Scar (2019 film)
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Scar (2019 film)
Physical information




Hair color

Brown, gray, and tan

Eye color


Distinguishing features

   Ragged mane
   Scars, particularly a distinct scar over left eye

Biographical information



Pride Lands


   Pride Landers
   Pride Lands monarchy
   Simba's pride


   King of the Pride Lands (formerly)
   Prince of the Pride Lands (formerly)

Relationship information

Mufasa (brother)
Simba (nephew)
Sarabi (sister-in-law)
Nala (niece-in-law)
Unnamed great-nephew


Sarabi (unrequited)



Life's not fair, is it, my little friend? While some are born to feast, others spend their lives in the dark, begging for scraps. The way I see it, you and I are exactly the same. We both want to find a way out.
―Scar to a mouse[src]

Scar was a male lion. He was the brother of Mufasa, and the uncle of Simba. He succeeded Mufasa as the king of Pride Rock.

Scar lusted after Mufasa's position as king of the Pride Lands, and was furious when Mufasa's son, Simba, was born. Scar managed to trick Simba into venturing into the Elephant Graveyard, hoping that the cub would be killed by Shenzi's clan there, but the plan failed. Scar later visited the Elephant Graveyard and struck an alliance with the hyenas.

Soon after, Scar took Simba to a gorge and staged a wildebeest stampede to look like Simba had caused it. Mufasa succeeded in rescuing Simba, but was thrown to his death by Scar, who, after banishing Simba, assumed his brother's throne. Over the subsequent years, Scar tried to coerce Mufasa's mate, Sarabi, into becoming his queen, but she continually rejected him despite the punishments that followed.

Scar was shocked to witness the return of Simba, now full-grown, but refused to surrender the throne to him. Instead, Scar trapped Simba and revealed that it was he, not Simba, who had killed Mufasa. Upon learning this, Simba fought back against Scar and eventually defeated him. Scar tried to reassemble his hyena army, but, bitter from overhearing him badmouthing them, the hyenas instead turned on him and devoured him alive.


Early life

Mufasa: Is that a challenge?
Scar: I wouldn't dream of challenging you...again.
—Mufasa and Scar[src]

Scar was born as the younger brother of Mufasa. In his youth, he fell in love with Sarabi. However, Sarabi chose Mufasa over Scar. At some point, Scar challenged his brother for the throne, but he lost. Despite the challenge, Mufasa did not banish Scar from the Pride Lands, as they were family.[1]

Birth of Simba

Zazu: As the king's brother, you should've been first in line.
Scar: I was first in line. Or don't you remember? That is, until the precious prince arrived.
—Scar and Zazu[src]

Scar laments the birth of Simba.

Scar stalked a mouse that strayed into his cave, lamenting that while some were born to feast, others were destined to spend their lives in the dark, begging for scraps. Before Scar could eat the mouse, Zazu arrived to announce the impending arrival of Mufasa and chastised Scar for not attending Simba's presentation. Scar attempted to catch Zazu, angrily stating he answered to no one, before Mufasa arrived and stopped him.

Mufasa admonished Scar for missing Simba's presentation, while Scar feigned forgetfulness. Insulted, Mufasa met his brother's eyes, clearly stating that Simba was his son and the future king. Scar managed a sarcastic promise to practice his curtsy, turning his back and walking away from his brother. He veiled a threat when Mufasa addressed him again, riling up the larger lion, who demanded to know if he's been challenged. Scar reassured Mufasa that he wouldn't dare challenge the king again, as he didn't have the brawn to do it. He then navigated around Mufasa and Zazu and strode off into the savannah.[1]

Alliance with Shenzi's clan

Why eat one meal, when you can be feasting the rest of your lives?
―Scar conspires with Shenzi's clan[src]

Scar forms an alliance with Shenzi and her clan.

Many seasons passed, and after Simba was sent back to Pride Rock by Mufasa after the hyenas were spotted hunting in the Pride Lands, he stumbled into Scar's presence. After mocking his hunting skills, Scar attempted to shoo Simba away. Slightly offended, Simba told Scar about Mufasa showing him around the Pride Lands and declared that when he was king, Scar would have to listen to him. Scar guessed aloud that Mufasa hadn't show Simba what was beyond the northern border, and Simba instantly saddened, explaining that he had been forbidden to go there. Scar immediately affirmed Mufasa's decision and purposefully let it slip that the forbidden land was an elephant graveyard. In reaction to Simba's amazement, Scar made Simba promise to stay away from the graveyard, knowing that the young lion's curiosity would eventually draw him there.

