The Pridelanders have been ruled by multiple kings and queens, including Mohatu, Ahadi and Uru, Mufasa and Sarabi, Scar, and currently, Simba and Nala. When Simba dies or abdicates his powers as king, the Pride Lands will be ruled by Kiara and her consort, Kovu.
Common Physical Traits
- Orange or Red eyes are common among the Pridelanders, with orange eyes being seen more often than red. While Sarabi and Simba boast orange eyes, Mufasa's are deep red.
- Stocky builds separate these lionesses, even the lean Sarafina-esque ones, from the Outsiders. They are usually heavily built.
- Colored paws and uncolored paws are equally common among the Pridelanders.
- Pridelander noses are dominant in the pride. These noses, unlike the Outsider noses, which curve downward, are flat and rounded.
Lesser Physical Traits
- Freckles is a very rare trait for a Pridelander. Only one lioness has been observed with freckles.
- Ear rims are recessive among the Pridelanders. Sarabi is the only named lioness to sport them.
- Outsider traits, such as downward-curved noses and permanently extended claws, are not common, with only Scar possessing them.
- Permanently extended claws have only been observed in Scar.
- Green and blue eyes have been observed in both Sarafina and Scar, who have green, as well as Nala, whose eyes alternate between green and blue.
- Colored paw pads are a rare trait. Only Scar's paw pads are completely colored. Everyone else in the pride has only their toes colored.
Types of Lionesses
Throughout the film series, the lionesses appear to look the same, but some resemble the more prominent lionesses in the pride.
The main pride is comprised of many different types of lionesses. One of these types mimics Sarabi, the mate of Mufasa. In the original film, they aren't seen during the first act when Simba and Nala are still cubs. However, they completely dominate the pride toward the end of the film. They also make a brief appearance in the second film following the exile of Kovu.
These types of lionesses are lighter, sleeker, and leaner than the heavier ones encountered at the end of the first film. They resemble Nala and her mother Sarafina with little to no differences. Among the books, the comics, and the other films, as well, these kind of lionesses are seen. However, toward the end of the first film, they seem to have been replaced by the heavier Sarabi-esque lionesses.
The lionesses of the pride are mainly absent during this movie, but when they do appear, they usually resemble the young adult Kiara. These lionesses are first seen before "One of Us," blocking Kiara from Kovu as the princess tries to prevent the Outsider from being exiled. They are later seen shocked and saddened when Kiara runs past them after she tells Simba that he will never be Mufasa. During the war, they appear again at the very end when Kiara and Kovu stand up to their respective parents.
- “Last chance, Zira. Go home.”
- ―Simba to Zira
The main Pridelanders are a group of lionesses whose only role within the films comes when a conflict arises to which they are forced into defending one another, evident by the Outsiders declaring war first and the Pridelanders simply meeting them head-on. Even then, their leader Simba gives Zira one last chance to go home.
Pridelanders are first seen during the "Circle of Life" sequence at the start of the film. As Mufasa and Sarabi nuzzle each other, lionesses watch from the shadows of Pride Rock, delighted that their new prince is about to be anointed.
They are later seen resting near Pride Rock as young Simba comes racing to get his mother and appear again during Scar's eulogy, during which they grieve the double losses of their king and prince. Their mourning is soon shattered when Scar welcomes his hyena minions into the Pride Lands, and the lionesses are helpless to watch as their kingdom is swarmed by scavengers.
Years later, the pride has noticeably dwindled, with only a few members remaining, and prey is scarce, prompting the exhausted lionesses to cease hunting for Scar. Angered at their lack of activity, Scar challenges Sarabi, who rebukes him as king, and he strikes her, prompting a full-grown Simba, who has been watching from the shadows, to run to his mother's aid and roars thunderously at Scar.
With Simba at their head, the small band of Pridelanders return, showing their disloyalty to Scar. A battle for Pride Rock soon begins, and the lionesses fight in favor of Simba. They also realize it was Scar who actually really did killed Mufasa. Following the defeat of Scar, avenging Mufasa, the lionesses watch joyfully as Simba ascends Pride Rock, and every lioness roars her approval as he takes back his father's throne.
Pridelanders make their first appearance when Simba challenges Zira, whose son Kovu has encountered the princess of the Pride Lands and Simba's only daughter, Kiara. Two Pridelanders join Simba and Nala in challenging Zira, who attempts to win her way back into the Pride Lands, but Simba stands firm, and the added bulk of the Pridelanders convinces Zira to walk away peacefully.
Pridelanders are later seen at the onset of Kiara's first hunt, during which they express confidence in their future queen, and can be seen later that night, entering the royal den while Kovu is intimidated away from the entrance. Not long after this, Simba believes Kovu to have betrayed him, and the Pridelanders assist their king in exiling him from the Pridelands and preventing Kiara from interfering. When Kiara tells Simba that he will never be Mufasa suggesting that Mufasa should have forgiven Kovu and the ambush is not his fault, they are shocked and saddened at this comment meaning that Simba has completely defied his father's paw prints and watch a heartbroken Kiara running inside the den weeping and not knowing she managed to sneak out through a hole in the den.
During the film's climax, the Pridelanders follow Simba into battle against the Outsiders. The pride is seen fighting fiercely against their foes, holding their own despite the obvious strength among the Outsiders. Toward the end of the battle, they realize the error of their ways and welcome the Outsiders back into the pride.
At the very end of the film, they gather at Pride Rock for the union of Kovu and Kiara. Once the two are married, they bow their heads in respect as their monarchs stride past and roar out over their kingdom.
|Mufasa||Mufasa is the king of the Pride Lands at the onset of the first film. He presides over the Pride Lands during one of its most prosperous periods.||King||Deceased|
|Scar||Scar is the younger brother of Mufasa who murders the king and banished the heir, Simba, in order to usurp the throne.||King||Deceased|
|Sarabi||Sarabi is the betrothal of Mufasa who later becomes his queen. She is the leader of the pride's hunting party.||Queen||Alive|
|Sarafina||Sarafina is presumably a member of Sarabi's hunting party.||Member||Alive|
|Simba||Simba is the only son of Mufasa and Sarabi. He defeats his uncle, the evil tyrant Scar in order to restore peace to his father's kingdom and take his rightful place as the king of the Pride Lands.||King||Alive|
|Nala||Nala is the betrothal of Simba who later becomes his queen.||Queen||Alive|
|Kiara||Kiara is the only daughter of Simba and Nala. She is the first known queen regnant of the Pride Lands.||Princess||Alive|
|Kovu||Kovu is a former Outsider who betrays his mother and leader Zira in order to bring about peace. He is the prince consort of Kiara.||Prince Consort||Alive|
|Kion||Kion is the son and youngest child of Simba and Nala. He is the leader of a group of animals called "The Lion Guard" who protect the Pride Lands from danger.||Prince||Alive|
|Vitani||Vitani is a former Outsider who betrays her mother and leader Zira in order to bring about peace. She has since been accepted into the Pride Lands.||Member||Alive|
- The lionesses are responsible for providing the pride with prey.
- In some concepts, the Pridelanders believe in a deity called the Great Spirit.
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