[[caption-width-right:350:Is this what the internet was invented for? Some say yes.[[note]][[TheInternetIsForPorn It's certainly better than the alternative!]] Characters from Center and going clockwise: [[TheDitz Homestar Runner]], [[OnlySaneMan Pom Pom]], [[GranolaGirl Marzipan]], [[TheEeyore Strong Sad]], [[HonestJohnsDealership Bubs]], [[CloudCuckooLander Coach Z]], [[RealityWarper Homsar]], [[IntelligibleUnintelligible The Cheat]], [[AuthorityInNameOnly The King of Town]], [[BreakoutCharacter Strong Bad]], [[TheVoiceless The Poopsmith]], [[DumbMuscle Strong Mad]].[[/note]]]]

->'''Homestar Runner:''' If I had to pick one word to describe myself, it would probably be... Fluffy Puff Marshmallows. Or Homestar. Either one, really. They both fit!

->'''Strong Bad:''' Don't forget [one of the following] [[note]]The Flash file picks one of those three choices at random[[/note]] doofus/moron/...er...[[Music/LionelRichie Lionel Richie]]!

-->-- '''Homestar Runner's character video'''

''[[http://www.homestarrunner.com Homestar Runner]]'', the namesake series of the ''Franchise/HomestarRunner'' family, is a comedic and surreal web-based UsefulNotes/AdobeFlash cartoon by two guys from the state of Georgia, Mike and Matt Chapman ("The Brothers Chaps"). Starting as a dead-tree children's picture book, ''Literature/TheHomestarRunnerEntersTheStrongestManInTheWorldContest'', it eventually found its way to the internet and spread through word of mouth.

The main character is the eponymous Homestar Runner, a goodhearted athlete with no arms and no clue. However, Strong Bad, a narcissistic, loudmouthed "wrestleman" with a Luchador mask for a face and boxing gloves for hands, [[BreakoutCharacter seems to have exceeded the title character in popularity]]. Along with his pint-sized lackey The Cheat and hulking brute older brother Strong Mad, Strong Bad constantly pushes everybody around, especially his gray, depressed younger brother Strong Sad. Other characters include Homestar's on-and-off hippie girlfriend Marzipan, Homestar's best friend and straight man Pom Pom, the verbally challenged and slightly creepy Coach Z, greedy concession stand owner Bubs, the ever-hungry King of Town, and the Poopsmith. And to round out this wacky cast, we also have Homsar, an odd-speaking midget who seems to be able to openly defy physics. Over the years, the series has come to include many recurring and minor characters, many of which simply debuted as one-off jokes.

The most popular part of the site is the WebAnimation/{{Strong Bad Email}}s (aka "sbemails"), where Strong Bad [[FourthWallMailSlot responds to viewers' questions and suggestions]], such as "[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail117.html Why don't you creat a montage?]]", "[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail130.html What would you do different, if you could do it all over again?]]", and the ever-popular "[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail63.html How do you type with boxing gloves on?]]" This usually involves mocking the sender's spelling and grammar mistakes (in fact, the character of Homsar was actually [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail2.html created this way]]), and quite often not actually answering the question.

Other features on the site include ''WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad'', a comic about shallow teenage girls dying in improbable and hilarious ways, which is written, drawn, and narrated by Strong Bad; Old-Timey Homestar, what Homestar Runner would be like if it was made in the 1930s; and the ''WebAnimation/CheatCommandos'', a parody of MerchandiseDriven shows in general and ''Franchise/GIJoe'' in specific. The Brothers Chaps have also collaborated with Music/TheyMightBeGiants a few times. A series of [[EpisodicGame episodic point-and-click adventure games]] by Creator/TelltaleGames, ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople'' (or [=SBCG4AP=]), was released for PC and [=WiiWare=] between August and December of 2008, and later ported to [=PlayStation=] Network in 2010.

Most episodes include {{Easter Egg}}s, accessible by clicking on the right part of the screen at the right time.

Thanks to TheWikiRule and to its Internet longevity, a [[Wiki/HomestarRunnerWiki disturbingly comprehensive wiki]] has been built up by fans over the years, seen [[http://hrwiki.org/ here]].

Since the birth of Matt Chapman's second child in November 2009, the site's flow of new content trickled to a halt. However, in late 2011, Matt confirmed via his Twitter page that the series has not been cancelled and that future updates were coming "sporadically and without warning" (and went so far to say that nobody in their right mind would voluntarily quit making ''Homestar Runner'' altogether). The Brothers Chaps have worked on other projects during the hiatus, including the [[http://www.gamestooge.com/2010/09/03/poker-night-at-the-inventory-announced/ game]] ''VideoGame/PokerNightAtTheInventory'', in which Strong Bad meets up with Tycho (''Webcomic/PennyArcade''), Max (''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice''), and the Heavy (''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''), as well as a special guest appearance by Strong Bad and Homestar at [=W00tstock 2013=]. More recently, Matt has become a writer and director for Creator/NickJr's ''Series/YoGabbaGabba'', Creator/TheHub's ''Series/TheAquabatsSuperShow'', and [[Creator/DisneyChannel Disney]]'s ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''. As of 2014, new episodes have finally begun to trickle back in, beginning with [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/aprilfools2014.html a new April Fool's Day intro]] and the music video [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/fisheyelens.html "Fish Eye Lens"]].

In addition to new content, they've been uploading more and more older content such as the first [=SBEmails=] along with older toons and shorts to their [[https://www.youtube.com/user/homestarrunnerdotcom official YouTube channel]].

If you find the speech hard to understand, or want to experience H*R in another language, the wiki has [[http://www.hrwiki.org/wiki/HRWiki:Subtitles subtitled versions of most toons]].

Vote for the best 'toon (including sbemails) [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner.php/BestEpisode/HomestarRunner here!]]

There is currently a page [[Recap/HomestarRunner recapping]] the series.

