Lilo Pelekai and Stitch (Experiment 626) | Major Characters | Minor Characters | Stitch! anime | Stitch & Ai
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This is the character sheet for the main supporting characters of Disney's Lilo & Stitch franchise.
Introduced in Lilo & Stitch
Voiced in Japanese by: Tomoko Tabata
Appearances: Lilo & Stitch | Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch | Stitch! The Movie | The Series | Leroy & Stitch | Stitch!note | Stitch & Ainote
Lilo's older sister and legal guardian.
After she and her younger sister lost their parents, she struggled with trying to keep her sister under control and still living with her. It got to the point where she would lose her job. She brought Lilo to the animal shelter where they adopted Stitch. She was close to losing her sister for good, but when Lilo gets abducted by Gantu, and Nani realizes the existence of extraterrestrials, she goes with Jumba, Pleakley and Stitch to rescue her sister. After doing so, she is allowed to stay with Lilo on the account that they now have to look over Stitch, and she would also let the exiled Jumba and Pleakley live with them.
Her role was reduced in The Series, but she still appears frequently as the main caretaker of the ʻohana. She is constantly stressed by her new job as well as the antics of Lilo and their alien housemates, but still means well. She has a brief, unvoiced appearance in the Stitch! anime where she is shown in a flashback scene as an older woman.
- Amazonian Beauty: Has a very toned and muscular body with great definition.
- Badass Normal: Nani was able to hold her own against Frenchfry by using her wits and reflexes.
- Bare Your Midriff: She wears crop tops and shorts or three-quarter length pants as casual wear, a (modest, but still midriff-baring) bikini as swimwear and a hula dress for her job as a waitress. Granted, she lives on Hawaii, a state very close to the equator.
- Big Sister Instinct: She may not always get things right and is obviously overwhelmed by her recent Promotion to Parent, but she will do everything in her power to protect Lilo.
- Bookends: She is the indirect cause of Lilo and Stitch meeting each other (she brought Lilo to the shelter when Experiment 626 happened to be there) and separating from one another years later (see Unwitting Instigator of Doom below).
- Brainy Brunette: Nani has black hair and has shown to be an intelligent woman who gives Lilo's useful advice.
- Break the Cutie: Happens to Nani when her house is destroyed by Jumba and Stitch, with Lilo being taken into custody by Cobra Bubbles, only for Lilo to run away and get captured by Gantu.
- Butt-Monkey: The poor girl is one of the biggest losers throughout the franchise, constantly losing jobs and suffering humiliations.
- The Chew Toy: More like the above, but it's pretty tough when you've lost your parents.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Although she doesn't quite understand Lilo herself (both of them adopting habits to cope with their family's death) and is something of a Stepford Smiler herself, she is the only one who really knows what Lilo needs. However, it's evident she just isn't ready to be a parent.
- Cool Big Sis: Played with. It seems like she used to fill this role for Lilo, but after her Promotion to Parent, their relationship becomes much more strained.
- Covert Pervert: Lilo mentions to David that Nani likes his butt.
- Fatal Flaw: Her temper has proven to make her do irrational decisions.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Zigzagged. It initially looks like Nani is the Responsible to Lilo's Foolish, as she's been promoted to be the latter's parent. That being said, despite Lilo's immaturity, she can be Wise Beyond Her Years and helps protect the Earth.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Nani's known to have a bit of a temper, which is justified due to the great stress she found herself in the first two films. It was flanderized in The Series.
- Hartman Hips: She has a stocky, fairly slender body with a well-rounded waistline. It's a stark visual contrast with her much younger sister.
- Hidden Depths:
- While she appears like a typical, 18-something year old girl, The Series has her show a keen interest in mathematics and chemistry. If not for her parental responsibilities, it's likely that she would have studied them. (In Hawai'i, it is expected of teenagers to go to college.)
- In her room, she has surfing posters, several surfboards, and even medals and trophies, presumably belonging to her, hinting that she was a good surfer before her parents' death and may have even become a professional surfer.
- According to a poster she has in her room, she seems to be a fan of Mulan.
- Iconic Outfit: Two of them:
- The orange crop top with a heart on it, denim cutoff shorts, and brown boots, which she wears on the first day in the original film. She even says that's her favorite shirt in Stitch! The Movie when Pleakley wears it (to her dismay).
- A blue tank top, three-quarter length slim fit khaki pants, and blue sandals, which she wears on the third day in the original film. She wears this outfit more often in The Series compared to the other one above.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Of Tia Carrere.
- Jerkass Has a Point:
- Her anger at Lilo in the original movie is understandable given how the young girl ran off on her own, on the day that a social worker was coming.
- She tends to get in the way of Lilo and Stitch's attempts at getting experiments in The Series, but nine times out of ten she has an understandable reason. Most of the time it involves her keeping the family financially sound.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She may be high-stressed and short-tempered, but she's still a good person. If she wasn't this, Jumba and Pleakley would likely not be living with her and Lilo.
- Kid-Appeal Character: Inverted; she was made specifically to appeal to teenagers and young adults forced into her position.
- Lethal Chef: She is rather... infamous for this. In the first movie, for example, when she makes a stew, she singes a part of her fringe off when she opens the pot, which does not earn points with the social services. They end up ordering pizza that night.
- Limited Wardrobe:
- Averted in the original film; she wears a different number of outfits, with a different casual outfit each day in the story.
- Double Subverted in Stitch Has a Glitch, as although she wears different outfits, they are almost all the same ones she wore in the first film.
- Played mostly straight in Lilo & Stitch: The Series, where for causal clothes she wears the same two Iconic Outfits, mostly the blue tank top and three-quarter length khakis.
- Mama Bear: Nani is protective of her family, particularly Lilo, and will attack anyone and defend them from any threat.
