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NOTE: This article is about the original Scar from the 1994 movie. The 2019 remake version can be found here.
Villain Overview
Mufasa: Don't turn your back on me, Scar!
Scar: Oh, no, Mufasa. Perhaps YOU shouldn't turn YOUR back on me.
~ Scar provokes his brother Mufasa by telling him not to turn his back on him, and foreshadowing his intentions.
Long live the king.
~ Scar showing his true nature to Mufasa before throwing him off the side of the gorge to the stampede below to his death and his most infamous quote.

Askari, better known as Scar, is the main antagonist of Disney's The Lion King franchise.

He serves as the main antagonist of Disney's 32nd full-length animated feature film The Lion King, a posthumous antagonist in the 1998 sequel The Lion King II: Simba's Pride and the overarching antagonist of both the 2004 prequel/parallel film The Lion King 1 1/2 and the animated television series The Lion Guard, initially serving as the posthumous overarching antagonist of Season 1, before being resurrected in the special "The Rise of Scar" and becoming the main antagonist of Season 2 and the special "Battle for the Pride Lands", and later as a posthumous antagonist for the remainder of the third season.

He is Mufasa's envious younger brother and Simba's uncle and arch-nemesis. His desire to rule Pride Rock drives him to enact a regicidal plot to kill both his brother and nephew to leave himself the sole royal in line for the throne as the "true" ruler.

Voices

Appearance

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 remarking 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 orange-brown fur and yellow eyes with striking green irises. He has a silky black mane, elbow tufts, a goatee beard and his claws are always extended. He also has a pink scar over his left eye, earning him his name. He also speaks with a British accent. Despite his poor genetics, Scar is surprisingly strong, as he held his own very well against the much younger and more powerfully built Simba during their final battle.

Personality

As a young lion, Scar was the leader of the Lion Guard who protected the Pride Lands from danger. Scar proved to be a good leader and always followed his duties and was loyal, though had a lust for power and attention. One day he met a strange lion and Scar was attacked and poisoned by his cobra. The venom brought out Scar's desire for power, his greediness and his hatred for Mufasa. After betraying and killing the lion, he reported to Mufasa, spinning the narrative in his favor, only to be mocked by his older brother with the nickname of "Scar", showing Scar's lack of forgiveness to his brother and pettiness.

As an adult, Scar is a cunning, sarcastic and narcissistic lion with a cultured and chivalrous demeanor, and a wry and cynical wit. However, even with his evil and deceiving ways, he is still very cowardly and prefers to run rather than fight, though if cornered Scar has shown the ability to hold his own as seen in his final 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 only as tools and weapons to use for his own gain, which ultimately resulted in his death when he tried to blame his crimes on them.

Scar is also shown to be very antipathetic and intolerant of failure, berating the hyenas for their failure to kill Simba, even though it wasn't their fault, and angrily throwing them out after they made the mistake of mentioning his brother, Mufasa, of whom Scar was extremely jealous.

Nevertheless, Scar is also very sophisticated, charismatic and persuasive, able to rally the hyenas to his cause and inspire fanatical loyalty from Zira and her pride of lionesses. He retained his manipulative side after returning as a spirit; using his charismatic persona to inspire the Outlanders to help him kill Simba and control the rest of the Pridelands.

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

Upon his return as a ghost in The Lion Guard, Scar became more chaotic in nature, as he was willing to break the Circle of Life and take over the entire Pride Lands by turning it into chaos as revenge for his defeat. He also becomes more sadistic; gleefully attempting genocide to get revenge on Simba and the rest of the Pridelands.

