Characters: The Lion King

Introduced in The Lion King

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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..."

Voiced by: Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Matthew Broderick

  • Action Dad: In Simba's Pride and still can kick butt.
  • Arranged Marriage: Was betrothed to Nala when they were cubs.
  • The Atoner: Spends most of the first film guilt-ridden for his father's death until he finds out that he's not the one to blame for it at all.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: At the end of the first movie.
  • Badass: Not quite as much as his father, though.
  • Berserk Button: When he returns to Pride Rock after Scar turns it into a barren landscape, he snaps when he sees Scar striking his mom.
  • 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.
  • Cheerful Child: One of Disney's most honest examples.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Nala. She's the only lioness cub we see when Simba's a cub, and the first one he meets when he grows up.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Red hair and eyes.
  • A Dog Named Dog: He's a lion whose name means "lion."
  • The Exile: After Mufasa's death.
  • Flashback Nightmare: Seen in the sequel; implied in the midquel.
  • Former Teen Rebel: As an adult Simba becomes strict and judgmental and takes his job of ruling the kingdom very seriously, even though he used to be a Bratty Half-Pint.
  • The Good King: Like his father before him, he manages to make the land flourish unlike Scar.
  • Hates Baths: As a cub. Possibly the main example from Disney.
  • Held Gaze: Simba and Nala gaze deeply into each other's eyes at the end of their Falling in Love Montage of "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" before nuzzling each other in a manner that resembles a kiss.
  • The Hero: The first movie is about his growth and life.
  • Heroic BSOD: When he thinks he's the one who killed his father.
  • Heroic Second Wind: Scar nearly backs him off of Pride Rock while he's trying to guilt-trip him. But just as he's about to push him off to his death, he admits to being the one who killed Mufasa. Needless to say, Simba pounces on him in a instant and starts choking him to get him to admit the truth.
  • He's Back: The reaction from his mother, Scar, and the other Pridelanders.
  • 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: 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".
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Of the Overprotective Dad variety in the sequel.
  • Keet: Occasionally as a cub.
  • King of Beasts: Well, duh.
  • Left for Dead: Scar assumes that he'll be killed when he goes off on his own.
  • Leitmotif: Featured in This Land. If you want to get technical, his leitmotif is the "Busa" chant that pops up throughout the film.
  • Meaningful Name: Simba means "lion" in Swahili.
  • Mouthy Kid: So much, at the beginning of the movie, especially towards Zazu.
  • Overprotective Dad: Very much in the sequel. Like other overprotective Disney parents, though, he has good reason. Still, he goes overboard.
  • Parental Hypocrisy: At one point, Nala points out to Simba that Kiara's just like they were when they were cubs, and Simba explains that this is what worries him.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: He and Nala both balk at the idea of getting married—at first, while they're still cubs. After they grow up...
  • Rebel Prince: After Mufasa's death and Scar's manipulation, he goes into exile and shakes all responsibility as rightful successor to his father's kingdom. He eventually returns years later when he is informed by Nala how bad things have gotten under Scar's misrule.
  • Red-Headed Hero: 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.
  • Title Character: "Lion King" apparently refers to Simba when he officially returns to the Pridelands.
  • 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.
  • 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, 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.
  • 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.

