|Cub - Adult|
King of Pride Rock
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride
The Lion King 1½
The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa
- Mufasa: "You have forgotten who you are and so 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 reminds Simba of his identity
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
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.
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.
As a cub, Simba is adventurous and almost foolishly brave, always sniffing for something fun to do. Energetic and rambunctious, he can make even the scariest of places into an adventure, with much bravery on hand, evident in the way he confidently stands up to predators and defends his friends even in the face of death. However, unlike his father Mufasa, Simba is less careful about his bravery, throwing himself into harm's way for no good reason. Still young, he is foolishly brave and too arrogant for his own good, nearly getting himself and his friend Nala killed.
Thinking himself strong and capable, Simba has an ego the size of the Serengeti. He is known to claim Nala's ideas as his own and loves to show off his status to the other animals of the Pride Lands, often overstepping his authority in doing so. He basks in the prospect of becoming king and readily looks forward to the day when he can order around his subjects. In this way, he is somewhat stuck-up and pompous.
Despite this, Simba is good at heart and longs to become the wise king that his father Mufasa is. The cub glorifies his father, wanting to be just like him when he grows up, and suffers much grief whenever he disappoints Mufasa. When his father dies, Simba suffers severe emotional trauma, thinking the death to be his fault. Following Mufasa's fall, Simba becomes somewhat withdrawn and depressed, no longer putting value in his own life. It takes the efforts of Timon and Pumbaa to make Simba forget his past and move on with life.
As an adolescent, Simba picks up a happy, carefree lifestyle, thinking nothing of his responsibilities back home. In the jungle, he develops somewhat grotesque habits, burping and eating bugs alongside his lazy companions. No longer the respected prince of the Pride Lands, Simba becomes sedentary and stubbornly refuting of his past life. Having been tainted in mind by his well-meaning friends, Simba no longer sees the need to help others and would rather lock himself away in bliss than face reality.However, this soon changes when he grows into adulthood, with his childhood friend Nala reminding him of his responsibilities back home. When faced with his dark past, Simba is prone to reacting defensively, losing his mostly well-controlled temper in bouts of fury. This stems from his sensitivity toward his past, as he thinks himself to be the cause of so much pain and turmoil. Ridden by guilt, Simba will do anything to blame his troubles on someone else, though he ultimately does face the truth, admitting to himself that he is the cause of his own inner grief.
Despite his guilt-ridden conscious, Simba is forced into maturity when he has to face his past, holding himself accountable to the land he once swore to defend. Once accepting of his duties, he becomes a new character, stronger in will than before. Unlike the old Simba, who would rather avoid an argument, this new Simba does not tolerate being bullied and refuses to stand for abuse, being particularly defensive of his mother. When challenged, Simba becomes rough around the edges, determined to have his way and unwilling to stand for compromise. No longer an innocent cub, he is brave when he has to be, standing up for his land and his pride.
Despite this rough exterior, Simba is still good at heart, sparing his uncle even after learning that Scar has been framing him his whole life, having killed Mufasa himself. Simba's good will only extends so far, however, as he has a kingdom to think about, and he ultimately sets aside total forgiveness in order to keep his pride safe, sending Scar into exile. This decision proves that he is growing into a leader, learning the importance of mercy within authority.
Once a full-grown adult and a father, Simba has matured to a new level, now totally fixed on his duties as a king and a father. For all his benevolence and inherent goodness, Simba is not without fault, as he is overprotective of his daughter Kiara, willing to break a promise to her in order to keep her safe. In this way, Simba shows that he does not fully respect his daughter, seeing himself as the older and wiser lion. Thinking himself to know better, he often becomes blind to the outside world, focusing only on his family and their safety. In doing so, he often harms those around him.
Perhaps because he is so overprotective of Kiara, Simba is paranoid and unwilling to forgive, segregating the Outsiders for supporting the late Scar. His trust is very hard to earn, as he refuses to accept Kovu even after the young lion saves his daughter. With the belief that he knows best, Simba is quick to jump to conclusions, not giving others a chance to speak for themselves.
