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Mufasa is a Great Lion of the Past , Scar 's older brother, Sarabi 's mate,  Simba 's father, Nala 's father-in-law, Kiara and Kion 's paternal grandfather and the former King of the Pride Lands .

He first appears in The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar and is a recurring character throughout The Lion Guard , albeit as a spiritual guide for Kion. When the Lion Guard arrive at the Tree of Life Kion asks Askari for council, a relative of Mufasa.

  • 1 Appearance
  • 2 Personality
  • 3.1 Prior to The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar
  • 3.2 The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar
  • 3.3 The Rise of Makuu
  • 3.4 Bunga the Wise
  • 3.5 Can't Wait to be Queen
  • 3.6 The Mbali Fields Migration
  • 3.7 Never Roar Again
  • 3.8 The Savannah Summit
  • 3.9 The Lion Guard: The Rise of Scar
  • 3.10 The Wisdom of Kongwe
  • 3.11 The Kilio Valley Fire
  • 3.12 Cave of Secrets
  • 3.13 The Fall of Mizimu Grove
  • 3.14 Battle for the Pride Lands
  • 3.15 Friends to the End
  • 3.16 Long Live the Queen
  • 3.17 The Lake of Reflection
  • 3.18 Journey to the Pride Lands
  • 3.19 Return to the Pride Lands
  • 4.1 Family Tree
  • 7 References

Appearance [ ]

Mufasa is shown in the clouds with dulled color. He is a powerful, strong well-built lion, with orange fur and a creamy peach muzzle and underbelly. His mane is thick and dark red, the same color being present on the tuft at the end of his tail. His eyes are dark brown, and his nose is pink. He has a square jaw, small eyes, and thin eyebrows. In a cave painting, he was shown to be taller and broader than his brother Scar .

Personality [ ]

Mufasa, like Kion, Simba and the rest of his living family, respects and understands the Circle of Life . [2] He believes that family should constantly support each other [3] , and that while there are times to back down, true leaders must also know when to stand their ground. [4]

Despite his supposedly wise and caring nature, it's revealed in a flashback that during his younger years, Mufasa gave his younger brother the nickname of "scar" after Scar himself defeated a rogue lion and cobra who attempted to host an uprising against the great King himself by using Scar's power. This shows that as a teenager, he can be cocky, playful, but also very foolish, and insensitive, as this infuriated his brother, and eventually set a rift between the siblings so powerful, that it would lead to Mufasa's undoing.

History [ ]

Prior to the lion guard: return of the roar [ ].


Mufasa and his brother

The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar [ ]

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Mufasa imparts his advice

The Rise of Makuu [ ]

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Kion seeks advice from his grandfather

Bunga the Wise [ ]

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"The easy solution is not always the best solution"

Can't Wait to be Queen [ ]

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Mufasa advises his grandson

Mufasa appears to Kion after he storms out of Pride Rock due to an argument with his sister Kiara , who was serving as temporally queen. He asks his grandson what's wrong, and Kion explains. Mufasa reminds him that Kiara is still his sister, and that she will always need him, especially if she is in the wrong. Kion thanks his grandfather and goes to save his sister from Janja  and his henchmen. 

The Mbali Fields Migration [ ]

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Mufasa lifts Kion's spirits

Never Roar Again [ ]

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Mufasa tells Kion to speak with Nala

Mufasa appears when Kion calls for him, having almost hurt his mother by accident when Janja's Clan attacked her. After hearing his grandfather mention the power of the roar, Kion contemplates never using the Roar again. Mufasa consoles Kion, by not only reminding him that Scar's misuse involved his own selfishness, but also by asking why Kion used the Roar out of anger. When Kion explains why, Mufasa informs Kion that Scar never cared for anyone, and suggests speaking to the one he cares so much about.

The Savannah Summit [ ]

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Mufasa offers a suggestion

After Kion unintentionally disappoints his father, Simba, when he jumps to conclusions regarding Makuu's involvement in the Savannah Summit , he isolates himself and summons Mufasa. He gently questions Kion over Makuu's actions, to which Kion denies the crocodile having done wrong, and Mufasa responds by prompting Kion to remember an old saying of Rafiki's. Kion agrees, and, after thanking Mufasa, rushes off to correct his mistake, with Mufasa warmly stating his assurances.

The Lion Guard: The Rise of Scar [ ]

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When Kion begins to have concerns over the responsibility of caring for and protecting the Pride Landers during the Dry Season , he decides to seek the guidance of his grandfather.

Mufasa gently questions him, and Kion reveals his concerns. Mufasa praises the Guard, and patiently reminds Kion that hardships are present in both seasons, and the effects of the difficulties on the animals, to which Kion agrees, and promises to keep control of the Roar.

Mufasa is later seen during The Path of Honor , gazing proudly at his son, and his grandson.

The Wisdom of Kongwe [ ]

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Talking with his son and grandson

Kion and Simba are speaking to Mufasa, warning him that Scar is back. Mufasa shows concern at the return of his evil brother. Although the problem is beyond his experience in dealing with the spirit of an evil lion from the past, he is certain that, between his son who has already saved the Pride Lands before from Scar and his grandson who is the leader of the Lion Guard, that they can defeat Scar. He leaves them with the message that the wisdom is within the Pride Lands , leading both lions to believe that he could be referring to an animal. And Simba knows just who he may be referring to.

The Kilio Valley Fire [ ]

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When Ma Tembo's Herd start to leave the Pride Lands because Kion can't find a new home for them after Kilio Valley is destroyed, he talks to Mufasa. He explains what happened, and Mufasa gives his grandson some sagely advice about not doubting himself. He leaves by telling him that how he deals with defeat is just as important as how he deals with victory. 

Cave of Secrets [ ]

Paintings of Mufasa can be seen during Wisdom on the Walls .

The Fall of Mizimu Grove [ ]

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"Even on the darkest days Kion you can find hope."

Battle for the Pride Lands [ ]

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Mufasa tells Kion that he can't fight fire with fire

Friends to the End [ ]

Mufasa is mentioned when Kion considers talking to him to ease his doubts. However, he decides against it upon seeing his reflection, not wanting his grandfather to see him while he looks like his brother Scar.

Long Live the Queen [ ]

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Kion speaks to Mufasa after not seeing him for a long time

The Lake of Reflection [ ]

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Kion tells Mufasa that's he's ready to give up his Roar

Journey to the Pride Lands [ ]

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Kion asks Mufasa if he should stay

Return to the Pride Lands [ ]

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Mufasa looks down at his family

  • Scar : Brother †
  • Sarabi : Mate
  • Simba : Son
  • Nala : Daughter-in-Law
  • Kiara : Granddaughter
  • Kion : Grandson
  • Askari : Distant relative †
  • Kovu : Grandson-in-Law
  • Rani : Granddaughter-in-Law

Family Tree [ ]

  • He is one of the two characters who had different voice actors for the movie and the TV series . The other one being the Baboon Leader .
  • He is the second deceased character in the series following Askari .

Mufasa's Advice - Return of the Roar

References [ ]

  • ↑ The Mbali Fields Migration
  • ↑ Bunga the Wise
  • ↑ Can't Wait to be Queen
  • ↑ The Rise of Makuu

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Mufasa is a major character in Disney 's 1994 animated feature film, The Lion King . He was the king of the Pride Lands and the father of Simba . Amid his reign, Mufasa was killed by his envious brother, Scar , to steal the throne. Despite his death, Mufasa endures in the memories of his loved ones. His spirit manifests in clouds, stars, and sunlight, which has occasionally appeared to guide his descendants.

