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"Do you see any other big, lovable chunk of warthog here?"
This article is about the character from the 1994 film.
You may be looking for the character from the 2019 film.

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Physical information




Eye color


Biographical information
Also known as

   Honey (by Ma)
   Pops (by Simba)
   Sweetie (by Ma)
   Timmy (by Ma)
   Tunnel klutz (by a member of his colony)
   Uncle Timon (by Bunga)




   Pride Lands
   Hakuna Matata (formerly)


   Pride Landers
   Timon's colony (formerly)

Relationship information

Ma (mother)
Bunga (adoptive son)
Simba (adoptive son)
Uncle Max (uncle)
Nala (adoptive daughter-in-law)
Kiara (adoptive granddaughter)
Kion (adoptive grandson)



Well, Simba, if it's important to you, we're with you to the end.

Timon is a male meerkat. He is the adoptive uncle of Bunga and Simba, and the best friend of Pumbaa and Simba.

When Simba fled the Pride Lands, he nearly died from exposure in the desert. However, Timon and Pumbaa rescued him and revived him in their jungle home. They proceeded to teach Simba the Hakuna Matata lifestyle, and he adopted it readily, becoming their close friend. The three lived in the jungle together for many years until Simba's childhood friend, Nala, found him and implored him to return to the Pride Lands. Timon and Pumbaa joined Simba in his quest to take back the throne and were ultimately successful.

In the years following Simba's ascent to kingship, Timon and Pumbaa became frequent babysitters of his rambunctious daughter, Kiara. Additionally, they adopted a young honey badger named Bunga, who became friends with Simba's son, Kion.



The Lion King

Timon: It's 'you gotta put your past behind you.' Look, kid, bad things happen and you can't do anything about it. Right?
Simba: Right.
Timon: Wrong! When the world turns its back on you, you turn your back on the world.
Simba: That's not what I was taught.
Timon: Then maybe you need a new lesson. Repeat after me. Hakuna Matata!
—Timon teaches Simba about Hakuna Matata[src]

Timon inspects Simba, who had fallen unconscious in the desert heat

Timon is first seen riding on Pumbaa's back, running among a flock of vultures to scatter them for fun. Pumbaa notices that the vultures have gathered around Simba's unconscious body. When Timon surveys Simba and realizes that he is a lion, to his horror, he tells Pumbaa to flee, but Pumbaa insists that they remain and nurture the cub. Timon says that Simba will surely kill them when he becomes big enough to do it, but Pumbaa claims that this will not happen if they teach him to be on their side.

Timon initially laughs at this idea but then claims it as his own, accepting Simba as his future friend and protector. Together, he and Pumbaa take Simba to a pool of water, where Timon splashes water on the cub's face, reviving him.

Timon revives Simba by splashing water onto the cub's face

Timon tells Simba that he had saved his life, but Pumbaa, dissatisfied, snorts at him, causing Timon to recognize that Pumbaa had helped. However, Simba depressingly walks away. Timon mutters that the lion looks blue, to which Pumbaa says that Simba looks more brownish-gold, and Timon explains that "blue" is just a metaphor for depression. Timon and Pumbaa chase after Simba, and Pumbaa asks, "What's eating ya?" Timon jokes and said that Simba can't be eaten since lions are at the top of the food chain. He laughs out loud but then notices that Pumbaa and Simba are not, so he stops laughing and asks Simba where he came from.

Timon teaches Simba about his and Pumbaa's carefree way of life

Simba says that it doesn't matter because he can no longer go back. Timon concludes that Simba is an outcast and cheerfully says that he and Pumbaa are as well. Pumbaa asks Simba what he'd done, but Simba says that he doesn't want to talk about it. Timon claims that they don't want to hear about it. Simba goes on to say that the only way to solve his problem is to change the past. Pumbaa tries to explain "Hakuna Matata" to Simba but gets confused, and Timon tells him to lie down before he hurts himself.

The meerkat then explains that in bad times, one has to leave his past behind. He asks Simba if it's true that one cannot do anything when something bad happens, and Simba agrees. However, Timon refutes him and tells him that he should turn his back on the world when the world turns its back on him. He and Pumbaa then sing "Hakuna Matata".

Timon scoffs at Simba's belief in the Great Kings of the Past

During the song, they introduce Simba to their home. When Simba asks what a motto is, Timon quickly comes up with a new joke, asking "what's a motto with Simba," and then he and Pumbaa burst out laughing. The two then talk to Simba about Pumbaa's backstory and how Hakuna Matata improved his life. Timon also makes lunch out of bugs for Simba and teaches him that they are actually a very healthy and delicious snack. Simba agrees to live with them and quickly make friends with the duo.

When Simba fully matures into a young adult, he gazes up at the stars with Timon and Pumbaa. Timon congratulates Simba on a good, loud belching. Pumbaa then asks Timon what the bright dots in the sky are, and Timon says that they are the fireflies. When Pumbaa says that he thinks they're balls of gas, Timon jokingly says that with Pumbaa, everything's gas. After Simba talks about his theory, taught to him by his father earlier in the film, Timon mocks his theory and indirectly calls Mufasa a mook. Simba sadly leaves the meadow, and Timon questions if it was something he'd said.

Timon attempts to save Pumbaa from a hungry lioness

Timon later sings "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" with Pumbaa until he notices that Pumbaa has run off to chase a bug. He starts to run through the jungle, looking for his friend and hears shouting and growling. Suddenly, Pumbaa runs in front of him and gets stuck under a raised root. Timon asks what's going on, and Pumbaa hysterically yells that a lioness is going to eat him. Timon climbs onto his friend's back and raises his head, seeing an angry lioness running toward them. He bravely jumps between the lioness and Pumbaa and shoves at Pumbaa's rear, unsuccessfully pushing him forward.