Despite this, Simba does later learn his lesson, willing to accept the words of his daughter. Unlike his enemy Zira, he is able to let go of the past and forgive. Having accepted the wisdom of his daughter, Simba becomes a greater leader, more open to his enemies and willing to give others a second chance.
- 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 about Simba
At the beginning of the film, Simba is a newborn cub curled up in his mother's paws. For the ceremony, Rafiki cracks open a gourd and makes a red mark on Simba's forehead, naming him the future king. He sprinkles sand on the newborn's head, making Simba sneeze, and then picks him up, presenting the cub to all the animals in the Pride Lands who are gathered to see him.
Simba soon grows into a lively, playful cub. He is the first among the Pridelanders, waking up in the morning and coming to the edge of Pride Rock to see whether it is dawn yet. When he sees that the morning is approaching, Simba runs into the royal den, where all the lions are asleep. When he finds his parents asleep at the back, he starts to wake them up loudly. He recalls that Mufasa had promised to show him the kingdom. Finally, Mufasa gets up. Simba happily scampers ahead of his parents, rubbing affectiontely against his mother's leg before following his father to the summit.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. He goes on to say that 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 circle of life, explaining 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 his 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 mole pops up and informs Zazu and Mufasa that 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 moping in the shadows. He gleefully informs Scar that he will one day be the king of Pride Rock, irritating Scar, who unenthusiastically tells Simba to forgive him for not leaping for joy, since he has a "bad back." He then flops down in depression, but Simba, unaware of his uncle's bad mood, asks Scar what he will be once Simba is king. Scar replies, "A monkey's uncle," making Simba laugh. The cub tells his uncle that he is so weird, and Scar tells him that he has "no idea." Scar then asks Simba whether his father had showed him what lies beyond the northern border. Simba admits that he has been forbidden to go there, and Scar acts relieved, claiming that only the bravest lions go there. Objecting, Simba says that he's brave and demands to know what's there. "Accidentally," Scar lets it slip that there is an elephant graveyard in the shadows, 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 graveyard. Leaving Scar, Simba goes to his best friend Nala, who is being bathed by her mother Sarafina, opposite Simba's 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 by his mother, he lies, saying, "Around the waterhole." Sarabi sends Zazu to accompany the cubs, much to their dismay. On the way to the water hole, Zazu makes a nostalgic comment about how the two are "betrothed, intended, affianced," meaning that they are set to be mates and rule the Pride Lands together. Since they are just children, they find it weird. The duo then sing the song "I Just Can't Wait to be King," during which they lose Zazu.
After losing track of Zazu, Simba brags to Nala, claiming that he is a genius because he managed to get rid of Zazu. Nala opposes him, saying that she deserves the credit since she came up with the 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 jumps on her again, and the cubs roll down a cliff. Nala again flips Simba, but then a geyser beside them shoots skyward, and they realize that they are in the Elephant Graveyard.
After the cubs make a quick exploration, Zazu catches up with the them, though Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed soon show up. Simba tries to be brave in front of the hyenas but, realizing the danger, he makes a frantic effort to escape with the hyenas in hot pursuit. The cubs manage to get away from the hyenas, but Zazu is caught and thrown in a geyser. Simba and Nala come back to defend Zazu from the hyenas, and Simba tells the hyenas to fight someone their own size. Shenzi says that Simba is big enough for that, and Simba realizes that he has overstepped his authority. It proves to be too late for the cubs, because the hyenas come for another attack. The cubs flee again and use the backbone of an elephant like a roller coaster that sends them flying from the hyenas. While climbing a mountain of bones, Nala slips, and Simba runs back to save her, swiping Shenzi in the face and helping 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.
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 shouts at him that he has deliberately disobeyed him. Simba quietly apologizes, but Mufasa just says, "Let's go home." Simba follows him, bowing his head, as Nala whispers to him that she'd thought he was very brave.
