Episode - 3F02\\
First Aired - 10/8/1995

To prove to Milhouse that the soul isn't real, Bart writes his on church stationery and sells it to Milhouse for $5.00, but Bart regrets it when he feels he's turning into an empty shell. Meanwhile, Moe decides to renovate his dank bar into a cheery family restaurant. [[note]]This episode is one of the episodes on Website/PlatypusComix's "The Bart Classics" list, which praises it because in the reviewer's opinion, it was one of the last episodes where Bart felt like a real kid to identify with, as we all have been in a desperate situation.[[/note]]
* AnswerCut:
-->'''Milhouse:''' But every religion says there's a soul, Bart. Why would they lie? What would they have to gain?
-->(''Cut to Lovejoy, in his office, working a change sorting machine.'')
* AnyoneRememberPogs: The TropeNamer, thought the exact phrase isn't used.
* BigWhat: Moe screams at Homer for saying "Hey, Moe!" a lot.
* CatapultNightmare: "Bart, it's time to end this dream / And don't forget the standard scream!"
* CreepyChildrenSinging: Sherri and Terri in Bart's nightmare.
* DealWithTheDevil: Bart selling his soul.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Lisa [[DiscussedTrope discusses]] such a concept at the end when she notes that some people believe a soul is earned through things like thought and prayer, as seen in the top quote. These things are, as she notes, what Bart did throughout the episode, perhaps truly earning his soul back, and thus gaining a happy ending, after all ([[IgnoredAesop Bart isn't listening]]).
* EskimosArentReal: Bart puts Music/MichaelJackson on a list of fictional things adults make up to scare children.
** ContinuitySnarl: Bart was a huge fan of Music/MichaelJackson (as well as all of Springfield) back in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E1StarkRavingDad Stark Raving Dad]]", so he knew he was real back then. By the time this episode was made, Michael Jackson was accused of sexually molesting children, so Bart may have stopped being a fan due to the accusations. Alternatively, NegativeContinuity may have kicked in.
** Bart never actually met the real Michael Jackson in that episode, [[FridgeBrilliance so maybe he truly believes he's not real]].
* EvilDetectingDog: After Bart sells his soul to Milhouse, the dog and cat both growl at him.
* EvilLaugh: Milhouse has one when begged by Bart to give him his soul back, but with a price: Fifty bucks.
** The street sweeper that wrecked Bart's bike has one too.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Bart sells his soul.
* EyeScream: After Itchy saws off the top of the Space Needle, it falls onto Scratchy's eye.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: When Bart and Lisa fight over whether or not Bart lost his soul in the foreground, Homer gets stuck on the stairs railing and calls for help. Santa's Little Helper bites his butt.
* GlamourFailure: Automatic doors don't open for soulless Bart, he can't fog up glass with his breath, he can't laugh, his eyes briefly turn cat-like as he performs a HissBeforeFleeing, etc.
* GoshDarnItToHeck: A stressed-out Moe finds himself unable to keep his temper and language in check at his new family restaurant.
--> '''Moe:''' (''to a little girl complaining her soda's too cold'') Your teeth hurt? Your ''teeth'' hurt?! Well, that's too freakin' bad. You hear me? I'll tell you where you can put your freaking "sodie" too!\\
(''All the customers gasp'')\\
'''Todd:''' Ow, my freakin' ears!\\
'''Ned:''' Well! I expect that type of language at Denny's, but not here!
* {{Headdesk}}: Bart on the Comic Book Guy's display case.
-->"Um, excuse me: no banging your head on the display case, please. It contains a very rare ''ComicStrip/MaryWorth'' in which she has advised a friend to commit suicide. Thank you."
* HissBeforeFleeing: Bart does this when he is caught trying to buy Ralph Wiggum's soul. For bonus points, he disappears into smoke like a supernatural being and his eyes are briefly slitted.
* InstantMassJustAddWater: Subverted and mocked. Bart uses the five dollars from Milhouse to buy dinosaur shaped sponges which the page advertises as growing gigantic when made wet. Bart imagines them growing into large dinosaur sized sponges which then frighten Lisa. What he gets is a pair of sponges that get slightly bigger and then get washed by the hose down the sewer drain.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Things start becoming a bit odd for soulless Bart, such as not being able to open automatic doors, his pets hissing wildly at him and...not being able to breathe on glass...but it's never firmly established if he really did lose his soul.
* PrayerIsALastResort
* SevenDeadlySins:
** Lust: Everyone looking disheveled and SexDressed during "In The Garden of Eden," Marge and Homer giggling over memories of making out to the "hymn"), and Snake's sexy girlfriend Soshanna.
** Gluttony: Homer grousing over having to wait 45 seconds for a flash-fried buffalo; Homer's brain telling Homer not to call Bart back because he can have Bart's meal.
** Greed: Reverend Lovejoy counting his collection plate money, Milhouse gloating over having Bart's soul, Homer taking Bart's meal (see also Gluttony), and Moe starting Uncle Moe's Family Feedbag because restaurants make more money than bars.
** Sloth: Bart and Milhouse slacking off at their organ-cleaning duties and Milhouse's dad telling Bart to go away because he needs to sleep.
** Wrath: Moe snaps at a little girl for complaining about her drink, Reverend Lovejoy getting mad at Bart and Milhouse over the prank, and Bart yelling at Lisa when Lisa keeps mocking him over the loss of his soul during grace.
** Envy: Lisa wants five bucks after Bart spent it on dinosaur sponges, Bart envying the souls of the kids in his dreams, and Moe envying restaurants for bringing in more money than bars.
** Pride: Bart prides himself for making an easy five bucks and is too proud to admit that the soul exists (until bad things begin happening to him).
* ShoutOut:
** The ''WesternAnimation/TheItchyAndScratchyShow'' episode is called "[[SleeplessInSeattle Skinless in Seattle]]."
** Bart says "[[Series/WildPalms Everything about me must go]]."
** A sled on Moe's wall is called [[Film/CitizenKane Rosebud]].
** "[[Literature/AreYouThereGodItsMeMargaret Are you there, God? It's me, Bart Simpson]]."
** Moe offers a free meal if he doesn't smile, like in the ''[[Series/{{Alice1976}} Alice]]'' episode "Mona Lisa Alice".
* SilenceYouFool: Homer's brain tells Homer to be silent so he could steal Bart's spaghetti and Moe balls.
* TheSoulless: PlayedForDrama -- Bart is scared over losing his soul to Milhouse and prays to God for it back.
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion: "Bart sold his soul, and that's just swell / Now he's going straight to / Hello operator, give me number nine..."
* TakeThat: "I expect that type of language at Denny's, but not here!"
** In non-English international translations, "Denny's" is changed to "McDonalds." The TakeThat still works, as both are low-rent fast-food restaurants with mediocre food.