The Mark of the Guard is a special mark given to members of the Lion Guard. It is in the shape of a roaring lion's head. Each member's mark changes color to match their own pelt. It is given to them by the leader placing their paw over their left shoulder.

It seems to be well-known as a representation that the animal that it is bestowed upon is a member of the Guard.[1]

The Lion Guard

The Mark of the Lion Guard is visible on the left shoulders of each member of the Guard during every episode of the show.


The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar

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Kion bestows the Mark upon Ono

Kion and Bunga are seen playing Baobab Ball when their baobab rolls into the Outlands. Bunga leaps in to retrieve it, but is caught by Cheezi and Chungu. Kion uses the Roar of the Elders to make the hyenas let Bunga go, and the Mark of the Guard appears briefly on his shoulder before fading away. It later reappears during Kion's Lament after Kion accepts his destiny.

When Janja's Clan attacks the Pride Lands, Kion bestows the Mark upon the new Lion Guard- Fuli, Beshte, Bunga, and Ono- by placing his paw onto their shoulders.

Never Judge a Hyena by Its Spots

Jasiri mentions that Kion is the leader of the Lion Guard, to his surprise. She notes that the Mark is a giveaway that he's a member of the Guard.

Follow That Hippo!

After dealing with Janja,Cheezi, Chungu, and a float of Crocodiles, Kion dips his paw in mud and uses it to give Mtoto a muddy Mark of the Guard. Kwato, Gumba, Kambuni, and Shauku approach him requesting that he give them a mark as well.

Cave of Secrets

In trying to figure out how to defeat Scar, Kion and his guard travel deep into the lair to discover the secret to defeating great evil is them. From which a painting shows Askari and his guard coming together to form the Mark of the Guard.


  • An early version of the mark was a lion paw print, seen on early media on books.
  • There are many mistakes regarding the Mark of the Guard in both The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar and the TV series. The Mark may be on the wrong shoulder,[2] facing the wrong direction,[3] missing entirely,[4] be present in multiple places on one character,[5] or, in the case of Fuli, be replaced with or overlapping with another marking.[6]


Image Color Owner
Dark orange Kion
Light blue Bunga
Lavender gray Beshte
Light orange Fuli
Silver Ono


  1. Never Judge a Hyena by Its Spots
  2. Eye of the Beholder
  3. Baboons!
  4. Never Judge a Hyena by Its Spots
  5. Baboons!
  6. The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar