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This article is about the character from the 1994 film.
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Physical information




Hair color

Black, brown, cream, and orange

Eye color


Distinguishing features

   Scar over left eye
   Slicked-back mane
   Tufted chin

Biographical information
Also known as

   Boss (by Banzai and Janja)
   Brother (by Mufasa)
   Your tyrant (by Timon)
   Uncle Scar (by Simba, formerly)




   Pride Lands (formerly)


   Army of Scar
   Lion Guard (formerly)
   Pride Landers (formerly)
   Pride Lands monarchy (formerly)
   Simba's pride (formerly)


   Leader of the Army of Scar
   Fiercest in the Pride Lands (formerly)
   Leader of the Lion Guard (formerly)
   Prince of Pride Rock (formerly)
   King of Pride Rock (formerly)

Relationship information

Mufasa (brother)
Sarabi (sister-in-law)
Simba (nephew)
Kion (great-nephew)
Kiara (great-niece)
Askari (distant relative)


   Strange cobra
   Strange lion

Long live the king.
―Scar, moments before he throws Mufasa to his death[src]

Scar is a male lion. He succeeds Mufasa as the king of Pride Rock. Scar has a hand-chosen heir named Kovu, who is the youngest son of Zira.

In his youth, Scar was tasked with leading the Lion Guard, a legendary group of protectors who defended the Circle of Life, and gifted with a powerful roar called the Roar of the Elders, which would cause the Great Kings of the Past to roar alongside him. Over time, his power and position led him to believe that he should be king instead of his older brother Mufasa and he tried to stage a coup with the rest of his Lion Guard. When the other members of the Lion Guard refused, Scar destroyed them with the power of the Roar, which cost him its use forever, for it could only be used for good.

In the years that followed the Lion Guard's downfall, Scar continued to vie for his brother's throne. After the birth of his nephew Simba, Scar made plans to dispose of both Mufasa and Simba. With the help of his hyena minions, Scar staged a wildebeest stampede that endangered Simba's life, and Mufasa was drawn to the scene to rescue his son. Though Simba escaped to safety, Mufasa was heaved from a high cliff by Scar to his death. After Mufasa's downfall, Scar convinced Simba that the death was his fault and drove the cub into self-exile, after which he laid claim to the throne of the Pride Lands.

As king, Scar allowed the hyenas to poach the land, and the Pride Lands slowly fell into ruin. The desolation of the kingdom eventually drew a young adult Simba back to Pride Rock, where he challenged Scar for his throne. An epic battle ensued, in which Scar made one last attempt on Simba's life, but he was defeated and thrown from the summit of Pride Rock by Simba. He landed amidst his former henchmen, who swiftly turned on him and ate him alive amidst a fiery blaze at the base of Pride Rock.

Long after Scar's defeat, his spirit was summoned back into the realm of the living by Ushari and Janja. Scar found a new opportunity to overthrow Simba and take over the Pride Lands. He formed an army to face his great-nephew Kion and the Lion Guard, who had succeeded his old Lion Guard and battled Scar's army multiple times. Though Scar used Ushari to inflict a scar upon Kion in an effort to send him down an evil path, Scar was ultimately destroyed for good when Kion summoned the Great Kings of the Past, who evaporated Scar's spirit with rain. This ended the battle of the Pride Lands once and for all. Ultimately, Scar's attempt to corrupt Kion was for naught, as Kion recovered for good after reaching the Tree of Life.

Scar's legacy lived on through the lioness Zira, his most loyal follower and the leader of the Outsiders, who were banished after Scar's death. Her son Kovu had been appointed by Scar to be his successor upon his death. Zira spent the following years training Kovu to overthrow Simba. However, Kovu and Scar's grand-niece Kiara fell in love, and Zira ultimately lost her life by refusing to be saved by Kiara. Kovu ended up being appointed by Simba as his successor, but Kovu carried on Mufasa's legacy rather than Scar's.




Scar meets a mysterious rogue lion

Scar was the younger brother of Mufasa, the king of the Pride Lands. As the second-born cub of the monarch, Scar was tasked with leading the Lion Guard when he was younger and was given a power called the Roar of the Elders, which, when used, would cause the Great Kings of the Past to roar with him against the forces of evil. Over time, Scar became the fiercest member of his Lion Guard and used to mostly patrol on his own. However, despite obeying his duties, Scar secretly desired to be king, thinking that he was better than Mufasa.

While leader of the Lion Guard, Scar met the lioness Zira, with whom he formed a close friendship. He taught her everything about the Roar, which led Zira to greatly admire him and believe that he should be king.

One day, while patrolling the Outlands alone, an adolescent Scar met a strange lion, who convinced him that he should be king instead of Mufasa. The stranger convinced Scar to team up with him to take over the Pride Lands with the Roar of the Elders. Scar found his idea intriguing and followed the lion to a nearby active volcano. However, once there, the lion ambushed Scar with a strange cobra, who gave him a scar over his left eye. Fuming in pain due to the venomous bite, Scar was offered the cure to the venom by the lion in exchange for servitude in the plot, but in a fit of rage, Scar used the Roar of the Elders instead to blast the lion and the snake toward the volcano, where they were both killed.

Scar kills his own Lion Guard

After informing Mufasa about foiling the strange lion's attempted takeover, Scar expected to be praised by his brother. Instead, Mufasa patted his head and nicknamed him "Scar" due to his injury. Furious at Mufasa for his mockery, Scar decided to do whatever it took to overthrow his brother and claim the title of king for himself. Getting the power to his head, Scar held a meeting with his Lion Guard near a rock on the border of the Outlands and requested them to aid him in usurping Mufasa. His Lion Guard refused, and as a result, Scar used the Roar to destroy them all, cracking the rock in two in the aftermath. In doing so, he lost his power forever, as the Roar of the Elders was not meant to be used for evil.

After losing his powers, Scar remained bitterly jealous of Mufasa and continued to devise schemes to take over Pride Rock. In time, he found new allies in the form of a hyena clan that lived beyond the Pride Lands' borders. Scar's hopes to become king were seemingly crushed with the birth of his nephew Simba. This led him to not attend Simba's coronation ceremony.

The Lion King

Mufasa: Don't turn your back on me, Scar!
Scar: Oh, no, Mufasa. Perhaps you shouldn't turn your back on me.
—Mufasa and Scar[src]

Scar toys with a mouse while he laments the birth of his nephew, Simba

Scar makes his first appearance directly after the presentation of his nephew Simba, trapping an unsuspecting field mouse underneath his paw and lifting it slowly to eye level. He laments aloud how life is not fair, as he will never be king. To make himself feel better, he tells the mouse that it will never see the light of another day, chuckles, and then bids it adieu, lowering it slowly into his jaws.

Just before the mouse enters his mouth, Zazu interrupts, asking if his mother ever taught him not to play with his food. Scar responds with exasperation and tries to devour the bird after he points out that Mufasa will not be pleased with Scar's absence at Simba's ceremony. Just as he traps Zazu in his jaws, Scar is stopped by Mufasa, who tells Scar to drop Zazu. Begrudgingly, Scar does, leaving the hornbill drenched in saliva.

Scar aggravates Mufasa by mocking the title of his son, Simba

He approaches Mufasa, carelessly invading the king's personal space as he mocks his brother, but Mufasa moves on to more pressing matters, blaming Scar for skipping the ceremony. Scar reacts again in a sarcastic, surprised voice, pretending to feel "simply awful" for missing the presentation. Zazu points out that Scar should have been first in line at the ceremony, and Scar snaps his teeth at the bird, pointing out that before Simba's birth, he was first in line.

