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Physical information



Sable antelope

Hair color

Black, brown, and gray

Eye color


Distinguishing features

Long gray horns

Biographical information



Pride Lands


   Bupu's herd
   Pride Landers


Leader of Bupu's herd

Relationship information

Baboon leader, Beshte, Boboka, Boboka's son, Bunga, Fuli, Kifaru, Kion, Laini, Ma Tembo, Makuu, Mbeya, Mtoto's mother, Mzaha, Nyuni, Ono, Simba, Twiga, Vuruga Vuruga, Zazu, Zito


Scar, Shupavu, Ushari, Cheezi (formerly), Chungu (formerly), Janja (formerly), Kiburi (formerly), Makuu (formerly), Mzingo (formerly), Nne (formerly), Reirei (formerly), Tano (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 a herd of sable antelope in the Pride Lands.

When a series of severe rainstorms hit the Pride Lands, the Lion Guard led Bupu and his herd to the Flood Plains. Bupu was adamant and stubborn about following the Lion Guard's orders and eventually refused to cooperate altogether. However, after Fuli apologized for the situation, Bupu relented and led his herd to safety on the other side of the Flood Plains.

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


Early life

Bupu lived in the Pride Lands, where he became the leader of a herd of sable antelope.[1]

Flooded grazing ground

All day, they've been telling us what to do. Get out of the water so you won't drown. Follow us to higher grounds so you won't starve. Don't get hit by falling rocks.
―Bupu on the Lion Guard[src]

Fuli faces off with Bupu.

Ono informed the rest of the Lion Guard that a herd of sable antelope was refusing to leave their grazing grounds even though another storm was on the way. Basi suggested that they lead the antelope to the other side of the Flood Plains, but Ono wondered how they would be able to cross the reeds. Basi reminded him that by the time the antelope arrived at the Flood Plains, Beshte would be done creating hippo lanes across the water. The Lion Guard thanked him for the idea, then left to save the herd.

Ono led the Lion Guard to the antelope's grazing ground. Kion was quick to order the antelope out of their grazing ground, but their leader, Bupu, pointed out that they did not wish to leave. Fuli and Ono encouraged the herd to leave before the rainstorm came, but to no avail. In a last ditch effort, Kion informed the antelope that there would be more food away from their drowned grazing ground, and a female antelope named Boboka urged Bupu to reconsider the offer. He relented, and the herd followed after the Lion Guard.

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

On the way out of the grazing ground, Ono spotted a rock slide, and Kion yelled for the herd to stay back. Too late, the rocks fell, separating the Lion Guard from their charges. Kion worried over the herd's condition, but Ono reassured him that none of the antelope were injured. He then warned Kion that there was no other way around the rocks and that the storm was closing in fast.

In the face of this new setback, Fuli lamented Beshte's absence, but Bunga pointed out that Kion could still use the Roar of the Elders to blow the rocks away. Kion agreed to the idea and climbed to the other side of the rocks in order to avoid harming the antelope. Kion urged the antelope to move, but Bupu and his herd refused to cooperate. Kion used the Roar of the Elders to clear the boulders, but even after the path was clear, the antelope continued to stay put. With some harsh insistence from Fuli, Bupu and his herd reluctantly followed after the Lion Guard until the group reached the edge of the Flood Plains.

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

The Lion Guard led the antelope to the edge of the water, where Boboka and her son entered one of Beshte's hippo lanes. No sooner had they started to cross the Flood Plains when Ono arrived, forbidding the herd to enter the hippo lanes. Bunga told Ono that Boboka and her son had already entered the Flood Plains, and Ono panicked that they would get lost in the reeds. Kion quickly took charge of the situation, entering the hippo lanes with Ono, while Bunga and Fuli stayed behind with the rest of the herd.

At the edge of the water, Bupu lamented not being in his home territory. Fuli attempted to quiet him, but Bupu simply sank to his knees, prompting the rest of his herd to do the same. Furious, Fuli shoved Bupu from behind and ordered him to stand up. As she did so, Ono arrived, incredulous at Fuli's actions, and she exclaimed that she was simply trying to make the antelope stand.

Fuli attempts to make Bupu stand.

At that moment, Beshte arrived, much to the excitement of his teammates. He started to compliment his father on a job well-done when he noticed that Basi was missing. Concerned, Beshte raced back into the hippo lane in search of his father. Ono monitored Beshte's progress and marveled at the perfectly straight and true hippo lane that had been created. Bunga then announced to the herd that they could cross the Flood Plains safely.

