History YMMV / TheSimpsons

25th May '16 7:06:42 AM MysteriousZorua1994
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*** Other one-time characters who could serve as personal Sideshow Bobs for the family include Frank Grimes Jr. for Homer, Mrs. Cantwell for Lisa, and Jack Lassen for Bart.
22nd May '16 12:59:48 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* TheyKilledKennyAgain: Hans Moleman. Although technically we don't see him die, he ends up seemingly about to die with no chance of surviving quite often, but keeps coming back.
20th May '16 4:29:33 PM needlessexposition
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%% Martin** Agnes Skinner. She has a very toxic relationship toward her son Seymour (just about every form of abuse but sexual), openly insults anyone without them doing anything to her (like calling Homer "Jumbo" for no reason in "Simpsons Safari"), complains constantly about nothing, and is just plain unpleasant to be around.
18th May '16 3:30:57 PM 123456789
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** But the seasons that deserve a mention are Seasons 11 and 12, and many feel they were the show's worst. The season relies heavily on [[BizarroEpisode bizarre plots]], [[GainaxEnding nonsensical twist endings]], [[CelebrityStar and tons of special guest stars]].

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** But the seasons that deserve a mention are Seasons 11 and 12, and which many feel they were the show's worst. The season relies heavily on [[BizarroEpisode bizarre plots]], [[GainaxEnding nonsensical twist endings]], [[CelebrityStar and tons of special guest stars]].stars]], not unlike shows like ''SouthPark'' and ''FamilyGuy''.
16th May '16 9:21:38 AM BatmanKalEl
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** Marge being a good parent, yet all we see is her being nagging, smothering, condescending and unaccepting of anything beyond her views and when Lisa becomes a Buddhist and Bart goes Catholic, she tries to force them back to her denomination of Christianity.



* InformedAttribute: Marge being a good parent, yet all we see is her being nagging, smothering, condescending and unaccepting of anything beyond her views and when Lisa becomes a Buddhist and Bart goes Catholic, she tries to force them back to her denomination of Christianity.
8th May '16 12:08:23 AM CaptainTedium
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* CriticalResearchFailure: In "The Man Who Came to be Dinner", a shallow TakeThat at Creator/Disney involves a Mickey Mouse stand-in saying "My cartoons weren't good, they were just first", when anyone who's familiar with ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat'', the early animations by Windsor [=McCay=], or even the history of animation in general would know for certain that Mickey Mouse is '''not''' the first cartoon character.

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* CriticalResearchFailure: In "The Man Who Came to be Dinner", a shallow TakeThat at Creator/Disney Creator/{{Disney}} involves a Mickey Mouse stand-in saying "My cartoons weren't good, they were just first", when anyone who's familiar with ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat'', the early animations by Windsor [=McCay=], or even the history of animation in general would know for certain that Mickey Mouse is '''not''' the first cartoon character.
8th May '16 12:07:14 AM CaptainTedium
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* CriticalResearchFailure: In "The Man Who Came to be Dinner", a shallow TakeThat at Creator/Disney involves a Mickey Mouse stand-in saying "My cartoons weren't good, they were just first", when anyone who's familiar with ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat'', the early animations by Windsor [=McCay=], or even the history of animation in general would know for certain that Mickey Mouse is '''not''' the first cartoon character.
6th May '16 6:37:57 AM luiz4200
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** In the Treehouse of Horror episode, "How to Get A-Dead in Advertising", one of the celebrities Homer targets is eccentric musician {{Prince}}. Now that Prince actually is dead (albeit not from being stabbed with his symbol guitar), that scene is painful to look at, much less get laughs from (and will most likely be edited in American reruns for a while[[note]]the UK version also cuts this scene, but only because it was too violent[[/note]]).

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** In the Treehouse of Horror episode, "How to Get A-Dead Ahead in Advertising", Dead-Vertising", one of the celebrities Homer targets is eccentric musician {{Prince}}. Now that Prince actually is dead (albeit not from being stabbed with his symbol guitar), that scene is painful to look at, much less get laughs from (and will most likely be edited in American reruns for a while[[note]]the UK version also cuts this scene, but only because it was too violent[[/note]]).
1st May '16 8:55:02 AM ArJayKay
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** In an earlier season, after Maude dies Ned goes on a date with Edna Krabappel, who only dates Flanders to get back at Principal Skinner. Come Season 23, the two (Ned and Edna, not Edna and Skinner) are now married. [[spoiler:However, Edna was killed off in 2013 after her voice actress died.]]

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** In an earlier season, after Maude dies Ned goes on a date with Edna Krabappel, who only dates Flanders to get back at Principal Skinner. Come Season 23, the two (Ned and Edna, not Edna and Skinner) are now married. [[spoiler:However, Edna was killed off in 2013 2014 after her voice actress died.]]



** "That 90s Show", an episode aired in 2008 and set in the early 1990s, has a scene where Homer and Marge divide their belongings. The joke is supposed to be that Homer keeps all the stuff that ends up being worthless by the 2000s: "I'll keep the [=LPs=], and you take the [=CDs=]. I'll take the typewriter, you take the computer. I'll take the Enron stock, you take the Microsoft stock." Except that in 2008 vinyl records were already making a comeback among the music cognoscenti, and downloaded files were well on their way of replacing [=CDs=] as the main form in which people consume digital music. A few years after the episode aired, those [=LPs=] would probably sell for a lot more than the [=CDs=].

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** "That 90s Show", an episode aired in 2008 and set in the early 1990s, has a scene where Homer and Marge divide their belongings. The joke is supposed to be that Homer keeps all the stuff that ends up being worthless by the 2000s: "I'll keep the [=LPs=], and you take the [=CDs=]. I'll take the typewriter, you take the computer. I'll take the Enron stock, you take the Microsoft stock." Except that in 2008 vinyl records were already making a comeback among the music cognoscenti, and downloaded files were online streaming was well on their its way of replacing [=CDs=] as the main form in which people consume digital music. A few years after the episode aired, those [=LPs=] would probably sell for a lot more than the [=CDs=].



** In "Homer Goes To College", when Homer is told he has to go to college to keep his job, Bart sarcastically asks "Barber or clown?", angering Homer. Later, in "Homie the Clown", Homer actually goes to clown college and becomes a Krusty the Clown impersonator.

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** In "Homer Goes To College", when Homer is told he has to go to college to keep his job, Bart sarcastically asks "Barber or clown?", angering Homer. Later, in "Homie the Clown", Homer actually goes to clown college and becomes a Krusty the Clown impersonator.impersonator, and he would later become a barber in "Homer Scissorhands."



** In a pivotal scene of "Bart gets his by a car", Marge is called to testify before court by the name "Mrs. Homer J. Simpson" (rendered in some dubs as "Mrs. ''H.'' J. Simpson", even). Amazingly, the scene is ''not'' a reference to the O.J. Simpson trial, since it happened in 1994/1995, and the episode came out in 1991.

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** In a pivotal scene of "Bart gets his Gets Hit by a car", Car", Marge is called to testify before court by the name "Mrs. Homer J. Simpson" (rendered in some dubs as "Mrs. ''H.'' J. Simpson", even). Amazingly, the scene is ''not'' a reference to predates the O.J. Simpson trial, since it which happened in 1994/1995, and while the episode came out aired in 1991.
24th Apr '16 7:56:12 PM maxwellsilver
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** Mr. Burns also gets one when he blacks out the sun at the end of Season 6. Even [[ExtremeDoormat Smithers]] [[EveryoneHasStandards thinks he's gone too far]].

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** Mr. Burns also gets one when he blacks out the sun at the end of Season 6. Even [[ExtremeDoormat Smithers]] [[EveryoneHasStandards ExtremeDoormat Smithers thinks he's gone too far]].far.



* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has a lot of one-shot characters that are quite popular, such as [[BitchInSheepsClothing Jessica Lovejoy]], [[TheRival Allison Taylor]], Alex Whitney, [[TheSimpsonsMovie Colin]], and every guest spot child character. Many fans are unhappy that they only got a single appearance.
** Also, [[Creator/AlbertBrooks Hank]] [[VillainOfTheWeek Scorpio]]. The man was a [[AffablyEvil genuinely nice]], down-to-earth... James Bond supervillain. He's every bit as awesome as he sounds, and "You Only Move Twice", the episode in which he appears, is generally regarded as the best episode of Season 8. He could have been a great recurring villain or DealWithTheDevil character (he offers Homer a job in "You Only Move Twice"), especially as Mr. Burns became senile and ineffectual in the later seasons, but no luck.
** Samantha Stanky is a good example to apply to this trope. Not only could she have been the one true LoveInterest for [[ThrowTheDogABone Milhouse]] (and end Milhouse's embarrassing attempts to win Lisa over), but she could have been a second best friend for Bart, [[ThreeAmigos making the three of them a trio]], and by possible association, the first true friend Lisa would ever have. Sadly, Samantha's [[OverprotectiveDad prudish father]] sent her to an all-girl convent school, where she is locked away from the outside world, and hasn't been seen or referenced since.
*** On an analytical note, Samantha also could have been one of the rare glimmers of purity in [[SurroundedByIdiots lackluster]] [[CrapsackWorld town]] [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer full]] [[KidsAreCruel of]] [[{{Jerkass}} jerks]].
** After regaining his wealth and reconciling with Homer, Herb Powell could've been the BigGood of Springfield, given his status in contrast to Mr. Burns' BigBad. He could've also been an excellent benefactor in helping the Simpson family in any of their recurring financial jams. However, by the time the writers decided to get DannyDeVito involved with the Simpsons again (now on the onset of the Great Recession), he was given one off-screen line confirming [[RealityEnsues that he was poor again]].

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' ''The Simpsons'' has a lot of one-shot characters that are quite popular, such as [[BitchInSheepsClothing Jessica Lovejoy]], [[TheRival Lovejoy, Allison Taylor]], Taylor, Alex Whitney, [[TheSimpsonsMovie Colin]], Colin, and every guest spot child character. Many fans are unhappy that they only got a single appearance.
** Also, [[Creator/AlbertBrooks Hank]] [[VillainOfTheWeek Scorpio]].Hank Scorpio. The man was a [[AffablyEvil genuinely nice]], down-to-earth... James Bond supervillain. He's every bit as awesome as he sounds, and "You Only Move Twice", the episode in which he appears, is generally regarded as the best episode of Season 8. He could have been a great recurring villain or DealWithTheDevil character (he offers Homer a job in "You Only Move Twice"), especially as Mr. Burns became senile and ineffectual in the later seasons, but no luck.
** Samantha Stanky is a good example to apply to this trope. Not only could she have been the one true LoveInterest for [[ThrowTheDogABone Milhouse]] (and end Milhouse's embarrassing attempts to win Lisa over), but she could have been a second best friend for Bart, [[ThreeAmigos making the three of them a trio]], and by possible association, the first true friend Lisa would ever have. Sadly, Samantha's [[OverprotectiveDad prudish father]] sent her to an all-girl convent school, where she is locked away from the outside world, and hasn't been seen or referenced since.
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since. On an analytical note, Samantha also could have been one of the rare glimmers of purity in [[SurroundedByIdiots lackluster]] [[CrapsackWorld town]] [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer full]] [[KidsAreCruel of]] [[{{Jerkass}} jerks]].
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** After regaining his wealth and reconciling with Homer, Herb Powell could've been the BigGood of Springfield, given his status in contrast to Mr. Burns' BigBad. He could've also been an excellent benefactor in helping the Simpson family in any of their recurring financial jams. However, by the time the writers decided to get DannyDeVito Creator/DannyDeVito involved with the Simpsons again (now on the onset of the Great Recession), he was given one off-screen line confirming [[RealityEnsues that he was poor again]].again.



** [[MassiveNumberedSiblings The Nahasapeemapetilon Octuplets]] themselves could've been given [[CharacterDevelopment individual quirks]] that distinguish them from each other ([[NotAllowedToGrowUp if they would get older]] [[OutOfFocus and receive more screen time]]). However, any future incarnation would involve all eight of them working at the Kwik-E-Mart as eight mini-Apus, and being bossy and rude to any of their employees.
** Even though Ling Bouvier was able to be adopted from China by Selma, both Patty and Selma are shown more frequently than her own baby ([[FridgeLogic bring to question, who is watching their baby?]]). In terms of possible use, Ling could've served as a playmate for Maggie. Though later episodes have her and Maggie (and sometimes, with other kids) in the background for side jokes.

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** [[MassiveNumberedSiblings The Nahasapeemapetilon Octuplets]] themselves could've been given [[CharacterDevelopment individual quirks]] quirks that distinguish them from each other ([[NotAllowedToGrowUp if they would get older]] [[OutOfFocus and receive more screen time]]).time). However, any future incarnation would involve all eight of them working at the Kwik-E-Mart as eight mini-Apus, and being bossy and rude to any of their employees.
** Even though Ling Bouvier was able to be adopted from China by Selma, both Patty and Selma are shown more frequently than her own baby ([[FridgeLogic bring (bring to question, who is watching their baby?]]).baby?). In terms of possible use, Ling could've served as a playmate for Maggie. Though later episodes have her and Maggie (and sometimes, with other kids) in the background for side jokes.



** Mona Simpson. She loves Homer and regrets abandoning him, in contrast to unrepentant [[TheEeyore Eeyore]]-{{Jerkass}} Abe, so she could have provided a different perspective on his childhood, and her history of activism & radicalism could have made her an interesting partner or foil to Lisa.
** Ruth Powers and her daughter Laura were introduced in season 4 as the Simpsons' new neighbors. Laura acted as Bart's crush and become something of an older sister to him at the end of her first appearance. In the next season, Ruth had her own episode where she became good friends with Marge and went on an adventure with her. They could have played a larger role in many Simpson's adventures, but aside from a few cameos, Ruth herself only made an appearance a decade later.

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** Mona Simpson. She loves Homer and regrets abandoning him, in contrast to unrepentant [[TheEeyore Eeyore]]-{{Jerkass}} Abe, so she could have provided a different perspective on his childhood, and her history of activism & and radicalism could have made her an interesting partner or foil to Lisa.
** Ruth Powers and her daughter Laura were introduced in season 4 as the Simpsons' new neighbors. Laura acted as Bart's crush and become something of an older sister to him at the end of her first appearance. In the next season, Ruth had her own episode where she became good friends with Marge and went on an adventure with her. They could have played a larger role in many Simpson's adventures, but aside from a few cameos, Ruth herself only made an a sinlge appearance a decade later.



** Really, there's a massive load of characters that could desperately do with more development or even just things to do but nope, let's see what [[FlatCharacter the Crazy Cat Lady was like before she became obsessed with throwing cats!]]

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** Really, there's a massive load of characters that could desperately do with more development or even just things to do but nope, let's see what [[FlatCharacter the Crazy Cat Lady was like before she became obsessed with throwing cats!]]cats!
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