Mufasa meets Scar's eyes and states that Simba is his son and the future king. Scar manages a sarcastic promise to practice his curtsy, turning his back and walking away from his brother. He veils a threat when Mufasa addresses him again, riling up the larger lion, who demands to know if he has been challenged. Scar reassures Mufasa that he would not dream of challenging him, as he does not have the brawn to do it. He then navigates around Mufasa and Zazu, and strides off into the savanna.

Scar tricks Simba into visiting the forbidden Elephant Graveyard

Many seasons later, with Simba now a lively cub, Scar is visited by his nephew, who is excited about being given his first tour of the Pride Lands. Scar reacts with seething anger and annoyance as Simba gleefully points out he will be king someday. He then asks Scar what he will be once Simba is king, to which Scar replies, "A monkey's uncle." Simba laughs, calling his uncle weird, and Scar moves on in the conversation, taking interest in the cub's previous statement about being shown the whole kingdom.

Scar guesses aloud that Mufasa hadn't shown Simba what's beyond the northern border, and Simba instantly saddens, explaining that he has been forbidden to go there. Scar concurs with Mufasa's decision and purposefully lets it slip that the forbidden land is an elephant graveyard. In reaction to Simba's amazement, Scar claims that Simba would have found out sooner or later. Then he makes Simba promise to stay away from the graveyard and pushes the cub off with a paw, knowing that the young lion's curiosity will draw him there at long last.

Scar sings "Be Prepared", during which he plots to overthrow Mufasa

Scar's plan to slaughter Simba is foiled by Mufasa when the lion comes to the cub's rescue and fends off the hyenas. From atop a knoll, Scar watches in seething anger as Simba and his friend Nala are led out of danger by their savior Mufasa. For this, he berates the hyenas, debating whether to provide them with food or not, as he had "practically gift-wrapped" the cubs for them. Still infuriated, he drops a zebra haunch to his minions, who devour the meat amid protests that they couldn't have slaughtered the cubs with Mufasa in their defense. Banzai points out that the only thing they could do is kill Mufasa, a statement which makes Scar smile and launch into "Be Prepared." During the song, Scar plots to kill Mufasa and Simba and claim the throne with the assistance of the hyenas, who agree to his plan.

Scar instructs Simba to wait for Mufasa in the gorge

The following day, Scar lures Simba to the gorge and instructs him to wait on a rock for a "marvelous surprise" which Mufasa has planned. Simba is extremely curious, opting to go with Scar, but the lion abruptly declines his request. He brings up the incident with the hyenas, making Simba a little more compliant about staying on the rock, and suggests that while he is there, he works on his roar. Scar starts to move off when Simba addresses him again, asking if he will like the surprise. Scar smirks, telling Simba that the surprise is "to die for."

From atop the gorge's walls, he gives the signal to the hyenas, and they start up a thunderous stampede, comprised of hundreds of startled wildebeests. Scar searches for Mufasa and, with staged alarm, tells him about Simba being trapped in the wildebeest stampede. Both lions run to the gorge, spotting Simba clinging desperately to a weak branch. Mufasa jumps into the sea of hooves, and Scar drops his act of alarm, swatting Zazu into the wall of the gorge, rendering him unconscious. The dark lion slithers across the ridges of the gorge, never taking his eyes off Mufasa's position.

Scar prepares to throw Mufasa to his death

After rescuing Simba, the king leaps onto the gorge's walls, clinging to the side of the cliff, but Scar meets him at the top. After taking time to drink in Mufasa's helpless form, Scar slams his claws into his brother's paws and reveals his treachery by whispering, "Long live the king," before he throws Mufasa to his death.

Scar meets Simba at the bottom of the gorge, and upon seeing the cub curled up beneath Mufasa's broken body, he manipulates Simba into believing that Mufasa's death was his fault, because"the roar that Simba worked on caused the stampede." He orders Simba to run away and never return home. Scar proudly watches Simba run from him with a wicked grin, then sends the hyenas to kill Simba, but they fail this task due to Simba escaping into the desert through a big bed of thorn bushes much too dense for them to follow him through. Believing Simba is as good as dead out in the barren wasteland, the hyenas let the cub go (but warn him that they'll kill him if he ever comes back).

Scar instructs his hyena minions to kill Simba

When Scar returns to the Pride Lands, he delivers the news of Simba and Mufasa's deaths, feigning grief. After this, he introduces the hyenas to the pride and ascends Pride Rock to assume the throne. Following the start of his reign, he permits the hyenas to over-hunt the Pride Lands and deplete the land of its plentiful resources. Slowly, the Pride Lands fall into decay, with Scar remaining in his cave with not a care in the world about the famine. Meanwhile, the lionesses continue to grieve for their lost king and prince. As king, Scar forbids any mention of Mufasa's name in his presence.

As meals begin to become more skimpy, Scar traps Zazu in a bone cage and forces the hornbill to sing to him as he lies on his throne. When Zazu accidentally slips Mufasa's name, Scar reacts with fury, ordering Zazu to never mention his brother's name in his presence. Shortly after this, the hyenas come before Scar, grousing. Even Scar's minions, who are used to going hungry for days, start to complain to Scar about the land being bare. Scar, however, continues to pick his teeth with the bones of his previous meal, telling them to leave his cave when Banzai infuriates him by mentioning Mufasa's name as well.

Scar lashes out at Sarabi when she compares him to Mufasa

A few days later, Scar calls Sarabi to him, asking her why the hunting party refuses to do its job, not accepting Sarabi's excuse that the herds have moved on. Scar merely passes their unsuccessful hunts off as the lionesses not looking hard enough. When Sarabi suggests they leave Pride Rock, Scar makes it clear that he is not moving the pride anywhere.

Sarabi furiously points out that his decision will cause the lionesses to starve and die. Scar turns his back on her, telling her that he's fine with this and that he is the king, so he can do whatever he wants. When she insinuates that he is not half the king Mufasa was, he strikes her, causing a full-grown Simba, who observed the entire scene in secret, to spring from hiding in his mother's defense. Scar mistakes him for Mufasa at first, but when it's made clear that it is Simba, he gives the hyenas an angry glare and cowers away as his nephew begins to back him into a corner.

Scar reveals the truth about Mufasa's death to Simba

Scar makes it clear that he is not resigning and points to the many hyenas above him, reminding Simba that they think he is the king. However, Nala and the lionesses reject him, and Simba threatens to fight if his uncle doesn't step down. Scar slinks around Simba, hinting at Mufasa's death. The prince then tells Scar that his trick won't work, but the lionesses are curious as to what Scar is talking about.

Pleasantly surprised, the king forces Simba to admit his responsibility for Mufasa's death and proceeds to back Simba over the edge of Pride Rock's peak. As Simba slips off the peak, using his forepaws to desperately cling for his life, Scar suddenly remembers Mufasa in a similar situation years ago. Slamming his claws into Simba's paws, Scar leans in and whispers to Simba that he is responsible for Mufasa's death.

