He is the adopted son of Zira, the younger adopted brother of … • "Call of the Drongo" • "Paintings and Predictions" • "The Mbali Fields Migration" • "Bunga and the King" • "The Imaginary Okapi" • "Too Many Termites" • "The Trouble With Galagos" • "Janja's New Crew" • "Baboons!" He looks up in shock just as she swings her paw forward and rakes her claws across his face. Remake: Life's Not Fair • Rafiki's Fireflies • Scar Takes the Throne • Simba is Alive! But Rafiki suddenly appears out of the grass and asks where he thought he was going. She excitedly jumps around him and tells him that she was ready for her first lesson. But then Kovu asks her what she's doing, and Kiara recognizes her old childhood friend. During the wait, Nuka grows impatient and tries to attack Jasiri, but Kovu jumps in the way and warns his brother not to start a fight. The rhinoceroses snort loudly and Kovu and his new friends race back the way they came, with the rhinos in hot pursuit. Simba then yells for Kiara and she quickly tells Kovu to "impress her"; they'd start at dawn. After meeting Kiara again as an adolescent, Kovu begins to cave to his inner good, proving himself to enjoy laughter and good times. The princess is delighted and proceeds to invite her friend to come to the canyon with her so they can watch her father drive away the Outsiders together. However, when faced by his mother, Kovu is submissive and prone to showing his softer side, exposing a desire to befriend and treat kindly the new cub he has just met. "Your welcome, Father." She then growls, "And what have I told you about them?" He compliments her as well and then introduces himself. Kiara • Kovu • Simba • Zira • Timon • Pumbaa • Rafiki • Nala • Zazu • Nuka • Vitani. Slowly, the four begin to circle each other, and Kion learns that Kovu and Nuka's family is not welcome in the Pride Lands. They laugh together and lie down next to a pool. This is shown when, despite Nuka's resentment and jealousy toward him, Kovu still loves his brother unconditionally and is greatly devasted by his death. He asks Kovu to lend a voice, but the Outsider doesn't understand. She tells him that their place was with their pride and that if they left, their families would be divided forever. Kovu attempts to defend Simba but is knocked unconscious by Vitani. At that moment, there is an evil cackle and Simba and Kovu immediately look up to see the Outsiders surrounding them. Being with Kiara, being accepted by Simba and Nala, his new family, having fun, romance Of course, despite the change, people still believe that, because at one point in production Scar was Kovu's Dad, the two are still related, despite what is said in the film, coming out of the characters mouths themselves. Simba and Nala watch them from a nearby hillside, and Simba seeks counsel with the great kings. His paws, underbelly and muzzle are a beige color, and his underbelly does not extend up over his neck. Zira sends Kovu to retrieve and rescue the princess. In the episode, it is revealed that the Outsiders had taken over a waterhole from a hyena clan. He is the prince consort of Pride Rock through his marriage to Kiara. Kovu encounters Kiara, the daughter of Simba. He becomes gentler with and more respectful of Kiara, no longer mocking her for that which she cannot do. The Outsiders, realizing that there's a better way, abandon Zira and walk across the battlefield to join Simba's pride. Kovu defies Zira, resulting in his expulsion from her pride. Despite being the oldest of Zira's children, he is neglected by Zira in favor of Kovu, Scar's chosen heir. But the logs dislodge and Nuka falls backward. They try to decipher pictures in the stars, Kiara spots a baby rabbit and Kovu sees two battling lions. Simba offers Kovu a night's lodging in the den. After Simba manages to escape the Outsiders, Kovu rushes back to the Outsiders to see about Nuka, who had been trapped under falling logs while trying to attack Simba. Later, Simba finally warms up to Kovu and thanks him for saving his daughter's life the other day and invites him in the den with the pride. and Kovu apologizes to his mother and tries to defend himself, admitting that he didn't think Kiara was that bad. She tells him her name and then tries to play tag with him, but he doesn't understand what she's doing. The