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Characters: Lilo & Stitch

Lilo Pelekai

Voiced by: Daveigh Chase, Dakota Fanning (Lilo and Stitch 2: Stitch has a Glitch)

A young Hawaiian girl who lives with her sister and is Stitch's owner.

  • Adorkable: Her kind-hearted personality and her strange obsession with Elvis and taking photos of fat people qualify her for this.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Lilo is continually shunned by her classmates.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Lilo's mix of eccentricities, behavioral issues, social inappropriateness, and unusual interests (not many six-year-old girls these days are obsessed with Elvis).
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Towards Nani, sometimes.
  • Badass Adorable: Especially in the series, where her job is catching and rehabilitating alien bio-weapons (albeit with help from her own alien bio-weapon and occasionally their creator). She even impressed Kim Possible during their crossover episode.
  • Berserk Button: Never call her crazy or say that she will never be like her mother.
  • Broken Bird: In the first film and Stitch Has A Glitch, she gets over it by the start of the series proper.
  • Camera Fiend: Loves to take photos, especially of overweight tourists. "Aren't they beautiful?"
  • Catch Phrase: "Ohana means family, and family means No One Gets Left Behind... or forgotten."
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Elvis, fat tourists, mummies, vampires, werewolves, peanut butter-sandwich-eating clownfish, superspies, and aliens - they all exist in the world she lives in. Oh, and thanks to some Canon Welding with, among other Disney favorites, American Dragon Jake Long and Kim Possible, all of them are real.
  • Creepy Child: Sometimes crosses over into this.
  • Damsel in Distress: Gets (accidentally) captured by Gantu in the first movie, setting the events of the climax in motion when Stitch, Jumba, Nani, and Pleakley go to rescue her.
  • Demoted to Extra: In any subsequent material outside the movies or the series. Its usually always Stitch that is used of the duo. Funny as the title of the movie was Lilo and Stitch.
  • Fluffy Tamer: The point of the movie.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Her friendly natures lands her right in the middle of this territory, befriending most of the experiments she meets.
  • Friendless Background/I Just Want to Have Friends
  • The Heart: Although she has to learn her lesson at times, too.
  • Hidden Depths: Considering her vocabulary and reading material, this is to be expected.
  • Hollywood Voodoo: She makes voodoo dolls of her "friends" out of spoons and dunks them in a pickle jar. As far as we know, it doesn't work.
  • Innocent Prodigy: Lilo can use the word "abomination" in the proper context, and reads books that not only contain atypical material for a child to read, but are far above her grade level as well. Despite this, she seems to have very little idea of what the consequences of her and Stitch's actions actually are.
  • The Lancer: Well, insofar as a six-year old girl can support a living weapon.
  • Mood-Swinger: Justified, as she is a very young child still dealing with the emotional fallout and other consequences of her parents' unexpected deaths, which are implied to have occured shortly before the first movie.
  • Morality Pet: Acts as one to Stitch, before he learns how to behave himself.
    • Ironic, since technically he's her pet. Their relationship is more like siblings, however, and she sometimes seems almost like a mother to him.
  • Nice Girl: Usually. She's still liable to make some silly mistakes like most children.
  • Not Good with People: Not even a little bit. With illegal biological, super-strength possesing experiments, however, she can socialize well with.
  • The Nicknamer: She loves doing this to the Experiments.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: "My friends need to be punished..."
  • No Social Skills: In the first film and Stitch Has A Glitch, Lilo does not play well with others. Lilo is implied to have gotten in a lot of trouble— and run through a lot of social workers — before Cobra hit the scene, and she doesn't quite comprehend that Mertle and her friends don't consider her to be one of their chums. A subplot in Stitch Has A Glitch features her struggling with, and gaining ahold of, her temper.
  • The Other Darrin: Daveigh Chase was unavailable for Stitch has a Glitch, so Dakota Fanning was hired instead.
  • Parental Abandonment: They died in a car crash.
  • Platonic Life Partners: With Stitch.
  • Plucky Girl: Zigzagged, but Lilo's the most consistently optimistic of the family. She will get sad if you take away her best friend, though.
  • She Is All Grown Up: In the episode "Skip" and in the Stitch!! anime where she's now a mother with an identical child.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: As a teen and young adult, Lilo looks exactly like her big sister.
  • Talking To Herself: With Victoria, in her first appearance only.
  • Tame Her Anger
  • There's No "B" in Movie: A major fan of them.
  • True Companions: Her most central belief is in "ohana", which is closely related to this trope.

