Snake Jailbird

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The Simpsons character
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Snake Jailbird
Gender Male
Job Thief, Robber, Conman, former Professor and Archaeologist
Relatives Son: Jeremy
Brother: Matthew W
Wife/Girlfriend: Gloria
Voice actor Hank Azaria
First appearance
The Simpsons "The War of the Simpsons"

Snake Jailbird, is a recurring fictional character in the animated television series The Simpsons, who is voiced by Hank Azaria. Snake's first appearance was in the episode "The War of the Simpsons".

Role in The Simpsons[edit]

Snake is Springfield's resident recidivist felon, always getting arrested but rarely appearing to stay in jail. He speaks with a "Valley Boy" accent, mixed with a hint of upper-class, educated English that belies his criminal status. He is partial to fast cars and fast women, and has a knack for reckless abandon. He was formerly an idealistic Indiana Jones-type archaeologist until Moe Szyslak stole the Mayan gold coins he had discovered and was going to donate to the museum, and he decided to take his revenge out on society (convenience stores). He also attended Middlebury College and repaid his student loans after robbing Moe Szyslak's tavern. He once ran a telemarketing scam, but could not stick to it because he did not like bothering people at home. He also wrote the books, The Ten Habits of Highly Successful Criminals and A Criminal's Guide to Hiding in Mexico. When wearing a prison uniform, his prison number is 7F20, which is the production code of his debut episode.

In "Pygmoelian", it was revealed that Snake had a son. "The Seemingly Never-Ending Story" gave the son's name as Jeremy. The episode also reveals that Snake has custody issues with his son. He is loving and doting father to Jeremy, however, although he is unfortunately raising his son to be much like himself: in "Pygmoelian", he helps his son steal Lisa's bicycle, and beams with pride when his son exclaims, "Daddy, I'm stealing!" In addition to his son, Snake has a brother (or other male relative) who looks and talks very similarly, as seen in The Springfield Connection where the two run a Three-card Monte game. His ex-girlfriend Gloria (who is awkwardly a cop) briefly dated Montgomery Burns, but then came back to him. Gloria has been played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus on two occasions.

Other Appearances[edit]

He is a major character in "The Simpsons: Hit & Run", and a supporting character in "The Simpsons Game".

Character[edit]

Creation[edit]

Snake first appeared in the season two episode "The War of the Simpsons". His first name was first mentioned by Sideshow Bob in "Black Widower". In the script, the writers had simply mentioned a character named Snake and it had been the directors who had assigned that existing character design to the name.[1] Snake's voice is based on Hank Azaria's old college roommate.[2]

Name[edit]

Snake's real name, according to an official trading card, is Chester Turley. However, many of the official trading cards have some untrue and contradictory facts and so the name may not be considered canon. Snake is also referred to as Jailbird (his original name) by the crew of the Simpsons. In the episode "The Seemingly Never-Ending Story," Lisa tells a story in which Snake refers to himself as Professor Jailbird. In "Luca$", his name is said to be Albert Knickerbocker Aloysius Snake.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mentioned in the DVD commentary for "Black Widower"
  2. ^ Azaria, Hank (2004). The Simpsons The Complete Fifth Season DVD commentary for the episode "Homer's Barbershop Quartet" (DVD). 20th Century Fox.