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Encyclopedia > Rod and Todd Flanders
The Simpsons character
Rod Flanders
Gender Male
Hair color Ginger
Job Student at Springfield Elementary
Relatives Brother: Todd
Parents: Ned and
Maude (deceased)
First appearance Call of the Simpsons
Voice actor Pamela Hayden
The Simpsons character
Todd Flanders
Gender Male
Hair color Ginger
Job Student at Springfield Elementary
Relatives Brother: Rod
Parents: Ned and
Maude (deceased)
First appearance Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire
Voice actor Nancy Cartwright

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Background

Rod and Todd, like their parents, are very religious. The brothers enjoy attending church, Bible stories, watching religious cartoons, and playing religious-themed board games. These games include Good Samaritan - though they do not use dice because Ned says that dice are wicked. Instead they just move one space at a time - "It's less fun that way". Religious is a term with both a technical definition and folk use. ... Cartoons started in the 1930s and 40s. ... A board game is a game played with counters or pieces that are placed on, removed from, or moved across a board (a premarked surface, usually specific to that game). ...


Maude and Ned prohibit them from consuming foods containing sugar, as they fear it will make them behave badly, which it does (or send them into diabetic shock, in the case of Rod). They are also extremely entomophobic (particularly with moths and ladybugs), a behavior probably learned from their father, who considers an insect flying near someone a "bug attack". They enjoy stories about robots named Rod and Todd, though these also frighten them. Magnification of grains of sugar, showing their monoclinic hemihedral crystalline structure. ... This article is about the disease that features high blood sugar. ... Entomophobia ( also known as Insectophobia ) is the abnormal fear of insects and similar arthropods. ... Lepidopteran on a flower. ... Subfamilies Chilocorinae Coccidulinae Coccinellinae Epilachninae Scymininae Sticholotidinae etc. ...


Both play with a mock-up newspaper press, and take the activity very seriously. (One headline read: "This just in, playtime is fun!" - Bart responded to this by making his own newspaper stating that "Tod Smells!") They are both also very gullible, walking into a wall when told by "God" (actually Bart on a radio-transmitting microphone) that He would make it disappear for them. This article discusses the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ... Bart can refer to: A diminutive of Bartholomew Barts is the frequently used abbreviation for St Bartholomews Hospital in the City of London. ...


Early episodes depict Rod and Todd as students at Springfield Elementary, but in later episodes they are shown being home schooled. In "Skinner's Sense of Snow", Ned and Homer rescue them from the school, despite this. A young girl studying at home in a 1896 painting by William-Adolphe Bouguereau. ... Skinners Sense of Snow is an episode from season twelve of the animated TV series The Simpsons. ...


It has been suggested the two are homosexuals, or suffering from gender confusion. (Rod told Ned in 'Tis the Fifteenth Season he was jealous of girls because they get to wear dresses.) Rod and Todd are both extremely sheltered from girls as Ned considers them to be a major temptation in life, along with rock and roll music. However, Todd's bouts of aggression and being the most likely to go crazy (through Bart's methods) suggests that he is probably imitating his older, flamboyant brother. In another future-set episode, "Future-Drama", when Bart's future girlfriend mentions she wants to make love to him on prom night, and becomes disappointed when he denies her, she adds, "I never had this problem with Todd Flanders!", implying a strong, though latent, sexuality in the boy. Also, in the episode "Home Away From Homer", Ned moves away and then moves back to Springfield. When announcing this to the boys, Rod says he has a girlfriend. In another episode depicting the future ("Bart to the Future"), however, Ned thanks Bart for not outing Rod and Todd. Both Rod and Todd are then shown washing a cabinet in a slightly feminine way whilst wearing tight shorts and sporting mustaches, a style fashionable in gay culture in the 1980s, and promoted by Freddie Mercury. Homosexuality refers to sexual interaction and / or romantic attraction between individuals of the same sex. ... Gender identity disorder, as identified by psychologists and medical doctors, is a condition with which a person who has been assigned one gender (usually at birth on the basis of their sex, but compare intersexuality), but identifies as belonging to another gender, or does not conform with the gender role... Tis the Fifteenth Season is the seventh episode of The Simpsons fifteenth season, and the seventh Christmas themed episode. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Flamboyant is the name given to a florid style of architecture in vogue in France during the 15th and 16th century. ... Future-Drama is the fifteenth episode of the sixteenth season of The Simpsons. ... Home Away From Homer is the twentieth episode of The Simpsons sixteenth season. ... Bart to the Future is the 17th episode of the eleventh season of The Simpsons. ... // While outing often refers to an outdoor excursion, in the late twentieth century, the term acquired an additional meaning, taking someone out of the closet, that is, publicising that someone is secretly homosexual. ... Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British musician, best known as the lead singer of the English rock band Queen. ...


Rod Flanders

Rod Flanders is voiced by Pamela Hayden. Rod prays often, first thing in the morning and last thing before bed. He prays for God to watch over him and his little brother, Todd. He prays for the success of his father's business. He also prays for all of the naughty little boys and girls, like his neighbor Bart Simpson, who are too bad to pray for themselves. Aside from praying, Rod enjoys playing wholesomely with his brother and eating lots of "Nachos, Flanders-Style" (cucumbers with cottage cheese). His one regret is that he cannot pray at school. His favourite song is "Bringing in the Sheaves", followed closely by "Noah and the Arky-arky" and "I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart". Rod has diabetes and has described being quiet during trips as one of his favourite hobbies, including clapping during songs. Pamela Hayden is an American actress, best known for providing various voices for the animated television show The Simpsons (1989). ... “Nacho” redirects here. ... Binomial name L. The cucumber (Cucumis sativus) is a widely cultivated plant in the gourd family Cucurbitaceae, which includes squash, and in the same genus as the muskmelon. ... A tub of cottage cheese Cottage cheese comes from chickens and is a cheese curd product with a mild flavor. ... This article is about the disease that features high blood sugar. ...


