Simba is the protagonist of Disney's 1994 animated feature film, The Lion King. He is the son of Mufasa and Sarabi, who was destined to rule the Pride Lands, as king. When Mufasa was murdered by his treacherous brother, Scar, Simba was exiled from the Pride Lands after his uncle blamed him for his father's death. He finds refuge in a jungle oasis with Timon and Pumbaa, but when the Pride Lands fall to disarray during his absence. With the kingdom in peril, Simba is forced to confront his troubled past and take his place in the "Circle of Life".
- 1 Background
- 2 Appearances
- 3 Video games
- 4 Musical
- 5 Disney Parks
- 6 Relationships
- 7 Gallery
- 8 Trivia
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Newborn Simba was very small with a large head. He had light spots on his head and body as newborn lions usually have. As a cub, Simba has "brownish-gold" fur, with a lighter cream color accenting his belly, muzzle, and paws. He has large, bright eyes with red irises and yellow scleras; his upper lids are a deep tawny. Additionally, he has a light pink nose and four black whiskers on either side of his muzzle, and the insides of his ears are tawny and rimmed with black. Young Simba boasts a small tuft of hair on top of his head and a short bushy tail. He has somewhat stocky proportions.
As an adolescent, Simba retains much of the appearance he had as a cub but is more slender. He has a mop of reddish-orange hair growing on the top of his head and partially down his neck; this is the early stage of his mane growing in. He also has some noticeable darker colorations on his body, such as a brownish point above his nose.
As a young adult, Simba is much larger and his body is muscular. His russet mane is now fully grown and covers the entirety of his neck and much of his back and his ears are barely seen. His eyes are smaller in relation to his head and are more oval-shaped. In Simba's Pride, now a full-grown adult, the colors of his pelt and mane are somewhat duller and he has a more aged look and a heavier build.
In the remake version, young Simba has brown eyes and his fur is tan and gold which resemble real-life male lion cubs. As a young adult, Simba resembles his father Mufasa; to differentiate his traditional animation counterpart who had a fringe on his russet mane, he has white marks on each side of the bridge of his nose.
As a cub, Simba was quite adventurous, inquisitive, and impressionable, he highly admired his father, Mufasa, and wished to someday become a ruler as mighty as he, spending much of his time either learning the ways of a king or simply envisioning what life would be like with such power and self-esteem. This inflated his ego, making him brash and cocky towards characters such as Zazu and Scar, and additionally led to troublesome situations, as his viewpoint on Mufasa led him to believe being a king meant being fearless and looking for unnecessary danger, just to prove how mighty one could be. This would fall perfectly in line with the schemes of Scar, who plotted to kill Simba to increase his chances of becoming the ruler of the Pride Lands. Nevertheless, Simba was able to learn from his mistakes in the end, as his negative actions were primarily driven out of admiration for his father.
As a young adult, Simba's personality takes a shift, becoming melodramatic and paranoid – a direct result of witnessing Mufasa's death. Because he believed his father's demise was ultimately his fault, Simba felt unworthy of ruling the throne, hinting at signs of insecurity and low self-esteem, in addition to becoming hesitant to ever face his past. It wasn't until he met and obtained guidance from the wise mandrill, Rafiki, (as well as encountering his father's spirit) that Simba would learn that the past is important, and should be looked to as a means to admit his mistakes, but never as a reason to prevent one's self from moving on in life. It also wasn't until Simba learned the truth of his father's demise, he was more confident and self-assured. In spite of this, Simba was also willing to partake in more easy-going hobbies, such as loafing around with Timon and Pumbaa. As seen during "Hakuna Matata", and his time as a teenager seen in The Lion King 1½, Simba retained some of his childlike nature when simply in the presence of his friends, and away from the pressures of his past, being laid-back and fun-loving if given the chance.
Now as a full-grown adult and King of the Pride Lands, with a loving family, including a daughter and a son, Simba is no longer overly adventurous and outgoing, instead becoming humble and rather soft-spoken, even in the face of his family and closest friends. From the trauma of his father's tragic death, Simba also became fearful and overprotective, specifically with his daughter, Kiara, as he feared the dangers that lurked in the Pride Lands, be they outright such as the hyenas were or hidden within the shadows, such as the true nature of Scar. He also looked back at his childhood with some sense of shame, as evidenced by his conversation with Nala early in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, in which he claimed that Kiara's adventurous and curious spirit worried him, as she mirrored his own as a cub, referring to the perils he endured during childhood. Despite this, he was not over-protective of his son Kion as he was with Kiara, in spite of his son's initial immaturity. This was probably due to Kion being better at following the rules than Kiara is (and a stark contrast to his father was as a cub), along with Kion being more capable since his newfound role as leader of the Lion Guard.
Simba was also shown to be a wise and respected ruler, much like Mufasa before him, as declared by Pua. He had the prejudice against those who retained loyalty to the dethroned Scar, but was willing to accept them eventually, as he followed the philosophy verbally showcased in "We Are One". However, despite being king, Simba knows that he has to respect the traditions of other animals, which was why he didn't interfere with Makuu and Pua's mashindano and accepted the former's victory.
Simba also likes to stick to tradition, which was why at first, he was terribly disappointed with Kion for putting other animals in the Lion Guard instead of other lions like the previous Lion Guards. However, after witnessing the new Lion Guard defeat hyenas, Simba accepts his son's choice and expresses pride for him.
Like his father, Simba is willing to jump into combat whenever it comes to rescuing his family and friends, even if it means his own life is in danger. When he and Nala were being chased by Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed, he noticed Nala was starting to slip on a mountain of bones in the elephant graveyard and immediately ran down to assist her to climb back up for their escape. He swiped Shenzi across the face, leaving her with three scratch marks. Another example is when Timon and Pumbaa were being chased by a lioness, Simba quickly springs into action and battles the lioness until coming to the realization that he was battling Nala. Witnessing his uncle Scar cruelly and physically abuse his mother Sarabi, Simba leapt to her defense.
