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

Physical information




Fur color

Black and gray

Eye color


Distinguishing features

   Bald head
   Lolling tongue
   Notches in ears

Biographical information



   Elephant Graveyard (formerly)
   Pride Lands (formerly)


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

Relationship information


Banzai: Man, that lousy Mufasa! I won't be able to sit for a week!
Ed: *laughs*
Banzai: It's not funny, Ed.
Ed: *bursts out laughing*
Banzai: Hey, shut up!
Ed: *still laughs*
—Ed teases Banzai about his fight with Mufasa[src]

Ed is a male hyena. He is one of Scar's loyal henchmen.


The Lion King

Shenzi: Well, well, well, Banzai, what have we got here?
Banzai: Hmm, I dunno, Shenzi. Whadda you think, Ed?
Ed: Ooh! *laughs* Ooh! *laughs*
—The hyenas discover Nala, Simba, and Zazu[src]

When Simba and Nala are exploring the Elephant Graveyard, Simba laughs in a mocking way, and Ed and the other hyenas, who are hiding in an elephant skull, echo his laughter. This makes the young cub back away in fear and hide behind Nala and Zazu.

Ed and his friends, Shenzi and Banzai, corner Simba, Nala, and Zazu in the Elephant Graveyard

When the hyenas emerge from the skull, Banzai asks Ed what he thinks of the cubs, but Ed only laughs crazily and joggles his head. The hyenas then accuse Nala, Simba, and Zazu of trespassing onto their territory, and Zazu claims it was an accident.

After a brief confrontation, the hyenas begin to joke about "what they were going to have for lunch". But in the midst of their joke, Ed notices the cubs escaping, and tries to warn his friends by grunting and pointing to the escaping prisoners. When he finally gets their attention, Ed and his friends chase after the cubs, and manage to catch up to Zazu and put him in "the birdie boiler".

Ed, Shenzi, and Banzai are pinned by Mufasa after a brief scuffle

Meanwhile, Nala and Simba had come back to rescue Zazu, but end up being chased away by the three hyenas. The two cubs are soon cornered up against a rocky wall. As the three hyenas close in on them, Simba bravely tries to protect Nala by standing in front of her and roaring at the hyenas. But his efforts are futile as the hyenas continue to close in on them. But before they can reach Nala and Simba, there's a magnificent roar, and Simba's father Mufasa, who had been fetched by Zazu, appears to dispose of the hyenas.

After a brief struggle, Mufasa pins the three hyenas to the ground, and tells them to never come near Simba again. Shenzi and Banzai act as if they had had no idea Simba was Mufasa's son, but when Ed is asked, he stupidly nods yes, and Mufasa roars in anger. After they're released, the three hyenas scurry away.

Ed laughs at Banzai's wounds, much to the latter's annoyance

Later that night, Ed is seen bickering with Banzai. He had been clawed in the butt by Mufasa and Ed was laughing at the injury. After a couple failed attempts to appeal his laughter, Ed is knocked to the ground by a thoroughly annoyed Banzai. The two continue to fight until Shenzi breaks it up. When the two pull away, Ed begins to randomly chew on his leg, while Banzai tries to heave the blame on him.

Later, after Mufasa's brother Scar makes a mysterious entrance, the hyenas begin to talk about how powerful Mufasa was. Whenever Banzai says Mufasa's name, Shenzi shivers. When Shenzi begins to shiver uncontrollably, Ed begins to roll on the ground in laughter. Scar is disgusted at their behavior, but Banzai insists that he's their pal. Scar then drops the hyenas a piece of meat, telling them they didn't even deserve it, since they couldn't manage to catch Simba and Nala. But as soon as he drops the piece of meat, the hyenas dig in hungrily. When they're finished, Scar launches into a song about being prepared for Mufasa and Simba's deaths.

