LazyTown is a 2004 children's show produced in Iceland, the brain child of former athlete Magnús Scheving, who also plays the hero, Sportacus. Its focus is promoting healthy eating and exercise. It's notable for being both educational and freaking hilarious, with awesome stunts showcased in each episode; it's a rare preschooler-targeted show that also entertains people above the show's target audience.
Stephanie, our main character, is a new arrival in LazyTown. She quickly befriends the other kids (all puppets), but learns that nobody in Lazytown plays outside or does sports. Which is just fine by Robbie Rotten, the town's resident Harmless Villain, who likes nothing more than to spend every day in his lair under Lazytown eating cake, sleeping and generally doing nothing at all. Enter Sportacus, an incredibly athletic superhero, who encourages all the kids to eat healthily and play outside, disturbing poor Robbie's sleep. So Once an Episode, Robbie comes up with a scheme to make Lazytown lazy again, usually by getting rid of Sportacus or somehow tricking the kids, or sometimes just kidnapping them, usually by dressing up in ridiculous outfits. Then Sportacus does a billion backflips and saves them all! After which there is more dancing from Stephanie.
Although the original audio of each episode is in English, the show is filmed in Garðabær, Iceland, and the creator and the majority of the crew are Icelandic, resulting in such cross-cultural weirdness as the frequent Stephanie Panty Shots in the earliest episodes.
The current television show is not the first version of the story, though it is the first to be shown outside Iceland. The previous versions were books and musicals both on stage and CD, and were all in Icelandic and set in the village of Latibær, meaning LazyTown. While the basics of each character remained similar between the last Latibær production and LazyTown, several characters were dropped along the way, and those remaining were given more English names for LazyTown. The child characters in the Latibær musicals were all played by Caucasian adult humans.
LazyTown was commissioned by Nickelodeon and aired on the Nick family of channels in the US, the UK, Australia, and some Asian territories. Exclusive content such as interviews and behind-the-scenes shorts were aired on Nick Jr. during broadcasts of the show. The 'magazine format' LazyTown Extra (2008) is a co-production with The BBC.
After a long hiatus, new installments of the program began airing in the UK on Cartoonito on April 6, 2013, with Chloe Lang taking over the role of Stephanie from Julianna Rose Mauriello. In August 2018 actor Stefan Karl, who played Robbie Rotten, passed away after a two year battle with cancer.
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LazyTown provides examples of:
- 555: In "Chef Rotten Food", this is combined with Ridiculously Long Phone Number with a phone number that's nothing but 5s that seems to keep going and going.
- Absentee Actor: "Robbie's Dream Team" is notable for being the only LazyTown episode to completely omit Ziggy.
- Absurdly Spacious Sewer: In "The First Day of Summer", Robbie falls in his own trap, leading to what looks like a sewer that is so large that his voice echoes inside.
- Achievements in Ignorance: Pixel invents an automatic tooth-brushing machine, apparently without knowing what a toothbrush is.
- Adaptation Personality Change: Sportacus was more manipulative and aggressive in the plays.
- Adapted Out: Some characters didn't migrate from the stage plays.
- Jives, another kid in town. His house can still be seen in several episodes.
- Officer Obtuse, the actual lawman, who had his role taken by Sportacus.
- Hannin, the grumpy rooster who served served as a narrator in the second play was phased out entirely.
- Debbie, the woman Miss Busybody gossips with over the phone. She may still exists though, just not mentioned by name.
- A Day in the Limelight: Robbie Rotten has one in "The First Day of Summer", where after the townspeople head to the beach he sees he's the only person left in LazyTown, to his delight. However, he quickly gets lonely. Fortunately, he actually gets a bone thrown for him at the end. It's a heartwarming episode.
- Adorkable: While Sportacus is conventionally attractive, well-muscled and very fitness-oriented, many fans consider him adorkable due to his constant optimism, boyish over-excitement, hopeless naiveté and awkward English. His baby-blue eyes and cheesy grin only help the matter.
- Aesop Amnesia/Negative Continuity: It's no wonder the town needs a superhero; No matter how many times Sportacus teaches the kids the importance of eating healthy, exercising often and being kind to each other, they always revert back to their unhealthy, lazy, greedy and generally unpleasant ways. You know, like normal kids.
- Ambiguously Gay: Robbie Rotten. Despite claiming to hate Sportacus and wanting him to leave the town, Robbie sure spends a lot of time talking about Sportacus, touching Sportacus and jumping into his arms whenever the slightly-above-average hero shows up.
- Ambiguously Human: Sportacus. He is faster and more agile than any of the human characters and can pull off stunts that most people could only dream of. He also keeps his ears conspicuously hidden under his hat at all times (this was lampshaded in the episode "Sportafake" where Robbie Rotten disguised himself as Sportacus, yet left his ears noticeably uncovered.)
- To be fair, Magnus Scheving really does those stunts. Besides the constant flipping, we're talking one-handed, one-legged pushups.
- While nothing has been confirmed on the American show, it's worth mentioning he's an Elf in the Iceland dub and in the original plays. In the U.S. version, Robbie sometimes refers to him as the "blue sports elf," though this is used as an insult.
- And I Must Scream:
- Robbie turning into a music box at the end of one episode. He gets better.
- Robbie freezing Sportacus, the mayor, Stephanie and Ziggy in place with a remote control in the appropriately named episode "Remote Control". It's implied that they can still feel the passage of time while frozen.
