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"We are one."

"I know what I have to do, but going back means I'll have to face my past. I've been running from it for so long..."

Voiced in English by: Jonathan Taylor Thomas (cub, TLK), Matthew Broderick (adult, films), Matt Weinberg (cub, 1 1/2), Cam Clarke (adult, Timon & Pumbaa, Simba's Mighty Adventure, Kingdom Hearts II), Rob Lowe (adult, The Lion Guard)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by:: Héctor Lee Jr. (cub, TLK), Arturo Mercado (adult), Guillermo Aponte (cub, 1 1/2), Kalimba Marichal (cub/songs), Renato López (adult/songs)
Voiced in European Spanish by: Sergio Zamora (adult)
Voiced in Japanese by: Tatsuya Nakazaki (cub, TLK), Mitsuru Miyamoto (adult, both acting and songs), Souta Murakami (cub, DVD/BR version and 1 1/2), Kensho Ono (cub, theater play)
Voiced in Greek by: Yiannis Yannopoulos (cub, TLK, both acting and songs), ​Lazaros Hrisomallidis (cub, "The Morning Report), Zaharias Rohas (adult, acting and songs in TLK, acting in 2, Timon & Pumbaa), Alex Panayis (adult, songs in 2), Aryiris Paulidis (adult, 1 1/2), Giorgos Skoufis (adult, The Lion Guard)
Singing by: Jason Weaver (cub, TLK), Evan Saucedo (cub, "The Morning Report"), Joseph Williams (adult, TLK), Cam Clarke (adult, Simba's Pride)

The protagonist of The Lion King, and a supporting character in the other material.

  • Action Dad: In Simba's Pride he becomes a father and still can kick ass.
  • Anti-Hero: He sort of becomes this during the sequel, as his actions are certainly not what a Disney protagonist would do. He gets better.
  • Arranged Marriage: Was betrothed to Nala when they were cubs. Not that it was a problem for them though.
  • The Atoner: Spends most of the first film guilt-ridden for his father's death until he finds out that he's not the one to blame for it at all.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: The moment he becomes king and ascends Pride Rock, with the pouring rain and music is damn awesome.
  • Babies Ever After: With Nala — the ending of the first movie shows that they had a cub together, who turns out to be Kiara. Then, they have another child, a son, named Kion.
  • Badass Adorable: As a cub, he clawed Shenzi on the face when she was a hair away from killing Nala - that took a lot of guts for an otherwise boastful prince.
  • Badass in Charge: Not quite as much as his father, but nonetheless he seems to have little trouble trouncing hyenas as a young adult, and defeats Scar on equal footing.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He goes berserk on Scar for hitting his mother.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He saves Timon and Pumba from Nala when she attacks them. Downplayed somewhat because he didn't actually beat her, but still stopped her from eating his friends.
  • Big Good: After becoming king, he is this for the whole Pride Lands.
  • Big "NO!": When he witnesses his father fall to his death. Does it again when he remembers this, although it is out of sheer rage because Scar has just told him that he killed Mufasa.
  • Brains Evil, Brawn Good: In his conflict with Scar. Though it is shown in the sequel that, while not perfect, he manages to turn the Pridelands around and is a far more competent ruler than Scar, who had no idea what to do with his power.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Begins the movie as this, overlapping with Royal Brat.
  • Break the Cutie: Happens to him as a cub at Scar's claws.
  • Character Development: Goes through a lot of this over the course of the movie, and then gets a bit more by the end of the sequel.
    • In the first film: Cub Simba was playful and always ready for an adventure with his best friend, Nala. He tried to see the best in everyone, even Scar. At times, he could be a show-off and boasted that he will be greatest king ever, which often got himself and Nala into danger. In spite of this, he came to see the fault in his actions and always learned from his mistakes. Now as a young adult, Simba still has his fun-loving demeanor, but has become ashamed of those actions he believed were his fault when he was a cub. After reuniting with Nala, Simba realizes he needs to mature and take responsibility; he becomes even more courageous and, after discovering Scar's true nature, is determined to protect his family and kingdom, regardless of the cost. Simba becomes strict and takes his job of ruling the kingdom seriously.
    • In the sequel: By the end of the story he becomes more forgiving of his enemies and more trusting of his daughter, indicating he is becoming a better ruler, the ruler he was always meant to be.
    • In The Lion Guard, it is indicated he is clearly uncomfortable with keeping Scar's return a secret, but feels he has no choice.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: A minor example brought about by himself. After Nala pinned him the first time he tried pouncing her while she was distracted, but sent them both tumbling down a cliff and Nala still wound up pinning him anyway, being even more smug about it this time.
  • Cheerful Child: One of Disney's most honest examples.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: To Timon and Pumbaa, in a way. When he saves Pumbaa from being eaten by Nala, Timon says "See, I told you having a lion around would come in handy!"
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Nala, they even provide the page quote for the trope. They grew up playing around and then, after they finished growing up, they became the Ruling Couple of the Pride Lands.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He's not above cheap shots or using the environment to his advantage.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: He is on the receiving end of this from his best friend Nala. As cubs he is quickly beaten by her in their play fights twice in a row by her flipping him and pinning him, despite him having the advantage against her by pouncing first and managing to tackle her while she's distracted. He is also clearly embarrassed by his quick defeats, especially when Nala teases him over it. Subverted when he fights her a third time as adults, putting up a much more even fight against her.
  • Curb-Stomp Cushion: Although he ends getting pinned by Nala again in their third fight, he does much better than the first two times against her, and manages to hold his own against her despite it being his first real fight. He manages to startle her for a brief moment when he lunges at her at the start of the fight and tackles her hard to the ground, managing to pin her for a few second before she breaks free, and grapples with her evenly for most of the fight. Nala pins him with the same move she used on him before, flipping him and but it is clear she is taking the fight seriously, unlike their fights as cubs where she could beat Simba while laughing and joking and more importantly, the fight ended because they recognized each other.
  • Curtains Match the Window: He has a matching red mane and eyes.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His childhood was happy until his uncle engineered his father's murder and made Simba think it was his fault. The young cub went into a self-exile and was Happily Adopted by Timon and Pumbaa, but his father's death would continue to haunt him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Occasionally as a cub, more sparsely as an adult — except in The Lion Guard where he excels at subtle snarking.
  • Demoted to Extra: Makes only sparse appearances in the Timon and Pumbaa series.
  • Deuteragonist: He's the secondary protagonist of Simba's Pride, since Kiara's the main focus this time around.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": He's a lion whose name is Swahili for "lion".
  • Do with Him as You Will: An accidental example. Simba spared Scar from death, even though he doesn't think Scar deserves it, and tells him to go into exile, but Scar attacks him regardless. In the ensuing fight, Simba tosses Scar off of Pride Rock, where he's met with the starving hyenas. Since Scar had, mere moments before, tried to pass the buck for Mufasa's death onto them, one can imagine the outcome.
  • The Dreaded: To an extent: In the sequel, Zira has put off attacking the Pridelands for years because of Simba. It is telling when she finally attacks on the basis that Simba is now injured (read: mauled by about seven lionesses at once.) Unfortunately for Zira, he then goes on to survive the subsequent battle in his injured state.
  • The Exile: After Mufasa's death, he goes into exile until the second half of the film.
  • Expy: Of Hamlet in the first film, of both Prince Escalus and Lord Capulet in the sequel.
  • Eye Scream: Towards the end of The Lion King, his eyes get burned from hot coals thrown by Scar.
  • Fantastic Racism: In Return of the Roar, he frankly tells Kion that the team he hs assembled (himself, a cheetah cub, a young hippo, a young honey badger and an egret) cannot act as his Lion Guard because "The Lion Guard has always been made of lions." To be fair, he was mostly upset because he thought Kion wasn't taking his new role seriously and was just picking his friends so he could hang out with them; once Simba sees that Kion and his friends are an effective team and can handle their new roles, he no longer has a problem with it.
  • Fearless Fool: As a child when he attempted to fight against the hyenas to prove how fearless he was. It goes as well as you'd expect.
  • Flashback Nightmare: Seen in the sequel; implied in the midquel.
  • Former Teen Rebel: In the first film, Simba grows from a well-meaning yet reckless Bratty Half-Pint, to a guilt-ridden young adult running from his past by rejecting all responsibilities, to a king who takes his duties seriously and will defend his kingdom with his life. In the second film he takes this a bit too far, becoming strict and judgmental, but in the end he gets better.
  • Glad I Thought of It: After he and Nala escape from Zazu he immediately tries to give himself all the credit by calling himself a genius. Nala points out it was "her" idea and he couldn't have pulled it off without her.
  • The Good King: Like Mufasa before him, he manages to make the land flourish, unlike Scar.
  • Hates Baths: As a cub. They "mess up his mane."
  • Held Gaze: Simba and Nala gaze deeply into each other's eyes at the end of their Falling in Love Montage of "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" before nuzzling each other in a manner that resembles a kiss.
  • The Hero: The first film is about his growth and life, as well as what it means to be king.
  • Heroic BSoD: When he thinks he's the one who killed his father.
  • Heroic Second Wind: Scar nearly backs him off of Pride Rock while he's trying to guilt-trip him. But just as he's about to push him off to his death, he admits to being the one who killed Mufasa. Needless to say, Simba pounces on him in a instant and starts choking him to get him to admit the truth.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Briefly, when Scar accuses him of being responsible for Mufasa's death, until he forces Scar to admit the truth to the rest of the pride.
  • He's Back: The reaction from Sarabi, Scar, and the other Pridelanders.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: During the first half of the movie, he has no trouble trusting Scar. Justified since Scar is his uncle.
  • Hot-Blooded: In the sequel he's shown to have a bad temper and sometimes flies off the handle a few times.
  • Hypocrite:
    • In the sequel, his daughter has to remind him of his own teachings of the land being one after being driven to discrimination and warring with another clan.
    • He gives Kovu a speech about how fire (Scar) is a killer, but what is left behind (Kovu) could grow better if given the chance. He seems to forget about that last part when he exiles him as guilty of betrayal before being proven innocent. Despite it not being done antagonistically, Simba had, unintentionally, paralleled Scar's banishment of him over a crime he didn't commit (Mufasa's death) when he exiles Kovu over a crime he did not commit. Though to be fair, Kovu actually did initially try to commit said crime against him before he changed sides.
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: Invoked during his confrontation with Scar.
    Scar: What are you going to do? You wouldn't kill your own uncle?
    Simba: No, Scar. I'm not like you.
  • Ironic Echo: When he corners Scar atop Pride Rock during the climax of the film, he repeats the same words Scar said to him before he ran away: to "run away and never return."
  • It's All About Me: A more naive variant. As a cub, he thinks this is what being a king means. Unlike his uncle, he grows out of this mindset...through some pretty harsh circumstances. A lesser example is after he and Nala escape Zazu, where he gives himself the credit calling himself a genius, even though Nala points out it was her idea and he only pulled it off with her.
  • It's All My Fault: Has this feeling about his father's death. Also believes that the rest of the pride will believe it as well if they learn the whole truth of how Mufasa died.
  • "I Want" Song: His song, "I Just Can't Wait To Be King", explains his desires to become king.
  • I Was Beaten by a Girl:
    • Has never beat Nala in a fight, even in their serious, more even handed battle as adults. Her trademark pin move was a Chekhov's Gun in them recognizing each other. He finally does pin her back later on, though on far more playful (and far less intentional) terms.
    • Done more dramatically in the sequel, where he is ambushed and injured by Zira's entire clan and forced to escape. Though that's somewhat fair enough, and he does manage to fight them off, barely. They face off in the final battle but are stopped at the last second by Kiara.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Of the Bratty Half-Pint variety in the first film and the Overprotective Dad variety in the sequel. For the former, Simba starts off as an innocently entitled Royal Brat who thinks he will be able tell others what to do, but grows out of that mindset during his adulthood. And for the latter, while his smothering of Kiara comes off as controlling, he has reasons, loves her deeply, and comes around to her viewpoint in the end.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Subverted. While many of his decisions in the sequel are understandable, he slowly becomes more antagonistic, which culminates in his decision to exile Kovu on the spot. He doesn't take the jump thanks to Kiara calling him out, but he still remains an Anti-Hero.
  • Keet: Occasionally was very hyper and playful as a cub.
  • King of Beasts: He is a lion. And a king. A lion king, if you will.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Simba was troublesome as a cub, especially to Zazu. Several years later, Simba spent an entire episode of "The Lion Guard" stuck with Bunga ("Bunge and the King") and to say Bunga wore him down would be an understatement.
  • Left for Dead: Shenzi assumes he will be killed when he goes off on his own. She was almost right, but luckily Timon and Pumbaa find him in time.
  • Leitmotif: Featured in This Land. If you want to get technical, his leitmotif is the "Busa" chant that pops up throughout the film.
  • Made of Iron: Very much so. In the sequel, he survives an ambush and a full battle whilst injured.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is Swahili for "lion."
  • Miles Gloriosus: Was this as a cub. He dreamed of being a mighty king and being able to do whatever he wanted to do, but he could not back up any of his boasts or bragging. He lost to his best friend Nala twice in a row when trying to pounce her, and his roar sounds more like a kitten's meow.
  • Mouthy Kid: So much, at the beginning of the movie, especially towards Zazu.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Scar successfully manipulates him into thinking he is the one who caused his father's death, and this haunts him profoundly well into his adulthood until some careful prodding from Rafiki and Nala (As well as a chance encounter with his father's spirit) makes him realize he must put this behind him. Even then, when he confronts Scar he still carries great shame for what happened. That is until Scar makes the mistake of taunting him with the truth...
  • Noble Bigot: Simba becomes prejudiced against the Outsiders in the sequel, but does keep his word of allowing Kovu into his pride when he "saved" Kiara. And he is partially justified of his prejudice, as the Outsiders did plot to murder him to take over the Pridelands.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His decision to keep Scar's return a secret from the rest of the Pridelanders merely allows Scar to keep building his army in secret, and prevents Kion from giving a real reason for why the Pridelanders are training together. After Scar reveals his return, he admits to the herds that he ordered Scar's return to be kept secret, and nearly all of the herds leave as a result.
  • Overprotective Dad: Very much in the sequel. Like other overprotective Disney parents, though, he has good reason. Still, he goes overboard.
  • Papa Wolf: As overprotective as he can be, Simba will do anything to protect his cubs.
  • Parental Hypocrisy: At one point, Nala points out to Simba that Kiara's just like they were when they were cubs, and Simba explains that this is what worries him.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: He and Nala both balk at the idea of getting married—at first, while they're still cubs. After they grow up...
  • Predator Turned Protector: Became this to Timon and Pumbaa after they adopted and raised him.
  • Protagonist Title: The "Lion King" apparently refers to Simba, when he officially returns to the Pridelands.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In the deleted alternate ending of the film, Simba gives this to Scar during their final showdown.
    Simba: You think just because you killed my father, you're better than him?! You're pathetic, you're weak...and above all, Scar, you're nothing but a coward!
  • Rebel Prince: After Mufasa's death and Scar's manipulation, he goes into exile and shakes all responsibility as rightful successor to his father's kingdom. He eventually returns years later when he is informed by Nala how bad things have gotten under Scar's misrule.
  • Red Is Heroic: Is The Hero and has a red mane.
  • Refusal of the Call: "I can't go back."
  • Rightful King Returns: When he goes to reclaim the Pridelands.
  • Royal Brat: Cub Simba has his moments, but it is obvious that with a strict father like Mufasa, he would have shaped up even without Scar's interference.
  • Sanity Slippage: He is heavily implied to be going through this in the sequel given his bad dreams, which show how much of an emotional wreck he is. All of his decisions, while understandable, make the plot worse. At the trial, he completely loses all inch of rationality, and acts nothing like the calm, if fierce, character we saw in the past. The way he tells Zira to go home is very chilling with the implication that he will tear Zira apart. Luckily, Kiara manages to prevent him from losing anymore sanity and pull him back from the brink.
  • Sore Loser: Was a bit of one as a cub. When he and Nala get into an argument, he tries to tackle her and she easily pins him. After she playfully teases him he tells her to let him up and pushes her off. Then he glares angrily at her for beating him in a fight he started before immediately trying to pounce on her again while she's distracted. She ends up easily beating him anyway and all he can do is glare at her once she teases him again.
  • Starting a New Life: Having been run out of his home by Scar, Simba grows up in the forest eating insects, with no plans to go back to being a prince.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Pulls one on Kovu, when the latter is debating attacking him. One second he is there, getting a drink of water, but the second Kovu takes his eye off of him for a second, he is gone.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Not as much as a cub; as an adult, however, not only does he resemble Mufasa, but has facial features resembling his mother. When he returns to the Pride Lands as an adult his own mother and Scar briefly mistake him for Mufasa due to his strong resemblance.
  • That Man Is Dead: In his youth he could not recognize the malice in his Uncle Scar; by the time he sees what Scar has done to the Pridelands in his absence, he no longer views Scar as family, and after learning the truth of his father's death sees him as nothing but a murderer. Even after Scar's death, his actions continue to affect Simba well into his reign, and he has sworn that such evil will never taint the Pridelands again.
  • Took a Level in Badass: While he does start out brave enough to scratch a hyena, it's not until the end of the movie that he's as strong as Scar. Arguably takes another in the sequel; he has grown bigger and becomes capable of surviving attacks by several lionesses at once. Although Simba is injured at the time, Zira is a tad bit delusional when she wants to go lioness on lion with him alone.
  • Tranquil Fury:
    • During the climax of the first film, after discovering that Scar killed Mufasa. He's clearly furious, but remains calm and collected, his cold tone of voice being the only indicator.
    • His reaction to seeing the Pridelands for the first time in years is made of this. What was once a lush land full of life and prosperity has been reduced to a barren wasteland choked with the bones of dead prey under Scar's rule; if Simba had any lingering doubts that his uncle needed to be stopped, it was seeing this that put those to rest.
    • In "Let Sleeping Crocs Lie", he is clearly angered that Kiburi tried to rule the Pride Lands by having his followers try to kill him in ambush at the mashindano, but he doesn't really raise his voice and keeps a dignified image. His voice noticeably turns cold after Kiburi tries protest against his and his followers' banishment, firmly ordering him to leave now.
    • When Scar reveals himself in Season 2, his tone of voice makes it clear he is livid to see his uncle back from the dead, but maintains his calmness and swiftly wipes away Scar's mark.
  • Underestimating Badassery: He tried to beat Nala as cubs twice during an argument but was easily flipped and pinned himself instead. He even tries getting her while she's not looking but still loses to her.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Despite Kovu trying to help him in the ambush, which got him knocked out, and for not trying to kill him, something which should have told him that Kovu was not involved, he still exiles Kovu.
  • Unstoppable Rage: He flies into a rage when fighting Scar in the final battle of the first movie.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Despite spending years lazing around with Timon and Pumbaa, he was more than capable of taking on Scar, several hyenas, and a number of Outlander lionesses in the sequel. He also managed to fight Nala evenly for a short time in his first real fight, even managing to hold her down briefly, before she finally managed to pin him with the same technique she used against him in her youth.
  • Warrior Prince: Takes charge of the battle to reclaim Pride Rock and faces Scar in one-on-one combat.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy:
    • Although anything but an emotionally distant father, Mufasa is often preoccupied with the duties of the throne, and little Simba certainly sees him as a hero, worshiping the ground his paws tread upon. But there is no indication Simba ever doubts he has his father's love or respect...until Scar convinces him he is to blame for his father's death. Then, overcome with remorse and believing no one could ever forgive him, he voluntarily goes into exile. It is Mufasa's ghost, reminding him of his place in the Circle and telling him "You are my son and the one true king," that sets him back on the right path again. And with a simple, single word, "Remember..." he lets his son know he is very proud of him indeed.
    • By Simba's Pride, however, he's unable to trust Kovu or see him as anything but a reincarnation of Scar, all in the mistaken belief that this is what his father would do (and therefore, would make Mufasa proud of him). Luckily Nala, as usual, is the voice of reason while Kiara, with typical bluntness, makes it quite clear to her father that he is not and never will be Mufasa. And just to hammer the point home that Simba does not have to emulate his father's reign (or his perception of it) in order to receive his love and pride, Mufasa's ghost actually says the words, "Well done, my son" after the prides are united and peace is declared.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • In the first film, he gets this first from Mufasa after he nearly gets himself and Nala killed by the hyenas, and later from Nala when he refuses to go back to the Pridelands and save them from Scar's tyrannical rule.
    • Kiara lectures Simba on how he will never be Mufasa when Kovu is exiled towards the end of Simba's Pride.
    • Simba himself gives one to Kion in one episode of The Lion Guard, "The Savannah Summit", for accusing Makuu of plotting an act of villainy without proof which resulted in nearly driving the crocodile leader away from a very important meeting.
  • What Would X Do?: His biggest failing in the sequel; Simba is so focused on trying to be as good as Mufasa that he ends up making knee-jerk reactions when something unexpected happens and royally messes everything up. Kiara calls him out on it big time.
  • Would Hit a Girl: A pragmatic case. He will fight female predators that threaten him or his close ones without hesitation. It's pretty much a necessity in the sequel, as almost the entire villain squad attacking him is female.
    • This is present in the first film too, but downplayed. He is completely willing to pounce on and wrestle his best friend Nala and even viciously attacked her to defend Timon and Pumbaa before he realized who she was. However, despite his willingness to fight her he has never actually managed to beat her in a real fight. Granted, the difference is strength is so great now, that it would almost definitely be in his favour.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: When Zira gave young Kovu to be killed by Simba, all the older lion does is look at the cub and tell Zira to take him and leave.
  • You Killed My Father: After Scar admits that he is the one who killed Mufasa, Simba forces him to reveal the truth to the other lions.
  • Your Size May Vary: The Lion Guard bizarrely shows him to be much smaller than he is in previous films.

