18 Best Lilo & Stitch Quotes

Lilo & Stitch has some of the best Disney quotes about family as well as some hilarious lines too. These are some of the funniest and most heartfelt.


  • The iconic quote “Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten” reflects the heartfelt theme of family sticking together in Lilo & Stitch.
  • The humorous quote about mosquitoes being an endangered species on Earth adds a ridiculous and funny element to the story.
  • Stitch’s quote about his “little and broken” family shows his emotional growth and how Lilo and Nani have influenced him to appreciate the value of family.



Disney’s Lilo & Stitch is a movie that’s all about ohana (family) and whether it’s that of Lilo (Daveigh Chase), Stitch (Chris Sanders), Nani (Tia Carrere), Bubbles (Ving Rhames), David (Jason Scott Lee), or even more villainous characters like Dr. Jumba Jookiba (David Ogden Stiers), and many of the most memorable Lilo & Stitch quotes reflect just that. The dialogue is always giving some interesting insights into the idea of family. The best quotes from Lilo & Stitch are impactful for all members of the family, young or old, and each of them deserves to be noted and remembered.

Though there would be many great Lilo quotes and Stitch quotes in the three TV series and three direct-to-video sequels that sprang out of the original movie, the classic Lilo & Stitch quotes from the first film are counted among the all-time great animated Disney movie quotes. The story’s status as one of Disney’s most beloved has been proven by the development of a live-action adaptation of Lilo & Stitch, making it the most recent of Disney’s hand-drawn animated films that have been slated to receive the treatment yet. Though the movie focuses on family and has a lot of emotional quotes, there are just as many funny Lilo and Stitch quotes, giving so many memorable lines for fans to remember.

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“Ohana Means Family. Family Means Nobody Gets Left Behind Or Forgotten.”

Various Lilo & Stitch Characters

Stitch reading the ugly duckling to ducklings in Lilo and Stitch (2002)

When it comes to Lilo & Stitch, there’s no doubt that this is the most iconic quote, with this actually being one of the most memorable lines of any Disney movie. This Lilo & Stitch quote is a very heartfelt one, as it’s all about not leaving others behind and the true importance of family sticking together. It’s something that connects with a lot of people and the emotional delivery given by any of the numerous characters throughout the movie that say this line helps to make it the film’s most heartfelt. The movie is all about family, and Stitch learning about the idea of family partly through Lilo using this quote makes it more emotional.

“Earth Is A Protected Wildlife Reserve. We’ve Been Using It To Rebuild The Mosquito Population, Which, Need I Remind You, Is An Endangered Species.”

Agent Pleakley

Pleakley wearing a wig and admiring himself in Lilo and Stitch

This particular Lilo and Stitch quote will likely go over the heads of kids seeing the movie for the first time, but adults will certainly find it funny. On Earth, no one would be thinking of mosquitos as an endangered species. Off the planet, however, it’s entirely possible that mosquitos could be considered the important species on Earth.

In fact, the idea of human beings only being protected because they’re a food source for mosquitos is present throughout Lilo & Stich when Jumba and Pleakley come to Earth. It’s exactly the kind of story point that gives a plausible reason for aliens to not harm human beings, but it’s also kind of ridiculous, the perfect fit for the movie. That’s especially true since the running joke pays off at the end when it’s revealed exactly why the aliens believe that mosquitos are so important.

“This Is My Family. I Found It, All On My Own. It’s Little And Broken, But Still Good. Yeah. Still Good.”


Nani and Lilo looking at Stitch as he talks at the end of Lilo and Stitch (2002)

While Disney’s classic Ohana line is the one most fans know from this movie, this quote from Stitch himself carries as much emotional weight. Because he’s an alien who primarily causes nothing but destruction, hearing Stitch talk in this way really shows the influence that Lilo and Nani have had on him. Stitch learns to appreciate the value of family more than any character within the movie, and when he accepts their flaws as well as his own, letting their love into his heart, it’s a tear-jerking moment.

“She Thinks It’s Fancy?”

David Kawena

David in Lilo and Stitch, smiling.

