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Vitani
Physical information
Gender

Female

Species

Lion

Hair color

Brown, cream, and tan

Eye color

Lavender

Distinguishing features

   Dark ear rims
   Dark eye shades
   Freckles
   Head tuft

Biographical information
Status

Living

Residence

   Pride Lands
   Outlands (formerly)

Affiliations

   Lion Guard
   Pride Landers
   Simba's pride
   Outlanders (formerly)
   Outsiders (formerly)

Titles

   Fiercest in the Pride Lands
   Leader of the Lion Guard

Relationship information
Family

Zira (mother)
Nuka (brother)
Kovu (brother)
Kiara (sister-in-law)

Allies

Anga, Azaad, Beshte, Bunga, Fuli, Imara, Kasi, Kiara, Kion, Kovu, Laini, Nuka, Ono, Shabaha, Simba, Tazama, Zira (formerly)

Enemies

Anga (formerly), Azaad (formerly), Beshte (formerly), Bunga (formerly), Fuli (formerly), Jasiri (formerly), Kiara (formerly), Kion (formerly), Nala (formerly), Ono (formerly), Simba (formerly)

No, Mother! Kiara's right. Enough.
―Vitani defies Zira[src]

Vitani is a female lion. She was the scout and second-in-command of the Outsiders until she reformed and joined Simba's pride. She currently serves as the leader of the Lion Guard. She is the daughter of Zira, and the sister of Nuka and Kovu.

Due to her mother's loyalty to the late king of Pride Rock, Scar, Vitani and her family were exiled to the Outlands by Simba. There, she and her brothers were raised to believe that the Pride Landers were enemies and that Kovu was the rightful king. However, during the final battle between the prides, Kiara swayed Vitani to switch her allegiance and join Simba's pride.

In Kion's absence, Vitani formed her own Lion Guard. However, when Kion returned with his own team, the two groups faced off in an official competition to determine which Lion Guard had the right to protect the Pride Lands. During her showdown with Kion, Vitani called for a mashindano and declared that she did not need the Roar of the Elders to lead the Lion Guard. This ultimately swayed Kion to forfeit his position as the leader of the Lion Guard to Vitani and allow her team to take over defense of the Pride Lands.

Biography

Early life

Vitani was born a Pride Lander shortly before the fall of Scar and was exiled to the Outlands along with her mother, brothers, and Scar's band of loyal followers by Scar's nephew Simba following Scar's defeat and death. Unlike Nuka, Vitani never resented Kovu for being the "chosen one." Instead, she expressed pride in Kovu and supported his role as Scar's chosen heir.[1]

Supporting Kovu

Vitani: Nuka! Where's Kovu? Did you leave him out there on his own again?
Nuka: Hey, it's every lion for himself out here. That little termite's gotta learn to be on his own!
Vitani: Mother's gonna be mad. She told you to watch him!
Nuka: Oh, who cares? I should've been the chosen one! I'm the oldest, I'm the strongest, I'm the smartest...
—Nuka and Vitani[src]

As a cub, Vitani battles with a dry tree root, sparing her approaching older brother Nuka a glaring glance when she hears his jeering taunts. She ignores him and continues to tug on the root, only truly acknowledging him when he cuts it with his claw.

Vitani scolds Nuka for letting Kovu wander off

Growling, Vitani rises and asks Nuka about Kovu's whereabouts. She is displeased when the older lion makes it clear that he doesn't care about Kovu's well-being but smirks when he complains about how he should have been the chosen one, not Kovu. Vitani scoffs, daring Nuka to tell this to Zira before pointing out that their mother has arrived. Zira ignores Nuka, depositing Kovu onto the dry, cracked ground, where Vitani goads Kovu into a playful fight.

