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Homestar Runner

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


  • Accidental Misnaming: A frequent habit of his, to the point where he once called Homsar "Homestar."
  • 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. However, since he's aware of what the Jibblies is, it could be he's just a Nice Guy who's not scared of Rocoulm and obliges his "Come on in here!" command. He does however, get the Jibblies from the updated version of the painting (where Rocoulm is replaced with some guy's dad)
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  • Ambiguously Bi: He's obviously in a on-and-off (and-on-and-off-and-on-and-off) relationship with Marzipan, but in quite a number of appearances, he's displayed what definitely looks like a crush on Strong Bad.
  • Armless Biped: Despite his lack of visible arms, he's still capable of activities like typing on a computer.
  • Bad Liar: Homestar can't lie, and when he does, he usually slips up and reveals what he's trying to hide. Mixed with Acting Unnatural in "I Killed Pom Pom".
  • Berserk Button: Telling Homestar that he is not wearing pants will result in him losing his temper, as Strong Bad finds out. However, in "email thunder", he stated that he accidentally took some of Strong Sad's pills, so that likely contributed to his meltdown.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He, Pom Pom, and Coach Z seem to be the law enforcers in Free Country USA.
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  • Blah Blah Blah: In "The Li'l Brudder Show". One of his sobbing fits has him blubbering "blah".
  • 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.
  • Catchphrase: "Seriously"note  and "Witch's Brew". He (extremely) briefly tried to incorporate a new one: "That's bupkus!"
  • Celebrity Endorsement: He had a stint as a spokesathlete for Melonade according to "hremail 7", to the point where it was the only liquid he could drink, talk about, and bathe in until his contract expired.
  • Characterization Marches On: In his earliest appearances, Homestar wasn't really dumb at all.
  • Character Tics: He has a tendency to flick his head back and forth when he's talking, usually to put emphasis on something.
  • 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.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's generally portrayed as being close to unbeatable in any athletic competition.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: He's the only person who can tell that the Thnikkaman is just a Paper-Thin Disguise of Bubs.
  • Cult: Homestar outright states that he started one in the 2018's April Fools video with his "Always be'sing and do'sing" movement, though in his commercial for it he constantly states it's not a cult.
  • The Ditz: Played with. By default, Homestar is a bit dim. However, he is not completely stupid. He once correctly stated Coulomb's law (except he was asked what 2+2 is). He is also capable of speaking Spanish to some extent and has been 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. In addition, he managed to trick Strong Bad into saying something stupid.
  • Dumb Jock: Athletic? Yes. Stupid? Very Yes.
  • Elmuh Fudd Syndwome:
    • Evewybody loves the Homestaw Wunnew. He's a tewwific athlete. He acknowledges that he has "twouble with [his] aw's."
    • He didn't have it in his high school years, but since the person recounting it was Strong Bad, who has a self-admitted "doodle memory," it's doubtful whether it's true or not.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Part of his Comically Missing the Point personality.
    Marzipan: Awww, there there, Homestar. It's not so bad. Everybody thinks I'm a broom.
    Homestar: (geniunely annoyed) You're not a broom?!
  • Flanderization: Along with Characterization Marches On, Homestar's foolishness became his most prominent character trait in later shorts.
  • 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 Husband: Or boyfriend in this case as Homestar lives with Marzipan. However, she treats him like environmentally-friendly dirt. Subverted in that Homestar often treats her like dirt, too.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: He's friends with Strong Bad, despite Strong Bad not considering him to be a friend at all.note  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. Lampshaded often, such as in April Fool's 2015, when he craves the Trogdor backpack. "Can you imagine having three arms? I can! (shudders in delight)"
  • Jerkass Ball: Sometimes holds the ball, especially in regard towards Marzipan. Once, he refused to answer the phone for her because "I'm busy not answering the phone!"
  • Keet: Probably the most cheerful character on the site.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: A good guy, just incredibly dull-witted.
  • Long Pants: The Trope Namer. Played with in Strong Bad Email #127: "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.
  • Lovable Jock: As mentioned in his quote above, which is a variation of the original children's book's opening line.
  • Manchild: Acts very childish for someone who appears to be the same age as Strong Bad. When he checked into a hotel, he ordered a race car bed. And he along with Strong Mad and Homsar are in Marzipan's Kindergarten Class.
  • Misery Trigger: Two words. Lil' Brudder. Just the sight of the one-legged puppy will turn Homestar into a huge sobbing wreck.
  • 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 Guy: Tries to be one, when he's not being selfish.
  • Nice Hat: He just wouldn't be the same without his "buzzer".
  • No Listening Skills: He is prone to this, being both The Ditz and a Cloud Cuckoolander. For example, in "4 branches" , Coach Z tries to warn Homestar about the dangers of exposing a "flame pro-tardant polymascotfoamalate" costume to a campfire. Homestar zones out and imagines a commercial for polymascotfoamalate from the 1930s, then concludes "So I should be perfectly safe!" Then merrily goes on building a campfire inside the costume.
  • Oh, Crap!: When King of Town convinces the Poopsmith that Homestar was responsible for the missing pile of "whatsit":
    Homestar: Oh, Crap! I mean, literal crap.
  • Out of Focus: Not as bad as many similar examples, as he's still a prominent character, but Homestar is generally secondary to Strong Bad in all but the website's earliest content.
  • 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.
  • 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 fact 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."
  • Simpleton Voice: His speech impediment is appropriate for his level of intelligence.
  • 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!
  • 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. Another time he somehow got himself stuck inside an office water cooler.
  • Trademark Favorite Drink: Melonade. In one of his hremails, Homestar stated that he once had an endorsement deal that had him "contractually unable to drink, talk about, or bathe in any other liquid" until March of 2003.
  • Twin Threesome Fantasy: In "Halloween Potion-ma-jig", when Homestar is changed to having only one eye, he's shocked and disappointed to find out he hasn't been dating twin Marzipans the entire time, which seems to imply he likes this trope.
  • 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 started out as high-pitched and childlike in earlier episodes, but 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. Homestar also had something resembling a pseudo-Japanese accent in Marshmallow's Last Stand but it went away almost immediately after.
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