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Characters: Homestar Runner
A character sheet for the surreal web animation series Homestar Runner.

Note: Most characters are voiced by Matt Chapman, apart from Marzipan (Missy Palmer), Pom Pom and the Powered by The Cheat characters (Mike Chapman)
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Homestar Runner

Evewybody loves the me! I'm a tewwific athlete!

Ostensibly the main character of the site. Homestar is a dim but (usually) lovable doofus with no arms and no clue. He means well, but his idiocy often leads him to accidentally say and do things that alienate his friends. Seems to think that he and Strong Bad are buddies, to the chagrin of the latter.

  • Achievements in Ignorance: As Strong Bad put it, "sometimes Homestar does something so stupid, he flips back to smart." To cite one example, his answer for "2+2" is to recite Coulomb's Law. And when Strong Sad calls him out for that, Homestar realizes his mistake and says that 2+2 equals 22.
  • Armless Biped: Despite his lack of arms, he's still capable of activities like typing on a computer.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He, Pom Pom and Coach Z seem to be the law enforcers in Free Country USA
  • The Bore: Often, the sort who is totally oblivious to the disinterest of whomever he's talking to. He's also the one playing the part of the "office dullard" in Sbemail #37.
  • Cast as a Mask: in this toon.
  • Catch Phrase: "Seriously"note . He (extremely) briefly tried to incorporate a new one: "That's bupkus!"
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: While he's usually just a ditz, he can fall into this at times especially in "the movies".
  • The Ditz: Yeah, he's a bit dim. Sometimes subverted in scenes with characters who are so far out in Cloudcuckooland (Coach Z, for example) that he can't help but look like the Only Sane Man.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: In his earliest appearances, Homestar wasn't really dumb at all.
  • Elmuh Fudd Syndwome:
    • Evewybody loves the Homestaw Wunnew. He's a tewwific athelete. He acknowledges that he has "twouble with [his] aw's."
    • He didn't have it in his high school years, however, since the person recounting it was Strong Bad, who has a self-admitted "doodle memory," it's doubtful whether it's true or not.
  • The Fool: No matter how dangerous the situation may be, Homestar always comes out with no lasting injuries. He doesn't always make it out unscathed though.
  • Henpecked Boyfriend: Marzipan treats him like environmentally-friendly dirt.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: He's friends with Strong Bad and Marzipan's boyfriend.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Homestar tends to say things that offend people out of sheer stupidity rather than any malicious intent.
  • Invisible Anatomy: He once wore a long sleeved coat that actually moved when he picked up something, yet he still has no visible arms.
  • Long Pants: The Trope Namer. Played with in Strong Bad Email #126: "long pants".
    Strong Bad: Let's talk about your pants. Or your lack thereof.
    Homestar: What are you talking about? I wear long pants!
    Strong Bad: No, from what I can tell, you wear no pants and have blue soles glued to the bottoms of your feet.
  • Man Child: When he checked into a hotel, he ordered a race car bed.
  • Mr. Seahorse: He thinks he's a pregnant woman in cliffhangers.
  • Naked on Arrival: He claims to be an aversion, in that he was born with his hat on.
  • Nice Hat: He just wouldn't be the same without his "buzzer".
  • Too Dumb to Live: Just to cite one example, he once lit a fire inside of a mascot costume while inside of it. That would be stupid even if it wasn't made of highly flammable Polymascotfoamalate.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Strong Bad. Homestar is usually oblivious to Strong Bad's hatred toward him, although there are occasions where they either get along or the dislike becomes mutual.
  • Vocal Evolution: Homestar's voice has gotten a bit deeper over the years.


I'm a fiercely independent woman, and I'm fiercely independent about the soy products I choose.

Homestar's on-again, off-again girlfriend, largely by the fact of being the only major female character on the website. Marzipan is a grade-A Granola Girl whom Strong Bad has described as "a dirty hippie, without the dirt". She has a tendency to protest things at the drop of a hat. Marzipan has also expressed artistic leanings: she frequently sings and plays songs on her guitar Carol, and has been showing painting and indulging in other forms of arts and crafts from time to time.

