Scar - TLG
Character Information
Gender: Male
Show: The Lion Guard
Also known as: Taka
Species: Lion
Friends: Zira, Nuka, Outsiders, Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed (formerly), Janja, Cheezi, Chungu, Nne, Tano, Nne, Tano, Ushari, Kiburi, Tamka, Nduli, Shupavu, Njano, Nyeusi, Nyata, Waza, Reirei, Goigoi, Mzingo, Mwoga, Kenge, Sumu
Enemies: Simba, Mufasa, Nala, Sarabi, Rafiki, Zazu, the hyena clan, Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed, Makini, Kion, Bunga, Fuli, Beshte, Ono, Kinyonga
Relatives: Kiara (great-niece), Simba (nephew), Mufasa (older brother; deceased), Sarabi (sister-in-law), Kopa (great-nephew), Kion (great-nephew), Nuka (descendant; deceased), Vitani (descendant;), Kovu (adoptive son, Ahadi (father; deceased), Uru (mother; deceased), Sarabi ((sister-in-law), Mohatu (grandfather; deceased)
Occupation: Illegitamate King of the Pride Lands; Leader of the Lion Guard (formerly)
Catchphrase(s): "Yes, I am Scar."
First Appearance: The Rise of Scar
Voiced by: David Oyelowo
Scar's Ghost The Lion Guard

Scar was the main antagonist of The Lion King. He appeared in Season 2 of The Lion Guard.


According to A Tale of Two Brothers, Scar was given the name "Taka" --Swahili slang for "want" as the younger son of Ahadi and Uru. His older brother Mufasa was chosen to be king over himself, a decision which caused the young lion much anger and distanced him from his father and older brother. Over time, Taka came to resent Ahadi for favoring Mufasa and for choosing kingly duties over spending time with his sons. One day Taka went on a daily patrol with his father and older brother. While patrolling the Pride Lands, the three ran into Rafiki, a traveling baboon who was being plagued by the hyena trio, until he was saved by Ahadi, and his two sons, Mufasa and Taka. After the departure of the hyenas and talked about Rafiki's mission, Ahadi welcomed Rafiki into the Pride Lands and let him spend the night at Pride Rock even after Taka acknowledged that they should have let the baboon die. When Mufasa stayed by his father's side throughout the ordeal, Taka wandered off, feeling unconcerned with his father's doings. Later that night, Taka set a cobra on Mufasa, hoping to kill his brother in his sleep, but Rafiki thwarted the plan. The day after the attempted murder, Ahadi promised to take his sons hunting, but a group of angry Pride Landers had stalled him, and he was forced to cut the hunting trip short a change of events which that does not settle well with Taka. Though Mufasa understood why his father made that decision, Taka reacted with outrage and accused his father of always finding other things to do when they were supposed to spend time together. In answer to his son's protests, Ahadi attempted to explain that Mufasa understood the pressures of ruling a kingdom, but Taka's temper only flared, and he accused Ahadi for favoring Mufasa. Despite the young lion's animosity, Ahadi decided to disregard his sons anger, by leaving Taka alone to hunt with Mufasa. Before the hunt, Taka plotted with the hyenas to get his brother in trouble with Ahadi so that their father might have second thoughts about Mufasa becoming king. Once he agreed with the hyenas, he led Mufasa to a water hole, where an antagonistic buffalo named Boma was hogging the only water sources left after the start of the drought, and when Mufasa attempted to reason with Boma Taka roars with an ultimatum: and told Boma that he's enforcing the Kings orders, telling him if he doesn't listen to him he will challenge Mufasa to a fight. But that only angered Boma because Taka tricked him. When the buffalo began to chase Mufasa, Taka only laughed at his brothers fear until Boma's herd began to attack the young lion giving him his scar. Just in time, Ahadi came to the rescue to stop the attack, and Taka was taken back to Pride Rock, where Rafiki cared for him until he was patched up enough to speak. And Taka's left eye was wounded from the herd and told him that the young lion will heal but he will carry a scar with him for the rest of his life. Once recovered, Taka was told by his father, that the scar he earned will serve as a reminder of his recklessness. When Mufasa asked his brother why he made Boma angry, Taka only admitted that he wanted to embarrass Mufasa and to get even with Ahadi for breaking his promise to go hunting with him, and Ahadi warned his son, to keep his anger at bay and let his wound serve for his entire life. At first Taka was angry, but then Taka accepted his father's words and asked to be called "Scar" from now on. It's also revealed that when he was younger, Scar was tasked with leading The Lion Guard, and had the power called the "Roar of the Elders" by the Great Kings of the Past which, when used, would cause the Great Kings of the Past to roar with him. However, the power went to Scar's head and he believed that with this power, he should be the king instead of Mufasa. And he planned to dethrone Mufasa, by using the Roar of the Elders. When the rest of the Lion Guard refused to aid him in his plot, Scar destroyed them by using the Roar. Since this act proved he was unfit to whield this type of power, the Kings of the Past stripped him up the giftIn the years that followed the Lion Guard's downfall, Scar focused his life on striving for Mufasa's throne and continued to plot schemes with the hyenas to rule the Pride Lands. After his nephew Simba was born, Scar became more jealous than ever. His first plan was to trick Simba into going to the Elephant Graveyard where the hyenas would be waiting for the kill. But that plan was foiled by Mufasa. He then plans to not just get rid of Simba, but Mufasa as well. He sent the hyenas to trigger the wildebeest stampede. Although Simba survived the stampede, Scar successfully overthrew Mufasa by pushing him off the rock wall, killing him. He then framed Simba for Mufasa's death and exiled him and took over the Pride Lands. When Simba returned to Pride Rock as an adult, he forced Simba over the edge and revealed that he was the one who killed Mufasa. An angry Simba pounced on Scar and forced him to confess for the murder to the other lionesses. Simba cornered Scar to the top of Pride Rock and ordered Scar to be banished for murder and incrimination. Initially, Scar relented, then attacked Simba and after a long battle, Simba flipped Scar over the edge. Although Scar survived the fall, he was met by the hyenas who they thought he turned against him and proceeded to eat him alive. Some time prior to his death, Scar selected Kovu to be the next King. Kovu is the son of one of Scar's followers, Zira, whom Scar had a close friendship with and had told her all about the Roar of the Elders.

