- Homer's first Moment of Awesome was in "Homer's Odyssey", the third episode of the series. Depressed and believing himself a failure in life after getting fired from the nuclear power plant, Homer decides to end it and commit suicide after he realizes that he can't provide for his family and they'd be better off without him. When his family comes looking for him and are in the line of a car, Homer rescues and saves them. Then as the sun raises behind he realizes what it is he's put on Earth for and begins a crusade about safety that winds up with him getting his job back as well as a promotion.
- Homer getting fed up with his father in "Grampa vs. Sexual Inadequacy"
Grampa: If I hadn't taken that stupid tonic 38 years ago, you'd have never been born and I'd have been happy. You were an accident!Abe: (Genuinely concerned) I'm sorry I said that.Homer: OUT.
Abe: (nervously gets out) I'm going to get out now, and I hope you'll find it in your heart not to drive aw—
(The car peels away, leaving Grandpa alone)
- How about Homer's epic fight against General Sherman, the legendary catfish at Catfish Lake, in "The War of the Simpsons". After hours of trying to reel it in, where the fish was dragging his boat all around the lake, he finally gets it in by beating the crap out of it, and breaking an oar over it's head. Then, as he's about to bring it on land, he runs into Marge at the docks, who is mad at him for going fishing while they were supposed to be on a marriage retreat. To prove that his marriage means more to him than a fish, he dumps it overboard, reconciling with Marge at the expense of becoming a legend himself to the bait shop weirdos. Then he still becomes a legend to those weirdos.
Bait shop owner: If you ask me, and most people do, he's 100 if he's a day.Man: Has anyone ever caught him?Bait shop owner: One man came close. Name of Homer Simpson. Seven feet tall... with arms like tree trunks. And his eyes were like steel, cold and hard. Had a shock of hair, red, like the fires of Hell.
- As seen in the above picture, Homer strangling Bart in "Father Knows Worst". Homer mistakenly swallows a flaming stick believing it was a shish kebab, prompting Bart to trick him into drinking lighter fluid. Homer then proceeds to choke Bart and breathe fire at the same time.
Homer: BURN, BARTY!! BURN!!!
- In "Homer Badman", when everyone at the Candy Convention chases after Homer and Marge, who has trouble running with her stuffed trenchcoat. Homer stops at the exit, kicks a Buzz Cola machine to get a can of pop, rips the tab off with his teeth, rips open a packet of Pop Rocks, and puts the packet over the can and shakes it. "See you in hell, candy boys!" he calls, lobbing it into the crowd. They all stop to watch as Homer continues to run in slow motion, the glass of the doors shattering behind him with the force of the fiery blast.
- Anytime Homer actually buckles down and acts like a true father.
- "Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie": His moratorium for Bart to see the "Itchy and Scratchy" movie lasts until 2032 [it was 1992 when this episode first aired] when Bart is now Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the two finally get to see the movie together
- "Father Knows Worst": Homer has to be the strong parent since Marge is too absorbed in the basement sauna she found.
- "There's No Disgrace Like Home": Homer sells the TV to put the family in therapy, then when the therapy doesn't work, he forces Dr. Monroe to refund him double what he paid and the family goes out and buys another TV.
- "Bart the Daredevil" is mostly remembered for its CMoF ending (Homer falling down the cliff — twice — then telling daredevil Lance Murdock that raising his kids is more dangerous than jumping over things on a motorcycle), but the moment preceding it is pure CMOA and Tear Jerker combined as Homer shows that he's willing to die to stop Bart from throwing his life away.
Homer: Bart, I tried ordering you, I tried punishing you, and God help me, I even tried reasoning with you, and now the only thing left to do is to jump the gorge myself.Bart: But why?Homer: Because then you'll know what it's like to see a family member stupidly risking his life for no good reason!Bart: But you'll never make it!Homer: Don't you think I know that? Goodbye, son.
- In "Radio Bart", where Bart pulls a prank on the whole town by making them think a little boy named Timmy was trapped in the town well, the townsfolk come up with all kinds of ridiculous schemes to get him out. When Bart himself falls down the well, and the townsfolk refuse to help him out of anger at being tricked, Homer decides that enough is enough when Bart starts to cry at his predicament.
Homer: That's all I can stands, I can't stands no more! I'm going to get you out of there myself!
(As he starts digging, Groundskeeper Willie sees what he's doing)
Willie: Now why didn't I think of that?! (retrieves his own shovel) Agnes... we've got work to do! (rips his shirt and overalls off)
- Eventually, more and more people come out to help, including Sting, until Bart is finally rescued.
- Speaking of Papa Wolf moments and Popeye references, there was also "Jaws Wired Shut", when Homer had to rescue Marge from a demolition derby, using beer instead of spinach. Too bad the donkey couldn't hold its liquor.
- The same episode also has a hindsight example for Homer, since it's revealed that Marge, while more responsible than Homer, is reliant on some recklessness for a buzz in her life. When Homer acts like a normal husband, she begins to lose it and tries to pull stupid antics herself. This whole time it's Homer's wackiness that actually keeps Marge sane.
- In "Dial Z for Zombies", we get to see Homer taking on zombies with a Shotgun, and turns out he's pretty darn good at it.
- In the "Treehouse of Horror IV" story "The Devil and Homer Simpson", when condemned to a day in Hell until his trial, Homer's punishment is to eat all the donuts in the world. He's still hungry as he's finishing them off, driving the demon torturer to tears.
Demon: I dont get it! James Coco went mad in 15 minutes!!
- In "Dark Knight Court", Homer conducting the Springfield Elementary School band in playing Stars and Stripes Forever with more energy and passion than Mr. Largo has ever done. Even Flanders came out to give him roses.
- In "Marge vs. the Monorail", Homer uses his quick wits to save the day in one of the series' most intense climaxes.
Homer: Donuts. Is there anything they can't do?
- In "I Married Marge", the flashback episode about Bart's birth, Homer arrives at the hospital flush from getting a job against all odds, and finally tells off Patty and Selma, to which by the next scene leaves them visibly shocked.
