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After nearly 30 seasons, the Simpsons have certainly had their share of weird moments. Maggie shooting Mr. Burns after his plan to block out the sun certainly comes to mind, as does every single Treehouse of Horrors episode.
But nothing seems to freak out Simpsons fans more than when a character directly faces the viewers. You would think it’s the kind of thing that happens all the time, but the characters are almost always shown from at least a slight angle.
So is a front-facing Simpsons character really as disconcerting as people are making it out to be? Decide for yourself:
is there anything more cursed than front facing simpsons characters pic.twitter.com/vFk3AoKtgj
— chess (@butchcoded) February 27, 2018
I’ve always loved this scene. They held it for an extra long pause. The animators are definitely in on this joke. pic.twitter.com/2t36EliqX3
— Baby Knees (@BabyKneesCEO) February 28, 2018
— TobbyZ (@TobyTheBro) February 28, 2018
— Raj (@goddamnimglam) March 1, 2018
I couldn't possibly draw a front facing Simpson's character…can you? pic.twitter.com/LKGnIONOr4
— Travis Johnson (@tj1031) February 28, 2018
Oh ye gods. pic.twitter.com/DCimPEBKzh
— KeeperOfPork (@KeeperOfPork) February 28, 2018
— Lil Coffin Nails (@msdictator) March 1, 2018
Some people found this rule also applied to the Disney Channel’s Phineas and Ferb.
— Jordie (@Jordie_Bay94) February 28, 2018
— Mono (@Hingeneral) February 28, 2018
On the other hand, a Powerpuff girl should never be drawn from the side.
— StupidMarioBros1Fan (@StupidMarioFan1) March 1, 2018
Powerpuffs aside, in general, most cartoon characters tend to be drawn from a side, or three-quarter view. For whatever reason, it just looks more natural.
If you need want more jarring photos of Simpsons facing the front, there is a whole Tumblr account dedicated to it. Sweet dreams.
David Britton is a writer and comedian based in Rhinebeck, New York who focuses on internet culture, memes, and viral news stories. He also writes for the Hard Times and is the creator of StoriesAboutWizards.com.