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Egrets
Egrets
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Physical characteristics
Feather color

Gold, orange, and white

Eye color

Black

Distinctions

Crest feathers

Sociocultural characteristics
Habitat

   Marshland
   Savanna

Dominions

Pride Lands

Diet

Grubs

Notable members

Ono

The bravest is the honey badger, hippo the strongest, cheetah the fastest, and the egret – egrets have sort of binocular vision which gives them depth perception which most birds who have eyes on either side of their head don’t, so Ono our egret is the keenest of sight.
Ford Riley[1]

Egrets are a species of animal native to the Pride Lands.

Physical characteristics

The egret is a small bird. They have white feathers, with cream-colored crests, tails, and wing tips. One egret named Ono has bright orange crests. Their legs are black with orange talons. They have black eyes.

Sociocultural characteristics

Egrets live in flocks. They eat grubs, typically ones that are kicked up by elephants.

History

The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar

Ono and his flock are resting on the savanna. However, Bunga and Kion charge past, scattering them. Not long after this, Kion is tasked with selecting animals to join the Lion Guard, and he goes to find Ono, who is hunting insects in a field. He offers Ono a job on the Lion Guard as the keenest of sight, and Ono accepts. During the final battle, he helps the Lion Guard from the air.

The Lion Guard

"Eye of the Beholder"

The Lion Guard finds themselves in the midst of a wildebeest stampede, unable to see through the thick dust. Kion calls to Ono, who can see from overhead, and he helps the Lion Guard chase off Janja and his minions, who had started the stampede. However, as Ono watches the hyenas enter the Outlands, he gets sand in his eye and falls to the earth.

While ensuring that the hyenas return to the Outlands, Ono gets sand in his eye

Acting quickly, the Lion Guard brings Ono to Rafiki, who constructs an eye patch for the egret and tells him to stay out of action for three days. Though Kion tries to reassure Ono that the Lion Guard can get by without him, Ono insists on proving himself and attempts to show off his keen sight to his friends. However, as he's flying over the Pride Lands, he bumps into Mwoga, a vulture, who observes the chaos of the Lion Guard down below and decides to report back to Mzingo.

In the Outlands, the vultures are interrupted by Mwoga, who joins their parliament and reports what he's seen of Ono's hurt vision. Janja happens to overhear, and he sings "Outta the Way" with Cheezi and Chungu, hatching a plan to trick the Lion Guard while Ono is out of commission.

Rafiki tends to Ono in the Lair of the Lion Guard

Meanwhile, Rafiki is attempting to paint a picture of the Lion Guard, but it keeps turning out wrong. In the midst of the proceedings, Beshte rushes up to his friends and reports that Janja has been spotted on a ledge overlooking a herd of zebras in the Pride Lands. Horrified, Kion takes the Lion Guard to investigate, minus Ono, who stays behind with Rafiki.

While with the baboon, Ono comforts Rafiki, reassuring him that his new painting looks just like the others, and Rafiki realizes that Kion's Lion Guard is not like the others, for they are not just teammates; they are friends. He thanks Ono for his help, and Ono realizes that he must help his friends no matter his condition. Giving a hasty goodbye to Rafiki, Ono flies off to rejoin his team.

Ono leads Thurston's herd safely away from Kion's Roar of the Elders

As Kion leads the Lion Guard into a canyon, Janja and his minions drop rocks on either side of them, trapping them in the ravine. After gloating to Kion, Janja rushes off to pick off the zebra herd, and Kion and his friends attempt to escape the rock walls. Just in time, Ono appears, and Kion instructs him to move the zebras so that he can safely blast the rocks with the Roar of the Elders.

Ono does as instructed, and Kion breaks the Lion Guard free. With the Lion Guard now back in commission, Janja takes off with his minions, and the Lion Guard returns to Pride Rock, another mission safely sorted out. There, they are met by Rafiki, who has redone the painting so that Kion is among his friends, not just his teammates. Ono compliments the baboon's work, and Rafiki comments that such words mean a lot to him, as they come from the keenest of sight.

"Fuli's New Family"

Ono invites Fuli to eat with him, but Fuli is dismayed when she sees Ono's flock eating insects that elephants kick up.

"Never Roar Again"

When Janja and his clan invade the Pride Lands, Ono and the Lion Guard drive them back into the Outlands. However, once the Lion Guard departs, Janja leads his clan back into the kingdom, and the Lion Guard rushes back to stop them. Before the team can reach the hyenas, the clan runs into Kion's mother, Nala.

Bunga sings "Stand Up, Stand Out", during which he encourages Ono to be proud of his missing head feathers

Janja surrounds her with his cronies and orders an attack. Just then, Kion arrives and, seeing his mother in danger, uses the Roar of the Elders in a rage. The blast is so powerful that it rebounds off a cliff and fractures the earth beneath Nala. As Nala struggles to keep from falling into the divide, Kion reaches down the cliff and pulls her to safety.

