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{{Character
 
{{Character
|name= Otto Man
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|name= Ez Daunterschautylasdenughstein
|image= [[File:Otto.png|200px]]
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|image= [[File:Ez Daunterschautylasdenughstein.png|200px]]
 
|gender= {{Male}}
 
|gender= {{Male}}
|hair= Black
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|hair= Green
|age=  
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|age= 21
 
|status= Alive
 
|status= Alive
|job= School bus driver
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|job= Clerk at [[The Comestible Giraffe]]
|relatives= '''Father:''' [[Admiral Man]]<br/>'''Mother:''' [[Mrs. Man]]<br/>'''Ex-fiancé:''' [[Becky (It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge)|Becky]]
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|relatives= '''Uncle''': [[William Daunterschautylasdenughstein]]
|appearance= "[[Homer's Odyssey]]"
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|appearance= "[[No. 2]]"
|voiced by= [[Harry Shearer]]
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|voiced by= [[Zorgin Hmorgin]]
 
}}
 
}}
'''Otto Man''' is the [[Springfield Elementary]] bus driver. He enjoys playing guitar and calls almost everyone "Dude." One of Otto's recurring passenger is [[Bart Simpson|Bart]], who he often calls "Lil' Bart Dude." He has long black hair, and wears a light pink short-sleeved shirt and purple shorts. He also wears an orange hat with headphones on. He loves heavy metal and classic rock.
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'''Ez Daunterschautylasdenughstein''' is the sales clerk (and eventually manager) at the convience store ''[[The Comestible Giraffe]]''. A community college student, he works part-time and frequently appears to give advice to [[Jim]], with whom he has developed something of a friendship. [[Fred]] and [[Pamela]] consider Ez a bizarre, eccentric person and do not encourage Jim to hang out with him.
  
 
== Profile ==
 
== Profile ==
Otto is notable for his maniacal driving style, his love of heavy metal music, and his propensity for sounding and acting like a perpetual 1980s teenager. According to his drivers license, he was born on January 18, 1963. Otto also attended Brown University, where he graduated Sigma, taught briefly and almost received tenure.
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Ez orphaned at a young age and raised by his uncle [[William Daunterschautylasdenughstein|William]], who was known to be a very homophobic and sexually repressive man. During much of his school life Ez wrestled with his sexuality, so deeply had his uncle's influence affected his mind. Upon realizing that he was gay, Ez first considered suicide but eventually grew to accepting leading a"secret life" while still pretending to be attracted to women. During his stay in college, Ez became very promiscuous, often having sex with women in order to prove that he had some heterosexuality. In the first season, he had a girlfriend named [[Laura Mixx|Laura]], but by and by they broke up. Ez did not finally come out of the closet until the [[third season]], in the episode "[[In Defense of Ez]]". When the episode was first aired in 1983, it was considered very daring for its tackling the issue of repressed homosexuality, and perhaps even more so because of the sympathetic portrayal of its gay character (which stands in contrast to many shows today, like The Simpsons, which portray gays as often overtly effeminate and comical characters).
  
He was placed under suspension at least twice: Once after he not only crashed a School Bus full of kids for the 15th time, but was also revealed to not possess a drivers license<ref>[[The Otto Show]]</ref> and another time when, out of fury that Bart stole the bus (and thus cost him his one and only chance of proving himself to Metallica by giving them a ride), spanked him "for every Bus Driver, Teacher, Lunchlady, etc." and getting caught by Principal Skinner (as he wasn't supposed to deal Corporal Punishment on kids).<ref>[[The Mook, the Chef, the Wife and Her Homer]]</ref>
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Ez is viewed by Jim as older and wiser; as a result Jim often seeks his advice for important personal problems, particularly romantic and sexual problems. Fred and Pamela (and to a certain extent [[Yvonne]]) consider him a bad influence, pointing out that his advice rarely works and that he often encourages bad habits.
  
He has been seen at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings: "My name is Otto, and I love to get blotto!".
 
 
Otto is a drug addict, and has been seen smoking Marijuana <ref>[[Weekend at Burnsie's]]</ref><ref>[[Strong Arms of The Ma]]</ref> and during [[Trappuccino]], he used a bong <ref>[[The Simpsons Movie]]</ref>. It has been implied that Otto used other drugs like heroin and LSD.
 
