- This page is about the character. For the featured level, see The Lawnmower Man.
|Speed||Fast, low acceleration.|
|Included in Happy Wheels since version||1.40|
Lawnmower Man is a playable character who was released on May 20th, 2011. He is a near elderly man who appears to be in his early or late 40's or 50's. His attire includes a grey tank top with yellow sweat stains, blue jeans, and red and white sneakers. Lawnmower Man rides a green mechanical lawnmower with rotating blades spinning under it, capable of sucking up characters and food items, as well as demolishing breakable items such as chairs or tables. If the blade hits an object other than a character, it will spark and emit a grinding sound, much like when a riding mower hits a sidewalk. Depending on the density of the object, it will fling him across the screen or bend his legs.
Contrary to popular belief, the lawnmower is actually very fast. It can reach highly impressive speeds if used on flat ground, but has a hard time getting up hills. As his jump is very short, he is a less versatile character. He can, however, keep his wheels out when and after jumping by holding down space, and can rotate very easily.
However, he makes up for his bad vehicle with his extreme durability. He can easily drive through rows of mines without taking damage, making him a good choice for going on maps where survival is the main priority (rather than driving on rough terrain). When also considering his good turning, he is amazing for parrying projectiles in shape of NPCs and food. He's prone to harpoons, arrows and blades however.
Four days before his release, the name "Lawnmower Man" appeared in the playable characters list in the User Level Browser, despite not being available in the Level Editor. Jim later addressed this issue on the forums, explaining that he forgot to delete the character's name before publishing the most recent update. Also, before he was playable, the character's looks were completely unknown, unlike what happened with Moped Couple. However, Jim did release a photo of his head two days before his release, but unlike now, he had hair. Jim has stated that, despite the belief he resembles Uncle Ruckus from the Boondocks series, there is no relation between the two, and he had not previously known of the character beforehand.
When Lawnmower Man was first released in Happy Wheels v1.40, the Lawnmower was nearly unbreakable. This was fixed in v1.41. If any area of the lawnmower breaks, the mower stops working.Before the v1.61 update, Lawnmower Man's voice was recycled from Segway Guy's voice. Currently, his voice is an African American male's voice.
- Before Ejection
- Up - Accelerate
- Down - Reverse
- Left - Lean back
- Right - Lean forwards
- Z - Eject
- Space - Jump
- Hold Space - Keep wheels out
- After Ejection
- Up - Straighten arms and legs
- Down - Curl into ball
- Left - Push all joints backwards excluding head
- Right - Straighten legs and press arms forwards
- Space - Grab with hands
- Shift - Move arms, Lift one leg
- Control - Straighten arm limbs
- A notable glitch in mid-May 2011 was if you mowed yourself, a green box appeared under the mower.
- Sometimes when you would restart, the yellow box at the bottom of the lawnmower would disappear.
- Another minor glitch was when the Lawnmower Man's body parts and clothing would disappear. This was later fixed.
- A very noticeable glitch when he was released was that the lawnmower was nearly indestructible. This was later fixed as well.
- A very strange glitch is that on the start of some levels no matter what character you are you can hear lawnmower man's lawnmower humming. This glitch often occurs when changing the character.
- Similar to Explorer Guy, his replays won't always be accurate even if the replay says it is.
- Sometimes when being pushed fast, such as when going through a boost, his back wheel will get stuck. However, he can still keep moving and a long black wire continues connecting the vehicle with the wheel.
- If enough tension builds up on the wheels, the lawnmower will begin to spin uncontrollably.
- Sometimes his lawnmower can just break for no reason (this is most notable in level editor when too many shapes are present).
- Sometimes when mowing something, the sound of something being mowed will not be heard.
- During the 1.62 update, if you hid his vehicle and tested the level, his head and neck would be lowered down.
- His neck can pop off if something hits it lighty.
- Although it is a little difficult to mow yourself, but at some points, your body will make it through the mower all the way (which shouldn't happen), making the in-game cam sit there because the heart is gone.