The rest of the Lion Guard approaches and affirms that they are all right, including Ono, who arrives with his crest feathers gone. Kion expresses shock that his rage had brought on such destruction.

Back at the Lair of the Lion Guard, the rest of the Lion Guard tries to comfort Ono for having lost his crest feathers. In an attempt to cheer Ono up, Bunga sings "Stand Up, Stand Out". Kion, however, does not participate and instead takes to looking at Rafiki's paintings of Scar, who had abused the Roar of the Elders.

A horrified Ono realizes that his tail feathers are missing as well

Just then, Zazu flies into the Lair and delivers news that a rock slide has blocked up the giraffes' access to their water hole. The Lion Guard sets out to clear the wreckage, but Ono is reluctant to go until Zazu forces him out of the cave. Once at the blockage, Bunga suggests that Kion use his Roar to clear the rocks, but Kion insists that Beshte use his strength instead.

Shortly after the rescue, the Lion Guard encounters a klipspringer trapped on a rock in the midst of a raging river. Once again, Bunga tells Kion to use the Roar to solve the problem, but Kion insists that they use a different plan. He commands Beshte to knock over a dead tree and starts to cross to save the klipspringer. However, as he is walking across the log, the wood snaps beneath him, and he nearly falls into the river. Ono and the rest of the Lion Guard try to save him, but their combined weight breaks the log, and the team falls into the river with a splash. Startled, the klipspringer hops safely to shore, and the Lion Guard rejoices in their victory.

Ono informs Kion and Nala of Makuu's taking over of the Flood Plains

As the team recovers on the shore, egrets from Ono's flock approach and ask Ono why he is "bald on both ends." Horrified, Ono realizes that a piece of stray wood had knocked off his tail feathers.

As they depart, Makuu the crocodile resolves to take over the entire Flood Plains. A mongoose who had been chased away happens to run past Fuli, who resolves to save the Flood Plains with the rest of her team. She hastens to the Lair of the Lion Guard, where Bunga has fashioned a headdress of flowers for Ono, and she relates what had happened to the Pride Landers. While Ono flies off to fetch Kion, the rest of the team departs to save the Flood Plains.

Ono's flock members show off their missing feathers

Ono approaches Kion and Nala with news that Makuu has taken over the Flood Plains. Together, Kion, Nala, and Ono hasten to the scene of the crime, where Kion and Nala command Makuu to share the Flood Plains with the other Pride Landers. In answer, two of Makuu's cronies knock Nala into the water and carry her into the midst of the float, prompting Kion to nearly use the Roar in his fury. Before he can wreak havoc on the Flood Plains, he stops himself from roaring, and Nala calls for him to trust himself.

Heeding his mother's advice, Kion uses the Roar to specifically target Makuu's float and keep Nala from being harmed. With the crocodiles defeated, the team praises Kion for his efforts. Ono interrupts the team and exclaims excitedly that his crest feathers have begun to grow back. No sooner has he said this when the other egrets in his flock show off their missing head and tail feathers, and Beshte comments that Ono has started a trend.

"Ono's Idol"

Mtoto the elephant is playing with his friends when a massive flock of birds flies overhead. The Lion Guard decides to scout out the situation. From a nearby ridge, they spy the birds gathering in a clearing, but before they can investigate, Ono calls them over to a spot at the front. He explains that the birds have gathered for the return of Hadithi, the legendary eagle, who is famous for his "Hadithi Spin."

Ono meets his long-time idol, Hadithi

Just then, Hadithi arrives to much cheering from the gathered birds. A raven calls for Hadithi to say something wise, and he replies with, "The higher you fly, the more they'll look up to you." Though Ono is awed, the rest of the Lion Guard is unimpressed. Bunga decides to ask Hadithi about his famous spin, but Ono blocks his path, insisting that no one can simply talk to Hadithi. He then begins to list off Hadithi's accomplishments to Bunga, which prompts Hadithi himself to chime in with another example.

Hadithi comments that Ono seems to know a lot about him, to which a shocked Ono agrees and declares that he is Hadithi's biggest fan. Hadithi admires Ono's devotion, but points out that he has many adoring fans. He then launches into the musical sequence "Hadithi the Hero", in which he boasts about his past accomplishments and how popular he is among the Pride Landers.

Ono suggests that the Lion Guard be tasked with finding soft fronds for Hadithi's ceremonial nest

After the song, Simba and Nala arrive and inform Hadithi that he is a hero to many animals in the Pride Lands, not just birds. Simba then announces to the crowd that Hadithi is a selfless hero who never abandons an animal in need, and invites Hadithi to attend a Royal Mud Print ceremony. Bunga wonders what this ceremony is, and Ono explains that Hadithi will press his talons into mud and have his prints forever preserved alongside those of other heroes.

