YMMV / Lilo & Stitch


YMMV pages for works in the franchise:

    YMMV tropes for the franchise in general 
  • Americans Hate Tingle:
  • Archive Panic: Lilo & Stitch has been one of Disney's most active franchises since its 2002 debut. Between all the animated material, there are four feature-length films, a short film... and 166 television episodes and specials so far.note  And they all fit in a single (albeit inconsistent) continuity.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Angel. Even though she is one of the more popular experiments in the franchise, becoming a major character a few years after her debut, there are Lilo & Stitch fans who do not like her because of her personality (the anime's characterization of her not helping matters) and/or for being a relatively Flat Distaff Counterpart to Stitch who was only introduced just to give him a love interest, with Angel's detractors saying that she gets a lot of Positive Discrimination from much of the fanbase. In fact, she is often compared to Lola Bunny as a result. The Series' producers can be given some blame for not knowing what to do with her (as with a lot of other characters, especially most of the experiments) in terms of characterization and not putting an effort to go past that.note 
    • Stitch was also this to Disney Parks aficionados due to him being everywhere throughout the parks (including on merchandise with the Fab Five classic characters) during the 2000s decade, along with the Replacement Scrappy status of his American ride. Disney's poor marketing of him, emphasizing his negative traits more than his positive ones, did not help. That said, Stitch's Great Escape! being reduced to a seasonally operated attraction in 2016 (and its supposed closure in 2018), Stitch's reduced prominence in Disney's marketing in favor of more recent (and much more phenomenally popular) fare such as Frozen, the upcoming rise of 2000s nostalgia, and his still prevalent Ensemble Darkhorse status among all of Disney may be helping him out in more recent years.
    • Lilo is also this for reasons described under Alternative Character Interpretation in the section for the first film below. East Asia is probably the biggest case for her fitting this trope, considering how they replaced her with more idealistic, less problematic local girls in their shows.
    • Scrump, Lilo's doll, has become this in more recent years due to "her" increasing prominence on merchandise and other promotional imagery over other characters, especially since "she's" been appearing with Stitch in place of Lilo herself more often than not. A few fans even point out that, in the actual film and television canon, Stitch interacted with Scrump only a few times and has never once shown that he ever legitimately liked the doll, whereas the merchandise and promo material (especially the Stitch-themed themes and "stickers" for the Line messaging app) try to portray "her" as a very close companion to him. Thus, a number of fans have grown to dislike the doll and see "her" as a Creator's Pet.
  • Broken Base:
    • For a franchise that's all about family, you'd think that the fanbase would agree with one another for the most part. Instead, the fanbase is mainly divided between those who like everything the franchise has produced (including the two TV series that were produced in Asia), those who like most everything made before those two shows (not liking the idea of Stitch separating from Lilo; see below), and those who only like the original film and maybe Lilo & Stitch 2. An even smaller subset of fans like the Eastern-produced TV series (or at least one of the two), but do not like the first TV series and its films due to their perceived Sequelitis.
    • Although overall better-received that the Stitch! anime, reception for Stitch & Ai also appears to be mixed. One side of the fandom are happy that Stitch has a new TV series whose art style heeds closer to the original works in the franchise, has better action and more likable characters (both old and new) by comparison, and has a better-handled plot. The other side are disappointed and frustrated that Stitch is again separated from Lilo and given a new human girl companion, seeing that the new human characters themselves are too similar to the original ones, and are saying that Disney is completely missing the point of why people loved the original parts of the franchise in the first place. Tony Craignote  stating on his Facebook page that he and Jess Winfieldnote  believe Lilo's story is done and should not be continued any further has not helped matters.
    • The whole ordeal over separating Lilo and Stitch in general. Some fans see the Eastern-produced TV series as either expanding the ʻohana by showing that it doesn't have to be restricted to Hawaii, while others say that this isn't the case and that Disney is replacing Stitch's old family by putting him in new ones. (It should be noted that the latter group are not against expanding the ʻohana, they're against having to take Lilo out of the spotlight in order to do so.) Going further, a few more vocal fans who support the Eastern spin-offs are so sick and tired of the franchise's more conservative (i.e. pro-Lilo, anti-separation) fans complaining about them that they hope that either of the spin-offs continue just to spite those fans.
      • Going even further, the debate on whether or not the franchise should continue without Lilo and keep separating Stitch from her to place him in different new families around the world. One side believes that this would help the franchise stay fresh, keep Stitch in the limelight, and introduce audiences to new and obscure cultures, while the other side believes that the current post-Lilo direction is turning Stitch into a Franchise Zombie where he does not really develop any further as a character and does not stay dedicated to any one family, and that there's no need for Disney to use an already established character/universe to introduce audiences to something that's new to them.
