History Characters / HomestarRunner

2nd May '16 2:15:55 PM livestockgeorge
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* BigBrotherBully: While his ''evil'' side has mostly been {{flanderized}} away, even his less physically harmful treatment of Strong Sad is well into psychological abuse territory.

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* BigBrotherBully: While his ''evil'' villainous side has mostly been {{flanderized}} away, even his less physically harmful treatment of Strong Sad is well into psychological abuse territory.



* InsultBackfire: His prank calls on Marzipan are so bad, that in "Marzipan's Answering Machine version 4.0", Marzipan actually suggests Strong Bad tell her a particular prank call because it's her favorite.

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* InsultBackfire: His prank calls on Marzipan are so bad, that in "Marzipan's Answering Machine version 4.0", Marzipan actually suggests Strong Bad tell call her with a particular prank call because it's her favorite.



* SmokingIsCool: Zig-Zagged. The office he works in when he's being a reporter in almost always has a lit cigarette in an ashtray next to him, especially when he's playing the hardboiled P.I. Dangeresque in his homemade ''Dangeresque'' films. However, he's rarely seen actually holding it, and usually uses it just to fill the air with smoke. He actually DID smoke a cigar [[http://www.hrwiki.org/w/images/d/d7/Thank_You_2.PNG once]], but there's no way of seeing the short toon anymore.[[note]]To see it, you had to buy something from the store between 5 AM and 11:59 PM, but even then there was only a 1/3 chance that that was the one you would see. And on top of that, they discontinued the store messages in 2008.[[/note]] Coach Z once found him "smoking," but Strong Bad denies being a smoker, and admits it's just a white crayon he lit on fire so he can use it to get a smoke break after he used all his other breaks that day, including maternity.

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* SmokingIsCool: Zig-Zagged. The private office he works in when he's being a reporter sometimes in almost always has a lit cigarette in an ashtray next to him, especially when he's playing the hardboiled P.I. Dangeresque in his homemade ''Dangeresque'' films. However, he's rarely seen actually holding it, and usually uses it just to fill the air with smoke. He actually DID smoke a cigar [[http://www.hrwiki.org/w/images/d/d7/Thank_You_2.PNG once]], but there's no way of seeing the short toon anymore.[[note]]To see it, you had to buy something from the store between 5 AM and 11:59 PM, but even then there was only a 1/3 chance that that was the one you would see. And on top of that, they discontinued the store messages in 2008.[[/note]] Coach Z once found him "smoking," but Strong Bad denies being a smoker, and admits it's just a white crayon he lit on fire so he can use it to get a smoke break after he used all his other breaks that day, including maternity.



Strong Bad's depressed, sarcastic punching bag younger brother. Years of being picked on by his brothers have given him an outlook on life that's as grim and gray as he is. Strong Sad is fairly smart, though, and occasionally gets one over on Strong Bad.

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Strong Bad's depressed, sarcastic and possibly undead punching bag of a younger brother. Years of being picked on by his brothers have given him an outlook on life that's as grim and gray as he is. Strong Sad is fairly smart, though, and occasionally gets one over on Strong Bad. He's also noted for his elephant or rhino feet, which he calls "soolnds."



* AcCENTUponTheWrongSylLABle: Has a habit of pronouncing words as if they had accented letters when they don't.
* TheBore: He's rather resigned to the fact that nobody except Marzipan and Homsar are interested in his art, poetry, and music, and it's hard to tell with Homsar.
* ButtMonkey: He suffers more abuse than everyone else on the site, usually from Strong Bad.

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* AcCENTUponTheWrongSylLABle: Has a habit of pronouncing words as if they had accented letters when they don't.
don't, to sound fancy or erudite or something.
* TheBore: He's rather resigned to the fact that nobody except Marzipan and Homsar are interested in his art, poetry, and music, and music. (And it's hard to tell with Homsar.
Homsar.)
* ButtMonkey: He suffers more abuse than everyone else on the site, usually from Strong Bad. It's often glossed over, but he suffers through some stuff that would probably be fatal in real life, like being boarded up in a full bathtub on a yearly basis.



