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The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaanote  (September 8, 1995 September 24, 1999) is an American spin-off television series to Disney's The Lion King, which stars the eponymous Plucky Comic Relief pair from the film. The first two seasons aired simultaneously on The Disney Afternoon and CBS while the third and final season aired on Toon Disney. While it retains the characterizations and elements of the original film, the series also develops its own identity as a Zany Cartoon, using fast-paced slapstick comedy. Much like the Little Mermaid and Aladdin TV series, the series has the characters going on new adventures, giving them backstories and fleshing out their friendship.

Set after the events of the original film (and the subsequent Direct to Video P.O.V. Sequel The Lion King 1 , which retcons a few of the show's elementsnote , but otherwise seems to draw heavy inspiration from the series), Timon and Pumbaa venture out of the Pride Lands to have their own (mis)adventures both within and outside of the Serengeti, continuing to live by their problem-free philosophy Hakuna Matata. Throughout their journey, they meet new friends and enemies, including Quint and Mr. Bear. Some of the film's other side characters (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 Artistic License out the holy wazoo.

The series is notable for being the first and only instance in the Lion King franchise where humans make onscreen appearances, as the films and The Lion Guard neither depict nor mention humansnote , but they do have allusions to their existence. The series also occasionally features more supernatural elements than seen in the movie, such as magic, monsters, genies, etc., several of which are lampshaded by the characters.

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.

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    Tropes A to C 
  • 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 recurring for the rest of the series, being limited to 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". Timon and Pumbaa's voice actors, Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella, both featured in the 1992 Broadway revival of 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?
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • While Simba was already a badass in the original film, he has superhero feats in this series, such as blowing away hundreds of heavy animals (including elephants and rhinos) with a single roar and being able to knock down a 40 feet tall monster with a single tackle.
    • Rafiki's shamanism is expanded throughout the show. In the original film, he was more of a fortune teller, but this series makes him into a full on wizard. See Adaptational Expansion below.
  • Adaptational Expansion: The entire series pretty much qualifies given that it's a spin-off focusing on the side characters of the original film, in which their personal backgrounds as well as some other elements were briefly touched upon or alluded to.
    • In the movie, Timon mentions that he and Pumbaa live wherever they want, and the duo is shown to have knowledge on Hawaiian tradition as they perform the hula dance to distract the hyenas. This series shows Timon and Pumbaa traveling around the world, sometimes taking up residence in different places.
    • Other animals are shown living in Timon and Pumbaa's jungle home, such as Ned the Elephant, who is the jungle's most popular pachyderm. It is also shown in the episode "The Law of the Jungle" that the jungle has its own laws, which are created by a rhino judge known as the Wonderful Rhino of Laws. Like the Pride Lands, the jungle also has organized events like talent shows, banquets, and olympic games.
    • Rafiki's shaminism. It is shown in the series that Rafiki can grant wishes (which he calls "Rafiki Wish", with his policy being only one wish per animal) and take back wishes as well, cast spells, shapeshift into insects, and also teleport. His walking stick is also shown to have magical powers and he reveals that the gourds on the stick are the key to his mystical abilities.
    • Zazu is revealed to not only be a lion king's majordomo, he is a jungle administrator, which was briefly alluded to in the original film (and its 2003 Special Edition version) as his mole assistant, Gopher, was shown reporting to him about the hyenas in the Pride Lands.
    • Humans, who were hinted at in the original film, are physically featured in the series. It is shown that Timon and Pumbaa encounter humans during their world-traveling adventures, and that humans rarely visit the animal world unless they either work with wildlife, capture animals, or destroy part of their land to build a shopping mall.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Downplayed with the hyenas. They don't appear to be quite as menacing in the show as they are in the movies, even showing more of their dimwitted sides at times. However, they still have their not-so-harmless moments, with episodes like "Cooked Goose" and "TV Dinner" showing that they are not ones to be messed with.
  • 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.
    • Dr. Cagliostro from "Monster Massachusetts". He may be rather antagonistic, but he does not regard his work as harmful or monstrous, as his intention is to beautify ugly creatures. He is also implied to care deeply about his monster assistant Torgo, as he gave him a portrait of himself as a gift, which Torgo keeps in his secret wishing place.
  • 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: Despite the numerous call-backs and continuity nods to the movie, the show is regarded by many fans to be this due to it breaking some unwritten (i.e. purist fan-enforced) "rules" to the Lion King universe, such as the onscreen appearances by humans and the animals being shown doing more human things than usual. The episode "Once Upon a Timon", however, could be viewed as an Alternate Timeline with the third movie, The Lion King 1 (The Lion King 3: Hakuna Matata in certain regions), which is basically said episode re-imagined in movie form as their storylines are vastly similar.
  • 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 movies, there are references and elements that suggest that the show is set around The '90s (the decade in which the show and its source material were released). However, the series also features elements such as Timon and Pumbaa visiting places like The Wild West and Ancient Egypt, the city of Rome having Ancient Rome elements, and a T-rex being 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.
