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* YouMustBeCold: Simba uses this as an excuse to allow Kovu into the den to see if he is trustworthy. By this time, we know he is.


* CruelMercy: It is very heavily implied that this is the intent behind Kovu's exile.



IAmNotAGun: Kovu was raised and trained to kill Simba. After the plan to have him infiltrate Simba's pride begins, Kovu starts to fall in love with Kiara, ultimately driving him to reject his mission.


* DefusingTheTykeBomb: PlayedWith. Kovu was raised and trained to kill Simba. After the plan to have him infiltrate Simba's pride begins, Kovu starts to fall in love with Kiara, ultimately driving him to reject his mission. However, he was already shown to be immediately uncomfortable with this plan, and Zira makes it clear in the final battle she thought he wouldn't have the nerve to do it even before he fell in love with Kiara.


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IAmNotAGun: Kovu was raised and trained to kill Simba. After the plan to have him infiltrate Simba's pride begins, Kovu starts to fall in love with Kiara, ultimately driving him to reject his mission.


* {{Foil}}: Kovu serves as a positive foil to Scar. Scar was immature, arrogant, and didn't really understand the implications for being a king and while Kovu ''seems'' like the kind of person that would make him proud at first he is revealed to be more than just that. Thus, while Scar is a CompleteMonster Kovu is instead an Anti-Villain who turns good.

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* {{Foil}}: Kovu serves as a positive foil to Scar. Scar was immature, arrogant, and didn't really understand the implications for being a king and while Kovu ''seems'' like the kind of person that would make him proud at first he is revealed to be more than just that. Thus, while Scar is a CompleteMonster the first film's BigBad, Kovu is instead an Anti-Villain AntiVillain who turns good.


* {{Foil}}: Kovu serves as a positive foil to Scar. Scar was immature, arrogant, and didn't really understand the implications for being a king and while Kovu ''seems''like the kind of person that would make him proud at first he is revealed to be more than just that. Thus, while Scar is a CompleteMonster Kovu is instead an Anti-Villain who turns good.

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* {{Foil}}: Kovu serves as a positive foil to Scar. Scar was immature, arrogant, and didn't really understand the implications for being a king and while Kovu ''seems''like ''seems'' like the kind of person that would make him proud at first he is revealed to be more than just that. Thus, while Scar is a CompleteMonster Kovu is instead an Anti-Villain who turns good.


* {{Foil}}: Kovu serves as a positive foil to Simba in both his adult and childhood life. Simba as a cub was immature, arrogant, and didn't really understand the implications for being a king, while Kovu as a cub was mature, took the blame when Zira lashed out at Nuka, and straight up says he wants nothing to do with Zira's megalomania. Simba as an adult has to be persuaded to return to the Pride Lands by his deceased father, while Kovu returns to the Pride Lands willingly as an adult, but turns on his adopted mother when he realizes she is evil. Both are framed for crimes they did not commit, but while Simba spends a whole life convinced he committed said crime, Kovu remains adamant he is innocent, and is cleared quite quickly. Simba overthrows his EvilUncle and takes the throne violently, while Kovu marries into the royal family and will become the king through a peaceful succession.

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* {{Foil}}: Kovu serves as a positive foil to Simba in both his adult and childhood life. Simba as a cub to Scar. Scar was immature, arrogant, and didn't really understand the implications for being a king, king and while Kovu as a cub was mature, took ''seems''like the blame when Zira lashed out kind of person that would make him proud at Nuka, and straight up says first he wants nothing to do with Zira's megalomania. Simba as an adult has is revealed to be persuaded to return to the Pride Lands by his deceased father, more than just that. Thus, while Scar is a CompleteMonster Kovu returns to the Pride Lands willingly as is instead an adult, but Anti-Villain who turns on his adopted mother when he realizes she is evil. Both are framed for crimes they did not commit, but while Simba spends a whole life convinced he committed said crime, Kovu remains adamant he is innocent, and is cleared quite quickly. Simba overthrows his EvilUncle and takes the throne violently, while Kovu marries into the royal family and will become the king through a peaceful succession.good.


* AbusiveParents: Both of the main parents show signs of this trope throughout the film.

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* AbusiveParents: Both of the main parents show signs of this trope throughout the film.AbusiveParents:


* {{Foreshadowing}}: During a talk with her two reluctant babysitters, Kiara tells them being a princess is only half of who she is, leading Pumbaa to ask who is the other half, which Kiara doesn't know yet as she is only a cub.