next morning, Kovu sees Simba taking a drink at the waterhole. In anger of being constantly reminded of his and Scar's similarities, as well as grief and guilt over the loss of his brother, Kovu runs away. As a result, he was referred to by the Outsiders as the Chosen One. Kovu and Nuka meet Kion, the son of Simba. The Lion Guard: Lair of the Lion Guard • Janja's Den • Tree of Life, Instrumental Scores: This Land • Hyenas • ...To Die For • Under the Stars • King of Pride Rock • Didn't Your Mother Tell You Not to Play with Your Food • We are All Connected • Hyenas in the Pride Lands • Elephant Graveyard • I Was Just Trying to Be Brave • Stampede • Mufasa Dies • If You Ever Come Back We'll Kill You • Bowling for Buzzards • We Gotta Bone to Pick With You • Kings of the Past • Nala, is It Really You? While wandering about, he met Kiara, Simba's daughter, who had wandered in the Outlands and bumped into him. He rolls his eyes and counts to three. Afterward, Simba banished Kovu, his family, and several other lionesses who were loyal to Scar to the Outlands. Distraught, Kiara ignores Simba's orders to not leave Pride Rock unescorted and runs away to find Kovu. After hearing Simba's retelling of Scar's story, he realizes how just how wrong his mother has been in her opinion of Scar. The two cubs became friends after an incident with crocodiles, but they were quickly separated by their feuding parents. But Zira pushes him aside and finishes digging through the logs until she sees Nuka buried beneath them. Kovu races down into the gorge and begins clawing through the logs, trying to reach his wounded brother. Season One: "Never Judge a Hyena by its Spots" • "The Rise of Makuu" • ""Bunga the Wise" • "Can't Wait to be Queen" • "Eye of the Beholder" • "The Kupatana Celebration" • "Fuli's New Family" • "The Search for Utamu" • "Follow That Hippo!" There is a deleted scene where Kovu first catches a bug, then allows it to fly away. Kovu immediately jumps back up and snarls at Kiara, who backs away in fear. OutsidersPridelanders and yells right alongside them. As a young adult, Kovu retains his arrogance, though his skills have taken a deadly turn, sharpened by his growth into a skilled hunter and killer. Ryan O'Donohue (cub)Jason Marsden (adolescent; cub and adolescent in The Lion Guard)Gene Miller (adolescent; singing)Frank Welker (roars and growling) When Kiara chooses to chase birds alongside Timon and Pumbaa for the fun of it, Kovu believes it to be training. They run down an embankment covered with fallen logs; Kovu nearly slips, but catches onto one of the logs and jumps to safety. His forelegs have tufts of dark brown fur emerging from them. Kovu is a male lion. He climbs up the log pile to reach safety and Kovu appears on a ledge above him. Zira then accusingly turns on Nuka and shouts that he was supposed to be watching Kovu but Kovu quickly jumps to his brother's defense and explains that he had wandered off on his own. But when he runs out of stones to jump on, he falls into the water and nearly gets eaten, if not for Kiara, who leaps on the crocodile's snout. Back home, Zira angrily scolds Kovu for trying to befriend an enemy but then realizes she may be able to use the friendship to allow Kovu to get close to Simba and kill him. Jasiri answers that Kion is the son of Simba, the king of Pride Rock, and a shocked Kovu and Nuka wonder if they really can return to the Pride Lands, with Kovu hoping that he might see Kion's sister Kiara again. The two cubs run away in fear and a chase instigates. • Disneyland Forever • Happily Ever After • HarmonioUS • Ignite the Dream: A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and Light • The Magic, the Memories and You • Once Upon a Time • Tree of Life Awakens • Wonderful World of Animation • World of Color Sometime after this, Scar's nephew, Simba, returned to the Pride Lands, battled and defeated Scar, and took his place as king. However, before he can do so, Simba appears out of the caves and informs Kovu that he wants to talk to him. Scar (formerly Taka) is an adult male lion who succeeds Mufasa as the king of Pride Rock.Scar has a hand-chosen heir named Kovu, who is the youngest son of Zira. • "Good Mousekeeping" • "Brazil Nuts" • "South Sea Sick/The Lion Sleeps Tonight" • "Never Everglades" • "Cooked Goose" • "Yukon