We all pretty much have our favorite Disney characters, including villains. It’s so hard for me to choose, since there are so many fabulous ones to choose from. An easier but similarly hard choice is picking the most evil.
Judge Claude Frollo is one evil dude, but my money has always been on Scar.
The guy killed his own brother and attempted to kill his nephew, several times.
Pretty much everyone is aware that The Lion King was seen as Bambi meets Hamlet.
Remember back when I stated that I have two all time favorite Disney films?
One being Beauty and the Beast, for its outstanding storytelling and inner beauty.
The other would be Lion King. When I think back on a film that I identify the most with from my childhood it would be Lion King. I was too young to fully grasp Beauty and the Beast when it first came out. Belle immediately became my favorite Princess but it was The Lion King that I talked to my friends about on the playground.
So allow me to divulge a few backstory facts, about the most evil guy at Pride Rock.
Scar is Mufasa‘s younger brother. Scar is a nickname he gave himself, his real name is Taka, the Swahili word for “want”. (Clever that he wants to be King.)
The scar on his face was pretty much self inflicted. After it is announced that Mufasa would be the next king, Scar devises a plan to make his brother look foolish and unfit to be King. He tells Mufasa about a Cape buffalo named Boma who is hording the water at the waterhole. He then antagonizes Boma, lying that Mufasa is there on official King duties which means he has one of two choices, flee the area or fight. Boma chooses to fight but misses Mufasa and attacks Scar. Mufasa rescues Scar but not before Boma leaves his mark, the scar over his right eye.
Taka renames himself Scar as a reminder of his mistake.
This was all revealed in the first book in The Lion King: Six New Adventures, A Tale of Two Brothers
After his death, Scar is given more backstory in the Disney Junior show, The Lion Guard. The show follows Simba’s second born, his son, Kion. In the series, The Lion Guard made up of a team of lions who protect the Pride Lands and the Circle of Life. The leader would have the mystic power known as Roar of the Elders. The team is led by the second born child of the King. Which means, Scar once led The Lion Guard. Of course he let the power get to his head and used the Roar of the Elders for evil, killing the other members of the Lion Guard. As a result, he loses the power completely and drops into a depression.
Some Fun Facts from the Film
Scar was originally going to be a rouge lion instead of related to Mufasa. However, creators felt it was much more interesting to have Scar in the family. The reason for Mufasa and Scar looking so dissimilar is that he was never drawn to be related to Mufasa or Simba.
Actors, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Ray Liotta Tim Curry, and Malcolm McDowell were all considered for the role of Scar. The role eventually went to Jeremy Irons, who was hesitant to accept doing a comedic role right after winning an Oscar for Reversal of Fortune. His performance inspired writers to blend his character from the film, Claus von Bülow into Scar and animator, Andreas Deja into fusing Irons’s facial traits with Scars.
Jeremy Irons threw his voice out while performing, “Be Prepared.” It was during the part when he sings, YOU WON’T GET A SNIFF WITHOUT ME! Voice actor, Jim Cummings (Voice of Ed) had to finish the rest of the song.
Scar is the first and so far only Animated Disney Villain to commit murder onscreen. All other villains have done so through back story or off screen.
So it’s fitting that Scar also has the most violent death scene of any Disney Character.
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