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Pridelanders
Background information
Feature films The Lion King
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride
Television programs
Video games Kingdom Hearts II
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Full name
Other names Pride Landers
Personality Kind, good-hearted, helpful, peaceful
Appearance Slender lionesses, normal faces, yellow eyes, retractable claws
Nationality
Species
Birthday
Occupation Lioness pack, Mufasa's (later Simba's) minions
Alignment
Alignment Good
Affiliation
Affiliations
Goal To help Mufasa and Simba in the Pride Lands
Home Pride Lands
Relatives
Pets
Allies Each other, Mufasa (until his death), Simba, Nala, Timon, Pumbaa, Rafiki, Zazu, Wildebeests, Kiara, Kovu, Vitani, Outsiders
Minions
Enemies Scar, Shenzi, Banzai and Ed, Hyena Clan, Zira, Nuka, Kovu (formerly), Vitani (formerly), Outsiders (formerly)
Likes
Dislikes
Powers and abilities Speed, strength
Weapons Teeth, claws
Fate Allow Kovu, Vitani and the Outsiders to join Nala and Simba's pride.
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Pridelanders are the inhabitants of the Pride Lands who are ruled by a reigning monarch. The term "Pridelander" is originally used by Kovu in the sequel when he demands to know Kiara's identity.

Information

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 and Kovu 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.

Sarabi-esque Lionesses

Pridelanders

Sarabi-esque lionesses

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.

Sarafina-esque Lionesses

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A Sarafina-esque lioness

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.

Kiara-esque Lionesses

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Kiara-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. During the war, they appear again at the very end when Kiara and Kovu stand up to their respective parents.

Temperament

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.

Role

The Lion King

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.

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The Pridelanders accept Simba as their king

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.

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. Following the defeat of Scar, the lionesses watch joyfully as Simba ascends Pride Rock, and every lioness roars her approval as he takes back his father's throne.

The Lion King II: Simba's Pride

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.

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The Pridelanders with Timon and Pumbaa

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 Pridelanders.

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.

Members

Name Information Position Status Picture
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 Mufasa2
Scar Scar is the younger brother of Mufasa who murders the king and his son Simba in order to usurp the throne. King Deceased Stickwithme
Sarabi Sarabi is the betrothal of Mufasa who later becomes his queen. She is the leader of the pride's hunting party. Queen Alive Bluray Sarabi
Sarafina Sarafina is presumably a member of Sarabi's hunting party. Member Alive Blueraysarafina
Simba Simba is the only son of Mufasa and Sarabi. He defeats 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 Happysimbaadult
Nala Nala is the betrothal of Simba who later becomes his queen. Queen Alive Happynalaadult
Kiara Kiara is the only daughter of Simba and Nala. She is the first known queen regnant of the Pride Lands. Princess Alive KiaraTLK2SP
Kovu Kovu is a former Outsider who betrays his leader Zira in order to bring about peace. He is the prince consort of Kiara. Prince Consort Alive Kovu sees Kiara
Vitani Vitani is a former Outsider who betrays her leader Zira in order to bring about peace. She has since been accepted into the Pride Lands. Member Alive Vitanismirk

Trivia

  • The lionesses are responsible for providing the pride with prey.[1]
  • In some concepts, the Pridelanders believe in a deity called the Great Spirit.[2]

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References

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  2. LionInTheMoon
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Films and Shows: The Lion King | The Lion King II: Simba's Pride | The Lion King 1½ | Timon & Pumbaa (Episode List) | House of Mouse | Timon and Pumbaa's Wild About Safety | The Lion Guard

Video Games: The Lion King | Timon & Pumbaa's Jungle Games | The Lion King: Simba's Mighty Adventures | Kingdom Hearts II

Disney Parks: Fantasmic! | Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable | Festival of the Lion King | World of Color | Disney Dreams! | Celebrate the Magic | The Legend of the Lion King | The Lion King Celebration

Original Film Characters: Simba | Nala | Mufasa | Scar | Rafiki | Timon | Pumbaa | Zazu | Shenzi, Banzai and Ed | Sarabi | Sarafina | Pridelanders | Hyena Clan | Wildebeests | Cape Buffalo | Gopher | Diku (Deleted Character)

Sequel Characters: Kiara | Kovu | Zira | Vitani | Nuka | Outsiders | Crocodiles

Midquel Characters: Ma | Uncle Max | Iron Joe | Meerkat Colony

Timon and Pumbaa Characters: Native Chief | The Three Natives | Monti | Baampu | Nobi | Fred | Quint | Bruce | Stinky | Jackal | Ralph and Eddie | The Cobra | Teds | Savage Lion | Bartholomew | Toucan Dan | Vulture Police | Ned | Rabbit | Uncle Boaris | Uncle Ernie | Boss Beaver | Boy Beaver | Lester the Whale | Speedy the Snail | Smolder the Bear | Little Jimmy | Irwin | El Toro | Mr. Pig | Wolverine | Jumbo Jumbo | Cheetato & Cheetata | Martin Pardon | Rita Book | Captain Bloodbeard | Cisco Pig | Cisco Pig's Gang | Dr. Caliostro | Torgo | The Meerkat Angel | Pumbaa Jr. | Nefu | Dr. Happy | Leslie Lambeau | Sharla | Herman | Lara | Mel | Claudius | Bahuka | Madame Credenza | Duke Meerkat | Tatiana | Mother Eagle | Baby Earl | King Leopold | Princess Claudia | Pimon and Tumbaa | Mad Dog McGraw, Billy the Goat, and Three-fingered Jackelope

The Lion Guard Characters: Kion | Bunga | Fuli | Beshte | Ono

Locations: Africa | Mount Kilimanjaro | Pride Rock | Pride Lands | Water Hole | Elephant Graveyard | The Gorge | Hakuna Matata (location) | The Jungle | Rafiki's Ancient Tree | The Outlands | Madame Credenza's Place | Savage Rock | Boss Beaver's Log Land

Songs: Circle of Life | I Just Can't Wait to Be King | Be Prepared | Hakuna Matata | Can You Feel the Love Tonight | This Land | ...To Die For | Under the Stars | King of Pride Rock | Busa | He Lives in You | We Are One | My Lullaby | Upendi | Not One of Us | Love Will Find a Way | Digga Tunnah | That's All I Need | The Morning Report | Lioness Hunt | Rafiki Mourns | One by One | Grasslands Chant | Chow Down | The Madness of King Scar | Shadowland | The Lion Sleeps Tonight | Endless Night | Warthog Rhapsody (Deleted Song)

Other: The Lion King (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) | Broadway Musical | Rhythm of the Pride Lands | The Battle of Pride Rock | Marvel Comics | List of Species seen in The Lion King Franchise

See also: The Disney Afternoon | Find Out Why

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