12 Best Main Characters of ‘The Simpsons’

Main Characters of The Simpsons

Debuting in 1989, Simpson is the fan-favorite prime-time TV show with a total of 34 seasons and still counting. With 34 seasons on the air, the show has a good share of main characters throughout the seasons. Ranging from the super mischievous Bart, Humble, and oblivious, Homer to Itchy and Scratchy a cat and mouse who have their own show inside the series.

The cast of ‘The Simpsons’ is over four hundred and fifty characters with nearly fifty characters that have played the role of the Main character in at least one episode. With a list of main characters which would rival many other shows’ complete cast in sheer numbers, Simpsons have produced some of the most memorable and loveable main characters.

In this article, we are going to discuss 12 of the main characters that have left a huge mark on the show and its audience.

12 Best Main Characters of ‘The Simpsons’

  1. Marge Simpson

    Marjorie Jacqueline “Marge” Simpson or Marge as she is commonly known, is the grounding voice of the family. Mother to Bart, Lisa, Maggie, and Homer’s Wife, Marge is a wise person who keeps her family in check whenever they start doing something that is out of line. Often portrayed as a typical American housewife, Marge is always ready to help her family out through any hard time they are going through, and always has her family’s back.

    Marge’s ability to transcend her domestic role and take on various professions adds depth and keeps the show interesting.  We love her signature “hmmm” whenever she shows disapproval. Without her, the Simpson family and the entire Springfield would lose their unique charm. Marge is the heart of the Simpsons Show and is seen holding the family through her unwavering dedication and love and handling the entire Springfield issue in an intelligent manner, saving it from running to ruins.

  2. Homer Simpson

    Homer Jay Simpson has been the core main character of the series and for good reason. Homer is generally portrayed as a typical American dad who has to regularly go to a job that he doesn’t like but is forced to do it as he has to provide for his family. Homer is shown to be a bit of an airhead who doesn’t realize the consequences of his actions but is sure of one thing, he absolutely loves his family and would do anything for them. He is a buffoon but a character we totally adore. He is seen drinking at Moe’s and eating donuts whenever he gets free. There is nothing unamusing about Homer. He loves his family but hates his job. One of his favorite quotes is, “If you don’t like your job, you don’t strike. You just go in every day and do it really half-assed. That’s the American way.” We can relate to a great extent to this big dummy.

  3. Lisa Simpson

    Lisa Marie Simpson is the middle child in the Simpson siblings and the most intelligent one too. At just eight years old, Lisa is a super-intelligent child who deeply cares about all living things and the environment. Her high intellect has caused a rift between her and other children her age, causing her to be an outcast and socially awkward. However, Lisa Simpson shines bright and is seen standing for what is right, no matter the situation. She never gives up trying to become president, getting along with her teacher, or pointing out bad actors.

  4. Ned Flanders

    Nedward Flanders Jr, or just, Ned,  has appeared in many episodes as the main character. Ned is a heavily religious man and everyone’s favorite Christian father who is often seen crumbling under tense circumstances. Ned is truly a Goody two shoes, a decent neighbor who is willing to help the Simpsons out wherever they require his help, but still is hated by Homer. This character of the Simpsons is tragic as Ned’s two wives, Maude Flanders and Edna Krabappel have passed away. However, he does everything except for Homer to keep the kids and the people happy.

  5. Principal Seymour Skinner

    Seymour Skinner is the principal of the elementary school who is in a constant uphill battle against many problems in the school. Though Skinner genuinely cares about his students and their well-being, he struggles to keep up with inadequate resources, bitter and vengeful teachers, and often rowdy and unruly students, with Bart being the most problematic child in the school.

  6. Bart Simpson

    Bartholomew Jojo “Bart” Simpson the eldest child in the Simpsons family, played the role of the core character in the show. He is Principal Seymour Skinner’s absolute nightmare and the authorities dread his activities. It is also seen that Bart does have a soft side and lives his best and most memorable moments with his dad, Homer Simpson. With a rebellious attitude, and complete pride in his underachieving life, Bart represents the mischievous and rebellious youth, but Bart is always open to learning from his mistake and trying to improve his behavior

  7. Krusty The Clown

    Herschel Shmoikel Pinchas Yerucham Krustofsky, or what he is commonly known as Krusty the Clown has played a major role in the show. Krusty is a mega-wealthy wannabe comedian and clown with heart issues who gets a pacemaker fitted, turning his face permanently white. He also has a gambling addiction. Krusty, who has endured a great deal of hardship, can be unstable at times, but Bart still looks up to him as his role model and greatly respects him.

