List of characters in The Lion King
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- 1 Development
- 2 The Lion King
- 3 The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa
- 4 The Lion King II: Simba's Pride
- 5 The Lion King 1½
- 6 The Lion Guard
- 7 Six New Adventures & other books based by The Lion King characters
- 8 References
A total of thirteen supervising animators from Walt Disney Feature Animation and Disney-MGM Studios were responsible for establishing the personalities and setting the tone for the first film's main characters. The animation team studied real-life animals for reference, as was done for the earlier film Bambi. The animation of the characters counted with supervision by wildlife experts such as Jim Fowler, who visited the studio on several occasions with lions and other animals to help the animators reproduce authentic behavior. Screenwriter Irene Mecchi joined the directing team to help in the character development process and define each character's personality. Story head Brenda Chapman spoke of the challenges of character development.
The Lion King
Simba, meaning "lion" in Shona it means "Strength", is the protagonist of The Lion King, the musical, and several video games. Simba is the son of Mufasa and Sarabi. During the events of The Lion King, he becomes King of Pride Rock. In The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, they have a daughter, Kiara. As the events of The Lion King 1½ occur during the same time as the original film, his upbringing with Timon & Pumbaa is further explored. In The Lion Guard, he and Nala have a second-born cub Kion, who is Kiara's younger brother. Jonathan Taylor Thomas played young Simba and Matthew Broderick played adult Simba.
Nala, whose name means "gift", is Simba's best friend and playmate in childhood. She debuts as a cub in the first film of the franchise and accompanies Simba into the forbidden Elephant Graveyard. She later appears mourning over Simba's alleged "death" before finally reappearing as a young adult who unknowingly entangles herself in a brawl with a mature Simba after having attempted to attack Pumbaa. A romance gradually blossoms between the pair during the "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" sequence. Nala urges the reluctant Simba to return to the desolate Pride Lands, corrupted by Scar's tyrannical kingship, and claim the throne. Simba is encouraged by Rafiki and his father's spirit to return home and confront his uncle. Nala, accompanied by Timon, Pumbaa, and the lionesses of the Pride Lands, battle against the hyenas after successfully toppling Scar's reign. She was horrified when Simba admitted to her and the other lionesses his mistaken belief that he was responsible for Mufasa's death, and enraged when she later learned that it was in fact Scar who had murdered Mufasa and had tricked Simba into thinking he was responsible for his father's death.
In the sequel, The Lion King ll: Simba's Pride, Nala is depicted as slightly older, calmer and less overprotective than her mate. She appears with a similarly-reduced role in The Lion King 1½, a direct-to-video retelling the events of the first film from Timon and Pumbaa's view. Nala appears in the Disney Junior series The Lion Guard where she and Simba have another child together, a son named Kion, who as second-born, leads The Lion Guard in protecting the Pride Lands and defending the Circle of Life.
Timon and Pumbaa
Timon and Pumbaa are a meerkat and warthog duo. The name Timon is Greek for "respect". Pumbaa's name means 'simpleton', 'stupid', or 'carefree' in Swahili. They are supporting characters in The Lion King and The Lion King II, serving as the best friends and eventual royal advisors of Simba. They are featured as the main characters in the third film, The Lion King 1½, and their own spin-off TV series, Timon & Pumbaa. The Timon & Pumbaa's Jungle Games and The Lion King 1½ video games also center around them. In The Lion Guard film and series, they are the adoptive uncles of the honey badger, Bunga.
Scar is the main antagonist in The Lion King, musical and the majority of the franchise. He was the younger brother of Mufasa, brother-in-law of Sarabi, the uncle of Simba and the great-uncle of Kiara and Kion. The name, "Scar", refers to the scar on Scar's left eye. He is also very arrogant and will do whatever it takes to make himself the new king. During the events of The Lion King, Scar commits a coup d'état, by murdering his brother and exiles his nephew in order to gain title of "King of the Pride Lands". Jeremy Irons provided Scar's speaking voice, while Jim Cummings provided his singing voice. (Cummings took over for Irons after the actor broke his singing voice.) He makes a brief appearance in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, in which Cummings provided Scar's speaking voice. He also had brief, non-speaking cameos in The Lion King's Timon and Pumbaa and The Lion King 1½. In The Lion Guard, Scar is revealed to be the eponymous group's former leader, and too possessed the Roar of the Elders like Kion does. Scar, however, lost the Roar of the Elders forever after he used it for evil and to destroy the members of his lion guard, when they refused to help him overthrow Mufasa.
|Voiced by||James Earl Jones (films)
Samuel E. Wright (original Broadway cast)
Gary Anthony Williams (The Lion Guard series)
|Supervising animator||Tony Fucile|
Mufasa, is Scar's older brother, Sarabi's husband, Simba's father, Nala's father-in-law, Kiara and Kion's paternal grandfather and formerly King of the Pride Lands. The name "Mufasa" means "King" in the Manazoto language. He was killed by Scar, who furiously conspired against him in an attempt to end his reign and seize the throne. After saving Simba, during a massive stampede of wildebeests caused by the hyenas under Scar's order, Scar pushed Mufasa off a cliff and into the stampede. Scar gains a tyrannical kingship over Pride Rock after exiling Simba from home, having convinced him that he was responsible for Mufasa's untimely death. Mufasa reappears as a ghostly apparition in the clouds commanding Simba to return home. His voice is heard again following the death of his evil brother, telling Simba to "Remember who you are".
Mufasa appears briefly in two direct-to-video sequels to The Lion King. In the opening sequence of The Lion King II: Simba's Pride his spirit can be seen proudly watching over the presentation of his newborn granddaughter Princess Kiara and is later seen in Simba's nightmare where Simba tries to save him from falling into the stampede, but is stopped by Scar who turns into Kovu and throws Simba off the cliff after Mufasa. At the conclusion, his voice is heard congratulating Simba on his reign. During the followup The Lion King 1½, Mufasa first appears at Simba's presentation and later runs past Timon and Pumbaa at The Elephant Graveyard to rescue Simba and Nala from the hyenas. His apparition appears to Simba and is relived through the duo's eyes.
According to The Lion King: Six New Adventures story "A Tale of Two Brothers", his parents were called Ahadi and Uru. Actor James Earl Jones, who is best known as Darth Vader in Star Wars, was cast in the film, because the directors knew that Jones voice was powerful similar to the lion roar. Jones commented that during the years of production, Mufasa, "become more and more of the dopey dad instead of a grand king."
Mufasa later appears in the 2015 TV film, The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar. In the film, Mufasa appears in spirit form to his grandson Kion, who feels dejected after his son Simba scolds him for treating his role as leader of The Lion Guard as a game. Mufasa tells Kion to trust his instincts and that The Roar of the Elders (a power used by the leader of The Lion Guard) will be there when he needs it and so will he.
Jones has been cast as Mufasa in the upcoming live-action adaptation of the film directed by Jon Favreau. He is the first and so far only member of the original film's cast to be confirmed to be reprising his role.
|Voiced by||Madge Sinclair (film)
Gina Breedlove (original Broadway cast)
|Supervising animator||Russ Edmonds|
Sarabi, the Queen of these Lands, is Simba's mother, Nala's mother-in-law, of Kopa, Kiara and Kion paternal grandmother and Mufasa's mate. Her name means "mirage" in Swahili. She was appalled when her brother-in-law Scar, having seized the throne, let the hyenas take over the Pride Lands. Many years later, Sarabi argues with Scar, insisting that they needed to move to a different place where food and water would be available. He refuses and strikes her for saying that he isn't "half the king Mufasa was". Simba, who had watched from a distance, reveals himself and confronts his paternal uncle. Sarabi mistakes Simba for Mufasa at first, but is overjoyed when she realizes her son is alive all along. Sarabi joins Simba in his fight against Scar's hyenas. After Simba defeats Scar, Sarabi along with Nala, Timon, Pumbaa, Rafiki, Zazu and the rest of the pride watch Simba roar in victory.
