There’s A Good Chance The Lion King’s Scar And Mufasa Aren’t Actually Brothers


We all know the outrage caused when Mufasa was essentially murdered by his evil brother Scar in Disney’s The Lion King – well, it turns out they might not be brothers after all.

Scar was so sinister he actually convinced Mufasa’s young cub, Simba, his father’s death was all his fault. Snide.

Certain life choices made by lions I’m not sure I’ve yet come to terms with, but there is something interesting which has come to light ahead of The Lion King’s release on Blu-ray at the end of the month.

Hello Giggles spoke to the film’s producer, Don Hahn, who revealed some home truths about Mufasa and Scar’s relationship, he said:

[While making the movie] we talked about the fact that it was very likely [Scar and Mufasa] would not have both the same parents.

The way lions operate in the wild… when the male lion gets old, another rogue lion comes and kills the head of the pride.

What that does is it causes the female lions to go into heat [to reproduce], and then the new younger lion kills the king and then he kills all the babies. Now he’s the new lion that’s running the pride.



There was always this thing about well, how do you have these two [male] lions? Occasionally there are prides that do have two male lions, in an interesting dynamic because they’re not equals [since they don’t have the same parents].

One lion will always kind of be off in the shadows. We were trying to use those animal truths to underpin the story so we sort of figured Scar and Mufasa couldn’t really be from the same gene pool.

In fact, that’s what [Scar] says. There’s a line, he goes, ‘I’m from the shallow end of the gene pool.’ When he’s talking to Mufasa, when Mufasa gets mad at him for not coming up to the coronation of Simba.


So even though Mufasa calls Scar his brother in the film, and he’s part of the lion family, he doesn’t belong and he’s the lesser of the two male lions – something he resented, which lead him on to some quite frankly shocking actions.

Not sure what’s worse, them being brothers, or not. Either way, Mufasa should never have died, it was a horrendous travesty, one I’ll never forget.