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Taka, better known as Scar, is the main antagonist of The Lion King and the second season of it's animated televion series sequel The Lion Guard. He is Shenzi, Banzai, Ed, and the other hyenas' former boss and leader, Simba's uncle, Mufasa's younger brother, and Kiara and Kion's great-uncle.
He is also a posthumous antagonist in it's 1998 sequel, and a minor antagonist in it's 2004 midquel.
Scar had a different appearance than the other lions. One of his physical features was the scar on his left eye, hence his name. While the other lions had mostly gold fur, Scar had brown fur and was thinner than the other lions, and apparently weaker, as he mentioned lacking strength to Mufasa and Zazu. Despite being related to Mufasa and Simba, there was few family resemblances. He had a black mane, uncommon amongst lions, who usually had a brown mane, and had green eyes, while his family had reddish-brown eyes. Scar's claws were black and always protruded out of his paws, alluding to his personality. Scar sported a goatee beard, a common characteristic of villains.
In his past, Scar was always extremely jealous of his brother Mufasa, who had been chosen to be king over him, a decision which caused Taka much angst 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. When Taka was an adolescent, he went on a daily patrol with his Mufasa and Ahadi. While patrolling the Pride Lands, the three ran into Rafiki, a traveling baboon who was being plagued by the hyena trio. Though 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, 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, Ahadi promised to take his sons hunting, At that time there was a drought in the Pridelands and Ahadi had to fix the problem, and in the process he broke his promise to go hunting with Taka, infuriating him. Deciding to take advice from the hyena trio, which consisted of Shenzi, Banzai and Ed, he was told to humiliate Mufasa so he would look good in comparison. Agreeing with the hyenas, he tricks his brother into trying to ask for water from the water buffalo named Boma. Boma was not willing to share water, and Mufasa tried to reason with Boma when Taka said that Boma would have to fight Mufasa, if he didn't move by order of the King, causing him to chase after Mufasa, Taka watched in amusement at his brothers fear. Until Mufasa had managed to escape Boma, but the buffalo was now after Taka. Boma and several other buffaloes attacked Taka and severely injured him, when the largest of them knocked Taka unconscious and gave him his scar. Before the buffaloes could finish Taka, Ahadi and a herd of animals arrived on the scene and forced the buffaloes to surrender. The wise baboon Rafiki examined the scar and explained it will never fully heal and he will carry it with him for the rest of his life, once he was recovered Taka only admitted that he wanted to embarass Mufasa and to get even with Ahadi for breaking his promise to go hunting with him and Ahadi warned his son to keep his anger at bay and so from that day on Taka has decided to be called Scar to remind himself of his foolishness.
In his youth, Scar was tasked with leading the Lion Guard, a legendary group of protectors who protected the Pride Lands and defended the Circle of Life, which he was gifted with a powerful roar called the Roar of the Elders for when Scar roared he would summon the Kings of the Past to roar with him. Over time, his power and position went to his head letting him believe that he should be the king instead of his older brother, Mufasa, and he attempted to stage a coup with the rest of his Lion Guard to help him 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 is not meant to be used for evil.
The Lion King
Scar has grown older and has waited anxiously for the day he shall take Mufasa's place as king. Unfortunately for him, Mufasa has a son, Simba, who will be king instead of Scar, much to his anger. This is shown when he refuses to participate at the ceremony for Simba's birth and when Mufasa's majordomo Zazu criticizes him for it, Scar tries to eat him, but is stopped by Mufasa. Simba would often visit Scar, not knowing of his true nature. Scar acted sarcastic to Simba, but Simba loved him anyways and Scar would also refer to Simba as his favorite nephew. Simba trusted Scar, and Scar decided to use this to his advantage.
