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Jonathan Frink

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―Frink's catchphrase
"With the (random object) and the (other random object) and the hey hey hey"
―Another one of Frink's catchphrases
Jonathan I.Q. Neidelbaum Frink, Jr.
Jonathan Frink.png
Character Information
Male ♂
Hair: Brown
Occupation: Professor
College Professor at Springfield Heights Institute of Technology
Relatives: Father: Jonathan Frink, Sr.
Son: Unnamed
First Appearance: "Old Money"
Voiced by: Hank Azaria
Karl Wiedergott[1]
Josh Groban[2]

Professor Jonathan "John" I.Q. Neidelbaum Frink, better known as simply Professor Frink and once referred to as Doctor Frink,[3] is Springfield's 40-year-old local scientist and college professor, and is extremely brilliant, though somewhat socially inept. Frink often tries to use his bizarre inventions to aid the town in its crises, but they usually only make things worse.


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Frink is Springfield's local mad scientist. He has a trademark mannerism of using Tourette syndrome-like gibberish when excited, such as "GLAVIN!" and shouting other words that have no relevance to the situation at hand. He also occasionally refers to the importance of remembering to "carry the one" in various mathematical calculations. He is almost never seen without his glasses and has only taken them off once.[4]

Frink has an IQ of 197; 199 before he sustained a concussion during the collapse of Springfield's brief intellectual junta. He is a member of the Springfield Mensa [5] and a college professor at Springfield Heights Institute of Technology.

Frink is fond of flubber, a material with enhanced bounce properties which his basketball shoes are made out of.

Professor Frink is the inventor of, among other things, hamburger earmuffs, the flying motorcycle and the 8-month after pill. Some of Frink's inventions, such as the automatic phone dialer, work better than others, such as his radio-controlled plane, which carries babies as passengers under their parents' control, or a secure house that sprouts legs and runs away from potential danger (the legs of which often collapsed causing the house to crash to the ground and catch fire). Frink has also discovered and cured "Frink's Disease" and discovered "Frinkonium."

In the 1960s, Professor Frink made napalm to drop on Da Nang.[6] He once predicted that computers would be so large and so expensive that only the five richest kings of Europe would own them, a paraphrase of Thomas J. Watson's misquote.

Professor Frink has frequent contact with Lisa Simpson better than the rest of the Simpsons family because she is more interested in science and makes more frequent visits to places such as the Natural History Museum and the Observatory.


Frink has a wife, though they may be separated or divorced, and a young son who looks similar to him. When his son crashed through a window during a demonstration of a remote controlled airplane, he says "my wife is going to kill me",[7] but his son is seen alive later,[8] (this is either a different son or his son survived the accident).

At some point he had a relationship with Edna Krabappel.[9]

He got together with Miss Hoover during "Grownup Halloween".[10]

When he made himself more desirable to women he slept with Cookie Kwan and went on dates with several other women.[11]


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In "Future-Drama", an episode set eight years into a possible future of Bart and Lisa's, a bespectacled skeleton dressed in a lab coat is observed hanging on a rope from a rafter in Frink's basement laboratory—indicating the professor has committed suicide in the interim - although this could be a clone or his aforementioned son -, his death gone unnoticed by family and friends. However, another episode set further in the future, "Lisa's Wedding", shows him alive and well as he leads a team trying to discover the cure for seventeen stab wounds in Mr. Burns' back, stating "Well, we're up to fifteen!".

Treehouse of Horror[edit]

In "Treehouse of Horror XIV", it is revealed that Frink had a strained relationship with his father (guest voiced by Jerry Lewis). Frink said they got along like "positrons and antineutrinos." The senior Professor Frink was a "he-man" scientist who, according to his son, worked on the atom bomb by day, slept with Marilyn Monroe by night, and sold secrets to the Russians at lunch. Frink brought his father back to life after he died from a Shark Attack, but he went on a rampage and younger Frink was forced to kick the elder in the testicles, killing him. It is indicated in this episode that their shared middle name is "Neidelbaum". The two rebuild their relationship when the elder Frink is proud of his son for stopping him like a man.

The Simpsons Game[edit]

In The Simpsons Game, he lives inside the Game Engine and marries a Koopa Troopa from Super Mario Bros.

The Simpsons: Tapped Out[edit]


This section is transcluded from The Simpsons: Tapped Out characters/Oddballs. To edit it, please edit the transcluded page.
Professor Frink
Image Cost Unlock method Unlock message
Tapped Out Unlock Frink.png Donut Tapped Out.png150 Level 6
Premium, Frink's Lab
Tapped Out Professor Frink New Character.png
Donut Tapped Out.png200 SciFi
Premium, Frink's Lab (with LadyBot)
Donut Tapped Out.png100 Treehouse of Horror XXIX
Premium (Sorcerer Frink Bundle)
Donut Tapped Out.png75 Thanksgiving and Black Friday 2018
Premium, Frink's Lab (Cyber Mystery Box)
Donut Tapped Out.png75 Thanksgiving and Black Friday 2018
Premium, Frink's Lab (Cyber Mystery Box; with LadyBot)
Gold Box Token.png1 Thanksgiving and Black Friday 2018
Gold Mystery Box, Frink's Lab

Number 314[edit]

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Number 314
Image Cost Unlock method Unlock message Costume of
Number 314.png Donut Tapped Out.png12 Stonecutters
Tapped Out Number 314 New Character.png Tapped Out Unlock Frink.png
Professor Frink
Donut Tapped Out.png40 Stonecutters Black Market Sale and The Buck Stops Here

Sorcerer Frink[edit]

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Sorcerer Frink
Image Cost Unlock method Unlock message Costume of
Sorcerer Frink.png Donut Tapped Out.png100 Treehouse of Horror XXVIII
Sorcerer Frink Unlock.png Tapped Out Unlock Frink.png
Professor Frink
Donut Tapped Out.png45 Treehouse of Horror XXIX
Premium (Magical Mystery Box)
Donut Tapped Out.png100 Treehouse of Horror XXIX
Premium (Sorcerer Frink Bundle)

Behind the Laughter[edit]

Professor Frink is voiced by Hank Azaria. The character was originally written as a mad scientist. However, when cast member Hank Azaria ad-libbed a voice for Frink, he did an impression of Jerry Lewis' character, Julius Kelp, from The Nutty Professor, and the writing staff started making Frink more of a parody of Lewis.

Frink was named after writer John Frink; however, that was before he became a writer for the show. This was because Jay Kogen, a writer at the time, knew Frink and named the character after him. Frink was originally animated without his buckteeth. The nonsensical utterances that Frink makes are written in the scripts as "Frink noise".

Foreign dubs[edit]

Language Voice dubber
Czech Republic flag.png Czech Pavel Tesař
Germany.png Deutsch Kai Taschner
Spain flag.png Español Abraham Aguilar


  • The character's popularity has led to him giving name to a computer programming language.
  • He thinks nerd stands for "Not Even Remotely Dorky". ("Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind")
  • His Stonecutter number in Tapped Out is 314, which could be a reference to the number Pi/π which is 3.14159...
  • It's mentioned that he is one of Springfield's most renowned scientific minds, he discovered the element Frinkonium, discovered and cured Frink's disease and created the 8 month after pill.[12]
  • He has an IQ of 197. It used to be 199 before he hit his head and lost two points.[5]



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