Ono is a narrowly built bird with a very skinny pair of black legs that are striped with orange, which lead to a pair of orange claws. The end of each claw also has a black spot. His upper body is compact, with pure white feathers across the main part of his body. Some pale orange and yellow feathers reach into the end of his wings and form a band around his neck.
He has a long, orange pointy beak and a purple circles across his large eyes. His eyelids are a slightly more bluish shade. Atop his head, he sports a crest of five feathers of differing lengths, starting off with a light yellow at the bases and transitioning to a slightly dark tangerine orange near the tips. His Mark of the Guard is silver/gray and can be found on his left wing.
Ono is described as an intellectual and brainy egret. He has been shown to be very alert, warning his flock of Kion and Bunga's impending presence. He is often in the sky, seeking out specific targets, such as Kiara amidst the gazelle stampede and Mzingo in the sky. He never hesitates to take to the air and seek out animals in help, and will sometimes act even before Kion asks him to. Ono is loyal to Kion and rarely questions his leader. Ono likes to feel like a valued member of the Guard, and is very insistent that he will always be the keenest of sight, though he originally showed doubt before the Lion Guard battled hyenas. He does his best to prove himself, and cares deeply for his friends.
Though he has a distaste for violence, Ono is a fierce fighter and will bravely take on adversaries. He usually helps out by scouting out animals in need of help during a fight, or warning his friends of incoming enemies. He has taken on vultures multiple times, probably because he is the only member of the Guard that can fly. He doesn't need to hear anything more than his name to take wing and scout something out.
Ono is the pessimistic and realistic member of the Guard. He sees things as they are, and is not reluctant to voice his observations. He is logical and sees no need to sugarcoat any facts. However, he has made attempts to be encouraging before, but without good results. Ono is a very clean animal. He is frequently seen washing himself, and becomes agitated or worried at any potential dirt or mess that might fall upon him. Ono also prefers that others keep themselves clean, and bad smells, such a Bunga's odor, disgust him. Ono is also very blunt, and isn't afraid to show his annoyance to other animals. He has a wry sense of humor, which he displays rather frequently. Rarely, he will even tease his friends. Whilst he is happy to impart his knowledge with others, he is also easily irritated by those who choose to mock him or his suggestions. Ono is quite well-informed in regards to the animals of the Serengeti, and he often states facts out loud for the benefit of his friends. Ono is very respectful to royalty and is noted to be punctual. A determined bird, Ono won't stop until he finds a solution.
According to Bunga, Ono is flamboyant. He also has a fear of bats. He is prideful of his crest feathers.
Ono see Kion and Bunga as the pair approach him in the Pride Lands whilst playing a game of Baobab Ball. Ono quickly alerts his flock, and they take to the air, scattering as Kion and Bunga dash through.
Later, when Kion is assembling the new Lion Guard, he chooses Ono for his keen sight(after Bunga stops him from hunting down a snail) along with Beshte for his strength, Fuli for her speed, and Bunga for his bravery. Ono gives a long whistle after Kion explains the Lion Guard's duty of protecting the Pride Lands and defending the Circle of Life. Fuli, however, questions Kion's position as the fiercest member, and Ono explains that it's somewhat common knowledge that lions are fierce.
Bunga convinces Kion to show the others the Roar, and Ono remarks that seeing is believing, though adds that with a roar, it concerns hearing more. The group assembles behind Kion per his instructions, and as the others scramble for a place, Ono smirks and mutters "groundlings". Kion's roar, however, comes out as a squeak, and all Ono can say for it is that is was different. Simba then arrives and sees that his son has not chosen a group of lions for the Guard, and he scolds Kion for treating the mission as a game. Kion leaves to do some soul searching.
Ono waits with the rest of the 'Guard', watching the hyena attack unfold, commenting on how deviously clever Mzingo's extra help is. After Bunga retrieves Kion, the lion cub tells them that he doesn't care if they're not all lions, and that he knows that are the Pride Lands' most talented. Ono is less certain than the others, but accepts. Kion then places his paw on each of his friend's shoulders, to give them the Mark of the Guard. Ono stretches his wing out to admire his after he receives it. Together, the group rushes into action.
The Guard quietly make their way down to the gazelles' grazing grounds, before launching a surprise attack with Kion at the front of the group. With Ono taking care of Mzingo by knocking him into a bush, the rest of the group focus on the hyenas. The hyenas soon start to make a desperate retreat. Simba, Nala, Tiifu and Rafiki arrive just in time to see the new Lion Guard chase the hyenas away.
Although they assume that their work is done, it turns out that Kion's sister Kiara is still in danger, as the panicked gazelles are stampeding towards her. Bunga has an idea, and asks Fuli to get him close. Ono then scouts ahead, flying over the herd. He spots Kiara and reports that she's behind a rock. Bunga successfully saves Kiara, and Ono flies back to Kion and Beshte to report the good news.
With Kiara safe, the Lion Guard approaches Janja's clan of hyenas. Janja taunts Kion, but the lion cub uses the Roar of the Elders, and the defeated hyenas scramble back to the Outlands. After witnessing the whole event, Simba is happy to accept the new Lion Guard, acknowledging that it is now their time.
Janja, Cheezi and Chungu are out chasing oryxes, until the Lion Guard arrive to scare them off. Kion tells his friends to calm the herd down, whilst he tackles the hyenas personally. After calming them down, Fuli notices that Kion is taking a long time, and asks Ono to check out what's taking him so long.
Ono flies up and soon sees Kion in trouble, holding onto the log of the tree that snapped off with him, heading downstream. He quickly alerts the rest of the Lion Guard, and they run down to find Kion holding on for dear life. Fuli orders Ono to go ahead and check on Kion, who struggles against the current himself and loses his log. Kion eventually manages to paddle to safety and onto land and Ono lands beside him. The egret voices his concern, as Kion has landed in the Outlands. With no choice thanks to the fast current, Kion tells everyone to meet him at Flat Ridge Rock. Bunga tells everyone that he knows where that is, and leads Fuli and Beshte off. Kion tells Ono to go with them, just in case Bunga doesn't really know the way. Ono obeys, and flies away with the others.
Bunga starts to lead the group through a forest, though it soon becomes apparent that he is lost, to Ono's irritation. Later, Ono takes over and leads Bunga, Beshte and Fuli out of the forest, and near a herd of zebras. They soon realize that none of them know where to go. As the group talk amongst themselves, one of the zebras, Thurston approaches them, and ask what the problem is. They explain that they're looking for Flat Ridge Rock, and Thurston asks where it is specifically. They point out that they don't know, which is why they were asking, and the Thurston informs them that he has no idea where it is, and instead, asks where he was going. Ono tells him back to his herd, and the Thurston thanks Ono, before leaving. Beshte suggests that maybe Mbeya knows where to find Flat Ridge Rock, and Fuli asks if Beshte knows where to find him. He tells them that usually at this time of the day, he is hanging out at the Watering Hole, and Fuli asks Ono to guide them there. Ono replies with an, "Affirmative!" and tells the Guard to follow him.
Later, as Beshte is enjoying a conversation with Mbeya, Ono flies over to remind the hippo that Kion needs them. Despite this, Beshte forgets to ask, and rushes back, much to Ono's disappointment.
Later, Ono, Bunga, Fuli and Beshte are wading through a river after following Mbeya's directions. As they reach the end, Ono notices the rock which appears to be Flat Ridge Rock. Fuli says that she'll lead, and dashes off, leaving the others behind. A bit later, Fuli awaits her friends at Flat Ridge Rock, though Ono and the other members are exhausted, having had to run to catch up with her.
Ono and the Lion Guard hear some commotion nearby and rush down to find Kion with Jasiri. Kion explains to them that she is his friend, and the Guard settle down before making their way back to Flat Ridge Rock. Kion catches up with Ono and the rest of the Guard, and they return to the Pride Lands.
Ono appears with his eyes in the sky and his friends following him on the ground to a problem only to discover it's just a hyrax stuck in a thorn bush, much to the egret's disappointment. After getting the little critter out, Ono is impressed that the hyrax was using the snake skin to mask its own scent. But after Bunga saves the little guy from Ushari, Beshte becomes sticky, and after landing on him, Ono becomes concerned as he struggles to get away. The hyrax runs away from Bunga's smell, and Ono asks when the last time he had a bath was.
The group then travel to Big Springs, where Beshte explains how easy it is for him to get clean. Ono invites Bunga to give it a try, and watches as he leaps in. When the fish reject Bunga due to his intense stench, the group all laugh, until Pua arrives. They watch as Makuu eventually challenges him to a Mashindano. When Kion leaves to talk with his father, Ono decides to clean Bunga's stink instead. With his uncles, Timon and Pumbaa, telling Ono that there's nothing wrong with the smell, Ono disagrees, and together, they all ask Bunga not to make a stink. Ono's attempts fail, though he promises Bunga that he can find a solution.
The Mashindano soon begins, with Ono amongst the many spectators. He watches intently, though is disgusted with the violence that crocodiles use in battle. He continues viewing the intense fight with everyone else, and watches as Makuu finally defeats Pua in battle. He listens to Basi as he explains that Pua must now leave the Crocodile Float, as per traditional crocodile laws.
He then returns to The Lair of the Lion Guard, and still tries to clean Bunga. He asks Bunga to roll around in the dust, which causes him to sneeze. Kiara suddenly appears with a worried expression on her face. After Beshte asks her what's wrong, she explains that Zazu has just informed her that a herd of giraffes have moved into the baboons' forest, and Simba is out hunting with Nala. With no one else to turn to, the Lion Guard quickly leap into action, with Ono scouting out the areas. Ono soon reveals that all of the animals in the Pride Lands have shifted their homes, with the apparent root of the problem being the crocodiles now living in Big Springs. Kiara then realizes that when the crocodiles pushed the hippos out, they in turn caused the other animals to move about in order to find a new home.
Ono travels with the Guard to Makuu, and watches Kion confront the crocodile. Ono even confirms that he would be happy to see Kion teach him a thing or two, though Kion remains calm and decides to instead seek out Pua, to see if he would re-challenge Makuu. Pua declines, and Ono, along with the rest of the Guard, fly home to seek advice from Simba instead.
When they return, Kiara informs them that they're still out. In the meantime, the baboons have taken over Pride Rock, and Kiara's not sure what to do. Ono then tells everyone that he has a solution... for Bunga's problem. He tells him to roll around in mint leaves and eat one, which solves his stench problem. However, Kiara reminds them that they have bigger problems.
They return to the lair minus Kion, who went to seek further help. Kion soon returns and devises a plan. He sends Bunga, Ono and Fuli off to check that the Grove of Trees is still free from animals, whilst he and Beshte approach Makuu. In the Grove of Trees, Ono notices the hyrax on a tree as the only animal there. They grow concerned, unsure how to get rid of him in time. Bunga tells Fuli that he can get the hyrax to move, and attempts to scare him off with his scent again. However, this fails, as Bunga no longer smells thanks to Ono's mint leaves. With time of the essence, Fuli tells him to leap down with the hyrax in tow, and Fuli rushes off with the pair, allowing Ono to give the all clear. Kion uses the Roar of the Elders, and Makuu finally leaves.
Ono soon confirms that the animals have moved back to their original places, and that everything seems to be back to normal. He also apologizes to Bunga for making him lose his smell, as it has its uses. Bunga replies with Hakuna Matata, saying that he hopes it wears off soon, as hyrax climbs across his back. The Guard laughs as they watch.
The Lion Guard are out in a storm, trying to save some baboons in a tree that is gradually breaking. After working together, they manage to save them, with Ono swooping in to save a baby baboon and returning it to its mother.
With the storm subsided, the Lion Guard decide to rest nearby, with Ono almost getting eaten by Beshte by mistake. Kion leaves the group briefly to seek advice from his grandfather, though returns to see a large stream of water heading straight for them. He wakes them up, and asks Ono to check out what's going on. Ono flies high and informs him that Lake Kaziwa is too full, causing a leak which is getting worse. Bunga gets the idea to block the lake with rocks.