Simba and Scar battle for the throne atop Pride Rock

Enraged, Simba hurls himself over the cliff and pins Scar down, a paw pressing down on his throat. Scar tries to weasel his way out of the situation, but his nephew's choking forces him to admit what really happened all those years ago. The hyenas ambush Simba afterward, prompting the lionesses to rush in to fight off the hyenas, during which Scar slinks away. Simba spots him, however, and gives chase. Trapped at Pride Rock's summit, Scar begs Simba for mercy and even tries to pin the blame on the hyenas, unaware that they are listening nearby, but Simba refuses to believe him. Then he asks Simba about his intentions, relieved when his nephew decides not to kill him making it clear that Simba wasn't going to resort to killing a member of his own family like Scar would have done. He is horrified when Simba gives him his own advice: to run away and never return.

Scar is surrounded by his former allies, the hyenas, who devour him alive

Scar seemingly begins to cooperate and slinks away, but then he throws embers into Simba's eyes and attacks him while he is blinded. The two lions engage in a brutal fight, and at first they seem to be evenly matched, but Scar eventually knocks Simba onto his back. However, as Scar leaps to deliver the final blow, Simba uses his hind legs to flip Scar over the edge and send him tumbling down the cliff to the base of Pride Rock.

Scar survives the fall, and as he struggles to his feet, the hyenas arrive. Scar greets them in a pleasing manner, but to his horror, they reveal they overheard Scar blaming his crimes on them, and they begin to surround their treacherous fallen master with wide and hungry grins. Realizing that he is in danger, Scar begs for mercy and attempts to explain himself, but the hyenas have had enough of his treachery and broken promises. In their hunger and vengeance, the hyenas surround Scar and close in, leaping upon him and mauling him to death as flames rise around them. Once Scar is gone, Simba takes his place as the king of the Pride Lands.

The Lion King II: Simba's Pride

Trust me!

In Simba's nightmare, Scar prepares to throw him to his death

It is revealed that during Simba's exile in the jungle, Scar had a legion of lionesses who supported his terrible reign, who later became the Outsiders after Scar was killed and Simba became the new king in his place. They are led by Zira, who is still fiercely loyal to Scar and wishes to kill Simba to avenge his demise and take back Pride Rock.

In the film, Zira tries to use her son Kovu (who was briefly raised by Scar as his hand-chosen heir) to kill Simba and become king. Though Kovu is not Scar's son, he was chosen to become the next king in Scar's place, and can still feel Scar as "a part of him," which he explains to Kiara, the daughter of Simba and Nala.

In Simba's nightmare, Mufasa clings to the side of a cliff as Simba tries to reach down to help his father. Scar appears on the ledge above Simba and grabs his nephew's paw, preventing him from reaching Mufasa. Scar laughs evilly, telling Simba to trust him, and lets Mufasa fall. The cackling Scar then morphs into Kovu, who throws Simba into the stampede as well.

Kovu sees Scar in his own reflection

After Nuka's death, Scar is mentioned briefly when Zira prays to him over her son's dead body. Zira soon strikes Kovu across the left eye, giving him a facial wound identical to Scar's, before lashing out at the young lion, accusing him of betraying Scar and killing his own brother.

Scar appears again when Simba banishes Kovu from the Pride Lands. As Kovu looks dejectedly into a stream, he sees Scar's reflection take the place of his own. Given that Kovu has now rejected Scar's legacy, the young lion flees the vision in a panic.

The Lion King 1½

In this film, Scar makes a few brief, non-speaking appearances in the scenes for which he was present in the original film.

Scar tries to escape Simba

Scar's song "Be Prepared" is heard briefly as Timon and Pumbaa tour Scar's lair as a possible new home, commenting on how it is quiet, secluded, and with no uninvited visitors. The shadows of the goose-stepping hyena army are then seen marching in front of them, though they haven't started singing yet.

Scar is later mentioned by Nala when she tells Timon and Pumbaa that Simba needs their help. He is shown cornering Simba at the peak of a burning Pride Rock, only to later be attacked and pinned down by his nephew, and later fleeing from Simba after admitting that he murdered Mufasa. As Scar flees, the hyenas try to protect him, but they soon abandon him in an attempt to kill Timon and Pumbaa, whilst Simba confronts his uncle at the summit. Just as Timon and Pumbaa as well as Timon's mother and uncle defeat the hyenas by sending them to the bottom of Pride Rock through a tunnel, Simba defeats Scar and throws him off the summit where he meets the defeated hyenas at the base of Pride Rock.

The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar

[Scar] began to think that he should be king, instead of his older brother Mufasa. So Scar ordered the Lion Guard to help him take down Mufasa. When the Guard refused, Scar was furious. And then, Scar used the Roar to destroy the Lion Guard. What Scar didn't realize was that by using the Roar for evil, he would lose the power of the Roar completely.

When Kion learns that he has the Roar of the Elders, Rafiki takes him to the Lair of the Lion Guard, where he tells Kion that Scar once led the Lion Guard. Thinking himself better than his older brother Mufasa, Scar attempted to overthrow Mufasa, but his team refused to help him, and so he destroyed them with the power of the Roar. Seeing Scar's abuse of power, the Great Kings of the Past took it from him forever, and he was left deprived of his former glory, which turned him shriveled and horrible. Later, when Mzingo informs Janja's clan of Kion's new position, Janja wonders how that could be possible, since Scar was the last lion to lead the Guard, up until he eliminated them.

Other Roles

The Stage Musical know how I loathe violence.

King Scar in the stage musical

In the musical, Scar is portrayed by a human actor in an African-style costume with a lion-face headpiece mask that comes down over the actor's face using a hidden remote control. Scar also uses a cane. Scar was originally portrayed in the Broadway production by John Vickery.

Scar's role is much the same, but expanded upon with the song "The Madness of King Scar." In the song, Scar begins to doubt his reign, fearing he might be losing the respect of the lionesses and that he needs a queen. He tries to seduce Nala, who rebukes him by scratching his face and running away from the Pride Lands.


The Lion King: Six New Adventures
A Tale of Two Brothers

Scar is first mentioned by Rafiki, who cryptically refers to him by his scar. The animals who are gathered to hear his story immediately know who he is talking about, and recall how Scar had killed his brother Mufasa and blamed the crime on Simba. The Pride Lands had soon fallen into disrepair and Simba had been forced to return and defeat Scar, taking his place as the rightful king.

Taka plots with the hyenas

Before becoming chief adviser of the Pride Lands, Rafiki was a wanderer. After he is saved from hyenas by Ahadi, the king of the Pride Lands, he is taken to Pride Rock for safety. There, he gets to know Mufasa and his younger brother Taka, who is resentful of his older brother for getting the title of future king.

After overhearing Taka's plan to get Mufasa in trouble with his father, Rafiki rushes to set things straight. Before long, however, Taka has convinced a buffalo named Boma to attack Mufasa, who was just trying to help his father. While Boma is busy with Mufasa, the other buffalo in his herd attack Taka and give him a ravaging scar across his left eye.

After trapping Boma in a ravine, Mufasa rushes back to help his brother. At the same moment, Ahadi comes with a group of Pride Landers and takes Taka back to Pride Rock. Under Rafiki's care, the young lion heals, though his scar remains. Burdened by what he's done, Taka asks to be called Scar from then on, and his family agrees. Relieved that his sons are safe, Ahadi decides to appoint Rafiki chief adviser of the Pride Lands.

When the story is complete, Simba decides to take Kopa to the top of Pride Rock to fulfill his promise.

A Snake in the Grass

Scar is mentioned when Kopa recounts how his father Simba had returned from self-exile to defeat Scar and take his place as the rightful king of the Pride Lands.

