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NOTE: This article is about the incarnation of Scar from the 2019 movie. The mainstream version can be found here: Scar (Disney).
Villain Overview

Long… live… the KING!!
~ Scar revealing his true nature to his brother Mufasa before murdering him - his most famous quote.
This is MY kingdom!! MY DESTINY!!!
~ Scar battles against his nephew Simba.

Scar is the main antagonist of the 2019 CGI/live-action film The Lion King, a remake of the 1994 animated classic film of the same name.

He is a lustful, envious, ambitious, and megalomaniacal African lion who acts as the temporary king of Pride Rock, the younger brother and killer of Mufasa and the evil uncle and archenemy of Simba. He is also based off his original incarnation with the same name.

He was voiced by Chiwetel Ejiofor, who also played Karl Mordo in Doctor Strange, Luke in Children of Men and Victor Sweet in Four Brothers.

Biography

Background

Scar was the younger brother of Mufasa, heir to the throne of Pride Rock. When Scar and Mufasa were young, they both fell in love with a lioness named Sarabi. However, Sarabi chose Mufasa over Scar. This, coupled with his desire for the throne, led Scar to challenge Mufasa to a fight, from which Mufasa emerged victorious as Scar was weaker. While unconfirmed, it is heavily implied that it was during this fight that Scar got his namesake injury, which marked him for life and increased his resentment towards his brother.

The novelization of the film also reveals that after Scar got his scar, his father refused to take him on any more hunts as he deemed him ineffectual. This, of course, likely led to Scar's hatred towards his own family to extend in a matter of time because of the feeling of rejection. It might also be what convinced him to go through with his plan of murdering Mufasa.

Despite his victory, Mufasa refused to banish Scar and allowed him to remain in the pride due to them being brothers, but Scar's desire to overthrow his brother and his undying lust for his sister-in-law secretly remained, searching for any ways to get rid of Mufasa to become king and have Sarabi for himself. Unfortunately, Scar's hopes to ever become king were seemingly crushed with the arrival of his nephew Simba.

Plotting against Mufasa and Simba

Scar first appears speaking to a mouse how unfair life is since he lived his entire life in the dark and he deserved to rule the kingdom of Pride Rock. But Zazu interjects and asks Scar angrily why he did not come to Mufasa's ceremony of Simba's birth. Scar tries to devour Zazu, but he is interjected when Mufasa arrives at his cave and makes an excuse that he did not remember the day of the ceremony. Mufasa tells him that Simba is going to be the king of Pride Rock one day and that he must obey Simba's orders by the time that he rules the lands. As unperturbed Scar leaves, Zazu suggested to Mufasa that he should have banished Scar when he had the chance, but Mufasa retorts this by saying that Scar is free to live in Pride Lands since he is still family.

While Mufasa is busy chasing hyenas out of the Pride Lands, Scar tells Simba to go back to his den as he is not a babysitter, thus showing some cold hatred towards the young cub. And yet, Simba told him that someday he is going to be the king of Pride Rock, much to Scar's displeasure. Scar sarcastically told Simba not to go towards the abandoned areas beneath the light, but he tempted Simba into going there by mentioning it is an elephant graveyard and fibs that only the bravest lions go there. Simba goes on a voyage with Nala and they manage to enter and escape the Elephant Graveyard with Mufasa's help. Scar realizes that Simba is still alive, and goes to the Elephant Graveyard to convince the Hyena Clan (led by Shenzi) that they should be teaming up to kill Mufasa and Simba.

Taking Over the Pride Lands

Scar meets the hyena clan at the graveyard in the first place. At first, they threaten to eat him as they thought that Scar is just another lion from the Pride Rock. And yet, Scar reveals to them his ambitious plans and promises that they shall get unlimited food as their bellies are never full leading the clan to join him. Scar sets up a trap for both Simba and Mufasa at long last. He asks Simba to practice his roar in the middle of a vast gorge, and he tells his nephew he would be back later. In the meantime, he signals the hyenas to drive a massive herd of wildebeests into a stampede. Simba almost gets killed inside the stampede, but Scar calls Mufasa and Zazu for help. Scar orders Zazu to call the pride for help. Mufasa arrives on time and puts Simba onto a rock before he climbs up to ask Scar for help. However, Scar cruelly grabs Mufasa's paws and snarls "Long live the king" before he smacks his older brother in the face with his claws, thus causing Mufasa to lose his grip and fall back into the gorge, where he is trampled to death by the stampeding wildebeests.