  • 1.1 Personality
  • 1.2 Physical appearance
  • 1.3 Development
  • 2.1 The Lion King
  • 2.2 The Lion King II: Simba's Pride
  • 2.3 The Lion King 1½
  • 2.4 The Lion Guard
  • 2.5 The Lion King (2019)
  • 2.6 Other appearances
  • 3.1 Kingdom Hearts II
  • 5.1 Disneyland Resort
  • 5.2 Walt Disney World
  • 5.3 Hong Kong Disneyland
  • 5.4 Shanghai Disneyland
  • 6 Relationships
  • 9 References
  • 10 External links

Background [ ]

Mufasa was born the first son of Ahadi and Uru , in Pride Rock , the eldest brother of Askari , and as the heir to the throne of Pride Rock, while his younger brother served as the leader of the Lion Guard . When the two were adolescents, Askari returned to Pride Rock after a solo patrol in the Outlands. He informed Mufasa of his victory over a rogue lion’s attempt to take over the Pride Lands. In response, Mufasa playfully nicknamed him "Scar," after the facial wound he had received from the incident. However, Scar became increasingly jealous of his brother’s position, partially due to the venom from his wound, and tries to overthrow him by using his roar but ends up losing it for doing such.

A little while later, a red-billed hornbill named Zazu was almost getting cooked alive by the hyenas until Mufasa frightens them off making Zazu thankful and hopes he can be of service to the future king, which he doubts, Zazu eventually follows him around making the future king tired, Zazu disturbs his hunt and his primate time with his future mate Sarabi .

One day, Zazu notices some vultures hovering and he asks Mufasa if he wants to fly over and see what's happening, but he is not concerned and decides to nap instead, but he later tells Mufasa that Sarabi is stuck in a pit and can't get out, but Zazu finds a tree trunk, which ultimately saves Sarabi, and Mufasa realizes that Zazu is useful around and he points him as a royal advisor, after his father's death he becomes the new king of Pride Rock, shortly thereafter he had a son named Simba which causes Scar to become even more jealous knowing that his nephew will inherit the throne someday and he couldn’t.

Personality [ ]

Despite his majestic exterior, Mufasa is kind-hearted and playful, showing respect for all the creatures, even those who are perceived as lower than himself. He is not strictly business, often playing games with his majordomo Zazu, and is unafraid of showing affection, as seen when he greets Rafiki with a hug before the presentation of Simba. As a king and a father, Mufasa is instructive and wise, borne down by years of experience and instruction. His rule over the Pride Lands results in a period of prosperity, reflecting his reasonable and responsible approach to kingship. His lessons leave a deep imprint on Simba, who learns from his father that every creature must be respected for balance to be maintained. His wisdom touches through on his understanding of responsibility and his willingness to set aside personal gain to better the Pride Lands. Mufasa is ultimately portrayed as an "ideal king"; powerful, yet kind-hearted, which is contrasted to the deceitfulness and lust for power of Scar.

If his family is endangered, Mufasa exposes his protective side, ready to throw himself into danger to keep those he loves safe. Ultimately, he is willing to sacrifice his life for his family, proving his love for them to be stronger than his concern for himself. His courage and strength were emphasized during the wildebeest stampede when he leaped into the stampede to rescue Simba and later made a massive leap onto the wall of the gorge. He is happy to impart knowledge to his grandson Kion whenever he is feeling confused or discouraged and is willing to give him a step in the right direction.

Mufasa was also very patient and optimistic. As a spirit, he is shown to give time for his plans to work and never give up hope on them, even with the setbacks that stand in the way of his goals being reached, waiting till Simba reaches adulthood to guide him back on the path as the rightful king and persuading Rafiki to bring together Kovu and Kiara .

For all his positive traits, Mufasa was not flawless. His main flaw was being a poor judge of character, unable to recognize Scar's treachery until it was too late.

Unlike Simba, Mufasa was never arrogant and gullible, as well as the fact that he rarely lets his temper get the better of him; according to Kiara, he would've never banished someone for supposedly betraying him, without at least hearing an understanding and explanation first, indirectly referring to the fact that Mufasa would’ve forgiven Kovu for his initial role in Zira 's plan and would’ve seen that her ambush was not his fault. This kind of trait is further supported when Mufasa told Kion that he still loves him and will always be there for him even though Kion looks like Scar now.

Physical appearance [ ]

Mufasa has amber-gold fur, while his muzzle, paws, and underbelly are all beige. His upper eye patches are darker than his main pelt, the lower halves are lighter, and his eyebrows are thick and black. Regal by every means, Mufasa bears a thick mane of dark scarlet that extends down to his middle chest, the tip of his tail matching it in color.

In the remake , Mufasa resembles real-life male lions with brown eyes and a mane that is colored gold in front and brown at the back. He also has small scars on his face.

Development [ ]

In the earlier scripts of the original film, Mufasa was to be unrelated to Scar, as Scar was to be a rogue lion who wanted to be king as he was jealous of Mufasa's luck and position. Also, Mufasa was originally going to not appear again following his death at the stampede, but in the final draft of the film, it was decided to bring back him via Simba's visions as the writers thought that without his presence, Simba didn't have any reason to return to the Pride Lands . Apart from this, Scar and he were made brothers in the final revisions of the script. [2]

Appearances [ ]

The lion king [ ].

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Mufasa and Sarabi on the day of Simba's presentation.

A huge, powerful male lion, Mufasa was the King of the Pride Lands, father of Simba , and mate of Sarabi . He is shown to be a wise and fair ruler, who follows the "Circle of Life". However, his brother Scar is jealous of Mufasa's position as king and forms a plan to kill Mufasa and Simba, who is Mufasa's heir, so he can be king.

After Scar is discovered to have missed Simba's presentation ceremony, Mufasa comes over to the den to personally tell him off, coming in just in time to see Scar try to devour Zazu and proceeded to order his brother to spit him out. Mufasa then scolded his brother for missing his nephew's presentation, especially when Simba will be his future king. He later gets angrier at Scar when he not only turns his back and walks away, but also implies in response that he might attack Mufasa should he turn his back on Scar. Ultimately, Scar does leave, with Mufasa while conversing with Zazu briefly joking about Scar being made into a throw rug.


Mufasa on patrol in the Pride Lands with Simba.

Months later, Mufasa is seen asleep inside Pride Rock along with Sarabi and the rest of the pride, until he is awoken by Simba, who reminds his father that he promised to show him the kingdom. Mufasa gets up and takes Simba to the top of Pride Rock and tells him about the responsibilities that he will have as King. Mufasa notes that everything they see is part of the kingdom, except the Elephant Graveyard , which Mufasa strictly forbids Simba from going to. When walking around the Pride Lands with Mufasa, Simba attempts to get training in terms of pouncing, Mufasa has Simba pounce Zazu as the latter is giving a status report of the kingdom's state of affairs, although not before making sure to tell Zazu beforehand that he needs to have his back facing them so he can use Zazu as pouncing practice, to the latter's shock and irritation. However, during their talk, Mufasa is called away to deal with hyenas in the Pride Lands.


Mufasa teaching Simba about the Kings of the Past.

Meanwhile, Simba travels to the Elephant Graveyard, having been manipulated by Scar, not knowing it's a plot by Scar to kill him. Scar's first attempt to kill Simba through the hyenas is foiled when Mufasa, who was summoned by Zazu, rescues him and Nala . Afterward, Mufasa reprimands his son for disobeying him and putting Nala at risk, but after explaining the line between bravery and bravado to Simba, forgives and forgets. He then teaches Simba about the Great Kings of the Past , who will guide him, in subtle preparation for his eventual death and physical separation from his son. Meanwhile, Scar, angered by the failure of his original plot, makes a new one to kill both Simba and Mufasa to steal the throne to the Pride Lands with the help of the hyenas.

