Ms. Edna Krabappel (a.k.a. Mrs. K) is a fictional character from the animated TV series The Simpsons, a 4th grade teacher at Springfield Elementary School, voiced by Marcia Wallace. Krabappel is the only character Wallace voices on a regular basis.
Edna Krabappel holds a Master's
from Bryn Mawr College
, but is thoroughly jaded, a caricature of the American public school
system. In "The Seemingly Never-Ending Story
", it's revealed that she was once a very optimistic woman who genuinely wanted to help people in need. It would seem that after years of frustration thanks to the school, and Bart Simpson
in particular, this wore away.
There is some inconsistency about Edna's origins. Though she is said to have come to Springfield to begin teaching in "The Seemingly Never-Ending Story," she can be seen running through the background in Springfield High School in "Springfield Up" when Clancy Wiggum is being videotaped as a hall monitor. Krabappel smokes heavily, especially during school hours.
A recurring theme is Mrs. Krabappel's loneliness
and longing for male
company. She is divorced; in "Separate Vocations
", she implies indirectly that her husband ran off with their marriage counselor. In early episodes, she is shown as very sexually aggressive: in "Flaming Moe's
", she tried to pick up both Joey Kramer
's drummer) and Homer Simpson
, even after learning he was married. In Bart's Friend Falls in Love
while the children are watching the Sex Ed
movie she says to the children in disgust "She's faking it". In "One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish
" she has a hot encounter with a Japanese sushi chef on the backseat of her car. The episode "Bart the Lover
" was the first episode to give Krabappel a central role, and also to expand her character and personality. Krabappel appears to be desired by many men, as seen in Sideshow Bob
's outrage in ("Brother From Another Series
") wherein his romantic date with her is ruined by a spying Bart: "You only get one chance with Edna Krabappel!"
Another theme is her relationship with the school principal, Seymour Skinner. In the episode "Grade School Confidential", she develops a secret romance with Skinner, a relationship that almost leads to marriage. Since then, Krabappel's attitudes to Skinner have vacillated between passion and disdain in various episodes. In The Simpsons Movie, she can be seen at the Green Day concert on top of Seymour's shoulders wearing a T-Shirt saying "Not my boyfriend" with an arrow pointing down at Skinner.
In Season 17 ("The Seemingly Never-Ending Story"), a flashback showed that Krabappel was in a serious relationship with Moe Szyslak when she first moved to Springfield, before meeting Skinner or even becoming a teacher. She was about to elope with him, but then changed her mind when she met Bart Simpson, a student she believed needed help. At the end of the episode, Moe and Edna are a couple once again, much to Skinner's jealousy when he catches them making out on school property.
In "Regarding Margie" is seen that she and Principal Skinner were making love on a golf course. Then they climbed off and she said: "Birthday is over, Seymour," and putted up a cigarette.
Her last name is , a play on the fruit "crabapple
" and it is also a reference to the teacher Miss Crabtree from the 1930s Little Rascals
serials. Part of the original joke of her last name was that nobody ever mispronounced her name and called her "Miss Crabapple
", (until Milhouse
did it in a very bold and uncharacteristic move in the episode "Milhouse Doesn't Live Here Anymore
") although her name has been pronounced that way on a few occasions.
Marcia Wallace won an Emmy
for her role as Mrs. Krabappel from the episode Bart the Lover
According to actress Tilda Swinton, her hair in the film Burn After Reading was inspired by Krabappel.