Characters / LazyTown

There are nine recurrent characters in LazyTown, all but three of them played by puppets. In addition to the main actors listed below, many different actors have played the characters (including the ones normally portrayed by puppets in the television series) in the various LazyTown live productions.
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Humans

    Stephanie 
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Left - original Stephanie (Julianna Rose Mauriello). Right - current Stephanie (Chloe Lang).
Played By: Julianna Rose Mauriello (seasons 12), Chloe Lang (season 3–4)


  • Nice Girl: She is friendly to everyone, even Robbie.

    Sportacus 
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Left - original Sportacus (Magnús Scheving). Right - current Sportacus (Dyri Kristjansson).
Played By: Magnús Scheving (Seasons 1-4) / Dyri Kristjansson (Since January 2014)


  • Adorkable: While Sportacus is conventionally attractive, well-muscled and very fitness-oriented, many fans consider him adorkable due to his constant optimism, boyish over-excitement, hopeless naiveté and awkward English. His baby-blue eyes and cheesy grin only help the matter.
  • Ambiguously Human: He is faster and more agile than any of the human characters and can pull off stunts that most people could only dream of. He also keeps his ears conspicuously hidden under his hat at all times. In the original plays, Sportacus was a "Sports Elf."
  • Badass Mustache: A very long and straightened Salvador Dal type that normally would be worn by a villainous character.
  • Blithe Spirit: Alongside Stephanie, Sportacus inspires the previously lethargic inhabitants of LazyTown to become more active and exercise more.
  • Catchphrase: "Someone's in trouble!"
  • Chest Insignia: Sportacus' "10".
  • Hero Does Public Service: When not actually saving folks from Robbie Rotten's schemes or helping people in danger, he tends to be a do-gooder about town.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: His backpack can transform into gyrocopter and contains far more bats, rackets, balls and other sports equipment than should be able to fit into it.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: He has very blue eyes and a very optimistic and almost childlike enthusiasm for being active.
  • Invincible Hero: Played with - Sportacus is very capable, but in keeping with the show's promotion of friendship and teamwork, he often needs the help of Stephanie and the other children to foil Robbie's latest scheme.
  • Kryptonite Factor: Sportacus' is sugar; eating any sugary food renders him immediately comatose, and fresh fruit (which contain quite a bit of sugar.) or vegetables (a classification that includes a handful of "sugary" foods, most prominently the sugar beet) are required to restore him. This has been justified by his weakness being specific to refined sugar rather than the natural sugars present in fruit and vegetables.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Although since the show is aimed at pre-teens he never actually engages in violence barring some very slapstick style fights played for laughs in the "Pirate" and "Knight" episodes.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Scheving is a very fit and handsome man and even in the Sportacus costume and comedy moustache still looks good. Dyri is also a pretty handsome chap in a different way and is also extremely fit, continuing this trope.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: No matter the task at hand, Sportacus will make sure he does it involving at least a few backflips, twirls, and heroic poses... even walking down the street.
  • Nice Guy: He always helps those who need it and is generally very friendly to citizens of Lazy Town. He even helps Robbie sometimes.
  • Only One Name: Like most superheroes, Sportacus goes by a mononym.
  • Our Elves Are Better: Though it's not directly mentioned in the show, in the original LazyTown plays, Sportacus called himself a "sports elf" and even sings about how elves are always energetic.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: With Stephanie, though in his case it should be "Pink Girl, Blue Man".
  • Self-Deprecation: Describes himself as a "slightly above-average hero" when he first meets Stephanie.
  • Super Strength: Sportacus rarely uses it but he's superhumanly strong - in the season four episode "Mystery of the Pyramid" he lifts the entire pyramid several feet off the ground to dislodge a boulder blocking the door using nothing more than a rope and grapnel.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: He is crippled by eating chocolate or refined sugar, but can regain power by eating healthy foods.

    Robbie Rotten 
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Played By: Stefán Karl Stefánsson


