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The Lion's King's Timon & Pumbaa is an American spin-off television series to Disney's The Lion King, which stars the eponymous pair from the film. The show first aired in 1995 on The Disney Afternoon and CBS. As the show focuses on Timon and Pumbaa, who are the comic reliefs of the movie, the tone is considerably more comedic than the film. Much like the Little Mermaid and Aladdin TV series, the series has the characters going on new adventures, giving them backstories and occasionally showing more depth on the characters' friendship.

Set after the events of the original film (and the subsequent Direct to Video P.O.V. Sequel The Lion King 1½, which has the same tone as the series and Retcons one episode), Timon and Pumbaa live their Hakuna Matata lifestyle, having adventures/misadventures both within' and outside of the African Savannah. Throughout their journey, they meet new friends and enemies, including Quint and Smolder. Some of the film's other side characters (being Rafiki, Zazu, and the hyena trio Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed) are also given their own respective segments occasionally, with Rafiki's being under the title "Rafiki Fables" and the hyenas' under the title "The Laughing Hyenas". As a spin-off of The Lion King, expect a lot of Artistic License.


The first season began on September 8, 1995 on the syndicated Disney Afternoon block (September 16, 1995 on CBS) and ended on December 29, 1995 (December 16, 1995 on CBS). A second season would begin airing September 2, 1996 on the Disney Afternoon (September 14, 1996 on CBS) and end on November 25, 1996 (November 9, 1996 on CBS). Reruns aired on Disney Channel and later Toon Disney (the latter being for about a decade after its cancellation), but have rarely been seen on any networks since. As of November 2019, all episodes are streaming on Disney+, in remastered high definition.

A character sheet for the series is currently under construction here.


This show provides examples of:

  • Aborted Arc: Both Rafiki and the Hyenas got their own titled segments spread throughout the first season (Rafiki's Fables and The Laughing Hyenas respectively). Zazu also got a couple of limelight episodes in Season Two. These did not end up recurrent for the rest of the series, with them limited to only sporadic cameos in Timon and Pumbaa centric episodes afterwards (though Rafiki has made some major appearances in those episodes).
  • Actor Allusion:
    • In an episode about Manhattan, Pumbaa says that he wants to see a musical about "Guys and Dolls". This was because the voice actors of Timon and Pumbaa were in that musical.
    • In "Mozam-Beaked", the Jerkass woodpecker is voiced by Gilbert Gottfried. We have Gilbert Gottfried voicing a loud and obnoxious bird. Doesn't that sound familiar?
  • Affably Evil:
    • Smolder, who is genuinely a nice grizzly bear... as long as you don't piss him off.
    • The beast from "Beast of Eden". Despite his evil nature, he bargains with Timon and Pumbaa as they offer to help retrieve his gold tooth from the natives. He also helps the two get out of the bottomless pit.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: In "Madagascar About You", Pumbaa is to be wedded to a warthog bride and, according to an archive of "Warthog Traditions", is unable to get out of it. Thanks to a loophole, Timon sets out to make Pumbaa disgusting and rude enough to displease her and cancel. The bride, instead, falls in love with him because of this, only deciding to call off the wedding when Pumbaa reveals his real Nice Guy self. As she leaves, the lemur in charge of the wedding decides to go after her, revealing himself to be a warthog with the traits she's interested in.
  • Alliterative Name: All of the Quints have titles starting with either a hard "C" or a "K". Possibly averted once where he referred to himself as "a Pet Shop Owner Quint", implying he was just referring to his occupation rather than his title.
  • Alternate Continuity: The show is speculated by many fans to be this. The episode "Once Upon a Timon", however, could be viewed as an Alternate Timeline with the third movie, The Lion King 1½ (The Lion King 3 in certain regions), which ignores everything the episode establishes.
  • Ambiguous Time Period: Given that it is unclear when the original film takes place, it's a given that the exact setting of the show is indefinite. Like the movie, there are references and elements that suggest that the show is set some time in the late 20th century. However, Timon and Pumbaa are also shown visiting places like the Old West and Ancient Egypt, and a T-rex is seen in the episode "Timon... Alone".
  • Amusing Injuries: Befitting the show's Denser and Wackier take. It comes to a head in the "Stand By Me" musical short where Pumbaa receives injury after injury while Timon is unscathed. All because Pumbaa won't/can't stand by him.
  • Animal Disguise: In "Truth or Zaire", Congo Quint the hunter, pursuing Timon and Pumbaa, disguises himself as a male gorilla to get close to a female gorilla who believes Timon and Pumbaa are her babies.
  • Animation Bump: More like animation downgrade. Starting in the third season, the animation is blander and much less expressive, and the visuals are on-par with other Canadian cartoons airing at the time. This is due to the season being animated by the Canadian animation studio Studio B Productions for Walt Disney Television Animation.
