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Laney Penn
Laney Penn
Vital statistics
Full Name Laney Penn
Aliases Lanes, Dude, Bro, Man, Guy, Fella, Livewire
Age 13
Gender Female
Hair Color Red
Race Caucasian
Eye Color Green (mostly shown black)
Friends Corey Riffin, Kin Kujira, Kon Kujira, Kate Persky (mixed), Allie Day (mixed), Mayor Mellow (mixed), Barney
Enemies Trina Riffin, Mina Beff, Carrie Beff, Kim Kagami, Konnie Kagami, Lenny Nepp, Mayor Mellow (mixed), Candy Jams, The Orb Experience and Guy Broman
Love Interest Corey Riffin
Relatives Janie Penn (great aunt)
Faction Grojband
Location Peaceville
First Appearance Grojband Pilot
Latest Appearance Hear Us Rock Part 2
Voice Actor Bryn McAuley

Laney Penn is a character on the animated show Grojband. Short in stature, tall in ambition; Laney is the rock of this rock and roll band. This red-haired firecracker is the band's bassist, a singer and the self-proclaimed band manager. Which, in this band, means trying to make Corey’s latest idea come together as planned. She is voiced by Bryn McAuley.  

Biography

Laney and her guitar

Short in stature, tall in ambition, Laney is the rock of this rock and roll band. This red-haired firecracker is the band's bassist and self-proclaimed band manager. She tends to be the brains behind all of their work and holds all of Grojband together. Laney's biggest secret is her crush on Corey Riffin.[1] She sees him as a true star in the making and for whatever reasons thinks he'd never be into her. Sadly for her, Corey is usually calling her names like "Man" and "Dude" which makes her feel like Corey won't ever love her back. Her thick shield of sarcasm makes her feelings toward Corey painfully obvious to everyone but Corey. Laney takes a bum wrap for being the only girl in an otherwise all boy rockband. Even though she can hang with the best of them, she has secret dreams of being treated like a lady. She openly mocks frilly girly-girl things, but her bedroom is a rainbowed shrine to unicorns, teen magazines and boy bands. This is another secret that she keeps hidden from everyone else, but it gets exposed occasionally, for instance in the episode A Knight to Remember she was mezmorised by all of the girly unicorns and ponies. She wishes that she could be treated more like someone who would want girly, frilly things, but unfortunately for her, she is constantly getting mistaken for being a guy by everybody, including even her own bandmates who should know better. Laney seems to be a real master of sarcasm and smart remarks, which she uses frequently around her friends.

Appearance

Character Sheet of Laney

Laney is a short, slim girl with a wide, oval shaped head and bobbed red hair that she has going down just below her chin. She wears a yellow hair clip and black eye-shadow that she has lightly painted on her eyelids and eyebrows. Laney also wears a green t-shirt that has short yellow sleeves and black horizontal stripes going along it. She wears red leggings to match the color of her hair and a pair of folded black leather boots[2] to match the colors of her eye-shadow and t-shirt stripes.

Personality

Laney is a cute, fiery redhead who has a strong, but sweet kind of personality. When she gets angry, she becomes rather hot-headed and a force to be reckoned with. Laney seems to be the only member of Grojband who has any common sense. She is always telling Corey that his ideas are bad and that he should listen to her before he goes and does them. However, Corey always ignores this and does it anyway. Laney always gets mad at Corey for it but she can't stay mad at him because of how much she loves him. Although Laney is the most intelligent and sane member of the band, she will be seen doing dumb things along with the rest of the band on many occasions. Overall, Laney truly does care for Grojband even though she doesn't express it all of the time. This is shown in It's in the Card, when Mayor Mellow orders Grojband to break up. Laney says that she can finally have a life of common sense and careful planning, but doesn't know what to plan for, so she returns to Corey's garage and an audio card recorded by her is discovered by the rest of Grojband and they all cry and reunite as a band. The card also reveals Laney sometimes 'mothers' the band a little.

Laney seems to have a mixed personality when it comes to femininity and masculinity or anything related to her gender for that matter. At some times, Laney is a tomboy who enjoys roughhousing with the boys and letting her wild side out and she doesn't take too kindly to gender stereotypes as seen in episodes such as Girl Fest. At other times, she is a full blown girly girl who enjoys anything and everything frilly and girly as seen in episodes such as A Knight to Remember. It seems as though she is more open about her masculine side and very secretive about her feminine side. Her room is all pink and covered in all things girly from streamers, to stuffed animals, to tea sets, to basically anything that's entirely pink. She sometimes goes into her room to daydream about being treated like a princess. She seems to be very embarrassed about this as she never lets anyone into her room to know about this. This was briefly acknowledged in Grin Reaper where there was a picture of herself dressed as a unicorn, running around. Trina was seen at her window, taking a picture of her, and Laney was very embarrassed and was shielding herself from the photo. A drawback to her tomboyish side would be that everyone in her band calls her names such as "dude," "bro," "man," "fella," etc. This really annoys her and is possibly one of the reasons for her dreams of getting treated like a real princess. It is unknown if other people know that she's really a girl, but it is known for sure that the members of her band and Mayor Mellow are aware of this. The members of the band only address her by these names because she is a member of the band and a part of their group of best friends so they consider her to be "one of the guys." She also has a fondness for animals, especially dogs (except yappy ones), as shown in A Knight to Remember where she falls in love with a shaggy dog, or The Snuffles with Snarffles where she adores Snarffles. However, in the episode Dreamreaver Part 2, Laney expressed hatred for yappy dogs when Dog Mina came chasing after her and she kicked her out into the distance quoting "I hate yappy dogs." She even loves Biteface the monster rat when it bites her face.