Shortly after Zira's return, Vitani is seen singing "My Lullaby," accompanying her mother and brother in song. While Nuka clearly disapproves of Kovu becoming king, Vitani doesn't mind, protecting him from Nuka and enthusiastically cheering upon Zira's request.[1]

Conflict with Jasiri's clan

A lion and a hyena? Hmm...
―Vitani ponders Kion and Jasiri's friendship[src]

When Vitani and her family drive a clan of hyenas from their watering hole, one of the hyenas, Jasiri, goes to her friend Kion for help. Kion and Jasiri are brought to Zira by Nuka and Kovu, and Zira introduces herself and Vitani, who is skeptical of Kion for being friends with a hyena, but does display some curiosity over their friendship.

Vitani is critical of Kion for being friends with a hyena

Eventually, Zira and Kion move off to talk about the Roar of the Elders, and Vitani is left behind with Nuka, Kovu, and Jasiri. After her talk with Kion, Zira returns to her children and lies to Jasiri that Kion has allowed the Outsiders to keep the watering hole. She then takes her cubs to where she has surrounded Kion with her lionesses.

During the confrontation, the rest of the Lion Guard arrives to fight the Outsiders. Vitani prepares herself to fight, but gets pinned down by Fuli. They back the lions up against a wall, and Kion uses the Roar of the Elders to blast them away. The pride lands in a termite mound, which Zira declares to be their new home.[2]

Zira's plot

Vitani sets the Pride Lands alight as part of Zira's plot

Vitani is first seen as a young adult side-by-side with her brother Nuka in the Elephant Graveyard. The two overlook the area, and Vitani scoffs at Nuka's discomfort. She then leaps down ahead of him, setting two sticks over a geyser, and smirks at Nuka when he is scared by the rising steam. Rolling her eyes, she picks up her lit stick, and the two head into the Pride Lands, setting it on fire when they spot Kiara hunting. During their arsoning, Nuka accidentally surrounds himself in the flame, and after he comically escapes, Vitani snatches him from view.

Much later, following Kovu's acceptance into the enemy pride, Vitani witnesses Kovu entering the royal den with Simba's approval under the cover of the night sky, at first enthusiastically and silently urging Kovu to attack. When he enters peacefully, she snarls, turning tail and fleeing from the Pride Lands to report the news to Zira. Her mother asks for definite confirmation about Kovu's betrayal, and Vitani sticks to her story, reminding Zira that she saw it with her own eyes.[1]

Ambush on Simba

Vitani reports Kovu's betrayal to Zira

Vitani and her pride surround Simba and Kovu when they are alone. During the ambush, Vitani takes up a position on Simba's back, sinking her teeth into his back and her claws into his shoulder and hindquarters. When Kovu starts swatting some of the Outsiders away in an attempt to help Simba fend them off, she notices his interference and delivers a powerful kick directly to his head, sending him flying into a nearby boulder, which knocks him unconscious. When Nuka tackles Simba off the ledge, Vitani is the first to lunge at him, missing by a hair.

As Simba begins to climb the logs clogging the gorge and kicks some down in the process, Vitani watches angrily as their target gets away. Kovu appears, and she waits for him to push Simba down to his death, but he refuses, so Nuka pursues Simba instead. Both Zira and Vitani watch in horror as a log gives under Nuka's hind paw, and he plummets toward the bottom of the dam to his death.

Vitani prepares to attack Simba

Vitani looks on as her mother savagely digs Nuka's head out from underneath the rubble, revealing his gasping form. He says his last words, and Vitani delivers a final "Nuka..." before hanging her head. After Nuka dies, Zira directs her rage at Kovu, giving him a scar, and Vitani snarls alongside her mother at Kovu's treacherous act. After Kovu runs off, she eagerly listens to her mother for further instructions as to how they can claim the Pride Lands as their own.[1]

Battle of the Pride Landers and Outsiders

Vitani stays close by Zira as they invade the Pride Lands and chooses Nala as her main opponent. They have a brief exchange and then lunge for one another, rolling in the mud (though Nala is the one who comes out on top). The fighting goes on until Kovu and Kiara arrive, standing in-between their warring parents to keep them from fighting. Kiara speaks reason to Simba, telling him that the fighting must stop. Simba tries to argue with his daughter, but Kiara explains that the Outsiders are just like the Pride Landers.

