- “Good night.”
- ―Good Night
- “It's your fault I can't talk!”
- ―Maggie in Bart's nightmare and her non-canon first words in the series
- “This is indeed a disturbing universe.”
- ―Treehouse of Horror V
- ―Maggie's second non-canon word
- ―Maggie's first word
- “Daddily Doodily!”
- ―Maggie's second word
- ―Maggie talking in Lisa Gets an "A"; Maggie's third word
- ―Maggie's non-canon third word
- “Ja! Ja!”
- ―Yes in German; Maggie's fourth word
- “Bald Mommy is sure to fail.”
- ―Maggie's baby talk, in subtitles
- “Dooey shooey gavem mush.”
- ―Maggie says this in "House of Cards"
- “Very well! I'll drive! Mwa ha ha ha, mwa ha ha ha ha ha, mwah ha ha ha ha ha ha! I need blood!”
- ―Maggie talking in Kang's voice, in Treehouse of Horror IX
- “I see trees of green, red roses too ...”
- ―Maggie singing What a Wonderful World in Every Man's Dream
- “Maggie talk! Maggie talk! ... No one listen? Maggie never talk again.”
- ―Maggie talking in Friends and Family
- “Da da!”
- ―Maggie talking in There Will Be Buds
Margaret "Maggie" Evelyn Simpson, the pentagonist of The Simpsons, is the youngest child of Marge and Homer, and the baby sister to Bart and Lisa. She is often seen sucking on her pacifier, and, when she walks, she trips over her clothing and falls on her face. Because she rarely ever talks, Maggie is the least seen and heard in the Simpson family.
PersonalityDespite being the only member of the Simpson Family who can't speak, Maggie is in no way one-dimensional and has many different layers of personality. She appears to be somewhat detached from the rest of the Simpson Family and is described as "the forgotten Simpson" by Homer. When she, Bart and Lisa were shipped to a foster home (the Flanders) Maggie was the quickest to adapt and almost joined them until she noticed Marge. Perhaps Maggie's most strained relationship was with her father, Homer but due to his incredible laziness he neglected Maggie and when they do try to bond, Maggie sees her father as a kind of monster and actually tries to run away, she also developed a father-daughter relationship with Moe the bartender but the two still love each other and Maggie has more than once saved Homer's life. Not to mention she said her first word, "Daddy" after Homer tucked her in and kissed her goodnight meaning it's clear that she loves him as much as he does her.
Maggie's strongest relationship was with Marge after being transported to a foster family. Maggie almost joined the Flanders until she saw Marge once again "and became a Simpson again." At the beginning Maggie seemed to rely on Marge and the likewise but eventually she became fiercely independent as she was able to plan a Great Escape-style breakout from a daycare center to get her pacifier back, she was able to save her father from drowning and rescue Homer from a mad tow truck driver.
Despite being a baby, Maggie is likely to be the most mature member of the Simpson family. However, she keeps her intelligence a secret in order to be babied. This is first revealed when Marge gives her a new pacifier, and when Marge isn't looking she smokes it like a cigarette.
Even for a child her age, showed extremely violent mannerisms and a surprising amount of physical strength. She was able to lift up a mallet and bludgeon her father with it and accidentally shot Mr. Burns after he blocked out the sun. Maggie showed to be incredibly strong, able to drag a fully-grown man back to the shore and able lift up a shotgun.
When Marge became pregnant with Lisa, she and Homer bought their first home. Seven years later, Homer felt financially secure enough to quit his job at the power plant and take his dream job at Barney's Bowlarama. Soon after, Marge became pregnant with Maggie, and unable to support his new family member, Homer reapplied for his job at the power plant. Homer fell into a deep depression as a result, but when he held Maggie for the first time after she was born he loved her at first sight. He keeps all of Maggie's baby photos in his office to cheer him up at his work place.For the first 101 episodes of the show and from seasons 1 to 5 (The Boy Who Knew Too Much), Maggie was not a year old yet, and was considered to be in her first eleven months between Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire and The Boy Who Knew Too Much. Maggie turned a year old in Lady Bouvier's Lover, and has been a year old since that episode.
