List of The Lion King characters

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Nala
Voiced byMoira Kelly (adult in films)
Niketa Calame (cub in film)
Heather Headley (adult in original Broadway cast)
Kajuana Shuford (cub in original Broadway cast)
Vanessa Marshall (adult in video games)
Supervising animatorAaron Blaise (cub)
Anthony de Rosa (adult)[3]
SpeciesLioness
 
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The main characters in the first film. From left to right: Shenzi, Scar, Ed, Banzai, Rafiki, Mufasa, Simba, Sarabi, Zazu, Timon and Pumbaa. Bottom right: Nala and Sarafina.

The following are fictional characters from Disney's The Lion King franchise.

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Development

A total of thirteen supervising animators from Walt Disney Animation Studios and Disney-MGM Studios were responsible for establishing the personalities and setting the tone for the first film's main characters. The animation team studied real-life animals for reference, as was done for the earlier film Bambi.[1] The animation of the characters counted with supervision by wildlife experts such as Jim Fowler, who visited the studio on several occasions with lions and other animals to help the animators reproduce authentic behavior.[2] Screenwriter Irene Mecchi joined the directing team to help in the character development process and define each character's personality. Story head Brenda Chapman spoke of the challenges of character development: "It was our job to make the main character likeable and sympathetic. It was also challenging to make the environment and characters interesting. In real life, lions basically sleep, eat and have no props."[2]

The Lion King

Simba

Simba, meaning "lion" in Swahili, is a main character of the franchise and the protagonist of The Lion King, the musical, and several video games. Simba is the son of Mufasa and Sarabi. During the events of The Lion King he becomes King of Pride Rock. In Simba's Pride he and Nala have a daughter, Kiara. As the events of occur during the same time as the original film, his upbringing with Timon & Pumbaa is further explored. Jonathan Taylor Thomas played young Simba, and Matthew Broderick played adult Simba.

Timon and Pumbaa

Timon and Pumbaa are a meerkat and warthog double act. Pumbaa's name means 'simpleton', 'stupid' or 'carefree' in Swahili. They are secondary characters in The Lion King and The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, serving as friends and sidekicks of Simba. They are the protagonists of the third film, The Lion King 1½, and their own spin-off TV series, Timon & Pumbaa. The Timon & Pumbaa's Jungle Games and The Lion King 1½ video games also center around them. The name Timon is Greek for "respect".

Nala

Nala
Voiced byMoira Kelly (adult in films)
Niketa Calame (cub in film)
Heather Headley (adult in original Broadway cast)
Kajuana Shuford (cub in original Broadway cast)
Vanessa Marshall (adult in video games)
Supervising animatorAaron Blaise (cub)
Anthony de Rosa (adult)[3]
SpeciesLioness

Nala is Simba's closest childhood playmate and future queen, who first debuts as a cub in the first film of the franchise who accompanies Simba in his venture into the forbidden Elephant Graveyard, depicted as being as mischievous, adventurous, and playful as her friend. She later appears mourning over Simba's alleged "death" before finally reappearing as a lovely adult who unknowingly entangles herself in a brawl with a matured Simba after having attempted to attack Pumbaa. To the chagrin of Timon and Pumbaa, a romance gradually blossoms between the pair during the sequence "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?", though their relationship is interfered after Nala urges her reluctant friend to return to the dilapidated Pride Lands, corrupted by Scar's tyrannical kingship, and claim the throne. After Simba is encouraged by Rafiki to return home and confront his uncle, an overjoyed Nala, accompanied by Timon, Pumba, and the lionesses of the Pride Lands, compete in the malicious battle allied with him after successfully toppling Scar's reign. Defying the vow they had proclaimed as children repulsed at the prospect of being betrothed, she marries Simba and together the two have a daughter named Kiara.