Sarabi has a non-speaking appearance in The Lion King 1½ .
|Voiced by||Rowan Atkinson (Original Film)
Edward Hibbert (Sequels)
Michael Gough (Various Merchandise)
Jeff Bennett (The Lion Guard)
|Supervising animator||Ellen Woodbury|
|Aliases||Banana Beak (by Simba)|
Zazu, a red-billed hornbill, acts as majordomo to Mufasa and later Simba. Zazu is seen flying over the Pride Lands during the opening sequence, in which Simba is presented. In the song "I Just Can't Wait to Be King", Zazu sings about his doubts that someone as carefree as Simba would make a good king, but he isn't taken seriously and ends up being squashed by a rhino. Zazu catches up with them in the Elephant Graveyard and tries to protect them when they are confronted by hyenas, then flies to get Mufasa to rescue the cubs. Zazu is with Mufasa when Scar brings the news of Simba being trapped in the wildebeest stampede; he intends to go for help, but Scar slaps him into a wall and knocks him out. After Simba's exile, Zazu becomes a prisoner of Scar and a source of entertainment. During the battle for Pride Rock, Pumbaa breaks Zazu out of his prison and after Simba defeats Scar is seen during the presentation of Simba and Nala's newborn cub. Zazu has brief appearances in the two sequels. In The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, he acts as a scout and advises Simba on royal protocol. In 1½, he is seen at the presentation of Simba, then later, racing with Mufasa to save Simba and Nala from the hyenas in the Elephant Graveyard. In the musical, Zazu is a puppet controlled by an actor dressed in blue striped clothes and a bowler hat, much like a stereotypical butler. Zazu's blue feathers have been replaced with white and the puppet is partially constructed from parachute silk with a slinky contained in the neck for ease in movement. Zazu sings the song "The Morning Report", which was fully animated for the Platinum Edition release of the original film. After "They Live In You," Mufasa and Zazu talk about Simba's behavior and Zazu remarks that Mufasa got into trouble too at Simba's age. In some English productions of the show, Zazu breaks the fourth wall and uses anachronisms for comic effect. Zazu has made occasional appearances in the Timon & Pumbaa and House of Mouse television series and a Mickey Mouse cartoon called Runaway Brain. Zazu and Iago (from Aladdin) hosted an attraction called The Enchanted Tiki Room (Under New Management) in Adventureland at Walt Disney World before it closed.
|Voiced by||Robert Guillaume (films and video games)
Tsidii Le Loka (original Broadway cast)
Khary Payton (The Lion Guard)
|Supervising animator||James Baxter|
Rafiki, whose name means "friend" in Swahili, is a mandrill with an unnaturally long tail. He lives in a baobab tree in the Pride Lands and performs shamanistic services for the lions of Pride Rock. To emphasize his shamanistic behavior, he speaks in a Jamaican accent. The character often serves as the narrator of the story, especially in video games and merchandise.
In The Lion King, Rafiki is introduced in the opening scene when he travels to Pride Rock to perform newborn Simba's presentation ceremony. During the film, Rafiki sings a nonsense chant: "Asante sana, squash banana, wewe nugu, mimi hapana." This is a Swahili playground rhyme which translates to "Thank you very much (squash banana), you're a baboon and I'm not!" Like "hakuna matata" (no worries), the chant was heard by the filmmakers on their research trip to Kenya. Rafiki travels to the jungle where Simba lives with Timon and Pumbaa, and teaches him lessons about learning from the past. During the battle for Pride Rock, Rafiki saves Simba from a hyena. At the end of the film, Rafiki presents Simba and Nala's newborn cub.
In the sequel The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, Rafiki is more closely involved with the affairs and politics of the prides and is often seen with the lions. Mufasa's spirit persuades him to bring Simba's daughter Kiara and Zira's son Kovu together as a way of uniting the prides. Rafiki tries to make them fall in love by singing to them about a place called "Upendi", which means "love" in Swahili. In the end, he blesses the union of Kovu and Kiara and Kovu is welcomed into the pride. Rafiki appears briefly in The Lion King 1½, teaching Timon the philosophy of "Hakuna Matata", talking to Timon's mother about her son, and later convincing Timon to follow Simba to Pride Rock to confront Scar.
In the musical, the character of Rafiki was significantly modified. Because director Julie Taymor felt that the story lacked a strong female character, Rafiki was changed into a female mandrill and sangoma. She acts as narrator throughout the story, at one point speaking to the audience in a click language for comic effect. She sings the opening song "Circle of Life", a keening song called "Rafiki Mourns" following Mufasa's death, and a brief part in Nala's song "Shadowland", when she blesses Nala for her journey to find help. Instead of detecting Simba's scent on dust, Rafiki hears Simba's song "Endless Night" on the wind. Rafiki finds Simba and shows him that his father lives on in him through the song "He Lives in You". She is present during the battle, fighting a hyena, and adorns Simba with the king's mantle after his victory. And the play ends with her at the presentation of Simba and Nala's newborn cub.
Rafiki makes occasional appearances in the Timon and Pumbaa TV series and has his own series of skits called "Rafiki Fables" in the same show. He appears briefly in the Pride Lands world of Kingdom Hearts II.
Shenzi, Banzai and Ed
|Shenzi, Banzai and Ed|
Whoopi Goldberg (films)
Tress MacNeille (Timon & Pumbaa, The Lion King: Simba's Mighty Adventure and Kingdom Hearts II)
Jenifer Lewis (Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom)
Cheech Marin (films, Kingdom Hearts II and Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom)
Rob Paulsen (Timon & Pumbaa, The Lion King: Simba's Mighty Adventure)
Shenzi, Banzai and Ed are a spotted hyena trio who are Scar's henchmen.
- Shenzi (voiced by Whoopi Goldberg) is the only female of the trio. Her name means 'uncouth' in Swahili. She is the de facto leader of the trio. She does not hesitate to follow Scar's orders to attack, nor to confront him later about the lack of food. Shenzi was originally going to be a male and be voiced by Tommy Chong to reunite him with his old comedy partner Cheech Marin, who was playing Banzai, but the two had a falling out, so Shenzi was reconceived as a female and Whoopi Goldberg (best known for Ghost, Sister Act and Eddie) was hired for the role.
- Banzai (voiced by Cheech Marin) is the most aggressive and excitable of the trio. His name means 'skulk' or 'lurk' in Swahili, but it is also a battle cry in Japanese (Banzai charge). His appearance generally resembles the unnamed hyena characters.
- Ed (voiced by Jim Cummings) communicates almost entirely through obnoxious laughter, and has noticeably exotropic eyes. Jim Cummings recorded over four hours of different laughter clips for use with Ed's dialogue.
The three hyenas first appear in the elephant graveyard where they taunt, tease and chase Simba, Nala and Zazu, but are attacked and scared off by Mufasa. Scar reinforces their loyalty with food and promises that they will never go hungry if they help him become king in the song "Be Prepared". They trigger the wildebeest stampede, Simba eludes them by crawling through a thorn-patch. Shenzi decides to tell Scar he is dead. During Scar's reign, the trio complain about lack of food, but Scar almost fires them for mentioning his brother's name. The clan fights on Scar's side when Simba returns, but most are defeated by the lionesses, and Shenzi and Banzai are ruthlessly beaten by Pumbaa after calling him a pig. The trio overhears Scar trying to blame them for Mufasa's death and the ruin of the Pride Lands. After Scar is defeated by Simba, the hyenas, fueled with anger at Scar for his betrayal, leap upon their treacherous master and eat him alive along with the rest of the hyenas.
The hyenas are briefly mentioned in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride by Nuka, who says that they 'ran off' from the elephant graveyard. In The Lion King 11/2, they appear as main antagonists where they attack a meerkat colony while Timon is on sentry duty. The trio reappear during the film's climax at Pride Rock, cornering Timon and Pumbaa. The hyenas then fall into a meerkat tunnel, which transports them to Scar in time to confront him. In the Lion Guard, the trio has not been seen or heard of yet, and it's unknown what happened to them. They might have run away to a faraway place or they died.
