Groundskeeper Willie


Groundskeeper Willie was named "The Most Instantly Recognizable Scot in the World" by Times in 2005. Groundskeeper Willie is the Scottish  groundskeeper  at  Springfield  Elementary School  on  the TV  show "The Simpsons". He is portrayed as an angry Scot, although he does often let his soft  side slip out.  It is argued where Willie actually comes from. He has said that he was engaged to Sherry Bobbins until she got her eyesight back, then the "ugliest man in Glasgow" wasn't good enough for her. On the contrary, a detective once  commented  that Willie  was  the "spitting  image of  the Aberdeen strangler" and he has been  known to awaken  from a football dream shouting "Go Aberdeen" In another episode, Willie claims to be from North Kilt Town.

Dan Castellaneta, the voice behind the Groundskeeper, was unsure what voice to use for the character initially, and  it  was suggested that he use an accent. He first tried Spanish, but felt too cliched. Secondly, he tried a Swedish accent, but it too was denied. He finally settled on an angry Scotsman.

High points of the character include being trained to be civilized in a science fair project, wrestling a wolf that was let loose in the school, and becoming a substitute for the French language teacher -'Bon jourrr!'

Some aspects of his Scottish heritage also appear in the show. Willie becomes a bagpipe resembling  spider in  a Treehouse of Horrors episode where he invades  the children's dreams. He was also tricked into performing at "Scotchtoberfest". He proves that he's a true Scot when it's revealed that he wears nothing under his kilt. He can play the bagpipes, as shown at a funeral  for his dead bees, and also promotes  the eating of haggis.

Here are  a couple of  Willie's quotes  that  also  reflect  his  Scottish heritage:
In an episode where they find the Loch Ness Monster, Willie is quoted as saying"Och, back to the loch wi'ye Nessie".
When  trying  to  chase  down  an  escaped  timber wolf, Willie says "There's nary an animal alive that can outrun a greased Scotsman!"

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