Top Ten Reasons Why The Lion Guard Is Going to Suck

The Top Ten

1 Hyenas as evil villains only ... Again.

Yes. Disney obviously hated every hyena that exists. They are so rude. Simba is racist and will KILL EVERY.. HYENA. EVER. No. Just. NO. - HyenaLover

Hyenas are NOT EVIL VILLANS THIS IS SOOO DISTURBING! LIKE THERE ARE BAD OR GOOD HYENAS! Ha, I hope Disney reads this! Hyenas are just misunderstood! Uhh disney que when will you learn! Sick people!

Yes! It's always the hyenas that have to play the villain roles. - Stazemar000

Why is it wrong to introduce at least ONE hyena that's a goody two shoes?

2 It messes with the food chain.

This episodes teaches that even though lions hunt they should over do it like hyenas do WHEN IN REALITY LIONS HUNT SOMETIMES JUST TO PRACTICE THEIR HUNTING SKILLS!

In an episode they are teaching prey how to fight. How are predators going to eat.

Yeah! It is super annoying. The Lion Guard just does not let anyone eat. They don't respect the circle of life.

Not to mention that they never let the hyenas eat, they always stop them, just because they're supposed to be the villains of the show.

3 "Kion" is a dumb name

This list is not awful, but the show is.

Transformers ripoffs!

He's disdainful!

Lion with a k. Might as well named your cub PRIDE or NORTH.

4 The animation style is not very good

There's something about the animation style's "over-fluidity" which makes me mad.

True this is is bad!

If you pay close attention, you'll be able to see the characters sliding while they walk. It looks like they animated a walk cycle and just slid it across the screen.

The quality looks like it came out of those lame Land Before Time sequels that have been releasing over the years.

5 Kiara is now a brat

Kiara in lion king 2: humble, cute lion cub that always tried to be nice and did not want to be queen

kiara in the lion gaurd: stupid, sassy brat that brags about being queen that TURNED BACK INTO A CUB!

Wow. The creators of this show made Kiara from an independent and headstrong lioness to a spoiled brat oozing with sass. - Stazemar000

They've made Kiara a loyal and independent lioness to a whiny child-like brat with a sassy attitude! what

Kiara is better - kionissexy

6 It is a rip off trying to cash in the success of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

So true. From the animation style to using veteran voice actors/actresses from both anime and western animation to play guest stars in different episodes, I think TLG is trying too hard to be like MLP: FIM.

What? Really? It was a rip-off to MLP! - Neonco31

No it's not. - StevenUniverseIsAwesome

7 The Lion King franchise doesn't need a new installment and should have ended, died or banned by now.

It is the most overrated franchise in Disney history.

I cannot believe that The Lion Guard has a big fanbase.

Yes, let old things die on their own. Don't try to to keep good things alive for too long.

And it is getting even worse now with this series being a new addition... TLG is so cringe-worthy it reeks.

8 Bunga is annoying

Bunga needs to just die already.

He was so mean, too. Not friendly at all.

I wish bunga wasn't one of the lion guards

You won't believe how much I hate Bunga and how annoying he really is. It sucks that his hatedom seems to have died down and that some fans argue how he isn't annoying anymore. But those fans are all wrong and Bunga always have been annoying and irritating. To the point that I much rather kill Bunga than accept him as a good character. It doesn't help the fact that he shares several traits of other comic-relief characters that people find annoying *cough*Scrappy Doo*cough*, and has a couple catchphrases that have been perceived as annoying: "Zuka Zama! " and "un-Bunga-lievable". It satisfied me when Bunga got bitten by Ushari for landing on his head, given the fact how many times Bunga bullied Ushari prior. (Shame that Ushari is a villain in the show's second season)

9 Why does the lion cub have a cutie mark?... Oh wait.

Ugh, its not a cutie mark! Just because it's a symbol that appears when doing something special or something related to your special talent doesn't mean it was intentional to be a cutie mark! - Gabriola

Cutie marks are on every pony in the show. And in The Lion Guard not EVERYONE has a symbol. Only 5 characters have a symbol on their shoulder. It's not a cutie mark, its actually a lion symbol to show they are in the Lion Guard! - LemonadeOcean

Aw great. The MLP of Disney Channel! - Neonco31

10 It was only made to introduce new generations of fans, making The Lion King fandom even worse than it is now.

And you thought the MLP fandom was bad? Just stay out of the TLK fandom. I'm warning you.

I enjoyed Nuka until now...

