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Physical information




Fur color

Black, gray, and pink

Eye color


Distinguishing features

Notch in left ear

Biographical information
Also known as

   Boss (by his clan)
   Coward (by Scar)
   Fur-brain (by Nne and Tano)






   Jasiri's clan
   Janja's clan (formerly)


Clan leader (formerly)

Relationship information



   Beshte (formerly)
   Bunga (formerly)
   Fuli (formerly)
   Jasiri (formerly)
   Kiara (formerly)
   Kion (formerly)
   Ono (formerly)

Stuff it, fur-brains!
―Janja scolds his clan[src]

Janja is a male hyena. He is the former leader of a clan of hyenas from the Outlands. Later, he and his clan join Jasiri's clan and submit to her leadership.


The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar

The Pride Lands will never know what bit 'em.
―Janja plots against the Lion Guard[src]

When Kion and his best friend Bunga lose their baobab ball in the Outlands, Janja orders Cheezi and Chungu to bring the honey badger to him. Before the hyenas can hurt Bunga, Kion steps in, roaring so loudly that the hyenas drop Bunga, who climbs to safety.

Janja and Mzingo

Not long after this, Mzingo hears that Kion has been appointed the leader of the new Lion Guard, and he reports back to Janja about the newly formed team. When Janja hears the news, he announces to his clan that they will strike that very night and take down all the animals they can.

After Kion assembles his team, Bunga calls to him, shouting that the hyenas are attacking a herd of gazelles. With no time to lose, Kion assembles the Lion Guard. Together, the five friends attack the hyenas, driving them back into the Outlands. Kion finishes the fight with the powerful Roar of the Elders, and even Janja flees in terror. Before leaving, he warns Kion that their conflict is far from over.

The Lion Guard

"Never Judge a Hyena by its Spots"

C'mon, boys. Let's remind Jasiri what happens to someone who wanders into our part of the Outlands!
―Janja prepares to attack Jasiri[src]

Janja threatens Jasiri after she accidentally enters their part of the Outlands

Janja, Cheezi, and Chungu are seen attacking a herd of oryx just before the Lion Guard arrives. Kion orders the rest of the Lion Guard to calm the herd while he goes after the hyenas. However, during the pursuit, Kion falls into a river, which sweeps him into the Outlands.

Janja and his clan later appear when they confront a female hyena named Jasiri, who had helped Kion get to Flat Ridge Rock. Jasiri is able to easily fend off Cheezi and Chungu, but is pinned down by Janja. Luckily, Kion returns and saves Jasiri by using the Roar of the Elders to scare Janja and his clan away.

"Can't Wait to be Queen"

Be a shame if their family squabbles led to chaos in the Pride Lands.
―Janja plots against Kion and Kiara[src]

Janja plots with Mzingo to take advantage of Kiara's temporary queenship

After spying on Kiara and Kion and learning that Simba and Nala are away, Mzingo reports back to Janja, explaining that the royal cubs are fighting in the wake of Simba's departure. Janja decides to take advantage of the family struggles and instructs Mzingo to take a special message to Kiara.

Under Janja's instructions, Mzingo lands on the peak of Pride Rock and offers a peace proposal to Kiara. Though suspicious, the cub listens as Mzingo tells her that Janja wishes to meet her at Broken Rock, which serves as neutral ground between the Pride Lands and the Outlands. Kiara promises to think the offer over, and Mzingo flies away.

After promising to come to Broken Rock alone, Janja double-crosses Kiara

When Kion hears about the proposal, he desperately tries to talk his sister out of it, but Kiara points out that Janja probably came to her because Kion is constantly running him off. Furious, Kion points out that she's not really the queen, but Kiara resolves to do things her own way. A frustrated Kion refuses to take part in her plan and runs off into the savanna.

Eventually, Kiara reaches Broken Rock, where Janja surrounds her with his cronies, but just in time, Kion arrives with the Lion Guard, and Janja flees. As the hyenas scurry away, Kiara admits that Kion had been right about not being able to trust Janja.

"Eye of the Beholder"

Janja and his clan sing "Outta the Way"

Janja can be seen in the midst of a wildebeest stampede with his minions, Cheezi and Chungu. The hyenas attempt to use the rising dust from the stampede to mask their movements, but Ono spots them from the air and warns the Lion Guard of their location. The hyenas are driven off, though they later overhear the vultures talking and realize that Ono has lost his sight.

Under Janja's instruction, Cheezi and Chungu help trap the Lion Guard in a ravine. With the team trapped, they attempt to pick off a herd of zebras, but Ono once again comes to the rescue, and Kion busts his team free using the Roar of the Elders. Once more at a loss, the hyenas flee into the Outlands.

"The Kupatana Celebration"

Okay, Kion. You want the jackal? He's all yours.
―Janja tricks Kion into taking Dogo[src]

Janja and his clan chase Dogo, a jackal pup, to the border of the Outlands. There, they corner him until the pup is saved by Kion, who pins Janja to the dirt. To Kion's surprise, Janja gives up easily and runs off with his clan.

"Fuli's New Family"

When Bunga discovers that he's immune to snake bites, he attempts to climb to the top of the volcano. Janja is alerted to Bunga's presence by Cheezi, and the hyenas attempt to eat the honey badger until the rest of the Lion Guard shows up to drive them off.

"Follow that Hippo!"

