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There once was an old man who lived at a Wiki. . .

MEH!

Why is all this crazy crap here? I'm glad you asked: below are a bunch of ideas that I have had thus far for pages, or actually just lists of things that interest me. If any of them are to ever become actual pages I need to put some time into editing and cleaning and making them fit with protocol. Maybe I'll get to that sometime soon . . .

So What have you done for Wiki lately? Well, I try to do article cleanup, but I spend most of my time looking for patterns in things (see the userbox for the example that started it all). Here's the list of pages I've started:

And below is the rest of the crazy crap I've been working on:

Contents

H*R references to other cartoons:

little animal - While Strong Mad chases Strong Bad through the house, they pass by the computer repeatedly in a manner similar to that of older cartoons, especially Tom and Jerry, where the background would paradoxically repeat itself over and over. This was done in animation to save time and money, since only a section of background had to be drawn and was then looped over and over.

Parsnips-a-Plenty - "Buy U.S. Soup Bonds" is a reference to cartoons supporting World War I war bonds.

The Luau - The sound of everybody running is a generic bongo sound effect used in old Hanna-Barbera cartoons.

Cheat Commandos...O's - Crackotage is modeled after the G.I. Joe character Roadblock in that everything he says is in rhyme. Other cartoons from the 80's had characters who also spoke in rhyme, such as the Wordsworth from the 1984 cartoon Heathcliff & The Cadillac Cats, and Blaster from the Transformers cartoon. The Ser-g-geant Marshie character refers to any number of crossovers between figures in pop culture and G.I. Joe (or other 80's cartoonmercials) that culminated in the creation of action figures, notably Sergeant Slaughter of the AWA/WWE and William "Refrigerator" Perry of the Chicago Bears. Both of these also started out as mail-order characters. The parachuting Blue Laser minions that appear after the grill explodes refers to the fact that no one ever actually died in a G.I. Joe cartoon, despite all the explosions and flying bullets. The bad guys were always seen emerging bruised and shaken, but alive, from the wreckage. The "Breakfast is Fundamental" at the beginning of the cartoon is a reference to "Reading is Fundamental" cartoons that used to be on on Saturday mornings.

japanese cartoon - In the third slide of the credits for Stinkoman K, you can see a parody of Vegeta from the series Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT in his Super Saiyan state. Oolong is a Chinese tea, as well as a character from Dragon Ball. The "K" in "Stinko Man K 20X6" is a homage to anime mega-series such as Dragon Ball, Gundam, and Sailor Moon, which use letters to separate different series or seasons (e.g., Dragon Ball Z, Z Gundam, Sailor Moon R, etc.) The line, "No way, you're just a kid, maybe when you're older" is a reference to the anime movie Akira, where Kaneda refuses to let Tetsuo ride his motorbike because he's "just a kid". Also, Stinkoman's voice is similar to Cam Clarke's dub of Kaneda. When Stinkoman laughs after Pan Pan falls on 1-Up, his two-frame motion and the small mushroom clouds around his head are a reference to Speed Racer, which similarly had very limited animation.

island - Strong Bad says "Yami Yugi" easily when he reads the email, but seems to have trouble the second time. The name of the person who wrote the email, Yami Yugi, is also the name of a character from the anime series Yu-Gi-Oh! Matt states in the DVD comentary that this cartoon was based on many older cartoons, specifically a Looney Toons short.

Teen Girl Squad Issue 7 - The fact that the Teen Girl Squad cast is presented in child form is a trend done by several cartoons including Muppet Babies.

Cheat Commandos (toon) - The fact that the characters speak normally implies that the writers paid little regard to the source material, as is the case with many cartoons based on toys, comics or video games. (and of course once again tons of GI Joe potential references)

Ballad of The Sneak - Many cartoon characters from the time period, such as Betty Boop and Minnie Mouse, for example, were "flappers". Several cartoons from the time period featured characters playing in the I-beams of construction sites, such as Olive Oyl when she was hypnotized by Bluto in a Popeye cartoon. "The Kaiser" is how German Emperor Wilhelm II was popularly referred to in the U.S. and Britain during World War I. Propaganda-laced political cartoons of the time would often exact comedic revenge on this enemy of Allied forces. The train whistle may be a reference to many old cartoons, in which objects such as train whistles and brooms were depicted as "alive."

Kick the Can - Stack of Two, Reel One (falls asleep) shows Homestar getting hit in the head with a brick and then falling asleep. This is a reference to the old comic "Krazy Kat," in which Ignatz the Mouse was always clobbering Krazy Kat upside the head with bricks.

Everybody Knows It - Homestar's song is a parody of public service shorts that ran during Saturday morning cartoons in the 1980s.

