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Skin color

Pink and purple

Eye color


Biographical information



Hakuna Matata

Relationship information

Pumbaa, Simba, Timon

Not ssso fassst... Let'sss talk about what'sss for lunch.

Joka is a male python.

Joka attempted to eat Timon, only for Simba to arrive and beat Joka back. Despite his failure to eat Timon, Joka resolved to isolate Timon from his friends. In order to do so, he decided to spread lies to Pumbaa and Simba so as to turn them against Timon. His plan eventually worked, with the three friends splitting up. With Timon alone, Joka attacked, but Pumbaa and Simba returned and saved their friend. After Joka's defeat, the trio threw the python into a ravine.


Early life

Joka lived in the jungle.[1]

Attack on Timon

Your little friend sssaysss to tell you that the warthog isss back. He alssso sssaysss to tell you they don't want to sssee you anymore. You're no longer their friend.
―Joka lies to Simba[src]

Timon was searching for grubs when he heard a rustle in the bushes. He stopped fooling around and listened closely, but when the sound was not repeated, he shrugged and went back to his hunting. The search continued, and he heard the rustling again, followed by hissing. Timon was a little uneasy but tried not to think much of it. Soon, he heard another rustle and turned to see the giant python Joka slithering toward him. Joka's tongue was flicking in and out of his mouth, and he was giving Timon a nasty smile.

Joka hypnotizes Timon.

Timon, frightened of Joka, tried to run but was hypnotized by Joka's eyes. Joka wrapped himself around Timon and began to squeeze. Just in the nick of time, Simba leaped over a fallen log and slashed at Joka's head. Joka let go of Timon, who slumped to the ground, and turned to face Simba. Joka taunted Simba, then lunged forward. Simba twisted out of the way and pinned Joka to the ground with all four paws. Joka managed to wriggle free and slithered off into the grass. Timon, horrified at the catastrophic event, fell over in a dead faint. Simba immediately rushed over to Timon and tried to awaken him, concerned for his frightened friend.

Pumbaa, who had been watching from afar, rushed up and began worrying over Timon as well. After a moment, Timon sat up and began feeling himself all over, appalled that he was still alive. After he was reassured by his friends, the three of them agreed that they should never separate and should stick to each other day and night, just in case Joka decided to return. Unbeknownst to the three friends, Joka was hanging from a nearby tree and had overheard the whole conversation. When they were gone, he continued to sit in the tree, trying to think up a good plan on how to get Timon on his own. Finally, in the middle of the night, an idea came to Joka, who decided to try and destroy Timon's friendship with Pumbaa and Simba.

The next morning, Joka approached Pumbaa, who was waiting under a banana tree for some fruit to fall. Joka greeted Pumbaa in a friendly manner, then started to hypnotize him. Pumbaa tried to run away but was unable to do so and stayed rooted to the spot. Joka then started lying to Pumbaa, claiming that Timon had called Pumbaa "stupid" and had said that he "smelled bad." After confusing the dazed warthog, Joka slithered away, leaving Pumbaa sluggish and dizzy.

Joka watches Timon get abandoned.

Later, Joka found Simba basking himself on a rock. Joka began to tell him lies, claiming that Timon had told Pumbaa that he did not like hanging out with Simba and only wanted him around as his bodyguard. Simba growled, and Joka slithered away. A little while later, Joka found Pumbaa scratching his back against a tree. He told Pumbaa that Timon had told Simba that he would rather hang around with Simba than Pumbaa. Joka said that it must be true since they were always together. Pumbaa, glaring at Joka, trotted off.

All throughout the day, Joka did things to get under the three's skins. He rustled the leaves around Timon, making him cranky and jumpy with his other friends, which made Pumbaa and Simba start to believe Joka's lies. Pumbaa, thinking that Timon only liked Simba, became jealous of Simba; Simba, thinking that Timon only wanted him around as a bodyguard, became jealous of Pumbaa; and Timon, thinking he was not being protected well enough, became exasperated with them both. By nightfall, none of the three friends were talking to each other.

