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Homestar and Friends
Evewybody loves the me! I'm a tewwific athlete!
- 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.
- In "Jibblies 2", Homestar is the only character besides Homsar who doesn't get the Jibblies, because he's too oblivious to be scared by the painting.
- Adorkable: He may be an idiot and a klutz, but he's also a real sweetie.
- 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, he initially sounds like Marzipan due to getting a spit bubble caught in his throat.
- Catch Phrase: "Seriously"note . He (extremely) briefly tried to incorporate a new one: "That's bupkus!"
- Characterization Marches On: In his earliest appearances, Homestar wasn't really dumb at all.
- Cloudcuckoolander: While he's usually just a ditz, he can fall into this at times, especially in "the movies".
- Cool Shades: Even Strong Bad admits he looks cool with sunglasses.
- The Cuckoolander Was Right: He's the only person who can tell that the Thnikkaman is just a Paper-Thin Disguise of Bubs.
- The Ditz: Yeah, he's a bit dim. Sometimes averted in scenes with characters who are so far out in Cloudcuckooland (like Coach Z) that he can't help but look like the Only Sane Man by comparison. Notably, he's also the one person in Free Country that can see through Bubs' Paper-Thin Disguise as the Thnikkaman.
- 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, despite Strong Bad not considering him to be a friend at all. Though his relationship with Marzipan is more justified, Marzipan has been an abusive girlfriend to him in the past.
- 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.
- Keet: Probably the most cheerful character on the site.
- 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".
- Randomly Reversed Letters: In "The Interview", Homestar's "resume" (actually his grocery list) has the esses reversed.
- Sarcasm-Blind: Homestar didn't notice that Bubs was speaking to him in very thinly veiled anger in "Donut Unto Others" missing the tone of his voice, the smoke coming from his head and the face he's literally red in the face.
- Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: He likes to do this whenever he uses a phone or opens a door, saying sounds like "boop" and "ding-dong."
- Spell My Name with a "The": He used to be known as "The Homestar Runner" before the "The" was dropped. His Old-Timey counterpart is called "The Homestar Runner" as a reference to this.
- Stupid Sexy Flanders: He manages to cause this reaction to Strong Bad sometimes, most notably in the second Costume Commentary when a hot girl dressed as Homestar is seen.Strong Bad: So confused... what to think? Hot Homestar?! My brain is splitting in half!
- The Pollyanna: His cheery demeanor doesn't falter even if his face is covered in broken glass, or his legs have spontaneously gained several more knees.
- 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 and gravelly over the years. Sorta explained in the 2014 April Fools episode: he had a piece of crab shell stuck in his throat for several years.
I'm a fiercely independent woman, and I'm fiercely independent about the soy products I choose.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 occasions (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: Being the only girl, she's the most feminine member of the cast.
- Cloudcuckoolander: She can be pretty loopy sometimes, such as treating a sandwich like it was a talking baby, mistaking Homestar's voice for the sandwich's.
- Cross Player: Marzipan usually dresses up as male characters during Halloween, something that gets lampshaded by Homestar in "Most in the Graveyard."
- 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.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Occasionally, she plays this role to Homestar, such as when she registers him as a pet for a pet show competition.
- 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. This can get ridiculous sometimes, such as literally interpreting the phrase "olly olly oxen free" as setting oxen free.
- 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.
- Vocal Evolution: Her voice is a bit deeper as of I Killed Pom Pom.
- The Ace: About the only thing he doesn't excel in is 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: He rarely does anything of note anymore, but he's still spotted sometimes.
- 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 even though he only speaks 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.
- Silent Snarker: Despite being The Unintelligible, Pom Pom can often come across as this towards the others through his facial expressions alone, usually when they're acting especially weird.
- Straight Man: Being the Only Sane Man in a cast full of cuckoolanders, he acts as the straight man to their antics
- The Unintelligible: He can only speak in bubbling sounds.
The Brothers Strong
You don't know it yet, but I'm the real reason you're here. Check me out! No, seriously, check me out.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.
- Antiquated Linguistics: Old Timey Strong Bad.
- Bad Boss: Strong Bad can be pretty cruel to The Cheat, sometimes for no reason at all.
- Bad Liar: His attempts at prank calling Marzipan are pretty bad. He doesn't change his voice or does a poor job of disguising it, and many of his pranks consist of telling Marzipan to do stupid things no one with any common sense would do. Marzipan even seems to enjoy hearing his prank calls, and gives him suggestions and constructive criticism on them.
- Badbutt: He's absolutely convinced that he's a full-on badass. Suffice it to say, he's not. Perhaps best summarized by this.
- Berserk Button: He gets annoyed when e-mails ask him how he can type with boxing gloves on or end with any form of the word "crap".
- Big Brother Bully: While his villainous side has mostly been flanderized away, even his less physically harmful treatment of Strong Sad is well into psychological abuse territory.
- 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.
- Bullying a Dragon: He intentionally ticks off Strong Mad sometimes.
- Card-Carrying Villain: He sometimes thinks of himself as this. Why ask to borrow Homestar's newspaper when you can steal it dressed as a cat burglar?
- 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 used to "like-a to say, 'holy crap'!" but this quickly became a Discredited Meme. As his Dangeresque counterpart, he has "Looks like I'm gonna have to jump...!"
- Characterization Marches On: He's gone from being the main villain and Homestar's foil to just a jerk who occasionally inconveniences people. His relationship with Homestar has also improved dramatically from the days of their rivalry; especially since the April Fools Day 2015 cartoon and on. He seems much less annoyed with Homestar and even tries to get him to come to the fallout shelter when Flash is 'dying.'
- Cheaters Never Prosper: Most of the time.
