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10th Sep '17 2:57:11 PM NESBoy
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* ExtendableArms: Part of the show's EarlyInstallmentWeirdness is that the animation of the early episodes have more of a cartoonish flair than later ones. This leads to arms stretching implausibly on occasion, such as [[https://frinkiac.com/img/S01E13/726710.jpg Bart putting the Happy Little Elves tape into the VCR]] in "Some Enchanted Evening", and [[https://frinkiac.com/img/S01E05/78177.jpg Lisa snatching a cupcake away from Homer]] in "Bart the General".
29th Aug '17 9:07:56 PM Mattdaw
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*** [TheSimpsonsS8E16BrotherFromAnotherSeries Sideshow Bob is finally redeemed] and saves the lives of both Bart and everyone in Springfield...or at least, he tried to, since the dam broke anyway.

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*** [TheSimpsonsS8E16BrotherFromAnotherSeries [[TheSimpsonsS8E16BrotherFromAnotherSeries Sideshow Bob is finally redeemed] redeemed]] and saves the lives of both Bart and everyone in Springfield...or at least, he tried to, since the dam broke anyway.



** Down-to-earth plots are thrown out the window (The family moves away and Homer has a James Bond supervillain for a boss, Bart works in a burlesque house, Homer becomes a bootlegger, the family gets a MaryPoppins [CaptainErsatz equivalent] for a nanny, Homer tries to become the heavyweight boxing champion of the world, and Homer meets the cast of the X-Files to track down an alien, just to name a few). While less realistic plots were decently prevalent in earlier seasons, it was never so common or obvious. The showrunners Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein admit that they were experimenting because they assumed they would be the final showrunners and the show wouldn't be on for much longer.

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** Down-to-earth plots are thrown out the window (The family moves away and Homer has a James Bond supervillain for a boss, Bart works in a burlesque house, Homer becomes a bootlegger, the family gets a MaryPoppins [CaptainErsatz equivalent] Expy for a nanny, Homer tries to become the heavyweight boxing champion of the world, and Homer meets the cast of the X-Files to track down an alien, just to name a few). While less realistic plots were decently prevalent in earlier seasons, it was never so common or obvious. The showrunners Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein admit that they were experimenting because they assumed they would be the final showrunners and the show wouldn't be on for much longer.



*** [TheSimpsonsS8E14TheItchyAndScratchyAndPoochieShow The Itchy and Scratchy and Poochie Show] was basically an allegory for the show itself, its fanbase, and its declining relevance, quality, and ratings, as well as creating Roy, a composite parody of RememberTheNewGuy and CousinOliver, two common symptoms of JumpingTheShark.
*** [TheSimpsonsS8E24TheSimpsonsSpinOffShowcase The spin-off showcase] makes a joke at the end about what's ahead for Season 9, which include many stereotypical moves of what a series does once it starts its decline (supernatural elements, contrived and nonsensical weddings, and inexplicably lost and found family members).
** The show basically does a DeconstructiveParody of itself with [TheSimpsonsS8E23HomersEnemy Frank Grimes], showing how the show is simply now too much of a CrapsackWorld to be as poignant and relatable as it once was, simply showing how the world revolves around Homer Simpson and his antics. This is not usually something a show does unless it is winding itself down.

