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The Gremlin - also known as the School Bus Gremlin - is a minor antagonist in The Simpsons. It only appears in Treehouse of Horror IV. It's appearance is an amalgamation of the gremlin from the Twilight Zone and the Gremlins franchise. It was voiced by Frank Welker who also voiced Stripe and Mohawk from the Gremlins franchise.

Overview

Bart has a nightmare where he is on the school bus and it crashes. He wakes up very paranoid the next morning. He and Lisa board the real bus to school. Principal Skinner is there to join them. During the ride, Bart looks out the window and sees a gremlin on the side of the bus. It starts to tear the bus open and smiles at Bart. He first warns the driver who mistakes the gremlin as an elderly man driving a car. Still worried, Bart looks out the window again. He sees the gremlin attempting to gouge the fuel tank. Bart becomes more scared and tells everyone there is a monster on the side of the bus. Everyone, including Skinner and the driver, look out the window. The gremlin hides and everyone assumes Bart is crazy. Annoyed, Skinner closes the curtain to the window. A moment later, tapping is heard. Bart opens the curtain to look for the gremlin. Instead, he sees the school's groundskeeper who boards the bus claiming to need a ride. As the ride resumes, the gremlin removes the bolts from the wheels. Even more desperate, Bart warns the entire bus again. This only annoys Skinner again and prompts him to tie Bart to the seat. Milhouse, Bart's friend, switches seats with Üter. Bart manages to convince the German foreign exchange student to untie him. Finding emergency flares, he takes one and opens the window. He tries to use the flair to stop the gremlin. As Skinner and the groundskeeper pull Bart back inside, he throws the flare at the gremlin. It falls off the bus and is then found by Ned Flanders. When the bus arrives at school, it falls apart after everyone gets off. The severe damage is noticeable. Although Bart claims to be right, he doesn't have an alibi to support him. As a result, he is taken to New Bedlam Insane Asylum for being deemed insane and his disruptive behavior. Skinner claims that Bart spending the rest of his life there will teach him manners. During the drive, Bart feels relaxed to not worry about the gremlin anymore. Suddenly, he is interrupted by the gremlin appearing at the back window of the ambulance. It holds Ned Flanders' decapitated head which says "Hey-Diddly-Ho, Bart!". Bart screams uncontrollably as the camera moves towards his open mouth.

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          The Simpsons Villains

Springfield Republican Party
Mr. Burns | Waylon Smithers | Blue-Haired Lawyer | Birch Barlow | Lindsey Naegle

Terwilliger Family
Robert Terwilliger Jr. | Cecil Terwilliger | Francesca Terwilliger | Gino Terwilliger | Robert Terwilliger Sr. | Dame Judith Underdunk

Springfield Mafia
Fat Tony | Fit Tony

Environmental Protection Agency
Russ Cargill

Miscellaneous
Itchy & Scratchy | Space Mutants | Patty & Selma Bouvier | Herman Hermann | Nelson Muntz | Jebidiah Springfield | Jimbo Jones | Dolph Starbeam | Kearney Zzyzwicz | Agnes Skinner | God | Jessica Lovejoy | Artie Ziff | Baby Gerald | Wainwright Montgomery Burns | Snake Jailbird | Senator Mendoza | Matt Groening | Constance Harm

Treehouse of Horror
Kang & Kodos | Killer Krusty Doll | Zombies | Ned Flanders | The Devil | Gremlin | Count Burns | Seymour Skinner | Lard Lad | Groundskeeper Willie | Hugo Simpson II | Bart (Fly) | Witch Marge | The Collector | Killer Toupée | King Snorky | Homer's Clones | Billy the Kid | Julius Hibbert | Jonathan Frink Sr. | Muttonchop Murderer | The Blob | The Grand Pumpkin

Guest Star Characters
Black Weasel | Cesar & Ugolín | Adil Hoxha | Lucille Botzcowski | Professor Werner Von Brawn | Bob Arnold | Lyle Lanley | Kindergarten Teacher | Adolf Hitler | Robotic Richard Simmons | The Leader | Movementarians | Francine Rhenquist | Hank Scorpio | Miss Goodthighs | Molloy | Rex Banner | Dexter Colt | The Jockeys | Hell's Satans | Jack Crowley | Cooder & Spud | French Chef | Jim Hope | Larry Kidkill | Howard K. Duff VIII | White Dog | Frank Grimes, Jr. | Captain Mordecai Barrows | Clownface | Simon Cowell | Officer Krackney | Shadow Knight | Baby Button Eyes | Stanley DeGroot | Will Wright | Stubborn Ape | Mr. Dirt | Sparklemon | William Shakespeare | Julia | Andy Hamilton | Devan & Quenley Woosterfield | Comic Book Guy (Brick Like Me) | Bart Simpson's Creatures | Mav & Portia | Blue-Eyed Man | Nigel Bakerbutcher