Favorite The Simpsons Characters

A list of the top ten most popular characters from the Simpsons television series, the longest-running American sitcom and longest-running American animated program of all time. For a complete list of Simpsons characters, check out this page .
The Top Ten
1 Homer Simpson Homer Jay Simpson is the protagonist of the American animated television series The Simpsons as the patriarch of the eponymous family.

Sure Homer is an idiot but he's the lovable, funny kind of idiot. Homer cares about his family, he would do anything to provide for their needs. That is a great quality that redeems his unintelligence.

Honestly, Homer's my favorite character. He's such an idiot, but he's HILARIOUS. He's the most stupid character on the show, yet he's so dang loveable for being so funny. I love him. He's so relatable! Remember that episode where he gets in to College and burns his High School Diploma while singing "I am so smart! S-M-R-T! " While a fire forms around him? That was so relatable. By far my favorite character.

Homer is easily the best cartoon character of all time. He is stupid, which makes him very funny. And even though he is not a role model, he is actually a good father. Unquestionably #1

He is fat, stupid, selfish, drunk and doesn't understand anything. Which I guess is why people love him, because he's so easily hateable that he's hilarious. And if that doesn't make sense then your wig doesn't either. He's an absolute dolt, but if its what floats your boat (and it totally does) then I completely understand why you find him funny.

2 Bart Simpson Bartholomew JoJo "Bart" Simpson is the oldest child, and the only son, in the 1987 show The Simpsons. He was created by Matt Groening. His hobbies are pranking people including Lisa Simpson and Homer Simpson.

In the early days of the show, Bart was the breakout star. He put the mothballs in the beef stew, and he was this century's Dennis the Menace. However, and this may be a bit of an unpopular opinion, he's always felt a little overrated. Obviously, he's a great character, and maybe, as a kid, you love the wacky antics of Bart. But as an adult, none of it works quite as well. However, over the years, he's had so many great lines, and hilarious moments, and he's been the focal point of so many episodes, that he's definitely earned a top spot on this list. And those rare occasions when they've allowed Bart to have more "dramatic" storylines certainly helps, too.

He's got the skateboard, he's got the 'tude, he's got some of the best catchphrases a '90s kid could ask for. But Bart's not just the troublemaker writing chalkboard sentences during detention every day. He's a misunderstood pre-teen with more energy and ingenuity than his distracted parents and teachers know what to do with that, plus some questionable punishments tactics from his father, lands in him a lot of trouble that lives at the show's core. Some people might think Bart is overrated, but honestly, they can eat my shorts.

When The Simpsons first started, Bart was effectively the main character. Sure, Homer was the draw to the everyday adult viewer, but it was Bart's adventures that we followed more often than not.
During this time, we were treated to a number of hilarious evergreen quotes. Whether it's "eat my shorts", "ay caramba" or "don't have a cow, man", there are very few people who would hear those phrases and not associate them to the spiky headed hell-raiser.

Everyone has either been Bart or knows somebody like Bart, which is what makes him such a likable character, even if he does have a few moments of misbehaving. Bart likes to mess around and pull pranks, but for the most part, they are harmless and good fun. He likes to wind his family up, as most children do, but he also has a very sensitive side. The different facets of Bart's personality make him a complete and likable character.

3 Ralph Wiggum Ralph Wiggum is a side character in The Simpsons. He is the son of Chief Wiggum. Ralph is not very smart at all. He is voiced by Nancy Cartwright. Some episodes such as I Love Lisa and This Little Wiggy have him as a major character.

A lot of people don't like Ralph but I personally find him hilarious. He has stupid but funny quotes and definitely belongs in The Simpsons.

It absolutely exasperates me that Ralph is the favorite character of so many people. He isn't funny, he's a braindead punchline machine that takes zero effort to write. I can only assume that people like him because they still think that it's ironic or that they're part of some exclusive club for doing so, or - more likely - they find him legitimately funny because their standards are so low that they consider random non sequiturs delivered by someone who in real life could accurately be described as developmentally disabled to constitute great "comedy".

Ralph Wiggum is the best! He's so cute, angelic and kind to everyone! I have to say Ralph is my favourite character on the Simpsons. I wish Ralph was more main in the episodes.