  • Anthropomorphic Shift: The duo, and any other character from the original film to some degree. And having bipedal moment is only a fraction of it.
  • Art Shift: The third season undergoes this to various extremes. While the seasons produced for the Disney Afternoon and CBS have the human and other animal characters drawn in a Disney Esque style blended with a Spumco ambiance (with some designs even looking outright deranged), the third season produced for Toon Disney contains designs on par with the Brave Little Toaster sequels and other Canadian cartoons such as Braceface, What About Mimi, What's With Andy?, and even takes some design traits from Sabrina: the Animated Series of all things, which is an American cartoon with a Canadian artstyle. This is due to the season being produced by the Canadian animation studio Studio B Productions, who even co-produced What About Mimi? with Decode Entertainment.
  • Artifact Title: The title cards of the Zazu-centered episodes bear the logo of Timon and Pumbaa, unlike those of Rafiki and the hyenas, which were under the names Rafiki Fables and The Laughing Hyenas.
  • Artistic License – Biology:
    • The episode "Cooked Goose" had the hyena trio, Shenzi, Banzai and Ed, being manipulated by a pair of cheetahs by sending them through a literal wild goose chase to prevent them from disturbing their hunts. Their first meeting has the hyenas obviously being intimidated by the cheetahs. Shenzi even puts her paw over Ed's mouth when he rudely demands what they want from them, and then immediately tries to defuse the situation with flattery, calling them "big, bold, brave cheetahs". In reality, the exact opposite would occur. Despite their speed, hyenas are much stronger than cheetahs, and since hyenas hunt in groups most encounters between the two species involve hyenas stealing prey from cheetahs. As a result, cheetahs will actively avoid hyenas as much as possible. Also, among the animals that fell prey to the cheetahs by the end of the episode are implied to be a rhino and a hippo, which cheetahs do not prey on due to large size and immense strength.
    • In "Brazil Nuts", Timon called a capybara-like rodent a marmoset (a type of monkey). Clearly he might have meant a marmot, but marmots do not live in Brazil or in rainforests.
    • "I Don't Bolivia" claimed that toucans have serrated bills for crushing and the antagonistic toucan character was shown crushing a snail shell. While the bill of a toucan is certainly serrated, it has weak muscles and is incapable of crushing even soft fruit.
    • "Nearly Departed" implies scorpions are insects, when they are arachnids like spiders.
    • In "Once Upon a Timon", Zazu expresses disgust at the fact that Simba still eats bugs sometimes. Hornbills are also known to eat insects, so Zazu has no room to talk (hornbills also eat less pleasant things too, like snakes and lizards).
    • Elephant skeleton are frequently shown to have bones which represent trunks, despite an elephant's trunk being mostly made up of muscles and containing no bone. Notable in which the show's source material actually got this right.
    • Subverted in that Boss Beaver has yellow teeth (accurate for a beaver).
  • Ascended Extra: Gopher. He was a minor character in the original film who was only seen reporting to Zazu about the hyenas in the Pride Lands. His role is expanded in the series, where it is shown that he works for Zazu, serving as his assistant.
  • Balloon Belly: Happens in many episodes.
    • First, in "Cooked Goose", Cheetato and Cheetata get this, and can't run away from the hyenas.
    • In Brazil Nuts, Timon gets fat from earing a buffet, and uses strange words like "yay big", "baby" and "flant it", things Timon wouldn't say in his normal form (although he has actually said "baby" in his normal form). He even stuffs a dollar bill in Ralph the snake's eye.
    • In Washington Applesauce, Timon and Pumbaa decide to eat the giant worm that was ruining the apple festival, so they become fat and gigantic.
    • In "Isle of Manhood", Timon drinks a bug soda and gains a mild balloon belly. (This was in order to earn a "Burp" badge as part of the test in the episode.)
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: "Be More Pacific" opens with Pumbaa saving Lester the magic wishing whale who offers him three wishes. Pumbaa initially turns them down, concerned about the wishes backfiring, but Timon persuades him to use those three wishes, only for all three to backfire; the wish for something "big and expensive" gives them the Statue of Liberty, the wish that Timon was a king basically turns him into King Kong, and the final elaborate wish gives Timon and Pumbaa an elaborate palace, but they are now trapped inside it facing an indestructible fire-breathing giant chicken (Pumbaa accidentally wished for a fire-breathing monster with claws and wings that Timon can't defeat as he misremembered the exact wording of the final wish).
  • Bears Are Bad News: Smoulder, who would threaten to hurt the duo if they anger him. However, he can be nice at times.
  • Berserk Button: Pumbaa's famous "THEY CALL ME MR PIG" berserk button is called back four times, during "Mombasa In Law", "Gabon with the Wind", "Rumble in the Jungle" and "Africa-Dabra!".