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During a talk with her two reluctant babysitters, Kiara tells them being a princess is only half of who she is, leading Pumbaa to ask who is the other half, which Kiara doesn't know yet as she is only a cub.


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** When Kovu races down to dig Nuka out of the logs, if you look closely at the scene, you will notice water is leaking out from under the logs. The logs collapse and cause a brief flood that ultimately kills Zira in the climax.


* BadBoss: It is heavily implied that the only reason the Outsiders follow Zira is because they are too afraid of her to disobey her. Once Zira crosses one too many lines, they abandon her.



* TheCaligula: Subverted with Zira. She is competent enough to ensure that the pride does not starve to death, but that is all. Zira is shown to be so obsessed with revenge that she neglects actually trying to keep her pride healthy, and her neglect and abuse of Nuka clearly disgusted the pride, especially her own daughter and her adopted son. After she threatens Vitani, everyone abandons her.



** Zira has a deep voice, granted by the late Suzanne Pleshette.

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** Zira has a deep husky voice, granted by the late Suzanne Pleshette.


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** Zira later proceeds to blame Simba completely for putting them in the Outlands where they don't have a lot of food and water, but her leadership style shows that she could have easily just accepted that punishment and actually focused on getting food and water, but instead decides to get revenge on Simba.


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** On that matter, it is heavily implied that all of the adult Outsiders really don't like Zira's cause at all, given how rapidly they defect, but they only obey her out of fear that she will kill them if they refuse. This heavily implied fear, her abuse of her biological son, along with the fact Zira doesn't care about anything except getting revenge on Simba, leads many of the lionesses, especially Kovu and Vitani to want to get away from Zira. Once they see what Kiara is saying, that she does not see them as her enemies, and especially after Zira crosses one line too many, they defect from her en masse. Once the fear has been broken, and especially if they a very powerful alternative, people will defect to stand up to that fearful authority figure.

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* PostVictoryCollapse: Subverted. Simba manages to survive the ambush and drag himself to Kiara, but his collapse is depicted as him nearly being killed, rather than a moment of triumph.


** Simba, while nowhere near as bad as Zira, brutally lies to his daughter and never accepts her decisions out of overprotectiveness and fear. Fortunately, Kiara manages to snap him out of it.

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** Simba, while This is {{downplayed|trope}} with Simba. While nowhere near as bad as Zira, brutally Simba often lies to his daughter and never accepts her decisions out of overprotectiveness and fear. Fortunately, Kiara manages to snap him out of it.


* CoversAlwaysLie: The covers and most promotional images feature Kiara and Kovu as cubs; this is only for the first half hour of the movie, and the rest revolves around them in adulthood.

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* CoversAlwaysLie: The covers and most promotional images feature Kiara and Kovu as cubs; this is only for the first half hour 20 minutes of the movie, and the rest revolves around them in adulthood.



* DefusingTheTykeBomb: Kovu was raised and trained to kill Simba. After the plan to have him infiltrate Simba's pride begins, Kovu starts to fall in love with Kiara, ultimately driving him to reject his mission.

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* DatingWhatDaddyHates: Understatement of the decade. Simba does not trust Kovu at all and repeatedly humiliates and degrades him, and is very reluctant to let Kovu be anywhere near Kiara, culminating in him banishing him out of petty spite. He ultimately reconciles with him at the end of the film.
* DefusingTheTykeBomb: PlayedWith. Kovu was raised and trained to kill Simba. After the plan to have him infiltrate Simba's pride begins, Kovu starts to fall in love with Kiara, ultimately driving him to reject his mission. However, he was already shown to be immediately uncomfortable with this plan, and Zira makes it clear in the final battle she thought he wouldn't have the nerve to do it even before he fell in love with Kiara.


* HairTriggerTemper: In the second half of the film, Simba can lose his temper and go on a violent shouting spree with very little motive or incentive, best shown when he banishes Kovu out of petty spite and sharply condemns Kiara's pleas for him to reconsider.

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* HairTriggerTemper: In the second half of the film, Simba can lose his temper and go on a violent shouting spree with very little motive or incentive, best shown when he banishes Kovu out of petty spite and sharply condemns refuses Kiara's pleas for him to reconsider.



* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Simba increasingly begins to resemble Scar, especially in the second half of the film. He gets Scar's narcissism, in hat he insists all of his actions are what he believes are in the best interests of the throne, when they are really terrible. He gains Scar's pettiness and rash temper, throwing a violent fit and banishing Kovu out of petty spite. He also gains his willingness to lie to his own family, inheriting Scar's backstabbing personality.

