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 Week 52, 2011
"Seriously" is Homestar Runner's catch phrase. The trend started after A Jumping Jack Contest, in which Homestar Runner said to Pom Pom, "Seriously, Pom Pom, I'm about to pee my pants." Since then, "seriously" has appeared in many Toons, usually used by Homestar, although Strong Bad and the other characters have used it from time to time. The practice has been parodied by Strong Bad in two emails - the facts and the 200th email special email thunder - and by the site itself in Xeriouxly Forxe. The original line was referenced in Most in the Graveyard with "Yahoo Seriously, Pom Pom, I'm about to pee my pants." (more...)
 Week 51, 2011
Happy Dethemberween is the Decemberween toon of 2007. The main characters watch the Decemberween special Brundo the Decemberween Yak and the Sword of St. Olaf, which ends with the discovery of the true meaning of Decemberween. Homestar Runner believes that the magic of Decemberween is inside everyone, but Strong Sad does not. Strong Bad then sings about the Decemberween Thnikkaman, who appears to be the Free Country, USA equivalent of Santa Claus, while a montage plays. The other characters eventually join in. When they see the Thnikkaman in his flying van, Homestar states that he knows that the Thnikkaman is just Bubs with a piece of paper taped to his chest. (more...)
 (Week 50, 2011)*
That Time of Year is a holiday kids' book written by Leomard Sportsinterviews and reinterpreted by Strong Bad, celebrating the season of Decemberween. It is part of "Decemberween in July", a collection of Decemberween-themed cartoons that were released in July of 2004. This toon is in the same style as the Strong Bad Email "kids' book", which also featured Strong Bad rewriting and redrawing much of the book. (More...)
 Week 49, 2011
Bubs has been known to engage in all forms of shady, crooked, and sometimes downright illegal business practices, from simple overpricing to trading in stolen organs. A small set of examples of Bubs's questionable practices include: overpricing for stuff such as broken computers, trying to fix a VCR with a broken clock by duct taping an alarm clock to it, selling DNA evidence in a snow cone, claiming that doughnuts can clean teeth (and even having them made in a country called "Homemáde" so that they can be classified as homemade), selling sandwiches that he has taken a bite out of, reading all of Strong Bad's private emails, and running a black market that sells unlicensed Strong Bad merchandise, pirated DVDs, and other illegal goods. He even openly admits to being shady but that hasn't stopped him or slowed him down. (more...)
 (Week 48, 2011)*
Hallrunner is one of the wide variety of top quality Videlectrix products. Dodge deadly bugs and tentacles while running through the endless dark hall! Make your choice on every obstacle you encounter on your way: FIGHT IT, TALK TO IT or JUMP IT! Your decision will affect your score, so choose wisely! If your score falls below zero, your Hallrunner becomes RED! All rendered in real time using state-of-the-art vector technology! (More...)
 Week 47, 2011
Happy T! is a bizarre little sign reading precisely that. It was put up on the Main Pages for Thanksgiving 2002. Clicking a letter (or the exclamation mark) causes a main character to say "Happy T!" or a variant thereof. A small clickable area also causes Homsar to say one of his usual non-sequitur phrases. The King of Town, however, is the only main character with intelligible speech who does not get to say anything. After Thanksgiving 2002 passed, Happy T! became a secret page. (more...)
 Week 46, 2011
Baddest of the Bands is the third episode of Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People. When Strong Bad's beloved Fun Machine goes up in smoke, he must organize and win his own Battle Royale of the Bands to afford the costly repairs. But Strong Bad is up against some stiff competition! Apart from his own band, DÖI, with partners The King of Town and Homsar, the contestants include Cool Tapes, a well-known band that appeared twice prior to the game; Bubs and Coach Z's band Two-O Duo, reunited after having been split for many years; and Homestar Runner and Pom Pom's band PomStar. Can Strong Bad rock the stage and win the big cash prize, or will he be drowned out by the competition? (more...)