Like average toddlers, Maggie is impressionable and easily influenced by what she sees around her. She once hit Homer on the head with a mallet, (Born 2010) shot a suction dart at his picture and brandished a pencil in imitation of Itchy and Scratchy. Despite her age, Maggie is a formidable sniper and she shot the firearms off a group of mobsters in rapid succession with a rifle. She was behind the attempted murder of Mr. Burns and she fought Gerald during the St. Patrick’s Day riot, participating the republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. When the family's house was being raided by an angry mob, she was able to smash her baby bottle and use it as a makeshift weapon, and she knocked out Russ Cargill, the head of the EPA with a rock when he was about to shoot Homer with a shotgun.
Maggie is often frightened of her father's attempts to bond with her, even though she does love him. Instead, Maggie shows a much stronger devotion to her mother instead, possibly because Marge is always at home with her while Homer is mostly at work or at Moe's.
She is keenly aware of her surroundings, and can usually be seen imitating the flow of action around her. Like Bart, Lisa and Homer, she is not fond of spending time with her aunts Patty and Selma. It is also known that she dislikes Baby Gerald very much, despite apparently marrying him in one of the Simpsons Comics.
Maggie bears a strong resemblance to Lisa, suggesting that Maggie will look very much like her sister when she gets older. She has pointed star-like hair and yellow skin. She wears a light blue onesie with a light blue hair bow, and she is almost always sucking on a red pacifier. At night, her onsie and hair bow are white. When she is not sucking on her pacifier, she most often has a straight lip like Marge and Lisa, but sometimes, she has a curved upper lip like Homer. Holidays of Future Passed reveals she is going to stop sucking her pacifier at around 3 or 4, and at 8 she stopped wearing her bow, although some of her adult appearances show her with a hair bow, and this episode is non-canon. In her future appearances as a teenager and adult, her hair is longer and still in its star like shape, except her first 3 "points" of hair fall forward and the rest are worn back. She is usually wearing at least 1 article of blue clothing in these appearances.
Although Maggie generally doesn't talk, due to her being a baby, there have been numerous occasions where Maggie has had words of spoken dialogue. Most of her speaking roles are not to be considered canon, however, with the only known true lines of dialogue being the ones said in Lisa's First Word, Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily, Lisa Gets an "A", The Simpsons Movie, Coming to Homerica, Friends and Family, and There Will Be Buds.
- "Good night" from the Tracey Ullman short "Good Night" - Maggie says this as the family goes to bed for the night.
- "That's nothing. Check this out", "Alright!" and "Aaaah! We're doomed!" from the Tracey Ullman short "Making Faces" - Maggie is seen babbling out the first quote before she tries to make a face, and she is also seen talking in unison with Bart and Lisa twice; Once when they believe they can get their funny faces stuck the way they are, and again when seeing herself in the mirror.
- "Dooey shooey gavem mush." from the Tracey Ullman short "House of Cards" - Maggie says this at the end of the second act of the short.
- "It's your fault I can't talk!" from the episode "Bart vs. Thanksgiving" - In Bart's imagination sequence, he imagines his family members blaming him for everything. One of them is Maggie, telling him this via voice over; Maggie's first non-canon word.
- "This is indeed a disturbing universe." from the episode "Treehouse of Horror V" - In the story "Time and Punishment", one of the alternate dimensions that Homer goes to involved, Groundskeeper Willie getting killed by Maggie, who says this in the voice of James Earl Jones; Maggie's third non-canon word.
- "Moe." from the episode "Flaming Moe's" - Said by Maggie at the dinner table during Homer's "Moe" hallucination; Maggie's second non-canon word.
