Ha Ha! is Nelson's catchphrase and distinctive laugh. Nelson says the laugh with the emphasis on the first "Ha," so it sounds like "HA-ha!".
Nelson usually uses the laugh when something bad happens to another character. Sometimes, after he uses the laugh, he says why he is laughing at the person. For example, he says, "Ha ha! Your dad's not handy!" to Bart after his ten-speed bike (which Homer had assembled) fell apart while Bart was riding it.
When Nelson laughs at Martin shortly after punching him in the gut when the latter's birthday party was forced to end early due to the guests falling ill from food poisoning from oysters served by Mrs. Prince, Nelson proceeds to do his trademark laugh, only for his second "ha" to be drawn out into more of a pained groan as he himself succumbs to food poisoning.In “Bart the General”, Nelson's first appearance, he laughs with three "Ha"s, particularly when Bart imagines Nelson as a giant who eventually eats him up, and in “The War of the Simpsons” he laughs like this to Grampa Simpson.
When Nelson laughs at Homer while he (Homer) is having a chili-pepper-induced hallucination, Homer hears the laugh with the emphasis reversed: "Haw-Haw!".
Sometimes, Nelson will start the laugh, and then partway through realize that the joke is actually on him, and the laugh comes out sounding like a question: "Ha-Ha?".
The Irish Nelson says "Har! Har!".
When Bart jumps on the see-saw and the rubbish bag on the other side lands on him, Nelson says "See-Saw" in the same sort of way as "Ha Ha!.
Nelson trips up Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in a roller-skating rink. Zuckerberg falls and hurts himself and updates his status on Facebook to "in severe pain". Nelson replies, posting "Haw Haw!".
In Team Homer, many of the kids were forgetting their trademark characteristics and when he saw Bart unsure on what do with a slingshot, he said "Ha Ho?".
In Bart Carny, Bart and Lisa open their back door dressed in a silly way. Nelson says "Ha" before they close the door. When the door is opened again, Nelson says the second "Ha!"
Uses by Other Characters of Simpsons
- Mrs. Muntz has been known to use the laugh.
- Nelson's son in the future also uses the laugh, though this occurrence isn't considered canon.
- Cypress Hill member B-Real says "Ha-ha!" when he overhears Marge referring to Bart wetting his pants at the Christmas play. 
- Lisa also says it in the episode The Haw-Hawed Couple after discovering that Bart and Nelson are best friends.
- Nelson laughs at a tall man driving a Volkswagen Beetle, who turns the tables on him. The man makes Nelson walk down the street with his pants pulled down around his ankles, while everyone in Springfield laughs at him.
- In Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part One), Nelson laughed at Santa's Little Helper's misfortune at the Vet's, his parrot also used the laugh.
- In A Milhouse Divided, Nelson mentions the divorce of Milhouse's parents. Milhouse imitates the laugh asking whether Nelson will use it; instead, however, Nelson gives Milhouse reassurance about his difficult situation.
- In Grift of the Magi, Funzo says "Ha-ha!" presumably because the toy company heard Nelson saying it.
- An unidentified newspaper saleskid utters the laugh shortly after conning a guy into buying a newspaper that he claimed had the Be Sharps revival (when in reality it doesn't mention anything about the Be Sharps at all, much less their revival), and then being chased by the guy.
- In Treehouse of Horror XVI, Rabbit form Apu says "Ha-Ha! You can't kill a Hindu!" Before getting stuck in a bear trap.
- ↑ I, (Annoyed Grunt)-Bot
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 The Simpsons Movie
- ↑ Grade School Confidential
- ↑ El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)
- ↑ Margical History Tour
- ↑ Boy-Scoutz 'n the Hood
- ↑ Rome-Old and Julie-Eh
- ↑ Boy Meets Curl
- ↑ In the Name of the Grandfather
- ↑ The Debarted
- ↑ "Loan-a Lisa"
- ↑ Lisa's Wedding
- ↑ Homerpalooza
- ↑ 22 Short Films About Springfield
- ↑ "Homer's Barbershop Quartet"