- “Ay Caramba!”
- ―Bart's catchphrase and first words
- “I'm Bart Simpson, who the hell are you?”
- ―Bart's second catchphrase
- “Don't have a cow, man.”
- ―Bart's third catchphrase
- “I didn't do it!”
- ―Bart's earlier catchphrase
Bartholomew JoJo "Bart" Simpson (born April 1, 1980), is the tritagonist of The Simpsons. He is the mischievous, rebellious, misunderstood and "potentially dangerous" eldest child of Homer and Marge Simpson, and the older brother of Lisa and Maggie. He also has been nicknamed "Cosmo", after discovering a comet in "Bart's Comet". Bart has also been on the cover on numerous comics, such as "Critical Hit", "Simpsons Treasure Trove #11" and "Winter Wingding". Bart also has a 100-issue comic series entitled the Simpson Comics Presents Bart Simpson. Bart is loosely based on Matt Groening and his older brother, Mark Groening.
Even at a young age, Bart has accomplished many feats. He has won an award for his Angry Dad web series, he has discovered a new comet which was named after himself, and he also has performed in a successful band with Milhouse Van Houten, Nelson Muntz and Ralph Wiggum.
Bart was born on April 1. Bart is a self-proclaimed underachiever and prankster who is constantly in detention. He is easily distracted. His penchant for shocking people began before he was born: Bart "mooned" Dr. Hibbert while he performed a sonogram on Marge when she was pregnant with him, and moments after being born, he set Homer's tie on fire (Marge saying that he could not have done it on purpose because he was only ten minutes old). Bart's first words were "Ay Caramba".
Bart's interests include Krusty the Clown (he is "Krusty Buddy" number 16302), reading comic books (especially Radioactive Man), watching TV (especially The Krusty the Clown Show and The Itchy & Scratchy Show), terrorizing Lisa, playing video games, helping Lisa solve various problems (e.g. reuniting Krusty with his estranged Father), and pulling off various pranks, (such as mooning unsuspecting people, prank calling Moe at his tavern, and his patented spitting off an overpass). Bart also sprays graffiti under the alias 'El Barto', and regularly frequents the Kwik-E-Mart (for bubble gum and Squishees) and The Android's Dungeon. Yuma Hickman moved to Springfield when Marge was pregnant with Bart.
Bart is the most misunderstood of the family (After Maggie, who currently can only speak a few words), constantly frustrated by the narrow-minded people of Springfield, who judge him merely by his thoughts and actions.
- “I didn't think it was physically possible, but this both sucks and blows.”
Bart is considerably a prankster at Springfield Elementary, and his pranks are often elaborately complex but can lead to unfortunate consequences. Bart's overall intelligence, like his mother's, has been shown to fluctuate slightly over the course of the series. It has been shown anywhere from being just above his father's level, to being just below, or (on the rare occasion that he shows interest or is willing to pay attention) exceeding that of his sister. Despite his behavior, Bart is also extremely good at science, art and even sports like skateboarding. His actions and speech frequently show considerable mental agility, street-smarts, and understanding. When Bart became a hall monitor for Springfield Elementary, his grades went up, showing that he only struggles because he does not pay any attention. Bart has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD. This has been exaggerated to the point he is willing to do Algebra, so long as it is a distraction from his actual homework.
On the other hand, Bart often seems to have trouble understanding even the simplest concepts, such as the word "irony," what the equator is and that the logo on his globe ("Rand McNally") is not actually a country. It was also once implied that his mischievous behavior may have been a result of Marge accidentally ingesting a droplet of champagne while pregnant with him. Also as an infant, one night he wandered into the master bedroom and witnessed Homer and Marge having sex with each other.
Labeled as an "underachiever" by authority figures, Bart rides an academic roller coaster, his grades, running the Loop-the-Loop from "F" to "D-" and back again. But he can be ingenious when the chips are down—as long as his ingenuity is not applied to anything school-related. He once learned portions of the Talmud to help reunite his idol, Krusty the Clown, with his father, Rabbi Hyman Krustofsky. Once, after unleashing a surf wave across the school (damaging property but also saving Ned Flanders, who was on fire at the time), Bart was given an experimental drug for Attention Deficit Disorder called Focusyn. Focusing his energy allowed Bart's intellectual potential to reach its maximum, even to the point where he was capable of tutoring a Navajo boy. Unfortunately, the drug also drove him paranoid as a side effect, and he started to believe that Major League Baseball was using satellites to spy on everyone in town. Marge and Homer became concerned for his erratic behavior and tried to take him off the drug, but the prospect of losing his intellectual edge over his enemies causes Bart to go berserk and sneak into Fort Fragg to steal one of its tanks. After blazing a path of destruction through the town, Bart uses the tank's cannon to shoot down an MLB satellite, thereby actually proving his suspicions to be correct.
Bart also displayed the ability to learn very quickly when he so desired, or in some cases subconsciously. In "The Crepes of Wrath" while on an exchange trip to France, Bart managed to learn French without even realizing it simply by being in the vicinity of Ugolin and Cesar, two men who regularly spoke French. Later, during "Homer vs. Patty and Selma", he showed considerable talent in the ballet despite his initial hatred of it, which he did not realize until he attempted to take off his leotard. He has also managed to do this by choice such as in "Blame It on Lisa", wherein Bart learns fluent Spanish in less time on a plane to Brazil, only to be told by Marge that the Brazilians speak Portuguese.
