Best The Lion King Characters

The Top Ten

Scar Scar is the main antagonist of Disney's 1994 animated feature film, The Lion King. He was the second son of Ahadi and Uru — who were, at one time, King and Queen of the Pride Lands — the younger brother of Mufasa, and the uncle of Simba.

Why is he all the way up here! He is so evil. I know, I know, "the villain is most interesting" but while he is interesting he isn't exactly someone you would want to meet.

Scar has such a good song and he's so funny when he says "I'm surrounded by idiots"

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!

Mufasa Mufasa is a major character in Disney's 1994 animated feature film, The Lion King. He is Simba's father, Sarabi's mate, Scar's older brother, and was King of the Pride Lands until his death.

Mufasa is wise and he loves his son and family. Why is he not number 1? His brother is a creep and evil murderer

He is strong and has a kind heart. He loves his family and son with all his heart. I love his big booming voice!

I love Mufasa! Best of the lion king characters he should be number 1

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.

Simba Simba is a fictional character who appears in Disney's The Lion King franchise. Introduced in Walt Disney Animation's 32nd animated feature film The Lion King (1994), the character subsequently appears in its sequels The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (1998) and The Lion King 1½ (2004).

At first I hated his character, he was so arrogant and prideful. He still is, but we get to see a kindhearted, intelligent and brave side to him. But he's too rebellious and prejudiced for my taste(look how he treats Kovu and Zazu)

Simba, he is brave and cute. Both as a cub and adult lion. He cares
About his family and will do anything to protect those he loves. A great aspect in this world. Love you buddy!

Simba is adorable as a cub and handsome as a adult. He has a big heart but he also learns to be carefree and open. I love Simba!

Simba is so cute and he is brave. He was hurt a lot and got past it and found his inner strength


Timon is adorable and has such a fun personality. He makes me laugh and he is a great loyal friend to simba and pumba

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

Timon, quite simply, is a legend. He's that interesting and funny that despite being assigned to a comic relief role in Lion King, it feels he could hold a movie of his own, which he ended up doing anyway

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

Nala Nala is a fictional character who appears in Disney's The Lion King franchise and is introduced in the animated film The Lion King in 1994.

Nala needs to be number one! She helps Simba, and is loyal to him. She wants to convince him (Simba) to do the right thing! She is just so pretty and kind, and fights for what she wants! Also, how is Scar first! He is the villain that killed Mufasa, and almost Sinba, just so he could be king, which is so sad and dumb!

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.

She and shenzi should be at the top! They are much better than mufasa!

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.


Rafiki should be #1! It's because of him that Simba learned from his mistakes, withdrew his spirit and fought for his land!

"I played Rafiki in a school play and I had so much fun with it. He is wise, crazy, serious, what's not to like? Rafiki makes every one smile and pretty much, he taught Simba that he's the real king. So technically the movie wouldn't have been a thing without Rafiki."

Rafiki is the most unique character. Dude lives his life seeking to educate and inspire. This is beautifully represented in most of the movies posters as he is the one holding Simba up to the light for all to see. Witty, wise, & wacky. Easily the most respectable character.

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


Kovu is my favorite lion king character. My second is Scar, because Scar was blamed for Uru's death and got clawed across the eye by his father, which is half the reason why Scar turned evil. My third favorite is Nuka. Nuka was a character that wanted nothing more than to be loved by his mother.

I wouldn't say he had the best character arc, that goes to Simba. But he's one of the most relatable TLK characters, especially if you've ever felt like an outcast or a disappointment, not really belonging anywhere. And Kovu manages to stay kind and calm in those times, even though he's not very strong (neither phisically or emotionally). He's flawed, and he's fragile. If you ever felt the same, Kovu will definitely give you hope and make you feel less alone with, of course, the standard "be yourself" message, just done in a more serious manner.

His mom told him to take over Pride Rock but he changed.

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


I have him as a stuffy animal! He is so kind and his funny jokes makes me laugh! He his the best character in the world!

He's totally the best character and totally adorable! He is funny and kind-hearted plus a great father for little Simba (plus, a great singer). I don't think he should be number one because that one belongs to Simba, but at least number two! Vote if you agree! Also, it kinda upsets me to see him and Timon so far away from each other in this top ten. They are inseparable.

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



Kiara should be number one! I mean, she is intelligent, brave, kind, maybe proud or arrogant, but she has a good heart and selfless motives!

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?

Why is she not higher?

She should be much higher she is such an interesting character

Shenzi Shenzi a spotted hyena who first appeared as one of the secondary antagonists of Disney's 1994 animated film, The Lion King. He is one of the loyal followers and minions of Scar.

I am shenzi in the lion king play, and not only is she the lead but I think she is also the smarter out of the hyenas. She has a pack of over 200 hyenas and can still deal with them after coming back to the outlands after being beat up and then having to listen to ed laugh forever. Overall, I think she just deserves the most likes after being the only girl in the outlands! She's got my vote for sure.

The hyena trio BETTER not die in the live-action remake! If any of them do, that'll probably be the MOST disliked moment in the movie. I want the hyenas to be let back in again by Simba after Scar is defeated. I don't want them to die (the trio, that is); that would be awful. Otherwise, I think the remake will be good. Or maybe great. Who knows? We have to see the movie to find out! God Bless you all!

I like her in the 2019 one especially. She is smarter in that one and more dangerous, but either way I still think she's awesome

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?

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I was Ed in a school production of The Lion King recently! The hyenas are my favorite characters in the movie! Let's just pray to God that the trio don't die in the remake! LOVE ALL IN JESUS' NAME! AMEN! SIGN OF CROSS

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

The hyenas were the best part of the movie.

