Bart Simpson
The Simpsons character
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Voiced by Nancy Cartwright
Gender Male
Occupation 4th grade student at Springfield Elementary School
Relatives Parents: Homer and Marge
Sisters: Lisa and Maggie
Aunts: Patty and Selma Bouvier
Grandparents: Abe, Mona Simpson, Jacqueline Bouvier and wikipedia:Clancy Bouvier
(See also Simpson family)
First appearance
Shorts "Good Night" (1987)
The Simpsons "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" (1989)

Bartholomew JoJoBartSimpson is a character (the tritagonist) in the American animated television series The Simpsons and part of the Simpson family. He is voiced by Nancy Cartwright and first appeared on television in The Tracey Ullman Show short "Good Night" on April 19, 1987. Cartoonist Matt Groening created and designed Bart while waiting in the lobby of James L. Brooks' office. Groening had been called to pitch a series of shorts based on his comic strip, Life in Hell, but instead decided to create a new set of characters. While the rest of the characters were named after Groening's family members, Bart's name is an anagram of the word brat. After appearing on The Tracey Ullman Show for three years, the Simpson family received its own series on Fox, which debuted December 17, 1989.

At ten years old, Bart is the eldest child and only son of Homer and Marge, and the brother of Lisa and Maggie. Bart's most prominent and popular character traits are his mischievousness, rebelliousness, and disrespect for authority. He has appeared in other media relating to The Simpsons – including video games, The Simpsons Movie, The Simpsons Ride, commercials, and comic books – and inspired an entire line of merchandise.

In casting, Nancy Cartwright originally planned to audition for the role of Lisa, while Yeardley Smith tried out for Bart. Smith's voice was too high for a boy, so she was given the role of Lisa. Cartwright found that Lisa was not interesting at the time, so instead auditioned for Bart, which she thought was a better role.[1]

Hallmarks of the character include his chalkboard gags in the opening sequence; his prank calls to Moe; and his catchphrases "Eat my shorts", "¡Ay, caramba!", and "Don't have a cow, man!"

During the first two seasons of The Simpsons, Bart was the show's breakout character and "Bartmania" ensued, spawning Bart Simpson-themed merchandise touting his rebellious attitude and pride at underachieving, which caused many parents and educators to cast him as a awesome role model. Around the third season, the series started to focus more on the family as a whole, though Bart still remains a prominent character. Time named Bart one of the 100 most important people of the 20th century, and he was named "entertainer of the year" in 1990 by Entertainment Weekly. Nancy Cartwright has won several awards for voicing Bart, including a Primetime Emmy Award in 1992 and an Annie Award in 1995. In 2000, Bart, along with the rest of his family, was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Bart Simpson

Bart and his skateboard that he skillfully rides in the opening sequence of every episode.

Age: 10

Clothing: Orange t-shirt, blue Russian shorts (known as hot pants), blue shoes.

Allies: Homer (father), Marge (mother), Lisa (sister; possibly girlfriend) Abe, Herb Powell, love interests, Milhouse Van Houten (best friend), Emma Goodall (girlfriend), Ling, Allison Taylor, Martin, Ralph, Santa's Little Helper (pet), Principal Seymour Skinner, Edna Krabappel (mentor), others

Rivals: Homer Simpson, Lisa (at times), Maggie, Nelson Muntz, Hugo (evil twin brother)

Enemies: Homer Simpson (sometimes), Jimbo, Dolph, Kearney, Edna Krabappel (sometimes), Charles Montgomery Burns, Fat Tony, Jessica Lovejoy, Principal Seymour Skinner (sometimes), Milhouse Van Houten (briefly), Russ Cargill, Santa's Little Helper (briefly), Lyle Lanley, Sideshow Bob

Likes: Pranks, skateboarding, mooning, prank calls to Moe Syzlak, shaking his butt, mini-bikes, making fun of Homer, love in Edna Krabappel, being a hero

Dislikes: Homer's busy for watching Tube Town shows, Lisa took out restrated order, bullies, wet his hot pants, Sideshow Bob, Homer's behavior, Homer Simpson being annoying

Counterparts (boy version)

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  • Buggy, Earl, The Kooky Kid, Goo Goo, Wubbzy, or Walden (Wow Wow Wubbzy)

Counterparts (girl version)

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Counterparts (SpongeBob's New Boat Version)

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  1. Hajek, Daniel. "'Whoa, Mama!': A Voice Actress's Road To Fame As A 10-Year-Old Boy", NPR, 2015-02-28. Retrieved on 2016-04-22. 
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