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Cub - Adult


Prince of Pride Rock
King of Pride Rock
The Lion King
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride
The Lion King 1½
The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa
Close Relations
Mufasa (father)
Sarabi (mother)
Nala (mate)
Kopa (son)
Kiara (daughter)
Scar (uncle)
"Danger? Ha! I walk on the wild side. I laugh in the face of danger!"
—Simba to Zazu

Simba is the main protagonist in The Lion King and the tritagonist of The Lion King II: Simba's Pride and The Lion King 1½. He is the rightful king of the Pride Lands who defeats the evil Scar in order to restore peace to his father's kingdom.


"We wanted to make sure that Simba looked like when he grows older, he could look kind of like Mufasa, not as filled out but still graphically of the same family."
Ruben Aquino about Simba[2]

Like most cubs in the Pride Lands, Simba is small and lithe. His shoulders are slight, though he is in good shape, slim and moderately well-muscled. His fur is bright gold, while his muzzle, paws, and underbelly are all tan. Although his lower eye shades are also tan, his upper eye shades are chestnut. Like both his parents, he has orange eyes. His most distinctive features are his ear rims (which he inherited from his mother) and a tuft of messy fur on his forehead.

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Simba compared to Mufasa

As a teenager, the only visible differences in Simba's appearance are his size and a new patch of hair on his head, the beginnings of his mane. Come young adulthood, Simba still retains the bright colors of his cubhood, though he loses his ear rims and grows a thick mane that is as richly red as Mufasa's. His build grows considerably, though he never quite reaches his father's size. In the sequel, a now fully-grown adult Simba's appearance has changed slightly, as he has grown noticeably larger and now sports a much deeper voice. His eyebrows have also thickened, and his muzzle and paws are somewhat larger and rounder. This is most likely due to aging.

Simba resembles both his parents in different ways. From Mufasa, he inherited his strong build and pelt coloration, as both lions are bright gold with red manes. From his mother, Simba inherited ear rims (though he later loses these) and a narrow face. Both parents lent him their orange eyes as well as features common among Pridelanders, such as pink noses and colored paws.


Simba: "Isn't it great?"
Nala: "We could get in big trouble."
Simba: "I know. Ha!"
—Simba and Nala

As a young cub, Simba is brave, curious, adventurous, cocky, and all too ready to become king. He is known to overstep his authority and try to order around the other creatures of Pride Rock. Also, he is very defiant towards the hyenas and Zazu at Elephant Graveyard. He also rushes into adulthood and the idea of becoming king, thinking it means he will have the power to get his way all the time.

He suffers serious emotional trauma when Scar murders Mufasa. He didn't know this, as Scar convinces Simba that he was responsible for his father's death, telling him to run away from the Pride Lands and never return. Simba innocently shows great trust in his uncle, as he immediately runs away from all he has ever known. He later picks up a happy, carefree lifestyle with Timon and Pumbaa in an idealistic jungle paradise.

A screenshot of cub Simba, reflecting his cheeky and mischievous nature

As a young adult, he has long since forgotten his old life and once again acts as over-confident and adventurous as he did as a cub. Simba's vocabulary as a cub has also changed to a more formal dialect (ex. from "Dad" to "Father" and from "Uncle Scar" to simply "Scar"). Later, when Simba learns that Scar is ruling the Pride Lands unjustly, he faces his past and returns to take his place as the rightful king and avenge Mufasa's death. When Scar reveals his own guilt, Simba does not want to forgive him, but is still a little softhearted, and only expels his uncle from the kingdom. By having the responsibilities of being a king thrust upon him so suddenly, Simba is forced to mature greatly, and in a short space of time.

As a full-grown adult, Simba has become more mature and responsible. But for all his benevolence and inherent goodness, Simba is not without his fair share of faults that almost lead to his own undoing. Simba's "we are one" belief is a bit hypocritical at times, as shown when he attempts to stamp out his uncle's legacy by segregating and banishing the Outsiders to the Outlands along with their children. Kiara herself notes this flaw of her father's and uses it to stop the final battle. He also neglects Zira as a legitimate threat and allows her masses and hatred to grow to dangerous levels that almost cost him his life when confronted with her ambush.

Finally, he is immensely paranoid, distrusting, and overprotective in regards to his only daughter Kiara. He always has Timon and Pumbaa keep an eye on her, and even marks a trail for when she ventures alone. This doesn't change when Kiara matures into a young adult, because Simba breaks a promise to her for the sake of her safety. In addition, he is still gullible, shown when Zira congratulates Kovu for leading Simba into the ambush that she set up, and he automatically believes her words and distrusts Kovu again.


The Lion King

Cub Simba

Scar: "I was first in line until the little hairball was born."
Mufasa: "That "hairball" is my son. And your future king."
Mufasa and Scar, referring to Simba

Infant Simba

Cub Simba first seen in Sarabi's arms

In the beginning of the first film, Simba is a newborn curled up in his mother Sarabi's paws during the royal ceremony, where all cubs of the king and queen are presented from the summit of Pride Rock. For the ceremony, Rafiki cracks open a gourd and makes a red mark on Simba's forehead. He sprinkles sand on the newborn's head, making newborn Simba sneeze. After his anointing, Rafiki picks him up and presents Simba to all the animals in the Pride Lands who had gathered to see him.

