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"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..."Simba is the protagonist of The Lion King and a supporting character in the other material.
Voiced by: Jonathan Taylor Thomas (cub, TLK), Matthew Broderick (adult, films), Matt Weinberg (cub, 1 1/2), Cam Clarke (adult, Timon & Pumbaa), Rob Lowe (adult, The Lion Guard)
Singing by: Jason Weaver (cub, TLK), Evan Saucedo (cub, "The Morning Report"), Joseph Williams (adult, TLK), Cam Clarke (adult, Simba's Pride)
- Action Dad: In Simba's Pride he becomes a father and still can kick butt.
- Anti-Hero: He becomes this during the sequel, as his actions in the sequel are certainly not what a Disney protagonist would do. It seems to have left at the end of the sequel, but it remains unclear.
- 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, he takes his father's place as his daughter is born.
- Badass In Charge: Not quite as much as his father, though. Nonetheless he seems to have little trouble trouncing hyenas as a young adult, and defeats Scar on equal footing.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He snaps at Nala and goes berserk on Scar for hitting his mother.
- Big "NO!": When he witnesses his father fall to his death. Does it again when he remembers this, although it is out of sheer RAGE because Scar has just told him that he killed Mufasa.
- 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.
- In the first movie: Cub Simba was playful and always ready for an adventure with his best friend, Nala. He tried to see the best in everyone, even his uncle Scar. At times, he could be a show-off and arrogant, and boasted that he will be greatest king ever, which often got himself and Nala into danger. In spite of this, he came to see the fault in his actions and always learned from his mistakes. Now as an adult, Simba still has his fun-loving demeanor, but has become ashamed of those actions he believed were his fault when he was a cub. After reuniting with Nala, Simba realizes he needs to mature and take responsibility, he becomes even more courageous and is determined to protect his family and kingdom, regardless of the cost. Simba becomes very strict and takes his job of ruling the kingdom very seriously.
- In the sequel: He is more forgiving of his enemies and more trusting of his daughter, indicating he is becoming a better ruler, the ruler he was always meant to be.
- Cheerful Child: One of Disney's most honest examples.
- Chekhov's Gunman: To Timon and Pumbaa, in a way. When he saves Pumbaa from being eaten by Nala, Timon says "See, I told you having a lion around would come in handy!"
- 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.
- Combat Pragmatist: He's not above cheap shots or using the environment to his advantage.
- Curtains Match the Window: Red hair and eyes.
- Dark and Troubled Past: His childhood was happy until his uncle engineered his father's murder and made Simba think it was his fault. The young cub went into a self-exile and was Happily Adopted by Timon and Pumbaa, but his father's death would continue to haunt him.
- Demoted to Extra: Makes only sparse appearances in the Timon and Pumbaa series.
- Deuteragonist: Of Simba's Pride.
- A Dog Named "Dog": He's a lion whose name means "lion."
- The Exile: After Mufasa's death.
- Fantastic Racism: In Return of the Roar, he frankly tells Kion that the team he's assembled (himself, a cheetah cub, a young hippo, a young honey badger and an egret) cannot act as his Lion Guard because "The Lion Guard has always been made of lions." To be fair, he was mostly upset because he thought Kion wasn't taking his new role seriously and was just picking his friends so he could hang out with them; once Simba sees that Kion and his friends are an effective team and can handle their new roles, he no longer has a problem with it.
- 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, as well as what it means to be king.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: 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.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Briefly, when Scar accuses him of killing Mufasa, until he forces Scar to admit the truth to the rest of the pride.
- He's Back: The reaction from his mother, Scar, and the other Pridelanders.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Simba does have several actions that are noticeably very much like Scar, and although they aren't done antagonistically, he does for a very brief moment, becomes that which he hates the most. It gets to a Harsher in Hindsight level along with Irony when the director revealed that Kovu was never biologically related to Zira, meaning that he had nothing to with the Outsiders at all. This means Simba essentially did some of the same things to Kovu that he himself had endured, primarily exiling him over a crime he didn't commit, and showing serious mistrust towards him for being involved in a conflict that he had no part of.
- Hypocrite: In the sequel his daughter has to remind him of his own teachings of the land being one, after being driven to discrimination and warring with another clan.
- Not only that, but he gives Kovu a speech about how fire (Scar) is a killer, but what's left behind (Kovu) could grow better if given the chance. He seems to forget about that last part when he exiles him as guilty of betrayal before being proven innocent.
- If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: Invoked during his confrontation with Scar.Scar: What are you going to do? You wouldn't kill your own uncle?
Simba: No, Scar. I'm not like you.
- It's All About Me: A more naive variant. As a cub, he thinks this is what being a king means. Unlike his uncle, he grows out of this mindset...through some pretty harsh circumstances.
- It's All My Fault: Has this feeling about his father's death. Also believes that the rest of the pride believes it as well.
- "I Want" Song: "I Just Can't Wait To Be King".
- I Was Beaten by a Girl:
- Has never beat Nala in a fight, even in their serious, more even handed battle as adults. Her trademark pin move was a Chekhov's Gun in them recognising each other. He does pin her back later on, though on far more playful terms.
- Done more dramatically in the sequel, where he is ambushed and injured by Zira's entire clan and forced to escape. Though that's somewhat fair enough. They face off in the final battle but are stopped at the last second by Kiara.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Of the Bratty Half-Pint variety in the original movie, and the Overprotective Dad variety in the sequel. For the former, Simba starts off as an entitled Royal Brat who thinks he'll be able tell others what to do, but grows out of that mindset during his adulthood. And for the latter, while his smothering of Kiara comes off as controlling, he has reasons and loves her deeply.
- Keet: Occasionally was very hyper and playful as a cub.
- King of Beasts: He's a lion. And a king. A lion king if you will.
- Left for Dead: Scar assumes that he'll be killed when he goes off on his own, He was almost right.
- 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.
- Noble Bigot: Simba becomes prejudiced against the Outsiders in the sequel, but does keep his word of allowing Kovu into his pride when he "saved" Kiara.
- Overprotective Dad: Very much in the sequel. Like other overprotective Disney parents, though, he has good reason. Still, he goes overboard.
- Papa Wolf: As overprotective as he can be, Simba will do anything to protect his cub.
- 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...
- Predator Turned Protector: Became this to Timon and Pumbaa after they adopted and raised him.
- Protagonist Title: The "Lion King" apparently refers to Simba, when he officially returns to the Pridelands.
- 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.
- Red Is Heroic: Is The Hero and has a red mane.
- Refusal of the Call: "I can't go back."
- Rightful King Returns: When he goes to reclaim the Pridelands.
- Royal Brat: Cub Simba has his moments, but it is obvious that with a strict father like Mufasa, he would have shaped up even without Scar's interference.
- Starting a New Life: Having been run out of his home by Scar, Simba grows up in the forest eating insects, 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: While he does start out brave enough to scratch a hyena, it's not until the end of the movie that he's as strong as Scar.
- Tranquil Fury: During the climax of the first film, after discovering that Scar killed Mufasa. He's clearly furious, but remains calm and collected, his cold tone of voice being the only indicator.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Despite spending years lazing around with Timon and Pumbaa, he was more than capable of taking on Scar and several hyenas.
- Warrior Prince: Takes charge of the battle to reclaim Pride Rock and faces Scar in one-on-one combat.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy:
- Although anything but an emotionally distant father, Mufasa is often preoccupied with the duties of the throne, and little Simba certainly sees him as a hero, worshiping 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, reminding him of his place in the Circle and 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 he is very proud of him indeed.
- However, Simba's Pride has Simba forgetting this moving testimonial and unable to get over his past, refusing to trust Kovu or see him as anything but a reincarnation of Scar, all in the mistaken belief that this is what his father would do (and therefore, would make Mufasa proud of him). Luckily Nala, as usual, is the voice of reason while Kiara, with typical bluntness, makes it quite clear to her father that he is not and never will be Mufasa. And just to hammer the point home that Simba does not have to emulate his father's reign (or his perception of it) in order to receive his love and pride, Mufasa's ghost actually says the words, "Well done, my son" after the prides are united and peace is declared.
- What Would X Do?: His biggest failing in the sequel; Simba is so focused on trying to be as good as Mufasa that he ends up making knee-jerk reactions when something unexpected happens and cocks everything up. Kiara calls him out on it big time.
- Would Hit a Girl: A pragmatic case. He will fight female predators that threaten him or his close ones without hesitation. It's pretty much a necessity in the sequel, as almost the entire villain squad attacking him is female.
- 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.
- Your Size May Vary: The Lion Guard bizarrely shows him much smaller than he is in previous films.
"A king's time as ruler rises and falls like the sun. One day, Simba, the sun will set on my time here, and will rise with you as the new king."Simba's father, mentor, and King of the Pride Lands.
Voiced by: James Earl Jones (films, Return of the Roar), Gary Anthony Williams (The Lion Guard)
- 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.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Becomes a part of the Great Circle of Life.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the original lion king in the movie, and the strongest in a fight.
- Badass Baritone: He is voiced by James Earl Jones, after all.
- Basso Profundo: James Earl Jones being his voice actor, he has a very deep voice.
- Beauty Equals Goodness: The neatest, well kept mane of all the lions, and the most good.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Not just with the hyenas, but Mufusa makes Simba feel genuinely guilty when he disobeys him. And he still stays levelheaded when scolding Simba. Also, he's pretty stern towards Scar for disrespecting his son at the beginning.
- Big Damn Heroes: Twice to Simba. First he saves Simba from the hyenas, and then from the stampede. Also to Zazu, showing up just in time to stop Scar from eating Zazu, which Zazu even lampshades ("Impeccable timing, Your Majesty!").
- Big Good: What comes with being the king of the Pridelands. Even after his death, Simba still looks towards his father for guidance, as do his grandson Kion and old friend Rafiki, making him the Big Good of the entire franchise.
- Bloodless Carnage: His death is bloodless even though he was trampled to death.
- Cain and Abel: With Scar. Mufasa is the Abel to Scar's Cain.
- Character Death: One of the most realistic and saddest ones in Disney history. The music does not help one bit.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: He's one of the greatest fathers in animation who happens to die in the middle of the film.
- Disney Villain Death: Although he isn't a villain, he falls into a vicious stampede at the hands of one.
- 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.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": See Meaningful Name.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Thrown off a cliff and trampled to death in a wildebeest stampede, albeit off-screen.
- Fantastic Racism: Hyenas are not allowed in the Pride Lands during his rule. The Lion Guard establishes that most hyenas are good, meaning this rule is not justified by them always being a evil species, but he probably wasn't aware they could be good.
- The Farmer and the Viper: Mufasa learns the hard way 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 trusted his clearly power-hungry brother a little too much. It gets him killed.
- Framed for Heroism: Scar made it look this way to Simba when Mufasa's death was because of his attempt to rescue the cub.
- Friend to All Living Things: He respects all the animals in the Pridelands, even the ones he eats, because he acknowledges that they all have an important role in the Circle of Life.
- Genius Bruiser: While his strength is unquestionable, Mufasa is also a very smart and competent leader barring his Fatal Flaw, as evidenced by the Pridelands during his reign and the Pridelands during Scar's reign.
- Gentle Giant: A huge lion with a an even huger heart.
- Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: See Horrible Judge of Character and Fatal Flaw.
- Good Is Not Dumb: Despite his claims, Scar actually is no smarter than his brother, yet is resentful that Mufasa gets to be King instead of him. When Scar finally does become King, it becomes clear he is not as smart as Mufasa; Scar is a lazy hedonist who isn't even interested in maintaining the Pridelands.
- The Good King: It's telling that all of the Pridelands (even the animals that are essentially his food) come to the presentation of his son. The animals do not want, are happy, and respect him and he respects them back.
- Good Parents: One of the best fathers in cinematic history.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Although they have their disputes, he never stops trusting his Obviously Evil brother until it's too late.
- King of Beasts: He's a lion. A lion king, if you will.
- Large and in Charge: The largest lion in the movie.
- Leitmotif: His haunting theme was re-written for the Broadway show as "Shadowland."
- Man Hug: Isn't shy about this with Rafiki.
- Meaningful Name: Mufasa means "king" in the Manazoto language.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: One of the most tragic examples.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: According to the Hyenas, this is what Mufasa is. They're right.
- Nice Guy: Possibly the friendliest and most easygoing character in the film, with the possible exception of Rafiki. He truly cares about maintaining the Pridelands and speaks to Simba about the importance of responsibility.
- Not So Above It All: He does love them Lion Hugs.
- One-Man Army: He took down three hyenas who threatened his son and Nala.
- Overprotective Dad: Well, in a good sense, meaning not as much as Simba was with Kiara in Simba's Pride.
- Papa Wolf: One of the best examples of this trope, bar none.
- Posthumous Character: For the last half of The Lion King onward.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: To everyone but the hyenas, he even respects the animals they eat.