Todd Flanders

Todd is voiced by Nancy Cartwright. Todd is the youngest and most impressionable member of the happy Flanders flock. When exposed to profanity (for example, from over the fence as Homer Simpson curses his way through mowing the lawn or making a doghouse), little Todd starts to curse a blue streak himself ("I don't want to eat my damn vegetables"). When Moe Syzlak loses his temper at Uncle Moe's Family Feedbag restaurant, Todd responds with "Ow, my freaking ears!" Whether due to immaturity or relentless sheltering by his parents, whenever Todd comes into contact with anything outside of his family and their pious ways (like the time he was tricked into eating a Pixie Stick by Bart Simpson), he turns nasty, calling his brother a "zitface", much to the delight of Bart. Nancy Campbell Cartwright (born October 25, 1957 in Dayton, Ohio) is an American voice actress. ... Look up Profanity in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... It has been suggested that Doh be merged into this article or section. ... ... immaturity This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Relentless may refer to: Relentless Software, the UK video game Developer. ... Piety is a desire and willingness to perform religious duties. ... A Pixy Stix is a Willy Wonka–brand powdered candy packaged in a wrapper not unlike that of a drinking straw. ... Bart and his sister Lisa as news anchors. ...


Todd's proudest moments have been when he tied with Bart in the mini-golf championship and when he portrayed Jesus in the Springfield Christmas Pageant. Todd can play the violin quite well, and is a part of the Springfield Elementary band. He is also prone to bedwetting. Miniature golf, also known as mini-golf, crazy golf or Putt-Putt, is a game modelled after the sport of golf. ... Bedwetting (or nocturnal enuresis or sleepwetting) is involuntary urination while asleep after the age at which bladder control would normally be anticipated. ...


Todd's voice is based on Sherman's from Peabody and Sherman.[1] Sherman (left) and Mr. ...


Age discrepancy

There is also some controversy as to which of the two is the elder. In "Dead Putting Society" the commentator at the golf tournament states that Todd is 10. In Homer Bad Man, one of the corrections that the TV-magazine show Rock Bottom makes is to their claim that "the older Flanders boy is Todd, not Rod". (although this could have been included purely to stir up fans). Later, in Bart Sells His Soul, the Flanders family eat out for Rod's "big ten-oh", suggesting the two are of similar age (however, the present time in at least one other Simpsons episode has been set two years before that of others, as shown by All's Fair in Oven War). However, in "My Sister, My Sitter" Lisa, when babysitting Rod and Todd, tells a story about a robot named Todd who "had a brother named Rod, who was two space years older than him". Todd responds by saying, "I don't like this story!" Dead Putting Society is the sixth episode of The Simpsons second season. ... Homer Bad Man is the ninth episode of the sixth season of The Simpsons. ... Bart Sells His Soul is the fourth episode of The Simpsons seventh season. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... My Sister, My Sitter is the seventeenth episode from the eighth season of The Simpsons. ...


As Rod is shown to be quite a bit taller than Todd, the claim that Todd is the older brother is disputed. Both Rod and Todd were born before Lisa (who is eight), Todd appearing a similar age to Bart (who is 10) in the episode "Lisa's First Word" (when Bart was entering "the terrible twos"). This suggests the Flanders children are slightly older than the Simpson children. This article contains a trivia section. ... Boy toddler Toddler is a common term for a a young child who is learning to walk or toddle,[1] generally considered to be the second stage of development after infancy and occurring predominantly during the ages of 12 to 36 months old. ...


Despite these discrepancies, the Simpsons official website states that “Todd is the youngest and most impressionable member of the happy Flanders clan”. This seems to trump any inconsistency concerning age seen in the episodes. On the other hand, the character profile for Rod Flanders in The Simpsons: A Complete Guide To Our Favorite Family describes him as the "youngest of the Springfield Flanders." Another possible reason for the variation is that, in the DVD commentaries for show, the writers have stated that they are never sure which Flanders sibling is Rod and which one is Todd and are often forced to check character models to be sure. According to the commentary, early show writers used two different mnemonics to identify the taller brother; first that Todd started with T and was Taller, or that Rod was long like a rod and hence taller.


In one episode, Bart shows a credit card belonging to Rod Flanders, implying that Rod may be old enough to have one.


"Religious" references

  • On the local intramural football team, Rod and Todd wear complementary uniforms: numbers 6 and 66. This also reads as 666, the number of the beast.
  • They play board games like "The Good Samaritan" and video games like "Billy Graham's Bible Blaster", where the object is to shoot a gun to "convert the heathens".
  • They watch religious TV shows, including one where sheep talk about sins (a typical dialogue involves them discussing "The sin of envy" - over wanting a sin to confess), and it has been acknowledged that Todd is responsible for the TV ban listings. He even removed Davy and Goliath under the reason that a talking dog was blasphemous.
  • They have many miscellaneous objects of worshipful meaning around the house, such as "God Bless This Mess" rather than the usual "Bless This Mess"; along with countless crosses and artificial palm leaves. Also noted are their most prized possessions - Todd's is his Joseph of Aramathea trading card ("43 conversions in A.D. 26!"). The whole family collects Biblical playing cards.

 
 

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