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Characters: The Lion King

Introduced in The Lion King

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    Simba 
"I know what I have to do, but going back means I'll have to face my past. I've been running from it for so long..."

Voiced by: Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Matthew Broderick

  • Arranged Marriage: Was betrothed to Nala when they were cubs.
  • The Atoner: Spends most of the first film guilt-ridden for his father's death until he finds out that he's not the one to blame for it at all.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: At the end of the first movie.
  • Badass: Not quite as much as his father, though.
  • Berserk Button: When he returns to Pride Rock after Scar turns it into a barren landscape, he snaps when he sees Scar striking his mom.
  • Brains: Evil; Brawn: Good: In his conflict with Scar. Though it's shown in the sequel that, while not perfect, he manages to turn the Pridelands around and is a far more competent ruler than Scar, who had no idea what to do with his power.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Begins the movie as this, overlapping with Royal Brat.
  • Break the Cutie: Happens to him as a cub at Scar's claws.
  • Character Development: Goes through a lot of this over the course of the movie, and then gets a bit more by the end of the sequel.
  • Cheerful Child: One of Disney's most honest examples.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Nala. She's the only lioness cub we see when Simba's a cub, and the first one he meets when he grows up.
  • A Dog Named Dog: He's a lion whose name means "lion."
  • The Exile: After Mufasa's death.
  • Flashback Nightmare: Seen in the sequel; implied in the midquel.
  • Former Teen Rebel: As an adult Simba becomes strict and judgmental and takes his job of ruling the kingdom very seriously, even though he used to be a Bratty Half-Pint.
  • The Good King: Like his father before him, he manages to make the land flourish unlike Scar.
  • Hates Baths: As a cub. Possibly the main example from Disney.
  • Held Gaze: Simba and Nala gaze deeply into each other's eyes at the end of their Falling in Love Montage of "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" before nuzzling each other in a manner that resembles a kiss.
  • The Hero: The first movie is about his growth and life.
  • Heroic BSOD: When he thinks he's the one who killed his father.
  • Heroic Second Wind: Scar nearly backs him off of Pride Rock while he's trying to guilt-trip him. But just as he's about to push him off to his death, he admits to being the one who killed Mufasa. Needless to say, Simba pounces on him in a instant and starts choking him to get him to admit the truth.
  • King of Beasts: Well, duh.
  • Left for Dead: Scar assumes that he'll be killed when he goes off on his own.
  • Leitmotif: Featured in This Land. If you want to get technical, his leitmotif is the "Busa" chant that pops up throughout the film.
  • Meaningful Name: Simba means "lion" in Swahili.
  • Mouthy Kid: So much, at the beginning of the movie, especially towards Zazu.
  • Overprotective Dad: Very much in the sequel. Like other overprotective Disney parents, though, he has good reason. Still, he goes overboard.
  • Parental Hypocrisy: At one point, Nala points out to Simba that Kiara's just like they were when they were cubs, and Simba explains that this is what worries him.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: He and Nala both balk at the idea of getting married—at first, while they're still cubs. After they grow up...
  • Rebel Prince: After Mufasa's death and Scar's manipulation, he goes into exile and shakes all responsibility as rightful successor to his father's kingdom. He eventually returns years later when he is informed by Nala how bad things have gotten under Scar's misrule.
  • Starting A New Life: Having been run out of his home by Scar, Simba grows up in the forest eating bugs, with no plans to go back to being a prince.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Not as much as a cub; as an adult, however, not only does he resemble Mufasa, but has facial features resembling his mother.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Terrified by the hyenas and basically an Action Survivor for the first part of the movie, but when he grows up he's stronger than Scar.
  • Warrior Prince: Takes charge of the battle to reclaim Pride Rock and faces Scar in one-on-one combat.
  • You Killed My Father: After Scar admits that he is the one who killed Mufasa, Simba forces him to reveal the truth to the other lions.

    Mufasa 
"As king, you need to understand that balance, and protect all the creatures, from the crawling ant to the leaping antelope."