Homer: (Arriving at the hospital in a rush) Marge! Marge! Where's the baby?Patty: Right where you left it.Homer: Shut up.Patty: Hey listen fat boy-Homer: No, YOU listen! This is my wife, and this is my kid, and I'm paying for this delivery, so if you're going to stay here you'd better show me some respect!
- When Marge doesn't help Lisa with her state costume for a school contest because of her gambling addiction in "$pringfield", Homer goes all Papa Wolf for his daughter and bursts into the casino, scolds Marge, and gets her to admit she has a problem. Don't worry. Lisa's costume still won the contest.
- Homer using every Emmy The Simpsons has ever won as weapons during the Family Guy crossover episode.
- Heck, just the entire fight scene of Homer Simpson vs. Peter Griffin was nothing short of awesome.
- In "Treehouse of Horror XX", in the 28 Days Later parody, it has been shown that those that have been bitten by the Munchers turn in a matter of seconds. However, Homer gets bitten by an infected Mr. Burns, and he manages to mostly keep himself under control even after becoming infected.
- We can't forget Homer's fist fight with former President Bush (George Herbert Walker, not Dubya, even though Dubya was mentioned en passant back before his notorious stint as U.S. President) in the sewer in "Two Bad Neighbors". High point of Homer's offense: after blinding Bush with sludge, he runs up the wall of the (circular) sewer to the top and lets gravity drop him on his target.
(Bush pulls a strand of garrote wire out of his watch) Here's something we learned in CIA!
- Major CMOA for Bush as well:
- In "The Crepes of Wrath", while Skinner suggests deporting Bart and exchanging him with another student, Homer shows suspicion and asks whether another school is pulling the same scam. This is impressive considering his very low intelligence.
- In "King of the Hill" Homer makes a promise to get healthier and ends up attending the gym at nights. He has a fair to middling success (at least for Homer's standards) but then tops it off by hiking to the top of the Murderhorn. Although he had help, Homer has never shown as much perseverance and only surrendered when he couldn't resist the hunger and the cold. Made even better when he STILL gets to the top through sheer dumb luck and a technicality.
- From "Chief of Hearts", Homer and Chief Wiggum are trapped in a trunk by the Springfield Mafia and are on their way to be executed:
Homer: We're not gonna get whacked. Because you're Chief Clancey Wiggum and you're gonna figure a way out of this.Chief Wiggum: You have that much faith in me?Homer: No. Faith is for things that don't exist, your awesomeness is real.
- Homer has one in "Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind". After being saved by a party boat with a bouncy castle from a suicide attempt, Homer recovers all of his memories: The reason why Homer drank the Forget-Me-Shot and erased all of his memories in the last 24 hours was that Marge was planning an surprise anniversary party, and he didn't want to spoil all of her efforts by seeing the surprise coming. The real awesome moment was when Homer anticipated himself committing suicide after drinking the shot, so he warns Lenny to put a bouncy castle on the party boat before drinking it. Homer saved himself from committing suicide for all the wrong reasons!
- Way back in "Hello Gutter, Hello Fadder", Homer had trouble finding Waldo, to the point where he was so engrossed in searching for him that he didn't see the man himself walk past his window. Jump to "Hardly Kirking", where Homer has become so skilled at "find the hidden object" puzzles that he manages to effortlessly find Waldo within a moment on each page.
- In "The Haw-Hawed Couple" Homer is reading a fantasy novel to Lisa. A Harry Potter parody called Angelica Button, Homer reads ahead while Lisa's at a sleepover finding out that one of the main character's gets killed off. So to avoid scarring her (Which she admitted if that happened it would destroy her childhood forever) the next time he reads it to her he makes up his own ending which "Is freaking hilarious/awesome in its absurdity" Lisa (Who knows it's obviously made up) pretends to believe him which after he leaves reads ahead herself stating. "His ending was much better"
- The season 15 episode "Simple Simpson" note . Homer's various battle cries ("It's cobblerin' time!" being the most prominent), Lisa's nonchalant proof, and most of all the final dramatic pose on the roof, when Bart joins him with the most perfect in-context sidekick name there could have been (The Cupcake Kid).
- Homer's superhero kick starts when he pies the Rich Texan in the face when he insults Lisa. The only reason he's masked is a visual reminder from Chief Wiggum against committing another assault felony. That's right - Homer was willing to beat the crap out of a man for making his little girl cry.
- In "I, (Annoyed Grunt)-Bot", Homer, after various unsuccessful attempts, finally builds a functioning robot for Bart to compete in a Robot Wars-style tournament. "Functioning", as in "himself in a costume pretending to be a battle robot". And he reaches the finals. Especially awesome because most of the opponent robots have deadly sawblades and massive hammers and the like, and Homer takes all that punishment just to make Bart feel better. And when he's found out, he's been paranoid his son will hate him for bullshitting his alleged robot-building prowess, but Bart's only reaction is an extremely impressed "You mean YOU fought all of those robots!?"
- In "The Kids Are All Fight", after losing 4 year old Bart and 2 year old Lisa he goes to Moe's to get help to look for them. After the regulars tell him to help them eat a pizza they just ordered, he SHOOTS the pizza. His love for his kids is enough for him to overcome his gluttony.
- The end of "Lisa's Substitute" was specifically designed as one for Homer. After his insensitivity makes Lisa hate him more, Homer goes upstairs to make amends (and bungles it a few times, until he turns on Lisa's music box and Homer tells Lisa — in dead earnestness — that he does care that Lisa lost someone who cared about her intellect and talent and that he doesn't have to worry about losing those he loves because he has his familynote ). Then Homer goes to Bart's room and cheers him up about not winning the class election by telling him that being class president is just a meaningless job with no perks and more work. After putting Maggie to bed, Homer comes downstairs and tells Marge that he's on the roll of his life.
