Homer is the boorish father of the Simpson family. With his wife, Marge, he has three children: Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. As the family’s provider, he works at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, he is often ignored and completely forgotten by his boss Mr. Burns, and constantly falls asleep and neglects his duties. . He has held over 188 different jobs in the first 400 episodes of The Simpsons.
Homer embodies several American working class stereotypes:
He is crude, overweight, incompetent, clumsy, lazy and ignorant.
However, he is also fiercely devoted to his family.
Despite the suburban blue-collar routine of his life, he has had a number of remarkable experiences.
But it wasn’t always so easy for Homer J. Raised by his father, Abe, who tried to compensate for the absence of Homer’s radical hippie mother, Homer graduated at the bottom of his high school class and managed to earn the distinction of being the longest-term entry-level employee at the plant.
Together with his high school sweetheart, Marge Bouvier, Homer settled down in Evergreen Terrace, the nicest upper-lower-middle class section of Springfield, to raise his three precious children.
Homer’s personality and comic efficacy lies in his frequent bouts of stupidity, laziness and his explosive anger. He has a low intelligence level, described by director David Silverman as “creatively brilliant in his stupidity”.
Homer also shows immense apathy towards work, is overweight, and “is devoted to his stomach”. His short attention span is evidenced by his impulsive decisions to engage in various hobbies and enterprises, only to “change … his mind when things go badly”.
Homer often spends his evenings drinking Duff Beer at Moe’s Tavern and, is a borderline alcoholic.
His dislikes include his boss, Mr. Burns, yard work and his neighbour, Ned Flanders. He is very envious of his neighbours, the Flanders family, and is easily enraged by Bart. Homer will often strangle Bart on impulse in a cartoonish manner.
Marge Simpson is a well-meaning and extremely patient mother of the Simpson family a happy homemaker and mother of three. Her prides and joys are Bart (her “special little guy”), Lisa and Maggie.
She’s also very proud of her husband, Homer, even though he frequently loses his keys and needs her to find them.
Marge is the moralistic force in her family and often provides a grounding voice in the midst of her family’s antics by trying to maintain order in the Simpson household. She is often portrayed as a stereotypical television mother.
Marge also has strong relationships with her sisters, Patty and Selma, and with her father-in-law, Abe Simpson.
She also has secrets:
She has been tempted to stray from her husband by a charming bowler and
Was nearly seduced into a life of crime by her one-time neighbour, Ruth Powers.
Marge has been unemployed for most of the series, choosing to be a homemaker and take care of her family. However, she has held several one-episode jobs in the course of the series. These include working as a nuclear technician alongside Homer at Springfield Nuclear Power Plant in “Marge Gets a Job”; selling houses in “Realty Bites”; owning her own pretzel business in “The Twisted World of Marge Simpson”, and working at an erotic bakery in “Sex, Pies and Idiot Scrapes”. While Marge has never expressed discontent with her role as a homemaker, she has become bored with it. In “The Springfield Connection”, Marge decides that she needs more excitement in her life and becomes a police officer.
Is the eldest child of Homer and Marge Simpson, and the brother of Lisa and Maggie Simpson. He is mischievous and rebellious, with a disrespect for authority and a sharp tongue.
Bart Simpson is misunderstood. Wrongly pegged as an underachiever and troublemaker, Bart would like to remind the world of some of his decent qualities:
He looks out for his sister, Lisa, he’s befriended outcasts and misfits like Milhouse Van Houten and Ralph Wiggum
He’s injected romance into the life of his teacher, Edna Krabappel
He brought down an illegal French winery during his brief semester abroad.
Bart’s rebellious attitude has made him a disruptive student at Springfield Elementary School, where Bart is an underachiever and proud of it. He is constantly at odds with his teacher Ms. Krabappel, Principal Skinner, and occasionally Groundskeeper Willie. Bart does poorly in school and is well aware of it, having once declared, “I am dumb, okay? Dumb as a post! Think I’m happy about it?”
One of Bart’s early hallmarks were his prank calls to Moe’s Tavern owner Moe in which Bart calls Moe and asks for a gag name. Moe tries to find that person in the bar, but rapidly realizes it is a prank call and angrily threatens Bart. These calls were based on a series of prank calls known as the Tube Bar recordings.
At age 10, Bart has managed to live out a number of dreams: He has starred in his own short-lived TV series (with his idol, Krusty the Clown), spotted and named a deadly comet that nearly destroyed his town, and almost snagged the role of Fallout Boy in the Radioactive Man movie.
At eight years old Lisa is the second child of Homer and Marge, younger sister of Bart, and older sister of Maggie. Lisa is highly intelligent and is said to have an IQ of 156, she sees herself as a misfit within the Simpson family due to her knowledge. Lisa’s knowledge covers a wide range of subjects, from astronomy to medicine, and she is notably more concerned with world affairs than her life in Springfield. Although her rebellion against social norms is usually depicted as constructive and heroic, Lisa can be self-righteous at times. Lisa often suffers from withdrawal symptoms because of sudden lack of praise.
Lisa is a lover of music, especially jazz. She enjoys playing the saxophone and became friends with jazz musician Bleeding Gums Murphy, whom she regards as an idol.
Lisa has been friendly with several boys, including Ralph Wiggum, Nelson Muntz and Colin in The Simpsons Movie. Milhouse Van Houten has a crush on her, but despite dropping unsubtle hints about his feelings, he has been unsuccessful in winning her attention.
Lisa is the most intellectual member of the Simpson family, and many episodes of the series focus on her fighting for various causes. Lisa is often the focus of episodes with “a real moral or philosophical point,” Lisa’s political convictions are generally liberal. She is a vegetarian, feminist, environmentalist and a supporter of the Free Tibet movement. While supportive of the general ideals of the Christian church in which she was raised, Lisa became a practicing Buddhist after she learned about the Noble Eightfold Path.
Maggie is the youngest child of Marge and Homer, and sister to Bart and Lisa. She is often seen sucking on her dummy, and, when she walks, she trips over her clothing and falls on her face. Because she cannot talk, Maggie is the least seen and heard in the Simpson family.
During the earlier seasons of the show, Maggie’s equivalent of a hallmark was to trip over her clothing and fall on her face while trying to walk, causing a loud thud on the floor, but this was toned down in the later seasons.
Maggie has performed a number of feats that suggest she is a baby genius. She has spelled out E=MC² with her baby blocks, driven Homer’s car, escaped from the Springfield daycare center, and written her name on an Etch-A-Sketch.
Maggie is keenly aware of her surroundings, and can usually be seen imitating the flow of action around her. She shows a high degree of dexterity, and she once hit Homer on the head with a mallet and shot a dart at a photograph of him in imitation of Itchy and Scratchy. Despite her age, Maggie is a formidable marksman, as seen in “Who Shot Mr. Burns?” where she shoots Mr. Burns with a handgun that falls into her hands, and in a more intentional manner during “Papa’s Got a Brand New Badge” where she is able to non-fatally shoot a group of mobsters in rapid succession with a rifle that she apparently hides in her crib.
Maggie is usually frightened and exasperated by Homer’s attempts to bond with her, but has on several occasions stepped in to save Homer’s life: once from drowning, once from being shot by mobsters, once from being kidnapped by a tow truck driver, and once from being shot by Russ Cargill, head of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.