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Bart Simpson: Quick! To the Fatmobile! Muh heh heh ha ha!
Comic Book Guy: Yes I suppose, but must we call it that?
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The Simpsons: Hit & Run is a 2003 Wide Open Sandbox game by Radical Entertainment in the vein of the Grand Theft Auto series, but with less firepower and more kicking. Five characters from the series are played in the seven-level long story mode (In order: Homer, Bart, Lisa, Marge, Apu, Bart again and then Homer again), which initially starts off mundane with Homer's antics on his way to work, but shifts into a conspiracy involving the kidnapping of Bart, strange floating wasp cameras, and a strange new brand of cola. And it gets even stranger from there...

The game is notably filled to the brim with references to past episodes, as well as the vehicles contained within. The developers of this game sure did their homework on The Simpsons, to the point that Continuity Porn and Easter Eggs are around every turn. Heck, it has so many, we made a page to collate them all!

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Hit & Run is commonly regarded as one of the best Simpsons tie-in games, and it's still enjoyed by the fandom to this day, making it a licensed game that does not suck! The PC version also has an active modding scene, with numerous game mods adding in content like online multiplayer, more cars, the maps from The Simpsons: Road Rage, and more.


"I wish I had a trope list with a saddle."

  • 11th-Hour Superpower: The final mission gives the player a beefed-up version of Grandpa's Jeep, now equipped with a small rocket that makes it much faster....and harder to control.
  • 100% Completion: It lets you drive backwards on the bonus courses, and on some consoles, lets you use a special cheat code that enables you to call otherwise-unobtainable cars from phone booths, such as the Milk Truck and the Black Alien Sports Car, and PC users get a cheat code that lets you play as any character model used in the game. You also get a Krusty-Brand Seal of Approval on the (progress) Scrap Book.
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  • Abandon Ship: Your character and any other characters riding with you will dive out of a car that is about to explode.
  • Acrofatic: Homer and, to a lesser extent, Apu. Like the other playable characters, they can do double jumps and run indefinitely. They'll complain about the workout, but that's about it.
  • Action Mom: Marge gets her moment to shine in Level 4, becoming this trope.
  • Adam Smith Hates Your Guts:
    • Vehicles and outfits get more and more expensive in each consecutive level, but the amount of coins you find in those levels does not scale that well to fit the increase in prices. Even if you never get caught by the cops and get all the coin boxes and secrets, your cash will start to run low about halfway through the game, much sooner if you stop to buy all the available cars and costumes. Fortunately, you can earn money in a couple of different ways:
      • If you're good at driving, you can try out each level's Wager Race, in which you pay an entry fee in coins to complete a lap of the level (or a portion of it) and be rewarded with several times more coins than what you initially paid in. The difficulty of the race, which determines how much your winnings are multiplied by, is set depending on a vehicle's stats; late-game vehicles with high speed, acceleration and handling have the easy difficulty 2x multiplier, cars with relatively average stats have the medium difficulty 3x multiplier, while heavy trucks/cars whose stats are more dedicated to toughness than anything else receive the Hard difficulty 4x multiplier.
      • If you aren't good at racing, you can always return to the first level and rampage for coins, where the Police are relatively easy to escape
  • The Alleged Car:
    • Comic Book Guy's Kremlin, which is a slovenly piece of junk filled with empty pizza boxes, comics and other nerd crap. The car is also lopsided, so the driver's seat has sunken deeper into the car. Worst. Car. Ever.
    • Moe's Sedan. It's slow to accelerate, it's slow in speed, and it's a horrible green-brown color.
    • The Duff Truck has the worst cumulative stats of any vehicle in the game, having a half-star ranking in speed, acceleration, and handling, with its only not-terrible stat being its toughness, and even then, every other tough car has better stats in every possible way, including the Plow King which is purchasable at the start of the game.
    • The Donut Truck for pretty much the same reasons as the Duff Truck, only being slightly better at accelerating and handling at the cost of toughness, the Duff Truck's sole good stat.
    • If you destroy your vehicle, you can drive the chassis, rather hilariously. It will, of course, be painfully slow and makes a shrill noise when the remains of the wheels grate against the asphalt. Drive it into a Golden Wrench powerup and repair your car to avoid having to pay the repair fees. You can also just go on foot to find a wrench, and the car will repair itself that way too.
    • Most levels have a secret bonus vehicle that can't be called in, which includes the broken down monorail cockpit in Level 2.
  • And I'm the Queen of Sheba: Krusty essentially says this about Bart's warning about the aliens planning to instigate a mass riot with laser guns via Buzz Cola.
    Bart: Krusty, listen carefully, aliens are handing out free laser guns and cola that makes you go crazy. It'll be a massacre, the streets will be littered with lasered-off limbs and heads.
    Krusty: Yeah, right, and I'm getting into the Country Western Hall of Fame. It just ain't gonna happen, kid.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: Each level has three purchasable costumes the playable character can wear. All of them come from different episodes, and some levels actively require a specific outfit to start certain story missions.
  • Anti-Frustration Features: Fail a mission five times and the game allows you to skip it, except for the final mission which it expects you to complete in one go.
  • Apathetic Citizens: The denizens of Springfield don't care too much about you ramming into a wall right next to them with a Canyonero, though the moment you kick someone in the shins, anyone nearby will run away.
  • Are You Sure You Can Drive This Thing?: Lisa and Bart are driving cars here, despite Lisa being 8, and Bart being 10 years of age. They also hold the same Universal Driver's License as the adults too.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Snake was taken prisoner when Wiggum could prove that he committed three crimes. Strike 1: counterfeit designer jeans (the foulest of all crimes). Strike 2: running over an elderly person without a license (said person happens to be Hans Moleman). And strike 3: littering.
  • Awesome, but Impractical:
    • The rocket car in Level 1 is extremely fast... but barely controllable and extremely fragile. You'll total it in two decent hits (unless you use the unbreakable car cheat code).
    • The Hover Bike has high stats in everything except toughness and looks cool to boot, but it's only accessible by the final level (at which point there isn't much else to use it on), costs a whopping 1000 coins to purchase (practically guaranteeing it'll be one of the last vehicles bought) and is completely outclassed by the Open Wheel Race Car, which is also accessible in the final level and is much less costly (merely requiring you complete all three races).
  • Back Seats are Just for Show: The Player Character that hops into a car with a driver already in it will occupy the passenger's seat — even with the Car Built for Homer, whose back seats are in a separate dome behind the driver. Averted if the player selects the Honor Roller in Level 7, Bart will occupy the driver's seat with Homer sitting in the rear. Agnes Skinner also occupies the rear seat of Skinner's Sedan if he's driving it, though only as a static, low-poly model similar to the civilian vehicle drivers.