He once had a hallucination in which his shoes were talking to him as a result of his drug abuse<ref>[[Homerpalooza]]</ref>. Also, at one point, he was apparently driving the bus while on Narcotics, wondering if Metallica was indeed the real Metallica with their tour bus broken down, until a narcotic-induced hallucination of a dragon confirmed he wasn't seeing things in regards to Metallica.<ref>[[The Mook, the Chef, the Wife, and Her Homer]]</ref> Otto once submitted a urine sample as part of an application for a job as a prison guard, which contained "crack, smack, uppers, downers, outers, inners, horse tranquilizers, cow paralyzers, blue bombers, green goofers, yellow submarines" and "LSD Mach 3" <ref>[[The Seven-Beer Snitch]]</ref>.
 
[[File:Busman.png|200px|left|thumb|[[Busman]], a superhero created by Otto.]]
 
Otto has a huge passion for rock music, being very skillful at playing the guitar (saying that it was the only thing he did in high school) <ref>[[The Otto Show]]</ref>. Otto's favorite songs include "Iron Man" by Black Sabbath, "Dazed and Confused" by Led Zeppelin, "Frankenstein" by The Edgar Winter Group, "Freebird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd, "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" by Poison, "Purple Haze" by The Jimi Hendrix Experience and "We're an American Band" by Grand Funk Railroad. He claims that music is about far off lands (Immigrant Song), deals with the devil (The Devil Went Down to Georgia) and smoke in relation to water (Smoke on the Water)
 
He also likes Metallica, which is referenced several times, but he doesn't state particular songs. He once actually met the band after driving past their broken tour bus. Otto apparently saved Kirk Hammett from quitting the band after seeing his lighter in a concert at Springfield Arena in 1997. When he tried to offer Metallica a ride, [[Bart Simpson|Bart]] drove off with the school bus<ref>[[The Mook, the Chef, the Wife and Her Homer]]</ref>. He also once mistook a line at the Post Office set up for tax day for a Metallica concert, and didn't realize his mistake until after Kent Brockman asked him why he waited until the last minute to file his tax returns.<ref>[[The Trouble with Trillions]]</ref>
 
At a mock-medieval fair at [[Springfield Elementary School|the school]], Otto played a lute solo in the style of Jimi Hendrix's guitar solos. He put the lute behind his head to play it, smashed it, and then lit the remains on fire on the floor (just as Hendrix did on June 18, 1967 at the Monterey Pop Festival) <ref>[[The Father, the Son, and the Holy Guest Star]]</ref>.
 
Otto was engaged to be married and plays "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" by Poison while proposing to Becky, but when forced to choose between his fiancée and his music, he prefers his music, dumping her <ref>[[It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Marge]]</ref>.
 
 
Otto is also implied to be a comic book fan, and even has an artistic side. He even created and designed a superhero named [[Busman]], a man who drives a school bus by day and fights vampires in a post-apocalyptic warzone by night. He went to a comic book convention to present the idea to [["Jolly" Jack Tate]], and it's unknown what came of it.<ref>[[Three Men and a Comic Book]]</ref>
 
 
He is often found homeless, having been evicted from his apartment and once forced to live with the Simpsons house <ref>[[The Otto Show]]</ref>. He was once found squatting in the Simpsons' recently-vacated home after the family moved to [[Cypress Creek]].<ref>[[You Only Move Twice]]</ref>
 
 
It's implied that Otto had sex with Agnes Skinner, due to the both of them leaving an overturned jester head from the aftermath of the Marti Gras party and raising one of the straps to her dress up <ref>[[No Loan Again, Naturally]]</ref>.
 
 
=== School Bus Driver===
 
[[File:Schoolbus.JPG|thumb|250px|right|The [[School Bus]]]]
 
Otto's ability and competence to drive any kind of vehicle, let alone a school bus, is highly questionable. Otto does not seem to have any respect for the rules of the road, although on one occasion he told Bart that state law disallowed him from intentionally crashing the bus. This showed that Otto at least had some common sense, or a clear desire not to go out of his way to cause trouble and put children in danger. He once told Principal Skinner that he has a record of crashing his school bus 15 times without a single fatality (although whether he had indeed achieved it without fatalities is questionable, as it was implied that he killed Spinal Tap when he demolished their tour bus when he was rushing to school).<ref>[[The Otto Show]]</ref> He was dismissed from his job when the authorities discovered that he did not hold any kind of license, or any kind of identification at all (he stated that his identification was the fact that he wrote his name on his underwear, only to discover that he was wearing someone else's). He only attained his driving license thereafter because [[Patty Bouvier|Patty]] passed him, and this was despite him completely failing to drive the bus in a restrained and secure manner (she passed him because they shared a mutual hatred of [[Homer Simpson|Homer]], although Otto's license had a "PROBATIONARY" stamp on it). Otto has also been shown smoking or being under the influence of marijuana while driving the bus many times.
 
