The Simpsons: Fictional Characters
Although The Simpsons
is itself a show populated by fictional characters, there are also several
characters within the show's universe who are fictional to the Simpsons
These include characters from TV and movies, as well as characters who
appear on Halloween Treehouse of Horror episodes, which do not follow the
from the list of recurring characters article
Duffman is the advertising mascot and spokesman for the Duff Beer
company. Likely inspired by the Anheuser-Busch Budweiser mascot Bud Man, a
character introduced by the company in 1969 and reintroduced in 1989. His
voice is provided by Hank Azaria.
The Grim Reaper (Doug)
In the "Reaper Madness" segment of Treehouse of Horror XIV,
Death comes for Bart. Homer kills Death (in revenge for "Snowball I
and JFK"), but is forced to becomes the Grim Reaper himself as a
replacement. Jasper, one of the residents of the Springfield Retirement
Castle, later asks Homer "Where's the regular guy? Where's
Happy Little Elves
The Happy Little Elves were an animated cartoon within the
fictional Simpsons universe. They were crudely animated green elves in
simplistic plots aimed at very young children. They starred in several
direct-to-video movies. Both Lisa
and Maggie were fans of
the Elves, much to the disgust of Bart.
They were referenced in the early seasons of the show but dropped in later
seasons. They were likely intended as parodies of kids' cartoons such as The
- The Return of the Happy Little Elves — The
Tracey Ullman Show short
- unnamed Christmas special — "Simpsons Roasting on an Open
Fire" (December 17, 1989)
- The Happy Little Elves Meet the Curious Bear Cub —
"Some Enchanted Evening" (May 13, 1990)
- The Happy Little Elves in Tinkly-Winkly Town —
"Saturdays of Thunder" (November 14, 1991)
- The Happy Little Elves Meet Fuzzy Snuggleduck — "Homer
Alone" (February 6, 1992)
In the "Treehouse of Horror VII" episode (original airdate
October 27, 1996), Bart discovers he was separated at birth from a
conjoined twin by Dr. Hibbert. His "evil twin", Hugo, has been
consigned to living in the attic of the Simpson home, but escapes to plot
revenge. Ultimately, Dr. Hibbert discovers Bart is the evil twin (his
surgical scar was on the right side, making him the left twin), and Hugo
had been isolated injustly. The episode ends with the Simpsons enjoying
dinner with Hugo, while Bart asks for food through the venting grille.
Marge tells Bart to eat his bucket of fish-heads (which Hugo had been fed
for years). Note that according to Dr. Hibbert (the evil twin is always
the one on the left), Hugo actually WAS the evil twin. This is considered
a mistake in the animation.
Itchy & Scratchy
See main article The
Itchy & Scratchy Show.
Itchy and Scratchy are a super-violent cartoon cat and mouse duo in the
style of Tom
and Jerry featured on the Krusty
the Klown Show. Homer provided the voice for a cartoon dog named
Poochie, who costarred with Itchy and Scratchy for a few cartoons (see
entry below for Poochie). Bart refers in one episode to several characters
from "the short-lived Itchy & Scratchy and Friends Hour":
Uncle Ant, Disgruntled Goat, and Ku Klux Klam. In yet another episode,
Itchy and Scratchy were substituted with "Eastern Europe's favorite
cat and mouse team, Worker and Parasite." Itchy and Scratchy were
originally intended only to parody Tom and Jerry, but their cartoon shorts
proved very popular and became a regular part of the show.
Kang and Kodos
Kang and Kodos are two green, seven-foot tall, continually drooling
octopus-like cyclopian aliens from Rigel 4 who claim to be brother and
sister. Their primary appearances are in the various "Treehouse of
Horror" episodes, but they (or others of their race) have several
cameos. Their overall appearance is most likely derived from the aliens
appearing in the 1959 B-movie The Atomic Submarine, which are
almost identical in every major way to the cartoon characters.
Kang is voiced by Harry Shearer, while Kodos is voiced by Dan
Castellaneta. Another Rigellian, "Serak the Preparer", was
voiced by James Earl Jones.
Kang and Kodos are named after two characters from Star Trek;
Kang was a Klingon captain, and Kodos the Executioner was a human villain.
