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The Roar will be there for you when you need it. And so will I. Until the Pride Lands' end . . .

–Mufasa, The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar

Mufasa is a Great Lion of the Past, Scar's older brother, Simba's father, Nala's father-in-law, Kiara and Kion's paternal grandfather and a former King of the Pride Lands.

He first appears in The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar and is a recurring character throughout The Lion Guard, albeit as a spiritual guide for Kion. 

Appearance

Mufasa is shown in the clouds with dulled color. He is a well built lion, with orange fur and a creamy peach muzzle and underbelly. His mane is thick and dark red, the same color being present on the tuft at the end of his tail. His eyes are dark reddish orange, and his nose is pink. He has a square jaw, small eyes, and thin eyebrows. In a cave painting, he was shown to be taller and broader than his brother Scar, with a larger tuft on his tail.

Personality

They will. As long as you trust yourself. Confidence, Kion.That's all you need to complete this journey. But confidence doesn't come from what others think about you. It comes from inside yourself.

–Mufasa, The Mbali Fields Migration

Mufasa was a wise king, and this trait is still present as a spirit. However, he also is convinced that confidence comes from inside of oneself, not from what others think.[1] He is kind, understanding, and encouraging, always willing to listen to Kion's concerns, and offer helpful advice to boost Kion's spirits.

Mufasa, like Kion, Simba and the rest of his living family, respects and understands the Circle of Life.[2] He believes that family should always support each other[3], and that while there are times to back down, true leaders must also know when to stand their ground.[4]

History

Prior to The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar

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Mufasa and his brother

Mufasa was a mighty king of the Pride Lands, with a son named Simba. One day when Simba was a young cub, Mufasa was betrayed and killed by his younger brother Scar who wanted to be king himself. After his death, he took a spiritual form as one of the Great Kings of the Past. Years after his death, Mufasa appeared to an older Simba and convinced him to return to the Pride Lands and defeat Scar.

The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar

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Mufasa imparts his advice

Mufasa appears in the sky to Kion after Simba rejects his son's Lion Guard proposal. Kion immediately begins to share his concern with his grandfather, believing that he isn't ready or that he might turn out to be just like Scar. Mufasa then relays some words and explains the reason why Simba is worried about is that he loves him. He also assures Kion that Scar was vastly different to him in his goals and personality. This gives Kion a much needed confidence boost, and Mufasa fades away.

The Rise of Makuu

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Mufasa tells Kion what to do

Kion needs advice after Makuu becomes the new leader of the crocodiles and causes problems in the Pride Lands. He leaves the Lion Guard back in the lair and asks his grandfather if he's there, hoping to get some advice. Mufasa appears and imparts some advice, telling his grandson that standing your ground doesn't necessarily mean being physical, but that you're not afraid to stand up to someone who is wrong.

Bunga the Wise

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Mufasa appearing to Kion

Kion calls for his grandfather over concerns on how the recent storm has affected the Pride Lands, expressing an interest in using his roar to blast the storms away from the Pride Lands, saving a lot of hassle for him and the Pride Landers. However, Mufasa reminds him that the water from the storm was needed by the animals, and that often a quick fix is not the right answer for a problem.

Can't Wait to be Queen

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Mufasa advises his grandson

Mufasa appears to Kion after he storms out of Pride Rock due to an argument with his sister Kiara, who was serving as temporally queen. He asks his grandson what's wrong, and Kion explains. Mufasa reminds him that Kiara is still his sister, and that she will always need him, especially if she is in the wrong. Kion thanks his grandfather and goes to save his sister from Janja and his henchmen. 

The Mbali Fields Migration

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Mufasa lifts Kion's spirits

After Kion overhears the animals complaining about his leadership, Mufasa appears to Kion after he leaves the herds and the Guard temporarily to think things through. Mufasa knows that his grandson is feeling troubled and, after Kion explains the situation, Mufasa tells him not to let their lack of faith affect his own. He assures him that he will be trusted, so long as he himself has confidence.

Never Roar Again

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Mufasa tells Kion to speak with Nala

Mufasa appears when Kion calls for him, having almost hurt his mother by accident when Janja's Clan attacked her. After hearing his grandfather mention the power of the roar, Kion contemplates never using the Roar again. Mufasa consoles Kion, by not only reminding him that Scar's misuse involved his own selfishness, but also by asking why Kion used the Roar out of anger. When Kion explains why, Mufasa informs Kion that Scar never cared for anyone, and suggests speaking to the one he cares so much about.

