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Eight-hundred billion dollars.
―Chester J. Lampwick telling Roger Meyers Jr. how much money he wants.

Chester J. Lampwick is the original creator of Itchy, and father of cartoon violence.


Chester & Bart eating sandwiches

In 1919, he made the first Itchy cartoon, entitled "Itchy the Lucky Mouse in 'Manhattan Madness'". Roger Meyers, Sr. stole the idea from him and refused to pay him. Chester then became a bum for many years until he and Bart Simpson opened up a case against Itchy & Scratchy Studios for $800 billion. Chester and Bart won the case, making Chester incredibly wealthy. With his earnings, he bought a solid gold house and a rocket car. The payout to Chester from the studio lead to its downfall, so Bart and Lisa went to Chester to ask him to fund Itchy & Scratchy Studios. When Lisa tried to convince him to do so by telling him he'd get royalties, Chester replied, "I don't need any more money. I'm not greedy. As long as I've got my health, my millions of dollars, my gold house, and my rocket car, I don't need anything else." Lisa then says, "Yes, but..." and is then interrupted by Chester saying, "Not interested." He then proceeds to go to sleep.

Chester has grudges against both Abe Simpson and Krusty the Clown. His grudge with Abe dates back to 1947 when Abe hired Chester to paint his chicken coop in exchange for a plate of corn muffins. Likewise, Krusty hired Chester to paint his fence in exchange for some blintzes. In both cases, Chester reneged on the deal because the food was "lousy" and got in a fistfight when he saw his former employer and refused to do the work he was hired to do.

During the events in "Trappuccino", Chester could be seen in the angry mob searching for his former allies. He could be seen wearing his bum clothes, indicating that he probably lost his fortune. However, a Simpsons comic reveals that he misses the life of being a hobo.


Even though he is the father of cartoon violence, Chester himself seems like a nice enough man on first appearances. However, he has spent so long as a bum that he has difficulty viewing the world from any other perspective. When the Simpson family help him win back his vast fortune he gives them their money back, plus a couple of dollars for their trouble, despite the fact that he is now a multi-millionaire and has a solid gold mansion and a rocket car.

Additionally, it seems that he cared more about the money than about the actual characters, since after becoming a billionaire he has no interest in continuing Itchy and Scratchy, regardless of for the money, or for the characters, and only intends to laze around all day, despite claiming that he's not greedy. This could, in fact, explain why he may have lost all his money by the time of the movie, as he has no idea of the value of money required to maintain such a lifestyle.

Chester in the comics

He may have a bit of a swearing problem, as Lisa when explaining to Marge that there was something suspicious going on in the basement mentioned that it had a weird smell and she heard a lot of cursing down there, also pointing out that Homer Simpson, the usual culprit for swearing, was actually upstairs at that time.


  • He is hinted to be over 100, as he asked for a 90 year old projector, and he was presumably over 10 when he started making cartoons.
  • He appears in his dirty suit in The Simpsons Movie, meaning he may have gone bankrupt after buying his rocket car, and solid gold house.


The Itchy & Scratchy Show Characters, Key People, Voice Actors, and Key Episodes
The Itchy & Scratchy Show | Itchy & Scratchy | Poochie | Mrs. Scratchy | Scratchy Jr. | Roger Meyers, Jr. | Chester J. Lampwick | June Bellamy | Krusty the Clown |List of Itchy & Scratchy cartoons | Itchy & Scratchy & Marge | Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie | Itchy & Scratchy Land | The Day the Violence Died | The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show | Treehouse of Horror IX | Bart vs. Itchy & Scratchy