Blatant Lies

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"On Saturday I certainly don't wake up at 6 A.M., put on a Speedo, and go to swim practice. Yep. Definitely not a Speedo."

Several Homestar Runner characters, most notably Strong Bad, have been known to lie blatantly to one another or to the audience, often in an attempt to persuade others of the veracity of a situation, when in fact the opposite is extremely obvious. Sometimes the contradiction isn't immediately blatant, but always later on is revealed to be an obvious, deliberate lie. Sometimes the lie is blatant because it is admitted or proved to be a lie, other times because it is impossible the liar is telling the truth, and still other times the lie is so poorly constructed that one can't help but know it's a lie. Generally, blatant lies are most frequently used to cover up some embarrassing fact about the liar, or (especially in Strong Bad's case) to make the liar seem better. Whatever the reason, blatant lies are the frequent lies that are, quite clearly, the worst and most ineffective practices of deceit in the Homestar Runner universe.



Strong Bad Emails

  • Email sugarbob — Strong Bad types in different colors and fonts to try to convince the emailer's girlfriend that he is taken by several other girlfriends.
  • Email lures & jigs — Strong Bad nervously insists he knows about the ladies, mere seconds after casually admitting he knows nothing about them.
  • Email huttah! — Strong Bad asserts that cheese and anvils are two of the finest things in life, after The Cheat walks in on his claiming that The Cheat resembles these two items. Also, he then tapes a piece of paper reading "the cheat" on the Compy 386 to make it look as if emails to him are to The Cheat. Furthermore, Strong Bad claims that The Cheat doesn't have a computer, when in fact the exact opposite is true.
  • Email stunt double — Strong Bad says that he doesn't use a stunt double. When Dangeresque II: This Time, It's Not Dangeresque 1 is then shown, it is obvious that Strong Sad is Strong Bad's stunt double.
  • Email different town — Strong Bad is singing while standing on the stool when Strong Sad walks in. Strong Bad claims that he was just checking the lights, even though the ceiling of the Computer Room is far too high for him to reach.
  • Email crying — When Strong Bad begins to sniffle over Li'l Brudder, he runs off claiming that he just has "a food" in the oven.
  • Email other days — Strong Bad tries to convince the viewer that on Saturdays, he does not go to swim practice, and instead takes battle axe lessons. In an Easter egg, Strong Sad is seen telling Strong Bad that they are late for swim practice.
  • Email extra plug — After saying that the hot girl that he will be dancing with will be The Cheat, Strong Bad catches himself and states that it will be an actual hot girl.
  • Email part-time job — Strong Bad sings "Comin' in to work on time.." while coming to his job at Bubs' Concession Stand 15 minutes late.
  • Email secret identity — Strong Bad says that his secret identity is The Poopsmith, only to be disproven when The Poopsmith himself walks in. He and the Poopsmith have also been seen together on numerous occasions.
  • Email 2 emails — Strong Bad says that he is holding the Ladies' Choice Awards, but no ladies show up.
  • Email kids' book — Strong Bad claims to have written a children's book, though it is clear he simply scratched out the author's name and replaced it with his own.
  • Email local news — Strong Bad says that he has to go and do something completely unrelated to throwing together the local news that the sender of this email asked about.
  • Email long pants — Strong Bad says his white correction pen is an "electronic light-pen input high-tech expensive device", but later says quietly, "Stupid... made-up technology... that I made up... paint pen..."
  • Email record book — Strong Bad claims to have "accidentally made breakfast" all over his previous record.
  • Email myths & legends (DVD Commentary) — Matt and Mike claim to never have made a Bear holding a Shark T-shirt, yet it was made on March 27, 2006.
  • Email senior prom — Strong Bad claims that he got a message on his "answering machine" from "Delilelia". It is obvious that he is the one providing the girl's voice, and that the "answering machine" is just a clock radio with a cassete tape on top.
  • Email road trip — Strong Bad emphasizes that a "not originally yellow spotted sheet" is from Strong Sad's room, and not his room.
  • Email 4 branchesHomestar Runner claims that moving into his mascot costume was "probably the coolest and least locking-[himself]-out-of-[his]-house-enest decision" he ever made.
  • Email cliffhangers — After Coach Z and Homestar accuse themselves of being The Thnikkaman and stealing the Lappy 486, respectively, they both try to cover it up by talking about "sports team".
  • Email strong badathlon — Strong Bad claims that his strongest event in the Strong Badathlon is "Probably Something with Guitars, lasers, Robots, and Hot Girls". This event is only shown in Powered by The Cheat form, suggesting that the event did not actually take place.
  • Email the moviesThe King of Town insists that his many trays of sizzling fajitas came from a box of Milk Duds.
  • Email from workBubs tries to cover up the fact that he was going to go and play a gnome tasering game by saying that he was going to get back to "upgrading the... taserin' that gnome... server".
  • Email nightlife — Strong Bad tells Strong Sad that the body spray he's putting on is really the blood of slain warrior mammoths. He also claims that his name has been laser-etched onto the guest list, yet he has to use a fake name to get into the club.
  • Email winter pool — Strong Bad tells the sender that they used the pool for skateboarding and taped it but they got accidentally taped over with cooking shows. He later refers to this year's antics as "less pretend", revealing the truth of the skateboarding story.
  • Email licensed — After showing Pom Pom his "unlicensed" Strong Bad wares in his trench coat, Bubs tells Strong Bad and The Cheat that he is wearing the trench coat because he is a "public flasher."
  • Email rated — Strong Bad tries to convince Senor Cardgage that Bubs and Coach Z are his kids, and that they are old enough for him to be in his sixties.
  • Email your edge — When The Cheat walks in wearing an apron, Strong Bad tells him it is not pretend your grandma baking time and it will never be again, then immediately whispers "see me after the e-mail". Later on Strong Sad pretends to check a computer and tells Strong Bad that staying in a hole is 'edgy"

