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==Fun Facts==
==Fun Facts==
===Trivia===
===Trivia===
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*Not including Not Quite Strong Bad Emails, Strong Bad has checked 238<!--PLEASE NOTE: This number takes into account each individual email Strong Bad has checked.  In some Strong Bad Emails he checks more than one.--> emails as of [[parenting]].
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*In 2001, prior to the introduction of Strong Bad Email, [[Mike Chapman]] stated [[l33t Interview|in an interview]] that the site received five or ten emails a day. By January 2003, the daily number had climbed to [[Run Devil Run Interview|"500 or more"]], peaked in mid-2003 with [[Club Aquatica Interview - 29 Oct 2003|five to eight thousand daily emails]], and by 2004 had leveled out to between [[Inkhole Interview|two and five thousand a day]].
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*As of [[parenting]], it would take 10 hours, 7 minutes, and 19 seconds <!--427734 frames plus 13 minutes and 13 seconds from the DVDs--> to watch every Strong Bad Email, including the DVD exclusives but excluding clickable Easter eggs. Including clickable Easter eggs, it would take 11 hours, 33 minutes, and 3 seconds.<!--488199 frames plus 14 minutes and 43 seconds from the DVDs and YouTube-->
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*As of September 2022, Strong Bad Emails make up about 43% of the toons on the site by volume<!--280 toons, referenced from Toons By Length and not counting DVD/YT exclusives, 209 sbemails; 209/489 ≈ 0.4274 -->; as of May 2021, they make up about 26% of toons on the site by runtime. <!--not including Easter eggs. 36439 seconds for sbemails, 102373 seconds for toons. 36439/138812 ≈ 0.2625 -->
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*During the Tandy 400 era (until at least July 2002), emailing Strong Bad would result in this automated response:
*During the Tandy 400 era (until at least July 2002), emailing Strong Bad would result in this automated response:
<blockquote>Thanks for your freakin email. I hope it's not stupid.<br>
<blockquote>Thanks for your freakin email. I hope it's not stupid.<br>
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Strong Bad</blockquote>
Strong Bad</blockquote>
:*The link in the automated response leads to the [[Email Processing Room]].
:*The link in the automated response leads to the [[Email Processing Room]].
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*At [[Flashforward 2006 Seattle - 28 Feb 2006|Flashforward 2006]], [[The Brothers Chaps]] gave a list of [[Flashforward 2006 Seattle - 28 Feb 2006#Pre-animation Process - 4:05 p.m.|five things not to email Strong Bad about]].  Additional information about which emails are selected were given in a later [[Late Nite JengaJam Interview - 4 Oct 2007#Email|radio interview]].
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*At [[Flashforward 2006 Seattle - 28 Feb 2006|Flashforward 2006]], [[The Brothers Chaps]] gave a list of [[Flashforward 2006 Seattle - 28 Feb 2006#Pre-animation Process - 4:05 p.m.|five things not to email Strong Bad about]].  Additional insight about how emails are selected was given in a later [[Late Nite JengaJam Interview - 4 Oct 2007#Email|radio interview]].
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*[[butt IQ]] and [[CGNU]] are the only onsite emails with capital letters in their titles. Prior to the [[post-Flash site update]], [[3 Wishes]] and [[what I want]] did as well, as shown here.
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*[[butt IQ]] and [[CGNU]] are the only onsite emails with capital letters in their titles. Prior to the [[post-Flash site update]], [[3 Wishes]] and [[what I want]] did as well.
*Prior to the post-Flash site update, some emails had [[Irregular Strong Bad Email URLs|different URLs]] instead of ''sbemail#.html''.
*Prior to the post-Flash site update, some emails had [[Irregular Strong Bad Email URLs|different URLs]] instead of ''sbemail#.html''.
*Occasionally, there is a lengthy gap between email updates. This is sometimes [[Acknowledged Update Delays|recognized at the start of the next email]], as in [[army]], [[geddup noise]], [[redesign]], [[hremail 3184]], and [[sbemail 206]].
*Occasionally, there is a lengthy gap between email updates. This is sometimes [[Acknowledged Update Delays|recognized at the start of the next email]], as in [[army]], [[geddup noise]], [[redesign]], [[hremail 3184]], and [[sbemail 206]].
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*Email #208, [[the next april fools thing]], was originally hidden inside a holiday toon, and wasn't listed on the [[Strong Bad Email menu]] until the post-Flash site update on December 31, 2020.
*Email #208, [[the next april fools thing]], was originally hidden inside a holiday toon, and wasn't listed on the [[Strong Bad Email menu]] until the post-Flash site update on December 31, 2020.
*Although viewers were originally prompted to email Strong Bad at strongbad@homestarrunner.com, as of [[sbemail 206]] the [[CGI Paper]] has directed viewers to "email"  by tweeting [[@StrongBadActual]].
*Although viewers were originally prompted to email Strong Bad at strongbad@homestarrunner.com, as of [[sbemail 206]] the [[CGI Paper]] has directed viewers to "email"  by tweeting [[@StrongBadActual]].
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====Statistics====
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{{seemain|Strong Bad Email Statistics}}
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*Not including Not Quite Strong Bad Emails, Strong Bad has checked 238<!--PLEASE NOTE: This number takes into account each individual email Strong Bad has checked.  In some Strong Bad Emails he checks more than one.--> emails as of [[parenting]].
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*As of [[parenting]], it would take 10 hours, 7 minutes, and 19 seconds <!--427734 frames plus 13 minutes and 13 seconds from the DVDs--> to watch every Strong Bad Email, including the DVD exclusives but excluding clickable Easter eggs. Including clickable Easter eggs, it would take 11 hours, 33 minutes, and 3 seconds.<!--488199 frames plus 14 minutes and 43 seconds from the DVDs and YouTube-->
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*As of September 2022, Strong Bad Emails make up about 43% of the toons on the site by volume<!--280 toons, referenced from Toons By Length and not counting DVD/YT exclusives, 209 sbemails; 209/489 ≈ 0.4274 -->; as of May 2021, they make up about 26% of toons on the site by runtime. <!--not including Easter eggs. 36439 seconds for sbemails, 102373 seconds for toons. 36439/138812 ≈ 0.2625 -->
===Remarks===
===Remarks===