  • The Battle Didn't Count: Crosses over with You Can't Thwart Stage One by the end of the sixth level. Even after destroying the laser gun stands and beating the aliens to the Duff Brewery, Kang and Kodos still manage to escape, taunting Homer and Bart over the success of their plans, in which the living dead will ultimately overrun Springfield.
  • Big Bad: That would be Kang and Kodos.
  • Big "NO!":
    • Kang finding out he has to share heaven with the credits.
    • One of Bart's quotes when he falls into a Bottomless Pit is one of these that continues for a second after you reappear.
      Bart: Nooooooooooooooo... [takes a breath in] Oooooooo!
    • Also what Homer might say when he fails a mission.
  • Big Word Shout: Comic Book Guy will scream "KHAAAN!" during jumps or when he gets hit by a car.
  • Black Comedy Animal Cruelty: Dr. Nick cheerfully admits to torturing his test monkeys horribly when Bart asks why they won't return to him. After Bart brings them back, Dr. Nick decides to put electrodes into the monkeys' brains.
  • Blatant Lies: "Kwik Cash" has Snake enlist Apu's help for more of his community service. Community service that consists of destroying an armoured car full of money. Apu questions the logic, but Snake quickly shuts him up.
  • Book-Ends:
    • Every area of Springfield gets at least 2 levels, with only a few minor changes between them. Level 7 is the same map as Levels 1 and 4 except with a Halloween makeover and a Broken Bridge that prevents access to the wealthy district, Mr. Burns' Mansion, the Stonecutters' tunnel, and most of the Power Plant's interior (including Homer's office).
    • Both the first and last levels are played as Homer in the same world. The final mission of Level 7 also calls back to both the first and last missions of Level 1: Homer has to race to Springfield Elementary (like the former) and both involving the Power Plant in some way and reusing the same music as the latter.
  • Bragging Rights Reward: Once 100% Completion is achieved (denoted by a Krusty-Brand Seal of Approval on the (progress) Scrapbook), two special cheat codes can be entered, one letting the player use any vehicle in the game, even otherwise-unobtainable ones from phone booths, and a Version-Exclusive Content code on the PC version to play as any character, including ones that are otherwise inaccessible such as pedestrians. But since you require 100% Completion to actually use these cheats, there's not much use for it other than novelty. You can also drive backwards on the multiplayer courses.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    • Everyone in the game is more meta than usual, the characters constantly reference videogames-related tropes, such as cheat codes and memory cards, even the civilians mention they're "generic characters" in a game. Special mention goes to Marge of all people, as she has a few phrases that wouldn't be out of place for Lisa and Bart to say;
    Marge: (when crashing) Ugh... Polygons!
    Marge: (when entering a car) Where to next, videogame?
    • The ending, with Kang and Kodos tempting fate by saying that they won't have to sit through the credits, then commenting on the credits once they roll.
  • Brick Joke:
    • The Spinning Paper for Level 1 headlines Homer ruining a hot dog-eating contest. In the ending cutscene, Homer initially thinks his actions in saving Springfield from Kang and Kodos were all part of a bad dream from eating too many raw hot dogs.
      Homer: And the ninja babysitters? Was that real or a hot dog dream?
      Lisa: Hot dog dream.
    • In Level 1, Homer helps Marge gather up copies of Bonestorm 2 to protect people from the game's violence. Level 2 includes Bart trying to find a copy of the game and Jimbo saying "some crazy lady destroyed all the rest."
    • In the final mission of Level 1, Homer discovers that the mysterious black vans supposedly spying on the citizens of Springfield are actually pizza delivery vans. One of the generic traffic vehicles that spawn in Level 2 are similar-looking vans with the text Black Van Pizza Delivery on the side.
    • In the fifth mission of Level 2, Bart helps Cletus gather roadkill to deliver to Krusty Burger, then you have to avoid Apu who doesn't appreciate the competition. Then in the third mission of Level 3, Lisa helps Apu ram Cletus's truck and gather up the roadkill he drops.
    • In Level 2, the Popsicle Stick Skyscraper has been set alight by the nearby 50-Foot Magnifying Glass. By the time you reach Level 5, all that's left of it is a small pile of smoking Popsicle sticks.
    • In level 3, Lisa helps chief Wiggum collect evidence to get Snake busted on the three-strikes law. In level 5, Snake ropes Apu into helping him with his community service.
  • Broken Bridge: The rich side of town can be visited in levels 1 and 4, but becomes blocked off in level 7 due to the zombie attack.
  • Buffy Speak:
    • Courtesy of Chief Wiggum.
      Chief Wiggum: Don't be alarmed. I'm... professional... badge... guy.
    • Homer, too.
      Homer: I'm a lean, mean speed thingy!
  • Calling Parents by Their Name: Bart does this with Homer in the tutorial.
  • Camera Screw:
    • Some locations force the camera in a specific direction, even if it will mess up a jump. The first example is the Duff truck near the Kwik-E-Mart — jump with the camera pointing towards the front of the truck and it turns to the side as soon as you hit the steam vent.
    • Invoked with the unlockable driving view cheat Comedy Cam.
  • Car Porn: The cars in the game are mostly straight from the show or at least inspired by it, and there are loads of cool cars to choose from. See the Continuity Porn page for the full list.
  • Cassandra Truth: While trying to find Bart, Lisa asks everyone about him. Prof. Frink tells her that Bart helped him to build the Truckasaurus, and then vanished in a bright light. Lisa dismisses it as pure nonsense.
  • Cheat Code: They're here and boy do they make it easier for you: invincibility, blows up cars just by tapping them, honking your horn to fly in the air. It makes the game so much easier. However the "destroy cars" cheat makes "ram the car" missions unwinnable: for example, Marge has to ram a truck to knock out boxes of a video game to destroy them. The moment Marge's Canyonero hits the truck, it's game over.
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: Buzz Cola. It appears in Level 1 in the tutorial mission where Homer has to get some from the Kwik-E-Mart. It shows up again in Levels 3 and 4, as when Bart is found, he occasionally mentions Buzz Cola while otherwise mumbling gibberish. Marge then uses it in Level 4 to jog Bart's memory and return him to normal, whereupon Bart tells Marge that Buzz Cola has been spiked with a mind-control agent. Kang and Kodos intend to spike Springfield's water supply with Buzz Cola and raise the undead to invade Springfield.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • The crop circles are revealed by Grampa in Level 4 to be in the same shape as the Buzz Cola logonote , which Marge realises she can use to restore Bart's memory.
    • The wasp cameras are revealed to be part of Kang and Kodos's plot for their TV show, Foolish Earthlings.
    • Level 1's first proper mission, "S-M-R-T", is to race Principal Skinner to the school so Homer can give Lisa her science project. The school becomes very important in Level 7. In the playground, Kang and Kodos's Flying Saucer is located there, and several times you have to drive to it from the power plant to deposit toxic waste into it via tractor beam to destroy the saucer.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    Apu: We have got to prevent the aliens from distributing laser guns into the hands of cola-drunk townspeople.
