The 2015 Lion King installment gives Pride Rock lions an impressive power-up that basically makes them the superheroes in their animal kingdom.
Lions are majestic-looking creatures, but that’s not the only reason Mufasa’s bloodline rules the Pride Lands in The Lion King. While the original film may have simply assumed that lions should be responsible, more recent Disney projects have elaborated on that premise by giving kings a mystical superpower that ensures their right and ability to rule fairly over other animals – the Roar of the Elders.
For generations, lions ruled as a family. Kings and queens rule. The eldest child acts as the heir to prepare for the future, while the second child is given the role of protector. Thus, the Great Lion of the Past bestowed the Roar of the Elders on the second son, so that he could ensure the safety of all the animals in the kingdom with their special powers.
The Roar of the Elders never appeared in the original Lion King because Mufasa only had one child. Therefore, Simba could not be the prince and leader of the Lion Guard. However, Scar, Mufasa’s younger brother, once wielded that power before using it for evil. It was taken from him after he tried to take over the throne and kill his followers for their refusal to help him usurp Mufasa.
While her eldest child, Kiara, would become queen, Kion was given the historical role of protector. Kion’s story is told in the 2015 animated film The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar and is explained further in the next series, The Lion Guard.
The power of Roar of the Elders is quite impressive and reminiscent of some superheroes. For starters, the owner is the leader of the Lion Guard, a handpicked team of lions who serve with their leader to oversee the Pride Lands. When selected, a lion’s head appears on their shoulder called the Guard Mark.
Roar of the Elders also grants the ability to communicate with and draw powers from the Great Lions of the Past, similar to The Rise of Skywalker. It’s also a great way to find the king’s council as the user can summon spirits to retrieve wisdom. Then, with a power reminiscent of the Black Bolt from the Marvel Universe, the leader of the Lion Guard can use a Sonic Roar that flattens terrain, breaks rocks Lastly, like Storm from X-Men, the leader can control the weather, create floods, whirlwinds, and even summon lightning. Obviously, his strength is impressive and gives the Pride Rock lion a lot of help over the other animals.