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Shenzi, Banzai and Ed
Background information
Feature films The Lion King
The Lion King 1½
Mickey's House of Villains
Short films
Television programs Timon and Pumbaa
House of Mouse
Video games The Lion King
The Lion King: Simba's Mighty Adventure
Meteos: Disney Magic
Kingdom Hearts II
Park attractions Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade
Villains Tonight!
The Legend of the Lion King
Portrayed by Shenzi:
Tracey Nicole Chapman (musical)
Stanley Wayne Mathis (musical)
Kevin Cahoon (musical)
Portrayed by
Animators Dave Burgess
Alex Kupershmidt
Alex Topete
Philip S. Boyd
Jesus Cortes
Ray Harris
Monica Murdock
Eric Pigors
Vincent Siracusano
Yung Soo Kim
Noreen Beasley
Will Huneycutt
David Recinos
Paulo R. Alvarado
Samantha Lair
Lon Smart
Voice Shenzi:
Whoopi Goldberg
Tress MacNeille (Timon & Pumbaa, Simba's Mighty Adventure and Kingdom Hearts II)
Jenifer Lewis (Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom)
Cheech Marin
Rob Paulsen (Timon & Pumbaa and Simba's Mighty Adventure)
Jim Cummings
Performance model
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names All: Laughing Hyenas
Banzai: Cactus Butt (referred to by Shenzi)
Ed: Eddie
Shenzi: Shenzi Marie Predatora Veldetta Jaquelina Hyena (referred to by Timon)
Personality Maniacal, sadistic, ruthless, comedic, fearful, wise-cracking
Appearance Shenzi: Slender gray hyena, beautiful, sharp fangs, dark gray spots, both black lips and nose with gray nostrils, thin black eyebrows, big yellow eyes with black pupils, black pointed ears with dark gray innards, dark gray circles around her eyes, both black tail and mane with bangs over her forehead, light gray underbelly, both black calves and feet
Banzai: Slender gray hyena, handsome, sharp fangs, dark gray spots, both black lips and nose with gray nostrils, both dark gray muzzle circles around his eyes, both black tail and mane, light gray underbelly, both black calves and feet, big yellow eyes with black pupils, black pointed ears with dark gray innards, heavy black eyebrows
Ed: Slender gray hyena, sharp fangs, dark gray spots, both black lips and nose with gray nostrils, thin black eyebrows, big yellow lopsided eyes, black pointed ears with a couple large round cuts on each one, tongue hanging from his mouth, both dark gray muzzle and circles around his eyes, both black tail and mane, light gray underbelly, both black calves and feet
Occupation Leaders of the Hyena Clan
Scar's minions (formerly)
Alignment Bad
Affiliations Disney Villains
Goal To eat as much as they want
Home Elephant Graveyard
Allies Scar (formerly), Hyena Clan
Minions Hyena Clan
Enemies Mufasa, Simba, Nala, Sarabi, Sarafina, Pridelanders, Rafiki, Zazu, Timon, Pumbaa, Scar, Cheetata and Cheetato, Martin Pardon, Ma, Uncle Max, Meerkat Colony
Likes Eating, laughing, nighttime, goofing off, hanging out, lazing around, making jokes at others' expenses, acting scary and tough, getting into mischief
Dislikes Scar betraying them, lions, starvation, being on the low end of the food chain, getting hurt, being insulted
Powers and abilities
Weapons Fangs, claws
Fate Turn against Scar and devour him as punishment for his lies and betrayal before abandoning the Pride Lands.
Quote Shenzi: "Friends? I thought he said that we were the enemy."
Banzai: "Yeah. That's what I heard."
Both: "Ed?"
Ed: *Scary evil laughter*
I'm surrounded by idiots...
―Scar; referring to Shenzi, Banzai and Ed

Shenzi, Banzai and Ed are a trio of spotted hyenas who first appeared in Disney's 1994 animated film, The Lion King. They are the loyal followers and minions of Scar.

While not especially bright (except for perhaps Shenzi), the hyenas do display a degree of competence rarely associated with comic-relief lackeys, generally foiled by their adversaries' own luck. They corner Simba (foiled only by Mufasa's unexpected rescue), successfully drive the stampede into the gorge, and would have captured the young Simba had he not escaped through the thorn bushes through which they couldn't pass. Despite this, and their loyalty to Scar, he has an extremely low opinion of them, considering them to be stupid and incompetent.