  • Beware the Nice Ones: Even though she seems like the basic hippie chick stereotype, she injures or practically tortures Homestar on frequent ocassions (see below), and hurts Strong Bad quite a few times, such as minor cartoon slapstick like hitting him with her guitar, or outright shoves a pencil into his head in SBCG4AP. That last one was just because he needed to record a make-out scene for Dangeresque 3.
  • The Chick
  • Cross Player: Marzipan usually dresses up as male characters during Halloween.
  • Gag Nose: Before she had her "questionable voluntary surgery", she had a really long nose.
  • Granola Girl: To the point that Strong Bad once described her as a dirty hippie without the dirt.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Some of her more extreme actions include locking Homestar in a cupboard for a few months with no food (she'd told him there was cake in there) and handing Strong Bad a rake, and shovel and a Garden Weasel to smash into Homestar's face. And Homestar's her boyfriend (most of the time).
  • Hippy Teacher: She's the teacher at L.U.R.N., which is more or less what happens when you mix a hippie cult with a classroom.
  • Invisible Anatomy: She has no visible limbs, yet she has no trouble doing any regular activities.
  • The President's Daughter: The King of Town was originally considered to be her dad, but the Brothers Chaps now dismiss that idea as "a horrible rumor."
  • The Smurfette Principle: Marzipan is the only main female character. The others are usually one time only characters.
  • Soap Box Sadie: She has a habit of protesting subjects environmentalists typically oppose.
  • Strawman Political: Marzipan is often used for Take Thats at left-wing politics.
  • Tsundere: Type A. Even though her treatment of Homestar at times is less than reasonable, she seems to generally enjoy having him around. She never outright admits it, however.

Pom Pom

(bubble bubble)

Homestar's best buddy. Despite looking like an orange-and-yellow ball with an ovoid head and arms and only communicating through bubbling noises, Pom-Pom is apparently a hip, tech-savvy ladies' man.

  • The Ace: Although he isn't the best at Texas hold 'em.
  • Acrofatic: Despite his ball-like shape, he once jumped over Strong Badia and the Concession Stand in a single bound, after jumping through the treetops of a nearby forest
  • The Artifact
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's been voted 'most likely to beat everyone in an all-out death match' ever since he pummeled Strong Bad for trying to pop him with a pin. He's also a martial arts master and has an itchy trigger finger when it comes to firearms, so watch out.
  • Chick Magnet: He's been described as being popular with the ladies by the other characters.
  • Demoted to Extra: Was introduced as Homestar's best friend and played an important role in the site's early history as a favorite of The Brothers Chaps (starring as the only character in their first ever Flash and getting his Day in the Limelight well before the site caught on in popularity), but seems to have sunk more into the background as of late, thanks in no small part to his role as The Unintelligible limiting his potential for jokes.
  • Intelligible Unintelligible: Everyone can understand him despite only speaking in bubbling noises.
  • Kavorka Man: Pom Pom apparently gets a lot of chicks, despite being a giant bouncy ball thing.
  • Marty Stu: In-universe example. Strong Bad seems to think so.
    Stupid Pom-Pom and and his boring physical superiority.
  • Only Sane Man: As such, he tends to get annoyed whenever Homestar acts particularly stupid.
  • Satellite Character: Was first introduced as Homestar's best friend and nothing more, but Character Development has been kind enough to give him a few unique traits of his own.
  • Straight Man

    The Brothers Strong 

Strong Bad

You don't know it yet, but I'm the real reason you're here. Check me out! No, seriously, check me out.

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

He is one of your opponents in Poker Night at the Inventory, along with The Heavy, Max, and Tycho.