Other animals arrive and compliment Bunga on his good idea. A small amount of water leaks out, and Bunga is quick to stick a stick in it. The animals once again are impressed, though Ono and the Guard have doubts, with Fuli openly voicing them. Rafiki overhears this nearby, and mentions that honey badgers are the smartest animals, before his baobabs fall from his hands. Bunga becomes excited, and runs off to tell his uncles, with Ono and the rest of the Lion Guard chasing after him. Rafiki gathers his fruit back, and finishes his sentence with 'when they think before they act'. With no one left to hear his words of wisdom, he decides to leave, missing the stick breaking free and once again causing a leak.
The rest of the Lion Guard chase after Bunga, but halt when they realize that they forgot the turtles. They turn them the right way up, and Kion asks Ono to locate Bunga. A short while later, Ono returns and urges his friends to go to Hakuna Matata Falls.
When they arrive, many animals have gathered together. Timon and Pumbaaexplain that Bunga is giving out advice. After watching Bunga give some terrible advice to several animals, Timon forces Bunga inside, demanding payment from the animals. A mongoose gives Timon a bug, and he's ready to let him in, until the Lion Guard tell him that they need to speak with Bunga. Annoyed, Timon allows them access, although Beshte is too big to fit through and instead waits outside.
Ono and the rest of the Guard speak with Bunga, who reminds them of Rafiki's words, and that he is now the smartest and bravest animal in the Pride Lands, and that he plans on giving all the animals advice. Timon then ushers the Lion Guard out, since other animals are waiting for Bunga's advice.
The Lion Guard sans Bunga are roaming the Pride Lands when they see an ostrich with her head stuck in the ground, and Ono points out that they don't usually do that. They help her out, though as she pops her head up she spits out several bits of dirt which land on Ono. The disgruntled egret lands on Beshte's back and cleans himself. The Guard ask what she's doing, and she informs them that she's following Bunga's advice. Ono then sees some
Brushbacks eating some pink flowers, and Beshte rushes over to destroy them. Once again, it turns out that they were following advice from Bunga. They then hear a distress call, and find an oryx trapped near a cliff. Ono assures the oryx that they don't usually drop animals, concerning the oryx further. After rescuing him, it again turns out to be Bunga's bad advice, having told him the quickest way to the other side was to jump down.
A herd of animals arrive, singing Make Way for Bunga the Wise, which grabs their attention. They run over, to find out that Bunga is taking his advice all over the Pride Lands. As they're talking, the temporary dam bursts and the animals run. Kion tells the Lion Guard to follow him, as he rushes to save some nearby animals, with Ono taking to the skies.
With the buffalo and zebras following Kion and with Fuli picking up a hedgehog along the way, they race away from the water, and soon arrive at a junction point. Kion asks Ono which way to go. As Ono sees one route leading outside where the water can follow, he tells them left, though soon realises that he has sent them to a dead end. Kion tells everyone to get behind him, and performs the Roar of the Elders, which pushes the water back and out the other way, with rocks falling down to secure their safety.
The animals and the Lion Guard are finally able to relax, near a waterfall that was created when Kion used his roar. Although Beshte is happy, Ono is concerned about the next storm that occurs.
Ono flies over to Pride Rock, much to Kion's confusion, as the Guard awaits him down on the ground. They return to Pride Rock, where Ono is cleaning himself in preparation for Kiara's appearance, explaining that he has been asked to give her the morning report. As Kiara appears, she approaches Ono, though Kion expresses his anger at taking him away from the Lion Guard. Tiifu and Zuri are shocked at Kion's outburst, though Kiara goes on to ask Ono for the morning report. He reports that everything is clear from Mikunu Cliff to Ukuni Woods, and that everyone is excited of her becoming Queen. He continues to inform her that the oryxes aren't fighting, the eland herd is migrating east along the river as expected, and that several new beehives were spotted along the path. Kiara thanks Ono, who thanks her back, much to Kion's further irritance as the egret fails to come up with a suitable title for Kion. Kion asks his sister if he can have Ono back, though Kiara becomes worried that the bees may sting the eland and send them into chaos. and tells Kion to send the Lion Guard out to divert them away. Kion is about to leave, when Kiara asks if they can divert the eland away from the bees' nests.
The Lion Guard find the bees, and Ono confirms that the eland are on their way. Since his sister couldn't tell him how to handle the situation, as opposed to moving the eland away from the bees as Kiara stated, Kion believes that the best solution is to move the bees. This plan backfires, and the bees chase after the Lion Guard, and Ono makes several turns in an attempt to flee the bees. The Lion Guard smash into the eland, creating more chaos.
The Lion Guard return to Pride Rock covered in bee stings, and Kion insists that it wasn't a total disaster, though Kiara disbelieves him. When she asks, Ono admits that most of the elands were redirected, and Fuli adds that they didn't all trust them.Later, Kion calls for the Lion Guard who are resting in The Lair of the Lion Guard, and they rush off to save Kiara, who has fallen for a trap set by Janja. Ono locates Kiara in the Broken Rock, and informs Kion that she's surrounded by hyenas. After Kion has rescued his sister, Ono, Bunga, Fuli and Beshte arrive to back up their leader. Seeing the odds, the hyenas run away.
The Lion Guard is caught in a wildebeest stampede caused by Janja and his clan. Ono flies up high, looking
for the hyenas. He tells Beshte and Bunga where Cheezi and Chungu are and warns Kion of Janja sneaking up behind them. Thanks to Ono, the Guard is able to chase away the hyenas despite the dust kicked up by the stampede. Kion tells Ono to make sure that the hyenas go back to the Outlands, and Ono obeys, flying after the retreating hyena clan. However, his left eye is struck by a rock, knocking him to the ground.
The Guard takes Ono to Rafiki, who patches up Ono's eye with vines and leaves. Ono is concerned about how it looks, but the Guard quickly reassures him. Rafiki tells Ono that he needs to rest for three days. Ono becomes distressed and tries to prove that he's still the keenest of sight, but ends up bumping into a wall. Fuli notices the paintings upon that wall, and Rafiki explains that all of the past Lion Guards are painted there, and that today, he was adding their story. When Ono is asked what he thinks of the painting of their Guard, Bunga declares that Ono can't see. Determined to prove himself, Ono flies out of the Lair and flies over the Pride Lands. He ends up crashing into the vulture Mwoga, and hits the ground hard.
Back in the Lair of the Lion Guard, Beshte enters bearing the news that the hyenas were spotting on a ledge overlooking a plain where zebras are grazing. The Guard goes to protect the zebras, leaving a disappointed Ono behind. Eventually, Ono decides to follow them, believing that the Lion Guard needs him. He finds them trapped in a ravine with boulders on either side of them, courtesy of Janja and his clan.
The Guard is glad to see him, and Kion decides that he'll use the Roar of the Elders to blast the rocks away- but first, he needs Ono to get the zebra herd to move out of the way so they don't get hurt.
Ono gets the herd to move by diving at them and scaring them, clearing the area so that it is safe for Kion to roar. The hyenas are shocked to see the Lion Guard, and Janja orders Cheezi and Chungu to flee.
The Guard returns to the Lair of the Lion Guard, and Rafiki finally is satisfied with his painting of the Guard, which depicts Kion and his friends side by side. The Lion Guard watches in awe as the painting rearranges itself to bring their painted selves closer together.
The Lion Guard are excited for the upcoming Kupatana as they watch a song rehearsal nearby. An animal crying in the distance gets their attention, and Ono flies up and sees a jackal pup in the Outlands being chased by Janja's Clan. Since it's Kupatana, the Guard decide to help the pup.
Kion enters the Outlands and pins Janja down, whilst Ono and the others watch nearby. Janja gladly hands them the pup over when he finds out it's Kupatana, which leaves them confused. The jackal pup, who reveals his name to be Dogo, is excited about being rescued. When questioned over his family, he claims to be alone, and asks if he can return to the Pride Lands with them, where he would be safe. They agree and, after settling him on a hillside, return to their morning patrol, with Ono leaving with Kion and Fuli.
Fuli hears a call from Beshte and Bunga. Kion asks Ono to check what's going on, though Ono believes that Kion will have to see it for himself. The three rush back to Beshte and Bunga and, upon noticing the jackal pups, Kion asks where Dogo is. Reirei then makes herself known, and introduces herself and Goigoi to the Lion Guard. Dogo explains that he never actually said he had no family and that he was just alone, which causes the Guard to become wary. A cry for help alerts them to another presence. Ono flies up and sees Mbeya stuck in a mud pit in Lake Matope. They allow Reirei and her family to stay, and rush off to save Mbeya.
The Lion Guard rescue Mbeya, who is grateful for their assistance. The Lion Guard are filthy, though despite Ono's fears, Kion is certain that they'll have time to clean up before Kupatana. That is, until a cry from the other animals is heard. As Kion speaks with Reirei, Ono ushers the other animals away. After speaking with them, it is decided that Reirei and her family will be given another chance and are invited to the Kupatana event. The Lion Guard run off to clean themselves, hoping to see them at the event.
Kupatana starts off wonderfully, with Zazu conducting his team as the other animals of the Pride Lands gather in the center of the grove. Towards the end of their song, Bunga asks Ono if Dogo and his family came, and Ono replies that he can't see them. The event begins, though soon after Simba's speech, Reirei and her family begin to attack the animals. Ono immediately scouts out Goigoi behind the elephants, and calls for Fuli. Ono calls for Beshte next, where the jackal pups are around the giraffes. As the pups run into him, Beshte uses his snout to catapult them in a neat pile, whilst the other animals glare down at them. After Kion takes care of Reirei, she and her family leave. Although the event was presumed over, Bunga begins to eat the fallen baobab fruit, with Ono joining in, agreeing with him over their deliciousness.
The Lion Guard are rounding up some Buffaloes to dry ground. In his attempt to help, Bunga is knocked back into a bush where something bites him, which turns out to be Ushari. Ono is fearful, warning them not to get bitten. Bunga reveals his bite, but Ono explains that the cobra's bite is venomous, worrying the honey badger. Ono believes that the poison has hit his system, and that they'll have to suck it out. When Bunga offers them his behind, they decide to try Rafiki instead. Ono flies ahead to alert Timon and Pumbaa of the news.
When back at the Tree of Life, Rafiki reveals that Bunga is actually immune to snake poison. Bunga questions the meaning of the word, and Ono explains. The Guard are a little annoyed, particularly Fuli, who honestly believed that he was dying. After Timon and Pumbaa invite Fuli back to Hakuna Matata Falls to eat with them, Ono and the rest of the Guard question their friendship with Fuli, and decide to invite her along whenever she is alone.
Ono notices her all alone later in the day and calls out to herm scaring off the gazelle she was hunting. She assumes that there's trouble, though Ono just wanted to talk to her. He soon invites her to hunt with his family. They're soon wading through mud with Elephants trudging through, and Fuli questions what they're hunting. Ono explains that they hunt the bugs by the elephants' feet, and Fuli becomes annoyed. Her annoyance is escalated when an elephant splatters 'mud' over her. Ono checks to see if she's enjoying herself, but, after sniffing the substance on her shoulder, reveals it to be something else. Fuli is disgusted, and leaves to hunt alone once again.
Later during the day, Ono meets up with Beshte and Kion. They realise that Fuli is a loner, and that they're being better friends leaving her to her own devices. Ono suggests finding her to let her know that they understand now, and the Guard set off in search of the cheetah. Ono eventually sees her floating down the lava, and tells the Guard to hurry. Kion, Ono and Beshte arrive just in time, and, after Bunga admits that he's not immune (to which Ono isn't the least bit surprised), Beshte knocks over a tree and the Lion Guard escape.
Safe and sound in the Pride Lands, the Guard decide to cool off at the Watering Hole, but Kion remembers that Fuli likes to be alone and that it's okay if she'd rather not. Fuli explains that whilst she likes to be alone while hunting, she does in fact enjoy hanging out with them, and that she considers them her family. Ono and the Guard nod when she asks if they want to hug her, and they do so together.
