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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

"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.
  • Ambiguously Brown: As far as lions go anyway. Also counts as Unfortunate Implications. Said Unfortunate Implications are reversed when you realize he's voiced by a white British actor while Mufasa's voiced by an African-American actor.
    • And they're lessened quite a bit when you realize he's just color-coded for our convenience: Given how a lot of other Disney villains wear dark clothing and lions don't wear clothes...Besides he's Mufasa's biological brother anyway, and the whole thing takes place in Africa.
  • Ambiguously Gay: See here.
    • Elaborating on that, Scar never had a queen, despite being surrounded by lionesses. Also, it's easy to forget, but Simba and Nala had an Arranged Marriage, which implies that Scar didn't just fail to get a queen, but refused to get one.
    • Though we do find out he had a mate in the sequel and not having an Arranged Marriage might be justified by the fact that he's not first in line.
    • Busted! In a deleted scene found on the Diamond Edition Blu-Ray, Scar discusses his need to find a queen and then attempts to push Nala into becoming just that. Needless to say, she angrily refuses and runs off. The scene would be the set-up for the scene where she finds Simba, but it was cut because it featured really creepy undertones (obviously), according to the commentary.
      • The above mentioned scene is included in the musical during "The Madness of King Scar."
      • It bears mentioning that, in said deleted scene, Scar doesn't seek a queen because he's attracted to any of the lionesses. He's after the extra status boost that comes with having one and especially the heirs, and all but says this to Nala herself.
  • Ambition Is Evil
  • Badass
  • Bad Boss: Lets the hyenas run rampant over the Pridelands until even they run out of food, casually manipulates all of them into helping his selfish scheme and ultimately tries to pass the blame onto them when he tries to weasel his way out of justice.
  • 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.
    • Big Bad Friend: Towards Mufasa and Simba.
    • Bigger Bad: Of the sequel, since the primary villains there are his sympathizers wanting revenge. In 1 1/2 as well, where the main conflict is essentially the same of the first movie, but because they're telling from Timon and Pumbaa's point of view, the primary villains are the Hyenas, and Scar's machinations serve only as the background.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He pulled this off with Simba.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Subverted when he orders his hyenas to kill Simba instead of doing the job himself, as he told him to exile himself from the Pride Lands before doing so.
  • Brains: Evil; Brawn: Good: Zig-Zagged. He certainly is a great deal more fond of using manipulation and cunning to get what he wants, and he's very talented at both of these things. In addition, he admits that he is physically far weaker than Mufasa. When it comes to actually ruling a kingdom, however, he has no idea what he's doing, and the Pride Lands turns from a lush savannah to a barren wasteland in a matter of a few years. Upon Simba's return, however, he shows himself to be no less adept at the cunning manipulation that got him into power...and this trope is played with again when Scar proves himself to indeed be a viciously competent (if dirty) fighter when he's got no other options.
  • Breaking Speech: Gives a nasty one to Simba upon his return. It's so effective, if he hadn't done his Nice Job Fixing It, Villain, he'd have won with only this.
  • 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 otherwise. The mere mention of Mufasa is enough to send him into a rage.
  • The Chessmaster
  • The Chooser of The One: To Kovu.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder
  • 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
  • The Corrupter
  • Dark Is Evil
  • 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
  • Dirty Coward / The So-Called Coward: He begs Simba for mercy at the end. Though, he does fight back and almost wins.
  • 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.
  • Evil Tropes: Please, take a seat. This will take a while.
  • Expy: Amusingly enough, he shares many similarities with a previous Disney villain, namely Prince John from Robin Hood: Both are lions, younger brothers to a wiser, more physically imposing king, who usurp their brother's throne by means of deceit. Both are enormously incompetent as kings and overshadowed by their much more popular brother, and perhaps most glaringly, both at one point forbid their underlings to even speak their brother's name. Prince John, however, was almost entirely Played for Laughs, whereas Scar offers a more serious look at a self-absorbed, unempathic ruler.
    • He's rather very similar to Shere Khan. Even though one's a lion while the other's a tiger, both never-the-less are big feline villains who gives a polite and suave demeanor toward their victims as well as being an Evil Brit.
  • Face Palm: After all, he's Surrounded by Idiots.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: The hyenas tear him apart and eat him.
  • Fascist, but Inefficient: He's an effective schemer right up until he actually gains power, at which point his disregard for anyone but himself runs the entire kingdom into the ground.
  • Fatal Flaw: Envy and Pride.
  • 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, though this does not account for the drought. Possibly Simba's return coincided with the rainy season.
    • Fewer grazing animals from overhunting means more leftover vegetation, more vegetation means more fuel for brush fires once the dry season sets in. One spark from lightning and the whole savannah could go up, and apparently did.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Or king, rather. None of the lionesses like him being their king, not even the hyenas.
  • Genre Blindness: He sends his bumbling minions to kill someone whom they've already failed to kill, and just look at the results of the aforementioned Evil Gloating.
  • Good Is Dumb: Averted. Despite his claims, Scar actually is no smarter than his brother, yet is resentful that Mufasa gets to be King instead of him. When he finally does become King, it becomes clear he is not as smart as his brother; Scar is a lazy hedonist who isn't even interested in maintaining the Pridelands.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Killed Off for Real \ 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.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The film begins quite cheerful, but when Scar kills his own brother and takes the power, the film definitely becomes quite dark.
    • Really, it gets really dark right when we get to his Villain Song.
  • Large Ham: In true Disney villain fashion. Producer Don Hahn even said part of Scar's hilarity is due to Irons adding disdain\insanity to lines that could be delivered straight.
  • Lean and Mean
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Obviously Evil: Just in case you hadn't noticed all the Evil Tropes above.
  • 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.
  • The Psychopath
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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
  • Sanity Slippage: More obvious in the musical, but still visible in the movie. The musical has a number called "The Madness of King Scar," where he begins to go completely insane.
  • Sanity Slippage Song: "The Madness Of King Scar" in the musical version. He grows more insane as the song goes on, eventually seeing the ghost of Mufasa everywhere and becoming desperate to have cubs to continue his line. He also becomes increasingly paranoid, believing that the lionesses hate him (which they probably do) and are plotting to murder him.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: "I'm the king, I can do what I want!"
  • Sissy Villain
  • 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
  • Suddenly Shouting: When addressing the hyenas in "Be Prepared."
    The future is littered with prizes
    And though I'm the main addressee,
    Point that I must emphasize is,
    YOU WON'T GET A SNIFF WITHOUT ME! (A random hyena falls into the crack in the ground.)
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Stated word for word.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky
  • Too Dumb to Live: He really shouldn't have lied to Simba about Mufasa's death by blaming it on the hyenas. He pays for it dearly.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm
  • The Unfavourite: Well, considering that his parents gave him a name that means "wanting" and gave his brother a name that means "king," it's pretty clear who was their favorite...
    • Subverted in the books, where he thinks he's this but it's shown his parents actually do care about him.
  • The Usurper
  • 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.
  • Villain Song: "Be Prepared" were he explains to the Hyenas how he intended to murder his brother and nephew to become king. There is also a cut reprise to "Be Prepared" were he introduces the Hyenas as his 'executive staff.'
  • Wanting Is Better Than Having: After killing Mufasa and finally becoming the King of Pride Rock, he ends up turning the paradise to ruins. Scar is obviously too proud to admit that he wasn't cut out for the job.
  • Wicked Cultured: Not only his speech is the more refined in the movie, but somehow he knows about the gene pool.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He smacks Sarabi hard for mentioning Mufasa in his presence during an argument, then notices a very angry Simba watching above.
  • Would Hurt a Child: His nephew.