The Best Decemberween Ever - This toon contains many references to the "Peanuts" cartoons by Charles Schulz (particularly "A Charlie Brown Christmas"). For example, Homestar wears a winter hat (similar to Charlie Brown's hat) and walks out of a house, along the low brick wall and sighs. In addition, Strong Sad's arms are drawn in a particular way. Also, one of Marzipan's signs reads that Decemberween is too commercial, which is also similarly referenced in "A Charlie Brown Christmas", in which Charlie Brown thinks his dog Snoopy has gone commercial when he sees him decorating his dog house to enter a "lights and display" contest. Finally, it pays further homage at the end, when all the cast gets together and sings a song (which the Peanuts always did in their holiday specials). The page title refers to Dolly Madison Bakery, a sponsor of various cartoon specials on CBS -- including Peanuts -- throughout the 1960's and 1970's. The Cheat's head exploding when he opened a present is possibly a reference to The Smurfs, in which Jokey Smurf would give someone a present that would explode in the opener's face.

Main Page 9 - The way the pencil lines quiver is similar to the "Squigglevision" animation style employed on such cartoons as Ed, Edd 'n Eddy and Home Movies.

Shopping For Danger - Gunhaver's mention of Blue Laser buying a machine that would screw with the weather is an obvious reference to a G.I. Joe mini-series, The Revenge Of Cobra, in which G.I. Joe and Cobra battle over a machine, the Weather Dominator, which can be used to control the weather. When Gunhaver shouts to the sky at the end of the cartoon, it may be a reference to Inspector Gadget which ends with Dr. Claw would shouting, "I'll get you next time, Gadget... next time..."

for kids - The way Homsar enters and walks closer to the viewer is from the British kids' show "Bod".

best thing - The repeated "band being chased" segments may be a reference to a Hanna-Barbera 70's staple of stock-footage chase scenes, which appeared most prominently in Scooby-Doo. Mary asking "How come they made me fat and have red hair?" draws attention to the manipulation of characters in cartoon adaptations to clearly defined sterotypical roles. In particular, Mary's question references the cartoon The Real Ghostbusters, where the Dan Aykroyd character (from the Ghostbusters film) was modified into an overweight redhead.

The Li'l Brudder Show - The line "and maybe Tendafoot, too" refers to various cartoons in which the secondary character wouldn't be mentioned until the very end of the theme song. Examples include Touché Turtle and Dum Dum and Lippy the Lion and Hardy Har Har.

highschool - Marzipan is shown to have long, skinny legs like Daphne from the Scooby-Doo cartoons, but due to the fact that Strong Bad has an "unphotographic memory" (or "doodle memory"), this may or may not be true. "The Homestar Runner Mysfit-steries" parodies Scooby-Doo, as well as numerous other Hanna-Barbera cartoons such as Jabberjaw, Josie and the Pussycats, and Speed Buggy. These cartoons featured common themes of teenagers and young adults solving mysteries and occasionally playing together in bands. The "middle school" portion of the email parodies Jim Henson's Muppet Babies and other American cartoons that followed the trend of presenting established characters in a franchise as children or toddlers (such as, incidentally, Scooby-Doo). Homestar as the matronly nursery character saying "Now you children skedaddle" is a reference to and hybrid of both Nanny from Muppet Babies and the Mammy-Two-Shoes character from Tom and Jerry. The costume and Southern colloquialisms are suggestive of the "Mammy" character, who often wallops the cat with a broom when he misbehaves. "Nanny", likewise, was only shown from the waist down. Don Knotts twice guest-starred in the New Scooby-Doo Movies cartoons.

alternate universe - The pronunciation "ohbee kaybee" for "okay" was frequently said by the character Mushmouth on the animated Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.

the facts - The way Strong Bad says Jess G.OH's last name is a reference to The Simpsons, in which one of Homer Simpson's catch phrases is "D'oh!" The "We'll Be Right Back!" song and screen are in the style of cartoon shows of the 1970s, 80s and 90s, which frequently included lead-outs and lead-ins with freeze-frames (or animations) of the characters along with quirky jingles about the show returning. Perfect examples include, but are not necessarily limited to, He-Man (typically sung by Orco), most major network (ABC/NBC/CBS) Saturday Morning cartoon shows ("After these messages we'll be... Right Back!" etc.), anything on USA Cartoon Express, and the early Nickelodeon network.

theme park - Poppy the Tire looks very similar to Peter Puck, a cartoon hockey puck from a 1973 Hanna-Barbera Cartoon.

Teen Girl Squad Issue 8 - The Hanna-Barbera cartoon Jabberjaw also had a shark as a band member.

theme song - The heart background shown at the end of the first theme song is very similar to the one found at the end of each episode of The Powerpuff Girls. "They're tiny, they're toony, they're all a little loony" is based on the first line of the theme song to Tiny Toon Adventures.

crazy cartoon - The idea of Sherlock spending all of his time trying to catch a worm might be a throwback to the "U.S. Acres" segment of the TV series Garfield and Friends. In it, one of the running gags involved Booker the chick trying to catch a worm that always seemed to be smarter than he was. The surreal nature of Sweet Cuppin' Cakes may be a reference to the 1938 Warner Brothers short Porky in Wackyland, which is also the inspiration for the character Gogo Dodo from Tiny Toon Adventures.

rock opera - Strong Bad's "Ándale! Ándale! Arriba! Arriba!" at the end is quoting the famous Warner Bros. cartoon mouse Speedy Gonzales.

