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Top 10 Worst Things Homer Simpson Ever Did

VO: Rebecca Brayton
Written by Christopher Lozano It takes serious effort to be as bad a parent and husband as this iconic cartoon character. Welcome to and today we’ll be counting down our picks for top 10 Worst Things Homer Simpson ever did. For this list, we’ll be looking at some of the most deplorable actions ever committed by Homer J. Simpson, but excluding genuine accidents. Have an idea you want to see made into a WatchMojo video? Check out our suggest page at http://WatchMojo.comsuggest and submit your idea.

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It takes serious effort to be as bad a parent and husband as this iconic cartoon character. Welcome to and today we’ll be counting down our picks for top 10 Worst Things Homer Simpson ever did.

For this list, we’ll be looking at some of the most deplorable actions ever committed by Homer J. Simpson, but excluding genuine accidents.

#10: Pitting Bart & Lisa Against Each Other

“Lisa on Ice”

It sure can be hard to love your kids equally ! What’s a father to do when put in this situation other than have his offspring compete against each other and love the winner best? After all, if your kid really wanted your love, they wouldn’t lose, right? In case you couldn’t tell… everything up to now has been sarcastic - though Homer likely would’ve agreed with it all. To avoid failing gym class, Lisa joins the hockey team, which sparks an intense rivalry with Bart. Instead of assuring them that he loves them both, as a normal father would do, Homer eggs them on into a competitive fury.

#9: Signing the Family Up for Shock Therapy

“There’s No Disgrace Like Home”

Impressing the boss is important, especially when that boss is the richest man in Springfield. At a company picnic, the Simpsons fail to live up to Homer’s hopes, leaving him feeling embarrassed. Noticing how much Mr. Burns likes the more “normal” families, he decides to “fix” his family. In his infinite wisdom, he takes them to a therapist who’s been advertising on tv with the sales pitch "family bliss or double your money back." Of course, none of it works and they end up resorting to shock therapy, which they all happily inflict on each other until the town’s power nearly goes out.

#8: Exploiting Bart Getting Hit by a Car

“Bart Gets Hit by a Car”

There are certain opportunities that only come up once in a lifetime; these are the sort of moments that you must recognize and make the most of. One such moment for Homer Simpson was when Bart got hit by Mr. Burn’s car. In Homer’s defense, he doesn’t immediately jump to legal, but only does so after his boss offers him a pitiful $100 as compensation. Homer’s wounded prides prompts him to ride Bart’s injury as far as it will take him, with little regard for the wellbeing or wishes of his family.

#7: Being Reckless with Firearms

“The Cartridge Family”

We can’t really fault Homer for this one. It’s just a fact of life that T.V. remotes often get lost. And it’s another fact of life that sometimes you want to change the channel. When these two eventualities collide, what’s a body to do other than reach for a firearm and proceed to shoot at the dial until you find the channel you’re looking for? The mere fact that a person as irresponsible as Homer Simpson could get a firearm is horrifying to consider, but the ways in which he wields his gun are downright dumbfounding. Say what you will about the NRA, but at least their fictional onscreen counterparts kicked out this gun nut.

#6: Forcing Flanders to Leave His Own Bomb Shelter

“Bart’s Comet”

When a comet is discovered heading straight for Springfield, the town naturally panics. As it turns out, Flanders owns the only bomb shelter in town, and so when doomsday draws near, the entire town goes to old Nederino for help. Being the stand-up guy he is, he lets them all in, only to find that the door won’t close. Realising that there’s one person too many, Homer being the jerk he is, convinces the town to kick Ned out of his own shelter. Sure, he feels guilty later and goes out to join Flanders, but he wouldn’t have had cause for remorse had he not behaved like a monster in the first place.

#5: Urging Bart to Kill a Reindeer

“Homer’s Phobia”

Lots of things can be cured by shooting a reindeer in the face; homosexuality isn’t one of them. Homer got along great with his new friend John until he found out he was gay, and then became paranoid that Bart had been turned gay - never mind the fact that that’s NOT how it works. So… Homer, being Homer, tries to “cure” Bart of his supposed budding homosexuality. First, he takes him to a steel mill, only to discover that all the employees there are gay too. Logically, he then takes him on the second most stereotypical straight pastime he can imagine - hunting. This is Homer at his most offensive, ignorant and disappointing.

#4: Sabotaging Flanders’ Business

“When Flanders Failed”

Some people work hard at life, go to church, raise a great family, and treat their wife well. And apparently, by Homer’s estimation, those people don’t deserve nice things. Homer hates the insufferable but well-intentioned Ned Flanders, so when Ned opens a new business for left-handed people, Homer makes it his personal mission to sabotage it. To achieve this, he wishes on a wishbone, and sure enough the business begins to fail, with Homer relishing every moment of it until things finally take too dark a turn even for him. In this particular example of bad behavior, Homer’s ill-placed malice nearly cost Flanders his home.

#3: Wasted Christmas Money

“Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire”

You know it’s bad when the very first episode of the series sees the patriarch doing something messed up. In this inaugural story, Homer discovers he will not be getting a Christmas bonus from Mr. Burns. Having already spent a small fortune on getting Bart’s tattoo removed, Homer takes up a second job in order to be able to afford gifts. Once he learns how low the pay is however, he quits and opts to instead bet the families’ entire Christmas budget on a dog race. What a great example to set for your kids! Of course, he loses... but hey, at least they end up with a new pet.

#2: Ruining His Father’s Kidney

“Homer Simpson in: ‘Kidney Trouble’”

Take a lesson from Homer: old people are an inconvenience. Who cares that your dad raised you, stopping the car to let him use the bathroom is poor time management, right... In this episode, Abe’s kidney explodes because Homer refuses to pull over. That’s… pretty messed up. Luckily, Homer agrees to help his dad out and donate his own organ. In true Homer fashion however, he gets cold feet and tries to get out of the surgery. Abe survives, but not because Homer does the honorable thing. In his cowardice, he gets into an accident, and they simply take the kidney while he’s on the operating table. Oh well, one bad turn deserves another!

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few dishonorable mentions:

Using His Home as a Porn Set

“The Bonfire of the Manatees”

Nearly Causing a Nuclear Meltdown

“King-Size Homer"

Ruining Mojo’s Life

“Girly Edition”

#1: Framed Marge for DUI

“Co-Dependents’ Day”

From the very first season, it was clear that Homer Simpson had a drinking problem. For Homer, alcohol has seemingly always been the cause of and solution to ALL of life’s problems. Heck, he even created his own drink, the Flaming Homer. In this episode, however, things go too far. Everything initially seems great as he and Marge bond over drinks at a wine tasting , but things soon go downhill quickly when they continue to drink for several days and he ultimately crashes the car. Being the great guy that he is, he frames Marge, because it would have been his last strike. Really? This is a truly despicable move that really makes you question why Marge has stuck with him for so long.

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