Scar (also known as Taka) is the main antagonist of The Lion King and a minor antagonist in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride. He was Simba's uncle Zira's husband Vitani's and Nuka's father Kovu 's adoptive father and Mufasa's younger brother. Unlike his brother, Scar is small and thin, and his mane is black. There is a scar over his left eye. He is voiced by Jeremy Irons in the English version of the movie.
In the book A Tale of Two Brothers,Scar was born under the name "Taka"--Swahili slang for "want" as the younger son of his parents Ahadi and Uru. His older brother Mufasa was chosen to be king over him, a decision which caused Taka much sadness 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 when Uru told her mate Ahadi to stay behind and tend the kingdom while she is away looking for a new food and water supply, Taka went on a daily patrol with Mufasa and Ahadi. While they were patrolling the Pride Lands, the three ran into Rafiki, a traveling baboon who was being plagued by the trio of hyenas until he was saved by Ahadi, alongside 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 acted bored and commented 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 following day, after the attempted murder Ahadi had promised to take his sons out 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 had 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 his brother Mufasa understood the pressures of ruling a kingdom, but Taka's temper only flared, and he accused Ahadi of favoring Mufasa. Despite the young lion's animosity, Ahadi has decided to pursue his kingly duties, by leaving Taka alone to hunt with Mufasa.
Before the hunt, Taka plotted with the hyenas, Shenzi, Banzai and Ed, to get Mufasa in trouble with Ahadi, so that their father would rescind on his decision to appoint Mufasa as the next king He lured Mufasa to the waterhole, where a greedy Buffalo, named Boma, is hoarding all the water supply for himself. When Mufasa tries to reason with Boma, Taka interjects with an ultimatum: and told Boma that he should either clear out by order of the King, or challenge Mufasa to a fight. Boma becomes enraged because he tricked Mufasa into angering Boma. When the buffalo began to Mufasa, Taka, only laughed at his brother's fear until the other members from his herd, began to attack the young lion causing him to be knocked out unconscious giving him his scar. Before he is killed, Ahadi came to the rescue with a herd of elephants to stop the attack. And an unconscious Taka was taken back to Pride Rock with the help of an elephant, where Rafiki cared for him until he was patched up enough to speak it was during the attack that Taka had got a scar on his left eye from the buffalo herd which it will never heal and 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 had earned will serve as a reminder of his recklessness. When Mufasa asked his brother why he made Boma angry, Taka only admitted he wanted to embarrass Mufasa and to get even with Ahadi for breaking his promise to go hunting with him, then Ahadi warned his son to keep his anger at bay and let his wound serve as a reminder of his mistakes. At first Taka was angry, but then Taka finally accepted his fathers words. And asked to be called "Scar" from now on, as another reminder of his horrible decision to which he then promises that he'll never forget what happened that day.
In his youth, Scar was tasked with leading the Lion Guard before Simba was born, and was given a power called the Roar of the Elders by the the Great Kings of the Past. Which when used he summoned the Great Kings of the Past, to roar along with him. But alas, the power got to Scar's head, and he believed that with this power he should be the king instead of Mufasa. So he planned to get rid of Mufasa, by using the Roar of the Elders. But when the rest of the Lion Guard refused to help aid him in his plot, Scar destroyed them and thus lost his power as the Roar of the Elders was not meant to be used for evil. In the years that followed the Lion Guard's downfall, Scar focused his life on striving for his older brother's throne and continued to plot schemes with the hyenas to rule the Pride Lands.
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Scar's jealousy of Mufasa carried over into his adulthood. During Mufasa's reign, Scar became an aloof pridal member whose presence seemed tolerated by most.
When Simba was born--quelling any chances of Scar gaining the throne--Scar's envy grew. He began to scheme ways of killing off his nephew and brother. It was Scar who tricked Simba into venturing to the Elephant Graveyard. There, Simba; his betrothed, Nala; and the majordomo, Zazu were almost killed by the hyenas Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed. They were rescued by the timely arrival of Mufasa, which angered Scar. Once Mufasa had taken the others out of the Elephant Graveyard, Scar went back, and with the hyenas, he discussed his plans to kill Mufasa and Simba both.
