Ralph Wiggum is possibly the most harmless character in the entire The Simpsons cast. So much so that he has become the face of shining innocence and cluelessness for an entire generation of viewers. Ralph goes to the same school as Bart and Lisa and is the son of Police Chief Wiggum.
In a flashback, it was revealed that Wiggums Sr. once dropped Ralph on his head when he was an infant, and, ever since then, Ralph has been a bit... strange. But, in all his innocence, Ralph has given us some of the best moments of the show, which the internet was only too happy to turn into the following memes.
10 Wreck-It Ralph
Ralph does not mean to cause trouble, but his innate cluelessness often gets the best of him. Like that time he flushed a potato down the toilet and backed up the plumbing of his house so badly his family had to relocate. This meme is for any similarly clueless person who definitely is not looking to cause any trouble but who just so happens to do the wrong thing or say the wrong thing, and the result is widespread destruction around them. We've all been there at least once.
9 Making Conversation Out Of Thin Air
There was a pretty adorable episode where Ralph got a crush on Lisa after she gave him a Valentine's card out of pity. For once in his life, Ralph felt the stirrings of that intoxicating passion which poets write about. and Ralph went out of his way to talk to someone else instead of sitting in the background smiling blankly. He had the courage to ask Lisa if she liked... stuff.
Okay, it wasn't the slickest opening line, but Ralph was working with a pretty big handicap of dealing with his first crush. One thing we all know about talking to our first crushes is that doing so causes our brains to stop functioning, so it feels like a miracle when you're able to say anything at all, no matter how dumb.
8 Ralph Is In Danger
Ralphi is such a benign, inoffensive presence that unfortunately, he is often forgotten in the background while other, more pushy kids are out hogging all the attention. Sometimes Ralph gets left behind, and he is perfectly aware that means he is in danger, alone and unsupervised. It's actually quite scary to think about how easily some misfortune can befall an innocent kid like Ralph without a chaperone.
7 Enter The Weebs
So, we all know Japanese culture has some pretty sweet stuff. The video games, the anime and manga, and the latest gadgets. We can all do with having a healthier appreciation for Japan's contribution to global culture over the years. But then there are the Weebs, which is a term used to refer to non-japanese people who are so obsessed with Japan they would do anything to identify as Japanese—like, to the point where they're throwing themselves headfirst through a glass window to attend a class in which they can flaunt their knowledge of all things Japanese.
6 Too Much To Handle
Since Ralph is almost criminally dumb, it often falls to his teachers to attend to his more... pointless questions. Like a history lesson where Ralph wanted to know, long after the rest of the class had left, if Abraham Lincoln was fine after his assassination. In such cases, the teacher can launch into an explanation going over everything they had just learned, and the generally fatal nature of an assassination. Instead, the teacher chooses to humor ralph along to put a speedy end to the inane conversation. Can't say we blame her.
5 Literal Heartbreak
After Lisa gave him the Valentine, Ralph was off in his fantasy land, convincing himself that Lisa's actions, instead of being motivated by pity, were actually a sign that she was in love with him. He asked her out on a date and declared his love for her on public television.
This led Lisa to very publicly and explicitly tell Ralph she would never be interested in someone like him, which led to this heartbreaking moment. Since then, it has become the go-to meme for Simpsons fans who have had to face this kind of cruel rejection.
4 Can't Do This Anymore
The world is a pretty messed up place, so much so that we have all had that occasional desire to give up trying and crawl into a hole from where nothing and no one on the outside can hurt us. Ralph took that feeling extremely literally, wanting nothing more than to crawl back into his mother's womb. From the look on Chief Wiggum's face, this is not the first time his son has tried something like this. Look, the families on the show are not exactly known for being well adjusted.
3 Ralph The Player
Ralph doesn't get many storylines that are just about him, and none that center around the notion that a girl would find him attractive. That was what made the episode about Lisa giving him a Valentine's day card all the sweeter. But, for some viewers, all it did was remind them that they are so completely alone that they don't even have someone who would give them a pity gift on Valentine's day.
2 Hardcore Fandom
Avengers: Endgame did not make things easy for its fans. The movie clocked in at more than three hours, and many hardcore fans were afraid of going to the bathroom in the middle of the theater for fear of missing out on a scene. Even if it meant having to wet their own pants? It's entirely possible this happened to a couple of fans. Hey, if you can't stand stewing in your own pee for a couple of hours for the sake of not missing out the sight of Captain America wielding Thor's enchanted hammer to take on Thanos, you're not a true fan.
1 Ralph Speaks English Goodly
There are few scenes that sum up Ralph's character more neatly than this one. Ralph fails English, and, in the midst of expressing shock at such an occurrence, he unwittingly reveals eactly why he failed. There are people who go through their entire lives this way, sucking at one thing or another and expressing shock at how much they suck, even though the reason why is pretty apparent to everyone but themselves. Let's hope such people someday learn to become more reflective and self-critical than an 8-year-old cartoon character.