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Background information
Feature films The Lion King
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride
The Lion King 1½
Short films
Television programs
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators Russ Edmonds
Voice Madge Sinclair

Grey DeLisle (currently)

Performance model
Inspiration Queen Gertrude from Hamlet
Bambi's mother
Queen Aeoleon from Coming to America
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names Mom (by Simba)
Personality Strong, wise, brave, kind, loving, careful
Appearance Slender fair lioness, cream muzzle, underbelly, and toes, yellow eyes with red pupils, black eyelashes, brown eyebrows, salmon nose, both sienna ear innards and paw prints, both brown ear linings and mane on her tail
Occupation Queen of the Pride Lands
Simba's mother
Alignment Good
Home Pride Rock, Pride Lands
Relatives Mufasa (husband; deceased)
Simba (son)
Scar (brother-in-law; deceased)
Nala (daughter-in-law)
Kiara (granddaughter)
Kopa and Kion (grandsons)
Kovu (grandson-in-law)
Vitani (goddaughter)
Ahadi (father-in-law)
Uru (mother-in-law)
Mohatu (grandfather-in-law)
Allies Her husband Mufasa (deceased), her son Simba, Nala, Kiara, Sarafina, Zazu, Rafiki, Timon, Pumbaa, Pridelanders, Kovu, Vitani, Outsiders
Minions Zazu, Pridelanders
Enemies Scar, Shenzi, Banzai and Ed, Hyena Clan, Zira, Nuka, Vitani (formerly), Outsiders (formerly)
Likes What Mufasa does, Simba safe
Dislikes What Scar does, hyenas, Zira
Powers and abilities Strength, roars
Weapons Teeth, claws
Fate Watches her son claim his rightful place as King of Pride Rock.
Quote "If you were half the King Mufasa was, you would---" (just before gets hit to the ground by Scar)
(to Simba) "So, what is this 'really cool' place?'"
(to Simba about Mufasa's sudden death) "It's not true. Tell me that it's not true!"

Queen Sarabi is a lioness who is Mufasa's queen and Simba's mother in Disney's 1994 film the Lion King. She was voiced by the late Madge Sinclair.


She appears as the careful mother of Simba and wife/widow of Mufasa. As the queen of Pride Rock, she is shown to be in charge of the lionesses and their hunting parties. She is depicted as being wise, courageous, and strong.

In the Lion King book, Friends in Need, Sarabi is shown as a young adult, and it is stated that she is Mufasa's betrothed. In the book, Sarabi falls into a deep pit, from which Mufasa rescues her after being alerted by Zazu.


The Lion King

Sarabi is first seen with the infant Simba, at Simba's presentation. She later makes an appearance when an excited Simba awakens his parents before dawn. She waryly tells Mufasa that his son is awake, while Mufasa responds that Simba is Sarabi's son before sunrise.

She appears to be friends with Sarafina the mother of Nala, as her next appearance is with them. She is shown to be quite intuitive. Knowing that her son was possibly up to mischief when Simba and Nala wanted to go to the "waterhole," she sends Zazu along with them to keep watch for any danger.

Sarabi later mourns alongside the rest of the pride when Scar informs them of the death of Mufasa and Simba, and watches in horror as Scar allows the hyenas to overrun the Pride Lands after giving his oath to protect everyone. In reality the hyenas serve as Scar's strength as king.

Many years later, after the Pride Lands have been destroyed, the lionesses lose faith in the new king. Even the hyenas lose faith spending time bugging Scar who lives his life lying on his bed doing stuff and throwing tantrums when nobody obeys him or when he does not get what he wants. It has become clear that the lionesses including Sarabi now have a dislike for Scar.

One day, Scar furiously summons Sarabi, asking why there is no hunting taking place. Sarabi informs Scar that the herds have moved on due to the drought, and that if the pride is to survive, they must leave as well. Sarabi is angered at Scar's refusal, because it essentially sentences them to death. She begins telling Scar that he is less than half the king Mufasa was. Before she can finish her statement, Scar strikes her down in anger. When Simba appears from the shadows, she mistakes him for Mufasa at first. However, she is overjoyed when Simba identifies himself, though she is confused as to how he survived.

When Scar forces Simba to reveal his belief that he killed his father, Sarabi is shocked into disbelief and begs Simba to tell her it wasn't true. But when Scar reveals the truth of the matter, she is one of the first lionesses to join the fight against Scar. She watches on proudly after her son defeats his tyrannical uncle and assumes the throne of Pride Rock.

The Lion King II: Simba's Pride

Sarabi makes brief, non-speaking appearances in this film. She is first seen when Simba faces Zira for the first time, and Sarabi is seen standing by her son. She is not present during the exile of Kovu, when her son believed Kovu was involved in the ambush set by Zira. She is also seen when Kiara is talking to Simba about how the battle is wrong, Sarabi becomes one of the first of the Pridelanders to realize it.

The Lion King 1½

Sarabi is only shown in one scene where she stands alongside Mufasa. Though when the screen is moved to the top of Pride Rock, Zazu is there instead of Sarabi.


  • "Sarabi" means "mirage" in Swahili.
  • Sarabi's voice actress, Madge Sinclair, and Mufasa's voice actor, James Earl Jones, have played African Queen Aeoleon and King Jaffe in the live action film, Coming to America, which was released six years prior to The Lion King. In both films, Jones and Sinclair's characters were both king and queen of an African country and the parents of their films' protagonists (Akeem for Aeoleon and Jaffe, Simba for Mufasa and Sarabi)
  • She is similar to Snowene from Osamu Tezuka's anime, Kimba the White Lion. Like Sarabi, she gives birth to a cub, but Caesar died because poachers killed him when he tried to rescue Snowene before Kimba was born. Unlike Sarabi, Snowene dies after her cub's birth. She drowns on a ship due to a tropical storm, but her spirit later appears in the sky at night in the form a constellation to guide Kimba at sea. The spirit of her mate, Caesar spoke to Kimba from the sky at night when the cub was in Africa. 
  • Her granddaughter, Kiara, bears a striking resemblance to her.
  • When Sarabi appears in The Lion King bloopers and in Simba's Pride, her ear rims are missing.



