Hello again pop culture fans! This time around for our “Versus” segment, we have some of the toughest kids in American animation, with some of the most devious minds at play. We give to you, and don’t dare ever to challenge them alone: Cartman from “South Park”; Louise From “Bob’s Burgers”; and the original bad boy, Bart from “The Simpsons”. We have a rough tough all out brawl of the minds here – one for the books. Who will be the last genius to stand? We let you decide. We have provided some details about each character, and in the end, we let you, the fans, decide who should win. Let’s get this started…
Eric Cartman (South Park)
Eric Theodore Cartman is one of the main characters in the animated television series South Park, created by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, and voiced by Trey Parker. Cartman, generally referred to by his surname, is one of four central characters in South Park, along with his friends Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, and Kenny McCormick. Cartman first appeared, originally named Kenny, in prototypical form in a 1992 animated short Jesus vs. Frosty, and a 1995 animated short Jesus vs. Santa, and first appeared on television in the pilot episode of South Park, “Cartman Gets an Anal Probe”, on August 13, 1997.
Cartman is an elementary school student who lives with his mother in the fictional town of South Park, Colorado, where he routinely has extraordinary experiences atypical of a small town. Cartman has been portrayed as aggressive, prejudiced, arrogant, and narcissistic since his character’s inception; Stone and Parker describe the character as “a little Archie Bunker”. These traits are significantly augmented in later seasons as his character evolves, and he begins to exhibit extremely psychopathic, sociopathic and manipulative behavior, and also be depicted as highly intelligent, able to execute morally appalling plans and business ideas with success.
Cartman is considered to be the most popular character on South Park.Parker and Stone state that he is their favorite character, and the one with whom they most identify. South Park has received both praise and criticism for Cartman’s politically incorrect behavior. Prominent publications and television channels have included Cartman on their lists as one of the most iconic television and cartoon characters of all time.
A precursor to Cartman first appeared in the first The Spirit of Christmas short, dubbed Jesus vs. Frosty, created by Parker and Stone in 1992 while they were students at the University of Colorado. In the short, Cartman was actually named “Kenny”, and the catchphrase “Oh my God, they killed Kenny!” was exclaimed when the character representing Cartman was killed by an evil snowman. The character was composed of construction paper cutouts and animated through the use of stop motion. When commissioned three years later by friend Brian Graden to create another short as a video Christmas card that he could send to friends, Parker and Stone created another similarly-animated The Spirit of Christmas short, dubbed Jesus vs. Santa. In this short, his character first appears as he does in the series, and is given the name “Cartman”, while the character of Kenny appears as the character is depicted today and given Cartman’s moniker from the previous short. Cartman next appeared on August 13, 1997, when South Park debuted on Comedy Central with the episode “Cartman Gets an Anal Probe”.
In keeping with the show’s animation style, Cartman is composed of simple geometrical shapes and primary colors. He is not offered the same free range of motion associated with hand-drawn characters; his character is mostly shown from one direction, and his movements intentionally jerky. Ever since the show’s second episode, “Weight Gain 4000” (season one, 1997), Cartman, like all other characters on the show, has been animated with computer software, though he is portrayed to give the impression that the show still utilizes its original technique.
Cartman is usually depicted wearing winter attire which consists of a red coat, brown pants, yellow gloves/mittens, and a yellow-brimmed turquoise knit cap tapered with a yellow pom-pom. He has parted brown hair, and he is seen without his hat more often than the other characters with distinctive headwear. As he is overweight, his body is wider, his hands noticeably larger and his head is a more elliptical shape in contrast to the circular heads of the other children. An additional curved line on his lower face represents a double chin.
Although he had originally voiced Cartman without any computer manipulation, Parker now does so by speaking within his normal vocal range with a childlike inflection. The recorded audio is then edited with Pro Tools, and the pitch is altered to make the voice sound like that of a fourth grader. Parker says to achieve the effect of Cartman’s voice, he simply uses the same technique when voicing Stan while “adding a lot of fat to it”.