- And Then What?: When Robbie finally manages to capture Sportacus in Robbie' Dream Team, he is at a loss on what to do next and starts pacing around town trying to figure it out. Ultimately subverted when he's more than satisfied to shoot Sportacus out of a cannon.
- And the Rest: In the episode Defeeted, Sportacus says, "I'd better go practice my move! I don't want to disappoint Stephanie...or anyone else."
- Animesque: Between Stephanie's male fans and pink hair, and the cartoony world, non-fans have mistakenly assumed LazyTown is Japanese or influenced by anime.
- Anti-Role Model: Robbie.
- And to an extent, everyone else in the town (excluding Stephanie and Sportacus).
- Art Evolution: The show received a minor big budget beef-up starting with season 2. The green screen effects became much more convincing, the sets became larger in scope and more dynamic, and the puppet characters received new puppets, complete with moving eyebrows!
- Art Shift: The second half of the episode "Once Upon A Time" takes place inside a storybook and features the characters in a 2-D animated art style similar to that of Disney.
- The Artifact: Note how the tone for "Master of Disguise" switches from slow and sneaky to happy and upbeat. In the original Icelandic show, Robbie (named Glanni here) sings the song while switching between himself and his disguise identity, Richie Rich; when Robbie sings, the tone is sneaky, but when Richie sings, it's upbeat. When the song was rewritten for the TV show, the concept was omitted, but the arrangement stayed the same.
- Artifact Title: In-universe. LazyTown used to live up to its name. But thanks to Stephanie and Sportacus, it doesn't anymore.
- Ascended Meme:
- Several songs from the show have been turned into memes with people editing them in various ways, with "We Are Number One" being one of the most popular, which coincided with Robbie Rotten's actor Stefan Karl being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. This then lead to taking advantage of the meme's popularity to donate to Stefan Karl's cancer fund. Capitalizing on the meme, the official YouTube channel uploaded "We Are Number One but it's the original and it's 1 hour long", with promises to release the instrumental for the song. They did, and later gave out the stems for the song.
- The official channel also uploaded "Mine Song but 'Mine' is replaced with 'Pirate'!, killing two birds with one stone. This time however, the one hour length isn't justified (though it's safe to assume it's just a way to cheaply generate ad-revenue).
- Even before the official YouTube channel started doing it, acknowledging the memes goes back even farther. In "LazyTown's Greatest Hits", Robbie picks "You Are a Pirate" as his favorite LazyTown song. Gee, I wonder why.
- Anvil on Head: In one episode, Robbie attempts to knock Sportacus out by putting a small anvil on one side of a seesaw and catapulting it at him, but misjudges it. Hilarity Ensues.
- Badass Grandpa: Robbie Rotten, if you take his reaction to Sportacus in the very first episode as him being able to remember "Number Nine" when he was actually alive. This would make him the oldest person in Lazytown by quite some distance.
- Badass Mustache: Sportacus.
- Bad Is Good and Good Is Bad: Robbie Rotten. Even one of his songs is called "Good to be Bad."
- Banana Peel: In "Robbie's Dream Team," Robbie demonstrates this to the titular dream-team of Robbie look-alikes as a potential plan to defeat Sportacus by dropping several banana peels on the ground. They promptly slip on them on and fall to the ground.Robbie: What are you doing?!
- Be Careful What You Wish For: This happens to Robbie Rotten in "The First Day of Summer." He wishes that everyone else in LazyTown would just disappear and seemingly gets his wish when they all head off to play at the beach. He quickly realizes, however, that all of the things that he enjoys about being a villain— the setting of traps, hatching evil schemes, etc., just aren't much fun without anyone there to actually scheme against. He ends up falling into one of his own traps, and when Sportacus comes to rescue him, everyone else follows. He's so happy to see them that he even joins them for the singing and dancing of the episode-ending "Bing Bang Song."
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Robbie.
- Evil Eyebrows: Robbie
- Bizarrchitecture: Just try to find a building, door, window, or structure that isn't curved, bent, or warped in some way.
- Even the Eiffel Tower is bent in this universe...
- Blithe Spirit: Stephanie is theoretically responsible for helping to get everyone exercising again (at least, according to the theme song). That she's just as likely to have the lazy ball in a given episode is apparently irrelevant.
- Also, Sportacus is new to the town at the beginning of the show and wants to inspire the kids to eat healthy and become fit.
- Bottle Episode: Pixelspix and LazyTown's Greatest Hits are examples.
- Then there's "Sportacus on the move", which is just a bunch of re-used clips from earlier episodes
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Done surprisingly often for a kids show, with Robbie Rotten being the character most likely to do so.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Robbie is the epitome of this trope. He prides himself in being lazy, and even schemes to make the rest of the town as lazy as he is, yet he is easily the most brilliant person in the entire town and is able to create anything out of anything. He even has a microwave that makes inventions for him.
- Ironic, seeing that due to Robbie's constant attempts to make Lazy Town lazy via elaborate traps, machines, and costumes, he becomes one of the most active residents.
- Brats with Slingshots: Trixie in the original stage version.
- Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": Sportacus refers to fruits and vegetables in general as "sports candy."
- Can't Argue with Elves: Partially subverted in the original Latibær plays. Íþróttaálfurinn (Sportacus) doesn't exactly lecture the humans on how to live better, healthier lives. Instead, he teaches them.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Robbie Rotten. His name says it all.
- Sportacus: "Someone's in trouble!"
Stephanie: "There's always a way!"
Robbie Rotten: "I meant to do that!"
Stingy: "[object that may but usually doesn't belong to him] is mine!"
- Chest Insignia: Sportacus' '10'.
