- Sadist Teacher:
- Bart's kindergarten teacher was a total bitch to him by crushing his self-esteem (which is how Bart became the bad boy he is now). The rest of the school teachers at Springfield Elementary, however, are more apathetic than sadistic (at least Mrs. Krabappel and Miss Hoover are. The other teachers haven't been highlighted as much and are living props, only on for an episode, or have been put out of focus).
- Ms. Cantwell to Lisa on "Black Eyed, Please," though, unlike Bart's kindergarten teacher, she doesn't get away with what she did (as Bart let the classroom go to hell and captured footage of Ms. Cantwell in the bathroom, complaining about Lisa) and does get fired.
- Subverted in "The PTA Disbands!". The teachers go on strike due to Bart's manipulation and a series of substitutes from the townspeople are introduced and quit one by one. Principal Skinner then introduces a thuggish-looking substitute who immediately starts hurling abuse at the students and terrifies them. He's just there to introduce Marge, the real substitute.
- Sadistic Choice: Parodied in "Rosebud" with an example more trivial than most. Burns takes over all television networks available to Springfield, telling the whole town that he's not giving them back their television until someone steals Maggie's teddy bear and puts it on his desk. Cut to an angry mob outside the Simpson home stealing the teddy bear from her, only to return it out of regret once they see Maggie, visibly upset, trying to crawl over to take it back.
- Safety Worst: In one episode, Homer becomes so obsessed with child-proofing that everything on the playground is covered in bubble-wrap, and he then regrets it when he learns that children not being injured means doctors make less money and child injury greeting card factories close down.
- Samus is a Girl: Parodied in Homer Of Seville when Homer is saved by a motorcyclist opera fan and The Reveal is overplayed by the woman and by Homer. The former says it too overdramatically and the latter says it with Dull Surprise and with a comparison to The Twilight Zone.
- In "Girls Just Want to Have Sums", Lisa (disguised as a boy named Jake Boyman) reveals that she's actually a girl to the entire school.
- Sanity Slippage: In "Kill the Aligator And Run", Homer takes a longevity quiz on his issue of "Self-Test Monthly" and learns he has three years to live. Fearing he'd die in his sleep, he stays awake and ends up hallucinating that people on TV are threatening to kill him and thinking that he won't die if he becomes a mother.
- Saw "Star Wars" Twenty-Seven Times: In the episode "Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie," Milhouse brags about seeing the Itchy & Scratchy movie 15 times and Nelson brags that he saw it 17 times. Bart (who has been grounded from seeing the movie after failing to watch Maggie) tries to joke that the two must have been sick of seeing it and ends up getting chased by Nelson and Milhouse.
- Say My Name: "Mendooooozzzaaaaa!"
- Even Lisa says his name whenever Bart pisses her off or pranks her.
- Marge: Homer!
- Marge also says "Homie/Homey" whenever she kisses or has sex with Homer.
- Scale Model Destruction: Mr. Burns stomps on a model of Springfield Godzilla style.
- Scam Religion: Movementarianism.
- Scandalgate: Subverted where Kent Brockman reveals that the trial of Mayor Quimby's nephew for assaulting a waiter is being dubbed by the media as "Beat Up Waiter":
Kent Brockman: This reporter suggested "Waitergate" but was shouted down at the Press Club.
- Scare Chord:
- The music at the end of "Rosebud".
- Scenery Censor: Demonstrated with Marge's portrait of Mr. Burns, where something thin always obscures his tiny penis.
- "Natural Born Kissers" features much of this in the final act when Homer and Marge are trying to find cover while naked.
- The Scrappy: in "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show", Poochie is a new Itchy & Scratchy character voiced by Homer, who is Totally Radical (and in Itchy's face) even in his post-episode aesops. No-one likes him, and is hastily canned, leading to the Shoo Out the New Guy trope.
- Scotland: Groundskeeper Willie.
- Scout Out: The Junior Campers in "Boy Scoutz 'n the Hood".
- Scrabble Babble: Provides the page's quote with Bart's use of "kwyjibo: a big, dumb, balding North American ape with no chin and a short temper."
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Homer does it the most, but Ned's screaming actually sounds like a woman's (his singing as well, which Bart finds disturbing [because he found it attractive]).
- Sdrawkcab Alias: Mr. Burns "disguises" himself as "Mr. Snrub" in "A Star is Burns".
Smithers: I like the way "Snrub" thinks!
- Second Person Attack: In "Husbands and Knives", a triple Second-Person Attack is made by Art Spiegelman, Daniel Clowes and Alan Moore, who all simultaneously punch Comic Book Guy when he was trying to destroy a rival comic book store that's ruining his business.
- Secret Ingredient:
- Marge's secret ingredient for pork chops is salt (even though she put more herbs and spices in there as seen in "Itchy and Scratchy and Marge").
- The secret ingredient for making a Flaming Homer cocktail is "Krusty Brand Non-Narkotik Kough Syrup".
- And fire. "Fire made it good."