The hyenas were also featured in two spin-off books of The Lion King, set before the events of the original film. In A Tale of Two Brothers, the young hyenas appear at the beginning where they surround a helpless Rafiki who had just arrived in the Pride Lands. King Ahadi comes to the rescue just in time, with his sons Mufasa and Taka (Scar), and demands that the hyenas leave. The hyenas appear again later, where Shenzi advises Scar to make himself look good by making Mufasa look bad. Scar decided to incite a cape buffalo called Boma to fight Mufasa. The plan did not turn out well, and Scar's eye was wounded by the buffalo herd in the process, hence the nickname "Scar".

In Friends in Need, the teenage hyenas appear again at the beginning, where they are preparing to boil a teenage Zazu in the elephant graveyard like in the first film. A teenage Mufasa passes by, scares the hyenas away, and befriends Zazu.



Shenzi (voiced by Whoopi Goldberg) is the leader and only female of the trio, and the de-facto secondary antagonist of the first film, and the main antagonist of its midquel. According to Timon in The Lion King 1½, her full name is Shenzi Marie Predatora Veldetta Jacquelina Hyena. Her first name means "savage", "pagan", "uncouth", or "barbarous" in Swahili. Her distinguishing features are five prominent bangs hanging over her face and a mane that reaches all the way to her bangs. She also lacks the dark grey 'stubble' snout of the males, the dark patches around her eyes are shaped to resemble heavily applied eye-shadow, and she has thicker lips with what seems to be black lipstick.

She is assertive, collected and possesses a considerable amount of self-control, only very rarely losing her temper. This makes her the de-facto leader of the trio, and apparently the Matriarch of the clan of hyenas. Her authority is so absolute that she has no need to exert physical force over other hyenas - Banzai and Ed consistently follow her orders without her needing to fight them - whether they are to stop fighting, remain where they are, or even to lie to Scar. Despite her dislike of Mufasa, she clearly has a measure of respect and fear for him, as she gets the "shivers" when she hears his name and, though she smacks Banzai before he can say the name in front of Scar, clearly agrees with his opinion that they were better off when Mufasa was in charge (even if he didn't like them or permit them to live in the Pride Lands, he still treated them better and didn't abuse or insult them for amusement, unlike Scar).

Shenzi's primary concern is the well-being of her Clan. She allies the Clan with Scar even though the hyenas dislike the lions simply to provide for them, tells Scar that Simba is dead to get them into the Pride Lands, and is even unafraid of informing him that there's no food or water left, meaning the Clan is starving and dehydrated. When Scar tries to pin Mufasa's death on the hyenas at the end, she doesn't hesitate to inform the Clan of his betrayal, resulting in his elimination. And in Simba's Pride, she presumably has taken the Clan away from the Elephant Graveyard to find better hunting grounds.

Shenzi is one of the most popular characters of the franchise. She was originally going to be male and played by Tommy Chong, reuniting him with his old comedy partner Cheech Marin, who was playing Banzai, but apparently the two had had a falling out. Many of Shenzi's facial expressions and voice were copied from her voice actress Whoopi Goldberg.



Banzai (voiced by Cheech Marin) is the most aggressive of the trio. Unlike the calmer, more intelligent Shenzi, he has almost no self-control and is always ready to lash out or start a fight. However, because he thinks with his muscles first and his head second, and has a tendency to speak without thinking, he is not the leader of the trio and always submits to Shenzi, consistently obeying her orders.

His name means "skulk" or "lurk" in Swahili. It can also mean "die with honor" or "ten thousand years" in Japanese, possibly a reference to his aggressive nature but more likely coincidental. His most distinguishing feature is his unusually heavy eyebrows. Apart from these, he is the model for most generic hyenas. He is the greediest of the three, frequently making references to being hungry, and asking for food. He also usually speaks and acts without thinking, losing his temper with Ed twice, and complaining when the Pride Lands lacks food under Scar's rule ("It's dinnertime, and we ain't got no stinkin' entrees!"). He even quietly remarks to his friends that Mufasa was a better king than Scar. In addition, when about to commence the Wildebeest Stampede, he almost tried to kill and eat a sick wildebeest before Scar gave them the signal, but was stopped by Shenzi, reminding him about waiting for Scar's signal.

He is wounded twice in the film, the first time in taking the worst injuries, Banzai's buttocks were severely lacerated by Mufasa's sharp claws, causing him to be unable to sit down for a week, ("I won't be able to sit for a week!") he tells Shenzi and Ed, and secondly when he is knocked into a thorn patch while chasing Simba out of the Pride Lands.



Ed (voiced by Jim Cummings) is one of the few characters not to have a Swahili name. However, there exists in English the word eddy meaning whirlpool.

