Scar (The Lion King) - The Lion King - Scar

Scar
Voiced by Jeremy Irons (original film, Kingdom Hearts II)
Jim Cummings (The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, The Lion King: Simba's Mighty Adventure)
Tom Kane (Sorcerers Of The Magic Kingdom)
Supervising animator Andreas Deja
Species African Lion

Scar is the main antagonist of the film; Mufasa's younger brother and Simba's uncle, who plots to seize the throne he believes is rightfully his. He is aided in this scheme by the hyenas Shenzi, Banzai and Ed, who serve him in return for food. After an attempt on his nephew's life fails, he lures Simba into a canyon and has the hyenas trigger a stampede of wildebeests. After Mufasa saves Simba, he loses his footing over a cliffside, and Scar throws him back into the stampede, killing him. Afterward, he tricks Simba into believing he is responsible for his father's death and tells him to run away, sending the hyenas after him. Simba gets away, but the hyenas tell Scar the young prince is dead. Scar takes over as king of Pride Rock and says that Simba was killed in the stampede. The new monarch immediately institutes a "New Order", a permanent alliance between the lions and the hyenas (who actually serve as Scar's strength for his rule).

Within a few years after Mufasa's death, Scar's reign turns the Pride Lands into a wasteland, with no food or water. Scar forbids his subjects to mention his brother's name, and keeps Zazu imprisoned in a cage as a slave to sing for him. Even his hyenas begin to lose faith, complaining to Scar that the lionesses are refusing to hunt. Even when he is warned that they must flee Pride Rock to survive starvation he is too attached to his stolen throne to accept the facts and leave. When Mufasa's widow, Sarabi tells Scar that he is not a real king, Scar furiously strikes her across the face.

Moments later, he is confronted by his fully grown nephew Simba, who has come to reclaim his throne. Scar then demands that Simba admit responsibility for Mufasa's death, which the young lion does. Scar declares Simba guilty and, backed by his hyena enforcers, pushes him towards the fire just struck under Pride Rock. With his nephew at his mercy, Scar tells Simba that he killed Mufasa. Enraged, Simba leaps back up to Scar and forces him to tell the truth to the lionesses, who then turn upon the hyenas causing a battle.

Scar begins losing the fight because with help from Timon and Pumbaa, Simba's friends in the desert, as well as Rafiki, the Hyenas flee to hide from the lionesses during the battle. Scar tries to escape by climbing to Pride Rock's summit but when he is checkmated by Simba next to the cliff, he attempts to blame the hyenas, but Simba no longer believes him. The duel ends with Simba sparing Scar's life and repeating to Scar his own advice against him; "Run away and never return." Scar feigns submission before suddenly casting cinders into Simba's face and pouncing. Simba overpowers Scar, however, and throws him off the cliff back onto the throne. Scar tries to reconcile with the hyenas but they reveal to his horror that they overheard him trying to betray them; finally fed up with his broken promises the hyenas then turn on him and eat him alive unseen before a fire engulfs them (caused by lightning that struck under Simba when he was forced to hang from the cliff).

Scar appears as a spirit in Simba's nightmare in the direct-to-video sequel of the film, The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, in which Simba relives the scene of Mufasa's murder, but as an adult in an attempt to guide his father to safety. Scar's ghost appears to try and prevent him from doing so before transforming into Kovu, a character appearing only in the sequel. Ironically when one of his most loyal lions attack Simba in this movie, one of his chosen followers Nuka dies at the same site where Mufasa dies in the first movie (But covered by logs holding back a river of water). He later appears to Kovu as a reflection in the water when Kovu was exiled by Simba, but the young lion flees from the vision. Scar also has seen roles in Disney park attractions, video games, and has made cameo appearances in House of Mouse. Additionally, he's seen briefly in Hercules (1997 film) during the song "Zero to Hero", in the role of the Nemean Lion who is fought and defeated by the movie's eponymous character. Afterwards, Hercules is seen wearing Scar's skin.

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