There Are Over 100 Recurring Simpsons Characters — We’ll Be Impressed If You Can Name 40
By: Lauren Lubas
About This Quiz
For 30 years, "The Simpsons" has warmed our television screens, educated us and showed little kids how to swear. It has been on for so long that people consider it a staple in their homes. If you don't consider soap operas, variety shows or news programs, "The Simpsons" is the longest-running show on television, and the best part about it is the fact that the characters never age. We never have to see characters die off because actors have retired. We never have to see this series jump the shark to keep our attention. The genius behind making a prime-time cartoon is the fact that no one has to leave, so long as people can draw the characters.
While we all know the main characters: Bart, Homer, Lisa, Marge and Maggie Simpson. We've also grown up with side characters that are just as full of life for us. These recurring characters have been subject to Bart's pranks, helped Homer through some tough times and have even given us the opportunity to learn a little bit about ourselves. If you consider yourself a fan of "The Simpsons," it's time to see just what you know. Take this quiz to see if you can identify 40 of the recurring characters on the show.
Can you name this friendly neighbor who loves nonsense words?
There are some memorable moments with Ned Flanders on "The Simpsons," including the time he finally snapped and the time his wife was killed. Of course, we all remember his popular dating video with the star fades as well.
Do you know the name of this mafia character from "The Simpsons"?
He wasn't named after Tony Soprano, but he does share some similar characteristics. He's not a man to be trifled with, as he's one of the most dangerous characters on the show, with his lackeys coming in a close second.
Do you recognize this immigrant on "The Simpsons"?
Working at Springfield Elementary School, Groundskeeper Willie is generally available as a comic foil for the children. He tries to maintain order, but the more he tries to control things, the more hilarious he becomes.
This man runs the church in Springfield. Who is he?
God brings us many things, including joy and love, so why not name the symbol of religion in Springfield Reverend Lovejoy? This monotone character has a lot of great lines and a few good episodes that highlight his character.
We've seen him in a couple of episodes, and he helps develop the Krusty the Clown character quite a bit. We soon learn that he hates clowns and clowning in general, but Krusty wanted to follow his dream.
What's the name of this character who burps a lot?
Barney Gumble stopped burping when he gave up drinking for good. Additionally, his hair wasn't messed up anymore. While we see him temporarily giving up the drink to become an astronaut, it wasn't until years later when he gave it up for good.
Bart's teacher has been in countless episodes. What is her name?
Krusty the Clown
It wasn't until Milhouse called Bart's teacher "Mrs. Crab-Apple" that we realized her name read that way phonetically. Bart himself was shocked that he didn't come up with the nickname for his teacher.
This bully from the show has a very distinct laugh. What is his name?
We learn quite a bit about Nelson's background in later seasons of "The Simpsons," including the fact that his dad left the house for a pack of cigarettes and never returned. However, he may be the only character in history whose laugh became his signature line.
Mr. Burns pretty much embodies evil in "The Simpsons," yet we love his character. Everyone wants to see him release the hounds. There was an episode where he seems to be becoming nicer, but that goes away quickly.
Which character wears a bumblebee suit and speaks Spanish?
Bumblebee Man is most widely known for getting hurt and going off in Spanish about his bad luck. It's a portion of slapstick comedy added to the Simpsons. We don't necessarily have to know what he's saying to be able to laugh.
When Bart first meets Krusty the Clown, he gets a rude awakening. It was a lesson that too many children had to learn in the past: their heroes aren't heroes at all ... Most of them are just showing up for the money.
Can you name the doctor who shouldn't have a license to practice medicine on the show?
Dr. Nick has been around for quite a while. The quack of a doctor has doesn't necessarily have a license to practice medicine, but when the Simpsons need medical care (but don't have money), he always comes through.
"Why do they call them fingers? I've never seen them fing— Ah, there they go." Otto is a character who likes to partake in certain things that are only legal in some states, but he has a lot of great lines and is pretty cool.
Do you remember the name of this character who runs the school?
We often love to see Superintendent Chalmers visit, because Principal Skinner (an authority figure) is generally brought to his knees by his superior. And of course, Bart is always up to something when he arrives.
What is the name of this alien that appears during many Treehouse of Horror episodes?
Comic Book Guy
Kang and his buddy Kodos are generally a big part of the Treehouse of Horror episodes of "The Simpsons." These are the Halloween specials that the show does every year. One time, Kang and Kodos won a presidential election.
This character is rather controversial these days. What is his name?
In recent years, creators of "The Simpsons" have been getting quite a bit of heat about the way this character is portrayed. While it may have been innocent in intention, it seems a little too stereotyped in contemporary times.
Can you name this older gentleman who can't see very well?
"I was saying Boo-Urns" was the defining line for this character. When Smithers wanted Mr. Burns to feel better about being booed, Hans Moleman stepped in with one of the greatest lines the show has ever produced.
Can you name this friend and coworker of Homer Simpson?
Bleeding Gums Murphy
We know Lenny and Carl so well from the power plant to Moe's Tavern. Carl is the sensible one who gives Homer some great advice when he needs it the most. He's a great comic foil for the main character.
Who is this sarcastic character who owns his own store?
Comic Book Guy
He doesn't have a name, but his presence is always known. He has a ponytail and knows everything there is to know about media, television shows and all things geek. His knowledge, of course, makes him arrogant.
Database is a character who knows more than Martin Prince. His first appearance was in the episode entitled "Bart's Comet," and he has been around ever since. His intelligence helps storylines progress.
Here's a toughy ... Do you know the name of Lisa's band director?
He's a passionate guy who loves music. He even made his way into the opening credits of the show and has been seen in every season of "The Simpsons" since it first aired ... That's a 30-year teaching gig.