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Kion's Lion Guard

    The Lion Guard 

The Lion Guard consists of a group of lions (though with the latest Lion Guard iteration, various animals), with the job of protecting the Pride Lands from danger, including all those that live in it, and keeping the balance of the Circle of Life intact.

Each member is marked with a lion head symbol, and the leader is bestowed the additional gift of the Roar of the Elders.

Tropes applying to the team as a whole:

  • Arbitrary Skepticism: The Guard are completely dismissive of ghosts in a Season 3 episode, despite the fact that Kion can talk to Mufasa, and the Guard has met the ghost of Scar multiple times.
  • Badass Creed: "Till the Pride Lands' end, Lion Guard defend!"
  • Child Soldiers: The current iteration of the Guard is an organized fighting force that... happens to be made up of children.
  • Claimed by the Supernatural: Each member is marked with the Mark of the Lion Guard on their front left appendage (upper left in Ono and Anga's cases). Kion's showed up when he first learned to use the Roar, while the others were given their marks by Kion. In the finale, when Kion's team follows him in abdicating in favor of Vitani's Lion Guard and permanently join the Night Pride instead, they all lose their original Marks and receive the Mark of the Night Pride on their right sides.
    • Kion: His left shoulder.
    • Bunga: His left arm.
    • Ono: His left wing.
    • Beshte: His left shoulder.
    • Fuli: Her left shoulder.
    • Anga: Her left wing.
  • Deus Exit Machina: Due to the events of Battle For The Pride Lands, the group need to travel to the Tree Of Life and take most of Season Three getting there. This explains where they are during the second half of The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, with the long travel time meaning they don't get back until after Zira's final defeat and the two prides reuniting.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: During the premiere episode, "Return of the Roar", Ono, Beshte and Fuli are all briefly, and in Beshte's case vaguely, seen during the opening stretch as Kion and Bunga play along the Pride Lands. The trio wouldn't actually become relevant until two-thirds of the way into the story.
  • I Choose to Stay: In the series finale, they choose to retire from their role as the Lion Guard and permanently stay at the Tree of Life, helping the Night Pride defend it.
  • The Magnificent: Being members of the Lion Guard, all of the cubs are categorized under this trope - Kion is the Fiercest, Bunga is the Bravest, Beshte is the Strongest, Fuli the Fastest, and Ono the Keenest of Sight. Ono is later made the Smartest, while Anga takes the role of the Keenest of Sight.
  • Mixed Animal Species Team: Despite Simba's initial protest that the Lion Guard should be made up of lions.
  • Praetorian Guard: Its function is to assist the royals with defense of the kingdom.
  • True Companions: All of them are close friends and loyal to each other. Fuli even considers them as her family in "Fuli's New Family". This is proven in Season 3, when the Guard immediately volunteers to accompany Kion to the Tree of Life. Their song "Friends to the End" is all about this. In fact, they choose to remain with Kion in the finale.
  • Voice of the Legion: When the Captain of the Guard uses the Roar of the Elders, the Great Kings of the Past roar with them.

    Kion the Fiercest
Click to see Kion as a teenager 

Voiced in English by: Max Charles
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Agustín López Villaverde (seasons 1-2), Sergio Maya (season 3)
Voiced in Japanese by: Yuka Takakura

Kion is the main protagonist of The Lion Guard. He is the son of Simba and Nala, and the younger brother of Kiara. He serves as the captain of the newest iteration of the Lion Guard.

  • Act of True Love: When he realizes that the Pride Lands no longer needs him as its protector, he does not hesitate to abdicate the position of Leader of the Lion Guard so he can marry Rani and become her king.
  • Agent Scully: "Beware The Zimwi" suggests that on top of Kion having a naturally skeptical personality, he also makes himself the designated doubter of the Lion Guard, so as not to get swept up in paranoia like his friends and lose control of a situation. When exactly that happens later in the episode, Kion feels badly about it.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Kion scoffs at the notion of paintings that can predict the future or a monstrous Zimwi, as Kion doesn't really believe in the supernatural, despite being a lion with a magical roar who can speak to dead lions.
  • The Atoner: Whenever Kion makes a huge mistake out of rashness, shortsightedness or anger, he usually feels very guilty about it, shows humility and tries to make up for it as best as he can ("Too Many Termites", "The Savannah Summit"); this is especially the case in Season 3 with episodes like "The Accidental Avalanche", "Friends To The End" and "The Tree Of Life".
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: His marriage to Queen Rani, and becoming by default King of the Tree of Life, is clearly symbolized as this.
  • Badass Adorable: Like all the other lion clubs in the franchise, Kion is a cute, plucky kid (who seems to be nearing puberty), but he's more than willing to throw down and kick ass with his friends when the situation calls for it. It helps that he usually has the Roar of Elders around as a trump card.
  • Benevolent Boss: Kion is one throughout Seasons 1 and 2, despite making a few mistakes. He treats his teammates well, he tries to take their thoughts and opinions into account before making any major decisions, and he's always looking for new ways to improve as leader of the Lion Guard, since Bunga, Beshte, Ono and Fuli are his friends as well as his teammates.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Like his sister, Kiara, Kion is one of the friendliest members of the royal family we've seen so far and a generally level-headed kid, but he's also fiercely protective of his friends, his family, and his home on the Pridelands (hence his title). Kion will not hesitate to hurt you if he needs to, as Mzingo and his vultures discovered when they tried to eat Fuli alive or Janja when Kion bitched-slapped him out of the way to help Jasiri.
  • Big Good: He becomes this alongside Rani when he marries her and becomes King of the Tree of Life.
  • Birds of a Feather: He bonds with Rani because they both know what it's like to have responsibility thrust onto you at a young age. (In contrast to Kiara, who fell in love with Kovu because he helped to distract her from her cares as Princess.)
  • Break the Cutie: Season 2 and 3 inflicts a big one on him. He goes from a kind, but still naïve cub, to someone who realizes he is responsible for the return of the Pride Lands worst adversary, resulting in multiple forced dislocations, and resulting in an enormous amount of anger at himself. He later gets brutally scarred, is forced to leave his family, and is forced to witness his darker aspects come out in full force. Suffice it to say, the nice childhood boy only returns near the end of the season.
  • By the Eyes of the Blind: He's the only one other than Simba who can see Mufasa's spirit in the clouds and interact with him.
  • Catchphrase: "Hevi kabisa (totally intense)!"
  • Cats Hate Water: Gets splashed twice in the space of a few minutes, and seems to strongly dislike being soaking wet. He doesn't mind it when Rani throws him in, though.
  • Character Development:
    • Kion is very self-conscious and prone to periods of doubt in early Season 1; he wants to prove to himself and his dad that he can be a good leader and he takes it pretty hard whenever he lets people down. He often turns to the spirit of his grandfather, Mufasa, for counsel. By the middle of the season, Simba trusts him more with responsibility and the Lion Guard has several accomplishments under their belt, so Kion's confidence starts to improve. By the second season, it's become pretty rare for Kion to feel like he needs to contact Mufasa for advice. In "The Scorpion's Sting", instead of letting Scar's taunting about how it was his Roar that enabled him to return get to him and fall into a Heroic BSoD, Kion uses what he's learned about the roar to get out of Scar's trap and immediately tries to look for a way to stop him.
    • In the second season, it is indicated that Kion disagrees with his father's decision to keep Scar's return secret, and he clearly feels guilty when the herds ask him why he could not tell them about it. In the Season 3 premiere, Kion's victory over Scar finally comes when he refuses to let Scar goad or manipulate him into using the roar in anger once again (which would have destroyed himself and the Pridelands), but lets go of his own personal resentment towards the tyrannical lion who's hurt so many people (including his family) and lets the Lions of the Past pass judgment on him instead, who forcibly drag Scar's ghost back into the afterlife. Kion used wisdom and restraint that he's gained from the last two seasons of dealing with villainous characters, including his experiences with Janja and Makuu.
    • The third season explicitly shows that Kion begins to truly wonder about his darker instincts. He later gains a love interest that leaves him well and truly confilcited about whether to return home, or stay to be with his love. After realizing the Pride Lands has a more than capable Lion Guard defending it, he officially abdicates the position and heads to Rani where he becomes the king.
  • Claimed by the Supernatural: Upon becoming the leader of the Lion Guard, he receives the Mark of the Lion Guard on his left shoulder. In the finale, when he abdicates to Vitani and permanently joins the Night Pride instead, his original mark vanishes and is replaced by the Mark of the Night Pride on his right shoulder.
  • Cooldown Hug: He offers one to Rani when Queen Janna passes away, and she tearfully accepts, making them both develop feelings for each other.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Not as often as other members of his family, but he has his moments.
  • Determinator:
    • Kion is this in a number of episodes. In "The Scorpion's Sting", his father, Simba, is stung by a scorpion in an assassination attempt and will die by the end of the day if he doesn't receive a cure. When Kion learns he and his friends can run a mission to help Simba, absolutely nothing (whether it's an army of Outlanders or Scar himself) will stop Kion from retrieving the medicine he needs and saving his dad.
    • Later on, as Ushari's venom continues to affect him, he increasingly has to fight adversaries and give effective orders while still under its effects during a fit, even during times when he has not had Tuliza for a while.
  • Distressed Dude: Kion is freed from a thorn bush by Jasiri in "Never Judge a Hyena By Its Spots", rescued by his friends from a murderous Zira in "Lions Of The Outlands", and saved by Majinuni and Hafifu from falling off a cliff in "The Lost Gorillas". Season 3 has him poisoned by Ushari and he has to be helped to the Tree of Life by the rest of the Guard as Ushari's venom begins to remove his morals.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After a whole season of self doubt and uncertainty about who he is, he retires as leader of the Lion Guard and becomes a husband to Rani.
  • Evil Me Scares Me: When Ushari's venom causes Kion's darker instincts to emerge more viciously, Kion is utterly appaled at the fact he is capable of doing these things and is clearly terrified of them.
  • Everyone Can See It: The rest of the Guard easily notices the attraction between him and Rani and it does not take long for them to tease him over it. They are still in shock when she proposes to him however.
  • Eye Scream: He gains a scar across his eye in the Season 3 opener, courtesy of Ushari and Scar.
  • Fatal Flaw:
    • Kion can be brash, hotheaded and stubborn at times and this has gotten him into trouble more than once when he acts before he thinks ("Never Judge A Hyena By Its Spots", "Just Can't Wait To Be Queen", "Too Many Termites", "The Savannah Summit").
    • Kion's young age is most noticeable in early episodes like "Never Jusge A Hyena By It's Spots" and "Lions Of The Outlands", where he's shown to have a very naive and black & white world view, bordering on racism. He believes all hyenas are evil before he meets Jasiri, and he has a hard time believing there are other amoral, antagonistic lions out there besides Scar until he meets Zira.
    • Kion also has problems with self-doubt and his self-esteem since he always wonders if he's really worthy of his position as leader of the Pridelands' defense; he really doesn't handle failure well when he knows his friends and family are all counting on him ("Return Of The Roar", "The Mbali Fields Migration", "Never Roar Again", "Beware The Zimwi", "The Kilio Valley Fire", "The Fall of Mizimu Grove"). This goes onto become a major theme in Season 3.
    • All of these flaws start coming out full force during Season 3 as a result of Ushari's venom bringing out his darker instincts.
  • Fantastic Racism: He's been brought up with the idea that all hyenas are inherently evil, and it takes Jasiri to show him that this is not the case at all.
  • Find the Cure!: He has to go to the Tree of Life in order to purge Ushari's venom from his body before it rips him of his morals.
  • Flat "What": Utters this when Dhahabu asks for Fuli to become her personal guard, before Kiara reminds him that it might be best in order for them to keep use of Dhahabu's watering hole.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Kion voluntarily stays at the Tree of Life and disbands the Lion Guard given that he does not appear in Simba's Pride. He did pay one more visit, and that was weeks after the end of the second film.
  • Forgiveness:
    • Kion already considered Makuu to be a bully and a Jerkass, but when Makuu took their rivalry to a whole other level and attacked Kion's family while the cub was at his most vulnerable, Kion grew to resent him, so much so that his grudge started to cloud his usually good judgment. However, when Kion realized he misjudged Makuu's intentions at the Savannah Summit and the rogue crocodile really did want to try to change his ways, he gave him another chance and finally forgave him for his crimes in Season 1.
    • Kion's ability to put aside his resentment and forgive his enemies, particularly those who actually want to change their ways, is singled out by Simba as being one of his most admirable traits, and in a surprise twist, it allows him to avoid another trap Scar had laid down for him. Scar had planned on exploiting one of Kion's Fatal Flaws once again and tricking the boy into destroying himself and the Pride Lands with The Power of Hate, but since Kion refused to play his game, he outwitted the tyrant instead.
  • Genius Bruiser: Downplayed. While Kion does possess great strength, his role as the new leader of the Lion Guard places more emphasis on his intellect and tactical skills.
  • Good Counterpart: To Scar. While the Lion King films imply Scar was always a selfish individual who let his jealousy and hatred of his brother warp him into a monster over the years, Kion is, as noted above, an empathetic prince who cares plenty about his family and his kingdom, and while he let tensions grow between him and his sister on one occasion, he learned from the experience. Still, the series does like to draw parallels between the deceased tyrant and the lion cub. Second-born son, leader of the Lion Guard, sometimes takes trips into the Outlands to meet with a clan of hyenas he's secretly friends with. This gets taken to a finale in Season 3 where Kion is shown having a scar on his left eye that makes him identical to his uncle, and it becomes even more pronounced as the venom really has Kion acting like Scar during really bad fits of the venom. However, unlike Scar, Kion is utterly appalled at what his actions under the venom's influence were, and actively makes attempts to resist it. This really gets symbolized in the finale; Scar ended his guard by killing them, Kion voluntarily disbands his when he realizes there is a more than capable successor. Scar became a king through a violent coup, Kion becomes a king through a happy marriage.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He gains a scar over his left eye in the Season 3 opener, courtesy of Ushari.
  • The Good King: He becomes this when he marries Rani, becoming the King of the Tree of Life.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: After receiving a scar from Ushari, Kion becomes more easily irritated due to the influence of the cobra's venom. Case in point, he is willing to snap rather violently at flamingoes for just singing, and is very disrespectful to the rest of the Guard if they question his actions.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • He suffers one in "Mbali Fields Migration" when the zebra and gazelle herds start doubting him and the Guard, making him the scrapegoat for their own bad decisions.
    • He has another one during "Never Roar Again" where he almost kills Nala, later vowing to never use the Roar again.
    • He has an additional, short-lived one in "Beware The Zimwi", when he lets his friends and the animals they were supposed to be helping down by failing to be collected and professional.
    • In "The Kilio Valley Fire", when Kion is unable to save the elephants' grazing grounds from a fire the Outlanders started and they almost leave the Pridelands, homeless, because of it, he feels terribly guilty - partly because he helped cause this situation by accidentally summoning Scar's ghost.
    • He spends much of season 3 in one as he wrestles with his darker instincts.
  • Heroic Willpower: As Ushari's venom begins to get worse on the journey to the Tree of Life, he increasingly has to wind up fighting off adversaries, while still under its side effects.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Kion's greatest fear is to become just like Scar, as it's what ensures he regulates his use of the Roar of the Elders, having been made aware how Scar abused its power to kill his own Lion Guard when they refused to back him in his plot to overthrow Mufasa. This becomes a major theme in Season 3, as he gains an identical scar to Scar and deliberately begins to wonder if he is evil or not.
  • History Repeats: He fears he might be going down this path in Season 3.
  • Hot-Blooded: Why he's known as 'Kion the Fiercest'. Kion is a very friendly lion cub, but he's also frequently The Determinator and he has one hell of a temper when you really anger him, fighting fiercely in battle.
  • Hurting Hero: While this initially started in Season 2, it really becomes pronounced in Season 3, as he openly wonders whether he is evil or not, and whether or not he can escape his inner darkness.
  • Identical Grandson:
    • Though quite similar in appearance to his father, Kion also bears a striking resemblance to his paternal grandfather, Mufasa.
    • Based on a painting in Rafiki's cave, Kion bears a great resemblance to his maternal grandfather.
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: A trope that defines part of his conflict with Makuu. When it becomes clear that Makuu won't back down without a fight, Kion hesitates to take direct action since he knows fighting isn't the answer to everything. He eventually settles on showing off the power of The Roar to the crocodile, convincing him to back off.
  • I Got Bigger: He has noticeably aged by the third season opener, appearing almost a teenager. Despite looking not much different from when he was a cub, Vitani did not recognize him by the time he came back, and thought he was evil due to having a scar just like her former idol.
  • It's Personal: A major reason why Kion does not trust Makuu at all during "The Savannah Summit" is due to the fact that he attacked Kion's mother. The fact that he also attacked the leader of the hippos (who also happens to be Beshte's father) for petty reasons probably didn't help.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As a result of Ushair's venom, Kion becomes an incredible jerk to much of the Guard, and any other animal he encounters, being hostile to them when in a venom fit. He is still pretty appalled about it, makes reperated attempts to atone for his actions, and actively attempts to resist it. After reaching the Tree of Life and receiving some therapy, he goes back to his old Nice Guy self, though he is still pretty shaken up over it.
  • Kid Hero: Kion can't be older than a preteen, but he's the most heroic character in the series, as the show's protagonist and leader of the Lion Guard.
  • The Leader: Of the Lion Guard.
  • "Leave Your Quest" Test: Kion's growing romantic feelings for Rani causes him to actually stay far longer than he really would have, as he begins to wrestle with whether he should be with his love or go back home. The fact that Queen Janna asked him to consider staying before she died clearly is a major reason he is considering it. Ultimately, after he realizes Vitani is a worthy successor to his role as the Pride Lands protector, he returns to Rani at the Tree of Life and marries her.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Downplayed. Kion is very fast and strong, but he's second when compared to Fuli and Beshte, respectively. Plus, his role has a stronger emphasis on leadership,
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: Unlike his father when he was a cub, Kion is a stickler for rules and quite mature for his age, as he takes his duties as the Prince of the Pride Lands, and the Leader of the Lion Guard very seriously, far more than his sister Kiara does with her duties.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Kion is surprised to find out that Kovu and Kiara know each other. Then again, Kion wasn't born yet, and it's not something Kiara would be open about, so of course he wouldn't know. He later has to be brought up to speed regarding the events of the second half of Film Two.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Kion's "Roar of the Elders" is a Mighty Roar version of this.
  • Manly Tears: He sheds multiple tears as he is comforting Rani after Janna passes away. Earlier, he is shown several times on the verge of crying, before things make him better.
  • Meaningful Name: Kion is derived from the Swahili word kiongozi ("leader"), and is also an Irish name meaning "young warrior". Fitting, given that he leads the Pride Lands' Praetorian Guard.
  • Mighty Roar: Possesses the "Roar of the Elders", powerful enough to send enemies flying. He later utters a joint one with Rani when they marry and Kion becomes the king.
  • Mood-Swinger: Thanks to Ushari's venom, there are several times where Kion goes from a nice reasonable leader straight into an arrogant, hostile and dismissive brat in less than a minute.
  • Moses Archetype: Kion parts an ocean with the semi-mystical Roar of the Elders so his friends can reach the Tree of Life on the other side.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After a talk with Mufasa in "Can't Wait To Be Queen", Kion realizes in horror that Kiara was meeting up with Janja because of yelling at her instead of helping her watch Pride Rock for the day, so he hurries to help his sister. He goes through another one in "Never Roar Again", where he swears to never use the Roar again when the Roar causes damage and nearly fatally wounded Ono.
    • He feels immense guilt when he accidentally destroys the snow monkeys home when he uses the Roar during a fit of Ushari's venom, and spends the rest of the episode atoning for that mistake.
  • Nice Guy: Kion is opened-minded, brave, and very mature for his age.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: A recurring problem, as he does it in multiple episodes.
    • In "Can't Wait To Be Queen" out of sheer frustration, he decides to move the bees instead of the elands, and not surprisingly, it turned into a disaster. Then he yelled at Kiara instead of not being direct at her. While Kiara was still suspicious of Janja's true motives, his failure to be direct is what convinces her that Janja is being genuine about peace which makes her near kidnapping partly his fault, instead of it being completely Kiara's fault and seriously mitigating her Horrible Judge of Character.
    • In "The Kupatana Celebration" Reirei easily dupes him into allowing the jackals to stay despite blatant evidence that she is playing him like a fiddle.
    • In "Too Many Termites" he doesn't even bother to check whether or not the animals he is roaring at are hyenas, and he almost got the aardwolves killed by Reirei as a result.
    • In "Never Roar Again" he almost kills Nala with his roar, and his vow to never use it again is what gives Makuu a chance for power.
    • In "Janja's New Crew" he easily falls for a ruse by Nne and Tano and almost certainly would have gotten the oryxes killed if Janja hadn't blabbed.
    • In "The Savannah Summit", Kion lets his grudge against his archnemesis Makuu (who attacked his mom once) cloud his better judgment and diplomacy skills and accidentally breaks Makuu's tenuous trust in the royal family.
    • In "The Rise Of Scar", Janja goads him and manipulates him into unwittingly summoning Scar's ghost, the last thing he would ever want to do, which has massive repercussions for the entire season since Scar immediately recruits other, living animals to try to destroy the Pridelands.
    • In "The Accidental Avalanche", during a fit of Ushari's venom and complete annoyance, he decides to use his Roar to create a path through the mountain, despite Fuli advising him against it. This avalanche destroys the snow monkeys home, and the rest of the episode consists of finding them a new home, while also resulting in Chuulun joining up with Makucha for revenge after the Guard humiliates her.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Kion stands out the most from other cubs on the show because he has rosettes, like a real-life lion cub.
  • Not So Above It All: Kion is one of the most reasonable characters on the show, and he's usually the one keeping his friends / teammates in line, but even he has his disastrous lapses of judgment from time to time, especially during Season 1 when he's still very green and growing into his new position. In "Beware The Zimwi", after being The Cynic all night, Kion feels disappointed in himself for getting as easily spooked by 'the Zimwi' as his friends when he was actually faced with it.
  • Oblivious to Love: When Rani tells him they make a good team, he thinks she's talking about their Guards merging.
    "Why do I start smiling when I hear your name?"
  • Official Couple: He becomes one with Rani, making them a Ruling Couple as well. Once he is certain the Pridelands would be safe without him, Kion sets up permanent residence at the Tree of Life solely to be with her.
  • Out-of-Character Alert: Kion begins to show a violent and arrogant side as he gets to the Tree of Life, as he begins to show violence and mistrust towards Makini in "The Harmattan", and is adamant that they go over the Mountain, declaring that he is the leader and he determines where they go, despite having nearly been killed, as a result of Ushari's venom in his veins.
  • Pale Females, Dark Males: Inverted. Kion's golden fur is much lighter than Rani's brown.
  • Passing the Torch: At the end of season 3 he passes the post of the Lion Guard over to Vitani and her Lion Guard, realizing that her willingness to protect the Pridelands even without the Roar more than qualified her to lead while he and his friends returned to protect the Tree of Life with Rani.
  • Pick on Someone Your Own Size: Like his father, he says this word for word when confronting some hyenas in "Return of the Guard". Unlike his father, he backs it up with a Mighty Roar.
  • Poor Communication Kills: During the episode "Cant Wait To Be Queen" Kiara is considering going to Janja's peace offering, but is still suspicious about his true motives. While the audience knows it's a blatant ambush, Kion actually made the whole situation worse. First thing he does is argue against it, but not cite a real reason as to Janja's craftiness. Next thing he does is just stutter and stumble with his words, and giving Kiara the impression that Janja genuinely wants peace. Final thing he does is yell at Kiara, which does little to improve her disposition, and only frustrates her. She almost gets kidnapped as a result of his foolishness. Fortunately, he does realize that he was in the wrong and rushes off to help her.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: As young as he is, Kion does hold a position of power over both his friends, as their Benevolent Boss, and the other Pridelanders, as leader of the Lion Guard, which he has sworn not to abuse. Throughout Seasons 1 and 2, Kion treats his teammates well and is frequently shown to be someone the animals of the Pridelands can turn to for help. When the 'reasonable' part of the trope is slowly phased out of the equation in Season 3, it's a sign of how badly Kion's Sanity Slippage is affecting him, and a major cause for alarm for the lion.
  • Red Is Heroic: He has a red mane inherited from his father and grandfather.
  • Redeeming Replacement: To Scar as leader of the Lion Guard. Unlike Scar, Kion takes his role and power very seriously, and refuses to let it go to his head. Season 3 shows him struggling with whether or not he is this. He later ultimately does this by voluntarily giving up his duties as leader of the Guard, and becomes the King of the Tree of Life.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Kion isn't shown or even mentioned in the second film (even though he logically should have been, being Simba's son), but the TV show carries on as though he has always been there. Ford Riley confirmed that Season 3 would explain where Kion was during the events of Simba's Pride, and indeed, it turned out he and his friends were traveling to the Tree of Life, only returning after the climax of the film's story.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Despite being a prince, he not only strives to protect his home, but assembles a special group of animals to do so.
  • Ruling Couple: He and Rani are this come the end of season 3.
  • Sanity Slippage: Ushari's venom begins to drive him insane in Season 3, and the journey shows Kion increasingly acting out of character, at times resulting in him giving command of the Guard to Fuli if it gets bad enough.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: He doesn't care if his Lion Guard isn't all lions. What matters to him is keeping the Pride Lands safe from harm while working with other animals.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!:
    • When Ono loses his eyesight Anga takes his place on the Lion Guard as the Keenest of Sight, but Kion creates a new role for him as the Smartest, despite the Lion Guard traditionally only having five members.
    • During especially bad fits of Ushari's venom, he makes it clear that he is the leader of the Lion Guard, and that they obey orders from him, regardless of how bad the idea happens to be. He isn't proud of it, once the fit ends.
  • Spin-Offspring: He's Simba's son and the The Hero of the series.
  • Ship Tease: It is implied he has feelings for Jasiri and Fuli. These feelings are likely platonic or familial in nature, however, as come season 3 Kion meets and falls in love with a young lioness named Rani, even electing to abdicate his position as leader of the Guard in favor of ruling together with her as King and Queen.
  • Shout-Out: Being poisoned by the Big Bad with a toxin that threatens to make him similar to his darkest enemy is pretty similar to the Arkhamverse Batman.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Kion is quite similar in appearance to his father, Simba.
  • Taking a Third Option: In both "The Scorpion's Sting" and "Battle For The Pridelands", Scar tries to corner Kion and his friends in a trap where the cub will either have to play into his paws and ensure his own destruction, or do nothing and be killed either way. On both occasions, Kion manages to outwit him with a move only he would think of.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: After getting poisoned by Ushari, Kion begins to show hostility towards members of the Guard and towards the animals they encounter, he shows arrogance in that he believes all of his decisions are correct, and he is very willing to dismiss issues of failure if a member of the Guard fails to carry out their instructions. He also shows a willingness to dismiss planning things out, and really doesn't think about the consequences of his actions. When he snaps out of the fit, he is pretty horrified at this side of him.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In "The Rise Of Scar", Kion is manipulated by Janja into using his roar in anger, giving the hyena just the spiritual ingredient he needs to make contact with Scar and partially bring him back as the series' Big Bad. Kion doesn't discover what Janja and Ushari have done until half a season later in "The Scorpion's Sting".
  • Vocal Evolution: His voice has gotten slightly deeper in mid-Season 2 due to Max Charles experiencing puberty, and it becomes much more noticeable near the end of said season. By the third season, Kion officially has the voice of a teenager.
  • Warrior Prince: He assembles a group of animals to protect the Pride Lands, known as the Lion Guard.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: While Kion and his father, Simba, don't see eye to eye at the start of the series, they have an increasingly strong relationship, and one of Kion's insecurities in the first season is whether he can live up to everyone's expectations and make his dad proud of him. He makes his share of mistakes, but he does in fact earn Simba's respect.
  • Weather Manipulation: This appears to be the true nature of the Roar of the Elder's powers, first hinted at when it's shown that the Roar can make clouds rain. Once fully mastered, Kion is able to lift objects with tornadoes, raise earth from the ground, and call upon lightning strikes.
  • Wise Prince: Unlike his dad, who was more of a Rebel Prince at his age, Kion is a stickler for the rules and is obedient even in the face of temptation. In addition to his obedience, Kion is also able to realize when doing the right thing supersedes the rules. This Trope is of note, because both Simba and Kiara initially had reservations with Kion's playful and seemingly aimless nature early on, with neither really believing he was ready for the responsibilities entailed with leading the Lion Guard. Throughout the events of "Return of the Roar", we are shown Kion's true worth, lending him to picking the best Lion Guard possible and leading them well during their first crisis, something that allows Kiara and especially Simba to see and acknowledge Kion's true inner wisdom, thus proving Rafiki right that Kion is ready and that "It is time."
  • Would Hit a Girl: He has no problem attacking females when required to, given the times he tackles Reirei.

