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Long live the King.
~ Scar showing his true nature to his brother, Mufasa, mere moments before throwing him back into the stampede to his death - his most famous quote.

Scar (born as Taka) is the main antagonist of Disney's 32nd full-length animated feature film, The Lion King. He later returned as the main antagonist of the second season of the 2016 television series, The Lion Guard

He is Mufasa's envious younger brother and Simba's uncle. Scar's desire to rule Pride Rock drives him to enact a plot to kill both his brother and nephew to leave himself the sole royal in line for the throne. 

In the original film, he was voiced by the legendary actor, Jeremy Irons, who also played Randall Bragg and Simon Gruber. In the 1998 sequel The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, he was voiced by Jim Cummings, who was his singing voice in the film and also played Jacques from Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island released that same year. In The Lion Guard, he was voiced by David Oyelowo. In the musical adaptation, he was portrayed by John Vickery. In the 2019 remake, he will be portrayed by Chiwetel Ejiofor who also played Baron Mordo in Doctor Strange.

Appearance

Well, as far as brains go, I got the lion's share, but when it comes to brute strength..... I believe I am at the shallow end of the gene pool...
~ Scar remarks on his poor genetics despite his high intelligence.

Scar is a slender lion but stands eye to eye with Mufasa and Simba, making him tall - otherwise bulky - like they are. He has sharp features and is a gangly lion, thanks to poor genes, with orangish-brown fur and striking green eyes. He has a silky black mane, elbow tufts, and his claws are ever present on his paws. He also has a pink scar over his left eye, earning his name. Despite his poor genetics, Scar has brute strength as he is willing to stand his ground against Simba during their final fight.

Personality

Scar is a cunning, sarcastic, manipulative, and somewhat narcissistic lion with a cultured and chivalrous demeanor and a wry and cynical wit. However, even with his evil and deceiving ways, he was still very cowardly and preferred to run rather than fight, though if cornered Scar has shown the ability to hold his own as seen in his fight with Simba. Scar is filled with hate and disgust for his brother and nephew and most likely everybody against him. He does not care much about the hyenas and seems to view them more as tools and weapons to use for his own benefit, which ultimately resulted in his death when he tried to blame his plans on them.

Scar is also very antipathetic and intolerant of failure, berating the hyenas for their failure to kill Simba, and angrily throwing them out after they made the mistake of mentioning his brother, Mufasa, of whom Scar was extremely possessive and jealous. Nevertheless, Scar was also very charismatic and persuasive, able to rally the hyenas to his cause and inspire fanatical loyalty from Zira and her pride of lionesses.

He is also highly intelligent and knowledgeable, able to manipulate conversations and situations to his advantage with relative ease. Scar also proved to be extremely sadistic and unmerciful, convincing his own nephew, Simba, that he was responsible for the death of his father, Mufasa, and later going on to taunt him that in fact, he himself was responsible for Mufasa's demise, which also led to his own demise.

Biography

The Lion King

Run away, Simba. Run. Run away, and never return.
~ Scar banishing the young Simba after slyly incriminating the death of Mufasa on him.

In his debut, Scar is first seen after the presentation of his nephew Simba, where he was confronted by Mufasa. After a brief argument between the two, Scar leaves. He later tricks Simba into going to the Elephant Graveyard, so that Shenzi, Banzai and Ed will eat him, thus putting his plan into action; but before they can close in and kill them, Simba and his friend Nala are saved by Mufasa, who scares off the hyenas. It's then shown that Scar watched the whole thing on top, and he is extremely angry that his plan had failed. He then sings his song "Be Prepared", revealing his intention to murder Mufasa and Simba and claim the throne to himself.

Scar then sets another trap for Simba by having him stay inside a canyon while Shenzi, Banzai and Ed chase wildebeests into the canyon, causing a stampede; but once again, Simba's saved by Mufasa. This time, however, Mufasa is injured and he winds up hanging onto the edge of a cliff. He looks up to see Scar and desperately begs for his help. Scar, seizing the opportunity presented by his brother's helplessness, grabs his brother with his claws and whispers, "Long live the King." Scar then hurls Mufasa off the cliff to his death.