Revision as of 19:00, 27 September 2022

Strong Bad checks his email.
Strong Bad checks his email.

Strong Bad Email, frequently shortened to sbemail, is a feature in which Strong Bad answers an email sent by a real-world fan. Arguably the most recognizable feature of the site, it is occasionally joked that its success has led to Strong Bad becoming more popular than the site's title character.

A typical email opens with Strong Bad humorously mocking the spelling and grammar of the sender, then transitioning to an anecdote or scheme related to a question asked by the email, concluding with Strong Bad returning to his computer to finalize the email response. Strong Bad Emails include numerous Easter eggs and other hidden material, often found at the ending screen; many feature satirical views of aspects of popular culture such as Japanese cartoons, video games, and TV show theme songs. Originally introduced in 2001 as a small feature with brief animations, the responses gradually expanded in scope to establish numerous inside jokes, running gags, and catch phrases. Full-fledged Strong Bad Email spin-offs include Trogdor, Teen Girl Squad, 20X6, Strong Badia, Hremails, the minor character Senor Cardgage, and even main character Homsar.

Strong Bad Email has historically been the most frequently updated feature of homestarrunner.com, with a new email being added to the menu nearly every Monday from 2002 through 2008. However, the series was put on hiatus from September 2008 to June 2009. The Brothers Chaps stated in interviews that they wanted to focus on other characters and vary their output; adding that the 200th email just happened to be a round number at which to take a break. After a series of five emails in 2009, Strong Bad Email (much like the rest of the site) has since been updated irregularly; multi-year gaps are now common between new emails.

Contents

Strong Bad Emails

Lappier Era

(April 2015 – present)

Compé Era

(August 2009 – October 2009)

Corpy NT6 Transition

(July 2009)

Lappy 486 Era

(November 2004 – June 2009)

Compy 386 Era

(September 2002 – November 2004)

Tandy 400 Era

(August 2001 – September 2002)

Releases

DVD

Emails 1–200 have been released on the strongbad_email.exe 6-disc DVD series. There are DVD-exclusive bonus emails in discs 1, 4, 5, and 6.

