History Recap / TheSimpsonsS1E5BartTheGeneral

21st Feb '17 5:30:01 AM OlfinBedwere
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* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: The episode ends with Bart [[BreakingTheFourthWall telling the audience]] that war isn't cool or glamorous, unless it's The American Revolutionary War, WorldWarII, or The ''StarWars'' trilogy[[note]]the original one: ''A New Hope'', ''The Empire Strikes Back'', and ''Return of the Jedi''[[/note]]

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* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: The episode ends with Bart [[BreakingTheFourthWall telling the audience]] that war isn't cool or glamorous, unless it's The American Revolutionary War, WorldWarII, or The the ''StarWars'' trilogy[[note]]the original one: ''A New Hope'', ''The Empire Strikes Back'', trilogy[[note]]meaning the three films that had been released when the episode first aired: ''Film/ANewHope'', ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', and ''Return of the Jedi''[[/note]]''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''[[/note]]
13th Feb '17 9:45:19 AM OlfinBedwere
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* ArtEvolution: Whereas the previous four episodes (in production order) were all over the place in terms of animation quality, by this point the animators were evidently starting to get the feel for the series, resulting in this being the first episode that really resembles the more familiar animation style employed by the series.
30th Dec '16 10:25:17 AM pointycatears
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* RunningGag, TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter, and WhatCouldHaveBeen: The DVD commentary reveals that Herman's story of losing his arm while sticking it out a school bus window was intended to be the start of one, with him giving a different outlandish story about it every time he appeared. Like with most good ideas from the early seasons, the writers never used this again.

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* RunningGag, TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter, and WhatCouldHaveBeen: The DVD commentary reveals that Herman's story of losing his arm while sticking it out a school bus window was intended to be the start of one, [[MultipleChoicePast with him giving a different outlandish story about it every time he appeared.appeared]]. Like with most good ideas from the early seasons, the writers never used this again.
10th Sep '16 8:49:20 PM NWolfman
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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Nelson was a truly feared bully in this early episode. With this, his first defeat, he began to be less and less threatening, and usually guys like Jimbo, Dolph, and Kearney were more likely to play the role of a bully strong enough to threaten someone like Bart.

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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Nelson was a truly feared bully in this early episode. With this, his first defeat, he began to be less and less threatening, and usually guys threatening. Other bully characters like Jimbo, Dolph, and Kearney were more likely to play the role of a bully strong enough to threaten someone like Bart.Bart while Nelson became more of a parody of bully clichés.
25th Aug '16 10:04:33 PM BatmanKalEl
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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Nelson was a truly feared bully in this early episode. With this, his first defeat, he began to be less and less threatening, and usually guys like Jimbo, Dolph, and Kearney were more likely to play the role of a bully strong enough to threaten someone like Bart.



* VillainDecay, BadAssDecay: Nelson was a truly feared bully in this early episode. With this, his first defeat, he began to be less and less threatening, and usually guys like Jimbo, Dolph, and Kearney were more likely to play the role of a bully strong enough to threaten someone like Bart.

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* VillainDecay, BadAssDecay: Nelson was a truly feared bully in this early episode. With this, his first defeat, he began to be less and less threatening, and usually guys like Jimbo, Dolph, and Kearney were more likely to play the role of a bully strong enough to threaten someone like Bart.
21st Mar '16 10:20:14 AM marcoasalazarm
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* BullyBrutality: The whole dilemma of the story-Nelson's brutality growing to the point Bart fears he will be killed someday.

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* BullyBrutality: The whole dilemma of the story-Nelson's story: Nelson's brutality growing to the point Bart fears he will be killed someday.



* TheDogBitesBack

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* TheDogBitesBackTheDogBitesBack: The whole episode is a set-up for Bart doing this to Nelson... alongside ''every kid that Nelson has bullied''.
7th Feb '16 9:18:49 AM Thesedaysthosedays
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* VillainDecay, BadAssDecay: Nelson was a truly feared bully in this early episode. With this, his first defeat, he began to be less and less threatening, and usually guys like Jimbo, Dolph, and Kearney were more likely to play the role of a bully strong enough to threaten someone like Bart.
28th Dec '15 7:34:26 AM ParkedCarAnne
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* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: The episode ends with Bart [[BreakingTheFourthWall telling the audience]] that war isn't cool or glamorous.

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* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: The episode ends with Bart [[BreakingTheFourthWall telling the audience]] that war isn't cool or glamorous.glamorous, unless it's The American Revolutionary War, WorldWarII, or The ''StarWars'' trilogy[[note]]the original one: ''A New Hope'', ''The Empire Strikes Back'', and ''Return of the Jedi''[[/note]]
12th Nov '15 1:07:38 PM windyshadow32
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14th Sep '15 9:11:46 PM Premonition45
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Herman's voice is based upon then-President UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush.
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