Ono scouts out a buffalo herd and reports back to the rest of the Guard. Though they seem safe, Ono soon realizes that they've move right on top of a geyser. The geyser erupts, sending the herd into panic, but Fuli quickly rounds them up. Ono and the Guard are impressed at how quickly she handled the situation, and are suddenly alerted by another cry for help. Ono flies up and spots several galagos dangling from the branch of a tree, about to fall. He reports back to the Guard, and Fuli dashes off to save them. The Guard arrives to discover that Fuli has successfully rescued the galagos.
As the Lion Guard walks through the Pride Lands, Bunga notices that the water at Mapema Rock has spread to the trees, and explains that this means it's the time when Utamu grubs can be found. In the middle of his explanation, he is interrupted by another cry for help. Ono reports a serval trapped at the edge of Big Ravine, saying that he must have attempted to leap the ravine unsuccessfully. Once again, Fuli races to the rescue. Ono compliments her after she manages to save the serval, but Kion firmly tells Fuli that the Guard is a team, and that she is doing them no good by getting herself worn out. Fuli protests, saying that cheetahs can't get worn out, and Ono corrects her, though he is quick to say that perhaps Fuli does not get worn out. Bunga decides to go find the Utamu grubs, and Kion orders Fuli to rest while they do so.
While searching for the Utamu, Bunga explains that they need to follow the dung. He says that dung beetles always lead to Utamu, and Ono tells Kion and Beshte that this is due to the fact that grubs are beetle larvae. As they continue along their way, Bunga tells the others about how he became the adoptive nephew of Timon and Pumbaa, as well as why the Utamu grubs were important to him. When he finishes his story, Ono points out that the dung beetles are now gone, but Bunga spots the tree in which he always finds the Utamu
Ono and the others watch Bunga try to climb the dead tree, and Kion, worried that the branch that Bunga is standing on won't hold him, orders Ono to steady the branch. Ono flies up and grips the edge of the branch, fluttering his wings to keep it steady. As Ono holds the branch, he notices Mzingo and his committee circling and reports to Kion. Kion decides to go check it out, but Bunga attempts to take another step so that he can reach the Utamu. The branch shatters, and Ono shoots forward, knocking into Bunga with enough force so that he is able to land safely on Beshte's back, and the Lion Guard goes to see what the vultures are up to. Ono focuses on their target and discovers to his horror that it's Fuli, who is lying on the ground, worn out.
The Guard attacks the vultures, and Ono repeatedly pecks Mwoga on the head until he flees, ordering him to leave Fuli alone. Kion uses the Roar to drive the vultures away. The Guard makes sure that Fuli is okay before going to Hakuna Matata Falls, where Bunga admits to his uncles that he was unable to find Utamu. Timon and Pumbaa reveal that they found the Utamu themselves, and Ono watches as Bunga celebrates with his family.
The Lion Guard arrives on the scene after hearing several Pride Landers yelling about a hyena attack. Upon discovering that the "attack" was only Kwato, Gumba, Shauku, Kambuni, and Mtoto playing a game, Ono flies up and explains to the terrified Pride Landers that it was a false alarm. Kion tells the young animals that it wasn't a good time to pretend to be hyenas, and Ono informs them that he spotted Janja and his hyenas in the Pride Lands the previous day. After Kion finishes speaking to the five friends, Ono and the Guard go off for some training.
At training, Beshte reveals that he brought Mtoto along. Kion announces that they were about to run an obstacle course, and Mtoto responds so enthusiastically that he accidentally knocks Ono over. Kion instructs Ono to keep an eye out for hyenas while the Guard runs the course, and Ono complies, pointing out that the sky is "probably the safest place to be". During the second obstable of the course, Mtoto accidentally inhales water and ends up spraying it all over Fuli. Ono taunts her slightly, reminding her of what he had said earlier.
Kion then decides to try a stealth challenge, and Ono takes to the sky again, on the lookout for hyenas. He soars over the Pride Lands as the others train.
The Lion Guard later undergoes speed training. Bunga races Fuli, and though he at first believes that he beat her, Ono informs him that he did not. Kion, however, approves of them both, and instructs Ono to once again search for hyenas, and asks him to look for Beshte while he's at it. Ono agrees, noting that Beshte should have rejoined them by now. He glides over the Pride Lands and swoops over a lake before rejoining Kion and reporting that while he didn't see any hyenas, he also failed to sight Beshte. He and the Guard worry about their friend, and go to search for him. They run into Mtoto's friends, who inform them that Beshte went to save Mtoto from the hyenas.
Kion tells Ono that he must find Beshte, and Ono flies up high to look. He soon spots Beshte and Mtoto in a river, heading straight towards a float of crocodiles with the hyenas behind them. He notes to himself that this situation can't be good, and goes to tell the Guard, who soon arrive on the scene to save their friend. They knock the hyenas into the water, causing the crocodiles to give chase to them instead. Ono laughs with the others as he watches Janja, Cheezi, and Chungu struggle to escape the crocodiles.
The Guard is alerted to three animals, a hare, a jerboa, and Muhangus, reporting that Makuu, Goigoi, and Janja are causing trouble. Kion sends Ono and Fuli to deal with Goigoi. Ono searches the area from above, then lands, startling the hare that had claimed Goigoi was around. He apologizes and explains that there was no sign of Goigoi from above, and Fuli adds that she couldn't find him either. The hare says that the greens she had gathered were gone, and that the jackals must have eaten them, causing Ono to frown doubtfully. He and Fuli return to Kion and discover that while no trace of any villain was found, the lunches of all three animals had been eaten. Ono points out that neither Makuu nor Goigoi, though said to have eaten the lunches of the hare and the jerboa, eat roots or leaves, and Kion agrees. The hare, the jerboa, and Muhangus admit to have not seen any of the villains, but to have only heard their voices. Kion asks Ono to scout the Pride Lands for Makuu, Goigoi, and Janja, but the Guard suddenly hears the sound of hyena laughter.
However, when they try to locate Janja, Fuli says that she can no longer hear him, and Ono adds that he can't see him either. A nearby bush rustles, and Kion, believing the movement to have been caused by Janja, creeps forward, but Ono flies above and halts Kion. He lands on the bush and pulls the leaves aside, revealing a drongo who introduces himself as Tamaa and reveals the direction in which the hyenas went. As the Guard rushes away, Ono suddenly realizes what has been going on. He adds to himself that Tamaa being a drongo explains everything, and halts the Guard, instructing them to follow him, as he has figured it out.
Ono leads them back to Tamaa, who is currently mimicking Janja's voice to frighten away a hyrax. Kion halts Tamaa, and Ono explains the drongo's ability. Tamaa eventually admits that he has been using his talent to mimic villains, and Ono angrily asks Tamaa who he thinks he is. Tamaa tells them that he is the Bird of a Thousand Voices. Kion tries to explain to Tamaa that what he's doing is wrong, and Tamaa acts as though he is extremely ashamed. Ono makes a disbelieving sound and flies away, landing on a branch of a nearby tree, where he soon hears the sound of Janja laughing. Ono looks ahead and spots Janja and his crew attacking an impala herd, and reports to the others, adding that this time he can see the hyenas. The Guard arrives and stops them in time.
Later, Kion looks out over the Pride Lands and notes that it's fairly quiet. Ono adds that there's no sign of Janja, Cheezi, or Chungu either. The Guard is then approached by Thurston, who tells them to add for the Outlands, as they're the only safe place to be. He explains to them that he heard Kion's voice telling the impalas to go to the Outlands, adding that "hearing is believing". Ono tells him that this isn't the case with Tamaa around, and Kion concludes that perhaps this situation was caused by both Janja and Tamaa.
The Guard heads for the Outlands, and along the way, Kion asks Ono if he can see any sign of the hyenas. Ono looks around the Outlands and sees nothing of Janja, Cheezi, or Chungu, but hears Bunga's voice yelling. Kion realizes that it must be Tamaa, and the Guard continues on their way to the Outlands. When they arrive, they find Janja confronting a frightened Tamaa. Kion sends the hyenas running, and Tamaa and the Guard return to the Pride Lands. Ono tells Tamaa that he helped save the impalas, and Tamaa thanks the Guard. He promises to use his talent only for good before flying away.
The Lion Guard arrives to help a distressed baby gazelle. Kion asks Ono if he's all right, and Ono flies down next to the gazelle, reporting that while he is unharmed, his hoof is stuck under a rock. Beshte and Bunga free the gazelle, but Bunga and the gazelle wind up sliding down a steep slope. Ono realizes that they're heading right towards a cliff, but thankfully, Kion saves them. Ono decides to see the gazelle home, starting to point out that it looks like it's going to rain. The rain starts before he even finishes his sentence, and Fuli sarcastically tells him that he made a good call.
Later, Ono joins the Guard at the Lair of the Lion Guard bearing news. He reports that the baby gazelle is fine, but that the zebras are stampeding. When the Guard reaches the zebras, Ono flies above the herd. He looks ahead and spots four hyraxes in the zebras' path, and is quick to tell Kion. Ahead, a large rock begins to fall from a rock formation. Ono notices this and alerts Kion to the problem, so Fuli is able to steer the zebras out of harm's way. Ono helps the Guard slow them down, then listens to Kion interrogate Thurston. When the zebra reports hearing a "great big boom", Ono attributes this to mean thunder, and gives Thurston a general, brief explanation of what thunder is. He reassures the zebra that he has nothing to worry about now that the storm is gone, then leads the zebras home on Kion's orders. He flies ahead of them and stops them when they reach their grazing grounds. A female zebra thanks him, and he tells her that he was doing his duty. Ono suddenly hears the sound of hyena laughter and sees Janja, Cheezi, and Chungu attacking the zebras. He realizes that he has to warn the Guard.
Ono returns to the rest of the Guard and delivers this news. Kion instructs him to lead them to the zebras, and Ono obeys. Once the Guard arrives, Kion tells Ono to lead the zebras away from the hyenas and try to calm them down. Once the hyenas are gone, Ono does a quick count of the herd and discovers that three are missing. He tells this to the rest of the Guard, and explains that while he's managed to locate them, they're stranded at Maji Baridi Falls. Kion tells him to lead the way to the Falls. On the way, Ono finds a tree that Kion will be able to see the zebras from. However, the rest of the Guard jumps on the tree as well, and Ono takes wing just before it cracks and falls over. He spies a shortcut to the zebras through a forest of trees, but Bunga claims to know a different shortcut.
As the Guard swims through Bunga's "shortcut", Ono tells Beshte, Fuli, and Bunga that it isn't a shortcut, and asks what's going on. Bunga says that they're trying to save Kion, and Ono asks what from. They explain that Rafiki's paintings predict the future, and that one painting depicted Kion falling from a tree branch. Ono realizes that he too had better help, and the Guard resolves to not let Kion near a tree. Just then, their leader calls over to them from a tree branch above the river that is between them and the lost zebras. Ono tries to warn Kion and alights in front of him. As he tries to explain, the other three jump onto the branch and launch Kion and themselves off. Kion asks what's going on, and Ono and the others try to explain about the paintings, but Kion still doesn't believe them. As Beshte gets up, he accidentally bumps into a boulder, which rolls towards the zebras, causing them to panic and run into a river leading to Maji Baridi Falls. He tells the Guard where the zebras are heading, and Kion decides to roar from a branch under the waterfall to save them. Kion's plan works, but he slips off of the branch. Ono yells Kion's name in horror, but is relieved to discover that Kion landed safely on a ledge just below the branch.
Back at the Lair, Rafiki reveals that he paintings show the past, not the future, and that the painting Bunga thought to be Kion was actually Nala's Father. He shows them the full animation, then has Bunga clean up some paint that he spilled, and Ono laughs with the rest of the Guard.
Ono flies over the Pride Lands and returns to the Guard to report that Muhimu's Herd and Swala's Herd are fighting each other. Though the Guard doubts that zebras and gazelles really are fighting, Ono insists that they are, and the Guard goes to check it out. Upon seeing the battling herds, Kion asks Ono if he can see Muhimu and Swala, and Ono informs him that they're in the middle of everything. The Guard approaches the herd leaders, and they reveal that they're fighting over grazing grounds. Kion declares that there's enough grass for both of them, but Ono contradicts him as he flies above, explaining that except for where the herds are, there's nothing but dirt.