Ed is apparently the 'crazy guy' of the trio. His distinguishing features are two round cuts on each ear, he is constantly grinning, his tongue often lolls from his mouth and his eyes rarely seem to focus on anything. Also, he has no eyebrows. He communicates through laughter, his only line of dialogue being the chorus of the song "Be Prepared" (mostly because Jim Cummings was filling in Jeremy Irons'/Scar's lines at this point). When amused by anything, he cannot control his laughter.

In the special edition of The Lion King DVD, character profiling reveals that Ed is neither stupid nor completely insane; he "knows the score". However, for whatever reason, he chooses not to speak (although some of Shenzi and Banzai's reactions to his laughter seem to indicate that they are able to translate his laughter to meaningful language anyways). He often displays lucidity, being the first to notice Simba, Nala and Zazu escaping while his two peers are busy cracking jokes about eating them. However Banzai was the first to communicate effectively through English instead of through gestures, that Simba, Nala and Zazu were escaping.

When Shenzi comments that the hyenas would be running the show if the lions weren't around, he nods in agreement, listening to the conversation. And when Scar betrays the hyenas at the end, he understands that they have been betrayed just as well as Shenzi and Banzai, and is just as angry as they are. In addition, both Banzai and Shenzi have waited until Ed's reply before deciding on a response or a proper course of action at least twice: The first time when Shenzi and Banzai were rhetorically asking who was present in the Elephant Graveyard, and the second when noting that Scar had earlier called them their enemies before exacting revenge with the other Hyena Clan members. However, when they were attacked by Mufasa and Shenzi and Banzai denied knowing that Simba was his son, Ed confirmed it; during a scuffle with Banzai, he chews on his own leg obliviously; he has numerous 'episodes' during which he stares vacantly, and cannot control his laughter. Ed's behavior is reminiscent of a Manic Depressive (aka Bipolar Disorder). Jim Cummings recorded over four hours of various laughter clips for any situation Ed might be in; excited, amused, angry, etc.


The Lion King

The trio teasing Simba on his roar.

The hyenas first appear in the Elephant Graveyard that Simba and Nala venture into. The hyenas, under Scar's orders, chase the cubs in an attempt to kill them. While in pursuit, Shenzi catches up with Nala, and is about to savage her when she is struck by Simba, which results in three visible blood-like scratches on her cheek. The hyenas push Zazu into a 'birdie boiler', they plan to kill Simba and Nala and corner Simba and Nala but are thwarted by Mufasa's arrival. They attack him, but are quickly defeated and frightened off.

Later while the hyenas are talking, Scar arrives in the Elephant Graveyard, to tell off the hyenas for failing to kill Simba. However, after Banzai and Shenzi ask sardonically whether Scar should kill Mufasa to claim the throne while feasting on a zebra's leg that Scar supplied to them (Banzai: "Yeah? So what are we supposed to do? Kill Mufasa?"), they unwittingly gave him an idea: He then informs them of the newly-formed plan to kill both Mufasa and Simba during the song "Be Prepared" while promising them unlimited food. Afterwards, they help Scar carry out his plan to kill Mufasa by triggering the wildebeest stampede. Immediately after Scar tells Simba to run away and never return, he commands the hyenas to kill Simba too, but Simba falls into thorny bushes where the hyenas can't follow him. Shenzi decides that Simba is as good as dead out alone in the desert, that if he survives he probably won't come back (not unreasonable assumptions), and that IF he comes back, they'll kill him then. The entire pack then enters the Pride Lands under Scar's reign.

Bad under Mufasa

"And I thought things were bad under Mufasa."

Some months into Scar's reign, the hyenas' excessive presence in the Pride Lands has damaged the ecological balance. The trio, who appear to be the same age as they were, come to Scar's cave to inform him that there's no food or water, and that the lionesses refuse to follow his orders, but Scar could care less about their complaints. Banzai quietly remarks that things were much better under Mufasa, implying that they favor him over Scar, despite the prejudice he had against them. Scar angrily orders Banzai to repeat what he just said, Banzai is about to say that he said "Mufasa", but a nervous Shenzi elbows him and Banzai quickly "corrects" himself by saying that he simply said "¿Que Pasa?". Still touchy about Banzai's remark and angry at being compared unfavorably to his brother, Scar throws them out without listening to their complaints.

