YMMV / LazyTown


  • Accidental Innuendo: The scene during "Master of Disguise" where Robbie sneaks up on Stingy, an 8 year old boy, while singing "You walk right by me, not knowing that I'm slimy!" complete with a creepy predator-esque expression on his face.
  • Accidental Nightmare Fuel:
    • The whole show. One critic described it as a "kafkaesque nightmare of a traumatized child".
    • In one episode, Robbie disguised himself as the mayor, and ended up looking exactly like him, even though he's human and the mayor is a puppet.
  • Adaptation Displacement: Subverted - While most people have now discovered that LazyTown was based on a play and its sequel, even fewer people have heard of the original children's book the first play was based on, released in 1991.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: An insane amount of these center around Robbie Rotten.
    • According to this thread, Robbie Rotten is a Tragic Hero, as the series actually takes place After the End and his goal to keep the kids inside is actually to protect them from radiation. Sort of Jossed in "Sportacus Save The Toys" when Sportacus visits France and China. Both countries seem to be fine.
    • The fandom is known for its interpretations of character backstories. Fanfiction writers often give Robbie Rotten a tragic past. A few diehards have created interpretations of the mythical "Number Nine", mentioned only in one episode. A lot of fan theories revolve around Nine being Sportacus' father.
    • This article argues that Robbie Rotten is the Only Sane Man and that trying to let children play and eat sweets is actually preferable to Sportacus' enforcement of brutal physical torture and diet of seeds.
    • Another fan theory suggests that Robbie Rotten was one of the former superheroes of LazyTown, who gave up because he was frustrated with the kids reverting back to their old ways every time (that is, until Sportacus came along), so he just gave up and encouraged them to be lazy out of spite whilst being the town's villain for his own amusement.
      • Another theory similar to this one poses that Robbie was one of the original heroes, before Sportacus (ten) and the mysterious Number Nine; after all, the first of the heroes would be Number One.
    • Stefan Karl did a Reddit AMA in 2016. One question was "Way deep down inside, what does Robbie really think about the residents of LazyTown?" Stefan's response? "I wish I could be their friend." That's just...damn.
  • Angst? What Angst?:
    • The citizens of LazyTown are pretty unconcerned by the closed businesses, parental neglect, and bumbling mayor manning the helm.
    • Sportacus seems awfully cheerful for someone who protects an entire town alone, and various episodes establish that he deals with everything from cats stuck in trees to natural disasters. Robbie Rotten's constant schemes don't help. Possibly justified if his implied elven nature gives him enhanced physical and psychological capabilities.
  • Author's Saving Throw: After fans near unanimously hated the dance break sequences within the songs of Season 3, they were removed in Season 4.
  • Critical Research Failure: In "You Are a Pirate", Stephanie sings the line "If you love to sail the sea, you are a pirate." Uh, Stephanie? Ever heard of a thing called sailors?
  • Ear Worm: Every single song.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • The mysterious Number Nine who protected the town before Sportacus came along. The only time his or her existence is even acknowledged is in exactly one line of dialogue in the pilot, but as seen below in Fan Fic Fuel, the character has exploded in popularity among fans of the series who are fascinated by the entire implied mythology that the reference seems to represent. Many fans love crafting their own theories and explanations for who Number Nine was ( a common theory being Sportacus' father or mentor.)
  • Evil Is Cool: Well, "evil" is maybe too strong a word, but Robbie Rotten is far and away the most popular of the main cast.
  • Fan Fic Fuel:
    • Character backstories are popular candidates, as mentioned above.
    • The mysterious Number Nine that's mentioned in the first episode, along with the implied One-Eight. It's a common theory among many writers that Robbie was Number One.
    • The island in the North Sea (customs, technology, inhabitants, etc.) that Number Nine (and possibly Sportacus) is said to come from.
    • A line from Stingy's Image Song: "Ziggy's sweets are mine!"
  • Fanon: It's fairly popular in fanfiction to give Robbie some sort of magical heritage to go with Sportacus's (implied) elven heritage. Making Robbie at least part fae is usually the go-to suggestion.
    • It's also fairly common to make the original incarnations of Sportacus and Robbie-Íþróttaálfurinn and Glanni Glæpur respectively-some sort of relative to the more well known incarnations-father, brother, cousin, what have you.
    • Fanartists, meanwhile, have collectively decided that Sportacus has blond, curly/wavy hair (not too unlike Scheving's natural hair) under that hat of his-despite the fact that what little hair that's seen and the fact that his second actor is a natural brunette.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Many fans have brushed the episode "The Baby Troll" under the rug due to its bizarre (even by Lazytown standards) plot, and the unintentionally creepy design of the troll.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The week Stefan Karl Stefansson contracted cancer was the same week that LazyTown stopped airing re-runs on Sprout.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: "Cooking by the Book" is hilariously similar to the later "Cupcakes" song from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Even funnier is that Pinkie Pie is piling on the candy!