Cartman is partially named after and based on Matt Karpman, a high school classmate of Parker who remains a friend of both Parker and Stone. Cartman is also inspired by All in the Family patriarch Archie Bunker, who is himself inspired by Alf Garnett from Till Death Us Do Part, the original British version of All in the Family. Parker and Stone are big fans of All in the Family. They state that creating Cartman as a “little eight-year-old fat kid” made it easier for the two to portray a Bunker-like character after the introduction of political correctness to late-20th century television.While developing the character, Parker noted that everyone either remembers “an annoying fat kid in their pasts”, or “they were the annoying fat kid”.Stone has observed that “kids are not nice, innocent, flower-loving little rainbow children […] they don’t have any kind of social tact or etiquette, they’re just complete little raging bastards”.
In the season five (2001) episode “Scott Tenorman Must Die”, Cartman is tricked into buying the pubic hair of local eighth-grader named Scott Tenorman for $16.12. He then successfully executes an elaborate scheme to publicly humiliate Scott in front of his favorite band Radiohead, by getting Scott’s parents killed and then tricking Scott into eating them.The show’s writers debated during production of the episode whether or not the incident would be “a step too far, even for Cartman”.Parker felt that the act could sufficiently be the culmination of Cartman’s sociopathic behavior, and would “[set] a new bar” by portraying Cartman as being capable of performing anything short of murder.Fans reacted by ranking it as Cartman’s “greatest moment” in a 2005 poll on Comedy Central’s website.It is later revealed in the season fourteen episode “201” that Jack Tenorman, Scott’s father, was a football player for the Denver Broncos and Cartman’s father. Dr. Alphonse Mephesto also admits that he lied about Cartman’s mother being a hermaphrodite.
Parker and Stone, despite being the basis for Stan and Kyle, insist that Cartman is their favorite character, and the one with whom they identify the most.
Cartman is foul-mouthed (as are his friends) as a means for Parker and Stone to portray how they believe young boys really talk when they are alone. According to Parker, Cartman does not possess the “underlying sweetness” of the show’s other child characters. Cartman is shown at times to be completely amoral and remorseless. Cartman is amused by bodily functions and toilet humor, and his favorite television personalities are Terrance and Phillip, a Canadian duo whose comedy routines on their show-within-the-show revolve substantially around fart jokes.
Cartman is sensitive and in denial about his obesity. Often reasserting Liane’s notion by exclaiming “I’m not fat, I’m big-boned!” and will just as often either threaten to bring harm to anyone who mocks his weight or curse them out in aggravation.He has also had people killed, such as when he drove his psychiatrist’s wife to suicide after enduring a long tirade about his weight. He views himself as more mature than his fellow friends and classmates, and often grows impatient with their company; despite claiming to be more mature, he will often break down crying childishly and pathetically whenever he feels defeated. This often leads to loud arguments, which in earlier seasons typically end with Cartman peevishly saying “Screw you guys… I’m going home!” and then leaving. In an action King’s College philosophy professor David Kyle Johnson describes as “directed either toward accomplishing his own happiness or the unhappiness of others”, Cartman often feigns actual friendship with his classmates when needing a favor.The lack of a true father figure in his life, and Liane’s promiscuity and drug use have caused repressed psychological hardship in Cartman’s life. As a parent, Liane often spoils Cartman, and is largely ineffectual as a disciplinarian. Cartman sometimes commands his mom to do tasks for him, but more often resorts to pleading with her in an ingratiating tone. When neither method works, he resorts to excessive and indecipherable whining, to which Liane usually succumbs.Parker has noted that this is the primary cause for Cartman’s behavior, stating that Cartman is “just a product of his environment”.
Cartman thrives on achieving ascendancy over others, and exerts his will by demagogy and by demanding that others “Respect my authoritah!” Cartman has several times declared that his dream is getting “Ten million dollars”. He has shown initiative in taking a businesslike approach to earning money, starting his own “hippie control” and “parental revenge” operations, as well as a Christian Rock and a boy band, a basketball team of crack babies (parody of the NCAA) and his own church.