Also, for Strong Bad Email-only tropes, see WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail.
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[[folder:General Universe Tropes]]
* AccidentalMisnaming: Senor Cardgage routinely addresses other characters with incorrect (female) names.
* AbsenteeActor: Strong Bad doesn't appear in email "anything", which was instead answered by Homestar. On the DVD commentary for it, not surprisingly, Strong Bad is quite critical of it.
* TheAce: Pom-Pom. He was once named Prom King at a dance he wasn't even attending, has beaten up Strong Bad, is a master ninja, and knows all the cute girls' phone numbers.
* AcmeProducts: Cheap As Free is the go-to company for most products. They've put out food, toys, books (comic or otherwise), records, and even have their branding on some of the real-world merchandise in the site's shop (such as on ''Strong Bad Sings'' or various [=DVDs=]). In spite of the name, most of their products retail for $11.01.
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: In this [[http://homestarrunner.com/careerday.html Career Day cartoon]], Homestar makes a joke at the end asking what happens if Captain Spaceman goes poo in his suit. CSM/Strong Bad scolds him for not showing respect before laughing in earnest and admitting what would actually happen.
--> '''Homestar:''' Umm, teacher, if spaceman makes bafroom in his pants, does he go boom?
--> ''The entire classroom starts laughing except Strong Bad.''
--> '''Strong Bad:''' Shut up, you little worse-than-homeschoolers! Show some respect! What kind of question is that to ask a Strong Badian hero? Spaceman make bafroom in his pants ''(Strong Bad starts corpsing)'' does he go boom? Actually, a pretty funny question, now that I think about it at length...
--> ''Strong Bad joins in the laughter''
* AdamSmithHatesYourGuts: Taken to [[UpToEleven Eleven]] with Bubs. In the most extreme case, he once actually sold Wireless Extension Cords for $100 apiece. [[TheDitz Homestar]] bought four of them.
* AdiposeRex: The King of Town is a king ([[AuthorityInNameOnly allegedly]]) and has a serious eating disorder rendering him quite chubby. Just to hammer this in, a younger version of him appears in "flashback", the Prince of Town, who is quite thin indeed - at least, until nobody claims the lifetime supply of fish sticks from the egg Strong Bad won.
* UsefulNotes/AdobeFlash: Flash 5 to be exact.
* TheAllegedComputer: Strong Bad apparently loves computers like this and uses them by choice. He mocks The Cheat for using a modern Apple that doesn't have a text-based interface, he thinks a flat screen means someone cut half of the monitor away, and he thinks the Apple mouse is a bar of soap.
** His first computer, the Tandy, fits this trope after Strong Bad continues to use it after it ''explodes''.
** The Compy doesn't show any negative qualities other than general obsolescence for its time.
** The Lappy is known for being too heavy to be portable and has a battery life of five minutes.
** While the Compé was current when the cartoon was made, it still fits this trope due to its incredible pixelation and the fact that its OS resembled the controversial Windows Vista.
** The Lappier is probably better than it's predecessor, but it is unclear how much better it is.
** Hilariously lampshaded in the April Fool's update, in which he records a new startup sound for his Compy (oddly without contrast knobs, and the Compé is apparently gone). *Starts humming tune and then stands up and yells* "WHY ARE YOU STILL USING WINDOWS 98??! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU??!! STOP BUYING COMPUTERS FROM THRIFT STORES, MAN!!"
* AllThereInTheManual: Several of the character's names are only mentioned on DVD Commentaries.
* AlternateUniverse: Several, each with its own version of the cast. Many of the universes appeared in [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail150.html this Strong Bad Email.]]
* AnachronismStew: The "Old-Timey" era, supposedly the 1930s, but containing elements from the 19th Century to the 1950s.
** Strong Bad's computers are Anachronism Stews all on their own, from a Tandy with a monochrome display that can display a full-resolution image of the Hairstyle Runner Flash game, to the new Compé, an all-in-one widescreen flat-panel that's apparently limited to VGA-level graphics.
** Videlectrix is a pretty good example of this Trope too, a modern company that produces Atari-level games. Which they consider "good graphics".
** How about Bubs' internet service, whose lone customer is (surprise) Strong Bad? Strong Bad claims his normal connection speed is "1200 baud", a measurement of connection speed so outdated, there are Bachelor of Computer Science graduates who've never even heard of it.
* {{Angrish}}:
** Strong Bad devolved into a pretty hilarious example of this when his new computer, the Compé, crashed on him as soon as he turned it on. Luckily for him, it was all just a joke. According to the wiki, it went something like this:
-->"What the-eugecheut-rROOOAagegit-[=REEH=]gegitich..."
** Coach Z speaks somewhat incoherently by default, but his getting frustrated while trying to correct his speech only makes it worse.
* AnimateInanimateObject: The series is not averse to these. Most notable instances would be The Paper, a sentient printer floating off the top of the screen, usually just to print "click here to e-mail Strong Bad" but occasionally capable of conversing with Strong Bad directly if the need arises, and Strong Bad's various computers, which have personalities of their own and similarly can talk to Strong Bad if the situation warrants it; for the Tandy and Compy, this is mostly post-mortem, but the Lappy has a proper voice synthesis program and directly converses with Strong Bad semi-frequently.
* AntiquatedLinguistics: Much of the Old-Timey version of Strong Bad's speech is comprised of this.
* AnvilOnHead: The Heavy Lourde, which has a habit of dropping on Homsar.
* ArcWords: The words "[=DNA=] evidence" appeared in a couple of cartoons before the final episode reveals [[spoiler:the characters were all referring to a vial of green DNA evidence that Strong Bad was using to prove Strong Sad was part-elephant.]]
* ArtEvolution: The earliest cartoons feature noticeably different art styles than the majority of the post-2001 ones; the designs are generally the same, but Homestar got taller and got a more angular mouth, Strong Bad's mask went from all red/white/black to sporting green eyes and a blue diamond, the outlines of various characters became darker and more-defined, etc. The Brothers Chaps are not averse to spoofing just how ''different'' the characters used to look, such as in the Strong Bad Emails "flashback" (where the designs revert to that of the original book) and "lady...ing" (which reverts the designs to that of "Marshmallow's Last Stand", the first full-length cartoon to be put on the site, complete with accompanying voice changes).
* TheArtifact:
** Pom-Pom was originally created to be Homestar's best friend and sidekick. However, his personality was never developed much beyond that, and with the shift of focus from Homestar to Strong Bad, he's pretty much superfluous these days. (The fact that he speaks only in bubbles probably makes it hard to write dialogue for him as well.)
** Not to mention that he's generally been the StraightMan in a series that doesn't often have much use for one, as the other characters went through {{Flanderization}}.
* ArtShift: Several different versions of the characters, including Old Timey, 20X6 {{Animesque}}, Powered By The Cheat, and [[LiveActionAdaptation Puppet stuff]].
* AuthorityInNameOnly: The King of Town was the former TropeNamer. Despite apparently being the king, living in a castle and having both a Blacksmith and a Poopsmith under his command, pretty much nobody else in Free Country USA gives him the time of day, least of all Strong Bad. This changes up a bit in Episode 2 the ''[=SBCG4AP=]''; he actually shows some authority there, implementing and enforcing a tax on Strong Bad's email usage, although [[spoiler:it's all part of a ploy to goad Strong Bad into to ousting him from power, as he's tired the responsibilities that come with said authority]].
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Although Strong Bad all too often torments his younger brother Strong Sad ([[TheDogBitesBack or vice-versa]], in some cases), there have been some toons where they genuinely love each other, or, at the very least, get along well. There is a special toon that [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sadjournal/wonderyears.html shows how Strong Sad and Strong Bad used to get along when they were younger]]. Moreover, in "Jibblies 2", Strong Bad considers Strong Sad to be one of the "good characters".
* AWildRapperAppears: Parodied with Peacey P, to the point that he's a guest star on one of his own albums.
-->''Crample-O Stow Records presents "Deliberance", the new album from Peacey P! Featuring: Large Craig, featuring: The Overripe MC, featuring: Tenerence Love, featuring: Akryllix & 3rd Lung, featuring: Peacey P!''\\
'''Peacey P:''' I'm a guest star on my own album, [[CatchPhrase y'all biscuitheads]]!
** Lampshaded even further in "Rap Song". First:
-->'''Coach Z''': Coach Z, R-A-P,/Accidentally featuring Peacey P...\\
'''Peacey P''': Hey, ya biscuithead, you ain't featuring me!\\
'''Coach Z''': I said ''accidentally'' featuring Peacey P!
** Second:
-->'''Peacey P''': I'm the best guest rapper in the music biz/I ain't even know whose song this is!\\
'''Coach Z''': It's mine! I thought I made that abundantly clear!
* BadBadActing: Happens pretty much any time a character is given a script to read. Two very prominent examples are the ''Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People'' tutorial and Coach Z's performance in the Dangeresque installments.
* {{Badbutt}}: Strong Bad. To a lesser extent, Strong Mad.
* BearsAreBadNews[=/=]ThreateningShark: The Bear Holding A Shark fulfills both, scaring the crap out of the Cheat despite just being a cardboard cut out.
* BedtimeBrainwashing: "A Jorb Well Done". Coach Z keeps mispronouncing the word "job", and all Homestar's attempts to correct this fail. Eventually, Strong Sad loans Coach Z a tape of himself saying "job" hundreds of times, and tells Z to listen to it as he sleeps. The next morning, Coach Z has no trouble saying "job"... but he can no longer pronounce Homestar's name.
* BerserkButton: It's probably not a good idea to question Homestar about his apparent lack of pants.
-->"W-well, that's simply not true! I have long pants, I wear long pants. I'm a long pants man, long pants long pants... Long pants, Strong Bad! The longest pants! Everybody everybody, longest pants. ''Long long long long long long pants!''"
** Also, don't hurt The Cheat whenever Strong Mad is around, as Strong Bad learned the hard way in the Strong Bad Email #23 "[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail23.html Little Animal]]".
*** This even applies to hurting people clearly disguised as The Cheat, as evidenced in "[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail130.html stnank]]."
** Pronounce pseudonym as "pseudo-name" in front of Strong Sad. I dare you.
** In "[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/dumpingtontoon.html A Folky Tale]]" Strong Sad tells a long-winded tall tale in order to get out of doing Coach Z's rope-climbing exercise:
-->'''Coach Z:''' Man, Strong Sad, that's a real load right there. A real load! That kind of thing might work on Coach X, or Coach Y, ''but you're dealing with Coach dang Z!!'' '''Now get up that rope!!!'''
* BetterThanABareBulb: Some of the weirder monents have characters questioning them, but rarely with explanation.
* BetterThanSex: ''[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/amazon.html This Book is Better Than 1st, 2nd, and Quite Possibly Even 3rd Base]]'' from the sbemail "[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail17.html studying]]."
* BigAnimeEyes: In [[Recap/StrongBadEmailE57JapaneseCartoon "japanese cartoon"]], Strong Bad speculates about how he'd look if he were an anime character. Naturally, giant eyes are one of the first things he brings up.
-->'''Strong Bad:''' Okay, so first of all, my head would have to be a little bean. With real, real big eyes.
* BigEater: The King of Town will eat anything - even things that are ''clearly'' not meant to be eaten, like Halloween decorations.
%%* BigNameFan: When the early cartoons were hosted on the Flash website (as many were back in the early days), they far exceeded their alotted bandwidth and should have been pulled... except the staff at Macromedia ''loved'' the series.
* BlackComedy: While the majority of the series is surreal and silly, some surprisingly dark moments get slipped in, equally PlayedForLaughs.
* TheBlacksmith: One works under The King of Town, only known as [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep "The Blacksmith"]]. Despite wearing a metal apron and welding mask, he's never really shown actively doing any forging; in fact, he almost never shows up at ''all'', mostly being a mere cameo character.
* BlatantLies:
** So common, the Homestar Wiki has a page to list nearly every occasion of an obvious lie. Most of them are from Strong Bad.
** Parodied in the toon "Cool Things" where Homestar falls into a random pit marked "Death Hole". The fact that the pit's, like, three feet deep doesn't stop him from yelling like he's still falling.
* BleachedUnderpants: The [[http://hrwiki.org/wiki/Poot-Slap_(Thorax_Corp) original version]] of the [[http://hrwiki.org/wiki/Poot-Slap Poot-Slap]] song is less than family-friendly.
* BraggingThemeTune: Trogdor's theme is a rock ballad explaining how he WasOnceAMan (before quickly backpedaling and deciding he was ''always'' a dragon), then going into detail about his unstoppable village-burninating tendencies.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Too many to list here. Here's a [[http://www.hrwiki.org/wiki/Breaking_the_Fourth_Wall list]] for all the examples from the Homestar Runner Wiki.
* BlessedWithSuck: Bubs used to have the ability to fly, but he could only float a few inches above the ground because of his weight and would lose the power any time he said his name backwards minus the first "b" ("sbu"). By the time Strong Bad was trying to get him to say it, he cared so little about the power that he didn't even think twice about saying it just because Strong Bad asked him to.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: Parodied in the April Fools 2014 toon, where Sickly Sam's legs are digitally replaced with an un-skeletonized pair in a "Colorarized" Old-Timey cartoon sample.
* BrickJoke:
** In sbemail #38, titled [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail38.html helium]], we discover that Strong Mad's voice doesn't change at all when he sucks helium, to his annoyance. Exactly ''114 emails later'' in sbemail #152, [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail152.html isp]], we find out that [[spoiler:Strong Bad's internet connection is so slow because Strong Mad is siphoning his bandwidth through a garden hose. Apparently bandwidth acts like "super helium" and Strong Mad finally gets his helium voice.]]
** The short "The Luau" begins with Homestar peeing behind Marzipan's gazebo. Later on in the short, when Homestar visits Strong Bad's party, and finds out that he can't get the wood to start on fire, Homestar then asks if Strong Bad got the wood from behind the gazebo, in which Strong Bad answers "Yes, why?". Homestar then explains "Well it all started when I drank 32 glasses of melonade..."
** In email #55, [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail55.html cheat talk]], Strong Bad waits patiently for Strong Mad (and The Cheat) to say the word "Douglas", but to no avail (he jams his keyboard into Strong Sad's stomach to get him to say the word). Twenty-one sbemails later, in an EasterEgg, Strong Bad tries to get other characters to say "Fhqwhgads". But instead, Strong Mad says, "DOUGLAS!", to which a surprised Strong Bad says, "Whoa! We've just had a breakthrough! You get a gold star."
** In "The Best Decemberween Ever", Coach Z chugs mouthwash at the midpoint of the cartoon. At the very end of the song, he faints due to having too much Listerine.
** In the WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail "pom pom", Strong Bad is asked what would happen if you poked Pom Pom with a pin, and concludes that he would explode in a big fiery ball. Much, ''much'' later, in the Halloween toon "I Killed Pom Pom", this is exactly what happens (though it's a sharp bit of costume instead of a pin).
* TheBrute: Strong Mad is incredibly strong and has a hair-trigger temper to match. Strong Bad generally uses him as the DumbMuscle, as such.
* BuffySpeak: About a third of the jokes in the series is characters accidentally dropping [[ShoutOut Shout-Outs]] when using BuffySpeak.
* ButtMonkey:
** Strong Sad, The King of Town, Coach Z, and such, usually because of Strong Bad. This is somewhat balanced out by Strong Bad being one from time to time.
** Also Nebulon. Whenever the space alien appears, he's almost ''always'' told to go away, as [[PhraseCatcher no one likes his style]], at which point he'll float away with a distinctive sound effect and a goofy frown on his face.
** Reynold in the ''Cheat Commandos'' episodes. In an troop full of hardened mercenaries, he's the only obvious office worker of the group; he thus is the butt of many jokes, and ''never'' gets to go on any missions, much to his chagrin.
* CaptainSpaceDefenderOfEarth: Strong Badia's space program has Space Captainface. Pretender of the Galaxy.
* CargoShip: Among other examples, Sign and Cinder Block in "2 years", and Strong Bad and a Wagon Fulla Pancakes in "montage". [[invoked]]
** Strong Bad finds his own hand-drawn redesign for The Ugly One in ''WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad'' so attractive, he starts making out with her - which turns remarkably awkward when it's revealed Strong Mad, Strong Sad and The Cheat witnessed that, and without that context, it looks purely like this trope.
--> '''Strong Sad:''' Uh, Strong Bad, were you just first-basin' it with that piece of loose-leaf?!
* CasanovaWannabe: Strong Bad ''insists'' he's really popular with the ladies, but there has been no evidence in-universe that actually supports this assertion, and plenty that contradicts it.
** Homestar Runner is also one, though to his credit he has got the only woman around. Some of the time.
* CharacterBlog: Strong Bad has an official Twitter account in real life. It can be found [[https://twitter.com/strongbadactual here]].
* CharacterTitle: Although funnily enough, despite Homestar being the character whose name's in the title, Strong Bad's more often the star of the show.
* CheatedAngle: Homestar and The Cheat are ''never'' seen from the front in the cartoons. But in the game and the 3d figurines, they can be seen from any angle you please.
* ChirpingCrickets: A running gag in the Puppet Stuff shorts, used to represent both LamePunReaction and DeadAir.
* ChocolateFrostedSugarBombs: "Cheat Commandos...O's", featured in its own short cartoon. Part of this ridiculous breakfast!