"Remember who you are. You are my son and the one true king."

"A king's time as ruler rises and falls like the sun. One day, Simba, the sun will set on my time here, and will rise with you as the new king."

Voiced in English by: James Earl Jones (films, Return of the Roar), Keith David (House of Mouse, Simba's Mighty Adventure), Gary Anthony Williams (The Lion Guard)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Carlos Magaña (TLK), Héctor Lama Yazbek (DVD/BD version onwards)
Voiced in Japanese by: Shinya Ohwada
Voiced in French by: Jean Reno

Simba's father, mentor, and King of the Pride Lands.

  • The Ace: Wise, strong, compassionate.
  • Action Dad: He's a dangerous lion and he sometimes has to save his son.
  • Adult Fear: Simba thinks his father isn't afraid of anything, until he confesses his one great fear: losing his son.
  • Anyone Can Die: He's one of the few non-villains in a Disney animation to be killed off.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Becomes one of the Great Kings of the Past.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the original lion king in the movie, and the strongest in a fight.
  • Badass Bass: James Earl Jones being his voice actor, he has a very deep voice.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: The neatest, well kept mane of all the lions, and the most good.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Not just with the hyenas, but Mufusa makes Simba feel genuinely guilty when he disobeys him. And he still stays levelheaded when scolding Simba. Also, he's pretty stern towards Scar for disrespecting his son at the beginning.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Twice to Simba. First he saves Simba from the hyenas, and then from the stampede. Also to Zazu, showing up just in time to stop Scar from eating Zazu, which Zazu even lampshades ("Impeccable timing, Your Majesty!").
  • Big Good: What comes with being the king of the Pridelands. Even after his death, Simba still looks towards his father for guidance, as do his grandson Kion and old friend Rafiki, making him the Big Good of the entire franchise.
  • Bloodless Carnage: His death is bloodless even though he was trampled to death.
  • Cain and Abel: With Scar. Mufasa is the Abel to Scar's Cain.
  • Character Death: One of the most realistic and saddest ones in Disney history. The music does not help one bit.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: He's one of the greatest fathers in animation who happens to die in the middle of the film.
  • Disney Villain Death: Although he isn't a villain, he falls into a vicious stampede at the hands of one.
  • Disappeared Dad: Becomes this in the first film, because he's, you know, dead.
  • The Dreaded: The hyenas scatter at the sight of him.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: He had this reaction on his face moments before he was thrown off the cliff by his brother.
  • Expy: Of King Hamlet/The Ghost, albeit more unambiguously heroic.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Thrown off a cliff and trampled to death in a wildebeest stampede, albeit off-screen.
  • Famous Last Words: "Brother, help me!"
  • Fantastic Racism: Hyenas are not allowed in the Pride Lands during his rule. We never learn whether or not this was justified or simply the natural rivalry of lions and hyenas at play, but the fact that the hyenas are going hungry is the reason Scar is able to strike a bargain with them in the first place.
  • The Farmer and the Viper: Mufasa learns the hard way that being nice to an Obviously Evil sibling, who was scheming right behind his back, isn't going to change his heart. And not even entirely behind his back. Scar all but announces on the day of Simba's presentation that he hates the new cub, wants the throne, that Mufasa should beware of him, and that he won't attempt to seize it by challenging him directly.
  • Fatal Flaw: He trusted his clearly power-hungry brother a little too much. It gets him killed.
  • Framed for Heroism: Scar made it look this way to Simba when Mufasa's death was because of his attempt to rescue the cub.
  • Friend to All Living Things: He respects all the animals in the Pridelands, even the ones he eats, because he acknowledges that they all have an important role in the Circle of Life.
  • Genius Bruiser: While his strength is unquestionable, Mufasa is also a very smart and competent leader barring his Fatal Flaw, as evidenced by the Pridelands during his reign and the Pridelands during Scar's reign.
  • Gentle Giant: He is one biiiig kitty, and he has an even bigger heart.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: Mufasa gravely underestimates Scar's jealousy of him and desire for the throne, believing in the importance of family and that Scar couldn't possibly be evil enough to try anything as heinous as regicide.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: Despite his claims, Scar actually is no smarter than his brother, yet is resentful that Mufasa gets to be King instead of him. When Scar finally does become King, it becomes clear he is not as smart as Mufasa; Scar is a lazy hedonist who isn't even remotely interested in maintaining the Pridelands. Overall, the only foolish thing Mufasa actually did was trusting Scar until it was too late.
  • The Good King: It's telling that all of the Pridelands (even the animals that are essentially his food) come to the presentation of his son. The animals do not want, are happy, and respect him and he respects them back.
  • Good Parents: One of the best fathers in cinematic history.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Although they have their disputes, he never stops trusting his Obviously Evil brother until it's too late.
  • Hot-Blooded: He and his son share this trait as they bother can lose their tempers easily and are very passionate.
  • King of Beasts: He's a lion. A lion king, if you will.
  • Large and in Charge: The largest lion in the movie.
  • Leitmotif: His haunting theme was re-written for the Broadway show as "Shadowland."
  • Man Hug: Isn't shy about this with Rafiki.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: One of the most tragic examples. Mufasa dies protecting Simba, his son, after being thrown off the cliff to his death by Scar, his brother.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: According to the Hyenas, this is what Mufasa is. They're right.
  • Nice Guy: Possibly the friendliest and most easygoing character in the film, with the possible exception of Rafiki. He truly cares about maintaining the Pridelands and speaks to Simba about the importance of responsibility.
  • Not So Stoic: He is visibly frightened when Scar was about to throw him off the cliff.
    • Though his fear is more likely not for himself, but the fact he can't protect Simba anymore.
  • One-Man Army: He took down three hyenas who threatened his son and Nala.
  • Papa Wolf: One of the best examples of this trope, bar none. Don't you dare cause any harm to his kid, or he will find you and he will kick your ass. Just ask Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed.
  • Posthumous Character: For the last half of The Lion King onward, Mufasa is dead but his influence remains strong.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Unlike his brother (and his son at first), he knows that there's more to being king than just power and glory, and takes the responsibilities that come with the job very seriously.
  • Red Is Heroic: Has a red mane and was the Big Good.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: He's The Good King because he takes care of his responsibilities.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Literally. His death is what gets the plot started, even though he's probably the most ferocious fighter in the film.
  • Shipper with an Agenda: In the sequel, Mufasa's spirit gives a message to Rafiki to pair up Kiara and Kovu to resolve the war between the two prides.
  • Spirit Advisor: To Simba, appearing in the clouds to guide him. By virtue of the apparently true belief that the Lion Kings become stars in the sky upon death, he's this to not only Simba but any of his descendants. However, it appears that he mostly only "speaks" directly to Rafiki, the shaman of the Pride Lands. However, he takes this job full time for his grandson Kion in The Lion Guard.
  • The Stoic: He doesn't generally show much emotion, and when he actually gets mad he is still pretty calm about it. He has no trouble being warm and playful with his son, though. He is, however, more expressive and shows more of his warmth towards his grandson Kion in The Lion Guard.
  • Thicker Than Water:
    • Despite all their animosity and how much of a pain Scar could be, he truly believed in this trope in regards to his brother and only learned in the moment before his death that this was not the case.
    • In the Lion Guard episode "Can't Wait To Be Queen," he told Kion he had to stand by Kiara no matter what, showing that he still believes in the importance of family even after Scar's betrayal.
  • Tragic Hero: His misplaced trust in Scar leads to his downfall.
  • Trampled Underfoot: His death by wildebeest stampede.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Doesn't matter if they're female or male, he'll attack them should he need to. Just ask Shenzi.

