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The Origins Of Trogdor

Strong Bad Email #58

kaizer wants to know if Strong Bad can draw a dragon.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, Trogdor, Coach Z, Strong Mad, Homsar (easter egg), Strong Sad



STRONG BAD: {singing} Here I go once again with the email! Every week I hope it is from a female! {opens email, stops singing} Oh man! Not from a female.

{reading email}

Hey Strong Bad,

Can you draw a dragon? I want to see
your skills of an artist.

well, g2g,

{after "artist" Strong Bad says "okay"}

STRONG BAD: {typing} A dragon? That's easy! Feel free to follow along with my simple step-by-step instructions. I make drawing FUN!!

{Cuts to a scene of a piece of paper on a table. You can only see Strong Bad's right boxing glove, and he is holding a pencil.}

STRONG BAD: To begin, draw an S {draws an S on the paper.} for snake. Er, dragon. {simple music starts playing} Er, whatever. Then, we'll draw a more different S. {draws another S connected to the other} For the head, put a top mark on a long V. {draws a triangle on top of the S} Then you add some legs... {draws two beefy legs} draw on a couple of arms... {draws two beefy arms, eyes, spikes, teeth and angry eyebrows.} ..wait a minute. {music stops with a record scratch} I think I need to start over. Thing doesn't look natural. {draws a speech bubble coming from the dragon that says 'The S is for sucks', and pulls up a clean sheet of paper.} Okay, so starting again, the same way. S, more different S. {Music starts again} Close it up real good at the top for his head {makes an attached, open-mouth head}, then, using consummate V's, give him teeth, spineties, and angry eyebrows. {draws all of what he mentioned, plus stick legs.} You know, you can add smoke or fire {draws both coming from the dragon's mouth}, maybe some wings, if he's a.. wing-a-ling dragon. {Draws two wings on the dragon's back.} Let's put one of those beefy arms back on for good measure. {draws a single beefy arm on the back of the dragon} That looks really good. Comin' out of the back of his neck, there. Now he needs a name. How about, TROGDOR the BURNiNATOR. {writes it below the dragon} Oh yeah. Check out all his majesty. {draws rays of majesty coming from the dragon}

{Cut to Compy 386.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} So there's my dragon, kaizer. {music stops} Let's see how the other students are doing.

{Cut to scene in a big room with several tables. Strong Bad approaches Coach Z, who is drawing with chalk on a small slate.}

STRONG BAD: All right! What do you got for me, Coach Z?

COACH Z: Take a look there! {zoom in a squiggly drawing that resembles a snake} I think she's lookin' pretty good!

STRONG BAD: I said consummate V's! CONSUMMATE!!! Geez. {walking away} Guy wouldn't know majesty if it came up and bit him in the face.

COACH Z: {offscreen} That happened once!

{Cut to Strong Mad. He is using an X-Acto Knife to carve the word 'DAGRON' into the table.}

STRONG BAD: Strong Mad. You just, keep doing your thing, man.

{Cut to Strong Sad, who has drawn a masterpiece.}

STRONG BAD: Oh crap! I didn't know you were doing one.

STRONG SAD: Oh, sure. I think I've improved on your methods a bit, too. {zoom in on his picture} I applied some chiaroscuro shading, and some...

STRONG BAD: I'll improve on your methods!!

{Strong Bad takes out his BMW lighter and sets Strong Sad's picture aflame. It quickly disintegrates with hardly a trace.}

STRONG SAD: What? That's not an improvement!

STRONG BAD: WA HA HA HA!! Trogdor strikes again!

{Cut to black and white pencil-drawn scene of Trogdor. Rock music is playing in the background.}

STRONG BAD: {screaming} TROGDOR!!! TROGDOR!!! {singing} Trogdor was a man! I mean, he was a dragon-man! Or, maybe he was just a dragon. Um... But he was still TROGDOR!!!! TROGDOR!!!! Burninating the countryside! Burninating the peasants! Burninating all the people! In their thatched roof COTTAGES!!! THATCHED ROOF COTTAGES!!

{Cut to Compy 386.}

STRONG BAD: And the Trogdor comes in the NIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT!!!!!!

{The Paper comes down}

Easter Eggs

  • Click on Strong Mad's "R" to see Homsar's attempt at drawing a dragon.
{Strong Bad walks up to Homsar, who has written "TASTER'S CHOICE" on a piece of paper and taped it to the table}
STRONG BAD: Get out of my house! {walks away}
HOMSAR: I do what I'm told.