Stitch (Experiment #626)

Voiced by: Chris Sanders and Frank Welker (growling)

An illegal genetic experiment created by Jumba Jookiba. He escapes from custody and crash lands on Earth, where he is adopted by Lilo.

  • Afraid of Needles
  • All There in the Manual: According to a bonus short at the end of the film's video release, Stitch has been wandering around the Disney Studios lot since Snow White was released and behind the scenes, gaining a film of his own.
  • Anti-Hero: Starts as a Nominal Hero, develops into a Knight in Sour Armor.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: He is programmed to destroy buildings, back up sewers, reverse road signs, and steal everyone's left shoe.
  • Ax-Crazy: It's explicitly stated at the beginning that his only instinct is to destroy everything. He loses this status as time progresses.
  • Badass Adorable: Think you're tough, huh, Kirby?
  • Becoming the Mask: In the movie, as he grows to love Lilo. The series sometimes focuses on Stitch learning about life on Earth.
  • Berserk Button: Despite being all action much of the time, Stitch is actually usually pretty laid back... until someone threatens to harm Lilo, makes Lilo depressed, puts Lilo in harms way - etc - at which point the wrath of a super strong and devilishly crafty super-experiment is usually imminent.
  • Breakout Character: Is easily one of the most popular characters, even getting his own anime series set some time after the films.
  • Catch Phrase: Occasionally in the animated series - after getting hurt: "I'm okay! I'm fluffy!" Sometimes overlapped with Third-Person Person.
  • Character Development: Throughout the course of the first movie.
  • Clark Kenting: As a dog, despite looking more like a koala and having blue fur. And sometimes as a boy.
  • Creator Cameo: He's voiced by director Chris Sanders.
  • Eloquent In My Native Tongue: Argument: "Ih." Assessment: "He's very persuasive."
  • Evil Laugh: Has a high-pitched cackle.
  • Flanderization: His destructive tendencies in the TV series.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: "Stitch" is a remarkably harmless sounding name.
  • Genius Bruiser: Along with his super strength he's said to be smarter than a supercomputer.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Stitch can get very jealous towards those he thinks are taking up Lilo's attention, most often when other experiments are - in his eyes - stealing the show away from him. And that's not even getting into his competitive streak...
  • Green Eyes: Stitch's eyes are actually ebony, but his part-synthetic constitution allows him to see in infra-green. They will change colour to show he's evil or malfunctioning.
  • Heel-Face Turn: The movie's whole story.
  • Heel Realisation/My God, What Have I Done?: Happens after he sees how his actions have ruined things for Lilo and Nani.
  • The Hero: In the series, where he gets the opportunity to use his talents for good.
  • Killer Rabbit: He is just as adorable as a Disney character should be... and then he curses a room out in an alien language, escapes from a heavily guarded starship using Super Strength and his vicious cunning and has the urge to wipe out major cities programmed into him.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Lilo prays for an "angel" at the beginning of the movie. Cut to Stitch emerging from a crashed cruiser, looking anything but angelic. Turns out he's the very friend she needs in the world.
  • Meaningful Name: If something is ripped apart, like Lilo's life, you fix it with a stitch.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: He has four arms in his natural state, but can retract two to blend in.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: "Practically indestructable". He got run over by a truck. He has also been exposed point-blank to the extreme heat of an interstellar ship's thrusters, Jumba says what essentially amounts to a Wave Motion Hand Cannon might stun him (at best), and it turns out he can catch and handle the energy shots, he was at ground-zero of a gasoline truck exploding on top of a volcano, etc. This is practically his superpower.
  • Papa Wolf: Where Lilo is concerned. Not even counting his big rescue mission in the film, he goes on to get quite a few last minute saves and Big Damn Heroes moments in the subsequent films and series. Plus, see his Berserk Button.
  • Pardon My Klingon: "Meega nala quista!"
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: With Angel. Textbook example.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Tiny, but can lift 3,000x his own weight. However, that is the literal cap.
  • Platonic Life Partners: With Lilo.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner:
    Gantu: You're vile! You're foul! You're flawed!
    Stitch: Also cute! AND FLUFFY!! (hurls Gantu through the glass of the cockpit)
  • Reluctant Monster: Not at first, but he comes round once he feels loved for the first time. All together now... Dawww...
  • Retractable Appendages: His antennae, back spines and extra arms.
  • Super Drowning Skills: Because his "molecular density is too great". It means he's like a piece of lead in water. He probably can't keep himself afloat without help.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Coconut Cake and Coffee. He often also eats the plate and mug they came in.
  • The Trickster
  • The Unintelligible: Normally. He does speak some kind of weird alien language, which is strange considering that the others... don't. It can be assumed that it may be Kweltikwan, seeing as Jumba created him and Jumba is from said planet.
  • Wild Child: It's never specified whether Stitch has an age, but his behavior and manners are not unlike those of an extremely hyperactive little boy.
  • You Are Number 626: Jumba calls him by his experiment number, but then again he calls Lilo, "Little Girl". It's just his quirk.