En route to Pride Rock, Mufasa stops on the way through savanna. Simba bows his head in the grass when he hears that Mufasa wants to speak with him. Zazu then comes to the cubs and says that he will take Nala home. Putting his wings on Simba's shoulders, he wishes him good luck. A little scared, Simba sends one last look to Nala, who leaves. Mufasa then calls Simba to come to him. Going to his father, Simba accidentally steps into his father's pawprint, realizing just how much bigger and wiser Mufasa is.
Once by the king's side, Simba is admonished by his father, who expresses disappointment in him and anger that he'd disobeyed. Simba says that he was trying to be brave like him, but Mufasa explains that even kings get scared, just as he had been that day because he'd almost lost Simba.No longer so scared, Simba jokes that the hyenas had been even more scared. In response, Mufasa playfully says, "Because no one messes with your dad!" He then picks Simba up and gives him a playful noogie. After playing together under the sky, Mufasa tells Simba about the great kings of the past, who are looking down on them from the stars. He reminds Simba that whenever he feels alone, the stars will always be there to guide him, as will Mufasa.The next day, Scar, who had been planning to kill Mufasa and Simba in order to become king, takes Simba with him to the gorge, saying that Mufasa 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 signals Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed to start a stampede of frightened wildebeests into the gorge below. While Simba practices his roar a little louder than usual, the wildebeests 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 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 the wildebeests collides with the branch and breaks it, sending Simba flying into the air. Mufasa leaps up 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 onto a ledge, clinging on for dear life. Seeing this, Simba runs to the top of the cliff. As he reaches the top, he sees his father plummet into the stampede below, not knowing that he'd been thrown by Scar. He cries out and races down to the bottom of the gorge to find his father's body under the branch that he had been 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 underneath his father's forepaw when he realizes that there is no hope. Scar approaches and manipulates Simba into believing that he is responsible for his father's death, since the king died saving him. When asked what his mother will think, Simba doesn't know what to do, so Scar tells him to run away and never return. After Simba scampers away, Scar sends Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed once again to kill the cub. Panicked, scared, and now chased by the hyenas, Simba runs out of 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 to be so sad, but Simba doesn't want to talk about it. Timon and Pumbaa then 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 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 of "Hakuna Matata." Simba is older than his adolescent counterpart 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 to appear on his chest and lower body.
- Simba: "That's not my father. That's just my reflection."
Rafiki: "Nooo. Look harder. You see, he lives in you."
- —Rafiki to Simba
Enjoying a peaceful sunset evening together, the two lions realize that their childhood friendship has blossomed into love. However, that evening, Nala tries to explain to Simba the fate of the Pride Lands under Scar's reign, trying to persuade him to go back, since he is their only hope. Despite her desperation, he refuses, which leads to an argument. Disappointed with Simba's new behavior, 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, saying that she is just disappointed. Simba tells Nala that she is starting to sound like his father, to which she replies, "Good! At least one of us does!" Enraged, Simba yells at her and then marches away in a huff. Alone in a grassy field, he yells to the sky at Mufasa for not being there for him when he'd promised years earlier that he would. Simba then labels the blame on himself, hanging his head in shame.Soon, Simba notices Rafiki singing in a tree. Trying to get away from him, Simba goes to lie down away from the baboon. Rafiki refuses to leave him alone, so Simba asks him who he is. However, in response, Rafiki asks Simba who he is. Simba doesn't know anymore, and after Rafiki chants in his ear, the baboon tells Simba that he is Mufasa's boy. Surprised to hear Mufasa's name, Simba chases the wise baboon and shockingly asks him if he'd known 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 a stream, and as he remarks that he only sees his reflection, Rafiki tells Simba to look harder as the reflection becomes Mufasa's face. At the same time, Simba hears Mufasa calling to him from the sky, and Simba looks up to see him again. Mufasa's spirit appears in the sky, and Simba instantly recognizes him, astonishingly asking, "Father?" In answer, Mufasa accuses his son of forgetting him, to which Simba denies him and asks how he possibly could.
