- “I don't judge Homer or Marge. That's for a 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 character 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]
Maude Flanders (1948-2000) was the wife of Ned Flanders, and the mother of Rod and Todd. Maude was a woman with many positive qualities: faith, kindness, and charity. She loved to draw, which was found out after her death.
Maude Flanders was a devout Christian who once attended a Bible camp to learn how to be more judgmental. She campaigned strongly against Itchy and Scratchy with Marge. She is often partnered with Helen Lovejoy as they protest against the "evils" in Springfield. Maude died after she was knocked off a grandstand at the Springfield Speedway. Homer used to have a crush on her.
Maude was a busy homemaker and a tireless advocate for the children, whose innocence is so often sullied by the "evils" of cartoon violence, liberal education, and the insidious influences of popular culture.Even though 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 her neighbors, the Simpsons. Homer often made statements insinuating his attraction to Maude, thereby literally coveting his neighbor's wife. Once, Homer ogled at Maude's very low-cut dress at a dinner party which ended up with him and Marge going to marriage camp.
She held a deep love for ficus plants, unflavored nonfat ice milk, and Newsweek magazine.
Relationship with Marge
Despite being on decent terms with Marge, Maude has been less than kind to her on a few occasions. The first occasion was when Marge accidentally forgot to pay for her groceries at the Kwik-E-Mart, as was charged for shoplifting. Because of this, when Marge asks to use the bathroom at the Flanders' house, Maude spies on her, then threatens her to not touch anything and get out. Although, with the later chaos, she was heard to say that Marge would never have let the chaos happen. On other occasions, Maude would join other female acquaintances, such as Luann Van Houten, Helen, and Agnes Skinner of the Investorettes in shunning Marge by kicking her out of the group and harshly confronting her with members of the Yakuza to end her pretzel franchise.
In Alone Again, Natura-Diddily, Maude died after being knocked off a grandstand by a shirt cannon at the Springfield Speedway, because Homer had made the Fan-demonium girls shoot directly at him all at once. When this happened, Homer ducked down to pick up a bobby pin, causing Maude to get hit. According to Homer, he had parked in the ambulance zone, preventing any quick resuscitation. Her death crushed Ned Flanders (as well as Todd and Rod Flanders), who, though used to some measure of hardship (their house getting destroyed  and car crashes among them), assumed that they would always be together.
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." 
After Maude's death, the grieving Ned 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 is revealed that Springfeild natural gas is actually deadlier and more poisonus in area with good ventilation). Feeling that profiting off the memory of his dead wife was wrong, and even more so after candles near the gas leak nearly caused an explosion, Ned closed down Praiseland . Though the episode aired in February 2000, the events appeared to take place before the winter meaning the events probably took place before Winter 1999/2000.
- At the start of "Treehouse of Horror XIII", originally broadcast November 3, 2002, The Simpsons and Ned Flanders held a seance and summon Maude's ghost, who proceeds to tell them three horror stories.
- The regular episode "Bart Has Two Mommies," which aired March 19, 2006 showed her looking down on her sons from heaven, saying "My little boys are growing up." Maggie Roswell voiced her, but was uncredited in the premiere airing. When it re-aired, the credits were amended to include her name.
- Maude is 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 might not be considered canonical.
- Any time the full (second) opening sequence is played, she can still be seen in the quick fly-by leading to when Bart lands on top of Homer's car.
- She appeared in flashbacks in the Season 20 episode Dangerous Curves and the Season 21 episode Postcards From the Wedge.
- There is a house in the final level of The Simpsons Game with a huge sign with Maude's name, which may imply that she's literally "living with God."
- She was seen with Ned, Rod and Todd when an overview of the crowd is seen in Take My Life, Please, even though she was supposed to be dead.
- She was mentioned in Kill the Alligator and Run and A Star is Torn.
- There are still pictures of her in the Flanders home.
- In The Simpsons Road Rage game, if you play as Ned and go airborne, he'll eventually yell out, "AAGH, I'm coming to join ya, Maude!"
- In Treehouse of Horror XXII, she appeared as a devil married to Satan.
- In How I Wet Your Mother, she appears in Homer's dream as a member of a crowd of women who support drunk driving.
- She appears in the episode "Saddlesore Galactica" in season 11. When Homer is trying to train his horse with Bart, he says the first step is "seducing a lonely houswife". Then he nodes to Maude who appears in the window of her house.
|Maude Flanders | Helen Lovejoy | Elizabeth Hoover | Luann Van Houten | Princess Kashmir | Mary Bailey | Shary Bobbins | Barbara Bush | Mona Simpson | Martha Quimby|
|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|