Strong Sad

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Character: Strong Sad
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"Each day we die a little more..."
Not sitting next to The Diapersmith.



Strong Sad is the youngest of the Brothers Strong. He stands somewhere between Strong Bad and Strong Mad in height, and he has large, elephant-like feet he calls "soolnds". (In the past, poachers have apparently offered large sums of money to obtain Strong Sad's feet.) His body is round and is two shades of grey—a lighter grey from the waist up, and darker grey from the waist down. Strong Sad's body makes the sound of a inflated rubber ball when hit—and according to Strong Sad, it is hit often. His head is white and has an odd lump on the top, referred to as a "disturbing soft-serve flip" by Strong Bad in keep cool (a trait shared by Mr. Bland). It is unclear whether or not he has teeth. Strong Bad claims that he doesn't, but Strong Sad was seen brushing his teeth in narrator. He is usually very calm and soft-spoken, although he has become hyperactive on occasion (at least once under the influence of caffeine), and he has also temporarily (and involuntarily) become a radio DJ once or twice. The phrase "Covered Bridges" seems to be able to put him in some type of trance, as seen in Fall Float Parade.

Strong Sad's main defining characteristic is his chronic depression—his high level of intelligence and creativity are almost always overshadowed by it. His many interests include listening, books, listening to books, calligraphy, safety, being alone, arts, crafts, and arts b/w crafts. He has outstanding handwriting and often uses it in writing poetry, which he then recites at his own "poetry slams". Strong Sad is seen using both his right and left hands to write and play the guitar, implying that he is ambidextrous. He has been seen practicing T'ai Chi. Strong Sad also enjoys playing board games (especially with other board games), and he seems to enjoy going to science-fiction and fantasy conventions, as seen in different town and TrogdorCon '97. He has an iPod, and he occasionally updates his blog. Strong Sad's highly philosophical view on life has creeped out other characters more than once, most notably Strong Bad and Marzipan. Strong Sad may have a crush on Marzipan; he has occasionally lied to Marzipan just so he could spend time with her, as in Marzipan's Answering Machine Version 10.2. However, he might just be trying to make friends with anyone he can.

Strong Sad has a sort of "love-hate" relationship with his brother Strong Bad. It has been suggested that the two got along quite well when they were younger, but nowadays, Strong Sad suffers almost constant abuse from Strong Bad. (Nobody really knows why.) However, evidence from The Secrets That I Keep may suggest that even though Strong Sad outwardly insults Strong Bad, he looks up to him and misses the days when they got along. In particular, Strong Bad has quite a list of names he's used to insult Strong Sad. Strong Sad has also been the subject of numerous practical jokes by Strong Bad, Strong Mad and The Cheat, from being drilled a new navel by Lil' Strong Bad to being used as a stunt double for the Dangeresque movies to even having wildebeest pheromones washed into his laundry. In turn, Strong Sad often has a very low opinion of his brother and considers him to be a clueless weirdo, though nobody really seems to care most of the time what he thinks. Despite all of this, he seems to retain some degree of brotherly love toward his siblings: When the Tandy 400 exploded, Strong Sad asked Strong Bad if he was all right. Also, while Strong Bad was in jail, Strong Sad wrote him a letter wishing him well, and adding that his brother's absence caused him to feel far happier with himself than usual and also that while Strong Bad was gone, he turned his brother's computer room into his tai chi space. He was also eager to help Strong Bad with his 150th e-mail in Sbemail 150?!? (he actually managed to provide the background music for Strong Bad's email intro in alternate universe).

Strong Sad's troubled relationship with Strong Bad seems to extend to the rest of the community in Free Country, USA as well. He is generally reclusive and has only a few friends—his best friend appears to be Homsar, and he plays Jenga with The Cheat on Tuesdays. Early in the site's history, Homestar Runner even counted Strong Sad as a friend, and still shows some signs of friendship towards him. He is often overlooked and ignored when he has an idea, and he is sometimes even believed to be dead. Despite all of this, he serves as a loyal officer in the Homestarmy, and a Strong Sad Lookalike Contest is held in his honor/insult each year.

Perhaps because of his reservedness, Strong Sad seems to be the most rational of the characters, and often seems to react perplexedly to the others' cartoony antics. He can often be found patiently correcting someone else's apparent mistakes, such as in TrogdorCon '97 and technology, or entirely uncomprehending of the nonsensical events around him. He was even featured as the sole "Bear Holding a Shark Skeptic" in myths & legends.


Strong Sad listens to the following musicians/music groups, according to his blog:

Judging from the "Boys Don't Cry" silhouette poster of Robert Smith on his wall, Strong Sad also apparently listens to The Cure.


Strong Sad has often been identified as a lurker, or has been associated with lurking.

Deathly Pallor with "Lonely Lurker Attack"
  • Email garage saleStrong Bad describes "The Lurker", using Strong Sad as an example, as being "the shady night-manager at Stuckey's type, who shades around all day but never buys anything." He even tells Strong Sad to "go back to Stuckey's, lurker."
  • Senorial Day — In an Easter egg, Strong Sad says, "there's nothing like going out for a lonely lurk on a lovely Spring night."
  • Email trading cards — One of Homestar Runner's cards is The Deathly Pallor, which can perform the "Lonely Lurker Attack."

Character Video Transcript

{Page Title: Poetry Slam!!} {Place: Strong Sad's Room}

{Open with a black screen.}

STRONG SAD: I don't wanna do a characters page!

MARZIPAN: Oh, come on, you can do it!

{The lens cap is removed, and Strong Sad appears as the camera focuses on him.}

STRONG SAD: I'm not really comfortable talking to a camera.

MARZIPAN: {offscreen} Just pretend like you're talking to me, or a wall, or a tree, or any of the other stuff that you usually talk to.

STRONG SAD: Ohhhhhh! My name's Strong Sad and... I have two brothers that like to pummel me every hour, on the hour. I mostly sit in my room, and... listen to music, and write, {begins tracing his finger along the edge of the screen} and talk to walls or trees... {stops touching the edge of the screen} and wait to be pummeled... I guess I like board games more than most people. And by that I mean I like to play board games more than most people do. But by that I also mean I like board games more than I like most people. Like this one time, me and Hi-Ho Cherry-O! were playing The Game of Life, and I got a phone call from... Coach Z or somebody. And, I didn't answer it because I was having such a good time with playing this board game, against this other board game...

MARZIPAN: {off-screen, losing patience} Okay, I think that's enough, Strong Sad.

STRONG SAD: And it got me to thinking, you know?

MARZIPAN: Okay, okay, I'm turning it off now.

STRONG SAD: {simultaneously} Two lovers... collide...

{The camera stops.}

Fun Facts

  • Matt Chapman has said that Strong Sad is the most difficult character to voice due to how delicate he sounds. If Matt strains his voice too much before recording, he actually can't do Strong Sad at all (which led to Mike substituting for Strong Sad's one word in cheat talk).
  • Strong Sad breaks the fourth wall by saying he doesn't want to do a "character page", and by running his finger up and down the left border of the screen. The actual wall of his room is much further off to the side, as evidenced by the poster in the background.
  • The odd lump on top of Strong Sad's head gives him a similar appearance to some of the secondary characters in Casper the Friendly Ghost.
  • Strong Sad used to have an AOL Instant Messenger screenname of "depressio222". A fan registered the name, and after many questions as to why the Brothers Chaps had not reserved it beforehand, Strong Sad's IM changed to "depressio111117".
  • Strong Sad was originally going to sound like Michael Stipe, but it was quickly rejected.


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