- Meaningful Name: Her name, "Nani", means both "beautiful one", and is also the last part of the Last Queen of Hawaii's name, "Liliuokalani", Lilo and Nani. This makes the song "Aloha ʻOe" much more heartbreaking, as it's the Last Queen of Hawaii who composed it. Her name also sounds a lot like "mommy", which makes sense because she becomes Lilo's caretaker after their parents died.
- Ms. Fanservice: Is a very beautiful woman who wears a lot of revealing outfits.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: An odd example; she's certainly more muscular than most of the other girls in the movie, or most Disney movies for that matter, and is a strong swimmer. Still, it's odd that she was able to sucker-punch Stitch (you know, the character who can hoist a tanker truck) with a tree branch.
- Only Sane Woman: She shares a house with her weird little sister, an alien non-expert on earth, a mad scientist, and said mad scientist's mischievous bioweapon. Any worse and she would be the No Respect Girl. She doesn't like the role, mind you, but she sees it as her duty.
- Parental Abandonment: Her and Lilo's parents died in a car crash.
- Practically Different Generations: At the very least she's in her late teens, and Lilo is six, and she's had to act more of a mother than a sister to her. The original version of the scene in which the sisters bond after their fight had to be replaced because test audiences mistook Nani for Lilo's mom instead of her big sister. The revised scene makes it more clear that they are sisters.
- Promotion to Parent: Being Lilo's mother-figure instead of her sister is something she obviously isn't ready for. She tries though, bless her heart.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: After Lilo is kidnapped, she advises Jumba and Pleakley:Nani [in a strained voice]: Bring... her... back.
- She's Got Legs: Oh, yes.◊ Chris Sanders likes to focus on the legs of the feminine body.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Nani really does have strong feelings for David, who always helped her with finding ways to take care of Lilo, even though he wasn't obligated to do so. In Stitch Has a Glitch, when David started to try and make her jealous (under the "guidance" of Pleakley), she was quite put-off by it and let him know.
- Stepford Snarker: Snarking at Lilo's antics, Pleakley's eccentrics and Jumba's mad-science is how she copes with her heavy responsibilities as the Only Sane Woman.
- Trademark Favorite Food: According to Lilo in the episode "Sinker", once Nani starts eating chocolate, she doesn't stop, implying she likes chocolate.
- Tritagonist: In the original film, part of the plot focuses on her efforts to keep what little family she has left together.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In the anime, her pregnancy during Lilo's college years is the catalyst for Lilo and Stitch's separation. When Nani was expecting, Lilo heard about this and rushed to see her first instead of meeting Stitch—who was apparently not aware of the pregnancy—on the beach as intended. He ran out of patience waiting for Lilo, assumed that she forgot about him, and he promptly left Earth before she finally arrived too late.
- "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: Stitch Has a Glitch implies that Nani is trying to make her parents, specifically her mom, proud by being a good mother figure to Lilo.
Voiced in Japanese by: Shōzō Iizuka
Voiced in Mandarin Chinese for Stitch & Ai by: Cheng Yuzhu
Appearances: Lilo & Stitch | Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch | The Origin of Stitch | Stitch! The Movie | The Series | Leroy & Stitch | Stitch! | Stitch & Ai
A four-eyed Kweltikwan scientist and the creator of Stitch and over six hundred other genetic experiments.
Jumba and 626 were arrested by the United Galactic Federation almost immediately after the latter's creation, and the former was sentenced to prison for illegal genetic experimentation. However, when 626 escapes to Earth, the Federation offers the "evil genius" his freedom for his creation's capture. Jumba is sent to the planet with supposed Earth expert Agent Pleakley to hunt down 626, but they find that the creature was adopted by a little Earth girl as "Stitch" for protection, preventing a direct approach. He and Pleakley try and fail to get Stitch indirectly, ending up getting fired and exiled to the planet they're on after failing their mission. However, the firing actually allows Jumba to try to capture Stitch directly, Federation protocol be damned. He chases down and fights Stitch in Lilo's house, destroying it in the process. Jumba eventually grabs and cuffs Stitch some moments afterwards when the experiment escapes from Captain Gantu without Lilo, but Lilo's older sister Nani confronts and demands Jumba to bring Lilo back. After being convinced by Stitch, Jumba flies Stitch, Pleakley and Nani in his spaceship to help rescue Lilo. He and Pleakley would end up helping to rebuild the Pelekai sisters' house and live with them and Stitch afterwards, with Jumba becoming the sisters' "uncle".
Throughout The Series, Jumba assists Lilo and Stitch in hunting down the other experiments, usually providing the duo with various tools he creates. After they complete their mission, Jumba was given the keys back to his old lab on the planet Turo, but later he decides to give up his lab to stay on Earth with Lilo.
In the Stitch! anime, he leaves Earth at an unknown point of time after Stitch left the planet in order to get his experiment back. He ends up on the Okinawa Prefecture along with his experiment, reunites with Pleakley, and the three aliens end up living in Japan with Stitch's new human friend, Yuna. In Stitch & Ai, he and Pleakley are ordered by the Grand Councilwoman to take Stitch into protective custody after the experiment was kidnapped by an alien gang, but upon finding Stitch living with a new human friend in China, Ai, Jumba decides to stay with Stitch to help combat the alien criminals.
- Affably Evil: He still goes by "Evil Genius" after his HeelFace Turn in the first movie; subverted since his experiments (including Stitch) are typically more mischievous than malevolent.
- Aliens Speaking English: With a Russian accent. However, despite his genius and being part of a franchise that doesn't even bother to Hand Wave why this trope is prevalent, he has quite the flawed English speech, especially in The Series. He's even made experiments that can speak better English than he can!
- Alliterative Name: Jumba Jookiba.
- Ambiguously Bi: Certainly not the straightest Mad Scientist this side of the galaxy, but he mentions having an ex-wife several times throughout The Series. His friendship with Pleakley is also kind of silly.
- Ambiguously Jewish: Mostly a matter of voice mannerisms. It's either this or Fake Russian, or both, there are after all a lot of Jews speaking Russian.