- "Bart's Inner Child" gives him an early one against Marge. After his incident with the trampoline fails miserably, Marge starts giving him the I Warned You cold shoulders as usual. Homer however snaps back, his fun doesn't always work, but at least he tries new things and knows to enjoy himself, unlike her who regiments and nags at the family constantly and has hardly had an impulsive moment in her life. The kids (with reluctance) make clear they agree with him and even set off a "nagging montage". For anyone who thought Marge was too Rightly Self-Righteous in the early episodes, this is somewhat cathartic.
- In "Lisa Gets an "A"", Homer defending his ownership of his lobster Pinchy from the family, who wanted to eat him, even giving him a seat at the dinner table in defiance. He also calls out the hypocrisy of Lisa's complaints since she's a passionate vegetarian.
- Homer's uncharacteristically cunning plan in "C.E. D'oh", where after Burns tells him the plant's on-paper owner is actually a canary that Burns uses as a scapegoat in case anything goes wrong, Homer and Bart break into Burns' office and release the canary, then convince Burns that Homer would be the perfect replacement to be the company's designated patsy. When Burns agrees and names Homer the new owner, Homer's first act is to fire Burns from his own company. Even Burns can't help but be impressed.
- "Hungry, Hungry Homer" gives Homer several moments of awesome. Homer managed to survive a hunger strike for over ten days, just to get the owner of the Isotopes to admit they were moving to Albuquerque. Unfortunately, the owner turned Homer into a mascot against his will. When Homer ends his hunger strike, Duff decides to publicly feed him a fancy new hot dog, but Homer realizes that the spices on it are found in Albuquerque, proving he was right to everyone. The episode ends with Duffman tossing Mr. Howard Duff, and Homer triumphantly eating the hot dog to cheers of everyone in the stadium.
- In "Bart vs. Australia", Homer quickly coming to Bart's aid when he's about to get kicked by a giant boot as additional punishment (something that wasn't mentioned during the deal), to the point where he threatens to kick the Australian Prime Minister with said boot. He also briefly shames the government for still enforcing corporal punishment...right before he and Bart escape by breaking the window with the boot.
- Seeing him outwit Cooder in order to get back the family house in "Bart Carny" was pretty sweet, too.
Cooder: We were beaten by the best, boy.
- In "Homer at the Bat", Homer wins the city championship for the Nuclear Plant softball team after having his skills demeaned by Mr Burns bringing in professional baseball players to win a bet. When Mr Burns benches Darryl Strawberry, Homer gets his chance, and, true to form, wins by complete accident when he gets distracted by Mr Burns signals, and gets beaned in the head by the pitch, giving them the point they needed to win. The team even carries the now unconscious Homer around on their shoulders in victory.
- "See Homer Run" has Homer, while dressed as the Safety Salamander, helping to rescue people (including Dredrick Tatum, Mr. largo and Smithers, and Nelson) from a massive pile-up (unknowingly caused by Bart on a dare from the bullies). Mayor Quimby then bestows upon him the "Keycard to the City".
- While he might have ended up on the losing end (partly thanks to a hydrant), his fight with Tom in "Brother from the same Planet" was all kinds of epic.
- "Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment": Home successfully outwitting the Springield police, and then Rex Banner, running a beer smuggling operation from the basement. Not to mention successfully managing to brew forty-eight different kinds of alcoholic beverage in bathtubs (at least until the stills explode). A point of note: Homer is never actually caught by the police, he turns himself in so Wiggum can get his job back.
- Also, Homer's smuggling scheme involving a complex system of pipes running from the bowling alley all the way to Moe's. That takes some impressive engineering.
- The entire second half of " Poppa's Got A Brand New Badge" is a montage of awesome for Homer. After triggering yet another law & order calamity, Homer decides to clean up his act & opens a private security company. And does a really good job for a change! In fact, he is so much better than Wiggum that the Town appoints him the Head of Law Enforcement. And at the end, even though he knows that the Mob's gunning for him, Homer decides not to flee & makes a stand against the whole of Springfield Mafia, alone.
- Marge single-handedly destroying Mr. Burns' gubernatorial campaign in "One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish":
Marge: Lisa, you're learning many valuable lessons tonight. and one of them is to always give your mother the benefit of the doubt.
- In "Treehouse of Horror", during the "Bad Dream House" segment, the haunted house begins listing all the horrible things that will happen to the Simpsons until Marge finally snaps:
House: You will die! You will all die! Your stomach will swell! Your intestines will writhe and boil! Your eyes will burst! And some horrible stuff! Possibly your brains will start coming out through your nose-!Marge: SHUSH! SHUT UP! QUIT TRYING TO PUSH US AROUND! STOP SAYING THOSE HORRIBLE THINGS AND SHOW SOME MANNERS!!!
- In "The Joy of Sect", Marge is the only member of her family to resist the cult's brainwashing. To escape, she had to pass guard dogs, crocodiles, and Rover.
- In "The Strong Arms of Ma", Marge getting buff, finding the strength to leave her house, and beating up the guy who mugged her. Yeah she lost her mind with steroid abuse later on, but it was still awesome.
- And then Homer stepping up and calming her down after she finally goes berserk from steroids, keeping in mind she's just knocked out every single gent in Moe's Tavern.
- While "The Boys of Bummer" will forever be branded as the episode that shows just how mean-spirited the show's humor has become (making Family Guy look like The Brady Bunch) and hated by anyone still watching the show, there is one ray of light in all of this: Marge calling everyone out who pushed Bart into nearly killing himself, and rallying them together to help Bart regain his self-esteem.
- In "Life on the Fast Lane", Marge is tempted into an affair with the suave French bowling instructor Jacques, but on her way to the instructor's house, she decides to blow off the affair and visit Homernote , to the tune of "Up Where We Belong." Homer then picks her up and carries her outside, announcing to the whole plant in so many words that he's walking out on his job to have sex. You could also make this one for the people behind the show, with the way the episode brazenly challenged the kinds of stories an American cartoon series could have, while still being reasonably family friendly.
- In "Sky Police", when Reverend Lovejoy deduces that the casino management capturing Homer was all part of God's plan, Marge calls him and the other churchfolk out explaining that it was her fault Homer's in trouble and they must take responsibility for their actions.
