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  • Accidental Innuendo: In the "Timon entering Pumbaa's brain" part of "Beetle Romania", Timon Comically Missing the Point of Pumbaa's lecture about how much of a "pickle" he has gotten himself into and thinking that Pumbaa is talking about him literally being inside "one dilly of a pickle" rather than talking about him having gotten himself into a humiliatingly gigantic amount of trouble due to his reckless-ness and stubborn-ness. Timon then angrily looks around himself, seemingly to make sure that he actually is in Pumbaa's brain rather than his scrotum.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • This could be the case with Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed, considering the controversy of how the film portrays hyenas. While they are still as vicious and threatening as they are in the movie, they seem to be evolving into neutrality as the show progresses, with "TV Dinner", which is the last of their segments, giving them a happy ending. Other hyenas in the series, like the one in "Guru-Some", are also portrayed as good guys instead of threats.
    • The original film didn't give Simba a good reason on why he should be king, as he didn't seem to have any of the necessary skills to rule the Pride Lands. However, the episodes "Congo on Like This" and "Shake Your Djibouti", both of which presumably take place some time during Scar's reign, show that while Simba is living a Hakuna Matata life with Timon and Pumbaa, he is beginning to show the qualities needed to be King of Pride Rock, such as loyalty, bravery, and strength.
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    • Zazu is constantly abused and disrespected throughout the original film. The episode "Zazu's Off-by-One Day", however, implies that he does genuinely get taken seriously.
  • Awesome Art: While any episode sent to Walt Disney Animation Australia is sure to be visually stellar, "Stand By Me" (which was actually colored digitally and released in theaters), "Forbidden Pumbaa", "Beethoven's Whiff/Bumble in the Jungle" and "Jamaica Mistake" are nearly film quality.
    • The title cards for the show are also beautiful, with "To Kilimanjaro Bird" being the best example.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: In "Guatemala Malarkey", Timon wonders if they put any traps in the temple if people steal a treasure chest containing the "golden fruitfly". The ground starts to shake, and then some pretty random things happen, including knifes and axes being thrown at Timon and Pumbaa, ghosts, a dragon surrounded by fire, a clown throwing confetti, a girl water skiing on the water surrounding Timon and Pumbaa, and fireworks. Then, an announcer says "We hope you've enjoyed tonight's performance of 'The Destruction of the Lost, Forgotten, Abandoned Temple Shrine of the Sacred, Glorious Fruit Fly!' Please, exit through the doors to your left. Thank you!" After this, Timon and Pumbaa talk about the value of what's in the treasure chest.
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  • Bizarro Episode: "Amazon Quiver" falls into this, as its theme is about status quo, in which Timon points out that no matter how many times they get chased and nearly eaten by a predator, they always end up fine, only for Pumbaa to point out in return that their luck could eventually run out. In this episode, Timon and Pumbaa get trapped inside a hollow tree by a ravenous panther and wait out the predator until the year 2090, where the three become elderly and the amazon becomes futuristic.
  • Broken Base: Fans of the original movie are divided when it comes to this series. There are some who consider it to be a good and worthy Spin-Off of the film, some who think it's a good show but prefer to think of it as its own canon, and then there are some who ignore it entirely. One of the reasons is for it being mainly just about Timon and Pumbaa.
  • Can't Un-Hear It: After listening to Timon singing "Stand By Me", it may become impossible to hear an instrumental break from another version without imaging Pumbaa shout, "Uh, I don't think I like this song!"
  • Cult Classic: To some who grew up with it.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Any time a character from the films shows up, expect them to steal the show.
    • Some of its Canon Foreigner characters, such as Cheetata and Cheetato and Smolder the Bear, also seem to be gaining a fanbase.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Cheetata and Cheetato.
    • The jeweler's wife in "Ocean Commotion".