Janja, Cheezi, and Chungu pursue Mtoto

Along with Cheezi and Chungu, Janja sneaks into the Pride Lands, where he encounters a group of young animals playing "Lion Guard." The hyenas immediately begin to follow them, and when they catch up to Mtoto and his friends, the young animals flee in panic. After a brief skirmish, the hyenas target Mtoto as the slowest. Meanwhile, the young animals rush up to Beshte and beg him to save Mtoto.

Just in time, Beshte shows up to save Mtoto from the hyenas, and the two escape into the water. Together, Beshte and Mtoto manage to avoid the hyenas, who skulk on the edges of the river, trying to catch a bite of them as they pass. Eventually, the rest of the Lion Guard appears and dispatches of the hyenas, who are knocked into the pool, where they're chased in circles by a crocodile float.

"The Call of the Drongo"

Say goodbye, 'cuz if I'm not eatin' impala today, I'm eatin' drongo.
―Janja threatens to eat Tamaa if he doesn't do as he commands[src]

A drongo named Tamaa mimics Janja's voice in order to scare smaller animals away from their food. Several animals mistake Tamaa as being a real predator, and they implore the Lion Guard to put a stop to the danger. However, when Kion and his team investigate, Janja is nowhere to be seen.

Janja plots to use Tamaa's voice

Eventually, they follow Janja's voice to where Tamaa sits perched in a bush, and he admits to mimicking predators in order to scare off small animals. Several times, he accidentally uses Janja's voice, and he mimics him most prominently in the song "Bird of a Thousand Voices".

Not long after this, the real Janja shows up, flanked by Cheezi and Chungu. Together, the three hyenas attempt to take down a herd of impalas, but the Lion Guard chases them away from the herd. After leaving the impalas behind, Janja happens to overhear Tamaa and corners him in a bush. Tamaa begs the hyenas not to eat him, and Janja assures him that he has other plans for the drongo. Sure enough, Janja forces Tamaa to imitate Kion's voice and send a herd of impalas into the Outlands. The plan works, and the hyenas hold Tamaa captive as they follow the herd into the Outlands.

Back in the Pride Lands, the Lion Guard happens across a zebra who is fervently trying to escape danger. Upon being questioned, the zebra reveals that he and the impalas had heard Kion instructing them to go to the Outlands for safety. Suspicious, Kion surmises that Janja is forcing Tamaa to herd impalas into the Outlands for his own satisfaction, and the Lion Guard rushes to put a stop to the danger.

Janja surveys a herd of impalas

Meanwhile, Tamaa is forced to watch as Janja creeps up on the herd of impalas, who have been successfully herded into the Outlands. With Janja distracted, Tamaa manages to imitate his voice and trick Cheezi into letting him go. Once free, Tamaa imitates the other Lion Guard members and scares Janja and his cronies into a huddle.

However, Janja realizes that Cheezi had let the drongo go, and he corners Tamaa in the ravine. Just in time, the real Lion Guard arrives and chases the hyenas away from Tamaa and the herd of impalas.

"Paintings and Predictions"

Once Ono leaves, we can spook 'em. And then those stripey treats will be ours for the takin'.
―Janja plans to attack a herd of zebras[src]

Janja sings "Panic and Run"

As Ono escorts a zebra herd home, they are watched from a nearby ridge by Janja and his cronies, Cheezi and Chungu. The three hyenas sing "Panic and Run", in which they resolve to eat the zebra herd. Once the herd is back in their grazing grounds, the hyenas attack, and Ono rushes off to fetch the rest of his team.

Once there, Kion instructs his friends to take on Cheezi and Chungu, while he handles Janja. As Janja chases a zebra around a large rock, Kion decides to climb an overhanging tree branch in order to ambush him, but Bunga races after him, tackling him to the ground. Together, the two fall on top of Janja, who races off to the Outlands.

"The Mbali Fields Migration"

What's the matter, zebras? Not gonna run? Don't we scare you?
―Janja teases Muhimu and her herd[src]

Janja and his clan prepare to attack Muhimu

When Kion leads a herd of gazelles and zebras through the Outlands, one of the zebras gives birth to a foal, whose loud bray attracts Janja's attention. Together with Cheezi and Chungu, he attempts to scatter the herd, but they stand together, protecting Muhimu and her foal. Unwilling to give up, Janja breaks through the line of zebras until he is kicked in the face by Muhimu's foal, after which he backs off, racing away with Cheezi and Chungu. As he flees, Janja declares that he's never liked zebra anyway, with Cheezi and Chungu agreeing, saying that zebras are too "chewy" and "stripey."

"Janja's New Crew"

There ain't no new plan! You're not in the crew anymore! Get out of the Outlands!
―Janja fires Cheezi and Chungu after they ruin his latest plan[src]

As the Lion Guard patrols the Pride Lands, Janja watches from afar, waiting for them to leave so that he can attack a herd of wildebeests with his clan. Once the Lion Guard is gone, Janja attempts an attack, but he ends up slipping on mud and landing straight in the Lion Guard's paws. Though Janja tries to cover up his plot, Cheezi and Chungu reveal that they had been planning to attack the wildebeests, and Kion banishes the clan with the Roar of the Elders.

Janja's failed ambush lands him in trouble with the Lion Guard

Once back home in the Outlands, Janja blames all his failed plans on Cheezi and Chungu. In a fury, he fires them and hires Nne and Tano in their place. He then orders his new recruits to drive Cheezi and Chungu out of the Outlands, which they proceed to do without delay.