His pranks can range from being relatively harmless to very cruel/destructive, depending on the characterization. He was also frequently a delinquent, getting into all sorts of trouble. It's implied that his exceptionally mischievous behavior (which Lisa once noted was borderline sociopathic) had its roots from when Marge accidentally ingested a drop of champagne (caused by then-Mayor Quimby breaking a champagne bottle on the newly christened battleship, the U.S.S. Float-and-shoot) while still pregnant with Bart, as well as out of some deep-down rage for being told that he'll be a failure as early as preschool (of which it once led to him developing suicidal thoughts severe enough to make an extremely graphic drawing of his own demise). However, he has put limits on the trouble he can cause; he won't lower himself as to stealing the school textbooks like Lisa did while he was the hall monitor.
Although he gets into trouble and is sometimes shallow and selfish, Bart also exhibits many qualities of high integrity. He has, on a few occasions, helped the love life of his school Principal and his teacher, despite the fact he often terrorizes them, and he often befriends lesser known kids like Milhouse. One example of his quasi-sense of honor is when Bart stands up for Ralph Wiggum at the cost of peer popularity with the bullies. Bart's hidden integrity is also evidenced when he is dared to shoot a bird with a BB gun by Nelson. Instead of outright refusing the challenge, Bart instead tries to intentionally miss the bird. Unfortunately, Bart doesn't compensate for a crooked sight, and he accidentally kills the bird. He is visibly upset by this, snapping at Nelson when he calls him a "cold-blooded killer" and even goes so far as to try and mend his wrongs with a right by adopting the bird's nest. Bart also displays his sense of morality when he acts as a conscience for his peers several times throughout the series, such as when he tells Jessica Lovejoy that stealing from the church is wrong. He was once sent to a juvenile detention center when he played a serious prank involving faux wedding gifts and a fake wedding.
Bart also has legitimate guilt whenever he got either Mrs. Krabappel or Principal Skinner fired, especially if it was not his intention to do so, like in the former case where his and his classmates’ plan on getting her laid back by spiking her drink backfired when she ended up getting herself fired, and the latter case where his dog ended up in the ventilation shafts and got trapped along with Willie when he intended to use Santa's Little Helper for show and tell. He also sometimes gets into trouble even when he never actually did anything bad, or even when he actually did a good deed. A notable example of the former is when he was framed for a prank at a medieval festival held at school and was expelled for it (the actual culprit was Groundskeeper Willie) but he was welcomed back as an apology, and a notable example of the latter was when both he and Milhouse ended up permanently (at the time) banned by Comic Book Guy from the Androids Dungeon because Bart and Milhouse talked Mrs. Prince out of selling him rare and invaluable Star Wars memorabilia that belonged to Martin Prince for what was obviously a ripped off price.Although Lisa is a vegetarian, Bart is the real animal lover in the family. He becomes extremely attached to animals that fall under his care and will, most of the time, save animals that he feels will be hurt or else will go to great lengths to protect them. Some of Bart's favorite pets include: his dog (and best friend) named Santa's Little Helper, a snake named Strangles, an elephant named Stampy, a racehorse named Duncan, a nest of bird-eating lizards named Chirpy Boy and Bart Junior, Santa's Little Helper's greyhound puppies, and a cow named Lou, for whom he was willing to prematurely marry in order to spare from the slaughterhouse.
Bart has yellow skin and blond spiky hair that matches the color of his skin (similar to his sisters), sports a slightly fat belly, and, like the other characters of The Simpsons, has big black pupils with no colored irises for eyes. He wears a red-orange t-shirt (salmon in "Bart Gets an "F"", blue short-sleeved shirt on early merchandise), blue shorts and blue sneakers with white socks. He sometimes wears his "lucky" red baseball cap and carries around his skateboard or a slingshot.
In his future appearances, his hair is usually longer, and he is shown to be slightly fat.
Alter Egos and Aliases
Bart sprays graffiti around Springfield using the name "El Barto", and his superhero alter-ego is "Bartman". He called himself Cupcake Kid when Homer became Pie Man. Bart is also known as "The Devil in Blue Shorts" by the organizers of the Teacher of the Year Awards, but he was believed to be an urban legend.
Due to Bart's mischievousness and rebelliousness in addition to Homer's often uncaring and incompetent behavior, the two have a turbulent relationship. Bart will often address Homer by his given name instead of "Dad" (when he was a baby, this was because other adults would refer to him as this), while Homer in turn often refers to him as "the boy". Usually, when Homer finds out that Bart has said or done something stupid or bad, he turns red and shouts "Why you little!" (often followed by throttling/strangling him) or simply "BART!" Bart once returned the favor when he learned that Homer, in order to buy back incriminating photos of him dropping Bart down as a baby, spent all the money that had been earned by starring in Baby-So-Fresh commercials relating to alleviating bad smells from babies, eventually resorting to using Homer's belt to strangle his larynx due to being unable to strangle Homer the usual way due to the size differences between the two, and directly led to a separation from his father. It is also implied once that, whenever he messes up, he almost expects people to strangle him and even goes as far as to strangle himself (presumably due to his experience with Homer), such as when he accidentally let go of Ned Flanders' best fishing rod when attempting to fish with Flanders, Bart instinctively starts clutching his own neck and imitating strangling before realizing and reacting with surprise that Ned Flanders isn't strangling him. Homer and Bart's relationship reaches a breaking point following Homer's pollution of Lake Springfield (causing Springfield to be sealed under a giant dome by the EPA), with Bart even going so far as saying that he wishes Flanders was his father. Even though at other times, Bart is shown bonding with his father, such as through coin collecting or selling grease. Bart has even danced opposite Homer when the latter became a popular mascot. It is often suggested that Bart is at times hurt that he and his father are in opposition to each other. Homer, despite being under the influence of marijuana at the time, genuinely explains that it is because Bart's birth signified the end of his youthful foolishness, as he now had a family to provide for, which intimidated him. Also adding that he is very much like Bart, as like his son, he is greatly misunderstood and insecure about his place in the family. Nevertheless, the two really do love each other deep down.
