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(1989– )

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Character error 

The name of Grandpa's World War II squadron varies between the "Flying Hellfish" and the "Fighting Hellfish."
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Jasper acts as if blind in some episodes but can clearly see in others.
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Continuity 

Ralph is in Bart's class in some episodes and Lisa's in others.
When Milhouse Van Houten first appears in The Simpsons: Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire, he has black hair. In all subsequent episodes, he has blue hair.
The interior of the family's home changes from time to time, e.g. the size of the archway and what room it leads to.
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Springfield Elementary School is yellow in some episodes and white in others, sometimes changing color multiple times in the same episode (later episodes corrected this continuity problem by making the school's official color yellow, and including a picture of the "old, white" school in Principal Skinner's office.)
When the older, male judge character is introduced in The Simpsons: Bart Gets Hit by a Car, he is referred to as Judge Moulton. In all other appearances and source books he is called Judge Snyder.
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When wearing her normal green dress, Marge wears a red necklace. However, often she is shown for a single frame or two wearing a white one (generally this happens in close-up shots of her head.) This happens in numerous episodes.
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In a few episodes, the twins, who are supposed to be sheet white, are yellow in brief scenes.
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Waylon Smithers was designed to be "Mister Burns' white sycophant," as it "would be a bad idea to have a black subservient character" putting up with the abuse that Burns doles out. (Quotes are from David Silverman, one of the show's main producers.) Ironically, Smithers is colored as an African-American in his first appearance The Simpsons: Homer's Odyssey, due to color stylist Gyorgyi Peluce's misinterpretation of the new character. The mistake was quickly caught and corrected starting with the immediate next episode The Simpsons: There's No Disgrace Like Home.
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Chief Wiggum's proper hair color is blue. A common animation error is for it to be black in certain scenes (this generally happens in night scenes, or other scenes in dark places.)
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Although the giant stone head in the Simpson basement is gray, in some episodes it has appeared rainbow-colored.
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When Moe appears in the first season he has black hair. In all subsequent seasons his hair is a grayish-blue.
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In the intro sequence, Lisa is playing a blue sax, but during the actual show she has a golden sax (this was corrected in the new HD intro).
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Some characters have brown skin in some episodes and yellow skin in others. Two examples would be Hans Moleman and Judge Snyder.
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Some characters are declared dead in one episode, then appear alive in a later episode without explanation or a humorous purpose.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

"In one episode they say this, but then in another episode they say that, and in yet another episode they say the other." As this is an animated comedy series, the emphasis is clearly on laughs rather than complete verisimilitude. Efforts are certainly made to create a vaguely consistent setting in which mostly consistent characters live and work, and many episodes make reference to older episodes, but rigid consistency of every single detail in all episodes is unnecessary. Sometimes the fact that the episodes are inconsistent is the point of the gag and acknowledged by moments such as Homer saying "Didn't this use to be like that?" or Marge breaking the fourth wall to narrate "You may remember that things used to be different..." Each episode is expected to be consistent within itself, but inconsistencies between different episodes will not be listed here unless they noteworthy for another reason. E.g., inconsistencies repeated in multiple episodes (such as the hair and skin colors of secondary characters, and the layouts of the main landmarks), drastic changes to a character's nature (such as Ralphie's school status, Jasper's abilities, or Milhouse's hair color), or something with an interesting anecdote behind it (such as Smithers' skin color).
Fat Tony's real name changes from episode to episode, but this is probably intentional because it is common for Mafia hit men (in popular culture, and possibly in reality as well) to have many different identities.
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Plot holes 

The family portraits in the Hibbert home have yellow skin.

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