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.
Do you know the name of Bart's best friend?
Milhouse is Bart's best friend, but he's also way into Lisa Simpson. Writers of "The Simpsons" brought on some tough topics when Milhouse's parents got divorced and his mom started dating again.
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.
Bart's teacher has been in countless episodes. What is her name?
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.
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.
Who is the boy who is in love with Lisa Simpson?
No one can forget the Valentine's Day episode where Lisa gives Ralph a valentine because his box is empty. When Bart replayed Ralph's heartbreak over and over, viewers learned what true remorse was.
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.
This police officer was always a little dumb. What is his name?
As law and order in Springfield aren't really necessary (except to address Bart's petty vandalism), Chief Wiggum is often seen simply holding a donut or a cup of coffee rather than doing his job.
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.
What is the name of this actor in "The Simpsons" universe?
The late Phil Hartman initially voiced Troy McClure. McClure is a little bit oblivious, but his voice is like butter melting over a piece of hot toast ... smooth and silky.
Do you know the name of this Flanders child?
The Flanders children don't necessarily get a whole lot of screen time, but when they have a line here or there, it's pretty genius. From them, we learned that lies make Baby Jesus cry.
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.
Can you name this bully from "The Simpsons"?
With a name like Kearney Zzyzwicz, we pretty much can see how he would become a bully. While he seems like another one of Jimbo's lackeys, we learn that he has a little bit of a backstory for himself.
What is Krusty the Clown's dad's name?
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.
Who is this character who seems a little off at times?
Grandpa Simpson is one of the most genius characters on the show. Not only does he give the cantankerous old-man vibe, but he also teaches us quite a bit about the characters around us.
Do you know the name of the Simpsons' dog?
Santa's Little Helper has been an essential member of the Simpson family since the first season. The most memorable episode with him involved Mr. Burns wanting to take his puppies to make a coat.
Can you name this mean boss from "The Simpsons"?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Who is this entertainer from "The Simpsons"?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Who drives the school bus on the show?
"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.
What is the name of this alien that appears during many Treehouse of Horror episodes?
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.
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.
Can you name Lisa's friend with the pink dress?
She doesn't say much, even when she is on the screen, but Janey has been a staple character on the show since it first aired. This character will tease, but mostly, she likes jumping rope.
Do you know the name of this cantankerous old man from "The Simpsons"?
Most of us first remember Jasper from the episode where they were trying to figure out who shot Mr. Burns. He was shot in his wooden leg and became an essential witness in the case.
Which star on the show wanted to kill Bart?
Sideshow Bob has gone down in Simpsons history as one of the most maniacal characters. He threatens to kill Bart and does as much as he can to follow through with his elaborate plans to murder.
This doctor tried to get the Simpsons to like each other again. What is his name?
We all remember Dr. Marvin Monroe from his first episode "There's No Disgrace Like Home." As the Simpsons electrocute each other, he finally snaps, and we realize that no one is perfect.
Do you remember the name of the twins?
Sherri and Terri are twins that happen to torture Bart throughout the first season. One of the most memorable moments is when they both kiss him to get him in trouble during a school field trip.
What is the name of Reverend Lovejoy's wife?
Helen Lovejoy is well known as the town gossip. As the reverend's wife, she is privy to nearly all of the information that passes through Springfield, and she isn't afraid to share.
Can you name this friend and coworker of Homer Simpson?
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 character who hangs out with the bullies on the show?
We know all of the bullies on "The Simpsons" rather well. These characters build off of Bart's character and give a little bit of exigence to the show ... especially when they're after Bart.
Do you remember the name of Mr. Burns' assistant?
We know quite a bit about Waylon Smithers. One of the best episodes with Smithers' character development was when we learned that he's an avid doll collector who doesn't care what other people think.
Do you know the name of this character who has a snake on his arm?
Most of us know him as Snake, but his full name is Snake Jailbird on the show. We generally see this character robbing the Kwik-E-Mart or trying to escape from jail whenever someone else is in jail.
Who is this sarcastic character who owns his own store?
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.
Can you name this geeky guy with a calculator?
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.
Who is this character with a lot of children on "The Simpsons"?
Cletus the slackjawed yokel is one of the most ingenious characters on the show. He might not know how to write, but when he makes his mark, it's the most perfect signature you've ever seen.
Who helps out in scientific matters in Springfield?
You may recognize Professor Frink as the character who helps out when there are issues of a scientific nature. His actual name is John Frink, and he considers himself a professor and an inventor.
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