Bart shares a sibling rivalry with Lisa, who is two years and thirty-eight days younger than he is. While Bart has often hurt Lisa out of jealousy, and even fought her physically, they are very close—he loves her as deeply as she does him, and has always apologized for going too far. Most of the time, when Bart takes charge of the children of Springfield, Lisa is shown as not only supportive but at times even stands by his side (along with Nelson and Milhouse). He is often shown to be very protective of her when she is threatened or insulted by others (even though he frequently insults her himself), evidenced by his willingness to fight Weasel for stealing and destroying her cupcakes and stand up to Nelson when he shoved her to get to Milhouse (even though Nelson assumed Bart would side with him). Indeed, in "Bart of Darkness", Bart's love and protectiveness towards Lisa gave him the strength to work past his broken foot (the cast being caught in a trash can, stuck on a hose, attached to a dirt mound, and pulling the weight of a bicycle with a stubborn dog leashed onto it) in order to rescue his sister when under the belief that she was in danger of being killed by Ned Flanders. In addition, Bart has shown himself willing to put himself through labor, swallow his pride, and even purchase things for her, as when trying to make her feel better, he offered to make her bed, start a foundation for the animals she saved, and even spend money on a $500 record instead of a long-desired novelty. Bart has even sacrificed a dream job (Hall Monitor) and good grades to protect her from a damaging punishment caused by her own actions and helped her restore her reputation among the other children when she betrayed them by way of posing as a college student. Bart also seems to acknowledge Lisa as his better when it comes down to solving problems (even though he was instrumental in rescuing snakes on Whacking Day and retrieving his father's Hive grill) and frequently goes to her for advice. Both siblings formed a dynamic crime-solving duo during many of their encounters with Sideshow Bob, Bart's nemesis. At one time, he enters a series of robot battles with his robot: Chief Knock-a-Homer (which is Homer as the robot hoping to gain Bart's trust), and tries to cheer up Lisa when Snowball II dies. Also, in "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire", he tells Lisa that she's the person Bart has always wanted to be.
Arguably, Bart's best relationship with his family is with Maggie, as they more often than not get along quite well (mostly because she is a baby). Bart's shine to Maggie has come in the form of his pulling various pranks with her, playing and bonding with her after he and Milhouse were separated for a time, and at one point square-dancing with her at a Dude Ranch.
While being disliked by most adults, Bart is rather popular with other kids and has very many friends at his school. Out of all of them, Bart's best friend is Milhouse Van Houten. Though the two are close friends, Bart has accidentally put Milhouse into trouble countless times throughout the series, with more than one occasion causing physical harm to Milhouse due to Bart's lack of regard for Milhouse's safety. At one time, Bart was driving a forklift with Milhouse standing on the fork while the forklift was moving. When Marge stopped Bart from driving the forklift, Milhouse was sent flying and was knocked unconscious.
The relationship between Milhouse and Bart has been strained several times. When Milhouse fell in love with Samantha Stankey and spent less time with his best buddy, Bart separated the two by notifying Samantha's father, who placed Samantha in a Catholic school. This resulted in a fight between the two friends, although Bart eventually offered an apology. In one episode, Bart stated that he was a little attracted to Milhouse, to get Homer ticked off.
Bart's other friends include Nelson Muntz, Lewis, Richard, Bashir bin Laden, Nikki McKenna, Jessica Lovejoy, Donny, Laura Powers and even the less socially desirable children of his school, such as Ralph Wiggum, Martin Prince, Database, and Wendell Borton.
Springfield Elementary School staff
Bart is understood to be a huge troublemaker at his school, resulting in him often being enemies of the teachers, particularly Edna Krabappel, Principal Seymour Skinner, and Groundskeeper Willie. Despite this, while he does take joy in tormenting them, he does have some degree of respect for them, and would never deliberately intend to get them fired.
During the 20th anniversary of Seymour Skinner's time as principal, Bart tried to prepare a meal for Skinner to honor him. Bart initially attempted to give him scoops of dog food with American flags sticking out of them (either as a prank or because, according to Bart, Skinner actually likes dog food), although a combination of factors, namely Marge suggesting he make a cake instead after initially telling him off, as well as Homer obliviously eating the dog food beforehand, Bart instead made Skinner a cake (although Homer ate it before "Skinner" had the chance to cut it after the unexpected arrival of the real Seymour Skinner while everyone was surprised at Skinner, or rather Armin Tanzarian's admission to being a fraud).
While he believes in "cooties", Bart has had numerous relationships and crushes on a number of girls in town, despite that most of them had ended in breaking up. Of course while in these relationships, Bart gets into more trouble then he usually does by himself.Jimbo Jones, he later prank-called Moe, under the name of Jimbo Jones, in order to expose him as the cowardly bully instead of the "bad boy" he claimed, all in front of Laura when Moe threatened him. Laura then said she would date Bart if he were older and kisses him, and made her first prank call to Moe, under the name of "Ivana Tinkle", with help from Bart.
Bart went out with a girl named Greta after he stopped some bullies from taking her backpack. She is the daughter of Rainier Wolfcastle. However, Bart later broke up with her. After the breakup, Greta went out with Milhouse Van Houten, with whom she then broke up with in Canada and stopped dating for four years.
