- “Catch you on the flip side, dudemeisters! NOT!”
- “Hello there, Itchy. I know there's a lot of people who don't like me and wish I would go away and I think we got off on the wrong foot. I know I can come off a little proactive, and for that I'm sorry. But if everyone could find a place in their hearts for the little dog nobody wanted I know we can make 'em laugh and cry till we grow old together.”
- ―Homer's passionate speech[src]
- “Always stay in character, and no flirting with pretty moms... TO THE EXTREME! ”
- “Always recycle... TO THE EXTREME! BUSTED!”
Poochie is a character on The Itchy & Scratchy Show. The network executives decided that the show needed an "update" to keep the interest of its audience, so they devised Poochie, a cartoon dog "with an attitude". Poochie has a song, the Poochie rap.
After widespread auditions, Homer was chosen to provide Poochie's voice. The character debuted to an unreceptive audience following a massive publicity campaign; he only served to interfere with the well-oiled machine of hyper-violent slapstick that Itchy and Scratchy had perfected over the years.
When dissatisfied viewers flooded the network with letters crying for Poochie's immediate removal, if not death, the executives quickly decided to get rid of the character. Homer begged for another chance, insisting that Poochie would grow on the audience; this argument held little weight until the actress who performed voices for both Itchy and Scratchy declared her support for Poochie as well.
Homer was shocked, however, when the next cartoon aired: it contained a hastily-animated, re-dubbed segment in which Poochie, voiced by Roger Meyers, Jr. instead of Homer, stated he had decided to return to his "home planet." Dialogue written in bloody letters across the screen read, "Note: Poochie died on the way back to his home planet," and cuts immediately back to Krusty telling kids happily, "Poochie's dead!", much to Homer's dismay, and even providing an affidavit that promises to prevent the character's revival in any shape or form. Bart tells Homer that maybe the world could be ready to Poochie in a few years.
Despite his death, however, he made a brief non-speaking cameo in the Itchy and Scratchy episode The Tears of a Clone at Scratchy's funeral, hinting that he revived or possibly a continuity error. He also appeared in the episode "The Bashin' of the Christ", appearing on his skate board with a halo and cross saying "And then this happened!!".
He appears periodically on merchandise such as dolls and T-shirts. They were implied to still be fairly unpopular, as Bart, at the time substituting ownership of The Android's Dungeon & Baseball Card Shop alongside Milhouse while its usual owner was recovering from a near-fatal heart attack, told the latter to put the Poochie-related merchandise on clearance. Possibly a parody of the "nostalgia" trends of consumer culture. Even mascots of Poochie are used such as one portraying Neo from The Matrix during the Krusty's Kristmas on Ice Show. In "Springfield Splendor," two people at the Bi-Mon Sci-Fi-Con cosplaying as Itchy and Scratchy give disapproving looks to a third person dressed as Poochie.
In real life
Poochie (or perhaps a human costumed as him) is seen with nunchucks pursuing Bart and Lisa up a tree in Dogtown.
Poochie had a cameo in the segment The Terror of Tiny Toon skateboarding down the street before being hit by a police car driven by Itchy and Scratchy.
Poochie makes a cameo as Action Figure in the segment Be Nine, Rewind.
The Simpsons Game
He is the main enemy on the Grand Theft Scratchy level, where he acts and speaks like a rapper. After Marge and Lisa re-form the Ice Cream cars, Poochie talks to the Feline "ho's" watching the show, ordering them to "put a cap in [Lisa and Marge's] asses" by destroying the cars. Using her Hand of Buddha, Lisa defeats the prostitutes, while Marge sends the dogs to destroy the stage on which Poochie stands. Marge apologized and told him that "even he isn't a match for a stay-at-home mom with too much time on her hands." When Lisa agrees with Marge, Poochie only tells her "Word to [her] Mother." He also witnesses the senator being killed by a falling sign.
When doing his introduction, he briefly swears, as he yells "P TO THE DOUBLE-O "CH" I E / I'M THE DOG ON [BEEP] WHO'S TO THE EXTREME"