8 Facts About Ned Flanders That Simpsons Superfans Know

Ned Flanders from The simpsons-fame might as well be a Minion from the Despicable Me movies, because he seems to speak his own language with all the “Diddilie” and the “okalie dokalie”. And you know what? We The Simpsons super fans wouldn’t have it any other way. When I wrote my article on the 12th The Simpsons characters that make me (almost) laugh as much as Bart and Homer, I of course put Ned Flanders on this list, since he is hilarious. His holier-than-thou seriousness (and goodwill) makes him Springfield’s eccentric, which makes him all the more lovable.

In fact, when it comes to the best episodes of The simpsonsI would say Ned definitely plays a role in a few of them. The simpsons’ casuals can probably tell you that Ned is super religious and is Homer Simpson’s neighbor, but I’m not writing this article to The simpsons‘the occasional ones. I write it for The simpsons‘ the irreducible, because we know the real Ned Flanders. And, as superfans, we also know that his gargantuan spirit swells the entire town of Springfield. So here are eight facts about Ned Flanders that only superfans know. Okalie dokalie?

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Ned Flanders is a prepper for the end of the world

In the excellent episode “Bart’s Comet,” which plays out like an even funnier take on the disaster comedy, Don’t look up, Bart accidentally discovers that a comet is heading towards Springfield, and everyone panics. That is to say, of course, everyone except Ned Flanders, who built himself, with his family, a “sheltereenie”.

The shelter is relatively modest, with cots, a TV, and a few provisions, but it’s apparently big enough to hold (crammed, but adequate) just about every resident of Springfield, as Ned is forced out of his own shelter. Oddly enough, a tiny bit of the comet hits the shelter, crushing it completely, but luckily everyone in Springfield left it and Ned to die. See? They are not everything bad in Springfield.

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Ned has a calm exterior, but he suppresses his rage

One of Ned Flanders’ most characteristic traits is his patience. Homer Simpson walks pretty much all over Ned, and in Christian fashion, Ned turns the other cheek, smiles, gets down on his knees, and prays to God. So goes the Ned Flanders way. But, true Simpsons fans know that Ned is truly a ball of rage just waiting to explode, which is exemplified in one of my favorite episodes, “Hurricane Neddy.”

In “Hurricane Neddy”, Ned, the most religious man in town, is the only person who loses everything in the hurricane. And, since the people of Springfield are incompetent — sometimes loving, but also incompetent — they’re trying to rebuild his house, well…they probably should have left that to the professionals.

This moment cracks Ned up, and he opens up and tells most of the town what he really feels about them. This moment reveals that underneath all of Ned’s diddilies, he’s probably hiding F-bombs left and right in his head. I will tell you. I just rewatched those clips to write this article, and I was laughing as hard as when I first watched them years ago. And that’s why The simpsons is still the best part of Disney+ right now.

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Although incredibly religious, he actually questioned his faith

In fact, I regret not mentioning “Hurricane Neddy” in my top ten list. The Simpsons episodes, because watching it again, it really is one of the strongest, since Ned Flanders goes through so many different emotions. Case in point: towards the end of the episode, when Ned walks into the church and gets angry with God for, as he believes, having brought him through this disaster, seemingly all alone.

Ned thinks he’s been such a good person, and he doesn’t quite understand how so much trouble can pile on him while the other Springfielders, like Homer, get away with it. It’s a really powerful moment, and it shows why The simpsonsat its peak, was one of television’s biggest shows.

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He is, unfortunately, twice widowed

Ned Flanders lost the love of his life in the episode “Alone Again, Natura-Diddily” when his first wife, Maude Flanders, was hit by a flying t-shirt at a Nascar event, and it was quite sad. But, what was probably even sadder was when his second (actually his third, but I’ll get to that) wife, Edna Krabappel, died, which we (thankfully) didn’t see.

His voice actress, Marcia Wallace, had died years ago before she was fully canonized on the show, and Ned dreams of himself and Edna tangoing, before seeing him mumble at what he misses his laugh. It’s truly heartbreaking, and yet another reason why Ned Flanders is definitely one of the best characters on the show at extracting all those emotions from the audience.

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Ned Flanders was actually married three times

In The simpsons episode, “Viva Ned Flanders”, we get two startling revelations. Firstly, Ned Flanders is 60 (!) years old, and secondly, he is actually drunk. So drunk, in fact, that he married a cocktail waitress in Las Vegas. It’s true, like in the Bradley Cooper movie, The hangoverNed is so drunk he doesn’t even realize he had a wedding in Vegas.

Of course, Ned finds a way out, but Ginger returns again in the episode “Brawl in the Family”, but she ultimately decides Ned is being too nice, and she leaves him again. Never mind. He was too good for her anyway.

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Ned Flanders is left-handed and has opened his own store in the mall for other left-handers

In the episode “When Flanders Failed”, we learn that Ned is not only left-handed, but also has the business acumen to open a left-handed store. But, as the title suggests, the store is a failure, until Homer tricks people into going to the store, making it a resounding success.

Here’s the interesting thing, though. When I went to San Francisco, I actually SAW a left-handed store called Lefty’s San Francisco: The Left Hand Store on the pier. According to the website, the original store was established in 1978, long before the episode “When Flanders Failed”. So whether that was the inspiration for the episode or not I’m not sure but what I do know is that a left handed shop actually exists so Ned wasn’t too far off with his idea !

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Ned Flanders is actually incredibly Swole

From all outward appearances, Ned Flanders seems to have a bit of guts. In fact, almost every male member of Springfield looks like they have a gut. Like Jessica Rabbit in her sexy red dress, they’re just drawn that way.

But, when Ned Flanders actually takes off his green sweater, he’s buff as hell. In fact, Homer isn’t wrong to get turned on by Ned when he says, “Stupid, sexy Flanders,” since Ned IS sexy. Not bad for a guy in his sixties.

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Ned’s parents were Beatniks

And finally, in the episode “Black Eyed, Please”, Ned Flanders CUTS Homer Simpson in the eye after Homer smoked weed with Ned’s parents, which we learned about in an episode much earlier than they were beatniks.

Again, we learn a lot about Ned here, as it’s implied that he was once a very angry kid because his parents really didn’t discipline him, and a lot of the hidden rage that he has in him could be due to the fact that he is so outrageously angry with them. Again, Ned Flanders is complex, yo.

I know you are all great The Simpsons fans, but did you learn anything about Ned Flanders from this list? For all things The simpsonsbe sure to stop by here often!

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