  • Crazy Awesome: Stitch, the purest definition of this trope. He manages to escape by force, then hijacks a ship and crash lands on Hawaii, coming out with a maniacal cackle. In the original movie, even after a heavy chunk of Character Development, he rescues Lilo by using lava and diesel from a truck to skyrocket towards Gantu's ship, crash through the window, then proceed to throw him out of it. And let's not mention when he's on caffeine... Lilo regularly makes side-comments throughout the franchise when he's acting particularly hyperactive that she won't be giving him any more coffee.
  • Critical Backlash: In more recent years, the East Asian spin-offs have been getting a small bit of this. As a result of the huge backlash towards the Stitch! anime and especially after the later introduction of Stitch & Ai, their fans and ex-haters have now been trying to rally support for those shows and tell the other Lilo & Stitch fans who dislike them to quit it with their supposedly obnoxious hatred and Fanon Discontinuity toward the spin-offs. Results are mixed, though, since there are anti-spin-off fans out there who don't like those shows for various reasons other than Lilo getting replaced and don't behave as obnoxiously as the spin-offs' supporters make them out to be.
  • Drinking Game:
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The franchise, which is an Ensemble Darkhorse unto itself among Disney's animated works for being very non-traditional, features many unique characters who are this trope, especially the experiments for sure. See this page for more.
  • Fanon: The many, many fan-made designs and descriptions of experiments that have still yet to be seen in the franchise. Even worse is the fact that the "Lilo & Stitch Wiki" on Wikia actually treats many of these fan designs and descriptions as canon by providing many articles about them, providing short descriptions on its full list of experiments, and using many fans' artwork (most likely without their permission) as the closest thing to these unseen experiments' official art.note  Fans who took these as canon even edited The Other Wiki's (now-deleted) list of experiments numerous times to add all this unprofessional non-canon information over there, which forced its users to clean up after them.
  • Fanon Discontinuity:
    • Stitch! and Stitch & Ai (primarily the former, since it's been around much longer) for separating Lilo and Stitch, replacing her with Canon Foreigner Expies of her, changing up the returning characters for the worse,note  and replacing all those characters' voice actors. The fact that Chris Sanders has zero participation with those shows certainly helps. That said, most of the Fanon Discontinuity is relegated to the West, especially in North America, and as Critical Backlash above notes, there are those out there trying to defy those who invoke this trope.
    • Even The Disney Wiki on Wikia subtly does this; for the original Western-introduced characters' article infoboxes, the "Character information" sections usually only cover those characters as they appear in the original Western continuity and not anything that is exclusive to the anime or the Chinese series, even though the "Background information" infobox sections (i.e. Production info) and the main article text (primarily under the "Appearances" sections) include them.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Despite that their canonical relationship is that of sibling figures, there are quite a lot of fanfics and fan art that pair Lilo up with Stitch. Squick or Squee!note  By comparison, Keoni Jameson (her crush in The Series) has virtually 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 Lilo/Stitch 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 ʻohana and all that.)
    • Tying in with the above, Lilo/Stitch shippers usually pair Angel up with Reuben to form a Beta Couple to go with the title duo, even though it makes almost no sense based on how she acts around him in the official canon.note 
  • 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, a surprising lot of Scrump,note  and some Lilo and Angelnote  here and there. 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, while Stitch's face remained on the blue pillow.
    • If you expand it to general continuities—the original 2002-06 Western continuity (Stitch on Hawaii with Lilo), the anime continuity (Stitch on Okinawa with Yuna), and the latest Chinese continuity (Stitch on the Huangshan mountains with Ai)—most of the fanbase prefer the first one (Stitch with Lilo).
    • When Lilo & Stitch was added to Disney Magic Kingdoms, the related content included elements taken from the sequel material (including Angel being added as a non-premium character), which caused DAC purists and original film only fans to complain on the game's subreddit and official Facebook page.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • Mainly with How to Train Your Dragon for sharing Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois as directors/writers, especially since Toothless takes a lot of traits from Stitch. Lots of crossover Fan-Art of Stitch and Toothless can be found on the web.
    • Also with Moana since it is also a Disney animated film set in Polynesia.
  • 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.
    • This has apparently extended to China as well with the production and release of Stitch & Ai, which is set in the Huangshan mountain range over there.
