I believe it says in the good book, The Geek shall inherit the Earth or something like that. Well, if that’s true… this post is all about a character waiting for one heck of an inheritance. Hello there Addicts, Wookiee back with another character post. For this one, I decided it was only right to embrace my nerd roots and write about the Uber nerd himself, BEHOLD… EXELSIOR… Martin Prince, Jr.
Martin is one of those characters you either love or hate. A frequent target of bullying, he is also Lisa Simpson’s main competition for being the smartest kid at Springfield Elementary.
Martin is a “friend” of convenience to Bart but over the years their friendship has evolved into one resembling the real article. Whether or not they’re friendly, Martin always has his buddies Wendell, Database and Üter.
Voiced by Russi Taylor, Martin is a 4th grade genius with an IQ of 216. He loves being a teacher’s pet, science fiction and RPGs among his other nerd enthusiasms. One thing he does need to learn is how to properly fist bump.
Martin is a member of the Springfield Elementary Band and plays that most manly of instruments, the French horn. He’s also been seen playing the lute and the flute.
Although it is implied in some episodes that poor Martin might also play for the pink team, this is just pure bully gossip designed to bring him down. It’s pretty clear in his own words that he’s not anything yet. Non-canon episodes have had him both taking a robot as his prom date AND becoming a lady aka Marsha Princess.
Martin certainly doesn’t help with his fashion choices and occasionally saying quotes likes this: “Individually we are weak like a single twig but as a bundle we form a mighty faggot.”
Honestly, I don’t care what Martin’s preferences are, he’s funny and he obviously likes Star Wars based on when his Mom tries to sell his stuff to CBG. That makes him alright in my book.
My favorite Martin moment has to be in The Simpsons Movie. Having lived under the brutality of the bullies for so long and with certain doom under the dome pending, he finally decides he’s had enough. Watching him beat Dolph, Jimbo and Kearney with a wood plank brings me a lot of joy. Now THAT’S Nerd Justice.
As the smartest kid in school (Yes, Lisa, I think he’s smarter than you.), Martin has some great moments. Here’s a short list of some.
– Tutoring lesser intellects
– Getting ready to “rumble”
– Being flown on the flagpole
– Getting sent to Fat Camp
– Playing Nintendo for cash
– Running for class president
– Assisting a nerdy Bart
– Petitioning to extend the school day by 20 minutes
One thing about whatever he does, it’s all unequivocally funny. (At least to this Wookiee)
Martin has also threatened to beat up a Shebyville kid, been cast as the Phantom of the Opera and even dies (well… sort of). My point is… Nerds are cool. I know most people don’t agree but beyond the pantheon of K-12 schooling, most nerds win out and become the bosses of their previous tormentors. I’m sure if we looked at the childhoods of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, etc., we might find a Martin-esque character or two.
Martin arrives in TSTO in Level 12 and comes with the Springfield Library. He is a freemium character. Here are his tasks.
|Play the Lute||Outside||N/A||45 sec||$3||1 XP|
|Smell the Roses||Outside||Req. One Snapdragon||10 min||$17||5 XP|
|Rehearse Play||Inside||Req. Springfield Elementary||60 min||$70||17 XP|
|Attend Mensa Meeting||Inside||Req. Gazebo (Level 14)||3 hrs||$135||35 XP|
|Try to Be Cool||Outside||N/A||4 hrs||$175||45 XP|
|Stargaze||Inside||Req. Springfield Observatory||6 hrs||$350||90 XP|
|Ride a Bike||Outside||N/A||8 hrs||$275||70 XP|
|Serve as Hall Monitor||Inside||Req. Springfield Elementary||12 hrs||$420||100 XP|
|Celebrate the ‘WOD FIR’||Outside||Req. The Sunsphere||16 hrs||$500||125 XP|
|Study All Night for Meaningless Test||Inside||Req. Springfield Library||24 hrs||$600||150 XP|
Nowadays as a giant furry resident of Kashyyyk, it’s easy to forget the days when I was smaller and my smarts earned me the attention of those boarish SprawlMart security guards (aka Jocks/Cool kids). Although my best friend was more of a Nelson in school, this scene of him playing “Angry Nerds” cracks me up.
The laugh of course comes at Martin’s expense. Geeks today should just be happy bullies aren’t playing real life tapped out, right?
TTFN… Wookiee out!