Homer becomes a pie-wielding local superhero.
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!!Tropes used in this episode:
* BaitAndSwitch: [[TheBully The Rich Texan]] appears to be sorry for bullying Lisa by telling her to dry her tears... [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk with a "Last Place" ribbon]].
* BlatantLies: Homer disguised as Pie Man tries to convince Lisa he isn't his father buthe killed him. It doesn't work.
* TheBully: The Rich Texan becomes one "Boys of Bummer"-style towards Lisa, and even gives her a "Last Place" ribbon, all out of a sadist glee to watch a little girl cry.
* 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 Creator/NichelleNichols.
* HypocriticalHumour: When Mr. Burns warned Homer of the probability of community service, Homer fearfully complained that he didn't want to help people, even though that's pretty much what he's been doing as Pie-Man.
* KickTheDog: The Rich Texan Guy humiliates Lisa by ruining her entry in a contest, [[MoralEventHorizon gives her a "Last Place" ribbon]], and doesn't even apologize.
* 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 [[WouldHurtAChild 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.
* WouldHurtAChild: The Rich Texan has no problems driving a little girl to tears out of sadism.

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