- Comedic Underwear Exposure: He's been caught in his tighty-whities sometimes.
- Comically Missing the Point: He often misinterprets the e-mails he receives, although sometimes he does this on purpose.
- Cool Mask: He wears a luchador mask, or rather, his luchador mask is his face.
- 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.
- Defictionalization: In-universe, a lot of things Strong Bad makes up end up becoming real, like the bands Limozeen and Taranchula and the cartoon Sweet Cuppin' Cakes.
- 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. He also seems to have quite an affinity for video games Older Than the NES. When he does use new technology, he's shown to be very out of touch with it, such as trying to enter the email command in The Cheat's iMac G3 from 2002. When he gets the out-of-his-competence-zonely modern Compé, he mistakes the wallpaper for a full-colored photo taped to the monitor, and when it's crushed by six years worth of dust into another older-style computer, the Lappier, he considers it a step up.
- Drunk on Milk: He once acted drunk after drinking soy sauce.
- 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.
- Meanwhile, when he's genuinely abusive to his brother, it's never played as cool. ZigZagged, to say the very least.
- 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.
- Fashion Model: He puts up pictures to see if he got hired, and was given a job as the model for the "Husky Head" catalog.
- Genre Savvy: He often incorporates his knowledge of video games and movies into his logic.
- 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?: He often reminds people that he has many girlfriends, none of which are ever actually seen.
- 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.
- Zig-zagged with his career as a thief. He's been known to break into the King of Town's castle not just unopposed (there's usually only one actual guard, The Poopsmith) but also undetected until the next day. At the same time, his absolute lack of a budget and the Closed Circle nature of Free Country means there aren't a lot of places for him to hide.
- Insult Backfire: His prank calls on Marzipan are so bad, that in "Marzipan's Answering Machine version 4.0", Marzipan actually suggests Strong Bad call her with a particular prank call because it's her favorite.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: There have been occasions where Strong Bad gets along perfectly fine with other people, even helping them out.
- 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.
- Jerkass Has a Point: In some cases like "A Decemberween Mackerel".Strong Bad: What's goin' on here?Marzipan: Help, quick! I think Senor Cardgage is dying!Strong Bad: And what makes you think that?Marzipan: He told me so when I brought him a hot covered dish to brighten his dismal life.Strong Bad: He told you. You decided to take, at face value, something the guy who lives in a bush and talks to melty candy bars said.Marzipan: Maybe?Strong Bad: And, who not fifteen minutes ago, told me I "might paste away if I Dinty Moore." Besides, everybody knows the way to save Senor Cardgage is to cut a bunch of motor sports magazines in half and pour gravy on a defibrillator. A-like so.(Strong Mad tears a stack of magazines in half while The Cheat pours gravy on the defibrillator. It actually works)
- 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: He can be over-the-top sometimes.
- Masked Luchador: He used to be a wrestler with all sorts of gimmicks. The only kind he didn't use was being a masked wrestler, despite having a mask for a face.
- Menace Decay: Acknowledged in the sbemail "Your Edge".
- Meta Guy: He breaks the fourth wall more than most of the other characters combined.
- Metal Scream: And the Trogdor comes in the NIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT!!!!!!!!!
- MST: On some Costumes made by fans They are quite funny. Not to mention the site intro.
- The Napoleon: Strong Bad is the shortest of the Brothers Strong (and one of the shortest main characters), and is easily the biggest jerk among them.
- Narcissist: He's convinced that he is the paragon of handsomeness, to the point where he once got distracted by a dancing toy of himself. Interestingly, he often imagines himself as being more buff than he actually is.
- Neologizer: So much so that he's written an entire dictionary of his expressions. Many of them are here.
- Nostalgia Filter: Strong Bad frequently shows a preference for old technology instead of new technology. He's repeatedly shown his disdain towards the New Paper for being worse than the old Paper, and once mocked the Cheat for using "new computers." When he discovers that the sound the Compé-per makes could be changed, he replaces its pop-up sound with the first Paper's sound. This quote from when the original Paper failed sums it up best:The Paper, NOOO! Why do all my thirty-year old electronics keep breaking on me?
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Despite his "Poke the Poodle" behavior 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: As the years wore on, Strong Bad's ideas of evil acts shifted toward not inflating a deflated basketball, throwing feathers at people (he claimed he couldn't afford the hot tar), 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."
- Red Boxing Gloves: His boxing gloves are actually his hands.
- 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: Zig-Zagged. The private office he works in sometimes in almost always has a lit cigarette in an ashtray next to him, especially when he's playing the hardboiled P.I. Dangeresque in his homemade Dangeresque films. However, he's rarely seen actually holding it, and usually uses it just to fill the air with smoke. He actually DID smoke a cigar once◊, but there's no way of seeing the short toon anymore.note Coach Z once found him "smoking," but Strong Bad denies being a smoker, and admits it's just a white crayon he lit on fire so he can use it to get a smoke break after he used all his other breaks that day, including maternity.
- 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.
- Technopath: We've actually seen how he types with boxing gloves — he just bumps his fists against the keys and magically gets the letters he wants. However, this isn't limited to just his fists; not only can he type with his forehead and feet, the words that result still match his mood (despair, hyperactivity, etc.)
- Unreliable Narrator: His massive ego, combined with his "doodle memory", means his recollection of past events are usually warped beyond recognition.
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Thanks to being a Jerkass, a lot of bad things that happen to him are Played for Laughs.
- 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. There's even a DVD exclusive email entirely about Strong Bad's old accent. There are still traces of the accent in his current voice, but it's nowhere near as thick as it was in his earlier appearances.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: He's almost never seen wearing a shirt.