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Mufasa's dead body laying in the gorge.

Mufasa is seen the next day as Zazu points out to him a migration of a wildebeest herd , which the former notes to be unusual. Scar appears and reveals that Simba is trapped in a gorge with the wildebeest, and Mufasa rushes to rescue Simba, not knowing it is part of Scar's plot. Mufasa successfully saves Simba but is injured and struggles to climb up a cliff to safety. Mufasa spots Scar waiting for him at the top and begs his brother to help him. Instead, Scar cruelly pounces on Mufasa's paws with his claws, leans in and mockingly whispers "Long live the king." before throwing his brother off the cliff. Mufasa falls back into the gorge and is trampled to death by the stampeding wildebeest. As they both gaze upon Mufasa's corpse, Simba is manipulated by his uncle into believing that he caused Mufasa's death and runs away from the Pride Lands. Scar then orders his hyena minions to kill Simba before returning to Pride Rock to inform the pride of the news of Mufasa and Simba's deaths (unaware Simba survived the Hyenas' attack) takes the throne as King of the Pride Lands, letting the hyenas run rampant and throwing the Circle of Life out of balance. Scar also outlaws mentioning Mufasa's name, especially in favoritism.


Mufasa's spirit.

Several years later, Mufasa appears as a ghost. Rafiki , having discovered Simba's survival, finds Simba in an attempt to convince the now-adult lion to return to the Pride Lands. Rafiki takes Simba to a small, magical pool that brings Mufasa's ghost, up in the sky. Mufasa tells Simba that as his son and rightful heir, Simba must remember who he is and return to the Pride Lands to take his place in the Circle of Life. This encourages Simba to return to his homeland, where he discovers the truth about his father's death, defeats Scar, and takes his place as the rightful king, thus avenging Mufasa.

In the final scene of the film following the death of his evil brother, Mufasa says, "Remember..." as Simba stands triumphantly on Pride Rock to claim the throne, looking up at an opening in the storm clouds revealing the stars before signifying the beginning of his reign with a powerful roar.

The Lion King II: Simba's Pride [ ]


Mufasa's spirit in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride .

Mufasa has a few brief appearances as a spirit in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride . He's also alluded to throughout the film, as many of Simba's actions through the film revolve around trying to live up to his late father's legacy.

Mufasa first appears as an image in the sky overlooking the presentation ceremony of his granddaughter Kiara with a mixture of affection and pride.

He later makes an indirect appearance by communicating with Rafiki via the wind. He inspires Rafiki to bring the Outsiders and Pridelanders back together through Kiara and Kovu , an Outsider who was Scar's chosen heir, by having them fall in love with each other.

His next appearance is in Simba's nightmare, where he is seen again clinging to the cliff right before his death. Simba tries to save him but is stopped by Scar, who morphs into Kovu.

After Simba banishes Kovu for supposedly causing an ambush by Zira , Simba tries to justify his actions by stating Mufasa would have done the same. Kiara tells her father otherwise, knowing her grandfather would have forgiven Kovu for his former involvement with Zira's plans or at least seen that the ambush was not his fault and that he (Simba) will never be Mufasa, leaving Simba devastated. (A deleted scene seen in the making of the film shows Mufasa even personally reprimanding Simba for his actions, telling him "You have let your family break apart, and in doing so, you have broken the Circle of Life!")

When Kiara runs away after this argument, she goes to find Kovu. As " Love Will Find A Way " ends, a breeze blows over the united lovers, indicating Mufasa's presence.

Once his plan has been achieved and Kiara and Kovu are wedded, he congratulates Simba for his decision as he, Nala, Kovu, and Kiara stand on Pride Rock ("Well done, my son. We are one!").

The Lion King 1½ [ ]

In the 2004 direct-to-video interquel The Lion King 1½ , Mufasa is seen in three scenes: At the presentation of Simba, in the Elephant Graveyard on the way with Zazu to save his son and Nala from the hyenas Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed , and when his ghost is forming from the clouds above the grasslands at night to tell Simba to take his place in the Circle of Life to defeat Scar and his Hyena Kingdom. Unlike in the first two films, he doesn't speak any lines; instead, he just roars and growls.

The Lion Guard [ ]

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Mufasa's spirit in The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar .

Mufasa appears in the animated series, as well as its pilot film The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar . The series centers around Simba's son, and Mufasa's grandson, Kion , who is tasked with protecting the Pride Lands through a team known as the " Lion Guard ". In the form of a spirit, Mufasa serves as a source of guidance for young Kion when he's having a crisis or needs advice on something.

After Kion demonstrated the " Roar of the Elders ", Simba and Rafiki show him and Bunga the Lair of the Lion Guard beneath Pride Rock. According to the paintings on the wall, during Mufasa's reign, Scar was the leader of the Lion Guard and was gifted with the roar. But Scar let the power go to his head, making him believe he'd be a worthier king than Mufasa, and attempted to rally the Lion Guard to help him overthrow his older brother. When they refused, a furious Scar wiped them out with the roar, but his action caused him to lose the roar forever. When Kion starts having doubts about leading the Lion Guard after Simba tells him that the Guard should be an all-lion group, Mufasa appears before his grandson. He counsels Kion, stating that leadership is never easy. When Kion asked why he could not use the roar on command and confided his worries about becoming corrupted like Scar, Mufasa assured him that the roar and himself will be there for him when he needs them most, before vanishing.

Mufasa later appears in the episode " The Rise of Makuu ", where he encourages Kion to stand his ground when Makuu , the new leader of the crocodiles , takes over Big Springs.

In " Bunga the Wise ", Mufasa appears when Kion asks for his advice about a storm threatening the Pride Lands and whether he should use the Roar to blow the clouds away. Mufasa gently reminds us that the Pride Lands need the water and stated that the easy way is not always the best way.

In " Can't Wait to be Queen ", as a result of Kiara becoming interim queen while her parents were away at a funeral, she and Kion have a falling out over her decision to negotiate peace at Janja 's request, as she misunderstands his concern for jealousy for being right. Mufasa appears out of the sky to remind Kion that Kiara was his sister and he should always be there for her, especially when she's wrong. This prompts Kion and the Lion Guard to rescue Kiara from the ambush set by Janja and his clan .

In " The Mbali Fields Migration ", Mufasa gently encourages Kion to have confidence in himself and not rely on others' opinions when the gazelles and zebras doubt Kion's leadership in bringing them to Mbali Fields.

In " Never Roar Again ", Mufasa appears when Kion calls for him, having almost hurt his mother by accident when hyenas attacked her. Kion contemplates never using the Roar again, for he fears turning into Scar. Mufasa reminds Kion that Scar's misuse involved his selfishness, which fueled his anger, then asks why Kion used the Roar out of anger. When Kion explains why, Mufasa informs Kion that Scar never cared for anyone, and suggests speaking to the one he cares so much about his mother, Nala.

Then, during " The Savannah Summit ", Kion seeks guidance when he believes Makuu is scheming against the other animal leaders. When Mufasa asks why he believes this, Kion fails to give a convincing answer. Mufasa humorously states one of Rafiki's quotes of wisdom, "when you leap to conclusions, you leap to confusions", which helps the cub see things from a more rational perspective.

In " The Rise of Scar ", Rafiki's apprentice, Makini , inadvertently witnesses a conversation between Kion and Mufasa's spirit (who cautions Kion not to lose his temper and thus his control of the roar). Though the ability to summon and speak to the deceased is kept confidential and is to be exclusive to the Royal Family and its royal mjuzi, Makini shares this news with a cobra named Ushari , who ponders on whether or not evil lions can also be summoned; more specifically Scar. Through plotting and manipulation, Ushari (along with Janja and his hyena clan) successfully summon Scar's spirit.

