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{{Character
 
{{Character
|name=Barry Duffman
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|name=Barry Huffman (aka Duffman)
|image=[[File:Duff man.png|210px]]
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|image=Duff man.png
 
|sex ={{Male}}
 
|sex ={{Male}}
 
|status={{Alive}}
 
|status={{Alive}}
|alias=Duffman
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|alias=Duffman<br>Joe<br>Sid<br>Larry
|hair=Blonde
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|hair=Blond
|age=
 
 
|job=Advertiser for [[Duff Beer]]
 
|job=Advertiser for [[Duff Beer]]
|relatives='''Lover (former):''' [[Julio]] <br>
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|relatives=<br>'''Ex-girlfriend:''' [[Booberella]]<br>'''Daughters:''' [[Duffgirl]]<br>[[Duffman's daughter]] (estranged)<br>'''Son:''' [[Dufflad]]
'''Adoptive children:''' [[Duffman's daughter]]<br>
 
'''Husband:''' [[Grady]]<br>
 
'''Ex-girlfriend:''' [[Booberella]]
 
 
|appearance = "[[The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson]]"
 
|appearance = "[[The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson]]"
|voiced by = [[Hank Azaria]]|, [[Phil Hartman]]
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|voiced by = [[Hank Azaria]]
 
}}
 
}}
 
 
{{Quote|Oh, yeah!|Duffman's catchphrase}}
 
{{Quote|Oh, yeah!|Duffman's catchphrase}}
 
 
{{Quote|Duffman!|Duffman's other catchphrase}}
 
{{Quote|Duffman!|Duffman's other catchphrase}}
 
 
{{Quote|Duffman is here to refill your beer|his other catchphrase}}
 
{{Quote|Duffman is here to refill your beer|his other catchphrase}}
 
[[File:Duffman in Days of Future Future with Moe.png|thumb|220x220px]]
 
[[File:Duffman in Days of Future Future with Moe.png|thumb|220x220px]]
'''Barry Huffman''', known mostly by his working name '''Duffman''', is the mascot and spokesman for the [[Duff Beer]] company. There are actually multiple people who play Duffman.
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'''Barry Huffman''', mostly known by his working name '''Duffman''', is the mascot and spokesman for the [[Duff Beer]] company. There are actually multiple people who play Duffman.
 
[[File:FWWDuffman.jpg|100px|right|thumb|Duffman action figure]]
 
[[File:FWWDuffman.jpg|100px|right|thumb|Duffman action figure]]
   
== Character Traits ==
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==Character traits==
=== Physical Traits ===
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===Physical traits===
Duffman is an athletic and smooth-talking corporate personality who wears blue and red tights, a red cape, white gloves, and the Duff logo emblazoned across his chest. The ensemble features a red hat, dark sunglasses, and a "utility belt" of beer cans around his waist.
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Duffman is an athletic and smooth-talking corporate personality who wears blue and red tights, [[Duffman's red cape|a red cape]], white gloves, and the Duff logo emblazoned across his chest. The ensemble features a red hat, dark sunglasses, and a "utility belt" of beer cans around his waist.
 
[[File:Duff.png|right|130px|thumb|Duff Beer logo]]
 
[[File:Duff.png|right|130px|thumb|Duff Beer logo]]
   
=== Other Traits ===
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===Other traits===
Duffman is generally known for his overly enthusiastic speech in which he refers to himself in the third person, complete with dramatic pauses and ending with a suggestive "Oh, yeah!" and pelvic thrusts. Fittingly, his theme song which plays at every corporate-sponsored appearance is "Oh Yeah" by Swiss band Yello. Also,&nbsp;Lenny calls him "the guy who creates an awareness of Duff".
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Duffman is generally known for his overly enthusiastic speech in which he [[wikipedia:Illeism|refers to himself in the third person]], complete with dramatic pauses and ending with a suggestive "Oh, yeah!" and pelvic thrusts. Fittingly, his theme song which plays at every corporate-sponsored appearance is "Oh Yeah" by Swiss band Yello. Also, Lenny calls him "the guy who creates an awareness of Duff".
   
