He also appears to have some weird mystical shamanic powers going on. He seems to hold a unique position because of that, somewhat akin to a priest or advisor with a side of court wizard, on top of being a close personal friend of the king. Near the end, after Simba defeats Scar and is about to ascend Pride Rock, Zazu bows and mouths the words “Your Majesty”. You don’t hear it, but you know he says it. Then the crescendo as Simba ascends Pride Rock, and Rafiki says, “It is time.” She’s clingy and holding her like Rafiki does to baby Simba causes her to squirm and claw her way back to you or the nearest piece of furniture.
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