|The Lion King character|
|First appearance||The Lion King|
Niketa Calame (Cub)
Moira Kelly (Adult)
Unknown and Sarafina
Kiara, Kopa, Kion
Betrothed to Heir
Nala is Simba's closes playmate in childhood and later she becomes his mate.
Her name can have a Tanzanian origin and means "luck" and in African, means "successful". In Swahili, it means "gift".
Physical appearance Edit
Dark Shadows Edit
She has minor appearances, usually going with Simba and advicing him, always keeping her mate calmed down.
In the films Edit
The Lion King Edit
She first debuts as a cub in the first film of the franchise who accompanies Simba in his venture into the forbidden Elephant Graveyard. Nala is depicted as being as mischievous, adventurous, and playful, as Simba. She later appears mourning over Simba's alleged "death" before finally reappearing as a lovely young adult who unknowingly entangles herself in a brawl with a matured Simba after having attempted to attack Pumbaa. To the chagrin of Timon and Pumbaa, a romance gradually blossoms between the pair during the sequence "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?", though their relationship is interfered after Nala urges her
reluctant friend to return to the dilapidated Pride Lands, corrupted by Scar's tyrannical kingship, and claim the throne. After Simba is encouraged by Rafiki and his father's spirit to return home and confront his uncle, an overjoyed Nala, accompanied by Timon, Pumbaa, and the lionesses of the Pride Lands, compete in the malicious battle allied with him against the hyenas after successfully toppling Scar's reign. She was horrified when Simba admitted to her and the other lionesses his mistaken belief that he was responsible for Mufasa's death, and enraged when she later learned that it was in fact Scar who had murdered Mufasa and had tricked Simba into thinking he was responsible for his father's death. Defying the vow they had proclaimed as cubs repulsed at the prospect of being betrothed, she marries Simba and together the two have a daughter named Kiara.
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride Edit
In the following sequel, The Lion King ll: Simba's Pride, the significance of Nala's role is downgraded, though she still makes frequent appearances throughout the course of the film, where she is depicted as slightly older than she was in
the first film, being looser, calmer, and less uptight than her overprotective husband, but reappears when necessary.
The Lion King 1½ Edit
Naturally, she also appears with a similarly-reduced role in The Lion King 1½, a direct-to-video followup retelling the events of the first film from Timon and Pumbaa's viewpoints, in which the pair's attempts at thwarting her developing romance with Simba and her explanation of Simba's background to them are further detailed.
In TV series Edit
The Lion Guard Edit
Nala is set to appear in the upcoming Disney Junior series The Lion Guard where she and Simba will have another child together, a son named Kion.
In 1994 six books called The Lion King: Six New Adventures were released. Set after the events of the first film, they featured a cub named Kopa who was the son of Simba and Nala.