Marge: God's plan? God isn't some video gamer up there controlling us like we were Pac-Men and Dig Dugs. God isn't Sky Police. God didn't do this. I lied to my husband, and made my kids lie, too. We did this.
- In GI D'oh, Marge comes up with a plan to take on the American army. The army surrenders.
- When you actually think about it, Marge is the true hero of "Trilogy of Error". While the episode shows the events of Homer, Bart and Lisaís day, it's Marge that holds everything together and makes everything happen. She kicks off everything with breakfast, cuts off Homer's thumb (by accident), starts up the 123 Fake Street which leads to Bart's undercover storyline, does all the driving for both Homer and Lisa, and itís her fault that Homer has to hitchhike and then walk. And itís ultimately her who saves the day by tossing Linguo into the fire. The episode is a testament to how devoted Marge is to her family.
- In "There Will Be Buds," Helen Lovejoy makes a snide comment about Homer's faithfulness to Marge, and Marge responds by smacking Helen in the face, promptly shutting her up.
- What about Bart in "Cape Feare" managing to stay alive by goading Bob into singing the entire H.M.S. Pinafore until they got to Springfield? Let me repeat that... Someone singing every single role, including the female ones, of a 2-plus-hour play, at the bequest of his most hated enemy, just so he can be handed over to the police yet again?
- Also, Bob actually managing to do that.
- This exchange from season 5's "Boy-Scoutz 'N The Hood" when Bart leaves the classroom for a Junior Campers meeting during a test.
Nelson: (looking at Bart's Junior Campers uniform) "Hey, look! It's Sgt. Dork! Ha-ha!"Bart: "Enjoy your test."Nelson: "Ha-ha—" (cue Oh, Crap! face)
- In "The Wreck of the Relationship," Bart manages to guide the ship to safety after the captain gets drunk and eats the broccoli. Also, Martin beats up Nelson.
- Bart figuring out Sideshow Bob's plan in "Black Widower". Bob freaked out about not having a fireplace, which Bart found strange. He then realized that Selma wouldn't smell the gas because of a childhood accident that killed off her sense of taste and smell. She would then blow herself up due to her smoking habit [which she saved for after meals and after watching MacGyver] when Bob would be out of the room. Bart then convinced his family to rescue Selma. When Bob returns to his room after an explosion occurred, he looks where Selma is sitting only to see Bart who calls the police in to arrest Bob.
Bart: Sideshow Bob, I'm afraid the only victims here are the good people at Best Western Hotels.
- Bart figuring out that Sideshow Bob framed Krusty in "Krusty Gets Busted". When Sideshow Bob replaces Krusty on his show, he calls down Bart and tells him he has "big shoes to fill". Upon hearing that, Bart remembers that Homer stepped on the robber's foot which Krusty wouldn't have been able to feel because he wears big floppy shoes. Bart immediately accuses Bob of robbing the Kwik-E-Mart and makes his point by whacking Bob's huge feet with a hammer. Bob inadvertently yells in the same tone as he did on the tape, allowing the police to arrest him. A freed Krusty thanks Bart for proving his innocence.
- And this line from "Lemon of Troy."
Bart: That lemon tree's a part of our town, and as kids, the backbone of our economy, we'll get it back, or choke their rivers with our dead!
Homer: Woo hoo!
- Then there was his plan at the end to get the tree back. He has Flanders park his RV in front of a hospital so it will be taken to the impound lot where the tree is being kept. The dads then sneak out of the RV at night to tie the tree to the roof while Bart opens up the gate so they can drive out. They manage to escape despite the Shelbyvillians catching them in the act and trying to stop them.
Bart: Eat my shorts, Shelbyville!
Both: Eat my shorts!
- The Raiders of the Lost Ark parody from "Bart's Best Friend Falls In Love", with Bart as Indy stealing Homer's change jar, and Homer as both an angry native and a big fat boulder. Here's a Link.
- In season 22's "How Munched is That Birdie in the Window?" Bart manages to subdue an ostrich all by himself by making like his father and strangling it with his bare hands.
- In "Black Eyed, Please" Bart is called in to deal with the teacher bullying Lisa. She takes a two minute bathroom break. In that time, Bart has not only thrown the classroom into complete chaos, but recorded her bathroom break and uploaded it online.
- Also in that episode, even if it was probably just a joke about the nuclear plant's terrible security, there's just something pretty cool about Homer saying it wouldn't take him longer than 20 minutes to get them some plutonium.
- Homer actually DID pull it off in an earlier episode, undetected even!
- Also in that episode, even if it was probably just a joke about the nuclear plant's terrible security, there's just something pretty cool about Homer saying it wouldn't take him longer than 20 minutes to get them some plutonium.
- "The Heartbroke Kid" has Bart managing to fight his junk food addiction by breaking into the school and draining the vending machines of their money so he can help his family pay his Fat Camp bill, allowing them to chase out the jerkass German tourists they've been housing and give them "Das Boot"
- The Lego-themed episode "Brick Like Me" has Bart building a giant robot to rescue Homer and send him back to the real world.
- In "A Test Before Trying," Bart Simpson scores well enough on a standardized test to raise the entire school's average, allowing it to remain open. May not be a lot, but in light of Bart's Flanderization as an idiot and a loser, it's a really awesome moment to see the writers bring him back to being a Book Dumb, underachieving student who has his moments of doing extremely well if given the proper motivation (as seen in "Bart Gets an F," "The Itchy and Scratchy Movie," and "Separate Vocations").
- A short but very cool scene in "Friend With Benefit." Homer, while on a boat in the Caribbean, gets mad at Bart for insulting him, so he throws shark chum into the ocean where Bart is swimming. Bart rides the shark up onto the deck of the ship.
- In "Bart Vs. Lisa Vs. The Third Grade", where Lisa moves up a grade and Bart gets moved down, ending up in the same class. The kicker is that Bart does better than Lisa. No, that's not a typo. It's nice to see that after so many episodes of living in his sister's shadow, Bart gets to shine for once.
