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Banagi is a spotted hyena who was set to appear in The Lion King when it was initially titled King of the Jungle. He was written to be the mastermind behind Scar's pursuit for the throne, and is the prince and leader of the hyenas.


  • Banagi is described as having a voice like that of Sydney Greenstreet.
  • Although Banagi (a male) is written as the leader of the hyenas, in reality, a hyena clan is led by a female, just as Shenzi does in the finished film.
  • It is possible that Banagi was the inspiration for Janja, the main antagonist of The Lion Guard. Like Banagi, Janja is a male hyena who is leader of his clan.


The Lion King script by J.T. Allen (1990)

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