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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.


  • 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.
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    Kion the Fiercest 
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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.
  • Barbarian Longhair: Kion is the only lion cub in the franchise with long hair. Nala and Bunga frequently play with the long hair, which is noticeably similar to Jasiri's in style. The hair gets even longer in Season 3.
  • 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.
  • Berserk Button: Don't even think about harming his friends and family.
  • 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 Judge 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. Scar is gone for good, Kion more than earns a happy ending with the lioness he loves.
  • Generation Xerox: Kion inherits many physical and personality traits of his father Simba, his paternal grandfather Mufasa, and his unnamed maternal grandfather. His role of leading a Lion Guard as well as being scarred for life by a cobra is similar to that of his great-uncle Scar.
  • 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 of Gold, Heart of Gold: Has golden fur and helps anyone in need.
  • 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, wondering if he'll end up becoming like Scar.
  • 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 Ushari'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 repeated 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.
  • Momma's Boy: "Never Roar Again" implies that he is one.
  • 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 it caused damage and nearly killed Ono. Mufasa's pep talk reassures him that he'll never be like Scar, who abused the Roar's powers for his own selfish gain.
    • 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 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 
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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.
  • Cynic–Idealist Duo: The Idealist to Kion and Fuli's Cynic.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Weaponized Stench: He puts his honey badger scent gland to work several times against Mama Binturong.
  • Youthful Freckles: He has three dark spots of fur on each cheek.

    Beshte the Strongest 
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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.


  • Affectionate Nickname: He calls Bunga "Little B," and Bunga calls him "Big B" in return.
  • Angry, Angry Hippos: Only when he has to fight. And he when he does, he delivers a lot of damage.
  • 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 
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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’s an extremely fast runner but also has significant strength as well. She can easily take down her opponents when running at full speed towards them.
  • Like Brother and Sister: With Kion and Bunga.
  • 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: Although favoring solitude she’s been close friends with the guard since early cubhood and even considers them family. She can keep up with her duties just as much as the boys.
  • 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.
  • Romantic False Lead: To Kion.
  • 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.
  • Speed Demon: Fuli is very prideful of her exceptional speed (which far exceeds the capabilities of real cheetahs, by the way), and can get impatient when things go too slowly for her liking. She even has a song about it.
  • Super Speed: Naturally, since she's a cheetah. By animal standards, at least 75 miles per hour is quite remarkable.
  • Tomboy: Fuli is a tough, no-nonsense, and hot-headed cheetah always ready to leap into action and never one to back down from a fight.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She’s quickly disgusted by bugs, mud, gas, and musk and prefers to keep herself clean.
  • 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 
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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).
  • 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 falling into the volcano magma, 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."
    • "That was.. different"
    • “Nawasa! (think)” In season 3.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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    Anga the second Keenest of Sight 
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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.
  • The Sixth Ranger: She becomes the newest member of Kion's Lion Guard in Season 3.
  • 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

    Makini 
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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 until the third season as she left the Pride Lands with the Lion Guard.
  • 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.
    • Had she not talked about the Tree of Life, especially about it having rare animals, Makucha probably will never have the desire to get to the Tree of Life, let alone form an army to attack it and counter the Lion Guard.

    Jasiri 
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"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.
  • 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: She gets a fair amount of this with Janja. 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.

    Azaad 
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"Mibinamet!"
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.
  • 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.
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Vitani's Lion Guard

    In general 

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.

    Vitani 
The Fiercest and leader of the Pride Lands Lion Guard as of season 3. See tropes pertaining to Vitani here.

    Shabaha 
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Voiced by: Fiona Riley

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!")

    Kasi 
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Voiced by: Savanna Smith

The Fastest.


    Imara 
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Voiced by: Rachel Crow

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.

    Tazama 
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Voiced by: Sophie Reynolds

The Keenest of Sight.


Other Incarnations

    Askari 
Voiced by: Michael Luwoye
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The Captain of the first Lion Guard.
  • Basso Profundo: Thanks to his voice actor Michael Luwoye.
  • Big Good: He formed the first Lion Guard to stop some evil lions from destroying the Pride Lands during his lifetime, many generations before the original film. Had he not done that, the Pride Lands might not be in good conditions at the start of the original film, let alone have good monarchs like Mufasa. His actions also led to the Roar of the Elders and the tradition of the Lion Guard to be passed down for many generations, which are very beneficial to the Circle of Life.
  • 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.
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