Kang and Kodos do not speak English, but actually speak Rigellian
(which, by a staggering coincidence, is exactly the same as English). They
are Quantum Presbyterians.
Malibu Stacy is a doll for young girls, comparable to a Barbie doll.
Waylon Smithers of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant owns the largest
collection of Malibu Stacy dolls in the world; he also took a leave of
absence from the power plant to produce and star in "Sold
Separately," a musical based on Malibu Stacy.
doll was originally designed to be edible: "Kids didn't much like the
taste of dried onion meal, but they loved the doll. A second, plastic
Malibu Stacy took America by storm." Older Malibu Stacy dolls
featured breasts that were so large and pointy that they could poke
children's eyes out, and were recalled.
When "Talking Malibu Stacy" dolls were introduced, pushing a
button on the doll's back provided a typically vapid catchphrase (such as "Don't
ask me, I'm just a girl, hee hee hee"). Lisa
fronted an effort to produce a competing doll called "Lisa
Lionheart", which would be less stereotypically sexist and more of a
positive role model; its sales were disappointingly low, however, because
of the simultaneous release of "Malibu Stacy With A New Hat."
See main article Rainier
McBain is a movie action hero played by Rainier Wolfcastle (a thinly
veiled parody of Arnold Schwarzenegger). McBain movies typically feature
many standard action movie clichés, such as a policeman being gunned down
just before retirement (see "retirony" in Made-up words in The
Simpsons) and lame one-liners before dispatching enemies. The character's
name may be a reference to Ed McBain, the pseudonym under which Evan
Hunter wrote his famous 87th Precinct crime novels.
McGarnagle is the main character of a movie (or series of movies) that
parody the "hard-boiled cop" stereotype of action movies.
McGarnagle is similar in appearance, voice, and behavior to Clint
Eastwood's character of Harry Callahan from the Dirty
Menthol Moose is the cartoon mascot for Laramie Cigarettes, a parody of
Camel cigarettes' use of Joe Camel to lure children into smoking
When network executives decided that The Itchy and Scratchy Show
needed an "update" to keep the interest of its audience, they
devised Poochie, a cartoon dog "with an attitude". After
widespread auditions, Homer was chosen to provide Poochie's voice. The
character debuted to an unreceptive audience following a massive publicity
campaign; he only served to interfere with the well-oiled machine of
hyperviolent slapstick that Itchy and Scratchy had perfected over the
years. When dissatisfied viewers flooded the network with letters crying
for Poochie's immediate removal, if not death, the executives quickly
decided to get rid of the character. Homer begged for another chance,
insisting that Poochie would grow on the audience; this argument held
little weight until the actress who performed voices for both Itchy and
Scratchy declared her support for Poochie as well. Homer was shocked,
however, when the next cartoon aired: it contained a hastily-animated
segment stating that Poochie had decided to return to his "home
planet", and that he died when his spaceship crashed.
The Simpsons made their TV
debut on he Tracey Ullman Show in 1987.
Radioactive Man is a comic book comic book of whom Bart and Milhouse
are particular fans. He is a comic book superhero who acquired his powers
after surviving an atomic bomb explosion. He looks and sounds suspiciously
like a muscular Homer Simpson. His sidekick is Fallout Boy, and his
catchphrase is "Up and Atom!"
Within the Simpsons universe, Radioactive Man has been portrayed
in many media since his debut in "Radioactive Man" #1 in 1952.
In addition to comic books, he was featured in at least one 1940s or 1950s
era black-and-white serial, sponsored by Laramie Cigarettes. Dirk Richter,
reportedly born 1922 (he was said to be 73 years old (and dead) in 1995),
played Radioactive Man and Buddy Hodges played Fallout Boy. Dirk Richter
was apparently shot to death in a bordello sometime in the 1960s (a
reference to the mysterious death of George Reeves, the first actor to
portray Superman on screen).
The Seven Duffs
The Seven Duffs are characters at the Duff Gardens theme park. The
"Duffs" are a reference to Walt Disney's Snow White and the
Seven Dwarfs, although Duff Gardens is an obvious parody of Busch Gardens.
The SevenDuffs are named Tipsy, Queasy, Surly, Sleazy, Edgy, Dizzy and
Remorseful. The only one that has spoken so far is Surly: "Hey, Surly
only looks out for one guy...Surly!"
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