I can smell your fear. I can almost taste it!
~ Phango searching for Khumba.
Surrender to your destiny.
~ Phango to Khumba.
(Khumba: Killing me won't make a difference, Phango.) But eating you will!
~ Phango in the final climax, also his last words.

Phango is the main antagonist of the 2013 computer-animated South African film, Khumba.

Phango is completely sadistic, cunning, ruthless, predatory, aggressive, and treacherous, so he shows no mercy for the other animals. When he became a ferocious and intimidating hunter, he killed his own clan as revenge, but also to kill Khumba for himself.

He was voiced by Liam Neeson, who also played Ra's al Ghul from Batman Begins, Clinch Leatherwood in A Million Ways to Die in the West, Bad Cop from The Lego Movie and Raccoon from The Nut Job.


Phango is a a sadistic, ruthless, aggressive, menacing, traitorous, and bloodthirsty African leopard who terrorizes the animals of the African plains. He delights in spreading fear among the animals, but his sole purpose is to hunt down Khumba for his dinner.

Because he was born blind in one eye, Phango was the runt of the litter and soon abandoned by his clan. His weak eyesight granted him a keen sense of smell like no other leopard, which helped him to become a great hunter. He then killed his clan out of revenge, but that didn't satisfy the leopard. He began spreading fear and terrorizing the animals in the Great Karoo. According to the lore of his species, Phango believes that by eating Khumba, the half-striped zebra, he will regain his strength and eyesight that would make him the most powerful leopard that ever lived. When he battled with Khumba, he managed to scratch him on his flank, but when Khumba kicked Phango, the leopard stumbled, landed on a loose rock, and fell to his death with two rocks falling on him.