|~ Stitch's first encounter with Lilo Pelekai.|
|“||Meega, nala kweesta!||„|
|~ The first quote from Stitch when he was still a malefic and destructive being.|
|~ Stitch's Cowboy yell.|
|“||Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind—or forgotten.||„|
|~ The famous Pelekai 'ohana motto, which was partially spoken by Stitch.|
Stitch, also known as Experiment 626, is one of the two titular main protagonists (alongside Lilo Pelekai) of the Lilo & Stitch franchise. He was created by Jumba Jookiba. Originally created to cause chaos across the galaxy, he is marked by his short temper and mischievous behavior, traits that endear him to his friend Lilo, who adopted him as her "dog" and taught him to love and care.
In the original film, he was introduced as a vicious monster, but thanks to Lilo, he reforms to become a kind-hearted, empathetic being.
He is primarily voiced by his creator and the film's co-director and co-writer, Chris Sanders. Sanders also voiced Stitch's immediate successor Experiment 627 in Lilo & Stitch: The Series and evil twin brother Leroy from Leroy & Stitch. In the Stitch! anime and Stitch & Ai spin-off series, he is voiced by professional voice actor Ben Diskin in the English versions. In Japanese dubs, he is voiced by Kōichi Yamadera.
Throughout the course of the entire Lilo & Stitch franchise, Stitch is depicted as a character that is unlikable to many people except Lilo (on rare occasions, even she falls out with him, most notably in Lilo & Stitch 2, where she cries out at him that he is "bad and always will be bad!"), due to his destructive and temperamental behavior. It is interesting to note that people who are averse to Stitch (such as Mertle Edmonds and Dr. Hamsterviel) describe him as "ugly and deformed", while those who do love him (like Lilo, Nani, and Jumba) describe him as "cute and fluffy". This reflects the basic idea behind Stitch and also his cousins: they do not correspond to many established criteria of good physical appearance, having an extra pair of arms, misshapen heads or other odd features.
When Stitch is in his "evil" form (which is his true alien form), he is undeniably worrying as his somewhat botched physique underlines his at the time twisted behavior; in his "good" form however (the "koala" form that is trademarked and the form that the audience most often sees), Stitch's display of emotion at being rejected for his misbehavior and looks while trying to act good for Lilo are meant to make him seem more adorable to the audience. Despite his surface destructiveness, which does not go away completely even after he has become "good", Stitch is a complex character: according to his creator Jumba, Stitch as a destructive machine was not given a greater purpose in life. Since Stitch is trapped on an island in Hawaii, where there are relatively few things to destroy, he has many occasions to reflect on other occupations than evil. It is implied that Stitch destroys only because that is what he is programmed to do; but since he has a personality of his own (a fact that only Lilo and Jumba truly understand), he also has the choice, and even the will, not to do so.
Despite having superhuman strength and a high level of computer-intelligence, Stitch is emotionally fragile beneath his monsteresque exterior. Lilo believes that one reason why he originally pursued his destructiveness was for reasons similar to her own naughtiness, that it was because he was emotionally scarred (for having been made as a monster by Jumba) but received little or no understanding or sympathy from others. Stitch becomes much more well-meaning after his betterment, but is frequently unable to control all of his impulses to anti-social actions. Fortunately for him, Lilo (and later Reuben and Angel) is always there to support him and he returns her support willingly.
There is a common misconception from viewers that Lilo is dependent on Stitch for protection and support; if anything, it is Stitch who is more dependent on Lilo. Despite her having her own troubles to contend with, Lilo makes every effort to help Stitch in life and, as the story progresses, he becomes more self-conscious and capable of making the right decisions thanks to his friend. At the end of the series, Stitch has friends, family, loved ones and a purpose worth believing in. Before Stitch was rehabilitated, he was a vicious and extremely aggressive and mischievous creature.
After Stitch was rehabilitated, though his mischievous and destructive tendencies remained, he possessed a heart of gold.