As Simba didn't see his uncle's action of throwing Mufasa, Scar manages to manipulate a devastated Simba into thinking Mufasa's death was his fault, and he tells him to run away and never return. The minute Simba is out of sight, Scar orders Shenzi, Banzai and Ed to kill him; but unknown to Scar, Simba escapes. Believing Simba to be dead, Scar takes over the throne to the Pride Lands and he lets the hyenas take over.

Though it would have seem that Scar has finally achieved his goal in becoming King of the Pride Lands and letting the hyenas hunt down whatever food they can, the Pride Lands start to grow barren due to over-hunting over the years, causing many herds of animals to wander off. A drought also has stricken the lands, and the animals (including the lions and hyenas) are complaining over the lack of food or water left for them to feed on. However, Scar completely ignores their pleas, as he still wishes to maintain his power of the lands.

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"You see? He admits it! MURDERER!!"

However, Simba (who is now an adult) is talked into going back to Pride Rock to face Scar by his future mate Nala, Rafiki, and Mufasa's ghost. Simba arrives back at the Pride Lands to see Scar in the act of confronting Sarabi over the lack of food. Sarabi suggests that the entire pride must leave the Pride Lands to survive since there is nothing left, but Scar stubbornly refuses to leave his kingdom. After Sarabi unfavorably compares Scar to his late brother, Scar loses his temper and brutally strikes Sarabi.

Furious, Simba confronts Scar, and Scar initially mistakes Simba for Mufasa himself before realizing his nephew survived. Simba confronts Scar and attempts to force him to resign the throne, but Scar manages to convince Simba into confessing about Mufasa's death. Scar backs Simba onto the edge of a cliff at the same time a rogue lightning bolt strikes the ground below and lights the surrounding area on fire. As Scar is about to throw Simba off, Scar reveals to him that he was the one who killed Mufasa.

Hearing this, Simba is angrily motivated to jump up and pin Scar down, forcing him confess to Mufasa's murder. Scar has the hyenas attack Simba and a fierce battle ensues between the pride and the hyena clan. Scar uses the ensuing discord to attempt to escape, but Simba manages to corner him at the top of Pride Rock. Scar pleads for his life, blaming his evil plot on the hyenas (not knowing that Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed are overhearing, causing them to angrily back away).

However, not wanting to stoop to Scar's level, Simba refuses to kill Scar and instead tells him to leave the Pride Lands and never return (the same words that Scar said to Simba after Mufasa's death). Recoiling on this, Scar manages to ambush Simba by throwing burning embers into his face before attempting to kill him. The two engage in a vicious fight, which ends with Simba managing to kick Scar off of Pride Rock to the ground below.

Scar survived the fall and, as he struggles to his feet, the hyenas arrive. Scar greets his "friends" in a pleasant matter, but, to his horror, the hyenas reveal that they overheard Scar blaming his crimes on them. In their hunger and vengeance, the hyenas begin to surround their treacherous fallen with wide grins. Scar desperately begs for his life, to no avail; the hyenas close in, leap upon him and rip him apart as flames rise around them.

The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride

GOTCHA!!! Trust me!
~ Scar in Simba's nightmare.

In the 1998 sequel, it is revealed that Scar has a pride of lionessess known as the Outsiders (led by his most loyal follower Zira, the main antagonist of the sequel) who were banished to the Outlands for their loyal towards Scar. Also, Zira believes that Simba is responsible for Scar's death (unaware that the hyenas, not Simba, are the ones responsible for Scar's death) and plots to engineer Simba's downfall so that she can have her son Kovu take over as the new King. It was also revealed by Nuka that Scar had took Kovu into his inner circle and chose the young cub to be his successor before he died.

