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First Church of Springfield

    Reverend Timothy Lovejoy 
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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. He's often no more reasonable on religious matters than 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.

  • Badass Preacher: Has saved Homer's life on at least one occasion, as well as Flanders' in another occasion.
  • Butt-Monkey: His trains are always getting destroyed.
  • Catch-Phrase: "Damn Flanders..."
  • Christianity Is Catholic: Averted. Although he wears a clerical collar, the church the Simpsons belong to is a weird pastiche of Protestantismnote , Lutheran, and Presbyterian, specifically, the Western Branch of American Reform Presbylutheranism. In fact, a lot of episodes show that Reverend Lovejoy thinks Catholicism is a pagan religion ("Homer Simpson in: 'Kidney Trouble'" had Reverend Lovejoy sarcastically reply, "Why don't you ask me to do a voodoo dance?" after Marge asks Reverend Lovejoy to give Grampa his last rites, which is common in Catholicism). He also gets into a nasty brawl with an Irish Priest after the two quarrel about the subject of Catholic vs. Protestant practices.
  • The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: He has trouble reining in his unruly daughter.
  • Cold Turkeys Are Everywhere: He once told Marge that it was fine for her to divorce Homer regardless of it being a sin, because according to him everything, including going to the bathroom, is a sin.
  • Depending on the Writer: He has been outright apathetic towards Christianity, a fire-and-brimstone preacher, a reasonable but boring minister, and an engaging preacher. On rare occasions, he has even been something of a Badass Preacher, such as rescuing Flanders from baboons.
  • Freudian Excuse: His apathy was the result of Ned whining to him about everything.
  • Hates the Job, Loves the Limelight: For some reason, he still carries on with his job, despite his passion for Christianity and preaching being slowly eroded through the years by Ned Flanders' overbearing ways.
  • Hiding Behind Religion: He does have faith but most of his actions is for money and influence. He admits at one point the fundraising for a higher bell tower is simply compensating on his part.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: After Ned's constant whining got to him, he just stopped caring (of course, by then, it was the 1980s, and no one really noticed).
  • Jerkass: Negligent towards his profession, apathetic towards the tenets of his faith, and indifferent to the well-being of his flock.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: His description of his fight with the baboons at the zoo.
    And that's when I got mad.
  • Odd Friendship:
    • With Rabbi Krustofsky of all people, and they even did a public radio show every Sunday night.
    • He also has this with Ned Flanders; Ned's devotion to his faith and overcaution has burnt out Reverend Lovejoy over the years or caused outright scorn for Ned, yet the two are seen together outside of the church and are on the same bowling team.
  • Parental Neglect: Apparently the reason why Jessica Lovejoy is not a good girl. Lovejoy refuses to pay attention to her, and when faced with her issues simply chooses to ignore them.
  • Preacher Man: It's his job.
  • Rail Enthusiast: His off-job hobby is model trains, though he rarely gets a chance to enjoy them.

    Helen Lovejoy 
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Won't someone please think of the children?!
Debut: "Life on the Fast Lane"

Reverend Lovejoy's snooping, interfering, gossipy busy-body of a wife. Voiced by Maggie Roswell (1990-1999, 2002-) and Marcia Mitzman Gaven (1999-2002).

  • The Alchoholic: After intentionally spiting Lisa to make her angry at Bart, Helen declares she will reward herself with a box of wine.
  • Ambiguous Gender Identity: The Parson tells Lovejoy he remembers back when her name was Harold, but she's also been depicted as a little girl.
  • Ambiguously Bi: During her and Timothy's roleplaying in "Sky Police" she becomes very interested when she hears another woman at the door, asking Tim to send her in.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: The Parson says he remembers her when her last name was Schwartzbaum.
  • Asshole Victim: If she's in a Halloween episode, chances are she'd die a horrifying death. With everyone in town rejoicing.
  • Big Bad: In certain episodes, she can be this. She's also one of the central villains of the series alongside Mr. Burns, Sideshow Bob, and Fat Tony.
  • Catch-Phrase: "Ohhh, won't somebody PLEASE think of the children?"
  • Demoted to Extra: For a period, when her voice actress (who was also the voice actress for Ned Flanders' wife, Maude) left the show, the writers pretty much kept her in the background and only bring her out in crowd scenes.
  • Drama Queen: Her Think of the Children! argument is often preceded by exaggerated sobbing.
  • Evil Counterpart: She's a straw Moral Guardian like Marge, but is at the same time a heartless bully who takes pleasures of ruining people's lives.
  • Flanderization: She went from "the nagging wife of the pastor" to "a stuck-up bitch who has to get the dirt on everyone, but mostly on Marge". She seems to exist to antagonize Marge for no reason other than because she can.
  • Gossipy Hens: She introduces herself as "the gossipy wife of the minister"; when she has nothing else to gossip about, she resorts to telling secrets about her own personal life.
  • Hypocrite: The Trope Namer for Think of the Children! , like her husband chooses to ignore the fact that her daughter is a bigger trouble maker than Bart
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: No redeeming factions, whatsoever, and the few times she did nice things for others was for selfish reasons.
  • Kick the Dog: She's done this many times. Like making sure Marge ends up in jail for accidental theft, intentionally withholding the info that Homer had eaten highly spicy peppers instead of drinking so she could induce an ugly divorce, crashing into Marge's shopping cart so she can make make Bart and Lisa hate each other, sending the Yakuza to kill the entire family out of spite, and so on.
  • Moral Guardian: A puritanical protestant who's quick to demand that things be banned at risk of corrupting Springfield's youth.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite being staunchly conservative, she openly brags about having a transgender cousin.
  • Think of the Children!: Trope Namer. Frequently, when something stirs up public outcry in Springfield, she screams "Won't somebody please think of the children?".

