Baddest of the Bands

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"Are you ready to be musically, sonically, and if all goes according to plan, PHYSICALLY assaulted?!!"

Baddest of the Bands is the third episode of Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People. It has been rated E10+ for Crude Humor, Mild Cartoon Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes and Use of Alcohol by the ESRB. Story written by Mike Stemmle and The Brothers Chaps.

When Strong Bad's beloved Fun Machine goes up in smoke, he must dominate the Battle Royale of the Bands to afford the costly repairs. But he's up against some stiff competition! Can he rock the stage and win the big cash prize, or will he be drowned out by the competition?

A brief trailer for the game is included in Strong Badia the Free and on the Telltale Games website.

It was released on Monday, October 27.

Cast: Strong Bad, Homestar Runner, Strong Mad, Strong Sad, The Cheat, Coach Z, Bubs, Marzipan, Pom Pom, The King of Town, Homsar, Limozeen, Marshie, Biscuitdoughhandsman, Horrible Painting


Preview Transcript

{The screen shows "On the next episode of Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People" and cuts to a closeup of Strong Bad's face as he holds a microphone, while microphone feedback is heard}

STRONG BAD: {yelling into the microphone} Alllllll right, expensive ticket holders!

{Cut to The Cheat on a set of drums, then back to Strong Bad}

STRONG BAD: Are you ready to be musically, sonically...

{Cut to Strong Mad playing a bass guitar}

STRONG BAD: ...and if all goes according to plan...

{Cut back to Strong Bad}

STRONG BAD: ...PHYSICALLY assaulted?!!

{Cut out to see that Strong Bad's band was seen atop Bubs' Concession Stand. The music stops suddenly; only a howling wind is heard in the background. Homestar watches from the ground}


{Cut to a shot of Strong Bad}

STRONG BAD: Hmm, tough crowd.

{Cut to a gray background, showing the word BADDEST written in Metallica-type font. Strong Bad's boxing glove-clad hand is then seen adding a strip of red label tape to the bottom of the word displaying the remainder of the title, OF THE BANDS, on it. Then the usual message, "Strong Bad's Cool Game For Attractive People — New episode every month!", is featured. Cut to The Brick Wall, and Bubs, The Cheat and Coach Z standing in front of it. Bubs and Coach Z each kick The Cheat back and forth between them.}

COACH Z: {rapping}
My name is Coach Z,
And Bubs is my cohort.
Put on your Cheat kickers,
And let's kick-a The Chort!


  • "3 O'Clock Twist"
  • Aerosol Cheese Spray
  • Alarm
  • Album Cover Photo
  • Bat Hutch
  • Billy Club
  • Bleach
  • Bleach Photo
  • Bleached Bats
  • Bucket of Butter
  • BMW Lighter
  • Cool Tapes Entry Form
  • "DeButt"
  • Defaced Album
  • Defaced Coloring Book
  • "Doin' The Wigglie"
  • Entry Forms
  • Fake Sword
  • "Food Related Love"
  • German Helmet
  • Glossy Photo
  • Hangar Antenna
  • "Hugo Left Me Miserable"
  • Instant Camera
  • "Left Shift-Alt-Delete"
  • Limozeen Coloring Book
  • Limozeen Contest Flyer
  • Lobster
  • Pomstar Entry Form
  • Poodonkis
  • "Roll with the Punches"
  • Signed Glossy
  • "Slide to the Right, Y'all Bridesmaids"
  • Squealin' Larry Limozeen Microphone
  • Starfish
  • Taranchula Black Metal Detector (now with shovel attachment)
  • Toilet Paper
  • Whale Photo
  • Zen Rock


  1. Folk Filker
  2. Scat Oboist
  3. Wooden Fish Enthusiast
  4. Electric Slide Kazooer
  5. Contra Bassist
  6. Spandex Screamer
  7. Big Hair Wailer
  8. Three-Necked Axeman
  9. Nordic Percussion Lord
  10. Spikey Rock Deity
  11. ?

Fun Facts


  • Coach Z pronounces "Cheat" correctly, and then incorrectly.
  • This is the first episode of SBCG4AP for the included Teen Girl Squad not to be created via the player's input.
  • The nailed-shut door in Marzipan's house initially appeared in Quality Time, where it was just a closet. Here, it is declared to lead to the kitchen.


  • The preview included with Strong Badia the Free does not include any subtitles for Coach Z's rap.
  • Strong Bad misspells his own name as "Strongbad" several times when answering the in-game emails.


  • Sometimes, when pulling out your map, a map icon will still be shown after you switch to the "How Awesome I am" chart.

Wii Version

  • In extended play, continuing to use the "Do the Wigglie" record on Pom Pom's turntable will earn you each Limozeen manual cover one after another.

Inside References

Real-World References

  • The performance on the rooftop could be modeled after The Beatles' final public performance.
  • The name "Bat-Aid" is a play on the band Band Aid.
  • Bubs refers to Coach Z as the "Thin Green Duke", a reference to David Bowie's persona The Thin White Duke.
  • The riff that Strong Bad sings for "Save/Load" is based off "Breaking The Law" by Judas Priest.
  • The line Strong Bad sings for "Quit" is based off "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey.
  • Strong Bad calls Strong Sad "Sister Christian". He also refers to him as "Teenage Lobotomy".
  • Strong Sad's explanation of the theremin is paraphrased from the Wikipedia page for the instrument.
  • Strong Bad tells the players not to confuse fog-bats with Foghat.
  • The cover art and lyrics for "Hugo Left Me" are based on Les Misérables, originally written by Victor Hugo.
  • Strong Bad's declaration of "One Fish, Two Fish, Starfish, Carfish" and the subsequent dialogue references One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss.
  • Strong Bad's line spoken as he TPs the Stick is a reference to A Charlie Brown Christmas.
  • Strong Bad refers to Homestar as "Very White", a reference to Barry White.
  • Coach Z standing in front of Marzipan's house holding a boombox may be a reference to the 1989 romantic comedy Say Anything..., where Lloyd Dobbler (John Cusack) romances Diane Court (Ione Skye) by standing in front of her bedroom window with a boombox playing "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel.

Fast Forward

  • At the end of the game, Strong Sad comments that Strong Bad's video game "sounds pretty dangerous". Strong Bad replies, "No. Sounds... Dangeresque!" as the camera zooms in on his Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective poster.


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