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Airdate: Monday, January 6, 2003

Sender: james f.

"james fffffffffff" wants to know what Strong Bad would be like if he were a character from a Japanese cartoon. Strong Bad isn't intimately familiar with anime ("I saw one of those once"), but has a rough idea:

Strong Bad: Okay, so first of all, my head would have to be a little bean. With real, real big eyes. Get rid of my thumbs, make me all shiny... and my boots would be a whole lot cooler. Like, robot boots.
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Stinkoman (the Japanese cartoon version of Strong Bad) would also have blue hair "for some reason", and a mouth that's "real tiny when it's closed, ridiculously huge when it's open", on stop of having a hammy, boyish voice. His adventures mostly consist of him "flying around in cool poses", with anime versions of Homestar (1-Up the Extra Guy) and Pom Pom (Pan Pan) as comic relief. And thus, the world of Stinkoman K 20X6 is born.

Strong Bad: (in Stinkoman's voice) Japanese cartoons are w— (coughs, goes back to normal voice) Oh, ahem, excuse me! Japanese cartoons are weird, man. Though I may be on to something with that blue hair. Look pretty nice, it look-a pretty nice...

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Tropes:

  • Animesque: Stinkoman and his world.
  • Continuity Nod: In the e-mail "island", Homestar randomly called Strong Bad "Stinkoman".
  • Credits Gag: The credits at the end of the email include entries like "Combolations: Oolong Singy"
  • Fingerless Hands: Stinkoman has completely fingerless hands; Strong Bad at least has thumbs.
  • Hong Kong Dub: Stinkoman and 1-Up (the anime version of Homestar) have their dialogue badly synced to their mouth flaps.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The instrumental for the Stinkoman theme song is lifted from the NES game Rad Racer.
    • The credits for the Stinkoman show are lifted from the credits for The Legend of Zelda for the NES: "S. Miyahon" is Shigeru Miyamoto, "Ten Ten" is Takashi Tezuka, and "Konchan" is Koji Kondo.
    • An Easter Egg at the end shows Homestar has a collection of endings from various NES games, including Super Mario Bros. 2, Mega Man 2, and Blaster Master.
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    • Stinkoman's "just a kid" line is a reference to AKIRA, where Kaneda refused to let Tetsuo ride on his bike for the same reason. Fitting, since his voice is based on Cam Clarke as Kaneda.
    • During the fake credits, there's a picture of Stinkoman with spikey hair in the style of a Super Saiyan from Dragon Ball Z.
  • Tagalong Kid: This seems to be the role of 1-Up.
    1-Up: Hey, Stinkoman! Everybody says you're the guy, but I wanna be the guy too!
    Stinkoman: No way! You're just a kid! Maybe when you're older.
  • Volumetric Mouth: "And then there's my mouth. Real tiny when it's closed, ridiculously huge when it's open."
  • Year X: Stinkoman apparently hails from the year 20X6, pronounced "Twenty-exty six!"
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: The Trope Namer; Strong Bad says that his Japanese cartoon alter-ego has blue hair because "you gotta have blue hair".
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