Mary Spuckler is Bart's most prominent love interest, appearing in three episodes which is more than any of Bart's other love interest. In Apocalypse Cow, he was forced to marry her in order to save his cow Lou, but they ended up not getting married. She is one of Bart's girlfriends that return in Moonshine River, and they show interest again as she reveals to be a failing actress after running away. In the end, after Cletus finds out where Mary ran away to, he forces her to come back, but she runs away and kisses Bart, telling him he's great. She makes her current recent appearance in Love is a Many Splintered Thing, as she and Bart resume to date after her career failed. However, Bart paid very little attention to her, making her dump him for a Brazilian boy. It revealed that in the future she will marry the Brazilian boy, but when her status is revealed to be single on a website, Bart sends her a message.
When both fourth-grade classes are merged, Bart is forced to sit next to Nikki McKenna, who at first seems annoyed with Bart. She soon warms up to him, and they become very close, until Bart kisses her, seemingly putting her off to him. After a no touching policy is imposed on the school, Nikki kisses Bart again, confusing Bart. This hot-then-cold relationship continues between them until Bart gets knocked out unconscious from falling off of the school roof. Nikki gives him CPR and mouth to mouth to resuscitate him, but then tells Bart that she'll never tell him why she was hot then cold.
In The Wandering Juvie, Bart is arrested for pulling a prank, and he is sent to juvenile prison. Bart becomes very scared at the juvenile prison as the other juveniles are bigger and tougher than he is. One day at the jail, Bart nervously walks through the juvenile prison playground to see who he can hang out with and talk to, but everybody seemed violent. Bart then ends up at a fence that separates the boys from the girls, and Gina Vendetti tells him to get off of her fence and cuts off his juvenile prison uniform. Later that night, the juvenile prison held a dance for the boys and girls to get to know each other, and Bart is paired with Gina. Handcuffed, Gina forcefully pulls Bart to a nearby window, kisses him, and escapes, causing the police to search for them. Gina and Bart then stroll through the woods for a place to hide. The two end up at a blacksmith's shop, and they enter to get their handcuffs off. They kiss again, and they split up. Later, Bart finds Gina crying and she reveals that she doesn't have a family to return to, and then they are immediately caught by Chief Wiggum. The rest of the Simpson family comes to bid Bart farewell, but Gina admits to Chief Wiggum that the escape was her idea. Bart is free to go, but Gina must return. When Gina arrives at the juvenile prison, the Simpson family surprises her with a special taco dinner in her jail cell as a way of saying thanks for setting Bart free.
Jessica Lovejoy was Bart's first girlfriend. She liked Bart because of his bad boy attitude and the fact that her parents didn't like him. Bart liked her because she was "smart, beautiful, and a liar". However, she ultimately turned out to be too bad for Bart and he chose to stay away from her, only to be sat next to her in church and framed for stealing by her. After all this, he is still attracted to her.
Darcy is a 15 year-old girl who meets Bart when he gets a driver's license and uses it to pick up older girls. She was pregnant at the time and wanted her baby to have a father, so Darcy chose to get married to Bart when she fell in love with him. However, she didn't know that Bart was only 10 but still went to get married to him anyway as she was desperate for her baby to have a father. Their parents stop them before the marriage after Bart started to think that their relationship was becoming a little shaky, and they agree to meet again at some point.Jenny was a girl who helped out at the Springfield Retirement Castle at the same time Bart was forced to help out. Bart developed a crush on her and eventually, they entered a relationship with each other which was based on lies as Bart pretended to be totally different. Eventually, she found out what Bart was really like and dumped him.
Melody Juniper was the daughter of Calliope Juniper, the new music teacher in school. Principal Skinner made Bart date her so that he could get a chance with Calliope. Melody was happy with this but Bart wasn't as happy. After Bart told her he wasn't happy with dating her, both Melody and her mother chose to move from Springfield.
Bart's first kiss was from Becky when she was dared to kiss him while playing truth or dare with Lisa, Janey, White-Haired Girl and Wanda. However, he has not been in a relationship with her and never seemed to want one.
Although it has never been shown explicitly on the show, it has been implied that Bart dated one of the twins after Homer convinced her that she couldn't really do any better than Bart. Which twin Bart actually dated with was never clearly stated, but it is clear that Bart went to the school dance with either Sherri or Terri. It is also implied that one of the twins has a crush on Bart, but once again, it isn't stated who it was.
Sherri and Terri introduced Bart to their 'boy-crazy' cousin and Bart immediately showed interest in her, so he invited her to play "Spin the Bottle" with the twins and Milhouse.
The "Summer Romance girl" is a girl that Bart had a brief relationship on, as part of his list of things to do before summer holidays ended. It also turned out that Bart was part of HER list, being the 100th boy she kissed before summer ended.
Shauna was Jimbo's girlfriend until Jimbo had Bart watch her so he can do the activities that don't interest Shauna. Shauna and Bart became closer when he stood up for her. They began to spend more time with each other as Jimbo trusted Bart with her. For saving Shauna from mall jail, she rewarded Bart by flashing her breasts to him. Bart told her to leave Jimbo because he didn't respect Shauna and from then on she dated Bart. Jimbo found them kissing and Bart was afraid of being beaten up by him. Lisa had Shauna leave Bart (as it was for the best) right after Jimbo found Bart and Shauna in the treehouse. Shauna is Bart's only girlfriend to reveal anything private visually. They kissed again in "What to Expect When Bart's Expecting".
