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

Voiced in English by: Jeremy Irons (The Lion King), 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; Guy Chapelier (Simba's Pride and The Lion Guard)
Singing by: Jim Cummings (TLK, final verse of "Be Prepared")

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

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  • 0% Approval Rating: Downplayed. By the time Simba returns, 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: 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 hand, 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.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: In the Broadway show, he's far more overtly insane. He's also portrayed as significantly more camp in demeanor, to the point of coming off like a psychopathic Paul Lynde at times.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Posthumously; in Lion King 2, both Simba and Kiara lament that Scar couldn't let go of his hatred and when it eventually consumed and destroyed him, he was, in the end, his own worst enemy.
  • The Alleged Boss: Prior to becoming king, he was this to the hyenas. His plan required recruiting them with promise of good food and care and they had no problem snarking and back talking him. After the plan goes through they seem more fearful of him, until his fateful double cross where they make quite clear he is still very much this.
  • Always Second Best: He feels that he is this to Mufasa, and utterly loathes being compared to him.
    • In the semi-canon book A Tale of Two Brothers (and in the numerous fanfics that have followed in the years since), it's implied that their father, King Ahadi, favors Mufasa because he understands the responsibilities that come with kingship, whereas Scar only cares about power and authority. Sarabi calls him out on this prior to the Battle of Pride Rock, stating that he is nowhere near the king that Mufasa was, causing Scar to knock her to the ground, roaring "I AM 10 TIMES THE KING MUFASA WAS!!!!"
      • What's more, in "The Madness of King Scar" (deleted from the movie, and resurrected for the Broadway show), the delusional tyrant laments, "Even in death, [my brother's] shadow looms over me." In the same scene, Zazu lists all the things that Mufasa had which Scar lacks: "[A]doring subjects; the respect of his species; a loving family; a devoted queen..."note 
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: Did not make it into the final version of the film, but this trope was very heavy in one scene that was cut from The Lion King. Scar was going to attempt to force Nala to marry him. Later, a similar scene found its way into the Broadway version.
  • And Then What?: Scar clearly did not think about what to do after taking over the Pridelands. Not that he seems particularly concerned either, so long as people are following his orders.
  • Animalistic Abomination: Became one in The Lion Guard. Now he's an incorporeal, dangerous entity.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Mufasa regards him as this due to Scar's bitterness and lack of respect towards him. It proves to be a great underestimation.
  • Anything but That!: His reaction to Zazu singing "It's a Small World".
  • Appropriated Appellation: He was nicknamed "Scar" by Mufasa after being bitten by a snake. He took this as a great insult against him, driving him to overthrow his brother, yet he permanently adopted the name for himself afterward.
  • Arch-Enemy: To the Pridelanders in general after his time as king, but he is this especially to Simba and Mufasa due to his very personal connection to them.
  • Backing Away Slowly: After Scar realized the hyenas overheard his plot to betray them, he tries backing away, but the hyenas quickly surround him and maul him to death.
  • Backstab Backfire: He tries to blame the hyenas before his final confrontation with Simba. Unfortunately for him, the hyenas overheard him plotting and are NOT very pleased that Scar did not care about them.
  • 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.
  • Batman Gambit: Scar pulls a fairly sadistic one on Mufasa when he puts Simba in danger. It ends up getting Mufasa killed.
  • 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, he knows that it's true. He can't stand hearing his dead brother's name to the point of making a law against saying it in his presence. Zazu and Banzai were threatened by this after mentioning Mufasa under their breath, while Sarabi was struck by him for blatantly comparing the two lions.
    Sarabi: If you were half the king Mufasa was...
    Scar: I'm ten times the king Mufasa was!!!
  • 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, 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, when Janja tries to finish what he started in the past. He returns as this in Season 2.
  • Big "NO!": Scar just before he is devoured by the hyenas. He has one in Season 3 of The Lion Guard when the kings of the past unleash a rainstorm which destroys his fiery spirit for good.
  • Big "WHAT?!": He cries out, "You WHAT?!" when Kion tells him he forgives him, just before he vanquishes him for good.
  • 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 laziness. 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 did not fall for the Villain Ball trap, he'd have won with only this.
  • Briar Patching: He deliberately uses Reverse Psychology to trick a young Simba into visiting the elephant graveyard, knowing full well that Simba's ego and curiosity will get the better of him.
  • 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.
