Nala's Father: A Speculative Article

Nala's Father: A Speculative Article


Who is Nala's father? Four options explored: Rogue lions, Pridelander lions, Scar and Mufasa


Nala is one of the most important characters in The Lion King, playing a major role as Simba's cubhood friend and eventually Queen. She is a very central character to the plot, but she also plays a part in one of the largest mysteries in the movie... only her mother, Sarafina, is shown in a scene where Nala is a cub. So, the fans wonder, who could be her father?

 

Nala and her mother Sarafina

 

There are a few theories - some say Mufasa (Simba's father), others say Scar (Mufasa's brother), and still some say it could be another male in the pride or out of the pride.

 

This article is going to explore all of the possibilities.

 

King

 

 

 

First up, a male lion out of the pride. This has been suggested by several fans and their fan characters. I'm not personally sure on the mating rules regarding this sort of thing, but I'm not too sure Mufasa would have been too thrilled if one of his lionesses became pregnant with a wandering lion. Nala looks very much like a Pridelander, so perhaps it could have been a lion of a neighbouring pride - but, we do not know, as this is a very open idea.

 

What about a male lion in the pride? Although the movie makes no mention about other males in the pride, I believe the Six Adventures series does make a few mentions about and several depictions of some, the main one I can think of being Leo, another being Mega.

Leo

 
 

But, if we are to narrow this down to official opinion, we do have a hint. At the Lion King Reunion in 2004, the directors (Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff) said Nala's father was not originally determined, but that it could be either of our next two prime contenders - Scar or Mufasa.

Lion

 
 

Let's first focus on the idea that Mufasa is Nala's father. This would mean however that Nala is Simba's half-sister, an idea that makes us humans a little squeamish. It would certainly account for Nala's bright colors and Priderlander look, plus the leader of the pride in the wild has mating rights with all of the lionesses. Although, surely Mufasa wouldn't quite want Simba to be married to his sister? Perhaps this added incentive for them to be betrothed though, because Mufasa could trust one of his own blood a bit better, but this wouldn't make too much sense either. Why would they interbreed when in the wild lions rarely interbreed?
There is possible proof that Mufasa is Nala's father, however, in the movie, when Nala and Simba argue in the jungle. This is said:
Simba: You're starting to sound like my father.
Nala: Good. At least one of us does.
Doesn't that sound like... Mufasa?

Idea

 
 

The other contender is Scar. Hold on tight for this paragraph, this gets a bit complex Father
In the physical features section, it would account for her green eyes, but not so much the fact that her fur color is a touch lighter than her mother's. But if Scar was Nala's father, she would only be Simba's cousin - less icky than half-siblings.
There is also another reason to support that Scar is Nala's father - Scar did not kill Nala when he murdered Mufasa/made Simba disappear/took over the pride. Seeing as Sarabi technically has no claim to the throne since her husband, the old King, is dead, and she is not part of the royal bloodline, if Nala was Mufasa's daughter she would be second-in-line after Scar... and a threat.
In wild lion prides, when a new lion takes over the pride, he kills all the cubs and sometimes female adolescents. But Scar did not kill Nala. Why? Perhaps because she is his daughter, and he couldn't risk angering the other lionesses?
This also brings me to the next point though. In The Lion King on Broadway musical, Scar wants Nala as his mate. It'd be a bit wrong to be pursuing your daughter for a mate... but then again, by this stage Scar has gone power-mad. Who knows?

Simba

 
 

That's why I've left it up to you to decide. The "other lion" theories are plausible but not canon-supported like the Mufasa and Scar ones are. Mufasa is a bright-colored Pridelander and was the Lion King. Green-eyed Scar didn't kill Nala when he otherwise should have, but may have had his eyes on her as a mate.

Pride

 

There are supportive ideas and not-so-supportive ideas for all of our four common opinions. Hopefully after reading this you will be able to make a more informed decision based on the points I have written here, and also importantly, I hope you enjoyed reading.
 

Nala

 

-Cobaltié






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August 23, 2016
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I think the dialogue about, "You sound like my father" makes a better argument against Mufasa being Nala's father, since if such were the case it would have made more sense for Simba to say, "Our father," or even just "Father" or "Dad."