The heart of Lilo and Stitch’s story is one of family, but in the background, there is also the burgeoning relationship between Nani and David. While David makes his interest in Nani clear, he also takes a step back to give her space to bond with her sister. He knows that she’s had to take on a lot of responsibility in raising her sister after the death of her parents, so he doesn’t push.

Lilo, of course, provides a quote exemplifying her relationship with Nani: she tells David that her sister likes his butt and his “fancy hair” because she read it in Nani’s diary. David doesn’t even pause at the revelation. He, instead, is stuck on the fact that Nani thinks his hair is fancy. It’s a small moment that demonstrates how sweet the growing relationship is between the two.

“Our Family’s Little Now, And We Don’t Have Many Toys.”

Lilo Pelekai

Stitch looking sad in the forest in Lilo and Stitch (2002)

“Our family’s little now, and we don’t have many toys… But if you want, you could be a part of it. You could be our baby, and we’d raise you to be good.”

Lilo has to accept a lot of hard truths throughout the movie about the position that her family is in now, and she knows that it’s small and isn’t perfect. However, when she explains the situation to Stitch, it’s a heartbreakingly sincere and innocent appeal. She opens up about the fact that they don’t have much, which is because Nani is working hard just to keep them in their home. However, she still welcomes Stitch and invites him to be in the family, which is overwhelmingly sweet.

“Can Stitch Say Goodbye?”


Lilo and Nani hugging Stitch at the end of Lilo & Stitch

While Stitch does cause Nani and Lilo a lot of problems throughout the movie, by the end, he proves himself to be the ultimate pet and someone that both the sisters love dearly. They want to keep him, and he wants to stay, but the Grand Councilwoman (Zoe Caldwell) plans to take him away.

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It seems like the two lead characters are set to be ripped apart, which is incredibly emotional in itself. However, when Stitch asks about saying goodbye, the Lilo and Stitch quote demonstrates that the glimmer of something that the Grand Councilwoman had been searching for at the beginning of the movie before sentencing Stitch to exile was there after all. The fact that he’s well-behaved, respectful, and considerate begins to convince her that Stitch has a genuine friendship with Lilo and that he can stay on Earth and be happy.

“The Manager’s A Vampire. He Wanted Me To Join The Legion Of The Undead.”

Nani Pelekai

Nani talks to Lilo while walking up the steps to their house in Lilo and Stitch

Much is made of how unique Lilo is. She has a hard time making friends, has unique ideas about who controls the weather, and has a preference for the animals that no one else wants. Lilo and Nani, however, are not all that different despite how much Nani tries to temper Lilo’s outbursts. This is one of the Lilo and Stitch quotes that perfectly demonstrates that.

Lilo feels guilty because she sees that she and Stitch are the reason Nani gets fired from her job as a waitress. Nani denies that Lilo and her new “dog” are the reason, instead, claiming that her manager is a vampire. Lilo gleefully replies, “I knew it,” after Nani’s explanation, which likely indicates that this is the result of a conversation they had in the past. It shows that Nani listens to all of Lilo’s ideas and that she knows when to humor her sister when Lilo is feeling particularly low.

“Don’t Run. Don’t Make Me Shoot You. You Were Expensive.”

Dr. Jumba Jookiba

Jamba holding a swiss army knife of hygeine items in Lilo and Stitch (2002)

Another of Jumba’s perfectly delivered lines of villainous comedy is one that he gives to Stitch after he gets the drop on him. Considering that it’s just been a very sad time for Stitch, the audience is hoping for a little sympathy from Stitch’s creator, but Jumba makes sure to emphasize that all he cares about is how much money he’s invested in Stitch, a classic bad dad trait. Still, voice actor David Ogden Stiers as Jumba delivers the line with such impeccable comedic timing, without even stressing it for laughs, that it’s hard not to laugh, showing just how effortlessly the movie slips between emotional moments and comedic ones.

“And You Like Me Better As A Sister Than A Rabbit, Right?”