Video Games

Kingdom Hearts II

Besides appearing in various The Lion King video games, Scar (スカー, Sukā?) also appears in the Disney and Square Enix game Kingdom Hearts II as the main antagonist of the Pride Lands world, voiced by James Horan. Much like in the film, Scar murders Mufasa to become king, and under his reign, the Pride Lands suffer a drought, and food becomes scarce.

Prior to Sora, Donald, and Goofy's arrival at the Pride Lands, Pete (in the form of a lion) offers Scar use of the Heartless to maintain his hold on the throne. Sora (in the form of a lion cub, a change brought on by his magical clothes) attempts to confront Scar in order to save the world but is turned down by Rafiki due to the latter's prophecy. Soon afterwards, they are confronted by Scar. Scar attempts to persuade the lionesses to hunt and kill Sora, Donald, and Goofy, and nearly attacks them himself but is pinned down by Nala, allowing Sora and his friends some time to escape.

Scar's model in Kingdom Hearts II

Later, Sora locates Simba and brings him back to the Pride Lands so he can challenge his uncle for the throne. The confrontation between Scar and Simba that follows is almost identical to that in the original film, starting with Scar's overconfident confession that he killed Mufasa, the only noteworthy exceptions being no hyenas for most of it and Sora and his group replacing the lionesses. Sora's group saves Timon and Pumbaa from the hyenas, while Scar and Simba fight. As in the film, Simba eventually triumphs over his uncle and throws him off Pride Rock where he falls to his death. Though Donald initially wants to help him, Sora prevents him from doing so, believing that it is Simba's fight, and they should not interfere.

Thinking Scar to be defeated, the heroes are surprised when, as Pete explains, Scar returns to battle once again as a Heartless. Scar's anger and jealousy were so strong that they lingered after death and consumed him. During the battle, Scar uses a series of swift and strong physical attacks and powerful magic against Sora and company. Sora and his friends defeat Scar again. Scar is the only character in the Kingdom Hearts universe - excluding Xehanort - to keep his original form as a Heartless. Whether or not a Nobody will be fleshed out in Kingdom Hearts continuity is debated.

By the time Sora returns to the Pride Lands to see how Simba is faring, rumors of Scar's ghost haunting the Pride Lands have driven Simba into doubt. But once he overcomes this problem, the "ghost" is revealed to be the interaction of Simba's lack of confidence and Scar's spirit. Multiple copies of Scar's "ghost" then combine to form a gigantic Heartless that is eventually killed by Simba and Sora.

Epic Mickey

Scar appears as a stained-glass portrait in the Mad Doctor's laboratory, along with Maleficent and Captain Hook. There are also two lion statues in the courtyard of Dark Beauty Castle that bear resemblance to Scar.

Disney Universe

Scar appears as an unlockable costume character in the game. A mechanical version of him is the boss of the last level of the Lion King universe, where the player rides on a train for transportation to battle him with a cannon.

Extreme Skate Adventure

Scar is the main antagonist of The Lion King story of Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure. He is the only one of the main Disney villains that appears on each of the levels of his story.

At Pride Rock, Scar has started to cause trouble by clogging up the springs on Pride Rock, cutting off the Pride Land's water supply. After unclogging the springs, the skater (either Simba, Nala, Timon, Pumbaa, Rafiki, or a custom skater) must grind a log holding back a huge boulder. Once this is completed, the rolling boulder chases Scar right out of the Pride Lands.

At the Elephant Graveyard, Scar returns to test the skater once more by scattering the letters of S-K-A-T-E around the Elephant Graveyard. Upon completion of this goal, Scar mocks the skater and leaves the Elephant Graveyard.

The final showdown with Scar occurs at the Gorge (known as Scar's Canyon in the game). After Nala revives an old, dried-out water hole, Scar makes his presence known once more. The skater must then grind away several boulders in order to scare away Scar's hyena guards. Once this is accomplished, Scar is left open. Thinking quickly, Scar challenges Simba (the player has no choice in the character for this goal) to a race for control of the Pride Lands. Scar is fast, but Simba's skating abilities are faster and Simba is named the true king of the Pride Lands. Defeated, Scar runs away and never returns.

TV Series

The Lion Guard
"The Rise of Makuu"

Scar is mentioned when Kion is talking about the crocodiles' leadership methods to his family, questioning why they must fight to secure the position of leader. Nala reminds Kion that Simba had had to fight Scar to reclaim his leadership, implying that sometimes fighting is the only way. Scar's name is mentioned again when Kion refrains from using the Roar of the Elders. He tells his friends that he doesn't want to lash out in anger with his power, as Scar had.

"Can't Wait to be Queen"

Scar is mentioned by Simba when the king recounts how Aminifu had been the first animal willing to return to the Pride Lands after Scar's defeat.

"Eye of the Beholder"

Scar's portrait is seen briefly in the Lair of the Lion Guard as Rafiki reveals the paintings of the Lion Guard's past.

"Lions of the Outlands"

When Rafiki learns that Kion has encountered the Outsiders, he relates the story of Scar and Zira to the rest of the Lion Guard. He explains that Simba had banished the Outsiders to the Outlands after they had retained loyalties to Scar. Zira had insisted that her son Kovu be king since he was Scar's chosen heir, but Simba had asserted that Scar was not the true king. The two had engaged in a battle and Simba had banished Zira and her followers to the Outlands after a crushing defeat. Rafiki warns the Lion Guard that there will be trouble if Zira finds out that Kion is Simba's son and the team takes off to save their friend.

A cave painting of Scar and Zira

Later, Zira tells Kion that he cannot use the Roar of the Elders against lions, or else he will lose it, as Scar did. She then blames Simba for Scar's fall from the throne of the Pride Lands, and Kion yells that Scar was never the real king. Furious, Zira orders an attack on Kion. However, just before the Outsiders can hurt him, Zira offers to forgive him if he will join her, and leaves him in the care of her pride while she goes to fetch her cubs.

During the final fight between the Outsiders and the Lion Guard, Bunga urges Kion to use his Roar, but Kion worries that he will lose the Roar as Scar did for using it against other lions. Despite Kion's fears, Bunga insists that Scar did not lose his Roar because he used it against other lions, but because he used it for evil. Kion then uses the Roar successfully and blows away all the Outsiders.

"Never Roar Again"

After Kion gets so angry that he uses the Roar of the Elders in a destructive manner, he takes to looking at Rafiki's paintings of Scar. Bunga comments that Scar is the worst lion ever and says it is a good thing that Kion now possesses the Roar instead of Scar. Kion only reluctantly agrees.

Later, Kion seeks advice from Mufasa. He explains what had happened when he had used the Roar in anger and confesses his fear that he will turn out like Scar. In answer to this, Mufasa points out that Scar had only ever cared for himself. He then asks Kion why he had used the Roar and Kion explains that his mother had been in danger. Mufasa reminds Kion that Scar had never cared for anyone the way Kion cares for Nala, and he encourages Kion to speak to her about the incident.

"The Lion Guard: The Rise of Scar"

When Ushari the snake learns that Kion can communicate with the Great Kings of the Past, he decides to find a way to contact Scar. He enlists the help of Janja's clan, and together, they spy on the Lion Guard and Rafiki, learning that ancient evil lions can be communicated with using the power of the bakora staff and the Roar of the Elders.

The spirit of Scar is summoned by Janja and Ushari

Ushari and Janja decide to use what they have learned to summon Scar. They decide to get the bakora staff of Rafiki's apprentice Makini since she is too inexperienced to be a threat and to attack one of Kion's loved ones and bring them there, since Kion's Roars are at their most powerful when he's angry.

