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And the clouds! They turned into roaring lions!

Chungu, The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar

The Great Lions of the Past, also known as the Great Kings of the Past, are deceased pure-of-heart lions whom watch over the Pride Lands and the Tree of Life.

Information

The Great Lions of the Past control a great power called the Roar of the Elders, which is bestowed on the second-born cub of the monarch, who is also tasked with leading the Lion Guard. The Great Lions control this power's use and can take it away if the user does not respect their gift, as was the case with Scar. They have the ability to have their spirits appear partially formed in the clouds and communicate with the living.

They are also responsible for choosing the next Royal Mjuzi for the next generation of the monarchy.

There are also the evil Lions of the Past, referred to by Makini as the Bad Lions of the Past. Instead of cirrus clouds, they appear in fire. Only the Great Lions of the Past can judge and put out evil lion spirits like Scar.

History

The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar

When Kion receives the gift of the Roar, he uses it to free his best friend Bunga from the clutches of two villainous hyenas. The Great Lions can be seen roaring alongside him in the clouds. Rafiki later explains to him why his roar sounded different, telling him that the Great Lions of the Past roar with him when he uses the Roar of the Elders.

The Lion Guard

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The Lions of the Past in "Here Comes the Lion Guard"

The Great Lions of the Past appear whenever Kion uses his Roar. In addition, they are featured briefly in the song Here Comes the Lion Guard, which plays during the credits of most episodes.

The Lion Guard: The Rise of Scar

Rafiki explains that the good kings of the past appear in the sky, their voices are in wind and Kion makes them appear every time he uses the Roar of the Elders. He also explains that the bad lions of the past are summoned with the roar and fire instead of clouds, (but he doesn't mention that it happens once a Royal Mjuzi's staff is thrown into the source of the fire, regardless of whether the staff is from a master or an apprentice).

Divide and Conquer

When summoned, the bad lions of the past don't stay connected to the source of the fire where the Royal Mjuzi's staff from a full fledged, or an apprentice is thrown into like the Outlands volcano. They also can appear in wildfires and leave their own mark burned into the ground as the flame disappears.

Battle for the Pride Lands

Remembering his grandfather's words, Kion summons the Great Lions of the Past by using a soft blow. They appear in the storm clouds making it rain, putting out Scar's fire
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Kion uses the great lions of the past to defeat his evil great uncle Scar

and ending him. (The rain even close the Earth's crust to retire the volcano.)

The Tree of Life

That the leader of the Night Pride can also speak to the Great Lions of the Past.

Triumph of the Roar

Askari teaches Kion new ways to use the Roar.

Return to the Pride Lands

The Great Lions of the Past watched the wedding of Rani and Kion, roaring from
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Askari speaks to the Pride Landers

within the clouds in celebration with the Roar of the Elders restored to it's original home at the Tree of Life.

Trivia

  • The only named Evil Lion of the Past is Scar.
    • Other potential candidates appear in Cave of Secrets as paintings. It's also possible that the Strange Lion that gave Scar his scar could be one.
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