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: Characters Strong Bad made up in his emails become actual characters. Example; Señor Cardgage was a theoretical older Strong Bad, but now is a character in his own right.
* ClingyCostume: Strong Bad revealed in the very first email that his mask and boxing gloves are literally his face and hands, and has since then responded rather glibly to requests to take them off.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}:
** Homsar and Senor Cardgage. Both speak in [[WordSaladPhilosophy Word Salads]] and seem to have little to no grasp on any given situation. Both do bizarre, inexplicable things (Homsar floating randomly, Senor Cardgage walking in place causing the sounds of traffic to occur - ''indoors''). It's suggested in ''[=SBCG4AP=]'' that Homsar is actually quite intelligent, but is speaking a language that nobody else can understand, but it's played straight in the cartoons proper.
** Homestar Runner is one too, albeit not as much. One example, his recipe for doughnuts is a piece of toilet paper that says "Dognut". Strong Bad has described Homestar as having "(an) incredibly loose grasp on the world around (him)".
** Coach Z mistook shower heads for "drippy speakers" and married a (bad) drawing of a dragon he made.
** Strong Mad, because he has [[NoIndoorVoice no indoor voice]] and, according to Strong Bad, has "a pretty tenuous grasp on the English language." Example:
-->'''Strong Bad:''' *calling out* Hey, Strong Mad! What, uh, what's my favorite movie?\\
'''Strong Mad:''' GARBLEDINA!
** Also, The Ugly One in the [[ShowWithinAShow Teen Girl Squad series]], though her qualifications fluctuate as the world around her is as crazy as Strong Bad's imagination.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Most main characters happen to do this regularly, but Homestar, being an outright [[TheDitz ditz]], deserves mention.
-->'''Homestar Runner:''' Hey, girlfriend, have you tried any of this free ice cream Strong Bad made?\\
'''Marzipan:''' Homestar, didn't anyone tell you? That's, like, cottage cheese and The Cheat hair!\\
'''Homestar Runner:''' WHAT!? *spit take* [[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne Strong Bad told me it was]] ''[[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne sour cream]]'' [[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne and The Cheat hair!]]
** Hell, it happens right in the first few seconds of the welcome video.
--->'''Homestar Runner:''' Welcome to [=HomestarRunner.Net=]!\\
'''Director:''' It's '.com'.\\
'''Homestar Runner:''' Oh, right. [=HomestarRunner.Net=]: ''It's Dot Com!''
* ComicTrio: Strong Bad is the schemer and Strong Mad the dumb muscle. The helpless one can vary, but is most commonly The Cheat, followed by Strong Sad.
* CompanionCube: [[http://hrwiki.org/index.php/Pseudocharacters Quite a few]], most notably "Frank Bennedetto" the popcorn maker, who serves as first officer in the Homestarmy, and [[CargoShip The Wagon Fulla Pancakes]].
* ContinuityLockout: It's not really a continuity cartoon, but half of the gags will make no dang sense if you don't start at the beginning and work your way forward. Because everything's broken into separate series, there's no way to be sure you're watching it all in the right order, either. They've even referenced cartoons that had already been removed from the site. Thank goodness there's a [[http://www.hrwiki.org/wiki/Main_Page fan wiki.]]
* CoolCar:
** In his contribution to the Halloween story, Bubs describes a cool car the Goblin owns: a pimped-out AMC Gremlin that includes, among other things, a [[Film/BackToTheFuture flux capacitor]]. The same car appears in later cartoons and is [[TheAllegedCar decidedly less cool]]. And decidedly less functional.
** Shark Mobile! Can it work?
** Don't forget the chainsaw car! (Which, sadly, has only ever appeared in the form of a toy prize from a box of cereal.)
* CoolHelmet: Various styles are worn by "The [[{{Portmanteau}} Broternal]] Order of Different Helmets," introduced in "[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/helmets.html Ever and More]]."
* CoolShades: A [[http://hrwiki.org/wiki/Cool_Shades running staple]] of the series, most notably worn by Dangeresque and Dangeresque Too. In fact Dangeresque Too's shades are so cool, they can be worn in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' by the Demoman.
* {{Corpsing}}: Mike Chapman can faintly be heard breaking into laughter at the end of [[http://www.hrwiki.org/mirror/cardgage_hardlife.mp3 one Senor Cardgage Quote of the Week]].
* CrackPairing: A number of in-universe examples.
** Homsar's "parents" are a cup of coffee and a Chipwich.
** Lil' Brudder's Maw and Paw are, respectively, a dog and a unicycle.
* {{Crunchtastic}}: Mocked on many occasions, most notably on the sbemail "Dictionary", which is overflowing with made-up words.
* DastardlyWhiplash: The Old-Timey version of Strong Bad plays this trope about as straight as can be - AntiquatedLinguistics, handlebar mustache, and villainy for the sake of villainy all accounted for. This makes sense, of course; Old-Timey ''Homestar Runner'' generally uses tropes more common in the 1930s, and usage of these kinds of villains was in full swing at that time.
* {{Defictionalization}}: Several in-universe examples, almost all without any involvement (or in some cases, even ''awareness'') from the character who came up with them in the first place (usually Strong Bad). {{Fake Band}}s Limozeen and Taranchula, the [[ShowWithinAShow TV shows]] ''Stink's Reach'' and ''Dartmouth''...the list goes on.
** Limozeen has played two live shows, once headlining and once opening for Of Montreal. Its most famous single ending up in the ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'' series along with "Trogdor" might also count.
* DelusionsOfEloquence: Many of the characters often "try" this, which leads to them creating new mangled words or {{portmanteau}}s. In fact, these portmanteaus and BuffySpeak are a staple of the series' humor.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment:
** Several minor jokes, mostly in labeling products. For instance, "Heavy Lourde" means "Heavy Heavy" ("Lourde" is French for "heavy"). They could, however, simply be using a bilingual label, such as are required on many products in Canada. Nevertheless, the object has officially become known as a "Heavy Lourde".
** Lampshaded in "Where U Goin 2?":
-->'''Strong Bad:''' I dunno. Maybe he's just going to the ATM Machine.\\
'''Strong Mad:''' THAT'S REDUNDANT!!!
** Order! I hear by call this meeting of the [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/helmets.html Broternal Order of Different Helmets]]... to order!
* DevelopmentHell: In-universe: ''Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective'', was in production for 4 1/2 years before finally being released in ''[[VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople SBCG4AP]]'' Episode 4.
* DiscoDan:
** The Videlectrix guys are ridiculously behind the times, releasing Atari 2600-style games in the present day.
** Strong Bad himself, as far as video games and technology are concerned. His computers are all hopelessly outdated, and his most current system is a UsefulNotes/TurboGrafx16. To put that into perspective, Old-Timey Strong Bad is still using the telegraph in 1936, when the telephone had seen widespread use for over 50 years. That, and only in 2009 has he upgraded to a computer with a graphical interface, having used command prompts on all his previous computers, including his (16-pound!) laptop. Not very surprising when his favorite manufacturer, Compy, still makes house-sized computers. The Cheat, on the other hand...
--->'''Homestar:''' (''sees Strong Bad digging out the Tandy 400 from his garbage can'') Umm... that's my old one. It barely works. I'd be surprised [[CallForward if you could check more than forty emails on it]].\\
'''Strong Bad:''' Ohh, you can't fool me. This thing's top of the line! It's got ''[[MundaneMadeAwesome two]]'' [[MundaneMadeAwesome contrast knobs]]!
** Bubs too. Strong Bad's internet connection (and, thus, Bubs' internet ''service'') is so out of date it's still measured in baud (a measurement of connection speed so small in comparison to actual bytes-per-second that it would literally be faster to just wait until you next met up with any given friend and talk about whatever was on the webpage you wanted to see). Then again, Bubs is probably doing this deliberately, in order to take advantage of Strong Bad's unfamiliarity with modern technology.
* DistaffCounterpart: According to the toon "Why Come Only One Girl?", Champeen was originally going to be this to Homestar. Unfortunately, she never showed up in any toons (though she does appear in one of the backgrounds of the Dancin' Bubs game).
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything:
** Inverted when matters of dating are explained by comparison to sports.
-->'''Homestar:''' Well, it's Marzipan's birthday, and I don't know what to get her!\\
'''Coach Z:''' Well, Homestar, I tell you. Girls are like a great sports play. [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar You can't just rush in to the score zone!]] You kiddin' me? You'd be clobbered! You've gotta stick and move and zig and zag to get past the defenses, so youse can score!
** This tends to be Coach Z's answer to everything, as Homestar finds out in "The Best Decemberween Ever", when Homestar comes to Coach Z asking about what gift to give Strong Bad and again Coach Z responds by comparing the buying of gifts to sports.
* DoubleStandard: Homestar and Marzipan's relationship is a curious example of this at work. For all that Marzipan gets offended and dumps Homestar on a weekly basis, other evidence would suggest that he's actually a much better boyfriend than she is a girlfriend; Homestar appears to actually pay attention to her when he isn't inadvertently insulting her in a half-aware fit of ditziness, while Marzipan is just about aware that Homestar is, in fact, rather dim.
* DummiedOut: Several [[http://www.hrwiki.org/wiki/Secret_Pages secret pages]], along with a few of the [[http://www.hrwiki.org/wiki/Site_Components site components]].
* EasterEgg: The [[WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail SB Emails]] are covered in them. Most toons have at least a couple on the final screen.
* TheEeyore: Strong Sad. He has his moments of levity, but generally speaking he's constantly in a depressed mood - almost certainly justified either by living with his abusive brother Strong Bad, or by living in a region with characters as delightfully clueless as Homestar.
* {{Egopolis}}: Strong Badia. Even more so in "Strong Badia the Free", which had seven "countries" named for their founder... or founders in the case of Marzistar/Homezipan. There are even more if you count inanimate objects like The Stick as characters (it has a country called Sticktenstein).
* ElectiveMute: The Poopsmith, who has taken a vow of silence (for no explained reason).
* ElephantInTheLivingRoom: What would happen if Homestar and Marzipan got married and had kids? Also, none of the characters think it strange for the two to be together, despite their two completely different personalities.
* ElmuhFuddSyndwome:
** Homestaw suffows fwom this. "I have twouble with my aw's."
** Lampshaded when he tells Coach Z to "Say words right", while the chalkboard behind him writes this the way he says it, aka "Say wouds wide."
* {{Elseworld}}: Old-Timey and [[ExtyYearsFromNow 20X6]] versions of the cast and setting. Interestingly, the two elseworlds have met at least once.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Strong Bad. This is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in this toon [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/firsttime.html for anyone who has never been to the website before]]:
-->'''Strong Bad:''' I'm Strong Bad, and you don't know it yet, but ''I'm'' the reason you're here.\\
'''Homestar:''' It's true.\\
'''Strong Bad:''' Check me out! (beat) No, seriously, check me out.
** [[ShowWithinAShow Eh! Steve!]] is an in-universe parody of this phenomenon. So is Onion Bubs.
* EraSpecificPersonality: The 1936 (and Romans), storybook, early 2000s and 20X6 characters.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Strong Bad, as evident in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWp7BxI6NdU this]] interview in which he warns the interviewer not to talk about his mother.
* ExcrementStatement: Strong Bad recalls being annoyed by Strong Sad's imaginary friend Scotty Titi. He tried to oust him in several ways; in one, he tried to "Titi. On Scotty Titi."
-->'''Strong Bad''': "Oh no! My new boots!"
* ExpressiveMask: Strong Bad's mask ''is'' his face.
* ExtremeOmnivore:
** The King of Town will eat extreme quantities of things like eggs, butter, rolls of toilet paper, and deodorant, but hates peas and [[UnusualEuphemism "whatsit"]]. Strong Mad will eat nails, rocks, computers [[spoiler:and The Cheats]].
** At one point, Strong Mad is actually seen eating ''bandwidth'' from a wire hooked to a group of computer towers. And it acted like helium, while actual helium had no effect on him when he tried it earlier.
* FakeBand: Limozeen, Taranchula, Cool Tapes, Sloshy, K.o.T. High School Marching Band, Kissy Boots, Fatty's Big Chance, Brainkrieg...this is one of their favorite jokes, actually.
* FakeVideoCameraView: A number of examples, including the "videos" on the character page and Strong Bad's "most amazing e-mail" from "Weclome Back".
* FantasyTwist: Not that the Homestar Runner 'verse is mundane, but it doesn't stop Strong Bad from imagining it being more fantastic.
* FingerInTheMail: Parodied when Strong Bad's old computers kidnap his Lappy, they send him her "toe" (a keyboard key) through the mail.
* FingerlessHands: Strong Bad (who has boxing gloves for hands), Pom Pom, Bubs, and The Cheat. Coach Z counts as well, as his hands are mitten-like. Lampshaded and played for laughs in Strong Bad's case with the emails asking how he types with boxing gloves on.
* {{Flanderization}}: Arguably for the better, in that the series took several characters with somewhat generic personalities and gave them memorable quirks which could be mined for humor.
* FridgeLogic: A rare case of it being applied ''in-universe'' with "Best Caper Ever," in which Strong Bad doesn't quite understand how he and the Cheat managed to get Homestar stranded on an ice floe in the Arctic simply by stealing his melonade and peeing in it.
* FunnyAnsweringMachine: Marzipan's Answering Machine is mostly about the funny ''calls'' she gets, but some of her answering machine messages can be pretty unusual, too. Some examples:
-->'''Marzipan:''' Hi, this is Marzipan. I'm out looking at the fall colors. Please leave me a message, and I'll call you right back.\\
'''Marzipan:''' Hi, this is Marzipan. I'm out doing some very important things, so please leave me a message, and if this is Strong Bad calling to prank call me, can you please do the one where I win the radio contest? 'Cause that one's my favorite. Okay. Bye.\\
'''Marzipan:''' Hi guys! Leave me a message, and I'll leave you with [[MindScrew an abstract thought]]: is a penguin a bird or a duck?\\
'''Marzipan:''' Hi, this is Marzipan. I'm probably outside eating some dirt or something. So just leave me a message.
* FunWithFlushing: In one [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail166.html email toon]], Bubs turns into a large Franchise/{{Godzilla}}-like monster after accidentally flushing himself down the toilet while shaving. Strong Bad tries to do this himself at the end.
* {{GASP}}: The webtoon uses a "GASP!" stock effect whenever a character declares they're going to do something daring (or [[MundaneMadeAwesome what they think is daring.]]) A good example is [[http://homestarrunner.com/xmas08.html Decemberween]].
* GentleGiant: Strong Mad, for all his muscle and hostility, nevertheless has a big heart and a soft side, especially towards The Cheat, to whom he is quite defensive (see also: PapaWolf). Also, while Strong Mad is the oldest of the Strong brothers, he is also the most childish and naïve.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Not really much of a radar to get past, since this is on the Internet, but the email "comic" ended with a lingering shot of a rack of record albums including Music/{{Mudhoney}}'s "You Stupid Asshole." Given the consistent commitment to a soft-PG atmosphere otherwise, it really stands out.
* TheGhost: Stiny from the Strong Badman comics, who is always yelled at by Strong Badman.
--> '''Strong Badman:''' Stiny! Get me a danish!
* GirlfriendInCanada: Strong Bad claims to have many, many girlfriends... whom we never see because they're supposedly visiting other planets.
-->'''Strong Bad:''' (on an autobiography recorded on tape)And she was a very, very special lady. And she loved me so much and had skinny blonde hair and was always hanging out at the beach, gazing at a photo of me... Too bad when she had to go to another planet for reasons too complex to elaborate on. I'll probably never see her again. And neither will any of you.
* AGoodNameForARockBand: The appropriately-titled Strong Bad Email "band names", in which Strong Bad explains how to pick a good one. [[FakeBand Two in-world bands]], Limozeen and Taranchula, got their names in this email.
** When Homestar writes ''Cool Tapes'' on Marzipan's wall she is at first upset, but then decides she likes it and makes it the name for her band.
** According to the commentary for Experimental Film, Strong Bad thinks "Real Smooth Moves" is the best band name ever.
** In the twelfth issue of [[ShowWithinAShow Teen Girl Squad]], What's Her Face tells two boys that she likes music and cloth, in a failed attempt to get a Valentine from them. In response, the two boys say that "she likes cloth", which they think is a good band name.
** In "underlings", Strong Bad suggests he'd watch TV shows called "Dart-Mouth" and "Stink's Reach".
* GoshDangItToHeck: Cursing is ''very'' rare and only mostly shows up in the site's earlier content. This means the worst language most characters use are euphemisms like "freaking," "crap," "sucks," "screw." unintelligible {{Angrish}}, or [[UnusualEuphemism bizarre phrases]] like "sweet genius!" They manage to wring a lot of mileage out of it without sounding hokey. As they said in their interview with Tastes Like Chicken:
-->'''Matt:''' ...in terms of the wholesomeness of it all, at the time we started, everything on the web was ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' rip-offs and gross-out shock humor. So we were just kind of sick of it. It's like, ''South Park'' did it the best without ripping it off. So it was just more of a personal challenge.
-->'''Mike:''' It's really just more of our style, too. It wasn't a super hard decision to make. We probably would have been doing it like this anyway. We've always leaned toward the more subtle type of humor, as opposed to over-the-top.
-->'''Matt:''' But when we get our sketch comedy show, dude, there's going to be so many swears!
