Can You Name All of These Characters From “The Lion King”?

By: Lauren Lubas
Image: Walt Disney Pictures

About This Quiz

Disney loves anthropomorphic animals, and we love Disney, so it is no surprise that Disney's animal movies make a ton of money. "The Lion King" (1994) was one of Disney Studios' biggest hits. When it was released in 1994, it was the second highest-grossing movie of all time ... of course, this was before "Titanic" (1997) and the superhero boom of the mid-2000s. 

However, for an animated feature, this box office success turned the tides of children's entertainment (as well as Disney's production status). It even spawned multiple sequels and television shows as well as a laundry list of characters. There are dozens of excellent characters in "The Lion King" franchise. From fan favorites like Timon and Pumbaa to the lesser liked hyena clan, this quiz will test your "Lion King" skills. 

If you're a real Lion King lover, you will know each and every one of these characters, but if you ever need a little help, we'll give you some hints along the way. Right now, it's time to test your Lion King character identification skills. Let's see if you can name all 40 of these characters without any help at all.

While Mufasa is played by the same voice actor as Darth Vader, no character from "The Lion King" is named Darth Vader ... even though that would be really cool. Mufasa dies early on in the movie.

Scar is the lowly little brother who believes that he should be the one running things. When the movie starts, we learn that Mufasa and Simba stand in the way of Scar ruling the Pride Lands, which is the basis for the entire plot.

Simba's story begins with him learning that there is more to being the king than being spoiled. However, his lessons end abruptly when his father is killed in a stampede. When you rewatch the movie, you might think he is on the fast track to becoming Joffrey.

Nala is a strong woman who can overtake Simba without a problem at the beginning of the original movie and toward the end. She is the first one to find out that Simba is still alive after Scar claimed he died.

Rafiki is one of the coolest characters that Disney has ever made. He meditates, burns incense and likes to look into the smoke of his fires. He's all about the spiritual side of life, and we should all appreciate him for that.

When you watch "The Lion King" as a child, you think that Zazu is totally annoying and a complete killjoy. However, when you watch the movie as an adult, you realize that Zazu is right ... like all the time.

Sarabi doesn't necessarily have a massive role in the original movie, but she is portrayed as a significant player in the lion world. She takes care of Simba's hygiene needs and tries to keep him out of trouble (without much luck).

Pumbaa is a warthog that has a distinct smell. This smell drives people away ... especially when he is gassy. For that reason, he doesn't really have a lot of friends, but Timon doesn't mind the stink.

Shenzi was voiced by Whoopi Goldberg, and she seemed to be the leader of the hyenas (if you don't count Scar, of course). She's spunky and always up to no good ... as long as it benefits her.

Nuka lives to seek his mother's approval ... he even goes so far as to attempt to murder Simba to show his mother how strong and brave he is. It obviously doesn't work out for him.

Being the chosen heir to Scar's evil mastery, Kovu was bound to be a bad guy. The name Kovu actually means "scar" in Swahili, but he can't be related to Scar, because that would make his relationship with Kiara a little gross (this isn't "Game of Thrones," people).

Simba and Nala's son is Kiara's young brother. His name comes from the Swahili word for "leader," even though he is Simba's second son. He even has a catchphrase: "Hevi kabisa!" that means "Totally intense!"

If you could create a character that was the direct opposite of Timon and Pumbaa, you would most likely create Boss Beaver. He doesn't say Hakuna Matata ever, because there is far too much to worry about.

As the middle child of Simba and Nala, Kiara is fierce, feisty and ready for adventure. Simba is always trying to keep her out of trouble, as her safety is always in jeopardy because of her personality.

Mr. Bear was a good guy on the show, but he didn't have any problems being grumpy. Just don't wake him up from his nap, and you should be fine. He even has an episode where he mimics Smokey the Bear.

Jerry Stiller is the voice of Uncle Max in "The Lion King 1 1/2" (2004). He plays a character that simply believes the every meerkat is just going to end up on the dinner table of another animal.

Banzai is the hyena that always puts his foot in his mouth. Not literally, but figuratively. He says whatever is on his mind and often speaks without thinking. This makes Scar very angry a lot of the time.