All in all, I think the "other lion" theories are the most likely.

izzo
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September 23, 2012
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that is well ok but that was interesting, but u are right about Disney

August 20, 2012
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As someone who spends most of their time watching National Geographic, allow me to share my thoughts.

In wild lion prides, there are often 2 or even 3 male lions that mate the females. Often, these males are brothers. Uncles WILL breed their brother's daughters! Cubs from the same litter (i.e. the same mother) usually don't interbreed, as this weakens the bloodlines. In fact, the male cubs are driven away from the pride when their manes start to come in at around 8 months of age. HOWEVER, it is not uncommon for cubs from different mothers (though they may share the same father) to grow up and mate (providing the pride allows the young males to remain in the pride and breed). These half-sibling pairings occur frequently and rarely weaken the bloodline. If anything, it strengthens it.

That being said, Nala's father could be either Mufasa OR Scar. Often times, the top male will go out and patrol the borders of the pride's territory. While he is gone, his brother[s] will breed whichever females are in heat at the time.

Of course, this is Disney we're talking about. Disney likes to sugar-coat things (i.e, lie to kids), so there's very little truth in ANY of their fictional nature movies.

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August 20, 2012
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Nala's eyes are blue not green!

Charlion45
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June 24, 2012
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In my head, Jasari is Nala's dad. And ScarxSarafina is Mheetu. That's in my head. Anyway, lovley artical!;)

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June 24, 2012
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Vitani's Sister
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I believe these two equally:

1. Scar and Sarafina, as teenagers, were in love. So when they became a bit older they had 'thingy' and Sarafina became pregnant. Now, Scar, even though he loved Sarafina, didn't want any cubs so he ditched her and left the cub 'fatherless'. The reason he wanted her as a mate was because A he was just power-mad and he did say "Tell me I'm adored" saying he may ave missed her or B, he had simply forgotten Sarafina or just wanted to keep Nala as unsuspicous as possible about...you know.

2. Sarafina was single and ready to mate (Okay...) and she was in a neighbouring pride that had similar features to the Pridelanders, and the king there wanted to mate with her...so along came Nala and when she joined the pride lands King Muffy, because of Nala's bloodline, chose her to be his son's bethrothed.

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April 05, 2012
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Scar was supposed to be a rogue initially, and they changed it later on to make it more personal. Just something to think about.

December 14, 2011
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"Scar did not kill Nala when he murdered Mufasa/made Simba disappear/took over the pride. Seeing as Sarabi technically has no claim to the throne since her husband, the old King, is dead, and she is not part of the royal bloodline, if Nala was Mufasa's daughter she would be second-in-line after Scar... and a threat" - So what? The books reveal he lets other cubs live and even Ni, a TRUE threat to his throne, spends the night. Nala would've been his princess if she were his daughter, but she receives no special treatment, no one calls her princess, and no one objects to this obvious incest or even comments upon it. When Nala returns, Scar doesn't point out by bringing Simba back she's given up her throne.

And if he were the father, don't you think she would've pointed this out to snap him OUT of this madness? Or at least the hyenas? Maybe the pride. But no one does, because she's not.

The idea Scar or Mufasa sired Nala is not "Canon supported". It's just another - rather stupid - theory that has no substance.

December 14, 2011
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"but I'm not too sure Mufasa would have been too thrilled if one of his lionesses became pregnant with a wandering lion?"
Why not? What's he got to loose? If anything he's gained a betrothal for his son. Besides, he already has a queen who is clearly his sole mate. If anything, SARABI wouldn't be too thrilled if her mate went around screwing everyone.°x°
"It would certainly account for Nala's bright colors and Priderlander look, plus the leader of the pride in the wild has mating rights with all of the lionesses." - Nala's colors are not primarily bright. ONLY when she is a cub are they, and there is no "lead male" in a lion pride. There are 1-4 males, brothers or no, and they all have equal mating rights. Where is everyone getting this bullcrap from? :/:

"In the physical features section, it would account for her green eyes, but not so much the fact that her fur color is a touch lighter than her mother's." You are assuming Nala's eyes are unarguably green. In SP, various comics, and even in the newest poster for TLK3D they appear teal-ish color and teal leans more towards blue NOT green. Also, Sarafina is a light color, Scar is VERY light color(bright brownish-orange) so how'd Nala's coat get to be dark? Can you give me an explination?


