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  • Goddamned Boss: Scar gets very annoying. His attacks are not hard to dodge, but getting the right moment to throw him off Pride Rock can be frustrating. If he is not panting and you try to toss him, you lose. Likely, you will have to drop him unsuccessfully many times.
  • Memetic Mutation: "It starts..." Explanation 
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Averted with the console games; while they are tough, they're still solid games. Played straight with the NES and Game Boy ports of the games, which feel like lesser derivatives of the Genesis/Super Nintendo games; the former wasn't even finished!
  • Porting Disaster:
    • As above, the Europe-exclusive NES port was a port of the Game Boy version. Despite limited colour, it had sluggish and delayed controls. Physics and jumping precision were also non existent in this version. To make things worse, the box cover says ten levels. The game itself only has six, meaning the Adult Simba levels were either glitchy or they didn't bother to program it in. It's quite telling that when pirate companies made their own NES version that, while still an Obvious Beta, was nonetheless far superior to the official NES release.
    • Also, Disney's Animated Storybook: The Lion King on Windows had an engine that made use of an API that was untested with certain graphics drivers, which made it crash in certain PCs. This directly led to the creation of DirectX, as well as the Doom 95 port to promote it.
  • That One Level:
    • "Can't Wait to be King" is filled with very annoying puzzles with the monkeys and tricky ostrich rides between them (a mistake in the ostriches section can be fatal).
    • While many think the Adult Simba levels are somewhat easier than the cub levels, everyone agrees that "Be Prepared" is an exercise in frustration. The level is full of Goddamned Bats…including hyenas, cheetahs and literal bats. On top of that, there are lava geysers shooting from the floor, lava dripping from the ceiling and at one point, a river of lava that you have to traverse on a tiny floating rock. Good luck not getting knocked off. Oh, and not to forget that it's the only level in the game that is obviously not based on any scene from the finished movie. (Hakuna Matata is also based on a scene that ended up cut, but without Word of God you'd never realize.)

    Stage Musical 
  • Complete Monster: Scar commits the same crimes that his aforementioned movie counterpart did and goes beyond that, notably attempting to force himself onto Nala. During the musical, Scar becomes more and more paranoid as time goes by, also feeling that he was being tormented by his older brother even in death. Unwilling to admit that he's terrible at governing the Pride Lands, he instead condemns all his subjects to death so that he wouldn't have to accept that maybe he wasn't as good at being a king that he thought he would be.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Endless Night becomes even more heartbreaking after you learn that the actor who originated Adult!Simba on Broadway committed suicide due to a poor relationship with his father.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: "The Madness of King Scar", in light of the plot of the animated sequel that was released a year after the musical premiered.
    "Without a queen, what am I? A dead end, no line, no descendants, no future. With a queen, I'll have... cubs!"
  • Hype Backlash: 15+ years on, this show still regularly sells out in New York City, on tour, and in foreign sit-down productions (it's the only Disney show to truly become a blockbuster in London's West End). But with regards to the hardcore musical theatre fan community... it has a lot of haters on the message boards who think it's only worthwhile for the beautifully-staged "Circle of Life" number — which is, of course, the first scene — and nothing else. They chalk up its continued popularity to its Long-Runners status giving the illusion of quality, package tour groups, families who won't expand their horizons to "real", non-corporate theatre, and foreign tourists who easily understand it. Because its popular, critical, and awards success (in particular beating Ragtime for Best Musical at the 1998 Tony Awards, even though that show won the Book and Score awards) only encouraged more and more Screen To Stage Adaptations, particularly of animated/family-friendly features as opposed to more sophisticated, adult fare, it's one of a handful of shows accused of turning musical theatre as a medium into a shell of its former self (other shows with similarly bitter reputations include the Andrew Lloyd Webber canon, Mamma Mia! and Wicked, and to a lesser extent The Producers). Oddly, the stage version of Beauty and the Beast proceeded this show by four years and received a much chillier critical reception at the time, but musical theatre fans are rather more forgiving of its long-running success even though it's arguably just as guilty of Lion King's perceived sins.
  • Narm:
    • It may require some effort to take the dancers dressed as grass and flora seriously.
    • One bit that occasionally causes the audience to laugh is when the lionesses pull the sheets portraying their tears out from their eyes during "Rafiki Mourns".note 
  • Older Than They Think: The bulk of the new songs, with some changed lyrics, originate from the album Rhythm of the Pride Lands, which was released in 1995. Others were cut from the movie, or made it to the sequel.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!: Productions have been known to incorporate pop culture references to break the fourth wall for comic relief's sake. Sometimes these can work, but others... not so much.note 


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