He also seems to like turtles, being that there is a picture of Stitch shading two sea turtles in the credits of the original Lilo & Stitch movie and snuggling a turtle after a nightmare in Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch. As well as having a soft spot for turtles, he also seems to like frogs. He gently move frogs out of harm's way constantly and seems to talk to them as if they are his friends. These likes may be a sign that Stitch may be growing fond of Earth creatures.
Starting off bad as he was programmed by Jumba Jookiba, Stitch was originally designed to create pandemonium and chaos wherever he was. He was also designed to steal people's left shoe, but Lilo changed his ways a while after adopting him at an animal shelter.
Stitch is still prone to having temper tantrums when things don't go his way or he sees that he's been squirted by the water bottle for something that he thought was good. So he's not all good all of the time. He also gets easily angered by inanimate objects, especially the toaster. The toaster has popped toast in his face once, and since then, he has beaten up the toaster and juiced it at least twice.
The last thing about Stitch's personality is that he's got a huge appetite and gets very angry if he doesn't get what he wants to eat. Also, despite his temper tantrums, Stitch can sometimes have a little common sense and be more mature than Lilo. Such an example is when Lilo wanted to use Sprout to win an orchid competition, Stitch wasn't so sure it was wise, and he straight out told Lilo that it was her fault that Sprout had gone out of control.}}
Stitch is a blue, koala-like alien experiment with light blue patches around his eyes, and a light blue patch running from under his chin down to his stomach, two dark blue markings; one on the back of his head, and the other on his back, large rabbit-like ears with pink insides and dark blue tips on the back, a wide mouth with a pink inside, white teeth, a navy round nose, navy claws and toes, large black, tear-shaped, pupil-less eyes, a small, short, stumpy tail, stubby legs, two nose wrinkles, one chin wrinkle, three tuffs of sharp hair on top of his head and on his chest, as well as two extra, retractable arms, sharp navy retractable claws on his front and back paws, three thick, long, sharp, venomous retractable porcupine-like spines tipped with white and a very dark navy that run down his back and two long dark blue-tipped retractable bug-like antennae on his head, but his antennae and spines are a few centimeters longer than that of Reuben's and some of Jumba's other 600 series creations.
Powers and Abilities
While explaining his creation to the Galactic Council early on in Lilo & Stitch, Dr. Jumba gives the following rundown of Stitch's powers: "He is bulletproof, fireproof, shockproof, and can think faster than [a] supercomputer. He can see in the dark and can move objects 3,000 times his size. His only instinct: to destroy everything he touches!"
Both of the two East Asian animated spin-offs add additional abilities to Stitch not shown in the original Western continuity.
- The third season of the Stitch! anime shows that he also has a natural battery in his body that can supercharge his powers.
- Stitch & Ai shows that Stitch has a metamorphosis code in his DNA to assist him in carrying out his primary function. When the metamorphosis programming is activated, he transforms into a gigantic and unstoppable monstrosity with four tentacle-like blasters capable of destroying not just cities, but planets and potentially entire star systems. He is also seen sprouting quills around his neck. It is also revealed that Stitch has a retractable patagium, a parachute-like membrane found in bats, birds, and other animals that assists in gliding or flight, granting Stitch the ability to glide.
- Water: Stitch's greatest weakness is his inability to float, let alone swim in water due to his molecular structure being much denser than the average human or animal, which causes him to instantly sink like a stone is he so much as falls in. Stitch originally had an instinctive aquaphobia (which was even used against him by Spooky), but was able to overcome it thanks to Lilo's influence over him.
- Memory erase: It is also shown in "Kixx" that if Stitch consumes two different elements that form to create a particular chemical compound, all of his physical training will be wiped. It will result from eating a left shoe and macadamia nuts.
- Mucus drain: Stitch is 62.7% mucus, which is similar in composition to Snootonium, and if this is drained from his body, he will become temporarily exhausted from dehydration (evidenced when Snooty siphoned Stitch's mucus).
- Sonic blasts: Another weakness is the fact that his super-sensitive hearing can lead to temporary deafness when exposed to sonic blasts, such as Yaarp's destructive sound blast.