The Savannah Summit

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Mufasa offers a suggestion

After Kion unintentionally disappoints his father, Simba, when he jumps to conclusions regarding Makuu's involvement in the Savannah Summit, he isolates himself and summons Mufasa. He gently questions Kion over Makuu's actions, to which Kion denies the crocodile having done wrong, and Mufasa responds by prompting Kion to remember an old saying of Rafiki's. Kion agrees, and, after thanking Mufasa, rushes off to correct his mistake, with Mufasa warmly stating his assurances.

The Lion Guard: The Rise of Scar

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When Kion begins to have concerns over the responsibility of caring for and protecting the Pride Landers during the Dry Season, he decides to seek the guidance of his grandfather.

Mufasa gently questions him, and Kion reveals his concerns. Mufasa praises the Guard, and patiently reminds Kion that hardships are present in both seasons, and the effects of the difficulties on the animals, to which Kion agrees, and promises to keep control of the Roar.

Mufasa is later seen during The Path of Honor, gazing proudly at his son, and his grandson.

The Wisdom of Kongwe

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Talking with his son and grandson

Kion and Simba are speaking to Mufasa, warning him that Scar is back. Concern of the return of his evil brother. Although the problem is beyond his experience in dealing with the spirit of an evil lion from the past, he is certain that, between his son who has already saved the Pride Lands before from Scar and his grandson who is the leader of the Lion Guard, that they can defeat Scar. He leaves them with the message that "the wisdom is within the Pride Lands", leading both lions to believe that he could be referring to an animal. And Simba knows just who he may be referring to.

The Kilio Valley Fire

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When Ma Tembo's Herd start to leave the Pride Lands because Kion can't a new home for them after Kilio Valley is destroyed, he talks to Mufasa. He explains what happened, and Mufasa gives his grandson some sagely advice about not doubting himself. He leaves by telling him that how he deals with defeat is just as important as how he deals with victory.  

Family

Family Tree

Scar
   
   
Mufasa
   
   
Sarabi
   
   
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Simba
   
   
   
   
   
   
Nala
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Kiara
   
   
Kion
   
   

Friends

Enemies

Trivia

  • He is one of the two characters who had different voice actors for the movie and the TV series. The other one being the Baboon Leader

Videos

References

  1. The Mbali Fields Migration
  2. Bunga the Wise
  3. Can't Wait to be Queen
  4. The Rise of Makuu
Characters in The Lion Guard
The Lion Guard Members
KionBungaFuliOnoBeshte
Kion's Family
SimbaNalaNala's FatherKiaraMufasaScar
Other Animals
AjabuAskariBasiBadiliBig BaboonBobokaBupuChamaChuraDhahabuFurahaGenetGumbaHafifuHadithiHamuHayaHodariJasiriJohariJuhudiKambuniKifaruKinyongaKongweKovuKuchimbaKulindaKuluKwatoLainiMadoaMajinuniMakiniMakuuMa TemboMbeyaMbuniMekundu BatsMjombaMuhangaMuhangusMuhimuMtotoMwenziMweviMwiziMzahaNyuniOgopaOnaPorcupine BrothersPuaPumbaaRafikiRahaRaniSable Antelope #1ShaukuShingoShujaaStareheSokweSwalaTamaaThe Bellow FellowsThurstonTiifuTimonTumbiliTunuTwigaUrohoVuruga VurugaWemaYoung RhinoZazuZigoZitoZuri
Unnamed Animals
Baby BaboonBaby Baboon's MotherBaby HippoBoboka's SonFemale DuckFemale HareFemale MonkeyFemale MouseFemale ServalFemale WagtailGumba's MotherHyraxJerboaKlipspringerLittle MonkeyMale BushbuckMale CheetahMale CrocodileMale MongooseMale OryxMale PorcupineMale ServalMale TurtleMale VultureMtoto's MomTimon's MaYoung AardvarkYoung HareYoung HedgehogYoung Rhino's MotherYoung Serval
Villains
JanjaCheeziChunguDogoDogo's SiblingsGoigoiKengeKiburiKijanaLionessMapiganoMakuchaMpishiMwogaMzingoNduliNjanoNneNukaNyataNyeusiReireiScarShupavuSumuTamkaTanoUshariVitaniWazaZira