YMMV / Lilo & Stitch

YMMV pages for works in the franchise:

YMMV tropes for the franchise in general:

  • Base Breaker:
  • Drinking Game:
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Several of the experiments for sure.
      • Stitch (626) himself is one of Disney's most popular characters and receives lots of merchandise even to this day. Being a cute and fluffy badass certainly helps.
      • Angel (624), for being a Cute Monster Girl and Distaff Counterpart of Stitch, becoming a Breakout Character for the franchise. She is so popular despite her limited appearancesnote  that she has more merchandise than Lilo according to The Disney Wiki (although nearly all of them are Disney Parks merchandise), and is even considered a major character on Wikipedia's article for the franchise.
      • Reuben (625), for his laid-back, snarky personality. Helps that, as a major character, he appeared in more episodes in The Series and the Stitch! anime than any other experiment besides Stitch himself.
      • Sparky (221), likely because of his role in Stitch! The Movie, his powers, and for being Ugly Cute. He was even popular enough to be a mandatory Boss Battle in Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, received recurring appearances in the anime, and is even the only "cousin" to appear on this mural in Hanapepe (the town that inspired Lilo & Stitch's Kokaua Town).
      • 627, due to the appealing concept of a tough experiment who's better than Stitch, and who would have likely become a rival to him had he received more appearances.
      • Bonnie (149) and Clyde (150), due to their personalities and Outlaw Couple dynamic, although Bonnie is the more popular of the two with her more appealing design and Tomboyish personality. They are popular enough to be character selections for fanfics on Fanfiction.Net.
      • Leroy, despite being a pretty Flat Doppelgänger of Stitch who only appeared in one television film, is also a popular experiment nonetheless, and has even received some merchandise including a Tsum Tsum plush.
      • Splodyhead (619) seems to also be one, considering his fight against Slushy (523) in that experiment's episode (and the extensive reuse of scenes from that fight in "Ace") and his cameo in Big Hero 6.
      • Other experiments who are noticeably popular include Yin (501), Yang (502), Felix (010) and, most peculiarly, Slushy (523) and Sample (258). Some of the experiments above also appeared as costumed characters in Tokyo Disneyland alongside the main duo. (i.e. Angel, Reuben, Sparky, 627, Felix, and Sample.) Angel and Sparky have also appeared in Disneyland Paris. Angel is also the only experiment other than Stitch to have merchandise currently (as of 2016) sold in America,note  despite that she is a relatively obscure character in the country who has never made a costumed appearance in either Disneyland or Walt Disney World, and that the Lilo & Stitch franchise has been dormant in North America since the end of The Series a decade ago (save for the very brief run of the anime's English dub on Disney XD in 2011).
    • The guy whose ice cream keeps falling down. So much that he was the only Lilo & Stitch character other than Lilo, Stitch and Nani to be made into a Townsperson costume in Disney Infinity, where he costs 100,000 blue sparks in 2.0's Toy Store.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: There are quite a lot of fanfics and fanart that pair Lilo up with Stitch. Squick or Squee! By comparison, Keoni Jameson (her crush in The Series) has almost no stories involving him in a happy relationship with Lilo, and even Angel breaks up with or has already broken up with Stitch in some fics. (Although, at least several LxS authors do have her maintain a good friendship with the main duo, rather than have her completely reject them, probably because the rejection of family would go against the main theme of 'ohana and all that.)
  • First Installment Wins: As with most Disney franchises based on films in the Animated Canon, the original film is easily the most fondly remembered and the best-written part of the franchise, while the rest have mostly been left behind and forgotten (Japan's fondness for the franchise being the exception). In the West, especially North America, most marketing of the franchise's characters nowadays appear to be mostly Stitch, with some Lilo here and there (with Scrump appearing often surprisingly) and traces of Angelnote  in (usually) the parks. Also notable was when the franchise was added in Disney Infinity in 2.0, where Pleakley was still working for the United Galactic Federation in Stitch's Tropical Rescue Toy Box Game, the Pelekai residence appears in the Lilo's Tropical Sky skydome in its original appearance (before it was destroyed by Jumba and Stitch) and, ignoring any player-made Toy Boxes, there's nary a reference to any part of the franchise post-original film in sight. Perhaps most notably, Splodyhead was erased from the red pillow on Fred's "Blue Ninja Bed" when it appeared in Disney Infinity 3.0, but Stitch's face remained on the blue pillow.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Japan Loves Stitch. This really cannot be understated. Stitch often features more prominently than the likes of Mickey Mouse on Disney merchandise and publicity. They love him so much they got an anime adaptation of him! Also, Angel is extremely popular over there as well, where she has something of an Ascended Extra status.
  • Ho Yay: Jumba and Pleakley. See the YMMV pages for The Series and Stitch! for more info.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: Averted; the chubbier characters are more a reflection of Chris Sanders' own drawing style, but do not have unrealistic body types.
  • Memetic Mutation: The 'ohana motto.
  • Sequelitis: Some people see Lilo & Stitch: The Series, Stitch! The Movie, and Leroy & Stitch as this, and the Stitch! anime gets this response even more so.
  • Ugly Cute: Stitch, most of the aliens, and even some of the humans could qualify. Chris Sanders loves this trope.