    Bunga the Bravest
Voiced in English by: Joshua Rush
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: José Juan Hernández (seasons 1-2), Sergio Barberi (season 3)
Voiced in Japanese by: Azuki Shibuya

Bunga is a honey badger and is one of Kion's best friends. He's usually the one to leap head first into action. As such, he is Kion's opposite in many ways. Bunga frequently leaps into danger, often without considering the consequences and improvising to the best of his ability along the way.

  • Amazon Chaser: He befriends Binga in season 3. She's better at him almost every competition they have and Bunga sings in their duet song, "Who is Better than Who" that she's fast and acrobatic in a complimentary manner.
  • Bad Ol' Badger: Completely inverted. He's by far one of the friendliest characters in the show, not to mention one of the few times honey badgers are portrayed positively.
  • Big Eater: Whether bugs are involved, Bunga will gladly spend much of his time eating them. He's known to eat other stuff too, such as fallen baobab flowers and rotten fruit (since honey badgers are omnivores).
  • Birds of a Feather: During season 3, Bunga meets and befriends a fellow honey badger named Binga. She is just as goofy, fearless, energetic, competitive, food-loving, athletic, and stinky as him.
  • Blue Is Heroic: His fur is mostly a blackish blue.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Zuka zama (pop up, dive in)!" Fans take this as the opposite of Pumbaa and Timon's "Hakuna Matata" as it means adrenaline and excitement rather than relaxation and peacefulness.
    • And another catchphrase: "Un-bunga-lievable!"
  • Claimed by the Supernatural: Upon becoming a member of the Lion Guard, he receives the Mark of the Lion Guard on his left arm. In the finale, when he follows Kion's lead in abdicating and permanently joins the Night Pride instead, his original mark vanishes and is replaced by the Mark of the Night Pride on his right arm.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: His way of thinking is, to say the least, odd. Being raised by Timon and Pumbaa may have something to do with it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Not to the extent of Fuli or Ono, but he has his moments.
  • Fartillery: Bunga has been taught how to fart (or at least project musk, in the style of Honey Badgers) by Pumbaa, allowing him to diverge stampeding gazelles away from Kiara. Honey badgers are not to be confused with skunks, however.
  • Fearless Fool: Completely fearless, he'll try anything at least once, no matter how dangerous. Kiara sums him up as "brave, bordering on stupid."
  • Four-Fingered Hands: Unlike real honey badgers (who have five claws on each foot), he only has three claw-like fingers and a claw-like thumb.
  • Happily Adopted: He's the adopted nephew of Timon and Pumbaa.
  • Has Two Daddies: He was found and adopted by Timon and Pumbaa. This actually means he and Simba are adoptive brothers and Kion is his nephew.
  • Headbutting Heroes: With Simba in "Bunga And The King".
  • Idiot Hero: Overlapping with Fearless Fool. Kion freely admits in "Bunga and the King" that Bunga's an idiot. That being said, he's smarter than he looks.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Bunga often says or does things without considering or realizing the consequences of his actions.
  • Keet: Both energetic and fun-loving.
  • Kick the Dog: He can be deliberately mean quite a few times, such as when he stokes Tiifu's fear of the dark by talking about scary monsters right in front of her.
  • The Lancer: He's Kion's best friend and Foil at the same time.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: As Rafiki says, "Leap to conclusions, and you leap to confusions!" Case in point, he is willing to suggest the use of the Roar for any situation even when using the Roar either makes no sense, would get innocent people killed, or just makes the situation worse.
  • Literal-Minded: In the episode "Fuli's New Family," when learning he is immune to the venom of cobras, he takes it to mean that he is immune to everything - including volcanoes.
  • Maybe Ever After: He and Binga are implied to romantically like each and even share a kiss but make no confirmation of being an Official Couple. But at Kion and Rani's wedding celebration, they are seen next to each other.
  • Meaningful Name: Bunga (supposedly) means "foolish person". While he's not stupid by any means, he does make a few poor decisions, such as antagonizing a crocodile or disobediently straying too far into the Outlands.
  • Moment Killer: When Rani asks Kion to marry her and become the King of the Tree of Life, Kion thinks the proposal over, until Bunga ruins it by distracting him.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • His constant harassment of Ushari ultimately sends the cobra into villainy and bringing Scar back from the dead, making Bunga indirectly responsible for the events of Season 2 and Season 3.
    • During Season 3, he shows a pretty strong willingness to urge Kion to use the Roar while he is afflicted with Ushari's venom. This causes Kion to lose control of the Roar, and usually mandates the Guard fixing the mess.
    • When the guard finally nears the Tree of Life after weeks of traveling, Bunga spots a beehive hanging from a brand in the cliffs. He decides to drop everything and go get some honey, and his weight causes the loose stones of the cliffside to dislodge and block the only path to the Tree. That, and the sheer magnitude of the rockslide causes the guardians of the Tree, the Night Pride, to immediately become suspicious of the guard when they normally would have been friendly.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Bunga gets way too excited about the prospect of a monstrous, gruesome, mythical Zimwi and spends an entire episode obsessing over wanting to meet it.
  • Not So Different: He and Simba realize that they share a love of the song "Hakuna Matata", and they love their adopted parents, Timon and Pumbaa.
  • Pale Females, Dark Males: Bunga has dark blue fur while Binga has bright purple fur.
  • Parental Abandonment: His biological parents haven't been seen or mentioned in the show.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: He can keep a full-grown jackal from running by simply grabbing by the tail with one paw. Of course, being a honey badger this is to be expected.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Your average "goofy best friend of The Hero" archetype.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Perhaps the most jarring example this side of Kion; he's introduced as Timon and Pumbaa's adopted nephew out of nowhere.
  • Ship Tease: With Binga, another honey badger who also likes to eat bugs and is quite hyper like Bunga. They were seen together attending Kion's coronation and marriage to Rani.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Goofy and impulsive he may be, Bunga has proven to be quite cunning more than once. Such as teaching some baby animals fighting moves which they later use against the jackals, using his climbing skills to subdue Mwoga when the other flightless members of the Lion Guard couldn't do anything to stop the vulture or Mpishi, and angering Kenge so he can trick the lizard into biting Janja and his lackeys in his mad frenzy.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: He loves to eat bugs, partly due to being a honey badger and partly from being raised by Timon and Pumbaa.
  • Tranquil Fury: The second Mama Binturong threatens to harm Binga, Bunga drops the normal comedy he has when fighting and throws a vicious Death Glare at her. It is the only time in the show where he has a look of genuine anger and seriousness.
  • Vocal Evolution: Midway through Season 1, his voice becomes a bit lower in pitch due to Joshua Rush experiencing puberty during production.
  • Weak, but Skilled: When facing larger and more formidable opponents, Bunga prefers to use his wits, agility and reflexes.
  • Youthful Freckles: He has three dark spots of fur on each cheek.

    Beshte the Strongest
Voiced by: Dusan Brown
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Fabrizio Santini
Voiced in Japanese by: Miyuki Sahaku

Beshte is a "happy-go-lucky" hippopotamus who joins the Lion Guard.

  • Accidental Innuendo: As Kion and Bunga mention their "good friends" Beshte follows by saying he made lots as well.
  • Affectionate Nickname: He calls Bunga "Little B," and Bunga calls him "Big B" in return.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He may be one of the friendliest and nicest of the cast, but he's also a fierce fighter whom you should never mess with. It helps that he's a hippopotamus.
  • Big Fun: Very large and very friendly.
  • The Big Guy: He's by far the strongest member of the Lion Guard.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Twende kiboko (Let's go hippo)!"
    • Another one is, "What's the kerbubble?"
    • Beshte seems to have developed a third catchphrase,"Poa," which is used as an exclamation similar to "cool" or "neat".
  • Chick Magnet: The girl hippos seem to like him.
  • Claimed by the Supernatural: Upon becoming a member of the Lion Guard, he receives the Mark of the Lion Guard on his left shoulder. In the finale, when he follows Kion's lead in abdicating and permanently joins the Night Pride instead, his original mark vanishes and is replaced by the Mark of the Night Pride on his right shoulder.
  • Depending on the Writer: Beshte has been out in the sun for hours, sometimes entire days, but in certain episodes, all of a sudden he cant be in the sun or else he burns to death.
  • Dumb Muscle: While by no means stupid, he does have a tendency to miss the obvious or forget what he was doing in the first place.
  • Huggy, Huggy Hippos: A hippopotamus and a Nice Guy.
  • I Got Bigger: He has noticeably grown, along with getting some hair in Season 3.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Beshte has light blue eyes.
  • Missing Mom: She is never seen or mentioned, even in the episodes featuring Beshte's father.
  • Nice Guy: Very kind and helpful.
  • The Pollyanna: Always tries to maintain a positive attitude. His song "Gotta Look on the Bright Side" is all about this.
  • Super Strength: He's not called "the strongest" for nothing.
  • Tuft of Head Fur: Has a noticeable one contrasting his mostly bare skin. It gets bigger in Season 3.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He's not above striking female opponents when he needs to.
  • Worf Had the Flu: The only reason he loses his contest is because he needs to get out of the sun. He had this same problem in the Outlands during the Dry Season.

    Fuli the Fastest
Voiced in English by: Diamond White
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Erika Ugalde
Voiced in Japanese by: Asami Yano

Fuli is a cheetah who assists Kion as a member of the Lion Guard.

  • Achilles' Heel: Even though cheetahs are supposed to be agile, she has a hard time following zigzag patterns as she runs, which Makucha exploits to escape from her. Possibly justified as she still hasn't learned to master it.
  • Action Girl: She's female and kicks just as much butt as the rest of the Lion Guard. If you really want to play dirty with her, climb a tree—cheetahs cannot climb trees.note 
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: In "Beshte and the Hippo Lanes", when Bupu and his herd become fed up with the Guard ordering them all day, she has to ask them nicely to cross the flood plains and they oblige.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Huwezi (You can't catch me)!"
      • Technically, the full prhase is "Huwezi kupata!"
    • Being the Deadpan Snarker she is, she tends to respond with "Seriously?".
    • She also mutters "Baboons!" in response to the monkeys' antics.
  • Cats Hate Water: Fuli really doesn't like water, showing serious disgust when Mtoto soaks her by accident.
  • Character Development: Fuli learns in a few episodes like "The Search For Utamu" and "Beshte And The Hippo Lanes" the importance of being patient. In "The Wisdom Of Kongwe", it nabs her a substantial victory over her foe Makucha, and by the end of the episode, she seems to finally be taking the advice to heart.
    • In the third season, she proves her worth as a leader when Kion gives her command. Case in point, she knows what the best course of action is, how to fix a mess that Kion has already made, and won't hesitate to bring up the obvious benefits. She is also not afraid to call Kion out if he gets reckless or acts like a huge jerk.
  • Claimed by the Supernatural: Upon becoming a member of the Lion Guard, she receives the Mark of the Lion Guard on her left shoulder. In the finale, when she follows Kion's lead in abdicating and permanently joins the Night Pride instead, her original mark vanishes and is replaced by the Mark of the Night Pride on her right shoulder.
  • Death Glare: Gives a vicious one to Mzingo when she corners him, along with an Implied Death Threat.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Fuli is a rather sassy and snarky cub.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • She holds a small amount of resentment towards the lions, believing that they lord it over the Pridelands. Because of this, she initially scoffed at the idea of serving under Kion in the Lion Guard (though she later accepted the offer).
    • She has a long-held dislike of baboons (though as of the episode "Baboons!", she seems to be moving past this).
  • Hates Being Touched: In "Fuli's New Family," she shows an aversion to others touching her fur. However, she lets the rest of the Guard give her a hug ("This once") at the end of the episode.
  • Horrifying the Horror: She has managed to intimidate Mzingo and Makucha, a villainous vulture and leopard respectively, by making implied threats of eating them.
  • "I Am" Song: The song My Own Way, in the episode "Fuli's New Family," is about Fuli's love for independence.
  • Informed Loner: She claims that she likes being alone in "Fuli's New Family," yet, save for her introduction in "Return of the Roar," she's always seen hanging out with the rest of the Lion Guard.
  • Informed Species: She has (stylized) rosettes which would indicate she's a king cheetah, a rare coat-type. However, her rosettes are more similar to a jaguar's (complete with spots in the middle of the rosettes) than an actual king cheetah's.
  • I Got Bigger: She has grown, but not by very much.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Fuli can be brash and impatient, but she does care for her friends and points out faults with reason (see the episode Bunga the Wise for an example). She may seem cold and snarky to others but deep down she has a very caring heart who loves her friends and respects the Circle of Life deeply. In episodes such as "The Lost Gorillas" and "The Savannah Summit" it is revealed that she has a hidden childish side. In Season 3, her jerkish side disappears completely, and she begins to act as Kion's Morality Pet, notably being the one person in the Guard who has any success calming Kion down during especially bad fits of Ushari's venom.
  • Lightning Bruiser: She is an extremely fast runner but is significantly strong as well. She can easily take down her opponents when running at full speed towards them.
  • Mama Bear: Becomes this to the baby baboon in "Baboons!", as she yells "Claws off of my baboon!" at Mzingo and his vulture parliament.
  • Meaningful Name: Fuli means "Very Fast", no surprise considering her species.
  • Morality Pet: In Season 3, Fuli is the one person of the Guard who can calm Kion down if he doesn't have his medicine and begins to enter a violent fit.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Despite her gracile build, Fuli is capable of overpowering opponents stockier than her and once stopped a boulder by standing on top of it.
  • Number Two: She seems to serve as this for Kion, as she takes over the Guard whenever he is absent, and especially in Season 3 when he starts feeling more ill.
  • One of the Boys: While she prefers to be alone she still does like hanging out with the guard and even considers them her family and can keep up with them when they're attending their duties.
  • Pride: She is very sure of herself, and equally certain that her speed can help her accomplish any task. This works against her in "The Search For Utamu," where her constant running without taking any breaks leaves her exhausted. She would have been easy prey for Mzingo and his vulture parliament if the rest of the Guard hadn't stepped in to help.
  • Ship Tease: It's implied that she has feelings for Kion, best shown due to her concern when his sanity and health start fading over the third season.
    • She appears to develop similar feelings for Azaad, a male cheetah she met while searching for tuliza. When the guard considers staying at the Tree of Life, Fuli seems reluctant about it but perks right up when Azaad arrives, and the two spend the entire return trip to the Pridelands in each other's company. Beshte even likens their "friendship" to Kion and Rani's.
  • The Smurfette Principle: She is the only female member of the Lion Guard. "The Rise of Scar" reveals that she is actually the first female ever to join the Guard, with all past groups being exclusively male.
  • Super Speed: Naturally, since she's a cheetah. By animal standards, at least 75 miles per hour is quite remarkable.
  • Tomboy: Fuli is a very tough, no-nonsense, and hot-headed cheetah who is never afraid to leap into action or back down from a fight.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She is easily disgusted by bugs, mud, gas, and musk. She has her moments of being more graceful, composed, and polite in contrast with her usual brashness.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: She is not afraid to call out Kion if he thinks he is making a bad judgement call in Season 3, the accidental avalanche being a prime example, as she calls him out for trying to go over the mountain, using the Roar during a fit of Ushari's venom, and causing the dislocation of the snow monkeys.
  • You Are in Command Now: She takes command of the Lion Guard in Season 3 whenever Kion feels he is in no shape to lead.

    Ono the Keenest of Sight/Smartest
Voiced in English by: Atticus Shaffer
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Carlos Siller
Voiced in Japanese by: Hiroshi Kousaka

Ono is an egretnote  who becomes a member of the Lion Guard. His name means passion, and his specialty is his keen eye.

  • The Atoner: In "Let Sleeping Crocs Lie", Ono feels terrible about waking the crocs from their hibernation and forcing them to endure the dry season. Ono later goes to personally apologize to Makuu, despite clearly being terrified of the crocs and their 'crocodile violence'.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: "The Lake of Reflection" reveals that Ono is the youngest of the Guard, with a Flashback showing the other four original members saving his egg from Janja (while a young Anga watches from above).
  • Bald of Awesome: He loses his plume feathers in "Never Roar Again".
  • Brought Down to Badass: He loses his eyesight for much of season 3, and even when it returns to him it still isn't as keen as it once was. That still doesn't stop him from getting right into the thick of things when the guard goes to battle.
  • Butt-Monkey: If someone on the Guard is going to be used as a physical punching bag for comedy, Ono is the one most likely to be it, having had the most times he gets injured.
  • Career-Ending Injury: His role of the Keenest of Sight comes to an end as he saves Bunga from burning to death, but at the cost of having his vision seriously compromised, and he gets replaced by Anga. He still has to come so that he too can have his sight healed.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Hapana (oh, no)!"
    • Another is "Affirmative!"
    • And, "Common knowledge, really."
  • Claimed by the Supernatural: Upon becoming a member of the Lion Guard, he receives the Mark of the Lion Guard on his left wing. In the finale, when he follows Kion's lead in abdicating and permanently joins the Night Pride instead, his original mark vanishes and is replaced by the Mark of the Night Pride on his right wing.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The little egret does have his moments of making sarcastic asides or comments.
  • Glowing Eyes: Every time he spots something while flying, his eyes shimmer radiantly.
  • Innate Night Vision: Is able use to his keen eyesight at nighttime. This is Truth in Television, as recent studies have shown cattle egrets are among the non-owl birds capable of nocturnal activity.
  • Meaningful Name: The name Ono means "Passion". It's also a pun on the English exclamation "Oh no!", which is also a translation of his Catchphrase "Hapana".
  • Passing the Torch: Ultimately allows Anga to take over as his position as the Keenest of Sight after he loses his eyesight from flying into the volcano to save Bunga.
  • Photographic Memory: Thankfully, Ono's vision wasn't impaired enough that he can still read and memorize maps.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: He's the smallest of the Guard, and has fought off vultures bigger than himself.
  • Prophet Eyes: Gets these as a result of losing his sight resulting in temporary blindness. Not anymore once he regains most of his vision.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: A cattle egret.
  • The Smart Guy: He's described as an "intellectual" egret. If there's a plot-relevant factoid about an animal, he's the one usually telling it. In fact, after his Career-Ending Injury in "Battle of the Pride Lands", Kion keeps him on the team, declaring him the Smartest.
  • Temporary Blindness: Becomes blinded in one eye by dust in "Eye of the Beholder". In "Battle For the Pride Lands", he becomes completely vision-impaired from volcanic smoke and has to travel to the Tree of Life to regain his eyesight, which he does in "Little Old Ginterbong" (although not entirely).
  • Token Flyer: Before Anga joined the cast, he was the only member of the Lion Guard who could fly.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He gets his first fight scene in "The Search For Utamu" when he fights one of Mzingo's vultures. He does a pretty good job at it too.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: "Too Many Termites" shows that he is afraid of bats, which prevents him from simply warning a flock that their tree is about to fall, instead calling the rest of the Guard in.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He plucks one of Mpishi's tail feathers to distract her as she flies into a cliff, and later, he makes her fall out of the sky by swooping into her.

    Anga the second Keenest of Sight
Voiced in English by: Bryana Salaz
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Annie Rojas
Voiced in Japanese by: Shoko Yuzuki

A martial eagle who joins the Guard late in Season 2.

  • Action Girl: A female eagle who will use her stooping ability against any adversary.
  • Ascended Extra: She was introduced in the last episode of Season 2, yet she becomes a main character in Season 3, and is prominently featured in the Season 3 intro.
  • Catchphrase: "Anga lenga! (Aim for the sky!)"
  • Claimed by the Supernatural: Upon becoming a member of the Lion Guard, she receives the Mark of the Lion Guard on her left wing. In the finale, when she follows Kion's example in abdicating and joining the Night Pride, her original mark vanishes and is replaced by the Mark of the Night Pride on her right wing.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Her plumage is a dark purple, but she is a Noble Bird of Prey.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Her sarcastic wit becomes more evident in Season 3.
  • Death Glare: Throws a nasty one at Bunga when he makes jokes at her expense.
  • Fangirl: Like most birds, she is a big fan of Hadithi.
  • Glowing Eyes: Just like Ono, her eyes would shimmer if she spots something. Only her shine is purple rather than Ono's yellow.
  • I'm Not a Hero, I'm...: She has this attitude when Ono recommends her as his replacement.
  • Meaningful Name: Anga means "sky" in Swahili.
  • Noble Bird of Prey: A heroic and powerful eagle.
  • Not So Above It All: For all her cool and blunt attitude, she instantly goes into fangirl mode when meeting Hadithi.
  • Odd Friendship: With Ono. Despite their differences in personality and nature, the two birds end up bonding over their similar abilities such as their good eyesight.
  • Passing the Torch: Receives one from Ono when a loss of eyesight has him give his keenest of sight position to her.
  • Purple Is Powerful: She has dark purple feathers.
  • Seen It All: Turns out she knew who Kion and his friends were long before her debut episode, and that was the day Kion first encountered Janja. On that day, she was just flying and minding her own business.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: She's a martial eagle — the largest eagle species in Africa.
  • The Stoic: She's not very emotive or talkative. Except when she meets Hadithi.
  • Terse Talker: Unless the situation requires otherwise, she generally restricts her speech to short utterances such as "Yep" and "On it."
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: Ono had to call on Anga because he cannot catch up with the vultures, who can fly higher than the clouds, and she's the only allied bird who can reach those altitudes.
  • Tsundere: She initially seems cold and aloof, especially towards terrestrial animals, but she gradually warms up to anyone she allies with.
  • The Un-Smile: In "The Accidental Avalanche", Beshte encourages her to smile in order to place the snow monkeys (who are afraid of her) at ease. Her response is an expression not much different than her usual stoic look.
    Anga: How's this?
    Beshte: (awkwardly) It's... poa!
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Anga is not up to replacing Ono on the Guard, but Ono and Kion reassure her and she takes up the role.
  • You Are in Command Now: She is made the Keenest of Sight after Ono's vision is badly damaged.

Honorary Members

Voiced in English by: Landry Bender
Voiced in Japanese by: Jun Miruno

A young female mandrill who is learning to be a royal advisor under Rafiki's guidance.

  • The Apprentice: For Rafiki.
  • Ascended Extra: While she had a few starring roles in Season 2, she becomes a main character in Season 3, being the Lion Guard's guide.
  • Break the Cutie: She is distraught when the Outlanders burn down Mizimu Grove, especially since Rafiki's tree got burnt along with it.
  • Cartoony Tail: Averted, in contrast to her mentor. Her tail is a bushy stub just like on real mandrills.
  • Character Development: In her debut episode, Makini was very hyper, talkative, overly enthusiastic and self-conscious, all at the same time. Over of the course of Season 2, Makini learns to reign in her boisterousness, hone her focus and study diligently to be a good mjuzi, stepping up and putting herself into dangerous situations several times over to help the Lion Guard when they need a shaman's talents.
  • Cute Little Fangs: She has two small, prominent canines.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Her absence throughout the events of the second film has yet to be fully explained.
  • Genki Girl: The young mandrill is a bundle of energy.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: She has blue eyes and is a very Nice Girl.
  • Irony: She had expected to become Kiara's Royal Mjuzi. She ultimately becomes Kion's Royal Mjuzi.
  • Literal-Minded: When Makucha tells her he never liked (the taste of) mandrill, she tearfully takes it that he doesn't like her.
  • Motor Mouth: Her main trait; she has a hard time staying quiet. Unfortunately, this causes Ushari to receive clues for Janja on how to summon Scar.
  • Nice Girl: She is very friendly towards others and loves helping them out when they need it.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Unlike her mentor, she looks more like a real mandrill. She even has the proper tail for mandrills.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Much like Kion and the Lion Guard, she is never mentioned in the second film despite being established as Rafiki's apprentice and the next royal mjuzi in line. As we later find out, she becomes Kion's Royal Mjuzi when he becomes King of the Tree of Life.
  • Running Gag: In season 2, she had a habit of breaking or losing her staff, requiring her to get a new one. This was phased out in season 3, since her staff was required to find the way to the Tree of Life (though she ends up losing it in icy waters just before the Guard arrive there).
  • The Medic: She serves as this for the Lion Guard whenever they get injured.
  • The Sixth Ranger: As a prominent recurring character in the show's second season, Makini is actually the closest thing there's been to a sixth member of The Lion Guard. Despite being a shaman in training, she gets plenty of field experience and helps the Lion Guard out on several of their more dangerous adventures in Season 2. She becomes a Seventh Ranger in Season 3, when she joins them on their quest for the Tree of Life and Anga becomes a member of the Lion Guard.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: A conversation Makini has with Kion in "The Rise Of Scar", about the cub's ability to speak to the great kings of the past, gives an eavesdropping Ushari the idea to contact Scar from beyond the grave and kick off the main story arc of Season 2 and the events of Season 3.