The Lion Guard: The Rise of Scar

In The Rise of Scar, a hyena named Janja tires of living under the harsh conditions of the Outlands, but refuses to accept the fact that he and the other hyenas only reside there because they selfishly refuse to adhere to the laws set by the Circle of Life. Instead, they want to eliminate Kion but each of their attempts have failed. A snake named Ushari claims that the secret to Kion's success is his ability to talk to the Great Kings of the Past, more specifically Mufasa. This gives them the idea to find a way to summon the only lion that's ever sided with the hyenas: Scar. Under Scar's authority, they hope to eliminate Kion and create a new order amongst the Pride Lands that gives them freedom to wolf down as much as they want. By using both the combined powers of Kion's roar and Makini's magical bakora staff, Janja and Ushari successfully manage to summon Scar's spirit, manifested in lava and fire.

Let Sleeping Crocs Lie

With him revived, Scar begins to get revenge against Simba and overthrow him as the king. Scar plots to gather all the animals in the Outlands to create a new legion of followers. With an army of henchmen at his disposable once again, Scar seeks to ignite a hostile takeover of the Pride Lands and reclaim the kingdom as his own domain. To bring his plan in motion, Scar has Ushari trick a crocodile named Kiburu into taking down Simba along with three of his followers. This plan fails and Kiburi and his followers are banished from the Pride Lands as a result, therefore giving Scar four new minions to assist in his eventual takeover of the Pride Lands.

Swept Away

Upon learning from one of Ushari's Skinks spies that Beshte has ended up in the Outlands alone, Scar sees this as a good opportunity to eliminate the strongest of the Lion Guard, and thus to weaken it. When questioned by Cheezi and Chungu about how they're going to do that, Scar irritably reminds them that it is the dry season and too much sun makes hippos weak. As Beshte already seems to trust Ushari's Skinks, Scar decides to take advantage of this and then explains his plan: the Skinks will lead Besthe to the Rocky Plateau where Janja, Cheezi and Chungu will seal him in and then crush him to death by pushing rocks on him.