With his new seconds-in-command listening, Janja attempts to explain that he makes all the plans for the clan, but Nne and Tano interrupt, declaring that they already have a plan. Janja listens in confusion as the two explain their plot: they will bait the Lion Guard with a herd of stampeding antelope and then switch direction to attack a herd of oryxes. Surprised by the ingeniousness of the plan, Janja agrees.

A furious Janja fires Cheezi and Chungu, and hires Nne and Tano in their place

The plan goes underway, and the Lion Guard takes the bait. Janja nearly gives the clan away until Nne and Tano pull him into hiding. Once the Guard is gone, the hyenas begin to chase a herd of oryxes, but in the midst of the chase, Nne and Tano betray Janja, forcing him off the edge of a cliff. Janja lands safely on a ledge, but he finds himself trapped against the side of the cliff.

As Nne and Tano run off without him, Janja cries out for them, attracting the attention of the Lion Guard and his former minions, Cheezi and Chungu. The Lion Guard questions Janja on Nne and Tano's plan, and Janja explains what they had been intending to do. While the Lion Guard races off in pursuit of Nne and Tano, Cheezi and Chungu leap down the cliff to give Janja company.

Janja plots with his new minions, Nne and Tano

Meanwhile, the Lion Guard defeats Nne and Tano, with Kion using the Roar of the Elders to keep them from harming the oryxes. From his place on the cliff, Janja comments that this is the first time he has ever liked hearing the sound of Kion's Roar. No sooner has he spoken when the Roar causes the ledge to break, taking Janja and his minions with it.

The three land safely on the ground, and Janja sets off to the Outlands. Cheezi and Chungu stare after him wistfully until he demands to know if they are coming with him or not. Delighted, the two tear after him, and the three return to the Outlands, once more a united crew.

"Never Roar Again"

Relax; she ain't so tough. Out here all alone...outnumbered.
―Janja encourages his clan to attack Nala[src]

Janja challenges Nala, the queen of Pride Rock

When Janja and his clan try to catch a gazelle in the Pride Lands, the Lion Guard drives them back into the Outlands. However, once the Lion Guard departs, Janja leads his clan back into the kingdom, and the Lion Guard rushes back to stop them. Before the team can reach the hyenas, the clan runs into Kion's mother, Nala, who orders Janja to return to his territory.

Instead of heeding Nala's warning, Janja surrounds her with his cronies and orders an attack, as they have her outnumbered. Just then, Kion arrives and, seeing his mother in danger, uses the Roar of the Elders in a rage. The blast is so powerful that it blasts the hyenas back into the Outlands.

"Ono's Idol"

How're you going to stop me, Kion? I'm between you and the klipspringers.
―Janja challenges Kion to catch him[src]

Janja corners a herd of klipspringers

While out flying with his idol Hadithi, Ono spots a group of klipspringers being trapped on the edge of a cliff by Janja and his minions, Cheezi and Chungu. He suggests that they use the Hadithi Spin to thwart the hyenas, but Hadithi argues that Ono is not ready for such a feat. He then takes off for the ceremony, leaving Ono behind to deal with the crisis.

On his own, Ono attempts to stop the hyenas using the Hadithi Spin, but falls and gets his wing trapped beneath a boulder. Cheezi and Chungu hungrily climb up the cliffs to reach him, while Janja rounds up the trapped klipspringers.

Janja after falling into the river

However, before the hyenas can hurt Ono, Hadithi returns with the Lion Guard, and Fuli fends off Cheezi and Chungu. Meanwhile, Bunga and Kion confront Janja, while Beshte pushes a boulder down for the klipspringers to use as an escape. As Fuli guides the klipspringers to safety, one slips and falls, prompting Janja and his minions to spring an attack. Just in time, Ono and Hadithi fly past and begin to circle the hyenas, making them dizzy. Eventually, they topple off the cliffs and land in the water below.

"The Traveling Baboon Show"

Janja and his clan corner the Traveling Baboon Show

After the Traveling Baboon Show is caught at stealing food, they are driven into the Outlands by the Lion Guard. Once in the Outlands, the baboons split up. Uroho begins to entertain a meager group of Outlanders while Mwevi and Mwizi attempt to steal food from a volcano. Mwevi and Mwizi are cut short by Janja, however, and he begins to chase them in the hopes of scoring a good meal. Janja pursues the pair outside, where he finds Cheezi and Chungu being entertained by Uroho. Janja orders his minions to give chase, and together the three hyenas rush after the fleeing baboon troop.

At first, the baboons prove to agile for Janja and the hyenas to catch, leaping nimbly over their heads and dodging their attacks. But when Uroho leads Mwevi and Mwizi into a blocked cave, Janja and his clan seal them in. Before the hyenas can attack, however, the Lion Guard arrives and attacks the hyenas. A defeated Janja retreats with his clan, warning the baboons never to enter his den again.

The Lion Guard: The Rise of Scar

Janja leads his clan in the attack of Ma Tembo's herd

In the Pride Lands, the dry season has started, and the Lion Guard is busier than ever. During their patrol, Ono informs his friends that Janja's clan is attacking Ma Tembo's herd. The Lion Guard arrives at the scene, and, sure enough, Janja and his crew are attacking the elephants. The Lion Guard is shocked that the hyenas would hunt elephants because of how dangerous it is. The team drives Janja and his clan away, and Ma Tembo explains that the hyenas had been desperate because of the dry season.