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11 It is rather dark for a preschooler show

The good side is that while the six year olds will eat up the blatantly obvious simpler elements, older viewers (teens and adults and maybe even some older kids) being forced to watch will be entertained too by seeing the deeper storyline and stuff. - Lunala

I honestly think that the Lion Guard should been a regular Disney Channel geared towards children ages 6-13 instead of a Disney Jr. show geared toddlers. It is pretty dark and noneducational for a preschool show, and the regular Disney Channel should have shows that are not overly feminine live action shows (a lot of preteen and teenage girls may enjoy it, but I think the Disney Channel would be better if there was a variety of different themes of shows). - anonygirl

There are so many topics in The Lion Guard that could be somewhat 'adult' for a show intended for the toddler demographic. These themes would be fit better in a PG/PG-13/R rated film, TV14/TVMA-rated show, E10/T/M-rated game or even a hentai anime than a Disney Jr. show. The Lion Guard contains death, violence, suggestive themes and toilet humor. Heck, a female zebra gives live birth in one episode in the show. (Although it wasn't graphic nor do we see the birth, but still pretty dark) I am very surprised that no parent or political correct person complained about the controversies and explicit overtones in the show.

It's ironic that you think toilet humor only belongs on shows for older kids or adults because usually small children are the only ones that find it funny. I can understand where you are coming from, and I agree with everything else you posted. I just wanted to throw that out there. - anonygirl

MLP at least does handle it's theme properly - Neonco31

12 Kiara never had a brother. She was an only child in Simba's Pride.

Honestly, they should have never put in Kion and should have just let Liars be the main character. But I guess not because Kiara is a little brat nowadays and can never do anything except lick her paws EVEN THOUGH Kiara was cute, bold, and brave in the Lion King 2. So they just decided to put in another bratty little lion and put him as the main character. Even though Lion sucks at being leader.

It would had been fine if Kion (and Bunga) never existed. If Lion King 2 staff made Kiara a only cub is for a good reason. Kion is just an overpowered Marty Stu that never seems to belong on the Lion King universe. Also he only exists to sell toys. Kiara is the best cub.


Yeah. So, basically, Kion did NOT exist at all in the second movie. In the Lion King 2, Kiara is all grown-up, no little brother around during her time as a kid and an adult. That's really effed up - Stazemar000

13 Carnivores are antagonized

Ugh why?! Seriously can this be educational? It's a show for 4 year olds for Christ's sake!

Most carnivores are antagonized though.

Only lions and cheetahs are good guys. <.<

14 Simba forgets his friendship with Timon and Pumbaa

But again, Timon and Pumbaa both are horrible, downright annoying characters.

Better solve a NEW friendship problem! Call Twilight Sparkle now! - Neonco31

But he totally yelled at them in lion king 2 when they didn't find Kiara in time for the war and he just used them as her babysitters n didn't hang out with them if anything he hangs out with them more in lion Guard!

Timon and Pumbaa deserve better than this. They were very important, if it wasn't for them, Simba would be dead!

15 It ruins the timeline of the Lion King 2

Some one alternate the time line

Ugh I HATE that one. The question is why don't they just make a story about Kopa or Kiera's cubs instead like an actull movie? :/


16 Flanderized characters
17 Not the best choice of animals for both the heroes and the villains.

Yeah, by the looks of it, Bunga acts rather mean. I know he's supposed to be the "bravest" but there's a difference between being brave and acting like some bully who doesn't give a care about anyone.

A doggone honey badger is one of the heroes, yet honey badgers are the meanest animals in reality. How come it gets to be a hero and a hyena can't?

Writer: Hey boss! Boss:what? Writer:I have the perfect idea for a animal! Boss:so..what is the animal? Writer:A hippo! Boss: Genius! A Overpowered animal that has even more powers! What could possibly go wrong! Basically the lion guard in a nutshell...

18 Kiara is a kid


Why would they even make her a kid? I hate that they didn't follow the Lion King 2.

Yep because I remember seeing the lk and I saw the daughter but she was born in the 1990s and she sounds like she's 4 even if she's older then kion

It is actually confirmed that TLG is a midquel that takes place in the middle of TLK2: SP.

19 The songs aren't very good

Zuka Zama? My butt... It only encourages children to get into dangerous places without caution.

Circle of Life was classic. Can you feel the love tonight was harmonic, be prepared was motivational and the soundtrack was awesome. Zuka Zama is just 'cool'.

20 It's a midquel instead of a sequel

When I saw the first five minutes of tlg on YouTube I thought it was going to be after the lion king 2, BUT NO! The show could be more better if it were after tlk 2 :T

21 Simba's mother Sarabi is not in it

It is possible that the reason for Sarabi's absence in this, as well as The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride and such, was because her original voice actress passed away. As with Zira, if Sarabi were to appear again, she will most likely have a new actress. It is possible that Sarabi may still be alive at the time of TLG/TLKII, just not seen anywhere, yet.

