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The Lion King II: Simba's Pride
The Lion King 1½
The Lion King: Six New Adventures
The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa
- "Danger? Ha! I walk on the wild side. I laugh in the face of danger!"
- —Simba in the Elephant Graveyard
Simba is the titular protagonist of The Lion King and the tritagonist of The Lion King II: Simba's Pride and The Lion King 1½. He is Mufasa and Sarabi's son, Nala's mate, Scar's nephew , Kopa and Kiara's father, and Kovu's father-in-law.
As a cub, Simba boasted yellow fur, although it was commented upon by Pumbaa as being "brownish gold" in the first film. His eyes are orange (later red as an adult), his eye shades chestnut, and his muzzle, underside, forepaws, and lower eye shades light-colored.
As an adult, his mane is luxurious, thick, and a rich red, which looks almost exactly like Mufasa', although his build is much slighter than that of his father's. Facial feature-wise, he resembles Sarabi. In The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, Simba's voice is a bit deeper, his mane is slightly darker, and his eyebrows are thicker as well; this is due to aging. As well, in the sequel, he is starting to resemble Mufasa due to his older age.
- "Danger? Ha! I walk on the wild side. I laugh in the face of danger!"
- —Young Simba at the Elephant Graveyard
As a young lion cub, Simba is 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. He suffers serious emotional trauma when Scar murders Mufasa. He didn't know this and Scar convinces Simba that he was responsible for his father's death, telling him to flee 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, and he later picks up a happy, carefree lifestyle with Timon and Pumbaa in an idealistic jungle paradise.
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. 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. 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 fully-grown adult, Simba has grown much more mature and responsible. Yet, he is immensely paranoid, distrusting, and over-protective, in regards to his only daughter and heir Kiara. He always has Timon and Pumbaa, now his royal advisers, to keep an eye on her and even marks a trail 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 to his enemies, such as when Zira congratulated Kovu for leading Simba into the ambush that she set up, he automatically believes her words and distrusts Kovu again, when Kovu was really innocent.
- 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
In the beginning of the first film, Simba is an infant 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 baby 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. Waking up one morning at dawn, he begs his father Mufasa to show him the whole kingdom. Simba and his father climb to the top of Pride Rock, where Mufasa explains to his son that everything the light touches 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 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 manage to ditch Zazu by crushing him with a pile of animals set to Simba singing "I Just Can't Wait to be King." The cubs tumble into the 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. 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.
Just then, Mufasa arrives to the cubs' rescue and pins down the hyenas, who escape in fear. Going back to Pride Rock, Mufasa 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 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.
The next day, Scar, who had been plotting 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. 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.
Scar approaches and manipulates him into believing that he is responsible for his father's death since his roar has triggered the stampede, 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 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.
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 gets more upset when Timon's comments (unknowingly) mock the Great Kings of the Past. Simba leaves to flop down on the rock, wishing his father was still alive.
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 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 that 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 that 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 he will, and Simba labels the blame on himself.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. 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 Simba remarks that he only sees his reflection, Rafiki tells Simba to look harder as Simba's reflection becomes the face of Mufasa. At the same time, he hears Mufasa calling to him from the sky and Simba looks up to see him again. 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 that 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 Mufasa 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, 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 fight Scar. As they make their way to Pride Rock, they find they way blocked 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 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 his death. 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 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, 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 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 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.
Seasons later, all the animals (including giraffes, elephants, gazelles, and other African wildlife in the savannah) return to Pride Rock to welcome the birth of the now-older 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. 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 at her and Zira mockingly gives cover-up for punishment for straying into the Pride Lands. King Simba tells 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. Ignoring her, Simba takes Kiara and walks away. After sending Nala and the rest of the pride ahead back to Pride Rock Simba reminds Kiara 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 her 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.