Cartman’s anti-Semitism, while mostly limited to mocking Kyle, culminates in the season eight (2004) episode “The Passion of the Jew”. In the episode, Cartman, after watching The Passion of the Christ numerous times, deifies the film’s director, Mel Gibson, and starts an official Gibson fan club, praising Gibson for “trying to express—through cinema—the horror and filthiness of the common Jew”.Cartman’s interpretation of the film influences him to dress up as Adolf Hitler and lead other fan club members (who are oblivious of Cartman’s actual intentions) in a failed effort to engage in a systematic genocide of the Jews similar to that of the Final Solution.In the season 10 (2006) episode “Smug Alert!”, Cartman anonymously saves Kyle’s life in an effort to get him and his family to return to South Park from San Francisco, revealing that he craves the animosity shared between the two.And in “Coon vs. Coon and Friends” (season 14, 2010), Cartman directs the “evil god” Cthulhu to destroy “most of the synagogues”. However, in the 16th-season episode “Jewpacabra” Cartman revealed he had converted to Judaism after a hallucinogenic dream. As of season 19, it is unsure whether he has retained this trait or whether it was simply a plot point in that one episode.
Upon hearing his classmates tell him that they hold him in the lowest regard possible and that they could not possibly think any worse of him, a stubborn Cartman misinterprets this act as their attempt to make him feel better, and convinces himself that everyone thinks he is the “coolest kid in school”. In the season 13 (2009) episode “Fishsticks”, Cartman subconsciously believes that he helped in creating a joke that quickly becomes a nationwide sensation, despite the fact that the character Jimmy Valmer writes the joke without any assistance. Carlos Delgado of If Magazine noted this as “Cartman being so egotistical that he manipulates the past to serve his own purposes”.
Before season 20, little was shown concerning Cartman’s romantic interests, as for the most part, his attitude towards females had been sexist. However, at least in one episode (“Chef Goes Nanners”), Cartman develops an attraction to Wendy, which is apparent from the end of episode when Wendy describes her temporary infatuation towards Cartman as ‘sexual tension’ and even though Cartman agrees in front of Wendy, he sighs with sorrow at being alone again. During a period when he was physically unable to control his speech and he repeatedly blurted hidden feelings, he expressed a romantic interest in classmate Patty Nelson, a side character who has not been seen before or since. In Season 20, after Cartman is wrongfully accused of being a persistent and highly aggressive internet troll (actually Gerald Broflovski) leaving foul posts primarily targeting women and girls on South Park Elementary’s school message boards, the other boys destroy most of Cartman’s electronics, and by extension, his social media presence, causing him to become despondent to everything around him. That is until Heidi Turner, who had quit social media in response to the trolling, offers to show him life outside of social media. The two quickly become friends, and later, an official and shockingly very happy couple.
Though he is commonly portrayed as ignorant, Cartman is shown at least twice (“My Future Self n’ Me” and “Pandemic”) to be able to speak fluent Spanish (and German).
In certain episodes, Cartman is shown to think of himself as a skilled fighter, only to be beat up by Wendy, Token, Stan, and Kyle at different times. However, when Cartman thinks he has some sort of authority, such as being the Coon or the hallway monitor, he displays various martial arts knowledge and proves to be able to beat up various other characters such as Clyde and Bradley.
Louise Belcher (Bob’s Burger)
Louise Belcher is the youngest in the family, and an antiheroine of the series. Her off-balance sense of humor and hunger for conflict makes her somewhat of a liability in the kitchen. Like her siblings, Gene and Tina, Louise goes to Wagstaff School. She is a 4th grader.
Louise has black hair and tan skin like the rest of the family. She wears her hair in pigtails with yellow ties. She is almost never seen without wearing her trademark pink rabbit ear hat. She wears a green frock and black sock-less Mary Jane shoes.