"Sisi ni Sawa means 'we're the same'."
Voiced in English by: Maia Mitchell
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Melissa Gedeon
Voiced in Japanese by: Ayaka Hashizume

A good hyena who befriends Kion.

  • Action Girl: Can put up a fight against Janja and his clan. It is implied that she has bested him before. In "Rescue in the Outlands" it is shown she can easily best him one on one. Janja needs to bring his entire clan just to outmatch her.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Immediately after singing a duet with Kion about how they should be friends she laughs at the idea of needing a lion's help when Kion offers and after chasing off Janja's group shows surprise when Kion tells the rest of the Lion Guard that she's a friend.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: After Scar's defeat, she is made the Queen of the Outlands, promising to make it a better place.
  • Artistic License – Biology:
    • She's smaller than the male hyenas (real-life hyena females are around 10% larger than males), but it's not clear if this is due to her age or a deliberate choice/goof up by the writers. The only other female hyena seen so far in the franchise whose size we know (Shenzi) is the same size as the male hyenas in the first two films, so probably the latter.
    • Janja having his clan gang up on her. Real-life male hyenas would not dare do such a thing.
  • Awesome Aussie: She has an Australian accent courtesy of Maia Mitchell, and is good at putting up fights with Janja and his gangs.
  • Badass in Distress: She beat Cheezi and Chunga pretty easily. It took Janja himself to pin her down.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's a nice hyena, but a hyena nonetheless. Noteworthy is that she's able to beat Janja and his clan by herself.
  • Big Good: Becomes this for the Outlands, after Scar is defeated and his Legion of Doom decide to reform.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Usually seen when she closes her mouth.
  • Damsel in Distress: She puts up a good fight and it isn't clear if she even needs Kion's help, but he still saves her anyway from the other hyenas with The Roar.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Her fur is a very dark purple, but she is very friendly.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She does not actually snark like Fuli or Ono, but her sassy little half-lidded smirk speaks for itself. She later does show a willingness to snark in certain situations.
  • Evil Laugh: Averted. When Kion got stuck in a thorn bush her laugh sounded like this for a tiny cliffhanger but she really only mocked him.
  • Expy: Of Asante, a good hyena character that befriends Simba's probably Retconned-away first born son Kopa in a tie-in book for the first film.
  • Fantastic Racism: Downplayed. She has her little comments about Kion being a lion, but is not that hostile about it.
  • Fisher King: Upon her ascension to the throne as Queen of the Outlands, the other animals actually express hope that the Outlands can become more livable.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: A way to tell she (and the other members of her clan) is not evil like Janja's clan is by her fur color; she is tinted a faint purple, while Janja and the other hyenas are a sickly grey. She also has Innocent Blue Eyes, unlike the other hyenas' black eyes.
  • Good Counterpart: To Janja. Unlike Janja, she is a friendly hyena who respects the Circle of Life and looks down on gluttony.
  • Heinous Hyena: A rare (and conspicuous) inversion. She is nice, heroic and friendly to the heroes.
  • "I Am" Song: Kion and Jasiri's duet "Sisi ni Sawa (We Are The Same)"
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: To contrast the evil hyenas' black eyes.
  • Kick Chick: Some of her fighting moves incorporate kicks from her hind legs.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Downplayed. She is neither cruel nor mean, but she did have Kion tumble off a cliff into a thorn bush just because she found it funny.
  • La Résistance: In Season 2 she forms the Hyena Resistance to oppose Scar in the Outlands.
  • Mama Bear: She fiercely defends Tuna and Wema from Janja and his clan.
  • Meaningful Name: Jasiri is Swahili for "courageous".
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: The Outlands are a dangerous place, filled with rival clans and lava flows that have hurt Jasiri several times. But it's still her place, so she refuses Kion's offer to move her into the Pridelands.
    "Home is home."
  • Nice Girl: While she may seem snarky and menacing at first she really is a friendly and loyal hyena who respects the circle of life.
  • Not So Different: Jasiri's song, "Sisi ni Sawa (We Are The Same)" is about her telling Kion that lions and hyenas are this.
  • No True Scotsman: Jasiri believes true hyenas respect the Circle of Life and scavenge. Because of this, her clan is at war with Janja's clan for giving her species a bad name.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: She makes a comment about males being dumb, in a nod to the fact that real-life hyenas are matriarchal.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: While it is unknown if she is the actual matriarch, she is shown to be a capable leader, and she shows a willingness to hear Janja out, and later accepts him into her clan. This is shown by how overwhelming she is accepted as Queen of the Outlands after Scar's defeat.
  • Rightful King Returns: How her ascension to Queen of the Outlands is portrayed.
  • Save the Villain: Despite everything he had done to her and her friends throughout Seasons 1 and 2, Jasiri still decides to save Janja's life in "The Hyena Resistance", instead of letting him experience a well-deserved Karmic Death.
  • Ship Tease: It is implied that she has feelings for Kion, best shown when she reacts with horror when she sees his face.
    • She gets a fair amount of this with Janja as well, and while part of it seems one-sided on Janja's part, there is a moment in the series finale where the two share a teasing yet knowing look as they celebrate King Kion and Queen Rani's reign.
  • Token Heroic Orc: She and her clan are, by far, the only good hyenas shown in the series and the overall franchise.
  • Tomboy: She's fierce, fearless, and would never back down from a fight when challenged.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Once you get to know her more she is sweet and affectionate with a bit of a flirtatious side. She is also a nurturing Cool Big Sis to Tunu and Wema.
  • Unexplained Accent: Has an Australian accent, but nobody else in the Pride Lands talk in the accent she has. Neither do hyenas that are not related to her. Maybe she picked it up while traveling the world.
  • You Are in Command Now: After Scar's defeat, Jasiri becomes the leader of the Outlands and is named Prime Minister.

Voiced by: Behzad Dabu

A male Asiatic cheetah who lives in a canyon. He challenges Fuli to a race when she enters his territory, only to end up befriending her.

  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Becomes friendly to Fuli after she saves him from falling off a cliff and calls him a friend.
  • Catchphrase: "Mibinamet!" ("See you later!")
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: No pun intended. In their rematch, he tries to beat Fuli the second time by taking a shortcut, only to slip and hang onto the edge of a cliff for dear life. This forces Fuli to go back and rescue him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At first, he seemed arrogant and anti-social, scoffing at Fuli for having friends due to cheetahs being solitary. Once Fuli saves him from falling and befriends him, he softens up and helps her gather tuliza.
  • Meaningful Name: Azaad means "Free" in Arabic.
  • Noodle Incident: He apparently had an "unexpected fall" once that was serious enough to warrant Queen Janna personally healing him.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: African cheetahs are more than common in fiction. Asiatic cheetahs? Not so much. This is not surprising considering Asiatic cheetahs are also rare in real life, being restricted to only a small part in Iran.
  • Ship Tease: With Fuli. The others notice this and compare their "friendship" to Kion and Rani's, which ended up with them becoming an Official Couple...
  • Third-Person Person: He often refers to himself in the third person.

Vitani's Lion Guard

    Vitani's Lion Guard 

After Zira's pride was accepted into the Pride Lands, Vitani formed her own Lion Guard in the absence of Kion and his Lion Guard when they traveled to the Tree of Life.

  • Always Someone Better: Their fight and competition with Kion's Lion Guard proves that the new Strongest and Keenest of Sight are superior to Beshte (as Beshte can only spend so much time under the sun without getting sunburnt if he doesn't cool off in mud) and Anga (who can't see as well in the dark). However, Fuli is shown to be faster (except she can't climb trees) and Bunga is braver.
  • Amazon Brigade: Since Zira's pride was mainly composed of lionesses, Vitani's Lion Guard is made up of Vitani and her lionness friends.
  • The Atoner: While not explicitly stated, it is very heavily implied that the reason they became the Lion Guard is to make up for believing Zira's lies that the Pride Landers were evil.
  • Ax-Crazy: Played with. The Bravest has a habit of Laughing Mad, but disregarding her background as one of Zira's lionesses, she's otherwise a Nice Girl and she seems to be more along the lines of a giggly Genki Girl.
  • Heel–Face Turn: As former members of Zira's pride, they changed sides after Kovu and Kiara convinced them to stand down.
  • Passing the Torch: Kion officially relinquishes his team's title as the Lion Guard to them after they win the competition.
  • The Rival: The two Lion Guards engage in a rivalry upon Kion and co.'s return, though they put it aside once Vitani's Lion Guard wins via Kion ceding his round and Kion's Lion Guard instead joining the protectors of the Tree of Life.
  • Worf Had the Flu: They win two of their competitions because Beshte had to get out of the sun and because Kion forfeited the match with Vitani.

The Fiercest and leader of the Pride Lands Lion Guard as of season 3. See tropes pertaining to Vitani in Simba's Pride here.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Borrows Kion's "hevi kabisa!" at one point, though it is in response to seeing Kion lift Pride Rock out of the ground, meaning it is likely out of shock. One could argue she inherited it with her title, as she is the only one of her Guard who does not have her own catchphrase.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Was pretty fierce to begin with, but did this when Kion passed his title as the leader of the Lion Guard to her, and she gained the Roar of the Elders along with it.
  • We Win... Because You Didn't: The reason she becomes the new leader of the Lion Guard is because Kion deliberately forfeits the match.
  • Young and in Charge: Given that Vitani and Kovu were the only cubs shown in Film Two, all of the other members are much older than Vitani, yet still defer to her leadership.


The Bravest.

  • Ax-Crazy: Played with. She has a habit of Laughing Mad, but disregarding her background as one of Zira's lionesses, she's otherwise a Nice Girl and she seems to be more along the lines of a giggly Genki Girl.
  • Catchphrase: "Bila hofu!" ("Without terror!")

The Fastest.

The Strongest.
  • Catchphrase: "Misuli!" ("Muscle!")
  • Determinator: Takes Beshte on in a contest of strength, and beats him because he has to stop halfway through to get out of the sun. Having said that, its pretty obvious that only the sun prevented her from losing.

The Keenest of Sight.

Other Incarnations

Voiced by: Michael Luwoye
The Captain of the first Lion Guard.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: He was so experienced with the Roar that he could use it to lift pillars out of the earth, a skill he teaches Kion in season 3.
  • Spirit Advisor: He teaches Kion everything the Roar can do. He also tells Kion that the greatest thing a lion can do with the Roar is relinquish it.

    Scar's Lion Guard 

The predecessors to Kion's Lion Guard. They were led by Scar, but were 'destroyed' by him after he used the Roar of the Elders for evil.

Tropes applying to the team as a whole:

  • Ambiguous Situation: The team may be destroyed, but we're not sure if the same literally applies to the individual members.
  • Never Say "Die": They as a group are described as having been 'destroyed' by Scar, accompanied by a visual of them being blown away by Scar's roar. Though this also makes their fate ambiguous, as it could either mean Scar literally killed them or they've simply gone missing.
  • Posthumous Character: They are presumably dead.
  • Praetorian Guard: Its function.
  • Unknown Character: We don't know much about the individual members yet, though their paintings depict them as having rather distinctive character designs.
  • We Used to Be Friends: They at least trusted each other, only for Scar to become a Fallen Hero and destroy the team.

Army of Scar


Voiced by: Andrew Kishino

"The Pride Lands will never know what bit 'em."

Janja is the leader of a clan of hyenas that dwell in the Outlands. He seeks only to feed himself, and seems to have no respect for the Circle of Life.

  • Ape Shall Never Kill Ape: Subverted. Whilst he's reluctant to kill Jasiri under Scar's orders, it's because he appears to have feelings for her, rather than any reluctance to harm a member of his own kind.
  • Artistic License – Biology: He's the leader of his clan, despite hyena clans being led by a female in real life. While one could justify this since all of his clan appears to be male, hyenas don't form same-sex clans in real life, either. Subverted as of season three, where he switches sides and joins his clan with Jasiri under her rule.
  • Backstab Backfire: Throws Cheezi and Chungu out and then gets betrayed by his new minions.
  • Bad Boss: He really doesn't care about his fellow hyenas, and berates and insults them regularly.
  • Benevolent Boss: He may dismiss and insult his fellow clan members, but when Scar tries to burn them alive, their calls to him for help cause him to immediately defect to the Pride Lands.
  • Bad is Good and Good is Bad: In "Rescue in the Outlands" he looks down upon Jasiri's positive traits, such as being kind and respecting the Circle of Life, acting as if hyenas shouldn't have those traits.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Bringing Scar's spirit back from the dead to cause more trouble for the Pridelands did not prove to be beneficial for Janja in the end. Not beneficial at all.
  • Being Evil Sucks: While Janja reveled in being a rebel and a villain in Season 1, it's really starting to lose it's luster for him by the back-end of Season 2. He's had his ass kicked by the Lion Guard countless times; Scar and Ushari have completely usurped his authority over his clan; Scar, his former idol, has punished and disciplined him so many times the hyena is now terrified of making him angry; and he nearly suffers a Karmic Death in "The Hyena Resistance". When Jasiri offers him a chance to leave Scar and his current, toxic lifestyle, Janja noticeably hesitates and seems to consider it before he remembers where his loyalties are supposed to lie and turns her down. This trope eventually plays a part in his Heel–Face Turn in Season 3.
  • Big Bad: Of both the movie and the first season of the TV show.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Janja is fully aware of his status as a rebel hyena and a bad guy to everyone in the Pridelands, and rather proud of it. After Janja learns a hard lesson in humility and the true price of evil in Season 2, he has a change of mindset in Season 3, admitting that playing the good guy isn't so bad as well and is certainly less toxic all around.
  • Co-Dragons: He and Ushari are Scar's in Season 2.
  • Darth Vader Clone: He begins to show a number of resemblances to Vader throughout Season 2, in that he has a complex motivation, a desire for food, but also a desire for respect, speaks in a deep voice, serves as The Dragon to the resurrected spirit of Scar, he seems to have feelings for Jasiri, and during the Season 3 opener, he defects and plays a crucial role in aiding the defeat of Scar. This is shown when he tries multiple times to avoid going after Jasiri under Scar's orders.
  • Defecting for Love: It’s heavily implied twice Janja was within a hair’s breadth of doing so because of Jasiri. First, in the “Hyena Resistance”, he was saved by Jasiri from falling into lava, and he hesitated for a brief second about joining her before refusing. Then in the Season 3 premiere, during “A New Way To Go”, Janja feels like things are just different now, and suggesting he’s seemingly catching feelings for Jasiri.
  • Defector from Decadence: Janja's loyalty to Scar had been waning throughout the second half of Season 2, but it finally breaks completely in the Season 3 opener, when the hyena pulls a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Demoted to Dragon: Is subjected to this in season two, taking orders from the spirit of Scar.
  • Depending on the Writer: The level of threat he poses varies by the episode, as does his competence. In one episode, he's a comedy villain who's deceived by his new underlings. In another episode, he's a genuine threat to our heroes who nearly succeeds in murdering them.
  • Dirty Coward: He prefers using underhanded tactics and sheer numbers to win. When faced with an even fight in "Can't Wait To Be Queen," he instantly ran. Justified, considering the Guard's powers. Case in point, Janja knows he doesn't stand a chance of beating his rival, Jasiri, in a fair fight, so he tries to have her killed in a steam vent in one episode. After Janja becomes a better person in Season 3, he becomes more of a Lovable Coward.
  • Easily Forgiven: Averted. While Kion might be forgiving, Simba is in no such mood, pointing out that he is an enemy of the Pridelands who committed very grave wrongs against them. Makuu decides to put everyone's minds at rest by offering to have the hyena at his mercy if he's caught lying, so Janja is not trusted right until the Pridelanders actually win.
  • Ear Notch: He has a noticeable tear in his left ear.
  • Enfant Terrible: Back when he was a cub, one of his first crimes was stealing eggs.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: In "The Hyena Resistance", Janja really doesn't understand why Jasiri would save his life out of her own good nature, especially after he had tried to kill her previously. This trope is still in effect after his Heel–Face Turn in Season 3, and very much played for laughs. Janja is on the Lion Guard's side at this point, but he makes it no secret that he doesn't understand why they do what they do, and he's a very reluctant ally.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Kion. While Kion leads a group of animals dedicated to defending the Circle of Life, Janja's clan is set on destroying it. This is in keeping with the portrayal of hyenas as the Unpleasant Animal Counterpart to lions.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: If "Lions of The Outlands" is of any indication, it's suggested that the hyenas (Janja and his clan included) don't like Zira.
  • Evil Gloating: What generally backfires on him half the time. His desire to gloat usually results in his plans falling apart.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Janja always embraced his status as a pretty bad guy, and enjoyed causing trouble for everyone in the Pridelands whenever he could, but in Season 2, he bites off more than he can chew. He decides to bring back Scar, the Pridelands' greatest enemy, to do more damage than ever before and gradually comes to regret it when the evil, ghostly lion turns out to be way more than he can handle - abusing Janja throughout the season, and later tossing him and his men under the bus.
  • Evil Laugh: He is a hyena, after all.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Andrew Kishino gives him a deep voice.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's fond of acting chummy towards those he's threatening.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pride. Not only does his pride in his own abilities make him overconfident (resulting in the Evil Gloating mentioned above), it also blinds him to his shortcomings, and the flaws in his plans. In "Janja's New Crew", he assumes himself to be the smartest hyena around, and believes that his leadership of the pack is absolute and unshakeable. This of course left him incapable of seeing Nne and Tano's betrayal coming.
  • Foe Romance Subtext: It does rather look like he has feelings for Jasiri. His song "The Worst Hyena We Know" sounds like a thinly veiled attempt to hide his feelings for Jasiri, and has some hidden compliments that he claims are the things he hates about her.
  • For the Evulz: Why he's so keen on causing chaos in the Pridelands, at least in Return of the Roar; Janja openly mocks the Circle of Life and merely wants to terrorize the savannah animals. It's not always as clear in the TV series; sometimes, he and his clan sincerely seem to be hunting before Kion and his friends drive them off. As the series progresses, Janja is defined as a greedy, rebellious anarchist who later makes contact with Scar's spirit so he can bring chaos to the Pridelands.
  • General Failure: While most of his plans are smart, in several instances, he throws the plan out the window and fails several perfect chances, such as his kidnapping of Kiara. It seems by Season 2, this is turning around, having Ushari join him and bringing together an army of antagonistic animals.
  • Good Feels Good: Post-Heel–Face Turn. He admits that he's better off as a good guy in "Journey to the Pride Lands".
  • Green-Eyed Monster: It is heavily implied in "The Worst Hyena We Know" that Janja has feelings for Jasiri and he is deeply jealous of Kion's close friendship with her.
  • The Heavy: What he becomes in Season Two. He is a rare version is that Scar, serving in the Big Bad role cannot leave his volcano and is confined to fire, while Ushari taking the role of The Dragon, cannot be discovered as a traitor. As a result, Janja becomes Scar's primary instrument of active malice, but it quickly becomes obvious that Scar and Ushari would prefer a more competent person to actually carry out their plans.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In the Season 3 opener, out of disgust over being abandoned, and out of his heavily implied feelings for Jasiri, he defects to the Pridelanders and gives them information on how to defeat Scar.
  • Heinous Hyena: He's a spotted hyena who's a Villainous Glutton and just plain nasty. To the point that he believes that all hyenas should be rotten and mean, which is why he loathes Jasiri. He realizes how wrong he was in the Season 3 premiere, and subverts the trope by way of Heel–Face Turn.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Janja wanted to have Scar brought back so that he could aid him in getting food. In "Swept Away", Scar and Ushari effectively usurp the leadership of his clan, infuriating him.
  • Hypocrite: He attacks Jasiri when she enters his territory and is angry when she marks part of it when he forgets to redo it for the dry season but he has no respect for the Pridelands boundaries and will frequently invade the turf to try and eat the inhabitants.
  • Humble Pie: The events of Season 2, wherein he arrogantly bites off way more than he can chew and Jasiri has to save him a few times (despite everything he did), goes a long way towards teaching Janja some humility. In the Season 3 opener, after Scar is gone and a power vaccum has been left over, Janja freely admits he's not up to the job of being leader of the Outlands and nominates Jasiri instead, merging their two clans into one.
  • If I Can't Have You...: This appears to be his mindset regarding Jasiri, as he shows complete anger whenever Kion and Jasiri are brought up together.
  • Implausible Deniability: When he bumped into the Lion Guard in "Janja's New Crew", he tried to pretend like they were in the Outlands.
  • Insult Backfire: Regularly calls his minions "furbrains". Nne and Tano call him this when they betray him. Reirei also calls him this when they argue who should go after Rafiki.
  • In Love with the Mark: He strongly indicates that he has feelings for Jasiri, and he shows very clear reluctance to do any harm to her under Scar's orders.
  • Jerkass: Calling him a mean hyena would be an understatement. Besides his gluttony and disrespect for the Circle of Life, Janja is shown to be unpleasant in general, constantly belittling and insulting his own allies. His jerkassery is gone after his Heel–Face Turn in the Season 3 premiere.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He becomes one after his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Karmic Death: Very narrowly averted. After an entire season of being even more of a ruthless Jerkass than usual, karma finally catches up to Janja in "The Hyena Resistance". His latest attack on Jasiri's clan results in him falling into a volcanic vent and sliding towards his death in lava. He's only spared by Jasiri stepping in to save him, much to his surprise.
  • Kick the Dog: On top of his usual gluttony and villainy, Janja has also tried to straight-up murder the Guard, their friends and some innocent kids several times and generally enjoyed doing so, with "Swept Away" and "Rescue In The Outlands" being standout examples.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In "Rescue In The Outlands", Janja tries to murder Jasiri and two innocent pups in her clan on Scar's orders, leading them to their would-be deaths in a steam vent. In another attack on her clan in "The Hyena Resistance", Janja nearly meets his own end in an extremely similar fashion, falling into a steam vent in a scuffle and plunging down towards lava, before Jasiri steps in.
  • Lazy Bum: Janja often gripes about doing menial labor, and during a flashback to when he was a cub, he complained about how he has to roll an egg.
  • Lovable Coward: In a case of Reality Ensues, the cowardly streak Janja had as a villain still remains after his Heel–Face Turn, as an integral part of his character. But since he's become a more selfless and humble hyena, who will push through his fears regardless to help the others, it's meant to be seen as endearing now.
  • Love Redeems: What kicks off his Heel–Face Turn is Jasiri, and it is made not so subtly clear that he loves her. He noticeably goes to her first when he defects, and immediately suggests that she be in charge of the Outlands.
  • Meaningful Name: Janja means "Crafty" or "Artful" in Swahili.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: As an anarchist, Janja initially idolizes Scar for all the trouble he caused the Pridelands. When he actually gets to meet the lion, it's a different story. Scar abuses Janja for his incompetence throughout Season 2, and usurps control over the Outlands from him. Scar trying to leave his clan to die in the Season 3 opener proves to be the final broken straw that convinces Janja to turn on him.
  • Mook–Face Turn: As the second season stretches on, Janja has less and less of a reason to remain loyal to Scar, as it becomes apparent that the ghostly lion is just using him. After being offered a chance to change sides by Jasiri in late Season 2, Janja finally decides to switch allegiances in the Season 3 opener and helps the Pridelanders to destroy Scar.
  • Never My Fault: He's quick to blame his underlings for his failed plans, or any mistakes he makes in general.
  • No True Scotsman: Janja considers true hyenas to be rotten and mean, and are those who hunt and kill mercilessly. As such, he considers Jasiri and her clan to be a disgrace to all hyenas and wants to eliminate them.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Much more so than any of the other Hyenas in the franchise, particularly his clan mates. For example when he lures Kiara into a trap his intention isn't to harm her, but to use her as a bargaining chip so that Simba will let him take any animals he wants from the Pride Lands.
  • Redemption Rejection: After Jasiri offers Janja and his clan the chance to join hers and help defeat Scar, Janja hesitates but refuses and runs off.
  • Redemption Equals Life: He turns good in the Season 3 opener, and he is among those most spared.
  • The Starscream: Downplayed, but in "Swept Away", he tells Cheezi and Chungu that they should only listen to him, and not Scar.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: To his dismay, he seems to be the only member of his pack with actual brains.
    • At least until "Janja's New Crew," where he has just as much intellect (or lack thereof) as the rest of the pack, with his new henchmen showing actual brains.
  • Ship Tease: It is made pretty obvious that Janja has feelings for Jasiri, regardless of how much he tries to deny it.
  • Smarter Than You Look: A lot his schemes are simple and have such glaring flaws, not to mention his endless pride, that you think he is the average idiotic cartoon villain. However, in The Rise Of Scar, after his original plan to make Kion roar fails, he quickly improvises and endlessly taunts Kion about threatening to kill the rest of his family including his parents, causing the cub to roar in a fit of rage, and succeeding in bringing Scar back from the dead.
  • Smug Snake: He's clever, but his ego gets the better of him on multiple occasions.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Ever since Scar was resurrected through the volcano, Janja has started to demonstrate a lack of initiative, and a lack of common sense.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: While Janja was already portrayed as a pretty selfish and ruthless antagonist in Season 1, his cruelty level is ramped up significantly from Scar's influence in the first half of Season 2. Janja gleefully trying to crush Beshte to death, and then trying to kill Jasiri and some pups in a volcanic vent are easily two of the worst things he's ever done in the series.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: His unpleasant demeanor begins to shed away after his Heel–Face Turn and he becomes more caring, showing concern towards the Lion Guard various times, despite all the animosity in their past.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Started out this way, at least. In Return of the Roar, he was a sinister, cackling presence that wasn't afraid to look Kion in the eye and threaten him. More importantly, he held the intention of wiping out an entire herd of gazelles for the sole purpose of intimidating the Lion Guard; the special made it explicitly clear Janja would not stop until they were all dead. Come the actual series, he's much more cowardly and benign, with a characterization that drifts back and forth between "dsgrunted, jerkish poacher" and "disgrunted, jerkish poacher whom Kion bullies on his own territory as often as Janja intrudes on the Pridelands." Janja's threat level rises again in the second season, with encouragement from Scar's spirit to start ramping up his murderous, anarchist tendencies, but it comes at the cost of Scar usurping his authority.
  • Villain Song: "Tonight We Strike", "Outta the Way", "Panic And Run", "The Worst Hyena We Know", and "We're the Smartest".
  • Villainous Crush: He is very heavily implied to have feelings for Jasiri.
  • Villainous Glutton: His main motive is to kill and eat as many animals as he wants in the Pride Lands, defying any rules or the Circle of Life (which he spits on, claiming it's "for fools").
  • Unwitting Pawn: After turning against Scar in the Season 3 opener, Janja gives the Lion Guard information he thinks will help them destroy Scar (that Kion's roar can collapse Scar's volcano). In turns out that Scar had fed him misinformation earlier, and in reality, Kion's roar will cause the volcano to erupt, utterly decimating the Pride Lands.
  • Worthy Opponent: The Season 3 opener makes it clear that regardless of how much Janja hates Kion, he clearly has a respect for the lion cub.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: "The Scorpion's Sting" shows he's terrified of scorpions.
  • With Catlike Tread: He has a habit of cackling loudly whenever he hunts. On more than one occasion, this has alerted the Lion Guard to his actions from afar.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Even though he is a far less danger, the series makes it clear that he has no qualms about endangering or killing children. Although the Lion Guard is a subversion since they are fighting back, Kiara, the other children, and Muhimu's baby are all primarily helpless when he goes after them, which plays them straight.

