Are Kovu and Vitani biological brother and sister? Are they Scar's cubs? Are they Zira's cubs?!? Who are their bloody parents?!?!?!
Hellllooooooooooo people! It's been a while, but I've finally decided to make time for another article ^.^
Todays issue is about Vitani and Kovu. (surprise, surprise). Who are their parents and are they really brother and sister?
Now here are my original thoughts in a nutshell:
1) Kovu and Vitani are twins, Vitani being the older
2) They are not Zira and Scar's biological cubs (If you want to know the reason for why I think this then read my other article Cub Confusion)
3) They were adopted by Zira and Scar after their real parents either died or abandonded them
4) They were treated a lot better than Nuka for obvious reasons
So, with that said, lets move on to the real reason I wrote this article. This little conflict has always bugged me and every TLK fan that I know. Everyone I talk to either think that Vitani was Scar's daughter or she's Kovu's litter mate who was Zira's cubs of a different father, I've also heard people discussing whether Vitani and Nala are related based on their eye color (blue).
Ok, here are my thoughts on that particular argument, Vitani and Nala are NOT half sisters. Why would the writers of TLK do that? There is no specific reason for them being sisters and even they [the writers] stated that they didn't want any blood relationships in the story. Basically what I'm trying to say is that just because two characters have blue eyes does not mean that they are related. (Even if it is rare within lions).
Back to the issue at hand! After reading some TLK comics, my thoughts and feelings toward Vitani and Kovu's parents have changed drastically. Here, let me show you why:
Look at this picture of a young cub named Tama (found in Trouble in Paradise)
Now look at this picture of a young cub named Tojo (found in The Orphan Birds)
As you can see, Tama has Vitani's hairstyle, Tojo has Vitani's blue eyes. My conclusion is simple: these two youngsters are Vitani's parents.
Moving onto Kovu now, I believe that he too, was not Zira or Scar's biological son, instead, being Vitani's twin from two other parents. But now that I've read The Lion King: Six New Adventures, I've suddenly thought that maybe he's come from a different family all together.
Look at these two cubs, Kula (middle) and Chumvi (far right)
They share the same features as Kovu, so perhaps these two are his real parents. What I've come up with is that Tama and Zira were once good friends (possibly growing up from the same pride), Tama then had a cub with Tojo and had Vitani, saying that should anything ever happen to them then their daughter would be put in Zira's charge. Scar drove out all the male lions from the pride (as many lions do) leaving both Kula and Tama alone raising their cubs, the two lionesses possibly died from lack of food (or whatever reason). Thus, Vitani going into Zira's care. However, seeing as Nuka was not going to be a suitable heir, they took in Kovu to train him as future prince but also because he was probably the healthiest cub at the time.
But then again, we are left questioning if Tama and Tojo can be considered canon, or that whether Zira really is their biological mother, I have no clue. Now unless the maker of TLK make another movie or book, then all we can do guess and make fanfiction. Oh well, these are just some thoughts...