Quotes

The Lion King

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. (Zazu: No, Scar ! Don't look at me that way. Help!) (*Scar grabs Zazu in his mouth and Mufasa enters*) (Mufasa: Scar. Drop him.) (Zazu: Impeccable timing, your majesty.) (*Scar spits Zazu out*) 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 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. (Banzai: Not you, Scar. You're our pal. Hey, did you bring us anything to eat) (*Scar gives a zebra leg*) 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.
♫ So prepare for the coup of the century
Be prepared for the murkiest scam
Meticulous planning
Tenacity spanning
Decades of denial
Is simply why I'll
Be king undisputed
Respected, saluted
And seen for the wonder I am!♫
~ Scar plotting to overthrow Mufasa in his song "Be Prepared"
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 is 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.) (*The hyenas enter*) (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 sees Simba*) 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.) 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. (Scar pierces Simba's paws with his razor-sharp claws and pulls him close to his face) And here's MY little secret: (whispers in Simba's ear) I killed Mufasa. (Simba: NoooooOOOO!) (*Simba jumps Scar*) (Simba: MURDERER!) No, Simba, please. (Simba: Tell them the truth!) Truth? But truth is in the eye of the behold - (Simba presses his paw down on Scar's throat) llgkkk! All right. All right. (faintly) 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! (Shenzi, Banzai and Ed are in the background. They overhear and back away growling at Scar's betrayal.) (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.
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 for planning to betray them.

The Lion King II: Simba's Pride

Gotcha! Trust me!
~ Scar stops Simba in saving Mufasa

The Lion Guard

Janja: Are... are you...
Scar: Yes, I am Scar!
~ Scar finally gets resurrected.
I am much more than a volcano!
~ Scar meets up with Kiburi
Welcome to the Outlands, Kiburi!
~ Scar welcoming Kiburi to his row
Don't worry Kiburi. We're all friends here. I have plans for you and your crocodiles. Big plans indeed.
~ Scar about to explain his desires
These first attacks were merely a test to see if Kion would react as i predicted. The next attack is the one that counts because next time, your target will be Rafiki!
~ Scar about to send his men to kill Rafiki
But the skinks have informed me that Rafiki is not on his tree. He is near Mapungo cliffs, meditating!
~ Scar telling where Rafiki is in the moment.
I came here to say "Well done". Kilio Valley is all ours, for as long we remain and lay claim to it
~ Scar congratulates his army for take Kilio Valley.
I'm afraid you're wrong about that Kion!
~ Scar meets the Lion Guard
Stung by a scorpion, was he? (Bunga: how do you know that?) Whom do you think sent that scorpion?! All part of my plan to finish Simba once and for all!
~ Scar revealing that he ordered Sumu to sting Simba
Army of Scar, attack!
~ Scar ordering his army to kill the Lion Guard.
Yes, but I am! And I have no time for these ridiculous arguments!
~ Scar stops Janja's and Ushari's argument.
Enough! Janja, I summoned you here for a reason. You have the honor of carrying out my latest plan. It will bring suffering into the Pridelands and will leave them weakened and begging to surrender. Janja, take your hyenas into the Pridelands. Go to the rocky river bank abive Hakuna Matata falls. Wait for the cover of darkness, then push the rocks into the river and block the water from flowing.
~ Scar explaining his plan to cut off a major water supply in the Pridelands during the dry season.
That's right, Simba! You never thought you'd see me again, did you? (Simba: What do you want?) What do I want? Ah, Simba, Simba. Always so naive. First, we took Kilio Valley. Then we wrecked Big Springs. And now your precious Mizimu Grove is doomed! It's only a matter of time before all of the Pride Lands is mine!
~ Scar confronts Simba.
If the plan works, we'll soon be rid of the Royal Family and the Lion Guard. And, the potential hyena revolt.
~ Scar admitting his second betrayal of hyenas.
Ah, Simba. You've managed to escape my little scheme. Too bad the same can't be said for the Lion Guard. (Kion: Guess again, Scar.) Ah, Kion. Little leader of the Lion Guard. Time for you to lead everyone out of the Pride Lands. While you still can. (Kion : We'll never surrender to you, Scar!) You don't have the power to defeat me! But, if you ever care to try, you know where to find me.
~ Scar appearing at the top of Pride Rock, after Simba, Kion survived his last assault attempt.
So predictable. Janja has joined the Pride Landers. (Ushari: And... you're okay with that? I mean, of course you're okay with that.) Kion may have the power to defeat me. But, not the way I told Janja. If Kion uses his most powerful Roar here in the caldera, it won't destroy me. Instead, he'll cause an eruption so huge, it will destroy the Lion Guard. And, turn the Pride Lands into a wasteland. (Ushari: Yes! And then, we reptiles can take over everything! Under your rule, of course.) Oh, yes, Ushari. You can have whatever's left... And, I'll need you for the next part of my plan. (Ushari: You will?) Yes. Have I ever told you how I got my scar? (Ushari: No. No, you haven't.) I wasn't much older than Kion when it happened. Back when I was leader of my Lion Guard...
~ Scar explains his final plan to kill the Lion Guard at Ushari before telling him how he got his scar.
You have the mark of evil. Just like me, Kion. Accept your destiny. There is no other choice!
~ Scar trying to bribe Kion after Ushari scratched him
(Kion: I DO have another choice, Scar. Something only one Lion Guard leader can do to another.) (Laughs) And... What's that? (Kion: I forgive you.) You... You WHAT!? (Kion: I can't judge you for everything you've done. The Lions of the Past need to do that.) No! NOOOOOOO! The roar is a curse, Kion! You'll see! Sisi Ni Sawaaaaaaa!!!!!
~ Scar's final words before he is extinguished for good.

Reception

Scar has received widespread acclaim from both critics and audiences alike, who consider Scar to be one of Disney’s greatest villains, with some stating that he was a better character than Simba. Critics who didn’t like the film tended to enjoy Scar’s characterization and Irons’ performance. Irons himself said that compared to most villains he played, Scar "measures very highly," having "charm," "machiavellian qualities" and being "iconic in some of the things he says. Irons would then win an Annie Award for Best Achievement for Voice Acting. Scar is also considered widely as one of Disney's darkest villains due to his murder of his own brother, Mufasa. They described him as a perfect introduction to the elements of greed, depravity and fascism. Despite worldwide acclaim, he did meet some mild controversy, being perceived as a racist, effeminate and homophobic and fans did complain he was less enjoyable after becoming king. Critics and parents alike warn that Scar's behavior can frighten small children. Due to being one of Disney's most infamous villains, Scar is one of the primary members of the Disney Villains franchise.

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Trivia

  • Before the The Lion Guard revealed Scar's true name to be Askari, written works such as the book The Lion King: Six New Adventures had his name as Taka, which is Sawhili for 'trash' or 'garbage'. However, the stories were confirmed to be non-canon with the films and television series.
    • Askari is the Swahili word for 'soldier' or 'military'.
  • Although his nickname did not come from Swahili, his real name in Swahili is never mentioned outside of an Instagram post by Ford Riley stating that Scar's original name was 'Askari.' 
  • He is ranked 3rd in the Top 30 Disney Villains by DVD Dizzy.
  • According to Andreas Deja, Scar is modeled after his voice actor Jeremy Irons.
  • Scar is notable for being voiced by Jeremy Irons and animated by Andreas Deja (who also animated Jafar, Alameda Slim, Dr. Frankenollie, and Gaston).
    • In Disney's Hercules, the Nemean Lion that Hades sends to fight Hercules bears an exact resemblance to Scar after it is killed and turned into a skin by the former. Given that Andreas Deja was the lead animator of the film, this cameo was likely a reference to his previous work; and may also be a reference to Zazu's joke that Scar could make "handsome throw rug" as well.
  • 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 lorded 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, although a deleted scene where he goes into a panic attack after seeing Simba return to Pride Rock could hold some evidence. 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 based on real-life dictator Adolf Hitler; as the scene where Scar is over looking his hyena army mimics the scene where Hitler over looks his army and stretches out his hand over them.
  • Scar is the first of three Disney villains to be blood related to the film's main protagonist. He would later be followed by Hades and King Runeard.
  • 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, making Kovu the unrelated son of Scar.
    • In the early drafts of The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, Scar was meant to be Kovu's father. However, this was changed as this would have made Kovu and Kiara's relationship incestuous as they would have been first cousins once removed.
  • In an earlier draft for The Lion King, Scar was originally a baboon as the plot of the film would have been about a battle between lions and baboons. The only thing that was kept was the scar on his left eye.
  • In an early script for The Lion King, Scar was a rogue lion who was never related to Mufasa and Simba. However, this was changed after the writers decided later in production that the threat should come from within the family for a bigger impact on the characters.
  • Scar was originally going to reveal his allegiance with the hyenas to the pride some years into his reign instead of straight after becoming king.
  • The fact that Scar adopted Kovu and makes him his successor to the throne is an incoherence with the character itself because Scar was known to care about no one but only himself. This is further supported in The Lion Guard, because at no point did Scar show concern for where Kovu was and was obsessed only by his revenge against Simba.