    Bart: Why? That sounds hilarious! I'd watch that show!
    Apu: [Face Palm] Tell you what, you're a bad little boy.
  • Competitive Balance: Naturally, no one car is the answer to everything; balanced between Speed, Acceleration, Toughness, and Handling means that some cars are very fast but can't take a hit, are very fast but handle poorly, are fast and tough but slow to accelerate, etc. Mr. Burns' limo (driven by Waylon Smithers in the third and final missions of Level 1), the Hearse (the replacement of the usual police cars during hit-and-runs in Level 7), and the Chase Sedan come the closest to being universally viable but aren't available until the later levels of the game (the former two only being available in the last level).
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard:
    • Simply put, the computer can drive any car faster than you can, better than you can, and is magically much heavier than the same car is under your control. CPU Bart's Ferrini in the Level 5 bonus races is the second fastest car in the game, bar none (excluding the secret car in Level 1), though its handling isn't as good to the point where it's possible to abuse one long corner on the lap race to make him crash repeatedly (or to even destroy his car), or to have one precious lapse of time where he fails to take a shortcut and ends up crashing during the checkpoint race.
      • However, this often is an inverse (or sometimes heavily played with) for higher-tiered cars that appear in the later levels; Snake's Lil' Bandit in the Level 2 mission "Bart 'n' Frink" is much slower compared to the original version, but is arguably the tankiest car in the game. Needless to say, the actual stats of certain cars in control of the player and CPU are very inconsistent in terms of who has the upper hand.
    • No matter how good of a driver you are, no matter how fast your car is, the game's generic traffic Will. Screw. You. Over.
    • Your character will even call out the AI opponents for doing this in races, and they have a good reason to do so!
      Bart: You cheated, cheater!
      Homer: He used a cheat code!
    • The CPU opponents in the Bonus Game are capable of using any vehicle in the game, even those normally only accessible via the "All Cars" cheat. Human players on the other hand can only use vehicles obtained in the main game, and cannot access any other vehicles even if using the "All Cars" cheat.
  • Continuity Porn: That is putting it gently. The game could be called "The Simpsons; We Cram As Many Jokes From The Show In As Possible." There's so many that There's even an entire page!
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Kang and Kodos' heavenly punishment for being behind the evil plot? Sit through the credits.
  • Cool Car: The Car Built for Homer, Homer's 70's sports car, a Rocket Car, an Open Wheel Race Car, Bart's Honor Roller and Ferrini, Apu's GODDAMNED MONSTER TRUCK, The Knightboat... WITH WHEELS!, Frink's semi-invisible Hover car, a driveable RC Car, the Globex Super Villain Car owned by Hank Scorpio, The Plow King... really, it'd be hard not to list nearly every car in the game for their own reasons.
  • Counting to Potato:
    • The countdowns for the bonus races, mainly in Ralph and Nelson's cases:
      Ralph: Five, five, five, four!
      Nelson: Three, two, FLOOR IT LOSER!
    • Subverted in Level 6's checkpoint race, where Ralph finally gets "three two one" right and tells everyone "he did it".
    • The zombies hosting the races in Level 7 don't even bother counting, and simply moan "Brains".
  • Covers Always Lie: The cover has several things going on that can't happen in-game under any circumstances:
    • Bart's wearing a dark blue shirt (he wears red in-game).
    • Bart and Lisa are driving a red car together (Bart does have a red car in level 6 which can be used to fly through the Flaming Hoops of Death, but he and Lisa can't drive it together).
    • The Kwik-E-Mart, the Jebediah statue, the Flaming Hoops of Death, Moe's Tavern, and City Hall are all depicted within walking distance of each other (they are either exclusive to different levels or not even close to each other).
  • Credits Gag: See MST.
  • Crop Circles: Which match the design on *GASP* Buzz Cola (in a cutscene). And Bart (in-game).
  • Crying Wolf: No one believes Bart's story about aliens planning to invade Springfield except for Apu, Professor Frink and eventually Krusty once he's got proof. In his own words:
    Bart: It's like "The Boy Who Cried Wolf", except instead of a wolf, it's an alien conspiracy!
  • Critical Existence Failure: Once a vehicle in the game takes enough damage they explode.
  • Cut the Juice: Bart trips over a power cord, which shuts down the machine extracting Buzz Cola. This also shuts down the skeleton that just had a few drops fall on it.
  • Cutscene Boss: Truckosaurus and the T-Rex skeleton are both taken out within the same cutscenes they're introduced in.
  • Dark Is Evil:
    • Subverted with the black vans in Level 1, as Burns reveals at the end of the level that they are only pizza vans.
    • Played straight with the black sedans and limo in Level 3, as both are connected to Bart's disappearance at the end of Level 2.
  • Day in the Life: Most of Level 1 and all of Level 2 have little to no bearing on the main plot, but instead focus on the misadventures of Homer and Bart, respectively.
  • Dead Character Walking: You can drive a wrecked chassis if your car explodes. Not surprisingly, It's VERY slow, but if you drive it into a repair item, it'll be as good as new.
  • Dean Bitterman: Seymour Skinner isn't at his worst in this game, but he's still a jerk when it comes to the subject of Bart. Level 3's bonus mission has Lisa go to Skinner for help looking for Bart. Skinner expresses joy at the prospect of Bart being dead to his sister, only for Lisa to remind him that Bart is just missing.
  • Deflector Shields:
    • Wasp cameras from Level 5 onward have a shield which lets them survive a single hit.
    • Comic Book Guy's car doesn't, though.
      Comic Book Guy: We don't have deflector shields, you know!
  • Demoted to Extra: Tress MacNeille, who only voices random bystanders and Agnes Skinner riding in Seymour's car.
  • Destructive Saviour: Thanks to the poor handling of some cars and loads of destructible scenery, the Simpsons will be this at one point or another. This trope is so prevalent it was actually advertised as a selling point of the game.
    Save Springfield. By car. By foot. By the seat of your pants.
  • Developers' Foresight:
    • You can get busted if you're out of your car and you get knocked over by Chief Wiggum's police car in the few missions where he's present as an obstacle to avoid, race or follow, though you don't pay the 50 coins in that case.
    • In Level 3's fifth mission "Slithery Sleuthing", where you have to help Chief Wiggum collect evidence of Snake's crimes, the Hit and Run meter doesn't rise if you commit driving felonies since you're playing as a police officer. Considering how annoyingly difficult this mission is, this doubles as Anti-Frustration Features.
    • The phone booths can be used to call upon any vehicle the player wants. If a certain character is associated with the car, they show up as the driver with the player character as a passenger. However, if the driver is featured in the level as either an ambient or mission-critical NPC, then the vehicle spawns without themnote .
