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Pumbaa (2019 film)
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Pumbaa (2019 film)
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   Pride Lands
   Hakuna Matata (formerly)

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Shenzi's clan

I may run from hyenas, but I will always fight a bully!

Pumbaa is a male warthog.

When a young Simba fled his home, Pumbaa and Timon took him in and taught him about their worry-free lifestyle. Years passed, and Simba grew up with his new friends.

One day, a strange lioness was hunting Pumbaa. Luckily, Simba intercepted the lioness just in time. Moments later, he recognized her as his childhood friend, Nala, and the two lions headed off together, much to the chagrin of Pumbaa and Timon.

The next morning, Pumbaa and Timon watched as Simba took off to return to his home, and they decided to follow him. In the Pride Lands, they provided a distraction for the hyenas so Simba and Nala could sneak in unnoticed. Pumbaa and Timon took part in the Battle of Pride Rock, fighting against Scar and his hyena army. Afterwards, Pumbaa and Timon looked on as Simba took his place as the rightful king. Months later, Pumbaa and Timon watched as Simba's cub was presented to the animals of the Pride Lands.


Early life

Timon: He found his aroma lacked a certain appeal. He could clear the savanna after every meal.
Pumbaa: I'm a sensitive soul, though I seem thick-skinned. And it hurt that my friends never stood downwind!
Timon and Pumbaa, on Pumbaa's gas problem as a piglet[src]

As a piglet, Pumbaa was rejected by others due to his constantly breaking wind. This treatment saddened and scarred Pumbaa, who would still lament his flatulence problem years into adulthood. At some point, Pumbaa took up residence in the jungle, living with a gathering of friends, including Timon, who accepted him.[1]

Life with Simba

Can we keep him? Can we please keep him?
―Pumbaa to Timon, on Simba[src]

Pumbaa and his friend, Timon, were chasing off vultures when they stumbled upon Simba’s unconscious body. Timon implored Pumbaa to run for his life, but Pumbaa expressed interest in adopting Simba as a pet. He begged Timon for permission, and the meerkat eventually relented.

Pumbaa begs Timon to let him keep Simba.

The two brought Simba to their jungle home, where they taught him to embrace a “Hakuna Matata” lifestyle. They introduce him to their animal friends and told him that he must eat grubs in order to live with them. Simba agreed, and the two accepted him as their friend.

Over the years, Simba grew up with Timon and Pumbaa. One day, he asked his friends about the Circle of Life, and they explained that life is more like a line in which everyone is out for themselves. Pumbaa insisted that his actions do not affect anyone but himself.

That night, Pumbaa stargazed with his friends. He wondered if the stars were balls of boiling gas, but Timon merely poked fun at him for obsessing over gas. Simba offered his father’s explanation of the Great Kings of the Past, only for Timon and Pumbaa to laugh at him. When he wandered off sorrowfully, Timon blamed Pumbaa, who felt guilty.[1]

Meeting Nala

You thought he was dead? I thought I was dead! I thought you were gonna eat me.
―Pumbaa to Nala[src]

Pumbaa races through the jungle in an attempt to escape from Nala.

The next day, Pumbaa and his friends were wandering through the jungle when they were attacked by a lioness. The lioness targeted Pumbaa and chased him through the jungle. Just before she could catch him, Simba jumped to his aid and fended her off. As they fought, the two recognized each other as childhood friends and had a joyous reunion.

Simba introduced Timon and Pumbaa to Nala. He then left with her to explore the jungle, much to Timon’s disapproval. Pumbaa was clueless as to why Timon was upset, but understood once Timon explained that Simba would fall in love and leave their trio.[1]

Battle for Pride Rock

We are at your service, my liege!
―Pumbaa pledges his loyalty to Simba[src]

Pumbaa attacks a group of hyenas for referring to him as chubby.

The next day, Timon and Pumbaa journeyed across the desert to catch up with Simba, who had left to reclaim the Pride Lands. They distracted the hyenas in order to let Simba and Nala sneak into the kingdom and join in the battle that followed. When the hyenas called him chubby, Pumbaa attacked and declared that he might run from hyenas, but would always fight bullies.

After the fight, Pumbaa watched Simba ascend Pride Rock. Months later, he and Timon witnessed the presentation of Simba’s cub.[1]

Physical appearance

Looks like we'll be having pig for dinner. Plump and chubby.
―A hyena on Pumbaa[src]

Pumbaa is a stout, rotund warthog covered in wiry brown hair. He has a long, wide snout from which two pairs of muddy white tusks protrude. He also sports pointed cheeks, shiny black eyes, and a wild mane of hair that sprouts from the top of his head and runs down the back of his neck. He tends to hoist his tail upright when he walks.[1]

Personality and traits

I will not be made to feel ashamed of who I am!

A good balance to Timon's cynical pessimism, Pumbaa is generally upbeat, cheerful, and optimistic, although he also tends to speak the truth bluntly. He has a big heart, as evidenced when he pled with Timon to let him take the abandoned Simba under his wing, and is protective of those he cares for. Pumbaa is also naturally skittish, and will instinctively flee when threatened by a predator. Despite this, however, he will fight when provoked, as seen when a hyena referred to him as "chubby" during the Battle for Pride Rock.[1]



  • Pumbaa was voiced by Seth Rogen.[2]
  • Pumbaa's name means "be foolish" or "be dumbfounded, be astonished" or "be weak-minded" or "be negligent, be careless, be thoughtless" or "be ignorant" in Swahili.[3]
  • The piglet version of Pumbaa was erroneously depicted as a red river hog.[1][4][5]
  • In the novelization of the film, Pumbaa taught Simba to hunt by chasing off vultures to get their eggs. Simba commented that Pumbaa is a stealthy hunter.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Revealed in Disney's The Lion King (2019). Written by Jeff Nathanson, and directed by Jon Favreau. Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
  2. Seth Rogen. IMDb., Inc. Retrieved on September 26, 2020.
  3. Online Swahili - English Dictionary. African Languages. Retrieved on September 26, 2020.
  4. Baby Warthog newborn. Leopard Walk Lodge. Retrieved on September 26, 2020.
  5. Red River hog. Smithsonian's National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute. Retrieved on September 26, 2020.
  6. Rudnick, Elizabeth. The Lion King: The Novelization (June 4, 2019). ISBN: 136803926X.