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¡Ay, caramba! is a phrase commonly used by Bart Simpson. It is his second most commonly used catchphrase, behind "Eat my shorts!". "¡Ay, caramba!" were also Bart's first words. He first said it when he was a baby and saw Homer and Marge in bed. Bart uses the phrase to express surprise, emotional distress or discomfort.


  • ¡Ay, ca-ram-ba! - In "The Great Simpsina", after he chased Lisa with a poopy old toilet plunger, Homer starts shaking him upside down, which resulted in a paused version of the phrase.
  • ¡Ay Krabappel - In "Diary Queen", Bart found Lisa reading Krabappel's diary in the treehouse and exclaimed "¡Ay Krabappel!"
  • ¡Oy, caramba! - In "Treehouse of Horror XXIII", used by Bart in an alternate universe in which his father is Artie Ziff. In "Simpsons Bible Stories", used by the Israelite version of Bart.

Used in other media

  • The Amazing World of Gumball; The Ex - After Gumball reads a served letter for him.
  • Phineas and Ferb; The Mom Attractor - When Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz finds out that Perry the Platypus was wearing a fruit hat.
  • Rio - When Blu and Jewel fall off the the first glider they are on, Rafael says the phrase in respond to what happened.

Behind the Laughter

  • ¡Ay, caramba! is a Spanish phrase denoting surprise or pain. In English, it translates to "Oh no!".
  • Bart Simpson wasn't the only character to use this: A construction foreman who coincidentally sounded a lot like Bart also used it. Lisa even used it.
  • According to the comments for Teranoid's song Ay Carumba!!!! on the Teranoid Anthems: Live @ Underground album, the song title comes from Bart Simpson. Teranoid is a fan of the show.


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