Janja forms an alliance with Ushari in the hopes of summoning the spirit of Scar

Later, Janja and his clan attack the baboons who have started following Ma Tembo's herd. The Lion Guard arrives just in time, and have the elephants go into a rocky gorge. Kion then blasts the hyenas away with the Roar of the Elders.

Janja and his crew return to the Outlands. Suddenly, they see Ushari and decide to eat him. Ushari asks Janja if he would like something meatier. Janja tells him that he would but can't because the Lion Guard keeps driving his clan off, to which Ushari reveals that that's because Kion's been getting advice from Mufasa.

Janja sings "Bring Back a Legend", during which he plots to summon the spirit of Scar

He adds that if the hyenas want to stop the Guard, they should find a way to talk to one of the Great Lions of the Past. Janja retorts that no Great Lion would help the hyenas, but Ushari reminds him that there was one Great Lion who always helped hyenas: Scar. He also reminds Janja that if Kion can talk to Mufasa, there must be a way for them to talk to Scar.

Ushari then takes the hyenas into the Pride Lands, where he summons his skink friends to spy on Rafiki and find out if there is a way to talk to Scar. Janja and his crew wait as Ushari leaves with the skinks for Pride Rock. Ushari returns with the information that Evil Lions of the Past like Scar appear in fire if they are unleashed by the Roar and the bakora staff. The hyenas and Ushari then return to the Outlands.

Janja provokes Kion into using the Roar of the Elders out of anger, successfully summoning the spirit of Scar

In the Outlands, Ushari and Janja decide to use what they have learned to summon Scar. They decide to get Makini's bakora staff, since she's too inexperienced to be a threat, and to attack one of Kion's loved ones and bring them there, since Kion's Roars are at their most powerful when he's angry.

The hyenas kidnap Kiara and take Makini's bakora staff. While the rest of the Guard rescues her, Janja tricks Kion by getting him to use the Roar out of anger, causing the volcano to erupt. When Janja throws Makini's staff into the volcano, Scar is successfully summoned, giving the Lion Guard's enemies their own spirit guide.

"Let Sleeping Crocs Lie"

Janja is present as Kiburi's float joins Scar's side, welcoming the crocodiles to the Outlands. He then joins in as Scar sings "I Have a Plan".

"Swept Away"

Janja agrees to Scar's plan of taking down Beshte while he is alone in the Outlands

In Janja's den, a skink arrives and informs Janja and his allies that Beshte is alone in the Outlands. Though Janja tries to dismiss the situation, Scar appears and orders his cronies to eliminate Beshte. When Cheezi and Chungu wonder how they might accomplish this, Scar declares that he has a plan.

Later, Janja and his cronies watch as Beshte follows Shupavu and her skinks into a cavern. The skinks continue to lead Beshte through the cavern until they reach a dead-end. From above, the hyenas reveal themselves, and Beshte desperately tries to warn the skinks away from danger. Just then, the hyenas push a large boulder into the pit's exit, trapping Beshte, and the skinks escape by slithering into crevices in the rock. Without his guides, Beshte is left at the mercy of the hyenas, who continue to push rocks into the pit in the hopes of crushing their quarry.

Janja and his minions, Cheezi and Chungu, push boulders into Rocky Plateau in an attempt to crush Beshte

Meanwhile, Ono guides the Lion Guard to Rocky Plateau, and Fuli races ahead to stop the hyenas from dropping a massive boulder onto Beshte. As she teeters carefully atop the boulder, keeping it from falling into the pit, the other Guard members rush in and engage the hyenas in a fight. Down below, Beshte starts to clear a path through the fallen rocks.

Eventually, Kion uses the Roar of the Elders to clear the hyenas, and Beshte makes his way to safety. Having failed to eliminate Beshte, Janja decides not to report back to Scar, but Ushari arrives promptly and tells the hyenas that an unhappy Scar wishes to speak with them.

"Rescue in the Outlands"

Janja sings "The Worst Hyena We Know", during which he laments Jasiri's respect for the Circle of Life

In the Outlands, Janja and his minions, Cheezi and Chungu, search for the jackals in an attempt to forge an alliance with them. In the midst of their search, Jasiri appears and marks the territory as her own, effectively stealing it from Janja due to his failure to remark his territory for the dry season. In a rage, Janja attacks her, only to be defeated and cast out of his own former territory.

Later, Janja reports back to Ushari on his failure to recruit the jackals. He blames Jasiri for his failure, which piques Scar's interest and causes him to suggest adding her to their collective. Janja protests vehemently, singing "The Worst Hyena We Know", in which he laments Jasiri's respect for the Circle of Life and her friendship with the Lion Guard. Hearing this, Scar orders his minions to drive Jasiri from their territory so that she is no longer a threat.

Janja and his clan trap Jasiri and two hyena pups in a rising steam vent

In the meantime, Jasiri plays with two hyena pups, Tunu and Wema. Janja watches from afar and orders his clan to attack the trio. The clan launches their attack, and Jasiri desperately attempts to protect the pups from harm. In the midst of the fight, Janja forces the three into an open steam vent, where lava is steadily rising to the surface. As the clan gathers round, preventing any attempt at escape, Jasiri's sister Madoa resolves to get Kion's help.

