- “A wise king once told me "We are one". I didn't understand him then. But now I do.”
Kiara is the protagonist of Disney's 1998 film The Lion King II: Simba's Pride and a supporting character in its 2016 midquel TV series. She is Simba and Nala's daughter, Kion's older sister, and the mate of Kovu.
As a cub, Kiara is curious and wild-hearted, constantly seeking new adventures and easily fraught at the sight of her safe nest back home in the Pride Lands. Her hunger for adventure often leads her to outright rebellion, as she ignored her father‘s better judgment in order to explore the Outlands and get answers to her unresolved questions. Kiara inherits her parents' curiosity and her curiosity in her surroundings has gotten her into real trouble.
Later in her childhood, Kiara became more accepting of her destiny as future queen and began to take her royal duties seriously. Sometimes her duties would lead Kiara to rub it on her younger brother Kion’s face, which leads into a fight, though they still care for each other.
Kiara is also very strong-willed, and she possesses a strong desire for independence and self-sufficiency. She can escape and sneak out at times to reach her goal. She also displayed frequent annoyance when addressed by her title preferring to be known for who she herself is rather than who her family is.
Kiara is still a child at heart, able to laugh at everything and make even Kovu's rough training into a game. Her outlook is a positive one, and she is one of Kovu's most loyal encouragers, seeing past his rough exterior to the kind character within. She also showed a strong amount of charisma as she convinced both prides that they are better united than against each other.
Like her father, Kiara sometimes doesn't get the advice and criticism she is given by her friends and family right away, also she had to find out the hard way. In addition, Kiara does get what her friends and family meant when she hears or sees it for herself, shown when Kovu shows her their reflection in the water and saying that they are one which helped her see the truth in her father, Simba, words when she was a cub. Also, Kiara uses the same advice she was given to help her family, shown with her father, or others, shown with the outsiders.
Kiara is small and soft-featured, less robust and stocky than her father but just as lithe and sleek as her mother. Kiara's pelt is of a more peach tone, like that of her father's, but it is tempered by the creamy hues of her mother. As a result, she doesn't carry as rich gold as her father's or grandfather's. Her muzzle, paws, and underbelly are cream in color, while her tail tuft is creamy brown. Her eyes are reddish-brown.
Kiara remains the same light shade from her cubhood, not darkening with age as her parents did, though this could be attributed to her not being a full-grown adult yet.
- Kiara in Swahili means "princess", while in Italian it means "bright", and in Irish it means "dark".
- Interestingly, all of Simba and Nala's children's names begin with "K" (Kopa, Kiara, Kion); though Kopa is their unofficial son, while Kiara and Kion are their official children. This trait is shared by their son-in-law too, Kovu.
- Kiara is the second child of an original film's protagonist to be the main character of the sequel (in this case, taking over for Simba and Nala after the first The Lion King film). The first was Nicky Ferris from The Parent Trap II (taking over from Sharon McKendrick). The trend has since followed in many Disney sequels.
- Additionally, Kiara is the first female protagonist of any part of the Lion King franchise, as she is that of the second film; the rest of the films' protagonists are male.
- Kiara is one of the few Disney sequel characters to make further appearances.
- In the first Lion King film, according to the bonus features and some series of books, Kiara was previously going to be a male character but was changed.
- In The Lion King 1½ DVD, if the viewer plays the Who Wants to Be King of the Jungle game, one of the questions about the ending of The Lion King II: Simba's Pride implies that Kiara and Kovu possibly have a cub together.
- This was later contradicted in "Return to the Pride Lands", the final episode of The Lion Guard where the episode takes place presumably weeks after after Simba's Pride. In that episode, Kiara and Kovu did not have a newborn cub at the aforementioned episode, nor are they even the rulers; instead, it shows Kion and his team noticing that everything has changed since they left the Pride Lands to get to the Tree of Life.
- Kiara is the first female cub in her family set to inherit the throne of the Pride Lands, as her father was an only child (making him the only heir), and all of her predecessors to the throne had been male heirs.
- It is currently unknown what the age gap between Kiara and Kion is. Though in "Lions of the Outlands", Kion was unaware of Kiara's encounter with Kovu, hinting that he was either not born yet or still an infant. In "Return to the Pride Lands", Kiara is a young adult while Kion is still a teenager.
- In the Pride Lands Pedia bonus feature exclusive to digital releases of the 2019 remake of The Lion King, the cub that is shown during the end of the film is identified as "Kiara". This contradicts the novelization's revelation of Simba and Nala's newborn cub as a future king, like in most storybooks based on the plot of the original Lion King film. Therefore, the cub's gender for the 2019 remake is unclear.