Con" • "Doubt of Africa" • "How to Beat the High Costa Rica" • "Swiss Missed" • "Russia Hour" • "You Ghana Join the Club" • "Uganda Be an Elephant" • "To Kilimanjaro Bird" • "Rocky Mountain Lie" • "Amazon Quiver" • "French Fried" • "Big Top Breakfast" • "Madagascar About You" • "Truth or Zaire" • "Mojave Desserted" • "Beauty and the Wildebeest" • "Don't Break the China" • "Can't Take a Yolk" • "The Pain in Spain" • "Frantic Atlantic" • "Unlucky in Lesotho" • "Rafiki's Apprentice" • "Tanzania Zany" • "Guatemala Malarkey" • "Mombasa-In-Law" • "TV Dinner" • "Back Out in the Outback" • "Gabon with the Wind" • "Timon's Time Togo" • "The Law of the Jungle" • "Manhattan Mishap" • "Paraguay Parable" • "Be More Pacific" • "Going Uruguay" • "Let's Serengeti Out of Here" • "Congo on Like This" • "Okay Bayou?" Nuka (Swahili for "smell" or "stink"; also Inuit for "younger brother") was the secondary antagonist of (The Lion King II: Simba's Pride). Specifically first cousins once removed, as Kovu and Simba would be first cousins. Personality He sports a dark brown head tuft and also sports tufts of fur on his elbow joints that match the color of his head tuft and tail tip. He then takes Kiara by her scruff and carries her away. Or am I to be blamed for a crime I didn't commit?" Once Kovu realizes what his mother is doing, he questions Zira as to what is going on and wonders why they cannot be friends with Kion. Having grown up under the care of the scheming Zira, Kovu is aggressive and crude, even as a cub. Kovu was born sometime near the end of Scar's reign over the Pride Lands to Zira and an unknown lion (both of whom had already had a son and daughter; Nuka and Vitani) shortly before the King's death. But before a fight can instigate, Rafiki indirectly tells Simba that Kovu had saved Kiara's life. Even as a cub, Kovu strives to please and takes no shame in showing off to the more innocent Kiara. Kovu steps toward her and looks down at her. Nala reminds him that Kovu had saved Kiara's life, and Zazu adds that "royal protocol demands all debts be paid. Eventually, Kovu decides to distract the crocodiles so Kiara can get away. Kovu sleeps as Zira sings "My Lullaby", during which she plots to take over the Pride Lands, Relentless, Zira asks him who had made them Outsiders, to which Kovu answers, "Simba." She goes there anyway, however, and meets and befriends Kovu. He sports a dark brown head tuft and tufts of fur on his elbow joints. Not long after, Kovu attended the coronation and wedding of his brother-in-law, Kion, to Rani at the Tree of Life. In response, Kovu stands up to his mother for the first time, rejects Scar, and runs off. Simba apologizes to Kovu for his mistake and allows him to return to the Pride Lands, where he is united in marriage with Kiara by Rafiki. His mane was also black during the early development stages,but was reshaded to his final design when his relation with Scar was scrapped. The next day, Kovu and several other animals watch the competition between Kion and Vitani's Lion Guards, which ends up with Kion appointing Vitani's team to be the new Lion Guard for winning most of the competition. An older Kovu, reflecting his more gentle and kind nature. Once there, Kion and Zira move off to speak privately about the Roar of the Elders while Kovu, Nuka, and Vitani stay with Jasiri. Kovu is the deuteragonist of the 1998 Disney direct-to-video film The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, the sequel to the 1994 film. Even though Kovu wasn't Scar's son (that was a random wandering male), he was the youngest, which would give Scar the best chance of molding him in his image. This just kinda grinded my gears. In response, Kovu's own mother, Zira, jumps to the defense of her son. Disney Wiki is a FANDOM Movies Community. Afterward, Simba banished Kovu, his family, and several other lionesses who were loyal to Scar to the Outlands. Happy • Leslie Lambeau • Mr. Buttons • Sharla • Herman • Lara • Mel • Claudius • Bahuka • Tutan Pharaoh • Genie • Madame Credenza • Duke Meerkat • Tatiana • Mother Eagle • Baby Earl • King Leopold • Princess Claudia • Sigmund and Lloyd • Heinrich and Schnitzel • Mad Dog McGraw, Billy the Goat, and Three-fingered Jackelope • Dr. Exceter • Sal Manders • Jungle Inspector • Bigfoot • Pimon and Tumbaa Though Zira