simpsons secondary characters
 The writer of "Homer Goes to College", Conan O'Brien partially based them on three guys he went to college with, who, he said, were "incredible nerds". He is apparently friendly with Krusty the Clown and Krusty's father, according to "Simpsons Christmas Stories". Herman Hermann, voiced by Harry Shearer, is the owner of Herman's Military Antiques. In "The Ziff Who Came to Dinner" (2004), the Simpsons discover Artie hiding in their attic after he squandered his money and started an accounting scandal at his company, Ziffcorp. 27. According to Luann, Kirk was not a very good provider, and she had to borrow money from her sister to make ends meet and steal donated clothes from the town's church so she could have a wardrobe. He claimed in "Marge's Son Poisoning" that he enjoys moonlit walks on the beach; in the same episode he held Homer and Moe at gunpoint while forcing them to walk with him after the duo carried out a deception on him. Sherri is two seconds older than Terri; they share their birthday with Rod Flanders. You loved him." While looking at a framed photo of Krusty, Pennycandy replied, "Oh, Mrs. Simpson, I've wasted my womanhood asking that same question. Jack Marley is voiced by Dan Castellaneta, with a voice resembling Droopy Dog. One of the most controversial moments in the show among fans, this kill-off was met with strong criticism but was decided by the show's producers in order to open new story lines for the series. Cletus mistook this for a proposal, and almost married the two. Then, in "Wedding For Disaster", they apparently got married. He is Julio's lover. He reappears again in "Homer's Barbershop Quartet", at the Springfield Swap Meet, he derides Marge's "cool" wishbone necklaces, stating he doubted his "son or daughter is that stupid". In a deleted scene, it was shown that Jasper was the town pastor, prior to Reverend Lovejoy. The writers originally intended many of these characters as one-time jokes or for fulfilling needed functions in the town. She dated Apu in "Lisa's Pony", dated Apu's brother Sanjay on a few occasions, is seen dancing with Otto in the episode "Flaming Moe's", and with Chief Wiggum in the episode "Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment" (which also shocked and offended the women in town, much like what happened with Homer). In "Dial 'N' for Nerder", Bart's prank causes Martin to fall off a cliff, which he survives (although Bart and Lisa think he is dead and try a cover-up). His clients often tend to be antagonists of the Simpsons, although he has also defended them on occasion. This honestly surprised me when I was looking back on Flanders’ best moments for this list because he feels like this colossal character that’s involved in everything, but the truth is, he’s tied as heavily to Homer as you can possibly imagine. In "Future-Drama" Martin dances with it at the prom in the future and the robot activates the self-destruction mechanism. Blinky is a three-eyed orange fish featured primarily in "Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish". Benjamin, Doug and Gary (voiced by Dan Castellaneta, Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer, respectively) are geeks that were once Homer's dormitory roommates at Springfield University. He is one of the few competent characters in the show, and was originally shown as being sympathetic to his patients' conditions, but that was eventually changed to him being less caring about his patients. Dan Castellaneta said that he did "an imitation of Lenny" (voiced by Harry Shearer) for the voice.. Rainier Luftwaffe Wolfcastle (voiced by Harry Shearer) is an action hero star and a close parody of actor/bodybuilder/politician Arnold Schwarzenegger. Grateful for Homer's help, she becomes attracted to him and tries to lure him with an erotic song called "Bunk with Me Tonight". When Mr. Burns monopolized the local media in "Fraudcast News", he fired the duo, but they have returned to the job in later episodes. On a few occasions, Gerald has been shown being pushed in a stroller by his mother outside the Simpson house as in "Lady Bouvier's Lover", as the two toddlers glare at each other. Mary Bailey would later appear briefly in the episode "Bart vs. Lisa vs. the Third Grade" when Bart and Lisa's class visit Capital City. After Grau's death in 1995, Lunchlady Doris was retired out of respect for over 10 years. He was renamed when a writer noticed he looked like a mole man. Afterwards, Lisa apologizes and the two make amends. Sanjay can also be seen in the season nine episode "Dumbbell Indemnity" on a sign outside "Stu's Disco" that reads, "You Must Be This Swarthy To Enter". Brandine and Cletus were married by Homer during his brief stint as a minister.  