- “Bite me.”
- ―Jimbo's catchphrase
Corky James "Jimbo" Jones, also known as James, Jamesbo, and Hector Gutierrez, is one of the bullies at Springfield Elementary, with Dolph Starbeam, Kearney Zzyzwicz, Nelson Muntz, and the Weasels. He is a sixth grader, and has been held back multiple years.
Jimbo was originally introduced in "The Telltale Head" by Bart as 'the worst kid in school'. He is the second-in-command of the bullies, being their leader when Nelson isn't around, not that Nelson has any interest in hierarchic systems. Jimbo has an on-and-off friendship with Bart Simpson that depends on how badly Bart is willing to behave and whether he has any lunch money or not.
Jimbo wears a purple beanie, a black short-sleeved T-shirt emblazoned with a menacing white skull, blue jeans, and black and white shoes. His original attire instead had a yellow short-sleeved dress shirt, and he originally did not wear a knit cap. Girls consider him one of the best looking boys in town along with Dolph Starbeam, and Bart describes him as "a good-looking rebel who plays by his own rules."
According to the episode "Beware My Cheating Bart", he has a bald spot underneath his hat (although it was not seen earlier in Bart of Darkness or Lisa the Drama Queen). The bald spot is also shown in Lisa Gets the Blues.
A real low-life, Jimbo is acknowledged as the leader of the bully gang in the absence of Nelson, the latter being more fearsome and domineering, as well as tenacious and explosively deviant, even moreso than him. Jimbo is often seen hanging out with fellow bullies and best friends Dolph, Kearney, and sometimes Nelson and his girlfriend Lisa Simpson. Jimbo sometimes shows a decent friendship with younger, yet more popular fellow troublemaker Bart, although Bart is more of a rebel than a bully, and Jimbo is just as likely to bully him as any other smaller, weaker person. Appropriate to his kind of person, Jimbo only picks his excursions when he knows that he can get away with it, as when in the face of someone or something more threatening and stronger than them, Jimbo will flee or when cornered, grovel to save his own skin.
Jimbo enjoys intimidating his classmates and shoplifting. He has been kicked out of all four Space Mutant movies. Jimbo used to have a skateboard, just like Bart. He smokes cigarettes and drinks alcohol with Dolph and Kearney. Jimbo also sometimes uses marijuana and other narcotics. It is also implied that Jimbo has a job as a police informant.
Despite his reputation as a bully, Jimbo is Christian, and sometimes shows strong moral standards. At one point, when he reveals to Martin that the "paint" vendor he got the unicorn tattoo from was actually a tattoo parlor at the Skewed Over event, he notably showed hesitance at beating up Martin at that point as he "had it rough already", even stating to the other bullies that it might not be a good idea to beat him up. However, he ultimately chooses to beat Martin up with the other bullies.
Jimbo's parents are Mr. Jones and Carol Jones. It is often implied that his mother is sexually promiscuous, possibly working as a prostitute. It is also stated that Jimbo's mother and Kearney have been sexually involved sometime in the past. She sometimes walks around topless, which impresses Kearney and Dolph. Jimbo has a sister; he, Nelson, Kearney, and Dolph use the case from her retainer as an ingredient in a stinkbomb to sabotage Springfield Elementary's bake sale with. It is hinted that his family is moderately well-off when, during the time a teacher's strike closed the school, he and his mother watch soap operas and sip tea together in a very nice living room. Given that Jimbo's father, Mr. Jones, seemed to be a beer-drinking lowlife when seen in another episode, it may be that Jimbo is an illegitimate child. His mother may be involved with "bad boys".
Despite his lowlife nature and cowardly stature, he has been shown to be the most cunning and plotting of the three as the impromptu auxillary leader. Many times when Marge Simpson is around, they are able to successfully deceive and distract her before pulling off their antics right under her nose. When Lisa saves Bart from the bullies one time, Jimbo says to Bart, "It's a lucky coincidence you happen to be your sister's brother.". Another time, Jimbo laughs at Bart's pajamas, and mockingly asks if "his mommy bought them for him". When Bart replies with "Of course, she did. Who else would have?", Jimbo looks blank for a while before declaring that Bart has won ("this time").
Jimbo is the second-in-command of the gang of bullies at Springfield Elementary School consisting of him, Kearney Zzyzwicz, Dolph Starbeam, Nelson Muntz, and the Weasels. Jimbo constantly bullies other children and has on many occasions been shown to beat up Nelson, even though he is friends with him.
Jimbo is quite popular with girls his age, despite the fact that he attends an elementary school, and they seem to consider him more of an outlaw than the scum-bag he usually behaves as. It's been implied that Lisa may have a crush on him. Jimbo is also not a virgin. In the episode "Kamp Krusty," he says that he and Dolph are "going across the lake to get some tail."