    • Timon takes advantage of this in "Sitting Pretty Awful" to entertain the triplets he and Pumbaa are babysitting.
  • 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 series expands on the animals' partially civilized natures. The original film's characters (particularly the titular duo and, to some degree, Zazu and the hyenas) are occasionally seen wearing clothes (though Timon did wear a hula skirt in the movie) and using some human items when convenient. The show also features some animal characters wearing a few accessories. Season three features some animal characters, like Smolder the Bear, living and working in cities, as well as a few completely anthropomorphized animals, like Mad Dog and his gang from the episode "Serengeti Western".
  • 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 the cheetahs' 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. Quite jarring when they got the number of legs right (scorpions have eight legs, as arachnids, with the pincers being mouthparts).
    • 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 skeletons 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.
    • "Home is Where the Hog Is" depicts guineafowl as "the warthog's natural enemy and worst nightmare", essentially being feathered piranhas. Actual guineafowl don't pose a threat to anything bigger than a beetle, and even then they only consume bugs during the breeding season, with corns, tubers, and seeds being the majority of their diet otherwise. They'd have no interest in competing with warthogs for food and certainly wouldn't strip them of flesh piranha-fashion.
    • The anteater from "Paraguay Parable" looks nothing like his real life species, having blue fur, long ears, short legs and a flexible snout. Accurate-looking anteaters did appear in the original movie, but were ironically out of place with the African setting.
    • Similarly, the sloth from "Hakuna Matata U." looks more like a bear-monkey thing than a real sloth, having fingers and toes instead of the long claws sloths are known for.
    • 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.
  • Awkward Poetry Reading: In the episode "Kenya Be My Friend?", Timon forgets to buy Pumbaa something for the Bestest Best Friend Day. One of his lame attempts at a last-minute gift is a "poem" he's just making up on the spot. Once Pumbaa notices that the poem doesn't rhyme, he finally realizes that Timon forgot about the Bestest Best Friend Day. This leads to an argument that (temporarily) ends their friendship.
  • 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 clearing a buffet, and uses strange words like "yay big", "baby" and "flaunt 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.)
    • "Hot Enough For Ya?" has Timon and Pumbaa gain balloon bellies after scarfing down an entire cauldron of spicy bug chilli.
  • 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.
  • Beastly Bloodsports: Timon & Pumbaa spend the entirety of "Puttin' on the Brits" trying to hide a fox from the hunting hound. Ultimately subverted - it turned out the hunt was just an elaborate game of tag, much to Timon and Pumbaa's anger.
  • 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?)
    • The episode "Okay Bayou?" features an opossum named Boudreaux, who speaks Cajun French.
  • Bland-Name Product: "Don't Be Elfish" had Timon wanting a "Vinchenzo 64" - an obvious parody of the Nintendo 64.
  • Bowdlerize: 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:
  • Broken Aesop: In Good Mousekeeping Rafiki comes across a tiny mouse being bullied by huge elephants, who wishes to become bigger to gain respect. Rafiki grants his wish, but the elephants are still bigger and stronger and his larger size just makes him a bigger target. The episode is a reference to the Silly Symphonies cartoon The Flying Mouse but the moral of that story was to Be Yourself. The Timon & Pumbaa short is trying to teach oppressed people to stand up to bigger and stronger bullies, which could go disastrously wrong in real-life.
  • 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. This includes but not limited to the following:
    • In "Kenya Be My Friend?", when Timon and Baampu stargaze, they have the same conversation about the stars Timon and Pumbaa had in the original film (asking Timon if he ever wonders what the stars are, to which Timon replies that they are fireflies that got "stuck up in that big bluish-black thing".) After a moment of silence, Timon asks Baampu if he's going to suggest that he always though the stars were balls of gas burning billions of miles away like Pumbaa did, to which Baampu replies that he will not, making Timon sad that Baampu does not show as much interest in the stars as Pumbaa once had. This is taken even further in "The Sky is Calling", where Timon and Pumbaa stargaze and have a conversation about meteorites passing by, with Pumbaa wondering what those "glowy lights" are and Timon replying that they are "chunks of the big bluish-black thing".
    • In "Congo on Like This", when Timon and Pumbaa are cornered by a carnivorous wolf in the cave, Timon and Pumbaa reference the time they found Simba lying in the desert after rescuing him from buzzards in the original film, with Timon blaming Pumbaa for suggesting that they take Simba in. Pumbaa then reminds Timon that he said Simba will be on their side, leading to Simba telling them that he is on their side in his Big Damn Heroes moment.
    • When Timon and Pumbaa reunite with Speedy the Snail in "Ocean Commotion", Timon suggests that he and Pumbaa ditch the snail due to him being a Distressed Dude, telling Pumbaa that everything's always trying to eat him and it's always up to them to save him, calling back to the events of "French Fried".
