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Bartholomew "Bart" Jo-Jo Simpson (voiced by Nancy Cartwright) is a fictional character featured in the animated television series The Simpsons. He is the 10-year-old son of Homer and Marge Simpson and older brother of Lisa and Maggie. According to the book The Simpsons Uncensored Family Album (ISBN 0-06-096582-7), his "birthday" is April 1 or April Fool's Day.

Bart is a self-proclaimed underachiever who begins each show in detention writing lines on the blackboard (see list of Bart Simpson's blackboard sentences). His interests include skateboarding, comic books (especially Radioactive Man), terrorizing his sisters, helping Lisa solve various problems (e.g, reuniting Krusty the Clown with his estranged father), Dickensian chimney sweeps, and prank calling Moe Szyslak at his tavern. Bart is distracted by pretty much anything; even, strangely enough, algebraic equations. While Bart is considerably undermotivated and takes great joy in disrupting the routine at Springfield Elementary, his actions and speech frequently show considerable mental agility and understanding, and so he cannot be called "stupid" per se. Principal Skinner has attributed Bart's underachievement to attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which seems like the most accurate explanation. His very early interest in school was also likely disrupted by disinterested teachers.

Bart caused a fictional diplomatic incident between the United States and Australia in "Bart vs. Australia" when he placed a very long collect call to an Australian boy to find out in which direction toilets flush in the southern hemisphere. (This is an oversimplification of that phenomena, which amusingly popularized the legend even more.)

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Bart being strangled.

Many times, when Homer finds out that Bart has said or done something stupid or bad, he yells out, "Why you little— !" and strangles Bart in anger.

Bart Simpson and other characters from The Simpsons have appeared in numerous television commercials for Butterfinger candy bars, with his catch-phrase, Nobody better lay a finger on my Butterfinger. This was parodied when in an episode, Bart says that he doesn't remember being in a commercial, then he holds up a Butterfinger and eats it.

Bart speaks French fluently. He also was able to speak Spanish briefly on a trip to Brazil; however, he forced himself to forget when he discovered that they speak Portuguese in Brazil. He also once made an exchange with Homer in Japanese. Also in "Bart on the Road," he makes a delivery to Hong Kong where he hauls a cooler labeled "HUMAN EYES" off the plane, and brings it to a man in a white lab coat where they converse in Chinese (specifically, the variety of Cantonese spoken in the city). This may be inherited from Homer, who has also demonstrated advanced language abilities, including penguin.

In an interview, Simpsons creator Matt Groening stated he chose the name as an anagram of brat.

In 1998, Time magazine selected Bart as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century—the only fictional character to make the list.

When he vandalizes property, Bart uses the alias El Barto, which is a Spanglish way of saying "Bart." However, no one in Springfield has made the connection and Bart still vandalizes property without getting caught. He is also known as Bartman.

Episodes that feature Bart extensively include:

Quotes by Bart

  • "Aye carumba!"
  • "Nobody better lay a finger on my Butterfinger!" – Butterfinger commercials.
  • "Don't have a cow, man."
  • "I didn't do it, no one saw me do it, you can't prove anything!"
  • "Eat my shorts!"
  • "I'm Bart Simpson—who the hell are you?"
  • "Do the Bartman."
  • "Christmas is a time when people of all religions come together to worship Jesus Christ."
  • "I've said it before, and I'll say it again...aye carumba!"
  • "Who's the |black private dick that's a sex machine with all the chicks?"
  • "There's no such thing as a soul. It's just something they made up to scare kids, like the boogeyman or Michael Jackson."
  • "Inside every hardened criminal beats the heart of a ten-year-old boy."
  • "You know, I've done a lot of bad stuff through the years. I guess now I'm paying the price. But there's so many things I'll never get a chance to do: smoke a cigarette, use a fake ID, shave a swear word in my hair."
  • "I think its ironic that for once Dad's butt prevented the release of toxic gas."
  • "Aren't we forgeting the true meaning of Christmas? You know, the birth of Santa?"
  • "I don't know! I don't know why I did it, I don't know why I enjoyed it, and I don't know why I'll do it again!"
  • "What if you're a really good person, but you get into a really, really bad fight and your leg gets gangrene and it has to be amputated. Will it be waiting for you in heaven?"

Relations

Bart is:

His former uncles-by-marriage include Robert Underdunk "Sideshow Bob" Terwilliger, Lionel Hutz, Troy McClure, and Disco Stu.

See also

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