Janja is the main antagonist of the 2015 TV film, The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar and a recurring antagonist in the first season and later became one of the secondary antagonists (behind Scar) of the second season of Disney Junior animated series The Lion Guard. He, along with Cheezi and Chungu reform in the third and final season.

He is a teenage hyena who leads the Hyena Clan that used to work for Scar and is the arch-nemesis of Kion (the second-born child of Simba and Nala) and The Lion Guard.

He is voiced by Andrew Kishino.


Physical Appearance[]

Janja is a brawny ashen gray hyena with a lighter underbelly, black spiky mane, darker spots, and a black tail with a gray underbelly.


Like Scar, Janja is an ungenerous and stingy leader who eats more than his fair share and who has no regard for the Circle of Life. His unabated hunger has made him heartless and ready to go to extreme measures to satisfy it. He is also shown to be undeniably brainy. He correctly fears the Roar of the Elders due to knowing how his former boss used it to destroy the old Lion Guard.


Alpha: Janja is revealed to have leadership prowess that rivals Kion.

Strength and Combat: His strength shown to be strong as Kion as he was able to hold down his enemies that his size such as Kion, Kiara, and Jasari.

Intelligent: Compare to his closest friends he is the smartest of the clan as he knew the story of the Lion Gaurd as he was able to come up with many plans how to take over the Pride Land such as attacking at night before the Lion Guard was official, getting Kiara as prisoner to make deal with Simba, using herd of animals to make Lion Gaurd unable to see and trapping the Lion Gaurd by using boulders to block the path when Ono was not able to see. Also knowing that vultures have come information when having meetings that he can use against the lion Gaurd proven by Ono unable to see.

Endurance and Stamina: His stamina is high as he able to hunt down with his pack to take out many prey as he could, able to endure the attack of the Beshte brute strength and Kion roar as still run off.

Role in the Series[]

The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar[]

Janja orders his clan members Cheezi and Chungu to capture a honey badger called Bunga (who had entered the Outlands to get his Baobab fruit back) so he can have him for lunch. However, Kion is able to save his friend by unknowingly using The Roar of the Elders which causes Chungu to drop Bunga who then gets to safety.

Later, Janja is informed by his vulture major-domo Mzingo that Kion is forming a Lion Guard to protect The Circle of Life. Seeing that this Lion Guard could be a threat to him and his clan, Janja declares that the clan will strike the Pride Lands that night and sings "Tonight We Strike".

Janja and his clan attack the Pride Lands and cause a gazelle stampede, which Kion's older sister Kiara gets caught in. Luckily, Kion and his Lion Guard (Bunga, Beshte, Fuli and Ono) come to Kiara's rescue by chasing the hyenas away and getting the gazelles to go in another direction before Kion confronts Janja and uses the Roar of the Elders to send him and his clan back to the Outlands, but Janja swears vengeance on Kion and the Lion Guard.

Never Judge a Hyena by its Spots[]

Janja and his clan are attacking a gemsbok herd, just before The Lion Guard arrive. Kion orders the others to calm down the herd while he pursues the hyenas. But during this, a log snaps under Kion's feet and he falls into a river which sweeps him to the Outlands.

Janja and his clan later appear when they try to attack a female hyena named Jasiri, who had just helped Kion find Flat Ridge Rock in order to escape the Outlands. Luckily, Kion returns and saves Jasiri by scaring Janja and his clan off with The Roar of the Elders.

Can't Wait to be Queen[]

Janja is informed by Mzingo that Kiara has been left in charge of The Pride Lands by Simba and is squabbling with Kion. This gives Janja an idea, so he tells Mzingo to give a message to Kiara.

The message that Janja has Mzingo tell Kiara is that he wants a peace offering and asks her to meet Janja at Broken Rock, which is neutral territory between The Pride Lands and The Outlands.

Kiara decides to meet Janja and goes to Broken Rock, but senses that something is wrong. Just then, Janja, Chungu, Cheezi and the rest of the clan approach her where Janja declares that with Kiara in his grasp, Simba will have no choice but to hand The Pride Lands over to him. The clan circle around Kiara and a couple leap at her. Kiara's agility secures her victory, but this is short lived when Janja pins her down. But before he can attack, Kion shows up, but this doesn't bug Janja as his clan is up 6-2. Just then, the rest of The Lion Guard arrive and join Kion and Kiara, marking the numbers as equal, which causes Janja and his clan to flee.