YMMV tropes for the original film:

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Was Lilo just a lonely little girl with some emotional problems, or a brat whose big sister failed to discipline her? Or both?
  • Awesome Music: The two original songs made for the film, "He Mele No Lilo" and "Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride", both encapsulate Hawaii very well. Not to mention the Elvis Presley tunes used in the film and soundtrack, Wynonna Judd's cover of his "Burning Love", Alan Silvestri's score, and Tia Carrere's (the voice of Nani) sorrowful performance of "Aloha 'Oe". Also, while it's a bit of a guilty pleasure, the A-Teens cover of Elvis's "Can't Help Falling in Love" is pretty fun to listen to and very catchy. Don't believe so? Here you go.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: This film is this for the Disney Animated Canon. It was Walt Disney Feature Animation'snote  biggest critical and commercial success during their post-Renaissance lull until the releases of Bolt and the films of the Disney Revival. As a result, it is easily Disney's most recognizable animated work from the 2000s.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In the ending montage, one scene shows Lilo, Stitch, and the girls dancing. In the background is a sign advertising the fictional airline Tsunami Air. A little less funny after the "Boxing Day" tsunami of 2004.
    • In-Universe: Lilo feeding Pudge the fish peanut butter sandwiches every day because she believes he controls the weather seems like a throw-away gag at first glance. Then you find out that her parents died on a rainy night's drive.
  • Girl Show Ghetto: The film was able to avoid it and make a big profit during an era in which Disney movies weren't normally doing so well. But to do so, the marketing focused on Stitch, the only male main character (notice the distinct lack of Lilo on the poster at the top of the main page).
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The scene in which Stitch acts like a giant monster in a model scale of San Francisco. Legendary Pictures made a movie of a certain well-known Kaiju fighting in both Honolulu and San Francisco with other monsters in 2014.
    • In one scene, Pleakley indignantly yells "Educate yourself!" to Jumba when explaining the endangered status of the mosquito species. In The New Tens, "Educate yourself!" has since been adopted as a Catchphrase by politically active bloggers on websites like Tumblr, and it is now something of a Stock Phrase associated with the "Social Justice Warrior" stereotype.
    • Jumba says he would "never make... more than one" creature. In The Series, he's got a lot of them. This also applies to Pleakley asking if Stitch has a relative who could be tasked to hunt him down.
  • Nausea Fuel: The handful of scenes that feature Stitch playing with his own saliva. And, later, sticking his tongue up his own nose to eat a booger. Yech!
  • Older Than They Think: Did you think this movie was the first animated work to have a girl befriending an alien as a plot? Meet Katie and Orbie, created (as a series of books) over a decade before the movie was released, and which incidentally was seen on Disney Channel in the United States (and ended production in the same year the movie was released). However, as that series is aimed at a preschool audience, is Lighter and Softer, and doesn't have anything in common storyline-wise.
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: The song "Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride". It captures the joys of "lingering in the ocean blue" so perfectly.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Cracked points out that Bubbles' concern for Lilo makes more sense when you realize that Nani is an irresponsible guardian, which is to be expected of someone so young who was more or less forced into guardianship. (There are many, many commenters on the article who would disagree, however.)
  • The Woobie:
    • Lilo. The poor girl has no friends, has lost her parents, she's about to be taken from her sister, and her "dog" runs away. And she just copes with it all somehow. Why does she get cursed so badly?!
    • Nani, who's forced into parenthood after her parents' deaths, can't hold a single job to support her and her little sister and now suddenly had to deal with Stitch and the threat of Lilo being taken away by social service. The way she sobs when Lilo is captured by Gantu is simply heartbreaking.
    • Stitch himself, after he is unable to fulfill his programming. Jumba comments at one point that Stitch must be so lonely without friends or family or even memories to look back on. The only person who is kind to him when he makes an effort to help out is Lilo, which also means that Stitch later deals with the guilt of knowing that his antics and presence is putting a ton of strain on the family and leading to their breakup. It gets even worse for him in the sequel, Stitch Has a Glitch, where he starts to revert back to his old destructive programming and will eventually die. Of course, he gets better at the end.
    • That one guy who's never able to eat his ice cream because of something Stitch is doing.