"My cat's breath smells like cat food."
"Me fail English? That's unpossible."
"The doctor said I wouldn't have so many nosebleeds if I kept my finger outta there."
"I saw a leprechaun. He told me to burn things."
"I glued my head to my shoulder."
"...and when the doctor told me I didn't have worms anymore, that was the happiest day of my life."

4 Maggie Simpson Margaret "Maggie" Simpson is a fictional character in the animated television series The Simpsons. She first appeared on television in the Tracey Ullman Show short "Good Night" on April 19, 1987. Maggie was created and designed by cartoonist Matt Groening while he was waiting in the lobby of James L. ...read more.

I love Maggie Simpson,she is the only character I focus on in the whole show! Her lil succ succ is to cute and I love it when she smiles. She somehow even influenced me to want a pacifier again! And the way she shot mr burns,I mean,no kid could do that! Also she is the most mature of her siblings when she is just a YEAR old!

Maggie is adorable! I loved the episode "And Maggie makes three" because she was so cute! I also love her dark side and her shooting Mr Burns is one of the funniest things I've ever seen!

Maggie in the golden era was wonderfully written and capable of being the center of a scene without needing dialog. Some of the best moments in the series involved her especially the end to "and Maggie makes three" as well as her first words. Maggie in the school for tiny tots was fantastic.

Our little angel, that probably won't be growing up anytime soon. Unless it's the future Simpsons episodes, where Bart and Lisa have their own families. Besides that, I love Maggie, she's cute, caring, and surprisingly very smart. Kudos to the little baby girl!

5 Charles Montgomery Monty Burns Charles Montgomery Plantagenet Schicklgruber "Monty" Burns, usually referred to as Charles Montgomery Burns or simply Mr. Burns, is a recurring character in the animated television series The Simpsons, voiced initially by Christopher Collins, and currently by Harry Shearer.

Burns episodes tend to be my favorite, especially if they also heavily feature Homer. Burns' out of touch, antiquated perspective on everything is consistently amusing. How does a guy who is so weak, clueless, impotent and forgetful manage to remain the most wealthy, powerful and feared man in Springfield? Burns is basically a walking contradiction, a humorously confused and anachronistic figure who's nonetheless always given sharp dialogue and performed wonderfully by Harry Shearer. If there's one character I can say I've never disliked, it's Mr. Burns.

I love the part when he accidentally runs over Bart with a car, and then refuses to give him medical attention, instead suggesting that they just give him a nickel. It's cruel and unthoughtful, but funny.

I'm delighted whenever Burns appears onscreen. He's a walking contradiction of terms - threatening and powerful yet impotent and weak, intelligent with a razor-sharp memory for all turn of the century culture yet completely helpless in a modern world that's structure seems to completely elude him. Voiced with unmistakable vigor by Harry Shearer, Mr. Burns is The Simpsons' funniest asset.

I admit Homer is the funniest but Mr Burns is just so likable for being the most devious and diverse character in the show, I have no idea how Bart and Ralph are higher than him, Bart is lame beyond belief and Ralph is just retarded and not funny.

6 Lisa Simpson Lisa Marie Simpson is a fictional character in the animated television series The Simpsons. She is the middle child and most intelligent of the Simpson family.

She's smart, mature, and introspective. She's not as funny as Homer, but this makes sense since Homer is a drunk, stupid, babbling idiot. Bart is mischievous and Lisa's polar opposite, but there are still episodes where it's revealed that they do care about each other. Lisa cares about her entire family, even Homer, and will do anything for a good cause. She's severely underrated.

She is an intellectual, a true role model to all those young females out there and is no less interesting than her somewhat less "nerdy" brother, Bart Simpson. Despite being the voice of reason (albeit not always being hears) she is not always correct, her flaws making her all the more human and relatable to. She also has an understanding for animals, a gift in music and a live for literature - a few admirable and rare qualities, not common between the people of Springfield, making her unique.

She is understanding, caring and despite being short tempered at times, she is one of those people you could most likely rely on to help you with a problem. No matter how much she lacks in popularity within her school, I believe she is very popular between the fans of the Simpsons, for who she is.

