|Scar (2019 film)|
Scars, particularly a distinct scar over left eye
King of the Pride Lands (formerly)
Scar is the younger brother of Mufasa. In his youth, he fell for Sarabi. However, Sarabi chose Mufasa over Scar. Scar also challenged his brother for the throne, but because he was weaker than Mufasa, he lost. Despite the challenge, Mufasa refused to banish Scar from the Pride Lands.
|“||Mufasa: Is that a challenge?|
Scar: I wouldn't dream of challenging you...again.
Mufasa admonishes Scar for missing the ceremony, while Scar feigns forgetfulness. Insulted, Mufasa meets his brother's eyes, clearly stating 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's been challenged. Scar reassures Mufasa that he wouldn't dare challenge the king again, as he doesn't have the brawn to do it. He then navigates around Mufasa and Zazu and strides off into the savannah.
Many seasons pass, and after Simba is sent back to Pride Rock by Mufasa after the hyenas are spotted hunting in the Pride Lands, he meets with Scar. Simba excitedly tells Scar about Mufasa showing him around the Pride Lands. Scar guesses aloud that Mufasa hadn't show Simba what's beyond the northern border, and Simba instantly saddens, explaining that he has been forbidden to go there. Scar immediately affirms Mufasa's decision and purposefully lets it slip that the forbidden land is an elephant graveyard. In reaction to Simba's amazement, Scar makes Simba promise to stay away from the graveyard, knowing that the young lion's curiosity will eventually draw him there.
Scar's plan to have the hyenas kill Simba is foiled by Mufasa when the lion comes to the cub's rescue and fights the hyenas off. He later enters the Elephant Graveyard and meets the hyenas, revealing that he sent the two cubs their way and expresses contempt that the whole pack still couldn't kill them. In response to the hyenas' hostility, he details his plans to kill Simba and Mufasa, take the throne and then allow the hyenas into the Pride Lands so they can hunt at their leisure. The hyenas eventually agree to his proposal.
Scar takes Simba to the Gorge the following day, telling the young cub that it was the place where all young cubs go to find their roars. He tells 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 is clear of the gorge, the hyenas start a wildebeest stampede, while Scar feigns panic, finding Mufasa and Zazu to tell them about the stampede and that Simba is in the gorge. Mufasa and Scar rush to the gorge while Zazu tries to find Simba. After Zazu shows Mufasa and Scar where Simba is, Mufasa leaps into the gorge to rescue his son, while Zazu flies back to Pride Rock to get the lionesses. Scar stalks the ridges of the gorge, keeping his gaze upon Mufasa.
After rescuing Simba and ensuring he is safely out of harm's way, Mufasa leaps onto the gorge wall, attempting to climb it to the top. As he reaches the rim, Scar appears. Mufasa begs Scar for help, but Scar slams his claws into his brother's paws before swatting Mufasa off the gorge wall and sending him plummeting into the stampede.
The newly labeled murderer meets Simba at the bottom of the gorge, and upon seeing the cub curled up underneath Mufasa's broken body, he manipulates Simba into believing that Mufasa's death was his fault. He then instructs Simba to run away and never return, setting the hyenas on him as the cub disappears down the gorge.
When Scar returns to the pride, he delivers 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 announces that as he is next in line, he must take the throne. Stating that it was a task he couldn't do alone, he reveals he has allowed the hyenas into the Pride Lands, much to the horror of the lionesses.
Following the start of his reign, he allows the hyenas to over-hunt the Pride Lands and deplete the land of its plentiful resources. Slowly, the Pride Lands fall into decay. Scar asks Sarabi to join his side as his queen, and when she refuses him, he decrees that the lionesses will eat last, after the hyenas.
One night, Nala attempts to slip away from Pride Rock to find help. Scar is awakened and roars loudly, trying to scare off any intruders. He almost finds Nala during her escape attempt, but is distracted by Zazu.
Scar once again tries to convince Sarabi to join his side as queen, and when she tells him that she will never join him, he attacks her. He breaks off from attacking Sarabi upon hearing a roar from Simba, who is now fully-grown. Upon realising that Simba is alive, he admonishes the hyenas for failing to kill him. Scar makes it clear he has no intentions of resigning as king. The lionesses reject Scar's authority, and Simba challenges Scar, demanding he step down or fight. Scar tries to guilt Simba with Mufasa's death. When the lionesses ask what Scar means, Scar gleefully realizes that Simba hasn't told them the truth and presses Simba to admit his responsibility for Mufasa's death.
Scar then brands Simba a murderer, forcing him off the peak of Pride Rock, clinging to the edge for dear life. Scar slams 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 lunges at Scar, grabbing him by the mane. In an attempt to get Simba off, Scar pulls Simba back up. Simba accuses Scar, who attempts to deny it, but when Sarabi intervenes, she demands to know how, if Scar was too late to the gorge, he would know the look in Mufasa's eyes. Realizing he has been outwitted, Scar orders the hyenas to kill all the lions as he attempts to escape.
After fighting off the hyenas, 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. He then asks Simba about his intentions, relieved when his nephew decides not to kill him. He is soon horrified when Simba gives him his own advice: to run away and never return.
Scar seemingly begins to cooperate, but then throws burning embers in Simba's face and attacks him while he is blinded. The two lions engage in a brutal fight, with Scar angrily declaring that the Pride Lands are his to rule. Simba eventually manages to throw Scar onto his side and Scar briefly grips onto Simba’s mane before slipping 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, stating that it will take time but they can build their army, but to his horror, they reveal that they overheard Scar's attempt to betray them. Realizing they are turning against him, Scar tries to talk his way out of the situation, stating he was trying to decieve Simba and that the hyenas will rule with him. Shenzi, however, coldly states that there was only one thing Scar ever said that was true: a hyena's belly is never full. Cornered and outnumbered, Scar attempts to fight the hyenas off as they attack him, but is quickly overwhelmed and screams in agony as he is devoured alive.
Behind the scenes
- Scar is voiced by Chiwetel Ejiofor.
- Jeremy Irons, who voiced Scar in the original film, was interested in reprising his role for the 2019 remake, but he was never asked to do so.
- Hugh Jackman was initially reported to have been cast as Scar, but these claims were later deemed by his representative as false.