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Reirei

Reirei

Reirei is a clever, scheming, and manipulative female black-backed jackal from the Pride Lands in the Outlands and antagonist from The Lion Guard who is the matriarch of a family of jackals, including her mate Goigoi and her children.

Biography

The Kupatana Celebration

Reirei is shown watching her son Dogo fool the Lion Guard into permitting him to enter the Pride Lands. She laughs, pleased that Dogo accomplished his task, and wakes her mate Goigoi to deliver the news. He goes to fetch their other sons, whilst Reirei begins to think of all the animals she can feast upon.

The Lion Guard takes Dogo to the Pride Lands, not knowing that Reirei and Goigoi are following them, and tell him that he may stay on a hillside before splitting up to patrol the Pride Lands. Reirei immediately greets her son and congratulates him, but is quick to ask why he is sitting on the hillside. Dogo explains that the Lion Guard told him to stay there, to Reirei's amusement. She tells him that jackals don't sit on hillsides, and announces that they should make themselves at home.

The jackal pups do as their mother says, choosing to sleep in the aardvarks' dens, much to the irritation of their former inhabitants. When Kion, Fuli, and Ono arrive to sort things out, Reirei and Goigoi approach them, introducing themselves as Dogo's parents. Kion asks which one of the jackal pups is Dogo, and Dogo approaches him cheerfully. Kion recalls that Dogo said he had no family, but Dogo protests, telling Kion that what he said specifically was that he was alone. Reirei adds that at the time, he had been. She assures Kion that it was all a misunderstanding, and he allows them to stay.

Later, as the jackal family walks through the Pride Lands, Reirei decides that they should help themselves to more of the Pride Landers' "generosity". Dogo asks her if that will make Kion and the Guard mad, but Reirei explains that due to it being the day of Kupatana, they can do whatever they want. She teaches Dogo and her family how to get their way. This results in a number of a number of Pride Landers angry at the jackals for stealing from them, but when the Guard arrives, Dogo and Reirei once again insist that it was a misunderstanding, and they are permitted to stay in the Pride Lands. Reirei even talks Kion into considering allowing the jackals at Kupatana.

Reirei is seen watching the Pride Landers before Kupatana begins. She tells Goigoi that she's moved by all of the choices in prey, wondering where they'll begin. When the Kupatana begins, the jackals attack, with Reirei in the lead and Dogo at her side. The Lion Guard moves into action to stop the predators. Reirei chases after and catches a hyrax, but is attacked by Kion, who accuses her of lying to him. Reirei innocently asks if they'd made another mistake. Kion tells her that the jackals are going back to the Outlands. Reirei tries to talk her way out of it once more, but Simba roars angrily at her, and the jackal family flees.

Too Many Termites

Reirei steps outside of her den, sniffs the air, and realizes that she can detect the delicious scent of aardwolves. Excited, she attempts to awaken Goigoi, who, though first very sleepy, leaps awake at the word "aardwolf", as Reirei predicted he would. She notes that it smells like a whole pack of them, and that they had just moved in next door. Goigoi asks when the hyraxes moved out, and she reminds him that they didn't and decides to say "hello" to their new neighbors.

Reirei overhears Ogopa remarking that there's nothing to eat in their new home, and she comments that she wouldn't say that. She enters their cave and introduces herself and Goigoi as "the folks next door". Ogopa explains that they thought the jackals were the Lion Guard, and Goigoi ducks behind Reirei, frightened. She kicks him away, and Haya explains that they gave the Guard the slip. She understands, and reassures them that the jackals are the furthest thing from the Lion Guard. She inquires as to why they're fleeing the Guard, and when Ogopa says that they're mean and scary, Reirei enthusiastically agrees. Ogopa soon asks if Reirei will tell the Guard where they are, but Reirei tells her not to worry and promises that the Guard won't find hide nor hair of the aardwolves. She adds to Goigoi that the Guard might find a little hide.

Ogopa becomes confused at this, and Reirei explains that she only meant that they'll be good friends. She asks them if they know what friends do, and Goigoi answers that they have each other for dinner. Reirei kicks him viciously and informs the aardwolves that he meant have them over for dinner. She sings "We'll Make You a Meal", dancing and singing with Goigoi, to make the aardwolves happy and comfortable. When they finish, Ogopa exclaims that they're lucky to have selected the den that they did, and Reirei contradicts her, saying that she and Goigoi are the lucky ones.

Mjomba enters the den, and Reirei invites him in happily. He tells the aardwolves that they can come back to the Pride Lands, and as he explains, Reirei and Goigoi creep up behind them. She stops them just before they leave, reminding them that she thought they were going to have dinner where they were. Mjomba asks if she has any termites, and she answers that none of them will be leaving the cave hungry- and that in fact, none were to leave the cave at all. She orders Goigoi to push, and he shoves a rock over the entrance of the cave, trapping them in. She decides to bring her sons the leftovers and springs at the aardwolves. Just as she is about to bite into an aardwolf, the Lion Guard breaks into the den, and Kion orders her to get away from her prey and pounces on her.