Simba continues that it is tradition for the hero to mentor a younger member of the Pride Lands. Kion nominates Ono to the position, and Simba accepts the suggestion. With business concluded, he and Nala begin to depart, but Hadithi stops them and requests that a ceremonial nest be built in his honor. Ono volunteers the Lion Guard to perform the service, and Kion assents.

Ono explains the meaning of Hadithi's wise words to a group of fans

After Simba and Nala leave, Hadithi thanks the Lion Guard for accepting the job and tells them to build his nest using leaves from the highest tree in the Pride Lands, as per tradition. Fuli expresses irritation at this latest request, but Ono defends his mentor by pointing out that the fronds at the top of the trees are the softest. The Lion Guard then relents and takes off to perform their latest duty.

Later, Hadithi preaches to a crowd of Pride Landers and repeats his earlier words of wisdom. Though the birds are impressed, an elephant named Zito points out that elephants cannot fly. Ono explains that Hadithi is trying to say that all animals have challenges in their lives that require them to rise above themselves.

Ono tries and fails to complete the Hadithi Spin

Hadithi finishes delivering another speech, and Ono steps up to handle crowd control. Hadithi watches, impressed, and tells Ono that he is a natural. In awe, Ono requests that he be taught the Hadithi Spin, but Hadithi refuses promptly, claiming that he does not wish to ruffle his feathers before the Royal Mud Print ceremony. However, he volunteers to watch Ono attempt the trick and correct him if he is wrong. Though nervous, Ono attempts the spin, but ends up crashing into the ground. He admits that he had forgotten to compensate for the wind, but Hadithi comments that the wind has always compensated for him. However, he encourages Ono to try again, and Ono boldly declares that he will get it right this time.

Ono continues to attempt the Hadithi Spin and manages to work himself up to two and a half loops. He excitedly relates his progress to Hadithi, but gets deflated when he realizes that his mentor had not even been watching. Hadithi explains that he must look his best for the ceremony, then tells Ono that he doubts the egret will ever be able to achieve the spin.

Ono attempts to prevent Janja's crew from attacking a herd of klipspringers, but gets his wing stuck under a boulder in the process

As Hadithi takes off for the ceremony, Ono follows him and protests that Hadithi had called him a natural earlier. Hadithi explains that he had meant Ono was a natural with the crowd and that he gives the animals exactly what they want to hear. Ono protests that he is simply being honest, to which Hadithi scoffs. The two continue flying, and Ono spots a group of klipspringers being trapped on the edge of a cliff by Janja and his minions, Cheezi and Chungu. He suggests that they use the Hadithi Spin to thwart the hyenas, but Hadithi argues that Ono is not ready for such a feat. He then takes off for the ceremony, leaving Ono behind to deal with the crisis.

Ono attempts to stop the hyenas using the Hadithi Spin, but falls and gets his wing trapped beneath a boulder. Cheezi and Chungu hungrily climb up the cliffs to reach him, while Janja rounds up the trapped klipspringers.

Ono and Hadithi use the Hadithi Spin to thwart Janja and his minions

At Pride Rock, Hadithi becomes so overrun with guilt that he confesses his cowardice to the crowd and admits that Ono is the true hero. He then calls the Lion Guard to follow him and help rescue Ono. Once at the scene of the crisis, Fuli fends off Cheezi and Chungu, and starts to help Ono free his wing, but Ono urges her to save the klipspringers first. Fuli relents and takes off, just as Hadithi lands next to Ono. He praises Ono for his selflessness, even in the face of being trapped, and admits that he could learn much from Ono's example.

As Hadithi pries the boulder off Ono's wing, he apologizes for having abandoned Ono to the hyenas and admits that he is not a true hero. He then confesses that the Hadithi Spin is not real, to which Ono states that he had figured this was the case. However, he boldly declares that they can still try the Hadithi Spin and calls for Hadithi to follow him.

Hadithi honors Ono with a Royal Mud Print Ceremony, and declares him to be a true hero

Meanwhile, Bunga and Kion confront Janja, while Beshte pushes a boulder down for the klipspringers to use as an escape. As Fuli guides the klipspringers to safety, one slips and falls, prompting Janja and his minions to spring an attack. Just in time, Ono and Hadithi fly past and begin to circle the hyenas, making them dizzy. Eventually, they topple off the cliffs and land in the water below.

That night, Ono marks the mud at Pride Rock with his own talons, and Hadithi admits that it had been Ono who had taught him, not the other way around. He then calls Ono a natural hero, and the gathered Pride Landers cheer for him. To conclude the ceremony, Hadithi announces Ono as the creator of the Ono Spin.

"Ono the Tickbird"

Ono helps dislodge Kifaru's horn from a tree

The Lion Guard follows a trail of devastated trees to where Kifaru the rhinoceros has his horn stuck in the baboons' tree. The Lion Guard recognizes him as a well-tempered Pride Lander and wonders why he is acting so destructively. Together, they approach Kifaru, and Kion orders the rhino to stop shaking the baboons' tree.

At first, Kifaru is defensive, but he softens at the appearance of Beshte, who calms him long enough for the Lion Guard to free his horn from the tree. Once unstuck, Kifaru thanks the team for their help, and Kion questions him as to why he had caused so much destruction. Kifaru reacts obliviously, and the Lion Guard explains that he had shaken the baboons out of their tree and trampled every tree in his path.

Bewildered, Kifaru admits that he had wondered why there were so many trees on the path to Lake Matope. He then ambles off, and the Lion Guard realizes that he is heading straight for another tree. Ono shouts that Kifaru doesn't know where he's going because he doesn't have his tickbird, and darts in front of the rhino, warning him to keep back.

Ono explains the partnership between rhinos and tickbirds to the rest of the Lion Guard

Ono asks Kifaru where his tickbird is, and Kifaru admits that his tickbird, Mwenzi, had left him earlier that morning. Though the Lion Guard is confused, Ono explains that rhinos have poor eyesight and use tickbirds to help with navigation. In exchange, the tickbirds eat the ticks off the rhinos' backs.

After the song, Kifaru laments being unable to reach Tamasha, an event in which rhinos gather near Lake Matope to spar together in the mud. The Lion Guard is touched by his sorrow, and Kion resolves to find Mwenzi for Kifaru. Bunga volunteers to lead Kifaru to Lake Matope so that he arrives in time to participate in Tamasha, and Kifaru hesitantly accepts.

Ono saves Kifaru from obliviously walking off a cliff

However, as he is leading Kifaru, Bunga becomes so distracted by eating ticks that he fails to notice a cliff in their path. Just in time, Ono steps in to halt Kifaru, impressing the rest of the Lion Guard. Ono explains that birds and rhinos have a special connection, and Kion suggests that he become Kifaru's temporary tickbird. In the meantime, they will search for Mwenzi and convince him to return to Kifaru. Ono protests the appointment, but gives in when Kion reminds him that helping Kifaru will keep the Pride Lands safe.

As the Lion Guard takes off in search of Mwenzi, Ono begins to guide Kifaru toward Lake Matope. He tells Kifaru to take a right turn, but the rhino instead takes a left turn, which prompts Ono to frantically correct him. The two continue on their journey, and Kifaru begins to grunt and snort loudly, much to the irritation of Ono. Eventually, Ono tells Kifaru to turn right, but the rhino once more veers to the left, and Ono shouts at him to take the right direction.

Ono becomes frustrated with Kifaru's inability to follow instructions

An upset Kifaru comments that Mwenzi had never shouted at him. He then grows so emotional that he walks away, sobbing, and Ono is forced to apologize to him. Kifaru then asks Ono if he will itch inside his ear, and Ono agrees, though he completes the job half-heartedly. Kifaru remarks that Mwenzi would never stop itching until he had been instructed to, but Ono reminds him that he is not Mwenzi.

Kifaru agrees sorrowfully, then belches loudly, to which Ono mutters under his breath that he hopes the Lion Guard will find Mwenzi soon. Kifaru overhears him and chastises him for muttering under his breath, which Mwenzi had never done.

Ono presents Kifaru with jackalberry leaves, to which the rhino protests that he only likes the dark leaves

Ono brings jackalberry leaves to Kifaru, but the rhino complains that he only likes dark green jackalberry leaves. He then compares Ono to Mwenzi, which infuriates Ono. After a moment of cold silence, Kifaru tells Ono that he should thank him, for if Ono had not been so bad at being a tickbird, Kifaru would never have realized how good a tickbird Mwenzi is.

Kifaru starts to amble off, but collapses on the ground, panting. He comments that the constant walking has gotten him overheated and adds that Mwenzi would always make sure to keep them near a source of mud while they were traveling. Thinking quickly, Ono begins to use his wings as a fan, much to Kifaru's delight. Kifaru comments that Mwenzi is too small to be able to use his wings as a fan, and Ono wonders if Kifaru has finally found something that Ono is better at than Mwenzi. Kifaru agrees, not knowing that Mwenzi and the Lion Guard are listening from nearby.

Kifaru praises Ono for his ability to utilize his wings as fans

Mwenzi angrily accuses the Lion Guard of misleading him and confronts Kifaru in a fury. Though Kifaru begs him to stay, Mwenzi flies off across the savanna, and Kifaru calls after him despairingly. He then states that Ono must serve as his tickbird from now on, and Ono takes off after Mwenzi, leaving Kifaru in the care of the Lion Guard.

