Lion is an enigmatic creature whose sentience and sapience is somewhat questionable. However, he seems to act like a typical house cat, doing things like chasing butterflies in "Rose's Scabbard" and snapping at the dragonfly-like lights created by Sardonyx in " Cry for Help ". Much like a normal animal, he rarely changes his expression and for the most part, he is quiet and docile. Though he is considered a "pet" for Steven, Lion looks after himself and often sees to his activities. While Lion does not seem to acknowledge Steven most of the time, he does appear to understand Steven to a certain extent, responding whenever Steven needs him in mysterious ways. " Lion 2: The Movie " shows this understanding when he takes him and Connie to Rose's Secret Armory . Steven remarks how Lion is not "trained very well", and in " Lion 3: Straight to Video ", Lion nearly smothers Steven's face to show him the dimension in his mane when Steven said he wanted to know more about his mother.