Voiced by: James Earl Jones

  • The Ace: Wise, strong, compassionate.
  • Action Dad: He's a dangerous lion and he sometimes has to save his son.
  • Adult Fear: Losing his son, obviously.
  • Anyone Can Die: He's one of the few non-villains in a Disney animation to be killed off.
  • Disney Villain Death: Although he isn't a villain.
  • Disappeared Dad: Because he's, you know, dead.
  • The Dreaded: The hyenas scatter at the sight of him.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: He had this reaction on his face moments before he was thrown off the cliff by his brother.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Thrown off a cliff and trampled to death in a wildebeest stampede, albeit off-screen.
  • The Farmer And The Viper: Mufasa learns the hard way in that being nice to an Obviously Evil sibling, who was scheming right behind his back, isn't going to change his heart. And not even entirely behind his back. Scar all but announces on the day of Simba's presentation that he hates the new cub, wants the throne, that Mufasa should beware of him, and that he won't attempt to seize it by challenging him directly.
  • Fatal Flaw: He did seem overly trusting of his brother...

    Scar 
"Oh, I was first in line...until that little hairball was born!"

Voiced by: Jeremy Irons

  • 0% Approval Rating: No kidding. By the time Simba comes back, even the hyenas admit that Mufasa was a much better king than Scar ever could be.
  • Ambition Is Evil: He wanted to be king. And just for wanting that, he's shown to be in the wrong.
  • Badass
  • Bad Boss: Lets the hyenas run rampant over the Pridelands until even they run out of food, casually manipulates all of them into helping his selfish scheme and ultimately tries to pass the blame onto them when he tries to weasel his way out of justice.
  • Beard of Evil: His mane looks like a devilish goatee.
  • Berserk Button: Mentioning how much better of a king Mufasa was than him, probably because he knows it's true. He can't stand hearing Mufasa's name, to the point that he makes a law against saying it.
  • Big Bad: Of the first movie. Killing Mufasa and ruining the Pridelands.
  • Big Bad Friend: Towards Mufasa and Simba, who only think of him as their loyal brother and uncle, respectively.
  • Bigger Bad: In 1 1/2, where the main conflict is essentially the same of the first movie, but because they're telling from Timon and Pumbaa's point of view, the primary villains are the Hyenas, and Scar's machinations serve only as the background.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He pulled this off with Simba.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Subverted when he orders his hyenas to kill Simba instead of doing the job himself, as he told him to exile himself from the Pride Lands before doing so.
  • Brains: Evil; Brawn: Good: Zig-Zagged. He certainly is a great deal more fond of using manipulation and cunning to get what he wants, and he's very talented at both of these things. In addition, he admits that he is physically far weaker than Mufasa. When it comes to actually ruling a kingdom, however, he has no idea what he's doing, and the Pride Lands turns from a lush savannah to a barren wasteland in a matter of a few years. Upon Simba's return, however, he shows himself to be no less adept at the cunning manipulation that got him into power...and this trope is played with again when Scar proves himself to indeed be a viciously competent (if dirty) fighter when he's got no other options.
  • Breaking Speech: Gives a nasty one to Simba upon his return. It's so effective, if he hadn't done his Nice Job Fixing It, Villain, he'd have won with only this.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: He's very talented at using cunning and manipulation to get what he wants but he doesn't even try to be responsible once he becomes king.
  • Cain and Abel: With Mufasa. Scar is the Cain to Mufasa's Abel.
  • The Caligula: He is an absolutely terrible ruler, and threatens or intimidates anyone who tries to tell him so. The mere mention of Mufasa is enough to send him into a rage.
  • Evil Laugh: At the end of "Be Prepared."
  • Evil Plan: Kill Mufasa and Simba, and take over the Pridelands.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Scar carries a subtle reverb in his voice that becomes noticeable whenever he is dripping with sickly-sweet sarcasm or completely loses control of his temper. Of course, his voice is considerably less deep than Mufasa's...