Fun Facts

  • "And the Trogdor comes in the NIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHHHHHHHHT!!!!!!!" is a reference to the email guitar, where Strong Bad says a similar phrase.
  • Strong Bad uses the BMW Lighter to burn Strong Sad's drawing of a dragon.
  • Strong Mad's dragon actually says 'dagron'.
  • Strong Bad notes that the email's not "from a female", but that's debatable. kaizer could be a male or female.
  • "Kaiser" is the ultimate dragon form of the hero in the Breath of Fire series of video games.
  • Strong Bad writes it "TROGDOR the BURNiNATOR" because the font that the Brothers Chaps used doesn't have a capital "I"
  • The Brothers Chaps say this email took the longest to make in an interview with Kevin Scott.

DVD Version

  • The Homsar Easter Egg is automatically enabled, no clicking required.
  • This email also features hidden creator's commentary. To access it, switch your DVD player's audio language selection while watching.

Commentary Transcript

MIKE: This is one of the least popular emails we've ever done.

MATT: Yeah. Everyone hates it.

MIKE: This one, uh, really took a long time, and I remember, like, not-

MATT: Yeah, you wanted to abandon it. Like, we were three-quarters of the way done-

MIKE: This is one-

MATT: -and you wanted to start over.

MIKE: It was... we just- it's very long, and I felt- I dunno. When you're in the middle of it, sometimes it's hard to tell.

MATT: I wonder, though, if we had just, let's say we cut out the whole Trogdor metal thing at the end, if people would, like, if it's Trogdor, just this dr- bad drawing of a dragon or if it's the metal and the like drawings

MIKE: I think it's th- mostly the metal.

MATT: That's what I'm sayin'.

MIKE: Yeah

MATT: So it'd be funny if we hadn't done that at the end or if we'd made it an Easter Egg even, so less people saw it.

MIKE: So this is, uh, we learned to draw the Ed Emberly way.

MATT: And later the Marvel Comics way.

MIKE: {laughs} That's true. Um... {pause}

MATT: That thing is unholy. {Mike starts laughing again} True. It's horrible. We always find ourselves humming this song that's in the background.

MIKE: Doo doo doot doot, see I'm doing it again.

MATT: Uh, what is a tincidence[1]! What is a tincidence, Mike?

MIKE: Um... uh so yeah, the- this email, we're, it went up late Monday at probably, like, 4 or 5 o'clock on Monday we were pretty much done with the whole email and Matt started singing the Trogdor song in this squealy-

MATT: {in squealy voice} Trogdor!

MIKE: -in the squealy voice and so then we sort of knew we had to make the Trogdor metal song and then when we made the Trogdor metal song we had to make all the... fancy shaded Tro- uh, Trogdor drawings for the video.

MATT: And then didn't Trogdor, the name Trogdor the Burn- I think it was just, like, we decided he had to name him and just, like, it just came out, like, there was no deciding.

MIKE: {simultaneously, overlapping} Yeah, you just came up with it. There was no, like thought- yeah, right.

MATT: The drawing of Trogdor took a while. Took some...

MIKE: Yeah. And if you watch there, his thing flips.

MATT: What happened?

MIKE: Coach Z's drawing- well there, his head's on the left, but in the closeup the head's on the right.

MATT: Ohhhh

MIKE: I mean, Coach Z's left, and Coach Z's right.

MATT: Right. Dagron.

MIKE: Dagron. He's misspelled the word "dragon." There's everybody's favorite. He's correctly spelled the words "Taster's Choice."

MATT: {laughs a little, then a pause} That's a good drawing, Mike. We still have those.

MIKE: Yep.

MATT: There's the BMW- the, the ever-present BMW lighter. Didn't we say we had some, some people we met that said they tried really hard to find one.

MIKE: Oh yeah.

MATT: And they don't exist in real life, so we apologize.

MIKE: Ohh, I don't know how these drawings are going to look on your TV screen.

MATT: Yeah

MIKE: All made big like this. They might look kind of pixelly and gross, but...

MATT: I'm, uh, I don't regret it, though, if they look pixelly and gross.

MIKE: No, we did that on purpose!

MATT: {laughs a little} Yes.

MIKE: You can see in the smoke of the flaming peasant's head, it just kind of- there's a straight line at the top of the smoke. It just kind of stops and that's from the edge of the page. It's just-

MATT: Oh really?

MIKE: Yeah. You can't see it- yeah, you can see just how it stops

MATT: {simultaneously} Oh there we go, I see.

MIKE: Yeah.

MATT: And so, of course, later this all became Peasant's Quest fodder.

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