 (Week 45, 2011)*
The Poopsmith is just a regular guy with a very crappy job. Literally. It's unclear whether "The Poopsmith" is his actual name, as it's used occasionally with an integral article but often without. His body is peach-colored and egg-shaped, and he has small blue legs and feet, a white head, and an enormous underbite. He always wears a pair of large orange gloves stained with whatsit, and he is usually seen carrying a large shovel. The Poopsmith has taken a vow of silence, which officially he has broken only once during the 200th Strong Bad Email. He rarely seems to display any emotions or facial expressions but does occasionally hold up signs to communicate. He is sometimes seen poking his shovel as a half-gesture, similar to how his Old-Timey incarnation, The Demon, uses his pitchfork. (More...)
 Week 44, 2011
Jibblies 2 is 2007's Halloween toon and is the second longest toon on the site. The Rocoulm of Strong Mad's Horrible Painting wreaks havoc on the citizens of Free Country, USA by causing a mass outbreak of jibblies. He strikes not only by making direct contact with characters, but also by calling them on the phone and appearing on tarot cards. Six "good characters" succumb first, followed by three "lame characters", and then Strong Bad. As the only character yet to face the Rocoulm, Homestar "come[s] on in" the Horrible Painting, and learns the Rocoulm just wanted company as he loved to entertain. Homestar offers to stay in the painting with the Rocoulm if he would un-jibblify Homestar's friends. The Rocoulm informs him he would agree to the deal, but only if Homestar volunteers to stay for all eternity. (More...)
 Week 43, 2011
In halloweener, the 7th Strong Bad Email, released on Halloween 2001, Ben from Ohio University, wanting "to have the bestest halloween costume ever this year", asks Strong Bad how he can make a Strong Bad costume. Strong Bad proceeds to demonstrate on Homestar Runner. Homestar gets his face painted red, his shirt taken off, boxing gloves put on his feet, an oven mitt put on his head, and duct tape wrapped around his legs and taped to some aluminium foil and a ball of twine. Homestar then states that he is a belle. Strong Bad then proceeds to say, "Who put the 'ween' in 'Halloween'? I don't know, probably you, you freakin' weirdo!" This is also the first email to be over a minute long, and is notable for being the first one in which Homestar appears personally (in three of the six previous emails, he either appeared on the Tandy 400's screen or as a misspelling that led to the creation of Homsar). (more...)
 Week 42, 2011
Onion Bubs is an onion version of Bubs that, according to Strong Bad, was one of the many temporary replacements for Original Bubs. Since Strong Bad apparently made up Original Bubs, it initially seemed as though the same was also true of Onion Bubs, but it has since made other appearances. In terms of appearance, Onion Bubs is nothing more than an onion with Bubs's face drawn on it. Curiously, despite allegedly replacing Original Bubs, his eyes and mouth are shaped more like those found on regular Bubs. Strong Bad describes him as a "fan favorite", and, indeed, his appearance was met, along with subsequent appearances, with great cheering and a single overenthusiastic voice shouting his name over and over again. (more...)
 Week 41, 2011
Kick-A-Ball is a Big Toon released on Tuesday, March 17, 2009, where The Even Stevens (led by Homestar Runner) take on Little Stevie and the Evens (led by Strong Bad) in a game of kickball. This toon marks the first appearance of The Umpire since the original book version of Where My Hat Is At?. The action starts with a team selection between Homestar and Strong Bad over the rest of the main cast. Homestar wins the coin toss and is intent on selecting Pom Pom. Only he does so repeatedly, leaving the pair to comprise their entire team. Nevertheless, a heated contest between the two teams begins and the score remains close. Which team will be victorious? Will Strong Bad cheat his way to victory? Stay tuned to find out! (more...)
 (Week 40, 2011)*
The King of Town is the de jure ruler of Free Country, USA. However, nobody wishes to acknowledge this; it's therefore possible that this character is a satire on the obsolescence of monarchy. He is not considered funny or cool by anyone. One of his main problems is that he is a glutton and will eat anything in front of him (except peas and whatsit). His favorite food is butter. He employs The Poopsmith and a few other characters. His age is known to be somewhere in his 60's. He also leads the K.O.T.H.S. Junior Varsity Marching Band during the Fall Float Parade. According to a message he left on Marzipan's Answering Machine Version 13.2, he can play the guitar, and along with The Cheat, he has a cut a remix demo called "Not Talkin' About Butter". He also apparently has his very own "quite popular cartoon show" according to the email senior prom, but it was pre-empted in favor of a Strong Bad Email.