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Doctors

     Dr. Julius Hibbert 
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Debut: "Bart the Daredevil"

Unflappable family doctor to the Simpsons and a number of other Springfieldians. Voiced by Harry Shearer.

  • Back-Alley Doctor: Zigzagged. While he is sometimes seen as a genuinely competent doctor, he does seem to have questionable practices. It's even implied that he might be practicing without a medical licence. Though whatever the case, he's always much more competent than Dr. Nick.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Since the town's only other doctor is Nick Riviera, Dr. Hibbert is able to get away with some disturbing habits, such as his inappropriate laughter.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He makes absolutely no effort to conceal the fact that he can be a very cruel man whenever he feels like it, especially if you can't afford to pay his medical work. As a result, Depending on the Writer he can switch between Affably Evil and Faux Affably Evil (and the now inceasingly-rare Only Sane Man moments) at the drop of a hat.
  • Characterization Marches On: In his first appearance, "Bart the Daredevil", he is as a stern, competent professional. By his very next appearance, he became somewhat absent-minded and laugh-prone ("Ah-hee-hee-hee!") and an expy of Bill Cosby, complete with a wife who looks like Phylicia Rashad (only with darker skin), a teenage son who looks like Malcolm-Jamal Warner, and a daughter who looked like Keisha Knight-Pulliam.
  • Dissonant Serenity: The smile and the laughter very rarely leave his face, especially in moments he's about to do something cruel, and when they do it's either a sign of an incoming Take That! or a rare Only Sane Man moment.
  • Expy: When Fox made the suicidal decision to put The Simpsons against The Cosby Show, Groening went all in and introduced Springfield's own Cliff Huxtable.
  • Fun with Acronyms: He runs a HMO that stands for "Hibbert's Moneymaking Organisation" rather than "Health Maintenance Organisation".
  • The Hyena: Dr. Hibbert laughs at everything, and anything he doesn't find funny is usually the subject of a Take That!. This got lampshaded by "Bleeding Gums" Murphy in his last episode, when he refers to his brother (given up for adoption) that always laughed at inappropriate times. Cue Dr. Hibbert.
    Dr. Hibbert: That appears to be a Ford urinating on a Chevrolet.
    Mrs. Hibbert: Don't you usually laugh at everything?
    Dr. Hibbert: Yes. I usually do.
  • I Was Quite a Fashion Victim: Shown in flashbacks with some questionable hairstyles. When Bart was born, he had an afro. When Lisa was born, he had cornrows with Afrocentric beads on them. When Maggie was born, he had a Mr. T-style mohawk.
  • Long-Lost Relative:
    • It is implied that he and Bleeding Gums Murphy are long-lost brothers; Hibbert says he has a long-lost brother who is a jazz musician, and Murphy says he has a brother who is a doctor that chuckles at inappropriate times, but somehow the two don't put these clues together.
    • He also has a twin brother who runs an orphanage. Naturally, Homer doesn't bother to tell him.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Originally, Hibbert was one of the few competent people in Springfield and often played the role of Only Sane Man, but he eventually became this.
    • He seems to spend more time finding ways to have his patients sign away their right to sue before the inevitable malpractice issue than actually being a quality doctor. He also has made it clear repeatedly that he will not do 'anything' to help a patient unless he's paid (preferably in advance).
    • He also profited heavily when all companies in Springfield eliminated their health care programs, forcing people to pay at a premium. He actually created his own HMO: a Hibbert Moneymaking Organization.
    • He shills medicines for any company that pays him, regardless of how effective they are.
    • He once showcased that he has knowledge (and most probably contacts) in the baby trafficking black market. When a horrified Marge made clear that she was keeping her baby (Maggie), Hibbert backpedaled with his offer by saying he was testing her.
    • Likely his most immoral action (by the standards of Real Life medicine) was approving of an obviously unhealthy eating contest (as it was in a restaurant he held half-ownership of) where one contestant actually died of beef poisoning, and then claiming it was caused by another restaurant.
  • Only in It for the Money: During one episode he's seen setting up a HMO: Hibbert Moneymaking Organization.
  • Sad Clown: In one episode ("Make Room For Lisa") he mentions that he guffaws all the time to deal with the constant stresses he suffers ("Before I started doing that, I was on the quick path to the cemetery").
  • Strawman Political: He's a proud member of the Springfield Republican Party, who are literal Card Carrying Villains with Supervillain Lair castle included.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Heavily implied in "And Maggie Makes Three", given he knows the exact price a healthy newborn fetches on the black market. He quickly covers his ass by telling Marge he was testing her.