  • All Men Are Perverts
  • Antiquated Linguistics: Old Timey Strong Bad.
  • Bad Boss: Strong Bad can be pretty cruel to The Cheat, sometimes for no reason at all.
  • Badbutt: Mostly as a result of pretending that he's full-on Badass when he just isn't.
  • Big Brother Bully: He treats his younger brother Strong Sad like crap, to a far greater extent than he does to any other character.
  • Breakout Character: He started out as the bad guy who opposed Homestar Runner, before eventually becoming the face of the whole site, even getting his own video game series.
  • Buffy Speak: He has a habit of making up his own words. Strong Sad even called him out on it in the "Fan Club" email.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He sometimes thinks of himself as this.
  • Casanova Wannabe: He considers himself a ladies' man, yet he's never seen with any around. In fact, the only woman he does interact with hates him.
  • Catch Phrase: He use to "like-a to say, 'holy crap'!" As his Dangeresque counterpart, he has "Looks like I'm gonna have to jump...!"
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Most of the time.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Since he strives to be a bad guy, he doesn't bother trying to be polite.
  • Defiant Stone Throw: He, or rather, his headless body, once opposed the King of Town by throwing stones at him.
  • Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: Strong Bad's attempts to cheat often backfire on him.
  • Disco Dan:
    • Aside from the New Paper and the Compé, he has ridiculously outdated technology. For starters he considered Mode 7 to be state-of-the art.
    • Also seems to quite an affinity for videogames Older Than the NES.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: A couple instances with Homestar, plus an email from a lovestruck dude named Brian. Strong Bad takes the time to answer him in an email to ward him off:
    Look, man, unless Brian is short for... "Brianrietta" or "Brian-Sue" or something like that, it's just not gonna work out between you and me, alright? Sorry to crush your hopes and dreams, Strong Bad.
  • Evil Is Cool: invoked Undoubtedly the reason why he keeps trying to proclaim himself a villain when he clearly isn't.
  • Expressive Mask: Justified in that his mask is actually his face. The one time he took it off (offscreen), it caused him extreme agony and gurgling noises.
  • Expy: Strong Bad gets both his name and the red-masked luchador appearance from the Data East NES game Tag Team Wrestling.
  • Genre Savvy: He often incorporates his knowledge of video games and movies into his logic.
  • Goofy Print Underwear
  • Grammar Nazi: Strong Bad will always make fun of people whose emails have bad spelling and grammar.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Sexually Active Today?
  • Hypocritical Humor: He enjoys criticizing people's grammar, but his isn't perfect either.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: The emails "rampage" and "your edge" has Strong Bad getting called out on it and trying his absolute best to assure everyone that he's not, with mixed results.
  • Jerkass: Strong Bad has been a jerk to everyone; his friends, his family, and even his fans. The only person he has never been mean to is the Little Girl.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: There have been occasions where Strong Bad gets along perfectly fine with other people, even helping them out.
  • Kick the Dog: While Strong Bad is generally a Harmless Villain with a tendency to Poke the Poodle, he does have these moments when he gets a little more aggressive/violent.
  • Large Ham
  • Menace Decay: Acknowledged in the sbemail "Your Edge".
  • Meta Guy
  • Metal Scream: And the Trogdor comes in the NIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT!!!!!!!!!
  • MST: On some Costumes made by fans They are quite funny.
  • The Napoleon: Strong Bad is the shortest of the Brothers Strong, and is easily the biggest jerk among them.
  • Neologizer: So much so that he's written an entire dictionary of his expressions. Many of them are here.
  • Nostalgia Filter: He tries to enter the email command in The Cheat's computer, only to discover that it doesn't work that way. When he gets his newest computer, he mistakes the wallpaper for a full-colored photo taped to the monitor. Finally, after checking his first email on his newest computer, the pop-up bubble, Compé-per, says "Ah-ha", much to Strong Bad's delight. He discovers the sounds could be changed and replaces said pop-up sound with the printer sound.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: He can have pretty nasty moments, such as the abuse he heaps on Strong Sad and The Cheat and his more violent tendencies.
  • Pet the Dog: Though it's usually on Strong Sad's part, there are times when Strong Bad actually gets along with him.
  • Poke the Poodle: Strong Bad's ideas of evil acts include not inflating a deflated basketball, throwing feathers at people, and spreading mayonnaise all over the living room and waiting almost half-an-hour before cleaning it up.
    "THIRTY WHOLE MINUTES!! Can you believe!!-yeah okay, we're losing our edge."
  • Rogues Gallery: Refers to himself, Strong Mad, and the Cheat as a "multi-purpose criminal element" in his character video. However, they are not much of a threat.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: One of his most defining characteristics is how inflated his ego is compared to his actual accomplishments.
  • Smoking Is Cool:
    • He enjoys the occasional cigar, and the office he is usually working in almost always has a lit cigarette in an ashtray next to him.
    • The ashtray only appears when he's playing the eponymous hardboiled P.I. in his homemade Dangeresque films.
      • He's never actually seen with one in hand, so it's possible that he just likes the smoke filling the air.
      • He actually DID smoke a cigar once, though there's no way of seeing the short toon anymore. To see it, you had to buy something from the store between 5 AM and 11:59 PM, but even then there was only a 1/3 chance that that was the one you would see. And on top of that, they discontinued the store messages in 2008.
    • Coach Z once finds him "smoking," but Strong Bad denies he's a smoker admits it's just a white crayon he lit on fire so he can use to get a smoke break after he'd taken up all the other types of leaves including maternity.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: He's had more screen time and importance than the character the website is actually named after.
  • Talking in Your Sleep: For some reason, he tends to mumble names of various Super NES games while dozing.
  • Unreliable Narrator: His massive ego, combined with his "doodle memory", means his recollection of past events are usually warped beyond recognition.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist
  • Villain Protagonist: He aspires to be one, and is to a degree when one considers some of his crueler acts. However, he's a Harmless Villain for the most part.
  • Vocal Evolution: He used to have some kind of Hispanic accent.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Trope Namer. His anime counterpart, Stinkoman, has blue hair for some inexplicable reason.

Strong Mad

I'M STRONG MAD!!!!! [beat] I DON'T LIKE THIS MOVIE!!! [another beat; smiles] I LIKE THE CHEAT!
Debut: "Super NES"

Strong Bad's hulking brute big brother. Doesn't say much, but what he does say is always said in a sort of guttural half-shout. Best buds with The Cheat.

Strong Sad

Each day, we die a little more.
Debut: "Super NES"

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

The Cheat


Strong Bad's small, yellow, unintelligible, and snarky pet/lackey. He supposedly lives in the King of Town's grill, but hangs out in the house of the Brothers Strong to work on his computer, Tangerine Dreams, where he makes his own Flash cartoons (usually with badly-drawn and voiced members of the rest of the cast singing the praises of The Cheat and giving him trophies).