At Bunga's announcement, Bupu complained that the herd would get wet if they crossed the Flood Plains, to which Fuli shouted in exasperation that they were already wet. A stubborn Bupu dared her to continue yelling at them, and Fuli backed off, apologizing for her behavior and politely asking if the herd would follow the Lion Guard into the hippo lane. To her surprise, Bupu relented and told her that they had only wanted the Lion Guard to be polite to them. He then rallied the herd to him, and they stampeded into the Flood Plains. The herd trampled over Makuu and his float, reaching safety on the other side of the Flood Plains.[1]

Savannah Summit

With all due respect, Your Highness, I don't see the point. I've done my best. But negotiating is obviously not the crocodile way.
―Bupu to Simba on Makuu[src]

Bupu argues with Makuu, the crocodile leader.

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

Shortly into the negotiations, Mtoto informed the Lion Guard that Makuu the crocodile was yelling at someone near the watering hole. The Lion Guard took off to stop the danger and arrived on the scene to find Makuu arguing with Bupu. Without asking for an explanation, Kion ordered Makuu to back off, and Beshte stepped in-between the feuding leaders. Despite the Lion Guard's presence, Bupu attacked Makuu, who attempted to defend himself until Kion chastised him again, claiming that he would 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 rushed up to the Lion Guard and proclaimed that Makuu was yelling at Bupu again, this time at Pride Rock. The team rushed to Pride Rock, where Kion tackled Makuu to the ground. Simba approached, furious, and exclaimed that Bupu and Makuu had been about to come to an agreement about sleeping situations for their respective species. Bupu looked on as an enraged Makuu stalked off, with Simba calling after him desperately.

Later that day, Kion strategically lied to the Summit that Makuu had fallen into a pit and lost his life in the struggle. A horrified Twiga and Vuruga Vuruga exclaimed that they had never intended for Makuu to get hurt, only to fall into a pit of rotten fruit. Just then, Makuu revealed himself and announced 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 feared his wrath, but Makuu merely prompted Simba to let the Summit go on.[2]

Traveling Baboon Show

Later, Bupu watched the Traveling Baboon Show.[3]


On another day, he watched the mashindano between Makuu and Kiburi.[4]

Conflict with Mzaha

I don't care what the Lion Guard wants us to do. We aren't taking Mzaha back.
―Bupu to his herd[src]

When Mzaha proved to be too much of a handful for his herd, Bupu kicked him out. Later, Fuli brought Mzaha back to Bupu, who was at first reluctant to receive him into the herd, but eventually gave in when Fuli asked politely.[5]

Partnership with Nyuni

Of course we're getting along. I'm very easy to get along with.
―Bupu on Nyuni[src]

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

Later, the Lion Guard gathered around Bupu, whose horns were stuck in the branches of a tree. Kion suggested breaking the branch off the tree, to which Bupu reluctantly agreed. However, as Bunga began to bounce on the branch to weaken it, Nyuni the yellow wagtail angrily revealed his presence and explained that his nest was at the end of the branch. Beshte questioned Nyuni as to why he had moved his home, and Nyuni explained that he liked to see different parts of the Pride Lands.

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

Later, the Lion Guard approached Bupu and Nyuni to ask if either of them had seen Zazu, who had gone missing. Both Bupu and Nyuni said no. Just then, Nyuni noticed Boboka's son straying from the herd. Bupu thanked Nyuni, then chased after the young antelope.[6]


Bupu attended Simba's Kumbuka celebration at Pride Rock.[7]

Kilio Valley fire

―Bupu, when the elephants start trumpeting[src]

After Ma Tembo's herd was ousted from Kilio Valley by a fire, Kion requested that the herd temporarily stay with Bupu and his herd. Bupu adamantly refused, asserting that the elephants were not welcome among his herd. Frustrated, Kion ordered Bupu to be patient with the elephants until the Lion Guard could come up with another solution. Bupu did not wait long, however, and soon ousted the elephants from his herd.[8]

Scar's attacks

After all, a threat to the Pride lands anywhere is a threat to Pride Landers everywhere! The sable antelopes are ready.

Beshte stops the sable antelope from stampeding.

The Lion Guard rushed to stop Bupu's herd and the galagos from stampeding. Once calm, the groups admitted to having been scared of a jackal attack, and the Lion Guard concluded that the Pride Landers had to unite against the threat of the Outlanders. They gathered together Bupu's herd, Laini's group, Ma Tembo's herd, and Mbeya's crash.

At first, the Pride Landers were tense, but Kion worked to defuse the tension. He instructed the animals to race toward Bunga. However, the event soon got out of hand, for the animals tripped over the galagos and ended up in a heap. Kion then got the idea to call on Makuu for help. Makuu begrudgingly agreed to help, but his training was too rigorous and ruthless for the other Pride Landers to master.