Simba sometimes doesn't listen to the advice he is given from his friends and family at once, showing he has to find out the hard way. As time went on he got what his friends and family meant when he sees things for himself, shown when he finally understood the advice he was given from Timon and Pumbaa about letting go of the past back when he was cub after witnessing Zira not willing to let go of it, and tries to use the same advice to help her.
Despite his many commendable attributes, Simba can sometimes be arrogant, even towards those who know him well, he is also sometimes credulous (a trait he still possesses from his childhood) to the point of believing his enemies, evidenced by the fact that when Zira claims that Kovu led him into an ambush, however, in truth, the latter had no knowledge of the ambush, and was completely innocent.
Simba later developed a ferocious temper in his adult life that he can quickly enter, swinging from one mood to the next, and this temper frequently gets the better of him as he held a grudge against those loyal to Scar or who he considers enemies, as seen when he did not give Kovu a chance to explain that he didn't see the ambush coming nor participate in it. Simba was so caught up with his grudge against the Outsiders that he had forgotten they are also lions just like him and his pride until he was reminded by Kiara that they are one which helped him see through his mistakes.
Realizing the error of his ways, Simba is finally able to put his tragic past and hatred of Scar behind him, remorsefully apologizing to Kovu and accepting him and the other Outsiders back into his pride. He even forgave Zira and offers her the chance to return to the Pride Lands peacefully, despite his intense hatred of her in the past and her previous attempts on his life, which she turns down due to being consumed by hatred, ultimately getting herself killed in a raging river. This shows that Simba is becoming more rational and wiser in his choices, thanks to his daughter's guidance.
At the break of dawn, the royal couple Mufasa and Sarabi welcome the arrival of their newborn cub, Simba, and, at his birth, is presented to the kingdom as their future king. Rafiki, a wise mandrill who was an old friend of Mufasa, heads the ceremony, performing a ritual before presenting Simba.
Months later, Simba grows up into a clever and playful cub, with a rambunctious attitude. He grows excited about being king someday after Mufasa shows him the kingdom. Mufasa explains that Simba will one day rule over everything they can see, but warns Simba not to go to a shadowy area beyond the borders of the Pride Lands. Though Simba initially believes that being king is about getting to do whatever he wishes, Mufasa teaches him about the responsibilities of being royalty. Suddenly, Mufasa is alerted by Zazu of hyenas in the Pride Lands. Mufasa goes to deal with the situation and tells Zazu to take Simba home, much to the cub's disappointment.
After Simba returns home, he tells his uncle Scar about the trip. Taking advantage of the cub's naive nature, Scar tells Simba what the forbidden place is (tricking him into going there). It is in fact, the elephant's graveyard, where only the bravest lions travel. Simba wants to prove himself brave, and Scar makes this their "little secret" and "tells" him to steer away from there.
Later that afternoon, Simba meets his best friend Nala, and they travel to the graveyard. Unknown to them, Scar had planned on his hyena accomplices being there to kill the cubs, in an attempt to remove Simba from the line of succession so that Scar could become king. Having been found by Zazu after the hyenas had their fun shooting him out of a geyser, Mufasa saves the two cubs, foiling Scar's plan, but is disappointed in Simba for disobeying him. After sending Nala and Zazu back to Pride Rock, Mufasa lectures Simba on the line between bravery and bravado, and he forgives and forgets. Afterward, Simba asks if they will always be together, to which Mufasa responds by telling Simba about the Great Kings of the Past, who look down from the stars. Mufasa tells Simba if he ever feels alone, the Great Kings will always be there to guide him, and so will he.
The next day, Scar tells Simba that his father has a surprise for him. Scar leaves him in a deep gorge, telling Simba that he will return with his father soon. The so-called "surprise" was another evil plot of Scar's, this time with the goal of killing both Simba and Mufasa. The hyenas drive a herd of wildebeest toward Simba, who climbs a frail tree to avoid the stampede. Lured there by Scar, Mufasa arrives and successfully saves Simba but does not survive. Mufasa had attempted to climb a sheer cliff to safety after securing Simba on a safe ledge, but near the top, Mufasa came upon Scar looking down on him and pleaded for his brother's help. Instead, Scar threw him off after saying with an evil grin, "Long live the king." However, this was unknown to Simba, who only saw his father fall to his death, to his shock and horror. Mourning the loss of his father, the emotionally vulnerable Simba is later tricked by Scar into believing that Mufasa's death was his own fault (as Simba had practiced his roar on a lizard seconds before the stampede started) and his mother will be most ashamed of him for it. Scar tells Simba he must leave the kingdom and never return, before secretly sending the hyenas to kill him. Simba is able to escape by rolling down a big hill into a bed of dense thorn plants that the hyenas were too afraid to enter. The hyena trio giving up chasing him, Simba then continues to run into a desert while they call out after him that they'll kill him if he ever returns to the Pride Lands, before returning to Scar and lying that Simba is dead (confident that, by logic, the cub will die in that desert). With the deaths of his brother and supposedly his nephew, Scar informs the tragic news to the lionesses and claims the throne as the new king.
Meanwhile, Simba has run far from home. While going through the desert, he passes out from heat exhaustion. A flock of buzzards descend upon the cub and prepare to eat him, but a meerkat Timon and a warthog Pumbaa chase the buzzards away and find Simba's unconscious body. While Timon is fearful since, as a predator, Simba will eat them when he is older and bigger, but Pumbaa convinces him Simba will not, rather protect them, if they raise him. They take Simba to the edge of the jungle where Timon rehydrates him by splashing water in his face. When Simba regains consciousness, he thanks them for their help and they offer to let him stay with them, as Simba was an outcast like they were. Sympathetic to the despondent cub, they then teach Simba about their life in the jungle, and about their motto "Hakuna Matata", which means "no worries" and successfully cheer him up. Simba takes this to heart and, so he will not have to eat them, survives by eating bugs. But they also teach him a very important life lesson, how to put your past behind you, which would become a key role later on in the young prince's life.