** In VideoGame/PokerNightAtTheInventory, there is the option to keep swears in the dialogue, or bleep them out. Even if you keep them in, Strong Bad's are still bleeped out.
* GrammarNazi: Strong Bad often mocks the spelling mistakes and grammer of the emails he recieves, [[HypocriticalHumor despite making many spelling and grammatical errors of his own]].
* [[GreatestHitsAlbum Greatest Hits DVD]]: "Sbemails' 50 Greatest Hits", which contained both well-known emails like "dragon" and "fan club", and other assorted hidden gems, including 5 bonus emails (not new ones, but already existing emails added as bonuses). It was made to resemble an infomercial mocking less popular sbemails; among other things, it claimed to cut through "caked on tape-leg". The DVD is no longer purchasable, which is unfortunate, as it was the only way to get [[DVDCommentary creators' commentary]] for certain emails.
* GretzkyHasTheBall: The series was named for a friend of the Chaps getting confused about baseball.
* [[HalfDressedCartoonAnimal Half-Dressed Vaguely-Humanoid-Being]]: Lampshaded endlessly, especially being the trope namer for LongPants.
* HalloweenEpisode: These are an annual tradition of the website, starting back in 2000. [[HalloweenCosplay The characters all dress up as various pop-culture icons]] (complete with summaries at the end, for those who don't recognize them), and the plot of each episode involve thematically-relevant events (trick-or-treating, sharing horror stories, dealing with more macabre characters than the cartoons usually handle).
* HaveIMentionedIAmSexuallyActiveToday: Strong Bad, from his "girlfriends", to his theoretical situations with many hot girls.
* {{Hammerspace}}: Constantly used. Understandable given that none of the characters have visible pockets.
* HerCodeNameWasMarySue:
** Dangeresque and the Powered By The Cheat cartoons are prominent examples. The definitive example, however, has to be Strong Sad's original character Twelve-Times-A-Day Man from the "fan fiction" Strong Bad Email.
** There's also Gene in the email "Hygiene", until Strong Bad's hygiene film takes an odd turn and has the StrawLoser played by Homestar get his life together and turn out successful while Strong Bad's MartyStu Gene falls from his high pedestal.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Strong Mad and The Cheat, and Bubs and Coach Z. Homestar and Pom Pom are supposed to be this, but in recent cartoons it's not nearly as apparent.
* HonestJohnsDealership: Bubs deliberately sells crap at his legal business front to save the good stuff for his black market, and even then half of the "legal" stuff he does is so blatantly illegal and/or anti-consumerist that his customers are ''expecting'' him to pull something shady. Senor Cardgage isn't much better, [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} but it's hard to tell if it's on purpose]].
* HypercompetentSidekick: The Cheat, on more than one occasion. Pom-Pom also has his moments.
* HypocriticalHumor: In April Fools 2014, while recording a new startup theme to replace the one from his Windows 98 theme that was recorded with his old voice acting, he shouted, "Why are you still using Windows 98!? What is wrong with you?! Stop buying from thrift stores, man!" in spite of the fact that he has history of buying outdated computers. Not to mention the fact that the computer he used to record the startup sound is ''running'' on Windows 98.
* IAteWhat: Subverted in that many characters have been known to deliberately [[http://www.hrwiki.org/wiki/Eating_Non-Food_Items eat non-food items]], whether due to ravenous eating habits or just barefaced ignorance.
* ICallItVera: Marzipan calls her guitar Carol.
* ImpossibleShadowPuppets: In "[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail155.html theme song]]", Strong Bad makes a "Trogdor" shadow that breathes fire. Wearing gloves ''without fingers''.
* ImpossiblyDeliciousFood: The Sblounskched! bar, which is made of (are you ready for this?) marshmallow vapor wrapped in licorice colloid in a sea of nougat rolled in a cookie log covered with rich, creamy [[BreadEggsMilkSquick pepperoni]] sprinkled with entire tiny bowls of puffy rice cereal covered in [[FunWithAcronyms Boring Brown Chocolate]]. In the shape of a pair of pants. With a bite taken out of them. For security. Because who would want to steal a half-eaten pair of choco-pants? [[spoiler:(Homestar.)]]
* InappropriateSpeakAndSpell: Strong Bad had Bubs make [[RobotMe a crude robot version of himself]] out of an old Speak and Spell and an empty box of Grape-Nuts, according to the WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail "personal favorites". The "Grape-Nuts Robot" was shown saying "Now spell: double deuce" in an easter egg, and in an episode of Marzipan's Answering Machine Strong Bad tries (and fails) to get the robot to say "Kiss my butt".
* IncendiaryExponent: Strong Bad loves things being on fire. Science fair projects, kids in children's books, the car in his album cover concept...
* IncrediblyLameFun: In the e-mail "slumber party", the only video game Homestar is supposedly allowed to play is one called "Clapping Party"
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain:
** Strong Badman's idea of villainy involves wasting water and stealing cable from his neighbors while bossing around his sidekick Stiny.
** Strong Bad himself sometimes qualifies as his idea of villainy are pathetic in the first place and still backfire on him.
* InherentlyFunnyWords:
** The cartoons' [[http://www.hrwiki.org/wiki/Twice gratuitous misuse of "twice"]] seems to stem from this.
** Really anything Coach Z says is an example of this. [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/cantsayjob.html One toon]] focuses entirely on his inability to say the word "job".
%%* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: Trogdor.
* InvisibleAnatomy: Most characters have no visible arms. This is often {{Lampshaded}}.
* ItMeantSomethingToMe: Strong Bad LOVES his computers. Just watch his breakdown in "virus"...
* ItsPopularNowItSucks[[invoked]]: Strong Sad firmly believes this, since he's a poseur. For example, during SB Email #136, he complains the Geddup Noise used to be cool, but became a sell out, first wearing a t-shirt saying "This Is Not A The Geddup Noise T-Shirt" then a "Corporate The Geddup Noise Still Sucks" t-shirt.
* JustHereForGodzilla: [[invoked]] {{Lampshaded}} by Strong Bad in the [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/firsttime.html introduction to first time viewers]].
-->'''Strong Bad:''' I'm Strong Bad, and you don't know it yet, but I'm the reason you're here.
-->'''Homestar:''' ''(peeking in from off-camera}'' It's true.
* JuxtaposedStore: Bubs' Concession Stand sells a lot more than just food.
* KillItWithFire: Trogdor the Burninator, as in he kills everything else with fire.
* KnifeThrowingAct: The old theme song video ("old" as in "replaced 10 years ago") has Strong Bad as the knife thrower and Strong Sad as the (unwilling) target. It's obvious that Strong Bad is trying to hit Strong Sad, but the camera cuts away before the knife hits.
* LampshadeHanging: Lots of it. A good example is the beginning of ''8-Bit is Enough''.
-->'''Strong Sad:''' It sounds like the fan is broken. You'll have to get it serviced.\\
'''Strong Bad:''' Serviced? But where am I gonna get... {{Fanservice}}... around here?\\
(''Trogdor machine comes to life'')
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: There are only eleven main characters and a handful of minor ones... but that's only if you don't count the inanimate objects that are treated like characters, the ''animate'' objects that are treated like characters, the many spinoffs and alternate universes that all have their own versions of the main cast... for perspective, there was [[http://www.hrwiki.org/wiki/Everybody_Everybody_Poster a poster]] made in 2004 that featured every single character in the cartoon to date. The cast was as crowded as a mosh pit and took up most of the page. There are quite a few more characters who have been introduced since.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfLoading: Depending on your internet connection, especially true back in the days of dial-up. Taken quite literally in [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/loadingscreens.html this short.]]
* LoadBearingBoss:
** [[spoiler:Ultimate Trogdor]] in 8-Bit is Enough, with the entire game world collapsing on his defeat. Homestar even calls him a load-bearing [[spoiler:dragon]].
** {{Lampshaded}} in the email "[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail173.html the paper]]". Strong Bad finds himself on a sinking island and exclaims "How is this island sinking? I didn't even kill any end bosses!"
* LongPants: Homestar is the trope namer.
** Lampshaded in a Sbemail.
--> '''Homestar Runner:''' What are you ''talking'' about, Strong Bad? I wear long pants.
--> '''Strong Bad:''' Um... No... From what ''I'' can tell, you wear ''no'' pants, and have blue soles glued to the bottoms of your feet.
** We do eventually learn that he is wearing shoes, at least, and that they're way more detailed in a closeup. And pretty badly worn out.
* LoggingOnToTheFourthWall:
** [[http://www.something.com Something.com]] and [[http://www.homestarrunner.net Homestarrunner.net]] from [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/firsttime.html First Time Here?]] are both real websites (the latter just redirects to the Homestar Runner Wiki).
** [[http://www.thoraxcorp.com/ Thoraxcorp.com]] from one of the [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/fortune.html fortune cookies]] actually exists. It's even made by the Bros. Chaps.
** "[=3uSyK2RdlUY=]" and "[=_Z-C8NU3SVM=]" from Sbemails "shapeshifter" and "videography" respectively are both.[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uSyK2RdlUY YouTube]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Z-C8NU3SVM hashes]].
** [[http://virtualpizz.biz/ Virtualpizz.biz]] from the Sbemail "pizza joint" is an actual website. However, clicking the join now button just leads to the e-mail in question.
** "The Coolest Stuff Ever" from the Sbemail "credit card" was at one point a real website, but the domain is now parked.
* LoudGulp:
** ''The Cheat Commandos'' parodies it by SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud.
** Homestar also says it in "Date Nite", when he learns that Marzipan is going on a date with The Cheat instead of him ("What're you trying to say? That you -- Gulp. -- want his bod?").
* {{Malaproper}}: Senor Cardgage is perhaps the most evident example, but Strong Bad, Homestar, and other characters do this on occasion, as a lot of the series' humor revolves around wordplay.
* MaliciousMisnaming: Strong Bad often employs this, calling Strong Sad a host of demeaing nicknames like "Dump-O", or making fun of the names of e-mail senders.
* ManOfAThousandVoices: Matt Chapman voices pretty much every character on the site except Marzipan (save for one unfinished toon in that instance). And the times when his brother does [[StylisticSuck intentionally bad]] impressions of the characters for The Cheat's cartoons.
* MascotVillain: It's easy to forget that Strong Bad was supposed to be a villain (albeit not a very good one) thanks to practically usurping the main character role from the character the site is named after.
* MaskedLuchador: Strong Bad started out as a tag team wrestler with his brother Strong Mad, and occasionally still shows off his wrestling skills by, say, [[ItMakesSenseInContext suplexing Homestar's radio]].
* MeaningfulName: This is how a lot of the characters got their original names. Homestar Runner had no arms, is an athlete, and wears a star on his shirt. Strong Bad is mean, Strong Mad is frequently angry, and Strong Sad is constantly depressed. The Cheat was originally created to help Strong Bad, well... cheat.
* MenaceDecay: Strong Bad. Lampshaded in "[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail197.html your edge]]", where Strong Bad tries to get his edge back. And fails. [[EpicFail Epically.]]
* MerchandiseDriven: Cheat Commandos...sort of, as there actually isn't much ''real'' CC merchandise, but they're meant to be this way as a spoof of ''Franchise/GIJoe''.
-->"Buy all our playsets and toys!"
%%* MetaGuy: Usually Strong Bad or Strong Sad.
* MindScrew:
** An attempted invoking with Sbemaliarized Entertainment. ("Uhhh, can you say 'mindblow?'")
** [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/4gregs.html The ending of this toon.]]
** One of Marzipan's answering machine messages: "Please leave me a message and I'll leave you with this thought: is a penguin a bird or a duck?"
* MinimalistCast: Usually the only characters to appear in Homestar Runner are the main characters, though there are several alternate universes.
* MisplacedSorrow: Done with Frank Bennedetto (a popcorn popper), complete with the standard "he owes me $5" lament.
* {{Montages}}: {{Convers|ationalTroping}}ed, with specific subexamples given, in the Strong Bad email ''montage''. The ones used are, in order, a FallingInLoveMontage, a TravellingSalesmanMontage, a TrainingMontage and an [[CreditsMontage end-credits]] PhotoMontage (complete with [[WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue "where are they now?"]] subtitles).
* MugshotMontage: Used in the title sequence for "[[Recap/HomestarRunnerStrongBadIsInJailCartoon Strong Bad is in Jail Cartoon]]" when Strong Bad is arrested for trying to break into Bubs' Concession Stand.
* MundaneMadeAwesome:
** E-MAIL. CHECKING. Is the most popular feature on the site!
** Also [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail144.html this sbemail]], epically the one which made a SeinfeldianConversation about a napkin some type of action apocalyptic movie.
** [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/loadingscreens.html Loading Screens.]]
** Discussed in "Fish Eye Lens", where Strong Bad and Coach Z discover they can make even the most boring things look cool if they're filmed with the eponymous device.
* NoBudget: [[invoked]] Strong Bad's ''Dangeresque'' films were clearly made with whatever he had handy -- to the point where the prop used for a car phone is an ''entire VCR.'' Strong Sad managed to go even further by financing his latest independent film with Monopoly money -- or as he calls it, "faux budget".
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
** Some of the band members of Sloshy resemble members of Weezer.
** Bubs' voice was originally a very blatant Redd Foxx impression before it evolved into a more distinctive form.
** Likewise, Strong Sad's voice was originally inspired by [[Music/{{REM}} Michael Stipe]].
* NoIndoorVoice: Strong Mad has, as his brother points out, zero volume control. "I CAN BE THE QUIETEST MOUSE!"
* NoInnerFourthWall: There are numerous crossover gags involving the main cast and characters from the {{Show Within a Show}}s. The best example is probably ''8-Bit Is Enough'', which features Strong Bad hopping in and out of many in-universe video games, as well as several characters from said games showing up in Free Country USA.
* NoodleIncident: A couple of them, like the incident that somehow gave Strong Sad the nickname Dairy Queen. That one is (almost certainly) a reference to that disturbing soft-serve flip on his head. Strong Bad's mentioned it before.
* OddballDoppelganger: Homsar for Homestar, and Senor Cardgage for Strong Bad. Strong Bad actually has more than one, as highlighted in the sbemail "alternate universe".
* OfficialCosplayGear: Parodied in "[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/costumecommercial.html Costume Commercial]]"
-->'''Strong Bad''': Hmmm... crappy plastic Bubs mask... and a crappier plastic apron with a picture of Bubs on it that says "Bubs" on it.
-->'''Homestar''': Mm-hmm! [[BlatantLies Just like Bubs all the time wears!]]
* OnlyShopInTown: Not only is his Concession Stand this, Bubs also seems to control every form of business in Free Country, USA.
* OrphanedSeries: The website went without a single update in 2012 and 2013, with only a few sparse updates the year before that. New content has finally begun to trickle back in; it remains to be seen how long that will last since Matt Chapman is still working on various TV shows.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent:
** Trogdor has one helluva beefy human arm sticking out of his back, "for good measure".
** The one that's occasionally seen hanging around the King of Town's castle looks like a lavender kangaroo with elements of bug and Roswell Gray mixed in. Its stomach scales are also labeled with various functions (such as "sanitize", "puree" and "pots n pans"), presumably to control the strength of its fire breath, but the only one that's shown is the one labeled "instant death", which does ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* OutOfFocus: Pom Pom is hardly used at all anymore.
* OverlyLongName: Fhqwhgadshgnsdhjsdbkhsdabkfabkveybvf. It has a string of sixteen consonants in a row. Strong Bad manages to pronounce it just fine, but quickly shortens it to "Fhqwhgads" because in the time it took him to say that, he could have made a [[RunningGag painting of a guy with a big knife]]...which he does at the end of the email.
* PacManFever: Strong Bad has never been seen using a computer or video game system that could have been made after the early 1990s, with the possible exception of his new Compé, which appears to have a flat, widescreen monitor but still runs what looks like Windows 95 at best. Likewise, nearly all of the games on the site are pastiches of games from the '80s and '90s. To the point where they might be responsible for inspiring the modern retro indie game fad.
* PapaWolf: Strong Mad is very defensive of The Cheat. A perfect example of this occurs in Strong Bad Email #23: "little animal", when Strong Bad, asked what he would do if a little animal comes up to him, answers by kicking The Cheat and arousing Strong Mad's wrath as a result.
* PaperThinDisguise:
** When dressed like The Thnikkaman, Bubs dresses the same way he normally does, only with a pair of shades and a piece of paper with "tH" written on it taped to his chest. Sometimes he even takes the shades off. Despite this, most of the main characters (save Homestar in "Happy Dethemberween") are completely oblivious to The Thnikkaman's true identity.
** Coach Z actually claims to be the Thnikkaman ''to Bubs'' at one point. Bubs is unamused.
* ParodicTableOfTheElements: [[http://hrwiki.org/wiki/The_Periodic_Table_of_Candy_Elements The Periodic Table of Candy Elements]].
* ParodyCommercial: Oh so many, most notably "Senorial Day".
* PhoneWord: A fake advert features Senor Cardgage Mortgage inviting you to "come along down and dial [[RidiculouslyLongPhoneNumber 555-55-55855-55-5-SENOR-MORT-GAGE-TODAY]]!"
* PigeonholedVoiceActor: Missy Palmer. For the rest of her life, it will probably be impossible for anybody to hear her speak and not think "Marzipan". Possibly the reason why all her DVD commentary appearances are in-character as Marzipan.
* ThePigPen:
** The Poopsmith, due to his job.
** Coach Z as well, who among other things, leaked what could only be crude oil after [[FanDisservice taking off a ratty thong]] in the swimming pool.
--> '''Strong Mad:''' PUT IT BACK ON! '''PUT IT BACK ON!'''