Janja brawls with Kion

Soon, the Lion Guard arrives and engages in a fight with the hyenas, and Janja and his clan are effectively steered away from the edge of the steam vent. With the hyenas out of the way, Kion orders Beshte to push a large rock into the lava flow, which allows Jasiri and the pups to clamber to safety.

By then, all of the hyenas have fled save Janja, who declares that he can still win so long as Jasiri is out of the fight. Just then, Jasiri emerges from the steam vent and challenges Janja to take on both herself and the Lion Guard. Reluctantly, Janja gives up the fight, yelling after Jasiri that matters are not over between them.

"The Bite of Kenge"

Janja and his minions, Cheezi and Chungu, attempt to steal some melons from the elephants

The Lion Guard catches Janja and his minions, Cheezi and Chungu, attempting to steal a supply of melons from the elephants, who need the fruits' moisture to survive the dry season. They manage to fend off the hyenas and save most of the melons, but Kion decides to keep his team watching the melon patch to ensure that no more fruits are stolen.

The hyenas return to their den, where they explain the situation to Scar and Ushari. After hearing Janja's story, Scar deduces that destroying the melon supply could offset the Circle of Life, as it would dehydrate the elephants, and orders the hyenas to return to the fruit patch. Janja protests the idea as foolishness, since the Lion Guard is waiting for them there, but Ushari volunteers to connect them with a powerful friend of his who can help them.

Janja agrees to direct his clan under Kenge's orders

Once back in the Pride Lands, the hyenas meet Kenge for the first time. They are thoroughly intimidated by his massive size and strength, and ask him if he will help them find the Lion Guard. Kenge merely declares that he is going to wait until they find him.

Later, at the melon patch, Kenge quickly assumes authority over the hyenas, ordering them to roll the melons out of the patch. Just in time, Bunga and Ono arrive, with Bunga taking on Kenge while Ono stops the hyenas from stealing the melons, but he and Ono are both bitten, allowing Kenge and his hyena allies to escape with the melons.

Kenge accidentally bites and paralyzes Janja in his attempts to catch Bunga

Later, Bunga and Makini follow Kenge and the hyenas to Embamba Canyon, where Bunga distracts the thieves while Makini steals their melons and hides them behind rocks. While ridiculing his enemies, Bunga stumbles upon Kenge's trigger word, "little." In his attempts to catch Bunga, Kenge accidentally bites Cheezi and Chungu, paralyzing them. He nearly bites Janja when a melon is thrown his way, and he turns his attention to Makini.

Just then, a fully healed Lion Guard approaches. The hyenas attempt to run, but are hindered by their paralyzed legs. Taking advantage of this, Kion uses the Roar of the Elders to blast Kenge and the hyenas back to the Outlands, where the melons are out of their reach.

"The Morning Report"

Janja and his cronies, Cheezi and Chungu, kidnap Zazu

In the Pride Lands, Janja and his cronies, Cheezi and Chungu, lie in wait for Zazu, as they have been commanded to do by Scar. As Zazu swoops by, continuing to monitor the kingdom for his Morning Report, the hyenas jump out of hiding and abduct him, bearing him straight to the Outlands.

In the Outlands, Cheezi and Chungu monitor Zazu, who is trapped in a bone cage, while Janja seeks an audience with Scar. Janja questions his master as to what they should do with Zazu, and Scar orders them to grill Zazu for information. Though Janja believes questioning to be a waste of time, Scar reminds him that as royal adviser, Zazu is privy to all of Simba's secrets and thus holds the key to taking over the Pride Lands. With this new understanding, Janja leaves to carry out Scar's orders.

Janja interrogates Zazu for information about Simba

At the same time, Zazu tries to trick Cheezi and Chungu into letting him go, but Janja arrives in time to stop his foolish minions. He demands that Zazu reveal the secrets of the Pride Lands to them, but Zazu refuses. Janja then backs the bone cage up to the edge of a vent, where steam burns the tips of Zazu's feathers, and Zazu fearfully gives in to their request. He sings "I Do Have a Great Deal to Say", in which he explains shallow, unhelpful information about Simba to the hyenas.

The Lion Guard happens to overhear Zazu's singing and rushes to the rescue. They arrive just in time to stop the hyenas from eating Zazu and begin to engage the clan in a fight. The Lion Guard soon triumphs, and Janja and his cronies retreat.

"Divide and Conquer"

Janja leads his clan in attacking Twiga and Juhudi

When Janja and his clan begin to hunt Twiga and Juhudi, the Lion Guard rushes to their defense. In the midst of the chase, Ono spots Reirei and her jackals attacking a group of pangolins on the other side of the Pride Lands, and Kion is forced to split up his team.

As Beshte and Kion continue racing after the hyenas, Janja orders his lackeys to stop them. With four hyenas on the attack, Beshte and Kion quickly become overrun, and Beshte suggests to Kion that he use the Roar of the Elders to stop the attack. Kion refuses, and the two are forced to continue fighting outnumbered.

Up ahead, Twiga lashes out at Janja, kicking him away from her. Janja then calls a surrender, and the hyenas bank a hasty retreat. Beshte and Kion follow after the hyenas to make sure that they have left the Pride Lands.

Janja and Reirei report back to Scar after following through with one of the latter's plans

In the Outlands, the hyenas and jackals come before Scar, who orders them to attack Rafiki, the knowledge-keeper of the Pride Lands, who can sense the presence of the Lions of the Past. Janja and Reirei proceed to argue over which faction should take on Rafiki, but Scar ends the fight by selecting Janja to eliminate Rafiki, while Reirei creates a diversion elsewhere.

