|Meaning||Small, Dark Thing (Swahili)|
|Close Relations||Mate of Kovu, Daughter of Simba and Nala, Sister of Kion, Granddaughter of Mufasa, Sarabi, Sarafina and Nala's Father, Great-Niece of Scar|
|Appearances||The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar, The Lion Guard|
|Voice Actor(s)||Michelle Horn (cub), Charity Sanoy (singing cub), Neve Campbell (young adult), Liz Callaway (singing young adult), Eden Rigel "(The Lion Guard)"|
- "I'm not just a princess, you know. That's only half of who I am!"
- —Kiara, talking to Timon and Pumbaa
Kiara is Simba and Nala's daughter, Kion's older sister, Princess of The Pride Lands, the main protagonist of The Lion King II: Simba's Pride and a supporting character of it's midquel film The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar and series The Lion Guard.
- Nala: "Who does she remind you of?"
Simba: "What? Who?"
Nala: "She's just like you were when you were her age."
- —Nala and Simba, talking about their daughter
Kiara has bright orange fur as both a cub and young adult. She has brownish-red eyes, similar to her father Simba and paternal grandfather, Mufasa. Her tail tuft is middle brown and her nose is a pinkish colour, somewhat like her mother Nala.
- "Now, Princess Kiara, as Simba's daughter, you know better than to go off all alone."
Kiara is the daughter of Simba and Nala. She is the mate of Kovu as a young adult, and appears in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride. She is voiced by Michelle Horn as a cub, Charity Sanoy as a singing cub, Neve Campbell as a young adult, and Liz Callaway as a singing young adult. "Kiara" is a Swahili name meaning "small dark thing".
Kiara first appears in the Presentation at the beginning of Simba's Pride. She is carried to Rafiki in her mother's mouth before being raised up for all the animals to see. After the presentation, Rafiki holds Kiara for her parents to nuzzle. Pumbaa and Timon are shocked to find out that Kiara is a girl.
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride
- Simba: "If something happened to you, I don't know what I'd do. One day I won't be here... and I need you to carry on in my place. You are part of the great Circle of..."
Kiara: "Circle of Life, I know."
Simba: "Exactly. And you need to be careful. As future Queen..."
Kiara: "But what if I don't wanna be Queen? It's no fun."
Simba: "That's like saying you don't want to be a lion. It's in your blood... as I am. We are part of each other."
- —Simba and Kiara
Kiara grows up to be a strong-headed cub. Although desperate for adventure. Simba is extremely over-protective of her and sends Timon and Pumbaa, her babysitters, to watch over her as she explores the Pride Lands. Grasping the opportunity, Kiara sneaks away from her bumbling babysitters as they start arguing about bugs, and wanders into the Outlands . Crossing a log, Kiara bumps into another lion cub. Although threatened when the other cub growls at her, Kiara determinedly stays face-to-face with him. When he asks her what she's doing, she replies, "My father told me to never turn your back on an Outsider." The other cub mocks her and calls her "Daddy's little girl". The other cub brags he can take care of himself, and walks confidently onto a stone in the middle of a swamp. Kiara follows, unaware that the stones are actually crocodiles. As the two cubs race to get away from the hungry reptiles, the Outsider cub falls into the water. As a crocodile is about to sink his sharp teeth into him, Kiara jumps on his head, shutting his jaws.
After they escape, the dark cub introduces himself as Kovu. The two cubs laugh and Kiara playfully tags him. Kovu doesn't understand what Kiara is doing. She picks up on this and responds by growling playfully at him. Kovu growls back, but as soon as he does so Simba leaps in front of Kiara. At the same time, Zira, Kovu's mother, leaps in front of her cub. The two parents roar in protection of their offspring. After a brief introduction, Simba growls to Zira, "We're finished here." Zira replies, "Oh no, Simba; we have barely begun," before laughing menacingly and slinking off with Kovu. The two small cubs whisper goodbye to each other.
On the way home, Simba stops to tell Kiara that he was disappointed with her (like when Mufasa was disappointed with him for venturing into the Elephant Graveyard). He tells her that she could have been killed, and reminds her of the "Great Circle of Life." She tirelessly finishes his sentence, and Simba tells her of the responsibilities of being a Queen. Kiara says that she doesn't want to be Queen, to which Simba replies, "that's like saying you don't want to be a lion." He tells her that they are part of each other, and sings to her about them being "One."