    Cheezi and Chungu
Cheezi (left) and Chungu (right)
Voiced in English by: Vargus Mason and Kevin Schon (respectively)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Oscar Flores and Noé Velázquez (respectively)
Voiced in Japanese by: Kazuyoshi Hosoya (Cheezi)

Cheezi and Chungu are the main dimwitted henchmen of Janja and often follow him in his plots.

  • Affably Evil: Despite following orders without question and happily trying to kill the Lion Guard, they are overly friendly to others.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Chungu is large and well-built while Cheezi is small and scrawny.
  • Bumbling Henchmen Duo: The two of them are subordinates for Janja, forming a Terrible Trio with him. Unlike the fairly competent Janja, Cheezi and Chungu are simple-minded and bumbling.
  • The Ditz: Their stupidity can sometimes ruin Janja's plans.
  • Dumb Muscle: Chungu.
  • Fish Eyes: Cheezi has these.
  • Heinous Hyena: Albeit an unusually friendly example.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite being lead by Janja and constantly being berated by him, Cheezi and Chungu admire him as a leader. In "Janja's New Crew", they also appreciate contributing to the Circle of Life by scavenging, although they have no idea what the Circle of Life is.
  • Literal-Minded: They take a lot of things said to them literally.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: A relative example - Cheezi is slightly more intelligent than Chungu... although that's not saying much.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Janja feels this way around them.
  • Too Dumb to Live: In "Janja's New Crew", they fail to catch a group of antelope due to a poorly-constructed plan. Then they jump off a ledge to join a trapped Janja.

    Nne and Tano
Nne (left) and Tano (right)
Voiced by: Beau Black and Dee Bradley Baker (respectively)

A pair of hyenas in Janja's clan who usually stick to the background, but prove to be far more cunning and capable threats than expected.

  • Ascended Extra: After serving as minor background characters for the majority of the series, "Janja's New Crew" properly introduces them as supporting villains of the series.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: Part of the reason their competence diminishes is because this trope takes effect once they're seen with more of Janja's clan.
  • Characterization Marches On: In their first appearance, they were portrayed as perhaps the most dangerous antagonists that the Lion Guard had faced. By "The Rise of Scar", however, they seem to be devolving into bog-standard level threats.
  • Co-Dragons: To Janja in "Janja's New Crew", though they have plans of their own, making them...
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Once they attained a position of power, they quickly moved to kill and usurp Janja.
  • Easily Forgiven: Perhaps out of desperation, Janja allowed the pair to return to his clan despite having survived an assassination attempt from them.
  • Heinous Hyena: They're even worse than Janja. Well, until Season 2 anyways.
  • Knight of Cerebus: They are far more serious and threatening antagonists than Janja could ever hope to be, and the comedy of a scene is usually nearly drained in their presence. They nearly kill a herd of oryxes in their introduction. As noted in Characterization Marches On, however, this trope fades away with their competence.
  • The Starscream: They've grown tired of Janja's poor leadership and attempt to usurp him as clan leader.


Voiced by: Greg Ellis

Mzingo is a white-backed vulture. He acts as a scout and spy for Janja.

  • Airborne Mooks: Mzingo and his committee provide aerial support for Scar's Legion of Doom, effectively taking away Ono's flight and spying advantage in the Outlands with their sheer numbers. In fact, they are capable of flying higher than what Ono's species is capable of, coupled with Ono being unable to see through clouds, meaning they rule the skies.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Honestly thinks gloating to Fuli about how he intends to kill a baby baboon is a good idea.
  • Circling Vultures: Of course. According to the Guard, this is a sign he and his committee are out for trouble.
  • Death from Above: Mzingo's favorite tactic is dropping fire sticks on the Pride Lands, and his whole flock can do so above the clouds. Most Pridelander birds cannot fly that high, nor see past the clouds, making it perfect for aerial ambushes.
  • Demoted to Extra: Despite being allies with Janja, he became less frequent as the show went on, to the point where he was seemingly Put on a Bus in the first half of Season 2. Although he finally returns in "The Scorpion's Sting".
  • Dirty Coward: He and his parliament showed signs of this in "The Search for Utamu" when they attempted to attack an exhausted Fuli. They are even worse in "Baboons!" where they relentlessly chase after a single baby baboon.
  • Evil Brit: Boasts a British accent, and is quite wicked. That is, until after the Season 3 premiere.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • His accent (and position relating to Janja) makes him one to Zazu.
    • To a smaller extent, he's one to Ono, being the only flyer under Janja's lead.
  • Feathered Fiend: In keeping with the vulture stereotype. The "fiend" part, however, disappears after his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He and the other vultures reform after Scar's defeat, albeit only after being threatened by Cheezi and Chungu. By the series finale, he has completely sworn his loyalty to Jasiri, whom he views as a prime minister, and he's stopped lighting his enemies on fire.
  • Karma Houdini: Due to his position as a spy/informant for Janja, Mzingo rarely gets into the action himself, meaning he usually doesn't suffer any retribution for his actions. When he's not working for Janja, however, he's not so lucky.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: After setting fire to the Pride Lands and getting away with it, he and his committee get their comeuppance in "Fire from the Sky" when the Guard finally discovers what they're doing and rallies the birds of the Pride Lands to stop them.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Becomes more threatening in "Baboons!" when he goes after an infant with the intent of killing it in front of Fuli.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Fuli beats the living daylights out of him in "Baboons!".
  • Pyromaniac: Mzingo just loves to light things on fire during his time in Scar's Legion of Doom.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Vultures are common enough in fiction, but how often have you seen a white-backed vulture?
  • Small Name, Big Ego: When he and his parliament join Scar's forces, Mzingo claims he and his vultures are the best among them. Considering these forces include crocodiles, jackals and hyenas (the last of which he and his parliament once willingly served under), and the parliament's lack of combat abilities, this claim falls a little flat.
  • Smug Snake: In "The Search for Utamu", the Villain Song he and his parliament sing claims that they are "the greatest in the Pridelands", "ruling all others from on high". In reality, they are among the least threatening of the Guards' foes, easily being beaten back by the others when they protect Fuli (Ono, a much smaller bird, is able to drive Mwoga away just by pecking him).
  • Villain Song: "All Hail the Vultures".
  • Villainous Glutton: Given he's willing to help Janja's clan kill as many animals as they want. And in "Baboons!", he and two of his committee members try to eat a baby baboon that would be barely enough for all three of them.
  • Would Hurt a Child: "Baboons!" has him and two other members of his committee going after a single baby baboon.

Voiced by: Cam Clarke

A white-backed vulture who is a member of Mzingo's committee.

  • Dirty Coward: More so than Mzingo. He would rather go after victims that cannot fight back, and when faced with a formidable opponent he is quick to retreating.
    Mwoga: (after being subdued by Bunga and surrounded by the Guard save for Ono) Um, off to the Outlands then?
    Kion: Good idea, Mwoga. Get outta here.
  • Does Not Like Spam: He would rather eat carrion, and has a distaste for fresh meat.
  • Evil Brit: He shares a British accent like the rest of his committee. Subverted after his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Feathered Fiend: Like Mzingo, he is no exception to the Scavengers Are Scum stereotype of vultures. Also like Mzingo, he is longer this after his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He and the other vultures reform after Scar's defeat, albiet only after being threatened by Cheezi and Chungu.
  • The Lancer: For Mzingo.
  • Meaningful Name: Mwoga means "cowardice" in Swahili, alluding to him being a Dirty Coward.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: A white-backed vulture, like Mzingo.
  • Villainous Glutton: Besides going with Mzingo and the rest of the committee in helping Janja's clan indiscriminately kill many animals as they please, he's also not above helping out an invasive predator in exchange for scraps he can eat later (although that time he did consider negotiating with his committee until being told it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity).
  • Villain Song: Sings "All Hail the Vultures" with the rest of the parliament. Gets his own singing role in "A Real Meal" along with Mpishi.
  • Would Hurt a Child: In "Baboons!", he goes with Mzingo and another vulture in targeting a single baby baboon. And then in "Ono and the Egg", he allies with Mpishi and helps her go after Kulinda's daughter for the harrier-hawk to eat and leave the scraps for him.

Ushari and the Lizards

Voiced by: Christian Slater

A cobra who has a strong dislike for Bunga.

  • Anti-Villain: About the only thing he does that is antagonistic is biting Bunga. In Season 2, he turns into a full blown villain aiding in resurrecting Scar.
  • Ape Shall Never Kill Ape: Subverted. Despite believing that reptiles are superior, he has no qualms eliminating fellow reptiles who are against him and his association, let alone refuse to join him, such as Kinyonga.
  • Blackmail: Ushari initially considers blackmailing Kion when he finds out about Kion being able to talk to Mufasa.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: By Season 2, he and Janja are the leading main antagonists attempting to take over the Pride Lands - under Scar's leadership, anyway, and Janja ends up getting demoted under the cobra.
  • Butt Biter: Bites Bunga on the butt in response to him landing on his head.
  • Butt-Monkey: He had this role throughout Season 1, where anytime he appeared, it was usually to get attacked by Bunga, or for something similar. This status is what leads him to pull a Face–Heel Turn and aid the hyenas in summoning Scar.
  • Brains and Brawn: While Janja acts as the muscle for Scar, Ushari is the brains who takes care of the logistics.
  • The Corruption: His cobra venom can affect someone's mind if he injects it into someone, something he does to Kion in the Season 3 opener. However, while said venom can remove a person's morals, they still are in control of their actions, and it can be cured quickly.
  • Co-Dragons: He and Janja serve as this to Scar in Season 2.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: While we don't see it, he falls into the lava and burns to death when he tries to attack Kion in order to prevent Scar from being defeated.
  • Cute Little Fangs: To some, his fangs can come across as this as they're not particularly large. Truth in Television, as cobras have relatively small fangs.
  • Defiant to the End: Makes one last attempt to kill Kion after he finally defeats Scar.
  • Disney Villain Death: In the Season 3 premiere, he falls into Scar's volcano.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Ushari sides with Janja and plots the Lion Guard's downfall, all because bad things usually happen to him whenever they're near (despite Bunga being the only one of the Guard who ever antagonized him, and even then, there were times when Bunga did not intend to hurt the cobra).
  • The Dog Bites Back: He finally bites Bunga in "Fuli's New Family". Knowing that honey badgers are immune to venom, though, he bites him only once and says so to Beshte after the hippo tells him Bunga didn't mean to land on him. He finally loses patience with the Lion Guard as a whole and joins Janja's clan partially to get rid of them for all the trouble they've caused him.
  • The Dragon: Quickly takes up Scar's number two when the evil lion is resurrected, and is even more competent at the job than Shenzi ever was. He's also Scar's favorite amongst his new followers, since he's had a largely successful track record when it comes to intel and recruiting.
  • Dragon Their Feet: After Scar is banished for the final time, Ushari outlasts Scar by 11 seconds, which he spends attempting to attack Kion in anger, but Bunga steps in, causing Ushari to fall in the lava.
  • Evil Feels Good: Ushari seems to be having a lot of glee in being Scar's follower, going with his plans without question and not showing a hint of remorse. He even willingly goes along with Scar's ultimate endgame to cause a massive volcanic eruption that will destroy the Pride Lands.
  • Evil Genius: Perhaps why he's the biggest asset in Scar's operation. He's the main strategist, and has a lot of connections to the worst of the worst animals whom he can call in as favors.
  • Evil Minions: Leads a whole cadre of them, most of whom are reptiles skilled in subterfuge.
  • Evil Slinks: Post-Face–Heel Turn he would scout activity in the Pride Lands in secret and manipulate potential recruits.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Pulls one in "Rise of Scar," hoping that the evil lion's cunning will make the rest of the Pridelands fear and respect him.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: He burns to death, making him the most graphic death in a Disney Junior show.
  • Fangs Are Evil: Being a cobra, he sports a pair of fangs housing venom glands, though he only used them on Bunga who is immune to venom. The "evil" part, however, doesn't bloom until "The Rise of Scar".
  • Fantastic Racism: He seems to be biased more towards reptiles than any other animal. Most his minions (the ones he knew before meeting Janja) are reptiles, and onscreen he or his skinks seem to target mostly reptiles as potential recruits.
  • Faux Affably Evil: As he enjoys his status as Scar's second in command, Ushari's politeness increasingly fades to the point that it is only a sham.
  • Freudian Excuse: His reasons for turning to evil are that he's tired of bad things happening to him whenever the Lion Guard is near and he wants the Pride Lands to respect him.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: The show increasingly portrays Ushari as enjoying the chaos and anarchy his ressurection of Scar brings out, and his original reason for betraying the Pride Lands, merely so he gets some respect falls completly out the window when he decides to gleefully take part in schemes that would kill entire herds in the Pridelands.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Starts out as your average, albeit slightly antagonistic cobra, but eventually becomes one of the chief villains of the series who helps bring back Scar himself.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: We hear him hitting the lava, but we don't see it because it is blocked by all the steam the volcano is creating.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Usharii biting Kion mandating the Guard goes to the Tree of Life results in Usharii casting a shadow over the events of the entire season.
  • Hypocrite: For all his expectations that reptiles will rule the Pride Lands, he makes it clear that the only reptiles who matter are the ones who side with him.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Ushari's skills are average, yet as moderately effective as the ground animals who specialize in each specific skill—strength (crocodiles), speed (the skinks), stealth (skinks and Sumu), and deadly poison (Sumu).
  • Join or Die: Every and any reptile is a potential asset for him, so he will seek that reptile. If a reptile does not join the Army of Scar and has a skill that can be used against them, they must be captured and/or terminated.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: He starts off as a fairly neutral cobra, but then sides with Janja to bring back Scar and get rid of the Lion Guard, even agreeing to kill other important Pridelanders including Simba.
  • Karmic Death: His Face–Heel Turn ultimately results in him meeting his doom via falling into Scar's volcano.
  • Kick the Dog: He had been willing to go with Scar's plans to kill the Guard, their friends and family, and many important figures in the Pridelands so that he could gain power and respect.
  • Killed Off for Real: In "Battle For the Pride Lands", he falls into the volcano and is burned to death.
  • Knight of Cerebus: He causes the series to become much darker by bringing Scar back from the dead. He is also the first villain in a Disney Junior show to be explicitly killed.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Being true to the snake stereotype, he would manipulate either innocent characters or potential recruits for the benefit of the evil Outlanders.
    • This is also how he manages to get Makini to ask about summoning evil spirits, as he makes it look like he and Kion are old friends and that they go back a long ways when he reveals his knowledge of Kion's ability to speak to Mufasa.
  • Meaningful Name: "Ushari" means "aggression" in Swahili, except he's not that aggressive. Right up until the second season that is.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: He was sick of bad things happening to him whenever the Lion Guard were around, so he sided with Janja's clan, and later, Scar.
  • More Than Mind Control: Although the Pride Lands assumes that cobra venom sends people insane, the actual evidence in the show itself indicates that the worst it does is bring out people's darker instincts and leaves bite victims still able to understand right and wrong.
  • The Mole: While he now works for Scar, Ushari usually lives in the Pride Lands whenever there is a potential recruit, and very frequently stays in the Pridelands to give Scar information that his skinks cannot give them without being seen. As a result, Ushari takes great care to avoid being seen with Janja until "The Scorpion's Sting", when he reveals his allegiance to Scar to the Lion Guard.
  • Mouth of Sauron: Ushari usually speaks on behalf of Scar's spirit, and more, such as relaying the plans, scouting activity in the Pride Lands, and seeking potential recruits.
  • Mythology Gag: His role in Season 2, being the snake sidekick to Scar, is derived from early concepts of the original movie in which Scar would've had a snake (albeit a python rather than a cobra) as a comic relief sidekick.
  • Necromancer: Ushari appears to be some kind of necromancer, and it was his idea to use Makini's staff combined with Kion roaring at the volcano in anger to summon Scar's spirit back from the dead.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: He inflicts the wound that results in Kion going through a Sanity Slippage, his final attack nearly gets Bunga killed, and his own death badly damages Ono's vision enough that he has to be replaced with Anga.
  • Poisonous Person: Or more accurately venom, as he's a cobra and all. However, he will rarely if ever, use this ability on the heroes, let alone take them on. Goes with Poison Is Evil beginning in "The Rise of Scar", and in "The Scorpion's Sting" he seemingly has the intention of using this on the Guard, finally doing so on Kion in the Season 3 premiere.
  • Rage Breaking Point: In "The Rise of Scar", he finally gets fed up with the Lion Guard after putting up with their antics for so long, to the point of allying with Janja's clan to stop them once and for all. The Lion Guard finally defeating Scar drives him to a violent fury which is proven fatal.
  • Red Is Violent: He has red scales and is antagonistic.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent:
    • The show seems to treat him somewhat unfairly due to his being a snake (and a venomous species, at that). Most egregious is the episode in which Bunga literally beats him up and steals his rightful prey despite the fact that snakes, like lions or cheetahs, need to eat other animals in order to survive. So much for the Circle of Life philosophy. Although this may be less about the Circle of Life and more because of natural animosity between their species.
    • Averted in the following episode, "Bunga the Wise" and "Kupatana Celebration". In the former, the guard visits his hole to make sure he and his buddies aren't stuck in the mud and in the latter he's at the Kupatana Celebration alongside all the other Pride Land animals with no stigma or conflict towards him at all. Although in the former the gang aren't enthusiastic about checking on them (probably because they're venomous). In "The Lost Gorillas", when Majinuni and Haififu mistake him for a stick and throw him into a baobab tree, Kion shows major concern for him and scolds the two for it.
  • Sanity Slippage:
    • All cobra venom can do this, which mandates that Kion go to the Tree of Life in order to prevent from being driven insane.
    • He himself is finally driven to madness after all of his plans are ruined by Kion destroying Scar once and for all, making a furious attempt to kill the lion with his venom only for Bunga to stop him.
  • Sadist: After Scar gets resurrected, he takes utter glee in many of Scar's plans to destroy the Pride Lands, even if they result in large death tolls.
  • Self-Disposing Villain: Ushari is one of two antagonists who know how to contact Scar's ghost and could potentially bring him back, starting the Season 2 arc all over again, after the Guard finally vanquish him. And unlike Janja, who's pulled a Heel–Face Turn by the Season 3 premiere, Ushari has little to no reason not to try to do that out of spite or obsession, so he meets his end shortly after Scar's second death, diving into a pool of lava in a failed attempt at killing Kion, taking his necromancer secrets to the grave with him.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: He's described as an Egyptian cobra. More info under Somewhere, a Herpetologist Is Crying.
  • Shout-Out: His actions of poisoning the hero in order to make them similar to themselves is likely a refrence to the Joker in Batman Arkham City.
  • Snakes Are Sinister: Somewhat subverted. He does hate Bunga and he is shown to be a menacing presence, but it doesn't seem like he has any villainous pretensions, being mostly interested in being left alone to eat and sleep like any other snake. Played straight starting in "The Rise of Scar" where he pulls a Face–Heel Turn and works with Janja's clan to find a way to communicate with Scar, to whom he becomes his second-in-command. Still, he's more sinister than Kaa, and to a lesser extent, Sir Hiss.
  • Somewhere, a Herpetologist Is Crying:
    • Ushari is described by Ono as an Egyptian cobra (Naja haje), and for his first few appearances he has the markings of one. But later on, he's shown to have the external hood markings of a spectacled cobra (Naja naja), which only occurs in India and neighboring countries. This is an exceedingly common trope with cobra species in media, on the level of All Animals Are Dogs. For that matter, he also has the purplish throat-band of a red spitting cobra (Naja pallida).
    • At one point Ushari coils around Bunga to restrain him. Very few venomous snakes do this, and cobras are not among them.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He directly gives Kion his scar, and Bunga's attempt to stop him from biting Kion again results in Ono getting his vision seriously damaged. Furthermore, the fact that his venom threatens to drive Kion insane makes him directly responsible for Kion having to go to the Tree of Life, which makes him directly responsible for the Lion Guard not returning in time for the latter half of Simba's Pride, if they return at all.
  • Sssssnake Talk: "Sssssay, that was my lunch!"
  • This Cannot Be!: This is his reaction to Kion summoning rain to destroy Scar in the Season 3 premiere.
    Ushari: "What? Scar's plan failed?"
  • Undying Loyalty: To Scar. All the way to his final breath.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Kion tells Bunga to leave Ushari alone in one episode, and repeatedly checks on the cobra. Ushari schemes with Janja to overthrow Kion by bringing back Scar by having Kiara kidnapped in response.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After Scar is finally destroyed, Ushari completely flips out and makes an attempt to kill Kion in revenge, only for Bunga to stop him.
    Ushari: Sssstop! You can't destroy him!
  • Visual Pun: Ushari turns against the Pridelanders by siding with Janja's clan to bring back Scar, making him a literal snake in the grass.

Voiced by: Meghan Strange

A skink who is friends with Ushari, and serves as his spy.

  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: No African species of skink in real life is colored like she is, or her fellow skinks are.
  • Ambiguous Situation: After the destruction of Scar and the death of Ushari, her gang's fate is unknown.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She would act friendly to the good guys as a benefit to the evil Outlanders.
  • Determinator: Despite her size, she's willing to throw her entire weight in combat against the heroes, who are so much bigger than she is.
  • Evil Minions: She and her fellow skinks serve this role, usually acting as spies or messengers between factions loyal to Scar.
  • Evil Slinks: The tone of her voice is rather suggestive, and she is quite sneaky to fit with her role as a spy. She targets those who are ambitious, or preys on other animals' insecurities to recruit them.
  • Faux Affably Evil: In "Swept Away", she and the other skinks act like friends to Beshte, so they could lure him into a trap devised by the hyenas. She uses this again in "The Little Guy" to trick Hodari into joining Kiburi's float.
  • Informed Species: She's clearly a skink, but what kind? Her red skin suggests she could be a fire skink, but she lacks most other colors and patterns of one (particularly the golden back and horizontal black stripes).
  • Karma Houdini: Like with Mzingo, her role as spy means she doesn't have to get in the action, and therefore she doesn't suffer the consequences.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: She and her fellow skinks finally get a taste of Kion's Roar in "The Scorpion's Sting". In the Season 3 premiere, they all get knocked out by the Guard in a Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: We see Shupavu at her most threatening in "Undercover Kinyonga", where she and her skinks now get to take on an enemy about their size.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: She's the first villain in the show who is a lizard. Cheezi and Chungu are even creeped out her and the other skinks' presence.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: A skink (possibly a fire skink).
  • Smug Snake: Or rather skink. In "Undercover Kinyonga", she is confident that Kinyonga would be no match for her and her skinks when they outnumber her, but the chameleon is proven to be more clever and steathful than they are. And by the time they finally corner Kinyonga, the Lion Guard scare them off with an ambush.

Voiced by: Ford Riley

A yellow skink who is a member of Shupavu's group.

  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Njano may seem kooky, but he has more than once proven to be crafty and successful as a spy.
  • Determinator: He's more than willing to not let size stop him from throwing his entire weight at bigger foes.
  • Evil Slinks: He helps out Shupavu in spying on the Pridelanders and recruiting other animals. He doesn't really look evil, but that fits in with his devious nature.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Just like Shupavu, he would act friendly to others if it would benefit to Scar's legion.
  • Informed Species: He at best resembles a rainbow mabuya, but he lacks other characteristics of one such as the blue tail (though his legs are blue instead).
  • Karma Houdini: The same case with Shupavu. And like Shupavu, this expires in "The Scorpion's Sting" and "Battle For the Pride Lands".
  • The Lancer: Appears to be this for Shupavu.
  • Maniac Tongue: His blue tongue is always sticking out.
  • Meaningful Name: Njano means "yellow" in Swahili.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: A skink (possibly a rainbow mabuya).

Voiced by: Kristofer Hivju

A ferocious monitor lizard with a paralyzing bite who is an acquaintance of Ushari.

