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If You Assumed That Mufasa And Scar Were Brothers In "The Lion King," You've Been Duped Like The Rest Of Us

More like The Lyin' King.

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So, I am fully aware that people are going to come at me with a world of hate for my garbage opinion but, here it is anyway: *whispers* I hate The Lion King.

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I know, I know, I know. It's iconic. And, if you grew up in the '90s like me, it might even be your favorite Disney movie. But, here's the thing: I hate movies that make me sad — especially animated ones (looking at you, Up).

Now, I get that the movie has its happy moments.

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The lion prince — aka Simba — is taken in by two fellow outcasts, falls in love with his long-lost childhood sweetheart, and brings the Pride Lands back to their former glory after defeating the evil Scar.

But, before all of the lovey-dovey, feel-good "Hakuna Matata" stuff, there's a scene that rips out your heart, throws it off a cliff, and lets it get squished to smithereens in a stampede while an evil villain smirks at you through the TV screen, thus ruining your childhood forever.

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Sound familiar? How could it not?! In a pretty savage bout of sibling rivalry, Scar lures his brother, King Mufasa, to his death so that he can rule over the pride.

However, according to a Hello Giggles interview with The Lion King director Rob Minkoff and producer Don Hahn, Scar and Mufasa weren't actually brothers at all:

[While making the movie] we talked about the fact that it was very likely [Scar and Mufasa] would not have both the same parents. The way lions operate in the wild…when the male lion gets old, another rogue lion comes and kills the head of the pride. What that does is it causes the female lions to go into heat [to reproduce], and then the new younger lion kills the king and then he kills all the babies. Now he’s the new lion that’s running the pride.

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The pair continued:

There was always this thing about well, how do you have these two [male] lions? Occasionally there are prides that do have two male lions, in an interesting dynamic because they’re not equals [since they don’t have the same parents]. One lion will always kind of be off in the shadows. We were trying to use those animal truths to underpin the story so we sort of figured Scar and Mufasa couldn’t really be from the same gene pool. In fact, that’s what [Scar] says. There’s a line, he goes, “I’m from the shallow end of the gene pool.” When he’s talking to Mufasa, when Mufasa gets mad at him for not coming up to the coronation of Simba.

Now, I know I said that I hated The Lion King, but I've got to admit that knowing that Scar didn't kill his actual brother and try to murder his nephew makes me feel a little bit better.

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