Scar toys with Ed during the musical sequence "Be Prepared"

The next day, Ed is seen with Banzai and Shenzi, waiting in a rock cave near a herd of wildebeests. Scar had a plan to lure Mufasa to the gorge to rescue Simba, who had been lured there by Scar. When Scar gives the signal, the three hyenas chase the wildebeests down the gorge and towards Simba. When the wildebeest are in a full-out stampede, the hyenas stop at the top of the ridge and watch the chaos unfold below.

After Scar kills Mufasa, he sends the three hyenas after Simba, who had run away from the gorge after encountering his father's dead body. The three chase him until he catapults himself into a dense thorn thicket. Banzai tries to stop himself from being hurled in too, but gets pushed in by Ed and Shenzi, who had run into him after sliding down the side of a steep cliff. Banzai climbs back out of the thicket, covered in thorns, and tries to get Ed and Shenzi to keep chasing after Simba.

Ed, Shenzi, and Banzai prepare to start a wildebeest stampede

But both refuse, Shenzi saying that she wouldn't want to come out looking like him, and calling him a "cactus-butt". Banzai then starts to gingerly remove some of the thorns from his pelt, and pointedly spits some at Ed, who yelps and covers his face. The trio decide that Simba is as good as dead and that they will kill him if he comes back. They then leave to tell Scar that they killed Simba.

Years later, after Scar has taken over the Pridelands and let the hyenas join the pride, Ed comes to Scar to complain about the lack of food with Banzai and Shenzi. All three of the hyenas are starving, and tell Scar that the lionesses weren't hunting for them. Scar then tells them that they could eat Zazu, who was trapped in a cage made of bone. But the hyenas aren't thrilled, and Scar orders them out of the cave. The three start to leave, then pause, telling Scar that they were still hungry. Scar then yells at them to get out, and they race away, Ed letting loose a crazy laugh as they go.

Ed and Shenzi laugh as Banzai falls into a patch of thorns

After this, Simba is seen returning to the Pridelands, now a young adult. Scar, who's surprised to see Simba, plainly makes his point that the hyenas hadn't done their job, by saying, "I'm a little surprised to see you....alive". He then glares up at the three hyenas, who gulp and back away into the shadows.

Later, during a battle between the hyenas and the lions, Shenzi and Banzai chase Timon into Scar's cave and trap him in the bone cage with Zazu. But Timon and Zazu are soon freed by Pumbaa, who rushes into the cave and ruthlessly beats up Shenzi and Banzai while Ed watches. The three hyenas then run away from the cave.

Ed, Shenzi, and Banzai listen in disbelief as Scar betrays them

Later, Simba gets into an epic battle with Scar, and corners him at a steep ledge. Scar, who's desperate to stay alive, blames the hyenas for all the trouble; the plot to kill Mufasa and the whole reason the Pride Lands were in turmoil. Unknown to him, all three of the hyenas are listening to him from the shadows. At this point, despite his appearance and behavior, both of which suggest that, as Scar had put it, his "lights are not all on upstairs", Ed proves fully cognizant of what is going on around him; he snarls and bares his teeth in fury along with Shenzi and Banzai upon hearing Scar, fully recognizing Scar's betrayal. After hearing what

Ed turns on Scar

Scar said, the three back away, growling, and disappear into the shadows. Scar and Simba get into another fight, and Simba throws Scar off the side of the ledge, and onto the ground below. When Scar lands, the hyenas approach him, including Banzai, Ed, and Shenzi. At first, Scar is relieved to see them. However his relief turns to terror when Shenzi and Banzai recall what he said. When they ask Ed if he remembers, Ed, who is glaring at Scar in anger, responds with a laugh totally unlike his usual crazy but benevolent giggles: a sinister chuckle, after which he licks his chops. He and the other hyenas then close in on Scar, kill and devour him.

The Lion King II: Simba's Pride

The hyenas don't appear in the film, but Nuka mentions them when he says, "the hyenas ran off" when gathering fire with Vitani at the Elephant Graveyard, implying that some, if not all, hyenas survived probably including Ed along with Shenzi and Banzai.