Happy Hallow-day - Strong Bad's witch mask is identical to Lucy's from the Peanuts cartoon It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

i she be - The song that Strong Bad sings at the start of this email is the theme to the popular '80s kids' TV show He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.

local news - Strong Bad's songs are most likely making fun of Schoolhouse Rock, an educational cartoon that teaches children subjects such as multiplication, grammar, history, etc.

Peasant's Quest - At the bale of hay, type "look tree". It says, It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown, a 1976 Peanuts TV special.

disconnected - Strong Bad's "career advisor" sign is similar to the "Psychiatric help" sign used by Lucy van Pelt from the Peanuts comics. More specifically, it reads "The doctor is real in", with "real in" being the moveable part of the sign in A Charlie Brown Christmas.

4 branches - Homestar saying "That's how I become a law!" is a reference to the School House Rock cartoon "I'm Just a Bill", showing how a bill becomes a law in Washington. The Old-Timey Alien's voice and crashed spacecraft suggest a reference to The Great Gazoo of The Flintstones.


The Cheat Commandos are in general based somewhat of GI Joe.
Stinko Man related objects are in general based somewhat on the Anime Genre.


Halloween costumes

The Cheat - Garfield(2000) Punchy(2001) Russel (2002)
KOT - Hagar the Horrible(2001)
Homsar - Wimpy (2001)
PomPom - KoolAide Man (2002)
Poopsmith - Lion-O (2004)Ookla the Mok (2005)
Marzipan - Beeker (2005)
Strong Mad - Gossamer (2005) The Maxx (2006)
Bubs - Coach McGuirk (2006)


Popular Song References in H*R

The System Is Down - Strong Bad yelling "FOOTBALL!" at the end of the song is likely a reference to a techno song by "The Fans" entitled Olé Olé Olé / The Name of the Game. In the track, a voice chants "the name of the game" and a soccer crowd responds "FOOTBALL!"

cheatday - The name "Mike Control" is a form of "Mic Control", or "Microphone Control". The term is backcronym for MC, which was formally Master of Ceremonies. "Microphone Controle" came to be first used in rap music during the 1970's and 1980's. Strong Bad's incantation is rhythmically similar to a section of the Beastie Boys' song "Jimmy James" from their "Check Your Head" album.

spring cleaning - The last few lines are from a song by OutKast called, "So Fresh, So Clean"; that's why Strong Bad said "clean" twice. The song's chorus goes Ain't nobody dope as me, I'm dressed so fresh so clean (so fresh and so clean, clean). The song is featured on the albums "Stankonia" and "Big Boi and Dre Present...OutKast."

army - Homestar warns Strong Bad about Gordon Lightfoot, a Canadian singer, saying "We'll see if those trees you're always hugging save you when Gordon Lightfoot's creeping round your back stair". This is a lyric from one of his most famous songs, the Billboard #1 from June '74, "Sundown". The referenced lyric is "Sundown, you'd better take care, when I find you've been creepin' 'round my back stair." Homsar's phrase, "You gotta get yours, I gotta get mine" may be a reference to a lyric from the popular Snoop Dogg song, "Gin and Juice." or maybe a reference to The Doors' song "Five to One" ("Now, you get yours, baby, I'll get mine; Gonna make it, baby, if we try.")

3 wishes - The intro song is a reference to a line in Lionel Richie's "Say You, Say Me", "I had a dream, I had an awesome dream."

A Jorb Well Done - "Pack it up, pack it in" is a reference to the old House of Pain song "Jump Around."

superhero name - "All these...emails...I don't understand," is a reference to the Elton John classic "Rocket Man" (another "-man" name), as performed by William Shatner at the 1981 Science Fiction Awards (as mentioned in the DVD commentary). One line of the song is, "All this science I don't understand..."

gimmicks - The opening song is based on the song "Super Freak" by Rick James.

vacation - Strong Bad's email song is a take on the Elvis song "Heartbreak Hotel." In postcard 5, Strong Bad says, "Just a quick one while I'm away," a reference to The Who's song "A Quick One While He's Away."

pom pom - The email song is a reference to the Kenny Rogers song (and movie) The Gambler.

comic - The song playing in the background of the record store bit is Sonic Youth's "Teenage Riot" from the album Daydream Nation.

3 Times Halloween Funjob - Coach Z's old school rap is the beginning of the fourth verse of the Geto Boys' "Mind Playin Tricks On Me".

The House That Gave Sucky Treats - Coach Z raps a couple lines from Digital Underground's biggest hit song, "The Humpty Dance," substituting his own name for Humpty Hump's. Marzipan's intro is "Hey, ho! Let's go!" from the Ramones' 1976 hit, "Blitzkrieg Bop". This was also a reference/tribute to Joey's death earlier in 2001. Homestar's greeting is sung to the tune of (and is a play on) the theme song to the TV show The Greatest American Hero.

different town - Homsar says "I'm forever your girl," a quote from the 1989 song and album titled "Forever Your Girl" by Paula Abdul.

personal favorites - "Forever Young" in Zebbadee's Easter egg email is a reference to the 1973 Bob Dylan song that became a hit for Rod Stewart in 1988.

pizzaz - "Canned or Dry, We Neva Die. Colors." is a reference to the song "Colors" by rapper Ice T. Specifically, the line "The gangs of L.A. will never die, just multiply, colors".

rampage - The phrase "I'm on a rampage!" appears in the DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince song "Then She Bit Me."

