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Disney's The Lion King
The Lion King
franchise features an extensive cast of fictional characters created by Irene Mecchi , Jonathan Roberts and Linda Woolverton .

The lead character of the series is Simba. During the course of the franchise, he grows up to take his father's place as the King of the Pride Lands.

CONTENTS

* 1 Summary

* 2 Introduced in The Lion King
The Lion King
(1994)

* 2.1 Simba * 2.2 Nala * 2.3 Timon and Pumbaa * 2.4 Scar * 2.5 Mufasa * 2.6 Sarabi * 2.7 Zazu * 2.8 Rafiki * 2.9 Shenzi, Banzai and Ed * 2.10 Gopher
Gopher

* 3 Introduced in Timon MARGIN-LEFT:AUTO; MARGIN-RIGHT:AUTO;">LIST INDICATOR(S)

* This table shows the principal characters and the actors who have portrayed them throughout the franchise. * A dark grey cell indicates the character was not in the film or TV series, or that the character's presence in the film or TV series has not yet been announced. * A S indicates the singing voice of the role. * A Y indicates a younger version of the role. * A YS indicates the singing voice for a younger version the role. * A C indicates a brief cameo appearance.

CHARACTER FILMS TELEVISION SERIES

THE LION KING THE LION KING II: SIMBA\\'S PRIDE THE LION KING 1½ The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar THE LION KING TIMON ">1994 1998 2004 2015 2019 1995–98 2015–PRESENT

SIMBA Matthew Broderick
Matthew Broderick
------------------------- Joseph Williams S ------------------------- Jonathan Taylor Thomas
Jonathan Taylor Thomas
Y ------------------------- Jason Weaver YS Matthew Broderick
Matthew Broderick
------------------------- Cam Clarke
Cam Clarke
S Matthew Broderick
Matthew Broderick
------------------------- Matt WeinbergY Rob Lowe
Rob Lowe
Donald Glover
Donald Glover
------------------------- J.D. McCraryY Cam Clarke Rob Lowe

NALA Moira Kelly ------------------------- Sally Dworsky S ------------------------- Niketa CalameY ------------------------- Laura WilliamsYS Moira Kelly Gabrielle Union Beyoncé ------------------------- Shahadi Wright JosephY Gabrielle Union

TIMON Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane
Kevin Schon Billy Eichner Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane
(1995) ------------------------- Quinton Flynn (1995) ------------------------- Kevin Schon (1995–98) Kevin Schon

PUMBAA Ernie Sabella Seth Rogen
Seth Rogen
Ernie Sabella

MUFASA James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones

James Earl Jones

Gary Anthony Williams

RAFIKI Robert Guillaume
Robert Guillaume
Khary Payton
Khary Payton
John Kani Robert Guillaume Khary Payton

ZAZU Rowan Atkinson
Rowan Atkinson
Edward Hibbert Jeff Bennett John Oliver Edward Hibbert Jeff Bennett

SARABI Madge Sinclair

Alfre Woodard
Alfre Woodard

SCAR Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
Jim Cummings
Jim Cummings
C

Chiwetel Ejiofor
Chiwetel Ejiofor

David Oyelowo

SHENZI Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg

Florence Kasumba
Florence Kasumba
Tress MacNeille
Tress MacNeille

BANZAI Cheech Marin
Cheech Marin

Cheech Marin

Keegan-Michael Key
Keegan-Michael Key
Rob Paulsen
Rob Paulsen

ED Jim Cummings

Jim Cummings

Eric Andre
Eric Andre
Jim Cummings

GOPHER Jim Cummings

Jim Cummings

KIARA

Neve Campbell ------------------------- Liz Callaway S ------------------------- Michelle Horn Y ------------------------- Charity SanoyYS Eden Riegel

Eden Riegel

KOVU

James Marsden
James Marsden
------------------------- Gene MillerS ------------------------- Ryan O\'Donohue Y James Marsden

NUKA

Andy Dick
Andy Dick

Andy Dick

VITANI

Jennifer Lien ------------------------- Lacey Chabert
Lacey Chabert
Y ------------------------- Crysta MacalushYS Lacey Chabert

