Regulus wrote:I don't really like Timon. Sorry to all the meerkat fans around here, but I think it's about time that I explain why.
For starters, his voice is rather annoying. He's like Zazu, but without that awesome British accent.
But that's not what really bothers me. The main reason why I don't like him is because of the way he treats Pumbaa. His entire existence, in the first film, is nothing but comic relief. Instead of actually being funny, however, he's just mean.
He takes credit for Pumbaa's good ideas, but otherwise manipulates the warthog into doing whatever he wants. He takes advantage of Pumbaa's stupidity, his lack of family, and his kind, relaxed personality, with the obvious intention of only working to benefit himself.
I've known people like that. I've been in Pumbaa's situation one too many times, and let me tell you: it isn't pleasant.
Timon doesn't look after anyone but himself, and he's not afraid to admit it. He doesn't really care about anyone or anything; that was what allowed him to adopt the philosophy of Hakuna Matata to begin with.
He didn't rescue Simba. He kept Simba away from his home, and prevented the cub from fulfilling his place in life. Timon used Simba for his own protection, and that was it.
In TLK 3 I can almost feel bad for Timon, but I don't. There was a reason why he was kicked out--because he couldn't do his job. He couldn't do any job, and his excuse was that he thought he deserved better. I'm sure his family grew tired of that really quickly.
He didn't even get exiled, so it wasn't like that. He left his family because of the severity of his acute cranial rectitis. He was too absorbed in himself to do any job or contribute to his colony in any way, but he couldn't see it. He was incapable of fathoming the idea that he was wrong to think the way he did.
Oh, but I know what you're going to say. He changed! That's part of character development, and I'm glad the writers allowed a main character to initially exemplify such poor qualities, and change later on. But that doesn't mean I can still like him.
Mostly, that's because part of me wonders why he changed. I have little doubt that he decided to help Simba, simply because he realized what was in it for him. He found that if he helped Simba, he could live in the Pridelands with the protection of multiple lions. I just have to wonder about that, looking back through all those scenes. I know he was far too thick to change his mind for the right reasons.
So there you have it. That's why I don't like Timon. That's why Timon is my least favorite character. In my opinion, he has fewer redeeming qualities than even Scar or Zira, who are supposed to be the real bad guys.
Timon the great wrote:And see, this is a prime example of where you and others who talk down on him, mess up.
You literally take him out of context from the films and only look at him on one or two angles which doesn't even work in the first place for this character. And, it goes to show that Timon Is a complex meerkat. But I personally feel you people just don't want to truthfully admit that.
I didn't get offended by what you said as you might be thinking and it's not the reason why I posted this. And I know you'll probably say it's your opinion too. But did you know that it's wrong when it comes to people like yourself, giving a false image to everyone else that Timon, for example, is completely selfish? That's distorting the truth about himself.
After Everything TLK 3 has to offer for him since it's his own film, and since you seem to have a considerable amount of knowledge about it (without me having to point to the exact scenes on some of this), Consider these questions:
Do you honestly believe inside, that he really is selfish from the films?
Do you think that all those scenes with him in his meerkat colony meant that he actually wanted to ruin things for them?
Do you honestly think that he fakes the love that he has for his family, including his mother in those scenes, and where he Even hugs and tells her that he loves her? Not only that, gives her a warm smile just before leaving her in the beginning?
What about the scene where Simba hugs him and Pumbaa and tells them that he couldn't have done it without them, and Timon willingly gives in And affectionately rubs his lion pal on the back? Do you honestly believe that's an act of carelessness from Timon?
Do you think that when he tells Pumbaa, "Friends stick together to the end" with a humble smile in the desert, is carelessness or wanting to take advantage of Pumbaa, on his part?
Did you know that before the corresponding scene in the question above happened, he suffered being alone in his jungle paradise and learned a very valuable lesson from it?
Sure, there will probably continue to be people like you who will try to have something negative to say about him. But I'm not gonna stay back, sit down and let you have another last laugh here on this. Not this time.
By the way, I find it rather odd you just now decided to make your post about this on him too. And I did read in your Q&A that he was your least favorite character before I actually asked you about it earlier this year, but you didn't tell me it was him, but mentioned Kopa instead. So I don't know what went on there.
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