Years later on (Kiara's first hunt), Kiara pleads with King Simba to let her hunt on her own. He promises, but once again, sends Timon and Pumbaa to watch her anyway. 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 races 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, 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 his death, which makes Simba cry 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 stops laughing evilly and lets Simba fall to his death and he wakes up out of his dream; he is frightened out first, but starts to calm down once he looks around and sees that everything is back to normal. So Simba goes back to sleep, 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, King Simba looks down on Kiara and Kovu stargazing together and asks Mufasa for guidance. Queen Nala then walks beside him and tells him to trust Kovu more. That evening, Simba lets Kovu sleep with the other lions 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 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 King Simba with him and adds, "Just like we've always planned." Feeling betrayed and distrusted, Simba angrily snarls at Kovu immediately, 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 doesn't believe him and will not even listen. Then Zira commands the Outsiders to attack Simba, to which they do. When Kovu sees them trying to kill Simba, he comes to his rescue and tries to get the lionesses off of him, only for Vitani to kick her brother in the face right into a rock, knocking him out. King Simba slides down a cliff and the Outsiders attack on 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. King 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 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 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.
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. 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 King 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 King Simba, but she refuses to do so and crosses onto his side as do the rest of the outsiders. Zira, realizing she's 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 a worried Nala is waiting. 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.
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."
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 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 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 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.
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.
Following the success of The Lion King, Julie Taymor created the musical The Lion King.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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 "Rome Alone," Timon sees Simba forced into a gladiatorial battle with another lion named Claudius.
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 "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.
As a cub in the conceptual stages, Simba did not 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.
- Father: Mufasa
- Mother: Sarabi
- Mate: Nala
- Son: Kopa
- Daughter: Kiara
- Grandfather: Ahadi (paternal)
- Grandmother: Uru (paternal)
- Great-Grandfather: Mohatu
- Uncle: Scar
- Son-in-Law: Kovu
- "The Morning Report"
- "I Just Can't Wait to be King"
- "Hakuna Matata"
- "Endless Night" (musical)
- "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"
- "He Lives in You"
- "We Are One"
All Voice Actors
- The Lion King - (1994) - (film) - Jonathan Taylor Thomas - (cub), Matthew Broderick - (adult), Jason Weaver - (cub singing voice), Joseph Williams - (adult singing voice), Evan Saucedo - ("The Morning Report")
- Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable - (1995) - (short film) - Cam Clarke (adult voice)
- The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa - (1995) - (TV series) - Cam Clarke (adult voice)
- The Lion King (musical) - (1997) - (musical) - Scott Irby-Ranniar (cub) (original actor), Jason Raize (adult) (original actor)
- The Lion King II: Simba's Pride - (1998) - (film) - Matthew Broderick, Cam Clarke (singing voice)
- The Lion King 1½ - (2004) - (film) - Matt Weinberg (cub voice), Matthew Broderick (teenager and adult voice)
- Kingdom Hearts II - (2005) - (video game) - Jonathan Taylor Thomas (cub, single line), Cam Clarke (adult)
- Simba has a son named Kopa in The Lion King: Six New Adventures.
- Like Kopa, Simba was rivals with a cheetah, but eventually got on good terms with him.
- In Mouse Under Glass, the directors of Disney themselves aren't too sure how Simba grew to the size he is with just a diet of insects.
- Back when The Lion King was called King of the Jungle, Simba was trained by Rafiki to take back the throne from Scar.
- Originally, teen Simba was to have more screen time, evident by the concept art to your right. This scene is included in the final movie in a sense, but when we see it, Simba is an adult and not a teenager.
- The fires below Simba when Scar pins him move left to right, similar to the wildebeest stampede.
- In some concepts, Simba is shown with blue eyes.
- His name means "lion" and "lioness" and he's a lion, which means Fisi is his opposite as a hyena whose name means "hyena."
- Many compare Simba's eating of grubs as a way to preserve his friends to Kimba's eating grass to do the same. However, the directors simply refer to it as a "right of passage" not an insurance for Timon and Pumbaa.
- Simba is very similar to Bambi in the sense of learning the lessons of life and fall in love with their female best friend. They also lose a parent at a young age.
- In early scripts of The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, King Simba was going to be killed by the Outsiders, but the writers decided to change it because they thought it was too gruesome.
- In Kung Pow! Enter the Fist, the Chosen One is called "Simba" by Moshu-Fasa. He is a spoof of Mufasa, at which the Chosen One replies, "I am not Simba."
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