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Laini
Laini
Laini.png
Physical information
Gender

Female

Species

Galago

Hair color

Brown, cream, pink, and tan

Eye color

Black

Distinguishing features

Large ears and eyes

Biographical information
Status

Living

Residence

Pride Lands

Affiliations

   Laini's group
   Pride Landers

Titles

Leader of Laini's group

Relationship information
Allies

Beshte, Boboka, Bunga, Bupu, Fuli, Imara, Kasi, Kifaru, Kion, Ma Tembo, Mbeya, Mtoto's mother, Ono, Shabaha, Tazama, Thurston, Vitani, Zito

Enemies

Scar, Shupavu, Ushari, Badili (formerly), Cheezi (formerly), Chungu (formerly), Janja (formerly), Kiburi (formerly), Mzingo (formerly), Nne (formerly), Reirei (formerly), Tano (formerly)

We were hoping we could stay with you. Nothing can hurt us if we're with the Lion Guard!
―Laini to Kion[src]

Laini is a female galago. She is the leader of a group of galagos in the Pride Lands.

When Badili the leopard was forced out of his territory, he took up residence in the galagos' tree. Laini and her fellow galagos came to the Lion Guard for help, and Kion agreed to drive off the leopard. With the help of the Lion Guard, Badili was able to take back his own territory, and Laini and her friends returned home.

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

Biography

Early life

Laini lived in the Pride Lands. At some point in her life, she became the leader of a group of galagos who were based in Ndefu Grove.[1]

Rescued by Fuli

I can't hold on. I can't hold on.
―Laini, as she hangs from a tree branch[src]

Laini and two of her friends were hanging perilously from a tree branch in Ndefu Grove when their cries reached the Lion Guard. Just before the three galagos fell from the tree, Fuli swooped in to save them. After the rescue, they clung to her back, kneading her fur, and Bunga had to pry them off.[2]

Skirmish with Badili

He climbed up into our tree this morning. And he wants to eat us! So will you help us, Kion? Huh? Speak up!
―Laini on Badili[src]

A frightened Laini stands on Kion's head.

While the Lion Guard was lounging at Hakuna Matata Falls, Laini and her fellow galagos rushed up to them, yelling for help. When questioned by Beshte, Laini explained that a ferocious leopard had taken over their tree. Kion resolved to drive the leopard away, but before the team could leave, Ono announced that Shingo the giraffe had gotten stuck in an acacia tree. Though Laini begged Kion to chase off the leopard first, Kion told her that Shingo must be freed.

Laini and her fellow galagos remained at the falls until they were frightened away by Pumbaa's flatulence. They then met up with the Lion Guard, who explained that it had simply been Pumbaa and that the galagos were in no danger. As the team left to drive off the leopard, Laini insisted that they accompany them, and Kion patiently agreed.

Laini and her galagos watch the Lion Guard confront Badili.

Once there, Laini and her friends were continually frightened by the leopard, Badili, who unknowingly scared them with his sharp claws and teeth. Kion explained this to Badili and told him that he must return home. Badili complied, and Laini was allowed to enter her home once more.

The next day, the galagos rushed up to the Lion Guard in Embamba Canyon and informed them that Badili had returned. This time, the Lion Guard taught Badili to stand up for himself so that the leopard would no longer have to use another animal's territory. Shortly after Badili left, Laini came to the Lion Guard for help, crying that someone else was now in her tree. The Lion Guard followed her to the tree, where they found Bunga asleep in its branches. Upon waking, Bunga drew Laini into a hug, and Laini declared that perhaps Badili had not been so bad after all.[1]

Crossing the hippo lanes

I've been trying to get across the Flood Plains all day! Think I could hitch a ride to Ndefu Grove?
―Laini to Beshte[src]

While Beshte was making hippo lanes across the Flood Plains, Laini asked him for a ride to Ndefu Grove. He accepted the job cheerfully, and Laini clambered onto his back. Beshte then delivered her to Ndefu Grove.[3]

Traveling Baboon Show

Laini watched the Traveling Baboon Show. At one point, the baboons used Laini as a prop for their show.[4]

Following Ma Tembo

Ooh! I really hope Ma Tembo finds the water soon.
―Laini[src]

Janja and his clan were in the midst of attacking Laini when the Lion Guard intervened and drove the hyenas off. Later that day, Laini rode on Thurston's back as the animals waited for Ma Tembo to locate water.[5]

Disturbed by Chama, Furaha, and Mzaha

When Chama, Furaha, and Mzaha stampeded through the Pride Lands, they startled Laini and her group, which prompted her to frown after the trio disapprovingly.[6]

Rescued by the Lion Guard

Whoo! We're free! Thank you, Lion Guard.
―Laini[src]

When Laini and two of her fellow galagos got stuck under a tree, Beshte lifted the trunk, while Bunga grabbed the galagos from an opening in the trunk. Bunga also grabbed a grub, so Fuli saved Laini.[7]

Kumbuka celebration

Laini attended Simba's Kumbuka celebration at Pride Rock.[8]

Sheltering Ma Tembo's herd

You and your elephants saved our home. Even after we pushed you away.
―Laini to Ma Tembo[src]

Laini appeals to Kion to take the elephants elsewhere.

After Ma Tembo's herd was ousted from Kilio Valley due to a fire, Kion requested that the herd temporarily stay with Laini and her galagos. At first, Laini was receptive to the elephants staying in her home, but once their heavy plods started making the ground shake and causing galagos to fall out of trees, she appealed to Kion to take them elsewhere.

