Please stop trying to handle my style 'Cause you can't, no you can't Uhn! Handle my style! Seriously, quit trying to handle my style Unless you're a lady, in which case You are cordially invited to have a giant slice of my style!
Homestar Ruiner— In which Strong Bad sets out to "beat the snot out of Homestar", but instead ends up impersonating him at the Free Country USA Tri-Annual Race to the End of the Race, humiliating him in the process... which wouldn't ordinarily be a problem, except that Homestar takes refuge in Strong Bad's house and refuses to leave unless Strong Bad can fix Homestar's shattered reputation.
Strong Badia the Free— In which Strong Bad rebels against the King of Town's new E-mail tax, and tries to rally his neighbors (who have all set up their own countries) to overthrow the King's "fat-thority".
Baddest of the Bands— In which Strong Bad organizes (and then attempts to win) a Battle Royale of the Bands in order to fund repairs for his beloved Videlectrix Funmachine.
Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective— In which Strong Bad finally completes his latest "cine-magic masterpiece", where a routine mission to save the rainforest traps Dangeresque and Renaldo in a web of treachery, lies, heartbreak, and bad action movie cliches. This is a unique installment in that you play in-character as Dangeresque, trying to solve your way through the movie's plot.
8-Bit Is Enough— In which Strong Bad's malfunctioning Trogdor cabinet leads to Free Country USA merging with the world of video games, forcing Strong Bad to team up with his favorite video game characters and take out a rampaging Trogdor.
Tropes featured in this game include:
Absentee Actor: Of the five episodes, only "Strong Badia the Free" has all twelve main characters appearing on screen. Homsar is missing from "Dangeresque 3" and "8-Bit Is Enough" (the latter of which also lacks Pom Pom), and makes a voice-only appearance in "Homestar Ruiner". The Poopsmith makes a photo-only appearance in "Baddest of the Bands."
Not literally true, however, as eleven of the twelve main characters are voiced by Matt Chapman.
Actually Pretty Funny: From "Strong Badia the Free", when the gang has set up an effigy of the King of Town outside Strong Bad's house, consisting mainly of an old stick.
Strong Bad: Why'd you bring that ugly, misshapen stick?
Homestar: She organized the protest rally!
Strong Bad: Not Marzipan! (softly) Though that's a pretty good one. Gotta remember that.
Anticlimax: Surprisingly enough, subverted in SBCG4AP's Strong Badia the Free. The siege of the Of Town's castle lasts five minutes and takes place off-camera. And then it turns out that being King of Town is the lousiest job in the world. The real challenge turns out to be Strong Bad directing the Of Town's coup against him.
Bad Bad Acting: During the tutorial, and a few times in "Dangeresque 3" (chiefly from Coach Z as Renaldo).
Batman Gambit: In Strong Badia the Free, the King of Town levies an intentionally unfair email tax and then places Strong Bad under house arrest for not paying it. Strong Bad is infuriated, decides to rebel, and stages a coup to overthrow the KOT's authority. Turns out that this was exactly what the KOT was anticipating- he was tired of being the King of Town and set up the whole scheme just so he'd be dethroned.
Strong Bad turns the tables by using the King of Town's own scheme against him, levying an intentionally unfair tax on Creamy Ding Snack Cakes in order to provoke the KOT into staging a coup and taking his old job back. Then he throws in some Briar Patching to make the King repeal the e-mail tax.
Big Boo's Haunt: In "8-Bit Is Enough", after the real world and the video game world merge, Strong Bad's house becomes haunted by American Revolution-themed ghosts from a game called "Spirits of '76". It becomes up to Strong Bad to rid his house of the ghosts.
Big "NO!": In "8-Bit Is Enough", spoken by Strong Bad after he catches Trogdor burninating Strong Badia.
Strong Bad:Trogdor?! NOOOOO!!! Bad Trogdor! Heel!
