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Shenzibanzaied
Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed
Background information
Feature films The Lion King, The Lion King 1 1/2, Mickey's House of Villains, Mickey's Magical Christmas Snowed in at the House of Mouse, Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Television programs Timon and Pumbaa, House of Mouse
Video games Kingdom Hearts II
Park attractions
Actor
Actress
Animators
Voice Whoopi Goldeberg, Cheech Marin and Jim Cummings
Performance model
Designer
Inspiration
Awards
Character information
Other names
Personality Sneaky, harsh, eccentric, nasty, zany, intelligent, geniuses, bad-tempered, aggressive, nefarious, zesty, attentive, irascible, evil, ditzy, shiftless, hot-headed, emotional, fool, noisy, zestful, immature, boorish, active, naughty, zealous, ambitious, ill-behaved, excitable and disobedient
Appearance Spotted Gray and Black Hyenas
Occupation
Alignment
Alignment Bad
Affiliations
Goal
Home The Graveyard {before}

The Pride Lands {before} The Janja's Den {now} The Outsiders {now}

Friends Scar
Enemies Timon, Pumbaa, Mufasa, Sarabi, Simba, Nala, Zazu, Sora, Donald Duck, Goofy
Minions
Likes Food
Dislikes Lions, starvation, Scar betraying them
Powers and abilities
Weapons Arrows Bows, Cast, Swords, Shield, Sharp Teeth and Claws
Fate flee from the Pride Lands along with the other hyenas
Typical Saying Banzai: Man, I hate lions!

Shenzi: They're so pushy. Banzai: And hairy! Shenzi: And stinky! Banzai: And man, are they... Both: U-gly! *burst out laughing*

Shenzi, Banzai and Ed are the secondary antagonists of The Lion King and the main antagonists of The Lion King 1½. They are Scar's former henchmen and Timon and Pumbaa's arch-nemesis.

The HyenasEdit

ShenziEdit

Shenzi, with the voice of Whoopi Goldberg, is a female hyena. Her name means "wild", "pagan", "rude" or "barbarian" in Swahili. Hyenas are born in litters, but they are never mentioned if they have brothers or sisters.

According to Timon in The Lion King 1½, her full name is Shenzi Marie Predatora Vendetta Jackolina Hyena. She is the de facto leader of the trio and the smartest hyena, traits which are consistent with real spotted hyena behavior, in which the females are generally more powerful physically and politically than the males. She also serves as the secondary antagonist in Lion King and the main antagonist in Lion King 1.5. She is wounded when Simba takes a swipe at her cheek whilst trying to save Nala. She deals best with Scar and knows how to talk with him. She is intellegent. She seems to be the smartest of the trio.

She has a big, black tuft and a grey snout (unlike Ed and Banzai). The animators apparently designed Shenzi using her voice actor Whoopi Goldberg as a reference, as Shenzi's face resembles Whoopi's to a certain extent. Shenzi was originally going to be male and played by Tommy Chong.

BanzaiEdit

Banzai was voiced by Cheech Marin. His name means "skulk" or "lurk" in Swahili. It can also mean "ten thousand years" in Japanese.

En la película, Banzai es el mas agresivo las hienas, siendo herido dos veces. Su parte trasera fue seccionada por Mufasa en el cementerio de elefantes, Banzai cansado de "explicarle" a Mufasa por qué él y los demás estaban persiguiendo a Simba. Más tarde se convirtió en la única hiena en caer en una zarza mientras perseguía a Simba. También parece tener hambre más fácilmente que las otras hienas, frecuentemente haciendo referencias a la comida y siendo el más descontento de las hienas cuando las Tierras del Orgullo carecen de comida bajo el gobierno de Scar ("Es hora de la cena, y no tenemos entradas apestosas" ! "), al punto que silenciosamente le dice a sus amigos que Mufasa era en verdad un rey mejor que Scar. Banzai es sádico y sarcástico pero inteligente, aunque no parece ser el más inteligente del trío.

According to the stageshow version of the Lion King, Banzai's father was killed by Sarafina.

Ed Edit

Ed casi siempre tiene una sonrisa en su rostro y por lo general se ríe para comunicarse (su única línea de diálogo en un coro durante la canción Be Prepared). Tiene dos cortes redondos en cada oreja y su lengua casi siempre cuelga. Él fue expresado por Jim Cummings quien grabó cuatro horas de todo tipo de risas para que pudiera ser insertado en la película dependiendo de la situación (como una risa preocupada, una risa nerviosa, etc.)

