

* SadBattleMusic: The stampede scene. It sounds like an epic battle, but tapers off into a melancholy dirge.
* SapientEatSapient:
** Part of the hyena's failure to kill Simba and Nala is that they're too busy taunting them with their dinner plans to actually kill them.
** Timon and Pumbaa save Simba only after agreeing that they can ''convince'' him not to eat them.
** The only one even remotely upset with Nala's attempt to eat Pumbaa is Timon, and only for a moment. Though he is still afraid of her when she wakes him up.
** While left ambiguous, it's entirely possible the hyenas ''ate'' Scar after turning on him.
* SayMyName: In the elephant graveyard, Nala calls out "Simba!" when she starts falling behind. Simba rushes back to save her from Shenzi.
** Also Scar's yell of "SARABI!" when Simba returns to the Pridelands, before they realise he's still alive.
* ScaredOfWhatsBehindYou: When the hyenas corner Simba, they encourage him to try to roar. He does, and it's a fearsome lion's roar. It's actually Mufasa.
* ScavengersAreScum: Lions seem to only hunt (in RealLife lions scavenge as well). The series avoids CarnivoreConfusion by presenting this as a normal part of "the Circle Of Life". Despite this hyenas are the antagonists of the first film, and are portrayed as the constantly hungry and brutish lackeys of Scar.
* SceneryPorn: Especially during "The Circle of Life".
** Lampshaded when Simba gets a good look at Timon and Pumbaa's jungle. "It's beautiful!"
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Pumbaa after seeing Nala preparing to pounce and attack him.
* SecondComing: Simba returning to his home to take his place as king.
* SeldomSeenSpecies: Several, most famously Timon the meerkat. Most people in the Americas had no idea what a meerkat was before this film was released.
* SequelHook: The birth and presentation of Simba and Nala's cub at the end. Sure enough, the sequel features Simba's cub, who turns out to be a female much to Timon and Pumbaa's chagrin.
* SevenDeadlySins: Scar suffers from all of these sins.
** He believes himself to be deserving of power. He also refuses to abandon the Pride Lands, even if it means the death of his subjects. (Pride)
** He acts indolent even as the Pride Lands fall into ruin. (Sloth)
** He enjoys food while letting the rest of his kingdom, including his loyal followers, starve. (Gluttony)
** He is envious of his brother and nephew for getting the throne, and plots their deaths for it. (Envy)
** In a deleted scene, he comes onto Nala, eager to produce heirs. (Lust)
** He wants power and will destroy anyone to get it. (Greed)
** He gets enraged when Mufasa is mentioned to him, and he attacks Sarabi for comparing him unfavorably to Mufasa. (Wrath)
* ShoutOut:
** To ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'': Scar talks briefly to the skull of a prey in what seems like a shout-out to the famous "Alas poor Yorrick" scene in ''Hamlet''.
** To ''Film/InTheHeatOfTheNight'':
--->'''Pumbaa:''' [[TheyCallMeMisterTibbs THEY CALL ME MR. PIG!]]
*** Just before that, his repeated line of "Are you talking to me?" is reminiscent of Robert De Niro's in ''Film/TaxiDriver''.
** There's a more subtle one as well: Timon riding Pumbaa out of a desert mirage in a manner very reminiscent of Literature/DonQuixote.
** The method Scar uses to assassinate Mufasa is identical to that which Mowgli used to kill Shere Khan in ''Literature/TheJungleBook''.
** During the song "Be Prepared", two hyenas wave skeletons of creatures, creating shadow images of them "dancing" that imitate the dancing skeletons from "[[Disney/{{Fantasia}} Night on Bald Mountain]]", right down to the curving, "noodly" movements.
** A quick, rather flippant one: [[ItMakesSenseInContext While Scar is signing 'Lovely Bunch of Coconuts']], he [[AlasPoorYorick holds up a baboon skull]] and moves its jaw to the lyrics. While the context is very different from the original play, one can't help but be reminded by the Shakespearian inspiration of the film.
* ShownTheirWork:
** Yes, lion cubs can and ''do'' eat bugs, and live off them if necessary. (Though it's much more of a stretch to imagine an ''adult'' lion living off them).
