Robbie Rotten

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Robbie Rotten
LazyTown character
Robbie Rotten LazyTown.png
First appearanceGlanni Glæpur í Latabæ (1999)
Last appearanceMystery of the Pyramid (2014)
Created byMagnús Scheving
Portrayed byStefán Karl Stefánsson
In-universe information
Full nameRobbie Rotten
  • Glanni Glæpur (Icelandic debut name)
  • Rikki Ríki (stage play)
  • Rob U. Blind
  • Lazycus
  • Sherlock Foams
  • Sportacus
  • The Birthday Fairy
  • Scottie the Scoutmaster
  • Dr. Rottenstein
  • Rottenbeard
  • Sir Rottenham
  • The Rotten Kid
  • Miss Roberta
  • Mayor Fordmill Meansbad
  • Santa Claus
  • Zobby the Alien
  • Johnny B. Badd
  • Mayor Milford Meanswell
  • Roberto the Ringmaster
  • H. R. Rottenein
  • Rob R. Robley
  • The Purple Legend
  • Chef Robert (French pronunciation: ​[ʃɛf ʁɔbɛʁ])
  • Bob Wired
  • Sully Swingahip
  • The Purple Knight
  • Pablo Fantastico
  • Sergio Rottaldo
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • James McGrup
  • Biff Rottenstern
  • Bobby Bird
  • The Rotty Boy

Robbie Rotten (Icelandic: Glanni Glæpur, lit.'reckless crime') is a fictional character and the main antagonist of the Icelandic children's program LazyTown. He is the nemesis of the series' main protagonists, Sportacus and Stephanie, who promote exercise, healthy eating and an active and healthy lifestyle. As for Robbie, his favorite pastimes include eating junk food and watching TV. Robbie has fair skin, green-grey eyes, and black hair. He usually wears a two-piece suit of maroon and purple with gold pinstripes, formal shoes, a navy blue shirt with cuffs and cuff links. He is the tallest character.

Being extremely lazy, Robbie naturally opposes their attempts to spread a healthy influence to the people of LazyTown and employs various schemes to discredit healthy living and run "Sportaflop" (his pejorative name for Sportacus) out of Lazytown every episode, although his plans are always foiled in the end. He was based on his incarnation from the original musical, being played by the late Stefán Karl Stefánsson, as on the Nickelodeon TV show.


In the second Icelandic stage play, the character was called Glanni Glæpur and, when he arrived at the town, he wore a completely black outfit; but, when he was disguised as Rikki Ríki (a very wealthy man), he wore a purple coat, purple pants and shoes that are similar to those that Robbie wears in the television series—although at that point he did not yet have his hair covered in gel. In the television series, Robbie Rotten wears a navy-blue suit, a purple and red vest, and white shoes with black soles.

Robbie Rotten's song, "You Are a Pirate," was Stefán Karl's favorite song on the show to perform. Since 2007, the lyric "Do what you want 'cause a pirate is free, you are a pirate" became an oft-quoted meme in YouTube Poop and hacker culture, most often in reference to online piracy via LimeWire.

Around 2016, Robbie Rotten rose to internet fame through the song "We Are Number One". The Reddit forum r/dankmemes voted Robbie Rotten "Meme of the Year" in 2016.

On August 21, 2018, his actor Stefán Karl Stefánsson died of bile duct cancer at the age of 43.