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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 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]

Maude Flanders was the wife of Ned Flanders, and the mother of Rod and Todd.

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Maude and Ned homeless

Maude 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 and was often partnered with Helen Lovejoy as they protest against the "evils" in Springfield. She died by falling off a grandstand, after being hit with several shirts from a t-shirt cannon 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 her neighbors, the Simpsons.

Homer and Moe both found her attractive. 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 going to marriage camp.[1].

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Maude smiling

She liked ficus plants, unflavored nonfat ice milk, and Newsweek magazine.

After her death, Marge was horrified when she discovered Maude's shoe fetish.[2]


Maude getting hit with a t-shirt

Maude gets hit by a T-shirt and falls to her death

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 right directly at him all at once. When this happened, Homer ducked down to pick up a bobby pin, causing Maude to get hit as she was returning to her seat while picking up snacks, knocking her over the edge of the stadium. According to Homer, he had parked in the ambulance zone, preventing any quick resuscitation.[3].

Her death crushed Ned and their sons, Todd and Rod, who, although used to some measure of hardship (their house getting destroyed[4]) 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).

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Apparently, Homer fell in her grave, which Ned mentioned [5]. 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." [6]


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 is revealed that Springfield natural gas is 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 candles near the gas leak nearly caused an explosion, Ned closed down Praiseland [7]. 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 and 2000.

Post Death Appearances in the Simpsons

  • At the start of The Simpsons Halloween Special XIII originally broadcast in the USA November 3rd, 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 the 19th 2006, she is shown looking down on her sons from heaven, saying "My little boys are growing up, Neddy" 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 eleven 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."
  • Goofingly, 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.
  • In The Simpsons: Tapped Out, her 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 says "Say hi to Maude Flanders!" (Who Peter naturally does not know).
  • In Holidays of Future Passed, she appears as a ghost, where Ned reveals Homer accidentally killed Edna Krabappel.
  • In Waiting for Duffman, when the Bart and Lisa are playing with T-Shirt Cannons Homer says that no one has ever been killed by a t-shirt cannon. One of the t-shirts hits a picture of Maude in Ned's house and Ned looks at the audience. This references the cause of Maude's death.
  • Maude appears in The Kids Are All Fight in a flashback. She talks in this episode.





Characters voiced by Maggie Roswell
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