Physical information



Sable antelope

Fur color

Brown, cream, and gray

Eye color


Distinguishing features

Long gray horns

Biographical information



Pride Lands


   Bupu's herd
   Pride Landers


Herd leader

Relationship information



   Makuu (formerly)

I don't know about you, but I'm sick and tired of being told what to do!

Bupu is a male sable antelope. He is the leader of his herd.

When a series of severe rainstorms hits the Pride Lands, Bupu and his herd are led to the Flood Plains by the Lion Guard. Bupu is adamant and stubborn about following the Lion Guard's orders, and eventually refuses to cooperate altogether. However, after Fuli apologizes for the situation, Bupu relents and leads his herd to safety on the other side of the Flood Plains.

Later, when the spirit of Scar gathers an army against the Pride Lands, Bupu joins his fellow Pride Landers in fighting them off and eventually defeating them altogether with an invasion of the Outlands.


The Lion Guard

"Beshte and the Hippo Lanes"

Ono informs the rest of the Lion Guard that a herd of sable antelope are refusing to leave their grazing grounds, even though another storm is on the way. Basi suggests that they lead the antelope to the other side of the Flood Plains, but Ono wonders how they will be able to cross the reeds. Basi reminds him that by the time the antelope arrive at the Flood Plains, Beshte will be done creating hippo lanes across the water. The Lion Guard thanks him for the idea and then leaves to save the herd.

Fuli faces off with Bupu

Ono leads the Lion Guard to the sable antelope's grazing ground. Kion is quick to order the antelope out of their grazing ground, but their leader, Bupu, points out that they do not wish to leave. Fuli and Ono encourage the herd to leave before the rainstorm comes, but to no avail. In a last ditch effort, Kion informs the antelope that there will be more food away from their drowned grazing ground, and a female antelope named Boboka urges Bupu to reconsider the offer. He relents, and the herd follows after the Lion Guard.

On the way out of the grazing ground, Ono spots a rock slide, and Kion yells for the herd to stay back. Too late, the rocks fall, separating the Lion Guard from their charges. Kion worries over the herd's condition, but Ono reassures him that none of the antelope are injured. He then warns Kion that there is no other way around the rocks and that the storm is closing in fast.

Bupu and his herd refuse to move in the face of a setback

In the face of this new setback, Fuli laments Beshte's absence, but Bunga points out that Kion can still use the Roar of the Elders to blow the rocks away. Kion agrees to the idea and climbs to the other side of the rocks in order to avoid harming the antelope.

Kion urges the antelope to move, but Bupu and his herd refuse to cooperate. Kion uses the Roar of the Elders to clear the boulders, but even after the path is clear, the antelope continue to stay put. With some harsh insistence from Fuli, Bupu and his herd reluctantly follow after the Lion Guard until the group reaches the edge of the Flood Plains.

The Lion Guard leads Bupu's herd to the edge of the Flood Plains

The Lion Guard leads the antelope to the edge of the water, where Boboka and her son enter one of Beshte's hippo lanes. No sooner have they started to cross the Flood Plains when Ono arrives, forbidding the herd to enter the hippo lanes. Bunga tells Ono that Boboka and her son have already entered the Flood Plains, and Ono panics that they will get lost in the reeds. Kion quickly takes charge of the situation, entering the hippo lanes with Ono, while Bunga and Fuli stay behind with the rest of the herd.

At the edge of the water, Bupu laments not being in his home territory. Fuli attempts to quiet him, but Bupu simply sinks to his knees, prompting the rest of his herd to do the same. Furious, Fuli shoves Bupu from behind and orders him to stand up. As she does so, Ono arrives, incredulous at Fuli's actions, and she exclaims that she is simply trying to make the antelope stand.

Fuli attempts to make Bupu stand

At that moment, Beshte arrives, much to the excitement of his teammates. He starts to compliment his father on a job well-done when he notices that Basi is missing. Concerned, Beshte races back into the hippo lane in search of his father. Ono monitors Beshte's progress and marvels at the perfectly straight and true hippo lane that has been created. Bunga then announces to the herd that they can cross the Flood Plains safely.