- Secret Santa: In "'Tis the Fifteenth Seasons", Homer gets an extravagant present from his secret Santa (Carl). Homer forgets to bring something for Lenny, since he's Lenny's secret Santa, so he goes to a snack machine and buys him some Certs.
- See You in Hell: "...from Heaven." ("Two Dozen and One Greyhounds", Lovejoy)
- "See you in Hell, candy boys!" (throws explosive) ("Homer Badman", Homer)
- "See you in Hell, God bless this house." ("Mom and Pop Art", Bart)
- "See you in Hell, dinner plate." ("The Cartridge Family", Homer)
- "Thank you for coming! I'll see you in Hell!" ("Homer the Vigilante", Apu)
- "See you in Hell, punk!" ("Separate Vocations", Snake)
- Selective Enforcement: In one episode, Barney and Lenny play pranks on Moe which involve setting him on fire and setting a cobra on him. Homer, in an attempt to join in the "harmless" fun loosens the lid on a sugar shaker. He gets kicked out of the bar.
- Self-Made Man:
- Frank Grimes is a ridiculously exaggerated example. He was abandoned by his parents, worked delivering toys for rich kids which he would never get himself while studying in his free time, then was caught in a silo explosion, after which he had to rehabilitate himself, teaching himself to feel pain and hear again. His story touched Mr. Burns (another "self-made man"), who summoned him to work as Executive Vice President, only to give the job to a heroic dog at the last minute and send Grimes to sector 7G. Having to work with Homer (who, to put it mildly, doesn't share his work ethic) unhinges him, particularly once he learns of all the amazing things Homer had accomplished despite his laziness (having a big house, hanging out with Presidents, going on tour with the Smashing Pumpkins, going into outer space - would you like to see his Grammy? And the episode only begins to cover it.)
- Parodied with Mr. Burns, who declares himself a self-made man, but Mr. Smithers responds by pointing out that Monty inherited his money. When Burns glares at him, he hastily adds, "Not That There's Anything Wrong with That." Of course, since Burns wrote on a medical form that the "Cause of Parents' Deaths" was "Got in my way", he still counts. He apparently had many older siblings who all died under "unfortunate" circumstances, mostly poisoned potatoes, leaving him the sole heir. He did, however, gain his entire fortune back in the course of one episode after it was taken away from him. He did this, of course, by recycling, which he still managed to make evil.
- Herb Powell, Homer's illegitimate half-brother, grew up in Shelbyville Orphanage, washed cars for his college classmates to pay for his education and became a car manufacturer, with said classmates being now his board of directors. Homer ruined this, sending Herb to the poorhouse until he invented a device that translated baby talk. Despite the invention being a success back when it was made and the Simpsons having a baby, the device was never seen in any other episode.
- Self-Serving Memory: In $pringfield, when Homer accuses Marge of being against the casino, flashes back to a very bizarre scene. Also used by Burns and Bart in the trial in Bart Gets Hit By a Car.
- In "The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace", Homer claims that Marge told him to quit his job and become an inventor, or she'd torch the house.
- Self-Surgery: In "Rednecks and Broomsticks", Doctor Hibbert and his nurse go blind during an operation, leaving Hans Moleman to operate on himself.
- Senior Sleep Cycle: Homer's father even falls asleep mid-sentence.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Milhouse and Bart.
- Sequel Episode: "Brawl in the Family", which followed up on Homer's second marriage to Amber from "Viva Ned Flanders".
- Similarly, "Papa Don't Leach" is a follow-up to "Colonel Homer".
- "My Mother the Carjacker" and "Mona Leaves-a" both follow up on the "Homer's mother" plot thread started in "Mother Simpson".
- The earliest example would probably be "Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?" being a follow up to "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?"
- "The Great Louse Detective", which was a follow-up to "Homer's Enemy" and the many Sideshow Bob-tries-to-kill-Bart episodes.
- Sequential Symptom Syndrome: In "One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish", Homer eats fugu and thinks he's going to die. He experiences the five stages of grief as quickly as Doctor Hibbert can recite them.
Hibbert: Mr. Simpson, your progress astounds me.
- Serenade Your Lover: It happens a lot— see trope page.
- Sesame Street Cred: Celebrity voices have been rumored to line up for years to get on the show. Even playing themselves.
- The family appeared on Sesame Street itself on a celebrity cameo edition of the "Monster in the Mirror" music video.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Homer in "Bart's Friend Falls In Love", after getting a subliminal vocabulary-building tape since they were out of weight-loss tapes. It wears off after Homer learns that the alleged weight-loss tapes didn't work as advertised.
- Severed Head Sports: The end of an episode which was spoofing MMORPGs shows Marge's player character playing with the head of Moe's.
- Also happens on one of the "Treehouse of Terror" episodes, again with Moe as the victim of a Mayan sacrifice. His head rolls down the stairs and is used by kids as a soccer ball.
- Yet another "Treehouse of Horror" had the zombified bullies use Zombie!Principal Skinner's head like a hacky sack.
- Severely Specialized Store: A borderline example appears in "When Flanders Failed". Ned Flanders opens The Leftorium, a store with left-handed products for left-handed people; despite having a wide range of products, it initially fails due to interference by Homer.
