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The Grim Reaper is the title given to the person who claims people's souls when it is their time to die.


He was the judge in the court case of Flanders the Devil vs. Homer Simpson about who gets Homer's soul.[1]

Coming to claim Bart's life, he was met at the door by Homer and introduced himself, complete with ominous music and thunderclouds. Homer ignorantly stated that they "didn't want any", but Death broke down the door and attacked the Simpsons.

After a very silly chase scene, during which he was chased with his own scythe by Maggie and lost his foot to Santa's Little Helper, was destroyed with a bowling ball by Homer as revenge "for Snowball I and JFK", which made everyone unable to die.

Homer then took his cloak, because it looked comfortable and took up the mantle of death. Homer temporarily killed all the people God wanted to kill just by touching them with his fleshless arm, and then killed many other people just for fun, but gave up the position after God wanted him to kill Marge. Homer reluctantly agrees to reap after God tries to further skeletonize his lower body, as seen by his hips becoming more sunken and screaming in agony until he says “I’ll reap!”.

He killed Patty, and put Marge's hair on top of her head, while she was covered by a blanket, to trick God.[2]

He appeared in the Grim Reaper couch gag in Treehouse of Horror VII. He rested his feet on the dead Simpsons.

Behind the Laughter

The Grim Reaper, also known as Death, is known as the personification of death. He is often represented as a skeleton in a black cloak wielding a scythe, although in some portrayals he is more shadowy or ghostlike. His skull may be visible or shrouded in darkness with glowing red eye sockets. According to folklore, Death will appear to mortals when it is time for them to die. His scythe is used to harvest souls.

In some versions, he is able to make people die by touching them or by means of supernatural powers. There are also some versions where he has no control over people's lives and only serves as a psychopomp to lead the souls of the dead into the afterlife or the underworld, such as Charon ferrying souls across the River Styx in Greek mythology.

The Ghost of Christmas Future from the Charles Dickens novel A Christmas Carol is based on him.