The Lion King II: Simba's Pride
The Lion King 1½
The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa
The Lion King: Six New Adventures
Uncle Max (uncle)
- "What do you want me to do, dress in drag and do the hula?"
Timon is the tritagonist of The Lion King, a supporting character in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, and the main protagonist of The Lion King 1½. He is a meerkat and the best friend of Pumbaa and Simba.
Timon is a pale brown meerkat, with dark brown stripes, a cream chest, and a red patch of hair on his head.
For most of the time, Timon is comical and wisecracking. However, Timon can also be selfish at times, but he shows a lot of heart as shown in the final battle for Pride Rock when he and Pumbaa go to extreme measures to distract the hyenas so Simba could confront Scar at Pride Rock.
Despite his high intel, Timon is not as smart as he thinks he is, as he takes Pumbaa's ideas as if they are his own. Though he is scared of predators and disasters happening, Timon seems to be a bit of a daredevil. This was shown to be possible multiple times.
Timon is often lazy and despises work. He won't do anything for anybody unless he gets a reward in return, there are consequences if he doesn't, or he owes somebody a favor. Timon is also shown to be a bit hypocritical at times.
- Timon: "Ugh...we're going to fight your uncle...for this?"
Simba: "Yes Timon. This is my home."
Timon: "Oh...talk about your fixer-upper. Well if it's important to you we're with you till the end."
- —Timon and Simba, prior to the conflict with Scar
Timon is a wisecracking, comical meerkat who is best friends with Pumbaa. When growing up in a colony of meerkats, far from the Pride Lands, he is not skillful at digging tunnels unlike most of his fellow meerkats, and while on sentry duty, he resorts to daydreaming.
After the success of The Lion King, Timon and Pumbaa were given their own spin-off TV series, which ran for 85 episodes between September 1995 and September 1999, and occasionally had cameos of other Lion King characters.
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?"
Timon: "Wrong! When the world turns its back on 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. (clears throat) Hakuna Matata!"
- —Timon teaching Simba about Hakuna Matata
In the film, Timon is seen riding on Pumbaa's back when trying to rescue young Simba from buzzards. At first reluctant, Timon decides to take Simba in and they revive him. When Simba recovers from his exhaustion, he walks off and thanks them. But, Timon and Pumbaa follow him and question his background. When Simba tells Timon about his troubles, Timon teaches the young cub to the philosophy of "Hakuna Matata" (Swahili for "no worries"). He, along with Pumbaa, teaches Simba to eat grubs instead of his usual diet consisting of zebras, antelopes, and hippos.
When Simba fully matures into an adult, he gazes out at stars with Pumbaa and Simba. After Simba talks about his theory of stars taught by his father earlier in the film, Timon mocks his theory and calls Mufasa indirectly a "mook." Days later, he is singing with Pumbaa "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" until he notices Pumbaa had ran off to chase a beetle. When Timon hears his friend screaming, he finds Pumbaa stuck in the grasp of a tree root and sees Nala ferociously chasing after them. They are rescued by Simba, and after the fight between Simba and Nala, he is shocked that Simba and Nala made up so quickly. After he meets Nala and learns that Simba was to be a king, Simba tells him and Pumbaa to leave so he can catch up with Nala. Seeing Simba and Nala embrace each other, Timon fears that his companion’s friendship with him and Pumbaa will be over through singing the opening verse and the ending verse (with Pumbaa) of "Can You Feel the Love Tonight."
The next morning, Timon is awakened by Nala who questions him and Pumbaa about where Simba is. When Rafiki tells him, Pumbaa, and Nala that Simba is going back to the Pride Lands, he learns more about Simba's backstory through having a conservation with Nala. He finds Simba with Nala, and he agrees to help Simba win back his rightful place as king. When they are close to Pride Rock, Simba calls for Timon to find a way to distract a group of hyenas crowding Pride Rock. At first reluctant, but he agrees to it and sings a hula song with Pumbaa which gets the hungry hyenas to follow them clearing the path for Simba to encounter Scar at Pride Rock.
