The Simpsons: Lisa Simpson
Lisa Marie Simpson (voiced by Yeardley Smith) is a fictional
character on the animated television series The Simpsons. Matt
Groening, the creator of the series, named her after his sister.
Lisa is 8 years old; according to her brother Bart,
Lisa is 2 years and 38 days younger than him. This presumably places her
birthday as being on May 9, given Bart's birthday is April 1. While she
was shown as being born during the 1984
Summer Olympics in one flashback episode ("Lisa's First
Word"), given that the characters in The Simpsons generally
don't age, no specific year for her birth can truly be given (besides
"always" being born "about 8 years ago").
Lisa is an extremely bright girl, with an IQ of 159. Officially, her
highest grade is an A+++ which she earned by cheating in a test on The
Wind in the Willows. (She later re-marked the test as an F.) Once, when
she was unable to attend school due to a teachers' strike, she suffered a
sort of "school withdrawal" and invented a perpetual motion
machine; Homer chastised her for this, telling her that in the Simpson
household "we obey the laws of thermodynamics!"
Her musical abilities are extensive: she sings with a powerful voice,
and has been seen playing both the acoustic six-string and electric bass
guitar proficiently. However, her great love is jazz blues performed on
her baritone saxophone. She uses a 4 & 1/2 reed, a fairly stiff reed
for an 8 year old. Her musical inclinations were greatly nourished through
her relationship with the late jazz musician Bleeding Gums Murphy. She is
also fluent in Swedish and French, and understands Chinese as seen from
listening to Yao Ming.
For all of, or because of, her talents, her character was gradually
remodeled as an outcast whose intelligence and principles the other
children, and many adults, cannot appreciate.
with her intelligence is a strong sense of leftist political and social
conviction she is ever ready to advance. For example, Lisa is an ovo-lacto
vegetarian (she has stated she plans on becoming a vegan) and a practicing
Theravada Buddhist, although she pays lip service to her family's
Christian denomination. In addition, she is a supporter of the Free Tibet
movement and the anti-apartheid campaign. She has also revealed to be a
wiccan in one episode. She also has a strong skepticism against the
supernatural, applying Occam's Razor when the rest of the family fails to.
Her skepticism in the supernatural is further shown by her disbelieving in
a so-called angel when the whole town believes that the specimen in
question is in fact an angel, stubbornly seeking out scientific disproof
of this "Angel" (which she eventually finds although the hoax's
startling climax momentarily fools her). She is seen by some to whine at
times or to have a persistent sense of superiority that often grows into
self-aggrandizement, but she retains a childlike impressionability despite
her intelligence, for example, she would love to have a pony and enjoys
her mother's homemade waffles (and is disappointed when they turn out to
be square pancakes). She has solved various problems around Springfield,
often in tandem with her brother Bart.
Lisa's future has been revealed in three episodes, by a fortune teller
in a medieval carnival, by a Native American who is in charge of an Indian
casino and by Professor Frink. In the
episode "Lisa's Wedding", the fortune teller reveals that Lisa
will fall in love with a British man who matches her intellectually, but
her marriage will be cancelled because of a dispute over his dislike for
the Simpson household. It is also hinted at that Lisa will lose her
virginity to Milhouse. In the episode
"Bart to the Future," the American Indian reveals that Lisa will
become the "first straight female US President", having defeated
Chastity Bono. A balding middle-aged Milhouse van Houten works for the
Lisa Simpson Administration. Her administration's main issue is the
massive foreign debt. She appoints Bart as the "Secretary of Keeping
it Real" as a way to keep him out of the way at Camp David. Professor
Frink shows that she is to take Milhouse to her Prom.
Lisa is someone who is very eclectic in her knowledge and shows a deep
understanding of the world around her. She may be seen as a child prodigy.
Critics have also pointed out that the character of Lisa is a hint to the
slighting of children in the real world though they may be a lot more
knowledgeable and perceptive than the adults. Lisa shares her intellect
and over-achieving personality with many other female members of the
Simpson family (it has been revealed that male Simpsons inherit a gene
that causes stupidity and under-achieving, which is carried on the Y
Like every young girl, Lisa has also gone through periods of rebellion.
For a short time, she smoked cigarettes with older girls in the school
bathroom, and even told her teacher, Elizabeth Hoover, to "shove
it" when she did not feel like sprinkling sparkles on her art
assignment (a parody of the 1953 film The
In Japan, the broadcasters of the series found they were able to turn
the apparent viewer dislike of the series around by focusing marketing
attention on Lisa. Apparently, her struggles to be a voice of reason and a
force of good in her family and her city struck a chord with the Japanese.
Lisa only watches TV for The McLaughlin Group and Itchy
and Scratchy. In Home Away From Homer, it is also revealed that Lisa
is a fan of National Public Radio and David Sedaris.
Her favorite album is Miles Davis' Birth
of the Cool.
Lisa has a Jewish imaginary friend named Rachel Cohen who
apparently "just got into Brandeis" in the episode Today I am
- Won the regional Reading Digest (a takeoff of Readers' Digest) essay
- Served brief term as Little Miss Springfield
- Co-invented the Lisa Lionheart doll
- All-star goalie in pee-wee hockey
- Discovered Jebediah Springfield was a murderous pirate named Hans
- Helped Charles
Montgomery Burns recover his fortune, which made Burns
$120,000,000 with the "Li'l Lisa" recycling plant. She was
offered 10% of the profit but turned down the offer, giving Homer five
heart attacks: four simultaneously for giving up the
"$12,000" that Homer had mistaken it to be, and another for
learning the real value of the 10%.
- Passed with "satisfactory completion" of the second grade
as the first female cadet at Rommelwood Military Academy
- Tree-sat a redwood
- Came second in Spellympics
- Won Li'l Starmaker singing competition
- Is a member of Mensa.
- Was co-mayor of the town along with the rest of the Springfield
charter of Mensa which inculded Professor
Comic Book Guy, Seymour
Skinner and Lindsey Naegle.
- Only female member of the Springfield Elementary club "The
Superfriends." She is also the only member without a nickname.
Her former uncles-by-marriage include Robert
Underdunk "Sideshow Bob" Terwilliger, Lionel Hutz, Troy
McClure, and Disco
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