- Would Hit a Girl: He insults Marzipan on a regular basis, and has tried to hurt or even kill her several times throughout the series, but he's never actually succeeded.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: His genre savviness can end up being this sometimes as Reality Ensues.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Trope Namer. His anime counterpart, Stinkoman, has blue hair for some inexplicable reason.
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.
- And Call Him George: He once stayed over at Homestar's house to play. Homestar got buried under cinderblocks, had the Concession Stand thrown at him, and got hit by a meteorite. Though the meteorite wasn't Strong Mad's fault.
- Awesome Mc Cool Name: The name of his character in the "Dangeresque" films is "Killingyouguy".
- Berserk Button: Whatever you do, do not harm The Cheat unless you want to face his wrath.
- Big Brother Bully: He sometimes torments Strong Sad, though not to as great of an extent as Strong Bad does. He is also not above tormenting Strong Bad, especially if he lashes out at The Cheat.
- The Big Guy: When he's not helping Strong Bad in his schemes, he acts like the dumb, strong guy of the group.
- Boisterous Bruiser: He's big and strong, highly protective of The Cheat, and has No Indoor Voice.
- Brought to You by the Letter "S": He has a big letter "M" on his singlet.
- The Brute: He serves as the muscle in Strong Bad's schemes.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Although he is the eldest of the Strong brothers, he's also the most naive. Not only does he not have an indoor voice, but, according to Strong Bad, he also has "a pretty tenuous grasp on the English language." Example:Strong Bad: Hey, Strong Mad, what's my favorite movie?
Strong Mad: GARBLEDINA!
- The Ditz: Possibly the dumbest character in the series.
- Dumb Muscle: He's strong enough to carry Bubs' Concession Stand, yet dumb enough to fall for Homestar's Paper-Thin Disguise as The Cheat.
- Extreme Omnivore: He eats everything but guitars. Yes, he also eats The Cheat. Several times to give him baths, if Strong Bad is to be believed. He can even drink internet bandwidth.
- Gentle Giant: For all his muscle and hostility, he also has a big heart and a soft side, especially towards The Cheat, of whom he is quite defensive.
- Man Child: While Strong Mad is the oldest of the Strong brothers, he is also the most childish and naïve. Overlaps with Cloudcuckoolander and Gentle Giant.
- No Indoor Voice: "I CAN BE THE QUIETEST MOUSE! I LIVE IN THE QUIETEST HOUSE!!"
- Nobody Loves the Bassist: He serves as the bassist in Marzipan's band, but he doesn't get much recognition. Case in point, when one of their songs listed the names of the band members, he's only referred to as their bass player.
- Offscreen Teleportation: In "Homestar Ruiner".
- Overly Narrow Superlative: He once set the record for "Most Macaronis Nailed To A Paper Towel Tube...By Strong Mad."
- Papa Wolf: Towards The Cheat.
- Perpetual Frowner: His default expression is a big, angry frown. He has smiled on occasion though.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: Averted, even when he wears glasses, he doesn't get any smarter.
Each day, we die a little more.
Debut: "Super NES"Strong Bad's depressed, sarcastic and possibly undead punching bag of a younger brother. Years of being picked on by his brothers have given him an outlook on life that's as grim and gray as he is. Strong Sad is fairly smart, though, and occasionally gets one over on Strong Bad. He's also noted for his elephant or rhino feet, which he calls "soolnds."
- AcCENT Upon the Wrong SylLABle: Has a habit of pronouncing words as if they had accented letters when they don't, to sound fancy or erudite or something.
- The Bore: He's rather resigned to the fact that nobody except Marzipan and Homsar are interested in his art, poetry, and music. (And it's hard to tell with Homsar.)
- Butt Monkey: He suffers more abuse than everyone else on the site, usually from Strong Bad. It's often glossed over, but he suffers through some stuff that would probably be fatal in real life, like being boarded up in a full bathtub on a yearly basis.
- Character Blog: Here, though "I haven't updated that thing in years." In keeping with his Emo Teen characterization, it's modeled on LiveJournal.
- Deadpan Snarker: His most frequent way of getting revenge on Strong Bad is to snark at him whenever possible.
- Death Seeker: In "Most in the Graveyard", he's thrilled at the thought of having willed himself to death.
- The Dog Bites Back: Strong Sad does get Strong Bad back every once in a while, such as pelting him with snowballs in "rough copy" and tasering the living crap out of him in Baddest of the Bands.
- The Eeyore: He even tries his best to avoid being happy sometimes.
- Emo Teen: He may or may not be teenage, but he fits otherwise.
- Fanboy: In the email "fan club", it's revealed that Strong Sad heads the fan club devoted to Strong Bad Emails, the "Deleteheads".
- Hipster: Among all the cast he's the most natural source of jokes on this, like his Fugazi-referencing "This is not a the geddup noise t-shirt" and calling the Geddup Noise a "freakin' sell-out".
- Intoxication Ensues: Bad things happen when Strong Sad drinks coffee. It doesn't even matter if its decaf or not. Just don't give him caffeine.
- Mad Eye: When he gets caffeinated, one of his eyes gets bigger.
- Meta Guy: He often remarks how weird life can be in the series.
- Narcissist: Downplayed. While he usually has low self-esteem, there have been occasions where Strong Sad tries to stroke his own ego, such as in the Strong Bad Email "pizza place" where he calls himself a fan favorite, and the "fan club" email where he inserts a blatant Marty Stu of himself into a story.
- Nerd: He tends to be a fan of obscure subjects.
- No Respect Guy: The rest of the cast generally treats him pretty badly, even though he's the smartest (intelligible) person in the cast.
- Only Sane Man: One of the few rational characters in the series, when he's not wallowing in self pity.
