Dejen is a hyena from the Pride Lands who is the father of Ed, and was a good friend to Shenzi's mother, Uzuri, and Banzai's father, Baako. He was descended from some of the first of the Pure Hyenas, Ujasiri and Dalitso. Following certain events, he got married to a female hyena named Chidimma and gave birth to Ed. Though following the tragedies of Shenzi and Banzai's families, Dejen and Chidimma became the surrogate parents of Shenzi and Banzai. It wasn't until they died during the Lion-Hyena Feud that the three friends became a team that would soon become the heroes the UUniverses know them as today.