    • It's likely that Scar was mesmerized by a cub who shared similarities with him despite their lack of blood relation.
  • Tim Curry, Malcolm McDowell, James Caan, Robert Duvall, and Ray Liotta were all considered for the role of Scar before Jeremy Irons was cast.
  • Scar was initially thought to be the main antagonist of the third season of The Lion Guard much like in the second season, but this later turned out to be false as Scar gets destroyed for good in the season premiere and Makucha takes over his role as main antagonist, having bigger plans than Scar. However, even after his ultimate defeat, Scar still serves as a posthumous antagonist for the rest of the season due to Kion questioning himself if he will succumb to his great-uncle's fate or not.
  • Whenever Scar had hyenas as his minions, he always betrayed them. In the first film, Scar betrayed the Hyena Clan to try to escape his fate, which turned out to be his loss. In The Lion Guard, he betrayed Janja because he began to doubt his allegiance to him. However, unlike the last time he had considered that in case it did not work, he gave Janja false information before betraying him for things to turn in his favor, which almost worked.
  • In the episode "Battle for the Pride Lands" of The Lion Guard, it is revealed that Scar got his scar from a cobra who was a friend of a unnamed lion that Scar befriended. The lion promised to cure his scar if Scar agreed to do whatever he said, instead Scar destroyed him and the cobra with the roar. When Scar hoped that Mufasa would praise him for destroying the scheming lion. Mufasa mocked him instead by nicknaming him "Scar". The poison from the cobra later made Scar's personality even darker than it already was.
    • This means that Mufasa was partially responsible, albeit unintentionally, for the creation of Scar.
    • According to Ford Riley, Scar's original name was "Askari" named after his ancestor and the founder of the original Lion Guard of the same name (who later on appears in Season 3), but was shortened down to "Scar" by Mufasa after he was bitten by the cobra.
  • Scar is easily the most evil villain in the The Lion King franchise as most villains have redeeming traits (like Janja and the Outsiders), taken comically (like Nuka or Shenzi, Banzai and Ed) or have noble goals. While Scar does have a motive on being evil by being bitten by the Strange Cobra and then being nicknamed by Mufasa turned him evil, he goes way past from being excused by that by not just by outright murdering Mufasa, but tried to kill his nephew, Simba, mostly when he was a child and blamed Mufasa's death on him and literally wants to turn the Pride Lands into a wasteland without life as revenge for his demise, not to mention the venom is only shown to bring out the bite victim's darker instincts and desires and Scar had already wanted to overthrow Mufasa.
  • Scar is considered a foil to both Simba and Kion. If Simba didn't realize that being king takes responsibilities and refused to confront his past, he would've ended up like Scar. He is also an example of what Kion would have become if he did not decide to search for a cure for his scar.
  • Scar is a member of Disney's Sinister Cats, a sub-franchise of the mainline Disney Villains franchise.
  • Despite being the main antagonist of the The Lion King franchise, Strange Lion was the one who caused Scar to fall into villainy by having Strange Cobra giving him a scar.
  • Scar is pictured on one of the 10 USA non-denominated commemorative postage stamps celebrating "Disney Villains", issued as a pane of 20 stamps on July 15, 2017. The set was issued in a single sheet of 20 stamps. The price of each stamp on day of issue was 49 cents. The other villains depicted in this issue are the Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Honest John from Pinocchio, Lady Tremaine from Cinderella, the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Captain Hook from Peter Pan, Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty, Cruella De Vil from 101 Dalmatians, Ursula from The Little Mermaid, and Gaston from Beauty and the Beast.