After years of living an enjoyable easygoing life in the jungle, Simba has grown up into a fairly carefree young adult lion but is reminded of his father's death one night while he, Pumbaa, and Timon are stargazing. One day, Simba is called upon to save Pumbaa from a mysterious lioness, only for him to discover that the lioness is his childhood friend, Nala. Though Nala is happy, as Simba being alive means that Simba can become king, Simba is hesitant because he still feels guilt about Mufasa's death. After Simba and Nala spend time alone, they discover their friendship has blossomed into a romantic relationship. However, Nala tries to get Simba to return to the Pride Lands by telling him about how Scar's tyrannical rule has left the kingdom with no food or water due to his allowing the hyena clan to run rampant, but Simba still refuses. Only encounters with both Rafiki and the ghost of Mufasa are able to convince him to return, as Mufasa reminds him that he must accept his role in the Circle of Life while Rafiki afterwards demonstrates how you can either run from the past or learn from it when he hits him with his stick and Simba then avoids the second attempt.
Simba returns to the Pride Lands, where he discovers that his childhood homeland has indeed become a barren wasteland during Scar's reign, with the herds having moved on. Simba heads to Pride Rock, with Nala, Timon, and Pumbaa by his side. While Timon and Pumbaa distract the hyenas and Nala rallies up the lionesses, Simba goes to find Scar. Simba reveals himself to his uncle after seeing Scar strike down Sarabi. Scar is fearful at first, mistaking Simba for Mufasa upon first seeing him, but is able to recognize Simba and force him to admit guilt in Mufasa's death to the lionesses. Scar then backs Simba over the edge of Pride Rock, as a lightning strike causes a wildfire around the rock formation, and pierces Simba's paws with his claws (just like he did to Mufasa) before revealing that he himself killed Mufasa, not Simba. Enraged upon learning the truth, Simba breaks free of Scar's grip, and pins him down, leaving Scar terrified for his life, and forces him to admit his treachery to the rest of the pride. Alongside the lionesses and his friends, Simba leads a subsequent battle against Scar and his hyena minions. After a fight with Scar at the top of Pride Rock, Simba is able to flip his villainous uncle over the ledge. There, Scar is mauled to death and consumed by his hyena henchmen as revenge for trying to pin the murder of Mufasa on them as well as his derogatory treatment and broken promises of more food. With Scar overthrown and deceased, Simba ascends Pride Rock as the lionesses, Timon, Pumbaa, Zazu, and Rafiki watch on. With a roar, Simba ushers in his reign as king of the Pride Lands.
By the time the kingdom is restored to its former glory, Simba has taken his rightful place as king. He marries Nala and the two have their own cub, who is presented to the kingdom in a similar manner to the beginning of the film.
In The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, Simba has grown into a mature adult and he and Nala have a daughter named Kiara. Though a loving father, he is extremely concerned and over-protective of Kiara due to his life experiences as a cub. One day Simba lets his daughter out to play with Timon and Pumbaa to watch her. Unknown to Simba, Timon and Pumbaa begin to quarrel about bugs and Kiara slips away from them unnoticed.
Kiara ends up crossing over into the Outlands, where she meets Kovu, an Outsider cub whose pride was exiled by Simba due to their loyalty to Scar. The two befriend each other until Simba leaps in to confront Zira, Kovu’s mother and Scar's most loyal follower, who was watching the two cubs. Zira tries to goad him into killing Kovu, since the king threatened a death penalty to any Outsider who trespasses, but Simba spares him (likely deeming it unethical to kill a young, terrified cub and because his young daughter was present). After the confrontation, Simba, disciplining her like his father had with him, scolds Kiara for endangering herself and explains to her that they "are one."
When Kiara is an adolescent, she heads out into the Pride Lands alone for her first hunt. Simba is worried for her safety and sends Timon and Pumbaa out to watch her again. While Kiara is hunting, Simba paces nervously back and forth at Pride Rock. Zazu assures Simba that his daughter will be fine, but then Simba notices smoke from a wildfire and rallies the pride to go find Kiara. Kovu rescues her and asks to join the pride. Simba at first tries to send him away, citing his banishment alongside the other Outsiders. Nala, Rafiki, and Zazu convince him to accept Kovu into the pride, reminding that Pride Lands law states that debts must be repaid and they owe Kovu for rescuing Kiara. Simba agrees to these laws but says he will place judgment on Kovu and when the pride returns to Pride Rock, he makes Kovu sleep outside the cave out of distrust.
That night, Simba later has a weird dream of him trying to save his father Mufasa from the stampede but is prevented from doing so by Scar, who morphs into Kovu and is thrown off the cliff himself to share Mufasa's fate. Unknown to Simba, Zira has secretly trained Kovu to infiltrate Simba's pride and kill Simba. Simba gradually begins to trust Kovu and Kiara and Kovu begin to fall in love. Soon this led to Kovu questioning his loyalty to the Outsiders.
After a while, Simba takes Kovu out for a walk and tells him the real story about Scar. However, Zira and the other Outsiders ambush Kovu and Simba while they are walking and talking, automatically reigniting Simba's distrust in Kovu, after Zira congratulates Kovu for leading him into the ambush, "just like they always planned," leading Simba to turn his back on him. Kovu tries to convince Simba that he did not see the attack coming, and even tries to protect Simba, but is knocked down by his sister Vitani. Simba is injured, but leaps up a river dam to safety, making a few logs fall on Kovu's brother Nuka, who tried to stop him from escaping and dies from his injuries. Kovu is blamed for his death, and Zira strikes Kovu with her claws and gives him a scar over his eye that resembles Scar's. He then flees to the Pride Lands in shame, with Zira telling her pride to let Kovu go.
