Ralph Wiggum is a recurring fictional character on the animated series The Simpsons, voiced by Nancy Cartwright. He is best known as the show's resident oddball, and is noted for his non sequiturs and erratic behavior. His lines range from nonsensical, or bizarre interpretations of a current event, to surprisingly profound statements that go over people's heads; and his behavior varies between blissfully unaware, to dim-witted, to awkwardly spontaneous, even occasionally straightforward. The very nature of the character has undergone seemingly differing interpretations over the years and within various media, though his role as the show's quintessential basket case misfit remains his overencompassing characteristic.
The creator of the show, Matt Groening, has cited Ralph as his favorite character. He generally remains one of the more popular and often quoted secondary characters in the show.
Ralph is an awkward but good-natured 8-year-old boy in Lisa Simpson's second-grade class taught by Ms. Hoover. Although his beginnings were that of a tertiary child character along the same lines as Lisa's on-and-off friend Janey he has since become one of the more prominent secondary characters on the show, even being the focus or at least a major character of some episodes.
To date, these include: "I Love Lisa" (season four, 1993), an episode which arguably set him apart from other tertiary characters and defined much of the character ," This Little Wiggy" (season nine, 1998), and "E Pluribus Wiggum" (season nineteen, 2008); as well as appearances both minor and prominent in many other episodes. Ralph is also very popular to feature in various other media, and sees fairly frequent use in the Simpsons comic book by Bongo as a focus.
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