     Doctor Nick Riviera 
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Debut: "Bart Gets Hit by a Car"

A quack physician with an exaggerated Hispanic accent. Voiced by Hank Azaria.

  • Afraid of Blood: Shown being squicked by blood while learning surgery.
  • Back-Alley Doctor: In "King-Sized Homer"note , he tells Bart that he went to Hollywood Upstairs Medical College (which sounds dubious), but in "Homer's Triple Bypass," there's a flashback that implies he went to a real university, though the only thing he remembers from his college days is going to a frat party and hitting on a hippie chick. He also has a "no questions asked" policy with his clients, to the point that he (and his staff) has Seen It All when it comes to crime-related injuries and tells a gut-shot Snake in one episode: "You don't have to lie to me! Save it for the police!"
  • Catch-Phrase: "Hi, everybody!"
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Not evil, but clearly missing a few marbles, something his patients often suffer as a result of. He actually went to medical school (proven by a flashback) but it isn't known if he actually graduated, and while he practices medicine, he uses controversial and often illegal methods. To give some examples:
    • In one episode a hospital review board brings up the accusations against him which include performing surgery with a knife and fork from a seafood restaurant and misuse of cadavers (he had put them in his car in order to use the carpool lane and get to work quicker).
    • In another episode, he is asked to talk to the coroner, and he says, "Ugh, the coroner. I'm so sick of that guy!" suggesting his patients get sent there rather often. (Ironically, this is the episode where Nick does Homer's double bypass surgery, and Nick actually does it right, but Lisa helps him a little.)
    Dr. Nick: Well if isn't my old friend, Mister Mc Greg! With a leg for an arm and an arm for a leg!
    • In "King-Sized Homer" he is recommended by another doctor on the grounds that he will help someone become morbidly obese while other doctors can't in good conscience do it.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He was inspired by Dr. George C. Nichopoulos, who was Elvis Presley's personal physician during the last years of his life.
  • Phrase-Catcher: "Hi, Doctor Nick!" So much that every character in Simpsons Road Rage says this to him when they pick him up.
  • Unexplained Recovery: He seems to die in The Simpsons Movie, but is alive and well in later episodes. Word of God is that he merely fainted.

     Dr. Marvin Monroe 
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Debut: "There's No Disgrace Like Home"

A TV psychologist in Springfield. Voiced by Harry Shearer.

  • Alliterative Name: Marvin Monroe
  • Bus Crash: He was retired around the seventh season as no one on the crew — not even his voice actor, Harry Shearer — liked the character. His death was confirmed during the 138th episode spectacular. This episode revealed the death in the form of a question: "What two popular Simpsons characters have died in the past year?", to which the answer was, "If you said Bleeding Gums Murphy and Dr. Marvin Monroe you were wrong; they were never popular." Many people in Springfield also believe him to be dead because several things had been named after him, such as the Marvin Monroe Memorial Hospital and a school gym. His grave is also shown. However...
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Several years later he spontaneously appears at Marge's book signing, buying a copy of her book, The Harpooned Heart. Marge, shocked to see him, exclaims that she hasn't seen him in years. Dr. Monroe explains: "Oh, I've been very sick."

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Celebrities

     Kent Brockman 
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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.

