|Anansi (The Cave Monster)|
Black, brown, and red
Bushy eyebrows and mustache
Anansi is a male spider.
When Simba, Nala and Zazu come across a mysterious cave, Simba ventures inside. The cub spots two bright eyes shining from the back of it. The unidentified creature asks in a thundering voice who dares to disturb him, and Simba introduces himself as the fearless future king. The voice retorts that it is the ruler of the forest - as big as the sky and fierce as a storm. It adds that it eats twenty elephants just for breakfast. At this, a frightened Zazu goes to fetch Mufasa, but the loud voice mocks the bird, claiming to resolve to tie a knot in the king's tail. Simba wonders what monster was so powerful that it would not fear the great lion king.
Frightened, the lion cub returns to the entrance of the cave, where Nala resolves to see the monster with her own eyes. Shortly after entering, however, Nala lets out a loud scream, prompting Simba to run in after his friend. Simba finds Nala against the wall of the cave, whimpering. The cubs then realize that, due to the cave's echo, even Nala sounds like thunder.
Suddenly, a tiny spider steps into the light. Startled, Simba asks the spider if it is the monster. The spider meekly introduces himself as Anansi, and says that he was only trying to defend himself. Just then, the trio hear a roar from outside, and Simba realizes that Zazu must have returned with Mufasa.
Sure enough, Mufasa's voice thunders into the cave as the king challenges the monster to reveal itself. Simba and Nala emerge from the cave, shortly followed by a timid Anansi, who admits that it was Zazu he feared, not Mufasa. The king questions if this tiny spider is the monster who eats twenty elephants for breakfast, and Simba and Nala burst out laughing.
The two cubs then relate their tale to Mufasa, explaining that they were trying to see who of the two was braver, and Zazu and Anansi chime in as well. Eventually, Mufasa halts the four animals' chattering and turns away, chuckling that long stories scare him more than anything else. As the animals prepare to leave, Zazu comments that everyone, even the king, has their fears.
Personality and traits
When under his darkness-shrouded disguise, Anansi is a creature of confidence, claiming to possess great power and not afraid to threaten even Mufasa. When exposed, however, Anansi is revealed to be quite a meek soul, as seen when he readily admits the cause for his deceit, and shows respect when speaking to animals more powerful than he.
- Anansi's name means "spider" in Swahili.
- Anansi is a real African legend, one of the most important characters in West African and Caribbean folklore.