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*** [TheSimpsonsS8E14TheItchyAndScratchyAndPoochieShow [[TheSimpsonsS8E14TheItchyAndScratchyAndPoochieShow The Itchy and Scratchy and Poochie Show] Show]] was basically an allegory for the show itself, its fanbase, and its declining relevance, quality, and ratings, as well as creating Roy, a composite parody of RememberTheNewGuy and CousinOliver, two common symptoms of JumpingTheShark.
*** [TheSimpsonsS8E24TheSimpsonsSpinOffShowcase [[TheSimpsonsS8E24TheSimpsonsSpinOffShowcase The spin-off showcase] showcase]] makes a joke at the end about what's ahead for Season 9, which include many stereotypical moves of what a series does once it starts its decline (supernatural elements, contrived and nonsensical weddings, and inexplicably lost and found family members).
** The show basically does a DeconstructiveParody of itself with [TheSimpsonsS8E23HomersEnemy [[TheSimpsonsS8E23HomersEnemy Frank Grimes], Grimes]], showing how the show is simply now too much of a CrapsackWorld to be as poignant and relatable as it once was, simply showing how the world revolves around Homer Simpson and his antics. This is not usually something a show does unless it is winding itself down.
29th Aug '17 9:06:30 PM Mattdaw
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* FinaleSeason: A very unusual, subverted example, combined with PostScriptSeason. While an explicit end to the Simpsons as not planned from the start (they actually didn't expect the show to be all that successful, let alone become the phenomenon it did), and the show does not have strict story arcs, the entire cast and crew expected the show to end after season 8. The show was starting to decline in quality and cultural relevance, and the show's increasing absurdity and lack of subtlety was starting to [[BrokenBase divide viewers]]. So while season 8 was not officially a Finale Season (and ended up not being one), it has almost all the properties of one:
** Various plot threads are wrapped up (the Krapabbell-Skinner romance was likely added to give the two most pathetic characters happiness in the end, as well as Bart finally warming up to his nemesis).
** Down-to-earth plots are thrown out the window (The family moves away and Homer has a Jame Bond supervillain for a boss, Bart works in a burlesque house, Homer becomes a bootlegger, the family gets a Mary Poppins expy for a nanny, Homer tries to become the heavyweight boxing champion of the world, and Homer meets the cast of the X-Files to track down an alien, just to name a few). While less realistic plots were decently prevalent in earlier seasons, it was never so common or obvious. The showrunnerd Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein admit that they were experimenting because they knew the show wouldn't be on for much longer.

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* FinaleSeason: A very unusual, subverted example, combined with PostScriptSeason. While an explicit end to the Simpsons as was not planned from the start (they actually (the creators didn't actually expect the show to be all that successful, let alone become the phenomenon it did), and the show does not have strict story arcs, the entire cast and crew expected the show to end after season 8. The show was starting to decline in quality and cultural relevance, and the show's increasing absurdity and lack of subtlety was starting to [[BrokenBase divide viewers]]. So while season 8 was not officially a Finale Season (and ended up not being one), it has almost all the properties of one:
** Various plot threads are wrapped up:
*** [TheSimpsonsS8E16BrotherFromAnotherSeries Sideshow Bob is finally redeemed] and saves the lives of both Bart and everyone in Springfield...or at least, he tried to, since the dam broke anyway.
*** Skinner and Krapabbell find love with each other, as well as Bart finally warming
up (the Krapabbell-Skinner to his nemesis. The romance was likely added to give the two most pathetic characters happiness in the end, as well as Bart end.
*** Ned Flanders's sunny, eternally optimistic demeanor is
finally warming up to shattered, and we learn his nemesis).
true demons.
** Down-to-earth plots are thrown out the window (The family moves away and Homer has a Jame James Bond supervillain for a boss, Bart works in a burlesque house, Homer becomes a bootlegger, the family gets a Mary Poppins expy MaryPoppins [CaptainErsatz equivalent] for a nanny, Homer tries to become the heavyweight boxing champion of the world, and Homer meets the cast of the X-Files to track down an alien, just to name a few). While less realistic plots were decently prevalent in earlier seasons, it was never so common or obvious. The showrunnerd showrunners Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein admit that they were experimenting because they knew assumed they would be the final showrunners and the show wouldn't be on for much longer.



*** Poochie was basically an allegory for the show itself and its declining relevance, quality, and ratings, as well as Roy, a composite parody of RememberTheNewGuy and CousinOliver, two common symptoms of JumpingTheShark.
*** The spin-off showcase makes a joke about what's ahead for Season 9, which include many stereotypical moves of what a series does once it starts its decline.
** The show basically does a DeconstructiveParody of itself with Frank Grimes, showing how the show is simply now too much of a CrapsackWorld to be as poignant and relatable as it once was, simply showing how the world revolves around Homer Simpson and his antics. This is not usually something a show does unless it is winding itself down.

