Leodore Lionheart is the current mayor of the city of Zootopia. For the most part, he is a popular and likeable fellow, with a proud and strong bearing. He has a gift for public speaking (befitting a politician) and, in spite of his profession, actually seems to have a sense of honor and dignity about him.
Mayor Lionheart's popularity with the citizens of Zootopia rose significantly after he initiated his "Mammal Inclusion Initiative", a program designed to encourage all mammals in Zootopia to follow and live their dreams, whatever they may be. This program is also designed to give each mammal, be they predator or prey, equal share at all possible jobs and positions in the city, and it is through this initiative that Judy Hopps, a rabbit, was able to enroll in and eventually graduate from the Zootopia Police Academy, and become a member of the Zootopia Police Department. Mayor Lionheart, of course, used this opportunity to promote the value of his program by making a speech at the graduation of Judy's class, and having her on stage with him as an example of the program's efffectiveness.
However, Mayor Lionheart is not above one significant scandal which he has been trying to keep secret from his constituents--that he has been locking away any predators which have "gone wild" as a result of the epidemic plaguing Zootopia, and putting them through a course of injections and medical/scientific evaluation in the desperate attempt to discover a cure and prevent a catastrophy. This epidemic seems to have only affected predatory mammals, who are greatly outnumbered by the prey mammals, so there is a significant degree of self interest in the mayor's efforts. When the scandal finally sees the light of day, he protests any inference of dishonesty or criminal intent, but that he was doing it for the greater good of Zootopia and its citizens. Eventually, of course, he was exonerated and reinstated as mayor, thanks to the efforts of Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde.
For all of Mayor Lionheart's positive charisma, leadership ability and sense of honor, he is not without his flaws. He tends to have a short temper and an impatience for bumbling and incompetence, which traits generally tend to come out only when working with those directly under him, rather than out in public (where he prefers to maintain his positive public image). He can be especially intimidating during these times, enough to intimidate even Zootopia Police Chief Bogo, but also Assistant Mayor Bellwether, whom he loves to verbally bully (even calling her by the demeaning pet name of "Smellwether").
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Full Name: Leodore Lionheart
Species: African Lion
Design Inspiration/Influences: Mufasa
Appearance: Tall, regal bearing, light brown/sandy fur with a full brown mane and brown eyes; always seen wearing a dark blue business suit (with a gold Zootopia city political pin), a light blue dress shirt, a red patterned silk tie with gold tie clip and a black smooth leather belt with a dressy gold buckle.
Personality: Charismatic, commanding and eloquent, prideful but occasionally boastful. A basically honorable lion, but has the capacity to be pompous, gruff, short-tempered, dismissive and insensitive. Likes to occasionally bully underlings with demeaning pet names and bossiness.
Favorite Quotes: "SMELLWETHER!"