  • Ambiguously Jewish: It is revealed that he changed his name from "Kenny Brockelstein" and he is seen wearing a Hebrew chai necklace in "Dog of Death", but he frequently attends Reverend Lovejoy's church and mentions his belief in the New Testament Book of Revelation in "Marge on the Lam".
  • Deadpan Snarker: In the vein of a typical news anchor, he makes monotone quips about everything.
  • Delusions of Local Grandeur: He often makes Springfield look and sound more fancy than it really is.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Most of his crew hates him. It's telling that the network's emergency card is a picture of Kent in a straitjacket.
  • Hates the Job, Loves the Limelight: Jaded that he is a sellout for a local channel but enjoys the money and attention from the towns folks.
  • Hostility on the Set: In-Universe — him being a prima donna and the rest of the station's personnel hating him and tossing barbs at him any way they can (like making the "technical difficulties" card a drawing of an insane Kent in a straightjacket and Arnie Pye's constant on-air trading of insults) is a Running Gag.
  • It's All About Me: The opening to Eye on Springfield is A) filled with beautiful women in little clothing, and B) Kent's various activities.
  • Jerkass: Frequently rude and insensitive, especially to those he works with, and keeps a list on everyone in town he suspects to be gay.
  • Kent Brockman News: The Trope Namer himself. He blatantly skews reports to fit his political or personal interests, and his helicopter newsman hates him. He has been fired mid-story at least once, quit mid-story at least once, and always brings his personal views to a story. In "Radio Bart", he ignores the rescue of Bart from a well to cover a squirrel that looks like Abraham Lincoln (soon afterwards, the squirrel is assassinated, and a shaken Brockman pledges to "cover this (story) all night if we have to"). At one point it's implied that Brockman only covered the fall of the Berlin Wall because his infant daughter convinced him to. This is referenced in an episode wherein, at the advice of said daughter, he dedicates his entire half-hour news broadcast to a children's doll (this reporter found it hard to stop talking), and mentions only just before the fadeout that, on that same day, the president was arrested for murder.
  • Pet the Dog: After Homer kidnapped children, Kent was far more concerned with the victims' health than chronicling Homer's attempt to escape.
  • The Quisling: One memorable episode where he, for one, "welcome(d) our new insect overlords".
    "I'd like to remind [the Insect Overlords] that as a trusted TV personality I could be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar caves!"
  • Straight Man: To Arnie Pye's fame-chasing vigilante.

     Krusty the Clown 
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Hey, hey, kids!
Debut: "The Krusty the Clown Show"
Debut on the The Simpsons: "The Telltale Head"

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 Herschel Shmoikel Pinchas Yerucham Krustofsky, 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.

