The series cover.note
, chronicling Simba and Nala's childhood. The two cubs encounter friendship, romance,
The two were soon joined by a flirtatious cub named Haiba, who is the Prince of the Grand Lands. He's absolutely
Independently, of course.
—and ran from September 2011 to April 2013.
was created by ThatPersonYouMightKnow and resulted in a follow-up series called
. He has also written many others works on the forum, including the sitcom
- 0% Approval Rating: No one likes Scar or Hago when they take over the Pride Lands in Friends to the End.
- 65-Episode Cartoon: Not exactly 'cartoon', though the series was created to feel like a cartoon, and did take up exactly 65 stories.
- A God Am I: Hago believes himself to be the ultimate life form, with the powers of a god.
- A Friend in Need: Simba risks his life many times in order to protect Nala and Haiba, his best friends.
- Abusive Parents: Tama's parents. Her own father beat her to a pulp. Three of her brothers were drowned for not being evil and two of them ate each other.
- The hypnotized Sarafina in Goodbye, Nala.
- The possessed Mufasa and Sarabi in Series Four.
- Shocker's parents are implied to have been this way as well.
- Action Girl: Nala, as always.
- Action Mom: Sarafina knows how to kick butt, being one of the strongest lionesses in the pride.
- Adaptational Villainy: Timon and Pumbaa in Hakuna Matata
- Added Alliterative Appeal: Sick Simba.
- All Alone.
- Tama's Trouble.
- Tojo's Tyranny.
- Adorkable: Tojo.
- Affably Evil: King Hapana and Amri, though only in her first story.
- Affectionate Parody:
- Holes is lovingly parodied in Dig It.
- The author's favorite game show, Interceptor, is also affectionately parodied in The Interceptor.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: King Hapana begs for his life in Desperate Measures as the lionesses in his own pride close in on him. They don't listen, and he is supposedly torn open by them.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Shocker.
- Aliens and Monsters: Both of these crop up in the series.
- The Inque and the Vimelea are alien parasites.
- The unnamed creatures in The Chase are vicious monsters who eat anyone who crosses their path.
- All of the other villains are, arguably, monsters. Particularly Death and the Writer. Most other examples are metaphorical.
- Aliens Are Bastards: The Inque and the Vimelea
- Alien Invasion: The Vimelea in The Master Plan.
- Aliens Speaking English: The Inque and the Vimelea
- All Just a Dream: The Love Triangle and Dream Away
- Alternate Universe Fic: The series is one of these. This was confirmed very early on in a scene where Hago tells Scar to convince Simba to stand in a gorge while he gets wildebeest to attack, and then push Mufasa down so they'll both die... only for Scar to fall over laughing and say that it's the stupidest thing he's ever heard.
- Alternate Ending: A decidedly non-canon alternate ending to the series appeared on the same forum that spawned The Haiba Mystery.
- Always Save the Girl: For Simba, saving Nala usually comes before saving anyone else. This is evident in King's Ransom, where he vows to always take care of her.
Nala: You must have really cared about me to hang on for that long.
Simba: I... I guess I do. You are my best friend, after all. I'll always take care of you.
- And I Must Scream: See Fate Worse Than Death below.
- And Now You Must Marry Me: Hila plans to marry Nala after beating Simba in The Royal Challenge.
- Angst: There's a lot of this - particularly with Simba - in Series Five.
- Ankle Drag: Hago attempts to drag Simba into the flames along with him in Friends to the End.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Death.
- Anti-Hero: Tama could count.
- Anti-Villain: Tama and The Interceptor, both of whom end up changing their ways.
- Anyone Can Die: Played with numerous times. Tama and Tojo die in very gruesome ways in Series 5, but unlike the other deaths, theirs remain permanent.
- Anything But That!: Zazu would rather do anything than be tickled.
- Simba says this when a brainwashed Haiba threatens him with the Kiss of Death in The Blood Line.
- Tojo is fine with giving Tama a massage, provided that he doesn't have to go anywhere near her paws.
Tojo: Okay, I'll do it. As long as you don't make me start with—
Tama: Start with the paws.
- Arc Number: Every story has seven chapters.
- Arch-Enemy: Hago.
- Arc Words: In Series 3, "Kufa Inawadia" which translates to "death is coming".
- "Kill or be killed" in Series 5.
- Arranged Marriage: Simba and Nala are betrothed in the series, just like in the film. However, despite both loving each other, they disagree with being forced into marriage.
- Artifact of Doom: The Kifo Stone, introduced in Changes. It has the power to destroy anything and everything. However, only those with a heart full of evil can use it. Unfortunately, the Interceptor qualifies for that.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: The Uchoyo Diamond has this effect.
- Author Avatar: That Person You Might Know has said that the Writer embodies his dark side.
- Avenging the Villain: Mtumwa for Scar. Despite embodying this trope in the films, Zira has no connection to Scar in the series, being as she is a vampire.
- Awful Truth: Hago is Nala's father, Mufasa and Sarabi had been dead for months after the Vimelea possessed them, and all the characters were just that, in a story created by The Writer.
- Ax-Crazy: Scar after going completely insane in Friends to the End.
- The Writer at the end of The End.
- Back from the Dead: Hago. Multiple times.
- Badass: The Interceptor, whatever side he's on.
- Bad Dreams: Of several different types throughout the series
- Balloon Belly: Any time one of the cubs eats too much, you can be sure they'll develop one of these.
- Battle Amongst the Flames: Simba and Hago in Friends to the End.
- Bear Hug: A running gag with Simba and Nala.
- Beauty Is Bad: Maji.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Despite everything she goes through, Nala remains exceptionally beautiful throughout the series.
- Beneath the Earth: The Lost World, of course.
- Berserk Button: Hago's taunting of Simba in The Return of Hago prompts Simba to attack him.
- Similarly, The Writer jokes about Sarafina's death, causing Haiba to lash out.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Simba, Nala, Haiba, and Tojo.
- Big Bad:
- Hago was this in Series One.
- Tama in Series Two.
- Death in Series Three.
- The Vimelea and Shocker shared this role in Series Four.
- The Writer in Series Five, and technically the whole series.
- Big, Badass Bird of Prey: The Hermit of Hekima.
- Big Screwed-Up Family: Simba becomes a murderer in Series Five, his parents are possessed by aliens and his uncle is a psychopath. Not to mention his girlfriend's eyes glow red whenever she's feeling particularly evil.
- Tama's family is just as bad. Her parents are abusive, three of her brothers were drowned and two of them ate each other.
- Big Damn Heroes: Simba, Nala and Haiba.
- Big Damn Villains: Hago killing Scar in Friends to the End, as well as Interceptor burying Shocker alive.
- The Big Damn Kiss: Simba and Nala finally entering a relationship in Friends to the End.
- Big Eater: Simba in Desperate Measures. He grows three times his normal size by eating too much.
- Haiba in Changes, thus creating his alter ego: Don Haiba.
- Bigger Bad: The Writer for most of the series.
- Bilingual Bonus: A lot of names and such are Swahili. Although, interestingly enough, both Hago and Muerto (Nala's fake dad) are both Spanish words.
