The Simpsons is arguably not only a major piece of television history, but also an era-defining animated show with an instantly iconic cast of characters. The heart of the series, the central family itself, has become so beloved due to its well-defined personality.
However, despite the traits and characteristics that have influenced so many brilliant episodes, there are instances where these numbers go against the grain. These quotes are times when the Simpsons family and their significant supporting characters go against their established personalities.
“I’m just a good dad. »
Homer Simpson – Season 22, Episode 12
Homer Simpson is many things. Unfortunately, he is not a good father. He tries his best, but he also never considers himself a good father, given that he is fully aware that he makes a lot of mistakes, including repeatedly strangling his own son. After watching a sitcom in “Homer the Father”, he has a revelation.
Contrary to everything fans know about the character, he actually tries to be a better dad. It doesn’t last very long, but it’s so irrelevant that even Bart has to wonder if he’s got a thread or if something more is going on. At the end of the episode, he is back to his old ways, with a beer on the couch, watching television in silence with his son.
“Late repeat, cheap root beer. »
Lisa Simpson – Season 27, Episode 7
Lisa Simpson has a well-defined character with many quirks, including following the rules and knowing everything about everything. However, in “Lisa with an ‘S'”, the character decides she wants to join Broadway. She wanders away from home, embarking on a program that should make her dreams come true.
Marge calls her daughter while he’s gone and immediately knows something is up. Lisa talks about the root bear she drinks and the late nights she spent; to rebel against all the order and calm she had brought to her life. She was a very different Lisa, who had been drawn into show business. At the end of the episode, Lisa just wants to go home.
“Get that corpse off the road. The streets are for the living. »
Marge Simpson – Season 10, Episode 15
Marge is the quiet member of the family; a trait Lisa picked up in tow. While it’s Homer who’s usually prone to fits of road rage, shouting obscenities, and generally being incredibly selfish, he’s not the kind of personality audiences would associate with Marge.
But after buying a new car in the season 10 episode “Marge Simpson In: ‘Screaming Yellow Honkers'”, the character suddenly becomes much more irritable on the road. She even shouts out a veteran’s funeral parade, just because she wants to cut a few minutes out of her ride. She finally gives up the car to reconnect with her family.
“I did everything the Bible said. What more can I do? »
Ned Flanders – Season 8, Episode 8
Fans know that Ned Flanders is a kind and caring man who dedicated his life to God. He’s incredibly religious, and it’s rare to see the Simpsons’ neighbor say or do anything that contradicts the teachings of the Bible. But “Hurricane Neddy” changed all that.
With disaster hitting Ned’s house, he is completely lost. The Simpsons survived the tragedy unscathed, as did many towns, and so in a moment of anger, Ned lashed out at God and his lifestyle, questioning everything he had been taught. He spirals from there, but at the conclusion he’s back to himself, regaining control of his anger.
“This dump is too dirty for a man with a positive outlook on the world. »
Moe Szyslak – Season 24, Episode 19
Moe has always been one of the most negative characters on The Simpsons. He thrives in the sand and grime of his bar and is prone to violent verbal outbursts. Seeing Moe happy is quite rare. However, the episode “Whiskey Business” sees his life change.
After hitting rock bottom, Moe tries to work on his mental health, with help from the Simpson family. A new suit jacket breathes new life into him, and he even decides to clean up his pub, building on his positive attitude. It’s completely out of place for the grumpy waiter, but it made for one of Moe’s best episodes.
“I gave my look a new flavor. Suck it up »
Milhouse Van Houten – Season 15, Episode 12
Milhouse has been a constant companion to Bart. While Bart himself is a bit higher on the social ladder than Milhouse, both have attempted to be seen as cooler. In “Milhouse Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”, there is a new iteration of the character on the scene.
With a new look and even a different attitude, Milhouse takes his only chance to be seen as cool. He alienates his best friend Bart, but their friendship would mend at the end of the ep. Either way, it’s pretty irrelevant for Milhouse to successfully try to be so “down with the kids.”
“Milhouse is the hero. Believe me, the boy who lied all along. »
Bart Simpson – Season 25, Episode 22
Bart is a liar. He lies all the time, always for his own gain. He never really takes responsibility for his actions, and he’s not particularly sorry when something is his fault. Yet in “The Yellow Bridge of Cowardge” he finally puts Milhouse on a pedestal, lying for someone else’s gain.
He had already left Milhouse like a coward to be beaten by bullies and created a thick web of lies that were hard to unravel. But he genuinely redeemed himself, cementing his relationship with his best friend and showing some depth to his character in the process.
“I will be fine as long as I remember my military training.
Grandpa Simpson – Season 6, Episode 10
Grandpa Simpson’s past has been explored in great detail, but The Simpsons generally portrays the character in the present day. He is completely dependent on his son and his family, always grumbling and thinking the worst in a situation, never taking responsibility for himself.
That’s why it’s strange that in “Grandpa vs. Sexual Insufficiency” Homer and Grandpa argue and Homer leaves it behind, Grandpa tries to make the best of the situation, even briefly seeming hope he can count on himself to pull through. Of course, the moment is quickly ruined when it moves forward a few hours that Grandpa is stuck, restoring the status quo.
” Father. »
Maggie Simpson – Season 4, Episode 10
Maggie Simpson’s whole character is built on the fact that she can’t talk. Maggie has also formed such a bond with her mother that it’s rare to see her show any special affection for Homer, who often doesn’t pay much attention to the youngest member of the family.
However, in the episode titled “Lisa’s First Word”, Maggie says hers. As Homer leaves the room after placing Maggie in his bed, she says “Dad”. It’s a real surprise, breaking the tradition of the mute character and going against the bond that had been built with Marge.