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Dark Simpsons is a parody series that takes clips from various episodes of The Simpsons and strings them together to tell stories that are (usually) much darker than the source material. It heavily relies on Black Comedy. The Youtube channel can be found here.

Dark Simpsons contains examples of:

  • Abusive Parents:
    • Homer, big time. He's not winning any "father of the year" awards in the actual show, but he's far worse here.
    • Marge can slide into this territory at times too. A good example would be in "Homer Stops Doing Stupid Things," where she stops Homer from rescuing Bart and Lisa from their burning house, then laughs as they are reduced to skeletons.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Occasionally, a side character gets a video where they are tormented or be the tormentor, such as Ned Flanders (whose videos always open with the "Adventures of Ned Flanders" intro from "The Front"), Moe, Apu and Chief Wiggum.
  • Adaptational Villainy: While this tends to zig-zag with the majority of the cast, this is played straight with Leon Kompowsky, who was a good soul in "Stark Raving Dad", but shows up here exclusively to molest Bart.
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  • Adaptation Expansion: Bart, who wasn't in the "Homer Away from Home" comic, was added into the video adaptation, "The Story of Homer and Lisa".
  • Ambulance Cut: Is a frequent gag featured in various episodes due to the high tendency of the cast to getting hurt/killed. "The Story of Homer and Lisa" is notable for using this TWICE.
  • Amusing Injuries: In almost every episode.
  • And I Must Scream: In "The Homer They Fall" after Homer wakes up for the coma finds out he can't move at all or communicate with his family but is aware of his surrondings.
  • And Show It to You: After Moe and Marge have an affair in "Happy Bacon Day," Homer uses a corkscrew to rip Moe's heart out.
  • Anyone Can Die: Nobody is safe from death in the episodes.
  • Asshole Victim: Homer and Bart are the two characters most often portrayed as villains, and they are also the most frequently killed.
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  • Bad Boss: If Mr. Burns was awful in the original series, he's at his worst here. Expect him to screw over your children or kill you.
  • The Bad Guys Are Cops: Chief Wiggum and the rest of the policemen are at their worst in Homer at the Bat, where they frame Homer from a murder Wiggum did over losing to a baseball game. Chief Wiggum's Police Misconduct expands on this video by having them taze Homer, cut his brakes, and constantly wait outside of his house for him to come out.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: A hallmark for the series. Notable examples are Moe and Homer Face Off and Chief Wiggum's Police Misconduct
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • "Barty's Gonna Party": The thumbnail used only appears in the very beginning of the video, when Homer is entranced by provocative dancing on TV; it's completely unrelated to the actual content of the video, where Bart is molested by Leon Kompowsky.
    • "Homer Goes Nuts": No, Homer doesn't go crazy. In this case, "go nuts" is a euphemism used by Bart to describe being raped by Homer.
    • The thumbnail for "Lisa Simpson's Date With Destiny" shows an older-looking Ralph, implying that the episode will revolve around a relationship between him and Lisa. Ralph only appears in a nightmare Lisa has, and the episode is actually about Bart having an incestuous attraction to her.
    • "Homer Goes on Disability": While the thumbnail shows the wheelbarrow missing Homer, it hits him the first time around in the actual video. This was lampshaded in the video description:
      I hope you're reading this after watching the video lol, i purposely chose the thumbnail to crush your expectations, I hope it worked.
    • "Homer Hits the Dean With His Car": He hit the college roommates instead.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: In "Moe's Illegal Activities," Moe is forced to shut down his panda trafficking. This comes right around the time Homer decides he wants to have sex with a panda, so he makes his own panda costume and sneaks into the zoo.
  • Bittersweet Ending:
    • "Do It For Maggie": Marge is murdered, Bart commits suicide and Lisa runs away from home, but Maggie's still alive and Homer resolves to work hard for her as she's all he has left. Even then, however, Homer has hit the Despair Event Horizon hard and is implied to be contemplating suicide himself—while it's left intentionally unclear if he goes through with it, it's made very clear that he's considering it.
    • "Moe's Secret Admirer": He backs down from committing suicide after seeing the Valentine's letter left for him by the late Barney... but nonetheless leaves the noose up for another holiday.
  • Black Comedy: The series thrives on this, much more so than regular Simpsons.