Big Red Button: During "Homestar Ruiner," the race's tape is ruined by pushing a red button labeled ERASE. There's a post-it tacked to it warning "DO NOT PUSH." Also makes an appearance during "Baddest of the Bands," when one is supposed to reveal Strong Bad's stage prop.
Bootstrapped Theme: "Handle My Style", the intro song from the first episode, has more or less become the series's theme song.
Brick Joke: In "Homestar Ruiner", the episode begins with Strong Bad getting an email asking why he hasn't "beat the snot" out of Homestar yet. Strong Bad thinks it's a good idea, but his intention gets derailed. In the end, when Homestar crashes out of the window in the conga line, he yells out, "Ow, my snot!"
Bring My Brown Pants: Strong Sad will say "Where are you going? You can't take on Trogdor without calling product support first! You'll void your warranty! And maybe your bladder!" if you try to go outside without talking to him first in Episode 5.
Butt Monkey: Strong Sad, more so than usual. He gets ridiculed, pummeled, conned, humiliated, and otherwise tormented throughout each episode (though he does get to dish some abuse back to Strong Bad in "Baddest of the Bands").
Character Filibuster: Parodied in "Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective", when Strong Bad fast-forwards through Marzipan's lecture on the environment.
Dummied Out: Some costumes from later episodes are programmed into earlier episodes, along with an Ab-Abber 2000 "shirt."
DVD Bonus Content: The Extended Play for "Dangeresque 3" is done in the style of this.
Egopolis: In addition to Strong Badia, an existing location from the web series, "Strong Badia the Free" features all the other characters, and some inanimate objects, forming their own countries, most of them named after themselves (such as the Homsar Reservation, Coachnya, and Marzistar/Homezipan).
Fetch Quest: In 8-Bit is Enough "Princess" Strong Sad keeps sending you on quests to find items like "The Sigil of Dark Dampening" and "The Shimmering Trinket of Endless Bargain-Hunting." The reward for each quest is another quest to fetch the same item (with a different name) that keeps respawning. This will go on forever, if you let it. And you don't actually have to do any of them. All you need to do to make the story progress is get him to assign you the first quest; there's no need to actually complete it.
Foreigner For A Day: In "Strong Badia the Free", everyone runs off to form their own countries after Strong Bad declares his independence from the Municipality.
Foreshadowing: If you pay attention at the start of "Baddest of the Bands", you can see the lump of aerosol cheese that turns out to have caused the Funmachine to malfunction all along.
Fourth Wall Greeting: Dangeresque 3's "Extended Play" is treated as Strong Bad going around filming material for the DVD's behind-the-scenes documentary sections.
Game-Breaking Bug: A number of the SBCG4AP episodes have some bug some which freezes or causes trouble for the game. The PC and Wiiware versions have different bugs between them.
Gameplay Guided Amnesia: Subverted in "Homestar Ruiner". As Strong Bad (posing as Homestar) is about to begin the Race to the End of the Race, he stops to ask Coach Z if he gets some instructions first. Coach Z tells "Homestar" he shouldn't need any instructions, as he's been training for weeks.
Genre Savvy: "8-Bit is Enough" has its fair share of this.
Pom-Pom and Homestar's act in "Baddest of the Bands" is named "Pom Star." Now remember that an "m" looks like "rn."
"Baddest of the Bands" also has Wade, the guy from the benefit concert for endangered bats Marzipan originally joined. He leaves a few messages on Marzipan's answering machine where he sounds suspiciously like he's stoned.
Good Angel, Bad Angel: A variation: when Strong Bad interacts with someone, often he has one of two choices of how to speak to them, represented by an angel and a devil, respectively. Choosing the "angel" choice causes Strong Bad to say something nice, while the "devil" choice causes Strong Bad to say something mean. However, when Strong Bad is explaining this system in a tutorial, he says that choosing the "devil" option will cause him to "say something I would say."
A Good Name for a Rock Band: The third episode of SBCG4AP lets you name Strong Bad's band, DÖI (or rather, pick from choices provided by SB, the King of Town, and Homsar... which all spell out DÖI anyway and hence don't matter in the end).