- Shaggy Dog Story: "Apocalypse Cow" seemed like a huge build up towards Bart getting an excuse to say, "I had a cow, man". Nonetheless, the episode did get a Sequel Episode called "Moonshine River".
- Shameful Source Of Knowledge: One episode has Bart playing truant from school and sneaking into a party for Mayor Quimby's nephew Freddy, during which Bart witnesses one of the waiters having a string of incredibly clumsy accidents, and Freddy is arrested after being accused of beating the waiter up. Bart is then faced with a moral dilemma between letting an innocent man go to jail and testifying on his behalf, giving the school proof that he skipped school.
- Shame If Something Happened:
- Parodied when Homer threatens Mr. Burns: "Nice office you have here. It would be a shame if somebody... DIDN'T USE A COASTER!" Mr. Burns appears to be truly shaken.
- In another episode, Homer threatens the manager of a beauty salon by hurling a hairnet to the ground and unscrewing the lid off of a jar. The manager is perplexed, especially as it is only after these things have happened that Homer explains his intent: he wants the salon to honor Marge's coupon for two free hair streaks, "or a lot more jars are going to be unscrewed."
- And again when Homer hires a private investigator, Dexter Colt, to find information about Lisa. Dexter comments that it would be a shame if Principal Skinner's papers were shuffled and does so. Skinner responds that he could easily put them back, to which Dexter staples the now mismatched pile. Cue a Big "NO!" from Skinner.
- Sheet of Glass:
- Subverted in "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge": Marge's out-of-control car heads towards two workers carrying a giant sheet of glass. However, instead of the car smashing the glass to pieces, she merely knocks the glass down to the ground. The workers pick it up and comment on how sturdy the glass is.
- Parodied in "Bart's Elephant", in which two workers manage to avoid having their sheet of glass get hit by both Stampy and Bart, then toss it into a recycling bin carelessly.
- Shipped in Shackles:
- Burns was given the Hannibal Mask treatment once when he was dragged into court for illegally dumping radioactive waste in "Marge vs. the Monorail."
- Bart, after being falsely assumed to have stolen the church's collection plate money, is given the Hannibal treatment at next week's service.
Marge: We really shouldn't have let them do this. It can't be helping his self esteem.
- Shoe Shine, Mister?: The creator of Itchy & Scratchy is a homeless hobo who makes a living in part by shining shoes. After he successfully sues I&S Studios for all their money, he lives in a mansion, where he hangs out in front offering people a shine.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: When Homer was an actor playing Jesus during his crucifixion. To everybody's surprise (specially for Flanders), he made a competent performance, and did not ruin it with any of his usual nonsenses.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: in "Homer the Moe", Homer throwing his unfinished robot away.
Robot: "Father, give me legs..."
(Homer throws it away)
(Homer shakes his head)
(the robot drags itself off-screen with its "arms")
- Shooting Gallery: "The Springfield Connection," with Wiggum pointing out the unarmed victims Marge didn't shoot (the mom with her baby and the blind man in the doorway).
- In "The Cartridge Family," Homer joins his NRA buddies at a shooting range. We see him make some very clean shots through a series of soda cans. Pull out to reveal that Homer just took out the display at the snack stand.
- Shotgun Wedding:
- Homer and Marge marry after she gets pregnant, in a chapel appropriately named "Shotgun Pete's".
- The Tom Sawyer's episode "Simpson Tall Tales" features a literal shotgun wedding, with Marge remembering hers and running away the the moment Abraham Simpson lowers the gun, years after.
- Should Have Thought of That Before X:
Principal Skinner: Over here, Simpson! The detention room is dangerously overcrowded so you'll be spending your time in the cafeteria.
Student: Oxygen running out...
Principal Skinner: Yes, you should have thought of that before you made that paper airplane.
- Aside from that example, The Simpsons provides another example that sort of toys with this. In "Lost Our Lisa", Lisa can't go to the Isis Exhibit because Marge has to take Bart to the hospital to get the novelty items he glued to his face removed, leading to this exchange:
Lisa: Oh! It's the last day of the Isis exhibit!
Bart: Well, you should have thought of that BEFORE I glued all this stuff to my face!
- In "Mobile Homer", the movie Marge watches features dialog of this.
Man: I'm afraid your husband had no life insurance.
Woman: But what will I do?!
Man: You should've thought of that before you married a dead man!
- Shout-Out: Frequent and unabashed. Listing all the examples would fill a page:
- Notably, the creators have said that they have parodied Citizen Kane so many times that one could recreate the entire movie just from The Simpsons clips. They have also said the same about the first two The Godfather movies.
- Shown Their Work: When Homer was recounting his previous trip to New York City he mentioned that he was traveling to Harrisburg to buy an irregular coat and had to transfer from a bus at the Port Authority Bus Terminal to a train at Penn Station. This is entirely accurate as one would make such a walking transfer when traveling to Harrisburg and the PABT was accurately depicted as well in its pre-rebuild configuration.
- Show Within a Show: The Krusty The Klown Show is a popular show for Bart and Lisa to watch. It contains variety acts, guest stars, and additional shows.
