Employees and related characters at Springfield Nuclear Power Plant.

Employees and associates

  • Charles Montgomery "Monty" Burns, Wealthy, real owner and C.E.O. of the power plant.
  • Waylon Smithers, Jr., is Montgomery Burns's Personal Assistant and adoring henchman. While he appears to de facto run much of the plant's day-to-day administration, his main job is tending to Mr. Burns, and often trying to talk him out of his more outrageous schemes. Smithers is deemed by most to be homosexual, as this has been proven within several episodes of the series thus far. Mr. Burns doesn't know that Smithers' true feelings for him are quite strong. He has won pretty much every single employee of the month award except once, when Homer received the award for after he averted a nuclear meltdown through luck.
  • Homer J. Simpson, currently works in Sector 7-G as the Safety Inspector and has been with the company in some capacity since the birth of his first child Bart. He mostly works in a control room sitting in front of a T-437 Safety Command Console, but has little idea how to operate it (in one episode he was replaced by a chicken pecking at the buttons, and in another, by a brick tied with a rope to a lever on Homer's control panel). Often he just reclines in his chair, snoozing or eating donuts. Homer was appointed the safety inspector by Mr. Burns in season one after he lost his job as the plant's technical supervisor for driving an electric car into a steam pipe while waving to Bart, who is on a field trip. He frequently takes "leaves of absence" from (or flat-out quits) his job whenever something interesting comes up. This typically goes either unnoticed or without consequence by his superiors. Smithers claims in "See Homer Run" that Homer pays a homeless man to fill in for him. Homer even had Mr. Burns fill in for him when he decided to cut out early though Mr. Burns pretty much did the same thing Homer does - sit back and relax. Although the safety of the plant—and Springfield—has been imperiled more than once on Homer's watch, he still keeps his job. Homer is the lowest-ranking person in the power plant org chart, subordinate to an Inanimate carbon rod, and additionally holds a record for longest time spent in an entry-level position. Homer is well known for his incompetence and stupidity in working at the plant, but various episodes suggest most of the other employees are just as bad: screaming and panicking at everything from meltdown alerts to fire drills; holding cockfights and chess matches instead of working; beating one another with chairs, drinking heavily, or simply crying at their desks; engaging in "Nap Time"; and even removing emergency procedure posters to make into get-well-soon cards (one of Lenny and Carl's worst violations). At one point he used an endangered manatee to cover for him eventually causing it to become severely dehydrated. One-time legal owner of Springfield Nuclear Power Plant after freeing the previous owner, Canary M. Burns from his cage. Homer, after being made the owner by Mr Burns, promptly fired him. In many episodes Homer loses his job due to carelessness or simply just does not go to work but he always seems to have his job back in later episodes.
  • Carl Carlson, along with Lenny, is not just Homer's co-worker but one of his best friends since childhood, and he likes to call himself "an urban Lenny." He is black and handsome, a Buddhist with a master's degree in Nuclear Physics, fond of bowling and having a drink at Moe's. He is likely a liberal in terms of his politics, having described local talk show host Birch Barlow as "a right-wing crackpot". But these are the only definitive details given. He has stated in passing that he has a family and that he's Homer's supervisor, but he mostly keeps things to himself due to his uncontrollably abrasive tongue. Lenny and Carl have also been shown to be inept and lazy at times, joining Homer in log-rolling on drums of nuclear waste.
  • Lenford "Lenny" Leonard, the nasal-voiced friend and co-worker of Homer. A Chicago native, he is unmarried, a Buddhist, often described as plain-looking, although sometimes also seen as very attractive (and featured in a photo-spread in the New Yorker), and though possessing a master's degree he's undeniably dumb. His living arrangements have included a house that is literally falling apart around him and a beautifully furnished apartment that shares a glass wall with a jai alai court. When Homer lied to his family that Lenny was sick, Marge, Bart, and Lisa all expressed great distress. His relationship with Carl is complicated. Lifelong friends, Lenny clearly adores Carl. Carl is the dominant partner and generally regards Lenny coolly. They are nonetheless constant companions. Lenny and Carl have also been shown to be inept and lazy at times, joining Homer in log-rolling on drums of nuclear waste.
  • Charlie, the bespectacled Dangerous Emissions Supervisor. Often quiet and working in the background, he is a known militiaman and can frequently be found at Moe's Tavern after hours. Once landed a pencil in Homer Simpson's butt crack, thus stopping Homer's Train of Thought ("Dental Plan! Lisa needs braces!") and used his sister's prosthetic leg as a softball bat after he joined the power plant's team, in episode "Homer at the Bat".
  • Frank "Grimey" Grimes, originally hired as executive vice-president and immediately replaced by a dog, he was assigned to Sector 7G. As a self-made man who suffered through the worst of life's obstacles, he was naturally outraged at Homer's countless faults, both professional and personal, and his enormous success in spite of them (becoming an astronaut, winning a Grammy, etc.). Attempts by both sides to "deal with" their differences only exacerbated the situation, resulting in Grimes's freakish and untimely death by electrocution. He fathered a son (Frank Grimes, Jr.) with a prostitute, who tried to kill Homer to avenge the death of his father.
  • Mindy Simmons, an attractive young woman, was the first of a few female employees hired under equal opportunity statute (guest-voiced by Michelle Pfeiffer). She has a degree in Engineering, and owns a motorcycle. On a trip to promote nuclear power in Capital City, she and Homer nearly had an affair. Sometime after Homer's decision not to pursue a relationship, Mindy was dismissed from the plant due to alcohol abuse.