ZIRA

Suzanne Pleshette
Suzanne Pleshette

Nika Futterman

MA

Julie Kavner
Julie Kavner

UNCLE MAX

Jerry Stiller
Jerry Stiller

KION

Max Charles

Max Charles

BUNGA

Joshua Rush

Joshua Rush

FULI

Diamond White

Diamond White

BESHTE

Dusan Brown

Dusan Brown

ONO

Atticus Shaffer

Atticus Shaffer

ZURI

Madison Pettis

Madison Pettis

TIIFU

Sarah Hyland

Sarah Hyland

JANJA

Andrew Kishino

Andrew Kishino

CHEEZI

Vargus Mason

Vargus Mason

CHUNGU

Kevin Schon

Kevin Schon

MZINGO

Greg Ellis

Greg Ellis

BIG BABOON

Ford Riley

Dee Bradley Baker
Dee Bradley Baker

LAINI

Meghan Strange

Meghan Strange

QUINT

Corey Burton

SPEEDY THE SNAIL

Corey Burton

FRED

S. Scott Bullock

BOSS BEAVER

Brad Garrett
Brad Garrett

IRWIN

Charlie Adler
Charlie Adler

TOUCAN DAN

Jeff Bennett

CHEETATA

Rob Paulsen

CHEETATO

Jim Cummings

SMOLDER THE BEAR

Jim Cummings

THE THREE NATIVES

Jeff Bennett

NNE

Beau Black

TANO

Dee Bradley Baker

JASIRI

Maia Mitchell

MADOA

Maisie Klompus

TUNU

Crimson Hart

WEMA

Fiona Hart

MAKUU

Blair Underwood

MAKINI

Landry Bender

BASI

Kevin Michael Richardson
Kevin Michael Richardson

MTOTO

Jason Felbinger

MA TEMBO

Lynette Dupree

KIBURI

Common

TAMKA

Nolan North

REIREI

Ana Gasteyer
Ana Gasteyer

GOIGOI

Phil LaMarr
Phil LaMarr

DOGO

Jacob Guenther

USHARI

Christian Slater
Christian Slater

MAKUCHA

Steven Blum

BADILI

Jack McBrayer

MAPIGANO

Jorge Diaz

MJOMBA

Charlie Adler

OGOPA

Marieve Herington

HAYA

Ogie Banks

NOTES:

* ^ Banzai was renamed "Kamari" for the 2019 film, but is the same character. * ^ Ed was renamed "Azizi" for the 2019 film, but is the same character.

INTRODUCED IN THE LION KING (1994)

SIMBA

Main article: Simba

Simba (voiced by Matthew Broderick
Matthew Broderick
in the films, Cam Clarke
Cam Clarke
in Timon & Pumbaa, Rob Lowe
Rob Lowe
in The Lion Guard, and Donald Glover
Donald Glover
in the 2019 remake) is the son of Mufasa and Sarabi. Simba grows up to take Mufasa's place as King of Pride Rock and becomes the father of Kiara and Kion.

NALA

Main article: Nala (Disney)

Nala (voiced by Moira Kelly ) is a childhood friend of Simba and the daughter of Sarafina. Although she is a prominent character in The Lion King, she makes minor appearances in The Lion King
The Lion King
ll: Simba's Pride, The Lion King
The Lion King
1½, and The Lion Guard .

In the first film, she is portrayed as Simba's childhood friend. After helping Simba enter the elephant graveyard, she has to be rescued by Mufasa when the hyenas attack them. Several years later, Nala encounters Simba as a young adult and develops a romance with Simba after encountering him in the jungle. After returning to Pride Rock, she helps Simba defeat Scar and take his rightful place as King of Pride Rock. In Simba's Pride, Nala is depicted as slightly older, calmer and less overprotective than her mate.

TIMON AND PUMBAA

Main article: Timon and Pumbaa

Timon and Pumbaa (voiced by Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane
and Ernie Sabella in the films and TV series, respectively) are a meerkat and warthog duo. Although they are supporting characters in the first two films, they are featured as the main characters in The Lion King
The Lion King
1½ as well as in the Timon & Pumbaa TV series. In the first film they become friends with Simba and teach him the basics of life in the jungle. After helping Simba stop Scar's tyrannical reign, the two become Simba's royal advisors and adoptive uncles of the honey badger, Bunga.

SCAR

Main article: Scar (Disney)

Scar (voiced by Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
in The Lion King
The Lion King
and Jim Cummings
Jim Cummings
in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride) is the main antagonist of The Lion King franchise, Simba's nemesis and paternal uncle, Mufasa's rival and younger brother, the hyenas' former leader and boss, and Zira's mate. In The Lion King, he kills Mufasa and then tries to kill Simba and he becomes "King of the Pride Lands". However, years later, Simba returns to Pride Rock and, after learning of Scar's true colors, overthrows Scar to become King of the Pride Lands. The Lion Guard reveals that Scar was once the leader of the titular group and, like his great-nephew Kion, once possessed the Roar of the Elders. He lost the Roar of the Elders after using it to destroy the other members of the guard. In Season 2 of The Lion Guard , Scar appears as flames supporting the hyenas and other animals of the outlands.

MUFASA

Mufasa (voiced by James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
in the films and Gary Anthony Williams in The Lion Guard ) is Scar's older brother, Sarabi's husband and Simba's father who is introduced as the King of the Pride Lands. The name "Mufasa" means "King" in the Manazoto language. In The Lion King, he teaches Simba on what a king is supposed to be. However, Mufasa is killed after being thrown into a wildebeest stampede by Scar. He returns as a ghostly apparition in the clouds to help Simba return to the Pride Lands and remember who he is as King.

