Is it possible to be so bad that you’re good? If we’re talking about Scar, the answer is yes.
We don’t mean like so bad that he ends up doing a full 180 and ends up being good, sort of like a Megara or a Kuzco. We mean so bad that he’s amazingly bad, the best at being bad; super good at being bad. That definitely describes Scar, and it’s why we love him.
Just look at his face: even with the knowledge of how bad he is, we can’t get over how stunningly sneaky he is.
We like how Zazu asks if Scar was taught not to play with his food, because Scar probably was told that, and he ignored it, just like any other teachings about being nice and brotherly. His mouse dangling antics just show that Scar is bad through and through, which makes him the best kind of villain. Plus who bids their lunch “adieu”? It’s just too perfect.
He can’t even have a casual conversation without doing something gratuitously villainous.
True, he’s mean and menacing and constantly plotting even in this frame with Simba, but look how glamorous he is about it! He has that true villain elegance that only comes with being so bad, you’re good.
Then there’s “Be Prepared.” In the grand tradition of villains, he talks too much about his plan, this time in song form, and it’s soooo good.
Check out his hair as he croons to his hoards. It’s villain perfection at its finest. How could a lion with a mane like this NOT be a villain? All of his villainy probably resides in his dark mane, right?
Skip to the end (mostly because there isn’t much Scar in the middle of the movie). Simba is back and Scar tries to act all contrite and all. Look at how he tries to look like he can feel feelings. He’s just so bad!
Then boom, in the blink of an eye, he’s back to being 100% Scar again with a fire leap that would strike fear into any predator.
We’d show you some more chilling pictures of Scar, but he kind of goes into coward mode and it sort of ruins his cool guy villain reputation, so we’re going to actually stop making our point right here while we can still be in Scar appreciation mode.