In “Ear-Sy Rider”, she wore a blue hooded jacket with the hood up after her hat was stolen. She wears the jacket again with the hood down in “Ambergris” to conceal the ambergris.
In Christmas in the Car and The Hauntening, she wears a light blue jacket, which looks similar to the jacket worn in in My Fuzzy Valentine and Lobsterfest. However, the jacket is My Fuzzy Valentine and Lobsterfest has a hood, while the one in Christmas in the Car and The Hauntening does not.
Her nightwear sometimes consists of a light green shirt and 3/4 length shorts, and more often a light blue classic pajama set. She sometimes wears pink or yellow rabbit slippers.
In Burger War, she wears a headdress made of plastic spoons and forks.
Louise likes to mess with people who she thinks are idiots, especially her school’s guidance counselor. She has a Machiavellian and controlling personality. Thriving on drama and adventure, she will go to great lengths to create them, even if it means endangering herself and her family. To exemplify her Machiavellian personality, she laughed at the sinking of the Titanic look alike cruise ship. In most episodes, she will manipulate people into thinking or acting a certain way. For example, in “Human Flesh” she starts the rumor about the burgers containing human flesh to her class and then continues to reinforce the lie throughout the episode. In “Crawl Space”, she convinces everyone that Bob, who was stuck in the crawl space, was dead and haunting the burger joint; she continues even when Mr. Frond gets involved.
Unlike her siblings, Louise is incredibly cunning and intelligent for her age. She understands how to control a situation and get people to do whatever she wants. Even if she is blamed, she is usually able to charm herself out of the situation. She seems to enjoy causing pain and misfortune to others. She also likes to frequently slap people, either out of malice or possibly as a sign of affection. After she and Tina are caught hiding on a tour bus in “Boyz 4 Now”, she slaps Boo Boo, a member of a boy band whom she had a crush on.
Louise often uses her intelligence to her advantage, especially for vindictive purposes. Nonetheless, she maintains a loyalty to her family, defending Tina against a bully, Tammy, on multiple occasions. However Louise occasionally is depicted to have a soft side, specifically she shows incredible affection to her father Underneath her cunning exterior, Louise has consistently demonstrated that she loves her family. A phrase she says often is “Son of a bitch!”. She has multiple Kuchi Kopi themed objects, from night lights to radios.
Louise is highly motivated by money and an entrepreneur . In Art Crawl, she makes at least $200 by selling Andy and Ollie’s paintings.. In Nude Beach, she decides to create a path from the overlook and charges other kids to see the nude beach goers. In Ambergris, Louise cannot sleep when she learns the ambergris is worth money. In It Snakes a Village, she keeps asking Helen for the $100 reward for catching the snake. She asks Jimmy Junior for 20 dollars in exchange for help with seducing Tina in Two for Tina. In Turkey in a Can, she reveals she has been stealing Tina and Gene’s allowance for years.
Bart Simpson (The Simpsons)
Bartholomew JoJo “Bart” Simpson is a character in the American animated television series “The Simpsons” and part of the Simpson family. He is voiced by Nancy Cartwright and first appeared on television in The Tracey Ullman Show short “Good Night” on April 19, 1987. Cartoonist Matt Groening created and designed Bart while waiting in the lobby of James L. Brooks’ office. Groening had been called to pitch a series of shorts based on his comic strip, Life in Hell, but instead decided to create a new set of characters. While the rest of the characters were named after Groening’s family members, Bart’s name is an anagram of the word brat. After appearing on The Tracey Ullman Show for three years, the Simpson family received its own series on Fox, which debuted December 17, 1989.
At ten years old, Bart is the eldest child and only son of Homer and Marge, and the brother of Lisa and Maggie. Bart’s most prominent and popular character traits are his mischievousness, rebelliousness and disrespect for authority. He has appeared in other media relating to The Simpsons – including video games, The Simpsons Movie, The Simpsons Ride, commercials, and comic books – and inspired an entire line of merchandise.
