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Homer Simpson Has Been In A Coma Since The '90s And The Evidence Speaks For Itself

Updated April 22, 2019 2.2k votes 564 voters 16.7k views11 items

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The Simpsons is one of the most well known television shows in the world, and Homer is undoubtedly the most popular character from the series. It's little wonder the Homer Simpson coma theory Redditor Hardtopickaname came up with became such a hit among fan theorists. The theory suggests Homer Simpson has been in a coma for years, and there's significant evidence to back up the sensational claim. If you ever find yourself wondering "Is Homer Simpson in a coma?", you've come to the right place. 

The fan theory about Homer Simpson stems from Season 4 Episode 18 of The Simpsons, “So It's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show”, in which Homer is hospitalized after an April Fool’s joke by Bart paralyzes him. He falls into a coma, after being crushed by a candy machine. The idea presented by this theory is, he never woke from this vegetative state. Instead, all The Simpsons episodes from that moment on are the imaginative dreams of the coma ridden character.

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    It Explains Why His Family Never Ages

    It Explains Why His Family Never Ages
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    As is common in a cartoon series, the characters from The Simpsons never appear to age. This is especially true of Homer, Marge, and their children. While this wasn't much of an issue in the first few seasons, all of which could easily have taken place in the same year, it becomes increasingly odd each time the show enters a new decade of life.

    If Homer is in a coma and entire show, from the final third of Season 4 on, takes place in his head, the family being frozen in time makes total sense. 

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    Homer Slowly Aging As The Rest Of The Family Stays The Same Ties Into His Coma

    Homer Slowly Aging As The Rest Of The Family Stays The Same Ties Into His Coma
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    Though the characters on The Simpsons don't age, it's clear time passes. Real world events happen as you'd expect, and culture shifts as it does in the parallel real world. There's one small caveat here - Homer does age. In Season 1, he's 36. In the “Homer Votes 2012” short, he's 40. Other episodes put his age at 38 and 39.

    According to Hardtopickaname, Homer slowly aging makes sense if he's in a coma that allows his mind to run free (as opposed to a brain dead coma). In such a state, he would be aware of his own time passing, but would want to remember everyone else he knows as they were, especially his children, whom he might not want to see grow up.

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    There Is A Definite Tonal Shift To The Absurd After Season 4

    There Is A Definite Tonal Shift To The Absurd After Season 4
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    According to Hardtopickaname, since Season 4, fans have felt The Simpsons moved away from being a grounded series that told personal stories to an absurdist face. Even members of the cast have expressed concerns about what they see as the declining quality of the show thanks to increasingly zany plots. 

    Of course, if the show all takes place inside the head of a man who has lost touch with the real world, it makes sense it would get increasingly bizarre and detached from reality. 

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    Some Celebrities On The Show Don't Look Like Themselves Because Homer Has Never Seen Those People

    Some Celebrities On The Show Don't Look Like Themselves Because Homer Has Never Seen Those People
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    Celebrities on The Simpsons don’t always resemble their real-life counterparts. Many have a passing resemblance to what they should look like, others look like an entirely different person; only their voice remains the same as in the real world. This could be because Homer has never seen certain celebrities, since he's stuck in his coma. Instead, he is relying on brief descriptions of them from those who visit him, and only gets their voices from television if the set is left on while he is in hospital.

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