- The Shrink: A therapist attempted to cure Homer of his Bart-strangling obsession (or at least make him understand it's not acceptable to strangle children) by having somebody strangle Homer all time. When Homer was "cured", the therapist said the road of recovery was far from over but had a change of mind when Homer confessed to have lied about having insurance.
- Shrunken Organ: Mr. Burns' heart has been shown as a shriveled black lump that beats every now and again. Additionally, after crawling out from beneath a landslide, Mr. Burns tilted his head and banged his ear in hope of clearing out the gravel from his other ear. The gravel came flying out that ear, along with his walnut-sized brain.
- "Shut Up" Kiss: Nelson gives one of these to Lisa in "Lisa's Date With Density" when she won't stop talking. However, after a couple seconds, Nelson begins to enjoy the kiss.
- Sick Episode: None of these occupy the entire episode, but: Homer gets food poisoning in "Selma's Choice". Lisa gets the mumps in "Bart's Dog Gets an F". Everybody except Lisa gets queasy from eating organic foods in "A Star is Torn". Lisa gets a cold in "Lisa Gets an A".
- Sickly Green Glow: Anything radioactive.
- Side Effects Include...: In "Barting Over", Homer appears in an ad for topical treatment for impotence and hair loss:
Announcer: Possible side effects include loss of scalp and penis.
Homer: Wait! What did he say about my scalp?
- Significant Birthdate:
- Significant Monogram: Subverted/averted with Marge, who in her high school days was a Straw Feminist known as Marge Bouvier; since her marriage to Homer and assumption of the name Marge Simpson, she has been (by and large) rather tolerant of her new position as the voice of reason Homer rarely heeds.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Waylon Smithers, particularly in the early years, is "Burns-sexual;" Burns never catches on. It was decided early on to have Smithers be in love with Burns, but there was a lot of debate about whether it was a matter of Single-Target Sexuality or if he was just gay. The latter seems to have won out in recent years, with Smithers having ex-boyfriends and going to a gay resort on vacation, subverting this trope. However, some writers, like Al Jean, still play this straight with the character.
- Silence, You Fool!:
- One example near the end of the second act from the episode "Bart Sells His Soul":
Homer: Bart, you didn't finish your spaghetti and Moe balls!
Homer's brain: Silence, you fool. It can be ours!
Homer: [eating] Run, boy! Run! Run for your life, boy!
- Also, Bart says one to Lisa after she teases him about Laura and Bart in the episode 'The New Kid on the Block':
Bart: Maybe Laura could watch us.
Lisa: Oh, I get it. [seductively] Bart, the babysitter's here. Let me tuck you in. [making smacking noises]
- Again in 'Skinner's Sense of Snow':
Skinner: All right, that's it. I'm writing all your names on the detention list in my mind.
Bart: Silence, Seymour. We're in charge now.
- And again in 'Girly Edition'
Lisa: Bart, get out of my anchorchair.
Bart: Silence, Octopussy.
- And again in 'Lisa the Skeptic' but from the so-called angel when it's revealed that it's not an apocalypse but instead turns out to be an opening for the Heavenly Hills shopping mall in Springfield:
Lisa: Well, there you go. I hope you all learned a valuable—
Angel: Silence! Prepare for the end... the end of high prices! Behold, the grand opening of the Heavenly Hills Mall.
- Also one from Mr. Burns in 'Homer's Enemy', as well, when criticizing Frank Grimes in his office.
- From "Sunday, Bloody Sunday":
Wally: Well, I'm convinced. Tell you what, Mr. Murdoch. Let's just split the difference. The boys and I will just crouch here quietly, and take it easy on the snacks ...
: Silence! [he throws something on the ground, and two puffs of smoke appear, revealing three policemen] Seize them!
- The trope also appears in the Gracie Films logo sequence in this episode, as well.
- From "New Kids on the Bleech"
Skinner: Are you adequately prepared to rock?
[The audience cheers wildly]
- The Silent Bob: Maggie
- Silent Offer: In "Bart Gets Hit By a Car", Homer sues Burns for hitting Bart while in a car. After Burns destroys Homer's credibility in the eyes of the jury, he offers to settle with Homer.
Burns: I'm going to write a figure on this piece of paper. It's not quite as large as the last one, but I think you'll find it fair.
[Burns draws a giant zero]
Hutz: I think we should take it.
- Silent Snarker: Again, Maggie
- Similar Squad: It's been used several times: a nice version of the family, a cooler version of Bart and Lisa, the inbred version of Springfield in Shelbyville.
- Simple Country Lawyer:
- Simultaneous Arcs: "Trilogy of Error".
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Homer has Ned Flanders, Bart has Sideshow Bob (and for some reason, Dr. Demento), while Maggie has Gerald (the baby with the uni-brow).
- Shamed by a Mob: Burn in "Who Shot Mr. Burns, Part 1".
- Skewed Priorities: Agent Mulder (Expy from The X-Files) in "The Springfield Files". A shipment of drugs and illegal weapons is coming into New Jersey that night, but Mulder thinks investigating an unsubstantiated UFO sighting is more important.