Marzipan's Answering Machine

  • Marzipan's Answering Machine Version 1.0
    • After leaving Marzipan a prank call, Strong Bad calls back for baking advice, insisting that he is calling her for the first time that day.
  • Marzipan's Answering Machine Version 2.0
    • When Pom Pom calls and apparently tells Marzipan about something that Homestar said, Homestar repeatedly insists that he did not say that, and that Pom Pom is crazy.
  • Marzipan's Answering Machine Version 6.0
    • When Strong Bad calls, he says that he has a real girlfriend for whom he needs to buy a Valentine's Day present.
    • Homestar pretends to be a dial tone after realizing that he has called Marzipan annoying and overbearing on her own answering machine.
  • Marzipan's Answering Machine Version 9.2
    • When Coach Z calls, he accidentally lets it slip that he breaks into Marzipan's house, but then tries to take it back and then talk about curly fries.
    • When Strong Bad calls, he says that tofu is made from baby seals.


  • Homestar Ruiner — When calling Coach Z his answering machine states "You've reached the cordless cell phone, and not the public pay-phone, of Coach Z."
    • When asking Homestar or Marzipan why he wasn't invited to Homestar's victory party, both of them claim it's because the other dislikes Strong Bad. While Homestar's claim is true, Marzipan's claim that Homestar dislikes him is most likely a lie.
    • Another instance involving the party: When asking Marzipan why he wasn't invited she asks him if he remembered the last time she invited him to a party. After having a detailed flashback of the event, Strong Bad replies "Uuh... no."
    • Shortly after the instance listed above, Strong Bad notices that the party seems to focus more on Marzipan's garden than Homestar's Unlikely victory. When he questions Marzipan, she denies it claiming she would never put her award winning vegetable garden before "...uuhh...". After Strong Bad said "Homestar" for her, she replied, "Right! Homsar."
  • Strong Badia the Free — When Strong Bad gets the medal from an airline, he says it's for not crying during the whole flight, then claims that it's for rescuing the plane and making out with the flight attendants.
  • Baddest of the Bands — Giving Strong Sad the security jacket and selecting the Devil Strong Bad will cause Strong Bad to claim it's for the band "Security".
  • Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective — When interviewing the King of Town about the similarities between himself and his character, Perducci, The King of Town briefly mentions hiring people overseas to steal priceless art to sell on the black market. When Strong Bad ask him to repeat that last part, The King of Town claims he only mentioned that they both wear fancy hats.
  • 8-Bit Is Enough — Strong Bad insists it was Strong Sad who broke the Trogdor Arcade Machine, when everyone saw him slam into it after he "had to jump" after Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective
    • When one finds the "Lady Crate Ape" box cover, Strong Bad remarks he wondered where it went, then immediately claims that it belongs to Strong Sad.
    • When Strong Bad calls Videlectrix, the representative pretends to be an automated phone service. Later, when Strong Bad is billed for the new logic board, he pulls the same stunt.
    • When obtaining the TrogSword, Strong Bad mentions getting rid of Homestar's pop-up window so he can resume his "make-out sessions". Homestar replies that he doesn't see any make-out sessions in Strong Bad's schedule, just pedicures and bubble baths, which Strong Bad claims are "code for make-out sessions".