The Lion King 1½

Timon: Hey, Pumbaa! What do you call a hyena with half a brain?
Pumbaa: Ah, ha, ha. Uh, beats me, Timon. What?
Timon: Gifted!
Ed: *Laughs*
Banzai: *Slaps Ed* They're talkin' about us!
—Timon and Pumbaa jeering at the hyenas[src]

Ed in The Lion King 1 1/2

While Timon is singing "That's All I Need", the hyena trio can be seen watching him from behind a rock. After Timon finishes the song, Shenzi pushes him aside and starts to infiltrate the meerkat colony with her two companions. The hyenas fail to devour the meerkats, as they escape into their burrows, but Ed blocks a tunnel for Uncle Max to escape down, which leads to Max being nearly devoured by the hyenas.

Ed is later seen at the top of Pride Rock, going after Simba. But the hyenas are insulted by a joke made by Timon and Pumbaa, which Ed laughs at and is slapped by Banzai. Ed and the other hyenas go after Timon and Pumbaa and corner them at the edge of Pride Rock. Timon and Pumbaa try several tactics to entertain them while Uncle Max and Ma dig a tunnel under the hyenas. When the trap tunnel initially fails, Ed along with the other hyenas move in closer to eat Pumbaa, Ma, and Uncle Max. But Timon goes in and finishes the tunnel. The hyenas fall into the tunnel after Timon bravely finishes it, and they plummet to the bottom of Pride Rock to meet Scar after he is thrown off a cliff by Simba.

Other roles

The stage musical

Ed's role is mostly the same in The Lion King stage musical. As in the movie, he doesn't talk and communicates only through laughter. He is given two new songs to sing: "Chow Down", which is sung when Simba and Nala enter the Elephant Graveyard, and "The Madness of King Scar", when Shenzi and Banzai complain to Scar over a shortage of food and water.


The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa
"Cooked Goose"

Cheetata convinces Ed that he's the brains of the bunch

Ed and his cohorts prove themselves to be poor hunters, constantly disrupting the hunts of Cheetata and Cheetato. In order to get rid of the hyenas, the cheetahs plot to send them on a wild goose chase, far from where they plan to hunt.

First, they attempt to give the hyenas a treasure map, but when the hyenas struggle to spell "X," the cheetahs come up with a new plan, catapulting the hyenas into a volcano via their own dastardly contraption, the Serengeti Shuttle. Once again, the hyenas return to the hunting grounds of the cheetahs, having been suspicious about the lack of airbags, peanuts, and seat belts in the Serengeti Shuttle, and the cheetahs are forced to execute their final plan.

The hyenas corner the cheetahs, preparing to eat them

Together, the two split up the hyenas, giving each one directions to the North Pole after telling them individually that they are the brains of the bunch. To the frustration of the cheetahs, the hyenas run into each other along the way and realize that they've been tricked. Back in the Serengeti, the cheetahs stuff themselves with meat and end up too full to outrun the hyenas, but before the trio can eat them, a wild goose arrives, asking which way is south. The five courteously give him directions and then give chase.

"Doubt of Africa"

Ed and his cohorts appear in a flashback, cooking Timon over a fire. It is implied that Pumbaa saves his friend from the claws of the hyenas.

"Big Top Breakfast"

The hyenas about to eat Simon

The hyenas are seen wandering the savanna, dangerously hungry and in bad tempers for not having eaten in months. When Banzai grumbles about how he could eat a whole circus monkey if he were offered one, a circus monkey named Simon lands on top of the trio alongside a giant crate of circus supplies.

Upon seeing the dazed simian, the hyenas begin to argue over who has rights to the prey, giving Simon time to scurry away. With their quarry gone, the hyenas take chase, broiling over how they should go about ensnaring the monkey. While Shenzi suggests that they impersonate monkeys and hide in a barrel, Banzai proposes that they build an environment suitable for monkeys like Simon.