  • Black Comedy Animal Cruelty: Not even the animals are safe, especially from Bart.
  • Black Comedy Rape: Expect it to happen a lot.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: The terrorists in "Homer's Boring Day" brainwash Homer with the intention of exploding an important building.
  • Brother–Sister Incest:
    • In "Lisa Eats Bart's Hotdog", Lisa obsesses over eating Bart's wiener and after being rejected, she rapes him at the night.
    • In "Lisa Simpson's Date With Destiny," Bart becomes attracted to Lisa and rapes her once their parents step out.
  • Butt-Monkey: Bart and Homer especially. Both of them have suffered frequently and even died in a few episodes.
  • Censored Child Death: It happens occasionally, particularly to Maggie in "Where's Maggie Simpson?"
  • Comedic Sociopathy: This is what made Dark Simpsons famous.
  • Dark Parody: Pretty much.
  • Darker and Edgier: Of course.
  • Demoted to Extra: Lisa, unlike in the original show, gets far fewer videos centered on her than her family. Even outside of them she doesn't get much screentime.
  • Depraved Homosexual: "Homer Sings in the Bathroom" and "Homer Goes To A Hardcore Gay Club" end with Homer being gang-raped, the former by Smither's henchmen, and the latter by The Mafia.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Many episodes end with the characters traumatized to the point of being unable to function or even live.
    • "Bart Runs Away From Home" ends with him becoming an Empty Shell from living a life of squalor and abandonment.
    • "Lisa It's Your Birthday" has her mourning the loss of her family with no one to turn to except Maggie.
    • "Homer Simpson's Body Transformation" has him regaining the weight he worked so hard to lose, as he eats to help himself cope with Marge cheating on him.
    • In "Where's Maggie Simpson", when Marge learns that Maggie is dead, she ends up putting her head in the oven.
  • Diet Episode: For Homer in "Homer's Workout Montage".
    • "Bart Butters His Bacon" is this for Bart but ends pretty bad for him as Homer forces him his unhealthy livestyle.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Happens on occasion. A notable example is the "Homer At The Bat" parody and its minisode expansion, "Chief Wiggum's Police Misconduct", where Chief Wiggum frames Homer for the murder of the Flanders family and has him sentenced to death, all because Homer mocked Wiggum's lack of skill in baseball. Also, in "Bart Falls Down The Stairs", Bart is pushed down the stairs and either knocked unconscious or killed because he hammered mustard packets and made a mess (like he did in "The Itchy And Scratchy Movie"). There was also the time Marge drunkenly made a joke at Homer's expense when called onstage by a performer, and he responds by killing her and the kids, and pinning the murder on Hans Moleman.
  • Downer Ending: Where to begin with this?
    • Subverted in "Lisa's Substitute" and "Do It For Maggie", though the latter is more of a Bittersweet Ending.
  • Driven to Suicide: Another hallmark of the series. One notable example was when Bart jumped to his death after his family mercilessly mocked him for wetting his pants at a baseball game.
  • Drugs Are Bad: It never ends well when a character starts taking drugs, as seen in "Lisa on Ice" and "Homer Simpson Works All Day for Some Old Man".
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • The first few videos ended up with the screen going black and only the text "Dark Simpsons" on it. Starting with "Mr. Plow", they began to add outros encouraging the viewer to subscribe to them. At first, it was just the scene from "Mountain of Madness" where Homer tells Bart, "Your ideas are intriguing to me, and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter." In "Homer Builds a Nuclear Reactor" and "Apu is Hot Blooded", this was replaced with an original animation of an Author Avatar asking the viewer to subscribe and donate to his Patreon account. This was a short lived change due to negative fan reception. The next change came in the "Homer at the Bat" video, with a new card format that not only brought back the "Mountain of Madness" clip, but also adds a few clips from "Friend With Benefit" where Carl explains what crowdfunding is, followed by Homer telling Lisa to encourage viewers to donate. This outro is still being used to this day, except for the "Please give" bit being removed from "Secrets of a Successful Marriage" onwards.
    • Before it was a video series, Dark Simpsons was a Remix Comic series using recontextualized screenshots from the show. The comics can be found here.