Mufasa tells his son that he has forgotten who he is and his own place in the circle of life. He then reminds Simba that he is his son and the one true king. 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 his past 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 it. 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. The lion snatches it away from him and throws it into the grass. However, as soon as Rafiki gets it and turns back, Simba has already left to fight Scar and take back his place as the king of the Pride Lands. Overjoyed, Rafiki proceeds to cheer Simba on from a distance, encouraging him to go back.
Arriving back home, Simba is shocked at the dry, barren condition that the once green and fertile land has become. 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 their way blocked by hyenas, and Simba instructs Timon and Pumbaa to divert the hyenas so that he and Nala can slip past them. Simba then tells Nala to look for Sarabi and rally the lionesses while he 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 get struck down by Scar, Simba's love for his mother turns to pure hatred for his uncle. 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 home. He and his mother briefly embrace. Simba then confronts his uncle, giving him a choice to either step down from his position or fight, to which Scar promptly refuses. Feeling trapped, Scar resorts to accusing Simba of killing Mufasa, and the young lion 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, mocking him that his father isn't alive to save him. As Simba slips from the edge, lightning starts a fire below the promontory. While Simba clings to the edge desperately for life, Scar remembers seeing Mufasa in a similar position before he died. Scar latches his claws into Simba's paws and whispers into his ear that he 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. The old king pleads for mercy as he puts the blame on the hyenas, unaware that they have heard everything. Fed up with all the lies that his uncle has told him, Simba chooses not to kill Scar because he doesn't want to become the monster that Scar is. Instead, he spares his life by telling Scar to run away and never return, the same words that his uncle had used when Simba was young. Seemingly obeying Simba's orders, Scar begins to slip away slowly, but he 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, the young lion thinks quickly and instantly uses Nala's fighting tactic to flip Scar over the edge of Pride Rock, sending him tumbling down the ledge. Simba looks down and sees that Scar survived the fall, though slightly dazed from the attack. He watches as Scar encounters the hyenas and begs them not to kill him as 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, devouring 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 a break in the clouds to see a patch of stars, one of which is shining brightly. Upon hearing Mufasa's voice telling him to "remember," Simba gains courage, confidence, and strength, roaring out over his reclaimed kingdom. The rest of the pride roars back in approval.
Some time later, when the Pride Lands flourish once again, Simba and his mate Nala, along with their friends Timon and Pumbaa, stand on the promontory of Pride Rock, proudly looking down at the animals who have assembled below Pride Rock. 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.
- 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
In the second film, all the animals return to Pride Rock to welcome the birth of Kiara, the daughter of Simba and Nala. While the king and queen look on proudly, Rafiki holds their cub up for all of the kingdom to see.
As Kiara grows up, 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 feelings to Nala about how much trouble they used to get 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 Timon and Pumbaa after Kiara to watch her anyway.
After he realizes that Kiara has sneaked away from her babysitters, he, along with Nala, Pumbaa, Timon, and two Pridelanders, goes out for her, finding her near the outskirts of the Outlands with an Outsider cub named Kovu. Immediately, 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 a cover-up 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, sending Nala and the rest of the pride ahead so he can have a word with Kiara. Simba reminds her that she has to be queen someday, even though she may not want to be. He reminds her of the great circle of life. Simba then tells his daughter that they are a part of each other, with Kiara responding, "Hmph!" This makes Simba playfully smile and nudge her. After embracing her, he sings to her that they are one.
Years later, 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 roars menacingly at Kovu as Kiara reminds him that he has broken his promise, to which Simba, out of fear of losing her again, forbids any more hunting trips for her.Just then, Rafiki appears and brings up the fact that Kovu saved Kiara'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, but he doesn't allow him to sleep with the pride. That night, Simba has a nightmare similar about the stampede. In the nightmare, Simba tries to save his father, who is hanging on a cliff face. As he reaches down, he realizes that Scar is looking over him. Mufasa slips away from Simba and falls to his death, which makes Simba cry out for a brief moment. He then turns on Scar, who morphs into Kovu, shocking 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 that it's still night. He 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 water hole. 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 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 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, Simba angrily snarls at Kovu, now believing him to be behind the plan. 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. Simba is then attacked by the Outsiders on Zira's orders. Simba slides down a cliff, and the Outsiders attack on Zira's command. He runs into a gorge and climbs up a 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. The entire pride as well as Kovu mourns 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 about what happened before he collapses due to extreme exhaustion. They help him back to Pride Rock, where he recovers.