Not long after the incident at the Elephant Graveyard, Scar lured Simba into the Gorge by telling him that his father had a surprise for him. He left Simba at the bottom of the Gorge and snuck off to signal the hyenas, who were waiting with a wildebeest herd on the cliffs above. The hyenas forced the wildebeests into a stampede that charged into the Gorge, right towards Simba.
While Simba ran for his life, Scar returned to Pride Rock and told Mufasa that Simba was in danger. Mufasa rushed to his son's aid and succeeded in getting Simba out of the way of the herd, but when he tried to climb to safety himself, Scar intercepted him on the cliff face. Mufasa pleaded for his brother's help, but Scar instead flung him off the cliff. Mufasa was trampled to death by the wildebeest.
When Simba returned to the bottom of the Gorge and found the body of Mufasa, Scar guilted Simba into believing that he was responsible for the death of his father and urged him to run away. Simba did so, and Scar sent the hyenas after him. However, Simba managed to escape into a patch of thorns, and the hyenas left him for dead.
Scar returned to Pride Rock and delivered the news that Mufasa and Simba were both dead. With no other heirs in place, Scar was able to claim the throne.
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Scar's first order of business as new king was to give the hyenas free range of the Pridelands. He also banned his brother's name because Scar did want anybody to know he was his brother's murderer.
Specific events during Scar's reign are sketchy at best. It is speculated that during this time, he fathered Nuka and Vitani with Zira, though it has been confirmed that Vitani and Nuka are his cubs. Even Zira and the two cubs appear in a cameo of The Lion King.
Scar's rule lasted for quite a long time--up until Simba's ascension to adulthood. During that time, thanks to Scar's irresponsible management, the Pridelands became over-hunted and barren. The pride members began to voice their desire to follow the herds to greener, more prosperous areas, but Scar would not listen. Food became so scarce that even the hyenas--Scar's avid supporters--began to murmur against him.
During this time, Nala fled the pride. Some speculate that her reasons for leaving stemmed from a confrontation she had with Scar, in which Scar attempted to make her his queen. This idea is supported by The Lion King on Broadway show, in which Scar makes overtures towards Nala during the song The Madness of King Scar. However, when Nala explains her escape to Simba in the movie, she cites a desire to "find help" as her reason for leaving the pride.
When Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed complained to Scar about the lionesses not hunting, Scar demanded an explanation from Sarabi, whom he had demoted from queen to huntress. Sarabi tried to explain to him that the herds had moved and that the pride should leave Pride Rock, but again Scar refused. Enraged, Sarabi compared Scar to Mufasa, and Scar struck her across the face. In that moment, Simba appeared and confronted Scar. It was then that he learned the truth of Mufasa's death, and when the lionesses heard, they rallied around Simba. The hyenas backed Scar, and a battle ensued.
Simba chased Scar up to the pinnacle of Pride Rock, where Scar pleaded for his life, telling Simba that the hyenas were the ones who plotted Mufasa's death. After that, Simba says to him "Why should I believe you? Everything you ever told me was a lie". Simba agreed to spare Scar if he would "run away and never return". Scar said those same words to the younger Simba after murdering his brother years ago. However, Scar opted to attack Simba instead. In the struggle, Scar was flung off of Pride Rock. There, the hyenas--who had heard him try to slough the blame of Mufasa's death off on them--turned on Scar and killed him. Scar was also burned by the fire that surrounded the hyenas.
In the second movie, Simba's Pride, it is alleged that before his death, Scar used to father Nuka with Zira before he died. Some speculate that Vitani is also the offspring of this pairing, but it has been confirmed. Despite having a cub of his own flesh and blood, Scar "hand-picked" Kovu--another one of Zira's offspring--as his heir before his death. In Simba's Pride, Nuka reveals that--despite a striking resemblance to Scar--Kovu is not Scar's real son.
After Scar's death, Zira and some of her fellow lionesses were banished from the Pridelands by Simba. They became known as the Outlanders, and they remained loyal to Scar. This has raised some controversy, because in The Lion King, all the lionesses fought on Simba's side.
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In Simba's Pride, Simba relives his father's death in a dream. In this dream, Simba finds Mufasa at the edge of a cliff. Simba reaches out to grab his paw but Scar appears and prevents him. Mufasa disappears into the stampede below. Simba looks up at Scar, and Scar grabs his paw. Scar then turns into Kovu, and throws Simba off the cliff. Simba wakes up before he hits the ground.