  • Animals Not to Scale: It is no wonder why he takes pride in his size. He's shown to be bigger than a rock monitor or even a Nile monitor, and one interview states he's big as a crocodile. His appearance in "The Scorpion's Sting" confirms it.
  • Berserk Button: Don't call him a little lizard. Or use the word "little" within his hearing range, as it implies the former. Also, don't order him around.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Kenge means "monitor lizard" in Swahili.
  • The Dreaded: Out of Ushari's acquaintances, Kenge is the most feared because of both his venom and his temper.
  • Guttural Growler: He speaks with a growling rasp.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It doesn't take a lot to make him angry, and calling him little will drive him into Unstoppable Rage. This can be used against him, as Bunga demonstrates when he enrages him enough to lure him into biting Janja and his henchmen.
  • Humanlike Foot Anatomy: Inverted, he has digitigrade legs even though real lizards have plantigrade legs.
  • Malicious Monitor Lizard: He's scary, bad-tempered (especially if you call him a little lizard), and has a venomous bite.
  • Poisonous Person: Has a venomous bite (like monitor lizards in real life) which can temporarily paralyze his victims. If that doesn't work, his bite can still hurt, so he will eat his victim instead.
  • Red Baron: "Big, Bad Kenge" and "Biggest Lizard in the Outlands"
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: A monitor lizard with a bad attitude. He becomes more abhorrent when livid, namely when he's called little.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: According to Ford Riley, he apparently left Scar's army after being hit by Kion's roar one too many times.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: A rock monitor, which is surprising given that Nile and savannah monitors are the best-known African species of monitors.
  • Sssssnake Talk: Averted, except on one occasion:
    Kenge: [Bunga] thinks he's brave enough to fight Kenge, biggesssst lizard in the Outlandssss!
  • Tail Slap: He sometimes attempts to attack his enemies with his long tail. This is Truth in Television, as monitor lizards possess powerful tails which they use to whip their attackers and prey when needed.
  • Tranquil Fury: For the most part he has a rather clamorous tone. When Bunga tells him he's not so scary nor big right to his face, however, he calmly and furiously asks him "What did you just say?".
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Kenge is all about his sheer strength, toughness, and strong, paralyzing bite that make him the most feared being in the Pridelands. However, his skill and finesse is rather lacking, which becomes problematic when facing Bunga.
  • Unstoppable Rage: A good reason why Ushari warns not to call him little. He goes into a mad frenzy attempting to attack his offender, to the point where he recklessly bites his allies.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Besides biting the Lion Guard so he can paralyze them with his venom, he also attempts to attack Makini when she throws a melon at his head so he can miss Bunga and bite Janja instead.


Voiced in English by: Ana Gasteyer
Voiced in Latin American Spansih by: Lourdes Arruti

A clever and scheming jackal who wreaks havoc in the Pride Lands.

  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She pretends to be sweet and innocent so she and her family can steal from other animals. Other times she would act friendly to fool her prey.
  • Deep South: She is essentially every stereotype about rednecks rolled into one character.
  • Dirty Coward: Living up to her species' stereotype, she will either try to sweet-talk her way out or flee when faced with a superior opponent.
  • Dope Slap: Tends to slap or kick Goigoi to wake him up or prevent him from ruining her plans.
  • Evil Matriarch: She's a con artist who teaches her kids to follow her example.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Said by herself in "Jackal Style":
    Reirei: And though we seem quite pleasant, our niceness is just a show!
  • Foil: She initially appears to be one to Zira, in that both are manipulative matriarchs who use their children to advance their own goals, but Reirei is shown to have redeemable traits and most of her actions seem to be motivated by a desire to survive, along with being a genuinely caring mother to her children, something Zira clearly lacks. Once she joins Scar's army, however and her younger children are no longer present, she begins to show a sadistic and violent side.
  • The Family That Slays Together: She joins Goigoi and her kids in attacking the Kupatana celebration.
  • Heel–Face Turn: She and the other jackals reform after Scar's defeat, deciding that life in the Outlands might be better with Jasiri in charge.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Her initial appearances show her as a caring mother who does what she does to survive albeit not without some vicious moments. Once she joins Scar's army, she begins to really revel in violence and death.
  • Kick the Dog: She gets a lot more sadistic and violent once she joins Scar's army.
  • Kick Chick: Her first appearance shows that she's fond of waking up Goigoi with a kick of her hind leg whenever he falls asleep. By her second appearance, it's shown that her kicks are also her preferred method of silencing Goigoi when he speaks out of turn (such as nearly telling their prey that they're going to eat them rather than trying to win their trust).
  • Know When to Fold Them: She's quick to give up and run away when confronted with a superior enemy.
  • Mama Bear: She is shown to be genuinely protective of her children to the point she will immediately bail on a scam if the kids are put in reasonable danger.
  • Meaningful Name: Reirei is Swahili for "flattering", a reference to her being a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Despite being less bulkier than her mate, Reirei has significant lower body strength, as she can easily kick the more muscular Goigoi several feet away from her in spite of her lighter frame.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: A black-backed jackal.
  • Smug Snake: Highly confident and full of herself when things are going her way. But the second the situation turns against her, she's quick to shamelessly beg for mercy.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: In Season 2 with Janja. She clearly doesn't like working with him and they are usually seen trading barbs with each other.
  • Villain Song: "Jackal Style", "We'll Make You A Meal", and "We're the Smartest".
  • Villainous Glutton: She aims to hunt and eat the other animals at the Kupatana Celebration, despite predators are supposed to stand peacefully with everyone else there (even Makuu is respectful of the event). Before the celebration, she and her family spend much of their time stealing food from the other animals. In "Too Many Termites", she and Goigoi attempted to eat every single one of the six aardwolves, which would be more than enough for them and their pups. Like Janja and his clan, she and her pack would invade the Pride Lands (where jackals are not allowed) to gain a meal.
  • Women Are Wiser: She is both the matriarch of her pack and the brains of the operation.

Voiced by: Phil LaMarr

Reirei's mate who wreaks havoc in the Pride Lands.

  • Bumbling Dad: He's less competent than his mate.
  • Butt-Monkey: Seems to take this role, as whenever something happens to him, it is always for comedy.
  • Dirty Coward: Probably more so than his wife, whom he will put under the bus if he gets in trouble with the Guard.
  • Dogs Are Dumb: He's not the brightest jackal in the pack.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Is completely OK with Reirei repeatedly kicking and slapping him.
  • Dumb Muscle: He's mostly working as his mate's muscle.
  • The Dreaded: Despite his laziness, he is still feared enough by the Pride Lands' inhabitants that Taama can use his voice to scare them off so he can take their food.
  • Ear Notch: Has several on both ears.
  • The Family That Slays Together: He joins Reirei and his kids in attacking the Kupatana celebration.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He and the other jackals reform after Scar's defeat.
  • Henpecked Husband: Lets his wife push and order him around, to the point his Catchphrase is "Whatever you say, dear."
  • Meaningful Name: "Goigoi" means "lazy" or "weak" in Swahili.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: Subverted in that he's quite bulky for a jackal, but he's quite weak in performance. His mate can easily kick him away from him with one leg, and even Bunga had him trying to run away when he grabbed him by the tail in spite of the honey badger being smaller than him.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: There are instances where he can be a genuine threat, such as when he nearly killed Dhahabu.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: A black-backed jackal, like his wife.
  • Sleepy Head: He seems to spend most of his time asleep. This fades in Season 2 where he is still shown to be incompetent, but no longer lazy.
  • Trampled Underfoot: He gets the stuffing kicked out of him by Starehehe and Rana.
  • Villainous Glutton: Goes along with his wife's plan to eat the other animals during in the Kupatana Celebration, as well as stealing food from the Pride Landers prior to the celebration (he also eats a fruit belonging to the aardvarks).

Voiced by: Jacob Guenther

A little jackal pup who is Reirei's son of the Jackal family.

  • Adorable Evil Minions: He and all his siblings assist their parents in their schemes. However, they still look like adorable little pup... And they use their innocent appearance to fool others.
  • The Bus Came Back: He and the other jackal pups make a return in the Season 3 premiere, helping out their parents fight the Pridelanders.
  • Deliberately Cute Child: Going by his mom's teachings, he acts like a cute and innocent puppy to win an animal over. Then he strikes.
  • Enfante Terrible: He can turn vicious when he's hunting, and in "Babysitter Bunga" he threatens Hamu once his charade is exposed. In "Battle for the Pride Lands", he and his siblings try pushing large rocks onto the Pridelanders.
  • The Family That Slays Together: He and his siblings join their parents in attacking the Kupatana celebration.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: He can be distinguished from his siblings by his blue eyes, and the dark brown spots on his front legs.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: There's at least 15 of them.
  • Meaningful Name: "Dogo" means "small" in Swahili. It also, coincidentally, contains the word "dog"—fitting for a canid.
  • Morality Pet: Given that Reirei only really started getting evil after she joined up with Scar, and Dogo is not among them, it indicates that Dogo, and his siblings tone down their mother's more violent side. But alas, it turns out he and his young siblings were indeed still helping their parents after they joined Scar.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: He's a cute jackal pup.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: A black-backed jackal, like his parents.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: He hasn't appeared at all ever since "Babysitter Bunga", with only Reirei, Goigoi and some of the older adult jackals being present in Scar's army. Until the Season 3 premiere, that is.
  • Token Good Teammate: Subverted. He shows a little bit of remorse when his family moves into the Pride Lands, and it looks for a moment like he's being set up as this trope. Then he goes along with his family's schemes without a word of complaint or objection, and seems just as delighted with his mother's plan as the rest of his family. "Babysitter Bunga" shows he has a rather ferocious disposition masked by his cute appearance. When he finally returns in "Battle For the Pride Lands", he is shown trying to crush the Pridelanders with a rockslide under his mother's orders.


Voiced by: Common

An arrogant, ruthless crocodile who was a member of Makuu's float, until he loses a mashidano with Makuu and is banished into the Outlands for a failed attempt at taking out Simba.

  • Ambition Is Evil: What started out as a silly, petty disagreement with Makuu turned into a desire to seek greater power after the Skinks suggested it. This resulted in Kiburi discarding any sense of honor he might have had, going as far cheating by attacking Simba. When that didn't work, he joins Scar's Legion of Doom out of dominance over other Pride landers, just like the other, like-minded animals.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Kiburi thinks far more of himself than he actually is. He lacks Makuu's pragmatism and strength, or the brains of Scar or Ushari. Despite his ambition to kill Simba and Makuu and take over the Pride Lands, he's easily misled by Ushari, fails to poise a serious challenge to Makuu during their mashindano, and is forced to join up under Scar's leadership.
  • The Brute: Of the legion of evil Outlanders. He's the most physically imposing due to being a crocodile and also leads a few other loyal crocodiles. He also possesses little in the way of smarts, leaving him to only contribute brute strength to Scar's group.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Instead of focusing on defeating Makuu in the Mashindano, he cheats by having three crocodiles assassinate Simba during the whole thing, hoping he will come on top after that. Once that fails, not only are Simba and Kion furious but Makuu is absolutely disgusted that he disowns Kiburi and the three other crocs without a word.
  • Creepy Shadowed Undereyes: Kiburi has distinctive dark Facial Markings around his eyes and is the most evil crocodile.
  • Dirty Coward: Since he was unable to overpower Makuu during their mashindano, Kiburi resorts to attacking him when he's injured and tries to beat him to death. Fortunately, Makuu having a smart guy like Hodari mitigated this unfair disadvantage. It's even lampshaded by Makuu at the beginning of their fight.
    Makuu: Kiburi. Only brave enough to challenge me when I'm hurt?
  • Evil Counterpart: He is this to Makuu, after forming his own crocodile float in the Outlands. Unlike Makuu, Kiburi is an Ungrateful Bastard who is egotistical to the point of being foolhardy and lacks common sense in general.
  • The Exile: After losing a mashindano with Makuu, not only are he and his followers are banished from the float but they're also outright banished into the Outlands for attempting to assassinate Simba. Now, he's a welcome addition to Scar's inner circle.
  • False Friend: In "The Little Guy", Kiburi and his float take advantage of a naive Hodari after he is rejected by Makuu.
  • Foil: To Season 1 Makuu, being an arrogant crocodile who believes violence is the only way to solve problems and dislikes compromising with other animals claiming it's not the "crocodile way". Kiburi also strongly opposes Makuu's authority to the point of challenging him to a mashindano, like Makuu did with Pua. However, he's shown to be more power-hungry and ambitious than Makuu, as he tried to take over the float and the Pridelands.
  • Green and Mean: A villainous crocodile with green skin.
  • Hazy Feel Turn: After Scar is defeated, Kiburi declares he and his crocs will look out for themselves rather than swearing loyalty to Jasiri.
  • It's Personal: He has a grudge against Makuu for beating him in a mashindano and banishing him.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: We are introduced to him as a Jerkass not unlike Makuu before his Heel–Face Turn. He then agrees with Ushari to get rid of Simba, and eventually joins Scar's Legion of Doom after being banished for his crime.
  • Kick the Dog: When Hodari scolds him for fighting Makuu without challenging him to a mashindano first, Kiburi scoffs at the small lizard before batting him away into a tree with his tail. This causes Hodari to realize Kiburi is evil, and even Makuu (who initially laughed off Hodari's request in joining his float) calls Kiburi out on it.
  • The Kingslayer: Or rather tried to be one. He agrees to have Simba killed so he and the other crocs could rule the Pride Lands, and he sends his three followers to ambush Simba while everyone is distracted by the mashindano. Fortunately, the Guard notices and stops his followers before they could even touch the king, which leads to all four crocs getting banished into the Outlands.
  • Knight of Cerebus: He and his followers are the first villains in the show to outright attempt to kill Simba himself, and they came close to killing Makuu and his float in their second appearance.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Kiburi gives Hodari a painful-looking tail-slap after betraying him. Hodari repays him in full minutes later by distracting him and telling Makuu how he can end their croc fight with another powerful tail-whip.
  • Meaningful Name: Kiburi means "pride" in Swahili, fitting for an arrogant croc like him.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: An even more antagonistic crocodile than Makuu. In fact, he and his lackeys are the first crocs in the show to be outright evil.
  • Remember the New Guy?: It's rather ambiguous how long Kiburi and his followers had been in Makuu's float, given they only made their first appearance in "The Rise of Scar".
  • Rival Turned Evil: He goes from an upstart challenging Makuu's authority over something really silly and petty to a full-blown villain aiming for the downfall of the Lion Guard and the Pride Lands.
  • Somewhere, a Herpetologist Is Crying: Averted. Unlike Makuu he has interlocking teeth like a real crocodile, as does his three followers. Although concept art showed he initially had an overbite until that was fixed.
  • The Starscream: Of Makuu's float, but once he thinks there's a bigger prize, he doesn't have to worry about beating Makuu, because he assumes the entire Pride Lands will still be his as he tries to have Simba himself killed.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Kiburi told Tamka and Nduli at least once that they had fish for brains. They try to grasp what that even means, only to crave for fish later on.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Complains about the watering hole Makuu and Simba picked for the crocs to spend during the dry season despite it being the most suitable for them and guaranteeing for their survival at least, going as far as trying to get rid of both the crocodile leader and the king.
  • The Usurper: For Makuu and then Simba himself. Although he fails to get rid of both.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Kiburi menaces a group of an impalas to steal their watering hole and singles out their calf to make an example of, with the implication that he's either going to maim it or kill it. Kion steps in to stop him, so Kiburi targets him instead, trying to pin the cub down to attack him.

    Tamka and Nduli
Voiced by: Nolan North (Tamka) and Jorge Diaz (Nduli)

Two crocodiles who are Kiburi's followers.

  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Tamka is big and bulky while Nduli is small and slender.
  • Dumb Muscle: Both of them aren't very bright. Tamka even admits they aren't smart.
  • Fat Bastard: Tamka.
  • Fish Eyes: Nduli has these.
  • Foil: To Cheezi and Chungu. Both are main lackeys of a primary antagonist and have opposing builds. Additionally, Nduli has unfocused eyes much like Cheezi.
  • Green and Mean: They both have green skin.
  • Large Ham: Tamka goes all over-dramatic when he pretends to be defeated by Hodari in the crocodile initiation spar, under Kiburi's orders.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: Subverted by Tamka, who has a muscular build but often gets easily knocked out by Kion.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: Both are villainous crocodiles working under Kiburi.
  • Number Two: Tamka appears to be this for Kiburi.


Voiced by: Ford Riley

A dark scorpion with a highly deadly venom, who serves as Scar's most dangerous assassin.

  • Dark Is Evil: He's a black scorpion.
  • Furry Confusion: Unlike the other invertebrates in the series, Sumu is both sapient and able to speak.
  • Karma Houdini: He never faces punishment for stinging Simba.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Introduced in the series' darkest episode to date, and very nearly kills Simba. There is only one comedic moment revolving around him (and that's more focused on Janja to begin with); he's otherwise a dead serious threat. He even crashes the episode's bouncy, fun song.
  • Meaningful Name: Sumu means "poison" in Swahili.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Sumu is quick, stealthful, and wastes no time trying to poison Simba and making his getaway.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: His venom is deadly enough to immediately cause Simba to collapse and fall to near-death.
  • Poisonous Person: Being a scorpion, he has a venomous stinger. And said venom is lethal.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Sumu has blood-red eyes.
  • Scary Scorpions: An evil scorpion armed with deadly venom in his stinger.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: He has a soft, whispery voice.
  • Somewhere, an Entomologist Is Crying: Besides having only six legs instead of eight, he has only four eyes arranged like a spider's. His black color and massive pincers suggest that he's an emperor scorpion, but emperor scorpions have very weak venom.

Jasiri's Clan


Voiced in English by: Maisie Klompus

Jasiri's sister.

  • Action Girl: It's implied that she's not as formidable a fighter as Jasiri (in "Rescue In The Outlands" she states that without Jasiri, her clan would have no chance against Janja). Nevertheless, in The Hyena Resistance she proves herself to be a capable fighter.
  • Impeded Messenger: Almost becomes one in "Rescue In The Outlands" when, while trying to get help for Jasiri, she runs into a swarm of tsetse flies. Fortunately, the Lion Guard rescues her.
  • Nice Girl: Like Jasiri, Madoa is a friendly hyena.

Pride Land leaders

Voiced in English by: Blair Underwood
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Salvador Reyes

"We crocodiles keep what we take."

A young, violent crocodile who takes control of the crocodile clan, which causes problems for the Pride Lands.