  • Alter Kocker: Is either on his way to this trope or already there, Depending on the Writer.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: Confirmed as Jewish in the second season, despite that he once grilled pork products on an episode of his show and suffered a heart attack. Another episode had him telling a Jewish cook to keep quiet about his religious background.
  • Bad Boss: His poor treatment towards Sideshow Bob is the reason for Bob's attempt to framed him. His successor Sideshow Mel and Mr. Teeny are treated similarly by Krusty.
  • Big Name Fan: Yet another In-Universe example. Krusty is a big Judge Judy fan, and recorded every episode. Unfortunately, given how expensive videotapes were, he reused tapes of old episodes of his own show to record Judy. Sideshow Bob did not take this well.
  • Butt-Monkey: Despite being a celebrity (although how big of one he is depends on the writer; see below), if Krusty's backstory is anything to go by, he often found himself the victims of Disproportionate Retribution and George Jetson Job Security. Such cases include being fired for 22 years just because a pair of stage shutters wouldn't open, or getting his bus pass revoked for drinking a soda.
  • Catch-Phrase: "Hey hey, kids!" or "Hey, hey" followed by his goofy laugh.
  • Character Development: In "Krusty Gets Busted", he admits that, despite promoting children's literacy, he's illiterate himself (which was also a telltale sign about his innocence). Later episodes would show that he'd since become at least semi-literate.
  • Conspicuous Consumption: From lighting cigars with $100 bills to buying a new house because the old one is dirty.
  • Critic-Proof: An In-Universe example. When Krusty first debuted, the reviewers said he wouldn't last a week. More recently, he says that there's no way he could win an Emmy, since the Academy hates him and it's mentioned multiple times that he steals jokes and has nothing above kid's entertainment material. None of this stops Krusty from having a massive fanbase and hosting the number one children's show in America.
  • Cry Laughing: Switches between laughing and crying after he reveals he's bipolar.
  • The Cynic: He's always pessimistic about everything when he's not on the air.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He's this when he's not performing.
  • Denser and Wackier: An In-Universe example occurs with Krusty's show. In the early '60s, Krusty started out hosting a serious political discussion show, featuring guests such as AFL-CIO chairman George Meany. Later, the show started to become sillier (Robert Frost appeared as a serious guest, but Krusty dumped a load of snow on him), until it became the full-fledged kiddie show people know and love today.
  • Depraved Kids' Show Host: Due to his Freudian Excuse.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?:
    • "Let's just say it (Burns' film) moved me... TO A BIGGER HOUSE!"
    • "Uh oh, I said the quiet part loud and the loud part quiet."
  • Dirty Old Man: Krusty loves pornography and has had multiple flings with much younger women. He's also sexually harassed at least one woman to the point where the courts appointed "Ms. 'No Means No'" as a new sidekick to warn him whenever he goes too far...and Krusty immediately began to hit on her.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Finds no humor in the prospect of Apu cheating on his wife when he has a ton of kids.
  • Flanderization: He went from being a cheery and fun-loving children's entertainer who loved having the camera on him to a weary and cynical old showbiz figure with a heart of gold, to a greedy and shameless sellout. This might have something to do with how he actually was originally Homer himself in disguise - note their appearances - something that was abandoned early.
  • A Fool and His New Money Are Soon Parted: Thanks to the fluid nature of the show, Krusty has a weird budget and net worth. In some episodes, he's only a locally known kids' show host and he hardly has any money, and in other episodes he's a media empire on par with Disney.
  • Freudian Excuse: As a child, his father, Hyman Krustofsky, who's extremely devoted to the Jewish faith and also the town rabbi, had disapproved of young Herschel's goal to become a world-famous comedian. Even after making up after 25 years, he still remains a bitter individual.
  • The Gambling Addict: He has such a problem frittering away money on ridiculous bets that he makes a wager against the Harlem Globetrotters. This ends up incurring the wrath of The Mafia.
  • Genre Shift: In-universe.
    • "Bart Of Darkness" reveals that Krusty originally hosted a show on politics in the early 60s. He regards that a step down from where he currently is.
    • When he realizes that his material and persona are growing stale in "The Last Temptation of Krust", Krusty reinvents himself as a more adult-orientated social-comic. He's able to find a lot of success by channelling his bitterness and cynicism into social commentary, though by the episode's end he chooses the corporate-sponsored lifestyle over his rebellious-though-not-as-well-paying persona.
    • As revealed in "The Ten-Per-Cent Solution" he actually started out as a serious and well-respected stand-up comedian before his agent convinced him that cheap laughs payed more.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: An In-Universe example. Krusty is widely beloved in America, but he's also revered by the French à la Jerry Lewis.
  • Grumpy Bear: He's a grump both on and off the air when someone agitates him.
  • Hates the Job, Loves the Limelight: He hates being a clown but loves the attention so much he keeps doing his act for a living. He was such a hard-core version of this Trope (even before Flanderization kicked in) that he used to be the Trope Namer.
  • The Hyena: He has a very hard time staying serious during an interview with Kent Brockman; he is issued a First Name Ultimatum.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: On his better days.
  • "Just Joking" Justification: When the Simpsons look horrified when he says he can have somebody whacked if you pay him a thousand dollars, he responds with "When you give me that look, it's a joke."
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Widely adored by almost every child in Springfield, yet continues to have an apathetic outlook on life.
  • The Merch: In universe, he has merchandised everything including home pregnancy tests, legal forms and traffic signs. Most of these products are extremely shoddily made.
  • Money, Dear Boy: In-Universe. He will always choose selling out over artistic integrity. He endorses so many products in fact, that in 'Homie The Clown' he's theirs almost nothing left that he doesn't 'already' endorse.
  • Monster Clown: Krusty has the uncanny ability to sometimes cause heart attacks in people with pacemakers. He even has one himself (which is why his face is so pale, though a lot of past episodes imply that his white makeup is just makeup and, in one case, can be genetically passed note ). One Treehouse of Horror episode had him show his audience what he would look like in HD. It wasn't pretty.
  • Mood-Swinger: He goes from cheerful and goofy to sassy and cynical at the drop of a hat.
  • Morality Chain: To spite his trouble remembering him, Bart can sometimes be played as this.
  • Multiple Demographic Appeal: An In-Universe example. The Krusty The Klown Show is enjoyed by children, but many adults like Homer also enjoy it.
  • Nice Character, Mean Actor: "When I'm off the clock, kids can go jump in a lake for all I care."
  • Non-Ironic Clown: Krusty is a cynical parody of this (more specifically, Bozo), yet despite his being greedy and disinterested, his merchandise being low-quality and dangerous and his show's shrinking budget, he manages to bring joy to children and we occasionally see hints that even after everything, he still loves comedy. Even if he is a hack. In a flashback to his childhood, he admits to his rabbi father that he wants to be a clown because "I want to make people laugh!"
  • No Product Safety Standards: Every product he endorses. Krusty has even been shown to endorse a product without even looking at it before stamping it with his 'seal of quality'. When Bart wins a legal settlement after swallowing a jagged metal Krusty-O, it's replaced with flesh eating bacteria. His pregnancy tests can apparently induce birth defects.
  • Older Than They Look: He looks about the same age as Homer (who is in his late thirties, though he himself is a case of Younger Than They Look) but in many episodes he talks about being show business for decades (fifty years according to a Season 26 episode).
  • Old-Timey Bathing Suit: He wears one in the episode "Insane Clown Poppy". Apparently for a jaded and washed-up celebrity who likes to indulge in vices, he draws the line at showing off his midsection.
  • Only in It for the Money: He will shill almost anything as long as it means a steady income. This includes his show being sponsored by the very drug he has been battling an addiction to.
  • Overly Long Name: Herschel Shmoikel Pinchas Yerucham Krustofsky.
  • Pet the Dog: When in a good mood.
  • Plagiarism in Fiction: Krusty regularly plagiarizes material from other comedians.
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: Krusty's made millions of dollars during his career. Unfortunately, he's also found all kinds of ways to waste it: Lighting his cigarettes with everything from hundred-dollar bills to strings of pearls to copies of Action Comics #1; Eating omelets made from rare condor eggs; sending roses to Bea Arthur's grave even when she was still alive; buying a ruby-studded clown nose; hiring Kenny G to play for him in his elevator; buying a new house when his old one is dirty; buying pornographic magazines (which Apu says kept him in business during his first year); settling lawsuits other comedians launch when he steals their material; and gambling on everything from horse races to sporting events to operas.
  • Sad Clown: Krusty suffers from depression and can be quite self-loathing, which he self-medicates with alcohol. It's even discussed in one episode.
    Homer: Let's tell Krusty! That guy's hilarious!
    Marge: I keep telling you: off-camera he's a desperately unhappy man.
  • Spinoff Babies: An unusual In-Universe variant. Some clips of The Krusty The Klown Show depict it almost as a version of The Tonight Show for children.
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: Tends to replace the "C"s in his shows' names with "K"s, to match his stage name. It bites him in the ass when he starts the "Krusty Komedy Klassic", and realizes too late just what the show's acronym spells. To make matters worse he was live at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem at the time.
  • Yiddish as a Second Language: In "Day of the Jackanapes", his second attempt to break out into TV was in Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. However, it backfired when the door sequence had his door unable to open, leaving him to exclaim, "The farkakt doors are stuck!"

