The Lion King 1½
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride(Mentioned)
The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa
Greedy is as Greedy Does
Kingdom Hearts II
A Tale of Two Brothers
Friends in Need
- Banzai: "Man, that lousy Mufasa! I won't be able to sit for a week!"
Banzai: "It's not funny, Ed!"
Ed: "*Bursts Out Laughing*"
Banzai: "Hey, shut up!"
- —Ed teasing Banzai about his fight with Mufasa
Ed is a smoky-gray hyena with black ears, black eyebrows, black paws, dark gray spots, a pale gray stomach, a black tail, and crossed, yellow eyes. His ears have notches in them (most likely due to a previous fight) and he has a long tongue hanging out of his mouth that has four warts, a feature unique to him.
- Mufasa: "If you ever come near my son again...."
Shenzi: "Oh, this is....this is your son?"
Banzai: "Oh! Your son! ha ha!"
Shenzi: "Did you know that?"
Banzai: "No... me? I-I-I didn't know it. No. Did you?"
Shenzi: "No! Of course not!"
- —Shenzi and Banzai
Ed has never been known to say anything, but uses laughter to communicate with his friends. He enjoys teasing them, and finds it hard to control his laughter. He's also known for being quite clueless, and getting his friends into trouble numerous times. He's a loyal follower, and never questions orders, either from Banzai or Shenzi.
According to the film producers, Ed is either completely crazy or is smarter than he lets on and merely pretends to be crazy.
A Tale of Two Brothers
- Taka: "No wonder you begged me to join your little gang."
Banzai: "Hey, who begged you?"
Shenzi: "He's right."
Taka: "*Slides Out Claws* What were you saying?"
Banzai: "It's a good thing we asked you to join us."
- —Banzai, Ed, Shenzi, and Taka
In "A Tale of Two Brothers", Ed corners a traveling baboon, Rafiki, at Five Stones, with the help of his two companions, Banzai and Shenzi. But before the hyena trio can kill the baboon, Ahadi, the king of the Pride Lands, stops them and tells them not to hunt for sport. After a bit of protesting, Banzai and Shenzi submit to him, and Ed giggles, covering his face with his paws.
Later, the hyena trio meets up with Taka. They try to be dramatic and scare him, but Taka isn't impressed, and tells them to stop with all the drama. When things get down to business, Taka warns the hyenas that Ahadi was looking for them, since they had been causing a lot of trouble lately. Banzai suggests moving to the mountains, but Shenzi and Taka yank at his whiskers, and Ed snickers when he lets out a yelp of pain. Taka then says, "No wonder you begged me to join your little gang." Banzai and Shenzi protest, and Ed nods his head in agreement. But Taka lets out his claws, and the hyenas reluctantly submit to him. Later, when Banzai and Shenzi asks why Taka wasn't hunting with Ahadi, the young lion gets angry at them, and corners them up against a tree. While Banzai and Shenzi try to make up excuses, Ed just giggles.
But they manage to smooth Taka's fur by giving him a plan to make Mufasa look bad. When Taka begins to ponder the idea, Ed joggles his head in agreement. When Taka leaves, he promises to bring them food later, then disappears into the Savannah.
The Lion King
- Scar: "Ah, my friends."
Shenzi: "Friends? I thought he said we were the enemy."
Banzai: "Yeah.That's what I heard. Ed?"
Ed: "*Sinister Laughter*"
- —The hyenas turning on Scar
Ed is first seen in The Lion King as one of Scar's henchmen. When Simba and Nala are exploring the Elephant Graveyard, Simba laughs evilly in a mocking way, and Ed, who's hiding in an elephant skull, echoes his laughter, and makes the young cub back away in fear and hide behind Nala and Zazu, who had come to retrieve the cubs from the graveyard. When the hyenas emerge from the skull, Banzai asks Ed what he thought of the cubs; but the hyena only laughs crazily and joggles his head. The hyenas then accuse Nala, Simba, and Zazu of trespassing onto their territory, and Zazu tries to cover them up by telling the trio that it was an accident.
After a brief confrontation, the hyenas begin to joke about "what they were going to have for lunch". But in the midst of their joke, Ed notices the cubs escaping, and tries to warn his friends by grunting and pointing to the escaping prisoners. When he finally gets their attention, Ed and his friends chase after the cubs, and manage to catch up to Zazu and put him in "the birdie boiler". Meanwhile, Nala and Simba had come back to rescue Zazu, but end up being chased away by the three hyenas. The two cubs are soon cornered up against a rocky wall. As the three hyenas close in on them, Simba bravely tries to protect Nala by standing in front of her and roaring at the hyenas. But his efforts are futile as the hyenas continue to close in on them. But before they can reach Nala and Simba, there's a magnificent roar, and Mufasa, who had been fetched by Zazu, appears to dispose of the hyenas.
