The Strange Cobra is a minor antagonist of the The Lion Guard special Battle of the Pride Lands. He was an unnamed blue cobra who was the right-hand minion of the Strange Lion.
What of the Strange Cobra's origins were unknown, but given to the fact that he appeared in the Outlands, it seemed to be likely that he may have came far away from the Pride Lands and Outlands. According to Scar as he explains his story to a cobra named Ushari, the Strange Lion was first seen when an adolescent Scar (who was the leader of The Lion Guard going under the name Askari) was scouting the Outlands.
Upon learning that Askari is second-best in power to his older brother Mufasa (who was King at that time) and that he has a special power called the Roar of the Elders, the Strange Lion claimed that he had wisdom and power, and that with the help from Askari and the Roar, they could take over the Pride Lands and rule everything in a duumvirate. Askari finds the idea to be intriguing, but as he follows the Strange Lion to a volcano, the Strange Lion sets up an ambush by having the Strange Cobra to attack Askari on right eye, which gave him his trademark scar.
As Askari fumes in pain due to the venomous bite, the Strange Cobra smirks at this as the Strange Lion reveals his true colors by attempting to blackmail Scar into serving for him in exchange for the cure of the venom. However, being enraged of being set up, Askari instead uses the Roar of the Elder to blast both the Strange Lion and Cobra, sending them away into the lava river behind to their deaths. Returning to Pride Rock, Askari explained his story to Mufasa and expected to be praised for stopping the Strange Lion's attempted coup d'etat, but Mufasa just friendly patted Askari while giving his nickname Scar.
While the Strange Cobra and the Strange Lion were never able to proceed with their plans to take over the Pride Lands, their attack on Scar, coupled with the cobra's venom slowly poisoning his mind, makes certain one thing about them: they are indirectly responsible to make Scar turn into the selfish and traitorous tyrant he later became.
- Despite his involvement into making Scar turn into the main antagonist of the first film and the Big Bad of the franchise, the character of the Strange Cobra has not been well received by The Lion King fandom, as many fans have come to assume that it was the Strange Cobra's venom that turned Scar evil, supposedly making him and the Strange Lion exclusively responsible for Scar's descent into villainy and the catalysts of the main events of the franchise.
- However, the real responsible for Scar becoming bad was that Scar opted to embrace the effects of the venom and didn't search a cure for himself, in addition that he had already been shown jealous of Mufasa's position as King of the Pride Lands before yet reluctantly respected it. Indeed, the venom only aided to release Scar's darkest thoughts, so Scar was never a victim to begin with.
- Despite his importance in Scar's descent into villainy, the Strange Cobra's name is never revealed (as perhaps Scar didn't know his name). Considering that Scar was destroyed for good in the same episode he reveals how he got his namesake and since the show is over, it's likely that we will never learn the Strange Cobra's name.
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride
The Lion King 1 1/2
The Lion King (2019)
The Lion Guard