Lion-O is the lead protagonist of the infamous short-lived 2020 animated series ThunderCats Roar, a spin-off of the Thundercats franchise. He was also the protagonist in the 1985 show, and 2011 one as well, but mostly displays his worst qualities in this series. He is voiced by Max Mittleman.
Why He's Not (And Will NEVER Be) The Lord Of The ThunderCats
NOTE: This is only focusing on the ThunderCats Roar version of Lion-O, since his 1985 and 2011 incarnations are likable.
- Like the 2016 reboot version of Ben Tennyson, he became a completely goofy (not in a good way), loudmouth protagonist similar in vein to the Teen Titans Go! version of Beast Boy. Like the other characters in the show, he acts happy most of the time with little to no other emotions to the point that it gets annoying and irritating.
- His design looks extremely lazy and ugly and is a huge downgrade from the original designs to the point where it looks like a kindergartener drew it. He doesn't even look like a Thunderian, let alone even resemble his 1985 or 2011 counterparts in any way. Instead, he looks more like a bootleg version Lion-O or a rejected character from Steven Universe rather than the actual Lion-O himself.
- His voice actor, Max Mittelman, does an extremely poor and terrible job voicing him as he makes him sound horrible and annoying.
- It's a shame that Mittelman did better jobs at voicing other characters such as Ryuji Sakamoto/Skull Ryuji from Persona 5, Saibato from Demon Slayer, Plagg from Miraculous Ladybug, Kousei Arima from Your Lie in April, Atsushi from Bungo Stray Dogs, and notably, Saitama from One Punch Man, which is just wasted talent.
- He spends his time doing stupid things. In the original, he was naïve because of his rapid aging in his faulty capsule, but he wasn't a complete moron.
- He cries, or complains over stupid things, like not being able to open up a jar of cookies in the episode "The Legend of Boggy Ben".
- He is rarely ever seen fighting villains anymore and is viewed to put most of the action and fighting, and stuff he did in the old show behind.
- He is unfunny, mind-numbingly gross, and is also mildly psychotic.
- Despite him caring and loving his friends, he rarely helps them when in danger as evident to how Tygra can be treated at times.
- He is completely soft now and won't fight anyone whatever they may do to him or his friends.
- Due to all these qualities above, His character along with the other Thunderians is one of the main reasons why ThunderCats Roar was negitively panned by longtime ThunderCats fans and thus cause the franchise to decline as a whole. Therefore, he and the gang gave the ThunderCats franchise a bad name.
Noteː These redeeming qualities do not excuse the actions that he has performed.
- He does still care for his friends deep down.
- He got his comeuppance in the final episode, where he and his gang get arrested for being in Santa Claus's naughty list.
- He was a much better character in the 1985 and 2011 shows where he is much more likable, which makes his flanderization even sadder.
- Lion-O can be slightly funny at times.
- He is often compared to Robin's Go! counterpart.