We all know and love the story of Disney’s The Lion King. Released in 1994, it is an all-time classic that both kids and adults alike absolutely adore.
The story of Simba, Mufasa, Nala, Timon, Pumbaa, Zazu, Rafiki; and of course the villainous Scar who attempts to take over Pride Rock and become King of the Pride Lands, Simba’s birth right. We know what happened. Simba was born meaning Scar was demoted in line to the throne. He schemed a way to kill his brother Mufasa, Simba’s dad & King. This drove Simba away and Scar rose to the throne. Things went really bad forcing Nala to seek out Simba in order for him to come back and take his rightful place atop Pride Rock.
But have you ever asked yourself what Scar’s story was? Why did he have such a disdain for Mufasa? How did he get his Scar? What was his real name before it became Scar? We’re sure we’re not the only ones who think about this and there have been many suggestions that Disney should do a prequel to answer just these questions. Well guess what? They did years ago!
Both Scar & Mufasa’s back story came in literary form as part of a spin-off series of books titles The Lion King: Six New Adventures. The one we are focusing on today is the first story in the series by author Alex Simmons, A Tale of Two Brothers. It is also as much a back story for Rafiki as much as it is for Scar too!
The story itself starts after The Lion King. Simba’s son Kopa is keen to see the Pridelands from the top of Pride Rock. Unfortunately, Simba needs to tend to Royal duties and cannot get the time to bring Kopa. In order to ease Kopa’s upset, the wise old Rafiki tells Kopa a story of Mufasa when he was but a young Prince.
Rafiki was once known as a wanderer in the Savanna before he became Chief Adviser to the throne. While on one of his wanderings, he became endangered by Hyenas. Ahadi, King of Pridelands, saved Rafiki from certain death and was taken to Pride Rock for his own safety. There, Rafiki met Ahadi’s two sons – Mufasa… and Taka! There you have it, Scar was named Taka!
During his time at Pride Rock, Rafiki grew to know Mufasa and Taka. Rafiki also learned that Taka was jealous of his older brother and was angered by the fact that he was being prepared for the throne and favoured by their father. Taka devised a plan to embarrass Mufasa in front of their father and thus make himself look good. He enlisted the help of a buffalo named Boma to attack Mufasa who was working with Ahadi. While Boma was busy with Mufasa, the other buffalo in the herd set their sights on Taka (you see where this is going, right?).
Unfortunately, even though Mufasa escaped from Boma and rushed to Taka’s aid, the young Lion was injured with a nasty wound over his left eye. Just then, Ahadi came to the rescue and with a group of Pridelanders was able to bring the injured Taka back to Pride Rock where Rafiki cared for him to be recovered. The scar remained however and out of shame from what he done, Taka requested that he be named Scar from that day forward. Ahadi named Rafiki Chief Adviser of the Pride Lands and thus you now know how Scar got his name & scar, how Rafiki came to be in the Pride Lands and that Scar was a scheming bastard even when he was just a lion-cub.
There are some slight discrepancies to this tale however and they are born mostly from The Lion King sequel, The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride. According to the Alex Simmons who wrote A Tale of Two Brothers, his story was to serve as a prequel to The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride, thus making it a canonical tale and in line with the movies. However, Simba’s cub Kopa does not feature in this movie. We only meet Simba’s daughter Kiara. This does make you question the legitimacy of Simmons’ tale in some way.
Well fear not, the reason that Kopa and this story are not addressed in Simba’s Pride is due to the fact that the producers were unaware of the book’s existence! It is very possible that had they been aware of the story, that we would have gotten a very different movie as a sequel to The Lion King. Of course, it is also easy to say that Kiara is Kopa’s little sister and perhaps that he set off to form his own Pride in another part of the Savanna, hence his absence.
One way or another, you now know the story to one of Disney’s most heinous villains and you can wonder no longer! Perhaps someday, we may even get a movie adaptation of the story if Disney feel it is feasible!
Are there any other characters who’s back story you always wondered about? Let us know and perhaps we can do some digging for you!