    Other Main Characters 


I'm a self-made man, I am, I am! I sell hot dogs, chili dogs, slaw dogs, ketchup dogs and mustard dogs. I got drinks, drinks, drinks, candy and snow cones. I can fix everything what needs fixing. Like cars, TVs... marriages... [...] I guess the best word that describes me is... "personality". Um, because I have a good personality.

Enthusiastic (and not entirely honest) salesman and handyman, and proprietor of Bubs' Concession Stand. Also something of a party animal.

Coach Z

I have more than two praeblems!

A lonely, vaguely creepy, and quite possibly crazy coach and aspiring rap artist with an exaggerated Midwestern accent ("Great jaerb, Homestar!"). He was originally just someone to whom Homestar came for advice, but the Brothers Chaps have played up the seedy side of Coach Z's life to the point that it now dominates his character.

  • The Alcoholic: Unconventional, as he prefers to get his alcohol from Listerine, of all things.
  • Anything That Moves: In keeping with his creepiness, he seems to have shown interest in not only Marzipan, but also Bubs, Homestar, and even Pom Pom. And he apparently had a crush on "a hot blonde" at one point.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": "Z" on his medallion.
  • Catch Phrase: You can't just rush into the score zone!
  • Cloudcuckoolander: His grasp on reality can be pretty tenuous, such as the time he had a conversation on a broken phone.
  • Disco Dan
  • Dreadful Rapper: With the exception of his part in "Loading Screens".
  • Funny Foreigner: He's "a crazy man from another country," at least according to this old character page. Might help explain his ridiculous accent, at any rate.
  • Giftedly Bad
  • Informed Attribute: It is well known in the H* R universe that Coach Z is The Pig Pen. It's just not that obvious to us.
  • Jive Turkey: And unlike Bubs, he doesn't make it sound cool.
  • Monochromatic Eyes: His eyes are completely white.
  • Perpetual Poverty: "Aw, crackles! I forgot to pay my bills again this year."
  • The Pig Pen: He has been known to have questionable hygiene. At one point, he also leaked what could only be crude oil after taking off a ratty thong in the swimming pool.
    Strong Mad: PUT IT BACK ON! PUT IT BACK ON!!
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Originally, he just called himself a coach because he thought "Coach Z sounds cooler than just Z", but this idea has been pretty thoroughly abandoned. Doesn't stop him from doing just as much rapping and janitorial work as coaching nowadays, though.
  • Piss Take Rap: He's made dozens of songs, only one of which could be considered "good." One of his songs consists entirely of him counting to four and counting to two.
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy
  • Speech Impediment: "JEOOOOOORGHB!!!!!"
  • Stalker with a Crush: Shown in the Answering Machine tapes. He has probably broken into Marzipan's house at least once, and as of the latest AM installment, Marzi actually has a restraining order on him.
  • Unexplained Accent: His accent is so strange the main characters occasionally accuse him of making it up. For example, when he and Bubs go trick-or-treating in "Three Times Halloween Funjob":
    Coach Z: Trick 'er trort!
    Bubs: Come on, man...
    Coach Z: Okay, trick 'er treat...
    • Then, in the same scene, if given a packet of Swedish Fish:
      Coach Z: Ooh, the Swordish Forsh!
      Bubs: What did I just tell you?
      Coach Z: Cut me some slack! It's a crowd pleaser.
    • It's speculated, in fact, that his accent may be entirely his own, as mentioned in "Fall Float Parade", when they see a balloon that resembles Pom Pom:
      Coach Z: It's the Pam Pam b'loon!
      Marzipan: That's "Pom Pom balloon" for those of you who don't speak Coach Z.
  • Your Answer to Everything: His advice to Homestar is always "It's like a great sports play—you can't just rush into the score zone", regardless of whether it actually applies to the situation. This is even lampshaded in "The Best Decemberween Ever":
    Coach Z: Buying a Decemberween present for Strong Bad is like a great sports play.
    Homestar: (listlessly) Lemme guess: I can't just rush into the score zone.
    Coach Z: Hey, that's right!
    Homestar: (annoyed) Coach, that's your answer for everything!
    • In later cartoons, Coach Z is fond of planning an attack by saying, "We should run the picket fence at 'em!"

The King of Town

Now, despite rumors to the contrary, I did not just buy a crown at the costume palace and ask people to start calling me the King of Town. I earned my title the same way I earned a free combo meal: by purchasing one of equal or lesser value. I also did not ever try to eat my own mustache.

The self-proclaimed ruler of Free Country, USA, who's really just a fat, gluttonous old man who happens to have a crown, a castle, a retainer of servants, and a painful awareness of how unpopular he is with the other characters. He's tried to make himself more popular, with limited success, by doing things such as learning to play guitar and trying to get his very own quite popular cartoon show.