Hallrunner - The "jump around, jump around, jump up jump up and get down" quote from the home stereo system obstacle is from the hip-hop song "Jump Around" by House of Pain. If you try to fight love, you're told that "You can't fight it and you can't hurry it. You just have to wait.", a reference to the 1966 The Supremes hit You Can't Hurry Love.

Peasant's Quest - If you type "look" near the hay, it says, "It reminds you of a warm, safe place where as a child you'd hide," a reference to Sweet Child O' Mine by Guns N' Roses. Looking at the rock in the middle of the river gives a reference to Rock of Ages by Def Leppard. When you scare Poor Gary it says he "broke on through to the other side," a reference to Break on Through by The Doors. Hugging the tree at the hay bale produces a reference to a well-known Byrds song. However, once you do this you seem to get stuck. Pressing the down key will remedy this. If you look at the cracked ground, it says something about it being a place in which rock stars make amazing guitar solos — a reference to Slash's solo on November Rain by Guns N' Roses.

Main Page 6 - The song Strong Bad is singing is "Knocking On Heaven's Door," a classic song by Bob Dylan.

extra plug - The 'lectric Boots may have been inspired by the song "Bennie and the Jets" from by Sir Elton John.

Halloween Fairstival - At the end, when you click on Marzipan, Strong Bad says, "Hey Marzi ... I just can't wait for you to get on the road again ... and get hit by a school bus." This is a reference to the song "On the Road Again" by Willie Nelson, Marzipan's costume choice.

Homestar Presents: Presents - While locked in the bathtub, Strong Sad sings a misquoted lyric from the song "One Night in Bangkok," from the musical "Chess". It became a number one hit for Murray Head in 1984, and was composed and written by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA and Tim Rice. The correct quotes are "One night in Bangkok and the world's your oyster," "One night in Bangkok makes the hard man humble," and "One night in Bangkok makes the tough guys tumble."

Old Characters Page - "She loves horses and her boyfriend, too" is a lyric from the song "Freefalling" by Tom Petty.

The Secrets That I Keep - The name of this cartoon is a reference to the chorus of the 1980s-era song by The Romantics, "Talking in your Sleep."

dreamail - The sign-off "Forever young" also appeared in an Easter egg in personal favorites.

50K Racewalker - The line "these boots were made for it!" is a reference to the famous Nancy Sinatra song "These Boots Are Made For Walking."

origins - In the second bread sing-along song, Homestar sings, "I cut the crusts off in the morning light." This is a reference to the '80s metal band Dokken, whose song "Alone Again" had the same tune and opens with "I'd like to see you in the morning light."

senior prom - The phrase "Koo koo ka-choo" on the business card in the Easter egg refers to the song I Am the Walrus by The Beatles. This is a common mondegreen of the actual phrase from the song, "GOO GOO GOO JOOB".

Teen Girl Squad Issue 11 - "Who Let the Dogs Out?" is a song written by Anslem Douglas, but was made popular by the Baha Men.

Thy Dungeonman 3 - The phrase "It's all about the ... who the heck is that on these coins?" is a reference to the Puff Daddy song "It's All About The Benjamins", meaning the portraits of Benjamin Franklin on U.S. hundred-dollar bills. The error displayed when you type "Go West" when there is no west exit is a reference to the lyrics of two songs: "King of Wishful Thinking" by the band Go West.

Welcome Back - The "Freewheelin' Eh! Steve" album cover is a reference to Bob Dylan's early album, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan. In addition, "Eh! Steve's Dream" is a reference to the Dylan song Bob Dylan's Dream and "Talkin' Trying to Catch a Worm Blues" refers to Dylan's song Talkin' World War III Blues.

cliffhangers - "So you say you want a resolution, huh?" is a reference to the famous opening line "You say you want a revolution" from the song "Revolution" by the Beatles.

SNL on H*R

haircut - "Ready for Primetime" may refer to "The Not Ready For Primetime Players," the name of the original cast of Saturday Night Live.

Thy Dungeonman II - When you enter your name, one of the things the game calls your name is "scrumtrilescent", which is a reference to Saturday Night Live's spoof of Inside the Actors' studio, wherein James Lipton (Will Ferrell) says "That show was delightful. No. No. It was brilliant. No, no, no, no. There is no word to describe its perfection, so I am forced to make one up. And I'm going to do so right now. Scrumtrilescent."

candy product - "Sibilance," a word describing the "s" sound, was used by Tom Hanks in a "Wayne's World" sketch on Saturday Night Live in a soundcheck for Aerosmith.

virus - The dance The Cheat performs when Strong Bad says, "Let's do a dance for the computer genius man," looks like Dana Carvey's "Church Lady" dance from the SNL sketch.