As a compromise, the hyenas set up an obstacle course for Simon, waiting until he dives into their circus cannon to fire it. Instead of performing as expected, the cannon explodes, leaving the hyenas charred and barren of prey. With Simon out of their paws, Banzai complains that he's hungry enough to eat a whole blue whale, summoning a giant whale that lands directly on top of the trio.

"Can't Take a Yolk"

The hyenas attempt to steal the ostrich egg from its mother

Ed and his cohorts spot a mother ostrich nursing an egg and resolve to make the egg into their breakfast. The three attempt to sneak up on the egg but find that the nest is heavily armed.

Seeing no hope in removing the egg themselves, the hyenas target its mother, attempting to crush her beneath a giant rock, though they end up being crushed themselves. They then try to tunnel underneath the egg but end up emerging in China, where they are run over by a cart. Refusing to give up, the hyenas send an elephant after the mother and egg, but once more, they are crushed beneath their own foul plans.

Finally, after all else fails, the hyenas disguise themselves as ostriches and persuade the mother ostrich to hide her head in the sand. With the mother oblivious to their doings, the hyenas steal her egg and replace it with a rock. Despite their victory, the three begin to argue over who deserves the egg, giving it time to hatch into a giant ostrich that knocks them into a canyon, where they are crushed beneath an enormous rock.

"TV Dinner"

Ed performs slapstick comedy for the documentary show

The hyenas are inspired by a nature documentary about an armadillo to become famous movie stars. For the host Martin Pardon, Ed performs slapstick comedy. However, just like his cohorts, he gets turned down by Martin.

When Shenzi's companions also get turned down abruptly by Martin, the three hatch a plan on taking over Martin's directing position. When the armadillo gets a movie deal, the hyenas are offered jobs, but they decide that they'd rather be directors of the show and replace Martin Pardon as host, cooking him in a pot for lunch. This may indicate that the hyenas are living a new life as directors and stars of the wildlife documentary show, where they get fed during their new career.

"Once Upon a Timon"

The hyenas after failing to catch and eat Timon and Pumbaa

Timon finds himself being chased by Ed until he runs into Pumbaa, who has been captured and tied up by the hyenas. Upon seeing his friend, Pumbaa asks if the hyenas had invited him over for dinner as well. Ignoring the idle chatter of their soon-to-be meals, the hyenas close in on the duo, prompting Timon and Pumbaa to make a hasty getaway.

"Space Ham"

The hyenas bully Timon by using him as a volleyball until Pumbaa shows up and rams into Banzai, sending him flying into the leaves of a nearby bush. Thoroughly intimidated, the hyenas scurry away. Timon and Pumbaa later get revenge on the hyenas by using the tractor beam of their UFO to continuously pick up and slam the hyenas back into the ground.

House of Mouse

Ed with young Simba and Nala in House of Mouse

The hyenas make several cameos in House of Mouse.

In "The Stolen Cartoons," the hyenas can be seen clapping for Mickey Mouse as he comes onstage.

In "Donald's Pumbaa Prank," the three are seen at a table about to eat Zazu.

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 entrée, they attempt to eat Pumbaa.

In Mickey's House of Villains, Banzai is seen singing "It's Our House Now" alongside one of Captain Hook's pirates, Kaa, the Queen of Hearts, and Tick-Tock the Crocodile.


The Lion King: Six New Adventures
A Tale of Two Brothers
Taka: No wonder you begged me to join your little gang.
Banzai: Hey, who begged you?
Shenzi: He's right.
Ed: *Nods*
Taka: *Slides Out Claws* What were you saying?
Banzai: It's a good thing we asked you to join us.
—Banzai, Ed, Shenzi, and Taka[src]

In A Tale of Two Brothers, Ed corners a traveling baboon named Rafiki at Five Stones, with the help of his two companions, Banzai and Shenzi. But before the hyena trio can kill the baboon, Ahadi, the king of the Pride Lands, stops them and tells them not to hunt for sport. After a bit of protesting, Banzai and Shenzi submit to him, and Ed giggles, covering his face with his paws.