Simba finds Mufasa's corpse and tearfully starts calling for help afterward. Scar shows up and convinces Simba that he is responsible for the death of Mufasa. He coldly orders Simba to run away and never return to Pride Rock. As Simba runs away, Scar sends Shenzi, Kamari, Azizi and an unnamed hyena to kill him, but in the ensuing chase Simba and the unnamed hyena fall off a cliff. Then, Shenzi orders Kamari and Azizi to confirm Simba's death, but they are too frightened to try to climb down the cliff and instead lie to Scar and Shenzi that they ate Simba. As the pride and the citizens of Pride Rock gather up together, Scar announces that because Mufasa and Simba are dead now, he shall be their king from now on and accepts the hyenas to refuge in the Pride Lands. Few months later Scar calls out to Sarabi for a meeting, and asks her to become his queen, and join him so that the entire pride will obey him. Sarabi angrily stated that she will never be the queen of such a selfish and ruthless lion. Scar gets mad, and out of anger and frustration, he announces that from now on the hyenas will hunt first and leave the lionesses with little to no food to eat afterward. Because of this act of overhunting, the Pride Lands become scarce in food and water, eventually becoming a barren land, much to the lionesses' distraught. One night, Nala attempts to slip away from Pride Rock to find help. Scar is awakened and bellows loudly, trying to scare off any intruders. He almost finds Nala during her escape attempt, but is distracted by Zazu who gets chased by Scar and the Hyenas.

Final Fight and Death

Eventually, an adult Simba returns to Pride Rock, and with the help of an adult Nala, Zazu and his new friends Timon and Pumbaa, the young prince is ready to fight Scar for the throne. After fighting with Sarabi due to her insulting him Simba returns surprising his uncle who lies that he is so happy to see him. Scar tries to convince the pride that Simba was responsible for Mufasa's death, and asks Simba to tell his secret and admit to "the truth". Simba finally confirms that he is responsible for Mufasa's death. Scar forces Simba onto the tip of Pride Rock afterward, where a lightning bolt strikes the ground and causes a wildfire. Noticing how similar Simba is hanging just like Mufasa, Scar points out the similarity. He then lunges towards Simba and grabs hold of his paws before quietly admitting to him that he was the one who killed Mufasa. Realizing the horrible truth, Simba uses his jaws to grab Scar by the mane to pull himself up, berating him for his actions and ordering him to tell the truth to the other lions. At first, Scar denies by calling Simba a liar and accusing him of trying to kill his uncle, but Sarabi furiously states that she overheard Scar taunting Simba about the way Mufasa looked before he died, which contradicts Scar's previous claim that he didn't get to the gorge in time. Realizing too late that he inadvertently exposed himself, Scar furiously orders his hyena minions to kill the entire pride.

The hyenas are eventually defeated, however, and Simba chases after a fleeing Scar until the latter reaches a ledge near the top of Pride Rock where he cannot jump due to the height. Cornered, Scar begs for mercy and even double-crosses the hyenas in his desperation, lying that they forced him into committing Mufasa's murder and denouncing them as "revolting scavengers" he was planning to kill. Unfortunately for Scar, Shenzi, Kamari, and Azizi overhear this nearby and angrily leave to inform the other hyenas of his treachery. Simba won't have any of it, stating that Scar used the hyenas just like he used Simba a long time ago. Scar then asks if Simba is going to kill him to avenge Mufasa's death, to which Simba replies that he won't since he is not the monster Scar is. Scar asks Simba what he could do to make it up to him afterward, to which Simba responds by coldly ordering Scar to run away from the Pride Lands and never return. Scar pretends to agree to that consequence, but then throws burning embers in Simba's face and attacks him while he is blinded. The two lions engage in a fierce duel for the throne of Pride Rock, with an outraged Simba declaring that he will not let Scar win, only for an angry Scar to declare that it's his destiny to rule the kingdom however he likes. Although Scar proves to be a surprisingly formidable opponent despite his weak appearance, Simba eventually manages to overpower his uncle and slam him to the ground at the edge of Pride Rock. As Scar begins to slip, he grabs onto Simba’s mane for a brief second before sliding down and falling through a cloud of smoke.

