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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 his youth, Scar was known by the name of "Taka"--Swahili slang for "trash" "want" or "dirt" as the younger son of Ahadi and Uru. In the book A Tale of Two Brothers, Taka had become upset when he learned that his older brother Mufasa was chosen to be king over himself, a decision which caused Taka much sadness and anger which 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. When Taka was an adolescent, he went on a daily patrol with Mufasa and Ahadi. While patrolling the Pride Lands, the three ran into a baboon named Rafiki, who was being plagued by the trio of hyenas named Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed. Although Taka acted bored and commented that they should have let the baboon die, Ahadi welcomed Rafiki into the Pride Lands and let him spend the night at Pride Rock. While 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 before that did any damage Rafiki serenaded the reptile. The following day, after the attempted murder Ahadi had promised to take his 2 sons on a hunting trip, but a group of angry Pride Landers had stalled him, and he was forced to cut the hunting trip short. 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 decided to pursue his kingly duties, leaving Taka alone to hunt with Mufasa.
Before the hunt began,Taka flees to talk with the hyenas that threatened Rafiki's life Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed, where he hatches a plan to make Mufasa look like a fool, believing that if Mufasa appeared inferior to Taka, Ahadi would rescind on his decision to appoint Mufasa as heir. Taka lures Mufasa to the waterhole, where an antagonist Buffalo, named Boma, is hoarding all the water supply for himself. When Mufasa tries to reason with Boma, Taka interjects with an ultimatum: Boma should either clear out by order of the King, or challenge Mufasa to a fight. Boma becomes enraged and attacks Mufasa, but Mufasa is rescued by Rafiki. Taka, only laughed at his brother's fear by rolling on the ground until he, becomes the target of Boma and the other members of his herd. Taka is hit in the face by one of the buffalo's horns and knocked unconscious, but before he is killed, Ahadi appears with the other animals and stops the fight. Thereafter--Rafiki cared for him because of the scar on his face which it won't fully heal and that he will carry it with him for the rest of his life--,Taka only admitted that he made Boma angry because he wanted to get Mufasa in trouble and get even with Ahadi for breaking his promise, and Ahadi had kindly warned his son to keep his anger at bay. From that day on Taka requests to be called "Scar" as a sign of his foolishness to which he then promises not to forget what happened that day and his family agrees.
Next during the reign of Mufasa, Scar was tasked with leading the Lion Guard before Kion, and as the leader and the fierciest member of the Lion Guard, Scar was gifted with a powerful roar called the Roar of the Elders. For when Scar roared he summoned the Great Kings of the Past, to roar along with him. But alas, the power got to Scar's head, and since he got that gift from the Kings of the Past, he thought that he should be more worthy of being king himself better than his older brother, Mufasa. So Scar tried to employ the rest of his Lion Guard to help him overthrow Mufasa, by using the Roar of the Elders. But when the rest of the Lion Guard refused to help aid him in his plot, he began to betray his own Lion Guard and then Scar destroyed them with the Roar of the Elders. When they saw Scar using his powers for evil, the Great Kings removed the Roar from Scar, and thus lost his power as the Roar of the Elders is not meant to be used for evil.
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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.