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Can someone confirm to me if "The Lion King" contains an example of half-siblings incest?

Asked by luigirovatti (2853points) January 10th, 2022
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Here’s what TV Tropes says on the matter:

The Lion King may or may not contain a half-sibling example with Simba and Nala. While any shared parentage is never made explicit, the movie never addresses the fact that Mufasa, as king of the pride, would normally be the one to father any cubs, and that Mufasa and Scar (who is stated never to have fathered any cubs) are the only male lions anywhere to be seen. The spinoff cartoon “The Lion Guard” showed that Nala’s father is an unrelated male but it contains inconsistencies with the films and Disney doesn’t acknowledge spinoffs or most sequels, so it’s still rather ambiguous who Nala’s father is.

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Mimishu1995's avatar

Literally any children cartoon (or any media in that regard), if someone overthinks enough, can be turned into something unintentionally dark. Just search “Game Theory” on Youtube. You will find a channel that has been around for years and are still making videos with millions of views, not to mention branching out to other media, and their career bases solely on dark theories on video games and movies.

That doesn’t make any of their theories something more than pure entertainment. Unless the original creators confirm their claims, or intentionally make their work open to interpretation (like Undertale or Five Night at Freddy’s), no one takes their theories as facts.

So no, Disney doesn’t confirm anything about Lion King, nor do they make Lion King intentionally vague. This will remain a fan theory and not an “example” of anything.

ragingloli's avatar

It has to be incest.
If Nala had been fathered by another male lion, Mufasa would have killed her the moment he became king.

kritiper's avatar

Animals are animals. They can’t think of stuff like that.

snowberry's avatar

“When male lions take over a new territory, they almost always kill the prides’ cubs, since they are not biologically related and do not want to spend energy ensuring that other lions’ genes will be passed on. “They can’t be stepfathers,” Hunter told LiveScience. Female lions also will not be receptive to mating while they are nursing, so killing the cubs enables the male lions to procreate.”

The Lion King is fiction, and like all cartoons about animals it’s very anthropomorphic. In the real world, any adult lion that takes over a pride kills the existing cubs.

Zaku's avatar

@snowberry I don’t think lion behavior is that absolute, and I think Hunter was projecting his gene-focused ideas onto non-genetecist lions.

I think newborns are most at risk, for the second reason. A male lion taking over a pride may or may not drive away or kill older cubs.

An example of what I think is a more balanced perspective is here:

Forever_Free's avatar

It’s the animal kingdom, people.

snowberry's avatar

Yep @Zaku that’s basically what my link said. Good job!

Jeruba's avatar

Actually it’s the animated cartoon magic kingdom.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Furthermore, in the wild, male lions will mate with their offspring.

Patty_Melt's avatar

Incest is a word which applies only to humans.

Animals live by other rules, although zoos make animal trades, to increase diversity of mating in order to give a stronger chance of survival rates.

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