|“||Sneaking up on someone isn't so easy for us hippos. Unless we're in the water.||”|
In the Real World
Hippos are very large animals. They have small legs and webbed feet. Their skin, on which very little hair is present, ranges in color from purple-gray to blue-black. Their skin sometimes has a red or pink cast to it.
In The Lion Guard
Hippos have thick gray or blue-gray skin, sometimes seen with darker spots. They have large, flat teeth and occasionally have small amounts of hair atop their head.
In the Real World
The hippopotamus (meaning "river horse") is a large, mostly herbivorous mammal. After the elephant and rhinoceros, the hippopotamus is the third largest land mammal. The hippopotamus is semi-aquatic, inhabiting rivers, lakes and mangrove swamps. Hippos spend most of their days wallowing in the water or the mud, with the other members of their pod.
The water serves to keep their body temperature down, and to keep their skin from drying out. With the exception of eating, most of hippopotamuses' lives —from childbirth, fighting with other hippos, to reproduction— occur in the water. Hippos leave the water at dusk and travel inland, sometimes up to eight kilometers (five miles), to graze on short grass, their main source of food. The hippo's proportions reflect its sedentary, amphibious existence. Its plump and bulky body is set on short, stumpy legs, with each foot having four toes.
In The Lion Guard
Kion later recruits Beshte to be the strongest member of the Lion Guard. He finds Beshte with his pod, who are enthusiastically cheering his name as he creates a waterslide for them. They are delighted when the rushing water pushes them.
The hippopotamus Beshte serves as a main character and appears in every episode of the show.
Beshte the hippo takes his friends to the hippos' home in Big Springs, where he shows them how the fish in the lake clean his teeth. Beshte's father, a hippo named Basi, explains that it's a part of the Circle of Life. Beshte announces that he is now clean, and a pair of female hippos whistle at him. The crocodiles then arrive in the hopes of eating the fish in the lake, but Basi tells the crocodile leader Pua that there are not yet enough fish for the crocodile float, and invites him to return next week.
There are hippos present at the Mashindano, chanting along with the rest of the animals. They witness the defeat of Pua.
The hippos later are driven out of Big Springs by Makuu and the crocodiles and forced into the elephants' watering hole. After Kion orders Makuu to leave Big Springs, the hippos are able to return to their home.
A hippo is shown waiting in line to see Bunga. It joins in the singing of Bunga the Wise, at one point appears with Timon and Pumbaa in its mouth. Shortly after, he allows Bunga to bounce off of its nose.
When a elephant named Mtoto comes up to Beshte and asks him questions. Beshte asks if he has any questions. Mtoto then starts throwing a barrage of questions towards the hippo, who isn't so sure that he really is Mtoto's 'hero' just yet. Mtoto asks them to join in their game of Lion Guard, to which the baby animals become excited at. However, Kion politely declines, and he and the Guard walk away to do some training, much to the baby animals' disappointment. However, Mtoto wishes to hang out with Beshte, and he invites him to watch them train. The two converse a little along the way, with Mtoto become increasingly excited. Beshte becomes embarrassed as Mtoto reveals that the only reason he likes the Lion Guard so much is because of him, though their conversation is soon halted as they catch up to the rest of the Guard, where Kion is briefing his team. Beshte arrives with Mtoto, and Kion explains that they were just about to run an obstacle course. In his excitement, Mtoto knocks over a nearby rock with Ono on it, causing him to fall. The elephant asks if he can run it too, and Kion agrees, telling Beshte to stay close to him. He asks Ono to check the skies for hyenas, and the egret is only too happy to oblige. On the way, Mtoto expresses his disappointment. Beshte hopes that by telling him to find the hero inside of himself Mtoto will someday be a real member of the Guard. As they reach his friends, Beshte leaves. Mtoto's friends are amazed to hear that Mtoto has been training with the Guard and, despite assuming that he would no longer want to play pretend Lion Guard with them, he does. They begin to play, but grow bored quickly with no one to chase. They notice some nearby hyraxes, which they decide to name after the hyenas and chase them. However, lurking in the grass, Janja, Cheezi and Chungu overhear them, and decide to follow. Later Mtoto is saved by Beshte from Janja's clan.
A few hippos can be seen resting in Lake Matope as Beshte sings Life in the Pride Lands.
Besthe practices his bellowing so he can be part of The Bellow Fellows.
Basi and his son, Beshte help the Pride Lands by clearing up the Flood Plains. They save a young rhino from Makuu and another crocodile when Basi gets hurt. He leaves his son in charge of completing the hippo lanes. Later Beshte has a whole bunch of animals on his back Laini, a female wagtail, a young aardvark and Chura. They all sing together make the Hippo Lanes. Beshte than talks to Ono and realizes that he messed it up because he was busy giving animals rides. Basi and Beshte fix the problem and everyone loves the new flood plains.
When Kion uses the Roar of the Elders to make it rain Beshte gets swept away into the Outlands. The sun is so hot and it will make him burn. He sings Look on the Bright Side to make him feel better. Scar orders Janja's clan to push rocks onto Beshte and get rid of him.
When Bunga wants to give his uncles the best Christmas ever, Basi's pod agree to join in with the celebrations. After rehearsing all night, they are about to give up until Bunga reveals to them how important it is to him, and why. They return and perform The Twelve Ways of Christmas with the other animals.
Notable Hippos in The Lion Guard
- Pink oily fluids from glands act as sunblock for a hippopotamus's sun-sensitive flesh.
- A hippo can spend more than eighteen hours a day in water, only emerging at night to feed on grassy shores.
- Hippos can survive for weeks in mud with no food, water, or shade.
- Their huge teeth give serious and sometime fatal wounds to predators.
- They excrete a pink, oily fluid from glands that serve as sunblock.
- Mothers have overturned boats and killed the riders.
- Hippopotamuses are featured in the It’s UnBungalievable! short Who's Hungrier?.