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Surak
Surak
Surak
Physical information
Gender

Male

Species

Lion

Fur color

Black, brown, and cream

Eye color

Brown

Distinguishing features

   Swept-up mane
   Tree of Life mark on right shoulder

Biographical information
Also known as

My son (by Janna)

Status

Living

Residence

Tree of Life

Affiliations

Night Pride

Titles

   Member of the Night Pride
   Prince of the Tree of Life

Relationship information
Family

Janna (mother)
Rani (niece)
Baliyo (nephew)

Friends

Nirmala

Enemies

   Chuluun
   Mama Binturong
   Makucha
   Ora

Jogina!
―Surak's catchphrase[src]

Surak is an adult male lion. He is the son of Janna, and a member of the Night Pride.

Biography

Background

Surak was born to Janna, the queen of the Tree of Life. He had an elder sibling: either Sãhasí or Ãnanda. At some point in his life, Surak joined the Night Pride, a group of lions tasked with protecting the Tree of Life.

The Lion Guard

"The Tree of Life"

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Surak races into battle alongside his teammates, Rani and Nirmala

After being alerted by Ullu, Surak and the rest of the Night Pride arrive at the mountain pass to confront the Lion Guard. The two groups engage in a battle. Surak dodges an attack from Beshte, then warns his teammate, Nirmala, to avoid Anga's aerial attack. However, after Kion uses the Roar of the Elders on Baliyo, the Night Pride backs off, with their leader, Rani, ordering the Lion Guard to stay away from the Tree of Life.

Back at the Tree of Life, the Night Pride reunites with Baliyo, who is unharmed. Surak comments that Kion's abilities seem like a power out of legend. Before leaving to report the border incident to Janna, Rani orders Surak and Nirmala to look after Baliyo.

Later, after receiving counsel from Janna, Rani informs her team that they are to invite the Lion Guard to the Tree of Life despite their last encounter. Surak and his pride return and escort the Lion Guard to the Tree of Life.

"The River of Patience"

Along with the rest of the Night Pride, Surak leads the Lion Guard to his mother, Janna, who welcomes them for healing.

Introduce Janna

Surak and the Night Pride introduce the Lion Guard to Queen Janna

Later, when Makucha and his allies, Chuluun and Ora, attempt to invade the Tree of Life, the Night Pride blocks their entry. Surak and his pride members defeat them easily by working together. Afterward, the Lion Guard arrives too late to help.

The Night Pride fends off another attack by Makucha's army, this time by night. However, their third attack the following morning proves more difficult, as Ora bites and paralyzes Baliyo. Just in time, Kion arrives to help.

"Little Old Ginterbong"

Mama Binturong plots to invade the Tree of Life by pretending to seek sanctuary from Makucha and his army. The army enacts the plan, and the Night Pride falls for it, accepting Mama Binturong for healing at the Tree of Life.

Blame Bunga Binga

The Night Pride listens to Mama Binturong's account of her fight with Bunga and Binga

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.

After luring the Night Pride with cries for help, Mama Binturong attacks Bunga and Binga. The Night Pride arrives, and Mama Binturong attempts to blame the honey badgers for the fight. However, Ullu arrives and informs the Night Pride of Mama Binturong's deception. Bunga and Binga then use their stench to defeat Mama Binturong.

"Poa the Destroyer"

Surak gathers at the Tree of Life with the Night Pride and the Lion Guard to discuss Beshte's bad reputation.

"Long Live the Queen"

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Surak with his mother, Janna, in her last moments

The Night Pride saves a tiger named Varya and her cubs from Makucha's army. Afterward, Ullu arrives and tells the Night Pride that Janna needs them right away.

When the Night Pride arrives at the Tree of Life, they notice a crowd of animals gathering and realize that Janna is dying. Surak tells Baliyo that he must enter the Tree of Life, for Janna wants to see him.

Once inside the Tree of Life, Janna tells Surak to lend Rani his wisdom. Janna dies peacefully, and Surak grieves alongside the rest of the Night Pride. He later attends Janna's funeral.

At Rani's coronation, Surak cheers his niece on.

