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Ray Patterson

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Ray Patterson
Ray Patterson.png
Artwork of Ray Patterson from The Simpsons: Tapped Out
Character Information
Male ♂
Hair: Gray
Occupation: Sanitation commissioner
First appearance: "Trash of the Titans"
Voiced by: Steve Martin

Ray Patterson is Springfield's sanitation commissioner. He was elected sixteen years in a row.


He had a good track record, until Homer ran against him, making promises that he could not deliver on. After Homer was fired for encouraging other cities to dump their garbage in the abandoned mine, Patterson got his job back, but he refused to help clean up the town.

Compared to many of Springfield's residents, Ray Patterson is considered to be one of the more 'sane' characters; hard working and committed to his job. Although he returns the apology letter Marge wrote when Homer comes to reclaim it, he still tries to be civil with Homer, but Homer himself starts stirring up trouble. Although he reminds Homer that being elected 16 years in a row would mean he had been good at his job, and dismisses Homer's criticism as "nonsensical ravings of a loudmouthed malcontent".

When Homer ran against him for his position, he was frustrated by Homer and the town's ignorance towards him. He turned up late for a debate with Homer, claiming that his brakes had been tampered with. The town became shocked, only to start laughing again when Homer joked about his lateness. Annoyed with this attitude, he told the town that they could either keep the status quo and vote for him, or believe Homer's crazy promises and vote for "this sleazy lunatic". The latter happened, and he conceded to the result, but firmly reminded Homer that the people will not tolerate incompetence and that he would see Homer crash and burn.

Prophetically, a disaster occurred when Homer wasted the department's annual budget in a month, and to pay off, sold to other cities the rights to dump their garbage in an abandoned mine outside Springfield. After it resulted in the garbage erupting all over town, Homer was sacked and Patterson reinstated, but as a final act of revenge, he refused reinstatement and left the city wallowing in the mess they created themselves.[1]

He was seen in a park alongside Arthur Crandall, Dr. Steve and various others when the EPA's dome was lowered on Springfield.[2]


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The Simpsons: Tapped Out[edit]

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Ray Patterson
Image Cost Unlock method Unlock message Yearbook
Ray Patterson.png FREE Monorail
Act 1, Prize 10
Sanitation sounds like it would be a clean profession. Character is available via the Yearbook Mystery Box
Donut Tapped Out.png30
Donut Tapped Out.png60 "The Serfsons"
Technical Information ID Groups Internal Name
109502 Regular Characters, Regular Male, Adult RayPatterson

Behind the Laughter[edit]

Foreign dubs[edit]

Language Voice dubber
Italy Flag.png Italiano Franco Zucca


  • In many ways, Ray Patterson is similar to Frank Grimes, due to his commitment to his job, and hatred towards Homer.
    • Steve Martin was in fact planned to voice Grimes.