At Bunga's announcement, Bupu complains that the herd will get wet if they cross the Flood Plains, to which Fuli shouts in exasperation that they are already wet. A stubborn Bupu dares her to continue yelling at them, and Fuli backs off, apologizing for her behavior and politely asking if the herd will follow the Lion Guard into the hippo lane. To her surprise, Bupu relents and tells her that they had only wanted the Lion Guard to be polite to them. He then rallies the herd to him, and they stampede into the Flood Plains.

The herd tramples over Makuu and his float, reaching safety on the other side of the Flood Plains.

"The Savannah Summit"

Bupu is invited by Simba to participate in the Savannah Summit. Departing from Pride Rock, Bupu and the other animal leaders head for Mizimu Grove, where they will negotiate with each other and speak their minds.

Bupu argues with Makuu, the crocodile leader

Presently however, Mtoto informs the Lion Guard that Makuu the crocodile is yelling at someone near the watering hole. The Lion Guard takes off to stop the danger and arrives on the scene to find Makuu arguing with Bupu.

Without asking for an explanation, Kion orders Makuu to back off, and Beshte steps in-between the feuding leaders. Despite the Lion Guard's presence, Bupu attacks Makuu, who attempts to defend himself until Kion chastises him again, claiming that he will not let anyone ruin the Savannah Summit, "especially" not Makuu.

Bupu attempts to negotiate with Makuu, but is interrupted by Kion, whose bias causes Makuu to leave in a huff

Later, Mtoto again rushes up to the Lion Guard and proclaims that Makuu is yelling at Bupu again, this time at Pride Rock. The team rushes to Pride Rock, where Kion tackles Makuu to the ground. Simba approaches, furious, and exclaims that Bupu and Makuu had been about to come to an agreement about sleeping situations for their respective species. Bupu looks on as an enraged Makuu stalks off, with Simba calling after him desperately.

Later that day, Kion strategically lies to the Summit that Makuu had fallen into a pit and lost his life in the struggle. A horrified Twiga and Vuruga Vuruga exclaim that they had never intended for Makuu to get hurt, only to fall into a pit of rotten fruit. Just then, Makuu reveals himself and announces to the gathered animals that he had come to the Summit with the intention of helping his float and the Pride Lands, but had only received distrust and hostility. Bupu and the other animals fear his wrath, but Makuu merely prompts Simba to let the Summit go on.

"The Traveling Baboon Show"

Bupu is seen watching the Traveling Baboon Show.

"Let Sleeping Crocs Lie"

Bupu watches the mashindano between Makuu and Kiburi.

"Rafiki's New Neighbors"

When Mzaha proves to be too much of a handful for his herd, Bupu kicks him out.

Later, Fuli brings Mzaha back to Bupu, who is at first reluctant to receive him into the herd, but eventually gives in when Fuli asks politely.

"The Morning Report"

The Lion Guard gathers around Bupu, whose horns are stuck in the branches of a tree. Kion suggests breaking the branch off the tree, to which Bupu reluctantly agrees. However, as Bunga begins to bounce on the branch to weaken it, Nyuni the weaver angrily reveals his presence and explains that his nest lies at the end of the branch. Beshte questions Nyuni as to why he had moved his home, and Nyuni explains that he likes to see different parts of the Pride Lands.

After getting his horns stuck in a tree branch, Bupu reluctantly teams up with Nyuni the weaver

Kion then gets the idea to have the branch broken off at the end so that Bupu can carry the rest of the branch as well as Nyuni's nest in his horns. Nyuni is excited to be able to see more of the Pride Lands, despite Bupu's initial reluctance, and he is swiftly carried away alongside the rest of the herd.

Later, the Lion Guard approaches Bupu and Nyuni to ask if either of them have seen Zazu, who has gone missing. Both Bupu and Nyuni say no, but just then, Nyuni notices Boboka's son straying from the herd. Bupu thanks Nyuni for noticing this, and he goes after the young antelope.