As much as I think that Bart is one of the best comedic T.V. characters of all time, my favorite Simpsons character has to be Lisa. Voiced to winsome perfection by Yeardley Smith, Lisa is the ultimate smart cookie. She's 8 years old, but she already knows more about monorail engineering, the history of cowboys, and vegetarianism than most of the adults around her. But that's not to say she isn't flawed. Lisa does make mistakes, and that's what I love about her. No matter how hard she tries to be the smart one in a family that's largely ignorant about the ways of the world, she ultimately realizes she needs to appreciate the family that she has and to be true to herself. Lisa is just a wonderful character to watch and I hope more Simpsons episodes will be made that focus on her.

After the Simpsons entered its permanent coma due to brain damage (I.e. writer turnover), Lisa became a one-note go-getter with cookie cutter activist beliefs. Before that, she was intelligent and talented, but she was so much more. She didn't just say unfunny "genius" puns, she had funny lines that had a sharp edge. She wasn't just an activist, she had strong moral convictions that Most of all, she was a lonely and depressed child. She was still a believable eight-year-old girl. Her mix of maturity and immaturity was neatly balanced. The writers didn't write her as a teen/precocious tween and lean on her love of dolls and ponies to remind us of her age. The writers also didn't feel the need to show her schoolyard unpopularity every few episodes to remind us of the fact; instead, they showed us a smart kid who stuck in an indifferent environment with no one to connect to. In spite of that, she remained a light in her cynical world before the whole thing became a running gag that had ...more

7 Moe Szyslak

You just can't help sympathizing with Moe's problems. He seems mean and gritty on the outside, but he is actually rather sensitive. Moe's character always makes me laugh in two ways, either he seems overly sadistic, mean and or cruel, or he is struggling with the latent emotions he posseses.

Moe's hilarious. An ugly, raspy, embittered cynic who repeatedly tries (and fails) to overcome the fact that he knows how much he sucks. Easily my favorite of Hank Azaria's characters.

The bartender is always the best!
Without him Homer wouldn't even be funny are merge wouldn't even of married homer so for the love of god vote for Moe.

I probably relate most to Moe than to any character in the show, but all of Hank Azaria's characters are amongst the best.

8 Nedward Ned Flanders Nedward Flanders Jr. is a recurring fictional character in the animated television series The Simpsons.

Ned is my hero. Seriously, He Always remains happy no matter what the weather, He is always being nice to everyone even when they do bad things on him. He is the best neighborino anyone could ever ask for. Even Homer said himself once, "If the world was full of people like Ned Flanders, there would be no need for Heaven because Heaven would be right here on Earth". He is a perfect example of how a Christian should behave & live there life. He's a great guy, and the world would be a better place if there were more Ned's around.

I will never forget the treehouse of horror where marge runs ned over and at the end of the short ,werewolf ends just comes up to the screen and says "diddly"

Flanders is an awesome addition character to the Simpsons, I mean you have Homer, who is just a joker, then smart Lisa, Trouble Maker Bart, Baby Maggie, Great Mother Marge, and all the other characters have their own special personality. Ned stands out a lot with his perfect, and positive attitude.

Nedward "Ned" Flanders and Squidward "Six Arms" Tentacles are extremely funny. Nedward "Ned" Flanders has a moustache. Squidward "Six Arms" Tentacles doesn't. Nedward "Ned" Flanders and Squidward "Six Arms" Tentacles use the same first name.

9 Marge Simpson Marjorie Jacqueline "Marge" Simpson is a fictional character in the American animated sitcom The Simpsons and part of the eponymous family.

Marge puts up with crap after crap from Homer. Though her questionable complacency prevents her from aging well, it is safe to say she is loving, caring, and altruistic when it comes to Homer and her family. She steps back and admits when she is wrong, and she supports Homer's growth for "as long as it takes" (which is very). No, she's not hilarious, or dumb, or someone to laugh at, but she is a wonderful character that serves as a reminder of sanity.

