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Friends and Neighbors
Nedward "Ned" Flanders
Debut: "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire"
The nice guy next door neighbor to the Simpson family. Originally, Ned was just a "better Christian" than Homer, being affable, polite, intellectual, friendly, and sincerely religious. As the seasons went on, his "sweetness" and his religiosity grew until he became a byword for fanatical religious faith and doormat-like pleasantry. His being a doormat in the name of being nice to others faded. The religious zeal, however, remains. Voiced by Harry Shearer
- Affably Evil: As Devil Flanders.
- Always Someone Better: Is this to Homer, which was why Homer doesn't like him (add to the fact that Flanders has a prettier wife — or used to and kids that aren't a pain in the ass to him). Was played up a lot more in the early seasons.
- As the Good Book Says
- Badass: He once effortlessly beat up an obnoxious neighbor that was bullying Homer.
- He once also rescued an unconscious (239lbs heavy!) Homer from a burning building all by himself, before the fire department arrived.
- Beatnik Parents
- Beware the Nice Ones: The nicest guy you could ever wish to meet, but as his Precision F-Strike shows, you do NOT want to push him too far.
- He straight up punches out Homer after he relentlessly teases him! On two different occasions!
- Broken Ace: Officially becomes this after the episode "Hurricane Neddy" and after Maude's death.
- Cartwright Curse: Ned Flanders has been twice-widowed. His first wife, Maude, was killed in a freak accident by a t-shirt cannon. Later on he married Edna Krabappel. But in an episode following the death of her voice actress Marcia Wallace, Ned is seen wearing a black armband and looking at a picture of Edna while mentioning that he'll miss her, heavily implying that she died off camera.
- Catch Phrase: "Hidely ho!"
- Cerebus Retcon: His Verbal Tic is his way of expressing repressed anger.
- Costumes Change Your Size: He appears far heavier when wearing his outfit than he actually is.
- Egocentrically Religious: Sometimes becomes this in his Christian overzeal, sometimes showing a condescending view of God's treatment towards others or praying for his good will for even minor things like winning a game of bowling. He's usually not nearly as bad as Homer thinks he is however (who actually turned into a far more prominant example in one episode).
- Flanderization: Trope Namer. At first he was simply Homer's well-off neighbor who was polite, friendly, had a loving family, and happened to be a devout Christian. In later episodes he's a complete zealot whose only defining trait is his religious followings.
- The Fundamentalist: Later episodes had him as this. In the early days, he was just a religious man who was so nice (and a bit boring) that Homer couldn't stand it.
- Gag Penis: Debatable. Homer's dating video for Ned had his penis digitally blurred. The blurs reached to the bottom of the screen. Either Flanders really is gifted downstairs or Homer did that to entice the female audience.
- Knight Templar: At his worst. When it involves something he takes a religious stance about, he is unshakable in pursuing his goal.
- Limited Wardrobe: Lampshaded by Homer: "I'm a big four eyed lame-o. I wear the same stupid sweater everyday and…"
- Nice Guy: Well before his Christian background was established, Ned was simply the nice guy that lived next door.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: He does attempt to follow the Christian faith and be a kind neighbor, even renting out his room to people who need it. Unfortunately for him, many of the people of Springfield have a tendency to take advantage of his kindness and make it even worse. This eventually reached a breaking point when, after he allowed some college girls to rent out one of the guest rooms in his house, they ended up repaying his kindness by filming a softcore webcam video called "sexy slumber party" without Ned's knowledge, and Homer also leaked this to every single person in the town, to the extent that, when Ned Flanders ousts the college girls out of the room upon finding out about this, they cheer the girls on, thus shocking him about how all this time, the townspeople actually mock him behind his back.
- Older than They Look: Ned looks around Homer's age, but he's actually sixty years old. How does he retain his youthful appearance? By following the "three Cs" — clean living, chewing thoroughly, and a daily dose of vitamin church.
- The Other Darrin: Parodied in the episode Homer to the Max.
Homer: Networks like animation 'cause they don't have to pay the actors squat!
Ned: (in a notably different voice provided by Karl Wiedergott) Plus, they can replace them, and no one can tell the diddley-ifference!
- Overprotective Dad: More prominent in the early episodes than in the later ones (with Maude's death being the reason behind it).
- Pals with Jesus: Even though his religious zeal didn't develop until later seasons, even the early seasons had Ned being in obvious favor with God, to the point that politely stating skyward "It's me, Ned" helped him win a bowling match (and shock Homer in the butt) and a quick prayer to God helped save his son from being swept up by a river.
- Parting Words Regret: "I can't believe my last words to (Maude) were 'no footlongs.'"note
- The Pollyanna: Definitely. Now that he's twice a widower, it might get worse.
- Precision F-Strike: "Hurricane Neddy" has one. Well, for Flanders, anyway.
"OH, HELL, DIDDLY-DING-DONG CRAP! CAN'T YOU MORONS DO ANYTHING RIGHT?!"
- Rage Breaking Point: "Hurricane Neddy"
- Ridiculous Procrastinator: Inverted: He manages to start, and finish, his tax returns as early as New Year's Day, which is exactly 105-106 days (depending on whether the year is a leap year or not) before the last day of taxes (April 15). It should also be noted that he is the only one, or at least one of the few, Springfielders to actually deliver their taxes before the deadline, as the episode that revealed this also had what is implied to be everyone in Springfield rushing to the Post Office to get their Tax Returns in at the last possible moment.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Sings like one, too, which Bart finds very disturbing.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Homer's Manly Man.
- Sex God: He has sex once with a movie star who is in town to shoot a film. He tells her that the first one's free, but if she wants any more she'll have to marry him. She almost does.
- Stepford Smiler: "Hurricane Neddy" reveals that his niceness and his Gosh Dang It to Heck! Verbal Tic is from being spanked every day for a full year while in therapy to curb his violent behavior brought on by his beatnik parents who didn't raise him right (or at all).
- Strawman Political: In later episodes. It's justified, however, when you take into account that a few times, his attempts at being a good neighbor often result in his good nature being exploited.
- Stupid Sexy Flanders: Trope Namer
- Took a Level in Badass: By the episode "The Squirt and the Whale", Ned has officially stopped taking crap from Homer.
- Ver-diddly-erbal Tic: Later revealed to be his way of dealing with his repressed anger. Given how often he tends to utter them, one could infer that the antics of the people around him have him seemingly locked in a state of Tranquil Fury.
She taught us the shame of joy, and the joy of shame.
Debut: "Dead Putting Society"
Ned's wife, who he doted upon, until a horrific freak accident killed her. Voiced by Maggie Roswell.
- The Fundamentalist: Just as much so as her husband.
- Killed Off for Real: In an untimely manner in Season 11's "Alone Again, Natural-Diddily".
- McLeaned: Maggie Roswell left over pay disputes, as her pay wasn't covering the travel expenses to get to the recording studio (she lived out of state). Maude was killed off in response. Roswell was eventually brought back to voice her other characters and Maude has been shown in the afterlife and alive in episodes set before her death.
- The Other Darrin: After Maggie Roswell left, Marcia Mitzman-Gaven took over for what would be Maude's remaining episodes.
- Out-of-Character Moment: She's not all that nice when she's not around her family. Why, when Marge made her own franchise around pretzels (with Homer's indirect help by hiring Fat Tony and his cronies to stop all other businesses behind her back), she and the other women hired Yakuza to stop her. It didn't work, apparently, and everything was forgotten about that incident.