Later, it is decided that the Guard will lead the herds to Mbali Fields. Ono glides over the herds and returns to Kion, reporting that everyone is ready. Kion asks him if he scouted out the best route, and Ono tells him that they're to go through the plains past Maji Baridi Falls, down Rocky Ridge, then through a canyon, adding that it's pretty simple. Kion soon asks Ono to point the way, and the Trail to Hope begins. Eventually, Ono descends, and Kion inquires how it looks from above. Ono says that everything is good, though it appears the herds are slowing down. Kion assures the herds that they'll get to Mbali Fields soon, pausing to have Ono confirm that they will. Ono points out that the fields are visible from where they stand, but hopes aloud that they'll reach them before an approaching storm hits.
The sight of Mbali Fields proves to be too tempting for Muhimu, who charges forward and causes a stampede. Ono flies out of the way and pursues them with the rest of the Guard. As the herds run through a canyon, Ono alerts Kion to a rock that's about to fall, and the Guard manages to save the Pride Landers, but the rocks block their way to Mbali Fields. Kion has Ono search for another route, however, though he manages to locate one, it unfortunately leads through the Outlands. He relays this to the Guard, and Kion decides to use the route despite its dangers. Just then, the storm begins. Soon, a flash flood rushes through the canyon. Ono leads the zebras and gazelles safely up to higher ground, and soon the rest of the Guard rejoins him. Ono, Beshte, Fuli, and Bunga keep an eye on the herds whilst Kion seeks advice from his grandfather. Soon, he returns, his determination renewed, and the journey through the Outlands begins.
In the Outlands, Muhimu enters labor. Kion wonders what to do, but Ono informs him that he only knows about eggs. Swala tells them to leave it to her and a number of female zebras. Fuli points out that Muhimu can't have her baby in the Outlands, but Ono flies up and reports that she can, and she is. Kion instructs Ono, Fuli, and Beshte to lead the herds to the grazing grounds, and Ono tells Kion that he'll see him there before departing.
Later at Mbali Fields, Ono soars over the peacefully grazing herds and reports to Kion that all herd members are present and accounted for, declaring the migration to be over. Muhimu's Son approaches them and nickers, and Ono laughs with the rest of the Guard as Bunga talks to and plays with the zebra foal.
Ono flies over to Kion and reports that there are antelopes stuck in the mud near Chekundu Cliffs, telling him that they're very stuck. He concludes that the rainstorm last night had probably caused a mudslide. He heads back to the cliffs with Kion following. As Ono watches the rest of the Guard help out the antelope, he hears a loud crash and takes to the air to see what caused it. He spots a sinkhole and informs the Guard that Simba appears to have fallen in. Kion asks if his father is all right, but Ono replies that he couldn't tell. Kion orders him to lead the way, and Ono flies to the sinkhole.
At the sinkhole, the rest of the Guard soon joins Kion, Ono, Nala, and Kiara, and Bunga dives into the sinkhole. Ono goes down into the sinkhole to take a look per Kion's instructions, where he greets Simba respectfully and tells him that Kion wanted him to take a look around. Simba asks Ono what he sees, and Ono reports that Simba is stuck in a hole. Ono assures Simba that Kion will think of something. He is then stuck by a falling rock, which causes him to quickly fly out of the hole and perch on the edge. He reports to Kion that he couldn't sight any way for Simba and Bunga to get out, adding that the walls are crumbling, and informing Kion that he would appreciate it if he wasn't sent down there again. The edge of the sinkhole begins to crumble and fall away, and the group is forced to flee from the edge. Soon, they hear another loud crash, and Ono flies up to see what happened. He tells them that he can't see Simba and Bunga, but thankfully the pair soon surface, and Simba explains that Bunga tried to climb out.
Kion gets an idea and leads the Guard away. As the Guard pushes a large log back to the sinkhole, Ono perches on it and gives directions, telling them when to stop. He flies off of the log as Beshte begins to push it, and watches as it crashes down. The plan fails, but Bunga notices a hole that may lead to some underground caverns where he and Simba can meet the Guard. Kion tells the Guard to head to the caverns, but Ono protests, pointing out how tricky the caves can be and saying that he's unsure if he can navigate them. Kion decides to seek out Timon's help, and Ono agrees, deciding to go get him.
In the caverns, Timon and Pumbaa are very upset and Bunga and Simba's situation and believe themselves to be lost. Ono points out that the entrance is very close, but this does not comfort them. Ono remarks to Beshte that they aren't exactly inspiring confidence, but Beshte reminds him that they're just worried about Bunga and Simba. Eventually, Timon and Pumbaa compose themselves, and as the group moves through the caverns, they hear Bunga and Simba's voices. As they approach Bunga and Simba, they realize that a gorge is separating them. Ono watches in disbelief as Bunga climbs onto Simba's back and Simba leaps over the gorge.
Once the Guard almost finishes playing a round of hide-and-seek, Fuli asks the others how long it took Kion to find them. Ono reports that Kion found him quickly. Kion then has Beshte reveal himself, and Ono tells the hippo that for someone of his size, he's a skilled hider. It's now Fuli's turn to be it, and Bunga declares that he's the fastest hider, causing Ono to note that he's not certain Bunga knows that it doesn't count for anything. Fuli calls for the others to hide, and Ono glides away.
However, Fuli soon calls for the game to end. Ono emerges from a tree and joins the others, who have found some tracks that are pronounced to be leopard tracks. Ono is puzzled, remarking that there aren't any leopards in the Pride Lands. On Kion's orders, Ono flies up and to look for the leopard. He flies over the Pride Lands and soon catches sight of the leopard stalking a gazelle herd. He descends and warns the Guard of the danger, and Kion tells him to lead the way. When they arrive at the herd, the leopard introduces himself as Makucha and refuses to leave unless they can catch him before dashing away. He escapes successfully, and Ono asks the rest of the Guard if they noticed that the gazelles weren't frightened of Makucha in the least. They realize the herds will be sitting ducks, with Ono adding that this especially concerns the ducks themselves.
Kion begins to divide the others up, and after pairing Ono with Bunga, notices that Beshte is missing. Ono assures his leader that they'll find him before taking off after Bunga. Bunga soon calls to Ono, announcing that he's found their friend, and Ono declares that he saw him first, but accepts that Bunga found him first. Beshte explains that he was spending time with his friend Ajabu, and Ono comments that he only saw Beshte, nobody else. Beshte describes Ajabu as a mix of three animals, and Ono slowly says that Ajabu sounds different. As Beshte tries to explain more, Ono suggests that he's been hiding alone for too long. Bunga tells Beshte that the Guard needs them now, and Ono agrees, ordering the duo to follow him back.
Back with the rest of the Guard, Ono listens to Beshte explain that he told his new friend that there were no leopards in the Pride Lands. Kion breaks up and argument between Beshte and Bunga and leads the Guard forward, intent on finding the leopard. When the group finds more tracks, Bunga declares that they're on the right track, intending it to be a joke. He asks Ono if it was funny, and the egret simply gives a short, ambiguous answer. Beshte suddenly yells that he sees "him" and runs forward. Ono wonders why he didn't see Makucha, and notes that he still doesn't see him a few moments later. After a wild chase in which Ono ends up crashing into a flamingo, the group discovers that they were chasing not Makucha, but Ajabu. Bunga tries to convince Beshte that Ajabu is only imaginary, and Ono agrees. Bunga continues to argue, which ends up with him hurting Beshte's feelings.
After Beshte leaves, Kion asks why neither Ono nor Bunga believe Beshte. Ono explains that they never saw Ajabu even when Beshte claimed that he was present. Kion backs Beshte up, and Ono realizes that he and Bunga should apologize. They find Beshte and Ono informs him that Ajabu sounded made-up and says sorry. Kion and Fuli arrive, and Beshte leads the Guard forward to find Ajabu. They soon spot a zebra herd panicking and running, with the leopard stalking towards them. The Lion Guard follows Makucha for a short time, then pauses. Beshte explains that Ajabu was probably hiding in the herd, and expresses the thought that he can count on the Guard. Suddenly, an okapi runs by, and Beshte declares that it's Ajabu. Ono is surprised to hear that Ajabu is actually real, and looks apologetically at Beshte. They notice Makucha chasing Ajabu, and Ono dives at the leopard to stop him. Eventually, Makucha flees, and Beshte is able to introduce Ono and the others to Ajabu.
Kion has his parents give Ajabu their blessing, permitting the okapi to stay in the Pride Lands. The Lion Guard decides to play hide-and-seek with him to celebrate his being a Pride Lander.
Upon patrolling the Pride Lands at night, the Lion Guard hears someone calling them. Ono leads the Guard to a pair of aardvarks whose den has reportedly been invaded by hyenas. Ono watches as Kion uses his Roar to drive them away. Later, in the Lair of the Lion Guard, Ono flies in and gets the attention of the others. He reports that the Mekundu Bats' tree is falling apart with the bats still inside. When asked why he didn't awaken the bats, Ono shudders and explains simply that they're bats. He becomes defensive when Bunga questions his fear, and Kion assures Ono that he was right to alert them. They exit the Lair with Ono leading the Guard across the Pride Lands.
Kion asks Ono which way is the fastest, and Ono scouts out a fallen tree over a ravine that they can cross. As soon as the others cross it, the tree shatters. They continue on their way, and Ono soon points out the tree. He and the others try and fail to awaken the bats until Bunga climbs into the tree and drives them out. Ono cries out in terror as they fly towards him, spinning him around and causing him to fall out of the air, landing on Beshte and asking if they're gone, and Beshte assures him that they are. The Guard notices a large number of termites on the tree, and Ono agrees with Kion's theory that they ate through the wood, noting that as termites eat wood, too many termites would eat too much wood. More trees collapse as they speak, and Kion decides to consult Simba.
Simba suggests that they go to the aardwolves, and Ono remarks that while he's heard of aardwolves, he's never seen one. Simba tells them more, and the Guard realizes that they mistakenly drove aardwolves out of the Pride Lands, believing them to be hyenas. Kion decides to go to the Outlands and retrieve the aardwolves. As they track the pack, they notice no termites in the Outlands. Ono comments that as soon as they get back home, they will have a copious amount to eat. They soon find the aardwolves, who flee, and Ono and the Guard pursue them, calling for them. When they fail to stop them, Kion decides that the aardwolves are afraid of them, and Ono echoes his statement, surprised. They realize that they need to find the aardwolves, and Ono spots one of them running towards a cliff. He relays this information to the Guard and watches as Bunga saves the aardwolf. Kion explains his mistake, and the aardwolf indignantly asks if he looks like a hyena. Ono agrees that he does. After being told that they need to find the rest of his pack, the aardwolf asks what's in it for him, to which Ono replies that he gets to go home. The aardwolf eventually complies and leads the Guard away.
Ono soon determines that the aardwolves are hiding a cave and confirms this to the Guard and Mjomba. He protests against Bunga's plan of going in alone, and it is decided that Mjomba will do so instead. However, the cave soon seals itself from the inside. Kion asks Ono if he can see through a crack in the cave, and Ono decides to try. He peers inside, gasps, and whispers his catchphrase. Returning to Kion, he utters a single word; "jackals." Beshte breaks into the cave with the rest of the Guard following, stopping the jackals just in time. Ono waits outside of the cave and tells Kion when they're all clear. With all the aardwolves safe, the Guard leads them home. Back in the Lair, Bunga is feeling upset and lethargic. Ono suggests a thank-you gift of termites from the aardwolves to cheer him up, and when Bunga declares that he really does feel better, Ono laughs.
At Hakuna Matata Falls, the Lion Guard are happily relaxing, whilst Bunga performs a few dives for them. Before Bunga can continue, a group of galagos cry for help and rush into the Guard, causing Ono to reflexly ascend to avoid getting hit. One galago, Laini, leaps onto Kion's muzzle and pleads for his help. She worriedly informs them that a leopard has moved into their tree. Ono remarks that there aren't any leopards in the Pride Lands, and Laini refutes his statement for the present, adding that the leopard wants to eat them, begging again for Kion's help. He agrees, though a cry for help alerts them to another situation. Ono scans the area and reveals a giraffe is stuck in a tree, much to Fuli's disbelief. With Ono confirming that it has to be seen, Kion is about to order the Guard away, despite Laini hysterical pleas to deal with the leopard first.