- Strength limit: As stated above, he cannot lift even an ounce past the 3,000 time limit.
- Trash ingestion: If Stitch consumes vast amounts of trash, he will become incredibly sick as shown in "Ploot". He first gets sick to his stomach and sneezes as his fur turns yellow, his tongue becomes orange, and his nose turns red. Another symptom is that with each sneeze, an arm grows from random areas of his body. Stitch's garbage-eating illness was theorized as a rare space disease by Jumba. Stitch was cured when he drank a barrel of orange juice and took medicine from an eyedropper, though it was only for a few seconds. When he sneezed again, he developed yellow stripes and grew legs instead. The only permanent cure is inhaling steam from a vaporizer.
- Sauerkraut: Stitch is allergic to sauerkraut.
- Vulnerability to experiment powers: Although he is immune to the powers of Angel and Checkers, he is vulnerable to the powers of certain experiments.
Stitch always and never had a family, as stated by Jumba who claims he's built to destroy. This changed since meeting Lilo after he escaped from prison and crashed on Earth in Hawaii. At first, he behaved destructively and was only using Lilo as protection from Jumba and Pleakley, but as he learned about her family's history, he started to reform. This also lead to him questioning his purpose; when he built a model city and destroyed it, Stitch realized he has nothing if he cannot wreak havoc. Upon reading the story of the Ugly Duckling, Stitch found himself in the same position, being "lost" and "sad" hoping to find a family like the Ugly Duckling. Stitch found his one true place of being a part of Lilo's family, with the approval of the Grand Council since he's owned by Lilo in the Hawaiian state, taking the motto of ʻohana after saving Lilo from Gantu, while the family is under the protection of the Galactic Armada.
Stitch shows dedication to the Pelekai family, having to learn the ways of Hawaii and their tradition as well as the meaning of ʻohana, taking the concept well meaning as Stitch would take this extension to, not only Jumba, Pleakly, and David, but also the other experiments Jumba created before him.
Dr. Jumba Jookiba
|“||Stitch: Does Stitch have to go in the ship?
Stitch: Can Stitch say goodbye?
Stitch: Thank you.
Councilwoman: Who are you?
Stitch: This is my family. I found it all on my own. It's little and broken, but still good. Yeah. Still good.
|~ Stitch to the Grand Counciwoman.|
|“||Stitch: Suprise Party was supposed to make you happy but you're still crying. I don't think I understand suprise parties are all Yuna.
Yuna: Their called tears of joy, Stitch. So then this must have been a big secret you were keeping from me. I'm sorry, I didn't understand.
Stitch: And where Ohana again? As everything good?
|~ Stitch to Yuna.|
- Stitch was originally never seen in pod form, in the movies, or the series. This is likely that Jumba never had time to put him in pod form, and while on earth, either Jumba never had the opportunity or he never needed to.
- Stitch's last name is never stated. It could be Pelekai or Jookiba. However, he simply may not have one since he was legally adopted by Lilo as a dog; pets normally do not get their owners' surnames. (This also means that "Experiment 626" is currently his "birth" name.)
- Several times in the franchise he has regurgitated food, like when he grabbed Lilo's cake from his stomach. This implies that he has no gag reflex.
- Stitch has never had to wear a spacesuit, which indicates he has an ability to withstand low pressures and have a minimal or no need of breathing.
- Stitch prefers to speak his own language because he has a limited English vernacular.
- Stitch is warm-blooded.
- According to Chris Sanders' initial designs, Stitch was originally going to have green fur and smaller eyes. His ears flared at their bases instead of close to their tips, and his nose was below the eye line instead of above. He also had white or silver claws instead of dark blue claws, and wore a yellow-orange spacesuit with burnt orange pants instead of the more uniform red-orange spacesuit that he wears in the original film's first act.
- Despite not appearing in the show itself (as the show ran for about one year before the movie came out), Stitch was featured with Lilo in some online games for the television series House of Mouse.