== Death ==
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Duffman is also a professional male stripper for private special events, such as [[Edna Krabappel]]'s bachelorette party.<ref>[[My Big Fat Geek Wedding]]</ref>
When [[Lenny Leonard|Lenny]] mentioned that he had heard Duffman died of liver failure, Duffman scoffed "Duffman can never die! (Pause) Only the actors who play him!" This is a reference to real-life corporate mascots such as Ronald McDonald and the Marlboro Man who have been portrayed by multiple actors. The connection to Marlboro Man is expanded by the fact that two of the actors who played Marlboro Man died of lung cancer, a disease related to the product they promoted. Duffman was also shot by [[Frank Grimes, Jr.]], and although the wound was not necessarily fatal, Duffman pledged his love to Doris before blacking out. Another Duffman died when [[Moe]] put a sticker on his face. Another Duffman was possibly killed in a blimp crash during a baseball game; it was then revealed that there were three Duffmen working the game that night<ref>[[Marge and Homer Turn a Couple Play]]</ref>. And there was also a Duffman who died of liver failure. The Duff corporation does not publicly acknowledge that Duffman is only a fictional character, so as not to disillusion Duffman's "fans". Actors to portray him have been named Joel Duffman, Sid, Larry, [[Chip Davis]] and once, Barry Duffman. It was also implied by Homer Simpson that one Duffman who owned a set of blimp keys committed suicide via drowning because Homer wouldn't let him share a beer while both were skinnydipping.<ref>[[500 Keys]]</ref>
 
[[File:Duffman_is_Mark_Twain_billboard.jpg|190px|thumb|left|"Duffman is Mark Twain"]]
 
   
== Life Outside Business ==
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==Death==
He is shown cleaning up [[Lake Springfield]] in [[The Simpsons Movie]].
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When [[Lenny Leonard|Lenny]] mentioned that he had heard Duffman died of liver failure, Duffman scoffed "Duffman can never die! (Pause) Only the actors who play him!" The connection to Marlboro Man is expanded by the fact that two of the actors who played Marlboro Man died of lung cancer, a disease related to the product they promoted. Duffman was also shot by [[Frank Grimes, Jr.]], and although the wound was not necessarily fatal, Duffman pledged his love to Doris before blacking out. Another Duffman possibly died when [[Moe]] (who had undergone plastic surgery thanks largely to his winning photo having to be "censored" due to his immensely deformed appearance) put a sticker on his face. Another Duffman was possibly killed in a blimp crash during a baseball game; it was then revealed that there were three Duffmen working the game that night<ref>[[Marge and Homer Turn a Couple Play]]</ref>. And there was also a Duffman who died of liver failure. The Duff corporation does not publicly acknowledge that Duffman is only a fictional character, so as not to disillusion Duffman's "fans". Actors to portray him have been named Joe, Sid, Larry, and once, Barry Duffman. It was also implied by Homer Simpson that one Duffman who owned a set of blimp keys committed suicide via drowning because Homer wouldn't let him share a beer while both were skinnydipping.<ref>[[500 Keys]]</ref>
=== Independence ===
 
Though he is a corporate puppet of [[Duff Beer]], some actors have displayed independent thought and conscience at times. [[Homer]] discovers that [[Howard K. Duff VIII]], who owns not only the beer company but also the [[Springfield Isotopes]], was planning to move the team to Albuquerque. Commanded to help discredit Homer, this Duffman was torn between corporate loyalty, and the truth. In the end, Duffman said to himself "New feelings brewing in Duffman! What would Jesus do?" and tossed Howard Duff into the stands of Isotope Stadium (effectively throwing the money changers out of the temple).
 