After the meeting, Janja gloats to Reirei over Scar's decision to send the hyenas instead of the jackals. Reirei rises to the bait, proclaiming that jackals are the smartest species, and the two begin to sing "We're the Smartest", in which they argue over which faction is more intelligent.

Janja and his clan surround Rafiki

Back in the Pride Lands, Ono spots the jackals chasing down a herd of gazelles, and Kion orders his team to pursue them. In the meantime, Ono watches for hyenas from above. Shortly into the chase, Ono catches sight of the hyenas stalking Rafiki, and Kion resolves to defend Rafiki from the hyenas.

Meanwhile, the hyenas close in on a meditating Rafiki. As they stalk closer, a fire catches nearby, worrying Cheezi, but Janja informs him that it is all part of Scar's plan. Just then, Rafiki notices the encroaching hyenas and moves in for the attack, defeating them with unexpectedly efficient martial prowess. In the midst of the tangle, Janja spots the Lion Guard closing in and realizes that their plan is falling apart.

Scar prevents Janja from abandoning the fight

The Lion Guard has joined forces with Rafiki and defeated the entirety of Janja's clan. With defeat eminent, Janja attempts to flee into the fire, but Scar rises up from the flames, demanding that Janja face his enemies instead of run like a coward. Janja protests that they are outnumbered, but Scar points out to him that the jackals are closing in to help finish off the Lion Guard.

A fight instigates, in which the Lion Guard and Rafiki beat back against the combined force of the hyenas and the jackals. In the midst of the battle, Tamaa manages to save Kion by imitating Beshte's voice and distracting Janja, giving Kion the opportunity to take down Janja. The hyenas and jackals retreat.

"The Scorpion's Sting"

Janja takes refuge on Kiburi's back, lest he be stung by Sumu the scorpion

Scar plots with his army in the Outlands to defeat both Simba and the Lion Guard. He explains to his followers that he will be using Sumu the scorpion to take down Simba. At Pride Rock, the Pride Landers sing "Good King Simba" in honor of the Kumbuka celebration. However, in the midst of the festivities, Sumu stings Simba's tail and then banks a hasty retreat as Simba collapses to the ground.

Back in the Outlands, Scar gets word of Sumu's success and directs his army to intercept them. The plan works, with Kiburi, Reirei, Janja, and their respective clans slowing down the Lion Guard's progress through the Outlands. At last, the Lion Guard reaches the inner volcano, where Makini places a pinch of the cure, volcano ash, in her gourd.

Janja attempts to prevent Kion from reaching Scar's volcano

As the team turns to leave, Scar calls his army forward, and they corner the Lion Guard at the edge of the lava. With no option left, Kion uses the roar carefully to blow away Scar's army, and the Lion Guard makes a quick escape.

Scar sends Mzingo and his parliament after the Lion Guard, and the vultures nearly wrestle the gourd from Makini. However, the rest of the team arrives just in time to fend off the vultures, and Kion uses his roar to ensure that they are not delayed again. At the same moment, Scar overlooks his defeated army and comments that the war has only just begun.

"The Kilio Valley Fire"

Janja advances on Mtoto

In Kilio Valley, the Lion Guard struggles to put out a widespread brush fire. The Lion Guard spreads out, accepting help from several of Ma Tembo's herd members, while Ma Tembo leads the rest of the herd out of the valley. However, she is cornered among the flames by Janja, Reirei, Kiburi, and their respective followers.

Ono overhears Janja's cackling and reports what he's heard to Kion, who suspects Scar of causing the trouble. He then orders his team to protect the elephants, leaving Kilio Valley to the mercy of the fire.

Janja sings "I'm Gonna Run This Dump", during which he attempts to take control of Kilio Valley

Later in Kilio Valley, the fire dies down as the Army of Scar celebrates their victory. They begin to bicker among themselves, arguing over who had performed the best, when Scar suddenly arises from a still-burning ember and orders the army to remain in Kilio Valley. He then reveals that he plans to take over the Pride Lands piece by piece.

Janja attempts to appoint himself leader of the army, but Kiburi, Mzingo, and Reirei protest vehemently. The villains then begin singing "I'm Gonna Run This Dump", in which they compete over who should be in charge of the valley. They continue to argue as the Lion Guard looks on.

"Undercover Kinyonga"

Janja attempts to fulfill Scar's plan of cutting off the Pride Lands' water supply by pushing rocks into the river

In the Outlands, Scar orders Janja to block up the river at Hakuna Matata Falls in order to deplete the Pride Lands of an important water source.

Come nighttime, the hyenas attempt to block up the river, but the Lion Guard camouflages themselves and launches a surprise attack. As the hyenas retreat, Cheezi wonders how the Lion Guard had managed to learn such a trick, to which Kinyonga suddenly appears and takes the credit. Her unexpected appearance startles the hyenas, who fall into the river and careen over the edge of Hakuna Matata Falls.

Once at the bottom, Janja decides to lie to Scar, claiming to have been scared away by rocks and foliage instead of the Lion Guard.

"The Zebra Mastermind"

Janja is mentioned by his cronies, Cheezi and Chungu.