End of Hyenas

Shenzi, Banzai and Ed prepare to kill Scar

When Simba returns to overthrow Scar, Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed grew worried when Scar learned that Simba was alive and backed away (Scar glared at them, indicating that he found out that the hyenas have not done their job, and that Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed had presumably never informed Scar of that development), but then the hyenas demonstrate their continued loyalty to Scar by joining the fight on his side, but most are defeated, and Shenzi and Banzai are ruthlessly beaten up by Pumbaa for calling him a "pig" while Ed watches. When Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed follow Scar and Simba at the top (possibly to back Scar up), they overhear Scar trying to foist all blame for the plot on them to Simba, they furiously turn against their former boss. Alerting the other hyenas to his treachery, they corner Scar after he is defeated by Simba. Scar frantically tries to absolve himself, but the hyenas have had enough of his lies, derogatory treatment and broken promises. They surround Scar, leap on him and tear him apart, as flames raise around them. They run off after this.

The Lion King II: Simba's Pride

In the direct-to-video sequel The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, the hyenas are only briefly mentioned by Nuka as he and his grown sister Vitani arrive at the Elephant Graveyard. He says simply, "This place is even creepier since the hyenas ran off." Originally, Zira was going to be accompanied by the hyenas but it was changed to being Outsider Lions after the developers remembered that the Hyenas were the reason why Scar died.

However, the three hyenas are never directly referred to by name, and the ones Nuka mentioned have instead been the hyenas not involved in the mutiny against Scar (given the many hyenas seen in "Be Prepared"). The fate of Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed is unknown.

The Lion King 1½


The hyenas in The Lion King 1½.

In the direct-to-video midquel The Lion King 1½, the hyenas have a fairly major role in setting the story rolling and serve as the film's main antagonists (seeing as Scar has no lines and makes only very brief appearances).

In their first appearance, they attack a meerkat colony when Timon, who is the sentry on duty of the colony, is daydreaming. They fail to catch any meerkats, but this incident drives Timon to leave the colony to find where he truly belongs. The hyenas make an appearance again during the film's climax at Pride Rock. Some anonymous hyenas are seen chasing Timon and Pumbaa into a cave (after the Hula song in the first film), and are driven away by Pumbaa's flatulence.

Timon and Pumbaa insult the hyenas to get them away from Simba so that he has a better chance against Scar - Ed as usual laughs at the joke, and Banzai hits him, while Shenzi tells them, "For your last meal, you're gonna eat those words." Eventually, Timon and Pumbaa are cornered by the hyenas.

Timon first balances plates, then performs the can-can, which stalls the hyenas briefly, then break dances with Pumbaa, which Shenzi applauds to before simply agreeing with Banzai to eat them. Finally, he proposes to Shenzi as a desperate move to buy time for his mother and Uncle Max as they dig a tunnel, which she turns down, becoming more and more disgusted at his proposal. Banzai seems to realize Timon is trying to buy time for something, and says, "I say we skip the wedding and get straight to the buffet!" However, this has bought just enough time and the hyenas then fall into the tunnel (presumably transporting them to base of Pride Rock in time to corner Scar), after which they do not appear again in the film.

Timon and Pumbaa

The three hyenas made occasional appearances in the TV series The Lion King's Timon and Pumbaa. While Jim Cummings reprised his role as Ed, Tress MacNeille and Rob Paulsen replaced Whoopi Goldberg and Cheech Marin. The hyenas were also more noticeably dim-witted in the series in comparison to the movies. In addition, for unexplained reasons, they somehow managed to learn how to stand on their hind legs and are able to talk to humans, though one reason may be because it was to appeal to the audiences.

The hyenas had four "skits" in which they starred, usually trying to get an easy meal. These were called "The Laughing Hyenas".

TV Dinner: The hyenas observe a nature documentary made about an armadillo in the Serengeti. This is pretty impressive for a start, as armadillos are not native to ANY part of Africa, only the Americas. The three of them decide that they too can be stars and get great meals. For the host Martin Partin, Shenzi demonstrates ballet dancing, Banzai performs a singing act and Ed attempts slapstick comedy, but they are turned down abruptly. When the armadillo gets a movie deal, they are offered jobs, but decide that they'd rather be directors and have Martin Partin for lunch.


Shenzi, Banzai and Ed in The Lion King's Timon and Pumbaa.

Can't Take A Yolk: Shenzi wakes up, and wakes up Banzai, who wakes up Ed. While Banzai and Ed fight, Shenzi spots a mother ostrich nursing an egg, and persuades Banzai that the egg would make an excellent breakfast. First they attempt to creep up on the egg, but find it's heavily alarmed. Then they try to crush the mother ostrich with a large rock, but get crushed themselves. Then they try to tunnel up under the egg, but end up tunneling to China, and get crushed by a cart. Then they redirect an elephant to crush both mother and egg, but get crushed by the elephant. Finally Shenzi has them disguise themselves as ostriches and persuades the mother to put her head in the sand, while they steal the egg and substitute a rock. However, as they argue over who gets to eat the egg, it hatches into a huge ostrich, and they are knocked into a canyon and squashed by a large rock.