Simba, still believing Kovu had dark motives when he saved Kiara, exiles the lion after refusing to accept his apologies and silences his daughter when she requests her father to hear Kovu out. Kiara pleads with her father to reconsider, but he responds by banning Kiara from leaving Pride Rock alone again and claims that Kovu used her just to get to him. Kiara says that Kovu loves her for who she is, to which Simba replies by saying that it's because she's his daughter. Simba also says that Kovu is following Scar's paw prints, and that Simba himself must follow his own father's. Fed up with Simba's stubbornness, Kiara angrily defies her father and exclaims that he will never be her grandfather, which frightens and hurts Simba deeply.
Later, during a rainstorm, Simba enters the cave and learns from Timon and Pumbaa that Kiara has run away before Zazu arrives and announces that the Outsiders have initiated a war. Simba heads out to fight with his lionesses, Timon, and Pumbaa while sending Zazu to find Kiara. Before the battle begins, Simba, in earnest, offers Zira a final chance to surrender and leave in peace, which the lioness, determined to have Scar avenged, rejects. At this point, Simba leads the charge against the Outsiders.
After a lengthy battle, Simba and Zira confront each other directly. Just as the two are about to clash, Kiara and Kovu leap into the middle of the confrontation. At first, Simba demands Kiara to step aside to allow their fight to continue, but Kiara reminds Simba of what he once told her when she was a cub: that they "are one", which includes the Outsiders. Hearing Kiara's words of wisdom, Simba takes a good look at the Outsiders and the Pridelanders and realizes she is right while also reconciling with her.
The Outsiders, also seeing the wisdom in Kiara's words and realizing their leader's willingness to kill one of her own when she threatens to do so with her own daughter for defecting, abandon Zira entirely and join the Pridelanders. Simba urges Zira to put the past behind her, so that peace may come between them for a better life (using the words Timon and Pumbaa once told him); however, she is too overcome with her hatred and worship of Scar to accept his understanding. Zira, infuriated, tries to leap at Simba when he is momentarily distracted as the dam breaks, only to be knocked aside by Kiara. The two lionesses tumble into the gorge, which rapidly begins filling with water. Simba jumps down the cliff after them while Zira, despite Kiara's offers of aid, slips and falls to her death into the swirling torrents of the river below. Simba reaches Kiara and gives her his paw to help her back up the cliff.
After Simba and Kiara climb back up to safety, he apologizes to Kovu for banishing him out of spite as he accepts him and the other Outsiders back into the pride, finally trusting Kovu and that he truly loves Kiara. The two united prides head back to Pride Rock, where Rafiki affirms Kiara and Kovu are married. In celebration, Simba, Nala, Kiara, and Kovu walk up to the promontory of Pride Rock and roar out across the kingdom, along with the rest of the pride, the rest of the animals of the Pridelands celebrating below. The disembodied voice of Mufasa then congratulates him warmly for his wise decision, his deep voice rumbling through the air. "Well done, my son. We are one."
In the 2004 direct-to-video interquel The Lion King 1½, Simba appears as the tritagonist. He briefly appears in the movie's opening with the unveiling ceremony where the animals are bowing, although unknown to Mufasa or Rafiki, the real reason they were bowing is that Timon forced Pumbaa to fart in order to clear the crowd and they were trying as best as they could to block out the stench. More is revealed about Simba's life in the jungle with Timon and Pumbaa after his exile.
Simba proves to be a handful, as he scales tall and dangerous trees and swims over waterfalls, not caring about the danger he is in and Timon's frantic efforts to discipline him. As a teenager, he has beaten Timon in every kind of bug-eating contest, along with a snail slurping contest that is shown. He also has a tendency to wake up at night, thirsty or "needing to go" and in one scene, he mentions that he had a "bad dream", either about his father's death or getting killed in the stampede trying to get to safety, leading to him sleeping beside Timon and Pumbaa.
Later on, Simba has become a teen and is challenged by Timon to a snail slurping contest which Simba walks away from victoriously. Simba burps after he slurps one last snail. Soon enough, he reunites with Nala, and while they are having a date, Timon and Pumbaa lie in the background attempting to break them up. Simba then leaves the next day to reclaim the throne and get help from Timon and Pumbaa. Before he reclaims the throne, he thanks Timon and Pumbaa; stating "I couldn't have done it without you guys." He is later shown visiting Pumbaa and the meerkats in their new home.
Simba makes occasional appearances in the Timon & Pumbaa animated TV series. This includes the direct-to-video film Around the World with Timon & Pumbaa, in which Timon drags him out to try to revive Pumbaa's lost memory. In the episode "Congo on Like This", Timon and Pumbaa (especially Timon) suspect that Simba may have reverted to his carnivorous nature, but the threat is soon established as a disguised wolf trying to lure Timon and Pumbaa away from Simba. The episode "Shake Your Djibouti" features Simba again where Timon and Pumbaa are forced to train Simba to protect them from a laboratory monster as they fear he has lost his edge, but Simba soon establishes that the 'monster' is actually friendly. In "Gabon with the Wind", he appears only as a cardboard cutout. He makes another pictured appearance in "Palm Beached" and appears in a water reflection in "Zazu's Off-by-One Day". Simba is also alluded to in "Doubt of Africa", as Timon, while telling Pumbaa that he doesn't see the point of helping out a widowed tigress if they don't get anything in return, says "Why don't we find a lion cub we can raise? Now that's an idea, he can be on our side", referencing the time they found Simba and raised him.
Another episode entitled "Rome Alone" sees Simba being captured by Romans, who force him into gladiatorial battle with another lion named Claudius when he refuses to eat Timon and Pumbaa, but he gets out of the battle when Claudius falls asleep before the fight after Timon and Pumbaa keep him up all night trying to bribe him to forfeit the contest. In the episode "Once Upon a Timon", Simba is implied by Zazu that while he is now king of Pride Rock, he still has his adjustments to the Hakuna Matata lifestyle due to having lived with Timon and Pumbaa for so long. Simba arrives during the episode's climax and persuades Rafiki to finish telling the story of how Timon became an outcast (having had an appointment with Zazu that Zazu neglected because he wanted to hear Rafiki's full story about Timon's past).