I always thought she died during the events of lk2

22 Bad fanbase

So true. It's not too surprising to see it have a bad fanbase since it's a spinoff of The Lion King.

Probably just as bad as the MLP fanbase - Neonco31

Even worse is that they draw and write p0rn of it. No exceptions.

23 Terrible choice of heroes and villains

The "villains" of the show are portrayed as sympathetic characters who are trying to do nothing but to find food and feed themselves, whereas the "heroes" are portrayed as a bunch of bullies who protect the so-called 'circle of life' by keeping the "villains" away from finding their food and forcing them to starve for no reason by driving them away to the 'outlands' where there is little to no food with the so-called 'roar of the elders'. When the heck is finding your own food such a crime? I think the show might be encouraging the audience who watches it to grow into bullies who force others to starve. That is not a good moral to teach children, to be honest.

I honestly think that the producers made a not-so-good choice for both the heroes & villains.

The entire show ripped-off all the Lion King movies I've enjoyed watching ever since I was young! They've made everyone from the movies look like complete idiots!


1. Kiara never had a brother or sister in The Lion King 2. She was an only child throughout her life

2. Zira & Nuka died in the ending of the 2nd film, but reappeared in the Lion Guard series. (Which I found a bit unusual since they're supposed to be dead)

3. Kiara is a kid again. She grew up in the 2nd Lion King film. WHY?

4. Bunga, Fuli, Beshte, & Ono did NOT exist either

5. Vitani & Kovu are also kids again, because they also grew-up in the 2nd movie

6. Simba forgets about his friendship with Timon and Pumbaa

7. Kion can summon Mufasa anytime he wants to and have conversations with him! Simba had no control over him at all. Mufasa gave Simba enough time to say ...more

24 It's a spinoff of The Lion King

Isn't it obvious?!

25 It is called the lion guard not the animal guard

I know, right? Also, it would have been better if it was an ORIGINAL franchise instead of a Lion King spinoff with Lion King characters in it.

Why call it the lion guard when there's four different animals and only one lion? Screw you disney

I know right, it just makes no sense

Why call it the lion guard when there's 4 other animals that aren't lions and only one lion? , you suck lion/animal guard

26 Jasiri looks too feminine and smaller than Janja and his gang

Spotted hyenas are a matriarchal society, and female hyenas are larger and even have more testosterone than the males. Why the heck is Jasiri and her sister smaller than Janja and his thugs, as well as Shenzi, Banzai and Ed from the original Lion King film the series spun off from? One may argue that Jasiri and her clan are just children, while Janja's clan and Shenzi's clan are both all in the teen-adult age range, but still, come on. Even Jasiri has a SMALLER mouth compared to both Shenzi and Janja, which hyenas supposed to have big mouths and bone-crushing teeth. Is the show reinforcing the awful "good girls must be girly while bad girls must be more man-like than the good girls" trope over and over again?

Jasiri is a cub. - Fuli201

27 The villainous hyenas are a trio again

Spotted hyenas live in clans, not trios. Stupid cliches nowadays.

28 Fuli is a ripoff of Rainbow Dash and Sonic

I fear the thought of shippers pairing up Fuli with either RD or Sonic once the show is running.

How so just because she's a cheetah who has the capability to run as fast as them doesn't mean that she's a rip off of them, Fuli is far better than a MLP character and a Sonic character who suck!

29 There's no romance

We need Elton John back to explain "can you feel the love tonight "

That's nice - XxembermasterxX

Yep, the only "official" couples in the show known so far are the parents; Simba and Nala, Reirei and Goigoi, Basi and his wife (since Beshte is his son), Muhanga and Muhangus, and Muhimu and her mate (since she has a son). But that doesn't stop 'shippers from "shipping" whatever the heck they want. I won't be surprised if Kion and Zuri ended up as a couple when they grow older knowing how hideously stereotypical and trope-overdosed The Lion Guard is. Heck, even a comic in The Lion Guard Magazine hinted at a "rescue romance" between Kion and Zuri after he rescued her from Makuu and his band of crocodiles. So yeah, KionxZuri might also be official after all.

30 Kovu and Nuka are not in Lion Guard

They were, the episode aired today and it was very disappointing.

Uh..yes they are have you even watched lion Guard or just randomly posted also it would benefit if they weren't on there, but surprisingly they weren't as annoying as Kion who just acted like he liked Jasiri on this, lions over all episode!

When are they Guest Starring

They are guest starring

31 The show doesn't even get it's "animal facts" right a hundred percent.

Male hyenas don't lead clans nor do they behave like dogs, female ostriches are a different color from the males, zebras don't make horse noises, the list goes on and on.

32 It glorifies bullying much like the film it was based on did

I mean seriously, how would you feel if someone forced you to starve and not eat anything? The so-called Circle of Life that guides everyone all? My butt.