- The Smart Guy: He deduced a way to return King Bubsgonzola (Supreme) back to his normal size by using a bowl of Kashi, and is also capable of calculating the temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure using no tools when asked. At one point he transcribed Paradise Lost on a single grain of rice in four languages.
- Too Kinky to Torture: He considers being horribly sick to be the best day of his life, and was happy about the prospect of being struck blind.
- Twitchy Eye: When he gets high on caffeine, one of his eyes gets twitchy.
- Vocal Evolution: His voice used to be lower and monotone, before it became higher and more expressive.
Meh!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).
- The Ace: During his off time from helping Strong Bad.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: As Strong Bad put it once, "The Cheat's physiology◊ just plain baffles me."
- The Chew Toy: People like kicking him. One game even features Strong Bad building a machine (comprised of a giant replica of his foot) designed to kick The Cheat into a brick wall. There was also a weird running gag where The Cheat's head would suddenly explode for no reason.
- Drunk on Milk: He got drunk once after drinking soy sauce.
- Expy: Of Eugene the Jeep, of Thimble Theater and Popeye fame.
- Her Code Name Was "Mary Sue": His "Powered by the Cheat" animations either have him stealing the spotlight from someone else, or inserting himself into them for no reason.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Usually played straight, but averted on a number of occasions. Sometimes The Cheat can accomplish tasks remarkably well, such as stealing a cantaloupe from Marzipan's garden in a matter of seconds. Other times he causes things to fall apart, such as using fireworks instead of explosives on a door, causing him and Strong Bad to get caught. On the whole, Zig-zagged.
- Intelligible Unintelligible: Despite only communicating in squeaks around the other characters, they usually have no trouble understanding him.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: The Cheat gets kicked a lot, but given his criminal tendencies, he definitely deserves some of that kicking.
- Spell My Name with a "The": He is "The Cheat." Yes, even the "The" is capitalized.
- Stylistic Suck: His "Powered by The Cheat" animations have poor animation, are filled with mistakes, and have bad voice acting.
- The Unintelligible: A strange case, since he is fully capable of coherent speech as it's been confirmed he does all the voice acting for his animations. Otherwise, he's completely unintelligible.
- Weasel Mascot: Especially his old-timey counterpart, "The Sneak", which is a rat/possum-like creature.
- Your Head A Splode: One Running Gag involves The Cheat's head exploding for whatever reason, leaving him with an Ash Face.
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.
Debut: "Where My Hat Is At?"An enthusiastic but not entirely honest salesman and handyman, and proprietor of Bubs' Concession Stand. Also something of a party animal.
- Amoral Attorney: When Bubs served as Coach Z's defense attorney, he decided that Coach Z was guilty without even knowing what the crime was.
- Honest John's Dealership:
- And how! Here's a list of his more questionable practices.
- Turns out it's enforced or invoked. He sells his legit quality merchandise on the black market and his inferior and often dangerous products at his storefront because he has a reputation to uphold.
- Ironically, Bubs himself is pretty susceptible to being swindled, like the time The Cheat tricked Bubs into accepting pencil shavings as legal tender.
- Jive Turkey: Strong Bad mentions that some of the things he says don't make sense.
- Kaiju: King Bubsgonzola (Supreme).
- Mr. Fixit: If something's broken, you go to Bubs. His solutions can be pretty shoddy sometimes, such as fixing a broken clock by taping a working clock to it. Or fixing a computer virus by shooting the computer with a shotgun!
- No Celebrities Were Harmed:
- Until about 2004, when his voice changed, his voice was Matt Chapman's best attempt at sounding like Redd Foxx.
- Post evolution, he voice turned into a Scatman Crothers impersonation.
- Only Shop in Town: His Concession Stand is this to Free Country, USA.
- Orange/Blue Contrast: Has a blue face, and an orange body.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: His "Thnikkaman" disguise is literally a piece of paper taped to his chest and a pair of sunglasses. Oddly enough, only Homestar, of all people, can see through the disguise; even the normally sensible people, like Strong Sad and Marzipan, don't seem to see it.
- Perpetual Smiler He has a permanent toothy grin on his face which merely moves around as he talks, no matter what his emotions are.
- The Scrooge: His stinginess is the main reason why many of his products are so subpar.
- Self-Made Man: He is, he is!
- Top-Heavy Guy: Strong Bad once described him as having "ample top portions."
- We Sell Everything: He seems to sell anything the characters need at the moment.
I have more than two praerblems!
Debut: "Where My Hat Is At?"A lonely, vaguely creepy, and quite possibly crazy coach and aspiring rap artist with an exaggerated northern 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 (possibly requited), Homestar, Pom Pom, and even a drawing. 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!" and, in a couple of later cartoons, "I say we run the picket fence at 'em."
- Cloudcuckoolander: His grasp on reality can be pretty tenuous, such as the time he had a conversation on a broken phone. Deconstructed in that he acknowledges he is mentally ill, and has "more than two prablems".
- Disco Dan: He rivals Strong Bad in this department, as much of the technology he uses is really outdated.
- Dreadful Rapper: Some of his lyrics just consists of counting.
- Everyone Has Standards: As bad as his hygiene is, even he thinks drinking melonade from a toilet with slippers is too gross.
- 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: With the exception of his part in "Rap Song", "Loading Screens" and "Fish Eye Lens".
- Informed Attribute:
- Its Pronounced Tro Pay: The Z in his name is pronounced as "Zee" like in America, not like "Zed" in the UK, Commonwelth, and Canada. Lampshaded in "Where My Hat is At" when his name is spelled as "Coach Zee" and in "Do Over" where Strong Bad jokes that a Canadian viewer would probably call him "Coach Zed".
- Jive Turkey: And unlike Bubs, he doesn't make it sound cool.
- Monochromatic Eyes: His eyes are completely white.
