Behind the Game: Why Do Some Characters Have Voices and Other’s Don’t?

Hello Fellow Tapped Out Addicts!
When Levels 30, 31, & 33 were introduced into TSTO fellow Tappers saw, less than regular, Simpsons characters unlocked and they they were all voiced (Eddie, Lou, Wolfcastle, and even Herman!) But, Mrs. Krabappel, Martin and Milhouse are all regular characters on the Simpsons, yet their voice is strangely absent from The Simpsons Tapped Out.  Why is that?
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In all honesty? I don’t really know but I’m sure it has a lot to do with royalties and licensing. Here’s what I do know, so far the only characters in the game that are voiced are those that are voiced by the 6 lead Simpsons actors – Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, and Harry Shearer.

Wonder what that means for future characters added to Tapped Out? Well here’s a list of characters that are voiced by the main actors. With this list we should be able to figure out which future characters are likely to have a voice and which ones will be permanently on mute!

Julie Kavner
Characters Voiced: 

  • Marge Simpson
  • Selma Bouvier
  • Patty Bouvier
  • Jacquelin Bouvier
  • Aunt Gladys

Nancy Cartwright
Characters Voiced:

  • Bart Simpson
  • Nelson Muntz
  • Todd Flanders
  • Kearney
  • Ralph Wiggum

Dan Castellaneta
Characters Voiced:

  • Homer Simpson
  • Grampa Simpson
  • Krusty the Clown
  • Barney Gumble
  • Groundskeeper Willie
  • Mayor Quimby
  • Hans Moleman
  • Sideshow Mel
  • Itchy
  • Kodos
  • Gil Gunderson
  • Squeaky Voice Teen
  • Rich Texan
  • Louie
  • Lance Murdock
  • Arnie Pye
  • Scott Christian
  • Freddy Quimby
  • Poochie

Yeardley Smith
Character Voiced:

  • Lisa Simpson

Hank Azaria
Characters Voiced: 

  • Apu
  • Moe Szyslak
  • Chief Wiggum
  • Comic Book Guy
  • Lou (The Cop)
  • Carl Carlson
  • Dr. Nick
  • Snake Jailbird
  • Professor Frink
  • Kirk Van Houten
  • Luigi Risotto
  • Bumblebee Man
  • Captain Horatio McCallister
  • Superintendent Chalmers
  • Cletus Spuckler
  • Disco Stu
  • Duffman
  • Legs
  • Drederick Tatum
  • Kirk Van Houten

Harry Shearer
Characters Voiced: 

  • Mr. Burns
  • Waylon Smithers
  • Ned Flanders
  • Principal Skinner
  • Otto Mann
  • Lenny Leonard
  • Reverend Lovejoy
  • Dr. Hibbert
  • Kent Brockman
  • Rainier Wolfcastle/McBain
  • Scratchy
  • Dr. Marvin Monroe
  • Kang
  • Judge Snyder
  • Sanjay Nahasapeemapetilon
  • God
  • Herman
  • Jebediah Springfield
  • Jasper
  • Dr. Loren J. Pryor

So based on this list you’ll see that Milhouse, Mrs. Krabappel, Agnes Skinner, Hank Scorpio, Fat Tony, Rod Flanders and Martin are not voiced by a main actor and are also not voiced in the game.

Also, you’ll see that there are not a lot of female characters voiced by main characters (aside from the Bouvier family) this could potentially be a reason why there haven’t been many female additions to the game recently.  Of course speculation would be…maybe EA is trying to work out a deal with the supporting actors to have those characters voiced?

Here’s hoping, because this game is way more fun when you have a sarcastic comment coming back at you from a character you just tapped on!


14 responses to “Behind the Game: Why Do Some Characters Have Voices and Other’s Don’t?

  1. Personally, whether a character is voiced makes a big difference on whether I buy them or not.

  2. Hi tappers, first time poster here… I have noticed that all the phrases voiced when a character is tapped are from something said in an eppisode. As far as why characters voiced by tress McNeil or other non full time voice actors do not speak, I would venture the same guess that it is contractual based. Here is too hoping Millhouse and the others someday soon speak to us in game!

  3. You wrote Scopio instead of Scorpio 😉 Also, how come Sanjay isn’t voiced?

    • Good point Harry Sheereer does his voice
      That’s a strange one
      Will have to get our great leader Bunny onto that
      For she knows all lol

  4. This article has proven to be correct. The characters in this list that have appeared have voices and characters that have been added that don’t speak aren’t here. This is definitely the reason, but if I were a voice actor for the simpsons I would be more than happy for my catchphrases to be added to the game so I don’t see why they haven’t been able to add their voices.

  5. You wrote Kirk Van Houten

  6. Just throwing this out there- Ms. Krabappel will never be voiced now. The actress that voiced her in the TV series has passed away so unless they voiced her after this was written (I don’t have her) there’s a very slim chance she will ever speak in the game. Well, unless the creators get permission to use previously recorded vocals from the TV series.

  7. You listed Captain (Horatio) McCallister twice.

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