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13 Homer Simpson Fan Theories That Actually Make A Lot Of Sense

March 26, 2020 14.9k votes 3.2k voters 321.9k views13 items

If you love The Simpsons, we want you to vote on the best Homer Simpson fan theories the internet has to offer. For over 30 years now, Homer Simpson has been in our living rooms, hopping on the couch beside us after scrambling through the garage to avoid being run over by a station wagon. Over that time, he has repeatedly put the power plant he works at in jeopardy. He has been to outer space. His barbershop quartet has won an award statue ("Aww, it's a Grammy") and he's spoken to God himself. But beyond all the surface level absurdity and hilarity-- the "D'ohs" and son-strangles and donuts-- there is a hidden layer to Homer Simpson that tests our understanding of the the whole Simpsons' universe.

By taking a deep dive into some of the most prophetic, unusual, and sometimes hard-to-even-entertain fan theories about Homer Jay Simpson, we can speculate on the deeper meaning of what makes Springfield tick. Whether it's the idea that he has been in a decades-long coma, the notion that he might be much smarter than we think he is, or that his boss has more devious plans for his nuclear safety technician than meets the eye, these Homer Simpson fan theories are as original as they are jaw-dropping.

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    Mr. Burns Wants Homer To Do A Bad Job

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    From the opening credit sequence to the numerous, almost uncountable instances seen throughout our decades in Springfield, the power plant is a wreck. Nuclear waste pools on the ground. Walls and ceilings collapse. Hard hats and protective gear seem optional, at best. And all of this falls squarely on the slouched, snoozing shoulders of Homer. But why is this? If you ask Redditor /u/All_of_it_is_one, it's by design, held in place by Charles Montgomery Burns. This theory suggests that Mr. Burns actually wants a totally incompetent nuclear safety inspector. Having the lowest standards imaginable at the plant both saves money and protects Burns from scrutiny. A more knowledgeable employee in Homer's position (or a more knowledgeable Homer; see "Homer Chooses To Be Stupid") would surely report the potentially disastrous issues at the plant to Burns, or perhaps even to a higher authority. But not Homer. To Burns, he is the model employee. 

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      Mr. Burns Knows Homer's Name

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      In Who Shot Mr. Burns? - the two-part, season-spanning Dallas sendup - almost everyone is a suspect in the titular central question. While this is true, there is no one with a more crazed, vocal grievance than Homer, who loses it because Mr. Burns cannot remember his name. This trope plays out time and time again over the course of series, to the extent that it seems almost impossible that the geriatric power plant owner could have such a poor memory. So, what if it's intentional?

      As speculated by Redditor /u/MCmnbvgyuio, that just might be the case. As the user points out, in "Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish" (S2E4), after Homer ruins Mr. Burns election campaign, Burns remarks, "Simpson, I shall make it the focus of my remaining years that your dreams will go unfulfilled." Normally, ol' Montgomery lashes out with violent outbursts or threats of "thrashings," but here he delivers a much more sinister decree. Could it be that from this point forward Mr. Burns decided to gaslight Homer into thinking he couldn't remember his name? By making his lowly nuclear technician seem so insignificant that even something as simple as his name is forgettable, Mr. Burns could be playing a long-game of psychological warfare.

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        Homer's Drinking Bird Didn't Just Fall Over

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        You thought "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" had mystery and intrigue, huh? Well get in the hot seat (remotely, from home) for this one from Redditor /u/motherstep! In "King-Size Homer" (S7E7), Homer puts on an exorbitant amount of weight in order to "gain" disability status, allowing him to work from home. Once donning a moomoo and fat man's cap, Homer simply has to repeatedly push a single button from his in-home safety regulating station. Still too lazy to perform this simple task, he recruits a drinking bird toy to do the work for him. While leaving his new employee unsupervised so he can attend a movie, something goes awry and the drinking bird falls over, leaving the entire town of Springfield in danger of a nuclear meltdown. Ultimately Homer is able to save the day by plugging the containment chamber with his corpulent form, but the question remains, how did the bird tip over?

        The Redditor theorist here dismisses most of the prime suspects-- Bart is too supportive; Lisa would fear becoming an environmental terrorist; Santa's Little Helper is too destructive for such a small act-- leaving one motivated bird-tipper: Marge! Throughout the episode, Marge argues that Homer is taking a big risk and even says that she feels less attracted to him. Not fully understanding the ramifications of messing with the reactor's safety and simply wanting to make a point to her husband, Marge took the drinking bird off the clock.

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          Homer Chooses To Be Stupid

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          It's common knowledge that Lisa is the egghead of the family. Her acumen at everything soars high above her immediate family members, especially her father. But if you ask Redditor /u/kerbyklok, the notion that "ignorance is bliss" might be more more proactive than genetic.

          We know from "HOMЯ" (S12E9) that Homer would actually be a highly, highly intelligent man if not for a crayon that's been lodged in his brain since childhood (and then re-lodged by unlicensed physician Moe later on). When not hindered by a wax coloring stick, Homer's IQ actually goes up 50 points. The crayon logic tracks within the episode, but it begins draw questions when you think about the supposed 'Simpson Gene' from "Lisa the Simpson" (S9E17), which suggests that the Simpson men (but not the women) get gradually dumber as they age. But if this were true, then how could Homer regain his intelligence when the crayon is removed from his noggin? To that end, if Simpson men can be smart, then what's going on with the dimwitted (often clever, but let's face it, ultimately dumb) Bart? The answer: willful ignorance. Homer and his son know that life is better if you're dumb and happy, rather than smart and constantly reeling. Maybe Homer didn't actually need the crayon removed, but when it was he simply used it as an excuse to moonlight as his true, intelligent self for a bit. Experiencing the social strain of mental superiority confirmed what he already knew: his life is more comfortable in his regular, knuckle headed persona. 

          Is Homer just dumb? Probably. But if he isn't, he'd never let you know.

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