    • He could have asked about a cure for the cobra bite he received, given that he knew that it existed. But because Mufasa called him a demeaning nickname, when said nickname was clearly playful and not intended to be malicious, Scar just left it.
  • Broken Pedestal: When Simba interacted with Scar as a cub, it was clear he genuinely looked up to his uncle and found him amusing. After learning Scar murdered his father and manipulated him, Simba has nothing but hate for him.
  • 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 did not 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". In The Lion Guard, he refers to his scar as "the mark of evil", and taunts Kion after giving him a scar of his own by saying that now he too has the mark of evil.
  • Cessation of Existence: In the season 3 premier of The Lion Guard, Scar's spirit is destroyed when Kion summons the great kings of the past, who use spiritual water to extinguish his fiery spirit. Scar himself confirmed that this would cause him to cease to exist.
  • 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 the creators have confirmed that Kovu is an orphan, and has no biological connection to either Scar or Zira.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He betrays his own family, killing his brother and trying to do the same to his nephew, and later sells out the hyenas to save his own life.
  • Circling Monologue: Scar does this to Simba as he confronts him for being responsible for Mufasa's death.
  • Classic Villain: Envy, wrath, and pride, with a little Sloth in there as well. Enraged at Mufasa naming Simba as his successor, Scar kills his own brother and tricks Simba into believing he was responsible for his father's death. While he was cunning when it came to usurping the throne, he proved really inept at ruling a kingdom, as the Pride Lands become a hellhole through a mix of his laziness and cowardice. He knows his rule was disastrous, but his pride prevents him from fully acknowledging it, and lashes out violently whenever someone compares him to Mufasa. When confronted by Simba for his crimes, Scar tried to weasel away by blaming his hyena minions, but they overheard his betrayal and mauled him to death.
  • 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 crossed with 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 family and lackeys 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.
    • The season 3 show of The Lion Guard shows him attempting to do this to Kion.
    • He himself was corrupted by the unknown lion in the past, though it is also made clear that his ideas for becoming king were always there and his mentor just caused them to emerge.
  • The Coup: Overthrows Mufasa in order to become the king of Pride Rock. Simba eventually launches a counter-coup to regain his rightful status as king.
  • Cowardly Lion: No pun intended. While he does favour brain over brawn to defeat his enemies, and while his first instinct 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.
  • Deader Than Dead: In the season 3 premier of The Lion Guard, Scar's soul is permanently destroyed when the great kings of the past use spiritual waters to extinguish his fiery spirit.
  • Deadpan Snarker: This line stands out:
    Simba: Uncle Scar, when I'm king, what will that make you?
    Scar: A monkey's uncle.
  • A Death in the Limelight: The same episode that Scar is defeated in The Lion Guard is the same one which actually reveals most of his backstory.
  • 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 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.
  • Did I Say That Out Loud: Invoked by him when he "accidentally" mentions the Elephant Graveyard to Simba.
  • Didn't Think This Through: He did not realize that there's more to being king, as even the hyenas think Mufasa was a better ruler.
  • Didn't See That Coming: He's left bewildered when when Kion forgives him despite his crimes.
  • 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. Especially creepy considering he was already a full adult when she was just a cub.
  • 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.
  • Driven by Envy: Resents his brother for naming Simba as the heir to the throne.
  • 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.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: He had this attitude when he led the Lion Guard, as he believed that he should have been given a hero's welcome for killing the strange lion, completely ignoring that the fact that his job was protecting the Pride Lands meant he shouldn't have expected that treatment for doing his job.
  • 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. His hyena lackeys complain that Mufasa was a better ruler, even if he did not allow them to live in the Pride Lands.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: Scar has no problems siding with hyenas. As shown in The Lion Guard, he assembles an army of various animals such as snakes, hyenas, crocodiles, jackals, vultures and lizards in order to take down Simba and Kion.
  • 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.
  • Every Scar Has a Story: Season 3 of The Lion Guard explains how Scar obtained his trademark facial scar.
  • 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. Having been bestowed with the Roar of the Elders when he was the Fiercest of the Lion Guard, Scar instead thought of it as a tool for power, unaware he'd be stripped of the Roar if used for evil purposes.
    • Even as leader of the Lion Guard, he had a sense of entitlement, as he thought he deserved a hero's welcome for killing the strange lion, ignorant of the fact that his job was protecting the Pride Lands, which meant he shouldn't have expected that treatment for doing his job.