  • Big Bad: Quint is the closest to this.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • At the end of "Timon on the Range", when Timon and Pumbaa are surrounded by the banditos who assumed that Pumbaa was their boss Cisco Pig, the real Cisco Pig shows up and saves them (Timon and Pumbaa are his favorite cartoon characters).
    • Simba also has this in "Congo on Like This", when he rescues Timon and Pumbaa from a wild dog (who disguised himself as a tarsier to get the two away from Simba) trying to eat them.
    Simba: I am on your side!
    • Timon in "French Fried", when Pumbaa and Speedy are cornered by Chef Quint.
  • Bittersweet Ending:
    • In "Never Everglades", when Pumbaa realizes that Pumbaa Jr. should be with his own kind, he worries to leave him and his new girlfriend all by themselves. So Timon comes up with an idea of a special place on where they can send the two alligators. After Timon and Pumbaa say goodbye to Pumbaa Jr. and his girl, it is revealed that the "special place" is a chicken barn, since Timon believes that the alligators are "ugly chickens". When Timon and Pumbaa leave, there seems to be a chaos going on inside the barn.
    • "Doubt of Africa" ends with the widowed tigress rescuing Timon and Pumbaa from a carnivorous jackal and becoming better at hunting, but also with Timon catching a cold.
    • In "Washington Applesauce", Timon and Pumbaa save Apple Valley from an ever-growing worm, but the apple festival still gets destroyed due to their balloon bellies, leading them to be chased by an angry mob.
    • "Serengeti Western" has a similar ending as the aforementioned episode. Timon and Pumbaa save the western town from outlaw Mad Dog and his two henchmen. When they defeat Mad Dog, they see that they destroyed the town with the bananas, causing the residents to turn on the duo, making them the new outlaws of the town.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Besides "Hakuna Matata", there are other Bilingual Bonuses in the series.
    • In Brazil Nuts, Ralph the snake says "Moi" (Me) and "N'est-ce pas?" (Isn't it?)
  • Bland-Name Product: "Don't Be Elfish" had Timon wanting a "Vinchenzo 64" - an obvious parody of the Nintendo 64.
  • Bowdlerisation: When the episode "Guatemala Malarkey" airs on Disney Cinemagic in the UK, the part where Timon locks up Pumbaa's mouth with a chain and padlock is cut.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
  • Butt-Monkey: Timon, ESPECIALLY in "Back Out in the Outback" and "Doubt of Africa".
  • Butt Sticker: In episode Kenya Be My Friend: while Pumbaa is searching for a new friend, he sits on a meerkat named Monty.
  • Call-Back: Several to The Lion King. Some episodes also have this to previous episodes.
  • The Cameo:
    • Scar of all characters shows up in the series. Once When Zazu is cleaning out his trash can.
    • Zazu, the hyenas, Rafiki... pretty much every character except for Nala appear in the show at some point.
  • Canon Discontinuity: The midquel focusing on Timon and Pumbaa's lives and their first meeting ignores this series's events. As such, the circumstances and reasons for Timon leaving the meerkat colony are wildly different. Of course, this is assuming it was ever canon to start with.
  • Carnivore Confusion: Averted in "French Fried". Pumbaa says that they can't eat the snail they found because he can talk. Timon isn't convinced... but when it turns out the snail can SING, too, he decides to spare him.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Nala, Sarabi, and Sarafina, are never seen or mentioned in the series (likely due to being relatively minor characters in the film to begin with).
    • Within the show itself, most of the other characters' appearances dry out after the second season, making it near exclusively about the title duo.
  • Christmas Episode: "Don't Be Elfish", oddly coming later in the series and airing in...July. And it's also paired with a non holiday-themed episode.
  • Closer to Earth: Pumbaa often comes up with the most rational-sounding plans, but they have to go through all of Timon's wacky ones first.
  • Con Man: Toucan Dan, who can make anyone believe anything he tells them. Including convincing Timon he is Santa Claus.
  • Continuity Nod: Several to The Lion King. Some episodes also have this to previous episodes.
  • Convenience Store Gift Shopping: Exaggerated in "Kenya Be My Friend?". Pumbaa gets Timon a nice bug juicer to celebrate their "Bestest Best Friend Day", which Timon has forgotten about. First he tries giving Pumbaa a bunch of random things from the savanna like grass and a rotten log, but Pumbaa refuses to accept them because Timon has used all of them as emergency gifts before. Then Timon claims to have written a poem for Pumbaa and hastily makes up one. Pumbaa notices that the poem doesn't rhyme and finally realizes that Timon did forget the Bestest Best Friend Day. This leads to an argument that ends their friendship. After they reconcile, Timon still denies having forgotten Bestest Best Friend Day and manages to pass off the bug juicer he got as his gift to Pumbaa.
  • Cruel Elephant: Ned the Elephant, who's a belligerent and snobbish jerk that tries to pass himself off as an Honorable Elephant.