However when becoming a young adult, Kovu has a change of heart after falling in love with Simba's daughter Kiara, and soon learned about the truth about Scar's death from Simba. In the final battle between the Pridelanders and Outsiders, Kiara convinced the Outsiders to give up their grudge against the Pridelanders, except for Zira, who ends up falling to her death on the same gorge after her failed attempt to kill Simba. Despite Zira's death, both her and Scar's plan to have Kovu as their successor is most likely to succeed, but not in the way as they expected as Kovu wants to carry on Mufasa's legacy, inspiring a touched Simba to accept Kovu as his new son-in-law and future successor.

Other than that, Scar also made two cameo appearances in the sequel: the first is when Simba has a nightmare about Scar's betrayal and murder of Mufasa, and the second is when Kovu looks into a water hole at one point his reflection changes to that of an angry Scar following his exile.

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In the 2004 midquel, Scar made a few cameo appearances, as the story shows the view points of Timon and Pumbaa while Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed take on the role as the main antagonists. Scar's first appearance is when he cornered Simba at the cliff of Pride Rock before the battle began. He is later seen being chased by Simba across the peak of Pride Rock, and he is last seen tumbling over the edge of the cliff after being defeated by Simba before his death by the jaws of the hyenas. Upon seeing Scar fall, Pumbaa says "I think Scar is down and out!".

In The Lion King: Six New Adventures

A Tale Of Two Brothers

The Lion King: Tale of Two Brothers

According to the novel series, The Lion King: Six New Adventures, Scar's real name is Taka, which is Swahili for "dirt", "trash", or "want".

In A Tale of Two Brothers, one of the books in the set, young adult Taka is angry that Mufasa is chosen to be the heir to the throne. He gets even angrier when his father, King Ahadi, breaks his promise to go hunting with him, choosing to solve the drought problems in the Pride Lands instead. Taka wanders off to talk to Shenzi, Banzai and Ed the hyenas, who tell him that if Mufasa were to be made to look like a failure to their father, Ahadi, and the rest of their pride, then he, Taka, will look good in comparison and take the throne.

Taka then tricks his brother into going down to the waterhole, where a Cape buffalo named Boma is refusing to share the water. The Pridelands are in a terrible drought and any water there is precious. Mufasa begins reasoning with Boma, when Taka roars and says that Boma must move by order of the Lion King, or Mufasa will face Boma in combat. Boma charges out of the water at Mufasa. Mufasa escapes to safety with Rafiki, but Boma says that his herd will get Taka. Mufasa runs back to find Taka being attacked by Boma's herd. The largest of the buffaloes slashes Taka with his horns, knocking him unconscious. Mufasa leaps in to save his brother and the buffaloes ready themselves to attack again.

Before they can do so, however, Ahadi appears with a large herd of animals. The herd surrounds the buffaloes and ends the fight. Later on, Rafiki examines Taka and finds a deep cut on his left eye, which will never fully heal. Taka then requests that he be called "Scar" from now on, as a reminder of how he foolishly allowed his anger to rule him.

The Lion Guard

They thought I was defeated, But very soon well see. The shock as I rise from the flames so triumphantly. I never thought I'd have this chance. Oh, how long it's been. A second opportunity and this time I'll win.
~ Scar's return in The Lion Guard

In The Lion Guard (which takes place in the middle of the second film), 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.

Though Scar is long dead, his legacy had a big affect on his great-nephew, Simba's son, Kion. After gaining the power of The Roar and learning of Scar's past, Kion became more cautious about using the Roar for good instead of evil.

In the first season episode Lions of the Outlands, Scar's relationship with Zira is mentioned, where it is told that the two had a close relationship and Scar had told Zira about the Roar of the Elders and how he lost it.

Scar eventually returns as a spirit and serves as the main antagonist in the second season of the series after Kion unintentionally helps Janja and Ushari to summon him by using the Roar of the Elders in anger.

In the special episode The Rise of Scar, finally growing tired of being hurt anytime he is near the Lion Guard and after discovering Kion's secret of speaking to his grandfather Mufasa's spirit, the snake Ushari starts wondering how he can use that information for his own benefit. He eventually runs into Janja and his 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.  Eventually, they learn that to summon Scar, they need fire, a Bakora Staff and Kion to use the Roar of the Elders. Knowing that Kion's roar is most powerful when his loved ones are threatened, Janja's clan kidnap Kiara and steal the Bakora Staff of Rafiki's apprentice Makini and return to their volcano lair.

