Black, brown, cream, and gold
Black, brown, and green
• Black spots
- 1 Physical characteristics
- 2 Sociocultural characteristics
- 3 History
- 3.1 The Lion King
- 3.2 The Lion King II: Simba's Pride
- 3.3 The Lion King 1½
- 3.4 The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar
- 3.5 The Lion Guard
- 4 Notable cheetahs
- 5 Appearances
The cheetah is a large-sized feline with a slim build and long limbs. Most have a black tear-stripe running from their eyes to their mouths. Their fur is light gold and spotted with black splotches. Their undersides are pale and have no spots.
Cheetahs are by far the fastest animals in the Pride Lands. They are solitary creatures and do not even share territory with one another, as seen when Azaad complains about Fuli being on his land. Additionally, cheetahs are known for disliking water.
Cheetahs attend Kiara's presentation. Later, they help drive Kovu out of the Pride Lands during the "One of Us" musical sequence. After the union of the Pride Landers and Outsiders, cheetahs gather at Pride Rock to celebrate.
Kion worries that Fuli will overexert herself, but she insists that cheetahs do not get worn out. Ono starts to protest, but when Fuli glares at him, he falls silent. Later, Fuli tires herself out and is set upon by Mzingo and his parliament. Mzingo expresses doubt about a cheetah's limits, and Mwoga wonders if Fuli knows how quickly cheetahs tire.
Fuli is tasked with returning a baby baboon to his troop. When the two arrive at the baby baboon's home in Mapango Cliffs, they are attacked by Mzingo's parliament, but Fuli and the baboons fight them off.
Fuli enters Azaad's territory in her search for tuliza. Along the way, she gets lost in the network of passes, and Azaad demands to know why she is in his territory. She informs him that she is helping a friend. Azaad scoffs at the idea of a cheetah having a friend, but Fuli does not give in, instead asking for Azaad's help in navigating the terrain. He agrees, but only if she bests him in a race.
Azaad and Fuli have their first race, but Fuli loses, as she trips on a patch of uneven ground. She accuses Azaad of cheating and insists that they race again, to which Azaad reluctantly agrees. They start their rematch, and Fuli begins to pull ahead. Refusing to be bested, Azaad takes a shortcut by jumping over a canyon, but he only barely catches on to the cliff and starts to fall. Fuli hears his cries and races back to help him. A shocked Azaad questions why she had not simply won the race, and Fuli explains that friends help each other.