Bupu works with Laini to defeat Scar's army.

After Makuu ditched the training program, Scar's army besieged Makuu's float, with Kiburi targeting Makuu. Ono witnessed the battle and reported his findings to Kion. Together, the Lion Guard and their Pride Lander allies stormed the watering hole and fought off the Army of Scar. After the fight, Makuu thanked Bupu and his herd for their help and vowed to return the favor should they ever find themselves in trouble.[9]

Bupu was present when Dhahabu arrived at Pride Rock to discuss a water treaty with Simba.[10]

At Mizimu Grove, Rafiki and Simba announced Makini's mpando mpaya. In the midst of the celebration, the Army of Scar attacked, and the Pride Landers rose up to defend themselves. The battle paused when Scar appeared in the flames and threatened to overtake the entirety of the Pride Lands. Frightened by Scar's unexpected appearance, the remaining Pride Landers, including Bupu and his herd, fled Mizimu Grove.

Bupu and his herd flee Mizimu Grove.

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

At Pride Rock, Kion implored Bupu and his herd to follow him to Mizimu Grove before they decided to leave the kingdom. The herds followed Kion to Mizimu Grove, where Makini's baobab tree seed had survived the fire. This inspired the Pride Landers to remain in the kingdom and work together to defeat Scar.[11]

Battle for the Pride Lands

Perhaps we should call off the attack.

Bupu charges into battle with Laini.

Bupu arrived at Pride Rock to train for the war with Scar and his army. While there, Bupu witnessed Scar's spirit appearing in the flames of Pride Rock. Afterward, he and his fellow Pride Landers were thoroughly intimidated and considered calling off the attack entirely.

Later, Bupu joined the Pride Landers in battle against the Outlanders. He charged into the fight with Laini on his head. The Pride Landers succeeded, and Bupu returned home with his herd.[12]

Lion Guard's trip to the Tree of Life

Bupu bid the Lion Guard farewell as they left on their journey to the Tree of Life.[12] After the Lion Guard's return, Bupu gathered with other Pride Landers at Mizimu Grove for the announcement of the Battle of the Lion Guards. He watched Beshte's, Fuli's, and Bunga's individual competitions.[13]

Physical appearance

Bupu is a tall, large, and solidly built sable antelope. He has black fur, with pale gray markings on his chest, face, and muzzle. He has two long curved gray horns, thin legs, and a short black mane that runs down his neck. His eyes are blue.[1]

Personality and traits

It never hurts to be polite.

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. Ultimately, Bupu values respect and will follow orders if spoken to in a polite manner.[1]



  • Bupu's name means "empty husk" or "empty shell" in Swahili.[15]
  • Bupu will not obey another's command unless they are polite.[1][5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Revealed in "Beshte and the Hippo Lanes" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 25, Season 1. Written by Chelsea Beyl and Jack Monaco, and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired March 17, 2017.
  2. Revealed in "The Savannah Summit" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 2, Season 2. Written by Jack Monaco and directed by Tom Derosier and Howy Parkins. Originally aired July 7, 2017.
  3. Revealed in "The Traveling Baboon Show" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 3, Season 2. Written by John Loy and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired July 14, 2017.
  4. Revealed in "Let Sleeping Crocs Lie" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 6, Season 2. Written by Elise Allen and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired August 11, 2017.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in "Rafiki's New Neighbors" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 8, Season 2. Written by Laura Sreenby and Krista Tucker, and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired September 22, 2017.
  6. Revealed in "The Scorpion's Sting" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 17, Season 2. Written by Krista Tucker and directed by Tom Derosier. Originally aired April 2, 2018.
  7. Revealed in "The Kilio Valley Fire" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 19, Season 2. Written by Elise Allen and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired April 4, 2018.
  8. Revealed in "Pride Landers Unite!" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 26, Season 2. Written by Jack Monaco and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired January 21, 2019.
  9. Revealed in "The Queen's Visit" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 27, Season 2. Written by Don Gillies and directed by Tom De Rosier. Originally aired February 18, 2019.
  10. Revealed in "The Fall of Mizimu Grove" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 28, Season 2. Written by Kendall Michele Haney and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired March 25, 2019.
  11. 12.0 12.1 Revealed in "Battle for the Pride Lands" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 1, Season 3. Written by Ford Riley and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired August 3, 2019.
  12. 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.
  13. Michael Dorn. IMDb., Inc. Retrieved on September 1, 2020.
  14. bupu in English. Glosbe. Retrieved on February 22, 2021.