In casting, Nancy Cartwright originally planned to audition for the role of Lisa, while Yeardley Smith tried out for Bart. Smith’s voice was too high for a boy, so she was given the role of Lisa. Cartwright found that Lisa was not interesting at the time, so instead auditioned for Bart, which she thought was a better role.
Hallmarks of the character include his chalkboard gags in the opening sequence; his prank calls to Moe; and his catchphrases “Eat my shorts”, “¡Ay, caramba!”, and “Don’t have a cow, man!”
During the first two seasons of The Simpsons, Bart was the show’s breakout character and “Bartmania” ensued, spawning Bart Simpson-themed merchandise touting his rebellious attitude and pride at underachieving, which caused many parents and educators to cast him as a bad role model for children. Around the third season, the series started to focus more on the family as a whole, though Bart still remains a prominent character. Time named Bart one of the 100 most important people of the 20th century, and he was named “entertainer of the year” in 1990 by Entertainment Weekly. Nancy Cartwright has won several awards for voicing Bart, including a Primetime Emmy Award in 1992 and an Annie Award in 1995. In 2000, Bart, along with the rest of his family, was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The Simpsons uses a floating timeline in which the characters do not age at all, and as such, the show is always assumed to be set in the current year. In several episodes, events have been linked to specific times, though sometimes this timeline has been contradicted in subsequent episodes. Bart’s year of birth was stated in “I Married Marge” (season three, 1991) as being in the early 1980s. In “Simpsorama” (season 26, 2014) Bart states his birthday as February 23. He lived with his parents in the Lower East Side of Springfield until the Simpsons bought their first house. When Lisa was born, Bart was at first jealous of the attention she received, but he soon warmed to her when he discovered that “Bart” was her first word. Bart’s first day of school was in the early 1990s. His initial enthusiasm was crushed by an uncaring teacher and Marge became worried that something was truly wrong with Bart. One day during recess, Bart met Milhouse and started entertaining him and other students with various gestures and rude words. Principal Skinner told him “you’ve just started school, and the path you choose now may be the one you follow for the rest of your life! Now, what do you say?” In his moment of truth, Bart responded, “eat my shorts”. The episode “That ’90s Show” (season nineteen, 2008) contradicted much of the backstory’s time frame; for example, it was revealed that Homer and Marge were childless in the early 1990s.
Bart’s hobbies include skateboarding, watching television (especially The Krusty the Clown Show which includes The Itchy & Scratchy Show), reading comic books (especially Radioactive Man), playing video games and generally causing mischief.His favorite movies are Jaws and the Star Wars Trilogy. For the duration of the series, Bart has attended Springfield Elementary School and has been in Edna Krabappel’s fourth grade class. While he is too young to hold a full-time job, he has had occasional part-time jobs. He works as a bartender at Fat Tony’s social club in “Bart the Murderer” (season three, 1991); as Krusty the Clown’s assistant in “Bart Gets Famous” (season five, 1994); as a doorman in Springfield’s burlesque house, the Maison Derrière in “Bart After Dark” (season eight, 1996); and briefly owns his own factory in “Homer’s Enemy”. (season eight, 1997)
Matt Groening first conceived of Bart and the rest of the Simpson family in 1986, while waiting in the lobby of producer James L. Brooks’ office. Groening had been called in to pitch a series of animated shorts for The Tracey Ullman Show, and had intended to present an adaptation of his Life in Hell comic strip. When he realized that animating Life in Hell would require him to rescind publication rights, Groening decided to go in another direction. He hurriedly sketched out his version of a dysfunctional family, naming the characters after members of his own family. For the rebellious son, he substituted “Bart”, an anagram of the word brat, for his own name,as he decided it would have been too obvious for him to have named the character ‘Matt’.Bart’s middle initial J is a “tribute” to animated characters such as Bullwinkle J. Moose and Rocket J. Squirrel from The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, who received their middle initial from Jay Ward. According to the book Bart Simpson’s Guide to Life, Bart’s full middle name is “JoJo”.
