Simba fled the pride after his father, Mufasa, was killed by his uncle Scar, who then took the throne. He returned years later and fought Scar, reclaiming his position as king. Scar's most loyal follower Zira was unwilling to accept this, as she wanted her son Kovu to be the next king as Scar had chosen him for it. When Simba asserted that Scar was never the true king, she attacked him but was defeated. Left with no choice, Simba banished Zira to the Outlands with the other lionesses loyal to Scar.
As the sun rises, Simba teaches his daughter and the pride's future ruler, Kiara, about the pride's kingdom. Kiara's younger brother Kion interrupts, and Simba sends him away so that he can continue to teach Kiara her lesson before she goes to track gazelles with two other female cubs of the pride, Tiifu, and Zuri. Later, Kion becomes the leader of the Lion Guard. Simba takes him into The Lair of the Lion Guard and shows him some of the pride's history: the story of how his great-uncle Scar destroyed his own Lion Guard because they refused to help him kill and overthrow his older brother, Mufasa.
When Kion assembles a Lion Guard that is not made up entirely of lions, Simba reminds his son that there are plenty of good lions in the pride for him to select for the Guard. However, when the members of the Guard prove capable of driving hyenas out of the Pride Lands, both Simba and the pride's queen, Nala, welcome the new Lion Guard.
The prince of Simba's pride, Kion, is the main protagonist of the series and appears in each episode of the show. The others members of the pride serve as supporting characters, and each of them appears in numerous episodes.
Simba falls into a sinkhole along with Bunga. Kion and the rest of the Guard do their best to rescue the pair of them as Nala and Kiara attend an elephant concert. Simba and Kion arrive just as the concert ends.
Nala takes Kiara and Kion on a trip to discover "Udugu" a trip that all siblings in the royal family take, while Simba leads the Lion Guard. After their adventures, the royal family rejoice over what it means to have udugu as they watch over the Pride Lands.
Simba invites all the Pride Lands leaders to Mizimu Grove for the Savannah Summit including Makuu trying to place trust in the crocodile. While he asks his son and the guard to watch over things just in the case the others aren't ready to accept Makuu. After thinking through the guard figures out that Makuu is the target of a plot set up by Vuruga Vuruga and Twiga but the crocodile takes great pleasure in the plot and is finally accepted among the others leaders. With Simba telling Kion he did a good job.
After the guard accidentally wakes up Makuu and his float; Makuu goes to talk to Simba about finding enough water. to get through the rest of the dry season and Kion's whole family attends the Mashindiao between Makuu and Kiburi. But Kiburi (along with Ushari's devious planning) uses the duel to take out Simba, however, thanks to the Lion Guard it was averted. So for Kiburi and his friend's attempt to attack him, Simba banishes them from the Pride Lands and when he hears Makuu forgiving Ono for his earlier mistake. Simba asks the crocodile if this is the new 'crocodile way' and he replies it might be.
The entire pride attends the Ukumbusho where they all happily see the show go off without a hitch until a swarm of bees scares Ma Tembo and her herd into stampeding. Most of the pride notice the bees but stay in place and Simba tries to call out to Ma Tembo in concern but stays with the pride. After the elephants have calmed down the pride watches a new tradition as the Ukumbusho continues.
When Bunga wants to give his uncles the best Christmas ever, Simba and his family, plus Zuri and Tiifu, agree to join in with the celebrations. After rehearsing all night, they are about to give up until Bunga reveals to them how important it is to him, and why. They return and perform The Twelve Ways of Christmas with the other animals.
At Pride Rock, many Pride Landers have gathered for the Kumbuka celebration. As he starts the celebration, Sumu sneaks to the top of Pride Rock and stings Simba on his tail. Although Simba feels the sting, his body reacts almost immediately to the poison, and he collapses while Sumu sneaks away unseen. When everyone rushes to his aid, Simba weakly directs them to his tail, and Rafiki inspects the bloated sting mark. When he reveals it to be that of a scorpion, Kion sends Ono to find it.
But before they can catch him, Sumu enters a hole which leads to the Outlands. Having made sure that the danger has left the Pride Lands, the Guard return to Pride Rock. They find Timon and Pumbaa sobbing uncontrollably, unaware of exactly how bad Simba's condition is.
When they enter Pride Rock, they find Nala and Kiara comforting the barely conscious King, while the Royal Mjuzi and his apprentice use a variety of mixtures that they hope will cure Simba. Suddenly, Rafiki remembers the cure - Volcanic Ash. However, he warns them that it must be recovered by sundown. With the closest volcano being the one in the Outlands, the Lion Guard offer to retrieve it. Rafiki hands Bunga a gourd to place the ash in, but Bunga's cockiness results in the gourd breaking. Rafiki decides to send Makini out with the Guard, and she attaches another gourd to her Bakora Staff. With everyone set, they head out.
When Makini and the rest of the Lion Guard arrive, Kion is dismayed to find his father still on his side, with his mother and sister deeply upset. He gently nudges his father, who weakly acknowledges his son.
Nala explains that, although weak, Simba will be fine. Kion thanks Rafiki, who reminds him that the Lion Guard deserve just as much of the credit. When Timon and Pumbaa start to cry in happiness, Rafiki ushers everyone out, stating that the King needs to rest. As they leave, Kion tells Rafiki that he needs to speak with his father. Rafiki suggests speaking later, so the cub tells him about how they saw Scar, and how he caused the sting in the first place. Worried, Rafiki agrees that, when his father is better, he will need to speak with him.
