He attempted to murder Simba as well, but during the movie that didn't happen. " These allegations are inconsistent with the facts about real lions: dark manes indicate higher testosterone levels, and experiments show that male lions accordingly find dark-maned models more intimidating while lionesses find them more attractive. However, there are little subtle hints that point to his better side, such as his rounded chin (as opposed to the pointed chin of most bad guys), and when he begins to fall in love, he gains a light reflection in his eyes which is absent in all totally evil characters such as Zira and Nuka. Scar Scar takes over the Pride Land. , The original plot of The Lion King revolved around a rivalry between lions and baboons.  According to IGN, "The film's story concepts of morality and mortality ... was new for Disney," with The Washington Post predicting that "the death of the heroic Mufasa will be the most widely debated aspect of The Lion King, with people taking sides as to whether such things are good or bad for kids just as they did over the killing of Bambi's mother. Scar’s attempt to get Nala to be his queen forced her out of Pride Rock, leading her to eventually find Simba as an adult living with Timon and Pumbaa.  Similarly, BuzzFeed also ranked Scar first in the website's "Definitive Ranking Of The Top 20 Disney Villains" list, with author Javi Moreno accusing the character of removing "the innocence of an entire generation. The Pride Lands' reclusive heir presumptive, Scar is introduced in the first film as Simba's uncle and Mufasa's younger brother. Mufasa is Simba's father, as well as the king of the Pride Lands. ", While recording Scar's song, "Be Prepared," Irons encountered challenges with his singing voice. Scar was going to knock Simba down, but simba would land on a tree and survive. "[full citation needed] While ranking the character fifth, The Stanford Daily wrote, "From his habit of sadistically toying with his prey to his dumb hyena coven to the way he leads the kingdom of Pride Rock into a period of starvation and sorrow, he's a backstabbing dictator of an uncle. Scar refuses and attacks Simba, who throws him off the cliff after a brief fight. " Additionally, Scar serves as a departure from previous Disney villains because they "came off at least as buffoonish as they were sinister". Simba mourns over his father's death. All of her other features point to her being a bad character which is what Disney wants us to believe, however the blue of her eyes subconsciously makes us aware that she my not actually be 100% in league with Zira's beliefs, which proves to be true at the end. 1 Family 1.1 Simba 1.2 Sarabi 1.3 Scar 1.4 Kiara 1.5 Kion 2 Friendships 2.1 Zazu 2.2 Rafiki 2.3 Outsiders 3 Enemies 3.1 Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed Mufasa had a loving relationship with his son. Purple is very widely used for bad characters who are in their prime for example, and baby blue is used for purity and innocence, however, that is not always the case. Feeling Mufasa is the favored child, Scar tries to make him look foolish by pitting him against a Buffalo named Boma. Be Prepared", "20 Things You Didn't Know About "The Lion King, "In the first drafts of The Lion King, Scar wanted Nala to be his queen!  The Washington Post felt that "Scar clearly is meant to represent an evil African American because 'while Simba's mane is gloriously red, Scar's is, of course, black. Cornered, Scar begs for mercy and attempts to frame the hyenas for his crimes, denouncing them as "revolting scavengers", unaware that they are listening nearby. ", Scar makes a brief cameo in Disney's animated feature film Hercules (1997) in the form of a limp lion skin coat worn by Hercules, parodying the Nemean lion. If you know the original movie well, you may have noticed there was a new line added when Mufasa and Zazu ask Scar why he wasn't at the ceremony for Simba. Loosely based on King Claudius, the main antagonist of William Shakespeare's play Hamlet, Scar's villainy was additionally inspired by Adolf Hitler.  According to Slate, while Claudius is mostly "a second-rate schemer ... consumed by anxiety and guilt," Scar very much "delight[s] in his monstrosity;" both characters are motivated by jealousy.  Ejiofor also said that "[Scar and Mufasa's] relationship is completely destroyed and brutalized by Scar's way of thinking. Scar has garnered widespread acclaim from film critics, some of whom praised him as a better character than Simba. He is also not allied with the hyenas from the very beginning and has to earn their trust. He has to!  