Trivia / Homestar Runner

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Other Trivia

  • Acting for Two: In Limozeen's original appearance in a still photo, Matt Chapman plays all four band members.
  • Ascended Fanon: The Brothers Chaps themselves forgot that the Fhqwhgads Robot's Fan Nickname "Visor Robot" was Fanon, and upon realizing their mistake, gave the nickname a why not instead of Jossing it.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!:
    • That wasn't Strong Sad that said "I'm saaaaad that I'm flying"; it was a Powered By The Cheat version, not the real deal. Similarly, the line "Oh, some animal died," was originally said by Homestar impersonating Strong Sad. Even the creators get this one confused. He eventually got around to saying both, though. His line "I don't like food anymore" was something Strong Bad dreamed up.
    • One of Homsar's more notorious quotes involves him claiming he was raised by a cup of coffee, but he initially wasn't the one to say it; Strong Bad made it up in "interview". It wasn't until the 2017 Halloween toon that Homsar actually said it.
    • The Quote of the Week often supplies misquotes to some lines, such as Strong Sad himself saying "Some animal died!" or Senor Cardgage saying "You bet small girl! How 'bout I hit you on the slant?" This could be attributed to the creators using outtakes as quotes of the week.
    • "Holy crap!" is attributed as Strong Bad's catchphrase, despite the fact that outside of flashbacks and recordings, he has said it all of six times, the last of which was in 2004. Also, in the flashback in "lady...ing", Strong Bad overuses the phrase, depsite the fact that he didn't say it in Marshmallow's Last Stand, the toon that the flashback is based on.
  • Cash Cow Franchise: Not to the extent of other cash cows, but when co-creator Matt Chapman looked at all the T-shirt orders he received, he wondered "Are there even this many people in the world!?" The creators used to live entirely off of the sales of their merchandise.
  • Defictionalization:
    • This cartoon had the four "games that may be released in a possible future" redone into Thy Dungeonman, Secret Collect, Rhino Feeder, and Strong Bad Zone.
    • The fictional band Limozeen did two live tours in 2008, played by Matt Chapman (Larry) and the real-life band Y-O-U (everyone else).
  • Descended Creator: Co-Creators and writers Mike and Matt Chapman do the majority of the voices. Mike does the "Powered by The Cheat" characters while Matt is basically everybody else bar Marzipan (played by Missy Palmer), Pom-Pom (no voice), and the Poopsmith (usually no voice, but played by John Linnell twice).
  • Doing It for the Art:
    • For the first two years of the website's existence, Matt and Mike constantly updated the website as a labor of love. Only around 2003 they had started living off the website.
    • Companies like Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and Disney had all offered them a chance to make a Homestar TV show, but they declined citing creative freedom as the primary reason.
  • Executive Meddling: The fake phone number displayed at the end of "Strong Bad Sings" was originally 1-800-BAD-SONG. That was changed due to fans discovering that it was a real number for a limousine service in Brooklyn, New York upon calling. Complaints ensued and in Spring 2004, the Brothers Chaps changed the number to 1-800-555-SBSINGS.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:
    • "Marshmallow's Last Stand" and "A Jumping Jack Contest", two early toons, were removed from the site by the Brothers Chaps in 2003 for "personal reasons" but have since been mirrored on other sites by fans.
    • There are a handful of short toons that are no longer (or never were) linked from the main page; the only way to see them is if one knows the URL. The wiki helpfully maintains a list of them.
    • With Adobe officially announcing the end of support for Flash in 2020, people are going to have to figure out how to do this with the entire site...
    • Since the store's switch from Yahoo to Shopify, the Strong Bad Email DVDs (with the exception of, for a time, the fifth one) and the third Everything Else DVD have been unavailable. As for buying them used, good luck, especially considering H*R's pride of not being mainstream.
    • The "Strong Bad's 50 Greatest Hits DVD" was only available for a brief period of time around 2009, just before the hiatus. The DVD had exclusive commentaries that are not available on any of the other DVDs.
  • Old Shame: The Brothers Chaps admit on the faux-FBI Warning splash of "Marshmallow's Last Stand" that the characters are "not very funny". Because of this, the toon cannot be found normally on the website.
  • The Red Stapler: Strong Bad's BMW lighter. Though the Brothers Chaps had nothing to do with them eventually getting made, they weren't actually available when Strong Bad first started flashing one around, and continued to be so for years.
  • Schedule Slip:
    • The creators have been guilty of this from time to time, mainly when the creators' family lives get in the way. Also, while Strong Bad Emails were originally meant to be released every week, they were later reduced to being "updated somedays" so that other kinds of cartoons could get their fair share.
    • From April to December 2010, the Brothers Chaps went over eight months without producing any new cartoons, a combination of family matters (both brothers are parents now) and working on other projects. The site began updating again in December before resuming the hiatus so that Matt Chapman could work in California on animation freelance work and Mike would take care of the families during this time. They finally updated again on April Fools' Day 2014, hanging a lampshade on the fact that the Brothers Chaps hadn't updated in years.

      As of July 2014, Matt Chapman confirmed on the Jeff Rubin Show that he is back in Georgia and seriously wanting to bring back the series. The Brothers Chaps said they planned to rev the series back up sometime in Summer-Fall 2014, following through on October 3 with Fish Eye Lens.
  • Screwed by the Lawyers:
    • Apparently the reason why the "Spin-N-Say" game was changed to "Who Said What Now?", to the point that the original version has been UnPersoned by the wiki. Despite this, the "Spin-N-Say" version is still on the site as a secret page.
    • When "Strong Bad Sings" was released to DVD, the song The Cheat played for Strong Mad had to be changed to "Hot Cross Buns". At the time of its release, the original song, "Happy Birthday to You!", was not in the public domain.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • All of the major characters except Marzipan, Pom Pom (who only speaks in bubbles), and The Poopsmith (who has only spoken twice in the cartoon's entire history), are usually portrayed by one guy (Matt Chapman). And let's not get into the ramifications of the characters impersonating each other's voices...
  • Teasing Creator: They have acknowledged a lot of fan questions that will never be answered. This, for example.
  • Throw It In!: The small "i" in Trogdor the BURNiNATOR's official all-caps name is there because that's what the capital "I" of the font the Brothers Chaps used looked like, making it funny enough to keep.
  • Vaporware:
    • Level 10 of Stinkoman 20X6, which was revealed to be because the person who did the coding for The Brothers Chaps moved away.
    • Subverted in the case of Dangeresque 3, which was referenced for years before finally being made as the plot for an episode of the point-and-click adventure game.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The Brothers Chaps toyed with the idea of making the King of Town Marzipan's father in the early days of the series.
      • This is lampshaded in the April Fools Marzipan's Answering Machine when a perturbed King of Town leaves a message asking her to verify this
    • Pretty much the DVD-exclusive cartoon "Why Come Only One Girl?", which shows ideas for other female Homestar Runner characters, such as Champeen and The Hurricane.
  • The Wiki Rule: The "Homestar Runner Wiki" is incredibly thorough about any information concerning the site. The Brother Chaps have admitted they sometimes use it for reference about their own work, and even acknowledge its existence in several toons (such as "Fan Costumes 2016").
  • Write Who You Know: Bubs is based on a concession stand owner the Brothers Chaps grew up seeing who had a similar voice.

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