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

Voiced by: James Earl Jones

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

Voiced by: Jeremy Irons

  • 0% Approval Rating: No kidding. By the time Simba comes back, even the hyenas admit that Mufasa was a much better king than Scar ever could be.
  • Badass: He managed to kill off a key character, something that few Disney Villains can say they've done. And he puts up a solid fight against Simba.
  • 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.
  • Bastard 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.
  • Beard of Evil: His mane looks like a devilish goatee.
  • Berserk Button: Mentioning how much better of a king Mufasa was than him, probably because he knows it's true. He can't stand hearing Mufasa's name, to the point that he makes a law against saying it.
  • Big Bad: Of the first movie. Killing Mufasa and ruining the Pridelands.
  • Big Bad Friend: Towards Mufasa and Simba, who only think of him as their loyal brother and uncle, respectively. Though they don't realize his true intentions.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Subverted when he orders his hyenas to kill Simba instead of doing the job himself, as he told him to exile himself from the Pride Lands before doing so.
  • Brains: Evil; Brawn: Good: Zig-Zagged. He certainly is a great deal more fond of using manipulation and cunning to get what he wants, and he's very talented at both of these things. In addition, he admits that he is physically far weaker than Mufasa. When it comes to actually ruling a kingdom, however, he has no idea what he's doing, and the Pride Lands turns from a lush savannah to a barren wasteland in a matter of a few years. Upon Simba's return, however, he shows himself to be no less adept at the cunning manipulation that got him into power...and this trope is played with again when Scar proves himself to indeed be a viciously competent (if dirty) fighter when he's got no other options.
  • Breaking Speech: Gives a nasty one to Simba upon his return. It's so effective, if he hadn't done his Nice Job Fixing It, Villain, he'd have won with only this.
  • Brilliant but Lazy: He's very talented at using cunning and manipulation to get what he wants but he doesn't even try to be responsible once he becomes king.
  • Cain and Abel: With Mufasa. Scar is the Cain to Mufasa's Abel.
  • The Caligula: He is an absolutely terrible ruler, and threatens or intimidates anyone who tries to tell him so. The mere mention of Mufasa is enough to send him into a rage.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dirty Coward: He begs Simba for mercy at the end. Though, he does fight back and almost wins.
  • 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 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 also start out wildly irresponsible, with Scar at times (particularly when we see him as king of the Pride Lands years later) acting very childish (to the point where Scar, an adult, acts like a toddler while Simba, as a child, acts like a regular older kid). 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.
    • It could also be said that he serves as this for his brother as well. While Mufasa is a wise and just king, Scar is an incompetent and selfish ruler.
  • 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: Done spectacularly before sending his brother to his death.
  • 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 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 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.
  • Genre Blindness: He sends his bumbling minions to kill someone whom they've already failed to kill, and just look at the results of the aforementioned Evil Gloating.
  • Good Is Dumb: Averted. Despite his claims, Scar actually is no smarter than his brother, yet is resentful that Mufasa gets to be King instead of him. When he finally does become King, it becomes clear he is not as smart as his brother; Scar is a lazy hedonist who isn't even interested in maintaining the Pridelands.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: Black, Red and Unnatural Green.
  • Good Hair, Evil Hair: The slicked-back variety.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Is the Big Bad and has a scar over his eye.
  • Greater Scope Villain:
    • Of Simba's Pride: the primary villain is Zira, who was one of his sympathizers and seeks to avenge him.
    • 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.
  • Hypocrite: Scar pulls the family card while begging for mercy from Simba. This coming from a guy who previously murdered his own brother and tried to kill his nephew without batting an eye.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Animator Andreas Deja watched Jeremy Irons's movies to put more of him into Scar - "Not that he looks like a lion" - and even added the actor's baggy eyes.
