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Kopa's mane by Akril15 Kopa's mane by Akril15
Adolescent Kopa's mane is starting to come in...and part of it is black, the same color as his great-uncle Scar's mane. Is this merely a genetic quirk, or is it an omen of things to come?


(Just a scene from a nonexistent story, inspired by my design for adult Kopa, in which he had a two-toned mane (Kopa only appears in The Lion King: Six New Adventures as a cub.)

*I didn't mean to imply that Scar was Kopa's father, by the way.
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Dumuzink Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2017
No adult pics for Kopa with a two toned mane? Fun fact as lions can actually have two toned manes something I would image many people who dye their hair would be jealous about! XP
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Akril15 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2017
Yeah, I think I drew some inspiration from real lions. I have a few pictures of Kopa as an adult with a two-toned mane, but they're in my TLKFAA gallery (fanart.lionking.org/Artists/Ak…), not here.
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Dumuzink Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2017
Ah cool, also what is with Ahadi in art? lionking.wikia.com/wiki/Ahadi It's like the book couldn't decide what Ahadi looked like and put many contradictions.. that bumble bee pic in your gal though..XD
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Akril15 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2017
Yeah, that inconsistency has been an infamous one for some time.
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Southpaw-Prodigy12 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016
I'm lovin the two-toned mane! XD
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KijaniShaka Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016
That's dark brown on there. But cool idea anyway!
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GodoftheChallenge Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015
Scar's all like "That's my grandnephew".
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SuperMarioFan65 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Yeah.
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PAWPatrolShamu Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015
Interesting. In my version, Kopa is the son of Nala and Malka, however he still turns into Scar and almost killed Kovu.
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TheDreweMaster Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Incredibly interesting! :D
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Kuroshitsujifan873 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
its a great idea and everything, love he pic btw, but i just think that sometimes everyone is so paranoid about anything that reminds them of the past, especially Scar but you know its my opinion so please no hate, and well you know again love the drawing
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Akril15 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015
Yeah -- that's more or less the same way I picture the characters reacting in this situation.
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Avatardpegasister Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Great job! This is a fascinating idea ;)
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Firestar2013 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
Nala tell us did you and Scar mate while Simba was gone?!
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shena12345 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Student Artist
Nothing...they did nothing
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Zapxthehunter Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Student Artist
Is it me or does kopa sound like a hippy to me?
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Akril15 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
I never thought of it that way, but that line does sound a bit hippy-like, now that you mention it.
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DeeJay1993 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
I would look awesome I wouldn't think of it as a omen he can`t help what color it is
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MrIdiotFace Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
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WolfAP Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
I like the idea of him having a two-toned mane. :)
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cellyangiechowski Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Student General Artist
HEY SO I WROTE A FANFICTION ONESHOT BASED ON THIS I HOPE YOU LIKE IT :heart: [link]
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Akril15 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
The story is well-written, but it doesn't really explain why Kopa's family has started hating him aside from part of his mane being black. I could see Simba and Nala becoming apprehensive or fearful of his mane coming in black, but what would make that fear turn into such heartless hatred? Kopa's personality and behavior (other things which could factor into the way ultimately he ends up being viewed) are never looked into that much -- he seems to be little more than an object than a fully fleshed-out character.

Also, is this story taking place in an alternate continuity? In the "Friends for Life" audio drama, Kopa and Asante meet when they are both very young.

(Sorry for the late reply!)
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cellyangiechowski Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Student General Artist
I get what you're saying -- it was meant to be angst, really painful angst, and the heartless hatred is kind of taken from my own experience. I've watched this process before, and I exaggerated it very little. People are paranoid and superstitious, and, I figure lions would be too. I wrote Kopa that way because he's being ostracized by his own parents. He's thinking the train of thought of a little kid, and most little kids tend to think practically the same way.
It's definitely an alternate continuity, and I'm sorry you didn't like it as much as I hoped. It's okay, though, I'll just take it into account next time I write something dark. It's alright for the late replies, my Internet quit working for awhile, so this reply is probably late, too.
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Akril15 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
I understand that your story was just a one-shot, but since you bought it to my attention, I thought I'd give you my 2 cents on it. To be honest, I've never been a fan of the angst "trend", mostly because it's so overused, and usually just gloomy for gloomy's sake, so to speak.

