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By Jitin Gambhir

Why Scar Destroyed the Pride Lands


In The Lion King, Scar is portrayed as a highly intelligent and cunning villain. However, during his reign, the Pride Lands were swiftly destroyed and transformed into a desolate wasteland. Disney now offers an explanation for this catastrophic outcome, and it’s not solely the fault of the hyenas.




In Disney Villains: Scar, fans are provided with some crucial insights into Scar’s hunting methods before the events of the film. Firstly, Scar kills for various motives other than sustenance. He makes his entrance into the comic series by attempting to slaughter a young wildebeest simply because he is having a bad day. Additionally, he is shown to kill out of pride, greed, and revenge, directing his aggression towards the “peasants.” Scar’s notoriety for such behavior leads two vultures to associate him with what will eventually become his hyena army, reasoning that there will be even more remains under Scar’s rule. Furthermore, Scar is depicted utilizing hunting privileges to gain favor with lionesses of lower status.



Scar Kills for Fun, Not for Food

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The Lion King depicted Scar as a calculating villain, and the new prequel series confirms this by having Rafiki acknowledge his genuine brilliance and cunning. However, not only were the Pride Lands devastated under Scar’s rule, but there was also a severe shortage of food and water within a few years. Many fans attributed this to Scar allowing the hyenas to wreak havoc, but this explanation never aligned with his character. It was a glaring oversight that contradicted the nature of a clever and controlling villain. Instead, a more plausible explanation is that Scar had multiple shortcomings that culminated in the same disastrous outcome. While he did invite the hyenas into the Pride Lands, he also permitted multiple lioness groups to hunt simultaneously in an attempt to win their loyalty. Moreover, he had a tendency to overkill for emotional reasons. It is more believable that these flaws compounded, rather than Scar simply being unaware of the hyenas’ unruliness.

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Scar’s Tactics Explain Lion King II’s Loyalists

In The Lion KingScar is presented as an intelligent and cunning villain, and yet under his rule the Pride Lands were destroyed in record time, turning into a barren graveyard. Now, Disney is explaining why that was the case – and it’s not the fault of the hyenas.




In Disney Villains: Scarfans learn some key facts about Scar’s hunting techniques before the events of the movie. First, he kills for a variety of reasons other than food. Scar makes his entrance to the comic series by attempting to slaughter a young wildebeest simply because he is having a bad day, and is shown to kill for pride, greed, and revenge, lashing out at the “peasants.” Indeed, Scar is so known for this that two watching vultures resolve to connect Scar with what will later become his hyena army, reasoning that under Scar’s governance, there will be even more leftovers. Scar is also shown using hunting privileges to curry favor with low-status lionesses.



Scar Kills for Fun, Not for Food

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The Lion King presented Scar as a calculating villain, and the new prequel series confirms this, with Rafiki admitting he’s genuinely “brilliant and cunning.” And yet the Pride Lands were not only destroyed under Scar’s watch, but there was no longer any food or water to consume in just a few years. Fans have put this down to Scar letting his hyena enforcers run riot, but this has never fit with his character – it’s a huge oversight that’s against the nature of a clever, controlling villain. However, it makes more sense that Scar had several failings that dovetailed into the same consequences – yes, he invited the hyenas into the Pride Lands, but he also allowed multiple lioness groups to hunt at once to try and buy their loyalty, and he had a habit of over-killing for emotional reasons. It’s more believable that these flaws stacked up, rather than Scar simply not realizing the hyenas were out of control.

Scar’s Tactics Explain Lion King II’s Loyalists

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This more complex image of Scar’s failings explains why – in The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride – Zira’s pride are still loyal to Scar’s memory. If Scar merely let the hyenas run rampant, it’s surprising that so many former followers of Mufasa would support him. However, in Disney Villains: Scar #2Scar is shown organizing separate hunts so that the lower-status lionesses can eat first and get the prime meat. This kind of wasteful policy damaged the balance of the Circle of Life, but it also won Scar truly faithful followers. This explains both why he would take the risk of over-hunting, and why he’s remembered fondly by so many lionesses.

The Lion King set up a plot hole by showing the Pride Lands instantly decimated in Simba’s absence, despite Scar’s brilliance. However, Disney Villains: Scar‘s depiction of Scar’s rise helps to illuminate what his later rule looked like, and why it so quickly turned disastrous.

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