  • Authority in Name Only: Former Trope Namer.
  • Big Eater: Some of his feats include eating an entire Thanksgiving banquet and drinking a pool filled with jello and people in it.
  • Butt Monkey: Nobody likes him except for his loyal servants.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The King of Town's Very Own Quite Popular Cartoon Show
  • Does Not Like Spam: The only things he won't eat are peas and "whatsit". Then again, in the Fan Clubs sbemail easter egg...
    Strong Bad: "I can't believe I ate that whole pile of whatsit!" said the King of Town.
    King of Town: I wish that were fiction...
  • Eats Babies: An easter egg in the sbemail rated has him demand the Poopsmith to pack his bags for Transylvania, because he heard Strong Bad say that you're required by law to eat puppies for breakfast there.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: His middle name is Wad. Both Strong Bad and Bubs made fun of him when they found out.
  • Extreme Omnivore: in sbemail #134, he inhales about five pounds of pure salt (and a salt-shaker) like a vacuum, thereby obtaining the record for "Least Healthiest (Man?)".
  • Invisible Anatomy: Much like Homestar and Marzipan, he has no arms.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: In the Strong Bad email "flashback", he is depicted as the "svelte, young Prince of Town", looking much slimmer and having a visible chin. Presumably he let himself go at some point later in life and became the morbidly obese King of Town we know today.
  • Jabba Table Manners: Among other examples, he eats cake batter straight out of the bowl and simply inhales a pile of salt.
  • Masochist's Meal: Some of the things the King of Town has eaten are downright hazardous to normal people, such as deodorant products and automotive fluids.
    • In the sbemail fan club, an easter egg implies that he ate the Poopsmith's crap pile.
    Strong Bad: "I can't believe I ate that entire pile of whatsit!" said the King of Town.
    King of Town: I wish that were fiction.
  • Really 700 Years Old: He claims to be about 300 years old in "Which 'Ween Costumes?", and is implied to have been around for the first Decemberween in "A Decemberween Pageant".
  • Satellite Character: Most notably the Poopsmith, but also the rest of his retinue: the Blacksmith, the Hornblower, the Knight, the Cleric, and the Little Chef Guy.
  • Show Within a Show: The above "Quite Popular Cartoon Show".

The Poopsmith


The King of Town's most prominent (and disgusting) servant, the Poopsmith is an odd fellow who, as the name suggests, shovels whatsit for a living. Also, for some reason he has taken a vow of silence. According to Homestar, "The Poopsmith is a good guy. He's just got a crappy job."

  • Beware the Nice Ones: The Poopsmith is the King of Town's personal law enforcement agent.
  • Nerd: Judging from his Halloween costumes, he seems to have a keen interest in science fiction and video games.
  • The Pigpen: Considering his job, he always has some whatsit on his gloves.
  • Satellite Character: To the King of Town.
  • The Silent Bob
  • Talking with Signs: Despite the fact that he doesn't talk, he has, on rare occasion, used this to communicate.
  • Toilet Humour: Basically all the humor that revolves around him either involves this or his unexplained vow of silence.
  • The Voiceless: He doesn't speak because he has taken a vow of silence, which seems to be a requirement for his job. Until he broke that vow in email thunder, in which he finally sings. And he is voiced by John Linnell.


I'm a song from The Sixties!
Debut: "Email homsar"

A short, pudgy fellow that vaguely resembles Homestar, and speaks in warbling non-sequiturs. He came to be when a fan e-mailing Strong Bad misspelled "Homestar". He's apparently capable of defying the laws of physics whenever he feels like it and is an even bigger Cloudcuckoolander than anyone else in the cast (or maybe anyone else in the world).

  • Ascended Extra: He was originally a one-off gag.
  • Armless Biped: Just like Homestar, he has no arms, yet has no trouble doing any activities that require them.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": "Homsar" is written on his shirt.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Uhh, holy crap.
  • The Ditz: Practically everything Homsar says has no sense of logic.
  • Eloquent In My Native Tongue: As seen in episode 2 of SBCG4AP.
  • Killed Off for Real: Some fans think he was, thanks to the ending of A Decemberween Mackerel. Others think he isn't, and will come back alive and well again eventually, especially if he was crushed by a Heavy Lourde once.
  • Inherited Illiteracy Title: He was created to poke fun at a fan's misspelling of "Homestar," then stuck around.
  • Invisible Anatomy: If he does have arms, then they're invisible.
  • Magical Native American: Is a parody of this in episode 2 of SBCG4AP. Despite still being voiced by Matt, he even somewhat sounds like John Redcorn for a few minutes of gameplay.
  • Nice Hat: Which moves in erratic patterns whenever Homsar speaks. It's even capable of shapeshifting.
  • Reality Warper: One of his defining traits.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: He owes his very existence to this trope.
  • Talkative Loon
  • Word Salad: Almost everything he says constitutes as one, minus the things he says early on before Strong Bad drops the Heavy Lourde on him, implying the injury caused him to speak in word salads. He occasionally drifts back into sense-make, as seen in the sbemail "for kids":
    Homsar: That's a real popular song! Who wants to hear of it fifty times more?