Not much of a fan of Marge. She's constantly positioned as some kind of prize who's way too good for Homer yet repeatedly gets away with plenty of horrible behavior of her own. She's a nag, she's a whiner, she's demanding, she's stubborn, she's vindictive, she's often selfish, she's bossy, she's borderline unfaithful, etc etc etc. I get it, she's not real, it's a silly comedy show. I'm just saying that for a character who's got plenty of flaws and done plenty of crappy things she seems to get a pass because she's somehow perceived as better than the other characters around her.

Marge is easily the most underrated Simpsons character. She is not supposed to be stupidly funny like homer, she's sopposed to make everyone else around her feel funnier by being the straight man!

Marge is so funny because she is not meant to be. She says things that are so subtle that they are funny. Like when she says "get back hunky cat" or sings the hilarious song to bart about how to save money "put it in your cap" she should be number 1!

10 Groundskeeper Willie Groundskeeper Willie is a character in The Simpsons. He is most famous for his Scottish accent. He first appears in the episode Principal Charming.

Of course he will get angry, he must hardly get any money he has to take care of a memory bored to those who were lost on field trips he has to keep thr school clean clear up wendalls puke deal with skinner and he lives in a shed...

A quote machine:
"Give me that you that you noodle armed choir boy"
"Bonjourrr ya cheese eatin surrender Monkeys"
"Willie hears ya, Willie don't care"
"Miracles are your department Reverend"
"Looks your too good for me too college girl"
"Grease me up woman"
"What flows from the nose does not go on the clothes"
enough said.

They honestly need more episodes with groundskeeper willie. THERe's SO LITTLE! There's only nightmare on evergreen terrace. I don't know if there's any more...

Haha he makes me laugh every time. My favourite moment was when he was skateboarding down the stairs and says to the children "what are ya looking at ya bastards! "

The Contenders
11 Robert Underdunk Terwilliger aka Sideshow Bob Dr. Robert Underdunk Terwilliger, better known as Sideshow Bob, is a recurring character in the animated television series The Simpsons.

Sideshow Bob is so awesome! His outrageously smart but unsuccessful plans to try to kill Bart, his ingeniousness fights with Lisa, and his bad luck (especially with garden rakes) is humorous to everyone who likes a psychopathic ingenious killer as a side character. I wish the creators of The Simpsons added more episodes with him, maybe even in season 24 or 25. I love those episodes, and watched each one at LEAST 4 times!

I think people see him as a murdering lunatic but ACTUALY he is probably the most sophisticated civilised nicest person in Springfeild! The only reason that he went completely insane was because of Bart! All he wanted was to not be tormented by Bart. He even went all the way to Italy to get away from Bart, but yet again... The Simpsons still followed him there and ruined everything for him. Then he got locked up in a mental institute, shot with a tranculilser dart, tasered, exc exc exc. How would YOU feel after all of that? I know I would want to kill Bart, so please vote for Bob!

Personally Sideshow Bob is my favorite because he is a creepy but funny, Shakespeare-loving psychopath who's brilliance and longing for revenge make him a very unique and interesting character. I as well wish he had been included in more episodes, as he is an awesome guy who makes The Simpsons that much cooler and more hilarious!

Sideshow Bob for the world! I hope that someday he'll get his happy ending. He doesn't deserve getting treated like crap by Krusty, get harassed by Bart and Lisa, or have anyone else blaming him for something that wasn't his fault. He just want the people of Springfield that they could do do much better. You go man!

12 Chief Clancy Wiggum

He is an idiot and a useless police officer he should get fired. He accepts bribes. I hate all of Springfield's police force although I hate him the most. Die Clancy Wiggum.

Edward G. Robinson isn't funny. A cartoon character whose defining traits can basically be summarized as "Edward G. Robinson in piglike cartoon form" isn't any more funny.

"The Policeman we all wish we had."

How I love all of clancy...

13 Herschel Schmoikel Pinkus Krustofsk aka Krusty the Clown Krusty the Clown is a clown from The Simpsons. He first appears in the short Krusty the Clown, but in the show he first appears in The Telltale Head. He is Jewish. Despite the fact that he is children's entertainer, he's seen drinking and smoking a lot.

