Mr. Burns' Most Deplorable Acts in Simpsons’ History
After 31 seasons, it's no surprise that Fox's long-running cartoon The Simpsons has made plenty of history over the years. Throughout that time, Mr. Burns — easily the series' most despicable character — has committed all kinds of horrendous acts. From murder to environmental sabotage to human rights violations, nothing is off-limits for this scourge of society.
As the series inches ever closer to 700 episodes, we’re taking a look at the absolute worst things that Springfield Nuclear Power Plant owner Charles Montgomery Burns has ever done. See if you agree with our choices!
Triggered a Financial Crisis by Raising Electricity Prices
Episode 10 of season 24 saw Mr. Burns raising the town's electricity prices. Although it might seem like nothing out of the ordinary for a money-hungry man like Charles Montgomery Burns, the aftermath of his relatively ordinary act reached much, much farther.
Stole Famous Artwork
Mr. Burns' most evil deeds have the potential to overshadow his smaller crimes, but that doesn't mean that they aren't still crimes. Season 21, episode 17, titled "American History X-cellent," revealed that — in addition to everything else — Burns is also an art thief.
Hit Bart with His Car
While he's certainly capable of some of the most horrendous behavior known to man, Mr. Burns isn't above even the most rudimentary wrongdoing. Episode 10 of season two, also known simply as "Bart Gets Hit by a Car," followed a story that was exactly what it advertises itself to be.
Barely Thanked the Person Who Saved His Life
Now, Mr. Burns might seem indestructible, but the truth is that the old man has still seen his fair share of medical problems throughout the years. Season two, episode 22 "Blood Feud" is the episode where Mr. Burns needed a life-saving transfusion.
Stole Christmas Presents from Springfield Residents
The residents of Springfield don't ask for much. Representative of Middle America, the setting and people are designed to depict just about any suburb in any state in the country. The people of The Simpsons are nothing short of the epitome of America and its values. That's why it hurts to see Mr. Burns do them so wrong.
Tried to Seal Homer in a Tomb
There's nothing more frustrating than an incompetent co-worker or employee. This is a truth that Mr. Burns probably knows more than anyone. However, season 14, episode 15, titled "C.E. D'oh," showed the bossman going to new lows to deal with his most troubling worker.
Tried to Bust a Strike by Shutting Off Springfield's Power
Union busting isn't allowed. It's part of the American worker's rights as an employee of a company. If workers want to strike, they are allowed to strike. Of course, this would never stop someone like Mr. Burns from interfering, and season four, episode 17 proved it.
Tried to Kill Bart and Grandpa Simpson
For whatever reason, two of the oldest Simpsons characters have always been engaged in the strangest sort of rivalry. Throughout the series' run, Mr. Montgomery Burns and Grandpa Abe Simpson have been seen fighting over the most ridiculous things. Eventually, Burns had enough and decided to take it a step farther.
Blocked Out the Sun
Before there was such a thing as Prestige TV and episode binging, The Simpsons had its viewers waiting on the edge of their seats for the next installment in shocking two-part episodes. Part one of the "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" in season six, episode 25 shows off one of the most unthinkable acts in Mr. Burns' history.
Tried to Make Clothes from Puppies
Everyone knows the Walt Disney classic 101 Dalmatians and the intentions of the film's infamous villain Cruella de Vil (that cruel devil!) — to make a coat out of the coveted, spotted Dalmatian fur. Season six, episode 20 of The Simpsons makes light of this desire by applying it to Mr. Burns.
Tried to Kill His Own Mother
As evidenced many times before, murder isn’t beyond someone like Mr. Burns. In past seasons, the man has either attempted to kill — or has actually carried out a plot to kill — all kinds of people, either directly or indirectly with his actions as head of the power plant.
As the head of Springfield's nuclear power plant, it's not surprising that someone as dastardly and vile as Mr. Charles Montgomery Burns would attempt to use that nuclear power for evil instead of good.
Sexually Harassed Marge
There's no way to quantify the evils in this world. Some are obviously worse than others on the surface, but who's to say which crime is definitively the worst? Whatever the answer may be, it's more than likely Mr. Burns has probably done it at some point or another.
Intentionally Killed Endangered Sea Animals
As The Simpsons continues to march toward 700 episodes, it's safe to assume that almost every type of main character combination has occurred at this point. In fact, it's part of what makes the show so enjoyable. When it comes to Mr. Burns, though, it means a cursed interaction for anyone matched up with the man.