He is finally seen during the climatic battle at Pride Rock, facing off against the hyenas, alongside Pumbaa and the Pridelanders. When Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed chase him into the den of Pride Rock, he runs inside the ribcage which Zazu is held captive. When Banzai calls Pumbaa a "pig," he tells them that they are in for it, successfully beats off the hyena trio, and frees Timon and Zazu. After Simba defeats Scar, he witnesses Simba taking back his rightful throne and is seen waving his hands in a classic victory sign during the presentation of Simba and Nala's newborn cub.
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride
- Pumbaa: "I love moments like this."
Pumbaa and Timon: "Love, not like! Love! *Cries*"
- —Timon and Pumbaa
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 along 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 him 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 tells her to get out of the Pride Lands. But, Zira frightens him when she roars at him. Timon also remarks in the conservation calling Kovu a "fuzzy maraca." After the conservation, Timon along with Pumbaa, Nala, and the Pridelanders head straight back to Pride Rock while Simba stays behind to scold at Kiara.
Years later, when Kiara matures into an 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." Soon after that, Timon fights alongside Simba and the other Pridelanders 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
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 Uncle Max who escapes being eaten. As a result, Timon loses favor among his colony and leaves to go find his place in life.
While on the journey, he meets Rafiki and teaches him "Hakuna Matata." Also, he tells the meerkat to "look beyond what you see" and assumes his dream home is Pride Rock. He 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 new-born prince. Timon and Pumbaa take their new home until it destroyed. They venture into the Elephant Graveyard and the gorge when they enter a wildebeest stampede. Timon, having survived a waterfall, gives up until he is awakened the next morning and sees a jungle that they make their new home.
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 fail.
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 from the meerkat burrows into the lustful jungle he called home.
In the spin-off series, Timon and Pumbaa have many wacky adventures in their jungle oasis. The uttermost premise of the series centers around him and Pumbaa going to exotic places such as Las Vegas, Paris, Russia, and Hollywood, while other episodes involve Timon getting into "get rich quick" schemes.
In the musical based on the same film, 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
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 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.
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.
- "Hakuna Matata"
- "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"
- "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"
- "That's All I Need"
- "Stand By Me"
- A real meerkat at the Fellow Earthlings Wildlife Center, Inc. near Palm Springs, California was the inspiration for the movie version of Timon, and was his namesake.
- In the episode, "Once Upon a Timon" of The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa TV series, Timon's last name is revealed to be Berkowitz. It is thought to be a reference to an animator, Justyn Berkowitz, who regularly contributed to the show.
- In The Lion King 1½, Timon and Pumbaa settle down for the night just behind Pride Rock after Simba's presentation. The next morning, Timon is awakened by Simba, Nala, and the other animals singing "I Just Can't Wait To Be King." This is impossible, because Simba would have had to have grown overnight into a cub, and the song's scene took place far from Pride Rock.
- In The Lion King 1½, it is clearly shown that Timon meets Rafiki before the scene in the original film where Rafiki announces that Simba has returned to Pride Rock, but Timon says, "Who's the monkey?" implying they never met.
- Similar to Pumbaa's little flashback during the song "Hakuna Matata," Timon originally had his own musical flashback but didn't make it into the movie.
- Timon has various love interests; Lulu, Kataka, and Tatiana. In King of the Jungle, he was married to Tesma.
- "This must be where the deer and the antelope play!"
- —Timon as a herd of antelope run by
- "Talk about your fix upper."
- —Timon agreeing to help Simba
- 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 and Pumbaa: "GIRL?! Oi! (faint)"
- —Timon and Pumbaa mistaking Kiara for being a boy
- Simba: "Hakuna Matata?"
Pumbaa: "Yeah, it's our motto!"
Simba: "What's a motto?"
Timon: "Nothing, what's a motto with you?! (laugh)"
- —Timon teasing Simba
All Voice Actors
- The Lion King - (1994) - (film) - Nathan Lane (speaking and singing)
- Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable - (short film) - Nathan Lane
- The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa - (1995–1998) - TV series - Nathan Lane-Quinton Flynn (first season), Kevin Schon (second to final season)
- The Lion King II: Simba's Pride - (1998) - (film) - Nathan Lane
- The Lion King 1½ - (2004) - (film) - Nathan Lane
- Kingdom Hearts II - (2005) - (video game) - Bruce Lanoil
- Timon and Pumbaa's Wild About Safety - (2007–2009) - (short series) - Bruce Lanoil