When the lioness jumps at them, Timon opens his arms to protect Pumbaa and screams in horror, but then Simba jumps at the lioness and knocks her to the ground, starting a battle with her. Timon pats Pumbaa on the back, calming him, and promises that he is there for him and that everything is going to be okay. He then turns to Simba and the lioness and starts to shout instructions at Simba about where and how to strike her. While they're wrestling, Timon cheers for Simba and then turns to Pumbaa, reminding him that he had known Simba would come in handy.

Timon expresses confusion over Simba's relationship with Nala

The lioness manages to pin Simba to the ground, causing him to realize that the lioness is his childhood friend Nala. When she recognizes him as well, they start to happily jump around each other, while Timon watches in confusion. He comes between them and loudly asks Simba what's going on, and Simba introduces Nala. Timon remains puzzled by the fact that Simba is friends with someone who'd just tried to eat Pumbaa.

After Pumbaa and Nala exchange friendly greetings, Timon asks for a time-out and restates the scenario, ending with an exclamation of frustration. Simba tells him to relax but soon engages in conversation with Nala, who reminds him that he's the king. Timon snorts and disbelieves Nala, but Pumbaa is thrilled with the idea starts to grovel at Simba's feet. Timon, disgusted, rebukes his friend but then turns to Simba, asking if it's indeed true. Simba claims it's not, but Timon is now convinced of Nala's story.

Timon sings "Can You Feel the Love Tonight", during which he laments the blossoming romance between Simba and Nala

Simba tries to say that he's still the same guy, but Timon reminds Simba that he now has power. Interjecting herself into the conversation, Nala asks Timon and Pumbaa to leave her and Simba alone. Timon boldly states that she can say whatever she wants in front of them, but Simba tells them to leave them in privacy. Aghast, Timon departs with Pumbaa.

The two spy on Simba and Nala as they two go for a walk through the jungle. Timon complains about the situation, and when Pumbaa doesn't understand, he explains to him through song that Simba and Nala are falling in love and will, therefore, leave Timon and Pumbaa without their buddy Simba. Broken-hearted, the two cry together while Simba and Nala embrace.

Nala explains Simba's return to the Pride Lands to Timon and Pumbaa

The following morning, the two are seen sleeping in their nest without Simba. Nala wakes Timon, who thinks he is being attacked by carnivores and starts screaming, accidentally waking Pumbaa. Nala calms them down, and Timon tells her to never do such things again. Nala asks them if they have seen Simba, but Timon tells her that he had thought that Simba was with Nala.

At this moment, Rafiki appears on a nearby tree and announces that Simba has returned to Pride Rock. Timon is not clear as to what the baboon has said, but Rafiki disappears before he can explain. Timon asks Nala who the "monkey" is, but she just says that Simba has gone back to confront Scar. Pumbaa wonders who has a scar and Nala clarifies that she's talking about Simba's uncle. Doubly confused, Timon questions whether the monkey is Simba's uncle, and Nala frustratedly explains that Simba has gone back to challenge his Uncle Scar to take his place as king. Finally, the two understand.

Timon does the hula in order to distract a group of hyenas

After hearing that Simba is in trouble, Timon and Pumbaa journey to the Pride Lands to help their friend, who is happy to accept their company. Timon, however, is confused as to why they are fighting for a barren wasteland. Simba explains that it is his home, and, accepting the lion's words, Timon pledges his loyalty. Once near Pride Rock, Timon and Pumbaa create a diversion (singing Hawaiian War Chant, dressed in a gown of grass and with a flower in hair) in order to let Simba and Nala reach Scar unnoticed. After the hyenas take chase, Timon and Pumbaa manage to escape in time to return for the final battle, where they fight the hyenas in a style similar to their bowling for buzzards.

Timon and Pumbaa look on as Simba ascends Pride Rock

In the midst of the fight, Timon is targeted by Banzai and chased into Scar's cave. There, he hides with Zazu and begs the hyenas not to eat him. Just in time, Pumbaa shows up and frees his friend, who cheers as the hyenas flee the cave. After the battle, Timon stands beside Pumbaa as they watch their friend ascend Pride Rock and take his place as king. Months later, Timon stands on Pumbaa's back next to Nala and Simba on the edge of Pride Rock. As the animals of the Pride Lands gather to see the presentation of Simba and Nala's newborn cub, Timon waves his hands in a classic victory sign, welcoming this new addition to the Circle of Life.

The Lion King II: Simba's Pride

Gee, Simba. The good news is we found your daughter. The bad news is we dropped a warthog on her. Is...there a problem with that?
―Timon goes in-character as though talking to Simba[src]

Timon scolds Kiara for running off

After Kiara is presented to the animals at Pride Rock, Timon assumes Kiara is a boy and tells Pumbaa about the adventures they will have. He faints alongside Pumbaa when Rafiki corrects them by telling them that Kiara is a girl. Months pass and Kiara becomes a young, playful cub.

When Kiara runs off to play, Simba instructs Timon and Pumbaa to watch over her so she doesn't get hurt or cause trouble. They find Kiara, but she eventually runs off when he and Pumbaa begin to debate over bugs. Timon is seen again when Zira encounters Simba and tries to tell her to get out of the Pride Lands, but Zira frightens Timon when she roars at him. Timon also remarks in the conversation that Zira's son Kovu is a "fuzzy maraca." After the conversation, Timon along with Pumbaa, Nala, and the Pride Landers head straight back to Pride Rock while Simba stays behind to scold Kiara.

Timon and Pumbaa attempt to explain to Kiara why they were following her

Years later, when Kiara matures into a young adult, Simba again instructs him and Pumbaa to make sure she doesn't get hurt. When Kiara finds Timon, she questions his presence and Timon tells her that he is shopping for various items for the den. Kiara realizes he's lying and runs away again. He along with Pumbaa tries to go after her, but they lose her.

The next morning, when Kovu is teaching Kiara how to hunt, Kovu accidentally runs into Timon. Timon, frightened, thinks he is going to eat him. But, when Kiara appears, he enlists the help of the lions to scare off the birds from taking their feeding grounds. It soon turns into a game until they run into a herd of rhinoceros that chase them the opposite way.

When Simba is injured from the ambush by Zira and the Outsiders, he along with Pumbaa, Kiara, and Zazu find and assist him back to Pride Rock. When Kovu comes to apologize for the ambush, Timon is quick to blame him and comically wants "to get at him."

Timon threatens the Outsiders with Pumbaa's gas

Soon after that, Timon along with Pumbaa discover that Kiara is not inside Pride Rock (having left to find Kovu) and ends up revealing this to Simba before joining the other Pride Landers after Zazu warns Simba that the Outsiders are coming to the Pride Lands to fight.

When some Outsiders surround Timon and Pumbaa during the battle, he comically uses Pumbaa's tail as a shotgun and scares them off. Finally, after the battle is over, he looks alongside Pumbaa and Zazu when Simba, Nala, Kovu, and Kiara roar on top of Pride Rock.

The Lion King 1½

Friends stick together to the end.
―Timon declaring Pumbaa as his new friend[src]

Timon telling Ma that he dreams of a better home

The film begins by explaining Timon's backstory in which he lives in a meerkat colony far away from Pride Rock and is hated by his fellow meerkats for destroying their tunnels every week. Unable to fit in, Ma, who always tries to make Timon's hair look neat, tries to get her son to be on sentry duty. Timon is mentored by Uncle Max who teaches him to "scurry, sniff, flinch." While on guard, he starts doing the exercise until he starts singing "That's All I Need." When he finishes singing, the hyenas appear and push him aside to infiltrate the meerkat colony. The hyenas repeatedly try to eat meerkats, but they escape into their burrows except for Uncle Max who escapes being eaten. As a result, Timon loses favor among his colony and leaves to go find his place in life.

Timon, while on his way to his first dream home, gets stopped by Pumbaa, who has something to tell him

While on the journey, he meets Rafiki, who teaches him "Hakuna Matata." Also, he tells the meerkat to "look beyond what you see," which Timon assumes to mean that his dream home is Pride Rock. Timon later meets Pumbaa and uses him to protect him from predators. When he arrives at Pride Rock, he and Pumbaa find the animals gathered to see Simba. With the option of Pride Rock as his dream home gone, he finds a new home near Pride Rock. When they enter the crowd, Timon pulls Pumbaa's tail which makes the animals pass out and appear to be bowing before the newborn prince.

Timon and Pumbaa make a new home away from Pride Rock until it is destroyed during "I Just Can't Wait to be King" when Timon hits the leg of an elephant, causing the tower of animals to collapse. The two venture into the Elephant Graveyard and the gorge, where they enter a wildebeest stampede. Timon, having survived a waterfall, gives up until he is awakened the next morning and sees a jungle, which they promptly make their new home.

Timon about to remove the stick that got blocked in order for the hyenas to fall into the trap

After a short period of time, they take young Simba in and raise him under the philosophy of "Hakuna Matata." When Simba grows into a full grown adult, he meets and falls in love with his old friend Nala, causing Timon to think Simba's love for her will spell doom for his friendship with him. Along with Pumbaa, Timon tries several ways to stop the new couple "from feeling the love tonight" and fails.

When awakened by Nala the next morning, she tells the two that Simba needs their help in order to defeat Scar. Thinking Simba ran out on him, he decides to stay behind, which causes him to break his friendship with Pumbaa, who wants to help. Rafiki indirectly talks sense into Timon and finds Pumbaa to restore his friendship with him. Timon along with Pumbaa, Ma, and Uncle Max defeat the hyenas thus helping Simba reclaim his rightful place as king. After Simba becomes king, he becomes a hero when he delivers his colony to the jungle paradise.

The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar

When Timon's adopted son Bunga is offered a job on the Lion Guard, Timon is at first hesitant, but he is soon won over and congratulates his adopted son on the role.

Other roles

The stage musical

Tom Alan Robbins and Max Casella as Timon and Pumbaa

In the stage musical version of The Lion King, Timon is portrayed as a marionette puppet with an actor dressed in a green costume.

Timon's role throughout the musical is considered the same, with an additional scene appearing during the beginning of Act II when Simba leads Timon and Pumbaa to find a resting place where Timon and Pumbaa want to sleep, but Simba is unable to sleep and leaves into the dark. In another scene, Simba challenges Timon to leap across a fast-moving river, but the meerkat is swept downstream by the current until he reaches a waterfall, where he grabs onto a branch and calls for Simba's help but Simba is paralyzed by a flashback of Mufasa's death where Timon falls from the branch and Simba snaps out of the flashback rescuing his friend where Simba is ashamed that Timon nearly died because of his recklessness. Meanwhile, after this incident, the trio stargaze, and when Simba offers his theory of the origin of the stars, Timon mocks Mufasa's saying, which makes Simba leave.