  • Darker and Edgier: Despite the show having a denser and wackier tone, some episodes are darker/more serious than others. Examples being "Rocky Mountain Lie", "Timon's Time Togo", "Alcatraz Mataz", and "Werehog of London".
  • A Day in the Limelight: Aside from the show itself putting Timon and Pumbaa in the spotlight, Zazu, the Hyenas, and Rafiki have their own episodes.
  • Demoted to Extra: The rest of the film's cast make only sparse appearances. Zigzagged since some supporting characters such as Zazu, Rafiki and the hyenas get A Day in the Limelight, but not many.
  • Denser and Wackier: Due to the comical natures of the two protagonists (as well as it being typical for Disney's television adaptations of their films), the series takes on a more comedic tone than the original film, as well as its 1998 sequel Simba's Pride or The Lion Guard.
  • Depending on the Writer: Timon's greediness for money and power varied from episode to episode. Sometimes he didn't care about money, just as long as he could get a meal.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Since his first appearance, Boss Beaver would often punish Timon and Pumbaa for things that weren't their fault, or for just simply disagreeing with his rules and policies. Thankfully, Laser-Guided Karma usually sets in, and will often have him end up working for Timon and Pumbaa in a sheer act of irony.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: Timon in "French Fried" after giving his and Pumbaa's new snail friend the name "Speedy":
    Timon: How do you like that clever juxtaposition? Giving a snail, a noticeably slow creature, the name "Speedy".
  • Downer Ending: "South Sea Sick", in which Pumbaa is forced to pretend to still be sick so that Timon (who wants to repay his friend for all the nice things he's done for him over the years) can cure him. Unfortunately, his "cure" actually makes Pumbaa sick again, which he starts to realize as the episode ends.
    • Also "Going Uruguay", where the dinner the Termite King gives Timon and Pumbaa turns out to be a giant log, much to their dismay.
    • In "Be More Pacific", Timon and Pumbaa are left defending themselves from the fire-breathing chicken, with no indication of whether they succeed in getting rid of it or not.
    • Both "How To Beat the High Costa Rica" and "Palm Beached" have the two ending up in jail (presumably in the former's case).
    • "Doubt of Africa" is this for Timon, as he catches a cold at the end.
  • Dumb Is Good: In the episodes where the hyenas are the heroes they are pitted against two incredibly smart cheetahs and have their own idiocy increased. The cheetahs still can't win.
  • Eating the Enemy: The episode Washington Applesauce gives us an exaggerated example. In the episode, Timon and Pumbaa are tasked with catching a worm that's eating all the towns apples. Over the course of the episode though, the worm gets bigger and bigger until it becomes a giant monster and eats the two. However, the two then turn the tables on it by eating the whole beast from the inside out and become big Balloon Belly'd oafs themselves.
  • Exact Words: Timon uses this on Pumbaa three times in "Mombasa-In-Law"
    Timon: What are we going to do, put her in a rocket and send her to the moon? Besides, Pumbaa, you said you'd do anything for me! Don't you remember?
    (Pumbaa goes into flashback)
    Pumbaa (Flashback 1): I'd do anything for you, Timon, even dress up like a woman!
    Timon: What are we going to do, put her in a rocket and send her to the moon? Besides, Pumbaa, you said you'd do anything for me! Don't you remember?
    (Pumbaa goes into flashback)
    Pumbaa (Flashback 2): I'd do anything for you, Timon, even dress up like a rich old movie star!
    Timon: What are we going to do, put her in a rocket and send her to the moon? Besides, Pumbaa, you said you'd do anything for me! Don't you remember?
    (Pumbaa goes into flashback)
    Pumbaa (Flashback 3): I'd do anything for you, Timon, even dress up as an entire family!
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Comedic example. In one episode the hyenas are spying on a female ostrich tending her egg. Banzai says something that gets Shenzi upset at him.
    Banzai: Man, look at that. It's gotta weigh five hundred pounds!
    Shenzi: (turns to him with a frown) Okay, two things. One: (smacks him upside the head) never mention a woman's weight!
  • Expy: Some characters from Season 3 are this to certain characters from either the original film or the first two seasons of the show:
    • The hyena in "Don't Wake the Neighbear" is this to Ed.
    • The female meerkat in "Timon in Love" is this to Tatiana from "Once Upon a Timon".
    • The lion in "Lemonade Stand Off" is this to the savage lion from "You Ghana Join the Club".
  • Eye Pop: Happens to the flying squirrel in "Saskatchewan Catch," when he first sees the female squirrel (which shatters the glass in his goggles), and to Timon and Pumbaa in "Swiss Missed" when they meet Fronk the timekeeper's beautiful new girlfriend.
  • "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: Done in "Beetle Romania" with Timon journeying into Pumbaa.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: In "Hot Air Buffoons", Timon and Pumbaa won a hot air balloon race, but then lost when "a new winner" landed, even though he came second.
  • Feel No Pain:
    • Timon and Pumbaa definitely go through a lot, and definitely show they are in pain, but seem to be made of iron.