  • Evil Uncle: To Simba, whom he tries to kill to get rid of Mufasa's sole heir.
  • Evil Will Fail: His plan turns out this way. He succeeds in becoming King, but the once-bountiful Pridelands quickly goes downhill under his disastrous and self-serving leadership. Even the hyenas think that Mufasa's reign was better for them.
  • Face Palm: After all, he's Surrounded by Idiots.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: The hyenas tear him apart and eat him.
  • Fascist, but Inefficient: He's an effective schemer right up until he actually gains power, at which point his disregard for anyone but himself runs the entire kingdom into the ground.
  • Fatal Flaw: Envy and Pride.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Sure, he has no problem in murdering his own brother in cold blood to obtain the throne, but he still puts up a polite and suave facade.
  • Fisher King: Scar turns Mufasa's lush and green Ghibli Savanna into barren, dry, dead Mordor. Justified in that he allowed Hyenas into said lands, who over-hunted with the lions restrained by Scar from keeping them in check. Fewer grazing animals from overhunting means more leftover vegetation, more vegetation means more fuel for brush fires once the dry season sets in. One spark from lightning and the whole savannah could go up, and apparently did.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Or king, rather. None of the lionesses like him being their king, not even the hyenas.
  • Genre Blindness: He sends his bumbling minions to kill someone whom they've already failed to kill, and just look at the results of the aforementioned Evil Gloating.
  • Good Is Dumb: Averted. Despite his claims, Scar actually is no smarter than his brother, yet is resentful that Mufasa gets to be King instead of him. When he finally does become King, it becomes clear he is not as smart as his brother; Scar is a lazy hedonist who isn't even interested in maintaining the Pridelands.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: Black, Red and Unnatural Green.
  • Good Hair, Evil Hair: The slicked-back variety.
  • Green Eyes: Of the villainous sort - and figurative, as the following entry shows.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Several lines in "Be Prepared" imply how jealous he is of Mufasa's success as king and the "injustice" that he's no longer next in line for the throne after Simba's birth. Heavy emphasis on the "monster" part. He's a literal example as well, since he really does have Green Eyes. Also notice that, in Real Life, lions don't have green eyes, making the use even more metaphorical.
  • A Handful for an Eye: During the final battle between himself and Simba, Scar kicks it off by throwing burning embers into Simba's eyes.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He is mauled to death by his own hyena minions.
  • Hypocrite: Scar pulls the family card while begging for mercy from Simba. This coming from a guy who previously murdered his own brother and tried to kill his nephew without batting an eye.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Animator Andreas Deja watched Jeremy Irons's movies to put more of him into Scar - "Not that he looks like a lion" - and even added the actor's baggy eyes.
  • It's All About Me: "I'm the king, I can do whatever I want" sums his rule up. It's also a Deconstruction of the trope, as this view on life results in the Pridelands going to hell and him having a 0% Approval Rating.
  • Karmic Death: Survives a fall off of Pride Rock only to be eaten by his own hyena minions, who overheard him blame everything on them.
  • Kick the Dog: So many times, but the moment when he strikes Sarabi for standing up to him really stands out.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The film begins quite cheerful, but when Scar kills his own brother and takes the power, the film definitely becomes quite dark. Really, it gets really dark right when we get to his Villain Song.
  • Large Ham: In true Disney villain fashion. Producer Don Hahn even said part of Scar's hilarity is due to Irons adding disdain\insanity to lines that could be delivered straight.
