Keep sending me your questions, and I will make fun of you... I mean, answer them.
—Strong BadStrong Bad Email
, a subseries of Homestar Runner
, is the most popular feature thereof. The series started in 2001, and released its most recent 'toon in 2009 (but not officially ended; Matt Chapman plans to continue the series "when [we] least expect it"). The series has been known to suffer hiatuses
, the longest being the current one from October 2009 onward.
The series consists of Strong Bad responding to viewers' questions and suggestions, such as "Why don't you creat a montage?
", "What would you do different, if you could do it all over again?
", and the ever-popular "How do you type with boxing gloves on?
" This usually involves mocking the sender's spelling and grammar mistakes (in fact, the character of Homsar was actually created this way
), and quite often not actually answering the question.
Has a recap
page.Needs Wiki Magic
Aside from tropes carried over from Homestar Runner, this series contains examples of:
- Bad Bad Acting: Many examples, but a particular one from "videography"
"Oh, little Jimmy... is playing lacrosse! Oh, he just scored the winning, ah, lacrosse...point! Oh, his dad was totally there and not at Applebee's.
- Back from the Dead: The Tandy, the Compy, and the New Paper. They all re-die shortly thereafter.
- Bait and Switch: The questions that Strong Bad is asked in the emails have a tendency to be taken in a different direction than the question intended. It is so common, in fact, that on the Homestar Runner Wiki site, it has its own page. The following quote from "1 step ahead", in which Strong Bad is asked by someone named Alex, of Medford, NJ, to glue Strong Sad's hands to his face probably puts it best...
"I'm one step ahead of you, Alex. Though I decided to take it in a bit of a different direction."
- ...after which Strong Bad glues Strong Sad's hands to his butt instead!
- Censored for Comedy: In #124, "secret recipes", Strong Bad tells the email senders that if they want to be chefs when they grow up, as they say they do, he offers them a recipe "for cooking The C-H-E-_-T." When The Cheat retaliates against him, Strong Bad tries to cover it up by insisting that the blank letter is actually not an A, but a K: "The Chekt. My family has a great recipe for cooking The Chekt." As seen in an Easter egg, however, The Cheat isn't buying it, as seen in him looking at a cookbook for cooking "a wrestleman".
- Couch Gag: Strong Bad almost always starts out with a song or a phrase every e-mail. More often then not containing a pun on e-mail.
- Fourth Wall Mail Slot: We shouldn't have to explain this.
- Mundane Made Awesome: E-MAIL. CHECKING.
- Obvious Stunt Double: Parodied in a email where a reader asks if Strong Bad has ever used a stunt double. "I've always done my own stunt work!"
- Overly-Long Gag:
- DNA Evidence. It actually becomes a Running Gag throughout the entire website, not just this subseries, leading up to a 6-minute toon explaining the significance of these Arc Words. It did start here.
- "Crapfully Yours" is from the early years. It soon became an Overused Running Gag in the vein of "How do you type with boxing gloves on?"
- Trapped in TV Land: In email #150, "alternate universe", Strong Bad celebrates his big "sesquicentenn-email" by constructing an alternate universe portal and visiting the various alternate realities of the website's body of work, where he meets all of the various duplicates of himself.
- Two Decades Behind: Strong Bad got his first non-command-prompt computer in 2009.
- Serial Escalation: While many of the first animations were just Strong Bad at his computer, that soon became a mere framing device for some montage or tangent.
- Show Within a Show
- Wham Episode: Whenever Strong Bad's computers get destroyed, they tend to be these. The most memorable is "virus".
- You Make Me Sic: Strong Bad usually pronounces the misspelled words the way they're spelled, though occasionally he will tab up into the message and edit the errors. Among other things, the character of Homsar was born this way... his name was originally a misspelling of Homestar in an early sbemail.