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Arnold Aardvark
Arnold
Biographical Information
Name

Arnold Aardvark

Meaning

Eagle Power[1]

Gender

Male

Species

Aardvark

Media Information
Appears

The Shiny Stones

If I had a wish, I'd wish for something really tasty to eat! Have you any useful suggestions, meerkat?
—Arnold to Timon

Arnold is an aardvark who makes his first and only appearance in The Shiny Stones. He meets and befriends Timon when the latter is in search of shiny stones.

Biography

Backstory

I know the ones you mean, but I'm afraid you're too late. Those stones disappeared some time ago. I believe some parrots took them. They seem to like bright, shiny things.
—Arnold about the disappearance of the shiny stones

Arnold is an aardvark who lived in a self-dug warren within or close-by the jungle during Scar's reign. It is unknown if he lived within the boundaries of the jungle or in a surrounding area.

The Hakuna Matata Magazine Series

The Shiny Stones

Timon: Come on, then. If you're going to eat me, make it quick. I don't like pain!
Arnold: My! My! What brave words! Now why would I want to eat something as tasteless as you, when I'd much prefer some delicious, juicy bugs?
—Arnold meets Timon


When they first meet, Timon mistakes Arnold for a cape dog. Although the meerkat attempts to give himself up to the teeth of the beast, Arnold laughs and cheerfully reveals himself to be a harmless aardvark. Relieved that Arnold isn't a cape dog, Timon flings himself at the stranger and gives him a sloppy kiss on the cheek.

Arnoldkiss

Arnold meets Timon

After exchanging introductions, Arnold learns of Timon's quest to find larger shiny stones and informs the meerkat that the stones have already been extracted by parrots. Disheartened but still relieved to be alive, Timon takes the news well and accepts Arnold's offer to travel to the aardvark's warren. Along the way, Timon's sack rips, and a good portion of the shiny stones fall out. When Arnold points this out to Timon, the meerkat admits that he had not noticed the load lighten as they walked.

Upon reaching Arnold's warren, the aardvark explains the rules of the joint to Timon. Guests are to keep the warren clean, pitch in with hunting chores, and, as a joke, give Arnold the juiciest bugs of the catch. The two descend into a happy period of spending time together, helping each other with chores, and decorating the warren with the remainder of Timon's stones. A bit later, however, Pumbaa and Simba come searching for their friend, and Arnold is forced to part with the meerkat. As a gift, Timon leaves the stones behind, and Arnold offers a rare hug to the meerkat before he leaves.

Physical appearance

[...]strange-looking creature[...]
—A physical description of Arnold

Arnold is a portly creature with a round middle, plump legs, and a broad snout. Like most aardvarks, his claws are relatively long, and his ears are widely extended, colored a pale pink on the inside flaps.

A bit odd for his species, Arnold is very dark in color, his fur sleek and slate gray. The end of his snout is a lighter gray mixed with pink, and the tip of his tail is midnight black. His eyes match his fur in color, though they carry a slight tinge of chocolate brown.

Personality and traits

Oh, pur-lease! Spare me all the lovey-dovey stuff!
—Arnold to Timon

Arnoldpersonality

An image of Arnold, reflecting his friendly nature

Cheerful and thrifty, Arnold is a happy-go-lucky aardvark with a sunny disposition and a positive outlook on life. From his first appearance to his last farewell, he is a character who takes every opportunity to help his fellow creature Timon, despite the difference in their species. Many times, he is shown going out of his way to advise Timon, being hospitable enough to open up his own home to the stranger.

Despite his thriftiness, Arnold appears to be somewhat obsessive-compulsive, as he likes things to be done a certain way and in a certain order. His warren is said to be very neat, and he makes a point of warning others to keep it that way. He also has a special set of rules he expects guests to follow, the first of which is to keep his warren neat, the second of which is to pitch in with hunting. By maintaining these rules, Arnold is fair, not keen to be overly kind, but expectant of help.

Even though he is known for being friendly and warm, Arnold does not take well to too much affection. He gets somewhat uncomfortable at too much physical contact, even light hugs, and whines good-naturedly about "lovey-dovey stuff." However, when in the presence of his good friends, he is prone to softening and displaying a more tolerable reaction to outward affection. He makes strong friendships and will be more inclined to accept the affections of those he knows and trusts.


Trivia

  • Arnold's full name is Arnold Aardvark.[2]

Quotes

Timon: My name's Timon - and you're not a wild dog!
Arnold: Well, you're an observant, friendly, little critter! But cut out the kissing, okay? I really can't deal with over-affectionate types!
—Arnold and Timon


I don't mind if you stay here forever, Timon. It's, er, great having you around the place.
—Arnold to Timon

References

  1. [1]
  2. Shiny Stones 5

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