  • Empty Shell: Bart becomes one by the end of "Bart Runs Away From Home", in which a life of living in squalor and abandonment has made him catatonic and unresponsive. He struggles to even perform his job as a go-go dancer, and can only respond to his angry audience with a moan and a blank stare.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In "Return of the King", Homer is murdered by the inmates of Springfield Correctional Facility during a prison riot for raping Bart.
  • Exact Words: The ending of "Worlds Greatest Sex Machine", after Marge compliments Bart on being a superior husband to Homer, he then replies "I may have the looks, but he's the trophy husband". Indeed, the camera then pans over to his head mounted on the wall.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: "Homer Dancing in Odd and Inappropriate Places". In a red thong.
  • Faux Action Girl: Played for Drama in "Chief Wiggum's Police Misconduct ", where Marge goes through a Training Montage in the hopes of killing Chief Wiggum and avenging her late husband's wrongful execution. She still dies in the final shootout against Wiggum and the rest of the Springfield Police Force, failing to take down even one of them.
  • Finagle's Law: The very trope that gives Dark Simpsons its identity. If something bad can happen to the Simpsons cast, it will, and the consequences of it will absolutely be taken to their Logical Extreme.
  • Foregone Conclusion: In "Homer Gets into a Street Fight", Homer gives Marge a Last Request that she blows up the hospital if Homer dies in the operation. Sure enough, he dies in the operation, and the video skips over the funeral scene to show the hospital being blown up.
  • Get It Over With: The ending of "Homer Goes Nuts" has Bart, after failing to hide from Homer, anxiously presenting his buttocks to Homer and telling him to "go nuts".
  • G.I.F.T.: Subverted in "Seymour Butts", where Bart is sent to Moe's - which he prank called just before - to pick up Homer. Moe was instantly able to recognize Bart's voice from the prank calls, and shoots him on the spot.
  • Groin Attack: Lisa does a horrifying variant in "Lisa Eats Bart's Hot Dog".
  • Halfway Plot Switch: Justified in "Not Lenny!", as a drunken Homer kills a Pride Award winning Lenny moments after the first minute, with the rest of the episode focusing on the fallout of the incident, and the death of Homer, as the audience members clap with approval.
  • Hate Sink : Chief Wiggum (and all the Sringfield Police by default) in "Chief Wiggum's Police Misconduct" he broke one of Homer's lights, electrocute him with a tazer, spies on the Simpsons making Homer unable to get out of his house for pany weeks of paranoia, cut his brakes, kill the whole Flanders family (and plants the gun under Homer's car so he can blame Homer of murder and later execute him, while Marge mourns over the death of his Husband the whole police starts laughing of her. Marge later send them a threat so they go to their house and kill her. And they laugh again plus him ended up being a Karma Houdini at the end of the video make many users to wish he suffers an horrible fate in a future video.
  • I'm a Humanitarian:
    • In "Milhouse Comes Over for Dinner", Milhouse gets eaten by the Simpsons.
    • Played for drama in "Marge Simpson's Fear of Flying", as both Homer and Marge ate their dead children to survive after their plane crashes
  • Infant Immortality: Due to the nature of the series, this is heavily averted.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Homer sometimes, with standouts being "Do It For Maggie", "Homer Gives Grampa A Kidney", "Bart's Not Dead", and "Mr. Burns Violates Bart", among others.
  • Karma Houdini:
    • Mr. Burns in "Mr. Burns Violates Bart" as he bribes the judge to screw over Homer and get away scot-free
    • Bart in "I Didn't Do It". He shoots and kills Ralph Wiggum and lies that he didn't do it. He's found not guilty and makes a song out of the "I didn't do it" statement that launches his music career, making him and his family rich while poor Ralph is dead and buried.
    • The police force in "Homer at the Bat"/"Chief Wiggum's Police Misconduct".
    • Homer in "Homer has a Surprise for Marge." He kills her and the kids after she embarrasses him during a family outing, and gets away with it by framing Hans Moleman.
    • Homer always gets away with raping Bart, though he gets his comeuppance in "Return of the King".
  • Kill Them All:
    • In one episode Bart decides to shoot everyone in his school after having an awful day.
    • In another Apu goes berserk and shoots innocent bystanders as a result of him getting fired from his job.