Relationships

Corey Riffin

For more information about this section, visit: Corey and Laney
Laney gets a bear hug

Corey and Laney are best friends. In their relationship, Laney is usually questioning Corey and his crazy plans to get lyrics for a new song. She is always trying to warn him about all the things that could go wrong. However Corey never listens to her, and Laney is always getting dragged into doing these things with him. In the end, his plans somehow, actually end up working and Laney is always very proud of Corey for doing this. Laney also has a big crush on Corey that nobody knows about, especially him.[3] She seems to get love-struck when she and Corey make physical contact. Laney is too nervous to tell Corey her secret feelings for him so that they won't be able to start an actual relationship with each other. Laney is always showing signs of her love for him and dropping little hints to tell him that she loves him, but Corey generally remains oblivious to this. All of this seems to change in Curse of the Metrognome, where the two end up accidentally kissing each other and they both appear to really enjoy it.

Kon Kujira

For more information about this section, visit: Laney and Kon
Kon and Laney

Out of all the members of Grojband, Kon appears to be the one who Laney finds most difficult to tolerate. She is constantly annoyed by his lack of intelligence, disgusting habits, and weird antics he gets into with his brother. But overall the two are still friends. Laney seems to have total control over Kon because she is stronger than him despite being a girl. Kon is scared of Laney because she always hurts him, but this is only because Kon is mistaking her for a guy all the time and this is how she lets off anger for it. Sometimes, Laney doesn't even need to attack him to make him scream in fear. She is so scary that all she needs to do is look at him which she sometimes does using a cold stare.

Kin Kujira

For more information about this section, visit: Kin and Laney
Lanes ol' look ol' Kin

Overall Laney and Kin appear to be friends, but Kin's immature quirky habits often annoy her. Similar to Laney's relationship to Kon, Kin is scared by the way she was treating him and Kon when they made her angry because they didn't know she's a girl so instead they treated her like one of the guys. Laney is usually questioning Kin and his inventions for being so crazy and ridiculous, but when they do succeed she is just as easily impressed by them. However, she's better friends with him than Kon, as they've been shown singing together happily. Kin and Laney are both smart in different ways.[4] In Indie Road Rager it's revealed Laney funds Kin's projects by paying him two dollars a day.

Trina Riffin

For more information about this section, visit: Laney and Trina
Laney lifts up Trina

Laney hates Trina, because she is constantly trying to destroy Grojband. She also hates how Trina mistakes her for a boy. Out of all the members of Grojband (other than Corey on rare occasions) Laney holds the most antagonism towards her, and is the only one who isn't afraid of her.

The Newmans

For more information about this section, visit: Grojband and The Newmans
Laney and Lenny talking

Laney hates the Newmans along with Corey, Kin, and Kon. However she shows the biggest rivalry with her gender-opposite doppelganger, Lenny Nepp. The episode the best exposed Laney's loathing for Lenny was the episode "Rock the House," where Laney was shown to strongly hate Lenny with a burning passion, as she attacked him in the curling competition with flames in her eyes and she mercilessly rammed into his curling Rock. Lenny was so scared of her, that he jumped off of his rock before she could even came close to hitting it. In the episode "Kon-Fusion," Laney and Lenny became friends for a while. Their friendship quickly became very deep and trusting and it got to the point where they both admitted their crushes on Corey and Carrie to each other and they had a conversation about them. They got along really well but then most likely became rivals again at the end of the episode.

Kate and Allie

For more information about this section, visit: Kate, Allie, and Laney
Laney becomes a fire giant

Laney's relationship with the groupies doesn't seem to be as strong and friendly as their relationship with the rest of the band. Laney is the band member who the groupies obsess over the least and they probably couldn't care less about her[5] as seen in the episode Hologroj. Kate and Allie built a shrine to Grojband after their presumed death, and there were pictures of every member of the band except for Laney. Laney also seems to express a small but burning dislike for the groupies as seen in Dance of the Dead when Allie complimented Laney on her "costume", which was just her normal clothing. In response, Laney started to rage, turning into a fire monster and blasting them into an army of zombies. Despite this, Kate and Allie still express fandom for Laney in some episodes though, and Laney still expresses worry for their wellbeing. In Group Hug, the two kidnapped Laney and held her hostage in their replice of the garage, along with the rest of the band. Additonally, Allie directly complimented Laney on her clothing in Dance of the Dead. Laney also worries for Kate and Allie in Saxsquatch, when she asked if the groupies were sure they wanted to carry all of the heavy climbing gear up the mountain for them, to which the groupies replied that they wanted to help the band in anyway possible.