Simba grows into a lively, playful cub.Simba is the first among Pridelanders who wakes up in the morning and come to the edge of Pride Rock to see whether is dawning. When he sees that the morning approaching, Simba runs into the Royal Den where all the lions sleep. On his way between them he mutters "I'm sorry" if he accidentally stumble on a sleeping lioness. When finds his mom and dad he starts to wake them up loud. He recalls Mufasa that he promised he would show him the kingdom and Mufasa finally gets up. Simba greets with his mother who gently pushed forward, pocetivši him that they should hurry up. Simba and his father climb to the top of Pride Rock, where Mufasa explains to his son that everything the light touches
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Simba and his father at the edge of Pride Rock

is their kingdom, and after his passing, Simba will become the new king. The cub questions the "shadowy place," and Mufasa explains that it is beyond their borders, so he must never go there. As they go on a walk through the Pride Lands, Mufasa tells Simba about the "great Circle of Life": that is, that every living thing "from the crawling ant to the leaping antelope" is connected and exists together in a delicate balance. While they are walking, Zazu, Mufasa's majordomo, gives the king the "Morning Report." Simba, bored, tries to practice pouncing. After some instruction from his father, Simba succeeds in pinning down Zazu. As Zazu is on his back, a gopher pops up and tells Zazu and Mufasa there are dangerous hyenas in the Pride Lands. Mufasa leaves to deal with the threat, forbidding Simba to come with him. Disappointed, Simba returns to Pride Rock to find his uncle Scar. He gleefully informs Scar that he will one day be King of Pride Rock, irritating Scar, who unenthusiastically tells Simba to forgive
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"When I'm king, what'll that make you?"

him for not leaping for joy since he has a "bad back" and flops down to rest. Simba asks Scar what it will make him when he's king and Scar replies, "A monkey's uncle." Laughing, Simba tells his uncle he is so weird and Scar tells him that he has "no idea". Then Scar asks Simba whether his father showed him what lies beyond the northern border; Simba admits that he didn't, and Scar acts relieved, saying only the bravest of lions go there. Objecting, Simba says he's brave and demands to know what is there. Accidentally on purpose, Scar lets slip that "an elephant graveyard is no place for a young prince," aware that Simba's curiosity will lead him there. Simba is excited at the prospect of an adventure, but promises his uncle that he won't visit the dreadful place.

Instead, Simba goes to his best friend Nala being bathed by her mother Sarafina, opposite his own mother Sarabi; Simba tries to get Nala to accompany him somewhere, without giving away the location of their adventure. When asked where they are headed, he lies, "around the waterhole."

Sarabi sends Zazu to accompany them, much to their dismay. On the way to the waterhole, Zazu makes a nostalgic comment on how the two are "betrothed, intended, affianced," meaning they are set to be mates and rule the Pride Lands, but since they are just children, they find it too weird. The duo then sing the song "I Just Can't Wait to be King."

"I'm gonna be the mane event, like no king was before."

As the song opens, Simba says that he will be the best king who will make all his enemies beware, but Zazu says thet he hasn't mane even yet and plucks one Simba's hair. Ignoring iz, Simba says that he will have mighty roar and sudden roars at Zazu who falls into the mud. Simba and Nala ran across the water in the hope that they would run away, but Zazu catches up with them. The two then alternately teased Zazu so that for one of them sings about that Zazu will no longer be able to act like a boss to Simba when he becomes king, and the other makes the faces behind Zazu's back. Then two ostrich shows up and the cubs , but more Zazu follows them. They try to hide in the crowd of elephants, wher Simba gathers a group of animals who joins his song. He climbs to the head of a giraffe and says animal to go to the right and then to the left, what they do and run over Zazu. As more animals joins the song, Simba whispered a hippo that he get rid of the "Dodo", a reference to Zazu. Hippopotamus transferred it to the giraffe, and she transferred it to monkeys who catch Zazu and take him on the tree. Simba and Nala enjoy when giraffes start throwing them in the air, and then climb to the top of the pyramid of animals where loud singing. But the pyramid collapses and the song stops, while the rhino falls to Zazu.

Nala pinning Simba

Later, Simba brags himself, saying that he was a genius because he managed to get rid of Zazu, but Nala opposes, saying that all that was her merits, because she came up with a plan. Simba jumps on her to make her admit that he is the best, but she flips him with her specific techniques. Simba tells her to let him go, but then again jump on her and the cubs roll down a cliff. Nala again flips Simba, but then a geyser beside them drop gas and they realize that they came to Elephant Graveyard, and after a quick exploration, Zazu catches up with the them before Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed show up. Simba tries to be brave in front of the hyenas, but realizing the danger, the cubs make a frantic effort to escape with the hyenas in hot pursuit. They manage to get away from the hyenas, but Zazu is caughted and thrown in a geyser that . Simba and Nala come back to defend Zazu from the hyenas and Simba says that hyenas have to fight with someone their own size. Shenzi says that Simba is big enough for that, and Simba realizes that he overreacted, but it was too late because hyena already attacked them. They flee again and use a backbone of the elephant like a roller coaster that sent them a little further from the hyenas, the mountain of bones. Nala slips off the bones and Simba ran to her to be saved, strongly pounding Shenzi in the face and helps Nala to climb back to the top of the hill. The chase leads to Simba and Nala being cornered in a cave. Simba tries to protect Nala by making a roar to scare the hyenas away, but he is unsuccessful.
Simba Protects Nala

