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NOTE: This article is about the incarnation of Rafiki from the 2019 movie. The mainstream version can be found here: Rafiki (Disney).

Rafiki is a supporting character of the 2019 film The Lion King, a remake of the 1994 animated classic film. He is based on his original incarnation with the same name.

He is voiced by John Kani.

Biography

The Lion King

At Pride Rock, Rafiki presents the newborn prince, Simba, to the animals of the Pride Lands. After the ceremony, he draws a painting of Simba on his tree.

Months later, Scar becomes the king and allows the hyenas to take over the kingdom. Rafiki and Zazu watch from a distance in disapproval.

Years after, a piece of Simba’s mane reaches Rafiki’s tree, and he realizes that Simba is alive. He journeys to the jungle, where he finds Simba upset about the prospect of returning home. Rafiki reveals that he knew Simba’s father, Mufasa, and implores Simba to follow him in order to see him again.

Rafiki leads Simba on a chase through the jungle until they reach a pool. He instructs Simba to look at his reflection. Though at first doubtful, Simba does so and sees Mufasa’s face in the water. He encounters the spirit of his father, after which he agrees to return home. Rafiki celebrates the decision as Simba races off.

Later, during the battle at Pride Rock, Rafiki uses his staff to fend off hyenas. After the pride achieves victory, Rafiki watches Simba ascend Pride Rock.

Months later, he presents Simba’s cub to the Pride Lands.

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The Lion King: Simba | Nala | Timon | Pumbaa | Rafiki | Zazu | Mufasa | Sarabi | Sarafina | Pridelanders
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride: Kiara | Kovu | Vitani
The Lion King ½: Ma | Uncle Max

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