In the following sequel, The Lion King ll: Simba's Pride, the significance of Nala's role is downgraded, though she still makes frequent appearances throughout the course of the film, where she is depicted as being looser, calmer, and less uptight than her overprotective husband, but reappears when necessary. Naturally, she also appears with a similarly-reduced role in "The Lion King 1 1/2," a direct-to-video midquel retelling the events of the first film from Timon and Pumbaa's viewpoints, in which the pair's attempts at thwarting her developing romance with Simba are further detailed.

Mufasa

Mufasa
Voiced byJames Earl Jones (films, Kingdom Hearts II)
Samuel E. Wright (original Broadway cast)
Supervising animatorTony Fucile[3]
SpeciesAfrican Lion

Mufasa was Simba's father and the former King of the Pride Lands; a righteous, wise, and kindhearted leader, but admirably powerful and courageous as well. Idolized by his son, with whom he shared a strong bond, Mufasa was envied immensely during his lifetime by his wicked younger brother Scar, who furiously conspired against his elder brother in an attempt to end his reign and earn the throne. To the devastation of a young Simba, Mufasa was violently trampled to death by a massive stampede of wildebeests arranged by Scar while attempting to save his son's life, spawning Scar's tyrannical kingship over Pride Rock and resulting in Simba running away from home, after having been convinced that he was responsible for Mufasa's untimely death. Albeit Simba spends a majority of the film suffering from intense guilt, Mufasa reappears as a ghostly apparition in the clouds commanding Simba to return home, and later empowering him to confront his uncle. His voice is heard again following the death of his evil brother and his death avenged.

Due to his status as a deceased character, Mufasa barely reappears in any of the direct-to-video sequels spawned from The Lion King, albeit his spirit appears in the opening sequence of The Lion King ll: Simba's Pride proudly watching over the presentation of his newborn granddaughter Princess Kiara, and it also is established that the lingering affects of the memory of Mufasa's murder have apparently scarred a traumatized Simba for life, as revealed during a dream sequence in which Simba relives the events of the stampede as an adult and attempts to save his father's life. He also forgives Kovu when his son exiled him for the ambush and is not his fault which is set by his evil sister Zira who was trying to avenges his evil brother's death who killed by the hyenas for blaming for killing his own brother on them. At the conclusion of the same movie, his voiceover can also be heard congratulating his son for his well-executed reign. During the midquel "The Lion King 1 1/2", Mufasa's role is reduced even further as the plot of first film of the franchise is retold from the viewpoints of Timon and Pumbaa, though his apparition to Simba is relived through the two characters' eyes.

Sarabi

Sarabi
Voiced byMadge Sinclair (film)
Gina Breedlove (original Broadway cast)
Supervising animatorRuss Edmonds[3]
SpeciesLioness

Sarabi is Simba's mother and Mufasa's widowed queen. Her name means 'mirage' in Swahili. She is portrayed as being quite relaxed and calm, and the leader of the lioness hunting party inhabiting Pride Rock. In spite of her composed composition, Sarabi has displayed scenes of agitation as well, such as her aggravation over Scar's stubbornness to evacuate the Pride Lands after the lions' food supply starts to run low and her anger over Scar's tyranny as well, so it is for this reason that she is slapped by the evil king shortly before her son arrives to confront him. For the most part, she plays a minor role in the movie and makes a limited quantity of appearances throughout the course of the film, though she appears towards its conclusion lovingly nuzzling Simba as he assumes the throne of the Pride Lands after conquering Scar. However, she remained completely absent in the sequel of the film due to the death of her voice actress Madge Sinclair, albeit a fictional in-universe explanation for Sarabi's total disappearance from the films was never supplied in any of the following sequels.

Zazu

Zazu
Voiced byRowan Atkinson (original film)
Edward Hibbert (sequels and Timon and Pumbaa TV Series)
Jeff Bennett (singing voice in "The Morning Report")
Jim Piddock (The Lion King: Simba's Mighty Adventure and Timon & Pumbaa's Jungle Games)
Supervising animatorEllen Woodbury[3]
AliasesBanana Beak
SpeciesRed-billed hornbill

Zazu is a red-billed hornbill[4] who acts as majordomo to Mufasa and, later, Simba. He is proud of his position and acts very dignified, though he is not taken very seriously by the lions. Zazu's name has no apparent meaning in Swahili.