     Melvin Van Horne (Sideshow Mel) 
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I shall make this into my SCREENSAVER!

Debut: "Itchy & Scratchy & Marge"

Krusty's sidekick on his TV show, a replacement for Sideshow Bob (who was arrested after attempting to frame Krusty the Clown by robbing the Kwik-E-Mart), 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.

  • Beehive Hairdo: Less extreme than Marge Simpson's, but bright green with a bone through the middle. Apparently his natural hairstyle.
  • Broken Ace: Despite having achieved success as an entertainer, he feels like a jaded sellout, and urges Lisa not to go down his path.
  • Butt-Monkey: He gets his moments, mainly with Krusty and the Krusty show. He doesn't learn to give up and stop looking for the good things in life, though.
  • Classically Trained Extra: Like Sideshow Bob before him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Whenever he's playing Straight Man to Krusty.
  • Good Counterpart: He shares some similarities to Sideshow Bob, but he's much more pleasant.
  • Greek Chorus: He frequently serves as the spokesperson for the opinion of a crowd of people.
  • Ivy League for Everyone: Went to Cornell.
  • Large Ham: When not in character on the Krusty show, Mel speaks in a grandiose English/Shakespearean accent and owns many poodles.
    "I'll see to it that Mr. Burns suffers the infernal machinations of Hell's grim tyrant!"
  • Nice Guy: At least until you give him a sandwich with cheese in it, triggering his lactose intolerance.
  • Replacement Scrappy: He's apparently one of these in-universe, as revealed in "Black Widower" when Krusty reunites with Sideshow Bob during a telethon:
    Krusty: That jerk I got to replace you, he isn't fit to hold your slide whistle.
    Sideshow Mel: [watching at home, visibly hurt] All I can be is myself.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: He uses a lot of figure of speech and grand synonyms in his everyday life.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: According to one comic book story at least. He's considered so attractive when his hair is down that he's constantly mobbed by women. Mel laments that, "It was a empty existence. No one could see the real me inside."
  • Stock Femur Bone: Mel perpetually wears a bone in his hair which may or may not be permanently affixed.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: He was hired to replace Sideshow Bob after he got arrested from framing Krusty by arm robbing the Kwik-E-Mart.
  • Trrrilling Rrrs: Frrrequently.
  • 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!

     Rainier Wolfcastle 
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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.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: There's been a few quick gags showcasing he's more vile than he looks, such as acting chummy with Krusty when the latter says out loud that he's an anti-Semite (instead of a "self-hating Jew", It's a Long Story) and his appearances as a member of the Springfield Republican Party. He also admitted outright that his father was a Nazi (a reference to Gustav Schwarzenegger) and he's implied to be a sympathizer.
  • Bond One-Liner: Is fond of these both in his movies and in person.
  • Catch-Phrase: Mendoooozaa!!
  • Commie Nazis: Trope Namer. He fought them in his movies.
  • Destination Defenestration: The kinds of movies he stars in means he gets to do plenty of this to others.
  • Dull Surprise: In-universe example. Outside of anger, he barely shows any emotion. When his partner's dying in the McBain movie, he responds to him asking his name in the most bored tone possible.
  • Dumb Muscle: Upon being told his shoes were untied, he bent down to look. It took him hours of staring at his feet to realise he was wearing loafers.
  • Expy Coexistence: Over time the writers have added multiple details that have made Wolfcastle less of a generic The Ahnold and more of a full-on Expy of Schwarzenegger (such as a wife named Maria, like Arnold's (now ex-) wife). Schwarzenegger (or someone heavily implied to be him) appears as the President of the United States in The Simpsons Movie.
  • I Am Not Spock: In-universe example; even when he's not acting, people tend to refer to him as McBain. In fact, the name "Rainier Wolfcastle" was invented well after the character's debut, to avoid legal problems from the makers of the actual movie ''McBain".
  • Hand Cannon: The weapon of choice for his McBain character, and that's when he's packing light.
  • More Dakka: How McBain solves all his problems. And possibly Wolfcastle as well, given his reaction to a man insulting him is to threaten him with an assault rifle.
  • 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.
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder: Movie critic Jay Sherman makes one while interviewing Wolfcastle and reviewing one of his movies.
    Wolfcastle: The film is just me in front of a brick wall for an hour and a half. It cost $80 million.
    Sherman: How do you sleep at night?
    Wolfcastle: On top of a pile of money with many beautiful ladies.
    Sherman: Just asking.
  • Shameless Fanservice Guy: He has no reservations with people seeing his junk, on the grounds that "the whole world saw it" when he went full-frontal in one of his movies.
  • 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 claims he's 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.

