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For others named Richard, see Richard (disambiguation).

This get's uglier every year, any sign of Bart and Milhouse?
We're never gonna get anything past Principal Skinner.

Richard is a student at Springfield Elementary School and one of Bart's friends. He is the best friend of Lewis.


Richard appears frequently in events involving the Springfield children. After school as shown in the second and third opening sequence, he often participates in the school band and plays catch with Milhouse and Lewis. In earlier seasons, he, along with Lewis, was commonly seen hanging out with Bart and Milhouse and was considered to be one of Bart's best friends, often hanging out with them and getting involved in his mischief. However, as Bart's time with Milhouse increased and as Nelson went from being an antagonist to a friend of Bart, Richard became far less often seen with Bart and was relegated to a background character who rarely speaks.

He usually wears a blue leather jacket. His hair usually stays gray, but for unknown reasons it will sometimes randomly be brown, black, blonde, and others. Also for some reason, his eyes are normally squinted, giving him something of an Asian appearance. This was later confirmed to be untrue, in "Duffless", Principal Skinner mentioned that the school had no Asian kids. (Although this was stated in Bart's dream sequence, so it may not be a fact.)

Richard doesn't appear to be a very good student, for in the opening of the episode "Bart Gets a "Z"", Mrs. Krabappel gave him an F in his Math exam. He also was involved with Bart's mischievous deeds and was part of the fourth graders that were going to brawl with the fifth graders. He was also seen strangling Ralph in one episode, which showed his wild personality that episode was "Skinner's Sense of Snow".


He often appears to have a smug or squinted expression on his face. In some episodes, he has blonde hair in the background.

Non-Canon Appearances

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He is seen dancing with Allison Taylor at the school prom in the episode, "Future-Drama".

Treehouse of Horror series

In the final segment of "Treehouse of Horror XIX", he is dancing at the Halloween party at Springfield Elementary School.


The full image gallery for Richard may be viewed at Richard/Gallery.


Note: Many of his appearances are brief, background roles. Episodes in which he has an actual role are in bold.

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