  • At around 29 minutes, Jim Cummings (the voice of Ed the Hyena) had to fill in for Jeremy Irons for the finale of "Be Prepared". Irons threw out his voice after performing the line "you won't get a sniff without me!". The rest of his recording did not sound powerful enough.
  • When Scar was the leader of his Lion Guard, he seems to have been the youngest member because the other lions were clearly adult and fully grown, while Scar was a teenager. 
    • Naturally, this could imply that when Scar lead the Lion Guard at Kion's age, he recruited teenage members of his Pride.
  • Scar is Jeremy Irons' second voice acting film role.
  • Originally, Scar was going to send Nala as a fully grown lion away from Pride Rock because she ignored his romantic approaches, after which she finds Simba alive and well with Timon and Pumbaa. This idea was ultimately abandoned, as sexual harassment was considered improper in a family film and may have gotten the film a PG-13 rating and it took too long to finish. However, the stage musical adaptation includes this plot development as part of director Julie Taymor's efforts to expand the female characters' presence in the story.
  • In the first conversation between Scar and Simba, Simba comments to Scar, "You're so weird..." to which Scar retorts a cryptic, "You have no idea...", a line spoken by Jeremy Irons in similar fashion in Reversal of Fortune (1990).
  • Scar suffers from the seven deadly sins. He believes himself to be deserving of power. He also refuses to abandon the Pride Lands, even if it means the death of his subjects (Pride). He is indolent even as the Pride Lands fall into ruin (Sloth). He enjoys food while letting the rest of his kingdom, including his loyal followers, starve (Gluttony). He is envious of his brother and nephew for getting the throne, and plots their deaths for it (Envy). In a deleted scene, he attempts to woo Nala, eager to produce heirs (Lust). He wants power and will destroy anyone to get it (Greed). He gets enraged when Mufasa is mentioned to him, and he attacks Sarabi for comparing him unfavorably to Mufasa (Wrath).
  • Jeremy Irons had at first refused the role due to not being comfortable going from the dramatic performance as Claus von Bülow in Reversal of Fortune (1990) to a comedic role. Once he came in, however, Irons' performance even inspired the writers to incorporate more of his acting as von Bülow - even adding one of that character's lines, "You have no idea" - and animator Andreas Deja to watch both Reversal of Fortune (1990) and Damage (1992) to pick up Irons' facial traits and tics.
  • Jeremy Irons was reluctant to lend his voice as Scar, until he saw the animation and fell in love with the character.
  • When Scar is signing along to 'Lovely Bunch of Coconuts' with Zazu, he holds up a baboon skull and moves its jaw to the lyrics. While the context is very different from the original play, one can't help but be reminded by the Shakespearean inspiration of the film.
  • Jeremy Irons came prepared with cigarettes for his voice recordings. He was smoking including during Be Prepared. Rob Minkoff stated that the people involved in the making of the movie had to edit out all of the smoking.
  • Near the start of the film Scar tells a mouse that himself will never be King and the mouse will die. Ironically Scar does become 'King' later in the film while the mouse lives after Zazu prevented him from eating the mouse. Also foreshadows Scars death at the end when the hyenas devour him alive
  • During the early stages of production, the film's climax had a different ending. After their battle on top of Pride Rock, Scar is left hanging on the edge of a rock and asks Simba for mercy, saying that Simba is not like him, that he is not a murderer, and asks for his forgiveness. Simba pulls him up, but he's thrown over by Scar to the raging fire below and lands safely into a tree. Scar, believing Simba to be dead, starts laughing over his victory before he is burned alive by the fire. The sequence was story boarded, but it was not used, being considered too dark for a Disney film.
  • Unlike the other lions, Scar's claws are always displayed throughout the movie. This is because he is evil.