Simba protects Nala from Shenzi, Banzai and Ed

Just then, Mufasa arrives to the cubs' rescue and pins down the hyenas, who escape in fear. Simba approaches his father and tries to say something, but Mufasa loud shouts to him he deliberately disobeyed him. Simba quietly apologizes, but Mufasa just says "Let's go home." Simba followed him, bowing his head, as Nala whispers to him that she thought he was very brave when confronted the hyenas and saved her. Going back to Pride Rock, Mufasa stops on the way through savana. Simba bows his head in the grass when he heard that Mufasa says something about him to Zazu. Zazu then comes to the cubs and says that he will take Nala home and puts the wings on Simba's shoulders, as if to say "goodbye forever" to him, but then only wishes him good luck quiet. A little scared hereby, Simba send last look to Nala who leaves. Soon, Mufsa calls Simba to come to him. Going to his father, Simba accidentally put his paw in a large print of Mufasa's paws and realizes what is the difference between them and how much he is actually far from the world of adults in what he wished to enter. admonishes Simba, expressing disappointment in him and anger that he has disobeyed him; as Simba says he was trying to be brave like him, Mufasa explains that even kings get scared, and he was because he almost lost Simba, then Simba jokes that the hyenas were even more scared. In response, Mufasa playfully says, "Because no one messes with your dad!" and suddenly picks Simba up and gives him a playful noogie. After playing together under the sky, Mufasa tells Simba something that he once learned from his father, about the "Great Kings of the Past" looking down from the stars, and whenever he feels alone, the stars will always be there to guide him, and so will he.


Mufasa talking about what his father told him to Simba

The next day, Scar, who had been planning to kill Mufasa and Simba to become king, takes Simba with him to a large gorge, saying his father has a "surprise" for him. Simba begs his uncle to tell him what it is, but Scar walks away after teasing him about practicing his "little roar". Unknown to Simba, Scar has signaled Shenzi, Banzai and Ed to start a wildebeest stampede to chase the frightened herd down to the gorge below. While the cub practices his roar a little louder than usual, the wildebeest charge down the cliff face in the direction of Simba. Terrified, the young cub runs for his life. Meanwhile, Scar, pretending to be terrified and nervous, runs to Mufasa panting that Simba is in the stampede down in the gorge. Immediately, Mufasa rushes to the gorge to save his son, who desperately manages to jump and cling on to a branch while the wildebeests thunder below him. While Mufasa fights through the stampede, one of wildebeests collides with the branch and breaks it, sending Simba flying into the air.

Mufasa leaps to catch his son, but he drops him upon impact with one of the wildebeests.

Simba runs away from the stampede

Becoming stuck in the stampede again, Simba dodges a few wildebeests before again being picked up by Mufasa, who then gets him to safety.

Pulled back into the herd, the alpha lion fights and struggles and throws himself on to the ledge, clinging on for dear life. Seeing this, Simba runs to the top of the cliff. As he reaches the top, all he sees is his father plummet into the stampede below, not knowing he was just thrown by Scar. He cries out and races down to the bottom of the gorge to find his father's body under the branch he was clinging to. Hoping that his father isn't dead, he tries to revive him. Realizing that Mufasa is neither moving nor breathing, he calls for help, but starts to cry and crawls under his father's fore paw.


Simba screams watching Mufasa's fall to death

Scar approaches and manipulates him into believing that he is responsible for his father's death since he died saving him, even though Scar had really caused it. When asked what his mother would think, Simba doesn't know what to do, so Scar tells him to run away and never return. Scampering away, Scar sends Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed once again to kill Simba. Panicked, scared, and now chased by the hyenas, he runs on some rocks up the gorge and comes out at the top of a steep cliff. With a patch of sharp thorns below, Simba has no choice but to jump down the cliff to escape the predators. He tumbles down and forces himself through, but the hyenas don't follow, thinking that Simba is as good as dead out in the barren desert anyway.

Tired and dehydrated, Simba wanders into the desert. In the burning heat, he eventually faints. Waiting for him to die, vultures circle overhead, but a meerkat named Timon and a warthog named Pumbaa scare away the vultures and save the unconscious cub. They revive him and ask him if he is okay. He shakily

Unconscious Simba in the desert

replies and starts to wander off. Timon and Pumbaa ask what he did, but Simba doesn't want to talk about it and Timon accepts this since he or Pumbaa don't want to hear it. Timon and Pumbaa take the cub into a jungle to teach him to forget the past and live by "Hakuna Matata," meaning "no worries." During the song "Hakuna Matata," the duo have Simba eat bugs, explore his new home, and live without worry. The trio walk across a log, which represents time elapse of a few years, during which Simba transitions from a cub to a teenager to an adult.

Teenage Simba

Teen Simba

Teenage Simba

A teenaged Simba appears briefly during the log sequence during the song "Hakuna Matata." Simba is older than his adolescent counterpart seen in The Lion King 1½ (in which his teenaged self makes a longer appearance), evident by the mane that begins to run down his neck and the mane that begins appearing on his chest and lower body.