Cooked Goose: Two snooty Cheetahs have found that the hyena trio is disturbing their hunts, so they decide to send them on wild goose chases to get them out of the way. First they try giving them a treasure map where X marks the spot, but the hyenas don't know how you spell 'X'. Then they try catapulting the hyenas via Serengeti Shuttle into a volcano, but the hyenas just come back, suspicious about the lack of seat belts, airbags, and lack of peanuts. Finally they decide that if they split the hyenas up, telling each one that they are the brains of the bunch and giving them directions to the North Pole. Unfortunately the hyenas meet up there and realize they've been conned. Back in the Serengeti, they find the Cheetahs again, who are so stuffed from eating that they cannot outrun the hyenas. Just as the hyenas are about to eat them, a wild goose arrives and asks them which way is south, as he's headed for a wild goose convention. The five of them direct him, then chase him.

Big Top Breakfast: The hyenas are walking along, complaining about how hungry they are. Banzai comments that he's so hungry he could eat a circus monkey, and a crate with Simon the circus monkey on it lands on the three of them. They promptly start arguing about who gets to eat him, allowing him to escape. Shenzi suggests that they pretend to be monkeys and hide in a barrel, and Banzai suggests that "Hey, we can build an environment suitable and comfortable for all species in the class known as Chimpanzee." Ed however, discovers that the crate the monkey landed with is full of circus stuff. Shenzi promptly constructs an elaborate circus, and posing as ringmaster, gets Simon to dive into their cooking pot. He breaks out, and hides in a circus cannon, which Banzai fires. The cannon explodes, and the hyenas are left charred and monkey-less. Banzai complains that he is so hungry that he could eat a blue whale, and one promptly lands on the three of them.

House of Mouse

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Shenzi, Banzai and Ed in "House of Mouse"

The hyenas made cameo appearances in several House of Mouse episodes. In "House of Turkey", the hyenas are anxiously waiting to eat Mr. Turkey, but when they learn that he's a guest performer and not an entree, they briefly try to eat Pumbaa. In "Donald's Pumbaa Prank", they were seen at their table about to eat Zazu. In "House of Crime", Shenzi can be seen in a cage along with other villains before they all disappear. They're also seen near the beginning of the premiere episode "The Stolen Cartoons".

The hyenas were also part of the entourage of Disney villains featured in Mickey's House of Villains.

Cameos and other appearances

Shenzi and Ed appear in the animated blooper reel featured in the The Lion King: Diamond Edition special features, where Shenzi is shown showcasing her hyena laugh for a take, while a seemingly annoyed Ed stands by.

Printed media

Kingdom Keepers

In the fifth installment of the saga, Shell Game, Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed appear as henchmen to the Overtakers. They are usually guarding important places or objects.

Descendants: Isle of the Lost

Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed are among the villains imprisoned on the Isle of the Lost. They are the parents of young hyenas given to the children of the villains.

Video games

The Lion King (SNES)

While hyenas were a common enemy in the Lion King SNES release, none of the hyenas fought were Shenzi, Banzai or Ed. Even the end-of-level boss hyena in the first level was not one of them. Once defeated, each hyena performed Ed's drooling 'salute' briefly before collapsing.

Banzai appears at the end of the "Simba's Exile" level, to deliver his line "If you ever come back, we'll kill ya!"

The Lion King: Simba's Mighty Adventure

The hyenas first appear in the "Graveyard" level, chasing Simba as he tries to escape the Elephant Graveyard. At the end of the level, all three must be defeated before the player can win. The hyenas later appear in the "Return of the King" level, trying to prevent Simba from reaching Scar.

Kingdom Hearts II

In this video game, Kingdom Hearts II, the trio play a relatively minor role in their home world  "The Pride Lands", where it largely follows the story of the film.

In the game, the trio and the Clan are desperate for food and try to eat Sora, Donald and Goofy. Banzai almost killed Sora but were stopped when Scar roared. The hyena trio ran off to Scar to see what he wanted along with the other hyenas.