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June 04, 2011
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i didn't even reliss that nala said that in the jungle and it makes seance that scar can be her father so im clueless.:/:

May 21, 2011
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The Six New Adventures were not written nor approved by the film makers so just forget anything those books say. They're nothing to do with canon nor the official movie universe.

"There is possible proof that Mufasa is Nala's father, however, in the movie, when Nala and Simba argue in the jungle. This is said:
Simba: You're starting to sound like my father.
Nala: Good. At least one of us does.
Doesn't that sound like... ?"

No, it doesn't. It's just one of us as in one of two individuals who knew the guy in talks.

I'm guessing that in 10 years the directors had forgotten they'd made Mufasa have an arranged marriage for Simba and Nala. Because it makes no sense AT ALL for Mufasa to arrange a marriage between his own children.

Not to mention that it would be out of Disney's morals to have half-siblings make a child together. And I don't see anything in the film to support Mufasa as Nala's father any more likely than some random lion because maybe she just inherited her mother's colours and pridelander looks as she obviously looked like her anyway. On the contrary there are numerous facts in the film to deny Mufasa from being the father.

But really, if it was even Scar I think they would've just said so, instead of "could be". Also the fact that Nala's father wasn't originally determined speaks of how they weren't exactly keen on making Scar or Mufasa her father.

So, to me it seems that Nala's father still hadn't been determined but they just said whatever first came into their mind by real life lion prides, while completely lacking to think back to all that they put into the film.

Good other examples are Anne Rice who when asked, claimed that her vampire Lestat was 19 years old when he was turned into a vampire even though The Vampire Lestat book she wrote some 20 years earlier clearly says it was his 21st year when he killed the wolves and even from that point on it took time for him to get to run away to Paris and become an actor star there. The book literally describes that it took a long time. So in canon he could not possibly have been 19 but more like 23 or so, 21 in the least.

And J.K.Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books, has in an interview said that Death Eaters can not conjure a Patronus Charm. It is a Charm thatis very advanced magic and in essence takes nothing but an extremely happy memory. Death Eaters not being able to conjure that makes absolutely no sense. Because in canon there are some VERY powerful and skilled wizards among the Death Eaters and in any case they're humans too and what makes a person throughly and truly happy is an individual thing. Someone might draw true happiness out of a memory that would make someon else sad. So there is no way in hell Death Eaters couldn't conjure that charm just as well as anyone else. So, Mrs. Rowling obviously just didn't think it through but threw an interview answer atop of her head.

My point; information coming from interviews should not be blindly taken as the truth for author's intent because indeed sometimes they have never thought of the answer before and thus throw something atop of their hats or have forgotten something about their original work.

I don't think it was a hint to the father's identity. I think it was a thoughtless answer to a question that they'd never heard before nor bothered to think of while they might have even forgotten details of their film.

I consider canon information words that the canon creators have taken time to form or at least make sense to the actual literal canon content. That answer about Nala's father doesn't seem like either case to me.

PS. Where can I watch/listen to that Reunion from 2004?

lioness jhr
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April 24, 2011
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Just to say, I don't think you need this but I'll tell you anyway: It could be Scar because no one should care about what happened in the Broadway, simply because it is not official.:!

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February 26, 2011
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We forgot to take in the most important account here-
it's Disney. Disney doesn't focus so much on making sense and depicting nature as upstanding good moral values and a good name for their company. I mean, they do sneak lewd and not appropriate for children things in a lot of movies, but I think this is too much even for them.

October 07, 2010
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Well, if Nala's father was to be Mufasa, then Simba would have said (when they were arguing in the jungle), "You're starting to sound like OUR father." Unless the fact that Nala's father was Mufasa was hidden to the lionesses of the pride.

Though it might be like that, this is Disney. They would NEVER accept movies that involve incest, if there was a way that the movie showed it. Therefore, the highest chance is another lion, because--as you said-- they were existing in The Lion King: Six New Adventures.