Young Adult Kiara
- Lionesses: "Wow, her first hunt! You must be so proud, Nala. Here she is!"
Lionesses: "Good luck, Kiara! She'll be great. Her first hunt! You can do it! It's your day, Kiara. Good luck, Kiara!"
Sarafina: "My, how you've grown!"
- —Random lionesses, Rafiki, and Sarafina
Years pass and Kiara grows into a slender young lioness. On her first hunt, she pleads with her father to let her do it on her own. Simba promises, but sends Timon and Pumbaa to watch her anyway. Kiara fails to hunt well, and after sending a herd of topi stampeding away from her, discovers Timon and Pumbaa. Realizing that her father broke his promise, Kiara runs away from the Pride Lands. Zira's plan begins, and she instructs her two elder cubs, Nuka and Vitani, to set the Pride Lands ablaze. Kiara, trapped in the raging flames, makes a last attempt to escape. She jumps onto a ledge and faints out of exhaustion, but not before she sees a young lion looking over her. The lion picks her up and carries her to the Pride Lands. Waking up, Kiara asks where she is; the lion replies, "You're safe in the Pride Lands." Kiara surprises the other lion with an angry outburst of abuse as to why he brought her here. The lion replies that he saved her life. Kiara attempts to walk away, but the other lion blocks her, mirroring the actions of the two cubs years before. Kiara then realizes that the young lion is Kovu.
Suddenly, Simba appears, followed by Nala and Zazu. Simba confronts Kovu, who growls back. Rafiki appears and indirectly tells Simba that Kovu saved his daughter's life. Simba questions Kovu's motives for saving her, to which Kovu replies he has left the Outsiders and is a rogue. He asks to join Simba's pride. Simba reluctantly agrees, following his father's law on repaying debts, but he allows him in on judgment. Kiara is delighted at the news. That night, Kovu offers to teach Kiara how to become a better hunter. She accepts his offer and suggests they start at dawn.
The next morning, Kovu watches Simba as he drinks at the waterhole. Kovu is ready to attack, when Kiara jumps in front of him. She excitedly jumps around and urges Kovu to start the lesson. Kovu growls, as his first attempt to kill Simba fails. While tirelessly training Kiara, Kovu shows her an example. He unintentionally pounces on Timon. who for once, he explains, is not following Kiara. He tells the lions that the birds are eating all the grubs. Kiara shows a confused Kovu how to roar and scare the birds away. Laughing, Kiara and Kovu run through the birds, making them scatter. Kovu is puzzled and asks Kiara what this training is for. She replies that this is just for fun, and Kovu doesn't understand; but soon finds out when a crash of rhinos chase the lions. Kiara, Kovu, Timon, and Pumbaa hide in a rock crevice as the rhinos run past. After the stampede, the four of them wriggle out, but as they do so Kiara and Kovu are pushed close together. Both of the lions are embarrassed, and walk back off to Pride Rock.
That night, Kiara and Kovu are gazing at the stars, trying to make pictures out of the arrangement of the stars. Kiara spots a baby rabbit, and Kovu sees two lions fighting. He also admits he's never done anything like this before. Kiara is shocked and tells Kovu she used to do this all the time with her father, and that the "Great Kings of the Past" look down on them from the stars. Kovu wonders if Scar's star is up there. Troubled, he tries to leave, but Rafiki stops him and takes him and Kiara to Upendi, which is a sort of mirage, but it encourages the lions to like each other more. They sing to themselves afterwards as they make their way back to Pride Rock.
The next day, Kiara is surprised and pleased that her father wants to talk to Kovu, but is shocked when Simba returns injured. He explains to her that Kovu and the Outsiders ambushed him. Kiara doesn't believe Kovu would do a thing like that. Later that day, Kovu returns to the Pride Lands with a fresh scar inflicted by Zira, denying that he had anything to do with the ambush. Kiara pleads with Simba to listen him. Simba silences her and exiles Kovu. Kiara is angry at her father, and shouts at him, "You will never be Mufasa!" Upset, she escapes from Pride Rock and runs away to find Kovu.
After searching, Kiara gives up. She's overjoyed when she notices Kovu standing behind her. They laugh together and lie down next to a pool. Kovu looks at their reflection, which has merged through the ripples. He says to her, "Look, we are one." Kiara recognizes what he says and understands that she and Kovu cannot leave; otherwise the Pridelanders and the Outsiders will be divided forever.