Rod and Todd Flanders
Debut: "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" (Todd), "The Call of the Simpsons" (Rod)
Ned's two children, innocent to the point of being naive due to their upbringing and easily misled by the more worldly Bart. Voiced by Pamela Hayden and Nancy Cartwright
- Ambiguously Gay
- Cheerful Child
- Children Are Innocent
- A Day in the Limelight: Todd shares some screentime with Bart for Season 2's "Dead Putting Society".
- The Ditz
- The Dividual The Syndividual type.
- Everyone Has Standards means Even Rod and Todd have limits:
- While they may be God-Fearing, just like their dad, both boys do have their limits with Ned, like having someone punish for innocent mistake and they’re willing to forgive the person.
- In "You Kent Always Say What You Want" Rod understands that Kent Brockman didn’t mean to swear and tell Ned they're ready to have stepmother so he can move on.
- Innocent Swearing: Todd picks up Homer's bad language on "Bart the Lover" and in "Homer Loves Flanders," the two exchanged rude words when they got hooked on Pixie Stix.
- New Transfer Student: Edna pulled them out of private Christian school and enrolled them in Springfield Elementary as of "Ned 'N' Edna's Blend", though "Bart the Lover" showed both Rod and Todd in Springfield Elementary (Todd got poked in the eye with Bart's paper airplane) and a lot of later episodes before "Ned 'n Edna's Blend" implied that Rod and Todd were home-schooled, yet they have been seen around the school on a few occasions. In fact, Ned is even a member of the school's PTA.
- Pure Is Not Good: Because of their religious upbringing by their father, they are judgmental towards the faiths and ideals of others, and view Bart and Homer as worse than they really are.
- Screw Your Ultimatum!: Homer and Flanders bicker back and forth about the outcome of a miniature golf tournament featuring their respective sons. Todd and Bart confer and both decide to quit the tournament on good terms.
- Those Two Kids
- Too Dumb to Live: Lampshaded on the season eight episode where Lisa begins babysitting the neighborhood kids when Rod and Todd freak out over a moth and Lisa sighs, "Those two are gonna get eaten alive in middle school."
Debut: "New Kid on the Block"
Voiced by: Pamela Reed
- Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: Implied, at least. In "Marge on the Lam," she tells Marge that she divorced her husband because he was lazy ("All he ever did was eat, sleep, and drink beer") and never paid her for child support, though "New Kid on the Block" implied that she divorced her husband because he was too into his career to be a family man.
- Out of Focus: She appears prominently in Season 4's "New Kid on the Block" and Season 5's "Marge on the Lam," but was otherwise relegated to background appearances for many seasons. She made a return speaking appearance in "Strong Arms of the Ma"note , revealing that Ruth went to prison (for an unknown crimenote ), became a bodybuilder, and won a beauty pageant called "Miss Mexican Mafia."
- Retcon: The flashback episode about Maggie's birth shows Ruth Powers has already met Marge before moving next door.
Debut: "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire"
Springfield Nuclear Power Plant
Mr. Charles Montgomery "Monty" Burns
What good is money if it can't inspire terror in your fellow man?
Debut: "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire"
An extremely elderly man (over one hundred years old by the more recent seasons, though in the earliest seasons he was only in his eighties) and the corrupt, malevolent owner of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant. Always has his eyes on the greatest profit to himself. Voiced by Christopher Collins [a.k.a. Chris Latta] (1989-90); Harry Shearer
- Affably Evil: Sometimes.
- Angry Guard Dog: "Release the hounds".
- Nominal Hero: Whenever he happens to be on the same side as the good characters — which is not that often.
- Antiquated Linguistics: He does this all the time in his version of Two Decades Behind. In one example, from "Mother Simpson", he went to the post office in order to send a letter to the Prussian consulate in Siam by the 4:30 auto-gyro. The person working at the post office even informed him how historically out of touch he is.
- Anti-Villain: Occasionally, such as when he started a recycling business — and recycled sea life into slurry.
- Bad Boss: Has a trap door in his office to dismiss employees and is fond of villainous demotivators.
- Bald of Evil
- Big Bad: Whenever the show needs one, anyway.
- Born in the Wrong Century: Many examples.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He may be senile, but he is a brilliant businessman.
- The Caligula: Mr. Burns usually treats his workers, and even his own workplace, far too shabbily to even be considered a sane boss, never mind a good one.
- Caligula's Horse: The power plant is actually owned by a canary, as a way for Burns to avoid responsibility when it's investigated for illegal activities. This tendency was also implied in earlier episodes when he made a Dog vice president (even after nominating a far more eligible person), and made a carbon rod Employee of the Month instead of Homer.
- Card-Carrying Villain: At least whenever declaring his own evil doesn't compromise its effectiveness. Or sometimes, even when it does.
- Catch Phrase: "Excellent."
- "Release the hounds!"
- "Smithers! Who is that <insert colorful insult>?"
- Phrase Catcher: "That's Homer Simpson sir, one of your <insert derogatory worker slang> from Sector 7G." Followed by...
- "Simpson, eh?"
- The Chessmaster
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Poster boy for this trope.
- Cruella to Animals: He has to brainwash Santa's Little Helper to retrain him as a guard dog. And in "Two Dozen And One Greyhounds" he attempts to make a tuxedo out of a litter of puppies.
- Dastardly Whiplash
- Dark Is Evil: He once had a plan to block out the sun permanently.
- Dirty Old Man: Towards Marge, when she briefly works at the nuclear power plant.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Parodied. In C.E.D'oh it turns out while Burns technically runs the Power Plant, he has named a Canary as the "real" head of the Plant, to protect him from taking responsablility for the Plants wrong doings. Then Homer lets the Canary go and Burns becomes the real head of the Plant.
- Epic Fail: The filming of the Mexico scene in his film "A Burns For All Seasons". They had to do 20 takes, and the best one had Burns falling off his donkey and then getting dragged around with his foot caught in the stirrup.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He pays Homer to throw pudding cups at Lenny, much to their amusement. Then Homer throws one at Carl:
[horrified] What are you doing, man?! That's Carl!
- More into that he didn't ask Homer to throw at Carl.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: His moral compass is so far off kilter that when he's actually trying to do something good, he's even more evil than when he's trying to be evil.
- Evil Is Hammy
- Evil Old Folks
- Expy: Of Charles Foster Kane. Burns has a lot of moments and traits that are almost directly transplanted from Orson Welles' character. He also draws a lot from Ronald Reagan, Rupert Murdoch and Lionel Barrymore, among others.
- Faux Affably Evil
- Fiction 500: The God of Old Money.
- Flanderization: Although he had always played an antagonizing role, he originally didn't expand much from being a Jerkass, a Bad Boss, and a Corrupt Corporate Executive who shown little concern about how his actions and company effects the environment, compared to his role later on in Who shot Mr. Burns? Part One where he was not just effecting the environment, but the town's activities as well (such as crushing the Springfield's retirement home and Bart's treehouse drilling for the pursuit of oil). And as stated previously above, Mr. Burns started out as being in his eighties. His senile state has also been exaggerated in the recent seasons, as well as his aging, to the point of him not even having enough strength to stomp an ant.
- Forgot to Feed the Monster: His league of evil.
- Freudian Excuse: His father refused to let him have comic books and burned down the company to teach him a lesson. He also apparently taught him how to be an asshole.
- He was also taken by his grandfather, a corrupt and selfish businessman.
- Hero with an F in Good: Lisa invokes this, when Burns' temporary Face-Heel Turn to environmentalism and recycling turns out to be literal, revealing that he's been farming sealife and turning it into industrial multi-purpose slurry.
Lisa: You're evil... and when you try to be good, you're even more evil!