Eye of the Beholder[]

Janja and his minions start a stampede in a wildebeest herd, but are chased back into the Outlands by Kion and The Lion Guard, but during the process, Ono gets sand in his eye, temporary losing sight in that eye.

Later, Janja overhears Mzingo and his flock talk about Ono's poor vision and plans with Cheezi and Chungu singing "Outta the Way", that they will trick The Lion Guard while Ono is out of commission.

After spotting Janja overlooking a zebra herd, The Lion Guard (sans Ono) go out to investigate. They go into a canyon, where they're trapped by Janja, Cheezi and Chungu, who go to attack the zebras.

Luckily, Ono, despite his injury, shows up and is ordered by Kion to move the zebras while he uses The Roar of the Elders to blast the rocks trapping them. With The Lion Guard back in action, Janja and his minions flee.

The Kupatana Celebration[]

Janja and his clan make a small appearance in this episode when they go after a jackal pup named Dogo. But when Kion and The Lion Guard come to Dogo's rescue, Janja learns that The Pride Lands is celebrating Kupatana and allows them to take Dogo, before departing with his clan.

Fuli's New Family[]

Janja is being groomed by Chungu just before Cheezi shows up and lets him know about Bunga being in the Outlands. Janja and his clan surround Bunga and prepare to attack him, but are stopped by Fuli. Using a piece of broken rock, Bunga and Fuli float downstream in lava whilst being pursued by the hyenas.

Luckily, Kion, Beshte and Ono show up and stop the hyenas, leaving Janja, Cheezi and Chungu trapped on a burning log with no food.

Follow That Hippo![]

Janja sneaks into the Pride Lands with Cheezi and Chungu. Upon seeing Ono flying above, the trio hide in until he's gone. Chungu loudly compliments Cheezi, but Janja warns them that Ono may hear them.

Later, the trio hear a young elephant named Mtoto and his friends Shauku, Kwato, Kambuni and Gumba chase hyraxes and shout Janja's name. The trio follow the group with Chungu wondering if they are chasing the kids, actually with Janja telling him that they are playing pretend, but it is about to get real. Janja, Cheezi and Chungu reveal themselves to the young animals and pursue them. Janja goes after Mtoto, who evades him by causing Janja to crash into a boulder. Cheezi and Chungu (having failed to catch the others) approach Janja who decides to go after Mtoto as he is the slowest.

Janja, Cheezi and Chungu corner Mtoto near a river, but Beshte jumps out of the water and gives Mtoto (who can't swim) a ride on his back down the river, with the hyenas in pursuit. Janja and Cheezi wait for the two of them to pass beneath them, but Mtoto Ducks, causing the two hyenas to knock into each other. After Kion and the rest of the Guard show up, Janja, Cheezi and Chungu are knocked into the river and are chased away by crocodiles.

The Call of the Drongo[]

Janja, Cheezi and Chungu are seen pursing a herd of impalas with Janja calling out they only want to invite them to dinner with the impalas as main course in the first place. The Lion Guard show up with Beshte standing in front of the hyenas, causing them to crash. Janja silences Chungu when he attempts to tell the Guard the joke Janja was saying. Then, Kion orders the trio to depart.

Then, the trio hear Janja telling somebody they look tasty and he's going to eat them. Cheezi and Chungu think Janja was saying it, but Janja says that he did not say anything. He discovers a drongo bird named Tamaa impersonating him to scare a mouse. Cheezi manages to grab Tamaa and Janja says that they may not eat him if he helps them in his new plan.

Janja instructs Tamaa to impersonate Kion, but Tamaa at first protests (as he met Kion earlier and was warned not to use his voice for his own benefit), but agrees after Janja threatens him. After Tamaa uses Kion's voice to lure the impalas to the Outlands, the hyenas go after and Janja declares that dinner is being delivered. Tamaa asks if he can go now, but Janja declines, as Tamaa may still be useful to him. After he, Cheezi and Chungu lead the impalas to a dead end, Janja is pleased at how easy his plan worked and says that the hyenas are never going to let Tamaa go and beings to stalk the impalas.

