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

  • Ascended Extra: Downplayed; Stephanie was always present in the original plays and usually played some part in the plot, but she was never the main focus. Here she's the main character and the audience surrogate.
  • Blithe Spirit: A girl visiting her uncle inspired athleticism and ambition in a town full of lazy people and eventually had her ideals and her presence embraced by nearly everyone.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Does this during Season 3's mid-song dance breaks, addressing the viewer to perform a dance along with her.
  • Catchphrase: "There's always a way!"
  • Character Exaggeration: Although Stephanie has always been a happy-go-lucky cheerful child, the earlier seasons tried to remedy this by showing that she could be just as flawed as everyone else. After the show was revived for its third season, Stephanie's perkiness was turned up to eleven to where there's seldom a moment where she's not incredibly bubbly.
  • Cheerful Child: A young girl with a constant smile on her face.
  • Cute Little Fangs: She had these back when she was played by Julianna Rose Mauriello.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Downplayed; While Stephanie is undoubtedly a nice girl she had more of a sarcastic streak in the earlier episodes. This trait has all but vanished from her character in later seasons.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: Stephanie is adorned in pink and is easily one of the sweetest characters. That said, she also loves physical activity and is probably the bravest and most proactive cast member, with Sportacus as her only equal.
  • Hair Decorations: She wears a purple headband in her pink hair.
  • Nave Everygirl: Stephanie had no idea the people in LazyTown were so listless or that the town itself was so rundown. Both she and the town get better over time.
  • Nice Girl: She is friendly to everyone, even Robbie.
  • Only Sane Man: Despite being only eight years old, Stephanie is arguably the most level-headed person in town. It helps that she's wise beyond her years.
  • Outdoorsy Gal: She kicks off the plot by searching for someone to play outside with.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: While active in general, Stephanie seems to have a preference for baseball.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: With Sportacus.
  • Pink Means Feminine: She has pink hair, wears a pink headband, and all her clothes are pink.
  • Plucky Girl: Optimistic and active young girl.
  • Punny Name: Stephanie Meanswell, like her uncle.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Has pink hair and is mostly nice.
  • Token Human: Stephanie is the only human child, and the only female human, even though her uncle and every other townsperson is a puppet.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The latter to Trixie, due to her preference for pink and dresses.
  • Vocal Evolution: Due to her actor growing older Stephanie's voice became deeper and more relaxed in Season 2 and Lazytown Extra. Compared to her Season 1 voice which was much more high pitched and energetic.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has neon pink hair.
  • Wise Beyond Her Years: She's not even a teenager when she's introduced, but she's already able to travel on her own by train and she understands the value of athleticism and moderating sweets.

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.
  • Advertised Extra: Subverted. Sportacus is usually shown in the front and center of any promotional material to where many non-fans might get confused into thinking he's the main character. However, Stephanie is the main focus with many episodes putting Sportacus out of focus only having him show up in the end to save everybody.
  • 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 and the Icelandic dub of the TV show, Sportacus is a "Sports Elf."
  • Badass in Distress: Some of Robbie's schemes result in Sportacus being incapacitated in some way. "Defeeted" and "Sports Day" being a couple of shining examples.
  • 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.
  • Blue Is Heroic: His outfit is mostly blue, and he's the official defender of LazyTown and its people.
  • Catchphrase: "Someone's in trouble!"
  • Chest Insignia: Sportacus' "10".
  • Cool Teacher: Despite not actually teaching at any school Sportacus serves as this to the kids.
  • 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".
  • Plucky Boy: Both a Rare Male Example and a rare adult one too. Sportacus is unrelentingly optimistic despite the constant schemes of Robbie Rotten and his status as the sole protector of LazyTown.
  • Save the Villain: In the episode "Lazy Scouts" Robbie Rotten gets caught in a storm and Sportacus declares "I have to save him!" Stingy lampshades it when he asks, "What? Why?" before Sportacus goes to the rescue.
  • Self-Deprecation: When he first meets Stephanie she asks him "Are you a superhero?" and he describes himself as a "slightly above-average hero."
  • 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.
  • Thin Chin of Sin: Sportacus has an extended chin aided by prosthetics. While the chin isn't as pointy as other examples on this entry, it's made to look more realistic, but it is still very long and sharp. And hes the hero.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Compared to his Latibær counterpart. Sportacus has always been on the side of good, but he was much sterner and prone to prankish behavior in the original plays.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: He is crippled by eating chocolate or refined sugar, but can regain power by eating healthy foods.

