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

March 26, 2020 15.6k votes 3.3k voters 335.4k 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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          Patty & Selma Hate Homer Because They Blame Themselves

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          It's no secret that Marge's sisters Patty and Selma aren't big fans of Homer. The identical duo has a tendency to forego normal greetings like, "Hi there," with comments like, "Did it just get fatter in here?" But what exactly is it about Homer that they despise so fervently? Redditor /u/Bteatesthighlander1 theorizes that it's less about Homer and more about themselves.

          From a very young age, Patty and Selma were verbally abusive, controlling, and cruel to poor little Marge. Lording over her, Marge developed characteristics that made her the perfect fit for a man like Homer. As the Redditor puts it, the combination of love of housework, tolerance, and validation are the key ingredients, and they were all instilled by her sisters. Patty and Selma recognize this and hate themselves for it, so they try to turn Marge around the only way they know how: insulting Homer.

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