King (inheritance; tyranny)
The Lion King 1½
The Lion King: Six New Adventures
The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa
- "Life's not fair, is it?"
- —Scar's first line in the film
Scar is the main antagonist in The Lion King and a minor antagonist in The Lion King 1½. He is Mufasa's younger brother, Simba's uncle, Sarabi's brother-in-law, Ahadi and Uru's son, and Kopa and Kiara's great-uncle.
- "[W]hen it comes to brute strength...I'm afraid I'm at the shallow end of the gene pool."
- —Scar comments on his physical form
Scar is a sleek, elegant lion who is severely lacking in physical prowess, something he comments on himself to Mufasa. Scar's lead animator, Andreas Deja, intentionally designed him with a slick, combed-back, black, silky mane that, in the sun, appears to be very dark brown. Deja animated Scar to slither and glide rather than move about in the way the stockier, stronger lions in the film do, such as Mufasa and Simba.
Scar's fur is brown, his mane is black, and his eyes are bright yellow-green, two traits he shares with Ahadi. He boasts many features that resemble an Outsider. A scar, his namesake, runs down his left eye. He closely resembles Jafar, and his design inspired the Outsiders.
- Sarabi: "We have but one choice. We must leave Pride Rock!"
Scar: "We're not going anywhere!"
Sarabi: "Then you have sentenced us to death!"
Scar: "So be it!"
Sarabi: "You can't do that!"
Scar: "I am the king! I can do whatever I want!"
Sarabi: "If you were half the king Mufasa was, you--"
Scar: "I'M 10 TIMES THE KING MUFASA WAS!!!"
- —Sarabi arguing with Scar
Scar is highly intelligent and charismatic, as he was able to rally the hyenas to his cause and gain fanatical loyalty from Zira and her pride of lionesses. Scar is a psychopathic individual who is mainly concerned with gaining power and will kill anyone he sees as competition. Despite his ruthless nature, he's a somewhat cowardly individual, more likely to run away from violence than confront it. When pressed though, he is portrayed as a fierce fighter who holds his own against and almost defeats Simba at the movie's climax, despite the fact that he (Scar) is far older by decades yet is able to fight as if he was as young as Simba.
He is also shown to be cunning and manipulative. Due to him being able to plot the murder of his own brother and nephew, and execute this plot with little remorse, it could be said that he doesn't care much for family relations.
Scar's lyrics in the song "Be Prepared" ("meticulous planning, tenacity spanning, decades of denial, is simply why I'll be King undisputed, respected, saluted and seen for the wonder I am!") and his inability to take criticism either from Shenzi or Sarabi establish him as being a narcissist. He is also an expert manipulator, having tricked both Mufasa and Simba into situations with the intent of getting them killed (successfully, in the case of Mufasa). His deceptive and opportunistic nature would prove to be his undoing, however, when his hyena allies overheard his attempt to sell them out.
According to the novel series, The Lion King: Six New Adventures, Scar's real name is Taka, which is Swahili for "dirt," "trash," or "want."
In A Tale of Two Brothers (one of the books in the set), teenage Taka is angry that Mufasa is chosen to be the heir to the throne. He gets even angrier when his father, King Ahadi, breaks his promise to go hunting with him, choosing to solve the drought problems in the Pride Lands instead. Taka wanders off to talk to Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed the hyenas, who tell him that if Mufasa were to be made to look like a failure to their father King Ahadi and the rest of their pride, then he, Taka, will look good in comparison and take the throne.
Taka then tricks his brother into going down to the waterhole, where a cape buffalo named Boma is refusing to share the water. The Pride Lands are in a terrible drought and any water there is precious. Mufasa begins reasoning with Boma, when Taka roars and says that Boma must move by order of the Lion King, or Mufasa will face Boma in combat. Boma charges out of the water at Mufasa. Mufasa escapes to safety with Rafiki, but Boma says that his herd will get Taka. Mufasa runs back to find Taka being attacked by Boma's herd. The largest of the buffaloes slashes Taka with his horns, knocking him unconscious. Mufasa leaps in to save his brother and the buffaloes ready themselves to attack again. Before they can do so, however, Ahadi appears with a large herd of animals. The herd surrounds the buffaloes and ends the fight. Later on, Rafiki examines Taka and finds a deep cut on his left eye, which will never fully heal. Taka then requests that he be called "Scar" from now on, as a reminder of how he foolishly allowed his anger to rule him..
