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    Timon
    "Hey! What's going on here?! Why am I a jerk with a lack of Hakuna Matata?!" - The real Timon's reaction when the writers flanderized him in Timon & Pumbaa
    Gender: Male
    Type: The Self-Centered Side of Timon
    Age: Unknown
    Species: Meerkat
    Portrayed by: Nathan Lane (some episodes of season 1)
    Quinton Flynn (most episodes of season 1)
    Kevin Schon (seasons 2-3)
    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: Timon & Pumbaa
    First appearance: The Lion King

    Timon is a major character in The Lion King franchise. He is a wisecracking meerkat and the best friend of Pumbaa, a warthog. Though he originates from an industrious family, Timon lives an easygoing lifestyle of grub-eating and sleeping, under a "problem-free philosophy" called “Hakuna Matata.”

    While he was likable in other Lion King media, he was sadly flanderized in Timon & Pumbaa to becoming more selfish and bossy than he was before.

    Why He Intentionally Doesn’t Deserve Any Grubs

    1. He has been badly flanderized as he went from being a boisterous, loving, and loyal friend to Pumbaa into a more rude, obnoxious, arrogant, cocky, selfish and bossy jerk who is a terrible friend to Pumbaa.
      • In "To Kilimanjaro Bird", where Timon steals a bowlful of bugs from a baby eagle and is initially reluctantly about babysitting the eagle in retribution.
    2. The way he's written and portrayed in this show is all over the place. He is supposed to be a comical, friendly, and wisecracking character, yet some of the time, he is portrayed as an arrogant, lazy, rude, selfish, bossy, greedy and short-tempered jerk.
    3. He also developed a greedy disposition and is often involved in get-rich-quick schemes for personal gain
    4. His arrogance and selfishness has been cranked up to eleven, such as:
      • In "Cliphangers Cliphangers," he blames Pumbaa not only for wanting to visit the Cliffs of Moher, but for wanting to go across the globe in various settings which led them into trouble, leading to a flashback montage of the duo visiting different places around the world and getting kicked out.
      • Granted, while Timon may be a thoughtless and self-centered jerk at times in other media, it was not to this extent.
      • He almost keeps calling everyone else a mook, while funny, can get annoying and unfunny after a while in some episodes such as:
        • In "Timon's Time Togo," the book shows that he has been naughty all his life as he has been calling someone a "mook."
    5. He gets into arguments with Pumbaa over little things such as:
      • In "Kenya be my Friend" he makes up the "poem" he wrote, Pumbaa realizes that it didn't rhyme and that Timon did forget Bestest Best Friend Day, which the meerkat keeps denying. Then they get into an argument, leading them to end their friendship and search for new best friends.
      • In "The Sky is Calling" Pumbaa suggests that they should put it back where it belongs, but he wants them to have nothing to do with it, which leads the two to argue over what to do with it and the two turn their backs at each other.
      • In "Rumble in the Jungle" he and Pumbaa are having a bitter argument. When the two get ready to fight but Rafiki quickly stops them.
      • In "Timoncchio", they argue over whether Pumbaa is jealous of his success or not.
      • In "Cliphangers Cliphangers" After the mook flashback montage, He and Pumbaa have an argument and then turn their backs at each other with their arms crossed.
    6. He will often get very angry and annoyed over stupid things such as:
      • In "Never Everglades" Pumbaa calls the alligator "Pumbaa Jr." and tries to raise him, but everything he does is a bad example to the kid and he starts to get angry.
      • In "Be More Pacific" He gets angry at Pumbaa for getting his wish wrong, He then tells his friend to be more specific when he talks to Lester.
      • In "Shake Your Djibouti" He gets angry when their attempt to make Simba pounce fails
      • In "Timon...Alone", he asks Pumbaa what he can do to get away from him and angrily storms off.
    7. He was at his absolute worst in the episode "The Law of the Jungle" when he complains to everyone about the law of touching the stick, saying that it is a mockery of justice. He then breaks the stick, much to Pumbaa and the vulture police's shock and the rhino judge's anger, with him suggesting that he needs a lawyer.
    8. He can be rather psychotic at times such as.
      • In "Mozam-Beaked" He slaps Pumbaa after Pumbaa tries to catch the bird, accidentally pushes the levers, which causes the vehicle to uncontrollably move him all over the place
      • In "Rumble in the Jungle", he even murdered a donkey using a donkey voodoo doll while pretending it to be Pumbaa which is straight up disturbing. He's also a complete idiot for not realizing that he's killing the donkey.
    9. He can also be a very immature spoiled brat to get what he wants.
    10. He can also be a Butt-Monkey in some episodes in which he sometimes makes himself a pathetic punching bag, although he does deserve it in most of the time.
    11. His yelling and screaming voice can get annoying sometimes.
    12. He was basically turned into Disney’s shameless answer to Ren Höek from The Ren & Stimpy Show, but without any of the likeable traits. Same thing with Shnookums from Disney’s The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show.
      • He can also be comparable to later jerkass characters like Eddy from Ed, Edd n Eddy and Bloo from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends for being just as selfish, bossy, greedy, and mean as them.
    13. He sometimes does too much gross humor.
    14. Due to all these reasons, he comes of more like the secondary antagonist rather than one of the main protagonists of the show and worse, he isn't even supposed to be an villain in this show unlike Quint, Shenzi, Banzai, Ed and Scar, which makes him even more unlikable.
    15. While Nathan Lane does a great job voicing him in a couple of episodes, and Kevin Schon did a decent job capturing Lane’s voice, Quinton Flynn's voice for Timon sounds pretty off.