Later, a fire broke out at Ndefu Grove. The Lion Guard rushed to the grove, where Laini begged them to save her galagos. Bunga, Fuli, and Kion quickly pinpointed the galagos, who were trapped in a tree, and saved them from the flames. However, as they were delivering them safely back to Laini, Beshte informed them that the fire was not being put out fast enough. Kion resolved to find help, while the rest of the Lion Guard stayed behind to combat the fire.

Laini thanks the elephants for saving their home from a fire.

Kion raced across the Pride Lands to where Ma Tembo and her herd were still en route to another kingdom. He explained the situation to her, and she agreed to help the galagos, as she considered the other Pride Landers to be her family. The elephants arrived in Ndefu Grove, where they promptly put out the fire.

After the fire was put out, Laini thanked the elephants for their help and offered them a place in Ndefu Grove.[9]

Encounter with Shujaa

It's that serval. He jumped into our tree, and he won't leave.
―Laini[src]

Laini appeals to Kion to remove the serval.

Beshte and Shujaa encountered Laini and her fellow galagos in a tree, where they were suspicious of a serval on the opposite branch. The serval admitted to being stuck, and Beshte questioned Shujaa as to what they should do. Shujaa suggested uprooting the tree, but Beshte urged him to think more closely about the problem. This led Shujaa to bend the branch of the tree down to the ground so the serval could clamber to safety. The plan worked, until Shujaa let go of the branch, catapulting Laini and the galagos into another tree.[10]

Training with the Pride Landers

This is what I call teamwork!
―Laini[src]

Laini volunteers her troop's services to Kion.

The Lion Guard concluded that the Pride Landers must unite against the threat of the Outlanders. They gathered 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 Makuu the crocodile for help. Makuu begrudgingly agreed to help, but his training was too rigorous and ruthless for the other Pride Landers to master.

Later, the Army of Scar 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 Laini and her group for help and vowed to do the same for them should the need ever arise.[11]

Dhahabu's visit

Laini was present when Dhahabu arrived at Pride Rock to discuss a water treaty with Simba.[12]

Attack at Mizimu Grove

Was that really Scar in the flames?
―Laini[src]

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 Laini and her group, fled Mizimu Grove.

Laini guides Bupu.

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 Laini and her group to follow him to Mizimu Grove before they decided to leave the kingdom. The herds followed Kion to Pride Rock, 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.[13]

Battle for the Pride Lands

Pride Landers, unite!
―Laini[src]

Laini rides into battle on Bupu's head.

Laini trained with the other Pride Landers at Pride Rock in anticipation of a fight with Scar and his army. Later, she assembled with the Pride Landers to invade the Outlands. During the battle, she rode on Bupu's head and attacked Goigoi the jackal. The Pride Landers ended up winning the battle, and Laini looked on with her fellow Pride Landers as Jasiri was appointed the queen of the Outlands.[14]

Lion Guard's trip to the Tree of Life

When the Lion Guard departed the Pride Lands for the Tree of Life, Laini and her fellow galagos bid them farewell, saluting Beshte and Ono.[14]

Battle of the Lion Guards

There's an emergency at Mbali Fields. We need your help.
―Laini to the Lion Guards[src]

Laini rushed into the Lair of the Lion Guard, crying for help. However, she paused when she realized that both Kion's and Vitani's Lion Guards were present. She bid them to follow her to Mbali Fields, and both groups agreed to the task.

Tazama uses her keen sight to locate Laini during the Battle of the Lion Guards.

Once at Mbali Fields, the Lion Guards found Thurston trapped in a hole. The two groups bickered over who should save him, but in the meantime, Azaad guided Thurston out of the hole himself. Laini looked on.

Later, during the Battle of the Lion Guards, Laini hid in a dark cave to test the Keenest of Sight. Both Anga and Tazama tried to find her. Tazama eventually located her and bore her out of the cave, thus winning the competition. Laini witnessed another competition between Bunga and Shabaha for the Bravest. Finally, Laini watched the final mashindano between Kion and Vitani. She marveled at the power of the Roar of the Elders when Kion used it to lift Pride Rock.[15]

Physical appearance

Oh, I'm soft and fluffy.
―Laini[src]

Laini is a moderately sized galago. She has tannish-brown fur, with a cream chest, arms, legs, and tail. She has huge black eyes with orange sclerae.[2]

Personality and traits

Count the galagos in!
―Laini remains in the Pride Lands following Scar's attack[src]

Laini is skittish and easily frightened. She trusts the Lion Guard completely and often relies on their strength to protect her.[1] Even so, she is a fierce fighter and will unite with her fellow Pride Landers to defend her home.[14]

Appearances

Trivia

  • Laini's name means "delicate, soft, tender, smooth" in Swahili.[18]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Revealed in "The Trouble with Galagos" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 16, Season 1. Written by Elise Allen and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired August 5, 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in "The Search for Utamu" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 8, Season 1. Written by Elise Allen, John Loy, and Ford Riley, and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired February 26, 2016.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Revealed in "The Lion Guard: The Rise of Scar" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 5, Season 2. Written by Ford Riley. Originally aired July 29, 2017.
  6. 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.
  7. Revealed in "The Little Guy" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 15, Season 2. Written by Gus Constantellis and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired January 10, 2018.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Revealed in "Beshte and the Beast" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 25, Season 2. Written by Elise Allen and directed by Tom De Rosier. Originally aired November 12, 2018.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Kari Wahlgren. IMDb. IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved on September 15, 2020.
  17. 17.0 17.1 Meghan Strange. IMDb. IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved on September 15, 2020.
  18. Online Swahili - English Dictionary. African Languages. Retrieved on September 15, 2020.
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