In " The Wisdom of Kongwe ", Mufasa speaks to his son and grandson over his brother's return. Kion takes the blame for being tricked into using the roar to summon Scar, but Mufasa reminds them that the roar can be turned into both good and evil. Sadly, he had no solution on how to defeat Scar but was confident the answer lay somewhere in the Pride Lands, which led Simba and the Lion Guard to seek out the wisdom of Kongwe .

In " The Kilio Valley Fire ", Kion summons Mufasa for counsel after Scar's minions had destroyed Kilio Valley, forcing Ma Tembo 's herd to move out, but they end up causing problems and they decide to leave the Pride Lands, and he felt deeply responsible for failing the elephants. Mufasa encouraged him not to let others' doubt of him weigh him down, or not give up just because of a defeat. He also tells that the Pride Lands are more than just land.

In " The Fall of Mizimu Grove ", Scar's army destroys Mizimu Grove during a ceremony in which Makini was supposed to plant a baobab plant, and everyone, after realizing that Scar was back and both Kion and his father had kept everything secret, they want to leave the Pride Lands. Worried and insecure, Kion summons Mufasa for counsel. Mufasa says to him that he is a good leader due to his ability to understand the others in times of difficulty, and encourages him to not lose hope, not even on the darkest day. After thanking his grandfather for the advice, Kion notices that Makini's plant had survived, and used it as a symbol of hope.

In " Battle for the Pride Lands ", as Kion leads the Lion Guard and the Pride Animals into a final battle against Scar and his army, he seeks his grandfather's wisdom. Mufasa tells Kion to not fight fire with fire, and after he gets scarred, he follows his advice to defeat the evil spirit. It's also revealed that Mufasa was the one who gave Scar his nickname; after his younger brother had dealt with a treacherous lion and his cobra minion , getting a scar in the process, he told Mufasa of his feat. But Mufasa teasingly christened him Scar, who then began plotting to take the throne for himself. A flashback to Mufasa's death in the stampede is shown. When Kion confronts Scar's ghost for the final time, he remembers his grandfather's words, "Stay true to who you are. Don't fight fire with fire," and uses this advice to summon the Great Kings of the Past who rain upon Scar's fiery spirit, extinguishing and neutralizing the evil lion.

In " Friends to the End ", Kion runs off to calm himself and tries to ask Mufasa why the scar on his face is bothering him. Instead of Mufasa appearing after Kion explains that he might look like Scar, only the spirit of Scar appeared in his reflection instead of Mufasa. Since getting his scar, Kion hadn't spoken to his grandfather, not wanting to face him when he looked like the lion who betrayed him.

In " Long Live the Queen ", A conversation with Rani , who is coping with the recent death of her grandmother Janna , convinces Kion to resume speaking with his grandfather. Mufasa tells Kion he was worried that his grandson had forgotten him (like Simba once had in the past). Kion apologizes for not coming to Mufasa for advice about his troubles concerning his scar while the late lion reaffirms he will always be there for him.

In " The Lake of Reflection ", Kion tells Mufasa he no longer needs the Roar to be able to lead the Lion Guard and intends to give it back. An understanding Mufasa tells Kion to go to Cikha Escarpment to return it. There, Kion meets the spirit of the first leader of the Lion Guard, Askari .

In " Journey to the Pride Lands ", after his healing, Kion talks to Mufasa about whether or not he should stay at the Tree of Life with Queen Rani. Mufasa tells Kion that the choice is his to make.

In " Return to the Pride Lands ", Kion and the Lion Guard return to the Pride Lands, learning the Outsiders (except Zira and Nuka ) have joined the Pride Landers, with Kovu as the future king consort. Mufasa shares a moment with his family before fading into the clouds. Mufasa’s spirit, along with Askari’s and Janna’s, later proudly watches over Kion’s union with Rani, becoming King of the Tree of Life.

The Lion King (2019) [ ]

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Mufasa in the 2019 remake.

Mufasa appears in the 2019 remake of the animated film, still voiced by his original voice actor James Earl Jones , the only actor from the original film to retake his respective character. In this incarnation, Mufasa possesses a darker, brown mane that fades into a lighter tan to almost white around his face and chin, and his shown to be incredibly physically healthy and muscular. He is described as having ruled for many years and is somewhat older and wearier than his previous incarnation. He is stated to have fought Scar for leadership in this version of the film and has a history of conflict with Shenzi.

Mufasa first appears when Zazu and Rafiki greet him for the presentation of Simba, his newborn son, and watches proudly with Sarabi as the animals celebrate Simba's birth. Later, when he realizes that Scar did not attend Simba's presentation, he confronts his brother, who feigns forgetfulness and then descends into bitterness at having his "right" as heir to the throne taken from him. As Scar turns his back on Mufasa, the former voices that he can do whatever he wants and that Mufasa shouldn't turn his back on him. Mufasa angrily questions if Scar is challenging him, but Scar replies that having once challenged Mufasa for the throne already and having lost, he wouldn't dare challenge his brother again. As Scar leaves, Zazu remarks that Scar should have been exiled, to which the king states that Scar is family and that as long as he reigns, Scar is free to remain in the Pride Lands, saying that the kingdom is Scar's home just as it is for the other lions before leaving to patrol the kingdom with Zazu.

Later, when Simba wakes Mufasa up because he promised to take him on patrol, Mufasa takes his son to the top of Pride Rock and roars to greet the morning, before telling Simba about how a king's time as ruler rises and sets like the sun. He also informs him that everything the light touches is their kingdom and that he must never venture to the shadowy lands on the northern borders. When Simba asks questions, Mufasa tells him that the Pride Lands do not belong to anyone and that a true king does not look for what he can take and looks to give instead. Taking Simba with him, he explains about the circle of life and later encourages Simba to practice pouncing on Zazu. However, their fun is interrupted when Zazu informs Mufasa that Sarabi is leading an attack against the invading hyenas coming into the Pride Lands. When Simba asks to come and help, Mufasa refuses, saying that Simba is to stay home with the other cubs before rushing off to join Sarabi in battle.

Later, when he learns from Zazu that Simba has taken Nala into the hyena clan's territory in the Elephant Graveyard, he rushes to defend the cubs, fighting off dozens of hyenas and ordering their matriarch, Shenzi, to leave his son alone. Shenzi, fearful of Mufasa's wrath and acknowledging his strength, allows them to leave unharmed. Mufasa, though disappointed in his son for disobeying him, forgives Simba, telling him that he was scared for Simba's safety and that there is a difference between bravery and foolish bravado. After forgiving Simba, Mufasa then teaches him about the kings of the past, who will guide him in the years to come, hoping to prepare Simba for his eventual death when the time comes.

Later, Scar sets in motion a plot to assassinate Mufasa, causing a wildebeest stampede with the hyenas' aid and having Simba practice roaring in the gorge as part of the trap. Hearing that Simba is in danger, Mufasa comes to his rescue, successfully saving his son before trying to escape the gorge. Unable to climb the escarpment at the top without help due to dozens of wildebeests running across the gorge, Mufasa begs Scar for aid, only for Scar to knock him back into the gorge to his death. When Simba finds his father dead, Scar tricks Simba into believing it is his fault Mufasa is dead and tells him to run away, as his mother and pride will never forgive him for the death of his father. Meanwhile, at Pride Rock, Scar tells the lion pride that Mufasa and Simba both died, as Scar becomes the new king.

