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Which Simpson Has Died The Most Often In The ‘Treehouse Of Horror’ Episodes?

The most surprising thing about the first “Treehouse of Horror,” which aired 27 years ago this week, isn’t the slow pacing, or Marge introducing the “really scary” episode — it’s the lack of deaths. Only a single character, “Lost Lenore” in Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven,” passes away, and it happens off-screen. Meanwhile, in “Treehouse of Horror VIII,” a Fox censor is murdered by a sentient knife and Springfield is blown to smithereens by a bomb, killing literally hundreds of characters. Including four out of five Simpsons.

Death is a huge part of The Simpsons‘ now-annual Halloween episodes. But which member of the core family — Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie — has died the most? Because I’m a weirdo who apparently enjoys watching fictional cartoon characters get strangled, chocked, and sliced, I re-watched every “Treehouse of Horror,” and kept track of all the deaths. (If I were to have included every Springfield resident, I would have gone crazier than Homer without TV and beer.) Here they are, ranked by number of casualties.

5. Maggie: 7 deaths

-Killed by the Grim Reaper

-Blown up by a bomb

-Shredded by Mr. Burns’ gate while trick or treating

-Cooked by Kang and Kodos

-Killed by Homer’s bomb

-Earth explodes

-Her corpse is seen slung over Willie’s shoulder

4. Lisa: 9 deaths

-Killed by the Grim Reaper

-Blown up by a bomb

-Launched into the house

-Vaporized by Maggie’s ray gun

-Shredded by Mr. Burns’ gate while trick or treating

-Cooked by Kang and Kodos

-Killed by Homer’s bomb

-Earth explodes

-Jumps out a window to become a ghost

3. Marge: 10 deaths

-Killed by the Grim Reaper

-Blown up by a bomb

-Killed by an angry mob in a Munsters parody

-Shredded by Mr. Burns’ gate while trick or treating

-Cooked by Kang and Kodos

-Killed by Homer’s bomb

-Eats a poisoned pie out of guilt

-Earth explodes

-Commits suicide in an oven

-Killed by Tracey Ullman Show-era Homer

2. Bart: 22 deaths

-Turned into a vampire (others were already dead)

-Killed by the Grim Reaper

-Breaks his neck in a skateboard accident

-Blown up by a bomb

-Head explodes in space

-Killed by an angry mob in a Munsters parody

-Shredded by Mr. Burns’ gate while trick or treating

-Drowned in a bowl of cereal

-Killed by Homer’s bomb

-(Accidentally) knifed to death by Lisa

-Hung for being really bad at hangman

-Earth explodes

-Chokes on an acorn fired by Ghost Lisa

-Harpooned by Sideshow Bob

-Sledgehammered by Sideshow Bob

-Sledgehammered by Sideshow Bob… again

-Shot by Sideshow Bob

-Mauled by Sideshow Bob’s lion

-Flattened by Sideshow Bob’s paver

-Startled by Sideshow Bob’s electric bill

-Chopped to pieces by Sideshow Bob

-Strangled by Homer in the Button-Eyed Simpsons universe

1. Homer: 28 deaths

-Killed by the Grim Reaper

-Crushed by Marge’s car

-Ripped to shreds by Werewolf Flanders

-Head explodes in space

-Killed by an angry mob in a Munsters parody

-Killed by one of the deadliest plants on Earth, broccoli

-Killed by broccoli… again

-Shredded by Mr. Burns’ gate while trick or treating

-The original Homer (and dozens more) fell over a cliff

-Future Homer is shot by Moe

-Shot by Marge (that’s his blood painting the wall)

-Cooked by Kang and Kodos

-Shot by Ned

-Killed by magic spaghetti

-Sliced through a hammock

-Sucked into a voting booth

-Shot by Krusty the Clown for stealing his likeness

-Head ripped off and thrown into a punch bowl

-Turned into a “muncher”

-Falls to his death after transforming into an obese bat

-Choked by God

-Crushed by a Mayan god

-Run over by Maggie

-Turned into a rug

-Dies for unknown reasons… as a duck

-Eaten by the ghost of Frank Grimes

-Literally stabbed in the back by Bart

-Self-cannibalism

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