Personalities of the Characters in "The Simpsons"

by Chris Brower
The Simpsons family has five members.

The Simpsons family has five members.

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Since the late 1980s, "The Simpsons" have been making people laugh with its distinctive blend of humor and story. At over 500 episodes, "The Simpsons" is one of the longest-running shows on television. The world of the show is compromised of several memorable characters, in addition to the members of the Simpson family. These characters have distinct personalities that have contributed to their popularity and long-lasting appeal.

Homer Simpson

Homer Simpson is the father in the Simpson family. He's known for his low intellect, buffoonish behavior and general incompetence. He's typically an impulsive eater and drinker, and gets fired for his poor work habits. However, he often redeems himself when shown the error of his ways, as evident when he turns down a beer to instead take a bike ride with his wife, Marge, in "Duffless" or when he wins back the love of his daughter, Lisa, when he takes a Sunday hike with her in "Lisa The Greek."

Marge Simpson

As the wife of Homer and the mother in the Simpson family, Marge is typically the voice of reason. Her trademark slogan is a murmur at another of Homer's boneheaded actions, but she usually forgives him in the end. Homer and the kids frequently take advantage of her generosity, and she often feels stressed and under-appreciated, but continues to love and support the family regardless.

Lisa Simpson

Lisa is the eight-year-old daughter in the Simpson family and one of the smartest people in school. Like Marge she is often the voice of reason, however, her desire to be the smartest occasionally gets the best of her, as evident by her malicious actions toward a smarter student, Alison, in "Lisa's Rival."

Bart Simpson

Bart is the ten-year-old prankster of the Simpson family. Frequently in trouble, Bart is known for his tough attitude toward adults that often wins him the favor of the other kids in school. Bart is frequently in combat with Principal Skinner and Bart's teacher, Mrs. Krabappel, but comes to their aid in episodes such as "Bart The Lover" and "Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song."

Maggie Simpson

Maggie is the baby of the Simpson's family. She's known for her trademark pacifier noises. Her pending birth frustrates Homer as he wonders how he'll ever afford another mouth to feed, but upon her arrival, he immediately falls in love with her. Maggie acts like other one-year-old babies, except for occasional moments of adult-like skills, such as driving a car and firing a handgun.


Moe is the rude and ugly owner of Moe's Tavern. A bartender, Moe is known for his poor treatment of his customers and his depressed outlook on life. Moe occasionally finds love and success, but usually blows it due to selfish behavior, such as when he frames Homer for a crime to win the love of a woman.

Mr. Burns

Mr. Burns is the evil and rich owner of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant. He's also the oldest resident of Springfield. Mr. Burns is known for his mean and selfish behavior. However, he frequently tries to change his ways, such as when he runs for political office or when he tries to beautify Springfield. Because Homer works at the nuclear power plant, he and Mr. Burns are frequently in conflict with each other.

Patty and Selma

Patty and Selma are Marge's twin sisters. Known for their habitual chain smoking, Patty and Selma are not quiet in their disdain for Homer. Both are employees at the DMV. They are also huge fans of the show "MacGyver," and frequently gross out the other characters with their hairy legs and poor personal hygiene.


About the Author

Chris Brower is a writer with a B.A. in English. He also spent time studying journalism and utilizes both to deliver well-written content, paying close attention to audience, and knowing one word could determine whether a product is a success or a failure. He has experience writing articles, press releases, radio scripts, novels, short stories, poems and more.

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