Scar survives the fall, and slowly gets to his feet after regaining consciousness. Just as Scar is about to leave the Pride Lands in defeat, Kamari, Azizi and several other surviving hyenas arrive and slowly encircle him. Scar pleasingly greets them, saying they will have to spend their time in exile to build a huge army so that they can take down the pride and reclaim Pride Rock. But, his relief turns to horror when the sarcastic Kamari and Azizi reveal that they overheard Scar's insults and plan to eliminate them. Realizing the hyenas have turned against him, Scar desperately tries to talk his way out of the situation, claiming that he only tried to fool Simba and promising that together, he and the hyenas will rule the Pride Lands. However, Shenzi appears through the smoke and coldly rejects Scar's empty promises by telling him that he was right only about one thing: a hyena's belly is never full. Cornered, outnumbered, and realizing he's doomed, Scar furiously attempts to fight off the hyenas as they attack him, but is quickly overwhelmed and screams in agony as he is devoured alive, ending his reign of terror for good.

Appearance

In contrast to his animated counterpart, this Scar has a more realistic, but also more unhealthy appearance. He has grayish-gold, slightly bleached fur and a rather emaciated frame separating him from the rest of the lion pride. His mane is thin and ragged, mostly dark brown, but paler around his face, until his regime over the Pridelands. By then, his mane is closer to the original's fuller black mane. As his name suggests, he has numerous scars, most notably a long, thin, vertical gash over his left eye, which is sightly cloudy. He also has a notch in his right ear, a small cut on the right side of his muzzle, and several small scratch marks on his flanks. Scar also has amber eyes, a dark stripe down his forehead, and a tan muzzle complete with a goatee.

Personality

Like his animated counterpart, Scar is an extremely manipulative, ruthless, determined, cruel and sadistic lion who cares about nothing else than the throne and being on top of everyone else. He committed unspeakable crimes to achieve his goals. This version of Scar also lusts Sarabi for himself and he desires to be every bit like Mufasa but does the opposite. Though certainly manipulative and deceitful, Scar's not that good of a liar, as proven by the contradictions in his story about Mufasa's death.

This Scar is also darker and less comedic, as his jokes are more malicious in nature, and his anger is more apparent. This is shown when he sings his song, singing at first in a calm and normal way, but gradually becoming more and more intense until the end, as if his mask had slipped and all the hidden rage and hatred appeared. Another example of this is when he pushes Mufasa off the cliff, saying "Long live the King" in a hatefully angry tone rather than a gleefully malicious one like in the animated movie. Scar also has a lust for Sarabi, unlike the animated one, but he does not love her genuinely because when she refuses to be his queen, he punishes all the lions by giving all the food to hyenas first.

Like his original counterpart, Scar is good at bribing others to get what he wants. The best example would be when he offered the hyenas all the food they can eat in return for their services. Unlike his original counterpart, however, Scar is more pragmatic as he keeps his word by overseeing hunts for them to earn their loyalty and lets them eat before the lionesses, resulting in the hyenas becoming loyal to him until he betrays them, which proves this Scar to be more effective than the original.

Scar is also shown to be braver than his original counterpart, as he was more willing to fight back against his enemies if necessary. This is shown by the fact that he challenged Mufusa once in the past for the throne and did the same to Simba, and even briefly tried to fight back against the hyenas when they turned against him.

Scar has a more flagrant disregard for his own species and family, as he not only murdered his own brother and tried to do the same with his nephew, but also ordered the hyenas to kill all the lions when his lies are exposed by Simba and Sarabi.

Abilities

Like his original incarnation, Scar's primary and most dangerous weapon is his exceptionally sharp intellect. He is a cunning and deceitful, yet highly charismatic planner who can easily get inside others' heads and manipulate them into doing his bidding, as well as come up with and execute complex strategies. This is shown when he easily rallies Shenzi and her entire clan to his side with a single speech, and sets up the wildeebest stampede knowing full well that Mufasa will jump in to save Simba. He is less lazy and arguably even more effective than in the original, as he sent Zazu for help instead of knocking him out and made sure to keep the hyenas loyal to him by personally overseeing their hunts and letting them eat before the lionesses.