According to Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, they knew that Jones' voice was powerful similar to the lion roar. Jones is scheduled to reprise his role in the upcoming live-action adaptation of the film directed by Jon Favreau
Jon Favreau
.

SARABI

"Sarabi" redirects here. For other uses, see Sarabi (other) .

Sarabi (voiced by Madge Sinclair ) is Mufasa's wife and Simba's mother. Her name means "mirage " in Swahili. In The Lion King, she serves as the Queen of Pride Rock. Years after Scar usurps the throne, Sarabi helps Simba fight against Scar and his hyenas. When Simba defeats Scar, Nala becomes Queen and Sarabi becomes Queen Mother.

ZAZU

Zazu (voiced by Rowan Atkinson
Rowan Atkinson
in The Lion King, Edward Hibbert in Timon & Pumbaa, The Lion King
The Lion King
II: Simba's Pride, and The Lion King 1½, and Jeff Bennett in The Lion Guard) is a red-billed hornbill and majordomo to Mufasa and later Simba. After Mufasa's death, Zazu becomes a prisoner of Scar before Pumbaa releases him when Simba returns to the Pride Lands. He eventually acts as a scout and advises Simba on royal protocol. 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.

RAFIKI

Rafiki (voiced by Robert Guillaume
Robert Guillaume
in the films and Timon & Pumbaa and Khary Payton
Khary Payton
in The Lion Guard), 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.

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
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
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
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
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 segments called "Rafiki Fables" in the same show. He appears briefly in the Pride Lands world of Kingdom Hearts II.

Rafiki serves as a recurring character in The Lion Guard, where he has an apprentice named Makini.

SHENZI, BANZAI AND ED

Shenzi (voiced by Whoopi Goldberg in the films and Tress MacNeille
Tress MacNeille
in Timon & Pumbaa and Kingdom Hearts II), Banzai (voiced by Cheech Marin in the films and Kingdom Hearts II and Rob Paulsen
Rob Paulsen
in Timon & Pumbaa) and Ed (voiced by Jim Cummings
Jim Cummings
) are the three spotted hyenas who make up Scar's henchmen. After Scar promises them that they will have food, the hyenas trigger the wildebeest stampede and chase Simba out of Pride Rock. When Simba returns to Pride Rock, Shenzi and Banzai are defeated by Pumbaa. The three turn on Scar when the latter tries to blame them for Mufasa's death and the ruin of the Pride Lands, and eat him alive during a thunderstorm.

In the 2019 film Florence Kasumba
Florence Kasumba
has been cast as Shenzi, while Banzai and Ed have been renamed Kamari and Azizi and will be portrayed by Keegan-Michael Key
Keegan-Michael Key
and Eric Andre
Eric Andre
, respectively.

GOPHER

Gopher
Gopher
(voiced by Jim Cummings
Jim Cummings
) is a gopher 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
Gopher
pops back inside the dirt. Gopher
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
Gopher
reappears near a small rock, and Simba notices him again to try to pounce him, Gopher
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
Gopher
is (temporarily) given Zazu's job after Zazu makes an error while counting the animal population. Cummings reprises his role for these episodes.

INTRODUCED IN TIMON & PUMBAA (1995–98)

QUINT

Quint (voiced by Corey Burton ) 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

Speedy (voiced by Corey Burton ) 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".

FRED

Fred (voiced by S. Scott Bullock ) is a meerkat who is Timon's other 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".

BOSS BEAVER

Boss Beaver (voiced by Brad Garrett
Brad Garrett
) 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."

IRWIN

Irwin (voiced by Charlie Adler
Charlie Adler
) 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."

TOUCAN DAN

Toucan Dan ( Jeff Bennett ) 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.

RABBIT

Rabbit (voiced by Charlie Adler
Charlie Adler
) is a large and tall pink hare who appears to be very annoying, 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.

VULTURE POLICE

The Vulture Police (voiced by Townsend Coleman and Brian Cummings
Brian Cummings
) are recurring characters in the Timon ">

BUNGA

Bunga (voiced by Joshua Rush ) 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.

FULI

Fuli (voiced by Diamond White ) 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
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.

BESHTE

Beshte (voiced by Dusan Brown ) 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.

ONO

Ono (voiced by Atticus Shaffer ) 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

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

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

Janja's clan is a small group of male spotted hyenas that live in the Outlands.

* Janja, voiced by Andrew Kishino , is the cunning and ruthless 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 that has a tough attitude and a slightly heavier build than Janja. * Nne, voiced by Beau Black, is a sly and stout but smart spotted hyena. * Tano, voiced by Dee Bradley Baker
Dee Bradley Baker
, is a devious and sloping but smart hyena.

