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Encyclopedia > Seymour Skinner
The Simpsons character
Seymour Skinner
Gender Male
Hair color Grey
Job Principal of Springfield Elementary School
Relatives Quasi-adoptive mother: Agnes
Quasi-adoptive father: Sheldon Skinner (deceased)
Voice actor Harry Shearer
First appearance
The Simpsons Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire

Principal W. Seymour Skinner (born in Capital City as Armin Tamzarian)[1][2] is a fictional character on the animated sitcom The Simpsons, voiced by Harry Shearer. He is the principal of Springfield Elementary School, and a stereotypical educational bureaucrat. He struggles to control the crumbling school and is constantly engaged in a battle against its inadequate resources, apathetic and bitter teachers, and often rowdy and unenthusiastic students, Bart Simpson being a standout example. A strict disciplinarian, Skinner has an uptight, militaristic attitude that stems from his years in the army, service in the Vietnam War, and experiences as a POW in Vietnam. Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... Principal Seymour Skinner This work is copyrighted. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the fictitious Springfield Elementary School in the American television show The Simpsons. ... Agnes Skinner (voiced by Tress MacNeille) is a fictional character in the animated television series The Simpsons, and Principal Seymour Skinners mother, with whom he still lives. ... Harry Julius Shearer (born December 23, 1943) is an American comedic actor and writer. ... Season 2episode list header}} {{Template:Infobox Simpsons season 1 Season 2episode list}} Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire, also known as The Simpsons Christmas Special,[2] is the first episode of The Simpsons to air. ... The Principal and the Pauper is the second episode of The Simpsons ninth season. ... This article is about a genre of comedy. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... Harry Julius Shearer (born December 23, 1943) is an American comedic actor and writer. ... A principal is: The head of an educational institution. ... This article is about the fictitious Springfield Elementary School in the American television show The Simpsons. ... A bureaucrat is a member of a bureaucracy, usually within an institution of the government. ... For the comic book series of the same name, see Bart Simpson comics. ... Combatants Republic of Vietnam United States Republic of Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand The Philippines National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam People’s Republic of China Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Strength US 1,000,000 South Korea 300,000 Australia 48,000... Geneva Convention definition A prisoner of war (POW) is a soldier, sailor, airman, or marine who is imprisoned by an enemy power during or immediately after an armed conflict. ...

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Role in The Simpsons

Skinner and Edna
Skinner and Edna

Skinner lives in fear of the wrath of his boss, Superintendent Chalmers, a martinet who makes no effort to hide his disapproval of him or give him a fair chance to prove himself. Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Superintendent Gary Chalmers, voiced by Hank Azaria, is a fictional character in the animated TV series The Simpsons, the superintendent of Springfields school district. ... A martinet is either a punitive device or a stickler for rules, apparently unrelated. ...


At one point Skinner was fired and replaced by Ned Flanders, despite Flanders' thorough lack of administrative skill and experience. During this period Bart actually befriends the unemployed Skinner, telling him about Flanders' lax approach (using the honor system and no formal punishments) and the chaos that ensues. Skinner eventually decides to rejoin the military as a drill sergeant, feeling that he would never be happy doing anything unrelated to administration, and Bart finds that he misses Skinner on two levels: as a friend, but even more as an enemy. While Bart initially enjoys pulling pranks during Flanders' period as principal, he ultimately finds it unfulfilling because the laid-back Flanders lacks Skinner's uptight personality for Bart to play off. Ultimately, Bart conspires to return Skinner to his post by having Superintendent Chalmers come and see the anarchic state into which the school has descended. Chalmers, however, is unconvinced until he finds out that Flanders prays over the school loudspeaker, at which point Flanders gets tossed out for violating the separation of church and state. Nedward Ned Flanders is a fictional character on The Simpsons, voiced by Harry Shearer. ... This article is about a code of practice based on trust. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... An office cubicle with all the contents covered in aluminum foil. ...


In the season 2 episode "Principal Charming," Skinner dates Patty Bouvier, who refuses to marry him at the end of the episode, claiming she was too devoted to leave her sister Selma alone, ending the relationship. Principal Charming is the fourteenth episode of The Simpsons second season, airing on February 14, 1991. ... This article or section should be merged with Selma Bouvier Patty Bouvier (voiced by Julie Kavner), a fictional character on The Simpsons, is one of Marges two cynical chain-smoking sisters (the other is Selma). ...


In later seasons, Skinner and Edna Krabappel start dating, and they later get engaged. They subsequently break up, although it has been hinted that he still wants her and that they may reunite in the future. He still lives at home with his mother, and frequently has flashbacks to the Vietnam War where he spent a grueling eighteen months in a POW camp. On one occasion, while announcing Bart's vulgar Valentine candies, he lapsed into a flashback in which his best friend was killed while writing a Valentine and then cried his friend's name over the school's still-active PA system. Ms. ... Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a term for certain severe psychological consequences of exposure to, or confrontation with, stressful events that the person experiences as highly traumatic. ... Combatants Republic of Vietnam United States Republic of Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand The Philippines National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam People’s Republic of China Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Strength US 1,000,000 South Korea 300,000 Australia 48,000... For other uses, see Valentines Day (disambiguation). ...