Halloween Costumes

Strong Bad - Father Guido Sarducci (2006) - a character played by Don Novello and known from his appearances on Saturday Night Live.
Strong Sad - Tony Clifton (2006) - a character created by comedian Andy Kaufman. He has also been played by Kaufman's friend Bob Zmuda.
Homsar - Edward Mayhoff 'Ed' Grimley (2006) - a character devised and played by Martin Short, introduced on the television series SCTV and later used in Saturday Night Live.


Weekly Fanstuff Subjects

The following is a chart of Weekly Fanstuff Subjects per year.

Subject 2007 2006 2005 2004
Trogdor 1 7 2 7
Homestar Runner 0 7 8 9
Strong Bad 1 11 4 7
The Cheat 1 6 7 8
Pom Pom 0 3 0 2
Homsar 0 2 1 2
Strong Mad 0 1 2 0
Strong Sad 1 1 1 1
The King of Town 0 1 0 0
Bubs 1 1 1 2
Coach Z 0 1 0 0
The Poopsmith 0 1 0 0
Bad Graphics Ghost 0 1 0 0
Teen Girl Squad 0 2 2 0
Marshie Related 0 2 0 0
Fat Bee 0 1 0 0
Strong Badman 0 1 0 0
Bear Holding a Shark 0 1 0 0
Sterrance 0 0 2 0
Sweet Cuppin' Cakes 0 1 2 0
CGNU 0 0 1 0
Thy Dungeonman 0 0 1 0
Stinkoman 0 0 1 2
Blue Laser Commander 0 0 1 0
Marzipan 0 0 0 1
Thnikkaman 0 0 0 1
Homestar Jr. 0 0 0 2
Yello Dello 0 0 0 1
Senor Cardgage 0 0 0 1
General Site References 0 0 3 2
Da Huuuuuudge 0 1 0 0

Sketchbook Subjects

The following is a chart of Sketchbook Subjects per year.

Subject 2007 2006 2005 2004
Bubs 1 3 2 0
The King of Town 0 2 1 1
Homestar Runner 0 14 7 1
Strong Mad 0 3 1 1
Coach Z 0 2 1 1
Homsar 0 1 3 1
Thnikkaman 0 1 0 1
The Cheat 0 2 5 3
The Sneak 0 1 0 0
Strong Sad 0 3 2 1
Strong Bad 0 2 5 3
The Poopsmith 0 2 0 1
Marzipan 0 1 0 0
Suudsu 0 1 0 0
The Brothers Chaps (and friends) 0 1 2 0
Balding Man 0 0 1 0
Trogdor 0 0 1 0
Stinkoman 0 0 2 0
Maggot Man 0 0 1 0
Teen Girl Squad 0 0 1 2
Arrow'd Guy 0 0 1 0
The Little Chef Guy 0 1 0 0
The Bishop 0 1 0 0
Limozeen 0 0 2 0
Visor Robot 0 0 1 0
Ungurait 0 0 1 0
Portly Washboy 0 0 1 0
Pom Pom (and "Family") 0 0 1 0
Count Longardeaux 0 0 1 0
Wierd Snakes 0 0 1 0
Aunt Gert 0 0 1 0
60's Looking Girls 0 0 1 0
Li'l Brudder 0 0 0 1
Marshie 0 0 0 1
The Sad Kids 0 0 0 1
Mashed Potato Jones 0 0 0 1
Sherlock (and The Worm) 0 0 0 1
Cheat Commando Characters 1 2 0 0

Fan Costumes Subjects

The following is a chart of Fan Costumes Subjects per year.

Subject 2006 2005 2003
Bubs 0 1 0
The King of Town 0 1 0
Homestar Runner 4 2 5
Strong Mad 0 0 1
Coach Z 1 1 2
Homsar 0 0 0
The Cheat 2 2 2
Strong Sad 1 0 3
Strong Bad 5 3 5
Marshie 1 0 0
Marzipan 1 1 1
Trogdor 0 2 1
Senor Cardgage 1 0 0
Bear Holding a Shark 1 0 0
Mr. Shmallow 0 1 0
Horrible Painting 0 1 0


Spike Lee References

Occasionally Spike Lee is referenced on Homestar Runner:

The House That Gave Sucky Treats - Bubs dresses as Mars Blackmon, a character played by Spike Lee in She's Gotta Have It. Spike revisited this character in a series of Nike commercials that featured Michael Jordan.

Peasant's Quest Movie Trailer - The heading "A Lem Sportsinterviews Joint" is a reference to Spike Lee's movies which are called "A Spike Lee Joint."

4 branches - Strong Bad's recommendation to "throw a trash can through a plate glass window" is likely a reference to the climactic scene in Spike Lee's film Do the Right Thing.

Disco

There are numberous references to disco and disco related items in the Homestar Runner universe.

