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    Agnes Skinner
    "Principal Skinner really needs to send her to the same place Grampa lives at."
    Gender: Female
    Type: Dirtbag Geezer
    Age: 90s
    Species: Human
    Portrayed by: Tress MacNeille

    Dan Castellaneta (Homer's Barbershop Quartet; deleted scene)

    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: The Simpsons
    First appearance: The Crepes of Wrath


    Agnes Skinner, more commonly known as Mrs. Skinner, is a recurring character in The Simpsons, and the strict and bitter mother of Bart and Lisa Simpson's principal, Seymour Skinner. She is very harshly controlling of Seymour and treats him like a mother would do to a small child, once grounding him because he did not say who was at the door after answering it. She is even the sole reason why Seymour treated the school's students such as his archenemy, Bart Simpson, so poorly.

    She is voiced by Tress MacNeille.

    History

    In the 1920s, Agnes used to be a wing walker on early planes and performed. Her videos were shown in museums. During the 1950s, she was a pole vaulter and competed during the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland.

    Personality

    When she first appeared as a kindly old woman who embarrassingly called her son "Spanky". According to the DVD audio commentary, it is said that her current mean streak can be attributed to the incident involving Bart that took place in that episode in which, while sitting in a restroom stall, Bart caused the toilets to explode. Currently, she is harshly controlling of Seymour, who spends more time with her than his former girlfriend, Edna Krabappel.

    Agnes has exhibited "cougar" tendencies in several episodes. Among the younger men, she has been in a relationship (or possibly had sex) with include Superintendent Chalmers, Otto Mann, and Comic Book Guy.

    Why Principal Skinner Should Intentionally Send Her to a Nursing Home

    1. She's extremely stern on her son Seymour who just happens to be a principal, punishing him for making the simplest mistakes, and controlling his life.
    2. Her bitter behavior is obvious considering how it's her fault for having Seymour treating the school's students especially his archenemy, Bart Simpson, so poorly. There's also the fact that Bart injured Agnes by throwing a lit cherry bomb and flushing it down the toilet, where it exploded.
    3. She is somewhat of a greedy old lady, especially since she loves money and is the mother of Principal Skinner.
    4. She is also an awful excuse for a mother as she often wishes Seymour didn't exist; despite that logically, Seymour didn't ask to be born.
    5. In "The Principal and the Pauper" she shut off both of them and tried to send her real son out of town for good. Yep, she's that mean.
    6. She hates Seymour's choice in women, especially Bart's teacher, Edna Krabappel.
    7. Because of her, Seymour went from being a strict school principal to a crying yet whining middle-aged pussy coward.
    8. Instead of looking like Seymour's mother, she looks more like a little kid's grandmother.
    9. On more than one occasion she shows that she is infamously infatuated with Seymour.
    10. She's not just cruel to her son, but she's also rude to others around her as well.
    11. She is a very hypocritical and cynical person with others especially her son.
    12. She has a horrible scratchy voice. With this said, Tress MacNeille didn't do a very good job at voicing her.
    13. Her relationship with Comic Book Guy in the episode "Worst Episode Ever" is disgusting to several people.

    Intentional Redeeming Qualities

    1. She was a nice and friendly woman to Seymour in her first appearance, "The Crepes of Wrath" when he gave her a tour around Springfield Elementary, and her cruelty in episodes after this one can be justified due to Bart putting his cherry bomb (which he found when cleaning his room) down the toilet and flushing it - causing said toilet and all the other ones to flood, including the one Agnes was in.
      • She was also nice to Seymour in "Boy Meets Curl" when he accidentally broke his broom, she told him whether or not they win, they can still get some pizza and ice cream.
    2. Like everyone else, her design is passable.
    3. The episode "Boy Meets Curl" explains why she's often hard on Seymour. She was participating in the 1952 Pole Vaulting Tournament and was about to get a gold medal, but her unborn son foiled her chances by making his first kick.
    4. In the later seasons, her bitterness is rarely seen these days.
    5. There are times when she punishes Seymour for a valid reason. A good example would be in "Yellow Subterfuge" where she punished Seymour for unfairly not let Bart ride the submarine.
    6. At least her voice in the Latin American dub by the late Angeles Bravo sounds better because she sounds like a really old woman; even her replacement, Erica Mireles, sounds better than Tress MacNeille.

    Future

    When she is 120, Seymour keeps her living head in a jar in his home with Edna, similar to the heads in a jar shown in Futurama.

    She is seen cryogenically frozen along with other elderly citizens in "Holidays of Future Passed".

    Trivia

    • In the Simpsons Comics #134 - In the Swim, it's revealed that Agnes was the Sea Captain's third wife.
    • In "The Very Hungry Caterpillars", it is revealed Agnes has Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

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