- In a deleted scene of the original film, Stitch was responsible for the death of Pudge the fish. This incident made him learn about the consequences of his evil actions and gain a better understanding of mortality. It was cut out because Disney figured that it would be too morbid for a protagonist to kill someone and would also set a bad example for children. Moreover, Stitch is more interested in vandalism than violence.
- Also, the original version of the scene where Jumba attacks Stitch which results in the Pelekai residence accidentally being burned down was actually going to have more violent scenes like Stitch using a chainsaw to attack Jumba, as well as Stitch setting the house on fire by biting apart a gas pipe and tricking Jumba into shooting it with his blaster. The final version of the same scene has everything violent edited out and replaced in favor of making the scene more slapstick-oriented (Jumba knocking the ceiling down with dishes instead of laser blasts, Jumba's "shuriken" being made of hairbrushes and a tube of toothpaste instead of knives and a pizza cutter, the entire chainsaw scene shortened), having more comedic scenes added in (exploding Scrump, Stitch catching Jumba's laser, Stitch yelling, "Blue Punch Buggy! No punch back!" when hitting Jumba with Nani's VW, the Elvis Presley song "Hound Dog" playing in the background), and the house being destroyed by having Stitch stop up Jumba's blaster with a carrot and then having them both play "hot potato" with it until the blaster overloads and explodes.
- A similar treatment was done to the climax, where Jumba, Pleakley, Stitch, and Nani fly through the sky to pursue Gantu after he accidentally captures Lilo as a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
- Stitch is considered to be one of the first successful prototypes for Jumba's "ultimate monster" experiment, though he is technically a failure because he wanted to belong and find a family. Other notable attempts for this prototype are 000, 262, 600, and 625, and each failed for its own reason: 000 is uncontrollable, 262 is good, 600 is clumsy, and 625 is lazy. 627 and Leroy are additional attempts Jumba made after Stitch, but both of them also failed: 627 is weak to laughter while Leroy is weak to a song. However, Leroy can also be considered a success, since Jumba deliberately programmed the weakness into him.
- Stitch appears, along with several other Lilo & Stitch characters, in a parody of the Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical, which was broadcast as part of the High School Musical: Around the World one-year anniversary special.
- In said parody, when Stitch and the other experiments are looking up at the ceiling, Stitch is colored red and 627 is colored blue due to a coloring error.
- The Stitch! anime gives Stitch more dialogue than in any other work in the franchise, making him more talkative compared to his Western and Chinese portrayals. Additionally, his English improves, he talks in more complete sentences, and he develops a considerable wit.
- This may actually imply that his command of Japanese is better than his English; since he is on an island prefecture of Japan, it is reasonable that he is speaking the local language, and thus the American-dubbed version is actually a case of "audience filter". On the other hand, since the anime takes place years after Leroy & Stitch, Stitch may have spent enough time on Hawaii before leaving to actually get a decent grasp on English. It should also be noted that English is heavily taught as a second language in Japan.
- Stitch & Ai reverts Stitch's speech back to his broken, childish English, and he mainly speaks his native language, Tantalog, again. Interestingly, despite having the same English voice actor as his anime counterpart (Ben Diskin), he speaks with a lower-pitched and somewhat less energetic voice than that used in the anime.
- Stitch has a tendency to refer to himself in the third person. He developed this habit probably because of his broken English or he had gotten it from Jumba, whom he too refers to himself in the third person.
- In Lilo & Stitch, the only two times he did this was after he was apprehended by the Grand Councilwoman, asking her if he has to go into her ship, and if he can say goodbye to Lilo and Nani.
- In Stitch Has a Glitch, he is shown to do this less often.
- In the English dub of the Stitch! anime, he does it even less often than before, but over the course of the series, he seems to have grown out of this habit: he talks in complete sentences, his English has improved, and he has more dialogue.
