Lineage of Nuka, Vitani, and Kovu--Their Parents

Lineage of Nuka, Vitani, and Kovu--Their Parents

More speculations on the parents of our favorite little Outsiders

I have yet another theory on Zira's little family over there.  Sorry if there's many other topics/articles on this, but anyways...  Here are my theories:


Nuka, Swahili meaning: Smelly

TLK hints at Nuka's parentage, such as in the line muttered by Nuka: "Kovu Kovu Kovu.  Scar wasn't even his father."  This suggests that Scar was Nuka's father, as Nuka seems to consider himself more deserving when it comes to taking the throne, possibly because of his own lineage.  So, I believe, as do my other TLK fans, Scar sired Nuka.  As for his mother, the most popular candidate is Zira, which I agree with.  Nuka refers multiple times to Zira as "mother," suggesting that he is indeed her son, and Zira shows deep affection for him as he is dying, and refers to him as "my baby."

Therefore, Scar+Zira=Nuka


Vitani, Swahili meaning: Battle (Original name said to be Shetani, which means "Satan" in Swahili)

There are virtually no hints in TLK2 to who Vitani's parents may be.  However, if we consider her unique appearance, we might be able to make a reasonable guess.  Let's take into account Vitani's yellow-golden-blonde coloring, dark eye 'rims', and a backwards chin-tuft, as well as the obvious fact that she resembles an Outsider.  Now, the rarest feature about her is probably her bright blue-purple eyes, if we set aside her signature head-tuft.  Who else do we know who has blue eyes?  First lion that comes to mind: NALA!  But, we can't forget her mother, Sarafina, as well.  So here's my theory for Vitani's parentage:  Scar, being king at the time, could take whatever mate he wished, and after siring Nuka, realized Zira could not provide him a suitable heir.  He mated with Sarafina, and she bore him Vitani.  However, in Scar's eyes, Vitani could not be ruler because she was female.  Sarafina, wanting nothing to do with Scar or the daughter he had given her, abandoned Vitani, who was taken in by Zira.  So you see?  Timing works out (Vitani is closer to Kovu/Kiara's generation than Nala's), appearance checks (blue eyes, backwards chin-tuft, nose color, and blonde fur from Sarafina, and Outsider appearance, nose shape, puffy cheeks, dark eye 'rims', and possibly head-tuft from Scar), parental age works (Sarafina and Scar are more-or-less in the same generation, though I'm not sure how lions view the whole age thing), and the Zira-as-a-foster-mother thing fits (Vitani is taken with Zira to the Outlands after the exile by Simba).  Though Vitani does refer to Zira as "mother," this would most likely be because she was raised by Zira.  Also, this explains the rivalry between Nala and Vitani--as this would make the two half-sisters--in TLK2, in which Vitani taunts Nala by saying, "Where's your pretty daughter, Nala?"  Nala responds by angrily muttering "Vitani!" and the two proceed to fight. 

Therefore, Scar+Sarafina=Vitani


Kovu, Swahili meaning: Scar

The only thing we know about Kovu is that his father was not Scar, but nevertheless was selected to be his heir.  Most likely, neither of Kovu's parents appeared in any of the films (though I believe Kovu's father to be Chumvi due to similar coloring--his mother remains unknown.  Though some believe her to be Zira, I think think is unlikely due to 1. the fact that there are zero indications of this in the movies and 2. the age difference between Zira and Chumvi.  However, Kovu's mother most likely was an Outsider, giving him his partial Outlander appeareance.)  My theory is, for whatever reason, Kovu was abandoned as a cub very near the end of Scar's reign, and Scar, desperate for an heir, selected the healthiest cub he could find and proclaimed him his successor, naming him [in Swahili] after himself, and giving him to Zira to raise.  Kovu was most likely very young at the time of the Outsider's exile to the Outlands.

Therefore, Chumvi+???=Kovu

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January 27, 2015
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i don't really think chumvi is Kovu's father. It doesn't make sense. Just because he is 'brown' doesn't mean he is kovu's father. Compare pics. Chumvi is a yellowish brown, while kovu is a reddish brown.
What about kovu's mother? She would have an black outsider nose, green eyes, dark eye rims, and a light pelt. Looks too much like Kovu? And as i said before, chumvi is a yellowish brown.Where does he get the head tuft? That proves Chumvi is not kovu's father. Chumvi wouldn't abandon his mate and cub like that. And about vitani. Where does she get the freckles,earrims,etc? If sarafina abandoned vitani, why didn't she abandon nala? After all, vitani was her daughter. Also, vitani's body structure doesn't look like sarafina or scar. And scarxtama. Vitani has more rough and bigger head tuft than tama. She has a more outlander appearance than tama.

December 07, 2013
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It all makes sense now

February 27, 2013
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I LOVE your Nuka theory, but I think for Vitani and Kovu:

Tama + Scar = Vitani

Chumvi + Zira = Kovu

Vitani and Kiara
July 25, 2012
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I think:

Scar + Zira = Nuka - yes. Zira is muscular, you have to admit, and he thought she could provide a good offspring - but when Nuka was born, Scar thought "What the heck is that?!" And cast him aside as useless.

Scar + Tama = Vitani - yes. I know what you're thinking "NO BLUE EYES! DIFERENT UNIVERSE!" But eye color can be inherited from great/grandparents, not jut the mum and dad. And Scar appears in books as well as the movie, and comics and books are roughly the same thing, aren't they?
Anyway, shortly before or maybe even shortly after flirting with Nala, and she ran off, Scar looked around and saw Tama was the only other lioness who was in heat. So, they mated and She gave birth to Vitani. Another lioness had given birth to a son who Zira planned on kidnapping, but she got confued and kidnapped Vitani instead.

