Black, brown, and gray
When Simba and Nala venture into the Elephant Graveyard, Kamari and his clan surround them. However, Simba's father Mufasa arrives before they can eat the cubs. That night, Kamari laments Mufasa's natural power over him. When Scar arrives in the graveyard and proposes an alliance with the hyenas to take down Mufasa, Kamari and his clan readily agree.
A short time later, Kamari, Azizi, and Shenzi help Scar start a stampede to kill Mufasa. Scar then sends the three of them after a fleeing Simba. Simba tumbles down a cliff and cannot be seen at the bottom, so Shenzi orders Kamari and Azizi to go down and confirm Simba's death. However, fearing for their lives, Kamari and Azizi do not do as they are ordered.
Years later, when an adult Simba returns to challenge Scar, Kamari joins in the Battle of Pride Rock. Kamari, Azizi, and Shenzi try to help Scar fight Simba, but they arrive just in time to hear Scar betraying them. Thus, after Scar is thrown down by Simba, Kamari and his clan turn on him and devour him alive.
When Simba and Nala wander into the Elephant Graveyard, Kamari 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. Kamari and his fellow hyenas chase Simba and Nala through the Elephant Graveyard until the cubs are surrounded. However, before they can attack, Simba attempts to frighten them with a roar, which amuses Kamari and Azizi. In the nick of time, Mufasa arrives and fends off the hyenas.
Later, Kamari is still annoyed by Mufasa's interence, and Azizi annoys him further by not giving him his personal space. Kamari then angrily states that he will have his revenge against Mufasa. As he says this, Azizi points out an approaching Scar, whom they mistake for Mufasa. This frightens Kamari. Scar then offers an alliance to Shenzi, promising the hyenas free reign of the Pride Lands if they help him kill Mufasa.
The next day, Kamari 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 and are too afraid to go down the cliff.
With Mufasa dead, Scar becomes the new king, and Kamari 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. Kamari, 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. Kamari and the hyenas join Scar in battle against the lionesses.
During the fight, Scar attempts to frame the hyenas, which Kamari, Azizi and Shenzi overhear. After Simba defeats Scar and heaves him from Pride Rock, the hyenas attack and devour him in revenge.
Kamari is the smallest and skinniest hyena in his clan, being noticeably shorter in height and thinner in build. He has a distinct light and dark spotted coat pattern, a rather angular forehead, a bald patch on the top of his head, and large ears.
Personality and traits
Kamari is crueler, smarter, and more cunning than his clan-mate Azizi, but less so than his leader Shenzi, for whom he holds a deep fear and respect. Despite his awed appreciation for Shenzi, Kamari has shown that to avoid potentially falling to his death, he has no issue lying to her about Simba's fate, though he does show shame once she and the other hyenas discover his deception. Kamari has very little patience for Azizi's stupidity and tendency to invade personal space. He also has a sarcastic, but malicious sense of humor.
- Kamari is voiced by Keegan-Michael Key.
- Kamari's name means "gambling" in Swahili.
- Concept art by Faraz Shanyar suggests that Kamari's role in the 2019 remake was initially meant to be more closely accurate to his original incarnation.
- In the official novelization, Kamari is described as being larger than Azizi despite being smaller than him in the film.
- Keegan-Michael Key. IMDb. IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved on September 14, 2020.
- "KAMARI" ENGLISH TRANSLATION. bab.la Dictionary. Retrieved on September 14, 2020.
- Revealed in Disney's The Lion King (2019). Written by Jeff Nathanson, and directed by Jon Favreau. Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
- Elizabeth Rudnick (June 4, 2019). The Lion King: The Novelization. Disney Press. ISBN 136803926X.