The three hyenas make occasional appearances in the Timon & Pumbaa TV series with their own segment "The Laughing Hyenas". In Kingdom Hearts II, the hyenas appear in the Pride Lands world as Scar's henchmen. They also appear as villains in Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World.
|Voiced by||Zoe Leader (film)|
|Supervising animator||Silvia Hoefnagels|
Sarafina is Nala's mother, Simba's mother-in-law and Kiara and Kion's maternal grandmother. Her name is not mentioned in the film, but only appearing in the credits. Her uncredited dedicated animator is Silvia Hoefnagels. Sarafina plays a minor role, appearing a few times throughout the film. She only has one line of dialogue. Her first appearance is when she is bathing her cub; she is also seen as one of the lionesses who mourn Mufasa and Simba when the pride hears of Mufasa's death and Simba's supposed death from Scar, and later when they fight the hyenas. According to the song "Chow Down" from the musical, Sarafina ate Banzai's father.
Zoe Leader also provided vocals to the Lion King 2, where it can be assumed she is voicing Sarafina.
|Voiced by||Jim Cummings|
Gopher is a mole, who works for Zazu as an informant. In the film he is seen warning Zazu that the hyenas have invaded the Pride Lands. His scene is expanded in the 2003 special edition. He appears during the song The Morning Report and is spotted by Simba who tries to pounce him, but Gopher pops back inside the dirt. Gopher reappears, trying to get Mufasa's attention, but Simba notices him again, to which the gopher hides back in the dirt. For the third time, Gopher reappears near a small rock, and Simba notices him again to try to pounce him, Gopher disappears to which Simba hits his head on the rock.
The character is expanded in the television series. He acts as Zazu's primary lieutenant, even sharing Zazu's home within a large tree. He is seen reporting to Zazu on the movements of elephants. In one episode Gopher is (temporarily) given Zazu's job after Zazu makes an error while counting the animal population. Cummings reprises his role for these episodes.
The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa
|Voiced by||Corey Burton|
Quint is Timon and Pumbaa's archenemy, a sneaky, muscular man with black hair, a pink nose, and a shaven face, and he has varying roles. His wears different clothes in each episode because of the different jobs he has, but he is often seen wearing a hat. He also has different first names that show what his jobs are (in which they all happen to start with C).
Quint is a con artist who tricks Timon into stealing a gold nugget Pumbaa found in the episode "Yukon Con", a criminal who stole a suitcase that has $1,290,000 in the episode "How to Beat the High Costa Rica", an evil clock inspector who wants to get revenge on a timekeeper in the episode "Swiss Missed", a French chef who wants to make Speedy the Snail an escargot in the episode "French Fried", etc. In the episode "The Pain in Spain", two Quints are seen together, which may prove that there is more than one of him.
In some episodes, Quint appears to be a respectable man with an honest job, but he still seems to annoy Timon and Pumbaa. Notably in Season 2, Quint's face appears to be clean-shaven, except in the episode "Klondike Con" when he becomes a gold thief. Also, in the episode "Escape From Newark", his nose is the same color as his body for the first time.
Speedy the Snail
|Voiced by||Corey Burton|
Speedy is a talking grayish/bluish snail with a shiny red shell and a yellow fedora. Timon and Pumbaa plan to eat him at first, but his ability to speak and sing and his bon viveur, good-humored attitude gets him to become friends with them. Timon gives him the name "Speedy", because he thinks that it would be a brilliant incongruity. Speedy always finds himself in danger, such as becoming a French gourmet snail and an earring out of his shell, and it's always up for Timon and Pumbaa to save him.
In the episode "The Man from J.U.N.G.L.E.", Speedy is revealed to be a superhero called Super Duper Hero X after Timon and Pumbaa were captured by his nemesis Chromosome Quint. Every episode featuring Speedy end with Timon and Pumbaa saying bye to Speedy when they return him home, a seagull capturing Speedy, and then Timon and Pumbaa trying to save him once again. Speedy's voice was based on that of Bing Crosby. Speedy also makes a non-speaking cameo appearance in the episode "Washington Applesauce".
|Voiced by||S. Scott Bullock|
Fred is a meerkat who was Timon's best friend back at the meerkat colony. He is a practical joker, employing such gags as the hand buzzer, the squirting flower, and the whoopee cushion. He also loved Timon's hyena jokes. When Fred visits Timon and Pumbaa, he pulls more practical jokes on the duo, such as impersonating Timon's mother or impersonating a Billy Goat guard. Timon and Pumbaa, however, don't find Fred's jokes very funny and they often overpower him. Aside from pulling practical jokes, Fred enjoys doing all sorts of activities, such as playing Turtle Tennis and Fishing for Flamingos. He also mentions that he and Timon have always gone Bowling for Buzzards.
At the meerkat colony, Fred's duty was to guard the Duke Meerkat's castle, although on the day the Duke left the colony, he snuck away to get a snack and convinced Timon that it was now his chance to go on a date with Princess Tatiana. When the Duke banished Timon from the colony after a cobra kidnapped the princess, Fred's new duty was to guard the back gate, which indicates that he has been demoted for failing to protect the castle.
Fred appears in a total of four episodes: "Tanzania Zany", "Mombasa-In-Law", "Once Upon a Timon", and "Mind Over Matterhorn".
|Voiced by||Brad Garrett|
|Species||North American beaver|
Boss Beaver is an ill-tempered and cantankerous beaver with a white hard hat. His lifestyle is the exact opposite of Timon and Pumbaa's Hakuna Matata lifestyle: Boss Beaver likes to work while Timon and Pumbaa like to relax. He owns a lumber mill and an amusement park called "Boss Beaver's Log Land". Boss Beaver also has three mottos: "Makuta Hamaka", which means "work real hard", "safety first" and "you break it, you buy it."
Boss Beaver's favorite quote is "I am Boss Beaver and the reason they call me Boss Beaver is that I am your boss and I am a beaver. Therefore, I am Boss Beaver." In the episode "Amusement Bark", it is revealed that he has a mischievous son named Boy Beaver, who keeps breaking things at his amusement park and getting Timon blamed for it. Boss Beaver appears in a total of three episodes. He also makes a non-speaking cameo appearance in the episode "Washington Applesauce."
|Voiced by||Charlie Adler|
Irwin is a clumsy, accident-prone penguin with a green scarf and a brown hat. Timon and Pumbaa befriend him at a boat stop in Antarctica when they see that he has two extra tickets for the duo to get on the ship. When Irwin leaves his home with the duo, it is shown that he has obviously injured all of his penguin "friends", as they are all seen wearing bandages. Timon dislikes Irwin's clumsiness, and tries to get rid of him by tricking him into playing a game of Hide-and-Seek. Irwin accidentally causes the boat to sink and Timon and Pumbaa run into him on an island. Timon confronts the penguin and he tricks him into playing another game and Irwin accidentally causes the island to sink.
Irwin meets Timon and Pumbaa again at a Hakuna Matata Megamall. Due to his clumsiness, Timon and Pumbaa try to avoid him by hiding in various stores. Irwin appears in two episodes of the series: "Frantic Atlantic" and "Shopping Mauled."
|Voiced by||Jeff Bennett|
Toucan Dan is a dangerously clever criminal mastermind lying toucan who wears a red fez. He is a convincing liar and impersonator and would also do anything to get someone in trouble. In his debut episode "I Don't Bolivia", he keeps tricking Timon into freeing him from his cage. Later in the episode, while Timon impersonates Toucan Dan in order to not be in trouble with the police, Toucan Dan impersonates Timon and this makes Pumbaa have to decide which one is the real Timon.