- Black Comedy: Much of the series falls under this, at least before Series 5.
- Blood from the Mouth: It's pretty obvious that Tojo is going to die when blood starts dribbling from his mouth after Tama stabs him.
- Bloodier and Gorier: The series became much more violent after Series Three.
- Bloody Hilarious: Tara's guts exploding all over Simba, Nala and Haiba in My Immortal.
Tara: Shut... up... you... prep!
(Tara's guts explode over Simba, Nala and Haiba.)
Nala: Oh... gosh!
(Haiba wipes a fragment of intestine from his muzzle.)
Haiba: Oh, man! That is the second most disgusting thing I've ever had in my mouth!
(Simba fiddles around with his mouth.)
Simba: I think I've just swallowed something...
Haiba: You sure it wasn't her kidney?
Simba: Yeah, I think it was her kidney.
- Body Horror: Nala being tortured by Hago. We never see what happens, except that it involves her eye and a sharp stick...
- Tara exploding in My Immortal.
- Simba, Nala and Haiba finding the mutilated body of Damu in Survival.
- The cubs discovering Tojo's rotting corpse.
- Body Snatcher: The Inque.
- Boot Camp Episode: Dig It has Simba being banished to a desolate camp where he is forced to dig holes all day. Return to Camp Kazi portrayed it as more like a summer camp.
- Brainwashed: Many characters are brainwashed throughout the series. Simba is particularly prone to this, though. It happens so much that it actually becomes a Running Gag. Even when he finds the Uchoyo Diamond in Hypnotic Glint and hypnotises the pride, it still turns out the object is controlling him.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Happens a couple of times in the series.
- In Goodbye, Nala, Tama hypnotizes Sarafina and orders her to bring Nala to her.
- Nala is kidnapped by Hago and tortured into becoming a killer. It ends badly for the villain.
- Simba in Hypnotic Glint. He thinks he's controlling the Uchoyo Diamond, but it's controlling him.
- Haiba is brainwashed by the Family of Blood in The Blood Line. It's played for laughs here, though.
Haiba: Quiet, infidel, or I might just have to administer the Kiss of Death!
- Bratty Half-Pint: Tara.
- Break the Cutie: A good few examples.
- Simba is quite devastated after his parents and kingdom are destroyed by the Vimelea.
- Nala temporarily goes insane after Hago tortures her.
- Haiba after Binamu's death, and later after killing Tama.
- Tojo after being corrupted by Hago's staff.
- Breather Episode: Return to Camp Kazi is deliberately more relaxed than the other stories in Series Five. That Person You Might Know deliberately did this in order to give the readers a break from the constant deaths and tragedies that had dominated the preceding stories. It also prepared everyone for the trio of Wham Episodes that make up the finale.
- Brutal Honesty: Tojo telling Tama that she's a monster in Goodbye, Nala.
- Haiba lambasting Simba for being evil in The Final Task.
- The Bully: Anti-Haiba in The Love Triangle.
- Buried Alive: Shocker.
- Butt Monkey: Zazu, and also Haiba in the earlier stories.
- Cain and Abel: Mufasa and Scar
- Call Back: In Dig It the counselor is said to be looking for an Uchoyo diamond... Something that was introduced in Hypnotic Glint
- The Cameo: Captain Hook, Kaa, and others in Darkness Falls.
- Cannibal Clan: The Scavengers.
- Captain Obvious: Nala in The Curse of Death:
Nala: I hate sandstorms. They're really... sandy.
Haiba: Well, duh! What did you expect? They're not gonna be banana-y, are they?
- Casanova Wannabe: Haiba. He flirts with everything on the planet, but rarely is that affection ever returned.
Haiba: Hey, I've tried all my best tricks, but nothing ever seems to work. All I've ended up with is twenty-seven consecutive slaps to the face. I think one of my cheeks is permanently red. I really need to tie their paws together on my next date. It'll save me the pain.
- Catch Phrase: The Interceptor's "I like it!"
- Cerebus Syndrome: The series gradually evolved from a cute, comedic adventure series into a dark, gritty drama.
- Character Development: The series chronicles the cubs as they find love and develop into maturity.
- Chekhov's Gun: Hago's staff. It takes five series for Simba to use the staff in order to destroy the force field around the Pride Lands in The Final Task. The staff is then destroyed for ever.
- The Chick: Haiba
- Childhood Friend Romance: Simba and Nala, just as in the film, but they get together much, much earlier.
- Children Are Innocent: Far from it in this series. Aibu, Shocker and Hila are all psychotic cubs who want Simba, Nala and Haiba dead. Even the main trio themselves have their dark moments in Series Five. Especially Simba.
- Circling Vultures: Simba is almost killed by buzzards in Growing Pains.
- Cliffhanger: Almost every story features this.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Haiba and Pori.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Hago is quite fond of this, as is the Royal Reaper.
- Concussions Get You High: Any slapstick moment is sure to result in one of the cubs getting a goofy smile and a dazed expression on their face.
- Continuity Nod: Many.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: As opposed to execution or imprisonment, tickling is used as a punishment in the Pride Lands. Zazu falls foul of this in The Royal Challenge.
- Corrupt the Cutie: Duni, was just a poor cub, down on his luck. He got struck by lightning and turned into Shocker.
- Cowardly Lion: Tojo is a literal example.
- CPR (Clean, Pretty, Reliable): Parodied in Dead as a Dodo. After Simba and Nala think that they've killed Zazu in a prank that goes wrong, Simba resorts to giving him CPR, by punching him in the chest.
Simba: Live, darn it, live!
(Nala pulls him away.)
Nala: Simba, Simba! That's not helping!
Simba: No, but it's making me feel better.
- Crapsack World: The world is this for Simba, Nala and Haiba in Series Five.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Moto.
- Creator Thumbprint: ThatPersonYouMightKnow floods his stories with Shout Outs, ranging from easy spots such as Aladdin to bizarre 80s game shows like Interceptor.
- Crossing the Desert: Nala and Haiba have to do this in Drought.
- Simba, Nala and Haiba have to cross a desert in The Curse of Death. In the middle of a sandstorm, no less.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Zazu getting all the bones in his body crushed, The Family of Blood melting away, Sarafina and Ugaidi having their souls burnt.
- Cry into Chest: Nala cries into Simba's chest when he is presumed to be dead in Friends to the End.
- Curiosity Killed the Cast: In The Interceptor's Challenge, two overly curious cubs called Tuhuma and Mjanja end up being murdered by Shocker when they decide to investigate the resting place of his body.
- Curse: In the aptly named The Curse of Death, the Hermit of Hekima places a curse on Simba, where he will die if he doesn't change his neglectful ways in three days.
- Curse Cut Short: In Tama's Troube, Haiba complains about walking through the jungle to find Tama and Tojo. Nala retorts, "I didn't see you complaining when you moved out to Jowai Resort. That's on the edge of the jungle, isn't it? And I didn't see you complaining when you had your paws all over that lioness's—"
- Damsel in Distress: Nala is occasionally this. Particularly in King's Ransom when Scar and Hago kidnap her.
