YMMV / The Lion King

  • Accidental Innuendo: Zazu's line in "I Just Can't Wait to be King" song:
    Zazu: I've never seen a king or beast with quite so little hair.
  • Accidental Nightmare Fuel: Both versions of the crocodiles in the aforementioned song. The original ones are just downright creepy, whereas the new ones are freakishly creepy in the manner of Jay Jay The Jet Plane.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • There are more than a few people who view Scar as an Ambiguously Gay Depraved Homosexual, due to his lack of a mate and somewhat effeminate manner. The Broadway play seems to play this up to extreme levels. Scar goes from scary angry dude to Paul Lynde turned psychopath, which is still scary. This is ironic since a deleted scene shows Scar choosing a grown up Nala as his mate and seeming rather disturbingly excited about making "little Scars" with her. So maybe more of a Depraved Bisexual?
    • Scar also has some parallels with Simba. Young Simba has a SONG dedicated to him proclaiming that when he's King he doesn't have to listen to anybody and "can do whatever I want". Later in the film Scar proclaims, "I'm the King! I can do whatever I want."
    • Due to the fact that Scar has a childish view of being king, like Simba, who's a cub, it could be argued that Scar is a Man Child. What doesn't help is that he does act very immature throughout the film. At first, he just acts like a moody teenager, acting rebellious towards Mufasa, Zazu, and Simba. However, as it becomes clear that he only wants to become king for the reason a child would, he acts like a toddler, throwing temper tantrums at anyone who makes him angry in the way a small child would. What doesn't help make him seem any more mature is that he is envious of Mufasa and Simba in a way a small child would be envious of someone, as he wants something just because someone else has it.
    • Also, was Scar's hatred towards Mufasa caused only by envy or was there a solid Freudian Excuse (like being always The Unfavorite, maybe also mistreated by his brother)?
      • According to the children's books accompanying the movie, Scar's original name was Taka, which translates to 'garbage'. Imagine your parents literally naming you Garbage. It's no wonder he wants to overthrow Mufasa so badly. He's been mistreated and viewed as inferior his whole life. It kind of makes the horrible condition of the Pride Lands when Simba and crew return slightly tragic. His father most likely spent all of his energy teaching Mufasa how to take care of the Pride Lands and never bothered to tell Scar what he was supposed to do.
    • Mufasa. Noble, courageous king and loving father... or pompous Jerkass who threw his weight around to bully his little brother, was letting a bunch of hyenas starve for no reason, and who was raising his son to be as big a douche as he was?
      • Mufasa and his dynasty can easily be seen as pompous, racist tyrants and Scar as a Well-Intentioned Extremist trying to liberate oppressed people from Mufasa's regime. An alternative alternative take is that both Scar and Mufasa are jerks, Mufasa exiling the hyenas to the badlands, and Scar exploiting their desperation for his own gain.
    • Zazu. Mufasa's loyal adviser and careful supervisor of Simba during his childhood... or just the comical sidekick of both?
    • Timon and Pumbaa. Lovable slackers who save Simba's life and help him deal with his trauma, or two feckless wasters who encourage a vulnerable young boy to hide from his problems and responsibilities so he can stick around as their bodyguard?
    • The hyenas. Nazis, or the oppressed underdogs just looking for food? Their apparent poverty and Scar's manipulation of it is just another eerie parallel to the Third Reich and the duped German population. Also, Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed - friends, or family?
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The "I Just Can't Wait to be King" scene (which also counts as a Disney Acid Sequence) and the scene where Timon does the hula. Justified in that they were both meant to be distractions. The first one does get a brief callback later during Simba and Nala's reunion.
    • The "When I was a young warthog" bit. It comes out of nowhere and is instantly forgotten once Timon stops Pumbaa from making a Precision F-Strike.