33 Kiara is smaller than Kion despite being older.

Well, male lions are normally larger than female ones, unlike spotted hyenas who are a reversal of this. Animals are always going to have gender differences, no matter how weird it seems to some people.

34 Kion is stupid

He thinks he is cool but he is just a stupid little lion cub with a roar. I don't even think a cub at his age would have even developed on yet! also, HE NEEDS TO LET LIONESSES HUNT!

35 It is a Huge Ripoff of Steven Universe
36 It is an educational show for preschoolers, yet it may be teaching that hyenas are all evil henchmen and that good ones don't exist.

With the possible exception of Jasiri, who is a guest character and appeared in only one episode, spotted hyenas are still demonized and portrayed as villains in the show just like the movie it was spun off from. It sucks on many levels.

37 Horrible characters

Very true.

38 The writing is rather poor or cheesy

Plus, The Lion Guard is not a good show at all. I hate it when people think it is. -_-

39 Stereotypical characters

Disney needs a spanking on a bare butt!

Shame on you Disney

40 Too dark for a preschool channel

Exactly. I heard that the upcoming second season is going to be darker, which I am hoping it would be cancelled soon.

41 The characters are all too derivative of those of other animated series

It wouldn't hurt to be original once a while, you know.

42 Kion meets a hyena

At least it breaks the stereotype of "all hyenas are evil" that was evident in the original Lion King film.

In one episode, Kion travels to the Out-Lands. He meets a hyena named Jasiri. Then, they become friends. That is so queer, it's not even funny!

What's wrong with having a good hyena? How come you say that only bad lions should work together with hyenas and good lions can't? I really hate how The Lion King franchises portrays the hyena species. Yes, lions and hyenas are natural enemies, but it is wrong for Scar to have the whole hyena species as his henchmen. Did you know that Disney got sued because of this? This is one of the reasons why TLK is bad.

Fun fact: It was the people at Disney's Animal Kingdom who made the suggestion of adding a good hyena character to the writers of the show. The two spotted hyenas at the Animal Kingdom park may have served as the inspiration of Jasiri.

I agree with Nuka & Vitani on this one.

"What kind of Lion sides with a hyena?! " Nobody!

Instead of Kion attacking the hyena, he helped her! Seriously, I know hyenas are scavengers, but lions don't even like hyenas at all. Unless both of them are evil and work together (Example: Scar and 3 hyenas)

43 It's for little children

Although I have no problem with anything aimed at children, I just hate the whole Lion King/Guard franchise because it can be too dark or depressing for children or the supposed target age group, although there are other reasons.

44 Kion is too muscular

I know I should never judge a fictional character by the design, but I just can't help it with The Lion Guard and all of it's characters. How come that the Pridelander lions (i.e. Simba, Mufasa, Kion) look so muscular compared to the more villainous Outlander lions (i.e. Zira, Kovu, Nuka, Vitani)? It's like if the series glorifies look-shaming for no reason.

45 It is for babies

For some reason, this is the only The Lion King entry that is mostly for babies. Its only T.V. network to be on is Disney Junior. Even so, what excuse is there to be this unrealistic, TLG?! - The Ultimate Daredevil

46 Cringy character designs

Seriously, look at Janja. Doesn't he look like a result of Shenzi mating with Kaltag from Balto to you?... It gives me the creeps and does nothing but inspire rabid fans to ship crossovers even moreso than before.

47 It is not educational.

I know right? They claim it to be an educational show, and even hired a few educational people to work on the people, yet the show is still full of stupid, unneeded cliches and tropes.

It kind of is. Sometimes it gives facts about animals in the Savanna. - Gabriola

Same as every other shows disney jr has put out they try but they fail. They don't even have the animal facts right couldn't you do something to make show good disney jr?

You would expect a show on PBS, Nick Jr., or Disney Jr. to be educational. The Lion Guard doesn't sound educational. - anonygirl

48 It is a Toddler Version of My Little Pony

Okay who's responsible Disney junior,Video Brinquedo or Sparkplug Entertainment.

49 The hyenas would have been dead by now

Yeah they probably haven't eating in a month or two.

50 Kion Speaks with Mufasa’s Spirit Once Every Other Day

In the first movie, when adult Simba talked with Mufasa's spirit, he just told him what he had to hear and then left. He gave Simba enough time to say ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! Told him what he needed to know, and then ditched him. Really? Mufasa ditched his OWN SON!

In this show, Kion calls for him and then-- speak of the devil. However, Kion is able to communicate with Mufasa each episode and he just stays put, but in the first movie, he just left Simba like he didn't want anything to do with him. That's a bit screwed-up in my opinion - Stazemar000

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