- Perpetual Poverty: He lives in a locker room, he wants to go to prison so he can have three square meals a day, and then there was that time he ran out of power."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!!
- He also makes an offhand comment in Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People that implies that the track's showers are so disgusting and poorly cleaned that the CDC has to step in periodically to bleach the place to prevent a biological disaster.
- 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: He tries to be, but he's not very fly at all.
- 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.
- Totally Radical: He desperately tries to sound cool with bad rap and dated slang.
- 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.
- Lampshaded in "Fish Eye Lens".Coach Z: Strong Bad! The people need your help!Strong Bad: Wait, the who?Coach Z: I mean, the pee-orple!Strong Bad: There you go.
- 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.
- For example, when he and Bubs go trick-or-treating in "Three Times Halloween Funjob":
- 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!"
- 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":
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.
- Authority in Name Only: The only people he's the king of are his loyal servants. Everyone else just considers him a lame old man. He even used to be the Trope Namer. However, the Poopsmith often keeps the rest of the cast in line. He also has his own army.
- Benevolent Boss: He's shown to be pretty nice to his servants, such as defending the Poopsmith when Strong Bad made fun of his costume.
- Big Eater: Some of his feats include eating an entire Thanksgiving banquet and drinking a pool filled with jello and people.
- 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 thing he won't eat is peas. He used to have an aversion to "whatsit", but later toons heavily imply he eats that too now.
- 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: He's eaten toilet paper, lightbulbs, and even piles of whatsit, among other inedible objects.
- 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.
- Manipulative Bastard: In the second episode of SBCG4AP, he uses a surprisingly well thought-out plot to trick Strong Bad into usurping him, allowing the KOT to take over Strong Bad's email show.
- 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.
- 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. In the sbemail fan club, an easter egg implies that he ate the Poopsmith's
- 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".
- Smarter Than You Look: Episode 2 of SBCG4AP shows that he's more than capable of outsmarting and manipulating Strong Bad.
- Berserk Button: Do not steal or eat the Poopsmith's pile of whatsit.
- 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 Pig Pen: Considering his job, he always has some whatsit on his gloves.
- Satellite Character: To the King of Town.
- The Silent Bob: He doesn't have much difficulty communicating with the other characters despite his vow of silence.
- 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 '60s!
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.
- Brick Joke: Homsar was "raised by a cup of coffee" and "the son of a Chipwich". One Easter egg shows a picture of his "parents" (coffee, Chipwich), which also appear on the Homsar Reservation Flag.
- Brought to You by the Letter "S": "Homsar" is written on his shirt.
- Cloudcuckoolander: A definite resident. And only seems to speak in his native tongue too.
- The Ditz: Practically everything Homsar says has no sense of logic.
- Eloquent in My Native Tongue: As seen in episode 2 of SBCG4AP.
- Hidden Depths: Same as above. Once Strong Bad learns to understand him (through copious use of Noodle Implements), Homsar turns out to be soft-spoken and intelligent. The fact that his country apparently has free health care may be a sign.
- 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.
- No Sell: Homsar is immune to a lot of things. For example, he doesn't get the Jibblies; in fact, he gives the painting the Jibblies.
- Reality Warper: One of his defining traits. Gravity has no power over him and he's even shown to be able to warp the world around him by yelling.
- Rouge Angles of Satin: He owes his very existence to this trope.
- Talkative Loon:
- Almost everything he says is a word salad, minus the things he says early on before Strong Bad drops the Heavy Lourde on him, implying the injury caused him to speak in word salads. He occasionally drifts back into sense-make (more or less) for a few seconds, as seen in the sbemail "for kids":Homsar: That's a real popular song! Who wants to hear of it fifty times more?
- Apparently, calling Marzipan's answering machine allows him to make sense for a few minutes, according to the 2016 April Fools' toon.
- It's possible Strong Bad dropping the heavy lourde on him might have turned him into a Word Salad loon, since he talked with normal syntax in his first appearance.
- Almost everything he says is a word salad, minus the things he says early on before Strong Bad drops the Heavy Lourde on him, implying the injury caused him to speak in word salads. He occasionally drifts back into sense-make (more or less) for a few seconds, as seen in the sbemail "for kids":
- They Killed Kenny Again: One of his powers seems to be coming back from the dead. His death was highly implied at the end of "A Decemberween Mackerel," which was one of the last toons before the website's 4-year hiatus. Then he reappeared unharmed in the 2014 Halloween Toon, "I Killed Pom Pom", only for him to apparently be executed without trial in the 2015 Halloween Toon, "The House That Gave Sucky Tricks", before coming back again in "Marzipan's Answering Machine 17.2".
- Vocal Evolution: His voice is noticeably different in "I Killed Pom Pom" and "Marzipan's Answering Machine 17.2".
Don'cha like me?
Debut: "Fluffy Puff Commercial" (Early-Bird Cameo), "Meet Marshie" (official debut)A floating marshmallow with a face, Marshie is the annoying, overbearing and more-than-a-little disturbing mascot of Fluffy Puff Marshmallows. Marshie is desperate to get kids to like him, but his overbearing attitude, bizarre sense of advertising aesthetic and sheer innate creepiness make him universally despised. In particular, the normally good-natured Homestar hates Marshie because he took his job as the Fluffy Puff spokesman.
- Accidental Nightmare Fuel: His main schtick. Marshie really, really wants you to like him, but his commercials are... off-putting, to say the least. Marshie commercials include creepily-spoken lines, jarring non-sequiturs, unsettling close-ups, disturbing imagery and in one instance a behind-the-scenes meltdown.Marshie: (Handheld footage in a changing room) WHAT MORE DO THEY WAAANT!?
