Harry Shearer Simpsons characters

Harry Shearer may not voice any of the Simpsons themselves, but he’s pretty essential to what makes The Simpsons a show that has lasted more than quarter century. Shearer voices dozens of the show’s large and small characters, and though things are still up in the air according to show producers, there’s a good chance the famous comedian and voice actor might be leaving this show with the upcoming season.

Just how essential is Shearer to The Simpsons? We’ve ranked his 25 best characters, which only scratches the surface of the characters he voices. Will we ever see or hear these characters again? Read about the 25 best Harry Shearer Simpsons characters below.

The 25 Best Harry Shearer Simpsons Characters


1. Mr. Burns

Springfield’s richest man, owner of the Nuclear Power plant and Homer Simpson’s boss has provided some of the show’s most notable catch phrases and memorable storylines of all time.


2. Ned Flanders

The Simpsons’ ultra religious neighbor is always there to loan Homer some equipment, be incredibly nice, or shield his sons – Rod and Todd – from the world around them.


3. Principal Skinner

The Principal of Springfield Elementary is Bart Simpson’s #1 nemesis and the worst mama’s boy in the history of the world.


4. Waylon Smithers

This trusty assistant is slightly ambiguous in his preferences of all things, except a deep love of Mr. Burns. And Malibu Stacey.


5. Otto

His name is Otto, and he loves to get blotto. Bart and Lisa’s stoner bus driver is always listening to his music and chilling.


6. Kent Brockman

The host of Eye On Springfield may not be the smartest news anchor out there, but he sure knows how to party and turn a phrase.


7. Reverend Lovejoy

Head of the First Church of Springfield, Lovejoy is great at writing the sign outside and putting Homer to sleep with his unique drawl and religious sermons.


8. Rainier Wolfcastle/McBain

Springfield’s biggest movie star may look and sound like Arnold Schwarzenegger (also voiced by Shearer), but he also has a big heart, bigger muscles and the biggest action franchise in the animated world: McBain.


9. Dr. Hibbert

Always quick with a laugh at literally the most inappropriate times, Springfield’s resident physician does his best to help the maladies of everyone in town.


10. Lenny

One of Homer’s best friends, work colleagues and Moe’s Tavern drinking partners, Lenny can never quite catch a break.

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