Initially, Imara lived in exile from the Pride Lands as an Outsider. However, after the integration of the Outsiders into Simba's pride, Imara joined the Lion Guard under the leadership of Vitani. She partook in the Battle of the Lion Guards, during which her Lion Guard challenged Kion's for the right to protect the Pride Lands. Imara won her individual competition against Beshte, and her team ultimately prevailed over Kion's.
Imara lived in the Outlands as a member of Zira's pride. She and her fellow Outsiders lived in exile from the Pride Lands due to their support of Scar's reign. After the union of the Outsiders and the Pride Landers, Imara was selected to be the Strongest member of Vitani's self-formed Lion Guard.
Battle of the Lion Guards
On their way back from the Tree of Life, Kion and his Lion Guard entered the Outlands. Vitani mistook them for enemies and launched into battle against them. Imara fought Beshte. Despite being smaller than him, she was able to push him backward. As the battle continued, Kion resolved to use the Roar of the Elders to finish off Vitani and her Lion Guard, but Kiara appeared with Kovu and explained that the Outsiders had joined the Pride Landers. Though confused, Kion halted his attack.
The next morning, the Lion Guard entered the Lair of the Lion Guard, only to find that Vitani and her Lion Guard were already within. The two groups argued about who should be the Lion Guard, as both Vitani and Kion had the right to lead. Just then, Laini approached, begging for help, and both Lion Guards rushed off to assist her.
They followed Laini to where Thurston was stuck in a hole. The two Lion Guards argued over who should rescue Thurston, but Azaad advised Thurston to free himself. Kion commented that they must sort out their problems in order to avoid quarreling. Thurston suggested a competition to determine which team was better, and both Lion Guards agreed to the challenge.
Vitani was allowed to choose the first competition and so decided to have a contest between the Strongest members. Imara requested that the challenge involve pushing a giant rock with an elephant on top to a tree on the other side of Chakula Plains. Beshte and Imara faced off, and Beshte was close to winning, but Ma Tembo pointed out that he was getting sunburned. Beshte ran to a mud pit to protect his body. This detour cost him the match.
Later, Kion forfeited his role as the leader of the Lion Guard to Vitani, and Imara celebrated alongside her teammates. She then watched in awe as Kion used the Roar of the Elders to lift Pride Rock.
Imara is a large, well-built, and lithe lioness. She has slate-gray fur, with a pale chest and underbelly. Her eyes are blue.
Personality and traits
Imara is strong-willed, tenacious, and headstrong. She openly welcomes challenges and deliberately pushes herself to her limits, as seen when she challenged Beshte to an exceedingly difficult strength competition. She can also be cocky, which leads her to underestimate her opponents. Like most of her fellow Outsiders, she is eager for a fight.
Imara is the most reserved member of Vitani's Lion Guard, as she does not speak as much as her teammates and tends to act stoically. Even so, she is very supportive of her teammates and fights well with them.
- Imara's name means "power" or "persistence, endurance" in Swahili.
- Imara's catchphrase, "Musuli!" means "Muscle!" in Swahili.
- 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.
- Rachel Crow. IMDb. IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved on September 13, 2020.
- Online Swahili - English Dictionary. African Languages. Retrieved on September 13, 2020.