Young Adult Simba

Mufasa: "You have forgotten who you are, and so, have forgotten me. Look inside yourself, Simba. You are more than what you have become. You must take your place in the Circle of Life."
Simba: "How can I go back? I'm not who I used to be."
Mufasa: "Remember who you are. You are my son, and the one true king."
—Mufasa's ghost to Simba

Growing up in the jungle, Simba learns to be carefree and forget all about his past and responsibilities with "Hakuna Matata." Although seemingly happy in the jungle, he feels homesick when stargazing with his friends, recalling what Mufasa told him years ago when they looked up at the stars together. He

Pumbaa, Timon and Simba view the stars

gets more upset when Timon's comments (unknowingly) mock the Great Kings of the Past. Simba leaves to flop down on the rock, wondering whether his father really up there. A few days later, Simba hears Timon and Pumbaa yelling for help in the jungle and immediately rushes to their rescue, finding himself face-to-face with a hungry lioness. After wrestling ferociously with the lioness (with Timon cheering him on), she flips Simba onto his back, a move that he instantly recognizes from Nala. When he mentions Nala's name, the lioness becomes surprised and backs away. When she asks who he is, Simba tells her his name and the lioness is surprised to realize it is him. As they rejoice, Simba introduces Nala to his new friends and she tells Simba that he is the

Simba reuniting with Nala

rightful king. Simba rejects his responsibility and refuses to go back, still believing that he was guilty of killing Mufasa; still, he comforts Nala as she struggles with the reality of him being alive after all those years. Enjoying a peaceful sunset evening together, playing "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," the two lions realize their childhood friendship has now blossomed into a romantic relationship. However, that evening, Nala tries to explain to Simba the fate of the Pride Lands under Scar's reign and persuade him to go back since he is their only hope, but he refuses, which leads to an argument. Disappointed with Simba's new behavior and language, Nala tells him he isn't the Simba she knows and remembers, to which he admits that he isn't. Then Simba asks Nala if she is now satisfied and Nala declines and says that she is just disappointed in him. Simba tells Nala she is starting to sound like his father, to which she replies, "Good! At least one of us does!". Soon, Simba marches away from his girlfriend in a huff and, alone in a grassy field, yells to the sky how Mufasa isn't there for him when he said years ago that he would, and Simba labels the blame on himself, hanging his head in shame.

"Well, I know who you are. Shh. Come here. It's a secret."

Soon, Simba notices Rafiki singing in a tree. Trying to get away from him, Simba goes to lie down away from the mandrill; Rafiki, the same one from Simba's birth ceremony years ago, refuses to leave him alone, so Simba asks who he is. However, in response, Rafiki asks Simba who he is. Simba doesn't know anymore, and after Rafiki chants in his ear, he tells Simba that he is Mufasa's boy. Surprised to hear Mufasa's name, Simba chases the wise baboon and shockingly asks if he knew his father, to which Rafiki corrects Simba and tells him that he knows his father. After Simba sadly tells him that Mufasa died a long time ago, Rafiki tells Simba that he is wrong again and explains to him that Mufasa is still alive. The baboon leads Simba to the stream and as he remarks that he only sees his reflection, Rafiki tells Simba to look harder as his reflection becomes Mufasa's face. At the same time, he hears Mufasa calling to him from the sky and Simba looks up to see him again.
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Simba talking to Mufasa's ghost

Mufasa's spirit appears in the sky, which Simba instantly recognizes and astonishingly asks, "Father?"; but Mufasa accuses his son of forgetting him, to which Simba denies and asks how could he. Mufasa tells his son he has forgotten him and his own place in the Circle of Life. He reminds Simba that he is his son and the one true king before telling him to "remember." Simba chases Mufasa's disappearing form in the sky, begging him not to leave him, with his father repeating, "Remember...". Rafiki approaches Simba again and listens to him discussing how he will have to face the past, from which he has ran away from, if he is to return. Rafiki then whacks him on the head with his stick,

Simba running to The Pride Lands

causing Simba some pain, and teaches him the lesson that even though things are in the past, they can still hurt, but he should learn from them. As Rafiki swings his stick again, Simba dodges Rafiki's whack this time. Rafiki notices this and asks Simba what he is going to do, to which Simba tells the baboon that he is going to take his stick first and snatches it away from him and throws it away. However, as soon as Rafiki gets it and turns back, Simba has already left to fight Scar and take back his place as king of the Pride Lands. Overjoyed, Rafiki proceeds to cheer Simba on from a distance, encouraging him to go back. Arriving back at his home land, he is shocked at the dry, barren condition the once green and fertile land has fallen into. As Simba trudges through the Pride Lands, Nala, Timon, and Pumbaa catch up to help him battle Scar. As they make their way to Pride Rock, they find they way blocked

Simba appears when Scar hits his mother

by hyenas, and Simba instructs Timon and Pumbaa divert the hyenas so he and Nala can slip past. Simba then tells Nala to look for Sarabi and rally the lionesses and searches for Scar. He freezes in horror as he hears his mother's name yelled out by Scar, then watches as Sarabi and Scar argue. Upon seeing Sarabi getting struck down by Scar, Simba's love for his uncle turns to pure hatred; his anger quickly mounts and he runs out of hiding to his mother's side. At first, Sarabi mistakes him for Mufasa, but she eventually realizes that it is her son when he tells her that he is now home and he and his mother briefly embrace each other. Simba then confronts his uncle, giving him a choice to either step down from

Simba discovering that Scar killed Mufasa

his position or fight, to which Scar softly refuses. Feeling trapped, Scar then resorts to accusing Simba of killing Mufasa and he doesn't deny it. This news greatly shocks everyone, especially Sarabi.