* {{Pixellation}}: This happens whenever Homestar's shirt is removed, because without it he's totally nakers. The funny thing about this being that the entire area his shirt normally covers is pixellated, implying ''everything'' there isn't fit for all ages.
* PokemonSpeak:
** Eh! Steve!'s entire schtick on "Sweet Cuppin Cakes" is to show up and shout his name.
** The 20X6 Homestar Runner universe turns the Cheat into the "Cheatball", a parody of Franchise/{{Pokemon}}.
* PokeThePoodle: Strong Badman's "evil schemes" turn out to be this sort, to Strong Bad's disappointment. Strong Bad catches himself heading down this path in the email "Your Edge".
* {{Portmanteau}}: The series is very, very fond of these, to the extent that it's practically a defining feature of the dialogue. As with other gags, there's a complete list [[http://www.hrwiki.org/index.php/Portmanteaus on the wiki]].
* PrankCall: Strong Bad repeatedly prank calls Marzipan on her answering machine in, what else, ''Marzipan's Answering Machine''.
* ProductPromotionParade: ''Cheat Commandos'' is a deliberate parody of this, with the sets being literally referred to in-universe as "playsets" and a theme song that ends in "Buy all our playsets and toys!"
* {{Pseudolympics}}: One Strong Bad Email is about [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail165.html the "Strong Badathalon"]], with events such as "Greco-Roman Homestar Crud-Out-Of-Beating", the "Clean and Jerk Strong Mad's Underwears Over His Head" ("fortunately, you don't really have to clean them") and [[BlatantLies "Probably Something with Guitars, Lasers, Robots, and Hot Girls"]].
* PunnyName: They show up every now and then. For example, the protagonist of VideoGame/PeasantsQuest is Rather Dashing and the stealth expert of the Cheat Commandos is [[ToiletHumour Silent Rip]].
* PutOnABus: Happens to Crack Stuntman when he makes one too many frivolous demands on the producers, although apparently he eventually gets his job back.
* RapidFireComedy: Used very often, especially in [[SelfParody self parodies]] of the original kids' book like [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/stuckincraw.html this.]]
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: There's a bonus scene at the end of [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/goes4gold.html "Homestar Runner Goes for the Gold"]] where Strong Bad starts making the episode in Mario Paint, and gets as far as one two-frame animation of Dijjery Doo waving when he realizes just how long it's going to take at this rate and decides to just go back to Flash animation. This really happened to the Brothers Chaps when they set out to make the episode.
* RealityWarper:
** Homsar is such a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} that he defies the laws of physics, floating, shapeshifting, talking like normal in an Atari 2600 game, and even distorting the scenery.
** Senor Cardgage recently completed his transformation into a second Homsar in hremail3184, in which he manages to walk in place as if the carpet had no friction and make ambient city sounds appear out of nowhere. Strong Bad put it best: "I'm ... quite scared right now."
** The Paper might also qualify, subverting the laws of ''perspective''.
** Heck, even Strong Bad might qualify. Several things he's imagined have become real, including the future of his entire world.
** Sufficient quantities of viruses on one computer cause reality to go mad until the computer is shut off and/or destroyed.
* ReplacementScrappy: New Paper. At least in Strong Bad's opinion. [[invoked]]
* RiddleForTheAges: There are a number of mysteries about the Homestar Runner universe which the creators have said will likely never be given a serious answer.
** "How does Strong Bad type with boxing gloves on?"
** "What do the characters' parents look like?"
** Often thought to be an example by the fans is the question "What does Strong Bad look like without his mask?" However, this one actually ''has'' been answered: [[spoiler:That's not a mask- it's his face!]]
* RepeatingSoTheAudienceCanHear:
** Done with Pom-Pom and The Cheat, eventually lampshaded in ''Strong Badia the Free''.
** Justified in "The Best Caper Ever". For once, he's not informing the audience of what The Cheat's saying -- he's trying to work out how they got from "[The Cheat] made peepee in [Homestar's] melonade" to watching him via satellite feed (which they also don't know how they got) on an ice floe in another hemisphere entirely.
* RunningGag: A good third of the dialogue consists of in-jokes at this point. Based on the Homestar Runner Wiki, there are ''over five-hundred.'' Especially in ''8-bit Is Enough''. With the inclusion of gamer in-jokes, practially any joke in that game requires you know what they're referencing.
* TheScrappy: In-universe, Homestar Runner and Strong Bad cannot stand Marshie, the mascot of Fluffy Puff Marshmallows. Homestar's hatred is justified: he did commercials for them and got paid for it, but Marshie since took his job.
* SecondEpisodeIntroduction: Bubs and Coach Z were introduced in the second book, ''Where my Hat is at?''.
* ShoutOut: TONS. To the point where we didn't even bother making a separate page for them like we normally do. [[http://hrwiki.org The Homestar Runner Wiki]] did a far better job of keeping track of them all than we ever could, anyway.
** Special mention goes to the Halloween cartoons, in which entire cast dress up as pop culture references of some sort, often quite obscure ones.
* ShowWithinAShow: Quite a few, including Sweet Cuppin' Cakes, ''Limozeen--But They're In Space!'', and ''Stinko Man K 20X6''. "Teen Girl Squad" started out as one of these before it became a [[WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad feature of its own]], as did ''Cheat Commandos''.
* SilentOffer: In [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail182.html Stong Bad Email #182]], the King of Town and Strong Bad negotiate in this way. What is being negotiated over is never revealed, and the King of Town's offer is "a piece of lasagna."
* SimpletonVoice: Strong Mad and Homsar are an extreme version of this. Homestar is slightly less extreme.
* SmallNameBigEgo: ShowWithinAShow and InUniverse example- Crack Stuntman, the voice of Gunhaver in ''Cheat Commandos'', who insists on script changes and even voicing different characters because he "likes that guy's lines better."
* SmallReferencePools: Averted, especially during the Halloween specials. They will come up with some of the most bizarrely obscure characters and mascots from decades ago. How many people honestly could recognize Marzipan's "[[Series/TwinPeaks log lady]]" costume at the first glance? Lampshaded on multiple occasions, with the other characters [[http://www.hrwiki.org/wiki/What_are_you_supposed_to_be%3F frequently unable to identify]] what their friends are dressed as.
--->'''Strong Bad:''' So, Bubs, your approach this year was to ensure that absolutely no one recognized your costume?\\
'''Bubs:''' (dressed as the Clarence Clemons character from ''Film/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure'') You got it!
* SoBadItsGood: Dangeresque as a whole, though this is intentional. [[invoked]]
* StupidStatementDanceMix: The Cheat has made a couple, including one of the "geddup noise" (the sound Strong Bad's chair makes when he leaves his computer) and the King of Town's attempt at a jam. Strong Bad's "The System Is Down" could, arguably, also be one.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Marzipan is the only girl character in the main cast. The situation was {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in the DVD exclusive toon "Why Come Only One Girl?"
* SpecialEffectFailure: {{Invoked}} in the ''Dangeresque'' films; for example, Strong Bad uses his considerably larger, gray brother Strong Sad as a stunt double and has a scene where he and his costar "climb a skyscraper" that is clearly a piece of cardboard lying flat on the ground... and then Homestar's sunglasses fall off while the camera is still rolling.
* TheSpeechless: The Poopsmith. Subverted, when he broke his vow of silence for Strong Bad's 200th email and was voiced by John Linnell of Music/TheyMightBeGiants fame.
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: The Cheat, The King of Town, The Poopsmith, etc.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: The character is named Stinkoman, but his anime series is called "Stinko Man K 20X6". And although the character's name is usually spelled "Coach Z", it was originally intended to be "Coach Zee".
-->'''Strong Bad:''' Or "Coach Zed", as you Canucks call him.
* StalkerWithACrush:
** Coach Z, towards Marzipan. It's hinted at but seldom explored in the cartoons, though in this Marzipan's Answering Machine:
-->'''Coach Z:''' Hey there, Marzipan. It's the lyrical wondermind, Coach Z. Calling to ask you if, uh, you seen one of my discatapes... I think I left over dere. Uh, it's one of my most favorite discatapes, and I'd really like it back so, I'm gonna come... I'm just gonna head on over there, uh, and if you're not there I'll just let myself in da crack in the window like I usually do -[[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial I mean... not... I never do, because I've never snuck into your house before. I mean, who's sneakin'? Over here? Nobody.]] I'm creepin'.
** It's also implied that she's not the only one to have been creeped out by him... [[invoked]]
--->'''Strong Bad:''' So, who got that last butt pat?
--->'''Homestar:''' Oh. I think he gave himself that one. He's been known for his self butt-pats.
--->'''Strong Bad:''' Yeah. ''[[MemeticMolester Known in seven states.]]''
--->'''Homestar:''' What?!
** In ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople'', it gets turned UpToEleven [[SerialEscalation and then some]].
--->'''Strong Bad:''' Congratulations, Coach! I just spent several hours carrying around my brother's internal organs, and you ''still'' managed to outdo me on the creepy scale!
* StoppedClock: In the Strong Bad Email "vacation", Strong Bad sends a postcard from (among several other places) "It's that CLOCK (Look at it go!)". Of course, the clock isn't going at all.
-->'''Strong Bad:''' Okay, the best thing about this postcard is if you look at the clock, that's the exact same time that I first laid eyes on the clock! 2:55, man. And like, iddi—oh, wait, it still says... 2:55. Okay, well, the clock is broken, but still! It's about the best thing I've ever seen [sings] in my whole liiiiiife!
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Averted. Members of the Strong Family have no resemblance to one another. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the DVD exclusive email "family resemblence"[[note]]It's misspelled in the title as well as whenever Strong Bad types the word.[[/note]].
* StylisticSelfParody: Characters usually comment on missing anatomy, usually arms.
* StylisticSuck: Basically any time the characters attempt anything artistic, though Strong Sad is ''sometimes'' an exception. Notable examples are The Cheat's cartoons, the Teen Girl Squad, and Dangeresque.
* SuddenlyVoiced: The Poopsmith sang Strong Bad's 200th sbemail intro, voiced by John Linnell of Music/TheyMightBeGiants. Later, he left a message on Marzipan's Answering Machine #17.2, again voiced by John Linnell, explaining how he was tired of his vow of silence.
-->'''Poopsmith''': It was nice talking to you. It was nice... talking.
* SurrealHumor:
** Huge doses of it. In fact, this is ''all'' Sweet Cuppin' Cakes is.
** Especially in the DVD-exclusive content, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrbGDSo07dc this]] being a prime example, being about the Brothers Chaps making a few surreal exaggerations of a few lines from the early shorts.
* TakeThat:
** Strong Bad has poked fun at both {{Memetic Mutation}}s ([[http://www.homestarrunner.com/trogday08.html here's his take on the Trogdor phenomenon]]) and the [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail188.html darker side of fandom.]] Funnily enough, the fans haven't been offended. This is probably because it's Strong Bad, who's ''supposed'' to be a jerk about these things, and because it's really funny.
** While the Brothers Chaps are usually more quiet about their political views, the Strong Bad Email "environment" as well as their Earth Day toon made it clear that they don't particularly care for the environmentalist movement.
** The [=SBEmail=] [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail203.html "independent"]] pokes fun at LeFilmArtistique, but also mocks pretentious "indie" movies where, according to Strong Bad, the producer will "spend a 30 million dollar budget, trying as hard as he can to make it look like he ''only'' spent a few hundred thousand."
* TalkingToThemself: Homestar ''frequently'' seems to forget who he is and behaves as if that "Homestar Runner" guy is someone else, leading to several instances where he will argue with or even ''fight'' himself. This also happens to be a fairly regular occurence anyway, what with the old-timey and 20X6 incarnations coexisting with the main Free Country USA citizens.
* TelegraphGagSTOP:
--> "Sir Strong Bad STOP How do you operate the 'telegramophone' [[AntiquatedLinguistics whilst]] wearing gentlemans' sporting gloves STOP Signed, Sir Elsington Halstindingdingworth STOP"
* ThemeTune: Discussed and parodied in one Strong Bad Email where it's pointed out that he doesn't have one for his show, and he responds by sarcastically making up a couple -- an upbeat one that "bludgeons you over the head with the blunt end of the show's premise" and a "life-affirming pop-ballad" similar to sitcoms like ''Series/{{Cheers}}''.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Marshmallows, especially of the Fluffy Puff variety, even though Marshie is creepy as sin. There's also Melonade, contractually speaking.
* TrueMeaningOfChristmas: Appears various times, all PlayedForLaughs, and all being about Decemberween, the variant of Christmas celebrated only by the citizens of Free Country, USA. Examples:
** [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/dween_cakes.html In one cartoon]], Homestar and Strong Bad are watching a ''Sweet Cuppin' Cakes'' holiday special, which leads to this exchange:
-->'''Strong Bad:''' Didn't I invent this cartoon?\\
'''Homestar:''' Yeah, I think so.\\
'''Strong Bad:''' Then how come I can't understand a lick of it?\\
'''Homestar:''' What's not to understand? Eh! Steve!'s mouth exploded the universe. And that blond guy did a tiny, tidy dance.\\
'''Strong Bad:''' Oh, ''right''. The true meaning of Decemberween.\\
'''Homestar:''' Yeah yeah, right right!
** In another toon, Homestar sleeps in on Decemberween until almost the last minute and spends time running around trying to buy last-minute gifts for everyone:
-->'''Strong Bad:''' Foolish Homestar. Decemberween is not about getting people presents. It's about getting people ''good'' presents! ''GOOD presents''! Not this last-minute discount crap you're trying to foist on us!
* TwoDecadesBehind: Parodied -- Strong Bad ''acts'' like he's still living in TheEighties or TheNineties (depending on which one the creators think would be funnier), but everyone else is fully aware of how behind the times he is and has no problem reminding him.
* TheUnintelligible: The Cheat speaks in high-pitched mumbles, and Pom Pom just sounds like someone blowing bubbles in a glass of water, but everyone else can understand him just fine. Although Marzipan's grasp of The Cheat speak is a bit rusty.
%%* UnreliableNarrator: Strong Bad, [[http://www.hrwiki.org/wiki/History_according_to_Strong_Bad quite frequently.]]
* TheUnreveal:
** Strong Bad's face and the appearance of his parents, as the eventual response to numerous emails about it. The Brothers Chaps have gone on record as stating that these two questions, in addition to the issue of [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/hremail7.html how Strong Bad types with boxing gloves on]], will in all likelihood never be given a serious response.
** Played for laughs in-universe in sbemail [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail158.html "cliffhangers"]]. [[spoiler:"You missed unmasking the Thnikkaman!!!"]]
* UnusualEuphemism:
** Strong Bad has a lot of them, like "ample hind-bosom".
** Everyone refers to the brown stuff the Poopsmith shovels as "whatsit".
* VagueAge: On the one hand, they have their own houses and some of them drink [[FrothyMugsOfWater Cold Ones]]; on the other, they don't seem to have much choice about going to swimming lessons. In one email, Strong Sad is referred to as an "18-to-24-year-old", and in another the King of Town says he is in his 60s. Bubs and Coach Z are implied to be old men, but exactly how old isn't clear.
* VillainProtagonist: Strong Bad, although his status as a villain is mainly in his head. If you disregard his periodic abuse of people, especially The Cheat and Strong Sad, anyway.
%%* VitriolicBestBuds: Strong Bad and Homestar.
* VocalEvolution: Most notably Strong Bad and Strong Sad. Homestar is pretty noticeable, too. And Bubs, who started out as a Redd Foxx impression.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Strong Bad never wears a shirt, and Homestar gets a few of these as well, but unfortunately he doesn't seem to wear pants.
* WeAllLiveInAmerica: Intentionally and in-universe, as Strong Bad forces his own unique views onto writers of emails regardless of where they're from.
* WidgetSeries: When asked to create "a CRAZY cartoon", Strong Bad comes up with one of these called "Sweet Cuppin Cakes", which consists of a collection of random characters like a hovering blob who spends every episode [[WesternAnimation/USAcres trying to get a worm out of the ground]] and a sketchily-drawn wheelchair inexplicably voiced by Bubs.
* TheWoobie: Lil' Brudder is an in-universe example: a parody of this Trope with a hint of Glurge that Strong Bad created to drive others to tears. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard It works a bit too well.]]
* WordSaladHumor: Homsar and, more recently, Senor Cardgage (although his dialog is a mix of this and malapropisms).
* WorstWhateverEver: One of the site's running gags, mainly in the form "Worst ___ bucks I ever spent."
* XtremeKoolLetterz:
** Parodied with such uses as "awexome", "[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail191.html Videlectrix Kidx]]" and "[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/aprilfool10.html Xerioxly Forxe]]"
* YouMeanXmas: They call it Decemberween, but it's otherwise pretty much indistinguishable from a secular American Christmas. Bonus points for shortening it to "X-berween" at one point, which ''[[ShownTheirWork actually makes sense]]'' because "X" can also stand for the number 10, or "decem", in Latin. Despite this, there's still a character named Doctor ''Christmas'' in the titular pageant in "A Decemberween Pageant".
* YourAnswerToEverything: Coach Z's advice to Homestar is always "It's like a great sports play. You can't just rush into the score zone." Lampshaded by Homestar in "The Best Decemberween Ever" when he tells Coach Z that's his answer to everything.
* YouSayTomato: Coach Z's schtick
-->''"You say tomater, I zader matermorts."''

