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Character: Marzipan
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The only girl
This article is about the character. For the Strong Bad Email, see marzipan.



Marzipan is the only female character among the primary residents of the Homestar Runner universe. She is tall and thin, wears her hair in a bright yellow ponytail, (although in Marzipan's Answering Machine Version 12.2, she claims that blond is not her true hair color, suggesting that she dyes it), and is almost always seen wearing a purple dress embellished with white trim and gold buttons. Like Homestar Runner, she does not appear to have visible arms. Nevertheless, she is still able to pick up and handle objects without any hint of difficulty; for example, she can play the guitar fairly well. Marzipan is the only character voiced by Missy Palmer.

Marzipan is Homestar's girlfriend (humorously, Missy Palmer acting as Marzipan disclosed in the DVD commentary for date that Homestar is only her boyfriend while acting, and has "several other boyfriends" off stage). Early on in the site's history, this seemed to be the primary reason for her existence. Her character has developed greatly over time, however, and their dating no longer appears to be their main connection. Marzipan has actually broken up with Homestar on several occasions, some of which were due to the fact that she wished to demonstrate her independence. Other such times involve Homestar's unintentional mean streak; he has even been known to show feelings of contempt and resentment toward his girlfriend, as seen in the email narrator (where he calls her "some type of enormous alien cow") and Happy Fireworks (where he uses a cardboard cutout to imitate her and then tells "her" to shut up). Luckily for Homestar, she continues to love him dearly, and the two always seem to end up together again.

Marzipan's status as the only girl in Free Country, USA has made her the target of quite a few prank messages on her answering machine (most of them left by Strong Bad), as well as the unsolicited romantic attentions of several other characters (most notably Coach Z and Bubs). Despite all this, she is very kind and is friends with almost everyone (though she is not fond of The King of Town, and she really doesn't like Strong Bad at all[1]).

"I'm off to the Chinchilla protest."

Strong Bad once described Marzipan as a "dirty hippie without the dirt"[2]. She is a strict vegetarian — she especially enjoys tofu and other soy products (though in the email coloring she teaches that "soy is also murder") — and she spends much of her time singing and playing her guitar. Most of her songs are about happiness and nature. She often makes protest signs to express her views on issues of varying and personal interest — among these are "Chinchillas OUT!! (of my basement)", "December Ween [sic] Kills Bunnies", and "Down with D'Ween".

Marzipan relaxes

Marzipan has been mistaken for a baseball bat, a bell, and a broom. A rip in her "Joey Ramone" costume in The House That Gave Sucky Treats seems to suggest that she may actually be shaped like a bell. By contrast, the emails secret recipes, date and secret identity all show her sitting in a manner that seems to contradict that possibility. In the email big white face, Strong Bad mentions that her head is like a baseball bat. In the email long pants, she claims that she is not a broom, much to Homestar's surprise. In highschool, she is shown to have long, skinny legs like Daphne from Scooby-Doo, but due to the fact that Strong Bad has an "unphotographic memory" (or "doodle memory"), this may or may not be true. Though she is often mistaken for such distinctly shaped objects, Strong Bad claims that she is human in retirement. Her humanlike appearance in highschool seems to support this claim, (though once again, because of Strong Bad's "doodle memory", this example must be taken with a grain of salt).

Marzipan has a tendency to anthropomorphize inanimate objects — for example, she talks to her guitar, Carol, asks Strong Sad to help resurrect her ficus plant, Credenza, from the dead in 3 Times Halloween Funjob, and once names an ordinary sandwich "Homestar Jr.", proceeding to treat it as though it were a small child. In addition, she has occasionally been fooled by poor imitations of Homestar, such as Tofu Homestar from The Luau and The Cheat's costume from the email do over. Also, in Halloween Potion-ma-jig, she created a potion that could transform Homestar into several different entities, including a strange clone of herself. Upon such instances, Marzipan tends to show more affection to (and quite possible receives more positive attention from) these pseudo-Homestars than she does her real boyfriend. It is unclear if this reflect a desire to change or replace her current beloved.

Marzipan sometimes works with other characters on various projects. For example, The Cheat made a Flash video for her song "Oh yeah yeah". She has also teamed up with both The Cheat and Strong Mad to form a band called Cool Tapes, in which she sings lead and plays Carol. She has appeared in the Dangeresque series of short films as Cutesy Buttons, and once attempted to teach Strong Bad how to make an attractive centerpiece out of junk mail and kitty litter. She has also hosted a Fall Float Parade with Coach Z and taught a "kindergarten" class with Homestar, Strong Mad, and Homsar as her students in coloring.


  1. ^  Email marzipan
  2. ^  Marzipan's Yearbook Character Page

Character Video Transcript

{Page Title: Oh Yeah Yeah!!} {Place: Marzipan's Gazebo}

MARZIPAN: Hi, I'm Marzipan, and this is my guitar Carol. Say hi, Carol. {performs a scale in E major} Ooh, E scale. Nice choice. When I'm not rockin' out, I like to dig in my garden and eat. I'm a fiercely independent woman, and I'm fiercely independent about the soy products that I choose. Homestar Runner and I {Homestar leans in frame} are one hot item when I say we are. And today we are/are not*.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Yay!/Boo!* {leans out of frame}

MARZIPAN: I like baby animals, and cats and dogs. But it makes me sad to see cats and dogs in the same room together. Okay, bye. I'm off to the Chinchilla protest. {She pulls out a protest sign that reads "Chinchillas OUT!! (of my basement)" and walks away}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {leaning in frame} Boo!/Yay!* {leans out of frame}

*Sometimes Marzipan says "And today we are", to which Homestar responds "Yay!" and sometimes she says "And today we are not", in which case Homestar says "Boo!" Whichever reply (yay or boo) he did not give will be his response at the end.

Fun Facts

Yes, she does have teeth.
  • The Old Characters Page, now in the museum, said The King of Town was Marzipan's father. However, it is the only such reference on the site, and The Brothers Chaps have since reported in interviews (such as the Club Aquatica interview) that this was an idea they had early in the site's development but have since abandoned.
    • In the Wonkavision Magazine Interview, this inconsistency was explained as a retcon. When asked about the "rumors" of Marzipan being the King of Town's daughter, Marzipan herself replied that "those allegations are completely false. The King was trying to make himself look better by association. That poor man. That poor fat, filthy man."
  • Marzipan is also a confectionery consisting primarily of ground almonds and sugar that derives its characteristic flavor from bitter almonds. Most marzipan is also flavored with rosewater.
  • In an interview with Wired magazine, Missy Palmer said that Marzipan started out as a hippie, but over time her personality has changed to match Missy's own.
  • The character page title is a reference to Marzipan's song "Oh yeah yeah" from the email marzipan.


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