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Background information
Feature films The Lion King
The Lion King 1½
Television programs House of Mouse
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators Russ Edmonds
Voice Madge Sinclair
Performance model
Inspiration Queen Gertrude from Hamlet
The Great Prince of The Forest
Bambi's mother
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names Mom (by Simba)
Personality Strong, wise, brave, kind, loving, careful
Appearance Slender fair lioness, beautiful, 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 (grandson)
Kovu (grandson-in-law)
Vitani (goddaughter)
Allies Her husband Mufasa (deceased), her son Simba, Zazu, Rafiki, Timon, Pumbaa, Nala, Sarafina, the lionesses
Minions Zazu, the lionesses
Enemies Scar, the Hyenas, Zira, Nuka
Likes What Mufasa does, Simba
Dislikes What Scar does, hyenas
Powers and abilities Strength
Weapons Teeth
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!"

Sarabi is a lioness who is Mufasa's queen and Simba's mother in Disney's 1994 film the Lion King. She is 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 teenager, 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 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.


The Lion King

Films and shows: The Lion King | The Lion King II: Simba's Pride | The Lion King 1½ | Timon and Pumbaa | House of Mouse | Timon and Pumbaa's Wild About Safety

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

Attractions: Fantasmic! | Festival of the Lion King | World of Color | Disney Dreams! | Celebrate the Magic

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 | Jackal | Ralph and Eddie | Teds | Savage Lion | Bartholomew | Toucan Dan | The Vulture Police | Uncle Boaris | Boss Beaver | Boy Beaver | Lester the Whale | Speedy the Snail | Smolder the Bear | Little Jimmy | Irwin | El Toro | Wolverine | Jumbo Jumbo | Cheetato and Cheetata | Rita Book | Captain Bloodbeard | Cisco Pig | Cisco Pig's Gang | Dr. Caliostro | Torgo | Meerkat Angel | Ned the Elephant | Rabbit | Pumbaa Jr. | Nefu | Dr. Happy | Leslie Lambeau | Sharla | Herman | Lara | Claudius | 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

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 | List of Species seen in The Lion King Franchise

See also: The Disney Afternoon

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