[[folder:Individual Cartoon Tropes]]
* AccidentalMurder: The Halloween short "I Killed Pom-Pom!" revolves around Homestar mistakenly believing he killed Pom-Pom. [[spoiler:Ends up being subverted in the ending when he intentionally kills Pom-Pom, regardless of whether or not he was actually a zombie or vengeful spirit.]]
* AnimatedAdaptation:
** Bizarrely enough, but yes. "[[http://hrwiki.org/wiki/Strongest_Man_in_the_World Strongest Man in the World]]" and "[[http://hrwiki.org/wiki/Where_My_Hat_Is_At%3F_%28Short%29 Where My Hat Is At?]]" started as physical book and a digital book respectively. They got more detailed and more sarcastic.
** And on [[ShowWithinAShow the in-universe subject]] we get ''Limozeen, [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail126.html But They're in SPACE!]]''
* AnimatedMusicVideo: Including one ([[http://www.homestarrunner.com/expfilm.html Experimental Film]]) with Music/TheyMightBeGiants.
* ArcWords: "DNA evidence", which started as a mere RunningGag before being worked into an actual story. At least half the scenes where it was first mentioned still don't really make sense in context, though.
%%* ASimplePlan: Going on a road trip, telling a bedtime story, not writing a song about Sibbie...
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Apparently Strong Badia gets {{Kaiju}} attacks instead of natural disasters. Behold [[http://homestarrunner.com/sbemail166.html King Bubsgonzola Supreme!]]
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:The Paper inexplicably returns in "email thunder", only to catch fire and burn up from Homestar's sparking computer]].
* BaitAndSwitch: Done in "Strong Bad Sings".
--> '''Announcer:''' You might expect to pay almost a hundred dollars for this rare collection! It's all yours for only one easy installment of $193.75!
* TheBore: Sbemail #37 "Dullard" is about preventing the office dullard (a clever foe!) from destroying your mood and productivity.
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs:
** When Strong Bad critiques a particularly obscure character choice for a fan's Halloween costume in "Fan Costumes '09": "Alright, that is a) amazing, b) depressing, and c) amazingly depressing."
** In the interactive Halloween 'toon "The House That Gave Sucky Treats", Strong Bad comes to someone's house for trick-or-treat. If given an apple, he protests, "What are you, a dentist? Or a hippie? Or some kind of hippie dentist?"
** Strong Sad's interests include listening, books, and listening to books. And also arts, crafts, and arts b[=/=]w crafts.
** In the WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail "lackey", Bubs has a sign on his concession stand reading "We Gladly Accept: Cash, Money, or Cash Money."
* BreadEggsMilkSquick:
** In "candy product", the ingredients of SBLOUNSKCHED! include marshmallow, licorice, nougat, and rich creamy... pepperoni.
** Homestar, back during an [[RetroactiveLegacy "early" hremail]], remarked that Melonade was not only his favorite drink, but he was contractually unable to drink, talk about, or bathe in any other liquid.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Of the BeyondTheImpossible type, since the series has NoFourthWall anyway. In Sbemail #118, "[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail118.html Virus]]". Strong Bad's attempt to run to the next room for help results in him running outside of the ''frame'' (into the surrounding black background) instead. Homestar then starts playing with the toolbar links that appear at the bottom of the page.
--> '''Strong Bad:''' No! Wait! Stop! That's not supposed to be possible...!!"
* BurgerFool: "Blubb-O's" It doesn't seem to exist, but that doesn't stop the garbled drive-thru mascot microphone from both taking orders and not making any sense. Its marketing department is stuck figuring out new names for "regular burger" so they don't have to put anything else on the menu (besides a fish sandwich that most employees don't know exists).
* ByTheLightsOfTheirEyes: Happens to Strong Bad and The Cheat in Strong Bad Email #197, "your edge", when they saw a hole in the floor and fall in through it and into total darkness:
-->'''Strong Bad:''' Whoa! Where are we? I suddenly feel so... easy to animate.
* {{Calvinball}}: The nebulous and nameless sport Coach Z coaches and Homestar plays, as shown in the opening of "In Search of the Yello-Dello" and "A Jorb Well Done". Lampshaded in the "Yello Dello" commentary by Strong Bad.
-->'''Strong Bad''': What the crap kind of freaked-up sport are you guys playing anyways? I mean, you're on a football field, but you've got a basketball goal, and basketballs and footballs...
-->'''Homestar''': [[ComicallyMissingthePoint I know! It's America's pastime!]]
* CargoShip: [[invoked]]
** In-universe, Strong Sad wishes he had a date with a wall in "Cool Tapes". Homestar encourages it and wishes him luck.
** From "[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail136.html Geddup Noise]]".
--->'''Homestar:''' ''(when the Chairscoot noise is made, little hearts flutter from Homestar, as he swoons dreamily)'' Ah! There it is! It's positively dreamy! ''(faints)''
* ChattyHairdresser: Strong Sad acts like one in the sbemail "pet show", when he's getting The Cheat ready for the pet competition.
%%* ChristmasSpecial
* CollegeRadio: Mocked in the Strong Bad Email [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail120.html "radio"]]. As far as he's concerned, letting any confused freshman inside to run the show wouldn't be much of a downgrade.
* ComedicUnderwearExposure: Strong Bad's pants poofed away [[CaughtWithYourPantsDown at the senior prom]] because when he tried to make everyone else's pants disappear; he forgot that he was the only one at the prom who was technically wearing pants.
* ConfusingMultipleNegatives: When Strong Bad is trying to prove to his fans that [[BlatantLies Marzipan is totally hot for Strong Bad]]. "Do you don't not dislike not Strong Bad?"
* ConsolationWorldRecord: Strong Bad spends an email trying to get into a world record book, and his plan for doing this involves writing his own. This takes so long, however, that he gets sidetracked and forgets to set a record himself. At the last minute he achieves Longest Saying of "Bull Honkey". Strong Mad also achieves Most Macaronis Nailed to a Paper Towel Tube (just one).
* ContinuityNod: Mainly averted but some of the Halloween cartoons have these. At the end of the 2000 toon "Homestarloween Party", Marzipan tells Strong Sad he can't come to next year's Halloween Party. Strong Sad shows up with the cast at the end of the following year's toon, "The House That Gave Sucky Treats", where Marzipan compliments his costume and adds that he wasn't invited.
** The house Coach Z and Bubs trick-or-treat at in "3 Times Halloween Funjob" is the same one all the main characters go to in "The House That Gave Sucky Treats". Bubs even says, "I rememeber this house from a couple of years ago."
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer: In-universe. On multiple occasions, Crack Stuntman has referred to Gunhaver (''the character he plays'' on [[ShowWithinAShow "Cheat Commandos"]]) with names such as "Gunshaver" and "Cheat Commander."
* CrazyPrepared: Strong Sad, of all people, [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail170.html here]] when he counters Strong Bad's earlier barrage of water balloons with a barrage of snowballs. When there was no snow anywhere. That he removed from a giant notebook.
-->'''Strong Bad:''' Where did you get ''snowballs'' at this time of year?? And how did you fit them in that notebook?!?
-->'''Strong Sad:''' ''[[TheDogBitesBack I've been saving these in the freezer since I was eight!!]]''
* CreepyCrossdresser: Strong Bad dressed up as a woman for Halloween two years in a row. Sadly for him, this resulted in ''the King of Town'' making fun of him.
* {{Crossdresser}}: For Halloween, Marzipan has been Prince, Willie Nelson and Joey Ramone, just to name a few. Lampshaded by Homestar in the 2008 Halloween toon. There are also other instances of this, such as Pom Pom as the Statue of Liberty, Strong Bad as "Carmen freakin' Miranda" and "[[Franchise/CarmenSandiego Carmen freakin' Sandiego]]", Coach Z as Queen Latifah, or The King of Town as Franchise/HelloKitty.
** Coach Z does this inside his mind. Constantly.
* {{Crossover}}: Telltale's ''Poker Night at the Inventory'', which crosses over with ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'', and ''Franchise/SamAndMax''.
* CurseCutShort: In the sbemail, "trevor the vampire", Strong Bad types "what the f--" before interrupting himself with another train of thought.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Parodied in the new intro for April Fool's Day 2010, with HSR [[XtremeKoolLetterz Xeriousxly Forxe]]. ([[http://www.homestarrunner.com/aprilfool10.html]])
-->''Revamped for TheNineties!''
-->''So much more exciting!''
-->''[[LampshadeHanging Pointy elbows and lots of lightning!]]''
-->''Edgy and angry, so zesty and tangy!''
-->''[[AnimationAgeGhetto There's new demographics]]''
-->''When nobody asked for it!''
* ADayInTheLimelight: "[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/kotpopshow.html The King Of Town's Very Own Quite Popular Cartoon Show]]". The King was so [[UnpopularPopularCharacter unpopular]], however, that [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/kotpoptoon.html the pilot episode was canceled in favor of more Strong Bad]].
* DeadAir: Name-dropped. In the Strong Bad email "radio", he sums up CollegeRadio in five words: "DeadAir, 'um', DeadAir".
** When Clark from sloshy records a backing track on Marzipan's Answering Machine #17.2, he points out that there's "gonna be a lot of DeadAir".
* DeadlyPrank: In ''I Killed Pom-Pom!'', Strong Bad tricks Homestar into thinking he killed Pom-Pom. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, he decides to "Fight murder with murder"...]]
* DepthDeception: Marzipan teaches a lesson about this to Strong Sad in [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail166.html unnatural]]. Bubs immediately shows up to prove that, sometimes, the giant object really is giant.
* DerangedAnimation: "In Search of the Yellow Dello" has intentionally weird animation with Homestar changing shape in every scene, Stong Bad having oven gloves and Homestar having ''ComicStrip/LittleOrphanAnnie''-style eyes instead of his usuall "66" eyes. There was a remake that make it even more deranged.
* DickDastardlyStopsToCheat: In the sbemail "pet show", Strong Bad should be able to win the pet show in a walk since his entry, The Cheat, is the only one resembling an actual pet. (The other contestants are a dog-shaped cookie jar, a George Foreman grill, and... Homestar Runner.) Yet he feels compelled to cheat anyway, and proceeds to sabotage the other contestants. And then he almost gets away with it, only to be disqualified for an unrelated rule infraction (The Cheat's unauthorized use of "relish foot", which based on the opening of the short, is implied to be the work of Homestar, meaning the Cheat was outcheated in the end).
* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud?: Coach Z's reaction in an EasterEgg on the cartoon "[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/trogday08.html Trogday 08]]", when he has said to "Wormdingler" (his snake-like drawing of a "dragon" from the [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail58.html Sbemail of the same name]]): "You don't need no consummate V's ta be my bride..."
* DiscreditedMeme: Invoked by Strong Bad, who complains in "Trogday '08" that the internet ruined Trogdor, along with "zombies, pirates, ninjas, and Strong Bad!"
* TheDogWasTheMastermind: Appears in the "DNA Evidence" arc. After being ArcWords in a number of otherwise unrelated shorts, we get a story about a vial of green DNA Evidence that keeps changing hands and getting stolen. Turns out that it was from [[spoiler:Strong Sad, who doesn't want anyone to find out if he's part elephant]].
* DoomyDoomsOfDoom: The 2009 Halloween cartoon, "Doomy Tales of the Macabre".
* DownerEnding: In-universe, Strong Sad's ending of the scary story in the 2000 Halloween cartoon, "Homestarloween Party." Everyone breaks out in tears
%%* DramaticEllipsis: Spelled out by Stinkoman.
* DumbAndDrummer: In the Limozeen cartoon, the following exchange takes place:
-->'''Drummer:''' How come they made me fat and have orange hair? \\
'''Lead Singer:''' Because you're the [[PluckyComicRelief comic relief-uh!]]
* DumbassDJ: In the email "radio", regarding morning drive deejays: "These guys are like bad stand-up comics that you can't [[ShoutOut heckle... or jeckle]]... or throw highball glasses at."
* EldritchLocation: The Sweet Puttin' Cakes miniature golf course. You get there by desiring to play miniature golf. It goes downhill from there.
%%* EyesAlwaysShut: Mr. Shmallow.
* FakeOutOpening: The sbemail "[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/kotpoptoon.html senior prom]]" starts with an opening for "The King of Town's Very Own Quite Popular Cartoon Show", which is quickly pre-empted by the email.
* FakeShemp: Parodied in the email "original"; after Original Bubs quit, they tried to hide his non-presence. Literally. Behind large objects.
-->'''Homestar:''' Original Bubs, who is totally behind that dishwasher box (''cut'') behind that washer/dryer box (''cut'') that hot water heater box (''cut'') behind that... toothpick sculpture?
* FanFic: An episode, "[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail188.html fan club]]" was devoted to it.
-->'''Strong Bad:''' So that's fan clubs, the next worst word you can couple with the word 'fan' is, you guessed it ''(ominous, eerie music plays)'' the word ''(Strong Bad's voice slows way down, and the camera zooms in on the word as he types it)'' '''[[Administrivia/YouHaveBeenWarned fiction]].'''
* FanworkBan: Done in-universe in ''[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail170.html Rough Copy]]'', though the motivations appear to be little more than pure sadism - Strong Bad's "lawsuits" actually involve mugging someone and/or pelting them with water balloons.
* FarSideIsland: There's a sbemail in which Strong Bad is asked what he would do if stranded on one.
* FashionMagazine: Spoofed in the sbemail [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail132.html "Modeling".]] Of all the magazines Strong Bad sends a portfolio to, he only makes the cover of "Husky Headed Boys Back 2 School Catalog".
* FireAndBrimstoneHell: Seen in the Easter egg from [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/parsnips.html "Parsnips A-Plenty"]], where Sir Strong Bad supposedly winds up after falling off the cliff.
-->'''Sir Strong Bad:''' Curses! I've gone to Hell! How unfortunate!
* FlashbackWithTheOtherDarrin: The sbemail 200 flashbacks are done with Strong Bad's current model.
* FlippingTheBird: In "the bird" sbemail, Strong Bad, Pom Pom, and Homestar do this, despite neither of them having any visible fingers.
* FloatingAdviceReminder: Played with in [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/ween17.html Haunted Photo Booth]]. When Strong Bad notices The Cheat's gold tooth is missing and realises that it was what was causing the "ghost" to appear in everyone's photographs, the camera zooms in on Strong Bad's face while Homestar's voice is heard saying "Orange and black loose tooth removers... loose tooth removers... loose tooth removers..." Then the camera zooms out again to reveal that Homestar is standing behind Strong Bad, saying "loose tooth removers" for some reason.
* FollowTheLeader: Made fun of by the sbemail "geddup noise". The "Geddup Noise", the noise Strong Bad's stool makes when he gets out of it, is apparently a huge hit, and a lot of furniture shifting type sound effect shows try to cash in on the wagon. [[invoked]]
* FreePrizeAtTheBottom: Another they-spent-an-entire-episode-mocking-this-trope trope, this time in Strong Bad email "specially marked".
* GoKartingWithBowser: The Thanksgiving-themed Cheat Commandos toon, "Let Us Give TANKS", in which Blue Laser invites the Cheat Commandos over for Thanksgiving dinner.
* GroupieBrigade: In the Limozeen cartoon, the band is repeatedly trying to get away from crowds of fans, a la ''Film/AHardDaysNight''.
* HeroicBSOD:
** Induced on Homestar by Strong Bad when the latter claims that Homestar doesn't wear pants, just blue soles glued to the bottoms of his feet. Homestar essentially has an emotional breakdown. Homestar [[UnexplainedRecovery gets over it]], however, when Marzipan tells him that [[spoiler:everyone thinks she is a broom, and Homestar is surprised (and upset) to learn that she isn't]].
%%** Strong Bad when Bubs shoots his computer.
** He had another one when when one of his computers got 423,827 viruses. (A new record!)
* HeroicSacrifice: In ''The Jibblies 2'', [[spoiler:Homestar commits to a FateWorseThanDeath to cure everyone else's jibblies. [[SnapBack He gets better.]]]]
* HostileShowTakeover: Strong Sad in [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/answer16.html this]] episode of ''Marzipan's Answering Machine''; he apparently considers recording over people's outgoing voicemail messages as one of the best perks of house-sitting.
* IAteWhat: The [=SBEmail=] ''secret recipes'' has such culinary gems as Great Uncle Pawdabber's Pre-tend Ice Cream Showdown (which amounts to a bowl of sour cream mixed with The Cheat fur) and Stupid Uncle Egg's Goodtime Diaper Pie ([[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking which is just a pinecone]]).
%%* IfIHadANickel: "Man, if I had a nickel for every email I get, I would throw them at people in the food court. From that railing, like up above."
* ImaginaryFriend: One Strong Bad Email is dedicated to Strong Sad's childhood imaginary friend, Scotty Titi, and how much he annoyed Strong Bad.
%%* IncrediblyLamePun: Vantastic!
* InfoDrop: In the Strong Bad Email [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail162.html the chair]], Strong Bad taunts the audience by randomly pulling out a supposed picture of his parents, which is almost completely obscured by the screen-filling back of his new chair. However, decompiling the Flash reveals nothing on the photo but the message "nice try [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda dodongo!]]"
* InterfaceScrew: Strong Bad's computer gets a virus that [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail118.html quickly spreads to the site itself.]]
* IntoxicationEnsues[=/=]ICantBelieveItsNotHeroin: Sbemail "caffeine" has Strong Sad getting coked out of his mind just from drinking coffee, and Sbemail "personal favorites" shows a flashback of Strong Bad getting drunk off soy sauce. The former is even funnier when you realize Sanka is ''decaf.''
** "Characters from Yonder Website" ends with most of the cast stoned out of their minds from... drinking expired juice. The label on it even has a list of side-effects such as drowsiness, euphoria and (hallucinating that you're starring in an) unbelievably soothing children's programming.
* IsThisThingOn: The email "candy product" opened with Strong Bad doing a mic check instead of his usual random ditty.
* IWillShowYouX: In the dragon Strong Bad email:
-->'''Strong Sad:''' I think I've improved on your methods a bit, too. I employed some chiaroscuro shading, and-\\
'''Strong Bad:''' I'll improve on your methods!\\
(''Strong Bad sets Strong Sad's drawing on fire and reduces it to nothing'')\\
'''Strong Sad:''' What?! That's not an improvement!
* JailBake: In "Strong Bad is in Jail", Strong Mad bakes a cake with a ''jackhammer'' in it for Strong Bad and The Cheat.
* JumpingTheShark: Referenced in-universe.
-->'''Marzipan:''' You mean [[AllJustADream the whole last season was a dream]]?! Gimme a break! [[BabiesEverAfter They shoulda just had babies,]] [[WeddingsForEveryone and then the babies shoulda gotten married.]]
* KilledMidSentence: In the Strong Bad Email "trevor the vampire", when the email ends abruptly, Strong Bad assumes the worst.
* KillEmAll: In ''Doomy Tales of the Macabre'', Strong Sad takes revenge on the entire cast for not inviting him to their Halloween party, by writing a tale in which every character but himself either dies horribly or [[FateWorseThanDeath faces some other horrible fate]].