  • Actually Pretty Funny: He approves of Twiga and Vuruga Vuraga's attempt to humiliate him by trapping him in rotten fruit, claiming he couldn't have done it better himself.
  • Antagonist Title: Of his debut episode, "The Rise of Makuu".
  • Arson, Murder, and Admiration: When he finds out Twiga and Vuruga Vuruga attempted to trap him in rotten fruit, he calls them out for it, but praises them because it was so devious, cunning, and despicable that he wouldn't have done it better himself.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: It's the crocodile way of determining their leader, and he wins leadership of the clan after defeating Pua in a mashindano.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Makuu has a change of attitude towards the Guard after they save him from falling into a Pit Trap, to the point where he spares them of his anger when they accidentally wake him and his float up during the dry season. In general, it's heavily implied having the help and support of the other Pridelanders is gradually making him nicer.
  • Betrayal Insurance: Makuu offered himself to be for Janja in "Battle of The Pridelands" after the latter decides he wants to help defeat Scar, to which Makuu thinks is worth hearing. Makuu throws in a condition that if Janja is lying or does betray them, then Janja will have to answer to his crocs for his crimes against the Pridelands.
  • Blood Knight: Even amongst crocodiles, he's particularly tough and bloodthirsty. However, he's not petty nor ungrateful, especially not during the dry season. In other words, he won't waste time picking fights with anyone who causes so much as a hiccup to his business. Nowadays, he will use his teeth and claws on animals who are more deserving of it.
  • Brutal Honesty: If it sounds idiotic, he will definitely have something to say about it. He sugarcoats nothing when explaining how bad the dry season is, and is very blunt towards Kiburi about why they all have to be pragmatic, even if it means subtly insulting his intelligence (or lack thereof). He also laughs at Hodari's request in joining his float because of him being a tiny gecko, before bluntly telling him it's not their tradition and to leave before he hurts himself.
  • The Bully: As shown in "The Morning Report", Makuu was even worse back in the day, terrorized any trespasser who crossed crocodile territory, yet had no choice but to humor them if they thought they were brave enough to challenge him. During his time as an antagonist in Season 1, he thought being a mighty crocodile gave him the right to treat other animals poorly, and would love to try to taunt and provoke the other Pridelanders into fighting him.
  • Character Development: In the first season, Makuu is characterized as a bully and a brute who values strength over everything, disrespects the Pridelands' ecosystem and is ruled by his pride. He opportunistically tries several times to undermine the Lion Guard's authority and muscle in on other Pridelanders' territories - generally being quite thuggish and ruthless ("The Rise Of Makuu"). He also makes things very personal between his float and the Lion Guard by targeting their family members ("Never Roar Again", "Beshte And The Hippo Lanes"). In the second season, Makuu has to deal with the consequences of his actions - namely that he's now the most loathed and distrusted of the Pridelander leaders - and while he remains prideful, he chooses to learn from his failures:
    • He focuses on his float's needs first and foremost, tries to learn diplomacy so he can work with others, and while he always prefers to do things on his own, he does express gratitude when it comes to one of the benefits of being a good float leader - having the support of the other Pridelanders ("The Savannah Summit", "Let Sleeping Crocs Lie", "The Little Guy", "Pridelanders Unite"). All of this generally has the effect of making him less hotheaded and more patient, and in "The Little Guy", the strength-obsessed crocodile later comes to appreciate that someone having courage and brains can mean a lot, regardless of their size.
    • Another subtle development is that in the first season, one of Makuu's key traits was that he could be petty and vindictive, holding grudges and seeking Disproportionate Retribution towards anyone who annoyed him or humiliated him or got in his way, like his increasingly personal feud with Kion or his random attempt to kill Basi. By the second season, a more humble and mature Makuu has become a more forgiving croc, even towards people who have legitimately wronged him by trying to humiliate him (Twiga) or putting his life in danger (Ono, Hodari), much to their surprise.
  • Chew-Out Fake-Out: He really seems to like doing this post-Heel–Face Turn.
  • The Comically Serious: He has a no-nonsense personality, which becomes especially evident in Season 2. When Hodari jumps onto his snout and uses it for a stage during his "I Want" Song, Makuu's eyes briefly widen in surprise before immediately going into his usual salty expression, and becomes surprised again when he finds he's unable to shake off the gecko.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He frequently has moments of sarcastic remarks, more often in Season 2 where he becomes more of a Grumpy Crocodile.
  • Diplomatic Impunity: In "The Savannah Summit", he was on official business on behalf of his float due to Simba inviting him, so as such he and all the other animal leaders have diplomatic immunity and cannot be touched. Of course, Kion thinks he's going to abuse it, but it ends up being subverted. Makuu really was there just for official business and wasn't planning on doing anything wrong.
  • Dirty Coward: In "Never Roar Again," he only makes a grab for the flood plains when he learns Kion is no longer using the Roar of the Elders, and even resorts to using Nala as a hostage/shield when confronted by him. In "Beshte and the Hippo Lanes", he makes a second attempt to take over the flood plains only when finding out Basi is injured, and even tries to get rid of him. He grows out of this after his Heel–Face Turn, becoming willing to risk his life to save one of his crocodiles.
  • Distressed Dude: After his Heel–Face Turn in Season 2 makes him a more sympathetic character, the audience finally sees a vulnerable side of him. The Lion Guard rescues him from falling into a pit trap, Hodari prevents him from being killed by Kiburi, and the Prideland leaders, along with the Lion Guard, help him to thwart another attempt by the Outlanders to steal the crocs' watering hole.
  • The Dreaded: The other Pridelanders consider him to be a threat. So much that Tamaa imitates his voice to scare off small animals to take their food. He eventually earns their trust in "The Savannah Summit" after much negotiation and admitting he wants to help the Pride Lands.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: As seen in "The Little Guy" and "Pridelanders Unite", Makuu is this trope to the animals he trains, pushing them hard to meet his standards of fighting. And he will not take any excuses, no matter if it's understandable.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: In "Return of the Roar" when Bunga jumps on his head, irritating him.
  • Easily Forgiven: Averted. When the idea of Makuu changing his ways is first brought up in "The Savannah Summit", everyone present is extremely resistant to it, because of the full extent of his past treachery, and the only one who will even entertain it for most of that episode is Simba. In "Let Sleeping Crocs Lie", at the first sign of the crocs causing trouble and returning to their old tricks, Simba immediately grows cold and accuses Makuu of betraying him, making it clear that he is no fool and that he too still has his reservations about the animal's trustworthiness. Makuu and the Lion Guard team up several times in Season 2 and gradually seem to warm up to each other, while the crocodile's relationship with the other Pridelander leaders doesn't really start to improve until the end of "Pridelanders Unite".
  • Everyone Has Standards: Makuu may admire something as despicable as what Twiga and Vuruga Vuruga did to him, but in "Let Sleeping Crocs Lie", his ruthlessness can only go so far; he is deeply disturbed that Kiburi would resort to attacking if not outright assassinating the king to gain power over the Pride Lands. In fact, Kiburi's deed was so heinous, that Makuu doesn't give him as much as a parting acknowledgement as part of their exile from his float, unlike Pua.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: He sports a deep voice, though not quite as deep as Pua's.
  • Evil Virtues: He may be a jerk, but he knows to treat the other animals with peace and respect during the Kupatana Celebration, in stark contrast to the jackals. By "The Savannah Summit", he has gained a sense of pragmatism and displays gratitude when saved.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Even after his Heel–Face Turn, he's still the grumpiest animal in the Pride Lands. Especially when woken up at a bad time for crocs. Plus, he doesn't like being disturbed in general.
  • Green and Mean: He is a green crocodile starting off as an antagonist. Although he has a Heel–Face Turn, he maintains a grumpy, condescending attitude. The "mean" part, however, is mostly gone in the Season 3 premiere.
  • Grumpy Bear: Or in this case, crocodile. Post Heel–Face Turn, this is very much his usual characterization, as opposed to being violently hostile like before. For the most part, he is cranky, ill-tempered, and snarky, but he keeps that in check most of the time.
  • Had to Be Sharp: The dry season is cruel and unforgiving, the outlanders are bloodthirsty and ruthless, it's made him and his crocodiles meaner, tougher, but efficient. Makuu tells the other pridelanders in "Pridelanders Unite" that if they don't learn to keep up, they will not survive like his float has.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: As we see in "The Savannah Summit" and "Pridelanders Unite!", Makuu will sometimes lose his temper. His temper issues can get really bad to the point that he will explode if another animal argues with him too much.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: He learns to respect the Lion Guard and after his debut episode he continues as the leader of the crocodiles, but his leadership doesn't seem to be causing any more problems, supporting Pua's assessment that he was simply young and hot-headed and can learn to be a better leader. Alas, this doesn't last, as in "Never Roar Again" and "Beshte and the Hippo Lanes", he plays an even more antagonistic role in both episodes. He finally has a Heel–Face Turn in "The Savannah Summit" that continues into "Let Sleeping Crocodiles Lie".
  • Heel–Face Turn: In "Savannah Summit", after the Guard save him from falling into a pit and finally give him a chance to prove himself, he decides the other Pride Land leaders are worthy of a crocodile.
  • Honor Before Reason: Despite crippling his leg from a rockslide, Makuu insists on protecting his float's watering hole from Kiburi's float without any help from the Lion Guard. This becomes subverted when Kiburi came close to killing him as a result, forcing the Guard and Hodari to come to the rescue.
  • Hypocrite:
    • When Kion tries to talk Makuu into having his clan leave Big Springs, Makuu refuses, telling Kion that a real leader never backs down. But when Kion demonstrates the power of the Roar of the Elders, Makuu immediately gathers up his clan and leaves the Springs, doing the very thing he claimed a "real leader" never does.
    • In "Never Roar Again," he calls Kion a coward, despite the fact that he only had the courage to take over the flood plains after overhearing that Kion had sworn off using the Roar, and (as noted above) has no problem using Nala as a shield against Kion's wrath. This is shown again in "Beshte and the Hippo Lanes" where he gains the courage to attack Basi only when he's injured and after bringing in more crocs to help him, which also conflicts with him belittling Pua for fearing Basi way back in "The Rise of Makuu".
    • Makuu, without a hint of irony, makes this remark in "The Little Guy":
    Makuu: Kiburi. Only brave enough to challenge me when I'm hurt?
  • I Owe You My Life: Makuu more or less tells Kion and the Pridelanders this in "Pridelanders Unite!", realizing that they came for his float when Janja and the outlanders ambushed him despite how nasty he was to the pridelanders. For that, he will return the favor when Kion asks.
  • I Work Alone: Deconstructed. He believes crocodiles work alone without outside help, but that way of thinking made his float the easiest target, which leads him to have second thoughts.
  • Jerkass: Has no regard for the Circle of Life or the well-being of other animals. That is, until "The Savannah Summit", though he's still not exactly a nice croc. He's definitely not someone you want to see wake up on the wrong side of the bed, or cave. At worst, he comes off as rude and condescending. After "Pridelanders Unite!", he has lost most of his jerkish qualities.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While him laughing at Hodari's initial attempt in joining his float was rather harsh, he is right about the gecko being too small which would risk getting crushed by the much larger crocodiles. In "Pridelanders Unite!", he knows he's a jerk, and doesn't quite understand that the other animals are not crocodiles, but he does remind them that it's nothing compared to the threat of the outlanders, so they do have to stay sharp and pull their weight.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: What he evolves into in Season 2. While still being rough and tough, somewhat prideful and quite cold at worst, he becomes a more responsible and reasonable leader for both his float and the Pridelands, and has also forgiven those who have wronged him (as long they prove themselves worthy, or take responsibility for their actions). Goes up a level in the Season 3 premiere, where he is the one who suggests to Simba that they should give Janja a chance (but not without threatening to eat the hyena if he is indeed lying) and finally joins the other Pridelanders in bidding the Lion Guard a heartfelt goodbye.
  • Karma Houdini: Despite getting hit by the Roar of the Elders, he does not suffer any real consequences despite attacking Nala, who is the Queen of the Pride Lands, and his action should have technically been treason. He gets completely off and conveniently, despite Kion citing that incident as a reason he should not be trusted, it quickly gets forgotten after his Heel–Face Turn. Justified in that crocodiles play an important role in the Pride Lands, and banishing them would cause damage to the ecosystem. However, it's implied during the Season 3 premiere he did have to pay his debt to the Pride Lands to earn Simba's forgiveness, which was why he advocated that Janja needs to be held accountable or suffer the consequences.
  • Kick the Dog: Wastes no time in mocking Pua as he steps down as leader and is exiled from the river, and later taunts Kion for refusing to fight him. In "Never Roar Again", he takes Nala hostage to taunt Kion even further. And then in "Beshte and the Hippo Lanes", he tries to take out Basi while he's injured. And in general, he will ruthlessly judge other animals simply because he can, reformed or not.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Unlike the rest of the show's recurring antagonists, Makuu has practically no comedic elements, and he and his float are depicted as serious threats, even coming close to overwhelming the Lion Guard on two occasions. By "The Savannah Summit", however, his threat level seems to be diminishing and he starts to develop a sense of humor.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Post Heel–Face Turn, several of Makuu's misdeeds from the first season rebound against him in the second season, like another hotheaded croc trying to usurp his position as float leader ("Let Sleeping Crocs Lie") and nearly being killed by said croc while he's injured and vulnerable over territory ("The Little Guy").
  • Meaningful Name: Makuu means "greater" in Swahili.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: He's the only example of this trope so far among the crocodiles. Until "The Savannah Summit", after which in "Let Sleeping Crocs Lie" we are introduced to a much more antagonistic croc in Kiburi. However, as with any crocodile, it's a bad idea to wake him up during brumation in the dry season.
  • No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: As shown in a flashback, Makuu wouldn't enjoy prey that encourages him to eat them. If anything, he found it rather unexpected that Zazu offered himself willingly to his mouth.
  • No Social Skills: Makuu is all business especially during the dry season, and yet, he doesn't really interact with other animal species on a level beyond that, be it casual conversation, gossip, or even small talk. He'll usually shoo them or tell them he's busy unless they have something that's worth his attention.
  • No Sympathy: During "Let the Sleeping Crocs Lie", Makuu acknowledges that Kiburi is not happy with their accommodations, but he has zero patience for his complaining and is rather blunt when he reminds Kiburi how bad things are during the dry season for all of them.
  • Not So Above It All: Believe it or not, he does joke around a little on occasion, wherein he makes a threat, then he follows up with a compliment, which he did in "The Savannah Summit", and again in "Let the Sleeping Crocs Lie". Croc's got a strange sense of humor.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • In "Never Roar Again", when he realizes Kion is no longer afraid to use the Roar.
    • And then in "Beshte and the Hippo Lanes", he frantically tells his float to dive for cover when he sees Bupu's herd heading straight for them.
    • He has a brief one in "The Little Guy" when Kiburi declares he'll displace him as crocodile leader, realizing that Kiburi is going to kill him to do so.
    • Witnessing Pride Rock burn and seeing Scar emerge from the fire? No words for him to describe it. Telling Simba and Kion that he's not sure if Scar can be defeated doesn't exactly cover the full extent of his sentiment.
  • Only Sane Man: Amongst the rest of his crocodiles for that matter. The dawning of the Dry Season has given him a greater level of sensibility that he never had before, and he is quite judicious even when he has to survive the Dry Season the hard way.
  • OOC Is Serious Business:
    • When Kion tells him he's not going to let especially him ruin the summit, Makuu seems genuinely stung by his words and walks off without as much as a protest.
    • He actually becomes taken aback upon discovering Kiburi and his lackeys tried to murder Simba while using the mashindano as a distraction. The way he banishes them from his float he does it disgracefully.
    • Even he is not sure if Scar can be defeated, after witnessing him burn Pride Rock, and balks at the thought of facing him.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: The only times he's off the hunting clock are during important events, like Kupatana Celebration or during The Savannah Summit.
  • Put on a Bus: Subverted. The Lion Guard was hoping he and his entire float would sleep through the dry season as it's required by his species, with the implication that they wouldn't have to deal with him for the rest of the season, but getting disturbed by their antelope neighbors cuts his brumation short and forces him to be out and about. Luckily, his development back in the Savannah Summit has stayed, although they all end up having to deal with a much worse crocodile.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: As befitting the leader of the crocodiles, who are portrayed this way. Makuu takes the crocodile way to it's fullest - that fighting is the only way to survive, and anyone who isn't much of a fighter is nothing more than dead weight to him. "The Little Guy" demonstrates how problematic this is; Makuu's idea of improving his crocodiles is merely trial and error sparring. Later on, he came to realize that having some brains can go a long way in their survival. Hodari's intelligence helped Makuu improvise while injured.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • In "The Savannah Summit", Makuu discovers that frequently antagonizing people, trying to steal their territory and even attacking the local monarchs generally has a way of making your neighbors hate you, not trust you, and want absolutely nothing to do with you when you actually need their help.
    • At the start of Season 2, Makuu made the decision to mature and at least try to be a responsible adult rather than double down on his bullying ways, which was the first step in his Heel–Face Turn. However, his personality did not flip overnight because of it. Makuu's harsh and brutish attitude is actually largely the same between Seasons 1 and 2, with the biggest difference being how far he will take it and the gratitude he feels towards his allies, and if he snaps, it’s usually nothing personal. Season 2 shows him not being particularly patient and he especially makes a big deal of others not respecting his precious time. As a result, the other Pridelanders still consider him to be a stubborn and unpleasant croc, albeit one who is not unreasonable when push comes to shove. Case in point, "The Little Guy" and "Pridelanders Unite". In the former episode, Makuu giving Hodari the cold shoulder for wasting his time by looking foolish helps to kick off the crisis of the week. In the latter episode, his attempt to train the other Pridelanders with crocodile fighting moves only lasts less than a hour, again because he felt their antics just wasted his time.
  • Reformed Bully: With the dry season approaching, Makuu has realized he's not going anywhere with his bullying ways and chooses to mature into a responsible leader.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: He comes to the Savannah Summit to prove he's a good leader and he can help the Pride Lands, but because of his prior acts of villainy he is distrusted by everyone (except for maybe Simba and Zazu). The Guard soon realizes Makuu wants to change and saves him from falling victim to a plot by Twiga and Vuruga Vuruga, which results in the crocodile's Heel–Face Turn.
  • Smug Smiler: Rarely seen without an arrogant smirk on his face. This still holds true even after his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Smug Snake: The only things that humble him are a demonstration of the devastating damage The Roar can inflict and when he and his float get physically beaten. Ultimately, it's the news of the approaching dry season that caused him to mature and become cooperative with the other Pridelanders (including the Guard). He also now has to deal with rogue crocs who are out to take him and his float down. In general, going through the hardships of a leader seems to be toning down his ego.
  • Social Darwinist: Makuu makes it clear his float is not a place for the weak and puny, so he castigates Hodari and tells the gecko to scram if he knows what's good for him. He has a change of a heart by the end of the episode, but he does expect Hodari to pull his weight nonetheless.
  • Somewhere, a Herpetologist Is Crying: He has an overbite, despite being a crocodile and not an alligator.
  • The Starscream: It's implied he's been trying to undermine Pua for some time, and he finally succeeds in overthrowing him in "The Rise of Makuu".
  • Surrounded by Idiots: He never says it outright, but none of his crocodiles tend to be very smart when he has marginally better judgement, and it greatly exasperates him. Kiburi by far was the worst offender, who clearly has no common sense whatsoever. This is another reason he let Hodari join his float in the end; Hodari is not only very brave but also has enough smarts to help him and his crocodiles adapt better. He has this moment again in "Pridelanders Unite", when Kion asks him to train dysfunctional Pridelander animals, and he thinks they're too idiotic to follow simple instructions...except he's teaching them moves that can only be handled by crocodiles, so he ends up being the fool for not understanding other animals apart from his own species.
  • There Is No Try: In "Pridelanders Unite" Makuu strongly believes that one does not get by just by trying. Excuses and hesitation will get one killed.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: In the final episode, he is seen cheering with the other animals after Vitani receives the Roar of the Elders.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: Of the crocodiles, though subverted since his followers seem to be perfectly happy with this Jerkass at their helm. To the rest of the Pride Lands, however, his new regime causes a lot of problems. From "The Savannah Summit" onwards, he's been taking his role as leader more seriously, especially given the dry season is coming.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: At least amongst the crocodiles, who happily accept him as leader and seem to think he's all that. The rest of the Pride Lands disagree. Pua takes something of a middle ground, and rationalizes that Makuu is simply young and hotheaded. As of "The Savannah Summit" and "Let Sleeping Crocodiles Lie", Pua turned out to have been correct.
  • Villains Out Shopping: In "Kupatana Celebration", he's shown attending the titular event without causing any trouble for the other animals.
  • Villainous Glutton: He challenges Pua to a duel for dominance because the latter won't let him and the rest of the float eat the fish at Big Springs (because there wasn't enough), which is the first thing he does as leader. He also frequently tries to eat the other animals throughout the show, including when he's not allowed to hunt (like in the Flood Plains after a rainy season, which is supposed to be a safe zone at that time). This is downplayed, however, as he's willing to co-operate peacefully with the other animals when during important events such as Kupatana or the Savannah Summit. By season 2, he seems to be growing out of this. Because of the unforgiving nature of the dry season, his priorities are his float's survival, and is willing to settle for an acceptable minimum.
  • Worf Had the Flu: In "The Little Guy", he hurts his leg in a rockslide which allows Kiburi to overpower him in battle when he was unable to during their mashindano.
  • Worthy Opponent: He admits that Twiga and Vuruga Vuruga's devious attempt on trapping him was rather despicable and impressive at the same time.

Voiced by: Gerald C. Rivers

The former leader of the crocodile float.

  • Affably Evil: If the flashback in "The Morning Report" was if any indication, Pua was quite vicious, and would have Makuu and the other crocs eat any unlucky trespasser that dares challenge him. Even then, he at least made it a point to warn said trespasser to leave if they valued their lives.
  • Badass Baritone: Pua sports a deep, imposing voice.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He may not be very aggressive, but he won't back down if you challenge him to a battle. He is a crocodile, after all.
  • Big Good: Was formerly this of the crocodiles.
  • Carnivores Are Mean: Averted, unlike his successor Makuu. However, a flashback shows he was rather vicious, and wasn't welcoming to trespassers.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's a friendly, respected leader in the Pride Lands and dispenses sage advice to Kion.
  • The Exile: Crocodile tradition dictates that the loser of a mashindano must be exiled from the crocodile clan.
  • The Good King: He was this to the crocodiles, and Simba thanks him for being this during his reign.
  • Graceful Loser: Though he's clearly stung by losing to Makuu, he leaves the river without a fight and later seems to be comfortable in his new retirement.
  • Martial Pacifist: As a crocodile, he can certainly fight, but he prefers diplomacy and later advises Kion to simply back down.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: Completely averted. He's one of the most pleasant characters introduced in the franchise. More accurately though, he used to be quite ferocious, albeit still reasonable.
  • Nice Guy: A grandfatherly, affable crocodile. However, he wasn't so kind towards Kion when they first met, but he became nicer with time. That being said, it's quite telling how Makuu thought Pua lost his touch.
  • Reality Ensues: Age has caught up to him, and he loses his fight with the younger Makuu.
  • Somewhere, a Herpetologist Is Crying: Averted. Unlike most of the other crocodiles, his lower teeth are visible when his mouth is closed.


The beach master of the Pride Lands' hippopotamus pod, and Beshte's father.

  • Big Good: To the hippos.
  • Good Parents: He's a wise, caring, supportive father to Beshte.
  • Honor Before Reason: In "Beshte and the Hippo Lanes", he insists on finishing the hippo lanes despite hurting his leg, as the hippo lanes are crucial for the animals after a rainstorm.
  • Nice Guy: Like his son, he's very friendly and amicable.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: He's clearly upset when he finds out Kion didn't tell them about Scar's return under Simba's orders.
  • Out of Focus: He and his pod are not seen at all in the Season 3 premiere, even when the Pridelanders come to say goodbye to the Guard. It can be assumed he and his son bid farewell offscreen.
  • Papa Wolf: As Beshte tells off Makuu for invading the flood plains after a rainstorm (it's supposed to be a safe zone at that time), Basi wastes no time backing his son up.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He is livid with Kion and Simba when the king reveals he kept Scar's return a secret.
  • Worf Had the Flu: In "Beshte and the Hippo Lanes", he gets his leg accidentally hurt by the young rhino he and his son saved, forcing them to outsmart Makuu's float instead of confronting them.

Voiced by: Kevin Schon

The lead stallion of one of two notable bands of Grant's zebras. Speaks in a pronounced Harvard Lockjaw.

  • All There in the Manual: According to the show script and the subtitles on Google Play, his name is Thurston, after his VA's character in Gilligan's Island.
  • Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: A non-sexual example. In "The Imaginary Okapi" he gets offended when Makucha refuses to kill and eat him, due to being more focused on Ajabu.
    "Someone tastier than me." I mean, really!
  • Blatant Lies: In "Rescue in the Outlands", he claims to have fought a leopard in his past, in spite of the fact that he had never met one before "The Imaginary Okapi".
  • Catchphrase: "Panic and run, panic and run!"
  • Chick Magnet: A plains zebra stallion's herd is also his harem. That sizable herd of zebras he's leading, complete with foals? Yup.
  • The Ditz: Not very bright for an equid. In "Paintings and Predictions," he had no idea what thunder was.
  • Hey, You!: While he does have a name, he was never addressed by it. In "The Zebra Mastermind", Ono doesn't seem to know what his name is and just identifies him by his Catchphrase. Subverted at the end of "Battle For the Pride Lands", where Kion finally refers to Thurston by name.
  • Irony: Despite his propensity to panic at the slightest hint of danger, he's well aware that the Zimwi is just a story, and so is completely unafraid of it.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: He acts like he's smart, but he's not.
  • The Load: He is often a liability for the Lion Guard, and they have to make sure he doesn't go any farther than his herd.
  • Miles Gloriosus: In "Rescue in the Outlands" he told the Lion Guard that he once fought a leopard and won, and claimed that zebras have the best sense of direction in the Pride Lands, even though he gets himself lost on a regular basis.
  • Motor Mouth: He has a hard time staying quiet.
    Fuli: Ever think you talk too much?
  • No Sense of Direction: He has a habit of losing his bearings, and even forgetting where his herd's own grazing grounds are.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He believes himself to be smarter, braver, and more capable than he actually is.
  • Somewhere, an Equestrian Is Crying: He and the other zebras are portrayed as being much more like horses than actual zebras, particularly with the sounds they make. This is a glaring bit of discontinuity as well, as the films have zebras making their natural sounds.
  • Stubborn Mule: He's been known to flat-out ignore warnings from members of the Guard if they interfere with his grazing or movements. In "Janja's New Crew," he refused to listen when Bunga and Beshte tried to turn him away from an overly muddy area, and ended up getting stuck.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Subverted in "The Zebra Mastermind"; a few members of Scar's army try to interrogate Thurston for information on the Lion Guard's weaknesses, after overhearing him (wrongfully) brag that he's the brains behind them. All of the "information" he mentions turn out to be regarding him rather than the Guard, and said members of Scar's army are known to be idiots.

Voiced in English by: Kari Wahlgren

A Grant's zebra mare who leads the other notable herd in the Pride Lands.

  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Features prominently in "The Mbali Fields Migration" and "Babysitter Bunga", but is then relegated to silent cameos, before disappearing entirely by Season 3.

Voiced in English by: Howy Parkins
Voiced in Japanese by: Hiroyuki Sase

An old eastern black rhinoceros who is the leader of the Pride Lands' rhinos.

  • Cool Old Guy: Friendly, conversational, and knowledgeable about the Pride Lands.
  • Distressed Dude: He gets stuck in mud in "The Kupatana Celebration", and trapped upside-down in a ditch while being attacked by tsetse flies in "Rescue in the Outlands". Both times the Guard has to save him.
  • I Am Not Weasel: He does not take well to Big Baboon calling him a hippo.
  • Meaningful Name: Mbeya means "gossip" in Swahili.
  • Rhino Rampage: Averted. He's quite pleasant to be around, although "The Savannah Summit" shows that he has his limits. And then "Pride Landers Unite!" demonstrates how dangerous he can be when push comes to shove.

    Ma Tembo
Voiced by: Lynette DuPree

The matriarch of a family of elephants, residing primarily in Kilio Valley (until Scar's lackeys burned it to the ground). She's the daughter of the recently-deceased bull Amanifu, an old friend of Simba's pride who helped repair the Pride Lands after Scar's downfall.

    Vuruga Vuruga
Voiced by: Virginia Watson

The matriarch of a herd of Cape buffalo living in the Pride Lands.

  • Brutish Bulls: Averted. In Real Life, Cape buffalo are among the most dangerous large animals in Africa; Vuruga Vuruga, however, is a very agreeable sort.

    Big Baboon
Voiced by: Ford Riley ("Return of the Roar"), Dee Bradley Baker (currently)

The leader of a troop of baboons that live in Nyani Grove.

  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Irritably mutters "Baboons", commonly said by Fuli, when his troop doesn't want to pick up the baobab fruit they threw.
  • The Ditz: Not the brightest of baboons. Borders with Too Dumb to Live in "Bunga the Wise" when he and the other baboons refuse to leave their tree because there's a storm and they're trying to get dry, despite said tree being broken down by a storm.
  • Mischief-Making Monkey: He and his troop love to throw fruit around and at other Pridelanders, much to the chagrin of Fuli.
  • No Name Given: Unlike most of the other characters, his name is unknown.
  • Oblivious to His Own Description: Got offended when Mbeya called him a baboon in response to being called a "hippo with a horn" by him. Bunga flatly reminds him he is a baboon.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: His poofy mane suggests that he is a hamadrayas baboon (and so are the rest of his troop, presumably), while the Mapongo Cliffs troop is made up of olive baboons.
  • Verbal Tic: He has a habit of punctuating his sentences with a simian chattering sound.


Voiced by: Michael Dorn

The stubborn leader of the Pride Lands' sable antelope herd.

Voiced by: Meghan Strange

The leader of a troop of galagos living in Ndefu Grove.

  • Because You Were Nice to Me: After initially sending them away, Laini and her troop allow Ma Tembo's herd to stay with them in Ndefu Grove when the elephants save them from a wildfire.
  • Diurnal Nocturnal Animal: Galagos in real life are nocturnal, but Laini and her troop are mainly active at broad daylight.
  • Lovable Coward: Until late season 2, Laini and her troop try to avoid conflict as much as possible, and they make it no secret how fearful they are of bigger animals.
  • Nervous Wreck: She and her troop tend to get frantic.
  • Odd Friendship: Bunga, the exceptionally loud honey badger who loves roughhousing, is the member of the Lion Guard Laini and her herd are the closest to, because of how gentle and affectionate he is with them.
  • On Second Thought: In "The Trouble With Galagos", Laini keeps insisting to the Guard that they get Badili out of their tree, even though he doesn't mean any harm. At the end when Bunga comes to their tree and gives her a hug, she comments that they may have been better off with the leopard.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Which is on par of galagos in real life. Bunga and Badili even comment how adorable they are.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: A galago, more commonly known as a bushbaby.

Other Pridelanders


Voiced in English by: Sarah Hyland
Voiced in Japanese by: Chiaki Yonemoto

Tiifu is a female lion cub, and one of Kiara's friends. She is a great rule-follower, and trusts the judgement of her friends.

  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She gets jealous whenever Kiara hangs out with someone who could become her new bestie.
  • Girly Girl: She's nurturing and bubbly and much like Zuri loves looking her best and giving makeovers to Kiara.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: In "Fuli's New Family," she was quite resentful about Fuli joining in on her and Kiara's practice hunt, even thinking Fuli was trying to become "Kiara's new bestie."
  • Jerkass Ball:
    • In "Can't Wait To Be Queen," she and Zuri reacted to Kiara being made acting queen by setting themselves up as her advisors, talking down to others and ignoring their opinions.
    • She goes into this again in "Fuli's New Family", angry that Fuli has committed the great crime of hunting near Kiara.
  • Meaningful Name: Tiifu means "obedient."
  • Nice Girl: She comforts Zuri after she breaks a claw and is generally a very sweet cub, but she does have her moments of being snarky and possessive mainly to others who question Kiara's position as queen and gets jealous if other animals try to form a deep friendship with her. Her kind nature is once again showcased in "The Underground Adventure", where she sympathizes with Thurston over their fear of the dark.
  • Odd Friendship: Develops one with Thurston the zebra in "The Underground Adventure," when they bond over being afraid of the dark.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Justified, as Tiifu and Zuri are both minor characters, and Simba's Pride focused on Kiara and Kovu. Its entirely possible that they are among the lionesses in the second half of the film.
  • Those Two Girls: With Zuri.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: In the Return of the Roar movie, she came off as sensible and down to earth. But later in the series, she seems to be just as oblivious and air-headed as Zuri.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: "The Underground Adventure" reveals she is afraid of the dark. She is fine with nighttime darkness, but she panics when she's in a place that's always dark. She overcomes it thanks to Kuchimba's advice.
  • Youthful Freckles: She has three dark spots of fur on each cheek.


Voiced in English by: Madison Pettis
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Ivanna Sánchez
Voiced in Japanese by: Emi Miyajima

Zuri is a female lion cub, and another of Kiara's friends. She is vain, and not as adventurous as her friends.

  • Damsel in Distress: She is first seen with her claw stuck in a log. In a Polish comic, she is trapped by Makku during a flood.
  • Girly Girl: She loves sharpening her claws to make them shinier and dreads it when she breaks one of them, is not a big fan of anything mucky or gross, and loves helping Kiara look her best by giving her a makeover and enjoys giving one to herself as well.
  • I Broke a Nail: When Bunga fouls up Timon and Pumbaa's attempt to free Zuri, her claw breaks.
  • Jerkass Ball:
    • In "Can't Wait To Be Queen," she and Tiifu reacted to Kiara being made acting queen by setting themselves up as her advisors, talking down to others and ignoring their opinions.
    • She along with Tiifu go into this as well in "Fuli's New Family", regarding Fuli hunting alongside Kiara (though Zuri is more indifferent than outright contemptuous).
  • Picky Eater: She dislikes gazelle, calling it "hyena food."
  • Meaningful Name: Zuri means "beautiful."
  • Narcissist: The reason she was stuck in the log? Because of her tendency to sharpen her claws in every piece of wood she passed, as she wanted to keep them shiny.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Justified, as Tiifu and Zuri are both minor characters, and Simba's Pride focused on Kiara and Kovu. Its entirely possible that they are among the lionesses in the second half of the film.
  • Rescue Romance: Played for Laughs. In a Polish comic, if Kion chooses to save Zuri first, then she will nuzzle him, much to his disgust, and the Guard's amusement.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: She's got eyeshadow-like markings around her eyes.
  • Those Two Girls: With Tiifu.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She is terrified of bugs.

Yes, it's true. I can sound like other animals, any other animal in the Pride Lands, really. It's my little talent.
Voiced by: CJ Byrnes

A drongo bird who has the ability to imitate the voices of other animals.