Also as in the original, Scar is surprisingly strong, fast and agile despite his weak appearance. This is shown when he sings "Be Prepared" and while he is being chased by Simba, where he performs impressive feats such as leaping long distances and climbing up steep slopes gracefully and with no noticeable effort. His physical strength is again shown in his fight against Simba; although he ultimately loses, Scar manages to put up a considerable fight against his much younger and more strongly built nephew, as he strikes him three times across the face hard enough to make him reel in pain, briefly knocks him onto his back twice, and at one point very nearly manages to push him off the cliff while grappling with him. Scar was also durable enough to survive a long fall from a ledge near the top of Pride Rock with no major injuries.

Reception

This version of Scar, while constantly compared with the original, is still generally well-received by both fans and critics. For example, many people such as Renaldo Matadeen from CBR Exclusives praised Scar's remake incarnation as being more frightening than the original, for having more motives behind his evil actions instead of a simple jealousy and how Scar is more active in leading the hyenas.

Similarly, Chiwetel Ejiofor's performance as Scar is also well-received. Owen Gleiberman from Variety praised Ejiofor's voice acting, commenting that his Scar raised the film’s dramatic stakes, upping the ante on what Jeremy Irons did as Scar in the 1994 version. Also, Scott Mendelson from Forbes commented that while he preferred Jeremy Irons' Scar, he still praised Ejiofor's performance for making Scar "excellent" and "nuanced".

However, some people criticized Ejiofor's Scar, feeling he lacked the silkiness and humour of Irons' Scar. Also, many fans of the original criticized the new Scar's physical design, with many complaining about his lack of a full black mane, green eyes, prominent goatee and sly facial expressions. However, others considered the redesign to be valid and some praised it as being more battle-worn and emaciated than the original, believing it better reflected Scar's inner trauma and unhealthy nature.

The remake version of Scar's song Be Prepared has received generally mixed to negative reception. For example, Fuller criticized the remake of the song, commenting "it feels like Scar is merely relaying some information to audiences that could have been delivered in a speech" and felt it would have been better if the song is not included at all. Similarly, Weldon criticized the song for cutting most of the verses, commenting the song sounds more like "if the Boy Scouts imposed martial law" and make Scar's character like "a mere feckless politician attempting to sway a potential ally". However, some people did like and enjoy the new version of the song, praising it as being more sinister and powerful than the original, and for better reflecting Scar's different relationship with the hyenas.

