Abe 'Grampa' Simpson
Patty & Selma Bouvier
The Flanders family
The Van Houtens
Mr Burns and Smithers
Skinner and Edna
Apu & Family
Moe & Barney
Lenny & Carl
Ralph & Chief Wiggum
Comic Book Guy
Krusty the Clown
Homer is a 38-year-old father of three, wife of Marge and son of Abe and Mona (estranged), aswell as being a half-brother to Herb Powell. He works at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant as a safety inspector. He began dating Marge when she was 17, and married her soon after she became pregnant with Bart. His notable physical features include his balding hair and his stubble, and he enjoys doughnuts, Duff beer and generally, any food. He often acts stupidly, angrily - conveyed in his regular stranglings of Bart - or lazily, and he has a short attention span. His main catchphrases in the show include "D'oh!", "Mmm...[object]" and "Why you little".
Marge is the 38-year-old wife of Homer, mother of Bart, Lisa and Maggie, and daughter of Clancy and Jaqueline. She has two sisters - twins Patty and Selma. She has no regular job, and is seen as a housewife. Her most notable feature is her 18-inch tall hairstyle, which is grey - although died blue. Although married to Homer, she has several admirers, notably Artie Ziff - her high school prom date - and Moe Syzlak. Marge is a talented artist, although she gave up when Beatle Ringo Starr never replied when she sent him her paintings.
He's 10 years old, the son of Marge and Homer and he has two sisters - Lisa and Maggie. He is a self-proclaimed under-achiever who attends Springfield Elementary, and is currently in the fourth grade, taught by Edna Krabappel. Bart's idol is Krusty the Klown, and he also enjoys skateboarding, comic books, annoying Lisa and pranks - mainly prank calling Moe's Tavern. He always immerses himself in plans to help someone or something.
Lisa Simpson is 8 years old, and is the daughter of Homer and Marge. She has an older brother - Bart - and a younger sister - Maggie. She is notoriously smart for her age, and has an IQ of 156 - enough to join Mensa. Despite this, she is only in the 2nd grade at Springfield Elementary, and is taught by Ms Hoover. She is a buddhist and a vegetarian, and she has a definite view on world affairs, moreso than any other member of her immediate family. She enjoys reading, and going to the library, and always puts in a major effort for schoolwork.
Maggie is 1 year old, and is the youngest child of Marge and Homer. She has two older siblings - Bart and Lisa. She can't speak yet - apart from in 'Maggie's First Word', where she mutters 'dad-dy'. She regularly makes a noise with her pacifier, and it has become her catchphrase. She tends to stumble and fall on her face when trying to move, and, although she cannot speak, she is actually very skilled - after all, she shot Mr Burns! It is often suggested that she is her parents' favourite child - because she can't speak yet.
Abraham 'Grampa' Simpson
The father of Homer, and the father-in-law of Marge. He has three grandchildren - Bart, Lisa and Maggie. He is married to Mona, although she is estranged. He is 85 years of age, a former World War II soldier and a greeter at the Springfield supermarket 'Sprawl-Mart'. He lives at the Springfield Retirement Castle, and has turned fairly senile in his old age. He regularly tells his family stories regarding various stages of his life - some are unbelievable - although he has a problem with staying awake - he can often fall asleep at the whim of a hat.
Patty and Selma Bouvier
Marge's older twin sisters. They are the daughters of Clancy and Jacqueline, and are smoking addicts. They are notoriously difficult to tell apart, although Selma is the one with the divided hair - that's how I remember. Selma has had several failed marriages - to the likes of Sideshow Bob and Troy McClure. She also has a pet iguana - Jub-Jub. Patty came out of the closet as a lesbian in the 2005 episode 'There's Something About Marrying'. The twins live and work together and have similar personalities - inparticular a dislike towards Homer.
The Flanders family consist of Ned - 60 y/o - Maude - deceased as of 'Alone Again, Natura-Diddly' - and their children, Rod - 10 - and Todd - 8. They live next door to the Simpsons, and are dedicated Christians. Ned is always enthusiastic about life, but is hated by Homer - unless he wants something. Ned is also a very protective father, and protects the children from seeing anything that might scare them - such as blocking virtually every channel on their satellite television. Rod and Todd are basically wimps, and are scared of everything, from sugar to insects. Bart correctly sees them as lame, but Marge regularly encourages him to make an effort.
The Van Houtens
The Van Houten family all have uncannily similar characteristics - blue hair, rounded, red glasses and a large nose. Milhouse (pictured) is Bart's best friend, even though Bart treats him with little respect and merely as a sidekick. He is portrayed as a nerd - when, in reality, he just has poor people skills - and always tags along when Bart has a major prank to pull. In 'A Milhouse Divided', Kirk and Luann (l) divorce, prompting Kirk to become a stereotypical bachelor. Luann has more luck, dating 'Pyro' and 'Gyro'. However, in the episode 'Milhouse of Sand and Fog', the couple think about reuniting until Bart and Milhouse intervene - and they then remarried.