  • Jack Marley, a long-time employee who was retired against his will. He is still seen around town and is often on juries.
  • Joey Crusher and Lowblow, hired goons.
  • Eugene Fisk, Homer's supervisor, formerly his assistant.
    This guy is NOT Sherri and Terri's father.
  • Unnamed supervisor, Homer claims he is one of the guys he never sees at work.
  • Mr. Mackleberry, the father of Sherri and Terri, classmates of Homer Simpson's son Bart.
    This is NOT Eugene Fisk. Fisk is an entirely different person.
  • Carol, member of payroll.
  • Mike, married member of shipping. Burns thought he and Carol were going to hook up.
  • Ms. Finch, a woman employee who is one of the people Homer sees at the plant while trying to find a potential suitor for Selma in the episode "Principal Charming".
  • Tibor, Homer's co-worker who eventually becomes his supervisor, and also whom Homer thanked for having "saved my (his) butt." He was used as a scapegoat for other employees' mistakes since he was also known as "the guy who doesn't speak any English", and is an unseen character.
  • Giant Handed Man, worker whose hand was enlarged a hundred times after exposure to radioactive waste.
  • Zutroy, the dangerous emissions supervisor hired when Charlie was temporarily disposed of. He is "American as apple pie", according to Burns.
  • Canary M. Burns, canary, the one-time legal owner of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant for reasons of prosecutory evasion by the factory owner Montgomery Burns. Last seen en route to the Canary Islands.
  • Burns' Dog, Doberman, the heroic dog made executive vice-president in lieu of previous choice, Frank Grimes in lieu of previous choice, Waylon Smithers.
  • Queenie, chicken, a temporary replacement for Homer, deceased and consumed by Homer.
  • Stewart, a duck who was found to be working at the plant, (mainly pulling trailers) part of the 'slave labour' workforce that also included a Brazilian soccer team. Mr Burns mentioned in the episode that although he would hire a woman, he would not change his hiring policies, apparently including ducks.
  • Blinky, three-eyed fish, inadvertent resultant of the power plant's radioactive output and some-time mascot. Actually, one of many so "evolved" creatures found in Springfield's waters.
  • Inanimate carbon rod, named the plant's "Worker of the Week" after all others but prior to Homer. It becomes famous for saving the spaceship Homer was on with Buzz Aldrin in Deep Space Homer, although Homer suggested its use to close a faulty opening. For its heroism, the rod was named Time magazine's Man of the Year. According to the SNPP flowchart, the rod out-ranks Homer.
  • Brick, a brick on a rope tied to a lever, another office fill-in during one of Homer's absences.
  • Bernie, plant employee assigned with Homer and another unnamed employee to watch a bee contained in a jar in the basement during a plant inspection.
  • Dog (SNPP), service dog, trained to abort the core destruct sequence whenever Homer pushes the button while napping.
  • Kathy, appearing almost identical to Mr. Burns, works in personnel. Her relationship to Burns is unknown.
  • Marge Simpson, works there when she and Homer required money to fix a crack in their home's foundation. On her Résumé she is listed as working for the Jimmy Carter administration, chauffeur, large animal currator, cook, speaker of Swahili, and according to Waylon Smithers inventor of the machine she'd be working with and writer of "that song" by Muddy Waters.
  • Bart Simpson, having been promoted to "man of the house" by Homer in the episode "Missionary: Impossible", takes Homer's job at the plant while Homer becomes a missionary in "Micronesia", somewhere around the South Pacific, in order to escape a mob from the PBS network for pretending to pledge a donation of $10,000. While working, Burns comes in criticizing Homer's bad record, and pokes Bart with a stick, much to Bart's annoyance. Bart tries to tell that he's not Homer, but Burns refuses to listen and continues poking him for "the next hour or so".
  • Smitty, An unknown co-worker who Homer tells to "safen up" in the episode "Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk".
  • The power plant is also the work place of many robots which have emotions and feelings. Homer had to fire forty-seven robots when he became owner of the plant and had to watch them all cry.
  • An entire unseen Brazilian Soccer Team implied to be working for the plant in the reactor core, Another example of Monty Burns' unfair hiring policies, Burns justifies making them work by saying "...that plane crashed on MY property!". This is a reference to the true story of a Uruguayan rugby team whose plane crashed in the Andes in 1972, which was also the basis for the book/movie Alive.
  • To win a bet between the Shelbyville Power Plant, Mr. Burns hired professional baseball players to play for SNPP's company softball team. The parentheses indicate the misfortune that the player had.
    • Roger Clemens, security guard, softball team player (hypnotized into thinking he is a chicken)
    • Wade Boggs, janitor, softball team player (knocked out by Barney Gumble in a bar argument over England's greatest prime minister {Pitt the Elder vs. Lord Palmerston})
    • Ken Griffey, Jr., lunchroom cashier, softball team player (gigantism caused by overdose of nerve tonic)
    • Steve Sax, softball team player (six consecutive life sentences for various unsolved murders in New York City)
    • Don Mattingly, softball team player (booted off team for not understanding what Mr. Burns wanted him to remove that he referred to as sideburns)
    • Darryl Strawberry, softball team player (the only professional player not to have a misfortune, although he was taken out [because he and the opposing pitcher were both left-handed] during the only game he played at SNPP)
    • Ozzie Smith, softball team player (vanished off the face of the Earth while visiting the "Springfield Mystery Spot")
    • Mike Scioscia, softball team player (radiation poisoning)
    • José Canseco, softball team player (occupied by rescuing items and people from a burning house)