Teacher: A rooster sits on a roof facing north. It lays an egg. Which way does it row?Lisa: Okay, the sun rises in the east, so the rooster would probably want to lay it on the cool side...Bart: Roosters don't lay eggs. They're boys.Teacher: Very good, Bart.Bart: Mm-hmm!
- In "Kamp Krusty", when they try to pass off Barney as Krusty, Bart goes on a rant based on the various injustices he's suffered at Krusty-brand merchandise, rekindles the other campers' spirits and leads them in open revolt.
- A brief scene from "Bart's Girlfriend", after Lisa proves that Jessica Lovejoy was the culprit of the collection box robbery, Marge looks angrily toward the church congregation (who had Bart bound in a Hannibal Lecter-type straitjacket and harness) and says "I think you owe my son an apology", followed by everyone sheepishly saying sorry to him on their way out.
Rev. Lovejoy: Now, for our offertory reading, Lisa Simpson, who we'll all be keeping an eye on.Lisa: I know most of you have already judged my brother guilty without any proof, but doesn't the Bible teach us "Judge not lest ye be judged," Reverend?Rev. Lovejoy: I think it may be somewhere towards the back.Lisa: There is someone among us with a guilty conscience. After much soul searching I decided it would be wrong of me to name names, but I urge that guilty person here, under the eyes of God, to come forward to confess and save yourself from the torment of your own personal hell!Principal Skinner: I smelled some marijuana smoke in Vietnam!Grampa: I was the one who cancelled "Star Trek."Dr. Hibbert: I left my Porsche keys inside Mrs. Glick!Lisa: I'm talking about the collection money thief: only you can come forward and end this injustice!(complete silence while Jessica sits there smirking)Lisa: Oh, what the heck, it was Jessica Lovejoy!(entire congregation gasps)
- Speaking of Lisa, calling out Jessica in front of the entire congregation was a thing of beauty.
- Lisa taking a stand in "Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy"; after finding out that the new talking version says some very sexist things, she decides to create her own doll with the creator of Malibu Stacy.
- In The Old Man and the Lisa, Lisa turning down 12 million dollars from Burns' slurry factory. It takes serious conviction to refuse that sum, even if it did give Homer four consecutive heart attacks.
- Lisa gets a sweet one in "Lisa on Ice", even though it's played for laughs. After joining the ice hockey team, Lisa becomes so agile that she manages to protect Bart from Jimbo Jones by beating him up the way hockey players beat each other up: pulling his shirt over his head and pummeling him.
- Lisa helping to write the code for an A.I. program in "The Girl Code."
- The very first aired episode gets one, with Lisa politely but firmly telling Patty and Selma to stop insulting Homer constantly. Her eloquence completely silences the two. WHILE WATCHING CARTOONS.
Lisa: Aside from the fact that he has the same frailties as all human beings, he's the only father I have. Therefore, he is my model of manhood, and my estimation of him will govern the prospects of my adult relationships. So I hope you bear in mind that any knock at him is a knock at me, and I am far too young to defend myself against such onslaughts.Selma (cowed): ...Go watch your cartoon, dear.
- In "Last Exit to Springfield", Burns shuts off Springfield's power to extort his striking employees into giving up. They indeed look doubtful for a minute, until Lisa starts strumming her guitar.
Lisa: (singing) So we'll march day and night, by the big cooling tower-All: They have the plant, but we have the power.Burns: They're not sad at all; they're actually singing! (...) Tell Simpson I'm ready to deal.
- In "She of Little Faith", Lisa is the only one who criticizes the church's transition to a place of materialism and peer pressure.
- In "The Dad Who Knew Too Little", Lisa takes out the detective holding her dad at gunpoint using a laser pointer and a room full of mirrors.
- In "A Streetcar Named Marge", Maggie leading the other babies stuck in a hellish Ayn Rand inspired daycare center into a rebellion to get their pacifiers back, all to the theme from The Great Escape.
- There's also the time when Mr. Burns tries to rob her and she shoots him with his own gun ("Who Shot Mr. Burns, Part Two")note , sharpshot Springfield Mafia members before they can kill her father ("Papa's Got a Brand New Badge"), saves Homer from drowning ("Hello Gutter, Hello Fadder"), and tracks him down when he is kidnapped ("Midnight Towboy").
- In "Money BART," Lisa is trying to practice fencing against Maggie for her college application. When she promises not to hurt her "widdle sister," Maggie easily overpowers her before carving an M into clothes a la Zorro.
- In "Puffless", Maggie leading an army of animals (including Spider-Pig) to save an opossum from becoming dinner for Cletus and his family.
- She has a brief moment in "Lisa on Ice" by leaping into the air and catching a beer bottle aimed at Homer's head without anyone noticing. The episode guide even says that very likely saved his life.
- In "Raging Abe Simpson and his Grumbling Grandson in the Curse of the Flying Hellfish", Grandpa saving Bart from drowning, water-skiing to Mr. Burns' boat, and then royally beating the crap out of Mr. Burns himself for trying to kill them. He then follows up by putting him in his place with an epic speech and dismissing Burns from the Flying Hellfish, proving that he's very much still a Badass despite his age and senility—
Burns: Don't kill me.Grandpa: I ain't gonna kill you. That'd be cowardly— Monty-Burns cowardly. I just wanna watch you squirm!Burns: ...yes, sir. (squirms) Is this to your liking?Grandpa: (in full Tranquil Fury mode) Now, Burnsie— there's one thing we don't stand for in the Hellfish, and that's trying to kill your commanding officer. So consider this your dishonorable discharge! You're out of my unit! You're out of the tontine! And that means the paintings are mine! Private, You. Are. DISMISSED! note
Nurse: OUR RESIDENTS. [Shotgun Blast] ARE TRYING. [Shotgun Blast] TO NAP. [Shotgun Blast]
- From the same episode, the shotgun-wielding Nurse at the rest home, telling Mr Burns's hitman off after he tries gunning Grandpa down.
