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  • Aerith and Bob: Homer and Bart are uncommon names, Lisa and Maggie are normal names, Marge is somewhere in the middle.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: With the exception of Maggie, the immediate family is occasionally put down by their hometown, Springfield. This trope is usually put into effect due to Homer's blunders, Bart's mischief, or a series of events which brings out the town's general nastiness.
  • All Work vs. All Play: Marge and Lisa are All Work while Homer and Bart are All Play. This gets lampshaded a couple of times.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: The family may argue a lot on even the pettiest things but they still love each other no matter what.
  • Badass Family: All of them have their awesome moments but only a couple at a time are allowed to be badass together.
    • It's a bit of a Running Gag that Maggie is the most badass member of the family. She saved Homer's life on four separate occasions and was the one who shot Mr. Burns.
    • Strangely, Homer shows some elements of this, especially in the movie. In the main series, he's often got involved in car chases that required him to kick someone's ass.
    • Marge is regularly shown to be very physically gifted and a skilled fighter. She was once a police officer, a bodybuilder, and won an MMA match.
    • Lisa has her moments, most notably with the episode "Lisa on Ice". There's also the time that Lisa one-hit KO'd Bart in an MMA ring and she also connects a gloriously-animated punch on Bart in the movie.
  • Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: The Simpson women. Marge is feminine and nurturing (beauty), Lisa has genius IQ (brains), and Maggie despite being an infant is a guntotting mallet-wielding badass (brawn).
  • Black-and-White Insanity: Marge and Lisa have strong moral values and refuse to accept a gray area. Bart and Homer, on the other hand, are comfortable with breaking the law for their own amusements but will atone when they think they've crossed a line. This is best shown with Marge and Lisa's views on lying.
    • In "Reality Bites" Marge becomes a realtor and uses her morals to prevent people from buying a new house. Lionel Hutz explains that telling the truth has both good and bad consequences, only for Marge to go against the business and try to return the Flanders' money after they happily bought a new house from her. The reason why she wanted to return the money was that she lied about the house since it had a history with homicide, and she felt that she should have pointed it out sooner.
    • In "Lisa Gets An A" Lisa cheats on her literacy test and gets an A+++. Even though her cheating would benefit everyone in the school, she ultimately confesses her guilt from cheating and that the school was using funds they didn't earn.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Homer is usually the one to say "D'oh", but Marge, Bart, Lisa, Grampa and Mona have all said it too. The only family member who hasn't said it is Maggie, and that's only because she can't talk yet.
  • Brother–Sister Team: A great deal of episodes involve Bart & Lisa teaming up to foil some sort of evil plot, or at least getting involved in general hijinks.
  • The Conscience: Both Lisa and Marge are the sources of moral guidance for Bart and Homer. Lisa often becomes the voice of logic when Bart and Homer are forced to deal with a situation that they may have caused or worsened.
  • Dysfunctional Family: The obvious exemplar, we could be here all day with examples to back up their inclusion. However, even if the President wished Americans could be "more like The Waltons and less like The Simpsons," they stay together, go to church together and eat dinner together every night, and they're ultimately closely-knit.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: Bart is a notorious prankster who relies on manipulation and stealth over combat (thief). Lisa's intelligence is held in high esteem by her family and educators (mage). Despite Maggie's infancy, she's shown to have a proficiency with firearms and was shown to be worryingly violent after she hit Homer with a mallet (fighter).
  • Flanderization: All of their traits have been exaggerated over time, most notably Homer goes from an ignorant, short-tempered but loving father to an idiotic Jerkass Manchild and Lisa goes from a sweet, intelligent and well-behaved girl to a Little Miss Perfect Soapbox Sadie who is often Holier Than Thou.
  • Friendless Background: The female Simpsons, depending on the episode (justified with Maggie because she’s a baby). They are occasionally seen hanging out with other people (a few random classmates for Lisa or random local women for Marge) but they have no consistent friendships with other characters. Both Marge and Lisa explicitly say "I have no friends" several times and it sometimes becomes a plot point, like in "Pay Pal".
  • Hollywood Genetics: Homer (had brown hair) and Marge (blue hair) have three blonde kids. None of the Bouviers are blonde, and Abe Simpson also had brown hair... One episode claims that Bart's natural hair color is red which makes it weirder. Downplayed when it comes to eye color. Different blink-and-you’ll-miss moments across the series reveal Homer and the kids have blue eyes, but Marge’s eyes are hazel.
  • Iconic Item: Homer has his doughnuts and cans of Duff Beer, Bart has his slingshot and skateboard, Lisa has her saxophone, and Maggie has her pacifier, leaving Marge as the only immediate family member without an item ironically associated with her.
  • Jacob and Esau: All 3 children prefer Marge over Homer. While Bart prefers to go on adventures with Homer, he respects Marge far more due to Homer's treatment towards him. While Lisa loves her father, she finds it easier to talk to Marge and has more in common with her than Homer. Maggie prefers Marge due to Homer's negligence.
    Marge: Homer, we can't root for one child over the other. You wouldn't like it if the kids played favorites with us.
    Bart: Hey, Mom! Look at me, Mom!
    Lisa: Hi, Mom! Over here! Mom!
  • Meaningful Name: Their surname "Simpson" was taken from the slang word "Simp" which means "A silly or foolish person". With that in mind, their surname is supposed to be interpreted as "Son of the foolish person". The Simpsons have a unique syndrome that only affects the males in the family, it's a degenerative condition that damages their brain cells and lowers their IQ.
  • Never My Fault: They often refuse to take their share of the blame when something goes wrong.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: Out of the Simpson children, Lisa is nice (the well-behaved girl), Bart is mean (disrespectful and proud of it), and Maggie is in-between (mostly a harmless baby but with a violent, dark side).
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Their particular design and physical features are unique family traits and not used for any other character on the show (with rare exceptions), like Homer’s beard line, Marge's ridiculously tall Beehive Hairdo, or Bart, Lisa and Maggie's skin-coloured "hair" (they are supposedly blonde but every other blonde haired character in the show is drawn with more realistic hair).
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: They never age, and Bart and Lisa have been Elementary School children for 30+ years. This concept is parodied and lampshaded many times on the show. In the episode "Behind the Laughter", where in a "documentary" about the show featuring the cast as Animated Actors, Lisa complains about how she was forced to take anti-growth hormones in order to prolong the series.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Averted, for Homer and Lisa. But played straight for Marge (Marjorie), Bart (Bartholomew) and Maggie (Margaret). This also extended a bit for the extended family: Abe (Abraham), Patty (Patricia), Jackie (Jaqueline) and Herb (Herbert).
  • Parents as People: Both Homer and Marge are happy with their children, they do show vulnerability and problems that everyone faces.
    • Homer sometimes feels trapped because he and Marge had kids before they were at a secure point in their life. Homer had to give up his dreams to provide a steady income for his family. He lashes out at Bart because he doesn't know how to genuinely bond with him and can't find an activity they can share. He and Lisa have very little in common but both are trying to find common ground with each other, while Homer often forgets Maggie exists because of his work.
    • Marge has to project a very high moral standard for her children, for example; telling them that it's wrong to lie no matter how much it benefits everyone in the process. Like Homer, Marge had to give up her dreams so she can care for the children and sacrificed her personal life in the process. At the same; she had to prioritise Maggie which left her unprepared on how to quell Bart's behavior and how to bond with Lisa.
  • Positive Discrimination: The show is renowned for using this at its most intense form, with Marge, Lisa and Maggie often established as gifted, intelligent, and sensible people, while Homer and Bart usually act like immoral idiots who instigate the dilemma of each episode. The show's long run (along with Flanderization taking its toll) has led to numerous reversals and deconstructions (Lisa has gained an ego complex due to this trope, sometimes condescending and underestimating Bart and Homer, while Marge's sensible demeanor was exaggerated to the point she needs Homer for any impulsive drive), but the trope's formula is still easily the most consistent.
  • Principles Zealot: Both Marge and Lisa have uncompromising moral principles and will often sacrifice the benefits of a bad decision, on the basis of morality. While the two have a strong moral fibre and are able to set an example for Bart and Homer, there are times where it was more beneficial to keep quiet about their misdeeds.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Impulsive Homer and practical joke artist Bart clearly form the Red Oni half of the Simpson household to pragmatic, tradition-worshipping Marge and bookworm Lisa's Blue Oni.
  • Thicker Than Water: For all their bickering and dysfunction, it's made clear that they are incredibly loyal to each other. In "Lisa's Wedding", Lisa ends up calling off the titular wedding just before it was meant to happen because of how much her groom disrespects the rest of them.
    Hugh: You complain about them more than anyone.
    Lisa: That may be, but I still love them, and I don't think you understand that.
  • Three Faces Of Adam: Bart is "The Hunter" because he's the young rebel who takes great risks to perform pranks. Homer is "The Lord" because he's the family breadwinner who lets his impulses cloud his judgement but has enough skills and resources to find employment or reemployment. Grandpa is "The Prophet" because he's the oldest and he frequently tells wartime stories to anyone who listens.
  • Three Faces of Eve: Two variants,
    • Lisa is "the wife" because she's the smartest of the family and often provides counsel to the other members. Marge is "the seductress" because of her beauty and because of the number of men attracted to her. Maggie is "the child" because of her infancy.
    • Marge is "the wife" because she's calm, rational and capable of giving advice to others. While Lisa is "the seductress" because of the number of boys who've been attracted to her.
  • Town Girls: Traditional housewife Marge is the Femme, intellectual Granola Girl Lisa is the Neither, and Maggie is portrayed as Butch in future episodes when she is older (dresses like a punker, is the leader of a rockband, etc.) and even in the present she has a violent streak and can use weapons.
  • Tuckerization: All of the members of the Simpsons family are named after Matt Groening's family members, except Bart, which is an anagram of brat. Bart was originally going to be named Matt.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Due to their Non-Standard Character Design, they are quite weird-looking compared to all the other characters, but this is hardly ever noticed in-universe. Even in the episode where Lisa's hair is a plot point, she's treated like a generic blonde girl. Marge is also considered extremely beautiful, and nobody has a problem with her Beehive Hairdo. In the crossover episode with Futurama, Leela is one of few characters who notice that Marge's hair is strange.
  • Women Are Wiser: The trope gets taken to its logical extreme in the episode "Lisa The Simpson", where Lisa discovers that even though all Simpsons start out intelligent, only the men have a genetic condition that causes them to gradually lose their intelligence as they age, ending up as bumbling, idiotic man-children working menial jobs, while the women keep their intelligence into adulthood and thus are all very successful.
  • Youngest Child Wins: Due to Marge and Homer having children at such young ages, each child is overshadowed by the other. Bart was unwittingly supplanted by Lisa because Homer and Marge had to focus their time on her, while Lisa is eventually supplanted by Maggie because of her age and because of Bart's rebellious behaviour.