- 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
Scar makes his first appearance directly after Simba's presentation, where he traps an unsuspecting field mouse under his paw, lifting it slowly and eying it thoughtfully. He points out to the mouse thoughtfully (more to himself) that life isn't fair before beginning to lament on his own life and about how he'll never be the king. To make himself feel better, he also tells the mouse that he'll never see the light of another day, chuckling evilly, bidding it adieu, and lowering into his jaws to eat. At the last moment, Zazu interrupts him, asking rhetorically and mocking if his mother ever taught him not to play with his food. Scar responds with annoyance, trying to eat the bird when he points out that King Mufasa won't be pleased with his absence. Just as he traps Zazu within his jaws, the king arrives, commanding Scar to release Zazu. Scar does, leaving the hornbill drenched in saliva, choosing to deal with his brother instead. He approaches Mufasa, carelessly invading his personal space in mock-surprise about being visited by his brother, but Mufasa moves onto more pressing matters. Scar says, again in a mock-surprised voice, he didn't know the Presentation was today and that he fell "simply awful" for missing. Zazu points out, even as slippery as his mind is, he should've been first in line and Scar snaps his teeth at the bird, pointing out before Simba (referring to him as "hairball") was born he was first in line. Mufasa meets his brother's eyes, clearly stating that "hairball" is his son, the future king, and making it clear Scar was never gets the position. Scar says he'll practice his curtsy, turning his back and walking away from his brother. He veils a threat when Mufasa addresses him again, something that riles up the bigger lion. Scar reassures that he wouldn't challenge Mufasa, as he doesn't have the brawn to do it. He navigates around the two and strides off into the savannah.
Later, after Simba is denied permission to accompany Mufasa and go take care of some hyenas, Scar is visited by his nephew. He reacts in seething anger and annoyance when Simba gleefully points out he'll be king, asking what that makes Scar. Scar replies "a monkey's uncle", but Simba simply laughs and calls his uncle weird. Scar takes interest in the cub's previous statement of being showed the whole kingdom, guessing Mufasa didn't show him what's beyond the northern border. He reaffirms that the King was right and "let it slip" that the Elephant Graveyard is no place for a prince. Scar shruggingly says Simba would've eventually found out and only requests Simba not go to the place or tell anyone where he heard about the Graveyard from. He pushes Simba off with a paw, knowing the cub's curiosity would eventually draw him there.
His plan to kill Simba, via Shenzi, Banzai and Ed, is foiled by Mufasa when the lion comes to their rescue and fights the hyenas off. From atop a knoll, he watches in dismay as the cubs are led out of danger and his plan fails. For this, he scolds the hyenas, debating whether to feed them or not as he "practically gift wrapped the cubs for them" but for whatever reason, they still couldn't dispose of the two. He drops the zebra meat however, and though their noisy eating, Banzai points out something that gives Scar another idea: they'd kill the King and the prince in one full swoop. With a sinister "Precisely", Scar leads his hyenas army into the musical "Be Prepared"
The next day, Scar lures Simba into the gorge and instructs him to wait on a rock for the "marvelous surprise" Mufasa has planned for him. Simba is extremely curious, opting to go with Scar, but the lion abruptly refuses his request. He brings up the incident with the hyenas, making Simba a little more compliant about staying on the rock, and suggest while he's there he work on his "roar". Scar begins to move off, when Simba addresses him again, asking if he'd like the surprise. The dark lion smirks, telling Simba that it 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 finds Mufasa and in a staged panic, tells Mufasa about Simba's being trapped in the Wildebeest stampede. Both lions run off to the Gorge, spotting Simba clinging desperately to a weak branch. Mufasa jumps into the sea of hooves and Scar drops his act of panic, swatting the majordomo into the wall of the gorge rendering him unconscious. The dark lion slithers across the ridges of the gorge, never taking his eyes off of Mufasa's position. The King leaps into the gorge's walls, clinging there, but Scar meets him at the top. After taking time to drink in Mufasa's helpless form, he slams his claws into his brother's paws, sinisterly whispering "Long live the King", and then throwing Mufasa back into the gorge to his doom.