  • Artistic License – Ornithology: Tamaa using his voice mimicry to steal food from the other animals is seen as him simply being too lazy to hunt and gather food for himself. But in real life, while it's true they can gather food for themselves, forked-tailed drongos gain about a quarter of their daily calories this way. However, Tamaa appears to be based on the greater racket-tailed drongo, which only sometimes use their vocal mimicry to scare away animals and steal their food. Too bad that species is native not to Africa but to Asia.
  • Heel–Face Turn: While not exactly a villain, he does cause a lot of trouble using his voice mimicry to scare off other small animals to steal their food. Janja capturing him and forcing him to use his ability for evil causes him to decide using his mimicry for good from now on.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: His ability to imitate voices causes Janja to capture him.
  • "I Am" Song: "Bird of a Thousand Voices".
  • Informed Species: His exact species is not possible to clarify. Given the African setting and his use of voice mimicry to gain food, he is apparently meant to be a fork-tailed drongo, but he also has tail streamers and a small head-crest which makes him look more like a greater racket-tailed drongo.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Starts off as a Jerkass using his ability to scare off small animals and steal their food, and after supposedly agreeing with the Guard not to do it anymore when they confront him he still tries to mooch off the food from the other small animals and quickly goes back to his old ways. But after Janja captures him and forces him to lure the impalas into the Outlands with his ability, he soon uses it to scare the hyenas allowing the Guard just in time to chase them off and save the impalas. He has changed for the better by his second appearance, now using his ability to get food the legitimate way (as an entertainer) and is willing to help the Guard when asked.
  • Meaningful Name: Tamaa means "disappointed" in Swahili.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: While Africa has drongos, Tamaa is instead based on an Asian species (specifically, the greater racket-tailed drongo).
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He does a pretty good job in distracting the jackals while the Guard goes after the hyenas, but then he gives his position away by trying to replicate the Roar of the Elders which he can't.
  • Red Baron: See "I Am" Song above.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: A drongo.
  • Voice Changeling: Just like real drongos, he can imitate the sounds and voices of other animals. But it does have limits; he can't replicate the Roar of The Elders or produce anything of similar sound.
  • You Could Have Used Your Powers for Good: As Kion tells him, he could have used his voice mimicry to safeguard the Circle of Life instead of tricking other animals. Later after using his ability to defeat Janja's and his lackeys, he vows to use it for good from now on. "Divide and Conquer" shows he now uses his ability to entertain the other Pridelanders in exchange for food, as well as fooling enemies under the Lion Guard's request.

Voiced by: Justin Felbinger

A male elephant calf from Ma Tembo's family. He sees Beshte as his hero and role model.

  • Artistic License – Biology: He has small tusks in his lower jaw. Real elephants (and the adult elephants in the show) have tusks in their upper jaw. When he is older in the Season 3 premiere, his tusks are properly shown in his upper jaw.
  • Fan Boy: For Beshte. When he pretends to be the Lion Guard with his friends, he always chooses to be Beshte.
  • Honorable Elephant: He hopes to grow up into a hero like Beshte.
  • Meaningful Name: Mtoto means "child" in Swahili.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Being an elephant, he's pretty darn cute when we first meet him.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Like all elephants, he's scared of bees.

Voiced by: Ron Funches

An okapi who is chased into the Pride Lands. Beshte is the first animal to befriend him.

Voiced by: Charlie Adler (Mjomba), Marieve Herington (Ogopa), and Ogie Banks (Haya)

A pack of aardwolves who live in the Pride Lands, keeping the termite population in check.

  • All There in the Manual: Ogopa and Haya's names are not mentioned in the episode, but revealed in the credits.
  • Food as Bribe: The Guard fully convinces the aardwolves to come home to the Pride Lands by promising them that they can eat the termites, which are the reason they need to bring the aardwolves back.
  • Grumpy Bear: Mjomba is noticeably more irritable than the other aardwolves, openly expressing his annoyance for getting kicked out of the Pride Lands as well as getting mistaken for a hyena by the Guard.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Mjomba means "uncle" in Swahili.
    • Ogopa means "fear" in Swahili.
    • Haya means "modesty" in Swahili.
  • Mistaken Identity: The main conflict of their debut episode is the Guard kicking them out of the Pridelands due to mistaking them for hyenas.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Even though most hyenas (spotted in particular) are stock species in fiction and aardwovles are species of hyenas try to find another kid's show besides Wild Kratts that features aardwolves. Also In-Universe as most of the Pride Landers rarely see them, due to being nocturnal.
  • Shrinking Violet: All of them are shy and get scared easily, which is Truth in Television.
  • Taxonomic Term Confusion: They're often stated to look like hyenas, which they get offended by if told so. In real life, aardwolves actually are a species of hyena.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Termites, also Truth in Television.

    Kifaru and Mwenzi
Kifaru (rhino) and Mwenzi (oxpecker).
Voiced by: Maurice LaMarche (Kifaru) and Rhys Darby (Mwenzi)

A rhino and tickbird pair.

  • Artistic License – Biology: The classical "oxpeckers = cleaners" is used to portray their friendship, a mistake admittedly common in media. In reality, it's been proven for a while that oxpeckers are actually parasitic and large mammals are uncomfortable with them landing on them because they peck their wounds open and drink their blood, which would make their relationship a lot more abusive. Then again, they do remove ticks in the process, even if it's only to get the blood that the parasites have ingested.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: According to Beshte, Kifaru is a nice guy. (Not that farfetched when you consider that the white rhino is far more docile than the black rhino). But since he's a rhino it's a very bad idea to mess with him, especially if you threaten Mwenzi.
  • Blind Mistake: Kifaru ends up causing trouble wherever he goes, unable to navigate properly due to his especially poor eyesight.
  • Interspecies Friendship: They even have a song about rhinos and tickbirds being friends for a long time.
  • Lethal Klutz: Kifaru is a rhino, so due to his poor eyesight, his own clumsiness can cause a lot of damage.
  • Meaningful Name:
  • Papa Wolf: Mess with Kifaru's friends and he will charge you.
  • Rhino Rampage: Subverted. Kifaru means well, but his tendency to run into things due to his poor eyesight causes problems for the other animals in the Pride Lands, namely when Mwenzi isn't there to keep him in check. Although, if you mess with his friends, Kifaru will play this straight, as Makuu found out the hard way.
  • Seldom-Seen Species:
    • Kifaru is a white rhinoceros, which is not represented in media quite as frequently as the black rhinoceros. As an added bonus, he's the first white rhino to appear in the Lion King universe; all other rhinos seen in the franchise so far have been black rhinos.
    • Mwenzi is a red-billed oxpecker. Similar to Kifaru, he's the first of his species to appear in the show since the other tickbirds have been yellow-billed oxpeckers (also seldom-seen in media).

Voiced by: Elise Allen

A mother hamerkop.

  • Good Parents: Ono describes her kind to be very good parents, and sure enough she's always very loving and caring to her daughter. She only leaves her un-hatched egg in Ono's nest so it could be in a safe watch until she's finished building a home that's better protected from predators.
  • Mama Bear: She will fight hawks and vultures to defend her young.
  • Meaningful Name: Kulinda means "protect" in Swahili, and this reflects to her being a Mama Bird.
  • Nice Girl: A kindly citizen of the Pride Lands, so long as you don't mess with her offspring.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: A hamerkop, similar to egrets (like Ono) and storks, but in a unique family all their own.

    Chama, Furaha, and Mzaha
Voiced by: Jacob Bertrand (Chama), Mekai Curtis (Furaha), and Cade Sutton (Mzaha)

A bachelor trio of young male animals, who became outcasts from their respective groups due to their carefree, mischievous nature.

  • All of the Other Reindeer: Chama, Furaha and Mzaha are this among their respective groups, where their playful antics aren't appreciated.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: Chama is a bulky elephant, Furaha is a short red colobus monkey and Mzaha is a svelte sable antelope.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: As silly as they may be, they can be very serious and competent if the situation calls for it, as shown when they rescue Rafiki and Makini when a dry lightning sets their tree on fire.
  • Fratbro: Chama, Furaha and Mzaha are as close to this as wild animals can get.
  • Honorable Elephant: Played with. The other elephants disapprove of Chama due to his silly nature, but he and his friends do help the Guard put out the fire near Rafiki's tree.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Chama the elephant is the leader of his group of friends. Chama in Swahili means "club" or "group," which both describe his "fraternity" with Furaha and Mzaha.
    • Furaha means "Happiness" in Swahili, reflecting his fun-loving nature.
    • Mzaha likes fooling around with his pals, and he headbutted his fellow herd members for the fun of it. Mzaha means "Joke" in Swahili.
    • It's probably not a coincidence that all their names have the word "ha" in them.
  • Mischief-Making Monkey: Furaha loves to have fun and fool around with his pals. Deconstructed as the other monkeys of his troop do not approve of his behavior and sent him away for it.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: Zanzibar red colobuses live on the island of Zanzibar, unlike Furaha and his troop.
  • Nice Guy: As silly as they may be, they're good creatures at heart.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Furaha is a Zanzibar red colobus, while Mzaha is a sable antelope. Averted with Chama, the African elephant.
  • True Companions: All three end up leaving their groups and coming back together, realizing the only group they fit in is their own trio. The song "Three of a Kind" is all about this.
  • Use Your Head: Mzaha loves to headbutt things, and was sent away from his herd due to headbutting the other antelopes. This turns out to be useful when putting out the fire surrounding Rafiki's tree.

Voiced by: Justin Hires

A gecko who has dreams of becoming a member of Makuu's float.

  • Animal Stereotypes: Heroic lizard? Check. Cute and lovable with a dash of awkwardness? Check. Climbs walls and licks his eyes? Check.
  • Badass Adorable: A cute little gecko with the courage of a crocodile. He doesn't let his small size stop him from saving Makuu from Kiburi, even jumping onto the evil croc's snout to hinder him.
  • Blue Is Heroic: A heroic electric blue gecko.
  • Brains and Brawn: The Brains to Makuu's Brawn, which certainly evens the odds when raw strength fails the crocodiles, allowing him to cover any weaknesses Makuu might have.
  • Failed a Spot Check: For someone who sang about his own skills, among them being stealth, he failed to notice they were being spied at.
  • Four Legs Good, Two Legs Better: Played with. He often stands on his hind legs, but he also just as often goes on all fours.
  • Good Counterpart: Although they don't meet in the same episode, Hodari seems to fit as one for Kenge. While Hodari is a tiny gecko who aspires to be a crocodile, he isn't really sensitive about his size. Kenge, on the other hand, is a huge monitor lizard (considered the Unpleasant Animal Counterpart to a gecko) who loses his temper anytime he's called little, or if anyone implies it.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: When put on the spot, Hodari trusts Kiburi and his crocs - who he's known for all of ten minutes - over Beshte and the Lion Guard - who've dealt with them before - because of what happened earlier with Makuu. This comes back to bite him.
  • Karmic Jackpot: After Hodari's David vs. Goliath scenario with Kiburi, Makuu becomes so impressed that he rewards the gecko a place in his float.
  • Lovable Lizard: A heroic gecko who wants to become a crocodile, not letting his small size get in the way.
  • Meaningful Name: Hodari means "brave/capable" in Swahili. Hodari bravely jumps onto Kiburi's snout to distract him and give Makuu a Heroic Second Wind, which earns the gecko the respect of Makuu and his float.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After Kiburi betrays him and beats up Makuu, Hodari becomes guilt-ridden and states it's all his fault since he's the one who gave away information about the Pridelander crocs' fighting techniques to Kiburi's float. Which is worsened by the fact that he also ended his friendship with Beshte and the Lion Guard for Kiburi's float earlier.
  • Red Baron: "The Honorary Crocodile"
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Comes with being a gecko.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: A William's dwarf gecko, A.K.A. electric blue gecko. For bonus points, the William's dwarf gecko is a literal seldom-seen species in real life, due to being critically endangered and endemic to a small area in Tanzania.
  • Too Clever by Half: Hodari may have a lot of cleverness to make up for his lack of stature, but he tends to showboat his talent. As a result, he ended up making himself look foolish in front of Makuu, who clearly had no patience it, and worse, easily gullible in the eyes of the bad guys.
  • Unwitting Pawn: His extensive knowledge of new fighting techniques used by Makuu's float gives Kiburi and his float an advantage when they challenge the former group.
  • Wall Crawl: Naturally. As a gecko, he possess sticky pads on his hands and feet for clinging onto vertical surfaces, ceilings, and even the bodies of larger animals. This ability becomes useful when distracting Kiburi from murdering Makuu.
  • Weak, but Skilled: What allows him to synergize with Makuu, who is Unskilled, but Strong. Hodari has memorized a lot of fighting techniques, and can effectively improvise when thrust in a David vs. Goliath scenario with Kiburi, coming up with new skills when Makuu is not at 100%.

Voiced by: C.C.H. Pounder

An elderly tortoise who is one of the wisest animals of the Pride Lands.

  • Cool Old Lady: An older female tortoise who offers sage advice to her peers.
  • Cryptic Conversation: She often speaks in riddles when sharing her wisdom with others (for example, "He who chases two hares will catch neither.").
  • Gentle Giant: She's big enough for Fuli to ride on, and has a warm personality. Truth in Television, as sulcata tortoises are known for being the largest mainland tortoises, and for having docile temperaments.
  • Meaningful Name: Kongwe means "ancient" in Swahili, which fits for a tortoise (known for having long lifespans).
  • Nice Girl: Kongwe is very wise, calm, kind-hearted, patient, and grandmotherly.
  • Red Baron: "The Wisest of the Wise"
  • Seldom-Seen Species: An African spurred tortoise a.k.a. sulcata tortoise.
  • Sturdy and Steady Turtles: Not only does she move slowly, but she prefers to take things at a slow and calm pace, making observations along the way. Fuli is initially exasperated by this due to the fact they're in an Escort Mission (and, being a cheetah, she would rather do everything fast), but she gradually takes her advice to heart especially when it becomes useful in defeating Makucha.
  • Turtle Power: She follows the common portrayal of tortoises as slow-moving, wise, and long-lived.
  • Wise Old Turtle: She's known to be the wisest animal in the Pride Lands, having seen many things throughout her long life.

Voiced by: Meghan Strange

A color-changing chameleon.

  • Achilles' Heel: If she gets scared or nervous, she'll lose control of her camouflage and change colors wildly.
  • Action Girl: She is able to hold out against Shupavu and her skinks quite well on her own, until she ends up in a dead end.
  • Badass Adorable: A cute, little chameleon who is an Action Girl.
  • Cartoony Eyes: Averted. Her eyes are accurate for a chameleon, namely having the joined eyelid that covers most part of the eye (which is often omitted in cartoons). She does have small eyelashes as Tertiary Sexual Characteristics, though.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Hodari, as they're both small, heroic lizards who wish to take on huge challenges others are wary of letting them take, and sing songs emphasizing how their size doesn't matter when they've got a unique skill. Additionally, they're both quick, clever, and very stealthful.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Kinyonga means "chameleon" in Swahili.
  • Exact Eavesdropping: She reveals to the Guard that she knows about Scar's return, having overheard it from the skinks. And since she's a chameleon...
    Ono: The skinks talked about Scar? Right in front of you?
    Kinyonga: It's amazing what you hear when nobody can see you.
  • Good Counterpart: She is this to Shupavu, both being spies for opposing sides.
  • Hollywood Chameleons: Of the type that can turn invisible.
  • "I Am" Song: Sings "Now You See Me, Now You Don't" as she demonstrates her camouflage and color-changing ability to the Guard.
  • Lovable Lizard: She follows the portrayal of chameleons as colorful Badass Adorable heroes. She insists helping the Lion Guard by spying on Scar in the Outlands upon overhearing their predicament, despite them warning her it would be very dangerous if not life-threatening.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: She is based on a veiled chameleon, which is native to the Arabian Peninsula rather than Africa.
  • Multipurpose Tongue: Her very long and sticky chameleon tongue can be used to outwit adversaries.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: She looks different than the other chameleons previously seen in the series, being comparatively more detailed and having eyes realistic for a chameleon.
  • Prehensile Tail: Being a chameleon, she has a curled tail for grabbing onto things.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: As expected from a chameleon, almost as cute as Pascal.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: She's a veiled chameleon, judging by her prominent crest.
  • Somewhere, a Herpetologist Is Crying: In addition to near complete invisibility (which real life chameleon's obviously can't do), she changes color much too quickly. Additionally, while some chameleons change color to blend into their surroundings (and even then, not nearly the extent that Kinyonga does), it's more often used for social interaction.
  • Weak, but Skilled: When dealing with more formidable opponents, Kinyonga relies on her reflexes and wit as well as her camouflage, prehensile tail, and long and sticky tongue.

Voiced by: AJ McLean

A golden mole who lives underground.

  • Berserk Button: Intruding and stealing his tunnels, due to his species being territorial.
  • Blind Mistake: Averted. Despite being blind (in fact, he doesn't even have eyes, which Zuri points out), he makes no mistake in guiding the gang through the tunnels until they get as far as his territory expands. It helps that he still has other senses to help him navigate, such as his ability to feel vibrations (just like real golden moles).
  • Eyeless Face: He doesn't have eyes, instead having dark spots where his eyes should be. This is Truth in Television; golden moles have their eyes covered over by furry skin as a result of living in total darkness underground.
  • Meaningful Name: Kuchimba is Swahili for "dig".
  • Non-Standard Character Design: His design looks like he came right out of Lilo & Stitch.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Despite lacking eyes, he's quite adorable. Zuri even lampshades this.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: A golden mole.

    Nala's father 

Nala's father and Sarafina's mate. As a cub, he was once rescued by the Lion Guard of his day.

Non-natives of the Pride Lands

Makucha's allies

Voiced by: Steve Blum

An African leopard who lives in the Back Lands.

  • Arch-Enemy: To Fuli and later Kion.
  • Ascended Extra: He only appeared once in Season 1, and he only served as a guest character in Season 2 twice. In Season 3, he becomes a main character, serving as the main antagonist, even when Mama Benteroung attempts to take command.
  • Big Bad: After Scar's defeat, and the Lion Guard go to the Tree of Life, Makucha becomes the main antagonist, following them on their way in order to feast on the rare animals the Guard will encounter. Although Mama Benteroung later tries to take leadership away, he is still portrayed as the one in charge, and as a result, remains the main antagonist.
  • Cats Are Mean: The first feline foe the Guard faces, and is unpleasant to boot. As if Africa didn't have enough evil cats.
  • The Determinator: He's been trailing an okapi from his original home in the Back Lands all the way to the Pride Lands. In his third appearance, he continuously menaces Kongwe because he also likes the taste of tortoise, not caring if she retracts into her shell. It's because of his persistence that the Lion Guard will stay alert for him if he retreats on the first try, knowing he will keep striking until he's beaten.
  • Evil Counterpart: He fits as this for Fuli, as they are both spotted cats and leopards tend to be portrayed as the Unpleasant Animal Counterpart to cheetahs.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: With the voice of Steve Blum, this is a given.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He can feign politeness whenever he has to, but it is merely an act.
  • Final Boss: He is the last major antagonist in The Lion Guard.
  • Guttural Growler: As is par the case when Steve Blum is voicing a character.
  • Hidden Depths: While he initially appears to be your average greedy loner villain, Season 3 shows he is quite capable of manipulation when he has to do so, as shown when he pretends to offer the Guard refuge, and then tries to kill them.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Decides that Ajabu isn't worth it when he's faced with an angry young hippo. He also decides not to eat Kongwe after Fuli manages to catch him.
  • Legion of Doom: As he stalks the Guard, all of the predatory animals the Guard has humiliated begin to join him for revenge against them.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He convinces the animals the Guard has humiliated by playing on the fact that they are wanting revenge, and promising them a large amount of food in return for joining him.
  • Meaningful Name: "Makucha" is Swahili for "claws," of which he has an impressive set.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: His secret stalking of the Guard has Rani absolutely livid, and very likely could have gotten the Night Pride very willing to kick the Guard out permanently, had he not foolishly decided to attack right in the middle of the day, giving the Guard a chance to prove they are not involved in his schemes.
  • Spanner in the Works: He very nearly became this for the already bad relationship between the Lion Guard and the Night Pride, managing to infuriate an already suspicious Rani, who believed the Guard deliberately brought them to the Tree of Life. Then he fouls it when he launches an attack in broad daylight.
  • Super-Persistent Predator: He tracks Ajabu all the way from the Back Lands to the Pride Lands, then fights the Lion Guard before deciding to retreat. In general, if he has his eye on a particular prey animal, he won't stop until he either gets his meal or is beaten. This becomes a plot point in Season 3 as he begins to stalk the Guard on the way to the Tree of Life so he can feast on the animals they find.
  • The Unseen: He usually shows up at the end of an episode in Season 3, recruiting the villain of that episode into his army, usually by offering them a chance to get revenge on the Guard for humiliating them.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He tries to attack Vayra along with her cubs.
  • Villainous Glutton: His main motivation is to eat rare animals.

Voiced by: Kimiko Glenn

A cunning snow leopard who joins forces with Makucha.

  • Cats Are Mean: She pretends to be a ghost to scare the red pandas out of their homes for her own amusement. After being foiled by the Lion Guard, she joins Makucha in a quest to get revenge on them and feast on the animals at the Tree of Life.
  • For the Evulz: Why she scares the pandas, merely for her own amusement.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: They highlight her cold-hearted demeanor.
  • Light Is Not Good: She may be pale in coloration, but she is by no means benevolent.
  • Meaningful Name: "Chuluun" means "stone" in Mongolian.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Try to think of another fictional snow leopard than Tai Lung. We'll wait.
  • Slasher Smile: A single glance at her profile picture is telling enough.
  • Would Hurt a Child: She goes after Varya's cubs with intent on eating them.

Voiced by: Andrew Kishino

A vicious and ravenous Komodo dragon.

    Mama Binturong
Voiced by: Rachel House

A mob boss-like binturong with an obsession for tuliza.

  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: In "The Triumph of the Roar", she begs for mercy as the tornado Kion created drags her away.
  • Berserk Button: Anyone doing anything to her tuliza besides handing it over is likely to make her flip her lid. She speaks in a calm and smug tone most of the time, even during her battle with Bunga, but when he threatens to eat all the tuliza in her massive stash, she promptly loses whatever cool she had left. Lampshaded in her song:
    "And if you mess with my tuliza, you know that's just as bad,
    There's nothing else that you can do to make Mama more mad!"
  • Big Bad: Averted. Both the show and the characters themselves depict Makucha as still in charge, given that the other members still defer to his command, with Binturong being depicted as a Big Bad Wannabe instead.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Pulls this off successfully to the Night Pride, who take her to the Tree of Life, falling for her ruse of victimhood.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Her name is also her species (and not even in the Bilingual Bonus way like many other characters). It helps that her species' name already sounds exotic.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Her possessiveness over her stash of tuliza, and her trying to steal it from Makini's reserves, not so subtly reflects the behavior of a drug addict.
  • The Don: A female version. She terrorizes the jungle like a mafia boss, with her porcupine henchmen collecting all the tuliza flowers for her. The fact that she uses the familial title "Mama" only reinforces this.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: Makucha may be the face of the villains in season 3, but neither he, Chuluun or Ora ever managed to enter the Tree of Life on their own. It's only when Mama Binturong joins their group that they become much harder to beat, and it's only her plans that ever come close to working.
  • The Dreaded: The inhabitants of the forest she lived in are terrified of her, because of her terrible attitude especially when it comes to tuliza. In fact, mentioning tuliza is enough to scare them.
  • Evil Genius: Why she's such a valuable asset to Makucha's group - she's the main strategist and it's only her plans that come close to working
  • Evil Old Folks: She is notably older than the other members of the gang.
  • Evil Sounds Raspy: She has a very coarse voice.
  • Greed: She never shares her tuliza with anyone and will keep wanting more.
  • Kick the Dog: Threatens to kill Binga just to get back at Bunga.
  • Revenge: Wants one against Bunga, for ruining her tuliza.
  • Sadist: She enjoys seeing other animals get hurt.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Probably the first animated binturong ever.
  • Villain Ball:
    • Her decision to use Chullun's name when she feigns being attacked is the last piece of the puzzle for Ono to deduce she was working with him.
    • She also ruins her cover by attacking Bunga on sight, allowing him to identify her to the others.
  • Would Hurt a Child: She orders Makucha and others to attack Varya's cubs along with the adult tiger.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: She infiltrates the Tree of Life by pretending to be an injured animal.

Theluji Mountains' mountain gorillas

    King Sokwe
Voiced by: John Rhys-Davies

The king of the mountain gorillas who live on Theluji Mountains.

  • Artistic License – Biology: He resembles a Western lowland gorilla much more so than a mountain gorilla.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Sokwe is described as a respected king of the gorillas by both his sons and Simba. When we get to meet him, he's shown to have the image of a powerful silverback gorilla, but immediately it turns out he also loves to have fun and shares his sons' philosophy in "to live is to laugh" (without a doubt he's the one who taught them that). His idea of a peace message is revealed to be dumping snow onto others' heads.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: If you count apes.
  • Expy: Appearance wise, he bears a striking resemblance to Kerchak as well as Tublat. His personality is distinct from both, though, as he's nowhere near as harsh as the former or, thankfully, malicious as the latter.
  • The Good King: To the mountain gorillas.
  • Guttural Growler: A husky voice, to be sure.
  • Killer Gorilla: Inverted; he is every bit as composed and gentle as real-life gorillas.
  • Large and in Charge: As expected from a silverback gorilla. However, he's not the largest member of his troop - that honor goes to Shujaa.
  • Large Ham: What else did you expect from John Rhys-Davies?
  • Meaningful Name: Sokwe means "ape" in Swahili.

    Majinuni and Hafifu
Hafifu (left) and Majinuni (right)
Voiced by: Dan Howell (Majinuni) and Phil Lester (Haifufu)

A clownish pair of gorilla princes from the snowy Theluji Mountains.

Voiced by: Christopher Jackson

A massively-strong gorilla warrior from Sokwe's troop.

