In its legendary 25-season run, The Simpsons has built up an impressive stable of animated characters – some iconic (Bart, Homer), some fan favorites (Apu, Comic Book Guy), and, with the creation of the recent app game Tapped Out, some that have debuted before being written into the actual show. According to Slash Film, the latest new Tapped Out character is Chester Dupree, the slacker brother-in-law to the show’s Dr. Julius Hibbert (you know, that lovable dude with the incredible laugh).
Dupree, who rocks a purple beanie and heaphones, isn’t a complete newcomer to the Simpsons universe (having been mentioned verbally in the 2012 episode “Gone Abie Gone”), but he hasn’t yet appeared on the series. Previously, the app debuted another new character, Kumiko Nakamura, for a limited run before she appeared as the Comic Book Guy’s romantic interest in the Season 25 episode “Married to the Blob.” The snarky, comical app often features tie-ins to the series, allowing players to acquire items connected to upcoming episodes.
The show’s creative team have some big plans for 2014. An episode written over two decades ago by comedy writer-director Judd Apatow will air on the show’s upcoming 26th season, and a Simpsons–Family Guy crossover episode will air in September. Meanwhile, all 552 episodes of the animated series will air consecutively in a 12-day marathon on FXX later this summer; the pilot episode will kick off the run on August 21st, with episodes airing until Labor Day (September 1st).