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This article is about the toon. For the arcade machine, see TROGDOR! Arcade Machine. For the game on the arcade machine, see TROGDOR!.
Toon Category: Shorts
watch 20X6 vs. 1936 Lookin at a Thing in a Bag
"We're, uh, doing The Cheat's taxes."

Strong Bad, Strong Mad and The Cheat play a TROGDOR! arcade game in the basement.

Cast (in order of appearance): Homestar Runner, Strong Bad, Strong Mad, The Cheat, Trogdor

Places: Computer Room, Basement of the Brothers Strong

Date: Monday, March 17, 2003

Running Time: 1:41

Page title: Quite Exciting This Computer Magic!

DVD: Everything Else, Volume 1



{We start with a familiar scene, the Compy. Except Strong Bad isn't there, and there's a sticky note on the screen saying "in da basement -sb".}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {offscreen} Strong Bad! {walks up to the computer} Hey Strong Bad, can I borrow your fondue pot again? Oh. You're not here. I'll get to the bottom of this!

{He sits down at the Compy and starts typing. While he says everything correctly, he misspells "Strong Bad".}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {notices the note} Oh! "In da basement. From SB." Ohhh, that must stand for Stong Bah.

{He stands up and heads for the basement. Upon arriving he finds Strong Bad, Strong Mad, and The Cheat playing TROGDOR! the arcade game.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Hey guys! Whatcha playin'?

STRONG BAD: Uh, playin'? No, we're, uh, we're doing The Cheat's taxes.


HOMESTAR RUNNER: Bo-ring. I don't wanna play that.

{Homestar walks off. The game blips with the "SWORDED!" noise from the game.}

STRONG BAD: Argh! Stupid peasant.

{He kicks the arcade machine, which says, in a computer voice, "Trogdor!".}

STRONG BAD: Whoa! Pretty cool! {kicks it twice more, with the same results} All right, who's next?

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

STRONG BAD: Okay, fine.

{Strong Bad gets off the stool to let The Cheat on, but he just looks at Strong Bad, and makes more noises.}

STRONG BAD: Oh, right. Here ya go, little buddy.

{He lifts him onto the stool and the theme music begins playing. As soon as it's over...}


{The game says "Trogdor!" and The Cheat begins playing.}

STRONG BAD: Whoa, nice move! You're a master!

{The Paper comes down with a link to play the Trogdor arcade game. After a little while, Homestar comes back with a stack of papers.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Hey, can you guys do my taxes next? ... You guys? ... Man, that's one big adding machine.

Easter Eggs

"Here they come to break your legs"
  • If you wait for Homestar to come by and ask them to do his taxes - after he says, "Man, that is one big adding machine" you can click on the TROGDOR! game to make it say "Trogdor."
  • You can click on the top of Homestar's pile of papers to see his expenses:
Homestar Runner's
2002 Expenditures

$150 - pork b/w beans

$2,000 - witch's brew

$4,000 - refinance my hat

$2.07 - Marzipan gift

$1,000 - Fluffypuffs

$500 - monthly protection
to SB

$500 - monthly protection
to SM

$500 - monthly protection
to The C.

$75 - straps and practice
  • When you have Homestar's expenses displayed, you can click and hold on the last item in the list "straps and practice" to see a picture of something that looks like a hand-drawn baseball card. It bears a resemblance to the Kewpie Dan drawing from The House That Gave Sucky Treats.

Fun Facts



  • The label on the disk in the floppy disk container reads "manhunter new york".
  • The top paper in Homestar's stack of papers says "Important Document #402".
  • Homestar's total expenditures for one month (as listed) add up to $8727.07.


  • On the Monday following the show, there was no new Strong Bad Email. Instead, there was a post-it note that said "In da Basement". The note included a link to the aformentioned toon short.
  • In 2002, Homestar paid a total of $18,000 for "protection", as he paid Strong Bad, Strong Mad, and The Cheat $500 dollars each per month. His other expenditures make up less than 29% of the total $25227.07.
  • The Cheat plays the game left-handed.
  • Some of the sounds used in this toon are slightly off from their game counterparts. The peasant burnination sound is higher pitched and the squished peasant sound is played faster.
  • Strong Bad has two identical stools (one for his computer and one for the TROGDOR! game.)
  • There is a metal plate at the near bottom of the machine, which is used as a door in most arcade machines to protect the coins collected. However, there are no coin slots, and The Cheat did not put in any coins to start a new game. This would indicate that the machine has been set to free play mode, in which coins are not required to start the game.
  • "Straps and Practice" is also the name of a song by Matt Chapman's band, "The New You".


  • At the start, the Compy's contrast knob is there. When Homestar comes in it is missing, but you can click it anyway. It doesn't do anything either time.
  • When Strong Bad kicks the arcade machine, the kicking sound effect comes as his leg is pulling back, not as it is hitting the game.
  • The clickable area on the "Back" text at the end of the toon extends much farther to the left.

Inside References

Real-World References

  • The page title "Quite exciting this computer magic" is a quote from the movie This is Spinal Tap. One of the band members (Viv Savage) says it while playing a game similar to Missile Command on a TRS-80 Color Computer in the tour bus.

Fast Forward

  • Cans of "pork b/w beans" would later be seen in the Strong Bad Email business trip.

DVD Version

  • The expenses and "straps & practice" Easter eggs are now viewable separately from each other by pushing the angle button on your remote.
  • Instead of clicking on the arcade machine to make it say "Trogdor!", after Homestar comments on it being a big adding machine, the "Trogdor!" sound plays automatically once.

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