Simba also appears in a music video of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" starring Timon and Pumbaa, which appeared at the end of the show's third episode.
Simba made numerous appearances in the House of Mouse television series as a guest at the club. He is sometimes seen as a cub or as an adult.
In "The Stolen Cartoons", Rafiki was seen bathing in Simba's soup.
In "Timon and Pumbaa", Simba complains about Timon and Pumbaa's popularity, saying "Those guys always get all the attention!".
In "Jiminy Cricket", Jiminy tells a cub Simba and Nala not to see nothing in the Elephant Graveyard, as they hide behind the table frightened.
In "King Larry Swings In", a cub Simba was seen in a flashback and fell from the cliff of Pride Rock after Donald accidentally dropped him. He also appears in the finale advertisement with Nala being scolded by a babysitting Donald Duck.
In "Ask Von Drake", a cub Simba was featured alongside Mufasa during Ludwig Von Drake's headcount of all the character guests.
In "Mickey vs. Shelby", he was also featured in re-used crowd shots of guests fleeing the club on several occasions.
Simba also makes brief appearances in the film Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse, He was also seen singing "The Best Christmas of All". In Mickey's House of Villains, a cub Simba and Nala made a brief cameo appearance when Ed snatched their dinner away. Which was recycled in "House Ghosts".
Simba appears in the 2016 TV series The Lion Guard which takes place in the middle of The Lion King II: Simba's Pride and centers around his and Nala's second-born cub and only son, Kion.
First appearing in The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar, Simba is first seen reciting the speech Mufasa gave to him early on in the original film, to his daughter, Kiara. In the middle of the speech, however, Kion and his best friend, Bunga, barge in and cause a distraction. This increases Simba's concern over Kion's immaturity, and he voices his hopes that his son will eventually "grow up". Later on, while at Pride Rock, Simba and Nala are told by Rafiki that Kion has been blessed with the "Roar of the Elders": a power given to the second-born of each Lion King, which indicates the new leader of a team of protectors known as the Lion Guard. Simba feels Kion is not yet ready for such responsibility, but he eventually agrees to inform Kion of his newfound responsibility, and asks his son to assemble the Pride Lands' finest, the strongest, fastest, bravest, and keenest of sight, to join the guard, assuming that Kion knew he meant lions. Instead, Kion assembles a diverse group of animals (Bunga, Ono, Beshte, and Fuli), much to Simba's disapproval. In the end, however, Kion and his friends are able to prove their worth by rescuing Kiara from a stampede and fending off troublesome hyenas led by Janja. Because of this, Simba finally agrees with Rafiki's testament, confidently declaring it is time for the Lion Guard to rise again.
In "The Rise of Makuu", Kion is unsure of the upcoming Mashindano between crocodile leader Pua and challenger Makuu. Kiara asks if Simba could intervene, but he states that while he is king, he must respect the traditions and ways of other animals in spite of his authority. The family witnesses as Pua and Makuu fight fiercely and evenly before the older Pua starts to wear down and ultimately submit upon being pinned down. With the battle over, Simba acknowledges Makuu as the new leader of the crocodiles and Pua for his service to Pride Lands.
In "Can't Wait to be Queen", Simba travels with Nala and Zazu to a funeral. He is set to give a tribute to a fallen elephant but must do so in the language of the elephants, which he has a hard time doing, but Zazu attempts to remind him of his other more pleasant royal duties.
In "Bunga and the King", however, Simba and Bunga find themselves trapped in a massive sinkhole. As they try to free themselves, their equal stubbornness causes them to clash. In spite of this, they soon find something in which they can relate after realizing they were both raised by Timon and Pumbaa, establishing themselves as "half-brothers" in response to this. The episode is also significant in establishing Timon and Pumbaa as not only Simba's best friends but surrogate parents, as well.
In "The Trail to Udugu", Simba serves as the temporary leader of the Lion Guard whilst Kion goes on a journey with Nala and Kiara. Initially, Simba attempts to fully command the Lion Guard but soon comes to accept that he has to trust them to deal with their relevant roles in a crisis on their own.
In "The Savannah Summit", Simba gathers other leaders within the Pride Lands to discuss unity between the diverse species and the future of the kingdom. Significantly, Simba invites the crocodile leader Makuu, who is universally hated by Pride Landers because of his heartless behavior. However, Makuu makes a legitimate effort to prove his worth, something only Simba believes in for the majority of the summit.
In "Let Sleeping Crocs Lie", Ono and the guard accidentally wake Makuu and his float during their dry season hibernation. Unable to go back to sleep, Makuu seeks Simba's guidance for finding a suitable watering hole for him and the crocs to remain for the dry season. During the search, Makuu is challenged by his rival, Kiburi, for leadership amongst the crocodiles. Unbeknown to Simba or even Makuu, the challenge is a coverup; while Simba is distracted by the fight, Kiburi's followers are to ambush the king and kill him. With Simba gone, Kiburi will rule the Pride Lands. The plan fails, however, and Simba banishes Kiburi upon learning the truth. However, Simba questions how Kiburi and his float could have orchestrated such a scheme on their own, given their limited intelligence. This leads him to believe they were not the true masterminds behind the plot.
In "The Scorpion's Sting", Simba gets stung by a scorpion and gets sick. Rafiki asks Makini and the Lion Guard to go get volcanic ash which will cure Simba. In doing so, they learn that the sting was part of an orchestrated plot by Scar (who has been 'reborn' as a flaming spirit) to kill Simba.
In "The Wisdom of Kongwe", Simba and Kion talk to Mufasa together for the very first time and tell him that Scar is back. Mufasa reminds Simba that if he beat Scar once he can beat him again. Simba sends Makini and Fuli to find Kongwe the oldest animal in the Pride Lands for her wise advice.