The hyena trio are seen once again at Pride Rock and were about to attack them, but Scar roared then the hyena trio looked up and saw Scar and Pete. When Nala knocked down Scar and told Sora, Donald and Goofy to run, the three heroes ran with Shenzi, Banzai, Ed and the other hyenas in pursuit. Sora, Donald, Goofy and Nala managed to get away from the hyenas. The hyena trio are later seen again at Pride Rock preventing Simba from getting to Scar. Sora then told Simba to go after Scar while his friends handle the hyenas. Timon and Pumbaa knocked the hyenas into the air but they were chased into Pride Rock by the hyena trio and the other hyenas. Sora, Donald and Goofy battled the hyena trio inside Pride Rock. The trio were easily defeated and ran out of Pride Rock.

Later on in the game, the trio of hyenas are fought again for information on the source of Scar's ghost. They know nothing of the ghost, and taunt Simba about it. They also seem to have somewhat of a grudge against Sora, Donald, and Goofy, as it was thanks to their part in overthrowing Scar that they were sent back to the Elephant Graveyard to only eat scraps.


The hyenas also made prominent appearances in the musical, having been given more dialogue and a much more expanded role than in the movie. They even appear during the first part of "The Madness of King Scar".

Disney Parks

Hyenas UTV

Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed's Disney parks portrait as part of the Unleash the Villains event.

Appearances by the hyenas at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts are extremely rare. In the parks, they walk upright instead of on all four legs. All three have a very awkward-looking hunchback posture. In 2004, they were featured in Disneyland Resort Paris’s The Lion King Carnival, but since that time, their most reliable presence has been as part of the Walt Disney World Resort’s annual Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade.

Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed's likenesses are also featured in Disney's Art of Animation Resort.

The hyenas also appear alongside Scar in Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom. Here, Hades revives Scar from the dead and recruits him in a take-over plot. Scar, needing henchmen to assist him, convinces the hyenas that he is invincible through magic and must obey his commands. They reluctantly agree to do so and are ordered to start an elephant stampede to crush anyone who interferes. Banzai notices the park guests and battles them, but he is quickly defeated. Soon after, the park guests must reveal Scar's lies by injuring him in front of the hyenas. Once Scar's lies are revealed, Shenzi gathers the clan and departs, leaving Scar without aid.

They would also appear in Disneyland Paris for the 2013 event Disney Dreamers Everywhere!.


The Disney Wiki has a collection of quotes said by Shenzi, Banzai and Ed.


The Disney Wiki has a collection of images and media related to Shenzi, Banzai and Ed.


  • Ernie Sabella, who voiced Pumbaa in the film, originally auditioned for the role of Shenzi. But after Nathan Lane, who previously worked with Sabella on Guys and Dolls and were already good friends, auditioned for the role of Zazu, Lane and Sabella were instead cast as Timon and Pumbaa, respectively.
  • They are some of the most popular characters of the franchise.
  • Shenzi's position as leader of the hyenas is very like that of real life - real spotted hyenas are matriarchal, and females dominate the males. For male hyenas to have any real power within a clan, they have usually performed long-time services for high-ranking females.
  • Shenzi was originally going to be male and voiced by Tommy Chong, who is best known for his collaborations with Cheech Marin, who voices Banzai.
  • Shenzi is probably NOT Banzai or Ed's sister. Reasons include (but are not limited to):
    • No canon material - whether movies, theater, comics, books or games - EVER refers to the three hyenas as being siblings. If Disney intended them to be related, they would surely have mentioned it at least ONCE.
    • In Disney's Broadway production of The Lion King, in the song "Chow Down", Shenzi says to Banzai, "Now wasn't it her (Nala's) mom, who ate your dad?" By Disney's incest and adultery-free logic, this would mean Shenzi's parents are not Banzai's parents.
    • Shenzi calls Banzai 'honey' and 'baby' on several occasions. In the TLH episode "TV Dinner" Banzai calls Shenzi 'girlfriend' (albeit in the context of 'a girl-friend', not 'my girlfriend'). These are terms which siblings would be highly unlikely to use on each other.
    • Male hyenas usually migrate from their birth clans to join another when they reach sexual maturity, while females often stay with their clan lifelong, inheriting the status of their mother - meaning that Shenzi is probably also the daughter of a high-ranking female..
  • In early production of The Lion King, Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed were originally to suppose to be cape dogs but were later changed to spotted hyenas. This may have been because the cape dog is an endangered species, and spotted hyenas and African lions are naturally enemies - more so than most animals.
  • Shenzi, Banzai, Ed and the rest of the hyenas are the second villain sidekicks to kill their former boss. The first being Iago, however he reformed and it's generally believed the hyenas did as well.
  • The way Shenzi, Banzai, Ed, and the rest of the hyenas kill Scar is similar to what the wolves from Beauty and the Beast were originally supposed to do to Gaston at the end of the film.
  • Currently, Shenzi has the longest name out of any character in the Lion King series, possibly more than any other Disney character created. Her full name being "Shenzi Marie Predatora Veldetta Jacquelina Hyena", a total of six names. However, given that Timon was trying to stall her and the other Hyenas while his family broke the tunnel underneath them, its unknown if it was actually her name, though it might be since Shenzi doesn't say that it's not her real name.
  • In the Kingdom Hearts series, Banzai comes the closest to killing Sora out of any villains in the series, and was only unable to since Scar called for him and the others.
  • According to The Lion King: The Junior Novelization, when Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed finally kill Scar out of revenge for betraying them and the other hyenas, they describe his death as being "a king fit for a meal."
  • In an early script for the climax of The Lion King, Banzai was originally going to be flung onto the ribcage imprisoning Zazu, thus freeing him and allowing him to peck Banzai on the head, then Ed comes to help. The two come close to killing Zazu when Timon and Pumbaa ram them from behind and send them flying to a burning tree. Also, it was originally going to be just Shenzi who follows Scar up Pride Rock and hears him betray the hyenas.
  • It has been revealed that Janja and his clan are descendants of Shenzi, Banzai and Ed's clan, but it is still never revealed what happened to the previous clan.