    • There's actually a gift shop in Malaysia which sells almost nothing but Lilo & Stitch merchandise. No, seriously.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Let's see: it's a franchise about a girl and her alien buddy in Hawaii, with said alien being the 626th of such creatures which the TV series is dedicated to capturing, the creatures are tamed with The Power of Friendship, and Japan utterly adores that alien. When news broke out that Pokémon Sun and Moon would be set in Alola, a Hawaii counterpart, and that the plot would revolve around alien life-forms the likes of which the franchise has never seen before in the Ultra Beasts, it may as well have been free publicity for Lilo & Stitch.
  • 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.
  • Magic Franchise Word: The film popularized ʻohana outside of Hawaii, and the word remains strongly tied to the franchise to this day.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • The ʻohana motto: "ʻOhana means family; family means nobody gets left behind — or forgotten."
    • "Happy 626 Day!" Explanation 
    • The scene with Lilo using Stitch to play a record, using his open mouth as the speaker.
  • Only the Creator Does It Right: For a number of fans regarding the animated shows and films; basically, if Chris Sanders isn't involved with an animated work as the voice of Stitch, then it's not "good". (In fact, many fans also have issues with Ben Diskin's Stitch voice because it doesn't just sound as genuinely "cute" or enthusiastic as Sanders's.)
  • Popular with Furries: Stitch's cute, animal-looking design makes him popular with furries. The same applies to some of his other cousins, such as Reuben and Angel.
  • Sacred Cow: Lilo Pelekai is slowly attaining this status thanks to the Eastern-produced shows that replace her. That said, this is more towards the part of the fandom who do not approve of the Eastern spin-offs.
  • The Scrappy: In a meta sense, Stitch's Great Escape! is so infamous that it put Stitch and the franchise in a bad light to a fair group of people.
  • Self-Fanservice:
    • Most fan art of an adult Lilo tend to portray her as a fit, attractive young woman with a slim body and full lips much like her sister, usually wearing midriff-revealing clothing or a bikini. Contrast the canonical depictions of the adult Lilo in The Series episode "Skip" and the anime episode "Lilo" which portray her more modestly, wearing clothes that make her look like a responsible adult and having the same mouth that her younger self has, never developing fuller lips.
    • Stitch has also been drawn with a humanoid body shape of either an athletic young adult or a bodybuilder, while still maintaining his overall alien genetic experiment looks (blue fur, claws, head, et cetera). Some of the other experiments have also been drawn like this, but they're much rarer.
  • Sequelitis/Contested Sequel: A big reason as to why the fanbase today is so broken. These two tropes are primarily applied to the franchise's television series:
    • Some people see Lilo & Stitch: The Series (and its films Stitch! The Movie and Leroy & Stitch) as the former trope due to their executive-mandated Lighter and Softer tone compared to the original film, resulting in weaker writing with the characters flanderized too much for those people. On the other hand, The Series's supporters love seeing Lilo and Stitch's adventures in capturing all the unique experiments and argue that it still has as much of the charm as the original film and maintains Lilo & Stitch's message of inclusiveness. Either way, Lilo & Stitch: The Series can be seen as divisive among Disney's animated shows.
    • The Stitch! anime gets hit the former trope even more so for replacing Lilo with Canon Foreigner Yuna, changing the characterizations of much of the returning characters for the worse, and being a Time Skip Stealth Sequel Series to the rest of the franchise, among other things. Its supporters—yes, it has some—enjoy that it continues Stitch's story, shows more of the experiments (even introducing new ones), shows that the franchise doesn't have to be restricted to Hawaii, and they argue that Yuna is a good Ideal Hero character. (Although, the anime's fans do generally agree that the third season is weaker than the first two.)
    • Stitch & Ai has also received mixed responses. Many fans are unhappy that—like the anime—the Chinese series separates Stitch from Lilo and makes him best friends with another Canon Foreigner, and said fans also say that it introduces some new elements that the franchise never needed such as a new hidden power for Stitch, especially one that alters his appearance in a big way. Others point out that the show's setting is a good idea for an animated series, but the involvement and integration of the Lilo & Stitch universe were completely unnecessary. However, several fans that did watch this series say that it's a Surprisingly Improved Sequel, especially when compared to the anime, and would like to see a Western release and a season two. More can be read on this show's YMMV page.
  • 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 Art: It's a Disney Animated Canon film, so of course it would feature this, but what makes this film stand out is its art style with interesting character designs, unique yet fluid animation (including what has to be the best water in traditional animation), and gorgeous watercolor backdrops.
  • 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".