  • Complete Monster: Scar is defined by his envy and hatred of his elder brother Mufasa. Hating that he isn't king, Scar hatches a scheme to remove Mufasa from the equation as well as the heir to the throne, Mufasa's young son Simba. When Scar's first attempt to murder Simba and his best friend Nala fails, Scar has his Hyena cohorts cause a stampede and personally throws Mufasa in to be trampled when he tries to escape it. He then convinces Simba the whole thing was his fault, convincing him to go into self imposed exile before ordering the hyenas to murder Simba anyways. Scar's incompetence as king leads to a famine, and when Simba returns, he sees Scar refuse to allow anyone to leave to go anywhere else, uncaring that this will condemn everyone to death. He proceeds to backhand Mufasa's widow Sarabi when she compares him unfavorably to her husband, and when he confronts Simba, Scar tries to break him by bringing up Mufasa's death. He only pauses in his attempt at a public execution to mock Simba that Scar was Mufasa's true murderer. Later, in a desperate attempt to save his own skin, he tries to blame everything on his loyal hyena henchmen, attempting to kill Simba even after he agrees to spare his life.
    Jerry Peet "You can do all the petty evil things that you want. It still doesn't compare to trying to overthrow a government, simply because you want his toys."
  • Creepy Awesome: Scar, Shenzi, Banzai and Ed.
  • Designated Monkey: Zazu seems to be this, merely for following directions.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Scar. Especially with the Awesome Music that is "Be Prepared". Cue endless fanfics with him as the hero.
    • Shenzi and her pack. It sure doesn't hurt to have Whoopi Goldberg's talents.
  • Ear Worm: "I Just Can't Wait to be King", "Hakuna Matata" and "Be Prepared". The chanting at the beginning of the movie may count.
    • "Aaaaare you achin'?" "Yup yup yup." "Foooor some bacon? "Yup yup yup."
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed are among the most popular villain sidekicks within the Disney Animated Canon, which probably stems from their hilarious chemistry and the fact they end up the ones who axe off Scar. And Shenzi is very popular among Furries.
    • Sarafina; Nala's mother, could also count. She only has one line of dialogue yet there are fan comics and fanfiction's about her and who her mate is and how she gave birth to Nala and/or Mheetu.
  • Evil Is Cool:
    • Scar, so very much. His voice is cool, his design is cool, his Villain Song is cool, he's one of the few Disney villains to commit murder on-screen and actually succeed in his plans, and he's also an awesome fighter. He's a fan-favorite among the Disney villains, and one of the few who can give Maleficent a run for her money in terms of popularity.
    • But he's nothing compared to Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed.
  • Fanon:
    • Simba and Nala's son from Six New Adventures, Kopa. You occasionally see other cubs like "Tanabi" (due to a random Disney employee saying their cub was a boy named that) or "Chaka" and "Shani" (from an early version of the sequels script; Chaka was dropped and Shani became Kiara).
    • Nala having a younger brother named Mheetu because he was a deleted character. It's usually interpreted he died sometime during Scar's reign.
    • Nala and Simba being cousins. It was canon in a very early build on the film (they were both Mufasa's cubs so it made them siblings too) but in the final product it's not confirmed who Nala's father is.
  • Fridge Horror: As a cub, Simba can't wait to be king as he can do whatever he wants and no-one will be able to stop him! Huh, why does that sound familiar? If Scar had never performed his coup, Simba could easily have turned into a similar tyrant.
    • Not to mention the simple fact that, in singing about how he can't wait to be king, he's essentially singing that he wishes his dad would hurry up and die, already. Mitigated in both cases by the fact that Simba is undoubtedly ignorant of the broader implications of his attitude, is simply speaking from the short-sighted ignorance and insensitivity of a child who has yet to grasp that there's more to being in charge than privilege, and is probably under the impression that his father will simply hand him the throne someday. Which, to be fair, happens sometimes.
  • Genius Bonus: With the "Circle of Life" monologue, Mufasa taught many of us the concept of homeostasis.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    Pumbaa: Timon?
    Timon: Yeah?
    Pumbaa: Ever wonder what those sparkly dots are up there?
    Timon: Pumbaa, I don't wonder, I know.
    Pumbaa: Oh. What are they?
    Timon: They're fireflies. Fireflies that got stuck up in that big bluish black thing.
    • This was probably intentional considering the number of Shout Outs in that film.
    • Early in the film, Zazu jokingly says that Scar will "make a handsome throw rug". Three years later in Hercules, Scar makes a cameo...as a throw rug.
    • During "Be Prepared", Banzai briefly wears a horned skull that resembles the Dovahkiin's characteristic helmet.
    • When Zazu starts to talk about arranged marriages being a tradition that goes back generations, Simba says that it will be the first thing to go when he's king. Zazu is quick to brush him off. Fast forward to the sequel, where said tradition is nowhere to be seen.
