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Where's your pretty daughter, Nala?
~ Vitani taunting Nala
No, Mother. Kiara's right. Enough.
~ Vitani standing up to Zira
A Lion and a Hyena. Hmm...
~ Vitani to Kion and Jasiri.

Vitani is one of the two secondary antagonists in Disney's 1998 animated film The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, and a guest character in its 2016 midquel series, The Lion Guard. She is Zira's daughter, Nuka's younger sister, Kovu's older sister, and Kiara's sister-in-law.

She was voiced by Lacey Chabert (with her singing voice by Crysta Macalush) as a cub, and Jennifer Lien as an adolescent (Simba's Pride only). Chabert later reprised both the same role and took Lien's place as an adult for The Lion Guard.

Personality

As a cub, Vitani is shown to be bellicose, mocking, disdainful, contemptuous, egotistical, unconventional and stuck-up, as she doubts Nuka's ability to lead. Like Zira, she is destructive and traitorous, wanting to engage Kovu in a play fight as soon as Zira drops him.

Unlike Nuka, she doesn't seem to care too much about Kovu being the Chosen One, despite not being Scar's son, even though Zira has taught her to be very obstreperous, hateful, mean, and envious.

Almost masculine in her demeanor, Vitani is the "tomboy" of the Outsiders. Her ever-present sneer never fully vanishes. She is determined, aggressive, opprobrious, and quick-to-judge, even as a young adult.

She is belligerent, cantankerous, and argumentative, so she usually seems indifferent to the reasons for her violence as if war were a game or pastime to her. However, Vitani's strong nature is eventually worn down at the end, and her violent traits make way for the hidden, kinder ones.

Appearance

Vitani is a slim lioness like her mother, but more creamy colors versus tan. She has unusual blue eyes and is likely the only lioness in the pride with them. They are bordered by dark eye rims, like her brother Nuka. Vitani has freckles, permanently extended claws, and is a notch less angular than her mother. Her nose is pink, unlike her mother and brothers, and her tail tuft is dusty brown. She has earrings as a young adult but lacks them as a cub.

Biography

Beginnings

Not much is known about Vitani's early life except that she was born in the Pride Lands sometime during Scar's reign to Zira (whom already had a son named Nuka) and to an unknown male lion. Sometime after the birth of her younger brother Kovu, Scar's nephew Simba returned to the Pride Lands and defeated Scar before exiling Vitani along with her brothers, mother and some other lionesses loyal to Scar to the Outlands.

In The Lion King II: Simba's Pride

Vitani is first seen as a cub, tugging at a tree root when Nuka comes, whom she barely gives a glance. It is not until he snaps the root with his claw that she actually questions him about where Kovu is and is annoyed when it is clear he doesn't care. She scoffs when he complains about how he should have been the chosen one (as he is the oldest, the strongest and in his opinion the smartest) and tell her older brother to tell Zira about it. When Zira arrives with Kovu, she playfully challenges him to a fight. She later appears in the song My Lullaby.

She later appears as an adolescent lioness and is in the Elephant Graveyard with Nuka, who is clearly frightened of being there, though he tries, and fails, to hide it. She lights her stick on fire by setting it over a geyser and then lights the Pridelands on fire with her brother as Simba's daughter Kiara is hunting, which causes Kiara to fall unconscious, and Kovu rescues her, even though this is part of a plan to gain the king's trust so Kovu can get him alone.

Vitani is later seen spying on Simba and Kovu together alone, and quietly urges Kovu to attack Simba, but is surprised when Kovu doesn't and tells Zira of this. She later appears with her pride when Simba and Kovu are alone and attacks him. When Kovu tries to help Simba, Vitani kicks him in the face, knocking him unconscious. She is deeply saddened when Nuka dies trying to catch Simba, but unlike Zira, it is unknown what her feelings of Kovu's betrayal are though she is seen giving Kovu a cross look when Zira blames Kovu for Nuka's death.

Vitani is part of the attack between the Outsiders and Pridelanders and fights Simba's wife Nala, but is quickly defeated. Upon realizing that the fighting is pointless thanks to Kiara, she goes on the Pridelanders side, and when Zira threatens her, the other Outsiders abandon Zira in disgust. After Zira falls off a cliff and drowns in the river, she joins King Simba's pride and watches Kiara and Kovu marry and roar along with Simba and Nala.

The Lion Guard

Vitani along with Zira, Kovu, and Nuka, guest star in the Disney Junior series The Lion Guard in the Season One episode "Lions of the Outlands" (which takes place some time after the first half of the "My Lullaby" scene in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride).

She openly shows her distaste for Jasiri, though that doesn't stop her from enjoying the young hyena's actions that help make Nuka look more like a fool than he already is. She is in awe and curious about the Roar of the Elders, asking her mother to explain it. She is eager to fight when the Lion Guard shows up only to be taken down by Fuli.

Vitani along with Zira, Nuka and the rest of the Outsiders (sans Kovu) is blasted away to termite mounds by Kion's Roar.

Vitani reappears in the Season Three episode "Return To The Pride Lands", which takes place after the events of the film.

After the Outsiders merged with the Pridelanders, Vitani formed her own Lion Guard in the place of Kion and his Lion Guard, who had left The Pride Lands to search for the Tree of Life in order to heal Kion and Ono, who had been injured during the final battle against the spirit of Scar and his army.

Kion and his Lion Guard return to The Pride Lands after hearing from Janja and Jasiri that Zira and the Outsiders were coming to The Pride Lands. Upon reaching The Pride Lands, they are confronted by Vitani and her Lion Guard. The two group fight, before Kion attempts to use The Roar of The Elders. Just then, Kiara and Kovu arrive and put a stop to the battle. Kiara tells Kion that Vitani, Kovu and the Outsiders are now part of their pride. Vitani tells Kion that she did not recognise him due to his scar (which he got from Ushari) and because he was with Janja and Jasiri.

Vitani and Kion's Lion Guards later compete to see who should be the official Lion Guard of The Pride Lands. After seeing that Vitani fully believes that she's fierce enough to lead the Lion Guard even without the Roar of the Elders, Kion decides to step down as leader of the Lion Guard and makes Vitani the new leader and passes the Roar of the Elders over to her.

Though not seen, it is assumed that Vitani attended Kion's wedding to Rani at the Tree of Life.

Trivia

  • Vitani is sometimes thought to be the secondary and minor antagonist in the film.
  • Whilst at the Elephant Graveyard, Vitani's eyes turn from blue to red. Though it is possibly due to the lighting.
  • We do not see either Vitani's reaction to Zira's death or see her with the other lions roaring at the end. However, in a comic based on the film, Vitani is shown to be shocked at Zira's death.
  • Vitani is Zira's only daughter as Zira's other children are males.
  • Vitani is similar to Shenzi from the first film:
    • They are intelligent and competent, but also aggressive when they need to be.
    • They serve as the right-hand to the main antagonist.
    • They both have bangs.

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