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Strong Bad Email #157
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"Those aren't even from the same lame game."

Strong Bad shows us several examples of character trading cards.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, Coach Z, Homestar Runner, Cheatball, Stinkoman, Strong Sad

Places: Computer Room, Planet K

Computer: Lappy 486

Date: September 11, 2006

Running Time: 3:26

Page Title: Lappy 486

Contents

Transcript

STRONG BAD: {singing} Away you dribble down the court with an email, you leave your dreams at the top of the keeey. {brings up the email}

{Strong Bad says "Another freakin' guy named Daniel" instead of "Daniel" and "not safe, in Canada" instead of "N.S. CANADA".}

STRONG BAD: {typing and whispering} Oh! Thanks for the tip, Daniel. I'll lay low here in the states for a while until things cool off. {clears screen} Daniel, trading cards are the biggest waste of not a video game on the planet! In fact, I thought trading cards were outlawed the day they invented good graphics. As for that "gum" that comes with them, I'm pretty sure they replaced that with a pink piece of balsa wood back in the early 80's and nobody ever noticed. So, no, I shouldn't have trading cards. But most of the other idiots round here have engaged in some form of trading cardery. Let's rag on them, shall we?

{A small area of the top of Strong Bad's computer desk is shown, and trading cards are put on it as Strong Bad introduces them.}

STRONG BAD: {offscreen} First up is Coach Z's line of vaguely sportsish managerial cards. What self-respecting twelve-year-old doesn't want to collect pictures of the smelly old men behind their favorite sports teams? And who could resist memorizing all these fabulous stats? Ooh, a record high 23 butt pats in '84.

{Cut back to Strong Bad on his Lappy, with Homestar Runner next to him.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: And, who do you think was the lucky recipient of all those butt pats 'cept a one?

STRONG BAD: Let me guess, it—

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {interrupting} No, it was me. It was like I was made to hustle that season.

STRONG BAD: So, who got that last butt pat?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh. I think he gave himself that one. He's re-known for his self-butt pats.

{closeup of Strong Bad's head}

STRONG BAD: Yeah, known in seven states.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {offscreen} What?

{Cut back to Strong Bad typing on his Lappy. He clears the screen.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Next up, we got the Cheat's trading card game, which is really more like a trading card activity or trading card goings-on, because the word 'game' implies fun and enjoyment.

{Cut to the top of Strong Bad's computer desk.}

STRONG BAD: {offscreen} And you won't find none of that here.

{Wipe to 20X6 the field with Stinkoman and Cheatball.}

STINKOMAN: CHEATBALL POISON RAIN VORNADO!!!

{He throws the Cheatball toward the screen.}

CHEATBALL: Cheatball!

{It explodes in a green cloud of gas. As it dissipates, numbers appear in the four corners of the screen and change rapidly. The words "PLAY GET!" flashes on the screen and the 20x6 credit song plays}

STINKOMAN: Uhm, so, did I win? Does anyone know how this game works?

{Wipe back to the top of Strong Bad's computer desk with trading cards lying on it.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {offscreen} I'll trade you your Cheatball card for my Deathly Pallor Lonely Lurker Attack card.

{Cut back to Strong Bad on his Lappy, with Homestar Runner next to him.}

STRONG BAD: Homestar, those aren't even from the same lame game. Or SLG.

{closeup of Strong Bad's head}

STRONG BAD: Your game is for musky nerds to play in the basement of the freshman dorms. This cutesy Japanesey game is for little kids to play during recess, to make sure they don't get any real exercise.

{Cut back to Strong Bad on his Lappy, with Homestar Runner next to him.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Well how are them kids gonna earn any butt pats if they don't hustle it out?

STRONG BAD: I don't think butt pats are part of the approved curriculum in elementary schools these days.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Well, that's just sad.

{Strong Bad turns back to his Lappy; cut back to him typing.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} The only trading cards I really gave a toot about were...

{Cut to the top of Strong Bad's computer desk.}

STRONG BAD: {offscreen} .. the Poopsmith's line of gross-out cards for kids.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {offscreen} I'll trade you that Petey POOPsmith for this Marzi-PANCAKE.

{Cut back. Homestar is still there.}

STRONG BAD: You just keep showing up, don't ya?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Okay, okay, I'll throw in this rare STING of Town, too.

{Cut to the top of Strong Bad's computer desk.}

STRONG BAD: {offscreen} How 'bout I trade you...

{Cut back to Strong Bad on his Lappy, with Homestar Runner next to him.}

STRONG BAD: ...a "get outta my face" for this...

{Cut to Strong Bad drawing on a sticky note, with the Lappy in front of him.}

STRONG BAD: {offscreen} uhhhh...

{Cut to the top of Strong Bad's computer desk.}

STRONG BAD: {offscreen} ...one of a kind Strong Bad bench-pressing dinosaurs collector's card.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {offscreen} Hooo-ray!

{Cut back to Strong Bad on his Lappy, with Homestar Runner next to him. Homestar is covered in sticky notes with Strong Bad and dinosaurs on them.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: My collection is complete! And here, my good man, is your "get outta your face". {runs off}

{The Paper comes down. After some time has passed...}

STRONG BAD: How many times have we had that conversation?

{Homestar Runner quickly pops his head back into the screen.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {quickly} Thirty-five!

{disappears again quickly}

Easter Eggs

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  • Click on "good graphics" to reveal the title screen of the 1982 Videlectrix video game C.H.E.A.T.
  • Click on the Strong Sad card when Strong Bad turns around to see another Strong Sad card.
  • Click on the stack of cards at the end to see all of the trading cards featured in this email up close.
  • Click on the sticky notes on the floor at the end to see them up close.

Fun Facts

Explanations

  • Coach Z's trading cards are references to sports cards which often feature an image of a player of a sport playing said sport. Statistics like the ones on the back of Coach Z's cards are similar to the statistics found on sports cards as well.

Trivia

  • This is the first time we have ever seen 20X6 The Cheat's real name, heard him speak, or even seen what he actually looks like, other than his face.
  • The floppy disk container reads "kyrandia series".
  • "Vornado" is another example of portmanteaus, being a combination of "vortex" and "tornado".

Remarks

  • The Dimetrodon Strong Bad fans himself with in an Easter egg was a real creature that is commonly mistaken for a dinosaur. In actuality, it was a synapsid (mammal-like reptile) that lived before the first dinosaurs appeared.

Goofs

  • For a single frame, Strong Bad's drawing (148 more reps!) remains after he lifts the sticky note up.
  • When this email was first released, "Pallor" was spelled as "Palor" on Strong Sad's playing card. This has since been fixed.
  • When this email was first released, clicking on the sticky notes at the end did nothing. This was changed shortly thereafter.

Inside References

Real-World References

  • "Whatsit Pile Tikes" are a parody of Garbage Pail Kids.
  • The title screen for "C.H.E.A.T." is a reference to the notoriously unpopular Atari 2600 game E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, which is often cited as one of the main causes of the video game crash of 1983. The game featured an uncharacteristically detailed title screen described as being the "best part of the game". [1]
  • The "Beleaguered: Alliance" cards with Strong Sad are a reference to "Magic: The Gathering".
  • The Stinkoman Cards are a parody of Japanese trading card games such as Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh!; in particular, the points that appear onscreen during the 20X6 sequence resemble those from the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime, but the yellow cards with attack names more closely resemble Pokémon cards.
  • Cheatball saying "Cheatball" is also a reference to Pokémon, where most Pokémon speak by saying their name.

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