    Homer Jay Simpson 
The father, the dope, and more or less the main character of the show. Homer is overweight, almost completely bald, and rather selfish, short-tempered and stupid, but is a good person at heart and has a bright outlook on life. Voiced by Dan Castellaneta.
  • For tropes related to him, see here.

    Marjorie Jacqueline "Marge" Simpson (née Bouvier) 
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The mother and typically both The Straight Man and closer to earth, Marge is predominantly a homemaker, but does have her wilder side. Loving and supportive, her devotion to her family may be strained at times but is never broken. Voiced by Julie Kavner.


  • Action Mom: She despises violence but, somewhat ironically, is regularly shown to be very physically gifted and a skilled fighter. She was once a police officer, a bodybuilder, and won an MMA match.
  • AM/FM Characterization: Her favorite singer is Tom Jones.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: While not as much as Homer, she tends to embarrass her kids especially Bart.
  • Amusing Injuries: Her hair often gets destroyed in various creative ways.
  • Aesop Amnesia: No matter how often she meddles in someone else's affairs and inevitably makes things worse because she's against it for whatever reason the episode gives her and learns she shouldn't do it, she keeps doing it anyway in later episodes.
  • The Artifact: Apparently, the original reason for the giant beehive was that it hid rabbit ears. Eventually, the idea was scrapped.
  • Beehive Hairdo: Yes. Some flashbacks depict her as having had it since she was a baby, though the first full-episode flashback shows her only doing it like this for her high school prom.
  • Belief Makes You Stupid: Despite her standing as the voice of reason and common sense to her husband's stupidity and impulsiveness, Marge has a tendency to let her religious views cloud her judgement, leading her to act as a narrow-minded fundamentalist at best or a self-righteous moral guardian at worst.
  • Berserk Button: Any woman who displays an interest in Homer - even when it is purely platonic - will bring about her wrath. In "Friends and Family" Homer had to explain multiple times to Marge that Julia was just a friend but she still went absolutely ballistic.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Despite her conservative personality and general niceness, she's easily the scariest member of the Simpsons family when angered. You do not want to piss her off. Numerous focus episodes tend to show how vicious she can be. She shamed the entire population of Springfield because they drove Bart to suicide over a little league game. When driven past breaking point by Homer being an extra-strength jerkass, Marge finally loses her temper completely and attacks Ned with a broken bottle (Ned is stronger than he looks and admits he's having difficulty keeping Marge at bay, she did manage to stab him).
  • Big "WHAT?!": Has a tendency to let these out whenever Homer says or does something insane. In other words, at least once every other episode.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Nowhere near the levels of Lois Griffin, but while early seasons would have Marge be more Innocently Insensitive (see Aesop Amnesia above), Flanderization has caused her to become this trope especially when dealing with her family. Anytime someone in her family chooses a new political point or religion outside of her own, even if it's more beneficial to them or even society as a whole, Marge will stop to go to great lengths to prevent this. She also will gleefully say that she will always support Bart as he becomes an utter failure in life.
  • The Bore: Marge's incredibly bland taste in everything is a frequent source of humor. For example; looking for some adrenaline in her life, Marge decides to stop buying regular ham, and go instead for deviled ham. Contrast this with Homer's Renaissance Man qualities, music, language, etc. only some of which are played as one off jokes.
  • Catchphrase: "Hmmmmmm..." According to one of the DVD audio commentaries, the writers wanted to establish "I don't think that's a good idea" as her catchphrase in earlier seasons.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Any woman getting too close to Homer (even if they are genuinely just friends) will drive her insane. One of the main reasons she stays married to Homer is because she feels the need to possess him and have him dependent on her. After forgiving Lurleen, she threatens her with serious bodily harm if she comes near her husband again. Luckily for her, Homer is oblivious to all attraction other women have as Marge is the only woman he loves.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Definitely downplayed compared to Homer, but she still has moments that show her to be on the loopy side.
    Marge: Why don't you bring this potato? It's pretty big.
    Bart: Mom, you're always trying to give us potatoes. What is it with you?
    Marge: I just think they're neat.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: That said, she's typically the one who prevents Homer from doing anything too foolish.
  • The Comically Serious: Noted for her rather dull and no-risk demeanor, occasionally getting dizzy thrills out of monotonous activities like household chores (she does desire excitement and diversity every once in a while however, which is revealed to be a partial reason she likes Homer).
  • Covert Pervert: In some episodes, she does some perverse things including getting drunk. Also this line from when Homer was reading Kama Sutra.
    Homer: Hey, look, Marge, they took our idea.
    Marge: Ooooh.
  • Daddy's Girl: This isn't very apparent, as said dad has very few appearances and isn't mentioned very often, but "Fear of Flying" seems to imply that Marge was close to her father. So finding out his Unmanly Secret was shocking to her.
  • Determinator: Whenever Marge really wants something, she will stop at nothing to get it.
  • Double Standard: In an early episode, she has several dates with a man who makes numerous explicit romantic overtures with her, and she only backs out from sleeping with him while she's driving to a rendezvous to do just that. In the very next episode, she finds a photo of Homer platonically dancing with a bellydancer at a stag party and acts like she cheated on him, to the point of yelling at him and throwing him out of his own house. Although part of it was because Homer lied repeatedly that there won't be a stripper, and Bart is the one that took photos of it and she thinks it will set a terrible precedent for him on how to treat women.
  • Dude Magnet: Many men were attracted to her, like Moe, Mr. Burns, or her high school classmate who was still obsessed with her after 20 years.
  • Education Mama: Especially with Bart, she even home-schools him for a period of time.
  • Extreme Doormat: As Homer became more of a Jerkass, Marge appeared to be more and more of a doormat, forgiving him over and over again, not only for stupid accidents and acts of ignorance, but huge acts of genuine deceit. While Bart and Lisa weren't willing to put up with it in many cases, Marge overlooked almost everything he did. Finally addressed in the movie where Marge declares she has put up with Homer's jerkass nature and shenanigans long enough and decides to leave him. Homer spends the rest of the movie figuring out why Marge left him and what he can do to correct it. Some episodes show that this behavior came from how Patty and Selma treated her.
  • Fan Hater: In-universe example. When at her worst, Marge is willing to protest anything she despises because others like it, even outright admitting this in "The Great Wife Hope".
  • Fanservice Pack: She was originally designed to look kind of dowdy, befitting an overworked housewife (hence the exaggerated Beehive Hairdo). But as Homer is expressly overweight and slovenly she came across quite a bit more attractive in comparison. A couple of episodes take advantage of this.
    • The main plot of the episode "Large Marge" is all about her accidentally gaining huge boobs (they were meant for Mayor Quimby's female intern). She in fact went into plastic surgery for light liposuction after developing some body image insecurities.
    • In some Halloween specials she is more busty than in regular episodes, especially when based on fanservice-heavy genres like Slasher films.
    • After getting mugged Marge started weight training and exercising regularly, developing a much more fit, athletic body compared to her normal softer figure. Then when she gets into competitive bodybuilding it becomes Fan Disservice, as her heavily muscled shoulders and arms looks unsettling in her traditional green dress.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Marge seems to buy into this quite a lot, as she does take a lot of joy in preparing household meals. But a long-running background joke is that Marge can be a pretty bland cook, once claiming that her secret ingredient was salt.