    • The hyenas can go back and forth on this, usually for the sake of comedy.
  • Feud Episode: The episodes "Kenya Be My Friend?," "Rumble In the Jungle", "The Sky is Calling", and several episodes of the final season. This show, especially the final season, loves to test their friendship.
  • Fire-Breathing Diner:
    • The season 1 episode Hot Enough For Ya? has both Timon and Pumbaa breathing fire, more than once each, after trying the dishes in their Spicy Bug Chili cook-off.
    • The season 2 episode Wide Awake in Wonderland, in which Timon reads meerkat/warthog versions of a few classic stories to Pumbaa, has Timon portraying Goldilocks in Pumbaa's version of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" and breathing fire after he has a rather spicy bowl of bugs from the bears' home. (This scene also appears in a few versions of the opening credits.)
  • Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: Timon and Pumbaa—-much of the time, in fact.
  • Funny Animal Anatomy: Subverted with the film cast. While they are more prone to Funny Animal antics, their proportions never really change (outside the film's own crime of Pumbaa and other non bipedal characters suddenly gaining "hands").
  • Gasshole: Pumbaa's constant farting is something of a Running Gag in some episodes.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Timon and Pumbaa, sometimes.
  • Hammerspace
    • In "Luck to be A Meerkat", Pumbaa has a lot of things in his belly when Timon wants to find a place to store the "lucky marble".
    • In "Isle of Manhood", one of the things Timon must do to pass the manhood test is carry a backpack with a ton of things on top of it.
    • Lampshaded in the finale, where Timon and Pumbaa, while falling off the Cliffs of Moher, use this to find something that would save them from plummeting to their deaths.
    Timon: Try to think of all the good times! Like, remember all those great stuff we used to pull out from behind our backs?
    Pumbaa: Timon, that's it! Maybe there's something behind our backs we can use to save us.
    Timon: Yes! Yes!
  • Her Code Name Was "Mary Sue": In "Wide Awake In Wonderland", Timon becomes so frustrated with a warthog fairytale book that puts meerkats in a negative light, so he makes up a story about a handsome, brave, and smart meerkat king named "Timun" who singlehandly defeats every warthog villain and gets rewarded for it. Pumbaa responds to the story by falling asleep.
  • Here We Go Again!: Several cases:
    • Whenever Timon and Pumbaa saves Speedy from a threat, the snail gets caught by another predator forcing the two to resume chase once more.
    • The bug-ified Timon escapes from Pumbaa's stomach with help from Pumbaa himself who becomes an Insufferable Genius thanks to Timon reactivating his intelligence. However before he left, Timon deactivates the intelligence because he refuses to be usurped as The Smart Guy of the team. When Timon gets out, Pumbaa is too stupid to recognize his friend and promptly eats him. Interestingly enough, Smart Pumbaa wanted to inform Timon to not deactivate his intelligence, knowing full well this might have happened.
  • Hollywood Natives: A tribe of masked natives kidnap Pumbaa and make him their king. Subverted when at the end they take off their masks, revealing them to be urbane yuppies with British accents on some sort of corporate retreat.
  • How We Got Here: "Serengeti Western" has the duo reminisce their recent adventure in the Old West and how they ended up in the near-death situation they are in.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: Timon in "Animal Barn", after Mr. Pig calls Pumbaa "nobody", angrily says, "You can't talk to my pal like that! I can, BUT NOT YOU!"
  • I Ate WHAT?!: In "Recipe For Disaster", the humans get this reaction when Pumbaa reveals that his and Timon's salsa is made out of bugs.
  • Illogical Safe: A short in which Pumbaa suffers a run of bad luck has this happening to Pumbaa — and then, as soon as he's out of the safe, it happens again with a space capsule.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Happens in Brazil Nuts when Timon makes a pun about how long it is taking to get ants, and claims they "must be after the uncles, too!" He finds that nobody heard the pun, but Pumbaa runs in to warn about Ralph and Eddie eating them.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Poor Timon is this in "Back Out in the Outback" when he tries to hunt down a land crab after mistaking it for a bug, but constantly fails and gets his ass whooped by said crab.
  • Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Quint and the rest of his brethren, who all look and speak the same way as him. They even all have names starting with a hard 'C' or a 'K'!
  • Instant Roast: Done with vicious guinea fowl, first by a fiery discharge from Timon's rocket booster which fried several birds, then by setting the rocket-propelled car to explode, finishing off the lot of them. Timon even takes a bite out of a guinea fowl drumstick at one point.
  • Interspecies Romance: Lara, a gazelle, and Herman, a wildebeest, from "Beauty and the Wildebeest".
  • I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine: Boss Beaver is played by Brad Garrett, who was Big Dog on 2 Stupid Dogs. In "Amusement Bark", his son Boy Beaver is played by Mark Schiff, who played Little Dog on that same show.