    • In missions where you need to pursue a particular vehicle, said vehicles will be invincible to prevent the missions from becoming unwinnable, no matter how much damage you do to them. This can still be bypassed with a specific cheat code that allows you to destroy cars with a single hit, however, but by then, the missions become Unwinnable by Design, especially ones that require you to hit them to drop their cargo.
  • Double Jump: Some on-foot sections require using this, while other sections didn't expect a double-jump (or other tactics) could be used to bypass a platforming puzzle.
  • Dramatic Irony: In the sixth mission of Level 1, you have to destroy all the copies of Bonestorm 2. Early in Level 2, Bart tries to get the game.
    Jimbo: Too late losers, I got the last game; 4-finger discount! [laughs] Some crazy lady [Marge] destroyed all the rest.
  • Dummied Out: An Ice Cream Truck exists in the game. The only way to drive it without hacking the game, however, is to achieve 100% completion and then use a special cheat code to call up otherwise-unobtainable vehicles from phone booths. It's uncertain whether the Ice Cream Truck was going to serve a purpose in the game as either a mission-specific vehicle (most likely in the tutorial level, where retrieving ice-cream is one of the required goals), a generic traffic vehicle, or if it's just an Easter Egg. It's worth noting that the truck has a Marge-shaped ice cream cone atop it, a reference to the episode "Homer Alone". There also exists a LEGO-like brick car, an Audi TT Quattro Sport, three other cell phone cars, a vandalized cyan and grey truck, and two traffic vehicles that were never used.
  • Easter Egg:
    • By looking around the various levels, various characters can be found that the player character can interact with to get bonus dialogue. The list consists of: Lisa, Ralph, Willie, Skinner, Moe, Patty, Apu, Sea Captain and Squeaky-Voiced Teen.
    • Standing on the roof of a moving car will make the character you're playing as pretend to surf on it as if to keep balance.
  • Episode of the Dead: The game features a Treehouse of Horror-themed final Level 7, with the main plot being that the aliens have laced the town's water supply with tainted cola which causes the zombies to rise from the graveyard. The NPC pedestrians of Springfield have now been replaced with zombies, Krusty Burgers has been retitled "Zombie Burgers", and the radio describes them as attacking Springfield Station. Though the majority of the zombie NPCs never serve as enemy mobs and won't attack Homer. The zombies presumably return to their graves or are no longer active once Homer blows up the aliens' UFO.
  • Extremely Short Timespan: The date on the Spinning Papers that accompany the loading screens are always one day later than the last, suggesting the game takes place over a single week (with the final level, appropriately enough, on October 31st). Not as short as some examples, but still fairly short. Though if it weren't for these, then the entire game would appear to take place across a single day, as the first level starts around midday with the following levels gradually transitioning to nighttime. A few more hints at the short timespan exist, such as the burning Popsicle Stick Skyscraper in Level 2 being reduced to rubble in Level 5, with the same fire trucks still attending it.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even hardened criminals like Snake can genuinely take offence to threatened profanity and "bird-flipping".
  • Every Car Is a Pinto: Every vehicle in the game explodes when it's taken too much damage. Even the RC car. Then again, this is not exactly out of place in the Simpsons world.
  • Everyone Has Standards: In Level 2, Moe has no problem giving illegal fireworks to Bart, but refuses to serve him alcohol because he's underage.
  • Evil Laugh: Lisa of all people breaks out a nice one sometimes after she's driven through and/or destroyed something.
  • Exact Words: In the last mission of Level 3, Sea Captain McCallister tells Lisa that he saw Bart get inside a black limo, and points to the limo when he spots it. The mission requires Lisa to chase and destroy the limo, after which she is horrified that she just destroyed the vehicle, thinking she killed Bart. McCallister reveals to her when she talks to him again that Bart should be fine, he did get inside the limo, but since Lisa ran off after the limo, he didn't get the chance to explain that Bart got out of the limo and onto a nearby ship.
  • Face Palm: Apu does this when Bart doesn't see the need to stop Kang and Kodos giving cola-maddened citizens laser guns.
  • Filler: Aside from explaining how Bart is kidnapped (in the final cutscene, no less), Level 2 is an entire waste of time in terms of plot. Bart spends the first three missions trying to get his hands on a copy of the Bonestorm 2 video game, then suddenly shifts gears to helping Professor Frink build a Truckasaurus, neither of which actually play into the aliens' plan.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: Keen-eyed players will notice that in the last mission of Level 3, the black limo Lisa is chasing has no passengers before McCallister tells her at the end of the mission that Bart got out of it prior to the chase.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Level 1 states that Buzz Cola has a new-and-improved flavour. This is because, as Bart reveals in Level 4 after having his memory and sanity restored, the Cola has been spiked with a mind-control agent by Kang and Kodos.
    • One of the messages you can find on the Springfield Stadium screen in Level 2 says "TONIGHT: TRUCKASAURUS BROUGHT TO YOU BY CRAZY SPACE COLA", setting the stage for the latter half of the level, which involves Bart helping Frink get the titular machine started as well as revealing the aliens' plan to destroy Springfield.
    • Each level's race foreshadows who'll be playable in the following level: Bart appears as an AI opponent in Level 1 before becoming playable in Level 2, Lisa appears as an AI opponent in Level 2 before becoming playable in Level 3, etc.
  • Fragile Speedster:
    • Frink's Hover Car has high top speed with matching acceleration and good handling. It's also very fragile, with only one star in toughness and is prone to sliding too far while turning.
    • In Level 1, you can find a rocket car which goes so fast you can hit the invisible border around the stage making a ramp jump, but it handles poorly and is quickly destroyed.
    • In Level 7, you can obtain the Open Wheel Race Car after winning all three races. It has the maximum 5 stars in Speed, Acceleration, and Handling...but only half of a star in Toughness. It has the handling to avoid hitting things that often, and it needs it. At top speed, you'll be lucky to survive more than two direct collisions.
  • Freudian Excuse: One of Homer's excuses for kicking people. "An older boy told me to do it."
  • Flying Saucer: The third, fifth, sixth and final missions of Level 7 have you loading barrels of toxic waste into one.
  • Funny Background Event: Several locations the player can enter have funny events happening in the background, such as Maggie drinking from a dog bowl in the Simpson house or Willie walking into a rake in Springfield Elementary.
  • Game-Breaking Bug:
    • Using the PC character change cheat and attempting to start a mission with a character who isn't the level's playable character will result in the game locking up at the starting dialogue. Trying to cancel the dialogue results in the character being unable to move, requiring the player to reset to another mission.
    • Getting far enough away from the Power Plant in Level 1's "Blind Big Brother" using a fast vehicle will result in the Power Couplings despawning from the map. Returning to the plant and getting close to where one of them is supposed to be will result in the game crashing.
