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"Do you see any other big, lovable chunk of warthog here?"
This article is about the character from the 2019 film.
You may be looking for the character from the 1994 film.

Physical information




Hair color

Black, brown, and gray

Eye color


Distinguishing features

Torn ear

Biographical information



   Elephant Graveyard (formerly)
   Pride Lands (formerly)


   Shenzi's clan
   Pride Landers (formerly)
   Scar's pride (formerly)

Relationship information

Kamari, Shenzi, Scar (formerly)


Mufasa, Nala, Scar, Simba, Zazu

Mufasa is strong. Like, way stronger than us.

Azizi is a male hyena. He is a member of Shenzi's clan.

Initially, Azizi lived in exile from the Pride Lands with the rest of his clan. However, after his clan allied with Scar and helped him assassinate his brother Mufasa, he was allowed into the Pride Lands under Scar's rule. The hyenas devastated the kingdom with over-hunting and abused the lionesses. Eventually, the rightful heir to the throne, Mufasa's son Simba, returned and defeated Scar, despite the latter's attempts to blame the hyenas. Due to Scar's betrayal, Azizi and his clanmates attacked and killed him.


Early life

Azizi and his clan were exiled from the Pride Lands by Mufasa due to their proclivity to over-hunt. As a result, they set up residence in the Elephant Graveyard.[1]

Attack on Simba and Nala

Kamari: Would you two cubs like to stay for dinner?
Azizi: Yeah, stay for dinner! 'Cause you look like a midnight snack!
—Azizi and Kamari to Simba and Nala[src]

Azizi attempts to intimidate Simba and Nala.

When Simba and his friend Nala wandered into the Elephant Graveyard, Azizi and his clan surrounded them. Kamari attempted to distract the cubs, but Azizi butted in, declaring that he wanted to eat them. An irritated then Kamari reprimanded Azizi. Just then, Shenzi approached and ordered her clan to attack the cubs. Azizi and his fellow hyenas chased Simba and Nala through the Elephant Graveyard until the cubs were surrounded. However, before they could attack, Simba's father Mufasa arrived and fended off the hyenas. He then warned Shenzi to never come near his son again.[1]

Alliance with Scar

Kamari: Listen. We're gonna tell her we went down there and we ate him.
Azizi: Ah-ha! That's perfect, 'cause I am starving.
Kamari: We're not gonna eat him! Simba is dead. That's all she ever has to know.
Azizi: Works for me.
—Azizi and Kamari[src]

Later, Azizi annoyed Kamari by not giving him his personal space. He then mistook an approaching Scar for Mufasa, which frightened Kamari. Scar offered an alliance to Shenzi, promising the hyenas free reign of the Pride Lands if they helped him kill his brother.

Azizi and Kamari debate whether they should verify that Simba is dead.

The next day, Azizi helped start a wildebeest stampede that resulted in Mufasa's death. Scar sent the hyenas to finish Simba off, but the cub escaped over a cliff. Shenzi ordered Azizi and Kamari to confirm the cub's demise, but the two did not follow through, as they figured that no cub could survive such a fall.

With Mufasa dead, Scar became the new king, and Azizi and his clan were allowed into the Pride Lands. Over the years, the kingdom became a wasteland, as the hyenas over-hunted the herds. One night, Nala attempted to sneak out of the Pride Lands. Azizi, Scar, and several hyenas almost sniffed her out, but were distracted by Zazu.[1]

Battle of Pride Rock

Kamari: "Friends," huh? I thought you said we were "revolting scavengers."
Azizi: Yeah. That you wanted to kill us.
—Azizi and Kamari, as they turn on Scar[src]

One day, a full-grown Simba returned to the Pride Lands and challenged Scar's kingship. Azizi and the other hyenas joined Scar in battle against the lionesses. During the fight, Scar attempted to frame the hyenas, which Azizi, Kamari, and Shenzi overheard. After Simba defeated Scar and heaved him from Pride Rock, the hyenas attacked and devoured him in revenge.[1]

Physical appearance

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.[1]

Personality and traits

Kamari: Can you just give me a little bit of space?
Azizi: I'm helping...
Kamari: We have talked about this before. I come in alone. I'm the lead distraction, so everyone can circle.
Azizi: Okay, okay, sorry.
Kamari: Don't be sorry! Just do it!
—Azizi and Kamari[src]

Despite being among the strongest of the hyenas, Azizi is not particularly intelligent, as he always takes things literally, does not understand figures of speech, and often rushes blindly into situations. He also does not understand personal space, as he will often get too close to Kamari while trying to be friendly. Of all the hyenas, Azizi appears to have the strongest sense of humor, as he laughed 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.

Azizi obliviously intrudes on Kamari's personal space.

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 is willing to deceive Shenzi in order to avoid possible death, as shown when he willingly (and quite happily) went along with Kamari's decision to lie to their leader that they ate Simba so that they would not have to climb down a steep cliff to follow him. However, like Kamari, he showed shame when their deception was revealed.

When Scar attempted to double-cross the hyenas, Azizi was perhaps the angriest over the betrayal. While Kamari and Shenzi kept a calm, if not mocking tone, Azizi made no attempt to hide his rage and, once Shenzi gave the order, was the first of his clan to attack and kill Scar.[1]



  • Azizi's name means "priceless item, rarity, treasure" or "lover" or "precious" in Swahili.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Revealed in Disney's The Lion King (2019). Written by Jeff Nathanson, and directed by Jon Favreau. Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
  2. Eric André. IMDb., Inc. Retrieved on September 1, 2020.
  3. Online Swahili - English Dictionary. African Languages. Retrieved on September 1, 2020.
  4. ClassicHyenas.png
  5. Rudnick, Elizabeth. The Lion King: The Novelization (June 4, 2019). ISBN: 136803926X.