Rafiki (2019 film)
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This article is about the character from the 2019 film.
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Rafiki (2019 film)
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Physical information




Skin color

Blue and red

Eye color


Biographical information



Pride Lands


   Pride Landers
   Pride Lands monarchy

Relationship information

   Shenzi's clan

Everybody is somebody. Even a nobody.
―Rafiki to Simba[src]

Rafiki is a male mandrill.

Rafiki is close to the Pride Lands monarchy, particularly with its king, Mufasa. When Mufasa's son, Simba, is born, Rafiki christens him and presents him to the Pride Lands. Some time later, Mufasa's brother, Scar, informs the pride that Mufasa and Simba are dead, and that he must take Mufasa's place as king. Rafiki watches Scar's coronation from afar, and he mourns Mufasa's and Simba's deaths.

Years later, Rafiki collects a tuft of fur from an ant, and he recognizes it as Simba's fur. Excited, Rafiki proclaims that Simba is alive, and he sets off to find him. When he finds Simba, he takes him to meet with the spirit of Mufasa, who encourages Simba to return to his rightful home. Simba returns to the Pride Lands, and Rafiki joins him and the pride in battle against Scar and his hyena minions. Simba is victorious, and Rafiki looks on as he takes his rightful place as king.

Simba and his mate, Nala, later have a cub, whom Rafiki presents to the Pride Lands.


Simba's coronation

I know exactly who I am. The question is, who are you?
―Rafiki to Simba[src]

Rafiki presents a newborn Simba to the animals of the Pride Lands

At Pride Rock, Rafiki presents the newborn prince, Simba, to the animals of the Pride Lands. After the ceremony, he draws a painting of Simba on his tree.[1]


Months later, Scar becomes the king and allows the hyenas to take over the kingdom. Rafiki and Zazu watch from a distance in disapproval, and Rafiki sadly smudges away his painting of Simba.[1]

Finding Simba

Years after, a piece of Simba’s mane reaches Rafiki’s tree, and he realizes that Simba is alive. He journeys to the jungle, where he finds Simba distressed over the prospect of returning home. Rafiki reveals that he had known Simba’s father, Mufasa, and implores Simba to follow him in order to see his father again.

Rafiki shows Simba that his father's spirit lives on within him

Rafiki leads Simba on a chase through the jungle until they reach a pool. He instructs Simba to look at his reflection. Though at first doubtful, Simba does so and sees Mufasa’s face in the water. He encounters the spirit of his father, after which he agrees to return home. Rafiki celebrates the decision as Simba races off.[1]

Battle for Pride Rock

Later, during the battle at Pride Rock, Rafiki uses his staff to fend off hyenas. After the pride achieves victory, Rafiki watches Simba ascend Pride Rock.

Months later, he presents Simba’s cub to the Pride Lands.[1]




  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Revealed in Disney's The Lion King (2019). Written by Jeff Nathanson, and directed by Jon Favreau. Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
  2. John Kani. IMDb. IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved on September 27, 2020.
  3. Online Swahili - English Dictionary. African Languages. Retrieved on September 27, 2020.
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