"I left to find help, and I found you. Don't you understand? You're our only hope."

– Nala, to Simba

Nala is the deuteragonist of Disney's 1994 animated feature film The Lion King. She later appears in its 1998 direct-to-video sequel The Lion King II: Simba's Pride as a secondary character and as a minor character in its 2004 direct-to-video midquel The Lion King 1½.

Nala, the daughter of Sarafina, is Simba's childhood best friend. Years after Simba is reportedly "killed" by a wildebeast stampede, Nala finds him alive and all grown-up living in the jungle with Timon and Pumbaa. Nala persuades Simba to return to Pride Rock, overthrow Scar, and take his rightful place as King.

In all film appearances, Nala'a adult speaking voice is provided by Moira Kelly. In the first film, her juvenile speaking voice is provided by Niketa Calame, while Laura Williams provides her singing voice. As an adult, her singing voice is provided by Sally Dworsky.

Appearance and personalityEdit

Physical appearanceEdit

As a cub Nala has yellowish-peach fur with a lighter coloured underbelly, bright green eyes, and thin black eyebrows and colourless paws. As an adult, Nala looks generally the same but older, and closely resembles her mother, Sarafina. Her eyes have also changed from green to a bluish-teal colour.


As a cub Nala is lively, vivacious, spirited and clever. She exhibits some adept fighting skills as she is able to "pin" Simba with ease. Though slightly more mature, sophisticated and reserved than Simba, Nala is a child, none-the-less, and enjoys going on adventures, causing mischief, and torturing Zazu.

Eventually Nala grows into a mature, responsible and sophisticated adult lioness. Having matured both mentally and physically during the time she and Simba spent apart,


Nala is the third Disney heroine to have known the main character in childhood, separated, and reunited as an adult, the first being Faline and the second being Maid Marian, and yet, she is the second to actually be seen with Bambi in childhood, as Maid Marian only explained about it to the children who visited her, while later, Robin Hood hinted it out when lamenting his love for her.