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Strong Bad Email #97
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On a massive scale that would rival the Aztecs.

Strong Bad is asked to create a monument in his own image. He goes on to explain how the arrival of the Thnikkaman distracted him and prevented the completion of the monument.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, The Cheat, Bubs/The Thnikkaman, Homestar Runner (Easter egg)

Places: Computer Room, Strong Badia, The Field

Computer: Compy 386

Date: Monday, February 9, 2004

Running Time: 2:08

Page Title: Compy 386!!

DVD: strongbad_email.exe Disc Three



STRONG BAD: {singing} Oh, traipsing along, traipsing traipsing along, and a email got stuck in my eye.


{Strong Bad puts an emphasis on "SUPER COOL".}

STRONG BAD: {typing} I'm assuming the G stands for generally overused girl's first name. Well generic name, you're really onto something here. Turns out I AM super cool. {He clears his throat.} As for monuments, I already got one. But it's kinda {He clears the screen and continues typing.} only of my right foot. You might know it better as DUN DUN DAAA: The Strong Badia Sign!

{Cut to the Stop Sign, then to a picture of Strong Bad. As he narrates, a diagram of the monument is built.}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} Yeah, there were big plans once. It was to be made of the finest materials. On a massive scale that would rival the Aztecs and their...techno-chocolate land.

{Cut back to the Compy.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Anyways, we lost our funding or public interest waned or something distracted me. Man, what was it? What could possibly have distracted me from {mumbling} humbera hum...

{Cut to Strong Badia, where Strong Bad and The Cheat are building the monument.}

STRONG BAD: Oh yeah, The Cheat. That totally looks like my right foot. It's got all the rightness of a foot without all the footdom of a right.

UNSEEN CHORUS: {singing} Here comes the Thnikkaman!!!

{These words float across the screen.}

STRONG BAD: No way! Check it out The Cheat. {Strong Bad looks and points off-screen.} It's the Thnikkaman!!

{Strong Bad and The Cheat run to meet the Thnikkaman, who is obviously Bubs wearing sunglasses and a "TH" sign taped to his chest.}

STRONG BAD: Hey, Thnikkaman!


STRONG BAD: Can we have some?


STRONG BAD: Thanks, Thnikkaman!
THE CHEAT: {simultaneously, grateful The Cheat noises}

STRONG BAD: {in a low voice, to The Cheat} Thanks, Thnikkaman.

THE THNIKKAMAN: Yeah. {takes off his sunglasses} Shut up, kid! {puts the sunglasses back on}

UNSEEN CHORUS: {singing} There goes the Thnikkaman!!!

{Now these words float across the screen. Strong Bad and The Cheat look at each other, Strong Bad's mouth is agape. Thnikkaman exits. Cut back to the Compy 386.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} So you can see why I got distracted. I'd like to see you stay on task when you're starin' down the barrel of a loaded Thnikkaman. I don't care what you're doin. No one can resist. {not typing} Speakin' of monuments, somebody should make one to the Thnikkaman. Oh the things that man does! Come to think of it, what exactly does that man do? {typing again} Anyways, I'm gonna go try and find some of that Technochocolate. That stuff sounds a-prettypretty good!

{Strong Bad gets up from his seat and leaves. The Paper comes down.}

Easter Eggs

  • Click on "Thnikkaman" at the end to see Bubs in his Thnikkaman costume with a flashy background dancing to the Thnikkaman theme song.
UNSEEN CHORUS: {singing} {Bubs walks to the left} Here comes the Thnikka— {Bubs walks to the right.} There goes the Thnikka— {Bubs walks to the left.} Here comes the Thnikka— {Bubs walks to the right.} There goes the Thnikka— {Bubs walks to the left.} Here comes the Thnikkaman!
THNIKKAMAN: {faces camera and removes sunglasses} Yeah, shut up, kid! {puts sunglasses back on}
  • Click on "I don't care what you're doin" at the end to see Homestar Runner being distracted by the Thnikkaman.
{Cut to the field. Homestar Runner is holding a pair of trousers.}
HOMESTAR RUNNER: Well, I'll just, uh, put these pants on—
UNSEEN CHORUS: {singing} Here comes the Thnikkaman!
HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh, Thnikkaman. It's the Thnikkaman.
{He drops the trousers and runs off to the left.}
HOMESTAR RUNNER: {He pokes his head back onscreen, singing.} Here comes the Thnikkaman!
  • Click on "technochocolate" at the end to hear Strong Bad and The Cheat do a chocolate version of Techno. The Cheat throws a one-man lightswitch rave.

Fun Facts



  • During the "technochocolate" Easter egg, the tiny sign above the lower light switch that The Cheat uses says: "The Cheat," as his switch in techno does.
  • During the Technochocolate Easter egg, the beat Strong Bad is making overlaps with him saying "Technochocolate".
  • When Homestar is about to put his pants on, the words "here comes the Thnikkaman" don't fly across the screen.


  • Strong Bad forgets the period after "distracted" near the end when he says, "So you can see why I got distracted".
  • The Enter-sound when Strong Bad cuts the email away to answer it does not play completely. It has a dead end.
  • Strongs Bad's voice in the "technochocolate" Easter egg is not on beat.
  • Homestar Runner's legs don't line up with his body in the "Thnikkaman" Easter egg.

Inside References

Real-World References

  • The beginning tune Strong Bad sings is probably a reference to the song "Orange Colored Sky" by Natalie Cole, which contains the lyrics "I was walking along, minding my business when love came and hit me in the eye."
  • Techno-chocolate-land is an attempt to pronounce Tenochtitlan, the capital city and religious center of the ancient Aztecs (actually pronounced teh-NOHTCH-teet-lahn), built where Mexico City is today. The inclusion of "chocolate" in the mispronunciation may be due to the fact that the Aztecs are often credited for the discovery of chocolate.
  • Big Green Egg is a combination ceramic barbecue/meat smoker.
  • Blow Pops are lollipops with a center of bubblegum, made by the Charms candy company (now owned by Tootsie Roll Industries).

Fast Forward

  • Technochocolate reappears in later emails as a club.
  • Even though Strong Bad does apparently not recognize Bubs when the Thnikkaman removes his shades, Coach Z believes that removing the Thnikkaman's glasses will reveal his secret "sorcret" identity in the Strong Bad Email cliffhangers.
  • Strong Bad explains what the Thnikkaman does in Happy Dethemberween.

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