- Skinny Dipping: In "500 Keys", Homer remembers going skinny dipping with Duff Man. This might be how he ended up with the key to the Duff brewery.
- Skyward Scream:
- McBain, during one of his movies, after his partner is fatally shot:
- An example from "Bart Gets Famous", after Homer thinks Bart turned into a box:
Homer_ DAMN YOU! A BOX!!!
- Slap Yourself Awake: Bart smacks himself to stay awake studying in the episode where he actually buckles down and tries to get a passing grade.
- Sliding Scale of Continuity: Level 2 (Status Quo Is God). They're always the same family with kids of the same ages that have the same neighbors, etc. Lisa did permanently become a vegetarian, though, and some such minor happenings.
- Slow-Loading Internet Image: Comic Book Guy is seen downloading a nude image of Captain Janeway. Just as it gets revealing, a popup for Homer's internet service appears, leading Comic Book Guy to remark "Hmm... the Internet King. Perhaps he can provide faster nudity."
- Small Name, Big Ego: The town of Springfield itself. Listing everything with "Springfield" in the name would be a fruitless endeavor. Hell, they even have the Hollywood sign-style "SPRINGFIELD" spelled out on the mountainside!
- Small Town Rivalry: Between Springfield and Shelbyville.
- Smart People Know Latin: To cover going on a road trip, Bart tells his family he's going to the National Grammar Rodeo.
Lisa: I'm the best student in school, how come I never heard about this competition?
Bart: Maybe because you are, as we say in Latin, a "dorkus malorkus."
Lisa: That's not Latin. Mom, Bart's faking it.
Marge: Lisa, you've had your glory. Now it's Bart's turn.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: Homer finds glasses in one episode and immediately starts acting smart, even though the math he starts reciting is nonsense. His screw-up itself was a Shout-Out to The Wizard of Oz, where the Scarecrow makes the same mistake (uncorrected).
- Smelly Skunk:
- Homer's sprayed by some skunks after his panda rape in "Homer vs. Dignity".
- "Sleeping With The Enemy": In revenge for teasing her, Lisa gets Nelson to play a prank on Terri and Sherri by giving them a present with a skunk inside which sprays them both.
- Also used in "Ten Minutes Over Tokyo" when Marge gets a question wrong on a Japanese game show.
- Smoking Hot Sex:
Skinner: You know, I think about you all the time.
Edna: Birthday's over, Seymour.
- Smug Snake: Mr. Burns sometimes takes this trope to ridiculous extremes. For example, one episode involved a plan on Burns' part to block sunlight from reaching Springfield, and a town hall meeting was held about it. During the meeting, the town was being shown what Burns' oil drilling operation did to Bart's pet dog, who was shown needing to use wheels just to walk down the hallway. Burns walks in at EXACTLY this moment, and, with a big smirk on his face, says this:
Burns: Oh those wheels are squeaking a bit. Perhaps I could sell him a little oil.
- Snake Charmer: Parodied in the episode "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bangalore" when Mr. Burns introduces himself to his outsourced employees in India by emerging, snake-like, from a wicker basket as Smithers plays the pungi.
- Snub by Omission: The show has done this to Homer twice, with the Employee of the Week awards (which he loses to an inanimate carbon rod), as well as the Town Pride Awards (which everyone gets but him).
- Soapbox Sadie: Lisa, with the given soapbox being whatever the writers feel like using (usually Lisa prefers a Liberal stance).
- Soap Within a Show: "Search For the Sun", which was featured in numerous episodes.
- Sock It To Them: When Homer and his buddies become a vigilante force because the police can't catch the Classy Cat-Burglar stalking the neighborhood, Jimbo joins. He's told that his Weapon of Choice should be sack full of door knobs. A news anchor interviewing Homer later mentions that beatings with such a weapon have skyrocketted.
- Solar-Powered Magnifying Glass: Referenced in Marge's monologue at the end of "Marge vs. the Monorail".
And that was the only folly the people of Springfield ever embarked upon. Except for the Popsicle stick skyscraper. And the 50-foot magnifying glass. [the sun focused through the magnifying glass sets the Popsicle stick skyscraper on fire] And that escalator to nowhere.
- Soldiers at the Rear: In "Simpson Tide", Homer joined the US Naval Reserve expecting it to be like this. It doesn't quite go according to plan.
- Solemn Ending Theme: "Mother Simpson".
- Something Completely Different: "22 Short Films About Springfield".
- Sorry Ociffer: Homer and Barney get stopped by Chief Wiggum because he thinks they're both drunk (he's right). Then he asks Homer to dance and he does pretty well... Until Barney asks Wiggum to use the Breathalyzer.
- Sorry to Interrupt: Played with in "The Great Money Caper":
Marge: (enters the kitchen) Why are you frosting that old throw pillow?
Homer: I could ask you the very same question!
Marge: Uh... should I just back out of the room?
Homer: Would you? (Marge leaves)
- Sound Effect Bleep:
- "Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner?" has Homer is driving and swearing (covered by sound effects) at other drivers. Even worse, there are impressionable kids with him. Worse still, he's swearing at an ambulance.
