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'I'm not very good with anything that involves work.'
— Mr. Lazy, Paint, The Mr. Men Show
Mr. Lazy

Mr Lazy 1A.jpg

Book No.
17 (UK and US)
28 (France)
Release Date
January 19, 1976
Preceded by
Mr. Noisy (UK and US)
Mr. Snooty (France)
Followed by
Mr. Funny (UK and US)
Mr. Grumpy (France)

Mr. Lazy is the seventeenth book in the Mr. Men series by Roger Hargreaves.

About him

  • Colour: Light pink (book), light green (2008 show)
  • Shape: Bean (Book), human shape (2008 show)
  • Hair: None
  • Personality: Lazy, Sleepy, Idle, Slothful, Slow, Comatose, Unconscious, Procrastinating, Delayed, Postponed, Slacking, Lax, Impassive, Dopey
  • Family: unknown
  • Friends: Little Miss Helpful
  • Height: Average (Book), About 6 and a half feet tall (2008 show)
  • Weight: Average
  • Rivals: Mr. Busy And Mr. Bustle, Little Miss Bossy
  • Occupation: Varies
  • Species: Shaped human
  • Likes: Doing gadgets, sleeping a lot, cupcakes
  • Dislikes: Work
  • Job: Being lazy and sleeping a lot
  • Features: Blue bowler (book), pink newsboy style cap, socks, nose and flip-flops (The Mr. Men Show)
  • Nationality: South East English (UK), American (US)
  • Voice Actors: Arthur Lowe (1975-1978), John Alderton (1983), Arnold Stang (Mr. Men and Little Miss), Neil Crone (US dub), Phil Lollar (The Mr. Men Show), Tim Whitnall (UK dub)
  • Position in Mr. Grumpy's band: Drums, Piano, Bass, Saxophone
  • Catchphrase - whoa


Mr. Lazy front cover by Egmont World Publishing

Mr. Lazy is always lazy/sleepy, and he lives in Sleepyland, where there are only four hours a day, as opposed to 24, and it takes two regular hours for water to boil and three regular hours for bread to toast. One day, Mr. Lazy sits down for a nap, and is awoken by Mr. Busy and Mr. Bustle. They overwork him, until Mr. Bustle blows a whistle, requiring Mr. Lazy to run as fast as he can. Mr. Lazy runs, but his legs don't get him anywhere because he is sitting on a chair in the garden. He wakes up to realise it was all a dream, and the whistle was the kettle boiling in the kitchen. He sits down to have breakfast, and the dream really happens.

The Mr. Men Show

Mr. Lazy from the Mr. Men Show

In the 2008 TV series The Mr. Men Show, he is more "lazy" rather than "sleepy" as he was in the books and hates work. His color is changed from pink to green, his shape becomes much more humanoid, and his hat changes into a pink newsboy-style cap that covers his eyes (which are briefly shown in Pirates). He also wears socks and flip flops. He lives in a camper-style trailer, with the garbage cans and mailbox overfilled with trash and mail, respectively. In the US and UK Versions, he is voiced by Phil Lollar and Tim Whitnall respectively.

In Physical, Mr. Lazy got his radio to where Mr. Tickle and Little Miss Chatterbox were exercising and turned it on. It was fun for Mr. Tickle and Little Miss Chatterbox until Mr. Lazy unknowingly made it faster and broke it down. He then goes away leaving behind an exhausted Mr. Tickle and Little Miss Chatterbox. He later tries for an Olympic-like sport but does not do anything thus getting disqualified.


Mr Lazy's eyes

Book trivia

  • In the 1976 TV episode, Mr. Lazy is orange rather than pink (compared with the book).
  • Early publications depicted Mr. Lazy at the bottom left hand corner of the book. In the mid 1990s, he was moved to the centre of the book.
  • According to the Mr. Men website, Mr. Lazy sets 10 alarm clocks every morning yet still doesn't wake up!

The Mr. Men Show trivia

  • First Appearance: Physical
  • Mr. Lazy and Mr. Stubborn are the only characters in The Mr. Men Show to be shown with visible ears; in Mr. Lazy's case, they were visible in Boats.
  • Mr. Lazy and Mr. Noisy are the only characters in The Mr. Men Show to have detailed mouths as shown in scene transitions.
  • He is the only character in the series to have a neck.
  • In Sneezes and Hiccups, he was in the building, but when the lights blew, he couldn't be seen. The rest were highlighted by their eyes, but because his eyes are covered, you can't see him, and after Mr. Stubborn knocked the building, Mr. Lazy was gone.
  • "Pirates" is the only episode where Mr. Lazy's eyes are visible.
  • The developers of The Mr. Men Show stated that Mr. Lazy's original design looked like a body organ and thus changed his design.
  • Mr. Lazy appeared much less in the second season, with only eight speaking roles and less than twenty lines total.
  • Mr. Lazy has more frames of animation than most of the other characters, probably beacuse he moves much more slowly.


International publications & translations

Mr. Lazy appears under the titles

  • Monsieur Endormi (French)
  • Don Vago (Spanish)
  • Unser Herr Faulpelz (German)
  • Meneer Luilak (Dutch)
  • 懶惰先生 (Taiwan)
  • 게을러씨(Korean)
  • Ο Κύριος Τεμπέλης (Greek)
  • Faetter Slov (Danish)
  • Hr. Doven (Second Danish Release)
  • Herr Lat (Norwegian)
  • Herra Latur (Icelandic)
  • Mr. Leisciúil (Irish)
  • Mister Divano (Italian)
  • Pan Leniuszek (Polish)
  • Senhor Preguiçoso (Portuguese)
  • なまけものくん (Japanese)
  • Мистер Леньтяй (Russian)
  • מר נמנום (Hebrew)
  • คุณเกียจคร้าน (Thai)
  • Gospodin Lenjivac (Господин Лењивац) (Serbian)

List of characters

This is a list of Mr. Men, Little Miss and other special characters that appear in this book.

  • Mr. Busy (human, not the blue Mr. Men character later on)
  • Mr. Bustle

Title character other appearances

Mr. Lazy also appears in:


  • "That sounds like a lot of choosing" (Lunch)
  • "McMillan wanted to walk to the reptile show, but it's hard keeping up with a tortoise" (Reptiles)
  • "Sluggy a man of my talents shouldn't have to wash a single dish" (Chores)
  • "Well, I'm not good at anything that involves work" (Paint)
  • "Whoa."


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The Mr. Men Show Characters
Season 1 Characters

Little Miss SunshineLittle Miss NaughtyLittle Miss ScaryMr. LazyMr. NervousMr. MessyMr. QuietMr. StubbornLittle Miss HelpfulMr. BounceMr. SmallLittle Miss Chatterbox • Mr. Per(s)nickety (Mr. Fussy in Season 2) • Mr. GrumpyMr. NoseyMr. ScatterbrainMr. HappyMr. BumpMr. RudeLittle Miss WhoopsMr. NoisyLittle Miss Calamity (Season 1 Only) • Little Miss DaredevilMr. StrongMr. Tickle

Season 2 Characters
Little Miss GigglesLittle Miss MagicMr. TallLittle Miss BossyLittle Miss CuriousMr. FunnyMr. Metal (Robots only)