  • Email little animal - Feets, Don't Fail Me Now is the title of a disco album by jazz artist Herbie Hancock.
  • Email flashback - "Put your weight on it!" was a famous line from the Dolemite movie Disco Godfather.
  • Email animal - Click on the word 'cuter' to show a small movie of Homestar's head on a lure next to the dancing girl in a dance club with two disco balls.
  • Email secret identity - Mr. Five Freddy paid with a Disco Tape.
  • Email theme song - Strong Mad, Strong Mad, and The Cheat are seen dancing on a light-up disco floor.
  • Strongest Man in the World - The contestents are introduced with disco-like lighting.
  • Marzipan's Answering Machine Version 9.2 - Coach Z calls looking for a Disco tape.
  • Theme Song Video - Bubs is seen dancing at Skatetown, USA which has a discoball.
  • Yearbook Character Page - Bubs is said to go out and dance all the pounds off at Disco Tech, where he attends night courses. This is also mentioned in Homestar Quiz.
  • Thorax Corporation - One popup reads, "That's no APR! This ain't no disco! They'll be no fooling around!"

Broken Things

Things Break in the H*R universe. Here are some interesting ones.

Things that Don't stay broke

Often things that break do not stay broken in Free Country, USA.

Email labor day - Strong Bad high fives The Stick, causing a piece of it to break off, yet the piece of The Stick that is broken is not seen as part of The Stick in any previous toons.

Email theme park - Pom Pom hits a bottle with a ball, a crashing sound is heard, but the bottle doesn't break.

Both the Tandy 400 and Compy 386 are seen broken, but both are later used to check e-mails.

Email army - When Strong Bad kicks Bennedetto, he makes a shattering noise, but does not appear to be broken in any way.

Email the show The table may have been replaced with an identical table, but it seems to be the same table that was broken in half in the previous email.

Email secret identity - If the Mudgeman trailer is the trailer in portrait, then the setting has apparently changed since then. In that email, there was a portrait of Strong Bad to the left of the "Born to be Danged" poster, and the moose lamp at the right was originally on the left, and was broken.

Actually broken

Email flashback - Strong Mad breaks open the egg of fishsticks (and a The Cheat).

Email road trip - The Cheat breaks off the edges of a CD.

Email unused emails - The table is broken (although an identical table still exists come the next email)

Halloween Potion-ma-jig - Strong Bad, Strong Mad, and The Cheat break old TVs by tossing them off the cliff.

Email portrait - When Strong Bad shows Homestar his key-sword-tar, his head is still in a hole that has been broken off from the rest of the portrait from earlier in the email.

Email candy product - One visual is an angry Marzipan with her art equipment, her canvas broken over her head.

Email coloring - Strong Bad breaks a crayon.

Cow Lamp - broken in email caper, fixed by email radio, broken again garage sale.

Maybe broken, but not seen

Email techno - Strong Bad says "Now let's go break open that glow-stick and pour it into Homestar Runner's Mountain Dew."

Weird Breaks

Email mascot - Although The Cheat never hits the NES, it still breaks as though it were hit.

Email 4 branches - The Jolly Dumple costume seems to break like glass after catching on fire.

Email lady...ing - Strong Bad's head breaks durring the laserdisk presentation of his "first e-mail".

Other Broken Things

Taryn Game - A Powered-by-The-Cheat-style kicking game where you kick a picture repeatedly. It takes 47 kicks to break.

Email mile - Powered By The Cheat Strong Bad breaks through a brick wall.

Population: Tire - Breaking a cold one will cost you.

Teen Girl Squad - Deaths of the girls often involve them being broken, such as in Issue Five when cheerleader is broken in half by a boat. Also Manolios Ugly One sells broken electronics.

Peasant's Quest - Poor Gary breaks through the fence when scared. Also you can use the command "break" to get responses. This is also true of the Thy Dungeonman games.

Hallrunner - You can break a tooth by fighting a meal replacement bar.

A Folky Tale - The Dancing Brothers appearence is cut short by broken shoes.

George Lucas

George Lucas and his work seem to be popular with TBC.

Email for kids - In the DVD comentary, Ryan mentions that Strong Bad is "like the new Star Wars episodes. Not suitable for children." This is a reference to the fact that Revenge of the Sith, was rated PG-13, whereas all previous Star Wars movies were rated PG.

strongbad email.exe - The art for the four DVD covers (Strong Bad, Stinkoman, Senor Cardgage, Dangeresque and his other doppelgängers) is reminicent of the art on the Star Wars Trilogy on VHS. That set also featured a different half-face on each cover: Darth Vader, Yoda, and a Stormtrooper.

Bonus Email Greeting Cards - One of the cards says "Thinking of you...and how terrible your stupid Star Wars spoofs are." This refers to the fact that when The Brothers Chaps started Homestar Runner, most Flash projects on the 'net were various Star Wars spoofs, as they've mentioned in several interviews.

Peasant's Quest Movie Trailer - The way in which Rather Dashing holds his sword when he says "Not tonight he doesn't... come... in the night... Trogdor!" is similar to the way a Jedi knight holds a lightsaber in the Star Wars films and trailers.

