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{{Character
 
{{Character
 
|name = Ruth Powers
 
|name = Ruth Powers
|image = [[File:Ruth Powers Tapped Out.JPG|thumb]]
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|image = [[File:Ruth_Powers_Tapped_Out.png|thumb]]
 
|sex = {{Female}}
 
|sex = {{Female}}
 
|status = {{Alive}}
 
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|job = Home-maker
 
|job = Home-maker
 
Women's Bodybuilding Champ
 
Women's Bodybuilding Champ
|relatives = '''Daughter:''' [[Laura Powers]]<br>'''Ex-Husband:''' [[Mr. Powers]]
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|relatives = '''Daughter:''' [[Laura Powers]]<br>'''Ex-Husband:''' [[Mr. Powers]]<br>'''Niece:''' [[Homer to the Max|Unnamed]]
 
|appearance = "[[New Kid on the Block]]"
 
|appearance = "[[New Kid on the Block]]"
 
|voiced by = [[Pamela Reed]] <br> [[Pamela Hayden]]
 
|voiced by = [[Pamela Reed]] <br> [[Pamela Hayden]]
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| age = 36
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}}'''Ruth Powers''' is the Simpsons' next-door neighbor and the single mother of [[Laura Powers]].
'''Ruth Powers''' is [[Simpson Family|the Simpsons’]] next-door neighbor and a single mother. She's 36 years old.
 
   
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
Ruth is married and has a daughter, [[Laura Powers]], who no longer lives with her. The circumstances behind Ruth's marriage aren't explained, but she has said her ex-husband acts similarly to [[Homer]], and he was continually stiffing Ruth on child support. For revenge, she stole his car.<ref name="lam">"[[Marge on the Lam]]"</ref>
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Ruth is divorced and she has a daughter named [[Laura Powers]], who no longer lives with her. The circumstances behind Ruth's marriage are not explained, but she has mentioned her ex-husband behaves similar to a hard working and career dedicated but less affable version of [[Homer Simpson]] and he was continually stiffing Ruth on child support. Due to his faults that were said to have lead to their messy divorce, Ruth claims he stole her youth and outlook on life, which includes her becoming a near misandrist that she stole his car for revenge. <ref name="lam">"[[Marge on the Lam]]"</ref>
 
Ruth and [[Marge]] became fast friends after Ruth moved in next door. One evening, they went to a ballet after Homer, who was originally supposed to go with Marge, literally got stuck at work (with his arms in two vending machines). Later they had a girls' night out where they went line dancing at a country bar called [[Shotkickers]], did some target shooting (using a [[Can Owner|farmer]]'s antique cans as targets), and went up to the Springfield sign overlooking the city. They ended up going on the run from the law, however, after [[Chief Wiggum]] tried to pull them over because of a broken taillight, and Ruth decided to flee because they were driving the convertible which she had stolen from her ex-husband.<ref name="lam" /> One possibility for she not getting any punishment from stealing the car is that her ex-husband didn't give any money even though the court demanded it.
 
   
The auto theft charges against Ruth were dismissed (undoubtably due to the fact that [[Lionel Hutz]] was representing her ex-husband), but she was later imprisoned for a short time for another offense, which is unspecified. While she was in prison, Ruth built up her muscles and became a bodybuilder, earned the title "Miss Mexican Mafia," and took steroids to expand her muscles.<ref>"[[The Strong Arms of the Ma]]"</ref> She and Marge remained friends, though this didn't stop her from joining the angry mob that attempted to kill Homer, and possibly the other Simpsons, for getting the town sealed in a dome.
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Ruth and [[Marge Simpson]] became fast friends after Ruth moved in next door. One evening, they went to a ballet after Homer, who was originally supposed to go with Marge, literally got stuck at work (with his arms in two vending machines). Later they had a girls' night out where they went line dancing at a country bar called [[Shotkickers]], went raving at an underground club named The Hate Box, did some target shooting (using a [[Can Owner|farmer]]'s antique cans as targets), and went up to the Springfield sign overlooking the city. They ended up going on the run from the law, however, after [[Chief Wiggum]] tried to pull them over because of a broken taillight, and Ruth chose to flee because they were driving the car which she had stolen from her ex-husband.<ref name="lam" /> One possibility for she not getting any punishment from stealing the car is that her ex-husband didn't give any money even though the court demanded it. Finally, the auto theft charges against Ruth were dismissed, undoubtedly due to the fact that [[Lionel Hutz]] was representing her ex-husband.
   
She might also be an alcoholic, since she is seen at an alcoholics anonymous meeting in Simpsons: The Movie, as well as watching a video on the results of drunk driving with a horrified expression on her face.
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Ruth had shown signs of being an alcoholic, since she is seen at an alcoholics anonymous meeting in Simpsons: The Movie, as well as watching a video on the results of drunk driving with a horrified expression on her face in "[[Duffless]]". She was also at [[Moe's Tavern]] in [[New Kid on the Block]] when Moe started calling out for "[[Bart's prank calls|Ivana Tinkle]]", with her clutching her mouth in an obvious attempt at restraining her laughter upon his first calling out the name, implying she immediately realized Moe was being duped.
   