    • In the episode The Scorpion's Sting, his entire plan relies on trapping Kion at the volcano, who can't use the Roar without causing an eruption. Scar did not factor the idea of using the Roar's powers with extreme restraint, as demonstrated by Kion.
    • During the final battle in the Season 3 opener, he's baffled when Kion forgives him. Realizing he's doomed for good when the Great Kings of the Past permanently extinguish his fiery spirit, Scar even tells that the Roar is a "curse" to Kion.
  • 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.
    • While Mufasa is a selfless and responsible king who genuinely cares for his subjects and family, Scar only wants the power and glory of being king, not the duties that come with it. He would also abandon anyone at the drop of a hat to save his own hide, as shown by him pinning the blame on his hyena minions. The way they rule the Pride Lands also shows the difference between the two, with the kingdom turning into a literal hellhole under Scar's disastrous reign. In The Lion Guard, Scar even comes returns as a demonic, malevolent abomination who plans to destroy the Pride Lands out of spite compared to his brother's Messianic appearance.
    • 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. 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. He later deliberately invokes this in their final battle in order to turn Kion into himself.
  • Evil Eyebrows: Part of being the Big Bad.
  • 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 Burning Hot: In comparison to the much more heroic Simba and Mufasa, who are associated with the sun, Scar is associated with fire. "Be Prepared" takes place in an area with geysers and lava, and during the final battle, Pride Rock is lit ablaze by lightning. Even when he returns in The Lion Guard, his spirit is coated in flames.
  • 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 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.
    • The lion who corrupted Scar offered to heal him if he did what he asked, but Scar simply killed him with the Roar of the Elders.
  • Evil Is Petty: The season 3 opener has Scar arrange for Kion to get an identical scar to his one in order to corrupt him and become just like him out of nothing but sheer sadism. Scar also decided to commit regicide against Mufasa over a belittlement that evidently happened years ago, and it is made pretty clear that Mufasa's remark was likely just a joke rather than deliberate meanness.
  • Evil Laugh: At the end of "Be Prepared."
  • Evil Makes You Monstrous: He returns as a demonic entity in The Lion Guard.
  • Evil Overlord: His reign as king was quite disastrous, as the Pridelands quickly turned into Mordor. He even explodes in anger whenever others complain about his rule or compare 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.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He puts up a polite Cool Uncle facade around Simba at first, but it's only to manipulate his nephew for his own benefit.
  • Fiery Lion: He returns in The Lion Guard as a giant, flaming head in a volcano.
  • Fisher King: He turns Mufasa's lush and green Ghibli Hills into a barren hellhole. 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.
  • Foil:
    • Simba and Scar start the movie sharing the same goal, but over the course of the movie, Simba eventually learns to take responsibility and learn what it truly means to be a king, while Scar squanders his potential at being king by being very unhelpful during his reign.
    • He's also one to Mufasa, as while Mufasa is a wise king who genuinely cares for his subjects and family, Scar harbors no loyalty to anyone but himself. Scar's disastrous reign turned everything upside down in the Pride Lands, with every animal voicing their dissent about his ineptitude. In The Lion Guard, Scar even returns as a hellish abomination compared to his brother's Messianic themes.
  • Foreboding Fleeing Flock: Invoked when Scar has the hyenas cause a wildebeest stampede as a trap for both Simba and Mufasa.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse:
    • His desire to rule over Pride Rock is 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 having 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. 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.
    • His backstory shows that he was bitten by a cobra, which removed his morals. However, the bite and the subsequent venom are shown to merely remove moral restraints, and only amplifies negative traits and desires. Furthermore, Season 3 shows that the bite victim clearly still has control of their actions, and they are not compelled to do anything because of the sickness. As a result, all of Scar's evil traits were there in the first place, and the venom merely made him more willingly to embrace and realize them, not to mention he is shown relishing in what he did in both the original film and the show itself, so there is no sympathy in his backstory, in fact it just establishes Scar as evil from the get go, and the bite just brought it all out.

  • The Generalissimo: Scar is your stereotypical fascist Generalissimo. He murders his way to power, crushes all dissent, and annihilates his land's natural resources.
  • 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.
  • Get Out!: Scar tells the hyenas this when they complain that they're hungry, showing how little he really cares about them. He then shortens it to "OUT!" when Banzai says they're still hungry and Scar has done nothing about it.
  • Glory Hound: He really wanted to become king simply for the sake of glory, not understanding what's required of being a ruler. Because of his disastrous reign and selfishness, the Pridelands turn into a hellhole, while he earns a 0% Approval Rating from all of the animals for his laziness.
