Many characters on The Simpsons have pulled off successful impersonations over the years, from Armin Tamzarian as Seymour Skinner to Lisa masquerading as a boy. But the loveable protagonist Homer has attempted the most disguises, including his evil boss Mr. Burns and Bart and Lisa’s beloved hero Krusty the Clown.
Behind many of the show’s funniest moments is Homer’s impulsiveness: from the spaceship potato chip fiasco to bringing home a pig in The Simpsons Movie. His harebrained schemes often call for him to disguise himself as people whom he has no business being, which has led to some hilarious and unexpected impersonations from the family’s bumbling patriarch across the show’s 32 seasons.
9 Mr. Burns (“Blood Feud”)
In season two’s “Blood Feud,” Homer tries to retrieve a letter he sent to Mr. Burns during an ill-advised bout of rage. He visits the post office and impersonates his fat-cat boss: “My name is Mr. Burns, I believe you have a letter for me.” When the postal worker calmly asks a simple follow-up question, “Okay, Mr. Burns. What’s your first name?” Homer reveals that he does not know, swiftly putting an end to his pretense.
Despite no plan at all, Homer somehow thought he would get away with this. And it’s not the only time he has impersonated The Simpsons resident evil cartoon villain Mr. Burns either. In another episode, Homer is caught eating a sandwich in one of Burns’ secret rooms. When Burns demands to know Homer’s name, he panics and says the first name that comes into his head, which of course is Mr. Burns. What all of these have in common is Homer’s failure to convince anyone that he is actually Springfield’s wealthiest resident.
8 Guy Incognito (“Fear Of Flying”)
After Homer is kicked out of Moe’s Tavern, he seemingly makes a disguised return, sporting a top hat and handlebar mustache and introducing himself in a British accent as “Guy Incognito.” This prompts Moe and the rest of the guys to beat him up and chuck him out on the street, only for the real, non-disguised Homer to walk by and notice his doppelganger.
Although not strictly an impersonation, the hilarious gag leads the audience to believe that it is. It’s one of The Simpsons‘ classic layered jokes in which a poor unsuspecting Springfield resident has wound up as a victim of Homer’s malfeasance. It’s also funny that Homer is, at most, only mildly interested to encounter his exact double. Guy Incognito pops up again in The Simpsons Movie, and is one of the funniest one-off character names, along with Rex Banner and Shary Bobbins.
7 Krusty The Clown (“Homie The Clown”)
In “Homie the Clown,” Homer enrolls in Krusty’s clown college and becomes a certified Krusty impersonator. He appears at events that Krusty considers unimportant– such as the launch of a new Krusty Burger burger. However, Krusty is in debt to the Mafia, and Homer ends up getting kidnapped. In order to please the Don, he is forced to ride a tiny tricycle around a loop-the-loop.
This is one of the most interesting of Homer’s impersonations as it comes with a backstory. Fans may know that, originally, Krusty was actually going to be Homer in disguise, ironic considering his children have little respect for him but adore Krusty. While the writers didn’t follow through on this idea, the character designs are almost identical, save for Krusty’s red nose and bluey-green hair. This makes Homer’s subsequent impersonation of the clown logical as both have similar features that, with the right makeup, make them indistinguishable from one another.
6 Airplane Pilot (“Fear Of Flying”)
After being kicked out of Moe’s, Homer decides to put on a pilots’ uniform so that he can drink in the pilots’ bar. This quickly backfires when an airport worker asks him, “You’re not just impersonating a pilot so you can drink here, are you?” He is then bundled into the cockpit of a plane and ends up destroying it before it’s even taken off.
In another case of Homer’s dumb luck, he has somehow, with almost zero effort, wound up in charge of a jumbo jet. Within seconds of stepping in the cockpit, disaster occurs and he almost presses a button that they need to live, as the co-pilot calmly informs him. This impersonation also mocks the general notion that anyone can be a pilot, which Homer disproves with his immediate ineptitude.
5 The Potato Man (“Trash Of The Titans”)
In an attempt to get backstage at a U2 concert, Homer slings a sack of potatoes over his shoulder while wearing a waistcoat and flat cap. He uses an Irish accent to introduce himself to security as “potato man,” prompting the guard to ask, “Where the hell have you been?” It’s a hilarious and quintessentially Simpsons one-liner and another of the times that Homer wears a disguise to fool his adversary.
It’s miraculous that Homer is able to get backstage so easily with this disguise. But it’s actually one of his cleverer plans, as he relies on the fact that the Irish U2 might be expecting a potato delivery, a silly stereotype that nevertheless makes for a great joke. U2 is one of many famous bands that Homer has met over the years in a long line of The Simpsons‘ best guest stars.
4 A Shark (“Itchy & Scratchy Land”)
In one of the show’s innumerable references to scenes from movies– in this case Jaws– Homer straps a fin to his back and impersonates a shark, causing beachgoers to flee in terror. However, a moment later, he is equally scared by Bart, who pops up wearing a shark fin whereupon Homer yells, “Aaaaah, Shark boy!”
This is one of the best impersonations as it showcases Homer’s affinity for practical jokes, something he has clearly passed down to his son. The scene takes place during the family’s visit to Sandy Beach, one of many cool family vacations they’ve taken across the series, including Little Pwagmattasquarmsettport in “Summer Of 4 Ft. 2” and New York in “The City of New York Vs. Homer Simpson.”
3 Mr. Thompson (“Cape Feare”)
When the family has to relocate to Terror Lake to elude the murderous Sideshow Bob, the witness protection team tries to help Homer grasp the concept of his new name, Mr. Thompson. “Hello, Mr. Thompson,” one of them says, waiting for Homer to reply, even stamping on his foot to remind him to respond. Homer is unable to grasp the role-playing exercise, in one of the series’ funniest scenes.
This is so funny because the stakes are so high. If Homer can’t grasp this, his son and possibly his whole family will be killed by Sideshow Bob. Yet still, his brain is unable to reach the required level of concentration. While it isn’t strictly an impersonation, Homer still attempts to assume another identity, even if he fails miserably.
2 Bigfoot (“Call Of The Simpsons”)
In season one’s “Call of the Simpsons,” poor Homer is mistaken for Bigfoot after falling into a river, losing his clothes, and covering himself with mud while on a perilous family camping trip. A nature photographer snaps a picture of him and it quickly captures the attention of the town.
This is another instance in which Homer’s impersonation is accidental, but it’s nevertheless a memorable one. After all, it’s quite a feat to be mistaken for a 9-foot-tall forest-inhabiting ape. The episode is also a great satire of sensationalist tabloids: after Marge sets the record straight– Bigfoot is her husband– the headlines all suggest that she is married to a beast, one of the many times The Simpsons makes fun of the media.
1 God (“Treehouse Of Horror XXII”)
In the “Dial D for Diddly” segment of season 23’s Treehouse of Horror, Ned is a vigilante murderer whose victims are all enemies of Homer’s– Mr. Burns, Patty, Selma, and Snake. Ned executes these crimes under “instructions from the good Lord himself,” or so he thinks. In actuality, Homer is impersonating God using a voice filter, telling Ned who to kill.
This is one of the best impersonations because of how brazen it is and how high the stakes are. Even though it’s a non-canon episode, Homer will literally trick his kind-hearted neighbor into believing that God wants him to kill an 81-year-old man and two Iguana-owning women.