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"Call me Mr. Pig!"
—Pumbaa

Pumbaa is a warthog living in the Pride Lands who only appears in Kingdom Hearts II and Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix. He lived in the Oasis with Timon and Simba, and together lived a carefree life until Nala found Simba and tried to convince him to go back to the Pride Lands with her. With the help of Sora, Donald and Goofy, he and Timon pulled their courage together to help fight Scar's hyena army.

Pumbaa and Timon often say their motto Hakuna Matata, which means no worries in Swahili.

Journal entries

Kingdom Hearts II

The Lion King (1994)

A warthog and one of Simba's closest pals. He found Simba, almost dead of thirst, when he was just a cub. Pumbaa and his best buddy Timon taught Simba their motto, Hakuna Matata, which means "no worries."

Some folks are a bit put off by Pumbaa's pungency, but a kinder fellow you'll never find.

Story

Kingdom Hearts II

First Visit

Pumbaa is not seen until much later in the first visit, and has very few lines throughout. Some notable scenes are when he is almost eaten by Nala (similar to the movie), and his capture by the hyenas Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed which leads to a boss fight against the three hyenas. In this battle, Sora has to protect Timon and Pumbaa.

While Sora and his friends were at the Oasis, he and Timon told them about "Hakuna Matata". After Simba and Nala have an argument about going back to Pride Rock to take down Scar, the five of them enter the area chanting "Hakuna Matata".

At the end of the final cutscene, he is shown to be quite nervous due to Timon's comment: "What if he [Simba] forgets to tell the predators who we are?" with Pumbaa shortly responding apprehensively, "Yeah, and I'M NOT GOING TO BE SOMEONE'S PORK DIIIIINNNNEEERR!" finishing in a panic and running off in a dash.

Second Visit

Pumbaa is scarcely seen in the second visit, and mostly only plays a role of hinting where you should go next. However, in the end, Pumbaa adds onto Timon's "Live for today" words by saying: "And put your past behind you!", moving in a carefree, joyous trot. He also shows courage by protecting the pregnant Nala from Scar's Ghost up on Pride Rock, despite being frightened by the apparition.

Physical appearance

Pumbaa is a warthog with light tan fur and dark red cloven hooves. His belly is grey and his eyes are brown. True to his species, Pumbaa sports two large, ivory tusks jutting out of either side of his mouth. The tips of these tusks curve upwards sharply. Pumbaa has a large, flat snout which is pink at the front; under it is a big mouth with a rather huge pink tongue. His ears are set just behind each of his eyes. He has a very large mouth and a pink tongue. Finally, Pumbaa sports a tuft of shaggy brown hair on the tip of his tail and on the top of his head, the latter creating a mohawk-like mane.

Personality

He usually has very little courage and is not much of a fighter, but whenever his friends need help, he will be there to protect them and make sure they are safe. However, in the film (and towards the end of the first visit), he shows a different, strong, brave side of him whilst fighting the hyenas, in which he brutally pummels them in a fit of rage, when they threaten his friends and call him a "pig".

Origin

Pumbaa originally appeared in the 1994 film The Lion King. He made his first appearance in the film when he and Timon shooed away the vultures that swarmed around young Simba, who had collapsed from heat exhaustion. Timon and Pumbaa then took the collapsed lion cub back to a small pool, where they splashed water on him to wake him up. He later appears at the final battle when he and Timon create a musical distraction to lure away Scar's hyenas.

They participated in the battle. Pumbaa single-handedly drives off Shenzi, Banzai and Ed. They also stand on top of Pride Rock along with Simba and Nala when Rafiki presents Simba and Nala's newborn cub to the animals of the Pride Lands.

Trivia

  • Pumbaa is Swahilii for "slow of thought".
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