As a member of the Lion Guard, Bunga is brave and adventurous. He is Timon and Pumbaa's nephew (by adoption), which is probably where he got his playful and fun-loving personality from.

Dogo is a black-backed jackal who is a part of Reirei's pack. He knows that he looks innocent, and that is how he gains your trust before he betrays you. It's kind of his way of doing things.

Jasiri runs a pack of hyenas that are actually nice and they include Jasiri's sister and two cubs. These hyenas have respect for how life works and won't waste food or kill for the sake of killing.

Fuli is considered the fastest member of the Lion Guard ... which she should be because she's a cheetah after all. She isn't a big fan of the fact that lions rule the Pride Lands, but she puts up with it.

Timon's mother is Ma, an incredibly supportive parent who always tries to encourage her son to be bigger and better. Even when he fails, she is always there to root him on and give him the love he needs.

Ned the Elephant is pretty arrogant. He thinks that he's great at everything he does or tries. You can generally find him teasing Timon and Pumbaa whenever they do something wrong ... which is annoying.

Little Jimmy can be found in the "Timon & Pumbaa" series that aired in the mid- to late-1990s. He was a criminal mastermind who didn't seem to think that the rules of the world applied to him.

Irwin is pretty clumsy, and when we first meet him, Timon and Pumbaa are in Antarctica. Eventually, the awkward penguin makes Timon and Pumbaa's boat sink ... and then an island. It makes sense if you see the episode.

Zira was one of Scar's most loyal followers (that we didn't see in the original movie). In Swahili, her name actually means "hate," which makes total sense, because it is something she's filled with.

Pimon and Tumbaa are the villains from the "Timon & Pumbaa" series. They are buff and mean and terrible characters that are always getting into trouble. The first time we see them, they steal Timon and Pumbaa's bugs.

It isn't "Mankini." It's Makini. Makini loves to learn and she idolizes Rafiki for his great wisdom. She wants nothing more than to learn his secrets through lessons that Rafiki gives.

As a friend of Kiara, Tiifu is a kind soul. She always wants to make sure that she is helpful, but always likes to follow the rules at the same time. She is easily manipulated, though, as she is a very trusting cub.

Corey Burton voices Speedy the Snail in "Timon & Pumbaa" (1995-9). Speedy is a big fan of practical jokes and isn't afraid of going classic with it, using squirting flowers and whoopee cushions.

As far as the Lion's Guard is concerned, Ono is the one who likes to keep his feet on the ground. He is the one who wants to work things through logically before taking action, unlike nearly every other member.

It's not necessarily a creative name, but Gopher didn't have a very big role in the movie, so it doesn't really matter what his name is. He is Zazu's informant and gives him information about what is going on in the Pride Lands.

Hadithi is an African hawk-eagle who claimed to have invented the Hadithi Spin in one episode. He is voiced by John O'Hurley and can be found in the show "The Lion Guard" (2015-present).

When it comes to awesome names in "The Lion King" franchise, Zuri is pretty high up there. While she seems to be a vain character, she's actually very sweet. She simply likes to look good. Her name means "Beautiful."

Cheetata and Cheetato are incredibly intelligent cheetahs on the "Timon & Pumbaa" series. They can be seen in various episodes, the most memorable of which being the one where they have a battle of wits with the hyenas.

He's sneaky and kind of a meanie, but we often see him on "The Lion's Guard" series. Uroho is a yellow baboon, and he is voiced by David Adkins. He runs the Traveling Baboon show, starring Mwevi and Mwizi

While she was only in one episode of "Timon & Pumbaa," Tatiana is actually the reason that Timon is banished from the meerkat colony. He is going to go on a date with her and ends up leaving his post. This leads to her being kidnapped.

Mzingo is a white-backed vulture who lives in the Outlands. He runs Mzingo's parliament, which is just him and another vulture named Mwoga. They are friends of Janja and have allied with him.

Before Pumbaa was sent away for his terrible stink, he dated the love of his life, Sharla. Of course, she only appears in one episode, but we learn a lot about one of our favorite characters through her.

We don't see much of Sarafina, and she doesn't necessarily have a lot of lines in the original movie. However, Nala has to come from somewhere. You can see Sarafina bathing Nala in the early act of the movie.

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