  • It's All About Me: "I'm the king, I can do whatever I want" sums his rule up. It's also a Deconstruction of the trope, as this view on life results in the Pridelands going to hell and him having a 0% Approval Rating.
  • Jerkass: Truly exemplified when he murdered his own brother and blamed his death on his nephew.
  • 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 the responsible of 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, and later, Simba's Heroic Build.
  • Man Child: Once he becomes king, his personality and behavior strongly resembles the personality and behavior of a bratty toddler. In fact, if you compared his personality during his kingship to the personality of Cub Nala and even Cub Simba, he would come off as the most immature of the three, and the other two are cubs.
  • 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.
  • 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, tenacity spanning, decades of denial, is simply why I'll be king undisputed, respected, saluted 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."
  • 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.
  • 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").
  • Posthumous Character: In Simba's Pride.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Best exemplified by his "I am the King, I can do whatever I want!" excuse, because it is essentially the attitude of Simba as a cub, even though Simba never meant it in such a bastardly way.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: His original fate in the Alternate Ending. He wins the fight with Simba by throwing him off Pride Rock, but is then burned to death himself when the fires surrounding Pride Rock engulf it. By throwing Simba off Pride Rock, he actually saves Simba from suffering that fate and allowing him to have his happy ending anyway, making Scar's victory in the fight meaningless.
  • Red Right Hand: His scar, and his claws that are always bared (unlike the others).
  • Relative Button: You just had to get that last Kick the Dog moment in, didn't you Scar?
  • Reverse Psychology: How he tricks Simba into visiting the elephant graveyard.
  • The Resenter: Scar resents his brother.
  • 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 useful to Scar's plan, but he clearly enjoys it.
    • This proves to be the cause of his demise, since attempting to do the same with Simba makes the latter fight back.
  • 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 actually a Dirty Coward.
  • 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.
  • Sssssnaketalk: Does this alot, especially when gloating.
  • Tragic Villain: Scar's dream of being king was utterly broken when Mufasa was chosen. Also, no one in the lion family aknowledged or even liked him, even before not becomming king. If none of these things wouldn't have happened, Scar wouldn't have become such an evil tyrant.
  • The So-Called Coward: While at first, he cowardly begs for mercy from Simba, as soon as Simba grants said mercy, he attacks him at full force and nearly beats him in a straight fight.
  • The Sociopath: Has zero qualms over planning the deaths of his family and pretending to be racked with grief. 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 prizes
      And though I'm the main addressee,
      Point that I must emphasize is,
      YOU WON'T GET A SNIFF WITHOUT ME! (A random hyena falls into the crack in the ground.)
    • He loses his temper and starts shouting whenever Mufasa is mentioned.
  • 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.
    • To be fair, it isn't made clear he knows they are even there!
  • 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.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • "The Madness of King Scar" in the Broadway musical version, a song that really focuses on his shift from Magnificent Bastard to Smug Snake in his reign as king.
    • The original ending of the film had a far more pronounced one. After his fight with Simba, which ends with Simba being the one thrown off Pride Rock (but lives), Scar is last seen laughing insanely as the fires surrounding Pride Rock engulf and kill him.
  • Villainous Legacy: His influence is still felt after his death, since the primary villains in the sequel are his sympathizers wanting revenge.
  • Villain Song: "Be Prepared" were he explains to the Hyenas how he intended to murder his brother and nephew to become king. There is also a cut reprise to "Be Prepared" were he expresses his desire to make Nala his queen, and introduces the Hyenas as his 'executive staff.'
  • 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 doesn't buy any of his crap for a second, but 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 have no idea what this will mean to everyone! What it means to me!"