However, Janja hears the voices of the Guard, saying that they're surrounded and that they should leave and let the impalas go. At first, Janja is terrified, but notices that Cheezi doesn't have Tamaa. He finds Tamaa and says that the Guard is not there, before being pinned down by Kion. Janja tries to convince Kion that he, Cheezi and Chungu were trying to help the impalas find their way home, but this fails and he, Cheezi and Chungu flee.

Paintings and Predictions[]

Janja's clan has snuck into the Pride Lands, this time to take down a herd of zebras. Janja, Cheezi, and Chungu watch from a hidden location as Ono leads the zebra herd to a safe grazing spot in the Pride Lands once more. Cheezi and Chungu ask Janja what they're going to do, and Janja replies that after Ono leaves, they will spook the zebras and then they will be theirs for the taking. Then, they proceed to the song Panic and Run.

After trailing Ono to the grazing ground, Cheezi and Chungu begin to grow impatient. Janja tells them to wait until he says go, but after much confusion, Chungu darts out from behind the rock to chase the zebras and Cheezi follows him at last. Not wanting to be left by himself, Janja follows after them. Ono spots the hyenas and rushes back to tell the Guard.

When the Lion Guard shows up, Kion tells the members to chase Cheezi and Chungu and leave Janja to him. Kion pursues Janja as he chases a zebra. Kion climbs up on a tree to get a better view on how to defeat Janja, when suddenly Bunga tackles him, making him fall off the tree directly on top of Janja. Meanwhile, the rest of the Guard has managed to stop Cheezi and Chungu who are ready to retreat right now. Janja agrees, and the hyenas scamper away.

The Mbali Fields Migration[]

Janja, Cheezi and Chungu heard the braying of a newborn zebra (who was born to the zebras's leader Muhimu) and see a small herd of them with Muhimu's gazelle friend named Swala (as they along with the other zebras and gazelles were being led through the Outlands to Mbali Fields by The Lion Guard) being guarded by Kion and Bunga.

When Cheezi points out Kion and Bunga's presence, Janja replies that the two of them will protect the baby, leaving the others unprotected. When the hyenas approach the zebras, Kion tells them that they will have to get through him and Bunga first, to which Janja says it will be their pleasure, before launching an attack. Whilst Kion and Bunga deal with Cheezi and Chungu, Janja goes for the zebras, but is kicked in the face by Muhimu's son named Hamu. After this, Kion orders the hyenas to leave to which they do with Janja saying that he doesn't like zebras anyway.

Janja's New Crew[]

Here Janja serves as the overarching antagonist. As the Lion Guard patrols the Pride Lands, Janja watches from afar, waiting for them to depart so that he can attack a herd of wildebeests with Cheezi, Chungu and fellow clan members Nne and Tano. Once the Lion Guard is disappeared, Janja attempts an attack, but he ends up slipping on mud and landing straight in the Lion Guard's paws. Although Janja tries to cover up his plot, Cheezi and Chungu reveal that they have been planning to attack the wildebeests, and Kion exiles the hyenas with the Roar of the Elders.

Once back home in the Outlands, Janja accuses all his failed plans on Cheezi and Chungu. In a fury, he fires them and hires Nne and Tano in their place. Then, he orders his new henchmen to drive Cheezi and Chungu out of the Outlands, which they proceed to do without delay.

With his new seconds-in-commands listening, Janja attempts to explain that he makes all the plans for the clan, but Nne and Tano interrupt, declaring that they already have a plan. Janja pays attention in confusion as the two of them explain their plot: they will bait the Lion Guard with a herd of stampeding antelope and then switch direction to attack a herd of oryxes. Surprised with the ingeniousness of the plan, Janja agrees.

The plan goes underway, and the Lion Guard takes the bait. Janja nearly gives the hyenas away until Nne and Tano pull him into hiding. Once the Guard is vanished into thin air, the hyenas begin to go after a herd of oryxes, but in the midst of the chase, Nne and Tano double-cross Janja, forcing him off the edge of a cliff. Janja lands safely on a ledge, but he finds himself trapped against the side of the cliff.

As Nne and Tano run off without him, Janja cries out for them, attracting the attention of the Lion Guard and his former minions, Cheezi and Chungu. The Lion Guard questions Janja on Nne and Tano's plan, and Janja explains what they have been intending to do. While the Lion Guard races off in pursuit of Nne and Tano, Cheezi and Chungu leap down the cliff to give Janja company.

Meanwhile, the Lion Guard defeats Nne and Tano, with Kion using the Roar of the Elders to keep them from harming the oryxes. From his place on the cliff, Janja comments that this is the first time he has ever liked hearing the sound of Kion's Roar. No sooner has he spoken when the Roar causes the ledge to break, taking Janja and his minions with it.

The three land safely on the ground, and Janja sets off to the Outlands. Cheezi and Chungu glare after him wistfully until he demands to know if they are coming with him or not. Delighted, the two of them tear after him, and the three return to the Outlands, once more a united crew.

Never Roar Again[]

When Janja and his clan invade the Pride Lands, the Lion Guard drives them back into the Outlands. However, once the Lion Guard departs, Janja leads his clan back into the kingdom, and the Lion Guard rushes back to stop them. Before the team can reach the hyenas, the clan runs into Kion's mother, Queen Nala, who orders Janja to go back to his territory.

Instead of heeding Nala's warning, Janja surrounds her with his cronies and orders an attack. Just then, Kion shows up and, seeing his mother in danger, uses the Roar of the Elders in a rage. The blast is the most powerful thing that it knocks the hyenas back into the Outlands.

Ono's Idol[]

Janja, Cheezi and Chungu are spotted by Ono (who was flying above with his hero Hadithi) approaching a herd of klipspringers trapped at a cliff edge. Ono tries to use a move called the Hadithi Spin to defeat the hyenas, but ends getting pinned to the ground by rocks. Janja encourages Cheezi and Chungu to deal with Ono while he deals with the klipspringers.

As Janja closes in on the klipspringers, Kion and Bunga arrive and block his only escape, but Janja tells them that he would rather eat the klipspringers anyway. Just then, Kion orders Beshte to push over a rock for the klipspringers to escape. As the Guard leads the herd to safety, one of the klipspringers slips, but is able to escape as Ono and Hadithi (whom Janja has heard of) distract the hyenas by looping around them. The hyenas become dizzy and fall into water below and Janja gets mad at Cheezi and Chungu for not knowing who Hadithi is and for being excited that they were beaten by a legend.

Season 2[]

The Traveling Baboon Show[]

Janja discovers Mwevi and Mwizi in his den, trying to steal food from him. He chases them out, only to find Cheezi and Chungu getting entertained by their leader, Uroho. He orders them to catch it, but the two hyenas are too amused by his jokes. After Janja reminds them that he's food, they soon comply, and the six wind up in a large open space. Despite his best attempts, Janja is unable to capture any of the baboons, and his cohorts end up dizzy.

But when Uroho guides his friends into a dead end cave, Janja, Cheezi and Chungu seal them in. Before they can attack, the Lion Guard arrive, demanding that they step away from them. Janja protests, explaining how he caught them stealing food from the den, but the Guard attack regardless. The hyenas tries to fight back but are quickly defeated. Janja then retreats, warning the baboons to stay out of his den in the future.

The Rise of Scar[]

Janja and his clan attack a herd of elephants, but are defeated by the Lion Guard. Later back in the Outlands, the hyenas spot a cobra named Ushari and try to eat him, but he is able to convince them not to by telling about Kion getting advice from Mufasa's spirit and how it could be possible to summon Scar.

After discovering that the evil lions of the past can be summoned by using the Roar of the Elders and a Bakora Staff, Janja and Ushari decide to summon Scar's spirit. Knowing that Kion's Roar is most powerful when his loved ones are threatened (having previously seen it happen when they threatened Nala), Janja's clan kidnap Kiara and steal the Bakora Staff of Rafiki's apprentice Makini.

The Lion Guard are able to get to the clan's volcanic lair and rescue Kiara, but Janja warns Kion that he and his clan will keep coming back to harm his family. This statement causes Kion to use the Roar of the Elders in anger, causing the lair's volcano to erupt. After the Lion Guard return to the Pride Lands, Ushari tries to use the Bakora Staff to summon Scar, but to no avail. Angered, Janja kicks the staff into the volcano, but in the process, is able to summon Scar.

Let Sleeping Crocs Lie[]

Janja is present as Kiburi's float joins Scar's Army welcoming the crocodiles to the Outlands. He then joins in as Scar sings "I Have a Plan".

Swept Away[]

Janja is in the volcano and reminds Cheezi and Chungu that even though Scar is their boss, they're still have to listen to what he says over anyone else. Whilst Cheezi understands Chungu fails to grasp it. Just then, Njano arrives and informs him that Beshte is alone in the Outlands. Scar sees the opportunity to eliminate the strongest member of the guard and orders the three hyenas to go. They try to crush Beshte under a huge rock, but the rest of the guard arrives on time and Kion uses the Roar to push the hyenas to the volcano. Knowing that Scar will not be happy to know they have failed, Janja orders Cheezi and Chungu not to say anything, but Ushari arrives behind them and tells them that Scar wants to see them now to the great terror of Janja.

Rescue in the Outlands[]

Janja with Cheezi & Chungu is looking for jackals to join Scar too but Jasiri appears suddenly and warns them that they are on his territory. Janja refuses to leave and attack the little hyena who manages to hit Janja on the ground and beat his two minions. Janja gets the upper hand until Jasiri manages to knock him down. Exasperated at being so easily foiled, Janja flees but promises her that it's not over.

Back at the volcano, the trio was criticized by Ushari for their inability to find jackals and being beaten by a single hyena. Janja informs him that Jasiri is not an ordinary hyena, which draws Scar's intention to recruit the hyena but Janja contradicts him by saying that Jasiri is a friend of Kion and therefore of the guard. Scar then orders the hyenas to get rid of Jasiri once and for all.

Later, Janja observes Jasiri playing with Wema and Tunu. He orders his clan to get into position, and launches his attack. Jasiri manages to fight off several hyenas, and reunites with the two cubs just as Janja knocks her and them into a large steam vent. Waiting patiently for Jasiri to catch up with the lava, Janja is interrupted by the arrival of the guard, come to rescue the captives. The hyenas and the guard clash and all retreat except Janja who is ready to fight all the world just so they can not save Jasiri. Only, Jasiri finally go out and join the others to confront Janja. Reluctantly, Janja gives up the fight, yelling after Jasiri that matters are not over between them.

The Bite of Kenge[]

Janja, Cheezi and Chungu steal melons from the elephants so that they can not stand during the dry season until the guard arrives and repels the hyenas.

At the volcano, they trip over Ushari, and their arguing awakens Scar. When Janja explains what they were trying to do, Scar has a plan to steal the melons. Janja reminds him of the Lion Guard, and Ushari tells them about his friend, Kenge and he also warns them not to call him little.

Back in the Pride Lands, the hyenas meet up with Kenge, and Janja announces that he's definitely not little. The word "little" grabs Kenge's attention, and Janja assures him that he's a big lizard. With hostility, Kenge tells them not to forget it. When they ask how they're going to find the Guard, Kenge announces that he'll let them find him instead.

They steal the melons again and the guard arrives again but they are all bitten by Kenge who being a monitor lizard possesses a paralyzing venom. After arriving at Embamba Canyon, the four Outlanders halt movement when Bunga arrives. Confused as to why he isn't paralysed, they abandon the melons to confront him, not noticing Makini behind them. They grow worried when Bunga starts to taunt Kenge on his size, eventually forcing him into a rage filled frenzy. After luring Kenge into biting Cheezi and Chungu, Bunga circles around Janja, worrying him. Janja picks Bunga up in his mouth, but as Kenge lures in to eat him, Makini throws a melon at his head, causing Kenge to bite Janja's leg instead. The rest of the guard, fully recovered from the Venom arrives. Although the hyenas want to run, the three are still facing paralysis from Kenge's bite. Not wasting any time, Kion uses the Roar of the Elders to send Kenge and the hyenas back into the Outlands.