The newly labeled murderer meets Simba at the bottom of the gorge, seeing the cub curled up under Mufasa's broken body, and manipulates Simba, telling him that Mufasa's death was all his fault. He instructs Simba to run away and never return, setting the hyenas on him as the cub disappears.
To the pride he returns, telling them all the news of Mufasa and Simba's deaths, unknown to him that the prince was anything, but dead. After this, he introduces the hyenas and ascends Pride Rock to truly assume the throne.
During Scar's reign, the kingdom becomes a drought which causes the lionesses refuse to hunt, knowing there is no food left. Even the hyenas, who are probably used to going hungry for days, start complaining to Scar about the larder being bare. Scar, however, picking his teeth with the bones of an animal from a previous meal presumably, tells them to get out when Banzai angers him by mentioning Mufasa, a name that has been banned by law to be spoken.
Finally, Scar calls Sarabi to him, asking her why the hunting party refuses to do its job, not accepting Sarabi's excuse of their not being any food, merely passing their unsuccessful off as the lionesses not looking hard enough. When Sarabi suggest they leave Pride Rock, Scar makes it clear he isn't moving the pride anywhere, the former Queen angrily pointing out his decision would end up in the deaths of them all. Scar turns his back on her, telling her that he's fine with this result and that he is the King and can do whatever he wants. He angrily strikes Sarabi when she insinuates he isn't half the King Mufasa was, and this causes Simba, who was observing the entire scene, to spring from hiding in his mother's defense. Scar first mistakes him for Mufasa, but when it's made clear it the thought-dead Simba, he glares at the hyenas and cowers away as his nephew begins to back him into a corner.
Scar makes it clear that he isn't resigning, pointing to the many hyenas above him and telling him they think he is the King. However, Nala and the lionesses reject him, and Simba threatens he'll fight if his uncle doesn't step down. Scar slinks around Simba, hinting at Mufasa's death. The prince tells Scar 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 fore-paws to desperately cling for his life, Scar suddenly remembers Mufasa in similar situation years ago. Slamming his claws into Simba's paws just like he has previously done to Mufasa and assuming the youthful lion was as helpless as his brother was, Scar leans in and whisper to Simba that he was really responsible for Mufasa's death.
Enraged, Simba pins Scar, a paw pressing down on his throat. Scar tries to weasel his way out of the situation, but his nephew's choking him forces him to admit what really happened all those years ago. The hyenas ambush Simba, 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 as he places the blame on the hyenas, unaware they are listening, but Simba will have none of it. He asks Simba of his intentions, relieved when his nephew decides not to kill him, but he is horrified when Simba gives him his own advice to run away and never return. Scar begins to cooperate, but throws embers into Simba's eyes and tackles him while he is blinded. The two lions engage in a brutal fight, a hard smack from Scar sending Simba on his back. Scar leaps to deliver the final blow, but Simba uses his hind legs to flip Scar over the edge and send him tumbling down the cliff. Scar survives the fall, and as he struggles to his feet, he greets his hyena friends in a pleasing manner, but they make it clear they are no longer friends and begin to surround Scar, backing against the stone.
Scar pleads for his life, but the hyenas have had enough with his treachery and broken promises. They surround Scar with wide grins and close in, leap on Scar and rip him apart as flames engulf them all.
- "Trust me!"
- —Scar to Simba in his dream
Scar doesn't return as the villain in the sequel, but it is revealed that he had a pride of lionesses loyal to him whom Simba banished to the Outlands after he became king. They are led by Zira who is still fiercely loyal to Scar, who has three offspring: Nuka, Vitani, and Kovu.
In the film, Zira tries to use Kovu (who was briefly raised by Scar as well as his hand-chosen heir) to kill Simba and become king. However, Kovu isn't Scar's son, but because of being chosen and raised by the lion, he still feels Scar is "a part of him" as he later explains to Princess Kiara, King Simba and Queen Nala's daughter and Kovu's presumed mate.