- Anti-Hero: Unscrupulous Hero, or Nominal Hero on a bad day. He's put away the most dangerous stuff but still likes causing mischief.
- Badass Bookworm: He's primarily a scientist, yet can scuffle with Stitch and come out even.
- Bad Liar: He's a genius at many things, but fibbing isn't one of them.
- In the original film, he tried to get around a lie he was about to make at his own trial with a Last-Second Word Swap, but even before the release of The Series did the supplementary material of the original film (i.e. the Disney Adventures prequel comics and the Stitch: Experiment 626 video game) show to viewers that he was still lying to the Galactic Council.
- Jumba's bad lying was even lampshaded by Gantu in Stitch! The Movie when the then ex-captain finds 625's experiment pod in Jumba's bedroom.
- Bald of Evil: Jumba has three strands of hair and proudly proclaims himself as an "evil scientist".
- Berserk Button: Don't call him an "idiot scientist".
- But Not Too Evil: Jumba seems more interested in anarchy than depravity. His most famous creation is a tiny, unstoppable juggernaut... built to perform pranks and vandalism on a vast scale.Lilo: [Jumba]'s not evil on the outside; just deep in his soul.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Still claims to be an evil genius, but is nowhere near as evil as he claims. It more or less applies to his love of twisting the laws of nature so far they fall apart, then putting the pieces back together in his image. A really Nice Guy, besides that.
- Character Development: He goes from being an insane mad scientist to a person who takes the values of ʻohana into heart.
- Clark Kenting: As Pleakley's husband (when Pleakley's in drag) and Lilo and Nani's uncle all he does is close two of his eyes.
- Ditzy Genius: Though he's capable of creating life, they tend to turn out cute and fluffy instead of how he imagined them. For example, he attempted to give Stitch his "good looks", but it didn't work the way that he intended.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Stitch yells something at him in his alien tongue, prompting Jumba to yell "You leave my mother out of this!"
- Even Evil Has Standards: He was outraged when Stitch used Lilo as a shield, calling it "low even for [him]".
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
- Even though the concept of family is still foreign to Jumba when Stitch is waiting for his family, Jumba tells Stitch, "You don't have one, I made you." Earlier, while sitting by the campfire, he remarks: "626 was designed to be a monster, but now he has nothing to destroy. You see, I never gave him a greater purpose. What must it be like to have nothing, not even memories to visit in the middle of the night?"
- In Stitch! The Movie, when Stitch asks, Jumba tells him:Stitch: Ooh, kanja-ooga.
Jumba: No cousins? Well, of course not. We are each one of a kind, you and I: evil genius scientist and evil genius creation, all alone in infinite universe. Sure, you have maybe found tiny adopted Earth family, but we have no— as you say— "cousins".
Pleakley: Thank goodness, our little broken family is back together!
- Even though he says "I have no family" and laughs it off when Hämsterviel threatens to torture him, when Pleakley and Cobra bring the experiments to ransom Jumba and Hämsterviel discovers there are only 623, Lilo shows up with Sparky and releases him, rescuing Jumba in the process. Jumba then embraces the "family" concept:
Jumba: I have family? Ooh, I have family! (Jumba hugs Pleakley.)
Lilo: And you have family too, Stitch! We're getting those experiments back!
- Evil Genius: Genius definitely, but not really evil. He was even removed from the Evil Genius Organization because he was not evil enough.
- The Exile: According to Pleakley, he was banished from his home planet because of his Evil Genius status. He'd be arrested if he ever returned. Apparently pardoned in Leroy & Stitch when he returns to planet Turo to be rewarded with custody of his old laboratory for helping to change the experiments from bad to good.
- Extra Eyes: A four-eyed alien.
- Flanderization: His broken English is worse in The Series.
- Foil: Since he's a mad scientist, he gets partnered up with Pleakley who has a huge regard for human life, in contrast to Jumba who impulsively creates experiments that like getting into mischief.
- HeelFace Turn: An evil scientist who later accepts the company of his partner and their human caretakers, while disregarding his former partner's own evil ways.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Pleakley. They were only forced together by the orders of The Federation, but grow to become very close over the course of the franchise.
- Honorary Uncle: To Lilo and Nani from the end of the original film onwards.
- Insistent Terminology: Insists on being called an Evil Genius rather than "Idiot Scientist".
- Large Ham: Fittingly for a self-proclaimed Evil Genius, he has a boastful presence and lots of flair.
- Mad Scientist: Call him that if you wish, but never "Idiot Scientist". He created 626 bioweapons!
- Made of Iron: We don't know if Super Toughness is typical of Kweltikwans but Jumba is definitely tough. He gets hit with a car twice and doesn't show any sign of injury. He also survived an explosion powerful enough to level a house without any injuries.
- Maker of Monsters: He's an alien Mad Scientist and self-proclaimed Evil Genius who created Experiment 626 specifically to cause destruction and wreak havoc wherever he goes (he freely admits that he has no higher purpose for this). The sequel series reveals that he had created 625 other such creatures, each engineered to sow chaos in specific and amusing ways.
- Meaningless Villain Victory: The Grand Councilwoman sends Jumba, 626's creator, to capture him in exchange for his freedom. Later she is so fed up with Jumba's incompetence that she fires him and threatens to send back him to prison, which motivates Jumba to throw the rule book away and trace 626 to Lilo's house, which he blows up with his overloaded plasma cannon that 626 plugged up with a carrot. After finally capturing 626, he makes a reluctant HeelFace Turn when he is persuaded by 626 to rescue Lilo, with the Grand Councilwoman taking credit for the capture. He ends up exiled on Kauai when she tells her assistants not to let Jumba and Pleakley on the ship.
- Mistaken for Gay: Jumba has had a lot of Ho Yay moments with Pleakley, yet in the anime they're mistaken for a married couple by a postman whom they're trying to help deliver a letter to Yuna — as the postman says to them, "So, how long have you two been married?"