    • "What do you want me to do?? Dress in drag and do that hula??" In Nathan Lane's next movie, he does one of those things.
    • "Gee, he looks blue..." "I'd say brownish-gold..."
  • Internet Backdraft:
    • Do not mention Kimba the White Lion to any Lion King fans (and vice versa) due to the ongoing "debate" (i.e. Flame War) as to whether or not Lion King ripped off Kimba.
    • It's not a good idea to mention you don't like Scar.
      • Speaking of Scar, it's generally not a good idea to ask whether or not his real name is "Taka" (like the tie-in books say) or if his name really is just "Scar".
    • Nala. Especially on the subject of who her father is.
      • Kovu, for that matter. Is he Scar's son like the original plan was? Is he some random lion Scar adopted as his heir? Or was he just a cub Zira took in and brainwashed into thinking he was Scar's son for her own personal gain? No two fans will fully agree on the answer.
    • Timon & Pumbaa. Not just the characters, but the show itself. Funny comic relief characters or annoying jerks who nearly caused Simba to lose all sense of responsibility? A fun Saturday Morning Cartoon with its own charm or a poorly-made series created to cash in on a superior film?
    • The film itself. Especially if you mention that it's overhyped.
    • The sequels certainly fall under this. It's generally not a good idea to ask whether or not the sequels are any good. You might get a pass for liking Simba's Pride, but there will definitely be some backlash for mentioning The Lion King 1 1/2 at all.
    • Kopa. Simba's son from the tie-in stories. Is he canon to the films or not? Fans will never fully agree.
      • The books themselves. Some say they're canon to the films. Others claim that they are not connected in any way except with the names of the characters.
  • Iron Woobie: Zazu, Timon, Pumbaa, and the Hyenas.
  • It Was His Sled: Mufasa dies.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Scar all the way...except when it comes to being a king.
  • Memetic Mutation: Almost every line of the movie. A few examples:
    • "No king, no king! Lalalalalala!"
    • "I'm surrounded by idiots."
    • "Mu-fasa!" "Ooooh! Do it again."
    • "Is that a challenge?!"
    • "Cactus butt!"
    • Many a fan has jokingly rewritten Simba and Mufasa's conversation about the Shadowlands so that it refers to a bitter sports team rivalry, a city rivalry, a fandom rivalry, etc.
      "Look, Simba. Everything the light touches is ________."
      "Wow! But what about that shadowy place?"
      "That's ________. You must never go there, Simba!"
      • Similarly, a screencap of them looking over the Shadowlands has been captioned with (usually sports related) jokes such as this.
    • The log scene.
    • Rafiki's pose at the end of "Circle of Life," holding baby Simba. Cue hundreds of people doing it with their pets. (Or their actual children.)
  • Misblamed: To a degree, Scar. His poor skills as a ruler didn't destroy the trees or dry up the water, and it's pretty apparent the region was suffering from a drought. However, he also did a terrible job managing what limited resources were to be had and forced the pride to remain in the area instead of following the herds to less drought-stricken areas, effectively making a bad situation much worse.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Scar when he kills Mufasa. He provides the image for the Animated Film page.
  • Narm: When Mufasa is saving Simba from the stampede and a wildebeest bumps into them, knocking Simba out of Mufasa's mouth. The sound effect is just hilarious.
  • Narm Charm: Some viewers thought the images of Mufasa in the sky were just ridiculously cheesy and goofy, especially in the sequel; others got a bit choked up, considering what a Tear Jerker both his death in the first film and his benediction to Simba when he took the throne were. In fact, the producers had thought about removing them for those reasons, before deciding to leave it in.
    • Really, the movie is generally overblown most of the time, but it makes it what it is, in a way.
  • Squick: Pumbaa farts. Enough said.
  • Older Than They Think: There are two lion brothers. One's the king, and his envious, childish brother, resentful of him, manages to get him out of the throne, so he can claim it himself. After he does, things go downhill, making everyone hate him. Sound familiar?
  • Rewatch Bonus: When Zazu informs Simba and Nala of their engagement, "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" is playing in the background.
  • Signature Song: "Hakuna Matata" is currently the most famous song from the movie, but "Circle of Life" and "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" are well remembered as well.
    • All three were nominated for the 1994 Academy Award for Best Original Song. "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" won it.
