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.
    • Ms. Busybody gets a face full of sunscreen in "Sportacus Saves the Toys" when the Mayor angrily slams his fist on the bottle.
    • MMM MMMM Creamy!
  • 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 - Even if not a lot of people knew that LazyTown was based on a play and its sequel, said plays are gradually increasing in popularity.
    • Even fewer people have heard of the original children's book the first play was based on.
  • 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.
  • Ear Worm: Every single song.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • People who like memes too much.
  • 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: Stefan Karl Stefansson, 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 hasn't done it yet and being a very nice person outside of the show haven't elevated him to this status, then the revelation of his cancer entering stage 4 has certainly done it.
  • 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!

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