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*When Strong Bad draws himself bench-pressing dinosaurs on a sticky note, he uses his [[Left Handedness|left hand]], although he is usually right handed.
*When Strong Bad draws himself bench-pressing dinosaurs on a sticky note, he uses his [[Left Handedness|left hand]], although he is usually right handed.
*The "Showering Expert" Coach Z trading card does not have a gray border on the outside.
*The "Showering Expert" Coach Z trading card does not have a gray border on the outside.
*In the flash file, when Homestar shouts, "thirty five!", his legs disappear.

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Strong Bad Email #157
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"Those aren't even from the same lame game. Or 'SLG'."
This article is about the Strong Bad Email. For the cards shown in various toons on the website, see Trading Cards.

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: Monday, September 11, 2006

Running Time: 3:26

Page Title: Lappy 486

DVD: strongbad_email.exe Disc Five



STRONG BAD: {singing} A-when 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, talking normally} 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. A trading card of Coach Z entitled "Coach-Like Figure" is placed onto it.}

STRONG BAD: {offscreen} First up is Coach Z's line of vaguely sportsish managerial cards. {Another trading card entitled "Horrendous Spitter" is placed on the table.} What self-respecting twelve-year-old doesn't want to collect pictures of the smelly old men behind their favorite sports teams? {A third card entitled "Showering Expert" is placed.} And who could resist memorizing all these fabulous stats? {Card is flipped over showing vaguely sports related 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 {wiggles his rear end} butt pats 'cept a one?

STRONG BAD: Let me guess, it—

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

{Cut back to wide view of Strong Bad and Homestar}

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 {wiggles his rear end again} 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. A trading card of "Cheatball" slides into view.}

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

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


{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!" flash on the screen and the 20X6 credit song from Under Construction 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 titled "Cheatball" and "Stinkoman" lying on it.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {offscreen} I'll trade you your Cheatball card for my Deathly Pallor Lonely Lurker Attack card. {said trading card appears on the table}

{Cut back to wide shot of Strong Bad and Homestar.}

STRONG BAD: Homestar, those aren't even from the same lame game. Or SLG. {zoom in on 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 wide shot of Strong Bad and Homestar.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Well, how are them kids gonna earn any {wiggles his rear end} 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: {looks sad} 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, where a trading card entitled "Petey POOPsmith" appears.}

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. {said trading card appears on table}

{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 table, where said trading card is placed down. Cut back to Strong Bad on his Lappy, with Homestar Runner next to him.}

STRONG BAD: How 'bout I trade you 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: ...uhhhh...

{Cut to the top of Strong Bad's computer desk, where a post-it note entitled "148 more reps!" appears.}

STRONG BAD: {offscreen} 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

i fan myself w/ dimetrodon
  • 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 (except the alternate Strong Sad Easter egg card) featured in this email up close.
  • Click on the sticky notes on the floor at the end to see them up close.

Fun Facts


  • 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.
  • Strong Bad uses the acronym "SLG" for "same lame game". SLG is also an abbreviation for "simulation game" in Japan, which is fitting because of the appearance of the Cheatball's trading card game in this email.
  • "Firey How to Play Convusion" is a reference to the "How to Play" card in some card games.


  • The back of the "Showering Expert" card reads -
Coach Z
Crunk Warriors
1984 Stat-at-at-ats
Butt pats..................23
Hat throws.................8
Dirt kicks...................13
Shorts.....................3 in.
"Ol' Butt Patterson
once made a castle
out of toilet paper!"
  • 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".
  • Homestar is "wearing" 23 sticky notes.