refused to see reason and died trying to kill Simba, Simba accepted the Outsiders, and Kovu was allowed to rejoin the pride. Angered, Kiara demands to know why he'd brought her here and who he thought he was. Quote Kovu is scar's son. ", Kovu and Kiara work together to escape a float of crocodiles. We are one." The battle continues until Simba and Zira start a showdown. As a result of his and Kiara's words and actions, Vitani leaves Zira's side, with the other Outsiders following her after Zira threatens to kill Vitani. Kovu is a character from The Lion King's sequel Simba's pride. He got his scar from Zira, after the death of Nuka. Kovu runs after her and Rafiki sings, "Upendi" to the young lions, encouraging them to like each other more. Kiara, Simba, Nala, Kion, Timon, Pumbaa, Zazu, Zira (formerly), Scar (formerly), Vitani, Rafiki, Outsiders, Pridelanders, Bunga, Fuli, Ono, Beshte, Mzingo, Mwoga, Anga, Janja, Chungu, Cheezi, Jasiri, Madoa, Mufasa, Azaad, Rani, Nuka (briefly) In addition to his bravery, Kovu, unlike his vengeful mother, has also been shown to be very forgiving. After dragging her through the water, Kovu drops her on land and she asks where she is. Simba banishes the Outsiders to the Outlands, and forbids his daughter Kiara from going there. Romeo Montague from Romeo & Juliet Rafiki then appears on Kovu's back. • Reflections of Mufasa • Spirit • Battle for Pride Rock • Remember • Never Too Late • Mbube While Kovu climbs up the tree and frees Timon, Kiara clambers onto Pumbaa's back and catches the meerkat as he falls. An enraged Simba demands to know why he has come back, and Kovu starts to say that he had nothing to do with the attack, but Simba interrupts him, telling him that he didn't belong in the Pride Lands. When the cubs go to the Elephant Graveyard and are attacked by the hyenas, Mufasa, Scar and Ni save them but they kill Banzai and Ed, as an example to Shenzi. The force of the Roar blows his family away, and he scrambles to catch up to them. Despite this, Kovu shows a great amount of bravery as a cub. Simba growls at Kovu, who quakes in fear. As a cub, he was put through harsh training by Zira to prepare him for this task. The battle of the prides begins, and Kovu and Kiara race back to stop their battling families. As part of the plan, he rescues Kiara from a wildfire that has been set by his siblings Nuka and Vitani. After laying Timon gently in Pumbaa's tusks, Kiara bids her friend farewell, as they both agree that he would not be welcome in the Pride Lands. He then asks who that was, and Kiara laughs nervously and explains Rafiki as "a friend of the family." Over the next few days, Kovu's attempts on Simba's life were thwarted by Kiara, whom Kovu began to grow fond of. Just then, Zira returns and lies to Jasiri that Kion has agreed to let the Outsiders keep the watering hole. Kiara follows him out onto the stones and Kovu turns around to see a crocodile about to swallow her whole. • "The Queen's Visit" • "The Fall of Mizimu Grove" • "Fire from the Sky" As an adolescent, Kovu's mane is colored a very rich dark brown and matches the dark shades of his elbow tufts and tail tip. Appearance On the way back to Pride Rock, Timon revives and thanks Kiara for saving his life. Zira frames Kovu, claiming that the ambush was part of the plan. The two friends immediately race to the source of the voice and find that Timon is hanging unconscious from a vine in a tree. Favourite answer NO...Kovu was originally written as Scar's biological son, but the idea was dropped because of the incestuous dilemma that would result from Kovu's relations with Kiara. She sends a desperate prayer to Scar, asking him to watch over Nuka, then turns accusingly on Kovu. Provoked, Kiara asks if he could teach her how to hunt, to which Kovu is confident. Kiara is surprised and tells Kovu that she used to do it all the time with her father, who told her that the "great kings of the past" looked down on them from the stars. After rescuing Kiara, he asks Simba to allow him to join the Pride Landers. Inspiration He climbs up the log dam and manages to grab Simba's ankle. Kovu rescues his childhood friend, Kiara, from a fire as part of his mother's plan. Printed Media: Uru • Ahadi • Kopa • Boma • Kula • Zuzu • Joka • Lulu Both couples make their way to the tip of Pride