YMMV / Lilo & Stitch

YMMV pages for works in the franchise:

YMMV tropes for the franchise in general:

  • 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 Character who was only introduced just to give Stitch a love interest. The Series' producers can be blamed 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. There's also a Die for Our Ship mentality against her among some Lilo/Stitch shippers, going out to portray her in a negative light in some fanfics.
      • Some fans also don't like how her popularity has drawn other fans' attention away from all the other experiments, especially considering all the merchandise she has compared to everyone other than the title characters themselves. It's worse in the West where she's the only non-Stitch experiment getting any merchandise released there to this day, with Disney seeming to have stopped acknowledging the rest of Stitch's "cousins".note 
    • Stitch was also this (and likely still is) 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, emphasising his negative traits more than his positive ones, did not help.
    • Lilo is also this for reasons described under Alternative Character Interpretation in the section for the first film below. Japan is probably the biggest case for her fitting this trope, considering how they replaced her with a more idealistic, less problematic girl in the anime.
  • Broken Base: The fanbase is mainly divided between those who like everything the franchise has produced, those who like most everything made before the anime, and those who only like the original film (and maybe Lilo & Stitch 2).
  • Drinking Game:
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Several of the experiments for sure, especially the mid six-two trio.
      • Even though he is the franchise's protagonist, Stitch (626) himself is one of Disney's most popular characters and receives lots of merchandise even to this day, especially on Disney's lapel trading pins. Being a funny, cute and fluffy badass with good Character Development certainly helps.
      • Angel (624), for being a Cute Monster Girl and Distaff Counterpart of Stitch, becoming a Breakout Character for the franchise since winning a poll held by Disney Channel in Spring 2004 for the fans' top ten favorite experiments and episodes in The Series' first season. She is so popular despite her initial limited appearances in The Seriesnote  that she gets more merchandise than Lilo according to The Disney Wiki, later becoming a major character thanks to frequent appearances in the Stitch! anime. She is also the only experiment other than Stitch to have merchandise currently (as of 2017) sold in America, 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,note  the Lilo & Stitch franchise has been practically dormant in North America since the end of The Series over a decade ago, and the majority of her appearances in the franchise are from the anime that American fans tend to reject.note  Also, she was initially voiced by famed voice actress, Tara Strong.
      • 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. Like with Angel above, he was also voiced by another famous voice actor, Rob Paulsen.
      • 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, or "Evile" as the fans call him, 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. He was number five on the aforementioned top ten poll.
      • 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 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),note  Felix (010)note  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.
    • Ice-Cream Man. 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.
    • Lilo's doll Scrump is not even alive (save for that one time Phantasmo possessed "her") and only plays a small role to Lilo's character, but "she" gets a lot of fan art and merchandise, which even includes a couple Funko POP! vinyl figures modeled after "her".
  • 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.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • There are quite a lot of fanfics and fanart 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 'ohana and all that.)
    • Tying in with the above, Angel is usually paired up with Reuben to form a Beta Couple to go with the title duo, even though it makes very little 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, with some Lilo here and there (with Scrump appearing surprisingly frequently) 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, while 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.
  • 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, 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 'ohana outside of Hawaii, and the word remains strongly tied to the franchise to this day.
  • Memetic Mutation: The 'ohana motto: "'Ohana means family; family means nobody gets left behind — or forgotten."
  • Sequelitis: Some people see Stitch! The Movie, Lilo & Stitch: The Series, 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".
  • 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 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).
  • Harsher in Hindsight: This line Lilo says when Stitch leaves after the "Aloha 'Oe" scene: "'Ohana 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.
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: As with many other animated films of its time, Lilo & Stitch had some tie-in platform games made:
    • Disney's Lilo & Stitch: Trouble in Paradise was just a basic Crash Bandicoot clone for PlayStation and Windows whose only interesting feature was Lilo being a playable character with voodoo powers.
    • Disney's Stitch: Experiment 626 was the most ambitious of the tie-in games at the time, being a prequel to the events of the film and also being one of the first works to introduce one of the other experiments. However, it had rough gameplay, camera issues, and its graphics were also criticized as not being as good as other PlayStation 2 titles of the time. The events of this game were also later Retconned by the events of Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch.
    • No Problem with Licensed Games: On the other hand, Disney's Lilo & Stitch for Game Boy Advance was a surprisingly well-made and reasonably difficult 2D action-platform game, with Run-and-Gun gameplay similar to Metal Slug and very good animation. As a result, it got a sequel (albeit made by a different developer and based on The Series) called Lilo & Stitch 2: Hämsterviel Havoc.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: This traditionally-animated creator-driven film was praised for being a funny, charming movie enjoyable for all ages with a touching, surprisingly dramatic and realistic story underneath its weird exterior. Unfortunately, despite this film's success, it was released during the rise of computer-animated films such as DreamWorks Animation's Shreknote  and Pixar's Finding Nemo,note  which hampered its mainstream potential. Nowadays, widely-released traditionally-animated films are dead, and lots of animated films and TV shows are creator-driven efforts with heaping doses of humor, charm, drama, realism, and weirdness that some may consider to be above Lilo & Stitch's levels and also appeal to a wide demographic. Not helping Lilo & Stitch was Disney's mangled handling of the franchise that spawned from it with often lackluster, too kid-friendly results, an over-promotion of the protagonist that overemphasized his negative traitsnote  instead of the real reasons as to why audiences fell in love with him,note  and the later departures of Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois that resulted in them joining Disney's biggest rivals to create the much more commercially and critically successful How to Train Your Dragon franchise, which probably have led to Disney seeing the Lilo & Stitch franchise as "damaged goods" to some extent (at least in the West).
  • 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.
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