Chumvi + Outsider girl = Kovu - yes. Maybe a day or few hours after Vitani was born, the outsdr gave birth to lil' Kovu. But Chumvi left the lioness he was with because she was to loyal to Zira and Scar, so she gave the cub away because she did not want to be reminded of the sadness!

Thats' what i think.

July 24, 2012
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Below: I LOVE Nuka. I wish he would not have died either. He should have joined Simba's pride like his siblings. If I had a say in the ambush scene, I would have kept him over Vitani if I had to make a choice. He is just an epic character. ROASTY TOASTY PRINCESS!

July 22, 2012
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poor nuka he was her baby her first born 2 she was so sad i creid.......he was my favorite

July 21, 2012
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Oops! Sorry! The first lion I'm talking about is Vitani.:red:

July 21, 2012
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I agree with Nuka, but Vitani and Kovu? Not really. I think Zira was the mother. Her blue eyes could have been inherited from Mohatu. I believe he had blue eyes. Traits can come from grandparents, ya know. and when she grows up, her body structure cannot have come from Pride Lander genes. The colour of the eyes does not tell everything about who had it. Traits can be passed down generations and never show up.
Kovu? I think Scar went out one day to see if anything was in the Pridelands to hunt (the lionesses would not go hunt, and Zira was probably watching her cubs that time). So Scar found this little cub alone and helpless. He was a little skinny, probably because of being alone and having no source of food for a few days. But he looked like he had good potential, and looked a lot like Scar- he would be perfect, scar thought as he picked the cub up and headed back to Pirde Rock. Zira was able to give the cub milk.
I know I have a different theory of Kovu in another comment somewhere else, but I have realized a fault in it.
And not to be mean, but who is Chumvi?? I have never heard of him in the movies or anything.
This stuff is just my opinion. Not fact. Believe what you like

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June 23, 2012
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Um, I agree 100% on the uka and Kovu's dads thing, but...Vitani is Sarafina and Scar's cub? Seriously...? No, I think (I THINK!!!) it was Taam and Tojo and they were killed by Zira because she thought Vitani was a boy and wanted to give Scar his precious heir but kept the cub anyway. there - my theory.

June 22, 2012
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Vitani calls Zira, "Mother." and calls Nuka her brother. Sarafina is NOT her MOM! Scar didn't mate with Sarafina, cause then that would've made Nala Simba's who-knows-what-number cousin! Because Scar is Simba's uncle, that's not true.

May 09, 2012
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YES! THANK YOU! You. Are. Fabulous. I knew you were great right from the moment you said that Nuka saying (about Kovu) "Scar wasn't even his father" I knew you were GREAT! You are the first person I have seen to mention this which I completely agree with! Props to you friend.

April 11, 2012
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There are no right or wrong theories. Everyone has a right to their own opinion. Great article by the way.

April 09, 2012
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This is a fantastic article, and I greatly respect your views. But to be honest, the one with Vitani being Sarafina and Scar's daughter however logical, would not happen. Because we must remember that TLK is not real, it is a cartoon for children, people of all ages and families to watch, made by Disney. I highly doubt that Disney would write such a dark storyline, so however much I do think that part of the article does make sense, and might have thought the same had it not been a family disney film, I disagree.
Also, the part about Chumvi being the father of Kovu. That, once again, is obviously a well thought through and thought over theory, but I disagree with this one for the simple fact that Chumvi is not part of TLK films, just a comic, and kovu, as we know is in the films. They are technically in a different universe, made by different creators.Although I do know what you mean, Chumvi is the right age to have fathered Kovu, and does look a lot like him, so I fully understand this.
But the Nuka article, well I couldn't disagree with a word of it! Beautifully written with evidence of the points you made.

I really enjoyed this article, and even though I don't agree with all of it, it was interesting to see you're views and opinions as all our opinions our different and there are so many of them, and I look forward to seeing more of your articles! :P

April 09, 2012
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I think those are very good theroies. Though I personally think that Tama and Chumvi are both Vitani and Kovu's parents. But I think your theroies are better then mine. Good job! ;)

March 29, 2012
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I think this should be on The Lion King 2 articles. This is about Nuka, Vitani, and Kovu thus it should be on there instead of here.

February 25, 2012
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Oh yeah,
"Though some believe her to be Zira, I think think is unlikely due to 1. the fact that there are zero indications of this in the movies and 2. the age difference between Zira and Chumvi"

Firstly, who said his father was Chumvi? Although possible, it was probably another lion. And even if he did father Kovu, his mother still could be Zira

As for indication in the movies:

"You've killed your own brother!"
Zira says this to Kovu about Nuka, who calls Zira "mother" and even though adopted/half/step-siblings are sometimes called "brother" and "sister", I think it is more likely that Zira was the mother of Kovu as well.

February 25, 2012
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You have some really great theories, some which I have never thought of or have seen before.
I aree with the ScarxZira=Nuka theory, although he never says "Scar was my father" he says "he wasn't EVEN Kovu's father" which I think was a hidden hint.
As for Sarafina and Scar being the parents for Vitani, I don't think so. I mean, shes the hardest to think of parents. But Vitani calls Zira "mother" for a reason. And I know adopted children do call their adopted parents "mum and dad", But I still think that even though she doesn't look much like Zira, genes can be inherited from grandparents and other family members, not just the mother and father.
And with Chumvi, he isn't the only dark lion out there other than Scar. And as I said before, his dark colouring could come from Zira's side, not neccesarily his father.

But they are still some reallly interesting theories :D

February 24, 2012
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And Chumvi is his father mom is still zira ^.^

February 24, 2012
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Fantastic and amazing article.

-Celtic Kate

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