  • Jaw Drop: Timon gets one in "Yukon Con" after Pumbaa finds a gold nugget.
  • Jerkass: The biggest jerkass in this show is Boss Beaver, who will just smite Timon and Pumbaa every time they break something of his or violate one of his unfair rules. The worst thing he has done is take all the credit for a dam that Timon and Pumbaa built.
    • His son Boy Beaver is one as well, as he causes trouble for Timon and Pumbaa (to a far lesser extent) at Boss Beaver's amusement park in "Amusement Bark".
  • Literal Bookworm: Timon and Pumbaa visit the library in "Library Brouhaha" with the express purpose of dining on a bookworm. The resident bookworm defends itself by coaxing the duo into making noise time and time again, for which the librarian kicks them out. Another attempt sees all three be crushed by a bookcase, causing them to temporarily be transported to book land and thereafter be sent to the hospital. While all bandaged up, Timon and Pumbaa attack the bookworm and finally eat it.
  • Lovable Rogue: Timon and the hyenas, whose limelight episodes tone them down into this.
  • Made of Iron: The entire cast, when they actually do feel pain.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Happens twice in "Let's Serengeti Out of Here" when Timon and Pumbaa's escape attempts lead to them getting shocked and blown up the first and second times respectively, upon which they say "Ow" in hilariously monotone voices.
  • Mall Santa: Pumbaa is one in "Don't Be Elfish"... with Timon as his elf assistant.
  • Off-Model: While Wang Film Productions did some pretty fluid work on Animaniacs and Tiny Toon Adventures, to name a few, their work on this show was consistently sloppy. However, it's shown the most with Simba in "Rome Alone". Compare how Simba is drawn in that episode to how he's drawn in "Congo on Like This".
    • Koko Enterprises animated two episodes of the show, "Rumble in the Jungle" and "Handle With Carribean". While their work on the latter is alright, their animation on the former is...not great.
  • Origins Episode: "Once Upon a Timon" and "Home is Where the Hog is", which explain Timon and Pumbaa's respective origins and how they came to be wandering loners.note 
  • Pinocchio Nose: A variation occurs in one episode, where Timon's tail grows longer for every time he boasts.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything:
    • In "Pirates of Pumbzance", Pumbaa wants to be this type of pirate, under the impression that that's what real pirates are like. Whenever the captain tries to do any actual piracy, Pumbaa stops him.
  • Pulled from Your Day Off: In "Zazu's Off Day Off", Zazu tries to enjoy his day off, but Gopher continually interrupts it to tell him that the river has dried up and the animals are dying of thirst. Jumbo Jumbo, a stubborn elephant, is sitting in the middle of the river and refuses to move. At the end of the episode, it is revealed that Jumbo Jumbo was only sitting in the river because he thought it was his day off, and promptly moves when he realizes his mistake. Then Gopher tells Zazu that tomorrow is Jumbo Jumbo's ''real'' day off.
  • Rebound Best Friend: In "Kenya Be My Friend?", the two titular characters have a falling-out when Timon forgets Bestest Best Friend Day. When they go their separate ways, Pumbaa tries to befriend a meerkat with blonde hair named Monti, while Timon tries to befriend a blue warthog named Baampu. At first, Timon and Pumbaa seem to get along with their new friends, as Monti prefers to walk over riding on other animals, he rarely sleeps during the morning, and he dislikes telling others what to do, and Baampu doesn't celebrate Bestest Best Friend Day, but soon they find out their new friends' disadvantages. Monti has an extreme dislike for bugs and is intolerant of Pumbaa's gas, while Bampuu doesn't share Pumbaa's interest in stargazing. When Timon and Pumbaa reconcile near the end of the episode, Monti and Bampuu are surprised to see each other again, having spent years apart. In their haste to reestablish their friendship, they forget all about Timon and Pumbaa as they walk off into the grasslands together.
  • Ribcage Stomach: In "Beetle Romania", Pumbaa's stomach is drawn this way.
  • Rule of Three: The show abuses this to the extremes in every single episode.
  • Running Gag:
    • In "Shopping Mauled", Timon keeps reminding Pumbaa how much bad luck Irwin has caused them in the past, resulting in a clip from "Frantic Atlantic" where Pumbaa is hit by a boating anchor.
    • In "Timon on the Range" Timon and Pumbaa escapes from Banks signs "Gone Fishin'".
  • Sadistic Game Show: The episode "You Bet Your Tuhkus" has the titular duo competing on the eponymous game show. The host of the show convinces the duo to cheat (so that they can be disqualified for being caught cheating, which happened to the first pair of contestants). While Timon is willing to do so, Pumbaa refuses, and as a result, the show devolves into a torturefest, as every wrong answer results in punishment for the other character.