- Darker and Edgier: The series started off with an enemy and the cubs getting into a few misadventures, by the time The End came out Simba had become murderous, and already killed many, Tojo was stabbed through the chest with Hago's staff, Haiba had murdered Tama by bashing her head in with a rock, and the new member of the group, Ugaidi had been turned crazy when given foresight. As well as the death of Zazu.
- Dark Secret: Hago is Nala's father.
- The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: Simba in Series Five. His goal to restore the Pride Lands seems to fade away when he starts killing villains to appear stronger.
- A Day in the Limelight: Haiba in Haiba's Wish. Simba and Nala don't even appear.
- Deadly Game: The Interceptor revolves around this trope. Doubles as a parody of the original game how.
- Deadpan Snarker:
- The Interceptor has his moments.
The Interceptor: Oh, I'm so scared of your girly little nails!
Nala: Let's see you come up with something smart, Mister I-Know-Everything-About-Nothing!
Scar (at the idea of teaming up with Hago again): Where did that get us last time? Oh, yeah… it got me exiled to this filthy, infested jungle!
Zazu: This is getting tiresome. I'd love to stay and chat, discussing how the names of all my family members are ridiculous and all, but I'm afraid your parents have requested that you are present when they leave.
- Simba has a few moments in Dead as a Dodo:
Simba: That would explain why you're no fun.
Zazu: I heard that.
Yeah, well you were supposed to.
Nala: Now, if we killed somebody - and we have - what would we do?
Simba (half-heartedly): Run around screaming and crying?
- Haiba. Very much so. Here's an example from Tama's Trouble:
Nala: I put my claws around his throat and said something really cheesy. I think I owe him an apology.
Haiba (to Simba): I bet that's all this is about. She just wants to say sorry to the poor kid.
Nala: What? Don't be silly. I just
want to pay them a… visit.
Haiba: Sure. We believe ya.
Nala: Oh, come on. Could one cub lie to another?
Haiba: Only if her mouth was moving.
- Deal with the Devil: Moto with Hago in Miss the Girl.
- Death Is Cheap: For Shocker unless it's in boiling lava...
- Death Seeker: Shocker.
- Demonic Possession: Partway through Series Three, Death possesses Haiba as a means of being able to enter the world.
- Demoted to Extra: After Series Two, Tama and Tojo only made fleeting appearances in future stories.
- Despair Event Horizon: For a brief time, Haiba after murdering Tama.
- In The End, after the Writer kills everyone but Simba.
- Detectives Follow Footprints: In his debut story, Shocker leaves paw prints that Simba and Haiba follow to find him easily.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Binamu dies in Haiba's embrace.
- Dies Wide Open: Uzuri, after being raped and murdered by Scar
- Ugaidi after having his soul burnt.
- Dirty Coward: Zazu in Zazu's in Charge. He's willing to abandon Simba and Nala in order to save himself from Scar and Hago.
Hago: You can't escape us now.
Zazu: Actually, I could always fly away.
Simba: And leave us behind? You chicken!
Zazu: When things get very serious, I look out for my own best interests. In a situation like this, I find you very irrelevant.
Nala: You are a chicken! You'd leave us to die just so you could save yourself?
Zazu: I'd love to say no, but unfortunately the answer is yes.
- Disney Death: In Dead as a Dodo Zazu
- Disney Villain Death: A few examples: Hago falls off Pride Rock into searing flames in the Series 1 finale, Mtumwa attempts to kill Nala but ends up sailing past her, Simba battles Hila and kicks him off a cliff much as he did to Scar in the original film, Interceptor throws Shocker into lava in the Series 4 finale, and Virusi falls into the lava pit surrounding Pride Rock in the penultimate story.
- Disposing of a Body: In Dead as a Dodo, Simba and Nala think up various ways of disposing of Zazu's body, ranging from covering him with leaves to jumping on him until he is flattened.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: This little innuendo pops up in Changes:
Haiba: Nala! Just the pussy I've been looking for!
- Domed Hometown: The Pride Lands are blocked by a force field in The Final Task.
- Doomed Hometown: The Pride Lands in Series 4.
- Doom Magnet: Simba, Nala and Haiba. Every time they're around, trouble is sure to occur. It is revealed in The End that the Writer actually implemented an attraction to trouble in their character.
- Doorstep Baby: Simba and Nala are burdened with an abandoned baby in Two Cubs and a Baby.
- Doorstopper: The series is huge, at over 750,000 words altogether.
- Double Entendre: From Dead as a Dodo:
Nala: Have you got the oranges?
Simba: No, it's just the way my tail pokes out.
- Downer Ending: Life Hurts ends with Tayari committing suicide, despite Simba and Nala trying their best to convince her not to do it.
- Series Four ends on a bleak note, with Mufasa and Sarabi dead and the Pride Lands destroyed.
- Driven to Suicide: Tayari, despite Simba and Nala's best efforts
- Drunk on the Dark Side: Hago absolutely adores being evil.
- Drunk with Power: Scar in Friends to the End and Rebirth.
- Dying Alone: Shocker is condemned to permanent death and rebirth alone underneath the dirt.
- Dying Declaration of Love: Simba before succumbing to the Kulaani illness in Sick Simba, although he doesn't get to finish it.
- Muerto to Sarafina in The Blood Line. He doesn't get to finish it either.
- Tojo to Tama before his death.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Simba, finally achieving victory over the Writer: "It's the end."
- Dysfunction Junction: Series Five is filled with more character flaws, deaths and tragedies than you can shake a stick at. You need a box of tissues to get through it all.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Haiba doesn't appear until the second story in Series 3.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Oh so very much.
- Easy Amnesia: Who Are You? has this
- Eaten Alive: Aibu and King Hapana share this fate. Surprisingly, Scar does not.
- Egomaniac Hunter: The Interceptor.
- Empty Shell: For a literal example, Shauri's victims in Return to Camp Kazi become this, and Simba in Series 5 would be this metaphorically.
- The End of the World as We Know It: Occurs in The End after The Writer dies, but since he dies before Simba, the process is miraculously reversed.
- Enemy Mine: In Rebirth, Simba, Nala and Haiba team up with Shocker and Interceptor to stop Scar.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Shocker is almost never referred to by his original name of Duni. Even he rejects it.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: In The Lost World.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Hago upon witnessing Scar rape a teenage lioness in the Series 1 finale. When Scar is resurrected in Series 4, even Shocker agrees that he needs to be stopped. In short, Scar may very well be the most evil character in the series besides The Writer.
- Evil Brit: Scar and Hago, the main antagonists of Series 1. Both would be resurrected in later stories, to the delight of fans. See Evil is Cool on the YMMV tab.
- Evil Counterpart: The King of Dreams is this to Simba. He looks like an older version of him, using his dreams in order to try and turn him evil.
- Evil Feels Good: Hago certainly thinks evil feels good.
- Death gleefully enjoys being evil.
- Tojo feels much better about himself when he is under the influence of Hago's staff.
- The Writer is evil to the core. And he loves it, too.
- Evil Is Burning Hot: Death breathes fire when very angry.
- Evil Is Petty: Froggy is a pretty pathetic villain, never really having any great success.
- Evil Laugh: All of the villains laugh evilly, but Hago and Death are particularly fond of it.
- Evil Makes You Ugly: Death is one ugly villain.
- So is the Inque, being just an unpleasant black mound of slime.
- The Writer in his final form.
- Evil Overlord: The Writer.
- Evil Plan: Most of the villains have one. Shocker, Hago, and Scar all come up with numerous plans in their efforts to destroy the cubs.
- Evil Sorcerer: Hago
- Evil Sounds Deep: Scar, The Vimelea, and The Writer.
- Evil Uncle: Scar, of course.
- Evil Versus Evil: Shocker vs. Scar in Rebirth.
- The Interceptor vs. Virusi in The Message.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The characters from The Lion King are going on adventures.
- Some of the story titles count as well.
- Sick Simba.
- The Return of Hago.
- The Interceptor.
- Shocker's Revenge.
- Everybody Loves Nala.
- The Beginning.
- The End.
- Extreme Omnisexual: Haiba. He dated a stick once
- Expy: Hago is one to Jafar.
- Similarly, Virusi is Thrax.
- Eye Scream: Part of Nala's torture in The Return of Hago involves something being done to her eye with a sharp stick. We never see what it is, however…
- Face Death with Dignity: The Hermit of Hekima is unconditionally accepting of his death, knowing that it will happen.
Virusi: So you know why I'm here?
The Hermit of Hekima: Of course. You want to kill me.
- Facepalm: Scar facepalms in Number One Fan in disbelief at Mtumwa's actions.
- Timon facepalms in exasperation at Pumbaa in Hakuna Matata.
- Anti-Haiba facepalms upon witnessing the stupidity of one of his cronies in The Love Triangle.
- Simba does this out of frustration in Return to Camp Kazi.
- Fail O'Suckyname: Froggy. Even he admits it.
Simba: So what's your name?
Froggy: Froggy. Not the most interesting of names, I'll give you that, but it's very easy to remember.
- Fainting: Sarabi constantly faints whenever anyone says something in The Royal Challenge.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Many, many examples.
- A complete list:
- The murder of the hyenas in Friends to the End.
- Hago's being stabbed in the chest with his own staff in The Return of Hago.
- Tara's guts exploding in My Immortal.
- The Family of Blood melting to flesh and organs in The Blood Line.
- Wafu's head being bitten off by the creatures and Binamu being impaled in Survival.
- Aibu getting eaten in The Chase.
- Tojo's being stabbed by Tama with Hago's staff.
- Nyoka being stabbed in The Evil Serpent.
- The slaughter of the hunters by Simba in The Lost World.
- Tama's head is bashed in with a rock by Haiba.
- Ugaidi's soul is burnt by the Writer.
- Zazu has all the bones in his body crushed.
- Sarafina's soul is burnt.
- Haiba is impaled by the Writer.
- Nala's neck is snapped by the Writer
- Family-Unfriendly Violence: Features in almost all of the stories.
- Fat Slob: Simba in Desperate Measures, and Haiba in Changes.
- Fangs Are Evil: The Family of Blood.
- Fanservice: Simba and Haiba kissing in Shocker's Revenge.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Shocker is buried alive by the Interceptor, choking to death and coming back to life for all eternity.
- The vampiric Tama plays with this in Night Terrors.
Tama: Now you are going to help me with my evil plan, or I will personally see to it that you experience a fate worse than a fate worse than death.
Tojo: Don't you mean a fate worse than death?
- The Hermit of Hekima threatens Simba with this in The Curse of Death.
The Hermit of Hekima: Unless you can redeem yourself before the moon rises three times, then you will suffer a fate worse than death. Some might even say a fate worse than that.
- Finale Season: Series 5.
- Find Out Next Time: ThatPersonYouMightKnow often says this at the end of most of the stories.
- Foreshadowing: "Kufa Inawadia" in Series Three.
- Mufasa and Sarabi's sinister actions in Series Four.
- The allusions to the "worst monster of them all" in Series Five.
- Forbidden Fruit: Nyoka's apple.
- Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: Haiba's murder of Tama.
- Forgiveness: Haiba struggles to achieve this after he kills Tama.
- For the Evulz: Hago in Tama's Trouble. In that story, he's basically just being evil for the fun of it. He even gets Tojo to swim in an unclean river just to make him dirty.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: Switching Places
- Friendly Tickle Torture: Simba and Nala tickle each other a lot for fun in Series One and Two.
- From Bad to Worse: This is how things usually go in the stories, especially in the final series.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Hago didn't even have magic until he had his staff.
- Gang of Bullies: The Unnamed Pride Lands cubs. In the very first story, Friend Like Me, they reject Simba and Nala, making fun of them both.
- Gender Bender: In Switching Places.
- Genre Savvy: Bora. In Hago's Little Puppet, he's all too aware of how Hago will act.
Bora: Is this the part where you laugh evilly?
Haiba: There's something really bad behind us, isn't there?
- The Ghost: Rafiki. He is mentioned a few times in the series, but was never seen. He presented Simba at his birth, and also confirmed that he had the Kulaani illness in Sick Simba. Word of God claims he died after Series Three.
- Glad I Thought of It: A Running Gag in Series Four. The Interceptor suggests several ideas to Shocker, who then takes credit for them as his own.
- God: Appears at the end of Series 3 under the name "You-Know-Who."
- God Guise: Simba is mistaken for a god by the Mungu Pride in God of All.
- God Is Evil: Averted with You-Know-Who, the technical 'God' of the universe, but played deathly straight with The Writer.
- God of Evil: Presumed to be Death, but in reality, the Writer is this.
- Go Out with a Smile: Simba smiles before being wiped from existence in The End.
- Gorn: Tara exploding in My Immortal.
- Tojo's rotting corpse is not a pleasant sight.
- Neither is Tama's murder: her head is bashed in repeatedly with a rock.
- Happy Ending: The series ends with the cubs living peacefully as adults. Sarafina married Zazu while Wazimu married Amri, thereby becoming Haiba's stepfather, and Interceptor was rewarded with vast herds of wildebeest to hunt all day long.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: No one ever swears. The profanity only ever goes as far as "damn" or "hell".
- Grand Finale: The End.
- Hallucinations: After Tojo's death, Tama, in her insanity, hallucinates seeing him. It actually helps.
- Happily Married: Simba and Nala, Mufasa and Sarabi, Shenzi and Banzai, Zazu and Sarafina, Wazimu and Amri.
- Harmless Freezing: Hago freezes Nala in Magic Mystery Show, without any notable side effects. It's undone quickly, too.
- Hates Baths: Simba, as usual, though it isn't as prominent as in the film and tie-in media. The main example in the series is from the end of My Immortal:
Simba (after being covered in Tara's exploding guts): I never thought I'd say this, but I want a bath.
- Tama would also be an example, as she only bathes once a year. Her example is notable for being a mild subversion of the trope, where the bath-hater is usually male.
- The Heart: Nala, who is kind, beautiful, and does her best to hold the trio together.
- The Heartless: Tama, despite her Heel-Face Turn later on.