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: This is how he views his relationship with Smithers, much to the latter's dismay.
- Historical Injoke: He is stated to be responsible for many atrocities in the history of the world such as preventing Hitler's assassination, caused the Opium War and made the French become forever rude to Americans.
- Horned Hairdo: Sported one in "She of Little Faith".
- Insistent Terminology: When the nuclear plant begins to melt down in "Homer Defined," Burns laughs off the notion that anyone would call it a meltdown: "It's one of those annoying buzzwords. We prefer to call it an 'unrequested fission surplus'."
- Jerkass: Most of the time.
- Knight of Cerebus: Burns is a source of a lot of humor in the show, but he's still the most prominently villainous character in the main roster, and arguably the only that can be considered flat out "evil".
- Lack of Empathy
- Large Ham
- Laughably Evil: Honed to an art form:
Men, there's a little crippled boy sitting in a hospital who wants you to win this game. I know because I crippled him
myself to inspire you.
- Lean and Mean
- Long Lived
- Looks Like Orlok
- Manipulative Bastard
- Mean Boss
- The Other Marty: Only for the first few episodes, Mr. Burns was voiced by Chris Latta (credited as Christopher Collins), before being replaced by Harry Shearer.
- Pet the Dog: Has moments of these, such as letting Maggie keep his old teddy bear, or raising Smithers (Jr.) himself after Smithers (Sr.) performed a Heroic Sacrifice.
- Helped Marge in "Marge vs. Singles, Seniors, Childless Couples and Teens, and Gays." Subverted in that it's for their "supple young organs."
- The Power of Hate: This is what's keeping him alive.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to Smithers' Sensitive Guy.
- The Scrooge
- Smug Snake: Again, depending on the writer.
- The Sociopath: He's got a supreme Lack of Empathy and a sense of charisma around him.
- Stalker with a Crush: To Marge, when she was his employee.
- Up to Eleven: His villainy goes into this level when he does things like block out the sun or trying to kill a child.
- Vague Age: He has personally stated his age as 81 years, but Skinner and Homer later separately refer to him as being 104.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Especially in the earlier seasons. Freudian Excuse aside, his Kick the Dog moments are much more frequent than those of other Simpsons villains. The few excuses he is given seem so disconnected from his evil, he is hated throughout Springfield, (Who Shot Mr. Burns has even Snake Jailbird apologizing for not being around to shoot him).
- Villains Out Shopping: Invokes this during a lull in one of his schemes, when he takes a moment to ask how Lisa's life was going. When she responds by calling him out on his evil schemes and how she's morally outraged, he irritatedly comments;
Burns: *Sighs* My god, are you always on?
- Wealthy Yacht Owner: Has one that Homer uses while house-sitting and gets attacked by Ruthless Modern Pirates.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: The episode "Last Exit to Springfield" implies that the reason why he wanted to end the Nuclear Worker's Union was because they were getting corrupt, based on something an atom worker said when he was with his grandfather.
- Would Hurt a Child: He has hurt Bart on several occasions with "Bart Gets Hit By A Car" and "Lady Bouvier's Lover" being prime examples of this.
Waylon Smithers, Jr.
Yes, Mr. Burns.
Debut: "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" (voice only), "Homer's Odyssey" (full appearance)
The second-in-command and most competent minion of Mr. Burns, Smithers is fanatically devoted to his master (fortunately for Burns, who is so physically feeble and out of touch with the modern age he depends on Smithers to do everything for him), which is eventually revealed to be due to him being in love with him. Voiced by Harry Shearer
- Adaptational Villainy: In the arcade game, he robbed a jewelry store, wore a cape filled with bombs, and was prone to evil laughter.
- Anti-Villain: Type IV.
- Battle Butler
- Butt Monkey
- The Dragon/The Lancer: Depending on whether Burns is on the good or bad side of the episode's events.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Though usually a bit of a doormat to Burns, some of the schemes Burns comes up with will have Smithers objecting to them at the risk of losing his own job.
- Extreme Doormat: Most of the time. See above.
- Flanderization: Smithers was originally an exaggeration of the Yes-Man (the guy who always sucked up to his boss). Come season three, the writers started playing with the notion that Smithers was in love with his boss, yet was heterosexual (in "Secrets to a Successful Marriage," Smithers was married to a woman who looked like Elizabeth Taylor's character from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof). This got milked for all it was worth, and now Smithers' sexuality is Ambiguously Gay (or just plain gay) with definite shades of Single-Target Sexuality, though it has been implied that Mr. Burns isn't the only man he loves.
- Ignored Enamored Underling
- Only Sane Man
- Race Lift: In his first appearance ("Homer's Odyssey"), Smithers was dark-skinned with blue hair due to an unfortunate mistake when the show was sent overseas to Korea to be colorized and animated. The production crew did think about leaving him this way, but the thought of a black man who sucked up to his white boss wouldn't sit well with a lot of people, so they made it known that Smithers would be white (er, yellow) for all subsequent episodes.
- On the DVD Commentary for this episode, director Wes Archer said that he made Smithers black by expressing his interest towards including black characters in his episodes.
- Jokingly handwaved by some of the writers, that in "Homer's Odyssey", Smithers had just come back from holiday with a heavy tan.
- Single Issue Psychology: It was implied in one episode that Smithers' sexuality was caused by Mr. Burns telling him, when he was young, that his father died in the Amazon, killed by a tribe of savage women.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Mr. Burns' Manly Man.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Smithers admires Mr. Burns way too much for it to be just a sycophant to his boss.
- Straight Gay
- Subordinate Excuse
- Sycophantic Servant: Again, see above.
Lenford "Lenny" Leonard and Carlton "Carl" Carlson
Carl is on the right, Lenny is on the left. Remember that, now.
Debut: "Life on the Fast Lane" (Lenny), "Homer's Night Out" (Carl)
Look at me! I'm Homer Simpson!
Debut: "Homer's Enemy"
A new employee at the plant who is annoyed by Homer's behavior. Goes insane because of this and ends up killing himself. Voiced by Hank Azaria
- Absurdly Youthful Father: He’s thirty-five years old, yet he has a grown-up son.
- Audience Surrogate: The creators’ intention of creating him in the first place.
- Berserk Button: Homer is a big fat button. Also Grimey doesn't like to be called Grimey. Or Stretch.
- The Chew Toy: Bordering on Cosmic Play Thing.
- Expy/Shout-Out: Frank is based on Michael Douglas' character Bill Foster from Falling Down. They both wear glasses, white shirt, black tie, black pants. They both even have the same haircut.
- The Fun in Funeral: People laughed during his funeral due to Homer’s disrespectful sleeping. Even Reverend Lovejoy joined the laughter.
- Giving Up On Logic: Angrily did this after his Sanity Slippage and began imitating Homer's stupid antics. It took him about a minute to get himself killed.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: His backstory describes a ridiculous amount of misfortune that he's had to overcome.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He tried to trick Homer into joining a plant-modeling contest for kids, and Homer won, much to his dismay.
- In-Series Nickname: "Grimey."
- Jerkass Has a Point: He had a terrible life and had to work hard to get his job. He sees Homer, quite rightly, as being successful despite being an incompetent, lazy slob; making a mockery of all his suffering and efforts. This would enrage anyone.
- Knight of Cerebus: His lone episode "Homer's Enemy" is considered to be one of the darkest episodes in the entire run of the show.
- Naïve Newcomer
- Negative Continuity: His tombstone has different inscriptions from episode to episode.
- Nerd Glasses
- No Respect Guy: He’s smarter and more qualified than his co-workers, especially Homer, but never got any respect. People even laughed during his funeral.