    • Averted in one episode, where she apparently made bad sundaes.
      Marge: What's wrong with my sundaes?!
  • Flanderization:
    • She went from being a loving, prepared, down to earth mother who lectured Bart whenever he was up to his old tricks to overprotecting him and being paranoid about his well-being.
    • Her somewhat no-nonsense personality was also Flanderized somewhat. In early episodes, she was merely wiser and something of a nag, though she did cut loose on several occasions. In later episodes she is extremely boring and un-impulsive by nature, getting hyped up by household chores and monotonous hobbies.
    • In the earlier episodes of the show, Marge was a very supportive mother and the family's voice of reason and moral authority when Lisa's personality was not yet fully developed (actually, Lisa's Soapbox Sadie tendencies were lifted from Marge). However, she was Not So Above It All at times (like in "Rosebud", where she lampshades it with a "Well, why can't I be greedy once in a while?"). In later episodes, her good parenting became an Informed Attribute due to her transformation into a Stepford Smiler ("Catch 'Em If You Can " is a good example) and she became more likely to join Homer and the rest of Springfield in whatever stupid shenanigans they were getting into in the episode.
    • It could be partly thanks to Homer's Flanderisation into a gluttonous manchild, but Marge used to call Homer out on his behaviour. As Homer became more of a Jerkass, Marge became a Stepford Smiler who wanted their marriage to succeed no matter what crazy things he did. Then Homer became a greedy, selfish, lying alcoholic who endangered and abused his family. Since Marge chastising her husband every time he's stupid would get boring, she started by forgiving him impulsively at the end of every episode and now seems completely blind to his flaws. But Fox seems to have enough problems with showing Homer being locked out of the house for the night, let alone Marge filing for divorce, so by doing nothing, she's basically an enabler.
    • Her boringness. The first time Marge learned her husband and children thought she was no fun, in season 5, Marge was actually hurt and angered by this. In later years, Marge actively seeks the best ways to be duller than dishwater, and make other types of fun illegal.
  • Foil: To Homer. While Homer is goofy, aggressive, and unintelligent, Marge is serious, calm, and rather smart. Typically she's the one who prevents Homer from doing anything too foolish.
  • Friendless Background: A fact made clear several times is that Marge has little to no actual friends, for a variety of reasons. One big reason is Homer himself, who it's implied has routinely (accidentally, mind) driven away anyone who might want to socialize with her. A secondary reason is due to being a card-carrying wet blanket, as shown at the beginning of "The Twisted World of Marge Simpson".
  • The Fundamentalist: It's not overt, but Marge is incredibly intolerant when Lisa decides to convert to Buddhism, first saying she couldn't get dessert and later trying to bribe her with a (fake) pony on Christmas, and when Bart decides to become Catholic, she even kidnaps him from the Catholic School. Marge hates Catholics and thinks they are strange... despite being proud of and "knowledgeable" of her French heritage. France is a historically Catholic nation with the Christian population of France being overwhelmingly Catholic with over 13 million members, in comparison the Protestant population is only around 500,000. Likewise, she's outraged when Homer desires to forgo church in lieu of passively worshipping God from his couch, going as far as calling him wicked, or when he joins Bart in becoming Catholic. She eventually accepts her family's choices, as long as they perform lip-service at Church on Sunday. This is a really weird trait for her to have, as one episode showed that she hadn't even bothered to have her children baptised. Marge's moralizing is so infamous that the entire town knows about it. When the townspeople are debating whether to adopt legalized gambling, Mayor Quimby asks if there are any moral objections. Everybody in the room immediately turns towards Marge.
  • Gag Boobs: She briefly had a case of this in "Large Marge" in which she was accidentally given breast implants. Amusingly the first gag about it comes from her, no less, in which she describes that her "maguppies became bazongas!"
  • The Gambling Addict: In the episode where a casino is built in Springfield, Marge loses quite a fortune at the slots. Since then, her gambling is mostly under control, though it is mentioned every now and then.
    Comic Book Guy: Hey, I'm watching you!
  • Green-Eyed Monster: In "Friends and Family", the prospect of Homer getting a new female best friend named Julia causes her to become irate with him and complain that if another woman is his best friend then that makes their marriage feel less important if Marge herself isn't his best friend. She of course comes around to her senses (but feels right being angry at him anyway).
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: Marge tends to be oblivious to bad people such as bullies. However, as seen in "Sleeping with the Enemy", she does seem to be aware of Nelson's bullying as she asks him if he was the boy who beats up her son, suggesting that she is either naive towards bullying or is easily manipulated by the bullies.
  • Good Parents: She is a very loving and caring mother who has a close bond with all her children. She has her issues and sometimes argues with Bart or Lisa, but her intentions are good, and is always willing to support her children and give them advice.
  • Gossipy Hens: She does love her gossip. When Maggie's baby monitor picks up on phone calls, she becomes addicted to listening to it.
  • Guttural Growler: A rare female version. She has a trademark growling voice, yet one that somehow sounds high-pitched.
  • Hairstyle Inertia: Zig Zagged. Depictions of her earlier years vary between her having the same Beehive Hairdo (sometimes shorter than it usually is) or a different style.
  • Hammerspace Hair: Her total height including the hair is eight foot six. Her hairdo is strong enough to hold everything from Maggie to a beach umbrella to a jar full of money to a ten-pin bowling ball.
  • Happily Married: For most of the show's run with Homer. Despite the many conflicts they get into, they'll always find their way out of it.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Occasionally, though she's normally more of a social drinker.
  • Hidden Depths: She is great at making sculptures and wanted to be a painter once.
  • Hidden Eyes: In the aforementioned "Little Orphan Millie", to keep Homer guessing her eye color.
  • Hikikomori: Spends a period like this in "The Strong Arms of the Ma". She eventually overcame this after using the weight-lifting set Homer bought from Rainier Wolfcastle.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Zigzagged. Marge is sometimes naive towards people or tend to let her fundamentals influence her better judgement, but she's still depicted as the Only Sane Man of the family. When Bart is told to make a Valentine's Day card for Nelson, she quickly tells him that Jesus told his followers to "love thy enemy", despite recognising Nelson's bullying history with Bart. When Bart was being hunted by Jimbo, Kearney and Dolph for having an affair with Jimbo's girlfriend Shauna, Marge genuinely believed that they were friends with Bart and told them to wait. She also unintentionally ruined the marriage of Otto and then girlfriend Becky by telling her to make an ultimatum by making him choose between her and his his music. He chooses the latter in a heartbeat despite Marge thinking that he would choose Becky out of love.
  • Housewife: While she does have a few jobs over the show's run, she spends most of her time as a housewife.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Begs Homer to get rid of his gun, claiming she doesn't want a gun in her house. After Homer gives it to her to dispose of, she keeps it for herself.
    • In episode 9 of the first season, Marge basically has an affair with a man she met while bowling, and only got a change of heart when driving off to a sexual rendezvous with him. The VERY NEXT EPISODE, Marge finds a photo of Homer dancing (with no sexual overtones) with a bellydancer at a stag party he went to (with her knowledge), and proceeds to treat him highly condescendingly, throw him out of his own house, and act like he cheated on her.
    • Doubly so with Homer's platonic relationship with Lurleen Lumpkin another hundred or so episodes later, where she is against him spending any time with Lurleen (despite him being her manager) and treats it like he is cheating on her.