* LamazeClass: An OrphanedPunchline referenced a time when Strong Bad apparently look one, only to learn that he didn't need it.
* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: A borderline example in one of the DVD toons, "Why Come Only One Girl?", in a montage of Strong Bad meeting different ideas for a new girl character.
-->'''Strong Bad:''' -my style. ''(gets slapped, cut)'' -my types. ''(gets slapped, cut)'' -my stuff. ''(gets slapped, cut)'' -The Cheat. ''(gets slapped)''
* LaughingMad: Strong Bad's reaction to discovering Strong Mad sucking up the bandwidth at the end of the Sbemail "isp".
* LittlestCancerPatient: Lil' Brudder. He's... he's such a trouper... got such a strong... one... leg... [[TearJerker sniff]]...
* MagnetHands: Not only can The Cheat use objects as if he had opposable thumbs, Strong Bad can type ''with boxing gloves on,'' and Homestar Runner can interact with and move objects around him as if he ''did'' have arms. Which, he doesn't. This is occasionally lampshaded.
* MeetMyGoodFriendsLeftyAndRighty: In an EasterEgg in the Strong Bad Email "road trip", Bubs combines this with a reference to a famous Los Angeles law firm:
-->'''Coach Z:''' Whaddya mean, I'm the green Bubs? If anything, you're the orange Coach Z!
-->'''Bubs:''' The first person to call me the orange Coach Z is gonna get a free consultation with my friends Jacoby ''(balls up his left fist)'' and Meyers! ''(balls up his right fist)''
* MisplacedKindergartenTeacher: Strong Bad E-mail [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail160.html coloring]] has Marzipan be this. Though considering her students are [[DumbMuscle Strong Mad]], [[TheDitz Homestar]], and [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Homsar]]...
* MissingStepsPlan: "Best Caper Ever." Step 1: steal Homestar's melonade. Step 2: pee in said melonade. Step 4: Homestar is now on an ice floe in the middle of the Arctic Ocean.
* MostDefinitelyNotAVillain: Strong Mad's attempt at impersonating Strong Bad in the "Jumping Jacks" toon involves putting a red bag on his head and proclaiming "I'm Strong Bad!" over and over.
* MoodWhiplash: On ''Strong Bad Sings and Other Type Hits'', the song "Let's Get Started On All Those Awesome Things I Suggested", a fairly calm love ballad, abruptly ends at the beginning of the first chorus and transitions to "Moving Very Slowly", the heaviest track on the album.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: An Easter Egg in the 2010 Decemberween cartoon spoofs this in their introduction of a new drink, the ''Hot Pooey''. The tagline: "Dear god, what have we done?"
* NoJustNoReaction: Storybook Homestar and Storybook Strong Bad's reaction to Storybook Strong Sad flying - with long woman's legs.
* NonHumanHead: 'Keyboard Strong Bad' is a version of Strong Bad who has a... keyboard for a head. He appears in the ShowWithinAShow cartoon "Sweet Cuppin' Cakes"; music plays from the keyboard when he gets angry.
* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: On the main page, the ticker for the [[ScheduleSlip very long awaited]] Decemberween 2010 cartoon says "for real!" when moused over.
* NotThisOneThatOne: An inversion in an unproduced script ("Soap Box Doiby") that was given to the Homestar Runner Wiki. Homestar looks at Pom Pom's racer, which looks like a hideous beat up wreck, and mocks it, saying that it looks like a cow built it. Pom Pom then reminds him that ''that'' racer is ''Homestar's'', while Pom Pom's own racer, in [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Homestar's]] own words, "[[{{Metaphorgotten}} looks like several very smart cows built it]]."
* TheNudifier: In the Strong Bad E-mail "senior prom", Strong Bad tries to prank the prom by bringing in a device that makes everyone's pants "poof away".
* NumberedSequels: Played with in ''Jibblies 2'', as a possible ShoutOut to ''{{Film/Zombi 2}}''. Also discussed at the end.
-->'''Strong Sad:''' So wait. Was there ever a Jibblies 1?
-->'''Strong Bad:''' Nah, horror movies don't even need first movies anymore. This is the reboot of the reimagining of the reinvention of the original!
-->'''Strong Sad:''' "Original" and "horror movie"? Not these days.
* OneLastJob: [[spoiler:The Tandy and the Compy]] both want to [[spoiler:check one last email]] in the ''Cliffhangers/Retirement'' arc, and [[spoiler:kidnap the Lappy in order to force Strong Bad to grant this request.]]
* OnlySaneMan: Admiral Flashfight, when Blue Laser's latest scheme is revealed to be that he's ultimately caused skeeball prizes to cost more tickets.
-->"You've made a game for 8-year-olds slightly more of a ripoff. I still don't see how this concerns the military."
* OffModel: In both versions of ''In Search of The Yello Dello''. Homestar's design constantly changes. In fact it's only cartoon where the characters had one-time-only designs.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: In ''Weclome Back'' (sic), Strong Bad states he recorded his very first, very awesome mid-air [=SBemail=] check. Unfortunately, he pulled the old mash-Stop-when-you-think-you're-mashing-Record-and-mash-Record-when-you-think-you're-mashing-Stop routine.
--> '''Strong Bad:''' Oh, the believing is hard to be doing, because that was so incredible! We met so many celebrities in midair! And the part with the narwhale was so illegal.
%%* OpaqueLenses
%%** Reynold in ''Cheat Commandos''.
%%** Flight Engineer Ted Avril in ''Career Day''.
%%** The video game programmers in the DVD exclusive email, ''Videro Games''.
%%** The Lowball Kid from The Sketchbook.
* OverlyLongGag: After answering his 100th email, Strong Bad says "email" 100 times in a row, with increasingly silly pronunciations.
** Another example in the old-timey cartoon "Sickly Sam's Big Outing", which ends with [[spoiler:Sickly Sam eating Strong Bad.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Strong Bad:''']] "AAH! I can't believe I'm being eaten! What a tragedy! I was supposed to sell you to the glue factory and whatnot! I can't believe I'm still being eaten! [[LampshadeHanging This is taking so much longer than I expected!]]"
* ParodyMagicSpell: ''Halloween Potion-Ma-Jig'' has Homestar gathering ingredients for a Halloween potion, including one of three possible incantations:
-->"Loquentia, Imbruglia, Precipitous, Saraleecheesecakea, Denouement!"\\
"Bettah ask somebod-ay!"\\
"Do you even have half a brain!"
* PerformanceAnxiety: In the short "A Decemberween Pageant", Strong Sad gets the part of The First Decemberween in the titular pageant. He gets so nervous that he locks himself in the bathroom before his scene, and the rest of the cast are forced to improvise to extend the play. When Strong Sad finally does come on-stage, it turns out that The First Decemberween's entire part consists of walking on-stage and saying "What?" (or alternately, that Strong Sad's part was supposed to be larger, and no one in the audience noticed or cared that he messed it up).
* PhoneNumberJingle: 555-55-5585-555-SENOR-MORTGAGE-TODAY.
* PimpedOutCar: Mocked in the email toon, [[http://www.hrwiki.org/index.php/car "Car"]], with a ''baseball cap''.
* PistolWhipping: In "[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/dween_kidsbook.html That Time of Year"]], one of the pages in the book shows a boy building a snowman, which Strong Bad then defaces to include a gun in the boy's hand to make it look like the snowman is getting hit by it and adds in a giant mantis.
-->'''Strong Bad:''' (rewriting the book text) "De giant mantis is almost here. Get ready to be pistol-whipped, snowman!"
* PottyEmergency:
** Happens to Homestar in the long-lost short "A Jumping Jack Contest", after being tricked into drinking too much melonade. He then relieves himself in a jar provided by the Poopsmith.
** In the sbemail "Extra Plug", after the power goes out, and they are told to not move, Homestar and Strong Sad start singing about how badly they have to pee, to Strong Bad's disgust.
* PottyFailure:
** Strong Sad has been hinted to wet the bed a number of times, mainly from [[{{Jerkass}} Strong Bad]].
** Strong Bad himself is also hinted to do this in the Sbemail "road trip".
** Also, "Halloween Potion-ma-jig" has "The Essence of Putting Strong Mad's Hand in Warm Water While He's Asleep.
* PrecisionFStrike: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFAMTBxJ8yM That is some [BLEEP] up [BLEEP], man!]] It's obviously bleeped out to keep the family friendly appeal, but...''damn!''
* TheRashomon: In sbemail 88, "couch patch," we get 3 different stories of why there's a patch on the couch and [[SubvertedTrope one random anecdote]] [[TheDitz from Homestar]].
** Notably, it's possible that all of the stories are completely factual.
* RealityBreakingParadox: Don't point a FishEyeLens [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/fisheyelens.html at a real fish's eye]].
* RecycledINSPACE:
** Parodied with the short-lived "Limozeen: But They're In Space!" cartoon. Lampshaded in the Strong Bad Email that introduced it.
-->'''Strong Sad:''' Why are they in space? There's no reason for them to be in space!
-->'''Strong Bad:''' On the contrary, my dear fatson, there's ''every'' reason for them to be in space.
** Also lampshaded in the theme song of the cartoon itself:
--->'''Singer:''' Remember those guys in that band Limozeen?\\
Well, they turned their tour bus into a space machine.\\
But they're still Limozeen...
--->'''Larry Palaroncini:''' We're still Limozeen!
--->'''Singer:''' But they're in space!
--->'''Larry:''' But we're in space?
--->'''Teeg Dougland:''' (to the band) I'm afraid I've got some bad news, boys. You're in space.
* RevengeSVP: In sbemail 83, "labor day," Strong Bad spends the day bored and insulting everyone who passes by. Turns out everyone is passing by because they're going to a cookout that he's doesn't know about.
* RevisitingTheRoots: For the short [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/hremail7.html "Hremail 7"]] (which {{retcon}}s the origins of the Strong Bad Emails), the characters reverted back to older models (and for some of them, older voices), and the dialogue features a bunch of catch phrases or running gags that hadn't been used in years.
* RibcageStomach: Played straight in Teen Girl Squad 6 (where they jump into a lion's mouth) and Sickly Sam's Big Outing (where Old Timey Strong Bad gets eaten by Sickly Sam); averted in the Stinkoman Thanksgiving special (where Stinkoman and One-Up get sucked into Pan Pan's gullet so [[ItMakesSenseInContext One-Up could teach Stinkoman how to give thanks]]).
* RuleOfFunny:
** Strong Bad waits patiently for Strong Mad and The Cheat to say "Douglas"...and when it's Strong Sad's turn, he smashes him with the computer's keyboard.
** The word "Douglas" in this trope doubles as a BrickJoke in an Easter egg for Strong Bad Email #76, in which Strong Bad tries to teach the characters to say, "Fhqwhgads."
--->'''Strong Bad:''' Fhqwhgads.\\
'''Homestar:''' Fubugrass.\\
'''Strong Bad:''' Say with a flourish: Fhqwhgads.\\
'''Homestar:''' Fubumagu.\\
'''Strong Bad:''' It doesn't sound like it looks. Fhqwhgads.\\
'''Coach Z:''' Forhorglingrads!\\
'''Strong Bad:''' Coach Z, I thought I asked you to leave, like, an hour ago.\\
'''Strong Mad:''' DOUGLAS!!!\\
'''Strong Bad:''' Whoa! We've just had a breakthrough! You get a gold star.
%%* SayMyName: Per-duc-ci!!
* ScaryStitches: "I Killed Pom Pom" shows a hypothetical scenario after Pom Pom is popped, where a zombie Pom Pom, crudely stitched together, comes back for revenge.
* SceneryCensor: Done to hide the fact that one Limozeen member was played by a woman in one [[ArtShift live-action sequence]].
* SelfDeprecation: The Flash adaptations of ''The Homestar Runner Enters the Strongest Man in the World Contest'' and ''Where My Hat Is At?'' make a point to have the cast lampshade how ridiculous the plots and scripts are. Example:
-->'''Homestar:''' [My hat] isn't cooking on the grill? Man, I really thought it'd make complete sense if my non-edible hat would be cooking on a food grill!
* SerendipitousSymphony: The "One, Two, One, Two" music video is a collection of disconnected looping vignettes that perfectly sync up with each other.
* SexyWhateverOutfit: Parodied with the "authentic" Marzipan costume that's nothing but a purple Bikini with inexplicable cat ears and devil tail. Several costumes sent in by fans on the Costume Commentaries fit the bill too. Strong Bad is generally pleased, except when he finds a "Hot Homestar".
* SigningOffCatchPhrase: n-universe, Homestar Runner says at the end of every episode of his show "The Show", "CHANT! WORDS! TOGETHER!"
* SixDegreesOfKevinBacon: From the sbemail "the movies":
--> '''Strong Sad:''' Ooh, and he had a cameo as Stevedore #2 in the prequel, and he was in that car commercial with the wisecracking transmission, and he has a Bacon number of 4!
* SlumberParty: From the sbemail "slumber party", natch:
--> '''Strong Bad:''' According to Coolguy's law, the popularity of the host is inversely proportional to the amount of fun you can have at their house.
* SmashCut: The sbemail ''hygeine'' has this little gem:
--> '''Strong Bad:''' Every morning, John wakes up and forgets to wash his stupid, dumb, stinking, FAT, SMELLY, STUPID, DU-
* SoLongSuckers: Homestar says this twice: once in the Strong Bad Email "secret recipes" after tricking himself into eating a pinecone, and once in one of the yearly Halloween episodes after tricking the King of Town (whose Halloween costume is Colonel Sanders) out of his secret blend of eleven herbs and spices needed to make Marzipan's Halloween potion.
* SpinoffBabies: One [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail140.html email]] has baby versions of the main cast (except Homestar, who is still an adult, for some reason).
* {{Squee}}: Homestar's [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail136.html reaction]] to "Chairscoot".
* SpillStainSabotage:
** Pictured and quoted above: Strong Bad is leafing through a book of world records and finds one of his younger self having the "[[ToiletHumor Most Dirtiest Diapey]]". He instantly makes breakfast on it to save face.
** Strong Bad as Dangeresque considers this trick by spilling [[WayPastTheExpirationDate either really old coffee or nasty Chinese takeout]] on the case file he has to solve before he leaves his office so it'll be unreadable and wash his hands of responsibility. This [[ItsAWonderfulFailure gets him landed in prison instead]].
** Homestar poured Mountain Dew on Strong Bad's computer [[MakesAsMuchSenseInContext to make a wet computer out of it]]. Strong Bad in turn pours an enormous bottle of Mountain Dew on Homestar's computer in turn as payback.
** When thinking of various art styles for his hypothetical portrait, Strong Bad suggests a painting of him in a 17th century photo-realistic Dutch style, and remarked that these types of paintings are often vandalized by art bandits. Cue The Cheat spray-painting a [[TransformersGenerationOne RAD RAD ROBOTANK]] all over it. Strong Bad approves that after being vandalized, now it's worth something.
* StupidSexyFlanders: In a Halloween Costume cartoon, Strong Bad freaks out at the sight of a hot girl dressed as Homestar.
* SuntanStencil: One of the pieces of dubious advice Strong Bad gives for breaching a sensitive topic to a colleague is to have it written on "your brother's giant, square, billboard-sized back" using a "reverse sunburn".
* SwallowedAFly: "Bug In Mouth Disease" features Homestar distraught because he accidentally swallowed a bug. "The good times are over!"
* TearJerker: Invoked. Strong Bad has this drawing of a one-legged puppy nicknamed "Li'l Brudder", whose {{Woobie}}-ness is sufficient to drive Homestar into an ''existential crisis'' whenever Strong Bad shows it to him. He manages to do the same to Strong Sad with a picture of a two-legged elephant named "Tendafoot". At the end, even Strong Bad himself starts choking up from it. [[invoked]]
* TerribleIntervieweesMontage: The email where Strong Bad is asked who will take over when he retires, and he decides to put his costars through the wringer to figure out who would be the best suited for the job. Some candidates seem promising -- Homestar gets a perfect score on the insulting nicknames quiz by just calling everyone "Crapface", for example -- but they all end up being underqualified. "Guess I'll be checkin' emails and kickin' Cheats 'til the day I die."
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: Reynold in "Shopping for Danger" after he falls backward onto the rocket pack he's wearing
-->[[GoshDangItToHeck My land.]] I can't see this ending well.
* ThisIsntHeaven: An EasterEgg in the program Macromedia Central features a [[http://www.hrwiki.org/mirror/egg.html cartoon]] where Homestar and Strong Bad are stuck in "blue-fadey-land." Homestar thinks they died and went to heaven, and Strong Bad agrees after they find a Twinkie. Then Homestar says that it's just Strong Bad and him, forever! It suddenly dawns on Strong Bad that they're definitely not in heaven. He pounds on the edge of the frame screaming frantically as the background turns red...
* ThrowTheDogABone: Subverted in the 2009 Halloween toon. Strong Sad, upset at not being invited to any Halloween parties, turns around to discover all of his friends standing behind him to throw him a surprise party. Or so it seems. Turns out that his "friends" are actually a large cardboard prop, and their cheering is provided by a tape recorder. The whole thing was set up by Strong Sad himself to make himself seem more popular to the viewers.
* TitleDrop: Both versions of ''Where My Hat Is At?'' have Homestar asking this every few pages, typical of the kids' books it's meant to parody.
* TwoScenesOneDialogue: The opening scene in "Date Nite". Hilariously, the final word exchange somehow manages to swap The Cheat (who Strong Bad was yelling at) and Homestar (who was yelling at Marzipan), resulting in Homestar and Strong Bad yelling at each other.
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: Played with in the Cheat Commandos toon ''[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/ccdo7.html 2 Part Episode]]'', where Admiral Flashfight shows up to take over command of the Cheat Commandos from Gunhaver. Unlike your typical Tyrant arc, Admiral Flashfight actually makes the Cheat Commandos ''effective'' (the very first thing he does is arrest Blue Laser, [[GoKartingWithBowser who at the time had been invited over to play video games]]), but since the Commandos are used to goofing off (and he summarily fired Gunhaver, Silent Rip, and Crackotage) they chafe under his leadership.
* VillainsOutShopping: One ''Cheat Commandos'' episode had the Commandos trying to stop the Blue Lasers from shopping at the supermarket, believing their activities were cover for some nefarious scheme, like trying to "make it [[WeatherControlMachine snow at the beach]] or something". However, it turned out that the Blue Lasers truly were just buying groceries. Then, it's subverted because the latest computer analysis pointed to mold in the showers as the reason the Cheat Commandos remained uncrushed.
* VinylShatters: In [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail175.html concert]], Strong Bad breaks a Sloshy record over Strong Sad's head.
* VomitDiscretionShot: Used in the Strong Bad Email "bottom 10", when Homestar starts to perform a butt dance for Strong Bad.
* WayPastTheExpirationDate: Strong Bad and company consume some juice that is this in ''Characters from Yonder Website'', causing [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext Unbelievably Soothing]] [[MushroomSamba Children's Programming]]
--> '''Strong Sad:''' Were you guys drinking this "Smarty Juice"? This stuff expired in 2007!
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Played for laughs--Bubs and Coach Z speak in such severe exaggerations of UsefulNotes/AmericanAccents that it's no longer clear which ones they're based on.
* WhiteVoidRoom: Certain {{Imagine Spot}}s, such as Homsar's children's show, ''Whaddaya Know, Haddi-man?'', or Strong Sad's sbemail fanfiction, "A Grade A Gray Day."
* YouMustBeThisTallToRide: In the Strong Bad e-mail "theme park", The Cheat tried to be tall enough to ride the Bowels of Trogdor roller coaster, but was unable to do so even when standing on tiptoes and wearing a top hat, so Strong Bad recommended he goes to Sweet Cuppin Cakes Land instead, much to his disappointment.

