Created By: VampireBuddha on June 28, 2010

King of Beasts

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I checked Animal Tropes, and the closest thing seemed to be Panthera Awesome.

Lions, with their huge manes and rather majestic appearance, have been considered the king of beasts since time immemorial. As with many cultural memes, this has found its way into fiction.

If exotic animals play a major part in a story, it's likely that lions will be in a position of power or authority. They might command all the other animals, or just the carnivores, or even just the felines. They might not have any real authority, but the other animals (except possibly the tigers) will pay them due respect.

Alternatively, if there's a group of different animal heroes, it's common to see a lion as the leader or commander.
  • Happens every so often in Transformers. Generation 1 had the Predacons, whose leader, Razorclaw, had a mechanical lion for an altmode. Beast Wars II gave us Lio Convoy, another lion, an leader of the series' Maximals.
  • In Fire Emblem Tellius, it's the Lion Clan of Laguz that rule Gallia. The lions are also the strongest of the beast tribe.
  • Leomon is a leader of the good Digimon in, well, Digimon. He even has an attack called 'Fist of the Beast King'.
  • In Werewolf: the Apocalypse, the Simba, or werelions, claim authority over all the Bastet (though most Bastet would rather follow the Khan, or tiger tribe).
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  • June 28, 2010
    Well, in Disney's The Lion King, the lions are acknowledged as the Kings of the Savannah - even by those species they generally prey upon.
  • June 29, 2010
    Western Animation: King Leonardo and his Short Subjects
  • June 29, 2010
    Hyakujuu-oh Go Lion- it's made up of five lions, and the "Hyakujuu-oh" means "King of a Hundred Beasts".

    Similarly, Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger has a lion associated with the team leader.
  • June 29, 2010
    • Aesop's fables (and later, the Roman De Renart and la Fontaine's fables) have the lion as King of Beasts.
    • Medieval bestiaries go further by declaring lions to pretty much be Jesuses (Jesii?): according to them, lion cubs are stillborn, but after three days the lion brings them to life by breathing on them.
    • There's a Yu Gi Oh card called King of Beasts, astoundingly enough, it's a lion.

  • June 29, 2010
    • How could we forget Aslan?
    • After he gains courage, the Cowardly Lion becomes King of the Beasts in Oz.
  • June 30, 2010
    Anime and Manga
  • June 30, 2010
    @randomsurfer: I knew I'd left one out.
  • June 30, 2010
    • Averted in Rudyard Kipling's story How Fear Came in The Second Jungle Book, where the Elephants are the nearest thing to a leader.

      • "when Hathi, the wild elephant, who lives for a hundred years and more, saw a long, lean blue ridge of rock show dry in the very centre of the stream, he knew that he was looking at the Peace Rock, and then and there he lifted up his trunk and proclaimed the Water Truce, as his father before him had proclaimed it fifty years ago."

      • This may be a difference between Western lore, and those of India, where The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book take place.
  • June 30, 2010
    ^Plus there are no lions in India (apart from any in zoos).
  • June 30, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    In Disney's [1], King Richard and Prince John are lions. Richard fits the regal image perfectly. John, on the other hand, is scrawny and pathetic.
  • June 30, 2010
    Expanding on the Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger example, not only has the team leader a lion, the chest of the god of animals is also a lion.
  • July 1, 2010
    Might want to mention that the symbology of the king of beasts does not match up to the reality.
  • July 1, 2010
  • July 1, 2010
    I stand corrected.