Email what I want - Strong Bad says "Where'd you get that name? Geroge Lucas? Ta'lon J'en-dr'o from the computery generated planet of Des' Moi-nes'ia." George Lucas is the creator of Star Wars, many of whose films are full of CGI and include characters with apostrophes and hyphens as part of their names.

Cheat Commandos (toon) - Ripberger is the name of the character voiced by Mark Hamill in the Lucas Arts game "Full Throttle" (although his name is spelled 'Ripburger').

France/French

Uses of all things French in the world of Homestar Runner.

  • Marzipan's Answering Machine Version 8.0 - Marzipan says "Bonjour . . . Je m'appelle" meaning Hello . . . My name is. Although she mixes her languages by including amigos in her greeting. Amigos is spanish for friends.
  • Email origins - The name of the emailer's town, Eau Claire, means "Clear Water" in French. Strong bad mispronounces Eau.
  • Parsnips A-Plenty - The way The Homestar Runner pronounces "depot" is the French pronunciation.
  • Email 3 Wishes - Strong Bad pronounces croissants with a heavy French accent.
  • Teen Girl Squad Issue 2 - The word "Le" in the "Le Girl" magazine means "the" in French, but in the masculine form. The feminine form, which would correspond to "girl", is "La".
  • Email action figure - Strong Bad again pronounces croissants with a heavy French accent.
  • Email unused emails - Strong Bad pronounces Illinois with a French accent.
  • The Heavy Lourde - In French, "lourde" means "heavy", making the name redundant.
  • Email dreamail - The official French abbreviation for Monsieur is "M.", but it is misspelled as "Mssr." in the "French Countryside" dream e-mail. This may be based on the abbreviation "Messrs." or "Mssrs.", standing for Messieurs, the plural of Monsieur. The spelling also resembles the way French actually pronounce Monsieur, which Strong Bad imitates.
  • Halloween Potion-ma-jig - French Homestar talks with a heavy French accent and acts very refined. He has black Donald Trump style comb-over or toupee.
  • Real-Live E-Mails - Once again Strong Bad pronounces croissants with a heavy French accent.
  • Email highschool - Patrique is a French spelling of Patrick.
  • Email narrator - some smelly French studio makes the movie "Whatsit All About," which is a four hour film with no dialogue and no plot.
  • Email senior prom - Strong Sad says Coach Z is supposed to be their chaperone (with a heavy French accent.)
  • Welcome Back - Marzipan saying "Toot sweet" is a play on the French phrase "tout de suite" which translates to "immediately" or "at once".

Spinal Tap

  • The House That Gave Sucky Treats - Ronnie Pudding, the first name on Strong Bad's list of houses to egg, is the name of Spinal Tap's first bassist.
  • Arcade Game - The page title "Quite exciting this computer magic" is a quote from the movie This is Spinal Tap. One of the band members (Viv Savage) says it while playing Missile Command for the Atari 2600 in the tour bus.
  • Fortune Cookies - The Fortune Reading "Have a good time, all the time," is a reference to "This Is Spinal Tap."
  • Email origins - In the DVD comentary, the conversation involving the harmony sounding "raga" and "barbershop" is a direct reference to the movie This Is Spinal Tap, during a scene in which David St. Hubbins and Nigel Tufnel attempt to harmonize on the Elvis song "Heartbreak Hotel".
  • Weclome Back - Homestar's green ribcage shirt is a reference to the movie This Is Spinal Tap, in which Nigel Tufnel wears the same shirt and later remarks "This is what I sleep in sometimes".
    The Eh! Steve song "Sweet Cups and Cakes" is a reference to the Spinal Tap song "Cups and Cakes."

Bill Cosby

Zeo Zuxtable

Often there are references to Bill Cosby humor, specifically The Cosby Show and Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.

  • Halloween Potion-ma-jig - Coach Z dresses as Theo Huxtable from The Cosby Show. The shirt Coach Z is wearing is from the first-season episode "A Shirt Story," in which Denise tries to hand-make Theo a designer shirt and butchers it in the process. Malcolm-Jamal Warner played the role of this character.
  • Pumpkin Carve-nival - The Cheat dresses as Russell, one of the characters from Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids cartoon.
  • Email mile - In the DVD comentary, Mike says his Bub's impression is pretty much his Fat Albert impression.
  • Email car - In the DVD comentary, there is a discussion of NBC's Thursday night sitcom lineup including The Cosby Show.
  • Second Games Menu - The description of Homestar Talker, Homestar says the darndest things, is a play on the name Kids Say the Darndest Things, which was a show co-hosted by Art Linkletter and Bill Cosby.
  • Limozeen: "but they're in space!" - Metalmation is the company responsible for the first (and only) episode of Limozeen: "but they're in space!". The name is a parody of the Filmation animation studio which produced the animated television series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.
  • Email alternate universe - The pronunciation "ohbee kaybee" for "okay" was frequently said by the character Mushmouth on Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.
  • Weclome Back - The city of "Thuxtable" is a reference to Theo Huxtable, a character on The Cosby Show.