- Only Sane Man: He's the only person to point that Homer shouldn't be half as successful, popular, or even alive given his behavior and is driven mad when no-one else cares. Even the universe is against him, as he's trying to apply real-world logic to a cartoon world.
- Oakley and Weinstein summed it up best by referring to Grimes as what would happen if someone from the real world met Homer.
- Parental Abandonment: Literally. The TV news summary of his life shows them putting four-year-old Frank out of their car in the middle of the road and driving off.
- Stock Footage
- This Loser Is You: Grimes is said to be a representation of what a realistic person, who was a hard-working, working-class employee would be like if they got the misfortune of working with Homer or living in Springfield.
- What Could Have Been: The writers originally saw Grimey as an ex-mariner with a crew cut. Also Hank Azaria based Frank's voice on that William H. Macy before changing to Michael Douglas.
- Azaria was actually in favor of Macy doing the voice. Though it was considered, showrunners Oakley and Weinstein thought someone with a better understanding of the show would do a better job.
Worst. Character page. Ever.
Jeff "Comic Book Guy" Albertson
Debut: "Three Men and a Comic Book"
Overweight and extremely nerdy owner & proprietor of the local shop, "The Android's Dungeon", which sells comics and similar paraphenalia. Legendary for his sarcastic, cynical outlook on life. Voiced by Hank Azaria
- Berserk Button: See the article on Canon.
- Big Bad: Of "Brick Like Me".
- The Cyber Bully
- Catch Phrase: "Worst. (insert noun here). Ever."
- Deadpan Snarker: Comic Book Guy seems to live by the philosophy "If you can't say something snarky or sarcastic, don't say anything at all."
- Flanderization: And, like everyone else's personality on the show, it got exaggerated to the point that it's his only personality trait.
- A Degree in Useless: He has a masters' degree in folklore and mythology, and for his thesis he translated The Lord of the Rings into Klingon.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: For over a decade, he was just known as "Comic Book Guy" until he gave his real name out in random conversation in "Homer and Ned's Hail Mary Pass" (Word of God says that episode was chosen for the task because it was post-Super Bowl and thus would have such a large audience).
- Fat Bastard
- Fat Slob
- Freudian Excuse: It is heavily implied, if not outright stated, that the reason why Comic Book Guy often is sarcastic and insulting to people is because he himself is a victim of it in regards to his obesity.
- "Now if you'll excuse me, I'm heading back to my own store, where I dispense the insults rather than absorb them".
- Genius Slob: Obese, dirty, has an IQ of 170.
- Hollywood Nerd: Type 1.
- Insufferable Genius: He has an IQ of 170 and is a member of the Springfield chapter of Mensa. However, he also has a snobby, superior personality that prevents him from making friends.
- Likes Older Women: Once dated (and lost his virginity to) Agnes Skinner.
- Mad Libs Catch Phrase: Worst/Best __ Ever.
- Minor Flaw, Major Breakup: When he meets a female nerd at "Bi-Mon-Sci-Fi-Con" in "Mayored to the Mob":
Comic Book Guy: Tell me, how do you feel about 45-year-old virgins who still live with their parents?
Female Nerd: Comb the Sweet Tarts out of your beard and you're on!
Comic Book Guy: Don't try to change me, baby.
- Proud to Be a Geek: "I've spent my entire life doing nothing but collecting comic books. A life well spent!"
- Although in "Treehouse of Horror VIII", Comic Book Guy admits "I've wasted my life" the instant before he is killed by a neutron bomb.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness/Canis Latinicus:
Bart: How come I've never seen that Itchy & Scratchy before?
Comic Book Guy: Perhaps because you are a prepubescent ignoramus.
- Straw Fan
- Take That: The writers have been using Comic Book Guy to lampoon the show's Unpleasable Fanbase ever since "The Itchy and Scratchy and Poochie Show," though most viewers didn't notice this until the season 11 episode "Saddlesore Galactica."
Comic Book Guy: Last night's Itchy & Scratchy was, without a doubt, the worst episode ever. Rest assured I was on the Internet within minutes registering my disgust throughout the world.
Bart: Hey, I know it wasn’t great, but what right do you have to complain?
Comic Book Guy: As a loyal viewer, I feel they owe me.
Bart: For what? They’ve given you thousands of hours of entertainment for free. What could they possibly owe you? If anything, you owe them.
Comic Book Guy: Worst. Episode. Ever.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: "Married to the Blob" is all about this. See below for details.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: In the season 25 episode "Married to the Blob", he meets, charms - no, really -, and marries an improbably sprightly young Japanese woman. They're still married at the end of the episode.
- What Could Have Been: Originally his name was going to be "Louis Lane", and would have a Running Gag of being infuriated when someone mentioned the similarity to the name "Lois Lane".note
- "You're Not My Type": Was ultimately on the receiving end of this from Mrs. Krabappel in "My Big Fat Geek Wedding." He was oddly okay with it.
"There are a million valid reasons. Which one did you choose?"
Thank you, come again!
Debut: "The Telltale Head"
Owner of the local convenience store, "The Kwik-E-Mart", which is open 24/7, cheap, and so attracts plenty of customers despite its rather lacking standards of quality (like Homer, Bart, and Snake Jailbird, who only comes in to rob the place). Renowned as a workaholic, he is eventually partnered off with an arranged marriage and ends up the father of octuplets. Voiced by Hank Azaria
If you're gonna read my section there's a two drink minimum!
Debut: "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire"
- Accent Relapse: Even though he is not a spy.
- Anti-Hero: Or Nominal Hero.
- Back-Alley Doctor
- Badass: Sometimes, like in the couch gag where the couches attack, Moe is seen as the one of the few fighting back, blasting at his bar seats with a shotgun and knocking away his stools.
- The Bartender
- Child Hater/Would Hurt a Child: Interestingly, he emphasizes the cruelty to children even more than any other adult on the show. Go figure. "See, this is why we should hate kids!"
- Deep-Fried Whatever: Ordered a giant, military-grade deep fryer for his restaurant Uncle Moe's Family Feedbag. It can flash-fry a buffalo in 40 seconds (which, according to Homer, is too long to wait).
- Driven to Suicide: The later episodes play up the fact that Moe is so depressed that he keeps trying to kill himself — to the point that Suicide Prevention has to block his number. It is also implied at least once that the only reason why he constantly attempts to commit suicide is because Reverend Lovejoy keeps on telling him that he has nothing to live for.
- Flanderization: His suicidal tendencies, how repulsive he is around the opposite sex (later episodes even imply that Moe is a registered sex offender), and his secret criminal doings all have been greatly exaggerated and become all there is to his personality as of the Al Jean-run episodes.
- Friend to All Children: Despite being a disgusting, miserable creep to adults, children actually love him (and are the only thing keeping Moe from being a complete bastard). He's the nicest babysitter Maggie's ever had and he reads (or used to read) to sick children at the hospital on Wednesday nights.
- Grumpy Bear
- Hair-Trigger Temper: YES. He is very impulsive.
- I Coulda Been a Contender: Moe is frustrated by the failure of his once promising boxing career.
- Informed Deformity: While Moe is quite odd-looking compared to other characters, people act like he's hideous and even inhuman.
- I Take Offense to That Last One: Played with.
Ned Flanders: *in an uncharacteristic bout of rage* You ugly, hate-filled man.
Moe: Hey! I may be ugly and hate-filled but-....what was that third thing you said?
- I Was Quite a Looker: Then he started boxing, which is the explanation for why he became so ugly that women find him repulsive.