     Troy McClure 
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You might remember me from such character pages as this one!

Debut: "Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment"
Final Episode: "Bart the Mother"

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.

  • A Day in the Limelight: "A Fish Called Selma", which explores his tarnished career, and features his attempts at a comeback by dating Selma.
  • The Alcoholic: A severe one, according to "Bart's Inner Child". He used to be a fifty-a-day man.
    Troy: "Sweet liquor eases the pain."
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: His career was killed after rumors spread that he does "weird things" to fish, including an indecent act he did at the local aquarium. His fish fetish is so bad, he brings a new, disgusting meaning to the phrase, "sleeping with the fishes".
  • Blind Without 'Em: Pretty much blind without his glasses, but he refuses to wear them.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: All of Hartman's characters were retired after his death, as production thought it would be in poor taste to simply replace him (the fact that his children would be watching was often cited). On very rare occasions, they will turn up in the background, though.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He was willing to use Selma, a lonely spinster, to return to stardom, but decides he can't have a kid just for fame, and humbly accepts Selma's goodbye.
  • He Really Can Act: An In-Universe example. Troy's career problems are implied to stem from his addictions, his poor choice of acting roles, and (of course) the fish thing. On the rare occasions when he gets a genuinely good role, such as playing the lead in Planet Of The Apes: The Musical, he hits it out of the park.
  • The Long List: Has been in a lot of films, TV shows, infomercials, tele-phons, public service announcements, and stage productions throughout his career.
  • Mad Libs Catch Phrase: "Hi, I'm Troy McClure! You may remember me from such [genre he's currently appearing in]s as [title X] and [title Y]." A few episodes play with this:
    • In "Das Bus", he only appears in-character on a TV movie based on the story of Noah's Ark. When Marge tells the family to get to bed, Lisa had this line:
      Lisa: You let us stay up to watch Troy McClure in such other bible epics as David vs. Super-Goliath and Suddenly Last Supper.
    • In "Treehouse of Horror IX", he was supposed to host a special on executions. When he was replaced with guest star Ed McMahon after Hartman died, we get this greeting:
      McMahon: Hi, I'm Ed McMahon! Tonight on FOX, from the producers of When Skirts Fall Off and Secrets of National Security Revealed, it's World's Deadliest Executions!
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: As an actor, a number of his appearances are simply different projects he's done.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's a mash up of Troy Donahue and Doug McClure, the latter of which thought the character was hilarious.
  • Pet the Dog: While his first date with Selma was just a bribe to get her to pass his eye exam at the DMV, when she is reprimanded for smoking in a restaurant, he lights up a cigar so she won't feel embarrassed.
  • White-Dwarf Starlet: His best years in cinema are long behind him, to the extent that his agent didn't contact him for twelve years.
  • You Might Remember Me from...: The Trope Namer and an In-Universe example with a Mad Libs Catch Phrase in which he introduces himself as having been part of multiple (constantly absurdly-named) works related to whatever he's presenting.

     Drederick Tatum 
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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  Voiced by Hank Azaria.

  • Art Evolution: In Tatum's first few appearances he looked a lot different than he does now. (E.g. he had no beard, a more snout-ish nose (like Chief Wiggum) and his hair was more flat.)
  • Beware the Nice Ones: 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." Then he said he will make orphans of Homer's children.
  • The Dreaded: Once stopped a full-blown prison riot from his cell by telling the rioters "Hey guys, come on, shut up!" while eating, and without raising his voice. The rioters promptly complied, immediately returning to their cells, and with even a guard shown to apologize to him.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It doesn't take much to provoke him. Homer uses it to his advantage when he's a paparazzi.
    Homer: Hey, Drederick!
    Drederick: Yes, how can I help you, my handsome friend?
    Homer: Your hip hop CD was forceful and unnecessary.
    Drederick: Okay, here we go.
  • 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. Until you provoke him.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He is a direct parody of Mike Tyson, right down to his violent criminal record, high-pitched, lisping voice and his mansion full of exotic animals. 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: The guy's main selling point.
  • Tranquil Fury: He never even so much as raises his voice. The kind of brutal pummeling that he can deliver with minimum effort or even looking angry is the reason he was The Dreaded during his prison stay, and also makes his promise to turn Homer's children into orphans at the press conference before their match all the more creepier.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Easily provoked but he doesn't have the same maliciousness that he had in his first episode.
  • Would Hurt a Child: When Nelson starts bullying him because Lisa covered Tantum with nerd sweat, he tells the remorseful Nelson he doesn't have a choice but hit him.