- According to Switching Places, she is physically heartless, too.
Tama: I'm probably the only cub without a heart.
Tojo: Oh, come on! Everyone has a heart, Tama. It's not something you can just get rid of.
(Tama pushes her chest towards him.)
Tama: Do you want to test that theory, Tojo? The results may surprise you.
Tojo: Okay. Fine. Let's just see if you have a heart or not.
(Tojo places a paw on Tama's chest where her heart should be, and after a few seconds, a look of horror crosses his face.)
Tojo: Oh, dear.
- Heaven: Where good animals go upon death. Simba is offered to enter at the end of Darkness Falls, but he instead asks to have himself and the other characters be resurrected and live their natural lifespans.
- Heel-Face Turn: Tama at the end of Series 2, and the Interceptor towards the end of the series.
- Held Gaze: Simba and Nala have a number of romantic gazes throughout the early series, as well as at the end of Return to Camp Kazi.
- Hell: The eternal darkness that bad animals get when they die. Even the villains are afraid of it.
- The Hero: Simba, of course.
- The Hero Dies: Simba in The End, though he comes back along with most of the others.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Simba in Darkness Falls and The End. He comes back both times.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Simba, Nala and Haiba.
- Hitman with a Heart: The Interceptor, towards the end of the series.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The Vimelea are destroyed by their own powers, and Hago is defeated once and for all when his staff turns against him.
- Homage: The scene where Simba and Nala almost end up falling to their deaths via waterfall is a homage to The Emperor's New Groove.
- The Interceptor is a homage to a game show of the same name.
- Hope Spot: Series 5 repeatedly teases the possibility of the Pride Lands being resurrected.
- Hurting Hero: Simba in Series 5.
- Humanlike Hand Anatomy: The lions can manipulate objects easily with their paws.
- Hypnotic Eyes: Nyoka.
- Hypocrite: Simba in Series Five. He's convinced that he's being good by doing bad things.
- I Am Your Father: In The Return of Hago it's revealed Hago is Nala's father.
- I Can Rule Alone: This combined with his disgust at Scar's actions is why Hago kills Scar.
- I Did What I Had to Do: "Kill or be killed" are the Arc Words for Series Five. Most of the murders committed by Simba and the others are in the interest of survival.
- I Have Your Wife: The Royal Reaper breaks this to Simba in quite a chilling way.
Simba: What have you done with Nala?
The Royal Reaper: Oh, she's safe. For now. I'm taking good care of her. Very good care indeed.
Simba: If you hurt her, then—
The Royal Reaper: I'm afraid it's too late for warnings now, Simba. I've already... injured Nala to a certain extent, so she won't be running away from the location where I've held her captive. Was it necessary? Yes. Was it fun? Yes. Will I do it again? Yes.
- I Just Want to Be Loved: Tama.
- Iconic Item: Hago's staff.
- Immortality Hurts: Shocker, again.
- Immortality Seeker: Timon and Pumbaa, as well as the Family of Blood.
- Incurable Cough of Death: Sick Simba revolves around this happening to the titular character.
- Inevitable Waterfall: In Hago's Little Puppet, Simba and Nala almost end up falling down a waterfall, in an homage to The Emperor's New Groove.
- Infant Immortality: Played straight and subverted with different characters throughout the series.
- Interspecies Romance: Zazu and Sarafina in Series 5.
- Interrupted Intimacy: Simba and Nala attempt to make love in Dream Away, only for Haiba to show up and ruin everything.
- Irony: Simba thinks he is still doing good deeds in Series 5, but in reality, it is much the opposite.
- It Gets Easier: Simba finds it much easier to murder people after he gets a taste for blood by impaling Nyoka. This begins his descent into evil.
- It's All About Me: Pretty much all of the villains only care about themselves, and think they are the most important animals on Earth.
- It's All My Fault: Said a few times throughout the series.
- It's Personal: Simba with several of the villains, particularly the Vimelea and the Writer.
- It Will Never Catch On: In the words of ThatPersonYouMightKnow, "I never thought in a million years that this series would become so popular."
- I Was Beaten by a Girl: As in the film, Simba complained about being constantly pinned by Nala in the earlier stories. Of course, he stopped minding after a while...
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Tama. Despite being the Big Bad of Series Two, she actually saves Simba from dying of a terminal illness in Sick Simba. She changes her ways in Goodbye, Nala, finally becoming an ally.
- Jerkass: None of the main characters really, but the Haiba in The Love Triangle definitely falls under this. Simba in Series 5 as well.
- Jerkass Gods: The Writer is one of the ultimate examples.
- Kick the Dog: Death pretty much tortures everyone over the horrible stuff he's done in the past. Zazu is particularly distraught.
- The Vimelea taunt Simba after they tell him his parents have been dead for months.
- The Writer taunts his characters after revealing that they are all part of his story. He does the same after every murder he commits, too.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Not only does the Interceptor tear Shocker's head off, but he buries him underground, leaving him trapped in an endless cycle of death and rebirth.
- Kill 'em All: For one small second, it seems like this has happened, since the whole world has been destroyed. Until the spark starts making the world regain shape.
- Kid Hero: Simba. Until he realises that he's actually the age of an adult in The End.
- Kill It with Fire: Hago falls into searing flames in Friends to the End.
- Killed Off for Real: Mufasa, Sarabi, Pori, Tama, Tojo and Ugaidi.
- Killer Critter: The wild Mambo beasts are deceptively cute critters who hunger for animal flesh.
Simba: You can't just kill them. That's way too mean!
Haiba: You've gotta be kidding me! They're wild Mambo beasts! They're vicious killers with a hunger for the fleshy... flesh of cubs like us.
- Kissing Cousins: Haiba and Binamu. Haiba didn't know, but Binamu is furious.
- Kiss of Death: Maji disposes of her victims this way.
- The brainwashed Haiba in The Blood Line threatens Simba with this. He's terrified.
- Kiss of Life: Nala suggests that Simba gives one to Zazu in Dead as a Dodo. He declines instantly.
Nala: How can we try and bring Zazu back?
Simba: It's simple.
Simba: Eww! No way! Gross!
- Lady Land: Jowai Resort is ruled entirely by lionesses.
- Laughing Mad: Hago loves this trope.
- The Lancer: Nala
- Large Ham: Hago and Interceptor.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: In Tama's Bet, Tama uses hypnosis to erase Simba and Nala's memories of the past three days so she can escape.
- In Clone Wars, Shocker erases Tama's memory of creating the clones for him.
- Leader Wannabe: Almost all the villains want to rule the Pride Lands.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: From The Curse of Death:
Nala: That's just the way things happen, Simba. It's not like someone is controlling when and where we go.
Simba: Yeah. That's like saying that there's some guy out there who makes up all those villains we have to fight. What a dumb idea…
- Let's You and Him Fight: Shocker tries to turn the cubs against each other in Shocker's Revenge. He almost succeeds.
- Light Is Good: Simba, Nala, and Mufasa. Basically the same as the film in this regard.
- Like an Old Married Couple: The Interceptor and Shocker squabble a lot during their partnership in Series Four.