After a brief struggle, Mufasa pins the three hyenas to the ground, and tells them to never come near Simba again. Shenzi and Banzai act as if they had had no idea Simba was Mufasa's son, but when Ed is asked, he stupidly nods yes, and Mufasa roars in anger. After they're released, the three hyenas scurry away. Later, Ed is seen bickering with Banzai. Banzai had been clawed in the butt by Mufasa, and Ed was laughing at the injury. After a couple failed attempts to appeal his laughter, Ed is knocked to the ground by a thoroughly annoyed Banzai. The two continue to fight until Shenzi breaks it up. When the two pull away, Ed begins to randomly chew on his leg, while Banzai tries to heave the blame on him.
Later, after Scar makes a mysterious entrance, the hyenas begin to talk about how powerful Mufasa was. Whenever Banzai says Mufasa's name, Shenzi shivers. When Shenzi begins to shiver uncontrollably, Ed begins to roll on the ground in laughter. Scar is disgusted at their behavior, but Banzai insists that he's their pal. Scar then drops the hyenas a piece of meat, telling them they didn't even deserve it, since they couldn't manage to catch Simba and Nala. But as soon as he drops the piece of meat, the
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride
The hyenas don't appear in the film, but Nuka mentions them when he says, "the hyenas ran off" when gathering fire with Vitani at the Elephant Graveyard, implying that some, if not all, hyenas survived probably including Ed along with Shenzi and Banzai.
The Lion King 1½
- Timon: "Hey, Pumbaa! What do you call a hyena with half a brain?"
Pumbaa: "Ah, ha, ha. Uh, beats me, Timon. What?"
Banzai: "*Slaps* They're talkin' about us!"
- —Timon and Pumbaa jeering at the hyenas
While Timon is singing "That's All I Need", the hyena trio can be seen watching him from behind a rock. After Timon finishes the song, Shenzi pushes him aside and starts to infiltrate the meerkat colony with her two companions. The hyenas fail to devour the meerkats, as they escape into their burrows, but Ed blocks a tunnel for Uncle Max to escape down, which leads to Max being nearly devoured by the hyenas.
Ed is later seen at the top of Pride Rock, going after Simba. But the hyenas are insulted by a joke made by Timon and Pumbaa, which Ed laughs at and is slapped by Banzai. Ed and the other hyenas go after Timon and Pumbaa and corner them at the edge of Pride Rock. Timon and Pumbaa try several tactics to entertain them while Uncle Max and Ma dig a tunnel under the hyenas. When the trap tunnel initially fails, Ed along with the other hyenas move in closer to eat Pumbaa, Ma, and Uncle Max. But Timon goes in and finishes the tunnel. The hyenas fall into the tunnel after Timon bravely finishes it, and they plummet to the bottom of Pride Rock to meet Scar after he is thrown off a cliff by Simba.
The Lion King (musical)
Ed's role is mostly the same in The Lion King stage musical. As in the movie, he doesn't talk and communicates only through laughter. He is given two new songs to sing: "Chow Down", which is sung when Simba and Nala enter the Elephant Graveyard, and "The Madness of King Scar", when Shenzi and Banzai complain to Scar over a shortage of food and water.
In the game, the trio tries to eat Donald Duck, Goofy, and Sora as a cub. Banzai almost kills Sora, but stops when Scar roars. The hyenas run to Scar to see what he wants with the hyenas.
The hyena trio is first seen at Pride Rock. They are about to attack Sora, Donald, and Goofy, but Scar roars and the hyena trio looks up to see him with Pete. When Nala knocks down Scar, she tells Sora, Donald, and Goofy to run. The three heroes run with Banzai, Ed, Shenzi, and the other hyenas in pursuit. Sora, Donald, Goofy, and Nala manage to get away from the hyenas.
The hyena trio is later seen at Pride Rock, preventing Simba from getting to Scar. Sora tells Simba to go after Scar while his friends handle the hyenas. Timon and Pumbaa knock the hyenas into the air, but are chased into Pride Rock by the hyenas. Sora, Donald, and Goofy battle the hyena trio inside Pride Rock. The trio is easily defeated and run away out of Pride Rock.
Later on in the game, Shenzi, Banzai and Ed are fought again for information on the source of Scar's ghost. However, they don't know anything about the ghost and tease Simba about it. The hyenas also seem to have somewhat of a grudge against Sora, Donald, and Goofy as it was thanks to their part in overthrowing Scar that they were sent back to the Elephant Graveyard to only eat scraps.
- The Lion King - (1994) - (film) - Jim Cummings
- The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa - (1995–1998) - (TV series) - Jim Cummings
- The Lion King (musical) - (1997) - (musical) - Kevin Cahoon (original actor)
- The Lion King 1½ - (2004) - (film) - Jim Cummings
- Kingdom Hearts II - (2005) - (video game) - Jim Cummings
- Ed has multiple speaking lines in several objects inspired by The Lion King, including Greedy is as Greedy Does and Fight for the Throne.
- In some of The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa episodes, Ed's ears appear without holes in them.
- Ed is the only hyena to have the same voice actor in Timon and Pumbaa and House of Mouse that he had in the film and its prequels. Banzai and Shenzi were replaced by Tress MacNeille and Rob Paulsen in the shows; however, when they appear again in The Lion King 1½, they have their original voice actors.
- Ed was created by Thom Enriquez.