Click here to see him in The Lion Guard 
"Long live the king."

"Oh, I was first in line... until the little hairball was born...."

Voiced in English by: Jeremy Irons (TLK), Jim Cummings (Simba's Pride, Simba's Mighty Adventure), James Horan (Kingdom Hearts II, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom), David Oyelowo (The Lion Guard)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Carlos Petrel (TLK), Sebastián Llapur (DVD/BD version onwards)
Voiced in Japanese by: Haruhiko Jo
Voiced in French by: Jean Piat
Singing by: Jim Cummings (TLK, final verse of "Be Prepared")

The Big Bad of The Lion King and Simba's paternal uncle.

  • 0% Approval Rating: By the time Simba comes back, even the hyenas of all animals admit that Mufasa was a much better king than Scar ever could be. Though, as revealed in the sequel and The Lion Guard, Scar did have some supporters, Zira included, all of whom were banished from the Pridelands when Simba took over.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Yes, believe it or not, Claudius, though still a villain, was a lot less evil than Scar (or at least, a lot more pleasant). He's genuinely kind to the queen (whom he married after taking the throne), told Hamlet to stay in Denmark so that he can succeed him as king, showed genuine concern for Hamlet's apparent madness and at least had the decency to feel a little guilty over murdering his brother. Scar, on the other paw, abuses Sarabi after taking the throne, tries to get Simba killed because he doesn't want the competition, and shows absolutely no remorse over murdering Mufasa.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Posthumously; in Lion King 2, both Simba and Kiara laments that Scar couldn't let go of his hatred and when it eventually consumed and destroyed him, he was at the end his own worst enemy.
  • And Then What?: Scar clearly didn't think about what to do after taking over the Pridelands.
  • Animalistic Abomination: Became one in The Lion Guard. Now he's an incorporeal, dangerous entity.
  • Ax-Crazy: When he is shown throwing Mufasa off the ledge it proves just how murderous he really is.
  • Bad Boss:
    • Lets the hyenas run rampant over the Pridelands until even they run out of food, casually manipulates all of them into helping his selfish scheme and ultimately tries to pass the blame onto them when he tries to weasel his way out of justice. He also physically abuses them throughout his Villain Song.
    • The Lion Guard shows that Scar had asked the other lions in his Lion Guard to help him take down Mufasa. When they refused, he used The Roar to destroy them.
  • Beard of Evil: His mane looks like a devilish goatee.
  • Berserk Button: Mentioning how much better of a king Mufasa was than him, probably because deep down, even he knows that it's true. He can't stand hearing Mufasa's name, to the point that he makes a law against saying it in his presence.
  • Beware the Superman: As shown in The Lion Guard, he was once bestowed with the Roar of the Elders, but used it for malicious purposes, namely to usurp Mufasa’s position as heir. Because the Roar was never meant to be used for evil purposes, Scar was stripped of it.
  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of the first movie. Killing Mufasa and ruining the Pridelands.
    • Returns as this again in The Lion Guard. He was the Greater-Scope Villain in Season 1, with Janja tries to finish what he started in the past.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He pulled this off with Simba by pretending to be a loving uncle when, Scar really wanted Mufasa and Simba dead so he could claim the throne.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: After telling Simba to exile himself from the Pride Lands, he orders the hyenas to kill him soon after rather than do it himself, and doesn't bother to make sure that they actually do the job. During the climax, his Breaking Speech toward Simba would have worked... had Scar not decided to twist the knife even further and confess to Simba that he was the one who killed Mufasa.
  • Brains Evil, Brawn Good: Zig-Zagged. He certainly is a great deal more fond of using manipulation and cunning to get what he wants, and he's very talented at both of these things. In addition, he admits that he is physically far weaker than Mufasa. When it comes to actually ruling a kingdom, however, he has no idea what he's doing, and the Pride Lands goes from a lush savannah to a barren wasteland in a matter of a few years, all because of his incompetence. Upon Simba's return, however, he shows himself to be no less adept at the cunning manipulation that got him into power...and this trope is played with again when Scar proves himself to indeed be a viciously competent (if dirty) fighter when he's got no other options.
  • Breaking Speech: Gives a nasty one to Simba upon his return. It's so effective, if he didn't fall for the Villain Ball trap, he'd have won with only this.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: He's very talented at using cunning and manipulation to get what he wants, but he doesn't even try to be responsible once he becomes king, leaving his hyena minions to work with the lionesses.
  • Brought Down to Normal: As revealed in The Lion Guard, he once had the Roar of the Elders, but after using it to kill his Lion Guard for refusing to help him overthrow Mufasa, the Great Kings of the Past stripped him of it, as the Roar was never meant to be used for evil. Of course Mufasa didn't think he'd still be a threat after that.
  • Cain and Abel: Scar is the Cain to Mufasa's Abel.
  • The Caligula: He is an absolutely terrible ruler, and threatens or intimidates anyone who tries to tell him so. The mere mention of Mufasa is enough to send him into a rage.
  • Can't Take Criticism: Whenever someone compares him to Mufasa or criticizes his rule, he promptly explodes in anger.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He's aware of what he is and doesn't even try to justify his actions. For example, when Simba affectionately states "You're so weird", Scar tells Simba "You have no idea".
  • The Chessmaster: His whole plan of getting rid of Mufasa and Simba. In fact, the plan would've worked had the hyenas went after Simba.
  • The Chooser of The One: Scar chose Kovu to defeat Simba. Likely a lie, since Word of God has confirmed that Kovu is an orphan, and has no biological connection to either Scar or Zira.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Family or lackeys, he'll double-cross them in an instant.
  • Classic Villain: Envy and Wrath, with a little Sloth in there as well.
  • Color Motifs: Green. First, he is the only character in the film (possibly the franchise) to have green eyes. Second, his Villain Song, "Be Prepared", has green in the form of lighting and smoke. And thirdly, green can represent envy, which is Scar's main reason for his evil deeds.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Starts off his fight with Simba by throwing burning embers into his eyes.
  • Composite Character: The feline equivalent of Claudius, and Macbeth.
  • Cool Uncle: Scar plays himself up as this with Simba in one scene, telling him about the elephant graveyard and doting over his "favorite nephew". Except it's all just a front to send Simba to his death with no actual affection on Scar's end.
  • Consummate Liar: Part of his backstabbing personality. He'll betray anybody to save his own skin.
  • Cornered Rattlesnake: He'd rather weasel his way out of a fight, but when he realizes he's about to lose his throne, he resorts to battling Simba with ferocious vigor.
  • The Corrupter: To his nephew, Simba. Though it doesn't work when Simba's all grown up.
  • Cowardly Lion: No pun intended. While he does favour brain over brawn to defeat his enemies, and while his first intinct when confronted with a fight is to run, when he's backed on top of Pride Rock, he proves to be a strong Combat Pragmatist. Even though he's younger, Simba nearly lost against him.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: At the end, he is eaten alive by his former hench-hyenas. Given Scar's occasional cameos in the questionably-canon Timon and Pumbaa series, some fans think that he survived and is in hiding. In Lion Guard, he returns as a demonic fire spirit.
  • Dark Is Evil: Scar has the darkest fur of the lions and is the Big Bad. In Lion Guard, he returns as a demonic fire spirit, contrasting the more heavenly apparition of his brother.
  • Dark Messiah: The animals of the Outlands begin to see him as this in Season Two of The Lion Guard, remembering how he helped Shenzi's clan in the original film and seeking his aid to help them rise up against Simba and the Lion Guard.
  • Deadpan Snarker: This line stands out:
    Simba: Uncle Scar, when I'm king, what will that make you?
    Scar: A monkey's uncle.
  • Despotism Justifies the Means: Quite happy to let the Pridelands go to hell in a hand basket if that means he can be King. He's also pretty upfront that he wants the job for the power and refuses to even acknowledge that he's supposed to have duties and responsibilities to go with them.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Mufasa has no idea that his brother is plotting against him, and by the time he realizes it, it's already checkmate.
  • Devoured by the Horde: After Simba defeats him in a fight, he gets surrounded by his former hyena henchmen and he gets eaten alive by them when they overheard that he betrayed them.
  • Didn't Think This Through: He didn't realize that being king takes more than just having your way, as even the hyenas think Mufasa was a far more competent ruler.
  • Dirty Coward: He does everything he can to snivel his way out of justice when confronted by Simba about Mufasa's murder, from making an inaudible "confession" to the lionesses to trying to pass the blame onto the hyenas to save himself. Played With in the sense that he's still a badass fighter despite all this.
  • Dirty Old Man: The musical adds a segment where he makes moves on the young adult Nala, desiring to make her his queen.
  • Disney Villain Death: DoubleSubverted. When he plummets from the summit of Pride Rock, the fall itself doesn't kill him. It's the creatures he falls among that do...
  • Dissonant Serenity: He is relatively calm and collected when he comes back as a spirit, despite having been mauled to death by hyenas.
  • The Dreaded: Has firmly established himself as this in The Lion Guard. The animals fear him so much that they even consider leaving the Pride Lands to escape him after learning of his return.
  • Drunk with Power: According to The Lion Guard, this is why Scar tried to overthrow Mufasa; having the power of the Roar went to his head, and led him to believe he should be king.
  • Epic Fail: His entire tenure as king was even more disastrous than one could've easily predicted, with the hyenas having hunted everything into nothingness, and the entire land now a desolate and barren wasteland. Not even the river was spared. As Sarabi stated, living under his rule had truly become a death sentence. Even his hyena lackeys complain that Mufasa was a better ruler, even if he didn't allow them to live in the Pride Lands.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: His betrayal of Mufasa, his brother, by throwing him to his death. Judging by Mufasa's reaction, the latter had absolutely no idea that Scar was plotting against him.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Played for Laughs. He cannot stand "It's A Small World After All".
  • Evil All Along: Towards Mufasa and Simba, who only think of him as their loyal brother and uncle, respectively. Though they don't realize his true intentions.
  • Evil Brit: He was voiced by Jeremy Irons in the first film. The Lion Guard has him voiced by David Oyelowo.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
    • As discussed by Mufasa in the episode Never Roar Again of The Lion Guard. Scar, having been bestowed with the Roar of the Elders when he was the Fiercest of the Lion Guard, thought of it as a tool for power, unaware he'd be stripped of the Roar if used for evil purposes.
    Kion: I'm worried about the Roar. The last time I used it, I was really angry. And it caused so much destruction!
    Mufasa: The Roar of the Elders is very powerful.
    Kion: I know. And that's why I'm thinking... [sighs] I shouldn't use it again. I... I'm worried that I might turn into Scar.
    Mufasa: Scar cared only for himself. His selfishness fueled his anger. Why were you angry, Kion?
    Kion: Janja and the hyenas. They were attacking my mom. I was so mad at them when I used the Roar! I lost control. And it almost hurt my mom. I almost hurt my mom!
    Mufasa: Scar never cared for anyone else the way you do, Kion. So perhaps you should speak with the one you care so much about.
    Kion: Right. I will. Thank you, Grandfather.
    • In the episode The Scorpion's Sting, his entire plan relies on trapping Kion at the volcano, where he won't be able to use the roar without causing an eruption. He simply does not account at all for the idea that one could be capable of using the power of the roar with extreme restraint.
  • Evil Counterpart: Scar serves as a "dark mirror" of sorts for Simba, with most of his flaws being exaggerated versions of Simba's own. One needs to just look at their big song numbers (I Just Can't Wait to be King and Be Prepared) next to each other to see this. Both crave becoming the king of the Pride Lands largely for the recognition that comes with it and gloat over how great they will be as king. Both are even showing not being above "bullying" so to speak, with Zazu being the biggest victim in that regard. However, Simba ultimately manages to "grow up" and accept responsibility, which leads to his ultimate victory, whilst Scar's apparent refusal to truly do either ultimately leads to both his downfall and death. The film seems to consciously acknowledge this during the climax where when tempted to kill him and Scar asks what he is going to do, Simba ultimately refuses, asserting, "No Scar. I'm not like you." Heck, both even have sidekicks in the form of outsiders with an obsession for food, but whereas Simba saw his sidekicks as true friends, Scar ill-treats his own like crap and ultimately betrays them to save his own skin.
    • He also serves as one to Kion in The Lion Guard, in that both were the younger siblings to the heirs, led the Lion Guard, and were bestowed with the Roar of the Elders. What sets them apart, is that while Kion genuinely cares for his family and Lion Guard, and makes sure to regulate the use of the Roar after learning how Scar abused its power, Scar has no empathy for anyone, be it his brother or his own Lion Guard. Although Scar once had the Roar when he was in charge of the Lion Guard, he abused its power by destroying his own Lion Guard when they refused to support him in his plot to overthrow Mufasa, but since the Roar was never meant to be used for evil, Scar was stripped of it and became even more horrible as a result.
  • Evil Eyebrows: Part of being the Big Bad.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Implied when Scar is unimpressed with Ushari declaring his kind will rule the Pride Lands. Scar rather insincerely reassures him that they'll rule together before quickly vanishing.
  • Evil Genius: At least in the first part of the movie on how he planned to get rid of Mufasa and Simba.
  • Evil Gloating: During the climax, when Simba, still blaming himself for his father's death, is dangling from the edge of Pride Rock, Scar can't resist indulging in this and freely admits to Simba that he killed Mufasa. At this revelation, Simba pulls off his Heroic Second Wind and literally chokes Scar to get him to admit the truth to everyone else.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Zig-zagged. On the one hand, he can be very quiet and soft-spoken, which is more prominent throughout the first act (barring his Villain Song). On the other hand, he can chew the scenery as much as any other Disney villain, especially when excited or angry.
  • Evil Laugh: At the end of "Be Prepared."
  • Evil Overlord: His reign as king was quite disastrous, as the Pridelands quickly turned into Mordor. He even explodes in anger whenever someone complains about his rule or compares him to Mufasa.
  • Evil Plan: Kill Mufasa and Simba, and take over the Pridelands. Once he came back as an evil spirit in The Lion Guard, Scar now wants to destroy the Pridelands and get his revenge on Simba.
  • The Evil Prince: Was evil even before taking over the Pridelands.
  • Evil Slinks: He moves in an almost serpentine manner.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Thanks to the husky baritone of Jeremy Irons. To boot, Scar carries a subtle reverb in his voice that becomes noticeably deeper whenever he is dripping with sickly-sweet sarcasm or completely loses control of his temper. Of course, his voice is considerably less deep than Mufasa's. David Oyelowo in The Lion Guard also gives him a very deep voice.
  • Evil Uncle: To Simba, whom he tries to kill to get rid of Mufasa's sole heir.
  • Evil Will Fail: His plan turns out this way. He succeeds in becoming King, but the once-bountiful Pridelands quickly goes downhill under his disastrous and self-serving leadership. Even the hyenas, of all animals, think that Mufasa's reign was better for them.
  • Face Palm: After all, he's Surrounded by Idiots.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: The hyenas tear him apart and eat him. Of course, it's all shown in shadow.
  • Fascist, but Inefficient: He's an effective schemer right up until he actually gains power, at which point his disregard for anyone but himself runs the entire kingdom into the ground.
  • Fatal Flaw: Envy and Pride.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Sure, he has no problem in murdering his own brother and nephew in cold blood to obtain the throne, but he still puts up a polite and suave facade.
  • Fisher King: Scar turns Mufasa's lush and green Ghibli Savanna into barren, dry, dead Mordor. Justified in that he allowed hyenas into said lands, who over-hunted with the lions restrained by Scar from keeping them in check. Fewer grazing animals from overhunting means more leftover vegetation, more vegetation means more fuel for brush fires once the dry season sets in. One spark from lightning and the whole savannah went up during the climax.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: His desire to rule over Pride Rock becomes somewhat understandable after tie-in books reveal that his father chose Mufasa over him, and his earlier inability to be taught how to hunt explains why his unified hunting policies also resulted in Pride Rock being turned into a literal hellhole during his rule. However, The Lion Guard completely nullifies it by emphasizing on his sociopathy even more, because despite being bestowed with the Roar of the Elders and tasked with leading the Lion Guard under Mufasa's regime, he instead killed his own Lion Guard when they refused to back him in his plot to overthrow Mufasa. He had a powerful and important position in the pride, by birth right, already. The reason he tried to overthrow his brother was because he wasn't satisfied with just that and felt like he was entitled to the throne as well. Sure, he may have reasonable motives to rule over Pride Rock, but instead of making him sympathetic, it made his actions look worse. The Lion Guard successfully shows that Scar truly was an evil, selfish monster from day one.
  • Genius Bruiser: Unlike his openly intimidating brother, Scar seems physically unimpressive. However, when the chips are down, he mauls Simba in the final battle. He's also The Chessmaster.
  • Genre Blindness: He sends his bumbling minions to kill someone whom they've already failed to kill, and just look at the results of the aforementioned Evil Gloating.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: Black, Red and Unnatural Green.
  • Good Hair, Evil Hair: The slicked-back variety.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Is the Big Bad and has a scar over his eye.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: His death is shown only in shadow.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: In 1 1/2, where the main conflict is essentially the same of the first movie, but because they're telling from Timon and Pumbaa's point of view, the primary villains are the Hyenas, and Scar's machinations serve only as the background. And The Lion Guard shows that even after his demise, his sinister influence still cast its shadow, as Kion fears he'll end up like Scar. He then appears as the Big Bad of Season 2.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Several lines in "Be Prepared" imply how jealous he is of Mufasa's success as king and the "injustice" that he's no longer next in line for the throne after Simba's birth. Heavy emphasis on the "monster" part. He's a literal example as well, since he really does have green eyes. Also notice that, in Real Life, lions don't have green eyes, making the use even more metaphorical.
  • A Handful for an Eye: During the final battle between himself and Simba, Scar kicks it off by throwing burning embers into Simba's eyes.
  • Hate Sink: Given that he's a ruthless, cruel SOB who killed his own brother in cold blood and blamed Simba in the process, it's not hard to imagine that Scar was meant to garner much of the viewers' hatred as possible. It backfired, however, as Scar became well-liked by the viewers for his awesome charisma.
  • Hero's Evil Predecessor: In The Lion Guard, it's revealed that he led the Lion Guard under Mufasa's regime, and was blessed with the power of the Roar of the Elders. However, the power went to Scar's head and he vainly believed he should be king instead of Mufasa. But when the rest of the Lion Guard said no, Scar furiously used the Roar to destroy them. Due to using his powers for evil, Scar lost his power completely and descended further into depression, becoming shriveled and horrible. Kion fears that he may end up becoming Not So Different from Scar, but regularly makes sure to regulate his use of the Roar.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He is mauled to death by his own hyena minions after they overheard his betrayal.
  • Hypocrite: He pulls the family card while begging for mercy from Simba. This coming from a guy who previously murdered his own brother and tried to kill his nephew without batting an eye.