  • Good Hair, Evil Hair: The slicked-back variety which reveals his widow's peak.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Is the Big Bad and has a scar over his eye. In The Lion Guard, he describes said scar as the "mark of evil" and arranges for Kion to get an identical one. Of course, the "evil" part is largely due to the wound being inflicted by a cobra bite; the venom is seeping into the target's mind and corrupting their rational thought. However, while said bite can seep into the target's mind, the person bitten still possess control of their actions and can voluntarily get a cure, so Scar's attempt to justify why he acts like he does falls flat, especially given how much he relishes in his actions.
  • 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.
    • The Lion Guard shows that even after his demise, his sinister influence still casts its shadow, as Kion fears he'll end up like Scar. He then appears as the Big Bad of Season 2.
    • In turn, the unnamed lion who served as Scar's mentor planted the seeds which drove Scar to villainy in the first film (and, by extension, was behind all evil wrought by anyone allied with Scar).
  • 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.
  • Hand Stomp: Scar claws Mufasa's paws while the latter is hanging from a cliff. He also does it to Simba during the final battle, but Simba gets the strength to lunge back after the "I killed Mufasa" revelation.
  • Hate Sink: He starts the film off as any typical Disney villain, Obviously Evil but with a witty and charming personality for the audience to enjoy. But once he becomes king, he loses all of his charms and devolves into a Psychopathic Manchild who leads the Pride Lands to ruin out of his own laziness and self-obsession, abusing and blaming everyone but himself for the problems he has caused. He is ultimately mauled by his hyena minions after they realize he's willing to betray them to save his own hide.
  • The Hedonist: He simply became king for the prestige and gorges himself at the expense of others.
  • 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.
  • His Own Worst Enemy: In The Lion King 2, both Simba and Kiara lament that Scar's hatred is what eventually consumed and destroyed him.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • He is mauled to death by his own hyena minions after they overheard his betrayal.
    • In The Lion Guard, it is revealed that he told Zira that if he roared directly at a cloud it would rain. Zira later tells this to Kion, and he uses this to finish Scar off for good.
  • Hypocrite: He pulls the family card while begging for mercy from Simba, despite the fact that he killed his own brother and tried to kill his nephew without batting an eye.
  • I Can Explain: When Scar faces his demise by the jaws of the hyenas, he tries the "Let me explain" line to no avail.
  • 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, who he feels he can easily manipulate into confessing to a crime he did not commit.
  • Incoming Ham: He's introduced giving a soliloquy to a mouse he caught and would have eaten if not for Zazu's intervention.
  • 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.
  • Internal Reveal: Scar, engaging in one last bit of Evil Gloating as he thinks he's finally about to kill Simba for good, leans in and finally tells him the truth: "I killed Mufasa!" This turns out to have been a mistake, as it gives Simba a Heroic Second Wind and he immediately pins Scar and forces him to repeat it to the rest of the pride.
  • 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. The Lion Guard shows that Scar actually was more powerful than Mufasa, until he used the Roar for evil and lost the power forever.
  • 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.
    • The Lion Guard reveals that he took Mufasa's relatively playful and harmless decision to call him "Scar" as an insult and this caused him to begin to scheme to get Mufasa off the throne.
  • I Work Alone: A Flashback in "Battle For The Pride Lands" shows that Scar, despite being the leader of his Lion Guard, would often go on patrol by himself.
  • Jerkass: Even when he's not being manipulative, backstabbing and self-centered, Scar is just plain nasty and unpleasant overall. He tries to eat Zazu for chasing away a mouse Scar was trying to eat, and dismisses his own nephew as a "little hairball". After becoming king, he's even worse, being perfectly willing to let the Pride Lands go to hell and let all his subjects starve, and going so far as to physically assault Sarabi for comparing his rule to Mufasa's.
  • Just Between You and Me: When Scar has Simba trapped on the ledge of a gorge, instead of simply throwing him to his death like he did with Mufasa, he gloats at the moment and, thinking he's finished him off and about to celebrate victory, whispers to him that he really masterminded Mufasa's death. Huge mistake and huge aversion as Simba gains a huge Heroic Second Wind, forces Scar to spill the beans to the lionesses, and eventually defeats him in a fight.
  • Just Giving Orders: After Simba gets his Heroic Second Wind and has The Villain cornered, Scar tries to weasel out of his comeuppance by placing all blame for the coup on Mufasa and subsequent overrun of the Pridelands on the hyenas. "It was the hyenas; they're the enemy." While this excuse does avert being killed outright by Simba, this defense also proves to be quotable Famous Last Words.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: Finally pays for his fratricide and years of tyranny when Simba returns home.
  • Karmic Death: He's killed by the hyenas that he threw under the bus while pleading for his life to be spared.
  • Kick the Dog: So many times, but these three moments stand out.
    • When he strikes Sarabi for standing up to him.
    • When he gloats at Mufasa just before tossing him down the gorge. Scar even rubs it in his brother's face.
    • When he plays the "it's all your fault" card on Simba after Mufasa's death. He was planning on killing Simba anyway, but decided to break his nephew's spirit first just to be a dick.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Killing the unknown lion and his cobra friend with the Roar of the Elders would ordinarily be quite awful, except said lion explicitly just tried to blackmail Scar and turn him into a slave. If this is accurate, given that Scar is a known liar, then it would be really hard to shed tears for Scar abusing his roar that way.
  • 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: Violently murders Mufasa to seize control of the throne.
  • Kinslaying Is a Special Kind of Evil: He crosses the line by assassinating his own brother in order to seize power. He even tries to have a young Simba killed off as well.
  • 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. The entire series takes a much darker turn, moving out of preschool territory when Kion and the Guard meet him in person.
  • 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.
  • Lazy Bum: When he becomes ruler of the Pride Lands, he doesn't do any work and willingly lets the land go to waste not caring if his subjects suffer.
  • Lean and Mean: In contrast to Mufasa's Heroic Build (and to a far lesser degree, Simba's).
  • Life Isn't Fair: Scar has this to say to a mouse he's caught:
    Scar: Life's not fair, is it? You see, I ... well, I shall never be king. And you... shall never see the light of another day. Adieu.
  • Make an Example of Them: His Villain Song is punctuated at one point by him backing one of his hyenas into an open fissure in order to assert his dominance over them in his master plan (which makes his later death at their hands as a result of his exploitation of them all the more ironic).
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: This is part of Scar's bastardry, when he murders his brother Mufasa and convinces Simba that his father died in an accident for which Simba was to blame, then tells the rest of the pride that Simba also died in the same accident after driving him away.
    • Before he reveals himself in the Lion Guard, he usually makes all of the events completely random, which is greatly aided by the fact no one in the show can make any connections to these strange occurrences.
  • 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.
  • Mark of Shame: The scar on his eye, that even downright became his "name" because of this trope as punishment from his and Mufasa's father according to the books. In The Lion Guard, while it wasn't really a cause of shame for him, he became enraged after Mufasa nicknamed him "Scar" for it.
  • 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.
  • Meaningless Villain Victory: Yes, Scar killed Mufasa, drove Simba into exile, and took over the Pride Lands as king, but what did he gain from it? Considering the Pride Lands' condition at the time of his reign, not much. Bringing lions and hyenas together only allowed the latter to eat practically everything in the land, leaving no food or water for anyone, putting everyone on the brink of starvation, and thus, Scar won't have a kingdom to rule. In fact, Scar's claims of being able to do whatever he wants as king during this period basically confirms that he wants to be king to be in charge, and no other reason. His victory doesn't even last, as Simba returns many years later to take back the throne, which he eventually does.
  • Mighty Roar: As leader of the Lion Guard, he 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, only to lose it permanently.
  • More Than Mind Control: In Season 3 of The Lion Guard, he explains his scar was inflicted by a cobra bite, which corrupted him and drove him insane. However, it's implied the cobra venom merely removed his morals and brought out his darker impulses, since it's shown that even before being scarred, Scar was an arrogant warrior who thought himself the most powerful lion and was tempted by the idea of overthrowing Mufasa.
  • 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.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: According to Ford Riley on Twitter, Scar's original name in canon was Askari, named after his ancestor who was the leader of the very first Lion Guard, and it was shortened down to "Scar" after he got his scar.
  • Narcissist: Scar is this to the double-digit nth-degree. He harbors deep resentment that Mufasa and not him has been named the heir to the throne of Pride Rock (even before Simba's birth and before Mufasa assumed the throne). He thinks he's a better king than Mufasa, but given his disastrous reign, he is truly incapable of even acknowledging that he could be wrong. If he does, he'll instead blame others. This verse 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!
