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Literal Lion King: Marital Problems
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Published: January 11, 2014
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Don't take this too seriously, please. This is just some marital problems that I imagine these canon couples might have in the long run, all marriages go through some kind of issue at some point, and a lot of them are a testament to how strong the relationship is. Based on what I know from what the film's have shown us, this is what I imagine would happen with each of them:

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1. ARGUMENTS

Married couples argue. It's not a huge secret, EVERY couple fights. And sometimes it's about something really trivial and pointless. But couples will still fight because that's how relationships work. People are annoying, and we piss each other off sometimes. It doesn't mean the love isn't there, it just means that we need a little space from time to time. Marriage is a lot of work. It requires communication, compromise and understanding of one's needs and desires.

We didn't really see much of Mufasa and Sarabi's marriage, so i chose them to represent this reality. Considering that Sarabi does seem like a stubborn character, and Mufasa has a pretty short temper, i'm going to guess that these two used to fight a lot. But the love was definitely there.

2. NEGLECT

A less common reality than arguing, but still a very common marital problem. When one (or both) spouses have to work a lot, it can often leave the other feeling alone and neglected. This can cause depression and anxiety in the sufferer. But with the proper help and communication, this problem can be fixed. One just has to identify the problem, before it gets worse.

I chose Simba and Nala for this, because while we do see their marriage more than the other two; they don't really do much together. At least not in Simba's Pride. Nala virtually disappears in the second one, only appearing to recite incorrect wisdom and support Simba by...standing in the background. Yeah, i'm not a huge fan of what they did to Nala in the sequel, she's pretty useless and I don't particularly enjoy that (but i digress). Simba seems to spend most of his time and energy running the kingdom and obsessing over Kiara's safety. So, it wouldn't surprise me if Nala began to feel lonely, I certainly would.

3. DIVORCE/ABANDONMENT

Don't hate me for this. It's a known fact that one in three marriages ends in divorce. Sometimes the person you're with; will leave you. It'll be heartbreaking, and it won't be fair, but that's life sometimes. There were three unions/marriages in TLK: Mufasa & Sarabi were separated by death, Simba & Nala were still together by the end of the second movie, so who does that leave? Yup! Kiara and Kovu. You could argue that they didn't really get married at the end, but there was some kind of union ceremony and most fan fiction writers say that they do, so I'm going to say they got married too.

Now, before you bite my head off; I didn't choose Kiara & Kovu for this just because I dislike them (which I do), I actually have good reasons to think that it'll end this way. First of all, their age. Kiara and Kovu if they were human, I'd say they'd be about 16-18 years old (in human years). That's a little too young to get married. At this age, we aren't fully matured yet; emotionally or physically. Young people, especially young guys; aren't ready to settle down at that age, they still have a lot of testosterone and need to experience their young lives at the fullest. To settle down that young?? Not fricken' likely! Yeah, Simba & Nala were young too, but not THAT young. You can tell by the size of Simba's mane compared to Kovu's, Simba's mane was full, Kovu's was not. So I'd say Simba would have roughly been in his 20's or so when he and Nala reunited.

Secondly, Kovu's upbringing. Kovu was raised to kill, Zira filled his heart and soul with hate and anger. That's something that can't be fixed in an instant, not even 'love' can erase the damage that Zira had done. He was no less than brainwashed from early childhood. Any and every psychologist will tell you that; to overcome brainwashing is a long and complicated process, and is sometimes irreversible. Zira damaged him, to the point of no return. Kovu wouldn't know how to be a good partner, it's not like he even had a father figure either. Through little fault of his own, Kovu would be naturally/instinctively aggressive and abusive due to his upbringing. Yes, it's a kids movie, obviously they just ignore this fact of basic psychology, and I'm NOT suggesting they should show this as it is. But I'm just further stating my claim as to why Kiara and Kovu are doomed.

Thirdly, what would stop him from leaving? Aside from Simba probably killing him, and having nowhere to live if he did. But really, Kovu has no real obligation to stay. If Simba is still in charge, Kovu could just up and leave. Simba and Nala needed to stay together, they were to rule the Pride Lands as King and Queen once Scar was pushed off the throne. Then they had a child together, and a long history, so together they stayed. But really, if Kovu left the Pride Lands while Simba was in charge, they could just find another suitor. It wouldn't be fair to Kiara, but that's how it would work.

Plus, to me; Kiara & Kovu are the weakest TLK couple in the franchise (despite nearly the entirety of the sequel being dedicated to their romance). Mufasa and Sarabi's relationship was pretty down played, but you could still see the love they obviously had together before they were divided (and likely reunited) by death. Simba and Nala spent most of their childhoods together, and no doubt developed a strong bond. They were separated by tragedy, reunited by a bizarre coincidence, fell in love, banded together, threw Scar off his throne and took back their land. They had a child, and worked together to ensure the life of the Pride Lands. Kiara & Kovu roughly had a similar circumstance, but much MUCH weaker. They only knew each other for less than two days before 'falling in love'. Picking up a Pocahontas vibe right here! Yeah yeah, they stopped the war between the families and united the prides, but i just didn't feel the connection between them. All i can really think about when watching them are 'High School sweethearts'. Yeah, they look cute together, but you can't help but think that it most likely won't last for more than a few years. There are exceptions of course, but they're very rare.

