Milhouse Mussolini Van Houten is a cartoon character featured in the animated television series The Simpsons, voiced by Pamela Hayden. He is Bart Simpson's best friend in Mrs. Krabappel's fourth grade class at Springfield Elementary School. He is smart and loyal, but insecure and very gullible, as well as less popular than Bart. He is often led into trouble by Bart, who takes advantage of his friend's naïvete. Milhouse is also a regular target for school bullies Nelson Muntz and Dolph, Jimbo and Kearney.
Milhouse is one of the few residents in Springfield with visible, in fact rather thick, eyebrows. Milhouse is of Dutch, Danish, Italian and Greek descent, based on comments and characters introduced throughout the series. He has his mother's coloring, but none of her confidence. He has his father's facial features, as well as his father's disappointment, insecurity, and generally depressed demeanor. Milhouse is constantly bullied by Nelson Muntz, Jimbo Jones, Dolph Starbeam, and Kearney Zzyzwicz, to the point of where Bart questions Milhouse by saying "Milhouse! I thought you had a three o'clock wedgie with Nelson", to which Milhouse casually responds "I had to reschedule." They often inflict violence upon the geeky Milhouse, who wears thick eyeglasses, without which he cannot see.