Mwenzi alights near a swamp, and Ono warns him that Makuu and his float frequent the area. Despite Ono's warning, Mwenzi refuses to trust him and accuses him of taking his place in Kifaru's life. Ono protests that throughout their time together, Kifaru had done nothing but complain about Ono and compare him to Mwenzi. Ono then questions Mwenzi on how he had gotten Kifaru to make a right turn, and Mwenzi explains that he had simply told Kifaru to make three left turns.

Ono and Mwenzi bond over stories of being Kifaru's tickbird

Slowly, Mwenzi begins to warm up to Ono and thinks back wistfully on his time with Kifaru. Mwenzi agrees to reconcile with Kifaru, but just then, Makuu attacks, hurting Mwenzi's wing and knocking him into the branches of a tree. Ono manages to save him from Makuu, but leaves to fetch the Lion Guard for help.

In the meantime, the Lion Guard manages to lead Kifaru to Tamasha, but before he can take part in the activities, Ono arrives with news that Mwenzi is in trouble. In a panic, Kifaru takes off to save his friend. The Lion Guard follows, and fights Makuu off. During the commotion, Mwenzi hops down from his tree and instructs Kifaru on how to free himself from the tree stump. Once free, Kifaru uses the tree stump as a weapon and helps free the other Lion Guard members from their entanglements.

Kifaru tells Ono that he no longer needs him, much to the egret's pleasure

After the fight, Kion thanks Kifaru and Mwenzi for their help, and the two attribute their victory to each other. Kifaru informs Ono that he does not need him to serve as a tickbird anymore, and Ono happily obliges.

Back at Tamasha, the Lion Guard watches contentedly, and Bunga asks Ono if he will serve as his tickbird. Ono reassures Bunga that they will always be friends, but asserts that his days as a tickbird are over.

"Ono and the Egg"

Ono distracts Mpishi the harrier hawk long enough for her to collide with a cliff face

While on patrol, the Lion Guard witnesses a stampede of hyraxes. They wonder what the source of the stampede is and look up to see a harrier hawk circling overhead. Ono volunteers to talk to the intruder. Ono catches up to the hawk and tries to convince her to let the hyrax go. The hawk refuses, and Ono is forced to distract her long enough for her to run head-on into a cliff face. The hawk lets go of the hyrax, who falls to the savanna floor, and Ono rushes to save it despite its small weight. Just in time, Beshte appears beneath the struggling duo, and Ono drops the hyrax safely onto his friend's back.

After the rescue, Kion approaches the hawk and tells her that she must hunt in her own territory in order to uphold the Circle of Life. Though reluctant, the hawk agrees.

Ono discovers a hammerkop egg in his nest

With the hawk gone, the Lion Guard congratulates Ono for his heroic rescue. Unbeknownst to the group, Kulinda the hammerkop watches in fascination and decides that Ono would make the perfect babysitter for her egg. Without consulting Ono, she carries her egg to Ono's nest and deposits it among the twigs.

Later that day, the Lion Guard leads Ono back to his nest and praises him for a hard day's work. Ono is about to settle down in his nest when he feels Kulinda's egg and realizes that a hammerkop has left an egg in his nest. He reacts with confusion, wondering why a hammerkop would abandon its egg, and Kion resolves to find the mother and clear up the confusion.

The egg in Ono's nest hatches to reveal a female baby hammerkop

Ono comments that the egg is close to hatching and requires someone to sit on it in order to keep it warm. Bunga volunteers to keep the egg warm, but Ono worries that he will be too rough with it and decides to sit on the egg himself.

Ono is sitting on the egg when it suddenly hatches beneath him. A baby hammerkop emerges and begins to imprint on Ono, much to his dismay. Presently, the baby hammerkop chases a bug out of Ono's nest, and Ono is forced to pursue her across the savanna.

Ono continues to chase after the baby hammerkop, who strays dangerously close to a raging river. Ono manages to save the infant just in time and proceeds to scold her for running away from him. He tries to convince her to return to the safety of his nest, but she indicates that she is too tired for the return journey. Giving in to her demands, Ono leads the baby hammerkop into some tall grass and falls asleep with her tucked underneath his wing.

Ono struggles to take care of the rambunctious baby hammerkop

Meanwhile, the Lion Guard arrives at Ono's nest, only to find it empty. Kulinda begins to frantically call for her baby, and the baby hammerkop follows her mother's cries to Ono's nest, where the two finally meet each other for the first time. Mother and daughter begin to imprint on one another, and Ono watches in delight, happy to see his charge safe once more.

After the imprint is complete, Kulinda thanks Ono for his help, and he warns her that baby hammerkops can get very distracted by insects. No sooner has he said this when he realizes that the baby hammerkop has gone missing again, and he and the rest of Lion Guard rush to save her from danger.