When Kovu returns, Simba confronts him, asking why he's come back. Kovu asks for forgiveness, but Simba doesn't believe Kovu. Kiara tries to persuade Simba to listen to Kovu, but he tells her to be silent and then exiles Kovu, to Kiara's dismay. Kiara then quarrels with her father, pleading him to reconsider, but Simba refuses, saying that Kovu used her to get to him and that he knows Kovu is following in Scar's paw 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.That night, rain descends on the Pride Lands, and Simba asks Timon and Pumbaa where Kiara is. Just as he finds out she is missing, Zazu informs him that the Outsiders are on the attack. Simba 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 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 duel, Kiara jumps in front of her father, and Kovu jumps in front of Zira. Simba tells his daughter to stay out of the fight, 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, the rain stops, and sun shines down from the clouds. Simba then 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, finally admitting that 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 Kiara and Kovu. Simba, Nala, and the new couple 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."
- " I couldn't have done it without you guys."
- —Simba to Timon and Pumbaa
During Timon and Pumbaa's first attempt at a new home, they witness Simba's birth ceremony. The two later find a small cave in the Pride Lands, which they live in until Simba and Nala sing "I Just Can't Wait to be King," driving 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 into the desert, ridden with guilt and thinking that he killed his own father. Simba collapses out 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, Simba gets into all kinds of mischief that Mufasa and Sarabi would have never allowed, such as 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, etc. One night, Simba is awakened by a nightmare and begs to sleep with Timon, who begrudgingly agrees.
Months pass, and Simba grows into 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 grows into an adult lion who enjoys his life with Timon and Pumbaa in the jungle. Simba has an interesting conversation with Pumbaa about dung beetles before Nala appears and chases Pumbaa, making Simba attack her. He later realizes that 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 walk around the jungle, unknowingly hurting Timon while the meerkat attempts to split the two lovers apart. After the familiar scene of Simba arguing with Nala about whether or not he should return to the Pride Lands commences, Simba runs off to encounter his father's ghost.Later in the film, when Simba challenges Scar, he is seen several times echoing his role in the original film. For example, he is seen slipping off the cliff when Scar corners him and later leaping up to force the truth out of Scar about Mufasa's death. Simba is also seen when he chases Scar up Pride Rock and flips him to the ground below. 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 lying down in the jungle 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 film, Julie Taymor created a musical version of 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. In the Broadway production, we see a slightly extended role, including scenes that explore Simba's guilt as well as an additional song called "Endless Night."
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 that he is "not who he used to be." Mufasa then comes to him and tells him to go back. Afterwards, he accompanies Sora, Donald, and Goofy to Pride Rock for a climactic battle against the hyenas and Scar, who has been turned into a Heartless because of his anger and jealousy. Sora leaves after the successful coronation of Simba. When Sora returns, Simba has been driven into doubt by rumors of Scar's ghost. He later gains confidence and stands up to Scar's ghost, which is a manifestation of Simba's uncertainty and fear.
Simba makes occasional appearances in the Timon and Pumbaa animated series as the show's tritagonist. 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 cameo appearance when Rafiki is about to finish telling the story of Timon to Zazu. Simba's final appearance in the series is in "Rome Alone," when he is forced by Quint into a gladiatorial battle with another lion named Claudius.
Simba has made numerous appearances in House of Mouse as a minor character. Throughout the series, Simba alternates between his cub and adult selves. 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 is seen in a flashback, falling from Pride Rock after Donald accidentally drops 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.
Simba is voiced by Cam Clarke in House of Mouse.
Simba, as a very young cub, makes a brief cameo in the episode "Safety Smart: Goes Green," in which Timon misunderstands a CFL light bulb as a "cute, fluffy lion." An angry Sarabi soon appears to get back her son.
Young Simba also makes an appearance in the Nintendo DS game Disney Friends as one of the characters the player has to care for as a babysitter.