After the Lion Guard rescue Kiara, Janja warns Kion that he and his clan will keep coming back again to harm his family, causing Kion to unleash the Roar of the Elders in anger in the lair, causing the volcano to erupt. After the Guard leave, Ushari starts to use the Bakora Staff to try and summon Scar, but nothing happens. Furious, Janja grabs the staff and kicks it into the volcano and suddenly a fiery image of a lion appears and confirms himself to be Scar.

In the episode Let Sleeping Crocs Lie, now revived, Scar begins to plot to get 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 killed Simba, he will rule the Pride Lands. However, while Ushari succeeds in tricking Kiburi, the plan ultimately fails, due to the Guard's interference. This also causes Kiburi and his three crocodile followers to be banished from both the crocodile float and the Pride Lands forever.

On their way in the Outlands, Kiburi and his followers run into Ushari, who takes them to the volcano, where Scar introduces himself to them. Scar explains his revenge plan to Janja, Ushari, Cheezi, Chungu, Kiburi and his followers, explaining his scheme to unify all of 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. 

In the episode 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 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 so 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 unhappy. A small eruption can be seen at the top of the volcano, apparently confirming this.

In the episode Rescue in the Outlands, upon hearing from Janja, Cheezi and Chungu about a fearless and strong hyena named Jasiri living in the Outlands, Scar, at first, sees her as a possible valuable ally, but quickly changes his mind about her when Janja reveals that Jasiri is friend and ally with the Lion Guard and also respects the Circle of Life, unlike the other Outlanders. Not wanting to have allies of the Lion Guard in his way too, Scar then orders Janja to get rid of her immediately and to do this with his entire clan as he perfectly understands that she is too strong for only Janja, Cheezi and Chungu. As they leaves, Scar coldly warns Janja not to fail him again.

Janja and his clan nearly succeed in getting rid of Jasiri and her pups at the same time, but ultimately fails, as Madoa (Jasiri's sister) escape to warn the Guard, who both saves Jasiri and her children and drove the bad hyenas away.

The Lion King Musical

Vickery Scar

John Vickery as Scar in the musical.

Within the musical of the same name, Scar's actions are relatively the same as compared to the original film, with a few exceptions: one of them being that he had any of his followers who had questioned his leadership put to death for doing so. The other being that he at one point tries to rape Nala in order to make offsprings to carry on his legacy (an act of his that was cut from the original film). He also becomes more and more paranoid as he feels he's being haunted by his deceased older brother.

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom

In Adventure Land, Scar makes a deal with Hades, where as if Scar could obtain the crystal of the magic kingdom, he would be granted immortality and rule over the pride lands forever. He forces the hyenas to work for him again, lying to them that he's invincible. he tries to get them to start an elephant stampede to crush anyone who gets in his way, but they fail. When the Park guests injure Scar in front of the hyenas, Shenzi is the first to see through his lies, rallies up the pack, and leaves.

After a conversation with Hades, Scar twice battles the park guests, the first time beating them, the next time, it's vice versa. Hades gives Scar one last chance and turns him into a devilish and destructive storm, and battles the park guests again. Scar is ultimately destroyed and the park guests win. Later, at the end, he is sucked into a snow globe with Hades and all of the other villains he recruited.

Video game appearances

Scar appears as both the main antagonist and final boss of the 1994 videogame adaption The Lion King on Super Nintendo Entertainment System and Sega Genesis/Mega Drive.

Kingdom Hearts

How does it feel to be king, hmm?
~ Scar's Ghost taunting Simba.

His ghost was a boss in Kingdom Hearts II. He looks like the living Scar, but he is darker in color and he has a dark aura around him.

