Dr. Hibbert is the Simpsons' (usually) kind-hearted family doctor, a genius, a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Mensa member, and is one of a few regular African- American characters on the series. Hibbert is noticeably less dysfunctional than just about everyone else on the show, though he does have a bizarre tendency to laugh at inappropriate moments. He also gives questionable solutions to certain medical problems.Despite his seemingly honest and good-hearted personality, there is evidence that he is, at heart, a committed mercenary.

He is often seen in flashbacks (for example, Lisa's birth, or Bart's accidents as a toddler), and each time has a different hairstyle (afro, dreadlocks, Mr. T-style mohawk, etc.) appropriate for the time period. He is married; he and his wife Bernice have at least three children, two boys and a girl. He owns a poodle called Rosa Barks (an allusion to black civil rights activist Rosa Parks) who was impregnated by Santa's Little Helper. Unhappy with a litter of greyhound/poodle puppies, Dr.Hibert leaves the puppies in the care of the Simpsons. Lisa and Bart distribute the puppies around Springfield. The known recipients of the puppies were Krusty, Snake and Groundskeeper Willie.

Dr. Hibbert and his wife represent African American people in the show, although to date, Dr. Hibbert and Carl have only had one direct exchange, with Hibbert apparently being irritated by Carl's description of him as a "brother." He (along with most African-American characters) attends a church parodying traditional black worship styles. He has a red belt in Judo.


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