Zazu is first seen in the film flying over the Pride Lands during the opening sequence in which Simba is presented. Later he goes to announce Mufasa's arrival to Scar and treats the lion with contempt, and nearly gets eaten. Although he is clearly Mufasa's friend and jokes with him, he treats the king with great respect, addressing him as Sire. When Simba is a little older, Zazu becomes the target of a pouncing lesson in the middle of delivering a news report to the king, which dismays him. Sarabi later orders the hornbill to chaperone Simba and Nala to the waterhole. In the song "I Just Can't Wait to Be King", Zazu sings about his doubts for the monarchy under Simba's rule, but the cubs ridicule him and he ends up under a rhino. Zazu catches up with them in the elephant graveyard and tries to protect them when they are confronted by hyenas, but Banzai pushes him into a geyser which rockets him into the sky. Zazu then apparently flies to get Mufasa to rescue the cubs. Zazu is with Mufasa when Scar brings the news of Simba being trapped in the wildebeest stampede; he panics and intends to go for help, but Scar slaps him into a wall and knocks him out.

After Simba's exile, Zazu becomes a prisoner of Scar and a source of entertainment. He is the only character who is seen to fear Scar and acknowledge his kingship, but Scar nonetheless tells the hyenas that they are welcome to eat him. During the battle for Pride Rock, Pumbaa breaks Zazu out of his ribcage prison. Zazu bows to Simba after he defeats Scar and is seen during the presentation of Simba and Nala's newborn cub.

Zazu has brief appearances in the two sequels. In Simba's Pride he acts as a scout and advises Simba on royal protocol. He is very scornful of Kovu.

In the musical, Zazu is a puppet controlled by an actor dressed in blue striped clothes and a bowler hat, much like a stereotypical butler. Zazu's blue feathers have been replaced with white and the puppet is partially constructed from parachute silk with a slinky contained in the neck for ease in movement.[5] Zazu sings the song The Morning Report, which was fully animated for the Platinum Edition release of the original film. After They Live In You, Mufasa and Zazu talk about Simba's behaviour and Zazu remarks that Mufasa got into trouble too at Simba's age. In some English productions of the show, Zazu breaks the fourth wall and uses anachronisms for comic effect.

Zazu has made occasional appearances in the Timon & Pumbaa and House of Mouse television series, and a Mickey Mouse cartoon called Runaway Brain. Zazu and Aladdin's Iago hosted an attraction called The Enchanted Tiki Room (Under New Management) in Adventureland at Walt Disney World before it closed.

Rafiki

Rafiki
Voiced byRobert Guillaume (films and video games)
Tsidii Le Loka (original Broadway cast)
Supervising animatorJames Baxter[3]
SpeciesMandrill

Rafiki is a mandrill who lives in a baobab tree somewhere in the Pride Lands. He is a dear friend to Mufasa and later Simba. He performs shamanistic services for the lions of Pride Rock. He is an enigmatic character, tending to speak about himself in the third person, who drops in unexpectedly to lend advice; although very wise, he also has a very quirky, playful side. As a bipedal animal, Rafiki is able to use props more easily than most of the films' animals. He is never seen without his stick, which is topped with gourds that he uses for ritual purposes, painting and food. The character often serves as the narrator of the story of The Lion King, especially in video games and merchandise. Rafiki's name means "friend" in Swahili.