Several years later, Mufasa reappears as a spirit when Simba is guided by Rafiki to a pool of water after the latter discovers Simba's survival. Telling him that Mufasa lives on in Simba's heart, Mufasa is summoned up in the sky before Simba. Mufasa, taking the form of a powerful storm, informs Simba that as his son and rightful heir, Simba must remember who he is and return to the Pride Lands, further stating that though he is gone, he'll never leave Simba again and that as king, he was most proud of one thing: having Simba as his son, a fact that would last forever. Encouraged, Simba returns to the Pride Lands with Nala as well as Timon, Pumbaa, and Zazu by his side, where he discovers the truth about how Scar murdered Mufasa.

Remembering how Mufasa plummeted into the stampede, Simba is furious at Scar for betraying their family. Scar frantically tries to convince the pride that Simba is lying and now plans to kill him . However, Sarabi confirms that she overheard his sadistic gloating over Mufasa's last moments, proving Scar lied about not arriving in time to save Mufasa and Simba. Soon, the lions and their allies defeat Scar and his hyena minions in battle. Later after Scar's death, Mufasa then tells Simba to take his rightful place as king of Pride Rock, avenging his father's place as king once and for all, restoring peace to the Pride Lands once more.

Other appearances [ ]

In the TV series, Timon & Pumbaa , a lion that looked like Mufasa came out of Zazu's clock.

In Fantasia 2000 , a Mufasa figurine can be seen in the background as James Earl Jones introduces the Carnival of Animals segment.

Mufasa also makes a cameo appearance in the House of Mouse episode " Ask Von Drake ", where he can be seen sitting alongside his son Simba during " The Ludwig Von Drake Song ".

Mufasa makes several appearances in the animated blooper reel featured in the Diamond Edition release of The Lion King , where he is seen preparing his voice and throat for a roar, though the process proves to be rather lengthy.

Video games [ ]

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When Simba was a small cub, Mufasa came to Wildebeest Gorge to save him from being crushed by stampeding wildebeests. Although he saved Simba, he had to climb a cliff to exit the gorge. When he got to the top, he was tossed off the cliff by his brother, Scar, and crushed by the stampede down below. After his death, Scar convinced Simba that it was his fault (Simba's) that Mufasa had died, and encouraged him to run away and never return. Scar then told the other lions that both Mufasa and Simba had died in the stampede, allowing him to take control of the Pride Lands as its new king.

Later, Mufasa appeared to Simba as a spirit to enlighten Simba's courage to take his role as the Pride Land's true king by usurping Scar's leadership. It is his spirit (in the form of a star) that gives Sora access to a new pathway.

Musical [ ]


Samuel E. Wright as Mufasa in the stage musical.

Mufasa's role is somewhat expanded in the musical based on the movie . He sings "They Live in You" ("He Lives in You" with the lyrics slightly changed) to young Simba in the scene when the two of them are looking up at the stars and discussing the Great Kings of the Past.

There is also an added scene in which Mufasa tells Zazu of his concerns about Simba's daring behavior. Zazu then reminds Mufasa of his early years as a rambunctious cub. Additionally during the part where Mufasa dies during the wildebeest stampede and Simba is exiled from the Pride Lands, a group of Pridelanders arrives towards Mufasa's dead body alongside Rafiki who all mourn Mufasa's death. During the scene, the lionesses and Rafiki perform the musical number "Rafiki Mourns" where they hold a funeral for him, followed by Scar giving a eulogy about Mufasa's death just as he and the hyenas take over the Pride Lands.

The role of Mufasa on Broadway was originated by Tony Award nominee Samuel E. Wright (who voiced Sebastian in The Little Mermaid ) in 1997 and Cornell John in the original London cast.

A prototype sculpture of his headdress/mask was donated to the collection of the Puppetry Center for the Arts in Atlanta, Georgia alongside the mask for Scar, taking prominent display upon their initial appearance.

During the part where Simba meets Rafiki again, the spirit form of Mufasa is created via projection screen effects during "He Lives in You" during the second act of the musical which is the part where Mufasa tells Simba to return to the Pride Lands and take his place as the new king of the Pride Lands.

Disney Parks [ ]

Disneyland resort [ ].

In World of Color at Disney's California Adventure , Mufasa is seen during The Lion King segment, which showcases the wildebeest stampede and his demise.

Walt Disney World [ ]

Mufasa was also one of the central characters in The Legend of the Lion King , a former Fantasyland attraction in the Magic Kingdom , which retold the story of the film using fully articulated puppets. Mufasa is also mentioned by Scar during an exchange with Hades in Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom . In the Magic Kingdom's nighttime spectacular, Happily Ever After , Mufasa's spirit appears at the introduction of the " Go the Distance " sequence.

Mufasa's likeness is also featured at Disney's Art of Animation Resort .

Hong Kong Disneyland [ ]

Mufasa's face can also be spotted in the park's version of It's a Small World in the Africa section of the ride along with Simba, Timon, and Pumbaa.

Shanghai Disneyland [ ]

Mufasa appears in the on-property Mandarin production of The Lion King stage musical. In the park, itself, he makes an appearance during Simba's segment in Ignite the Magic .

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  • James Earl Jones is one of the few actors from the original Disney Animated Canon movie who reprised his role in the remake.
  • On the original 1995 VHS cover of The Lion King , Mufasa's nose is pink instead of brown.
  • In an early script for The Lion King , Mufasa would sing a song called "Mighty King of the Wild". It was cut since it didn't match James Earl Jones' baritone voice. It was to be sung by Ken Page (who voiced Oogie Boogie in The Nightmare Before Christmas ) but he couldn't mimic Jones' voice enough so it was scrapped.
  • Mufasa's name in Swahili means "king".
  • He is the only one with a known status out of Simba and Nala's parents.
  • Some of the vocalizations for Mufasa were recycled from the Beast from Beauty and the Beast .
  • Mufasa was inspired by King Hamlet from Shakespeare's play Hamlet , on which The Lion King is based. Like King Hamlet, Mufasa is remembered as a strong, wise, and just ruler and was killed by his younger brother for the sake of his throne, only to visit his son as an apparition and urge him to take back the throne. However, unlike King Hamlet, Mufasa is a kind and humorous individual who urges his son to take his inheritance for the sake of the Circle of Life, whereas King Hamlet only wanted his death to be avenged. Both also have queens whom they adore, in the case of King Hamlet, Gertrude, in the case of Mufasa, Sarabi, the difference being that Sarabi loved Mufasa whereas Gertrude loves Claudius who inspired the character of Scar.
  • In Simba's Pride , Mufasa's pride is inspired by House Capulet from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet .
  • Mufasa makes a cameo appearance in Fantasia 2000 . A figurine of him is behind his voice actor, James Earl Jones, before the "Carnival of the Animals" segment.
  • Mufasa's voice actor, James Earl Jones, and Sarabi's voice actress, Madge Sinclair , also played African King Jaffe and Queen Aeoleon in the 1988 live-action film Coming to America , which was released six years before The Lion King .
  • Sean Connery and Liam Neeson were originally considered for the role of Mufasa but both turned it down.
  • Mufasa's character design would go on to influence the final design of Mayor Lionheart , a character from Zootopia . [3]
  • When Mufasa tells Simba that their bodies become the grass when they die, he is likely referring to fungi and bacteria decomposing their remains into the soil from which the grass grows.

References [ ]

  • ↑ " ‘The Lion King’ Prequel: Kelvin Harrison Jr. & Aaron Pierre To Lead Cast For Disney & Barry Jenkins ". Deadline Hollywood (August 26, 2021).
  • ↑ 21 things you didn't know about The Lion King at Cosmopolitan
  • ↑ Zootopia Fun Facts via the Stitch Kingdom

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Mufasa was a male lion . He was the king of Pride Rock who preceded Scar . He was the elder brother of Scar, and the mate of Sarabi , with whom he had a son, Simba.

