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Rafiki (Character)
from The Lion King (1994)

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The Lion King (1994)
Adult Simba: I know what I have to do. But going back means I'll have to face my past. I've been running from it for so long.
[Rafiki hits Simba on the head with his stick]
Adult Simba: Ow! Jeez, what was that for?
Rafiki: It doesn't matter. It's in the past.
[laughs]
Adult Simba: Yeah, but it still hurts.
Rafiki: Oh yes, the past can hurt. But from the way I see it, you can either run from it, or... learn from it.
[swings his stick again at Simba, who ducks out of the way]
Rafiki: Ha. You see? So what are you going to do?
Adult Simba: First, I'm gonna take your stick.
[Simba snatches Rafiki's stick and throws it and Rafiki runs to grab it]
Rafiki: No, no, no, no, not the stick! Hey, where you going?
Adult Simba: I'm going back!
Rafiki: Good! Go on! Get out of here!
[Rafiki begins laughing and screeching loudly]

Adult Simba: You knew my father?
Rafiki: Correction: I *know* your father.

Rafiki: What was *that*?
[laughs]
Rafiki: The weather - Pbbbah! Very peculiar. Don't you think?
Adult Simba: Yeah. Looks like the winds are changing.
Rafiki: Ahhh. Change is good.

Rafiki: Asante sana Squash banana, Wiwi nugu Mi mi apana.
Adult Simba: Come on, will you cut it out?
Rafiki: Can't cut it out. It will grow right back. Hehehe.
Adult Simba: Creepy little monkey. Would you stop following me! Who are you?
Rafiki: The question is, who... are you?
Adult Simba: [sighs] I thought I knew, but now I'm not so sure.
Rafiki: Well, I know who you are! Shh. Come here, it's a secret.
[Whispers, then grows louder]
Rafiki: Asante sana Squash banana, Wiwi nugu Mi mi apana!
Adult Simba: Enough already! What's that supposed to mean, anyway?
Rafiki: It means you're a baboon... and I'm not.
Adult Simba: I think you're a little confused.
Rafiki: Wrong! I'm not the one who's confused. You don't even know who you are!
Adult Simba: Oh, and I suppose you know?
Rafiki: Sure do. You're Mufasa's boy!
[Simba turns around to look at him, shocked]
Rafiki: Bye!

Rafiki: Look down there.
[Slowly Simba walks to the edge of the watering hole and peers inside. His reflection stares back at him]
Adult Simba: That's not my father. That's just my reflection.
Rafiki: No. Look harder.
[Rafiki touches the water which causes waves that change Simba's reflection into Mufasa]
Rafiki: You see? He lives in you.
Mufasa's Ghost: [From above] Simba.
Adult Simba: Father?
Mufasa's Ghost: [He appears in the sky as a group of stars] Simba, you have forgotten me.
Adult Simba: No. How could I?
Mufasa's Ghost: You have forgotten who you are and so have forgotten me. Look inside yourself Simba. You are more than what you have become. You must take your place in the Circle of life.
Adult Simba: How can I go back? I'm not who I used to be.
Mufasa's Ghost: [Now fully formed in the sky] Remember who you are. You are my son and the one true king. Remember who you are.
Adult Simba: [Mufasa's ghost begins to disappear] No! Please! Don't leave me!
Mufasa's Ghost: Remember.
Adult Simba: Father!
Mufasa's Ghost: Remember.
Adult Simba: Don't leave me.
Mufasa's Ghost: Remember.

