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STOP...THAT...BALL!!!!
~ King Leonidas's catchphrase
GOAL! Game's over, I win!
~ Leonidas about his soccer victory

King Leonidas (simply known as Leonidas) is the secondary antagonist of Disney's 1971 film Bedknobs and Broomsticks. He is an anthropomorphic lion who rules the fictional island of Naboobu as its king.

Appearance

Like the other animals of the isle, he has the power of speech (with a Boston/Irish accent) and other human attributes due to the spell of the wizard Astoroth. He also wears the Star of Astoroth, a golden medallion inscribed with the words to substituary locomotion spell.

He looks somewhat like Prince John, especially since the two also share a short temper, but more like Shere Khan due to their big chins and identical noses. He is also shown to be very popular with the rest of the animals, as he wants to put a good soccer game to entertain them, much to their delight.

Role

The King is shown to throw a temper because of a incoming soccer game being cancelled (since there is no one to volunteer for a referee). He also hold a hatred toward humankind as he puts up a law saying "No Peopling Allowed". However, the arriving Mr. Browne (who is a human) offers to volunteer for the job as referee, which made the King so delighted, that he agrees to set aside his hatred of humans to ensure that everything goes well in the game. With that in mind, as the game starts, the King leads his team into getting a shot, despite the rival team's efforts in stopping them. However, one of the players accidentally pops up the soccer ball with his horn, causing an angry King to let out a loud roar that sends Mr. Browne and all the team players (including the rival ones) into one of the soccer's nets before blowing the ball into the net to win.

Thanking Browne for helping out, the King cleans him up before bidding goodbye to him, along with Miss Price and the children. However, upon discovering that his precious medallion has been exchanged for the referee's whistle, the King flies into a rage and pursues Ms. Price, Mr. Browne and the children. In a desperate attempt to escape, Ms. Price uses a spell to turn the fearsome lion into a long-tailed rabbit. His final fate remains unknown afterwards as he hops back to his kingdom, though it may be possible that he turns back to his original lion form since the spell is temporary.

Eventually, the Star disappears after Mr. Browne, Miss Price, and the kids return back to their world, as it turns out that it's impossible to take an object out from the fantasy world.

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Trivia

  • He is made to look like the movie's main antagonist, but is never seen again after halfway into the movie. The movie's real villain is Colonel Heller.


 
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