    • She supports gay rights and is proud of Homer for marrying gay couples, but when her sister comes out of the closet she refuses to accept her sexuality.
  • I Can Change My Beloved: Marge did this with Homer, and insists it worked and that now he's a "whole new person", despite the evidence that he's still an often-inconsiderate slob. Lisa's response is to just pretend to agree with her.
  • I Have No Son!: While she doesn't officially disown Bart nor kicks him out of the house, she either distanced herself from Bart, became so disappointed in Bart, or flat-out gave up on Bart at least four times. Three ("Marge Be Not Proud", "Bart the Mother" and "Peeping Mom") she had reason to (and in the first case was convinced it was for his own good), but one ("Love is a Many Splintered Thing") was for petty reasons.
  • I Want Grandkids: In "The Burns and the Bees", when Marge is asked what her greatest fear is, she instantly replies, "Never being a grandmother". Another episode has Marge, who believes she is about to be executed, despairing that she wouldn't see her children grow up and start their own families, etc.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: Inverted. In "Husbands and Knives", she got upset when she realises her hips were too wide and she had lost her "perfect" 26-26-26 figure.
  • Impossibly-Low Neckline: Her regular dress. Once even lampshaded by a prison warden.
    Warden: NOTHING IS KEEPING UP HER DRESS! ONLY HER MELONS!!!
  • Incredibly Lame Fun: Marge gets thrills out of monotonous activities such as household chores and evening walks (of which she tends to prefer the dullest route). The family actually tend to find doing Marge's ideas of fun more unbearable than Homer or Bart's troublemaking.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Marge was not designed with the intention of being attractive, and is in fact described as plain or even homely looking multiple times early on. However, as the writers became more aware of the Perverse Sexual Lust parts of their fan base had for her (and the Generic Cuteness of the art style making her not much different than other attractive characters), they turned her into a Dude Magnet who is way out of Homer's league, despite not altering her design at all.
  • Insistent Terminology: She always refers to intimate times with Homer as "snuggling."
  • It's All About Me: A minor example, but Marge often makes efforts to prevent her family from doing things they like because it might embarrass her. Then again, the embarrassment ranges from dressing inappropriately or drinking at a party to hitting the Queen of England and angering Australia.
  • I Want Grandkids: Her greatest fear is dying without grandchildren.
  • Jerkass Ball: While she's normally the most down to earth of the family, she does act more insensitive than usual in a few episodes, especially "Regarding Margie".
  • Karma Houdini: A combination of Double Standard and her status as the show's Designated Victim makes her this. She can be a Jerkass on the same level as Homer, but if her actions aren't ignored or played for laughs, her bad behavior is a sign that she's unappreciated or overworked. This includes things such as praying that Lisa's vegetarian diet makes her sick, tricking her into eating meat, and even trying to kill Homer because she had to take over his driving duties, and not once did she even show that she was the slightest bit sorry. There are episodes where Marge is clearly shown in the wrong, only for it to go through a Halfway Plot Switch so not only are her actions forgotten, she usually ends up getting exactly what wanted. Her abuse and neglect of Bart is also regularly ignored in favor of focusing on Homer's.
  • Kick the Dog: Marge spikes her vegetarian daughter's food with meat juice and, when hearing that Lisa has an iron deficiency, actually hopes that her vegetarianism was causing it. In "Dogtown", she literally kicks the alpha dog as a display of dominance, though she immediately apologizes for it.
  • Knight Templar: Slips into this in some episodes when she goes too far to keep the family's life normal. A few episodes with the other family members questioning religion, for example, has her almost rival Ned in her zealotry.
  • Laughing at Your Own Jokes: She does this occasionally. She gives her best one liners when no one's around.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: Her motherly appearance comes primarily from her Beehive Hairdo making her look much older than she is. Whenever her hairstyle changes due to being wet, wearing a hat or otherwise trying a new look it is connected with her fanservice being ramped up.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Her standard outfit is a strapless green dress with a pearl necklace. On some occasions she wears a green jacket when going out for the evening. When a thief came into town he removed her necklace, showing indentations in her skin. She later revealed to have a lot of replica pearl necklaces, each one being a family heirloom.
  • Literal-Minded: Marge has shown multiple times to have a poor recognition of sarcasm and is sometimes literal-minded towards jokes.
    • For example, when Bart makes a joke about Homer's weight disrupting satellites, she still believes it to be true despite Homer telling her it was a joke.
    • Another example would be Marge becoming confused when Bart tells her that he was being sarcastic when he sarcastically clapped in celebration of Lisa's promotion to school president.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Her marriage to Homer is what stops him from crossing a line. Homer loves Marge so much that he's willing to let many people (such as Patty and Selma) speak to him with such cruelty and callousness. It's fair to say that without Marge's support in Homer's life, he would become a Villain Protagonist due to his abusive behavior towards Bart, alcoholism, negligence of Maggie and poor connection with Lisa despite his unconquerable love for all of his children.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Her possessiveness of Homer can lead her to become paranoid and a court actually finds her "insane". She suspects any woman who gets along well with Homer is actually trying to steal him away from her. She threatens to hurt Lurleen, is glad that Mindy lost her job, attempts to get rid of Julia (not the yandere one), and tries to kill Becky because she believes she is trying to take her place in the Simpson's family (although in the last case she was right). Marge can be downright terrifying.
  • Lust Object: Marge has gained attention from a majority of male characters like Moe, Mr. Burns and a number of celebrities.
    • It probably helps that she's a housewife with a beehive hairdo that regularly wears a strapless dress.
  • Mama Bear: Any attack against her children, even through her son is a well-known troublemaker; Marge will go on the war path... even if you’re part of the 99 percent of Springfield. Don’t mess with the Simpson children in general. It also helps to know this same rules applies to Homer... most of the time.
  • Marital Rape License: She overpowers and rapes Homer in "Strong Arms of the Ma", and it's Played for Laughs.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Marge is this to pretty much everyone. She presents herself as an overworked and under-appreciated housewife and mother despite repeatedly showing that she gets thrills out of monotonous activities such as household chores. She also becomes incredibly neurotic whenever she gets a chance to relax as seen in "Regarding Margie".
  • Meaningful Name: The name Marjorie means "pearl", which shows how valuable she is to the family, and also why she values her antique heirloom pearl necklace so much.
  • Moral Guardian: In her more insufferable moments, she forces her sense of morality onto others when she does not possess the authority to do so.
  • Morality Pet: To Bart and Homer. Whenever Bart and/or Homer did something too far, they'll know when their actions upsets Marge.
  • Ms. Fanservice:
    • "Grampa vs. Sexual Inadequacy" has several moments showing Marge has an astounding body.
    • She becomes this in "Large Marge", in which she is accidentally given breast implants and becomes a model.
    • In "The Devil Wears Nada" after sexy pictures of her end up on a charity calendar.
    • Several of the Halloween specials have Fanservice scenes with her too.
    • In Real Life she appeared on Playboy posing semi-nude!
  • Ms. Vice Girl: Marge is normally a loving wife and mother, but suffers from a gambling addiction, which can occasionally pop up every now and then. More commonly she is also something of a finicky wet blanket, often unwilling to break from her standard comfort zone, which can make her rather overbearing and humourless. It says something that as often as the kids feel more comfortable around Marge than Homer, they actually find the latter's antics more tolerable than her fussy moods.
