Nuka (character)

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Nuka (Swahili for "smell" or "stink"; also Inuit for "younger brother") was the secondary antagonist of The Lion King II: Simba's Pride. Nuka was an Outlander who was the eldest son of Zira and Scar) and the brother of Kovu and Vitani. His character was based off of Tybalt from Romeo and Juliet.

He was voiced by Andy Dick.


Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Nuka is very resentful of not being Scar's heir, especially towards Kovu. It hints that Nuka is Scar's son because he almost has the same fur color, the same mane (but scruffy) and he mutters to himself, "Kovu, Kovu, Kovu. Scar wasn't even his father. They just took him in," which explains why he wants to be king so much. It is generally accepted that he was rejected because Kovu was healthier and better-looking and an overall better candidate for a king. Another theory was that since Kovu was the youngest (like Scar), Scar made Kovu heir over Nuka out of jealousy of his older brother Mufasa.

Nuka simultaneously bashes Kovu and tries to please his mother, helping her out in her schemes to kill off Simba. This leads to his death when he chases Simba up an unstable dam of logs in an attempt to please his mother. Simba kicks off a log in Nuka's general direction, trapping Nuka and crushing him to death.

His last words to Zira are "I'm sorry, Mother. I tried." In a cut version, he goes on to ask, "Well, I finally got your attention, didn't I? Didn't I?" However, in the final film, the second "Didn't I?" can be heard in a gasp before he dies.