In The Lion King Rafiki is introduced in the opening scene when he travels to Pride Rock to perform newborn Simba's presentation ceremony. Mufasa greets him like a friend he has not seen in a long time. Rafiki anoints Simba and presents him to the gathered animals, and later draws a stylized lion cub on the walls of his treehouse home to represent Simba's birth. When Simba is believed to be dead, Rafiki draws his hand across the Simba painting, obscuring it in grief. Years later, after picking up his scent on the dust in the air, Rafiki realises that Simba is still alive and joyously restores the drawing, adding the full mane of an adult lion. He travels to the jungle where Simba lives with Timon and Pumbaa, then observes Simba and recognizes that he is suffering from a ponderous emotional burden. To treat it, he approaches the young lion (who does not recognise him) and teaches him a few playful, and sometimes painful, lessons about learning from the past, not running from it. He shows Simba that his father Mufasa lives in him, resulting in the appearance of Mufasa's ghost which gives Simba the courage to face his past. During the battle for Pride Rock, Rafiki displays highly trained martial arts against the hyenas and save Simba from a hyena who tried to attack him. Simba embraces him before ascending Pride Rock as king telling him "It is time", and at the end of the film, Rafiki presents Simba and Nala's newborn cub.

During the film, Rafiki sings a nonsense chant: "Asante sana, squash banana, wewe nugu, mimi hapana." This is a Swahili playground rhyme which translates to "Thank you very much (squash banana), you're a baboon and I'm not!" Like "hakuna matata" (no worries), the chant was heard by the filmmakers on their research trip to Kenya.

In the sequel Simba's Pride, Rafiki is more closely involved with the affairs and politics of the prides and is often seen with the lions. Mufasa's spirit persuades him to bring Simba's daughter Kiara and Zira's son Kovu together as a way of uniting the prides. He then asked him if he is crazy and as long as his head is on the clouds since after his death at the hands of his evil brother and the plan is not going to work. Rafiki tries to make them fall in love by singing to them about a place called "Upendi", which means "love" in Swahili. When Simba exiles Kovu, blaming him on the attack set up by Zira, Rafiki sighs sadly on seeing Kovu leave, knowing he is not part of the attack. In the end, he blesses the union of Kovu and Kiara and Kovu is welcomed into the pride. Rafiki appears briefly in The Lion King 1½, teaching Timon the philosophy of "Hakuna Matata" and later convincing Timon to follow Simba to Pride Rock to confront Scar.

In the musical, the character of Rafiki was significantly modified. Because director Julie Taymor felt that the story lacked a strong female character, Rafiki was changed into a female mandrill and sangoma. She acts as an involved narrator throughout the story, at one point speaking to the audience in a click language for comic effect. She sings the opening song "Circle of Life", a keening song called "Rafiki Mourns" following Mufasa's death, and a brief part in Nala's song "Shadowland", when she blesses Nala for her journey to find help. Instead of detecting Simba's scent on dust, Rafiki hears Simba's song "Endless Night" on the wind. Rafiki finds Simba and shows him that his father lives on in him through the song "He Lives in You". She is present during the battle, fighting a hyena using hand-to-hand combat, and adorns Simba with the king's mantle after his victory. As in the film, the story ends with her presentation of Simba and Nala's cub.

Rafiki appears in a few episodes of the Timon and Pumbaa TV series and has his own series of skits called "Rafiki Fables" in the same show. He appears briefly in the Pride Lands world of Kingdom Hearts II.

Scar

Scar
Voiced byJeremy Irons (Original Film, The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, Jim Cummings The Lion King: Simba's Mighty Adventure)
James Horan (Kingdom Hearts II)
Tom Kane (Sorcerers Of The Magic Kingdom)
Supervising animatorAndreas Deja
SpeciesAfrican Lion

Scar is the main antagonist of the film; Mufasa's younger brother and Simba's uncle, who plots to seize the throne he believes is rightfully his. He is aided in this scheme by the hyenas Shenzi, Banzai and Ed, who serve him in return for food. After an attempt on his nephew's life fails, he lures Simba into a canyon and has the hyenas trigger a stampede of wildebeests. After Mufasa saves Simba, he loses his footing over a cliffside, and Scar flings him into the stampede, killing him. Afterward, he tricks Simba into believing he is responsible for his father's death and tells him to run away, sending the hyenas after him. Simba gets away, but the hyenas tell Scar the young prince is dead. Scar takes over as king of Pride Rock. The new monarch immediately institutes a "New Order", a permanent alliance between the lions and the hyenas.