With Nala and the other lionesses watching, Scar corners Simba on the edge of Pride Rock's promontory and teases him that his father isn't alive to save him again. As Simba slips from the edge, lightning starts a fire below. While Simba clings onto the edge desperately for life, Scar remembers seeing Mufasa in a similar way before he died. Scar latches his claws into Simba's paws and whispers into his ear that, he, Scar, is the one who killed Mufasa. Filled with shock and rage, Simba immediately leaps from the edge and pins Scar to the ground. Simba forces his uncle to confess out loud, leading to a tremendous battle. The hyenas ambush Simba, prompting Nala, the other lionesses, Timon, Pumbaa, and Rafiki to charge in and wipe out the hyenas.


Simba defeats Scar

Simba then chases his uncle to the summit of Pride Rock, where he finally corners Scar. Scar pleads for mercy as he puts the blame on the hyenas, unaware that they heard everything, and they turn away in disgust and anger. Fed up with all the lies his uncle has told him his whole life, Simba chooses not to kill Scar because he doesn't want to become the monster Scar was. Instead, he spares his life by telling Scar to run away and never return, the same words that his uncle had previously told him when Simba was young. Seemingly obeying Simba's orders, Scar begins to slip away slowly, but suddenly turns around and throws burning embers into Simba's eyes. The two lions fight ferociously until Scar delivers a hard smack that knocks Simba to the ground. As Scar leaps to finish Simba off, he thinks quickly and instantly uses Nala's fighting tactics to flip Scar over the edge of Pride Rock, sending him tumbling down the ledge. Simba looks down and sees that Scar has survived the fall, but is slightly
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Simba directly before reclaiming the Pride Lands

dazed from the attack. He watches as Scar encounters the hyenas and begs them not to kill him when they laugh menacingly and begin to surround him. However, the hyenas, having had enough of Scar's lies and betrayal from earlier, ignore his pleas and jump on Scar and devour him alive. After rain falls on the Pride Lands and extinguishes the fire, Simba walks down to greet Sarabi, Nala, Timon, Pumbaa, Zazu, and the rest of the pride. Rafiki rattles his stick to get Simba's attention and motions for him to ascend Pride Rock. Simba then walks over to Rafiki, and as Rafiki bows down to him, Simba embraces him before Rafiki tells him that it is time. Simba then climbs up Pride Rock and as he reaches the promontory, he looks at the hole through the rain clouds to see a patch of stars, one of them shining brightly. Upon hearing Mufasa's voice telling him to "remember," Simba

Simba, Nala, and their cub

gains courage, confidence, and strength, then roars out over his reclaimed kingdom, and the rest of the pride roar back in approval of their new true king of the Pride Lands.

Sometime later, when the Pride Lands flourish once again, King Simba and Queen Nala, along with their new advisers Timon and Pumbaa, stand on the promontory of Pride Rock, proudly looking down at the animals who have assembled below and their new kingdom. Rafiki then comes in, cradling their newborn cub in his arms and Simba and Nala watch happily as Rafiki lifts the cub up for all the animals to see.

The Lion King II: Simba's Pride

Simba: "You will not leave Pride Rock. You will stay where I can keep an eye on you, away from him."
Kiara: "You don't know him!"
Simba: "I know he's following in Scar's pawprints! And I must follow in my father's."
Kiara: "You will never be Mufasa!"
—Simba and Kiara about Kovu

Simba at Kiara's presentation with Nala

In the second film, all the animals (including giraffes, elephants, gazelles, and other African wildlife in the savannah) return to Pride Rock to welcome the birth of the King Simba and Queen Nala's daughter Kiara. The king and queen look on proudly as Rafiki holds their cub up for all of the kingdom to see, just as Mufasa and Sarabi did when Simba himself was born.

As Kiara grows up, King Simba turns out to be extremely overprotective of her. One time, when Kiara goes off to play, he warns her to stay away from the Outlands and to stay on the path that he has marked for her. Nala teases Simba about Kiara's likeness to Simba when he was a cub. Simba confesses his feeling to Nala about how much trouble they got themselves into, to which Nala pins him and teases him, telling him that he means the trouble that he put them in. She and Simba then chuckle as they nuzzle each other in a loving manner. Nala assures him that Kiara will be fine and goes back into the cave, with Simba watching with an unsure expression.

Simba with Timon and Pumbaa

However, as soon as Nala is out of earshot, he sends his royal advisers Timon and Pumbaa after her to watch her anyway, against Nala's will. After he realizes that Kiara has sneaked away from her babysitters, he, along with Nala, Pumbaa, Timon, and the some of the Pridelanders, goes out for her, finding her near the outskirts of the Outlands with an Outsider cub named Kovu. Immediately, King Simba jumps in front of Kiara, protecting her; at the same time, Kovu's mother Zira launches herself in front of her son to protect him. Simba snarls

"These lands belong to Scar!"

at her and Zira mockingly gives cover-up for punishment for straying into the Pride Lands. Simba orders Zira to take Kovu and get out since they are now finished with their conversation. Zira laughs menacingly and tells Simba that they have barely begun. Simba then takes Kiara and walks away and sends Nala and the rest of the pride ahead back to Pride Rock so he can have a word with Kiara. Simba reminds her that she has got to be Queen, even though she may not want to be. He reminds her of the Great Circle of Life. Simba tells his daughter that they are part of each other, with Kiara responding, "Hmph!" and raising her head and turning her back on her father. This makes Simba playfully smile and nudge her. After embracing her, he sings to her that they are one.

"We will stand by your side filled with hope and filled with pride."