Now a ghost filled with hatred, he would haunt Simba, who was now king. This caused Simba to become extremely afraid. This made him the laughing stock of the hyenas, mainly Shenzi, Banzai and Ed. Simba seeked help, and went to the hyenas, asking if they knew of Scar's Ghost. They knew nothing, and said Scar's Ghost only hangs out around fraidy cats. Immediately, Scar's Ghost appeared. He taunted Simba, asking what it was like to be king. Simba retreated, causing the hyenas to laugh maniacally. Simba went to his paradise, where he met Timon and Pumbaa, but even there he was not safe from the ghost, and was still tormented. He was having doubts and Sora tried to snap him out of it but it didn't work. Then Donald used his powers to create a fake ghost, and it taunted Simba until he overcame his fear and pounced on it.

Now facing his fears, he went back to the Pridelands. Scar's Ghost was already there, and it was now haunting Simba's wife Nala and Pumbaa. When Simba returned, the ghost confronted him, but Simba told it to get out, scaring it away. Soon after, all of the ghosts came and formed a giant Heartless beast called the Groundshaker. The beast attacked, and a large battle ensued. The Groundshaker took several hits, and it collapsed and disappeared. Simba claimed his place as king.

Quotes

Life's not fair, is it? You see I-- well, I... shall never be King. And you... shall never see the light of another day. Adieu... (Zazu: Didn't your mother ever tell you not to play with your food?) What do you want? (Zazu: I'm here to announce that King Mufasa is on his way. So you'd better have a good excuse for missing the ceremony this morning.) Oh now look, Zazu, you've made me lose my lunch. (Zazu: Hah! You'll lose more than that when the king gets through with you. He's as mad as a hippo with a hernia.) Oooh, I quiver with FEAR.
~ Scar lamenting about how life isn't fair as he will never be king while attempting to devour a mouse before being interrupted by Zazu who tells him off for missing Simba's ceremony
Why! If it isn't my big brother descending from on high to mingle with the commoners (Mufasa: Sarabi and I didn't see you at the presentation of Simba.) That was today? Oh, I feel simply awful. Must have slipped my mind.(Zazu: Yes, well, as slippery as your mind is, as the king's brother, you should have been first in line!) Well, I was first in line... until the little hairball was born. (Mufasa: That "hairball" is my son and your future king.) Ohh, I shall practice my curtsy. (Mufasa: Don't turn your back on me, Scar.) Oh, no, Mufasa. Perhaps YOU shouldn't turn YOUR back on me. (Mufasa: Is that a CHALLENGE?) Temper. Temper. I wouldn't dream of challenging you. (Zazu: Pity! Why not?) Well, as far as brains go, I got the lion's share. But, when it comes to brute strength ...I'm afraid I'm at the shallow end of the gene pool.
~ Scar making up unacceptable excuses for missing Simba's ceremony and reassuring Mufasa that he wouldn't dare to challenge him as he doesn't have the brawn to do it
(Simba: Hey Uncle Scar! Guess what!) I despise guessing games. (Simba: I'm going to be king of Pride Rock.) Oh goody. (Simba: My dad just showed me the whole kingdom; and I'm going to rule it all. Heh heh.) Yes. Well... forgive me for not leaping for joy. Bad back, you know. (Simba: Hey, Uncle Scar? When I'm king, what'll that make you?) A monkey's uncle. (Simba: Heh heh. You're so weird.) You have NO idea..So, your father showed you the whole kingdom, did he? (Simba: Everything.) He didn't show you what's beyond that rise at the northern border...? (Simba: Well, no... he said I can't go there.) And he's absolutely right. It's far too dangerous. Only the bravest lions go there. (Simba: Well, I'm brave! What's out th--) No, I'm sorry, Simba, I just can't tell you. (Simba: Why not?) Simba, Simba, I'm only looking out for the well- being of my favorite nephew. (Simba: Yeah, right, I'm your only nephew.) All the more reason for me to be protective... An elephant graveyard is no place for a young prince... Oops! (Simba: An elephant what? Whoa.) Oh dear, I've said too much... Well, I suppose you'd have found sooner or later, you being SO clever and all...Oh, just do me one favor - promise me you'll never visit that dreadful place. (Simba: No problem.) There's a good lad. You run along now and have fun. And remember... it's our little secret.
~ Scar tricking Simba into going to the Elephant Graveyard after he intentionally reveals its existence to the cub
Oh, surely we lions are not all THAT bad. (Banzai: Ohh. Oh, Scar, it's just you.) (Shenzi: We were afraid it was somebody important.) (Banzai: Yeah, you know, like Mufasa.) (Shenzi: Yeah.) I see. (Banzai: Now that's power.) (Shenzi: Tell me about it. I just hear that name and I shudder.) (Banzai: Mufasa.) (Shenzi: Ooooh. ... Do it again.) (Banzai: Mufasa.) (Shenzi: Ooooh!) (Banzai: Mufasa. Mufasa! Mufasa!) (Shenzi: ...Oooh! It tingles me.) I'm surrounded by idiots. I don't think you really deserve this. I practically gift-wrapped those cubs for you. And you couldn't even dispose of them. (Shenzi: Well, ya know. It wasn't exactly like they was alone, Scar.) (Banzai: Yeah. What are we supposed to do-- kill Mufasa?) Precisely.
~ Scar scolding the hyenas for failing to kill Simba and Nala before his song "Be Prepared" starts
Now you wait here. Your father has a marvelous surprise for you. (Simba: Oooh. What is it?) If I told you, it wouldn't be a surprise, now would it? (Simba: If you tell me, I'll still act surprised.) Ho ho ho. You are such a naughty boy. (Simba: Come on, Uncle Scar.) No-no-no-no-no-no-no. This is just for you and your daddy. You know, a sort of... father-son... thing. Well! I'd better go get him. (Simba: I'll go with you.) No! Heh heh heh. No. Just stay on this rock. You wouldn't want to end up in another mess like you did with the hyenas... (Simba: You know about that?) Simba, everybody knows about that. (Simba: Really?) Oh, yes. Lucky Daddy was there to save you, eh? Oh... and just between us, you might want to work on that little roar of yours. Hmm? (Simba: Oh... Okay... Hey, Uncle Scar, will I like the surprise?) Simba, it's to DIE for.
~ Scar tricking Simba into staying in a gorge in order to have him and Mufasa killed by a wildebeest stampede
Simba, what have you done? (Simba: There were wildebeests and he tried to save me... it was an accident, I... I didn't mean for it to happen.) Of course, of course you didn't. No one... ever means for these things to happen. ...But the king IS dead. And if it weren't for you, he'd still be alive. Oh! What will your mother think? (Simba: What am I gonna do?) Run away, Simba. Run... Run away and never return. (*Simba runs off the Hyenas appear*) Kill him.
~ Scar tricking Simba into thinking that his father's death was his fault and leaving the Pride Lands
Mufasa's death was a terrible tragedy; but to lose Simba, who had barely begun to live for me it is a deep personal loss. So it is with a heavy heart that I assume the throne. Yet, out of the ashes of this tragedy, we shall rise to greet the dawning of a new era in which lion and hyena come together, in a great and glorious future!