Bart had originally been envisioned as “a much milder, troubled youth given to existential angst who talks to himself”, but the character was changed based on Cartwright’s voice acting.Groening has credited several different figures with providing inspiration for Bart: Matt Groening’s older brother Mark provided much of the motivation for Bart’s attitude. Bart was conceived as an extreme version of the typical misbehaving child character, merging all of the extreme traits of characters such as Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn into one person. Groening describes Bart as “what would happen if Eddie Haskell [from Leave It to Beaver] got his own show”.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.
Bart made his debut with the rest of the Simpson family on April 19, 1987 in The Tracey Ullman Show short “Good Night”. In 1989, the shorts were adapted into The Simpsons, a half-hour series airing on the Fox Broadcasting Company. Bart and the Simpson family remained the main characters on this new show.
Bart’s character traits of rebelliousness and disrespect for authority have been compared to that of America’s founding fathers, and he has been described as an updated version of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, rolled into one. In his book Planet Simpson, Chris Turner describes Bart as a nihilist, a philosophical position that argues that existence is without objective meaning, purpose, or intrinsic value.
Bart’s rebellious attitude has made him a disruptive student at Springfield Elementary School, where Bart is an underachiever and proud of it.He is constantly at odds with his teacher Ms. Krabappel, Principal Skinner, and occasionally Groundskeeper Willie.Bart does poorly in school and is well aware of it, having once declared, “I am dumb, okay? Dumb as a post! Think I’m happy about it?”On one occasion, Lisa successfully proves that Bart is dumber than a hamster, although Bart ultimately outsmarts her in the end.In “Separate Vocations” (season three, 1992) Bart becomes hall monitor and his grades go up, suggesting that he struggles mainly because he does not pay attention, not because he is stupid.This idea is reinforced in “Brother’s Little Helper”, (season eleven, 1999) in which it is revealed that Bart suffers from attention deficit disorder.His lack of smarts can also be attributed to the hereditary “Simpson Gene”, which affects the intelligence of most male members of the Simpson family.Although he gets into endless trouble and can be sadistic, shallow and selfish, Bart also exhibits many qualities of high integrity. He has, on a few occasions, helped Principal Skinner and Mrs. Krabappel: In “Sweet Seymour Skinner’s Baadasssss Song” (season five, 1994), Bart accidentally got Skinner fired and befriended him outside the school environment. Bart missed having Skinner as an adversary and got him rehired, knowing that this would mean that the two could no longer be friends.
Due to Bart’s mischievousness and Homer’s often uncaring and incompetent behavior, the two have a turbulent relationship. Bart regularly addresses Homer by his given name instead of “Dad”, while Homer in turn often refers to him as “the boy”. Homer has a short temper and when enraged by Bart will strangle him on impulse in a cartoonishly violent manner.One of the original ideas for the show was that Homer would be “very angry” and oppressive toward Bart, but these characteristics were toned down somewhat as their characters were explored.Marge is a much more caring, understanding and nurturing parent than Homer, but she also refers to Bart as “a handful” and is often embarrassed by his antics.In “Marge Be Not Proud”, (season seven, 1995) she felt she was mothering Bart too much and began acting more distant towards him after he was caught shoplifting. At the beginning of the episode, Bart protested at her over-mothering but as her attitude changed, he felt bad and made it up to her. Despite his attitude, Bart is sometimes willing to experience humiliation if it means pleasing his mom.Marge has expressed an understanding for her “special little guy” and has defended him on many occasions. She once said “I know Bart can be a handful, but I also know what he’s like inside. He’s got a spark. It’s not a bad thing… Of course, it makes him do bad things.”