- Stitch's weak grasp of English throughout the franchise (especially in the original 2002–2006 continuity) does not make logical sense, considering his hypercognition, the fact that he shows no apparent signs of struggling in understanding English, the fact that the aliens in the franchise can speak fluent English (including his own creator more or less), and the fact that he spends most of his time with Lilo, who has a very complex vocabulary (especially for someone her age). The indirect explanation that he does not have "advanced language programming" like his predecessor Reuben also does not make sense considering the above, and in fact leaves a plot hole as to why Stitch doesn't have such an ability when his predecessor, who is said to have every power and ability that Stitch has, does.
- While Stitch and the other experiments are technically siblings, sharing the same creator, "cousins" is a Hawaiian term, like "ʻohana", for extended family and close friends, although Stitch only uses it in regard to the experiments.
- However, in Stitch & Ai, when he reunites with Jumba and Pleakley, he tells Ai that they're "cousins", despite never having called either them "cousins" before.
- Stitch loves reading his favorite storybook, The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen, which he obtained from Lilo at some point.
- The plot revolving around the book mirrors Stitch questioning his purpose, as it revolves around his loneliness and desire to find a family, to which he did in the end.
- Stitch also developed a fondness for ducks as he showed some ducklings the storybook, as seen in the credits of Lilo & Stitch.
- Stitch apparently has a fondness for frogs as seen in Lilo & Stitch, where Stitch saves one from being blasted by a plasma gun of Gantu's ship.
- He is also very fond of sea turtles and even sleeps with a stuffed one, as seen in Stitch Has a Glitch.
- In the end credits of Lilo & Stitch, Stitch is also seen covering a turtle and its baby with a leaf.
- Stitch likes to dress up as Elvis Presley and is very skilled at playing the ukulele.
- His favorite foods are coconut cake and coffee, which are the very first Earth-based food and drink he ever ate, as seen in the original film and also mentioned in Stitch! The Movie. However, whenever he drinks coffee, he gains a massive amount of uncontrollable energy. Ironically, in "Slugger", he drank a large bowl of cappuccino, along with Lilo's cappuccino, but didn't go crazy at all.
- Stitch also enjoys soda, as he steals a can from the Pelekais' fridge in the original film, angrily drinks the rest of the soda from a pitcher at Macki Macaw's when Pleakley doesn't pour him some after Lilo had Stitch wait for his turn in "Phantasmo, and enjoys a can after stuffing Mr. Stenchy into the Pelekais' pantry in "Mr. Stenchy" before being interrupted by Gantu.
- He has also been shown to eat anything inedible and very rarely doesn't like to eat something. An exception was in "Spooky", when he spit out a lemon, saying, "Ew, organic!", implying he might not like lemons.
- However, in "Shortstuff", Stitch, as a giant, drank some lemonade from the cart he accidentally smashed without expressing any disgust, and in "Swapper", he drank a whole bowl of lemonade (albeit modified by Jumba to cause those who drink it to temporarily change colors), again without expressing any disgust, which would contradict this supposed dislike of lemons. It could be that either Stitch doesn't like organically-grown foods (as his heightened senses might have the unintended side effect of him tasting even the tiniest amounts of manure residue), he doesn't like the taste of unsweetened lemons or lemon juice, or him spitting out the organic lemon was nothing more than a simple joke.
- In the Stitch! anime, he also loves Yuna's blue crab sushi.
- Due to a continuity error, Stitch's ear notches have a tendency to disappear or change position in some works or merchandise.
- Following after Stitch! The Movie, Stitch's toes have changed from dark blue to black.
- Additionally, following after Stitch Has a Glitch, Stitch's fur color has changed from dark blue to light blue.
- Stitch's blood is revealed to be pink when a sample was taken out of his body.
- When Stitch has a glitch, his eyes glow green.
- In the original movie, Stitch's eyes were shown green after he crashed landed on Earth. In Stitch Has a Glitch, the animation was reused in the beginning.
- Usually when Stitch rolls into a ball, he puts his feet into his mouth and covers his face with his butt. In "Dupe" and "Snafu", his ball form resembles Cannonball's ball form in Leroy & Stitch.