Bart's schoolyard nemesis used to be Nelson Muntz, the worst bully of Springfield Elementary School and his other adversaries are Nelson's cronies, Jimbo Jones, Dolph Starbeam, Kearney Zzyzwicz, and the Weasels. As they do with most children younger than themselves, they often bully and beat up Bart. However, Bart is not a typical target for abuse at the hands of Nelson's gang (with exceptions such as embarrassing moments caused by his family and other characters and certain occasions of misfortune that have temporarily affected his social image) and, unlike most kids, Bart often manages to impress Nelson's gang, due to his mischievous agenda and cool social reputation, and is seen hanging out with them on a certain basis, despite the fact that Bart himself is not considered a bully, just a troublemaker. Surprisingly, it is Nelson himself who is the most friendly of the bullies to Bart Simpson and, after the first season, can often be seen as part of Bart's circle of friends along with Milhouse and other kids.
Bart (sometimes aided by Lisa) has foiled many of Sideshow Bob's evil schemes, which has lead to Bob becoming Bart's nemesis. At any encounter with Bob, Bart (occasionally with Lisa) will scream "Aah! Sideshow Bob!" (except on one occasion where Bart responds casually) and on Bob's insistence, just calling him Bob. Bob has a tattoo saying "Die Bart, Die" on his chest (which, when questioned, he explains that in German, it means "The Bart, The."), and one of Bart's decapitated head on his skateboard saying, "Ouch, man!" on his back. Many of these schemes, as a central point or as a bonus, involved killing Bart. However, when Sideshow Bob finally got the chance to kill him, he found he is "accustomed to Bart's face" and cannot do it. He left the country soon after, but after the Simpson family exposed his nefarious past, he returned to his old ways.
El Barto is what Bart calls himself. Principal Skinner considers El Barto the most wanted kid in the school. It is spotted in many episodes, usually where graffiti is normally. It also appeared on all four discs of the Complete Tenth Season DVD boxset during the 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment logo before the DVD menu. Here, Bart wrote El Barto on the 20th Century Fox structure just before a security guard catches Bart. When the security guard finally manages to catch Bart, he sprayed the spray paint into the guard's face.
Skills and Abilities
Bart is a polyglot and can speak several languages with varying degrees of fluency. Though he has not demonstrated the ability since his exchange trip to France as an exchange student (other than in the "Butterfinger Group" Simpsons Butterfinger commercial), he speaks near-perfect French. He also learned Spanish in a matter of hours in preparation for the family's trip to Brazil. Upon learning that Brazilians speak Portuguese and not Spanish, Homer orders his son to forget what he learned, prompting Bart to strike himself over the head until he forgot the language. Bart also speaks Japanese (which he also learned in a couple of hours in prison along with his father, Homer, who is also shown speaking Japanese), Cantonese and Latin. His advanced linguistic skills may be inherited from Homer, who also speaks advanced languages, including penguin.
Another skill Bart inherited from Homer was his musical ability, he was shown to be a skilled drummer  at least until an injury destroyed this talent.
He was a player in the Mighty Pigs Peewee Hockey League Team and their main scorer. He is also quite capable of firing advanced firearms with a frightening accuracy, as evidenced when, while at military school as a result of a prank involving electric megahorns, he was given an RGB6 Grenade Launcher by the firing range instructor due to his belief that Bart knew how to operate handguns, and he managed to destroy four out of five targets before one of his shots missed and ended up hitting Principal Skinner's car just as he was about to unlock it, to which Bart implied that he deliberately missed the fifth target and was actually aiming for Skinner's car that time. His killing teacher describes him as "a natural" in this same episode. He later displayed a similar proficiency towards weapons when he managed to hijack a tank by stealing the keys, drive it over to the park, and shoot down an MLB satellite with surprising accuracy all by himself, although at that point, he was also under the effects of an experimental drug that was supposed to suppress Bart's Attention Deficit Disorder.
Bart can also drive vehicles with surprising skill for his age. He has his own drivers license, given to him after saving Springfield from a fire (shown in 'Little Big Girl'), although he has been seen driving before with a fake license at times. He still possesses it, using it to steal Principal Skinner's car to get to Jimbo's house.
Bart is also a skilled chef. He cooked a three-course meal for his parents and made a dessert.
When he was made hall monitor, he also had a great degree of skill in enforcing the law and rules. This trait was later exemplified when he, in a similar fashion to a bouncer, removed Homer from the premises of the La Maison Derrière after he continuously heckled Marge's ventriloquist performance.
Additionally, Bart has a natural inclination to dance, and was a ballet star in his dance class for a brief period at school. Likely, he inherited this ability from his father, who had been a talented gymnast during his years in high school.
Although he frequently gets bad grades in school, Bart consistently shows levels of high intelligence with his witty social commentary and clever thinking. Bart's intelligence does fluctuate episode from episode, however, as Lisa was able to prove that he was "dumber than a hamster," yet he managed to outsmart her in that same episode with a similar project. In addition, Bart has consistently bested the genius of Sideshow Bob (figuring out his plan to kill Selma and tricking him by stalling just long enough to enable him to be arrested). While Lisa is more "book smart" and of superb literary intelligence, Bart is street smart and of remarkable social intelligence, as he naturally assumes the position of undisputed leader in any situation thrust upon him, such as when he led many children to the park to play when expressing his exasperation over being constantly followed by adults, when he led a pack of children to infiltrate Shelbyville in order to retrieve their stolen lemon tree , or when he led his fellow campers in a takeover of Kamp Krusty. Bart has also shown considerable leadership prowess when he took charge of his fellow students (although only briefly) when they were stranded on an island, when he amassed an army of children to combat Nelson (ultimately managing to defeat him), led the takeover of Springfield Elementary during a snowstorm, when he orchestrated a curfew break and subsequent plot to expose the adults' secrets, and when he led a hostage-like situation as part of a plot to get Chalmers reinstated as superintendent. Bart's skill with people is also evidenced when Bart becomes the most successful news anchor on Kidz Newz, but in doing so steals the spotlight from Lisa. When Lisa voices her disapproval, it is explained to her that Bart was being promoted because he has "zazz."  It is implied in one episode that the reason he doesn't apply himself in his studies is that he does not wish to be like his sister.
