- “I don't judge Homer or Marge. That's for vengeful God to do.”
- ―Maude Flanders[src]
- “Neddy doesn't believe in insurance. He considers it a form of gambling.”
- ―Maude Flanders[src]
- “In many ways, Maude Flanders was a supporting player in our lives. She didn't grab our attention with memorable catchphrases, or comical accents. But, whether you noticed her or not, Maude was always there ... and we thought she always would be.”
- ―Reverend Timothy Lovejoy at Maude's funeral[src]
- “Excuse me Edna. I don't think we're talking about love here. We're talking about S-E-X in front of the C-H-I-L-D-R-E-N.”
- ―Maude Flanders[src]
- ―Maude's Last Word[src]
Maude was a devout Christian who once attended a Bible camp to learn how to be more judgmental, although she wasn’t as preachy as her husband. She campaigned strongly against Itchy and Scratchy with Marge and was often partnered with Helen Lovejoy as they protest against the "evils" in Springfield. She died after being struck by a barrage of shirts fired from t-shirt cannons at the Springfield Speedway.
Although she spent much of her free time in prayer and reading the Bible, Maude was known to let her hair (and her neckline) down for the occasional dinner party at the home of the Simpsons (Maude's neighbors).
Homer Simpson and Moe Szyslak both found her attractive that Moe made anonymous phone calls to her and Homer once ogled Maude's low-cut dress at a dinner party, which ended up with him and Marge Simpson going to marriage camp .
Maude liked ficus plants, unflavored nonfat ice milk and Newsweek Magazine. In one episode, when Marge was arrested for accidental shoplifting, Maude was one of the people who missed Marge’s treats during a bake sale.
After her death, Marge was mildly surprised and concerned to discover Maude's three pairs of shoes as she believes this to have been a fetish. 
- “I know, they make you uncomfortable.”
- ―Maude Flanders's last words[src]
In 2000, "Alone Again, Natura-Diddily", Maude died after being knocked off a grandstand by several t-shirt cannons at the Springfield Speedway. The shirts had been meant to hit Homer, who wanted one of them. However, before the shirts could hit him, Homer noticed a bobby pin on the ground, and bent over to pick it up. This caused Maude, who was returning to her seat behind Homer, to be struck instead, and fall off the grandstand to her death, at least a 20-foot drop. According to Homer's statement later in the episode, he had parked in the ambulance zone, which prevented any quick resuscitation..
Her death crushed Ned and their sons, Todd and Rod, who, although used to some measure of hardship (their house getting destroyed) assumed they would always be together (The actual reason her character was killed off was due to a pay dispute between the actress who voiced her character and the show's producers).
Apparently, Homer fell in her grave, which Ned mentioned . Reverend Lovejoy eulogized her as follows: "In many ways, Maude Flanders was a supporting player in our lives. She didn't grab our attention with memorable catchphrases, or comical accents. But, whether you noticed her or not, Maude was always there ... and we thought she always would be."  Though the episode aired in February 2000, the events appeared to take place before the winter meaning that the events probably took place before Winter 1999 and 2000.
After her death, the grieving Ned Flanders and the Simpsons saw in her sketchbook a series of drawings that outlined a plan for a Christian-themed amusement park named "Praiseland." Realizing this park to be her final dream, Ned acquired the defunct amusement park "Storytime Village" from Colonel Antoine "Tex" O'Hara ("The Rich Texan") and, with the assistance of Homer and other townspeople, built and opened Praiseland. He memorialized Maude there with a statue of her, and placed on its base a plaque bearing the phrase: "She taught us the joy of shame and the shame of joy."
Praiseland sold Maude memorial items such as masks. Praiseland gained popularity among the residents of Springfield when they erroneously attributed to the statue of Maude the performance of miracles providing religious experiences. The religious experiences were actually hallucinations, caused by gas that was leaking from a gas line near the base of the statue (it was revealed that Springfield natural gas was actually deadlier and more poisonous in area with good ventilation). Feeling that profiting off the memory of his dead wife was wrong, and even more so after the candles near the gas leak nearly caused an explosion, Ned closed down Praiseland .
Post Death Appearances in the Simpsons
- Despite her death, she and Bleeding Gums Murphy continued to be in the seasons 2-20 intro until the show introduced the 720p high definition opening sequence as well as the new 16:9 high definition format in the episode "Take My Life, Please".
- At the start of The Simpsons Halloween Special XIII originally broadcast in the U.S. on November 3, 2002, the Simpsons and Ned Flanders held a seance and summoned Maude's ghost, who proceeded to tell them three horror stories.
- The regular episode "Bart Has Two Mommies", which aired March 19, 2006, Maude was shown looking down on her sons from Heaven, and said: "My little boy's growing up." Maggie Roswell voiced her, and she was credited in the premiere airing.
- Maude was also shown to be alive in Season 6 in the episode "Lisa's Wedding" which was set in the future after the Simpson children had grown up, but written before Season 11 when Maude was killed. However, it should be noted that this was a vision by a possibly illegitimate psychic, and may not have been considered canonical.
- Any time the full (second) opening sequence was played, Maude could still be seen in the quick fly-by leading to when Bart landed on top of Homer's car.
- Maude appeared in flashbacks in the Season 20 episode "Dangerous Curves" and the Season 21 episode "Postcards From the Wedge", as well as other episodes such as "Take My Life, Please", "The Kids Are All Fight" and "Fland Canyon".
- There was a house in the final level of The Simpsons Game with a huge sign with Maude's name on it, which may have implied that she's literally "living with God."
- Goofingly, she was seen with Ned, Rod, and Todd when an overview of the crowd was seen in "Take My Life, Please", even though she was supposed to be dead.
- She was mentioned in "Kill the Alligator and Run", "A Star is Torn" and "The Ned-liest Catch".
- There are still pictures of Maude in the Flanders home.
- In The Simpsons Road Rage game, if you played as Ned and went airborne, he'll eventually yell out: "AAGH, I'm coming to join ya, Maude!"
- In "Treehouse of Horror XXII", Maude appeared as a devil who was sleeping with Satan. Ned killed Homer in an act of revenge and anger, but God refused to resurrect him because Satan wouldn’t like it.
- In "How I Wet Your Mother", Maude appeared in Homer's dream as a member of a crowd of women who supported drunk driving, ironically enough.
- In The Simpsons: Tapped Out, Maude's ghost could have been unlocked in the Treehouse of Horror XXIV Event in 2013.
- In the crossover episode "The Simpsons Guy", while threatening to hit Peter Griffin with a large rock, Homer said: "Say hi to Maude Flanders!" (Who Peter naturally did not know).
- In "Holidays of Future Passed", Maude appeared as a ghost and remarried to Ned, interestingly claiming that Heaven doesn’t exist, where Ned revealed that Homer had killed Edna Krabappel.
- In "Waiting for Duffman", when Bart and Lisa were playing with the t-shirt cannons, Homer said that no one had ever been killed by a t-shirt cannon. One of the t-shirts hit a picture of Maude in Ned's house and Ned looked at the audience. That referenced the cause of Maude's death.
- In "Fland Canyon", Maude features heavily, appearing in a flashbacks in which her and Ned, amongst others, clean up Springfield's Skid Row, and on the Flanders's and Simpson's family vacation to the Grand Canyon.
- Maude's most recent appearance is in "Flanders' Ladder", where she meets Bart in ghost form to resolve unfinished business. She seems to be jealous of Ned marrying Edna.
- In the episode "Monty Burns' Fleeing Circus", the deceased Maude and Edna Krabappel are sat beside Ned Flanders.
- In "My Way or the Highway to Heaven", she is in heaven alongside Edna Krabappel.
- In "Todd, Todd, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?", she appears to Ned in his dreams.
