YMMV: Lilo & Stitch: The Series

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is Gantu's Villain Decay due to lazy writing, or being fired from the Council in the original movie (and being reduced as servant of a hysterical rodent) made him fall into a depression so deep it directly affects his performances?
  • Anvilicious: The strong emphasis on 'ohana' (family.)
  • Ass Pull: In "Angel" Lilo only finds out Angel is working for Hamsterviel because of a tag she saw around her neck on the video Pleakley took. Angel never wore the tag any other time.
    • The T-Rex at the end of "Retro". We never see how Retro made that. Though it could be assumed that he used his powers on a chicken or some other type of bird.
    • In "Snafu," Angel releases everyone from their pods by knocking her head against the glass. But wait, why didn't she just do that earlier?
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Angel (#624), who recently got her own toy (only at Disney Parks, though) And of course, Reuben (#625).
    • Many of the other experiments as well, most noticeably: Sparky (#221; popular enough to be a mandatory Boss Battle in Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep), Yin (#501), Yang (#502), 627, Bonnie (#149), Clyde (#150) and most peculiarly, Slushy (#523).
  • Evil Is Cool: 627.
  • Fan Nickname: 627 is referred to as 'Evile' by some.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: As of Feb 16 2011, there are no stories involving Lilo and Keoni Jameson (her crush in the series) on Fanfiction.net; there are quite a lot that pair her up with Stitch. Squick or Squee.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Angel, the pink Distaff Counterpart version of Stitch introduced in the series, is extremely popular in Japan. She has something of an Ascended Extra status there.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Pleakley isn't the only flamboyant alien hiding out amongst a family who loves dressing up.
    • In "Short Stuff", 625 declines helping Gantu because has "half a Reuben" left to eat.
  • Ho Yay: Pleakley. True, it can be given in the beginning his "aptitude" with Earth customs is lacking, but early on... he openly tries girl's clothing. Also seems to crush on Jumba. Ironically, this seems to be a Disney subversion of Hide Your Lesbians.
    • The Very Special Episode where Pleakley's family try to make him get married - he's very reluctant until the 'bride' is Jumba in a dress, and in the end his family accept that Pleakley's happier without a wife. He also promised to wear men's clothes, which set off the lie detector experiment. Meaning he intends to keep wearing women's clothes and never has any intention of ever wearing man's clothes.
    • And the relationship between him and Jumba seems to go both ways: Jumba occasionally addresses him as "my little one-eyed one." Awwww.
    • Actor Allusion, Actor Allusion, Actor Allusion! Pleakley is voiced by Kevin McDonald, of Kids in the Hall fame. The man is used to playing characters in dresses. Not only that, but his family members in said episode were voiced by old castmates Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson, with Dave Foley playing the priest.
    • Jumba's Voice Actor, David Ogden Stiers, came out of the closet in early 2009.
    • "Jumba and I have found the secret of love!" Oh, Pleakley.
    • Hunka Hunka's peck, which causes the target to fall in love with the first person they meet, is decidedly gender-blind, leading to at least three instances in the episode where a male character falls in love with another.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Gantu occasionally gets his moments in episodes like "Dupe" and "Phoon", where he questions his own life and failures. In "Amnesio", when he loses memory, in a Call Back to the original film, he says "I'm lost".
  • Most Annoying Sound - "YEEEEEEAAAAH!"
    • Fibber's buzzing noise and Belle's scream, though that's kind of the point.
      • The "Ohana" speech. Proof that, with enough repetition, anything can be unbearably annoying.
  • Tear Jerker: In the Halloween special, we get Spooky who can shapeshift into people's worst fears. For Lilo, he turns into a Monster Clown. For Stitch, he turns into water. For Jumba, he turns into his ex-wife. For Pleakley he turns into his mother. What does he turn into for Nani?
    Nani: Cobra Bubbles?
    Spooky (As Cobra): I'm here to take Lilo away.
  • The Scrappy: Keoni. He's a bland Audience Surrogate that adds nothing to the plot, and Lilo's crush on him tends to bring out the absolute worst in her. Even the writing staff hated him.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Victoria, the red headed girl Lilo befriends. It's obvious the writing team struggled with her then just gave up altogether. A pity, she had a cute design.
    • Also, 627. How can you use such a powerful antagonist as a mere Monster of the Week?! Couldn't he've been more effective as recurrent villain? Or as the Final Boss, instead of a dull Stitch's red doppelganger?
    • Hamsterviel (the Habbitrale from the videogame "Stitch: Experiment 626) and 625 (from Disney Adventure Magazine) are Canon Immigrant without problems. Why 621 (from the aforementioned game) didn't make it? He would've been a Worthy Opponent for Stitch throughout all the series. Heck, it could've been him the titular experiment of Episode 23 (627's), unleashed by Jumba to give Stitch a lesson about his ego.
    • In the Cross Over episodes, the guest characters are very bland versions of their original selves. This takes away very much from the plot's premises.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: In the episode where Lilo is hypnotised into acting like Mertle, they missed a perfect opportunity to have Mertle say Lilo was acting weird. Instead one of Mertle's friends points out that Lilo is acting like her and nothing more is said about it.
    • Also the episode "Dupe": Gantu finds four unactivated experiment pods and turns them into a Four Man Strike team against Lilo and Stitch. After their defeated in the climax of the episode, the experiments never show up again, save for the finale, "Snafu", where their Gantu's prisoners.
    • "Rufus": Why Jumba didn't meet Drakken? It would have been interesting! In fact, the entire episode would have been better if they'd exploited Jumba's Card-Carrying Villain attitude toward the Kim Possible cast, instead of just making him chase a poor naked mole-rat.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Quite as few people mistook Pleakley for a woman. Which is fairly easy to assume, since he only wears dresses, and disguises himself as a lady in public.
    • Yin gets a lot of this as well. An extremely feminine experiment, he/she is often labelled a female by viewers (not to mention several wikis), despite Lilo referring to him/her as a male repeatedly.
  • Villain Decay: Gantu turned from the imposing but somewhat Anti-Hero thirty-something foot tall military captain from the original movie into a much shorter bumbling idiot who even proclaims that he "likes to be evil". Subverted at the end of the series when it doesn't work out for him and gets his old job back.
  • What an Idiot: Houdini is an extremely timid, extremely gun shy experiment with the power to make things disappear. Where does Lilo reckon his "one true place" lies? As a star magician on TV, naturally.
    • Also, why does Lilo persist in trying to bond with Mertle and her gang?! It's clear there's no affinity whatsoever! I comprehend that she tried before meet Stitch (and Victoria, despite her very poor screentime) and that she can't avoid them, due to proximity stuff, ok, but despite having now real friends, Lilo clearly still thinks she can go along with those brats! No, Lilo. Just no.