Outside school, Skinner often seems weak-willed and easily suppressed—perhaps because he wants to avoid confrontation—but on one occasion he uses his Vietnam training to beat up (with disturbing efficiency) a lawyer and his two enormous bodyguards who were accusing him of copyright infringement because the school's fair unintentionally ripped off a tagline similar to the Disneyland theme park. He also reveals here that he was apparently a green beret. There are other moments where Skinner uses his military training, which shows that while he may tend to be a pushover, he is quite deadly when angered or cornered, although many never see him this way. He also stands up to Montgomery Burns when Burns tries to get him to cede control of the school's newly discovered oil deposit, but Skinner refused to buckle, only to have Burns steal the oil from under him. Although Skinner was more than happy to let the Army have pre-recruitment activities at SES, he told them "bite me" when they asked if he wanted to re-enlist. The Cathach of St. ... Disneyland is a theme park that is located at 1313 South Harbor Boulevard in Anaheim, California, USA. It opened on July 17, 1955. ... For other uses of the phrase, see Green Berets. ... Charles Montgomery Burns, normally referred to as Mr. ... Petro redirects here. ...


Skinner is sometimes depicted as intelligent as an element of a geek stereotype. He is one of the members of Springfield's branch of Mensa. Skinner was also the only person to ever successfully beat the Blue-Haired Lawyer. He is also a member of Springfield's Cultural Advisory Board. However, when Lisa steals the teacher's editions, he is just as helpless as the teachers, which means that he heavily relied on the books. He is also clueless when it comes to bullies. This motif first appears in Bart the General. He watches on as Nelson says "I'll get you after school, man(Bart)." Skinner's response to this is simply, "...he'll get you after school, son. Now get to class, there's learning afoot." Also, in the episode "New Kid on the Block", Bart remembers a time when Jimbo was giving him a swirly while Skinner waited cluelessly outside the stall. Skinner (thinking that Jimbo was just going to the bathroom) asks if he is almost done. When Jimbo replies "No, Principal Skinner", Skinner simply goes on waiting in the same manner as the toilet continues to flush. Seymour Skinner's personal history, like that of many Simpsons characters, is somewhat convoluted. It was long known that he was a Vietnam War veteran: having been a prisoner of war (prisoner #24601, the number given by Victor Hugo to the principal character Jean Valjean in Les Miserables and Sideshow Bob as a prisoner), he often goes into flashbacks of how the guards mistreated him. He lives alone with his domineering elderly mother (his father—who bears a resemblance to fake Seymour Skinner, rather than his actual son—died in a parade float accident in 1979, along with Arnie Gumble, Iggy Wiggum, Etch Westgrin and Griff McDonald, all of the Flying Hellfish). The word geek is a slang term, noting individuals as a peculiar or otherwise dislikable person, especially one who is perceived to be overly intellectual.[1] Formerly, the term referred to a carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live... Springfield is the fictional city in which the animated American sitcom The Simpsons is set. ... Mensa is the largest, oldest, and most famous high-IQ society in the world. ... The following are a list of fictional recurring characters in the animated television show, The Simpsons. ... In literature, a motif is any recurring element that has symbolic significance. ... Bart the General is the fifth full length episode of The Simpsons. ... New Kid on the Block is the 8th episode of The Simpsons fourth season. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Geneva Convention definition A prisoner of war (POW) is a soldier, sailor, airman, or marine who is imprisoned by an enemy power during or immediately after an armed conflict. ... Les Misérables is an 1862 novel by the famous French novelist Victor Hugo, set in the Parisian underworld. ... Victor-Marie Hugo (pronounced ) (February 26, 1802 — May 22, 1885) was a French poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, visual artist, statesman, human rights campaigner, and perhaps the most influential exponent of the Romantic movement in France. ... Les Misérables is an 1862 novel by the famous French novelist Victor Hugo, set in the Parisian underworld. ... Robert Underdunk Terwilliger, better known by his stage name Sideshow Bob, is a recurring character in the animated television series The Simpsons. ... In literature, film, television and other media, a flashback (also called analepsis) is an interjected scene that takes the narrative back in time from the current point the story has reached. ...


