Show: The Simpsons
Kids: Bart, Lisa, Maggie
Known for: His love of beer, donuts, TV and pork products; his hatred for his neighbor, Ned Flanders; “D’oh!”
Alright, so Homer Simpson isn’t the ideal role model. The boorish, balding, terrifyingly inept nuclear-safety inspector drinks too much, eats too much, belches too much and has apparently declared war on his own brain. But while the dysfunctional family man often leads his children astray, (he once tried to console his daughter’s fear of vampires by explaining that they’re make-believe, “like Elves, Gremlins and Eskimos”) his heart is in the right place — even when he’s strangling his son with his own bare, four-fingered hands. As creator Matt Groening once noted, Homer embodies “consumption and envy, laziness and opportunity, stubbornness and redemption. Just like the rest of us. Only exaggerated.” And yellow.
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