They rush to the scene and Ono lands on the tree where Shingo has his neck and tongue trapped in the branches. Kion sends Bunga to help out. Bunga does so, freeing his tongue and then freeing his neck. Screams soon alert them to the galagos' presence, where the galagos once again stampede over to the Guard, causing Ono to once again fly away. When asked why they did not stay, Laini tells them how they heard a 'pfft' sound, followed by an awful smell. Bunga comments that it was likely his uncle Pumbaa, to which Ono agrees with. Despite being told to return, Laini insists on staying with the Lion Guard.
Back at the galagos tree, the Lion Guard spot the sleeping leopard. The galagos are told to wait behind whilst they deal with the leopard, and the Lion Guard approach the tree. Kion orders the Guard to surround it for when the leopard wakes up, whilst Ono softly lands in the tree. Kion gives Ono the go ahead and he startles the leopard, who drops down to the ground, growling intimidatingly at the Lion Guard. As the Guard approach, the leopard becomes jittery and wails loudly, pleading with the Guard not to hurt him. He explains that he thought they were baboons, since they were chasing him in his dream. When Ono asks if he is the big, scary leopard, he refutes, introducing himself as Badili, the big, friendly leopard. He then explains that he never meant to kick the galagos out, and that he had nowhere else to go. When questioned over his home, he mentions that it's in Mirihi Forest, which Ono recognises is from the Back Lands. Badili continues to persuade them to let him stay, even frightening Ono slightly with his sharp claws in the process. His efforts fail, and the Guard agree to walk him back home.
On the way back, Badili makes frequent excuses to delay their arrival. When he finally leaves, the Guard follow him in secret, concealing themselves in a bush nearby. They watch as another leopard named Mapigano leaps down and immediately starts to taunt and bully Badili. The Lion Guard hope Badili will stand up for himself, but it is soon made apparent that he cannot. As a result, the Lion Guard reveal themselves and intimidate Mapigano into leaving. Badili thanks the Guard, who leave the leopard to relax in his home.
Soon, the Guard are back to their patrol, with Ono confirming that Embamba Canyon is clear. Bunga hears Laini's voice, and Ono confirms it as she rushes up to Kion. Sure enough, it turns out that Badili is back in their tree, and they are certain that he wants to eat them this time. They return to their tree, and approach the sleeping leopard. After getting him down, Badili is glad to see the Lion Guard. When asked what happened, he reveals that Mapigano returned. It is decided that running Mapigano out themselves was the wrong thing to do, and that the Guard instead needs to teach Badili to stand up for himself. Ono can't teach him to be keener with his sight (nor how to fly, as per Bunga's suggestion), but he agrees to help him with eye contact whilst the rest of the Guard offer their assistance in training the leopard. Badili eventually comes around to the idea.
As they teach Badili how to find his roar, Ono constantly makes eye contact with Badili, though Badili runs away from Ono and his own reflection. Later on, Ono's eye contact irritates Badili, and unleashes a growl, which excites both of them. After more training, Ono lifts Badili's head to come face to face with Kion. After growling, Badili lets loose a fierce roar over a cliff, exciting the Lion Guard. Then, Badili's enthusiasm begins to shine, and he returns with the Guard to Mapigano.
Along the way, the Lion Guard go over what he is to say to Mapigano, with Ono checking what he plans on doing. As they approach his tree, the Lion Guard wait behind in the same bush they found the last time, and watch Badili speak with Mapigano. Ono becomes concerned when Badili starts to falter, placing his wing over his eyes. However, Badili eventually regains his confidence, and manages to drive Mapigano away. The Guard come out and congratulate Badili. Badili is worried that they may have seen how scared he was, but Ono states that he saw a leopard standing up for himself, which delights Badili. The Lion Guard then return home, with Badili thanking them for believing in him.
Back at Hakuna Matata Falls, Kion, Fuli, Beshte and On are relaxing much like they were earlier. Suddenly, Laini appears again, with mention that someone is in their tree again. The Guard return to their tree, only to find Bunga nestled with three galagos, snoring away. The honey badger leaps down the tree and grabs Laini, giving her a hug. When the hug is too tight, Laini comments that maybe the leopard wasn't so bad after all, causing the rest of the Guard to laugh happily.</p>
Ono and the Lion Guard are checking the Pride Lands after a storm, when suddenly Janja, followed by Cheezi, Chungu, Nne and Tano, slide down in front of them. Janja attempts to weasel his way out, but Cheezi and Chungu reveal his true intentions. Ono is quick to help Chungu in particular as he struggles with the pronunciation of 'wildebeest'. Kion sends them on their way using his Roar, and the Lion Guard continue their patrol.
As they are walking along, a mudslide falls down, blocking the path from Big Springs to Mekundu Cliffs. Kion tasks Ono and Bunga with keeping other animals away from the mud slide whilst the rest of the Guard clean up. They do so and as Twiga approaches them and attempts to move past, Ono swoops in to deny her access. Bunga also explains the reason why, and Twiga thanks them for the heads up. Bunga finds her words hilarious, assuming that she was trying to joke around. Twiga becomes confused, and Ono urges her not to pay him any attention. Just as she leaves, Thurston approaches in a rush, becoming offended when Bunga blocks his path. Despite both Bunga and Ono trying to inform him of the blockage, he rushes away regardless. Bunga hopes that he'll make it, but Thurston soon calls for their assistance after he falls in the mud himself, annoying Ono slightly.</p>
Having done their duties, Ono and Bunga return to Kion, Fuli and Beshte, who have finally cleared up the debris. Ono swoops up after hearing a commotion, and reveals two animals trapped in a mudslide headed for a cliff. The Lion Guard assist the creatures, which turn out to be Cheezi and Chungu. The Lion Guard are positive that Janja is nearby, and Kion sends Ono to check. Cheezi and Chungu become excited over their leader's possible return and explain to the Guard about what happened. Ono announces that he can't see Janja and, after a short discussion between Kion and Ono, it is decided that they can stay, provided they clean up after the animals by eating only the carcasses, thus completing the Circle of Life instead of interfering with it. Cheezi and Chungu are only too happy to oblige, and chow down on a nearby carcass.
Still suspicious, Kion asks Ono to keep an eye on them. Ono agrees, but finds a stampede of sable antelopes running towards Rocky Plains instead. The Lion Guard rush over and assist them. Whilst most of the Guard are unsure exactly what started it, with Ono unable to report any suspects, Kion is certain that they are to blame. Ono disbelieves Kion, until he explains that it is most likely connected to Cheezi and Chungu. The Lion Guard return to the sleeping hyenas and wake them up, but it soon becomes apparent that whilst Janja was involved, they were innocent. They mention that it must have been 'dream Janja', and the Lion Guard realise that he must be around somewhere. After hearing the leader call out nearby, the Lion Guard soon rush to where Janja is trapped once Ono locates Janja on a rock at the side of a cliff. Janja is furious at the betrayal of his new team members, but equally disappointed to see the Lion Guard. He gladly spills the beans and explains what they were up to, and the Lion Guard rush off.
The Lion Guard make it to Nne and Tano just in time, and Kion uses his Roar of the Elders to throw them back into the Outlands. With the main danger over, Ono and the Lion Guard return to the hyena trio to check on them. The rock has collapsed, but the hyenas are safe, and run back to the Outlands together, with the Lion Guard watching them leave.
The Lion Guard are out on patrol on a clear day. All seems to be normal, aside from an impending rainstorm which Ono reports. He suddenly notices Mzingo's Committee circling nearby. Concerned, Kion orders Ono to lead the way, and he and the Guard run off to see what's happening. They soon discover a
Baby Baboon that is being chased by Mzingo, Mwoga and another one of his Committee members. The vultures dive in, but Ono flies towards Mwoga, causing him to back down. When the rest of the Guard join in, Mzingo calls for his Committee to retreat, leaving the Baby Baboon safe with the Guard near a river. The rainstorm commences, and the Baby Baboon is swept away by a wave of water. Fuli races ahead of Ono and the Guard to save him.
Ono then scouts around to find where the Baby Baboon may have wound up, but instead notices an island which he could not recall seeing before. He uses his keen sight to find Kiara, Tiifu and Zuri stranded on the island, and returns to find Kion. He locates him with the rest of the Guard and Fuli, who managed to save the Baby Baboon. Ono then interrupts their conversation, but gets distracted by the baby's affectionate noises. Kiara then calls over to them, and Ono confirms that she was what he was going to talk about. After Kiara explains what has happened, Fuli is sent to return the Baby Baboon whilst Ono and the rest of the Guard stay to help Kiara.
The Lion Guard consider their options. Bunga suggests letting Kion use the Roar of the Elders to push back the water, but Kion refuses, since it would likely destroy the island as well. Kion then suggests that they make a bridge. Beshte pushes a tree over to create a bridge for the trapped lioness cubs, but after falling, the water washes it away and more of the island floats away with it, much to everyone's disappointment. Ono flies back to the island, just in time to see Kiara's own plan to use a rock as a stepping stone fail as well. He is impressed by the idea, and disappointed by its failure, but returns to relay the news onto Kion.
Ono explains what happened with Kiara's plan, and Kion is impressed. He believes that both of their ideas were good plans, and comes up with the idea to combine them. Beshte and Bunga prepare to move another boulder from their side, and Kion commands Ono to call Kiara and tell her to bring Tiifu and Zuri to the tree on their side. Ono is quick to realise what Kion is up to, and flies away. Kiara agrees to Kion's plan, though before she can act, a chunk of the island holding Zuri and Tiifu collapses, and the two fall into the water. Ono is fearful for the cubs, but Kiara swiftly rushes to the edge and grabs them with her teeth, pulling them to shore. The Lion Guard are relieved to see them safe, and the two cubs are grateful to Kiara for saving them. Kiara then turns to Kion to confirm that he's ready, and he, Ono and the rest of the Guard push the boulder into the water. He calls for Kiara, who in turn checks that Tiifu and Zuri are in position. Upon their confirmation she joins them and the trio push the tree over and onto the rock. The three cubs walk over the log to join Ono and the Lion Guard on the mainland, and although Tiifu believes that Kiara did it, she comments that they all did it.
Later, at The Royal Buffalo Wallow, Ono and the Lion Guard watch the event from a nearby cliff. Fuli then joins them, and confirms that the mission has been completed. Ono is pleased to see her back, along with the rest of the Lion Guard.
Ono is listening to a scary story told by Rafiki about a legendary creature called the Zimwi. Suddenly, the story is interrupted by some shaking bushes, though it is revealed to be Beshte, practising his bellows for The Bellow Fellows. He explains that if he is successful in an audition with them, he'll be allowed to bellow with them. The focus returns to Rafiki, who tells the remaining tale to them in song before ushering them away to bed. Ono is slightly concerned about the Ono, but tries to conceal his thoughts. When Mtoto, Young Hare, Porcupine Brothers and Young Rhino show signs of fear, Kion suggests that they spend the night together. Beshte suggests the same thing to the Guard, and Ono agrees.
They sleep near a waterfall in Hakuna Matata Falls, when they're awoken by the small animals again, who claim to have seen the Zimwi. Timon and Pumbaa overhear this, and tell their own tale of how Timon knows the Zimwi. Although Ono is becoming visibly worried, Kion is positive that there is nothing to be afraid of, and the Lion Guard rush out to discover what the Zimwi really is.
They continue through the night, and encounter some noise near some trees. Ono is startled by some small creatures that rush past his feet, but they turn out to be a trio of genets along the way. Genet apologises to Ono, who assures her that he wasn't scared. Beshte then asks what they're doing out so late, and she explains that they're on their way home. Bunga starts to tell her about the Zimwi and frightens the genets away. They move on but become startled by a strange noise which turns out be Beshte practising again, so Ono comments that he isn't sure what's scarier - Beshte or the Zimwi. They continue and locate Thurston, who has been frightened over something unknown. They discover that it is not the Zimwi he's scared of. He, like Kion, shares the belief that the Zimwi is not real. Soon, he remembers that he was running away from the genets, and bounds away again just thinking about them.