Ono and Kulinda pursue Mpishi, who has kidnapped the baby hammerkop

Ono scopes out the area for the baby hammerkop and spots her wandering near the river. Fuli attempts to save the baby hammerkop from danger, but arrives too late to stop her from falling into the raging water. With no time to lose, the Lion Guard and Kulinda pursue the baby hammerkop down the river, only to watch in horror as Mpishi, the hawk from before, grasps the baby in her talons and takes off for the safety of the skies.

Kulinda and Ono attempt to thwart Mpishi's plans, but Mpishi works together with Mwoga to keep the baby hammerkop from falling back into the Lion Guard's grasp. Bunga manages to knock Mwoga from the sky, but Mpishi only takes the baby hammerkop from him and swoops out of harm's way once more.

Kulinda, the baby's mother, names her daughter 'Ona' in Ono's honor

As Ono watches Mpishi fly away, he works out how he and Kulinda can work together, and the two flank her from the front and the back, forcing her to drop the baby. Mpishi crashes unceremoniously to the ground, where she is surrounded by the Lion Guard and forced to return to her own territory.

After the rescue, Kulinda thanks Ono by naming her daughter "Ona" in his honor. The three then do the imprinting dance together, as Ono is now considered their family.

"Timon and Pumbaa's Christmas"

Ono and his flock participate in the "The Twelve Ways of Christmas" performance.

"Cave of Secrets"

Ono passes the test of sight by navigating the Lion Guard out of a maze

The Lion Guard examines paintings in the Lair of the Lion Guard in the hopes of finding a way to defeat Scar. Kion notices a boulder blocking a painting and instructs Beshte to move it. With the boulder out of the way, the Lion Guard finds a secret passage leading deep into the heart of the Lair. Makini uses her Bakora Staff to bring a painting to life, which details how the original Lion Guard, led by Askari, had defeated a great evil by venturing deep into the Lair's chambers. Determined to find a means of defeating Scar, Kion leads the Guard into the caverns.

Ono aids Fuli as she slows an oncoming boulder

As the Lion Guard ventures deeper into the Lair, they reach a weak section of floor, where the ground collapses beneath them. The Guard then sets off in a new direction, though they continually meet dead-ends. Ono uses his sharp eyesight to figure out that the caverns form a maze. He guides the Lion Guard through the tunnels until they escape the maze.

As the Lion Guard reaches safety, they realize that the underground chamber is a test, in which a Lion Guard must prove its worth. Just then, Makini arrives, having followed the Guard's pawprints, and Kion reluctantly allows her to join the quest.

Ono realizes that he and the other members of the Guard are all they need to defeat Scar

Under Kion's leadership, the team reaches another chamber, where Makini leads them to a painting. She explains that a group of evil lions had attempted to overtake the Pride Lands, but Askari and his Lion Guard had foiled their plans using an unstoppable force. She then leads them into a chamber where there is a pool of water and yet another painting.

At first, the team cannot decipher where the unstoppable force is, but then Kion realizes that it is their reflection - or the Lion Guard itself - that is the unstoppable force. Makini brings the painting to life, showing how Askari's Guard had worked together to defeat the evil lions. As one, the Guard looks up at the painting, which shifts into the symbol of the Guard, and cries out their catchphrase, determined to take down Scar.

"Fire from the Sky"

Ono struggles to fly high enough to see who is dropping the fire sticks

When fire sticks begin raining down from the sky, the Lion Guard rushes to protect Twiga's herd. In the midst of the attack, Ono attempts to find the source of the fire sticks, but the high altitude forces him to return to the ground. This gives Beshte the idea to talk to Anga, a high-flying martial eagle.

The Lion Guard finds Anga in a grove of trees, and she agrees to help them find the source of the fire sticks. Just then, another attack begins, and Anga and Ono take off to investigate the problem. As they fly higher and higher, Ono is forced to retreat, while Anga soars ahead. Once above the clouds, she spots Mzingo and his parliament dropping fire sticks onto the Pride Lands below.

Ono and Anga fly together during the musical sequence "Height and Sight"

Anga reports back to the Lion Guard, and Kion suggests that they rally the kingdom's birds to help stop the vultures. Ono suggests asking Hadithi for help, which excites Anga. Together, Anga and Ono depart to ask for Hadithi for help. Along the way, Anga teaches Ono how to fly as she does ("Height and Sight").

Eventually, Anga and Ono find Hadithi surrounded by his adoring fans. At first, Ono worries that Hadithi is still taking credit for the doings of others, but he soon realizes that Hadithi is humbly attributing his successes to those who deserve it. Ono implores Hadithi to help the Lion Guard, and Hadithi agrees, leading his followers to where the Lion Guard has gathered to plan their next move.