- The Chew Toy: Robbie.
- Clark Kenting: Many of Robbie's disguises are rather flimsy. Yet somehow always fool everyone until his hat, wig, or moustache fall off.
- Taken to the extreme in "Play Day" where his hat falls off and not one person yells "Robbie Rotten!" like they usually do.
- ClipShow: "Pixelspix", "Dear Diary", "LazyTown's Greatest Hits" and "Sportacus on the Move" all use more than one recycled clip from past episodes.
- Cool Airship: Sportacus' airship.
- Couch Gag: Most episodes start with Sportacus doing something in his airship.
- Costume-Test Montage: In "LazyTown's New Superhero", Stephanie tries on new superhero costumes.
- Crying Wolf: In one episode, Ziggy was playing pranks by saying untrue things, such as there being a monkey playing trumpet outside or Trixie having a spider on her shoulder. The other kids get sick of it, and decide to ignore him, then, when he stumbles on Robbie plotting out loud in a cow costume, they refuse to believe he saw a talking, evil cow with a catapult. Kind of a Broken Aesop, in that it would have been a pretty reasonable thing for them to doubt anyway, even without Ziggy losing their trust by telling lies. (Though this is the same town where a Man disguises himself a sports elf...)
- Cultural Translation: The BBC partly re-dubbed the show, with British voice actors speaking for puppet characters originally voiced by Americans. However, the human characters' American and Icelandic accents were untouched. Additionally, they seem to have left them all alone for LazyTown Entertainment/BBC co-production LazyTown Extra.
- Heck, the entire show underwent a massive overhaul when it hit American shores. For example: the town itself was made brighter and more colorful, most of the live-action characters were turned into cute puppets (and some were gotten rid of alltogether), Sportacus was changed from an Elf to a superhero, and so on. While the show still retains some of its weird/strange foreigness, it's got nothing on the original Icelandic plays.
- Dastardly Whiplash: Robbie Rotten may not have the loftiest of goals (he just wants the kids to be lazy so they won't be running back and forth across the roof of his subterranean lair all day - one might suggest he move, but it's probably rent-controlled), but he more than makes up for it with the kind of elaborate costumes and schemes that define this trope.
- In an inversion of this trope, the good guy Sportacus "sports" the mustache, while the villain Robbie is clean-shaven.
- Denser and Wackier: The show is this in relation to the plays which it was based on. Although the original plays were still cartoony in some aspects like the set design: they were much quieter and lacked the slapstick and zany humor Lazytown is known for.
- Season 4 features many plots that are otherwise outlandish and strange. Such as going to space ("Let's Go to the Moon"), encountering trolls ("The Baby Troll"), and time travel ("The Last Sportscandy").
- Descriptive Ville
- Determinator: It's a wonder why Robbie Rotten even bothers with his schemes to get Sportacus to leave LazyTown anymore, since he has failed so many times before. His plans might not be up to scratch, but you can't fault his determination.
- Disguised in Drag: Robbie disguised as "The Birthday Fairy" and "Miss Roberta". While Robbie was disguised as the former, Trixie called him even "girlier" than Stephanie.
- You can also see a variety of ladies dresses in Robbie's disguise chambers that he is yet to wear.
- Dub Name Change: Both the show and characters names were changed for an English audience:
- Latibær to LazyTown - Literal translation
- Solla Stirða (Solla Inflexible) to Stephanie
- Íþróttaálfurinn (The Sports Elf) to Sportacus
- Glanni Glæpur (Reckless Crime) to Robbie Rotten
- Siggi Sæti (Siggi Sweet) to Ziggy
- Goggi Mega to Pixel
- Halla Hrekkjusvín (Halla Prankster) to Trixie
- Nenni Níski (Nenni Cheapskate) to Stingy
- Bæjarstjórinn (The Mayor) to Mayor Milford Meanswell
- Stína Símalína (Stína Phoneline) to Bessie Busybody
- Also, when the show was exported to other countries, some of the names were changed over there as well:
- Robbie Rotten is Freddie Faulig in Germany, Robbie Rancido in Italy, Robbie Retos in Spain, Rosszver Robi in Hungary, Robbie Reles in Portugal, Робби Злобный in Russia, Robbie Zgniłek in Poland, Robbie Rådden in Denmark, Robbie le Vilain in France, Robbie Putrezitul in Romania, Robbie Rähmä in Finland and Кесірбек Робби in Kazakhstan.
- Stingy is Solomè in Italy, Meini in Germany, Sovina in Portugal and Stigu in Finland.
- Ziggy and Trixie have been renamed to Zico and Ticha for the European Portuguese dub.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The episode "Sports Day" features more simplistic looking green screen backgrounds and somewhat darker lighting than the standard episode.
- Expository Theme Tune: Welcome to LazyTown/A place where you'll wanna stay/You'll meet Robbie with his Rotten plan/ And Sportacus saving the day/Stephanie is new in town/And soon she and Ziggy are friends/
- Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: Robbie.
- Facepalm: Stephanie does the double facepalm during the "Lazy Scouts" song.
- Failure Is the Only Option: For Robbie Rotten's schemes, natch.
- The Fair Folk: Although he got downright cuddly in later adaptations, the forerunner of the character who became Sportacus is damn scary, though technically good, in the first play. There are times you'll start wondering if Áfram Latibær's moral isn't actually supposed to be "behave, or the big bad scary Sports Elf will get you".
- One might argue that the outfits worn by Sportacus and Robbie are a little too tight (especially in the crotch area) than particularly necessary on a kids' show. Many female fans would disagree.