- If you try and mow a blade weapon, a soccer ball, or anything small and not very dense, there is a small chance that they can shoot upwards and kill you.
- Though uncommon, if you keep the bottom of the mower touching a huge rotating object attached to a pin joint, the mower will almost infinitely spark.
- Back in 2011, if you ejected from the lawnmower and get out out of your sight, and it manages to get destroyed, lawmower particles would explode in Lawnmower Man's face.
- Lawnmower Man is the only black skinned character and has been target to racial slurs on Happy Wheels, the Happy Wheels Wiki and many other sites. It is unknown if Jim will add more black characters.
- He is the second most obese character, after Effective Shopper and before Santa Claus.
- His shape is similar to that of Effective Shopper.
- The lawnmower is similar to a John Deere riding mower.
- Some people think he looks similiar to the Uncle Ruckus from The Boondocks.
- Like Effective Shopper and Santa Claus, Lawnmower Man receives a jump boost when he ejects from his vehicle.
- His name was accidentally placed in the game in the level search options for characters before he was released.
- Lawnmower Man is the first character to have a vehicle make noise when the wheels are not moving on the ground. The second being Helicopter Man's autogyro.
- The bottom of his lawnmower can deflect arrows, homing mines and even harpoons.
- So far, Lawnmower Man is the only character to say "Oh God!" when he receives a regular injury (instead of when torn in half or pelvis is destroyed). He can also say "Ow!" when suffering a normal injury, such as being shot by the arrow gun.
- Lawnmower Man and the woman of Moped Couple both yell "Nooooo!" when their pelvises are broken.
- Lawnmower Man's vehicle is the first vehicle that was intended to kill characters, the second being Helicopter Man (the other vehicles can only kill a character by crushing them).
- When he tries to mow a non-fixed shape or object, the object might fly away like a bullet, sometimes crushing NPC's, but trying to mow something very dense will cause the mower to shoot it only a little bit.
- Lawnmower Man is voiced by Edmond Hawkins, an animator and friend of Jim.
- When his lawnmower is destroyed, the sounds of his vehicle breaking runs for the longest time, the shortest being Segway Guy's (technically, the segway does not make any sounds when destroyed).
- The blade at the bottom of the lawnmower will sometimes block harpoons and arrows.
- When sucking an NPC into the mower, they're somehow still alive even when they are not on the map anymore. You can still hear them screaming and moaning when being sucked up from head to toe, so they are not actually dead unless you hear their head or torso bursting or their head ripped off inside the mower.
- While in the vehicle, he is almost immune to landmines because of the special attributes of the lawnmower.
- Lawnmower Man has the third longest scream/cry of pain when ripped in half (voice 12). The second being Santa Claus, and the first being Helicopter Man.
- Usually, characters can raise their arms and legs when the shift and ctrl keys are pressed, but when you press ctrl after ejecting as Lawnmower Man, he straightens his arms (but does nothing with his legs) instead of raising the opposite arm and leg like when he does when shift is pressed.
- Sometimes, when he lands with the front and back wheels at the same time from a small elevation, without doing a flip, his pelvis can break.
- Lawnmower Man is the second character to receive a boost when ejecting.
- His mower can easily break glass.
- Lawnmower Man can also mow himself, but it is very hard to get mowed even if the blade is touching you.
- Lawnmower Man's lawnmower is the second heaviest vehicle out of all vehicles.
- When the lawnmower gets destroyed, it appears to have only two wheels rather than four.
- If there's an NPC at the mower, it will be faster at Boosts and adds a little flight at Fans due to the application of the NPC beneath.
- His lawnmower speeds up greatly when you go back and forth.
- When testing a level with debug draw enabled in the Level Editor and when the lawnmower is mowing up a character's body part or a food item, a "collision" box is created near that body part/food item, and the box appears to connect a joint to it as well as it moves towards the blades.
- He appeared in the demo of the mobile version in PAX East 2013, but did not appear in the initial release of the app.