  • I Thought You Were Dead: The initial reaction of shock when Scar sees Simba return from exile, thinking him at first to be Mufasa. Then, the reaction of sadistic delight when he realizes it is his nephew, whom he feels he can easily manipulate into confessing a crime he didn't commit.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Animator Andreas Deja watched Jeremy Irons's movies to put more of him into Scar - "Not that he looks like a lion" - and even added the actor's baggy eyes.
  • Irony: In the movie, Scar is the runt of the litter and is self-admittedly not as strong as Mufasa. In real life, male lions with black manes are usually considered the most powerful lions of all who also attract the most females and will more than likely rule the pride.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Openly mocks Simba for being naïve about his motives when he reveals himself in The Lion Guard.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: During the climax, he begs Simba for mercy. Simba agrees on the grounds that he go into exile. Scar starts to leave... but then kicks burning embers into Simba's eyes and attacks him.
  • It's All About Me: "I'm the king, I can do whatever I want" sums his rule up. It's also a Deconstruction of the trope, as this view on life results in the Pridelands going to hell and him having a 0% Approval Rating.
  • Kick the Dog: So many times, but the moment when he strikes Sarabi for standing up to him really stands out.
  • Kill It with Fire: Scar's intent when he is about to throw Simba off Pride Rock, into a wall of fire; averted when Simba unexpectedly fights back. In the end, Scar is the one swallowed by a fireball, shortly after he is thrown off Pride Rock and is cornered and attacked by the hyenas.
  • The Kingslayer: Murders Mufasa to seize control of the throne.
  • Knight of Cerebus:
    • The film begins quite cheerful, but when Scar kills his own brother and takes the power, the film definitely becomes dark. Before that, we also have his Villain Song, in which he shows his true intentions. He's also one on a meta level, since he's responsible for the first non-villainous Disney death onscreen.
    • The tone of the preschool-aimed The Lion Guard usually darkens quite a bit whenever he is mentioned, and he is resurrected for the series as it began to delve into a much more serious storyline.
  • Lack of Empathy: You're looking at someone who's willing to murder his brother and cub nephew, as well as gorge himself at the expense of others, without even a shred of remorse.
  • Large Ham: In true Disney villain fashion. Producer Don Hahn even said part of Scar's hilarity is due to Irons adding disdain/insanity to lines that were by right delivered straight.
  • Last Villain Stand: By the end of the film, he's been outed as Mufasa's killer and has lost everything, but when Simba corners him on Pride Rock, he still makes one of these and attacks Simba.
  • Lean and Mean: In contrast to Mufasa's Heroic Build (and to a far lesser degree, Simba's).
  • Manipulative Bastard: One of the classic movie examples and fitting for a villain in a Shakespearean-style film. There are very few characters in the story whom he does not deceive, and he sometimes manipulates others purely for his own amusement.
  • Mask of Sanity: In the first part, he's able to cover his sociopathic nature beneath a charming veneer. Once things start going awry, he undergoes a severe Sanity Slippage.
  • Meaningful Name: He was re-named "Scar" because of the permanent scar on his left eye. According to the books, his real name is Taka, which means "trash" or "wanting" in Swahili.
  • Mighty Roar: As the leader of the Lion Guard, Scar was bestowed with the Roar of the Elders, but he came to see it as another tool in his plan to overthrow Mufasa. He Didn't Think This Through completely as he'd be stripped of it if used for evil. Soon enough, the power went to his head and he asked his Lion Guard to assassinate Mufasa, but when they said no, Scar furiously used the Roar to destroy them. Due to using his powers for evil, Scar lost his power completely and sank further into villainy, becoming shriveled and horrible.
  • Motive Decay: In The Lion Guard, his new goal is to build an army to destroy the Pride Lands. This is justified, though; as a spirit, he is no longer in a position to rule over the Pride Lands, so he will simply have it destroyed as Revenge for his death.
  • Narcissist: This line from his Villain Song says it all:
    Meticulous planning
    Tenacity spanning
    Decades of denial
    Is simply why I'll
    Be king undisputed
    Respected, saluted
    And seen for the wonder I am!
  • Near-Villain Victory: He gets everything he wants in the movie and would have gotten away with it if not for a moment of gloating self-indulgence.
  • New Era Speech: He gives one to the pride when he takes position as leader. Originally delivered via a song that reprises "Be Prepared."
  • Never My Fault: Scar refuses to own up to anything he does, even using the hyenas a scapegoat when confronted by Simba for his evil actions. He ultimately regrets it.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Subverted. He complains early on about not having any of the "brawn" genes, relies on the hyenas to do most of the physical work, and he only attempts to kill those who have been incapacitated in some way. But at the climax, it turns out he can fight, and is able to hold his own against the much younger and more muscular Simba.
  • Not So Different: Gives one to Simba during the climax, but despite being tempted to kill him for Mufasa's death, Simba ultimately refuses, asserting that he won't be like Scar.
    • In The Lion Guard, Kion often fears he'll end up like Scar, hence why he frequently regulates the use of the Roar of the Elders, having been made aware Scar was stripped of the Roar for destroying his own Lion Guard when they refused to help him overthrow Mufasa.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Let's see, Scar kills Mufasa, and is perfectly able to go toe-to-toe with Simba in the climax. A bit out of place considering that he groans about getting the brains and none of the brawn in the beginning, but makes some sense when you consider that Simba has apparently lived only on insects and has been in a total of one fight (that he lost). This plot point makes even more sense when taking into account Scar's original character design as a much more bulky and brawny lion.
  • Obviously Evil: Just in case you hadn't noticed all the Evil Tropes above.
  • Overarching Villain: Easily the most important villain of the entire franchise, since each antagonist of posthumous material was affiliated to him. He's also the Greater-Scope Villain in The Lion Guard.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: According to a storybook published following the film's release, his birth name was Taka (Swahili for "trash" or "want").
  • The Peter Principle: His strongest desire was to become king. However while he proved deadly and conniving about setting that goal in motion, he proved completely incompetent in actually posing as king, only seeking the benefits and grandeur of the role rather than its important duties.
  • Posthumous Character: In Simba's Pride and The Lion Guard.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: The only reason in the Lion Guard that he settles the debates between the members of his army when they disagree is to keep them united on their common enemy, or else he risks them breaking apart through infighting and throwing away their numerical superiority over the Guard.
  • Predecessor Villain: Serves as this to almost the entire franchise, following the first movie and his death.
    • Of Simba's Pride: the primary villain is Zira, who was one of his sympathizers and seeks to avenge him.
    • The Lion Guard revolves around his great-nephew Kion forming a new Lion Guard and actively striving to not end up like Scar. He's later brought back from the dead as a spirit to lead the villains of the series, effectively becoming the Big Bad of Season Two.
  • Princeling Rivalry: He resents Simba for having a bigger claim to the throne than him, being Mufasa's son. To ensure he gets to be king, he plots the death of his brother and then of his nephew so the throne would belong to him.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Best exemplified by his "I am the King, I can do whatever I want!" excuse, because it is essentially the attitude of Simba as a cub, though it's doubtful that he would ever condemn his own subjects to death.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: His original fate in the Alternate Ending. He wins the fight with Simba by throwing him off Pride Rock, but is then burned to death himself when the fires surrounding Pride Rock engulf it. By throwing Simba off Pride Rock, he actually saves Simba from suffering that fate and allowing him to have his happy ending anyway, making Scar's victory in the fight meaningless.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: He has reddish-orange fur and a black mane.
  • Red Right Hand: His scar, and his claws that are always bared (unlike the others).
  • Reality Ensues: Being king means enormous responsibilities and the possibility of a revolt if said duties are not properly addressed, and for this reason, Scar gets hated by everyone for his incompetence, including the hyenas of all animals, for letting the Pridelands become a wasteland. As Mufasa tells Simba, "There's more to being King than getting your way all the time." This is why Scar ends up in major trouble, as his final attempt to blame the hyenas for everything proves to be the last straw, getting him torn to pieces by them.
  • Relative Button: You just had to get that last Kick the Dog moment in, didn't you Scar?
  • The Resenter: Scar resents his brother for being the King and also resents Simba because after his father, he will be king.
  • Reverse Psychology: How he tricks Simba into visiting the elephant graveyard.
  • Sadist: As much as it can be shown in a Disney film, at least.
    • He doesn't immediately eat the mouse he has trapped, preferring to play with him. Judging by Zazu's reaction, it seems that this behavior isn't seen as proper.
    • He takes some moments to savor Mufasa's impending fate, gloating "Long live the king" and making sure that his brother fully realizes what his true nature is, instead of simply shoving Mufasa to his death. Also Mufasa's expression when this is happening. Seeing someone so strong and powerful looking so terrified and helpless (not to mention shocked at his brother's betrayal, no less) is a whole new level of scary. Don't forget his helpless scream as he falls to his death, replaced with the scream of Simba as he watches his dad, who he just had a scene showing their closeness, fall to his death...
      • Scar's behavior in this as well. At first, when Mufasa is calling for help, Scar seems to ponder what to do, as if he's realized that there would be no turning back if he killed his brother. But to twist the knife even further, he gleefully tosses Mufasa to his death.
    • This proves to be one of the causes of his demise, since attempting to do the same with Simba makes the latter fight back and reveal that he murdered Mufasa.
  • Sanity Slippage: More obvious in the musical, but still visible in the movie. The musical has a number called "The Madness of King Scar," where he begins to go completely insane.
  • Sanity Slippage Song: "The Madness Of King Scar" in the musical version. He grows more insane as the song goes on, eventually seeing the ghost of Mufasa everywhere and becoming desperate to have cubs to continue his line. He also becomes increasingly paranoid, believing that the lionesses hate him (which they probably do) and are plotting to murder him (which, again, they probably are).
  • Satanic Archetype: Scar turned the Pridelands into hell after killing his brother, and made deals that ultimately only benefit him at the expense of others, be it Simba or the hyenas. Lastly, his personality embodies all of the Seven Deadly Sins, further enhancing his Satanic qualities. In The Lion Guard, he even returns as a demonic abomination, a stark contrast to the heavenly apparition of his brother. Also, it's revealed that like Kion, he once led the Lion Guard under Mufasa's regime and was bestowed with the Roar of the Elders, but the power went to his head and he furiously killed his own Lion Guard when they refused to help him in his plot to overthrow Mufasa, and was subsequently stripped of the Roar. Kion constantly fears that he may end up becoming Not So Different from Scar, but regularly makes sure to regulate his use of the Roar. The Lion Guard emphasizes this even more, since his so-called "Freudian Excuse" is nonexistent. He was always a monster.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: "I am the king, I can do whatever I want!"
  • Seven Deadly Sins: Scar suffers from all of these sins.
    • He believes himself to be deserving of power. He also refuses to abandon the Pride Lands, even if it means the death of his subjects. (Pride)
    • He acts indolent even as the Pride Lands fall into ruin. (Sloth)
    • He enjoys food while letting the rest of his kingdom, including his loyal followers, starve. (Gluttony)
    • He is envious of his brother and nephew for getting the throne, and plots their deaths for it. (Envy)
    • In a deleted scene, he comes onto Nala, eager to produce heirs. (Lust)
    • He wants power and will destroy anyone to get it. (Greed)
    • He gets enraged when Mufasa is mentioned to him, and he attacks Sarabi for comparing him unfavorably to Mufasa. (Wrath)
  • Shadow Archetype: Like Simba, he has an immature understanding of being king, as he believes it is only about getting your way all the time. But unlike Simba, he is willing to go to terrible lengths just to become king; he even does not assume responsibility for his actions and tries to blame the hyenas for ruining the kingdom, and worst of all, tries to kill Simba just so he can continue to have power. Not only that, he is a terrible ruler, as he pretty much acts like a 3-year old pretending to be a king when he gets a hold of power. But, once Simba does defeat him, he more or less removes himself from his childishness, as he grows up while Scar doesn't.
    • Like Kion in The Lion Guard, Scar once led the Lion Guard during Mufasa's regime and was blessed with the power of the Roar of the Elders. But since the Roar was never meant to be used for evil, Scar was stripped of it when he killed his own Lion Guard for not supporting him in his plot to assassinate Mufasa. For this reason, Kion constantly regulates the use of the Roar, fearing he may end up becoming Not So Different from Scar should he let anger poison his mind.
  • Sic 'em: "Kill him."
  • Sissy Villain: He's rather effeminate and theatrical.
  • Slasher Smile: The creepy smile he gives before tossing Mufasa to his death.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Has a very high opinion of himself and believes himself to be an even greater king than Mufasa ever was. In truth, his reign led to the destruction of the Pridelands and he stubbornly refused to accept responsibility for what his ineffectual rule had caused, lashing out violently whenever anyone so much as mentioned his brother's name.
  • Smug Snake:
    • After becoming king. Although Scar was a master of manipulating everyone around him to seize the power he craved, he proved to be utterly incompetent at actually using the power once he had it, though this was more due to laziness and selfishness than a lack of intelligence. He hadn't been raised to be a king, so he had no experience. Like Simba as a cub, he thought that it was just all about the power and the glory rather than actual hard work. He'd originally persuaded the hyenas to support him by promising that they'd never go hungry again, but the drought in the Pride Lands leads to a famine and causes the hyenas to begin grumbling about Scar even before Simba comes back.
    • Even before becoming King he showed signs of this. Like Jafar, he's a supposed Manipulative Bastard with the glaring flaw of being Obviously Evil and doing nothing to counteract it. Often meaning that the only reason he has any success whatsoever is that everyone in the movie is a Horrible Judge of Character.
  • Sssssnaketalk: Does this a lot, especially when gloating.
  • The So-Called Coward: The film describes Scar as a skinny weakling, who openly admits that he's no match for Mufasa in a fight. During the climax, he begs Simba for mercy, but as soon as said mercy is granted, Scar attacks Simba at full force and nearly beats him.
    • If you watch the shadows closely, you'll notice he goes down fighting when the hyenas attack him en masse.
  • The Sociopath: Family or lackeys, he'll abandon them at the drop of a hat. He's a highly functioning sociopath, able to hide his true self beneath a veneer of charming manners, by faking his sadness after letting Mufasa and seemingly Simba perish in the wildebeest stampede. However, he has the classic traits of a true sociopath, since he is lazy, irresponsible, insensitive, ruthless, greedy and self-centered. The Lion Guard emphasizes his sociopathy even more, since his supposed "Freudian Excuse" is nonexistent. He was always a monster.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: He like to keep a low tone at times.
  • Strike Me Down with All of Your Hatred: Attempts invoking this on Simba during the climax, but despite being tempted to kill him for Mufasa's murder, Simba refuses, asserting that he won't be Not So Different from the lion who killed his own brother.
  • Stronger Than They Look: He looks scrawny and admits himself that he's lacking in the physical strength department. However, when he's backed on top of Pride Rock with nowhere to run, he proves to be strong enough (and cunning enough) to almost defeat the younger Simba.
  • Stupid Evil: You know, Scar, telling your nephew about how you killed his father doesn't exactly scream brilliant.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!:
    • When addressing the hyenas in "Be Prepared."
      The future is littered with prizes
      And though I'm the main addressee,
      Point that I must emphasize is,
      YOU WON'T GET A SNIFF WITHOUT ME! (A random hyena falls into the crack in the ground.)
    • He loses his temper and starts shouting whenever Mufasa is mentioned.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Stated word for word.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: A Big Bad lion version.
  • That Man Is Dead: He absolutely despises his brother and refuses to hear his name uttered in his presence when he becomes king; when the weight of his tyranny is revealed, the whole of the Pridelands are relieved that he is dead and gone.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Telling Simba he killed Mufasa sets up his downfall. If that isn't bad enough, he lies to Simba about Mufasa's death by blaming it on the hyenas. He pays for that dearly.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: Once he ultimately takes over the Pridelands.
  • The Un-Favourite: Well, considering that his parents gave him a name that means "wanting" or "trash," and gave his brother a name that means "king," it's pretty clear who was their favorite... Subverted in the books, where he thinks he's this but it's shown his parents actually do care about him.
  • The Usurper: He concocted his whole Evil Plan in order to take over the Pridelands.
  • Victory Is Boring: He learns this after he took care of Mufasa and Simba and claimed the throne.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Simply put, he gets the honor of committing the first onscreen murder in a Disney film, among other things. He's also the darkest villain in The Lion Guard.
  • Villain Ball: Having Simba trapped at the edge of Pride Rock and precariously clinging to the side, an overconfident Scar gloats about his nephew's imminent fate and — sure he will never stand justice, after having coerced him into admitting responsibility for his father's death — whispers that he actually plotted to kill Mufasa. He never thinks to simply throw him off, and is taken by surprise when Simba gains a huge Heroic Second Wind and leaps over the edge of Pride Rock to gain the upper hand.
  • Villain Song: "Be Prepared" were he explains to the Hyenas how he intended to murder his brother and nephew to become king. There is also a cut reprise to "Be Prepared" were he expresses his desire to make Nala his queen, and introduces the Hyenas as his 'executive staff.' The Lion Guard gives him "I Have A Plan" in which he lays the groundwork for assembling a legion of antagonistic Outland animals to take over the Pride Lands.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • "The Madness of King Scar" in the Broadway musical version, a song that really focuses on his shift from Magnificent Bastard to Smug Snake in his reign as king.
    • The original ending of the film had a far more pronounced one. After his fight with Simba, which ends with Simba being the one thrown off Pride Rock (but lives), Scar is last seen laughing insanely as the fires surrounding Pride Rock engulf and kill him.
  • Villainous Legacy: His sinister influence is still felt years after his death, since the primary villains in the sequel and TV show are his sympathizers wanting revenge. In The Lion Guard, Kion often fears that he'll end up becoming like Scar.
  • Villains Want Mercy: The minute Simba corners him at the top of Pride Rock, Scar starts desperately begging him for mercy, pulling such cards as reminding him they're family and blaming the hyenas for his own actions. Simba ultimately opts to let Scar go on the condition that he go into exile; Scar turns to leave, but then kicks burning embers into Simba's eyes and attacks him. When he loses the subsequent fight and is thrown off of Pride Rock, he's met with the hyenas, who overheard everything, and tries begging for his life again... with no such luck.
  • Wanting Is Better Than Having: After killing Mufasa and finally becoming the King of Pride Rock, he ends up turning the paradise to ruins. Scar is obviously too proud to admit that he wasn't cut out for the job.
  • Weak, but Skilled: He freely admits to not measuring up to Mufasa's level of strength, but he is a good short-term schemer and Combat Pragmatist, and he is able to fight evenly with the younger Simba.
  • Wicked Cultured: Not only is his speech the more refined in the movie, but somehow he knows about the gene pool.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He smacks Sarabi hard for mentioning Mufasa in his presence during an argument, then notices a very angry Simba watching above.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He tries to kill his little nephew and his friend Nala by letting the Hyenas eat them. Later, he arranges a stampede where Simba is almost trampled to death.