She and Kovu race back, only to find their two prides fighting bitterly against each other. Just as Simba and Zira are about to have a showdown, Kiara and Kovu jump in front of their parents. Kiara explains to her father that "We are one", and that there is no need to fight, as the Outsiders and the Pridelanders are all one. Starting with Vitani, all of the Outsider lionesses cross over to Simba's pride. In a last attempt to fulfill Scar's plan, Zira leaps at Simba; but Kiara jumps in her way. The two lionesses tumble down into the gorge. Kiara manages to hang onto a rock, but Zira struggles to hang onto the cliff face. Kiara offers to help Zira, but Zira refuses and slips away into the churning water below. Kiara is helped back up the cliff by Simba, where she is greeted by her mother and the two prides. Kovu is relieved to see Kiara is all right, and when Simba sees Kiara and Kovu together, admits he was wrong about him, and tells him he belongs here. The two prides join, and Simba, Nala, Kiara, and Kovu ascend Pride Rock to roar out their kingdom.
The Lion Guard
Kiara first appears in the series' pilot film "The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar", which is set in the middle of the second film. She is first seen at the start of the film being taught by Simba on being Queen, only to be disrupted by her younger brother Kion and his honey badger friend Bunga playing Baobab Ball, to Kiara's annoyance. Kiara starts to tell Kion that she is training to be Queen of The Pride Lands, only for Kion to butt in and finish the sentence, saying he knows all about it. Kiara replies that at least she has her life figured out and mockingly asks Kion what he's going to grow up to be (as Kion is second-born and therefore can't inherit the throne) to which Kion replies happy. Simba breaks up the two and sends Kion and Bunga to play elsewhere.
Kiara is later seen with her friend Tiifu seeing her other friend Zuri trying to free her claws from a log (as she had been sharpening them to keep them shiny), but luckily Timon and Pumbaa arrive and free Zuri. Bunga arrives and reveals that Kion has been made leader of The Lion Guard (a group whom protect The Pride Lands and defend The Circle of Life) by Simba and has made Bunga the first member. Kiara finds the idea Kion and Bunga protect The Pride Lands funny and asks if Simba knows about this to which Kion replies that Simba told him to assemble The Pride Lands best. Kiara along with Kion, Tiifu, Zuri, Timon and Pumbaa then watch Bunga singing "Zuka Zama". Kiara later informs Simba of Kion putting Bunga in The Lion Guard and proves this when Zazu leads them to Kion and Bunga. Simba thanks Kiara for informing him of this before sending her and Tiifu to track gazelles while he has a word with Kion.
Kiara is later seen tracking gazelles with Tiifu and says that they can't take more than their fair share as it will break The Circle of Life. Kiara then notices Janja and his clan going near the gazelles, she sends Tiifu to get Simba while she keeps an eye on the herd. But soon enough, the hyenas start a stampede in the herd and Kiara becomes trapped in it. Luckily, Kion, Bunga and their fellow Lion Guard members Beshte, Fuli and Ono are able to save her by moving the herd away from her and drive the hyenas away.
Kiara makes various appearances throughout the series. In the episode "Can't Wait To Be Queen", Simba and Nala have to leave Pride Rock to attend a funeral and leave Kiara in charge of the Pride Lands until they return. During her temporary reign, Kiara clashes with Kion over her way of dealing with things. Mzingo happens to discover about this and reveals this to Janja, who decides to take advantage of the situation. He sends Mzingo to Pride Rock to tell Kiara to come to Broken Rock (which serves as neutral land between the Pride Lands and the Outlands) for a peace offering. After another argument with Kion (who believes that Janja is up to no good), Kiara goes to Broken Rock to meet Janja, only to be ambushed by his clan. Janja reveals his plan to hold Kiara hostage until Simba hands the Pride Lands over to him. Kiara fights back against the clan, until she is restrained by Janja. Before the villainous hyena can harm Kiara, Kion comes to his sister's aid and is soon joined by the rest of the Guard, causing the hyenas to flee. After returning to Pride Rock, the two siblings make up with each other shortly before Simba and Nala return.
Father - Simba
Mother - Nala
Brother - Kion
Husband - Kovu