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: In Leroy & Stitch, it is mentioned that both he and Hämsterviel went to an evil genius academy.
- Mr. Exposition: In The Series, he's always the go-to guy for information on the experiments. Justified because he made them.
- Mysterious Past: We honestly don't know much about who he was before the events of the original film, and nothing about exactly why he became an "evil genius" in the first place (other than seemingly out of personal enjoyment and evil satisfaction). He has mentioned some things about his past here and there, such as having previously been married and was Hämsterviel's partner-in-crime going back to college, but they do not paint a full picture of him.
- Nominal Hero: He was in it at first in an attempt to buy off his sentence.
- Off-Model: Unfortunately went through a lot of this in the original film, and it's way too easy to notice. In much of the major scenes featuring him that were redone (the trial at the beginning, his fight against Stitch in the Pelekai residence, and the dogfight with Gantu), he was given a smaller body and a larger, rounder head with bigger eyes for no reason.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist:
- Despite being a biogeneticist, he has no trouble inventing, say, a surfboard time machine. Then again, he can make an experiment who becomes a black hole, one that's strong enough to split planets, one who can bounce back from any injury, and an electric one which has been shown to have enough juice to jump-start a spaceship; he probably needed to know a fair bit about warping the laws of physics to make those.
- Considering all the contraptions he has, such as said time machine, it's likely that he also minored in engineering.
- Papa Wolf: He tries to protect a newly-created Stitch in Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch when the Galactic Police blast the door apart:
- Galactic Officer: You are under arrest for illegal genetic experimentation.
Jumba: You idiots, you will ruin everything! Oh no!
Galactic Officer: Yeah, tell it to the Council. You two, get the evidence.
Jumba: Stop, his molecules aren't fully charged! No, no, no! Oh!
Computer: Warning! Warning! Electromagnetic bonding incomplete.
Jumba: No, no, there's no telling what will happen! Let me go, noo! What will become of my little monstrosity?
- He even attempts to build a fusion chamber for Stitch in an attempt to cure him.
- Even after facing jail time in the first movie, after persuasive urging from Stitch, Jumba agrees to help rescue Lilo from Gantu's clutches.
- Poke the Poodle:
- After he's ordered to recover 626, Jumba mentions that 626's programming will draw him to big cities, where he will back up sewers, reverse street signs, and steal everyone's left shoe.
- Even though he refers to himself as an "evil genius", many of his mischievous evil genius creations become useful once turned from bad to good, finding their one true place where they belong.
- Pyrrhic Victory: After he is fired by the Grand Counciwoman from retrieving Stitch, he goes to Lilo's and Nani's house and captures Stitch, with the ensuing fight destroying the place. After he is persuaded by Stitch to rescue Lilo, Jumba begrudgingly complies, and when the Grand Councilwoman arrives, she considers sending Jumba to a prison colony, but ultimately decides to leave him on Earth so he won't do any more damage to the Galactic Federation.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The manly man to Pleakley's sensitive guy, since Jumba built a genetic experiment that (assuming that he hadn't been caught) would have wreaked havoc throughout the galaxy, is capable of wrestling with said creature, and generally has an aggressive form of problem solving.
- So Proud of You: He regards Stitch as his greatest creation and tells him this in The Origin of Stitch short film.
- Spell My Name with an "S":
- His given name is sometimes misspelled with two a's at the end as "Jumbaa".
- His surname is misspelled as "Jukiba" in some merchandise and supplementary material (such as this book), the credits of Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, Disney+ captions for The Series, and on virtual cards of him in the Disney Collect! by Topps mobile app. This misspelling also appears in the storyboards for Stitch & Ai.note
- Stout Strength: In his fight against Stitch throws common household objects with enough force to pierce through a wooden house like it was made of tissue paper.
- Took a Level in Kindness: He is the villain in the first part of the movie. Then he teams up with Stitch to save Lilo and mellows into the girl's eccentric uncle.
- Tritagonist: He serves as this throughout the franchise after the events of the first film, taking over the role from Nani.
- Would Hurt a Child: Zigzagged in the first movie due to Pleakley's intervention when he expresses frustration at Stitch taking refuge in Lilo's house. Also, when Lilo buys Stitch as her dog, Jumba was outraged that Stitch was resorting to using a human child as a Human Shield. He becomes one of these when he destroys Nani's house after he and Pleakley are fired by the Grand Councilwoman, ultimately helping Nani and Stitch rescue Lilo from Gantu even when the Grand Councilwoman threatens to have them imprisoned.
- You Are Number 6: He mostly does not call his experiments by anything other than their experiment numbers. That's not to say he's not proud of his creations, however, it's just that naming them is not his thing.
- Villainous Legacy: In-universe he's responsible for nearly all of the events of the franchise because he created the experiments including Stitch. The Grand Councilwoman even chewed him out for causing all the problems in the original film, simply because he made the creature that caused all these problems (Stitch).
Voiced in Japanese by: Yūji Mitsuya
Voiced in Mandarin Chinese for Stitch & Ai by: Hu Qian
Appearances: Lilo & Stitch | Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch | Stitch! The Movie | The Series | Leroy & Stitch | Stitch! | Stitch & Ai
A one-eyed, two-tongued, three-legged Plorgonarian who formerly worked for the United Galactic Federation as an Earth expert—even though he does not truly know that much about our planet.
After convincing the Grand Councilwoman not to gas Earth in order to stop Experiment 626 (since the planet is home to an endangered species—the mosquito), Pleakley is forced to work with the experiment's creator Jumba in hunting 626 down on the planet, keeping an eye over the mad scientist. He tries and fails to keep Jumba under control, and they both fail their mission to capture Stitch, getting exiled on Earth. However, Pleakley and Jumba would end up living with Lilo, Stitch and Nani, helping to rebuild Lilo and Nani's house (which Jumba and Stitch destroyed in their fight), with Pleakley becoming the Pelekai sisters' "aunt".