- Helen Lovejoy
- Timothy Lovejoy
- Luann Van Houten
- Marge Simpson
- Julius Hibbert
- Bernice Hibbert
- Edna Krabappel
- Agnes Skinner
|Maude Flanders | Helen Lovejoy | Elizabeth Hoover | Luann Van Houten | Princess Kashmir | Mary Bailey | Shary Bobbins | Barbara Bush | Mona Simpson | Martha Quimby|
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|The Simpsons and relatives|
| Homer Simpson • Marge Simpson • Bart Simpson • Lisa Simpson • Maggie Simpson|
Santa's Little Helper • Snowball II • Abraham Simpson • Patty Bouvier • Selma Bouvier • Mona Simpson • Jacqueline Bouvier • Ling Bouvier • Herb Powell
|Jasper Beardly • Comic Book Guy • Barney Gumble • Maude Flanders • Ned Flanders • Professor Frink • Gil Gunderson • Julius Hibbert • Lionel Hutz • Helen Lovejoy • Reverend Timothy Lovejoy • Captain Horatio McCallister • Akira • Hans Moleman • Marvin Monroe • Bleeding Gums Murphy • Apu Nahasapeemapetilon • Mayor Joe Quimby • Dr. Nick Riviera • Agnes Skinner • Cletus Spuckler • Disco Stu • Squeaky-Voiced Teen • Moe Szyslak • Sam and Larry • Kirk Van Houten • Luann Van Houten • Clancy Wiggum • Eddie • Lou • Crazy Cat Lady • Lindsey Naegle • Cookie Kwan • Wiseguy • Brandine Spuckler • The Yes Guy • Sanjay Nahasapeemapetilon • Blue-haired Lawyer • Judge Roy Snyder • Rich Texan • Luigi Risotto • Old Jewish Man • Mrs. Glick|
|Itchy & Scratchy • Kent Brockman • Krusty the Clown • Troy McClure • Sideshow Mel • Rainier Wolfcastle | Arnie Pye • Radioactive Man • Duffman • Bumblebee Man • Bill and Marty • Drederick Tatum • Mr. Teeny • Scott Christian • Booberella • Gabbo • Lurleen Lumpkin • Celebrities|
|Springfield Elementary School faculty and students|
|Superintendant Chalmers • Seymour Skinner • Edna Krabappel • Elizabeth Hoover • Groundskeeper Willie • Otto Mann • Lunchlady Doris • Dewey Largo • Dr. J. Loren Pyror • Milhouse Van Houten • Ralph Wiggum • Nelson Muntz • Martin Prince • Rod Flanders • Todd Flanders • Sherri and Terri • Wendell Borton • Database • Jimbo Jones • Kearney Zzyzwicz • Dolph Starbeam • Üter Zörker • Janey Powell • Lewis • Richard • Bashir bin Laden|
|Springfield Nuclear Power Plant|
|Charles Montgomery Burns • Waylon Smithers • Carl Carlson • Lenny Leonard • Charlie • Blinky|
|Snake Jailbird • Kang & Kodos • Herman • Sideshow Bob • Fat Tony • Frankie the Squealer • Johnny Tightlips • Legs and Louie|
|The Simpsons • The Bouviers • The Flanders • The Van Houtens • The Wiggums|
|Fictional characters • One-time characters • LGBT characters • Parodied celebrities • Animals|
|Ned Flanders ● Maude Flanders ● Rod Flanders ● Todd Flanders ● Agnes Flanders ● Nedsel Flanders ● Grandma Flanders ● Lord Thistlewick Flanders ● José Flanders ● Ginger Flanders ● Commander Flanders ● Ted Flanders ● Bonnie Flanders ● Connie Flanders ● Edna Krabappel ● Maude Flanders' grandmother ● Neduchadnezzar Flanders ● Sir Nederick Flanders ● Augusta Flanders ● Bart Simpson ● Commander Flanders|