Before you comment telling me how 'wrong' I am about Kiara & Kovu, could you separate your personal preference for me? Don't base your opinion around how much you like these characters, if you like them, that's fine! But try and see my point of view from a logical standpoint, if Simba & Nala were more likely to divorce, I would acknowledge it. But the odds really are against Kiara & Kovu, whether you want to admit it or not.

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*REMEMBER THIS IS ALL OPINION. BE CIVILIZED.*

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AmitylovesGryffindor's avatar
My thing with Kovu not having a full mane (now I agree, it is a weak couple, but I sorta like Kovu) is possibly from the lack of nutrients. It could be like humans - Kovu was undernourished (although he is kinda chubby and sleek) and this has caused all sorts of slower developements on his mane
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the other problem with K+K is that, although it does seem rushed, I did notice while watching Lion King 2 today, that the other lionesses, the outsiders, had started to become a bit more plump and well fed, so I think that that happened a little while after the war and stuff. but still.
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Leopard897 General Artist
Personally, if Kiara and Kovu spent a year together with their relationship, it would’ve been better possibly.
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thearist2013Student General Artist
I always associate Mufasa to be more wise than short tempered 
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longipenusHobbyist Digital Artist
Kierra and Kovu are kind of pathetic s a couple. After 2 days they were all like ''let's get married''
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Adam-WalkerStudent Writer
If Kiara and Kovu, as a couple, are kind of pathetic, what are your views on the other couples in the Lion King (Mufasa and Sarabi and Simba and Nala)?

We didn't really explore a lot of the relationship with Mufasa and Sarabi, because Sarabi didn't get a lot of dialogue. Why? Because when The Lion King was released in 1994, her voice actress Madge Sinclair was undergoing a battle with leukemia, which she had since 1982. She died the following year in 1995 of the cancer.
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longipenusHobbyist Digital Artist
Mufassa and Sarabi seem like a perfect couple, but there isnt much dialouge between them...so i dont really know...

For simba and nala in the second movie simba sort of turns like scar because he gets consumed by his hate for zira and he probally seems to obssess over his hate and neglects his mate nala
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Adam-WalkerStudent Writer
Quite. But like I said, there really couldn't be much dialogue between Mufasa and Sarabi because the latter's voice actress Madge Sinclair was suffering from leukemia so Sarabi and Mufasa's relationship probably became the least explored in The Lion King franchise.

I suppose he did... In the words of Friedrich Nietzche: "He who fights with monsters should be careful that he himself does not become a monster. For he will find that if he stares into the abyss, the abyss will stare back at him." Or, in simple terms "When you become obsessed with the enemy, you become the enemy."

Simba was a far better ruler than Scar, yes. But I guess he does become obsessed over his hate...

Speaking of Scar, I enjoy him but when he becomes King, I find his lack of ambition and reasoning for the throne to be disappointing.
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Scar and Zira should've been domestic abuse
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Scar and Zira aren't a canon couple though..the films never specified exactly what their relationship was, we never saw them interact. 
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I know but Zira is the closest thing we get to Scar having a love interest at all.
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Again though, perhaps they never even met. It was never shown, therefore; not canon. 
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It still holds suspicion considering how much Zira talks about Scar and that deleted scene of her talking/fantasising to him.
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NostalgicChillsHobbyist Digital Artist
Still could have just been a fangirl. Again, no canon confirmation on their relationship.
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I get that there is no Canon confirmation but they must've had SOME kind of relationship.Zira says that Scar chose Kovu to be the next King and had her with the responsibility of raising him so he must've at least trusted her.Not to mention Nuka and Vitani being the elephants in the room.
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She could have just been delusional. Or maybe it's like Scar with the hyenas all over again, lying to your army in order to manipulate them for the sake of gaining power. :shrug:
The writers were too lazy to write a backstory on her, or explain the huge plot hole gap between the first film and the second. So, theories don't really mean anything. 
If it's not canon, I'm not including it. 
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EvannmaldonadoHobbyist Artist
Imagine if these were in the movie i dont think so
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MossspikeHobbyist General Artist
TLK 2 is literally Romeo and Juliet: They fall in love within a very short time, their families are rivals, and their love is forbidden. There are more points but I'll just leave it at this lmao
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Adam-WalkerStudent Writer
The Lion King does love its Shakespeare...Just as Star Wars and the Avatarverse enjoy its Nazi imagery or symbolism.
dragoliched's avatar
Why you do have some points, and I agree with you on all of these. They aren't really too young when you consider lion lifespans. Sure, their personalities make them seem young, but thats because it's a kids movie. Other than that, you're spot on.
IxorFirebadger's avatar
It's not hard to picture. Actual lions would make terrible spouses in human terms, what with the sleeping around and the murdering of small children from a previous relationship. ;D
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WorkowatyWilczekHobbyist Traditional Artist
I think it would be awesome if you could make one literal lion king draw about simba eating worms. I mean seriously, this is lion, how he can be healthy if he would eat only bugs?
IxorFirebadger's avatar
He would have to eat alooooooooot of worms.
Patilion's avatar
Now I have a fanfiction in my mind with their son asking about his father to a pride member sins his mother is too busy rolling the pride
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