Pinned, Reirei remarks that it's nice of Kion to drop by, though she wishes that he had come later. Kion releases and tells her to go home. After exiting the den, Reirei breathes a sigh of relief, but is then knocked into their own den by Goigoi. Bunga shuts them in, but Reirei tells him that she and Goigoi love it there. She asks for backup from her mate, who has already fallen asleep again.

Babysitter Bunga

Reirei is secretly watching Muhimu's Herd graze nearby, when she slinks down to speak with her children. She tells Dogo and Kijana that it's time for them to try out a technique that they have been practising - luring a young one away from the rest of the herd to strike it down while the older jackals chase away the older zebras. She puts her plan into action and, upon spotting a young zebra, directs her youngest children over to him.

Reirei chases the other zebras alone, when one of them catches their foot on a protruding rock and slams into the ground, skidding to a halt in front of a large boulder. Reirei approaches her, but Kion reveals himself from behind the boulder and warns Reirei that she's the last one left. She appears surprised by this revelation, but is pinned to the ground by the young lion cub before she can do anything. Kion releases her and joins the herd which has finally calmed down. Bunga delivers her two youngest children back to her, while the others gather around Reirei. She overhears how Hamu kicked Dogo away, and after asking Kion if he heard what they just stated, Kion assures her that she'll be safe from the 'vicious' zebras when she returns to the Outlands. Slightly irritated, Reirei calls for her kids to follow her. When Goigoi doesn't follow, she angrily calls for him as well.

Later, Dogo and Kijana train under their mother's guidance. She orders them to get the little one away from the pack, but with only their father and two older siblings in front of them, they hesitate. Goigoi offers to play the role of the little one, which Reirei responds to warmly. She quickly urges her children to run him down and they do so, alarming Goigoi as they approach. Once they successfully pin their father down, Reirei praises their performance, believing that it's time for them to return to the Pride Lands. Kijana voices her concern over the Lion Guard, but Reirei tells her that she will deal with them herself.

Reirei returns to the Watering Hole and watches from behind a nearby rock. She orders her pack to move on since the older animals won't be good for training, but recoils when she hears Muhimu mention the little ones. She overhears Twiga mention that they're at Hakuna Matata Falls, and decides that it would be perfect for her children. Before he can leave with them, she tells Goigoi to halt the Lion Guard whilst the rest of them go after the youngsters, assuring him that they'll leave him a tidbit before swiftly leaving with the kids.

At Hakuna Matata Falls, Reirei and her pack watch the youngsters play under the guidance of Bunga. Reirei tells her children not to worry about Bunga, since she'll be taking care of him. Dogo asks his mother if they'll save some food for his father, and she replies that they will with insincerity. Reirei and her family soon step in to spoil the cheerful atmosphere, where Reirei pins Bunga to the ground. After the kids start to attack her children, Bunga briefly gets away from Reirei to cheer them on, but is caught again shortly after, where the mother announces that she is positive that their training will secure their victory.

Soon, Bunga declares victory over Reirei's pups. She halts her attack in disbelief, and Bunga joins the children tocharge the jackal family one last time. The Lion Guard arrive just in time to see the jackals' defeat. Reirei soon grabs Kion's attention, complaining about how her family have been treated and asking for his help. Kion is sure they can help, provided that they leave and never try to attack the kids again. When freed, Reirei claims that she doesn't wish to stay where she's not wanted, and the kids warn her away. She and her family then run back home, defeated.

Personality

Reirei has been described as a "scheming jackal". She is cunning and devious, and has a knack for faking pleasantry and kindness, a skill that she teaches to her pups. Reirei takes pride in the craftiness of her kind, believing them to be smarter than other animals. She likes stealing from animals that she has gained trust in, and then insists that it was all a misunderstanding. Reirei is greedy, grasping, acquisitive, materialistic, and covetous, so she has no respect for the Circle of Life or Kupatana. However, she falters in the face of defeat, and will surrender if she sees no other options. She is also very wary of the Lion Guard and will not make any attempt to subdue them, and instead surrenders immediately.

Despite, her scheming ways Reirei is also grateful to those who help her. Reirei is also known to underestimate her opponents.

Role in the series

Reirei is revealed to have looked up to Alpha Kgosi, even though they were not the same species, as her family went through the same hardships he went through, and hates the Pride Lands for not understanding the deeper meaning, and after trying to save her friend, a modern descendant of Kgosi, from prosecution, fails, and ends up committing treason, she is sent to the Outlands apart from her friend, and they have since been renegades that Kion and the Lion Guard have to fight against, as they two are part of the rogues gallery brought on by unknowing Villain League-pawn Janja and Scar.

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