 Week 39, 2011
Vector Strong Bad is Strong Bad's head as a 3-D vector character which lives in the Vector Field. He first appeared in the Strong Bad Email "video games", as the enemy in the game StrongBadZone, in which the player "...must block [his] perplexing geometric attacks with a Cyber-shield, or face certain 3-D doom." It was playable as an Easter egg in said email, and became an official game when the Scrolling Shooter Games Menu was released. He shouts poorly translated lines, most famously, "YOUR HEAD A SPLODE!", or a variation thereof. According to alternate universe, he functions as Stinkoman's "training simulator", and he and Stinkoman are pals, as shown when he refers to Stinkoman as his "doge". (more...)
 (Week 38, 2011)*
Sometimes, the characters break the fourth wall by displaying awareness that they are in an Internet cartoon. Fourth wall breakages are common in Strong Bad Emails; Strong Bad often addresses the viewers, and references to his "email show" are made. Some of these supposed "fourth wall breaks" may be explained by assuming that Strong Bad has a live webcam show in which he answers e-mails, or that he is talking to an imaginary audience, but in other instances the characters actually refer to the fact that they are in cartoons, which is a real fourth wall break. (More...)
 Week 37, 2011
Telltale Games is a video game company that has partnered with Videlectrix to produce Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People, a game in five episodes, or 'actionsodes' in Strong Bad's term, for PC and WiiWare. According to Strong Bad, "Telltale has been rejecting my ideas for green text adventures for years, but we finally reached a compromise with this puffy 3D point-and-click-em-up adventure. They claim all the coding was done with green text, so I guess that's pretty cool." (more...)
 Week 36, 2011
Duck Guardian One is a Videlectrix game released on August 30, 2004. The plot is to save ducks from various hazards and lead them into a spaceship in order to transport them to the hungry people of Vexar VII. You do this by using a variety of rays on the ducks. Some rays in Duck Guardian One include the Direct Ray (turn the ducks around) and the Freeze Ray (freezes ducks in place). There are 33 waves of ducks to rescue, enemies to avoid, and hazards to overcome. "Save a Duck, Save THE WORLD!!" (more...)
 (Week 35, 2011)*
TROGDOR! is a game released by Videlectrix on March 17, 2003, based on the character of Trogdor from the Strong Bad Email dragon. When it was first released, the game was accompanied by the short Arcade Game. This game is notably one of the most popular games on homestarrunner.com. Playing as Trogdor, the player must squish peasants to achieve burnination, at which point Trogdor can burninate cottages. Burninate all the cottages, and the player moves on to the next level. Meanwhile, for a challenge, knights patrol the area and archers will appear from time to time and shoot arrows. If Trogdor touches a knight, he will be SWORDED!; if he is hit by an arrow, he'll be ARROWED! (More...)
 Week 34, 2011
Strong Badia the Free is the second episode of Strong Bad's Cool Game For Attractive People. The King of Town becomes tyrannical and institutes an email tax. For not paying said tax, Strong Bad is placed under house arrest with an exploding collar strapped around his neck. After Strong Bad escapes, he announces that Strong Badia will secede from Free Country USA, and attempts to rally his fellow citizens into joining him. However, everyone goes off to form their own countries instead, and Strong Bad must now unite the fractured nations under one banner (namely, his) in order to complete his mission to overthrow The King of Town's "fat-thority". (more...)
 (Week 33, 2011)*
1-Up is Homestar Runner's 20X6 counterpart. Everybody says Stinkoman's the guy, but 1-Up wants to be the guy too. Stinkoman wouldn't let him because he was just a kid, and maybe he will let him when 1-Up gets older. However, in the description for Level 5 in Stinkoman 20X6, it says that 1-Up proved he's not just a kid in the previous level. Stinkoman has yet to acknowledge this. He is often squished by Pan Pan, usually to Stinkoman's great delight. His most notable accomplishment outside of Stinkoman 20X6 is that he found Homestar's "time box" in time capsule. (more...)