v - e - d

Films: The Lion King | The Lion King II: Simba's Pride | The Lion King 1½ | The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar
Television: Timon and Pumbaa (Episode list) | Timon and Pumbaa's Wild About Safety | The Lion Guard
Soundtracks: Soundtrack | Rhythm of the Pride Lands | The Legacy Collection | The Lion King Collection | Return to Pride Rock: Songs Inspired by Disney's The Lion King II: Simba's Pride | Best of the Lion King | The Lion King 1½: Songs from Timon and Pumbaa's Hilarious Adventure | Original Broadway Cast Recording | The Lion Guard
Video Games: The Lion King | Timon and Pumbaa's Jungle Games | The Lion King: Simba's Mighty Adventure | Kingdom Hearts II | Animated Storybook: The Lion King | Disney Universe | Disney INFINITY: 2.0 Edition | Adventures in Typing with Timon and Pumbaa | Activity Center | The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride: Active Play | The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride GameBrack | The Lion King 1½
Books: Classic Storybook | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Golden Sight 'n' Sound Book | Little Golden Book | Marvel Comics | The Art of the Lion King | Simba and the Lost Waterfall | Morning at Pride Rock | Simba and Nala Help Bomo | The Bright Star | Simba and the Big Flood | Simba the Fortune Teller | The Pal Patrol | Simba's Hide and Seek | Far from the Pride Lands | Simba's Daring Rescue | Pumbaa Runs Away from Home | No Worries: A New Story About Simba | How Simba Met Timon and Pumbaa | Way to Go, Simba! | The Lion King 1½

Disney Parks

Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable | The Enchanted Tiki Room (Under New Management) | Festival of the Lion King | The Legend of the Lion King | The Lion King Celebration | Restaurant Hakuna Matata | Animazment - The Musical | Feel the Magic | Animagique | The Golden Mickeys | Disney's Believe | Disney's Wishes | Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom


The Lion King: Simba | Nala | Mufasa | Scar | Rafiki | Timon | Pumbaa | Zazu | Shenzi, Banzai and Ed | Sarabi | Sarafina | The Pridelanders | Hyena Clan | Wildebeests | Cape Buffalo | Gopher
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride: Kiara | Kovu | Zira | Vitani | Nuka | Outsiders | Crocodiles
The Lion King 1½: Ma | Uncle Max | Iron Joe | Meerkat Colony
Timon and Pumbaa: The Native Chief | The Three Natives | Monty | Baampu | Nobi | Fred | Quint | The Woodpecker | Bruce | Stinky | Ralph and Eddie | Teds | Savage Lion | Bartholomew | The Tarsier | Toucan Dan | Vulture Police | Ned | Rabbit | Uncle Boaris | Uncle Ernie | Boss Beaver | Boy Beaver | Lester the Whale | The Tigress | Jackal | The Cobra | Speedy the Snail | Smolder the Bear | Little Jimmy | Irwin | El Toro | Mr. Pig | Wolverine | Jumbo Jumbo the Elephant | Cheetato and Cheetata | Martin Pardon | Rita Book | Captain Bloodbeard | Cisco Pig | Cisco Pig's Gang | Dr. Caliostro | Torgo | The Meerkat Angel | Pumbaa Jr. | Nefu | Dr. Happy | Leslie Lambeau | Mr. Buttons | Sharla | Herman | Lara | Mel | Claudius | Bahuka | Tutan Pharaoh | Genie | Madame Credenza | Duke Meerkat | Tatiana | Mother Eagle | Baby Earl | King Leopold | Princess Claudia | Sigmund and Lloyd | Heinrich and Schnitzel | Pimon and Tumbaa | Mad Dog McGraw, Billy the Goat, and Three-fingered Jackelope | Dr. Exceter | Sal Manders | Jungle Inspector
The Lion Guard: Kion | Bunga | Fuli | Beshte | Ono | Tiifu | Zuri | Janja | Mzingo | Cheezi | Chungu
Printed Media: Uru | Ahadi | Kopa | Pimbi | Boma | Ni | Kula | Zuzu | Joka | Lulu
Deleted: Diku | Baasho | Iggy | Herr Rhino | Kwashi | Bhati | Mheetu | Banagi | Daabi | Dwala | Naanda | Binti | Lemuta | Timon's Father | Buzz | Tesma | Nala's Father