  • Series Continuity Error: Likely due to the changes that were made, Season 3 contains some slight inconsistencies with the first two. For example, in "The Running of the Bullies", Pumbaa states that he always wanted to visit Spain, even though he and Timon have done so in the Season 1 episode "The Pain in Spain".
  • Schmuck Banquet: In one episode, Timon and Pumbaa run into a free-for-all restaurant in the middle of the Amazon jungle (since they're Funny Animals, the entrees are insects and the like). It's actually a trap set by a duo of anacondas for Fattening the Victim.
  • Series Finale: Cliphangers.
    • Originally it was meant to be "Mind Over Matterhorn", but the show was uncancelled in 1999.
  • Shameful Shrinking: In "It Runs Good", Timon shrinks to a diminutive size after Pumbaa chastises him for his laziness which results in their latest predicament with Smolder, meaning that the two are forced to put in the extra effort Timon is desperately trying to avoid.
  • Shout-Out: "Washington Applesauce" is one to Jaws.
    • The voice Fred uses for Timon's mother in Mombasa in Law is clearly modeled after Edith Bunker.
    • At one point in "Mook Island", Timon tries to get the Mooks (big clones of him) to leave him alone by claiming that he's their father, leading to a parody of a certain scene from The Empire Strikes Back.
    Timon: Search your feelings, Mook. You know it to be true.
  • Show Within a Show: "TV Dinner" focuses on the hyenas trying to get into a documentary show called "Kingdom of the Cretures" for food. After all of their attempts are turned down, they decide to take over the show and eat the director.
  • Significant Anagram: Monti and Baampu from the episode, "Kenya Be My Friend?" have names that are anagrams of "Timon" and "Pumbaa", respectively.
  • Smug Snake: The two cheetahs, usually pitted against Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed. While both cheetahs are legitimately intelligent, the hyenas are so dimwitted and persistent that they tend to win in the end.
  • Spot the Imposter: Pumbaa needs to figure out who the real Timon is at the end of "I Don't Bolivia" when he and Toucan Dan both claim to be the real Timon, despite Toucan Dan's Paper-Thin Disguise. He has the Vulture Police lock them both up in stockades and have them bite down on a snail shell. Timon's teeth break but Toucan Dan crushes his shell. Pumbaa figures out which is Toucan Dan since Toucan Dan has a bill that is specialized for crushing.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: In "The Pain in Spain", Pumbaa has been mistaken for a bull and is about to be forced into a bullfight he cannot win. They have to wait in the stadium for the fight to begin, and Timon draws up an elaborate escape plan involving many maps and diagrams. When he's finished going through it, Pumbaa points out they could just use the back door.
    • This also happens twice in "Now Museum, Now You Don't". The first time is when after the museum closes, Timon makes an elaborate plan on how he and Pumbaa can sneak into the museum, but Pumbaa points out that they can just go through the doggy door. The second time is when the two make it to the bug exhibit, which gets surrounded by laser beams. When Timon makes a plan on how they can get one of the bugs, Pumbaa reveals that they can just pull down the lever to remove the laser beams.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: The Quint Family, a bunch of Boisterous Bruisers, each with a Meaningful Name.
  • Talking Animals: Being a Disney cartoon, animals and humans regularly talk to each other with no problem.
  • Tempting Fate: Crossing with Too Dumb to Live, Pumbaa continues to say the Dapper Duck's catchphrase Come Again Soon even after it's proven several times that it's a jinx. He finally learns his lesson after Smolder comes close in killing him and Timon.
  • There Are No Therapists: Rafiki averts this. He usually counsels and gives therapy to the animals of the Pride Lands.
  • Through A Face Fullof Fur: In "Roach Hotel", Pumbaa turns red after one of the two roaches tricks him into pouring hot sauce in his snout. The burning sensation makes him react by also morphing into a steam whistle, doing a wild take as a single, large eye, and a rocket before he launches, and carries Timon with him.
    • In "Brazil Nuts", after Eddie tells Ralph he brought back a radish and a horse, having misunderstood his instructions, Ralph gets so angry he not only turns entirely red as his color change rises to the top of his head, but he sheds his skin as well and appears naked. In his case, it would be through a face full of scales.
  • Too Dumb to Fool:
    • Many attempts to appeal to Pumbaa's ego go this way, as he can't understand how he'd ever want to outshine Timon.
    • The hyenas in a short with two Smug Snake cheetahs, continually foiling the cheetahs' plan to eat a wildebeest. Finally the cheetahs resort to telling each hyena individually to go on a Wild Goose Chase, only for all three to follow the directions to the letter and all end up at the same point, thus realizing they've been had and going for revenge.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Timon goes from a Jerk with a Heart of Gold to a Nice Guy with the occasional Jerk Ass Ball in the third season due to its new Lighter and Softer tone. Not only does he take any opportunity he can to defend Pumbaa, but he's also a lot perkier overall and less temperamental. The only time his Jerkass side comes up is when it's needed for a plot (Mook Island and Don't Be Elfish for example).
