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Real Identity: Eddie Dawson
Appearances (Books): Super Hero High School Yearbook
Appearances (Webisodes): Hero of the Month: Hawkgirl, Wild Side Part 1, Wild Side Part 2, Pets Peeved Part 1, and Pets Peeved Part 2
Appearances (Comics): Halloween ComicFest 2016 Edition
Appearances (Graphic Novels): Hits and Myths
Appearances (Novels): Harley Quinn at Super Hero High
Powers/Skills: Power over Animals, Enhanced Senses, Enhanced Strength, Unarmed Combat, and Transformation
Voiced By: Khary Payton
Lion Mane is a super villain who can wield power over animals. He once tried to unleash an animal army on Metropolis but Hawkgirl defeated him. The apprehension made front page news on the Daily Planet. Lion Mane liberated several zoo animals and took control of them with his ability. They marched on Centennial Park and encountered Batgirl, Starfire, and Beast Boy, who were on a picnic. He used his ability to put Beast Boy under his sway but Starfire powered up and knocked Mane off the elephant he rode. Mane insisted he only had good intentions and ran for it, dodging Starfire's Starbolts, until Batgirl wrapped his legs in a bola. Batgirl shot a tranquilizer dart from her right gauntlet right into one of his butt cheeks. With Lion Man unconscious, his hold dissipated. The animals, now back to normal, scattered into the city and caused chaos. He awoke and targeted Batgirl at the zoo. She fired her Batrope but he sliced it up.
Zoo volunteer Mari McCabe landed between them and grabbed a piece of the rope. Using it like a whip, she forced him into the chimpanzee exhibit. They amused themsevels throwing their fruit at him while Batgirl notified the Special Crimes Unit. One morning, Lion Mane fought Batgirl at the Metropolis Docks. Supergirl arrived and nailed him. Wonder Woman grabbed him but he got free and threw out a red gas pellet. He hid and waited until he could ambush Batgirl. Batgirl had other plans and clocked him with a fish. Wonder Woman threw her Lasso of Truth and caught him. He roared in defiance. They offered him two choices: surrender or take a bath in the bay. The Metropolis Special Crimes Unit took Lion Mane into custody near Loading Dock D.
Killer Moth, Killer Croc, Lion-Mane, and King Shark formed a super villain team named the Animilitia. They broke into the Centennial Park Zoo and modified a cage to hold supers. Wonder Woman, Bumblebee, Supergirl, Batgirl, Katana, and Harley Quinn responded to the Save the Day alarm. Lion Mane pounced Bumblebee but she fired her stingers and blasted him into some bushes. The supers followed a robot red herring into a modified cage and were trapped. Lion-Mane tried to use his power on Jumpa to convince her to join the Animilitia as an equal. Jumpa kangaroo kicked him in the gut then swatted his face with her tail.
(Novels only) Two weeks after the Dragon King was defeated, Lion-Mane came up with a plan to steal a priceless jeweled lion statue worth millions on the day before the exhibit opened at the Metropolis Museum of Art. He told all the animals from the Metropolis Zoo's temporary preserve behind Capes & Cowls Cafe they were being sent away to desolate deserted islands. While the animals served as a distraction, Lion-Mane made his move. Batgirl located him in the museum's storage room. Hawkgirl took the north hallway while the other supers took the stairs and employee elevators to surround him. Harley mistook Lion-Mane for Beast Boy at first then slammed his foot with her mallet. His scream alerted the other supers and he was soon captured.