   
=== Family ===
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==Life outside business==
Duffman claims to have two children, Dufflad and Duffgirl, but Mr. Duff VII retorts that these were "one-time shots in a Super Bowl commercial". This Duffman was named "Sid". Also, Duffman said "Are You there, God? It's me, ''Duffman!''". Duffman (or at least this particular Duffman) also mentioned, after distributing several Duff memorabilia that he has to leave early to comfort his and [[Grady]]'s adopted [[Duffman's daughter|daughter]] who dropped out of College.<ref>[[To Surveil With Love]]</ref>
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He is shown cleaning up [[Lake Springfield]] in ''[[The Simpsons Movie]]''.
   
=== Sexuality ===
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===Independence===
Duffman (or rather, whichever actor was playing him at the time) was revealed to be gay and in a long term stable relationship with [[Grady]]. He had a fling with [[Booberella]] revealed in a behind the scenes interview that was a publicity stunt. He and Grady are still together. <ref>Homer and Lisa Exchange Cross Words</ref>
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Though he is a corporate mascot of [[Duff Beer]], some actors have displayed independent thought and conscience at times. [[Homer Simpson|Homer]] discovers that [[Howard K. Duff VIII]], who owns not only the beer company but also the [[Springfield Isotopes]], was planning to move the team to Albuquerque. Commanded to help discredit Homer, this Duffman was torn between corporate loyalty, and the truth. In the end, Duffman said to himself "New feelings brewing in Duffman! What would Jesus do?" and tossed Howard Duff into the stands of Isotope Stadium (effectively throwing the money changers out of the temple).
   
He was also revealed to be in love with [[Grady]], who wanted to break up with [[Julio]]<ref>"[[Homer and Lisa Exchange Cross Words]]"</ref>.
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===Friends===
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Duffman is friends with [[Rainier Wolfcastle]], [[Cookie Kwan]] and [[Miss Springfield]].<ref>[[Husbands and Knives]]</ref>
   
In the episode where Lisa takes up crossword puzzles and Homer gets a business breaking up for people, a gay man calls Homer and says he has found a new man, just as Duffman walks out of the shower and whips him with a towel.
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===Family===
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Duffman claims to have two children, Dufflad and Duffgirl, but Mr. Duff VII retorts that these were "one-time shots in a Super Bowl commercial". This Duffman was named "Sid". When he was subsequently found teaching basic mathematics at the Springfield Men's Mission, he was played by "Barry Duffman".<ref>[[Old Yeller-Belly]]</ref> Also, Duffman said "Are you there, [[God]]? It's me, ''Duffman!''". Duffman (or at least this particular Duffman) also mentioned, after distributing several Duff memorabilia that he has to leave early to comfort his and [[Grady]]'s adopted and estranged [[Duffman's daughter|daughter]] who dropped out of college.<ref>[[To Surveil With Love]]</ref>
   
He married [[Grady]] in "[[There's Something About Marrying]]". They are most likely still together and their adopted daughter is mentioned in an episode.
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===Religion===
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When Homer and Marge attended an Oktoberfest festival, Duffman, who was the host of the festival, energetically exclaims, "Duffmensch orders you to party! This Reich will last a thousand beers! Oh, Ja!", which is a reference to the Nazi concept of a Thousand Year Reich. He made lots of other German [[World War II]] references, which he hated because he is Jewish. So, he mutters under his breath, "I do this, and I'm Jewish".<ref>[[Co-Dependent's Day]]</ref>
   
When Duffman is shot by [[Frank Grimes, Jr.]], he says "I love you, Doris." This could possibly be a girl he likes, but it may just be his mother [[Doris]] <ref name="[[The Great Louse Detective]]">"[[The Great Louse Detective]]"</ref>.
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===Sexuality===
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Duffman (or rather, whichever actor was playing him at the time) was revealed to be bisexual and in a long term stable relationship with [[Grady]]. He had a fling with [[Booberella]] revealed in a behind the scenes interview that was a publicity stunt.<ref>[[Homerazzi]]</ref>
   