    • Exclusive to the Spanish version: one of Groundskeeper Willie's quotes during his gag in the Observatory in Levels 3/6 uses the wrong sample rate, causing the game to crash every time said gag is generated.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: In the final level, zombies have overrun the town, and are considered dangerous within the story, as they're heard attacking and eating Kent Brockman's brain. However, while they replace the adult human pedestrians for the level, they won't attack Homer in any way and behave just like normal pedestrians. This is justified, however; back in "Treehouse of Horror III", the zombies rejected Homer for a lack of brains.
  • Game Mod: Quite a few of them have been cropping up years after the game's release. The most one could do early on was modify the .txt files of vehicles, but more and more include different textures, models and sounds. As the modding community evolved, some have gone so far as to add completely new vehicles (like Trevor's Truck or the "Mudskipper" Airboat), maps (like importing levels from The Simpsons: Road Rage or brand new ones like Big Blue) and even change up the missions. The most prominent of these is the Donut Mod; a Fan Sequel to the original that includes new/restructured missions, numerous aesthetic changes, some cut content and a Hellfish difficulty; imagine the whole game, but on "Never Trust a Snake" or "Set to Kill" difficulty levels.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • One of Lisa's lines heard upon kicking a pedestrian has her outright swear.
    Lisa: Pissed off 8-year-old coming through!
    • One of Krusty's lines upon being kicked heavily implies he's being accused of ephebophilia.
    Krusty: I swear I didn't touch your daughter! And she said she was over eighteen!
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: There's a lot of stuff to collect in this game — collector cards, wasp cameras, gags, vehicles and clothing, in addition to completing all the story missions, bonus missions and races.
  • Gratuitous Latin: Lisa may utter "Mea culpa" (translated: I've done something wrong) when falling out of bounds.
  • Ground Pound: Attack while doing a Double Jump. Useful for taking out coin boxes in one hit as opposed to three when kicking it.
  • Halloween Episode: In true Treehouse of Horror style, the game's finale revolves around a now Halloween-themed Springfield, complete with Beetlejuice-esque music, haunted vehicles, horror-themed buildings (Springfield Elementary becomes a castle-like "School For Magic") and of course Halloween costumes. And zombies. Lots of zombies.
  • Hero Insurance: When Homer runs into something or someone, he may randomly blurt out "I have no insurance!"
  • Holiday Mode: For Christmas, Valentine's Day, and Halloween (only the main menu is changed, though).
  • Hopeless Suitor: Naturally, Milhouse towards Lisa. He spends an entire mission in Level 3 giving her faulty advice on where to find Bart, only to show up at the location he suggested first, and then make a failed attempt to hit on Lisa.
  • Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: The undead rising due to the evil cola in the water occurs on Halloween night.
  • Hummer Dinger: Marge's Canyonero from Marge Simpson In "Screaming Yellow Honkers" returns for her respective level and it's both tough and fast.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • Comic Book Guy is guilty of this after Lisa helps him in the first mission of Level 3.
      CBG: Videogames, what a waste of money. Now to go online and bid $1,000 on Itchy & Scratchy corn-cob holders! A terrific, terrific expense.
    • Practically every character who happens to be driving under the player's control can end up saying this, depending on how reckless the player is when controlling them (whether they hit traffic, destructible scenery and/or pedestrians). It will also either border on both Insane Troll Logic and Never My Fault depending on the situation and context:
      Homer: Tck tck tck. Reckless driving is my pet peeve.
      Bart: Hey, slower traffic to the right, please!
      Lisa: Don't think I won't sue!
      Marge: Are you blind!?
      Apu: Ooh, you should not have stepped in front of my car.
      Comic Book Guy: I think you could've avoided that.
      Snake: Like, out of the way, walking dude.
      Prof. Frink: Silly person.
    • The Sea Captain has this gem when Lisa tries to enlist his aid in reaching the moored cargo ship.
      Sea Captain: Yargh, I hate the sea.
  • Idle Animation: All five playable characters have their own animations that play when idle, but more notable examples occur with the alternate costumes, as every single one of them has their own animation exclusive to that costume.
  • I'm Standing Right Here: Said by Milhouse at the beginning of the first mission in Level 2.
    Bart: I've gotta get the new Bonestorm game or I'll be as uncool as Milhouse!
    Milhouse: I'm standing right here, Bart.
  • I Need to Go Iron My Dog: How Homer excuses himself before he goes to retrieve Flanders' lost things.
    Homer: Uh, excuse me! I think I have to go... shuck some corn.
  • Infinity -1 Sword: The Open Wheel Race Car, unlocked by beating the street races in Level 7, has the best speed, acceleration, and handling in the game. However, it also has the worst toughness, so it's very fragile.
  • Insane Troll Logic: In Level 6, Bart tries to warn Skinner about the aliens' plan to distribute laser guns throughout Springfield so people driven insane by their cola will kill each other. Skinner instead complains about Bart forgetting the school's "zero-tolerance policy on lasers" despite neither of them being on school ground.
  • Invulnerable Civilians: You can run them over, but they won't die.
  • Iris Out: Used when entering/leaving buildings, buying clothes or vehicles, entering/exiting a vehicle without an animated door, and when getting in/out of a vehicle and something's blocking the way in or out. The last of which is especially helpful in speedruns or in general as it's a lot faster to jump onto the roof and get in rather than waiting for the animation.
  • J'accuse!: ...sir. Homer says this to Mr. Burns in level 1 to accuse him of being behind the black vans operating in Springfield.
  • Jerkass:
    • Homer himself literally says this to someone for one of his lines when he's in a car:
      Homer: Get out of my way, jerkass!
    • Patty and Selma are pretty bad in the bonus races. They love mocking you every time you lose and even winning won't net you anything more than Backhanded Compliments. Not even Marge is spared!
  • Joke Item: The Monorail bonus car in Level 2 is only slightly faster than a wrecked car chassis and has significantly worse steering, to the point it veers to the left without input.
  • Kids Driving Cars: Bart and Lisa can drive any type of vehicle they want, despite being 10 and 8 years old, respectively.
  • Killed Off for Real: Grandpa Abe, Kang and Kodos. Professor Frink and Snake may have died as well, as it's not explicitly stated whether they got out before their car was destroyed by the tractor beam. Kent Brockman is also devoured by zombies on TV at the start of the first mission in Level 7. Of course, since Level 7 is themed off of the Treehouse of Horror episodes, one can consider it a Halloween gag not to be taken seriously.
  • Klatchian Coffee: Buzz Cola. Kang and Kodos tailored it to send humans crazy upon consuming it, and thus get good material for Foolish Earthlings.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Referenced in one of Homer's quotes, usually when his vehicle is destroyed, crashes into something or he's busted by the cops, "Lousy rotten karmic retribution!"
  • Language Fluency Denial: The start of Level 6 has this conversation after it's discovered that Kang and Kodos are behind the whole plot:
    Bart: Apu, you've got to help me warn Krusty of this alien plot, and thus saving the good people of Springfield.