  • Animals Not to Scale: He's way too big for a gorilla, comparable to hippos and rhinos. He's even bigger than the other gorillas seen including his king, who are more or less sized like real gorillas, suggesting he could be just abnormally big for his kind.
  • Blue Is Heroic: He has bluish-gray fur.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He's a friendly and cheerful fellow who happens to enjoy smashing and crashing.
  • Catchphrase: "Shujaa Ponda! (Shujaa Smash!)"
  • Clothing Appendage: Shujaa's sagittal crest has a pattern of dark and light fur resembling a headdress worn by warriors in a number of African tribes, befitting his name. Furthermore, he has silvery fur on his legs that resemble a pair of shorts, perhaps as a subtle nod to The Incredible Hulk.
  • Destructive Savior: He was sent to the Pride Lands so that the Lion Guard would have a powerful ally in their battle against Scar, but he causes a lot of damage while helping them.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: Shujaa is aware that he's very strong - what he isn't aware is how much destruction it causes. Kion even has to point this out to him.
  • Dumb Muscle: He's not the brightest gorilla around.
  • Expy: As the Lion Guard have been compared to The Avengers, Shujaa is their equivalent to the Hulk. It helps that Shujaa speaks just like Hulk (complete with the same Catchphrase, albeit in a different language), and his fur color patterns matches Hulk's clothing.
  • Gentle Giant: Although he has trouble controlling his strength, Shujaa is generally friendly and well-meaning. It's also very accurate; gorillas are normally docile and passive despite their large size and immense strength, in stark contrast to their feared reputation in media.
  • Ground Punch: He often slams the ground before attacking, which is accurate gorilla behavior. It's mostly for intimidation purposes, but due to Shujaa's massive size it actually shakes the ground.
  • Heroic BSoD: When he accidentally destroys the home of a rock hyrax pair while helping Kifaru, Shujaa starts believing all his strength does is cause trouble and refuses to do anything so he won't damage the Pride Lands anymore. Thankfully, it took Ono informing him that Beshte is injured and needs his help to snap him out of it.
  • Hulk Speak: It's even in his Catchphrase.
  • Killer Gorilla: In his first scene, Shujaa seems to be one of these, chasing away a herd of zebras and giraffes from the watering hole. As the Lion Guard get ready to fight him, he reveals that he is actually quite friendly, and came to help the Lion Guard and believed that the zebras and giraffes were the enemies. He causes a lot of destruction later in the episode, but it is either accidental or targeted at Scar's minions.
  • Meaningful Name: Shujaa is Swahili for "warrior" or "hero", fitting for a heroic gorilla who is good at fighting.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He has this moment when he smashes a hole through a rock wall for Kifaru to pass through, destroying the home of a hyrax in the process, resulting in a Heroic BSoD.
  • Primal Chest-Pound: What did you expect from a powerful gorilla? He does it with his fists like typical cartoon gorillas, rather than open hands like real ones.
  • Super Strength: While it helps that he's a gorilla, he can lift Beshte with one arm. Justified, however, in that he's much bigger than a normal gorilla.
  • Third-Person Person: He rarely refers to himself in the first person.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Well, an evil child; he has no qualms throwing a boulder at Dogo, Kijana, and their young siblings since they tried to crush his allies.

Dhahabu's Herd

Voiced by: Renée Elise Goldsberry

A golden zebra who is the leader of a zebra herd in the Back Lands.

  • The Atoner: After upsetting her herd for not telling them about the watering hole drying up, Dhahabu tries to make up for her failure as leader by going to bring back the water and break the dam holding it back.
  • Broken Pedestal: Her herd becomes upset with her when they find out she has been keeping their dried-out watering hole a secret, in order to avoid making them unhappy. She wins back their respect when she and the Guard manages to bring back the water.
  • Catchphrase: "Frolic and romp, frolic and romp!"
  • Gold and White Are Divine: Her coat is colored gold and white.
  • I Am Not Weasel: She mistakes Bunga for a mongoose. He allows it.
  • "I Am" Song: "Fabulous Dhahabu".
  • Meaningful Name: Dhahabu means "gold" in Swahili.
  • Rebuilt Pedestal: After losing her herd's respect for not telling them about their watering hole being dried up, Dhahabu gains it back when she helps the Guard destroy the rock dam that was holding back the water.
  • Red Baron: "The Fabulous Golden Zebra"
  • Took a Level in Badass: She starts off as timid when facing against Makucha and his leap. But after a Rousing Speech from the Guard, she headbutts and kicks Makucha against the rock dam, destroying it and setting the water loose.

    Starehe and Raha
Raha on the left, Starehe on the right
Voiced by: Raini Rodriguez (Starehe), Rico Rodriguez (Raha)

Two zebra siblings who are members of Dhahabu's herd.

Night Pride

     The Night Pride 
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Though they are nocturnal lions with the same color as Scar, they're benevolent.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: They all have South Asian names, implying they might be Asiatic lions.
  • Hidden Elf Village: The pride is just one family, serendipitously renewed by whatever wanderers happen to reach them. Since the Tree of Life is so isolated, that doesn't happen often.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Their Asian names suggest they are Asiatic lions, which are not nearly as common in fiction as their African counterparts. It helps that Asiatic lions are also rare in real life, their current populations being restricted to a small region in India.

"With strength and respect, Night Pride protect!"

A young lioness who leads the Night Pride and protectors of the Tree of Life after the passing of Queen Janna.

  • Anguished Declaration of Love: When Kion considers returning to the Pride Lands, Rani asks Kion to stay as her King. The Lion Guard is completely shocked at the fact Kion truly considers staying.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: It is made pretty clear that the moment that Rani really began to develop feelings for Kion was when he comforted her after her grandmother dies.
  • Big Sister Instinct: She initially refuses to allow the Lion Guard to travel to the Tree of Life when Kion uses the Roar on Baliyo out of anger, rejecting their apology as well.
  • Birds of a Feather: She and Kion bond over being mature but still young kids with a lot of responsibility placed on them.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: She's about Kiara and Kion's age, yet she's the leader of a group of lion protectors (with at least two members who are older than her) and later becomes the Queen of Night Pride.
  • Cooldown Hug: When Kion offers her comfort after her grandmother dies, Rani throws herself into his neck and weeps into it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She shows this side often around Bunga, especially when he ruins any moments she has with Kion.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Despite initially believing the Lion Guard to be hostile invaders, the Lion Guard proves to be friendly allies. Lampshaded in the finale by Kion and Rani, where the former jokingly reminds the latter that she told them they weren't welcome at the Tree of Life.
  • Foil: To Kiara. Both are "princesses" to their prides and they initially do not have the best relationship with their respective love interest. However, Kiara in the beginning of the second film really did not want to be queen, and seemed to have inherited her father's immaturity before she grew out of it. Rani by stark contrast embraces her role as a leader, but shows a kinder and gentler side.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Rani is the "Responisble", as she's more level-headed and cautious than her hot-headed brother, Baliyo.
  • Get Out!: When the Lion Guard accidentally blocks the pass to the Tree of Life with a rockslide and the venom-influenced Kion blows Baliyo away with the Roar, she rejects their apologies and attempts at explaining the situation and tells them that they're not welcome at the Tree of Life. She later changes her mind.
  • Hot-Blooded: She is shown initially to be a bit impulsive, before she breaks out of it.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's shown to be quite brash, headstrong and dismissive at first, but her heart is very much in the right place.
  • Meaningful Name: In Hindi and other related languages, "Rani" means "queen". Alternatively, in Kiswahili, "Rani" is short for "jirani", which means neighbor.
  • Not So Above It All: During her and Kion's love song, she shows a playful side of herself when she ruffles Kion's mane, partly pushes him into the water and later takes him pulling her into the water in stride.
  • Official Couple: She and Kion become one in the series finale.
  • Pale Females, Dark Males: Inverted. Rani has much darker fur than Kion.
  • Parental Abandonment: Played with. Rani's parents are both deceased, putting her first in line for the throne. But she can still seek their counsel in the same way Kion can seek counsel from Mufasa.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: She tearfully pleads with her grandmother not to leave her, despite knowing that her death was inevitable.
  • Ship Tease: With Kion. They become an Official Couple in the finale.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Despite his poor first impression, Kion wins Rani's heart once she sees how brave, kind and upstanding he is.
    "Funny how things can change once you get to know someone."
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: She has this attitude with Janna, and it comes out full force as her grandmother is dying.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: She receives this from Janna as she is dying.
  • You Are in Command Now: She initially served as a field leader due to Janna being unable to move, but becomes the new Queen when Janna dies.

Voiced by: Shohreh Aghdashloo

The Queen of the Night Pride, the mother of Sahasi, Surak, and Nirmala, and the grandmother of Rani and Baliyo.

  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: As is the norm for people who die in this franchise.
  • Big Good: To the Night Pride, and later on with Kion, or at least one of three of them.
  • Be Yourself: As she is dying, she encourages her children to be themselves instead of attempting to follow in her shadow.
  • Contralto of Danger: Has a deep, gravelly voice, as is very fitting a wise old female leader.
  • Cool Old Lady: She is very old and a nice, caring and reasonable queen and grandmother.
  • Foil: Her death scene makes her one to Mufasa's. Both are reasonable authority figures to their children, resulting in prosperous times for their realms, who reassure their children. However, Mufasa was brutally murdered in front of Simba, and Simba spends his childhood wracked with guilt, and many of his actions as king are badly marred by the fact he feels like he is living in his father's shadow. Janna lives well into old age, encourages her descendants to be themselves instead of live in her shadow, and dies peacefully from old age.
  • The Good King: More like the Good Queen, but her rule shows that the Tree of Life was kept in good hands.
  • Good Parents: She was obviously this to her family, given how firm they are.
  • The High Queen: She is the Queen of the Tree of Life.
  • Last Request: As she is dying, she asks Kion to stay and protect the Tree of Life. He later fulfills that request by marrying Rani.
  • The Mentor: To Rani, Nirmala and ultimately Kion as well.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: She dies of old age in Long Live the Queen, causing Rani to get thrown into the role, something she really feels is not ready for.
  • Nice Girl: She is a very nice lioness, willing to offer aid to people in need.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: She outlived one of her children, Rani's father.
  • Peaceful in Death: As she begins to die of old age, she expresses regret that she could not complete her training of her fellow Night Pride Lions, and she later asks Kion to stay as a protector of the Tree of Life. She then dies peacefully of old age, content she has done her work, and that the Tree of Life is in capable hands.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She kindly corrects Rani's decision to kick out the Lion Guard, seems to temper Rani's more impulsive actions, and is generally a kind and caring lioness.
  • Secretly Dying: It is made clear in the episode of her death that the Night Pride knew her age was catching up to her, and as a result, she spent all the episodes of the present approaching her death.
  • Shipper on Deck: She subtly encourages Kion and Rani to get to know each other closer. It is her death that ultimately kicks off their romance.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: She gives this response to Rani as she is dying.


Rani and Baliyo's uncle, Sahasi's brother, and one of Janna's sons.

  • Cool Uncle: Serves as this for Rani and Baliyo.
  • Cooldown Hug: He is seen comforting Baliyo when he breaks into tears after Janna's passing.
  • Good Counterpart: To Scar, in spades. Unlike Scar, Surak is shown to genuinely love his niece and nephew, is indicated to have had a completely healthy relationship with his brother, and clearly accepts his position as member of the Night Pride.
  • Guttural Growler: Has a husky voice.
  • Manly Tears: Even though he holds them back for quite a while, he takes his mother dying of old age pretty badly.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: His mane is kite-shaped and much different from any other lion seen in the show.
  • The Stoic: He is usually soft-spoken and collected.


Voiced by: Hudson D. Yang

Rani's little brother.

  • Big Little Brother: Despite appearing to be older (since we only have Kion to compare to and male lions being bigger than female lions), he's actually Rani's younger brother.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Baliyo is the "Foolish" as he's shown to be more rash and hot-headed than his more calm sister, Rani.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He may be brash and impulsive, but he's a good lion underneath it all.
  • Karma Houdini: Baliyo was the one who started the fight between the Lion Guard and the Night Pride, leading to Kion roaring at him and getting himself and the guard (temporarily) banned from entering the Tree of Life. Though Kion sincerely apologizes for doing that, none of the guard even bother to explain that Baliyo attacked them first, and the lion in question gets away scot-free. Somewhat downplayed though, as he does end up getting Kion's Mighty Roar to the face for his troubles.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: When he and the others mistake the Lion Guard for invaders, he goes off to attack them without a plan and ends up getting blown away by Kion's Roar.
  • Manly Tears: He is the most choked up when Janna dies. He even initially balks at going to see her in her final moments, unable to handle the emotion of the moment. When she actually dies, he collapses into a flood of tears.
  • Never My Fault: He and the rest of the Night Pride are initially against the guard entering the Tree of Life because Kion used the roar against him. He seems to forget the fact that it was he who instigated the entire fight between the two groups, and that none of it would've happened had he not jumped to conclusions and just assumed that the guard was malicious.
  • Parental Abandonment: Both his parents died before we meet him, and as a result he is very close to his grandmother.

Voiced by: Miki Yamashima

A healer for the Tree of Life.

  • Happily Adopted: Seems to be this, as Janna says Nirmala came to the Tree of Life years before to join their pride.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: One of the few lions in the show that has distinctly blue eyes.
  • The Medic: She's the one who helps heal both Kion and Ono, and later assumes position of chief healer after queen Janna passes away.
  • Nice Girl: Nirmala is generally calm, polite and friendly.
  • Team Mom: A motherly figure to the team, she directs Baliyo to getting healed after he gets injured in a fight with the Lion Guard.
  • Tuft of Head Fur: She has a small one.

Voiced by: Vyvan Pham

A snowy-white owl and an ally of Night Pride.

    Sâhasí and Ãnanda
Voiced by: James Sie (Sâhasí), Grace Young (Ãnanda)

Rani and Baliyo's late parents. Sâhasí is a son of Janna and is also Surak's brother.

Voiced by: Fiona Riley

A honey badger who lives at the Tree of Life. She quickly befriends Bunga when he arrives.

  • Always Someone Better: She wins most of the dares she and Bunga have.
  • Bad Ol' Badger: Inverted. Like Bunga, Binga is a honey badger but is a friendly and heroic example.
  • Big Eater: She eats as much as Bunga does.
  • Birds of a Feather: She is just as goofy, fearless, energetic, competitive, food-loving, athletic, and stinky as Bunga.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Binga is basically a female version of Bunga. Their names are even similar to each other.
  • Fartillery: Bunga even comments that she's even stinkier than him.
  • Fearless Fool: Binga is remarkably brave and never afraid of a challenge.
  • Genki Girl: She's quite excitable.
  • Implied Love Interest: It's never stated outright if she's Bunga's main romance but their are hints. First, she's an obvious Distaff Counterpart to Bunga. Second, Bunga has never shown any interest in other females before. Third, they share an accidental kiss but neither are disgusted by it, they only smile. Fourth, Bunga mentions in "Journey to the Pride Lands" that the two have become good friends and he doesn't want to leave because he wants to spend more time with Binga. Fifthly, at Kion and Rani's wedding, the duo are seen together.
  • Nice Girl: Binga is a friendly honey badger.
  • Maybe Ever After: It's only implied but the series finale have both her and Bunga standing next to each other at Kion and Rani's wedding.
  • Pale Females, Dark Males: Binga has bright purple fur while Bunga has dark blue.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: When she and Bunga are competing in a strength test, Bunga lifts a boulder bigger than with both hands. On the other hand, Binga lifts two rocks bigger than her, a panda, and three monkeys combined with one hand.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Binga is Bunga's Distaff Counterpart and Implied Love Interest, but doesn't have a lot of character depth or back story.


Voiced by: Jack McBrayer

A friendly leopard that the Lion Guard helps stand up to a bully.

  • Beware the Nice Ones: Once the Lion Guard teaches him how to stand up for himself, Badili becomes intimidating enough to send his tormentor fleeing.
  • Cowardly Lion: Or cowardly leopard in this case. Badili is a peace-loving leopard that doesn't like fighting and is afraid to stand up for himself. But after some training he musters up the courage to stand up to Mapigano. While he is scared deep down, he's willing to stand up himself in the end and send Mapigano packing.
    Badili: Could you tell how scared I was?
    Bunga: Are you kidding? You looked nothing but brave.
  • Lovable Coward: Even though leopards are expected to be able to defend their territory from others, Badili is too timid and gentle hearted. But Lion Guard see his kind heart and help him stand up for himself.
  • Meaningful Name: Badili is Swahili for "changed"; he goes from being incredibly shy to confident enough to stand up to his bully.
  • Mighty Roar: Badili earns to master his roar with help from Kion and uses it stand up to and chase off Mapigano.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Leopards in this series are territorial and fierce, but Badili is friendly, cowardly and prefers to live peacefully. But as the Guard teaches him, fierceness is not a negative trait.
  • Nice Guy: A very friendly, peace-loving leopard.
  • Not Afraid of You Anymore: Says this right to Mapigano's face and gets the point across with a Mighty Roar.
  • Shrinking Violet: He's extremely shy, so much so that he gets intimidated by his own reflection in the water during the Training Montage.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Badili starts off timid and meek. But with help from the Lion Guard, he becomes brave enough, strong enough, fast enough, confident enough, and fierce enough to take his home back.

Voiced by: Jorge Diaz

The leopard who bullies Badili.

  • The Bully: He pushes around Badili, forcing him out of his own territory.
  • Dirty Coward: He folds quickly when the Lion Guard confront him. And after Badili gains some confidence, Mapigano is easily scared off.

Voiced by: John O'Hurley

An eagle famed for his exploits and Ono's greatest idol.

  • Conscience Makes You Go Back: He leaves Ono to deal with Janja's clan by himself out of fear, but he soon feels guilty about it and goes back to help him while bringing rest of the Guard along.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: All of his legendary exploits are fabrications.
  • Good Counterpart: While they never meet until "Fire from the Sky", he appears to be one to Mzingo. While Hadithi is a Noble Bird of Prey who is well-loved by the Pride Lands (even if he turns out to be a Fake Ultimate Hero), Mzingo is a Feathered Fiend intent on wreaking havoc there. Not to mention vultures are often portrayed being the Unpleasant Animal Counterpart to eagles.
  • It's All About Me: His song, "Hadithi The Hero" is all about him bragging about how great he is, and actually saying "It's all about me!"
  • Meaningful Name: Hadithi is Swahili for "story" or "myth", a reference to his Fake Ultimate Hero status.
  • Noble Bird of Prey: Was expected to be this at first (especially considering he's an eagle), but turns out to be a Fake Ultimate Hero. He still plays this straight by ultimately helping the Guard deal with Janja's clan and hailing Ono as a true hero. And then in his second appearance in "Fire from the Sky", he leads a flock of birds on an attack against the vultures.
  • Red Baron: "Hadithi the Hero", "The Legendary Eagle", "Raven Rescuer from Red Rocks", "Starling Savior at Summer Springs", and "Guardian of the Great Egret Escape"
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Judging from his coloring, he's probably an African hawk-eagle.
  • Warts and All: Not at all the hero he's reputed to be, but he eventually realizes that Ono is a real one and says that he could learn a thing or two from Ono.

    The Travelling Baboon Show
Uroho in the center, flanked by Mwevi and Mwizi
Voiced by: Sinbad (Uroho), Dee Bradley Baker (Mwevi and Mwizi)

A trio of baboon performers. Uroho is the leader, and Mwevi and Mwizi are his two accomplices.

  • Heel–Face Turn: After the Guard save them from being eaten by Janja's clan, the baboons feel guilty about stealing from the animals and make up by giving away food as they performed.
  • Maniac Monkeys: They turned out to be swindlers stealing food from the other animals. They do have a Heel–Face Turn, though.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Uroho means "gluttony" in Swahili.
    • Mwizi means "thief" in Swahili.
  • Mischief-Making Monkey: A trio of mischievous baboons. They even use smaller animals (including Ono, much to his chagrin) as props.
  • Those Two Guys: Mwevi and Mwizi are usually seen together.

Voiced by: Carla Hall

An African harrier-hawk who invades the Pride Lands in search of new prey to eat.

  • Artistic License – Ornithology: Besides the Taxonomic Term Confusion mentioned below, she also makes the noises of a red-tailed hawk.
  • Big Eater: She has been described as a "foodie", and it's clear she wants to eat the different prey in the Pride Lands not to satisfy her hunger but simply for the thrill of eating.
  • Brutal Bird of Prey: A harrier hawk who plans on hunting in the Pride Lands despite the fact hawks aren't allowed to have territories there, just because she's a glutton.
  • Does Not Like Spam: She dislikes carrion, preferring her food fresh.
  • Feathered Fiend: The second avian villain after the vultures.
  • Kidnapping Bird of Prey: As a harrier-hawk, she snatches up small animals to eat them. Does a literal kidnapping when she picks up Kulinda's daughter.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: She decides new food is not worth it when beaten by the Lion Guard (and an angry mother hamerkop).
  • Pragmatic Villainy: In order to outwit the Lion Guard, she asks for Mwoga's assistance while promising him he can eat all the remains she leaves behind.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: A harrier-hawk.
  • Taxonomic Term Confusion: She's simply referred to as a hawk by everyone including herself. While harrier-hawks are diurnal birds of prey they're in a unique family all their own, separate from other hawks.
  • Truth in Television: Harrier-hawks are pretty much the only accipitrid birds of prey that aren't obligate carnivores. Their diet is incredibly varied, which lends some truth to Mpishi's culinary adventurism.
  • Villainous Glutton: Despite the Guard warning her that hawks do not have a territory in the Pride Lands, she sneakily insists hunting there because there's all sorts of new foods she cannot find where she's from.
  • Would Hurt a Child: She attempts to eat Kulinda's newly-hatched chick due to hamerkops being rare from where she's from.

    Fikiri and Kitendo
Fikiri on the left, Kitendo on the right
Voiced by: Christopher Jackson (Kitendo), Heather Headly (Fikiri)

Makini's parents.

  • Cartoony Tail: Averted. They have proper stubby tails for mandrills.
  • Casting Gag: Fikiri is voiced by Heather Headley, who originated Adult Nala on Broadway. Likewise, Christopher Jackson, who voices Kitendo, is one of several actors who took over for Adult Simba after Jason Raize's death.
  • Generation Xerox: Fikiri looks like an older version of her daughter.
  • Genki Guy: It turns out Makini inherited her cheerfulness from her dad.
  • Good Parents: The flashbacks show they were very loving parents to Makini.
  • Nice Guy: Both are as nice as their daughter.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Just like Makini, they look more like real mandrills than Rafiki does.
  • Women Are Wiser: Fikiri is more level-headed than Kitendo, who even points out that Makini inherited her wisdom from her mother.

    Yuki, Hitashi, Nabasu, and Kimyo

Voiced by: J. Elaine Marcos (Yuki), Andrew Kishino (Hitashi), Evan Kishiyama (Nabasu), Ai-Chan Carrier (Kimyo)

A family of Japanese macaques.

Voiced by: Clyde Kusatsu

An elderly red panda who became the leader of a red panda group that formed when they were driven away from their homes.

Voiced by: Tania Gunadi

A pink dolphin.

  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: A pink dolphin looks like a case of Amazing Technicolor Wildlife... except adult Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins are actually pink.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Beshte. Both are friendly, cheerful, water-based mammals with extreme sensitivity to heat.
  • Damsel in Distress: She gets washed up onto land by a tidal wave accidentally caused by Kion when he lost control of the Roar. Being a dolphin, she ends up beached and in danger of drying up, with the arrival of Ora and his fellow Komodo dragons escalating things further.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": "Lumba-Lumba" means "dolphin" in Indonesian.
  • Friendly, Playful Dolphin: So much that she sings a song about why she loves to frolic and play in the ocean.
  • Heroic Dolphin: She makes her first appearance saving Bunga after he got swept into the ocean by a wave.
  • Nice Girl: She is very friendly and happy to help a land animal that drifts away from the shore.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: She is an Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin, rather than the commonly-known bottlenose dolphin.

    Varya, Feliks, Polina, and Pasha
Voiced by: Iris Bhar (Vayra)

A family of Siberian tigers who came to the Tree of Life to find a safe place to live. Varya is the mother, Feliks is her son, and Polina and Pasha are her daughters.

  • Adult Fear: You and your kids get attacked by a gang of villains intent on killing you all. Then one of the villains go after your kids running to safety while another stops you from trying to get to them.
  • Big "NO!": Vayra lets one out when Chuluun goes after her cubs.
  • Damsel in Distress: Vayra gets surrounded by Makucha and his allies, so the Lion Guard and the Night Pride come to save her while protecting her cubs.
  • Disappeared Dad: The father is nowhere to be seen. This is actually realistic in that only the female tigers raise their cubs, while males are for reproductive purposes.
  • Good Parents: Varya is shown to be a caring mother to her cubs. When surrounded by Makucha and his allies, the first thing she does is tell her cubs to run to safety.
  • Mama Bear: As a tigress, Varya fiercely protects her cubs from Makucha's gang. Unfortunately, she gets overwhelmed due to being outnumbered, forcing the Lion Guard and the Night Pride to come her aide.
  • Meaningful Name: Varya means "stranger" in Russian.
  • Panthera Awesome: She is a Siberian tiger.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The cubs. Bunga and Beshte certainly think so.

    Scar's mentor

A mysterious scarred lion from the Outlands who mentored Scar.

  • Asshole Victim: Arranges for his cobra friend to bite an incredibly dangerous lion with a powerful supernatural roar, and explicitly offers said cure for the venom only if Scar obeys him. Scar predictably, simply kills them both for their actions.
  • Bullying a Dragon: He already knew that Scar had the Roar of the Elders, and he decides to blackmail Scar by offering to cure him if he serves him. Scar just kills him with the Roar of the Elders.
  • The Corrupter: He corrupted Scar into falling for his power-hungry tendencies that he'll become known for in his adulthood, including suggesting to him to overthrow Mufasa, though to be fair, it is made clear that said tendencies were always there and he just caused them to emerge.
  • Evil Mentor: To Scar, until his blackmail attempt went disastrously wrong, which gets him killed.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: His attempt to blackmail Scar simply gets him killed by Scar, as Scar has no loyalty except to himself.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has a scar on his eye, just like Scar, and even has his cobra friend give Scar's scar.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: He planted the seeds which ultimately caused Scar to become a villain in the first film (and, by extension, behind all evil wrought by anyone allied with him).
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He lured Scar to be bitten by his cobra friend so that he could blackmail Scar, but Scar ends up killing them both in a fit of rage.
  • No Name Given: Scar doesn't give his name and he's only credited as "Strange Lion".
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He has less than a few minutes of screentime, but his actions are what ultimately kick off the entire franchise to begin with
  • Villainous Friendship: With his cobra ally.

    Dark cobra

The mysterious lion's cobra friend who was responsible for giving Scar his scar.


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