- Then there's Stephanie's short pink dress, though that might not be intentional considering she is supposed to be eight years old.
- Felony Misdemeanor: As far as Sportacus and the mayor are concerned, the kids not wanting to play outside is just as serious as a natural disaster:Sportacus: Mr Mayor, what's the trouble?
Mayor: Actually... it's that nobody wants to go outside and play!
Sportacus: What?! That is terrible!
- Funny Background Event: As already mentioned above, Stephanie's double facepalm during the "Lazy Scouts" song. In fact, throughout a good portion of the song, Stephanie is standing in the background, facepalming, rolling her eyes, putting her hands on her hips, shaking her head, or otherwise expressing disgust.
- Gadgeteer Genius:
- Robbie Rotten can build anything out of anything he has in his lair. He even has a Microwave which creates the inventions for him.
- Pixel is able to build almost anything, from hovering cameras, to a device that transports people into storybooks, to a remote control which can control literally everything, including random electronic things he has in his room to people. In Secret Agent Zero, the 007 parody Episode, he played the role of Q. And he is 9 years old.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: In "The Greatest Gift," Robbie's birthday present for Ziggy is a bag of hard cookies that he says are an old family recipe. He then warns him that they give you a little gas and we can hear a small fart sound in the background.
- Glad I Thought of It: In "Birthday Surprise," Stephanie suggests that they should throw Sportacus the greatest birthday party ever. Stingy says no to this, and then suggests that they throw Sportacus the greatest birthday party ever.
- Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Sportacus has a pair of wide, friendly baby-blues that appear almost photoshopped in their blueness. On the other hand, Robbie not only has pale grey eyes, but also sports highly-arched eyebrows and heavy purple eye-shadow to emphasize the fact that he is indeed the villain.
- Good Hair, Evil Hair: Oddly, inverted by the hero Sportacus, who wears a pencil mustache so sharp it looks like it could double as a scalpel.
- Happy Dance: "Bing Bang"
- Heel–Face Turn: Robbie's three villains he orders for the infamous "We Are Number One" musical number end up playing football with Sportacus, declaring that playing sports is much more fun than being a villain.
- Helping Granny Cross the Street
- Robbie Rotten, (poorly-disguised as a Boys Scouts leader), is asked by the kids whether they'll learn how to earn badges, such as performing this trope. Robbie then decides to do this to Miss Busybody, who's about to cross the road, and makes her do it several times very quickly until she collapses in the street.
- In another installment, "Robbie's Dream Team," Robbie's disguise of the day is a little old lady crossing the street, in order to lure Sportacus into helping him. After Sportacus does so, he "thanks" him by giving him a fake apple that sends Sportacus into a sugar crash, allowing the titular dream-team of Robbie lookalikes to drag him to Robbie's lair.
- Heroes Act, Villains Hinder: Stephanie and Sportacus want the residents of LazyTown to be proactive and healthy. Robbie creates schemes to hinder them.
- High-Class Glass: Robbie Rotten sports it for his "Meansbad" disguise in "Secret Agent Zero."
- Hoist by His Own Petard: In "LazyTown's New Superhero," Robbie Rotten creates a robot dog that attacks whenever anyone says the word "trouble." After setting it loose, he pats himself on the back and says that "I think I'll have an ice cream cone. In fact, I think I'll make it a double." The dog, hearing "double," turns to its attention to him and he cries "No! I said, double, not trouble!" at which point the dog starts chasing after him. And this certainly isn't the only time that he's laid low by one of his own plans.
- Holding Out for a Hero: Sportacus came to the town with the aim of helping the kids live more healthy and active lives, but he seems to be the only form of law enforcement in the town and ends up spending most of his time rescuing the kids from dangerous situations.
- Hypocritical Humor: Robbie may be one of the the most active people in LazyTown due to his schemes, despite supposedly being the laziest.
- Idiot Ball: Robbie Rotten has one goal and one goal only: Get rid of Sportacus and return the town to its original lazy state. So when he gets his hands on a genie's lamp, what doesn't he wish for? Sportacus to disappear!
- Admittedly, Robbie eventually did use his final wish to get rid of Sportacus, but he's too fast for the genie, and he accidentally makes Robbie Disappear instead.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: There's an episode where Robbie switches Sportacus's shoes with fake shoes that make his feet go crazy. The title? Defeeted.
- In-Series Nickname:
- Trixie occasionally refers to Stephanie as "Pinkie."
- Robbie sometimes calls Sportacus, "Sportakook" or "Sportaflop".
- Intergenerational Friendship: Sportacus and Stephanie have this, with the former being an adult and the latter being a tween. They met after she contacted him for help and soon bonded thanks to their mutual athleticism and perkiness.
- Invincible Hero: Sportacus. He has no character flaws, never fails at anything he tries and is hero-worshiped by everyone (except Robbie Rotten). The only thing that keeps him from being a Mary Sue is that he's as naive as everyone else in the show (except, again, Robbie) to the point where it becomes Adorkable.
- Sportacus does fail in one episode: "The Laziest Town." The premise is about a yearly contest where everyone must do some type of physical activity or the town will be named "The Laziest Town on Earth." When the meter is at 90% Sportacus tries to fill the last 10% but he tires out too soon. Robbie Rotten fills the gap.
- It's Always Spring: Stephanie is apparently staying for the Summer. So, the show takes place in Summer, right? Well, there's two winter-themed episodes, and an episode where they go to school. Looks like Steph is staying longer than we thought.