In The Series, he helps Lilo and Stitch capture experiments, albeit to a lesser extent than Jumba. Frequently cross-dressing in his role as the "aunt", Pleakley also assists Nani in maintaining the household. In Leroy & Stitch, he was made the head of Earth studies at Galactic Alliance Community College, but gives up the role to stay on Earth with Lilo.
In the Stitch! anime, he ends up living in Japan along with Jumba, Stitch, and Stitch's new human friend Yuna. In Stitch & Ai, he and Jumba are ordered by the Grand Councilwoman to retrieve Stitch, but they end up staying with Stitch in China with the experiment's human friend Ai.
- Aliens Speaking English: Unlike everyone else (except 625), he has a justification for this trope because he is supposed to be an expert on planet Earth. It's not strange that he would learn to speak one of its languages. The strange thing is him speaking it with other aliens. He speaks it with a Canadian accent like his original voice actor.
- Ambiguously Gay: He's really into his disguise as a female. He has displayed a lot of campy behavior and interests such as fashion, cleaning, sewing, cooking, and baking. He also has so much affection for Jumba that he was willing to marry him! The flirting he performed on five surfer dudes, the disgust he shows towards any girls his parents try to force him to marry, though that may have been direct distaste for the girl, and his discomfort in having Nani play the role of The Beard in one episode also points him in that direction. The writers did try to subvert this by having Pleakley's brother declare that Pleakley was a "babe magnet", but this wasn't enough. However, if the anime is to be considered canon, then he is either Camp Straight or Ambiguously Bi as he developed a crush on Tigerlily.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: Three-legged, one-eyed, two-tongued, boneless, and at least one of his knees contains a heart. "Retro" implies that, at one point in his species' evolutionary history, the third leg was originally a tail—which only raises further questions.
- Butt-Monkey: In the original film, he is forced to go down to a planet that he actually knows little about to manage an evil scientist and retrieve his dangerous creation, gets his head bitten on by said creation, gets bitten by a huge swarm of the very "endangered species" he liked, gets sent out far into the ocean, forcing him to swim who knows how far back to land while blinded by an octopus, and finally gets fired and exiled to the planet he's on for all his troubles. At least it gets better for him after that though.
- By-the-Book Cop: Starts out as an Obstructive Bureaucrat, but becomes a by-the-book cop when he's out in the field with Jumba. He's then kicked off the "force".
- Catchphrase: "Fascinating!"
- Character Development: If Pleakley is compared between the original film and the rest of the franchise, he can be seen as two very different people. He was initially an uptight agent who wants to keep order in the galaxy and remained very cautious about Earth. After being fired from his job, he was able to flourish into an effeminate individual who desires to be very sophisticated with the cultures of Earth.
- Chick Magnet: Pleakley's brother claims that Pleakley was a "babe magnet" on his home planet.
- Clark Kenting: As Jumba's wife and Lilo and Nani's aunt. Even with the dress concealing his three legs how does anyone miss the single eye?
- Cyclops: Count the eye!
- Disguised in Drag: To disguise himself from humanity, he dresses up as a lady... and not-so-secretly enjoys it. However, this could be justified as it appears his species are supposedly genderless.
- Disproportionate Retribution: The Grand Councilwoman threatens to send him to prison alongside Jumba, even though he himself never did anything wrong and actually tried to prevent Jumba from harming the humans on Earth; the G.C.W. was probably more fed up with his incompetence. He ends up exiled on Earth along with Jumba and Gantu.
- Embarrassing First Name: Despite being very effeminate, Pleakley hates his first name "Wendy", which is a girl's name on Earth but oddly a boy's name that means "brave warrior" on his home planet. He prefers to be called Wendell or just Pleakley.
- Expy: Of Corporal Maxwell Q. Klinger from M*A*S*H.
- Fantastic Anthropologist: He loves to study life on Earth, but his perception of how humans live their lives there are wrong on many accounts.
- Fantastic Racism: To a minor extent; he tends to call the experiments, especially Stitch, "little monsters",* mostly out of fear of being hurt or affected by them.
- Flanderization: His cross-dressing was greatly exaggerated in The Series. Not that this is a bad thing.
- Foil: Pleakley is a much more benevolent character than Jumba, since Jumba is into crazy science and created a monster by the name of Stitch, though Stitch turns out to be not so bad after all.
- Gender-Blender Name: Apparently, "Wendy" means "brave warrior" on his home planet. Pleakley, despite being effeminate, hates having this name.
- Hero Antagonist: He represented the Galactic Alliance at first and tried to capture the dangerous experiment, despite the fact that he was supposed to have only a consultative role and hated both the danger and (at first) the partnership with Jumba.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Jumba who he becomes close to after initially having been forced to work together in the original film, although the "Heterosexual" part does occasionally reach low points.
- Hidden Depths: In "Slugger", he turns out to be amazingly skilled at basketball, since he played a sport that was similar to basketball on his home planet.
- Honorary Aunt: To Lilo and Nani from the end of the original film onwards, even though he's male. Then again, it's primarily for his disguise.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Out of all the aliens in the movie, he is the one with the most astounding respect for life.
- In Touch with His Feminine Side: He has a lot of feminine interests and often tries to find nonviolent solutions to problems, as he often wears his heart on his sleeve.
- Kid with the Leash: His arc in the first movie parallels Lilo's. Except that Lilo "tames" Stitch, while Pleakley's efforts to "tame" Jumba don't do a thing.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Claims to be an expert on Earth and its culture, but he's wrong about them on so many levels. For instance, he once thought that snow was an invasion of little white alien bodysnatchers.
- Last-Name Basis: His given name wasn't revealed until The Series episode, "Fibber" because he finds it embarrassing. He wants everyone to use his family name instead.
- Manchild: Pleakley has a very childlike fascination with the many cultures of Earth. He splurges a lot on a credit card in The Series without knowing that he still had to pay the money for what he spent it on. He also is shown to love sweets so much that he has a hidden stash all over his and Jumba's bedroom.