Years later on (Kiara's first hunt), Kiara pleads with Simba to let her hunt on her own. He promises, but he once again sends Timon and Pumbaa to watch her anyway, thus deliberately breaking his promise. A few hours later, Simba paces nervously on Pride Rock, where Zazu reassures him that Kiara will be fine. Suddenly, Simba notices smoke on the horizon as Zira's plan goes into action. He and Nala race to Kiara, only to find her talking to Kovu. Simba is roaring menacingly at Kovu, as Kiara reminds how he has broken the promise Simba had made on letting her hunt on his own, to which Simba, out of fear of losing her again, forbids any more hunting lessons for her. Just then,

Simba roars with agression at Kovu.

Rafiki appears and brings up the fact that Kovu saved his daughter's life. When Simba asks him why, Kovu asks to join his pride. Simba initially refuses; but Zazu tells him that his father's law demands all debts be paid. In repayment for his daughter's life, an agitated Simba reluctantly lets Kovu join the pride on judgment, but he doesn't allow him to sleep with the pride. That night, Simba has a nightmare similar to the scenario in which Mufasa was killed by Scar in the wildebeest stampede in the first film. In the nightmare, Simba tries to save his father, who is hanging on a cliff face. As he reaches down, he realizes that he is also on the cliff face and Scar is looking over him as he grabs his paw. Mufasa slips away and falls to
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Simba wakes up after his nightmare

his death, which makes Simba cry out for a brief moment and then suddenly get mad at Scar for this, quietly calling his name in anger. However, he looks up to see his cackling uncle morph into Kovu (who has a scar on his face), which greatly shocks Simba. Then Kovu lets Simba fall to his death, and the king snaps out of his dream. Simba is frightened at first but starts to calm down once he looks outside the den, realizing it's still night, and then looks at Nala, who is happily asleep. So Simba goes back to sleep, still uneasy but more relaxed.

The next morning, Simba has a drink at the waterhole. Unknown to him, Kovu is behind him, ready to kill. Luckily, Kiara turns up wanting her hunting lesson, so Kovu is drawn away. That night, Simba looks down on Kiara and Kovu stargazing together and asks Mufasa for guidance. Nala then walks beside him and tells him to trust Kovu more. That evening, Simba lets Kovu sleep with the rest of the pride in the cave as it is a fairly cold night.

The next morning, Simba walks in on Kovu about to tell Kiara about Zira's plan, telling his daughter that he doesn't want her talking with him, only to say in a much calmer tone that he wants to talk with him. This makes Kiara brighten up and Simba smiles and

Simba runs away from the Outsiders climbing the dam

winks at her before walking off with Kovu, with Kiara watching from a distance. During the long walk, Simba explains to Kovu his side of the story about Scar. As they are walking, Zira, Nuka, Vitani, and the other Outsiders surround them. Zira teasingly asks Simba what he is doing outside "so alone". Zira then congratulates Kovu for bringing Simba with him and adds, "Just like we've always planned." Feeling betrayed and distrusted, Simba angrily snarls at Kovu, now believing him to be behind the plan after what Zira had said. In response, a scared Kovu denies this and tries to reason with Simba that he really didn't have anything to do with Zira's plan, but Simba is then attacked by the Outsiders on Zira's orders. Simba slides down a cliff and the Outsiders attack on

Simba exiles Kovu

Zira's command. He runs into a gorge and climbs up the dam. Just as he's climbing, Nuka grabs his ankle, pulling him down. Simba pushes himself up, dislodging logs, which tumble down and crush Nuka to death. This greatly shocks Zira and Vitani and they, as well as Kovu and the other Outsiders, mourn the death of their family member. Simba escapes and weakly makes his way back to the Pride Lands, where he manages to whisper to Kiara, Timon, and Pumbaa what happened before collapsing due to extreme exhaustion. They help him back to Pride Rock, where he recovers. When Kovu returns, Simba confronts him, asking the reason why he came back. Kovu asks for forgiveness, but Simba doesn't believe Kovu has had nothing to do with the attack. Kiara tries to persuade Simba to listen to Kovu, but he tells her to be silent and then exiles Kovu, to Kiara's heartbreak. Kiara then quarrels with her father, pleading him to reconsider, but Simba refuses, saying that Kovu used her to get to him and he knows Kovu is following in Scar's paw

Simba leads the Pridelanders in the battle

ready for battle]] prints and that he must follow in his father's. Kiara angrily yells at him that he will never be Mufasa. This comment hurts and shocks Simba immensely as he looks away sadly while Kiara runs into Pride Rock before sneaking away to find Kovu, finally realizing the error of his ways. That night, the rain falls down and Simba asks Timon and Pumbaa where Kiara is. Just as he finds out she is missing, Zazu informs him the Outsiders are on the attack. He commands Zazu to find Kiara and assembles the lionesses, ready for battle. When they approach the Outsiders, Simba gives Zira a final chance to go home. Zira tells Simba that she is already home, and commands her troops to attack. After a bitter battle, Zira jumps down off her rock, ready to attack Simba herself. Just as they are about to go into a one-on-one combat, Kiara jumps in front of her father, and Kovu jumps in front of Zira
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Simba and Kiara reconcile

. Simba tells his daughter to stay out, but Kiara tells him that the fight has to stop. Concurrently, Zira tells Kovu to move and Kovu tells Zira that he won't let her hurt Kiara or Simba. Kiara reminds Simba that they are "one," and asks if he sees any differences between his pride and the Outsiders. As Simba realizes his daughter's words, rain stops and his father shines down from the clouds, then he nuzzles his daughter as they reconcile. Zira orders Vitani to attack Simba, but she refuses to do so and crosses onto his side as do the rest of the outsiders. Zira, realizing that she is losing, tries one more time to attack Simba; but as she jumps for him, Kiara jumps in her way and fights her off. Shocked, Simba jumps down after them, just as Zira slips away into the water below. Simba reaches his daughter and helps her back up the cliff, where she is hugged by a relieved Nala. When Kiara is reunited with Kovu, Simba studies him and apologizes to him as he finally admits he was wrong. He accepts Kovu and the Outsiders into his pride and they all go home together.

