Awesome Moment of Crowning: There is no physical crown, but the scene in which Simba ascends Pride Rock and finally lets loose with a full-throated lion roar signifies that he has taken his place as King. Simba and Nala's cub appears in the final scene, hoisted by Rafiki as Simba was. Scar would have won his last fight if he had not chosen to tell Simba who was really responsible for Mufasa's death. And he still might have survived it if he hadn't tried to blame everything on the hyenas who were practically his only supporters at that point and the three looked to be sneaking up behind Simba to give Scar aid, backing off when they heard him before he ended up needing their help.
The Bad Guy Wins: Scar, when he throws Musafa off the gorge and into the wildebeest stampede. Scar's victory, although it lasts several years, is temporary. Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: The hyenas are none too happy about Scar trying to throw them under the bus earlier, and they're mighty hungry A particular talent of Scar's.
He plays everyone like a fiddle because he knows them so well. Battle Amongst the Flames: One of the most famous examples occurs at the end. While no one is necessarily "beautiful" or "ugly" by the standards of the human viewers, most of the good characters Zazu and all the lions except for Scar are quite normal looking, while the antagonists are rather creepy looking. Mufasa is light-furred and red-maned with the animal equivalent of a Heroic Build. Scar is lanky with a black mane, and a sinister scar on his eye.
Simba probably forgot that his succession implies his father's death, but yet, once can argue that Mufasa could have abdicated in his old age.
In the context of the film, "To be king" should rather be interpreted as a metaphor of "adulthood". A minor one goes to the hyenas, who despised Mufasa and eagerly And blindly supported Scar's quest to kill him and take over the Pridelands.
Before very long, they have have hunted everything into nothingness, the herds have abandoned the place entirely, the riverbed has dried up, and the place is very much a wasteland.
Growing restless, they constantly confront Scar on the lack of food in the kingdom, and the most Scar does is level blame on either them or the lionesses, forcing the hyenas to question what they signed on for. And I thought things were bad under Mufasa! While ruling as King, Scar cannot stand hearing Mufasa's name, to the point that he makes a law against saying it. Pumbaa is called a pig, prompting him to say " Are you talking to me?!
However he doesn't mind when Timon or Simba call him one; it's just strangers. Better Living Through Evil: While Scar sings about gaining power, the hyenas sing only about getting food: Pumbaa is generally friendly and well-mannered apart from his farting , but calling him a pig is a Berserk Button. Makes sense in this case, as despite his niceness he is still a boar warthog. Beware the Silly Ones: Both sides of the final battle display this—on Scar's side, the hyenas prove themselves to be viciously brutal killers.
On Simba's side, Rafiki shows that you shouldn't judge him based on his age while Timon , Pumbaa and Zazu manage to beat up Shenzi and Banzai offscreen. Scar, whose desire to become king causes the main conflict of the film. Simba and Nala coincidentally meet again as adults and have a joyous reunion, particularly from Nala's point of view as she had thought Simba was dead.
Mufasa, the noble king of the Pride Lands. The hyenas, when a returning Simba earns them a Death Glare from Scar. When Mufasa dies and when Simba finds out who did it. Scar just before he is devoured by the hyenas. The first line of Rafiki's chant is "Asante sana squash banana. Most of the characters' names are Swahili words: Zazu starts to sing "It's a Small World". Scar freaks out and demands him to sing anything else but that.
Even funnier, in the Broadway show, Zazu may sing "Be Our Guest" from Beauty and the Beast or "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" from Mary Poppins two other Disney movies that also became successful Broadway musicals; they have all been "rival" shows at one time or another. Timon and Pumbaa's taste for insects is shown to be weird even though Justified considering their species.