"Don't you understand? You're our only hope!"

"It's like you're back from the have no idea what this will mean to everyone! What it means to me!"

Voiced in English by: Niketa Calame (cub, TLK), Moira Kelly (adult, films), Gabrielle Union (adult, The Lion Guard)
Singing by: Laura Williams (cub, TLK), Sally Dworsky (adult, TLK)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Karla Falcón (cub), María Fernanda Morales (adult)
Voiced in Japanese by: Junko Yamamoto (cub,TLK), Risa Uchida (cub, theater play), RICOnote  (adult, both acting and songs)

Simba's playmate, childhood friend, and later, wife.

  • Action Girl: Simba has never won a fight against her, and she beats some hyenas in the climax.
  • Action Mom: In the sequel to Kiara and can still kick ass.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her eyes were originally teal, but the sequel gives her blue and the midquel gives her green.
  • Arranged Marriage: Was betrothed to Simba when they were cubs.
  • Babies Ever After: With Simba — the ending of the first movie shows that they had a cub together, who turns out to be Kiara. Then, they have another child, a son, named Kion.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: As a cub, she was just as cheeky and mischievous as Simba. She goes along with Simba's plan to ditch Zazu in a big musical number. Later she argues with Simba over whose idea it was, wrestles him and teases him when she beats him, even though Simba was prince of the Pridelands at the time.
  • Cats Hate Water: Shows this as an adult. When Simba surprises her and pulls her into a lake they were just drinking from, she immediately gets out, soaking wet. Then she smirks at Simba and playfully shoves him back in as revenge.
  • Character Development: In Simba's Pride, Nala has become slightly more mild-mannered and motherly, but continues to act as the voice of reason to Simba, who is now being very protective of Kiara, and reminds him that their daughter Kiara would be fine. She also seems to be less judgmental than Simba. When Simba refused to trust Kovu simply because of his outsider status, Nala and Rafiki are able to change his decision and Simba reserves his judgment to see if Kovu could be trusted.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Her pin move is how she and Simba come to recognise each other as adults. Simba later uses it himself to defeat Scar.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Simba, they even provide the page quote for the trope. They grew up playing around and then, after they finished growing up, they became the Ruling Couple of the Pride Lands.
  • Composite Character: In terms of Hamlet parallels, although she is usually compared to and claimed to be based on Ophelia (love interest and token young female), Nala has more in common with Horatio (closest friend of the hero, acts as his conscience and voice of reason).
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: She easily beat Simba twice when they were just cubs, flipping and pinning him with no struggle even when he pounced first and surprised her. Subverted later when they fight more evenly as adults, though she still pins him the exact same way she did when they were cubs, though the fight ended because Simba realized who she was.
  • Damsel in Distress: When they were cubs Simba saved her from Shenzi when she was almost caught and eaten.
  • Damsel Errant: Nala is the one who goes out and gets Simba back from his banishment in order to save the pride and the Pridelands.
  • Dance Battler: In the stage musical during the fight with the hyenas.
  • Demoted to Extra: Averted, as her role in the first film was pretty small itself. She is also completely absent in the video games and Timon and Pumbaa TV series.
  • Didn't See That Coming: When she attacks Timon and Pumbaa and Simba lunges at her out of nowhere she pauses for a moment with a brief look of shock on her face. She clearly did not expect to see another lion, or get attacked by one. Though she quickly regains focus by the time Simba gets her to the ground and quickly manages to break free from his grasp and fight back.
  • Disappeared Dad: Her father is never mentioned in the original movie. The Lion Guard reveals that Nala's father was once saved by the Lion Guard of his day when he fell out of a tree as a cub.
  • Distress Ball: Struggles to climb a rocky cliff and nearly gets captured by the hyenas, largely to give Simba a Badass Adorable moment saving her.
  • Expy: Of both Ophelia and Horatio in the first film, and of Lady Capulet, if only by default, in the sequel.
  • Girliness Upgrade: Loses her tomboyish traits as an adult and becomes more mature and regal.
  • Graceful Loser: Once Simba finally manages to pin her as adults she just smiles and gives him a lick on the cheek as a reward and gazes seductively at him.
  • Grin of Audacity: She says Simba's line of "I laugh at the face of danger" when they return to The Pride Lands together. A lesser example when she was a cub. After Simba pounced her and accidentally sent them both down a hill, she just laughs the whole way like it was some kind of ride and has a smile the whole time while Simba is shown to be scared and struggling to stay on top of Nala. Once they reach the bottom with Simba landing on top, Nala immediately flips and pins him again, and rubs it in his face.
  • The Heart: Best shown when she tries to inform Simba of what has happened to their home.
  • Held Gaze: Simba and Nala gaze deeply into each other's eyes at the end of their Falling in Love Montage of "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" before nuzzling each other in a manner that resembles a kiss.
  • Herald: Nala revealing to Simba what happened after Scar took over the Pridelands is the first step to get him to return home.
  • The High Queen: Since she is Simba's mate, Nala is technically the Queen of the Pridelands.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: As crude as Nala she was, she wasn't wrong about how he was ignoring his duties as King of the Pridelands.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She can be rather blunt and condescending, but means well.
  • King of Beasts: Nala is the ruler of the beasts as well.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: She briefly has a serious battle with Simba when he attacks her to protect Pumbaa.
  • Meaningful Name: "Nala" means "gift" in Swahili.
  • Only Sane Woman: Whenever it comes to bringing Simba to his senses, either as the King or as a parent. Somewhat Justified, since it's the lioness' that are the hunters in Real Life.
  • Open-Minded Parent: She's more accepting of Kovu than Simba, who still held a grudge against the Outsiders.
  • Out of Focus: She doesn't get a lot of screen time in the first two movies, barely any in the third and does not appear in the Timon & Pumbaa TV series.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: With Simba.
  • Plucky Girl: She never gives up.
  • Pregnant Badass: It is heavily implied that Kiara was conceived in the Can You Feel The Love Tonight sequence, so Nala was pregnant with her while she was beating up hyenas in the final battle.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Not a perfect example, but she is often kept out of focus.
  • Signature Move: Though she doesn't announce it or make a big deal about it, she is easily able to pin her opponents by flipping them with her legs after they tackle her, and then slam them to the ground so she ends up on top of them, pinning them. She uses this move to beat Simba twice in a row when they are just cubs, and Simba is able to recognize Nala when she uses it to beat him again as adults. It ends up being a Chekhov's Gun when Simba uses it himself partly in his battle with Scar, flipping Scar over and throwing him over the edge of Pride Rock.
  • Smooch of Victory: Downplayed. After Simba finally "beats" Nala, by pinning her after they tumble down a hill together, she licks his cheek, an animal form of kissing, surprising him. They then begin to rub heads affectionately, officially becoming a couple by that point. It is also heavily implied that they mated at that point, which conceived Kiara.
  • Smug Smiler: Was one as a cub. After beating Simba she turns away with a smug smile on her face. After she does it again she smirks down at her friend and has a more smug tone instead of her previous playful one.
    Nala: Pinned ya again.
  • Tomboy: Mainly as a child. She beat Simba in their two fights, and is very adventurous and restless.
  • Undying Loyalty: Even under the brief point Scar has convinced everyone Simba killed Mufasa, she calls out in horror when he nearly falls to his death.
  • Unsportsmanlike Gloating: Downplayed. As a cub after first pinning Simba she chuckles and teases him "pinned ya" with a happy smile, showing it is in good fun. After he pushes her off him though she has a proud victorious smirk on her face. Then after immediately pinning Simba once again, she smirks down at him arrogantly and brags "pinned ya again" in a more smug tone than her previously playful one. Possibly justified though as Simba had just tried to steal credit for her idea and was the one who started both of their fights, so she may have teased him to get back and him and put him in his place.
  • Women Are Wiser: A more justified case, given Simba's inner demons and circumstances, Nala often ends up playing the voice of reason. Subverted as a cub where she was just as mischievous as Simba.
  • Your Size May Vary: The Lion Guard bizarrely shows her much smaller than she is in previous films.