  • Manipulative Bastard: One of the classic movie examples and fitting for a villain in a Shakespearean-style film. There are very few characters in the story whom he does not deceive, and he sometimes manipulates others purely for his own amusement.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Best exemplified by his "I am the King, I can do whatever I want" excuse, because it is essentially the attitude of Simba as a cub, even though Simba never meant it in such a bastardly way.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: His original fate in the Alternate Ending. He wins the fight with Simba by throwing him off Pride Rock, but is then burned to death himself when the fires surrounding Pride Rock engulf it. By throwing Simba off Pride Rock, he actually saves Simba from suffering that fate and allowing him to have his happy ending anyway, making Scar's victory in the fight meaningless.
  • Red Right Hand: His scar, and his claws that are always bared (unlike the others).
  • Relative Button: You just had to get that last Kick the Dog moment in, didn't you Scar?
  • Reverse Psychology: How he tricks Simba into visiting the elephant graveyard.
  • The Resenter: Scar resents his brother.
  • Sanity Slippage: More obvious in the musical, but still visible in the movie. The musical has a number called "The Madness of King Scar," where he begins to go completely insane.
  • Sanity Slippage Song: "The Madness Of King Scar" in the musical version. He grows more insane as the song goes on, eventually seeing the ghost of Mufasa everywhere and becoming desperate to have cubs to continue his line. He also becomes increasingly paranoid, believing that the lionesses hate him (which they probably do) and are plotting to murder him.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: "I'm the king, I can do what I want!"
  • Smug Snake: After becoming king. Although Scar was a master of manipulating everyone around him to seize the power he craved, he proved to be utterly incompetent at actually using the power once he had it, though this was more due to laziness and selfishness than a lack of intelligence. He hadn't been raised to be a king so he had no experience. Like Simba as a cub, he thought that it was just all about the power and the glory rather than actual hard work. He'd originally persuaded the hyenas to support him by promising that they'd never go hungry again, but the drought in the Pride Lands leads to a famine and causes the hyenas to begin grumbling about Scar even before Simba comes back.
  • Suddenly Shouting: When addressing the hyenas in "Be Prepared."
    The future is littered with prizes
    And though I'm the main addressee,
    Point that I must emphasize is,
    YOU WON'T GET A SNIFF WITHOUT ME! (A random hyena falls into the crack in the ground.)
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Stated word for word.
  • Too Dumb to Live: He really shouldn't have lied to Simba about Mufasa's death by blaming it on the hyenas. He pays for it dearly.
    • To be fair, it isn't made clear he knows they are even their!
  • The Unfavourite: Well, considering that his parents gave him a name that means "wanting" and gave his brother a name that means "king," it's pretty clear who was their favorite... Subverted in the books, where he thinks he's this but it's shown his parents actually do care about him.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • "The Madness of King Scar" in the Broadway musical version, a song that really focuses on his shift from Magnificent Bastard to Smug Snake in his reign as king.
    • The original ending of the film had a far more pronounced one. After his fight with Simba, which ends with Simba being the one thrown off Pride Rock (but lives), Scar is last seen laughing insanely as the fires surrounding Pride Rock engulf and kill him.
  • Villainous Legacy: His influence is still felt after his death, since the primary villains in the sequel are his sympathizers wanting revenge.
  • Villain Song: "Be Prepared" were he explains to the Hyenas how he intended to murder his brother and nephew to become king. There is also a cut reprise to "Be Prepared" were he introduces the Hyenas as his 'executive staff.'
  • Wanting Is Better Than Having: After killing Mufasa and finally becoming the King of Pride Rock, he ends up turning the paradise to ruins. Scar is obviously too proud to admit that he wasn't cut out for the job.
  • Wicked Cultured: Not only his speech is the more refined in the movie, but somehow he knows about the gene pool.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He smacks Sarabi hard for mentioning Mufasa in his presence during an argument, then notices a very angry Simba watching above.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He tries to kill his little nephew and his friend Nala by letting the Hyenas eat them. Later, he arranges a stampede where Simba is almost trampled to death.