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*** [TheSimpsonsS8E14TheItchyAndScratchyAndPoochieShow The Itchy and Scratchy and Poochie Show] was basically an allegory for the show itself itself, its fanbase, and its declining relevance, quality, and ratings, as well as creating Roy, a composite parody of RememberTheNewGuy and CousinOliver, two common symptoms of JumpingTheShark.
*** [TheSimpsonsS8E24TheSimpsonsSpinOffShowcase The spin-off showcase showcase] makes a joke at the end about what's ahead for Season 9, which include many stereotypical moves of what a series does once it starts its decline.
decline (supernatural elements, contrived and nonsensical weddings, and inexplicably lost and found family members).
** The show basically does a DeconstructiveParody of itself with [TheSimpsonsS8E23HomersEnemy Frank Grimes, Grimes], showing how the show is simply now too much of a CrapsackWorld to be as poignant and relatable as it once was, simply showing how the world revolves around Homer Simpson and his antics. This is not usually something a show does unless it is winding itself down.
26th Aug '17 9:16:27 AM N8han11
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* {{Hypocrite}}: Many Lisa episode’s will have her take a stand that’s a complete flip flop of her usual stance or the stance she took in a previous episode. For example the aesop of “Lard of the Dance” is not to be in a rush to grow up however Lisa has repeatedly called her classmate out for [[SoapBoxSadie acting like kids]] when there are so many problem in the world. In addition Lisa is often shown to not only be unwilling to hang out with people who don’t share her interest, but also to talk down on those who do to remind them that she is better yet she repeatedly calls out Harper in “Friend with Benefit” for doing the same thing only this time [[MoralMyopia to her]]. Lisa’s stance of BeliefMakesYouStupid is surprising given her actions in “Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment”.

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* {{Hypocrite}}: {{Hypocrite}}:
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Many Lisa episode’s episodes will have her take a stand that’s that's a complete flip flop flip-flop of her usual stance or the stance she took in a previous episode. For example the aesop of “Lard of the Dance” is not to be in a rush to grow up however Lisa has repeatedly called her classmate out for [[SoapBoxSadie acting like kids]] when there are so many problem in the world. In addition Lisa is often shown to not only be unwilling to hang out with people who don’t share her interest, but also to talk down on those who do to remind them that she is better yet she repeatedly calls out Harper in “Friend with Benefit” for doing the same thing only this time [[MoralMyopia to her]]. Lisa’s stance of BeliefMakesYouStupid is surprising given her actions in “Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment”.



* HypocriticalHumor: Far too many usages to count.
** Any "outsourcing" jokes, considering the animation of the show is done in South Korea.
* HypotheticalFightDebate: In one episode Bart asks Milo, the owner of a new comic book shop in town, who would win: [[ComicBook/FantasticFour The Thang]] or [[ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk the Mulk]]. Milo asks Bart what ''he'' thinks. Bart is impressed that a comic shop owner would encourage discussion rather than pontificating.
** In another episode, a group of nerds are tying up the phone line (ah, the joys of dial-up) because some guy thinks [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Captain Picard]] is better than [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Captain Kirk]] and naturally [[SeriousBusiness this just won't stand]].

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* HypocriticalHumor: Far too many usages to count.
**
Any "outsourcing" jokes, considering the animation of the show is done in South Korea.
* HypotheticalFightDebate: HypotheticalFightDebate:
**
In one episode Bart asks Milo, the owner of a new comic book shop in town, who would win: [[ComicBook/FantasticFour The Thang]] or [[ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk the Mulk]]. Milo asks Bart what ''he'' thinks. Bart is impressed that a comic shop owner would encourage discussion rather than pontificating.
** In another episode, a group of nerds are tying up the phone line (ah, the joys of dial-up) because some guy thinks [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Captain Picard]] is better than [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Captain Kirk]] and naturally [[SeriousBusiness this just won't stand]].
26th Aug '17 9:14:48 AM N8han11
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** Homer also steals all the Funzos under the tree of every house in town in "Grift of the Magi", with Bart and Lisa's help.
*** Homer has apparently (Counting that Christmas) Saved three Christmases, ruined Eight, and two where "Kind of a draw"

