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14th Jul '16 2:48:49 AM SorPepita
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* CaptainExpy: A great many of Radioactive Man's supporting cast (and RM himself) take a great deal from other superhero comics.

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* CaptainExpy: Captain {{Expy}}: A great many of Radioactive Man's supporting cast (and RM himself) take a great deal from other superhero comics.
4th Apr '16 5:53:40 PM Scorntex
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* CaptainExpy: A great many of Radioactive Man's supporting cast (and RM himself) take a great deal from other superhero comics.
** His sidekick Fallout Boy is a mix of Robin (teenaged sidekick who lives with superhero), and Spider-Man (social outcast with an elderly aunt).
** Bleeding Heart is Captain America (patriotic superhero, with the name change after his faith is shaken) mixed with Green Arrow (vocal left-wing after massive upshift in life) and Tony Stark (the Superior Squad's financial backer and former weapons developer).
** Weasel Woman is a gender-flipped Wolverine.
** Plasmo the Mystic is just Doctor Strange (fancy cape, tendency to make dramatic proclamations)



* CryingIndian: When garbage is littered all over the park we see a tearful Apu.

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* CryingIndian: When garbage is littered all over the park an endangered duck pond we see a tearful Apu.



* DrivenToSuicide: A man is shown about to jump off a bridge in "Ralph Wiggum's Day Off". Luckily, Ralph cheers him up and he decides not to do it.

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* DrivenToSuicide: DrivenToSuicide:
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A man is shown about to jump off a bridge in "Ralph Wiggum's Day Off". Luckily, Ralph cheers him up and he decides not to do it.



* GlobalIgnorance: When Hank Scorpio's son threatens to evaporate all the world's oceans, and does so to the Indian Ocean as a threat, the USA representative for the UN is terrified. Just not for the right reasons.
-->'''US Rep:''' ''There's an Indian Ocean?! Where the heck's that?!''



* GoodCopBadCop: When chewing Bart and Lisa out for ruining a school production, Skinner is constantly undermined by Mrs. Krabapple, who suggests harsh punishments for both of them.

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* GoodCopBadCop: GoodCopBadCop:
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When chewing Bart and Lisa out for ruining a school production, Skinner is constantly undermined by Mrs. Krabapple, who suggests harsh punishments for both of them.them.
** "Hail to the Cat" begins with Wiggum forced to be both sides, due to massive budget cuts meaning he's had to let go every other police officer. And because of that he has to leave early, asking Snake if he'd be willing to beat himself up.
4th Apr '16 5:38:20 PM Scorntex
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* AffectionateParody: The Radioactive Man and Bartman comics parody the living hell out of every superhero cliché and trope out there, then go back for seconds.

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* AffectionateParody: AffectionateParody:
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The Radioactive Man and Bartman comics parody the living hell out of every superhero cliché and trope out there, then go back for seconds.



* AIIsACrapshoot: One issue has Smithers commissioning a supercomputer with Mr. Burns's personality, to take over his operation in case he dies. In an inversion, the computer is everything Burns isn't. Polite, genial, helpful. So naturally, once Mr. Burns learns about this, he has Smithers destroy "Monty". Smithers instead manages to smuggle him back to his home computer.

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* AIIsACrapshoot: One issue has Smithers commissioning a supercomputer with Mr. Burns's personality, to take over his operation in case he dies. In an inversion, the computer is everything Burns isn't. isn't: Polite, genial, helpful.helpful (if in a misguided sense). So naturally, once Mr. Burns learns about this, he has Smithers destroy "Monty". Smithers instead manages to smuggle him back to his home computer.



* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Even happens to Mr. Burns, who laments that while he is very, very, very rich, the trillionares look down on him from their "towers of diamond."

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* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: AlwaysSomeoneBetter:
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Even happens to Mr. Burns, who laments that while he is very, very, very rich, the trillionares look down on him from their "towers of diamond."



** Parodied in a Radioactive Man comic, where a villain, after describing her plan declares "a sudden desire to recount my origins!", much to her henchman's annoyance.

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** Parodied in a Radioactive Man comic, where a villain, after describing her plan declares "a sudden irrelevant desire to recount my origins!", much to her henchman's annoyance.



* CallBack: To "The Ziff Who Came to Dinner" in "Marge the Sellout" and to "Boy Scoutz n' the Hood" in "Breaking Bart".