Quotes

To see a list of quotes made by Laney Penn, come here.

Episodes Focusing on Laney

Trivia

  • It is a running gag in the show for people to address Laney as though she were a boy. For instance: Corey will constantly address her as "dude," "man," or "bro." Some characters in the show know that Laney is really a girl, but some characters legitimately believe that she is a boy.[6][7][8][9]
  • Laney was originally going to be the drummer of Grojband.[10]
  • Her name is a Beatles reference, because if you switch around the letters of her first and last name it spells out "Penny Lane."[11]
  • Laney's personality is based off of that of Watt's from the movie "Some Kind of Wonderful."[12]
  • In the episode Curse of the Metrognome, Laney and Corey kissed and Corey seemed to have enjoyed it. This indicated that Corey has a crush on Laney and he's really good at hiding it.
  • Laney is shown to be multi-talented on instruments.
  • Laney has very short hair that only goes down to just below her chin. However, she has been seen wearing her hair in hairstyles that would only be possible if she had longer hair.
    • In the episode Helmet, Laney was seen wearing her hair in braids that went down to her shoulders.
    • In the episode Queen Bee, she was seen wearing a bunch of her hair in buns on the sides of her head with curls hanging from them.
    • In the episode Line of Credit, Laney was wearing her hair in a tall, spiky mohawk.
    • In the episode All You Need is Cake, Laney's hair got wet, and it looked longer than usual.
  • In Cloudy With A Chance Of Malt Balls, her hair got turned into a maple leaf shape.
    • It is possible that Laney uses gel to style her hair to look shorter in her initial appearance. This would support why her hair looked longer when it was wet in "All You Need is Cake".
  • Whenever Grojband dresses up, Laney typically changes her outfit the least, keeping her main attire and only donning a hat or hairstyle change.
  • In the episode Pop Goes the Bubble, Laney appears to be stronger than what her size suggests, as she's able to easily lift up Trina and carry her over to a manhole.
  • She is the only member of Grojband to not have any siblings.
  • She is Mark Thornton's favorite member of Grojband.
  • In a 2 minute video of Grojband-Laney shorts, it is revealed Laney wakes up with curly hair.
  • She is the member of Grojband who has had the most hairstyle changes and played the most types of instruments.
  • Laney's position in the band could be a reference to Kim Gordon, the former bassist of Sonic Youth since they both are the only girl in their bands, played the bass guitar, had a crush on the band's leader (Thurston Moore in Kim's Case and Corey in Laney's case), and sometimes, takes vocal duties.
  • Laney has an obsession with animals.

Gallery

For more information about this section, visit: Laney Penn/Gallery

Production

References

See also

Grojband Characters
Grojband Corey RiffinKin KujiraKon KujiraLaney Penn
Main Antagonists Trina RiffinMina BeffThe Newmans • (Carrie BeffLenny NeppKim KagamiKonnie Kagami)
Supporting Characters Nick MalloryMayor MellowKate PerskyAllie DayBuzz NewsworthyChance Happening
Minor Antagonists The Orb Experience • (G'ORBT'ORBZ'ORBN'ORB) • Two JuniorThe Pirate Crew • (Captain Tighty WhiteyShaven BeardBarnacle Tim)
Recurring Characters BarneyParty DanimalChipperBearLaney's HeartDonkeyHipstersDr. Purr
Season 1 Characters Cherry GrapestainZombiesDog NickCaptain CarneyCarney KidThe Bubble Bunch Band • (Bobby BlueRandy RedGary GreenYosef Yellow) • Random Stunt DuckMonster ChuckSchool Bus RhondaIce Cream TomNerdsThe Brotherly BoysCleatBessyBake BarneraEvil HelmetEl ChewpoocacaPlantyBlade StabbingtonBitefaceZoo Animals • (BearJoey) • Queen Bee Cuties3D DaveMrs. KujiraDream NicksMirage Band • (Mirage CoreyMirage KinMirage KonMirage Laney) • Quincess TrinaDog MinaKatrinaMick MalloryThe Four SquallsKing LyriclesSmasheousMs. ObedienceYippieSparklesOtisMr. PeapennyNerdiciusBlue Star of Rocklympus
Season 2 Characters BlancheBerthaBeatriceTorboCylus RiffinBrick MalloryMimeyMime ArmyLyriclesShrediciousDJ FusionTuba TimHipstersTrina's HeartDark Rimmed GlasseousCandy JamsGuy BromanBylaw 62.8Hologrojband • (Holo-CoreyHolo-KinHolo-KonHolo-Laney) • WheelieSnarfflesQuacker JackMr. KujiraPrinces of 50s Soul MusicJammyLoud FrankEarl RuralReplacement GrojbandGaryMetrognomeSavage FredAncient SambansPanda Bear Internet MemeL'ORB
Other Characters Chip ChunkleyChunk ChipleyBig ToeFire Drum GodElectric Guitar GodStoner Hippie God

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