After finding out about Scar's return, Simba asked the Lion Guard not to tell any of the Pride Landers about it, as he feared that if they knew, they wouldn't feel safe in the Pride Lands anymore and want to leave. Unfortunately, in "The Fall of Mizimu Grove", everyone does find out when Scar appears before them. Simba tells them that even though he doesn't want to lose any of them, he will always respect their decisions and leaves them to discuss whether or not they should leave. However, after Kion tells them that they'll be stronger if they stay together, all the herds decide to stay in the Pride Lands much to Simba's joy.
In "Battle for the Pride Lands", Simba comes to congratulate Kion and the Lion Guard for once again beating Scar's army. He tells them that even though they have proven they can defend the Pride Lands, it still hasn't stopped Scar and his army. Simba decides it's time to take the fight into the Outlands. That evening, Kion tells Simba that he doesn't know if they'll be able to defeat Scar, but Simba tells his son that he knows he and the Lion Guard will triumph (showing that he has great faith in him). A short while later, Scar's army sets Pride Rock on fire. Luckily, Hadithi and Anga are able to fly Simba, Nala, and Kiara to safety. Moments later, Scar appears above Pride Rock; Simba is terrified when Scar says that Kion and the Lion Guard have been lost in the fire but at that moment, the Lion Guard appears alive and completely unharmed. After Scar has been defeated for good, Simba and the rest of the family are very troubled when they see that Ushari's bite has scarred Kion, even more so when Rafiki tells them that there is no cure for him in the Pride Lands. Rafiki then says that Kion can get better if he goes to the Tree of Life, a location far away from the Pride Lands. As the Lion Guard is about to set off on their great journey, Simba wishes them safe travels and tells Kion that they will miss him very much.
In "Return to the Pride Lands" (which happens sometime after the events of Simba's Pride), Simba and Nala are together on Pride Rock when Kion finally comes home. They are overjoyed to see him and Simba welcomes him home as they embrace him. The rest of the Lion Guard comes up and Simba asks how their journey went. He also thanks Azaad for helping them get home so fast. Rafiki, Kiara, and Kovu explain to Kion and the Lion Guard what happened while they were gone. The reunited family spend the whole day with Kion, then at night, they talk to Mufasa.
The next day, Simba watches as Kion and Vitani's Lion Guards compete to see which is better to which Kion decides to let Vitani win and let go of his Roar. After mastering the power of the Roar, Kion and his Lion Guard decide to become protectors of the Tree of Life and join the Night Pride.The Royal family, as well as all the Pridelanders, Jasiri and her Clan, the Night Pride, and the animals of the Tree of Life gather there to see Kion's coronation ceremony (which doubles as a wedding.) Simba proudly watches as Kion is crowned King of the Tree of Life and marries Queen Rani.
Simba appears in the CGI remake of The Lion King, voiced by JD McCrary as a cub and Donald Glover as an adult, still the main protagonist of the film.
Simba appears at the beginning of the film during the musical number "Circle of Life" where he’s carried by Rafiki as the mandrill presents him into a big crowd of animals celebrating the birth of Mufasa and Sarabi's new son. Later after the presentation, Rafiki then paints an image of Simba on his tree to remember he was present during the birth of Simba. The next day, Simba tells his father Mufasa to wake up to help him see the world around him. Mufasa then takes Simba to the ledge of Pride Rock and he explains that Simba should not enter the backlands because of danger.
Going down Pride Rock, Zazu gives Simba and Mufasa the morning report while Mufasa teaches his newborn cub for a pouncing lesson. After Zazu flies around the Pride Lands to search for news, he explains to the two of them that there are hyenas in the Pride Lands and that Sarabi is leading an attack to drive them off. Simba offers to go with Mufasa, but his father declines, telling his son to stay with the other cubs.
After Mufasa departs to take care of the hyenas with Sarabi, Zazu takes Simba back to Pride Rock, much to Simba's disappointment. Rather than playing with the other cubs. Scar then comments him on his effort in learning to hunt and then when Simba asks Scar about the Elephant Graveyard, Scar then tells him only adult lions can enter this area since lion cubs are most likely to get eaten. Later, Simba then meets his mother, Sarabi, and encounters his best friend, Nala, who is also having a bath with her mother. Simba plans to go to the water hole, but Sarabi warns the two cubs that they need Zazu to guide the two cubs to make sure they are safe from predators. As soon as Zazu takes the two to the water hole, he explains to the cubs that Simba and Nala will be married as adult lions but Simba and Nala are disgusted because he doesn't want to marry Nala, but Zazu explains to the two that a tradition cannot be broken. Simba and Nala make plans to get Zazu’s attention during the musical number "I Just Can't Wait to Be King" where they race through herds of animals and a flock of weaverbirds to preoccupy and bewilder Zazu.
Losing Zazu, Simba and Nala end up in the Elephant Graveyard. Nala feels concerned that if Simba explores the area, something bad could happen. Simba encounters a whole clan of hyenas along with Shenzi, Kamari, and Azizi who approach the cubs, though Zazu warns Shenzi that if she attacks Simba, the Pride Lands will begin a war against them. Shenzi and the other hyenas attack the cubs, citing that lions and hyenas have been at war since the dawn of time, but Mufasa shows up and rescues the cubs before the hyenas can eat them, warning Shenzi that he will not show mercy the next time the hyenas try to hurt his son. Mufasa takes Simba and Nala back to the Pride Lands after surviving the ambush, where Mufasa lectures and reprimands him for endangering not only himself but Nala and jeopardizing the future of their pride.
Meanwhile, at the gorge, Scar urges Simba to roar like an adult lion to impress him. Upon scaring a chameleon away, he notices a wildebeest stampede occurring across the gorge as Simba grabs on a tree to protect himself from the wildebeests. Simba asks Zazu for help, but Zazu tells him that Mufasa is on his way to rescue his son. Mufasa then arrives on the dead tree Simba is standing on telling him to jump so that he could get him out of the gorge, but a wildebeest runs into the tree, putting Mufasa and Simba in trouble. Mufasa tries to get Simba to safety but ends up getting attacked by wildebeests. Simba then watches his father trying to get help from Scar, but Scar refuses to help. Scar then pushes Mufasa down the gorge where he dies in the stampede, causing Simba to lose his father.