Vitani calls for peace between the Outsiders and the Pride Landers

Vitani is the first of the Outsiders to realize what this means and refuses Zira's order to attack, joining the Pride Landers alongside her brother. At Vitani's refusal to fight, Zira threatens her daughter's life. With clear shock and disbelief at the lengths Zira is willing to go to defeat Simba, the remaining Outsiders disgustedly leave her side to join Vitani with the Pride Landers. Following her mother's death, Vitani joins the Pride Landers and witnesses her brother Kovu's marriage to Kiara.[1]

Battle of the Lion Guards

I don't need the Roar, Kion. I'm fierce enough to lead the Lion Guard without it.
―Vitani[src]

Vitani leads a Lion Guard comprised of former Outsiders

After hearing that Zira is planning to attack the Pride Lands, the Lion Guard returns to their homeland. Not recognizing Kion because of his scar, Vitani and her lionesses mistake the Lion Guard for enemies. A fight ensues between the two groups, and Kion attempts to use the Roar against Vitani and her lionesses. However, Kiara and Kovu interject and reveal that Vitani and the rest of Zira's pride have joined the Pride Landers.

The next day, Vitani and her lionesses meet Kion and his friends at the Lair of the Lion Guard. Vitani explains that as the future king's sister, she believes that it is her responsibility to protect the Pride Lands, so she has formed her own Lion Guard in their absence. Kion argues that he is the future queen's brother and has the mark of the Guard along with the Roar of the Elders, but Vitani and her guard still refuse to back down.

Vitani uses the Roar of the Elders

They start a competition to decide which one is more worthy to become the defender of the Pride Lands. After both sides have two wins, Vitani suggests that the last competition for the fiercest should be a mashindano. This shocks Kion, who tells Vitani she has no chance of winning since he has the Roar, but Vitani tells Kion that she doesn't need the roar because she believes that she's fierce enough to lead the Lion Guard.

Kion deems Vitani worthy to lead the Lion Guard and bestows her the mark of the Lion Guard along with the Roar of the Elders. Vitani demonstrates the Roar, and the mark of the Lion Guard disappears from Kion and his friends, officially establishing Vitani's Lion Guard and ending Kion's Guard. Vitani then witnesses Askari's spirit appearing and commending Kion for his mastery of the Roar. She asks Kion what it means to master the Roar, and Kion replies by using the Roar to lift Pride Rock, which astonishes Vitani.[3]

Physical appearance

As an adult, Vitani bears a striking resemblance to her mother, Zira

As a cub, Vitani was small, lanky, and thin, with a skinny neck and a scanty build. She was slightly smaller and more scruffy-looking than her brother of a similar age, Kovu. Like her mother Zira, she has sharp facial features and the distinctive curved nose of the Outsiders. Her main pelt is tangerine, while her muzzle, paws, and underbelly are cream. She has several distinctions, including dark eye shades and inner ears, thin black eyebrows, a head tuft, and a light brown tail tip. Her eyes are lavender.

Vitani's healthier and more groomed appearance after she rejoins Simba's pride

Once older, Vitani's likeness to Zira intensified. She grew larger and rangier, though she retained her angular features and gaunt frame. However, she proved to be a powerful fighter, as she held her own against the full-grown Simba and managed to kick her brother Kovu into unconsciousness. As she grew older, her pelt dulled to a brownish-tan, and both her eyebrows and head tuft grew longer. Additionally, she sported several new features, including dark ear rims and freckles on her muzzle.[1]

After rejoining Simba's pride, Vitani gained muscle and weight, with her fur becoming less mangy, giving her a much healthier and more groomed appearance. Later, after becoming the leader of the Lion Guard, Vitani gained a red lion's head marking on her left shoulder.[4]

Personality and traits

Hey, Kovu. Wanna fight?
―Vitani to her younger brother[src]

As a cub, Vitani often exhibited confidence and derision.