Mufasa's body, intentionally it is a children's film. Scar and Simba duke it out with claws extended, but neither actually sheds blood, aside from a very quick "spray" from Simba's muzzle after taking a hit, though it could be saliva or sweat. Simba wins the fight by knocking Scar off a cliff. Averted with Shenzi; when Simba slashes her face to protect Nala, it leaves three small but clear and bloody marks. Acknowledged in the commentary in that the meat the hyenas pull from a zebra haunch looks closer in appearance to striped neckties than it does flesh, and there is no blood anywhere from the carcass.
What were we supposed to do? Scar could have avoided all this trouble if he had just killed Simba himself rather than sending him running off and delegating the killing to the incompetent hyenas, although that would have included the danger of him being seen or found out.
More obviously, Scar telling Simba that he killed Mufasa, which gave Simba both the determination and the support of the pride that he needed to win. The film begins with Mufasa's cub Simba presented to the kingdom, and ends with Simba's cub similarly presented, both accompanied by the same song, "The Circle of Life".
We first see Timon and Pumbaa playing "bowling for buzzards". Brains Evil, Brawn Good: The strong and noble Mufasa, and later Simba vs.
Subverted, seeing as Mufasa is for the most part smarter than Scar. Breaking the Fourth Wall: In the middle of "Hakuna Matata", Timon and Pumbaa do this. And I got down-hearted How did you feel? Every time that I— Timon: Simba gets in on the act a second later as he seems to give the fourth wall a puzzled Aside Glance in response to the above exchange.
Between Simba and Nala, when she confronts him about being the king. Scar tempting Simba to visit the elephant graveyard. Arguable, and possibly unintended. Early on, Scar said that he would be a monkey's uncle when Simba becomes king. Later, when Nala is looking for Simba after he has left for Pride Rock to become king, we have this conversation. Have you guys seen Simba? I thought he was with you. He was, but now I can't find him. The King has returned.
I don't believe it. Hey, what's going on here? Simba's gone back to challenge Scar. Who's got a scar? The monkey's his uncle? Simba's gone back to challenge his uncle to take his place as king. As pointed out by countless critics, Rafiki's message of "the past can hurt, but you can either run from it or learn from it" is broken by the narrative.
Simba tries to confront his fears, but his fears start to win. Scar again puts the blame on Simba for causing his father's death, Simba starts to doubt himself again ,and the other lions doubt him too. It's only when Scar has Simba in a situation where he will probably die that he confesses that he was the actual murderer. This gives Simba the confidence to finally defeat Scar and when he does this, all the others finally accept him in their midst.
Simba's new lesson of "Hakuna Matata, forget your worries" results in him running from his problems and thus shirking his duty as king. It's not that it's bad advice, per se Another in-universe, Rafiki teaches Simba that it's okay to make mistakes as long as you learn from them.
Simba thus decides to quit running and forgive himself before confronting Scar. Despite Simba's efforts to put his guilt behind him, Scar takes advantage of the fact that Nala, Sarabi, and the other lions still don't know the true circumstances of Mufasa's death to turn them against Simba, which quickly leads to Simba falling prey to his guilt once again.
No one rallies behind him until Scar admits publicly he killed Mufasa. Timon and Pumbaa are firm believers, which is why they're more than a little upset when Nala comes along to break up the trio, and not just because they thought she was going to eat Pumbaa.
Zazu, who starts out as Mufasa's PR guy and constantly finds himself at the butt of Simba's antics. After Scar takes over, he is reduced to being nothing but a source of entertainment for Scar, and is almost eaten by the hyenas on several occasions. Of the three hyenas, Banzai has always received the most physical punishment, such as the many claw-marks we see him with in the graveyard, and him falling into the thorns.
Solved by having Simba eating bugs, a Truth in Television since real lions are happy to eat them if necessary. Averted when Nala stalks and nearly kills Pumbaa, but then backs off when she has her reunion with Simba. With no recourse at all, the movie "solves" these troubling issues by Lampshading and then ignoring them, despite Timon and Pumbaa end up in the middle of starving lionesses eventually. Let me get this straight.
You [Simba] know her [Nala].