Divide and Conquer[]

Janja's clan are in the Pride Lands, chasing the giraffes with the Lion Guard hot on their trail. He shows no concern, and the Lion Guard soon split up to stop Reirei's Pack elsewhere, while Kion and Beshte continuing chasing Janja and his clan. Janja notices the pair gaining on them and orders Nne and Tano to deal with them. They are effortlessly knocked over by Kion and Beshte, prompting Janja to send out Cheezi and Chungu as well, just as Nne and Tano get back up. With Janja getting closer to the giraffes, Twiga takes action and kicks him away. Despite outnumbering Kion and Beshte, Janja picks himself up and calls for his clan to retreat

They meet up with Reirei's pack in the Outlands and return to Scar, explaining how their plan to split up the Lion Guard worked so well. Scar reveals that their first mission was merely a test, and that their main objective would be in the next mission - eliminating Rafiki. When Janja and Reirei show confusion at this plan, Scar continues to inform them that Rafiki can sense all the Lions of the Past, including himself, something he does not want the Pride Landers to discover yet. Janja and Reirei start to squabble over who will take out Rafiki and who will cause a distraction, but Scar grows tired of their pettiness, and sends Janja's clan out to take down Rafiki, who he informs them is meditating at Mapango Cliffs.

Outside, Janja taunts Reirei over Scar's decision. When Reirei states that jackals are the smartest, Janja argues with a song why they are the most intelligent than jackals.

As Rafiki meditates on a rock, Janja's clan start to move in. When a fireball starts a blaze nearby, Cheezi begins to panic, only for Janja to tell him that it's all part of Scar's plan. When the hyenas surround the mandrill and Janja calls for them to attack, however, Rafiki performs some unexpected martial art tricks on the hyenas, defeating them with ease. In the distance, Janja notices the entire Lion Guard approaching, and comments on how their mission is not going as planned.

The Lion Guard take over from Rafiki, continuing to defeat the hyenas with little effort. Janja retreats into the growing fire, but before he can leave, Scar appears in the fire, ordering Janja to finish the job. Janja expresses his concerns over being outnumbered, but Scar responds with 'not for long'. Janja exits the flames to see Reirei's pack have arrived, and gladly joins up with everyone. The hyenas and jackals fight together, and Janja comes very close to defeating Kion, But Rafiki throws a jackal on him that distracts him long enough for Kion to plate him on the ground. Hyenas and jackals then escape and return to the Outlands.

The Scorpion's Sting[]

Janja listens to Scar with Ushari, Reirei, Kiburi and Mzingo. When Scar orders his next plan for Simba and the guard Janja asks how they are gonna take down Simba and The lion guard on the same day. Scar says that the scorpion Sumu will help take care of Simba. As Sumu comes in Janja first jumps on top of Reirei, then Kiburi panicking. Scar says that it's not gonna sting him. Janja asks Kiburi if Sumu is gone. Kiburi answering yes, he throws Janja off his back. When The Lion Guard comes to the volcano Janja's clan comes and attack. Janja jumps on top of Kion but Ono pulls him aside. Makini sticking out her staff makes Cheezi fall into Chungu and Janja. The guard runs as they defeated Janja and his clan. When the guard comes into the volcano the Army of Scar comes to attack. Janja and his clan start to walk up slowly to the guard. Kion uses his roar on them and they escape.

Undercover Kinyounga[]

In the Outlands, Scar ordered Janja to block up the river at Hakuna Matata Falls in order to deplete the Pride Lands of an important water source.

Come nighttime, the hyenas attempted to block up the river, but the Lion Guard camouflaged themselves and launched a surprise attack. As the hyenas retreated, Cheezi wondered how the Lion Guard had managed to learn such a trick. Kinyonga suddenly appeared and took the credit. Her unexpected appearance startled the hyenas, who fell into the river and careened over the edge of Hakuna Matata Falls.

Once at the bottom, Janja decided to lie to Scar that he had been scared away by rocks and foliage instead of the Lion Guard.

The Hyena Resistance[]

Janja and Scar's army sees their plan to defeat the lion's guard sabotaged by the hyenas of Jasiri's clan, now forming the Hyena Resistanse. When the Skinks discovers it and informs the Grand Chief, Scar orders his armies to eliminate the resistance.