Crippled a Man with a Bumper Car
In episode 10 of season five, Simpsons viewers were treated to another glimpse of a young Monty Burns. Still sporting his signature evil looks at this young age but still sporting a curly head of hair, Mini Mr. Burns was as dangerous as his adult self.
Dumped Nuclear Waste in the Park
"Marge vs. The Monorail" is easily one of the most iconic episodes of The Simpsons. It's revered by even the most casual fans, praised for encapsulating everything that makes the show so significant. As such, that means the episode featured a little glimpse of Mr. Burns' evil behavior.
Abandoned His Family
Judging by Mr. Burns' actions in season seven, episode 17, also known as the episode where the mogul tried to kill his mom, it might not be too shocking to learn that the man abandoned his family as a boy. For those watching the show in real time, though, the murder attempt was still two seasons away.
Stole Oil from Springfield Elementary
After the Treehouse of Horror episodes, it seems safe to say that the "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" two-parter is the most recognizable and prolific thing even the most inexperienced Simpsons viewers are familiar with. For this reason, Mr. Burns' bad deeds in these two episodes are probably his most notable.
Stole a Trillion Dollar Bill
There's no such thing as a trillion dollar bill. That much is definitely true. Thankfully, though, The Simpsons is just a cartoon. For this reason, Mr. Burns is able to take a trillion dollar bill from the U.S. government as if it was simply a Benjamin.
Built a Stadium on a Nature Reserve
Initially framed as an episode about basketball, fans of The Simpsons should know that most episodes are likely to take a drastic turn into a completely different story at some point. That's exactly what happens in season 20, episode eight, "The Burns and the Bees."
Abandoned His Illegitimate Son
Just a season earlier, a young Mr. Burns was depicted leaving his entire family without warning, so by the time season eight, episode four "Burns, Baby Burns" rolled around, you would have thought viewers wouldn't have been surprised when he did the same thing again. You would be wrong.
Robbed Springfield of Free Speech by Purchasing All the Newspapers
There is a segment of Simpsons fans who completely disregard any late-season episodes because they don't consider them to be as high-quality as the earlier installments. (Essentially, anything around or after The Simpsons Movie is off-limits to them.)
Degraded the Simpsons in Exchange for Homer's Raise
There have been plenty of memorable fights throughout Simpsons history. With more than 250 hours of content already created, this shouldn't be surprising. Season 12, episode five included one of the more memorable battles. Called "Homer vs. Dignity," this one wasn't a physical fight — it was a battle of wits.
Stole Grandpa Simpson's Girlfriend
Grandpa Abe Simpson and Charles Montgomery Burns will likely never settle their differences. It's been a rivalry that has lasted the entire run of The Simpsons, which means that they need to keep it up for the sake of the show's self-contained nature. Season five, episode 21 showcased one of their more legendary disputes.
Took Away His Employees' Healthcare
What in the world does Mr. Burns have to do with Apu's healthcare? Decidedly, there's not really any connection at all there. However, Apu is Homer's friend, and Homer works for Mr. Burns. That's why the two are seen teaming up when Mr. Burns decides to rob his employees of their prescription drug coverage.
Attempted to Nuke the Amazon Rainforest
The link between Homer's mom, Mona, and the head honcho of Springfield's nuclear power plant is quite clear. As someone who is even more environmentally conscious than her granddaughter, Lisa, Mona would leap at any opportunity to get back at Burns for all his damage to the earth.
Robbed His Employees of Food
Mr. Burns has taken a lot from his employees throughout the years. From healthcare to prescription drugs to basic safety procedures, the man never ceases to rob the less fortunate of the things they need to have a decent life for themselves. In season 21, episode 10, he stooped to an all-time low.
Started Fracking in Springfield
Fracking is happening all over the world. However, many countries forbid it in or around their territories because of the potential harm this practice tends to have on the surrounding environment, specifically the water supplies.
Tried to Pull the Plug on Homer
In the 30 years since The Simpsons premiered, just about every member of the family — and even their extended group of friends and family — have been seriously injured in some way, shape or form. Yet, it seems, no one has been hurt as frequently or as severely as Homer.
Attempted to Cover Up Crimes by Running for Mayor
While Mr. Monty Burns seemingly feeds off corruption and greed, no one seemed to think he would take all that nastiness and attempt to score a position of higher power with it. They should have seen it coming. Season two, episode four followed Burns as he attempted to run for mayor — but there was more to it than that.