Guide Dang It: SBCG4AP has its moments, especially when it comes to finding collectibles and other 100% completion achievements.
The worst one is one of the Expressions of Affection in "Baddest of the Bands". To get it, you have to have hints turned up to maximum, sabotage two specific bands in the Battle Royale of the Bands, and then wander around a particular spot for a while until the hint drops. How the game makers expected anybody to figure this one out on their own is a real mystery.
Hint System: Depending on the settings, characters will drop hints on what to do next. Also, some of the messages from the Drive-Thru Whale in The Field are incredibly cryptic hints.
Hypocritical Humor: In "Baddest of the Bands", Marzipan complains about people who destroy the environment... while she throws a piece of litter on the ground.
Strong Bad's comment about licensed games might be a meta example of this, as it's in a licensed game.
Induced Hypochondria: Part of the solution to a puzzle in Strong Badia the Free is tricking Strong Sad into think he has "pretendicitis".
Lighter and Softer: In-Universe, Strong Bad emails when they're taken over by King of Town near the end of Strongbadia The Free, who avoids all the usual conventions of making fun of the sender and simply politely writes back.
Lost Forever: Getting collectibles and other 100% completion achievements in SBCG4AP can be difficult, because many of them can only be achieved in a small window of opportunity. Thankfully, the game averts Unwinnable, as anything needed to complete the game will always remain accessible to you.
Naked People Are Funny: After Strong Bad steals his clothes in "Homestar Ruiner", Homestar is forced to run home naked, to the shock and horror of his friends and neighbors.
Never Trust a Trailer: The "next episode" previews. While the lines spoken are from the actual games, they occur in scenes that never actually happen.
Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: At one point in "Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective," Strong Bad as Dangeresque and Coach Z as Renaldo, while traversing the treacherous jungles of Strong Borneo, have an encounter with "a Western Lowland Grizzlysharkasaurusbot — and it's holding a shark!"
Overly-Long Name: "Homestar Ruiner" features the Free Country USA Tri-annual Race to the End of the Race and the Free Country USA Tri-annual Race to the End of the Race Silver Trophy of Ultimate Destiny, both of which are almost always said in full, and almost always accompanied by an overly-dramatic fanfare.
They do start saying "The Free Country Race Yadda Yadda Yadda" (quick fanfare).
Paper-Thin Disguise: In "Homestar Ruiner", Strong Bad manages to convince everyone he is Homestar simply by donning Homestar's clothes and using the head from a destroyed Homestar Runner float (and mimicking Homestar's speech impediment). It matters not one bit that Strong Bad is quite a bit shorter than Homestar, nor that Strong Bad's face can clearly be seen underneath the papier mache Homestar head.
In fact, the only time anyone noticed in that whole game that something was amiss is when Marzipan thought "Homestar's" voice sounded funny over the phone, and when Coach Z noticed that Homestar's head was bigger than usual.
If he talks to Bubs at the Concession Stand while wearing the costume, Bubs will recognize that it's Strong Bad. But he doesn't seem to notice during the Free Country USA Tri-annual Race To The End Of The Race.
Parrot Expo-what?: "Bubs, please tell me you've got my Snake Boxer 5 manual!" "Snake what now?"
Phrase Catcher: People telling Dangeresque "But you're not gonna like it" in Episode 4.
Playable Epilogue: After you complete each episode, Extended Play becomes available. This allows you to pick up collectibles you might have missed, play the Funmachine mini-games, or simply hear some additional scenes and dialogue.
Product Placement: Parodied in "Dangeresque 3". Bubs goes off-script to launch into a sales pitch for a sports drink being sold at the concession stand. Strong Bad warns him, "No product placement!"
Strong Bad: Say it with me, The Cheat: Licensed video games are never good.
Pun: "Where am I supposed to get fan service around here?"