** The fight between Simba and Scar (rearing up and furiously cuffing each other) is based off of how male lions actually fight, as their manes provide some protection to the neck.
** Shenzi leads Banzai and Ed, as well as some of the other hyenas in the climax. In RealLife, female hyenas sit higher on the pecking order than males do.
** Zazu briefly mentions elephants getting annoyed at tick birds pecking at them. Contrary to popular belief, tick birds/oxpeckers are thought by many zoologists to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxpecker#Diet_and_feeding actually be parasitic birds that are really after an animals blood]] (they typically eat ticks that are already bloated with blood, which seems contradictory to their supposed duties as custodians) and even when they do seem to be trying to help, it's clear from their hosts' reactions that they [[UnwantedAssistance don't appreciate it]]. Elephants have actually been reported to try and dislodge tick birds, in fact, an occurrence which Zazu may well be referring to.
* SiblingMurder: Scar [[spoiler:killed his brother Mufasa]] to take over the Pridelands. He made [[spoiler:his nephew Simba believe he killed his father and let him run away, though Simba didn't end up dying like expected and came back after a PlotRelevantAgeUp]].
* SicklyGreenGlow: The song "[[VillainSong Be Prepared]]".
* SidekickSong: "Hakuna Matata", sung by the main character as well.
* SketchySuccessor: After Mufasa is killed, Scar takes over, and promptly turns the GhibliHills savannah into a [[{{Mordor}} desolate ruin]]. ''The Lion King'' is, according to WordOfGod, based off ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''.
* SkyFace: Simba sees his deceased father's face in the night sky, telling him, "Remember who you are. You are my son, and the one true king."
* SlasherSmile: One of the hyenas during Scar's final scene, complete with BlankWhiteEyes.
* SlidingScaleOfAnthropomorphism: Animals are anthropomorphised to varying extents. This even varies with animals of the same species -- compare Timon with the meerkats that appear in the opening of "Circle of Life".
* SmoochOfVictory: During "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" Nala surprises Simba with a lick on the cheek [[spoiler:after he finally pins her]] and the two begin to nuzzle shortly afterwards, the animal style of kissing.
* SmugSmiler: Downplayed. The first time Nala pins Simba, she giggles and playfully teases him "pinned ya", but after he tries pouncing her again and they roll down a hill, she once again beats him and smirks down at him and teases him for losing again, more smug than playful.
-->'''Nala''': Pinned ya ''again''.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Shenzi is the only major female character in the movie. Nala serves mainly as the TokenRomance, Sarabi has only a few speaking scenes, and Sarafina is merely a background character.
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: A non-verbal example occurs when Simba first encounters Nala as an adult. When she uses her trademark flip-and-pin move on him, he realizes her identity.
* SoreLoser: Simba is shown frustrated at being easily pinned by Nala, so while she's turning away from him he tries pouncing her again. He still loses and Nala's even more smug winning two in a row.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: If the film is taken as an adaptation of ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', then the equivalents of Hamlet himself (Simba), Gertrude (Sarabi), Polonius (Zazu), and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (Timon and Pumbaa) all live, wheras the play has them all die in the end.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Is Pumba(a)'s name spelled with one or two A's? Official media uses "Pumbaa".
* SpiritAdvisor: Simba was unsure of what to do, and then saw an ominous Musafa in the sky, saying "Remember who you are".
* StarsAreSouls: Simba says he was taught that the stars are the spirits of the old kings, which gets a confirmation when he later receives a starry vision of his father. Timon, on the other hand, claims that stars are fireflies that got stuck in the sky. That ''also'' got confirmed... by ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''.
* StealthInsult: See StrangeMindsThinkAlike below.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike:
-->'''Simba:''' When I'm king, what does that make you?\\
'''Scar:''' A monkey's uncle.\\
'''Nala:''' No, no, no, it's his uncle.\\
'''Timon:''' The monkey's his uncle?
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion:
-->'''Pumbaa:''' And I got down-hearted...\\
'''Timon:''' How did you feel?!\\
'''Pumbaa:''' Every time that I--\\
'''Timon:''' Hey, Pumbaa! Not in front of the kids!