As a cub, Simba is one of the many Disney animated characters to be kidnapped by the evil witch Mizrabel. He is later rescued by Mickey Mouse and brought to Fortress. Simba then asks Mickey to find his friends, Timon, Pumbaa, and Zazu.
Like most characters from The Lion King, Simba does not appear for meet-and-greets. Instead, he appears in certain shows. He makes cameos in It's a Small World, Fantasmic! and Mickey's PhilharMagic, where he sings "I Just Can't Wait to Be King." In Disneyland, Simba is seen atop a float for Mickey's Soundsational Parade.
Simba has his own spell card known as "Simba's Roar" in the attraction Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom. Simba and other characters from The Lion King are also featured in Disney's Art of Animation Resort in Walt Disney World.
Simba is also a prominent character in Disney's Animal Kingdom merchandise and promotional material. Also in the park, Simba stars in Festival of the Lion King, which is hosted by Timon. In the former Magic Kingdom attraction The Legend of the Lion King, the story of the film is retold using animatronic puppets and scenes from the film.
In Disney California Adventure, Simba makes an appearance in a segment of World of Color. He is seen reliving the wildebeest stampede from the film and can also be seen during the finale.
Simba also makes an appearance on a float in Paris Disneyland with Timon, Pumbaa, Rafiki, and Scar hiding at the back.
The main inspiration for the final version of Simba is Prince Hamlet.
Hamlet is the main protagonist of Shakesphere's Hamlet and the prince of Denmark. The uncles of Simba and Hamlet both murder the prince's father and assume his royal position. Both characters see the spirits of their fathers, who tell them what to do, though Hamlet's father tells Hamlet that the present king killed him, while Mufasa doesn't reveal Scar's crime. Both defeat their uncles in a final battle, though Hamlet dies while Simba becomes king.
Though Disney denies that The Lion King was inspired by Kimba the White Lion, Simba bears many resemblances to Kimba, including his name and early design (as he was originally drawn to be a white-furred cub). Both characters lose their father at a young age and later encounter his ghost, and both struggle against a lion enemy who is scarred across one eye.
As a cub in the conceptual stages, Simba doesn't have the golden pelt that is in his final design but rather a creamy beige pelt like Sarabi's. His paws are colorless, and his tail tuft is black, indicating that Simba would've grown a black mane as an adult as opposed to his final red mane. He has many lioness traits in early concepts, 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, Simba was a pure white cub.
- Father: Mufasa
- Mother: Sarabi
- Mate: Nala
- Son: Kopa
- Daughter: Kiara
- Grandfather: Ahadi (paternal)
- Grandmother: Uru (paternal)
- Great-grandfather: Mohatu
- Uncle: Scar
- Mother-in-Law: Sarafina
- Son-in-Law: Kovu
- Familial Relationship: Mufasa and Simba
- Familial Relationship: Simba and Kiara
- Familial Relationship: Simba and Sarabi
- Familial and Romantic Relationship: Simba and Nala
- Friendly and Professional Relationship: Rafiki and Simba
- Friendly and Professional Relationship: Simba and Zazu
- Antagonistic Relationship: Scar and Simba
- Antagonistic Relationship: Simba and Zira
- Antagonistic and Familial Relationship: Simba and Kovu
- 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")
- The Stage 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 (voice), Cam Clarke (singing voice)
- According to Mouse Under Glass, the directors themselves aren't sure how Simba grew to the size he is on just a diet of insects.
- In Kung Pow! Enter the Fist, the Chosen One is called "Simba" by Mushuu-Fasa, who 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.
- In King of the Jungle, Simba is trained by Rafiki (then called Kwashi) to take back the throne from Scar.
- In early versions of the film, Simba loses his tail in an attempt to escape from the hyenas after Scar takes the throne.
- 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'd just tell me!"
- —Simba argues with Nala
- "You said you'd always be there for me!"
- —Simba yells at Mufasa
- "This is my kingdom. If I don't fight for it, who will?"
- —Simba ready to take back the throne
- "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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