Within a few years of Mufasa's death, Scar's reign turns the Pride Lands into a wasteland, with no food or water. Scar forbids his subjects to speak Mufasa's name, and keeps Zasu imprisoned in a cage. Even his hyenas begin to lose faith, complaining to Scar that the lionesses are refusing to hunt. When Sarabi tells Scar that he is not a real king, Scar furiously strikes her across the face.

Moments later, he is confronted by his fully-grown nephew Simba, who has come to reclaim his throne. Scar then demands that Simba admit responsibility for Mufasa's death, which the young lion does. Scar declares Simba guilty and, backed by his hyena enforcers, pushes him towards the fire just struck under Pride Rock. With his nephew at his mercy, Scar gloats that he killed Mufasa. Enraged, Simba leaps back up to Scar and forces him to confess his crime to the lionesses, who then turn upon the hyenas.

Scar begins losing the fight, he attempts to blame the hyenas, but Simba no longer believes him. The duel ends with Simba sparing Scar's life and repeating to Scar his own advice; "Run away and never return." Scar feigns submission before suddenly casting cinders into Simba's face and pouncing. Simba overpowers Scar, however, and throws him off the cliff back onto the throne. The hyenas then turn on him and devour him.

Scar appears as a spirit in Simba's nightmare in the direct-to-video sequel of the film, Lion King ll: Simba's Pride, in which Simba relives the scene of Mufasa's murder, but as an adult in an attempt to guide his father to safety. Scar's ghost appears to try and prevent him from doing so before transforming into Kovu, a character appearing only in the sequel. He later appears to Kovu as a reflection in the water when Kovu was exiled by Simba, but the young lion flees from the vision. Scar also has seen roles in Disney park attractions, video games, and has made cameo appearances in House of Mouse.

Shenzi, Banzai and Ed

Shenzi, Banzai and Ed
Voiced byShenzi:
Whoopi Goldberg (films)
Tress MacNeille (Timon & Pumbaa, and The Lion King: Simba's Mighty Adventure)
Moni Mon (Kingdom Hearts II)
Banzai:
Cheech Marin (films, Kingdom Hearts II)
Rob Paulsen (Timon & Pumbaa, The Lion King: Simba's Mighty Adventure)
Ed:
Jim Cummings (films)
Supervising animatorsDavid Burgess
Alex Kuperschmidt[3]
SpeciesSpotted hyenas

Shenzi, Banzai and Ed are a spotted hyena trio who are Scar's followers. They serve as the secondary antagonists of The Lion King and the main antagonists of The Lion King 1½, but are comic characters in both films.

The three hyenas first appear in the elephant graveyard where they taunt and chase Simba and Nala, intending to eat them, but are attacked by Mufasa. Scar buys their loyalty with food and promises the whole hyena clan that they will never go hungry if they help him become king. This they do, helping Scar carry out his plan to kill Mufasa by triggering the wildebeest stampede. Scar orders the hyenas to kill Simba, but Simba eludes them by crawling through a thorn-patch. Shenzi decides to tell Scar he is dead, reckoning that Scar will never know better. During Scar's reign, the trio complain about lack of food, but Scar is indifferent. The clan fights on Scar's side when Simba returns, but most are defeated by the lionesses, and Shenzi and Banzai are ruthlessly beaten up by Pumbaa for Banzai calling him a pig as Ed waits outside. The trio then overhear Scar trying to blame them for Mufasa's death and the ruin of the Pride Lands, which infuriates them. Fueled with anger at Scar for his betrayal (as well as, presumably, hunger, from his broken promise of them never going hungry again), the hyenas leap upon Scar and begin to maul him alive shortly before they are all surrounded by the blazing flames.