Quotes

Life's not fair, is it, my little friend? While some are born to feast, others spend their lives in the dark, begging for scraps. The way I see it, you and I are exactly the same. We both want to find a way out.
~ Scar's opening line when he talks to a mouse he tries to eat.
Zazu you made me lose my lunch. (Zazu: You will answer to Mufasa for you absence.) I answer to no one.
~ Scar warning Zazu that he does not take orders.
Well, look who's come down to mingle with the commoners. (Mufasa: Sarabi and I didn't see you at the presentation of Simba.) Was that today? Must've slipped my mind. Of course, I meant no disrespect towards His Majesty or Sarabi. As you know, I have tremendous respect for the queen. (Zazu: As the king's brother, you should be first in line.) I was first in line or don't you remember? That is, until the precious prince arrived. (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?!) I wouldn't dream of challenging you again. (Zazu: A wise decision. You are no match for His Royalness.) Well, as far as brains go, I've got the lion's share, but when it comes to brute strength, I'm afraid my big brother will always rule. (Mufasa: Not always, Scar. One day, it will be my son who rules. Simba will be your king.) Then long live the king.
~ Scar being chastised by his brother.
If you wish to kill something... you might want to stay downwind. (Simba: I know how to hunt, Uncle Scar.) Well, let's hope we're never attacked by a beetle. Go back to your den, Simba. I don't babysit. (Simba: Babysit? I'm gonna be the king of Pride Rock. My dad showed me the whole kingdom. Said I'm going to rule it all.) Is that so? (Simba: Think about it. When I'm king, I'll have to give you orders. Tell you what to do. How weird is that?) You've no idea. So, your dad showed you the whole kingdom? Did he show you the shadows beyond the northern borders? (Simba: No. He said I can't go there. Ever.) And he's absolutely right. An elephant graveyard is no place for a young prince. (Simba: An elephant graveyard? Whoa.) Oh, dear. I've said too much. Though I suppose you'd have found out sooner or later... you being king and all. (Simba: You've been there?) We've all been there. And it's no place for a cub. All those rotting bones... and burning pools of oozing mud. (Simba: Rotting bones? Oozing mud?) Promise me you'll stay away, Simba. Now, you run along. And remember... it's our little secret...(Simba walks away) Your Majesty.
~ Scar manipulates Simba so that he goes to be killed in the elephant graveyard.
You fools have stripped your land of every living thing. And yet, I sent two little cubs your way and they come back alive. (Kamari: I guess we'll have to eat you instead.) Why eat one meal when you could be feasting the rest of your lives? (Shenzi: What could you possibly offer us?) A place where you can fill your bellies. Where everything the light touches is yours for the kill. (Shenzi: The Pride Lands are not yours to give. The King controls those hunting grounds.) That's why we're going to kill him. Mufasa has always shown too much restraint when it comes to hunting. When I am king, the mighty will be free to take whatever they want... because a hyena's belly is never full. (Shenzi: Mufasa's far too powerful to challenge.)
♪ Mufasa is yesterday's message
A clapped out, distracted regime
Whose failings undoubtedly presage
The need for a different dream ♪
~ Scar allies with the Hyenas.
That's why we're here. Simba. I think I know a way for you to make it up to him... a gift that will make him forget it ever happened. (Simba: But he's the king, what could I give him?) Your roar. (Simba: My roar?) Yes! (his voice echos) Did you hear that? This gorge is where all lions come to find their roar. (Simba: All lions, even my dad?) Even Mufasa came here when he was your age, refused to leave until his roar could be heard above the rim. (Simba: All the way up there?) That's when you know you've found it, with a little practice, you'll never be called a cub again. (Simba: Watch this.) (Simba pushes a mediocre roar.) You'll get it Simba, just takes time, I'll check on you later. (Simba: Dad will be so proud, huh?) It's a gift he'll never forget.