  8. Mr. Burns

    Charles Montgomery Plantagenet Schicklgruber Burns, also known as “Mr. Burns,” is the proprietor of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant and serves as the show’s main villain. Mr. Burns, who is the richest person in Springfield, is driven by business greed and looks for opportunities to earn money in every circumstance. He is the ultimate villain in the Simpsons shown curling his fingers and saying ‘excellent’ while releasing his hounds any chance he gets. Mr. Burns, despite being the oldest and most powerful man in Springfield, doesn’t believe in giving back to the community; everything he does is for himself and himself alone.

  9. Sideshow Bob

    Robert Underdunk Terwilliger, Jr, or what he is commonly known as, Sideshow Bob, is a recurring character in the show and is Bart’s arch-enemy. Sideshow Bob is a self-proclaimed genius who graduated from Yale University. He began his career as the side-kick on Krusty the Clown show but after going through constant abuse from Krusty, he frames Krusty for a crime. Bart, who respects Krusty a lot, foiled his crime, and Bob is sent to prison for his crimes. Bob swears revenge on Bart, cementing him as the arch-nemesis of Bart. Sideshow Bob hates Bart Simpsons and plans on killing him as his ultimate goal of life, even tattooing”Die, Bart, Die” on his chest.  The character loves to perform and is highly professional when it comes to that, but it’s interesting to watch him planning on finishing Bart once and for all.

  10. Waylon Smithers

    Waylon Joseph Smithers Jr., also known as Mr. Smithers or simply Smithers, is the loyal servant of Mr. Burns. Smithers is supposed to represent the stereotype of a closeted gay man, who doesn’t have enough courage to come out to the person he loves. In Smithers’s case, that person is Mr. Burns, and he tries to show his love by taking complete care of him and doing any and everything that Burns tells him to. Smithers has only defied Burns a few times when he thinks that Burns is being too cruel and evil.

  11. Maggie Simpson

    Margaret Evelyn Lenny “Maggie” Simpson or just Maggie, is the youngest of the three Simpson siblings and the third child of Homer and Marge Simpson. Though she rarely speaks, she frequently makes her signature pacifier-sucking noise which has become synonymous with the character. As she is quite young she doesn’t know how to talk or walk and is seen tripping over her clothes and falling flat on her face.

  12. Abe

    Abraham Jebediah “Abe” Simpson II, commonly known as Grampa or just ‘Abe’, is Homer’s grandfather. Currently residing in Springfield Retirement Castle, Grampa is a World War II veteran who has been through a lot. He is known for his senility and long, senseless rambling stories that are incomprehensible and sometimes completely irrelevant.


Many people grew up watching The Simpsons, and the show has created soo many iconic characters that the audience has loved over the years. These well-written characters have won many hearts and continue dominating the Prime Time TV slot. 

Watching these characters go through the story, like Bart prank calling Moe’s, is so fun. When the audience has watched these characters, they become attached to them, which is why Homer goes back to his old job to support his family and sees Lisa feeling lonely as Mr. Bergstom goes away, jerking a tear from the eyes of the audience.


Who Are The Main Characters In The Simpsons?

Homer Simpson. Throughout the 34 seasons of the series, the show has seen many main characters but Bart Simpson is considered to be the protagonist for the first three seasons while Homer is considered to be the protagonist for the rest of the seasons. Some other characters do take the spotlight from time to time but for the most part, Homer and Bart are considered to be the main characters of the series.

Who Is The Most Popular Simpsons Character?

Bart Simpson. According to Fanpop.com, Bart was voted to be the favorite character in the Simpsons. Bart got 32% of the votes closely followed by Homer with 21% of the vote and then Lisa with 16%.

Is Maggie a main character in The Simpsons?

Yes, Margaret Evelyn “Maggie” Simpson is a major recurring character in The Simpsons series. She is the youngest kid of Homer and Marge Simpson and a baby sister to Bart and Lisa. She is considered one of the series’ main characters as she is a part of the Simpsons family and has had many episodes as the episode’s main character.

Who Is The Villain Of The Simpsons?

Charles Montgomery Burns is considered the evilest character in the show. From kidnapping puppies, driving over Bart, and even trying to monopolize Sunlight, Mr. Bruns definitely makes the cut for the worst person in Springfield and the core villain for the series.

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