The hyenas kidnap Kion's sister, Kiara, and take Makini's bakora staff. While the rest of the Guard rescues her, Janja tricks Kion by getting him to use the Roar out of anger, causing the volcano to erupt. When Janja throws Makini's staff into the volcano, the ghost of Scar is successfully summoned, giving the Lion Guard's enemies their own spirit guide.

"Let Sleeping Crocs Lie"

Scar plots against his nephew, Simba

When Makuu leaves with the Lion Guard to speak to Simba about new sleeping arrangements, Kiburi seizes control of the float, inspiring them to join him in taking over the water holes in the Pride Lands. From afar, Shupavu the skink watches in fascination and resolves to speak with Ushari and Scar about the proceedings.

In Janja's den, Scar praises Ushari for his spies' work and orders the skinks to continue monitoring the situation.

When Kiburi calls for a mashindano and Makuu accepts, Shupavu reports the proceedings to Scar, who questions Ushari as to whether the royal family will attend the event. When Ushari confirms Simba will likely be present, Scar plans to use the mashindano as a distraction. He orders Ushari to convince Kiburi that he can become ruler of the Pride Lands, and Ushari agrees to the plan.

Scar sings "I Have a Plan", during which he plots to take over the Pride Lands

However, the plot is thwarted by the Lion Guard, and Kiburi and his followers are banished to the Outlands.

As Kiburi and his followers leave the kingdom, Kiburi corners Ushari and accuses him of having caused his downfall. Ushari calmly promises Kiburi much more than he had before and leads the crocodiles to Janja's den, where they meet the ghost of Scar. With all his onlookers watching, Scar sings "I Have A Plan", in which he revels in his future plot to overtake the Pride Lands and become king.

"Swept Away"

In Janja's den, Njano arrives and informs Janja and his allies that Beshte is alone in the Outlands. Though Janja tries to dismiss the situation, Scar appears and orders his henchmen to eliminate Beshte. When Cheezi and Chungu wonder how they might accomplish this, Scar declares that he has a plan.

Janja and his clan fail to destroy Beshte, however, and Ushari arrives promptly to tell the hyenas that an unhappy Scar wishes to speak with them.

"Rescue in the Outlands"

Scar suggests adding Jasiri, a spunky hyena, to his legion of followers

Scar sends Janja, Cheezi, and Chungu to seek out Reirei and her family and convince them to join his side.

Janja and his crew are forced to back down by Jasiri, however, and the hyenas return to Janja's den empty-pawed. Janja blames Jasiri for his failure, which piques Scar's interest and causes him to suggest adding her to their collective. Janja protests vehemently, singing "The Worst Hyena We Know", in which he laments Jasiri's respect for the Circle of Life and her friendship with the Lion Guard. Hearing this, Scar orders his minions to drive Jasiri from their territory so that she is no longer a threat. As they leave, Scar coldly warns Janja to not disappoint him again. Janja fails to dispose of Jasiri but lies to Scar that she fell into a steam vent.

"The Bite of Kenge"

Scar orders Janja and his clan to steal melons from the elephants, thus dehydrating them and offsetting the Circle of Life

Janja and his lackeys enter their den, where they tell Scar and Ushari about how the Lion Guard prevented them from stealing some takiti melons, which were intended for a herd of elephants. Scar deduces that destroying the melon supply could offset the Circle of Life, as it would dehydrate the elephants, and orders the hyenas to return to the fruit patch.

Janja protests the idea as foolishness, since the Lion Guard is waiting for them there, but Ushari volunteers to connect them with a powerful friend of his who can help them.

"The Morning Report"

Scar orders Janja and his cronies to kidnap Zazu in the hopes that he will give them important information. When Zazu has been successfully abducted, Scar orders Janja to interrogate the hornbill, but his plan is foiled at the last second by the Lion Guard.

"The Little Guy"

Scar is mentioned by Shupavu when she muses that Hodari would make a good ally to Kiburi, one of Scar's followers.

"Divide and Conquer"

In the Outlands, Janja and Reirei come before Scar, who tells them to attack Rafiki, the knowledge-keeper of the Pride Lands, who can sense the presence of the Lions of the Past. Janja and Reirei proceed to argue over which faction should take on Rafiki, but Scar ends the fight by selecting Janja to eliminate Rafiki, while Reirei creates a diversion elsewhere.

Scar prevents Janja from abandoning the fight between the Army of Scar and the Lion Guard

Later, the Lion Guard has joined forces with Rafiki and defeated the entirety of Janja's clan. With defeat eminent, Janja tries to flee into the fire, but Scar rises up from flames, demanding that Janja face his enemies instead of run like a coward. Janja protests that they are outnumbered, but Scar points out to him that the jackals are closing in to help finish off the Lion Guard. Unknown to Scar, Kion has witnessed part of their conversation.

After the battle dies down and the jackals and hyenas are defeated, Rafiki approaches the Lion Guard and thanks them for their help in saving his life. He then notices Kion approaching the site of the fire, which has died down to embers and burned grass. Rafiki joins him and notices a strange mark carved into the dirt, which he believes represents a great evil. Greatly troubled, Rafiki decides to consult the paintings of the past about the matter.

"The Scorpion's Sting"

Scar welcomes Sumu the scorpion into his army

Scar plots with his army in the Outlands to defeat both Simba and the Lion Guard. He explains to his followers that he will be using Sumu the scorpion to take down Simba. He then relishes the irony of taking the day of the Kumbuka celebration and making it into the day that he defeated Simba and the Lion Guard.

At Pride Rock, the Pride Landers sing "Good King Simba" in honor of the Kumbuka celebration. However, in the midst of the festivities, Sumu stings Simba's tail and then banks a hasty retreat as Simba collapses to the ground.

Scar reveals himself to his great-nephew, Kion

Back in the Outlands, Scar gets word of Sumu's success and directs his army to intercept the oncoming Lion Guard. The plan works, with Kiburi, Reirei, Janja, and their respective clans slowing down the Lion Guard's progress through the Outlands. At last, the Lion Guard reaches the inner volcano, where Makini places a pinch of the cure, volcano ash, in her gourd.

As the team turns to leave, Scar arises from the flames and reveals himself to Kion, admitting his part in the plan to kill Simba. Despite Scar's admission, Kion directs his team to leave, as he is worried about arriving too late to save his father. Scar then calls his army forward, and they corner the Lion Guard at the edge of the lava.

Scar rallies his army against the Lion Guard

With no option left, Kion steps forward to use the Roar of the Elders. Scar tries to warn Kion that his roar will only cause the volcano to erupt, but Kion informs Scar he knows more about the roar than Scar ever did. He then uses the roar carefully to blow away Scar's army, and the Lion Guard makes a quick escape.

Scar sends Mzingo and his parliament after the Lion Guard, and the vultures nearly wrestle the gourd from Makini. However, the rest of the team arrives just in time to fend off the vultures, and Kion uses his roar to ensure that they are not delayed again. At the same moment, Scar overlooks his defeated army and comments that the war has only just begun.

"The Wisdom of Kongwe"

Scar is mentioned when Simba and Kion consult the spirit of Mufasa about Scar's return. Mufasa admits that he is unsure how to deal with the problem, but assures his descendants that the answer lies within the Pride Lands.

Taking Mufasa's advice, Simba sends for Kongwe, the wisest animal in the Pride Lands. At Pride Rock, Kongwe assures her audience that the answer to defeating Scar will come in time.