    • In "Once Upon a Timon", Zazu visits Rafiki to express his concern about Simba's royal reputation being at stake and Timon and Pumbaa influence on him, telling him that Simba still only eats bugs.
    • Pumbaa's famous "They call me Mister Pig!" line is called back several times in the series. The best example is in "Gabon With the Wind", where Cheetata calling Pumbaa a pig results in the same dialogue that occured in the movie when Pumbaa found the hyenas about to eat Timon and Zazu.
  • The Cameo:
    • Scar of all characters shows up in the series despite his death in the original film, although likely because of his death, his appearances are limited to this. He makes a Freeze-Frame Bonus appearance in "Zazu's Off-By-One Day" when Zazu is cleaning out his trash can, and a brief cameo in the Around the World with Timon & Pumbaa video when Timon drags him as an attempt to restore Pumbaa's lost memories.
    • Zazu, the hyenas, Rafiki... pretty much every character except for Nala appear in the show at some point.
    • Cogsworth from Beauty and the Beast briefly appears near the end of "Serengeti Western".
    • The Brave Little Toaster makes a "prop cameo"note  in the "Stand By Me" music video.
  • Cannot Keep a Secret: Recipe for Disaster establishes that Pumbaa isn't great at keeping secrets, apparently even ruining the ending of The Crying Game for Timon! In fact, the entire plot hinges on Pumbaa struggling to keep the recipe for their bug salsa a secret.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. This includes but not limited to the following:
    • In "Doubt of Africa", when Timon tells Pumbaa that he doesn't see the point of helping out a tigress hunt for food if they don't get anything in return, he says "Why don't we find a lion cub we can raise? Now that's an idea, he can be on our side", referencing the time they found Simba and raised him in the movie.
    • In "How to Beat the High Costa Rica", when Timon and Pumbaa are being chased by Criminal Quint, who tries reclaim a suitcase full of money that he stole, Pumbaa tells Timon that he should do something. This leads to a reference to The Lion King as Timon asks Pumbaa if he should dress in drag and do the hula like he did in the film, to which Pumbaa replies that this would not apply to the situation they are currently in.
    • "Rafiki's Apprentice" reveals that Rafiki's tree has a storage room. The room is seen again in "The Sky is Calling" as a Freeze-Frame Bonus and "Rumble in the Jungle".
    • Mr./Dr. Happy, who first appears in "Let's Serengeti Out of Here", makes a brief reappearance in "Shake Your Djibouti" alongside his dog Happy Dog. In that episode, Happy has white eyebrows and brown spots on his hands, which indicates that he aged at some point after the 28-year gap in the former episode.
    • In "Nearly Departed", when Timon gives away his possessions to other jungle animals, one of the possessions he gives away is Excalibur, stating that it was hard to pull that sword out of the stone. This is a reference to the events of "The Swine in the Stone".
  • 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.
  • Cooking Duel: "Hot Enough For Ya?" focuses on Timon & Pumbaa having a cook-off to determine who can make the spiciest bug chilli. In the end, nobody wins - Timon & Pumbaa each make a chilli so hot they get sent to the sun.
  • Chromosome Casting: Most of the characters from the series are male. The very few named female characters play a very secondary role, and with the sole exception of Shenzi, tend to appear only in one episode.
  • Cruel Elephant: Ned the Elephant, who's a belligerent and snobbish jerk that tries to pass himself off as an Honorable Elephant. Although despite that, he does get a change of heart after Pumbaa rescues him and his hippo henchmen from falling off a cliff, even offering the warthog to join their group, to which Pumbaa declines.

    Tropes D to H 
  • 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. The film's main protagonist Simba in particular undergoes this, as he only appears in the show a couple of times (even being completely absent in the third season). Zigzagged with the film's other supporting characters, being Zazu, Rafiki and the hyenas, as they each get a few limelight episodes. In fact, out of the rest of the film's cast, Rafiki makes the most frequent appearances.
  • Denser and Wackier: The series takes on a more comedic tone than its predecessor, with the addition of more slapstick and Toon Physics than is usual for the franchise. Justified, given the comical and somewhat cartoonish natures of the titular duo, and according to the Disney certificate from the show's production cels, the slapstick is used to convey life lessons to young viewers.
    The Nostalgia Critic: It never felt like it had to be too restricted to their environment. They could still do fun cartoony things that fun cartoons usually do.
  • 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".
  • Double-Meaning Title: The VHS cassettes of the show that were released in the United States were under the name Timon & Pumbaa's Wild Adventures. The "wild" part refers to either the fact that Timon and Pumbaa are wild animals and therefore live in the wild (much like how the VHS cassettes of The Little Mermaid and Aladdin: The Series were under the names Ariel's Undersea Adventures and Aladdin's Arabian Adventures respectively) or that Timon and Pumbaa have crazy and exciting adventures.