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* CallBack: CallBack:
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To "The Ziff Who Came to Dinner" in "Marge the Sellout" and to "Boy Scoutz n' the Hood" in "Breaking Bart".Bart".
** Simpsons Super Special issue 6 is one great big call back to the first inter-comic crossover.



* ExtremeOmnivore: When everyone in town (except Bart and the Squeaky Voiced Teen) get superpowers, Homer becomes the Indigestible Bulk, whose hunger is proportional to his anger. He manages to eat part of a brick wall with no problem, and in another appearance many years later, an entire fighter-plane.



* FrameUp: Comic Book Guy, obsessed with being a hero, begins framing the children of Springfield as shoplifters, finally being exposed when he tries this on Bart.

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* FrameUp: FrameUp:
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Comic Book Guy, obsessed with being a hero, begins framing the children of Springfield as shoplifters, finally being exposed when he tries this on Bart.



* ItWillNeverCatchOn: One issue of Radioactive Man has the title character and fellow superheroes Bleeding Heart and Black Partridge travelling across America. After stopping at a diner, Partridge thinks to herself the idea of [[ComicBook/GreenArrow superheroes travelling across America]] is ludicrous. Just to ram the point home, what's clearly Oliver Queen and Hal Jordan can be seen behind her.



* NoodleIncident: Homer tried to join Music/ZZTop at one point, the only record of this being a photo of him with an extremely long beard. Marge notes that he promised not to mention it again.

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* NoodleIncident: NoodleIncident:
** Bart once managed to trick Abe into getting stuck in the back of the family car, apparently by posing as Creator/QuentinTarantino.
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Homer tried to join Music/ZZTop at one point, the only record of this being a photo of him with an extremely long beard. Marge notes that he promised not to mention it again.



* PatrickStewartSpeech: Parodied when Professor Z tries to give an inspiring speech to his 'Z-Men', but it quickly becomes incomprehensible nonsense.

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* PatrickStewartSpeech: Parodied when Professor Z tries to give an inspiring speech to his 'Z-Men', but it quickly becomes incomprehensible nonsense. Wolverine knock-off Weaselsine still comments "those are some right pretty words, professor."



-->'''Mrs Krabapple''': (smug grin) "France."
-->'''Miss Hoover''': (DeathGlare) "Student's pet."

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-->'''Mrs Krabapple''': (smug grin) "France."
''(smug grin)'' France.
-->'''Miss Hoover''': (DeathGlare) "Student's ''(DeathGlare)'' Student's pet."



* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Radioactive Man represents the conservative 50s viewpoint, no matter the era he's in, so when he and fellow superhero Bleeding Heart are kicked out of a diner from dressing like hippies, and Bleeding Heart ruminates on how they live in a country where people are denied service just because they're slightly different, Radioactive Man chimes in with "it makes me ''proud'' to be an American."



* ProperlyParanoid: Abe Simpson hides in the boot of Homer's car, convinced the government has designed robots to steal false teeth. Later on, we find out such robots exist, designed by who else but Frink.

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* ProperlyParanoid: In one issue, Abe Simpson hides in the boot of Homer's car, convinced the government has designed robots to steal false teeth. Later on, we find out such robots exist, designed by who else but Frink.



* SanitySlippage: Exposure to one too many of Homer's stupid ideas in a short space of time causes Moe to snap.

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* SanitySlippage: SanitySlippage:
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Exposure to one too many of Homer's stupid ideas in a short space of time causes Moe to snap.



** Halfway through issue 1, the story has a reference to Film/DoctorStrangelove, with Wiggum refusing to let Marge into the Springfield War Room because "she'll see the big board!"



* [[ShoutOut/ToShakespeare Shout-Out: To Shakespeare]]: Before "Twenty-Two Short Tales about Springfield" aired, Bumblebee Man spoke exclusively like this.

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* [[ShoutOut/ToShakespeare Shout-Out: To Shakespeare]]: Shout-Out to Shakespear]]: Before "Twenty-Two Short Tales about Springfield" aired, Bumblebee Man spoke exclusively like this.



* TakeThat: One issue has a ''lot'' of these directed toward {{Series/Millennium}}.

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* TakeThat: TakeThat:
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One issue has a ''lot'' of these directed toward {{Series/Millennium}}.



* ViewersAreGeniuses: A hell of a lot of the content and jokes made no sense at all to children and was geared towards adults.