Scar only appears twice: The first time in Simba's nightmare. In the nightmare, Mufasa clings to the cliff above the stampede as in the first film, and Simba tries to reach down to help his father. However, Scar appears on the ledge and grabs Simba's paw, preventing him from reaching Mufasa. Scar laughs, suggesting that Simba trust him and let Mufasa fall. He falls into the stampede (much to Simba's shock, horror, and sadness) and the cackling Scar morphs into Kovu, which devastates Simba. Kovu flashes an evil grin and he throws Simba into the stampede as well. Scar appears again when Simba banishes Kovu from the Pride Lands, upon thinking that he was a part of Zira's plan. As Kovu looks into a stream as he's banished, he sees Scar's reflection rather than his own. Given that Kovu had rejected defending his legacy, the young lion flees the vision in panic and shock.
In the direct-to-video "parallel film The Lion King 1½ (2004), Scar makes a few brief, non-speaking appearances in the scenes for which he was present in the original Lion King film.
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.
He is first mentioned by Nala when she tells Timon and Pumbaa that Simba needs their help in order to defeat Scar. He is shown making Simba fall over Pride Rock's peak and fleeing from Simba after admitting he murdered Mufasa, where the hyenas were protecting him. Just as Timon, Ma, Pumbaa, and Uncle Max defeat the hyenas, Simba kicks him over the side of Pride Rock's summit, into the hole the hyenas fell into, and to his death.
The Lion King (musical)
In the Broadway musical based on the original film, 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 along with the use of acane. Scar was originally portrayed in the Broadway production by John Vickery, and is currently played by Patrick Page. Dan Donohue portrays this character on the Broadway tour.
Scar's role is expanded upon with the song "The Madness of King Scar." In it, Scar begins doubting his reign, fearing that he might be losing the respect of the lionesses and that he needs a queen. He attempts to seduce Nala, who rebukes him by scratching his face.
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 primary villain 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 suffers 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, but is pinned down by Nala in order to allow Sora and friends some time to escape. 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 Shenzi, Banzai, Ed and hyenas, while Scar and Simba fight. As in the film, Simba eventually triumphs over his uncle; 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 protagonists are surprised when, as Pete explains, Scar returns to battle once again as a Heartless. Scar's anger and jealousy were so strong 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.
Despite the fact that this series takes place after The Lion King, Scar makes a few cameos. He is seen when Timon tries to revive Pumbaa's amnesia after being struck by lightning in one episode and when Zazu cleans out his trash can in another episode.
Disney's House of Mouse
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 bare resemblance to Scar.
Scar appears as an unlockable costume character in the game. He is also the boss of the last level of the Lion King universe, where you ride on a train for transportation to fight him with a canon.
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 park and Hong Kong Disneyland.
Scar appears as one of the main villains in Fantasmic!. In the show, Scar is called fourth by the Queen to destroy Mickey Mouse once and for all. In the end, Scar is killed by Mickey, along with the other villains.
Scar is seen on Hades' cards of Disney Villains at the beginning.
It is revealed 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 Land. Scar tricks the hyenas into believing he is invincible and forces them to work for him again. However, the park guest proves Scars lies by injuring him in front of Shenzi and her hyena 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 hellish red storm. Scar battles the park guest yet again but is defeated once again which sends him back to The Underworld.
In relation to King Claudius and Adolf Hitler
Scar is most likely an archetype of King Claudius and inspired by Hitler. In The Lion King, at one point during "Be Prepared," there's a scene where Scar sits on a high up rock, watching the hyenas march along. This is very similar to Triumph of Will.
In Hamlet, King Claudius poisoned 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. Whereas, Scar pushes Mufasa off a cliff to his death in order to become king and he uses the same tactic on Simba. But Scar didn't necessarily have Sarabi or any of the other lionesses to be his queen. Although, in the Broadway version of The Lion King, Scar tries to seduce Nala to be his queen.