The hyenas are briefly mentioned in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride by Nuka, who says that they 'ran off' from the elephant graveyard. They were planned to be Zira's minions, but this idea was ditched because the hyenas killed Scar for his treachery and blaming them for killing his own brother and therefore could not be loyal to Scar in the sequel. They reappear in The Lion King 1½ as the main antagonists. In their first appearance, they attack a meerkat colony while Timon is daydreaming on sentry duty. The trio reappear during the film's climax at Pride Rock, cornering Timon and Pumbaa. Timon proposes marriage to Shenzi as a delaying tactic, which she turns down abruptly. The hyenas then fall into a meerkat tunnel, which transports them to Scar in time to confront him.

The three hyenas make occasional appearances in the Timon & Pumbaa TV series, bullying Timon and Pumbaa. In Kingdom Hearts II, the hyenas appear in the Pride Lands world as Scar's followers. They also appear as villains in Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World.

Sarafina

Sarafina
Voiced byZoe Leader (film)
Supervising animatornone
SpeciesLioness

Sarafina is Nala's mother, a pale-furred lioness with a slender build, much like her daughter as an adult. Her name has no meaning in Swahili and is not mentioned in the film, only appearing in the credits, and she did not have any dedicated animators. Sarafina plays a minor role, appearing a few times throughout the film. She appears to be Sarabi's friend. She only has one line of dialogue: "Hmmm, what do you think, Sarabi?" Her first appearance is in Nala's introduction, when she is bathing her cub; she is also seen as the lionesses mourn Mufasa and Simba, and later when they fight the hyenas. According to the song "Chow Down" from the musical, Sarafina ate Banzai's father.

The Lion King II: Simba's Pride

Kiara

Kiara
Voiced byNeve Campbell (adult)
Michelle Horn (cub)
Liz Callaway (adult, singing)
Charity Sanoy (cub, singing)[7]
Supervising animatorLianne Hughes[7]
SpeciesLioness

Kiara is the daughter of Simba and Nala and the protagonist of the sequel Lion King ll: Simba's Pride. She is portrayed as the feisty, playful, and adventurous princess of Pride Rock, but her over-protective father, Simba, easily fears for her safety and employs the assistance of Timon and Pumbaa in watching over her during her explorations in secret. However, Kiara get infuriated upon this discovery, not realizing her father's lack of faith in her, and wanders off while her babysitters are distracted, and winds up stumbling upon an Outsider cub named Kovu. Albeit at first the pair loathe one another and Kovu picks on Kiara, when they are faced by a group of bloodthirsty crocodiles Kiara manages to help lead Kovu to safety, resulting in a friendship between the pair. However, they are separated by their parents for the rivalry between their two groups, much to Kiara's dismay as the reluctant future queen.

During her first hunt, the wicked Zira sees an opportunity to fulfill her dreams of obtaining revenge on Simba for exiling the Outsiders and spreads a wildfire throughout the Pride Lands, albeit Kiara is reunited with a fully-grown Kovu after he rescues her from the flames. Simba rewards Kovu for his actions by permitting him to stay with the Pridelanders, and he gradually begins to fall in love with his childhood friend. However, after Zira and her Outsiders attack and injure Simba severely, Kovu is exiled from the Pride Lands in song, much to her worry. Kiara tries to please her father to reconsider, but Simba angrily refuses and forbids her to leave Pride Rock, and Kiara furiously defies her father, saddening him, causing her mother and the lionesses to hear this hurtful comment. Her grandfather Mufasa forgives Kovu and the ambush is not his fault which is set by his evil mother Zira who was trying to avenges his evil brother's death who was killed by the hyenas for blaming his death on them. However, during a ferocious brawl between the Pride Landers and Outsiders, Kiara manages to end the rivalry and inspires the Outlanders to abandon their hostile ways, although Kovu's mother Zira falls to her death into a watery canyon. Later, an overjoyed Kiara and Kovu are reunited and married, and about to take over the throne together as future king and queen.