  • Alliterative Name: Robbie Rotten.
  • All There in the Manual: Early concepts of Lazytown gave him a backstory where he was a very talented chess player and drama student (which definitely explains how he's a Large Ham and the town's sole Master of Disguise), and his mother is a compulsive gambler while his father is a prominent politician.
  • Anti-Role Model: Although a rather flawed one, considering that he wants the children of the town to be lazy and in bad shape, supposedly like himself, despite the fact that Robbie is neither lazy nor in bad shape.
  • Bad Is Good and Good Is Bad: Played with. Robbie sometimes seems to genuinely believe that his bad views on health and exercise are the right ones, but he also has some awareness of the evil nature of his actions.
  • Big Bad: Of the entire show, but due to the kid-friendly nature his schemes are often zany and childish, and always revolve around getting people to be lazy.
  • Breakout Character: Robbie's song "We Are Number One" became an Internet sensation in the latter half of 2016, and Robbie's been embraced by the Internet as one of its favorite memes.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Robbie is the epitome of this trope. He prides himself in being lazy, and even schemes to make the rest of the town as lazy as he is, yet he is easily the most brilliant person in the entire town and is able to create anything out of anything. Ironic, seeing that due to Robbie's constant attempts to make LazyTown lazy via elaborate traps, machines, and costumes, he becomes one of the most active residents.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: The name "Robbie Rotten" pretty much says it all. There's also "We Are Number One" where he teaches his clones how to be villains.
  • Catchphrase: "I meant to do that!"
  • The Chew Toy: He has rather bad luck.
  • Creepy Crossdresser: As Miss Roberta.
  • Dastardly Whiplash: Lacks the mustache and top hat, but otherwise features the crooked mannerisms, fancy suit and overt meanness which are representative of the character.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Most of the show's humor comes from his over-the-top antics, despite him being a villain. Stefan can really act.
  • Evil Laugh: He is certainly capable of one, heard most clearly in songs like "You Are a Pirate".
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Has the deepest voice of all the ''LazyTown characters, and is a villain.
  • Foil: To Sportacus; Robbie is a scheming, lazy villain who likes eating sugary foods such as cake and wants to make the town as lazy as him so he can get some sleep. Sportacus is physically active, always willing to help others, and thrives on only healthy foods.
  • Friendly Enemy: Even though he's the show's main villain, it's clear that the other characters see him as a friend, and deep down, the feeling is mutual.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: The things he makes are pretty impressive for someone who prides himself on being lazy.
  • Genius Bruiser: Downplayed due to the show's nature, but Robbie is evidently very physically fit, and in some instances he proves to be almost as athletic as Sportacus (albeit not so spectacularly so, of course).
  • Harmless Villain: His entire goal is to make people be lazy. Not take over LazyTown, not destroy the world. Just... get people to be lazy.
  • Irony: He likes being lazy and prides himself in it, and wants others to be the same, but he has similar, if not more, athletic capabilities as Sportacus. One instance of that is during the fourth series episode, The Wizard of LazyTown, Robbie made a potion in order to make the residents as lazy as he is, but instead he made a potion that made him move like Sportacus for a short while.
  • Laborious Laziness: He prides himself on being lazy, and schemes to make the rest of the town as lazy as he is, but these very schemes make him a more active resident than any other, including Sportacus. He can even pull Sportacus-level stunts if the situation calls for it.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Subverted; he has an impressive jawline, but he's the Big Bad of the series.
  • Largest Ham Ever: Robbie's over-the-top body language and especially facial expressions are as close as humanity will ever get to a living, breaking cartoon character. There's a reason Stefán Karl Stefánsson is called "the Icelandic Jim Carrey.
  • Laughably Evil: He's the show's Big Bad, but his antics and dialogue are hilarious.
  • Lean and Mean: He's taller and skinnier than the very fit Sportacus, but he's also the show's Big Bad whose entire MO is... making the townspeople lazy.
  • Malicious Misnaming: Robbie rarely calls people by their actual names, instead opting for insulting nicknames such as "Stinky" for Stingy or "Pixie" for Stephanie. He uses a different name for Sportacus almost every episode, including Sportaclown, Sportaflop, Sportakook, Sportaflip, Sportaflippettyflop, and so on.
  • Master of Disguise: He's even got a song about it!
  • Mr. Fanservice: Robbie is very much a YMMV example, but Stefan Karl when not wearing the exaggerated prosthetics is a ruggedly handsome man.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "Robbie Rotten" sounds like a really evil name, doesn't it?
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: In "The Laziest Town", LazyTown must stay active all day to raise the energy meter to 100 in order to keep from being the laziest town on Earth before 5PM. Robbie believes that if LazyTown gets this title, Sportacus will leave LazyTown for good out of embarrassment. At literally the last second, when Sportacus finally loses all his energy and can no longer do tricks to have the meter rise to 100, Robbie becomes overjoyed and does a victory dance that ends up being active enough to raise the bar instantly to 100, saving LazyTown. The Mayor, Stephanie, and the rest of the cast gather to congratulate and thank Robbie and give him three cheers. Robbie is overcome with regret and runs back to his lair. If Robbie had not moved at the last second, he likely would've got his wish and LazyTown would've indeed been the laziest town.
  • No Social Skills: Robbie has no idea how to act around people when he's not being evil to them, and usually becomes incredibly awkward when actually forced to do it.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Well, to the audience at least - you can tell it's him by looking at his face. It's a wonder how he's able to fool most of the Lazytown people every time.
  • Schemer: He's constantly coming up with plans to either get rid of Sportacus, make the town lazy, or both.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Is never seen without his fancy suit on (except when disguised, of course).
  • Take Over the City: Robbie has no interest in meddling in affairs anywhere beyond LazyTown. In one installment, he even briefly manages to install himself as mayor by dressing up as the town's real mayor, Mayor Meanswell, and hiding him away.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Cake. According to Stefan Karl, "Robbie would eat cake if it had sand in it."

Puppets

    Mayor Milford Meanswell 
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Played By: David Matthew Feldman


    Ms. Bessie Busybody 
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Played By: Julie Westwood


    Ziggy Zweets 
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Played By: Gudmundur Thor Karason (US) / Lorraine Parsloe (UK)


    Pixel 
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Played By: Kobie Powell (US S1-2) / Ronald Binion (US S3-4) / Julie Westwood (UK)


    Trixie Troubleby 
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Played By: Sarah Burgess (US S1-2; UK) / Aymee Garcia (US S3-4)


    Stingy Spoilero 
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Played By: Jodi Eichelberger (US) / Sarah Burgess (UK S1-2) / Unknown (UK S3-4)


  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Yeah, he's a spoiled brat, but he's not a super-villain and he always learns his lesson in the end.
  • Meaningful Name: He's very stingy with his stuff. If he sees something lying around, "it's mine!"
  • Neat Freak: Comes from his namesake nature. Came in handy in "Trash Trouble", when he kickstarts the kids' cleaning of LazyTown.
  • Only One Name: Like the other children of LazyTown, he has no surname.
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: His obsession with collecting things sometimes gets in the way of his better judgement.
  • Vocal Evolution: His voice was much higher and whinier sounding earlier on. Starting with season 2 and carrying on throughout the rest of the show his voice gets much deeper and more nasally.

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