- Red Is Heroic: Has a red mane and was the Big Good.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: He's The Good King because he takes care of his responsibilities.
- Sacrificial Lion: Literally. He's killed to get the plot started, even though he's probably the most ferocious fighter in the film.
- Shipper on Deck: In the sequel, Mufasa's spirit messages Rafiki to pair Kiara and Kovu to resolve the war between the two prides.
- Spirit Advisor: To Simba, appearing in the clouds to guide him. By virtue of the apparently true belief that the Lion Kings become stars in the sky upon death, he's this to not only Simba but any of his descendants. However, it appears that he mostly only "speaks" directly to Rafiki, the shaman of the Pride Lands. However, he takes this job full time for his grandson Kion in The Lion Guard.
- Thicker Than Water: Despite all their animosity and how much of a pain Scar could be, he truly believed in this trope in regards to his brother and only learned in the moment of his death that this was not the case.
- Tragic Hero: His misplaced trust in Scar leads to his downfall.
- Trampled Underfoot: His death by wildebeest stampede.
"Oh, I was first in line... until the little hairball was born...."The Big Bad of The Lion King and Simba's paternal uncle.
Voiced by: Jeremy Irons (TLK)
- 0% Approval Rating: By the time Simba comes back, even the hyenas admit that Mufasa was a much better king than Scar ever could be. Though, as revealed in the sequel, Scar did have some supporters, Zira included, all of whom were banished from the Pridelands when Simba took over.
- 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.
- The Lion Guard shows that Scar had asked the other lions in his Lion Guard to help him take down Mufasa. When they refuse, he used The Roar to destroy them.
- 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.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He pulled this off with Simba by pretending to be a loving uncle when, Scar really wanted Mufusa and Simba dead so he could claim the throne.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: After telling Simba to exile himself from the Pride Lands, he orders the hyenas to kill him soon after rather than do it himself, and doesn't bother to make sure that they actually do the job.
- 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 goes 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, leaving his hyena minions to work with the lionesses.
- Brought Down to Normal: As revealed in The Lion Guard, he once had the Roar of the Elders, but after he used it to kill the members of his Lion Guard for refusing to help him overthrow Mufasa, the Great Kings of the Past stripped him of it, as the power was never meant to be used for evil.
- 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.
- The Chessmaster: His whole plan of getting rid of Mufasa and Simba. In fact, the plan would've worked had the hyenas went after Simba.
- The Chooser of The One: Scar chose Kovu to defeat Simba.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Family or lackies, he'll betray them in an instant.
- Classic Villain: Envy and Wrath.
- Combat Pragmatist: Starts off his fight with Simba by throwing burning embers into his eyes.
- Composite Character: The feline equivalent of Claudius and Macbeth mixed together.
- Consummate Liar: Part of his back stabbing personality.
- Cornered Rattlesnake: He'd rather snivel and beg his way out of a fight, but when he realises he's about to lose his throne, he resorts to battling Simba with ferocious vigour.
- The Corrupter: To his nephew, Simba. Though it doesn't work when Simba's all grown up.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: At the end, he 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 survived and is in hiding.
- Dark Is Evil: Scar has the darkest fur of the lions and is the Big Bad.
- Deadpan Snarker: This line stands out:Simba: Uncle Scar, when I'm king, what will that make you?Scar: A monkey's uncle.
- Despotism Justifies the Means: Quite happy to let the Pridelands go to hell in a handbasket if that means he can be King. He's also pretty upfront that he wants the job for the power and refuses to even acknowledge that he's supposed to have duties and responsibilities to go with them.
- Devil in Plain Sight: Mufasa has no idea that his brother is plotting against him, and by the time he realizes it it's already checkmate.
- Devoured by the Horde: After Simba defeats him in a fight, He gets surrounded by his former hyena henchmen and he gets eaten alive by them when they learn he'll eventually betray them.
- Dirty Old Man: In a deleted song, he lusts after Nala in search of creating a bloodline, and expels her from the pride lands when she refuses his advances. These qualities were emphasized in the musical.
- Disney Villain Death: Subverted. And he probably wishes it wasn't...
- Et Tu, Brute?: His betrayal of Mufasa, his brother, by throwing him to his death. Judging by Mufasa's reaction, the latter had no idea that Scar was plotting against him.
- Everyone Has Standards: Played for Laughs. He cannot stand "It's A Small World After All".
- Evil All Along: Towards Mufasa and Simba, who only think of him as their loyal brother and uncle, respectively. Though they don't realize his true intentions.
- Evil Brit: He was voiced by Jeremy Irons in the first film.
- Evil Counterpart: Scar serves as a "dark mirror" for Simba. With most of his flaws being exaggerated versions of Simba's own. One needs to just look at their big song numbers (I Just Can't Wait to be King and Be Prepared) next to each other to see this. Both crave becoming the king of the Pride Lands largely for the recognition that comes with it and gloat over how great they will be as king. Both are even showing not being above "bullying" so to speak, with Zazu being the biggest victim in that regard. However Simba ultimately manages to "grow up" and accept responsibility, which leads to his ultimate victory, whilst Scar's apparent refusal to truly do either ultimately leads to both his downfall and death. The film seems to consciously acknowledge this during the climax where when tempted to kill him and Scar asks what he is going to do, Simba ultimately refuses asserting, "No Scar. I'm not like you." Heck, both even have sidekicks in the form of outsiders with an obsession over food.
- Evil Eyebrows: Part of being the Big Bad.
- Evil Genius: At least in the first part of the movie on how he planned to get rid of Mufasa and Simba.
- Evil Gloating: During the climax, when Simba, still blaming himself for his father's death, is dangling from the edge of Pride Rock, Scar can't resist indulging in this and freely admits to Simba thathe killed Mufasa. At this revelation, Simba pulls off his Heroic Second Wind and literally chokes Scar to get him to admit the truth to everyone else.
- Evil Is Hammy: Really loves to be dramatic.
- Evil Laugh: At the end of "Be Prepared."
- Evil Plan: Kill Mufasa and Simba, and take over the Pridelands.
- The Evil Prince: Was evil even before taking over the Pridelands.
- Evil Slinks: He moves in an almost serpentine manner.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Scar carries a subtle reverb in his voice that becomes noticeably 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. Of course, it's all shown in shadow.
- 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 and nephew 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.
- Freudian Excuse: Scar's dream of being king was destroyed forever when Simba was born. Also, it's implied that he was The Unfavorite in his family growing up. It doesn't excuse his horrific deeds, but it does explain why he was so bitter and ruthless.
- 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 Colors, Evil Colors: Black, Red and Unnatural Green.
- Good Hair, Evil Hair: The slicked-back variety.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Is the Big Bad and has a scar over his eye.
- Gory Discretion Shot: His death is shown only in shadow.
- Greater Scope Villain: 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.
- 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.
- Hidden Badass: Unlike his openly intimidating brother, Scar seems physically unimpressive. However, when the chips are down, he mauls Simba in the final battle.
- 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.
- I Surrender, Suckers: During the climax, he begs Simba for mercy. Simba agrees on the grounds that he go into exile. Scar starts to leave... but then kicks burning embers into Simba's eyes and attacks him.
- 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.
- Jerkass: As seen in his harsh treatment of the hyenas and some of his spiteful, sadistic actions throughout the movie.
- 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.
- The Kingslayer: Murders Mufasa to gain the throne.
- Knight of Cerebus: The film begins quite cheerful, but when Scar kills his own brother and takes the power, the film definitely becomes dark. Before that, we also have his Villain Song, in which he shows his true intentions. He's also one on a meta level, since he's responsible for the first non-villainous Disney death onscreen.
- 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.
- Lean and Mean: In contrast to Mufasa's Heroic Build (and to a far lesser degree, Simba's).
- 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.
- Mark of Shame: The scar on his eye.
- Mask of Sanity: In the first part, he's able to cover his sociopathic nature beneath a charming veneer. Once things start going awry, he undergoes a severe Sanity Slippage.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: According to the out takes and House of Mouse.
- Meaningful Name: He was re-named "Scar" because of the permanent scar on his left eye. According to the books, his real name is Taka, which means "trash" or "wanting" in Swahili.
- Narcissist: This line from his Villain Song says it all:Meticulous planning
Decades of denial
Is simply why I'll
Be king undisputed
And seen for the wonder I am!
- Near Villain Victory: He gets everything he wants in the movie and would have gotten away with it if not for a moment of gloating self-indulgence.
- New Era Speech: He gives one to the pride when he takes position as leader. Originally delivered via a song that reprises "Be Prepared."
- Never My Fault: Scar refuses to own up to anything he does, even using the hyenas a scapegoat when confronted by Simba for his evil actions. He ultimately regrets it.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Sure, telling Simba you killed his father is such a great idea. It's not like being liberated of a lifetime of guilt over his father's death will fuel him with righteous anger and allow him to kick your tail and reveal your lies to everyone! Moreover, who in the right mind would put the blame of everything that happened on your only followers left? However, both gloating and not accepting blame for his actions are in character for him.
- Non-Action Big Bad: Subverted. He complains early on about not having any of the "brawn" genes, relies on his hyenas to be his muscle, and he only attempts to kill those who have been incapacitated in some way. But at the climax, it turns out he can fight, and is able to hold his own against the much younger and more muscular Simba.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: 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 Scar's original character design as a much more bulky and brawny lion.
- Obviously Evil: Just in case you hadn't noticed all the Evil Tropes above.
- Oh Crap!: The look on his face when he realizes that the hyenas heard him betray them says it all.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: According to a storybook published following the film's release, his birth name was Taka (Swahili for "trash" or "want").
- The Peter Principle: His strongest desire was to become king. However while he proved deadly and conniving about setting that goal in motion, he proved completely incompetent in actually posing as king, only seeking the benefits and grandeur of the role rather than it's important duties.
- Posthumous Character: In Simba's Pride and The Lion Guard.
- Predecessor Villain: Serves as this to almost the entire franchise, following the first movie and his death.
- Of Simba's Pride: the primary villain is Zira, who was one of his sympathizers and seeks to avenge him.
- The Lion Guard revolves around his great-nephew Kion forming a new Lion Guard and actively striving to not end up like Scar. A lingering shot of a painting of Scar appearing above Janja's lair with suspenseful music playing may be implying that Scar may have some presence in the series' future as well.
- 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, though it's doubtful that he would ever condemn his own subjects to death.
- 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?
- The Resenter: Scar resents his brother for being the King and also resents Simba because after his father, he will king.
- Reverse Psychology: How he tricks Simba into visiting the elephant graveyard.
- Sadist: As much as it can be shown in a Disney film, at least.
- He doesn't immediately eat the mouse he has trapped, preferring to play with him. Judging by Zazu's reaction, it seems that this behavior isn't seen as proper.
- He takes some moments to savor Mufasa's impending fate, gloating "Long live the king" and making sure that his brother fully realizes what his true nature is instead of simply shoving Mufasa to his death. This isn't necessarily useful to Scar's plan, but he clearly enjoys it.
- This proves to be one of the causes of his demise, since attempting to do the same with Simba makes the latter fight back and reveal that he murdered Mufasa.
- 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 (which, again, they probably are).
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: "I'm the king, I can do what I want!"
- Shadow Archetype: Like Simba, he has an immature understanding of being king, as he believes it is only about getting your way all the time. However, unlike Simba, he is willing to go to terrible lengths just to become king. Also, unlike Simba, he does not assume responsibility for his actions but instead tries to blame the hyenas for ruining the kingdom and tries to kill Simba just so he can continue to have power. Not only that but, unlike Simba, he makes a terrible ruler, as he pretty much acts like a 3-year old pretending to be a king when he gets ahold of power. But, once Simba does defeat him, he more or less removes himself from his childishness, as he grows up while Scar doesn't.
- Sissy Villain: He's rather effeminate and theatrical.
- 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.
- Even before becoming King he showed signs of this. Like Jafar, he's a supposed Manipulative Bastard with the glaring flaw of being Obviously Evil and doing nothing to counteract it. Often meaning that the only reason he has any success whatsoever is that everyone in the movie is a Horrible Judge of Character.
- Sssssnaketalk: Does this alot, especially when gloating.
- The So-Called Coward: The film describes Scar as a skinny weakling, who openly admits that he's no match for Mufasa in a fight. During the climax, he begs Simba for mercy, but as soon as said mercy is granted, Scar attacks Simba at full force and nearly beats him.
- If you watch the shadows closely, you'll notice he goes down fighting when the hyenas attack him en masse.
- The Sociopath: Has zero qualms over planning the deaths of his family and pretending to be racked with grief after Mufasa and seemingly Simba perish in the wildebeest stampede. He's a highly functioning sociopath, able to hide his true self beneath a veneer of charming manners.