     Chespirito (Bumblebee Man) 
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¡Ay, ay, ay!

Debut: "Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie"

A Latino entertainer for Channel Ocho. In his sitcom, he dresses in a bumblebee costume and performs slapstick comedy. Voiced by Hank Azaria.

  • Captain Ersatz: Of El Chapulín Colorado.
  • Catch-Phrase: His catchphrases of choice are typically "¡Ay, ay, ay, no me gusta!" ("I don't like it!"), "¡Ay, ay, ay, no es bueno!" ("That's not good!") and "¡Ay, Dios no me ama!" ("God doesn't love me!").
  • The Chew Toy: Whether in his show or in life, the poor guy keeps suffering from Amusing Injuries.
  • Consummate Professional: Even though his show is arguably lowbrow slapstick, Bumblebee Man takes its quality very seriously and tries to ensure the production is the best it can be:
    Bumblebee Man: Ay ay ay! No me gusta!...(In his normal voice) Ugh, I'm sorry, I'm just not comfortable with this Ethan. (Removes prop lobster from his butt)
    Ethan: What's the matter, love?
    Bumblebee Man: It's just the same old tired gags, isn't it? I mean, let's give the audience some credit!
    Ethan: How about a giant mousetrap?
    Bumblebee Man: I love it! (A giant mousetrap prop is clamped to his butt)
    Ethan: Action!
    Bumblebee Man: (Back to his Spanish voice) Ay ay ay! No me gusta!
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Word of God says that several words spoken by him (woodpequero for woodpecker) were made up on purpose for the audience who the writers expected not to know a lick of Spanish.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Bumblebee Man never takes off his costume in public, and almost never in private. The sole exception is a short segment showing his private life.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: "Bart Gets Famous" reveals that he actually speaks perfect English with an English accent, and that the whole Spanish part of his character is just an act.

     Captain Lance Murdock 
Debut: "Bart the Daredevil"

A daredevil performer who does death-defying stunts. Voiced by Dan Castellaneta.

     Bill and Marty 
The DJ duo for Springfield's KBBL station. Voiced by Dan Castellaneta and Harry Shearer.

  • Dumbass DJ: Marty especially. He keeps playing "The Monster Mash" by Bobby Pickett on days like Valentine's Day and Bill refers to him as dead weight when he makes an awful pun.
  • Those Two Guys: They're never seen apart from one another.

     Booberella 
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Debut: "I'm Spelling as Fast as I Can"

An ample-chested vampire-looking woman and a local TV personality in Springfield. Voiced by Tress MacNeille.

  • Absolute Cleavage: She dresses in low-cut vampire-style outfits that show lots of cleavage.
  • Big Breast Pride: She constantly tries to make sure her TV audience is staring at her breasts.

     Ernst and Gunter 
Debut: "$pringfield"

A German duo of animal performers. Voiced by Harry Shearer and Hank Azaria.

     Arnie Pye 
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Debut: "Homer Alone"

Springfield's chopper news reporter. Voiced by Dan Castellaneta.

  • Deadline News: Occasionally, things go really bad for him while he's in the middle of reporting. In one notable incident, he's about to crash into a mountain during a blizzard just before the (now upside-down) camera cuts off.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When dealing with Kent.
  • Hostility on the Set: In-Universe — Arnie tossing insults at Kent mid-broadcast because of his resentment acting up is a Running Gag. In one episode where Kent is kicked out and Arnie takes over as anchor, his speech about how he's glad to be the one delivering the news is loaded with smarminess.
  • Meet the New Boss: In one episode where Kent is kicked out and Arnie takes over as anchor, it's made pretty clear that he's no different from Kent.
  • Motor Mouth: As one would expect of a chopper news reporter.
  • The Resenter: He despises Kent Brockman for his greater success in TV news.
    Kent: I think what the viewers want to know, Arnie, is "Is my house okay?"
    Arnie: You mean is your giant castle okay, Kent? [This as the view from the helicopter shows a gated mansion likely to be Kent's.]
    Kent: Don't hate me because I bought at the right time, Arnie.
    Arnie: When's my right time, Kent? When's my right time!?
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Has a terrible working relationship with Kent Brockman, whom he regularly insults on air.

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