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* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Simba increasingly begins to resemble Scar, especially in the second half of the film. He gets Scar's narcissism, in hat that he insists all of his actions are what he believes are in the best interests of the throne, Mufasa would have wanted, when they are really terrible. He gains Scar's pettiness and rash temper, throwing a violent fit and banishing Kovu out of petty spite. He also gains his willingness to lie to his own family, inheriting Scar's backstabbing personality.



* SanitySlippage: Simba might be losing his mind, considering the trauma from the first film leaving its mark on him, something underscored even more by his BadDreams, implied to be recurring ones, which say a lot about the state of his psyche. All of his previous decisions, although antagonistic, are completely understandable. However, at the trial and during the final battle, he is far more angry, and far more violent, as well as his inability to listen to something that is pretty reasonable, and he is nowhere near the calm, if fierce, character we saw during both films. There is a rather large amount of NightmareFuel in the idea of Simba losing his sanity and therefore becoming that which he hates the most. Thankfully, Kiara is able to save him from losing anymore sanity and brings him back from the brink. It gets even scarier when you wonder: what if Kiara hadn't talked him down? Would he have killed her? Would he have killed every single Outsider then and there? Would his dealing with future problems be more violent? The implications are really disturbing.

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* SanitySlippage: Simba might be losing his mind, considering the trauma from the first film leaving its mark on him, something underscored even more by his BadDreams, implied to be recurring ones, which say a lot about the state of his psyche. All of his previous decisions, although antagonistic, are completely understandable. However, at the trial and during the final battle, he is far more angry, and far more violent, as well as his inability unwilling to listen to something that is pretty reasonable, reasonable points, and he is nowhere near the calm, if fierce, character we saw during both films. There is a rather large amount of NightmareFuel in the idea of Simba losing his sanity and therefore becoming that which he hates the most. Thankfully, Fortunately for Simba, Kiara is able to save him from losing anymore sanity and brings him back from the brink. It gets even scarier when you wonder: what if Kiara hadn't talked him down? Would he have killed her? Would he have killed every single Outsider then and there? Would his dealing with future problems be more violent? The implications are really disturbing.



* SinsOfOurFathers: The main theme of the film. The whole conflict between the Pride and the Outlanders goes back to the original feud of Mufasa and Scar (both dead by the time of this movie), with both of them fighting [[AndThisIsFor on behalf of their old deceased leader]].[[spoiler:The conflict ends when both sides (except Zira) accept to let the past go and be a single pride once more]].

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* SinsOfOurFathers: The main theme of the film. The whole conflict between the Pride and the Outlanders goes back to the original feud of Mufasa and Scar (both dead by the time of this movie), with both of them fighting [[AndThisIsFor on behalf of their old deceased leader]]. [[spoiler:The conflict ends when both sides (except Zira) accept to let the past go and be a single pride once more]].



** Similarly, despite the fact that Kovu tried to help him in the ambush, and very noticeably ignored Zira's command to attack Simba when he was completely vulnerable on the logs, Simba still banishes Kovu, and it is implied to be out of petty spite.

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** Similarly, despite the fact that Kovu tried to help him in the ambush, and very noticeably ignored Zira's command to attack Simba when he was completely vulnerable on the logs, Simba still banishes exiles Kovu, and it is implied to be out of petty spite.



** And, if it had been included in the finished product:
--->[[spoiler: "No...''never''..."]]


* StealthEscortMission: When Kiara goes off on her first hunt alone, Simba has Timon and Pumbaa secretly follow her to ensure her own safety. Needless to say, Kiara does ''not'' take this well.

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* StealthEscortMission: When Kiara goes off on her first hunt alone, Simba has Timon and Pumbaa secretly follow her in secret to ensure her own safety. Needless to say, Kiara does ''not'' take this well.


* StealthEscortMission: When Kiara goes off on her first hunt alone, Simba has Timon and Pumbaa follow her and keep hidden so she won't find out he broke his promise. She is far from happy when she finds them spying on her.

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* StealthEscortMission: When Kiara goes off on her first hunt alone, Simba has Timon and Pumbaa secretly follow her and keep hidden so she won't find out he broke his promise. She is far from happy when she finds them spying on her.to ensure her own safety. Needless to say, Kiara does ''not'' take this well.

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