  • So Cool It's Awesome: The film is widely considered to be not only one of Disney's best animated features, but one of the greatest animated films ever made.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Simba and Nala are arguably this. As cubs they don't really show any romantic interest in each other and are rather disgusted by their Arranged Marriage. When they see each other a year or two later they goof around for a little bit, Nala licks Simba, and they fall in love within a matter of a few minutes. It feels like they fell in love just because they're the only lions of the opposite sex they've seen in a long time.
  • Superlative Dubbing: Timon and Pumbaa seem to have less of a Base Breaker status in certain other countries (some examples being the French, Norwegian and Polish dub) as people have noted their voices to be "less annoying" than the English.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Cub Simba and Nala can come across as this to some.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks: There is much controversy (READ: Flame War) over whether this film is a ripoff of Kimba the White Lion or not.
    • There are several differences, although there are many similarities. Here are the key differences in the narrative:
      • The Lion King lacks any human presence. In Kimba, humans were often present as enemies like Hamegg, or simply as unwittingly doing harm.
      • In Kimba, Claw is a rogue lion who wants to be king with two hyena minions, but is continually beaten down by Kimba after he attempts to take over the jungle when Hamegg kills Caesar. In The Lion King, Scar is Mufasa's treacherous brother with three named hyena minions and hundreds more nameless ones, so he hatches a plan to become king by organizing the death of Mufasa and Simba. He succeeds at killing Mufasa and scaring Simba away, and is a far more effective villain than Claw was. In addition, the hyenas in The Lion King were originally planned as African Wild Dogs - they were presumably changed either because African wild dogs aren't as well known as hyenas, or simply because hyenas look more "evil".
      • Claw is a lot closer to Scar in the manga, managing to become the de facto leader of the jungle in Kimba's absence and dying after his and Kimba's first battle instead of hanging around to suffer Villain Decay. He does not however have his hyenas in the manga. Scar also shares many characteristics with Hamegg, being smug, flamboyant, having Nazi associations (in the manga Hamegg is eventually revealed to have been a SS officer) and being the person who killed Kimba's father and sent him into exile. In the manga he is also speared by Kimba when he is defeated by him just to be killed by Claw instead, like Simba spares Scar before he is killed by the hyenas. Hamegg however has Hidden Depths and a sympathetic side that Scar do not share.
      • In The Lion King, the circle of life is used to get around Carnivore Confusion. In Kimba, Kimba decrees that the animals should only eat insects and plants and live in peace with each other; however, this causes quite a few problems, and Kimba has to learn the hard way that Caesar was right about the animals.
      • The Lion King is about Simba accepting his responsibility as king in the archetypal Hero's Journey; Kimba deals with the titular character learning how to use his responsibility wisely after he's become a young king. Another key difference is that Simba is kind of a prick when he's a little kid, and Kimba is The Wise Prince. In fact, Simba much more closely resembles Kimba's Bratty Half-Pint son Rune, who goes trough similar character development, than he does Kimba himself. Likewise Mufasa is closer to adult Kimba than he is to Caesar who is much more of an Well-Intentioned Extremist (which, amusingly, somewhat becomes Simba's forte in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride).
      • In Kimba, both of Kimba's parents are dead and he more immediately becomes king. In The Lion King, only his father is killed, and he blames himself for it, running away from his responsibility. His mother, Sarabi, lives to see his coronation.
      • Oh, and despite being Dueling Shows, both are quite good on their own merits. It's best to think of the situation as being more like how The Magnificent Seven borrowed from The Seven Samurai, even though The Magnificent Seven was more of a direct lift of The Seven Samurai than The Lion King was of Kimba.
      • The most famous iteration of Kimba in the West, the anime made in the 1960s with help from NBC, also contains a lot more, ah... fantastical elements, such as giant radioactive grasshoppers and unfrozen mammoths, and is far more comedic in tone than The Lion King, while still being Darker and Edgier than its Western contemporaries. The Lion King focuses more on heavier themes like guilt, the loss of a father/king, and accepting responsibility - it actually started a trend for Disney films to be Darker and Edgier, in that its follow-ups, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan and Tarzan often dealt with much heavier themes such as racism and war to variable success. However, The Lion King is STILL Lighter and Softer than the Kimba manga and later remakes of the series, which often edged into Bittersweet or even Downer Endings.