- Either that, or she's convinced her family to move to LazyTown.
- This conceit is dropped entirely in the third season, which includes an episode titled "The First Day of Summer", which is all about the town being excited about it being the start of summer.
- Jackass Genie: In the episode "The Lazy Genie", Robbie acquires a genie (by ordering it), and his first two wishes are for all the fruit and vegetables and all the sports equipment to disappear, but he forgets to specify a duration, and they return not 5 minutes later. Robbie then uses his final wish to get rid of Sportacus - but the Genie gets rid of Robbie instead because he found him "annoying".
- Judgment of Solomon: In "Who's Who?", the question of which Stephanie is real and which is the clone Robbie created is settled with a dance-off. The clone and Stephanie do similar routines, but the first ends hers with a jump Stephanie did earlier, and the second doesn't. Judges Robbie, Mayor Meanswell, and Ms. Busybody think that the clone is the actual Stephanie because of her superior skill, but Trixie figures out (with a little prodding—Stephanie winks at her after finishing her dance) that the second dancer could have easily done the jump, but deliberately chose not to—and only the real Stephanie would have enough confidence in herself and faith in her friends to do that.
- Kangaroo Court: One episode featured Robbie Rotten stealing a cake and framing Sportacus. In a trial where Robbie acted as a prosecutor, he asked Sportacus questions like if it was true nobody saw him not eating the cake. In the end, he played the judge (Mayor Meanswell) like a puppet (sure, unlike Sportacus, Stephanie and Robbie, all characters are literal puppets but still).
- Kryptonite Factor: Sportacus' is (refined) sugar; eating any sugary food renders him immediately comatose. Fresh fruit or vegetables are required to restore him. (Technically they contain sugar as well, but a different sort, and that's not so much the point anyway.)
- Lampshade Hanging: "Secret Agent Zero" is just lousy with this. "That's not real. It's a puppet!"
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: Robbie has a really big chin that he's quite proud of, but he's not at all 'manly' in other ways... and he's a villain.
- Large Ham: Stefán Karl Stefánsson isn't called "the Icelandic Jim Carrey" for nothing, as Robbie Rotten may be the closest humanity will ever come to a living, breathing cartoon character.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Sportacus gets this courtesy of Robbie in the episode "Sportacus Who?"
- Lazy Bum: Subverted with Robbie, whose efforts to get everyone else to stop doing things (or just ruin their day), actually take a lot of work; this was lampshaded at least once.
- Lean and Mean: Robbie's actor is 6 foot 2.5 inches tall, four inches taller than the actor playing the heroic Sportacus, but far less muscular. The vertical stripes on his default costume emphasize his skinnier frame.
- Limited Social Circle: LazyTown proper had four episodes with characters besides the nine above, and those characters are a genie, a Robot Dog, a wind-up dancing marionette, and four foreign kids who are on-screen barely 2 seconds.
- Not to mention the fact that the mayor also doubles as the town's librarian, school principal, postmaster, banker, shopkeeper, etc. Presumably because the rest of the town's citizens are too lazy to do their jobs.
- Sportacus also seems be the only form of law enforcement in the town, though the only people who ever seem to get into trouble are the other nine main characters.
- LazyTown Extra has Ziggy visiting local kids, and interviewing them. Everybody else is at home in LazyTown, though Stephanie has somehow wound up with multiracial back-up dancers.
- The third season introduces Chef Pablo Fantastico.
- Don't forget the time Santa showed up.
- Limited Wardrobe: It is not totally unexpected that this applies to a show where 2/3 of the characters are puppets, but all the puppet characters have had other costumes, while except for disguises Robbie never wears anything but his suit or his pyjamas and robe, and Sportacus has only ever worn something else (even to bed) when he changed shoes, or added a scarf on a cold day. Well, and that time Robbie de-aged him, and he had to borrow Pixel's clothes because his were too big. (strangely, said clothes were not Pixel's usual ones, but fairly generic pre-teen boy's clothes, and also too big for Pixel if we're taking puppet size literally.)
- Literal Genie: In one episode, Robbie acquires a genie, and his first two wishes are for all the fruit and vegetables and all the sports equipment to disappear, but he forgets to specify a duration, and they return not 5 minutes later. He fails to wish away Sportacus.
- Local Reference: Episode "The Great Crystal Caper" showed Robbie trying to trade with Stingy a bag of coins from all over the world, "including Iceland." There is also "KR" written on the said bag.
- Logging onto the Fourth Wall. The episode "Pixelspix" had pixelspix.com, which redirected to the show's official website. As of 2015, the domain is for sale. There's also a Flash game based off the episode.
- Mad Scientist: Robbie Rotten sometimes shows this kind of characterisation, complete with a stereotypical Technicolor Science table full of glassware and smoking liquids.
- Meaningful Name: The only two of LazyTown's nine recurring characters this doesn't apply to in some form are Stephanie and Ziggy.
- Minimalist Cast: Only nine characters in total.
- Minion with an F in Evil: Robbie hires three of them in Robbie's Dream Team. Justified, since they're actually performers who happen to play villains.
- Mr. Fanservice: Unexpectedly, this show has gained a rather large fanbase of older women who regard both Sportacus and Robbie Rotten as sex symbols. Magnús Scheving has expressed surprise and happiness over the fact.
- Mythology Gag: In "Sportacus Who?", Robbie calls Sportacus "The Blue Elf", a reference to the original play.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Robbie Rotten.