The Lion King: Six New Adventures
A Tale of Two Brothers

Timon is mentioned when Rafiki tells a story about Mufasa and Scar. It is recounted that he and Pumbaa had rescued Simba and taken him in to live with them in a faraway jungle.

A Snake in the Grass

At the start of the book, Kopa is upset with his friend, Afua, who has found a new playmate in a cheetah cub named Beba. Timon and Pumbaa decide to teach the cub a lesson about friendship by telling him their own story. When Simba was still living with them in the jungle, a giant python named Joka tried to split the friends apart through lies and deceit in order to get Timon alone. His idea worked, and the three friends split up. Simba, however, soon figured out that it was a trap, and when Joka attacked Timon, his friends came to the rescue. After winning the fight, Simba threw Joka down a ravine, and the python was never seen or heard from again. After hearing the story, Kopa admits that maybe he was wrong about Afua and decides to forgive his friend.

Follow the Leader

Timon and Pumbaa appear briefly, bothering an exhausted Simba.

A Little Help From a Friend

Before leaving his daughter Kiara, Simba instructs Kiara to stay near Pride Rock with Timon and Pumbaa beside her at all times. Disappointed, Kiara begins to plot a way to get away from her babysitters so she can go to the western canyon herself. With a devious plot forming in her head, the young cub leads Timon and Pumbaa away from the shelter of Pride Rock.

As the trio make their way through the forest, Timon and Pumbaa begin to search the foliage for grubs, completely forgetting about their duty to oversee Kiara. Taking advantage of the situation, the small cub sneaks away and runs into her childhood friend, Kovu. As the cubs are playing, Kiara hears Pumbaa cry out for help. The two friends immediately race to the source of the voice and find that Timon is hanging unconscious from a vine in a tree. Quickly, the two formulate a plan. While Kovu climbs up the tree and frees Timon, Kiara clambers onto Pumbaa's back and catches the meerkat as he falls. After laying Timon gently in Pumbaa's tusks, Kiara bids her friend farewell, as they both agree that he would not be welcome in the Pride Lands.

On the way back to Pride Rock, Timon revives and thanks Kiara for saving his life. The three friends then agree not to tell anyone about their encounter with Kovu but to merely mention him as a friend.

The Hakuna Matata Magazine Series
All Mud and Motor Mouth

This story depicts how Timon and Pumbaa first came to meet.

Video Games

Kingdom Hearts II

In Kingdom Hearts II, Timon is not seen until Simba is seen in the oasis. At this point, he and Pumbaa see that something is troubling Simba and try to cheer up my reminding him of their motto, "Hakuna Matata." As Simba walks off, Timon points out how much Simba has grown. He is eventually

Timon as he appears in Kingdom Hearts II

met by Sora and the gang, and teach them about "Hakuna Matata," which means "no worries." As he leads a conga line with Sora, Donald, Goofy, and Pumbaa in the back, he chants "Hakuna," while the others respond "Matata." However, this carefree antic is put to a stop by Simba's fight with Nala as an adult about going back to the Pride Lands. Later, Timon helps the entire group to try and take down Scar, alongside Pumbaa. However, their tries ultimately fail and they are cornered by Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed in a cave, which leads to Sora to rescue them. At the end of the First Visit, Timon is present and even delivers the line, after the gateway to the next world has been opened, "Hey! What's with the light show?," which shows other people can see the glow that is seen whenever Sora unlocks another gateway.

Second time, Timon is seen only scarcely, but ultimately helps Simba by telling him to "Live for today." He also gives some good advice before facing the Groundshaker.

Epic Mickey

Timon is one of the captive Disney characters in the game and appears within the phony kingdom of Prince Eric.

Operation Pridelands

After Scar's defeat, Timon and Pumbaa are tasked by Simba to bring the animals of the Pride Lands back to his kingdom.

TV series

The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa

In the spin-off series, Timon and Pumbaa have many wacky adventures in their jungle oasis as well as in various places across the globe such as Las Vegas, Paris, Russia, and Hollywood. Timon also tends to get into "get rich quick" schemes.

Season 1

Timon (injured from the flamingo fishing incident) with his old friend, Fred

In the episode "Kenya Be My Friend?", Timon forgets his and Pumbaa's annual celebration Bestest Best Friend Day. After their argument, the two split up to find new best friends, which are their polar opposites Monti and Baampu respectively. When Timon and Pumbaa reconcile, Timon continues to deny forgetting Bestest Best Friend Day to avoid breaking Pumbaa's heart and he offers the warthog the Mister Bug Juicer he gave him.

In "Never Everglades", as Pumbaa believes he laid an egg, he and Timon raise an alligator, whom Timon believes to be an ugly chicken, named by Pumbaa Pumbaa Jr.. Timon is at first reluctant about raising Junior, but he later grows to accept him and finds the alligator (and his girl) a place where they can be properly raised.

In "Rocky Mountain Lie", Timon believes he ate a bug that became Pumbaa's new friend and so lies about what might have happened to him.

Timon doing a good deed by rescuing Pumbaa

In "Tanzania Zany", it is revealed that before Timon met Pumbaa, he had a best friend named Fred, who is a meerkat who enjoys laughing and playing around, as well as pulling practical jokes.

In "Timon's Time Togo", Timon dies from eating a poisonous bug, but the meerkat angel sends him back to Earth so that he can perform one good deed in order to enter Meerkat Heaven. Timon, however, decides to never again do any good deeds so that he'll never die and leave Pumbaa forever.

