The Hyenas

Full Name

The Hyena Clan


The Laughing Hyenas, The Heinous Hyenas


To eat


Eat Scar and leave the Pridelands

The Hyenas are Scar's minions in The Lion King. The three most prominent are Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed. The Hyenas had been banished by Mufasa at one point before the events of the film, and they live in the Elephant Graveyard.


The Lion King

Scar had bribed the hyenas into following him with food. He ordered the hyenas to try and kill Prince Simba. Scar tricked Simba into going to the Elephant Graveyard, bringing his friend Nala and his father's assisstant Zazu. The hyenas, Shenzi, Banzai and Ed approached them with the intention of eating them. After desposing of Zazu, the Hyenas corner Simba and Nala and try to eat them, but they are attacked by Mufasa, who had been alerted to the situation by Zazu, and they run away.

The Hyenas chase Simba

Later on, Scar scolds the Hyenas for not killing Simba, but they defend themselves by saying Mufasa was there, but Scar simply told them they should of also killed Mufasa. While three hyenas could defeat a lion, it is unlikely that all three hyenas would survive, suggesting Scar doesn't think much of the hyenas. Scar once more bribes them with food and the rest of the hyena clan appear and pledge their loyalty to Scar, who comes up with another idea.

The next day, Scar tells Simba to stay in the gorge and leaves. He signals Shenzi, Banzai and Ed, who charge at a herd of wildebeest, and the herd stampede into the gorge where Simba is. The hyenas stop chasing them and watch as Mufasa desperately tries to save his son. Simba is brought to safety, but Mufasa is trampled to death when Scar throws him back into the stampede. After his death, Scar tricked Simba into thinking it was his fault, and told him to run away. Soon after Simba left, Scar ordered the Hyena trio to kill him. However, the hyenas were unable to catch him, but they simply chased him into the desert.

The Hyenas complain to Scar

Scar declared himself king and allowed the hyenas to move into the Pridelands, and for several years the hyenas were happy eating the other animals. Unfortunately, with both the hyenas and lions eating, there was a shortage of food and the lionesses stopped hunting, knowing it was pointless. The hyenas went to Scar for advice, but he was too arrogant and chased them away. Soon after, Mufasa's wife Sarabi also defied Scar to the hyenas objection. Scar struck Sarabi to the ground. At that moment, a full-grown Simba arrived just to see his mother get hit, and confronted Scar. Scar had another trick up his sleeve, and accused Simba of killing Mufasa. Backed up by the hyenas, Scar forced Simba to the edge of a cliff. Right when Scar was about to throw Simba off, he revealed to him that he was responsible for Mufasa's death. Enraged, Simba attacked Scar, and the hyenas came after him but were attacked by the lionesses. During the battle, Scar tried to sneak away, but Simba chased after him. A group of hyenas, led by Shenzi, Banzai and Ed, tried to aid Scar, only to hear him telling Simba that they were the ones who came up with Mufasa's death. Angered, the hyenas left Scar to fend for himself. Scar was knocked off a cliff by Simba, and the hyenas approached him. Scar didn't know they knew of his betrayal, and was horrifed when the hyenas closed in on him and devoured him. The hyenas abandoned both the Elephant Graveyard and the Prideland afterwards.

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