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Carlton Carlson Jr.
Carl Carlson - shading
Sex Male
Status Alive
Hair Black
Age 40
Occupation Springfield Nuclear Power Plant worker
Relatives Father: Unnamed

Brother: Lenny Leonard (implied)
Sister: Unnamed
Adoptive Father: Carl Carlson, Sr.
Adoptive Mother: Sigrin Siguðardóttir

First Appearance Homer's Night Out
Voiced By Hank Azaria
Harry Shearer (Homer's Night Out)
See, statements like that are why people think we're gay.
―Carl[src]

C. Carlton "Carl" Carlson Jr. or "the black one" (as referred to by Homer Simpson as a simpler way of remembering who he is) is a safety operations supervisor from the sector 7G of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, where he works alongside his childhood friends Lenny and Homer. Carl is a self-restrained organized (although not maniac about it, like was Frank Grimes) employee and likes to call himself "an urban Lenny". It was in fact hinted to in the series that him and Lenny could actually be more than just friends. Carl also attended Springfield A&M University and possesses a master's degree in nuclear physics. Mr Burns once implied that he was a war hero.

Biography Edit

Carl is an African-Icelandic-American, and a Buddhist with a master's degree in nuclear physics, fond of bowling and drinking at Moe's Tavern.

Personality Edit

Carl often serves as a taciturn straight man to Homer and company, probably because of his harsh opinions of others. On one occasion, he makes everyone in Moe's Tavern cry and then turns to the camera, explaining: "See, this is why I don't talk much.[1]" He was also born on September 25, 1951.

Relationship with Lenny Leonard Edit

The Saga of Carl Carlson promo 1

Carl with his friends Homer, Lenny, and Moe the bartender

There is a constant allusion to homo-eroticism in Lenny's and Carl's relationship, although no one seems to care much about it. Lenny dreamily recalled carving "Mount Carlmore", a huge bust of Carl in the side of a hill, during "one wonderful summer". When Homer asks Lenny what Carl thought of it, Lenny replies "You know, we've never discussed it [2]."

Lenny loking carld

Carl with drunks

When various characters looked at the stars to "see into their souls" during a blackout in Springfield, Lenny sees an image of Carl, and Carl sees an image of himself.[3] On another occasion, Lenny and Carl are at the Springfield Baseball Stadium, watching the Kiss Cam, and Lenny says: "Hey Carl, remember when we used to kiss like that...[pause] with our respective girlfriends?" Lenny once said he can't tell apart the remains of his sculpture with Carl's remarking "I don't know where Carl ends and I begin!", Carl then says "it's stuff like this that makes everyone think we're gay.[4]" Implying that they consider themselves heterosexuals. He and Lenny's straight orientation is also implied in The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson when he and Lenny drunkenly suggest to Barney that he take them to the Playboy Mansion and the Girls College, respectively. Also, Carl claims to have a girlfriend, although she is having an affair with one of the VP's at the power plant and feeding Carl inside information.[5]

At times, Carl gets annoyed at Lenny. When Carl learns that he is paired with Lenny in a team-building exercise on a power plant retreat, his irritated response is, "Aw, nuts. I mean... aw, nuts.[6]" Carl, along with Lenny share a similar styled surname: Carlson and Leonard. At one point, Lenny mentioned, when a fire was about to hit the flammable district during Springfield's massive fire, that their mother was working there.

Job Edit

Carl works in sector 7G, along with Homer and Lenny but was later promoted to supervisor after Ted, the previous supervisor, left[7].

Non Canon Appearances Edit

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Video Games Edit

In The Simpsons Game, Carl and Lenny are shown arguing while bird-watching, and having forgotten Lisa and Bart's names when they save Lenny and Carl from logging machinery, even though Lenny and Carl have known them all their lives. During a conversation in the Springfield Hub, Carl and Bernice Hibbert are hinted to have had a past relationship, that Carl wants to rekindle. He also mentions in this game his support for Obama.

ReligionEdit

Carl is a Buddhist, (Although not a very strict one)  like Lisa and Lenny, although he is sometimes seen in the Christian "First church of Springfield."[8]

Behind the LaughterEdit

Character origins Edit

In the early seasons, Carl was rarely seen with Lenny and did not have a consistent voice - on some occasions, he can be heard with Lenny's voice and vice versa. In an early 1991 episode, Principal Charming, Carl's name is spelled "Karl"- like Karl from the episode Simpson and Delilah.

TriviaEdit

  • in "A Star Is Torn" Carl appears to be Caucasian when he is seen in the audience from behind.
  • In the Italian version of the show, he speaks with a Venetian accent.
  • In the Season 2 episode, Principal Charming, Carl's name appears spelt with a K when Homer looks at him in his Terminator mode.
  • He has a tattoo of Foghorn Leghorn on his right thigh.
  • His last name is a patronymic surname. Carl's adoptive father's first name with a "son" at the end of it, which is a tradition in Iceland (patrilineality is quite rare in Iceland). It should technically be spelt "Carlsson" (with two s's) to show Carl is "Carl's son". (see Icelandic name)
  • His IQ is 214 as shown in "Specs and the City".
  • Carl has diabetes which he discovered when eating Grandma Plopwell's Pudding in "They Saved Lisa's Brain".

Appearances Edit

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