After the birth of Simba, Mufasa trained him to respect the Circle of Life and to take responsibility for his kingdom and subjects. While Simba was still a cub, Scar plotted against Mufasa and used a wildebeest stampede to endanger Simba's life. After saving Simba from the stampede, Mufasa climbed up the side of a gorge , only to be thrown to his death by Scar. Simba found Mufasa's body after the stampede, and Scar convinced him that he was to blame for his father's death, which prompted him to flee the Pride Lands .

For seasons, Simba grew up in self-exile in the jungle until Rafiki facilitated his communion with Mufasa's ghost, who urged him to return to the Pride Lands and reclaim his birthright. During his confrontation with Scar, Simba learned that Scar was to blame for Mufasa's death and so exiled Scar from the Pride Lands. After Scar's defeat and death, Simba ascended Pride Rock, with Mufasa's spirit watching from the stars. In the years afterward, Mufasa's spirit continued to watch over the Pride Lands, as he frequently offered advice to Simba's son, Kion , and encouraged the reunification of the Outsiders and Simba's pride .

  • 1.1 Early life
  • 1.2 Simba's presentation
  • 1.3 Raising Simba
  • 1.4 Stampede and death
  • 1.5.1 Communion with Simba
  • 1.5.2 Kiara's presentation
  • Dawn of the Lion Guard
  • Makuu's leadership
  • Wet season storms
  • Kiara's queenship
  • Gazelle and zebra migration
  • Kion's doubts about the Roar of the Elders
  • Savannah Summit
  • Dry season troubles
  • Scar's return
  • Kilio Valley fire
  • Scar's attacks
  • Battle for the Pride Lands
  • Kion's scar
  • Kion's decision about the Roar of the Elders
  • 1.5.4 Reunification of the Outsiders and Pride Landers
  • 1.5.5 Kion's coronation
  • 2 Physical appearance
  • 3 Personality and traits
  • 4 Appearances
  • 5.1 General
  • 5.2 In development
  • 6 References

Mufasa was born to the reigning monarch of Pride Rock. He had a younger brother. While Mufasa grew up as the heir to the throne of Pride Rock, his brother served as the leader of the Lion Guard .

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A young adult Mufasa teases his younger brother, whom he nicknames "Scar."

When the two were young adults, Mufasa's brother returned to Pride Rock after a solo patrol in the Outlands . He informed Mufasa of his victory over a rogue lion who had attempted to take over the kingdom. In response, Mufasa playfully nicknamed him "Scar" after the facial wound he had received from the incident, which embittered him and made him believe that Mufasa did not deserve to be king. [1]

Presumably, Mufasa was betrothed to Sarabi, as per the law of the Pride Lands monarchy. The two were married and had a son, whom they named Simba. [2]

Simba's presentation

Before Simba's presentation , Mufasa stood atop Pride Rock, overlooking the arrival of his subjects. His majordomo , Zazu , alighted in front of him and bowed, which prompted Mufasa to smile. The kingdom's Royal Mjuzi , Rafiki, climbed up Pride Rock and embraced Mufasa. Afterward, Mufasa walked to Sarabi's side and nuzzled her. With the parents watching warmly, Rafiki anointed Simba and took the cub into his arms. The mandrill then carried Simba to the peak of Pride Rock, where he lifted him into the air for the animals to see.


Mufasa and his mate, Sarabi, watch the presentation of their newborn son, Simba.

After the ceremony, Mufasa went to confront his younger brother, Scar, who had been strangely absent from the ceremony. The king caught Scar with Zazu in his mouth and ordered the younger lion to release his prey. Scar did so, albeit reluctantly. Though Scar spoke sarcastically to Mufasa, the king firmly asked why he had been absent from the ceremony. Scar feigned forgetfulness and called Simba a "little hairball," to which Mufasa reminded Scar that Simba was his son and the future king. Scar quipped that he would practice his curtsy, then turned his back on his brother. Antagonized, Mufasa ordered Scar to never turn his back on him, but Scar shot back that it was Mufasa who should never turn his back on him. This enraged Mufasa, who jumped in front of Scar and asked if that was a challenge. Scar denied this, commenting that he was intelligent but could not rival Mufasa in physical strength. He then strode off into the savanna.

Mufasa watched Scar go and lamented their estranged relationship. Zazu teasingly suggested that Mufasa turn his brother into a throw rug, which made the king laugh. [2]

Raising Simba


Mufasa teaches Simba about the Circle of Life.

One morning, when Simba was a cub, he aroused his father to take him to the summit of Pride Rock. Once there, Mufasa showed Simba the kingdom and informed him that the land would be passed on to him when he became the new king. Simba asked about the "shadowy place," and Mufasa warned him to never venture there, as it was beyond their borders. Simba replied that he thought a king could do whatever he wanted, but Mufasa explained that there was more to being king than getting one's way all the time.

As Mufasa and Simba walked around the Pride Lands, Mufasa taught his son about the Circle of Life, explaining that all living creatures existed together in a delicate balance. In response to Simba's confusion, Mufasa explained that, though the antelope was food for the lion, the lion's body would become the grass after his death. This would in turn feed the antelope. Thus, predator and prey were connected in the Circle of Life.


Mufasa defends Simba and his best friend, Nala, from a trio of hungry hyenas.

In the midst of the lesson, Zazu appeared and gave Mufasa his morning report. While Zazu was talking, Mufasa noticed Simba's attempts at pouncing and decided to teach the cub how to pounce properly. Mufasa used Zazu as target practice for his son and laughed when Simba successfully knocked Zazu to the ground.

Just then, a mole reported that hyenas had trespassed into the Pride Lands. Suddenly serious, Mufasa leaped over Simba and ordered Zazu to take the cub home. Though Simba protested and begged to accompany his father on the mission, Mufasa was firm in his rejection and took off to deal with the problem alone.


Mufasa teaches Simba about the Great Kings of the Past.

Later, when Simba and his friend, Nala , ventured into the Elephant Graveyard , Mufasa was fetched by Zazu for help. He arrived in the nick of time to save the cubs from the hyenas, whom he warned to never come near his son again. After the hyenas ran away in fear, Mufasa briefly scolded Simba for deliberately disobeying him, then demanded that they return home.

After ordering Zazu to take Nala home, Mufasa expressed disappointment in Simba for having almost gotten himself and Nala killed. Simba told his father that he had been attempting to be brave, but Mufasa reminded him that being brave did not mean that one should go looking for trouble. He then admitted that he had been scared because he had almost lost Simba. This surprised the cub, who joked that the hyenas had been even more scared. The two briefly wrestled, and Simba climbed onto his father's head. He then asked Mufasa if they would always be together. Mufasa told Simba to listen to something his own father had told him. He went on to talk about the Great Kings of the Past , who looked down on them from the stars and would always be there to guide Simba if he needed them, as would Mufasa. [2]

Stampede and death


Scar mocks Mufasa before throwing him to his death.

Unbeknownst to Mufasa, Scar plotted to assassinate him and Simba with the help of his hyena minions. One day, while roaming the Pride Lands with Mufasa, Zazu reported that a wildebeest herd was on the move, which Mufasa found odd. Just then, Scar reported that Simba was trapped in a stampede in the gorge. Terrified for his son's safety, Mufasa rushed to the gorge. After locating Simba, who was clinging to a dead tree in the midst of the stampede, Mufasa jumped into the fray without hesitation. After some struggles, Mufasa retrieved his son and bore him to safety. However, before Mufasa himself could climb out of the gorge, a wildebeest dragged him back into the chaos, and Simba yelled after him in fear. With a powerful leap, Mufasa caught on to and began to scale the side of the gorge.