- Suddenly Shouting:
- When addressing the hyenas in "Be Prepared."The future is littered with prizesAnd 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.)
- He loses his temper and starts shouting whenever Mufasa is mentioned.
- When addressing the hyenas in "Be Prepared."
- Surrounded by Idiots: Stated word for word.
- Tall, Dark and Snarky: A Big Bad lion version.
- Too Dumb to Live: Telling Simba he killed Mufasa pretty much set up his downfall. Also, he really shouldn't have lied to Simba about Mufasa's death by blaming it on the hyenas. He pays for it dearly.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: Once he ultimately takes over the Pridelands.
- The Unfavourite: Well, considering that his parents gave him a name that means "wanting" or "trash," 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.
- The Usurper: He concocted his whole Evil Plan in order to take over the Pridelands.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Simply put, he gets the honor of committing the first onscreen murder in a Disney film, among other things.
- 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 expresses his desire to make Nala his queen, and introduces the Hyenas as his 'executive staff.'
- 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.
- Villains Want Mercy: The minute Simba corners him at the top of Pride Rock, Scar starts desperately begging him for mercy, pulling such cards as reminding him they're family and blaming the hyenas for his own actions. Simba ultimately opts to let Scar go on the condition that he go into exile; Scar turns to leave, but then kicks burning embers into Simba's eyes and attacks him.
- 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 is his speech 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.
"It's like you're back from the dead...you have no idea what this will mean to everyone! What it means to me!"Simba's playmate, childhood friend, and later, wife.
Voiced by: Niketa Calame (cub, TLK), Moira Kelly (adult, films), Gabrielle Union (adult, The Lion Guard)
Singing by: Laura Williams (cub, TLK), Sally Dworsky (adult, TLK)
- Action Girl: Simba has never won a fight against her, and she beats some hyenas in the climax.
- Action Mom: In the sequel to Kiara and can still kick butt.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Her eyes were originally teal, but the sequel gives her blue and the midquel gives her green.
- Adaptational Badass: Her Hamlet counterpart, Ophelia, is a mentally frail woman who takes her own life when Hamlet is banished. Nala, by contrast, is the one who goes out and gets Simba back from his banishment.
- Arranged Marriage: Was betrothed to Simba when they were cubs.
- Character Development: In Simba's Pride, Nala has become much more mild-mannered and motherly. She acts as the voice of reason to Simba, who is now being very protective of Kiara, and reminds him that their daughter Kiara would be fine. She also seems to be less judgmental than Simba. When Simba refused to trust Kovu simply because of his outsider status, Nala and Rafiki are able to change his decision and Simba reserves his judgment to see if Kovu could be trusted.
- Chekhov's Gun: Her pin move is how her and Simba come to recognise each other as adults.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Simba as a part of their arranged marriage..
- Composite Character: In terms of Hamlet parallels, she's officially based on Ophelia (love interest and token young female), but has more in common with Horatio (closest friend of the hero, acts as his conscience and voice of reason).
- Damsel in Distress: See Distress Ball.
- Dance Battler: In the stage musical during the fight with the hyenas.
- Demoted to Extra: Averted, as her role in the first film was pretty small itself. She is also completely absent in the video games and Timon and Pumbaa TV series.
- Disappeared Dad: Her father is never mentioned in the original movie. The Lion Guard reveals that Nala's father was a member of the titular Guard under Scar, and was killed along with the others for refusing to help him depose Mufasa.
- Distress Ball: Struggles to climb a rocky cliff and nearly gets captured by the hyenas, largely to give Simba a Badass Adorable moment saving her.
- The Heart: Best shown when she tries to inform Simba of what has happened to their home.
- 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.
- Herald: Nala revealing to Simba what happened after Scar took over the Pridelands is the first step to get him to return home.
- The High Queen: Since she is Simba's mate, Nala is technically the Queen of the Pridelands.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She is rather blunt and condescending, but means well.
- King of Beasts: Nala is the ruler of the beasts as well.
- Meaningful Name: "Nala" means "gift" in Swahili.
- Only Sane Woman: Whenever it comes to bringing Simba to his senses, either as the King or as a parent.
- Open-Minded Parent: She's more accepting of Kovu than Simba, who still held a grudge against the Outsiders.
- Out of Focus: She doesn't get a lot of screentime in the first two movies, barely any in the third and does not appear in the TV series.
- Perfectly Arranged Marriage: With Simba.
- Plucky Girl: She never gives up.
- Pregnant Badass: It is heavily implied that Kiara was conceived in the Can You Feel The Love Tonight sequence, so Nala was pregnant with her while she was beating up hyenas in the final battle.
- Satellite Love Interest: Not a perfect example, but she is often kept out of focus.
- Tomboy: Mainly as a child. She beats Simba in every fight, and is very adventurous and restless.
- Undying Loyalty: Even under the brief point Scar has convinced everyone Simba killed Mufasa, she calls out in horror when he nearly falls to his death.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Gives one to Simba for refusing to go back to the Pridelands.
- Women Are Wiser: A more justified case, given Simba's inner demons and circumstances, Nala often ends up playing the voice of reason. Subverted as a cub where she was just as mischievous as Simba.
- Your Size May Vary: The Lion Guard bizarrely shows her much smaller than she is in previous films.
"I've never seen a king or beast with quite so little hair!"An uptight but kindly red-billed hornbill serves as majordomo to Mufasa, Scar and Simba.
- Adaptational Heroism: His Hamlet counterpart Polonius is, though not exactly a villain, a much more negative character who is killed accidentally by the title character while spying on him for Claudius. Zazu, though snooty and a bit of a Professional Butt-Kisser, is genuinely loyal, hates Scar (Claudius), and survives the film.
- 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. Taken Up to Eleven after Scar takes over, when he is essentially reduced to Scar's source of entertainment. He is almost eaten by the hyenas on several occasions.
- A Day in the Limelight: While the TV series mostly centered around Timon and Pumbaa, he got odd episodes with starring roles.
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially when "babysitting" Nala and Simba.
- Demoted to Extra: During the second half of the first movie and its sequels.
- Designated Monkey: Is treated in-universe as pathetic for no real reason.
- Feather Fingers: He can grasp things as if he had hands.
- The Finicky One: Zazu likes to keep the Pridelands in order.
- Iron Butt Monkey: This little bird can take a beating.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the TV series, in which he is more of a finicky perfectionist, but has a heart.
- 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.
- Nice Guy: In the movie, he is generally very well mannered and friendly, only losing his temper or getting annoyed to anyone who provokes him.
- Noodle Incident: Mentions having two troublesome relatives who "always manage to ruin special occasions".
- No Respect Guy: Best in "I Just Can't Wait to Be King."
- Number Two: To Mufasa as his number one advisor.
- Only Sane Man: In "I Just Can't Wait to Be King."
- Out of Focus: Espicially in the third film.
- Servile Snarker: Even moreso in the Broadway stage version, where he throws a lot of verbal jabs at Scar.Scar: Here I am at the pinnacle and yet the view is bleak. What is wrong with this picture?Zazu: You're in it, sire?
- Shipper on Deck: For Simba and Nala. Appears delighted when he sees the two talking together, unaware that they're actually plotting to ditch him in the most humiliating way possible.
- Snarky Nonhuman Sidekick: A snarker who works under Mufasa.
- They Call Me Mister Tibbs:"That's Mister Banana-Beak to you!"
- Toothy Bird: Depending on the facial gesture he makes, sometimes he appears to have a beak full of teeth.
- Undying Loyalty: His loyalty to the royal family is unwavering.
"I'm not the one who's confused! You don't even know who you are!"A mandrill who is a wise, if eccentric friend to the lions.
- Badass Grandpa: An old primate who's not as weak as he looks.
- Beware the Silly Ones: An old, primate Cloudcuckoolander who can whip a number of hyenas.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Although his weird antics might just be for Simba's benefit.
- Cane Fu: Can kick serious butt with his staff.
- Cartoony Tail: His tail can defy gravity.
- Cloudcuckoolander: The goofy rhyme cements it.
- Cool Old Guy: A cool primate who has a way of teaching his methods.
- Eccentric Mentor: The way he teaches a lesson to Simba is...creative.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: As a wise mentor and comic relief.
- Expy: Rafiki is inspired from Friar Laurence.
- Gender Flip: Becomes female in the stage production.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can sometimes be mischievous and confusing, but the results always make up for it.
- Let's Get Dangerous: Kicks serious hyena ass during the battle.
- Long Lived: Rafiki was old and doddering when Simba was born and continues to remain the same after Kiara grows up. He's survived at least 3 generations of lions and never seems to age.
- The Matchmaker: In Simba's Pride he does this to Kiara and Kovu.
- Magical Negro: Rafiki, the only character with an African accent, provides a Double Subversion. As a Trickster Mentor, he looks like he's a useless doddery old senile ape but in truth gives vital guidance. And he can really open a can of whoopass on hyenas.
- Meaningful Name: Rafiki means 'friend' in Swahili.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Surprisingly averted. Rafiki doesn't die in any of the Lion King movies, though Simba's other mentor Mufasa does.
- Minored in Asskicking: Doesn't do fighting until the climax.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Just whether Rafiki is actually mad is up for debate; is he mad and gone a little crackers... or does he just do it to unnerve everyone and get the upper hand? He's certainly dangerous when he wants to be, so the last might be the truth.
- Offhand Backhand: Pulls off this stunt on a hyena.
- Old Master: An old teacher to Mufasa and eventually, Simba.
- One-Man Army: He beat several hyenas easily.
- Shipper on Deck: Following urging from Mufasa's spirit, Rafiki helps strengthen the bond between Kiara and Kovu in the sequel.
- Simple Staff: What he uses as his main weapon.
- Trickster Mentor: Rafiki looks like he's a useless doddery old senile ape but in truth gives vital guidance. And he can really open a can of whoopass on hyenas
- Warrior Therapist: He helps Simba to fully move on from his father's death.
- When Elders Attack: He smacks down a couple of Hyenas with his stick during the final battle.
"Simba! You're alive...how can that be?"Simba's mother and Mufasa's mate.
Voiced by: Madge Sinclair, Susanne Blakeslee (currently)
- Action Mom: Not seen as much, but she doesn't back away from a fight.
- Adaptational Heroism: Unlike her Hamlet counterpart, Gertrude, she doesn't marry her brother-in-law after her husband's death.
- Good Parents: Though Mufasa gets more focus, Sarabi still seems to be a pretty good parent.
- The High Queen: When Mufasa was alive, Sarabi was the Queen of the Pridelands.
- Lady of War: Mufasa's queen and thus the leader of the lionesses.
- Meaningful Name: Sarabi is Swahili for "mirage".
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She even at least tries to stand up to Scar when it becomes apparent that he is willing to let his pride starve.
- The Stoic: She stands up to Scar's verbal abuse (and the chomping maws of the hyena horde on her way to him) with dignity.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It's unknown what happened to Sarabi after the death of her voice actress. While her character does appear in Simba's Pride, she has no lines.
Timon and Pumbaa
"Hakuna Matata!"A Meerkat and Warthog that raised Simba after the latter ran away from the Pride Lands. When Simba returned to the Pride Lands, Timon and Pumbaa went with him.
Timon voiced by: Nathan Lane (films), Kevin Schon (Timon & Pumbaa, The Lion Guard), Quinton Flynn (Timon & Pumbaa, sometimes)
Pumbaa voiced by: Ernie Sabella
Tropes applying to both
- All the Other Reindeer: Both Timon and Pumba have trouble fitting in.
- Anthropomorphic Shift: In their TV series, almost all links to them being wildlife are thrown out the window. Pumbaa is also shown using his front hooves as "hands" more often.
- Anti-Role Model: They aren't negative characters, although their carefree philosophy is wildly at odds with the film's actual moral.
- Badly Battered Babysitter: Especially with Baby Earl in "To Killamanjaro Bird".
- Bash Brothers: They charge fearlessly into the violent battle between the lionesses and the hyenas to help Simba claim Pride Rock.
- Been There, Shaped History: Lion King 1/2 is all about this. They are responsible for the animals bowing in "Circle of Life", and cause the animal pyramid in "I Just Can't Wait to Be King" to collapse.
- Beware the Silly Ones: They're oddballs, to be sure, but they're not to be underestimated.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: Pumbaa and Timon, respectively.
- Blood Brothers: They consider each other like brothers.
- Brains and Brawn: Played with. Timon certainly thinks so but Pumba has a lot of Dumbass Has a Point moments and he's by far the more down-to-earth of the two. Pumba has good ideas and is usually proven right, he's just more laid back and content to let Timon do the planning.
- Breakout Characters: They have had their own TV show, a P.O.V. Sequel, and have tons of fanart dedicated to them, far more than Simba, Nala or Mufasa get.
- Butt Monkey:
- Timon suffers alot of physical comedy in the midquel.
