Lack of Visible Arms

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*Email '''[[marzipan]]''' — Strong Bad appears to comb his hair before talking to Marzipan, even though he has no hair.
*Email '''[[marzipan]]''' — Strong Bad appears to comb his hair before talking to Marzipan, even though he has no hair.
*'''[[Strong Bad is in Jail Cartoon]]''' — Strong Bad wears a hairnet.
*'''[[Strong Bad is in Jail Cartoon]]''' — Strong Bad wears a hairnet.
*[[One Two, One Two]] — Strong Bad wears a shower cap.
*'''[[One Two, One Two]]''' — Strong Bad wears a shower cap.
=== Marzipan's Legs ===
=== Marzipan's Legs ===

Revision as of 04:57, 4 September 2007

Homestar with "arms"

One of the ultimate mysteries in the Homestar Runner body of work is that Homestar Runner, Marzipan, The King of Town, Homsar, and many other characters all lack visible arms and hands. In spite of this, they have the ability to pick up and carry objects. The most common explanations for this phenomenon are that they either have invisible arms or can manipulate objects with some kind of psychokinesis. Some suggest the latter over the former, as these characters' articles of clothing rarely have holes where arms would normally be. Usually none of the other characters seem to pay attention to this curiosity, although sometimes their lack of arms is referenced.



The no-handed deckeman!
  • Armless Invaders — Homestar is the titular "armless invader".
  • Email vacationStrong Bad imagines, in a hypothetical email from Monkey D, "How does Homestar pick stuff up if he's not wearing any Marzi-pants?"
  • Email action figure — Homestar's action figure box reads "No arms! Like real life!"
  • The Interview — Strong Bad refers to Homestar as a "no-armed whitey".
  • Email fingers — Homestar makes himself a pair of fake arms.
  • Strong Bad is a Bad GuyStrong Mad starts to tell Homestar that he doesn't have arms, but is cut off by the end of the cartoon.
  • Stinkomanual — Level 5's intro reads, "1-Up takes matters into his own, um, torso!"
  • No Hands On Deck! — Homestar's lack of hands, which comes with his lack of arms, is referred to in the title and in a newspaper headline within the toon.
  • Sketchbook — Homestar is seen doing a push-up and the caption reads, "no handed-style!"
  • DNA Evidence — Upon being told that the DNA analysis will cost "an arm and a leg", Marzipan replies "Not a problem." (see also below)
  • Email more armies — Homestar remarks that by joining the Homestarmy, one can have a career in the "no-armed forces".
  • Ever and More! — Strong Bad and The Cheat (who have perfectly visible arms) practice Homestar's and the King of Town's secret "handshake" (see below) by putting their hands on their hips and bobbing up and down.


Sketch with arms
  • In Search of the Yello Dello — Marzipan slaps Homestar across the face, leaving a visible handprint.
    • In the commentary, Strong Bad says that Marzipan has really nice hands and Homestar replies, "Yeah, I suppose she does."
  • In Search of the Yello Dello New Version — Marzipan asks if the oven mitts Strong Bad is wearing are hers, but she would not need oven mitts if she has no hands.
  • The Reddest Radish — Marzipan knocks on the door of Homestar's house with her head, despite the fact she could have used her invisible arms/telekinetic powers instead.
    • Likewise, in 3 Times Halloween Funjob, Homestar knocks on Marzipan's door with his head, although this could be due to his silliness, or possibly because he's holding his bagful of candy with both "hands".
  • A Jumping Jack ContestThe Announcer proclaims that Homestar has completed the most jumping jacks despite the fact it would be hard to tell if he ever stopped clapping his "hands."
  • Homestarloween Party Coach Z has fingers throughout the episode.
  • Email halloweener — Homestar wears boxing gloves on his feet and an oven mitt on his head.
  • Homestar vs. Little Girl 2 — When Puppet Homestar plays tag with Little Girl, he touches her with his head.
  • Email the bird — Strong Bad flips Homestar off, and after Homestar replies "Right back atcha," Strong Bad exclaims, "He just gave me the bird!"
  • Email your friends — When Strong Bad asks Marzipan to hold out her hands, she just says she doesn't want to. Of course, Strong Bad is preparing to hand her a saw blade, so perhaps Marzipan is just refusing to put herself in a dangerous position.
  • Email the show and Main Page 19 — Homestar holds a microphone and sorts through a stack of index cards at the same time. This action could require more than two hands.
  • Strong Bad Sings — One of Strong Bad's songs is titled "This One Time I Saw Homestar Punching a Kitten in the Throat".
  • Email marzipan — Strong Bad remarks that "Marzipan can't keep her hands offa" him, although this could be just a figure of speech.
  • Email time capsule — Homestar is able to manipulate the box, box lid, and wig all at the same time.
  • Secret Song (video) — Puppet Homestar plays the piano with both his invisible hands and the side of his head.
  • Puppet Jam: Everybody Knows It — Puppet Homestar gives high fives to They Might Be Giants.
  • Arcade Game, and emails credit card, 50 emails, and anything — Homestar can type on a keyboard. Also in anything, he is able to lift and pour a bottle of soda on Strong Bad's computer.
  • Puppet Jam: Apple Juice Blues - Homestar says, "my arm really really hurts," though it is probably Matt Chapman speaking about his own arm.
  • Strong Bad's Character Video — Homestar stands in line to receive a high five from Strong Bad.
  • Biz Cas Fri 1 — When Homestar "helps" Strong Bad with his spreadsheet, Homestar types with his head, when he could type with his "hands" in 50 emails, anything, and Arcade Game.
  • Email extra plug — Homestar is tied with an extension cord around his torso in a position normally used to secure someone's arms.
Head Hands from virus
  • Email virus — Homestar's head falls off his body, and then the head picks up the links in the navigation bar. However, this could just be another of the virus' effects on Free Country, USA.
  • Email highschoolTeenage Homestar sings "Shaking hands with my man" in Strong Bad's doodle memory/hazardous guess.
  • Strongest Man in the World — Homestar gives Pom Pom a high five.
  • Lappynapped! — The King of Town refers to himself as "Furious Fingers."
  • Ballad of the SneakThe Homestar Runner is seen with crutches after the Sneak "dropped him from his flying machine".
  • Email strong badathlon — Homestar, the champion of the Greco-Roman Homestar Crud-Out-of-Beating event, takes swings at himself. Visible air disturbances show where his extremities are traveling.
  • Email your funeral — As Homestar enters Marzipan's house, we see him hang up a coat with sleeves.
  • Date Nite — When Marzipan and The Cheat go out for their date, he offers her his arm to escort her, and she apparently holds it as they walk.
Proof that Homestar has invisible arms?
  • DNA Evidence — When Homestar, while wearing a trench coat, lifts the glass of DNA evidence to drink it, the right arm of the trench coat raises as though he has an arm, but he seems to lack shoulders. (see also above)
  • Ever and More! — Homestar and the King of Town can be heard slapping hands as they demonstrate their "secret handshake."
  • Main Page 24 — Homestar asks "How many fingers am I holding up?"
  • Quality Time — Both Homestar and Marzipan are able to manipulate the cardboard versions of each other from several feet away. Marzipan is also able to both play guitar and manipulate Cardboard Homestar at the same time.