"Your sense of humor never ceases to abuse me."

"Well, I've never seen a king of beasts with quite so little hair!"

Voiced in English by: Rowan Atkinson (TLK), Edward Hibbert (Simba's Pride, 1 1/2), Michael Gough (Timon and Pumbaa), Jeff Bennett (The Lion Guard)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Eduardo Tejedo
Voiced in Japanese by: Hideyuki Umezu

An uptight but kindly red-billed hornbill serves as majordomo to Mufasa, Scar and Simba.

  • Adaptational Heroism: His Hamlet counterpart Polonius is, though not exactly a villain, a much more negative character who is killed accidentally by the title character while spying on him for Claudius. Zazu, on the other hand, is genuinely loyal, hates Scar (Claudius), and survives the film.
  • Badly Battered Babysitter: He goes through hell and back to keep Simba and Nala out of harm's way.
    • Early script drafts also reveal that he was Mufasa's babysitter too, and that Mufasa was just as rambunctious - if not worse - than Simba.
  • Battle Butler: In the final battle, he, Timon and Pumbaa all manage to beat up Shenzi and Banzai offscreen.
  • Birdcaged: What Scar does to him when he takes over, apparently just because he doesn't like him. He ends up like this again in the episode "The Morning Report", after getting captured by Janja's clan under the orders by Scar's spirit.
  • Blue Is Heroic: He's a blue-feathered hornbill who is also a loyal follower and advisor of the royal family.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In the stage version, he does this a couple times:
    • In "I Just Can't Wait To Be King", he's blocked by a curtain and comments that it "wasn't in the cartoon" before quipping that it looks like a cheap shower curtain from <insert local store here>. Later, Simba steals the puppet and the actor gets understandably upset with him about it.
    • After that sequence, when Mufasa pretends to fire him, the puppet attacks its operator, with some productions having him growl "this is all your fault!" at him before doing so.
  • Butt-Monkey: Starts out as Mufasa's PR guy and constantly finds himself at the butt of Simba's antics, including a pouncing lesson initiated by Mufasa in which Zazu is ordered to be Simba's practice target. Taken Up to Eleven after Scar takes over, when he is essentially reduced to Scar's court jester. He is almost eaten by the hyenas on several occasions.
  • Cool Old Guy: His age isn't mentioned much at all throughout the films and TV shows, but going by the film's early script drafts and by the stage version, he's old enough to have babysat Mufasa.
  • A Day in the Limelight: While the TV series mostly centered around Timon and Pumbaa, he got two episodes with starring roles. In The Lion Guard, he got his own major role in "The Morning Report".
  • Deadpan Snarker: Especially when "babysitting" Nala and Simba.
  • Demoted to Extra: During the second half of the first movie and its sequels.
  • Designated Monkey: Is treated in-universe as pathetic for no real reason.
  • Expy: Of Polonius.
  • Feather Fingers: He can grasp things as if he had hands.
  • The Finicky One: A much more positive example. Zazu likes to keep the Pridelands in order, but is not a jerk about it.
  • Flanderization: The Timon and Pumbaa series turns him from a nice, sympathetic character into a bit of a jerk.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He once attempted to offer himself to be fed to the crocodiles in exchange for a younger Kion and Bunga, who challenged the crocodiles for no reason, to be let go, even placing himself into Makuu's jaws. This act of bravery and selflessness impressed Pua that he let all of them go.
  • Hurricane of Puns: His morning report, both the spoken and sung version.
    Zazu: Well! The buzz from the bees is that the leopards are in a bit of a spot. And the baboons are going ape over this. Of course, the giraffes are acting like they're above it all. The tick birds are pecking on the elephants. I told the elephants to forget it, but they can't. The cheetahs are hard up, but I always say...cheetahs never prosper...
  • Iron Butt Monkey: This little bird can take a beating.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the TV series, in which he is more of a finicky perfectionist, but has a heart.
  • Made of Iron: He survives being in Scar's mouth (with all associated teeth, even if Scar doesn't bite him), being run over twice by a stampede of animals in "I Just Can't Wait To Be King" and being shoved into a volcanic vent by the hyenas. And being struck by lightning in the TV series.
  • Medium Awareness: In the stage version, the Zazu puppet seems to be intended to show awareness that it's a puppet, mainly because of Rule of Funny. It even gets mad at its operator at one point!
  • Nice Guy: In the movie, he is generally very well mannered and friendly, only losing his temper or getting annoyed to anyone who provokes him.
  • Non-Action Guy: In the stage version, he's the only one who doesn't even attempt to fight during the final battle. Instead, we see him running/flying from a hyena in panic.
  • Noodle Incident: Mentions having two troublesome relatives who "always manage to ruin special occasions".
  • No Respect Guy: Best in "I Just Can't Wait to Be King."
  • Number Two: To Mufasa as his number one advisor.
  • Old Retainer: It's implied in the Broadway production that he's been with the royal family at least long enough to have known Mufasa when he was a cub. Supplementary (though probably non-canon, especially since there are two contradictory sources for it) works suggest that Zazu started working with Mufasa back when he was still a hatchling—one of them states that he inherited the majordomo position from his mother.
  • Older Than They Look: He hasn't aged much from Simba's birth to when Kiara is a young adult.
  • Only Sane Man: In "I Just Can't Wait to Be King."
  • Out of Focus: Especially in the third film.
  • Servile Snarker: Even more so in the Broadway stage version, where he throws a lot of verbal jabs at Scar.
    Scar: Here I am at the pinnacle and yet the view is bleak. What is wrong with this picture?
  • Shipper on Deck: For Simba and Nala. Appears delighted when he sees the two talking together, unaware that they're actually plotting to ditch him in the most humiliating way possible.
  • They Call Me Mister Tibbs:
    "It’s Mister Banana-Beak to you, Fuzzy!"
  • Toothy Bird: Depending on the facial gesture he makes, sometimes he appears to have a beak full of teeth.
  • Undying Loyalty: His loyalty to the royal family is unwavering.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Stage version only; Presumably due to the difficulty in translating the film version of events to the stage version, we never find out how Zazu escaped his cage in the final battle. The fact that he's being chased by a hyena in that sequence implies that it accidentally crashed into his cage, but it's not entirely clear.

"It is time!"

"I'm not the one who's confused! You don't even know who you are!"

Voiced in English by: Robert Guillaume (films, Timon & Pumbaa, Kingdom Hearts II), Khary Payton (The Lion Guard)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Genaro Vásquez
Voiced in Japanese by: Ryuji Saikachi (until The Lion Guard's first season), Masao Koyama (second season onwards)

A mandrill (or baboon as he is referred to as in the universe) who is a wise, if eccentric friend to the lions.

  • Beware the Silly Ones: An old, primate Cloudcuckoolander who can whip a number of hyenas.
  • Big Good: Rafiki takes this role in The Lion Guard, providing the heroes guidance.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Although his weird antics might just be for Simba's benefit.
  • Cane Fu: Can kick serious butt with his staff.
  • Cartoony Tail: His tail can defy gravity. It's also shaped like a baboon tail rather than a short, stubby mandrill tail.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: The goofy rhyme cements it.
  • Cool Old Guy: A cool primate who has a way of teaching his methods.
  • Court Mage: Animal version. He doesn't do anything outright magical, but he's definitely some kind of Seer or Witch Doctor, able to sense that Simba's alive by reading certain signs, and seemingly communicate with Mufasa's spirit, even guiding Simba into a Vision Quest. His position is also well known and respected, seeing the animals bow as he makes his way during 'The Circle of Life'.
  • Delighting in Riddles: Takes great joy in annoying Simba with his cryptic metaphors.
  • Eccentric Mentor: The way he teaches a lesson to Simba is...creative.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: As a wise mentor and comic relief.
  • Expy: In the Romeo and Juliet-esque Simba's Pride, he becomes the equivalent of Friar Laurence.
  • Gender Flip: Becomes female in the stage production.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Hitting Simba on the head with his staff may have been overboard, but he wasn't wrong in how the lion can't keep running from his past.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can sometimes be mischievous and confusing, but the results always make up for it.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Kicks serious hyena butt during the battle.
  • Long-Lived: Rafiki was old and doddering when Simba was born and continues to remain the same after Kiara grows up. He's survived at least 3 generations of lions and never seems to age.
  • The Matchmaker: In Simba's Pride he does this to Kiara and Kovu.
  • Magical Negro: Rafiki, the only character with an African accent, provides a Double Subversion. As a Trickster Mentor, he looks like he's a useless doddery old senile ape but in truth gives vital guidance. And he can really open a can of whoopass on hyenas.
  • Meaningful Name: Rafiki means 'friend' in Swahili.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Surprisingly averted. Rafiki doesn't die in any of the Lion King movies, though Simba's other mentor Mufasa does.
  • Minored in Ass-Kicking: Doesn't do fighting until the climax.
  • Obfuscating Insanity: Just whether Rafiki is actually mad is up for debate; is he mad and gone a little crackers... or does he just do it to unnerve everyone and get the upper hand? He's certainly dangerous when he wants to be, so the last might be the truth. Whatever the case is, Mufasa certainly trusts him enough to baptise his son.
  • Offhand Backhand: Pulls off this stunt on a hyena.
  • Old Master: An old teacher to Mufasa and eventually, Simba.
  • One-Man Army: He beat several hyenas easily.
  • Shipper on Deck: Following urging from Mufasa's spirit, Rafiki helps strengthen the bond between Kiara and Kovu in the sequel.
  • Simple Staff: What he uses as his main weapon.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: May have been based on Yorick from Hamlet, he was dead before the start of the play.
  • Third-Person Person: One of his many quirks.
  • Trickster Mentor: Rafiki looks like he's a useless doddery old senile primate but in truth gives vital guidance. And he can really open a can of whoopass on hyenas.
  • Undying Loyalty: Like Zazu, he displays this to the royal family.
  • Warrior Therapist: He helps Simba to fully move on from his father's death.
  • When Elders Attack: He smacks down a couple of Hyenas with his stick during the final battle.


"Simba! You're can that be?"

Voiced in English by: Madge Sinclair
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Ángela Villanueva
Voiced in Japanese by: Haruko Kitahama

Simba's mother and Mufasa's mate.

  • Action Mom: Not seen as much, but she doesn't back away from a fight.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Unlike her Hamlet counterpart, Gertrude, she doesn't marry her brother-in-law after her husband's death.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She doesn't take any of Scar's crap lying down, even though she is largely powerless to stop him. And once Simba forces the truth out of him, she rallies to the defense of her home and family.
  • Expy: Of Gertrude, albeit less morally gray, just like her husband Mufasa.
  • Good Parents: Though Mufasa gets more focus, Sarabi still seems to be a pretty good parent.
  • The High Queen: When Mufasa was alive, Sarabi was the Queen of the Pridelands.
  • Lady of War: Mufasa's queen and thus the leader of the lionesses.
  • Meaningful Name: Sarabi is Swahili for "mirage".
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She even at least tries to stand up to Scar when it becomes apparent that he is willing to let his pride starve.
  • The Stoic: She stands up to Scar's verbal abuse (and the chomping maws of the hyena horde on her way to him) with dignity.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It's unknown what happened to Sarabi after the death of Madge Sinclair.

    Timon and Pumbaa

"Hakuna Matata!"

Timon voiced in English by: Nathan Lane (films, Timon & Pumbaa, first ten episodes), Kevin Schon (Timon & Pumbaa, The Lion Guard), Quinton Flynn (Timon & Pumbaa, sometimes), Bruce Lanoil (Aladdin DVD, Kingdom Hearts II)
Timon voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Raúl Aldana (acting), Raúl Carballeda (songs)
Timon voiced in Japanese by: Yuji Mitsuya (acting and songs)
Pumbaa voiced in English by: Ernie Sabella
Pumbaa voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Francisco Colmenero (acting and songs)
Pumbaa voiced in Japanese by: Atomu Kobayashi (films, Timon & Pumbaa and theater play), Hiroshi Hatanaka (Timon & Pumbaa from episode 5 onwards), The Lion Guard, Kingdom Hearts II)

A meerkat and warthog that raised Simba after the latter ran away from the Pride Lands. When Simba returned to the Pride Lands, Timon and Pumbaa went with him.

