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Hero Overview

Put 'em up! Put 'em up! Which one of ya first? I'll fight ya both together if you want! I'll fight ya with one paw tied behind my back! I'll fight ya standing on one foot! I'll fight ya with my eyes closed!
~ The Cowardly Lion's most famous lines.
I do believe in spooks, I do believe in spooks! I do, I do, I DO!
~ The Cowardly Lion's most famous quote.
It's just lion, now. [Roars] See?
~ Cowardly lion to Dorothy calling himself just lion.
Take that!
~ The Cowardly Lion attacks the Wicked Witch by throwing some nuts in the latter's direction in Berry Brick Road.

The Cowardly Lion is one of the three tritagonists of The Wizard of Oz franchise.

He is a male anthropomorphic talking African lion and the third (and final) ally to meet Dorothy. Even though he is a lion, he is not so brave and joins Dorothy to get courage from the Wizard, although certain perils along his journey make him find the courage within his heart to help his friends.

He is also the not-so fearless king of the forest. There were moments where he gains his courage to defend his friends, mostly Dorothy. He's afraid of almost anything, including his own shadow. And he most likely to retreat from a fight or a dangerous creepy place. But he feels safe with his friends by his side.

Also, Lion has a big appetite and will eat almost anything he sees. But aside from his fear and appetite, Lion has got Dorothy and her friends' backs, and he will always have courage inside of him and will always help anyone save Oz from certain doom.

Portrayals[]

He is portrayed by Bert Lahr. Lahr also played Aunt Em and Uncle Henry's farmworker, Zeke.

In the Wizard of Oz themed episode of Beetlejuice, he was played by the Monster Across the Street; in the parody episode of Futurama, he was played by Dr. Zoidberg; in the Muppets' Wizard of Oz, he is played by Fozzie Bear; and in Minnie's Wizzard of Dizz, he is played by Donald Duck.

In Berry Brick Road from Strawberry Shortcake, he is voiced by Dejare Barfield, who provided Orange Blossom's voice.

In the 2017 Boomerang series Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, he is voiced by Jess Harnell.

Biography[]

As Dorothy, Scarecrow and the Tin Man are travelling through the dark forest following the yellow brick road on the way to the Emerald City, the Cowardly Lion ambushes Dorothy and her friends and tries to take a bite out of Toto during his first appearance. Dorothy slaps him for trying to attack Toto and discovers that the Lion is a coward as he admits that he is not brave or king of the forest, but a cowardly lion. Dorothy feels sorry for the lion and tells him about the Wizard in the Emerald City and maybe he could give the lion some courage.

His nature as a coward didn't hamper his ability to help out, as he has done great feats of bravery including leaping chasms along the yellow brick road with a companion on his back each time, and when travelling through the Dark Forest he held off two Kalidahs (a fictitious species of animal in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with the head of a tiger and a body of a bear) by himself.

Physical appearance[]

Lion is a big strong lion. Like most lions, he has a mane, two ears and a long tail.

Personality[]

Lion is the not-so fearless king of the forest. He's afraid of almost anything, including his own shadow. And he most likely to retreat from a fight or a dangerous creepy place. But he feels safe with his friends by his side.

Also, Lion has a big appetite and will eat almost anything he sees. But aside from his fear and appetite, Lion has got Dorothy and her friends' backs, and he will always have courage inside of him and will always help anyone save Oz from certain doom.

Other Appearances[]

The Cowardly Lion makes an appearance in Berry Brick Road in Strawberry Shortcake, being a biped. His face is now akin to a African American, resembling Orange Blossom, specifically.

Trivia[]

  • Lion is a little bit like Scooby-Doo and Shaggy, who like to eat a lot.
  • In "Kingdom of Dreams", Lion dreams of being a kid, which is less scary of being a adult.
  • Despite being a male character, the Cowardly Lion has a hair-bow in his Berry Brick Road design.
  • In the movie, the Lion walks on his hind legs instead of all four, except when he is first seen bounding out of the forest to attack Dorothy's friends. After roaring fiercely at them on all fours, he does stand up on his hind legs.

Navigation[]

           The Wizard of Oz logo Heroes

Main Characters
Dorothy Gale | Toto | Scarecrow | Tin Woodman | Cowardly Lion | Wizard of Oz | Glinda the Good Witch of the North | The Munchkins | Aunt Em

Return to Oz
Tik-Tok | Billina | Jack Pumpkinhead | The Gump

Legends of Oz: Dorothy Returns
Wiser | Marshal Mallow | China Princess | Tugg

Book characters
Hungry Tiger | Patchwork Girl | Princess Ozma | China Girl | Queen of the Field Mice

Oz Kids
Dot Hugson | Andrea

Wicked
Elphaba

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