- "Daddy." from the episode "Lisa's First Word" - Maggie's first canonical word.
- "Daddily Doodily." from the episode "Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily" - When being raised by Ned Flanders for such a long period of time, Maggie begins to talk like him; Maggie's second canonical word.
- "Very well, I'll drive! Mwa ha ha ha ha ha ha! I need blood!" from the episode "Treehouse of Horror IX" - At the end of the story "Starship Poopers", Maggie said this in the voice of Kang; Maggie's fourth non-canon word.
- "Rusty!" from the episode "Lisa Gets an "A"" - Maggie says this at the end when Homer is mourning over Pinchy's loss while eating him; Maggie's third canonical word.
- "Silence!" from the episode "Treehouse of Horror X" - said during the episode's couch gag in Kang's voice from the aforementioned Treehouse of Horror IX; Maggie's fifth non-canon word.
- "Ma ma! Ma ma!" from the episode "Treehouse of Horror XV" - Squealed by Maggie when Marge was reunited with her; Maggie's sixth non-canon word.
- "Sequel?" from The Simpsons Movie - Maggie says this during the ending credits, much to the disappointment of the rest of her family; Maggie's fourth canonical word.
- "Throughout the ages, the finger painter, the Play-Doh sculptor, the Lincoln Logger, stood alone against the daycare teacher of her time. She did not live to earn approval stickers. She lived for herself, that she might achieve things that are the glory of all humanity. These are my terms. I do not care to play by any others. And now, if the court will allow me, it's nap time." in the episode "Four Great Women and a Manicure" - A speech made by Maggie in a story told by Marge; Maggie's seventh non-canon word.
- "Ja!" and "Ja Ja!" from the episode "Coming to Homerica" - Repeated by Maggie multiple times, which is a Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, German, and Swedish word (meaning "Yes"); Maggie's fifth canonical word.
- "Make purchase of the merchandise!" from the episode "Clown in the Dumps" - During the episode's couch gag, a bizarre, alternate version of Maggie animated by Don Hertzfeldt, makes this comment; Maggie's eighth non-canon word.
- "I see trees of green, red roses too ..." from the episode "Every Man's Dream" - Maggie's first singing quote. She sings a blip of What a Wonderful World in Homer's dream; Maggie's ninth non-canon word.
- "Maggie talk! Maggie talk! ... No one listen? Maggie never talk again." from the episode "Friends and Family" - The entire family was arguing and talking over each other and during the ruckus, Maggie said this and it went completely unnoticed; Maggie's sixth canonical word.
- "Da da!" from the episode "There Will Be Buds" - Maggie is thrown onto the bed and starts making non-eloquent baby noises, but is heard saying what sounds like this at the end of her little dialogue block; Maggie's seventh canonical word.
Maggie can be a violent child, especially for her age. Maggie once had a violent relationship with Homer after watching the violent mannerism acts from Itchy and Scratchy. She had hit him over the head with a mallet and later attempted to stab him with a pencil.
When Mr. Burns planned to cover up the sun, he was shot by Maggie while Mr. Burns was trying to steal candy from her. The citizens of Springfield deemed it 'an accident'. After figuring this out, it cleared Homer of all charges.
On another occasion, Lisa enlisted Maggie to be her fencing partner. However, when she unknowingly belittled Maggie, Maggie dueled her proficiently and quickly overwhelmed her, even slashing an M into Lisa's shirt, Zorro-style.
She later tried to shoot Mr. Burns again with a shotgun when he lost his memories, but was stopped by Lisa.
When the Mafia was going to kill Marge and Homer, Maggie shot them in the arms with an airgun thus making them unable to shoot.In The Simpsons Movie, when the mob was attacking the Simpsons, Krusty told his monkey, Mr. Teeny, to take out the baby, referring to Maggie. She then broke her baby bottle making rigid spikes of glass, showing that she was ready to take him on; this scared Teeny who ran into Krusty's arms.Russ Cargill was about to shoot Homer, she dropped a rock on to his head making him pass out. However her violent actions are illustrated as somewhat innocent or at least unintentional, but when she's protecting herself or someone she loves, she uses all her skills - fully aware.