I love krusty he's so funny but not how he's supposed be on a children's show. People put a lot of clips that they say is the best of krusty but I think almost every clips deserves to be on there

Krusty has said so many funny things, but yet he has a
sometimes quite miserable life. He is selfish, hilarious and loud, and that's why he's so great!

Maude Flanders- were talking about s-e-x in front of the c-h-I-l-d-r-e-n

Krusty- Sex Cauldron I thought they closed that place down.

Classic

Best cloun ever should be in the top ten or even in my opinion in the top five!

14 Abraham Abe J. Simpson

Abe Simpson is the most interesting Simpson. I love the story, where his former wrestling career is revealed. There is true depth to this character.

Definitely one of the most underrated characters. Many episodes telling his great story have stayed in my memory more than other episodes.

Really? 13? This guy is so senile, stupid and useless. But that's what makes him hillarious. His stories that don't go anywhere, which reminds me of the time I went to India. I saw this man ride an Elephant, which reminds me of the time whe-zz

I really admire the way how Abe was serving the Military back then.

15 Milhouse Van Houten Milhouse Mussolini Van Houten is a fictional character in the animated television series The Simpsons, voiced by Pamela Hayden, and created by Matt Groening who named the character after President Richard Nixon's middle name.

Made his own silent cameo appearance in The Lego Movie. Milhouse has the same yellow skin tone as the Lego minifigures in the film (except for Michelangelo and Morgan Freeman's character).

Milhouse is an underrated character. Make him at least top ten. It'll be the highest he's ever been.

Milhouse is a hilarious nerd who follows bart around everywhere! classic nerd best friend

"I sold my marrow. I didn't have a lot of marrow.

16 Apu Nahasapeemapetilon

He should be in the top ten. He's not only a well done stereotype, but he's possibly the closest character to a real person. He feels the most genuine emotions at the right times, is a good role model, and is just downright awesome all the time. Also he's incredibly hilarious as are most of the characters in the show. (seasons 1-8, that is. I prefer not to talk about what's past that point, since most of it is horrible.)

Shouldn't be down here is my favorite & is a very good person, cool smart & pretty funny

1. Apu Nahasapeemapeti
2. Groundskeeper Willie
3. Abe Simpson
4. Moe Syzlak
5. Ralph Wiggum
6. Bed Flanders
7. Bart Simpson
8. Lisa Simpson
9. Homer Simpson

Think of all the wonderful Apu quotes over the years. Vote for Pedro. I mean Apu. You know, I remember back in ninteen dickety two when I first thought of Apu. We had to say dickety...

He is one of the greatest Indian cartoon characters of all time. He deserves to be praised.

17 Comic Book Guy Comic Book Guy is the common, popular name for Jeffrey "Jeff" Albertson, a recurring fictional character in the animated television series The Simpsons.

I love Comic Book Guy! Best. Character. Ever. He is a classic character! From dating skinner's mom to Attempting to marry Edna krabappel, this guy is over the top funny!

I seriously just laugh whenever he comes on screen! He's so iconic and hilarious, how can he not be number one on here?!

He's so funny, and also a ton like me because basically all I ever do is sit on my computer.

I love him so much! He makes me proud to be a nerd!

18 Nelson Muntz Nelson Mandela Muntz is a fictional character and the lead school bully from the animated TV series The Simpsons.

You, with your words like knifes and swords and weapons that you against me. You, have knocked me off my feet again, got me feeling like I'm nothing. You, with your voice like nails on a chalkboard, calling me out when I'm wounded. You, picking on the weaker man. You can take me down with just 1 single blow. But you don't know, what you don't know, someday I'll be living in a big old city. And all your ever gonna be is mean. Why you gotta be so mean? You, with your switching sides and your wildfire lies and your humiliation. You have pointed out my flaws again as if I don't already see them. I walk with my head down, try to block you out 'cause I'll never impress you. I just wanna feel ok again. I bet you got pushed around. Somebody made you feel cold but the cycle ends right now. 'Cause you can't lead me down that road. And you don't know, what you don't know, someday I'll be living in a big old city. And all your ever gonna be is mean. Someday I'll be big enough so you cannot hit ...more

Haw-Haw! Laugh out loud he's hilarious! He is not smart, he ain't pretty, but he should be an comedian!

