Shupavu is sly and sneaky with a somewhat nasty streak. Although prideful, she is not above helping others, especially if it will benefit a cause she believes in.
Shupavu is slender and long-bodied, with skin of a deep red hue. She has lighter red patches on her back, neck and face, contrasting with her burgundy underbelly and eyespots. Shupavu's eyes are fringed with a yellow mark and framed by dark eyelashes.
Role in the series
During the musical sequence "Fujo", Shupavu and Njano watched the Lion Guard performing their duties before they slithered away.
Later, Shupavu and her skinks are summoned by Ushari. He requests that one of the skinks follow Rafiki and Makini to the Lair of the Lion Guard in order to find out of there is a way to speak to the Evil Lions of the Past. Shupavu agrees and tasks her stealthiest skink, Nyeusi, with the job.
Both Shupavu and Ushari accompany Nyeusi to the entrance of the Lair, and Ushari thanks the skinks for their help, asserting that he can finish the task. Shupavu departs with Nyeusi, eager to get way from Pride Rock.
The Lion Guard
When Makuu leaves with the Lion Guard to speak to Simba about new sleeping arrangements, Kiburi seizes control of the float, inspiring them to join him in taking over the water holes in the Pride Lands. From afar, Shupavu watches in fascination and resolves to speak with Ushari and Scar about the proceedings.
At Janja's den, Shupavu tells Scar about Kiburi, and he orders her and her skinks to keep an eye on the goings on. Later, Shupavu informs Scar that Kiburi has challenged Makuu to a Mashindano.
When Beshte is alone in the Outlands Shupavu helps trap him.
A gecko named Hodari wants to be a crocodile so Shupavu introduces him to Kiburi's float.
Shupavu helps the rest of Scar's army trap the Lion Guard. She soon gets blasted away by Kion's roar.
Shupavu's group catches a chameleon spying on Scar.
Shupavu finds out that Jasiri and her clan have been working with the Lion Guard to stop Scar.
Shupavu reports to Scar that Kion, Kiara, Bunga, Tiifu and Zuri are in the Mud Pots.
Shupavu overhears that Kion has gathered Pride Landers to help fight Scar.
Shupavu tells Scar about Queen Dhahabu.
Shupavu tells Scar about the show in Mizimu Grove.
Shupavu and Njano overhear Kion’s plan to invade the Outlands and go to tell Scar, who tells her to help Janja find the Lion Guard's lair and bring the other Outland leaders for the final attack. It is unknown what happened to her and the other skinks after Scar's defeat.
Aside from Ushari, Scar is the only evil creature Shupavu takes orders from. Because of her never failing to bring him the good news that he can use for his plans, the evil Lion always praises the sneaky lizard for her work. She has only failed him on two occasions.
Shupavu and Ushari are very good friends. In "The Rise of Scar" Ushari calls for Shupavu and her skinks for help. Shupavu even helps Ushari in all of Scar's plans.
Njano is Shupavu's confidante. She seems to bring Njano with her more than any of her Skinks. Most of the time, she has to explain her plans to him as simply as she can.
Shupavu is very good friends with Kiburi's Float. They work together to try and get rid of the Lion Guard.
Shupavu is very good friends with Reirei's Pack. They work together to try and get rid of the Lion Guard.
Shupavu is on good terms with Mzingo's Parliament.
Shupavu hates Kion since he's the leader of the Lion Guard. He has stopped her and her skinks in "Undercover Kinyonga."
Shupavu hates Beshte. In "Swept Away" Beshte found an ally in Shupavu and her skinks, as they offered to lead him to Rocky Plateau. Beshte even called them friends. However, this was a mere ruse as they attempted to lead Beshte into a trap which involved Janja, Cheezi, and Chungu trying to crush him with rocks. When spotting Janja and his hyenas, Beshte called for the skinks to run, not knowing they were on the hyena's side, not his. In "The Scorpion's Sting," when Shupavu and her skulk reveal themselves with Ushari, Beshte appears to be shocked to see the lizards on the bad guys' side and hates them since.
Shupavu hates the rest of the Lion Guard members.
Shupavu hates Kinyonga since she was spying on Scar. Shupavu sees her as an enemy and tries to eliminate her with the help from her fellow skinks. Shupavu does not believe that Kinyonga will be a problem for her and her skinks, but the sneaky chameleon manages to evade capture until the Lion Guard arrive.
Shupavu used to be friends with Janja's Clan. Until they joined the Pride Landers and helped fight Scar's Army.
Hodari was cautious of Shupavu after hearing her voice. After she reveals herself and offers Hodari the opportunity to be part of a crocodile float, Hodari is overjoyed and trustingly follows her into the Outlands to meet Kiburi. Since he never found out that Shupavu was working alongside Kiburi, it is presumed that Hodari remains unaware of her true intentions.
Shupavu hates Makini. When Simba got stung by a scorpion, Rafiki sends Makini and the Lion Guard to get the cure - volcanic ash. Shupavu also attacked Makini and the Guard when Scar called out his whole army.
- Shupavu means Tough, strong, firm or hard in Swahili.
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