    • Happens in Homer goes to college, as his incompetency results in a nuclear disaster.
  • Last Disrespects: Happens in Bart's funeral after he killed himself over being bullied by his potty accident, with Lenny joking about him one last time and everyone laughing over his joke.
  • Manipulative Editing: The series' bread and butter. So many video and audio clips are placed together to make The Simpsons already unsuitable material so much darker.
  • Mistaken for Thief: Played for Drama in "Boogeyman", where Homer accidentally kills Marge after believing there was a boogeyman in the house.
  • Negative Continuity: Moreso than the original show, especially since characters die frequently.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Homer finds himself on the receiving end of one in "Homer's Boring Day".
  • No Party Like a Donner Party: In "Marge Simpson's Fear of Flying", Homer eats Bart and Lisa after a plane crash strands them on a remote mountain.
  • Non-Indicative Name: "Homer Hits the Dean With His Car" features anything but.
  • No Sympathy: If someone is tormented, abused or even killed, expect this behavior from the abusers and the bystanders.
  • Not His Sled: "Chief Wiggum's Police Misconduct" has one major change compared to "Homer at the Bat". In the original video, when Homer foretells of an uprising against the corrupt police, Wiggum responds, "Sit down and wait for Detective Like-I-Give-a-Damn!" In the extended update, he instead says, "He's crazy, boys. Get the tazer."
  • Offing the Offspring: Homer does this to Bart often, though it's usually played for laughs. A darker example occurs when Ned Flanders kills Rod just for being gay.
  • Pædo Hunt:
    • In "Mr.Burns Violates Bart", Homer punches his boss and goes to court after he learns that him raping Bart was the reason why he was driven to suicide. Sadly for him, Burns ends up winning after bribing the judge.
    • Mr. Bergstrom murders Skinner in cold blood after he learns he raped Lisa.
    • The prisoners where Homer is incarcerated for abusing Bart in "Return of the King" decide to murder Homer during a riot.
  • Papa Wolf: It rarely happens in the series, but sometimes Homer will defends his children:
    • In "Mr.Burns Violates Bart" where he punches him and demands him (unsuccessfully)
    • In "Homer Punches Mr. Burns", where he Kills his boss as he stole candy from Maggie
    • and in "The Untimely End of Bart Simpson", where he avenges Bart's death by murdering Sideshow Bob in prison.
  • Parental Incest: Another hallmark of the series. It's either played both for laughs or played for drama
  • Properly Paranoid: Bart
    • In every episode featuring Michael Jackson, especially on "The Man in the Treehouse of Horror", his constant fear of being raped by him is completely justified.
    • In "Bart is Paranoid", he is right in feeling that he's being observed, as he is constantly watched by Ned Flanders in his hidden camera room
  • Police are Useless: They can be this at best, at worst...
    • Subverted in "Return of the King".
  • Potty Failure: In "Bart Wets His Pants". Deconstructed in that Bart is bullied mercilessly for it and commits suicide as a result.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • In "Would You Kids like to Come with Me?", Bart and Lisa really should have been careful about that creppy stranger, as they are unsurprisingly raped.
    • In the original show, Homer parodying Fred Flintstone and leaping into his car was Played for Laughs. In Dark Simpsons, it gets him hospitalized and rendered unable to walk again for the rest of his life.
    • Homer getting the nerds to change his grade in the "Homer Goes To College" episode means that while he has graduated from college and is allowed to work in the nuclear plant again, he's still too incompetent to do his job properly. This leads to him accidentally causing the town to blow up when he presses the wrong button during an imminent nuclear meltdown.
    • Unlike in the show, Moe recognizes that Bart is the phone prankster all along when he entered his bar.
    • Homer's Big Damn Heroes in "Homer's Boring Day" ends up in him falling from the floor and getting beaten up by the terrorists.
    • Long exposure to radioactive activity can led you to lose all hair and die earlier from the toxic radiation, as Homer himself experiences in "The Story of Homer and Lisa".
    • Marge decides to wage a one-woman war against the Springfield police as revenge for killing her husband in "Chief Wiggum's Police Misconduct." She trains extensively, becomes more fit, learns how to use a gun, and dies in the inevitable showdown when the police come after her with superior numbers and firepower.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Mr. Burns often bribes the judge to get away with his crimes, with the judge accepting it.