  • 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 "Can't Take A Yolk", the hyenas have their eyes on a female ostrich tending her egg. When Banzai protests, he does it in a way that gets Shenzi upset at him:
    Banzai: We ain't never gonna get our paws on a mother ostritch who's got, like, three hundred pounds on us!
    Shenzi: (turns to him with a frown) Well, first of all: you should (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.
  • False Reassurance: In "Amusement Bark", Timon and Pumbaa are injured in Boss Beaver's log flume ride, which causes the beaver to worry that they'll demand a large monetary settlement. Timon assures Boss Beaver that he and Pumbaa won't demand a settlement; instead, they assume ownership of the whole park, forcing Boss Beaver (and his son, who sabatoged the ride) to work there as employees.
  • "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 Season 3. This show, especially Season 3, 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.)
  • Forced Transformation: In "Beetle Romania", Madame Credenza puts a curse on Timon for dismissing her fortunes as a joke. The effects aren't immediate, so Timon refuses to believe that he was cursed while Pumbaa tries figuring out what it is, to Timon's annoyance. Timon then wakes up as a bug the next day.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: "Going Uruguay" has Timon's shoulder angel and devil argue over wherever Timon should confess to his plan of devouring a friendly termite colony. As they argue, Pumbaa's own shoulder angel and devil show up and join in despite Pumbaa having passed out from the guilt earlier. The argument descends into petty bickering and Timon eventually snaps and confesses just to get them to shut up.
  • Grooming the Enemy: Pumbaa goes through this trope in the episode I Think I Canada. A carnivorous wolverine enrolls Timon and Pumbaa in a training camp so they can get in better shape. Pumbaa is delighted at his new physical fitness, only to be horrified when the wolverine reveals he trained Pumbaa specifically so he can have the most fit of prey to eat before attacking him
  • 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.
    • "Recipe for Disaster" reveals that Timon keeps a phone in Pumbaa's left nostril. He lampshades this when, naturally, it ends up covered in snot when he pulls it out:
    Timon: Can't we find a better place to keep this?
    • 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.
    • In "Beetle Romania", 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 university yuppies with preppy American accents on some sort of corporate retreat.
  • Homage Shot: Crossing with Continuity Nod above.
    • "New Guinea Pig" has a shot of Pumbaa sticking his head behind a log while stalking a rhino beetle, just like he did in the original film.
    • "The Man From J.U.N.G.L.E." has a shot of an elephant and a flock of guinea fowl heading to Pride Rock for a presentation of a newborn lion cub, the same way they did in the movie.
  • 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.
  • Humans Are Bastards: The show depicts several examples of animal cruelty.
    • Quint, depending on his job. As a French chef, he tries to make a meal out of Speedy the Snail. Another example is as a Roman emperor, where he has Timon, Pumbaa, and Simba kidnapped and sent to the colosseum, where Simba is forced to either eat Timon and Pumbaa or have a battle to the death with another lion named Claudius.
    • The natives. They try to eat Pumbaa before mistaking him for their god king, attempt to kill Pumbaa in order to remove his tusks after seeing that he can't take them off, and throw Timon and Pumbaa into a bottomless pit where it takes weeks to land. The leader also stole a beast's magic gold tooth in order to decorate his own staff.
    • In "Ocean Commotion", a jeweler and his wife kidnap Speedy to make an earring out of his shell, with the sole reason being that it would make the wife beautiful.
    • The butterfly collector in "Catch Me if You Kenya", who kidnaps real butterflies in order to collect them in his treehouse, much to their dismays.
    • In "Never Everglades", some humans stole the eggs of Pumbaa Jr. and other unhatched alligators for their own possessions, therefore separating them from their families.
    • In "Don't Have the Vegas Idea", two entertainers, Sigmund and Lloyd, are implied to have tormented two white lions, Heimlich and Schnitzel, into performing circus acts just for human entertainment. The lions end up getting their revenge on their trainers by getting the roles reversed.
    • "Dealer's Choice Cut" features a meat-producing businessman named Farmer Joe, who kidnaps Pumbaa and tries to make him into someone's lunch.
    • Subverted with Mr. Happy, who has a good intention of helping out endangered animals. However, the problem is that he can force animals to live in a sanctuary, sometimes against their will.
  • 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!"
  • Hypocritical Humor: Timon gets a few cases of this.
    • In "Oahu Wahoo", Pumbaa takes a bamboo that he drew a face on and pretends that it's talking to Timon, telling him that he should let Pumbaa take him to a licensed mental health practitioner. Timon snatches the bamboo out of Pumbaa's hoof and tells the warthog that he won't take orders from inanimate objects. Then Bahuka orders Timon to proclaim his name across the heavens, which Timon replies "Yes, you inanimate object-ness!".
    • In "My Meteor, My Friend", Timon complains about Pumbaa befriending a a tree stump which he names Stumpy.