Bart is also highly skilled at manipulation and extortion. At one point, he successfully instigated a divide between Skinner and Krabappel in order to begin a Teacher's strike and extended the period by stirring up unrest at the local bank. He also at one point manipulated the townsfolk into controversy by spilling secrets of the adults over the radio and also manipulated his entire school into believing the myth of Dark Stanley (which, as it turns out, wasn't actually a myth). Other examples of manipulation was when he tricked many Springfieldians into coming to a phony wedding with gifts, when he attracted media attention by falsifying the concept of a boy being trapped in a well, and when he caused Homer to have a burst of anger in Boston over his refusal to wear a hat. Bart also has skill in extortion, as he managed to coerce his parents into doing whatever he wanted while pretending to be a sociopath and also extorted a U.S. Senator into following through with a key portion of a plan meant to get an air traffic bill passed. Bart has also extorted Skinner on a number of occasions, such as forcing him to do and say demeaning things via the threat of activating his peanut allergy and by making him either remain still or perform difficult tasks when he (Bart) and his fellow students took over the school.
Bart is also very talented at craftsmanship. He once made a replica of himself to take his place in class and also one of Lisa so that he and the rest of his school could fool the state's comptroller.
Bart has also demonstrated skill in regards to fighting prowess despite every now and then being beaten himself. At one point, after graduating from military school, he remarked that he is now a master of different forms of unarmed combat. He managed to hold his own in a fight with a girl highly-trained in Krav Maga and actually managed to get the better of Nelson on at least a couple of occasions (during a fight on the school playground and when he was working with his sister to stop the bullies from pulling a serious prank). At another instance, after challenging the fifth graders to a rumble, he easily caught a punch from the much-larger fifth-grade leader before noticing a scar on his hand. Though in a dream-like sequence and during a treehouse of horror segment, Bart showed exceptional combat skill when he effortlessly pummeled 10 and 20-year-old versions of his father and when he easily overpowered an onslaught of Springfieldians while working for Moe as a secret agent. Bart has also shown rather admirable skill in armed combat, as he fought roughly on par with Skinner, a trained and experienced former Green Beret, in a stick fight that spilled throughout Springfield.
Bart can also play a great game of putt-putt. He once almost won a miniature golf tournament against Todd Flanders. At the eighteenth hole, both boys decided the stress that each other's father was putting on them wasn't worth it and decided to take a tie and split the fifty dollar prize. Other recreational activities in which he shows talent: skateboarding, jockeying, lassoing, and tennis.
Bart also knows how to hot-wire a car.
He also has the ability to find truffles by smell.
Recently, Bart has demonstrated remarkable adeptness at chemistry.
In Treehouse of Horror VII, Bart learns that he has a stuck together (But not anymore) twin brother named Hugo. In Treehouse of Horror XIII, he was turned in a "spider" from Dr. Hibbert. In Treehouse of Horror I, he was (formally) a raven.
As with other characters, his future follows no defined and logical pattern and simple changes to suit the episode. These futures have no connection to each other, for the possible reasons:
- These are different predictions made by either the Gypsy, the Casino Manager, Professor Frink's astrology machine, or the writers themselves in brief cut scenes based on the episode plot.
- The Simpsons characters live under a floating timeline of an ongoing series. Any character age in the future is based on their age when the episode is aired (with the exception of real-life celebrities). He has different versions of himself in the future, these are the versions.
2010 (Set from 1995 Timeline)
At the age of 25, Bart became a building demolisher and vehicle crusher and plans to attend law school as soon as he "gets all of [his] aggression out". He also mentions having been divorced twice by this age. He is more kind in general, as opposed to his modern-day disposition.
2013 (Set from 2005 Timeline)
At the age of 18, Bart is a senior at Springfield High School. He styles his hair and wears an earring. He speaks three languages, apparently, one being armpit noises, and one is hinted to be French. He pursues a relationship with a girl named Jenda who denies his proposal because he doesn't have a steady career plan. As a result, Bart pursues a career at the Kwik-E-Mart: Whether he kept the job is not mentioned. After saving Mr. Burns from a robbery, he is awarded a scholarship to Yale, which was meant to go to Lisa. He gives the scholarship back to her so she doesn't have to suffer a bleak future with Milhouse. At the age of 83, he finds true love and dies one minute later (according to Professor Frink).
2017-2025 (Set from 2015 Timeline)
At age 12, Bart gets angry because Lisa managed to overshadow him at his own birthday, so he decides to go out with Milhouse to break street lamps. Chief Wiggum arrests Milhouse and Bart manages to hide inside the Retirement home, where Grampa gives him a BMX.
At age 15, Bart can make some stunts on his bike. With Marge and Lisa at a camp and Homer at Moe's, he decides to throw a house party, where he finds Homer smoking cannabis. He gets angry at him and goes to Grampa's grave, where he gets the idea to enter a BMX Competition. He failed one of his stunts and blacked out, only to be rescued by Lisa, who was now a hero.