Nani Pelekai

Voiced by: Tia Carrere

Lilo's older sister and legal guardian.

  • Bare Your Midriff: Granted, she lives on Hawaii, a state very close to the equator.
  • Big Sister Instinct: She may not always get things right and is obviously overwhelmed by her recent Promotion to Parent, but she will do everything in her power to protect Lilo.
  • Butt Monkey: This character is one of the biggest losers throughout the franchise, constantly losing jobs and suffering humiliations.
  • The Chew Toy: More like the above, but it's pretty tough when you've lost your parents.
  • Cool Big Sis
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Although she doesn't quite understand Lilo herself (both of them adopting habits to cope with their family's death) and is something of a stepford smiler herself, she is the only one who really knows what Lilo needs. However, it's evident she just isn't ready to be a parent.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She's implied to be a snarker of a certain variety.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Nani's known to have a bit of a temper. It was flanderized in the TV series.
  • Hidden Depths: While she appears like a typical, 18-something year old girl, the TV series has her show a keen interest in mathematics and chemistry. If not for her parental responsibilities, it's likely that she would have studied them. (In Hawaii, it is expected of teenagers to go to university).
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Of Tia Carrere.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Inverted; she was made specifically to appeal to teenagers and young adults forced into her position. (Which is worryingly common in real life)
  • Lethal Chef: She is rather... famous for this. In the first movie, for example, when she makes a stew, she singes a part of her fringe off when she opens the pot, which does not earn points with the social services.. They end up ordering pizza that night.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name, "Nani", means both "beautiful one", and is also the last part of The Last Queen of Hawaii's name, "Liliuokalani", Lilo + Nani. This makes the song "Aloha Oe" much more tearjerk-y, as it's the Last Queen of Hawaii who composed it.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: An odd example; she's certainly more muscular than most of the other girls in the movie, or most Disney movies for that matter, and is a strong swimmer. However, she's still able to beat up a incredibly intelligent, super-powered, fluffy, living tank with just a branch.
  • Ms. Fanservice: It's mildly implied that she tries to put on a motherly/feminine image to better see herself as Lilo's caretaker.
  • Nice Woman: She may be short-tempered, but she's still a good person.
  • Only Sane Woman: Any worse and she would be the No Respect Girl.
  • Parental Substitute: Tries to be this for Lilo.
  • Promotion to Parent: Something she obviously isn't ready for. She tries though, bless her heart.
  • She's Got Legs: Chris Sanders likes to focus on that part of the feminine body.
  • Well Done Daughter Gal: Stitch Has a Glitch implies that Nani is trying to make her parents, specifically her mom, proud by being a mother figure to Lilo.
  • Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: Circumstances out of her control, actually.

Agent Wendy Pleakley

Voiced by: Kevin McDonald

A one-eyed, two-tongued, three legged Plorgonarian that works for the Galactic Federation as an Earth expert.

Dr. Jumba Jookiba

Voiced by: David Ogden Stiers

A four-eyed Kweltikwan scientist and Stitch's creator.

David Kawena

Voiced by: Jason Scott Lee, Dee Bradley Baker

Nani's on-again, off-again boyfriend.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He's very kind to Lilo and genuinely wants to help Nani with her little sister.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Occasionally speaks in Hawaiian Pidgin, a Creole made from English, Hawaiian and Portuguess.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: In the first movie.
  • Fanservice: Almost never wears a shirt.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Nani apparently likes his butt and his "fancy hair".
  • Nice Guy: The only character in the movie who doesn't need to improve much as a person.
  • The Other Darrin: Dee Bradley Baker replaced Jason Scott Lee as the voice of David in the TV series.
  • Unfazed Everyman: A UFO splashes down right behind him, and Nani and Lilo emerge from it along with a gaggle of aliens. No worries!
    Lilo: Hey David! Can you give us a lift to shore?
    David: Well, OK, but I'll have to make two trips.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Well, he is a surfer who lives in Hawaii.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Likes Nani but is often awkward around her. Lilo's comments don't exactly help things.
    • Nani also doesn't seem to have time for a real boyfriend, since she's already struggling to keep a job and take care of her little sister. So while she seems to like David, she also knows she isn't emotionally available. They are, however, dating by the time of Stitch Has A Glitch.