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: The song Be Prepared, in which Scar rallies the hyenas into setting up a new age in Pride Rock, ruled by Scar and the Hyenas. The Nazi symbolism is quite clear during a sequence when the hyenas goose step, as the scene is directly inspired by Triumph of the Will. This makes the song especially chilling if you watch it in either Hebrew or German.
  • 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 as a scapegoat when confronted by Simba for his evil actions. He ultimately regrets it.
  • Never Say That Again: He can't stand the mere mention of Mufasa's name, especially when his rule is compared to the former's, to the extent he made a law against saying it in his presence.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Gloating to Simba about the murder of Mufasa was what allowed Simba to overcome his guilt and reclaim the throne.
  • 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 will never 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, aware that Scar was stripped of the Roar for destroying his own Lion Guard when they refused to help him overthrow Mufasa. As with Simba, Kion asserts to Scar that he'll never be like the lion who murdered his own brother.
  • 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: At the very beginning of the movie, he straight up tells Mufasa to his face that Mufasa should be wary of him, that he covets the throne and is bitter towards Simba, and that if he ever does try something, it won't be through a direct challenge. And then there's Scar's design itself, where its hard to believe the two lions are even related.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: Finds every opportunity to deceive and manipulate Simba in order to have him murdered and calculated a whole wildebeest riot just so he could kill Mufasa.
  • Orphaned Etymology: Scar uses several turns of phrase reliant on modern human society, such as the "shallow end of the gene pool" or "the lights are not all on upstairs."
  • Overarching Villain: Easily the most important villain of the entire franchise, especially since the franchise's subsequent villains were affiliated with 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 Lion Guard renders this non canon, though it is clarified that "Scar" was not his true name. According to Ford Riley on Twitter, his real name was Askari (named after the original leader of the first Lion Guard), and it was shortened to "Scar" after he got his scar.
  • 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.
  • The Power of Hate: Selfishness and envy fueled his rage, darkened his heart, and drove him to kill Mufasa. If the Roar of the Elders is used for evil intents, the user loses it permanently, as this is exactly what happened to him when he abused its power to destroy his own Lion Guard. Upon his return years later as a demonic entity, he is even more wrathful than before, and gets further enraged whenever Kion foils his schemes, whom he despises as much as he does hate Simba and Mufasa.
  • 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.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner:
    • "Long live the king!" He delivers this to Mufasa before killing him to seize control of the Pride Lands.
    • Scar tries to have a second with "I killed Mufasa" to Simba, but this gives Simba the Heroic Second Wind necessary to turn the tables.
  • Pride: Scar's arrogance prevents him from acknowledging that he's ill-suited to rule a kingdom or accepting responsibility.
  • 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 Simba would have ever condemned his own subjects to death.
  • Putting on the Reich: Scar's musical number "Be Prepared" has the hyenas goose-stepping in front of Scar in a sequence inspired by the famous Nazi propaganda film Triumph of the Will. The German dub of that scene is rather unnerving because of the Nazi parallels.
  • 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 neglected, 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: The moment Scar's plans are derailed are when he has Simba at his mercy, savoring his impending fate before gloating that he was the one who killed Mufasa. Within seconds, a rip-roaringly pissed Simba fights back, pinning Scar down and choking him into confessing his crime.
  • 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.
  • Royal Brat: After becoming king, it's clearly shown that Scar is unfit for ruling a kingdom, despite all his bluster. Beneath his charismatic and refined demeanor, he's an immature manchild too proud to realize the damage his ineffectual rule has caused.
  • 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 pushing Mufasa to his death. Also Mufasa's expression when this is happening.
      • Scar's behavior in this as well. At first, when Mufasa pleads for help, Scar is seemingly thinking what to do, as if he's knew that there's no reverse gear if he killed his brother. But to twist the knife even further, he gleefully tosses Mufasa to his death, perhaps indicating that he had already planned the events out and knew exactly what he was doing all along.
    • 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.
    • In The Lion Guard, he goes out of his way multiple times to make Kion look like himself out of petty spite and sadism, and when he reveals that the Roar would destroy the Pridelands, he can't help but gloat about it and throw it in his face.
  • 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.
    • The Lion Guard reveals that the cobra bite he received sent him insane and caused him to become the monster that he was. However, the show also goes out of its way to emphasize that while the bite sent him insane, it is not a redeeming factor as he openly relishes in his darker instincts and he seemed quite happy at what the venom did to him.