    Alternate Universe Characters 

Teen Girl Squad

Debut: "Email comic"

A badly-drawn comic made by Strong Bad. The main characters are 4 girls who only want one thing: Boys. Lots and lots of BOYS. However, more often than not, everybody dies before this is accomplished. See its own page for applicable tropes.


Fat Dudley, The Homestar Runner, and Old-Timey Marzipan
Debut: "Kick the Can"

The universe in the style of 1930s cartoons. As in the original children's book, Homestar is "The" Homestar Runner. The characters have to deal with economic hardship as well as the schemes of the Old-Timey Strong Bad. Other recurring characters include The Homestar Runner's friends Old-Timey Marzipan and Fat Dudley (Pom Pom), Strong Bad's lackeys The Sneak (The Cheat) and The Strong Man (Strong Mad), Sickly Sam (Strong Sad), the Fort Wayne Locomotive (Coach Z), Old-Timey Bubs, Mr. Shmallow (Marshie), and Rumble Red (probably Nebulon). Old-Timey versions of the other characters also show up in most episodes.


Stinkoman, 1-Up, and Cheatball

The Animesque 20X6 is the future where all the Homestar characters have Japanese cartoon versions of themselves. Here, everyone seems to be obsessed with challenging, especially Stinkoman (Strong Bad). There is currently a game, in which Level 10 has been in the works for... a while now...

Cheat Commandos

Top row, L-R: Silent Rip, Fightgar, and Ripberger; Bottom row, L-R: Crackotage, Gunhaver, Firebert, and... Cracotage again?
Debut: "Cheat Commandos"

An Affectionate Parody on G.I. Joe and other merchandise-driven cartoons from The Eighties. Every character (not counting the voice actors and A. Chimendez) resembles The Cheat.
  • Artistic License - Gun Safety: The crew play with a new bulletproof vest they got by shooting each other with Gunhaver's gun. Later Admiral Flashfight is killed because everyone thought he was wearing the vest.
  • Big "Shut Up!": In "Comamndos In the Classroom", one of the "pro-positive life tools" Gunhaver gives to Reynold is to "envision [his] inapprorpriate-ors as giant slices of pizza". In an Easter egg, Blue Laser Commander says this to some Blue Laser foot soldiers who are dressed up like pizza slices:
    Blue Laser minion: (to Blue Laser Commander) Um, I'm not entirely sure this is what they were talking about, sir.
    Blue Laser Commander: SHUT IT! Pizza can't talk!
  • The Chew Toy: Reynold
  • The Chick: FoxFace and New Bad Guy Girl Character
  • Crossover: Teen Girl Squad episode 7 in an Easter Egg.
  • Emo Teen: Reynold's brother
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: New Bad Guy Girl Character
  • Face-Heel Turn: During the "2-Part Episode", Reynold is so disgruntled by the Commandos' treatment of him that he joins forces with Blue Laser as Scrawn Job.
  • Family-Friendly Firearms: Played with. The two factions use laser weapons and play this trope straight (Blue Laser's name even deriving from it), but Gunhaver carries a real pistol. See Artistic License - Gun Safety above.
  • Fighting Clown: A literal example with Fudgeclank of the Topplegangers.
  • Monster Clown: Face Clay
  • No Indoor Voice: Blue Laser Commander
  • Only Sane Man: Flashfight
  • The Other Darrin: In-Universe Example. Gunhaver's voice actor, Crack Stuntman, is temporarily fired due to "contractual mumbo-jumbo".
    • Crack tries to take over the role of Crackotage at one point.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: As an evil league of violence, Blue Laser naturally has several plans for world domination. However, the toons seen never actually show them carrying out such plans.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: New Bad Guy Girl Character is added to the show simply because Crack wanted his girlfriend to be able to play a character.
  • Red Shirt: The Green Helmets
    Gunhaver: We've got, like, 50 of them.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Crackotage
    Crackotage: Movie night is my favorite night. I think it is my favorite night!
    Silent Rip: Are you even trying anymore?
    • In an Easter egg in the toon where the above line of dialog is said, there is another exchange between Silent Rip and Crackotage:
    Silent Rip: Aw, you can do it. Try another one.
    Crackotage: I think my rhymes are truly broke! Broke, broke, broke, broke, broke, broke, broke!
  • Sissy Villain: Blue Laser Commander.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: Reynold / Scrawn Job

Sweet Cuppin' Cakes

L-R: Sherlock (the cowcopter), Eh! Steve (with D-ween styles), The Worm, Keyboard Strong Bad, and The Wheelchair

When Strong Bad is challenged by a viewer to make "[his] craziest cartoon", the result is something so bizarre even he doesn't understand it. Sweet Cuppin' Cakes is apparently about a half-cow/half-helicopter creature who tries to get a little worm out of the ground, and a wheelchair (voiced by Bubs) who chases a talking trapezoid named Eh! Steve... but who can tell? Strong Bad himself is also a character, except his head is an old keyboard that plays the demo music when he gets angry.


