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Julio Franco

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Julio Franco
Julio Franco.png
Artwork of Julio from The Simpsons: Tapped Out
Character Information
Male ♂
Hair: Black
Occupation: Photographer[1]
Relatives: Ex-Husband: Thad (presumably)[3]
Ex-Wife: Adriatica Vel Johnson
First appearance: "Three Gays of the Condo"
Voiced by: Hank Azaria (seasons 1-30
Mario Jose ("Diary Queen")
Tony Rodríguez (season 32-present)

Julio Franco is a Cuban-American gay man living in Springfield.


Julio once lived as a straight man and was married to a woman named Adriatica Vel Johnson. He later came out as gay, and he and Grady became partners and moved in together. They had a three-bedroom apartment, but at one point had lost their third person and were looking for a replacement roommate.

At that time, Julio and Grady met Homer. Homer had found a note that Marge had written before they had gotten married where she said she wasn't sure she wanted to be with him. Upset, Homer decided to move out of the house and went looking for a new place to live. He wandered into Springfield's Gay village, saw that Julio and Grady were looking for a roommate, and promptly moved in with them. Eventually Homer moved back home when he discovered that Marge really loved him after all.[4]

Some time after that, Julio and Grady broke up and Julio married Thad, with Homer officiating at their ceremony.[5] Julio later had a flirtatious relationship with a co-worker, a likely indication that he and Thad had separated at some point.[2] Julio later got back together with Grady.[6]

Julio was once a hostage in a bank robbery where Marge was also one of the hostages.[7] He is also a customer at The League of Extra-Horny Gentlemen, a fashionable gay nightclub.[8]

Julio appeared as Michelangelo[9] and led the Gays in Wonder coalition following Springfield's new SWAT tank.[10]

Julio is a professional photographer. He once took pictures of Marge and her friends, who were making a sexy history-themed calendar for a charity fund-raiser. Marge was reluctant to show any skin at all, so Julio had her drink some wine to loosen up. The wine had a greater effect than Julio had intended, as Marge ended up revealing far more than she had planned. Julio's pictures of Marge's pin-up poses became the talk of the town.[1]

In addition to photography, Julio works as a hairdresser at Hairy Shearers, where Marge Simpson is one of his longtime customers. When Marge came in for an appointment and told Julio about finding her first gray hair, Julio confessed that he had been secretly dyeing her hair blue for years, so that she had never noticed any gray hairs before. To prove it, Julio showed Marge her gray roots beneath the blue-dyed hair, which shocked her.[2]

Whilst he was doing Marge's hair, Julio decided that he would hold Marge a tupperware party to help her sell to his friends. Before the party, Julio saw that Marge had no self-confidence. He then gave her a makeover to give her the confidence she needed to sell tupperware. The party went down a huge success, due to the guests thinking that Marge was a drag queen. After the party, Julio told Marge this. He then told Marge about his drag queen alter ego, Penelope Cruising. After this, Julio took Marge to Draggle Rock, a drag club. He introduced Marge to several drag queens here and this led to Marge embracing this new alter ego. Eventually, Marge was found out to be a regular woman. She went to apologize to the other drag queens and Julio was there with them.[11]


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Julio played the part of the angry king of Spain, who tried to destroy England with an armada of ships, but failed.[12]

A Spanish version of Julio appeared, whacking Krusty the Clown. However, it's uncertain whether it was actually Julio, or even whether it actually happened.[13]

The Simpsons: Tapped Out[edit]

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Image Cost Unlock method Unlocks with Unlock message Yearbook
Julio Franco.png Donut Tapped Out.png155 Pride 2017 and Love, Springfieldian Style
Hairy Shearers I can be your "Sassy Gay Friend" or your "Scheming Gay Enemy". Character is available via the Yearbook Mystery Box
Donut Tapped Out.png30
Donut Tapped Out.png50 Itchy & Scratchy Land
Premium (Pride Mystery Box)
Donut Tapped Out.png60 Pride 2020
Premium (Pride Mystery Box)
Technical Information ID Groups Internal Name
185001 Premium Characters, Premium Male, Adult Julio


  • Julio's business card says "Sassy gay friend".[14]

Behind the Laughter[edit]

Julio's name is pronounced as it would be in Spanish, with the "J" sounded as an English "H".

Julio's surname, "Franco", was revealed on a fishing license he and Waylon Smithers got in the season 27 episode "The Burns Cage".

Julio was voiced by Hank Azaria, who uses a gay lisp as he did for his character in the movie The Birdcage. As of season 32, Julio is voiced by Tony Rodríguez.



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