"The Kilio Valley Fire"

In Kilio Valley, a recent fire dies down as the Army of Scar celebrates their victory. They begin to bicker among themselves, arguing over who had performed the best, when Scar suddenly arises from a still-burning ember and orders the army to remain in Kilio Valley. He then reveals that he plans to take over the Pride Lands piece by piece.

"Undercover Kinyonga"

Scar tasks Janja with carrying out his latest plan, blocking the river at Hakuna Matata Falls. When Kinyonga accidentally reveals herself to the Outlanders, an enraged Scar tells his army to stop her.

"Cave of Secrets"

Scar appears in a painting in the Lair of the Lion Guard.

"The Zebra Mastermind"

Scar is mentioned by several members of his army.

"The Hyena Resistance"

Scar orders Janja to take down the Hyena Resistance

Scar orders a three-sided attack on Mizimu Grove, with Janja leading. However, Janja's clan gets blocked by a rockslide and is forced to return to the volcano. When Janja tells Scar the bad news, Scar gets extremely angry and fiercely roars at Janja, knocking him away. Scar starts to turn his rage on Kiburi, who states that the problem was that the plan did not proceed successfully. Scar then orders another attack, this time on Big Springs, with Kiburi leading. Once again, the attack is thwarted. Scar then orders another attack under Reirei's leadership, but the same failure occurs.

After the three failed attacks, Jasiri celebrates the Hyena Resistance's success with Kion on the border of the Outlands and the Pride Lands. Unbeknownst to them, Njano and Shupavu overhear the conversation and report back to Scar. Scar then questions Janja on Jasiri's status, as Janja had previously reported that Jasiri had fallen into a lava pit along with some hyena cubs. Janja fearfully confesses that the Lion Guard had come to save her. Furious at Janja's deception, Scar orders Janja to take care of Jasiri and her clan for good by playing their own game. He tells Janja to announce that he and his clan will be attacking Mizimu Grove again, then attack her and her clan while the Lion Guard is at the grove. Janja gets confused initially, but Scar soon makes it clear. After telling him to bring the jackals and crocodiles with him, Scar coldly warns Janja not to fail again.

"The Underground Adventure"

Kion, Bunga, Kiara, Tiifu, and Zuri travel to the mudpots and play in the mud. Unbeknownst to the cubs, Njano and Shupavu are also watching their antics, which they report to Scar. Scar then orders Mzingo the vulture to set fire to the grasslands near the cubs.

"Beshte and the Beast"

In the Outlands, Scar hears of Shujaa's destructive nature and orders his army to keep attacking the Pride Lands in order to prompt Shujaa into committing more devastating acts.

"Pride Landers Unite!"

Unbeknownst to the Pride Landers, Scar decides to attack Makuu's watering hole since the crocodiles' alliance with Kion is fraying. The Army of Scar besieges Makuu's float. Ono witnesses the battle and reports his findings to Kion. Together, the Lion Guard and their Pride Lander allies storm the watering hole and fight off the Army of Scar.

"The Queen's Visit"

Shupavu and Njano inform Scar of Dhahabu's visit to the Pride Lands. Scar schemes to end the treaty between the two kingdoms and sends his jackal minions after Dhahabu. However, Raha and Starahe, two zebra siblings, stop the jackals and save their queen.

"The Fall of Mizimu Grove"

After hearing a report from the skinks, Scar orders his army to ruin Makini's mpando mpaya. During the battle, small flames fall from the sky, setting Mizimu Grove on fire and destroying it. Scar then appears in the flames, making himself known to the Pride Landers, and confronts Simba for the first time since his return. When Simba demands to know what Scar wants, Scar taunts his nephew by calling him naive and flaunting his success in destroying Kilio Valley, Mizimu Grove, and Big Springs. He then leaves, laughing and declaring that the Pride Lands will be his again. Terrified to learn that Scar has returned, the Pride Landers panic and consider leaving the kingdom.

"Fire from the Sky"

Scar is mentioned by Kion and Mzingo.

"Battle for the Pride Lands"

After months of conflict, Scar learned of the Lion Guard's plan to lead a massive assault on his volcano, as well as news of Janja's doubts about their cause. With this in mind, Scar tricked Janja into carrying news to Kion that using the Roar of the Elders inside the volcano would destroy him. He then sent Janja's clan to attack the Lion Guard in the Lair, while having his other minions set fire to the grasses around Pride Rock. After his enemies escaped the flames, Scar appeared and warned them to leave the Pride Lands, taunting Simba with the knowledge that he had no means of defeating him.

The Great Kings of the Past destroy Scar's spirit by sending rain

As Scar later explained to Ushari, Kion's use of the Roar inside the volcano would actually trigger a cataclysmic eruption that would destroy the Pride Lands. He then shared his history with Ushari, revealing that a strange lion and strange cobra had given him his scar, which led to a series of unfortunate events, including Scar killing his brother and taking over the Pride Lands ("When I Led the Guard"). In the hopes of tricking Kion into following the same destructive path, Scar ordered Ushari to give Kion a scar of his own. After his plan succeeded, Scar mocked his great-nephew by saying, "Sisi ni sawa" numerous times.

However, rather than resorting to anger like his great-uncle had expected, Kion forgave Scar and called upon the Great Kings of the Past to judge him for his actions. The Kings then unleashed rain upon Scar, extinguishing his fires and evaporating him into nothingness. Before being destroyed, Scar warned Kion that he would eventually see the Roar as a curse. Once Scar was destroyed, the mark of evil from which he had arisen was destroyed, and Jasiri took Scar's place as the de-facto ruler of the Outlands.

"Friends to the End"
You have the mark of evil just like me, Kion. Accept your destiny. There is no other choice!
―Scar's hallucination taunting Kion[src]

Scar appears as an hallucination when Kion sees his reflection in a puddle of water when asking himself if he is turning evil. After Kion remarks that he looks like his great-uncle, a reflection of Scar appears in the water and taunts him by telling him that he has the mark of evil. He then says, "Sisi ni sawa," to which Kion assures Scar that while he looks like him, he will not act like him. Kion then splashes the water, dissolving Scar's reflection.

"Long Live the Queen"

After Queen Janna's death and funeral, Kion comforts Rani, and tells her that he is afraid to face his grandfather due to having a scar identical to Scar's. Rani eventually convinces him to speak to his grandfather for the first time since Scar's downfall.

The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa

Scar's cameo

Despite the fact that the series takes place after The Lion King, Scar makes a few cameos throughout the show. He is seen when Timon tries to revive Pumbaa's memories after the warthog is struck by lightning in Around the World with Timon & Pumbaa. Scar is later seen in "Zazu's Off-by-One Day" when Zazu cleans out his trash can. Though, it should be noted that in the series, Scar doesn't speak and he doesn't actually move. So it's possible that it might be his dead body.

House of Mouse

Scar in House of Mouse

Scar makes a few minor cameos. In "Ask Von Drake," Scar can be briefly seen being held by Rafiki just as Simba was in the first film. In "Jiminy Cricket," Jiminy used Scar as an example of temptations. In "Goofy's Valentine Date," Scar was seen along with the other guests.