"The Hyena Resistance"

Janja attempts to lead his clan into the Pride Lands

The Lion Guard defends the Pride Lands from a three-way attack by Janja's clan, Kiburi's float, and Reirei's pack. Eventually, the Guard defeats the Outlanders, who retreat to the Outlands.

Some time later, Jasiri overhears Janja plotting with his clan to take over Mizimu Grove with Kiburi and Reirei's groups. She sends Madoa to warn the Lion Guard, while she and the rest of the clan intercept Janja's clan. The plan works, with the Lion Guard defeating Kiburi and Reirei in Mizimu Grove, and Jasiri and her clan blocking Janja's access to the Pride Lands with a rock slide.

Janja admits to Scar that he lied about Jasiri's being disposed of

Janja returns to the volcano and informs Scar of what has happened. A displeased Scar plans another attack, this time on Big Springs, with Kiburi leading.

After the three failed attacks, Scar questions Janja on Jasiri's status, as Janja had previously reported that Jasiri had fallen into a lava pit. Janja then confesses that the Lion Guard had come to save her. Scar orders Janja to lay a false trail for the Lion Guard and then attack Jasiri's clan.

Janja is saved by Jasiri from falling into a lava pit

Across the Pride Lands, Ono scouts the Outlands and catches sight of Jasiri's clan being attacked. The Lion Guard rushes to their aid and defeats the three groups.

In the commotion, Janja is knocked into a lava pit, and Jasiri saves him. Janja is stunned at her willingness to save him, and Jasiri explains that he could join the Hyena Resistance instead of allying with Scar. After a moment of hesitation, Janja refuses. However, Njano and Shupavu note his hesitation and vow to inform Scar.

"Beshte and the Beast"

Janja and clan launch an attack on Big Springs, but they are defeated by Shujaa.

Later, Janja and the rest of the Army of Scar attack Basi's pod again, but they are defeated by the Lion Guard and Shujaa.

"Pride Landers Unite!"

Scar decides to attack Makuu's watering hole since the crocodiles' alliance with Kion is fraying. The Army of Scar, including Janja and his clan, besieges Makuu's float. Ono witnesses the battle and reports his findings to Kion. Together, the Lion Guard and their Pride Lander allies storm the watering hole and fight off the Army of Scar.

"The Fall of Mizimu Grove"

Janja faces off with Kion

At Mizimu Grove, Rafiki and Simba announce Makini's mpando mpaya, and Timon and Pumbaa perform their song ("Tujiinue"). In the midst of the celebration, the Army of Scar, including Janja and his clan, attacks, and the Pride Landers rise up to defend themselves. The battle pauses when Scar appears in the flames and threatens to overtake the entirety of the Pride Lands.

Frightened by Scar's unexpected appearance, the remaining Pride Landers flee Mizimu Grove. Kion then uses the Roar of the Elders to defeat the Outlanders.

"Battle for the Pride Lands"

Janja, Cheezi, and Chungu guard Killio Valley

Janja, Cheezi, and Chungu guard the remnants of Kilio Valley for Scar. Janja begins to doubt his conviction, as he recounts what Jasiri had taught him about the Circle of Life ("A New Way to Go"). Unbeknownst to him, the skinks overhear Janja's betrayal and leave to inform Scar.

Back in the Outlands, Scar summons Janja and informs him that the only way for Kion to defeat him is to use the Roar in the volcano's inner chamber. He then orders Janja and his clan to distract the Lion Guard while Scar executes his plan against the Pride Landers. Thinking the plan is easy for them, Janja obeys without question.

Janja asks for Jasiri's help

That night, Janja and his clan bait the Lion Guard into following them into the Lair of the Lion Guard. At the same time, KiburiGoigoi, and their allies set fire to Pride Rock, trapping the Lion Guard and Janja's clan in the Lair. Janja manages to escape the fire and realizes that he has been betrayed by Scar. With no other options, he appeals to Jasiri for help, which she accepts.

When Janja arrives with Jasiri, his clan and the Lion Guard have already been saved. Jasiri implores the Pride Landers to trust him. Janja explains what Scar had told him about Kion's ability to defeat Scar once and for all. The Pride Landers then resolve to assault the Outlands and use Kion's Roar to take out Scar.

Janja nominates Jasiri to be in charge of the Outlands

Not long afterward, Janja and his clan, together with the Pride Landers, assault the Outlands. In the midst of the battle, Cheezi and Chungu almost attack the rhinos out of habit, but are reminded by Janja that they are on the same side. After Scar is defeated and leaves the Outlanders without leader, Janja announces that Jasiri from now on will lead the Outlands following the way of Circle of Life, and those who object will have to answer to her new clan, which includes his minions.

"The Lake of Reflection"

In a flashback, an infant Janja and his minions, Cheezi and Chungu, steal Ono's egg. However, Kion arrives with his friends: Beshte, Bunga, and Fuli. Together, the four stop the hyenas and chase them back into the Outlands.

"Journey to the Pride Lands"

Janja and Jasiri arrive at the Tree of Life to warn the Lion Guard about Zira's attack on the Pride Lands

After hearing that Zira and her pride are going to attack the Pride Lands, Janja and Jasiri travel to the Tree of Life to get the Lion Guard's help. On their way to the Tree of Life, they meet Azaad, who guides them to their destination. Once they arrive at the Tree of Life, Janja is tackled by Bunga, who had forgotten that Janja had reformed. Janja reminds him, and Bunga allows him to get up. Janja and Jasiri inform the Lion Guard of Zira's plan to attack the Pride Lands.