Simba takes the Outsiders back

Back at Pride Rock, Simba, Nala, and all the other lionesses watch as Rafiki blesses the union of Princess Kiara and Prince Kovu. Simba, Nala, and the new couple Kiara and Kovu make their way to the top of Pride Rock and roar over their kingdom, with the rest of the pride roaring back in reply. As Simba looks down proudly at the rejoicing animals who have gathered around Pride Rock, the sky opens up and Simba hears his father say, "Well done, my son. We are one."

The Lion King 1½

" I couldn't have done it without you guys."
—Simba to Timon and Pumbaa
During Timon and Pumbaa's first try at a new home, they saw Simba's birth ceremony. Although they had no interest in it, they came to witness the event anyways. The two later found a small cave in the Pride Lands, which they lived in for a month or two until Simba and Nala singing "I Just Can't Wait to be King" drove them out. Although not seen, we can hear Simba say, "I'm okay." after the animal pyramid falls down. Later, after Mufasa is murdered by Scar and
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Cub Simba roars at Timon

Simba runs away from the Pride Lands, he wanders around the desert, feeling guilty and thinking that he killed his father. Simba collapses of fatigue and exhaustion, lying under the sun with buzzards circling overhead. Simba is found by Timon and Pumbaa, who carry him to shade and water and eventually let him live in the jungle with them. Growing up without worries, Simba soon proves to be a difficult cub to handle and Timon and Pumbaa find it hard to be adoptive parents. Living carefree in the jungle forest, Simba gets into all kinds of mischief that his parents would have never allowed: jumping down from dangerously tall trees, swimming down steep and deadly waterfalls backwards, and spinning Timon around like a play toy. He also keeps Timon up all night having to go to the bathroom, wanting a drink of water, and
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Teen Simba

needing the bathroom again. One night, Simba was awakened by a nightmare, probably involving his father's death. Months pass and Simba is now a teenage lion who seems to beat Timon and Pumbaa at all kinds of alliterative bug eating contests, including the longest bug belch, slug swallowing, cricket crunching, grub gulping, maggot munching, and the snail slurping contest shown in the film. He has grown a small mane on his head and looks even more hot-headed than as a cub. After some years pass, Simba has now grown to an full adult lion who enjoys his life with Timon and Pumbaa in the jungle. Simba had an interesting

Simba during the "Sunrise, Sunset"

conversation with Pumbaa about dung beetles before Nala appears and chases Pumbaa, making Simba attack her; he later realizes it's his old childhood friend. In the "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" sequence, we see that Simba takes Nala on a romantic evening in the jungle, unknowingly hurting Timon while the meerkat attempts to split the two lovers up. After the familiar scenes of Simba arguing with Nala about whether or not he should return to the Pride Lands to be the Lion King. Simba runs off and sees his father's ghost, although the timing is a lot shorter after the argument, happening almost instantly after he runs off. This could be counted as a mistake, although it was probably sped up for the convenience of the filmmakers, who wanted to move the film on quicker.
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Simba embraces Timon and Pumbaa during his coronation

There are also some different angles of Simba going after Scar, including a shot of him chasing Scar up to the top of Pride Rock and that of Simba slipping off the cliff when Scar corners him. Simba's leaping up and forcing the truth out of Scar about Mufasa's death and Simba flipping Scar off Pride Rock is also seen at a new angle. Once the violence is over, Simba thanks Timon and Pumbaa for their help against the hyenas before he climbs Pride Rock, roaring for all of the Pride Lands to know that they have won. At the end of the film, Simba is laying down on the water with Pumbaa, Timon, and Ma. A silhouette of Simba also appears in the theater while Ma rewinds the movie.

Other Roles

The Lion King (musical)


Scott Irby-Ranniar as Young Simba in "The Lion King on Broadway"

Following the success of The Lion King, Julie Taymor created the musical The Lion King.


Jason Raize as Simba in "The Lion King on Broadway"

In this production, we have an insight into events that weren't explored in the original film, as Simba, young and old, is in nearly all the musical numbers. But in the Broadway production, we see a slightly extended role, which includes scenes like Timon being trapped above a lake full of crocodiles, which was Simba's fault; as the situation reminded him of the day his father was killed by his uncle Scar, and sings an additional song called "Endless Night."

Jason Raize plays Simba while Scott Irby-Ranniar plays young Simba in the original Broadway cast of The Lion King.

Early Production

In early sketches, Simba still has the same liveliness and playfulness as the Simba we see in the final film, although the style changes when it came to Simba's final design. The early sketches show Simba's character and characteristics such are his earmarks. These sketches also have an original "Disney style" about them, which is softened down in the final designs of all the lions in The Lion King. Interestingly enough, in the sketch on the right, Simba has cheeks similar to those of the Outsiders in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride.