- Pumbaa has his moments too, especially in the TV series.
- Cool Uncles: To Kiara in the sequel when they become her protectors as well. Also to Bunga in The Lion Guard.
- Denser and Wackier: Both become more comedic in the series. Or more accurately the world around them reverts to their level.
- Establishing Character Moment: Their introduction. Good lord, their introduction.
- Expy: Accused of being this of .
- Fat and Skinny: Pumbaa and Timon, respectively.
- Friend to All Children: Both, especially the latter who is very excited to 'keep' Simba.
- Friend to Bugs: Averted, since they eat them, but they befriend a snail named Speedy in the series since he can talk (and sing).
- Friend Versus Lover: They weren't happy when Nala found Simba. The Lion King 1˝ takes this further, revealing that they actually tried to sabotage the budding romance, but being Timon and Pumbaa, everything they did just backfired.
- Fur Is Clothing: In the series, their fur has pockets and zippers.
- Gonk: The ugliest characters in the film by far. Timon seems to be this compared to other meerkats (the ones appearing in the opening sequence are drawn normally), although the third movie ignores this.
- Hakuna Matata: Trope Namer. Timon and Pumbaa tell Simba, who has just run away from his responsibilities and his life, that he doesn't need to worry about the past, because a carefree existence is much less trouble.
- Hero of Another Story: Lion King 1½ (Or 3: Hakuna Matata in other regions) in which the first movie is told through their eyes.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: To the point that it's been heavily implied they're an actual couple.
- Leitmotif: They have a Fanfare that plays when they are introduced.
- 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. Even in the films, Timon takes a lot in the midquel.
- Man Child: Boy, are they! Especially since they tell Simba to let go of his responsibility.
- Men Are Childish: See their Man Child section.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Are the two faking their slight madness and cowardliness or are they actually that cowardly? The two act dumb on occasions but, when the situation arises, they can unleash a can of whoop ass on anyone if it's required. So, the last one seems to be the truth at the moment.
- Only One Name: Averted. Their last names, Berkowitz and Smith, were actually revealed in Timon & Pumbaa.
- Out of Focus: They are downgraded to having a recurring role in The Lion Guard, only appearing in a handful of episodes so far.
- Parental Substitute:
- Essentially raise Simba after his exile. This is conveyed in more detail in the midquel.
- In The Lion Guard they're the adopted uncles of Bunga the honey badger.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Both can really kick ass when they want to.
- Replacement Goldfish: After a feud in the episode "Kenya Be My Friend", Pumbaa befriends a meerkat named Monty, and Timon a warthog named Baampu.
- 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.
- Stock Footage Their introduction is reused during the battle.
- Those Two Guys: The movie's version of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Down to the P.O.V. Sequel.
- Too Dumb to Live: Almost given their laid back lifestyle.
- Undying Loyalty: To Simba, given he's practically their surrogate child. Timon considers abandoning him in a sulk in the midquel, though it's expectedly short lived.
- The Blind Leading the Blind: In the midquel, Timon does this to Pumbaa when they try to find their home.
- Brooklyn Rage: Timon can go into this.
- Deadpan Snarker: Timon is the most sarcastic of the duo.
- Determinator: Timon, in the midquel, grows into to this in the climax.
- Gratuitous Greek: Timon is one of the few names not derived from Swahili, instead being a Greek name (that coincidentally was used by Shakespeare).
- Guile Hero: Being of small stature, Timon often resorts to outsmarting foes.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Timon can get angry easily.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Timon can be quite selfish, but will help his friends in the end.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Timon authoritatively explains that stars are really fireflies stuck on "that big bluish-black thing."
- The Lancer: Timon to Pumbaa. He's skinny, small, and has a Jerk with a Heart of Gold personality.
- Momma's Boy: Timon is very close to his mother.
- Berserk Button: Pumbaa is called a pig by Banzai, prompting him to say "Are you talking to me?! They call me MISTER PIG!" before attacking.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Pumbaa is a nice enough guy, but anyone who calls him a pig in a threatening way is in trouble.
- The Big Guy: Pumbaa is the muscle of the duo.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Pumbaa when he faces off against the hyenas.
- Dark and Troubled Past: The TV series and midquel imply that Pumbaa has a history of being abandoned and possibly even mistreated due to his foul smell.
- 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).
- Fat Comic Relief: Pumbaa is the fat one in the duo and shares the comic relief.
- Full-Boar Action: While Pumbaa is a far cry from fearsome (aside from how Gonky he and Timon are, those who call him a pig end up on the receiving end of his tusks if they don't run.
- Gasshole: The very reason Pumbaa is an outcast.
- Gentle Giant: Pumbaa is the biggest and the most big hearted.
- Hyper-Competent Sidekick: Pumbaa is this to Timon.
- 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).
- Literal-Minded: Pumbaa, which is often the reason why he Does Not Understand Sarcasm. Timon in 1½, at least.
- 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.
- Meaningful Name: Pumbaa means "simpleton" in Swahili.
- Nice Guy: Pumbaa is cheerful, kind, genuine, devoted, and helpful.
- Sarcasm-Blind: Pumbaa in regards to Timon's sarcastic quips.
- Simple-Minded Wisdom: Pumbaa displays a bit of this from time to time, particularly in the midquel.
- They Call Me Mr Tibbs: "THEY CALL ME MR. PIG!"
- Toilet Humor: Pumbaa's farting.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Pumbaa gives one to Timon in the midquel for refusing to help Simba.
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!The main three hyenas that serve under Scar.
Banzai voiced by: Cheech Marin (films), Rob Paulsen (Timon and Pumbaa)
Ed voiced by: Jim Cummings
- Aerith and Bob: Ed is the odd name out, being non-Swahili.
- The Alleged Boss: Shenzi is their leader, but Banzai and Ed are more friends than subordinates and have no problem arguing back or teasing her (which she retorts playfully). In the climax it seems to be Ed that casts the final decision on Scar's fate.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Dark Chick Shenzi.
- All Animals Are Dogs: Hyenas are not canines. They are more closely related to meerkats of all things. The movie portrays them in a dog-like fashion; barking, yelping, lolling their tongue out, etc.
- Almost Normal Animal: Ed.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Ed's eyes are always crossed, his only dialogue consists of obnoxious laughter (often at inappropriate times), and he's seen chewing on his own leg after fighting with Banzai, suggesting some form of mental impairment.
- Amusing Injuries: They're the butt of many.
- Annoying Laugh: Ed spends the movie cackling like an idiot. It certainly gets on Scar's nerves at the very least.
- Anthropomorphic Shift: In the Timon and Pumbaa TV series, they are frequently shown walking fluently on their hind legs and communicating with humans. "TV Dinner" takes this Up to Eleven, where they dress up and perform for TV audition.
- Dirty Coward: All of them to some extent. Not only do they prey on those weaker than they are, like cub!Simba and cub!Nala and Zazu, but when met with an actual threat (ie. Mufasa), will run away with their tails between their legs. It also doesn't help that their strategy involves ganging up on a single individual.
- 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.
- Beware the Silly Ones: They can be quite ruthless, as Scar himself finds out the hard way when he tries to throw them under the bus.
- Big Bad: Of Lion King 1/2. Sadly, they only appear in 2 scenes in that film.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: After chasing Simba through a bramble thicket and into the desert, they refuse to follow Simba through said brambles, figuring that he'd be as good as dead in the desert. To be fair, Simba would have died had Timon and Pumbaa not found him.
- Breakout Characters: They get 4 of their own episodes in the TV series.
- Butt Monkey: Banzai, who gets claw-marks and thorns in his butt.
- Co-Dragons: Due to being The Alleged Boss, Banzai and Ed may also qualify.
- Comically Cross-Eyed: Ed is the most dim-witted of the Laughably Evil Terrible Trio of hyenas, and fittingly, he has Fish Eyes (as well as a Maniac Tongue).
- Comic Trio: They offer a lot of humor in the movie.
- Dark Action Girl: Shenzi fits the description.
- A Day in the Limelight: They get 4 episodes in the TV series.
- Deadpan Snarker: Both Shenzi and Banzai have a habit of sending out sassy remarks.
- Denser and Wackier: Much like Timon and Pumbaa, the TV series amps up their cartoony habits, making them far less creepy and more Funny Animal Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonists.
- The Ditz: Ed never speaks. He does sing during "Be Prepared" (this is easily missed), but like most Disney songs, "Be Prepared" is a blend of real scenes and hyperbolic scenes that are for effect and not meant to be taken as actually happening (no, Scar did not actually ride those rocks up into the sky), so whether he can truly speak or sing or not is unknown. He communicates largely through obnoxious laughter, and doesn't seem to be particularly intelligent besides.
- The Dog Bites Back: Rather, The Hyena Bites Back... All of them.
- Dogs Are Dumb: They are portrayed this way despite not even being canines. See All Animals Are Dogs.
- The Dragon: Shenzi to Scar, though the sequels might have made her less this and more his Right Hand Hyena.
- Ear Notch: Ed has a tear on his ear.
- 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.
- Evil Laugh: Ed's laughter through the entire movie is mostly obnoxious, but right at the end, as the hyenas close in on Scar, his laughter takes on a lower and far more disturbing edge.
- Eviler Than Thou: Spend most of the film as Scar's abused lackeys, though after being pushed around one too many times, they remind him it's a pack of vicious hyenas versus one skinny lion.
- Fantastic Racism: They don't like lions (except for Scar, whom they serve), and lions don't like them. This is a reference to how hyenas and lions are enemies in real life.
- Faux Action Girl: Shenzi, despite all her intimidations and posturing, has shown to be just as much a Dirty Coward as Banzai and Ed, proven when they only pursue those smaller and weaker than they are, but run away when the "smaller" creature can fight back. Especially if it's Pumbaa of all people (or warthogs).
- Fish Eyes: Ed's eyes aren't exactly straight.
- Gonk : All of them to varying degree are due to being hyenas, Banzai being the ugliest, and the general design for the hyenas.
- The Hyena: Aside from the obvious fact that they, well, are Hyenas, they also fit the trope stereotype. Taken Up to Eleven with Ed.
- Ink-Suit Actor:
- Shenzi is Whoopi Goldberg...if she were a hyena.
- Similarly, Banzai is not too distant from Cheech Marin mannerisms-wise.
- Laughably Evil: They're very funny, despite being genuinely threatening.
- Loveable Rogues : Another part of their charm to the audience.
- Made of Iron: They survived the fire at the end, according to Word of God. And a volcano in the episode "Cooked Goose".
- Mean Boss: Shenzi is a bit more of this in the TV series (the others still snap back, but Shenzi has Hammer Space slapstick on her side).
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Abiding by the outtakes and House of Mouse.
- Meaningful Name: "Shenzi" is "Uncivilized/Heathen" in Swahili. Banzai means "skulk" or "lurk" in Swahili and—by chance—"ten thousand years" in Japanese. "Ed" could be short for "Eddy", another word for "whirlpool".
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal:
- At the very end.
- And to the two cheetahs who sends them on a goose chase.
- Mook–Face Turn: When Scar blames them for Mufasa's death.
- Obsessed with Food: They're on the verge of starvation even afterwards, as the TV series shows.
- Oh Crap!: They get one when Mufasa appears and, later, provide one for Scar.
- Shenzi: *coy* Friends? I thought he said we were the enemy.Banzai: *titters innocently* Yeah, that's what I heard.Both: Ed?
- 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.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Ed's giving Scar an intense Death Glare when confronting him in the climax, before bursting into laughter again, albeit of the far less comedic kind.
- Overly Long Name: Shenzi Marie Predatora Vendetta Jackalina Hyena, at least according to Timon.
- Perpetual Smiler: Ed is almost always grinning stupidly.
- Psychopathic Man Child: 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 and apparently The Lion Guard.
- Pyrrhic Villainy: They help Scar pull off his scheme to overthrow Mufasa because they're starving and he promises them food. However, they realize that things were in fact better when Mufasa was in charge.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In the original script, Banzai and Ed were seemingly killed off and Shenzi, after Scar sells her out, would have simply left in disgust, the rest of her pack left to seal his fate.
- Slapstick Knows No Gender: Shenzi usually suffers the same comeuppances as the male hyenas. This trope makes her join Banzai as a Funny Background Event in "Be Prepared".
- Slasher Smile: Usually sport a sadistic grin, though have an especially nasty one as they prepare to tear Scar apart.
- Team Rocket Wins: At the end of the movie they finally make a meal out of Scar. They are implied to do the same to an Asshole Victim TV presenter at the end of the Timon and Pumbaa episode "TV Dinner".
- 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, whose dialogue consists of nothing but 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. Played more straight in the TV series.
- Twitchy Eye: Ed's eyes switch from time to time.
- Two Guys and a Girl: Ed, Banzai, and Shenzi.
- The Unintelligible: Ed, although this trope uses laughter instead of the usual mumbling.