Lilo Pelekai

Lilo and Nani hugging on the bed in Lilo and Stitch (2002)

The relationship between Lilo and Nani is the most emotional part of Lilo & Stitch. It’s a unique bond that makes Lilo and Nani one of the best sister duos in movies, with Nani doing her best by Lilo, while also dealing with the fact their parents are gone. This leads to them having a lot of fights, as Lilo doesn’t make things any easier. During one hilarious argument, Nani yells that she might get a rabbit instead of Lilo as it would be quieter and better behaved. However, when things calm down, Lilo asks this cute and heartfelt question, just reassuring herself about how much Nani truly cares.

“Created Something? Ha! But That Would Be Irresponsible And Unethical. I Would Never, Ever, Make More Than One.”

Dr. Jumba Jookiba

Jamba with Stitch in court at the beginning of Lilo and Stitch (2002)

Stitch’s creator, the delightfully diabolical Dr. Jumba Jookiba, has some of the best quotes in Lilo & Stitch, not to mention some of the funniest. When he’s introduced in the movie, he’s been captured and put on trial for his illegal Stitch-like monster experiments but he denies any wrongdoing. As he tries to talk his way out of the situation by saying that he would never actually create something, Stitch is brought in and revealed with perfect comedic timing, leaving Jumba finishing his sentence with a hilarious addition that he wouldn’t make more than one.

Jumba, despite being the villain for much of the movie, is hilarious because of moments like this. It’s what helps endear him to the audience instead of the audience simply rooting for him to fail.

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“His Destructive Programming Is Taking Effect. He Will Be Irresistibly Drawn To Large Cities Where He Will Back Up Sewers, Reverse Street Signs, And Steal Everyone’s Left Shoe.”

Dr. Jumba Jookiba

An often overlooked family dynamic from Lilo & Stitch–that is just as interesting as the others–is the one between Stitch and his creator, Jumba. Just about everyone other than Lilo is immediately terrified of Stitch throughout the movie and Jumba mistreats him too, but Jumba is also the only person who truly understands the extent of Stitch’s villainous impulses.

Jumba is a weird and maniacal guy himself, and he clearly put a lot of his own characteristics into Stitch. So, when he knows Stitch’s programming so well that he knows that Stitch will steal everyone’s left shoe, it demonstrates the quirky bond that the two have. It’s also another brilliantly well-delivered Lilo & Stitch line too, building up Stitch as a monster but reminding the audience that he’s oddly funny too.

“I Prefer To Be Called ‘Evil Genius’!”

Dr. Jumba Jookiba

Jumba in prison in Lilo and Stitch (2002)

Another aspect of Jumba that’s often overlooked is that he is, in many ways, technically a villain in a lot of the story yet doesn’t meet any of the typical villain fates seen in Disney movies. He’s redeemed by the end similarly to Stitch and sticks around to become a part of Lilo’s new family, being a mainstay character in the sequel movies and the series.

It’s a big turnaround from his introduction in the movie’s big sci-fi opening, where he’s sent down to prison as he screams that he actually enjoys being called an evil genius. Of course, this Lilo and Stitch quote is a direct response to him being called an “idiot scientist,” so it’s clear that he doesn’t appreciate the insult. However, Jumba is always amusing as an antagonistic force, his design is too cuddly for him to be scary, and he’s one of the more likable Lilo & Stitch characters, even in his most dastardly moments.

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“Hello? Cobra Bubbles? Aliens Are Attacking My House.”

Lilo Pelekai

Lilo talking into the phone in Lilo and Stitch (2002)

One of the best characters in Lilo & Stitch is the tough-but-fair social worker Cobra Bubbles. When he and Lilo first meet, he gives her a card and tells her to call him the next time she’s left at home without supervision. So Lilo, following his advice, calls Cobra Bubbles when Nani leaves to secure a job and Jumba attacks her house to get Stitch.

Thanks to Bubbles’ odd name, this sentence is just funny by itself, but it’s Lilo’s characteristic matter-of-fact tone that sells it as one of Lilo & Stitch‘s best quotes, with Lilo joyously giving the also-brilliant follow-up line “Oh good, my dog found the chainsaw.” In any other movie, it would be dismissed as a kid telling tall tales, but here, Cobra Bubbles immediately believes Lilo and moves to help her, which is part of what makes his character so great.

