The Lion King Character Analysis

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What’s In A Character?
The Lion King is best known of its ironic characters. From Simba to Zazu, everyone has a favourite.

Let’s take a look at the characters in the order that they appear in the film.

Zazu
As the king’s majordomo it is his job to see to everything in the name of the king. Seen as bossy and highly organised, Zazu is an early babysitter to Simba and Nala at the beginning of the film when Sarabi tells Simba and Nala they can go to the watering hole as long as Zazu goes with them.

Best Quote:
“Didn’t your mother ever tell you not to play with your food?”

What is great about Zazu is that he is also comic relief and is one to tell the villains where to stick it while almost becoming a victim.

Mufasa
The father of Simba and
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However, his apparent nonsense is actually based on wisdom.

Sarabi
Even though we don’t see much of Sarabi in the film, she still plays an important role. She is Mufasa’s mate/wife, the mother of Simba and the sister-in-law of Scar.

She is seen to maternal, kind and doesn’t like it when Scar takes poorly about Mufasa after his death.

Her treatment at the paws of Scar is disciple and this prompts Simba to reveal himself to Scar when his uncle hits Sarabi for standing up to him.

Best Quote:
“It 's over! There is nothing left! We have only one choice: We must leave Pride Rock!”

Sarabi was meant to play a role in The Lion King 2 but because of her actress’s death, they wrote her character out without so much as to an explanation as to what happened to her.

Simba
Simba first makes his appearance as a cub laying in the paws of his mother, Sarabi. He is then presented to the kingdom as the heir of Pride Rock.

Over the course of the film, Simba goes from being a cub determined to be a king to a young adult wanting nothing to do with his past because of what happened to his father. He believed for years that he was the one responsible for his father’s death only to learn that it was his uncle’s fault that his father had died. This set him on a path of redeeming not just himself but the kingdom in which he was born to lead.

Best Quote:
“But, Zazu, you told me they are nothing but slobbery, mangy stupid poachers.”

What is vastly unique about Simba is that he
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