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25th Jun '17 9:50:47 AM rafi
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* NinetiesAntiHero: Parodied, like every other super hero cliché, when Bart visits the Android's Dungeon in one issue, and there's a shot of dozens of comics, including such [[SarcasmMode lovely names]] as Deathkill, Killdeath, Deathdeath and [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers The Lockjaw Legion]].
** And again with a Radioactive Man issue, where a clone of his becomes a nastier, edgier Radioactive Man, who is much more popular with children and marketing executives. The original defeats him with an attorney.
** 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]].



* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Like you see in the page pic, the first comic book involved Homer being on the receiving end of one of [[MiracleGroMonster Mr. Burns' experimental growth rays]]. He ended up rampaging through Springfield until a dose of an experimental formula returned him to normal.



* BizarroUniverse: There is a story where a malfunctioning invention of Professor Frink's turns the Simpson-verse bizarro- Sideshow Bob is principal of Springfield Elementary, with Milhouse as the top prankster, Bart as the nervous side character, and Lisa, bored with school and unhappy with her good grades. Krusty is an ex-clown sidekick in jail for framing his boss, Mr. Burns is not a rich businessman (With Smithers as his dog), Homer is a single dad raising Bart and Maggie who works for Comic Book Guy's mafia, Marge is a single mom who acts as Springfield's mayor, and most shocking over all, Homer and Marge never met! In fact, the only unchanged person is Moe the Bartender, still running his tavern- though he now has a glass eye. In trying to get back home, Frink ends up causing a series of events that makes the bizarroverse more like the real one.



* BlasphemousBoast: In an issue, Homer becomes the owner of a new boat and proclaims that it is so powerful that God himself could not sink it. And then Moe drives a truck carrying a large ice cube into the boat, causing it to sink; following the repairs, Homer claims that he wishes to retract his earlier comments about God's ship-sinking abilities, also offering praises to Allah, Buddah, and Ra for good measure.



* BodyPaint: An issue has Homer painting on a shirt and going to work like this to cope with a heatwave. Later, he's seen in a jail cell with a towel wrapped around him, talking about how his idea of painted on pants was not as subtle or well-received.



* ByTheLightsOfTheirEyes: Just like the cartoon, character's eyes tend to be the only thing visible in the darkness. Like in the show, this is frequently mocked, for example in issue #100, Bart asking Lisa how that's even possible.
-->'''Lisa:''' That's what you get when you're exposed to radiation for years.



* TheCameo: Pee-wee Herman (although [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed never mentioned by name]]) is the freak-show handler in "The Greatest D'oh On Earth." (It's something of an in-joke, since Pee-wee portrayer Paul Reubens grew up with several families of circus performers as his next-door neighbors, and of course appeared in ''Big Top Pee-wee''.)

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* TheCameo: CameraSpoofing: In an issue, Homer, Lenny and Carl snuck out to go to a baseball game. Homer chose the Polaroid option, but accidentally attached the picture upside down. Burns, after having his TV viewer checked to make sure IT wasn't upside down, sent guards to investigate, but the picture fell off JUST as Homer got back to his seat. Burns never even noticed. Oh, and Lenny picked a third option, sticking a robot double in his seat.
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Pee-wee Herman (although [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed never mentioned by name]]) is the freak-show handler in "The Greatest D'oh On Earth." (It's something of an in-joke, since Pee-wee portrayer Paul Reubens grew up with several families of circus performers as his next-door neighbors, and of course appeared in ''Big Top Pee-wee''.)



*** [[UsefulNotes/HillaryRodhamClinton Hillary Clinton]], [[Creator/JKRowling J.K. Rowling]] and Condoleeza Rice all appear in Lisa's dream urging her to try her hardest to gain admission to a good university in "Nobody's Purrfect".

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*** ** [[UsefulNotes/HillaryRodhamClinton Hillary Clinton]], [[Creator/JKRowling J.K. Rowling]] and Condoleeza Rice all appear in Lisa's dream urging her to try her hardest to gain admission to a good university in "Nobody's Purrfect".



* GoodAngelBadAngel: A comic features Bart suffering from a moral dilemma, complete with good and bad angels; the good angel knocks out the bad angel by ''throwing its halo like ComicBook/CaptainAmerica's shield'', at which point Bart remarks, "It figures that ''my'' conscience would suffer from mood swings."



* NinetiesAntiHero: Parodied, like every other super hero cliché, when Bart visits the Android's Dungeon in one issue, and there's a shot of dozens of comics, including such [[SarcasmMode lovely names]] as Deathkill, Killdeath, Deathdeath and [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers The Lockjaw Legion]].
** And again with a Radioactive Man issue, where a clone of his becomes a nastier, edgier Radioactive Man, who is much more popular with children and marketing executives. The original defeats him with an attorney.
** 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]].



* PlagiarismInFiction: In one early issue, Bart and Milhouse create their own superhero comic book, which is so popular at Springfield Elementary that fights for an issue break out. They try to sell their comic to real artists at a convention, but are turned down. Months later, a new comic comes out, starring a blatant expy of Bart and Milhouse's character with only the name changed. However, this shows the problem with stealing someone's idea- because the company isn't imaginative enough to create new ideas, the comic's stories become stale, and the publisher has to blackmail Bart and Milhouse into making new comics for them.



* SkinnyDipping: An issue ends with the townspeople getting drenched in mud and going skinny dipping to wash off.



* TwoTimerDate: The plot of "Springfield's Typical Teen-ager".

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* TwoTimerDate: The plot of TwoTimerDate:
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"Springfield's Typical Teen-ager".Teen-ager", a teenage Homer accidentally plans a date with Mr. Burn's niece and Marge at the same time, forcing him to drive back and fourth. Barney even compares Homer with [[Franchise/ArchieComics Archie Andrews.]]
** Another issue has Itchy and Scratchy being replaced (due to Cecil Terwilliger blackmailing Krusty) with ''Series/JeevesAndWooster'', in a made-up episode where Jeeves has two dates on the same day he's supposed to marry the queen. Homer complains about this... [[BaitAndSwitch because it's based on the "later" novels.]]
10th Dec '16 3:39:49 AM ClatoLawa
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** One Treehouse of Horror story is a retold version of Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers.

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** One Most Treehouse of Horror story is a stories are retold version versions of Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers.horror movies, including ''Film/CatPeople'', ''Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers'' and ''Film/TheExorcist''.



* AtomicFBomb: Homer gets angry at traffic reporter Artie Pie, and calls up the radio to cuss him out. It gets him thrown in jail.

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* AtomicFBomb: Homer gets angry at traffic reporter Artie Arnie Pie, and calls up the radio to cuss him out. It gets him thrown in jail.jail.
* BackToFront: Issue #43, "Journey to the Cellar of the Kwik-E Mart", is told in this fashion, starting with the family driving off a bridge, then flashing back through the kids' investigation of an urban myth at the Kwik-E Mart, and ending with a flashback to decades earlier which confirms the story was true.


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** One story in the main line has Mr. Burns deciding to end a strike (over a ridiculously small wage increase) by firing everyone and making clones of Smithers, at a cost far greater than it would have been to just give them the wage increase.


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* MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels: When in Paris with Bart and Krusty, Milhouse tries to talk to a ticket collector and ask him why Krusty's show has been cancelled. He accidentally asks if he'd like a cup of squirrels. When Bart tries, he finds out the guy speaks English.
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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* 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.
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