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Simba

Debut: The Lion King

Tagged in 321 pictures

Simba is the only son of Mufasa, the King of the Pride Lands and ruler of Pride Rock. His mother is the Queen Sarabi, and he is the nephew of the King's brother Scar, who sees a political opportunity in the young cub's trust in him. Working to his disadvantage as well as defining his character is Simba's mischievous, adventuresome spirit, which he indulges at every chance with his friend Nala, often getting into trouble from which the King's majordomo Zazu is charged with rescuing him.

Blamed for his father's death in a disastrous wildebeest stampede engineered by Scar and the Hyenas, and exiled to the jungle far from Pride Rock, Simba is befriended by Timon and Pumbaa, the unlikely pair of outcasts living the easy life in the land of crystal waterfalls and tasty bugs. He'd be perfectly happy to live there forever, if not for a chance meeting with Nala that calls him back home to face his destiny.

Nala

Debut: The Lion King

Tagged in 188 pictures

Nala, the daughter of Sarafina, is a close friend and playmate of Simba, with whom she's never afraid to go exploring or get into mischief.

The Pride's traditions dictate that Nala and Simba will one day be Queen and King together; but when Simba is lost after Mufasa's death, she devotes her life to providing for the pride as the Pride Lands fall into ruin. Scar eventually comes to see Nala as a prize, a Queen to his own throne ; but she spurns him and chooses instead, in desperation, to leave Pride Rock and search for help from outside. The last thing she expects, though, is to find Simba alive again.

Scar

Debut: The Lion King

Tagged in 172 pictures

The younger brother of King Mufasa and second son of Ahadi and Uru, Scar was known as Taka until an incident in which he ran afoul of some Cape Buffalo (in a botched attempt to embarrass his brother Mufasa) and was struck on the face with one of their horns. He took the name Scar at the urging of his father to remind himself of the price of pride. However, this lesson is lost on him in later years, once Mufasa becomes king; Scar, ever the more conniving and subtle thinker of the two brothers (though by far the less concerned with the well-being and good governance of the Pride Lands), increasingly becomes convinced that the throne of Pride Rock is his by right. When Simba is born, Scar loses his position in line to inherit the throne from Mufasa; so owing to a pact he had made in his youth with the three Hyenas, he develops a plot to kill his brother and nephew and seize the kingship by force.

Kiara

Debut: The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride

Tagged in 129 pictures

Mufasa

Debut: The Lion King

Tagged in 123 pictures

Mufasa is the King of the lions of Pride Rock. A just and powerful ruler, Mufasa holds a deep understanding of the forces that make the Pride Lands balanced and healthy. His duties include managing the hunting by his own pride and other creatures, and resolving disputes over feeding and watering grounds, to ensure the land's resources are not exhausted; he also must patrol the boundaries to drive out interlopers and prevent such crimes as killing for sport. Of course, he's also responsible for raising his son Simba to be a wise king like himself—a responsibility that Simba may not yet be ready for.

Mufasa's greatest weakness is his trust and kindness, for because of it the bitterness and jealousy that Scar feels toward him appears as nothing more than common sibling rivalry. But Mufasa does not suspect his brother of being so consumed by these feelings that he would actually go so far as to plot Mufasa's murder in order to usurp the throne.

Kion

Debut: The Lion Guard

Tagged in 107 pictures

Kovu

Debut: The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride

Tagged in 101 pictures

Sarabi

Debut: The Lion King

Tagged in 89 pictures

The head of the lionesses of Pride Rock, Sarabi is the Queen to King Mufasa and the mother of Simba. She's a responsible mother, watching out for her son and making sure he doesn't get into any trouble that he can't get out of, as well as making sure he keeps clean.

The death of Mufasa all but snuffs out the joy of life from Sarabi, and under the leadership of Scar and the occupying Hyenas, her stolid duty is only to the pride and what remains of the fertile land. Ever defiant to the usurping king, she retains Mufasa's knowledge of the balance of the Circle of Life and tries in vain to make Scar understand the damage he's causing to the Pride Lands; but her advice is unwanted and unheeded by the vindictive usurper. Only the unlooked-for return of Simba stops what surely would have been Sarabi's murder by Scar seeking a scapegoat for his own failures.

Zira

Debut: The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride

Tagged in 75 pictures

Timon

Debut: The Lion King

Tagged in 73 pictures

Once a member of a large and thriving colony of meerkats far from Pride Rock, Timon was never in his element digging and guarding the holes as a unit with his fellow meerkats. One too many incidents in which his daydreaming and misplaced ingenuity brought real danger down upon the colony caused his Uncle Max to kick him out from the clan. Despite protests from his Ma, Timon set out to seek adventure and fulfillment out in the greater world. After a chance meeting with the mystic mandrill Rafiki, who taught him the feel-good philosophy of hakuna matata, Timon met an unlikely partner in the blundering warthog Pumbaa, with whom he sought for the perfect responsibility-free home. They found it in the jungle that lies across the desert from the Pride Lands, and a steady diet of multicolored bugs kept him and Pumbaa well-fed with no need to hunt or forage.