    Nala 
"It's like you're back from the dead...you have no idea what this will mean to everyone! What it means to me!"

Voiced by: Niketa Calame, Moira Kelly

  • Action Girl: Simba has never won a fight against her, and she kicks some hyena ass in the climax.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her eyes were originally teal, but the sequel gives her blue and the midquel gives her green.
  • Arranged Marriage: Was betrothed to Simba when they were cubs.
  • Demoted to Extra: Nala has a small role in both the sequel and midquel, although her role in the first film was pretty small itself.
  • Disappeared Dad: Her father is never mentioned.
  • Held Gaze: Simba and Nala gaze deeply into each other's eyes at the end of their Falling in Love Montage of "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" before nuzzling each other in a manner that resembles a kiss.
  • Open Minded Parent: She's more accepting of Kovu than Simba, who still held a grudge against the Outsiders.

    Zazu 
"I've never seen a king or beast with quite so little hair!"

Voiced by: Rowan Atkinson, Edward Hibbert

  • Beauty Equals Goodness: He's easily one of the most beautiful birds you'll see in the Disney Animated Canon.
  • Birdcaged: What Scar does to him when he takes over, apparently just because he doesn't like him.
  • Butt Monkey: 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 a court jester and is almost eaten by the hyenas on several occasions.
  • Made of Iron: He survives being run over twice by a stampede of animals in "I Just Can't Wait To Be King". And being struck by lightning in the TV series.

    Rafiki 
"I'm not the one who's confused! You don't even know who you are!"

Voiced by: Robert Guillaume

  • When Elders Attack: He smacks down a couple of Hyenas with his stick during the final battle.

    Sarabi 
"Simba! You're alive...how can that be?"

Voiced by: Madge Sinclair

  • Good Parents: Though Mufasa gets more focus, Sarabi still seems to be a pretty good parent.

    Timon and Pumbaa 
"Hakuna Matata!"

Voiced by: Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella

  • Dumbass Has a Point: Pumbaa on at least one occasion. "I thought stars were giant balls of gas burning billions of miles away!"
  • Fartillery: Pumbaa often weaponizes his emissions (particularly in some games).
  • Friend to Bugs: Averted, since they eat them, but they befriend a snail named Speedy in the series since he could talk (and sing).
  • Hero of Another Story: Lion King 1 (Or 3: Hakuna Matata in other regions) in which the first movie is told through their eyes.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: Pumbaa. Even his name means "simpleton". Despite not being too bright, this little piggy's got a big heart of gold and is really good with lion cubs.
  • Large Ham: Pumbaa is a literal example. Timon is also enjoying himself immensely (Nathan Lane is an expert in this, after all).
  • Leitmotif: They have a Fanfare.
  • Literal-Minded: Pumbaa, which is often the reason why he Does Not Understand Sarcasm. Timon in 1, at least.
  • Made of Iron: They survive A LOT in the TV series. One of the best examples would be how much poor Pumbaa goes through in the short span of the "Stand By Me" scene.
  • 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.
  • Replacement Goldfish: After a feud in the episode "Kenya Be My Friend", Pumbaa befriends a meerkat named Monty, and Timon a warthog named Bamboo.
  • Simple Minded Wisdom: Pumbaa displays a bit of this from time to time, particularly in the midquel.
  • Spanner in the Works: Let's face it, if they hadn't found Simba in the desert when they did. Scar's plan would've went off without a hitch.

    Banzai, Shenzi and Ed 
Shenzi: Man, if it weren't for those lions, we'd be runnin' the joint!
Banzai: Yeah man, I hate lions!