"They called me Kid Gorgeous. Then I was Kid Presentable. Then Kid Gruesome. Then finally, Kid Moe."
- Jerkass: Many times he is downright unpleasant.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite his somewhat angry attitude at times, he does show a soft spot towards children and his close friends and customers.
- The Other Marty: Originally voiced in his first appearance by Christopher Collins, but the Collins-voiced Moe was quickly redubbed with Hank Azaria's voice.
- Parental Neglect: Implied with, "Oh Papa, why didn't you ever hug me? I've seen you hug everybody—even the mailman!"
- One episode implied that Moe's parents left him at a summer camp and never came to pick him up.
- Perpetual Frowner
- Punny Name: Not Moe himself, but he's always being asked for Al Coholic, Jacques Strappe, I.P. Freely, Seymour Butz, Homer Sexual, Ivana Tinkel, Mike Rotch, Amanda Huggin-Kiss, and Hugh Jassnote .
- Sadist: Implied.
- Shotguns Are Just Better: Keeps one behind his bar and uses one as part of his self defence through dance class.
- Stalker with a Crush: On Marge.
- They Killed Kenny: He was hit by a train in "Lisa Goes Gaga", but is back alive and well in "Moonshine River".
- Think of the Children!
- Trapped by Gambling Debts: He once mentions owing $64,000 and asks the Simpsons for funds to dig himself back up.
- But he too is a Loan Shark, matter-of-factly telling Homer when he needs a loan that if he can't provide collateral, he will have to break his legs right then and there. Homer escapes with his lower appendages intact and borrows the money from Patty and Selma instead.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Democracy simply does not work.
"Now, at the risk of being unpopular, this reporter places the blame squarely on you, the viewers!"
Debut: "Krusty Gets Busted"
The primary reporter for the local TV News channel. Voiced by Harry Shearer
Herschel Shmoikel Pinchas Yerucham Krustofski (Krusty the Klown)
Debut: "The Krusty the Klown Show"
The most famous celebrity in Springfield, due to being the host of the city's favorite children's entertainment program, The Krusty the Klown Show
. Born an Orthodox Jew, he was estranged from his Rabbi father due to his wanting to be a clown instead of following in his father's footsteps. Originally an optimistic fellow who just wanted to help people laugh, years in the ugly reality of showbusiness have left him grizzled, sarcastic, jaded and indifferent, striving only to make as much money as possible. Voiced by Dan Castellaneta
Melvin Van Horne (Sideshow Mel)
I shall make this into my SCREENSAVER!
Debut: "Itchy & Scratchy & Marge"
Krusty's sidekick on his TV show, a replacement for Sideshow Bob, Melvin Van Horne plays the part of an inarticulate caveman on stage, but is actually a very refined, dignified intellectual in his private life. Voiced by Dan Castellaneta.
- Butt Monkey: He gets his moments, mainly with Krusty and the Krusty show. He doesn't learn to give up though and look for the good things in life.
- Classically Trained Extra: Like Sideshow Bob before him.
- Genre Savvy: In the "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" episodes:
Mr. Burns was the closest thing I ever had to…a friend. But he fired me! And now I spend my days drinking cheap scotch and watching Comedy Central
! (later) Sideshow Mel:
Hmm…at the town meeting, [Mr. Smithers] mentioned that he watched Comedy Central. I made sure to note that, as it seemed quite unusual.
- Greek Chorus: He frequently serves as the spokesperson for the opinion of a crowd of people.
- Large Ham
- Nice Guy
- The Voiceless: When he first showed up in Season 2, he only communicated with his slide whistle. He starts speaking in Season 3, with his first voice-over being triumphantly singing in "Radio Bart".
- Walking Shirtless Scene: And pants-less too!
The film is just me in front of a brick wall for an hour & a half. It cost 80 Million Dollars
Debut: "The Way We Was"
A German who moved to Springfield and became an action movie star, Rainier Wolfcastle is legendary for the over-the-top nature of his movies and his bad acting. Voiced by Harry Shearer
- The Ahnold: Of the man the trope is named after no less. He is one of the best known examples and currently the image on the trope page.
- Bad Bad Acting and Cannot Tell a Joke: One of the McBain movies was a stand-up movie where he tells lame jokes and attacks hecklers with a machine gun and a grenade.
- Bond One-Liner: Is fond of these both in his movies and in person.
- Catch Phrase: Mendoooozaa!!
- Pet the Dog: In "King of the Hill", Rainier Wolfcastle becomes Homer's personal fitness coach seemingly out of kindness. Two months later, Homer is a lot more physically fit than he was before.
- Show Within a Show: Type II. A hilariously well-hidden example that spoofs hardboiled Cowboy Cop and '80s action flicks.
- Weight Woe: In one episode he claimed he was gaining weight for a movie about a fat secret agent, but in a later episode he's at the same fat camp as Bart was in The Heartbroke Kid.
You might remember me from such character pages as this one
Debut: "Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment"
An aging actor who starred in an incredibly wide variety of B-movies, short-lived TV shows, and other projects (like telethons, funerals, medical education films, infomercials, self-help videos, TV retrospectives, Broadway shows, and automated welcome messages for museums, airports, and Nordstrom department store), who frequently reminds people of the works he's been in and clings to his stardom. Voiced by Phil Hartman.
I got nothing against him, but I'm definitely gonna make orphans of his children.
Debut: "Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment"
A Mike Tyson-esque boxer, complete with a Don King-esque promoter named Lucius Sweet. Was from Springfield, and hated it. He stated in an interview that, "If you ever see me back in Springfield, you know I fucked up bad."note
- Badass: He manages to stop a prison riot by politely asking that everyone quiet down (even the guards back away out of fear). In a later episode, Homer breaks his jaw getting punched in the face by a statue of him.
- Genius Bruiser: Despite his career as a professional boxer, he's shown to be rather intelligent and supportive of science.
- Gentle Giant: He's very calm and level-headed in person.
- Beware the Nice Ones: But do NOT make him angry.
- Apparently the reason he was incarcerated was because he pushed his own mother down the stairs. We don't know why he did it, though when asked if he regretted doing so he confirmed that if he could do it all over again, "[He] would certainly reconsider it."
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's a dead ringer for Mike Tyson. As mentioned above, he even has a Don King-esque promoter named Lucius Sweet (who was also Moe's promoter back when Moe was into boxing).
- Sweet was voiced by Paul Winfield, who played the real Don King in a 1995 Tyson biopic.
- Scary Black Man
Springfield Elementary School
Principal W. Seymour Skinner a.k.a. Armin Tamzarian
"Elementary school is where I wound up, and it's too late to do anything about that!"
Debut: "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire"
The highly put-upon principal of Springfield Elementary School, a former Army officer and Vietnam survivor, harassed by Bart Simpson, put upon by his Superintendent, challenged by his groundskeeper, and under the thumb of his domineering, overbearing mother. It's eventually revealed that he is actually Armin Tamzarian, a hoodlum who was sentenced to join the Army and served under the real Sergeant Seymour Skinner. When Skinner went missing in action, Armin took up Skinner's identity and came back to America. This revelation was not popular at all, and is even ignored in-series. To the point where when the real Skinner returns, he's put on a train and everyone agrees to keep calling Armin Tamzarian, Seymour Skinner.
Voiced by Harry Shearer
- Alliterative Name
- Basement-Dweller: A mild example: he does live with his mother in her house, but he has a bedroom and he's not a nerd or a social outcast.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: You don't believe that a momma's boy like him trained as a Green Beret and took out Disney's lawyer and hired goons to avoid being sued for using "The Happiest Place on Earth" for the school carnival.
