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Stampede (event)
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Stampede (event)
Event Information





   Mufasa is killed
   Simba flees the Pride Lands


   The Lion King
   The Lion King II: Simba's Pride
   The Lion King 1½
   The Lion King (2019 film)

Simba: Hey, Uncle Scar, will I like the surprise?
Scar: Simba, it's to die for.
Scar and Simba, shortly before the stampede[src]

The stampede was the veiled assassination of Mufasa, the king of Pride Rock, by Scar and his hyena cronies.



We wait for the signal from Scar. There he is. Let's go.
Shenzi to Banzai and Ed, as they instigate the stampede[src]

Scar took his young nephew, Simba, to the gorge under the claim that his father Mufasa had a surprise for him. He left Simba alone despite the cub's protestations. Above the gorge, a large herd of wildebeests grazed, with Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed watching from afar. Just then, Scar emerged on a promontory overhead, signaling for the hyenas to instigate a stampede.[1]


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

Simba practices his roar in the gorge, after which the ground begins to tremble, and wildebeests flood into the gorge. Simba flees, but when the herd overtakes him, he climbs a tree for refuge. Meanwhile, Scar informs Mufasa and Zazu that Simba is trapped in the stampede. The three hasten to the gorge, and Mufasa jumps into the stampede. Zazu resolves to fetch the pride for help, but Scar knocks him out.

Scar prepares to heave Mufasa to his death

Simba's tree breaks, causing Simba to be flung into the air, but Mufasa catches him in his jaws and bears him to safety. Before Mufasa can escape the stampede himself, the wildebeests draw him back into the fray. Eventually, Mufasa jumps free and begins to climb up the side of the gorge, out of sight of Simba, who begins to climb up the gorge himself to meet his father at the top.

From his precarious position, Mufasa pleas for help from Scar, who is standing on a ledge above him. Instead of helping Mufasa, Scar digs his claws into Mufasa's paws and throws him to his death. Simba catches sight of his father falling and screams in agony.


Simba: There were wildebeests, and he tried to save me. It was an accident! I didn't mean for it to happen!
Scar: Of course, of course you didn't. No one...ever means for these things to happen... But the king is dead. And if it weren't for you, he'd still be alive.
Scar blames Simba for Mufasa's death[src]

Scar manipulates Simba into fleeing the Pride Lands

After the stampede passes, Simba searches for Mufasa. He finds his father's body at the bottom of the gorge and attempts to revive him. When Mufasa does not rise, Simba screams for help before curling up beneath one of his father's paws. Just then, Scar appears and accuses Simba of being responsible for the death of Mufasa. He then manipulates Simba into thinking that the pride will blame him for Mufasa's death, which prompts Simba to flee the gorge. Scar then orders the hyenas to kill Simba.

The hyenas chase Simba to a thorn thicket, where Banzai gets severely injured. Shenzi refuses to brave the thorns and so decides to tell Scar that Simba is dead, as they expect him to perish in the desert. This allows Simba to escape the Pride Lands.

Simba's nightmare

Simba! Help me!
Mufasa during Simba's nightmare[src]

The stampede appears during Simba's nightmare. Mufasa clings to the side of the gorge, begging Simba for help. Though Simba attempts to save Mufasa, he is held back by Scar, which causes Mufasa to fall into the stampede below. Simba turns on Scar, who morphs into Kovu and heaves Simba into the stampede after Mufasa.

The Lion King 1½

Pumbaa: Shall we run for our lives?
Timon: Oh, yes, let's.
Timon and Pumbaa, on the stampede[src]

While searching for a dream home, Timon and Pumbaa accidentally encounter a stampede of wildebeests. They try to escape, but fall into a nearby river and plummet off a waterfall, where they find their dream home.

The Lion Guard

"Battle for the Pride Lands"

My second plan later succeeded. Mufasa was the king no more.
Scar references the stampede[src]

The stampede is seen briefly as one of Scar's flashbacks during the "When I Led the Guard" musical sequence.

Behind the scenes


In development

  • In another version, Scar lured Nala's young brother Mheetu into the stampede in an attempt to lure an adolescent Simba to his doom. Simba would've managed to rescue the cub, but nearly die in the process, resulting in Mufasa saving both of them, only to meet his downfall at the claws of Scar.[3]
  • In an early script, Scar pretended to wait for Mufasa with Simba, then departed under the pretense that he was going to search for Mufasa.[4]
  • Originally, Scar did not show Simba any sympathy after the stampede. Instead, he chased him out of the Pride Lands himself.[5]



The History of the Pride Lands