Timon and Pumbaa rescue Boudreaux from the alligator, proving themselves brave, wise, and true

In "The Law of the Jungle", Timon breaks the law by touching a forbidden stick. Due to that, he gets sent to a jungle court by the vulture police, where a rhino judge, known as the Wonderful Rhino of Laws, comes up with various tests for Timon to prove his innocence.

In "Okay Bayou?", Timon and Pumbaa take a journey at the Louisiana Bayou to prove themselves brave, wise, and true, with the lesson being taught by Ancient French-speaking possum Boudreaux.

In "The Sky is Calling", Timon and Pumbaa argue over what to do with a meteorite that fell right between them. Rafiki tells them that the meteorite falling between the two is a sign of them no longer having to do anything with each other. Timon and Pumbaa soon suggest that they work together to put the meteorite back up where it belongs, with Pumbaa doing all the work and Timon having nothing to do with it.

Season 2

Timon, with the help of Pumbaa, tries to pass the manhood test in order to become a full-fledged meerkat

In "Isle of Manhood" Timon is revealed to be taking a manhood test in order to become a full-fledged meerkat. He is also revealed to have a secret place where he hides all the letters from the Meerkitten Society, which state that he has never passed the test. When Timon finally passes, thanks to Pumbaa (and his teasing), he temporarily becomes very manly.

In "Beetle Romania", after Timon attempts to eat gyspy moth Madame Credenza, she puts a curse on the meerkat, which does not take effect until the next morning, where he turns into a beetle. Pumbaa mistakes Timon for a real beetle and eats him, making Timon find a way out of his friend's body.

In order to win Pumbaa back, Timon attempts to make himself smelly

In "Scent of the South", it is shown that Timon sometimes finds Pumbaa's natural smell disgusting. While Pumbaa goes to a skunk expert's help to improve his smell, Timon believes Pumbaa's left him for the skunk because of her smell. So the meerkat decides to make himself as smelly as possible in order to win Pumbaa back.

In "Alcatraz Mataz", Timon is framed by Toucan Dan for committing a crime, which is stealing a train car full of beak polish. Due to the unfair accusation, he and Pumbaa are thrown into jail by the Vulture Police. In order to clear Timon's name, Timon and Pumbaa plan a desperate escape, where they can get Toucan Dan to confess that he is the true criminal.

Timon and Tatiana

In the episode "Once Upon a Timon", a pre-existing version of Timon's backstory was revealed. He lived in a more civilized colony, which was ruled by the Duke Meerkat and his daughter Princess Tatiana, whom Timon had a massive crush on. One day when Timon had guard duty while the Duke was away, he was convinced by Fred to leave his post to speak with the princess. While he was preparing for his date, a snake invaded the colony and kidnapped Tatiana. As a result, Timon got blamed for abandoning his post and was exiled from the colony. He soon met and befriended Pumbaa, who was also an outcast. Soon enough, the two came across Tatiana, who was held captive by the snake, and rescued her. When Timon returned to the colony with Pumbaa and Tatiana, he was offered to marry the princess and get the good life, but that would mean leaving Pumbaa. Therefore, he decided to stay with his pal and live a Hakuna Matata life.

Season 3

Timon teams up with the Mooks after convincing them that he's their father

In "Timon...Alone", Timon decides to start a new life as a writer and wants to be away from Pumbaa in order to concentrate. He later realizes how lonely he is without Pumbaa and decides to find his friend and quit his new lifestyle as a writer.

In "Don't Be Elfish", Timon wants a video game for Christmas. So he and Pumbaa get jobs at the mall, with Pumbaa being Santa and Timon being an elf. Timon makes kids meet his every need or they won't get to talk to Santa. Then one of Santa's elves shows up and tells Timon that he's on the naughty list. So Timon desperately tries to get on the nice list to get his video game.

In "Ice Escapades", Timon reveals that he dreams of becoming an ice skater and suggests that he and Pumbaa become world's famous ice skating champions. It turns out that Timon is not good at ice skating, but Pumbaa suggests that he keeps trying in order to live out his dream, which he does.

In "Mook Island", it is revealed that while Timon and Pumbaa were in Paris, France years ago, Timon got his DNA pulled out by mad scientist Dr. Screwloose, which he used to create a race of rude beings called Mooks.

Around the World with Timon & Pumbaa

After Pumbaa develops amnesia from getting struck by lightning, Timon attempts to restore his friend's memories

While Timon and Pumbaa traipse the jungle, Pumbaa gets struck by lightning and develops amnesia. In order to restore his friend's memories, Timon attempts to have him recall the events of some of the past episodes of the series, as well as the original film on some occasions.

When Pumbaa gets his memories back, Timon rejoices, only to get struck by lightning and having Pumbaa break the fourth wall by getting the viewers to rewind the tape all the way to the beginning, as it will help Timon remember.

The Lion Guard
"The Rise of Makuu"

When Ono attempts to get Timon and Pumbaa to help wash away Bunga's stink, the two stick up for him, justifying his smell. The four sing "Don't Make a Stink". After the song, Timon and Pumbaa lap up the bugs that land on Bunga's head.

"Bunga the Wise"

After Bunga mistakenly thinks that Rafiki has called him the smartest animal in the Pride Lands, he goes off to tell his adopted uncles, Timon and Pumbaa, who immediately set him up to be a sage.

Timon and Pumbaa speak with the Lion Guard

When the Lion Guard arrives at Hakuna Matata Falls, they see animals lined up to meet Bunga. Bunga and his adopted uncles, Timon and Pumbaa, sing "Bunga the Wise" with the gathered animals about Bunga's wisdom, much to the Lion Guard's dismay. He then doles out bad advice to the lined up animals.