Region Coding: In-universe example. In "8-Bit Is Enough", Strong Bad is originally unable to access the Stinkoman game because it is region-locked. Getting around this is one of the objectives you have to accomplish.
Retirony: Lampshaded to hell and back with Renaldo in Episode 4.
Running Gag: Several characters say to Strong Bad in Dangeresque 3, "But you're not gonna like it!"
Lampshaded when Strong Bad, after hearing this phrase spoken to him, says, "Why does everybody keep telling me that?"
Also, "It looks like I'm going to have to juuuump!"
Sanity Slippage: When Strong Bad starts talking like Homsar, Strong Sad thinks he's gone insane.
Save the Princess: Parodied in "8-Bit Is Enough". Rather Dashing tells Strong Bad that he's gotten out of the dragon slaying business and switched to rescuing princesses. However, work is very slow because there simply aren't many princesses around who need saving. He eventually has to settle for rescuing Strong Sad from the King of Town.
Say My Name: "PERDUCCCCCIII!" and "BAAAAZOOOOOKAAAAA!!!", both from Dangeresque.
Skyward Scream: In "Homestar Ruiner", after Homestar hides out at Strong Bad's house, Strong Bad directs one at "IRONY!" He also pulls of a few in "Dangeresque 3".
Smash Cut: In "Homestar Ruiner", Marzipan asks Strong Bad if he remembers "what happened the last time [she] invited [him] to a party". Cut to a flashback of Strong Bad about to leap off of her house's roof into a large cake. Just as he's about to hit it, it immediately cuts to Strong Bad saying "No, not really".
Stealing From The Till: Bubs openly admits to "skimming off the top" with regard to the proceeds from Strong Bad's band contest. Strong Bad either doesn't notice this, or accepts it as a standard part of doing business with Bubs.
Take That: In-story example; in "Baddest of the Bands", after Strong Bad turns Marzipan against Limozeen with some staged evidence, she composes a song called "Limozeen is Not Very Nice".
Take That, Audience!: Before the series was officially released, it was previewed by Strong Bad as being "for attractive people — but you can play, too!"
Strong Bad also does this at the very beginning of "Dangeresque 3", which had been in development for a long time (originally intended to be released in June 2004, according to the Strong Bad Email: "stunt double").
Strong Bad: (typing on his laptop computer) "Dear all the annoying morons that have been bugging me about it for four and a half years... Yes, I finally finished Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective, so you can all EAT IT!"
Throw It In: Marzipan insists on having her potted plant Credenza onscreen in "Dangeresque 3", over Strong Bad's objections. He does end up finding a use for it later, though.
The movie also includes some very obvious errors that should have been edited out but weren't, though this is more likely because of laziness or incompetence on Strong Bad's part.
Or The Cheat's, considering that he was the one in charge of editing and post-production. Strong Bad even calls him out at one point, when he failed to actually animate the monster that Strong Sad was supposed to be the model for. The Cheat replies that he'll fix it in post, to which Strong Bad replies "This is post!".
Strong Bad: Onward to Strong Badia! Strong Badia the Free!
Homestar: Hey, that's the name of this—
Strong Bad: Shut up.
Translator Microbes: In the form of a Mysterious Pylon on the Homsar Reservation in "Strong Badia the Free".
Trapped in TV Land: Strong Bad enters the world of Videlectrix games in "8-Bit Is Enough".
Undisclosed Funds: Repairing Strong Bad's Funmachine in "Baddest of the Bands" will cost him "one big sack of cash".
Unusual Euphemism: Marizpan doesn't like to use the word "hate", so after some teasing from Strong Bad in "Homestar Ruiner" she tells him "I really chonk you, Strong Bad. I chonk you with the passion of a thousand exploding whales."
You Killed My Father: In "Dangeresque 3", Homestar as Uzi Bazooka kills Senor Cardgage as Dadgeresque. When that happens, an anguished Strong Bad as Dangeresque confronts Homestar/Uzi, brandishing his nunchuck gun, and says...