- Noodle Incident: In the first episode, the Mayor is lamenting how awful the town is, and notes that when the town was previously in trouble, they would call for help from a guy with a big number 9 on his shirt. He manages to reactivate the signal-machine and Sportacus shows up soon after. "Are you Number Nine?" the Mayor asks. "No," says Sportacus, pointing at the back of his jersey, "I'm Number Ten." There is no explanation for what any of this means.
- Of course it could just be that by this time Sportacus is the tenth elf to be the town's hero, with the Mayor recalling the previous one.
- Not Allowed to Grow Up: In season 2 Stephanie, despite very visible growth in the season break, is still played as a young girl.
- Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: Robbie:"They want me to be nice
They want me to be good
But I'm a simple rotten guy
Who's just misunderstood"
- No-Sell: In "School Scam," Robbie disguises himself as a professor at the children's school (why they're going to school in what's apparently summer is never addressed), and tries to replace every lesson with using books as pillows for a nap. This kind of scheme has worked in the past, but this time, the kids absolutely refuse to buy into the idea and repeatedly demand that he teach them instead.
- Oh Wait, This Is My Grocery List: Parodied in the episode "Rottenbeard" where Robbie Rotten, disguised as a pirate, pulls out his grocery list instead of the treasure map.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Both Sportacus and Robbie sometimes slip into Icelandic accents.
- Sometimes? Sportacus doesn't even seem to be trying to hide his accent...though this is most likely because he hails from "an island in the North Sea."
- Our Elves Are Better: Sportacus was a traditional Icelandic Elf named Íþróttaálfurinn ("The Sports Elf") in the original Latibær plays. In addition to being amazingly fit and agile, he also had magical powers. While to make the character more universal, he was changed into a superhero for the TV series, it's still possible he is still an Elf, as there's several elements still present, such as that his ears are always covered, he owns a magical crystal and can apparently grant wishes, he leads a very hidden life and it would certainly explain why he is able to perform such amazing feats in every episode. (It's worth mentioning that he's still referred an Elf in the TV series dub in Iceland.)
- Pac Man Fever: Most of Pixel's video games feature retro graphics and sounds, and there's a truly interesting example in the pilot episode — when Robbie tosses him a copy of "Super Power Lizards", the cue that plays is an actual repurposed bit of videogame music.note
- Panty Shot: Stephanie had frequent ones in the earliest episodes.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Robbie Rotten could literally be the Trope Codifier. No one ever realises the person causing trouble who looks like Robbie Rotten in a silly outfit IS, in fact, Robbie Rotten in a silly outfit. This is especially hilarious because his cover is blown at the end of EVERY episode, yet the townspeople will still fall for his Paper-Thin Disguise in the next episode. (And yet, Robbie Rotten himself thinks his disguises are amazingly awesome and calls himself "The Master of Disguise.")
- Subverted in the episode "Defeeted" where the mayor recognises Robbie straight away, even though the villain is wearing one of his better disguises: a superhero outfit. The characters have fallen for lesser disguises in the past. The Mayor also saw through his incredibly simple fake mustache(none of the kids did) in "The Laziest Town". Robbie rips it off and explains he forgot to shave.
- Pimp Duds: Robbie Rotten isn't a pimp, but his standard outfit looks somewhere between a pimp outfit, a spandex catsuit and that of a refined 1890s gentleman. Then there's the origianal Icelandic stage play, where he wore the full pimp outfit, complete with cane.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Stephanie and Sportacus.
- Pirate: The episode "Rottenbeard" fits this trope to a tee.
- Pirate Song: In "Rottenbeard", the pirate Rottenbeard — who is actually Robbie Rotten in disguise — takes the children on a fake treasure hunt and sings "You Are A Pirate" with them. The song talks about adventure, the freedom of a pirate and the treasure hunt.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: According to the "You Are a Pirate" song, nothing much is required of being a pirate. "Do what you want, 'cause a pirate is free... If you love to sail the sea, you are a pirate!"
- Plucky Girl: Stephanie. Sportacus is a male version.
- Race Lift: The English language of the show turned the Icelandic Latibær plays' red-headed hellion Halla and pale computer geek Goggi into Asian (and slightly less wild) Trixie and black (and possibly more computer-obsessed) Pixel. The mayor's skin also darkened several shades, but given he's closely related to a character who stayed white, and not very dark (and a puppet, so actor race gives no clues), it's unclear if he too had his race changed, or if he's just meant to be tanned.
- In the original play, Goggi was a white baldling wearing green glasses and pyjamas!
- And Sportacus was an Elf, so it's a species-lift as well.
- Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: Stingy.
- Power-Up Food: The "sports candy", particularly if eaten by Sportacus, but sometimes characters will also benefit from eating them.
- Road Sign Reversal: Robbie Rotten does this in "Little Pink Riding Hood" to trick Stephanie into getting lost in a forest.
- Robot Dog: Robbie built one of these. The dog attacks when the word 'trouble' is uttered. There's even a song about him.I love my purple ball of fluff / I'll flip a switch and turn him off
- Running Gag: Mayor's obsession with the President's visit.
- Santa Claus: One of Robbie's schemes involved dressing up as Santa. He later sang about it in his "Master of Disguise" song.I'm so glad that I'm so tricky, even so Saint Nicky.
- Save the Villain: Sportacus will usually do it for Robbie Rotten. In at least one episode, "LazyTown's New Superhero," Robbie then betrays that help by trying to leave Sportacus stranded on top of the billboard hiding the entrance to his lair, the same one that he was trapped on top of.
- Schemer: Robbie.
- Scooby Stack: In "Robbie's Dream Team", the three clones observe this way as Robbie tricks Sportacus with an old lady disguise.