  • Two Shorts: The show usually had this format, with the exception of "Once Upon a Timon" and "Home is Where the Hog is", which take up the entire 22 minutes. Sometimes during the first season, a music video would be added, making the episode have Three Shorts instead.
  • Uncancelled: Was brought back in 1999 after a few years of not having new episodes produced, but according to The Other Wiki, with a new set of writers and a new director.
  • The Unintelligible: Ed, who communicates with gibbering howls, growls, and stock sound effects.
  • Unstoppable Rage: When Pumbaa gets angry and charges, everyone runs for their lives (including a Tyrannosaurus rex).
  • Visual Pun: In Brazil Nuts, Eddie the snake claimed he got horseradish for Ralph, but all he got was a horse and a radish. Ralph gets mad, later causing him to strap the horse and the radish to a rocket.
    • In Forbidden Pumbaa, Timon comes across a series of ray guns. There's a regular ray gun, a HOO-ray gun, and a Ronald RAY-gun.
  • Walk Into Camera Obstruction:
    • "Klondike Con" with Pumbaa as he and Quint charge inside a cave to rescue Timon from a polar bear; happens with Pumbaa's nose—-through the left nostril!
    • "Circus Jerks" Happens with Timon's nose at the very end when he and Pumbaa are blasted out of a cannon out of the circus.
    • "Rocky Mountain Lie" with Pumbaa when he's taking a bug in an icicle inside a cabin; again.
  • Walking Away Shot: in episode "Timon Alone" with Pumbaa chasing away a bunch of animals that were after Timon.
  • Walking the Earth: This seems to be what the duo is doing here, with every few episodes showing them visiting a different place in the world (as pointed out by the punny titles of said episodes), either by delivery crate or simply walking. However, some episodes still see them in either the jungle or the Pride Lands.
    • It is revealed by Timon in the finale that Pumbaa was the one who wanted to go around the world, as he blames the warthog for getting them into trouble and telling him that they should have just stayed home in Africa.
  • Was It Really Worth It?: In "Two for the Zoo", Timon quips at Pumbaa if he's now happy that their natural predators are now freed from their cages. After their brutal and merciless No-Holds-Barred Beatdown by them not long after, warthog regrets it.
  • Wasteful Wishing: After finding a genie and wasting their first two wishes, Timon wishes for a million wishes, which the Genie does grant. They then spend the episode wishing up stuff until they eventually get bored of getting whatever they want and wish for everything back to normal before they found the lamp.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: One episode involves Pumbaa and Timon almost ending their friendship and finding new friends. Pumbaa befriends a blonde, brown meerkat, while Timon befriends a blonde and dark blue warthog. Later, when the two pairs of friends suddenly end up in the same spot, Pumbaa's friend and Timon's suddenly get excited upon knowing each other and walk off. After that, they're never seen or even mentioned again for the rest of the episode.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In "So Sumo Me", Yagu, a sumo teacher, calls Timon out for enjoying the pleasures at his place while Pumbaa is being punished by having to fight the mightiest sumo.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: "Once Upon a Timon", which reveals the now-retconned story of Timon's origin and how he first met Pumbaa.
  • Wild Take: Pumbaa in "Roach Motel", having turned into one large eye briefly as one of the things into which he morphs in reaction to having hot sauce poured down the nostrils of his snout.
  • Worm in an Apple: In "Washington Applesauce", a voracious earthworm devours an apple orchard down to the apples on the farmer's boxer shorts. The worm's presence threatens the upcoming Applefest and Timon and Pumbaa volunteer to catch the worm for free as long as they can eat it. The worm, however, has grown and continues to grow rapidly from eating the many apples around town and eats the duo instead. Not to be outdone, Timon and Pumbaa eat their way out of that problem.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • In "Big Top Breakfast", Shenzi and her cohorts attempt to catch and eat a young circus monkey named Simon, with a moment where Banzai puts him inside his mouth only for Shenzi to get the monkey out and the three start fighting over who gets to eat the monkey. Simon eventually manages to outsmart and escape the trio.
    • In "No-Good Samaritan", a hyena who is an Expy of Banzai (if not exactly him) chases and corners a leopard cub named Claudia, ready to eat her until it is stopped by a gorilla.
    • In "Ready, Aim, Fire", Smolder is shown having eaten two children named Joey and Susie for playing with fire.
  • Your Size May Vary: Timon sometimes suffers from this, but generally (probably for reasons of convenience), he is much larger in the series than he is in the movies. Still small enough to ride on Pumbaa's head with no problem, but large enough that he can physically interact with the larger Pumbaa and other large animals more effectively.
    • Also happens to Bahuka from "Oahu Wahoo". In some shots, he is several inches taller than Timon, while in others, he appears to be shorter than the meerkat.
  • Zany Scheme: Timon, well into the dozens. Even when Pumbaa offers a much simpler plan.


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