- Literal Cliffhanger: Simba in Friends to the End.
- Local Hangout: The waterhole for the first four series.
- Loner-Turned-Friend: Moto and The Hermit of Hekima would both qualify.
- Loony Fan: Mtumwa.
- Lovable Coward: Tojo
- Love Hurts: Tama and Tojo's relationship ends up crumbling. Not only does Tama kill him, but she also goes insane, thus leading to her death at the paws of Haiba.
- Love Interest: Nala, just as in the original film. Tama would count for Tojo.
- Love Triangle: It's the name of a story.
- Love Potion: In Everybody Loves Nala
- Mad Oracle: Ugaidi it's revealed this happens to anyone with this power, and Ugaidi was given it to warn the cubs about the Writer
- Mad Scientist: Wazimu Mwanasayansi. So much it actually means 'Mad Scientist'.
- Made a Slave: Tojo, at least until Tama sets him free and makes him her partner instead.
- Mama Bear: Sarafina.
- Mass Hypnosis: In Hypnotic Glint
- Magic Staff: Hago has one.
- Manipulative Bastard: The King of Dreams.
- Shocker in Shocker's Revenge.
- The Writer is the ultimate example. He manipulates everything in the entire universe.
- Meaningful Background Event: There are several holes scattered around the area Simba, Nala and Haiba are walking through in The Prince and the Frog. This foreshadows the sinister Camp Kazi in Dig It.
- Meaningful Name: Many Swahili examples can be found in the series. To name but a few:
- Pori means "wild".
- Vimelea means "parasite".
- Muerto means "dead" in Spanish.
- Hekima means "wisdom".
- Aibu means "shame".
- Virusi means "virus".
- Tuhuma means "suspicious".
- Mjanja means "sneaky".
- Nyoka means "snake".
- Wazimu Mwanasayansi means "mad scientist".
- Amri means "command".
- Mental Fusion: One of Haiba's Grand Lands tricks is this. In The Chase, he uses it to bond with Ugaidi's mind and find out why he's so terrified.
- Mind Rape: Nala suffers this in The Return of Hago. Her own father is the cause of it, too.
- This is the King of Dreams' schtick.
- Monster of the Week: The series follows this format.
- Mood Whiplash: One of the main traits of the series.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: For most of the villains, this is the case.
- Simba thinks so in Series Five, too.
- Murderers Are Rapists: In the Series 1 finale, Scar considers raping Nala to torture Simba, and later ends up raping a teenage lioness instead.
- Mysterious Past: Not too much is known about the past of Tojo and Tama when they are first introduced. The whole story is eventually revealed throughout Series Two.
- Mythology Gag: In Two Cubs and a Baby, there are many names from cubs not in the first movie.(including Malka, Mheetu, and Kiara) before settling on Kopa.
- In King's Ransom, Hago's initial plan for dealing with Simba and Mufasa is Scar's from the movie (staging a stampede and using it kill them), but Scar shoots it down.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Death and Scar.
- Near Villain Victory: Scar and Hago succeed in taking over the Pride Lands in the climax of Series 1.
- Death very nearly succeeds in taking over the world in Darkness Falls.
- The Writer, being the most powerful foe, almost succeeds as well.
- Neck Snap: A common method of death in the series.
- Never Got to Say Goodbye: Tama never had the chance to say goodbye to Tojo; she did kill him, after all.
- Nala's sudden death in The End makes this impossible for Simba, too.
- Never My Fault: Simba tries to pin the blame on others a couple of times.
- He does this jokingly to Nala in Who Are You?
Simba: I've never stopped worrying. And really, if you think about it, it's kinda your fault.
Nala: Huh? What makes it my fault?
- A more serious example occurs in The Curse of Death, where Simba blames the Hermit of Hekima for causing him trouble, despite it being all his fault.
- Nightmare Sequence: Occurs often in the earlier stories, almost always to Simba.
- No Body Left Behind: Nothing is left of the wild Mambo beasts when light destroys them.
- Nothing remains of Death when he is defeated in Darkness Falls.
- Aibu is eaten in The Chase. Obviously, nothing is left.
- The Writer is wiped from the universe in The End.
- Nobody Thinks It Will Work: A lot of Simba's ideas are rejected by his friends.
- No Man Should Have This Power: In Magic Mystery Show, Simba thinks that the Jewel of the Macaw is too powerful for anyone to use, so he throws it into a river.
- No Name Given: The Interceptor's real name is never revealed.
- Neither is the Hermit of Hekima's.
- Both names are actually given here
- None of the other Pride Lands cubs are ever referred to by name.
- Sarabi and Sarafina are the only named lionesses in the kingdom, too.
- Noodle Implements: Most, if not all, of Haiba's Grand Lands tricks.
- Not Allowed to Grow Up: Everyone. Lampshaded when Haiba points out they should already be adults by now.
- In a much darker turn in The End it's revealed the Writer had them being kept at that age, as their world wasn't actually real
- Not Quite Dead: Shocker and The Interceptor in their initial stories. This happens with Interceptor again in Changes.
- Not So Different: Clear similarities between Simba and the villains arise in Series Five when he starts committing evil acts.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Froggy, Mtumwa, Wild Mambo Beasts, and Possessed Tojo.
- Not-So-Imaginary Friend: The Royal Reaper
- The Nothing After Death: Stated numerous times to be what happens when bad people die.
- Nothing but Skulls: In Make or Break, Simba and Nala come across a pile of skulls in Scar's lair. This is the first indication in the series of his villainous nature.
- Nothing Can Stop Us Now: Said often by the villains.
- Nothing Is the Same Anymore: After the destruction of the Pride Lands in Series Four, this is quite apparent.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: It turns out Pori
- Obviously Evil: Hago, with his magic staff, cannot be mistaken for being evil.
- Odd Couple: Tama and Tojo.
- Official Couple: Simba and Nala, which goes without saying.
- Older Than They Look: Simba, Nala and Haiba. In The End, it's revealed that they aged and matured like normal lions, but the Writer made sure that their appearance stayed the same. By then, they're actually the age of adults.
- Only the Pure of Heart: In Magic Mystery Show, only Simba and Nala are allowed to enter the cave.
- Only Sane Man: The Interceptor thinks he's this.
- Opposites Attract: Tama and Tojo.
- Orphan's Ordeal: Simba struggles with his parents' deaths and leading the survivors of the Pride Lands devastation in Series Five.
- Overnight Age-Up: Simba in Growing Pains
- Our Mermaids Are Different: Maji.
- Our Vampires Are Different: The Blood Line
- Parental Abandonment: In My Immortal, Tara's parents find her so annoying that they leave her in the middle of the desert.
- Parody: Tara is a parody of Tara.
- Peek-A-Boo Corpse: The cubs encounter Tojo's rotting corpse without warning in The Evil Serpent.
- The cubs discovering Damu's mutilated body in Survival.
- Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Simba and Nala, just as in the movie.
- Playing Possum: Zazu in Dead as a Dodo.
- Pop Goes the Human: Tara in My Immortal. Simba, Nala and Haiba bear the brunt of the aftermath.