Captain Gantu

Former Captain of the Galactic Armada and later hired as Hämsterviel's errand boy henchman.

Reuben (Experiment #625)

Voiced by: Rob Paulsen

Jumba's last experiment before Stitch and Gantu's sidekick. He has all the powers of Stitch (plus a much more advanced vocabulary), but is a lazy coward. He makes great sandwiches, though.

Dr. Jacques von Hämsterviel

Voiced by: Jeff Bennett

Hamster-Wheel Hämsterviel is a gerbil-like hamster-like alien with rabbit-like ears, and Jumba's former partner. Hired Gantu to track down and capture all the other experiments.
  • Accidental Misnaming: "It's HämsterVIEL! "VEAL", like the delicious meat speck!"
  • Berserk Button: Don't call him Hamster-Wheel or compare him to a gerbil or other rodent.
  • Big Bad: Of the series.
  • Cardboard Prison: Apparently he's in prison, but can freely contact Gantu via video with no consequenses.
    • He escapes at least once in the series and then in the finale, but at the end of that he's moved to a special, higher-security prison along with all his Leroys.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He can be seen, silhouetted, in a cell during the prison scene in Lilo & Stitch, just right of the elevator.
  • Embarrassing First Name: In the episode "Nosey", it is revealed his first name is actually Rupert.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Hamsterviel tries to do this to Stitch at one point.
  • Harmless Villain: Spends more time bossing more capable people around than actually doing anything himself. One has to wonder why Gantu even bothered to work for him.
  • Jerkass: Never gives Gantu any respect even when he does manage to capture some experiments.
    • He also tends to insult everyone and anyone he meet. He must have a serious case of superiority complex.
  • Killer Rabbit
  • Let's Get Dangerous: He occasionally has these moments, but they are so few and far between that they don't hide his Harmless Villain status.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Though in Leroy & Stitch, it is mentioned that both he and Jumba went to an evil genius academy.
  • The Napoleon: "Phonebook! Phonebook!"
  • Shaped Like Itself: Many of his "insults" are just saying exactly what the person he's talking to is in an insulting tone of voice. Like "you Grandcouncilly Woman with your large pointy collar!" or "you oh-so-adorable little Hawaiian girl!"
  • Shout-Out: He's an Expy of the Frenchman from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  • Small Name, Big Ego
  • Smug Snake: Even though the universe gives him no reason to be.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: He gives no thanks to Gantu, even when he successfully captures an experiment.

Cobra Bubbles

Voiced by: Ving Rhames (films), Kevin Michael Richardson (TV series)

A Social Worker and former CIA agent.

Mertle Edmonds

Voiced by: Miranda Paige Walls, Liliana Mumy

A spoiled rich girl and Lilo's rival. She eventually adopts Gigi (#007) as a pet.
  • Alpha Bitch: Despite this, Lilo still considers her a "friend". Mertle doesn't.
  • Big Bad: The only true villainous force in Stitch Has a Glitch.
  • Disappeared Dad: He left sometime during the series.
  • Evil Redhead: Of the bratty type.
  • Flanderization: While she was the Alpha Bitch in the movie and it's DTV sequel, she's more spoiled and snobbish than mean spirited and her initial viewing of Lilo as "weird" was not unfounded due to Lilo's inappropriate behavior. She's even shown to get along with Lilo a little better in the sequel. In the TV series and its movies, she's more of a bratty Jerk Ass than ever for no real reason.
  • Hate Sink: Mertle only exists as an unsympathetic bully who repeatedly kicks the dog by insulting Lilo and her mother, so that viewers can hate her.
  • Jerkass: Oddly it comes more from being spoiled than from her upbringing. Her mom is actually very nice.
    • Surprisingly, this might relate to the Hawai'ian concept of the ha'ole — That is, a mainlander who acts like a stereotypical Hawai'ian tourist, considering she's, well, in a minority.
  • Kick the Dog with slight Pet the Dog: Arguably. Mertle outright tells Lilo that as a dancer she will never be anything like her mother. Granted, Lilo had every right to react the way she did considering it was reasonably offensive, but it could also be that Mertle had some amount of respect for Lilo's mother.
  • Meganekko: Subverted in that she looks like one, but is actually the Alpha Bitch.
  • Never My Fault: In one episode, she gets a charm bracelet with an experiment pod on it. Lilo tells her not to get it wet because it contained Holio (#606), who has the power to transform into a black hole. Not believing her, she purposely activates it and has her house eaten by it, and she blames Lilo for the whole fiasco.
  • The Other Darrin: She was voiced Miranda Paige Walls in the original film and Liliana Mumy in all other appearences.
  • People Puppets: Was used as one by Hamsterveil in one episode via a mind control device. Oddly it couldn't override her disdain for Lilo, which Lilo managed to use to incapacitate her.
  • Rich Bitch: Supposedly, she certainly acts like it and her mom throws some rather lavish parties for her.
  • Spoiled Brat: Preseumably because her mother always dots on her.
  • Too Dumb to Live: See Never My Fault.