He first appeared in season ten's episode "Mayored to the Mob" as the maître d'hôtel at the Springfield Dinner Theater. In "Natural Born Kissers", it was revealed that he worked as a studio executive during the making of Casablanca and suppressed an alternate ending to the film (and also suppressed an alternate ending to It's A Wonderful Life that would have included a killing spree). Oh, ja! In the episode "The Boy Who Knew Too Much", Bart Simpson tells Wolfcastle that his "last movie really sucked" (along with Chief Wiggum's line of "'Magic Ticket' my ass, McBain! Hans Sprungfeld) is the founder of the town of Springfield. He has made other robot clones of Marge that did not work well. As of "You Kent Always Say What You Want", he also has a show on Fox News, and serves as a parody of Fox News' conservative bias. It’s even better when the show started to chip away at his tough facade. Although she spent much of her free time in prayer, reading the Bible, and helping out her husband at the Leftorium, she let her hair down for the occasional dinner parties at the home of her neighbors, the Simpsons. Since the season 8 episode, "A Milhouse Divided", Luann was depicted as a promiscuous single mother, who pushed her love life in the face of her ex-husband, Kirk. He appeared in "Half-Decent Proposal" when Artie Ziff, Marge's high school prom date, recreated their prom. He is always seen as a somewhat dangerous character, dressing in military fatigues, and speaking in a slow, gravelly voice (he is also often seen with an unlit cigarette in his mouth).  However, this would contradict the earlier episode when it is revealed that Seymour is not her birth son. At the end of the episode, she returns and has a date with Flanders. Lucius Sweet (originally voiced by Paul Winfield) and is modeled after Don King.  IGN placed Dr. Nick 23rd on their list of the "Top 25 Simpsons Peripheral Characters". The song was featured on The Simpsons: Testify. It would be easy for their schtick to get tiring if it was in every episode, but it’s not, it’s like a rare treat when one of these characters appears on screen. Called: Anoop, Nabendu, Sandeep, Gheet, Uma, Poonam, Pria and Sashi. However, when the animators remodeled the character, Hartman was not available to dub the voice and so Hank Azaria took over the role. Meanwhile, the shady educational videos are a hilarious take-down of the ‘talking down to you’ tone those videos always use, despite often talking total bollocks. (Part Two)", Kent Brockman does not like Dave Shutton and thinks he is unprofessional.. In "Three Gays of the Condo", Marge finds a note that says she wanted to dump Homer before they get married. In more current episodes, they appear as wall decorations in Maggie's and Lisa's rooms. and "¡Ay, Dios no me ama!" He later became Springfield's "Chief Hydrological and Hydrodynamical Engineer" although he planned to blow up the new hydroelectric dam he was building, so that nobody would know how cheaply it was made. Mr. Burns goes to the Simpsons' house for a meal to boost his race for governor.  In the short, he cuts Bart's hair not to his liking and Bart tries several ways to hide it. Mrs. Muntz works at Hooters in "Bart Star", but was fired in a later episode for gaining weight. In "Worst Episode Ever" Sam is shot in the back by Moe, for trying to pay in Sacagawea dollars. Marge undertakes efforts to find him and reunite him with Lurleen. Hibbert covered for himself against Marge's horrified reaction by saying that if she had replied any other way, she would be sent to prison, claiming that it was "just a test".  More recently, Brandine is shown fighting in the Iraq War. question on the application due to the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that was in effect at the time. Throughout the episode, Grimes's professionalism is repeatedly contrasted with Homer Simpson's idiocy, gluttony, and laziness, making Grimes increasingly frustrated and angry with Homer. He is the father of Milhouse, and the remarried husband of Luann Van Houten. Since then, Ling has made several appearances on the show including as Maggie's playmate in "Rome-old and Julie-eh". In "I'm with Cupid", he reveals he has a wife named Barbara, who appears in "Realty Bites" where they are bowling in a house that Marge tries to sell to them. The Van Houtens remarried in the nineteenth season episode "Little Orphan Millie". She introduced herself in the episode "Life on the Fast Lane" as "the gossipy wife of the minister". Howard K. Duff called him "Sid", in "Hungry, Hungry Homer", and in "Old Yeller Belly", he self-identifies (while out of character) as "Barry Duffman". She is the mother of Bart's best friend Milhouse. In the 26th-season episode "Sky Police" she mentions that she has a brother named Stevie. Cletus