“If I Give Pudge Tuna, I’d Be An Abomination!”

Lilo Pelekai

Pudge the fish with a sandwich in Lilo and Stitch (2002)

This Lilo & Stitch quote is both hilarious and impassioned at the same time, which really sums up Lilo’s personality. It comes after she explains that she was late to her dance practice because she was giving a fish named Pudge a peanut butter sandwich as she believes that he controls the weather.

With no peanut butter in the house, Nani had initially suggested giving him a tuna sandwich, the idea of which makes Lilo yell out this memorable quote. Lilo speaks in a really mature manner here, dropping in the word abomination, which is very unexpected. But even though this quote showcases the comedic tone of this movie, it also shows what a kind and caring character Lilo is at the same time.

“I Know That’s Why You Wreck Things And Push Me.”

Lilo Pelekai

Stitch looking sad on the bed with Lilo looking sad behind him in Lilo and Stitch (2002)

When Lilo explains the death of her parents to Stitch, she shows incredible maturity which really helps to make her come off as a well-rounded character. She turns the subject over to Stitch and asks if he lost his parents, revealing she hears him crying at night, which she thinks is why he’s so angry.

It’s a really heartfelt and clever moment for several reasons. It shows that people act out in this manner when things are going wrong, and while Lilo projects this onto Stitch, it is also her own way of admitting that’s why she behaves so erratically and disrespectfully toward Nani at times. Lilo understands Stitch because she thinks they are alike. It’s the same way that Nani tries to help Lilo, alternately empathizing with her acting out and getting frustrated with her.

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“We’re Sisters. It’s Our Job.”

Lilo Pelekai

Lilo and Nani on the bed together in Lilo and Stitch (2002)

Part of what makes Lilo and Nani arguably Disney’s best sisters is that they grow together. During one emotional scene in Lilo & Stitch, the two of them have a real heart-to-heart in order to repair things. They discuss whether they fit the definition of a broken family, and Nani says sorry for shouting at her. However, Lilo cheers her up by making it clear that it’s their job to fallout, as they’re sisters and it’s what they should do. Their relationship dynamic is unique, but it isn’t clear-cut and Nani clearly needs Lilo in her life as much as Lilo needs her. Nani, after all, was Lilo’s big sister long before she was Lilo’s guardian.

“It’s Me Again. I Need Someone To Be My Friend. Someone Who Won’t Run Away.”

Lilo Pelekai

Nani listening to Lilo pray in Lilo and Stitch (2002)

Prior to getting Stitch, Lilo has really hit a low point which leads to her literally praying for a friend. When she sees what she thinks is a shooting star, she forces her big sister out of her room so that she can make a wish. It’s then that she decides to wish for a friend.

It’s an emotional scene that showcases how lonely she is, especially since Nani is now acting more as her parent, rather than her sister. It’s a heart-wrenching scene, and it adds real emotional stakes to the entire relationship between Lilo and Stitch because she is simply desperate for a friend to help her grieve and get over this tough spot in her life. She might call the other girls in her dance class her friends, but it’s clear that they don’t think of her as their friend, and Lilo knows that they aren’t really interested in spending time with her.

“I’ll Remember You Though. I Remember Everyone That Leaves.”

Lilo Pelekai

Stitch climbing out of the window in Lilo and Stitch (2002)

It’s impossible not to feel emotional when Lilo delivers this line to Stitch, especially considering she is looking at a picture of her parents as she delivers it. It’s one of the saddest Lilo and Stitch quotes. When Stitch is considering leaving, Lilo speaks openly with him, clearly upset about him possibly going, yet also accepting that it could happen.

The quote really hits home just how much she has lost in her early youth, with her having lost both of her parents. She desperately doesn’t want to lose anyone else, and the audience begins to feel that desperation too, as well as the conflict that’s brewing inside Stitch, making him a more fleshed-out character too. Emotional quotes in Lilo and Stitch like this one are part of what make the movie resonate so well with audience members young and old.

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