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The episode "Oahu Wahoo" has a talking statue named Bahuka order Timon to bring him the airplane warning light from the Empire State Building, which he does. This is followed by a shot of the Empire State Building with several planes crashed into it. This scene was omitted in Disney Channel and Toon Disney airings, for obvious reasons.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: While the show was a modest success at best in the United States, it achieved more success overseas, especially in Europe, Latin America, the Middle Eastnote  and Japan. In fact, the whole reason a third season was commisioned for this show was because of its popularity on various European television networks.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: One episode ("Werehogs of London") featured Pumbaa apparently succumbing to "the curse of the Werehog."
    • There is such a moment connected with a Woolseyism in a foreign dub. The joke about Frenchmen loving Jerry Lewis (mentioned in Germans Love David Hasselhoff plus National Stereotypes tab below) would probably fly over Russian audience's heads, so the Russian dub mentions Gérard Depardieu instead. Cut to 2013, when Depardieu moves to Russia to escape from taxes...
    • Episodes like ("Congo On Like This") and ("Shake Your Djibouti") have Timon & Pumbaa being afraid of Simba for the possibility of him eating them or questioning how good of a lion he is because he isn't as violent as a "lion should be". In The Lion King (2019), Timon and Pumbaa have friends who imply he's not a "real lion" for having a laidback personality and are also afraid of him eating them because of his species.
  • Ho Yay: The "Stand by Me" parody music video sung by Timon about how he needs Pumbaa is a romantic song which replaces "darling" with "Pumbaa" in the lyrics. You won't see it the same way again.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Timon has this going for him. He's manipulative, greedy and short-tempered but he has his fair share of sympathetic moments and generally gets tortured worse than Pumbaa. Just look at his tearful reaction to being banished in "Once Upon A Timon".
  • Moral Event Horizon: Boy Beaver crossed it in Amusement Bark, by having the Log Flume operator Bound and Gagged, then messing with the controls to endanger Timon and Pumbaa while they were on the ride. His father was greatly appalled at this.
  • Periphery Demographic: The first two seasons qualify, as there was quite a bit of No Celebrities Were Harmed and Genius Bonus involved.
  • Seasonal Rot: Fans of the show hate the final season due to numerous changes being made. These involve very different animation, the constant appearance of humans, the other characters of the movie rarely (if ever) appearing, and some downright bad writing. There is a strong rumor that the series, likely as a result of Executive Meddling, gained a different production team that gave it a more child-friendly tone, killing the show's ratings. This has never been confirmed, however, as the series never had any behind-the-scenes information released.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Timon is depicted as a Lazy Bum for not wanting to exercise in "I Think I Canada", but considering that the scale he stood on to gauge his weight laughed at him because of his small size, he probably saw no need to do any exercise at all.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Season three will never let us forget that Timon and Pumbaa are "bestest best friends". The season blatantly spells it out in nearly every episode and basically thrives on friendship moments between the two. While the first two seasons also possessed these qualities, it was balanced out with visual gags, slapstick, Nightmare Fuel and Timon's witty snark and sarcasm, not to mention it being made less obvious at that point.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: The other characters from the film only appear sparsely, despite getting a few enjoyable Days In The Limelight in the starting points of the series. Then there are the original characters of the series, who typically disappear after about one or two episodes.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: "Beetle Romania", judging from its title card, could have mined endless humor from the idea of Timon and Pumbaa being fortune tellers, but instead it's just another "Fantastic Voyage" Plot.
  • What an Idiot!: Timon, despite how insistently he claims to be "the brains of the outfit" between himself and Pumbaa, has quite a few moments of this, most notably taking the phrase "in a pickle" literally in "Beetle Romania" (while Pumbaa is using it to describe the fact that Timon has gotten himself trapped inside his body, no less).
    • There is also "I Don't Bolivia", where he repeatedly falls for Toucan Dan's painfully obvious disguises, even thinking he's 'Santa Claus' at one point, and the many, many times where Pumbaa points out an obvious fault in one of his schemes, only for Timon to dismiss him.

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