- Mistaken for Gay: He gets into a lot of Ho Yay moments with Jumba, but in the anime, he and Jumba were mistaken for a married couple by the postman.
- Neat Freak: Obsessively neat to the point where Lilo says Felix "Out-Pleakleyed Pleakley".
- Nervous Wreck: Is constantly anxious and jumpy. In the original film, he is always terrified not only of Jumba but also that Jumba might hurt someone (especially Lilo, who he is very protective of, carrying her out of her about-to-explode house while Jumba and Stitch fight).
- Never Hurt an Innocent: He invokes this on the normally trigger-happy Jumba when they're hunting Stitch in the first movie, and he rushes Lilo out of her house before it is blown up by his partner's jammed blaster.
- Nice Guy: Once he's no longer in a position of authority, he's a gentle, sweet and harmless sort.
- No Biological Sex: According to the song he makes up while doing laundry in the third episode of the Stitch! English dub, Plorgonarians are genderless. Even though The Series showed that he has a sister and a brother. The anime even contradicts the claims of his species having no gender as in one episode, his parents come back to Earth to once again berate him for cross-dressing and force him to marry a girl.
- Order Versus Chaos: The order to Stitch's chaos. Pleakley prefers keeping everything in order and out of trouble. Stitch is the definition of trouble.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The sensitive guy to Jumba's manly man, as Pleakley completely refuses to either destroy Earth or harm its inhabitant, and is also far more interested in studying its culture instead of warping the laws of physics.
- Sleep Mask: Pleakley wears one, which symbolizes his effeminate nature. He wears a black one that is modified to fit over his single eye.
- Space Cop: Explicitly, we only hear that he is an expert on Earth. Presumably, he's working as a government official yet also has authority similar to a cop. He stops being one when he is fired for incompetence in capturing Stitch.
- Spell My Name with an "S": It's "Pleakley" with two e's, not "Pleakly" with one e. Unfortunately, the film's official Monopoly adaptation did not get the message.◊
- Supreme Chef: Pleakley is shown to have better cooking skills than Nani, though he did cook dog food at one point and Swapper (355) was threatened to be force-fed Pleakley's more exotic meals if he did not return everyone to their own bodies. He often cooks Thanksgiving dinner once a month as a Running Gag in The Series. He is seen cooking more often in the anime.
- Sweet Tooth: Pleakley was revealed to have a huge stash of junk food hidden all over his and Jumba's bedroom and he has a liking of eating sugary cereals for breakfast.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Justified in that having three legs rules out pants as an option (although he actually wears three-legged pants in Stitch & Ai).
- With Friends Like These...: He and Stitch don't get along very well, what with Pleakley often berating Stitch's antics and calling him a "little monster", and Stitch getting annoyed and irritated by Pleakley's own quirks. They have the most distant relationship by far in the ʻohana.
Voiced in Japanese by: Unshou Ishizuka
Appearances: Lilo & Stitch | Stitch! The Movie | The Series | Leroy & Stitch | Stitch! | Stitch & Ai
A large whale-like alien from the eighth planet in the Kreplok star systemnote who was the Captain of the Galactic Armada until he was forcibly retired for failing his mission to capture Stitch and also for kidnapping Lilo.
He was later hired as Hämsterviel's henchman, who orders the ex-captain to retrieve the other genetic experiments Jumba made. He reluctantly gained a partner early on in the lazy, cowardly, sarcastic Experiment 625, developing a friendship with the sandwich-loving artificial alien over time. After failing to hold on to any experiment besides 625 thanks to Lilo and Stitch, he breaks Hämsterviel out of prison and helps him force Jumba to make an experiment specifically for Hämsterviel. However, Hämsterviel fires Gantu after finding said new experiment Leroy to be a more reliable lackey. In turn, Gantu assists Lilo, Stitch, and 625—now renamed Reuben—in stopping Hämsterviel, gaining his old job back in the process, this time with Reuben as his galley officer.
In the Stitch! anime, he has lost his job again (supposedly due to his terrible singing according to the English dub), and he and Reuben were rehired by Hämsterviel as his henchmen again. In Stitch & Ai, however, he is still at his post as Captain of the Galactic Armada.
- Aliens Speaking English: Like every other non-experiment alien in the franchise, he inexplicably speaks English.
- Ambiguously Bi: Gantu's relationship with Reuben is similar to that of an old married couple's and he sometimes walks around in suspiciously colorful clothing. However, Gantu does mention that he had a crush on a girl named Cynthia in middle school and wished to see her again. Not to mention his flirting with the Grand Councilwoman at least twice in The Series.
- Anti-Hero: In Leroy & Stitch after Hämsterviel fires him, he defects to the ʻohana side of the force but he is still a grumpy individual with less than gentle methods.
- Anti-Villain: In The Series and the Stitch! anime, Gantu only works for Hämsterviel because he didn't really have anywhere else to go that would make use of his abilities, and he hates Jumba and Stitch for costing him his job after the first film. He clearly prefers his old job in the Galactic Armada over being the lackey of an annoying gerbil, and he even tries to turn on Hämsterviel a few times. In Leroy & Stitch, he decides to do just that when Hämsterviel decides to abandon him in favor of Leroy who he views as a much more reliable lackey. This allows Gantu to get his job back, though Reuben will be working with him this time around.
- Ascended Extra: While he does play a significant role in the original film, he only appears in the prologue and the final act. It's from Stitch! The Movie onwards where he is established as one of the leading characters of the franchise.
- Badass Baritone: He has the deepest voice among the entire cast (being voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson), although this trope is also used for deliberate Bathos as his serious voice provides a juxtaposition for his sillier moments.
- Butt-Monkey: In every single appearance of his beyond his first in Lilo & Stitch as well as Stitch: Experiment 626, he's usually incompetent, a goof, very unlucky, and is frequently mocked by Reuben.
- Catchphrase: "Oh, blitznak."