* DeathSeeker: In "Most in the Graveyard", he's thrilled at the thought of willing himself to death.

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* DeathSeeker: In "Most in the Graveyard", he's thrilled at the thought of willing having willed himself to death.



* OnlySaneMan: One of the few rational characters in the series.

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* OnlySaneMan: One of the few rational characters in the series.series, when he's not wallowing in self pity.



* HypercompetentSidekick: Zig-zagged. Sometimes The Cheat can accomplish tasks remarkably well, such as stealing a cantaloupe from Marzipan's garden in a matter of seconds. Other times he causes things to fall apart, such as using fireworks instead of explosives on a door, causing him and Strong Bad to get caught.
* IntelligibleUnintelligible: Despite only communicating in squeaks around the other characters, they have no trouble understanding him.

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* HypercompetentSidekick: Zig-zagged.Usually played straight, but averted on a number of occasions. Sometimes The Cheat can accomplish tasks remarkably well, such as stealing a cantaloupe from Marzipan's garden in a matter of seconds. Other times he causes things to fall apart, such as using fireworks instead of explosives on a door, causing him and Strong Bad to get caught.
caught. On the whole, Zig-zagged.
* IntelligibleUnintelligible: Despite only communicating in squeaks around the other characters, they usually have no trouble understanding him.



->''I have more than two praeblems!''

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->''I have more than two praeblems!''praerblems!''



* AnythingThatMoves: In keeping with his [[StalkerWithACrush creepiness]], he seems to have shown interest in not only [[TheSmurfettePrinciple Marzipan]], but also Bubs, Homestar, Pom Pom, and even a drawing. And he [[http://www.hrwiki.org/wiki/strong_badathlon#Commentary_Transcript apparently]] had a crush on "a hot blonde" at one point.

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* AnythingThatMoves: In keeping with his [[StalkerWithACrush creepiness]], he seems to have shown interest in not only [[TheSmurfettePrinciple Marzipan]], but also Bubs, Bubs (possibly requited), Homestar, Pom Pom, and even a drawing. And he [[http://www.hrwiki.org/wiki/strong_badathlon#Commentary_Transcript apparently]] had a crush on "a hot blonde" at one point.



* CatchPhrase: You can't just rush into the score zone!

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* CatchPhrase: You "You can't just rush into the score zone!zone!" and, in a couple of later cartoons, "I say we run the picket fence at 'em."



* StylisticSuck: They have deliberately bad pacing and voice acting.

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* StylisticSuck: They have deliberately bad pacing and voice acting.
acting. Marzipan, in particular, has horrible timing and often repeats her lines awkwardly until somebody responds.
26th Apr '16 10:17:37 AM livestockgeorge
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* BigBrotherBully: While his ''evil'' side has mostly been [[Flanderization flanderized away]], even his less physically harmful treatment of Strong Sad is well into psychological abuse territory.

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* BigBrotherBully: While his ''evil'' side has mostly been [[Flanderization flanderized away]], {{flanderized}} away, even his less physically harmful treatment of Strong Sad is well into psychological abuse territory.
26th Apr '16 10:13:08 AM livestockgeorge
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* {{Badbutt}}: He's absolutely convinced that he's a full-on badass. Suffice it to say, he's not. Perhaps best summarized by [[www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail197.html this]].

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* {{Badbutt}}: He's absolutely convinced that he's a full-on badass. Suffice it to say, he's not. Perhaps best summarized by [[www.[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail197.html this]].
26th Apr '16 10:11:50 AM livestockgeorge
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* EvilIsCool: [[Invoked]]: Undoubtedly the reason why he keeps trying to proclaim himself a villain when he [[HarmlessVillain clearly]] [[PokeThePoodle isn't]].
** Meanwhile, when he's genuinely abusive to his brother, it's never played as ''cool''. [[ZigZagged]], to say the very least.

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* EvilIsCool: [[Invoked]]: {{Invoked}}: Undoubtedly the reason why he keeps trying to proclaim himself a villain when he [[HarmlessVillain clearly]] [[PokeThePoodle isn't]].
** Meanwhile, when he's genuinely abusive to his brother, it's never played as ''cool''. [[ZigZagged]], {{ZigZagged}}, to say the very least.
26th Apr '16 10:10:59 AM livestockgeorge
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Arguably the real main character of the website. Strong Bad is an egotistical fellow who appears to be wearing boxing gloves and a ''luchador'' mask, though it's explained those are what his face and hands actually look like. His hobbies include tormenting his neighbors (especially Homestar Runner, Marzipan, and Strong Sad), [[Main/FourthWallMailSlot responding to e-mails from his fans]], and playing [[Main/PacManFever retro video games]]. His pet peeves include Homestar and people asking him "How do you type with boxing gloves on?"

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Arguably the real main character of the website. Strong Bad is an egotistical fellow little man who appears to be wearing boxing gloves and a ''luchador'' mask, though it's explained according to him, those are what his face and hands actually look like. His hobbies include tormenting his neighbors (especially Homestar Runner, Marzipan, and Strong Sad), [[Main/FourthWallMailSlot responding to e-mails from his fans]], and playing [[Main/PacManFever retro video games]]. His pet peeves include Homestar and people asking him "How do you type with boxing gloves on?"



* BadLiar: His attempts at prank calling Marzipan are pretty bad. He doesn't change his voice or does a poor job of disguising it, and many of his pranks consist of telling Marzipan to do stupid things no one with any common sense would do. Marzipan even seems to enjoy hearing his prank calls.
* {{Badbutt}}: Mostly as a result of ''pretending'' that he's full-on {{Badass}} when he just ''isn't''.

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* BadLiar: His attempts at prank calling Marzipan are pretty bad. He doesn't change his voice or does a poor job of disguising it, and many of his pranks consist of telling Marzipan to do stupid things no one with any common sense would do. Marzipan even seems to enjoy hearing his prank calls.
calls, and gives him suggestions and constructive criticism on them.
* {{Badbutt}}: Mostly as a result of ''pretending'' He's absolutely convinced that he's a full-on {{Badass}} when he just ''isn't''.badass. Suffice it to say, he's not. Perhaps best summarized by [[www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail197.html this]].



* BigBrotherBully: He treats his younger brother Strong Sad like crap, to a far greater extent than he does to any other character.

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* BigBrotherBully: He treats While his younger brother ''evil'' side has mostly been [[Flanderization flanderized away]], even his less physically harmful treatment of Strong Sad like crap, to a far greater extent than he does to any other character.is well into psychological abuse territory.



* EvilIsCool: [[invoked]] Undoubtedly the reason why he keeps trying to proclaim himself a villain when he [[HarmlessVillain clearly]] [[PokeThePoodle isn't]].

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* EvilIsCool: [[invoked]] [[Invoked]]: Undoubtedly the reason why he keeps trying to proclaim himself a villain when he [[HarmlessVillain clearly]] [[PokeThePoodle isn't]].isn't]].
** Meanwhile, when he's genuinely abusive to his brother, it's never played as ''cool''. [[ZigZagged]], to say the very least.



* MetaGuy: Thanks to his genre savviness.

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* MetaGuy: Thanks to his genre savviness.He breaks the fourth wall more than most of the other characters combined.



* TheNapoleon: Strong Bad is the shortest of the Brothers Strong, and is easily the biggest jerk among them.

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* TheNapoleon: Strong Bad is the shortest of the Brothers Strong, Strong (and one of the shortest main characters), and is easily the biggest jerk among them.



* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Despite his "PokeThePoodle" behavior he can have pretty nasty moments, such as the abuse he heaps on Strong Sad and The Cheat and his more violent tendencies. And then there was that time [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail123.html he nearly killed Marzipan with a pack of wolves]].

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* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Despite his "PokeThePoodle" behavior he can have pretty nasty moments, such as the abuse he heaps on Strong Sad and The Cheat and his more violent tendencies. And then there was that time [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail123.html he nearly killed Marzipan with a pack of wolves]].