Rock; first, Simba roars, then Kovu. The three friends then agree not to tell anyone about their encounter with Kovu but to merely mention him as a friend. Season Two: "Babysitter Bunga" • "The Savannah Summit" • "The Traveling Baboon Show" • "Ono and the Egg" • "The Rise of Scar" • "Let Sleeping Crocs Lie" • "Swept Away" • "Rafiki's New Neighbors" • "Rescue in the Outlands" • "The Ukumbusho Tradition" • "The Bite of Kenge" • "Timon and Pumbaa's Christmas" • "The Morning Report" • "The Golden Zebra" • "The Little Guy" • "Divide and Conquer" • "The Scorpion's Sting" • "The Wisdom of Kongwe" • "The Kilio Valley Fire" • "Undercover Kinyonga" • "Cave of Secrets" • "The Zebra Mastermind" • "The Hyena Resistance" • "The Underground Adventure" • "Beshte and the Beast" • "Pride Landers Unite!" 1 Background 2 Personality 3 Appearance 4 The Lion King 2 Simba's Pride 5 TV Show Appearances 5.1 The Lion Guard 6 Songs sung by Kovu 7 Quotes 8 Relationships 8.1 Zira 9 Knownable Relatives 10 Trivia 11 Voice Actors 12 Gallery Kovu is stated to be the youngest son of Zira, anda follower of Scar. Animators He later acquires a scar across his left eye. • "Werehog of London" • "Bigfoot, Littlebrain" • "Astro-Nots" • "Robin Hoodwinked" • "Seregenti Western" • "All Pets are Off" • "Two for the Zoo" • "The Swine in the Stone" • "You May Have Already Won Six Million Bakra" • "My Meteor, My Friend" • "Jungle Slickers" • "Don't Wake the Neighbear" • "Recipe for Disaster" • "Going Over-Boar'd" • "Ivy Beleaguered" • "Broadway Bound & Gagged" • "Steel Hog" • "Dealer's Choice Cut" • "Space Ham" • "You Bet Your Tuhkus" • "No-Good Samaritan" • "Living in De Nile" • "One Tough Bug" • "Pirates of Pumbzance" • "Miss Perfect" • "Hakuna Matata U." Kovu doesn't seem entirely convinced, but agrees to return with her. The next morning, Kovu resolves to talk to Kiara and confess his true reasons for coming to the Pride Lands. In a news article, Kovu is noted to be a descendant of Scar. She then accuses him of killing his brother, Nuka. Azra kills Valido and Scar adopts Valido's son, Kovu, as his future king. Animalistic strength and agility Enemies Kovu smiles smoothly as she walks away and says that he would be looking forward to it. 2. After his first meeting with Kiara, Kovu is shown to be less crude, as he reacts calmly when he first meets Kion, despite the tense situation. His eyes are green, with dark rims. Kiara quickly picks up on this and begins to growl and bounce back and forth. Zira demands to know what he'd been doing. He also mourns for Zira when she falls to her death, despite their bitter estrangement. She then stops, realizing that this could be a good way to defeat Simba. Fate She approaches him and thanks him for saving her life. Kovu was born to Zira in the Pride Lands during the reign of Scar, who picked Kovu to be his heir to Pride Rock. Zira caught wind of Kovu's betrayal and framed him for an ambush, which led to his expulsion from the Pride Lands. Kovu reveals that Zira had died. Zira orders Kovu to move, but he says to his mother that he would never let her hurt Kiara or Simba; at least not while he's there to stop her. Scar † (adoptive father/grand-uncle-in-law) Zira † (mother)Nuka † (brother)Vitani (sister)Kiara (mate)Simba (father-in-law)Nala (mother-in-law)Kion (brother-in-law)Rani (sister-in-law)Mufasa † and Nala's Father † (grandfathers-in-law)Sarabi and Sarafina (grandmothers-in-law)Ahadi † (great-grandfather-in-law)Uru † (great-grandmother-in-law)Mohatu † (great-great-grandfather-in-law) Kovu wonders if Scar is up there, but Kiara doesn't answer. Kovu is seen in a painting during the musical sequence, "Wisdom on the Walls". He is voiced by Jason Marsden, the same person, who voiced him in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride. Just in time, the rest of Kion's Lion Guard arrives and forces the Outsiders up against a wall. These were later changed, along with his relation to Scar. He even gets a scar on the exct same eye as Scar. Kiara protests that she'd had everything under control, but Kovu says, "Not from where I'm standing." If you see a way this page can be updated or improved without compromising previous work, please feel free to contribute. 