Bloopers & outtakes

Scar in The Lion King: Bloopers & Outtakes

In the bloopers, at the end credits of the Diamond Edition of The Lion King, Scar and other characters are represented as live actors. In this sequence, Scar appears twice. The first time, he prepares to bring Simba to remorse for Mufasa's death, before the final battle. He dramatically sneaks around Simba and the lionesses, but when he needs to say the word "responsible," he gets confused and starts to spit, trying to remember the correct pronunciation, but when it fails, he catches his forehead and says, "I don't know what I'm doing." The second time, he utters his line, "They think I'm the king," correct, but Nala then forgets her line.

Disney parks

Scar at the Disney parks

In the Disney theme parks, Scar is usually seen in parades and shows, often based on The Lion King. On the Disney Cruise Line, Scar and the hyenas are featured in Villains Tonight!

World of Color

Scar can be briefly seen in the water projectors and heard vocally throughout a sequence based on the wildebeest stampede from the film.

Festival of the Lion King

Scar makes no appearance in the show, but his song "Be Prepared" is sung by Kiume, one of the human MCs of the show in Disney's Animal Kingdom and Hong Kong Disneyland.


Scar appears as one of the main villains in Fantasmic! In the show, Scar is called forth by the queen to destroy Mickey Mouse once and for all. In the end, Scar is killed by Mickey, along with the other villains.

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
And this time, nothing can harm me! So if you wish to escape my wrath, you will obey me. Stampede the elephants, and chrush all who would stand in my way! When I find the Cristal, I shall be King... forever!
―Scar to the hyenas

Scar is seen on Hades' cards of Disney Villains at the beginning.

It is revealed that Scar has returned from the dead. Hades has given a proposition to live forever in exchange for the crystal of the Magic Kingdom. Scar plots to start a massive elephant stampede to create chaos in the Pride Lands. Scar tricks the hyenas into believing that he is invincible and forces them to work for him again.

However, the park guest proves Scar's lies by injuring him in front of Shenzi and her clan, having them leave their former boss. Scar decides to battle himself but is soon defeated. Hades gives Scar a second chance and Scar transforms into a massive red storm. Scar battles the park guest yet again but is defeated once again which sends him back to the Underworld.

Physical appearance

Unlike most male lions who have bigger builds and lighter fur, Scar is elegant, slender, and poised. He is somewhat unkempt and wild-looking, with a sleek black mane, tawny fur, and distinctive, almond-shaped, neon green eyes. He has large, tan paws with long, curved black claws that he never retracts. Scar also sports a goatee beard. True to his namesake, his most recognizable feature is his signature small, thin, pink scar over his left eye.

As an adolescent, when he was still the leader of the Lion Guard, Scar had a slightly better build without a scar on his eye. He had the mark of the Lion Guard on his left shoulder. In addition, his mane was noticeably shorter due to his young age.

After his death, Scar becomes a spirit manifested in lava and fire. Like most spirits, Scar's ethereal form doesn't completely form his entire body, but rather only his head, with the black smoke forming his mane.

Personality and traits

Sarabi: If you were half the king Mufasa was, you would nev...
Scar: I am ten times the king Mufasa was!
—Scar argues with Sarabi[src]

Scar tricks Simba, showing his crafty and manipulative nature

Even as an adolescent, Scar proves himself to be highly intelligent, manipulative, and motivated by jealousy. While leading his Lion Guard, Scar is an attentive defender, who, although somewhat jealous of his older brother, reluctantly respects Mufasa’s position as king. Despite his intelligence, he proves to be quite naive, as he trusts a stranger's plan to overtake the Pride Lands, which leads to a series of disasters. Despite this, Scar is cunning, quick-thinking, and grounded, as he spins the narrative in his favor when he reports it to Mufasa. He also seems to be a bit of an attention-seeker, as he demands respect for his deeds. This is the ultimate seed to his descent to evil; when he is denied the attention he seeks, he attempts to overthrow his brother as an act of petty revenge. When he is betrayed by his Lion Guard, he kills them, showing that he has no tolerance for disobedience or defiance.

In adulthood, Scar remains much the same, though his sense of plotting takes a deadly turn. Still bitterly jealous of his elder brother and bogged down by feelings of inferiority, Scar is extremely temperamental, psychopathic, and antisocial, and even less reliant on his family, willing to frame and murder the only family members he has left in order to steal the throne.

Scar argues with Sarabi, showing his domineering and volatile nature

Even when he is above Mufasa, having betrayed, murdered and stolen the throne from him, he remains sensitive to his brother's mention. It is one of the only subjects that can flare his temper; at the mere mention of Mufasa, he threatens Zazu, assaults Sarabi, and snaps at his own hyena minions. This indicates that Scar suffers from low self-esteem. Even in a position of power, he remains vulnerable to bouts of indecision and insecurity, as he is unable to accept criticism and too stubborn to take the advice of his advisers. He was somewhat immature, believing because he is king, he can do whatever he wants.

Despite his inner insecurities, Scar is a natural orator with charismatic charm, as he is able to rally the hyenas to his cause and gain the fanatical loyalty of Zira and her pride, even in death. However, underneath his charm, Scar is a coward who is more likely to run from a conflict than face it. When forced into a fight, he can hold his own and is not above cheating, as he lies to Simba and throws hot embers into his face in order to win. In addition, Scar is willing to betray his own allies in order to save his life. His manipulative and scheming nature results in his doom, as he is in turn betrayed by the hyenas due to years of broken promises as well as his failed attempts to frame them for his crimes. Scar is also a hypocrite, as he begs Simba to spare his life due to their family tie despite the fact that he killed his own brother. He also tells Janja not to run like a coward, ignoring the fact that he himself fled from Simba during the battle of Pride Rock.

The spirit of Scar yells at his minions, showing his explosive temper

Upon his return years later as a spirit, Scar is even more vengeful, bitter, and angry. He retains his plotting nature, though he becomes more maniacal, as he gleefully sows dissent, panic, and unrest in the Pride Lands through the work of his allies. He attempts to break the Circle of Life and even kill massive herds of animals in order to weaken the kingdom he'd once ruled.

He is also shown to have a temper even more terrible than before; if his allies show any sign of failure, cowardice, stupidity, or weakness, he will fly into a terrible rage. His anger only rises when his multiple plots are foiled by his grandnephew, Kion, whom he harbors a special hatred for. Scar continually taunts Kion for his failures and tries to lead him down a dark path. Scar is also shown to have little to no concept of forgiveness, as he is utterly dumbfounded and astonished that Kion chooses to forgive him rather than use the Roar out of anger.


Similarities between Scar and Claudius

Scar is most likely an archetype of King Claudius and inspired by Hitler. In the film, at one point during "Be Prepared," there is a scene where Scar sits on a high rock, watching the hyenas goose-step past him. This is very similar to Triumph of Will.

In Hamlet, King Claudius poisons the old King Hamlet, his own brother, in his sleep in order to usurp both the throne and the queen, and he tries to do the same by poisoning his nephew, Prince Hamlet. Similarly, Scar pushes Mufasa off a cliff to his death in order to become king, and he attempts to kill Simba. After Hamlet mortally wounds his uncle, he asks help from his "friends" (even though no one did anything) as Scar did before he was killed. Also he held a skull just like the picture to the right like in Hamlet. In the film, Scar didn't want Sarabi or any of the other lionesses to be his queen. However, during early production of the film, Scar was intended to make advancements on Nala in an effort to make her his queen.

Concept art

Scar's character model sheet

On the bonus features on the 2003 DVD release, director Roger Allers revealed that Scar was originally a rogue lion who wasn't related to Mufasa.[1] Then the filmmakers decided that the story would be more emotional and scary if the bad guy was someone within the family. So they made him Mufasa's younger brother, a creepy uncle for Simba, and a threat from the inside. Before the animators heard Irons' performance and decided to work his features into Scar, he actually did have more obvious similarities to some of the other lions in the pride, noticeably his brother Mufasa.