  • Mundane Object Amazement: Her dullness is often Played for Laughs. She gets excited over very mundane things, such as potatoes.
  • Nervous Wreck: The antics of her family sometimes drive her to nervous breakdowns.
  • Nice Girl: While she can be somewhat judgemental and narrow-minded from time to time, Marge is generally portrayed as being an incredibly loving and extremely patient mother and wife.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: She doesn't mean it, but she often scares the crap out of people around her.
  • Not Me This Time: A non-villainous example. When the town tries to legalize gambling, Mayor Quimby asks if anyone objects, and everyone turns to look at Marge, who's okay with it.
  • Not So Above It All: Will join in on some antics at times. For example, when Homer starts a food fight with the Flanders, Marge (along with Lisa) hesitates for a moment before joining in with the same glee as Homer and Bart. During "Rosebud", when the family are discussing what to do with Bobo, it's Marge who suggests extorting Mr. Burns, defensively asking "well, why can't I be greedy once in a while?" During "The Old Man and the Lisa", she actually manages to get two pretty solid burns in on Burns in the space of a minute.
  • One True Love: "El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer" reveals her to be Homer's soul mate, and there are more than enough episodes that show that they were made for each other.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: She's primarily called "Marge" by relatives and friends alike.
  • Only Sane Woman: Most of the time. The straight man role is usually traded between her and Lisa.
  • Parental Substitute: Marge has often become a replacement mother for characters who have either been abandoned by their own parents, live in poverty or live in a household that lacks parental love. Examples of this include Nelson Muntz ("Sleeping with the Enemy") and Dwight ("I Don't Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"). It's also due to her motherly personality that she is unknowingly able to convince Simon ("Double, Double, Boy in Trouble") to stay with them after his troublesome first day of pretending to be Bart.
  • Parenting the Husband: To Homer.
    Announcer: Attention, Marge Simpson: your son has been arrested.
    Announcer: Attention, Marge Simpson: we've also arrested your older, balder, fatter son.
  • Sleeps in the Nude: There were several episodes in the early Seasons where she is shown to be sleeping in the nude instead of her nightwear, such as in "Burns Verkaufen Der Kraftwerk", "Colonel Homer", and "Bart's Inner Child". And this is without first having or preparing to have sex. note .
  • Stacy's Mom: Several young characters, such as Nelson and Milhouse, have admitted to finding her attractive.
    Bart: My mom wears earrings. Do you think she's cool?
    Milhouse: No, I think she's hot! ...Sorry, it just slipped out...
  • Stepford Smiler:
    • From very early on. Marge mentions in "Moaning Lisa" that her mother always told her to smile, otherwise people would judge her, though Marge couldn't bring herself to make Lisa do this. She frequently refuses to talk about subjects she doesn't like (such as one of her uncles going on a shooting spree). Her long-suppressed fear of flying is not helped by Marge's utter refusal to admit there actually is a problem, even when it's causing her to become increasingly neurotic.
    • More pronounced as of recent, although it's understandable considering Homer's increasing Jerkassness. Comes to the fore in The Movie where she admits that she can't overlook Homer's jerkass qualities anymore and actually gets to the point where she decides to leave him. This immediately shakes Homer out of his jerkass bravado, making him realise what the hell he's done wrong and immediately begin to set about putting it right.
  • Straight Man: Shares this role with Lisa, most of the time.
  • Stronger Than They Look: She occasionally displays superhuman strength. She has been seen lifting Homer off the ground easily several times, including picking him up and throwing him through the bedroom door to show him that Moe taught her the bum's rush and swinging him around in a circle during a dance contest; she also once effortlessly tossed a motorcycle to Homer up a flight of stairs. She also knocked Snake out with a garbage can lid.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Looks the same as her mother when she was her age.
  • Token Religious Teammate: She is easily the most religious member of the family, as the others would likely not go to church if it wasn't for her.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: While she was always prone to Not So Above It All moments, later seasons crank these up to a point where she plays the Only Sane Man much less regularly.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: From approximately season 20 onwards, Marge has been depicted as much more petty and manipulative over her family, alternating between trying to live out her dreams through Lisa and passive-aggressively guilt-tripping any family member who dares to be more successful than her into giving up said passion for her sake. She also verges towards being straight-up abusive towards Homer on occasion, even when he hasn't done anything, all while being pretty quick to contemplate cheating on him herself.
  • True Blue Femininity: Her hair.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: Marge often tries to forgive her wrongdoers and can sometimes be too forgiving. Her sisters, Patty and Selma, are the best examples of this as she always forgives them for bullying her in the past and trying to make her divorce Homer. With Sideshow Bob, it depends on the episode as she'll sometimes forgive him for trying to murder her son and other times, she'd jump to protect Bart from Bob.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Hot Wife to Homer's Ugly Guy. It does show that Homer was slimmer when they were dating, and early episodes has Homer bemoan his weight gain. The episode "The Italian Bob" even seems to reference it; when the end of the episode shows Marge and Homer taking a romantic gondola ride, the gondolier providing his services for the evening puts his own spin on the song That's Amore, much to Homer's annoyance.
    Gondolier:When a wife looks like that and her husband's so fat, that's immoral!
  • Unnamed Parent: In the Tracey Ullman shorts, Homer and Marge were credited as "Mr/Mrs Simpson" or "Mom/Dad". While Homer is referred to by his final name in the shorts themselves, Marge's name wouldn't be mentioned until the series itself.
  • Useless Bystander Parent: She only ever offers token resistance when Homer abuses Bart; the most Marge does is acknowledge it's happening without actually doing anything to stop it.
  • Vocal Dissonance: She's a tall and very beautiful woman in her mid 40s...with a raspy and croacky voice which makes her sound like one in her 70s. This becomes more apparent after season 30, where Kavner's voice has grown even raspier with age, often making Marge sound like she's losing her voice.
  • The Voiceless: In the episode "Krusty Gets Kancelled".
  • Wet Blanket Wife: Marge started off more as a Closer to Earth spouse for Homer, though she was eventually Flanderized into a more dull and neurotic character who tends to find the least enjoyable way of doing things the most acceptable. One episode lampshaded that Marge needs Homer's reckless antics for any excitement in her life, to the point where she ended up taking his place when a Jerkass Realization made him this trope instead.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: It was not until season 19 we find out the color of Marge’s eyes. They are hazel. Homer even wrote a song about her called “Beautiful Eyes.”
  • Women Are Wiser: She takes this Up to Eleven to the point of parody. Homer is the archetypical dimwitted sitcom husband who nearly always needs to learn a moral lesson in any given episode, which he is almost certain to forget by the next. Marge, on the other hand, is so down-to-earth that she is incredibly boring.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Frequently asked exactly why she stays with an insane, boorish drunken clod like Homer. Usually she's able to give an answer.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Flying, due to finding out her father was a stewardess as a child (and also because she never addressed the shame this caused her).
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Marge naively believes in the best in people and often puts her faith in love conquering all. For example, she believes everyone should be married or in a relationship despite Lisa telling her that some people prefer to be single or alone.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: And an outrageously tall hairdo.