Ono and Anga rally the birds of the Pride Lands

Once the birds and the Lion Guard have rallied, they take off to thwart another attack, this time over the Maumivu Thorn Patch. During the fight, Anga gets wounded, and Hadithi and Ono rush to save her. However, Hadithi gets attacked by vultures and ends up falling into the thorn patch below.

With no Hadithi to rally the birds, Ono takes up the mantle of leader and manages to lead the birds in another assault. They round up the vultures, and Kion uses his Roar of the Elders to banish them back to the Outlands.

"Battle for the Pride Lands"

Ono and the rest of the Lion Guard spend several months fighting Scar's army, until Simba decides to invade the Outlands. Ono rallies the Pride Lands birds to join in the assault, and oversees the gathering attack force with his friends ("On the Last Night"). When Janja's clan make their way into the lair, Ono and the others pursue them, only for a fire to be set behind them.

Ono and his friends after months of fighting

Ono is able to fly out through a hole in the roof and alerts Anga to the fire surrounding Pride Rock. He remains with Simba and Nala as Anga carries Kiara to safety, and then accompanies them when Anga returns with Hadithi. When the the rest of the Guard and Janja's hyenas escape the lair, Ono rejoins them.

Despite Scar's demand that they flee the Pride Lands, Simba decides to carry on with the assault, and Ono flies with the Guard. They make their way to the caldera of Scar's volcano, only for Ushari to attack Kion. When Bunga falls into the lava with the cobra, Ono flies in and manages to lift him out again.

Rafiki inspects Ono's eyes after he injures them in the volcano

Despite leaving the volcano, Ono's vision remains hazy, and the Guard take him to be examined by Rafiki. Rafiki concludes that the volcano's fumes have damaged Ono's sight. Despite this, he is able to memorize the paintings depicting the route to the Tree of Life, where both Kion and Ono may find healing.

Unable to continue acting as the keenest of sight, Ono asks Anga to take his place. Kion appoints her to the Guard, causing a disappointed Ono's mark to disappear. However, Kion decides that Ono still has a place with the Guard, and gives him a new mark as the Pride Lands' smartest. The Guard and Makini then leave for the Tree of Life, with Ono's flock saluting him as he rides past on Beshte's back.

"Marsh of Mystery"

In the midst of traveling through a swamp, the guard is disturbed by the approach of unknown creatures. Makini grabs Ono and flees to safety, ignoring his protests that they don't even know if there is a threat. By the time he is able to get through to her, they are out of sight of their friends. Makini then spots a marsh light, and pursues it despite Ono's attempts to stop her.

Makini and Ono work together to escape the underground tunnels

The pair end up falling into a cavern beneath the marsh, and Makini apologizes for failing to heed Ono. As they are attempting to find a way out, Makini suggests that Ono fly, and he wearily reminds her of his damaged vision. As Ono attempts to think of a solution, Makini grates on his nerves with her constant talking. One of her escape attempts starts to flood the cave, and the pair look to a pair of tunnels as an escape.

After disturbing a flock of bats, the pair hit upon the idea of following them out of the tunnels. Ono attempts to mimic their echolocation, but is unable to do so. However, he then realizes that Makini's voice is perfect for the task, and the pair begin making their way out ("Anything").

The pair soon emerge on ground level near their friends, and Ono identifies the creatures from before as mongooses. He praises Makini for looking after him, and the group continues their journey.

"Little Old Ginterbong"

While the Lion Guard, Baliyo, and Rani relax at a water hole, Kion washes off a layer of healing mud on his face. Nirmala explains that Kion still has much to do before he is fully healed, but that Ono's eye remedy is ready. Together, Nirmala and Ono depart for the Tree of Life.

Janna heals Ono's eyesight

Meanwhile, Mama Binturong plots to invade the Tree of Life by pretending to seek sanctuary from Makucha and his army. She adds that she will have to avoid Bunga, as he is the only member of the Lion Guard who might recognize her. The army enacts the plan, and the Night Pride falls for it, accepting Mama Binturong for healing at the Tree of Life.

As the Lion Guard heads for the Tree of Life to check on Ono's healing, Bunga suddenly gets inspired to challenge Binga to a stink contest. Bunga heads off to find his new friend, while the rest of the team continues on its way. Together, the Lion Guard and Mama Binturong are led into the Tree of Life, where Janna accepts Mama Binturong for healing. Not wanting to give herself away, Mama Binturong introduces herself as a "ginterbong," which confuses Ono. She asks for a tour of the territory, but Janna explains that the Night Pride rests during the daytime.

Ono warns the Lion Guard of Mama Binturong's trickery

Afterward, Janna channels the Tree of Life's powers to heal Ono's eyesight. Ono is delighted, but Janna warns him that his vision will never be as good as it once was. Outside, Ono sees that Janna was right, as he can no longer see in such detail. Anga instead uses her vision to locate Bunga, who is still with Binga.

