Physical information




Eye color


Distinguishing features

   Dirty, ungroomed fur
   Partially-grown mane
   Smaller than average

Biographical information



Pride Landers (briefly)

It's true I'm a little smaller than average. It just means I can't afford to be flaky.
―Ni to Nala[src]

Ni is a male lion. He befriends Nala after saving her from hyenas.



Ni was ousted from his pride at a young age due to being a male. After his exile, he became a wanderer.

The Lion King: Six New Adventures

Nala's Dare

I don't attack other lions. And especially not young flaky ones like yourself.
―Ni to Nala[src]

Ni is first spotted in the Pride Lands by the Pride Landers, who chase him away. Chumvi dares Nala to talk to him, and Nala accepts the dare, determined to prove that she isn't afraid of him. Ni saves Nala from two hyenas who try to kill her upon noticing her alone. The two retreat up a tree after the hyenas have been temporarily fended off, catch their breaths, and then introduce themselves to each other.

Ni reveals that he was ousted from his pride, per usual, since all males do the same once they reach his age. Nala mistakes him as being a younger male, something he laughs at and comments that he is a little smaller than average. Nala invites him to stay with the pride for a bit, but on the way to Pride Rock, they are attacked by more hyenas. With Sarafina's help, the hyenas are defeated. Grateful to Ni for saving her daughter's life, Sarafina lets the young rogue stay with them for a bit, but after staying with the pride for a time, Ni continues on his way.

Personality and traits

The stereotyped attitude of a rogue is dangerous, according to the Pride Landers, but Ni does not fall into the dangerous or the aggressive category. He is quite friendly, and any aggression he harnesses is for the purpose of self-defense or in the defense of others.


  • Ni's name means "am, is, are" in Swahili.[1]



  1. Online Swahili - English Dictionary. African Languages. Retrieved on September 22, 2020.
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