Yuki, Elena, and Teresa

Voiced by: Jillian Henry (Elena), Kali Whitehurst (Teresa), and Lili Ishida (Yuki)

Mertle's three lackeys that follow her everywhere. Weren't named until the TV series.
  • Catch Phrase: "Yeeeah!"
  • Girl Posse: For Mertle; blindly following her words and actions at all times. They probably would get along with Lilo if they actually got to know her.
  • Hidden Depths: Yuki is often shown to be rather fond of hockey.
  • No Name Given: In the first two movies.
  • Those Three Girls: Have a few episodes focused on them; otherwise, they're just there for the background.


Voiced by: Daveigh Chase, Alyson Stoner

A character from the TV series, prominent in only two episodes while a background character in others. Accepted Lilo for who she is and became a friend of hers.
  • Demoted to Extra: Only got two episodes centered around her.
  • Flat Character: Mostly due to the writers never bothering to develop her.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Her eyes represent her friendly personality.
  • Nice Girl: She's one of the few girls who try to get along with Lilo.
  • The Other Darrin: In her first appearance, Victoria is voiced by Daviegh Chase, which lead to Talking To Herself with Lilo, and in her second appearance, Alyson Stoner voiced her.
  • Van Helsing Hate Crime: "Snooty" had her doing this since she didn't know about the experiments and Snooty was constantly flying at her. Turns out its a "Snot Vampire" and was attracted by her sinuses. Once Victoria realized it was harmless, she changed her tune.

Mrs. Edmonds

Voiced by: Tia Carrere

Mertle's mother, only appears in the TV series. Quite the opposite of her daughter, as she sweet and kind to Lilo.

Moses Puloki

Voiced by: Kunewa Mook

Lilo's hula instructor. He is sometimes called Kumu (which is Hawaiian for teacher).
  • Big Brother Mentor: Sure, he's the girl's teacher, but Hawaiian culture is based on familial bonding.
  • Nice Guy: Not easy when you have someone like Lilo as a student.

Keoni Jameson

Voiced by: Shaun Fleming

Lilo's crush and son of Nani's employer

Grand Councilwoman

Voiced by: Zoe Caldwell

The leader of the United Galactic Federation.
  • Badass Cape: When presiding over Jumba's trial.
  • Bald Women
  • The Greys: Downplayed; unlike the usual portrayal of the grays, she's far taller than a human.
  • The Reptilians: She looks like a mix between The Greys and a humanoid hadrosaur.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Despite not being tolerant of repeated failure, she's only trying to do what's best. However, she can and will use loopholes to go against what the council has decided if it's the right thing to do.
  • Showgirl Skirt: Her outfit includes one draping from her jacket.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She proposed that Earth be gassed when Stitch landed there, but was stopped by Pleakley, who claimed that Earth was a protected wildlife reserve for mosquitoes.
  • You Have Failed Me: The Galactic Federation has an extremely low tolerance for failure - when she has to show up and take care of things herself, the whole scene is her firing and prosecuting everyone who failed with extreme prejudice.

Angel (Experiment #624)

Voiced by: Tara Strong

A female experiment and Stitch's Love Interest.

Mrs. Hasagawa

Voiced by: Amy Hill

An old Japanese lady that runs a fruit stand and owns a large number of experiments as pets.

Sunburned Ice Cream Tourist

Voiced by: Frank Welker

A recurring, fat tourist who is always seen eating ice cream


Voiced by: Chris Sanders

An evil version of Stitch created by Jumba, under orders of Hämsterviel.

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