At age 18, he's doing caricatures at a pier when he's invited to go to Milhouse's graduation party. There, Milhouse is humiliated by his parents but conforted by Lisa. Bart gets angry, as his sister can overshadow him even at his best friend's party. Lisa gets angry and confesses that she thinks he's a good artist, even though he doesn't do anything with his talent.
At age 20, Bart takes his sister's advice and opens a bike customization shop, complete with a huge painting behind one of the doors dedicated to Lisa.
2027 (Set From 2017 Timeline)
According to "Mr. Lisa's Opus", by age 20, Bart apparently already has two children.
2030 (Set from 2000 Timeline)
At age 40, Bart's gained swag as a poor guitarist and alcoholic that dropped out of the DeVry Institute. He lives in a ratty beach house alongside Ralph, the only other member of Bart's band. At this age, Bart acts like an especially spoiled version of his ten-year-old self, still calling on his mother to make Lisa play fair when she does things like telling him he can't join the presidency (Lisa is the President of the United States at the time). He mooches money off his parents and Ned Flanders, to whom Bart regards as a softie. His new catchphrase: "You used to be cool, man." He says this whenever he hears something he doesn't like from someone. Bart continuously embarrasses Lisa and unwittingly ruins her tax plan to get out of debt. Surprisingly, Lisa is much more embarrassed of Bart than of Homer in this episode. In the end, however, Bart's extensive experience with evading debt collectors leads to him helping Lisa buy some time to pay off America's debt to other countries. In gratitude, Lisa legalizes "it", "it" likely being the use of cannabis.
2033 (Set from 1993 Timeline)
At age 50, Bart appears to have straightened up and graduated law school, as he is Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Marge has also imagined Bart being a sleazy male stripper at this time.
2041 (Set from 2011 Timeline)
At an alternative age 40, Bart has two children, Picard Simpson and Kirk Simpson, who he barely ever sees. Jenda is now his ex-wife and has married her new boyfriend. His children have to stay with Bart for Christmas, which they think is going to suck. He eventually teaches them the meaning of Christmas, which schools aren't allowed to do in this time period.
2044 (Set from 2014 Timeline)
At age 40, Bart is working at Cretaceous Park and is sad that his love with Jenda haven't worked as expected and now he misses his kids. Nelson tries to convince him to be happy as he's a free man and dragged him to a party, where he's asked to leave. He then finds a brainwash clinic that helps him forget about Jenda. He manages to find other girlfriends, but he still misses Jenda. He later learns that her alien boyfriend, Jerry, has abandoned her. After a talk with Bart, she realizes that he's much more mature and decides to get back with him. As their second relationship wasn't working out either, they decide to break up again. He then wakes up at the clinic's chair and discovers that it was all a dream.
2067 (Set from 2007 Timeline)
At age 40, he is taken to the hospital after eating too many fish logs. He seems to have lost his building demolishing company and works at a construction site. He got the "Mother" tattoo which Marge prevented him from getting, as well as a tattoo of Krusty the Clown on his chest. He receives a digestive tract transplant from Üter Zörker which saves his life.
Behind the Laughter
Matt Groening first conceived the Simpson family in the lobby of James L. Brooks' office. He had been called in to pitch a series of animated shorts and had intended to present his Life in Hell series. When he realized that animating Life in Hell would force him to rescind publication rights for his life's work, Groening decided to go in another direction. He hurriedly sketched out his version of a dysfunctional family, and named the characters after various members of his own family, substituting "Bart" for his own name, as he decided it would have been too obvious for him to have named the character Matt. Bart then made his debut with the rest of the Simpsons clan on April 19, 1987, in the Tracey Ullman short "Good Night". The name "Bart" is an anagram of the word "brat". Groening conceived Bart as an extreme version of the typical misbehaving child character, merging all of the negative traits of characters such as Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn into one person. Groening's older brother Mark provided most of the inspiration for Bart. Groening has also said that he found the premise of Dennis the Menace disappointing and was inspired to create a character who was actually a menace.
Voice and Catchphrases
Nancy Cartwright originally auditioned for the role of Lisa, but soon thought that her voice would be better suited voicing Bart. Matt Groening let her try out for the part, and upon hearing her read, gave her the job on the spot. Bart's catchphrase "Eat My Shorts" was an ad-lib by Cartwright in one of the original table readings, harking back to an incident when she was at college. His other catchphrases included "¡Ay, caramba!" and "Don't have a cow man!" - the former being his first words after seeing Homer and Marge 'enjoying themselves' in bed - but these dropped out of use as the series progressed (as mentioned in "Summer of 4 Ft. 2", when Bart complains that Lisa stole his line). Whenever he introduces himself, he often says, "I'm Bart Simpson. Who the hell are you?"
In 1998, Time magazine selected Bart as 46th of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century — the only fictional character to make the list. He had previously appeared on the cover the December 31, 1990 edition. Both Bart and Lisa ranked #11 in TV Guide's "Top 50 Greatest Cartoon Characters of All Time".
During the show's early years, Bart was rebellious and frequently escaped without punishment, which led some parents' groups and conservative spokespeople to believe he provided a poor role model for children. This prompted George H. W. Bush to rally, "We're going to keep trying to strengthen the American family. To make them more like the Waltons and less like the Simpsons.", to which Bart replied with "Hey, we're just like the Waltons. We're praying for an end to the Depression, too."