The plan nearly succeeds, but is ultimately thwarted when the rest of the Guard arrives just in time and Kion uses the Roar of the Elders to send the hyenas flying away. After landing near the volcano, Janja, Cheezi and Chungu decide not to return to Scar immediately, knowing that he'll be infuriated with them for their failure. Unfortunately for them, as they begin to walk away, Ushari arrives and coldly says that Scar wants to speak to them now and he is not happy about this. Then, a small eruption can be seen at the top of the volcano, apparently confirming this.

Rescue in the Outlands 

Scar sends Janja, Cheezi and Chungu in search of Reirei's Pack, wanting to get them on his side. During their search for the jackals, Janja and his goons stumble on Jasiri, who marks the area as her turf (something which Janja forgot to do) and defeats and sends them back to the volcano when they try to get it back. Upon hearing about Jasiri, Scar, at first, sees her as a possible valuable ally, but Janja reveals that Jasiri is friends with the Lion Guard and also respects the Circle of Life, unlike the other Outlanders. With this information, Scar changes his mind and decides that she is a threat. He orders Janja to get rid of her immediately, and to do this with his entire clan, as he perfectly understands that Jasiri is too strong for only him, Cheezi and Chungu. As they leave, Scar coldly warns Janja to not disappoint him again. Janja and his clan nearly succeed in getting rid of Jasiri and also her cubs (Tunu and Wema) at the same time, but ultimately fail, due to the fact that Madoa (Jasiri's sister) escapes to warn the Guard, who both save Jasiri and her cubs and chase the bad hyenas away.

The Bite of Kenge

Scar stops an argument between Janja, Cheezi, Chungu and Ushari (the latter having been trampled on by the others) and learn from the hyenas that they have discovered a supply of watermelons intended for the elephants through the whole Dry Season. Scar sees this as potential to break the Circle of Life by removing the watermelons from the Pride Lands as this will cause the elephants to become dehydrated as a result. He orders Janja and his goons to go back and steal all the watermelons. But Janja is hesitant as the Lion Guard had already prevented them from doing so earlier and will probably be waiting for them. Ushari then reveals having a friend who can help and will not disappoint them. Satisfied, Scar orders Ushari to find Kenge and tell him to deal with the Lion Guard.

The Morning Report

Scar orders the hyenas to kidnap Zazu. When Janja questions him on what to do next, Scar orders him to interrogate Zazu. Although this annoys Janja, Scar explains that Zazu is "keeper of all the secrets of the Pride Lands", and that the information Zazu could disperse would make it easy for them to take over the Pride Lands.

Divide and Conquer

At some point, Scar finally managed to both find Reirei's pack and get them on his side. In the volcano, Scar is shown speaking with Reirei and Janja after they managed to separate the Lion Guard by attacking the Pride Lands in two places at once. He explains that the Lion Guard is weaker when they are split up, but reveals that their first mission was merely a test, and that their main objective would be in the next mission - eliminating Rafiki. When Janja and Reirei show confusion at this plan, Scar continues to inform them that Rafiki can sense all the Lions of the Past, including himself, something he does not want the Pride Landers to discover yet. Janja and Reirei then start to squabble over who will take out Rafiki and who will cause a distraction, but Scar grows tired of their pettiness, and sends Janja's clan out to take down Rafiki, who he informs them is meditating at Mapango Cliffs, while Reirei's pack will distract the Guard. He next appears in a dry season fire, angrily telling a retreating Janja to stay and fight. Janja complains that his clan is outnumbered, but Scar responds with 'not for long' as the Jackals soon arrive to help, so Janja does as Scar says. Kion, who was chasing after Janja, catches a glimpse of Scar before he vanishes, causing him to say, "What in the Pride Lands?". After the hyenas and the jackals are defeated, Kion goes to the area where Scar appeared, and sees that a scorch mark with a strange symbol remains. Rafiki recognizes it from the Paintings of the Past as a sign of horrible evil, and goes off to consult the Paintings of the Past for further information.