Skills and Abilities
Maggie takes after her sister in many ways. Not only does she greatly resemble Lisa (looking exactly like her in a blue dress in flash-forwards to the future), she also is brilliant and musically inclined like her sister. Maggie can play the saxophone with great ability, despite the fact that she is only a year old. In "Lisa's Wedding" and most recently "Holidays of Future Passed", it is implied that Maggie is a fantastic singer, again taking after her sister.
She also has, on numerous, numerous occasions, demonstrated that her agility—both mental and physical—is extremely advanced for her age. Once, Maggie organized the other infants in a daycare into a team to steal a key so they could take back their pacifiers. She figured out communication signals, gathered supplies, used the window-blinds string to pull herself into the ventilation shafts, used a Krusty Doll to lower herself into the room containing the Key (holding bottles to weight herself down and then dropping them so the string would retract), shot a suction-cup line across the room, slid across it with a hanger, and used the key to unlock the locker holding the children's pacifiers. Additionally, Maggie commonly moves along ropes with ease by hand-over-handing her way across them, such as when she tried to escape Homer when he was trying to bond with her by climbing across the clothesline. She usually keeps her intelligence a secret. ("A Streetcar Named Marge")
She also once crawled all over town to her mother's favorite hangout locations trying to track down Marge. Maggie usually has a pretty good comprehension on her surroundings and has at times tried to point out the obvious to adults (mostly Homer) who are oblivious to what is going on. She knows how to read and was seen trying to communicate to Homer using baby blocks, but failed because Homer can't read. Maggie has spelled out E=MC2 with her blocks before and can change her own diapers. She has also used a fire extinguisher to put out burning curtains and has driven Homer's car. Maggie can also skateboard and has already said her first word despite being only a year old.
Although Maggie shows a natural inclination to weapons (see Maggie Simpson Violent Mannerisms|the above section for examples of her ability to defend herself), and aggression, she also has saved members of her family on various occasions, such as when she swam out to sea and saved Homer from drowning or when she saved Bart and Lisa from Groundskeeper Willie in Treehouse of Horror VI.
Maggie also seems to take after her father in bowling, as she has already bowled a perfect game (something it took Homer 39 years to do) at the age of 1.
Homer has at times forgotten Maggie's existence which leads Maggie have not much of an opinion on him. However despite that, Maggie always come to her father's aid and their bond has slightly improved.
Maggie has a more closer bond with her mother than any of the family. Most evident when picking between Flanders or the Simpsons, Maggie would have gone to the former until Marge revealed herself changing Maggie's decision instantly.
Maggie expressed absolute love towards her brother ranging from blowing kisses to playing along with his pranks.
Maggie seems to ask Lisa for guidance. However, she does expressed annoyance at Lisa at times.
Although she make amends with Burns by giving back Bobo, after Burns harmed each one of her family that she might have intentionally shot the old man as revenge.
In "Future-Drama", Maggie, now 7, went on holidays to Alaska, which was warmer because of global warming. At this age she looks exactly like Lisa does currently. In "Lisa's Wedding", Maggie is seen as a teenager with a punk-like style. It is said that she has an incredible singing voice and, according to Homer, never shuts up (Ironically, whenever she tries to speak, she is always interrupted). In "Bart to the Future", she has a daughter named Maggie Jr., who looks exactly the same as Maggie. In "Holidays of Future Passed", Maggie grows up to be a singer and has her baby while traveling to visit her family for Christmas, but does not have any lines, as prescribed by the doctor, and is cut off by Grampa when she tries to speak after she is no longer pregnant.