    Bartholomew JoJo "Bart" Simpson 
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"I didn't do it. Nobody saw me do it. You can't prove anything."

Debut: "Good Night"
Debut on The Simpsons: "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire"

The son and original protagonist of the show in its first couple seasons. Though the oldest child of the family, Bart is a self-professed hellion and mischief-making little punk, though not incapable of good things for the right reason. Voiced by Nancy Cartwright.


  • For tropes related to him, see here.
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    Lisa Marie Simpson 
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"Why do I get the feeling that one day I'll be describing this to a psychiatrist?"

Debut: "Good Night"
Debut on The Simpsons: "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire"

The smart one and the middle child, Lisa is both a bookworm and something of the "hippie" of the family. Her intelligence, as seasons roll on, can sometimes make her into an annoying know-it-all. Has trouble fitting in with other kids her age. Voiced by Yeardley Smith.


  • For tropes related to her, see here.

    Margaret Evelyn "Maggie" Simpson 
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*sucks pacifier*

Debut: "Good Night"
Debut on The Simpsons: "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire"

The youngest of the children. Typically a marginal figure, but she does get her share of scenes. Voiced by Elizabeth Taylor, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, James Earl Jones and Jodie Foster on different (generally non-canon) occasions.


  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • The shorts The Longest Daycare and Playdate With Destiny were shown in theatres before Ice Age 4: Continental Drift and Onward, respectively. They're perhaps the only pieces of Simpsons media that focus exclusively on Maggie. In The Longest Daycare, Marge only appears at the start and the end to drop off and pick up Maggie, Baby Gerald is the villain, and all the other characters are nameless background babies. In Playdate With Destiny, Homer and Marge have no bigger purpose than to bring Maggie to the playground (or not, in Homer's case), and new character Hudson is a romantic co-lead.
    • There were also two Tracey Ullman sketches (one of which was a two-parter) involving her wandering off when Bart and Lisa were neglectful in babysitting her.
    • "And Maggie Makes Three" and the second half of "Hello Gutter, Hello Fadder" more or less focus on her (or rather, the father-daughter relationship between herself and Homer, who constantly neglects and forgets her existence, despite that he has her baby photos at work collaged around the "Don't Forget: You're Here Forever" demotivational plaque so that it reads, "Do It For Her").
    • "Moe Baby Blues" focuses on her relationship and adventures with Moe after he becomes her babysitter.
    • There were a couple of picture books released in the '90s starring her, and aimed at a much younger audience than the show itself.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: Sometimes she is overly attached to Marge, but one episode based on trying to make her more independent worked TOO well, and she was able to watch her favorite shows and get snacks all by herself.
  • Advertised Extra: As part of the main family, she appears in promotional illustrations and is featured prominently in the opening, however most of the time she is just a mute toddler who serves as a Living Prop to the point that the others (especially Homer) often forget about her existence. It can be argued that the show has four main characters instead of five (in contrast with Family Guy, where the baby is one of the most prominent protagonists).
  • Anti-Hero: As demonstrated with her competence with firearms and the ending to "Master and Cadaver" where she channels Alex DeLarge.
  • Arch-Enemy: Gerald, the baby with one eyebrow.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Maggie is the youngest child and the youngest Simpson family member.
  • Badass Adorable: She's saved Homer's life on four separate occasions and Moe's life on another, stopped a mob fight with only her innocent smile, and was the one who shot Mr. Burns.
  • Berserk Button: Losing her pacifier. Often she'll cry, but "Crook and Ladder" from Season 18 shows that she will rampage if she's forcibly separated from her pacifier.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Despite being a quiet Cute Mute toddler, she has taken down a gang of mobsters, saved Homer from drowning, threatened to shank Mister Teeny with a broken bottle in the movie, and then later saved Homer and Bart from the head of the EPA when he was about to kill them. In one of the Treehouse of Horror episodes, she unleashes her pent-up rage and brains Marge with a shovel because she's sick of being read "Goodnight Moon". She isn't above hurting people when she needs to.
  • Big Brother Worship: She seems to get along with Bart pretty well and likes to spend time with him. In "O Brother, Where Bart Thou", Maggie is excited to see him, and she is playful with him in the final moments of "The Yellow Badge Of Cowardage".
  • Brainy Baby: Numerous episodes have implied that she's very smart for her age. She may be more intelligent than the rest of the family. Yes, even Lisa, as demonstrated when one-year-old Maggie effortlessly plays her sax and outperforms her by eight points on an IQ test. But when Bart, Homer, and Marge nearly die later in the same episode, she confuses the button she must push to save them and needs Lisa to bail her out. It transpires that Lisa subconsciously helped her sister on the spot because she wanted her to do well. The episode still implies after this that she might still be really clever, as she's seen effortlessly playing the saxophone without any help, which causes Lisa to panic again.
  • Cain and Abel and Seth: Since Maggie is just an infant and under Marge's constant care, Bart and Lisa are able to take the spotlight from her and have their own adventures. Homer is often so preoccupied with work and drinking that he often forgets that Maggie even exists.
  • Character Tic: She frequently trips over her onesie.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Most future episodes had Maggie being in a relationship with baby Gerald.
  • The Chosen One: In "Gone Maggie Gone" she's revealed to be the gem child that is prophesied to bring peace to the world. Marge takes her from the throne due to parental instincts, but feels guilty and selfish for disrupting the prophecy.
  • Creepy Child: On occasion, she'll dip into this territory, for example when she hit Homer with a mallet after watching Itchy and Scratchy.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: In earlier seasons, Maggie tended to fall whenever she walked, likely because she hadn't completely mastered walking yet.
  • Cute Mute: A series-long Running Gag is that she never speaks, at least not when anyone can hear her. Even in "Holidays of Future Passed", where she’s a famous lead singer in a rock band, she's forbidden from speaking due to being pregnant, as apparently the vocal cords and the umbilical cords have been proven to be connected.
  • The Cutie: She's adorable and innocent (usually). Justified, since she's just a baby.
  • Daddy's Girl: Maggie's first spoken word throughout the series was "daddy". "And Maggie Makes Three" was very sweet when Homer was worried about having a third baby in the family, but the minute he saw her, she won his heart. Even more so since Maggie's been the only one who called him "daddy" as a baby instead of "Homer". In a future episode where Maggie has grown to be a teenager, she has a picture of herself with Homer above her bed.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: Design-wise she is indistinguishable from Lisa as a baby. In episodes set in the future, Lisa's hairstyle tends to be more curly while Maggie grows out her hair.
  • The Dividual: With Marge. Marge and Maggie are always together (mainly due to parental aspect as well as Homer's incompetency) and are often treated as one character.
    • In "Treehouse of Horror X", when Marge is immediately chosen as Lisa's +1 for the escape trip to Mars, Maggie is taken with her without question.
    • When Marge is playing Pictionary with Maggie, she is the only one to understand Maggie and win the game against Patty and Selma.
  • Drop the Hammer: When she sees Itchy bonk Scratchy on the head with a mallet, she does the same thing to Homer. The blow knocks him out cold and causes Marge to protest against cartoon violence.
  • Enfant Terrible: On some occasions, her behaviour is rather cruel for her age.
  • Facepalm: Will occasionally react this way whenever Homer and Marge get into trivial disputes.
  • Felony Misdemeanor:
    • In "At Long Last Leave", when Mayor Quimby cites that the family drove Springfield into bankruptcy due to their trademark antics, Maggie's fault was due to never crying once.
    • Like with the rest of her family, Sideshow Bob wants to kill Maggie just for being a Simpson.
  • Flat Character: Despite certain episodes at least giving her some notable moments among viewers and to give her some form of personality (whereas every other Simpson family member has grown for better or worse over the years), she remains a voiceless baby whose primary goal is to be a Living Emotional Crutch to her overprotective mother or someone to be rescued by a more developed character. Even episodes that attempt to give her some personality still end with the focus being put back onto one of the Simpsons.
  • Friendly Sniper: She certainly knows her way around firearms and it's saved her family members on more than one occasion.
  • Friend to All Living Things: She seems to love people and animals a whole lot; Mr. Burns and Sideshow Bob are the only exceptions to the people she's willing to befriend.
  • Friend to Bugs: In "The Longest Daycare", she goes to amazing lengths to protect a butterfly she befriended.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Sure, there's "The Longest Daycare", but at the same time it is implied that she deliberately shot Mr. Burns.