On the bonus features on the 2003 DVD release, Lion King director Roger Allers revealed that Scar was originally a rogue lion who wasn't related to Mufasa. Then the filmmakers decided that the story would be more emotional and scary if the bad guy was someone in the family. So they made him as King Mufasa's younger brother—a creepy uncle for Simba, and a threat from the "inside" only to know that this story material originates from Hamlet. Before the animators heard Iron's performance and decided to work Jeremy Irons' features into Scar, he actually did have more obvious similarities to some of the other lions in the pride, noticeably to his brother Mufasa.
His paws were colorless like Nala, Sarafina, and various other lionesses and his jaw was prominent and square like Mufasa's as opposed to his final design where he boast colored, clawed paws and a goatee. His also seemed to be thicker in frame like his brother instead of lanky like an Outlander.
In this concept, 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's eyes were to be blue-gray like Nala's at one point.
- According to some concept sketches, Scar was not always a dark lion. He had golden fur / pale tan fur once as well as bright red / blue eyes that were slit like snakes.
- Scar was originally bigger than Mufasa.
- Scar once owned a piece of land of his own, dubbed "Scar-land" by the concepts.
- In the conceptual stages, Scar interacted with a mysterious lioness. Their relationship is completely unknown.
- The animators were so impressed with Jeremy Irons' performance that they worked Irons' features into Scar's face.
- According to the audio commentary, Scar's being in the shadows of Pride Rock while Simba and Mufasa would be in the sunlight was symbolic of Scar being evil.
- Young Simba says to his uncle Scar, "You're so weird!", to which Scar replies, "You have no idea." Jeremy Irons gave this same response in Reversal of Fortune, to which he won an Academy Award for Best Actor.
- Scar was originally a rogue lion, but the story writers thought relating him to Mufasa would be more interesting; a threat from inside. This is why Scar and Mufasa differ so much; They weren't originally designed to be related.
- Originally, Scar was going to send adult Nala away from Pride Rock because she ignored his romantic approaches, after which she finds Simba alive and well with Timon and Pumbaa. This idea was ultimately abandoned, as sexual harassment was considered improper in a family movie. However, the stage musical adaptation includes this plot development as part of director Julie Taymor's efforts to expand the female characters' presence in the story.
- In an earlier version of the original movie, Scar chases Simba out of the Pride Lands himself.
- In Hercules, the title character is seen wearing Scar's skin while he's posing for a painting on a Greek vase.
- When Kovu sees Scar's reflection instead of his, it is exactly the same image used in The Lion King, where Scar orders the hyenas to kill Simba after he himself kills Mufasa, merely distorted by the rippling water.
- In an early version of the script during the final battle sequence between Simba and Scar, he defeats nephew and throws him off Pride Rock. But he is then engulfed in flames and Simba takes control of the pride as the new king.
- Scar appears oddly yellow colored in the 77th cover from one of the Lion King: A Nature Fun and Learn series magazines.
- Scar used to have a fear of lightning.
- "Be Prepared"
- "Be Prepared (Reprise)" (musical only)
- "The Madness of King Scar"
- "I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts"
- The Lion King (1994) - film - Jeremy Irons (speaking and partial singing). Irons damaged his vocal cords after screaming the line "You won't get a sniff without me!" in the song "Be Prepared". This led to Jim Cummings being brought in to finish the end of the song. Jim Cummings (additional singing)
- The Lion King (musical) (1997) - (musical) - John Vickery (original actor), Patrick Page (current actor), Dan Donahue (Broadway tour)
- The Lion King II: Simba's Pride - (1998) - (film) – Jim Cummings
- Kingdom Hearts II - (2005) - (video game) – James Horan
- The Lion King Bloopers - (2011) - Jeremy Irons
- Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom - (2012) - Tom Kane
- ↑ 
- ↑ The Lion King: Platinum Edition (Disc 2), Story Origins. Walt Disney Home Entertainment. 2003.
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYwlwYJFCxs&feature=related
- ↑ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110357/trivia?tr=tr0658726
- ↑ http://concept.lionking.org/art/story/stam36.jpg
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y14TwUGQ3xE&feature=related
- ↑ http://i56.tinypic.com/1zefpfb.jpg
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|King of the Pride Lands|
Second son of Uru/Ahadi