"The Lake of Reflection"

Baliyo yawns

An exhausted Night Pride challenges Makucha's army

One day, Makucha and his army launch an attack on the Tree of Life. The Night Pride challenges them, though Baliyo's yawning exposes how exhausted they are from a night of patrolling. The Lion Guard arrives in time to help, but Kion and Rani's dual leadership results in confusion.

Eventually, the Lion Guard and the Night Pride succeed in driving off the army. Kion offers to patrol the Tree of Life during the day in order to give the Night Pride time to rest, and Rani gratefully accepts his offer. Unbeknownst to the team, Mama Binturong is spying on their conversation from a nearby tree.

Later, Ullu warns the Lion Guard and the Night Pride that Makucha's army is launching another attack. The Night Pride arrives, and Kion leads the two teams in their attack.

"Triumph of the Roar"

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Surak realizes that Makucha's army is shutting the Night Pride inside the Tree of Life

Makucha and his army sneak into the Tree of Life due to Ullu falling asleep. The Night Pride arrives, only for the Lion Guard to take over the shift and defeat the army.

Later, Makucha's army invades the Tree of Life with new forces. Ullu warns the Night Pride about the army's attack, and they rush to the Tree of Life, only to be shut in by a giant rock pushed by Ora and his minions. With the Night Pride out of commission, the army attacks the animals at the Tree of Life.

Kion, Bunga, and Rani arrive, and Kion uses the Roar of the Elders to defeat the villains. He then strikes the rock at the Tree of Life's entrance with lightning, destroying it and freeing the Night Pride.

"Return to the Pride Lands"

Surak attends Kion and Rani's wedding.

Physical appearance

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Surak's imposing size and build assist him in battle

Surak is a large and imposing male lion, with wide shoulders and a strong build. He is considerably bigger than his fellow pride members, being a full head taller than his niece Rani. Surak's size and build prove to be an asset in battle, as they enable him to take on powerful enemies and knock even relatively large animals, such as leopards, to the ground. Despite this, Surak is agile and quick on his feet, able to climb, dodge, and maneuver with ease.

Surak's main pelt is dark brown, while his muzzle, paws, and underbelly are cream. He has brown ear rims, the tops of which are darker in color and the sides of which are lighter in color. His eyes are brown and framed by bi-colored eye shades; while the upper shades are darker in color, the lower shades are lighter in color. He has a full, swept-up, dark brown mane that is tinged with lighter shades and pointed on either end.

Surak is marked by a lion's head symbol on his right shoulder, which represents his position as a member of the Night Pride.

Personality and traits

Like his mother Janna, Surak is soft-spoken and reasonable. He holds a countenance of maturity and works hard to defend the Tree of Life alongside the rest of his pride. Surak tends to maintain a rather stoic persona, being calm but serious during most situations. Despite this, he is not emotionless, as seen when he sheds tears for his mother Janna upon her death and comforts his nephew Baliyo almost immediately after.

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Surak reminds Baliyo of his responsibility to Janna, reflecting his dutiful nature and maturity

Surak is also shown to be quite knowledgeable, as he is aware of ancient legends, such as the Roar of the Elders. He is also considered to be the wisest member of the Night Pride. Even though Rani is his leader, she often turns to her uncle for guidance and relies on his knowledge and advice when she is unsure of what the right course of action is. He also offers advice to those around him, often to the brash Baliyo.

Like all members of the Night Pride, Surak is dedicated to his life's mission of protecting the Tree of Life and its inhabitants. When in battle, he proves himself to be a powerful and ferocious opponent to face. He also shows camaraderie with his teammates, working well with them in battle and defending them if they are in need. Despite being a strong warrior and fierce defender, Surak prefers to solve matters without violence and is not one to rush into fighting before thinking.

Behind the scenes

  • Surak is voiced by Lou Diamond Phillips.
  • Surak's catchphrase, "Jogina!" means "Don't stop me!" in Somali.[1]
  • Surak is the brother of either Sãhasí or Ãnanda. It is never revealed in the series.
    • Presumably, Surak is the second-born cub of Janna, as the throne passes to Rani instead of him.

References


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