    Apu: I'm sorry, sir. I do not speak English. I only speak Hindi.
    Bart: But you're speaking English now!
    Apu: Ah-yes, I learned these words phonetically.
    Bart: You're just afraid of getting vaporized by the space monsters.
    Apu: Up down! Up down! Er-go hot dog! Butter my undershirt! Blablabla!
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: At various points, characters make reference to game logic they really shouldn't be aware of:
    • Bart, during the tutorial mission and subsequent tutorial popups in the first level.
    Bart: You can go inside certain buildings by pressing the Y/Triangle button. (sigh) Why did I agree to do this stupid tutorial? It is so boring!
    • Homer, during a race:
    Homer: He used a cheat code!
    • Marge, when getting out of her car:
    Marge: Where to next, Videogame?
  • Legitimate Businessmen's Social Club: The Trope Namer itself has Louie running wager races. Its actual location is around the same area as Moe's Tavern in Levels 2 and 5.
  • Leitmotif: Several characters have their own themes. For example, Chief Wiggum has one reminiscent of '70s cop shows, Apu has several Indian-sounding themes, Professor Frink has a theme reminiscent of Danny Elfman's compositions, and Marge has a Tom Jones-esque song. The music for Homer mostly consists of low brass instruments and bass-heavy riffs. Most of Bart's music is guitar rock, and most of Lisa's is jazzy saxophone numbers.
  • Lemming Cops: The cop cars that show up when you fill out the Wanted Meter travel so fast that they'll explode at the slightest provocation, often simply for failing to hit you on the first pass. More show up to replace them as long as the meter remains active.
  • Lighter and Softer: It's Grand Theft Auto if it were a cartoon. You can run over people, but they can't die. You can take any car you want, but you're just hitchhiking, not stealing them. You can piss off the police, but all you get is a small fine (you have no weapons for the cops to confiscate).
  • Lightning Bruiser:
    • Mr. Burns' limo, which only becomes available in Level 7, the final level. It has pretty good all-around stats at 4.5-star Speed / 3-star Acceleration / 4.5-star Toughness / 3.5-star Handling. Its primary shortcoming is its mediocre acceleration and handling, but it is definitely the fastest "tough" car.
    • An equal contender is the Hearse, which also only becomes available in Level 7. With stats at 4.5-star Speed / 4.5-star Acceleration / 3.5-star Toughness / 4-star Handling, it is slightly less durable than Mr. Burns' Limo, but its equal speed and increased handling and acceleration stats more than make up for it.
    • A lesser example would be the Car Built For Homer obtained in Level 5. Its stats are 4.5-star Speed / 3.5-star Acceleration / 3.5-star Toughness / 3-star Handling. Although its stats are inferior to the two above vehicles, it is unlocked earlier in the game, making it more accessible and can easily be relied on to reach Level 7.
  • Little Sister Instinct: Level 3 revolves around Lisa searching the Squidport for Bart, who disappeared in a tractor beam at the end of Level 2. She eventually finds him on a ship at the end of the level.
  • Long Song, Short Scene: Most songs are longer than their missions normally take, but the music at the start of the seventh mission in Level 1 called "The Fat and the Furious" changes to another track when you get in your car, which means most only hear the first few seconds of it. If you restart the mission, it will start you in your car, meaning the music doesn't change until it's looped through once.
  • Loophole Abuse:
    • Certain missions in the game require you to either obtain a certain vehicle or change the character's clothes in order to continue. However, once you do just that, there is nothing that can stop you from picking the vehicle or character's clothing of your choice before starting.
    • In some missions the timer doesn't start until you get into your vehicle... which means there's nothing stopping you from driving to the next checkpoint, walking back to talk to the NPC at the previous checkpoint, and then walking to your destination without having to worry about the timer.
    • There are a few race missions that can be made much easier by going the opposite way than the developers intended; namely "The Fat and Furious" (Level 1, Mission 7; Carl needs to be pushed inside the Power Plant before talking to him for this one to work), "Getting Down with the Clown" (Level 6, Mission 2), and "Kang & Kodos Strike Back" (Level 6, Mission 7).
  • Luck-Based Mission: A fairly minor example, but still many missions have significant luck to them. For example, missions which involve you following, escaping from, racing or destroying an enemy vehicle, are made much easier if your opponent crashes. The most significant example is probably the bonus mission in Level 5, where you have to destroy a robotic car that is out of control. It's really hard to even catch up to it, let alone damage it, but sometimes it will just crash and destroy itself.
  • The Main Characters Do Everything: Subverted. Level 5 is played as Apu, the one level not played as a member of the Simpsons family (Homer in Levels 1 and 7, Bart in Levels 2 and 6, Lisa in 3, and Marge in 4).
  • May Contain Evil: The new Buzz Cola. However, Krusty mentions that "this one isn't poisonous to anybody".note 
  • Medium Awareness:
    • While narrating a flashback, Grandpa Abe mentions that it happened so long ago he'll have to describe it in sepia tone.
    • Homer will occasionally shout, "He used a cheat code!" when being overtaken in a race.
  • Mighty Glacier: The Plow King, Duff Truck, Fire Truck, School Bus, Cola Truck, (or any significantly large truck, for that matter) and Armoured Car all lack speed, but are very strong to compensate.
  • Mistaken Confession: When Homer accuses Mr. Burns of being connected to the black vans, Mr. Burns confesses to having Amelia Earhart's plane shot down.
    Mr. Burns: That hussie was getting too big for her jodhpurs.
  • Money Spider: The Wasp Cameras all drop a nice sum of coins when destroyed. Though their method of attacking is to shoot a laser blast at you and make you lose coins.
  • Mood Whiplash: During mission 7-4, intense rock music will play as you escape from the Black Alien Sports Car while driving to the Power Plant. Upon arriving at the Plant, an upbeat, lighthearted jingle will play until you reach Mr. Burns' office. The same music plays in the credits.
  • MST: Kang and Kodos snark at the credits and the staff, right down to the job titles.
  • My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels: Invoked by Apu as an excuse not to help Bart at the start of Level 6.
    Apu: Up down up down! Er-go hotdog! Butter my under-shirt! Blablabla!
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Apu's monster truck is called the Obliteratatron.
  • Nintendo Hard: There's a reason for the Mercy Mode listed under Anti-Frustration Features to appear...
  • No-Damage Run: The final three missions, the "Alien 'Auto'topsy" trilogy, each requires you to deliver a barrel of waste to the alien ship's tractor beam. Since it's strapped to your bumper, you have to make the delivery without a single major impact to the car. While this might sound easy, you're on a time limit and two of the three missions throw the Black Alien Sports Car into the mix which you have to outrun on the first pass.