At the top of the gorge, Mufasa begged Scar to help him, but Scar pierced Mufasa's paws with his claws. He then leaned in and said, "Long live the king." As Mufasa looked on in horror, Scar let go of his brother's paws, and Mufasa fell to his death. The king's broken body was soon found by Simba. Scar arrived and convinced the cub that he was responsible for Mufasa's death and so must flee the Pride Lands. Leaving Mufasa's body behind, Simba fled the kingdom and took up residence in a jungle. [2]


Communion with simba.

Years later, when Simba was a young adult, Rafiki told him that Mufasa was still alive. Eager to see his father again, Simba followed the mandrill to a pool but was disappointed to see only his reflection. However, when instructed to look harder, he stared down into the water, which rippled and turned his reflection into Mufasa's. Just then, Mufasa's voice called to Simba, who looked up in wonder to see his father's spirit in the clouds.


Mufasa's spirit commands Simba to return to the Pride Lands and reclaim his birthright.

The ghost accused Simba of having forgotten him, but Simba denied this. Mufasa countered that Simba had forgotten who he was and thus forgotten his father. He then instructed Simba to return to the Pride Lands, but Simba protested that he was not who he had once been. Mufasa reminded Simba that he was his son and the one true king. He then disappeared into the night, repeating the word "remember" as Simba gave chase, begging his father to stay.

After Simba took his father's advice to return to the Pride Lands, he was tricked by Scar into revealing to the pride that he had been the cause of Mufasa's death. However, when Scar confessed that he had killed Mufasa, Simba experienced a brief flashback of Mufasa's death and, enraged, forced Scar to admit his role in the murder. In a vicious fight, Simba defeated Scar and proceeded to take back the throne. Following Scar's defeat and death, Simba ascended Pride Rock to take his rightful place as king. As he reached the peak of Pride Rock, he heard Mufasa's voice telling him to "remember." Mufasa's words gave Simba courage, and he roared over his new kingdom. [2]

Kiara's presentation

During the presentation of Kiara , Simba's daughter, Mufasa appeared in the clouds and watched the proceedings with a smile. [3]

Communion with Kion

Dawn of the lion guard.


Mufasa appears to his grandson, Kion.

When Simba refused to accept his son Kion's choice of Lion Guard members, Kion isolated himself from his friends and encountered the ghost of Mufasa. The spirit told Kion that he was about to embark on a great journey as the leader of the Lion Guard. Kion replied that he did not think that Simba would let him be a leader, but Mufasa gently reminded Kion that Simba was worried because he loved Kion.

Kion admitted that he was not ready to lead the Lion Guard or use the Roar of the Elders . He said that he did not want to end up like Scar, the previous leader of the Lion Guard. Mufasa implored Kion to trust his instincts, then promised that the Roar would be there for him when he needed it, as would Mufasa. [4]

Makuu's leadership

Kion came to Mufasa for advice regarding Makuu , the new crocodile leader. Mufasa encouraged him to stand his ground, even in the face of a fight, and pointed out that standing up to someone was not the same as fighting them. [5]

Wet season storms

After the Lion Guard saved a family of baboons from falling over a cliff, Kion sought counsel with Mufasa. The cub asked if he should use the Roar of the Elders to blow the big storms away, but Mufasa explained that rain was part of the Circle of Life and that the Pride Lands needed water to survive. Kion begrudgingly accepted his grandfather's words. [6]

Kiara's queenship

Mufasa appeared to Kion when he was squabbling with his sister, Kiara. Mufasa gently reminded his grandson that Kiara would always need his support, especially when she was wrong, and Kion decided to go back for her. [7]

Gazelle and zebra migration

After Kion overheard the animals complaining about his leadership, Mufasa appeared to him and commented that he knew his grandson was feeling troubled. Kion explained the situation, and Mufasa told him to not let the animals' lack of faith affect him. Mufasa then assured Kion that he would be trusted so long as he himself had confidence. [8]

Kion's doubts about the Roar of the Elders

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Mufasa encourages Kion to speak with Nala.

After nearly hurting his mother, Nala, with the Roar of the Elders, Kion sought advice from Mufasa. He explained what had happened when he had used the Roar in anger and confessed that he was afraid of becoming like Scar. In answer, Mufasa pointed out that Scar had only ever cared for himself. He then asked Kion why he had used the Roar, and Kion explained that his mother had been in danger. Mufasa reminded Kion that Scar had never cared for anyone the way Kion cared for Nala, then encouraged Kion to speak to her about the incident. [9]

Savannah Summit

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Mufasa advises Kion to not jump to conclusions about Makuu.

After Simba accused Kion of having ruined the Savannah Summit , Kion sought advice from Mufasa. Kion admitted that Simba was upset with him because of his distrust of Makuu, and Mufasa gently asked him what Makuu had done to deserve Kion's ill feelings. This gave Kion pause, and he admitted that it was just a feeling he had. Mufasa then quoted Rafiki, who frequently said, "Leap to conclusions, and you leap to confusions." Kion understood his grandfather's train of thought and resolved to save the Summit without drawing his own conclusions. [10]

Dry season troubles

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Mufasa warns Kion to not lose control of the Roar of the Elders.

Concerned at how quickly the start of the dry season had caused matters to get out of hand, Kion consulted with Mufasa. Mufasa told his grandson that the dry season was difficult because there was less food and water, which caused animals to make poor decisions. He also warned Kion to be careful to not lose control of the Roar of the Elders.

Later, Mufasa overlooked Simba and Kion as they spent time together. [11]

Scar's return

Simba and Kion consulted Mufasa's spirit about the troubling return of Scar. Though Mufasa had never experienced the return of an evil spirit, he assured his family that the strength to defeat Scar dwelled in themselves and the rest of the Pride Lands. [12]

Kilio Valley fire

After Ma Tembo's herd was ousted from Kilio Valley by a fire, Kion sought advice from the spirit of Mufasa, who encouraged him to not doubt himself. Mufasa added that how one dealt with defeat was just as important as how one dealt with victory. [13]

Scar's attacks

After the Army of Scar ravaged Mizimu Grove , Kion sought advice from Mufasa, who encouraged him to hold on to hope even in the darkest of times. [14]

Battle for the Pride Lands

On the night before the Pride Landers' invasion of the Outlands, Kion sought counsel from Mufasa. After Kion explained that Simba had nominated him to lead the mission, Mufasa asked if Kion was worried, and Kion admitted that the Pride Landers did not know how to defeat Scar. Mufasa asserted that any evil could be conquered, then assured Kion that he could do anything that he believed he could, as long as he stayed true to who he was and did not "fight fire with fire."

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Kion receives counsel from Mufasa on the eve of battle.

Later, Scar recounted his personal history to his minions. He explained how Mufasa had given him the nickname "Scar" and undercut Scar's victory over a hostile rogue lion, which had turned the younger lion against his brother. Scar went on that, after he had destroyed his Lion Guard, his second attempt to take Mufasa’s life had succeeded.

The next day, the Pride Landers invaded the Outlands, and the Lion Guard confronted Scar in the volcano . During the confrontation, Scar implored Kion to use the Roar in anger. However, recalling his grandfather's advice, Kion instead called upon the Great Kings of the Past to judge Scar. They, in turn, vanquished Scar's spirit, and the Pride Landers triumphed over the Army of Scar. [1]

Kion's scar


Kion communicates with Mufasa for the first time since receiving his scar.