      • For what it's worth, the film may have originally been planned as a Kimba remake - however, because the rights to Kimba are entangled with multiple companies, including NBC (as with many anime that have been dubbed - that's why Jump Ultimate Stars can't make it to US shores, due to the dubbing rights being split among Viz, FUNimation and 4Kids, among others), it simply wasn't possible to get the rights. Regardless, production was far enough along that it was likely too late to change things aside from the names and Simba's fur color - in addition, the film's development had a lot of cut characters who didn't correspond to Kimba's cast. As a matter of fact, there are still two characters in The Lion King who bear no resemblance to anyone in Kimba - Timon and Pumbaa.
      • Timon and Pumbaa could be seen as highly mutated versions of Kenichi and his uncle who (at-least in the manga) takes care of Kimba until he returns to the jungle and also have something of a Fat and Skinny character dynamic. Only Kenichi sticks around however and his personality is completely different from Timon's.
      • The smoking gun in favor of it being originally planned as a remake and having to be retooled? Osamu Tezuka himself wanted to see Disney remake Kimba.
      • Matthew Broderick claimed once that when he signed on to do the film, he was point blank told that this was supposed to be an adaptation of Kimba.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Some fans feel Shenzi, Banzai and Ed could have been given more depth and portrayed in a more sympathetic light. The fact that they barely appear in the sequels and (from the sounds of it) won't appear in The Lion Guard doesn't help.
  • Too Cool to Live: Mufasa.
  • Tough Act to Follow: This movie was the tough act the rest of the Disney Renaissance had to follow. This most notably affected Pocahontas, which is the only Disney Renaissance film to be graded Rotten on Rotten Tomatoes, and Hercules, which got strong reviews but a relatively paltry take at the box office (and earned a lot of hatred in Greece).
  • Ugly Cute: Shenzi, Banzai and Ed. Shenzi is actually quite popular among furries.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Lots of viewers have mistaken Shenzi for a guy, which is rather hilarious when you consider how real female hyenas are near-identical to the males for very strange reasons.
  • Villain Decay: Scar suffers this, badly. He starts out as an Magnificent Bastard that manipulates everybody and actually achieves his goal by usurping the throne. And after that he degrades into a whiny oaf, a terrible leader, and a Man Child, as he acts like an overgrown toddler.
    • Fridge Brilliance: All he ever wanted to do was be king, not assume the king's responsibilities.
  • "Weird Al" Effect: Good luck to you trying to find anybody who knows the song "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" existed for over 30 years before this movie came out.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: Several German critics did not take kindly to the film's references to Triumph of the Will. Some simply thought Nazi references were in bad taste for a kid's movie, while others actually accused Disney of endorsing fascist aesthetics. This review from Die Zeit offers one of the more extreme reactions.
  • Win the Crowd: If there was any doubt on how this film would do, the teaser using the "Circle of Life" sequence and the rapturous audience reaction to it settled them all.
    • Disney briefly flirted with the idea of Re-Releasing Beauty and the Beast in 2010 as a 3D movie, but scrapped it. 2011, Lion King ended up getting the re-release to theaters and made well over $150 million. Disney is now planning to do the same type of re-releases with The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Finding Nemo, and Monster's Inc.
  • The Woobie:
    • Simba's father was murdered by his uncle, who made him think it was his fault.
    • Mufasa was betrayed and murdered by his own brother, whom he trusted implicitly.
    • Nala's best friend ran away from home after his father died and she grew up under Scar's despotic rule.
    • Sarabi. Her husband was murdered and he was forced to serve the guy who did it.
    • Zazu, in much the same way as Sarabi. His best friend was murdered and he was forced to serve the guy who did it.
    • The Hyenas are more of the Jerk Ass Woobie variety. As much as they worked for Scar it was more out of desperation for food and being too stupid to realize that Scar was only using them.
  • Woolseyism:
    • In the Spanish release of the film. In the scene where Banzai is kicked in the ribcage by Shenzi before he mentions Mufasa again. In the original English dub he says "¿Qué pasa?", a Spanish line that means "What's up?". In the Spanish dub the line was dubbed as "¿Con mostaza?" which means "With mustard?". This was likely done because of phonetic similarities, but since this comes right after Scar jokes about the hyenas eating Zazu, it fits the scene perfectly. Likewise in the German dub he says "Mit Wasser?"note  which sounds pretty similar to "Qué pasa". In the Polish version, Banzai says "Kiełbasa" note , which is pronounced "Kieubasa" and sound phonetically similar to the original.
