Homer Simpson is many things - selfish, lazy, dumb, loveable. But is Homer Simpson a god? Believe it or not, there's pretty compelling evidence floating around the Internet to suggest the Simpson patriarch is secretly the God (or a god) of his universe (and maybe even ours too). Thank Homer for this divine Homer Simpson fan theory.
Think about it. How else do you explain how he survives horrible accidents and life-threatening medical incidents while other characters die around him? How is he alive thousands of years in the past and future? How does he always magically convince Marge not to leave him? Why is he the only character who can jump through dimensions into our reality? And how has a self-confessed couch potato achieved so much in his life while high-achievers continually struggle? Of all the crazy Simpsons fan theories out there, this is one of the most insane, and takes the show to biblical levels of weirdness.
Here's all the collected evidence that Homer Simpson is God, or a god. And if you like that, you might also dig the notion that all of The Simpson's after Season 4 Episode 18 takes place in Homer's head.
Homer Has A Real Working Relationship With God
In "Homer The Heretic" (S4 E3), Homer hangs out with the Big Man Upstairs. Granted, this is implied to be a dream, but it begs the question: why should Homer, someone who hates going to church, meet God, even in a dream, above someone who has devoted his life to serving him, like Flanders? God even offers to tell Homer the meaning of life, before the credits cut him off.
But, was it a dream? In Season Five's "Homer Loves Flanders" (episode 16), Homer prays to God to bring him football tickets he wants, and moments later, Flanders shows up at his doorstep with them. Either God has a clear case of favoritism, or he's doing his fellow divine being a solid.
Homer Is Immortal
Most cartoon characters seem to live ageless, infinitely long lives. But this is never explicitly depicted as immortality - more a kind of "frozen in time" stasis. Homer, however, has existed in both the ancient past, as shown in Season Two Episode 13, "Homer Vs. Lisa and the Either Commandment," and the distant future, as demonstrated in Season Five Episode 4, "Rosebud."
These aren't ancestors or alternate versions of Homer; he is very clearly himself in these different times. Meanwhile, in these distant pasts and futures, other characters either don't exist at all, or exist in an altered, artificial state that has allowed them to survive.
He Has A Powerful Hold On Marge
Marge is an eternally unfulfilled housewife who never leaves her idiot husband. Why is this? Are she and Homer really soulmates? Or is there more at work than meets the eye? Think about it. Every time Marge tries to leave Homer for good, she gets inextricably pulled back to him.
In Season Five Episode 22, "Secrets of a Successful Marriage," Marge returns to Homer because all the street signs she sees transform, telling her to do so. In Season Eight Episode 9, "El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer," she reunites with him in the most unlikely place he'd ever be - a lighthouse. Are these signs from the universe, or from her husband manipulating reality?
Homer Doesn't Die, Even After God Tells Him He Will
In Season 4 Episode 3, "Homer the Heretic," God casually reveals to Homer he'll die in six months. But he doesn't. This could be construed as a throwaway joke in a serialized show in which things reset at the end of each episode.
Except that we already know death is a real and (usually) permanent thing in The Simpsons. Characters like Asa Phillips, Maude Flanders, and many, many Snowballs are just a few confirmed deaths throughout its history. By defying cosmic ordinances, Homer lives on.