Soon, the Lion Guard approach a canyon. Before they enter, several eyes in a nearby bush peer towards the Lion Guard. The Guard become nervous, and and Kion calls for them to move in. They surround the bushes and, just as they're about to attack, some gazelles leap out, frightened and pleading with the Guard not to hurt them. They assume that these are the creatures they've been looking for, and they reveal that they're hiding from the Zimwi before they direct their attention to a giant shadow in the canyons before leaping back into the bush. This time, even Kion loses his confidence as he watches the shadow escape into the canyon. Together, they cautiously walk into the ravine, which leads to a dead end.
As they get closer to the figure, the moon becomes enshrouded by clouds, and thunder booms in the distance. They see the tall figure in the darkness up close and cry out 'Zimwi' in fear. Ono calls for everyone to run, and they retreat back to the gazelles but accidentally startle them with their own fear. Kion orders Beshte to make a path to a clearing, and Fuli redirects the gazelles out where they can wear themselves out. They are disappointed with themselves for running away from the Zimwi, but soon Ono gathers enough confidence to rise above her fear. Together, the Lion Guard return to the Zimwi.
They return to the Zimwi, and make themselves known. The Zimwi makes soft noises, before rolling off a tall mound. Although startled by it, they rush over. They halt when the Zimwi asks them not to hurt them, and watch with slight fear as the Zimwi separates into two creatures. It is revealed that the Porcupine Brothers were huddled together, and that gave the illusion of a much more frightening creature. When they question how they appeared so tall, Ono reveals that they were on top of a termite mound, which gave them their tall stature. He remains atop the mound as the Guard realise their mistake.
The next morning, Beshte prepares for his audition, and the rest of the Guard join him for support. The Bellow Fellows emerge from the water and take their place on some rocks nearby in Big Springs, and Fuli asks Beshte if these are the hippos that he needs to bellow for. He confirms it, though also adds that he's still scared. Kion reminds him that he stood up to the Zimwi, despite not knowing that it wasn't real, which gives Beshte the confidence boost he needed. They watch as Beshte begins, though Ono merely shakes his head and utters 'Hapana' at his performance. Much to their relief, Beshte succeeds and the Guard are happy for their friend.
Ono is getting ready to race Fuli in the Lair of the Lion Guard, when Bunga rushes in. Bunga then agrees to be their referee, and takes his place. Ono starts off managing to keep up with Fuli, but just as he is getting confident, Fuli races past him and wins the race. Ono finishes a little later, and Bunga urges him to try again. Ono contemplates strategies, agreeing to a rematch.
A few more races later and Ono still has not managed to defeat Fuli. He crashes into Bunga and collapses onto the floor, exhausted. Rafiki then notices that Kion is absent, and Bunga remembers that he was supposed to tell them that he left with Jasiri for the Outlands to deal with some lions over there. Ono questions why lions are in the Outlands, and Rafiki becomes alarmed. He tells them the story of the Outsiders, a group of lions who worshipped Scar. Ono leaves with Bunga, Beshte and Fuli to deal with the problem.
They meet up with Jasiri, who tells them that Kion has joined Zira and her family. Ono becomes worried, and the Guard race off to save Kion. Ono flutters above and locates Kion in a dead end clearing, surrounded by the Outsiders. He alerts the rest of the Guard and Jasiri, who come racing in to save Kion. Ono swoops low and scares off one lioness whilst everyone else assists in cornering the pride of lions. When Zira orders her lionesses to stand tall, Bunga encourages Kion to use the Roar. But since Zira poisoned his mind, Kion refuses, until Bunga refreshes his memory. Kion then picks up the courage to use the Roar, and blast the Outsiders far away. When one of Zira's other children, Kovu, misses the blast, Ono glares towards him (possibly) angrily until he leaves.
Ono then joins the Guard back at the reclaimed watering hole with Jasiri's Clan, where everything is back to normal. Jasiri comments that she is glad to have them as her friends.
Ono and the rest of the Lion Guard are chasing Janja, Cheezi, Chungu, Nne and Tano out of the Pride Lands. After they leap over the border into the Outlands, the Lion Guard return to their usual patrol. A short while later, they hear their laughter, and Ono uses his keen sight to confirm that the hyenas are back. Disgruntled, the Lion Guard take off again to deal with them.
When they arrive, the hyenas have surrounded Nala, and Kion uses his Roar in anger. He saves his mother, but the Roar continues pushing forward until it hits the nearby cliffs. It then returns, much to everyone's surprise, throwing Ono around the air. After Kion has saved Nala from falling down a crack in the earth, he asks if everyone is okay. Ono replies from a distance, causing everyone to look his way. They appear mildly concerned when they glance over, and it is revealed that Ono has lost his crest feathers. One of them falls to his beak, and he mentions how it looks like one of his own. They decide against telling him, hoping he won't notice. Ono is still confused by their words.
Back in The Lair of the Lion Guard, Ono is positive that the feathers will grow back, and not overly upset. However, he glances into the water and sees the true extent of the feather loss. He worries about what the other egrets will say, and asks if they think they will notice. Bunga exclaims that they definitely will, though after some gesticulation by Fuli, changes his opinion and claims to not have noticed himself. Beshte adds that his head looks just like a hippo backside, and that it's just fine. Ono becomes disconcerted, and Bunga tries to cheer him up by telling him to "Stand Up, Stand Out", which makes Ono feel briefly at ease again.
A short while later, Zazu appears and after being asked by Fuli what he's doing, he replies that he's doing Ono's job (apparently) and that a rockslide has cut off the Giraffes watering hole, but no one was injured. Ono is concerned, and whilst still annoyed, Zazu turns around to face him and leaps back a bit at the sight. It doesn't take long for them to remember what has happened, and Kion leads the Guard out. They halt when they realise that Ono is not following. He wishes to stay behind, but Zazu ushers him out and the rest of the Lion Guard follow.
The Lion Guard reach the giraffes who are waiting patiently. Twiga becomes annoyed as Ono swoops in front of her, and Shingo tells him to wait his turn, calling him an 'egghead' in the process. They laugh at the egret, and although Fuli and Bunga arrive to call off the teasing, Bunga only manages to make it worse. After a while, Beshte manages to knock the rocks down, after Kion refuses to use his Roar. Ono and the Guard start to head off.
As the Guard walk back, they hear a cry for help. They discover a klipspringer on a rock in the middle of a fast flowing river. Bunga again suggests using the Roar to stop it, but Kion quickly decides that he has a 'better' idea. He asks Beshte to knock down a withered tree and, once he has done so, Kion begins to walk across it. The rotten tree soon breaks and Kion is left in the center of it. The rest of the Guard try to save him but don't heed Kion's warning in time, and the entire log collapses. The tree bark hits Ono on his bottom, and the commotion causes the klipspringer to leap across to safety. The Lion Guard swim to shore, and Kion notices the klipspringer bouncing around nearby. As Ono settles down on a nearby tree branch, a member of his flock calls out to him and asks what happened. Ono then notices that he is missing his tail feathers in addition to his head feathers and, despite Bunga trying to cheer him up, the egret becomes embarrassed by his appearance again. The Guard continue on their path, but Bunga and Kion wait behind to speak with each other.
Back in the lair, Bunga has given Ono a headdress made out of leaves and flowers. Fuli enters and almost questions it, but instead explains that Makuu has entered The Flood Plains and taken over it entirely. She orders Ono to locate Kion, and to tell him to meet them there. As he leaves, Bunga calls out that the headdress is a 'Bunga Original' and to be careful with it.
Ono locates Kion speaking with his mother, Nala, about what happened earlier. Kion questions the headdress, but Ono tells him he'll explain later and informs him of Makuu's appearance. They rush off together to the Flood Plains, where Kion has a showdown with Makuu. Ono is startled when Nala is knocked into the water by Makuu's Float, but Kion is able to save the day by using his Roar in a unique way.
Ono then flutters back down, excited to announce that his crest feathers are growing back. When one of his flock call over, it is revealed that he and two other egrets have removed their crest and tail feathers. Beshte then comments that Ono has started a trend with the other egrets, and Ono realizes that he really has done.
Ono carefully observes Bunga as he carefully removes Zazu from a beehive, having flown directly into it. When he is loose, Zazu explains that he was looking for the Lion Guard, and that the pangolins are spraying everywhere. Ono comments that they only do that when they're threatened, and Kion leads the Lion Guard away to see what the problem is.
The Lion Guard arrive on the scene, and are amazed by what they see. Two gorillas are holding a pangolin each, having a staredown. The gorillas, named Majinuni and Hafifu, start squeezing the animals under their armpits, causing them to spray. Holding his nose, Bunga mistakes them for baboons, and although Fuli believes they act like them, both Ono and Beshte are certain that they're not. Kion approaches the animals and pins them down, allowing the pangolins to escape.
The two gorillas seem happy when the rest of the Guard approach, but Kion is more interested in knowing why they are there. They reply that they're looking for King 'Zimba'. When they realise that they're looking for Simba, the pair ask if they know him. When it's revealed that Kion is his son, they become more excited and tell him that they have an important message from his father since they too are princes. Ono remains silent while Fuli drags Kion away, unable to believe that the immature animals could possibly have a message. After more silly behavior and a failed attempt at explaining their motto, Kuishi ni Kucheka, Kion finally agrees to take them to his father. When Bunga is picked up by Hafifu, he blasts Ono, Fuli and Beshte with flatulance, which annoys Ono.
Back on Pride Rock, the Lion Guard find out that the father of the gorillas, King Sokwe, made a peace treaty with Simba years ago. Every wet season, he sends a message to confirm whether or not he still agrees to the peace. However, when the two princes arrive, they have forgotten the message. Simba sends out the Lion Guard to take them back home in the Theluji Mountains.
The Lion Guard set out and approach the mountain base. With the gorillas uncertain of the way home, Ono scouts out a path they can use, and the Guard proceed. A short while later, Kion asks the gorillas where to go, and they point the opposite direction. Beshte notices a lizard and considers asking it, but becomes confused when it changes color. Ono excitedly tells them about how chameleons change their colors to blend in with their surroundings, but the two gorillas chase after it for a game of 'chameleon hide and seek'.
Kion orders Ono to search for them, whilst he calls their names. They respond, but admit that they can hear him, but not actually see him. Ono is unable to see them either, due to the large amount of vegetation in the area. Kion tells them to stand still and to keep responding to him when he shouts their names, but Hafifu and Majinuni decide to turn it into a game, so that when Kion shouts 'Kuishi', they will respond with 'Ni Kucheka'. The Guard think they can hear them and wander off in one direction, but, instead of standing still, the two gorillas start to move about. Kion calls to them since the game isn't working and they change the game to 'forest hog chase'. Ono manages to see trees that are shaking up ahead in a foggy area, and the Guard run towards them.
The Lion Guard enter the fog, but start to hear deeper snorts coming from behind them. It turns out to be a real forest hog that rushes past them. Running after him, Beshte wonders why it's so mad, but Ono speculates that it's because they believe the gorillas to be real forest hogs. Ono and the Guard reach up to Kion, who has pinned the forest hog down. He allows it to go on the condition that it does not attack Hafifu or Majinuni and it does not, choosing to run away instead. The Lion Guard then discover the real reason for the gorillas' hesitation in returning. They are worried that their father will be disappointed at them for not delivering the message, since he does not see them as prince material anyway. Kion helps to assure them that it will be okay, and they continue.
The Lion Guard follow the two brothers over a cliff, and are inquisitive of the snow. The Guard have no knowledge of the substance, but start to explore it. After a while, everyone is joining in on the fun, with Ono helping to 'deliver' a large snowball onto the gorillas' heads. Soon, the time comes for them to continue, but Kion slips down the mountain. With Hafifu and Majinuni chasing after him, Fuli orders Ono to go after Kion. He does so, and witnesses Kion grab onto the side of a cliff. Although the egret tries to raise him, he lacks the required strength. Just as the two gorillas arrive, Kion's claws give way and he starts to fall. Ono covers his eyes with a wing, but the princes arrive just in time to save him.