Mr Burns and Waylon Smithers
Charles Montgomery Burns is the owner of Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, and is therefore insanely rich. And with his wealth comes a sinister, evil streak. Nobody really knows how old he is, with it ranging from 81 to over 100, although it has been stated several times that he is actually 104 years old. He lives in a huge mansion that is protected by hounds, and he is generally disliked by everybody. Everybody, that is, except his loyal assistant Waylon Smithers, who has a massive crush on him that involves dreams and a kinky screensaver. Smithers caters to Burns' every need and whim, and steadfastly supports him.
Principal Seymour Skinner and Edna Krabappel
Springfield Elementary is where we find many teachers - including Miss Hoover, Superindendent Chalmers, Mr Largo, Groundskeeper Willie and, of course, Principal Seymour Skinner and Mrs Edna Krabappel. The two fell in love back in season 8 but they had a difficult relationship - heavily influenced by Skinner's need to cater for his mother's every whim - that eventually ended in season 15 when the pair have last minute doubts. Skinner struggles to keep the school running effectively, and is regularly hounded by his boss Chalmers. 'Mrs K' is a divorced fourth grade teacher that has to put up with Bart Simpson on a daily basis. This has made her jaded and sometimes disinterested in her work. She is an avid smoker, and before and after she was in a relationship with Skinner, she was portrayed as a very promiscuous woman.
Apu and Manjula Nahasapeemapetilon are an Indian couple who were wed through an arranged marriage. They live in an apartment in Springfield, and Apu owns the local Kwik-E-Mart supermarket, where he works for virtually 24 hours. The couple have octuplet children: Anoop, Uma, Nabendu, Poonam, Priya, Sandeep, Sashi and Gheet. Apu is 44 years old and has a brother, Sanjay. He is well-known to overprice his products, and often sells out of date items for full price. He also regularly cuts corners and secretly switches products ingredients without his customers knowing. "Thank you, come again!"
Moe Szyslak and Barney Gumble
Moe Szyslak is the bartender of the local tavern, Moe's. His age is unknown, and his only know family member is his mother. He has a short temper, and even holds a gun up to his regular "bums" at relatively small things. Moe had plastic surgery in season 11, and became a television hit, but his face was destroyed when a part of the set landed on his head. Barney Gumble is the town drunk, and is mainly seen at Moe's Tavern. He lives in a messy apartment overlooking Springfield Prison, and he has a strong addiction to Duff beer - introducing his trademark belch. Later in the series, Barney sobers up and instead becomes addicted to espresso. He has since gone between the booze and the caffiene.
Lenny Leonard and Carl Carlson
Homer's buddies. Lenny Leonard is another of the barflies of Moe's Tavern, and he also works with Homer at the Nuclear Power Plant. He is unmarried, and 35 years old. It is often suggested that he loves Carl, despite him being his best friend. Carl Carlson is the dominant one in their friendship, and often reacts coolly to Lenny. He is also a regular at Moe's, and works at the Nuclear Power Plant - it has been suggested that he is Homer's supervisor, although this has been inconsistent. He is, or has been, married, and is largely oblivious to Lenny's feelings towards him.
Ralph and Chief Clancy Wiggum
Chief Clancy Wiggum is, unsurprisingly, the chief of police in Springfield, although he is hopelessly underqualified for the job. Many crimes go on under his nose, and he is usually more interested in eating donuts than policing. He is backed up by two other policemen, Lou and Eddie, and is married to Sarah Wiggum, with whom he has a son, Ralph. Ralph is in Lisa's second grade class at Springfield Elementary, although he has severe learning difficulties. He is a generally well-meaning boy, though, and Bart once made friends with Ralph, and Lisa dated him briefly. Some classic lines include "Me fail English? That's unpossible!" and "That's where I saw the leprechaun. He told me to burn things". He makes his teacher, Miss Hoover, exasperated.
Comic Book Guy
Throughout the series, he has been named Comic Book Guy, but in fact, his name is Jeff Albertson. Like we care. He owns the local comic book store - The Android's Dungeon & Baseball Card Shop - and fits in with the nerdy stereotype perfectly. He is overweight, and is opinionated - he regularly slates things as the worst ever. Worst. Character. Ever. In fact, the character was created to mock the obsessive Simpsons fans that criticise the episodes as soon as they air, yet he is one of the most loved and most recognisable characters in the series.
Krusty the Clown
Herschel Krustofski, more commonly known as Krusty the Clown is a clown that hosts his own variety show, including the Itchy and Scratchy Show. His main physical features are green, tufty hair, a red nose, bow tie and gloves, and he is the son of a rabbi. His father originally disowned him when he chose to become a clown, but thanks to Bart and Lisa's intervention, they were reunited. He also has a pet monkey for an assistant, called Mr Teeny, and a daughter whom he rarely sees. His sidekick is Sideshow Mel, who has worked with him for more than a decade since Sideshow Bob framed Krusty for robbery. He has tall, green hair with a bone through it, and a grass-skirt.
Joe Quimby is the generally inept mayor of Springfield, who is generally seen as corrupt and a womanizer. He is married, but his wife is oblivious to his long line of affairs with beautiful but dim Miss Springfields. He doesn't really care about Springfield most of the time, once incorrectly pronouncing it 'Springfeld', and he regularly bends the laws if it suits his purposes. Despite these shortcomings, he has been re-elected to office several times in the show, which really goes to show how smart the townspeople are.