    Robbie Rotten
Played By: Stefán Karl Stefánsson

  • Alliterative Name: Robbie Rotten. His Icelandic name, Glanni Glæpur, also counts.
  • 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.
  • Book Dumb: Robbie is a genius without a doubt; he's able to build machines that would have engineers scratching their heads, like a microwave that can make inventions for you and even a time machine. However, he can't do simple arithmetic and struggles with reading.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Robbie does this in the pilot episode where he looks directly into the camera and states his villainous intentions.
  • 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!"
    • "It's disguise time!"
  • 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.
  • Determinator: No matter how many times his plans fail, Robbie (angrily) refuses to give up on his goal to get rid of Sportacus and make LazyTown live up to its name.
  • Distressed Dude: Robbie tends to get himself in trouble that he needs to be saved from, usually by Sportacus.
  • 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 himself (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.
  • Hidden Depths: The actor for Robbie Rotten (Stefen Karl) did a Reddit AMA in 2016. One of the questions was "Deep down, what does Robbie really think of the citizens of Lazy Town?" His response was "I wish I could be their friend".
  • 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, breathing 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.
  • Lighter and Softer: He's a much sillier character than his stage play counterpart, Glanni Glæpur. While Robbie is a more melodramatic, moustache-twirling villain, Glanni is a full-blown criminal that lies, steals, and deceits with relative ease. Compare Glanni's rendition of "Master of Disguise" to Robbie's and you'll see the drastic difference in tone.
  • 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?
    • The character's name in Icelandic, Glanni Glæpur, also counts. "Glæpur" literally means "Crime" while "Glanni" is a term for a reckless or destructive person.
  • 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.
  • Security Cling: Robbie jumps into Sportacus' arms after he hears a twig snap in the episode "Hero for a Day."
  • Sharp Dressed Man: Is never seen without his fancy suit on (except when disguised, of course).
  • Sissy Villain: Robbie tends to act rather flamboyant and isn't above crossdressing.
  • 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."
  • Villain Song: He's had quite a few over the course of the show, but "Master of Disguise" and the incredibly popular "We Are Number One" are his shining examples.


    Mayor Milford Meanswell
Played By: David Matthew Feldman

    Ms. Bessie Busybody
Played By: Julie Westwood

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

  • Sweet Tooth: His entire character is based on his sweet tooth.
  • Tagalong Kid: He usually follows around Stephanie and Sportacus during their antics every episode.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: While he likes eating candy, he's usually seen with a lollipop.
  • Verbal Tic: Tends to end most sentences with a "Huh?".

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

  • Out of Focus: Compared to characters like Ziggy and Stingy who had many focus episodes throughout the shows run, Pixel only got a few in the earlier seasons and none in the later ones.
  • Race Lift: His stage play counterpart was portrayed by a Caucasian actor; here, he's African-American.
  • Techno Babble: Whenever he talks about one of his inventions.
  • The Smart Guy: The most intelligent of LazyTown's children.

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

  • Out of Focus: Similar to the Pixel example listed above, Trixie has very few focus episodes throughout the course of the show.
  • The Prankster: She can be a troublemaker and likes to draw mustaches on Mayor Meanswell's posters.
  • Race Lift: While she was white in the stage plays, she's depicted as an Asian character here.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The former to Stephanie, due to her puckish sense of humor and her preference for jeans and gender-neutral colors.

    Stingy Spoilero
"These tropes are mine!"
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.
  • Purely Aesthetic Glasses: According to Stingy's puppeteer and voice actor, Jodi Eichelberger, the glasses Stingy occasionally wears from Season 2 onwards are only there to make him look smarter.
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: His obsession with collecting things sometimes gets in the way of his better judgement.