When Simba is exiled from the Pride Lands following his father's murder, he is rescued from near death from exhaustion by the carefree duo, who pass on to him their "put your behind in your past" philosophy (which fits in perfectly with his need to forget about the ghosts of guilt that haunt him). Simba grows into a kingly lion on the same diet of bugs that Timon and Pumbaa eat, but only the unlooked-for arrival of Nala threatens to bring to an end the fellowship of the three outcasts. Timon refuses to believe there's anything more to life than hakuna matata, but eventually his loyalty to his friends wins him over and he plays an instrumental role in the retaking of Pride Rock.

Vitani

Debut: The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride

Tagged in 73 pictures

Nuka

Debut: The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride

Tagged in 69 pictures

Kopa

Debut: The Lion King: Six New Adventures

Tagged in 61 pictures

Uru

Debut: The Lion King: Six New Adventures

Tagged in 46 pictures

Pumbaa

Debut: The Lion King

Tagged in 46 pictures

The amiable warthog Pumbaa is cursed with the ultimate in social stigma: uncontrollable flatulence. His family background is a mystery, but his story from the point when he meets up with the meerkat Timon tells us all there is to know about his sad exile from the company of those who can't abide his smell. Dull-witted but packed with common sense, Pumbaa uncomplainingly shoulders the burdens of Timon's selfish quests, as the most important thing to him—surpassing all else—is loyalty to his friends. He wants to be useful, and he wants to be wanted; and what else, aside from his strength, can he offer a friend?

Pumbaa's steadfastness makes him the partner anyone would wish to have when the time comes for Simba, who had been raised by Timon and himself in the luxurious ease of the jungle, to return home to Pride Rock and challenge his usurping uncle Scar. Pumbaa unhesitatingly follows Simba and Nala into battle—for he knows the value of duty, hakuna matata or not. His loyalty to the needs of his friend Simba eventually overpowers Timon into following Pumbaa's honorable example.

Sarafina

Debut: The Lion King

Tagged in 40 pictures

Mheetu

Debut: The Lion King (early development)

Tagged in 32 pictures

Ahadi

Debut: The Lion King: Six New Adventures

Tagged in 32 pictures

Zazu

Debut: The Lion King

Tagged in 25 pictures

Zazu is the steward and majordomo to the King of Pride Rock, as his family has been since the time of Ahadi, when Zazu's mother Zuzu was recommended by Rafiki to the king's service as a lookout and carrier of messages keeping the king informed of happenings within his lands.

Under the kingship of Mufasa, Zazu's position is one that fills him with pride and courtly manners. It's his job to report to the king on any potential disputes or crises over hunting, feeding, or watering rights, or any encroachment by outsiders who must be driven out of the Pride Lands. He takes this job quite seriously, and even the formal-minded Mufasa finds Zazu's fussiness amusing enough to make him the butt of occasional jokes. Yet Zazu is supremely loyal to the king, taking on all responsibilities without complaint, even when asked to babysit Simba and Nala on their adventures.

Tojo

Debut: The Orphan Birds

Tagged in 23 pictures

Mohatu

Debut: The Brightest Star

Tagged in 17 pictures

Rafiki

Debut: The Lion King

Tagged in 15 pictures

Nobody knows where the old mandrill Rafiki came from, but his quests in search of the secrets bound up in the land and its plants and animals drew him to the Pride Lands in the days of Ahadi, as told in A Tale of Two Brothers. His role in advising the young Mufasa against mischievous plots by his brother Scar made him a permanent resident of the region, employed as Mufasa's teacher and spiritual guide, and living in a baobab tree within sight of Pride Rock. He is a special guest at the presentation ceremony of the newborn Simba, whom he blesses and shows to the whole assembled population of the Pride Lands; after this, he monitors the young prince's growth and progress with his own mystical arts and the signs he reads in the paintings he makes on the side of his tree.

A ghostly, flitting presence, Rafiki turns up from time to time to dispense wisdom to those in need of it. Timon encounters him at the time of his own exile to be taught of the philosophy of hakuna matata; and later, Rafiki teaches a much different doctrine to the grown Simba, who upon being reunited with Nala must look within himself to discover the meaning of his heritage as the true Lion King and inheritor of Mufasa's throne. Perhaps Rafiki is the only one who truly understands how every creature, in his or her own way, fits into the Circle of Life.

Fuli

Debut: The Lion Guard

Tagged in 15 pictures

Bunga

Debut: The Lion Guard

Tagged in 14 pictures

Shenzi

Debut: The Lion King

Tagged in 11 pictures

Chumvi

Debut: The Lion King: Six New Adventures

Tagged in 11 pictures

Ed

Debut: The Lion King

Tagged in 10 pictures

Banzai

Debut: The Lion King

Tagged in 8 pictures

Zuri

Debut: The Lion Guard

Tagged in 4 pictures

Tiifu

Debut: The Lion Guard

Tagged in 2 pictures

Malka

Debut: Simba's New Brother

Tagged in 2 pictures

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