- Villain Song: The musical gives them the song "Chow Down".
- Vocal Evolution: Jim Cummings' laugh for Ed is more high pitched and creepy in the first film. In all of Eds later appearances in Disney media he sounds deeper and goofier.
- 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 Hit a Girl: Banzai and Ed, although to be fair, they simply see their victims as food they need to eat. Shenzi is generally victim to this; when the heroes attack the hyenas, she is not an exception.
- Would Hurt a Child: Downplayed, as they're hungry enough to eat almost anything that wanders onto the elephant graveyards.
- Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: They even adorn that trope's image.
"And if I see any strangers, don't talk to them. Come straight home. Okay, okay. Can I go now? Please?"Kiara is the protagonist The Lion King II: Simba's Pride. She is Simba and Nala's daughter, and Kion's older sister.
Voiced by: Michelle Horn (cub, Simba's Pride), Neve Campbell (adult, Simba's Pride), Eden Riegel (cub, The Lion Guard)
Singing by: Charity Savoy, (cub, Simba's Pride) Liz Callaway (adult, Simba's Pride)
- Accidental Kiss: With Kovu, after they hide from the rhinos.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Falls for outsider Kovu. Subverted when Kiara develops a crush on him (as cubs) after he rescues her from crocodiles and shows his kinder side as adults.
- Badass Pacifist: Becomes this in the climax when she, with Kovu, stop a war between the Pridelanders and Outsiders, with Kiara reminding her father: "We are one."
- Be Yourself: What she learns over the course of the sequel.
- Big Sister Bully: She's somewhat this to Kion, gloating about one day becoming Queen and mocking him for not finding his place in Return of the Roar. This trope might dissolve throughout the series with Kion leading the Lion Guard.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: The Gentle Girl to Kovu's Brooding Boy.
- Brown Eyes: Showing her more down-to-earth qualities.
- Calling the Old Man Out: See What the Hell, Hero? below.
- Childhood Friend Romance: She and Kovu met once when they were little.
- Daddy's Girl: Lampshaded by Kovu. However this is later deconstructed when Kiara is an adult and her father still can't see her as an adult or listen to her. Reconstructed at the end, when the Pridelanders and Outsiders become one.
- Damsel in Distress: The Lion Guard has her getting caught in a stampede like her father.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Appeared as a newborn cub at the end of the first movie, which is why she's here instead of under Simba's Pride characters.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: A lion version.
- Fire-Forged Friends: As cubs, Kovu and Kiara saving each other in the crocodile swamp and gaining respect for each other's abilities.
- Heroic Lineage: Her father tells her that being a ruler (or future ruler), is in her blood.
- Identical Granddaughter: Kiara bares a strong resemblance to her paternal grandmother, Sarabi.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: In stark contrast to her father, who became an Anti-Hero, and the overall tone of the franchise, Kiara is kind and generous, moral, extremely forgiving even to enemies and wont hesitate to risk her life to try to save them, fiercely opposed to unnecessary violence and killing, and always tries to find a peaceful solution to any problems.
- Like Parent, Like Child: Shares her father's stubbornness, bravery, and curiosity.
- Lonely Rich Kid: Didn't look like she had any friends her age, aside from Kovu. Retconned in The Lion Guard, she has two female friends she hangs out with regularly
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Shows some elements of this when she's with Kovu.
- Meaningful Name: Kiara is Swahili for "princess".
- Morality Pet: For Kovu in a Love Redeems example.
- Nice Girl: Kind, cheerful, compassionate, gentle, incorruptible, pure, noble, selfless, loyal, courageous, empathetic, merciful, benevolent, unprejudiced, and forgiving.
- Official Couple: With Kovu.
- Pinball Protagonist: Until after her lover's exile, much like the original Juliet.
- Plucky Girl: Becomes more daring and determined to get both sides to becomes one.
- Rebellious Princess: Like father, like daughter.
- Same Character, but Different: Not in the beginning or flash-forward in the second film, but in The Lion Guard. Rather than being her playful, tomboyish and childish self who dislikes her royal obligations, she is more mature, serious and sarcastic and acts proud of being future Queen.
- This could simply be justified as Kiara doesn't prefer to act the former way in front of her "little brother" for some reason, presumably a part of their sibling rivalry.
- Save the Villain: She tries to. She really does. But Zira is too consumed by hate to take her paw and be saved.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The Energetic Girl to Kovu' s Savvy Guy.
- She's All Grown Up: Gets this reaction when she goes out on her first hunt.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Kiara started to develop a crush on him as cubs when he saved her from crocodiles.
- Spin-Offspring: The daughter of Simba and Nala, the former being the first film's protagonist.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Kovu. She's the princess of the Pridelands and he's supposed to take out Simba, her father.
- Take My Hand: Does this to Zira when trying to save her.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Aside from hunting and self defense, Kiara opposes any other form of violence, shown by her reaction to Kovu identifying violent constelaations, and her deep remorse over failing to save Zira.
- Tomboy: Especially in her cub years.
- What the Hell, Hero?: "You will never be Mufasa!"
Introduced in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride
"(Scar) wasn't my father, but he was...part of me."Kovu is the deuteragonist of The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride. He is the adopted son of Zira and the love interest of Kiara.
Voiced by: Ryan O'Donohue (cub, Simba's Pride), Jason Marsden (adult, Simba's Pride)
Singing by: Gene Miller (adult, Simba's Pride)
- Accidental Kiss: With Kiara after they hide from the rhinos.
- Anti-Villain: He doesn't want to be evil, he's forced into it by his adopted mother.
- Becoming the Mask: Becomes the lion he pretended to be towards Kiara and the Pridelanders.
- Big "NO!": When his clan ambush Simba.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Towards the end, he lets Zira know how sick he is of being manipulated and used as a tool.
- Character Development: As a result of Zira's harsh treatment, he initially has no concept of having fun. He becomes ruthless, savage and merciless as a result of his forced training into becoming an assassin. When he reunites with Kiara, he becomes more calm, funny, prone to his true emotions of goodness, nobility and love. He proves it when he refuses to attack the king in the ambush, and when he stands up to his mother when she orders him to stand down.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Kiara, they met each other as cubs.
- The Chosen One: By Scar to murder to Simba. Probably a lie since the director confirmed he is not related to Zira.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Has no father and was raised all his life to kill.
- Dark Is Evil: Has a darker appearance and was raised to kill Simba.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Once he has a Heel–Face Turn.
- Defecting for Love: Switches sides due to his love of Kiara.
- Defusing the Tyke Bomb: His time with Kiara helped him realize that his plan was wrong.
- Disappeared Dad: Along with Missing Mom. While adopted by Zira, his real biological parents are never referenced.
- Fire-Forged Friends: As cubs, Kovu and Kiara saving each other in the crocodile swamp and gaining respect for each other's abilities.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Receives a scar over his eye by his mother when she blamed him for Nuka's death.
- Green Eyes: Emerald green eyes. And, unlike Scar, not related to the Green-Eyed Monster.
- Heel–Face Turn: The first one of the Outsiders to want peace with the Pridelanders.
- Heel Realization: Once he hears Simba's side on the kind of person Scar really was.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Nuka's death not only leaves him utterly shattered, but pretty much fully realises his Heel–Face Turn.
- Informed Ability: Kovu is heavily stated to rival Simba in strength and be a powerful fighter. While his agility and hunting savvy is apparent, his battle skills are never really shown, and in his one physical bout he is taken out incredibly quickly.
- Love Redeems: Kovu's growing love for Kiara helped become a real hero.
- Mark of Shame: Once his adopted mother scratches him hard enough to leave a scar.
- Meaningful Name: Kovu means "scar" in Swahili.
- Not So Different: He and Simba really aren't that different. Both endured a difficult past, both have to deal with a serious inner demon that is resolved at the end of the film, and both of them have lost their parents, as Kovu is an orphan and lost his adopted mother while Simba lost his father.
- Official Couple: With Kiara.
- Rage Against the Reflection: During "Not One Of Us", as he's being driven from the Pride Lands, he looks at his reflection in the river. While Simba once saw Mufasa in a pool of water, all Kovu sees is Scar, which leads to this.
- Standing Between the Enemies: Does this in the climax with Kiara between the Outsiders and Pridelanders.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Kiara. She's the princess of the Pridelands and he's supposed to take out Simba, her father.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Thank to Kiara's influence, Kovu becomes a kinder lion.
- Troubled, but Cute: Kovu was raised in an environment to teach him to kill.
- Tyke Bomb: Was hand chosen and raised since cubhood to kill Simba one day. Probably a lie since the director revealed that Kovu is an orphan and is not biologically related to Zira or Scar at all.
- Unknown Rival: He never seems to notice or care about the fact that Nuka resents him. He is actually shown sympathetic concerning his treatment from Zira, and is devastated by his death, suggesting he genuinely loved him.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: As a cub, he is shown to be very innocent and friendly, though he does take a moment to playfully tease Kiara when they first meet. After being trained by his adoptive mother to kill Simba, Kovu transforms into a ruthless, savage and merciless assassin. He gets better, though.
- 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. It's probably a lie created by Zira since the director confirmed Kovu is an orphan and isn't related to Zira biologically.
"His lionesses' mournful cry: that's my lullaby!"The Big Bad of The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride and the mother of Kovu.
Voiced by: Suzanne Pleshette, Grey DeLisle (currently)
- 0% Approval Rating: The minute Zira threatens Vitani's life for siding with Simba during the final showdown, the rest of her followers promptly desert her en masse.
- Abusive Parents: Her relationship with Nuka is a rather accurate depiction of familial abuse. Though when he dies, she shows she really did care about him.
- And This Is For...: "This is for you, Scar!"
- Avenging the Villain: For Scar, since she was a follower of his.
- Ax-Crazy: She's much less composed and self-controlled than Scar, as shown during her actions in the final battle and her Villain Song.
- Big Bad: Of the sequel who wants to get rid of Simba and the other Pridelanders.
- 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).
- Dark Action Girl
- The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: It's 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: 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.
- Ear Notch: Has a rip on her ear. It's never explained how she got it.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She loves her kids, but she's too obsessed with revenge to show it. She is also devoted to Scar.
- Evil Is Petty: At least she admits it: "Trouble is, I know it's petty, but I hate to let them live!"
- Evil Counterpart: To Kiara. While Kiara is a pacifist and very forgiving and benevolent and dislikes violence, Zira is hateful, holds a grudge no matter what, and given her villain song, she loves violence.
- Evil Matriarch: To her three children, especially Kovu.
- Evil Plan: Same take over the Pridelands as Scar, but she decide on the direct approach at the end.
- Evil Virtues: She's determined, devoted and charismatic. She's also a capable leader, given that her pride managed to survive in that wasteland.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: She cannot understand why Kovu wants to abandon the plot, and is genuinely surprised when he stands up to her at the final battle. Also when her pride defects, you can tell from her voice and her expression that she didn't anticipate that, not that it makes her stand down.
- Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: A Big Bad lion version.
- The Exile: Was banished from the Pride Lands along with the other Outlanders. We never find out why, but she is ticked off about it.
- Fatal Flaw: Her thirst for vengeance. While she shows at Nuka's death and other times that she loves her children, her all-consuming thirst for vengeance causes her to be an Abusive Parent, ultimately causing the death of one of her children and the Heel–Face Turn of the other two, as well as her own demise.
- Foil: To Kiara. She loves carnage and death while Kiara hates it.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Though she's more of an ex-queen.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Can get physically violent very easily.
- 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. It also works in the opposite way, since she mistreats Nuka because he's envious of Kovu's status, which is much like Scar felt about Mufasa.
- Karmic Death: Falls to her death the same way Scar fell to his.
- Kick the Dog: Every time Nuka does something for her, she ignores it. Until he dies.
- Knight of Cerebus: The moment she shows up, nothing's funny or sweet anymore.
- Knight Templar: In her eyes, Scar was the legitimate king and watever she does to avenge him is right, even if it leads to Nuka's death and, later, the other lionesses deserting her.
- Lady Macbeth: Posthumously for Scar. Plays the role a little closer for Kovu, pushing him into power just as Lady Macbeth does.
- Large Ham: Before her Villainous Breakdown.
- Lean and Mean: Her skinniness equates to her nastiness.
- Love Makes You Evil: Her love for Scar and the death of Nuka.
- Loves the Sound of Screaming: Most of her Villain Song is modeled after this trope.
- Manipulative Bitch: She'll use her youngest child to get what she wants.
- Meaningful Name: Zira is Swahili for "hate". Giving her thirst for vengeance, it's extremely fitting.
- Misplaced Retribution: She wants revenge on Simba for Scar's death, when in reality, Scar was killed by his own hyena minions after trying to pass the buck onto them.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Subverted. After Nuka's death, she seems to blame herself but then shifts the blame to Kovu.
