- “Release the Hounds!”
- ―Mr. Burns' catchphrase
The hounds are Mr. Burns' dogs. He continuously releases them on trespassers and people who irritate him. Mr. Burns has a button in his office for releasing them. Mr. Burns mostly releases them on his low level employee for the Power Plant, Homer Simpson. Mr. Burns has released them on almost every member of the Simpsons family including Homer and Bart. There are 5-20 dogs in the group of both genders. One of the longest serving dogs is called Crippler. They have become a trademark and symbol of Mr. Burns' hate and power. In an episode of the third season Santa's Little Helper was for a short time, one of the hounds.
They also appear in The Simpsons: Tapped Out when Mr. Burns walks them. Appearances=:
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- Episode – "Dog of Death"
- Episode – "Team Homer"
- Episode – "Springfield Up"
- Episode – "The Fool Monty"
- Episode – "Them, Robot"
- Episode – "To Cur, with Love"
- Video game – The Simpsons: Tapped Out