===No Longer in Evergreen Terrace===
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After her appearances of New Kid on the Block and [[Marge on the Lam]], she and Laura had moved out of [[Evergreen Terrace]] sometime in the decade of her next appearance and she was was later imprisoned for a short time during this for another offense, which is unspecified. While she was in prison, Ruth built up her muscles and became a bodybuilder, which earned the title "Miss Mexican Mafia" and took steroids to expand her muscles.<ref>"[[The Strong Arms of the Ma]]"</ref> Noticing her old neighbor while on a jog at Springfield's muscle beach and pier, Marge reunited with Ruth where they shared their interests in bodybuilding and where Ruth introduced her to taking steroids. Later in ''[[The Simpsons Movie]]'', Ruth was shown joining the angry mob that attempted to kill Homer, and possibly the other Simpsons, for getting the town sealed in a dome.
Ruth's house was seen being sold to a disguised [[Sideshow Bob]]. [[Lisa]] mentions that Ruth moved to Detroit, but Ruth was seen attending the party Bob (as [[Walt Warren]]) was hosting, and then she was seen in “[[The Fool Monty]]”, obviously still a Springfield citizen. As a result, it can be said that Ruth sold her house to someone else, who then sold it to Bob after some time, as Lisa didn't exactly mention Ruth when she said Ruth's house's resident was moving to Detroit. Additionally, she wasn't seen greeting [[Homer]] and Marge when they visited her house in “[[All's Fair in Oven War]]”, and her house was also referred to as "the neighbor's house" instead of "Ruth's house." In "Tis the Fifteenth Season", Flanders is seen giving Ruth a Christmas present on the front stoop of the house next door to the Simpsons house, indicating that Ruth still occupied the house and was still their neighbor.  It's also unknown if Ruth still does Bodybuilding.
 
   
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
 
*On June 17 2015, as part of the level 54 update, Ruth was added to [[The Simpsons: Tapped Out]]. You first have to build [[Shotkickers]] to unlock her.
 
*On June 17 2015, as part of the level 54 update, Ruth was added to [[The Simpsons: Tapped Out]]. You first have to build [[Shotkickers]] to unlock her.
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**In the game, she is a worker of the [[Springfield Nuclear Power Plant]].
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*Since Ruth is 36 and [[Laura Powers]] is at least 18, Ruth would have given birth at age 18, which possibly makes her a teenage mother.
   
==Episode appearances==
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==Appearances==
 
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*{{Ep|The President Wore Pearls}}
 
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*{{Ep|Jazzy and the Pussycats}}
 
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*{{Ep|Ice Cream of Margie (with the Light Blue Hair)}}
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*{{Ep|The Boys of Bummer}}
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*{{Ep|I Don't Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings}}
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*{{Ep|Double, Double, Boy in Trouble}}
 
*{{Ep|Double, Double, Boy in Trouble}}
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*{{Ep|Homer and Lisa Exchange Cross Words}}
 
*{{Ep|Homer and Lisa Exchange Cross Words}}
 
*{{Ep|The Burns and the Bees}}
 
*{{Ep|The Burns and the Bees}}
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*{{Ep|Take My Life, Please}}
 
*{{Ep|Boy Meets Curl}}(Curling with the Van Houtens)
 
*{{Ep|Boy Meets Curl}}(Curling with the Van Houtens)
 
*{{Ep|The Bob Next Door}}(In crowd welcoming Walt, who has moved into her old house next door to the Simpsons)
 
*{{Ep|The Bob Next Door}}(In crowd welcoming Walt, who has moved into her old house next door to the Simpsons)
 
*{{Ep|Judge Me Tender}}(Sits behind Agnes Skinner and next to Lenny and Carl at the dog show judging)
 
*{{Ep|Judge Me Tender}}(Sits behind Agnes Skinner and next to Lenny and Carl at the dog show judging)
 
*{{Ep|The Fool Monty}}(In line at the hospital for the cat vaccine. Later in crowd staring up at Burns' helicopter)
 
*{{Ep|The Fool Monty}}(In line at the hospital for the cat vaccine. Later in crowd staring up at Burns' helicopter)
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*{{Ep|Love is a Many Strangled Thing}}
 
*{{Ep|Homer Scissorhands}}
 
*{{Ep|Homer Scissorhands}}
 
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*{{Ep|Cue Detective|(Audience of the chew network)}}
 
*{{Ep|Halloween of Horror|(With the townspeople at town square)}}
 
*{{Ep|Halloween of Horror|(With the townspeople at town square)}}
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*{{Ep|Paths of Glory}}
 
