Best Lion King Characters


The Top Ten

1 Simba Simba

Simba is the best! As a cub he is curious, playful, talkative, silly, and loving. It was actually brave of him to go into the elephant graveyard and almost died for Nala. But Mufasa scolded him and teached him a lesson about being together forever. It was so sad when Mufasa died. Simba was there yelling,"NO! " I was proud of young adult Simba when he threw that murderer Scar off of Pride Rock.

He is an awesome character and also my favorite character in history. The lion king, the lion king 2, and the lion king 1 1/2 are all great movies. If I had to choose one of them I would choose the lion king

I thought Simba was gonna be first considering how many protagonists have been 1 on their lists. - LightningBlade

Simba is the best character ever he is better then Scar and kovu. Simba is cute as cub.

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2 Scar Scar Scar is a fictional character who appears in Walt Disney Pictures' 32nd animated feature film The Lion King.

Scar is easily my favorite character due to the fact that, in stark contrast to the literal herds of run of the mill "good guys," scar is obviously corrupt, flawed and downright cruel and remains that way until his death.
Much like Walter White from "Breaking Bad," scar is NOT a character to be respected. Neither is Walt, but nevertheless we are drawn to and facinated by him due to the fact that flawed characters are inherently more relatable and intriguing to us as humans. Despite the years of built of hatred and unbridled need for revenge, scar is also one of, if not the most collected and intelligent characters in the movie. The simplicity and ease to which he puts his plan to seize control through is remarkable, and his manipulative (almost charismatic) nature was enthralling. Unlike other Disney movie villianous Kings (king John from Robin Hood, etc..), Scar is not made the least bit silly or laughable. Instead of a character to be disliked and laughed at, he is a character to ...more

I am a HUGE Lion King fan since 2002, when I first saw it. But few days ago I saw the movie for the fist time in 10 years. God, it felt different. From this point of view I can really understand Scar: all he ever wanted was to be loved and appreciated, because he was neglected as a kid. He was treated by both his father, Ahadi, and his older brother, Mufasa, like crap... Just watch the scene with the mouse, you'll understand it. Scar is smart, calm, collected while Mufasa is strict, bad tempered want's everybody to obey him... The first movie sends this message: if you didn't have luck once, you never will; in real life it's NOT like that. That's why I prefer the second movie were lovely Kiara chooses FORGIVENESS instead of revenge. If you re reading this, Scar: we love you!

OH MY GOSH! Scar is my all time favorite villain, and lion king character. My favorite song from the first lion king is be prepared, and I can't get over home awesome scar is. Simba and nala get too much credit, the movie wouldn't even exist if it wasn't for scar. It's all about him, and I love you scar!

Everyone likes Scar. No exceptions. - ClovertheAverageCat

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3 Mufasa Mufasa

I feel like all three Lion King movies are centered around Mufasa, his ways of life, his teachings and his ideals. There would be no lion king without Mufasa. He is wise and majestic and is the symbol of wisdom and bravery, as well as the main icon of the film.

Mufasa is so wise and head-strong, and the best father a cub could ever had! WE LOVE YOU MUFASA, LONG LIVE THE KING OF PRIDE ROCK.

Mufasa is the best in the movie! Way better than Simba! Our school is having a play on the Lion King, and I am Mufasa!

Mufasa is best dad

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4 Nala Nala

Nala is the best she is the queen and a mighty warrior who is fearless and courageous. She is the one who tells Simba he MUST go back. So without her Simba would have never gone back and there would be no amazing queen of pride rock.

Nala is so brave and courageous! She is the bravest character in the whole movie! When Simba kind of loses himself Nala tells him to go back and to me she is the heroine of the whole movie.

Pinned Ya!

Gosh that scene was so suggestive but funny.

NASA is the cutest lioness ever.

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5 Timon

Timon is to the Lion King what Han Solo is to Star Wars - trazel

He and Pumbaa are both the comic relief, and they do a damn good job at it!

Best and should be here as number 1

Lion King's funniest character

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6 Pumba

I love Pumba I got Pumba as a part in my dance show he is the main with Simba because they are best friends my friend is getting bullied by someone about the part she got she got Timon and is getting bullied about it but timon is one is best parts


"You got to put your past in your behind! " Gets me every time

Pumbaa is as sexy as Mufasa. He must go Super Saiyan!

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7 Rafiki

Rafiki is so underrated as a character. He/she (Rafiki is female in the musical) is funny, wise, and a great character! Rafiki is my favorite character in Lion King, even though I LOVE Timon and Pumbaa. Rafiki was made a she for the musical because Julie Taymor, the director, wanted a strong female lead. A.K.A. Nala really shouldn't be above Rafiki. Rafiki is the best part in the show. 'enough said

How is Rafiki not on this list? He's the one who helps Simba find Mufasa inside him, which ultimately sends him back to reclaim Pride Rock!
The only creature who acts comically but teaches a lesson while he does it.