During some future episodes, it's implied that Maggie now has a relationship with her nemesis Gerald Samson. During Milhouse's graduation party, they are kids and are seen holding hands and kissing. In an episode set further into the future, they're seen sharing a drink while staring romantically at each other, . This also hints that Gerald may be the father of Maggie Jr.
Treehouse of Horror
In an alternate universe that Homer briefly visited during the "Time and Punishment" segment, Maggie hits Groundskeeper Willie in the back with an axe and then spoke in James Earl Jones's voice: "This is indeed a disturbing universe."
In "Treehouse of Horror IX", during the "Starship Poopers" segment, Maggie loses her legs and arms and grows green tentacles after she got her first tooth (which is a sharp Rigellian tooth). Maggie's pacifier contacts the alien duo, Kang and Kodos. When the duo arrives at the Simpsons house, it is later revealed that Kang is Maggie's real father. Maggie then kills Homer.
In“Treehouse of Horror XV", Maggie is eaten by Mr. Burns, but is later rescued by her family.
In the opening of "Treehouse of Horror XXVII", Maggie proceeded to kill Sideshow Bob, the Leprechaun, Kang/Kodos, and (technically) the ghost of Frank Grimes by beheading them while they were distracted with dancing before trying to commit murder on the Simpsons, Maggie included, at a Christmas tree lot.
Behind the Laughter
Matt Groening first conceived the Simpson family in the lobby of James L. Brooks' office. He had been called in to pitch a series of animated shorts, and had intended to present his Life in Hell series. When he realized that animating Life in Hell would require him to rescind publication rights for his life's work, Groening chose to go in another direction. He hurriedly sketched out his version of a dysfunctional family, and named the characters after various members of his own family. Maggie was named after Matt Groening's younger sister Margaret "Maggie" Groening. She often sucked on a pacifier and wore a sleep suit, two traits Groening used for Maggie. Then Maggie made her debut with the rest of the Simpsons clan on April 19, 1987 in the Tracey Ullman short "Good Night". Groening thought that it would be funny to have a baby character that did not talk and never grew up, but assigned any emotions that the scene required. Her comedic hallmarks include her tendency to stumble and land on her face while attempting to walk (though this has been downplayed in later seasons), and a penchant for sucking on her pacifier, the sound of which has become the equivalent of her catchphrase and was originally created by Groening during the Tracey Ullman period, and by Nancy Cartwright during the regular series.
During the show's opening sequence, Maggie is run through a supermarket checkout scanner, which reads that she is worth $847.63 (a reference to the monthly cost of infant-rearing in 1989). In "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular," the scanner instead reads "NRA4EVER," a reference to the running joke that the show's creators are right-wing radicals. In the newer episodes her price has changed to $486.52 (possibly because of the change in the cost of infant-rearing). In the Treehouse of Horror XXIV couch gag , by Guillmero de Toro the scanner reads 666 instead, referring to the number of Satan.
With few exceptions, Maggie never speaks but is very participatory in the events around her, emoting with subtle gestures and facial expressions. Maggie has spoken in "Good Night", the first short to air, after the family falls asleep. There was another time she had tried to talk in Making Faces short upon the task given by Bart and Lisa. On this occasion, Liz Georges provided the voice of Maggie. In "Bart vs. Thanksgiving", Bart has a vision of what could happen if he returned home after destroying Lisa's centerpiece. In this vision, Maggie says to him telepathically: "It's your fault I can't talk!"
Maggie's first word spoken in the normal continuity of the series occurred in "Lisa's First Word", when she was voiced by Elizabeth Taylor. Elizabeth Taylor's performance as Maggie was named the thirteenth greatest guest spot in the history of the show by IGN. James Earl Jones, who voiced Maggie in Treehouse of Horror V, was in seventh place. She later had brief dialogue in Treehouse of Horror IX at the end of "Starship Poopers", the third act, voiced by Harry Shearer using Kang's voice. From seasons 1 through 18, Yeardley Smith did many of Maggie's non-sucking noises and occasional speaking parts, but for The Simpsons Movie and since Season 19, her non-sucking noises and occasional speaking parts are done by Nancy Cartwright. Although she has spoken many times, she has only had two canonical speeches that were real within the series. Her first canon speech was in Lisa's First Word, and this word was "Daddy" (as both Bart and Lisa grew up calling Homer his given name); however, only the viewers and not the family heard her say this (at least until the Father's Day clip show). Her second speech was in Coming to Homerica. This time, the family did hear her speak.
