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|The Simpsons character|
|First appearance||"Bart Gets an Elephant" (1994)|
|Created by||John Swartzwelder (writer)|
Matt Groening (designer)
|Voiced by||Hank Azaria|
|Occupation||Farmer, construction worker, Vice President of the United States|
|Children||Barry, Birthday, Brittany, Cassidy, Chloe, Cody, Condoleezza Marie, Crystal Meth, Dermott, Dubya, Dylan, Embry Joe, Gitmo, Gummy Sue, Heather, Hunter, Ian, Incest, International Harvester, Jitney, Jordan, Kaitlyn, Kendall, Kevin, Kira, Lauren, Mary, Mary Not-Quite-Right, Mary Zeke, Max, Melvis, Morgan, Noah, Normal Head Joe, Phil, Q-Bert, Rubella Scabies, Rumer, Sascha, Scout, Something New, Stabbed In Jail, Taylor, Tiffany, Wesley, Whitney, Zoe and 15 others (potentially)|
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Cletus Delroy Spuckler, commonly called Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel is a recurring character in the Fox animated series The Simpsons, voiced by Hank Azaria. Cletus is Springfield's resident hillbilly stereotype, and speaks with a Southern United States accent. He is usually portrayed wearing a white sleeveless shirt and blue jeans.
He was named 7th in IGN's Top 25 Simpsons Peripheral Characters.
Cletus was introduced during the fifth season of the show, in "Bart Gets an Elephant", as one of the "slack-jawed yokels" gawking at Bart's elephant Stampy. Cletus' voice is slightly deeper in this initial appearance than in later episodes. He, like the Sea Captain before him, was the go-to character for a quick laugh on the show, and is a staff favorite. He made several generic appearances on the show before being given his first name in "Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily".
Cletus' low intelligence is usually portrayed as the result of inbreeding and jokes are occasionally made which refer to his partner Brandine being related to him. It has been suggested that Brandine is Cletus' mother, sister and even daughter, whom he fathered with an alien. The two are shown to have a large number of children with stereotypical "hillbilly" names, and add to their family casually. In the Season 19 episode "Apocalypse Cow", one of his many daughters, Mary, received a cow from Bart, which Bart wanted Mary to care for. Cletus mistook this for a proposal, and almost married the two. He is said to have 70 kids, at least 45 of whom have been named in episodes.
The first name Cletus came from writer Jeff Martin's boyhood little league baseball coach in Houston, Texas.
His last name was given as "Del Roy" in the episode "Behind the Laughter". In "Marge vs. Singles, Seniors, Childless Couples and Teens, and Gays", his name is given as "Cletus Spuckler" in a news report. In the episode "Sweets and Sour Marge" he signs his name on Marge's petition also as Cletus Spuckler.
- John Swartzwelder (writer), Jim Reardon (director) (1994-03-31). "Bart Gets an Elephant". The Simpsons. Season 5. Episode 17. Fox Broadcasting Company.
- "IGN: Top 25 Simpsons Peripheral Characters". Tv.ign.com. 2012-02-16. Retrieved 2012-10-30.
- Rob LaZebnik (writer), Bob Anderson (director) (2013-01-27). "The Changing of the Guardian". The Simpsons. Season 24. Episode 11. Fox Broadcasting Company.
- Goertz, Allie; Prescott, Julia (8 August 2016). "I Married Marge (with Jeff Martin)" (Podcast). Maximum Fun. Event occurs at 44:52. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
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