Although Ed is considered insane, he sometimes seems to act either more alert than Shenzi or Banzai at points, or completely unaware of what is going on around him. For example, in the elephant graveyard, Ed was the first to notice Simba and Nala's escape while his two distracted peers were still occupied exchanging jokes. However, when Mufasa attacked them, they got into even more trouble when Ed confirmed (by nodding) that he knew Simba was Mufasa's son. Later, he laughed at Banzai because his rear end was scratched by Mufasa. Banzai got angry and attacked him, but after the scuffle ended Ed was actually revealed to be biting his own leg.

Ed understood Scar's betrayal near to the end of the film as well as anybody else. As Shenzi and Banzai asked Ed for his opinion on what to do with the fallen Scar, at first Ed's face bore a sullen, angry frown, the only time he did not smile. When he did smile in response to the question, unlike the crazed, goofy grin he previously always carried, it was sadistic grin. His laugh, unlike his usual crazed laughter was a low, frightening chuckle, after which he licked his lips and moved in on Scar along with the other hyenas.

Character profiling reveals Ed is neither totally insane or stupid - he 'knows the score', but from observation of his actions and reactions, he is probably a Manic Depressive, with violent mood swings, a low understanding of social conduct, and episodes of mania.

The Lion KingEdit

Las hienas aparecen por primera vez en el cementerio de elefantes en las que Simba y Nala se aventuran. Las hienas, bajo las órdenes de Scar, persiguen a los cachorros en un intento de matarlos, pero Mufasa los asusta. Después, ayudan a Scar a llevar a cabo su plan para matar a Mufasa desencadenando la estampida de ñus. Inmediatamente después de que Scar le dice a Simba que huye y nunca regrese, ordena a las hienas que maten a Simba también, pero Simba huye. Años en el reinado de Scar, destruyen las Tierras del Orgullo prendando fuego y matando a muchos animales, bajo las ordenes de Scar. Cuando Simba regresa para vencer a Scar, las hienas se unen la guerra entre los leones contra las hienas, pero ellos son derrotados, y Shenzi y Banzai son cruelmente golpeados por Pumba por llamarlo "puerco". Cuando Shenzi,Banzai y Ed escuchan a Scar diciéndole a Simba que las hienas son las culpables de la muerte de Mufasa, furiosamente deciden matar a Scar y les advierten a los demás hienas a matar a Scar de su traición. Juntos, con la ayuda de las otras hienas, rodean a Scar de su traición. Scar intenta explicarles, diciendo que realmente no lo decía en serio. Las hienas se niegan a escuchar, lo matan por acusarlos, justo antes de que una llama gigante los engulle. Ya sea que perecieron en las llamas o sobrevivieron y huyeron de las Tierras del Orgullo se desconocen, pero este último es más comúnmente aceptado, ya que se ven más tarde en Timón y Pumba de El Rey León.con la ayuda de las otras hienas, rodean a Scar de su traición. Scar intenta explicarles, diciendo que realmente no lo decía en serio. Las hienas se niegan a escuchar, lo matan por acusarlos, justo antes de que una llama gigante los engulle. Ya sea que perecieron en las llamas o sobrevivieron y huyeron de las Tierras del Orgullo se desconocen, pero este último es más comúnmente aceptado, ya que se ven más tarde en Timón y Pumba de El Rey León.

The Lion King II: Simba's PrideEdit

In the direct-to-video sequel The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, the hyenas are only briefly mentioned by Nuka as he and his grown sister Vitani arrive at the Elephant Graveyard: “ Ew. This place looks even creepier since the hyenas ran off. ”

This quote could imply that the hyenas had indeed, fled the Pride Lands.

The Lion King 1½Edit

En la tercera precuela The Lion King 1½, las hienas tienen un papel bastante importante a pesar de ser villanos secundarios en la película original. Incluso pueden llamarse los villanos principales de la película.