- Child Hater: Implied in an outtake;Marshie: Those little punks next door won't know what hit 'em, when you fill 'em... full of lead...
- Voice of the Legion: Occasionally dives into this.
Alternate Universe Characters
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.
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.
- Anachronism Stew: Despite being set in the 1930s, there are also some references to eras before and after that period, such as, in the case of "Ballad of The Sneak", The Sneak doing the Hully Gully, which was first introduced in 1959.
- Antiquated LinguisticsOld-Timey Strong Bad: Everything is better with this pescatory oculation!note
- The Chew Toy: Strong Sad's counterpart, Sickly Sam, possibly even more so than Strong Sad himself.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Old-Timey Strong Bad, compared to his modern-day counterpart, is much more villainous.
- Dastardly Whiplash: Old-Timey Strong Bad.
- Deliberately Monochrome: The whole sub-series. Exceptions are Sickly Sam's Big Outing which parodied early color flims where one color was added afterwards (in this case, pink) and the 2014 April Fools where it was colorised. Sickly Sam still showed up in greyscale.
- Dem Bones: As seen in "That A Ghost", the characters get so scared of the ghost in question that their skins all melt off, revealing their skeletons inside. Marzipan has bones in her pigtails, and Old-Timey Strong Bad has bones in his mustache and his shoes.
- Also, Sickly Sam has bony legs.
- Halloween Special: "That A Ghost".
- Large Ham: Old-Timey Strong Bad. "Curses! I've gone to hell! How unfortunate!"
- Retraux: Made in the style of black and white cartoons from the early 1900s.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: How Old-Timey Strong Bad speaks.
- Stylistic Suck: They have deliberately bad pacing and voice acting. Marzipan, in particular, has horrible timing and often repeats her lines awkwardly until somebody responds.
Debut: "Email Japanese cartoon"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...
- Calling Your Attacks: DOUBLE DEUUUUUUUCE!!!
- Catch Phrase: Stinkoman screams: DOUBLE DEUUUUUUUCE!!! Also do you happen to be ASKING FOR A CHALLENGE?!?!?!?!?!?
- Cloudcuckoolander: Stinkoman has no comprehension of anything beyond challenge-n-fighting.Stinkoman: Oh man, those first 400 bites of dirt were not so good. Maybe the next one will be better.
(reaches his hand into ground and bumps against something in it)
Stinkoman: What is this? Some sort of a challenge buried in the GROUND?
- Dead Unicorn Trope: 20X6's "anime" spoofs are more reminiscent of '80s/early '90s video games than anything.
- Just a Kid: 1-Up. Maybe when he's older...
- Large Ham: Stinkoman. Every sentence has him at the top of his lungs at some point.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Stinkoman likes to dish this out.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Cheatball.
- Volumetric Mouth: Practically everyone when speaking. The only real exception is the Cheatball. Lampshaded by Strong Bad, when describing Stinkoman:"Then there's my mouth. Real tiny when it's closed; ridiculously huge when it's open."
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Stinkoman, the Trope Namer.
Debut: "Cheat Commandos"An Affectionate Parody on G.I. Joe and other Merchandise-Driven cartoons from The '80s. 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, apparently his special skill on the team. 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 (or they try to, but are hindered by something like mildew).
- 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 HelmetsGunhaver: We've got, like, 50 of them.
- Rhymes on a Dime: CrackotageCrackotage: Movie night is my favorite night. I think it is my favorite night!
Silent Rip: Are you even trying anymore?
Silent Rip: Aw, you can do it. Try another one.
- In an Easter egg in the toon where the above line of dialog is said, there is another exchange between Silent Rip and Crackotage:
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
Debut: "Email crazy cartoon"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.
- All There in the Manual: Sherlock—the cowcopter—is never named in any of the videos on the site, but on one of the DVDs.
- Brooklyn Rage: The Wheelchair is apparently from Brooklyn judging by the way he pronounces "boiled" ("burled"). He's also pretty angry.
- Catch Phrase: Eh! Steve's is "Eh! Steve."
- Celebrity Voice Actor: Parodied with the Wheelchair, who is "voiced by" Bubs.
- Deranged Animation
- Eyes Always Shut: Sherlock.
- Mind Screw: Even its creator doesn't understand a lick of it.
- Non-Indicative Title
- Sitcom Archnemesis: The Wheelchair to Eh! Steve. Or vice versa. Hard to tell.
- Surreal Humor
- The Unintelligible: Sherlock.
- The Voiceless: Ready for Primetime (aka Eh! Greg) and Keyboard Strong Bad.
Debut: "Email stunt double"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.
- Accidental Misnaming: Baron Darin Diamonocle gets everyone's names wrong—for instance, "Dangerskew" and "Perdukey".
- Acting for Two: Marzipan (as Cutesy Buttons and Sultry Buttons), Strong Sad (as five suspiciously identical informants and everybody's stunt double), and Homestar (as Dangeresque Too? and Uzi Bazooka) in Dangeresque 3. Several characters also play different roles between episodes.
- Aerith and Bob: Dangeresque, Reynaldo, Perducci... and Craig.
- April Fool's Gag: Dangeresque 6, In-Universe.
- Awesome Mc Cool Name: Invoked with Uzi Bazooka.
- Bad Bad Acting: Everyone talks in a stilted tone as if they're just reading something out loud. Except The King of Town, oddly enough.
- Big Bad: Perducci in "Dangeresque 1" and (supposedly) Baron Darin Diamonocle in "Dangereseque 2".
- Big Bad Duumvirate: Perducci and Uzi Bazooka in "Dangeresque 3".
- Brown Bag Mask: All of Strong Sad's costumes while serving as someone's stunt double include wearing a paper bag over his head.
- The Brute: Killingyouguy.
- Catch Phrase: "Looks like I'm gonna have to jump...!"
- The City: Brainblow City (a badly-painted cardboard backdrop).
- Classy Cat-Burglar: Sultry Buttons.
- Cool Shades: Dangeresque's trademark. Both of them.
- Cowboy Cop: Except when he's a Private Detective.
- Crosscast Role: The Poopsmith as a "beautiful woman" in Dangeresque 3.
- Development Hell: Dangeresque 3 was stuck there for several years, in-universe and out.
- Distressed Damsel: Dangeresque's maybe-girlfriend, Cutesy Buttons (played by Marzipan).
- Distressed Dude: Reynaldo in "Dangeresque 3".
- The Dragon: Killingyouguy plays this role to Perducci.
- Dyeing for Your Art: Marzipan's normally blond hair is dyed black as Sultry Buttons.
- Femme Fatale: Dangeresque's ex-girlfriend, Sultry Buttons (played by Marzipan with a dye job).
- Her Code Name Was "Mary Sue": Theses films serve as an attempt by Strong Bad to make himself look as cool as possible. Key word being "attempt."
- High-Class Glass: Worn by Diamonocle.
- Informed Attribute: His jobs as a secret agent and celebrity pharmacist.
- Informed Loner / I Work Alone: "Let's get one thing straight, meatball. Face. Butt. I work alone! 'Cept when I work with Reynaldo. Which is all the time."
- MacGuffin: The serum in Dangeresque 1 and various collectable items in Dangeresque 3.
- Mix-and-Match Weapon: His nunchuck gun.
- Movie-Making Mess
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Parodied with Killingyouguy, played by Strong Mad.
- No Escape but Down: See Catch Phrase, above.
- Numbered Sequels: Dangeresque 1: Dangeresque... Too?, Dangeresque 2: This Time, it's Not Dangeresque 1!, and Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective.
- Obvious Stunt Double: Strong Sad serves as everyone's incredibly obvious stunt double.
- One Steve Limit: Averted with Dangeresque, Too?
- On Ice: Dangeresque: Put 'Em on Ice.
- Private Detective: Strong Bad can't seem to make up his mind if Dangeresque is this or a police detective.
- The Professor: Professor Experimento, played by Pom Pom.
- Robotic Reveal: Uzi Bazooka.
- Rogues Gallery: Baron Darin Diamonocle (played by Bubs), Perducci (played by the King of Town), Killingyouguy (Strong Mad), Uzi Bazooka (Homestar), Szechuan Steve (the Cheat), Craig (also the Cheat), and an unnamed villain played by Shark Tooth Bubs.
- Say My Name / Skyward Scream: "Perducciiii!!!"
- Serkis Folk: Strong Sad was supposed to play motion capture for a tentacle-armed T-rex in Dangeresque 3, but the Cheat forgot to fix it in post.
- Show Within a Show: These are homemade movies made by Strong Bad.
- Stylistic Suck: Basically what a movie made in a weekend would look like if Strong Bad was writing and starring.
- Worthy Opponent: Uzi Bazooka.
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), "Email sbemail206" (Lappier)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 then switched to the Compé, but he only answered 3 emails on it before he let it collect so much dust that it was compressed into the Lappier, which he now uses.
- Anachronism Stew: With the exception of the Compé, Strong Bad uses old style command prompt computers.
- Back for the Dead: In SBEmail retirement, the first and second computers 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.
- Back from the Dead: The first and second computers come back for the SBEmail retirement.
- Broken Streak: The Lappy never had any emails deleted during the main series, and was also the only one of Strong Bad's computers whose initial destruction was completely intentional.
- 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. It must be noted The Cheat uses state of the art equipment, hinting it may be misinforming Strong Bad.
- 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.
- The Nth Doctor: The Lappier is technically the Compé, in exactly the same way a diamond is just coal. (i.e. One was crushed into the other.)
- Unexplained Recovery: The Compy inexplicably appears as Strong Bad's computer in the 2014 April Fool's cartoon, even though in its last appearance it was eaten by Strong Mad.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Strong Bad uses the Compé for a grand total of 3 emails, and then after the hiatus ended it was covered in so much dust it was compressed into the Lappier. This is, of course, lampshaded by Strong Bad:Ah, Compé, we hardly knew yé.
Debut: "Email some kinda robot" (The Paper), "Email the paper" (New Paper), "Email independent" (Compé-per), "sbemail206" (Currently unnamed "CG" 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.
- Back from the Dead: The original paper 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.
- Killed Off for Real:
- The Paper.Strong Bad: "Why do all of my thirty year old electronics keep breaking on me?"
- The New Paper is "killed" along with the Lappy in email #201, and is replaced by a digital speech bubble that Strong Bad calls the "Compé-per".
- The Paper.
- Perspective Magic
- Replacement Scrappy: In universe, Strong Bad sometimes lamented that the New Paper is worse than the Old Paper.
Debut: "Where's The Cheat"It's a stick. Designates the local cool hangout for the Brothers Strong.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Strong Bad and Homestar secretly loathe The Stick for unknown reasons.
Wagon Fulla Pancakes
Debut: "Email montage"
- Animate Inanimate Object: In the final montage Strong Bad films, the Wagon challenges Homestar to the "Champeenship", and pulls itself during the training montage.
- Cargo Ship: In-universe. Strong Bad films a montage of himself falling in love with the wagon.
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.
Debut: "Homestarloween Party"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".
- Armless Biped: He has no arms.
- Big Damn Heroes: In Most In Graveyard, when he saves Homestar and Pom Pom from the undead sheep.
- The Cameo: In most of the Halloween cartoons, except "Most in the Graveyard", there he has a more important role.