A baboon himself, Scar was their leader. Without adversity, there is no growth. Nala however, rejects Scar's advances and leaves Pride Rock. Perhaps he was raised by Zira to believe she was his mother? TheLionKingTheory Wiki is a FANDOM Movies Community. Scar makes a brief cameo appearance in the film during Simba's nightmare. Scar takes his young nephew, Simba, to the gorge under the claim that his father Mufasa has a surprise for him. Villains are very interesting characters, they have the most 'juice' in them, and they invite you to explore them. This of course would make Zira Scar's partner and Nuka and Vitani Kovu's siblings. Simba banishes the Outsiders to the Outlands, and forbids his daughter Kiara from going there. In many ways, The Lion King is the first Disney animated feature to feature a love story that was not actually the central plot point of the entire movie. " Critics also cautioned Scar's death; Movieline warned audiences that the film "shows a fairy tale's dark sense of justice," for example when "Scar was eaten by his hyena allies after betraying them. " Richard Crouse of Metro cited Scar's "Long live the King" as the character's "Most evil line. I love your idea of Simba becoming a rogue anti-villain and yet ultimately Simba's good nature does shine through regardless of who raised him.  Author Peter M. Nichols wrote in his book New York Times Essential Library: Children's Movies: A Critic's Guide to the Best Films Available on Video and DVD that Scar "is the most interesting character in the film," describing Simba and Mufasa "bores in comparison. " Peter Stack of the San Francisco Chronicle commended Disney for "nail[ing] the voice talents," specifically Irons. When we asked our community who was the best character in The Lion King, Scar was obviously a favourite. Mufasa tells Simba if he ever feels alone, the Great Kings will always be there to guide him, and so will he. As a cub, Simba was playful and always ready for an adventure with his best friend, Nala.  Included in the website's "12 most famous Disney villains from worst to best" countdown, Yahoo! FANDOM. Oh, I feel simply awful. And yet, we still find him wildly hilarious.  According to author Rachel Stein of New Perspectives on Environmental Justice: Gender, Sexuality, and Activism, Irons relies "on his history of playing sexually perverse, socially dangerous male characters to animate his depiction of Scar. ... Simba, Scar, or Simba. Scar is an animated character who appears as the main antagonist in Disney's The Lion King franchise.He was created in 1989 by screenwriters Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, and Linda Woolverton, and animated by Andreas Deja.The Pride Lands' reclusive heir presumptive, Scar is introduced in the first film as Simba's uncle and Mufasa's younger brother. ... Is it, my little friend? The way I see it, ... you and I are exactly the same: ... we both want to find a way out. " On a broader scale, Scar is often revered as one of the greatest animated villains of all-time. He is probably one of the wittiest animals in all the Pride Lands. His scar appears black instead of pink as in the original film and his general appearance is strikingly similar to that of an Asiatic lion, having a noticeably thinner mane and lighter physique.  Like Disney's Bambi before it, The Lion King – dubbed the studio's "darkest" film at the time of its release – was unprecedented in terms of its serious themes, namely guilt, murder, treachery, revenge and death, specifically the on-screen assassination of one of the film's heroes. Scar, who also gives a reprise of Mr. Without having felt hatred, love is not nearly as valuable.  Similarly, in 2012, Entertainment Weekly ranked the character the twenty-fifth "Most Vile Movie Villain" ever, while Total Film ranked Scar sixty-seventh in 2014. Mufasa: Sarabi and I didn't see you at the presentation of Simba. Add new page. Berardinelli concluded, "The cold-hearted manner in which he causes Mufasa's death lets us know that this is not a lion to be trifled with. In a scene that could disturb younger viewers, Mufasa's demise is shown.  Concerned about the novelty of the film, Disney chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg decided to divide the studio into two separate animated films, The Lion King and Pocahontas, the latter of which was dubbed "the home run" because it was expected to be the more successful of the two projects. Scar became the first Disney villain to successfully explicitly murder someone.  However, Deja soon relented upon learning that Scar would be voiced by Irons, feeling that it would be "fun" to animate a character voiced by such a prestigious actor. The pridelanders: After the lovely marriage of Simba and Nala, they had their first born Kopa.  Scott Mendelson from Forbes comments that while he prefers Jeremy Irons' Scar, he still praised Ejiofor's performance for making Scar excellent and nuanced. And now, Zira and Scar are finally together again, here. Scar: Oh, now look, Zazu.You've made me lose my lunch. He saw Scar backhand Sarabi (Simba's mother) across the face. 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