When Simba and Nala wander into the Elephant Graveyard, Azizi and his clan surround them. Kamari attempts to distract the cubs, but Azizi butts in, declaring that he wants to eat them. An irritated Kamari reprimands Azizi.
Just then, Shenzi appears and orders her clan to attack the cubs. Azizi and his fellow hyenas chase Simba and Nala through the Elephant Graveyard until the cubs are surrounded. However, before they can attack, Mufasa arrives and fends off the hyenas. He warns Shenzi to never come near his son again.
Later, Azizi annoys Kamari by not giving him his personal space. He then mistakes an approaching Scar for Mufasa, which frightens Kamari. Scar offers an alliance to Shenzi, promising the hyenas free reign of the Pride Lands if they help him kill Mufasa.
The next day, Azizi helps start a wildebeest stampede that results in Mufasa’s death. Scar sends the hyenas to finish Simba off, but the cub escapes over a cliff. Shenzi orders Azizi and Kamari to confirm the cub’s demise, but the two do not follow through, as they figure that no cub could survive such a fall.
With Mufasa dead, Scar becomes the new king, and Azizi and his clan are allowed into the Pride Lands. Over the years, the kingdom becomes a wasteland, as the hyenas overhunt the herds.
One night, Nala attempts to sneak out of the Pride Lands. Azizi, Scar, and several hyenas almost sniff her out, but are distracted by Zazu.
Not long after, a full-grown Simba returns to the Pride Lands and challenges Scar’s kingship. Azizi and the other hyenas join Scar in battle against the lionesses.
During the fight, Scar attempts to frame the hyenas, which Azizi, Kamari, and Shenzi overhear. After Simba defeats Scar and heaves him from Pride Rock, the hyenas attack and devour him in revenge.
Azizi is the largest, stockiest, and strongest male hyena in his clan, though he is still slightly smaller and weaker than his leader, Shenzi. Compared to his clanmate, Kamari, he is noticeably taller and more strongly built, with bigger shoulders, slightly sturdier legs, a stockier body, and a somewhat broader muzzle. Furthermore, his coat is darker, his mane shorter, his ears slightly smaller, and his forehead much less angular. Azizi also has a large chunk missing from his left ear.
Personality and traits
Despite being among the strongest of the hyenas, Azizi appears to be the least intelligent, as he always takes things literally, doesn't understand figures of speech, and often rushes blindly into situations. He also doesn't understand personal space, as he will often get too close to Kamari while trying to be friendly. Out of all the hyenas, Azizi appears to have the strongest sense of humor, as shown when he laughs the hardest at Simba's failed attempt to roar. Despite his sense of humor and limited intelligence, Azizi is still a vicious hunter and fighter.
Like his fellow hyenas, Azizi has a deep fear and respect for his leader Shenzi, as he is very submissive in her presence. Despite this, he has no problems about deceiving Shenzi in order to avoid possible death, as shown when he willingly (and quite happily) goes along with Kamari's decision to lie to their leader that they ate Simba, so they won't have to climb down a steep cliff to follow him. However, like Kamari, he shows shame when their deception is revealed.
When Scar attempts to double-cross the hyenas, Azizi is perhaps the angriest over the betrayal. While Kamari and Shenzi keep a calm if not mocking tone, Azizi makes no attempt to hide his rage and, once Shenzi gives the order, is the first of his clan to attack.
Behind the scenes
- Azizi is voiced by Eric André.
- Concept art by Faraz Shanyar suggests that Azizi's role in the 2019 remake was initially meant to be more closely accurate to his original incarnation.
- In the official novelization, Azizi is described as being smaller and weaker than Kamari, despite being larger and stronger than him in the film.