One day, a young Simba came to Scar in his usual visits. Scar was clearly annoyed when Simba mentioned how he would be king. When Simba mentioned the Elephant Graveyard, home to the hyenas, Scar decided to use this to his advantage and told Simba that only brave lions went to the Elephant Graveyard, knowing Simba would try to prove his bravery by entering the Graveyard. Shenzi, Banzai and Ed were still allied to Scar, so he commanded them to kill Simba when he went to the Graveyard. Simba and his friend Nala were nearly killed by the hyenas but Zazu alerted Mufasa, who attacked the hyenas, who fled. Scar watched the whole thing, displeased at the hyenas failure. Despite this, Scar rewarded them with food, which the hyenas craved. He came up with a different plan.
Despite the previous event, Simba still trusted Scar, and he was tricked by him into staying into a canyon, saying that Mufasa had a surprise. Scar then signaled Shenzi, Banzai and Ed, who chased a herd of wildebeest into the canyon and towards Simba. Scar alerted Mufasa, who jumped into the canyon to save his son. Scar watched the event before him. Simba was brought to safety, but Mufasa was injured and struggling to climb up a steep cliff. Seeing Scar on top of the cliff, he asked for his help. Instead, Scar grabbed Mufasa's paws and revealed his evil nature to Mufasa before throwing his brother off the cliff and into the stampede, where he was trampled to death. After the stampede, Simba mourned Mufasa's death, and Scar pretended to be sad as well. Simba had not seen Scar throw Mufasa into the stampede, so Scar managed to convince Simba that it was his fault Mufasa died, and told him to run away and never return. Simba obeyed and ran off, and Scar commanded the hyena trio to chase and kill Simba. The hyenas failed to catch Simba, but Scar was led to believe he did die and became king of Pride Rock and allowed the hyenas to come back into the Pridelands.
The Pridelands was disastrous under Scar's rule. The hyenas ate too much and soon there was little food for anyone. But Scar was too stubborn and didn't do anything about it. Soon even the hyenas were beginning to question Scar's rule over Pride Rock. They complained to Scar about the food shortage, but Scar intimidated them and they soon ran off. Soon Mufasa's wife, Sarabi, also confronted Scar, but was knocked unconscious by him. At that moment, Simba had returned under the urging of Rafiki, and saw Sarabi get hit by Scar. Anger burned through him, and he made his presence known to Scar. Scar was initially frightened at Simba's arrival, as well as annoyed that the hyenas didn't finish the job.
Despite his hatred of seeing Scar strike his mother, Simba still tried to negotiate with Scar to let him take his place as rightful king of Pride Rock. But Scar wasn't going down that easily. Simba still thought he was responsible for Mufasa's death, and Scar used this against him. He made Simba admit it was his fault, and accused him of being a murderer and Simba fell off the edge of a cliff, holding on to the edge. Scar taunted Simba and was about to throw him off the cliff when he made the mistake of revealing that he had killed Mufasa, not Simba. Furious at the realization, Simba jumped on Scar and made him admit that he had killed Mufasa, causing a battle between the hyenas and the lions. Scar tried to sneak away, but was spotted by Simba, who chased him to the edge of a cliff. Desperate to save himself, Scar said it was the hyenas who came up with the plan to kill Mufasa, not knowing Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed were listening, and they left Scar to fend for himself.
Despite wanting to kill Scar, Simba decided that killing him would make him just like him, so he let Scar live and told him to leave. But Scar wasn't willing to let go of his hate and attacked Simba. Despite his age, Scar gained the upper hand and knocked Simba away and tried to jump on him. But Simba was able to kick Scar off the cliff. Scar tumbled down the cliff and landed on the ground. Scar wasn't dead yet and got up, and was met with Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed. He was at first relieved to see them until the hyenas revealed they heard him betray them and wanted revenge. Scar tried to convince them not to attack, but they didn't listen and pounced on him. After that, the hyenas devoured him.
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride
As revealed in the sequel, Scar had a pride of lionesses loyal to him that were led by Zira, and tried to avenge his death. It was also revealed that Scar had hand-picked Kovu, to last cub born, to be king after he died.Scar makes two cameos in the film: The first is in Simba's dream, where Simba is trying to save Mufasa from falling from the cliff, but Scar grabs Simba and prevents him from saving Mufasa, and makes him watch as Mufasa falls to his death. Scar then morphs into Kovu, who throws Simba off the cliff to his death.