Duffman also slept with [[Titania]]. He promised her that in exchange for sleeping with him, she wouldn't have to touch the drunks in a bartending contest, but he reneged on the promise at the last minute <ref name="[[Pygmoelian]]">"[[Pygmoelian]]"</ref> .
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He was also revealed to be in love with [[Grady]], who wanted to break up with [[Julio]].<ref>"[[Homer and Lisa Exchange Cross Words]]"</ref> (Grady calls Homer and says that he has found a new man, just as Duffman walks out of the shower and whips him with a towel)
   
=== Dyslexia ===
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He married [[Grady]] in "[[There's Something About Marrying]]". (Not shown, but implied by the statement that Homer has married every gay couple in town, partway through the episode) They are most likely still together and their adopted and estranged daughter is mentioned in [[To Surveil With Love]].
Duffman is revealed to have [[Wikipedia:dyslexia|dyslexia]] calling it "Duffman's secret shame" <ref name="[[Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind]]">''[[Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind]]''</ref>.
 
   
== Non-Canon appearances ==
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When Duffman is shot by [[Frank Grimes, Jr.]], he says, "I love you, Doris!" This could possibly be a girl he likes, but it may just be his mother [[Doris]].<ref name="[[The Great Louse Detective]]">"[[The Great Louse Detective]]"</ref>
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Duffman also slept with [[Titania]]. He promised her that in exchange for sleeping with him, she wouldn't have to touch the drunks in a bartending contest, but he reneged on the promise at the last minute.<ref name="[[Pygmoelian]]">"[[Pygmoelian]]"</ref>
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===Education===
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Duffman is revealed to have [[Wikipedia:dyslexia|dyslexia]], calling it "Duffman's secret shame".<ref name="[[Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind]]">''[[Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind]]''</ref> He also said that he has studied ballet for four years at Juilliard.<ref>[[Like A Boss!]]</ref>
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==Non-canon==
 
{{Noncanon}}
 
{{Noncanon}}
Duffman appears in [[The Simpsons Game]] as the emcee of the Duff Ultimate Eating Challenge in the level [[Around the World in 80 Bites]].
 
   
== Behind the Laughter ==
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===Video games===
=== Character Origins ===
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Duffman appears in ''[[The Simpsons Game]]'' as the emcee of the Duff Ultimate Eating Challenge in the level "[[Around the World in 80 Bites]]".
Duffman is based on Budweiser's former mascot Bud Man. Duffman's catchphrase comes from the song "Oh Yeah" by Yello, which the producers say became extremely popular after ''Ferris Bueller's Day Off'' and many advertisers started using it. As a result, the writers felt that the song and phrase "Oh yeah!" would be suitable for Duffman. Duffman's thrusts were first acted out by [[Brad Bird]].<br />
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Duffman is the greatest womanizer - or so he says.<ref>Mentioned in the audio commentary for "[[The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson]]".</ref>
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===Future===
He talks almost the same pattern like Captain Kirk from the original Star Trek. In one of the episodes he said he was Jewish.
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In "[[Days of Future Future]]", [[Moe Szyslak]] is caring for Duffman at his old age.
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==Behind the Laughter==
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===Character origins===
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Duffman is based on [[Wikipedia:Budweiser|Budweiser]]'s former mascot, Bud Man. Duffman's catchphrase comes from the song "Oh Yeah" by Yello, which the producers say became extremely popular after ''Ferris Bueller's Day Off'' and many advertisers started using it. As a result, the writers felt that the song and phrase "Oh yeah!" would be suitable for Duffman. Duffman's thrusts were first acted out by [[Brad Bird]]. Duffman is the greatest womanizer - or so he says.<ref>Mentioned in the audio commentary for "[[The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson]]".</ref> He talks almost the same pattern like Captain Kirk from the original Star Trek.
   