Toucan Dan makes his second and final appearance in the episode "Alcatraz Mataz". In that episode, he frames Timon and Pumbaa for stealing a train car full of beak polish and the police throw them in jail. Angry at Toucan Dan, Timon and Pumbaa escape to catch the toucan and make him tell the truth.
|Voiced by||Charlie Adler|
Rabbit is a large and tall pink bunny who appears to be very annoying, rude, obnoxious, argumentative, and tiring. He made his debut in the episode "Mojave Desserted". In that episode, Timon and Pumbaa save his life when he was drowning in quicksand and he decides to repay the duo hand and foot. Annoyed by Rabbit, Timon and Pumbaa hatch a plan to put themselves in danger and have Rabbit save them and then leave them alone.
Rabbit makes his second and final appearance in the episode "Africa-Dabra!," this time appearing as an unsympathetic and ruthless magician. After Timon pulls him out of a hat, he teams up with the meerkat to become part of his magic act, telling him that he has been looking for a partner for years. When he gets annoyed by Pumbaa ruining the magic acts, he breaks up Timon and Pumbaa's friendship. When Pumbaa finds out that Timon would never truly said anything mean about him, he gets revenge on Rabbit by trapping him in a cage
|Voiced by||Vulture 1:
The Vulture Police are recurring characters in the Timon & Pumbaa series. They appear in a total of six episodes. They make their first appearance in the episode "The Law of the Jungle," where they arrest Timon for using the Forbidden Stick to scratch his back and take him to a rhino judge who gives a number of test to see whether he's innocent or guilty. In the episode "Yosemite Remedy," Timon and Pumbaa go to the police after a criminal raccoon steals their suitcase full of valuables. When they handcuff the thief, he tells them that he didn't steal Timon and Pumbaa's suitcase, he found it. The police let him go but later arrest him again when they find out that he really stole the duo's suitcase.
In the episode "Alcatraz Mataz", the Vulture Police throw Timon and Pumbaa in jail after they were convinced by Toucan Dan that they stole the train car full of beak polish. After Timon and Pumbaa confront Toucan Dan, the police show up and realize that it was really Toucan Dan who stole the train car, so they arrest the toucan. However, they also throw Timon and Pumbaa back in jail since they escaped when they told them not to.
The Vulture Police make a brief appearance in the episode "Wide Awake in Wonderland," in the meerkat and warthog version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
Cheetata and Cheetato
|Cheetata and Cheetato|
Cheetata and Cheetato are a pair of sophisticated twin cheetahs, reminiscent of Warner Bros' Goofy Gophers, speaking in British accents and using similar phrases ("Indubitably," "How very kind of you"). In order to tell them apart, not only do they have different voices, they also have different personalities: Cheetata appears to be more eager and aggressive while Cheetato seems more likely to think things through.
The cheetahs first appear in the episode "Cooked Goose", where they are annoyed by Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed getting in the way of their wildebeest hunt, so they try sending them on various wild goose chases. They also appear in "Gabon with the Wind," where they are convinced by Timon that he is going to catch Pumbaa for them, when he is actually going to find his friend so that they can both run away to safety.
In the episode "Boary Glory Days", Timon and Pumbaa use Cheetata and Cheetato to play a game of Predator Tag. While the cheetahs are chasing Timon and Pumbaa, the duo outsmarts the brothers by having them jump over a mud pool and fall into it.
The Three Natives
|The Three Natives|
|Voiced by||Jeff Bennett|
The Three Natives are a trio of tribes who are really university students. They have a leader (also voiced by Jeff Bennett) who is also a university student and who usually precedes what he says with "Bungala, bun gala." The natives first appear in "Boara Boara". This episode shows that they used to have a warthog king of the island, which is unknown what might've happened to him. Therefore, the natives might have not seen their king in a really long time. When Timon and Pumbaa visit the island, the natives mistake Pumbaa for their long-lost king and they make Timon his servant. Everything goes well until they make Pumbaa relight the fire and realize that he's an imposter when they see that he is unable to do so.
The natives also appear in the episode "New Guinea Pig," where Pumbaa decides to trade his tusks to them, and "Beast of Eden", where they steal a golden magic tooth that belongs to a beast and Timon and Pumbaa have to retrieve it from them. They also make a brief appearance in the episode "Mozam-Beaked" when Timon and Pumbaa go to Bora Bora to throw a woodpecker into the volcano.
Smolder the Bear
|Voiced by||Jim Cummings|
Smolder, or Mr. Bear, is a grumpy, short-tempered, but nice grizzly bear, although he gets easily angered, such as when he is awoken from his nap or when someone gets his food order wrong. He also has a romantic interest in a beautiful supermodel named Leslie Lambeau (voiced by Grey DeLisle). He appears in seven episodes, from "Slalom Problem" to "It Runs Good".
In the episode "Jailhouse Shock," Smolder becomes cell mates with Little Jimmy, who gets even with Timon and Pumbaa by taking advantage of him by convincing him that the duo hurt him so that he could beat them up. Smolder starts to show compassion for Timon and Pumbaa in the episodes "Ready, Aim, Fire" and "Stay Away from my Honey!"
|Voiced by||Tress MacNeille|
Tatiana is the daughter of the Duke Meerkat and the princess of the meerkat colony. She only appears in one episode but she's vital for Timon's past. After Timon leaves his sentry duty post to prepare for his date with Tatiana, a king cobra enters the colony and kidnaps the princess, which makes everyone believe she's dead and which causes Timon to get banished. After Timon and Pumbaa meet for the first time, they see that Tatiana is still alive and rescue her from a cobra. When Tatiana returns to the colony with Timon and Pumbaa, Timon is offered her hand in marriage. When the Duke makes him choose between Tatiana or Pumbaa, he chooses to be Bestest Best friends with Pumbaa.
Although "Once Upon a Timon" was meant to be Tatiana's only appearance, there is a female meerkat who bears a striking resemblance to her in the episode "Timon in Love". The only difference is that Tatiana has blond hair while the other meerkat has red hair and she's not wearing a tiara.
|Voiced by||Lisa Ortiz|
Sharla is a female warthog who is the leader of Pumbaa's former sounder as well as Pumbaa's former girlfriend. While she only appears in one episode, she is vital for Pumbaa's past. She and three other male warthogs of the sounder banished Pumbaa from the group due to his awful scent, which was appalling even by warthog standards.
Years later, Sharla and the three warthogs carry around a big bag of bugs for the rainy season, but come across a flock of Guinea fowl, who are their natural enemies and nightmares. Due to the birds' abilities to remove their furs in just a few seconds, the warthogs refuge in a hut and make a distress call, which Pumbaa answers. When Pumbaa reunites with his sounder, he has Timon come up with ideas on how they can get rid of the Guinea fowl. However, none of Timon's ideas work, so Pumbaa suggests that he and Timon use the jeep so that they carry a fake bag of bugs (which have firecrackers inside) to distract the Guinea fowl while Sharla and the other warthogs leave the hut with the real bag of bugs.
Although Sharla banished Pumbaa from the group, they still have romantic feelings for each other. When Pumbaa (and Timon) show up to the hut, they tell each other that they have never forgotten one another. Sharla tells Pumbaa that he should stay with the group, but Pumbaa decides to continue living his Hakuna Matata lifestyle with Timon, which the female warthog understands.
Ned the Elephant
|Voiced by||Frank Welker|
Ned is a high and mighty elephant who thinks he's wonderful at everything. He seems to enjoy teasing Timon and Pumbaa when they try to prove their worth to him. In the episode "Uganda be an Elephant", Timon states that Ned is the most popular guy in the jungle and Pumbaa decides to turn himself into an elephant in order to be popular as well. Although Ned is selfish and sarcastic, he gets a change of heart after Pumbaa rescues him and his hippo henchmen from falling off a cliff.