Voiced by: Cheech Marin, Whoopi Goldberg and Jim Cummings

  • Aerith and Bob: Ed is the odd name out, being non-Swahili.
  • Anti-Villain: Arguably, Type IIs. Yeah, they wanna help Scar overthrow Mufasa's reign, but it's mostly because they're starving and are looking for a way to improve their lives... It doesn't work out very well for them, but still, they tried.
  • Ax-Crazy: While Shenzi and Banzai are prone to breaking out into hysterical laughter, they're otherwise quite stable. Ed, on the other hand, clearly has some worrying problem.
  • Better Living Through Evil: They pretty much only followed Scar because he promised they would "never go hungry again"... And when it turned out he couldn't uphold his end of their bargain and give them their meal tickets, it became increasingly clear that they were starting to get fed up with their new king.
  • Big Bad: Arguably of Lion King 1/2. Sadly, they only appear in 2 scenes in that film.
  • Butt Monkey: Banzai, who gets claw-marks and thorns in his butt.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Ed... We don't really know what he's saying but he's clearly not all there and seems to have most fun out of the Hyenas.
  • The Dragon: Shenzi to Scar, though the sequels might have made her less this and more his Right Hand Hyena.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Rather, The Hyena Bites Back... All of them.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: For all the Nazi imagery during Be Prepared, the Hyenas only ever speak ill of lions, and even then this seems to be more about them feeling like the lions oppress them. Also, their boss is a lion. It goes two ways, too: Scar might look down upon the Hyenas, as he does with everyone, but he's the only lion who interacts with them on friendly terms.
  • Made of Iron: They survived the fire at the end, according to Word of God. And a volocano in the episode "Cooked Goose".
  • Meaningful Name: "Shenzi" is Uncivilized/Heathen in Swahili.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal:
    • After Scar tries to blame them for his actions when Simba has him cornered. Ironic thing too, they were about to help him before this.
    • And to the two cheetahs who sends them on a goose chase.
  • Not So Harmless Villains: They can be pretty ruthless when they start hunting or going by Scar's orders, As Scar found out the hard way when he tries to put the blame on them, although they are also quite goofy.
  • Odd Name Out: Ed is the only one of the trio who does not have a Swahili name. In fact, he's one of the few characters in the whole movie without one.
  • Overly Long Name: Shenzi Marie Predatora Vendetta Jackalina Hyena
  • Psychopathic Manchild: While they are not as immature as Timon and Pumbaa, their behavior (although less so with Shenzi) can get childish at times, such as the infamous "No King! No King! La! La! La! La!", bit. Typically, they come off as mischievous teens, particularly in the series.
  • Put on a Bus: They fail to appear in the second film.
  • Shown Their Work: All Women Are Doms All Men Are Subs/More Deadly Than The Male is played straight among real hyenas.
  • The Starscream: Shenzi is actually this to Scar, especially after he took over the Pridelands and kept everything to himself, causing the hyena and her fellow comrades Banzai and Ed to become embittered of him and start spending time trying to overthrow Scar. When Scar loses in a fight against Simba at the end of the film, the hyenas finally confront him for the very last time and succeed in their plot of killing Scar.
  • The Voiceless: Ed, who only laughs. A full-on Evil Laugh once his companions ask what to do with Scar...
  • Terrible Trio: Shenzi, the female, is the leader and the smart one, Banzai appears to think entirely with his muscles, and Ed is either insane, mentally handicapped, or faking it (the latter Jim Cummings seems to have confirmed).
  • Too Dumb to Live: Averted. Usually the bad things that happen to them are bad luck or timing.
  • The Unintelligible: Ed, although this trope uses laughter instead of the usual mumbling.
  • Villain Song: The musical gives them the song "Chow Down".
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In the sequel, they only get a passing mention that they and the rest of the hyenas left the elephant graveyard shortly after the events of the first movie, and after the battle they don't appear in the third at all. They did appear from time to time in Timon and Pumbaa.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Aware of who Simba is, they corner the young cub and Nala after the two young lions wander onto the elephant graveyards. Mufasa shows up to run off the hyenas.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: They even adorn that trope's image.

    Kiara 
"And if I see any strangers, don't talk to them. Come straight home. Okay, okay. Can I go now? Please?"

Voiced by: Michelle Horn, Neve Campbell

  • Spin Off Spring: The daughter of Simba and Nala;the former being the first film's protagonist.

Introduced in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride

    Kovu 
"(Scar) wasn't my father, but he was...part of me."

Voiced by: Ryan O'Donohue, Jason Marsden

  • Disappeared Dad: While adopted by Scar, his real biological father is never seen nor mentioned by name.
  • Youngest Child Wins: Scar chose Kovu, over Nuka (the oldest) to become king of the Pridelands. He does....but not way Scar or Zira wanted.

    Zira 
"His lionesses' mournful cry: that's my lullaby!"