 
==Appearances==
 
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*{{Ep|The Great Louse Detective}}
 
*{{Ep|The Great Louse Detective}}
 
*{{Ep|Jaws Wired Shut}}
 
*{{Ep|Jaws Wired Shut}}
*{{Ep|Marge and Homer Turn a Couple Play}}
 
 
*{{Ep|My Big Fat Geek Wedding}}
 
*{{Ep|My Big Fat Geek Wedding}}
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*{{Ep|Marge and Homer Turn a Couple Play}}
 
*{{Ep|Regarding Margie}}
 
*{{Ep|Regarding Margie}}
 
*{{Ep|Homerazzi}}
 
*{{Ep|Homerazzi}}
 
*{{Ep|He Loves to Fly and He D'ohs}}
 
*{{Ep|He Loves to Fly and He D'ohs}}
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*{{Ep|Midnight Towboy}}
 
*{{Ep|Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind}}
 
*{{Ep|Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind}}
 
*{{Ep|Homer and Lisa Exchange Cross Words}}
 
*{{Ep|Homer and Lisa Exchange Cross Words}}
 
*{{Ep|The Squirt and the Whale}}
 
*{{Ep|The Squirt and the Whale}}
 
*{{Ep|To Surveil With Love}}
 
*{{Ep|To Surveil With Love}}
*{{Ep|Comic Fan No More}}
 
*{{Ep|The Great Louse Detective}}
 
*{{Ep|Midnight Towboy}}
 
 
*{{Ep|500 Keys}}
 
*{{Ep|500 Keys}}
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*{{Ep|The Man in the Blue Flannel Pants|(cog in Homer's head)}}
 
*{{Ep|Moe Goes from Rags to Riches}}
 
*{{Ep|Moe Goes from Rags to Riches}}
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*{{Ep|Gone Abie Gone}}
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*{{Ep|A Tree Grows in Springfield}}
 
*{{Ep|Gorgeous Grampa}}
 
*{{Ep|Gorgeous Grampa}}
 
*{{Ep|Pulpit Friction}}
 
*{{Ep|Pulpit Friction}}
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*{{Ep|Whiskey Business|(Photo)}}
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*{{Ep|White Christmas Blues}}
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*{{Ep|The War of Art}}
 
*{{Ep|Days of Future Future}}
 
*{{Ep|Days of Future Future}}
 
*{{Ep|What to Expect When Bart's Expecting}}
 
*{{Ep|What to Expect When Bart's Expecting}}
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*{{Ep|Pay Pal}}
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*{{Ep|The Wreck of the Relationship}}
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*{{Ep|Super Franchise Me}}
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*{{Ep|My Fare Lady}}
 
*{{Ep|Waiting for Duffman}}
 
*{{Ep|Waiting for Duffman}}
 
*{{Ep|Puffless}}
 
*{{Ep|Puffless}}
 
*{{Ep|Paths of Glory}}
 
*{{Ep|Paths of Glory}}
*{{Ep|Love is in the N2-O2-Ar-CO2-Ne-He-CH4}}
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*{{Ep|Love Is in the N2-O2-Ar-CO2-Ne-He-CH4}}
 
*{{Ep|Simprovised}}
 
*{{Ep|Simprovised}}
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*{{Ep|The Serfsons}}
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*{{Ep|The Old Blue Mayor She Ain't What She Used To Be|(cameo)}}
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*{{Ep|Haw-Haw Land}}
 
*{{Mov}}
 
*{{Mov}}
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*{{Ep|The Simpsons Guy}}
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*{{Ep|Left Behind}}
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*{{Ep|Treehouse of Horror XXIX}}
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*{{Ep|From Russia Without Love}}
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*{{Ep|Daddicus Finch}}
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*{{Ep|Go Big or Go Homer}}
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*{{Ep|Gorillas on the Mast}}
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*{{Ep|Todd, Todd, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?}}
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*{{Bon|Comics Fan No More!}}
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*{{Bon|Spree For All|(toy)}}
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*{{Bon|The Death of Comic Book Guy! (Part Four)}}
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*{{Bon|Locked in a Brewery}}
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*{{Bon|Like A Boss!}}
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*{{Bon|The Duffman Corps}}
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*{{Bon|Are You Duff Enough?|(cutout mask)}}
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*{{Bon|Duff TV}}
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*{{Bk|The Homer Book}}
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*{{Bk|The Krusty Book}}
 