In the episode "Unlucky in Lesotho", it is revealed that Ned has a Good Luck Club, which lost most of its members due to Ned bringing an unlucky jar. Because he gets eaten by piranhas (or tigerfish), Ned is never seen or heard from again after this episode.
|Voiced by||Joe Alaskey|
Little Jimmy is a cute, yet dangerous bluebird. He is similar to Toucan Dan, with the fact that he is also a criminal mastermind and he can also be dishonest. He also has two voices: his fake cute, innocent voice and his criminal voice. Little Jimmy first appears in the episode "Nest Best Thing," where he tricks Pumbaa into building a birdhouse for him, which is actually a hideout. The pigeon police show up and arrest Little Jimmy.
In the episode "Jailhouse Shock," Little Jimmy is cell mates with Smolder the Bear. In order to get revenge on Timon and Pumbaa for turning him in, he tricks Smolder into thinking that Timon and Pumbaa hurt him so that he could hurt them back.
Pimon and Tumbaa
|Pimon and Tumbaa|
Kevin Michael Richardson
|Species||Meerkat and Warthog|
Pimon and Tumbaa are a buff meerkat and warthog duo who are evil counterparts of Timon and Pumbaa. They are shown to be bullies of the jungle, as they enjoy pushing Timon and Pumbaa around, giving them atomic wedgies, as well as being shown picking on a squirrel. They also have their own philosophy: Kahuna Potato, which means that they will never leave Timon and Pumbaa (or anyone) alone.
Pimon and Tumbaa make their first and only appearance in the episode "Kahuna Potato". After Timon and Pumbaa successfully catch some bugs, the bullies steal their bag of bugs, give the two wedgies, and walk off with the bugs. Fed up of being picked on by the bullies, Timon decides that it is time for himself and Pumbaa to learn how to fight. Timon and Pumbaa go to Rafiki to have him teach them self-defense, which Rafiki suggests that they should snatch some bugs off his palm and he will teach them the secret to Kung-Fu. After Timon and Pumbaa learn Kung-Fu from Rafiki, they go confront Pimon and Tumbaa, who show them that they also know Kung-Fu. While the two groups fight each other, the bullies give Timon and Pumbaa more atomic wedgies, causing the two to give up until Rafiki appears and tells the two to use Hakuna Matata to fight. Listening to Rafiki's advice, Timon and Pumbaa continue fighting Pimon and Tumbaa and they end up defeating the bullies.
Later that night, Pimon and Tumbaa get their hairs shaved off and feed Timon and Pumbaa the bugs they stole from them.
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride
|Voiced by||Mary Gibbs (newborn)
Neve Campbell (adolescent)
Michelle Horn (cub)
Liz Callaway (adolescent, singing)
Ashley Edner (young lion growls)
Charity Sanoy (cub, singing)
Eden Riegel (The Lion Guard)
|Supervising animator||Lianne Hughes|
Kiara is the daughter of Simba and Nala, the older sister of Kion, granddaughter of Mufasa, Sarabi, and Sarafina, the great niece of Scar, the main protagonist of The Lion King ll: Simba's Pride and a supporting character in its series The Lion Guard. Kiara first appears in the first film at the very end before the end-credits, at her presentation, though she was unnamed and, at the time, assumed to be male. Her gender was only officially confirmed by Rafiki at the beginning of the second film, when he responded to Timon and Pumbaa's assumptions that she's male by saying "It is a girl". She is portrayed as the feisty, playful, and adventurous princess of Pride Rock, but her over-protective father, Simba, easily fears for her safety and employs the assistance of Timon and Pumbaa in watching over her during her explorations in secret. However, Kiara is discontented, and not realizing her father's lack of faith in her, wanders off while her babysitters are distracted and winds up stumbling upon an Outsider cub named Kovu. Kovu initially appears to be untrustworthy and teases Kiara, but when they are faced by a group of nile crocodiles Kiara manages to help lead Kovu to safety, resulting in a friendship between the pair. However, they are separated by their parents for the rivalry between their two prides, much to the cubs' dismay.
Years later, during Kiara's first hunt, Kovu's mother Zira sees an opportunity to fulfill her dreams of obtaining revenge on Simba for Scar's death and exiling the Outsiders by sending her other cubs Nuka and Vitani to spread a wildfire throughout the Pride Lands. As part of Zira's plan, Kovu runs into the fire and rescues Kiara. Simba rewards Kovu for his actions by permitting him to stay with the Pridelanders, and Kovu gradually begins to fall in love with his childhood friend. However, after Zira and her Outsiders attack and injure Simba severely, Kovu is once again exiled from the Pride Lands after Simba believes he had part in the ambush. Ignoring her father's orders not to leave Pride Rock without an escort, Kiara finds Kovu. She realizes that if they do not return then their prides will be divided forever, so they set off. As the pair arrive back home, they see their prides engaged in a fierce battle. Kiara and Kovu intervene and persuades the lions to stop their hostilities, but Zira, still enraged, leaps at Simba only for Kiara to block her and send them both tumbling into a flooded gorge. Kiara is rescued, but Zira refuses and is killed. Simba realizes that the two prides are better united and, now joined as one, all the lions head back to Pride Rock. Kovu and Kiara are united in marriage as the rest of the pride looks on.
Kiara appears in The Lion Guard, which centers around her younger brother Kion. The series is set during time-gap within Simba's Pride as Kiara is seen as a cub rather than an adolescent. In this series, Kiara is shown to be friends with two other lioness cubs named Tiifu and Zuri.
|Voiced by||Jason Marsden (adult)
Ryan O'Donohue (cub)
Gene Miller (adult, singing)
Jason Marsden (cub, The Lion Guard)
|Supervising animator||Andrew Collins|
Kovu is Zira's youngest son, Scar's chosen heir, Nuka and Vitani's younger brother, Kiara's mate, Simba's son-in-law, Kion's brother-in-law and Mufasa's grandson-in-law. Kovu means "scar" in Swahili, a reference to his character conception as Scar's son, which was changed due to the implications of him and Kiara being cousins once removed and falling in love. It is never stated who Kovu's real father is, only that Scar 'took him in'. Kovu has auburn fur and a dark brown tuft on top of his head as a cub, which develops into a mane with a similar tuft.
As a cub, Kovu lives a rough life in the barren Outlands in Zira's pride of exiles loyal to Scar. After his older brother Nuka leaves him alone, Kovu meets Kiara and brags about his independence, impressing her. The cubs evade some crocodiles and begin to play, but are interrupted and separated by their parents. Zira confronts Kovu for being friendly towards Kiara. When he says he thought they could be friends, Zira hatches a plan to have Kovu infiltrate Simba's pride. Zira trains and conditions Kovu until he is an adult, instilling a single-minded dedication to his mission to assassinate Simba and take his place as King of Pride Rock.
Kovu's sister Vitani and Nuka stage a situation for Kovu to 'rescue' Kiara. He tells Simba that he is a rogue who has left the Outsiders, and asks to join the pride. Simba then reluctantly allows him to stay in payment of the debt of Kiara's life, and orders the young lion to sleep outside the den, not bothering to hide his contempt. Kovu appears briefly in Simba's nightmare where Scar turns into him and throws Simba off a cliff into the stampede below. Kovu is scornful of Kiara's inability to hunt, but helps her learn; in turn, she starts to teach him to have fun, and Kovu begins to doubt his mission. He tries to tell Kiara the truth, fearing that he will become like Scar, but feels unable and starts to leave. Rafiki intervenes and tries to get the two young lions to fall in love (which is successful), and Kovu realizes he cannot hurt Simba. A much changed Kovu resolves to confess his abandoned motives and tell Kiara of his love for her, but before he can do so, Simba, who has warmed up to Kovu, takes him on a walk to talk to him about Scar, where Zira and the Outsiders ambush them. Kovu tries to help Simba, but Vitani prevents him from doing so by kicking him away and he is knocked unconscious after hitting his head on a rock. Simba escapes but Nuka dies, and Zira blames Kovu. She strikes him, giving him a scar over his eye, similar to that of Scar's. Kovu angrily disowns Scar and leaves the Outlands. He attempts to ask for Simba's forgiveness, but is exiled as a traitor.