His paws were colorless like those of Nala, Sarafina, and various other lionesses, and his jaw was prominent and square like Mufasa's as opposed to his final design where he boasted colored, clawed paws and a goatee. His build also seemed to be thicker in frame like that of his brother instead of lanky.

In some concepts, Scar looks almost like the finalized version except for his colorless paws and bi-colored mane. In many of his concepts, he is seen with a bi-colored mane, usually black and white or black and cream.


Scar is one of the most popular and well-known Disney villains of all time. He was chosen as the most interesting character from The Lion King by critics who were fascinated by him.[2] On Ultimate Disney's list of Top 10 Disney Villains, Scar claims third place. On the Top 10 Animated Disney Villains list made by, Scar wins first place, praised as "almost perfect" for having motive for being evil and nothing to stand in his way. He is the only villain from an animated movie to be nominated for the MTV Movie Awards for Best Villain.[3] His song, "Be Prepared," is almost always among the best Disney villain songs of all time.

Voice Actors

  • Kingdom Hearts II - (2005) - (video game) – James Horan



Television series



Scar's cameo in Hercules

  • Unlike the other lions in his pride, Scar's claws are always displayed throughout the film. This trait is also shown with the Outsiders.[5][6]
  • The animators were so impressed with Jeremy Irons' performance that they worked Irons' features into Scar's face.[7]
  • According to the audio commentary, Scar being in the shadow of Pride Rock while Mufasa and Simba are in the sunlight is symbolic of Scar being evil.
  • Simba says to his uncle, "You're so weird!" Scar replies, "You have no idea." Jeremy Irons gave this same response in Reversal of Fortune, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Actor.
  • In Hercules, the title character is seen wearing Scar's skin while he's posing for a painting on a Greek vase.
    • This could be a reference to Zazu's joking statement that Scar would "make a very handsome throw rug."[5]
  • When Kovu sees Scar's reflection instead of his, it is exactly the same image used in the first film when Scar orders the hyenas to kill Simba after he himself kills Mufasa, merely distorted by the rippling water.
  • According to Rob Minkoff, Scar's name is a "really mean nickname," and he believes that Mufasa was the one who gave Scar his scar when they were cubs. They never gave Scar an original name.[8]
  • According to Ford Riley, Scar's original name was "Askari," after the first leader of the Lion Guard, but it got shortened to "Scar" after he received his namesake injury by a black-necked spitting cobra.[9]
  • In Beauty and the Beast, Gaston's death was originally intended to have resulted from him being eaten alive by wolves after surviving his fall from the Beast's castle; Due to the scene being too horrific, this idea was ultimately discarded and eventually reused for Scar's death in The Lion King.[12]

In development

Concept artwork of Scar

  • In an early version of the film, King of the Kalahari, Scar was the leader of the baboons, who were fighting against the lions.[14]
  • Scar's eyes were originally going to be blue-gray like Nala's.
  • According to some concept sketches, Scar was not always a dark lion. He had pale fur and bright red or blue eyes that were slit like snakes.
  • Scar originally had his own special territory, dubbed "Scar-land" by the concepts.[16]
  • In the conceptual stages, Scar interacted with a mysterious lioness. Their relationship is completely unknown.[17]
  • Scar was initially conceived as a rogue lion with no familial relation to either Mufasa or Simba. The connection between Scar and the latter two was changed because the story writers felt that having a threat inside the royal family would make the film more interesting. This explains why Scar looks very different from his brother and his nephew.

Concept artwork of Scar with a hyena

  • There was going to be a scene in which Scar attempted to force Nala to be his mate, causing a conflict that ended in her leaving Pride Rock, after which she found Simba alive and well with Timon and Pumbaa. This scene was deleted out of concerns that Scar's behavior towards Nala bordered on real-life sexual harassment. The stage musical adaptation includes this scene as part of director Julie Taymor's efforts to expand the female characters' roles in the story.
  • In an earlier version of the film, Scar shows no sympathy to Simba after Mufasa's death and chases him out of the Pride Lands himself.
  • In the 1992 script, during the final battle sequence between Simba and Scar, he defeats his nephew and throws him off Pride Rock into the flames below. As Scar laughs in victory, he is engulfed by the flames, which burn him alive. Simba survives the fall, reunites with his mother, and soon takes control of the pride as the new king in the wake of Scar's death. This scene was cut, as it was deemed too horrific for a Disney film.
  • In some concepts, Scar is shown with brown or red fur.[18]
  • In the original version of "Circle of Life", Scar was supposed to watch the presentation from a rock in hatred.
  • Tim Curry and Malcolm McDowell were considered for the role of Scar.
  • When Scar killed Mufasa, he was originally supposed to say, "Good night, sweet prince!" immediately before throwing him off, as a reference to the Shakespearean play Hamlet. However, the line was changed to "Long live the king!" since the former line seemed too "self-aware" to be taken seriously. In the alternate ending to the film, Scar was supposed to repeat the Hamlet line when attempting to finish off Simba.
  • In a deleted scene from The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, Zira says that Scar's dying wish had been for the Outsiders to train Kovu to become king. This suggests that the hyenas did not eat Scar.[19]
  • In an early draft of The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, Scar was written to be mates with Zira, with whom he had a son: Kovu (then named "Nunka").[20] However, due to the incestuous undertones Kovu's romance with Kiara would have had, Zira's relationship with Scar was altered to make her "just a follower," and Kovu became Scar's protégé instead.[21]
  • In an original concept for The Lion King 1½, Timon and Pumbaa were supposed to meet Scar. While searching for Mufasa, a plotline cut from the final version of the film, they encountered Scar and the hyenas, who had just finished the song "Be Prepared". After Timon noted that Scar was not Mufasa, Scar complained that he was always mistaken for Mufasa.[22]


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  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Revealed in Disney's The Lion King (1994). Written by Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, and Linda Woolverton, and directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff. Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, Inc.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed in Disney's The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (1998). Written by Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus, and directed by Rob LaDuca and Darrell Rooney. Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc.
  7. The Lion King (1994) Trivia. IMDb., Inc. Retrieved on September 28, 2020.
  8. YouTube favicon.png Lion King Director Reacts to Honest Trailer! - Honest Reactions w/ Rob Minkoff on the Screen Junkies YouTube channel
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  10. 10.0 10.1 Simmons, Alex. A Tale of Two Brothers (1994). ISBN: 0717283488.
  11. Vinitsky, Wendy Baker. The Brightest Star (September 1994). ISBN: 1557236186.
  12. Anna Klassen (November 13, 2013). 15 Things You Didn't Know About 'Beauty and the Beast'. Bustle. Bustle Digital Group. Retrieved on March 25, 2020.
  13. Revealed in "The Lion Guard: The Rise of Scar" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 5, Season 2. Written by Ford Riley. Originally aired July 29, 2017.
  14. The Lion King Diamond Edition (Disc 1), Pride of The Lion King. Walt Disney Home Entertainment, 2011.
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  19. YouTube favicon.png The Lion King 2 - Deleted Scene's on the AndsterThePancer YouTube channel
  20. Fleming, Mike (December 4, 1996). ‘Blackout’ awakens at Miramax; Hammer hit. Variety. Retrieved on August 28, 2014.
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