The group immediately departs for the Pride Lands. Azaad leads them to a shortcut that can get them to the Pride Lands faster, but it requires them to cross a canyon that is too wide to jump. Kion uses his Roar to create a whirlwind that allows them to cross the ravine safely, though Janja dislikes the experience.

Janja and Jasiri work together to save nearby animals from a broken dam

They stop at a dry riverbed. Kion uses his Roar to create a rainstorm that fills the riverbed, allowing the team to hitch a ride on a floating log. They continue their journey, passing familiar landmarks, such as the marsh, the mountain, and more ("As You Move On"). Eventually, they reach the Great Stone Wall. Kion uses the Roar to break apart the rock, not knowing that the wall functions as a dam, and accidentally opens a fissure that spurts water. Kion continues to Roar in order to hold the water back, while Janja and the rest rescue nearby animals. Janja questions why they should rescue the other animals when they should be focused on saving themselves, but Jasiri answers that he must get used to doing good.

Azaad then leads the team around the wall. They eventually arrive in the Outlands, where they catch a glimpse of Pride Rock in the distance. They enter the Pride Lands, determined to save their kingdom.

"Return to the Pride Lands"

Back in the Outlands, Janja and Jasiri are welcomed by Cheezi, Chungu, and Madoa, who have been in hiding. When Madoa reveals that Zira's pride has already entered the Pride Lands, the Lion Guard, the hyenas, and the vultures confront Vitani and her lionesses.

Janja and Jasiri at Kion and Rani's wedding

Janja helps fight against Shabaha and seemingly corners her. However, Shabaha then grabs Bunga and throws him at Janja before chasing Cheezi and Chungu. Janja comments that Shabaha's fighting style reminds him of Bunga. Before Kion can use the Roar to take out Vitani and her lionesses, Kiara interferes and reveals that Kovu, Vitani, and the rest of Zira's pride have joined the Pride Landers. Kovu then reveals that Zira has died. Kiara tells the Lion Guard to return to Pride Rock, where they'll explain everything. Since the conflict has been settled, Janja and the rest of the Outlanders returns to their territory in peace.

Janja later attends Kion's coronation at the Tree of Life with Jasiri, Cheezi, and Chungu.

Physical appearance

Janja is a muscular, ashen-gray hyena. He has a lighter underbelly, a black spiky mane, darker spots, large pointed ears, and a black tail with a gray underside.

Personality and traits

Janja is a greedy and self-absorbed leader, with no regard for the Circle of Life. His unabated hunger drives him to extreme measures, as he is willing to stand against Simba and the Lion Guard to get what he wants.

Janja displays his cunning and ruthless nature

Janja is unforgiving to his minions and mercilessly mocks them in front of the clan, refusing to believe their excuses and stories. This is likely because his minions are not his friends; they are simply a means to an end, for Janja is crafty and uses his clan mates to do his dirty work for him.

Janja's intelligence is undeniable. Surrounded on all sides by witless hyenas, he stands out as the clever member of the clan, utilizing his allies to either defeat the Lion Guard or take over the Pride Lands. Under Janja's guidance, the hyenas prove a great threat, especially since they are often swayed to his side through his natural charisma and cunning. Janja will ensure that the clan's goals always align with his own.

Despite his ruthless ambitions and sharp intellect, Janja is also a bit of a coward, usually only choosing to fight when the odds are in his favor, and he is known to promptly turn tail and run when faced with a fair fight.

Janja starts to have a change of heart after Jasiri saves his life. His continuous defeat by the Lion Guard and seeing how happy Jasiri and her clan are following the Circle of Life also makes him doubt the way he and his clan have lived up until then. Scar's betrayal opens Janja's eyes, and he finally decides to join Jasiri. Since then, Janja has completely abandoned his evil ways and shown more care for his clan members. He is, however, still not getting used to performing good deeds, such as helping other animals that have no relation to him, but is shown to be determined to prove himself capable of being good like he promised, showing how he genuinely wishes to change for the better.


  • Janja's name means "crafty, canny, knowing" in Swahili.[2]
  • Janja suffers from a fear of scorpions and a fear of thunder.[3][4]
  • Although Janja is written as the leader of his clan, a hyena clan is realistically led by a female.[5]
    • However, after "Battle for the Pride Lands", Janja relinquishes his position as clan leader to Jasiri, who in turn takes over the Outlands, making his clan more akin to real hyenas.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Andrew Kishino. IMDb. IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved on September 13, 2020.
  2. Online Swahili - English Dictionary. African Languages. Retrieved on September 13, 2020.
  3. Revealed in "The Scorpion's Sting" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 17, Season 2. Written by Krista Tucker and directed by Tom Derosier. Originally aired April 2, 2018.
  4. Revealed in "Journey to the Pride Lands" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 18, Season 3. Written by Kendall Michele Haney, John Loy, Kent Redeker, and Ford Riley, and directed by Howy Parkins and Ford Riley. Originally aired November 2, 2019.
  5. Spotted Hyena. National Geographic. Retrieved on September 13, 2020.
  6. Revealed in "Battle for the Pride Lands" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 1, Season 3. Written by Ford Riley and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired August 3, 2019.
  7. YouTube favicon.png The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar Disney Channel on the Disney Channel YouTube channel

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