    • And then, in a season 6 episode of MLP, this happened.
    • Near the beginning of "We Are Number One", Robbie Rotten says "this is going down in history". Little did he know...
    • Overlapping with Heartwarming in Hindsight, Stefan Karl Stefansson claims that part of the reason his cancer went into remission is due to taking time to exercise. Considering that Robbie's whole schtick is trying to convince kids to be lazy...
  • Ho Yay: There is so much Sportacus/Robbie slash out there that it seems to outnumber any other kind. And it doesn't come from nowhere either: As just one example, one episode had Robbie falling asleep and happily murmur "Hello, Sportacus."
  • Jerkass Woobie: Robbie is a pretty big jerk, but still a very lovable one that displays occasional hints of loneliness. In an AMA, his actor revealed what he really thinks of the other characters, underneath it all: "I wish I could be their friend."
  • Just Here for Godzilla:
    • A lot of people watch the show just for Robbie Rotten and his schemes.
    • A good portion of the older Periphery Demographic watches it just for Stingy out of the belief that he gets some of the funniest lines.
      • Itís not uncommon to hear people who hate Lazytown Extra admit to watching it only for the segments with Robbie or Stingy and Mayor Meanswell.
  • Meme Acknowledgment:
    • The official LazyTown YouTube channel posted their own variant of "We Are Number One" on December 9, 2016, with promises to release the instrumental version. Not only did they do that the song's entire stems were released, as well as the song's original lyrics.
    • Even better, Stefan Karl (Robbie's actor) himself performed a live-reenactment of the song on December 11th, 2016. With the supporting actors, no less.
  • Memetic Badass: Robbie Rotten (sensing a pattern here?) has developed this reputation online, with many people declaring that he is the World's Strongest Man and one of the greatest TV villains of all time (most of the time incorporating variations of the phrase "He is Number One". Taken even further when it turned out that his actor had beaten Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
  • Memetic Mutation: This show absolutely reeks of this trope.
  • Memetic Psychopath: Stingy is starting to develop this reputation online, after the infamous line "All your feelings are mine" from the "Mine" song and him running over Sportacus with his car, twice. Of special note is the scene where he asks the mayor some questions about sports and the conversation takes a rather unexpected turn.
  • Moe: Stephanie. Pink clothes, pink hair and perky as hell? Yep.
  • Parent Service: One word: Sportacus.
    • And to an extent, Robbie Rotten and his *ahem* package.
    • Then there's Stephanie, who is supposed to be eight, but her male fans only see the teenage actress playing her.
  • Periphery Demographic: A lot of moms and teen siblings are as fond of the show as the kids it's aimed at, due in no small part to the 'talents' of the human actors (yes, all three). Enough so that it airs on Boomerang in the UK (albeit only in the early morning).
    • Also, stoners.
    • Several years ago, a portion of the Starlight Express fan community became a bit of a periphery demographic for the original Latibær stage shows.
    • In late 2016, a new periphery demographic of teens and 20-somethings emerged, being split by people who watched the show as children and were brought back by nostalgia, and those who just Watch It for the Meme (and there are several). It's hard to tell which is which.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: The fandom has come up with portmanteau names for the show's two most popular pairings: SportaSteph for Sportacus/Stephanie, and SportaRobbie for Sportacus/Robbie.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Who doesn't want to see Robbie win for once?
  • Sacred Cow: Stefán Karl Stefánsson, the actor who plays Robbie Rotten. If him playing a near-universally-liked fan favorite, getting some of the show's best songs, embracing the show's memes, and being a very nice person outside of the show hadn't already elevated him to this status, then the revelation of his cancer entering stage 4 has certainly done it......even more so when it transpired in July 2017 that Stefansson had beaten Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
  • Self-Fanservice: Oh, the things the fandom does to Sportacus and Robbie Rotten... The extreme athleticism of the former and... suspicious bulge of the latter may be bordering on Parent Service. Either way, the Periphery Demographic has made some... interesting things of both of them. And, from an entirely different quarter, Stephanie.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Eat healthy and try to move around every once in a while.
  • Special Effect Failure: In many shots, the thick, black strings used to hold the puppets' arms up can be seen.
    • A rare auditory example. If you listen closely to the intro of "We Are Number One", you can hear Robbie's fingers hitting the plastic on the "saxophone". It doesn't even look like he's even playing it.
  • Uncanny Valley: Some people find the puppet characters creepy. Also: Robbie's face looks like it's made of plastic.note  Robbie seems to have been specifically designed to make people unable to tell whether he's one of the human characters or one of the puppets!
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The show is one of the most expensive children's shows ever created, so there's no doubt there's going to be a few examples.

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