  • Greater Need Than Mine: She chooses to return Mr. Burns' teddy bear Bobo back to him after she saw how much he loved it. This makes perfect sense considering that Homer had also chosen Maggie's happiness over his own when he told Mr. Burns that he was going to let her keep the bear earlier in the episode.
  • Heavy Sleeper: She's a baby, after all.
  • Improbable Infant Survival: For the most part, especially being a baby. Maggie has shown to survive and evade situations that any character of an older age within the series would otherwise not be as lucky in. An excellent instance is in episode "The Call of the Simpsons", though there are a few other similar instances.
  • Informed Ability: In future episodes she’s been stated to be an exceptional singer and even becomes a famous rock star. The audience never hears her speak, let alone hear a note.
  • It Runs in the Family: Her skills with weapons and aggressive traits may have been influenced by Bart and Homer, as they're both notable in terms of trouble making (another example of this is when Homer helps a woman raise a baby, but the baby nearly kills Maggie in a zoo and learns how to serve beer). Due to her Big Brother Worship relationship with Bart in the episode "How Lisa Got Her Marge Back", Homer has to directly tell Bart not to influence Maggie.
    Homer: Bart, you're a great kid but if I had another one like you, I'd hang myself from a highway overpass. Please give your sister the precious gift of not being you.
  • Kid Hero: Maggie's only a year old and has played the role as Little Miss Badass numerous times.
  • Little Miss Badass: She's ridiculously talented for an infant.
    • She sure knows her way around a firearm. She drove away a group of mobsters by using a shotgun to snipe at them from a distance. It's also subtly implied that she intentionally shot Mr. Burns.
    • There was the time she knocked Homer unconscious by bonking him on the head with a mallet.
    • She can bowl a perfect game, although Homer would never allow her to officially best him with the score.
    • In the movie, when the mob storms the Simpson's household, Krusty order Mister Teeny to go after Maggie. She scares him away with a Death Glare and threatens to shank Mister Teeny with a broken bottle. She also drops a boulder on Russ Cargill's head right before he's about to shoot Homer and Bart.
    • Has saved Homer's life on at least 4 occasions, including in the movie.
    • Led a revolt in a daycare and rallied together wildlife in a Roaring Rampage of Rescue.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Always in a blue onesie dress. It contributes to her signature walk and trip maneuver.
  • Living Lie Detector: Maggie is the only one in the family that Bart can't lie straight to her face, and Lisa refers to a Noodle Incident that confirms that Maggie can figure out when someone lies.
  • Living Prop: Usually just sits in the background and contributes little to the plot. Granted, she's just a baby and is only precocious if the plot demands it.
  • Morality Pet:
    • Homer initially doesn't like having another child, but upon seeing Maggie for the first time, he is willing to return to working for Mr. Burns for her sake.
    • Even at his worst, Bart doesn't treat Maggie the same way he treats Lisa.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: It's an issue that affects Bart and Lisa too, but is especially prominent with Maggie because of her young age. Any Time Skip would suggest she would grow up just a little and start talking, but despite a few words here and there she is always the silent, pacifier sucking infant who is barely learning how to walk. One episode had Homer and Marge tell Apu how great it is to have kids with Maggie right with them, Apu and Manjula ended going through an entire pregnancy and a few months afterwards. Those kids eventually grew up enough to start talking themselves, while Maggie remains the same age.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Pretends to be a normal baby. Averted in the Tracey Ullman shorts.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Is almost never referred to as her formal name. Homer often forgets this.
    Homer: Who the heck is Margaret Simpson?
    Bureaucrat: Uh, your youngest daughter.
    • Made doubly funny on recollection that Marge had told Homer what Maggie was legally known as only a few episodes earlier.
    Homer: Fathering children is the best part of my day. I'd do anything for Bart and Lisa.
    Judge: *reading a page in a file* And Margaret?
    Homer: Who? Lady you got the wrong file.
    Marge: *whispering to Homer* It's Maggie.
    Homer: Oh, Maggie. I got nothing against Maggie.
  • Oral Fixation: Her pacifier, which she treats like a cigar on occasion.
  • Only Sane Woman: When Marge and Lisa get caught up in the insanity, the camera will frequently cut to Maggie facepalming.
  • Out of Focus: How important Maggie is varies over the years. She was more of an actual character in the earlier seasons, with emotional reactions and even some relevance to the plots (she even shot Mr. Burns). She later develops some individuality and has her own adventures... After Season 8, she is more of a Living Prop just to facilitate the story of other members of the family. She does get stories to herself with The Simpson short films.
  • Phoneaholic Teenager: Flash Forward episodes often show her as being talkative on the phone to her friends off camera.
  • Reused Character Design: Whenever she's shown to be a child rather than a baby, she always looks exactly like Lisa.
  • Satellite Character: She mostly exists to be the Simpsons' family baby, unless the writers want to explore her precociousness.
  • Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: Played with.
    Maggie: Maggie talk! Maggie talk!
  • The Silent Bob: Being a baby, Maggie is mute and solely communicates through body language.
  • Silent Snarker: Conveys her sarcasm through body language. Subverted when she speaks in baby talk that is subtitled for the viewers, saying "Bald mommy will surely fail."
  • The Speechless: Justified because she's a baby and can't talk. Especially in "future" episodes, where she is shown as a sullen teenager who still never says anything, despite the fact she’s apparently a hellion who never shuts up, because she is prevented or simply disappears off-screen as she is about to speak in a Running Gag. Don't you know she has a beautiful singing voice? There are a few non-canon episodes (including several Halloween specials) where she does talk, usually in a deep, scary masculine voice. Other than that she has said several canonical words in the series, including "Daddy", "Ja", "Daddily-doodily" and baby talk that was translated as "Bald Mommy will surely fail."
  • Suddenly Voiced: Usually via some non-canon reason (dream, Treehouse of Horror episode, Imagine Spot) she has been voiced by Elizabeth Taylor, James Earl Jones, Harry Shearer, Jodie Foster and even Meg Ryan. Nancy Cartwright usually does the vocal effects, like cooing, crying and the pacifier sucking.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Lisa's Girly Girl. Not so much in the present, but it's apparent in most future episodes, where Maggie dresses like a punker, is the lead singer of a rock band, etc. There is also her tendency to pick up on Homer and Bart's violent tendencies, such as her love for weapons, and she seems somewhat close to Bart. In the episode where Burns begins to live in a virtual reality, she gains a very butch appearance when she is pregnant. Lisa, on the other hand, is usually a prim and proper girly girl. In "At Long Last Leave", when the Simpsons family become outcasts and went to live in the more anarchistic Outlands, Lisa wore a turquoise dress with a floral print and black boots. Maggie, on the other hand, wore just her diaper, but sported a Mohawk and had the American flag tattooed on her chest, giving her quite a contrasting appearance from Lisa.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Especially for her age, she will get involved with some scenario and prove to be quite dangerous. She injured Homer with a bat, imitating Itchy and Scratchy. Another instance shows her wrestling Bart to the ground in a chokehold.
  • True Blue Femininity: Her bow and clothes.
  • Tsundere: Toward Gerald, the baby with the one eyebrow, at least according to the comics, where they get married in the future.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: What she grows up to be.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Other than the bow and clothing, she is indistinguishable from Lisa as a baby.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Marge, considering the fact that she liked living with the Flanders family, but loved Marge a whole lot more.
  • The Un-Favourite: Mostly when it comes to her father.
    • While he mistreats/insults Bart more, there's a running gag of Homer forgetting Maggie exists.
    Marge: We have three kids!
    Homer: Marge, the dog doesn't count!
    • A quote from "Lisa on Ice" implies Homer likes Maggie even less than Bart.
    Homer: Now that we're all alone, Marge, admit it: you like Lisa best!
    Marge: No!
    Homer: Oh, so you're a Bart woman, are you?
    Marge: No!
    Homer: Well, you can't possibly like Maggie best. What's she ever done? Nothing for nobody.
  • The Voiceless: Her defining character trait. When she does speak, it’s a one-off gag or incredibly poignant and touching.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Doesn't appear for entire episodes or just disappears from them. This can be seen clearly in "Trilogy of Error" - Maggie appears at the beginning but never again after that.
  • Wise Beyond Her Years: She's led a revolt in daycare, successfully driven a car for miles (albeit into a prison wall), and sniped mobsters without being seen... with a shotgun. And the ONLY ONE bold enough to shoot Mr. Burns with his own gun after he stole her candy!

