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Haw Haw!
Nelson Ha-Ha
Character Nelson Muntz
Laughing at another character's misfortune, generally kids.
First Heard "Bart the General"

Haw Haw! is Nelson's catchphrase and distinctive laugh. Nelson says the laugh with the emphasis on the first "Haw," 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[1].

Sometimes, Nelson laughs for so long at a time that his voice gets really tired and croaky, which was shown in the Simpsons Movie, when he laughs at Bart.[2].

Variations Edit

Ill Edit

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.[3]

Reversed Edit

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!"[4]

Three "Ha"s Edit

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.

Four "Ha"s Edit

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When Nelson appears as a young Beethoven, his laugh has four "Ha"s and he sings it so that it sounds like the opening notes of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony: "Haw-haw-haw-haaaaaaaw, haw-haw-haw-haaaaaaaw!"[5]

Question Edit

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: "Haw-Haw?" [6]

Battle CryEdit

Nelson uses his laugh as a battle cry when he helps Bart and Lisa defend their box fort from a horde of American Shipping Services deliverypeople[7].

Canadian Edit

The Canadian Nelson says "Hoo Hoo!"[8]

Irish Edit

The Irish Nelson says "Har! Har!"[9]

See-Saw Edit

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 "Haw Haw![10].


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!"[11]


In The Good, the Sad and the Drugly, while Milhouse is getting suspended from school, Nelson signs "Haw Haw" at Milhouse.


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 "Haw Ho?"

Uses by Other Characters Edit

  • Mrs. Muntz has been known to use the laugh[2].
  • Cypress Hill member B-Real says "Ha-ha!" when he overhears Marge referring to Bart wetting his pants at the Christmas play. [12]
  • 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, 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[13].
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