The Mr. Burns character half mask is a redesign of Evil Tartaglia from the Commedia dell’Arte. The director that Jonathan Becker collaborated with on the production of Mr. Burns, a post electric play asked to repurpose the commedia masks. The Simpsons is in many ways a modern version of the ancient historical comedy of archetypes know and the Commedia dell’Arte.
Mr. Burns is archetype of the evil merchant or ruling class miser. He owns the Nuclear Power plant and is constantly trying cover up problems and manipulate others to his advantage. He is the cliché corporate business person driven by the sole desire to increase his own wealth. The wealthier he gets the stingier he becomes.
Like some billionaire politicians of our age Burns has been heard saying: “ Look at them all, through the darkness I am bringing. They are not sad at all. They’re actually singing