|The Simpsons character|
|Voiced by||Hank Azaria|
|Occupation||Thief, Robber, Conman, former Professor, former Archaeologist|
Brother: Matthew W
|The Simpsons||"The War of the Simpsons"|
Snake Jailbird (usually referred to as simply Snake) 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". His catchphrase is "Bye!", which he usually says when he is in trouble. His real name is Albert Knickerbocker Aloysius Snake, although a Simpsons card says his name is Chester Turley. He was named the 19th (out of 25) of IGN's Top 25 Simpsons Peripheral Characters.
Role in The Simpsons
Snake is Springfield's resident recidivist felon, always getting arrested but rarely staying in jail. He speaks with a Valley Boy accent and has a tattoo of a snake on his arm, which is presumably the source of his nickname. 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'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. "Luca$" and "The Seemingly Never-Ending Story" both give the son's name as Jeremy. The episode reveals that Snake has custody issues with his son. He is a loving father to Jeremy; unfortunately he is raising his son to be much like himself. In "Pygmoelian", he helps his son steal Lisa's bicycle, and beams with pride when his son exclaims, "Daddy, I'm stealing!" In addition to his son, Snake has a brother (or other male relative) who looks and talks very similarly, as seen in The Springfield Connection where the two run a Three-card Monte game. His girlfriend Gloria (who is awkwardly a cop) briefly dated Mr. Burns, but then came back to him. Gloria was voiced by Julia Louis-Dreyfus on several occasions. (In one instance, she visits Snake in prison, where he tells her to kill someone who has been editing his Wikipedia page).
He is a major character in The Simpsons: Hit & Run, The Simpsons: Road Rage, and a supporting character in The Simpsons Game. He also appears in The Simpsons: Tapped Out. He appears in The Simpsons Movie, as part of the local mob headed by Fat Tony.
Snake first appeared in the season two episode "The War of the Simpsons". His first name was first mentioned by his cellmate Sideshow Bob in "Black Widower". In the script, the writers had simply mentioned a character named Snake and it had been the directors who had assigned that existing character design to the name. Snake's voice is based on Hank Azaria's old college roommate.
- The Simpsons voices by character/actor, behindthevoiceactors.com; accessed September 14, 2014.
- Stated in the episode The Seemingly Never Ending Story
- "IGN: Top 25 Simpsons Peripheral Characters". Tv.ign.com. Retrieved 2014-09-06.
- "Luca$" episode, thesimpsons.com; accessed September 14, 2014.
- Mentioned in the DVD commentary for "Black Widower"
- Azaria, Hank (2004). The Simpsons The Complete Fifth Season DVD commentary for the episode "Homer's Barbershop Quartet" (DVD). 20th Century Fox.