According to The Simpsons Movie, the first word the family heard Maggie say was "sequel?", in the ending sequence (unless one counts the Father's Day clip show as being canon). It was stated in the DVD commentary that she was voiced by Nancy Cartwright, who is also the current voice of Maggie in the series.
Maggie has saved people's lives on a few occasions. Maggie saved Bart and Lisa from Groundskeeper Willie in Treehouse of Horror VI and she saves Homer from being killed by mobsters by shooting them down in Poppa's Got a Brand New Badge. Maggie has even saved her arch-enemy, Gerald from floating into space in a Simpson comic story called Bringing Down Baby. Maggie saved Homer a second time on The Simpsons Movie from Russ Cargill by smashing him on the head with a boulder. Homer also said "What a great little accident you turned out to be", which was referring to the fact that she was conceived at a time that none of her parents intended to, she also saved her father from drowning and from a tow trucker who kept him hostage.
- Maggie has had several rare occasions, where she's had lines of spoken dialogue (see "Maggie's Quotes" above). However, the only time where her dialogue was actually considered canon was in the episode "Lisa's First Word", where she said "Daddy".
- Maggie has an oral fixation, meaning that she has the need to have something in her mouth at all times. In her case, she is obsessed with her pacifier and always has the need to suck on it. This is further proven in episode "Crook and Ladder", where Marge took her passy away and she threw a rampage over it. She gave up her passy at the age of 3, but even after that, she still had a slight addiction. In "Holidays of Future Passed", she was a full grown adult, and felt overwhelmed with stress, so she was given a passy to suck on, which successfully calmed her down.
- A running gag affiliated with Maggie is for her to trip over her onesie when she walks.
- Bart and Lisa generally address Homer by his first name as opposed to "Dad". Maggie is the only child not to follow this trend. This is not only because she can't talk, but also proven when her first word in "Lisa's First Word", was "Daddy".
- Maggie doesn't have very many appearances in her diaper.
- Maggie enjoys playing internet poker.
- Matt Groening records and makes Maggie's sucking noise on her pacifier himself.
- Maggie is left-handed.
- In most episodes, when she's not sucking her pacifier, Maggie is shown with a straight lip like Marge and Lisa. Sometimes, she has a curved upper lip like Homer.
As one of the five major title characters of the series, Maggie appears in a majority of all the episodes, as well as The Simpsons Movie and the Simpsons games. However, due to her young age and lack of major plot involvement, Maggie is often shown briefly in certain episodes as a background character. There are even certain episodes that center around other characters and locations, where Maggie doesn't make any episode appearances at all.
- ↑ Simpsons World: The Ultimate Episode Guide, Seasons 1-20
- ↑ Bart vs. Thanksgiving
- ↑ Flaming Moe's
- ↑ Flaming Moe's
- ↑ Lisa's First Word
- ↑ Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily
- ↑ The Simpsons Movie
- ↑ Coming to Homerica
- ↑ Mother Simpson
- ↑ Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part One) and Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part Two)
- ↑ Poppa's Got a Brand New Badge
- ↑ Who Shot Mr. Burns?
- ↑ Sex, Pies, and Idiot Scrapes
- ↑ The Simpsons Movie
- ↑ Future-Drama
- ↑ Bart to the Future
- ↑ Barthood
- ↑ Days of Future Future
- ↑ Treehouse of Horror V
- ↑ DVD feature
- ↑ Good Night
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