The number sequence followed by the counters.
  • 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 at least 30 million years before the first dinosaurs appeared.
  • Strong Bad's dinosaur cards do not use the usual Ahnberg Hand font for his handwriting.
  • The "Firey How to Play Convusion" card's white shadow says, "Firey How to Score Convusion".
  • Strong Bad says, "Another freakin' guy named Daniel," but at the time of this email, there had been only one other email sender by the name of Daniel. However, there had been nine senders with names that are variations of Daniel, e.g. Dan and Danny.
  • If the Flash is viewed externally such that the parts outside the frame can be seen, it can be seen that even though he is out of the frame at the time, Homestar jumps slightly and has mouth movement for his line "What?"
  • The four number counters all count the same numbers, they just start at different times.
  • When Strong Bad draws himself bench-pressing dinosaurs on a sticky note, he uses his left hand, although he is usually right handed.
  • The "Showering Expert" Coach Z trading card does not have a gray border on the outside.
  • In the flash file, when Homestar shouts, "thirty five!", his legs disappear.


Drawing outside the box
  • For a single frame, Strong Bad's drawing (148 more reps!) remains after he holds up the sticky note.
  • When Homestar leans forward and talks about Strong Bad's "get outta your face", part of the drawing on one of the sticky notes moves outside the border of the note.
  • Strong Bad does not capitalize "The States" when he types it, even though he's referring to the United States of America.
  • Also, Strong Bad types "the Cheat", even though the "the" should be capitalized, since it's a part of The Cheat's name.
  • When you click on the sticky note on the right at the end, it comes from the left sticky note.
  • The sticky notes aren't the same when not clicked on.

Fixed Goofs

Deathly Palor Lonely Lurker Attack card (now fixed)
  • 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, the sticky notes at the end could be clicked on, but doing so did nothing. This was changed shortly thereafter.

Inside References

  • Strong Bad's intro song for this email includes the phrase "the top of the key" (a point on a basketball court), previously mentioned in autobiography and anything.
  • Strong Sad's Grim Reaper costume originally appeared in Experimental Film.
  • Strong Sad was known as "The Deathly Pallor" in impression; this is also the name of his radio host alter-ego in radio.
  • Strong Sad's Easter egg card calls him Prancibald, which was first used in flashback by Strong Bad to describe Homestar.
  • The name "Butt Patterson" is another appearance of butt-patting and a name ending in -erson.
  • Strong Sad was described as a lurker in garage sale and Senorial Day.
  • "Crunk Warriors" refers to Coach Z's hip-hop tendencies.
  • The Coach Z trading cards closely resemble the Pom Pom basketball card in the email different town.
  • The capsules on the top of the Stinkoman cards are the same as the capsule in time capsule, as well as the powerups in Stinkoman 20X6 And Pom Pom, Too .
  • The song when "Play Get!" appears is also the same song at the end of Under Construction.
  • The "biggest waste of not a video game" is similar to other remarks in Strong Bad's emails like "larger waste of not water" in bottom 10 or "biggest waste of dump" in record book.
  • This is another instance of misspelling "Strong Bad" as "Stong Bad".
  • "Vornado" is another example of portmanteaus, being a combination of "vortex" and "tornado".
  • One of the cards says that Coach Z is a "Showering Expert."

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 commonly described as being the "best part of the game". [1]
  • "The Beleaguered: Alliance" cards with Strong Sad closely resemble "Magic: The Gathering" cards in both art and gameplay mechanics. The numbers in the lower right corner of Strong Sad's cards mimic the power and toughness ratings found on Magic's creature cards.
  • 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 the life counters from the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime, and the yellow cards with attack names resemble the cards from the Pokémon TCG.
  • The name Cheatball, as well as the way Stinkoman throws him, is a reference to the Poké Balls used in Pokémon. Cheatball saying "Cheatball" is also a reference to the Pokémon animé, where most Pokémon speak by saying their name.
  • The Crunk Warriors is a reference to the new Atlanta CBA team called the Atlanta Krunk Wolverines. Crunk is a genre of hip hop music based particularly on the eastern side of Atlanta, Georgia popularized by Lil Jon and more.
  • Vornado is a brand of air circulation systems.
  • The "Showering Expert" card not having a grey border around it might be a reference to many vintage sports cards, which were known for having many different versions of the same card, with minor differences.
  • The Firey How to Play Convusion could be a parody of the fact that many Japanese card games are very complicated, involving odd rules that few people follow.

DVD Version

  • The DVD version features creators' commentary. To access it, switch your DVD player's audio language selection while watching.

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