    Tropes I to S 
  • I Ate WHAT?!:
    • In "Russia Hour", Timon happily eats Caviar (thinking it means Bug Larva in Russian) and is absolutely disgusted when he finds out it's Fish Eggs
    • In "Rocky Mountain Lie", Timon has a hilarious Freak Out when Pumbaa mentions the bug he befriended (which Timon thought he ate) is a stinkbug.
    • In "Recipe For Disaster", when Pumbaa finally blurts out that his and Timon's salsa is made out of bugs, the talk show host and every human watching - including the President of the USA - spits it out in disgust.
  • 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".
  • Kangaroo Court: There is no other name for the trial of Timon, accused of touching the Forbidden Stick, when the judge makes up new laws whenever he wants.
    "It is hereby illegal to tell me to 'chill out!'"
  • Keeping Secrets Sucks: "Recipe for Disaster" has Pumbaa under a lot of pressure from Timon to keep the recipe of their bug salsa a secret so Timon can enjoy being rich and famous. In the end, after several near-misses, the pressure gets too much for him and he screams out the secret on a live talk show, resulting in the duo losing their wealth.
  • Last Day to Live: The episode "Nearly Departed" has Timon and Pumbaa get stung by a beetle whose venom is fatal after 24 hours, so they make their final moments count. It turns out they're unaffected by the venom in the end because it has no effect on meerkats and warthogs.
  • Latex Perfection: In "Congo on Like This" the tiny tarsier turns out to be a wolf in disguise.
  • Lemonade Stand Plot: In "Lemonade Stand Off", on a hot day in the desert, Timon gets the idea to start his own lemonade stand, with him as the Chef and Pumbaa as the Sales Hog. Unfortunately, because Timon's lemonade is infested with bugs, it drives away their customers. When Timon and Pumbaa argue over who was to blame, the two go their separate ways and run their own lemonade stands. A man who has been crawling through the desert for weeks is thirsty and wants some lemonade to drink, but Timon and Pumbaa's sales antics drive him away, which leads to the two destroying each other's stands. At the end of the episode, Timon and and Pumbaa make up with each other and decide to keep their bug-infested lemonade for themselves.
  • Lighter and Softer: See Denser and Wackier above, but while this series is not without its serious or emotional moments, it's still very much sillier than the films.
  • Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: Unlike in the other media of the Lion King franchise, humans show up in the setting besides the African fauna.
  • 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.
  • Lorre Lookalike: The jeweler/butterfly collector is one, with a squat body, vaguely European accent, and Dreary Half-Lidded Eyes.
  • 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.
  • Mirror Reveal: In "Beetle Romania", Timon wakes up as a bug after being cursed by Madame Credenza, but doesn't realize it until he washes his face in the mirror.
  • Name and Name: The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa is named after the eponymous sidekick duo in the Lion King franchise.
  • Negated Moment of Awesome: In "Boara Boara", when beseeched by the Natives to restore their sacred fire, Pumbaa manages to do so using only his mind. Then he ends up making it rain...
  • Never Trust a Title: The episode "Doubt of Africa" involves the duo helping a tigress regain confidence in hunting. Except tigers don't live in Africa. However, the episode also features an Asian elephant (judging by his small ears), making it clear they're not in Africa as the title suggests.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: Quint, whose job and title changed on every episode that featured him.
    • In "Library Brouhaha", Rita Book is a librarian in the beginning of the episode, but at the end, she is a nurse.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Speedy The Snail is Bing Crosby.
  • No Ending: The climax of "Be More Pacific" sees Timon getting an idea to stop the fire-breathing chicken that Pumbaa wished for. While Pumbaa is trying to fend off the chicken, Timon is looking for another magic fish so they can wish the chicken away...and then it just fades out.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • In "Russia Hour", while Timon and Pumbaa are about to visit Pumbaa's uncle Boaris, Pumbaa reminds Timon of what happened during their visit to Pumbaa's cousin Mildred, telling him to promise to behave.
    • "Be More Pacific" has Pumbaa reminding Timon about the time they found a magic lamp and screwed up their wishes, leading to a flashback in which they gained each other's physical forms.
    • In "Rome Alone", as one of their attempts to convince Claudius to not fight Simba, Timon and Pumbaa threaten to blackmail him if he does, only for Claudius to threaten to blackmail them back by showing a picture of them at the Hakuna Matata Convention in Orlando, Florida, much to their disturbance.
  • Obliviously Evil: Timon's misinformation about wildlife can sometimes lead him to do unintentional villainous acts. Most notable in "Back Out in the Outback", where Timon mistakes Bruce the land crab for a giant bug and tries several times to catch and eat him.
  • 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 
  • Photo Identification Denial: In "The Law Of The Jungle", while Timon is being pursued by police vultures, he hides in a stump and has Pumbaa sit on it to hide him. The vultures show Pumbaa a photo of Timon and ask if he's seen him. This is Pumbaa's response.