Kovu

Kovu
Voiced byJason Marsden (adult)
Ryan O'Donohue (cub)
Gene Miller (adult, singing)[7]
Supervising animatorAndrew Collins[7]
SpeciesAfrican Lion

Kovu is Zira's youngest son, and Scar's chosen heir. Kovu means "scar" in Swahili, a reference to his character conception as Scar's son, which was changed due to the implications of him and Kiara being cousins and falling in love. It is never stated who Kovu's father is, only that Scar 'took him in'. Kovu has very dark fur and a black tuft on top of his head as a cub, which develops into a mane with a similar tuft.

As a cub, Kovu lives a rough life in the barren Outlands in Zira's pride of exiles loyal to Scar. After his older brother Nuka leaves him alone, Kovu meets Kiara and brags about his independence, impressing her. The cubs evade some crocodiles and begin to play, but are interrupted and separated by their parents. Zira yells at Kovu for being friendly towards Kiara. When he says he thought they could be friends, Zira hatches a plan to have Kovu infiltrate Simba's pride. Zira trains and conditions Kovu until he is grown, instilling a single-minded dedication to his mission to assassinate Simba and take his place as King of Pride Rock.

Kovu's siblings Vitani and Nuka stage a situation for Kovu to 'rescue' Kiara. He tells Simba that he is a rogue who has left the Outsiders, and asks to join the pride. Simba then allows him to stay in payment of the debt of Kiara's life, and orders the young lion to sleep outside the den. Kovu is scornful of Kiara's inability to hunt, but helps her learn; in turn, she starts to teach him to have fun, and Kovu begins to doubt his mission. He tries to tell Kiara the truth, fearing that he will become like Scar, but feels unable and starts to leave. Rafiki intervenes and tries to get the two lions to fall in love, and Kovu realizes he cannot hurt Simba. A much changed Kovu resolves to confess his abandoned motives and tell Kiara of his love, but before he can do so, Simba, who has quickly warmed up to Kovu, takes him on a walk to talk to him about Scar, and Zira's Outsiders ambush them. Kovu tries to help Simba, but Vitani prevents him. Simba escapes but Nuka dies, and Zira blames Kovu. She strikes him, giving him a scar over his eye, identical to Scar's. Kovu angrily disowns Scar and leaves the Outlands. He tries to explain to the king, but Simba believes Kovu was involved in the ambush and exiles him from the Pride Lands as a traitor.

Rejected by both prides, Kovu wanders as a rogue, trying to escape Scar's influence in his life. Kiara finds him and he wants to start a new pride with her, but she convinces him that they must try to reunite their own divided prides. The lions return to Pride Rock and break up a battle, and Kovu stands up to his mother, swearing to protect Kiara and Simba. After Zira's death, Simba admits that he was wrong about Kovu and allows him to join the pride as Kiara's mate and his son-in-law and future king.

Zira

Zira
Voiced bySuzanne Pleshette[7]
Supervising animatorKevin Peaty[7]
SpeciesLioness

Zira is the primary antagonist of the direct-to-video sequel of the film, Simba's Pride: a faithful follower of Scar who is devastated over his demise and craves vengeance on Simba for exiling her and her fellow Outsiders. A powerful contributing factor to her rage with Simba is that her son Kovu was selected by Scar as his heir, and Zira therefore believes that Kovu is entitled to the throne more than Simba and plots his demise. However, she takes advantage of Kovu's friendship with Simba's daughter Kiara and devises a plan in which the friendship can prove helpful to her in doing away with the king of Pride Rock. She later appears while carrying out the final stages of this plan, but fails and her neglected eldest son Nuka is crushed to death by falling logs during the Outsiders' attempt at murdering Simba.

Toward the end of the movie, the Pride Landers and the Outsiders confront one another yet again for a bloodthirsty, malicious battle between both sides, but Kiara's actions as a mediator manage to turn the exiled Outsiders against their former brutal ways and join the more peaceful lifestyle of the Pridelanders. Abandoned and enraged, Zira attacks Kiara, but plunges to her death (in a scene where she was originally intended to commit suicide willingly by falling into the same canyon, but this was edited as it was viewed as too brutal). Zira was voiced by Suzanne Pleshette.