was introduced during the fifth season of the show, in "Bart Gets an Elephant", as one of the "slack-jawed yokels" gawking at Bart's elephant Stampy. Ziff first appears in "The Way We Was" (1991), in which he takes a young Marge Bouvier to senior prom. Chalmers' own competence and dedication to his job are questionable. As a prize, Bart was offered either an elephant or $10,000 in cash, with the elephant option as a joke. Bart, however, hates them; he mainly refers to them as either "those stupid elves" "The Crappy Little Elves", or "The Little Green Idiots". However, after Mary agrees to take Lou, much to her and Bart's dismay, Cletus informs Bart that to them, a cow is a token of marriage. They have been friends since their youth, as seen in "$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)". The family and Cletus arrive, with Cletus demanding where Mary is heading for, but Bart, not wanting to ruin his last chance at true love, refuses, and Cletus then accepts the fact that he must let his daughter go. After Homer discovers this, he and Marge confront Apu, who caves under the guilt and vows to apologize to Manjula, who sets him a number of grueling tasks in penance.. C.H.U.M. Eventually, after losing the money, Cecil attempted to kill Bart which Bob never could, but ironically, this was foiled by Bob himself. They captured lightning in a bottle with this character and have spent the past 30 years getting all the use out of it as they possibly can. ("That's not good!") Pimple-Faced Teen, real name Jeremy Friedman or Steve Friedman (voiced by Dan Castellaneta), is one of few teenagers on the show and is perpetually trapped in a series of entry-level jobs, usually working at Krusty Burger (as a cashier, a cook, or, in the case of "Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy", a supervisor in charge of training new employees), the grocery store (as a bagboy, as seen in "Selma's Choice" and "Simpson Safari"), or at a movie theater (as either the ticket master, concession stand clerk, or usher; in the video game The Simpsons: Road Rage he also talks about cleaning out the urinals). There’s very little to be gained from him lingering around in the scene, he’s always much funniest when he comes in for a couple one-liners, bounces off the other characters a little bit and then goes away again. He is a 14-year-old. He recently appeared in "Treehouse of Horror XXXI" and "Podcast News" as well. In "Half-Decent Proposal" (2002), Marge learns that Artie is extremely wealthy, having made his fortune in computers by inventing an adapter that turns dial-up modem handshaking noises into easy-listening music, and she reluctantly accepts a $1 million offer to spend a weekend at his mansion to pay for an operation Homer needs to cure his extremely loud snoring. He is voiced by Harry Shearer. over the head with a folding chair and then proceeded to climb to the blackboard ledge and jump on the robot, breaking it. Writer John Swartzwelder named Shutton after a friend of his. What’s great is that writers never tied him down to reality.  He thought it would be a funny parallel—and a chance to do a lot of easy jokes—if it were a clown instead of a singer who gets rejected by his father. Show runner Bill Oakley described the original Disco Stu as "an old, wrinkly John Travolta".  Hibbert also bears a striking resemblance to the director of the Shelbyville orphanage, who mentions a personal quest to find his long-lost twin to an indifferent Homer. This upsets Homer and he finds a new place to live. After the first few seasons, Mr. Largo was rarely seen. Martin is the son of Martin Sr. and Martha. He makes Bob’s vicious side so very real-feeling with how he adds the hint of gruffness to the tone.  When he realized that Marge Simpson was initially unenthusiastic about having a third child, he implied that a healthy baby could bring in as much as $60,000 on the black market. His second appearance was in the season 19 episode "Funeral for a Fiend", where, following Robert's death, he convinced Bart to go to his cremation. She stays at the Flanders' house with Ned, and leaves briefly after Ned attempted to mold her in the image of his deceased wife Maude only to have her think Ned is using her and runs off. This may lead to the assumption that the pig is killed in the movie. In the episode "Homer's Paternity Coot," it is revealed that Largo was accepted to the Juilliard School, but never got the letter as it was frozen atop Mount Springfield. He is a parody of Steve Jobs. Dignity", Mrs. Vanderbilt is shocked by Homer's antics twice. Troy’s character is the perfect satirisation of the more seedy side of the entertainment industry.  Simpsons sound editor Bob Beecher commented on alt.tv.simpsons that, "He doesn't have one name.