  • Non-Giving-Up School Guy: Skinner at the start of Level 2 tries to catch Bart while Bart is cutting class and the player has to avoid him. Unlike in the episode where Bart named the trope, however, Skinner gives up fairly easily.
  • Not Me This Time: Homer's final missions in Level 1 are trying to uncover the source of the mysterious black vans. He follows one to Mr. Burns' manor, from which he deduces that Burns is behind their appearances. When Homer confronts Burns and makes the accusation (after dismissing the Mistaken Confession above), Burns reveals that he had nothing to do with them; turns out they are just part of a pizza delivery service.
  • Not Quite Dead: After a car blows up, you can still drive it, even though all that's left is the charred, twisted framework and the bent-up rims. If you find a Golden Wrench nearby, though, you can restore it to new for free, otherwise, you have to fork over 10 coins to restore any of the vehicles available from the phone booth.
  • Off-Model:
    • Marge, Lisa and Maggie's 3D models lack eyelashes.
    • Snake's mission portrait depicts him with a brown vest rather than the blue one he wears in the show. This is especially bizarre since his in-game model correctly depicts him with a blue vest.
    • Bart wears a dark blue shirt on the game's box art, rather than the light blue he usually wears on merchandise or the orange he actually wears both in-game and in the show.
    • Homer's family sedan is depicted as a convertible, lacking the roof it has in the show.
  • Oh, Crap!:
  • Optional Traffic Laws: The police will chase you if you cause too much damage, but even if they manage to catch you all they do is fine you 50 coins.
  • Orphaned Punchline: One is said by Kent Brockman during his newscast as Homer watches TV in level 1.
    Kent: ...leaving the famous bearded cartoon creator incarcerated in a Peruvian jail.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: Played for Laughs. You can have the normally-pacifistic Marge and Lisa kick the crap out of innocent bystanders.
  • Out of the Frying Pan: At the end of Level 2, Bart escapes the stadium and being roasted by Truckasaurus, only to then be abducted by a tractor beam.
  • Ow, My Body Part!: Many characters have variants of this.
    • Homer will occasionally say "Ow! My neck!", "Ow! My ass!", and "Ow! My head!".
    • Bart goes "Ow, my ovaries!", referencing a line from the show when he was faking being sick. He also says "Ow, my skull. My beautiful skull!" and "OWWW! My coccyx!"
    • Lisa says "Ow, my hair!"
    • Grandpa Abe says "Ow, my metal skull!"
    • Apu's line is "Oh no! I smashed my skull!"
    • Moe also says "Ow, my coccyx!" when being hit by a vehicle in Level 1.
    • Chief Wiggum and Marge say "Ow, my tushie!"
  • Parody Names: Bart's default vehicle for Level 6, and the Black Alien Sports Car both visually evoke a Ferrari, but are called "Ferrini" in the game.
  • Point of No Return: The tutorial mission "The Cola Caper" cannot be completed a second time once cleared.
  • Police Are Useless: Chief Wiggum does nothing but stand outside his house during the Zombie Apocalypse in Level 7, for no reason aside from making it so he can't help Homer out even if Homer drives his police car.
  • Potty Emergency: The third mission of Level 5 involves Apu rounding up diapers for the octuplets.
    Apu: Quickly, cover my incontinent children's tushies!
  • Potty Failure: The spinning newspaper at the beginning of Level 4 reports that Bart soiled himself when he was abducted by the aliens.
  • Pro Bono Barter: One of Homer's lines when calling for a different car. "Can you come and get me? I'll pay you in back rubs!"
  • Product Displacement: Apu's Pontiac Firebird sports car in the show is renamed to "Longhorn", its color changed from red to golden-brown and its "screaming chicken" decal switched out for a cattle skull decal.
  • Racing Minigame:
    • There are four in each level, three standard and one wager race. The first three are run by Milhouse, Nelson, and Ralph.note  They often don't do a standard countdown. Ralph has to be the funniest. The wager race is run by Louie, and is repeatable.
    • The "Bonus Game" is based on slot car racing. Each of the seven tracks are unlocked by collecting all the collector cards found in a single level.
  • Red Herring: The black vans show up around the same time as the wasp cameras, so it would lead the player to believe there is a connection between them. Nope, the vans are just part of a pizza delivery service.
  • Reference Overdosed: What did you expect from a Simpsons game?
  • Rewarding Vandalism: Destroying the scenery and other cars gives coins... and adds to your heat meter. Doing this in the first level is the fastest way to earn coins after you've exhausted the wasp cameras, coin boxes and vending machines, which don't respawn. Just smash cars near the Simpsons' house and hide in the backyard to let the heat die down.
    Bart: That's the stuff, psycho! And so it begins.
  • Room Full of Crazy: When driving around Evergreen Terrace during Level 7, a house at the end of the block is covered head-to-toe with scribblings of "NO TV AND NO BEER MAKE HOMER GO CRAZY", a clear reference to the first act of Treehouse of Horror V, in itself a reference to The Shining.note 
  • Running Gag: Many of the levels feature vehicles that resemble or literally are bosses from previous levels, such as the second level featuring Black Van Pizza Delivery.
  • Sanity Slippage: When Lisa finds Bart at the end of Level 3, he's speaking in random gibberish and has soiled his pants. This continues into Level 4 until Marge shows him a can of buzz cola, restoring his memory. Apparently, his brief period of insanity was caused by the aliens giving him tons of cola in their spaceship.
  • Sarcasm Mode: There are three known examples.
    • Milhouse will say a single sentence in this manner every so often when he is kicked by any of the characters in Levels 1-6.note 
      Milhouse: Oh, good. Another bully.
    • When a random adult man is hit by a vehicle, sometimes he will say "Thanks a lot, Mr. Break-My-Legs!"
    • Occasionally, when kicking Comic Book Guy, he may occasionally say this:
    Comic Book Guy: Oooh, thanks a lot, Mr. I-Can't-Walk-Without-Hurting-Someone!
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Apu does this at the start of Level 6 when he hears of Kang and Kodos's plan to take over Springfield, leaving Bart to attempt to foil them on his own.
  • Self Botched Catchphrase: When Lisa finally finds Bart at the end of Level 3, he is reduced to The Unintelligible. Lisa tries to jog his memory by asking him what his favourite Catchphrase isnote , only for Bart to instead say "Kiss my grits!"
  • Shout-Out: Attempt to get into Chief Wiggum's car while he's in the driver's seat and you'll get this:
    Chief Wiggum: What is this, Grand Theft Auto? Get outta there...
  • Side Quest: There's one bonus mission in each chapter, which rewards you with a car, plus the collector cards that unlock a stage in the Bonus Game for a completed level collection and a bonus movie of Itchy & Scratchy for collecting all of them.
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Apu and his level are completely absent from a promotional trailer that otherwise features footage from every other level in the game. Presumably, his level was either still in development or the developers wanted to make his playable status a surprise.