Related characters and companies

A variety of nuclear regulators, safety inspectors, and immigration agents periodically make visits to the plant.

  • Blue-haired Lawyer, head of Burns expensive team of lawyers, also occasionally appears as lawyer for other characters, such as Roger Myers, Jr. and Bart Simpson.
  • Aristotle Amadopolis, the owner of the Shelbyville Nuclear Power Plant. His relationship with Burns resides within the area of competitive mutual respect. He has collaborated with Montgomery Burns on safety measures in the past and been known to meet him in a modest wager. He is based on late Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis.
  • Smilin' Joe Fission, an animated personification of atomic energy used in Springfield Nuclear Power Plant's public relations films and serves as its mascot. He wears a cowboy hat and talks in a Texan accent.
  • Hans, Fritz, & Horst, the faces of the German consortium that briefly owned the power plant during Burns' temporary retirement.
  • Larry Burns, Monty Burns's illegitimate son. Born in 1940, he has been an all-around failure both with and without the resources his father's station provides. Voiced by and modeled after Rodney Dangerfield, right down to the trademark tie tug.
  • Lily Bancroft, daughter of Monty Burns's Yale classmate Mimsy and mother of his illegitimate son, Larry Burns. She was sent off to be a nun in the South Seas.
  • Waylon Smithers, Sr., the first administrative assistant to Monty Burns and the father of Waylon, Jr.. He died while preventing a nuclear meltdown to save both his son and the town.
  • Rich Texan, once brief owner of the Plant after winning a duel against Mr. Burns, however soon returned it to him once Burns obtained a picture of a smiling child, completing his part of the duel.
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