Later, the hyena trio meets up with Taka. They try to be dramatic and scare him, but Taka isn't impressed, and tells them to stop with all the drama. When things get down to business, Taka warns the hyenas that Ahadi was looking for them, since they had been causing a lot of trouble lately. Banzai suggests moving to the mountains, but Shenzi and Taka yank at his whiskers, and Ed snickers when he lets out a yelp of pain. Taka then says, "No wonder you begged me to join your little gang." Banzai and Shenzi protest, and Ed nods his head in agreement. But Taka lets out his claws, and the hyenas reluctantly submit to him. Later, when Banzai and Shenzi asks why Taka wasn't hunting with Ahadi, the young lion gets angry at them, and corners them up against a tree. While Banzai and Shenzi try to make up excuses, Ed just giggles.

But they manage to smooth Taka's fur by giving him a plan to make Mufasa look bad. When Taka begins to ponder the idea, Ed joggles his head in agreement. When Taka leaves, he promises to bring them food later, then disappears into the Savannah.


The hyenas as they appear in Greedy is as Greedy Does

Video games

Kingdom Hearts II

The hyena trio is first seen at Pride Rock. They are about to attack Sora, Donald, and Goofy, but Scar roars and the hyena trio looks up to see him with Pete. When Nala knocks down Scar, she tells Sora, Donald, and Goofy to run. The three heroes run with Banzai, Ed, Shenzi, and the other hyenas in pursuit. Sora, Donald, Goofy, and Nala manage to get away from the hyenas.

Ed in Kingdom Hearts II

The hyena trio is later seen at Pride Rock, preventing Simba from getting to Scar. Sora tells Simba to go after Scar while his friends handle the hyenas. Timon and Pumbaa knock the hyenas into the air, but are chased into Pride Rock by the hyenas. Sora, Donald, and Goofy battle the hyena trio inside Pride Rock. The trio is easily defeated and run away out of Pride Rock.

Later on in the game, Shenzi, Banzai and Ed are fought again for information on the source of Scar's ghost. However, they don't know anything about the ghost and tease Simba about it. The hyenas 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.

Personality and traits

I think the directors always thought that Ed was a guy who knew the score but pretended to be an idiot, so, you know, that's kind of how they treated him.
Alex Kupershmidt about Ed[1]

Ed has never been known to say anything, but he uses laughter to communicate with his friends. He enjoys teasing them, and finds it hard to control his laughter. He is also known for being quite clueless, and getting his friends into trouble numerous times. Ed is a loyal follower, and never questions orders, either from Scar, Shenzi, or Banzai. Despite this, his friends have a tendency to ask for his opinion and treat him as an equal member of the cackle rather than just a subordinate.

Ed appears to have a slow mind, shown when he chews on his own leg after a brief scuffle with Banzai. He tends to laugh at inappropriate times often, even laughing at a joke made by Timon and Pumbaa that was directed at him and his partners-in-crime. Furthermore, when Mufasa pinned the hyenas on the ground and his friends tried to lie, he nodded idiotically.

Despite his apparent slow-wittedness, Ed was aware of what was happening around him, being the first hyena to notice that Simba, Nala and Zazu were escaping - although Banzai was the first to effectively express this, since Ed does not communicate through words - and along with Shenzi and Banzai he was seen snarling when Scar tried to blame the hyenas for Mufasa's death. A couple of minutes later he and the other hyenas made Scar "a king fit for a meal".

Voice actors




In development

  • Ed was created by Thom Enriquez.
  • In the 1993 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 into a burning tree.
  • Directors Rob Minkoff and Roger Allers were the ones who decided that Ed would communicate strictly through laughing. In order to do so, Jim Cummings recorded roughly 40 different laughs for Ed.[4]


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  2. Revealed in Disney's The Lion King (2019). Written by Jeff Nathanson, and directed by Jon Favreau. Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
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