[[folder:Flash Game Tropes]]
* AdventureGame: ''VideoGame/PeasantsQuest'' and the ''VideoGame/ThyDungeonman'' series are parodies of Sierra style and text based adventure games respectively.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: In the easter egg game Super Kingio Brothers, The King of Town is too out of shape to jump over the first goomba, making it impossible to survive for more than a few seconds.
* FishingMinigame: There's one hidden as an EasterEgg in the email "lures and jigs", but being that this is Homestar Runner, it's an...''unusual''...take on the idea. "Come on and get in the boat!"
* ItsTheBestWhateverEver / WorstWhateverEver: Strong Bad is heard randomly saying either trope in the ''Trogdor'' game, depending on whether he wins or loses a level. If he wins a level, he says in a hushed tone, "Ohh... This is the best game I've ever played." But if he loses a level, he says with annoyance, "Aw, this is the worst game I've ever played!"
* KnightsAndKnaves: The premise of ''Where's an Egg?'', and you're not limited in how many queries you can make, but if you run out of bullets before you locate an egg, you lose and are sent to Siberia.
* KonamiCode: Used to unlock the 30 Lives cheat in ''Trogdor.''
* LuckBasedMission: ''The Cheat's Smoking Challenge'' on the "Strong Bad's Message BORED", wherein The Cheat must collect nicotine gum pieces. Catch is, the gum pieces spawn randomly and despawn rather quickly, and there is absolutely no checking if the spawning pattern is possible, making the game a gamble with the RandomNumberGod.
* NintendoHard:
** Pretty much every game with the Videlectrix logo is extremely difficult. ''VideoGame/{{Stinkoman 20X6}}'' takes more than just its visual style from ''VideoGame/{{Mega Man|Classic}}''. ''Duck Guardian'' requires insanely quick reflexes and multi-tasking skills, ''Kid Speedy'' has a tendency to to randomly make your character's maximum speed slower than any of your opponent's minimum speeds, making the race impossible, ''Rhino Feeder'' sometimes crowds just about every pixel of the screen with snakes, making the game unwinnable, and ''50K Racewalker'' literally cannot be beaten in anything less than 20 hours of continuous playing.
* NonIndicativeName: While every other track in ''Kid Speedy'' has a flowery name, track #7 is simply named "The Loop". It is a straight line.
* SpiritualSuccessor: The Dangeresque Roomisode game feels like a spiritual successor to ''VideoGame/PeasantsQuest''
* UnwinnableJokeGame: ''Super Kingio Bros'' is a version of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'' with the King of Town replacing Mario. Unfortunately, he can't jump high enough to pass the first [[TheGoomba Goomba]], so it's probably just as well that you don't actually get the three lives shown.
-->'''King:''' [[LampshadeHanging Oh, my life is a joke.]]
* YourHeadAsplode: The exact announcement of your recent passing in ''Strong Bad Zone''.