  • Ear Worm: A bit of a guilty pleasure, but the A-Teens cover of Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling in Love" played in the beginning of the credits post-montage 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. While its success is seen today as being rather modest when compared to Disney's bigger blockbuster films, it was Walt Disney Feature Animation'snote  biggest critical and commercial success during their post-Renaissance lull until 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 male lead character (notice the distinct lack of Lilo on the poster at the top of the main page).
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • This line Lilo says when Stitch leaves after the "Aloha 'Oe" scene: "ʻOhana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind. But if you wanna leave, you can. I'll remember you, though. I remember everyone who leaves." Stitch would do just that later in her life.
    • Lilo locking herself inside the house to die after being rejected and bullied by Mertle becomes even sadder thanks to high-profile cases of kids committing suicide because of extreme bullying.
  • 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 '10s, "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.
    • One version of The Lion King "Inter-Stitch-al" showed Timon—in the crowd below Pride Rock riding on Pumbaa's back—pointing out that Simba wasn't the one being lifted into the air, even though Those Two Guys were not shown to have been at Pride Rock during the beginning of the 1994 original film. Come 2004, however, and it turned out that the meerkat-warthog duo were at Simba's unveiling after all.
    • David's line: "So you're from outer space? I've heard the surfing's choice." Come later in 2002...
    • The Grand Councilwoman has been noted to look remarkably similar to a member of the Duros species from Star Wars, right down to the wrinkly lipless mouth and jagged fangs. Furthermore, the planet where the film begins and where the Federation is based, Turo, sounds similar both to Duros and their own homeworld of Duro. Fast-forward to the 2010s, when Disney bought Star Wars itself—the joke writes itself.
  • Ho Yay: Jumba and Pleakley start their "relationship" in the film. They pretend to be husband and wife after reaching Earth while wearing poorly-crafted disguises, although they initially treat all this as nothing more than just an act. They decide to move into Lilo and Nani's house and live together at the end of the film.
  • 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!
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • After it's confirmed that Stitch will crash on land rather than in water, the Grand Councilwoman says that Earth has to be gassed. Granted, her tone indicates that she's not happy about it (implying a Godzilla Threshold or something along those lines), but she still very nearly condemned a planet to death just to get rid of one (admittedly very dangerous) criminal. And the only thing that stays her hand is the fact that Earth is a protected wildlife reserve.
      • Think on the implications of that line. The council apparently has the means to destroy all life on an entire planet, and is willing to use it if they believe things to be desperate enough. If a planet's population is sapient, but not advanced enough for long-distance space travel, then a possible gassing would be utterly terrifying for them to go through.
    • Jumba gets a surprisingly creepy moment at the end of the scene where he's recruited to recapture Stitch. After the Grand Councilwoman leaves, Jumba, clearly relishing the thought of his creation causing mass destruction like he was programmed to, says the following line:
    Jumba: So tell me, my little one-eyed one; on what poor, pitiful, defenseless planet has my monstrosity been unleashed?
  • 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.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: As this film's fans are fond of pointing out, it did several things that were considered pretty daring and unconventional for a Disney film back in 2002—but most of those things have since been done by more successful Disney films, making it a bit harder to appreciate this one in hindsight. Case in point: it featured a modern working-class protagonist of color before The Princess and the Frog did, it featured a female protagonist without a love interest before Brave did, it focused on the unconditional love between two sisters before Frozen did, it did an entirely science-fiction plot before Big Hero 6 did, and it featured a central cast of native Pacific Islanders before Moana did.
  • Signature Scene:
    • The end of the "Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride" sequence where Lilo, Stitch and Nani ride through a huge wave, all smiling. It's this scene that's represented on the original DVD and VHS releases' (and later digital releases') Detail-Hogging Cover. There are also some Signature Scenes for the comedic and dramatic sides of this animated Dramedy:
      • On the comedic side, Lilo and Stitch's fourth wall-breaking dance at Mrs. Hasagawa's fruit stand, which is the image on our Funny Moments page for the film.
      • On the dramatic side, either the "Aloha 'Oe" sequence or the subsequent scene where Stitch gets "lost". We've used screencaps from both scenes on our Tear Jerkers page.note 
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: "Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride" captures the joys of "lingering in the ocean blue" so perfectly.
  • 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?! It doesn't stop there, though, as Lilo gets captured by Gantu and before Stitch rescues her, she starts crying because she thinks she'll never see Nani again.
    • 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.

    YMMV tropes for Disney's Stitch: Experiment 626 

    YMMV tropes for the franchise's other video games 

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