- Dean Bitterman
- Determinator: Once parodied The Terminator. See "Non Giving Up School Guy"
- Disproportionate Retribution: In the early seasons, he would give Bart several months/years of detention for anything he did wrong, even when it wasn't that big of a deal.
- Even Skinner Has Standards: The teachers can do a lot to children (mostly crush their self-esteem and bore them with inane lessons), but lay a hand on them (like Mrs. Krabappel did in "The Nedliest Catch") and you're done.
- Former Teen Rebel: Was a worse prankster than Bart in his youth.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Though he was a nice enough guy, he was also very capable of being a jerk.
- Malaproper: He was quite prone to these in his early appearances:
Skinner: Welcome kindergarteners, I'm Principal Sinner— Skinner! (kindergarteners laugh) Well, that's it. I've lost them forever.
- Mistaken for Prank Call: Played with, as whenever Bart tries to prank call him it backfires.
Skinner: Well, as a matter of fact, my refrigerator wasn't running. You've spared me quite a bit of spoilage: thank you, anonymous young man.
- Momma's Boy: Which leads to…
- My Beloved Smother: Trope Namer; he lives with, and is co-dependent with, his mom.
- The Neidermeyer: During his Vietnam days, he commanded about as much respect from his troops as he does from the students at Springfield Elementary.
- Never My Fault: In "Pokey Mom", He reprimands Jack Crowley for the bold art he made for the mural basically saying it was Kid Unfriendly and forced him to make an Stylistic Suck Tastes Like Diabetes drawing he put together on a napkin. When that understandably blows and Chalmers chews Skinner out, Skinner says "This isn't what I wanted! Where is the boldness?" and starts putting down Jack again when he points out it was Skinner's idea, sending Jack over the edge and effectively ruining an Ex-Con's shot at redemption.
- Non Giving Up School Guy: Trope Namer.
- Noodle Incident:
Skinner: I've been hoping I could find something that would be named after me.
Bart: And you've never found anything?
Skinner: Once. But by the time I got to the phone, my discovery had already been reported by Principal Kohoutek. I got back at him, though … him and that little boy of his.
- Odd Intergenerational Friendship: With Bart during "Sweet Skinner's Badasssss Song".
- Phrase Catcher:
Skinner: S-Superintendent Chalmers!
Agnes Skinner Seymour!
- Refugee from Time: Is still a 'Nam vet, despite that meaning he would now be around twenty-five years older than he was at the beginning of the series.
- Retired Badass: Former army sergeant.
- He also mentions in one episode that he's an ex-Green Beret (US Army Special Forces).
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Chalmers' Manly Man.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Parodied. Frequently has flashbacks to his experiences in Vietnam.
- Stern Teacher: He has it in for Bart Simpson, but it's hard to blame him when you realize just what Bart's put him through for so long. He's generally a lot nicer to the other students, and can even be civil to Bart when the latter isn't pranking him.
- That Came Out Wrong: "This is our last chance to bone up. And bone we will!" (In this case, he doesn't catch the unintentional innuendo, but the kids do.)
- After the kids trap him in the dodgeball sack and the class hamster Nibbles helps rescue them. "Good work Nibbles! Now, chew through my ballsack!" The hamster gives him a squicked expression, then runs away.
- Trading Bars for Stripes: Chose to serve in Vietnam rather than do time.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: His plan to cut Springfield Elementary's expenses in "The President Wore Pearls" consists of cutting art, physical education and music from the curriculum and framing student president Lisa.
Edna Krabappel, now Flanders
Debut: "Bart the Genius"
Final Episode: "The Man Who Grew Too Much"
The emotionally scarred, bitterly sarcastic teacher unfortunate enough to teach the very class that Bart Simpson attends. The two are fierce enemies, but their relationship is not totally hostile, and Bart has tried to help her on a few occasions. She even receives an award and recognition amongst the education circles when Bart reveals he is not merely some urban myth and that Mrs. Krabappel has survived being his teacher. Voiced by Marcia Wallace.
Debut: "Brush with Greatness"
Dispassionate teacher of the class that houses both Lisa Simpson and Ralph Wiggum. Voiced by Maggie Roswell (1991-1999, 2002-present); Marcia Mitzman-Gaven (1999-2002).
Groundskeeper William "Willie" MacDougal
Debut: "Principal Charming"
Cantankerous Scottish groundskeeper of Springfield Elementary. Voiced by Dan Castellaneta
- Ascended Extra: Thought to be a one-shot character for "Principal Charming," but Dan Castellaneta's performance led to him coming back and becoming a fixture in the recurring cast.
- Badass: In "Marge Gets a Job", he fights a timber wolf with nothing but his bare hands (and chest), then consoled it with whiskey. As he does, he mentions he used to fight wolves when he was younger.
- Bald of Awesome
- The Caligula: Was implied to have tendencies of this when he decides to run for Mayor in one episode (don't ask). During his election speech, he admits that the very first thing he's going to do when he is elected Mayor is kill everyone in Springfield and then torch the town itself to the ground. And yes, he definitely was aware that the mic was still on, so he was honestly promising this to the public and not just joking.
- Cannot Tell a Joke: His comedy routine about Scottish golfers, though he did get a laugh when he sarcastically told the audience that he's only funny when he's cleaning kids' puke.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Not always on the best of terms with reality.
- Covert Pervert: Was revealed in the season six episode "Homer Badman" (the episode where Homer is accused of sexually harassing a babysitter by grabbing her butt and calling her "Precious Venus") to be a camera-toting Peeping Tom. ("But every Scotsman does it!")
- Culture Equals Costume: Frequently seen in a kilt and plaid hat.
- A Day In The Lime Light: "My Fair Laddy"
- Fan Disservice and Fanservice: On the one hand, his occasional shirtless scenes reveal he's ripped like no one else in Springfield (except for maybe Ned). On the other hand, the episode "Bart's Girlfriend" had people passing out and reacting with disgust when his kilt came off.
- It may be more possible that he's just hung and no one was really expecting to be blasted in the face with a very good look at his "Scottish heritage" like that.
- Fiery Redhead
- Football Hooligan: He and his similarly-looking relatives in "The Cartridge Family" (though for some reason he calls it "soccer"note ):
Willie: Ech! Ya call this a soccer riot? Ke'mon, boys, let's take 'em ta skewl!
- Fluffy Tamer: When an escaped wolf began roaming the halls of Springfield Elementary, Willie ended up getting into a fistfight with it. At the end of the episode, it seems that Willie defeated the wolf and began bonding.
- Funny Foreigner
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Oh, so many examples of this.
Willie: Brothers and sisters are natural enemies like Englishmen and Scots, or Welshmen and Scots, or Japanese and Scots, or Scots and other Scots! Damn Scots! They ruined Scotland!
Skinner: You Scots sure are a cantankerous bunch.
Willie: Ya just made an enemy for life!
- Hidden Depths: According to "Homer's Barbershop Quartet" he managed to make millions of dollars in software.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Extremely angry, dangerously violent, always yelling at, threatening or outright attacking people — and yet he has a lot of Pet the Dog moments and seems to have a soft spot for children and animals (except when it's funnier that he hates and wants to kill them, that is).
- Multiple Choice Past He hails from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Loch Ness, and North Kilt-Town.
- Once while recounting a miner's strike and cave-in: "Nobody made it out alive, not even Willie!"
- He also claimed his father was hung for stealing a pig, but his father is shown to be very much alive in a later episode (unless his living father is his stepfather and he knew him as "Dad" until his mom told him that his real father was hung for stealing a pig).