  • Screw This Im Outof Here: In "Do It For Maggie" Lisa runs away from home after witnessing his dad creating a substitute of Marge with a plant. It's implied she kills herself
  • Self-Deprecation: The creator's reply to one of the comments on "Homer Goes Nuts":
    "Yeah it's pretty bad, what kind of sick bastard would make this content."
  • Skewed Priorities: In "Homer Stops Doing Stupid Things", Marge insists that he stops doing stupid things, even if this includes risking his life to rescue their children from a raging house fire.
  • Sole Survivor:
    • Homer is the only person who manages to escape the fire in the nuclear central in "The Fire Alarm", but only due to him blocking the only exit of the building with a near bench.
    • Homer becomes the only survivor of Sideshow's Bob Nuke in "Leave Homer Simpson Alone"
  • Something Completely Different: "Homer Dancing in Odd and Inappropriate Places" has him just doing that in the video, with no plotline attached.
  • Sudden Downer Ending: "Homer The Lover" is about Homer cheating on Marge and showering their children with gifts to win their approval, and the effect this all has on her; fitting for the series, but not unexpected. But then it ends with Homer coming home one day to see that Marge has committed Pater Familicide.
  • Surprisingly Happy Ending: A rarity of the series, but "Lisa's Substitute Teacher" leads one of believe that Mr. Bergstrom is going to molested or otherwise harm Lisa. He does not, but Skinner does and this devastates her. She then contacts Mr. Bergstrom who takes revenge by returning to Springfield and shooting him dead. Always there for her, indeed.
  • Taking You with Me: Homer kills everyone in his family including himself with a nuclear reactor in "Homer Builds a Nuclear Reactor"
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Between Mrs. Krabappel and Bart in "Bart The Lover". The end result is that Krabappel gets pregnant.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Various characters die, sometimes in almost every episode they appear in, but always reappear in later episodes.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: "Return of the King" ends with Bart fainting after seeing that his "Bigger Brother" is none other than Leon Kompowsky, who had molested him in previous episodes.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: In "Bart's Not Dead", it seemed like the title was going to be a Bait-and-Switch when Bart attempts to commit suicide by jumping off a bridge. However, he survives, and Homer fixes Bart's depression by dressing up as the late Krusty the Klown.
  • Took a Level in Badass: While Sideshow Bob can't even kill Bart in the original series, here, he has proven to be quite sucessfull in killing him, as seen in "The Untimely End of Bart Simpson", "Leave Homer Simpson Alone" and "Sideshow Bob Is Released from Prison".
  • Troll: Deconstructed in "Seymour Butts", where Bart is sent to Moe's - which he prank called earlier - to pick up Homer. Moe immediately recognizes his voice and shoots him on the spot. While this may be the Logical Extreme of what may happen, this isn't too unexpected an outcome of when trolls are forced to confront the people they've antagonized, without the protection of anonymity.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Bart is frequently portrayed as a sociopath. Aside from the examples listed elsewhere on this page, one would be the episode where, after Lisa gets a pony as a gift from Homer, Bart is angry that no one is paying attention to him. So he cuts the horse's head off and places it in Lisa's bed next to her while she's sleeping.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Marge in "Homer and Lisa Go on a Date", where she encourages Homer to go on a dinner date with Lisa, so that "she'll expect the same from the men in her future". Homer takes this as initiation to have sex with Lisa after the date, which then leads to her trauma, pregnancy, and murder of Homer.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • Moe has no qualms about shooting Bart (over a prank call, no less).
    • Homer has killed Bart and/or Lisa on multiple occasions and is also sometimes portrayed as a child molester.
    • Mr. Burns not only has no qualms in raping the children of his employees, but he also doesn't care to cause mass intoxication to every children in the town when he hides his nuclear waste in the park.
    • Sideshow Bob hasn't quitted in killing Bart.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: In "Return of the King" After he escapes from Homer's abuse, Bart calls for a big brother to be his parent substitute, only to learn that his new big brother is no one than Michael Jackson himself.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Happens on both sides of the marriage, as Marge is often seen cheating Homer, especially with Ned, and Homer has cheated her with the dancer, his Vegas wife or gay people.


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