The team finally reach their destination, where King Sokwe is seemingly about to admonish his children for forgetting the important message, forgetting their way home and needing the Lion Guard's assistance. He then grabs two piles of snow and dumps it on their heads whilst proclaiming Kuishi Ni Kucheka, informing them that Kion told him of how he was saved by them, and that he is proud of them both, true gorilla princes. Kion then reminds him that they still need to get the message back his own father. He notices Bunga's snowball and decides that it will be perfect.
The Lion Guard return to Pride Rock, and Simba asks for the message. Bunga leaps and throws the snowball on his head whilst yelling Kuishi ni Kucheka, seemingly angering the King. Ono comments that it may not have been such a good idea, but Simba starts to laugh, claiming that nobody delivers a peace message like King Sokwe. Simba shakes the snow off his head, and the Guard laugh together.
===The Trail to Udugu=== Kion informs everyone that he will be taking the trail to Udugu with his mother and sister and that Simba will be taking over for him whilst he's gone. When Kion leaves, Ono begins to prune himself, worrying that he won't be ready for Simba's arrival. He glances up and realises that the lair is also a mess. Bunga, however, assures him that Simba is laid back. Shortly after, Simba arrives and Ono bows respectfully, following him out for Morning Patrol.
When they start their duty, they reach a fork in the road. Simba starts to proceed up the left path, but Ono stops him. With the egret in a flutter, Fuli explains how Kion normally takes the other path. Simba darkly reminds them that Kion isn't there, and the Guard quickly follow Simba down his chosen path.
A while later, Ono notices an impending mudslide near the ostriches' nest, and that the eggs will slide off the cliffs if they are not saved. He attempts to inform Simba, who finishes his sentences before he has a chance to much to Ono's amusement. Simba explains that he will move the nearby log so that it will divert the mud away from the nest whilst the Guard follow him. They are confused, but go along with his words. However, Beshte, who normally runs through the mud, slips on a rock and starts to slide down. Along the way he bumps into Bunga, who tries to grab Ono as they pass for support. After bumping into Fuli as well, they knock the log away. Ono tries to fly upwards but the mud is too sticky at first. Eventually he is able to get himself free, and he saves an egg. He cries out in fear when he realises they missed one, which Simba saves. After Mbuni's Herd thank Simba, the king returns to the Guard and declares the mission a success, to which Ono replies with a half-hearted 'affirmative' before shielding himself from Fuli as she shakes off her mud.
Later still, after Simba has gone ahead of the Guard, Ono flies down and is about to explain how the gazelles need their help, but Simba once again finishes before him, much to his disappointment. The Guard follow Simba, and Ono uses his sight to find out that Swala and her herd are trying to reach some grassland up ahead. He is about to explain that the rocks are unstable and will fall should they jump on them, but Simba once again finishes his words before he can. Simba orders the Guard away, and whilst the Guard are hesitant based on how easily gazelles can get spooked, they follow him regardless. Sure enough, the gazelles become spooked and clamber up the rocks, causing them to fall. After Simba orders the Guard to speed up, Ono is able to warn Fuli, Beshte and Bunga about the rocks, but not Simba. Fuli orders Ono to warn him and he flies away. Simba is caught by the rocks and Ono starts to panic before he finds him mostly safe. Ono calls the rest of the Guard and Simba reveals that his tail is stuck under a boulder, much to their bemusement.
When deciding what to do next, they hear some noises up above. Before Ono can confirm, Simba confirms the cries as being ostriches. Ono ascends to see what he can find, and sees the gazelles stampeding towards the ostrich eggs. He waits for Simba to interrupt, but when Simba asks him what's happening, he explains why he hesitated to speak before finally revealing the danger. Simba orders the Guard to leave him behind and to save the ostrich eggs. Suddenly, more of the unstable rocks give way, and one falls towards Bunga, which Ono cries out about. Fuli swiftly pushes him out of harm's way, and Bunga thanks Fuli. Fuli tells him to thank Ono, and Beshte comments on what a great team they are. Noticing their teamwork, Simba realises that their team works differently, and asks what Kion would have them do if he were there. Fuli tells him that they would split up, and how Ono and herself would go after the herd, and Beshte and Bunga would stay to free him. Simba then declares those to be his orders. Before that happens, Bunga tells him that there's one more thing Kion would do. Simba then speaks the beginning of their catchphrase: "Till the Pride Lands end", and the Guard finish it with 'Lion Guard defend'!
Ono and Fuli dash off to the gazelles, and Ono reminds her to speak softly with the ostriches, whilst he speaks with the gazelles per her suggestion. Ono then approaches Swala and asks her to slow down, who can't hear Ono through the crowd. Annoyed, she calls for her fellow gazelles to be quiet and stop, and they do so. She asks Ono what he said, but he tells her 'never mind'. He joins Fuli, and, after commenting that it was weird, asks how she calmed the ostriches. She comments with 'calm and soothing' with a hint of sarcasm. When they return, Simba has been freed, and he informs them that Kion would be proud of them, as he is too.
===Ono's Idol=== After hearing that his idol, the legendary eagleHadithi is returning to the Pride Lands, Ono secures a spot up front of the welcoming committee. He becomes slightly annoyed when the Guard reveal that they know nothing about Hadithi, and Ono tries to educate them, explaining how he is famous for his 'Hadithi Spin'. Ono tries to explain how it's done, but also confesses that he's never really understood it and that he hopes he will be able to pluck up the courage to ask him about it. He admits that Hadithi is his idol, and that when he speaks, nuggets of wisdom fall from his mouth, speaking with enchantment.
Just then, Hadithi arrives. When asked to disperse wisdom, the eagle replies with 'The higher you fly, the more they'll look up to you' which delights Ono who claims it to be deep. Ono asks the Guard if they think agree that he's amazing, to which Kion replies positively yet tepidly. Bunga suggests asking him about his 'spin thingy'. He rushes forward and flails his arms, calling for Hadithi, but Ono swoops before him, angry that he dared to speak to the legendary eagle. While the egret starts to list off Hadithi's heroic deeds, the eagle lands behind him and reminds him of another feat of his. Ono assures him that he would never forget, but cuts his own statement off when he realises that his idol just spoke to him, asking Bunga to clarify that he just did so. Hadithi comments that Ono knows a lot about him, and Ono assures him that he does, claiming to be his biggest fan. Hadithi is slightly uncertain of that, and shows Ono how he has lots of fans who refer to him as Hadithi the Hero.
After the performance, Hadithi admits that maybe Ono really is his biggest fan. Just then, Simba stops him from saying anymore, reminding him of his fans all over the Pride Lands. He informs Hadithi that he would like to honor Hadithi back at Pride Rock, with a Royal Mud Print Ceremony. Bunga becomes excited, before realising he doesn't know what it actually entails. Ono explains that Hadithi will press his talons in the mud so that when it dries, his prints will be preserved forever. Ono then stares back at Hadithi, stating that he can't think of anyone who deserves it more.
Simba then tells Hadithi that, according to tradition, he must share his knowledge with a younger member of the Pride Lands, before gazing out at the crowd. Kion urges his father to pick Ono, and he does so which surprises Ono. Hadithi, slightly reluctantly, agrees. Simba asks if there's anything else and Hadithi eventually asks if The Traditional Ceremonial Nest will be supplied. Simba is unsure what that is, but Ono blurts out that the Lion Guard will create it for him. Straight after his announcement, Ono turns to the Guard to check that they're okay with that. Kion eventually agrees, and Simba and Nala leave, stating that they'll meet him at Pride Rock just before sundown for the ceremony.
Hadithi thanks the Lion Guard for their offer, asking if they know the proper leaves for the ceremonial nest. When they show confusion, he explains that the nest must be made from the leaves from the tallest tree in the Pride Lands. Ono is understanding of the reason why, since they would be the softest, and therefore fit for a hero. Hadithi praises Ono for his words, leaving Ono once again shocked, though Kion agrees with Hadithi before taking the Guard away while Ono spends time with Hadithi.
Hadithi repeats the same words of wisdom to some storks, flamingos and elephants. The birds are mesmerized, but when Zito points out that elephants don't fly, Hadithi is visibly annoyed by his statement. Ono descendes to the same branch as his idol and explains it in a different way, stating that 'we all have challenges that require us to rise above ourselves to become better than we are'. This pleases the elephants and Zito thanks Ono for the translation, and praises Hadithi for the wisdom, to which the eagle agrees.
The pair continue their tour of the Pride Lands, with Hadithi speaking the same quote to a flock of egrets from atop a cliff. After he's finished, he thanks the enchanted egrets and reminds them of his Mud Printing Ceremony, before turning his back on them while Ono watches cautiously. The egrets become excited and start to fly towards him, but Ono blocks their path and orders them to back off so that Hadithi can be given the respect he deserves. Hadithi thanks Ono, claiming him to be a natural. Ono becomes humbled by his words, and asks if he could be shown the Hadithi Spin. Hadithi hides his nervousness and suggests that Ono should try it instead and he'll tell him if he's doing it right, since he doesn't wish to ruffle his feathers so close to the ceremony. Ono flies away, missing Hadithi's sigh.
After reaching a higher rock, he announces that he will be doing three mid-air loops and a corkscrew. He calls for Hadithi, who confirms that he's watching and urges him to give it all he's got. Ono makes his attempt, but fails on the third mid-air loop and falls. He gets up and admits that he probably forgot to compensate for the wind. Hadithi confidently informs him that that was his mistake, and that the wind always compensates for him. Ono begins to get upset, but Hadithi suggests he try again, which cheers the egret up.
With the sun setting, Ono tries again and manages two and half loops. He excitedly flies down to see what his idol has to say, but becomes disappointed when he discovers his idol pruning himself instead. Despite being caught doing so, Hadithi praises Ono, but Ono tells him that he wasn't even looking. Hadithi offers him a weak apology, claiming that he has to look his best for his fans. Ono begs him for one more try, confident that he can do it. Hadithi clearly lacks faith in Ono, instead telling him that it's time to go and flying away. Ono reminds him that he called him a natural, and Hadithi explains that he meant with the crowd, by giving them what they want and playing them perfectly. Ono is confused, since he just tells the truth. Hadithi considers his honesty 'interesting', but says no more.
The two continue flying, but Ono notices a bunch of klipspringers on a high ledge. He points them out to Hadithi, who informs him that they're excellent jumpers, so if they got up, they can get down. Ono reluctantly agrees, though before he can take his eyes away, he hears hyenas. Ono mentions Janja's Clan to Hadithi, who becomes worried over a full clan of hyenas. Ono reckons they can take them down with the Hadithi Spin, but Hadithi tells Ono that the egret isn't ready for it just yet and that he'd hate for him to get hurt. He quickly changes the subject to his ceremony, claiming that they'll be late and diverting himself elsewhere, calling to Ono. Ono calls for him and asks where he's going with distinct disappointment in his voice, but Hadithi tells him he can't leave his fans waiting. The egret peers back to the hyenas, realizing it's up to him.
Janja, Cheezi and Chungu start to approach their meal, but are startled by Ono's warning. When Janja sees Ono alone, he orders his clan to ignore him, and Ono then warns them about the Hadithi Spin, which Janja questions. Ono repeats himself before starting the attack, but on the third mid-air loop, he crashes into a higher cliffside. He and the rocks fall down, and the rocks pin him to the ground. Cheezi and Chungu then begin to run around the cliff side to reach Ono, who haplessly tries to free his trapped wing. Ono continues struggling, though as Cheezi and Chungu approach, Ono notices Fuli in the near distance, and suggests they back off. After warding them away, she then checks on Ono and is about to help, but he tells her to help the klipspringers. As soon as Fuli leaves, Hadithi lands beside Ono.
