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  • Accidental Innuendo: In "coloring", Strong Bad attempts to color in a page of the Limozeen coloring book with one of the "crayons" he got from Marzipan called "Dermal Discoveries" (a nod to the real life renaming of the "Flesh" crayon to "Peach," primarily by Crayola). He then tells the band to "prepare themselves for a dermal discovery". Considering this is addressing a band, it could be intentional. Even more so since the "Dermal Discoveries" crayon was to replace a broken "Skin Flesh" crayon.
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  • Author's Saving Throw: The Lappy's intentional destruction was seen as a serious Out-of-Character Moment for Strong Bad by several fans, and the uncharacteristically modern Compé proved to be a Replacement Scrappy to some. After the series returned from hiatus, the first thing that happened was the weight of six years worth of dust crushing the Compé into a new old-style computer, the Lappier, which is very similar to the Lappy. "Like coal to a diamond" as Strong Bad called it.
  • Discredited Meme: Strong Bad at first didn't mind receiving emails with "Crapfully yours" or a variant as the signature. It's when he started getting them so often that he finally told fans to stop doing it.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • This entire series was developed due to Strong Bad being the site's resident dark horse at the time.
    • Many emails have spawned characters that rival some of the site's other characters in popularity. Notable ones include:
      • Homsar, who was created simply due to a misspelling of Homestar's name and has both made sporadic appearances since his debut in the second email and ascended to main character status on the non-email side of Homestar Runner.
      • The Teen Girl Squad, as evidenced by their appearances in 15 of their own toons (as well as the three side games from Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People, 4 Gregs, and Decomposing Pumpkins).
      • Trogdor, who was popular enough to get his own game on the site, an extended version of his theme song from his debut email "dragon", a major appearance in the last episode of Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People, and his own board game.
      • Stinkoman, who managed to get his own game on the site that, appropriately enough, plays similarly to the classic Mega Man series.
      • Eh! Steve!, reflecting his appearance as "Sweet Cuppin' Cakes"' Breakout Character.
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    • Onion Bubs is one in-universe, as seen in "original".
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • The "David Coppafeel" pun in "senior prom" sounded pretty apt after David Copperfield became accused of sexually assaulting an underage model.
    • The throwaway joke about "oiled-up Bill Cosby" in "winter pool" stopped being funny for similar reasons.
    • Strong Bad losing it and blowing up the movie theater with a bazooka in the sbemail "the movies" is decidedly less funny after the The Dark Knight Rises Aurora massacre.
    • Strong Bad Email 81 features the sender as "Dynomite, Boston, MA". "Dynamite Boston" might sound random, but saying those two words together might be very harsh now.
  • Growing the Beard: The show didn't start coming into its own until the late-Tandy/early-Compy era, as that's the time period when it stopped being a straight Fourth-Wall Mail Slot show and starting focusing more on skits that use the emails as a jumping-off point.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In Email 10, released in 2002, Strong Bad gets an email from a vampire named Trevor. Fastforward to the release of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate in 2013, which has Trevor Belmont becoming a vampire himself.
    • In Email 143, released in 2006, Strong Bad is talking about the different functions of Pom Pom's cellphone, from buying movie tickets to watching said movie to making his own. Nowadays, smartphones have internet access, Netflix and Hulu, and even 1080p video cameras.
    • Email 181, released in 2007, discusses various types of Web Comics; it offers a Take That! at Penny Arcade with a strip where Strong Bad and Strong Sad, after "bricking" a meat loaf, randomly spout off various technical specifications in lieu of a punchline. Fast forward to 2010, and Strong Bad plays poker against Penny Arcade's Tycho in Poker Night at the Inventory, whom he antagonizes more than his other opponents.
    • "Hey, Stinkoman! Everyone says you're the guy, but... I Wanna Be the Guy, too!"
    • How does Strong Bad define "technology"? "The word 'technology' means 'magic'."note 
      • There's also Strong Bad putting beans on a cake for The Poopsmith. In case he wanted Strong Bad to put beans on it. note 
    • 172 (More Armies) features Strong Bad recruiting for his band of shady missionaries - er, mercenaries - while wearing an eyepatch, a fake mustache, and a "robotic hand". Years later, there was a game whose main character was a bearded man with an eyepatch and a robotic hand who recruits for a band of mercenaries and like Strong Bad, ultimately turns out to have been faking that identity.
    • In Email 107, in order to honor the "heritage" on The Cheat's fake I.D., they play mining games. Scandinavian mining games, to be precise.
    • Email 108 has a scene where Homestar mentions a website that ends in ".egg", and Coach Z asking if he's sure it wasn't the standard ".com" or ".org". Fast forward to 2011, and ICANN allowed for URL suffixes to be more customizable. So one could buy a domain, and have it end in ".egg" if they so wanted to.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "And frankly, I'm worried."explanation 
    • "How do you type with boxing gloves on?"explanation 
    • "DELETED!" and variants, like "BALEETED!"explanation 
  • More Popular Spin Off: Strong Bad Email is easily the most popular part of Homestar Runner despite technically being an offshoot project, to the point that the show makes up the majority of the site's content. Case in point: the emails' DVD series is titled strong_bad_email.exe. The DVDs for the rest of the site? Everything Else.
  • Nausea Fuel: The worst thing of Strong Bad's "Bottom 10 List"? Cleaning up vomit from his keyboard, which happens right after Homestar Runner shows him his bottom (not his "Bottom 10".)
  • Never Live It Down:
    • Strong Bad saying "Holy crap" or just "crap" in the earliest cartoons, to the point where fans sent him emails signed "Crapfully yours" or a variant. He has received so many of such emails, in fact, that, by the time of the "3 Wishes" email, where he receives yet another email with a "crap"-themed closing, he chides the viewers for it at the end...
    "It's not required that you sign your email 'Crapfully yours' or 'With a bunch of crap' or 'Crap in the times', 'Crap is so great', 'Everything is crap', 'My middle name is Crapperson'. You know, you can just put 'Sincerely', or 'Yours truly' is another good one. Come on, guys, I'll still read 'em."
    • Since then, he has taken to express contempt for such email closings, either groaning/sighing or, more likely, substituting his own closing for them. For example, when he receives an email signed "Crapfully yours", he instead says, "Totally not getting old". He once received an email signed "Crudfully", but he is not fooled: he objects to the censorship, but remarks that he still would have ridiculed the email sender even if it was signed "crapfully" anyway.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The Decemberween Email page has the somber holiday version of the "Everybody, Everybody" theme playing on a loop.
    • The Paper seen dying after so long shocked and startled fans, going into a deep, probing (made-up) montage.
    • The death of the Compy 386 also fits this rather well.


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