"The Scorpion's Sting"

Bupu attends Simba's Kumbuka celebration at Pride Rock.

"The Kilio Valley Fire"

After Ma Tembo's herd is ousted from Kilio Valley from a fire, Kion requests that the herd temporarily stay with Bupu and his herd. Bupu adamantly refuses, asserting that the elephants are not welcome among his herd. Frustrated, Kion orders Bupu to be patient with the elephants until the Lion Guard can come up with another solution. Bupu does not wait long, however, and soon ousts the elephants from his herd.

"Pride Landers Unite!"

The Lion Guard rushes to stop Bupu's herd and Laini and her galagos from stampeding. Once calm, the groups admit to having been scared of a jackal attack, and the Lion Guard concludes that the Pride Landers must unite against the threat of the Outlanders. They gather together Bupu's herd, Laini's group, Ma Tembo's herd, and Mbeya's crash ("Pride Landers Unite!").

Bupu works with Laini to defeat the Army of Scar

At first, the Pride Landers are tense, but Kion works to defuse the tension. He instructs the animals to race toward Bunga. However, the event soon gets out of hand, for the animals trip over the galagos and end up in a heap.

Kion then gets the idea to call Makuu the crocodile for help. Makuu begrudgingly agrees to help, but his training is too rigorous and ruthless for the other Pride Landers to master.

The Army of Scar besieges Makuu's float, with Kiburi targeting Makuu. Ono witnesses the battle and reports his findings to Kion. Together, the Lion Guard and their Pride Lander allies storm the watering hole and fight off the Army of Scar.

After the fight, Makuu thanks Bupu and his herd for their help and vows to return the favor should they find themselves in trouble.

"The Queen's Visit"

Bupu is present when Dhahabu arrives at Pride Rock to discuss a water treaty with Simba.

"The Fall of Mizimu Grove"

Bupu and his herd flee Mizimu Grove

At Mizimu Grove, Rafiki and Simba announce Makini's mpando mpaya. In the midst of the celebration, the Army of Scar attacks, and the Pride Landers rise up to defend themselves. The battle pauses when Scar appears in the flames and threatens to overtake the entirety of the Pride Lands. Frightened by Scar's unexpected appearance, the remaining Pride Landers, including Bupu and his herd, flee Mizimu Grove.

Simba approaches the Pride Landers once the Lion Guard has calmed them and admits that he has had knowledge of Scar's return for some time. The herds deliberate whether they should leave the Pride Lands, and Simba tells them to inform him of their decision the following morning at Pride Rock.

At Pride Rock, Kion implores Bupu and his herd to follow him to Mizimu Grove before they decide to leave the kingdom. The herds follow Kion to Pride Rock, where Makini's baobab tree seed has survived the fire. This inspires the Pride Landers to remain in the kingdom and work together to defeat Scar.

"Battle for the Pride Lands"

Bupu arrives at Pride Rock to train for the war with Scar and his army. While there, Bupu witnesses Scar's spirit appearing in the flames of Pride Rock.

Later, Bupu joins the Pride Landers in battle against the Outlanders. He charges into the fight with Laini on his head. The Pride Landers succeed, and Bupu returns home with his herd.

Later, he bids the Lion Guard farewell as they leave on their journey to the Tree of Life.

"Return to the Pride Lands"

Bupu gathers with other Pride Landers at Mizimu Grove for the announcement of the Battle of the Lion Guards. He watches Beshte's, Fuli's, and Bunga's individual competitions.

Personality and traits

Sable antelope are renowned for their stubbornness, which Bupu displays in excess. Even in harrowing situations, he refuses to listen to reason and would rather do as his instincts dictate. He can be lazy and uncaring, though he does value the safety of his herd over his own desires. Despite this, Bupu values respect and will follow orders if spoken to in a polite manner.



  1. Michael Dorn. IMDb. IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved on September 1, 2020.

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