The Simpsons: Bart Simpson
Bartholomew Jo-Jo "Bart" Simpson (voiced by Nancy
Cartwright) is a fictional character featured in the animated television
series The Simpsons. He is the 10-year-old son of Homer
and Marge Simpson and older
brother of Lisa and Maggie.
According to the book The
Simpsons Uncensored Family Album, his "birthday" is
April 1 or April Fool's Day. According to the show's chronology Bart was
born in 1982 as he is two years and 38 days older than Lisa, who was born
during the 1984
Summer Olympics. However, in the episode "I Married Marge",
it was revealed that Bart was conceived in late-May 1980 (Homer and Marge
had just seen The
Empire Strikes Back), which would make his birthday April 1, 1981.
The year is probably not consistent as Bart is always described as being
10 years old.
Bart is a self-proclaimed underachiever who begins each show in
detention writing lines on the blackboard (see list of Bart Simpson's
blackboard sentences). His interests include skateboarding, comic books
Man), terrorizing his sisters, helping Lisa solve various problems
(e.g, reuniting Krusty the Clown with his estranged father), Dickensian
chimney sweeps, mooning unsuspecting victims, and prank calling Moe
Szyslak at his tavern. Bart is distracted by pretty much anything; even,
strangely enough, algebraic equations. While Bart is considerably
undermotivated and takes great joy in disrupting the routine at
Springfield Elementary, his actions and speech frequently show
considerable mental agility and understanding, and so he cannot be called
"stupid" per se. Principal Skinner has attributed Bart's
underachievement to attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which
seems like the most accurate explanation. His very early interest in
school was also likely disrupted by disinterested teachers. Bart also
seems to take after his father, mentally and physically. He may have
inherited the purported "Simpson stupidity gene" and frequently
emulates his dad's laziness, though when properly motivated both male
Simpsons spring to action with surprising results. Bart also has a bit of
a paunch, much like his dad, has the beginnings of a muzzle, and has even
had a heart attack at thetender age of ten. In fact, of the experience he
said, "What does not kill me makes me stronger", the same thing
Homer said to Dr. Hibbert in "Homer's Triple Bypass" after his
third successive event. Many of Bart's rude behaviors and habits are
probably caused by watching and imitating Homer.
Bart caused a fictional diplomatic incident between the United States
and Australia in "Bart vs. Australia" when he placed a very long
collect call to an Australian boy to find out in which direction toilets
flush in the southern hemisphere. (This is an oversimplification of that
phenomena, which amusingly popularized the legend even more.)
Many times, when Homer finds out that Bart has said or done something
stupid or bad, he yells out, "Why you little—!" and strangles
Bart in anger.
Bart Simpson and other characters from The Simpsons appeared in
numerous television commercials for Nestlé's Butterfinger candy bars from
1990 to 2001, with his catch-phrase and the slogan "Nobody better
lay a finger on my Butterfinger!". This was parodied when in an
episode, Bart says that he doesn't remember being in a commercial, then he
holds up a Butterfinger and eats it.
Bart speaks French fluently. He also was able to speak Spanish briefly
on a trip to Brazil; however, he forced himself to forget when he
discovered that they speak Portuguese in Brazil. He also once made an
exchange with Homer in Japanese. Also in "Bart on the Road," he
makes a delivery to Hong Kong where he hauls a cooler labeled "HUMAN
EYES" off the plane, and brings it to a man in a white lab coat where
they converse in Chinese (specifically, the variety of Cantonese spoken in
the city). This may be inherited from Homer, who has also demonstrated
advanced language abilities, including penguin.
the future Bart is shown to become a Supreme Court Justice.
In an interview, Simpsons creator Matt Groening stated he chose the
name as an anagram of brat.
In 1998, Time magazine selected Bart as one of the 100 most
influential people of the 20th century—the only fictional character to
make the list.
When he vandalizes property, Bart uses the alias El Barto, which
is a Spanglish way of saying "Bart." However, no one in
Springfield has made the connection and Bart still vandalizes property
without getting caught. He is also known as Bartman.
Bart's dress sense is fairly standard. His normal attire is an orange
t-shirt, blue shorts, white socks and blue training shoes. His churchgoing
outfit consists of a blue two-piece suit (with shorts rather than long
pants), white shirt, blue tie and blue shoes (color of socks, if any, is
unknown). The only other clothing "scenario" that comes up
regularly is his "bed outfit", which consists of a green pajama
set (although he has been known to wear white socks on his feet to bed, he
more regularly goes barefoot to bed). Bart's underwear style is of white
"underpants". The use of underpants over boxer shorts is
commented on by the show's creators on the Series 4 DVD, where he says
they were trying to be different as boxer shorts were the least taboo form
of underwear on TV as they showed "less of a bulge".
Episodes that feature Bart extensively include:
- "Bart the Genius" - Bart is mistaken for a genius.
- "Bart the General" - Bart takes on the class bully in a
parody of Patton.
- "The Wandering Juvie" - Bart gets sent to juvenile
detention and escapes á la The Defiant Ones.
- "The Heartbroke Kid" - Bart puts on weight after gorging
on junk food at school and suffers a heart attack.
Quotes by Bart
- "Aye carumba!"
- "Nobody better lay a finger on my Butterfinger!" –
- "Don't have a cow, man."
- "I didn't do it, no one saw me do it, you can't prove
- "Eat my shorts!"
- "I'm Bart Simpson—who the hell are you?"
- "Do the Bartman."
- "Christmas is a time when people of all religions come together
to worship Jesus Christ."
- "I've said it before, and I'll say it again...aye
- "Who's the black private dick that's a sex machine with all the
- "There's no such thing as a soul. It's just something they made
up to scare kids, like the boogeyman or Michael Jackson."
- "Inside every hardened criminal beats the heart of a
- "You know, I've done a lot of bad stuff through the years. I
guess now I'm paying the price. But there's so many things I'll never
get a chance to do: smoke a cigarette, use a fake ID, shave a swear
word in my hair."
- "Aren't we forgetting the true meaning of Christmas? You know,
the birth of Santa?"
- "I don't know! I don't know why I did it, I don't know why I
enjoyed it, and I don't know why I'll do it again!"
- "What if you're a really good person, but you get into a
really, really bad fight and your leg gets gangrene and it has to be
amputated. Will it be waiting for you in heaven?"
- "If I was Fat Tony, and God-willing, some day I will
His former uncles-by-marriage include Robert
Underdunk "Sideshow Bob" Terwilliger, Lionel
Hutz, Troy McClure,
His cousin by adoption is Ling Bouvier.
- In the comics, it is revealed that the Simpsons and the Delroys are
related, which means Cletus, Brandine, and their numerous children are
Bart's cousins. However, this has never been mentioned in the series.
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