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Erwin Lawson[1] (usually called by his surname) is the 5th grade school bully, and the arch enemy of the Recess Gang, especially T.J. and Vince.


Lawson is tall and skinny. He wears a light blue short-sleeved shirt with two red and one white stripes, blue jeans, black and white sneakers, and a blue baseball cap worn with the visor in front over his brown hair. He also has freckles on his cheeks.


His personality is akin to a bully jock. He is mean, rude, and competitive, and he is athletic, not to mention obnoxious and at times, ruthless. His blatant lack of originality has been seen on more than one occasion, and he does not seem to know much other than sports.

Lawson apparently runs the fifth grade and is the leader of a particular gang of his own consisting of his five closest friends Cheay, Jocko, Buster, Chucko Kowalski, and Koreo. While they appear alongside him quite often, they are rarely seen altogether at once and usually appear with Lawson as a group of 2-4. Lawson has appeared in many different episodes and could be referred to a recurring nemesis for the Recess Gang, often causing trouble for them or insulting them. Despite this, in the episode "The Fuss Over Finster" where everyone was taking advantage of Finster and TJ and the gang told them how beneath them it was, even Lawson agreed as he shed tears and said that it was below even him to take advantage of her when she had a broken leg, implying he does have some level of morality. It also seems, despite his competitive nature, that he is not a cheater.

Lawson's Crew

In the 20-minute episode "Lawson and his Crew," Lawson becomes jealous of T.J. and his crew getting all the glory for fixing thing in the playground and decides to form his own crewHis new crew consisted of the Snitch (Randall Weems), Swinger Girl (Referred to as Swinger Kid by Menlo in the episode), Greg Skeens the Graffiti Kid, Kurst the Worst and Menlo himself.

Each member of Lawson's Crew members had the same job and position as and can be considered counterparts to each one of T.J.'s Crew: Randall being the Gus, swinger Kid being the Spinelli, Skeens being the Vince, Kurst being the Mikey, Menlo being the Gretchen and Lawson himself being the ringleader, T.J.

His new gang all worked well together throughout the episode, managing to beat the Recess Gang in solving all the problems of the playground before they could. Problems they solve included getting the Diggers back together, saving the Library Kid and organizing protests against banning of Chocolate milk in the School Cafeteria.

Foreign Voice Actors

  • Finnish: Juha Paananen
  • French: Serge Faliu
  • German: Robin Kahnmeyer
  • Japanese: Rica Matsumoto
  • Polish: Mariusz Oborski
  • Swedish: Calle Walderkrantz
  • Spanish: Jesus Tobas


  • Erik von Detton, Lawson's voice actor, also voiced another famous bully from Disney: Sid Phillips from Toy Story.
  • Lawson's appearance is T.J.'s appearance inverted. While T.J. is short and plump, and wears a red baseball hat facing the back, Lawson is tall and lanky, and wears a blue baseball hat facing the front. Their sole similarity being that both have brown hair and freckles, though T.J.'s hairs are lighter.



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