On their way to meet Bunga, the Lion Guard runs into Mama Binturong. They invite her to meet Bunga, but she declines and climbs up a tree to rest. Ono watches in confusion, wondering why she is no longer limping. The team meets Binga, and Beshte explains that Kion is still healing with Nirmala. Mama Binturong spies on the conversation and comes up with a plan to defeat the Lion Guard and the Night Pride. Before she leaves, she steals tuliza from a pika, which Ono witnesses.

Ono is touched by Kion's praise

Mama Binturong returns to her allies and instructs them to kill Janna while she distracts the Night Pride. The plan goes into motion, with the Night Pride falling for Mama Binturong's cries for help. In the meantime, Makucha, Chuluun, and Ora sneak over the border.

Ullu the owl informs the Lion Guard of Mama Binturong's peril, and they resolve to help her. However, Ono realizes that Mama Binturong had called Chuluun by name in her cries for help, which indicates that they are working together. The Lion Guard heads to the Tree of Life instead and heads off Makucha, Chuluun, and Ora.

After the incident, Rani praises Ono for his quick thinking, and Kion notes that Ono is truly the smartest member of the Lion Guard.

"Return to the Pride Lands"

The Lion Guard enters the Outlands, where they run into Madoa. Madoa, who has been in hiding with the rest of Jasiri's clan, explains that Zira's invasion of the Pride Lands has already begun. Mzingo arrives and agrees to help, per Jasiri's request.

Ono leads Mzingo's parliament in battle against Tazama

Just then, Anga spots Zira's son, Kovu, standing on Pride Rock. Zira's daughter, Vitani, arrives with a strange pride of lionesses and launches into battle against the Lion Guard. Ono leads Mzingo and his parliament in distracting Vitani's scout, Tazama. Kion is about to use the Roar of the Elders to finish off Vitani and her pride when Kiara appears with Kovu and explains that the Outsiders have joined the Pride Landers. Though confused, Kion halts his attack.

At Pride Rock, Rafiki explains how Zira's pride had changed allegiance due to Kiara and Kovu's intervention. However, Zira had clung to her hatred, and it had destroyed her. The Lion Guard then leaves to greet old friends and family around the kingdom. Ono visits Kulinda and Ona, and dances happily with them.

Ono reunites with Kulinda and Ona

The next morning, the Lion Guard enters the Lair of the Lion Guard, only to find that Vitani and her pride are already within. Vitani argues that she should lead the Lion Guard, as she is the sister of the future king, but Kion argues that, as the future queen's brother, it is his duty to lead the Lion Guard. Just then, Laini approaches, begging for help, and both Lion Guards rush off to assist her.

They follow Laini to where Thurston is stuck in a hole. The two Lion Guards argue over who should rescue Thurston, but Azaad merely approaches Thurston and tells him to back out of the hole. Thurston does so, and Kion comments that they must sort out their problems in order to avoid quarreling. Thurston suggests a competition to determine which team is better, and both Lion Guards agree to the challenge.

Ono serves as the judge of the Battle of the Lion Guards

Later, Rafiki announces the Battle of the Lion Guards to a crowd of Pride Landers. He explains that there will be five competitions to determine who is the fiercest, strongest, fastest, keenest of sight, and bravest in the Pride Lands. Ono is named the judge.

Ono spectates each event and declares the rules and winners. Eventually, after Beshte, Bunga, Fuli, and Anga all complete their contests and bring the teams to a tie, Ono announces that the win will be determined by Kion and Vitani's challenge. Vitani calls for a mashindano, or a physical fight. Kion is appalled and warns her that she does not stand a chance against the Roar, but Vitani asserts that she can be the fiercest without the Roar. This causes Kion to recall Askari's statement that only one who can let go of the Roar can truly master it. Realizing that Vitani is the true leader of the Lion Guard, Kion relinquishes his team's duties to Vitani and her pride. Vitani is then able to use the Roar of the Elders, as she is now the protector of the Pride Lands.

The Lion Guard agrees to join the Night Pride

Askari appears in the clouds overhead and praises Kion for his decision. He adds that Kion has truly mastered the Roar, but Kion counters that he is no longer the leader of the Lion Guard. To this, Askari reminds him that the Tree of Life needs the Roar's protection as well. The rest of Kion's Lion Guard agrees to protect the Tree of Life alongside Kion.

After Kion's decision, Vitani questions Kion on what it means to master the Roar, and Kion demonstrates by picking up Pride Rock with the power of the Roar, which amazes his spectators, including Ono.

Later, Kion marries Rani at the Tree of Life, becoming its king. Ono witnesses the coronation ceremony.

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References

  1. Susan Brett (February 8, 2016). EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Disney’s The Lion Guard creator Ford Riley talks new Lion King sequel. Archived from the original on February 10, 2016. Retrieved on December 21, 2020.
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