Voiced by: Niketa Calame, Moira Kelly

  • Action Girl: Simba has never won a fight against her, and she kicks some hyena ass in the climax.
  • 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.
  • Arranged Marriage: Was betrothed to Simba when they were cubs.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Simba as a part of their arranged marriage..
  • Dance Battler: In the stage musical during the fight with the hyenas.
  • Demoted to Extra: Nala has a small role in both the sequel and midquel, although her role in the first film was pretty small itself.
  • Disappeared Dad: Her father is never mentioned.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: With Simba.
  • Plucky Girl: She never gives up.
  • Queen of Beasts: Nala is the ruler of the beasts as well.
  • She's All Grown Up: Simba barely recognized after they met again.
  • Tomboy: Mainly as a child. She kicks Simba's ass in every fight, and is very adventurous and restless.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gives one to Simba for refusing to go back to the Pridelands.

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

Voiced by: Rowan Atkinson, Edward Hibbert

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

Voiced by: Robert Guillaume

"Simba! You're can that be?"

Voiced by: Madge Sinclair, Susanne Blakeslee (currently)

    Timon and Pumbaa 
"Hakuna Matata!"

Voiced by: Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella

  • All the Other Reindeer: Both Timon and Pumba had trouble fitting in.
  • Anti-Role Model: They aren't negative characters, although their carefree philosophy is wildly at odds with the film's actual moral.
  • Badass: Pumbaa when attacking the Hyenas.
  • Badly Battered Babysitter: Especially with Baby Earl in "To Killamanjaro Bird".
  • Been There, Shaped History: Lion King 1/2 is all about this. They were responsible for the animals bowing in "Circle of Life", caused the animal pyramid in "I Just Can't Wait to Be King" to collapse etc.
  • 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.
  • Bewarethe Nice Ones: Pumbaa is a nice enough guy, but call him a pig in a threatening way and your ass is bacon.
  • The Big Guy: Pumbaa is the muscle of the duo.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Pumbaa and Timon, respectively.
  • The Blind Leading the Blind: In the midquel, Timon does this to Pumbaa when they try to find their home.
  • 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 got 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 but it mostly involves gas humor.
  • Cool Uncles: To Kiara in the sequel when they become her protectors as well.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Pumbaa when he faces off against the hyenas.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Timon is the most sarcastic of the duo.
  • Denser and Wackier: Both become more comedic in the series.
  • Determinator: Timon, in the midquel, grows into to this in the climax.
  • 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 and Skinny: Pumbaa and Timon, respectively.
  • Fat Comic Relief: Pumbaa is the fat one in the duo and shares the comic relief.
  • Friend to All Children: But especially the latter who was very excited to 'keep' child!Simba.
  • Friend to Bugs: Averted, since they eat them, but they befriend a snail named Speedy in the series since he could talk (and sing).
  • Fur Is Clothing: In the series, their fur even has pockets and zippers.
  • Gasshole: The very reason Pumbaa was an outcast.
  • Gentle Giant: Pumbaa is the biggest and the most big hearted.
  • Gratuitous Greek: Timon is one of the few names not derived from Swahili, instead being a Greek name (that coincidentally was used by Shakespeare).
  • 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.
  • Jewish Mother: Timon's protective mother, in the third movie.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Timon can be quite selfish, but will help his friends in the end.
  • 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.
  • The Lancer: Timon to Pumbaa. He's skinny, small, and has a Jerk with a Heart of Gold personality.
  • Large Ham: Pumbaa is a literal example. Timon is also enjoying himself immensely (Nathan Lane is an expert in this, after all).
  • Leitmotif: They have a Fanfare.
  • Literal-Minded: Pumbaa, which is often the reason why he Does Not Understand Sarcasm. Timon in , at least.
  • Made of Iron: They survive A LOT in the TV series. One of the best examples would be how much poor Pumbaa goes through in the short span of the "Stand By Me" scene.
  • Malaproper: Pumbaa, occasionally, for example saying "I gravel at your feet" instead of "grovel" and messing up Timon's saying "You've gotta put your past behind you" as "You gotta put your behind in your past". Timon corrects him both times.
  • Man Child: Boy, are they! Especially since they tell Simba to let go of his responsibility.
  • Meaningful Name: Pumbaa means "simpleton" in Swahili.
  • Men Are Childish: See his Man Child section.
  • Momma's Boy: Timon is very close to his mother.
  • 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.
  • 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 Bamboo.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • They Call Me Mr Tibbs: "THEY CALL ME MR. PIG!"
  • Those Two Guys: The movie's version of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Down to the P.O.V. Sequel.
  • Toilet Humor: Pumbaa's farting, Timon picking his boogers, and their constant grub-eating.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Almost given their laid back lifestyle.
  • 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!