Tropes applying to both
  • All the Other Reindeer: Both Timon and Pumbaa have trouble fitting in.
  • Anthropomorphic Shift: More frequently in their TV series and the Wild About Safety shorts, almost all links to them being wildlife are thrown out the window. Pumbaa is also shown using his front hooves as "hands" more often.
  • Anti-Role Model: They aren't negative characters, although their carefree philosophy is wildly at odds with the film's actual moral.
  • Badly Battered Babysitter: Especially with Baby Earl in "To Kilimanjaro Bird".
  • Bash Brothers: They charge fearlessly into the violent battle between the lionesses and the hyenas to help Simba claim Pride Rock.
  • Been There, Shaped History: Lion King 1/2 is all about this. In it, they are responsible for the animals bowing in "Circle of Life", and cause the animal pyramid in "I Just Can't Wait to Be King" to collapse.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Given that they have survived an encounter with Hyenas (two, in Timon's case!), fell down a pit to stop said Hyenas, and managed to escape from a pack of hungry, evil, rabid lions, they are not to be underestimated, even if they are oddballs. Hell, they turned Simba into what he is and just look at the damage he can do when he really wants too!
  • Big Eater: They both have an enormous appetite for insects.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Pumbaa (fat warthog) and Timon (small meerkat), respectively.
  • Brains and Brawn: Played with. Timon certainly thinks so but Pumbaa has a lot of Dumbass Has a Point moments and he's by far the more down-to-earth of the two. Pumbaa has good ideas and is usually proven right, he's just more laid back and content to let Timon do the planning.
  • Breakout Characters: They quickly became among the most popular characters in the movie, and eventually got their own cartoon as well as a P.O.V. Sequel focussing on them.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Timon suffers a lot of physical comedy in the midquel.
    • Pumbaa has his moments too, especially in the TV series.
  • Cool Uncles: To Kiara in the sequel, when they become her protectors as well. Also to Bunga in The Lion Guard.
  • Denser and Wackier: Both become more comedic in the series. Or more accurately the world around them reverts to their level.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Their introduction. Good lord, their introduction.
  • Expy: Of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in that they're Those Two Guys, of Horatio in that they're Simba's true friends.
  • Fat and Skinny: Pumbaa and Timon, respectively.
  • Friend to All Children: Both, especially the latter who is very excited to 'keep' Simba. They also have a very close relationship with Bunga in The Lion Guard.
  • Friend to Bugs: Averted, since they eat them, but they befriend a snail named Speedy in the series since he can talk (and sing).
  • Friend Versus Lover: They weren't happy when Nala found Simba. The Lion King 1½ takes this further, suggesting that they actually tried to sabotage the budding romance, but being Timon and Pumbaa, everything they did just backfired.
  • Fur Is Clothing: In the series, Timon's fur has pockets and zippers. In "Brazil Nuts", when both of them lose their fur, their underwear is exposed.
  • Good Parents: They made Simba into who he is, and he turned out great, and they have raised Bunga too.
  • Hakuna Matata: Trope Namer. Timon and Pumbaa tell Simba, who has just run away from his responsibilities and his life, that he doesn't need to worry about the past, because a carefree existence is much less trouble.
  • Hero of Another Story: Their TV series and Lion King 1½ (Or 3: Hakuna Matata in other regions), in which the first movie is told through their eyes.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: To the point that it's been heavily implied they're an actual couple.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Both Timon and Pumbaa have suffered dozens of injuries that would have been lethal in real life. Pumbaa was out through this trope during his and Timon's reprisal of "Stand By Me", as whenever Timon sang the titular words, Pumbaa got injured repeatedly such as getting trampled on by a stampede and getting shot out of a cannon and into a mountain.
  • Leitmotif: They have a Fanfare that plays when they are introduced.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Timon and Pumbaa sometimes go into such bickers spats as it was not evident in the original film but showed itself vividly in their own series. They had a Feud Episode several times in their own series and in an episode of House Of Mouse.
  • Literal-Minded: Pumbaa, which is often the reason why he Does Not Understand Sarcasm. Timon in , at least.
  • Made of Iron: They survive A LOT in the TV series. One of the best examples would be how much poor Pumbaa goes through in the short span of the "Stand By Me" scene. Even in the films, Timon takes a lot in the midquel.
  • Manchild: Both of them are very childish and carefree but Pumbaa is more immature than Timon is.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Are the two faking their slight madness and cowardliness or are they actually that cowardly? The two act dumb on occasions but, when the situation arises, they can unleash a can of whoop ass on anyone if it's required. So, the last one seems to be the truth at the moment.
  • Older Than They Look: By the time Kiara is a young adult, Pumbaa and Timon remain the same as they were when Simba was still a cub without even a wrinkle.
  • Only One Name: Averted. Their last names, Berkowitz and Smith, were actually revealed in Timon & Pumbaa. However, this is most likely a joke due to how common the last name Smith is
  • Out of Focus: They are downgraded to having a recurring role in The Lion Guard; The first season comprised of twenty-six episodes, of which they appeared in less than a third overall.
  • Parental Substitute:
    • Essentially raise Simba after his exile. This is conveyed in more detail in the midquel.
    • In The Lion Guard they're the adopted uncles of Bunga the honey badger.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Both can really kick ass when they want to.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Timon is the Red Oni due to his reckless and self centered behavior while Pumbaa is the Blue Oni due to his easygoing and sensitive personality. Ironically, Pumbaa is colored brownish-red while Timon has tan fur with some red-orange fur on his head.
  • Replacement Goldfish: After a feud in the episode "Kenya Be My Friend", Pumbaa befriends a meerkat named Monti, and Timon a warthog named Baampu.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Timon is the manly man to Pumbaa's sensitive guy. Timon is very reckless, impulsive, and sometimes greedy while Pumbaa is more cautious, kind, and emotional and in his series is willing to cross dress while Timon hates doing it.
  • Spanner in the Works: Let's face it, if they hadn't found Simba in the desert when they did, Scar's plan would've went off without a hitch.
  • Stock Footage: Their introduction is reused during the battle.
  • Those Two Guys: The movie's version of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Down to the P.O.V. Sequel.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: The duo feed primarily on bugs, a preference they manage to pass on to natural carnivore Simba. It is implied in the movies and outright confirmed in their TV series that their preference for eating bugs is unusual and often squicks out strangers, and episode plots of their TV series often involve efforts to eat particularly desirable bugs.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Simba, given he's practically their surrogate child.
    Timon: (after seeing the sorry state the Pridelands are in due to Scar's poor leadership) Well, Simba, if it's important to you then we're with ya till the end!
    • Timon considers abandoning him in a sulk in the midquel, though it's expectedly short lived.

Tropes applying to Timon

  • Character Development: In The Lion Guard, time and raising two kids occasionally make themselves known — he's called Bunga "bubbe" while offering him more bugs and referred to both Bunga and Simba as his and Pumbaa's babies. In other words, he's basically turned into his mom.
  • The Blind Leading the Blind: In the midquel, Timon does this to Pumbaa when they try to find their home.
  • Brooklyn Rage: Timon can go into this.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Timon is the most sarcastic of the duo.
  • Determinator: Timon, in the midquel, grows into to this in the climax.
  • Gratuitous Greek: Timon is one of the few names not derived from Swahili, instead being a Greek name (that coincidentally was used by Shakespeare).
  • Guile Hero: Being of small stature, Timon often resorts to outsmarting foes.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Timon can get angry easily.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Timon can be quite selfish, but will help his friends in the end.
  • Innocently Insensitive: When asking for Simba's interpretation of the stars, Simba repeats the story his father told him of the great kings looking down on them from the sky above. Because Simba has never spoken of his deceased father, Timon laughs his tale off as nothing but a joke. Simba plays along, but then goes off to be alone. Timon quickly wonders if he spoke out of turn.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Timon authoritatively explains that stars are really fireflies stuck on "that big bluish-black thing."
  • The Lancer: Timon to Pumbaa. He's skinny, small, and has a Jerk with a Heart of Gold personality.
  • Momma's Boy: Timon is very close to his mother.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Except for the eye color, he looks a lot like his mother.
  • Team Mom: In the midquel, Timon takes on a more maternal looking role when raising Simba, presumably due to his experiences with his own mother.

Tropes applying to Pumbaa

  • Animal Species Accent: Pumbaa has a raspy voice that resembles porcine grunting and squealing.
  • Berserk Button: Pumbaa is called a pig by Banzai, prompting him to say "Are you talking to me?! They call me MISTER PIG!" before attacking.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Pumbaa is a nice enough guy, but anyone who calls him a pig in a threatening way is in trouble.
    • In the Timon & Pumbaa episode "Guatemala Malarkey", he gets pissed off at Timon for talking him into plundering a cursed ancient temple inhabited by a mummy beetle to find a prized, jewel-encrusted (and very worth a lot of money) Glorious Golden Fruit Fly only to find a worthless fruit fly pin. This gets Timon to admit his fear of angry warthogs.
  • The Big Guy: Pumbaa is the muscle of the duo.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Pumbaa when he faces off against the hyenas.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: The TV series and midquel imply that Pumbaa has a history of being abandoned and possibly even mistreated due to his foul smell.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Pumbaa on at least one occasion. "I thought stars were giant balls of gas burning billions of miles away!"
  • Fartillery: Pumbaa often weaponizes his emissions (particularly in some games).
  • Fat Comic Relief: Pumbaa is the fat one in the duo and shares the comic relief.
  • Full-Boar Action: While Pumbaa is generally laid-back, easy-going and a far cry from fearsome, calling him him a pig is a very good way to end up on the receiving end of his tusks.
  • Gasshole: The very reason Pumbaa is an outcast.
  • Gentle Giant: Pumbaa is the biggest and the most big hearted.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: Pumbaa is this to Timon.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: Pumbaa. Even his name means "simpleton". Despite not being too bright, this little piggy's got a big heart of gold and is really good with lion cubs.
  • Large Ham: Pumbaa is a literal example. Timon is also enjoying himself immensely (Nathan Lane is an expert in this, after all).
  • Malaproper: Pumbaa, occasionally, for example saying "I gravel at your feet" instead of "grovel" and messing up Timon's saying "You've gotta put your past behind you" as "You gotta put your behind in your past". Timon corrects him both times.
  • Meaningful Name: Pumbaa means "simpleton" in Swahili.
  • Nice Guy: Pumbaa is cheerful, kind, genuine, devoted, and helpful.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: Pumbaa in regards to Timon's sarcastic quips.
  • Simple-Minded Wisdom: Pumbaa displays a bit of this from time to time, particularly in the midquel.
  • Team Dad: In the midquel, he takes on a paternal role when raising Simba, contrasting with Timon.
  • They Call Me Mr Tibbs: "THEY CALL ME MR. PIG!"
  • Toilet Humor: Pumbaa's farting.

    Shenzi, Banzai and Ed

Shenzi: Man, if it weren't for those lions, we'd be runnin' the joint!
Banzai: Yeah man, I hate lions!

Banzai voiced in English by: Cheech Marin (films, Kingdom Hearts II), Rob Paulsen (Timon and Pumbaa)
Banzai voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Jesús Barrero
Banzai voiced in Japanese by: Ben Hiura
Shenzi voiced in English by: Whoopi Goldberg (films), Tress MacNeille (Timon and Pumbaa, Kingdom Hearts II)
Shenzi voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Rosanelda Aguirre
Shenzi voiced in Japanese by: Tomie Kataoka
Ed voiced by: Jim Cummings (all languages)

The main three hyenas that serve under Scar.