Voiced by: Suzanne Pleshette

  • Abusive Parents: Though when Nuka dies, she shows she really did care about him.
  • Ax-Crazy: Look at her Villain Song and her actions in the final battle. Zira is downright psychotic!
  • The Chessmaster: Despite being Ax-Crazy, she shows some apsects of this. She trained Kovu from his adoption to sneak into the Pride Lands and become her instrument of Simba's destruction. Then she proceeds to use this to throw Simba off his game by revealing it to him (even though Kovu already underwent a Heel-Face Turn by the time).
  • The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: Its implied by how she reacts to Nuka's death that she did genuinely love her kids (and Scar, considering he's the one the revenge plot is for), but is so consumed by her thirst for revenge she's lost sight of that.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Scar. This becomes apparent when she sings "My Lullaby".
  • Disney Villain Death: Worth mentioning is her death was originally much darker, including her being Driven to Suicide and letting go of her own free will. It even would've shown her being crushed by logs in the torrent.
  • Dragon Ascendant: Is Scar's mate, thus was most likely his second-in-command. She didn't appear in the first film at all, but becomes the Big Bad of the second one.
  • Hypocrite: She calls Kovu out for causing his own brother's death, though it was an accident, but she worships Scar who killed his brother on purpose.
  • Meaningful Name: "Zira" in Swahili means "hate". Giving her thirst for vengeance, it's extremely fitting.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Subverted. After Nuka's death, she seems to blame herself but then shifts the blame to Kovu.
  • Parental Favoritism: She seems to realize somewhat at Nuka's death she'd made a mistake though.
  • The Sociopath: While Scar, being more calculating and subtle, would qualify more as a psychopath, her harsh attitude and aggressiveness make her this. Her Villain Song is not subtle about her being this.
  • Villain Song: "My Lullaby".
  • Villainous Breakdown: Naturally, she was never the most sane person, but after Nuka dies, she throws her Evil Plan out the window, banishes her adopted son, and starts a full-out war with the Pride Lands. Gets even worse when Kovu and Kiara return and stop the fighting, threatening her own daughter with death.

    Nuka 
"I could be a leader if (Zira would) just give me a chance!"

Voiced by: Andy Dick

  • Big Brother Bully: Acts as a minor version towards Kovu and Vitani when they were young. Vitani seems to push him around just as much however.
  • Butt Monkey: Scrawny, neurotic, and high-strung, with barely any mane on his neck, he's The Unfavourite of Zira's children. As a result, he is subject to constant abuse from his mother, both physical and emotional, and his siblings make no effort to stand up for him. Despite this, (or perhaps because of this) he constantly tries to gain his mother's approval, and it ends up killing him. Only then does she come to her senses.
  • Co-Dragons: Is this with Vitani in a way, though she clearly is more in charge and competent than he is.
  • Deadpan Snarker: "Kovu, what a guy." While Vitani's adoration is genuine, Nuka has a completely dry tone and rolls his eyes.
  • Meaningful Name: "Nuka" in Swahili means "stink". Given his mangy appearence, it's quite fitting.
  • The Resenter: To his stepbrother in spades, especially since bringing it up tends to make his mother abuse him more.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: He's not the typically smart type, but still counts.
  • Villain Ball: He tries to grab Simba by the foot, to drag him down to his death, but ends up getting killed by falling logs.

    Vitani 
"Where's your pretty daugher, Nala?"

Voiced by: Lacey Chabert (speaking as a cub), Crysta Macalush (singing as a cub), Jennifer Lien (adult)

  • Heel-Face Turn: Is the first of the Outlanders to see the logic in what Kovu and Kiara are trying to say.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: To show her cold, vicious nature.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Change to these once she realizes that Kovu and Kiara's requests to stop the fighting are the right way to go.
  • Meaningful Name: The word "vitani" means "war" in Swahilli, however the word also bears a resembalence to "shetani", the Swahilli word for "demon of war".
  • Psycho for Hire: Appears to be this way, in an "unsettlingly devoted to the cause" kind of way, but begins to change after Nuka is killed.

Introduced in The Lion King 1

    Timon's Ma 
Voiced by: Julie Kavner
  • My Beloved Smother: Understandable since her husband is dead and she's the only one trying to make sure Timon fits in with society.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Oddly enough, she's the only meerkat with a visible eye color other than black eyes.

    Uncle Max 
"No, I haven't [seen Timon], and what a day it's been! No concussions, contusions, lacerations, or injuries of any kind!"

Voiced by: Jerry Stiller

    Timon's Dad 

  • Deleted Role: Some of the lines in the movie were originally his. He didn't make it into the movie, though, because there were too many characters to worry about.

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