Bart shares a sibling rivalry with his younger sister, Lisa, but has a buddy-like relationship with his youngest sister Maggie, due to her infant state. While Bart has often hurt Lisa, and even fought her physically, the two are often very close.Bart cares for Lisa deeply and has always apologized for going too far.He also believes Lisa to be his superior when it comes to solving problems and frequently goes to her for advice.Bart is also highly protective of Lisa: When a bully destroys her box of cupcakes in “Bart the General”, (season one, 1990), Bart immediately stands up for her.
Bart is portrayed as a popular cool boy and has many friends at school. Out of all of them his best friend is Milhouse Van Houten, although Bart has at times shown embarrassment about their friendship. Bart is a bad influence on Milhouse, and the two have been involved in a lot of mischief together. Because of this behavior, Milhouse’s mother forbids Milhouse from playing with Bart in “Homer Defined” (season three, 1991). While at first he pretended that he did not care, Bart eventually realizes that he needs Milhouse, and Marge manages to convince Mrs. Van Houten to reconsider.Milhouse is a frequent target for local bullies Nelson Muntz and his friends Jimbo, Dolph, and Kearney. At times, Bart also finds himself at the hands of their abuse. Milhouse describes their social standing as “Three and a half. We get beat up, but we get an explanation.”While Bart and the bullies have been adversaries at times, with Bart once declaring war on Nelson,the school bullies actually like Bart for his ways and hang out with him at times, especially Nelson who eventually becomes close friends with him
Bart is one of the biggest fans of children’s television host Krusty the Clown. He once declared, “I’ve based my whole life on Krusty’s teachings,” and sleeps in a room filled with Krusty merchandise. He has helped the clown on many occasions, for example, foiling Sideshow Bob’s attempt to frame Krusty for armed robbery in “Krusty Gets Busted” (season one, 1990), reuniting Krusty with his estranged father in “Like Father, Like Clown”. and helping Krusty return to the air with a comeback special and reignite his career in “Krusty Gets Kancelled”. For his part, Krusty has remained largely ignorant of Bart’s help and treats Bart with disinterest. One summer, Bart enthusiastically attended Kamp Krusty, which turned out to be a disaster, with Krusty nowhere to be seen. Bart keeps his hopes up by believing that Krusty would show up, but is soon pushed over the edge, and finally decides that he is sick of Krusty’s shoddy merchandise and takes over the camp. Krusty immediately visits the camp in hopes of ending the conflict and manages to appease Bart. One of the original ideas for the series was that Bart worshiped a television clown but had no respect for his father, although this was never directly explored. Because of this original plan, Krusty’s design is basically Homer in clown make-up.When Bart foiled Sideshow Bob’s plans in “Krusty Gets Busted”, it sparked a long-standing feud between the two. The writers decided to have Bob repeatedly return to get revenge on Bart. They took the idea of the Coyote chasing the Road Runner and depicted Bob as an intelligent person obsessed with catching a bratty boy. Bob has appeared in fourteen episodes, generally plotting various evil schemes which often have to do with getting revenge on Bart (and sometimes the entire Simpson family by proxy), but is always foiled in the end.
Despite being currently portrayed as an underachiever, Bart was actually very happy and looking forward about going to school. However, the boy’s initial enthusiastic nature is crushed by an uncaring and bitter teacher who said that he would be a failure at life and never amount to anything. Deeply hurt by this comment, Bart then began the process of developing his path into the mischievous, rebellious, disruptive, disrespectful, snarky, nihilistic, school-hating, prankster-pulling, trouble-making delinquent he is known for being today.
And there you have it, ladies, gentlemen, and all animals around d the world. Who would you like see win this battle? And believe you me, I would not like to cross any of them. It just would not turn out well. We have given you a little insight on the creation, design and personality of each character. So with all that said, who wins? We invite you not only to vote in the poll below, we ask that you join in on the conversation below to discuss why you choose the character you did. If you have a set of characters that you would like to use to put in a “Versus” – live-action and/or animation – write us and let us know at Mailbag@podcastunlimited.com Till next time, this is the engineer signing out!
“Respect My Authoritah”