Podstar Runner

Beginning January 30, 2006, Strong Bad Emails were released under a feature called Podstar Runner. They have featured popular toons, Teen Girl Squad issues, and Strong Bad Emails in .m4v format. They were designed to be viewed on a Fifth Generation Apple iPod, but are workable on a variety of other portable media players. These are all of the emails that have been featured through this service (in order of Podstar Runner release, top left being the earliest, bottom right being the latest):

YouTube

The homestarrunnerdotcom YouTube channel was registered on October 1, 2007. When it first began uploading Strong Bad Emails on March 31, 2009, they were direct rips of the DVD versions (featuring title cards with the email names in Title Case and ending with The Paper reading ">> The End <<"), with independent being uploaded in a previously unreleased DVD-style version with altered scenes. Starting in 2017, 1080p versions of the emails have been uploaded, with email titles in all lowercase and the paper reading "> THE END <", often incorporating the Easter eggs from the original website versions.

These are all of the emails that have been uploaded (in order of YouTube release, top left being the earliest, bottom right being the latest):

Not Quite Strong Bad Emails

The following were originally associated in one way or another with the Strong Bad Emails. They are numbered by halves to show where they appeared chronologically in the list above. Numbers 99½B, 118½, 158½, 199½C are not linked to from anywhere on the site. Also, 198½, 199½A, 200½A, 200½B, 200½C, 205½B, 205½D, 206½A, 208½A, and 208½B aren't on the site at all.

Milestones

Whenever Strong Bad reaches an email milestone, such as 100 or 200, the email will be special or at least some note will be taken. Thus far, five emails have been considered milestones.

  • 50. 50 emails — Strong Bad checks 50 emails (or attempts to) in honor of it being his 50th email check.
  • 100. flashback — The email is done in "wiiidescreeeen". Marzipan, Senor Cardgage, Old Timey Strong Bad, and Limozeen congratulate him on his 100th email. Upon the Compy indicating that he has checked 100 emails with a special screen, Strong Bad says "email" 100 times. Homestar says "Happy 100th birthday, Strong Bad".
  • 125. rock opera — Strong Bad performs a rock opera featuring scenes and at least one word from all of Strong Bad's previous emails.
  • 150. alternate universe — Strong Bad goes into many alternate universes featuring alternate versions of himself, which at the end accompany him in a supergroup ballad. Called the "sesquicentennemail".
  • 200. email thunder — The email song is a grand fanfare written by They Might Be Giants and sung by The Poopsmith. The email also ends with a screen listing the first 200 emails.

Frequently, a "teaser" toon is released a week before a milestone email in order to play off the anticipation for the upcoming milestone. The teaser toons so far have been Sbemail 100 fakeout (teasing viewers hoping to view email 100 before it was released); Sbemail 150?!? (in which Strong Sad tries to convince Strong Bad to check email 150 and writes a proposed storyboard for it); Place Ya Bets! (in which the Deleteheads speculate on what will happen in email 200); and Sbemail 200 Fakeout (in which the Deleteheads camp out at the sbemail200.html URL).

Fun Facts

Trivia

Thanks for your freakin email. I hope it's not stupid.
Once I finish these swiss cake rolls I'll read it and if it's awesome enough,
I'll answer it on the site.
But if your email is terrible, then it gets R.E.D. alright.
The Cheat Reads it, Strong Mad Eats it, and I Deletes it.
Click Here to see us in action!
Check back every Monday to see if your email has what it takes.
Watch me while I'm awesome,
Strong Bad

Statistics

See main article: Strong Bad Email Statistics
  • Not including Not Quite Strong Bad Emails, Strong Bad has checked 238 emails as of parenting.
  • As of parenting, it would take 10 hours, 7 minutes, and 19 seconds to watch every Strong Bad Email, including the DVD exclusives but excluding clickable Easter eggs. Including clickable Easter eggs, it would take 11 hours, 33 minutes, and 3 seconds.
  • As of September 2022, Strong Bad Emails make up about 43% of the toons on the site by volume; as of May 2021, they make up about 26% of toons on the site by runtime.

Remarks

External Links

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