- Also present in other episodes like "Flaming Moe's" (on a TV program Homer was watching), "Homer and Apu" (in one of the scenes with James Woods), and "Treehouse of Horror IX" (the fact that one of the shorts features The Jerry Springer Show says it all).
- Sparkling Stream of Tears: Parodied when Lisa makes Lady Gaga cry.
Lisa: ...Are you crying glitter?
- Special Guest: The show holds the Guinness World Record for Most Guest Stars Featured in a TV Series. They even got Tony Blair (when he was still Prime Minister) and Reclusive Artist Thomas Pynchon, which was the only time his voice has been broadcast in the media.
- Speed Dating: When Marge develops amnesia in "Regarding Margie", Patty and Selma take her to a speed dating event so she can meet a man who is not Homer.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Frequently in the subtitles — "Crusty the Clown" instead of "Krusty the Klown", "Mo" instead of "Moe", and most egregiously, "Crabapple" instead of "Krabappel".
- Sphere Eyes: A majority of characters.
- Spin-Off: Of The Tracey Ullman Show. And the whole concept is spoofed in the episode "The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase".
- Spin the Bottle:
- The beginning of "The Way We Weren't" has Bart, Milhouse, Terri and Sherri (along with their cousin who has a crush on Bart) play this game in Bart's Treehouse. Milhouse spins the bottle and stops at Terri/Sherri's cousin. When Milhouse attempts to kiss her, he accidentally kisses Homer instead when he climbed Bart's Treehouse.
- In "Colonel Homer", after being locked in the room with Lurleen Lumpkin and being kissed by her, flashbacks of Homer's kissing attempts is seen, when in his childhood, he is seen playing this game only to get slapped by the girl who the bottle is stopped at.
- Spinning Paper: Used all the time. One time, this was lampshaded with the headline: "Spinning newspaper injures printer."
- Spit Take:
- In "Lisa's Date With Density", Milhouse interrupts Lisa's confession on her crush on Nelson by taking a suave drink of milk. When she finishes, he spits it back into his straw, causing the carton to explode.
- Invoked by Homer in "The Computer Wore Menace Shoes" when he sees the price of a top-of-the-budget computer and reacts by grabbing a cup of coffee, drinking it, and spitting it out.
- The Sponsor: In the Season 4 episode "Marge in Chains", Lionel Hutz calls upon David Crosby when he's tempted by "...that bottle of delicious bourbon. Brownest of the brown liquors..."
- Spoof Aesop: The end of "Blood Feud" has the family debating on what the moral of the story is, and eventually giving up by saying it was just a bunch of stuff that happened.
- "Tennis the Menace" has one delivered by Homer, after all four have been replaced by professional tennis players on the court: "It's better to watch stuff than to do stuff."
- "Homer Badman": Marge's moral: "As long as everyone keeps filming one another justice will be done."
- Spoofing in the Rain:
- In "Who Shot Mr. Burns, Part One" Mr. Burns climbs a lamp post in the same way Gene Kelly did.
- In "Brawl In The Family" Groundskeeper Willie sings and dances around in acid rain.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Many of the celebrity cameos, but Lady Gaga stands out.
- Homer in the Scully-era episodes, especially during the ninth, tenth, and 11th seasons, which wore on fans' nerves and is cited as one of the reasons why the show's quality is in the toilet. The show is meant to have an ensemble cast, but more than half the episodes from season 10 focus on Homer finding a new job or hobby.
- Lisa gets this in the more recent seasons, with many episodes focusing on her cause of the week or feeling out of place at home or school.
- Stab the Salad: Several times, memorably in Sideshow Bob's first escape, Homer kept scaring Bart by wielding large deadly implements for innocent things.
- Staging an Intervention: Homer recalls playing pictionary earlier in the week. It was really an intervention.
Homer: I hope it's as fun as Pictionary was last week!
Bart: Dad, we weren't playing Pictionary. That was an intervention to stop your drinking.
- Stalker Without a Crush: The Old Man And Lisa has Burns going broke because of his Yes-Man underlings, and feeling convinced that hiring Lisa would get him back on track what with her integrity. However, Lisa refuses to work for him, because she is convinced he does not deserve to be helped. Burns, in turn, follows her around in a very stalkerish manner, begging that she take the job.
- Start My Own: Bart starts his own casino after getting kicked out of Burns's casino in "$pringfield", putting Squeaky Voiced Teen in his place.
- Station Ident: For [[Creator/Channel4]]. Homer manages to get a six-pack of Duff on a power line, then tries to grab it off again before resorting to just drinking it off the line itself.
- Status Quo Is God: Played straight most of the time, occasionally subverted.
- Got a big Lampshade Hanging in "Pygmoelian", where Moe's face is crushed by a falling backdrop, undoing the Magic Plastic Surgery that made him handsome and reverting him to normal. The last scene has Moe asking why he got his old face back instead of being deformed; the episode ends before he can say "It makes no sense."