En su primera aparición, atacan una colonia de suricatos cuando Timon, que es uno de la colonia, está soñando despierto. No logran atrapar suricatos, pero este incidente lleva a Timon a abandonar la colonia para encontrar su verdadero lugar. Las hienas vuelven a aparecer durante el clímax de la película en Pride Rock. Se ven algunas hienas anónimas persiguiendo a Timón y Pumba en una cueva (después del Hula Song en la primera película), y son expulsados ​​por la flatulencia de Pumba. Finalmente, Timon y Pumba son acorralados por las hienas. Timon le propone a Shenzi como un movimiento desesperado para comprar tiempo para su madre y para su tío Max mientras cavan un túnel, que rechaza abruptamente. Las hienas luego caen en el túnel, que los transporta a la tierra justo a tiempo para que huyen de las Tierras del Orgullo junto con Scar.

HistoriaEdit

En A Tale of Two Brothers, las hienas eran adolescentes aparecen al principio donde se encuentran con Rafiki indefenso que acaba de llegar a Pride Lands. El Rey Ahadi viene al rescate justo a tiempo, con sus hijos Mufasa y Taka, y exige a las hienas que se vayan. Las hienas aparecen más tarde, donde aconsejan a Taka que haga creer a Ahadi que Mufasa era inútil al hacer que Mufasa enfade a un búfalo egoísta llamado Boma. Pero desafortunadamente el plan no salió bien, y el ojo de Taka fue herido por la manada de búfalos en el proceso, y desde ese día recibe el apodo de "Scar".

En Friends in Need, las hienas adolescentes aparecen de nuevo al principio, donde se preparan para hervir a Zazu en el cementerio de elefantes, como en la primera película. Hasta que Mufasa pasa, ahuyenta a las hienas y se hace amigo de Zazu.

Beyond the filmsEdit

The Lion King On BroadwayEdit

In the stage show adaptation of The Lion King, the hyena's role is very similar to their role in the film, although in the Broadway version they also sing the song Chow Down and have a bit more of an appearence in the Madness of King Scar scene.

The Lion King's Timon and PumbaaEdit

The three hyenas made occasional appearances in the TV series The Lion King's Timon and Pumbaa. While Jim Cummings reprised his role as Ed, Tress MacNeille and Rob Paulsen replaced Whoopi Goldberg (Shenzi) and Cheech Marin (Banzai) respectively. The hyenas were also more noticeably dimwitted in the series in comparison to the movies. When they were not defeated in Lion King, they were squashed by a whale.

It should also be pointed out that significant plot points involving the three hyenas and Timon and Pumbaa in this series (particularly, the episode, "Once Upon A Timon"), have since been reconnected by the events that took place in The Lion King 1½.

Kingdom Hearts IIEdit

The hyena trio also appeared in the Disney/Square Enix video game Kingdom Hearts II. In the game, they appeared in the Pride Lands world, and were also Scar's followers.


The hyenas first encountered the game's main protagonists, Sora, Donald Duck, and Goofy, when they first appeared in the Pride Lands and battled with them twice. Later on, Sora and company defeated the hyenas again when they were attempting to kill Timon and Pumbaa, just before helping Simba fight Scar. After Scar was destroyed, the hyenas went back to the Elephant Graveyard and started eating carcasses again, though Shenzi considered it a mixed blessing. The trio had one final part in the story, having some knowledge relating to Scar's "ghost" and forcing Sora and Simba to chase and attack them for answers. Once beaten, Shenzi remembers that Scar's ghost only appears when animals are frightened.

In the English version of the game, Tress MacNeille replaced Whoopi Goldberg as Shenzi's voice whereas Cheech Marin and Jim Cummings reprised their respective roles.

It is interesting to note that, out of all of the villains (Disney, Final Fantasy, or otherwise) that Sora has faced in the series, Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed are the only ones that have (canonically speaking) come the closest to actually killing him; at the beginning of their first visit, Banzai is just about to bite into an incapacitated Sora (unused to his new lion form), and it is only Scar calling for the hyenas that Sora survives this encounter.

House of MouseEdit

The Hyenas were featured in several episodes of House of Mouse, and were part of the Disney villains featured in Mickey's House of Villains. Banzai appeared in the song It's Our House Now!

Disney theme parksEdit

Appearances by the hyenas at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts are extremely rare. In 2004, they were featured in Disneyland Resort Paris’s The Lion King Carnival, but since that time their most reliable presence has been as part of Walt Disney World Resort’s yearly Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade.

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