- In "The War of the Simpsons", Homer and Marge go on a couples retreat, leaving Grandpa in charge of the kids. Bart decides to throw a party, which results in the house getting destroyed. When Bart and Lisa see Grandpa crying because Homer and Marge will never trust him again, they quickly fix all the damage. When they return, Marge asks how Grandpa was able to keep the kids under control, to which Grandpa says he was only pretending to cry ("I can turn it on an off like a faucet!") then runs out the door, leaving a stunned family in his wake.
The Simpson Family
- The absolutely EPIC battle between the kids (Bart, Lisa, and Nelson) and the A.S.S. (American Shipping Services) in Rome-old and Juli-eh. It's absolutely over the top and ridiculous, invoking a Mundane Made Awesome reaction. And for whatever reason, one of the A.S.S. members rode on a freaking dragon and nothing is mentioned of it, but it's so awesome, the loose grip on reality can be forgiven.
- The Simpson family collectively gets one in "Itchy and Scratchy Land" when they destroy the army of rampaging robots on the island using disposable souvenir cameras.
- In "Maximum Homerdrive", Homer and Bart are surrounded by a group of angry truck drivers. How do they make it out of there? By making the truck flip over the convoy!
- In "Some enchanted Evening" the kids join forces to defeat "The Babysitter Bandit" Ms. Botz. Extra points for Maggie for untying her sister and brother.
- Flanders has a handful of candidate moments, like when he rips off his shirt to reveal an Adonis-like physique, or when God personally and immediately answers his prayers (especially when he gets God to save his son from being drifted down a river and when he gets God to cheat for him and shock Homer during a bowling game).
- During one of his dates with Edna he splits a river Moses style so they can cross.
- In "Alone Again, Natura-Diddily" when Flanders finally finds the strength to carry on and his faith in God in the wake of his wife's death
Ned: "...My name's Ned Flanders, and I'm here every week — rain or shine!"
- Anytime Flanders stops being a doormat and starts standing up for himself, it's awesome.
Homer: How about this Henny Penny? If Barts wins, you have to mow my lawn.Flanders: And if Todd wins, you have to mow my lawn, and do a decent job of it for a change!
- Particularly in "Bart Star" when Homer is being a total Jerkass while Flanders is trying to coach. After a few games worth of taunting, Ned walks up to him, tells him off, and forces him to become the coach.
- The first instance of Flanders losing patience with Homer is "Dead Putting Society" first he firmly but calmly orders him out of his premises after he admonishes his family. When he tries to make amends and instead is goaded by Homer over a golfing tournament, he snaps back gloriously, angering Homer on purpose for the first time.
- When Homer is getting rewarded for not bullying anymore Ned decides to tell Homer that simply off-handedly apologizing is not enough for all the stupid Flanders said not only in Ned's face but in front of his children as well, only after Homer clearly show remorse (even kneeling in front of Ned's house for a whole night ) does Flanders accepts the apology and turn the page as usual.
- "Feels like I'm wearin' nothin' at all. Nothin' at all. NOTHIN' AT ALL!" That and the resulting effects it has on Homer's skiing technique.
- Even when he stops taking crap for Homer and even after Flanderization, Ned will always be there to save the Simpsons from trouble, he even saved Homer from getting shot by putting a bulletproof window between Homer in the bullet just in time.
- Flanders risking his own life to save Homer from his burning house in "Homer the Heretic".
- In "Bart Star" in season 9, Lisa demands a place in the football team. Ned wishes her welcome and points out that they already have several girls on the team. Lisa loses interest and tries to get the moral highground by shaming them for using balls she assumes is made of pig skin. Ned points out that the balls are synthetic and Janey adds that some of the money paid for the balls is going to charity, Lisa is then left in tears. While Lisa is generally well meaning, she can be Holier Than Thou at times, so it's delicious when she gets put in her place.
- Skinner gets one in the episode "Lisa the Beauty Queen". The Springfield Elementary school carnival ("The Happiest Place On Earth") is in full swing, when Seymour is confronted by the Blue Haired Lawyer flanked by two large goons. The lawyer threatens to sue Skinner for the use of the phrase "The Happiest Place on Earth". Skinner proceeds to inform them that it is a VERY bad idea to make a ex Green Beret angry and then proceeds to take down the BHL and one of the goons with a well-timed finger jab and kick to the chest. As the second goon flees in terror, Skinner picks up the BHL's briefcases and tosses it at the thug, knocking him out. And to top it off...
- Skinner: Copyright... expired.
- Skinner got another one in ''Who Shot Mr Burns (Part 1/2). First of all, he gives Mr. Burns a "Reason You Suck" Speech when Mr. Burns attempts to trick him into giving the oil well ownership over to him. Needless to say, Mr. Burns' Paper-Thin Disguise was discovered immediately.
- The Boy Who Knew Too Much. The finest point being: Bart saws through the rope support of a bridge after crossing it, and it falls into the water. Bart thinks that Skinner can no longer track him. Cue Skinner walking underwater to the other side, without breaking stride, the music restarting as his head rises from the water.
- In "Bart Stops to Smell The Roosevelts," Skinner standing up for himself to Chalmers. After all the crap Skinner has gone through from Chalmers, it felt good to see him grow a big, brass pair.
- Chalmers: I'd say you're dumb as a post, but at least you can put a sign on a post that says "fresh strawberries—one mile." You are a nitwit in an ill-fitting suit.Skinner: I'll have you know I'm lop-shouldered.Chalmers: I'm sorry, what did you say?Skinner: (yelling) I said I'm lop-shouldered! And I have been since I was hung by my armpits in a North Vietnamese prison!Chalmers: (genuinely shocked) I...I didn't know that.Skinner: Oh, the list of things you don't know could fill a week's worth of announcements with enough left over for a send-home flyer!Chalmers: There's no need for hyperbole, Seymour.Skinner: If you think it's so easy to handle Bart Simpson, why don't you do it yourself?!