- From "Bart vs Lisa vs the Third Grade"
Skinner: Well, if this episode has taught us anything, it's that nothing works better than the status quo. Bart, you're promoted back to the fourth grade.
Skinner: And Lisa, you have a choice. You may continue to be challenged in third grade or return to second grade and be merely a big fish in a small pond.
Lisa: Big fish! Big fish!
Homer: [satisfied] The status quo.
- "The Principal and the Pauper", anyone? The episode ends with the town agreeing that they should ignore the new real Seymour Skinner and stick with the fake one that they've known for years, including his own mother.
- We now have a worse with "Donnie Fatso" After killing Fat Tony off his cousin Fit Tony takes over, puts on weight, and becomes known as Fit Fat Tony, or Fat Tony for short.
- A similar (more minor) case with the death of Snowball II. Lisa finds replacement cats and eventually came upon an identical cat who she calls her "Snowball II" rather than "Snowball V" (to save money on a new dish). Lampshaded when Principal Skinner overhears this and Lisa replies with his real name mentioned above.
- The Season 22 episode "The Blue and the Gray". Marge stops dying her hair and lets it revert to a natural gray color. This causes an uproar throughout the family and the town residents, and makes Marge the subject of many stereotypes about seniors. As it turns out, her sisters, Patty and Selma, have been dyeing their hair too. At the end, Marge goes back to blue, and everyone except Homer, in an interesting blue twist, he dyes what's left of his hair blue laughs it off and life in Springfield goes on as normal.
- Stealing from the Hotel: In the fifth season episode "The Boy Who Knew Too Much", we get this hilarious piece of conversation:
Principal Skinner: You're stealing a table?
Homer: I'm not stealing it. Hotels expect you to take a few things. It's a souvenir!
Principal Skinner: Ah. Is that my necktie you're wearing?
- Stealing The Credit: A few times, but most memorable in the case of Moe stealing Homer's "Flaming Homer" drink and renaming it the "Flaming Moe", seconds after Homer had shown him how to make it.
- Stealth Pun: Any title with "Annoyed Grunt" in the title.
- The captain's name in "Simpson Tide" is Tenille.
- Sting: Used many, many times in the show by composer Alf Clausen.
- Stock Footage: "Another Simpsons Clip Show" not only is a Clip Show, but also re-uses old animation in new contexts and with new dialog. Only a few short scenes were animated specifically for this episode.
- Aside from that, the earlier seasons had a few scenes reused. For instance, footage of Homer comforting a concerned Marge from the end of "Lisa's Substitute" was later reused in "Bart the Murderer". And "Marge on the Lam" has a brief scene of Bart saying "We don't need a babysitter." that is clearly from season 2. A list of reused animation can be found here.
- Stockholm Syndrome: Homer and his two kidnappers in "Blame It On Lisa".
Homer: Listen, um... I made a little scrapbook to remember the kidnapping. I'm still working on it but, uh, as you can see I've— Aw, look, this is that cigarette butt you burned me with.
Kidnapper One: You slept like a baby that night.
[Everyone shares a laugh]
Homer: Haha, I remember that, yeah.
Marge: [arriving to deliver ransom money] Homer, why are you laughing?
Kidnapper Two: He has the Stockholm Syndrome. He has come to identify with his captors.
Homer: [excitedly] They let me stay up alllll night!
- Stock Lateral Thinking Puzzle: From "The Simpsons 138th Spectacular":
Announcer: Which popular Simpsons characters have died in the past year? If you guessed Bleeding Gums Murphy and Dr. Marvin Monroe, you are wrong. They were never popular.
- Stock Ninja Weaponry: The Comic Book Guy tries to win back his clients by offering them "Ninja Weapons" to buy. We get glimpses of katana, kusarigama and shuriken among other things.
- Stock Scream: In "Million Dollar Maybe", there's a video game on the fictitious Funtendo Zii console where every enemy kill would result in the Wilhelm Scream.
- Stopped Caring: Reverend Lovejoy at his worst.
- Straight Gay: Waylon Smithers.
- Strange Minds Think Alike: In the episode where Homer gets a new assistant who turns on him and takes his job, he uses a secret Flanders told him to turn the tables. When asked where he learnt the secret, he declines to say, but states the initials are S.F. She immediately recognizes this as Stupid Flanders.
- In "Marge On The Lam", Marge asks Homer to take her to the ballet. Homer agrees while we see his thought as to what ballet is - a bear in a Shriners-style fez and go-cart at the circus. Later, he tells Lenny that he's taking Marge to the ballet. Lenny replies " Going to see the bear in the little car, huh?"
- Straw Fan: Comic Book Guy.
- Strawman Political: On both sides, though Republicans get the brunt of it.
- Straw Vegetarian: Lisa tries to convince everyone not to eat meat at Homer's barbeque and eventually throws away the roasted pig. At the end of that episode, Lisa learns from Paul and Linda McCartney not to be judgemental about non-vegetarians, after which she mostly settles down — but it doesn't stop her occasionally lapsing into aggression in later episodes, mostly as jokes.
- Stripper/Cop Confusion: Chief Wiggum, but he goes along with the assumption for the money.