An original storyline that was dropped was adolescent Simba saving Nala's little brother Mheetu from a wildebeest stampede in the gorge.

Kingdom Hearts II

In Kingdom Hearts II, when Sora, Donald, and Goofy explore the jungle in the Pride Lands world, Simba almost attacks them, not recognizing them as they were turned into animals due to Sora's enchanted clothes.

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Concept art for Simba from Kingdom Hearts II

Initially, Simba refuses to go back to the Pride Lands, stating he was "not who he used to be." King Mufasa comes to him and tells him to go back; afterwards, he accompanies Sora, Donald, and Goofy to Pride Rock for a climactic battle with both Shenzi, Banzai and Ed and Scar, who had been turned into a Heartless because of his anger and jealousy. Sora left after the successful coronation of Simba. When Sora returned, Simba had been driven into doubt by rumors of Scar's ghost. He later gained confidence and stood up to Scar's ghost, which was a manifestation of Simba's uncertainty and fearlessness. Simba has a move with Sora that causes huge rocks to appear and strike opponents, after which he slashes foes - ending, finally, with his summon attack from the first game, Proud Roar.

Cam Clarke voices Simba in the above two appearances, with an archival recording of Jonathan Taylor Thomas used for young Simba in the wildebeest sequence in Kingdom Hearts II.

The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa

Simba makes occasional appearances in the Timon and Pumbaa animated TV series as the show's tritagonist. This includes one episode in which Timon drags him out to try to revive Pumbaa's lost memory.

In "Congo on Like This," Timon and Pumbaa suspect that Simba has reverted to his carnivorous nature.

In "Shake Your Djibouti," Timon and Pumbaa are forced to train Simba to protect them from a laboratory monster.

In "Once Upon a Timon," Simba makes a last minute cameo appearance when Rafiki is about to finish telling the story of Timon to Zazu.

Simba's final appearance in the series was In "Rome Alone," when he is forced by Quint into a gladiatorial battle with another lion named Claudius.

House of Mouse

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Simba with Nala and his friends in Mickey's Magic Christmas.

Simba has made numerous appearances in House of Mouse as a minor character. Throughout the whole series, Simba alternates between his cub and adult appearances.

In the episode "Timon and Pumbaa," he complains about Timon and Pumbaa's popularity, saying, "Those guys always get all the attention!".

In "King Larry Swings In," young Simba was seen in a flashback and fell from the cliff of Pride Rock after Donald accidentally dropped him. He makes brief appearances in Mickey's Magic Christmas. He also has a cameo as a cub at the beginning of Mickey's House of Villains.

Much like his appearances in The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa and Kingdom Hearts II, Simba is voiced by Cam Clarke.

The Lion King: Bloopers & Outtakes

In The Lion King: Bloopers & Outtakes, at the end credits of the Diamond Edition of The Lion King, he and other characters are represented as live actors. In this
sequence Simba appears five times. First time, he appears cameo, when Scar can't pronounce the word "responsible". Next time, Simba tried three times to say the phrase "Hakuna Matata" while coming to a fallen tree, but he fails, and he and the crew laugh. The third time, Rafiki falling asleep on a rock during shooting of a scene and Simba trying to wake him up, shaking his shoulders, but he fails again, so proposes a film crew to continue filming tomorrow. In the end, he is shown as a baby who is carried by Rafiki to edge of Pride Rock during the his presentation, but Rafiki stumbles and letting Simba fall from Pride Rock.

Concept Art

As a cub in the conceptual stages, Simba didn't have the golden pelt of his final design, but rather the creamy beige of Sarabi. His paws were colorless and his tail tuft was black, indicating that Simba would've grown a black mane as an adult as opposed to his final design's red mane (and Mufasa's own red mane). He had many lioness traits such as no whiskers, neck fur, and creamy eye shades.

However, in his earliest stages, when The Lion King was called King of the Jungle[3][4]Simba was a pure white cub.


All Voice Actors




Simba with his family




  • According to Mouse Under Glass, the directors themselves aren't sure how Simba grew to the size he is with just a diet of insects.[5]

Concept artwork of Simba looking at his reflection

  • In Kung Pow! Enter the Fist, the Chosen One is called "Simba" by Mushuu-Fasa. He is a spoof of Mufasa. The Chosen One replies, "I am not Simba."
  • In The Lion Guard, an upcoming television series inspired by the film, Simba will have a son named Kion.[6]

In Development

  • Originally, teen Simba was to have more screen time, evident by concept art. This scene is included in the final movie in a sense, but when we see it, Simba is an adult and not a teenager.
  • In some concepts, he is shown with blue eyes.
  • In King of the Jungle, Simba loses his tail in an attempt to escape from a hyena after Scar takes the throne.


"Danger? Ha! I walk on the wild side. I laugh in the face of danger!"

Simba: "Listen, you think you can just show up and tell me how to live my life? You don't even know what I've been through!"
Nala: "I would if you would just tell me!"
—Simba and Nala's argument

"You said you'd always be there for me!"
—Simba yells at Mufasa's ghost

"This is my kingdom. If I don't fight for him, who will?"
—Simba ready to take over the Pridelands

"Fire is a killer. Sometimes what's left behind can grow better than the generation before, if given the chance."
—Simba to Kovu



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Simba reclaiming The Pride Lands


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