Ed is one of best character


I’m his first biggest fan ever he should be higher and in fact I was actually banzai in a lion king play so he should be on the top ten!

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

People think he's the meanest but he was just the most starving so he needed food the most. I really love banzai he's awesome and adorable

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


Zazu is well played and realistic as an advisor while also putting up with so much torment and abuse that you have to feel bad for him.

Rowan Atkinson is hilarious, even if he's just voice-acting an animated bird!

Zazu is such a savage. He's so sassy and makes the whole movie more entertaining. He also has a British accent which is a plus.

Zazu is criminally underrated.


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.

Sarabi is amazing. I can't see why she isn't number one! She is so determined and her feminism turns me on!

She is one of the best I had trouble picking my favorite so I picked her!

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.


Vitani is my favorite character ever! I love her she should be mentioned way more! Love Vitani

She's cool, sassy, funny and sarcastic (at times) but she can be spunky and tomboyish too. What's not to like about this adorable tomboy lioness?

Vitani is cool and should be in the top 10

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


Another amazing Outland lion, I think she’s great and EVIL! I love how manipulative she is

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.

Scars mate and Kovos Mother.


its sad that Kopa died, I would ave loved to see who he is! and who his voice would be

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

Everyone thinks Kopa dies, he doesn't... Those are just fake stories. Disney hasn't revealed a real story about Kopa


Tiifu Tiifu is a young lioness cub from Disney Junior's 2016 series "The Lion Guard". She is best friends with Kiara, Zuri, and Thurston and is voiced by Sarah Hyland in "Return of the Roar", season 1, and "The Rise of Scar" and was replaced with Bailey Gambertoglio for the rest of season 2. She has been more.

My fave after Kiara and Nala. She's got her bad traits, (NOT INCLUDING WANTING TO LOOK HER BEST), but she's still kind, caring, intelligent, curious, cheerful, enthusiastic, and even brave in the end. Not as snobby as Zuri sometimes, and will do the right thing in the end(Underground Adventure, anyone?)

I love her. She's my third fave after Kiara and Nala. Okay, hear me out. She's arrogant, snarky, immature, reckless, laid-back, carefree, and irritating, but she's kind and caring, cheerful, intelligent, brave, curious, and enthusiastic as well. She's not as snobby as Zuri can be sometimes, and and is more loyal to Kiara because of their friendship than just her being the future queen(just watch the queen's visit.) She has her moments of bravery, such as running back into the dark tunnel when she was scared just to save Kion, Bunga, Thurston, Muhangas, Zuri, and Kiara. She

She's such a brat.

I know! She can be number 1, yeah what are we thinking putting her all the way down here, just above Zuri, by a few which I agree totally with, we should reverse it, she should be even higher than Kion and Scar even and etc She should be number one, for the WORSE TLK CHARACTER IN HISTORY!

Jasiri Jasiri is a spotted hyena cub who appears in the Disney Junior show "The Lion Guard". She is an ally to the Lion Guard and is the closest to Kion. She helped him fight Janja and his clan and the guard against the Outsiders. She is voiced by Maia Mitchell. She has been described as "friendly", "spunky", more.

A friendly hyena with a gorgeous design and voice and an amazing song, what more could you want?

She has the best humor in the world.
She’s adorable with Kion and I love her!

What a cutie come on now she needs more love!


Nuka is so underestimated. If she would have given him a chance, he could do amazing things! She only recognized him at his last breaths...

Personally, I think his death is much sadder than mufasa. He just wanted his mother to love him, and he didn't even get that until his last few seconds of life. He is jealous of kovu for very relatable reasons. I also feel bad for him, because he doesn't have a cannon mate. Everyone in his family does. Mufasa died knowing he was respected by his family. Nuka died knowing he would never be as superior as kovu, in the eyes of his mother. And, he was actually really close to killing simba! But no, he had to bite the dust. He was such an interesting character. But I don't like comments on this like "eww he's infected" because no, he is only in that physical state because he has so much more on his mind, that he doesn't even pay attention to his body.

"Well. I finally got your attention, didn't I? "
I swear to God this comment he makes is probably the best last words I have ever heard.

I always felt so bad for him. If he had a better mother, he'd have easily been the favorite.


Uru is the wife of ahadi and mum of mufasa and scar.


She needs more love and respect. After all, without her, Nala would have never been born!

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.

I wanna know who her mate was (Nala’s dad), ‘cause who doesn’t?

Kion Kion is the main protagonist of the 2016 Disney Junior The Lion King spin-off series "The Lion Guard". He is a lion cub who is the youngest child of Simba and Nala and is the younger brother of Kiara. He is the leader and fiercest member of the Lion Guard as well as prince of the Pride Lands. He is more.

Kion is the best, he is the leader of the lion guard(protesters of the pride lands), king of the tree of life, son of simba and much more.

He's not cool and not so very loving or friendly!

How is he all the way down here.

Zuri Zuri is a young lioness cub from Disney Junior's "The Lion Guard". She is best friends with Tiifu and Kiara and is always by their side. She is voiced by Madison Pettis. She has been described as "prim", "sassy", and "melodramatic".

Yep. She is my favourite her quotes are funny and she is way more better than Tiifu who is just overaly attacked towards Kiara, who she only she's as the future queen Zuri on the other hand is more genuine towards Kiara and is more funnier as well. 😀

Janja Janja is the main antagonist of the first season and later became one of the three secondary antagonists (behind Scar) of the second season of Disney Junior animated series The Lion Guard.
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