- The Power of Blood: In Night Terrors, Tama sucks blood in order to turn other animals into vampires.
- The Family of Blood, naturally, drink blood to stay alive. Not only that, but it gives them pleasure.
- The Power of Love: How Simba defeats Death in Darkness Falls. According to You-Know-Who, anyway.
- Power Source: Hago's source of power is his staff. Without that, he's quite useless.
- Power Trio: Of the Two Guys and a Girl version.
- Pride: Aibu has too much pride, making him arrogant. Same with Hila and Usaliti.
- Professional Killer: The Interceptor
- Protagonist Journey to Villain: Starting with the deaths of Mufasa and Sarabi in The Master Plan, Simba changes throughout Series Five from a hero into a fearsome killer. It turns out in The End that the Writer was manipulating everything around him in order to make him evil. However, upon realising this, Simba changes his ways, eventually killing the Writer and saving the entire universe. He goes back to normal from then on.
- Psychological Horror: The King of Dreams uses this on Simba in both Dream Away and One Bad Night.
- Public Execution: The Jowai Resort lionesses attempt to execute the trio via a volcano in the beginning of The Master Plan.
- Puppeteer Parasite: The Vimelea.
- The Quiet One: Ugaidi. Unless he senses something dangerous nearby...
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: When Scar does this to a teenage lioness, even Hago is disgusted.
- Really 700 Years Old: Timon and Pumbaa.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Hago gives one of these to Simba in The Return of Hago.
- Haiba gives one to Simba in The Final Task.
- Recurring Dreams: Throughout Series 2 and part of Series 3, Simba has recurring nightmares featuring Hago. They begin after his death in Friends to the End, and don't stop until The Return of Hago.
- Recursive Fanfiction: There is no shortage of fanfiction based on this series written by the fans in the forum.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Nala, ever since The Blood Line. Though, this seems to have gone away with age.
- Red Herring: In the series finale, everyone assumes Death has been behind everything as an attempt to get revenge. In reality, The Writer is responsible for everything.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Nyoka.
- Revenge: A common villain motive, but most prominently seen with Shocker.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Wild Mambo beasts in Cute as Can Be.
- The Rival: Moto serves as a rival to Simba in Miss the Girl.
- Anti-Haiba is Simba's rival - and bully - in The Love Triangle.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Shocker is constantly out for revenge on Simba, Nala and Haiba after his introductory story.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Mufasa and Sarabi, at least before Series 4.
- The Runaway: Simba and Nala temporarily become runaways after they think they've killed Zazu in Dead as a Dodo.
- Running Gag: Haiba never being able to kiss Nala. Or Simba.
- Haiba being rejected by Sarafina. She finds him sweet, but the age gap is too much.
- The clones constantly spout the word "ever" in Clone Wars.
- Everyone's annoyance at the Interceptor always using his catch phrase: "I like it!"
- Pori constantly getting Zazu's name wrong.
- After Zazu is tickled for ten hours by monkeys, he is often fearful of it happening again.
- A line ending one scene will often be repeated in a different, usually funny way, as the beginning of the next scene. Growing Pains and Tama's Trouble contain two examples.
- Shocker stealing the Interceptor's ideas in Series Four.
- Run or Die: The cubs often have only these two options when fighting.
- Sadistic Choice: The Writer offers Nala this in The End: let her mother die or give herself to him.
- Say My Name: Shocker in The Interceptor's Challenge: "Interceptor..."
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Haiba.
- Season Finale:
- Friends to the End
- Goodbye, Nala
- Darkness Falls
- The Master Plan
- The End
- Self-Deprecation: Tojo is often self-deprecating. Especially in Tama's Trouble.
Tojo: The bottom of society? I think I'm already there. I mean, have you seen how underdeveloped these claws are? I wouldn't be able to snap a twig.
Hago: I said enough of the complaining! Now, you useless little thing, I'm going to ask you one question: how much do you value your life?
Tojo: Not much. If I died then no one would even notice.
- Sentient Phlebotinum: In Tojo's Tyranny Hago's staff
- The Sheriff: In The Lost World.
- She Knows Too Much: King Hapana wants to kill Nala because she's seen too much.
- Shock and Awe: Shocker, as you'd expect
- Shout-Out: Enough for its own page.
- Siblings in Crime: Hago and Bora
- Sirens Are Mermaids: Maji.
- Slap Stick
- Slashed Throat: A vast majority of deaths occur in this fashion.
- Slasher Smile: Hago, Scar, Death, the Interceptor and the Writer all love their evil grins of death. Note that all five of them appear in the cover image.
- Sleep Cute: Pretty much every scene of Simba and Nala sleeping.
- Sliding Scale of Villain Threat: It goes without saying that some villains are much more threatening than others.
- Some Kind of Force Field: Blocks the heroes from entering the Pride Lands in The Final Task.
- Spider-Sense: The Hermit of Hekima can sense presences. He senses Virusi's presence in The Message, just before his death.
Virusi: You thought you could hide all the way out here, huh, hermit?
The Hermit of Hekima: I knew you were coming. I sensed your presence hours ago. Such strong evil is very easy to detect.
- Spin-Off: Of The Lion King, naturally.
- Stupidest Thing I've Ever Heard: Scar thinks that tricking Simba into getting caught up in a stampede of wildebeest is the stupidest thing he's ever heard.
- Summoning Ritual: In Dead as a Dodo, Simba and Nala try to summon the Devil. Also, in Rebirth, Shocker succeeds in resurrecting Scar.
- Super Mode: The Writer's final form.
- Surfer Dude: Shauri in Return to Camp Kazi. When he reveals his true form as a giant green slime monster, this persona disappears...
- Surrounded by Idiots: Scar, obviously.
- The Interceptor. He doesn't regard Shocker or Froggy as very intelligent, usually lambasting their plans. Especially the former.
- Symbiotic Possession: The Inque in My Immortal.
- Take My Hand: Nala pulls Simba to safety in The Master Plan, sparing him an unpleasant death by lava.
- Take Over the World: Hago, the Vimelea, and The Writer all have this goal.
- Take That: Towards My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic in Darkness Falls. Apparently, Death isn't a fan.
It was all me, Simba! I've been laying traps for you all along – ready to bring you to this exact moment! It's brilliant! It's ingenious! Better than when I burned down FernGully
! Better than when I crushed the Powerpuff Girls
! Better than ripping the heads off of all those annoying, colourful ponies who don't ever shut the hell up!
- Taking You with Me: In The End, Simba jumps to his death, but not before taking the Writer with him. This actually results in him saving the universe.
- Talking Animal: Every single character.
- Talking in Your Sleep: Simba is often caught talking in his sleep whenever he has nightmares featuring Hago.
- Tears of Remorse: Haiba has more than a few remorseful tears after murdering Tama.
- Telepathy: The Hermit of Hekima possesses this ability. He reads Simba's mind in order to get an idea of his personality.
- Terrible Trio: Shocker, Interceptor and Froggy in Series 4.
- The "The" Title: A lot of bullet points here.