*{{Ep|Love Is in the N2-O2-Ar-CO2-Ne-He-CH4}}
 
*{{Ep|Love Is in the N2-O2-Ar-CO2-Ne-He-CH4}}
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*{{Ep|Gal of Constant Sorrow}}
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*{{Ep|Orange is the New Yellow}}
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*{{Ep|Monty Burns' Fleeing Circus}}
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*{{THOH|Treehouse of Horror XXVII}}
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*{{Ep|I'm Dancing As Fat As I Can}}
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*{{Ep|Gorillas on the Mast|(seen inside Moe's)}}
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*{{Ep|Todd, Todd, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?|(seen in church)}}
 
*{{Game|The Simpsons: Tapped Out}}
 
*{{Game|The Simpsons: Tapped Out}}
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*{{Bon|24/7th Heaven}}
 
*{{BongoBart|Who Wants to Win a Pocketful of Quarters?}}
 
*{{BongoBart|Who Wants to Win a Pocketful of Quarters?}}
 
*{{BongoBart|Batter-Up Bart}}
 
*{{BongoBart|Batter-Up Bart}}
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==Gallery==
 
==Gallery==
<gallery widths="185">
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{{Charactergallery|image1 = Ruth Powers Tapped Out.png}}
Ruth_Powers.png|Official image of Ruth Powers.
 
New Kid on the Block 31.JPG|Ruth in her usual appearance.
 
New Kid on the Block 132.JPG|Ruth drinking beer with the guys at Moe's Tavern and laughing at Moe.
 
Marge on the Lam 42.JPG|Ruth in her formal appearance.
 
Marge on the Lam 51.JPG|Ruth in her husband's stolen car and her other formal appearance.
 
Marge on the Lam 71.JPG|Ruth firing her gun.
 
The Simpsons Movie 247.JPG|Ruth holding her daughter, Laura during The Simpsons Movie.
 
Ruth Powers (The Book of Moe).PNG
 
The Strong Arms of the Ma 67.JPG|Ruth Powers as a bodybuilder.
 
The Strong Arms of the Ma 71.JPG|Ruth and Marge talking.
 
</gallery>
 
   
 
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Revision as of 00:27, January 28, 2020

Ruth Powers is the Simpsons' next-door neighbor and the single mother of Laura Powers.

Biography

Ruth is divorced and she has a daughter named Laura Powers, who no longer lives with her. The circumstances behind Ruth's marriage are not explained, but she has mentioned her ex-husband behaves similar to a hard working and career dedicated but less affable version of Homer Simpson and he was continually stiffing Ruth on child support. Due to his faults that were said to have lead to their messy divorce, Ruth claims he stole her youth and outlook on life, which includes her becoming a near misandrist that she stole his car for revenge. [1]

Ruth and Marge Simpson became fast friends after Ruth moved in next door. One evening, they went to a ballet after Homer, who was originally supposed to go with Marge, literally got stuck at work (with his arms in two vending machines). Later they had a girls' night out where they went line dancing at a country bar called Shotkickers, went raving at an underground club named The Hate Box, did some target shooting (using a farmer's antique cans as targets), and went up to the Springfield sign overlooking the city. They ended up going on the run from the law, however, after Chief Wiggum tried to pull them over because of a broken taillight, and Ruth chose to flee because they were driving the car which she had stolen from her ex-husband.[1] One possibility for she not getting any punishment from stealing the car is that her ex-husband didn't give any money even though the court demanded it. Finally, the auto theft charges against Ruth were dismissed, undoubtedly due to the fact that Lionel Hutz was representing her ex-husband.

Ruth had shown signs of being an alcoholic, since she is seen at an alcoholics anonymous meeting in Simpsons: The Movie, as well as watching a video on the results of drunk driving with a horrified expression on her face in "Duffless". She was also at Moe's Tavern in New Kid on the Block when Moe started calling out for "Ivana Tinkle", with her clutching her mouth in an obvious attempt at restraining her laughter upon his first calling out the name, implying she immediately realized Moe was being duped.

After her appearances of New Kid on the Block and Marge on the Lam, she and Laura had moved out of Evergreen Terrace sometime in the decade of her next appearance and she was was later imprisoned for a short time during this for another offense, which is unspecified. While she was in prison, Ruth built up her muscles and became a bodybuilder, which earned the title "Miss Mexican Mafia" and took steroids to expand her muscles.[2] Noticing her old neighbor while on a jog at Springfield's muscle beach and pier, Marge reunited with Ruth where they shared their interests in bodybuilding and where Ruth introduced her to taking steroids. Later in The Simpsons Movie, Ruth was shown joining the angry mob that attempted to kill Homer, and possibly the other Simpsons, for getting the town sealed in a dome.

Trivia

Appearances

Gallery

Ruth Powers Tapped Out
The full image gallery for Ruth Powers may be viewed at Ruth Powers/Gallery.

Citations

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