Dangeresque and his sidekick Reynaldo

A character played by Strong Bad in a trilogy of home movies produced, written, directed, and starring himself. He's a private and/or police detective who doesn't play by the rules, aided by his sidekicks Reynaldo (played by Coach Z) and Dangeresque, Too? (played by Homestar). The rest of the cast play various supporting roles, and Strong Sad plays pretty much everyone's beleaguered stunt double, mostly against his will.

In the HR world, many of the characters tend to treat other objects like they were people. Some of them actually might be.

Strong Bad's Computers

Debut: "Email some kinda robot" (Tandy 400), "Email invisibility" (Compy 386), "Email animal" (Lappy 486), "Compy Catalog" (Compé)

All of Strong Bad's ancient computers seems to have their own minds, and they all seem to hold grudges. Although the deaths of the Lappy and Tandy didn't bother him much, the Compy being shot affected him greatly. He started off with the green-screened Tandy 400, until it blew up,, then moved to the Compy 386, which was shot by Bubs after getting infected by over 400,000 computer viruses, and then the Lappy 486, which Strong Bad blew up. He now uses the Compé.

  • Anachronism Stew: With the exception of the Compé, Strong Bad uses old style command prompt computers.
  • Disco Dan: Strong Bad's first state of the art computer had two contrast knobs! His first laptop had five whole minutes of battery life and weighed an extremely portable forty two pounds! Strong Bad viewed them as the epitome of computing.
  • Jackass Genie: The Tandy sometimes ignores Strong Bad's orders fully. Other times, it takes advantage of his Exact Words (though during the instance described below, it was malfunctioning, having exploded (oddly enough) a few emails beforehand).
    Strong Bad: "Deleted!."
    Tandy: "Saved forever."
    Strong Bad: (sarcastically) Oh, that's great. Great, thank you. Yeah, go ahead and save that one, why don't you, yeah. So I can treasure it for years and years, and show it to my kids.
  • Reality Warper: When the Compy is infected with a virus that infects reality.
  • Back from the Dead: The first and second computers.
    • Back for the Dead: In SBEmail retirement, they demanded to have one more email checked on each of them. Strong Bad obliged, but in such a way that permanently destroyed both of them.

The Papers

Debut: "Email some kinda robot" (The Paper), "Email the paper" (New Paper), "Email independent" (Compé-paper)

Two perspective altering printers and a pop up balloon. They usually appear at the end of an email to prompt an email to Strong Bad.

  • Killed Off for Real: The Paper.
    Strong Bad: "Why do all of my thirty year old electronics keep breaking on me?"
    • Back from the Dead: It surprisingly returns from the dead for the 200th email, only to accidentally get burned to a crisp once more by sparks flying off Homestar's short-circuiting Happy 8600. It has not been seen since.
  • Perspective Magic
  • Replacement Scrappy: In universe, Strong Bad sometimes lamented that the New Paper is worse than the Old Paper, as well as the Compeper, to New Paper.

The Stick

It's a stick. Designates the local cool hangout for the Brothers Strong.

Wagon Fulla Pancakes

Debut: "Email montage"

The Bennedettos

Debut: "Email army"

Marzipan's appliances, who Homestar thinks are people (as he recruited Frank Bennedetto, a popcorn machine, for his "Homestarmy"). Other members include Mrs. Bennedetto, Marzipan's microwave, and others, Frank's "brothers", referred to in Strong Badia the Free. Mr. Bennedetto owes Homestar five bucks.


The Goblin

An armless green critter who turns up most Halloweens, the Goblin looks around, does a dance, and disappears for another year. The rest of the characters don't seem to like him that much—until he saves them from a Carnivorous Undead Sheep in "Most in the Graveyard".

Homeschool Winner

Debut: "Character Cards"

A scrapped taller looking character resembling Homestar, only blue and with an overbite. He appeared once on a now hidden trading card animation, and in the background of the game Dancin' Bubs. Matt said in an interview that he was made after a friend thought their website was called "". They describe him as incredibly smart and more than a little creepy.


