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Strong Bad Email #23
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"A little animal comes up to me... I'd kick it."

Ashley and Anthony ask what Strong Bad would do if a little animal came up to him.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, The Cheat, Strong Mad, Old-Timey Strong Bad (Easter egg), Strong Man (Easter egg), The Sneak (Easter egg)

Places: Computer Room, The Field (Old-Timey version; Easter egg)

Computer: Tandy 400

Date: April 15, 2002

Running Time: 0:54

Page Title: Tandy 400!!!



STRONG BAD: Oh! What's this? An email? For me?!

STRONG BAD: {typing} Um, I don't really know. Let's find out. {He turns left and calls for The Cheat.} Oh, The Cheat! Come here for a moment!

{The Cheat comes to Strong Bad.}

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

STRONG BAD: Ummmm...

{Strong Bad kicks The Cheat hard, causing him to fly offscreen. Strong Bad turns back to the computer and resumes typing.}

STRONG BAD: So, there's your answer. A little animal comes up to me... I'd kick it. {stops typing} Okay so until next week, everything is awesome an—

{Suddenly, Strong Mad appears next to Strong Bad looking very angry.}

STRONG BAD: Oh, er, hey big guy. Er, you know, I's just kicking The Cheat.

{The Cheat appears beside Strong Mad also looking angry. Strong Mad leans in menacingly.}

STRONG BAD: Er, it's a little joke. You know we got the people watching at home. Just trying to be kind of funny for 'em, with the joke. A joke-kick. I'm gonna kick you, too!! {kicks Strong Mad's knee}


{Music starts playing as Strong Bad runs away across the room with Strong Mad chasing behind him. The Paper comes down.}

Easter Eggs

  • Once Strong Bad starts running, click on his head or hit the 'o' key to toggle between a modern-style chase and an Old-Timey-style chase.

Fun Facts


  • This email marks the first appearance of the Floppy Disk Container.
  • This was the first email that was created with an easter egg that (sb_email 22 was actually created much later).
  • This is the first instance of Strong Bad kicking The Cheat on the site.


  • The Old-Timey chase scene scrolls by at a rate of about 92 times per minute, which is slightly slower than the normal chase scene's approximate 114 per minute.


  • You can still click on the Tandy's contrast buttons while Strong Bad is running. It is also possible to adjust the contrast when Strong Mad is in front of the Tandy.

Inside References

  • The music played when Strong Mad chases Strong Bad is from the montage in Where's The Cheat?.

Real-World References

  • 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. The viewer can pretend they are running in a circle.

Fast Forward

  • In do over, Strong Bad imagines how he would correct the "stnank" he commits in this email.

DVD Version

The Future… Sorta.
  • If you click the hidden Strong Bad head in front of Strong Mad's foot, you'll get the same Old-Timey Easter egg as in the Web version, but with additional dialog by Old-Timey Strong Bad, The Paper changes to the "Supra Modern Telegram", as well as a music change to The Homestar Runner's little ditty.

Easter Egg Transcript

OLD-TIMEY STRONG BAD: Dear feets. Stop. Don't fail me now! Stop. Signed, Strong Bad.

Fun Facts

  • Old-Timey Strong Bad's dialog in the DVD bonus is done in the style of using a telegramophone, and is probably in particular a reference to his Easter egg appearances in 50 emails and flashback (which were not created at the time of this email, but were both created well before the DVD was created).
  • Feets, Don't Fail Me Now is the title of a disco album by jazz artist Herbie Hancock.

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