  • 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: He turns the Pridelands into Hell after killing his brother, gorges himself at the expense of others, and his personality embodies all of the Seven Deadly Sins. The Lion Guard pushes it further: he returns as an Animalistic Abomination in stark contrast to the heavenly apparition of his brother. His lust for power remained even when he was the Fiercest of the Lion Guard, having killed the remaining members when they refused to support his coup against Mufasa.
  • Scars Are Forever: Even when brought back as a spirit in The Lion Guard, he retains the scar on his face.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Deconstructed. "I am the king, I can do whatever I want!" sums up his immature attitude as king of Pride Rock. However, it also leads him to a 0% Approval Rating by all of the animals, including his own hyena minions, who even admit that Mufasa was a better king than Scar.
  • Self-Serving Memory: In his Villain Song "When I Led the Guard", he claims that if it weren't for Simba, he'd still be ruling Pride Rock, obviously forgetting that the Pridelands had become a wasteland and by refusing to allow himself or any of his subjects to leave, he was condemning them all to death by starvation, meaning he would have died anyway.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: Scar displays every single one of them at one point or another.
    • 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 tries to force himself on Nala just to produce more heirs. (Lust)
    • He wants power and will destroy anyone to get it. (Greed)
    • He gets enraged whenever someone compares him unfavorably to Mufasa. (Wrath)
  • Shadow Archetype:
    • Scar's time as a tyrant of the Pride Lands serves as a reflection of what Simba could have been without the proper guidance and teaching on how to be king. Simba eventually outgrew his belief that being king is all about the power and prestige, while Scar lived it until the end, never understanding the responsibilities required of a king.
    • 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 coup against 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. In season 3 of The Lion Guard, Scar arranges for Kion to get an identical scar like he received from a cobra out of pure spite. He essentially represents what Kion could have been had he sought more power at the cost of forsaking familial relationships and letting his bestowed powers corrupt his mind.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Unlike Mufasa, Scar is a Manipulative Bastard and willing to off his nephew if it means he has a shot at the crown.
  • Sic 'em: "Kill him."
  • Sketchy Successor: Justified Trope. His rule over Pride Lands proved disastrous because of his apathy and laziness. As he wasn't properly raised to be king, he doesn't realize that there's more to this than just showing off or openly threatening others whenever they complain about his reign. Due to this, he's too proud to acknowledge the damage his ineffectual rule has caused and earns a 0% Approval Rating from all animals for his tyranny.
  • The Slacker: Rules with slackness, causing the Pridelands to turn into a literal hellhole. A Justified Trope, as he wasn't properly raised to be king. He's too arrogant to realize he's not cut out for ruling a kingdom.
  • Slasher Smile: The creepy smile he gives before tossing Mufasa to his death.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Deconstructed. An egomaniac, he thinks he's a better king than Mufasa, but in truth, he stubbornly refused to acknowledge what his dysfunctional rule had caused, lashing out violently anytime his brother's name is mentioned.
  • 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 wasn't cut out 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 returns.
    • 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 Social Darwinist: He never tried to work in concert with the rest of his Guard or appreciated their skills, boasting that he was so strong he did not need them. This backfired on him when he went out patrolling alone - without his peers around, he was easily distracted by The Corrupter, and he was scarred by a surprise attack of the kind that the Keenest of Sight is trained to see coming. Even then he did not learn his lesson.
  • 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 it even more, since his supposed "Freudian Excuse" is nonexistent. He was always a monster.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: He likes 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:
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!:
    • When addressing the hyenas in "Be Prepared."
      The future is littered with prizes
      And though I'm the main addressee,
      The 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.
  • Taking You with Me: After coming back as a spirit in The Lion Guard, he decides that if he couldn't rule the Pridelands while alive, then the Pridelands cannot outlive him, so his endgame was to see the Pridelands burn before him.
  • They Died Because of You: Right after killing Mufasa, Scar tells Simba that he's responsible for Mufasa's "accidental" death.
  • This Cannot Be!: Scar's reaction in Season 3 of The Lion Guard when Kion summons the Elders to bring clouds that rain on the volcano.
  • 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. His reign proved to be disastrous due to his apathy, and he's too proud to acknowledge that he isn't "ten times the king" Mufasa ever was. Even his hyena lackeys grumble about his rule, but the dam breaks when he pinned the blame on them.
