Basi is the largest hippo in his pod. As a hippo, he is massively portly and well-built. He has hairs on his muzzle and notices in his ears. He has dark brownish gray skin, a pale underbelly, dark spots on his back, and dark rims around his eyes.
Much like his son, Basi is a gentle giant with a sunny disposition. Basi is amicable and open, willing to engage in conversation and negotiate according to the customs of his homeland.
Being so learned in the ways of the animals, Basi is knowledgeable and wise. Despite being an animal with a very different way of life, he understands the customs of the crocodiles and how this affects his pod's everyday life.
Role in the Series
Basi is first seen at home, in Big Springs. Noticing his son taking a bath in the springs, he explains that when there are too many fish in the lake, the crocodiles come along and eat the fish, completing the Circle of Life. Pua then arrives, and asks Basi if the fish are ready. Basi explains that while there are more than last time, there are still not enough for him and his float. He invites them to return next week, and Pua agrees. One crocodile by the name of Makuu, however, is not happy when Pua tells them to move on. Makuu says that Pua is weak for not ignoring the hippo's words, and challenges him to a mashindano. When Beshte asks his father what the mashindano is, Basi explains that it is a fight that determines the leader of the crocodiles. Pua accepts Makuu's challenge, and the event is held later that evening.
Basi, along with many other Pridelanders, travels to the location of the Mashindano to witness the battle between Pua and Makuu. He explains how the fight will work to the youngsters. Makuu eventually manages to pin Pua down. Basi tells the Lion Guard that will decide the matter noting that while Pua has more experience and better techniques Makuu has more stamina and greater strength than Pua. Basi's prediction proves true and Makuu wins and, defeated, Pua leaves, as Basi explains that the loser is banished from the Crocodile Float. However, the win soon becomes a problem, as Makuu pushes Basi and his herd out from Big Springs, forcing them into the elephants' Watering Hole. He makes his final appearance when the Circle of Life is brought back into balance, with the crocodiles returning Big Springs to the hippopotamuses. As Makuu strides sullenly out of the water, Basi calls out after him, inviting him to come back once the fish are in plenty. He reminds him that all he has to do is ask, and Makuu promises to keep the proposition in mind.
Basi with his son Beshte, Fuli, Ono, Bunga, Kion and Nala