In Jasiri's Clan territory, hyenas, crocodiles and jackals encircle their enemy. Jasiri asks if it's Scar's shot, which surprises Janja that she knows about Scar's return. Moments later, the lion guard arrives behind and engages the fight with the Outlanders, aided by the Hyena Resistance. Janja finds herself in front of Jasiri and tries to fight her but he is accidentally hit by a crocodile and falls into a lava pit. While Kion instantly chases the Outlanders with his roar, Janja still stuck in the well calling for help and only Jasiri hears it. As he falls further toward the lava, his claws give way and his end seems torn but Jasiri grabs him by the mane and pulls him to the surface. Janja, stunned, asks why she saved him, to which Jasiri replies that she helps all the hyenas and even offers to join them to defeat Scar. Hesitant, Janja refuses and runs away saying that he and Jasiri are not the same, although Jasiri seems to think the opposite.

Beshte and the Beast[]

Scar's army are sent by Scar to attack attack Basi's Pod and Big Springs. Shujaa takes a tree branch and starts running after Janja, Cheezi, and Chungu. Janja orders them to run, but Shujaa hits them and they go flying away. However, after Scar hears how they got beat by a huge gorilla, he comes up with a new plan ordering his army to keep attacking the Pride Lands. That way, Shujaa can destroy the Pride Lands for them and do more damage than they could ever do. Scar's army goes back to the Pride Lands and starts sneaking up on some sable antelope. Shujaa tries to help by making a path through Nyani Grove, but he starts knocking down trees. The baboons start to run towards the buffalos as Kion orders Fuli and Beshte to go after them, and Janja could see that Scar is right by saying Shujaa is a menace before Kion uses his roar to blow Janja and the others away. Later, they come back to Big Springs during a fire to attack Kion, but Shujaa comes to save Beshte and scares off the crocodiles, jackals, and hyenas.

Pride Landers Unite![]

Scar sends the Outlanders to attack Makku's Watering Hole. Janja, his minions and Kiburi encircle Makuu then the two crocodiles fight. Janja then attacks Makuu himself until Ma Tembo unhooks him. Seeing that the guard is now helped by far too many Pridelanders, Janja orders the army to retreat before Kion uses the roar to send them back to Outlands.

The Fall of Mizimu Grove[]

Scar's army attacks the Mizimu Grove and of course the guard intervenes but with the help of the Pridelanders. Janja confronts Kion but their fight is interrupted by the arrival of Scar's ghost in the fire that consumes the Grove. After Scar disappear, the Mizimu Grove is completely ravaged, ringing the Outlanders' victory. Janja screams victory just before Kion uses the roar to send them back to Outlands.

Season 3[]

"Battle for the Pride Lands"[]

Janja sits on a rock, talking to Cheezi and Chungu. They mention that Kion has been growing up and his roar is now more powerful than ever. Janja blows them off and begins to walk away while thinking that they might be on the wrong side and begins to sing A New Way to Go.

In the volcano, where Scar has summoned Janja. Scar knows about Janja wanting to leave him. Therefore, Scar asks him to distract The Lion Guard in their own lair, while Scar fullfills his other plan. Janja, thinking that he only has to distract the guard agrees. Janja goes into The Pridelands feeling pretty good about it. He laughs so that the guard will notice him. He then lures them into the lair running around, so that the guard won't catch them and kick their tails. They proceed with the plan suddenly realising a fire in the entrance of the lair that has been made by Scar's army. Janja is in shock and jumps trough the fire before it gets too big. Then he sees that his clan and The Guard couldn't make it trough and are still stuck inside the lair. Janja figures out that Scar gave him the plan to distract him and his clan so that Scar could get rid of them. He is angry, but knows just what to do and rushes into The Outlands to get Jasiri. He comes to her and says that he has thought about what she said about being the same, and tells her that the guard and his clan are stuck inside the lair. Jasiri rushes away with Janja to save them. When they come back, The Guard already has gotten out of the lair. Janja tells them about Scar and how to defeat him. The Pridelanders are though having trouble trusting him. They at last agree and they have to get some rest before the big battle.