* SustainedMisunderstanding:
-->'''Nala:''' Have you guys seen Simba?\\
'''Timon:''' I thought he was with you.\\
'''Nala:''' He was but now I can't find him. Where is he?\\
'''Rafiki:''' [''chuckles''] You won't find him here. The King has returned.\\
'''Nala:''' I don't believe it. He's gone back.\\
'''Timon:''' What?\\
[''looks up and sees Rafiki has disappeared'']\\
'''Timon:''' Hey, what's going on here? Who's the monkey?\\
'''Nala:''' Simba's gone back to challenge Scar.\\
'''Timon:''' Who?\\
'''Nala:''' Scar.\\
'''Pumbaa:''' Who's got a scar?\\
'''Nala:''' No, no, no. It's his uncle.\\
'''Timon:''' The monkey's his uncle?\\
'''Nala:''' No! Simba's gone back to challenge his uncle to take his place as king.\\
'''Timon''' and '''Pumbaa:''' (''beat'') Oh.
* TastesLikeChicken: Timon eating a grub as big as himself in the middle of "HakunaMatata".
* TerribleTrio: Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed, minions to Scar. Shenzi, the female, is the leader and the smart one, Banzai appears to think with his muscles, and Ed is either insane, retarded or faking it.
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: Shenzi -- her eye patches are shaped like heavily applied eyeshadow, her mane extends to having bangs and a fringe, and she lacks the PermaStubble that both Banzai and Ed sport. Well, you have to be able to tell her from the guys ''somehow''...[[note]] AnimalsLackAttributes in this film, but even an aversion of that trope wouldn't help much - female hyenas have genitalia that look very similar to a penis.[[/note]]
* TemptingFate: "Danger? I walk on the wild side! I laugh in the face of danger! Ha ha ha!" [[OhCrap Cue the hyenas laughing back...]]
* ThatManIsDead:
-->'''Nala:''' What's happened to you? You're not the Simba I remember.\\
'''Simba:''' You're right, I'm not! Are you satisfied?
* ThatRemindsMeOfASong: Many fans old enough to remember when ''The Lion King'' first came to DVD find that "Morning Report" was an unneeded addition to the film, since the movie didn't have it originally, nor in prints and home video releases struck from 2011 onward. It isn't a terrible song, nor ''completely'' irrelevant (it's in the stage versions of the movie, too), but it didn't exactly advance the plot or provide much (if any) character development.
* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: When Simba says "Banana Beak is scared", Zazu says "It's MISTER Banana Beak to you, fuzzy!"
** Pumbaa does [[BerserkButton NOT]] like being called a "pig", and when the hyenas do so towards the end, he says "They call me MISTER PIG!" before kicking their butts.
* TheyDiedBecauseOfYou: Right after murdering Mufasa, Scar tells Simba that he's responsible for Mufasa's "accidental" death.
* ThinkOfTheCensors: "Pumbaa! Not in front of the kids!"
* ThisBearWasFramed: Scar uses stampeding wildebeests to murder Mufasa -- an odd example of an animal using other animals to make the murder of another animal look like an (accidental) animal attack.
* ThisCannotBe: "Mufasa? No. You're dead." [[SubvertedTrope Of course, Mufasa IS dead and we all already knew it at this point]].
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: After Mufasa is angry at Simba after saving him at the elephant graveyard, Mufasa says that he needs to teach his son a lesson, and Simba cowers. Simba hesitates coming to his father's side.
** Timon points this out to Pumbaa after realizing Simba is more interested in Nala than them.
** The hyenas react this way when Simba returns, since they now have a vengeful fully grown cub (although his anger was directed entirely at Scar) and their angry boss confronting them after not doing the job properly first time. Thankfully for them, they don't have to worry about either -- Scar ends up in their stomachs, and while Simba might not be accepting of them, it's safe to say that, like Scar, he'd be willing to let them live (as long as they never returned, which they didn't).
* ThisIsUnforgivable: Simba says "You don't deserve to live" to Scar as soon as he corners him after hitting him with a "Murderer" to which Scar had responded with "Simba, Simba, please. Please have mercy. I beg you."
* ThoseTwoGuys:
** Timon and Pumbaa are close friends.
** Banzai and Ed
* TomboyPrincess: 90's-era [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney movies]] were known for these, and Nala is arguably the best example.