Kovu wanders alone trying to escape Scar's influence in his life. Kiara finds him and he wants to start a new pride with her, but she convinces him that they must try to reunite their own divided prides. The lions return to Pride Rock and break up a battle, and Kovu ignores his mother's warnings, deciding to protect Kiara and Simba. Kovu quietly mourns his mother's death after she falls despite their estrangement. Simba reconciles with Kovu and allows him and the Outsiders to rejoin the Pridelanders as Kiara's mate and grooming him to become his successor.
Kovu made an appearance in The Lion Guard alongside Nuka, Vitani, and Zira; during this timeline he is still a cub and is not yet committed to his relatives' villainous course.
|Voiced by||Suzanne Pleshette (The Lion King II: Simba's Pride)
Nika Futterman (The Lion Guard)
|Supervising animator||Kevin Peaty|
Zira, meaning "hate" in Swahili, was the mother of Kovu, Nuka and Vitani and is the main antagonist of The Lion King II: Simba's Pride. She was a faithful follower of Scar who is devastated over his demise and plans to exact revenge on Simba for exiling her and her fellow Outsiders. A powerful contributing factor to her rage with Simba is that her son Kovu was selected by Scar as his heir; therefore, Zira believes that Kovu is entitled to the throne more than Simba and plots his demise. However, she takes advantage of Kovu's friendship with Simba's daughter Kiara and devises a plan in which the friendship can prove helpful to her in doing away with the king of Pride Rock. She later appears while carrying out the final stages of this plan, but fails and her neglected eldest son Nuka is killed by falling logs during the Outsiders' attempt at murdering Simba. She holds Kovu responsible for the incident and scratches him in the face giving him a scar like Scar's.
Toward the end of the film, the Pridelanders and the Outsiders fight each other, but Kiara and Kovu's actions as mediators causes Vitani and the other Outsiders to join the more peaceful lifestyle of the Pridelanders. Abandoned and enraged, Zira tries to attack Simba, but is intercepted by Kiara. Zira fights Kiara until she is hanging on a cliff; she refuses Kiara's help and is killed by falling into the water. Despite Zira's death, her wish for Kovu to become king is most likely to come true, since Kovu makes no intentions of killing Simba and instead helped him while entering a relationship with Kiara in addition his actions proving both prides of his character and worth, and because of that, Simba will allow Kovu to become his successor.
Zira made an appearance in The Lion Guard alongside Kovu, Nuka, and Vitani. She tries to convince Kion that using the Roar of the Elders against her and the other Outsiders would cause him to lose it just as Scar did, and to side with his fellow lions. However, Kion is eventually able to see through her deceptions and drives her and the others off with the Roar.
|Voiced by||Andy Dick|
|Supervising animator||Ian Harrowell|
Nuka, meaning "stink" in Swahili, was the secondary antagonist of The Lion King II: Simba's Pride who is Zira's son and the elder brother of Kovu and Vitani. Nuka has greyish-brown fur, a straggly black mane, and a small black goatee on his chin. He has uniquely goofy features and bent whiskers, and is infested with termites as an adolescent. Nuka is an envious youth who tries much too hard and is not taken seriously. He is bitter about being passed over for succession to the throne in favour of the younger Kovu, and deeply jealous of Zira's greater affection shown towards his brother. He constantly seeks his mother's approval and has an apparent tendency for pyromania, taking manic pleasure from lighting a fire in the grassland.
During the Outsiders' ambush, Nuka tries to kill Simba to prove himself to his mother, but is lethally crushed by falling logs. Ironically when Zira and the Outsiders attack Simba, Nuka dies at the same site where Mufasa dies in the first movie. After his death, Zira mourns him and asks Scar to watch over him, then later blames Kovu for Nuka's demise and angrily scratches him across the face, giving him a scar over his left eye like Scar.
Nuka made an appearance in The Lion Guard alongside Kovu, Vitani, and Zira, where they menace a peaceful group of hyenas. Nuka is rather handily defeated by Kion.
|Voiced by||Jennifer Lien (adolescent)
Lacey Chabert (cub)
Crysta Macalush (cub, singing)
|Supervising animator||Kevin Peaty|
Vitani, a Swahili portmanteau of the words "Vita" ("War"), "Ni" ("I Am"), and "Shetani", is Zira's only daughter and sister to Nuka and Kovu. In a minor role, she is easily recognizable due to her blue eyes, scruffy hair tuft, and freckles. She was originally named "Shetani" ("She-Demon" in Swahili) in early drafts of The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, but this was softened to "Vitani", which is a portmanteau that can be roughly translated to "I Am War" or, more commonly, "Demon of War".
Vitani is introduced as an aggressive cub who is seen teasing Nuka and challenging Kovu to a playful fight. As an adolescent lioness, she appears to be Zira's strongest lieutenant, supporting and acting on her mother's violent plans. During the battle, she confronts and fights with Nala, though ultimately both parties realize their fight was pointless based on Kovu and Kiara's actions. Vitani and other Outsiders joined Simba and his pride hoping to end their feud in peace, with Vitani being the first to leave Zira's side; when Zira marks her for death over the betrayal, it convinces other Outsiders to follow her example. She is last seen standing by Kovu and Kiara, without further lines of dialogue and seems to disappear completely during and after Zira's death, her reaction to which is unknown. However, in a German-made comic adaptation of the film, she plays a slightly larger role, having more dialogue than in the film and is shown to have witnessed Zira's fall into the trench, just as shocked as Kovu and Nala.
Vitani made an appearance in The Lion Guard alongside Kovu, Nuka, and Zira.
The Lion King 1½
|Voiced by||Julie Kavner|
|Supervising animator||Lianne Hughes|
Ma appears in The Lion King 1½ as Timon's mother and Bunga's adoptive grandmother. Her personal name is unknown. She is a chubby middle-aged meerkat with a light fur tuft on her head, like Timon's. Generally encouraging and optimistic, she believes in Timon when no-one else does and convinces Uncle Max to give him a job as a sentry, or look-out. After Timon fails in his duty, she remains convinced that he can still find a place in the colony, but when he insists that he has to go, Ma supports him.
Later, she gets worried about Timon after speaking to Rafiki and searches for him. They finally reunite at Pride Rock and Ma helps in the battle against the hyenas by digging a long tunnel to trap them. After Simba becomes king, the death of Scar and avenging Mufasa, Timon takes them and the entire meerkat colony to the jungle paradise he and Pumbaa discovered.
She is mentioned by Timon in The Lion Guard episode "Beware the Zimwi", where it is said that her cousin's friend knew an ox that was eaten by the Zimwi. It's unknown if she's still alive or not.
|Voiced by||Jerry Stiller|
|Supervising animator||Lianne Hughes|
Uncle Max is a prominent member of the meerkat colony and relative of Timon and Ma. He has grey head-fur and a very large nose. Max is a pessimist by nature and very paranoid, believing that a meerkat's fate is to be "food for other animals! Feared by nothing and eaten by all!" Max reluctantly agrees to let Timon be a sentry for the colony and attempts to train him for the job, but is nearly eaten by the hyenas when they attack. He is glad to see Timon go but ends up going with Ma to find him. Max appears again towards the end of the film, where he and Ma encounter Timon and Pumbaa at Pride Rock, and helps Timon get rid of the hyenas by digging a tunnel. Max finally believes in Timon, and after Timon takes the meerkats to his jungle paradise, Max teaches the meerkats tai chi instead of how not to be eaten.
Some of Max's role was originally going to be filled by Timon's father, who was considered for inclusion in the film but ultimately dropped.
The Lion Guard
|Voiced by||Max Charles|
Kion, deriving from the Swahili word "Kiongozi" ("leader"), is the son of Simba and Nala, the younger brother of Kiara, the grandson of Mufasa, Sarabi, Sarafina and Nala's father, the great-nephew of Scar, the leader of the Lion Guard and is the main protagonist of the 2015 Disney Channel film The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar and its 2016 Disney Junior series The Lion Guard.