- Never My Fault: It was her fault her son died, but she doesn't own up to it.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Gets a thrill out of murder.
- Parental Favoritism: She seems to realize somewhat at Nuka's death she'd made a mistake though.
- Pet the Dog: She shows true horror at Nuka's death... but then she shifts the blame onto Kovu.
- Remember the New Guy: As with the rest of the Outlanders, she didn't appear in the first film, wherever every lioness seen vigorously took part in the battle to depose Scar.
- Revenge Before Reason: Everything she does is to avenge Scar's death, and not even the death of Nuka in pursuit of it is enough to make her stop.
- Selective Enforcement: She blames Simba for Scar's death, but places none of her vengeance onto the hyenas, who outright mauled him to death. In her defence, they had disappeared.
- Slasher Smile: Here's◊ a◊ few◊.
- The Strategist: Not only she's very good at crafting plans, she's also a competent leader on the battlefield. After Simba is wounded in the ambush, she decides to move on Pride Rock as long as he's still weakened. If Kovu and Kiara hadn't got there in time, she could have won.
- They Died Because of You: She blames Kovu for causing Nuka's death.
- 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.
- Women Are Wiser: "Wise" is quite a stretch here, but compare her to Scar. Both know their way when it comes to planning, but Scar is a backstabbing Smug Snake with no ruling abilities, while Zira manages to keep a whole pride alive and loyal in a barren wasteland. She also personally overviews as her plans are carried out, whereas Scar merely ordered the hyenas to kill Simba and didn't bother to make sure that they had actually done it.
"I could be a leader if (Zira would) just give me a chance!"Nuka is the oldest son of Zira and is often neglected by her.
Voiced by: Andy Dick
- Adorkable: He's lanky, nervous and too bumbling to be actually despicable.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Despite being a comic relief antagonist, his death is intentionally poignant, especially in the original edit.
- Ambiguous Disorder: He shows some histrionic traits, especially the boisterous personality and the constant need for attention, mixed with pyromania and a big Oedipus complex.
- Anti-Villain: He's not motivated by revenge, nor does he seem to appreciate Scar very much. He just wants to gain his mother's affection.
- Ax-Crazy: Like mother, like son.
- 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, while Kovu mostly ignores him.
- Boisterous Weakling: While mildly Not So Harmless (see below), he doesn't possess any of the abilities he boasts about.
- The Brute: He's scrawny, but he's tougher than he looks.
- Buffoonish Tomcat: In most of the scenes he's in, he's a bumbling comic relief.
- Bumbling Sidekick: Vitani is obviously more competent than him.
- 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, with his siblings usually showing frustration with his buffoonery. 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.
- Dark Is Evil: He's the darkest lion in the sequel, along with Kovu.
- Deadpan Snarker: "Kovu, what a guy." While Vitani's adoration is genuine, Nuka has a completely dry tone and rolls his eyes.
- Disney Villain Death: Dies during a log collapse.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: As The Unfavorite, he was really willing to do anything to get Zira's attention, even prior to his own death.
- Evil Is Petty: Most of his actions would befit more a feisty kid than the son of a schemer like Zira.
- Expy: Of Tybalt, Romeo's boisterous rival whose death further fuels the conflict between the two families.
- Famous Last Words: "I'm sorry, mother... I tried."
- Fatal Flaw: His craving for Zira's affection.
- Foil: To Scar. Both are The Unfavorite and resentful towards their respective brothers (despite both of their enduring care for them), and dream of being leaders because they feel they deserve it. They are also physically unimpressive, although stronger than they look. Scar keeps his resentment hidden and puts up an affable façade with Mufasa until it's the moment to betray him, while Nuka never hides his contempt for Kovu, even if it causes him troubles with Zira. Scar, as the younger sibling, needs Mufasa's death to take the throne, while Nuka had the birth right but was passed over. Scar is willing to destroy his own family to get the throne, Nuka wants to win his mother's affection. Scar carefully studies a plan to get rid of Mufasa and throws him off a cliff, while Nuka's lack of foresight causes his own death, which resembles much Mufasa's demise. Scar's plan is based on treason, while Nuka is moved by devotion.
- Freudian Excuse: Zira constantly abuses him, physically and verbally. As a result, he's willing to do everything to please her, even if it includes murder.
- Go Out with a Smile: In the original workprint of his death, he goes out with a smile on his face, pleased that he finally got Zira's attention.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Not to the extent Scar was, but considering he was Zira's eldest child, it's not hard to see why he became so envious of Kovu being the Chosen One over him.
- I Just Want to Be Loved: The reason behind everything he does.
- In the Blood: Apparently being Ax-Crazy.
- Irony: He spends the whole movie trying to succeed in something to get his mother's affection... and he gets it only as he's dying after failing to kill Simba.
- Lean and Mean: He's skinny and vicious.
- Leeroy Jenkins: He tries to catch Simba on the top of an unstable dam, without thinking of the danger. It backfires on him, as he dies crushed by the logs.
- Man Child: He's an immature Momma's Boy with an insane passion for fire.
- Meaningful Name: Nuka is Swahili for "stink". Given his mangy appearance, it's quite fitting.
- Momma's Boy: A very negative and ultimately tragic version.
- Mommy Issues: His relationship with Zira is easily one of the most dysfunctional ever created by Disney.
- Nervous Wreck: In the first part, he can't stop stuttering or worrying.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Hadn't it been for the logs crumbling under him he would have probably caught Simba. He also started the fire that put Kiara in grave danger.
- Not the Fall That Kills You: He survives the fall only to be crushed under several logs.
- Oedipus Complex: He's extremely dependant on Zira and despises Scar, who probably was a father figure to him.
- The One Guy: The only male lion in Zira's pride, since Kovu spends more time away from the pride due to his mission and ultimately undergoes a Heel–Face Turn.
- The Pigpen: He has poor hygiene due to his poverty, so termites constantly attack him.
- Pyro Maniac: He really loves starting a fire with Vitani and shows an unsettling glee at the sight of flames.
- The Resenter: To his stepbrother in spades, especially since bringing it up tends to make his mother abuse him more. On a lesser note, he's also dismissive of Scar, probably because the latter chose Kovu and not him.
- Sarcastic Devotee: He's not the typically smart type, but still counts.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: Not that the movie wasn't dark in the first half but, after his death, Zira goes completely off the edge, physically hurts Kovu and decides to attack Pride Rock.
- Sorry That I'm Dying: His last words are "I'm sorry, mother... I tried."
- Sour Supporter: He resents Kovu but endorses Zira's plan out of devotion.
- Stronger Than They Look: Not only he takes part to the ambush, but he also quickly climbs on an unstable dam and manages to grab Simba.
- Too Dumb to Live: Which ended up killing him.
- Tragic Villain: He's grown up in a wasteland, malnourished and unkempt, abused by his mother and with a constant reminder (Kovu) of his own status as The Unfavorite. All he wants is his mother to be proud of him... and he gets killed for it.
- Undying Loyalty: Despite Zira's cruel treatment, he's easily her most devoted follower.
- The Unfavourite: Zira favors Kovu over him.
- 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.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Constantly tries to earn his mother's love and approval. In his final moments, he gets it.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Yes, he tried to kill Simba. But he only did it because he wanted to make his mother proud.
"Where's your pretty daugher, Nala?"Zira's only daughter and the most supportive of Kovu.
Voiced by: Lacey Chabert (cub), Jennifer Lien (adult)
Singing by: Crysta Macalush (cub)
- Anti-Villain: Though more vicious than Kovu, Vitani similarly only follows her mother's whims because she genuinely believes her claims the pride is rightfully theirs'. When hearing Kiara's pleas, she actually sees reason even quicker than he did.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: She's often bothered by Nuka's incompetence but she's visibly distraught when her brother dies.
- Blood Knight: Even as a cub. The first thing she does when Kovu shows up is ask him if he wanted to roughhouse with her.
- Co-Dragons: With Nuka in a way, though she seems to be the one in charge, or at least more responsible.
- The Comically Serious: Plays The Straight Man to Nuka in some scenes.
- Cool Big Sis: Shows shades of this when she understands her brother and Kiara's reasons to stop the fighting and defies Zira.
"Hey, Kovu, wanna fight?"
- She pretty much WAS this since their youth.
- Dark Action Girl: Seems to do the most damage to Simba during the ambush. Also she is able to hold her own against Nala, who is an excellent fighter.
- Dark Chick: Really loves to fight.
- The Dragon: To Zira, especially after Nuka's death.
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially when it comes to her brother, Nuka.
- Et Tu, Brute?: She's blatantly hurt when it seems Kovu has turned his back on the Outlanders for Simba.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Both of her brothers have influence in her Heel–Face Turn.
- 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: Her name is a Portmanteau of the Swahili words vita ("battle", "war") and shetani ("demon")—ergo, "demon of war".
- Hilariously, Vitani is also Swahili for "ducks" and "linen", though the writers were most likely unaware of that fact.
- 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.
- Tomboy: More rough and violent.
Introduced in The Lion King 1˝
- Deadpan Snarker: She gets her moments.Ma: Max, Timon's out there chasing metaphors! I'm gonna go look for him!
Max: ARE YOU NUTS?!
Ma: Nice to have a supportive family, isn't it?
- Jewish Mother: Especially given her smothering tendencies.
- 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.
- Unnamed Parent: Her real name is never touched upon.
"No, I haven't [seen Timon], and what a day it's been! No concussions, contusions, lacerations, or injuries of any kind!"Timon's neurotic uncle.
Voiced by: Jerry Stiller
- Accent Upon The Wrong Syllable: Constantly refers to Timon as "Tee-moan".
- Cloudcuckoolander: Years of dealing with the hyenas can do that to a guy.
- The Cynic: Uncle Max is very pessimistic about life in general.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Doesn't want Timon's help for obvious reason, but he genuinely loves his nephew.
- Odd Name Out: His name is American, not Swahili.
Introduced in The Lion Guard
The Lion Guard
"The Lion Guard is the team that protects the Pride Lands and defends the Circle of Life."The Lion Guard consists of a group of lions (though with the latest Lion Guard iteration, various animals), with the job of protecting the Pride Lands from danger, including all those that live in it, and keeping the balance of the Circle of Life in tact.Each member is marked with a lion head symbol, and the leader is bestowed the additional gift of the Roar of the Elders.
Tropes applying to the team as a whole:
- Badass Creed: "Till the Pride Lands end, Lion Guard defends!"
- Early-Bird Cameo: During their debut movie-special, "Return of the Roar", 3 of the 5, Ono, Beshte, and Fuli, are briefly, and in Beshte's case, vaguely, seen during the opening stretch as Kion and Bunga play along the Pride Lands. These 3 wouldn't actually become relevant until 2/3rds of the way into the special.
- The Magnificent: Being members of the Lion Guard, all of the cubs are categorized under this trope - Kion is the Fiercest, Bunga is the Bravest, Beshte is the Strongest, Fuli the Fastest, and Ono the Keenest of Sight.
- Mark of the Supernatural: Each member is marked with the Mark of the Lion Guard on their front left appendage (upper left in Ono's case). Kion's showed up when he first learned to use the Roar, while the others were given their marks by Kion.
- Kion: His left shoulder.
- Bunga: His left arm.
- Ono: His left wing.
- Beshte: His left shoulder.
- Fuli: Her left shoulder.
Kion The Fiercest
"I want you all to join the new Lion Guard!"Kion is the main protagonist of The Lion Guard. He is the son of Simba and Nala, and the younger brother of Kiara. He serves as the leader of the newest iteration of the Lion Guard.
Voiced by: Max Charles
- Catchphrase: "Hevi kabisa (totally intense)!"
- Cats Hate Water: Gets splashed twice in the space of a few minutes, and seems to strongly dislike being soaking wet.
- Distressed Dude: Is freed from a thorn bush by Jasiri in "Never Judge a Hyena By Its Spots".
- Fantastic Racism: He's been brought up with the idea that all hyenas are inherently evil, and it takes Jasiri to show him that this is not the case at all.
- Genius Bruiser: Downplayed. While Kion does possess great strength, his role as the new leader of the Lion Guard places more emphasis on his intellect and tactical skills.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Suffers one during "Never Roar Again" where he almost kills Ono, later vowing to never use the Roar again.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Kion's greatest fear is to become just like Scar, and it is this fear that always ensures he regulates his use of the Roar of the Elders.
- If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: A trope that defines part of his conflict with Makuu. When it becomes clear that Makuu won't back down without a fight, Kion hesitates to take direct action since he knows fighting isn't the answer to everything. He eventually settles on showing off the power of The Roar to the crocodile, convincing him to back off.
- The Leader: Of the Lion Guard.