*{{Game|The Simpsons Game}}
 
*{{Game|The Simpsons Game}}
 
*{{Game|The Simpsons: Hit and Run}}
 
*{{Game|The Simpsons: Hit and Run}}
*{{Game|The Simpsons: Tapped Out}}
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== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
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*Duffman attempted to commit suicide by skinny dipping with [[Homer Simpson|Homer]] and then trying to drown himself.
 
*Duffman attempted to commit suicide by skinny dipping with [[Homer Simpson|Homer]] and then trying to drown himself.
 
*He has a parrot named [[Hoppy]], who can even say some of his catchphrases.<ref>[[Puffless]]</ref>
 
*He has a parrot named [[Hoppy]], who can even say some of his catchphrases.<ref>[[Puffless]]</ref>
[[File:Duffman_Skinny_Dipping.png|thumb|300px]]
 
   
== Citations ==
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==Gallery==
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==Citations==
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Revision as of 01:34, December 2, 2019

Oh, yeah!
―Duffman's catchphrase
Duffman!
―Duffman's other catchphrase
Duffman is here to refill your beer
―his other catchphrase
Duffman in Days of Future Future with Moe

Barry Huffman, mostly known by his working name Duffman, is the mascot and spokesman for the Duff Beer company. There are actually multiple people who play Duffman.

FWWDuffman

Duffman action figure

Character traits

Physical traits

Duffman is an athletic and smooth-talking corporate personality who wears blue and red tights, a red cape, white gloves, and the Duff logo emblazoned across his chest. The ensemble features a red hat, dark sunglasses, and a "utility belt" of beer cans around his waist.

Duff

Duff Beer logo

Other traits

Duffman is generally known for his overly enthusiastic speech in which he refers to himself in the third person, complete with dramatic pauses and ending with a suggestive "Oh, yeah!" and pelvic thrusts. Fittingly, his theme song which plays at every corporate-sponsored appearance is "Oh Yeah" by Swiss band Yello. Also, Lenny calls him "the guy who creates an awareness of Duff".

Duffman is also a professional male stripper for private special events, such as Edna Krabappel's bachelorette party.[1]

Death

When Lenny mentioned that he had heard Duffman died of liver failure, Duffman scoffed "Duffman can never die! (Pause) Only the actors who play him!" The connection to Marlboro Man is expanded by the fact that two of the actors who played Marlboro Man died of lung cancer, a disease related to the product they promoted. Duffman was also shot by Frank Grimes, Jr., and although the wound was not necessarily fatal, Duffman pledged his love to Doris before blacking out. Another Duffman possibly died when Moe (who had undergone plastic surgery thanks largely to his winning photo having to be "censored" due to his immensely deformed appearance) put a sticker on his face. Another Duffman was possibly killed in a blimp crash during a baseball game; it was then revealed that there were three Duffmen working the game that night[2]. And there was also a Duffman who died of liver failure. The Duff corporation does not publicly acknowledge that Duffman is only a fictional character, so as not to disillusion Duffman's "fans". Actors to portray him have been named Joe, Sid, Larry, and once, Barry Duffman. It was also implied by Homer Simpson that one Duffman who owned a set of blimp keys committed suicide via drowning because Homer wouldn't let him share a beer while both were skinnydipping.[3]

Life outside business

He is shown cleaning up Lake Springfield in The Simpsons Movie.

