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The key to Springfield has always been Elm Street. The Greeks knew it. The Carthaginians knew it. Now you know it.
God closes a door, he opens a gunshop!
Looks like the spider caught himself a couple of flies!
―Herman to Snake & Chief Wiggum[src]
Herman Hermann, voiced by Harry Shearer, is the owner of Herman's Military Antiques. He dresses in military fatigues. He is an insectivorian.

Herman in the Simpsons' garage selling counterfeit jeans.


Herman has only one arm. He told Bart that the other arm was lost by sticking it out of the window of a moving bus (haling) and it was torn off by a truck in the other direction. It was also implied it was him, as Ms. Krabappel said not to do it because a kid once lost an arm that way, while on a bus.[1] However, in To Cur, with Love, it was revealed that he stuck it out on a street while trying to hail a car, resulting in the arm being torn off by a passing dogcatcher truck driven by Chief Wiggum.[2]

Role in The Simpsons

Herman is not a very important and known person in Springfield, but he will often participate in large mobs and crowds.

In Homer Goes to Prep School he appears as a member of the Preppers (People who believe society will end at any moment).


He is a skilled military tactician, though his sanity is somewhat questionable (Bart considered him "a little nuts", while Abraham Simpson actually said he was "out of his mind"). Herman was instrumental in Bart’s victory in water balloon combat against Nelson, and the negotiation of the peace treaty between the two combatants.[3]


He is friends with Abraham Simpson, to whom he sold a fez hat, claiming it was previously owned by Napoleon. He also claimed that he owned "the hat McKinley was shot in".[4] He also has a mysterious friend called Zed, who presumably is the same Zed as in the movie Pulp Fiction; a homosexual rapist. Herman was a member of The Stonecutters, and possibly the "No Homers" club.[5] He was also a poker buddy of Homer Simpson.

Criminal Activities

He once sold counterfeit jeans out of the Simpsons' garage, and held Homer hostage when he stumbled upon his job. He was foiled by Marge Simpson, though he was not put in jail because the evidence was stolen by the Springfield PD.[6]

He once captured Chief Wiggum and Snake Jailbird and held them hostage, but was thwarted (accidentally) by Milhouse


wielding a flail.[7]

Behind the Laughter

Harry Shearer does an impression of George H. W. Bush for Herman's voice. Herman's facial design is modeled after the show's most prolific writer John Swartzwelder, who created the character. The writers had originally planned for Herman to give a new explanation for how he lost his arm every time he appeared. However, the second joke, involving Herman having stuck his arm in a ball return at a bowling alley, got cut, and the writers never pursued the idea thereafter.


Note: The episodes where Herman has an actual role are in bold.



Herman's early designs for Bart the General

  • In the Simpsons Comics #100 - Clip Clip Hooray!, Herman reveals that he tells people that he lost his arm in an accident, but actually wore it down to a nub by drawing so many comics.[8]
  • According to Homer's Odyssey, it is possible Herman is the person who got his hand cut off by the truck, or like he said in Bart the General as a kid, he could have gotten his hand stuck in between the bus doors.
  • His Password is "Let me in you idiot".
  • He's a Stonecutter.


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