“D’oh!” Homer Simpson is Greatest TV Character in 20 Years
Lazy, incompetent, overweight, and hot-headed, yet a devoted family man–those are the characteristics of television’s greatest character in the last 20 years, and if you still don’t get it, “d’oh!” Homer Simpson, the family head of “The Simpsons,” was named the greatest character over the last two decades by respondents of an Entertainment Weekly survey.
Matt Groening, who created Homer back in the 80s, said many people were able to relate to Simpson’s “because we’re all secretly propelled by desires we can’t admit to.” Homer, whose catchphrase “D’oh!” has been included in the New Oxford Dictionary of English since 1998, is known for his short fuse and sudden bursts of anger.
Homer edged J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and actress Sarah Michelle Gellar’s now-retired character Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Rounding out the top five were Tony Soprano of “The Sopranos” and Batman’s nemesis, the Joker. “Friends” character Rachel Karen Green, played by Jennifer Aniston, landed in sixth place followed by Edward Scissorhands, Hannibal Lecter, Carrie Bradshaw from “Sex and the City,” and Spongebob Squarepants.