~ Scar delivering the news about Mufasa and "Simba's" deaths and introducing the hyenas as he takes over the crown
Oh Zazu, do lighten up. Sing something with a little... bounce in it. (Zazu: It's a small world after all...) No! No. Anything but that! (Zazu: I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts diddely-dee-dee. There they are a-standing in a row.) Big ones, small ones, some as big as your head... (Zazu: Oh... I would never have had to do this for Mufasa.) What? What did you say? (Zazu: Oh, nothing!) You know the law: Never, ever mention THAT name in my presence. I... am... the KING! (Zazu: Yes, sire. You ARE the king. I... I... Well, I only mentioned it to illustrate the differences in your royal managerial approaches.)
~ Scar forcing Zazu to sing for him and remind that he must never mention Mufasa's name in his presence
(Banzai: Hey Boss!) Oh, what is it this time? (Banzai: We got a bone to pick with you.) (Shenzi: I'll handle this. Scar, there's no food, no water...) (Banzai: Yeah, it's dinner time, and we ain't got no stinkin' entrees.) It's the lionesses' job to do the hunting... (Banzai: Yeah, but they won't go hunt.) Oh... eat Zazu. (Zazu: Oh, you wouldn't want me! I'd be so tough and gamey and... eeww...) Oh, Zazu, don't be ridiculous. All you need is a little garnish. (Banzai: I thought things were bad under Mufasa.) What did you say? (Banzai: I said Muf... I said, uh "Qué pasa?") Good. Now get out. (Banzai: Mm... yeah, but - we're still hungry.) Out!
~ Scar listening to the hyenas' complaints about the Pride Lands with no food and water and demanding that they leave his cave after Banzai accidentally mentions Mufasa's name
SARABI! (Sarabi: Yes, Scar?) Where is your hunting party? They're not doing their job. (Sarabi: Scar, there is no food. The herds have moved on.) No. You're just not looking hard enough. (Sarabi: It's over. There is nothing left. We have only one choice. We must leave Pride Rock.) We're not going anywhere. (Sarabi: Then you have sentenced us to death.) Then so be it. (Sarabi: You can't do that.) I'm the king. I can do whatever I want. (Sarabi: If you were half the king Mufasa was you would nev-) I'm ten times the king Mufasa was!
~ Scar confronting Sarabi about the hunting party not doing their job
Mufasa? No. You're dead. (Sarabi: Mufasa?) (Simba: No. It's me.) (Sarabi: Simba? You're alive? How can that be?) (Simba: It doesn't matter; I'm home.) Simba...? Simba! I'm a little surprised to see you, alive... (Simba: Give me one good reason why I shouldn't rip you apart.) Oh, Simba, you must understand. The pressures of ruling a kingdom... (Simba: ...Are no longer yours. Step down, Scar.) Oh, oh, ye - Well, I would, heh, naturally, heh - however, there is one little problem. You see them? They think I'M king. (Nala: Well, we don't. Simba is the rightful king.) (Simba: The choice is yours, Scar. Either step down or fight.)
~ Scar making clear to Simba that the hyenas think that he is the king
Oh, must it all end in violence? I'd hate to be responsible for the death of a family member. Wouldn't you agree, Simba? (Simba: That's not gonna work, Scar. I've put it behind me.) Eh, but what about your faithful subjects? Have they put it behind them? (Nala: Simba, what is he talking about?) Ahh, so you haven't told them your little secret. Well, Simba, now's your chance to tell them. Tell them who is responsible for Mufasa's death! (Simba: I am.) (Sarabi: It's not true. Tell me it's not true.) (Simba: It's true.) You see! He admits it! Murderer! (Simba: No. It was an accident.) If it weren't for you, Mufasa would still be alive. It's your fault he's dead; do you deny it? (Simba: No.) Then... you're... guilty. (Simba: No. I'm not a murderer.) Oh, Simba, you're in trouble again. But this time, Daddy isn't here to save you. And now EVERYONE.. KNOWS... WHY! (Nala: Simba!) Now this looks familiar. Hmm. Where have I seen this before? Let me think. Hmmm... hmmm. Oh yes, I remember. This is just the way your father looked before he died. And here's MY little secret: I killed Mufasa.
~ Scar hinting at Mufasa's death and forcing Simba to admit his guilt (which he does) and also confessing to him that he was the one who killed Mufasa
(Simba: NoooooOOOO! ...Murderer!) No, Simba, please. (Simba: Tell them the truth.) Truth? But truth is in the eye of the behold - llgkkk! All right. All right. I did it. (Simba: So they can hear you.) I killed Mufasa!
~ Scar being forced by Simba to admit his role on Mufasa's death
(Simba: Murderer.) Simba, Simba. Please. Please have mercy. I beg you. (Simba: You don't deserve to live.) But, Simba, I am... ah... family. It's the hyenas who are the real enemy. It was their fault - it was their idea! (Simba: Why should I believe you? Everything you ever told me was a lie.) What are you going to do? You wouldn't kill your own Uncle...? (Simba: No, Scar. I'm not like you.) Oh, Simba, thank you. You are truly noble. I'll make it up to you, I promise. How can I, ah, prove myself to you? Tell me; I mean, anything. (Simba: Run. Run away, Scar. And never return.) Yes. Of course. As you wish... ...your Majesty!
~ Scar pathetically pleading Simba for mercy even blaming Mufasa's death on the hyenas (unaware that they overheard him) and being relieved when Simba decides to spare him and tells him to run away and never return, but Scar, refusing to accept defeat throws embers at Simba and attempts to kill him
Ahh, my friends. (Shenzi: Frie-he-ends? I thought he said we were the enemy.) (Banzai: Yeah, that's what I heard.) (Shenzi and Banzai: Ed?) (Ed and other hyenas snicker) No. L-L-L-Le-Le-Le-Le-Let me explain. No, you don't understand! No, I didn't mean for... no, no! Look, I'm sorry I called you... no! NOOOO!!!
~ Scar's last words before the hyenas close in on him and fiercely rip him apart as flames rise around on all of them

