- "My name is Asante - that means "thank you," by the way - thank you for saving me from the snake."
- —Asante to Kopa
Asante's appearance is unknown.
- "By all the water spirits...? Oh, Asante! You are such a nice young hyena. You are allowed to disturb me."
- —Kroko about Asante
Asante is everything a typical hyena isn't; good-natured, kind in spirit, and exceptionally smart. Also unlike the other members of her species, she is not close-minded to the idea of befriending a lion. Although she is suspicious of the species in general, which is only natural considering her heritage, she is quick to trust even the prince of her enemies and takes little regard for her own alleged subordinate stature.
Even around her more superior friends, Asante is sarcastic and spunky, unaffected by caste. She is not too deep the thinker and rather views life from a very open-minded perspective. Instead of questioning if hyenas and lions can be friends, she is quick to accept that such a friendship is possible and therefore without sin. This is most likely due to her other inter-species friendships, including a close relationship with a crocodile.
In more serious situations, Asante is known to show bravery and maturity beyond her years. However, she is not a very clear communicator, as Kopa believed her to have abandoned him when she really went to fetch help. Despite her lack of clear communication, she is considerably mature for her age, not only in tough situations, but in everyday life, as she is able to keep a secret of great magnitude from her fellow hyenas for a fairly long time. When faced with a tough choice, Asante is prone to at first turn away, but when given the chance to reconsider, she usually overcomes her fears and takes the dare.
- Kopa: "Do you have a name?"
Asante: "Yes! Even hyenas are that sophisticated!"
- —Asante and Kopa
Asante is a young hyena who lived during Simba's reign.
- "Today I saved your life, and you have already saved mine. One time me, another time you...so now we're even. But don't expect me to go with you! You are still a lion, and I am still a hyena...both of us know that we don't belong together, and that's the reason why we must part our ways here."
- —Asante to Kopa
When a disobedient Kopa wanders into the Elephant Graveyard, he sees Asante, a young hyena cub, struggling to escape a vicious constrictor snake. The front half of Asante's body is stuck under the ground, making it impossible for her to defend herself. As the snake starts to strangle her, she cries out for help. Mustering his courage, Kopa jumps into the fray and engages the snake in a fight. After flipping the snake away, Kopa gives Asante a chance to wriggle out of the hole.
Upon seeing each other face-to-face, the two recognize each other as lifelong enemies. Despite this, Kopa introduces himself to the hyena, and Asante gives him her name as well. She then thanks him for saving her from the snake. Kopa tells her that snakes don't scare him, and Asante admits that poisonous snakes scare her. She explains to Kopa that she had been hunting for snake eggs when the constrictor caught her in the act. Kopa, impressed with Asante's knowledge, claims to understand all that she's talking about. Asante asks Kopa if he lives in the Pride Lands, and the cub confirms this. Asante admits that her kind is not allowed to go there, since lions and hyenas are enemies. Despite this, she again thanks Kopa for saving her life and then admits that she must go. Kopa says good-bye, and the two part ways.
After returning home, Kopa thinks much about his new friend. He even admits his troubles to his mother, who tries to explain to her son that hyenas and lions are enemies, but also compliments him on the fact that he was able to put aside their differences to save Asante.
Many days later, Kopa is on a walk across the savanna when he runs into Asante again. The hyena invites him to play, and the lion cub eagerly accepts. Asante suggests throwing bones, but Kopa is disgusted. Asante then laughs and tells him that it was just a joke. She then suggests they hunt crickets. As the two play together, Kopa spots a line of ants crawling across the ground. He points them out to Asante and tells her to sit and wait. The hyena is confused, but obediently sits down and waits.
Presently, a gecko approaches and eats up the line of ants. Kopa explains to his friend that no one can change the course of nature. Snakes and geckos could never be friends, and neither could geckos and ants. At Kopa's words, Asante takes the gecko and shoves him aside. She then proclaims to Kopa that she has just changed the course of nature, for she is now a friend of the ants. Kopa asks if it's possible for lions and hyenas to be friends, and Asante points out that they are friends. The two then run off together, happily playing among the savanna grass.
Kopa and Asante meet each other more often after this. They play together and tell each other their secrets. Kopa tells his friend about a tree which gives shade all day long, and Asante tells Kopa about a den with a great echo. Despite their growing friendship, neither dare to introduce the other to their family.
One day, Asante tries to convince Kopa to come to the "Shadowland" with her, but Kopa is hesitant to disobey his parents again. Asante finally convinces him to come, after telling him that there is a great river they can throw stones into. Upon entering the unknown land, Kopa forgets his fears and trots happily alongside his hyena friend. But no sooner are they in Asante's land when they spot a dark cloud steadily approaching them. At first, Kopa thinks it's a swarm of locusts, but Asante instantly knows the true identity of the cloud.
She exclaims to Kopa that a storm is coming. The cub is confused, but Asante points out to him that she could hear thunder. Kopa has never seen a storm before in his life, but Asante knows the dangers of rain and lightning. She is also aware that the river could flood its banks. As rain begins to bear down on the cubs, Asante yells at Kopa to run. Eventually, the lion gives in and races after his panicked friend. The weather changes drastically, and the storm moves in overhead. As rain begins to pelt the cubs from all directions, the river swells and starts to grow bigger and bigger. Soon, the ground gives way, and Kopa falls into the river. The lion cub yells to Asante for help, but the young hyena runs off into the rain without him.
Unbeknownst to Kopa, Asante hastens to her friend, an old crocodile named Kroko, and begs him to help save Kopa. The crocodile is confused, and Asante is forced to tell him what happened. After hearing the story, Kroko agrees to help Kopa. After the lion cub is safely delivered to shore, Asante rushes to his side and begs him to wake up. Kopa is relieved to see that Asante is still there, and the hyena cub tells him that she had gone for help. Kopa thanks her, and Asante accepts his gratitude. She then asks him if he can move alright. Kopa admits that he is exhausted, and Asante decides to guide him home.
Together, the lion and hyena journey across the savanna until they've nearly reached Pride Rock. It's been a long time since a hyena was brave enough to go so far, and even Asante doesn't feel comfortable about it. Kopa is desperate for her to meet his parents, for he knows that if he didn't destroy the old hostility today, there wouldn't be another chance. But Asante stops before they can reach the pride and tells Kopa that they are even, as both have saved each other's lives at some point. She then tells him that they don't belong together, which is why they must part ways.
Kopa finally admits to this and dejectedly makes his way toward Pride Rock. But as he's walking, Asante suddenly catches up to him and tells him that she has changed her mind. She asks him if he still wants her to meet his parents, and Kopa eagerly agrees to her suggestion. Asante admits that she is a bit afraid and asks Kopa if they really are friends. Kopa assures her that they are and then challenges her to a race. Asante teases him about his slowness, and the two friends take off across the savanna.
Because of Asante's friendship with Kopa, the other hyenas dare to venture further into the Pride Lands. One of the hyenas, Fisi, even goes so far as to arrange a fight between Simba and the cheetah, Kesho.
- Asante's name is pronounced "ah-sahn-tay."
- Asante: "Do you want to play with me?"
Kopa: "Yes! What do you want to play?"
Asante: "Throwing bones!"
Kopa: "What? Yuck!"
Asante: "I was joking!"
- —Asante and Kopa
- Asante: "Kopa, wait! I have changed my mind! Do you still want me to meet your parents?"
Kopa: "Of course! That is great!"
Asante: "Well, I am still a little bit afraid of them...but we are friends after all, right?"
Kopa: "Of course we are! You and me! Come on, let's race there!"
Asante: "You're always so slow!"
- —Asante and Kopa