Nelson Muntz

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Nelson Mandela Muntz is a fictional character from the animated TV series The Simpsons. He is voiced by Nancy Cartwright. Nelson was introduced in Season 1's "Bart the General" as a bully and friend of Bart Simpson, who is best identified by his signature laugh ("Haw-Haw!").



Over the years, Nelson has terrorized virtually everyone in Springfield. However, he rarely associates with the other bullies of the school, namely Jimbo Jones, Dolph and Kearney, who form a separate clique of their own.

He shows the occasional glimpse of humanity, however, and other characters have occasionally warmed to him; Lisa dates him briefly in "Lisa's Date With Density", Marge informally adopts him in "Sleeping with the Enemy", and Bart is shown as a friend to him several times, such as in "The Haw-Hawed Couple".

Even in a life-or-death situation, Nelson laughs at the one in misfortune. Often, he makes his victim inflict self-punishment while yelling remarks like "Stop hitting yourself!", "Stop butlering yourself!", "Stop zapping yourself!", or "Stop endangering yourself!". Usually, it is Milhouse and Martin who are subjected to this type of cruelty, although Nelson once described Bart as having "spiky hair, soft kidneys, and always hitting himself".

Nelson memorably has the tables turned on him in 22 Short Films About Springfield, when a very tall man (modeled after Simpsons writer Ian Maxtone-Graham) in a small car humiliates Nelson by pulling down his pants and making him march through town while bystanders laugh at him.

His family life is dysfunctional. While some early episodes offer inconsistent histories (such as Nelson's dad going insane and abandoning him, Nelson's parents divorcing because of his mom's cough drop addiction, or Nelson's dad in prison while his mom "has bigger problems"), the canon story that has evolved is that he lives in a dilapidated house with his mother who works on the fringes of the sex industry, either as a waitress at Hooters or in a topless bar. The character design and voice portrayal of both parents has varied throughout the course of the series.

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