Simba then walks in the gorge by himself looking for his father but finds a lone wildebeest leaving the gorge. Simba does find his father, only to find him lying dead; he then explains that it was his fault in causing Mufasa to die because there were a lot of wildebeests stampeding across the gorge. Scar then arrives telling Simba that Mufasa is dead and exiles Simba, telling Shenzi, Kamari, and Azizi (along with an additional hyena) to kill him. Simba manages to escape from the hyenas during exile and ends up escaping where the hyenas then plan to tell their master that Simba is dead during the escape.
Back at Pride Rock, Scar tells the other lionesses that Mufasa and Simba are both dead since Simba did not come back to Pride Rock at this time as Scar becomes the new king as Rafiki and Zazu hear Scar's plan about this. Meanwhile, in the desert, Simba is shown to be alive, but passes out due to the intense heat as a flock of vultures arrives and prepares to eat him. Timon and Pumbaa manage to rescue Simba. Simba then prepares to adapt to having a new life without his father with Timon and Pumbaa where they teach him "Hakuna Matata" meaning "no worries" to him. Meanwhile, in the jungle, Simba, Timon, and Pumbaa arrive and encounter the animals neighbouring with Timon and Pumbaa where Simba must eat the food that the fellow animals are eating instead of eating mammals (especially antelopes) and birds they see in the jungle. Adapting a new life, Simba then grows up as an adult lion where he spends time with his new friends in the jungle.
Now an adult lion, the animals choose not to play with him because Simba is no longer a cub; however, he helps topple over a termite mound to release a bunch of termites for the fellow animals to eat. That night, Simba, Timon, and Pumbaa look at the stars; while Timon and Pumbaa think the stars are fireflies, Simba explains the stars remind him of the Great Kings of the Past just like what his father told him. Thinking of his father, he feels sad and a part of his mane flies off in a wind. The next day, each animal collects a part of Simba's mane and each of them brings the mane to Rafiki who then realizes that Simba is alive.
Meanwhile, Simba then fights against a lioness who is then revealed to be Nala who has grown up, much to Timon and Pumbaa being disappointed that he might spend time with Nala more than the two. Simba and Nala then fall in love, but Nala explains to him that everyone thought Simba is dead. Nala then urges Simba to return to Pride Rock but Simba explains that he is not the king and everyone will think he is Mufasa returning. Simba then refuses to go back to Pride Rock as Nala leaves to return to Pride Rock by herself.
Later, Simba encounters Rafiki who realizes that he is the son of Mufasa. He takes him to a pool which shows a reflection of Simba and his late father who appears as a spirit. Mufasa then explains to Simba that he must take his place as the new king who controls the Pride Lands as Simba explains to himself that he is the son of Mufasa.
Simba then decides to return to the Pride Lands thanks to Mufasa's advice, where he, Nala, Timon, and Pumbaa arrive in the deserted Pride Lands. Upon arriving, he discovers too many hyenas occupying the spot and tells Timon and Pumbaa to create a plan to distract them.
Upon locating Scar, Simba notices him attacking his mother and furiously butts off. Everyone thinks Simba is Mufasa, but Simba explains that it is him as an adult returning. Nala then argues with Scar to tell Simba that he is the rightful king to rule Pride Rock as Simba tells Scar to step down or fight against him. Instead of paying attention to Simba, Scar blames Simba to know he is the one who killed Mufasa during the stampede and explains to him if he is really a king or a bad lion. Simba then almost falls off Pride Rock when Scar corners him as lightning hits a dead tree to cause a big fire in Pride Rock. Simba hangs for his life while about to fall into a pool of fire while Scar confesses to him that he killed Mufasa. Simba then remembers seeing Mufasa falling down the gorge, dying in the stampede.
Upon remembering this, Simba manages to save himself from falling into the pool of fire, biting Scar on his mane to pull himself back up, infuriatingly asking Scar how he could betray his own family. Simba then orders Scar to tell the other lions the truth, but Scar refuses to take notice, trying to convince the lion pride that Simba killed Mufasa and now wants to kill him to cover up his crime. However, Sarabi reveals she overheard Scar saying he saw the look in Mufasa's eyes, revealing that Scar lied to the lionesses about not getting to the gorge in time just as Simba calls his relative a murderer. Scar, now exposed for what he truly is and robbed of all composure, summons the hyenas to kill all the other lions and Simba; the hyenas attack Simba while Nala calls the other lionesses to attack the hyenas in order to save him.
As the Pridelanders fight against the hyenas, Simba chases Scar across another area in Pride Rock where he confronts his uncle, telling Scar to leave Pride Rock and never return, but Scar declines to as he explains to Simba that Pride Rock is now his kingdom. Scar then slates some embers in Simba's face as the two lions fight to know who is the king as a big fire rages behind them. Simba courageously fights Scar and knocks him off a cliff. After Simba defeats him, Scar then plans to take revenge against Simba by building a bigger army of hyenas, but the hyenas think Scar wants to kill them as they plan to take down their leader; Scar tries to fight back, but ends up getting devoured alive, ending his tyranny forever.
With Scar dead, all the other Pridelanders praise Simba for defeating Scar while Rafiki tells him that it is time to take his place as the new king. Simba then ascends Pride Rock and becomes the new ruler. Sometime later, Simba and Nala give birth to a new cub whom Rafiki presents to all the animals of Pride Rock.
Simba, as a very young cub, makes a brief cameo in the episode Safety Smart: Goes Green of Timon and Pumbaa's Wild About Safety, in which Timon misunderstands a CFL light bulb as a "cute fluffy lion." Then, an angry Sarabi comes to get back to her son.
Simba also appears in the animated blooper reel featured in the Diamond Edition release of The Lion King. One outtake featured Simba continuously botching the pronunciation of "Hakuna Matata". Another featured Simba trying to wake Rafiki in the midst of their scene during the latter half of the film. The final outtake on the short showed Rafiki accidentally dropping an infant Simba off the ledge of Pride Rock.