~ Scar trick Simba into the gorge to assassinate him and Mufasa.
Run away, Simba.... and NEVER RETURN!!
~ Scar banishing Simba after pinning the blame on the latter for Mufasa's death.
Kill him.
~ Scar ordering the hyenas to chase down and kill Simba after banishing him.
Mufasa and Simba are gone... which means I... am your king.
~ Scar rises to power as he becomes the new king of Pride Lands after the death of Mufasa.
Won't you join me, Sarabi? There's plenty to go around. (Sarabi: You're overhunting, Scar.) I've simply perfected the kill... with the help of my army. (Sarabi: You're killing everything.) Don't you see? There is nobody to challenge me. We can finally take whatever we want. (Sarabi: We?) Long ago, you chose Mufasa over me, but now there is a new king. So stop being so selfish. (Sarabi: You are the selfish one.) The other lions look to you. As long as you resist they will reject me. Take your place by my side, and we will feast together. (Sarabi: I will never be your queen!) Then from now on... the lions will eat after the hyenas. And they don't leave much behind.
~ Scar first proposed to Sarabi to become his queen before condemning the lionesses to starve.
Sarabi, why put yourself through this? All you have to do is be my queen. You're suffering from a memory of a life you once knew, a king you once loved. I tried to make you understand what a true king can be. (Sarabi: Scar, a true king's power is his compassion.) I AM TEN TIMES THE KING MUFASA WAS!! (Sarabi: You are nothing compared to Mufasa!!)
~ Scar before he attacks Sarabi when he declares himself superior to Mufasa.
Simba... I'm so happy to see you... (to Azizi and Kamari) ...alive. (Simba: Give me one good reason why I shouldn't rip you apart.) I can give you more than one. You see... (gestures to the hyenas) they think I'm king.
~ Scar being confronted by an adult Simba after learning that he is alive.
This looks familiar. Where have I seen... this before? Oh, yes. I remember. This is the way Mufasa looked before he died. I looked down and saw the fear in his eyes. (The evil lion stabs his claws into Simba's paws, making him roar in pain.) And here's my little secret: I killed Mufasa. (Upon hearing this, Simba has a flashback to Mufasa's death. Upon full realization, he bites Scar's mane in a vicious rage, causing him to cry out in pain. Scar tries to pull away from Simba's jaws, unintentionally bringing him back onto the surface in the process.) (Simba: My father! Your own brother! HOW COULD YOU?!) First he kills Mufasa, and now he wants to kill me! (Simba: YOU killed him! Tell them the truth!) Don't believe his lies! (Sarabi: Scar, you told us you didn't get to the gorge in time.) That's true! (Sarabi: Then HOW did you see the look in Mufasa's eyes?!) (Scar stares speechless, realizing he's accidentally exposed himself) (Simba: MURDERER!!) (to the hyenas) KILL THEM ALL!!!
~ Scar ordering the hyenas to battle after he accidentally exposes himself to the Pride Landers for the villain he is.
(Simba: It's over, Scar!) Have mercy, I beg you. (Simba: Mercy? After what you did?!) It was the hyenas! Those revolting scavengers made me do it! I was planning on killing them all. (Shenzi, Kamari, and Azizi are nearby. They overhear and snarl with fury at Scar's betrayal) (Simba: You fooled the hyenas, just like you fooled me!) Simba, you wouldn't kill your only uncle. (Simba: No, Scar. I'm not like you.) Oh, Simba. You are truly noble, and I will make it up to you. Just tell me how I can prove myself. Tell me what you want me to do. (Simba: Run. Run away, Scar. Run away, and never return!) Yes. Of course... As you wish... your MAJESTY!!
~ Scar betraying the hyenas before his final fight against Simba.
My friends... it will take some time, but together, we will build our army! (Kamari: Friends, huh? I thought you said we were "revolting scavengers"?) (Azizi: Yeah! And you wanted to kill us?) No! No, let me explain! I was trying to fool him! We will rule together! (Shenzi: There's only one true thing you ever said, Scar. "A hyena's belly is never full.") NOOOOOO!!!
~ Scar's last words before he gets mauled by the hyenas to make him pay with his life for his betrayal.