    Pumbaa: I have never seen Timon before in my entire life, and I would never rat out my bestest best friend (Timon kicks him) Ow! I mean uhh, Timon is only a so-so friend (Timon kicks him) Ow! I mean I wish he would stop kicking me-(Timon kicks him) Ow! I mean I don't know what you're talking about!
  • Pinocchio Nose: A variation occurs in "Timonocchio", where Timon's tail grows longer for every time he brags.
  • 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, which forces Zazu to deal with Jumbo Jumbo, a stubborn elephant who is blocking the river by lying across it. After Zazu makes repeated failed attempts to get him to move, he finally gets around to asking why Jumbo Jumbo is doing this, and the elephant reveals that he's sitting there because he thinks it's his day off. Zazu quickly resolves the problem by providing evidence that it's currently his own day off... but once the river has been released, 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.
  • Satchel Switcheroo: In one episode, the duo's suitcase is accidentally switched with an identical Briefcase Full of Money, and they spend the whole episode trying to escape from Criminal Quint, who wants it back. At the end, they toss the briefcase off a cliff to get him to stop chasing them, only for him to open it and realize it's their suitcase with nothing but clothes (which they don't wear anyway) and a can of nuts. He then realizes Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress and falls into a prison. The last scene reveals they may not be Karma Houdinis, as they hear sirens indicating the police are tracking down the stolen money as well.
  • 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 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".
  • Series Finale: Cliphangers.
    • Originally it was meant to be "Mind Over Matterhorn", but the show was uncancelled in 1999.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story:
    • "Nearly Departed" has Timon & Pumbaa, thinking they've been fatally stung by a scorpion-like bug, spend what they think is their last twenty-four hours doing what they want to do. Timon makes up for his years of selfishness with various acts of generosity, while Pumbaa splashes out and treats himself to a life of luxury and adventure. At the end of the episode, however, when twenty-four hours pass and they haven't died, they discover that meerkats and warthogs are immune to the sting. Both are overjoyed... until they realize what it means.
      Timon: Wait a minute! That means I spent a whole day killing myself doing charity work for nothing!
      Pumbaa: And I'm actually gonna have to pay all these bills?! (Holds up an entire armful of credit card receipts)
    • "Puttin' on the Brits" has the duo trying to hide a fox from a persistent hound... only to find that what they thought was a hunt was just a game of tag. Timon and Pumbaa do not take it well, and proceed to chase the fox themselves as revenge for wasting their time.
  • 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.
  • Skewed Priorities: In "Amusement Bark", Boss Beaver chews out his son for sabotaging the log flume ride Timon and Pumbaa are riding... because Timon and Pumbaa will be able to sue for monetary compensation if they get injured.
  • Sluggish Sloths: In the episode "Hakuna Matata U.", the duo start a school teaching Hakuna Matata, and their only students are a nerdy owl and a sloth that does nothing but sleep. Timon chooses the sloth as his student and quickly views him as a prodigy. At the end, the sloth does not attend the graduation, because he rolled in his sleep and somehow ended up on a plane.
  • 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.
  • Sudden Intelligence: In "Beetle Romania", the airheaded Pumbaa suddenly acts like a Quintessential British Gentleman when Timon, who was turned into a bug by Madame Credenza and accidentally eaten by him the next day, plugs in the intercom in his brain to talk to him from the inside. Pumbaa's literally pea-sized brain even grows bigger when the intercom's connected.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome:
    • In "Shopping Mauled", Timon and Pumbaa try to avoid Irwin by hiding in various stores at the newly-built Hakuna Matata Megamall, some of where they pretend to be someone/something their not, such as ugly dogs and a food critic. When the mall gets destroyed due to a gas leak, Timon and Pumbaa are chased by an angry mob due to their impersonations, which leads to the vulture police threatening to arrest the two for steering up trouble. When Timon and Pumbaa try to convince the mob that they are truly innocent citizens of the jungle, the police tell them that this is not enough to let them off the hook and suggest that they have someone vouch for them.
    • In "Alcatraz Mataz", after Timon is framed by Toucan Dan for committing a crime of stealing a traincar full of beak polish, he and Pumbaa get thrown into jail by the vulture police. In order to clear their names, Timon and Pumbaa desparately escape in order to get Toucan Dan to confess his crime. When the vulture police arrest Toucan Dan after finding out that he's the true criminal, Pumbaa tells Timon that now that his good name has been cleared, he is now free from prison. However, the police throw Timon and Pumbaa back into jail, telling them that even though they are innocent of the crime, they still disobeyed them by escaping when they were told not to, which is a federal offense.
    • In "Once Upon a Timon", Zazu informs Rafiki that Simba's royal reputation is at stake and is concerned about Timon and Pumbaa's influence on him, telling the baboon that Simba still only eats bugs. Having lived with Timon and Pumbaa for so long, it's natural that Simba's adjustment to the Hakuna Matata life did not just go away that easy.
