Strong Bad Email

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

Strong Bad Email, frequently shortened to sbemail, is the most frequently updated feature of homestarrunner.com. It was originally a small feature introduced in 2001, in which Strong Bad would answer a fan-sent email and commonly mock the spelling and grammar of those who wrote to him. Although the animations were initially brief, the responses gradually grew to establish numerous inside jokes, and running gags and catchphrases, as well as spin-offs, like 20X6, Teen Girl Squad, Trogdor, and even the main character Homsar. A typical Strong Bad Email will include numerous Easter eggs and other hidden material, often found at the ending screen. Many Strong Bad Emails, such as action figure, japanese cartoon, and isp, are satires of particular aspects of popular culture.

Contents

Strong Bad Emails

Lappy 486 Era

(November 2004 — present)


Compy 386 Era

(September 2002 — November 2004)


Tandy 400 Era

(August 2001 — September 2002)

DVD Releases

DVD Emails

The following emails only appear on the DVD set:

Podstar Runner Releases

Since January 30, 2006, Strong Bad emails have been released sometimes under a feature called Podstar Runner. It features popular Toons, Teen Girl Squads, and Strong Bad Emails in .m4v format. They are designed to be viewed on a Fifth Generation Apple iPod, but workable on a variety of other portable media players. Currently, it features these emails (in order of release, bottom right being the earliest, top left being the latest):

Not Quite Strong Bad Emails

The following shorts 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, and 158½ are not linked to from anywhere on the site.

Strong Bad Email Menus

Fun Facts

Trivia

  • Some time during mid-2003, "updated mondays" on the main Strong Bad Email Menu changed to "updated somedays." Nothing like this is even noted in Lappy-era emails.
  • On the Compy 386 menus, Strong Bad types "dir /p", a DOS command used to list all the files in a directory, and to pause between each screen's worth of files.
  • Not including Not Quite Strong Bad Emails, Strong Bad has checked 207 emails as of bike thief.
  • It would take 8 hours, 18 minutes, and 17 seconds to watch every Strong Bad email, including the DVD exclusives but excluding clickable Easter eggs. Including clickable Easter eggs, it would take 9 hours, 3 minutes and 50 seconds.
  • Email #22, "sb_email 22" was actually made between emails 40 and 41. It was originally skipped and later made and released under the title 'the lost email' right before Strong Bad replaced his computer with the Compy 386.
  • Strong Bad Emails make up nearly 60% of the toons on the site.
  • Back in the Tandy 400 era (at least until July, 2002), emailing Strong Bad would result in this automated response:
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

The link in the automated response leads to the Email Processing Room.

  • After random.bat was implemented, the email list comes from the rando.xml file. Before this, it was included in the Flash file.
  • Occasionally, there is a lengthy gap between email updates. This is sometimes recognized at the start of the next email, as in army, geddup noise, and redesign.

Remarks

  • At Flashforward 2006, The Brothers Chaps gave a list of five things not to email Strong Bad about.
  • During most emails, you see the back of Strong Bad's head when he sits in front of the computer, which is why he often starts a new line before the text reaches the right side of the computer's screen. However, on the Strong Bad Email menu, you don't see his head at all. This is probably so the viewers can use the bottom scroll button without anything in the way.
  • During Lappynapped!, retirement A, and retirement B, when the Lappy was kidnapped, it was still used for the Strong Bad Email menu.

External Links

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Shorts

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Holidays

Fan 'Stumes 2020‎
Nov 25, 2020

Puppet Stuff

Talkin' Strong Bad Plush Doll Commercial
Nov 25, 2020

Strong Bad Email

The Next April Fools Thing
Apr 1, 2018

Video Stuff

No-Stalgia
Sep 22, 2020

Teen Girl Squad

Issue 15
May 11, 2009

Marzipan's Answering Machine

Version 17.2
Apr 1, 2016

YouTube

Stinkoman Level 10 Launch Trailer
Dec 20, 2020

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