- Third-Person Person: Occasionally.
- Unwitting Pawn: After he finds out Skinner made up Scotchtoberfest as a sting for Bart.
"Ya used me, Skinner! YA USED ME!"
- Violent Glaswegian
Superintendent Gary Chalmers
Debut: "Whacking Day"
The Board of Education superior to Principal Skinner, and thusly the man who has to show up at Springfield Elementary to investigate the goings-on there. Voiced by Hank Azaria
- A Day in the Limelight: "Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts," where Chalmers becomes a teacher so he can make Bart excited about learning.
- Big Word Shout, Say My Name, and Catch Phrase: "SKIN-NER!"
- Foil: To Skinner, of course.
- Incoming Ham: "SKINNER!"
- Genre Savvy: He calls out virtually every single trick or excuse that Skinner tries to pull on him.
- Odd Friendship: Surprisingly, with Bart Simpson.
- Only Sane Man: The writers have noted unlike other characters, Chalmers is above the zaniness of the other characters and is a (relatively) normal guy, aside from his pathological habit of bellowing any word that sounds even remotely like 'SKI-NEEER!.
- Not so Above It All: Although he still goes on a Zany Scheme with Skinner every so often, and complains about ice buckets not being in hotels like everyone else. He also falls for Skinner's Blatant Lies about the Aurora Borealis being in his kitchen.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man to Skinner's Sensitive Guy.
Bart and Lisa's bus driver. Although he seems to be an unambitious loser, Bart idolizes him. Voiced by: Harry Shearer
- The Alcoholic: When introducing himself to an Alcoholics Anonymous group, Otto says "My name is Otto, I love to get blotto!"
- Berserk Button: Call him a bum? He'll accept that, no problem. Call him a sponge? BIG mistake.
- Catch Phrase: "All right!"
- Defictionalization: Otto's Bus Man comic from "Three Men and a Comic Book" was later made into a back-up story in Simpsons Comics.
- Disco Dan: Otto dresses and talks like a perpetual 1980s teenager. He even still wears a portable cassette player on his hip despite the fact that they've been obsolete for years.
- Genius Ditz: Although he's not exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer, it is shown from time to time that Otto has artistic talent. He is a very skilled guitar player, and he even created his own comic book called Bus Man about a bus driver who fights vampires in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. He's also an excellent bowler. And he almost got tenure at Brownnote .
- Metal Head: Otto is passionate about Heavy Metal and Classic Rock music, to the point where he actually left his bride at the altar because she tried to make him give up Heavy Metal.
- Military Brat: Otto's father is an Admiral in the United States Navy who disapproves of his lazy, pot-smoking son.
- Punny Name
- Species Surname: Rare human example.
- The Stoner: In "The Seven-Beer Snitch", Otto's urine sample contains so many illegal drugs that when Otto looks at it, it resembles a scene from The Beatles film Yellow Submarine. And only actually contains "trace amounts of human urine".
Debut: "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire"
Debut: "Bart the General"
Originally the worst bully in Springfield Elementary, the closest thing Bart had to an archnemesis of his own age and the leader of Jimbo, Kearney and Dolph. As the seasons passed, though, he became more sympathetic and eventually began to clean up his act. As a result, his broken home started mending itself. Voiced by Nancy Cartwright
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: His short-lived romance with Lisa.
- Anti-Hero: Type IV or V.
- Barbaric Bully: Introduced this way, though Hidden Depths and Character Development have led to this trope being downplayed. In most recent episodes, he's just an average guy in Bart's social circle who likes to taunt people (with the occasional punch thrown).
- The Bully
- Catch Phrase: "Haw haw!"
- Character Development: Though it lead to Menace Decay, Nelson has become softer and is often one of Bart's friends now, while the position of bullying tormentor have been passed onto Jimbo, Kearney and Dolph. Nelson's mother meanwhile cleaned up her act, and his Disappeared Dad came back.
- Enemy Mine: A couple of times has had to work with Martin — much to his chagrin.
- Freudian Excuse: The main reason why Nelson is the way he is is because he is from a poor neighborhood, is neglected by his mother, has a Disappeared Dad, and is looked down upon by his peers and teachers even though he is implied to have high potential.
- Genius Bruiser: He is large, and noted above, he is implied to have high potential (although the school fails to recognize it). He also was once shown to be very good at planning, actually giving Marge some tips on how to organize a method to get rid of a sport when she decided to get rid of mixed wrestling.
- Hidden Depths: Even in episodes when his bullying hasn't been sidelined, he's still quite gentlemanly to women, including female authority figures like Ms. Krabappel and Marge.
- He has a noted fondness for the work of Andy Williams.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Nelson is revealed to have no friends at all. Due to this, he becomes obsessed with Bart Simpson.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Kids Are Cruel: Initially.
- Menace Decay: The Nelson of today is whimpy and pathetic compared to the Nelson of the earlier episodes. In his first appearance he was so fearsome Bart had to band together an army to stand up to him because the school was so terrified of him, and before that he regularly beat Bart bloody after school.
- Parental Abandonment
- Pet the Dog: Usually towards Lisa. When he goes to live with the Simpsons for a time, he sees that Sherri and Terri's constant teasing has really affected her, so he proceeds to bully/prank them.
- Real Men Wear Pink
"The thing about huckleberries is, once you've had fresh, you'll never go back to canned". (Skinner walks by) "So, anyway, I kicked the guy's ass." (Skinner leaves) "Now, if the berries are too tart …"
- He's shown to be failing History and Maths, but is doing quite well in Home Ec.
Nelson: Hey, keep it down, man.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to Martin's Sensitive Guy.
- Smarter Than You Look: Despite his brutish appearance, it's implied in a few episodes that Nelson is actually quite intelligent.
- Took a Level in Kindness
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: This is one of Nelson's traits, as explained in Bye, Bye, Nerdie. He does help Lisa in order to understand why bullies like him pick on nerds.
Debut: "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire"
Police Chief Wiggum's only son, heavily implied to be mentally disabled to some degree. Voiced by Nancy Cartwright
- Ambiguously Gay: After seeing Bart naked in The Movie, he says … "I like men now!". Though he did love Lisa…
- A Day in the Limelight: "I Love Lisa", "This Little Wiggy", and, to an extent, "E. Pluribus Wiggum".
- Cloudcuckoolander: Ralph is known for saying several Non Sequitur lines.
Lisa: Hey Ralph, want to come with me and Alison to play "Anagrams"?
Ralph: My cat's breath smells like cat food.
- Determinator: Ralph is too scared to enter the abandoned prison in "This Little Wiggy", until the bullies steal the police master key and throw it in. Ralph ignores his fear and enters the prison to get the key. Bart congratulates him for it.
- The Ditz: To the extent that he was formerly the Trope Namer.
- Fat Idiot
- Flanderization: Ralph actually had an intelligent side in the early seasons but this disappeared in later episodes.
- Genius Ditz: Despite being…well…The Ditz, Ralph is an amazingly talented actor ("I Love Lisa"), tap dancer ("Last Tap Dance in Springfield") and nose flutist ("Round Springfield").
- Malaproper: Him fail English? That's definitely NOT "unpossible."
- Non Sequitur: The living epitome!
- Spanner in the Works: He is most likely this if befriended by any of the Simpson children.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: At the end of "This Little Wiggy," Bart, Homer and Marge congratulate Ralph for saving the day, even though it was Lisa's plan. Lisa goes along with it after Bart says, "C'mon, let him have this one, Lis. After all, it's Ralph."
- Too Dumb to Live: Easily the stupidest character on the show, even more so than his own daddy.