    • In the original English version, when Rafiki first starts bothering Simba, Simba simply calls him a "creepy little monkey." In the German dub, his line is Was soll denn das Affentheater? Idiomatically this translates as "What's with the crazy antics?", but Affentheater, which means "farce" or "craziness," translates as "monkey theater." In essence, not only is he saying Rafiki's crazy, but it's a clever pun on his species. (A similar English pun could've been, "Will you quit with the monkey business?")
    • In the Mexican Spanish dub, during the final duel between Simba and Scar, Simba's voice became more deeper and creepier, compared how his voice sounds in the original English version, when he speaks loudier than usual, and how he normally sounds before that battle in that dub, probably to emphatize he's going to kill Scar for good this time.
      • In the Japanese dub of the same scene, Simba uses kisama on Scar for the same effect, while his voice tone goes between the English version (louder) and the Mexican one (deeper). Oddly enough, Scar doesn't use kisama on Simba, despise being the main villain and the one who wants to see Simba dead more than anyone.
    • Also, in the Japanese dub, Scar speaks with a thick French accent in his voice, not to mention he uses sometimes adieu rather than sayonara, possibly to simulate Scar's British accent.

Video Games
  • Absentee Actor: Nala is not remotely seen or mentioned in the game, despite the ending credits even having "Can You Feel The Love Tonight?".
  • Ear Worm: Both of the console games do a decent job recreating the movie's soundtrack in chip tune.
  • Guide Dang It: Raise your hands if you knew immediately that you're supposed to wear Scar out and then throw him off Pride Rock in the final battle. Or knew that you're supposed to jump on a fruit, then bounce off and hit the gorilla in Hakuna Matata. Or even the monkey puzzle in Can't Wait To Be King.
  • Hell Is That Noise: The death jingle is haunting...
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Averted with the console games; while they are tough, they're still solid games. Played straight with the NES and Game Boy ports of the games, which feel like lesser derivatives of the Genesis/Super Nintendo games; the former wasn't even finished!
  • Porting Disaster: As above, the Europe-exclusive NES port was a port of the Game Boy version. Despite limited colour, it had sluggish and delayed controls. Physics and jumping precision were also non existent in this version. To make things worse, the box cover says ten levels. The game itself only has six, meaning the Adult Simba levels were either glitchy or they didn't bother to program it in.
  • That One Level: The console game features a waterfall in the 'Hakuna Matata' level that is a real pain in the butt to climb. There's also the very annoying puzzles with the monkeys in level 2 and the tricky ostrich rides between them.
    • While many think the Adult Simba levels are somewhat easier than the cub levels, everyone agrees that "Be Prepared" is an exercise in frustration. The level is full of Goddamned Bats…including hyenas, cheetahs and literal bats. On top of that, there are lava geysers shooting from the floor, lava dripping from the ceiling and at one point, a river of lava that you have to traverse on a tiny floating rock. Good luck not getting knocked off. Oh, and not to forget that it's the only level in the game that is not based on any scene from the movie, making it feel completely out of place.

Stage Musical
  • Complete Monster: Scar commits the same crimes that his movie counterpart did and goes beyond that. During the musical, Scar became more and more paranoid as time went by and he also felt that he was being tormented by his older brother even in death. Unwilling to admit that he was terrible at governing the Pride Lands, he instead condemns all his subjects to death so that he wouldn't have to accept that maybe he wasn't as good at being a king that he thought he would be. He also attempted to force himself onto Nala (a scene cut from the film), which becomes even more disturbing in hindsight considering that he tried to have her killed along with his nephew when they were children. The musical version of Scar is nothing more than an egotistical, treacherous, and murderous feline.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Endless Night becomes even more heartbreaking after you learn that the actor who originated Adult!Simba on Broadway committed suicide due to a poor relationship with his father.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: "The Madness of King Scar", in light of the plot of the animated sequel that was released a year after the musical premiered.
    "Without a queen, what am I? A dead end, no line, no descendants, no future. With a queen, I'll have... cubs!"
  • Older Than They Think: The bulk of the new songs, with some changed lyrics, originate from the album Rhythm of the Pride Lands, which was released in 1995.