Shenzi is the only female and the leader of Hyena Trio, she takes the control and is nice to the boys, Banzai and Ed. She's the most visicous, she has plans. This is how the hyena packs work in real world, too; females lead the packs. Shenzi has decided that her pack is going to "make it easy", get easy food from Scar by helping him a little in some little things. Shenzi deals best with Scar and Scar also likes Shenzi the most in the Trio. Her female attitude shows in her acts, and specially when she says to Banzai at thecactus-butt act "There's no way I'm going there! Would you like me looking like you, Cactus butt!"
But when you think Shenzi's
relationships to other Trio members, many people say Shenzi is
Banzai's mate, and many says that they all have same parents.
Almost nobody seems to say that Ed is Shenzi's mate, but Banzai
is menetioned often when it's talk about Shenzi's mates. This
shows pretty obviciously at the part where Shenzi and Banzai are
doing the "And ugly"-thing. The way they look at each
other seems to have very special happiness, wich does not come
only friendship, there seems to be something more.
And a very cute thing is Shenzi's instingt to save the boys, as she did when Banzai was going to say "straight words" to Scar; there's no food. Shenzi knew that Banzai gets in trouble just like that suddenly, and that's why she said to him "Let me handle this"
This is what the shenzi friends and fans have said: