Tony Soprano, Jack Bauer, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer can stick it because according to Entertainment Weekly, Homer Simpson has been crowned the greatest TV character of the past 20 years. The overweight and balding paternal figure from the long running Fox animated series “The Simpsons” is still relevant in our consciousness over 2 decades after his small screen debut.

According to Reuters, Simpson not only beat some the most notable television characters but he took down some film icons too, even Daniel Radcliffe’s Harry Potter fell victim to his popularity. What is it about this guy that gets under people’s skin?

“People can relate to Homer because we’re all secretly propelled by desires we can’t admit to,” Simpson’s creator Matt Groening told Homer is launching himself head-first into every single impulsive thought that occurs to him. His love of whatever…is a joy to witness.”

Other notable mentions on the list include Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean, John Locke from “Lost,” Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, Rachel from “Friends,” and even Morpheus from The Matrix. The list of the top TV and movie characters appears in the latest issue of the magazine and was based on a general survey taken by regular readers.

Who do you think should have been number one instead of Homer Simpson?