    • "Washington Applesauce" and "Serengeti Western" have Timon and Pumbaa save a town from a threat (an apple-eating evergrowing worm in the former and an outlaw gang in the latter) but realize that they destroyed it in the process. As a result, instead of being praised by the townspeople, they get chased out of the town.
    • In "Visiting Pig-nitaries", Timon confesses to the Empress of Etiquettica and her assistant that he and Pumbaa are not the cultured dignitaries that they were pretending to be, telling them that they are proud of who they are and that they should accept it. They get thrown out of the palace.

    Tropes T to Z 
  • 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.
  • Terrifying Tiki: One of these appears in "Oahu Wahoo", named Bahuka.
  • Title Montage: The opening is a montage of clips of the show, bookended by new animation of Timon and Pumbaa singing "Hakuna Matata". The clips featured in the montage would differ depending on the season (and whether the episode was made for the CBS Saturday morning run or The Disney Afternoon).
  • There Are No Therapists: Rafiki averts this. He usually counsels and gives therapy to the animals of the Pride Lands.
  • Through a Face Full of 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.
  • Ugly All Along: The "Beauty and the Wildebeest" episode has Rafiki helping an ugly wildebeest to improve his looks and manners so that he can romance a beautiful gazelle that he has a crush for. In the end, the gazelle, touched when the wildebeest is willing to reveal his hideous visage to scare off a rival at her birthday party, removes her makeup and reveals herself to be just as ugly as he is and they both share a kiss before the end credits.
  • 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, as usual, 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).
  • Uvula Escape Route:
    • The episode Beetle Romania has Timon being transformed into a bug; Pumbaa manages to catch him in his mouth, but Timon grabs Pumbaa's uvula in an attempt to avoid being swallowed. It doesn't end well.
    • The episode Unlucky in Lesotho has Pumbaa trying to hide a panther cub from Timon by putting it in his mouth. The cub starts hitting Pumbaa's uvula, eventually causing him to spit it out when Timon isn't looking.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: While the series is usually more lighthearted and goofy than its predecessor, it has its fair share of villains who prove to be quite deadly and dangerous foes, with most of them having very few, if any, comedic traits.
    • Cheetata and Cheetato are close to this. While they are both smug snakes, they prove themselves to be dangerous predators, as they hunt and intimidate their victims in their unique sophisticated style, with a heavy implication that they have eaten many animals during the three months the hyenas were gone. They also have the benefit of having baritone voices.
    • The natives could also count. The leader is shown to be devious and hostile, from demanding that Timon be thrown into a volcano to throwing Timon and Pumbaa into a bottomless pit, where it takes weeks to land and is inhabited by an monstrous beast who initially tries to eat them. His three henchmen may be more dense and can be easily fooled, but they aren't any less competent. They are shown kidnapping Pumbaa and nearly making him their meal as well as attempting to kill Pumbaa in order to remove his tusks, showing that they are just as hostile, aggressive, and ruthless as their leader.
    • Quint sometimes falls into this depending on the job he has. The best example being in "French Fried", where he is an Evil Chef trying to cook Timon and Pumbaa's new snail friend Speedy. During Timon and Pumbaa's attempts to rescue Speedy, Quint tries to kill them by throwing various sharp objects at them and also locks Timon inside a freezer so that the meerkat can freeze to death.
    • The jeweler/butterfly collector is quite malevolent and creepily overzealous. He is shown to not care about the lives of insects, as he kidnaps Speedy the Snail to make an earring out of his shell for his wife and kidnaps butterflies to put them in a collection, both of which he succeeds in doing while the insects are still alive. When he finds out Timon and Pumbaa freed the butterflies, he threatens to put them in a collection until the butterflies come to their rescue.
    • Little Jimmy. Initially, he passes himself off as a cute and innocent bluebird hatchling, but not long after his introduction, he reveals himself to be a deadly and dangerous criminal mastermind who threatens Timon's life if he does not build him a house, let alone reveal his true nature to Pumbaa. He also holds Timon hostage as the police try to catch him. When he gets turned in by Timon and Pumbaa, he pretends to be Mr. Bear's friend in order to get revenge on the duo. After getting Timon and Pumbaa arrested by framing them into breaking the law, he takes advantage of Mr. Bear's aggressive nature by tricking him into thinking Timon and Pumbaa hurt him, knowing that he will murder the duo for what they supposedly did to his "new friend".
    • Mr. Bear is an Anti-Villain example. While he is genuinely a Nice Guy and sometimes shows compassion for Timon and Pumbaa, he still has a terrible temper and gets annoyed very easily to the point where he is willing to hurt or even kill anyone who gets on his bad side. He demonstrates this by breaking and damaging large objects, such as trees, mailboxes, statues, and even metal gates. He also goes as far as eating two children for playing with fire, as well as breaking into Timon and Pumbaa's new fast food restaurant to attack them for not giving him his order.