- Lightning Bruiser: Downplayed. Kion is very fast and strong, but he's second when compared to Fuli and Beshte, respectively. Plus, his role has a stronger emphasis on leadership,
- Like Father, Unlike Son: Unlike his father when he was a cub, Kion is a stickler for rules and quite mature for his age, as he takes his duties as the Prince of the Pride Lands, and the Leader of the Lion Guard very seriously, far more then his sister Kiara does with her duties.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: Kion's "Roar of the Elders" is a Mighty Roar version of this.
- Marked By The Supernatural: His Mark of the Lion Guard is on his left shoulder.
- Meaningful Name: His name derives from kiongozi, which is Swahili for "leader".
- Mighty Roar: Possesses the "Roar of the Elders," powerful enough to send enemies flying.
- Nice Guy: Kion is opened-minded, brave, and very mature for his age.
- Pick on Someone Your Own Size: Like his father, he says this word for word when confronting some hyenas in "Return of the Guard". Unlike his father, he backs it up with a Mighty Roar.
- Remember the New Guy: Kion isn't shown or even mentioned in the second film (even though he logically should have been, being Simba's son), but the TV show carries on as though he has always been there.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Despite being a prince, he not only strives to protect his home, but assembles a special group of animals to do so.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: He doesn't care if his Lion Guard isn't all lions. What matters to him is keeping the Pride Lands safe from harm while working with other animals.
- Spin-Offspring: He's Simba's son and the The Hero of the series.
- Strong Family Resemblance:
- Though quite similar in appearance to his father, Kion also bears a striking resemblance to his paternal grandfather, Mufasa.
- Based on a painting in Rafiki's cave, Kion bears a great resemblance to his maternal grandfather.
- Warrior Prince: He assembles a group of animals to protect the Pride Lands, known as the Lion Guard.
- Wise Prince: Unlike his dad, who was more of a Rebel Prince at his age, Kion is a stickler for the rules and is obedient even in the face of temptation. In addition to his obedience, Kion is also able to realize when doing the right thing supersedes the rules. This Trope is of note, because both Simba and Kiara initially had reservations with Kion's playful and seemingly aimless nature early on, with neither really believing he was ready for the responsibilities entailed with leading the Lion Guard. Throughout the events of "Return of the Roar", we are shown Kion's true worth, lending him to picking the best Lion Guard possible and leading them well during their first crisis, something that allows Kiara and especially Simba to see and acknowledge Kion's true inner wisdom, thus proving Rafiki right that Kion is ready and that "It is time."
Bunga The Bravest
"Zuka Zama!"Bunga is a brave honey badger and is one of Kion's best friends. He's usually the one to leap head first into action. As such, he is Kion's opposite in many ways. Bunga frequently leaps into danger, often without considering the consequences and improvising to the best of his ability along the way.
Voiced by: Joshua Rush
- "Zuka zama (pop up, dive in)!" Fans take this as the opposite of Pumbaa and Timon's "Hakuna Matata" as it means adrenaline and excitement rather than relaxation and peacefulness.
- And another catchphrase: "Un-bunga-lievable!"
- Fartillery: Bunga has been taught how to fart (or at least project musk, in the style of Honey Badgers) by Pumbaa, allowing him to diverge stampeding gazelles away from Kiara.
- Fearless Fool: Completely fearless, he'll try anyting at least once, no matter how dangerous. Kiara sums him up as "brave, bordering on stupid."
- Happily Adopted: He's the adopted nephew of Timon and Pumbaa.
- Headbutting Heroes: With Simba in "Bunga And The King".
- Innocently Insensitive: Bunga often says or does things without considering or realizing the consequences of his actions.
- Keet: Both energetic and fun-loving.
- The Lancer: He's Kion's best friend and Foil at the same time.
- Leeroy Jenkins: As Rafiki says, "Leap to conclusion, and you leap to confusion!"
- Literal-Minded: In the episode "Fuli's New Family," when learning he is immune to the venom of cobras, he takes it to mean that he is immune to everything - including volcanoes.
- Marked By The Supernatural: His Mark of the Lion Guard is on his left arm.
- Meaningful Name: Bunga means "foolish person". While he's not stupid by any means, he does make a few poor decisions, such as antagonizing a crocodile or disobediently straying too far into the Outlands.
- Not So Different: He and Simba realize that they share a love of the song "Hakuna Matata", and they love their adopted parents, Timon and Pumbaa.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Your average "goofy best friend of The Hero" archetype.
- Remember the New Guy: Perhaps the most jarring example this side of Kion; he's introduced as Timon and Pumbaa's adopted nephew out of nowhere.
Beshte The Strongest
"Twende Kiboko!"Beshte is a "happy-go-lucky" hippopotamus who joins the Lion Guard.
Voiced by: Dusan Brown
- Affectionate Nickname: He calls Bunga "Little B," and Bunga calls him "Big B" in return.
- Big Fun: Very large and very friendly.
- The Big Guy: He's by far the strongest member of the Lion Guard.
- "Twende kiboko (let's go hippo)!"
- Another one is, "What's the kerbubble?"
- Beshte seems to have developed a third catchphrase, this one being "pau," which is used as an exclamation similar to "cool" or "neat".
- Chick Magnet: The girl hippos seem to like him.
- Dumb Muscle: While by no means stupid, he does have a tendency to miss the obvious or forget what he was doing in the first place.
- Marked By The Supernatural: His Mark of the Lion Guard is on his left shoulder.
- Meaningful Name: Beshte means "Friend".
- Nice Guy: Very kind and helpful.
- Super Strength: He's not called "the strongest" for nothing.
Fuli The Fastest
"Nowhere to run that I can't run faster!"Fuli is a "confident cheetah" who assists Kion as a member of the Lion Guard.
Voiced by: Diamond White
- Action Girl: She's female and kicks just as much butt as the rest of the Lion Guard.
- Catchphrase: "Huwezi (can't catch me)!"
- Cats Hate Water: Fuli really doesn't like water, showing serious disgust when Mtoto soaks her by accident.
- Deadpan Snarker: Fuli is a rather sassy and snarky cub.
- Fantastic Racism: She holds a small amount of resentment towards the lions, believing that they lord it over the Pridelands. Because of this, she initially scoffed at the idea of serving under Kion in the Lion Guard (though she later accepted the offer).
- Hates Being Touched: In "Fuli's New Family," she shows an aversion to others touching her fur. However, she lets the rest of the Guard give her a hug ("This once") at the end of the episode.
- "I Am" Song: The song My Own Way, in the episode "Fuli's New Family," is about Fuli's love for independence.
- Informed Loner: She claims that she likes being alone in "Fuli's New Family," yet, save for her introduction in "Return of the Roar," she's always seen hanging out with the rest of the Lion Guard.
- Informed Species: She has (stylized) rosettes which would indicate she's a king cheetah, a variety of cheetah with a color mutation. However, her rosettes are similar to more of a leopard's than an actual king cheetah's.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Fuli can be brash and impatient, but she does care for her friends and points out faults with reason (see the episode Bunga the Wise for an example).
- Marked By The Supernatural: Her Mark of the Lion Guard is on her left shoulder.
- Meaningful Name: Fuli means "Very Fast", no surprise considering her species.
- Pride: She is very sure of herself, and equally certain that her speed can help her accomplish any task. This works against her in "The Search For Utamu," where her constant running without taking any breaks leaves her exhausted. She would have been easy prey for Mzingo and his vulture parliament if the rest of the Guard hadn't stepped in to help.
- Super Speed: Naturally, since she's a cheetah.
Ono The Keenest Of Sight
"I have Kiara in sight!"Ono is an egretnote who becomes a member of the Lion Guard. His name means passion, and his speciality is his keen eye.
Voiced by: Atticus Shaffer
- Adorkable: Ono is this trope, due to his squeaky voice, adorably cautious demeanor and his occasional bashfulness.
- Bald of Awesome: Loses his plume feathers in "Never Roar Again".
- Deadpan Snarker: The little egret does have his moments of making sarcastic asides or comments.
- Glowing Eyes: Every time he spots something while flying, his eyes shimmer radiantly.
- Marked By The Supernatural: His Mark of the Lion Guard is on his left wing.
- Meaningful Name: Ono means "Passion".
- Seldom-Seen Species: A cattle egret.
- The Smart Guy: He's described as an "intellectual" egret.
- Took a Level in Badass: He gets his first fight scene in "The Search For Utamu" when he fights one of Mzingo's vultures. He does a pretty good job at it too.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: "Too Many Termites" shows that he is afraid of bats, which prevents him from simply warning a flock that their tree is about to fall, instead calling the rest of the Guard in.
- Voiced by: Sarah Hyland
- Green-Eyed Monster: In "Fuli's New Family," she was quite resentful about Fuli joining in on her and Kiara's practice hunt, even thinking Fuli was trying to become "Kiara's new bestie."
- Jerkass Ball: In "Can't Wait To Be Queen," she and Zuri reacted to Kiara being made acting queen by setting themselves up as her advisors, talking down to others and ignoring their opinions.
- She along with Zuri go into this as well in "Fuli's New Family", angry that Fuli has committed the great crime of hunting near Kiara.
- Meaningful Name: Tiifu means "obedient."
- Nice Girl: She comforts Zuri after she breaks a claw.
- Youthful Freckles: She has three dark spots of fur on each cheek.
- Voiced by: Madison Pettis
- Damsel in Distress: She is first seen with her claw stuck in a log. In a Polish comic, she is trapped by Makku during a flood.
- I Broke a Nail: When Bunga fouls up Timon and Pumbaa's attempt to free Zuri, her claw breaks.
- Jerkass Ball: In "Can't Wait To Be Queen," she and Tiifu reacted to Kiara being made acting queen by setting themselves up as her advisors, talking down to others and ignoring their opinions.
- She along with Tiifu go into this as well in "Fuli's New Family", regarding Fuli hunting alongside Kiara (though Zuri is more indifferent than outright contemptuous).
- Meaningful Name: Zuri means "beautiful."
- Narcissist: The reason she was stuck in the log? Because of her tendency to sharpen her claws in every piece of wood she passed, as she wanted to keep them shiny.
- Rescue Romance: Played for Laughs. In a Polish comic, if Kion chooses to save Zuri first, then she will nuzzle him, much to his disgust, and the Guard's amusement.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She is terrified of bugs.
"The Pride Lands will never know what bit 'em."Janja is the leader of a clan of hyenas that dwell in the outlands. He seeks only to feed himself, and seems to have no respect for the circle of life.
Voiced by: Andrew Kishino
- Artistic License – Biology: He's the leader of his clan, despite hyena clans being led by a female in real life. While one could justify this since all of his clan appears to be male, hyenas don't form same-sex clans in real life, either.
- Bad Boss: He really doesn't care about his fellow hyenas, and berates and insults them regularly.
- Big Bad: Of both the movie and the tv show.
- Backstab Backfire: Throws Cheezi and Chungu out and then gets betrayed by his new minions.
- Dirty Coward: He prefers using underhanded tactics and sheer numbers to win. When faced with an even fight in "Can't Wait To Be Queen," he instantly ran.
- Evil Counterpart: To Kion. While Kion leads a group of animals dedicated to defending the circle of life, Janja's pack is set on destroying it.
- Evil Laugh: He is a hyena, after all.
- For the Evulz: Why he's so keen on causing chaos in the Pridelands, at least in Return of the Roar; Janja openly mocks the Circle of Life and merely wants to terrorize the savannah animals. It's not always as clear in the TV series; sometimes, he and his clan sincerely seem to be hunting before Kion and his friends drive them off.
- Evil Gloating: What generally backfires on him half the time. His desire to gloat usually results in his plans falling apart.
- General Failure: While most of his plans are smart, in several instances, he throws the plan out the window and fails several perfect chances, such as his kidnapping of Kiara.
- Insult Backfire: Regularly calls his minions "furbrains". Nne and Tano call him this when they betray him.
- Meaningful Name: Janja means "Crafty" or "Artful" in Swahili.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Much more so than any of the other Hyenas in the franchise, particularly his clan mates. For example when he lures Kiara into a trap his intention isn't to harm her but to use her as a bargaining chip so that Simba will let him take any animals he wants from the pride lands.
- Surrounded by Idiots: To his dismay, he seems to be the only member of his pack with actual brains.
- At least until "Janja's New Crew," where he has just as much intellect (or lack thereof) as the rest of the pack, with his new henchmen showing actual brains.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Started out this way, at least. In Return of the Roar, he was a sinister, cackling presence that wasn't afraid to look Kion in the eye and threaten him. More importantly, he held the intention of wiping out an entire herd of gazelles for the sole purpose of intimidating the Lion Guard; the special made it explicitly clear Janja would not stop until they were all dead. Come the actual series, he's much more cowardly and benign, with a characterization that drifts back and forth between "jerk and a bit of an irresponsible hunter" and "jerk who Kion bullies on his own territory as often as Janja intrudes on the Pridelands."