After Kion received a scar from Ushari, he felt too ashamed to talk to Mufasa. While on his journey to the Tree of Life , he considered talking to his grandfather in order to ease his doubts. However, he decided against it after seeing his own reflection in a puddle and feeling ashamed at how similar he looked to Mufasa's brother and murderer, Scar. [15]

Later, after receiving encouragement from Rani , Kion communicated with Mufasa for the first time since receiving his scar. Mufasa expressed happiness at speaking with his grandson again and assured him that the injury had not changed Mufasa's feelings for him, nor would it ever. [16]

Kion's decision about the Roar of the Elders

Having decided it might be best to give up the Roar, Kion declared his intentions to Mufasa. Mufasa was supportive of Kion but noted that, as he had never led the Lion Guard, Kion could not surrender the Roar to him. Based on Mufasa's advice, Kion went to Cikha Escarpment and communicated with the spirit of Askari , the leader of the first Lion Guard. [17]

Reunification of the Outsiders and Pride Landers

One evening, Mufasa told Rafiki through the wind about his plan to influence Kiara and Kovu , Scar's protégé, to fall in love with each other. Though Rafiki doubted the plan, he eventually gave in.


Simba has a nightmare about his father's death.

After Simba accepted Kovu into his pride, he had a nightmare. In the dream, Mufasa cried out for his son's help so that he would not fall into the wildebeest stampede below. However, as Simba reached out to help Mufasa, he was stopped by Scar, who pierced him with his claws. Unable to hang on any longer, Mufasa fell to his death. Scar then morphed into Kovu and threw Simba to his death after Mufasa.

Following Kovu's exile , Kiara yelled that Simba would never be Mufasa, and Simba was taken aback. Later, after the Outsiders and Pride Landers reunified, Mufasa's spirit said to Simba, "Well done, my son. We are one." [3]

Kion's coronation


The spirits of Mufasa, Askari, and Janna spectate Kion and Rani's wedding.

Having mastered the Roar, Kion sought Mufasa's advice on whether he should return to the Pride Lands or remain at the Tree of Life. Mufasa informed Kion that the decision was his to make and that he should follow his own heart. [18]

When Kion returned to the Pride Lands, Mufasa appeared to him and his family at Pride Rock.

Later, Mufasa appeared alongside the spirits of Askari and Janna to watch Kion's wedding to Rani at the Tree of Life. [19]

Physical appearance


Mufasa was considerably larger and more muscular than his brother, Scar.

Mufasa was a large, lean, and powerfully built lion, with broad shoulders and a muscular frame. His features were more pronounced and blocklike, such as his square muzzle, his abnormally large nostrils, and his thick black eyebrows. His main pelt was golden, while his muzzle, paws, and underbelly were paler in color. He had a full red mane that extended to the middle of his chest. His eyes were red.

Mufasa bore a striking resemblance to his son, Simba, to the point that both Sarabi and Scar believed that a young adult Simba was Mufasa returned from the dead. [2]

Personality and traits


Mufasa did not back down in the face of a challenge, even from his brother, Scar.

As a young adult, Mufasa was carefree and playful, as he did not take his brother's triumph over a hostile rogue seriously. Additionally, he joked rather flippantly with his brother, which caused the younger lion to become embittered and develop the belief that Mufasa was not worthy of his throne. [1]

Once a father and king, Mufasa demonstrated a sense of responsibility that he frequently impressed upon his son, Simba. He revered the Circle of Life and believed that all animals, prey and predator alike, were worthy of respect. Though more serious by nature, he still knew how to have fun, as he enjoyed teaching Simba to pounce and found amusement in his majordomo Zazu's humor.


Mufasa took enjoyment in teaching and playing with his son, Simba.

Mufasa was known for his ferocity and power. Even his enemies, the hyenas, were afraid of him and shuddered at the sound of his name. Especially when his son was threatened, Mufasa proved to have a nasty temper and did not tolerate threats of any kind. His own brother, Scar, was loath to challenge him because of his physical strength and had to resort to an alliance with the hyenas to defeat him. [2]

Unlike his son, Simba, Mufasa was far more tolerant of his enemies and strove to forgive. He encouraged Rafiki to forge a bond between Kiara and Kovu, and later praised his son for reuniting the Outsiders and Pride Landers. [3]


  • In The Lion King , he was voiced by James Earl Jones . [20]
  • In The Lion King II: Simba's Pride , he was voiced by James Earl Jones. [20]
  • In Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable , he was voiced by James Earl Jones. [20]
  • In The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar , he was voiced by James Earl Jones. [20]
  • In The Lion Guard , he was voiced by Gary Anthony Williams . [21]
  • In Kingdom Hearts II , he was voiced by James Earl Jones. [20]
  • In Simba's Mighty Adventure , he was voiced by James Earl Jones. [20]
  • In Disney's Animated Storybook: The Lion King , he was voiced by James Earl Jones. [20]
  • Mufasa was animated by Tony Fucile in The Lion King . [22]

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Samuel E. Wright as Mufasa in the stage musical version of The Lion King .

  • The role of Mufasa in the stage musical version of The Lion King was originated by Samuel E. Wright . [23]
  • Mufasa is the only character in the franchise whose voice actor reprised their role from the 1994 film for the 2019 remake . [20]
  • Although Mufasa does not sing in the 1994 film, he sings " They Live In You " in the stage musical version of The Lion King . [24]
  • During a Tenth Anniversary Reunion discussion panel, directors Rob Minkoff and Roger Allers were asked who Nala's father was. Minkoff joked that Allers was the father. The two directors then stated that Mufasa or Scar could be Nala's father. [25] However, the Lion Guard episode " Paintings and Predictions " revealed that Nala's father was a different lion , not Mufasa or Scar. [26]
  • Rob Minkoff believes that Mufasa gave Scar his scar when they were cubs. [27] However, the Lion Guard episode " Battle for the Pride Lands " revealed that Scar got his scar from a cobra . [1]
  • In The Brightest Star , Mufasa has a grandfather named Mohatu . [28]
  • In The Lion King: Six New Adventures , Mufasa's parents are named Ahadi and Uru , and he has a grandson named Kopa . [29]
  • In An Unusual Choir , Mufasa has two nephews . [30]
  • In Disney's Fantasia 2000 , a figurine of Mufasa is seen behind James Earl Jones before the "Carnival of the Animals" segment. [31]
  • Mufasa served as inspiration for Mayor Lionheart in the 2016 Disney film Zootopia . [32]
  • Mufasa's voice actor, James Earl Jones, and Sarabi's voice actress, Madge Sinclair , played African King Jaffe and Queen Aeoleon in the 1988 live-action film Coming to America , which was released six years prior to The Lion King . [20] [33]

In development

  • Mufasa's original name was Brond . [34]


Concept artwork of Mufasa's fight with Scar from an early version of The Lion King .

  • In the January 1990 and May 1990 drafts of The Lion King , Mufasa had no relation to Scar. Additionally, Scar did not kill Mufasa by throwing him into a stampede . Rather, he fought Mufasa to the death with the help of his hyena minions. [35] [36]
  • Originally, Mufasa may have been the father of two, as a concept by Mel Shaw depicts a "Papa Lion" sitting with two playful cubs. [37]
  • In an early storyboard of The Lion King , Mufasa told a joke shortly after his confrontation with Scar. Following Mufasa's question as to what he should do with Scar, Zazu suggested that he introduce Scar to a charging rhinoceros . Mufasa then joked, "What are the rhinos charging these days?" According to Roger Allers, the joke fell flat and was thus deleted. [38]
  • During early production of The Lion King , Mufasa sang a song titled " To Be King ". However, it was scrapped because the filmmakers believed that Mufasa was too regal to be "singing and dancing in the woods." [39]
  • In the January 1996 draft of The Lion King II: Simba's Pride , Mufasa encountered Simba in a dream, during which he chastised Simba for letting his family, and thus the Circle of Life , break apart. [40]


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