Seeing the disaster for what it is, Kion attempts to talk Bunga out of his idiocy, but the honey badger refuses to rejoin the Lion Guard. Timon ushers the friends out of Bunga's lair, and the Lion Guard reluctantly leaves.

Later, the Lion Guard sees Bunga at the head of a parade, celebrating his great wisdom. Kion runs up and once again attempts to make Bunga see reason, but the honey badger points out that everyone loves his advice. Timon adds that Bunga had fixed the dam, but just then, the dam breaks and the animals are forced to flee across the plains. Though Timon and Pumbaa call to their adopted son, urging him to flee, Bunga takes off after his friends.

"The Kupatana Celebration"

Timon appears briefly at the Kupatana celebration.

"Fuli's New Family"

When Bunga is bitten by the venomous Ushari, Timon and Pumbaa rush to Rafiki's tree, where they proceed to weep over their adopted son. However, much to their delight, Bunga is proclaimed immune to snake bites, and they invite Fuli to join in the celebrations. At Hakuna Matata Falls, Timon attempts to serve her bugs, but she politely declines. Unwilling to let her go, he begins to make conversation with her and discovers, to his delight, that her fur is incredibly soft. An uncomfortable Fuli eventually manages to leave the celebration behind.

"The Search for Utamu"

Timon and Pumbaa sing "Utamu"

While the Lion Guard searches for Utamu grubs, Bunga tells his friends about the day he'd met his uncles, Timon and Pumbaa. Long ago, when he'd just been a young honey badger, he'd encountered Timon and Pumbaa singing "Utamu". Instantly smitten, Bunga had begun following them around until Timon had instructed him to climb a tree and fetch them some Utamu grubs. When Bunga had succeeded and given the grubs to Timon, the meerkat had allowed him to stay, and the three have lived together ever since.

When Bunga fails to catch any Utamu, the Lion Guard travels to Hakuna Matata Falls, where Bunga admits to his uncles that he's failed this year. Timon gently reminds the honey badger that they celebrate not because of the Utamu, but because of their relationship with Bunga. They then reveal that Utamu grubs had fallen out of the sky, and the group shares in a feast of grubs.

"Bunga and the King"

When Bunga and Simba get trapped in a sinkhole, Timon and Pumbaa are brought to the caverns in order to help find them. However, the two break down into sobs until they are reunited with their lost sons, who greet them joyously upon being reunited. At the end of the episode, Timon and Pumbaa sing "Hakuna Matata" with the rest of their friends.

"The Imaginary Okapi"

Timon and Pumbaa are briefly seen bathing in a water hole during "You're Gonna Love It Right Here".

"Beware the Zimwi"

When a group of young animals claims to have seen the Zimwi, Timon gets the group's attention by scratching a rock wall with a stick. Once the young ones gather round, Pumbaa informs them that Timon is the only animal in the Pride Lands to have survived an encounter with the beast. Though Pumbaa claims that Timon has seen the Zimwi, Timon explains that his mother's cousin's friend knows an ox who was eaten by the Zimwi. Kion questions how the ox could have told anyone about the Zimwi if he had been eaten and Timon answers that Kion would have to ask the ox.

"Never Roar Again"

Timon can be seen as a cave painting during "Stand Up, Stand Out".

"The Lost Gorillas"

While in the Theluji Mountains, Bunga constructs a snow ball as a souvenir for Timon.

"Rafiki's New Neighbors"

Timon and Pumbaa relax at Hakuna Matata Falls before they are interrupted by Chama, Mzaha and Furaha.

"The Ukumbusho Tradition"

Timon directs the Lion Guard in practicing their lines for the Ukumbusho Tradition

In Mizimu Grove, Ma Tembo the elephant directs her herd in preparing for the Ukumbusho Tradition.

Under Ma Tembo's direction, the Lion Guard begins practicing their lines. Just then, Timon and Pumbaa arrive to help the Lion Guard with their lines. However, before they can start, Ma Tembo points out that the Lion Guard is traditionally composed of lions only, which prompts Makini to suggest that she paints each Lion Guard member to resemble a lion. Though Fuli is reluctant to accept the idea, Makini dresses up the Lion Guard to resemble lions, then takes off to paint the elephants.

Timon watches the Ukumbusho Tradition

With Makini gone, Timon and Pumbaa attempt to direct the Lion Guard on their lines, claiming that they know best how lions act since they raised Simba. Kion tries to pitch in his opinion, but Timon silences him, and the duo continues to guide the Lion Guard in their practice.

Presently, Timon becomes frustrated with the Lion Guard for being unable to speak their lines while holding the symbolic Branch of Peace in their mouths. Timon suggests throwing the branch away, but Kion protests that it is essential for the ceremony.

Later, Timon watches Ukumbusho alongside Pumbaa.

"Timon and Pumbaa's Christmas"

Timon decorates a tree with gourds and fruit in preparation for Christmas

Rafiki the mandrill teaches his young apprentice, Makini, about the holidays of the Pride Lands. One such holiday intrigues Makini, and Rafiki explains that it is called "Christmas" and that it had been brought to the kingdom by two outsiders, Timon and Pumbaa. He then launches into the tale.

In the Pride Lands, Bunga assists his uncles, Timon and Pumbaa, in decorating an acacia tree with colored gourds. Timon attempts to place a star fruit at the top of the tree, but in doing so, he accidentally snaps a branch and begins to plummet toward the ground. Coincidentally, the Lion Guard arrives at the base of the tree, and Beshte catches the falling Timon on his back.