"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

"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

    Timon and Pumbaa 
"Hakuna Matata!"

Voiced by: Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella

    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.
  • 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.
  • The Brute: Banzai.
  • 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.
  • Comic Trio
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Genius: Banzai.
  • Fish Eyes: Ed
  • Gratuitous Japanese: Among lots of Swahili words for names (except Scar, Ed and Timon), we have Banzai.
  • 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 Whoopie Goldberg... If Whoopie Goldberg was a Hyena, I mean.
  • Ironic Name
  • 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
  • Loveable Rogues
  • Made of Iron: They survived the fire at the end, according to Word of God.
    • And a volocano in the episode "Cooked Goose".
  • Meaningful Name: "Shenzi" is Uncivilized/Heathen in Swahili.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: After Scar tries to blame them for his actions when Simba has him cornered. Ironic thing too, they were about to help him before this.
    • And to the two cheetahs who sends them on a goose chase.
  • Mook-Face Turn
  • Not So Harmless Villains: They can be pretty ruthless when they start hunting or going by Scar's orders, As Scar found out the hard way when he tries to put the blame on them, although they are also quite goofy.
  • Odd Name Out: Ed is the only one of the trio who does not have a Swahili name. In fact, he's one of the few characters in the whole movie without one.
  • Overly Long Name: Shenzi Marie Predatora Vendetta Jackalina Hyena
  • Psychopathic Manchild: While they are not as immature as Timon and Pumbaa, their behavior (although less so with Shenzi) can get childish at times, such as the infamous "No King! No King! La! La! La! La!", bit. Typically, they come off as mischievous teens, particularly in the series.
  • Put on a Bus: They fail to appear in the second film.
  • Shown Their Work: All Women Are Doms All Men Are Subs/More Deadly Than The Male is played straight among real hyenas.
  • The Starscream: Shenzi is actually this to Scar, especially after he took over the Pridelands and kept everything to himself, causing the hyena and her fellow comrades Banzai and Ed to become embittered of him and start spending time trying to overthrow Scar. When Scar loses in a fight against Simba at the end of the film, the hyenas finally confront him for the very last time and succeed in their plot of killing Scar.
  • The Voiceless: Ed, who only laughs. A full-on Evil Laugh once his companions ask what to do with Scar...
  • Terrible Trio: Shenzi, the female, is the leader and the smart one (although that's not saying much), Banzai appears to think entirely with his muscles, and Ed is either insane, mentally handicapped, or faking it.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Threatening Simba while Mufasa was in close range clearly wasn't the best decision. This is later repeated when Banzai foolishly calls Pumbaa a pig.
  • Twitchy Eye: Ed.
  • Two Guys and a Girl
  • 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 appeared from time to time in Timon and Pumbaa.
  • 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

"(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

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

Voiced by: Andy Dick

"Where's your pretty daugher, Nala?"

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

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

    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

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