Other Apparently Invisible Body Parts

Coach Z's Face

Various references are made to parts of Coach Z's face that are not visible to the viewer:

Strong Bad's Nose


Similarly, references are occasionally made to Strong Bad's nose, even though he does not appear to have one.

Strong Bad's Hair

Despite the fact Strong Bad is bald, he still pretends to care for his hair.

Marzipan's Legs

While sometimes Marzipan does not appear to have legs, a few other 'toons claim otherwise.


None of the main characters appear to have ears, yet they still act as though they do.

  • Email sibbie — Strong Sad wears earbuds to listen to his iPod.
  • Email impression — In a tape recording, Strong Sad tells Strong Bad to stop flicking his ear.
  • Strong Bad wears cool shades and sunglasses in multiple emails, starting with stunt double (as Dangeresque). These shades are apparently held on his head by invisible ears.
    • Homestar and The Thnikkaman also wear sunglasses in several toons.
  • Marzipan's Answering Machine Version 9.2 — On Message 1, Homestar re-listens to his old message from Marzipan under the tutelage of Pom Pom's keen ears.
  • Email extra plugThe Cheat puts his hands to both sides of his head as though covering his ears when walking near Strong Bad's loud 'Lectric Boots. He also uses glowsticks to plug his ears.
  • Email alternate universeTiny-Handed Strong Bad attempts to dig to China with his ears.
  • Email keep cool — Strong Bad mentions that, after eating, you must have an ear candling before re-entering the pool.
  • Halloween Potion-Ma-Jig — Bubs covers the space where his ears would be when Homestar attempts to sing for a stirring utensil.
  • Happy Hallow-day — Coach Z wears earrings as part of his costume, which seem to stick to the side of his face as opposed to piercing his skin.


References are also made as to whether or not the characters have teeth.

  • Email replacement — When Strong Bad asks Bubs, "Strong Sad's on the couch, watching TV. What do you do?" Bubs replies, "Kick him in the teeth!" and Strong Bad replies, "That's good, that's good, even though he might not have any teeth."
  • Email narrator and concert — Strong Sad is seen brushing his teeth.
  • Email theme song — Unlike most 'toons, Homestar has visible teeth in an opening Strong Bad imagines. He uses them to take a bite out of a "light globe" sandwich.
  • Email underlings — When Strong Bad tells Homestar he has cilantro stuck between his teeth, Homestar says "teeth?" as if he is shocked by the idea that he has any.


  • Email the bird — Strong Bad, Pom Pom, and Homestar give the bird, even though none of the characters have visible fingers.
  • Decemberween Short Shorts — Homestar wears a towel around his neck as though he has shoulders.
  • Email original — Bubs says "if I had thumbs, I'd be sticking 'em up my armpits right now".

See also

Characters With No Visible Arms

These characters have no visible arms, yet have been observed manipulating objects:

Debatable Characters

These characters lack visible arms, but have never been seen manipulating objects:

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