Even with your explanation, the entire story hinges on Simba and Nala being unable to see their son is still the same son they loved when he was younger, even though Kopa hasn't done anything to justify their hatred other than existing. If there were more steps between them going from loving Kopa to hating him, it would make Kopa's plight much more believable (especially if he did more in the story other than cry -- didn't he ever try to stick up for himself, try to act normal to convince others that there was nothing evil about him, or angrily lash out at his parents for their ignorant superstitions?).

For instance, if Kopa had developed a friendship with Asante prior to the time of this story (an idea which I have been trying to expand on in a WIP fanfic of my own), that would have given Simba and Nala more than enough reason to make the transition from mild apprehension to full-blown fear once his mane started coming in.

(Also, why would Kopa be thinking like a little kid if he is supposed to be 19 years old (at least near the end of the story)? :/)
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cellyangiechowski Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Student General Artist
D: I tried to divert from the "trend" aspect ... darn. He's still pretty young, I'm sure that there WAS a transition, but to him, it didn't seem that way, it just seemed like his parents started hating him suddenly. He remembers experiencing them in a different light, you know? Their opinions of him changed in more or less three / four-ish years, there's years and years of normal family memories before that, the contrasting feelings are clashing in his mind horribly. And I'll keep the Asante thing in mind if I ever write it out into a multichapter fic.
Kopa's thinking like a little kid because he's extremely stressed, upset, and confused. It's when he's tackled to the floor by those lionesses that he really snaps, and he just CRIES. Wouldn't you? It would be too much, and so unexpected, for anyone.
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Akril15 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
The way you're describing so much of the story as taking place from Kopa's POV makes it seem like it would work much better if it were written in the first-person. It would make more sense from a narrative perspective that way.
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cellyangiechowski Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Student General Artist
That's my usual style of writing POV. It's the way I feel is the easiest way to write. I'm just really sorry you're not satisfied.
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Akril15 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
It's all right. Don't worry too much about it.
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MrIdiotFace Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
lol, Scar in the background, "Mwhaha! Now Kopa will be Nala's and Simba's scar!"
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poke-king Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
THAT REMINDS ME OF A PICTURE where scar painted a baby simba brown and mufasa's like wtf
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Tamayako Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG I saw that picture! THAT was funny! 
Scar's just in the background with a paintbrush laughing his ass off, and Mufasa's like, "LE GASP, I'VE BEEN CHEATED"
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poke-king Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
yea it's a good piece of art
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Tamayako Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very good. :)
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MauEvig Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahadi is supposed to have a black mane right? So the trait could've been carried in one of Simba's genes from his grandfather, and we have no idea what Nala's father looked like either.
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Luvlisha Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student General Artist
nala? um, uh is simba REALLY kopa's dad? lol
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Akril15 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
I'm surprised how many people are making that assumption. Given how Kopa is a nearly exact clone of Simba, I thought there wouldn't be any doubt over Kopa's parentage. Since Simba is related to Scar, having a Scar-like trait appear in one of his children seems pretty plausible.
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Luvlisha Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
i know simba is really kopa's dad,like you said he is almost an exact clone of simba, who wouldnt think simba was not his dad? i was just joking thats all
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Akril15 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Ah, okay, I see. Sorry about that.
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66774 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Kopa is cooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool
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JiminycricketFan007 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
this is cool kopa has his dad in him and a part of scar brill
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Xcentrion Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
Love scar's expression ^^ He doesn't looks evil on this picture =) great job!
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Cherrystream Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
I love Scar's face in the background :dummy:
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001glaceonice001 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Student Artist
ooooh i get why he's worried if kopa grows up and his mane is (mostly) black it will remind everyone of scar and how evil scar is cool pic!!!
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Shademontoya Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
gosh i just love the whole idea, it`s pretty inspirational, Monkey boy? XD
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ottosfruitcake789 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
actually its a sign of high testosterone.
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Akril15 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
:shakefist: Way to suck all the symbolism out of that question. ;-)
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kingtransformo Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow! Great idea!!
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SnookumsLovesMuffins Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
I like how you put Scar in the background :) This is really cool
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Kukapetal Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
I like your idea of giving Kopa some black in his mane, since it makes him less of a Simba clone. Very neat pic :D
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Shembre Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
Featured, Akril! [link]
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