* TooDumbToLive: Timon, Pumbaa, Zazu and the hyenas all show this at one point or another. Later in the film [[BigBad Scar]] really shouldn't have lied to Simba about Mufasa's death by blaming it on the hyenas. [[TheDogBitesBack He pays for it dearly]].
* ToxicFriendInfluence: Timon and Pumbaa, while helpful in raising Simba and bringing him out of misery, convince him to ignore his past and responsibilities.
* TruckDriversGearChange: Several times.
* TwoActStructure: The first half of the movie is about Simba's childhood and Scar's plot to become King. The second half is adult Simba coming to terms with his guilt and grief and deciding to reclaim his throne from Scar. The [[Theatre/TheLionKing musical]] similarly follows this thread by ending Act 1 with Hakuna Matata and the reveal of Adult Simba.
* {{Tyrannicide}}: At the end of the movie it is implied that Scar is killed (and devoured) by his own starving hyena henchmen.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: As cubs, Simba tries to pounce on Nala after they get into an argument over who deserves credit for the two of them losing Zazu, with Simba trying to give himself credit for both the plan and pulling it off but Nala saying it was ''her'' idea and he pulled it off ''with'' her. After pouncing Nala, she easily flips Simba and pins him with almost no effort, [[IWasBeatenByAGirl much to his shock and embarrassment]]. After shoving her off him he [[SoreLoser tries to pounce her again while she isn't looking]] but after sending them over a hill she ends up pinning him once again, and smugly rubs it in his face.
* UndyingLoyalty: Zazu and Rafiki display unwavering loyalty to the royal family. Timon and Pumbaa develop the same loyalty through their friendship with Simba.
-->'''Timon:''' Well Simba, if it's important to you, then we're with you till the end!
* TheUnintelligible: Ed the Hyena, although this trope uses laughter instead of the usual mumbling.
* UnsportsmanLikeGloating: Downplayed with Nala teasing Simba after pinning him as cubs. The first time she beats him she chuckles and playfully teases him "Pinned ya" with a big smile, showing its in good fun. After he pushes her off him though she has a smug victorious smile on her face. After she immediately beats him again after he pouches her again, she smirks down at him and taunts him "pinned ya ''again''" in a more smug and arrogant voice than her previous playful one. Possibly justified as Simba had previous [[GladIThoughtOfIt tried to take credit for her idea]] and ''he'' was the one who started both of the fights, but still noticeable as Simba is her best friend and was prince at the time.
* VegetarianCarnivore: Simba begins eating insects at the ''insistence'' of his two friends.
* VerbalBackspace: A few examples:
** When Scar is king, Zazu and Banzai have to back up from mentions of Mufasa, which Scar has forbidden.
** Then at the end, Scar has to defend himself from the hyenas, whom he tried to {{scapegoat}} while bargaining for his life against Simba. [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath They were too hungry to listen to him]].
* VertigoEffect: During the wildebeest stampede.
* VileVillainLaughableLackey: Scar's three stupid and constantly bickering hyena minions have this dynamic with him. Downplayed, as the hyenas, despite their stupidity and funny moments, [[NotSoHarmlessVillain can pose a real threat to the protagonists]] and in the end [[spoiler: they turn against their master and kill him]].
* VillainSong: "Be Prepared" (also a VillainRecruitmentSong for the hyenas).
* VineSwing: Simba does this a few times.
* TheVoiceless: Ed doesn't speak, instead communicating through body language and laughing.
* WalkIntoCameraObstruction: During the song "I Just Can't Wait to be King" where [[TheArtifact the giraffes]] are throwing Simba and Nala and [[UncannyValley Simba's stomach fills up the screen]]
* WellDoneSonGuy: In an interesting variation, Simba becomes this for the second half of the movie. Although anything but an emotionally distant father, Mufasa is often preoccupied with the duties of the throne, and Simba certainly sees him as a hero, worshiping [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m3gyi8PDhV1rv7iuso1_500.jpg the ground his paws tread upon]]. But there is no indication Simba ever doubts he has his father's love or respect... until Scar convinces him he is to blame for his father's death. Then, overcome with remorse and believing no one could ever forgive him, he voluntarily goes into exile. It is Mufasa's ghost, chiding him for forgetting telling him "You are my son and the one true king," that sets him back on the right path again. And with a simple, single word, "Remember..." he lets his son know that while he was disappointed in him for abandoning the Pride Lands and forgetting who he used to be, as long as he is true to himself and who Mufasa raised him to be, his spirit will be very proud of him indeed.