 
At one time, Otto crashed the bus full of children into the ocean (in this particular instance, it isn't his fault; he has grapefruit citric acid in his eyes that was caused by one of the kids rolling a grapefruit down the passenger aisle and it being caught between the brakes.), leaving his passengers to be washed up on an exotic island. Otto himself was seemingly rescued by a Chinese fishing trawler, unaware that its crew was actually planning to enslave him below decks <ref>[[Das Bus]]</ref>. He once accidentally drove his bus into an auto wrecking yard, crushing it into a scale model of the bus <ref>[[Homerpalooza]]</ref>.
 
Otto once got the bus stuck onto a rail road track and whilst jamming to rock music, the bus is struck by an oncoming train <ref>[[24 Minutes]]</ref>.
 
 
== Family ==
 
Otto's father is a navy admiral, and the two do not get along (Jim Morrison's father was also a naval admiral). His father warned Otto that if he spent all day playing his guitar, his life would amount to nothing. He was once engaged to a girl named Becky, but at the wedding she revealed she couldn't stand heavy metal after he hired a Poison cover band to play at the ceremony. Marge then told him he had to choose between Becky and his music - he chose the latter, leaving Becky at the altar. In other episodes Otto has made reference to a girlfriend named [[Crystal]], though this could be a joke about crystal meth.
 
 
== Non-canon ==
 
{{Noncanon}}
 
=== Future ===
 
In [[Lisa's Wedding]], he apparently retired from being a Bus Driver and founded a Taxi service business in Springfield. Otto himself appeared on a video screen in [[Joe Quimby|"Muhammad Jafar's"]] cab when he was driving [[Lisa Simpson]] and [[Hugh Parkfield]] to [[742 Evergreen Terrace]] to tell him, while addressing him by his real name that after doing the fare, he should "get his indicted ass to the convention center pronto!"
 
In 24 Minutes, he drives his bus into a railroad track, either seriously injuring or killing him.
 
=== The Simpsons Game ===
 
Otto first appears in the level [[Around the World in 80 Bites]] as a contestant in the Duff Ultimate Eating Challenge. He later appears in the form of a ghostly skeleton that attacks Homer, Marge, and their army of Hobbit-like children in [[NeverQuest]].
 
  
 
== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
*He wears headphones with his Walkman because he doesn't want to let other people know he's listening to classical music.
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*One of his featured traits is green hair, which has become synonymous with the punk lifestyle. However, Ez wears his hair in a mullet, implying that he identifies more with a blue-collar than a punk crowd.
 
 
==Behind the Laughter==
 
Otto's look is based on Former Simpsons writer [[Wallace Wolodarsky]]. In the commentary for "[[Bart the Daredevil]]", it is revealed that the writers planned to name him "Otto Mechanic", but the joke never appeared in an episode.
 
His name is a joke on the furniture ottoman's name, as well as Bart's tendency to greet him with "Otto, man!" In the episode, [[It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge]], when Otto puts on a top hat to propose to his girlfriend, Becky, he looks similar to Velvet Revolver and former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash.
 
 
 