Ralph: Look, daddy. I made a Ralphwich! Uhh, it tastes hurty!
Chief Wiggum: That's cause it's not food, Ralphie!
- Vague Age: In "The Simpsons Spinoff Showcase", Chief Wiggum describes him as "between the ages of six and ten".
Sherri and Terri
Debut: "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire"
Voiced by Russi Taylor
Debut: "Bart the Genius"
The school's biggest nerd, regarded as being even more of a geek and a teacher's pet than Lisa Simpson. Voiced by Russi Taylor.
Milhouse Van Houten
Debut: "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire"
Bart's closest friend, who acquires a bit of protection from his nerdy nature by being so close to the class clown and mayhem expert. Voiced by Pamela Hayden.
- Butt Monkey: Milhouse has suffered everything from inheriting Bart's permanent record (which will disqualify him from all but the hottest and noisiest jobs) to being beaten into a coma by Nelson after he mistakes a love note Milhouse passes him from Lisa as coming from Milhouse himself, to having his manliness insulted in an episode set in the future when an adult Lisa is about to get married:
Lisa: I feel kind of weird wearing white, Mom. I mean, Milhouse…
Marge: Oh, Milhouse doesn't count.
They both laugh
- This gag really shows how the series tends to treat Milhouse:
Children: Lisa likes Nelson!
Milhouse: She does not!
Children: Milhouse likes Lisa!
Janey: He does not!
Children: Janey likes Milhouse!
Uter: She does not!
Children: Uter likes Milhouse!
Mr. Largo: NOBODY likes Milhouse!
- Crossdressing Voices: Both the original English version and many foreign dubs, except in Japanese.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Towards Lisa. Most likely because of Samantha Stanky.
- Henpecked Husband: To Lisa in the future episodes.
- Hollywood Nerd: Though he claims he's not a nerd because "nerds are smart".
- Hopeless Suitor
- Jade-Colored Glasses: Started out as a very cheerful kid, but got more cynical and angry as time went on.
- Mistaken for Gay: In addition to the taunt mentioned in the Butt Monkey section, there's also: Nelson mistaking Lisa's note reading "Guess Who Likes You" as a love note from Milhouse (with Milhouse getting wheeled off into an ambulance in the next scene) from "Lisa's Date with Density," and the school psychiatrist having notes about Milhouse's "flamboyant tendencies" in his permanent record.
- Nerd Glasses: It wasn't until season 5 he actually realised he looked like a nerd.
- Nerdy Inhaler: On the season nine episode "Das Bus," Bart takes Milhouse's inhaler (which he needs to live) and uses it as a snorkel. He doesn't come back with it, nor does Milhouse suffer a fatal asthma attack from it.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Bart's Manly Man.
- Straw Loser
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Ugly Guy to Lisa's Hot Wife in the future episodes.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
Jimbo Jones, Dolph Starbeam, and Kearney Zzyzwicz
Debut: "The Telltale Head"
Unlike Nelson, Dolph, Jimbo, and Kearney are more like petty thugs. They do bully the kids at Springfield Elementary, but other episodes show them committing crimes, such as shoplifting ("Marge Be Not Proud"), petit and grand larceny ("This Little Wiggy"), breaking and entering, vandalism, destruction of property, and child endangerment ("Kamp Krusty") — among others. Unlike most duo or trio groups on The Simpsons
, Dolph, Jimbo, and Kearney do have some character depth (even if it doesn't seem like much, as these tropes will show you):
- Ambiguously Jewish: Dolph goes to Hebrew school and yelled at his friends for missing out on his bar mitzvah.
- Awesome Mc Cool Name: Dolph Starbeam.
- Barbaric Bully: All three of them. They were even hired to be camp counselors at Kamp Krusty (as run by heartless accountant, Mr. Black)
- No Last Name Given: Kearney's and Dolph's last names weren't revealed until the season 18 episode "24 Minutes." And, for those struggling, Kearney's last name is pronounced "jeez-WICH," implying that he may be Polish.
- Odd Friendship: Kearney and Homer, though Kearney only considers Homer an associate and it's not so much a "friendship" as it is "Kearney uses Homer to buy beer (as seen in "The Springfield Connection"note and "The Last Tap Dance in Springfieldnote ), so Homer can get busted on buying tobacco and alcohol for minors."
- Older than They Look: Kearney. Despite looking high school-aged and being held back in elementary school, he's actually somewhere between 20 and 39 (if you ignore the show's many continuity snarls). He's the only Springfield Elementary student who was around to see the Watergate scandal and the 1976 Bicentennial happen, he shaves, he has custody of a child from a divorce (who also may be older than he looks, since "She of Little Faith" had Kearney refer to his son as "a teenager"), has a Hyundai (yet rides the school bus with his kid on the rare occurences that he does go to school), has been in an actual prison (though "Lisa the Skeptic" and "Marge Be Not Proud" had Kearney in a juvenile hall), is old enough to smoke tobacco products and drink in a bar (yet needs fake IDs or Homer's help to get beer and cigarettes from either a liquor store or the Kwik-E-Mart), votes in U.S. elections, and pays taxes (despite heavy clues that he doesn't have a job. He might get child support from his kid).
- The Other Darrin: Jimbo and Dolph had their voice actresses switched on their introductory episode (Jimbo was voiced by Tress MacNeille while Dolph was voiced by Pamela Hayden).
- Would Hurt a Child: Kearney has no probably bullying and beating up kids despite being a father. However, he does try to be a good dad to his kid, despite not having a job and still being in elementary school.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: They were helpless on dealing with Francine on the grounds that Francine is a girl like her victim, Lisa. They admits they have a weakness that includes falling in love cause on it.
- Younger than They Look: Dolph. Dolph looks about 13 or 14, but is said to be in the sixth grade (which would make him between eleven and twelve). Whether or not this is because Dolph got left back is unknown.
Debut: "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire"
Richard and Lewis
Debut: "Bart the Genius" (Richard), "Bart the Genius" (Lewis)
- Demoted to Extra: Early on, they regularly hung out with Bart and Milhouse. Over the first few seasons, they faded to the background. They're frequently seen, but get so little dialogue that they don't even have assigned voice actors.
- Out of Focus: Lampshaded in "Das Bus," where Bart confuses one of them with Wendell.
- Those Two Guys
- Token Minority: Lewis.
Debut: "Treehouse of Horror IV", "Lisa's Rival" (canonical)
Debut: "The Telltale Head"
Database & The Superfriends
Debut: "Krusty Gets Busted" (Data), "Bart's Comet" (the rest of the Superfriends)
First Church of Springfield
Reverend Timothy Lovejoy
Oh, good Lord...
Debut: "The Telltale Head"
The preacher at the church that the Simpsons family and the Flanders family attend. He really doesn't care much about his job or his "flock" at all, and can even be read as not actually being that religious, is often no more reasonable on religious matters then Springfield's other religious characters — he just usually has ulterior motives, typically relating to increasing the money he gets from the church. It's revealed that his original caring nature and sincere drive to help his congregation was basically eroded by coming into contact with Ned Flanders and his fixation on being a "proper" Christian. Voiced by Harry Shearer
Debut: "Life on the Fast Lane"
Reverend Lovejoy's snooping, interfering, gossipy busy-body of a wife. Voiced by Maggie Roswell and Marcia Mitzman Gaven.
Debut: "Bart's Girlfriend"
Reverend and Helen Lovejoy's daughter, who feigns being as sweet and pleasant a girl as one would expect of a Reverend's daughter, but who is actually such a bad girl she unnerves Bart
. Voiced by Meryl Streep