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Meaning King
Species Lion
Close Relations Mate of Sarabi, Brother of Scar, Father of Simba, Grandfather of Kiara.
Appearances The Lion King, The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, The Lion King 1½, The Lion King: Six New Adventures, A False Ancestor, A Royal Fib
Voice Actor(s) James Earl Jones
"Why, if it isn't my big brother descending from on high to mingle with the commoners."
Scar, when he sees Mufasa after Simba's ceremony

Mufasa is the king of the Pridelands at the start of The Lion King. He is the father of Simba, and the older brother of Scar.

Physical Attributes

Mufasa is a large, powerful lion with golden fur, a thick, red mane, and reddish-brown eyes. In an interview with James Earl Jones, he says that directors exaggerated some of his features.


Mufasa is a very wise and noble king. He always thinks about what's in the best interest of the Pridelands, and is completely selfless. He cares very much for his son, Simba, and even sacrifices his own life for him.


Mufasa is a large powerful male lion. He is the father of Simba, the mate of Sarabi, and the older brother of Scar. He is said to be the son of Ahadi and Uru in The Lion King: 6 New Adventures but it is unofficial. He is wise and caring, often portrayed as the ideal king and wishes to pass those traits down to Simba.

The Lion King

Mufasa clinging to the side of a cliff.

In The Lion King Mufasa is the King of the Pridelands. At the beginning of the film, the presentation of his newborn son, Simba is shown. A short time afterwards, Simba wakes up Mufasa early in the morning, due to a promise Mufasa made to him prior to the events. Mufasa show's Simba the pridelands, and tells him that he too will be king of the pridelands someday, but to stay away from the Elephant Graveyard.

Simba, being a curious Cub decides to venture off into the Elephant Graveyard with Nala, after distracting Zazu. But soon Zazu catches up with them, but the Hyena's show up at the same time. They then attempt to roast Zazu in the "birdie boiler". Simba then confronts the Hyena's, but the plan backfires, and they try to attack him. But before they could, Mufasa shows off, and forces them to run away.

Mufasa then asks Zazu to take Nala home, while he talks to Simba. He tells him that the Great Kings of the Past are always looking down on them, and one day he will be the future king, and Mufasa will be part of the Great Kings of the Past.

Right after, they Hyena's tell Scar they couldn't get rid of Simba. So he devises a plan: to kill Mufasa.


Simba upon discovering Mufasa, after Mufasa's death

Scar has the hyena's scare a large group of Wildebeast, in order to start a stampede. Simba attemps to run away from this invasion, but is very close to meeting his demise as well. He hangs onto a small branch right above the wildebeast, where Zazu then alerts Mufasa of what is happening. Mufasa arives at the situation, and grabs Simba with his mouth. He is attacked in the side by a wildebeast, but is still able to reach the ledge just in time to get Simba safe from harm. Mufasa is then carried off into the stampede, but jumps up, attempting to climb the ledge. When he gets towards the top he pleads for Scar's help. Scar then proceeds to pierce Mufasa's paws with his own claws, and then whispers in his ear, "Long live the king." Scar then throws Mufasa into the stampede.

A litte bit after the events of Mufasa's death, Simba attempts to find out whether or not he had survived the stampede. He then discovers Mufasa's body, and cuddles up with him, and starts to cry into his stomach.

After his death, Mufasa is seen again when Rafiki explains to Simba that 'He lives in you'. Mufasa, who's spirit is in the clouds, tells Simba that he must return to the Pridelands to save his pride. Also, before Simba claims his kingship, Mufasa can be heard saying "Remember".

The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride

Mufasa watching the presentation of Kiara.

Mufasa only makes two appearances in Simba's Pride. Once during Kiara's presentation, and the last time in Simba's nightmare. He also says "Well done my son. We are one." at the end of Simba's pride. He is also mentioned during the exile of Kovu, where Kiara yells at Simba "You will never be Mufasa!", possibly referring to the fact, in Kiara's eyes, Mufasa may have forgiven Kovu and seen the ambush was not his fault. Simba is taken aback by the statement for a moment, suggesting he had been trying to live up to the "greatness" Mufasa had achieved in his time as ruler of the Pridelands.

Broadway Musical

Mufasa in The Lion King (musical) Portrayed by Sam Wright

Mufasa's role is larger in the musical based on the first film. He sings They Live In You to young Simba when they are looking up at the stars. There is also an scene in which Mufasa tells Zazu about Simba's daring behavior. Zazu then reminds him on his early years as a cub.

He is portrayed by Sam Wright in the musical.


James Earl Jones - The Films
Sam Wright - The Lion King (musical)