Shenzi's clan
Shenzi's clan
Full view of hyenas
Biographical Information

Shenzi's clan




Elephant Graveyard (formerly)
Pride Lands (formerly)

Media Information

The Lion King
The Lion King 1½
The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa


The Lion King II: Simba's Pride

One of the things the directors asked for is that they came across as sort of mad clowns. You know, that kind of evil, but funny, but evil, but funny, but evil thing.
Alex Kupershmidt about the hyenas[1]

Shenzi's clan is a pack of hyenas who lived in the Elephant Graveyard during the reign of Mufasa. They later became allied with Scar under the leadership of their matriarch, Shenzi.


The Lion King

Look at you guys. No wonder we're dangling at the bottom of the food chain.
Shenzi about the hyenas

The most famous of the clan are Banzai, Ed, and Shenzi, the "friends" and allies of Scar. The three first appear in the Elephant Graveyard, trying to dispose of Simba and Nala when they wander into their territory, a plan later revealed to be orchestrated by Scar. When the hyenas fail due to Mufasa's intervention, Scar is furious but quickly forms another plan, promising the hyenas that when he becomes king, they will never go hungry again.


An explanation of pack structure

The hyenas then kill Mufasa via a stampede and chase Simba away from his father's dead body. They try to kill Simba, but when he runs through a dense thorn thicket, they give up on the chase and decide to only kill him if he returns to the kingdom. After the monarch and his heir are done away with, the hyenas infest the Pride Lands and become Scar's bodyguards and minions.

Much later, as the Pride Lands have become barren, the hyenas start to become more hungry and complain to their king, but Scar simply ignores them.

When Simba returns from his self-exile from the Pride Lands, the hyenas reinforce Scar's position as king when Simba orders for Scar to step down. After Scar gets his nephew to confess his responsibility for Mufasa's death, the hyenas surround the two lions as they head toward the edge of Pride Rock, presumably protecting Scar.


Scar's army of hyenas

After Simba gets Scar to confess that he killed Mufasa, a climatic battle between the Pridelanders and the hyenas breaks out while Simba goes after Scar at the top of Pride Rock in hopes of avenging his father's death. Scar tells an enraged Simba that the hyenas are "the real enemies," which angers the hyenas, who overhear him. A brief duel erupts between the two lions, which ends with Simba flipping his uncle over a cliff where Scar lands in an area among the defeated hyenas.

The hyenas, determined to get revenge on Scar, surround their fallen leader to eat him alive. Scar continually pleads for his life but the hyenas ignore him. The hyenas leap upon Scar and begin to devour him alive as they are all engulfed in flames. However, the former are confirmed to have made it out alive in the sequel.

The Lion King II: Simba's Pride

Ewww, this place is even creepier since the hyenas ran off.
Nuka about the hyenas
According to Nuka, the hyenas fled the Pride Lands after the battle, implying that some, if not all, hyenas survived the battle of Pride Rock.

The Lion King 1½

Timon: Hey, Pumbaa. What do you call a hyena with half a brain?
Pumbaa: Beats me, Timon. What?
Timon: Gifted!
—Timon and Pumbaa joke about hyenas

When Timon and Pumbaa venture into a different section of the Elephant Graveyard, they view Scar's hyena army singing "Be Prepared" while marching. Later on in the film, after Timon and Pumbaa perform their hula song to clear the way for Simba to confront Scar, some of the hyenas pursue them, only to flee after being gassed by Pumbaa's stench.


The hyenas as they appear in The Lion King 1½

After Timon reunites with his mother and his uncle, Pumbaa notices the hyenas protecting Scar while Simba is dangling from the edge of Pride Rock. Timon coordinates a plan for Ma and Uncle Max to dig a tunnel to trap the hyenas while he and Pumbaa try to get the hyenas away from Simba.

When Simba goes after Scar, the hyenas follow him and try to prevent him from reaching Scar but are distracted by Timon and Pumbaa, who insult the hyena pack with offensive jokes. Ed stupidly laughs at them, causing Banzai to slap him. The hyenas then go after Timon and Pumbaa and manage to corner them in a cave of Pride Rock. Timon and Pumbaa try several tactics to stall them while Uncle Max and Ma dig a tunnel underneath them to make the hyenas fall off Pride Rock, but when the trap tunnel initially fails, the hyenas move in to kill Ma, Pumbaa, and Uncle Max. Unwilling to give up, Timon jumps down between Shenzi's legs and bravely completes the tunnel. The hyenas then fall through the ground and plummet to the bottom of Pride Rock, where they meet Scar after he is thrown off a cliff by Simba.

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 who?
Shenzi: He's right.
—Scar reminds the hyenas of his superiority

The hyenas are first mentioned when Rafiki tells a story about Mufasa and Scar. It is recounted that they had helped Scar take over the Pride Lands and deplete it of resources.

In Rafiki's story, Banzai, Ed, and Shenzi seem to be the only hyenas allied to Scar when he is a young adult. It could be possible Scar didn't know about the rest of the clan, but this is unlikely, since it is revealed that they begged him to join their gang. However, the gang is described as being little, so it could be that just those three started the pack or that the hyena clan wasn't as big then as it is in the film.

The Lion Guard

A clan of hyenas serve as antagonists of The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar and its follow-up series The Lion Guard. They are descendants of the hyenas from the original film and are led by Janja.

Notable members

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  • In the stage musical, it is revealed that the hyenas are the cause of the famine, as they force the lionesses to overhunt.
  • During "Be Prepared," the hyena army is shown marching like Nazis.[3]
  • During the early stages of the film, Zira was supposed to ally with the surviving members of Scar's army. Cheech Marin even reprised his role as Banzai for the sequel.[5]


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