Fanon / The Lion King

  • Many fans think Simba and Nala had a son, named Kopa, who was either then killed by Zira, otherwise died, or is at least gone somewhere awaiting a fanfic plot that re-unites him with his lost family (sometimes he just leaves to start his own pride while other times he got lost or was driven away as a cub by Zira). A confusing example, as Kopa was a character in the semi-canonical (or non-canonical) storybook The Lion King: Six New Adventures published between the 2 movies, but was then never mentioned in the 2nd film. This has been speculated to be due to grief, but it's more likely that he was just retconned out of existence or that he only existed in an Alternate Continuity. It's thought that he, and not Kiara, was the cub pictured at the end of the original movie. It's also due to the cub's coloration at the end of the first movie (he resembles Simba's at the beginning, has male markings, and all the lionesses are a lighter color).
  • Considering the Lion King sequels aren't officially in the Disney Animated Canon (which doesn't necessarily mean anything to the Lion King universe), some fans just dismiss Kiara's existence completely and replace her with Kopa (or an OC).
  • Before the Six New Adventures books came out, it was popular to depict Simba's and Nala's cub from the end of the first film as a male named Tanabi. This theory has long since fallen out of popularity, but there are still some fans who feature Tanabi in their headcanons, usually alongside Kopa and Kiara.
  • Nala was meant to have a younger brother named Mheetu but he was taken out of the final product. Fans often include him in fan-works, either as her off-screen brother or her dead sibling. Mheetu is often shown to be albino or at least white furred. This comes from fans mistaking the uncolored art for his official color.
  • In the original draft of the film, Sarabi had three sisters, Naanda, Diku, and Dwala, and just like Mheetu, they're popular characters to depict in fanworks. Usually at least one of them will be depicted with blue eyes and/or a Zira-like dorsal stripe. According to a semi-canon comic, Sarabi has an unknown sister with a cub named "Mtoto". His mother is usually written as one of Sarabi's scrapped sisters.
  • Due to the fact that the writing in one of the Six New Adventures books says Ahadi (Mufasa's and Scar's father) has green eyes and black fur while the art makes him look like Mufasa, many fans have taken the third option with Ahadi and combined the two elements. The most common combination is his bulky artwork build but with the colors of the text. His eyes will occasionally look like his youngest son. His mate, Uru, often has dark brown fur with a diamond-shaped marking somewhere on her body (usually her head).
  • Before Nala's father was revealed in The Lion Guard to be a previously unknown (and possibly rogue) dark furred lion with a red mane, many other options were argued by fans:
    • Scar was the most common choice for fans due to the fact Scar and Mufasa were the only two males in the pride. It was also the most controversial choice, due to the fact the idea made Nala and Simba Kissing Cousins and due to a deleted scene existing where Scar tried to seduce (or at least mate with) Nala. The scene was recycled for the musical and it's highly unlikely Disney was going for a Villainous Incest route with Scar. Still, the concept did and still does have its supporters.
    • Two semi-canon lions Ni and "Tanglemane" were often considered to possibly be Nala's dad, or at the very least Mheetu's.
    • An idea spouted by fans who look back at the film and notices the Fridge Logic of Nala's parentage is that Mufasa was Nala's father. Nothing in the film remotely implies this, however in a very early script Simba and Nala were both written as both being Mufasa's cubs. The idea almost never gets brought up within the fandom and was largely dismissed but often appears amongst more casual fans.
  • Kovu is often considered Scar's biological son by many, even though the movie goes out of its way to say that he is not. Vitani and Nuka are almost across-the-chart considered Scar's children, though there's still a sum of fans who believe Vitani is Nala's daughter with Scar. It's less common to believe she's Nala's and Simba's child, with many of her traits being explained as recessive.
  • Fanworks often present either Kovu or Vitani being adopted by Zira instead of biologically her cubs. This theory often goes hand-in-hand with Vitani being Nala's cub (with Zira either stealing her or Nala having given her to Zira prior to the exile) however it isn't required. Fans who consider them both Zira's biological cubs sometimes have them as littermates/twins, explaining why they're so similar in age.
  • There are several Outsider Recurring Extras. Fans have given them nicknames and they often appear as OC Stand Ins in fanworks. Spotty and Dotty are almost always fraternal twins (or outright identical twins despite having their markings in different areas)
  • A large number of fan-works have a Sibling Triangle between Mufasa, Sarabi (who is their Childhood Friend), and Scar occuring when they were younger. Often times Scar is still bitter over it. If not Sarabi, then Sarafina is a common love interest for Scar. Fans of the pair differ whether Scar is Nala's father or not.
  • Sarabi is not present in the second film due to her voice actress dying. She doesn't appear in a speaking role or even in a background role, though fan theories exist that she's in the movie somewhere. The fan consensus is Sarabi died somewhere during Kiara's youth.
  • Sarafina is usually considered to be the lioness that tells Kiara "My, how you've grown" during her first hunt scene. The design doesn't completely match hers however it's close enough for fans. Others argue that it's Sarabi, however due to the above fanon and her appearance most prefer her as Sarafina.
  • When it comes to humanized versions of the characters, artists usually take two different routes: They either base them off the Broadway musical designs or they make them Shakespearean and European looking.
  • To explain why Kion is absent in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, The Lion Guard fans have come up with some ideas. To explain why he wasn't around in opening scenes, he either wasn't born yet or was too young. On why he's absent when Kiara is an adult, fans usually say that he and the rest of the Lion Guard have been gone on some mission somewhere for a while.
  • Kiara and Kovu are often depicted with twin cubs, Shani and Chaka. Shani was Kiara's prototypical name and Chaka was her scrapped brother.
  • It's more common to depict Mufasa and Scar's mother, Uru, as the daughter of the previous king than it is to depict Ahadi as his son. This is likely to contrast with Mufasa and Simba, who were male heirs.
  • Scar was The Unfavorite. While the Six New Adventure books do imply that Ahadi favored Mufasa, they suggest it was because he was more dependable than his self-centered brother. Fans however have Scar's parents dislike him for varying reasons that go against this. This is because his birth name "Taka" translates to "trash".
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