== Appearances ==
 
{{Incomplete}}
 
{{scroll|
 
*{{Ep|Homer's Odyssey}}
 
*{{Ep|Bart the General}}
 
*{{Ep|The Telltale Head}}
 
*{{Ep|Life on the Fast Lane}}
 
*{{Ep|Bart Gets an F}}
 
*{{Ep|Dancin' Homer}}
 
*{{Ep|Bart the Daredevil}}
 
*{{Ep|Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment}}
 
*{{Ep|Principal Charming}}
 
*{{Ep|Bart's Dog Gets an F}}
 
*{{Ep|Team Homer}}
 
*{{Ep|Old Money}}
 
*{{Ep|The War of the Simpsons}}
 
*{{Ep|Three Men and a Comic Book}}
 
*{{Ep|Blood Feud}}
 
*{{Ep|Das Bus}}
 
*{{Ep|The Frying Game}}
 
*{{THOH|Treehouse of Horror XIX}}
 
*{{Ep|The Boy Who Knew Too Much}}
 
*{{Ep|How the Test Was Won}}
 
*{{Ep|The Fool Monty}}
 
*{{Mov}}
 
*{{Game|The Simpsons Road Rage}}
 
*{{Game|The Simpsons: Hit and Run}}
 
*{{Game|The Simpsons Game}}
 
*{{bon|Be-bop-a-Lisa}}
 
*{{bon|Chief Wiggum's Pre-Code Crime Comics: The End of El Barto}}
 
*{{bk|The Simpsons Guide to Springfield}}
 
*{{bk|The Krusty Book}}
 
*{{Bk|Simpsons World The Ultimate Episode Guide: Seasons 1-20}}
 
}}
 
  
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== Reception ==
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Initially, Ez was one of the less well-received characters; in unofficial magazine surveys he ranked near the bottom, usually only ahead of [[Slade Oglethorp]] and [[Barbara McStacey]]. Hmorgin believed that this was because he did not have much character development. For this reason (and due to a personal desire to make the character more "interesting" to him) he began leaving hints that Ez might be gay throughout the second and third seasons of the show. Finally, in [[In Defense of Ez]], Ez's last appearance before being written out of the show, he publicly acknowledges his sexuality to the great chagrin of his uncle. After this point, fans were much more fond of Ez, believing that his character had finally achieved a certain pathos and sympathy more in line with the other characters in the show.
 
== References ==
 
== References ==
 
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Revision as of 22:32, July 4, 2011

Ez Daunterschautylasdenughstein
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Character Information
Gender:
Male ♂
Status:
Alive
Age: 21
Hair: Green
Occupation: Clerk at The Comestible Giraffe
Relatives: Uncle: William Daunterschautylasdenughstein
First Appearance: "No. 2"
Voiced by: Zorgin Hmorgin


Ez Daunterschautylasdenughstein is the sales clerk (and eventually manager) at the convience store The Comestible Giraffe. A community college student, he works part-time and frequently appears to give advice to Jim, with whom he has developed something of a friendship. Fred and Pamela consider Ez a bizarre, eccentric person and do not encourage Jim to hang out with him.

Profile

Ez orphaned at a young age and raised by his uncle William, who was known to be a very homophobic and sexually repressive man. During much of his school life Ez wrestled with his sexuality, so deeply had his uncle's influence affected his mind. Upon realizing that he was gay, Ez first considered suicide but eventually grew to accepting leading a"secret life" while still pretending to be attracted to women. During his stay in college, Ez became very promiscuous, often having sex with women in order to prove that he had some heterosexuality. In the first season, he had a girlfriend named Laura, but by and by they broke up. Ez did not finally come out of the closet until the third season, in the episode "In Defense of Ez". When the episode was first aired in 1983, it was considered very daring for its tackling the issue of repressed homosexuality, and perhaps even more so because of the sympathetic portrayal of its gay character (which stands in contrast to many shows today, like The Simpsons, which portray gays as often overtly effeminate and comical characters).

Ez is viewed by Jim as older and wiser; as a result Jim often seeks his advice for important personal problems, particularly romantic and sexual problems. Fred and Pamela (and to a certain extent Yvonne) consider him a bad influence, pointing out that his advice rarely works and that he often encourages bad habits.


Trivia

  • One of his featured traits is green hair, which has become synonymous with the punk lifestyle. However, Ez wears his hair in a mullet, implying that he identifies more with a blue-collar than a punk crowd.

Reception

Initially, Ez was one of the less well-received characters; in unofficial magazine surveys he ranked near the bottom, usually only ahead of Slade Oglethorp and Barbara McStacey. Hmorgin believed that this was because he did not have much character development. For this reason (and due to a personal desire to make the character more "interesting" to him) he began leaving hints that Ez might be gay throughout the second and third seasons of the show. Finally, in In Defense of Ez, Ez's last appearance before being written out of the show, he publicly acknowledges his sexuality to the great chagrin of his uncle. After this point, fans were much more fond of Ez, believing that his character had finally achieved a certain pathos and sympathy more in line with the other characters in the show.

References

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