 (Week 32, 2011)*Bubs is the all around fix-it man. Running his own concession stand, Bubs is a sharp salesman who will sell almost anything, and has developed a habit for selling ridiculous items at a humorously high price. His facial configuration is puzzling; in Pumpkin Carve-nival, he appears to have a safety pin stuck through his face above an internal ear. He hangs out and talks with Coach Z and also reads back issues of Motor Trend magazine in his spare time. Bubs dances and attends night courses at Disco Tech. In Strong Bad's record book, he was solely declared "Cutest couple." Bubs once claimed he was able to fly until Strong Bad got him to say the word "Sbu." However, he said he was only able to hover a couple inches off the ground since he gained so much weight, so it wasn't too big of a loss.
 (Week 31, 2011)*"Virus" is the 118th Strong Bad Email, released in mid-November 2004. The email brought a drastic end to the 78-email reign of the Compy 386 era, and set the stage to usher in the Lappy 486. What began as a routine email check for Strong Bad quickly exposed the vulnerabilities of the Compy's virus protection and Strong Bad's incompetence at being able to maintain it. The 423,827 viruses infected the greater Homestar Runner universe, causing great physical havoc leading to numerous fourth wall breakages. (More...)
 (Week 30, 2011)*
The word "crap" is a prominent part of the Homestar Runner universe. The word itself is often used as a substitute for vulgarity, and it often describes things that Strong Bad and other characters find stupid or offensive. In addition, Strong Bad has become infamous for the phrase "Holy crap!", an exclamation he frequently used early in his evolution, but not so much today. In fact, Strong Bad currently voices his displeasure openly whenever he receives an email signed with the word "crap". (More...)
 Week 29, 2011
In the 177th Strong Bad Email, original, when asked about TV shows replacing actors, Strong Bad explained the supposed existence of the original actor to play Bubs, who was aptly named Original Bubs. This actor has great eyesight; he can see you from behind the concession stand. Due to an unfortunate incident involving one of the twelve King of Towns eating all the mayonnaise off of Original Bubs's egg salad, Original Bubs suddenly left the show. Then the rest of the cast had to write in clever ways to include him, so that viewers didn't know he was gone, such as Homestar remarking that Original Bubs is behind a box. This was followed by having rotating guests come in to play Bubs, such as Senator Cardgage Bubs, Crack Stuntbubs, and fan favorite Onion Bubs. Finally they settled on the current Bubs, who had zero experience and was not well known at the time, and it had been downhill ever since. Then Bubs shows up and makes Strong Bad come clean. After he does, Strong Bad claims that he didn't make the whole idea up; that in fact the New Paper, whose debut was just four emails earlier, was a replacement of a character who had quit. He also remarked that the New Paper was quite disappointing thus far. (more...)
 (Week 28, 2011)*
Senor Cardgage first appeared in the Strong Bad Email kind of cool, in which Strong Bad is asked what he would be like if he was not stylish and buff. He describes "Creepy Comb-Over Story Strong Bad" who is just like Senor Cardgage. Both are, at least to Strong Bad, "so cool, you don't even know [that they are] cool". Senor Cardgage is apparently the creepy guy that lived down the street from The Brothers Strong when they were little, whose extreme sketchiness gave Strong Sad nightmares. He now runs his own mortgage business as well as a used car dealership, in addition to having a job as an usher. He has also gotten fourteen degrees in the CGNU Online E-niversity during his lunch "take", including one that lets him "legally prescribe marriages in the state of Kansattica". His name is pronounced "Seh-nor", not "Seh-nyor", because his name is spelled with an "N" rather than an "Ñ". He is apparently ambidextrous. (more...)
 Week 27, 2011
In crazy cartoon, the 72nd Strong Bad Email, monkeydude asks Strong Bad to make a crazy cartoon. Strong Bad thus creates the world of Sweet Cuppin' Cakes, the 21st Strong Bad Email Spin-off. As Strong Bad explains, every crazy cartoon needs a title that has nothing to do with what the cartoon is about. This one will feature a main character that looks like a mix between a cow and a helicopter. Every episode will be about him trying to get a worm out of the ground. Also, at least once an episode, Eh! Steve! will make an appearance to deliver his catchphrase, and Bubs would be the voice of The Wheelchair who spends his time trying to catch or defeat Eh! Steve!. Strong Bad would be in the cartoon too, but his head would be replaced by an old keyboard that plays the demo when he gets mad. Later on, Strong Bad mentions The Cheat makes some crazy cartoons, so he goes to watch The Cheat's first crazy cartoon. (more...)
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