- Cool Car: According to Bubs's fireside story, he owns a tricked-out◊ '73 Gremlin. (Note flux capacitor.)
- Leitmotif: The jingle that plays whenever he does his dance.
- Our Goblins Are Different: The only thing he really has in common with most goblins is that he's small, green, and hangs out on Halloween.
- The Voiceless: He never speaks.
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 "homeschoolwinner.com". They describe him as incredibly smart and more than a little creepy.
- Armless Biped
- Foil: Apparently for Homestar, judging by his name, his intelligence, and his pronounced overbite.
- O.C. Stand-in
I got the heart of a lion and the wings of a bat—BECAUSE IT'S MIDNITE!
- Adaptation Decay: In-universe, Limozeen: But They're in Space!
- Affectionate Parody: Of real-life glam metal bands like Van Halen and Poison.
- Band Toon: Limozeen: But They're in Space!
- Big Eater: Mary in the cartoon (a parody of Ray Stanz from The Real Ghostbusters, who was inexplicably fat).
- Catch Phrase: From Doug Teegland, "I'm afraid I've got some bad news, boys."
- Dumb and Drummer: Mary in the cartoon.
- End of Series Awareness: "I'm afraid I've got some bad news, boys. Our pilot episode has been canceled!"
- Fake Band
- Gender-Blender Name: Mary.
- Groupie Brigade: In But They're in Space!, they're stalked by a horde of alien groupies.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Doug Teegland basically is Mike Chapman.
- Large Ham: Larry. The rest are all pretty sedate.
- Myspeld Rökband
- No Indoor Voice: Gary screams all of his dialog as if he were in front of a screaming crowd. Even when sitting in a quiet restaurant commenting on his food.
- One-Episode Wonder: Their cartoon.
- Reality Bleed: They started off as a random band name thrown out by Strong Bad in one of his emails before becoming a full-fledged part of the universe.
- Recycled In Space: Parodied by their cartoon, Limozeen: But They're in Space!
- Scatting: Their song "Feed the Childrens" is nothing but scatting, much to Strong Bad's annoyance.
- Verbal Tic: Larry ends most of his sentences with "-uh!"
- You Don't Look Like You: In the cartoon, Mary is unexplainably fat and red-haired.
Debut: "Main Page 1"A little green alien who floats around in outer space. No one likes his style.
- Amusing Alien
- Armless Biped
- Batman Can Breathe in Space
- Bizarre Alien Biology: He's mostly mouth and has no arms. Though compared to the likes of Marzipan or the Cheat, his anatomy is downright normal.
- Butt Monkey: Nearly all of his appearances are followed by someone saying no one likes his style, causing him to leave with a sad expression on his face.
- Phrase Catcher: "Get out of here, Nebulon! No one likes your style."
- The Voiceless
Cargeenan, Monteljohn, can you detect me to the nearest bus stamp?
Debut: "Email kind of cool"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.
- Accidental Misnaming: Due to his Cloudcuckoolander nature, he always calls other characters by woman's names, regardless of gender.
- Ascended Extra: While he has never officially become a main character like Homsar has, he has had major roles in several toons including "Senor Mortgage," "Senorial Day," "Non-Sequitur Championship," "Coach Z Pukes in Dude's Toupee," and "A Decemberween Mackerel," and has made more appearances than any other character outside of the main twelve.
- Cloudcuckoolander: He rarely has a coherent thought.
- Cool Old Guy: Strong Bad sees him as this.
- Dirty Old Man: If constantly referring to everyone as women is any indication.
- Foil: For Homsar. Heck, the Deleteheads even debate who's more of a Cloud Cuckoolander.
- 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.note
- Humans Are Smelly:Homestar: (to Pom-Pom) Hey, Pom-Pom, this guy smells like pea soup. (to Senor Cardgage, singsong) You smell like pea soup!
- 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.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Especially on line, while eating old candy.
- Perpetual Poverty: He's homeless and sleeps outside in a sleeping bag, with the closest thing he has to a home being a bush.
- Rambling Old Man Monologue: Constantly.
- Self-Deprecation: Possibly in "Senor Cardgage Mortgage" in one of his few coherent momentsAct now and see if you can stand to talk to me for more than four seconds!
- Talkative Loon: When he isn't saying malapropisms, he's speaking complete gibberish. He even competed with Homsar over the title of "Non-Sequitor Champion". It's a 50-50 chance who will win, if watching the flash cartoon. If Homsar wins, he'll be there wearing a "THUMP" key hat saying, "My name's Millions, and I'm a son of a Chipwich!" If Senor Cardgage wins, he'll say, "Carrageenan, Monteljohn. Can you detect me to the nearest bus stamp?"Strong Sad: ... debate's over!
- Vague Age: He's...older. Ish.
Debut: "Email theme park"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...
- Cloudcuckoolander: 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: Much like Bubs, he speaks hip.
- The Man Behind the Man: In 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: Apparently, he doesn't care who owns the pile, so long as he gets to be "pile manager".
TROGDOR the BURNiNATOR
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.
- Breakout Character: He's gotten some games in real life, and his theme song even appeared in Guitar Hero
- Creator Backlash: From Strong Bad in "Trogday 08"."You internet types ruined Trogdor! Just like you did zombies, pirates, ninjas, and Strong Bad! Er, wait, no. Yeah!"
- Heavy Mithril: His theme song.
- Our Dragons Are Different: For starters, he has sticks for legs, tiny wings, disembodied eyebrows, and one big beefy arm sticking out the back of his neck.
- Perfectly Cromulent Word: "Burninate".
- The Red Baron: "The Burninator", "the Wingaling Dragon", etc.
- Was Once a Man: According to his theme song. Or maybe he was a dragon-man, or just a dragon.