- Clark Kenting: When ordinary humans are talking to him and questioning his size, provided they are not running away from him, he claims to be a Samoan.
- Cuteness Proximity: Even Gantu is not immune to the affection of Mr. Stenchy's cuteness. It's gone to a point where he decides not to give the experiment to Dr. Hämsterviel and keep it for himself to dote it, much to 625's annoyance.
- Demoted to Dragon: Becomes The Dragon to Dr. Hämsterviel for The Series as his experiment catching minion. It's played with in that he technically was The Dragon to the United Galactic Federation due to leading their armada.
- Demoted to Extra: In Stitch & Ai, he only appears with the Galactic Council again and is no longer one of the main characters. Of course, considering he has his old job back, there's no need for him to return to Earth and deal with Stitch again.
- Dreadful Musician: Can't sing to save his life. He's so bad that, in the English dub of the anime, he was dishonorably discharged for singing karaoke badly at a holiday party.
- FaceHeel Turn: While he wasn't the kindest individual in the original movie (the fact that he was willing to take Lilo along for the ride when he recaptured Stitch shows a disturbing lack of concern for innocent bystanders), he turned to working for Hämsterviel after being fired from his old post.
- Fantastic Racism: He usually calls Stitch and the experiments "trogs" ("trog" being short for Troglodyte, another name for an unevolved caveman or caveman-like creature) or "abominations". Granted, this is most likely because Stitch gave him a bad first impression and eventually cost him his job.
- Final Boss: Rescuing Lilo from him forms the climax of the first movie.
- The Heavy: In the first movie and in The Series, he is the main villain combating the heroes, although in both cases he's working for someone else and has little skin in the game.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: In the English Dub of Stitch!, he mentions getting fired again after the events of Leroy & Stitch, so he returns to working for Hämsterviel.
- HeelFace Turn: Betrays Hämsterviel after being fired by him in Leroy & Stitch, joining in the final fight against the Leroys. He even gets reinstated as a captain of the Galactic Armada.
- Hero Antagonist: While he's the main antagonist in the first movie and Stitch: Experiment 626, he's the law and Stitch was an escaped prisoner who was bound to wreak havoc if he was allowed near civilization.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With 625/Reuben. Initially, he only reluctantly accepted the experiment as a sidekick and was not pleased with having to work with a "trog", but by Leroy & Stitch it becomes clear that Reuben truly is his best friend.
- I Am the Noun: In Stitch: Experiment 626, he yells to 626 "I AM the law!"
- Inspector Javert: He was the closest thing to a villain in the original film, initially only trying to recapture a dangerous, escaped experiment. A mixture of his callous tactics (he knows he's captured Lilo in the same container as Stitch and implies that he falsely believes that Stitch might eat her, yet he leaves her in there anyway) and the Galactic Federation's zero tolerance for failure causes him to be court-martialed and cashiered, after which he spends The Series as an actual villain before being reinstated.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He was initially a strict, no-nonsense brute who happened to be on the wrong side and he came off as mean to Reuben and Lilo, but he was eventually redeemed by them and was revealed to have a hidden nice side.
- Large and in Charge: As a captain of the Galactic Armada, he is bigger than anyone on his crew by far.
- Knight Templar: In the movie and Stitch: Experiment 626, he was really just trying to do his job, but took it a little too far. He also occasionally showed traits of this in the series, namely in "Splodyhead", where he outright claimed that he was the good guy and that Stitch was evil.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: In Leroy & Stitch, he joins Lilo's side after being fired by Hämsterviel, who he was working for only because he was fired by the Galactic Federation for a single mistake.
- Net Gun: Gantu's go-to weapon for capturing experiments, first using one all the way back in the original film to capture Stitch (and incidentally, Lilo).
- Not So Above It All: Despite being a strict guy with a tough soldier-like personality, he was revealed to still enjoy bubble baths and he even played with bath toys in a childlike fashion.
- Only One Name: Ignoring his rank of "Captain"—which did not apply to him during the first two TV series—he's the only major non-experiment character in the franchise affiliated with this trope (although this trope was shared with Pleakley until the Plorgonarian's first name was revealed in The Series).
- Punch-Clock Villain: While he has no love for the Pelekai household, he sees his experiment-hunting on The Series as merely a job. He generally avoids menacing anyone off the clock.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Gantu, despite being the tough guy, sometimes enjoys helping Reuben cook sandwiches and owns a pink Sleep Mask.
- Sequel Non-Entity: He does not appear in Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch. As a result, we don't know anything about his life between his forced retirement in the first film and his hiring by Hämsterviel in Stitch! The Movie.
- Shark Man: Well, more of an orca-man.
- Space Cop: He was captain of the Galactic Armada until losing his job through his recklessness in capturing Stitch. However, he does eventually gain that title back.
- The Starscream: He takes opportunities to break away from Hämsterviel to collect the experiments on his own.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: On a few occasions (like "Amnesio" and "Topper"), an episode ends with Gantu getting a win or a chance to feel good about himself instead of humiliating failure.
- Villain Decay: As the franchise has gone on, he goes from an effective, dangerous Knight Templar lawman to an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Reuben (625). Gantu gets frequently annoyed by his sidekick's laziness and sarcasm, but the experiment becomes his closest friend nonetheless.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Downplayed in Leroy & Stitch when Hämsterviel hires Leroy to succeed where Gantu failed to capture the experiments. Hämsterviel finally fires Gantu, who makes a HeelFace Turn by breaking Lilo and Reuben out of their prison cell, and Stitch takes a bite out of the rock, which turns the black hole into a warp portal, transporting the G.A.C.C. van and passengers back to Hawaii, where all the experiments make one last showdown against Leroy and his clones.
- Your Size May Vary: He had a really bad case of this in The Series, being about 10 to 30 feet depending on the episode. One episode made him just short enough where he could enter the Pelekai household through the front door (barely) and squeeze into a closet, while others had him so big that he could lift up the house's roof like a chest lid (Jumba added hinges to it). In "Mr. Stenchy", he was actually depicted as both in the same scene! (Although, he was not able to fit through the front door even when made smaller in that one.)
