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Askari
Askari
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Physical information
Gender

Male

Species

Lion

Hair color

Brown, cream, gold, and red

Eye color

Black

Distinguishing features

   Dark eye rims
   Gold streaks in mane
   Thick eyebrows

Biographical information
Status

Deceased

Residence

Pride Lands

Affiliations

   Great Kings of the Past
   Lion Guard
   Pride Landers
   Pride Lands monarchy
   Simba's pride

Titles

   Fiercest in the Pride Lands
   Leader of the Lion Guard
   Prince of Pride Rock

Relationship information
Family

Mufasa (relative)
Scar (relative)
Simba (relative)
Kion (relative)
Kiara (relative)

Allies

Kion

Only one who is willing to let go of the Roar completely can truly master it.
―Askari[src]

Askari was a male lion. He was the founder and leader of the first Lion Guard, who discovered the Roar of the Elders. He was a distant relative of Kion.

As the leader of the Lion Guard, Askari and his team fended off a pride of evil lions who attempted to overtake the Pride Lands. After his death, he advised his distant relative Kion to rely on his own strengths rather than the Roar. Askari trained Kion how to use the Roar. Eventually, Kion relinquished his role as the leader of the Lion Guard, prompting Askari to praise him and advise him to use his talents to defend the Tree of Life rather than the Pride Lands.

Biography

Early life

But Rafiki sent you here to be healed. Doubtless because Askari first discovered the Roar at Chikha Escarpment, not far from here.
Nirmala to Kion[src]

A cave painting depicts Askari and his Lion Guard defeating a pride of evil lions who threatened the Pride Lands.

Presumably, Askari was the second-born cub of the reigning monarch of the Pride Lands.[1] As an adult, he discovered the Roar of the Elders at Cikha Escarpment, where he trained relentlessly to master its powers. Due to his prowess with the Roar, Askari became the leader of the first Lion Guard and assembled a team of the Bravest, Fastest, Keenest of Sight, and Strongest lions in the Pride Lands.[2]

At some point, a pride of evil lions attempted to overtake the Pride Lands, but Askari and his Lion Guard foiled their plan by working together.[3] Additionally, Askari established a historic treaty of peace with the elephants, which led to an everlasting kinship between the elephants and lions of the Pride Lands. This event came to be known as the Ukumbusho Tradition and was celebrated annually by the Pride Landers.[4]

Legacy

Greetings, wise elephants. My name is Askari. I am the first leader of the Pride Lands' Lion Guard. You have nothing to fear from us.
―Kion impersonates Askari, as part of the Ukumbusho Tradition[src]

The Lion Guard discovers Askari's history in a chamber beneath Pride Rock.

Kion portrayed Askari in the Ukumbusho Tradition. He described how Askari had made peace with the elephants in order to keep the Circle of Life in balance.[4]

Later, when the Lion Guard discovered a secret chamber in Pride Rock, they uncovered much of Askari's history. Makini explained that Askari and his Lion Guard had used teamwork to overcome a pride of evil lions who were threatening to overtake the Pride Lands.[3]

At the Tree of Life, Nirmala mentioned that Rafiki had likely sent Kion to the Tree of Life due to Askari discovering the Roar of the Elders at Cikha Escarpment. Later, Janna told Makini of Askari's discovery of the Roar.[2]

Post-mortem

One day, Kion, you will learn everything that the Roar can do.
―Askari[src]

Eventually, Kion journeyed to Cikha Escarpment, where he encountered Askari's spirit. Kion expressed a desire to give up the Roar of the Elders, but Askari praised his humility and offered to teach him everything the Roar could do.[5]

Askari trains Kion to use the Roar of the Elders during the "The Power of the Roar" musical sequence.

Askari began to train Kion. During one session, he reminded Kion that only one who was willing to let go of the Roar of the Elders could master it, and Kion confirmed that he did not need the Roar to lead the Lion Guard. Askari then trained Kion to lift boulders, break apart rocks, and make pillars with the Roar. Bunga and Rani witnessed Kion practicing his Roar. Anga arrived and brought news that the Tree of Life was under attack. Before leaving, Kion told Askari that he was ready.[6]

After Kion relinquished his role as the leader of the Lion Guard to Vitani, Askari appeared as a spirit in the clouds. The rest of the Lion Guard stared in awe, with Ono recognizing Askari for who he was. Askari praised Kion and informed him that he had finally mastered the Roar of the Elders. Kion wondered what good this did, as he was no longer the leader of the Lion Guard, and Askari reminded him that he could protect the Tree of Life instead of the Pride Lands. He later appeared in the clouds with Mufasa, Janna, and other Great Lions of the Past when Kion and Rani were wed.[7]

Physical appearance

Askari was a large, broad-shouldered, and powerfully built lion. He had golden fur and a lush red mane that was striped with orange. He had pink inner ears, a white muzzle, and dark eye rims. His eyebrows were dark brown and exceptionally thick. He had black eyes with yellow sclerae.[6]

Personality and traits

The Roar has great power. And if you control your emotions, it can be precise as well. Now... Stay calm, focus, and roar.
―Askari trains Kion[src]

Askari was dignified and regal in bearing. He acquired much experience and wisdom from his time as the leader of the Lion Guard and served as a mentor to Kion.[6]

Appearances

Trivia

  • Askari's name means "police, police officer, cop" in Swahili.[9]
  • According to Ford Riley, Askari was Scar's birth namesake, but his name got shortened to "Scar" after he received his injury.[10]
  • Askari presumably had an elder sibling, as the Lion Guard is traditionally led by the second-born cub of the reigning monarch.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Disney's The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar (2015). Written by Ford Riley, and directed by Howy Parkins. Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in "The River of Patience" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 12, Season 3. Written by Jennifer Skelly and directed by Tom De Rosier and Howy Parkins. Originally aired October 12, 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in "Cave of Secrets" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 21, Season 2. Written by Jack Monaco and directed by Tom De Rosier. Originally aired September 4, 2018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in "The Ukumbusho Tradition" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 10, Season 2. Written by Jack Monaco and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired October 27, 2017.
  5. Revealed in "The Lake of Reflection" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 16, Season 3. Written by Jennifer Skelly and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired October 26, 2019.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Revealed in "Triumph of the Roar" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 17, Season 3. Written by John Loy and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired October 27, 2019.
  7. Revealed in "Return to the Pride Lands" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 19, Season 3. Written by Kendall Michele Haney and Ford Riley, and directed by Tom De Rosier and Howy Parkins. Originally aired November 3, 2019.
  8. Pedersen, Erik (September 4, 2018). ‘The Lion Guard’ Raids Broadway For Guest Voices On Disney Junior Toon. Deadline. Retrieved on September 10, 2019.
  9. Online Swahili - English Dictionary. African Languages. Retrieved on January 13, 2018.
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