- In "Burns Verkaufen Der Kraftwerk", from the moment Burns stops begging the Germans for his plant back until the end of the episode, practically everything he does is a moment of awesome, but in particular after they threaten him that "Germans aren't all smiles and sunshine":
Mr. Burns (sarcastic): Ooh, the Germans are mad at me. I'm so scared, oooh, the Germans! The Germans are going to get me, don't let the Germans come after me, they're so big and strong! Protect me from the Germans!
- From "Dark Knight Court": Mr. Burns living out his dream as a superhero (Fruit Bat-Man), even though Smithers pays off most of the town to pose as supervillains.
- ...Followed by him actually doing something super-heroic when Smithers tells him the truth, and he ends up helping to clear Bart Simpson's name.
- Nelson's essay for the "Patriots of Tomorrow" contest is pretty awesome. Yes he's a bully, but don't ever call him unpatriotic.
Nelson (end of the essay):...So burn the flag if you must, but before you do, you better burn a few other things! You better burn your shirt and your pants! Be sure to burn your TV and car! Oh yes, and don't forget to burn your house! Because none of those things could exist without six white stripes, seven red stripes, and a hell of a lot of stars! (cue applause)
- "Dial 'N' for Nerder" sees Nelson be Columbo in the process of solving Martin's supposed murder. It's both weird and fascinating to see him pull that off. He even manages to use And Another Thing... decently, the trademark trait of said Columbo!
- Him saving Bart from drowning in "The Haw-Hawed Couple."
- And then there's Apu calling out Principal Skinner on his plans to plagiarize Jurassic Park for a lame novel of his own.
- Skinner: I finally have time to do what I've always wanted: write the great American novel. Mine is about a futuristic amusement park where dinosaurs are brought to life through advanced cloning techniques. I call it "Billy and the Cloneasaurus."Apu: Oh, you have got to be kidding sir. First you think of an idea that has already been done. Then you give it a title that nobody could possibly like. Didn't you think this through... [later] ...was on the bestseller list for eighteen months! Every magazine cover had... [later] ...most popular movies of all time, sir! What were you thinking?! I mean, thank you, come again.
- When it becomes clear that the botched movie adaptation of Comic Book Guy's comic book, Everyman, is going to (deservedly) bomb at the box office, the executives try to persuade him to use his online fan-following to make it successful. In defiance of not only a lucrative movie deal, but the obligatory cynical "punchline" itself, Comic Book Guy responds on his blog:
Comic Book Guy: Everyman: The Motion Picture is the culmination of a life-long dream, and I was one of the few who saw that dream realized on screen last night. If there is one fault to find with this $200 million production, it is that this is the WORST - MOVIE - EVER!
- Willie wrestling the escaped wolf that attacked Bart. Also, when they are finished, Willie shares a flask of Scotch with the beaten wolf.
Willie: Ah, don't feel bad for losing. I was wrestling wolves back when you were at your mother's teat.
Back to class, lad — nothing to see here!
- His line while wrestling the wolf really sells it.
Willie: Hey Wolfie! Put down the Hors d'oeuvre! It's time for the main course!
- Not to mention his Pre-Asskicking One-Liner
- In Dog Of Death, after Burns straps Bart's gentle pet dog to a chair, sets up a machine that holds the dog's eyes open, and forces the dog to watch several images of animal abuse to, as Burns himself put it, turn the dog into "a vicious, soulless killer..." and after Burns sends said dog after Bart, the dog's memories of good times with Bart prompt him to lick Bart's face instead of attacking him. When the other dogs come after Bart, said pet dog growls at the other dogs and scares them off, only to proceed to lick Bart's face AGAIN. Burns' attempt at breaking the dog's spirit yields, if any change in the dog at all, a result of the dog taking a level in badass, while still no longer being on Burns' side in the long run.
- In Homer the Heretic, Apu has to leave his nephew in charge of Kwik-E-Mart to put out a fire at the Simpsons house, with Dolph, Jimbo, and Kearney saying they won't do anything while Apu's gone. The nephew, who has to be at least three or four, pulls out a shotgun and cocks it. The bullies are left slack-jawed.
- In Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in "The Curse of the Flying Hellfish, Mr. Burns sends an assassin to try and kill Abe at the retirement castle. Abe goes and asks the nurse for help. Initially she assumes he's acting crazy and needs his meds doubled, but when the assassin bursts in, she pulls out a goddamn sawed-off shotgun from under the desk and fires it, while uttering one of the funniest and most badass lines in the Simpsons:
Nurse: [BANG] OUR RESIDENTS [BANG] ARE TRYING [BANG] TO NAP! [BANG]
- The residents of North Haverbrook getting their revenge on Lyle Lanley when his plane lands in their town, and later rebuilding their town into a vibrant community as seen in "Little Big Girl".
- "The Homer They Fall" has a few awesome moments. Obviously there's his amazing Made of Iron ability against practically every boxer, but a moment that less people seem to remember is when Homer gets beat up by three guys established to be Dolph's, Jimbo's, and Kearney's fathers. The guys are trying to beat Homer up (though can't do much other than make him flinch) and are finally chased away by Moe pulling a shotgun on them.
- Milhouse and Bart get one in "Hardly Kirk-ing", when Bart makes over Milhouse to look like his father and Milhouse goes on Skype to call Homer out on being a bad father, forcing him to let Milhouse date Lisa, let Bart get away with anything, and eat ice cream straight from the carton.
- The season 11 episode "Days of Wine and D'oh'ses," where a sober Barney rescues Bart and Lisa from a forest fire.
Barney: You brave man. You took six silver bullets for me.Homer: (extremely drunk) You stay away from my wife! (slumps over)
- Let's not forget Homer's part. When Barney's stressed out due to the fire and sees a six pack of beer from a crashed beer truck slide towards him, Barney snaps and says that he needs a beer to cope, but Homer grabs the beer and drinks it himself, telling Barney to get a hold of himself and that he has to stay sober for this. When Barney says that Homer "Can't drink 'em all", Homer wrestles with him for the remaining five cans, wins the struggle, opens all five at once, and drinks them all, drinking himself into a ludicrous, barely-conscious stupor for the rest of the episode. Barney finally realizes that Homer's right.
