Rafiki is a character from 'The Lion King." He is a mandrill who is the PrideLand's soothsayer, witch doctor and King Mufasa's closest friend. He is kooky, but wise at the same time, ready to give words to many people in need. He is voiced by Robert Guillimune. 


Rafiki first appears at Simba's birth and he gives him a special mark from a gourd and sand before he presents him to the kingdom as the future king. He later does the drawing at his hut. He later appears smearing it after the hyenas and Scar take over the Pridelands after their lie that Simba was killed along with his father, Mufasa. When he finds out Simba is alive, he draws a mane on the picture. He later appears to tell Simba that his father is with him in spirit and shows him the river where Simba sees Mufasa's ghost. Rafiki tells Simba that "The past can hurt, but the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it." Rafiki then helps out with the battling of th hyenas doing it the way of a Bruce Lee ninja. He finally appears at the end, presenting Simba and Nala's newborn cub to the kingdom.
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Rafiki with Baby Simba

In the sequel, "The Lion King II: Simba's Pride", Rafiki takes the bit of Friar Lawrence as he heard from Mufasa that Kovu and Kiara(Simba and Nala's daughter) being together would stop the war between the Pride Landers and the Outsiders. He then becomes a matchmaker for Kovu and Kiara showing them "Upendi." When Kovu is banished, he is deeply griefstricken. Later, when teh situation is cleard up, he presents at Kovu and Kiara's wedding. 

In "The Lion King 1 1/2", Rafiki plays a major role as he is helping Timon find his destiny and "Hakuna Matata." 

In "MCF and the Lion King," his role is partually the same, except that he acts as the MCF's mentor.


  • In the original draft, he was going to be a cheetah
  • Rafiki was usually genderbendered in the play because the director wanted a strong female character in the show. 
  • It is possible that he is a teacher at the MCF's high school which is why in "MCF and the Lion King", he mentioned he might know the MCF in the real world when they were sucked into the real world. 


  • MCF and the Lion King(debut) 

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