Bart's catchphrases, "¡Ay, caramba!", "Don't have a cow, man!" and "Eat my shorts!" were featured on t-shirts in the early days of the show's run. The latter two phrases were rarely actually spoken on the show itself until after they became popular through merchandise, and the use of many of these catchphrases has declined in recent seasons. The use of catchphrase-based humor was mocked in the episode "Bart Gets Famous" in which Bart gets famous on The Krusty the Clown Show for saying the line "I didn't do it."
In his book Planet Simpson, Chris Turner describes Bart as a nihilist. Bart's character traits of rebelliousness and disrespect for authority have been likened to that of America's founding fathers, rendering him an updated version of American icons Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, rolled into one.
Bart is the most depicted Simpsons character on various memorabilia such as toys, books, comics, T-shirts, car decals, and even graffiti art. Bart and other Simpsons characters appeared in numerous commercials for Butterfinger candy bars from 1990–2001, with the slogan "Nobody better lay a finger on my Butterfinger!". This association was parodied when he discovered that he was in a Baby-So-Fresh TV commercial when he was a baby; Bart says that he doesn't remember being in a commercial, then holds up a Butterfinger and eats it. Bart briefly appears in the entrance video used by World Wrestling Entertainment Superstar Shawn Michaels Bart has appeared in several other shows. He is featured in the South Park episode "Cartoon Wars Part II". He is not referred to by name, nor do any of the characters react to him as if he were a well-known personality, but the character specifically mentions the events of "The Telltale Head" when Eric Cartman asks him to name the "most badass thing" he has done.
- Matt Groening designed Bart to act like himself as a child.
- Like his sisters, he is of French, Native American, and Scandinavian descent.
- In the Tracy Ullman Shorts, the number of Bart's spikes on his hair kept changing. When the actual show began, they settled on 9 spikes.
- If Bart was born in 1980 and had he aged with the show, As of 2018, Bart would be 38.
- Bart is a member of the NRA and is a libertarian.
- It is implied that in the episode "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire", Bart was a fan of Tiny Tim, Charlie Brown and The Smurfs.
- In "Bart the Mother", Marge says that it took 53 hours for Bart to be born.
- His locker combination is 36-24-36, the idealized measurements of a "perfect woman" (36"-24"-36").
- The name Bart is an anagram for the word "brat".
- Bart got his first tattoo (but was halfway finished when Marge came into the tattoo shop and saw him) in "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire".
- Bart's blood type is O-Negative, as revealed in "Blood Feud", making him a universal donor, meaning that he can give blood to anyone.
- Since Homer's blood type is A-Positive, it means he must've had an O-Negative blood type hidden due to the fact that they're both recessive traits and only shows up if both parents must be carriers. Marge must have the hidden O and negative traits as well, despite them being unknown.
- Bart seems to be the only person in his school with his name, as explained in "Principal Charming", where Bart tries to claim that another Bart spelled out his name on the school lawn by pouring sodium tetra sulfate on the grass.
- Bart has a stamp collection, as he explains when it got stolen in "Homer the Vigilante".
- Bart's favorite food is a Krusty Burger from the restaurant of the same name.
- Because of Marge's father Clancy Bouvier, Bart and his sisters, Lisa and Maggie, are of French descent. Not only that, Bart can speak in French, thanks to his exchange trip to France in "The Crepes of Wrath", as well as Japanese in "Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo" and Spanish while flying to Brazil for a trip in "Blame It on Lisa", despite Portuguese being the official language there.
- In "The Real Housewives of Fat Tony", it was discovered that Bart has a strong sense of smell, being able to detect truffles. He possibly got it from Homer, who uses his strong sense of smell in "Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner?".
- Bart once had a job on Kidz Newz, along with Lisa, Milhouse, and Nelson.
- In "Summer of 4 Ft. 2", it is revealed that Bart is officially the most popular kid in his school.
- In "Bart's Comet", he is nicknamed "Cosmo" by the Superfriends.
- Bart died temporarily in "Bart Gets Hit by a Car", but was chose to come back to Earth after being told by the Devil he had the choice to stay.
- He is allergic to butterscotch, imitation butterscotch, glow-in-the-dark monster make-up, and shrimp, although the shrimp allergy wasn't identified until later seasons (In "The Frying Game", at the end of the episode, Bart says that he was at the shrimp bar). He also is allergic to cauliflower as shown in "The Heartbroke Kid".
- Bart is the only character to appear in all of The Tracey Ullman Show shorts.
- Bart's original name was planned to be "Matt Simpson", which is the name of creator Matt Groening.
- In the Season 1 opening sequence, while Bart is skateboarding through Main Street, a man at the bus stop seems to resemble him. This is most likely because of the first season using a lot of unknown and unnamed background characters before more major characters were made for Season 2 onwards.
- He has shoplifted multiple times, including in the Tracey Ullman short "Shoplifting" and in the episode "Marge Be Not Proud".
- He is the only member of the Simpson family (excluding Maggie) who has been absent for a full episode.
- The article for Bart Simpson was chosen as the Article of the Day on Wikipedia on April 19, 2015.
- Bart is left-handed, though sometimes he is seen using his right hand.
- Bart has appeared in two Doctor Who comics. See more at Bart Simpson on the Doctor Who wiki.
Bart appears in nearly every episode, comic issue, and video game. The only episode he does not appear nor is mentioned is "Four Great Women and a Manicure". He had no lines in "My Fare Lady", and had only one line in "Eeny Teeny Maya, Moe" and "Moho House". No additional appearances need to be mentioned, nor do lack of appearances in media that are part of the current series.