The Scropion's Sting

When the Pride Landers gather together for Kumbuka, Scar gathers his army. He announces that they will finally destroy the Lion Guard and end Simba's reign forever. When he is questioned, he informs them that he will be getting some help and subsequently introduces them to a scorpion named Sumu. He then remarks that the day the Pride Landers celebrate his defeat will soon be known as the day that he returned.

After successfully stinging Simba, Sumu returns to the Outlands to give Scar the good news. He is shocked to learn that bringing the Lion Guard to their volcano was exactly what his leader wanted. Scar orders Ushari to tell everyone to get ready for the Lion Guard.

Although unaware that Scar has sent Kiburi's float, Reirei's pack and Janja's clan to delay them, the Lion Guard plow through the groups and make it to the volcano, where Makini picks up the cure for Simba's ailment, volcanic ash, and places it safely a gourd. Before they can leave, Scar finally reveals himself, rising from the flames. When Kion recognizes him, Scar commends him for his intelligence. Scar further reveals that he was behind his father's attack, and he extends his commendations to the Lion Guard for working out that he was the mastermind behind everything. But when the Lion Guard turn to leave regardless, Scar summons his army.

The Army of Scar start to confront The Lion Guard, and slowly corners them to a small ledge in the volcano, right in front of their leader. When Kion considers using the Roar, Scar warns Kion of the side-effects of using it in a volcano, but the cub surprises him by using the Roar in a way he never thought possible, Kion is able to defeat the majority of his army.

Infuriated, Scar commands Mzingo's Parliament to pursue them, and get the ash back from Makini, whose gourd contains it. But despite their best efforts, the Lion Guard work together to ensure Makini and the gourd's safety, and Kion's Roar blows the vultures straight back into Scar's domain.

Looking out over his tired and defeated army, he comments darkly that the war has just begun.

The Kilio Valley Fire

Scar orders his minions set fire to the Kilio Valley. After they succeed in doing so, he rises from the small flame of a remaining flaming stick that was thrown to the ground by Mwoga and praises his army for doing their work well before ordering them to remain in Kilio Valley. When being questioned by Kiburi and Reirei, Scar reveals that his plan is to take over the Pride Lands piece by piece so that the Lion Guard will have nothing left to defend the Circle of Life and protect the Pride Lands.

Undercover Kinyonga

Scar summons Janja and his clan back to the volcano. He stops brief argument from Ushari and Janja (as the cobra was berating the hyena for arriving late) and orders the hyena leader to enter the Pride Lands with his entire clan, enter the riverbank above Hakuna Matata Falls at night, and push the rocks into the river until it stops the water from flowing as this will cut off a major water supply during the middle of the dry season, which will thus cause the Pride Landers to get thirsty and will plundge the Pride Lands into unrest, desperation and chaos.

Soon after the plan has been confirmed, however, Shupavu and her Skinks group notices Kinyonga's shadow against a wall, and brings her to the attention of Scar. Ushari then commands them to stop the intruder, and the Skinks pursues Kinyonga out of the volcano.


His personality was the opposite of Mufasa's. He was mean-spirited, jealous, ruthless, sneaky, cowardly, abusive, violent, rude, uncompromising, negative, cruel, lazy, eccentric, snarky, charismatic, arrogant, rough, strong, ill-mannered, relentless, emotional, belligerent, opportunistic, selfish, stubborn, intelligent, vain, mysterious, power-hungry, megalomaniacal, murderous, determined, resentful, greedy, tyrannical, manipulative, cunning, dark, sadistic, treacherous, calm, elegant, debonair, dramatic, bigoted, short-tempered and evil. His jealousy stemmed from the fact that his brother was chosen to be King. Scar was so hungry for power that he resorted into removing his own family permanently and destroying the kingdom. It was his thirst for power that caused him to lose the Roar of the Elders. He didn't believe in the Circle of Life concept and cared only for himself and his own glory.


  • It has been confirmed that Scar will appear in Season 2 of The Lion Guard as a new villain.
  • David Oyelowo will voice Scar in The Lion Guard.


Kion: Great-nephew

Mufasa: Older brother

Nala: Niece-in-law

Simba: Nephew

Kiara: Great niece

Nuka: Descendant

Vitani: Descendant

Kovu: Adoptive son

Sarabi: Sister-in-law

Kopa: Great-nephew (Books only)