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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

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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

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

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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

           KH Villains

True Organization XII
Master Xehanort | Young Xehanort | Terra-Xehanort | Ansem, Seeker of Darkness | Xemnas | Vanitas | Xigbar | Vexen | Saïx | Luxord | Marluxia | Larxene | Dark Riku

Organization XIII
Xemnas | Xigbar | Xaldin | Vexen | Lexaeus | Zexion | Saïx | Axel | Demyx | Luxord | Marluxia | Larxene | Roxas | Xion

Council of Disney Villains
Maleficent | Pete | Jafar | Hades | Ursula | Oogie Boogie | Captain Hook | Hector Barbossa | Scar | Riku

Other Disney Villains
Anastasia Tremaine | Beagle Boys | Beast | Black Guards | Bo'sun | Card Soldiers | Cave of Wonders | Cecil Clayton | Cerberus | Chernabog | Cheshire Cat | Crew of the Black Pearl | CLU 2 | Cy-Bugs | Davy Jones | Diablo | Drizella Tremaine | Fates | Flotsam & Jetsam | Gantu | Hayabusa | Hydra | Iago | Judge Claude Frollo | Julius | Kraken | Lady Tremaine | Lock, Shock and Barrel | Lord Cutler Beckett | Lucifer | Magic Mirror | Maleficent's Goons | MCP | Monstro | Mother Gothel | Mr. Smee | Neverland Pirates | Pain & Panic | Prince Hans | Queen Grimhilde | Queen of Hearts | Randall Boggs | Razoul | Rinzler | Sabor | Sark | Shan Yu | Shenzi, Banzai and Ed | Sour Bill | Tick Tock | Titans (Lythos, Hydros, Pyros & Stratos) | Turbo | Zeus

Heartless
Ansem (manga) | Anti-Sora | Antlion | Arch Behemoth | Behemoth | Blizzard Lord & Volcanic Lord | Crimson Prankster | Dark Follower | Dark Thorn | Darkside | Demon Tide | Destroyed Behemoth | Dustflier | Enraged Elk | Grim Guardianess | Grim Reaper | Groundshaker | Guard Armor | Illuminator | Infernal Engine | King of Toys | Kurt Zisa | Leechgrave | Lich | Opposite Armor | Parasite Cage | Phantom | Possessor | Pot Centipede | Pot Scorpion | Prison Keeper | Red Armor | Ruler of the Sky | Shadow Sora | Shadow Stalker | Sköll | Sneak Army | Sora's Heartless | Stealth Sneak | Storm Rider | Thresholder | Trickmaster | World of Chaos | Xehanort's Guardian

Nobodies
Specter | Twilight Thorn

Unversed
Belly Balloon | Cursed Coach | Element Cluster | Flame Box | Floating Flora | Gluttonous Goo | Iron Imprisoner | Lone Runners | Mad Treant | Metamorphosis | Mimic Master | Ringer | Symphony Master | Trinity Armor | Vanitas Remnant | Vitality Vial | Wheel Master

Dream Eaters
Anti Black Coat | Armored Ventus Nightmare | Char Clawbster | Chill Clawbster | Commantis | Dark Hide | Hockomonkey | Holey Moley | Spellican | Wargoyle

Other
Braig | The Experiment | Fuu | Hostile Program | Ice Colossus | No Heart | Phantom Aqua | Rai | Replica Xehanort | Riku Replica | Seifer Almasy | Sephiroth

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