The next morning they all go to the Outlands to defeat Scar once and for all. They run to the Outlands, where they meet Army of Scar that now sees, that Janja has left them. The Outlanders of course get beaten up by Pridelanders and The Lion Guard goes to the volcano to get Scar out of the way. During the battle, Cheezi and Chungu briefly forget that they are in the side of the Pride Lands and almost attack the Rhinos. This causes Janja to angrily slap them in the head and remind them they are on the Pride Landers side and not on Scar’s now before apologizing to the Rhinos and continuing the fight.

When they come out again, Kion goes onto a rock and announces, that Scar has been defeated once again and Ushari had been killed. Everyone is very happy, but then Reirei asks who will lead the Outlands. Janja comes onto the rock and says that he found the perfect one to lead. Kiburi then asks disappointingly if Janja himself wants to lead. Janja answers that he is not so dumb, but says that Jasiri should lead. Kion likes the idea and she is now the leader of the Outlands. Janja replies, that all the hyenas will help, even his clan. Kion goes to see Rafiki because his scar is bugging him. Jasiri then kindly says that he should go and Janja gives Kion a worried look.

"Journey To The Pride Lands"[]

Janja and Jasiri guide by an Asian cheetah named Azaad, goes to the Tree of Life despite that it is hard to follow. Just arrived, Janja is attacked by Bunga who forgot that they were in the same camp until the hyena reminds him. When Kion asks the two hyenas why they are here, Jasiri warns him that Zira was back to attack the Pride Lands and knowing that the hyena clan is no match against the Outsiders, She and Janja came to the Lion Guard to stop them.

The guard, Azaad and the hyenas take the road for Pride Lands by the fastest way possible thanks to the help of Azaad. Reaching a ravine, Kion uses the roar to pass Bunga on the other side before passing the others, which makes Janja unsure of such a way to cross until Jasiri asks him if he is afraid what Janja denies. Once through, Janja describes this experience much better than the other times Kion roars on it. Reaching an empty river, Kion uses the roar to strike a thunderbolt on one of the rocks to get the water out, which frightens Janja who is afraid of thunder before denying it again. Everyone embarks on a dead trunk before being carried away by the torrent, which gives seasickness to Janja.

The return trip goes quietly until halfway through, a huge stone wall blocks the entrance to Pride Lands. Kion uses the roar to destroy it, without knowing that there is a lake just behind. Kion manages to hold the water long enough for the others to put the residents of the valley in him, although Janja thinks he must flee until Jasiri reminds him that he is nice now. Janja helps Jasiri, Fuli and Azaad evacuate the klipspringers, noting that it's like always being bad except that he does not try to eat them. Janja then helps repair the wall by sending rocks in the air so that the roar can weld them to the hole. The wall repaired, they finally reach the Outlands before heading to Pride Rock without losing time.

"Return To The Pride Lands"[]

Janja, Kion and the others arrive halfway to Pride Lands and meet Madoa, Cheezi and Chungu who are delighted to see their leader again even though he has not been away for long.

Almost arrived, they are suddenly ambushed by the eldest daughter of Zira, Vitani and four other lionesses who declare themselves the Lion Guard. Janja, Cheezi, Chungu and Bunga face one of the lionesses but they are quickly put in trouble when outsider grab Bunga and throws him on Janja before terrorizing Cheezi and Chungu with a maniacal laugh. Bunga notes that the lioness is impressive while Janja sarcastically recalls Bunga and him. The fight ends when Kiara and Kovu arrive and put an end to the misunderstanding because Vitani did not recognize Kion with his scar and was also unaware of the Outlanders' reform. The conflict over, Janja and the other hyenas return quietly on their territory, under the benevolent eye of the lions.

Later, Janja is among the many animals that came to Kion and Rani's wedding at the Tree of Life watching his former enemy turned friend becoming the king. While Kion is crowned king, Janja exchanges a friendly look with Jasiri.


  • Janja is shown to be the leader of his clan, but in real life, hyenas are led by females (like Shenzi was in The Lion King).
  • It has been revealed that Janja and his clan are descendants of Shenzi, Banzai and Ed's clan.
  • It could be possible that Janja is based on Banagi, a hyena who was set to be an antagonist in the early drafts of The Lion King. Like Janja, Banagi was a hyena who was leader of his clan despite being male.