- The Royal Reaper
- The Royal Challenge
- The Return of Hago
- The Love Triangle
- The Prince and the Frog
- The Interceptor
- The Master Plan
- The Beginning
- The Chase
- The Curse of Death
- The Interceptor's Challenge
- The Evil Serpent
- The Lost World
- The Message
- The Final Task
- The End
- They Could Be Anyone: Simba and Nala become paranoid that everyone is out to kill them after they supposedly murder Zazu in Dead as a Dodo.
- Thirsty Desert: This is a prominent obstacle for the cubs in The Curse of Death.
- Thirteen Is Unlucky: Death needs thirteen souls to take over the world.
- This Is Unforgivable!: Simba, justifiably, never forgives Scar for his actions in Series One.
- Similarly, Simba, at first, refuses to forgive Haiba for murdering Tama. He eventually relents.
- Tickle Torture: All over the place.
- Title Drop: Hakuna Matata: Timon and Pumbaa use this phrase frequently, being their catchphrase and all.
- Who Are You?: Nala asks this question after losing her memory.
- Shocker is not only the title of a story, but an actual character. His name is used all the time.
- The Interceptor: Also a character, so his title is used frequently.
- The End: "It's the end."
- To Be Continued: Appears in Army of Evil (for the Series 1 finale), and The Message/The Final Task (for the Series 5 finale).
- Too Dumb to Live: Mtumwa. He ends up throwing himself off a cliff.
- Took a Level in Badass: As the series progresses, Simba, Nala and Haiba gradually became stronger and cleverer when up against the bad guys.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Simba in Series Five. It's hard to feel sorry for the guy when he becomes a murderous, arrogant predator.
- Touch of Death: By Death himself, no less!
- Tragic Hero: Simba in Series 5.
- Tragic Villain: As much of a monster as he is, Shocker's past is rather sad.
- Transformation Sequence: The Writer transforming into a mixture of all the villains.
- Treasure Room: In Magic Mystery Show.
- Tyrannosaurus rex: Features with several other dinosaur species in The Lost World.
- Ultimate Evil: Death is presumed for a long time to have been this, when in reality this title belongs to the Writer.
- Ultimate Life Form: Tara, Aibu, Possessed Tojo and The Writer all believe themselves to be this.
- Undeath Always Ends: Despite returning from the dead four times, Hago always dies in the same story in which he's resurrected.
- Being immortal, Shocker hungers for death. The closest he gets is being buried alive by the Interceptor in The Interceptor's Challenge. This finally stops him for good.
- Undercover Cop Reveal: Pori in the Series 4 finale.
- The Unintelligible: Ed, to the surprise of no one.
- Unstoppable Rage: Shocker never seems to be able to control his temper.
- Don't mess with Simba in Series Five. His rage is ferocious.
- Villainous Breakdown: The Writer suffers this in The End. He becomes hell-bent on destroying the cubs - especially Simba.
- Villain Song: Hago singing his version of 'You're Only Second Rate'. Note this is the only song in the series.
- Villain Team-Up: In Rebirth Shocker, the Interceptor, and Froggy. They try to get Scar to join, but it doesn't end well.
- Scar and Hago in Series 1.
- Violence Is the Only Option: For the clones, yes. Nala knocks Simba out with a rock just to shut him up.
Clone Nala: And then we can go back to our normal lives. No posers will ever dare mess with us ever again!
Clone Simba: Ever, ever!
(Clone Nala picks up a rock and bashes Simba over the top of his head. He collapses onto his back with a dopey smile.)
Clone Nala: That'll have him seeing stars for a while.
- Violent Glaswegian: The Interceptor.
- The Voiceless: Any large monster such as the dinosaurs or the creatures in The Chase.
- WAFF: Series One and Two are deliberately as cute as possible, since the series was first intended to be a romantic story about two cubs falling in love.
- Weakened by the Light: Wild Mambo beasts explode when exposed to direct sunlight.
- Weather Dissonance: Shocker gets his powers in a miserable storm, and in his second appearance, Elsa has to suffer through one as well.
- We Need a Distraction: In The Beginning, Simba, Nala and Haiba plan a daring robbery to steal food from Jowai Resort. They need a distraction to get inside, so Haiba uses his slovenly alter ego, Don Haiba, to charm two lionesses while they steal the food.
- Wham Episode: Quite a few.
- Army of Evil.
- The Master Plan.
- The Lost World.
- The Message.
- The Final Task.
- The End.
- Wham Line: "I killed Tama."
- Also when the Vimelea tell Simba that Mufasa and Sarabi have been dead for months.
- What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: Said often by the heroes.
- What the Hell, Hero?: During Series Five, Simba started killing up to the point of not caring who got hurt, as long as it protects himself. This includes a pregnant lioness. This didn't get better until the Writer showed up.
- When Trees Attack: The Weeds of Wrath in Survival.
- "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: Friends to the End and The End both have this.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Shocker is cursed with immortality. He wants to die more than anything. However, his wish is never fulfilled. The Interceptor buries him alive in The Interceptor's Challenge, leaving him in a permanent cycle of death and resurrection.
- The Wild West: In The Lost World, Simba, Nala and Haiba discover an underground world that is a cross between a dinosaur haven and a wild west town.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Haiba, surprisingly enough. He knows a lot more about legends and myths than Simba and Nala do. It actually comes in handy.
- Simba and Nala themselves would count in some ways.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Shocker, despite being downright evil, has a rather tragic past.
- Worst Aid: Simba giving Zazu CPR by punching him in the chest.
- Would Hurt a Child: Almost all of the villains, even the ones who are underage themselves.
- Yaoi Fangirl: Nala is jokingly implied to be this in Shocker's Revenge, after witnessing Simba and Haiba kissing in a fake scenario created by Shocker. She ends up liking it.
(Nala and Shocker watch Simba and Haiba making out.)
Nala: Simba? And Haiba? They're...?
Shocker: Shocking, isn't it? I never knew two male cubs could... feel so strongly for each other.
Nala: I can't believe them! Next time I see Simba and Haiba, I'm going to give them what they deserve!
Shocker: Excellent. You're finally learning, Nala. Come with me, and I can help you get what you desire.
Nala: Yeah, yeah. Just after I've finished watching this. It's kind of hot.
- You Can't Go Home Again: After Series Four, the Pride Lands are destroyed, taking the cubs' home away from them. This is eventually rectified by the end of Series Five, however.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: In Magic Mystery Show, this is why Hago kills his assistant, Kitu.
- Aibu kills his assistants for similar reasons in The Chase.
- You Monster!: Said numerous times by the heroes in varying ways.
- Younger Than They Look: Zazu. Apparently, he's barely past his teenage years.
- You're Insane!: The heroes often say this to each other.
- You're Just Jealous: In Miss the Girl, Nala accuses Simba of being jealous when she starts becoming attached to Moto.
- Your Soul Is Mine: Timon and Pumbaa drain the souls of cubs, and Virusi extracts the Hermit of Hekima's soul.
- Your Worst Nightmare: One of the earlier stories was named this, and revolved around this theme.
- Zany Scheme: In Dead as a Dodo, Simba and Nala's scheme to disguise their supposed murder of Zazu involves jumping on him until he is flattened like a pancake.