Jimbo temporarily became the boyfriend of Bart's 15-year-old babysitter and then-new next door neighbor Laura Powers, whom Bart had a crush on. However, he got even one night, when Laura was babysitting him and had Jimbo over. Bart made one of his trademark prank calls to Moe's Tavern and told Moe when he found out it was a prank that his name was Jimbo Jones of 1094 Evergreen Terrace (Note that the Simpsons' address was inconsistent in the early seasons). Moe came to the house with a rusty knife and when threatened, Jimbo began to cry and cower pathetically in the corner, revealing that he wasn't the tough and wild "bad boy" that Laura saw in him. Laura then broke up with Jimbo shortly afterwards.
Jimbo temporarily became one of Bart's friends, like Milhouse, and became his next door neighbor. Bart warns Homer, Marge, Lisa, and Maggie of Jimbo paying a visit to 742 Evergreen Terrace. However, Jimbo got even with him while he stayed with Bart. When Jimbo and Homer visited Bart's bedroom, Marge made one of her trademark home schools for Jimbo and Bart to go on Olde Springfield Towne, and told them when they found out it was a Fort Sensible that had Sandy Petersen. Jimbo warns Bart to stop Fort Sensible's army general. They hop on the general's horse and made one of their trademark prank calls to the army general and told him "(how about cut the Indians in.) Actually, we will call that book kutten-u-out."
Jimbo suggests that he stole Lisa's Malibu Stacy dolls because "they demean women." At one time, Homer told Jimbo, "Your king commands it." and Jimbo boldly replies with "Jesus is our only king." In "Mypods and Boomsticks," it's stated by Bart that Jimbo is Christian.
An issue of the Simpsons Comics revealed a backstory for Jimbo. When Jimbo was a new student at Springfield Elementary School, he wore a yellow short-sleeved dress shirt, a pink tie, and blue jeans; in those days, there were nerdy bullies, so nerds ran the school with a mix of high attendance, GPAs and cruelty. Jimbo's shirt got ripped off by nerdy bullies when the nerds pushed him on a chair with glue on it. Willie gave Jimbo the T-shirt that he now wears, and he was nicknamed "Jimbo" because of his low IQ. All of this led to Jimbo's own violent bullying nature.
Note, however, that this contradicts the flashback in the episode Lisa's Sax, where Jimbo was first introduced as the official school bully, by Principal Skinner.
According to Simpsons Comics 57, he is allergic to bee stings.
Jimbo appears as one of the three museum engineers that Sea Captain and Principal Skinner must defeat. He also is one of the holders of the three Sparklemon that Homer and Chazz Busby must defeat.
Treehouse of Horror
He was killed and made into burgers - or rather, Sloppy Jimbos - in Treehouse of Horror V after tripping Lunchlady Doris. In Treehouse of Horror XVIII, he, Dolph, and Kearney form the three heads of a parody of Cerberus, condemned to spend eternity guarding the gates of Hell and arguing over whose 'junk' it is.
Jimbo spends about half of Halloween promising not to egg people's houses in return for candy, and the other half egging their houses. He doesn't always bother with a costume either - he scares kids enough as it is.
The Simpsons Guy
Zombie Jimbo is a card in The Simpsons Horror Edition.
"Smacking his lips, licking his chops, and grubbing for brains, Zombie Jimbo is a stumbling, stinking, decomposing horror show. What Zombie Jimbo doesn't know won't hurt him. And he doesn't know much. So, he's practically invincible."
- Stupendous Strength: 75
- Sheer Evil: 41
- Blazing Speed: 4
- Graveyard Compatibility: 176
- Brains: 1
- Fashion Sense: 22
In "Barthood", he, Dolph, and Kearney are seen at Milhouse's graduation party.
Behind the Laughter
Jimbo is loosely based on the character John Bender from The Breakfast Club. Jimbo is named for the Executive Producer, James L. Brooks. He is voiced by Pamela Hayden (Tress MacNeille in The Telltale Head).
In The Simpsons comics, Jimbo comes to school as "James Jones." Although James is referred to as "Jimbo," that is not actually his real name. Although Nelson once referred to Jimbo as "James," Bart realized that Jimbo's real name is "Corky" in Season 7's "Bart the Fink" (though in Season 8's "Lisa's Date with Density," Nelson refers to Jimbo as "James" when he is defending Lisa.) In the sheet of missing students in “24 Minutes“, it says that his full name is “Corky James Jones”. meaning that “James” is his middle name. Jimbo's other known aliases are Jamesbo, Dr. J and Hector Guterriez.