I got the heart of a lion and the wings of a bat—BECAUSE IT'S MIDNITE!
Debut: "Email band names" (mentioned), "Email monster truck" (in-person)

The greatest hair metal band in the world (at least in Strong Bad's eyes), made up of brothers Larry (vocals), Gary (lead guitar), Perry (bass), and Mary (drums) Palaroncini. They sing songs about love and living in the fast lane, do gigs in Free Country USA and beyond, and have never quite left 1987. They had their own Saturday morning cartoon show in the '80s that was canceled before the first commercial break. Their manager is the nerdy Doug Teegland, and Strong Bad is their biggest fan.


Debut: "Main Page 1"

A little green alien who floats around in outer space. No one likes his style.

Senor Cardgage

Cargeenan, Monteljohn, can you detect me to the nearest bus stamp?

An older, vaguely sleazy man who constantly uses nonsense-words. Strong Bad looks up to him; Marzipan looks down on him. While he lost the non-sequitur championship to Homsar, he's still not exactly known for his eloquence. He carries around a grocery bag full of melty candy bars that he eats loudly while standing to close to people.

  • Cloud Cuckoolander
  • Cool Old Guy: Strong Bad sees him as this.
  • Dirty Old Man
  • Honest John's Dealership: At least he's aware of it:
    Senor: (standing on a lawnmower) Why, hello, Miss Trela. Check out Senor Cardgage's Intregway. Dump Tell No Mandy — it's just a landmower moved bankways.
  • Jerkass: At times, such as when he walked off with Strong Bad's football after promising to "hit him on the slant".
  • Malaproper: His signature character trait is saying things that "aren't one word but aren't quite another."
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: He is this in some cartoons, such as when he is heard singing a creepy rhyme within a children's day care building with barbed wire and a Chalk Outline outside. Strong Sad also sees him as such, informing Strong Bad that he gave him nightmares. And despite his hero worship of the guy, Strong Bad himself bore witness to this in "hremail3184" when Senor Cardgage walked in place sans friction as disembodied traffic sounds echoed around him.
    Strong Bad: ...I'm quite scared right now.
  • Rambling Old Man Monologue: Constantly.
  • Self-Deprecation: Possibly in "Senor Cardgage Mortgage" in one of his few coherent moments
    Act now and see if you can stand to talk to me for more than four seconds!
  • Vague Age: He's...older. Ish.
  • Word Salad

Shark-Tooth Bubs

An alternate version of Bubs with two dot eyes, a set of fangs, and a unicorn-type horn coming out of his head. Unlike most of the H*R cast, he's voiced by Mike instead of Matt. Like the regular Bubs, he runs (or claims to run) a concession stand (in his case, called "Eight Burgers"). As with most of Mike's characters, his appearances are few and far-between. With the exception of his debut in Theme Park, he has only appeared as a puppet or as a voice on the DVD commentaries.

Looks and name aside, his personality is only marginally similar to his better-known counterpart. Think of a slightly more articulate version of Homsar or Senor Cardgage and you're probably on the right track.

The brothers came up with the character after a Chinese toy designer sent them prototype plush toys of some of the characters. They were very amused at how the designer misinterpreted Bubs's eyes and mouth and decided to work him into one of their upcoming cartoons (The Theme Park email). They initially put him in a cartoon as an Affectionate Parody of unlicensed toys. However, every appearance since then has been as a character (complete with spoken lines) as opposed to just being a prop.

  • Ascended Extra: Not much of one, but considering that his first appearance was as a mere prop...
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: just listen to him on Puppets on the Road on the 4th Strong Bad Email DVD or on the DVD commentary for Long Pants.
  • Jive Turkey
  • The Man Behind the Man: The Curly-Fried Caper
  • Nothing Personal: "Sorry Piles, I've got my own styles."
  • Rousing Speech: "Heaven help us! Let us rest in the wake of the hours beneath! For tomorrow is a grand style! Courageously affording the brothers of our...Lester Brothers."
  • Rule of Three: See the Running Gag below
  • Running Gag: In Puppets on the Road, while in Philadelphia, he keeps referring to "the chicken man", a Philadelphia-based crime boss.
  • Turn Coat: Appatently, he doesn't care who owns the pile, so long as he gets to be "pile manager".


Trogdor was a man!
I mean... he was a dragon-man!
Er... maybe he was just a dragon...
But he was still TROGDOR!!! TROGDOR!!!
Debut: "Email dragon"

A stick-figure dragon with one beefy arm drawn by Strong Bad when a fan asked him to show his "skills of an artist", Trogdor is a monster who comes in the night, burninates all the people who live in thatch-roofed cottages, and generally terrorizes the land of Peasantry. Created as a one-off joke, Trogdor proved immensely popular thanks to his rocking metal theme song and soon starred in his own video game, and the legend grew from there. A full-length text-based Adventure Game, Peasant's Quest, introduced the heroic peasant Rather Dashing, who will stop at nothing (sans burnination) to stop Trogdor.

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