  • Aerith and Bob: Ed is the odd name out, being non-Swahili. Shenzi's very long name as said by Timon in the midquel could qualify as this, although it is unsure whether that is her actual name.
  • The Alleged Boss: Shenzi is their leader, but Banzai and Ed are more friends than subordinates and have no problem arguing back or teasing her (which she retorts playfully). In the climax, it seems to be Ed that casts the final decision on Scar's fate.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Dark Chick Shenzi.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: Hyenas are not canines. They are more closely related to meerkats of all things. The franchise portrays them in a dog-like fashion; barking, yelping, lolling their tongue out, etc.
  • Almost Normal Animal: Ed.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Ed's eyes are always crossed, his only dialogue consists of obnoxious laughter (often at inappropriate times), and he's seen chewing on his own leg after fighting with Banzai, suggesting some form of mental impairment.
  • Amusing Injuries: They're the butt of many.
  • Annoying Laugh: Ed spends the movie cackling like an idiot. It certainly gets on Scar's nerves at the very least.
  • Anthropomorphic Shift: In the Timon and Pumbaa TV series, they are sometimes shown standing fluently on their hind legs and communicating with humans. "TV Dinner" takes this Up to Eleven, where they dress up and perform for TV auditions.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: They, along with the other hyenas, are the ones who kill Scar after Simba throws him off Pride Rock.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: They eagerly jumped at the opportunity to kill Mufasa and replace him with Scar, who promised that they would have an endless supply of food once he was in control. Before long however, they all face starvation as everything has been hunted or has left the kingdom, and the land is now dead and barren. They confront Scar on how bad things are only for their appeals to fall on deaf ears. Even Banzai admits that Scar is actually worse than Mufasa.
  • Better Living Through Evil: They pretty much only followed Scar because he promised they would "never go hungry again"... And when it turned out he couldn't uphold his end of their bargain and give them their meal tickets, it became increasingly clear that they were starting to get fed up with their new king.
  • Beneath the Mask: Shenzi in particular seems pretty reasonable. You could talk with her, have a laugh... but when Scar betrays them, she shows how utterly merciless she really is.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Part of Scar's downfall lies in him completely underestimating the hyenas. He considers them undignified, idiotic and insane, but Shenzi demands respect, Banzai has a strong sense of pride, and Ed is surprisingly coherent. It all backfires on him when he betrays them.
  • Big Bad: Of Lion King 1/2. Sadly, they only appear in 2 scenes in that film.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: After chasing Simba through a bramble thicket and into the desert, they refuse to follow Simba through said brambles, figuring that he'd be as good as dead in the desert. To be fair, Simba would have died had Timon and Pumbaa not found him.
  • Breakout Characters: They get 4 of their own episodes in the TV series.
  • Butt-Monkey: Banzai, who gets claw-marks and thorns in his butt.
  • Child Eater: They were planning to eat Simba and Nala before Mufasa intervened.
  • Comically Cross-Eyed: Ed is the most dim-witted of the Laughably Evil Terrible Trio of hyenas, and fittingly, he has Fish Eyes (as well as a Maniac Tongue).
  • Comic Trio: They offer a lot of humor in the movie.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: The hyenas laugh and joke a lot, and Scar doesn't think much of them, but they're the most competent comedic lackeys ever featured in a Disney movie. Shenzi especially, as the leader of a pack of hyenas 200 strong is implied to be just as clever as Scar, and a better leader than him too.
  • Dark Action Girl: Not only could Shenzi be one of the toughest ladies Disney has on offer, but on top of everything else it's implied that she is the leader of the whole clan; otherwise why would Scar be doing business with her?
  • A Day in the Limelight: They get 4 episodes in the TV series.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Both Shenzi and Banzai have a habit of sending out sassy remarks.
  • Denser and Wackier: Much like Timon and Pumbaa, the TV series amps up their cartoony habits, making them far less creepy and more Funny Animal Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonists.
  • Didn't Think This Through: They sided with Scar to be able to eat to their heart's content. And they succeeded. And they got to eat to their hearts' content just as Scar agreed to let them to. Then they never stopped; and threw off the entire ecosystem of the Pride Lands. Ironically enough, Scar's promises were simultaneously held up and fell through because they ate so much and then had nothing to eat afterwards, whereas under Mufasa, yeah food was harder to comeby in comparison; but there was plenty to eat for them.
  • Dirty Coward: In theory. After all, the only pick on easy targets and run off as soon as a real threat like Mufasa shows up, but is this any different to how an animal would behave in real life?
  • The Dog Bites Back: Or rather, The Hyena Bites Back. All of them.
  • Dogs Are Dumb: They are seen this way despite not even being canines. See All Animals Are Dogs.
  • The Dragon: Shenzi to Scar. She is just as ruthless and merciless as he is in fulfilling her ambitions - the main difference is that she has her clan's best interests at heart, and apparently can see the difference between fear and respect.
  • Ear Notch: Ed has multiple tears on his ears.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: For all the Nazi imagery during "Be Prepared", the hyenas only ever speak ill of lions, and even then this seems to be more about them feeling like the lions oppress them. Also, their boss is a lion. It goes both ways, too: Scar might look down upon the hyenas, as he does with everyone, but he's the only lion who interacts with them on amicable terms.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: When Scar is as a failure as a king, Shenzi is brave enough to tell him about the problems and they all point out that he's in charge, so he has to do something. As he shows himself increasingly lazy and selfish, Banzai comments that "I thought things were bad under Mufasa."
  • Evil Laugh: All three of them are capable.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Spend most of the film as Scar's abused lackeys, though after being pushed around one too many times, they remind him it's a pack of vicious hyenas versus one skinny lion.
  • Fantastic Racism: They don't like lions (except for Scar, whom they serve), and lions don't like them. This is a reference to how hyenas and lions compete for food in real life.
  • Fish Eyes: Ed's eyes aren't exactly straight.
  • Heinous Hyena: They are Scar's brutish, constantly hungry enforcers and are depicted as dirty, stupid, and cowardly; however, they do end up killing Scar after he attempts to betray them. They even currently adorn that trope's image.
  • The Hyena: Aside from the obvious fact that they, well, are hyenas, they also fit the trope stereotype. Taken Up to Eleven with Ed.
  • Ink-Suit Actor:
    • Shenzi is basically Whoopi Goldberg as a hyena.
    • Similarly, Banzai is not too distant from Cheech Marin mannerisms-wise.
  • Laughably Evil: They're very funny, despite being genuinely threatening.
  • Loveable Rogues : Another part of their charm to the audience.
  • Made of Iron: They survived the fire at the end, according to Word of God. And a volcano in the episode "Cooked Goose".
  • Mean Boss: Not in the film, but Shenzi shows this in the TV series (the others still snap back, but Shenzi has Hammer Space slapstick on her side).
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Abiding by the outtakes and House of Mouse.
  • Meaningful Name: Shenzi is "Uncivilized/Heathen" in Swahili; Banzai means "skulk" or "lurk" in Swahili and—by chance—"ten thousand years" in Japanese; Ed could be short for "Eddy", another word for "whirlpool".
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal:
    • At the very end of the film, when Scar sells them out.
    • And to the two cheetahs who sends them on a wild goose chase.
  • Mook–Face Turn: When Scar blames them for Mufasa's death.
  • Obsessed with Food: They're always on the look-out for their next meal.
  • Odd Name Out: Ed is the only one of the trio who does not have a Swahili name. In fact, he's one of the few characters in the whole movie without one.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Ed's giving Scar an intense Death Glare when confronting him in the climax, before bursting into laughter again, albeit of the far less comedic kind.
  • Overly Long Name: Shenzi Marie Predatora Vendetta Jackalina Hyena. At least, according to Timon.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Ed is almost always grinning stupidly.
  • Psychopathic Man Child: While they are not as immature as Timon and Pumbaa, their behavior (although less so with Shenzi) can get childish at times, such as the infamous "No King! No King! La-la-la-LA-la-la!", bit. Typically, they come off as mischievous teens, particularly in the series.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Implied after Scar succeeds at taking over—while they're still genuinely malicious, Scar's failure to manage the kingdom and deliver on his promises offends even them, and they only continue working with him partly due to a lack of any better options and partly out of fear. Him attempting to pin everything on them just to save his own cowardly skin was pretty much the last straw for them and they give him exactly what he deserves.
  • Put on a Bus: They fail to appear in the second film and apparently The Lion Guard.
  • Pyrrhic Villainy: They help Scar pull off his scheme to overthrow Mufasa because they're starving and he promises them food. However, they realize that things were in fact better when Mufasa was in charge.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: Banzai is this to Shenzi; he spends his time trying to please her and making her laugh. He does everything she tells him to do. And she clearly likes him enough to let him get away with talking back every so often.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Once Scar is defeated and betrays them, the hyenas quit fighting and completely leave Pride Rock ( though not before making a meal of Scar). In the sequel it's said that they even left the Elephant Graveyard, suggesting that they decided to completely flee the area altogether.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Shenzi usually suffers the same comeuppances as the male hyenas. This trope makes her join Banzai as a Funny Background Event in "Be Prepared".
  • Slasher Smile: Usually sport a sadistic grin, though have an especially nasty one as they prepare to tear Scar apart.
  • Team Rocket Wins: At the end of the movie they finally make a meal out of Scar. They are implied to do the same to an Asshole Victim TV presenter at the end of the Timon and Pumbaa episode "TV Dinner".
  • Terrible Trio: Shenzi is the leader of the trio and implied to be the leader of the whole pack; Banzai appears to think entirely with his muscles; Ed is either insane, mentally handicapped, or faking it (according to Jim Cummings, it's the third).
  • Twitchy Eye: Ed's eyes switch from time to time.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: Ed, Banzai, and Shenzi.
  • Undying Loyalty: Subverted. They continue to ally with Scar and fight for him even after he proves to be a lousy king. The main three also are shown to have followed him and Simba to the top of Pride Rock in order to help him. This all changes however once they learn that their loyalty isn't reciprocated.
  • The Unintelligible: Ed, although this trope uses laughter instead of the usual mumbling.
  • Villain Song: Two - "Be Prepared" and the musical gives them the song "Chow Down".
  • Vocal Evolution: Jim Cummings' laugh for Ed is more high pitched and creepy in the first film. In all of Ed's later appearances in Disney media, he sounds deeper and goofier.
  • The Voiceless: Ed. With the exception of a shout of "Boo!" in the Elephant Graveyard scene, his dialogue consists of nothing but laughs. A full-on Evil Laugh once his companions ask what to do with Scar...
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In the sequel, they only get a passing mention that they and the rest of the hyenas left the elephant graveyard shortly after the events of the first movie, and after the battle they don't appear in the third at all. They do, however, appear occasionally in Timon and Pumbaa.
  • Women Are Wiser: None of them are the brightest, but Shenzi's the most intelligent of the trio, especially in the TV series.
  • Would Hurt a Child: They're all out for eating Simba and Nala in the Elephant Graveyard, and know what's going down in the gorge.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: They formerly adorned that trope's image.
  • You All Look Familiar: When it comes to crowds of hyenas, Banzai seems to be something of a standard character model, with his heavy eyebrows and proximity to Shenzi and Ed marking him apart.
  • Zerg Rush: One-on-one (or even three-on-one) it's clear that the hyenas are hopelessly outclassed against a single fully grown lion (even a comparatively weak and scrawny one like Scar). But they prove a formidable force because their clan is hundreds strong...


"And if I see any strangers, don't talk to them. Come straight home. Okay, okay. Can I go now? Please?"

Voiced in English by: Michelle Horn (cub, Simba's Pride), Neve Campbell (adult, Simba's Pride), Eden Riegel (cub, The Lion Guard)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Alondra Hidalgo (cub, Simba's Pride), Sara Gomez (cub, The Lion Guard) Adriana Camacho (adult)
Voiced in Japanese by: Ayaka Takano (cub, Simba's Pride), Aiko Sato (adult in Simba's Pride and as a cub in The Lion Guard)
Singing by: Charity Savoy, (cub, Simba's Pride) Liz Callaway (adult, Simba's Pride)

Kiara is the protagonist of The Lion King II: Simba's Pride. She is Simba and Nala's daughter and Kion's older sister, and the Crown Princess of the Pride Lands.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her eyes were teal like Nala's in TLK, in Simba's Pride and The Lion Guard, they're red like Simba's.
  • All-Loving Heroine: Shown to be very kind and forgiving, and she even attempts to save Zira despite the latter's antagonism towards her family.
  • Accidental Kiss: With Kovu, after they hide from the rhinos.
  • Badass Pacifist: Becomes this in the climax when she, with Kovu, stop a war between the Pridelanders and Outsiders, with Kiara reminding her father: "We are one."
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Kiara is the most friendly of the royal family, and certainly a lot more levelheaded than Simba, however hurt someone she cares about, and she will not hesitate to show you that she is still a lioness. This is shown when she angrily lectures Simba for his irrationality and pulls a Screw This, I'm Outta Here!. And if you consider actually physically harming someone she cares about, she won't hesitate to get physical. Just ask Zira, who Kiara almost certainly would have fought had they not been separated from each other.
  • Be Yourself: She's afraid that her role as princess and eventual queen will come at the cost of her own identity.
  • Big Damn Heroes: She intercepts Zira's attack on Simba, which indirectly leads to Zira's presumed death.
  • Big Sister Bully: She's somewhat this to Kion, gloating about one day becoming Queen and mocking him for not finding his place in Return of the Roar. This trope might dissolve throughout the series with Kion leading the Lion Guard.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: She makes several attempts to call Simba on his actions, and eventually succeeds once her father exiles Kovu.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: She and Kovu met once when they were cubs and fell in love as adults.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Simba was an arrogant cub who wanted to become King as soon as he could, had a relatively restriction free childhood that became more troubled later on, and his childhood friend/future lover was always on his side. Kiara is a humble cub who had reservations about becoming future Queen, had a controlled childhood that was nonetheless not severely traumatic, and her childhood friend/future lover was initially against her but went under a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Daddy's Girl: Lampshaded by Kovu. However this is later deconstructed when Kiara is grown up and her father still refuses to see her as an adult or listen to her. Reconstructed at the end, when the Pridelanders and Outsiders become one.
  • Damsel in Distress: The Lion Guard loves to land her with this trope. Thus far, she's been caught in a gazelle stampede, lured into a trap by the hyenas, and nearly caught in a sinkhole. In the rise of Scar special. Janja kidnaps her with the intent of letting the Lion Guard save her, knowing that Kion will use the Roar once he pushes his Relative Button.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Appeared as a newborn cub at the end of the first movie, which is why she's here instead of under the second film characters sheet.
  • Establishing Character Moment: First time we see her as a cub in the second film, she's grinning happily and batting around playfully while in Rafiki's hands.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: A lion version.
  • Expy: Of Juliet.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: As cubs, Kovu and Kiara saving each other in the crocodile swamp and gaining respect for each other's abilities.
  • Heroic Lineage: Her father tells her that being a ruler (or future ruler), is in her blood.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Downplayed. In the episode "Can't Wait to be Queen," she's left in charge of the Pridelands while Simba and Nala are away on business. During the episode, she's approached by Janja's vulture minion Mzingo, who tells her that Janja wants to meet with her to discuss a peace treaty. Kiara is uncertain but decides to think about it. Kion tries to warn against it, but he fails to state it directly, and proceeds to berate and yell at her, which doesn't get Kiara in a good mood; as a result, Kiara mistakes the warning for jealousy, and decides to go to the peace offering, genuinely believing that Janja wants peace. As soon as she gets there, she finds out that Kion was right: Janja was luring her into a trap.
  • Identical Granddaughter: Kiara bears a strong resemblance to her paternal grandmother, Sarabi.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: In stark contrast to her father, who became an Anti-Hero, and the overall tone of the franchise, Kiara is kind and generous, moral, extremely forgiving even to enemies and won't hesitate to risk her life to try to save them, fiercely opposed to unnecessary violence and killing, and always tries to find a peaceful solution to any problem.
  • Like Parent, Like Child: Shares her father's stubbornness, bravery, and curiosity.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Didn't look like she had any friends her age, aside from Kovu. Retconned in The Lion Guard, where she has two female friends she hangs out with regularly.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Shows some elements of this when she's with Kovu.
  • Meaningful Name: 'Kiara' comes from the Latin chiaro, and the specific spelling "Kiara" developed in Ireland. The name was imported to Africa, and its definition (bright) has caused it to be given to people of importance; given that she is the heir to the throne, and her importance in the plot, this is extremely fitting.
  • Nice Girl: She's cheerful, unprejudiced, loyal, moral, kind and very forgiving.
  • Official Couple: With Kovu.
  • Only Sane Woman: Definetly shown during her interactions with her father in the second film, and in the Lion Guard, especially whenever Tiffu and Zuri are involved.
  • Pinball Protagonist: Until after her lover's exile, much like the original Juliet.
  • Plucky Girl: Becomes more daring and determined to get both sides to becomes one.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She shows signs of this in the second film, and in several episodes of the Lion Guard.
  • Rebellious Princess: Like father, like daughter.
  • Same Character, but Different: Not in the beginning or flash-forward in the second film, but in The Lion Guard at least initially. Rather than being her playful, tomboyish and childish self who dislikes her royal obligations, she is more mature, serious and sarcastic and acts proud of being future Queen. This is later dropped considerably in her later apperances, where she takes up the role of a playful cub who shows no explicit desire to be queen, but is willing to be serious and reasonable when the situation calls for it.
  • Save the Villain: She tries to. She really does. But Zira is too consumed by hate to take her paw and be saved.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The Energetic Girl to Kovu' s Savvy Guy.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: She leaves the Pride Lands after telling Simba that he hasn't, and never will be, like Mufasa. It doesn't last long.
  • She's All Grown Up: Gets this reaction when she goes out on her first hunt.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Kiara started to develop a crush on Kovu as cubs when they escaped from crocodiles together.
  • Spin-Offspring: The daughter of Simba and Nala, the former being the first film's protagonist.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Kovu. She's the princess of the Pridelands and he's supposed to take out Simba, her father.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Her body type came from her mother as a cub and adult, while her coat and eye color came from her father.
  • Take My Hand: Does this to Zira when trying to save her.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Aside from hunting and self defense, Kiara opposes any other form of violence, shown by her reaction to Kovu identifying violent constellations, and her deep remorse over failing to save Zira.
  • Tomboy Princess: Especially in her cub years. She was adventurous and rebellious just like her parents when they were young.
  • Uptown Girl: Kiara is the princess of the Pridelands and falls for Kovu, a member of the infamous Outsiders.

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