Rafiki rules! I'm playing him/her in our production! He/She is the best

I love Rafiki! He is the best character, since he helped Simba go back to the Pridelands. If Rafiki wasn't in the movie, then everyone at Pride rock would have starved.

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8 Zazu

Zazu is criminally underrated. - ClovertheAverageCat

9 Kovu Kovu

He has much better character development than most of the characters.

I love him so much I don't really know why.

Out of all the characters my favorite

I love kovu as a cub

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10 Shenzi

I always loved the Hyenas. Shenzi's not my favorite, but second favorite. (My favorite's Banzai! ) I felt like the Hyenas' motivations were good. They were starved, and they needed food! When endless food's right across the border, why not go for it? - ClovertheAverageCat

Not my favourite character, but deserves a mention.

Shenzi is one of my favourite characters. She's cute and funny her accent is so cool!

-So my fave! She is sassy and deserves recognition

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The Contenders

11 Kiara Kiara

Kiara as a character gets WAY too much crap from the fans, I swear. She's generally a very happy type of person, friendly, caring of her pride, energetic, usually very kind (But knows when to be serious), and she risked her life to save Simba's life while still being a child-at heart. What's not to love about that?

I think kiara should have been third and I wonder did anyone vote fr zira

Kiara is my favourite character she's very brave you know by the end of lion King 2?
I hope they do a Lion King 3 show more of Kiara and kovu.

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12 Sarabi Sarabi

I like Sarabi. She's friendly, cool, calm, outspoken, and is not afraid to stand up to herself. She was the only lioness that stood up to Scar. Her voice is low and sounds a little bit like Adele. She is very brave. I think she's a wonderful character.

Ps: don't listen to that rude person that say Timon and Pumbaa are dumb. They are actually unlikely heroes.

I like her a lot because she always looks out for her family and makes sure the kingdom in order. she's just my favourite character. I think she is nicknamed queen of the stars.

She wasn't a main character she more like backup character - watchandgame101

I love strabismus that's who I'm being for a play

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13 Ed

Ed is the best! He's the most funniest thing ever and so sweet.

I love him so much he is hillarios can't say enough so I wont say anymore.

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14 Banzai

I love Ed, but he wouldn't be as funny without Banzai and Shanzi.

Because I was in a lion king play and I was banzai also he is funny and is better than all the other characters

I was in a Lion King play and I was Banzai. I loved him ever since. He's hilarious. - ClovertheAverageCat

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15 Sarafina Sarafina

I love sarafina she is my favourite lioness from the pridelands.
She is not in the movie much but I steel love sarafina she is a good mother to nala.

16 Vitani Vitani

She sounds neat when she's young, and looks pretty when she's older.

Vitani is cool and should be in the top 10

I choose vitani as number 3 because even though she changed over to pridelanders she would have made a very evil mastermind.

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17 Zira

She wants to reunite with scar how kind she remembers him even though scar is dead how kind I will rate her number 4.

I choose her 2nd because she is so cool because she wants revenge she practically send war against the pridelanders but got knocked of by kiara so that's why I choose zira as 2nd.

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18 Kopa

Why does everyone thinks he dies seriously. It's probably because at the end of the first movie everyone thought it was him but no that was kiara Disney has no intention on adding kopa and everyone thinks that was him in the first movie now if they make a movie about kopa that would be great so we would finally know what happens but the writer of lion king said he was not going to let kopa be a Disney character so we may never know what happens plus why does everyone want him to die why don't they say he survives grows up and comes back or something like that

Simba's and Nala's son and Kiara's brother.
PS: I've voted in Simba and said that he is the main character

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19 Ahadi
20 Tojo

Tojo is one of the cubs who listens to Mufasa as he talks about the Great Spirit. Tojo doesn't seem to believe too strongly in the Great Spirit and says that he doesn't watch over him well, since he gets injured quite a bit and has a sprained ankle. Simba suggests that maybe the Great Spirit has a purpose for Tojo's injury.

Later in the story, Simba becomes the "mother" of orphaned blue birds because he takes care of them. Tojo meets up with Simba and begins making wings out of leaves to teach the birds how to fly. Simba leaves Tojo alone with the birds while Tojo is preparing the wings. Upon returning, Simba finds that Tojo has bonded with the birds and has made his own set of false wings, showing that the Great Spirit had a reason for Tojo's injury after all.

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