Simba is the titular main protagonist of Disney's The Lion King franchise.
Why He's the True King of Pride Rock
- Character development: He starts off as a bratty and mischievous child, but then becomes traumatized after the death of his father, Mufasa, which his uncle, Scar, makes him believe he was responsible for, leading to him running away from his homeland and trying to forget all about his past, but upon entering adulthood, he realizes that even though the past can hurt, it is better to face it rather than run from it, and that is exactly what he does.
- Not only is he very well-developed, but the tragedy that he goes through makes him very sympathetic as well.
- While he was hesitant to do so at first due to the trauma that he had been through, with some encouragement from Nala, Rafiki, and the spirit of his father, he returns to the Pride Lands, defeats Scar, and takes his place as the rightful king.
- He is shown to be a loving father to his daughter, Kiara, in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride.
- He showed remorse when Kiara called him out for banishing Kovu from the Pride Lands by telling him that he would never be Mufasa.
- At the end of the second film, with some encouragement from Kiara, he ultimately forgives Kovu and the Outsiders and welcomes them back into his pride.
- With the exception of The Lion Guard (see BQ #4), he is still likable in all of his other appearances outside of The Lion King and The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, including the 2019 remake, which was poorly received by fans of the original film.
- Jonathan Taylor Thomas (his cub voice) and Matthew Broderick (his adult voice) both do a splendid job voicing him.
- Cam Clarke (his singing voice in the second film and his voice in the Kingdom Hearts franchise) also does a decent job voicing him.
- He was initially rather bratty and mischievous as a child, but in a rather charming way, and he still cared for his family and his friends.
- Initially, he refused to return to the Pride Lands and take his place as the rightful king, even after Nala told him that everyone would starve to death, though this is understandable due to the trauma that he had been through.
- In the second film, he was pretty hostile towards Kovu, even going as far as to banish him from the Pride Lands for something that wasn't even his fault, though this is somewhat understandable since Kovu is the hand-chosen heir of Scar, who put him through all of the tragedy that he went through in the first film, and he does redeem himself at the end of the film.
- He was flanderized in The Lion Guard, As He became a bossy jerk Twoards Others. Though he Improves at The Seies Goes on and Redeems himself in the 2019 Remake.
- While he is still likable in the 2019 remake, JD McCrary (his cub voice) and Donald Glover (his adult voice) do a poor job voicing him, as they have little to no energy.
- "Simba" in Swahili means "lion", so he is named after his own species.
- In some concepts, Simba is shown with blue eyes.
- Simba is the first animated Disney character to have a villain as a biological relative, followed by Hercules and later Anna and Elsa in Frozen II.