  • Sixth Ranger: Apu, the only playable character who's not part of the family.
  • Society Is to Blame: Another of Homer's excuses.
    Homer: I blame society.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: The soundtrack for "There's Something About Monty", is an epic heavy metal song... up until the final part where Homer climbs up the wreckage to Mr. Burns' office, at which point the music very abruptly changes to a very pleasant, Land of Chocolate-style song. The same song also plays during the end credits.
  • Space "X": Space-ratings and space-viewers who watch their SPACE TV about the SPACE REALITY SHOW about EARTH ZOMBIES EATING EACH OTHER, provided by SPACE ALIENS Kang and Kodos.
  • Special Effects Failure: Invoked by Comic Book Guy, in regards to the UFO and its tractor beam. Homer is quick to protest that it is, in fact, real, but Comic Book Guy sticks to his guns.
    Comic Book Guy: The alien craft is using some sort of tractor beam to suck up trespassers to their doom. Worst. Effects. Ever.
    Homer: But that's real!
    Comic Book Guy: Worst. Effects. Ever.
  • Spies in a Van: See Van in Black.
  • Spinning Paper: One at the beginning of each level, which includes the main headline and an additional headline with accompanying images. The one for Level 1, for example, includes this:
  • Spring Jump: Steam vents are an extra powerful jump, and can be combined with a double jump (which, if timed too early, can easily cancel the height of the prior jump). The vents are necessary for several foot-on quests and sidequests.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Milhouse. The second mission of Level 3 consists of him offering Lisa "leads" on Bart's whereabouts, only to somehow beat her to each destination.
    Lisa: Stop following me!
  • Stock Sound Effects: Many bits of dialogue for the driving sections are reused from The Simpsons: Road Rage.
  • Stone Wall:
    • The Armored Car has 5 stars in Toughness, which makes it incredibly durable. However, it has 1.5 stars in every other stat, making it very slow to move and slow to turn. It's also the destroy target for the Level 5 mission "Kwik Cash", where it can take a serious beating.
    • The most durable driveable vehicle is the Nonuplets Minivan, which can only be unlocked when using the "Unlock All Cars" cheat code after achieving 100% game completion. It has 99 hitpoints, far surpassing even the Armored Car. Balanced out by having poor stats everywhere else.
    • The AI-controlled Bandit in the Level 2 mission "Bart 'n' Frink", specifically during the "Talk to Chief Wiggum" objective. Should the player chase after Snake and try to destroy his car, it will take a very long time to do so, due it having an immense amount of hitpoints, although it isn't as fast as the driveable version.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial:
    Krusty: Hey, hey! I'm endorsing a new cola, kids. And this one isn't poisonous to anybody!note 
  • Tempting Fate:
    Kang: Well at least we don't have to sit through the stupid video game credits.
  • This Loser Is You: The characters' various comments after crashing into someone/something ("You're not a very good driver...", "What were you thinking?!", etc.) can be interpreted as Breaking the Fourth Wall and telling the player that they can't drive.
  • Timed Mission: There are many of these throughout the game.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • Homer, but lucky for you, he's just extremely stupid in non-lethal situations.
    • Something closer to the trope: Grandpa Abe, who is too senile to bail out of his Military Jeep, rigged with a miniature V-1 rocket (that he claimed to acquire via social security) and nuclear waste, when he and Homer blow up Kang and Kodos' ship.
      Abe: I smell tooooaaaassst!
  • "Truman Show" Plot: Those robot wasp cameras are filming everyone so Kang and Kodos can turn Springfield into an intergalactic reality show.
    Bart: I knew there was a simple explanation.
  • The Unfought: The Truckasaurus in Level 2 and the Dinosaur Skeleton in Level 5 are introduced in cutscenes at the end of their respective levels, only to be defeated a few seconds later without any player input.
  • Unwinnable by Design: Using the One-Hit Kill cheat code can have all sorts of effects on missions, including making car destruction ones a breeze. While it is possible to go through most of the game with this cheat code active, there are a few missions that become unwinnable with it. For pursuing missions, you need to be extra careful not to hit the car you're chasing, or else, you'll have to restart (since your progress is tied to your distance from the car). These are still winnable just as long as you don't hit the target car, but the payload missions where you need to hit the vehicles to drop their cargo are another story entirely. These will remain unwinnable until you turn off the cheat code from the main menu.
  • Van in Black: Mysterious ones with roof-mounted satellites have begun to show up.Except they're only pizza vans.
    Homer: WHAT?! They were only pizza vans? [moaning] I'm a class-5 idiot!
  • Vent Physics: Vents send you sailing into the air like a trampoline. Or in Homers' words: "Like a candy wrapper in an updraft!"
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential:
    • You have the ability to kick civilians and even other Simpsons characters and send them flailing on the ground. Doing this too much in a short amount of time will result in the police coming after you. But in Levels 1 and 4, Ralph Wiggum is behind a fence that the police can't get to, so you can endlessly kick him as much as you want while the police blow themselves up trying to reach you. This trope is very likely the only reason why he's there at all.
    • You can kick pelicans in the Squidport area in levels 3 and 6 and have them explode into a shower of feathers.
  • Watch the Paint Job: If you borrow a car from another character, such as Comic Book Guy, they'll berate you for damaging their vehicle. Many characters by themselves also have variations of this as well for comedic effect.
    Bart: Not the detailing!
    Bart: These rims cost $900!
    Lisa: NOT THE CAR!!!
  • Wanted Meter: Every time you break stuff and abuse civilians/motorists this little meter goes up until police cars show up and dash to catch you. Getting caught means a 50 coin fine, but you can hide in car-unreachable locations, go into accessible buildings, or simply outrun the police without causing further destruction to cool the meter off.
  • Welcome to Corneria:
    • The pool of quips that the characters choose from while doing various things is only about 6-10 lines for each, so it's likely you'll hear the same lines at least a few times per session.
    • Get ready to hear "Vote Quimby!" a lot in Level 5, as campaign vans are everywhere.
  • Wide Open Sandbox: Only the main missions and bonus races can be replayed. Completing bonus missions, collecting cards and floating coins, destroying certain parts of the scenery in each level, and killing camera wasps are permanent.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Apu's version of the Ground Pound attack is a falling elbow drop combined with a body slam.
  • Worst. Whatever. Ever!: Comic Book Guys says things this way on occasion:
    when you crash into someone: Worst. Driving. Ever!
    when he sees the alien tractor beam (despite it being real): Worst. Effects. Ever!
  • X-Ray Sparks: Whenever you're hit by a wasp camera's electric blast. You simply lose five coins each time you are hit as there's no health to lose.
  • You Have Researched Breathing: Homers' "Casual" outfit is him in his underwear.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: Level 7 of the game has zombies wandering around due to Kang and Kodos's evil Buzz Cola.

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