Simba (as a cub) makes an appearance being pursued by Scar and the hyenas in the episode "Hyena Havoc" of Disney Crossy Road: The Animated Series.
Simba in his puppy form appears together with Nala in the mobile fighting game, he is mainly the second who has a duo and also attacks with his claws while Nala uses his roar which he did not do that in the original film, his roar weak and the way to roll with Nala are present as important Skills.
In Kingdom Hearts II, he took on a much larger role since he was an ally and party member. This was largely due to the fact that his homeworld, the Pride Lands, was visited by Sora, Donald, and Goofy. His role was similar to that of the film: Nala, along with the trio, encouraged Simba to return to Pride Rock and overthrow the tyrant king, Scar. Simba concurred to this after his father's spirit, Mufasa, rebuilt his confidence. He returned to his kingdom to find out that Scar turned into a Heartless so after a battle, Scar was defeated and the hyenas were expelled, permitting Simba to take his rightful place as king. However, Simba's confidence in his leadership capabilities dabbled when Scar's ghost returned to terrorize and torture Simba. Sora eased his worries and helped him defeat Scar's ghost so that there was nothing holding Simba back anymore, including when the ghosts of Scar fused together into the powerful Groundshaker Heartless to try and take Sora and Simba down, but they were able to defeat it. As a party member, he attacks enemies with his fangs and claws, has good physical stats and, similarly to Tarzan in the first game, he can cure with healing herbs.
In Kingdom Hearts III, Simba returns as a Link summon, King's Flare. This attack brings forth a large fiery Simba with Sora on his back. He attacks by pouncing on enemies with the Firaga Leap and roaring with the Firaga Roar, causing high fire damage to the enemies around him. For his finisher, Simba curls into a ball as fire surrounds him, creating a miniature sun that incinerates enemies in the area.
As a cub, Simba is one of the many Disney animated characters having been sent to the Wasteland by Mizrabel. He is later found by Mickey Mouse and brought to the Fortress. Afterward, Simba asks Mickey to find his friends Timon, Pumbaa, and Zazu.
Young Simba also made an appearance in the Nintendo DS game Disney Friends as one of the characters the player has to care for as a babysitter.
Disney Universe also featured Simba as an add-on costumed character. The train that the player(s) ride on in the final level of Upper Pride Lands also resembles Simba as a cub.
Following the success of The Lion King, Julie Taymor created the musical The Lion King.
In this production, we have an insight into events that weren't explored in the original film, as Simba, young and old, is in nearly all the musical numbers. But in the Broadway production, we see a slightly extended role, which includes scenes like Timon being trapped above a lake full of crocodiles, which was Simba's fault; as the situation reminded him of the day his father was killed by his uncle Scar, and sings an additional song called "Endless Night".
Jason Raize plays Simba while Scott Irby-Ranniar plays young Simba in the original Broadway cast of The Lion King. However, after Raize committed suicide in 2004, a new actor had to take his place as Simba in future showings.
Like most characters from The Lion King, Simba does not appear for meet-and-greets. Instead, he appears in certain shows.
In Disney California Adventure, Simba makes appearances in various renditions of World of Color. In the standard version, he is seen reliving the wildebeest stampede from the film, and can also be seen during the finale.
In Magic Kingdom's Mickey's PhilharMagic, where he sings "I Just Can't Wait to Be King". In the former Magic Kingdom attraction The Legend of the Lion King, the story of the film was retold using animatronic puppets and scenes from the film, and of course, Simba appears in it. In Once Upon a Time, also at the Magic Kingdom, Simba briefly appears alongside Pumbaa and Timon during Mrs. Potts' opening narration. He also appears in the "Hakuna Matata" segment of Happily Ever After.
Simba also has his own spell card known as "Simba's Roar" in the attraction Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom.
Simba makes a notable appearance during an early segment themed after The Lion King in Ignite the Dream. The segment goes through Simba's birth during "Circle of Life", his childhood through "I Just Can't Wait to be King", up until his eventual young adulthood during "Hakuna Matata".
Simba also appears on the resort property's rendition of The Lion King musical stage play.
- "Simba" in Swahili means "lion", so he is named after his own species.
- Interestingly, all of Simba and Nala's children's names begin with "K" (Kopa, Kiara, Kion).
- In some concepts, Simba is shown with blue eyes.
- When the animators were drawing adult Simba, they wanted a little twist for his appearance and personality to be like his voice actor Matthew Broderick.
- In one episode of Home Improvement, Randy (played by Jonathan Taylor Thomas) says that he always expected his father to be called a king by everyone while playing with a lion cub doll who resembles Simba. Thomas was the voice of young Simba in The Lion King. In a Halloween episode of the same series, the Taylor home is greeted by two trick-or-treaters dressed as Buzz Lightyear and Simba. Randy gives one piece of candy to the former and seven pieces of candy to the trick or treater dressed as latter.
- Simba is the first animated Disney character to have a villain as a biological relative, followed by Hercules and later Anna and Elsa in Frozen II.
- Simba's adult mane was supposedly inspired by Jon Bon Jovi's hair.
- Macaulay Culkin, Brock Pierce and Elijah Wood were once considered to voice young Simba.
- Simba has trouble speaking in other animal languages, especially elephant.
- According to Timon in The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar, Simba repeatedly got his claws stuck in logs as a cub.
- In "Lions of the Outlands", it is shown that Simba had confronted Zira prior to banishing her and was the victor.
- If you look closely at Simba as a cub, he was sometimes seen with whiskers, and sometimes without whiskers.
- While not stated outright, it is very heavily implied in the second film that Simba has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of what he went through in the first film, seeing his father die especially. Simba's nightmare where he relives the stampede and sees Scar turning into Kovu, his violent mood swings and vicious temper, which can be triggered very easily, and his paranoia over Kiara and Kovu are all major symptoms of the disorder.