Timon expresses sorrow over the continued absence of Dandy Claws at Christmastime

The Lion Guard then inquires about the oddly decorated tree, and Bunga explains that they are decorating their tree in honor of Christmastime. He claims that Timon and Pumbaa made up the holiday themselves, but the two correct him by saying that they had heard about it from other animals. They add that Christmas is about gift-giving and that a mysterious creature called Dandy Claws often leaves presents for the animals of the savanna. Timon, Pumbaa, and Bunga then sing "Christmas in the Pride Lands", in which they extol the unconventional holiday.

At the conclusion of the song, Timon weeps over Dandy Claws's continued absence, and Pumbaa explains that Dandy Claws only brings presents if animals perform a special song called "The Twelve Ways of Christmas" under the Christmas tree on Christmas morning. This only worsens Timon's mood, and not even Bunga and Pumbaa can cheer him up.

Timon attempts to sleep his way out of facing another Christmas morning without Dandy Claws

The next morning, Bunga hastens to Hakuna Matata Falls, where he awakens his uncles from their slumber. At first, Timon is reluctant to wake up, as he does not wish to face another disappointing Christmas, but Bunga insists that the two follow him to the Christmas tree. Once there, Timon and Pumbaa are met by the Lion Guard, who sing "The Twelve Ways of Christmas" to them with some animal recruits.

After the song, Timon and Pumbaa weep with joy, and Timon thanks the gathered animals for making his Christmas vision come true. Despite Timon's joy, Bunga expresses sorrow that Dandy Claws had not appeared. However, Pumbaa appears dressed in white flowers and a gourd hat and proclaims that he had hoped to make Timon's Christmas better by dressing up as Dandy Claws. He then admits that he had spent so much time assembling his costume that he'd been unable to give Timon gifts.

Timon thanks Pumbaa for making this Christmas the best Christmas ever

Timon is quick to tell Pumbaa that he is not bothered by the lack of gifts, for the Pride Landers' song and Pumbaa's costume is more than enough of a present. He then reminds Pumbaa that the song had left them with many gifts, including berries and bugs, and the two conclude that this has been their best Christmas yet. The Lion Guard then decides to make Christmas an annual holiday in the Pride Lands, and the gathered Pride Landers yell, "Merry Christmas!"

"The Scorpion's Sting"

When Simba is stung by a scorpion, Timon stays by his adopted son's side, mourning the king's illness. He rejoices when Simba recovers.

"Cave of Secrets"

Timon appears in a painting during the musical sequence, "Wisdom on the Walls".

"The Fall of Mizimu Grove"

Timon and Pumbaa sing "Tujiinue"

At Big Springs, Timon and Pumbaa wander by on the trail of a slug. No sooner have they left when Makini arrives and shows off a plant root that will be part of her mpando mpaya, which is the traditional planting of a new baobab tree by a Royal Mjuzi. This prompts Kion to chase after Timon and Pumbaa, and ask them to perform at Makini's mpando mpaya. That way, the Pride Landers will treat it like a celebratory event and have their spirits raised. Delighted, Timon and Pumbaa agree.

At Mizimu Grove, Rafiki and Simba announce the celebration, and Timon and Pumbaa perform their song ("Tujiinue"). In the midst of the celebration, the Army of Scar attacks, and the Pride Landers rise up to defend themselves. The battle pauses when Scar appears in the flames and threatens to overtake the entirety of the Pride Lands. Frightened by Scar's unexpected appearance, the remaining Pride Landers flee Mizimu Grove.

"Battle for the Pride Lands"

Timon is one of the Pride Landers to wave goodbye to the Lion Guard.

"Return to the Pride Lands"

Timon is ecstatic when Bunga returns to the Pride Lands. He and Pumbaa greet him with a hug. Later, Timon watches the Battle of the Lion Guards, cheering for Bunga during his competition against Shabaha. He reacts with shock when Vitani calls for a mashindano. He also attends Kion's coronation.

House of Mouse

Timon in "House of Mouse"

Timon is a recurring character on the House of Mouse television shows and films. Timon made appearances usually along with Pumbaa, but also with Simba, Rafiki, Nala, Mufasa, Scar, Zazu, Shenzi, Banzai and Ed. He often has a comment on a certain performance (most of the time it's rude). In the episode Timon and Pumbaa, Timon and his buddy get into an argument and do not reunite until Pumbaa is embarrassed on stage and Timon backs him up.

A recurring gag in the series involves Timon trying to eat Jiminy Cricket and nearly succeeds until Pumbaa saves him. In "Donald's Pumbaa Prank", Pumbaa is kidnapped by Pete and Timon spends the evening trying to find his friend through the help of the club's staff. Eventually, through the help of Donald Duck, Pumbaa is returned safely.

In Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse, Timon and Pumbaa are asked their Christmas wishes. While Pumbaa wants grubs, Timon desires air fresheners for Pumbaa's odor problem. At the end of the film, it is revealed that Timon actually did get an air freshener for Pumbaa. However, Pumbaa was pleased by the gift.

Wild About Safety

Timon holds the poster of The Lion King

Timon and Pumbaa star in a series of educational shorts centering steps on living a healthy and/or safe life. Timon however, acts as the example most of the time, not knowing any safety/healthy guidelines. This leads Pumbaa to teach his friend about a certain topic. Many of the episodes begin with Timon and Pumbaa enjoying an activity when Timon demonstrates an act of irresponsibility to his own well-being, which prompts Pumbaa to begin the lesson. Timon can behave rather dim-witted in the shorts, following the lines of the television series where it was revealed that Pumbaa was the real brains of the outfit, and Timon would usually just steal his ideas.