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* ViewersAreGeniuses: A hell of a lot of the content and jokes made makes no sense at all to children and was is geared towards adults.
28th Mar '16 12:36:32 PM VenomLancerHae
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* XMeetsY: One of the older ''Treehouse of Horror'' stories begins as a parody of ''{{Literature/Carrie}}'' but then turns into an ''Franchise/XMen'' parody as Lisa's telekinetic rampage resembles Jean Grey's time as Dark Phoenix.
23rd Mar '16 7:33:57 PM SarcasmKid
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* ArtShift: ''Treehouse of Horror'', an annual series of Halloween comics inspired by the televised ''Simpsons'' episodes [[TreehouseOfHorror of the same title]].

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* ArtShift: ArtShift:
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''Treehouse of Horror'', an annual series of Halloween comics inspired by the televised ''Simpsons'' episodes [[TreehouseOfHorror of the same title]].



** Issue 17's final segment includes a StoryWithinAStory done in the style of Creator/ECComics.



* HorrorHunger: ''Treehouse of Horror'' #17's story "Marge of the Dead" features Marge getting a organ transplant from a cadaver, with the transplant giving her an insatiable craving for human brains.



* NothingIsScarier: In ''Treehouse of Horror'' #17, the last story in the issue, "Harvest of Fear," utilizes this and GoryDiscretionShot by having the final page be drawn to look as though it was cut out. However, on the remaining sliver of page left, one can barely make out Bart [[spoiler: ''getting his face ripped off'']].



* ShmuckBait: "Harvest of Fear" in ''Treehouse of Horror'' #17 ends with Bart learning the author of the comic that's been driving him nuts removed the last page from every edition because he knew it'd drive kids crazy and lead them to him to find out what happened. [[spoiler: The author transforms into a monster and, as can just about be made out on the last page, he rips Bart apart.]]



* TemporaryBulkChange: One story had Mr. Burns try to save money by giving his employees delicious and highly addictive donuts in lieu of pay. This backfired when A: it was costing him millions to manufacture the donuts, and B: the workforce became obese, spent more time eating the donuts instead of doing their jobs, which caused productivity to drop significantly. By the end of the story Burns had to reinstate regular pay, but kept the donuts with their fat content and addictive quality reduced.

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* TemporaryBulkChange: One story had TemporaryBulkChange:
** In "Dullards to Donuts,"
Mr. Burns try tries to save money by giving his employees delicious and highly addictive donuts in lieu of pay. This backfired when A: it was costing him millions to manufacture the donuts, and B: the workforce became obese, obese and spent more time eating the donuts instead of doing their jobs, which caused productivity to drop significantly. By the end of the story Burns had to reinstate regular pay, but kept the donuts with their fat content and addictive quality reduced.reduced.
** "Fly Away Homer" ends with Homer becoming skinny while laboring to get to the cruise ship the rest of the family's on, while Marge and the kids get fat from just sitting around and eating.


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* XMeetsY: One of the older ''Treehouse of Horror'' stories begins as a parody of ''{{Literature/Carrie}}'' but then turns into an ''Franchise/XMen'' parody as Lisa's telekinetic rampage resembles Jean Grey's time as Dark Phoenix.
8th Mar '16 6:54:48 AM aye_amber
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After its success in prime time TV, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' spawned into ComicBook territory with its own series based on the show. The comics were created by Creator/BongoComics. ''Simpsons Comics'', The main title was launched in November, 1993 and is still ongoing. There have also been several spin-offs such as ''Bart Simpson'', ''Treehouse of Horror'', and ''Radioactive Man''.

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After its success in prime time TV, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' spawned into ComicBook territory with its own series based on the show. The comics were created by Creator/BongoComics. ''Simpsons Comics'', Comics,'' The main title was launched in November, 1993 and is still ongoing. There have also been several spin-offs {{spin off}}s such as ''Bart Simpson'', Simpson,'' ''Treehouse of Horror'', Horror,'' and ''Radioactive Man''. Man.''



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* GoodCopBadCop: When chewing Bart and Lisa out for ruining a school production, Skinner is constantly undermined by Mrs Krabapple, who suggests harsh punishments for both of them.

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* GoodCopBadCop: When chewing Bart and Lisa out for ruining a school production, Skinner is constantly undermined by Mrs Mrs. Krabapple, who suggests harsh punishments for both of them.
6th Oct '15 9:17:01 AM Angeldeb82
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* ShoutOutToShakespeare: Before "Twenty-Two Short Tales about Springfield" aired, Bumblebee Man spoke exclusively like this.