Eventually, Pumbaa was sitting by himself beside a waterfall, brooding over his ruined friendships. However, as he was thinking things over, he heard a rustle behind him. Thinking it was Timon coming to apologize to him, Pumbaa turned around, only to find Joka hanging from a nearby tree. Pumbaa tried to order Joka to leave, but the python refused. He said that he had news from Timon, but Pumbaa asked if he could really believe what Joka told him. Joka told Pumbaa that it was up to him whether he believed it or not. He then continued by saying that Timon did not care whether Pumbaa came back or not because his new best friend was Simba. Joka then slithered up into the branches of the tree, leaving Pumbaa alone.

Meanwhile, Simba had been searching everywhere for Pumbaa, looking in all his favorite spots, to no avail. Tired, Simba began to climb a tree to take a short nap so he could wake up, refreshed, and continue his search for Pumbaa. But when he climbed into the tree, he ran into Joka. The python brought him a false message from Timon, saying that "the warthog" had been found and that neither he nor Timon wanted to see Simba again. Joka then left, and Simba roared after him.

Simba began to feel sad over the loss of his two best friends. But as he continued brooding over what had happened, he thought over all the odd things Joka had said. He finally came to the conclusion that Joka had been lying since Timon would never call Pumbaa "the warthog;" he would call him "Pumbaa." Simba then realized that Joka was setting a trap for Timon and that Simba had helped set it.

Joka attacks Pumbaa.

Meanwhile, Timon was gathering a pile of sticks, planning to throw them at Joka if the python appeared. He mumbled to himself that it may be better to hide under the pile rather than throw the sticks at Joka. He then decided to climb a tree, but as he approached the tree, he was horrified to find that Joka was hanging from one of the branches. Timon backed away but fell into a mud hole. Joka slithered down the tree and approached Timon.

Afraid of getting hypnotized again, Timon refused to meet the python's eyes. He instead tried to run, but Joka cut him off every which way he tried to go. Unable to think of anything else, Timon began to dig a hole in the ground, but Joka was faster and wrapped himself around Timon, beginning to squeeze him tightly. Just in the nick of time, Pumbaa burst into the clearing and demanded Joka drop Timon. The python refused, and Pumbaa rushed at him. Pumbaa attempted to free Timon, but every time he tried to spear Joka with his tusks, the python moved Timon in the way of the attacks. Pumbaa began to get worried that he may accidentally spear Timon, so he stopped the assault.

Just as Joka continued to squeeze Timon again, Simba leaped into the clearing, demanding that Joka drop his friend. Again, Joka refused. Pumbaa then took Joka by surprise and pinned him up against a tree. Simba leaped in and clawed at Joka, freeing Timon, who collapsed to the ground and dragged himself away from the battle. With Timon out of the way, Pumbaa began to spear Joka with his tusks, but Joka managed to wrap himself around Pumbaa and squeeze him tightly. Simba leaped forward and snapped at Joka's neck. Joka immediately let go of Pumbaa and cowered to the ground, realizing that the battle was lost. He tried to make it up to the friends and get away without any scratches, but the three decided to throw him into a ravine so he would never return.[1]

Physical appearance

Joka is a massive, long-bodied python. He has purple scales, dark purple stripes, and a pinkish underbelly. His eyes are normally blue-green but change to an assortment of colors when he uses hypnosis.[1]

Personality and traits

Ssso that'sss what I mussst do. I mussst get the little meerkat on hisss own. That meansss I mussst get rid of hisss fat, busssybody friendsss.
―Joka on Timon and his friends[src]

Joka is sly, cunning, and manipulative. He is extremely intelligent and quick-witted, as he was able to formulate complicated plans against Simba, Timon, and Pumbaa in a short amount of time. He has the power to twist his words into whatever he wants and uses hypnotism to lure unsuspecting victims into believing his empty words.[1]



  • Joka's name means "large snake" in Swahili.[2]
  • A python who bears a striking resemblance to Joka appears in All Mud and Motor Mouth; the two look similar, speak in the same manner, and try to eat Timon.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 McGuire, Leslie. A Snake in the Grass (1994). ISBN: 0717283518.
  2. Online Swahili - English Dictionary. African Languages. Retrieved on September 14, 2020.
  3. Revealed in All Mud and Motor Mouth from The Lion King: A Nature Fun and Learn Series. Issues 12–14 (1995–1997).