Trivia

  • Unlike other live-action remakes of other Disney Villains, this Scar is the same as his animated counterpart as the film basically the same as the original, although there are certain differences between the two versions (listed below):
    • In the original film, Scar was slightly effeminate in his mannerisms, which initially met a mild controversy back when the original film was released. In the live-action film, however, Scar never shows any kind of effeminate mannerisms, possibly to avoid further controversy. Likewise, rather than acting in a Machiavellian and elegant way like in the original film, Scar acts more like the rest of the lions in the live-action film.
    • In the original film, Scar's motivation to become king was because he was upset when Mufasa was chosen by their father to become king. In the live-action film, Scar's motivation was also to have Sarabi for himself because she chose Mufasa when they were young, and it was implied that Scar fought against Mufasa both for the throne and Sarabi's affections and lost; even his voice actor Chiwetel Ejiofor stated that the Scar in the live-action film is far more 'psychologically possessed' and 'brutalized' than the cartoon one for this reason.
    • In the original film, how Scar got his scar goes unexplained. It has been confirmed in The Lion Guard that he got it after being attacked by a black-necked spitting cobra despite Rob Minkoff's opinion that Mufasa probably gave it to him when they were cubs (whereas the book "A Tale of Two Brothers", which is disregarded from canon, says that Scar got his scar when he was attacked by a large buffalo). In the live-action film, it was implied that Mufasa gave him the scar during their fight over Sarabi's affections, which made it clear why Scar did the same to Mufasa when pushing him to his death in the gorge.
    • In the original film, Scar was friends with the hyenas from the start, but neglected them by leaving them and the lions to do the hunting tasks for him due to his laziness, which made the hyenas question his reign (due to shortage of food and water) and contribute to his downfall. In the live-action film, he wasn't friends with the hyenas until he first met them in the graveyard, but made good on his promise to them by personally overseeing hunts for them after taking over Pride Rock, which allowed him to earn the hyenas' genuine loyalty until the end when he tried to pin the blame of Mufasa's death on them. This makes him much more pragmatic than his original counterpart.
    • In the original film, Scar was a bit reckless and didn't care in raising any possible suspicions; this was demonstrated when he knocked out Zazu in the gorge before proceeding to dispose of Mufasa. In the live-action film, Scar is more cunning and sends Zazu out for help and while he hurts Mufasa with his claws before pushing him to his death, Simba doesn't notice it due being just a cub. That said, he is also not as good at lying as he ended up contradicting what he said about his brother's death.
    • Although mentioning the name of Mufasa makes him angry, he didn't make a rule that prohibits to mention the name of his brother.
    • In the original film, Scar was forced by Simba, who threatened to strangle him to death, to admit his role behind Mufasa's murder to the lionesses. In the live-action film, Scar furiously stands his ground by calling Simba a liar, only for his efforts to fall flat when Sarabi revealed that she overheard him saying how he saw the look in Mufasa's eyes, thus exposing himself as the true murderer.
    • In the original, Scar betrays the hyenas by calling them "the real enemy" and lying that all his crimes were their idea. In the live-action film, he blames them more harshly, as he calls them "revolting scavengers" and even threatens to kill them.
    • In the original, Scar was very cowardly in nature as he prefers to run rather than fight; this was shown when he begged for mercy from the hyenas as they are about to kill him for his betrayal against them. In the live-action film, he is less cowardly, as even though he's not above in begging for mercy, he is willing to fight back if necessary; this was shown when he tried to fight back against Simba (and later the hyenas) to assert his power.
    • In The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, Scar is shown to have a successor, Kovu, the son of his most loyal follower Zira. In the live-action film, Scar lusts after Sarabi, implying he wants to have children with her along with having her by his side, indicating there are no signs that Scar already has an heir (Kovu is also not Scar's biological son meaning he would not be born). Along with that, there are no signs of any lions who supported Scar, which was presumably to fill in a plot-hole in the sequel where it claims that groups of lions who supported Scar was in the original animated film, despite them not being there, although this has been unconfirmed. So, among all the lions in the movie, he is the only one who is genuinely evil.
  • Like in the animated one, Scar serves as a foil to Simba. They are both princes at the beginning of the story and display the same carefree attitude towards being king, believing that everything depends on power and privilege and not on duties. However, Simba ends up going beyond these beliefs and is ready and willing to be the ruler that Mufasa taught him to be. Scar, on the other hand, never learned the responsibilities of being king and he thinks that everything is about him, that he is free to do whatever he wants, and he rules without caring for his subjects.
  • According to the French, Scar is the only character whose name is not from Swahili, but from English.
  • Jeremy Irons, the actor who voiced Scar in the original film, was interested in reprising the role for the remake much like how James Earl Jones was brought back to reprise the role of Mufasa. However, Irons was never asked out nor contacted by Disney to reprise the role.
  • Scar's lust for Sarabi in the film is very similar to, and was inspired by, his lust for Nala in The Lion King Broadway musical (which was originally intended for the original film but taken out when it was deemed that sexual harassment wasn't suitable for a family film). When deciding to incorporate that subplot on the remake, Jon Favreau agreed that it would be creepy for Scar to try to court Nala so he opted to have Scar try to court Sarabi as it had more sense given that the two were closer in age.
    • However, unlike the Broadway musical, he doesn't harass Sarabi as he does with Nala in the musical, yet he still threatens her. Scar's lust for Sarabi is also similar to King Claudius' lust for Queen Gertrude in the play Hamlet (since The Lion King is partly based on the play).
  • Because his mane is much thinner than Mufasa's and Simba's, some say Scar looks more like an Asian lion.
  • His physical appearance is similar to that of Zira (such as having a notch in his right ear and a stripe down his forehead), the main antagonist of The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride.
  • Hugh Jackman was originally rumored to play Scar, but said rumors were actually false.
  • Scar is similar to Shere Khan and Jafar, as the three Disney remakes' characters lost their comedic moments, replaced by their more visible anger.
  • It has been recently confirmed that a sequel to the 2019 live-action remake of The Lion King is currently in the works. As such sequel has been stated to explore the origins of Mufasa, there may be a chance that Scar will make an appearance as well and possibly have his backstory expanded too.