Trivia

  • Zira says, "Scar is gone, but I'm still around" in her song in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride. This could mean that Scar will eventually be destroyed in The Lion Guard, and Zira witnesses it, but how this may happen is unknown.
    • However, Zira could simply be referring to Scar's spirit leaving the Pride Lands.
  • Scar is notable for being voiced by Jeremy Irons and animated by Andreas Deja (who also animated JafarAlameda Slim, Dr. Frankenollie, and Gaston).
    • In Disney's Hercules, the Nemean Lion Hades sends to fight Hercules looks noticeably similar to Scar, additionally, after Hercules kills the beast and turns it into a skin, it looks exactly like Scar. Considering that Andreas Deja was the lead animator of the film, this cameo was likely a reference to his previous work.
  • Scar's character is loosely based on Claudius from the Shakespearean play Hamlet; both are the uncle of the main character, and both kill their brother, the main character's father, in order to rule over a land originally ruled over by said brother. This is part in due to the various parallels The Lion King shares with Hamlet. However, unlike Claudius, who seems to hold some regret over killing his brother, Scar holds no guilt over killing Mufasa. Also, unlike Hamlet (who kills Claudius to avenge his father's death), Simba refuses to kill Scar (as he doesn't want to be like him).
  • Scar is also similar to real-life dictator Adolf Hitler; the scene where Scar is over looking his hyena army mimics the scene where Hitler over looks his army and streches out his hand over them.
  • Interestingly enough though Scar is not present most of the time in the sequel and prequel films he still has an important part to play in their stories.
  • It is said that there is no blood relation between Scar and Kovu, who appeared in "The Lion King II: Simba's Pride", so there is no blood relation between Kovu and Kiara. However Nuka mentions that Scar took Kovu in before he died.
  • In an early script for The Lion King, Scar was a rogue lion who was never related to Mufasa.
  • Before Jeremy Irons was cast, actors such as Tim Curry and Malcolm McDowell were considered for the role. Malcolm McDowell portrayed many villainous roles such as Alex DeLarge, Caligula, Kesslee, Colonel F. E. Cochrane, Tolian Soran, Sinclair, Geoffrey Tolwyn, Mad Mod, Lord Maliss, Dr. Calico, Captain Von Berkow, Arnold Gundars, Marcus Kane, Daniel Linderman, Professor Moriarty, Gangster, Ogthar and Metallo. Tim Curry is also known for portraying many villainous roles such as Pennywise The Dancing Clown, Hexxus, Ben Ravencroft, Evil Manta, Maestro Forte, Kilokahn, Drake, Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Taurus Bulba, Darth Sidious (in Clone Wars), El Malefico, Mouse King, Goblin King, Drake, General Von Talon, Wadsworth, Thaddeus E. Klang, Professor Calamitous, Lord of Darkness, Long John Silver, Hot Dog Leader, and The Master Prank Caller.

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