- Villain Song: "Tonight We Strike", "Outta the Way", and "Panic And Run".
- Would Hurt a Child: Even though he is a far less danger, the series makes it clear that he has no qualms about endangering or killing children. Although the Lion Guard is a subversion since they are fighting back, Kiara, the other children, and Muhimu's baby are all primarily helpless when he goes after them, which plays them straight.
- Voiced by: Greg Ellis
- Evil Brit: Boasts a british accent, and is quite wicked.
- Evil Counterpart: His accent (and position relating to Janja) makes him one to Zazu. To a smaller extent, he's one to Ono, being the only flyer under Janja's lead.
- Feathered Fiend: In keeping with the vulture stereotype.
- Seldom-Seen Species: A Ruppell's Griffon Vulture.
- Villain Song: "All Hail The Vultures".
"Sisi ni Sawa means 'we're the same'."A good hyena that befriends Kion.
Voiced by: Maia Mitchel
- Action Girl: Can put up a fight against Janja and his clans. It is implied that she has bested him before.
- Aesop Amnesia: Immediately after singing a duet with Kion about how they should be friends she laughs at the idea of needing a lion's help when Kion offers and after chasing off Janja's group shows surprise when Kion tells the rest of the Lion Guard that she's a friend.
- Artistic License – Biology: She's smaller than the male hyenas (real-life hyena females are around 10% larger), but it's not clear if this is due to her age or a deliberate choice/goof up by the writers. The only other female hyena seen so far in the franchise whose size we know (Shenzi) is the same size as the male hyenas in the first two films, so probably the latter.
- Damsel in Distress: She puts up a good fight and it isn't clear if she even needs Kion help, but he still saves her anyway from the other hyenas with The Roar.
- Expy: Of Asante, a good hyena character that befriends Simba's probably Retconned-away first born son Kopa in a tie-in book for the first film.
- Fantastic Racism: She has her little comments about Kion being a lion, but is not that hostile about it.
- Good Colors, Evil Colors: A way to tell she is not mean like Janja's clan is by her fur color; she is tinted a faint purple, while Janja and the other hyenas are a sickly grey. She also has Innocent Blue Eyes, unlike the other hyenas' black eyes.
- "I Am" Song: Kion and Jasiri's duet "Sisi ni Sawa (We Are The Same)"
- Kick Chick: Some of her fighting moves incorporate kicks from her hind legs.
- Meaningful Name: Jasiri is Swahili for "courageous".
- Not So Different: Jasiri's song, "Sisi ni Sawa (We Are The Same)" is about her telling Kion that lions and hyenas are this.
- Politically Incorrect Hero: She makes a comment about males being dumb, in a nod to the fact that real-life hyenas are matriarchal.
- Voiced by: Blair Underwood
- Antagonist Title: Of his debut episode, "The Rise of Makuu".
- Artistic License – Biology: He has an overbite, despite the fact that this is a trait of alligators.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: It's the crocodile way of determining their leader, and he wins leadership of the clan after defeating Pua in a mashindano.
- Blood Knight: Even amongst crocodiles, he's particularly bloodthirsty.
- Early-Bird Cameo: In "Return of the Roar" when Bunga jumps on his head irritating him.
- Heel–Face Turn: He learns to respect the Lion Guard and after his debut episode he continues as the leader of the crocodiles, but his leadership doesn't seem to be causing any more problems, supporting Pua's assessment that he was simply young and hot-headed and can learn to be a better leader.
- Hypocrite: When Kion tries to talk Makuu into having his clan leave Big Springs, Makuu refuses, telling Kion that a real leader never backs down. But when Kion demonstrates the power of the Roar of the Elders, Makuu immediately gathers up his clan and leaves the Springs, doing the very thing he claimed a "real leader" never does.
- Jerkass: Has no regard for the Circle of Life or the well-being of other animals.
- Kick the Dog: Wastes no time in mocking Pua as he steps down as leader and is exiled from the river. He also taunts Kion for refusing to fight him.
- Meaningful Name: Makuu means "arrogant" in Swahili.
- Never Smile at a Crocodile: He's the only example of this trope so far among the crocodiles.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: As befitting the leader of the crocodiles, who are portrayed this way.
- Smug Snake: The only thing that humbles him is a demonstration of the devastating damage The Roar can inflict.
- The Starscream: It's implied he's been trying to undermine Pua for some time, and he finally succeeds in overthrowing him in "The Rise of Makuu".
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: Of the crocodiles, though subverted since his followers seem to be perfectly happy with this Jerkass at their helm. To the rest of the Pride Lands, however, his new regime causes a lot of problems.
- Villain with Good Publicity: At least amongst the crocodiles, who happily accept him as leader and seem to think he's all that. The rest of the Pride Lands disagree. Pua takes something of a middle ground, and rationalizes that Makuu is simply young and hotheaded.
- Villains Out Shopping: In "Kupatana Celebration", he's shown attending the titular event without causing any trouble for the other animals.
- Voiced by: Christian Slater
- Butt Monkey: He's often the one inconvenienced by Bunga's antics.
- The Dog Bites Back: He finally bites Bunga in "Fuli's New Family". Knowing that honey badgers are immune to venom, though, he bites him only once and says so to Beshte after the hippo tells him Bunga didn't mean to land on him.
- Meaningful Name: "Ushari" means "aggression" in Swahili.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: The show seems to treat him somewhat unfairly due to his being a snake. Most egregious is the episode in which Bunga literally beats him up and steals his rightful prey despite the fact that snakes, like lions or cheetahs, need to eat other animals in order to survive. So much for the Circle of Life philosophy.
- Averted in the following episode, "Bunga the Wise" and "Kupatana Celebration". In the former, the guard visits his hole to make sure he and his buddies aren't stuck in the mud and in the latter he's at the Kupatana Celebration alongside all the other Pride Land animals with no stigma or conflict towards him at all. Although in the former the gang aren't enthusiastic about checking on them.
- Seldom-Seen Species: He's an Egyptian Cobra.
- Snakes Are Sinister: Somewhat subverted. He does hate Bunga and he is shown to be a menacing presence, but it doesn't seem like he has any villainous pretensions, being mostly interested in being left alone to eat and sleep like any other snake.
- Somewhere, a Herpetologist Is Crying: Ushari is an Egyptian cobra (Naja haje), and for his first few appearances he has the markings of one. But later on, he's shown to have the external hood markings of an Indian cobra (Naja naja), which does not occur in Africa. This is an exceedingly common trope with cobra species in media, on the level of All Animals Are Dogs.
- At one point Ushari coils around Bunga to restrain him. Very few venomous snakes do this, and cobras are not among them.
- Sssssnake Talk: "Sssssay, that was my lunch!"
- Voiced by: Gerald C. Rivers
- Big Good: Was formerly this of the crocodiles.
- Carnivores Are Mean: Averted, unlike his successor Makuu.
- Cool Old Guy: He's a friendly, respected leader in the Pride Lands and dispenses sage advice to Kion.
- The Exile: Crocodile tradition dictates that the loser of a mashindano must be exiled from the crocodile clan.
- The Good King: He was this to the crocodiles, and Simba thanks him for being this during his reign.
- Graceful Loser: Though he's clearly stung by losing to Makuu, he leaves the river without a fight and later seems to be comfortable in his new retirement.
- Martial Pacifist: As a crocodile, he can certainly fight, but he prefers diplomacy and later advises Kion to simply back down.
- Never Smile at a Crocodile: Completely averted. He's one of the most pleasant characters introduced in the franchise.
- Reality Ensues: Age has caught up to him, and he loses his fight with the younger Makuu.
- Voiced by: Kevin Schon
- All There in the Manual: According to the show script and the subtitles on Google Play, his name is Thurston, after his VA's character in Gilligan's Island. According to some other sources, it's Punda Milia.
- Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: A non-sexual example. In "The Imaginary Okapi" he gets offended when Makucha refuses to kill and eat him, due to being more focused on Ajabu.
- Catch Phrase: "Panic and run, panic and run!"
- Chick Magnet: A Plains zebra stallion's herd is also his harem. That sizable herd of zebras he's leading, complete with foals? Yup.
- Meaningful Name: Punda Milia just means "zebra" in Swahili.
- Somewhere, an Equestrian Is Crying: He and the other zebras are portrayed as being much more like horses than actual zebras, particularly with the sounds they make. This is a glaring bit of discontinuity as well, as the films have zebras making their natural sounds.
- Voiced by: Ana Gasteyer
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She pretends to be sweet and innocent so she and her family could steal from other animals.
- Dope Slap: Tends to slap or kick Goigoi to wake him up or prevent him from ruining her plans.
- Evil Matriarch: She's a con artist that teaches her kids to follow in her example.
- The Family That Slays Together: She joins Goigoi and her kids in attacking the Kupatana celebration and they all seem quite close.
- Kick Chick: Her first appearance shows that she's fond of waking up Goigoi with a kick of her hind leg whenever he falls asleep. By her second appearance, it's shown that her kicks are also her preferred method of silencing Goigoi when he speaks out of turn (such as nearly telling their prey that they're going to eat them rather than trying to win their trust).
- Know When To Fold Them: She's quick to give up and run away when confronted with a superior enemy.
- Meaningful Name: Rairai is Swahili for "flattering", a reference to her being a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Despite being less bulkier than her mate, Rairai has significant lower body strength, as she can easily kick the more muscular Goigoi several feet away from her in spite of her lighter frame.
- Seldom-Seen Species: A black-backed jackal.
- Villain Song: "Jackal Style" and "We'll Make You A Meal".
- Voiced by: Phil LaMarr
- Bumbling Dad: He's less competent than his mate.
- Dumb Muscle: He's mostly working as his mate's muscle.
- The Dreaded: Despite his laziness, he is still feared enough by the Pride Lands' inhabitants that Taama can use his voice to scare them off so he can take their food.
- Ear Notch: Has several on both ears.
- The Family That Slays Together: He joins Rairai and his kids in attacking the Kupatana celebration and they all seem quite close.
- Meaningful Name: "Goigoi" means "lazy" or "weak" in Swahili.
- Muscles Are Meaningful: Subverted in that he's quite bulky for a jackal, but he's quite weak in performance. His mate can easily kick him away from him with one leg, and even Bunga had him trying to run away when he grabbed him by the tail in spite of the honey badger being smaller than him.
- Seldom-Seen Species: A black-backed jackal, like his wife.
- Sleepy Head: He seems to spend most of his time asleep.
- Voiced by: Jacob Gunether
- Identical Twin Id Tag: He can be distinguished from his siblings by his blue eyes, and the dark brown spots on his front legs.
- The Family That Slays Together: He and his siblings join their parents in attacking the Kupatana celebration and they all seem quite close.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: There's at least 15 of them.
- Meaningful Name: "Dogo" means "small" in Swahili.
- Seldom-Seen Species: A black-backed jackal, like his parents.
- Voiced by: Ron Funches
- Meaningful Name: "Ajabu" is "miracle/mystery" in Swahili.
- Misplaced Wildlife: Lampshaded as a plot point. Okapi live in the jungles of Africa, but Ajabu gets chased all the way to the Pridelands by a leopard.
- Seldom-Seen Species: The last time an okapi in The Lion King franchise was shown was in the sequel.
- Voiced by: Steve Blum
- The Determinator: He's been trailing an okapi from his original home in the rainforest all the way to the Pridelands.
- Guttural Growler: As per the case when Steve Blum is voicing a character.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Decides that Ajabu isn't worth it when he's faced with an angry young hippo.
- Meaningful Name: "Makucha" is Swahili for "claws," of which he has an impressive set.
- Voiced by: Jack McBrayer
- Adorkable: For a leopard, Badili is pretty cute and goofy.
- Cowardly Lion: Or cowardly leopard in this case. Badili is a peace loving leopard that doesn't like fighting and is afraid to stand up for himself. But after some training he musters up the courage to stand up to Mapigano. While he is scared deep down, he's willing to stand up himself in the end and send Mapigano packing.Badili: Could you tell how scared I was?
Bunga: Are you kidding? You looked nothing but brave.
- Lovable Coward: Even though leopards are expected to be able to defend their territory from others, Badili is too timid and gentle hearted. But Lion Guard see his kind heart and help him stand up for himself.
- Meaningful Name: Badili is Swahili for "changed"; he goes from being incredibly shy to confident enough to stand up to his bully.
- Mighty Roar: Badili earns to master his roar with help from Kion and uses it stand up to and chase off Mapigano.
- Not Afraid of You Anymore: Says this right to Mapigano's face and gets the point across with a Mighty Roar.
- Shrinking Violet: He's extremely shy, so much so that he gets intimidated by his own reflection in the water during the Training Montage.
- Took a Level in Badass: Badili starts off timid and meek. But with help from the Lion Guard, he becomes brave enough, strong enough, fast enough, confident enough, and fierce enough to take his home back.