Due to him being the second born child of the Lion King, Kion gains the position of leader and the fiercest member of the Lion Guard and has a power called the Roar of the Elders which when used causes the lion spirits of the Pride Lands past to roar with him. His signature line is "Hevi Kabisa", or "totally intense" in the Swahili tongue.
In the film, Kion plays Baobab Ball with his best friend Bunga but their ball ends up in the Outlands. Bunga goes to get it back but is captured by Cheezi and Chungu (who were going to feed him to their leader Janja) but Kion lets out a loud roar that makes the hyenas drop Bunga, who then climbs to safety. After returning to Pride Rock, Kion is told by Simba that he is leader (and also fiercest member) of the new Lion Guard and sends him out to find members to be the bravest, strongest, fastest and keenest of sight. Kion picks Bunga to be the bravest, Beshte to be the strongest, Fuli to be the fastest and Ono as the keenest of sight. He, with some encouragement from Bunga, tries to demonstrate the Roar of the Elders, but it only comes out as a squeak. When Simba sees whom Kion has picked, he strictly tells his son that the Lion Guard has always been made up of lions and chides him for seemingly treating his role as leader as a game, stressing that the Guard plays a vital role in protecting the Circle of Life within the Pride Lands.
Kion feels dejected from what his father had said, but just then meets the spirit of his grandfather Mufasa who tells him that being leader of the Lion Guard isn't always going to be easy, but tells Kion to trust his instincts and that the roar will be there when he needs it and so will he. Just then, Kion is told by Bunga that Janja and his clan are attacking a gazelle herd and Kiara is trapped there. Kion, Bunga and the other Lion Guard members save Kiara and drive the hyenas away. Simba, who was watching from afar with Nala, Rafiki and Kiara's friend Tiifu, realizes that Kion was wise to have chosen those friends of his who met the needed abilities of such a team, and welcomes the newest incarnation of the Lion Guard.
Kion has a strong sense of responsibility, and takes his duties seriously. He possesses the Roar of the Elders (which he uses only in emergencies). The roar has enough power to send Janja's forces flying in a cone of wind. Kion's biggest fear is what would happen if he used the roar for evil like Scar did. He demonstrates a strong yet open sense of discernment, which warms him to scavengers like Jasiri the hyena and her clan. However, more cunning neighbors such as Zira of the Outsiders and Reirei the jackal have used his trusting spirit to exert their will...only to be soundly subdued when Kion's instincts come into play.
|Voiced by||Joshua Rush|
Bunga is a young honey badger, Kion's best friend and the bravest member of the Lion Guard. He is also the adoptive nephew of Timon and Pumbaa. Bunga is shown to be very adventurous and he rarely acts serious or even sits still, as he is always on the move, working off boundless energy and enthusiasm, and makes even the most dire of situations into a fantastic time. Though this makes him a great friend and playmate, it lands him into trouble more often than not. Not only is he willing to put himself in bodily harm, such as his stunt in leaping off Pride Rock, but he will face down predators such as the hyenas in order to save his friends. According to Kiara, Bunga is "brave, bordering on stupid," but a valued member of the Lion Guard nonetheless. His catchphrase is "Zuka Zama," which means "pop up, dive in" in Swahili. His name means 'fool' in the same tongue.
|Voiced by||Diamond White |
Fuli is a cheetah, one of Kion's friends and the fastest member of the Lion Guard, as well as its only female member. She is quite prideful in her running abilities and shows extreme delight for being able to outpace a pursuer of any species. Despite being friends with Kion, she is somewhat resentful of the Lions for lording over the Pride Lands and was skeptical about Kion's Roar of the Elders. Despite these negative traits, she was willing to join the Lion Guard with her friends to defend the Circle of Life when Janja and his clan invaded the Pride Lands. Her catchphrase is "Huwezi," which means "you can't (catch me)" in Swahili. Her name means 'very fast' in the same tongue.
|Voiced by||Dusan Brown|
Beshte is a hippo, one of Kion's friends and the strongest member of the Lion Guard. Being one of the most popular animals of the Pridelands, Beshte is shown to be kind-hearted. His friendliness extends to everyone, as he acts like a big brother to the younger members of his herd, a friend to animals of all different species, and a protector of the Pride Lands at large. Beshte can also, however, be sensitive, being especially tactful when his friend Kion is unable to use the Roar of the Elders. For an animal so large and full of life, Beshte has an appropriately large heart and never fails to treat his friends with kindness. His primary catchphrase is "Twende Kiboko!", which means "let's go, hippo!" in Swahili - a secondary one is likely his question phrase, "What's the kerbubble?", when sensing a disagreement of almost any sort. His name means 'friend' in the same tongue.
|Voiced by||Atticus Shaffer|
Ono is a cattle egret, one of Kion's friends and the keenest of sight of the Lion Guard, as well as its only non-mammal member. He is one of the more easygoing members of the group, being friendly and group-oriented. He is used to spending time around other animals and is content to be part of The Lion Guard. Ono is also shown to be blunt, as he is able to lay out his feelings without sugar-coating. He is by far the most realistic member of the group, as he always thinks things through before jumping in.
When it comes to his role on the Lion Guard, Ono is brave and has a knack for following the rules. He obeys Kion's orders without question and proves himself to be plucky and thrifty, considerably useful when it comes to scouting out a situation. His principles are clear in his willingness to fight with his full heart for the Circle of Life, and he is a valued member of the Lion Guard for his intelligence and ability to see things from afar. Ono's catchphrase is "Hapana!", which means "oh no!" in Swahili. His name means "passion" in the same tongue. It also means "good" in Hawaiian.
Zuri, voiced by Madison Pettis, meaning "beautiful" in Swahili, is a lioness cub and one of Kiara's friends. She appears to be vain about her appearance, as she constantly sharpens her claws on trees in order to keep them shiny. Unlike her friends, Zuri is delicate and timid. She shows considerable anxiety and fear in the face of simple circumstances and harbors deep disgust for grubs.
Tiifu, voiced by Sarah Hyland, is a lioness cub, and a friend of Kiara's. She is shown to be kind and patient, as seen when she comforts an overreacting Zuri. She is a great rule-follower and trusts the judgment of her friends, showing faith when she leaves Kiara to fetch help as Janja invades the Pride Lands.
Janja's clan are a spotted hyena clan that live in the Outlands.
- Janja, voiced by Andrew Kishino, is the cunning leader of the hyenas in the Outlands and one of the main antagonists.
- Cheezi, voiced by Vargus Mason, is an excitable hyena who is usually seen sticking his tongue out. He looks similar to Ed.
- Chungu, voiced by Kevin Schon, is a hyena of the Outlands clan with Janja and Cheezi, that has a slightly heavier build than Janja.
Jasiri, voiced by Maia Mitchell, is a friendly female spotted hyena who makes her first appearance in the episode "Never Judge a Hyena By Its Spots." She is open to making friends with lions. Bold and spunky, Jasiri is able to look past differences and focus on where different species have common ground. Unlike Janja and his clan, she dislikes selfishness and gluttony, and she respects the Circle of Life. She has blue eyes and mauve fur, unlike the other hyenas.
Makuu, voiced by Blair Underwood, is a young, sleek, and well-built Nile crocodile who leads the crocodile fleet that lives in The Pride Lands after defeating the previous leader Pua in battle. He is shown to be boastful and loves to bask in the attention of others. Unlike his predecessor, Makuu has no respect for tradition or the Circle of Life, and certainly not for authority (except his own), seeing both Pua and Kion as weak and cowardly. He appears to only respond to strength and power, as he was awestruck by the Roar of the Elders and gave into Kion's second demand to leave Big Springs while trying to save face.