Nuka

Nuka
Voiced byAndy Dick[7]
Supervising animatorIan Harrowell[7]
SpeciesAfrican Lion

Nuka is the secondary antagonist of Simba's Pride. He is Zira's oldest son, and the brother of Kovu and Vitani. Nuka has greyish-brown fur, a straggly black mane and a goatee like Scar's. He has uniquely goofy features and bent whiskers, and is infested with termites as an adolescent. Nuka's name means 'stink' in Swahili. Nuka is a dim-witted youth who tries much too hard and is not taken seriously. He is bitter about being passed over for succession to the throne in favour of the younger Kovu, and deeply jealous of Zira's seeming greater affection for his brother.the main word that nuka says is "the chosen one". He constantly seeks Zira's approval. He has an apparent tendency for pyromania, taking manic pleasure from lighting a fire in the grassland. During the ambush on Simba, Nuka tries to kill Simba to prove himself to his mother, but is crushed by falling logs. After his death, Zira mourns him and asks Scar to watch over him.

Vitani

Vitani
Voiced byJennifer Lien (adult)
Lacey Chabert (cub)
Crysta Macalush (cub, singing)[7]
Supervising animatorKevin Peaty[7]
SpeciesLioness

Vitani is the tertiary antagonist of Simba's Pride. She is Zira's daughter, and the sister to Kovu and Nuka. She is easily recognizable due to her wide bangs and freckles. She was originally named Shetani ('devil' in Swahili) in early drafts of the Simba's Pride script, but this was softened to Vitani, which is a portmanteau of "demon of war". Vitani is introduced as an aggressive cub who is seen challenging her brother Kovu to a fight. As a young adult lioness, she appears to be Zira's strongest lieutenant, supporting and acting on her mother's violent plans. During the battle she confronts Nala asking her where is her daughter before fighting each other and is outmatched. However, during the climactic battle, Vitani is the first of the Outsiders to realize that the fighting is pointless and cross over to Simba's side and finds out it was the hyenas who killed Scar because he blamed them for killing his own brother Mufasa, triggering all of Zira's other supporters to desert her.

The Lion King 1½

Ma

Ma
Voiced byJulie Kavner[8]
Supervising animatorLianne Hughes[8]
SpeciesMeerkat

Ma appears in The Lion King 1½ as Timon's mother. Her personal name is unknown. She is a chubby middle-aged meerkat with a light fur tuft on her head, like Timon's. Generally encouraging and optimistic, she believes in Timon when no-one else does and convinces Uncle Max to give him a job as a sentry, or look-out. After Timon fails in his duty, she remains convinced that he can still find a place in the colony, but when he insists that he has to go, Ma supports him. Later she gets worried about Timon after speaking to Rafiki and searches for him. They finally reunite at Pride Rock and Ma helps in the battle against the hyenas by digging a long tunnel to trap them. After Simba becomes king, Timon takes them and the entire meerkat colony to the jungle paradise he and Pumbaa discovered.

Uncle Max

Uncle Max
Voiced byJerry Stiller[8]
Supervising animatorLianne Hughes[8]
SpeciesMeerkat

Uncle Max is a prominent member of the meerkat colony and relative of Timon and Ma. He has grey head-fur and a very large nose. Max is a pessimist by nature and very paranoid, believing that a meerkat's fate is to be "food for other animals! Feared by nothing and eaten by all!" Max reluctantly agrees to let Timon be a sentry for the colony and attempts to train him for the job, but is nearly eaten by the hyenas when they attack. He is glad to see Timon go. Max appears again towards the end of the film, where he and Ma encounter Timon and Pumbaa at Pride Rock, and helps Timon get rid of the hyenas by digging a tunnel. Max finally believes in Timon, and after Timon takes the meerkats to his jungle paradise, Max teaches the meerkats tai chi instead of how not to be eaten.

Timon & Pumbaa

List of African Animals on Pride Lands

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