The Roar of the Elders is a mystical power in the movie The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar, and its follow-up television series, The Lion Guard. Only the leader of the Lion Guard possesses this power.
For generations, the second born child of the Lion King has always been the leader of the Lion Guard; a team of animals whose duty is to protect the Pride Lands and the Circle of Life. Another reason why the second-born child of the Lion King is the leader of the Lion Guard is because they possess the Roar of the Elders; an intensely powerful roar that is bestowed on them by the Great Kings of the Past.
The first lion to be bestowed the power of the roar was Askari, the second born son of one of the previous Lion Kings.
During the reign of Ahadi, his youngest son Scar was leader of the Lion Guard and was blessed with the power of the Roar, however, after Scar after got bitten by a a cobra, the venom in his body started to corrupt him; as he let the power go to his head to the point where he believed he was worthier of being king than his older brother, Mufasa. He tried to get his Lion Guard to help him overthrow Mufasa and take the throne. When the rest of the Lion Guard refused, Scar destroyed them using the roar. However, because he used the roar for evil, Scar lost it and the abilities it gave him forever, resulting in him becoming weakened and even more determined to kill Mufasa and become king himself.
When Mufasa became king, he only had one child named Simba. Because of this, many Pride Landers believed that the roar and the Lion Guard were gone forever. However, after becoming king, Simba had two children Kiara and Kion. Being the second-born, Kion inherited the roar and assembled the new Lion Guard; but vowed not to use it for evil as his great-uncle did.
List of Known Powers and Abilities
- Sonic Roar: When the leader of the Lion Guard uses the Roar of the Elders, all the ancient lion kings roar along with him/her, instilling real power in the roar. With this roar, he/she has flattened plains, held floods back and torn down rock-slides. In The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar, it is revealed that the roar is so powerful that it can kill the user's opponent(s); as Scar destroyed the previous Lion Guard when he used the power of the roar.
- Mark of the Guard: Whoever the leader of the Lion Guard chooses to become part of his/her team, he/she marks them with a lion head, symbolizing their positions as members of the Lion Guard, when the leader of the Lion Guard inherits the Roar of the Elders; a lion head automatically appears on his/her left shoulder.
- Producing Rain Clouds: In "Lions of the Outlands", when Zira told Kion to use his roar on a cloud, it produced a rain cloud.
- Precision: In "Never Roar Again", it is revealed that the roar can be used to hit precise targets. For example, when Makuu and his float took Nala hostage, she encouraged Kion to use the Roar. When he did, instead of using the Roar on everything, he controlled it to only take out the crocodiles holding Nala before turning on Makuu and the rest of the float.
- Spiritual Summoning: When used out of anger, the roar is capable of summoning the evil spirits from the afterlife, leading to fatal consequences. In The Rise of Scar, Kion accidentally summons Scar over a volcano when he uses the roar in anger. It can also be used to summon the good spirits of the past like Mufasa. After evil spirits are summoned, they are capable of acting on their own accord, not needing to be called on by the user.
- Atmokinesis: In "Triumph of the Roar", it is revealed that the roar can create a whirlwind to lift objects from the ground. Kion used this ability to help carry Beshte and Bunga in order to defeat Mama Binturong and her army.
- Electrogenesis: In "Triumph of the Roar", Kion can use the roar to summon a bolt of lightning to free Makini and the rest of the Night Pride from being stuck inside the Tree of Life.
- Evil Deeds: If the leader of the Lion Guard ever uses the Roar of the Elders for evil; he/she will lose this power permanently.
- Misdirection: If by some mishap the power of the roar is turned around; it will strike members of the Guard or other animals by accident even put them in danger.
- Rage: If the leader of the Lion Guard ever uses the Roar of the Elders in anger, he/she will temporarily lose control of the roar; as he/she could unintentionally hurt or kill someone, as well as accidentally summon evil spirits.
- Accidental Natural Disasters: If the roar is used in anger or not it can cause natural disasters by accident like a mini flash flood seen in "Swept Away", volcanic eruptions or earthquakes.
- The first mention of this ability was in the book Hear Me Roar!.
- According to the Disney Life App, the roar can be heard up to five miles away.
- When Kion uses the roar, he always tells everyone to get behind him. But in the title sequence, Bunga is clearly in front of him, and therefore should be blasted forward. This happens again in "Janja's New Crew", though Kion is behind the Lion Guard, none are affected when he uses the roar.
- ↑ "David Oyelowo to Voice 'Scar in Disney Jr's Animated Series THE LION GUARD". BroadWayWorld.com. (June 23, 2017)