- The opening to "Treehouse of Horror XXIV" directed by Guillermo del Toro. A loving homage to all things horror and science fiction that manages to include shout outs to Pan's Labyrinth, H.P. Lovecraft (including an appearance by Cthulhu and Lovecraft having tea with him), Edgar Allan Poe, Ray Bradbury, Alfred Hitchcock, Pacific Rim, The Car, four different versions of The Phantom of the Opera (including the cult classic Phantom of the Paradise), Alice in Wonderland, the Universal monsters (Frankenstein, the Wolf Man, Dracula, the Bride of Frankenstein, the Mummy, etc), Blade, Stephen King, the Hypnotoad, and Plan 9 from Outer Space.
- Sideshow Bob rigging an election. Singlehandedly. Hell, he may have been undone by his own ego, but his rant when discovered is also fantastic-
Sideshow Bob: Because you need me, Springfield. Your guilty conscience may move you to vote Democratic, but deep down you long for a cold-hearted Republican to lower taxes, brutalize criminals, and rule you like a king. That's why I did this- to save you from yourselves. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a city to run.
- Bart and Lisa get theirs by appealing to his ego, claiming he was just an underling and pawn to the real mastermind and make him confess in rage that he did it and wind up him getting put back in jail.
- Walt Warren from "The Bob Next Door". After getting drugged unconscious and his face transplanted by Sideshow Bob, leaving him unable to talk properly, and after so many hours trying to warn the police (and Bart) of Walt!Bob's motives but getting shunned due to Poor Communication Kills, Walt decides he's had enough and has to bust out of Springfield Maximum Security Prison. He does so by swallowing the red marker that had been used to write warnings on the cell walls, making a choking gag as a warden goes in to investigate; then puts him out of commission before hightailing it out of prison, carefully avoiding the beacon lights and acting as a bush (before getting his Bob hair peed on by one guard dog), and quickly climbing out of the prison walls and making it all the way to Evergreen Terrace, keeping himself hidden from view; all while Sideshow Bob's leitmotif plays in the background. When he finally makes it to the Simpson household (as Bart is unknowingly kidnapped and being taken to Five Corners by the disguised Bob), Bob!Walt gets assaulted by Homer and Marge before regaining his ability to tell them who he actually is and what Bob's true motives are. Once the Simpson family finds out, they follow Bob on the trail before getting derailed by a waitress who claims that Bob is heading to Mexico. Walt, however, does not believe her and continues on to Five Corners all by himself in an effort to find Bart and Bob. Once he finally finds them, Walt demands that Bob surrender... before discovering that a bee had crawled into his not-completely-sewn face, and both Bob and Walt struggle for the gun. Just when Bob is about to finish off Walt and Bart, Chief Wiggum and his crew (whom the boy had called earlier and warned of "Walt's" possible motive before getting a tracker placed on Bob's car) arrive in the nick of time, followed by police teams from four other states preventing Bob from escaping jurisdiction, thus saving the day again. A true Moment of Awesome for Walt, Bart, and the rest of the police.
- In "Bart Sells His Soul", Mrs. Feesh gets one for (evidently) playing all seventeen minutes of "I. Ron Butterfly's" "In The Garden of Eden" on a church organ.
- A meta one: How does FXX celebrate the fact that the show now has syndication rights that extend to cable television and Internet streaming? By having a 12-day marathon of all the episodesnote (including the movie) non-stop.
- To make it more awesome, the marathon put FXX's ratings over the top and because of it, the show now airs in reruns for four-to-six hours a night almost every day (for anyone who missed some episodes, as there were a lot of episodes that aired late at night or during hours when people would be at work or starting school).
- And they've done it again, in honor of the show reaching 600 episodes.
- Seeing Futurama for one last time in "Simpsorama."
- In "Who Shot Mr Burns: Part One", Smithers, usually an ever loyal yes man, finally draws the line at his boss' scheming and cruelty, even refusing by First-Name Basis to take part in his madness. After Burns fires him for it, he gives him quite a Death Glare before storming out.
- In "Four Great Women and a Manicure", the Snow White Segment shows cute animals kicking and demolishing a wicked witch's ass. Plus, the rabbit seems the most thrilled.
- Witch/Queen: Ooh, Herbivores! I'm sooo scared... aaah!
- Despite all the critical backlash and its rather floaty place in continuity, The Principal and The Pauper has several, most noticeably Agnes' speech at the end, when, at the absolute limit with Skinner and Tamzarian, just rails on the former for the crap she's had to put up with between the two of them. It's powerful enough that when she orders the rest back into the car (read: a car that's not hers nor did she drive,) everyone present quietly and awkwardly exits the building.
- In In Marge We Trust, we find out,that among other things, Reverend Timothy Lovejoy has lost his zeal for preaching the Gospel due to constant, panicky calls from Ned Flanders and has practically shut himself from all of Springfield. So what, exactly, kick-starts the good Reverend's newfound passion for helping his flock? After getting a call from Marge, who's been filling in for Lovejoy as counselor, that informs him that her advice had run Ned afoul of some local punks note rushes to Ned's side, and combats a herd of fully-grown, adult, territoriality aggressive baboons unarmed and wins.
- Another for Reverend Lovejoy is in "Pray Anything" where he returns in a helicopter to save the people of Springfield from a flood.
- Trash of the Titans. Roy Patterson's big middle finger to the fickle population of Springfield, as only Steve Martin could deliver.
- A Fish Named Selma: Troy McClure showing the world what happens when he really acts, in the Planet of the Apes musical.
- The musical itself is also a moment of awesome.
- In "22 Short Films About Springfield", Nelson finally haw-haws at the wrong man.
- The couch gag for "Monty Burns' Fleeing Circus" which parodies Adventure Time, especially since it's sung by Pendleton Ward himself.
- From the otherwise Surprise Creepy couch gag in "Marge's Son Poisoning"—the couches and other sitting furniture have come to life and are revolting against humanity. Everyone in Springfield is freaking the heck out...except Moe, who chugs down a beer and fearlessly guns down the stools and booths in his tavern.