Homer becomes a pie-wielding local superhero.
!!Tropes used in this episode:
* BannedEpisode: In some parts of Southeast Asia, this episode is either banned or edited to remove references to the Dalai Lama... including Burns blackmailing Homer (as Pie-Man) to attack him.
* CassandraTruth: Nobody believed in Homer when he confessed to being Pie-Man. [[SubvertedTrope Except Marge, who bluntly states it was obviously him and that "you'd have to be an idiot not to see it from the start."]]
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]]. Pie-Man's "base" is just the Simpsons' basement adorned with make-shift "superhero" gadgets and Christmas lights.
* HumiliationConga: Not only did Pie-Man give Comic Book Guy a well-deserved pie to the face, but it also made him a laughingstock and blew his chance of having tea (and possibly scoring a date with) [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Nichelle Nichols]].
* TheLopsidedArmOfTheLaw: As Pie-Man's exploits increase, the Springfield Police Department feels undermined (even if it's somewhat nonsensical, because as Lou points out Pie-Man is targeting [[{{JerkAss}} Jerkasses]], not crime), and so goes after the vigilante with spotlights, chopper support, multiple men in full SWAT gear, snipers... and a "shoot on sight" order.
* NoodleIncident: Homer did assault someone before and is warned by Chief Wiggum that he'll go to jail if he tries it again.
* PapaWolf: Homer (as Pie-Man) makes the Rich Texan pay for humiliating Lisa by throwing a pie in his face.
* PieInTheFace: Pie-Man's method of handling evil-doers.
* PungeonMaster: Homer, but eventually he runs out of pie-related puns.
* ReligionIsMagic: The Dalai Lama demonstrates the ability to fly.
* ShoutOut: Marge and Homer as Pie-Man [[Film/SpiderMan1 share a kiss while he's upside down]].
* ShroudedInMyth: When Homer exposes himself as Pie-Man, all of the other Springfieldians go on to argue that they had directly seen or heard about Pie-Man, saying wildly diverging descriptions (and none of which fit Homer). Lisa simply says that Pie-Man has ascended to become a "symbol", and Homer exposing himself [[YouCannotKillAnIdea can't kill that]].
* SuperheroEpisode
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: A RunningGag of the episode is Homer blurting out that he's Pie-Man, only to deny it immediately afterwards.
* TookALevelInJerkass: The Rich Texan Guy humiliates Lisa by ruining her entry in a contest, gives her a "Last Place" ribbon, and doesn't even apologize.