- Since Lilo's adoption of Stitch was a legal process under State of Hawaii law (complete with legal documentation), it can be said that his legal name is indeed "Stitch" and not "Experiment 626". Disney INFINITY seems to re-enforce this by describing him as "Dr. Jumba's former Experiment 626" on the description for Stitch in the games' Hall of Heroes.
- This may also provide additional context when he interrupts the Grand Councilwoman to clarify his name in the denouement of Lilo & Stitch, as he may also imply that it would no longer be considered proper to refer to him as "Experiment 626" in any further formal or legal matters. Since he is referred to as "Captain Stitch" when he joins the Galactic Armada in Leroy & Stitch, it could also be that the United Galactic Federation does formally acknowledge "Stitch" as his proper legal name; if they didn't, then he would have been "Captain 626" instead.
- In the prequel comics and The Origin of Stitch, it is revealed that Stitch's genes contain those of some of the most powerful creatures in the galaxy, as well as some of Jumba's for "brains and good looks". One of the genes was a puppy, explaining Stitch's resemblance to a dog (though Jumba did not know how it got in there).
- In each of the franchise's three TV series, Stitch grows into a giant at least once per show via some method.
- In the Lilo & Stitch: The Series episode "Shortstuff", Stitch uses Jumba's Protoplasmic Growth Ray to make himself bigger, but he is considerably clumsier in this larger size since he was not designed to be large. The episode's titular experiment also becomes bigger and defeats the enlarged Stitch at the carnival. Stitch would later be returned to his normal size in order to fight back and win.
- In the Stitch! anime episode "Experiment-a-palooza", Shrink zaps Stitch with an energy ray after the latter falls into a swimming pool, causing him to grow into a giant. Due to Retro reverting Stitch to his original destructive programming, Stitch goes on a rampage in this giant form until Yuna reaches out to him and reminds him of his promise. Shrink would be used again to revert Stitch to his original size.
- Stitch & Ai has the aforementioned metamorphosis program, which transforms him into a gigantic monster armed with four tentacle-like blasters. Notably, unlike with Lilo & Stitch: The Series, Stitch does not become clumsier as a giant in this series, which had some of the same crew members as the Western series.
- However, a deleted version of the opening of the original film contradicts this. In this opening, the Galactic Council shows video footage of Experiment 626—in his familiar small size—causing chaos and destruction in an alien city, including tipping over a skyscraper by lifting it from its base. The existence of this scene strongly suggests that Chris Sanders, Stitch's creator and original voice actor, never intended or at least considered giving Stitch this metamorphosis ability, thus likely making the monstrous "destruction form" in Stitch & Ai a retcon or a "revision" of the character. (Sanders did not work on either Stitch & Ai or the Stitch! anime series in any capacity; he was only credited in those shows for creating the characters who originated in Lilo & Stitch, including Stitch.)
- Stitch appeared on more covers for issues of Disney Adventures than any other character, appearing on the cover of twelve issues.
- Toothless, a Night Fury from DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon franchise, bears a strong resemblance to Stitch. Even their facial expressions are similar, especially those showing excitement, wariness, and anger. However, their personalities are somewhat different, as Stitch is far more mischievous than Toothless. This is not a coincidence; Chris Sanders was the designer for both characters and co-directed both films with Dean DeBlois. It is also possible that Toothless was inspired by him.
- Chris Sanders left Disney to join DreamWorks (Disney's rival animation company) in 2007 due to creative differences over Disney rejecting his original Bolt script and designs. Despite his departure, though, Sanders still continues to voice Stitch in video games like Kingdom Hearts II, Birth by Sleep, Disney INFINITY 2.0, and in any other appearances of Stitch.
- In Big Hero 6, Stitch is referenced twice: the first as a costume worn by Mochi in a painting, and the second as one of the pillows on Fred's bed.
Main Characters: Stitch | Lilo Pelekai | Jumba Jookiba | Pleakley | Nani Pelekai | David Kawena | Gantu | Reuben | Yuna Kamihara | Wang Ai Ling