• Simba

 

Meaning: lion (Swahili)
Species: Lion
 

 

Simba is a rowdy, independent little cub who likes to romp and play. When Simba’s father dies, it leaves Simba unsure about who he is. Then Rafiki shows Simba his reflection in a pool and the young lion understands that his father’s courage and wisdom are a part of him, too.

Simba is the only son of Mufasa, the King of the Pride Lands and ruler of Pride Rock. His mother is the Queen Sarabi, and he is the nephew of the King’s brother Scar, who sees a political opportunity in the young cub’s trust in him. Working to his disadvantage as well as defining his character is Simba’s mischievous, adventuresome spirit, which he indulges at every chance with his friend Nala, often getting into trouble from which the King’s majordomo Zazu

is charged with rescuing him.
Blamed for his father’s death in a disastrous wildebeest stampede engineered by Scar and the Hyenas, and exiled to the jungle far from Pride Rock, Simba is befriended by Timon and Pumbaa, the unlikely pair of outcasts living the easy life in the land of crystal waterfalls and tasty bugs. He’d be perfectly happy to live there forever, if not for a chance meeting with Nala that calls him back home to face his destiny.
 

 

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