There also might be a chance Nala's mother mated with a wandering lion, who has a similar fur to her. She looks EXACTLY like her mother, which increases the impossibility to find out her father.

But, this question is eventually left un-answered, which is why, no matter what we say, Nala's father might be forever unknown.

June 27, 2010
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TBSP Omega Female
cool article though it was realy well informed

June 27, 2010
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TBSP Omega Female
wow thats alot of info hhhmmm yer i still think Nala's dad was another of the males in the pride lands ,i always thought that but i have an idea of why he was never mentioned , he might have been kicked out of the pride lands when Mufasa became king ,it was possible that Nala's dad did'nt like Mufasa and so when Ahead died he left before nala was born

June 21, 2010
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i think it was another male lion in the pride...the movie didnt exactly show all of the lion in the pride sooo....good article though!!

May 21, 2010
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I'm an Outlander *Love Vitani*
You maded a great article. I enjoyed reading it. I think that Nala's father is neither Mufassa nor Scar, but rather a lion from another pride.:p

April 19, 2010
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Anastasia Admin
Good information.

April 14, 2010
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Harry Potter FTW
Awesome, but as Taka said, very icky. Very. I'm still on the 'It was a rogue lion' theory, though.

March 20, 2010
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Stella - ok, what????????????:!

March 14, 2010
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Good article, mind you, very icky.

In the wild, sure close blood relatives mate, why, humans did so up to the middle ages, but I think for the purpose of a Disney movie though we can be rid of the whole "what lions do in nature" thing (if one does their homework they find that Kovu and Kiara were almost made cousins in the Lion King two before Disney flipped over their heads to change it). In the idolized fantasy world of Disney movies, children are born from happy couples and if there is an issue with one of the parents, it generally involves an evil stepparent. Thus Nala's father is most likely a male lion of distant blood relation to Simba or the rest of the main Royal family, maybe a prince or royal lion from a nearby pride, whom mated with Sarafina. There is even doubt as to whether Sarafina is even a member of Mufasa's pride and the whole arranged marriage thing eluded to by Zazu in the first film was something organized by two different royal families (like what has been done in many countries with monarchies for centuries - a kind of political love game).
I think that when the directors met and said 'maybe Scar, maybe Mufasa' they were just toying with the idea without coming right out and saying 'you're all nuts - it is neither'.

Sorry to come off like I'm ranting, but I am clearly biased against having Scar or Mufasa the father of Nala... But all the speculation in the world cannot replace what isn't there in the first place, however the more everyone tries, the closer we get and the more rock solid the theories become (although some of the enjoyment of the Lion King is that each individual viewer can speculate for themselves).

This was a great article though, well written. Keep up the good work...












































































































































































































































































































































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March 10, 2010
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Good article, mind you, very icky.

In the wild, sure close blood relatives mate, why, humans did so up to the middle ages, but I think for the purpose of a Disney movie though we can be rid of the whole "what lions do in nature" thing (if one does their homework they find that Kovu and Kiara were almost made cousins in the Lion King two before Disney flipped over their heads to change it). In the idolized fantasy world of Disney movies, children are born from happy couples and if there is an issue with one of the parents, it generally involves an evil stepparent. Thus Nala's father is most likely a male lion of distant blood relation to Simba or the rest of the main Royal family, maybe a prince or royal lion from a nearby pride, whom mated with Sarafina. There is even doubt as to whether Sarafina is even a member of Mufasa's pride and the whole arranged marriage thing eluded to by Zazu in the first film was something organized by two different royal families (like what has been done in many countries with monarchies for centuries - a kind of political love game).
I think that when the directors met and said 'maybe Scar, maybe Mufasa' they were just toying with the idea without coming right out and saying 'you're all nuts - it is neither'.

Sorry to come off like I'm ranting, but I am clearly biased against having Scar or Mufasa the father of Nala... But all the speculation in the world cannot replace what isn't there in the first place, however the more everyone tries, the closer we get and the more rock solid the theories become (although some of the enjoyment of the Lion King is that each individual viewer can speculate for themselves).

This was a great article though, well written. Keep up the good work...




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