Reirei's family is a family of black-backed jackals who first appeared in the episode "The Kupatana Celebration". They trick the Lion Guard into letting them into the Pride Lands so that they can devour all the animals. At Kupatana, the jackals attack the Pridelanders until they are defeated by the Lion Guard. Simba himself approaches the jackal family and roars, sending them scurrying back into the Outlands. Reirei and Goigoi reappear in the episode "Too Many Termites", where they attempt to eat a pack of aardwolves, but are stopped by the Lion Guard. They are the first canine villains to appear in the Lion Guard.
- Reirei, voiced by Ana Gasteyer, is a clever, scheming, and manipulative jackal who wreaks havoc in the Pride Lands.
- Goigoi, voiced by Phil LaMarr, is a jackal who only thinks with his stomach and has the tendency to fall asleep.
- Dogo, voiced by Jacob Guenther, is one of Reirei and Goigoi's sons who uses his innocent looks to his advantage to win the trust of others in order to take advantage of them.
Ushari, voiced by Christian Slater, is an Egyptian cobra who is shown to strongly dislike Bunga. He is rather quiet, only speaking when provoked. However, when disturbed, he becomes aggressive and irate.
Basi, voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson, is Beshte's father and leader of his and his son's pod. He is amicable and open, willing to engage in conversation and negotiate according to the customs of the Pride Lands. Even in the face of adversity, such as Makuu's violent takeover of Big Springs, Basi maintains his temper and graciously offers the crocodile a chance to return once the fish have returned in plenty.
Being so learned in the ways of the animals, Basi is knowledgeable and wise. Despite being an animal with a very different way of life, he understands the customs of the crocodiles and how this affects his pod's everyday life. Unlike the inexperienced young Makuu, Basi grasps an understanding of the Circle of Life and how every animal must give and take in order to keep it in balance.
Several African leopards appear in the series; two are antagonists, while one is an ally of the Lion Guard:
- Makucha (voiced by Steven Blum): an aggressive, powerful leopard who comes to the Pridelands in pursuit of the okapi Ajabu, and who proves to be quite an adversary to the Lion Guard due to his speed and strength.
- Badili (voiced by Jack McBrayer): a friendly leopard who was initially too timid to stand up to Mapigano, who tried to take over his territory.
- Mapigano (voiced by Jorge Diaz): a mean leopard who attempts to take over Badili's territory until Badili gains confidence through training with the Lion Guard and drives him out.
- Mjomba (voiced by Charlie Adler) is a grumpy and impatient aardwolf. He has a hunched back, bushy black eyebrows, gray fur, and darker gray markings. His inner ears are pink, and his nose is black. Like the rest of the pack, he adores termites.
- Ogopa (voiced by Marieve Herington) is a bright and cheerful aardwolf. She has blue-gray fur and black markings, as well as a narrow muzzle and a black nose. Her yellow eyes are large and framed by a few eyelashes, and her inner ears are pink with a couple of hairs sprouting from each. Like the rest of the pack, she adores termites. She is easily frightened and has a tendency to jump to conclusions. She also tends to add afterthoughts after she states her opinion on a subject.
- Haya (voiced by Ogie Banks) is a nervous and shy aardwolf. He has dark gray fur with longer fur on his cheeks and black markings, and his inner ears are pink with a few hairs sprouting from them. His upper teeth protrude from his dark muzzle. Like the rest of the pack, he adores termites. Like Ogopa, he tends to add afterthoughts after stating his opinion.
Six New Adventures & other books based by The Lion King characters
Kopa is the son of Simba and Nala and brother, appearing in the book series The Lion King: Six New Adventures, and is shown to look a lot like his father as a cub, except with a tuft of hair on top of his head. The book series was released before Simba's Pride, therefore Kopa does not appear in the film.
Ahadi is the husband of Uru, the father of Mufasa and Taka (Scar), the grandfather of Simba, the great-grandfather of Kopa, Kiara and Kion and the king of the Pride Lands during the events of The Lion King: Six New Adventures story A Tale of Two Brothers. He is shown to look a lot like Mufasa except with darker fur.
Uru is the wife of Ahadi, the mother of Mufasa and Taka (Scar), the grandmother of Simba, the great-grandmother of Kopa, Kiara and Kion and the queen of the Pride Lands during the events of The Lion King: Six New Adventures story A Tale of Two Brothers. She is absent from the book but is mentioned to have left to search for water to save the kingdom.
Mohatu is the father of Ahadi or Uru, the grandfather of Mufasa and Scar, the great-grandfather of Simba, and King of the Pride Lands during the events of the story The Brightest Star. He went to find water for the animals of the land during a drought and helped the animals get on with each other. When he died, he became a star which was brighter than the others. He is shown to look a lot like a darker furred version of Mufasa, having facial features like Simba's and was said to have been one of the greatest kings of the Pride Lands.
Ni is a character who appears in The Lion King: Six New Adventures story Nala's Dare. He is a young lion who has left his pride to start his own and travels through the Pride Lands during Scar's reign and saves Nala from hyenas before leaving after meeting the rest of the Pridelanders.
Kula is a character in The Lion King: Six New Adventures story Nala's Dare. She is one of Nala's friends and one of the cubs of the Pridelanders who lived during Scar's reign.
Chumvi is a character in The Lion King: Six New Adventures story Nala's Dare. He is one of Nala's friends and one of the cubs of the Pridelanders.
Joka is a giant python in The Lion King: Six New Adventures story A Snake in the Grass. He is extremely intelligent and is able to formulate complicated plans in a short amount of time. He has the power to twist his words into whatever he rightly wants and uses hypnotism to lure unsuspecting victims into believing his empty words. The name Joka translates as 'dragon' in the Swahili tongue
Jelani is Rafiki's lazy cousin in The Lion King: Six New Adventures story Follow the Leader. Despite being considered leader of his troop, he is unconcerned about the suffering of his subjects, as he is often too concerned about his own welfare to lead them to a new home.
Kwaheri is Kopa's monkey friend in The Lion King: Six New Adventures stories Nala's Dare and How True, Zazu? He is social, talkative, and critical to his friends. He often flaunts his talents around Kopa to either spark a reaction or just be a show-off.
Boma is a cape buffalo who appears in The Lion King: Six New Adventures stories A Tale of Two Brothers and How True, Zazu?. His grandparents were killed during an attack by army ants. He is the leader of the cape buffalo and he is aggressive, controlling, selfish, strong, and short-tempered. He is also somewhat seclusive and gruff, as he doesn't seem to understand that there is a balance between species and refuses to share the last remaining water-hole during a draught, which can affect the whole of the Pride Lands. It is due to him that Taka got his scar after which he renamed himself to Scar. If challenged or insulted he becomes very angry. However he is midly co-operative if not insulted or challenged. Taka tries to get Mufasa in trouble by telling him to talk with Boma to share the water-hole. Mufasa tries to reason with him to share the water-hole however he refuses. Scar then roars and tells him that he must obey or challenge Mufasa. He then chases after Mufasa who is rescued by Rafiki. Rafiki starts to grow tired while running but is picked up by Mufasa who then jumps across a ravine. Boma is unable to make the jumps and falls into it. Mufasa tells him that he doesn't have to fight but he keeps hurling thret while saying that the other buffaloes can still harm Taka. Taka is then attacked by three buffaloes during which he receives his scar. Ahadi stops this attack with a large herd of animals and has an elephant push Boma out of the ravine.
Zuzu is Ahadi's majordomo. She only appeared in A Tale of Two Brothers, though she was mentioned in How True, Zazu?. She turned out to be Zazu's mother. Flirtatious and gossipy, Zuzu is a very maternal bird who never passes up the chance for some juicy gossip, much like her son, Zazu. Her talkative nature and nosy habits often make her a bit of an annoyance to the other animals, though Ahadi puts her personality to good use in order to get a better grip on the doings of his kingdom. Zuzu is also known for being loyal and brave, as she was willing to help Rafiki even though she did not fully understand the danger Mufasa was in. It said that she retired, and gave Zazu her place as the king's majordomo.
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