* SmokingIsCool: Zig-Zagged. The office he usually works in almost always has a lit cigarette in an ashtray next to him, especially when he's playing the hardboiled P.I. Dangeresque in his homemade ''Dangeresque'' films. However, he's rarely seen actually holding it, and usually uses it just to fill the air with smoke. He actually DID smoke a cigar [[http://www.hrwiki.org/w/images/d/d7/Thank_You_2.PNG once]], but there's no way of seeing the short toon anymore.[[note]]To see it, you had to buy something from the store between 5 AM and 11:59 PM, but even then there was only a 1/3 chance that that was the one you would see. And on top of that, they discontinued the store messages in 2008.[[/note]] Coach Z once found him "smoking," but Strong Bad denies being a smoker, and admits it's just a white crayon he lit on fire so he can use it to get a smoke break after he used all his other breaks that day, including maternity.

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* SmokingIsCool: Zig-Zagged. The office he usually works in when he's being a reporter in almost always has a lit cigarette in an ashtray next to him, especially when he's playing the hardboiled P.I. Dangeresque in his homemade ''Dangeresque'' films. However, he's rarely seen actually holding it, and usually uses it just to fill the air with smoke. He actually DID smoke a cigar [[http://www.hrwiki.org/w/images/d/d7/Thank_You_2.PNG once]], but there's no way of seeing the short toon anymore.[[note]]To see it, you had to buy something from the store between 5 AM and 11:59 PM, but even then there was only a 1/3 chance that that was the one you would see. And on top of that, they discontinued the store messages in 2008.[[/note]] Coach Z once found him "smoking," but Strong Bad denies being a smoker, and admits it's just a white crayon he lit on fire so he can use it to get a smoke break after he used all his other breaks that day, including maternity.
12th Apr '16 2:46:36 PM MJTrooper
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* AmoralAttorney: When Bubs served as Coach Z's defense attorney, he decided that Coach Z was guilty and abandoned him on the day of the trial, without even knowing what the crime was.

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* AmoralAttorney: When Bubs served as Coach Z's defense attorney, he decided that Coach Z was guilty and abandoned him on the day of the trial, without even knowing what the crime was.
10th Apr '16 9:14:18 AM MJTrooper
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* KilledOffForReal: Subverted. His death was highly implied at the end of "A Decemberween Mackerel," which was one of the last toons before the website's 4-year hiatus. Thankfully, he reappeared unharmed in the 2014 Halloween Toon, "I Killed Pom Pom."
** Only for him to be [[spoiler:apparently executed without trial]] in the very same toon. Thankfully, as of "Marzipan's Answering Machine 17.2" [[spoiler:he's back again.]] But for how long...



* TalkativeLoon: Almost everything he says is a word salad, minus the things he says early on before Strong Bad drops the Heavy Lourde on him, implying the injury caused him to speak in word salads. He occasionally drifts back into sense-make (more or less) for a few seconds, as seen in the sbemail "for kids":
-->'''Homsar''': That's a real popular song! Who wants to hear of it fifty times more?
** Apparently, [[spoiler:calling Marzipan's answering machine allows him to make sense for a few minutes,]] according to the April Fools' toon.

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* TalkativeLoon: TalkativeLoon:
**
Almost everything he says is a word salad, minus the things he says early on before Strong Bad drops the Heavy Lourde on him, implying the injury caused him to speak in word salads. He occasionally drifts back into sense-make (more or less) for a few seconds, as seen in the sbemail "for kids":
-->'''Homsar''': --->'''Homsar''': That's a real popular song! Who wants to hear of it fifty times more?
** Apparently, [[spoiler:calling Marzipan's answering machine allows him to make sense for a few minutes,]] according to the 2016 April Fools' toon. toon.
* TheyKilledKennyAgain: One of his powers seems to be coming back from the dead. His death was highly implied at the end of "A Decemberween Mackerel," which was one of the last toons before the website's 4-year hiatus. Then he reappeared unharmed in the 2014 Halloween Toon, "I Killed Pom Pom", only for him to apparently be executed without trial in the 2015 Halloween Toon, "The House That Gave Sucky Tricks", before coming back again in "Marzipan's Answering Machine 17.2".
9th Apr '16 5:35:12 PM livestockgeorge
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** [[spoiler:Only for him to be apparently executed in the very same toon.]]