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* ShoutOutToShakespeare: [[ShoutOut/ToShakespeare Shout-Out: To Shakespeare]]: Before "Twenty-Two Short Tales about Springfield" aired, Bumblebee Man spoke exclusively like this.



* StatusQuoIsGod: The show's tendency towards this is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] sometimes. For example, when fired Homer just mutters to himself.

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* StatusQuoIsGod: The show's tendency towards this is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] {{lampshade|Hanging}}d sometimes. For example, when fired Homer just mutters to himself.
6th Oct '15 9:14:38 AM Angeldeb82
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* BunnyEarsLawyer: During the trial of Homer Comic Book Guy for the selling and distributing of obscene horror history comics Bart is able to act as their lawyer, he then has the entire jury replaced since they are not a jury of the defendants peers since they know nothing about comics and thus cannot truly understand the case. The jury is reformed with geeks who drop the obscenity charges, but charge them with a bunch of petty grievences instead.

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* BunnyEarsLawyer: During the trial of Homer Comic Book Guy for the selling and distributing of obscene horror history comics Bart is able to act as their lawyer, he then has the entire jury replaced since they are not a jury of the defendants peers since they know nothing about comics and thus cannot truly understand the case. The jury is reformed with geeks who drop the obscenity charges, but charge them with a bunch of petty grievences grievances instead.



** [[UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter Jimmy Carter]] appears in a flashback in "Marge the Sellout", building a home for Marge's old prom date Artie Ziff.

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** [[UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter Jimmy Carter]] UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter appears in a flashback in "Marge the Sellout", building a home for Marge's old prom date Artie Ziff.



* CharacterisationMarchesOn: An early Bartman comic has the Comic Book Guy ''willingly'' partake in selling deliberately made "error" comics, simply in order to make money.

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* CharacterisationMarchesOn: CharacterizationMarchesOn: An early Bartman comic has the Comic Book Guy ''willingly'' partake in selling deliberately made "error" comics, simply in order to make money.



* ComicBookDeath: In the Radioactive Man comics, this is parodied. When the eponymous hero is blasted with a death ray, and his sidekick mournfully announces he's dead, one of the other heroes just thinks "show-off. He'll be back by the end of the month." He is in fact back by the next issue.



* DeathIsCheap: In the Radioactive Man comics, this is parodied. When the eponymous hero is blasted with a death ray, and his sidekick mournfully announces he's dead, one of the other heroes just thinks "show-off. He'll be back by the end of the month." He is in fact back by the next issue.



* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:"Nobody's Purrfect" ends on one of these. About to start a new life after being ridden of her obsession with cats, [[CrazyCatLady Eleanor Abernathy]] reverts back to normal when some kitties start chasing after her when she picks a nice sweater up from the garbage can. [[FridgeHorror Even worse,]] the blue cat's wink at the end makes it seem like they planned it.]]

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:"Nobody's Purrfect" ends on one of these. About to start a new life after being ridden of her obsession with cats, [[CrazyCatLady Eleanor Abernathy]] reverts back to normal when some kitties start chasing after her when she picks a nice sweater up from the garbage can. [[FridgeHorror Even worse,]] worse]], the blue cat's wink at the end makes it seem like they planned it.]]
3rd Aug '15 1:56:29 PM MisterCPC
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** Another Radioactive Man story that's supposed to be set during the Silver Age features his friend Radioactive Ape undergoing a series of bizarre transformations, the last of which sees him becoming an ultra-muscled, gun-toting thug covered in spikes and belts. After curing him, the two joke about how [[TemptingFate super heroes would never look that ridiculous in the future]].
28th Apr '15 9:32:52 AM Scorntex
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* AIIsACrapshoot: One issue has Smithers commissioning a supercomputer with Mr. Burns's personality, to take over his operation in case he dies. In an inversion, the computer is everything Burns isn't. Polite, genial, helpful. So naturally, once Mr. Burns learns about this, he has Smithers destroy "Monty". Smithers instead manages to smuggle him back to his home computer.


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** After an attempt at a computerized replacement goes wrong, Mr. Burns decides to go back to cloning attempts.
-->'''Smithers:''' Old-school is best, sir.
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