However, in the episode "The Principal and the Pauper", it was revealed that Skinner is actually Armin Tanzarian. Armin was a troubled orphan until he joined the Army and was befriended by Sgt. Skinner, whom he came to idolize. Believing himself responsible for the real Skinner being killed, he returned to Springfield to tell Skinner's mother, but she (deliberately) mistook him for Seymour, and he followed the true Skinner's dream of becoming a school principal. At the end of the episode, Judge Snyder granted Tanzarian Skinner's "name, and his past, present, future, and mother," and decreed that no one will mention his true identity again under penalty of torture (this, after the Springfielders ran the real Seymour, voiced by Martin Sheen—who had been alive after all—out of town by way of railroad). The Simpsons writers have occasionally mocked the inconsistencies in subsequent episodes, it was referenced in "Behind the Laughter" as a 'far-out plot line' to distract from the family's behind-the-cameras turmoil. When Lisa acquires Snowball V and declares, "To save money on a new dish, I'll call you Snowball II." Skinner says, "Isn't that a cheat?" to which Lisa replies, "I guess it is, Principal Tanzarian." Skinner then replies, "I'll just be moving along", nods at Lisa and the new Snowball, and walks off. In the DVD commentary for "The Principal and the Pauper", the producers stated that they intended for the episode's ending to reset the continuity to before Skinner was revealed to be Tanzarian. As such, they said, fans could dismiss the discontinuities created by the notion that Skinner is actually an impostor and consider the episode on its own terms, divorced from the rest of the series. The Principal and the Pauper is the second episode of The Simpsons ninth season. ... The Principal and the Pauper is the second episode of The Simpsons ninth season. ... The United States Army is the largest and oldest branch of the armed forces of the United States. ... The following are a list of fictional recurring characters in the animated television show, The Simpsons. ... Martin Sheen (born August 3, 1940) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning American actor. ... Behind the Laughter is an Emmy-winning episode from the eleventh season of The Simpsons. ... These are characters from the animated TV series The Simpsons. ... The following is a list of animals appearing in the Fox animated television series The Simpsons. ... The reset button technique (based on the idea of status quo ante) is a plot device that interrupts continuity in works of fiction. ...


Character

Creation

Principal Skinner first appeared in "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire", which was also the first Simpsons episode to air.[3] Matt Groening based him on "all the principals of [his] youth, rolled into one bland lump."[4] Writer Jon Vitti named him after behavioral psychologist B.F. Skinner.[5] Skinner was originally supposed to wear a toupee, but it was dropped because the writers didn't like "that type of joke".[6] Season 2episode list header}} {{Template:Infobox Simpsons season 1 Season 2episode list}} Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire, also known as The Simpsons Christmas Special,[2] is the first episode of The Simpsons to air. ... Matthew Abram Groening is an American cartoonist (Life in Hell) and the Emmy Award-winning creator of the animated series, The Simpsons and Futurama. ... Vitti as portrayed in the episode of The Simpsons The Front. Jon Vitti is a writer who is most noted for his well-received scripts for the television series The Simpsons. ... Burrhus Frederic Skinner (March 20, 1904 _ August 18, 1990) was an American psychologist and author. ... A toupée is a hairpiece or partial wig of natural or synthetic hair worn to cover partial baldness. ...


Development

In the first few seasons, Skinner resembles Norman Bates, the main character from Alfred Hitchcock's film Psycho.[citation needed] In later episodes, Skinner's behavior was based on teachers that Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein had in high school.[7] Norman Bates is a fictional character created by writer Robert Bloch as the central character in his novel Psycho. ... Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock KBE (August 13, 1899 â€“ April 29, 1980) was an iconic and highly influential British-born film director and producer who pioneered many techniques in the suspense and thriller genres. ... Psycho is a 1960 suspense/horror film directed by auteur Alfred Hitchcock from the screenplay by Joseph Stefano about a psychotic killer. ... Bill Oakley (born in 1966) is an American televison writer, best known for his work on The Simpsons. ... This article is about The Simpsons writer Josh Weinstein. ...


Superintendent Chalmers was introduced in the episode "Whacking Day" as a boss for Skinner. Harry Shearer and Hank Azaria, the voice of Chalmers, fell right into the characters and quite often ad-lib between them.[8] Superintendent Gary Chalmers, voiced by Hank Azaria, is a fictional character in the animated TV series The Simpsons, the superintendent of Springfields school district. ... Whacking Day is the 20th episode of The Simpsons fourth season. ... Hank Albert Azaria (born April 25, 1964 in Forest Hills, Queens, New York, United States) is an American actor, director, comedian and voice artist. ...


International versions

  • In Hungary, he is named Seymour Sintér: Sintér means flayer, dog-catcher and skinner too.

References

  1. ^ "The Simpsons" The Principal and the Pauper (1997) at IMDB.
  2. ^ "The Principal and the Pauper". The Simpsons Episode Guide. Retrieved on 2007-08-04.)
  3. ^ Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire BBC.co.uk. Retrieved on March 2, 2007
  4. ^ Joe Rhodes. "Flash! 24 Simpsons Stars Reveal Themselves", TV Guide, 2000-10-21. Retrieved on 2007-08-15. 
  5. ^ Reiss, Mike. (2002). The Simpsons season 2 DVD commentary for the episode "Principal Charming" [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.
  6. ^ Groening, Matt. (2002). The Simpsons season 2 DVD commentary for the episode "Principal Charming" [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.
  7. ^ Weinstein, Josh. (2005). The Simpsons season 5 DVD commentary for the episode "Sweet Seymour Skinner's Badaaasssss Song" [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.
  8. ^ Jean, Al. (2004). The Simpsons season 4 DVD commentary for the episode "Whacking Day" [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.

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