- Stuck on a Ski Lift: This happens to Homer. He tries to get off but ends up hanging upside down. ("Come on, gravity! You used to be cool!")
- Stuffed into a Trashcan: Bart in "Bart the General"; Milhouse and Homer in "24 Minutes" (though in the latter's case, it's actually a dumpster).
- Stupid Crooks: In "Dumbbell Indemnity", Moe spends so much money on things for his new girlfriend that he decides to come up with a plan with Homer to steal his car, have it destroyed, and collect the insurance money. Homer steals Moe's car and is supposed to leave it on the train tracks, but he gets sidetracked by a showing at a drive-in theater for a movie about a monkey who is president. Having missed the train, Homer decides to drive the car off a cliff in plain view of everyone, including the police, which gets himself arrested.
Moe: Homer, you moron.
Homer: Homer, you genius!
- Stupid Question Bait:
- In "Marge vs. the Monorail" when Lyle Lanley is doing a presentation in Lisa's class.
Lyle Lanley: Now, I'm here to answer any questions you children may have about the monorail.
Kid: Can it outrun The Flash?
Lyle Lanley: You bet.
Kid: Can Superman outrun The Flash?
Lyle Lanley: Eh, sure, why not.
- When ex-president George Bush moves to the neighbourhood, Homer pulls a prank on him, gluing a clown wig to his head before he has to give a speech:
Bush ...and that's why I will continue to oppose teen alcoholism. Any questions?
(Everyone in the room raises their hand)
Bush: Bearing in mind, I already explained about the wig...
(Everyone lowers their hand)
- Subways Suck: In "The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson" Bart attempts to scam a bunch of indifferent New Yorkers while riding the subway. After licking a pole, he admits defeat.
- Suck E. Cheese's: Wall E. Weasel's.
- Sucky School: Springfield Elementary.
- Sudden Anatomy: When a sub-plot hinges on Homer not remembering Marge's eye color, a Simpsons character is drawn with irises for the first time.
- Sudden School Uniform
- Summer Campy: "Kamp Krusty".
- Super Bowl Special: In the 2010 Super Bowl, there's the Coca-Cola commercial featuring Mr. Burns losing his money, followed by Apu giving him a Coke.
- Super Fun Happy Thing of Doom
- Sure, Let's Go with That:
- Homer is being held at gunpoint by the local Legitimate Businessmen's Social Club, who believe him to be Krusty the Klown, when the real Krusty bursts in.
Homer: Krusty! You came to save me!
Krusty: Yeah...that's what I did.
- In the episode "Last Exit to Springfield", Homer has to excuse himself during a union negotiation with Burns to use the bathroom. This leads to an Overly Long Gag of Homer looking through doors to find the bathroom, which cuts back to Burns discussing how the negotiation is going with Smithers. When Homer comes back:
Burns: I take it you found the bathroom?
Homer: (guiltily) Uh...yeah, that's right!
- Suspiciously Specific Denial:
- In "Behind the Laughter", after Lisa reveals that Homer gave her anti-growth hormones:
: That's ridiculous. How could I even get all five necessary drops into her cereal? (Beat
- In "The Great Money Caper":
Willie: I was alone in me unabomber-style shack. I had nothing to do with that carjacking.
Blue-haired lawyer: Carjacking? Who said anything about a carjacking?!
- Suspiciously Specific Sermon: In "The Telltale Head", Reverend Lovejoy's sermon was about gambling and watching pro football on Sundays instead of attending church; cut to Homer, who is listening to headphones broadcasting a football game he's betting on.
- Sustained Misunderstanding:
- From "Marge vs. The Monorail":
Marge: Homer, there's someone here who can help you!
Homer: Is it Batman?
Marge: No, he's a scientist.
Homer: Batman's a scientist.
Marge: It's not Batman!
Marge: I'm here to share my moral outrage. But this time it's not about that giant inflatable "Dos Equis" bottle. It's about a certain house in our town.
Moe: Yeah, well what's wrong with this house? Is it the plumbing?
Marge: No. It's a house of ill fame. A house of loose ethics.
Kent Brockman: Is there a building code violation? A drainage issue? A surveying error?
Marge: (annoyed) The house is perfectly fine!
Chief Wiggum: Well, then quit bad-mouthing the house!
Otto: Yeah, leave the house alone!
- From "Much Apu About Nothing":
Lisa: You know, in a way, all Americans are immigrants. Except, of course Native Americans.
Homer: Yeah, Native Americans like us.
Lisa: No, I mean American Indians.
Apu: Like me.
Lisa: No, I mean...
- Swallow the Key: In "On a Clear Day I Can't See My Sister", the manager of the Sprawl Mart locks his employees inside the store, and then taunts them by swallowing the bathroom key.
- The Swear Jar: Homer having to deal with one of these whilst he's building a doghouse for Santa's Little Helper. He ends up shouting things like "Fiddle-dee-dee!" after stepping on rusty nails, and puts enough money into the jar to enable the purchase of a rather large and cosy doghouse — which is good, since the one Homer built sucked.