Disney parks

Timon appears in the Disney parks as a meetable character. He was a very common walk around character who was usually seen with Rafiki. As of 2011, though, he now mostly only appears at Disneyland Paris and very rarely shows up at Walt Disney World and Hong Kong Disneyland.

Timon and Pumbaa also appear as mascots for the Disney theme parks by hosting for park safety as a good way to help theme park guests figure out what to do and what not to do when being checked by cast members and park security. You can see their images on the posters for the entrances and exists for the park.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Timon in "The Festival of The Lion King"

Timon, along with Pumbaa appears as a mascot or Disney's Animal Kingdom and can be found in numerous areas of the park. Timon also appears in Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade during Christmas time.

Festival of The Lion King

In the live stage show, Timon is the host and tells tales of The Lion King. In the show, Timon along with Simba and Pumbaa host a series of songs and stunts from The Lion King film. Timon is accompanied by a pack of monkeys who perform different stunts and tricks and are a pain in the neck according to Timon.


Timon appears during the bubble montage in Disney Hollywood Studios' version of the show. Timon later reappears riding either the Mark Twain Riverboat or Steamboat Willie.

An Environmental Fable

Timon and Pumbaa are planning on building "Hakuna Matata Lakeside Village Resort" in the jungle by damming the river and draining a nearby watering hole. This prompts Simba to show them another species whose actions have affected the environment for the worse - humans.


Timon and Pumbaa are featured on the Disney Fantasy cruise ship's show about three high school graduates who meet various Disney characters on their biggest adventure ever. Timon and Pumbaa are the first of the characters to be introduced and sings "Hakuna Matata" to teach the kids to loosen up and be carefree when they can.

Safety Smart®: Healthy and Fit!

Timon and Pumbaa perform the song "Healthy and Fit."

Personality and traits

Timon: Ugh...we're going to fight your uncle...for this?
Simba: Yes, Timon. This is my home.
Timon: about your fixer-upper. Well, Simba, if it's important to you, we're with you till the end.
—Timon vows loyalty to Simba[src]

Timon is known for his comical and wisecracking nature. Timon can also be selfish at times, but he shows a lot of heart, as shown in the final battle of Pride Rock when he and Pumbaa go to extreme measures to distract the hyenas so Simba can confront Scar. Despite his high intelligence, Timon is not as smart as he thinks he is, for he often takes Pumbaa's ideas as his own. Though he is scared of predators and disasters, Timon seems to be a bit of a daredevil. Timon is often lazy and despises work. Sometimes, he won't do anything for anybody unless he gets a reward in return. Timon is also shown to be a bit hypocritical at times.

A screenshot of Timon, reflecting his cheeky and mischievous nature

He doesn't hides his feelings when he is displeased, as seen when he has to live with a meerkat colony or when he has to fight for the dry and ravaged Pride Lands. Despite this, he refuses to show disappointment in the places that he and Pumbaa visited during their quest, but only because coming to them was his idea and he didn't want to admit that he was wrong. Also, Timon has poor concentration, as seen when he doesn't listen to Nala when she talks about Simba's vengeance against Scar, when he and Pumbaa have to babysit cub Kiara, and when he wanders from his sentry duties. As Ma said, Timon is sometimes too literal, as when he misunderstands Rafiki's advice to "look beyond what he sees".

Voice actors




Timon and Pumbaa in Leroy and Stitch

  • A real meerkat at the Fellow Earthlings Wildlife Center near Palm Springs, California, was the inspiration for the film version of Timon and was his namesake.
  • In The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa, Timon's last name is "Berkowitz". It is thought to be a reference to an animator, Justyn Berkowitz, who regularly contributed to the show.
  • In The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa, Timon has three stripes on his back instead of five. This is likely due to the smaller budget of the show. However, there are a few shots in the series where Timon has all five of his stripes.[3][4]
  • In the Timon & Pumbaa episode "Recipe for Disaster", Timon's middle name is revealed to be "Leslie", which is one of his secrets.
  • A scene in The Lion King 1½ in which Timon refuses to go to the Pride Lands with Simba, Nala, and Pumbaa is based on a similar scene from the 1993 script of The Lion King.[5]
  • Timon's line, "Pumbaa, this could be the start of a beautiful...acquaintanceship," is a reference to popular line from the film Casablanca: "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."
  • Timon and Pumbaa make a brief cameo appearance in the background of the film Leroy and Stitch.

In development

  • Similar to Pumbaa's flashback during the song "Hakuna Matata", Timon originally had his own musical flashback that didn't make it into the final film.


This must be where the deer and the antelope play!
―Timon as a herd of antelope run by[src]
Talk about your fixer-upper.
—Timon agreeing to help Simba
Pfft! That's not a king! That's a fuzzy maraca!
―Timon making fun of Kovu[src]
Timon: Oh, Pumbaa, look at the little guy. A chip off the old block! And you gotta know who's gonna raise him!
Pumbaa: His parents?
Timon: Well, I mean sure, get technical. But Who's gonna teach him the really important stuff like how to belch, (burps) and dig for grubs. I'm telling ya, buddy, it's gonna be like old times. You, me, and the little guy.
Rafiki: (chuckles) It is a girl.
Timon: Girl.
Timon and Pumbaa: GIRL?! Oi! (faint)
—Timon and Pumbaa mistaking Kiara for being a boy[src]
Simba: What's a motto?
Timon: Nothing, what's a motto with you?! (laugh)
—Timon teasing Simba


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