Voiced by: Cheech Marin, Whoopi Goldberg and Jim Cummings

  • Aerith and Bob: Ed is the odd name out, being non-Swahili.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Ed's eyes are always crossed, his only dialogue consists of maniacal laughter (often at inappropriate times), and he's seen chewing his leg after fighting with Banzai, suggesting some form of mental retardation.
  • Anti-Villain: Arguably, Type IIs. Yeah, they wanna help Scar overthrow Mufasa's reign, but it's mostly because they're starving and are looking for a way to improve their lives... It doesn't work out very well for them, but still, they tried.
  • Ax-Crazy: While Shenzi and Banzai are prone to breaking out into hysterical laughter, they're otherwise quite stable. Ed, on the other hand, clearly has some worrying problem.
  • Better Living Through Evil: They pretty much only followed Scar because he promised they would "never go hungry again"... And when it turned out he couldn't uphold his end of their bargain and give them their meal tickets, it became increasingly clear that they were starting to get fed up with their new king.
  • Big Bad: Arguably of Lion King 1/2. Sadly, they only appear in 2 scenes in that film.
  • Breakout Characters: They have a cult following and are immensely popular in fanart, particularly Shenzi.
  • Butt Monkey: Banzai, who gets claw-marks and thorns in his butt.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Ed... We don't really know what he's saying but he's clearly not all there and seems to have most fun out of the Hyenas. See Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass.
  • Comically Cross-Eyed: Ed is the most insane 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.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Implied, in Ed's case. It's only on Ed's evil laugh - which triggers Shenzi and Banzai's Slasher Smile - that Scar really realises he's fucked.
  • 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.
  • The Dragon: Shenzi to Scar, though the sequels might have made her less this and more his Right Hand Hyena.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Rather, The Hyena Bites Back... All of them.
  • 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.
  • Fish Eyes: Ed's eyes aren't exactly straight.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: Among lots of Swahili words for names (except Scar, Ed and Timon), we have Banzai.
    • Subverted; Banzai's name, which means "skulk" or "lurk" in Swahili, is also a Japanese word by pure coincidence.
  • 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 Whoopi Goldberg was a hyena, I mean.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: They decide to eat Scar after he makes broke promises and blames his wrongdoings on them.
  • Leitmotif: A high-pitched, string theme for the chase scenes.
  • Laughably Evil: See their Comic Trio section.
  • 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 volocano in the episode "Cooked Goose".
  • Maniac Tongue: Ed, fit to the fact that he is insane.
  • Meaningful Name: "Shenzi" is Uncivilized/Heathen in Swahili. Banzai means "skulk" or "lurk" in Swahili and, by chance, "die with honor" 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.
  • Not So Harmless Villains: They can be pretty ruthless when they start hunting or going by Scar's orders, although they are also quite goofy.
  • Oh, Crap: They get one when Mufasa appears and, later, provide one for Scar.
    Shenzi: Friends? I thought he said we were the enemy.
    Banzai: Yeah, that's what I heard.
    Both: Ed?
    Ed gives an evil laugh, cueing Scar's Oh, Crap face and Shenzi and Banzia give an evil Slasher Smile.
  • Odd Name Out: Ed is the only one of the trio who does not have a Swahili name. In fact, he's one of the few characters in the whole movie without one.
  • Overly Long Name: Shenzi Marie Predatora Vendetta Jackalina Hyena
  • Psychopathic Manchild: While they are not as immature as Timon and Pumbaa, their behavior (although less so with Shenzi) can get childish at times, such as the infamous "No King! No King! La! La! La! La!", bit. Typically, they come off as mischievous teens, particularly in the series.
  • Put on a Bus: They fail to appear in the second film.
  • Shown Their Work: All Women Are Doms All Men Are Subs/More Deadly Than The Male is played straight among real hyenas.
  • The Starscream: Shenzi is actually this to Scar, especially after he took over the Pridelands and kept everything to himself, causing the hyena and her fellow comrades Banzai and Ed to become embittered of him and start spending time trying to overthrow Scar. When Scar loses in a fight against Simba at the end of the film, the hyenas finally confront him for the very last time and succeed in their plot of killing Scar.
  • The Voiceless: Ed, 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.
  • 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".
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In the sequel, they only get a passing mention that they and the rest of the hyenas left the elephant graveyard shortly after the events of the first movie, and after the battle they don't appear in the third at all. They did appear from time to time in Timon and Pumbaa.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Aware of who Simba is, they corner the young cub and Nala after the two young lions wander onto the elephant graveyards. Mufasa shows up to run off the hyenas.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: They even adorn that trope's image.

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

Voiced by: Michelle Horn, Neve Campbell

Introduced in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride

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

Voiced by: Ryan O'Donohue, Jason Marsden

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

Voiced by: Suzanne Pleshette, Grey DeLisle (currently)

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

Voiced by: Andy Dick

  • 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.
  • The Brute: He's scrawny, but he's tougher than he looks.
  • 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, and his siblings make no effort to stand up for him. Despite this, (or perhaps because of this) he constantly tries to gain his mother's approval, and it ends up killing him. Only then does she come to her senses.
  • Co-Dragons: Is this with Vitani in a way, though she clearly is more in charge and competent than he is.
  • 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.
  • Dramatic Irony: He spends the whole movie trying to get his mother's affection... and he gets it only as he's dying.
  • 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.
  • Foil: To Scar. Both are The Unfavorite and resentful towards their respective brothers, 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.
  • 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.
  • Meaningful Name: "Nuka" in Swahili means "stink". Given his mangy appearance, it's quite fitting.
  • 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.
  • The Pigpen: 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.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: He's not the typically smart type, but still counts.
  • Sour Supporter: See his Sarcastic Devotee section.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?"

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

Introduced in The Lion King 1½

    Timon's Ma 
Voiced by: Julie Kavner

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

Voiced by: Jerry Stiller

    Timon's Dad 

Alternative Title(s):

The Lion King II Simbas Pride, The Lion King One And A Half