Independence

Though he is a corporate mascot of Duff Beer, some actors have displayed independent thought and conscience at times. Homer discovers that Howard K. Duff VIII, who owns not only the beer company but also the Springfield Isotopes, was planning to move the team to Albuquerque. Commanded to help discredit Homer, this Duffman was torn between corporate loyalty, and the truth. In the end, Duffman said to himself "New feelings brewing in Duffman! What would Jesus do?" and tossed Howard Duff into the stands of Isotope Stadium (effectively throwing the money changers out of the temple).

Friends

Duffman is friends with Rainier Wolfcastle, Cookie Kwan and Miss Springfield.[4]

Family

Duffman claims to have two children, Dufflad and Duffgirl, but Mr. Duff VII retorts that these were "one-time shots in a Super Bowl commercial". This Duffman was named "Sid". When he was subsequently found teaching basic mathematics at the Springfield Men's Mission, he was played by "Barry Duffman".[5] Also, Duffman said "Are you there, God? It's me, Duffman!". Duffman (or at least this particular Duffman) also mentioned, after distributing several Duff memorabilia that he has to leave early to comfort his and Grady's adopted and estranged daughter who dropped out of college.[6]

Religion

When Homer and Marge attended an Oktoberfest festival, Duffman, who was the host of the festival, energetically exclaims, "Duffmensch orders you to party! This Reich will last a thousand beers! Oh, Ja!", which is a reference to the Nazi concept of a Thousand Year Reich. He made lots of other German World War II references, which he hated because he is Jewish. So, he mutters under his breath, "I do this, and I'm Jewish".[7]

Sexuality

Duffman (or rather, whichever actor was playing him at the time) was revealed to be bisexual and in a long term stable relationship with Grady. He had a fling with Booberella revealed in a behind the scenes interview that was a publicity stunt.[8]

He was also revealed to be in love with Grady, who wanted to break up with Julio.[9] (Grady calls Homer and says that he has found a new man, just as Duffman walks out of the shower and whips him with a towel)

He married Grady in "There's Something About Marrying". (Not shown, but implied by the statement that Homer has married every gay couple in town, partway through the episode) They are most likely still together and their adopted and estranged daughter is mentioned in To Surveil With Love.

When Duffman is shot by Frank Grimes, Jr., he says, "I love you, Doris!" This could possibly be a girl he likes, but it may just be his mother Doris.[10]

Duffman also slept with Titania. He promised her that in exchange for sleeping with him, she wouldn't have to touch the drunks in a bartending contest, but he reneged on the promise at the last minute.[11]

Education

Duffman is revealed to have dyslexia, calling it "Duffman's secret shame".[12] He also said that he has studied ballet for four years at Juilliard.[13]

Non-canon

Ssi 5 The contents of this article or section are considered to be non-canon and therefore may not have actually happened/existed.

Video games

Duffman appears in The Simpsons Game as the emcee of the Duff Ultimate Eating Challenge in the level "Around the World in 80 Bites".

Future

In "Days of Future Future", Moe Szyslak is caring for Duffman at his old age.

Behind the Laughter

Character origins

Duffman is based on Budweiser's former mascot, Bud Man. Duffman's catchphrase comes from the song "Oh Yeah" by Yello, which the producers say became extremely popular after Ferris Bueller's Day Off and many advertisers started using it. As a result, the writers felt that the song and phrase "Oh yeah!" would be suitable for Duffman. Duffman's thrusts were first acted out by Brad Bird. Duffman is the greatest womanizer - or so he says.[14] He talks almost the same pattern like Captain Kirk from the original Star Trek.

Appearances

Trivia

  • He is bisexual, but he is currently in a gay relationship with Grady.
  • Duffman attempted to commit suicide by skinny dipping with Homer and then trying to drown himself.
  • He has a parrot named Hoppy, who can even say some of his catchphrases.[15]

Gallery

Duff man
The full image gallery for Duffman may be viewed at Duffman/Gallery.

Citations

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