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The main characters in the first film. From left to right: Shenzi, Scar, Ed, Banzai, Rafiki, Mufasa, Simba, Sarabi, Zazu, Timon, and Pumbaa. Bottom right: Nala and Sarafina.

This is a list of characters from the movie series The Lion King. The characters were made by The Walt Disney Company in 1994.



First appearance The Lion King
Created by Jonathan Roberts
Species Lion
Relatives Mate: Nala
Parents: Mufasa and Sarabi
Uncle: Scar
Mother-in-law: Sarafina
Son-in-law: Kovu

Simba is the main character of the series. He is a lion. In The Lion King, he becomes King of Pride Rock. The character is voiced by Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Matthew Broderick. His name comes from the word for "lion" in Swahili.


Voiced by Moira Kelly (adult in films)
Niketa Calame (cub in film)
Heather Headley (adult in original Broadway cast)
Kajuana Shuford (cub in original Broadway cast)
Vanessa Marshall (adult in video games)
Supervising animator Aaron Blaise (cub)
Anthony de Rosa (adult)
Species Lion

Nala is Simba's childhood friend who later becomes his queen. She appears in The Lion King, Simba's Pride and The Lion King 1½. Nala's mother is Sarafina. Nala means "gift" in Swahili.


Scar is the main villain in the movie. He was voiced by Jeremy Irons.


Pumba is a good-hearted warthog in the movie. He usually gossips with the other animals, but then flees with his tail held in the air when things get out of hand.

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