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Lyle Lanley

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"You know, a town with money's a little like the mule with a spinning wheel. No one knows how he got it, and danged if he knows how to use it!"
―Lyle Lanley[src]
Lyle Lanley
Character Information
Male ♂
Possibly deceased
Hair: Blond
Occupation: Con Artist
First appearance: "Marge vs. the Monorail"
Voiced by: Phil Hartman

Lyle Lanley is a con artist and shyster who sold faulty monorails to several towns, including Springfield.

The con[edit]

The "marks" in Lanley's con scheme were towns with a lot of money. Lanley would visit a town and make a sales pitch for his monorails. After the town bought the monorail, Lanley would open a monorail conductors' training school, which was more akin to a diploma mill, providing very little in the way of authentic transportation issues or safety. Lanley had a questionable method of selecting who would get the conductor's job, in one case selecting Homer Simpson as he was seated in the front of the class and looked attentive (though to Homer's credit he did take the "school" seriously).

After the monorail was built and a conductor selected, Lanley would set up a huge opening ceremony with a celebrity presiding, then leave (with the town's money) while everyone's attention was focused on the monorail's maiden voyage. The monorail, due to shoddy materials, would typically crash on its first run, causing loss of life and extensive property damage, and leaving the town financially ruined. Afterwards, Lanley would profit greatly from this, although his reason for attempting multiple cons was to accumulate so much swindled money he could retire in Tahiti.

In Springfield[edit]

In Springfield, Lyle Lanley interrupted a town meeting when the people were trying to decide how to spend three million dollars the town had collected in fines from Mr. Burns. The town was on the verge of voting to use the money to repair Main Street when Lanley successfully made his sales pitch for the monorail. At the conductors' training school, Lanley chose Homer Simpson to be the conductor, seemingly at random as he (Lanley) walked out the door on the last day of class. The monorail opening ceremony featured celebrity guest Leonard Nimoy, who wowed the townspeople by joking that the monorail could do at least Warp Five. After the first run started, the monorail's throttle broke and its brakes failed, leaving the monorail speeding out of control. Monorail conductor Homer saved the day, however. He took the "M" from the "Monorail" sign and used it as an improvised anchor, embedding it in a giant metal donut atop a donut shop and stopping the monorail without serious injury to the passengers.

Lanley, meanwhile, boarded a plane for Tahiti, looking forward to his next vacation. His plans went awry, however, when his flight made an unscheduled stop in North Haverbrook, one of his previous monorail "mark" towns. Apparently alerted to Lanley's presence, a crowd of locals boarded the plane and attacked him, at least beating him up as Lanley was heard screaming and the plane was seen rocking back and forth. Lanley's ultimate fate is unknown. While is possible Lanley may have been handed over to authorities and jailed for fraud and reckless endangerment, as he has not been seen since that episode, it is more likely that he was lynched by the angry mob in North Haverbrook.[1]



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Lyle Lanley
Image Cost Unlock method Unlock message
Lyle Lanley Tapped Out.png N/A Monorail and Dilapidated Rail Yard (Temporary; no longer in-game) N/A
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109505 N/A LyleLanley