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Chaka and Shani are the twin cubs of Simba and Nala. One day, Shani's curiosity gets the best of her and she enters a cave. There she meets a male cub named Kovu. Unbeknownst to her at the time, Kovu is the son of the previous king Scar.

The Pride That Never Was is a rewrite of The Lion King II: Simba's Pride based on elements that changed in development. It uses early names for several characters and plot points that were removed (or at least rumored to be removed) in development.

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  • Adaptation Name Change:
    • Kiara is called "Shani".
    • Zira is renamed "Bianca".
    • Vitani is named "Shetani".
    • Averted with Kovu. Instead of using his prototypical name Nunka/Nuka, he keeps his finalized name.
  • Adapted Out: Nuka is removed for pragmatic reasons. The writer felt he wasn't needed and would just add to the large cast.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Timira and her mother Masika are grey lioness'.
  • Arranged Marriage: Shortly after being born, Chaka and Timira were betrothed to one another.
  • Family Eye Resemblance:
    • Chaka has Nala's eyes while his sister Shani has their father Simba's eyes.
    • Kovu shares Scar's green eyes.
    • It's mentioned that Shetani gets her blue eyes from her maternal grandmother.
  • Kissing Cousins: Shani and Kovu are love interests despite being first cousins once removed.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Simba hadn't known that Zira was pregnant when he exiled her. He doesn't meet his younger cousin Kovu until he's already several months old.
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  • Patchwork Kids: Chaka has Simba's features but Nala's green eyes.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Kovu is Scar's biological son.
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