Kion and Simba talk to Mufasa together about Scar's returning. though the problem is beyond his experience, 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.
Simba is the king of the pride and the Pride Lands. He is a full grown lion with orange-gold fur and a full crimson mane who greatly resembles his father Mufasa. He takes the pride's traditions seriously, does his best to respect other animals' customs, and cares greatly for his family. He is the father of Kion and Kiara, the mate of Nala, the son of Mufasa, and the nephew of Scar.
Nala is the queen of the pride and the Pride Lands. She is a dark tawny lioness with turquoise eyes and a brown tail tuft. She is determined and confident, and has a great amount of faith in her son Kion's abilities. Though very assertive, she also does her best to be supportive of Simba. She is the daughter of an unnamed lion, the mother of Kion and Kiara, the mate of Simba, and the daughter-in-law of Mufasa.
Kiara is the princess of the pride who is destined to become queen. She is a lioness cub with light peach-tan fur, a dark pink nose, red-brown eyes, and a brown tail tuft. She is stubborn and headstrong, and is eager to become the queen of the Pride Lands. She is Simba and Nala's daughter, Kion's older sister, Mufasa and Nala's Father's granddaughter, and Scar's great-niece, as well as a friend of Kovu, Tiifu and Zuri's.
Kion is the prince of the pride, the fiercest member and leader of the pride's Lion Guard. He is a lion cub with golden fur, a small mane of bright red hair atop his head, bright brown eyes, and an orange Mark of the Guard imprinted on his shoulder. Responsible and serious, Kion is an adept leader who does his best to avoid unnecessary violence. He is the son of Simba and Nala, the younger brother of Kiara, Mufasa and Nala's Father's grandson and Scar's great-nephew.
Tiifu is a lioness cub of the pride. She has pale cream-colored fur with a small tuft sticking up atop her head, three pinks spots on either side of her muzzle, pale rims on her ears, and olive green eyes. She is curious, loyal, and slightly snarky, and is very devoted to her friend Kiara, doing her best to impress and defend her. She is also friends with Zuri, and is very caring towards her.
Zuri is a lioness cub of the pride. She has tawny-orange fur with a small, swept back tuft sticking up atop her head, darker markings below her dark azure eyes, pale ovals on the tops of her dark-rimmed ears, and a dark magenta nose. She is very sensitive, melodramatic, cares greatly about the state of her claws, and has a distaste for insects, mud, and gazelles. She is friends with Tiifu and Kiara.
Mufasa is a deceased lion who was the king of the pride (until his death at the hands of Scar), and is now a Great King of the Past. He has large, square features, orange fur, a full red mane, and small red eyes. A wise, helpful lion, Mufasa often appears as a spiritual guide for Kion to give him advice on any problems that he might be having. He is the father of Simba, the older brother of Scar, and the paternal grandfather of Kion and Kiara.
Scar is a deceased lion who used to be the leader of the Lion Guard, and later, the king of the Pride Lands, after he killed his older brother Mufasa and destroyed his Guard to gain the throne. He was a lean, angular, dark-colored lion with red eyes and a scar on one side of his face, hence his name. He is the uncle of Simba and the great-uncle of Kion and Kiara.
Nala's Father was a lion who used to be a member of the pride. He greatly resembles his grandson Kion, with golden-orange fur and a tuft of red hair on his head. As a cub, he once fell from a tree and was saved by the Lion Guard of his time. He is the father of Nala and the maternal grandfather of Kion and Kiara.
Zira is a lioness who used to be a member of the pride, but is now an Outsider. She is a fully grown lioness with brown fur and a notch on one of her striped ears. Her angular eyes are red. She is the mother of Nuka, Vitani and Kovu. Simba banished her and her family from the Pride Lands to the Outlands sometime after Scar's defeat due to them remaining loyal to Scar.
Nuka is a teenage lion who used to be a member of the pride, but is now an Outsider. He has dull brown fur and a ragged mane that is not fully grown. Like his mother's, Nuka's eyes are red. He lived with the pride during the reign of Scar. He is the son of Zira and the older brother of Vitani and Kovu. Simba banished him and his family from the Pride Lands to the Outlands sometime after Scar's defeat.
Vitani is a lioness cub who used to be a member of the pride, but is now an Outsider. She has orange-brown fur that is distinctively long on her head, forming a scruffy tuft. She lived with the pride during the reign of Scar. She is the daughter of Zira, the younger sister of Nuka and the sister of Kovu. Simba banished her and her family from the Pride Lands to the Outlands sometime after Scar's defeat.
Kovu is a lion cub who used to be a member of the pride, but is now an Outsider. He lived with the pride during the reign of Scar, who chose Kovu to be his heir. He is the son of Zira and the younger brother of Nuka and Vitani. Simba banished him and his family from the Pride Lands to the Outlands sometime after Scar's defeat. Sometime after this he met and befriended Simba's daughter Kiara.
Lioness is a lioness who used to be a member of the pride, but is now an Outsider. She has scruffy chamoisee fur and amber-red eyes that are rimmed with darker brown fur. A loyal member of the Outsiders, she obeys Zira without question, choosing not to listen to anyone else's reasoning. She is swift and quick to act, though when taking by surprise, is easily defeated.
The following are known members of Simba's Pride who have not received an official name.
Scar's Lion Guard
Paintings of past Lion Guards
Paintings of past Lion Guards
Paintings of past Lion Guards
A painting of a past Lion Guard saving Nala's Father