Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed

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Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed

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Katakana シェンジ, バンザイ, エド Other Emblem.png
Rōmaji Shenji, Banzai, Edo
Voice actors (Ja:) Ben Hiura (Banzai)
Tomie Kataoka (Shenzi)
(En:) Cheech Marin (Banzai)
Tress MacNeille (Shenzi)
Jim Cummings (Ed)
Homeworld Pride Lands
Origin The Lion King
Game Kingdom Hearts II
Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed

Kingdom Hearts II
Shenzi
The Lion King (1994)

A cowardly hyena who hates lions. Shenzi takes the lead when she and her friends are up to mischief. She's always quick to follow the strongest leader.

Banzai
The Lion King (1994)

A cowardly hyena who hates lions. Banzai likes to complain but doesn't like to work. He's always looking to find an easy meal.

Ed
The Lion King (1994)

A witless hyena who's not very smart, but loves to laugh. He takes a lot of ribbing from his pals Shenzi and Banzai, but he doesn't seem to care.

Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed are a trio of hyenas that serve as Scar's personal lackeys. They made their first appearance in Disney's 1994 animated feature, The Lion King. They are used primarily for comic relief, something that was carried over into Kingdom Hearts II.

Story[edit]

Kingdom Hearts II[edit]

When Sora, Donald, and Goofy arrive in the Pride Lands, they find themselves surrounded by a pack of hyenas led by Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed. Desperate for food, the hyenas attempt to make Sora and his friends their next meal, but decide against it after hearing Scar roar. The hyenas then leave to attend to Scar.

At Pride Rock, Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed attempt to attack Sora and his friends once again, but the sound of Scar's roar stops them a second time. The trio of hyenas sees Scar standing with Pete, who has assumed the form of a lion. Sora, Donald, and Goofy find themselves in danger, but are rescued by Nala, who pins Scar down long enough for them to escape. Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed attempt to pursue the heroes, but fail to catch them.

When Sora returns once again to Pride Rock with Simba, Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed appear and block Simba's path to Scar. Sora orders Simba to pursue Scar while he, Donald, and Goofy stay behind and take care of the hyenas. Timon and Pumbaa arrive and get Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed's attention; the trio of hyenas chases them into the depths of Pride Rock. Sora and friends follow them; they face the hyenas in battle and defeat them. Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed flee from Pride Rock, abandoning Scar.

On Sora's second visit to the Pride Lands, he chases down and fights Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed for information on the source of The Ghost of Scar. This turns out to be a wasted effort, for the hyenas know nothing about the ghost at all. Despite this, Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed still proceed to taunt Simba for his weakness in facing the ghost.

Personality[edit]

Shenzi is the leader of the hyena trio; she is also its most aggressive member. Shenzi constantly insults Banzai and Ed and resents their bumbling natures. Despite this, she considers them to be her friends. Shenzi's personality is quite fitting, as her name means "barbarous" ("savagely cruel; exceedingly brutal") in Swahili.

Banzai is the most cunning member of the hyena trio; he constantly lurks around in search of food due to his constant hunger.

Ed is the least intelligent member of the hyena trio, for he is always smiling and laughs uncontrollably at everyone and everything. Ed never speaks, save a rare, few-word sentence, and he is always the victim of Shenzi and Banzai's jokes.

Appearance[edit]

A trio of spotted hyenas, Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed share the same basic appearance. They are each rather mangy, the top half of their bodies covered in grey fur while their bellies are tan and their paws are dark brown. They each have hunched backs and dark purple spots on their backs, as well as rings of the same color around their eyes. They have short, black tails and a crest of long, black hair lining their spines. Each member of the trio has dark brown ears and a dark brown nose, as well as yellow eyes and sharp, slightly yellowed teeth.

Shenzi sports five long, dark brown "bangs" on the top of her head, and the patches around her eyes are shaped to resemble heavily-applied eyeshadow. She seems to have a larger upper lip than her two companions, and her eyes are usually half-shut. She also lacks the dark grey "stubble" mark that Banzai and Ed possess.

Banzai's most distinguishing feature is his unusually heavy, dark brown eyebrows. He has two very short strands of dark brown hair on top of his head. The fur on Banzai's chin is slightly longer than either Shenzi's or Ed's, making him appear as if he has a short beard.

In a sharp contrast to Shenzi, Ed's eyes are always wide open and rarely focus on anything. His mouth usually hangs open, with his tongue lolling. Ed has a slightly mangier mane, with three strands of dark brown hair on the top of his head, and notched ears.

Origin[edit]

Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed first appeared in Disney's 1994 animated feature, The Lion King. In the film, they try to eat the young Simba and Nala in the Elephant Graveyard on Scar's order, but they flee when Mufasa arrives to rescue the lion cubs. Later, the hyenas help Scar execute his plan to kill Mufasa and Simba by attacking a large herd of wildebeests, causing the creatures to run into a gorge where Simba is awaiting a "surprise" from his father. When Scar finds Simba trying to wake the dead Mufasa after the stampede, he reveals that Mufasa's death is Simba's fault and orders the cub to run away and never return; he then orders Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed to give chase and kill him. Simba manages to escape the hyenas, and they return to Scar.

Years later, when Simba returns to Pride Rock, he pursues Scar through Pride Rock after the antagonistic lion confesses that he is the one who killed Mufasa. The hyenas attack Simba and try to kill him, but the lionesses engage them in battle so that he may proceed. Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed chase Timon into Scar's cave, where the late Mufasa's majordomo, Zazu, is being held prisoner, but they are beaten up by Pumbaa after Banzai calls him a "pig." Timon and Zazu are freed in the process, and the hyenas flee the cave. After Simba corners Scar and the hyenas come to aid him, they overhear Scar telling Simba that all the events that have transpired up to this point have been their fault and their idea. The hyenas leave in anger as a result of Scar's betrayal, and Simba engages his uncle in a climatic fight to the death. Simba manages to kick Scar off of Pride Rock, and the evil lion lands on the ground below. Despite Scar's pleas, the hyenas killed him for his betrayal.

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