Rafiki: [singing] Asante sana Squash banana, wewe nugu mimi hapana.
Adult Simba: Come on. Will you cut it out?
Rafiki: Can't cut it out. It grow right back!
Adult Simba: Creepy little monkey. Will you stop following me? Who are you?
Rafiki: The question is who are you?
Adult Simba: I thought I knew. Now I'm not so sure.
Rafiki: Well, I know who you are. Ssh, come here. It's a secret.
[starts singing in Simba's ear]
Rafiki: Asante sana Squash banana, wewe nugu mimi hapana
Adult Simba: Enough already! What is that supposed to mean anyway?
Rafiki: It means you're a baboon and I'm not.
Adult Simba: I think you're a little confused.
Rafiki: Wrong! I'm not the one who's confused. You don't even know who you are!
Adult Simba: Oh and I suppose you know?
Rafiki: Sure do. You're Mufasa's boy!
[Simba looks at Rafiki]
Rafiki: Bye!
Adult Simba: [Rafiki runs off and Simba chases him] Hey wait!
Adult Simba: [Catching up] You knew my father?
Rafiki: Correction. I know you're father.
Adult Simba: I hate to tell you this but he died. A long time ago.
Rafiki: Nope! wrong again! He's alive and I will show him to you! You follow old Rafiki. He knows the way!

Nala: Have you guys seen Simba?
Timon: I thought he was with you.
Nala: He was but now I can't find him. Where is he?
[We hear Rafiki's laugh. He's sitting in a tree above them]
Rafiki: [Chuckles] You won't find him here. The king... has returned.
Nala: I can't believe it. He's gone back!
Timon: Gone back? What do you mean?
[He looks to the tree. Rafiki has disappeared]
Timon: Hey! What's going on here? Who's the monkey?
Nala: Simba's gone back to challenge Scar.
Timon: Who?
Nala: Scar.
Pumbaa: Who's got a scar?
Nala: No, no, no. It's his uncle.
Timon: The monkey's his uncle?
Nala: No! Simba's gone back to challenge his uncle to take his place as king.
Timon, Pumbaa: Ohh.


The Lion King 1 1/2 (2004) (V)
Rafiki: Look beyond what you see.

[Rafiki appears before Timon from a tree]
Timon: You! No, no, don't say a word. I know what you're going to say.
[Imitates Rafiki]
Timon: Did you find Hakuna Matata?
[Normal]
Timon: Well, yes, I did! Thank you very much.
[Laughs]
Timon: And I am happy. Happy, happy, deliriously happy.
[Imitates]
Timon: Ho ha ha! I see. Happy, is it? So, if you're so happy, why do you look so miserable?
[Normal]
Timon: Miserable, you say? Why should I be miserable? Oh, I don't know. Maybe my two best pals in the world deserted me. Heh. They - they've headed off on some heroic mission... . My friends... . are gone.
[Realizes]
Timon: And... . my Hakuna Matata went with them!
Rafiki: [smiles and nods]
Timon: [points to his head] Would you mind?
[bows his head down]
Rafiki: [lightly hits him on the head with his stick]
Timon: Ay. Thanks. I'm glad we had this talk.
[clicks his tongue at Rafiki and runs off screen]
Rafiki: [to the audience] My work here is done.

Rafiki: Any story worth telling is worth telling twice.

Rafiki: You seek Hakuna Matata.
Timon: Harpoon a tomato?
Rafiki: Hakuna Matata. It means "no worries".
Timon: Perfect! Mind taking that stick of yours and drawing me a map, bub?
[Rafiki smacks him over the head with his stick]


The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride (1998) (V)
[the spirit of Mufasa shows his plan to bring peace to the Pridelander/Outlander feud]
Rafiki: What? Kovu, Kiara together? This is the plan? Are you crazy? This will never work! Oh Mufasa, you've been up there too long, your head is in the clouds!

Rafiki: You follow old Rafiki! He knows the way!
Kiara: Where are you taking us?
Rafiki: To a special place in your heart called... Upendi!

Rafiki: Oh Mufasa, you've been up there too long! Your head is in the clouds!


The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar (2015) (TV)
Rafiki: It is time!

Kion: Well, l I'd never be like Scar. Ever!
Simba: I'm glad to hear that, son. Because starting today, you are the leader of the new Lion Guard.
Kion: I'm the what?
Rafiki: You heard Simba. Ha-ha! The leader of the new Lion Guard? It is you! Yes! It. Is. You!