Introduced in the sequel material
Voiced in Japanese by: Hiroshi Yanaka
Appearances: Lilo & Stitchnote | Stitch! The Movie | The Series | Leroy & Stitch | Stitch! | Stitch & Ainote
Hamster-Wheel... er... Hämsterviel is a gerbil-like... we mean um... hamster-like alien with rabbit-like ears, and Jumba's former partner. Hired Gantu to track down and capture all the other experiments. He's the main antagonist of the franchise.
- Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Looks like a gerbil and wears only a cape with an "H" brooch on it.
- Accidental Misnaming: "It's Hämster-viel! Veal, like the delicious meat speck!"
- Aliens Speaking English: With an exaggerated French accent in the vein of a certain character mentioned below under Shout-Out. There's also some German mixed in the accent, which makes sense given that his name is a combination of French and German.
- Berserk Button: Don't call him Hamster-Wheel or compare him to a gerbil or other rodent.
- Big Bad: Of Lilo & Stitch: The Series and its films, and the Stitch! anime's first two seasons.
- Cardboard Prison:
- He's in prison, but can freely contact Gantu via video with no consequences.
- He escapes at least once in The Series and then in the finale, but at the end of that, he's moved to a special, higher-security prison along with all his Leroys.
- Demoted to Dragon: In the third season of the anime, he partners up with a new villain named Delia. However, considering that Delia often tortures him when he fails her and that she creates an experiment who is more powerful than Stitch, it's clear that Hämsterviel is no longer the main antagonist this go around.
- Demoted to Extra: Stitch & Ai removes him as the main antagonist and gives him no more than a brief cameo.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He can be seen, silhouetted, in a cell during the prison scene in Lilo & Stitch, just right of the elevator.
- Embarrassing First Name: In the episode "Nosy", it is revealed his first name is actually Rupert.
- Evil Counterpart: Well, "eviler" compared to Jumba. Both are "Evil Geniuses", but Jumba is an amicable guy who only does what he thinks is evil because he enjoys it, and he does care about others, including his experiments. Hämsterviel is rude to everyone he meets, only cares about himself, and uses Gantu and the experiments as his lackeys. Also, while Jumba does a HeelFace Turn of sorts, Hämsterviel stays evil through and through.
- Evil Genius: He went to the same academy that Jumba went to.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Of the first movie. He was Jumba's former partner and the one who funded his experiments to create an army for conquering the universe, then ratted his partner out to try and steal the experiments for himself.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: He has quite a short temper, especially when Jumba or Gantu is engaging in useless chatter, or when he gets mistaken for a gerbil.
- Harmless Villain: Spends more time bossing more capable people around than actually doing anything himself. One has to wonder why Gantu even bothered to work for him. He does, however, become a Not So Harmless villain in the Grand Finale thanks to his army of Leroys.
- Iconic Sequel Character: Outside of the above mentioned Early-Bird Cameo, which was just a silhouette, he makes a proper appearance in Stitch! The Movie and remains for the rest of the series.
- Jerkass: Never gives Gantu any respect even when he does manage to capture some experiments. He also tends to insult everyone and anyone he meets. He must have a serious case of superiority complex.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: He occasionally has moments of competency, but they are so few and far between that they don't hide his Harmless Villain status.
- Manchild: Whenever his plans go wrong, he tends to throw a whiny tantrum, taking his frustration out on anyone.
- Might as Well Not Be in Prison at All: Being locked up doesn't stop him from giving Gantu and 625 their marching orders or from hiding a laboratory in his cell.
- Miles Gloriosus: In the rare occasions when he's in danger, his cowardly side shows itself whenever he faces conflict or is helplessly caught in a life-or-death situation. When Sparky freed Stitch in Stitch! The Movie, they restrained him to an operating table that he used to cut Stitch in half, and he told them that he was only joking about cutting Stitch in half.
- Mister Big: He has to stand on a stack of phone books to look Jumba in the face and taunt him.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: In Leroy & Stitch, it is mentioned that both he and Jumba went to an evil genius academy.
- Multiethnic Name: French first name, German (or at least German-sounding) surname.
- The Napoleon: He's a tiny gerbil who is tyrannical and bossy to Gantu.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain:
- In "Skip", he becomes emperor in the Bad Future.
- In Leroy & Stitch, he's dangerous if only because of Leroy backing him.
- Shaped Like Itself: Many of his "insults" are just saying exactly what the person he's talking to is in an insulting tone of voice. Like "you Grandcouncilly Woman with your large pointy collar!" or "you oh-so-adorable little Hawaiian girl!"
- Shout-Out: He's an Expy of the Frenchman from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
- Ungrateful Bastard: He gives no thanks to Gantu, even when he successfully captures an experiment.
- Volleying Insults: With Jumba on his ship:Dr. Hämsterviel: You stole my evil genius experiments, Jumba!Jumba: Perhaps, since you paid for experiments, the evil is yours, but genius was all mine!Dr. Hämsterviel: What?! Come down here and say that!Jumba: Funny, you are shorter than I am remembering. But you still have twitchy nose, like gerbil.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: Is it supposed to be German or French? Considering his name, it may be a mixture of both.
Voiced in Japanese by: Sōsuke Komori (most media), Kōji Ochiai (Lilo & Stitch: The Series season two, Stitch!)
Appearances: Comic Zone: Lilo & Stitchnote | Stitch! The Movie | The Series | Leroy & Stitch | Stitch!
A chubby, golden-yellow marmot/koala-like experiment who is Jumba's last experiment before Stitch and Gantu's sidekick.
See the 6-Series experiments' characters sheet for tropes and more information.
Voiced in Japanese by: Madoka Takeda (Stitch!, Disney Stitch Jam games)
Appearances: Lilo & Stitch: The Series | Leroy & Stitch | Stitch!