Scar's plan to have the hyenas kill Simba was foiled by Mufasa when the lion came to the cub's rescue and fought the hyenas off. Scar then decided that, with the hyenas as his allies, he would be able to rule Pride Rock. At night, he entered the Elephant Graveyard and met the hyenas, revealing that he sent the two cubs their way and expressing contempt that the whole pack still couldn't kill them. In response to the hyenas' hostility, he detailed his plans to kill Simba and Mufasa, take the throne and then allow the hyenas into the Pride Lands so they could hunt at their leisure. The hyenas eventually agreed to his proposal.[1]


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

Scar prepares to hurl Mufasa to his death.

Scar took Simba to the Gorge the following day, telling the young cub that it was the place where all young cubs went to find their roars. He told Simba that Mufasa refused to leave until his roar could be heard above the rim of the gorge, before leaving Simba, remarking that it would be something Mufasa would remember.

Once Scar was clear of the gorge, the hyenas started a wildebeest stampede, while Scar feigned panic, finding Mufasa and Zazu to tell them about the stampede and that Simba was in the gorge. Mufasa and Scar rushed to the gorge while Zazu tried to find Simba. After Zazu showed Mufasa and Scar where Simba was, Mufasa leapt into the gorge to rescue his son, while Zazu flew back to Pride Rock to get the lionesses. Scar stalked the ridges of the gorge, keeping his gaze upon Mufasa.

After rescuing Simba and ensuring he was safely out of harm's way, Mufasa leapt onto the gorge wall, attempting to climb it to the top. As he reached the rim, Scar appeared. Mufasa begged Scar for help, but Scar slammed his claws into his brother's paws and mockingly growled "Long live the king," before swatting Mufasa off the gorge wall and sending him plummeting into the stampede.

Scar assumes the throne.

The newly labeled murderer met Simba at the bottom of the gorge, and upon seeing the cub curled up underneath Mufasa's broken body, he manipulated Simba into believing that Mufasa's death was his fault. He then instructed Simba to run away and never return, setting the hyenas on him as the cub disappeared down the gorge.

When Scar returned to the pride, he delivered the news of Mufasa's and Simba's deaths, claiming he was too late to get to the gorge to save them and feigning grief. After this, he announced that as he was next in line, he must take the throne. Stating that ruling the Pride Lands was a task he couldn't manage on his own, he revealed that he had allowed the hyenas into the Pride Lands, much to the horror of the lionesses.[1]


Long ago, you chose Mufasa over me. But now there is a new king, so stop being so selfish.
―Scar presses Sarabi to become his mate[src]

Scar tries to convince Sarabi to become his queen.

Following the start of his reign, Scar allowed the hyenas to over-hunt the Pride Lands and deplete the kingdom of its plentiful resources. Slowly, the Pride Lands fell into decay. Scar asked Sarabi to be his queen, and when she refused him, he decreed that the lionesses will eat last, after the hyenas.

One night, Nala attempted to slip away from Pride Rock to find help. Scar was awakened and roared loudly, trying to scare off any intruders. He almost found Nala during her escape attempt, but was distracted by Zazu.[1]

Battle for Pride Rock

This is my kingdom! My destiny!
―Scar refuses to surrender to Simba[src]

Scar reveals that it was he, not Simba, who killed Mufasa.

Scar once again tried to convince Sarabi to join his side as queen, and when she told him that she would never join him, he attacked her. He broke off from attacking Sarabi upon hearing a roar from Simba, who was now fully-grown. At first, Scar mistook Simba for Mufasa. Upon realizing that Simba was alive, he admonished the hyenas for failing to kill him. Scar made it clear he had no intention of resigning as king. The lionesses rejected Scar's authority, and Simba challenged Scar, demanding he step down or fight. Scar tried to guilt Simba with Mufasa's death. When the lionesses asked what Scar meant, Scar gleefully realized that Simba hadn't told them the truth and pressed Simba to admit his responsibility for Mufasa's death.

Scar then branded Simba a murderer, forcing him off the peak of Pride Rock, clinging to the edge for dear life. Scar slammed his claws into Simba's paws before stating that this was the same look in Mufasa's eyes just before he killed Mufasa.

Enraged, Simba lunged at Scar, grabbing him by the mane. In an attempt to get Simba off, Scar pulled Simba back up. Simba accused Scar, who attempted to deny it, but Sarabi intervened and demanded to know how, if Scar was too late to the gorge, he would know the look in Mufasa's eyes. Realizing he had been outwitted, Scar ordered the hyenas to kill all the lions as he attempted to escape.