Zira had told Kovu that Simba was the one who killed Scar, but Simba later revealed the truth of Scar's demise, and that it was Scar's hatred that destroyed him. He also implies that Scar burned to death in the flames. Scar is then attacked by the Outsiders and he escapes, albeit injured. Nuka is killed after being crushed by logs and Zira tells Scar to watch over her son in Heaven.
When Kovu is banished from Pride Rock because Simba believed he was responsible for the ambush, he briefly looks into the water, and sees his refection change into Scar's, and he steps on his refection and runs away.
In the end, Scar's wish is fulfilled, and Kovu becomes king of Pride Rock, and the Outsiders are welcomed into the Pridelands after Zira's death.
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The Lion Guard
In The Lion Guard's (which takes place in the middle of the second film) first season, Scar is mentionned several times.
Return of the Roar
In the TV special, it is revealed that when Scar was younger, he led the Lion Guard that protected the Pride Lands and defended the Circle of Life. His place was a tradition to all second born children of The Lion King/Queen, and was given a power called the Roar of the Elders which when used, causes the lions of the Pride Lands past to roar with him. However, the power got to Scar's head and he believed that with this power, he should be king instead of Mufasa. But when the rest of the Lion Guard refused to help him overthrow Mufasa, Scar used the Roar of the Elders to kill them. Due to using the Roar of the Elders for evil, Scar lost his power completely and became shrivelled and horrible, becoming the power-hungry tyrant he is remembered as of currently.
The Rise of Makuu
Scar was only mentioned in this episode when Kion was talking about the crocodiles' leadership methods to his family, questioning why they must fight to secure the position of leader. Kion's mother, Nala, reminds Kion that Simba had to fight Scar to reclaim his leadership, implying that sometimes fighting is the only way. Scar's name was mentioned again when Kion backed down when using the roar in a state of anger, saying that he did not wish to become like his great-uncle. Presumably, Kion was referring to how Scar destroyed his Guard using the roar purely out of fury.
Can't Wait to be Queen
Scar is only mentioned by Simba after the defeat of Scar all the animals came back to the Pridelands and restored the Circle of Life.
Eye of the Beholder
Scar's portrait is once again seen briefly in The Lair of the Lion Guard, as Rafiki reveals the paintings of Lion Guards past.
Lions of the Outlands
It's revealed that Scar had some lionesses who were loyal to him. The leader of those lionesses was Zira, whom he was very close to and with whom he told about the Roar of the Elders. It is also known that Scar chose Zira's youngest cub Kovu to be his successor as King. Sometime after Scar's defeat, Zira attacked Simba to avenge Scar and place Kovu as King, but was quickly defeated. Simba then banished Zira, her family and all other lionesses loyal to Scar from the Pride Lands to the Outlands. Zira mentions Scar multiple times, claiming to Kion that if it weren't for Simba, Scar would still be King, to which Simba's son replies that Scar never was the true King, much to Zira's anger.
Never Roar Again
A painting of Scar and how he destroyed his Lion Guard is viewed by Kion in the Lair after he uses the Roar in anger when saving his mother, Nala, from Janja's Clan. Kion later talks to Mufasa's spirit, who told him that Scar held no interest in helping others, and always cared only for himself.
Eventually, Scar returns as a spirit in the second season and serves as the main antagonist, after being summoned by Janja and Ushari. He then becomes their boss.
He is also voiced by David Oyelowo.
The Rise of Scar
After discovering Kion's secret of speaking with Mufasa, Ushari starts pondering how he can use that information for his own benefit. He runs into Janja's Clan, and in order to save himself from being eaten, Ushari starts trying to bargain with Janja, telling him of Kion's secret. The pair wonder if they can bring Scar back to life, and do some research. After luring Makini into speaking with her mentor about it, they discover a way to bring him back by using a Bakora Staff and a powerful Roar near the volcano and get to work on a plot.
