One of the things that has made The Simpsons so wonderful through the years- mostly through the first ten years- is that the humor is so rich. It shows up everywhere- on street signs, storefront names, spinning newspapers, etc… Along those lines, there has been a flood of hilarious and wonderful fake names given by various characters throughout the show’s run. Here are the eleven best. It is, admittedly, a very Homer-and-Bart-centric list. Also noteworthy is that this should not be confused with the names from Bart’s prank calls to Moe’s, or with the various animal names that have shown up through the years:
When Homer successfully becomes a monorail conductor, Bart expresses pride. This prompts Homer to offer Bart a name change to Homer, Junior. “The kids can call you Ho-Ju!”, he urges.
Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo
Homer has a problem, which he unloads on Moe. However, to protect his identity, he blames the problem on a friend and makes up “the worst name” that Moe’s ever heard, leading to an incredible faux-pas on Moe’s part. My favorite part? Drunk Barney imploring the real Joey Jo-Jo to come back.
Homer gives up beer and turns introspective. In fact, he turns to a song- a spoof of Frank Sinatra’s It Was a Very Good Year– where Homer confesses to being 17, staying up listening to Queen, and purchasing beer with a fake I.D. labeled “Brian McGee”. Because… you know… it rhymes with “17”.
Santos L. Halper
Bart uses junk mail delivered to his dog to attain a credit card, even going as far as to include the occupation “butt doctor”. I wish I’d paid more attention to what happened when Bart couldn’t pay Santos’ credit card bill.
In order to publish a bunch of horrible gossip about Springfieldians on the internet, Homer needs a false moniker. His name? Mr. X. The website greets visitors with a photo of a guy who is very obviously Homer except he’s wearing a big black bag on his head with a question mark on it.
This was a hilariously obvious attempt by Mr. Burns at a town meeting to get money funneled into the nuclear plant.
Upon being told that he has to carry on the family name after Homer dies, Bart shuns the responsibility thusly: “Screw that! When I grow up, I’m legally changing my name to ‘Joe Kickass’.”
In one of the Treehouse of Horror episodes, Bart and Lisa are Hansel and Gretel and they’re held captive/to be eaten by a witch. In one of her stalling tactics, Lisa points out that the witch will die alone. She insists, however, that she has a boyfriend named “George Cauldron” (after obviously seeing her cauldron).
TV execs create a show named “Police Cops” in which the protagonist is an oaf named Homer Simpson whose catch phrase is “Uh oh, spaghettios”. Homer, embarrassed by everyone assuming that he was the source of the TV character’s name, changes his name to “Max Power”. Homer even comes up with a James Bond-style song about Max Power:
At the end of the Max Power episode, Homer changes Marge’s name… to Chesty LaRue. This is my favorite by far for very personal reasons. Specifically, my last name is LaRue. When I heard Marge ask what Homer had changed her name to and his reply was “Chesty LaRue”, I grinned from ear to ear.
Homer J. Fong
This was one of the subtler, funnier moments on the show. Homer is in the Kwik-E-Mart and we see a list of people who are no longer allowed to pay with checks. Among them? Homer J. Simpson, Homor J. Simpson, Homer S. Simpson, H.J. Simpson, and my favorite- Homer J. Fong.