Scar battles Simba for the throne.

After fighting off the hyenas, Simba spotted Scar, however, and gave chase. Trapped at a ledge near Pride Rock's peak, Scar begged Simba for mercy and even attempted to blame his crimes on the hyenas, unaware that they were listening nearby, but Simba refused to believe him. He then asked Simba about his intentions, relieved when his nephew decided not to kill him. However, his relief turned to horror when Simba gave him his own advice: to run away and never return.

Scar seemingly began to cooperate, but then threw burning embers in Simba's face and attacked him while he was blinded. The two lions engaged in a brutal fight, with Scar angrily declaring that the Pride Lands were his to rule. Simba eventually managed to throw Scar onto his side and Scar briefly gripped onto Simba’s mane before slipping down the cliff to the base of Pride Rock.[1]


No, let me explain. I was trying to fool him. We will rule together!
―Scar tries to win back the favor of the hyenas[src]

Scar is betrayed by the hyenas.

However, Scar survived the fall and slowly got to his feet after regaining consciousness. Just as he was about to leave, the remaining hyenas arrived and slowly encircled him. Scar pleasingly greeted them, asserting that they could rebuild their army in time. However, to his horror, they revealed that they'd overheard Scar's attempt to betray them.

Realizing that the hyenas had turned against him, Scar desperately tried to talk his way out of the situation, claiming that he was only trying to deceive Simba and promising that they would rule the Pride Lands together. Shenzi coldly rejected Scar's empty promises by telling him that there was only one thing he had ever said that was true: a hyena's belly is never full. Cornered and outnumbered, Scar desperately attempted to fight the hyenas off as they attacked him, but was quickly overwhelmed and screamed in agony as he was devoured alive.[1]

Physical appearance

Well, as far as brains go, I got the lion's share. But when it comes to brute strength, I'm afraid my big brother will always rule.

Scar appeared scrawny and haggard next to the larger and more imposing Mufusa.

Scar was a large, but emaciated male lion with a rather skinny build, a slightly bleached grayish-tan coat, and a thin, ragged mane that was mostly dark brown, but paler around his face. True to his name, he had numerous scars, most notably a long, thin, vertical gash over his left eye, which was slightly cloudy. He also had a notch in his right ear, a small cut on the right side of his muzzle, and several small scratch marks on his flanks. Scar also had golden eyes, black lips, a dark stripe down his forehead, and a light tan muzzle.

After several years of reigning over the Pride Lands, Scar's appearance became slightly less emaciated; he gained a somewhat stronger build and a fuller, darker mane.[1]

Personality and traits

I answer to no one.

Living in the shadow of his older brother, Scar grew into a bitter and jealous lion who was deeply resentful of Mufasa. He made no attempt to hide his contempt for Mufasa, openly mocking and disrespecting his brother at any given moment. His jealousy extended to Simba, who had taken his position as the first in line to the throne. His hatred for his nephew was more restrained, as he treated Simba with cold indifference, most likely so as to not anger his brother. His hatred was so strong that he was more than willing to kill both his brother and nephew. His hatred also made him cruel, causing him to take advantage of the young Simba's grief to make him believe that his father's death was the cub's own fault.

Scar displays his bitter yet submissive nature while speaking with Mufasa.

While weaker than his brother, Scar made up for this with his cunning mind and intelligence, setting up the wildeebest stampede knowing full well that Mufasa would come to save Simba. He was also able to easily win over Shenzi and her entire clan to his side with a single speech, showing a natural charisma.

As a king, Scar enforced tyrannical rule that served his own selfish needs. He would do whatever it took to get what he wanted, using force to make the ones opposing him submit. Scar punished those who still rejected him.

Despite his attempts to appear powerful, Scar was a coward at heart, as when cornered by Simba, he shamelessly begged for mercy and did not hesitate to double-cross the hyenas, who had served him loyally and efficiently for years, in an attempt to save his own life. Ultimately and ironically, this treacherous and cowardly act cost him his life. Nevertheless, he was more than willing to fight back if necessary.[1]




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  2. Chiwetel Ejiofor. IMDb., Inc. Retrieved on September 28, 2020.
  3. The Lion King's Jeremy Irons jokingly grumbles about not landing a role in the Disney live-action remake. Digital Spy. Retrieved on September 28, 2020.
  4. No, Hugh Jackman Isn’t Playing Scar in ‘The Lion King’ Remake. The Wrap. Retrieved on September 28, 2020.
  5. Rudnick, Elizabeth. The Lion King: The Novelization (June 4, 2019). ISBN: 136803926X.
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