    Hakuna Matata Qualities

    1. he was a much better and funnier character in The Lion King films and other media, with him eventually redeeming himself in The Lion King 1½, The Lion Guard, and the 2019 remake of The Lion King. But his flanderization makes us feel sadder.
      • He did somewhat redeem himself in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, though not much, but at least he's not too bad than he was in his show
      • Despite this, there are still many episodes where he is generally likable, tolerable, funny and even has his original personality such as
        • French Fried
        • South Sea Sick
        • Going Uruguay
        • Palm Beached
        • Jamaica Mistake
        • Once Upon a Timon
        • War Hogs
        • The Big Time No Sleep
      • This thankfully didn’t affect his appearances outside Timon & Pumbaa TV show, as he remained his original likable personality in The Lion King sequel and prequel movies The Lion King 1½, the video games, The Lion Guard and other media.
    2. He was a decent character for the first two segments of episode 1, until the first segment of episode 2 “Kenya Be My Friend”, which set his bossy and jerky personality into motion.
    3. He does get his karma and comeuppance in most episodes where he's unlikable so we cannot classify him as a Karma Houdini or even an Idiot Houdini and examples of episodes include:
      • In "Never Everglades" whenever he tries to do a bad examble to the kid Pumbaa Jr. bites his tail
      • In "Mombasa in Law" Ma gets angry at him and forces him to tell her the truth, in which he does.
      • In "Gabon With the Wind" when he tells Pumbaa everything that happened at the kitchen with the cheetahs, Pumbaa gets angry at him for doing such a thing.
      • In "Timon's Time Togo" Pumbaa gets angry at him for not willing to help save the orphanage, and the warthog gets a feeling that the meerkat does not want to help others at all.
      • In "Law of the Jungle" The rhino gives him five tests: surviving a snake pit, walking on hot coals, catching a huge rock labeled "Justice", entering the cave of pain, and the written test.
      • In "Be More Pacific" Pumbaa gets angry at him and says "I specifically told you, wishes can be dangerous, but you didn't listen!"
      • In "Congo on Like this" Simba slightly scolds him and says "You wouldn't be lying to a lion now",
      • In "Mook Island" Pumbaa gets mad at him for being rude to the people by calling them a "mook."
    4. He can also realize his mistakes and is willing to take responsibility for his actions such as:
      • In "Never Everglades", where he regrets what he said to Pumbaa about Pumbaa Jr. needing to be with his own kind, which caused the alligator to run away from home, "Maine-Iacs
      • In "Timoncchio" He apologizes and confesses and then Rafiki turns his tail back to its normal size.
    5. Deep down, he does still care about Pumbaa, Simba, and his friends.
    6. As always, Nathan Lane did a great job voicing him in most of season 1, while Kevin Schon does an decent impersonation of Lane's voice which isn’t half bad.
    7. The series wouldn't be as great without him as he along with Pumbaa are the titular main protagonists.
    8. He was clearly meant to be a flawed character in his show mostly because of the show being more slapstick comedy-orientated like The Ren and Stimpy Show and Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog. So some people may still like him.

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