  • The King of Town DVD — Near the end of the commentary, Strong Bad claims that The King of Town does not live in a castle, but rather in an apartment next door to him.
  • Halloween Awards Show — Strong Bad claims to have a super-hot girlfriend who recently got sucked into a wormhole.
  • Where's The Cheat? — Strong Bad calls Marzipan, pretending to be Homestar Runner, saying that he killed Pom Pom, while Homestar was at Marzipan's house.
  • Arcade Game — When Homestar asks Strong Bad, Strong Mad, and The Cheat what they are playing, Strong Bad claims that they are doing The Cheat's taxes.
  • Lookin at a Thing in a Bag — For almost the entire 'toon, Strong Bad and his gang attempt to convince Homestar that there is something cool in their paper bags. Bubs convinces Homestar that he knows nothing about Strong Bad's plan to get free drinks. Later on, Strong Bad tells Homestar that the thing in the bag escaped into the mountains.
  • Broken Compy Menu — When Bubs asks Homestar, who was previously arguing, what he is doing at the stand, Homestar replies that he was talking to nobody, everybody, or Strong Mad. When asked where Strong Mad is now, Homestar says that he flew away. Later on, Bubs claims to Homestar that the shotgunned Compy 386 is a low-priced automobile.
  • Homestar Presents: Presents — While talking on the phone, Coach Z claims that he is not alone and his phone is plugged in, but nobody is nearby and the phone is unplugged.
  • Teen Girl Squad Issue 10 — After being caught making out with a drawing of The Ugly One, Strong Bad claims that it is a piece of pizza and hurriedly stuffs the drawing into his mouth.
  • Halloween Potion-ma-jig — The King of Town tries to convince Homestar that he is not trying to find a ham sandwich that he had buried in the Spooky Woods when he was nine. The Poopsmith is seen right next to him, digging holes.
  • Weclome Back — Strong Bad claims to have accidentally "mashed record and stop" on his camera before jumping out of the plane. However, the unbelievable story he recounts about what happened during his descent makes it obvious that he is lying about the entire event.
  • Teen Girl Squad Issue 13So and So, at one point, tells What's Her Face about health class while holding up a book on health class which is actually just a disguised book on urban legends (with that title scribbled out).
  • SBCG4AP Dev Blog — Strong Bad shows off alleged screenshots of his upcoming game, all of which have been edited very poorly. Despite this, he claims to be playing "Not MS Paint". In a later entry, he reveals some fake cheat codes for the game, with some screenshots that have also been sightly edited, but this time using Photoshop.
  • The Next Epi-SnowedAgent Chimendez informs Gunhaver that entering his box will guarantee him appearances in the rest of the season's episodes, while he actually plans to trap Gunhaver. Crack Stuntman also boasts of having an underwater fireplace.
  • Place ya bets! — Homestar tries to descend an "invisible elevator" after Strong Sad asks if Homestar's "bomb" is just candles with a drawing of a clock taped to them.
  • Most in the Graveyard — After Strong Bad asks where the pickled monkey fingers went, The King of Town is seen running over the hills of the graveyard yelling, "I don't knoooooow!"
  • Behind The Bad Chapter 3: The Last Straw — Strong Bad claims to be the lead designer for SBCG4AP, has a girlfriend, shoots a shark gun, and has a jet pack.
  • Kick-A-Ball In the "Official Kick-A-Ball Rules" handbook, Strong Bad has clearly attempted to falsify his identity as the author of a write-in rule. The rule is signed, "the commish (not strong bad)." Upon seeing this rule, Strong Bad further implicates his authorship by reprimanding the Cheat for not checking their own "Cheater's Almanac." Presumably, this almanac has a record of this rule.

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