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27th Aug '16 7:26:27 AM Bosco13
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* MassSuperEmpoweringEvent: In ''When Bongos Collide'', every human in Springfield except Bart got hit with a nuclear blast caused by Itchy and Scratchy turned real. Not only did they gain diverse powers, but they started fighting each other for no particular reason. Bart observed, "With great power comes even greater irresponsibility!" In order to set things right, Bart dons his Bartman persona, and using Flanders' video camera, a comic book, and the same alien technology that made Itchy and Scratchy real, he teams up with Radioactive Man.
27th Aug '16 7:24:48 AM Bosco13
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* {{Defictionalisation}}; There have been comics about the [[ShowWithinAShow comic book within a show]], ''Radioactive Man''.
27th Aug '16 7:23:27 AM Bosco13
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* SuperheroEpisode: Quite common .Either focusing on [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E4TreehouseOfHorrorX Stretch Dude and Clobber Girl]], Bart being the Bartman character he dressed as in [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS2E21ThreeMenAndAComicBook Three Men and A Comic Book]] or [[ShowWithinAShow comic book within a show]] character, ''Radioactive Man''.
6th Aug '16 11:33:17 AM N8han11
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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)



** Sounds pretty straightforward, but there was actually a twist. Convinced that the sculpture actually contained hidden jewels that would make the school (and possibly the community) rich, Martin Prince (who in this adventure is humorously portrayed as an erudite mob boss) had intended to have resident thug Jimbo Jones and his lackeys steal the statue and bring it to him, whereupon he would chip away at the paint to uncover the jewels. When [[spoiler: Skinner]] takes the statue, Martin suspects that Jimbo and the other henchmen have double-crossed him and are keeping the puma for themselves. (It's all for naught, though, because when Martin finally removes the paint, all he finds is "nothing but worthless plaster.")


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** 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)
6th Aug '16 11:31:23 AM N8han11
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* Captain {{Expy}}: A great many of Radioactive Man's supporting cast (and RM himself) take a great deal from other superhero comics.

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* Captain {{Expy}}: CaptainExpy: A great many of Radioactive Man's supporting cast (and RM himself) take a great deal from other superhero comics.
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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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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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.
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