The hyenas steal Makini's Bakora Staff and, knowing that Kion's Roar is most powerful when his loved ones are threatened, kidnap Kiara, dragging her back into the Outlands with them. Although the Lion Guard save her, Janja manages to taunt Kion into using the Roar, which causes the volcano to erupt. Once they have left, Janja enters the volcano and finds out that Ushari is still unable to summon the lion. In a temper, Janja grabs the staff and throws it in. With a small eruption, Scar appears and, after being questioned, introduces himself.
Let Sleeping Crocs Lie
Resurrected, Scar begins to plot his revenge on Simba and reclaim control over the Pride Lands, first forming an alliance with Ushari and Janja and his clan. Upon learning from Ushari's Skinks spies that the Lion Guard has accidentelly awakened Makuu and his float from their hibernation during the dry season, Scar sees this as an opportunity to wreak havoc in the Pride Lands, and orders the Skinks to keep watch on the situation, and inform him of any changes.
When informed that a rebellious member of Makuu's float, Kiburi, has challenged the latter to a Mashindano, Scar decides this is the perfect opportunity to get rid of Simba, knowing that many Pride Landers, as well as the royal family will be in attendance. He orders Ushari to trick Kiburi into believing that if he ambushed Simba, he will rule the Pride Lands.
However, while Ushari succeeds in tricking Kiburi, the plan ultimately fails, due to the Guard. This also causes Kiburi and his three crocodile followers to be banished from both the crocodile float and the Pride Lands. On their way in the Outlands, Kiburi and his followers run into Ushari, who takes them to the volcano, where Scar reveals himself to them. Scar explains his revenge plan to Janja, Ushari, Cheezi, Chungu, Kiburi and his followers, explaining his scheme to unify all the animals in the Outlands. With an army of henchmen at his side once more, Scar seeks to ignite a hostile takeover of the Pride Lands to reclaim the kingdom as his own domain, and break the Circle of Life for good. Swept Away
Upon learning from one of Ushari's Skinks spies that Beshte has ended up in the Outlands alone, Scar sees this as a good opportunity to eliminate the strongest of the Lion Guard, and thus to weaken it. When questioned by Cheezi and Chungu about how they're going to do that, Scar irritably reminds them that it is the dry season and too much sun makes hippos weak. As Beshte already seems to trust Ushari's Skinks, Scar decides to take advantage of this and then explains his plan: the Skinks will lead Besthe to the Rocky Plateau where Janja, Cheezi and Chungu will seal him in and then crush him to death by pushing rocks on him.
The plan nearly succeeds, but is ultimately thwarted when the rest of the Guard arrives just in time and Kion uses the Roar of the Elders to send the hyenas flying away. After landing near the volcano, Janja, Cheezi and Chungu decide not to return to Scar immediately, knowing that he will be furious at them for their failure. Unfortunately for them, as they begin to walk away, Ushari arrives and coldly says that Scar wants to speak to them now and he is not happy. Then, a small eruption can be seen at the top of the volcano, apparently confirming this.
Kingdom Hearts II
Scar first appears very similar to that of the film, throwing Mufasa off the cliff to his death and then, off-screen, telling Simba to run away. He takes over as king, and teams up with Pete, who had transformed himself into a lion. The Pridelands is disastrous under his rule, and there is little food. When Sora, Donald, and Goofy first arrive in the Pridelands, Scar and the hyenas try to eat them, but Nala tackles Scar and helps the trio escape and find Simba in a jungle far away, and convince him to return to the Pridelands.
Scar, at first surprised to see Simba, then blames him for Mufasa's death, and pushes him to the edge of the cliff. Overconfident, he then reveals he was responsible for Mufasa's death. Enraged, Simba attacks Scar and forces him to admit the truth, and the hyenas attack Scar, giving him time to escape, but Simba chases him to the top of Pride Rock, and they fight each other. Their fight ends when Simba kicks Scar off the cliff. However, Pete climbs up and tells them anger and hatred turned Scar into a Heartless, and the evil lion climbs back up Pride Rock to continue fighting. Sora and his friends help Simba fight Scar, and they win. Scar, mortally wounded from the fight, collapses, and dies.
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