    • The mummy beetle from "Guatemala Malarkey" is a great threat to anyone who enters his temple. While Timon and Pumbaa journey inside the temple, the mummy beetle attempts to kill them in numerous ways, all while stalking them, hiding behind the walls, and pretending to be a statue.
    • The jackal from "Congo on Like This" is a tricky, clever, and sinister predator. He is implied to have eaten countless animals, as Timon and Pumbaa find a carcass in the middle of the jungle and his cave being filled with carcasses. He has spent months trying to get Timon and Pumbaa away from Simba, with his final attempt being to disguise himself as a tarsier and trick Timon into thinking that Simba is about to eat him and Pumbaa. When he leads Timon and Pumbaa into his cave, he reveals his true nature and comes close to eating the duo until Simba comes to their rescue.
    • Mr. Pirebat from "Jamaica Mistake?" is, as Pumbaa puts it, a nefarious, bloodthirsty vampire bat. He has his bat assistant Enos lead the victim into their house, where he pretends to be a gracious dinner host so that he can fatten the victim and suck their blood at midnight. He actually succeeds in sucking Timon and Pumbaa's bloods, as they are revealed at the end to have become vampire bats and as they fly off in search for blood, Mr. Pirebat's evil laugh is heard in the background.
    • "Oahu Wahoo" has Bahuka, a Terrifying Tiki who speaks telepathically so that only Timon can understand him. He is quite deadly, vengeful and demanding, putting very little value in life. If Timon is to even question his obedience to Bahuka, he threatens his life and the stability of the island in which they stand. When Timon betrays Bahuka by throwing him into the volcano after he demanded the meerkat by throwing in "the pillow" (Pumbaa), he nearly kills Timon and Pumbaa by wiping out an entire island.
    • The cobra from "Once Upon a Timon" is shown to be clever, cunning, and a quite dangerous threat to Timon's former colony. It kidnaps Princess Tatiana and takes her to its lava pit, where it holds her captive and attempts to eat her. During Timon and Pumbaa's attempt to rescue Tatiana, it comes very close to eating the two meerkats until Pumbaa saves them, leaving it to accidentally fall into the lava.
  • Villain Protagonist: The hyenas in their limelight episodes.
  • 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.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Lester, the wish granting whale in "Be More Pacific", has a deep, salty sailor type voice... even after turning into a human princess once the curse is lifted.
  • 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.
    Timon: Pumbaa, our whole life is camping. We live outside. You want wonderful fun? Let's check into a nice hotel for a couple of nights, order up a big bug platter from room service, use those little shampoos.
    • 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.
    • In "Visiting Pig-nitaries", the assistant of the Empress of Etiquettica expects some visiting dignitaries and mistakes Timon and Pumbaa for such, to which Timon takes advantage of. This raises the question, what happened to the real visiting dignitaries?
  • 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.
    • "Recipe for Disaster" has this on both ends after Pumbaa blurts out the fact that his and Timon's salsa is made of bugs on a live talk show. Timon, frustrated and upset at having lost all the money and success he ever wanted, chews Pumbaa out for costing them their wealth by giving the recipe away. But Pumbaa, while still acknowledging that he let Timon down, tearfully fires back by calling him out for putting on so much pressure, leading the meerkat to a Heel Realization.
  • 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.
  • Work Off the Debt: In "Amusement Bark", Boy Beaver repeatedly frames Timon for property damage at Boss Beaver's amusement park, which results in Timon (and Pumbaa) being forced to work at demeaning jobs in the park to pay off the debt. At the end of the episode, Timon and Pumbaa get their revenge by assuming ownership of the park and forcing Boss Beaver and Boy Beaver to work there.
  • 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.
  • Worthless Treasure Twist: "Guatemala Malarkey" has Timon and Pumbaa trekking through an ancient temple in search of the "Prized Jewel-Encrusted (And Very Worth A Lot Of Money) Glorious Golden Fruit Fly", which Timon hypes up as a priceless treasure. After an entire episode of Pumbaa saving an unwitting Timon from various traps and a giant mummy beetle trying to kill them both, it turns out that the Glorious Golden Fruit Fly, far from being prized or jewel-encrusted, is nothing more than the free prize in a box of Jacker Cracks. Pumbaa is, naturally, pissed at Timon for dragging him through all that danger for what turned out to be worthless tat.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Banzai and Ed seem to have no problem hurting Shenzi, the female member of the group. In "Cooked Goose", the hyenas are shown fighting each other via Big Ball of Violence and in "Big Top Breakfast", Banzai is about to hit Shenzi on the head with a stick for insulting him, although he misses and he accidentally hits Ed instead.
  • 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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Chocolate Mud and Bugs

"Chocolate Mud and Bugs" was a Timon & Pumbaa cereal. The "mud" was the chocolate cereal and the "bugs" were marshmallows, and the box came with a Disney Read-Along DVD with a story, songs and lessons in vocabulary.

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