Best Lion King Characters


The Top Ten

1 Scar 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.

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!

I love him. He is smart, cruel, cunning and absolutely a great liar. And, come one!, Be Prepared is amazing (my favorite Disney song of all time). Simba is adorable, indeed, and Mufasa is a great example but Scar is... simply better. In every way possible. He manipulates the hyenas, takes control of the Pride Lands and, even when Simba comes back and every other lioness is willing to give the throne to him, Scar manages to persuade them that he is a murderer. I always wanted him to win, instead of his nephew, and I think he would, if it wasn't for his lack of brutal strength.

I love scar. I hate when his hyenas kill him

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2 Mufasa 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.

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 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 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.

He needs to stay alive! - ArcticWolf

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3 Simba 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).

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

This dude is the BEST CHARACTER EVER! I love him he's awesome and I'm the number 1 fan of The Lion King this movie is the best of any movie ever to exist.


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4 Timon Timon

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

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!


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5 Rafiki 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

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.

A very wise character indeed. He gets important messages from Mufasa and helps Simba go back to be the rightful ruler of Pride Rock. He can be humorous and stupid (in a funny way though), but he also teaches a lesson during it, keeping the mood light-hearted but serious at the same time. Which is kind of hard to do, that’s why I appreciate him

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6 Nala 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 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.

Nala is my 2 favorite

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7 Pumbaa

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



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8 Kovu Kovu

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.

He is the best character in lion king 2.

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9 Shenzi 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

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

Not my favourite character, but deserves a mention.

I love the hyena trio

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10 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?

Why is she not higher?

She should be much higher she is such an interesting character

Please don't hate me..but I HATE Kiara

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The Contenders

11 Ed

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

Ed is one of best character

Vote ed vote ed


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12 Zazu Zazu

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

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. - ClovertheAverageCat

He is so funny in the song Oh I Just Can't Wait To Be King

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13 Banzai

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

So adorable

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14 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 her sooo much. She is kind, loving, devoted, fierce and such a good mother. The school play at my school this year is the lion king... and of course I’m sarabi

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15 Vitani Vitani

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


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16 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.

Scars mate and Kovos Mother.

The only reason she isn’t higher is because she’s from the sequel, not the main movie. Which is a shame because she’s a better villain than Scar.

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17 Nuka Nuka

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. - ClovertheAverageCat

I love Nuka he is underrated I wish we could know more about his backstory

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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

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



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19 Uru

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

20 Sarafina Sarafina

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.

21 Jasiri 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.
22 Baby Simba Baby Simba

He appeared the lion king (2019) trailer

Well, baby Simba IS Simba so why is he separate when it’s the exact same character

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24 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.

25 Tiifu Tiifu

I love this character - AwesomeJawson

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!

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27 Chaka

He is canon. Kion is not.

28 Ono Ono Ono is the quinary protagonist of the 2016 Disney Junior show "The Lion Guard". He is a cattle egret who is voiced by Atticus Shaffer who serves as the keenest of sight in the Lion Guard. He is the only non-mammalian animal in the guard being a bird and is the only one who can fly. He has been described more.
29 Tau

Who is Tau?

30 Uncle Max

This is timon's uncle who is so crazy!

31 Mheetu

Mheetu was supposedly Nala's younger brother in The Lion King, but did not appear in the film due to time constraints little is known about what role he would have played in the film other than his relation to Nala. He was cut out of the film, so nothing happened to him in the movie universe storyline - he was simply not part of it in the final outcome. If mheetu was in the movie he whuld Be simba's friend.

32 Malka

Malka - The Lion King

Malka is a lion who makes his first and only appearance in Simba's New Brother. He is a friend. He is a cute and silly lion.

33 Chumvi

Chumvi is Nala's best friend in the book Nala's Dare.
Chumvi looks like Kovu and Simba.

34 Tama

I like tama she is in the book.
Tama looks like viani.
Tama likes tojo

35 Kuzimu

Kuzimu killed His wife and son.

Kuzimu is the Best he is way Evil then Scar. Zira's Father is Kuzimu.

36 Mohatu

He was the first king

37 Kion 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.

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

38 Azra

She's a fan made character, so no! Anyways check out Chaka guys, he isn't a fan made character because he was made by the actual makers but he was deleted from the lion king 2 and is in places of Kopa, Kiara's older brother.

She is scars daughter and if you want to learn about her go on Savus work. Shes just absuletly amazing CHECK HER OUT NOW. I want more people to know about Azra. She is so important.

39 Janja 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.
40 Zuri 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. 😀

41 Bunga Bunga Bunga is the honey badger deuteragonist of the 2016 Disney Junior show "The Lion Guard". He is Kion's best friend and is the bravest member of the Lion Guard. He is voiced by Joshua Rush. He is the adoptive nephew of Timon and Pumbaa. Bunga has been described as "bold", "jocular", and "reckless".
42 Full Full Fuli is the tritagonist of the 2016 Disney Junior The Lion King spin-off series "The Lion Guard". She is a young cheetah who is one of Kion's friends and serves as the fastest member of the Lion Guard and is the only and first female to join. She is voiced by Diamond White. She has been described as more.
43 Beshte Beshte Beshte is the quaternary protagonist of the 2016 Disney Junior series "The Lion Guard". He is a hippo who is voiced by Dusan Brown and is the strongest member of the Lion Guard. He has been described as "happy-go-lucky", "compassionate", and "honest".
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45 Cheezi Cheezi
46 Ni

€ he is cool I wonder if he is Nala’s Dad. “ maybe he will appear in a Lion Guard Episode Maybe I don’t know ". “Also What Happened to him people say he died before or after nala was born Well we need Disney to tell his story

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