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Kovu attempts to save him, but is knocked aside by Vitani. Despite his horrible treatment and unjustified exile, Kovu bears no grudge against Simba and humbly accepts his apology. Outlands (formerly)Pride Rock, Pride Lands Kiara vehemently denies it, but Kovu just laughs and teasingly calls her "Daddy's Little Girl. Simba climbs for safety and more logs are dislodged, promptly falling down the pile and crushing Nuka. His fur is auburn, and his muzzle, paws, and underbelly are all creamy brown in color. Kovu's name means "Scar" in Swahili. Simba reluctantly agreed, though he reserved judgment on Kovu's character. Scar has only adopted Kovu. After refusing help from Kiara, the conflicted leader of the Outsiders falls into the river where she is killed in the floodwaters below. Kiara then climbs back out of the gorge with help from her father. However, once Simba rose to the throne, he exiled Kovu and his pride to the Outlands, where Kovu's mother, Zira, raised him to resent the Pride Landers and, in particular, the royal family. This softer side is beaten down by Zira as he grows older, though it does not entirely disappear. Zira angrily blames Kovu for Nuka's death, scarring him across one eye, reminiscent of Scar's appearance. Kovu is aggressive and crude, even as a cub. Upon finding out about Kovu's friendship with Kiara, Zira resolved to use her son to infiltrate Simba's pride and seize the throne. Neutral, later good Kovu was born during Scar's reign, and hand-chosen to follow in the dark lion's pawprints, becoming king in the process. Zira goes on to explain that Kovu had been the last born before Simba exiled Scar and his pride to the Outlands. Confused, he asserts that his father would likely welcome them into the kingdom, and Nuka asks who his father is. Kovu is Zira's youngest son, Scar's adoptive son and chosen heir. Background Kovu is claimed to be the youngest son of Zira, who is a close follower of Scar; his two older siblings are Nuka and Vitani. In a ceremony at Pride Rock, Kovu was accepted as Kiara's mate and the future king consort of the Pride Lands. Later, at the Pride Rock, he and Kiara explain how Zira's pride and Simba's pride had merged into one. He smiles at her and she smiles back, then realizes what Kovu has just said and looks shocked. Kovu is the deuteragonist in The Lion King 2 Simba's Pride, and the mate of Kiara. Later, together with the royal family and several animals from the Pride Lands and the Tree of Life, Kovu attends Kion and Rani's wedding ceremony at the Tree of Life. Kovu then pulls away from Kiara and she asks what's wrong. 1 Disney History 1.1 The Lion King II: Simba's Pride 2 Songs 3 Trivia 4 Gallery One day, Kovu escaped from his brother Nuka, who was supposed to be watching him. The two's friendship slowly blossomed into love until Kovu resolved to tell Kiara the truth about his mission. They part and Kovu makes his way back to the rocks. When Kion asks about Zira, Kovu somberly reveals that Zira has died. https://disney.fandom.com/wiki/Kovu?oldid=4374919. Zira scolds Kovu for interacting with Kiara. Kovu is the deuteragonist of the 1998 movie The Lion King II: Simba's Pride. Kovu appears briefly in Simba's nightmare, where Scar turns into him and throws Simba off a cliff into the stampede (similar to how Scar killed Mufasa in the first movie). Kovu sighs sadly as he watches his mother disappear beneath the current. Kovu and Kiara accidentally kiss while hiding from a herd of rhinoceroses. Kovu denies it, but Simba believes it anyway and quickly distrusts him. She fiercely explains to him that her father had told her to never turn her back on an Outsider. His dark side occasionally slips in, as seen when he can only pinpoint violent pictures among the stars, and his ties to Scar and his mother continuously bog him down. He prepares to attack, but is interrupted by Kiara, who jumps in front of him and cheerfully tells him good morning. He sighs sadly as he sees his mother fall to her death but is relieved that Kiara is safe. He manages to carry her through a burning forest and plunges off a cliff face into a lake below. As a test, she offers Kovu to Simba, but the lion king tells Zira to "take him and get out." Kiara tells Kovu that Simba had said there was a darkness in Scar that he couldn't escape. Kiara smiles affectionately and reminds him that they had to go back.