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** [[spoiler:Only Only for him to be apparently [[spoiler:apparently executed without trial]] in the very same toon.]]
toon. Thankfully, as of "Marzipan's Answering Machine 17.2" [[spoiler:he's back again.]] But for how long...



* TalkativeLoon: Almost everything he says is a word salad, minus the things he says early on before Strong Bad drops the Heavy Lourde on him, implying the injury caused him to speak in word salads. He occasionally drifts back into sense-make, as seen in the sbemail "for kids":

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* TalkativeLoon: Almost everything he says is a word salad, minus the things he says early on before Strong Bad drops the Heavy Lourde on him, implying the injury caused him to speak in word salads. He occasionally drifts back into sense-make, sense-make (more or less) for a few seconds, as seen in the sbemail "for kids":



* VocalEvolution: His voice is noticeably different in "I Killed Pom Pom."

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** Apparently, [[spoiler:calling Marzipan's answering machine allows him to make sense for a few minutes,]] according to the April Fools' toon.
* VocalEvolution: His voice is noticeably different in "I Killed Pom Pom."Pom" and "Marzipan's Answering Machine 17.2".


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--> Old-Timey Strong Bad: Everything ''is'' better with this pescatory oculation![[note]]"fish eye lens"[[/note]]
9th Apr '16 5:20:00 PM livestockgeorge
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** [[spoiler:Only for him to be apparently executed in the very same toon.]]
9th Apr '16 11:03:37 AM MJTrooper
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* AmoralAttorney: When Bubs served as Coach Z's defense attorney, he decided that Coach Z was guilty and abandoned him on the day of the trial, without even knowing what the crime was.



** Ironically, Bubs himself is pretty susceptible to being swindled, like the time The Cheat once tricked Bubs into accepting pencil shavings as legal tender.
* JiveTurkey: Strong Bad mentions that some of the things he says don't make sense sometimes.

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** Ironically, Bubs himself is pretty susceptible to being swindled, like the time The Cheat once tricked Bubs into accepting pencil shavings as legal tender.
* JiveTurkey: Strong Bad mentions that some of the things he says don't make sense sometimes.sense.



* EveryoneHasStandards: As bad as his hygiene is, even he thinks drinking melonade from a toilet with slippers is too gross.



* InformedAttribute: It is well known in the H* R universe that Coach Z is ThePigPen. It's just not that obvious to us. Averted later in the series where his poor hygiene is made more explicit.
** There's also an in-universe version, where Coach Z likes to boast about having "fairly good teeth" despite having NoMouth.
* ItsPronouncedTroPay: The Z in his name is pronounced as "Zee" like in America, not like "Zed" in the UK, Commonwelth, and Canada.
** Lampshaded in "Where My Hat is At" when his name is spelled as "Coach Zee" and in "Do Over" where Strong Bad jokes that a Canadian viewer would probably call him "Coach Zed".

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* InformedAttribute: InformedAttribute:
**
It is well known in the H* R universe that Coach Z is ThePigPen. It's just not that obvious to us. Averted later in the series where his poor hygiene is made more explicit.
** There's also an in-universe version, where Coach Z likes to boast about having "fairly good teeth" despite having NoMouth.
* ItsPronouncedTroPay: The Z in his name is pronounced as "Zee" like in America, not like "Zed" in the UK, Commonwelth, and Canada.
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Canada. Lampshaded in "Where My Hat is At" when his name is spelled as "Coach Zee" and in "Do Over" where Strong Bad jokes that a Canadian viewer would probably call him "Coach Zed".



** NoSell: The Colcoum tried to give Homsar the Jibblies. Homsar was completely unaffected and gave the ''demon'' the Jibblies.
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