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Vandevere | Neils Skellig | Pink Elephants (2019) | Rufus Sorghum | Jafar (2019) | Iago (2019) | Cave of Wonders (2019) | Scar (2019) | Hyena Clan (2019) (Shenzi, Kamari & Azizi) | Queen Ingrith | Gerda | Borra | Rat (2019) | Devon & Rex | Isaac | Artemis Fowl | Opal Koboi | Briar Cudgeon | Troll | Alexander Hamilton | Aaron Burr | Thomas Jefferson | James Madison | Maria Reynolds | James Reynolds | King George III | Bori Khan | Hun Army (Xian Lang)

Other Animated Movies
Br'er Fox & Br'er Bear | Giant Magnet | Evil Clown | Merlock | Dijon | Oogie Boogie | Lock, Shock & Barrel | Bill Bluff | BluffCo Industries (Guy Graham, Bob & Bluff Agents) | Gloomius Maximus | Ivan Krank | Von Talon | Cufflingk and Underlingk | Kazar | Wildebeests (Blag) | Scab and Scraw | Vidia | Jacob Marley | Old Joe | Supervisor | Mr. Whiskers | Shelley | Were-Rat | Sea Monkeys | Mr. Burgermeister | Ripslinger | Zed | Ned | Zarina

Sequels
Abis Mal | Sa'Luk | Forty Thieves | Maestro Forte | Jesters | Zira | Outsiders (Nuka & Vitani) | Mack McCro | Jim Bob | Supreme Commander | Morgana | Undertow | Cloak & Dagger | Bradley Uppercrust III | The Gammas | Buster | Sarousch | Pom-Pom | Tad White | Jacques von Hamsterviel | Reuben | Sparky | Leroy | Erik Hellstorm | Ashton Carnaby | Edgar Volgud | Krakken | Lil Lightning | Bandits | Mama Gunda | Uto & Kago | Marina Del Rey | Cad Spinner

Shorts, Television, Comics and Video Games
Peg Leg Pete | Phantom Blot | Skeletons | Grim Reaper | Mad Doctor | Demon Cats | Gustav the Giant | Lonesome Ghosts | Doctor Vulter | Solego the Chaos God | Arpine Lusene | Eli Squinch | Sylvester Shyster | Fantomius | Inquinator | Spectrus | Zafire | H. U. Hennessy | Jolly Roger | Witch | Zeke Midas Wolf | Captain Katt | Mortimer Mouse | Butch the Bulldog | Beagle Boys | Foxy Loxy | Ajax Gorilla | Witch Hazel | Adolf Hitler | Nazi School Teacher | Little Hans | Fat Cat | Norton Nimnul | Aldrin Klordane | Baby Thaddeus | Ratso Ratzkiwatzki | Julius | Dr. Frankenollie | Mizrabel | Miss Hendra | Huntsman | Huntsgirl | Dark Dragon | Al Roker | Chuckles | Princess Irmaplotz | Grace Goodwin | Molly | Shadow Blot | False Shadow Blot | Foxy Loxy | Goosey Loosey | Oswald Gardner | Commander Heist | Lazlo | Jordan Buttsquat | Suzi | Chip Whistler

Disney Parks
Alien | Lava Monster | Mad Hatter | Nebula Ghosts | Professor J.T. Wu | S.I.R. | Yeti (Expedition Everest) | Yeti (Matterhorn Bobsleds)

See Also
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Movies
The Lion King (1994): Scar | Hyena Clan (Shenzi, Banzai & Ed)
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride: Outsiders (Zira, Nuka & Vitani) | Scar
The Lion King 1 1/2: Hyena Clan (Shenzi, Banzai & Ed) | Scar
The Lion King (2019): Scar | Hyena Clan (Shenzi, Kamari & Aizi)

Television
Timon & Pumbaa: Quint | Mel | Shenzi, Banzai & Ed | Pimon & Tumbaa | Ralph & Eddie | El Toro | Claudius | Native Chief | The Three Natives | Cheetayta & Cheetahto | Dragon
The Lion Guard: Janja's Clan (Janja, Mzingo, Cheezi and Chungu, Nne & Tano) | Scar's Army (Scar, Ushari, Kiburi, Reirei, Goigoi, Dogo, Kenge & Sumu) | Outsiders (Zira, Nuka & Vitani) | Makuu | Mapigano | Makucha | Chuluun | Ora | Fahari And Jiona | Strange Lion | Strange Cobra

Books
One-Eye | Chewa | Growler | Joka | Kesho

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