Bart Simpson

Bart Simpson

    The Simpsons
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Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Living… the life of the bad boy in Springfield, U.S.A. He's a fourth-grade prankster whose skateboard is his magic carpet and whose answer to every challenge is, “Eat my shorts!” His best friend Milhouse supports his lifestyle of troublemaking and joy riding. Together they get trapped overnight in a candy store and recapture Springfield’s stolen lemon tree from the neighboring Shelbyville, among other acts of mayhem.

Interests… crank-calling Moe’s Tavern, asking for one “Seymour Butts.”  Squishees from the Kwik-E-Mart. “Radioactive Man” comics. Destroying his sister Lisa’s dreams. Failing tests, and perpetually getting stuck in the fourth grade. “Itchy and Scratchy” cartoons. And most of all, his hero, Krusty the Clown.

Profession… full-time student…except when he’s ditching class. His relationship with his teacher Mrs. Krabappel and Principal Skinner is adversarial, but they all seem to share an understanding: the friendship between rivals is unique and rewarding.

Challenge… growing up. Bart rarely sees the wrongs in his ways, but occasionally he will show guilt and repent—only to turn around and steal another hood ornament. He has yet to give up the bad-boy persona and actually complete the fourth grade.

Personality… spokesperson for cool. His first words were “Ay caramba!” If that doesn’t tell you the kind of rebel he is, consider the fact that he stole and manned a military tank and even foiled psychopathic-genius criminal Sideshow Bob on multiple occasions. But, hey, he’s basically your average kid; he has a soft side too. Once he stuck up for the “special” kid Ralph in front of a gang of bullies. Whether he’s helping the less fortunate or getting booted out of an entire country, Bart never fails to stay cool and remind us all, “Don’t have a cow, man!”


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