He really goes through changes throughout the series.

They should make another episode about him and Lisa...

19 Otto Mann Otto Mann is a heavy metal obsessed bus driver from The Simpsons. He first appears in the episode Homer's Odyssey. He is shown to be friends with Bart Simpson, often calling him "Bart Dude". He is voiced by Harry Shearer.

I can relate to this guy even though I don't drive a bus, he's cool and he can play the guitar cool too!

Got to be the most coolest Simpsons character he's always high, he plays the guitar as well as enjoys heavy metal and He's a school bus driver
What an Awesome role model

Bring on the stoned bus driver!

Defiantly best moments of him!

20 Santa's Little Helper

I heart him. Loved him since the first season

Santa's little helper is so cute.

The loyalty of the Simpson family.

I love Greyhounds now.

21 Waylon Smithers

Smithers is adorable. Say what you want about his love interest, he goes above and beyond to do his best at his work, even when he faces life-threatening conditions or is undermined by Burns himself.

Waylon Joseph Smithers is easily my favorite character in The Simpsons, and my second favorite character in all of media. (Right behind Bill Cipher) He's relatable, sweet, has generally good morals, and knows when to interfere with Burns' schemes. He's just so genuinely amazing, and I can't find one thing about him that I don't like. His character is oddly realistic, and that makes him such a like able character as a whole.

He is a simple yet beautiful character. On one side, he loves his boss unconditionally, but can't tell him for ambiguous reasons and he has strong morals despite serving the most evil man in Springfield. He is kind and pleasant, yet can feel jealous of other people and can be rude at times. So, in short, he has flaws, and while he relies on Mr.Burns to exist in the show, he is a fantastic, relatable, funny, and just a charming little guy. He should be way higher on this list and is horribly underrated.

He's a real sweetie. Something about his truly unconditional love for Mr. Burns is incredibly endearing (and a little sad).

I love how he interacts with everyone; he and Mr. Burns are so much fun to watch together!

22 Hans Moleman Hans Moleman is a recurring character on the animated television series The Simpsons. He was created by series creator Matt Groening and is voiced by Dan Castellaneta, and first appeared in the episode "Principal Charming".

Marge Simpson: Maybe I am insane. I mean, I am talking to myself.
Hans Moleman: You are? Oh, I thought I've made a friend.

He should be known as "Guy Who You Feel Sorry For All The Time." He is still great.

He's In barely any episodes! He needs to be in more!

Drinking has ruined my life. I'm 31 years old!

23 Principal Skinner Principal W. Seymour Skinner is a fictional character in the American animated sitcom The Simpsons, who is voiced by Harry Shearer.

Skinner seems to always be that one character people are meant to laugh at. However, I think his pain of wanting to make his mother proud and upholding his values in his workplace make him a relatable character. While I love Bart's character as well, there were times I felt bad for this imaginary principal, which goes to show just how believable these characters' lives are.

Skinner is awesome with the Motorcycle and amazing at leading the school for a very long time. Perhaps a best character of the show as well. Otto is awesome with the bus, Wiggum is good at funny police guy. Another to mention is the neighbor Flanders. Should post private except they connect with Skinner well and the whole works quite well in Springfield.

Rewatch the episode "Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadass Songs", "Principal Charming" and many other moments with him in the Classic era (seasons 1-8) and you'll see why he deserves to be higher in this list.

Skinner and his crazy explanations,

The superintendent's gonna need his medication,

When he hears Skinner's lame exaggerations,

There'll be trouble in town, tonight!

24 Barney Gumble Barnard "Barney" Gumble is a fictional character on the American animated sitcom The Simpsons. The character is voiced by Dan Castellaneta and first appeared in the series premiere episode "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire".

The non retarded human version of Barney the dinosaur!

I really think that barney gumble is sweet...

The only Barney that is dumber and drunker than him is Barney the Dinosaur

He's awesome and funny

25 Plopper aka Spider Pig

Laugh out loud so funny, "you can take spider pig with you! " "he's not spider pig anymore, he's harry plopper" OINK!

Spider pig! Spider pig!

He was on the movie

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