Even as a cub, Vitani displayed aggressive and vicious characteristics, taking enjoyment in taunting and fighting her brothers. Despite her more violent tendencies, Vitani is known to be a stickler to the rules, following her mother without question and not doubting Kovu as Nuka so often did. Her attitude, even as a cub, is confident and spunky, and she was not afraid to outwit her larger and older brother. Unlike Nuka, who hated Kovu for being treated specially by their mother, Vitani is on good terms with her younger brother and often played with him. She also scolded Nuka if he neglected his duty to watch over their younger brother, and protected him if Nuka bullied him.

Vitani picked up a sarcastic nature from her mother, which she tended to use against Nuka. Even as a young adult, she was shown picking on Nala for the disappearance of Kiara. She seemed to take great enjoyment in fighting and chasing Simba during the ambush, grinning maniacally throughout the chase. Her overconfidence was shown when she recklessly leaps at Nala, a much larger and more well-built lioness than herself.

An adult Vitani displays her aggressive and vicious nature.

Like her mother and the rest of her pride, Vitani disliked and was distrustful of hyenas. When she first met Kion, she was skeptical of his friendship with Jasiri, but did display some curiosity over it.

Vitani's soft side showed through when she is saddened by Nuka's death and grieved for him, showing that despite their strained relationship, Vitani still cared for her older brother. She was also the first of the Outsiders to join Simba's pride. This daring action showcased her courageous side, as she was not only willing to stand up to her mother, but to her entire pride. Brash and vicious as she is, Vitani is level-headed and not nearly as cruel as her vindictive mother. Despite being raised to fight and kill, Vitani saw the appeal and reason in peace, and was willing to take a stand for what's right.[1]

Vitani expresses deep sorrow over her brother Nuka's death.

After joining Simba's pride, Vitani's violent and ruthless tendencies diminished greatly. She became much friendlier and less aggressive with other animals, and was no longer as mocking of others as she once was. This included hyenas, a species she treated with disdain as a cub. It is also shown that even after Zira threatened her, Vitani still loved her mother, as she was visibly saddened when the subject of Zira's death is raised. Her forgiving side was shown again when she reconciled with Kovu despite having previously blamed him for Nuka's death. However, she still retained her fondness for combat, keeping her manic smile when fighting.

Vitani reconciles her differences with Kion, reflecting her kind and humble nature as a Pride Lander.

As the leader of the Lion Guard, Vitani displays strong leadership qualities and great camaraderie with her teammates, being able to effectively lead them into battle and forming close friendships, bordering on sisterly bonds, with them.

Vitani still remains brash, however, as she was quick to attack the Lion Guard when they enter the Pride Lands. She is also stubborn, as she refused to back down, insisting that her Lion Guard deserved to exist over Kion's. Her self-confidence was shown again when she challenged Kion to a mashindano despite him having an advantage with the Roar of the Elders. Her confidence and determination impressed Kion so much that he willingly forfeited the match. Vitani also displayed signs of humility and humbleness, as she was grateful to Kion for honorably surrendering his position, and displayed no envy or frustration over his superiority with the Roar, only pleasant astonishment.[5]

Appearances

Trivia

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 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.
  2. Revealed in "Lions of the Outlands" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 20, Season 1. Written by Kevin Hopps, John Loy, and Ford Riley, and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired November 11, 2016.
  3. Revealed in "Return to the Pride Lands" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 19, Season 3. Written by Kendall Michele Haney and Ford Riley, and directed by Tom De Rosier and Howy Parkins. Originally aired November 3, 2019.
  4. Revealed in "Return to the Pride Lands" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 19, Season 3. Written by Kendall Michele Haney and Ford Riley, and directed by Tom De Rosier and Howy Parkins. Originally aired November 3, 2019.
  5. Revealed in "Return to the Pride Lands" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 19, Season 3. Written by Kendall Michele Haney and Ford Riley, and directed by Tom De Rosier and Howy Parkins. Originally aired November 3, 2019.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Lacey Chabert. IMDb. IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved on October 7, 2020.
  7. Jennifer Lien. IMDb. IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved on October 7, 2020.
  8. Online Swahili - English Dictionary. African Languages. Retrieved on October 7, 2020.
  9. 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.


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