MZINGO

Mzingo, voiced by Greg Ellis , is a white-backed vulture who is one of Janja's majordomo of the Outlands. He is the leader of a flock of vultures that is allied with Janja's clan.

JASIRI

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.

MAKINI

Makini, voiced by Landry Bender , is a young mandrill who is Rafiki's new apprentice. She is free-spirited and loves to learn and look up to her mentor. However, she has trouble being calm and she is easy to deceive. Despite this, Makini takes pride in herself and her position, and is friendly and welcoming to everyone she meets.

MTOTO

Mtoto, voiced by Jason Felbinger, is an elephant calf who idolizes Beshte. He appears to be innocent with little understanding of the world. His playful nature often gets him into trouble, though his intentions are usually good.

MA TEMBO

Ma Tembo, voiced by Lynette Dupree, is an adult elephant who attains leadership of her father Aminifu's herd after his death. Much like her father, she is always game for a laugh. Even when Simba makes a mistake at her father's funeral, she is gracious and kind, and makes light of the situation by dwelling on the good. She is similarly gracious to Nala and Kiara when they are the only members of their family to attend the elephant concert.

CROCODILES

There are a number of crocodiles who appear in The Lion Guard:

* Pua, voiced by Gerald C. Rivers, is a Nile crocodile
Nile crocodile
who originally led the crocodile float, until he is defeated by Makuu in a "mashindano" battle for the position of alpha male . * Makuu, voiced by Blair Underwood , is a young, sleek, and well-built Nile crocodile
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 initially 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. In Season 2, Makuu has decided to become a better leader for his float, reforming from his trouble-making ways. * Kiburi, voiced by Common , is a former member of Makuu's float who, much like a less experienced Makuu, saw no reason why the crocodiles should have regard for the other animals of the Pride Lands. After the crocodiles were accidentally awakened from dry season Aestivation
Aestivation
by the Lion Guard, Kiburi led most of the float in an effort to seize bodies of water. He later challenged Makuu to a mashindano, having made an alliance with Ushari and a plan to eliminate Simba. Upon being defeated, he and his supporters were expelled from the Pride Lands, and became a part of Scar's growing collective in the Outlands. * Tamka, voiced by Nolan North , is a brutish crocodile loyal to Kiburi.

REIREI\'S FAMILY

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
Ana Gasteyer
, is a clever, scheming, and manipulative jackal who wreaks havoc in the Pride Lands. * Goigoi, voiced by Phil LaMarr
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

Ushari, voiced by Christian Slater
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. After getting trampled once too often due to the Lion Guard's actions, he decides to seek vengeance and joins forces with Janja's clan in a bid to summon Scar's spirit so that he can guide them in defeating the Lion Guard.

BASI

Basi, voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson
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
Circle of Life
and how every animal must give and take in order to keep it in balance.

LEOPARDS

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.

AARDWOLVES

* Mjomba (voiced by Charlie Adler
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.

INTRODUCED IN THE LION KING BOOKS

KOPA

Kopa is the son of Simba and Nala, 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

Ahadi is 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

Uru is 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 mildly 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

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.

REFERENCES

* ^ Couch, Aaron (February 17, 2017). "\'Lion King\' Remake Casts Donald Glover
Donald Glover
as Simba, James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
as Mufasa". Hollywood Reporter. * ^ "Wildlife Wednesdays: Zazu\'s \'Cousin\' - Abyssinian Ground Hornbill Chick - a New Addition at Disney\'s Animal Kingdom Lodge". Retrieved 22 March 2012. * ^ "What\'s behind those wild \'Lion King\' masks?". www.adn.com. Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved 22 March 2012. * ^ A B C D "Lion King spinoff voice cast includes Rob Lowe, Gabrielle Union, James Earl Jones, and more - EW.com". Entertainment Weekly's EW.com.

* v * t * e

The Lion King
The Lion King

FILMS

* The Lion King
The Lion King
(1994) * The Lion King
The Lion King
II: Simba\'s Pride * The Lion King
The Lion King
1½ * The Lion King
The Lion King
(2019)

THEATER

* The Lion King
The Lion King

TELEVISION AND SHORT FILMS

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* Simba * Timon and Pumbaa * Nala * Scar

MUSIC

THE LION KING

* " Circle of Life
Circle of Life
" * "I Just Can\'t Wait to Be King " * "Be Prepared " * " Hakuna Matata " * " Can You Feel the Love Tonight "

THE LION KING MUSICAL

* "Endless Night " * " The Madness of King Scar " * "Shadowland "

OTHER

* Return to Pride Rock

* "Love Will Find a Way "

* Rhythm of the Pride Lands
Rhythm of the Pr