* WhamLine: From Simba's perspective, when Scar is preparing to kill him in the same manner by which he killed Mufasa:
-->'''Scar''': And here's my little secret: ''(Whispering)'' ''I killed Mufasa''.
* WhatsAHenway: This bit from "Hakuna Matata":
-->'''Pumbaa:''' It's our motto!\\
'''Simba:''' What's a motto?\\
'''Timon:''' Nothing, what's a-motto with you?
* WhatSongWasThisAgain: "Be Prepared" gets changed a lot in foreign language dubs.
* [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman What Measure Is a Non-Sapient Animal?]]: While mammals and birds are shown to be intelligent and capable of speech and forming relationships, insects are treated like, well, insects, with the insectivores Timon and Pumbaa eating live insects at the same leisure as a herbivore eating grass.
* WhosOnFirst: Nala's attempt to explain matters to Timon and Pumbaa after Simba decides to return home:
-->'''Timon:''' Hey, what's going on here? Who's the monkey?\\
'''Nala:''' Simba's gone back to challenge Scar.\\
'''Timon:''' Who?\\
'''Nala:''' Scar.\\
'''Pumbaa:''' Who's got a scar?\\
'''Nala:''' No, no, no. It's his uncle.\\
'''Timon:''' The monkey's his uncle?
* AWorldHalfFull: An excellent example given how dark some of the film can be. Simba loses his father and is convinced by his uncle that it was his fault. He goes into exile for a long time but eventually overcomes his guilt after his father's ghost chides him and goes back to tell his uncle to step down and take his place. He ends up triumphing, of course.
* WouldHitAGirl:
** Scar backhands Sarabi to the ground when she says he isn't half the king Mufasa was. [[OhCrap Then, he realises Simba saw it.]]
** In addition, Banzai and Ed are willing to make a meal out of Nala, but not out of malice due to her gender.
** Simba is also willing to do this to his best friend Nala, starting fights with her and tackling her when they are just cubs, and later viciously gets into a serious fight with her to protect Timon and Pumbaa before he realizes it is her. Downplayed though because even though he is willing to fight her, he's [[MoreDeadlyThanTheMale never been able to beat her]].
* WouldHurtAChild:
** Scar: His ruthlessness shows by putting the cub Simba in extreme danger twice. He tricks him into the gorge below Pride Rock, before sending – with the hyenas' help – a stampede of wildebeests through. Mufasa is able to rescue Simba. Later, as a mourning Simba goes into self-exile from the Pride Lands following his father's death – Scar had convinced his nephew that the death was his fault – Scar sends the hyenas after the cub; Simba's death here is averted as he makes his getaway.
** Shenzi and her friends, being hyenas, are ready to eat him and Nala after the kids wander onto the elephant graveyards. Mufasa shows up to scare them off.
* XanatosSpeedChess: A talent of Scar's although he ultimately [[KarmicDeath does it a little too much]].
* XylophonesForWalkingBones: A xylophone can be heard throughout "[[VillainSong Be Prepared]]", but while bones are seen throughout, there aren't any living skeletons. One quick scene does come close, though: two hyenas are playing with some skeletons, pretending to make them dance. There's also a hyena playing the xylophone part on a ribcage.
* YouKilledMyFather: When Simba realizes that Scar killed Mufasa, Simba pins him down and yells, '''"Murderer!"'''
* YouWontLikeHowITaste: Zazu after Scar suggests the hyenas eat him.
-->'''Zazu''': You wouldn't want me! I'd be so tough and gamy and eww!
* YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb: Simba and Nala going to the ElephantGraveyard.

->'''Mufasa:''' [[MemeticMutation Everything the light touches]] is Wiki/TVTropes.\\
'''Simba:''' Wow. But what about that shadowy place?\\
'''Mufasa:''' That's DarthWiki. [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife You must never go there]], Simba.[[labelnote:*]]Because he's Creator/JamesEarlJones, [[DontExplainTheJoke get]] [[Franchise/StarWars it?]][[/labelnote]]