  • The Un-Favourite: 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.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: At the end of The Lion King, Simba chases Scar to the top of a cliff, causing the evil lion to beg for mercy and pin the death of Mufasa on the hyenas, to which Simba actually tells Scar to "run away and never return", but Scar responds by throwing burning embers into Simba's face and attacking him while he is blinded. He does survive after his fight with Simba, though thanks to his blame on them, the hyenas, angered by Scar's betrayal, finish the job.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Implied in The Lion Guard, where a flashback shows him to be brighter-eyed and was led into the path of evil by a mentor, who fed him the idea that him having the Roar shows that he's capable of having more power.
  • 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, Laughable Lackey: His dynamic with the three stupid and constantly bickering hyena minions. Downplayed, as in the end they turn against their master and kill him.
  • 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 Decay: A rare intentional example. Scar manipulates everyone to make sure he gets what he wants. As soon as he gets it, he acts like a child. This was done to exemplify that he's not as cut out for ruling a kingdom as he thinks he is.
  • Villain Has a Point: Scar "warning" Simba about the dangers of the elephant graveyard was an act of Reverse Psychology to lure him in, but if it were played straight, it is considerably helpful advice to stay out of trouble.
  • 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" where he expresses his desire to make Nala his queen, and introduces the Hyenas as his 'executive staff.' The Lion Guard gives him two more: "I Have A Plan", in which he lays the groundwork for assembling a legion of antagonistic Outland animals to take over the Pride Lands, and "When I Led the Guard", in which he explains to Ushari how he got his scar.
  • 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.
    • After he seemingly turns to leave when ordered by Simba, he abruptly kicks burning embers onto Simba and attacks him.
    • When he loses the fight with Simba and is thrown off of Pride Rock, he finds his hyena minions, who overheard his plot to betray them. He tries begging for his life again to no luck.
    • 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.
    • He is left baffled when Kion forgives him, and finally breaks down when he is permanently destroyed by rain brought by the Elders in season 3 of The Lion Guard.
      Scar: The roar is a curse, Kion! You'll see! SISI NI SAWAAAA!!!!!
  • 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.
  • Villainous Widow's Peak: Scar has one that complements his dark, evil character.
  • Wants a Prize for Basic Decency: As revealed in "Battle of the Pride Lands," Scar expected to receive praise "near and far" for killing the rogue lion and his cobra companion, only to be furious when Mufasa just playfully ruffled his mane and nicknamed him "Scar". This is despite the fact that protecting the Pride Lands from such threats was part of Scar's job in the first place.
  • 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.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Scar and his Lion Guard trusted each other, only for Scar to become a Fallen Hero and destroy them.
  • What's He Got That I Ain't Got?!: A deleted scene in The Lion King has Scar asking Zazu what did Mufasa have that he doesn't. Zazu then lists off some things that Scar lacks of, like "adoring subjects, respect of your species, a loving family, and a devoted queen."
  • While Rome Burns: Under his reign, the Pridelands have become a barren wasteland and everyone under his command is facing starvation. He is fully prepared to let everyone drop dead instead of allowing them to leave all for the sake of preserving his hold on power. And if that weren't enough, the Pridelands actually do burn as a violent storm sets fire to the long-dead savannah surrounding his domain, and he isn't the least bit fazed by it as he prepares to murder Simba.
  • Wicked Cultured: Not only does he have the most refined speech of any of the characters, 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: His ruthlessness shows by putting the cub Simba in extreme danger thrice; first by tricking him into going to the Elephant Graveyard in hyena territory, then by engineering the wildebeest stampede, and finally by ordering the hyenas to kill him after Mufasa's death. He was clearly perfectly okay with Nala being in the Elephant Graveyard too.
  • Would You Like to Hear How They Died?: Scar does this during the final battle with Simba, who was blaming himself all movie for the death of his father. Which is all the provocation Simba needs to turn the battle around and kick Scar's ass.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Details from the beginning of the The Lion King strongly imply that his initial plan was to have Simba killed only, so he'd remove competition for the throne. It wasn't until the hyenas' failure to kill Simba due to Mufasa's interference, as well as Banzai's sardonic question of whether Scar should kill Mufasa to get the throne that Scar even considered the idea of killing Mufasa in the first place. Even more impressively, when Simba makes his big return, after getting over his initial shock at Simba being alive, Scar is able to improvise and nearly kill Simba.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: While all the lions in the franchise have yellow sclerae, Scar's the only one who plays to the trope by being sneaky, crafty, and the main villain.


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