Bartholomew JoJo "Bart" Simpson is a fictional character and one of the two main protagonists, alongside his father Homer, in the American animated television series The Simpsons and part of the Simpson family.
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Cartoonist Matt Groening created and designed Bart while waiting in the lobby of James L Brooks' office.
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At ten years old, Bart Simpson is the eldest child and only son of Homer and Marge, and the brother of Lisa and Maggie.
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Cartwright found Lisa uninteresting, so she instead auditioned for Bart Simpson, which she thought was a better role.
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Cartwright has won several awards for voicing Bart Simpson, including a Primetime Emmy Award in 1992 and an Annie Award in 1995.
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Bart Simpson lived with his parents in the Lower East Side of Springfield until the Simpsons bought their first house.
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When Lisa was born, Bart Simpson was at first jealous of the attention she received, but he soon warmed to her when he discovered that "Bart Simpson" was her first word.
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One day during recess, Bart Simpson met Milhouse and started entertaining him and other students with various gestures and rude words.
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Bart Simpson's hobbies include skateboarding, watching television, reading comic books, playing video games and generally causing mischief.
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Bart Simpson hurriedly sketched out his version of a dysfunctional family, naming the characters after members of his own family.
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Bart Simpson had originally been envisioned as "a much milder, troubled youth given to existential angst who talks to himself", but the character was changed based on Cartwright's voice acting.
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Bart Simpson was conceived as an extreme version of the typical misbehaving child character, merging all of the extreme traits of characters such as Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn into one person.
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Bart and the Simpson family remained the main characters on this new show.
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Entire Bart Simpson family was designed so that they would be recognizable in silhouette.
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Basic rectangular shape of Bart Simpson's head is described by director Mark Kirkland as a coffee can.
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Originally, whenever Bart Simpson was to be drawn from an angle looking down so the top of his head was seen, Groening wanted there to be spikes along the outline of his head, and in the middle as well.
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Yeardley Smith initially been asked to audition for the role of Bart Simpson, but casting director Bonita Pietila believed her voice was too high.
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Cartwright became more interested in the role of Bart Simpson, who was described as "devious, underachieving, school-hating, irreverent, [and] clever".
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Bart Simpson commonly appears nude in the show, although in every case only his buttocks are visible.
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Bart Simpson's rebellious attitude has made him a disruptive student at Springfield Elementary School, where he is an underachiever and proud of it.
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Bart Simpson's thoughts are often illogical; he once thought if he died and reincarnated as a butterfly, he would be able to burn the school down without being suspected, thinking that he would be able to hold a gas can as a butterfly.
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Bart Simpson has thought if he wrote his name in wet cement, people who see it after it dries will wonder how he managed to write his name in solid cement.
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In "Separate Vocations", Bart Simpson becomes hall monitor and his grades go up, suggesting that he struggles mainly because he does not pay attention, not because he is stupid.
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Bart Simpson missed having Skinner as an adversary and got him rehired, knowing that this would mean that the two could no longer be friends.
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At the beginning of the episode, Bart Simpson protested at her over-mothering but as her attitude changed, he felt bad and made it up to her.
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Bart Simpson can do some nasty things, but they seem so tame, by today's standards.
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Bart Simpson cares for Lisa deeply and has always apologized for going too far.
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Bart Simpson believes Lisa to be his superior when it comes to solving problems and frequently goes to her for advice.
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Bart Simpson is portrayed as a popular cool boy and has many friends at school.
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Out of all of them his best friend is Milhouse Van Houten, although Bart Simpson has at times shown embarrassment about their friendship.
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Bart Simpson is a bad influence on Milhouse, and the two have been involved in a lot of mischief together.
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Bart Simpson is one of the biggest fans of children's television host Krusty the Clown.
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Bart Simpson once declared, "I've based my whole life on Krusty's teachings", and sleeps in a room filled with Krusty merchandise.
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Bart Simpson has helped the clown on many occasions, for example, foiling Sideshow Bob's attempt to frame Krusty for armed robbery in "Krusty Gets Busted", reuniting Krusty with his estranged father in "Like Father, Like Clown".
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One summer, Bart Simpson enthusiastically attended Kamp Krusty, which turned out to be a disaster, with Krusty nowhere to be seen.
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Bart Simpson keeps his hopes up by believing that Krusty would show up, but is soon pushed over the edge, and finally decides that he is sick of Krusty's shoddy merchandise and takes over the camp.
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One of the original ideas for the series was that Bart Simpson worshiped a television clown but had no respect for his father, although this was never directly explored.
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When Bart Simpson foiled Sideshow Bob's plans in "Krusty Gets Busted", it sparked a long-standing feud between the two.
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The success of Bart Simpson merchandise inspired an entire line of black market counterfeit items, especially T-shirts.
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Some featured Bart announcing various slogans, others depicted redesigns of the character, including "Teenage Mutant Ninja Bart, Air Simpson Bart, [and] RastaBart".
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Bart Simpson became so associated with Fox that, when bidding in 1993 to show pro football, the network had to assure the NFL and reporters that the character would not announce games.
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Bart Simpson thinks normal is very boring, and does things that others just wished they dare do.
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Bart Simpson was ranked No 48 in TV Guides "50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time" in 1996 and both he and Lisa ranked No 11 in TV Guide's "Top 50 Greatest Cartoon Characters of All Time" in 2002.
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Bart Simpson's shared the award with five other voice actors from The Simpsons.
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In 2014 Bart Simpson became the second mascot of Russian football club FC Zenit Saint Petersburg, wearing number 87 on his back .
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Alongside T-shirts, Bart has been included in various other The Simpsons-related merchandise, including air fresheners, baseball caps, bumper stickers, cardboard standups, refrigerator magnets, key rings, buttons, dolls, posters, figurines, clocks, soapstone carvings, Chia Pets, bowling balls and boxer shorts.
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Bart Simpson appears as a playable character in the toys-to-life video game Lego Dimensions, released via a "Fun Pack" packaged with a Gravity Sprinter accessory in November 2015.
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Bart Simpson wanted Bart to sing "J-E-L-L-O", then burp the letter O His belief was that kids would try to do it the next day, but he was rejected.
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