- Scout Out: "Lazy Scouts" has the organization by the same name, created by Robbie Rotten. His idea is that they essentially don't do all of the things you would normally associate with scouting groups.Robbie: We'll walk up a mountain, we'll go camping and always play outdoors!
- Screen Tap: Robbie in his Mayor Meanswell disguise takes a mallet and shatters the screen at the end of the "Fun to be the Mayor" song.
- Series Continuity Error: Between the first and second episodes. The former implies Sportacus is a newcomer: the previous hero wore a "9" whereas he wears a "10"; Sportacus says he's heard of LazyTown but still had to research it; Robbie Rotten shouts "Another one?!" when he first sees him; and Sportacus formally introduces himself to the townsfolk at the end. The latter, however, sates that Sportacus taught everyone to play baseball the year before.
- Shout-Out: In "Defeeted", Pixel's computer screen displays the question "What is 42?"
- Signature Song:
- "Bing Bang", the song that ends every episode of the show. Most of the characters have one too.
- Robbie Rotten's is "You Are a Pirate" and/or "We Are Number One". Obviously.
- It is possible that "Master of Disguise" is Robbie's main theme, as the tune occasionally plays as he is plotting, scheming or otherwise acting on a dastardly deed.
- Silly Walk: Robbie's trademark walk.
- Slapstick: Robbie is prone to pratfalls.
- Stingy once got blasted by a taffy machine thrice in his face.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: A children's show about healthy eating and exercise? It stars a cheerful little girl and a superhero? There's a musical montage every episode? It's definitely on the ideal side.
- The Something Song:
- Left the Background Music On: In the episode "Rockin' Robbie", when Robbie is moaning about how the others are listening to a music we hear his signature theme playing in the background. He then yells stop the music, which then stops and we cut to the speakers shaking (as though they have just stopped).
- Spandex, Latex, or Leather
- Spin-Off: The show received one for British viewers only called LazyTown Extra in 2008. The show changed into an assortment of sketches, each one starring a different character. Sportacus' sketch was exercise-themed, Stephanie's sketch choreographed a dance, Ziggy's sketch showed him interacting with real people, and so on. The big difference was that there were new voice actors.
- Spoiled Brat: Stingy
- Spot the Imposter:
- Partially subverted amusingly when Robbie Rotten impersonates Sportacus. The other characters can't tell the difference despite Robbie being, among other things, 4-5 inches taller and a lot less muscular. Stephanie suggests a race to tell them who is the real Sportacus, and Robbie wins because Sportacus is forced to forfeit the race halfway through to rescue Bessie. Stephanie realizes that the one who forfeited to rescue Bessie must be the real one, says so, and unmasks Robbie by pulling his false moustache off. The tag would be a very touching Aesop on friendship if it wasn't for the simple fact that Robbie and Sportacus look nothing alike, and they should have been able to tell them apart by looking at them.
- Then there's the episode "Double Trouble" where Robbie impersonates the mayor, and once again everyone falls for it, despite the fact that Robbie looks nothing like the mayor. It only sort of works, though — Stephanie never really buys into it, and neither does Bessie.
- The third season presents "Little Pink Riding Hood" in which Robbie again dresses up as Sportacus, but it's even more obvious that something's well, rotten, in Denmark and in a parody of what happens in Little Red Riding Hood with Stephanie asking questions of Robbie.Stephanie: But why are your teeth so big?
Robbie: Why all these questions?!
- In another episode (this show really likes this trope!), Robbie uses a toy figurine of Stephanie to create a perfect replica of her who's much nastier, in the hope that everyone will hate her and thus make the actual Stephanie leave. The cast decides to have a dance-off to determine the truth; see Judgment of Solomon above for more.
- Starring Special Effects: The majority of the main cast are puppets.
- Steampunk: Elements of the genre can be seen in the mixing of 19th century visuals such as Robbie and Stingy's clothing, Sportacus' Dirigible, and the look of Robbie's lair, with modern europop music and high tech gadgets (everything from Pixel's house/inventions to Sportacus' high tech airship).
- Stealth Pun: Robbie Rotten makes one during the You Are A Pirate song. After the first chorus he turns to his parrot and repeats the line "You are a pirate!" but his pronunciation of "pirate" sounds an awful lot like "parrot".
- Also, from the same song, "You ARRRRRe a pirate!"
- Stock Scream: The Wilhelm Scream is heard in "Little Pink Riding Hood".
- Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: The "Spooky Song" plays this for drama. "Close your eyes, rest your head, time to go to... boo!"
- Sugar Bowl: Come on, who wouldn't want to live in LazyTown?
- Quite a few people, actually.
- Though sugar is a prohibited substance, so LazyTown should be more accurately referred to as a Fruit Bowl.
- Nope, not "prohibited" at all, since Ziggy has copious supplies of candy available at all times.
- Additionally, Bessie Busybody regularly bakes cakes.
- And fruit has a lot of sugar in, anyway. Maybe it's an Artificial Sweetener Bowl?
- Suppressed Mammaries: Julianna Rose Mauriello has had to have her breasts taped down since puberty, as Stephanie is supposed to be 8 years old (or 9 now, since one year's passing has been acknowledged). She was 17 during the last filming. That said, "Stephanie" (Solla Stirða) was played by actual adult women in all the original Icelandic plays from before the TV show, and one of them was quite busty with no attempt to do anything about it; while Julianna definitely had grown between seasons and doesn't really look any bigger in out-of-character shots from the same era.