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Drinking Alcohol

Tastes Good

In addition to Cold Ones (and other varieties of Ones) there are other references to alcoholic beverages in the H*R universe.

  • The Luau - Among the phrases of "Polynesian Prose" that Strong Sad recites are "Kahlua and Creme," an alcoholic drink
  • Ballad of the Sneak - As mentioned in the song The Sneak drinks Bootleg Hooch (also known as "Moonshine") which is a homemade whiskey that is produced and/or sold through illegal methods.
  • The House That Gave Sucky Treats - Coach Z raps about Hennessy which is a brand of cognac or brandy.
  • Revenge of the King - "The punishment is not too bad, eh?" is a direct quote from the Beerhunter game segment on the Bob & Doug McKenzie "Great White North" album in which the "punishment" for opening the non-shaken beer is to drink it.
  • Email modeling - "Colognac" is a portmanteau word formed by combining "cognac", a distilled liquor, and "cologne", a fragrance.
  • Email space program - A highball is an iced drink containing liquor (such as whiskey) and water or a carbonated beverage and served in a tall glass.
  • Email time capsule - Coach Z Ale is a brand of (presumably alcoholic) ale that is either produced or endorsed by Coach Z.
  • Email senior prom - An "okratini" is a martini served with a pickled okra pod instead of an olive. Also, Coach Z is seen spiking the punch with Listerine, an antiseptic mouthwash that contains alcohol.
  • Marzipan's Answering Machine Version 5.0 - Coach Z and Bubs leave messages while drunk.
  • Nighttime Driving Type Game - Includes "Drunk Drivers"
  • Email personal favorites - Strong Bad claims that both he and The Cheat once got drunk off of soy sauce (presumably in an unaired email), causing them both to do strange things with Bubs' Concession Stand (Strong Bad thought he could fly it to the moon, and The Cheat tried to eat it).
  • The Best Decemberween Ever - Homestar mentions "Coach Z's been drinking Listerine!" (while Listerine isn't normally "that type" of alcohol, with Coach Z's other experiences with it, it can be safely assumed.)
  • That Time of Year - Strong Bad comments about martinis going to people's heads.
  • Email radio - Homestar throws a "Rocks Glass" or "Double Old-Fashioned Glass" while yelling "Highball."
  • Teen Girl Squad Issue 10 - A beer barrel with 3 Xs is surrounded by the Scots.
  • Email space program - Durring the information video the narrator says about a mission controller: "somebody get that man a highball."
  • Decemberween Short Shorts - Coach Z is seen "drunk" off of Listerine in one of the episodes.

Professional Wrestling

"From the beginning . . ."
". . . and the beginning of it all."

Ever since the first toon, Professional Wrestling has been a popular subject within the Homestar Runner Universe.

  • Mr. Bland is holding a sign that says "Wrestling Mania." This is quite likely a reference to the annual World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) event of WrestleMania.
  • The Announcer says Strong Bad hails from Parts Unknown. Having characters (especially masked wrestlers, like Strong Bad) come from "Parts Unknown" is a standard way of adding to a wrestlers mystique.
  • The largely ineffective "windmill punch" Strong Bad tries to use on Homestar has actually been used in real life to similar comedic effect, during one of the wrestling matches comedian Andy Kaufman staged with professional wrestler Jerry Lawler.
  • Email lady fan - The Iron Sheik is a wrestler, and a former WWE Champion in the 1980s.
  • Teen Girl Squad Issue 7 - The large man in a wrestling singlet is pro wrestler King Kong Bundy, whose finishing move was a splash.
  • The Best Decemberween Ever - Among the items Homestar finds at Bubs' is a copy of the NES game Tag Team Wrestling. The game's teams were called "The Ricky Fighters" and "The Strong Bads". Evidently, this game is where Strong Bad got his name.
  • Email sibbie - Strong Bad performs the pro wrestling moves of Piledriver and Vertical Suplex to the radio.
  • Email fingers - An action figure represents wrestling legend George "The Animal" Steele.
  • Email pizzaz - "This interview is OVER!" is a reference to Pro Wrestling Manager J.J. Dillon, who would often end interviews with the same comment.
  • An Open Forum - B. Brian Blair and Jumpin' Jim Brunzell were WWE wrestlers in the 80's, collectively known as the Killer Bees.
  • No Hands On Deck - The term "Ham and Egger" refers to a mediocre or bland athlete, a reference to the fact that ham and eggs is an "ordinary" meal. It is often used in professional wrestling, to refer to a wrestler who routinely lost in opening matches and wouldn't make much money, but would still get paid enough to buy a simple meal. The wrestling meaning was popularized by Bobby "The Brain" Heenan.
  • Welcome Back - The city "The Slickster" (as seen on the Cool Tapes tour map) is a reference to wrestling manager and referee Ken Johnson, whose ring name was "Slick" and was often called "The Slickster" by the commentators.
  • Strongbad - Well there's lots to say that he is a "Wrestleman" . . . or maybe not.
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