Simpson Family Pets

    Snowball II 
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Debut: "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire"

Lisa's pet cat. Snowball II was named after Snowball I. Though Snowball I had white fur, which obviously inspired her name, Snowball II had black fur and greenish/yellow eyes. As a non-speaking character she usually interacts with Santa's Little Helper and Maggie.

According to the episode "I, (Annoyed Grunt)-Bot", Snowball II was hit by a car, and replaced by an identical cat named Snowball V, who was renamed Snowball II for convenience's sake.


  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: She only wears a collar, and sometimes not even that.
  • Animal Jingoism: Subverted. Snowball is usually friendly towards the family dog, Santa's Little Helper.
  • Back Up Twin: Snowball dies in "I, (Annoyed Grunt)-Bot", yet the episode ends with Lisa finding an identical cat, calling it Snowball II and pretending Snowball II's death never happened. A Lampshade is hung as Lisa mentions not wanting to spend money on a new food dish and Principal Skinner points out the whole thing is a cop-out, leading to Lisa calling him Armin Tanzarian and Skinner withdrawing his point.
  • Butt-Monkey: Everybody treats her terribly except for Lisa and she serves no purpose story-wise. Santa's Little Helper gets more of a role in the series, whereas Snowball's largest role involves her getting killed.
  • Cats Are Superior: She is often presented as being much more intelligent than Santa's Little Helper and can perform complex tricks on command but nobody cares. Homer, however, temporarily starts to believe that cats are better than dogs after Snowball II saves his life in "Old Yeller-Belly". Official art of the series shows Snowball II juggling dressed in a tutu while riding Santa's Little Helper, and her intelligence is a plot point in the Coralisa segment of Treehouse of Horror XXVIII.
  • Cute Kitten: Quite affectionate and craves attention. Lisa dresses her up as a baby in "Treehouse of Horror VII".
  • Female Feline, Male Mutt: The female cat to the male dog, Santa's Little Helper.
  • Furry Confusion: When she and Scratchy show up together in the "Treehouse of Horror IX" segment "The Terror of Tiny Toon".
  • Humanoid Female Animal:
    • Inverted to the point of Furry Confusion when she and Scratchy show up together in the Treehouse of Horror IX segment "The Terror of Tiny Toon".
    • Played straight in "Holidays of Future Passed", where she and Santa's Little Helper appear together, complete with oversized brains.
  • Ironic Name: A black cat named Snowball.
  • Legacy Character: Implied with the II in her name, but another episode had Snowball II die and Lisa went through another three cats before finding an identical replacement, calling them Snowball II just to save on getting a new titled bowl.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: The current Snowball II is in fact the fifth, though to save money on food bowls, Lisa came to the conclusion to just make her a Legacy Character, essentially making the replacement non-canonical in episodes afterwards. Skinner lampshaded the spuriousness of this, though one mention of the name "Tamzarian" shut him up.
  • Living a Double Life: As Smokey.
  • Negative Continuity: In a spoof of the episode, The Simpsons S9 E2 "The Principal and the Pauper", "I, (Annoyed Grunt)-Bot" has the original Snowball II die only to get replaced by an identical looking and acting cat with the Simpsons pretending Snowball II never died.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Snowball II carries on the original's name despite having dark fur and is actually the fifth Snowball according to "I, (Annoyed Grunt)-Bot".
  • Out of Focus: Snowball II doesn't get nearly as much limelight as Santa's Little Helper, though has been the subject of a few B-Plots in later seasons.
  • Replacement Goldfish: The current Snowball II is actually Snowball V, the last in a series of cats bought to replace the original Snowball.
  • Secret Other Family: The Simpsons family consistently neglects her and so she starts visiting another family, where she is known as "Smokey".

    Santa's Little Helper 

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Debut: "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire"

Bart's pet dog, a greyhound that was adopted by the family when Homer lost all his Mall Santa money at the dog tracks and Bart and Homer see Santa's Little Helper being abused by his master. Once ran away and was taken in as Mr. Burns' new guard dog, while another prominent interaction with Mr. Burns was when he ended up purchasing the 25 puppies he had fathered with a champion racing female greyhound, who all turned out to be world champions. As a result, Mr. Burns can remember Santa's Little Helper, but not Homer. Voiced by Dan Castellaneta and Frank Welker.


  • Ambiguously Bi: He's sired 25+ puppies with at least two dogs, but he also had to be physically dragged away from the Springfield pride parade once the Gay Dog Alliance came on the scene.
  • Animal Jingoism: Subverted. Santa's Little Helper generally gets on well with the family cat, Snowball II.
  • Butt-Monkey: Gets treated pretty bad often (usually by Homer; there are no photos of Homer and SLH in which they aren't abusing each other). He actually runs away in "Dog of Death" when the entire family condemns him due to the financial burden caused by a needed operation. He is still well-loved and has had his Day in the Limelight - unlike Snowball II.
  • Canine Companion: Bart's loyal but dumb dog. A few early episodes focused on their bond.
  • Cone of Shame: Comes with doggie-wheelchair.
  • Depending on the Writer: Either he's the family beloved dog, or the stressful dog who makes their lives worse in several ways and doesn't know any better.
  • A Dog Ate My Homework: Santa's Little Helper does this once, much to Bart's surprise, as he didn't think that excuse had any real merit. Subverted in a later episode when Bart desperately tries to get him to eat his unfinished homework. Even when slathered in dog food, he just cleanly eats it off, straightens out the paper and even answers one of the questions.
  • Dogs Are Dumb: There are many intelligent dogs in the series, so Santa's Little Helper stands out as not just a dumb dog but the dumbest in the series. One time Bart throws a frisbee for him to fetch, but he just lets it hit him in the face.
  • Female Feline, Male Mutt: The male dog.
  • Go Fetch: He can be distracted by sausages, along with Homer.
  • Heroic Dog: From time to time, especially when Bart is concerned. Subverted when the Simpson house is on fire and Homer is asleep on the couch. It appears that Santa's Little Helper is trying to rouse Homer, but rather he is getting a chocolate candy bar from Homer's pocket. Once the candy bar is out, Santa's Little Helper leaves Homer to his fate. This happens again in a later episode where Homer is caught in a fire in the Simpson's newly constructed treehouse but Santa's Little Helper is too cowardly to do anything, so Snowball II ends up saving Homer's life instead. There was one episode where he saved a mother and her child from an wild bear, so there’s that.
  • Interspecies Romance: Played for Laughs with Snowball II. In Donnie Fatso Santa's Little Helper and Snowball II mated, Whistler's Father reveals that the two are involved in a secret romance, and a future episode reveals they had babies together. In Fear of Flying, Marge gets worried that the family never held a wedding for the two pets and thus they are "living in sin".
  • Lovable Coward: In one early episode.
  • Morality Pet: He is literally this to Bart.
  • Papa Wolf: Occasionally, he is portrayed as being very protective of Bart.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In "Dog of Death", after which it fluctuates but generally doesn't drop too far. Justified because Mr. Burns brainwashed Santa's Little Helper into being a vicious, soulless killer.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Bart.
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