Excellent, Smithers: Harry Shearer's 10 Best 'Simpsons' Characters

From stoner bus drivers to Mr. Burns, these were the comedian's choicest Springfield residents

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Ned Flanders

2. Ned Flanders

Homer's neighbor and sworn enemy is the nicest guy in Springfield; after all, "everyone who counts loves Ned Flanders!" Except for the odd episode where his house gets destroyed, Flanders speaks with a sort of friendliness, righteousness and generosity of spirit that everyone aspires to but, other than on a fictional TV show, is impossible to attain. From the way Shearer says Flanders' ridiculously corny catchphrases like "Okily-dokily" and "Hidely-ho" to the rare moments where the goody-two-shoes gets angry and unleashes the sort of inoffensive invective that would easily pass TV censors, he captures Ned's pureness of mind. Diddly.

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