Noticing his selflessness, Hadithi applauds Ono, claiming he could learn something from him. Ono thanks his idol, who begins to remove the rocks on his wing whilst apologising for leaving him. Ono assures him that he likely had a good reason, but Hadithi replies negatively. He then confesses to Ono that all of the stories about him are false, and that he fell from the sky at Misty Falls, confirming that the Hadithi Spin never existed. Ono then admits that he knew that, when he crashed whilst trying to perform it, much to Hadithi's surprise. Ono then assures him that there can be one now, and asks him to follow. Hadithi obeys.
Hadithi and Ono then start to loop around the hyenas who are crossing over a boulder, while all the klipspringers reach safety. Ono shoots up in the sky and looks to Hadithi, urging him to continue since it's 'fun'. Kion is not sure who's more impressive, but Bunga claims to know the answer before cheering Ono on, prompting Kion to do the same. With Ono still circling, Hadithi silently cheers for the egret himself, before joining in. The hyenas start to feel sick, and finally fall into the water below due to dizziness.
That night, Ono places his talons in the mud. Hadithi then speaks, claiming that although he was supposed to pass his wisdom onto him, Ono passed his wisdom onto him instead. He then presents the Pride Landers Ono as a natural hero and the inventor of the Ono Spin. As Ono smiles with incredible joy, the Pride Landers cheer for him.
===Beshte and the Hippo Lanes===
Ono swoops down to Kion, Bunga, Fuli and Basi in the Flood Plains with urgent news. He reveals that the Sable Antelopes' grazing grounds were already flooded out in the rain storm yesterday, leaving them nothing to eat. Since they're too stubborn to leave, he explains how they are standing around in water, even the baby antelopes, concerning everyone that they'll be completely underwater by the next storm. Basi suggests leading them there, but Ono informs him that the herd is on the other side of the Flood Plains. But the hippo reminds him that, by the time they return, Beshte will be done with the Hippo Lanes. The Guard thank him for his suggestion and race off.
After Ono has led the other Lion Guard members to Bupu's Herd, Kion calls out to them, explaining that they need to reach higher ground. However, Bupu refuses to leave, even after Ono warns him of the impending rain storm. After a bit more persuasion from the Guard, Boboka persuades him to listen, and the herd begin to follow the Guard around a cliff. Kion asks Ono for a report, and he at first replies that everything is fine... Until he notices a rock slide. He warns them back, but the herd and the Guard are separated. Kion asks Ono if there are any other ways across, but the egret states that there isn't, but the rain storm is closing in fast. Bunga suggests using the Roar, but Kion states that it will be okay on the other side. The Guard climb over the rocks and reach the other side, with Kion using his Roar to blast the rocks away. The Guard start to move forward but Ono calls them back, since the herd have taken to sitting down. With a bit more persuasion, they continue following. <p>They arrive at the Flood Plains, though Ono notices something that can't be right with the new Hippo Lanes. He locates Beshte and asks if he's finished and the hippo confirms that he is. Ono then tells him that he knows how hard he's been working, but then pauses. Unable to locate the right words, he eventually asks him to take a look for himself on a nearby protruding rock. Beshte glances out and realises that his detours have unstraightened the paths, and that they're not straight and true at all. Ono tries to cheer him up by complimenting them for looking pretty and it almost works, until Beshte remembers that they're not supposed to be pretty, they're supposed to be straight and true and useful. Ono reveals that they've brought a herd of sable antelopes to them, and Beshte worries that they'll get lost. He quickly starts a new lane, but his hesitation causes him to move around. Ono then calls to him, where Beshte has once again made a wavy Hippo Lane instead. Beshte then decides to speak with his father, and calls for Ono to warn the others not to let anyone else in. The two then go their own way.
Ono flies back to the herd, and warns Bunga not to send anyone in. When Bunga reveals that he just sent two of them across, Ono becomes concerned that they'll get lost. Kion then orders Fuli and Bunga to stay behind and make sure that they don't follow them in, while he and Ono search for the baby and his mother.
Ono soon manages to locate the young sable antelope who is being carried away by the water current. He calls for Kion, who dives down and manages to push the youngster to shore. Kion asks if he's okay and where his mother is, and the young sable antelope replies that she was right behind him. They soon hear her calling out for help, and Ono is about to go looking for her until Kion tells him to guide the youngster back to safety while he goes looking for her. The two rush off in their own directions.
When Ono returns, he questions Fuli's actions as she tries to move Bupu. But soon, Beshte arrives, having completed the new lane. After he leaves to find his father, Ono ascends to check the path, and declares the new Hippo Lane to be "straight and true". The herd initially still refuse to move, but after Fuli apologises, they soon start to dash across the new lane. Kion soon arrives back with Boboka in tow, and he hears how everything is finally going right. Ono then watches as the final pair make their way across the Flood Plains.
Later on, with the storm subsided and everything how returning to how it should be in the Pride Lands, Ono and the rest of the Lion Guard join Beshte and his father overlooking the new lane. Ono admits that Beshte was good at making them after all, pleasing the strongest member of the Lion Guard greatly. He and the rest of the Lion Guard then continue watching as the animals happily use the new, straight and true Hippo Lanes.
===Ono the Tickbird===
The Lion Guard are following Ono through a ruined Nyani Grove. Ono exclaims that a rhino is headed for the baboons' tree, which they soon discover that the rhino has crashed into, and the baboons are scarpering away. They approach the rhino, named Kifaru, and ultimately agree to help him get loose. With Ono paying attention to his horn and letting the rest of the Guard know how close they are to setting him free, their joint efforts result in Kifaru's freedom.
When asked why he's causing trouble, the rhino reveals that he was unaware that he was, despite the baboons' cries and the masses of logs on the floor. He starts to move forward but almost injures Bunga and then Fuli with his horn. He issues apologies before walking away, heading straight for a tree. When the Guard question his behavior, Ono notices that his tickbird is missing.
Ono swoops down and inquires about his tickbird. With a hefty sigh, Kifaru mentions Mwenzi, and how he left him for no reason. Ono then realises why he's been acting so strangely, and proceeds to tell a curious Bunga that rhinos have poor eyesight. Although Bunga fears that it will upset him, Kifaru admits that his eyesight is worse than most other rhino's. Ono then continues explaining how, for that reason, rhinos will often pair up with tickbirds, who will guide them and warn them of dangers they can't see. Kifaru then sings about his friendship with Mwenzi.
Kifaru apologises again and explains how he was trying to reach Tamasha, an event where the rhinos spar in the mud. The Guard realise they need to find Mwenzi, and Bunga volunteers to be his temporary tickbird, enticed by the free bugs. But almost immediately after they leave, Ono spots a problem. He immediately flies towards Kifaru, who is heading for a cliff. With one leg over the edge, Ono orders him to move back slowly and Kifaru obeys. With the rhino safe, Kion comments that Kifaru really listened to Ono. The Lion Guard decide to appoint him the task of being Kifaru's tickbird, much to the egret's dismay. Bunga tries to offer advice, but Ono refuses angrily before settling on Kifaru's back with a hefty sigh. Fuli and Kion then sniff the rhino to pick up Mwenzi's scent and, after acquiring it, they rush off, with Bunga asking Ono to save him some ticks. Once they leave, Kifaru asks Ono which way to go. Ono responds with 'right', but Kifaru heads for the cliff again, prompting Ono to call out '(your) other right'. He sighs, stating that it will be a long trip.
With Kifaru grunting constantly, Ono starts to become agitated. Despite claiming to be fine, he begins to yell at Kifaru after he performs the same error of turning the wrong way. Kifaru becomes upset, stating that Mwenzi would never shout at him before trotting away sobbing. Ono apologises for shouting, but bumps into his behind by accident. Kifaru then tells Ono that he has an itch and that tickbirds usually scratch it for them, adding that Mwenzi always did it for him. Hesitantly, Ono asks where the itch is, and Kifaru responds that it's in his ear. Ono gently scratches his ear and asks for them to proceed, but Kifaru tells him that he didn't get it. Ono flies back up and scratches it again, with Kifaru giving instructions. But Ono grows tired quickly and once again decides to continue the journey. The rhino mentions that Mwenzi would never stop scratching until he tells him to. Deflated, the egret asserts that he is not Mwenzi. Kifaru agrees, and belches loudly, knocking Ono off his feet. After Ono climbs back he apologises, and Ono hopes out loud that the Guard find him soon. Kifaru then comments that Mwenzi would never mutter under his breath, and Ono issues him with an apology.
Later, Ono brings Kifaru some jackalberry leaves, though he finds out that Kifaru prefers the dark leaves, something which Mwenzi knows. Ono once again points out that he's not Mwenzi, and the rhino offers him his thanks, because after having Ono as his tickbird, he has learnt to truly appreciate Mwenzi. Ono initially accepts, until he realises what he meant. He then becomes concerned when Kifaru collapses from the heat. Ono tells him that the lake's not too far, but Kifaru replies that Mwenzi usually guides him near mud, before trying to dig for mud himself. Ono decides to fan him with his wings to cool him off. Kifaru is happy with this, finally admitting that Ono can do something better than Mwenzi.
But just as he admits that Mwenzi would not be able to do such a thing, the Guard return with the tickbird in tow. He overhears Kifaru call Ono the best, and questions Kion on how lost Kifaru really is without him. Despite Kion trying to assure him that he was when they left him, Mwenzi swoops over to the rhino and pushes Ono aside. Although Kifaru is overjoyed that Mwenzi is back, he merely states that it's to say goodbye forever before taking off. After a distraught Kifaru cries out for his companion, he tells Ono that he will have to be his tickbird from now on, prompting a worried cry from Ono. Kion reminds Ono that Kifaru shouldn't be left alone, Ono flies off anyway, ordering them to keep an eye on him.
Ono catches up to Mwenzi, who settles on a branch near a large lake. Ono tries to warn him away from the area, since Makuu and his float are usually hanging out there. But the tickbird refuses, angry with his perception that Ono was trying to take his place. The egret explains that Kifaru was constantly wishing that he was Mwenzi and that he couldn't even get him to turn right, and questions him about it. But Mwenzi refuses to answer even to that, so Ono makes the assumption that he couldn't either, in turn causing Mwenzi to prove him wrong by answering the question. Ono then praises him for it, before asking about Kifaru's noises and how he handles it.
Soon, Mwenzi starts to remember their friendship, admitting that Kifaru is his best friend. While the two start to speak about best friends, unbeknownst to them, Makuu surfaces nearby. Ono then suggests that Mwenzi try to rekindle their friendship, and Mwenzi agrees. But after Ono flies away, Makuu hits the branch of the tree, and Mwenzi is sent tumbling in the air. Hearing his call, Ono returns and manages to grab the tickbird with his talons and save him from the jaws of Makuu just in time. He places him on a higher branch, but Mwenzi's wing is injured. Ono leaves to get help.
The Lion Guard finally guide Kifaru to the Tamasha. But before he can join in, Ono swoops down and exclaims that Mwenzi is in trouble. Kifaru, still annoyed with him, claims not to care, until Ono mentions that Makuu is involved. Kifaru then shows immediate concern, and rushes off to save him. He crashes through several trees in his rush, but Ono confirms that he is at least going the right way. The Lion Guard decide that they need to go with him, and hurry after the rhino.
When the Guard reach the lake, Kifaru has gotten his horn stuck in another tree trunk. With Ono taking on a crocodile himself, the rest of the Guard fight the other members of Makuu's Float. Mwenzi assists Kifaru in getting loose, and an excited Ono watches as Kifaru attacks the other crocodiles before finally dealing with Makuu himself.
After reconciling, Kifaru and Mwenzi share a brief song together, nuzzling. Kifaru then turns to Ono, informing him that he can no longer be his tickbird, and that he hopes he won't be too upset. Though Ono isn't bothered at all by his words, and informs him that he'll manage.
Later, the Lion Guard join the reunited pair at Tamasha. They are happy to see everyone enjoying themselves, and Beshte comments that it must be nice to have a friend with you all the time. Bunga then asks if Ono would like to be his tickbird, to which Ono declines, claiming that his tickbird days are over. The Guard then share a hearty laugh together.