Films: The Lion King | The Lion King II: Simba's Pride | The Lion King 1½
Television: Timon and Pumbaa (Episode list) | Timon and Pumbaa's Wild About Safety | The Lion Guard
Soundtracks: Soundtrack | Rhythm of the Pride Lands | The Legacy Collection: The Lion King | The Lion King Collection | Return to Pride Rock: Songs Inspired by Disney's The Lion King II: Simba's Pride | Best of the Lion King | The Lion King 1½: Songs from Timon and Pumbaa's Hilarious Adventure | Original Broadway Cast Recording
Video Games: The Lion King | Timon and Pumbaa's Jungle Games | The Lion King: Simba's Mighty Adventure | Kingdom Hearts II | Animated Storybook: The Lion King | Disney Universe | Disney INFINITY: 2.0 Edition | Adventures in Typing with Timon and Pumbaa | Activity Center | The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride: Active Play | The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride GameBrack | The Lion King 1½
Books: Classic Storybook | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Golden Sight 'n' Sound Book | Little Golden Book | Marvel Comics | The Art of the Lion King | Simba and the Lost Waterfall | Morning at Pride Rock | Simba and Nala Help Bomo | The Bright Star | Simba and the Big Flood | Simba the Fortune Teller | The Pal Patrol | Simba's Hide and Seek | Far from the Pride Lands | Simba's Daring Rescue | Pumbaa Runs Away from Home | No Worries: A New Story About Simba | How Simba Met Timon and Pumbaa | Way to Go, Simba! | The Lion King 1½

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 | The Enchanted Tiki Room (Under New Management) | Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom | Simba and Nala's Costumes Through the Years | Timon and Pumbaa's Costumes Through the Years | Rafiki's Costumes Through the Years

The Lion King: Simba | Nala | Mufasa | Scar | Rafiki | Timon | Pumbaa | Zazu | Shenzi, Banzai and Ed | Sarabi | Sarafina | The Pridelanders | Hyena Clan | Wildebeests | Cape Buffalo | Gopher
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride: Kiara | Kovu | Zira | Vitani | Nuka | Outsiders | Crocodiles
The Lion King 1½: Ma | Uncle Max | Iron Joe | Meerkat Colony
Timon and Pumbaa: The Native Chief | The Three Natives | Monty | Baampu | Nobi | Fred | Quint | The Woodpecker | Bruce | Stinky | Ralph and Eddie | Teds | Savage Lion | Bartholomew | The Tarsier | Toucan Dan | Vulture Police | Ned | Rabbit | Uncle Boaris | Uncle Ernie | Boss Beaver | Boy Beaver | Lester the Whale | The Tigress | Jackal | The Cobra | Speedy the Snail | Smolder the Bear | Little Jimmy | Irwin | El Toro | Mr. Pig | Wolverine | Jumbo Jumbo the Elephant | Cheetato and 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 | Mr. Buttons | Sharla | Herman | Lara | Mel | Claudius | Bahuka | Tutan Pharaoh | Genie | Madame Credenza | Duke Meerkat | Tatiana | Mother Eagle | Baby Earl | King Leopold | Princess Claudia | Sigmund and Lloyd | Heinrich and Schnitzel | Pimon and Tumbaa | Mad Dog McGraw, Billy the Goat, and Three-fingered Jackelope | Dr. Exceter | Sal Manders | Jungle Inspector
The Lion Guard: Kion | Bunga | Fuli | Beshte | Ono
Printed Media: Uru | Ahadi | Kopa | Pimbi | Boma | Ni | Kula | Zuzu | Joka | Lulu
Deleted: Diku | Baasho | Iggy | Herr Rhino | Kwashi | Bhati | Mheetu | Banagi | Daabi | Dwala | Naanda | Binti | Lemuta | Timon's Father | Buzz | Tesma | Nala's Father

The Lion King Trilogy: Africa | The Zuberi River | Mount Kilimanjaro | Pride Rock | The Pride Lands | The Desert | The Water Hole | The Elephant Graveyard | The Gorge | Jungle | The Great River | Rafiki's Ancient Tree | The Outlands
Timon and Pumbaa: Zazu's Tree | Madame Credenza's Place | Savage Rock | Boss Beaver's Log Land

The Lion King: Circle of Life | The Morning Report | I Just Can't Wait to Be King | Be Prepared | Hakuna Matata | Can You Feel the Love Tonight | Hawaiian War Chant
Instrumental Scores: This Land | ...To Die For | Under the Stars | King of Pride Rock
Rhthym of the Pride Lands: Busa | Kube | Lea Halalela | It's Time | One by One
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride He Lives in You | We Are One | My Lullaby | Upendi | One of Us | Love Will Find a Way
The Lion King 1½: Digga Tunnah | That's All I Need | Sunrise, Sunset
Other: Alone Together | Stand by Me | Yummy, Yummy, Yummy | The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Deleted: To Be King | Warthog Rhapsody | The Lion of the Moon | Old Fearless Buzz | The Madness of King Scar | Be Prepared (Reprise)
Musical: Lioness Hunt | Rafiki Mourns | One by One | Grasslands Chant | Chow Down | The Madness of King Scar | Shadowland | Endless Night

Other: King of the Jungle | Musical | The Battle of Pride Rock | List of Species seen in The Lion King Franchise

See also: The Disney Afternoon | Find Out Why | House of Mouse | One by One

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