Season One: "Boara Boara" | "Kenya Be My Friend?" | "Brazil Nuts" | "Never Everglades" | "Yukon Con" | "How to Beat the High Costa Rica" | "Russia Hour" | "Uganda Be an Elephant" | "Rocky Mountain Lie" | "French Fried" | "Madagascar About You" | "Mojave Desserted" | "Don't Break the China" | "The Pain in Spain" | "Unlucky in Lesotho" | "Tanzania Zany" | "Mombasa-In-Law" | "Back Out in the Outback" | "Timon's Time Togo" | "Manhattan Mishap" | "Be More Pacific" | "Let's Serengeti Out of Here" | "Okay Bayou?" | "Yosemite Remedy" | "Mozam-Beaked" Season Two: "Palm Beached" | "Oregon Astray" | "Isle of Manhood" | "Klondike Con" | "Beetle Romania" | "Wide Awake in Wonderland" | "Animal Barn" | "Africa-Dabra!" | "Shopping Mauled" | "Catch Me if You Kenya" | "Monster Massachusetts" | "Forbidden Pumbaa" | "Alcatraz Mataz" | "I Think I Canada" | "Beast of Eden" | "Timon on the Range" | "Maine-Iacs" | "Rome Alone" | "Once Upon a Timon" | "Home is Where the Hog Is" | "Beethoven's Whiff" / "Bumble in the Jungle"


The Lion King Trilogy: Africa | The Zuberi River | Mount Kilimanjaro | Pride Rock | The Pride Lands | The Desert | The Water Hole | The Elephant Graveyard | The Gorge | Jungle | The Great River | Rafiki's Ancient Tree | The Outlands
Timon and Pumbaa: Zazu's Tree | Madame Credenza's Place | Savage Rock | Boss Beaver's Log Land


The Lion King: Circle of Life | The Morning Report | I Just Can't Wait to Be King | Be Prepared | Hakuna Matata | Can You Feel the Love Tonight | Hawaiian War Chant
Instrumental Scores: This Land | The Hyenas | ...To Die For | Under the Stars | King of Pride Rock | Didn't Your Mother Tell You Not to Play with Your Food | We are All Connected | Hyenas in the Pride Lands | Elephant Graveyard | I Was Just Trying to Be Brave | Stampede | Mufasa Dies | If You Ever Come Back We'll Kill You | Bowling for Buzzards | We Gotta Bone to Pick With You | Kings of the Past | Nala, is It Really You? | Remember Who You Are | This is My Home | The Rightful King
Rhthym of the Pride Lands: Kube | Lea Halalela | It's Time | Lala | Busa | Noyana
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride: He Lives in You | We Are One | My Lullaby | Upendi | One of Us | Love Will Find a Way
The Lion King 1½: Digga Tunnah | That's All I Need | Sunrise, Sunset | Grazing in the Grass
Musical: Lioness Hunt | Rafiki Mourns | One by One | Grasslands Chant | Chow Down | The Madness of King Scar | Shadowland | Endless Night
The Lion Guard: A Beautiful Day (Ni Siku Nzuri) | Zuka Zama | Tonight We Strike | Kion's Lament | Here Comes the Lion Guard
Other: Alone Together | Stand by Me | Yummy, Yummy, Yummy | The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Deleted: To Be King | Warthog Rhapsody | The Lion of the Moon | Old Fearless Buzz | The Madness of King Scar | Be Prepared (reprise)


King of the Jungle | Musical | The Battle of Pride Rock | List of Species seen in The Lion King Franchise

See Also

The Disney Afternoon | Find Out Why | House of Mouse | One by One

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