Strong Bad Smiling

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Especially in the early years of Homestar Runner, Strong Bad's mouth has been most often seen to be in a slight frown, usually in a rectangular or round (when he talks) shape. His mouth was curved in such a way as to suggest he is often upset. However, there have also been plenty of times when he has smiled, an effect created by slightly distorting the upper part of Strong Bad's rectangular mouth, turning his expression into an unmistakable smile. While some of these smiles were in reaction to or anticipation of his usual misdeeds, he has also found other reasons to smile. As Strong Bad became a more prominent character over the years, the rate at which he would smile noticeably increased. Although crude drawings of Strong Bad may have their own variations of this phenomenon, the real Strong Bad has, and, most likely, always will have the same, bizarre, distorted rectangle of a smile.

Smiling became a more-or-less common and normal part of Strong Bad's character around 2006. Only select instances of smiling since then are listed.


Select Appearances

Evil Smiles

  • A Jorb Well Done — Strong Bad smiles while trying to get Coach Z to say the word "job", then bursts out laughing as he, Strong Mad and The Cheat ridicule the coach for not being able to say the word.
    • Ironically, although this is the first time Strong Bad smiles, he smiles for the entirety of his appearance in this toon.
  • The House That Gave Sucky Treats — If the steak is chosen as Marzipan's treat, Strong Bad appears and grins as he sneaks a few more steaks into her bag.
  • Email origins — Lil' Strong Bad smiles after he gets a drill for his birthday (which he uses on Strong Sad, resulting in his belly button).
  • TrogdorCon '97 — Strong Bad smiles while calling Strong Sad a butt for claiming that it was 2005, not 1997. He also smiles when he and The Cheat go over to the authorized Godzilla reseller's booth and attack the reseller with pea soup.
  • Grumblecakes (video) — Strong Bad smiles rather disturbingly at the end of the video.
  • Email being mean — Strong Bad smiles during the entire scene while he is knocking over Homestar's really tall ice cream cone.
  • Donut Unto Others — Strong Bad smiles, and laughs, after he slaps a note on the side of Homestar's Do-Nots shop, causing it to fall over.
  • Email videography — Strong Bad smiles while explaining his other quotation mark professions.

Notable Other Appearances

  • The Secrets That I KeepLil' Strong Bad smiles for the camera as does young Strong Sad.
  • Halloween Awards Show — While Strong Bad is behind the podium thanking The Cheat and Bubs, he smiles.
  • Email stand-up — Lil' Strong Bad grins nervously while doing stand-up comedy (with disastrous results).
  • Email suntan — Strong Bad grins at Marzipan after drawing abs on his stomach.
  • Email no loafing — In the picture showing Strong Bad with the No Loafing Sign, Strong Bad is smiling.
  • Email for kids — Strong Bad is seen smiling into the camera on his TV show.
  • Email montage — During his date with the Wagon Fulla Pancakes, Strong Bad is smiling.
  • Email best thing — Strong Bad smiles and laughs while watching Limozeen: "but they're in space!".
  • Email rampage — Strong Bad smiles and laughs with Coach Z when they joke about Strong Sad being a "master of ceremonies".
  • Senorial Day — While trying to play football with Senor Cardgage, Strong Bad smiles.
  • Teen Girl Squad Issue 9 — Strong Bad smiled while he was riding with Learner's Permit Girl.
  • Email modeling — While posing for magazine photos, Strong Bad smiles.
  • Email Family Resemblence — In the Birds Of A Feather postcard, Strong Bad smiles.
  • Email record book — In a photograph accompanying Lil' Strong Bad's record for Dirtiest Diapey, he is smiling.
  • One sketchbook item pictured an extremely happy and smiling "Dreamaway Johnny" version of Strong Bad.
  • Email geddup noise — As he introduces one of the many Geddup Noise knockoffs, "The Git Outcha Seat Sound", Strong Bad smiles.
  • Email candy product — During the commercial for SBLOUNSKCHED!, Strong Bad is smiling.
  • Email alternate universe — Strong Bad smiles after asking other Strong Bads to do a song. He also smiles after saying hello to Senor Cardgage's tacklebox.
  • Email isp — When Strong Bad and Bubs see Strong Mad talking in a high-pitch voice, Strong Bad grins as they all laugh psychotically.
  • Email theme song — During the first theme song, Strong Bad is smiling.
  • Email 4 branches — Strong Bad is happy to know that there are free bagels at the water cooler.
  • Date Nite — After Strong Bad says "drowning them", he smiles slightly.
  • Email concert — Strong Bad smiles while telling Homestar Runner about sloshy.
  • Jibblies 2 — To stay in character as Beetlejuice, Strong Bad smiles throughout most of the toon.
  • Behind the Bad Chapter 1: The New Hire — Strong Bad smiles while entering his office.
  • Email email thunder — Strong Bad is delighted to see The Paper return.
  • Most in the Graveyard — Strong Bad's fake mouth in his costume of the planet from the cover of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has an open smiling grin on it.
  • A Death-Defying Decemberween — Strong Bad smiles while handing out hot chocolate to the other characters, as a byproduct of his parole.
  • Kick-A-Ball — Strong Bad smiles when he hears that Homestar cheated, and lost (almost).
  • 79 Seconds Left — Strong Bad smiles when he pours water on his knee.
  • Email hremail3184 — Strong Bad can be seen smiling when Senor Cardgage first shows up in his house.
  • Fish Eye Lens — Strong Bad smiles when leaning in to say "You know what that means!"
  • I Killed Pom Pom! — Strong Bad smiles as part of his Mac Tonight costume.

Screenshots of Strong Bad Smiling

Statistics of Strong Bad Smiling

Year Number of Toons in which Strong Bad appeared onscreen Number of Toons in which Strong Bad smiled Percentage of Toons in which Strong Bad smiled
2000 9 0 0%
2001 15 2 13%
2002 56 2 3.6%
2003 43 2 5%
2004 37 4 10.8%
2005 38 10 26.3%
2006 32 9 28.1%
2007 32 8 25%
2008 30 14 46.7%
2009 23 7 30.4%
2010 3 0 0%
2011 1 0 0%
2012 0 0 0%
2013 1 0 0%
2014 2 2 100%
Total 321 59 19.3%

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