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** Homer also steals all the Funzos under the tree of every house in town in "Grift of the Magi", with Bart and Lisa's help.
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help. Apparently, Homer has apparently (Counting that Christmas) Saved saved three Christmases, ruined Eight, eight, and two where "Kind were "kind of a draw" draw".
26th Aug '17 9:11:59 AM N8han11
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*** The Skull Chair is [[FelonyMisdemeanor IS A RECLINER AS WELL!!!]]
26th Aug '17 9:10:54 AM N8han11
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** The show really did enjoy this trope. ''Bart Gets An F'' focuses on Bart's attempts to avoid it happening. Lisa goes up a grade and Bart goes down in another in ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Bart vs. Lisa vs. The Third Grade]]''.
** On the Extreme side Bart was knocked back to Kindergarten when Sideshow Bob became mayor. While Kearny is actually a grown adult.

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** The show really did enjoy this trope. ''Bart "Bart Gets An F'' F" focuses on Bart's attempts to avoid it happening. Lisa goes up a grade and Bart goes down in another in ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Bart vs. Lisa vs. The Third Grade]]''.
Grade]]".
** On the Extreme side Bart was knocked back to Kindergarten when Sideshow Bob became mayor. While Kearny mayor.
** Kearney, one of the bullies,
is actually a grown adult.
26th Aug '17 7:51:41 AM N8han11
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* FrameUp: In ''Krusty Gets Busted'', Sideshow Bob dresses in a Krusty costume and arm robbed the Kwik-E-Mart so he can punish Krusty the Clown. And it upsets Bart. And Sideshow Bob was arrested at the end of the episode. And that is why he was replaced with Sideshow Mel.

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* FrameUp: In ''Krusty "Krusty Gets Busted'', Busted", Sideshow Bob dresses in a as Krusty costume and arm robbed robs the Kwik-E-Mart so he can punish Kwik-E-Mart, angry about Krusty the Clown. And it upsets Bart. And Sideshow Bob was arrested at the end of the episode. And that is why he was replaced with Sideshow Mel.mistreating him.



*** That's really more because she's a shut-in and never opens her gate, though.
26th Aug '17 6:53:54 AM N8han11
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* FiveManBand:
** TheHero or TheBigGuy: Homer
** TheLancer and TheChick: Marge
** TheSmartGuy, and Another hero: Lisa
** TheBigGuy, and lancer of Lisa: Bart
** The TagalongKid: Maggie
*** Here's another possible version, depending on the interpretation:
*** TheHero: Bart
*** TheLancer and TheSmartGuy: Lisa
*** TheBigGuy: Homer
*** TheChick: Marge
*** The TagalongKid: Maggie
*** From "Lemon of Troy", as mentioned by Bart.
*** TheHero: Bart
*** TheLancer (Loyal sidekick): Milhouse
*** TheBigGuy (Tough Guy): Nelson
*** TheSmartGuy: Marvin
*** TheChick (Not mentioned, but doesn't fit anywhere else): Database
*** TheSixthRanger ( Religious Guy who will go crazy): Todd Flanders



** Moe is fond of these to Barney's confusion.

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** Moe is fond of these these, to Barney's confusion.
26th Aug '17 6:39:41 AM N8han11
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*** Scorpio's unique in that he's a completely NiceGuy to anyone who isn't his target.

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*** ** Scorpio's unique in that he's a completely NiceGuy to anyone who isn't his target.



** All of this is actually HilariousInHindsight, since the show did not end at that season, and was only just beginning its multi-decade run on television. Also because today, most longtime fans consider Season 8 one of the best seasons of the show., albeit the LAST good season of the show to many.



** Also, the commercial for the Krustyburger Ribwich. ([[http://rutube.ru/tracks/767236.html Here]] starting at 1:48. Sorry, it's dubbed in Russian.)

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** %%** Also, the commercial for the Krustyburger Ribwich. ([[http://rutube.ru/tracks/767236.html Here]] starting at 1:48. Sorry, it's dubbed in Russian.)Ribwich.



* FourFingeredHands: Endlessly lampshaded.

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* FourFingeredHands: FourFingeredHands:
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Endlessly lampshaded.
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