- Take That!: Robbie seems to deliver one to the slogan of the Boy Scouts in "Lazy Scouts."Robbie: Be slow and sluggish and slovenly and sleepy. Being ready isn't good... in fact, it's just creepy.
- Talk Like a Pirate: YOU AAAAARE A PIRATE!
- Team Spirit: While many of LazyTown's episodes revolve around the values of working together, there is one in particular that focuses on teamwork, complete with a song:Teamwork, do it together / Teamwork, friends forever,
We're all for one and one for all / We'll help each other stand tall,
- Theme Tune Roll Call:You'll meet Robbie with his rotten plan
And Sportacus saving the day
Stephanie is new in town
And soon, she and Ziggy are friends
With Pixel, Stingy and Trixie, too
They're gonna have a blast together!
- Thin Chin of Sin:
- Robbie Rotten has an extended chin aided by prosthetics. While the chin isn't as pointy as other examples on this entry, it's made to look more realistic, but it is still very long and sharp. Robbie is the main villain in the show and he is focused on making the inhabitants of lazy town as gluttonous and lazy as possible.
- Sportacus has a really big and sharp chin, but... he's a main hero in the show and he is focused on making the inhabitants of Lazytown as healthy and active as possible.
- Third-Person Person: Chef Pablo Fantastico sometimes slips into this.
- This Is My Side: Happens in "Birthday Surprise" after an argument between Stingy and Trixie
- Token Human: Stephanie is the only human child, and the only female human, even though her uncle and every other townsperson is a puppet. The other two humans are the hero and the villain. Extra points for being the new kid, totally unfamiliar with the puppets' weird ways.
- Training Montage: Played with when Sportacus was training Ziggy to be a hero like him. The music even vaguely sounded like the Rocky music.
- Treasure Map: YOU ARE A PIRATE!We got us a map
That leads us to a hidden box
That's all locked up with locks
And buried deep away
We'll dig up the box
We know it's full of precious booty
Burst open the locks
And then we'll say "Hurray"!
- T-Word Euphemism: In "LazyTown's New Superhero," Robbie Rotten created a Robot Dog that attacked whenever it heard the word "trouble" because it was traditional on the series for Sportacus to shout "Someone's in trouble!" As such, "trouble" became "the T-word."
- Uncanceled: The final episode of the second season aired in October 2007; the third season premiered in the U.K. in April 2013 and the U.S. in May 2013.
- Upgrade vs. Prototype Fight: In one episode Robbie orders Roboticus, a robot who can do everything Sportacus can do but better. In their rematch race Sportacus (just barely) wins, even though he stopped to save all the kids from trouble along the way.
- Villain Exclusivity Clause: Robbie Rotten is the antagonist in every episode.
- Villain Song: Robbie Rotten gets quite a few of these. Most notable examples include Master of Disguise, Woof Woof Woof, Good To Be Bad, We are Number One and Fun To Be The Mayor.
- The infamous YOU ARE A PIRATE counts, if you consider "do what you want" to mean being lazy.
- Then there's Versti Fantur (Worst Villain) from one of the original LazyTown plays, which is arguably creepier and more sinister than it's remade counterpart "Master of Disguise".
- From the same play, there's Glaumbæjargengið (translated by the uploader as the "Party Town Gang" or the "Sound of Merriment Town Gang"), sung by Robbie's minions.
- For a non-Robbie Villain Song, we have the Greatest Genie of Everlasting Eternity.
- Depending on your views, I Am A Prince qualifies.
- Vocal Dissonance: Lazytown Extra has a fair share of this due to having different voice actors for some characters, and it can be jarring to hear if you already have their voice hard-wired into your mind. (For example, Ziggy is voiced by a British girl.)
- Wakeup Makeup: All three human characters have been shown waking while looking like they just stepped out of a make up chair.
- Weaksauce Weakness - Sportacus is rendered helpless by sugar. (Or at least processed ones.)
JapaneseIcelandic Thing: So it's WIT?
- Between this and Bjork, many in the US are convinced that Iceland is an absolute cradle of lunacy.
- What Are Records?: This comes up in the episode "Purple Panther, Part 1" when the kids start a LazyTown Museum. Stingy brings in the mayor's old record player that he found lying around and none of the kids have any idea what it is, asking where you put the CD or connect the USB.
- What Have I Done: Robbie says this word for word after his scheme causes a chain of events that ends up with Sportacus's airship on a collision course with Pixel's house while Robbie is hanging out of the bottom of it. Sportacus barely averts the disaster in time.
- Where the Hell Is Springfield?
- With Friends Like These...:
- The other kids can veer into this with regards to Stephanie. For example, in "LazyTown's New Superhero" Trixie says "Oh man if she's protecting us we're in real trouble."
- If his actor's comments are to be believed, Robbie Rotten qualifies as this towards everybody - especially Sportacus - because of how often he belittles, manipulates and endangers them.
- Workaholic: Sportacus literally says he doesn't know how to have a vacation in one episode.
- You Are Not Alone: From one of the original plays, the song Ég á Góðan Vin (I Have A Good Friend) song fits this trope to a tee."You are never alone / Even though someone tossed you aside.
You are never alone / Because you have me."
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
- You Just Ruined the Shot: Sportacus interrupts a game of pirates, thinking Stephanie's screams for help are genuine.
- You Mean "Xmas": The second season had a winter episode with no holiday at all, but featured a relyricked version of a song from the Icelandic forerunner's Christmas album as the episode's song.
- Zany Scheme: Robbie comes up with one nearly every episode.