In a medium bowl, whisk together dry ingredients: flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and vanilla. Then, slowly add the butter.
Then create a well in the middle of the dry ingredients. Pour wet ingredients into the well and stir the batter until combined. There may be small lumps. Allow the batter to rest at least 5 minutes.
Heat a griddle to 300 degrees. Spritz with non-stick cooking spray or coat with additional butter prior to adding batter.
For the lion pancakes, pour about 1 cup on the griddle. When bubbles begin to break on the surface of the pancakes, flip and cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes or until completely cooked through.
To decorate the lion, place the pancake on a large plate. Then create a circle around the pancake using the clementine slices to represent the mane. Place two chocolate chips as eyes.
When ready to serve, use whipped topping to create a base for the whiskers. In the middle of the whipped topping, position half a strawberry as the nose. On each side, place three licorice pieces and mini chocolate chips. Serve immediately.