Strong Mad

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Character: Strong Mad
watch Strong Mad's character video The Cheat Strong Sad
Strong Mad
Domicile House of the Brothers Strong
Voiced by Matt Chapman
First seen Super NES
Debut Marshmallow's Last Stand
Complete Filmography
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Strong Mad is a monolith of muscle and hostility, strong and usually mad. The eldest of The Brothers Strong, he is brother to Strong Bad and Strong Sad; though he often tries to help Strong Bad with his evil plans, he usually only messes up. He is especially fond of his bosom buddy The Cheat. His physical intensity is matched by his voice: a monotone, low-register bellow usually limited to simple sentences.


[edit] Characterization

He's a big lug, but with a big heart: though one wouldn't know it to look at him, Strong Mad has a soft side. In Where's The Cheat?, he cries over an autographed picture of The Cheat, given to him by the little yellow guy. He also is proud to be The Cheat's friend, and is not afraid to hug The Cheat in public. He finds it necessary to say he is The Cheat's best friend. He is very defensive to his buddy; even when it is an obvious impostor he will not risk The Cheat being hurt, and on one occasion refused to fight him even when they were on opposing sides of a war.

Occasionally, Strong Mad will make pointed observations or reasonable suggestions in his typical voice, such as "THAT'S REDUNDANT!" or "I CAN LET OUT THE WAIST A LITTLE BIT FOR YOU!"


He is also very childish and naïve, and even though he is the oldest he is loved by his brothers. Strong Bad claims to cherish brother Graw Mad, his name of endearment for his brother. Strong Sad seems to be on good terms with him whenever Strong Bad is not involved, and he shows friendship to Homestar Runner, Marzipan and even, to an extent, Coach Z and Pom Pom.

Strong Mad apparently enjoys sports. He dressed as Kobe #2 in A Decemberween Pageant, he has dressed as a professional sports player three times in Halloween episodes (Refrigerator Perry, Ben Wallace, Nikolai Volkoff), he wore a baseball cap with the Detroit Tigers' logo on it as Magnum, P.I., he is the sports reporter for Strong Badia Action Cool News 5, he has a statue of a football player in his room, and he wore a football helmet in Ever and More.

Strong Mad's creative drive has produced two works of dinosaur-themed art (an MS Paint drawing of a "fairly hot brontosaurus" and the claymation short Doug the Dino). At Strong Bad's behest, he has also carved the word "DAGRON" in a table and produced a portrait of Strong Bad in glitter and macaroni. (Other macaroni-related art produced by Strong Mad includes a macaroni nailed to a paper towel tube, as seen in record book.) Despite these achievements, Strong Bad has devoted an entire email to explaining why Strong Mad can't produce his own cartoon show. His musical talent is evident, however: he plays what looks like a black Hofner Violin bass guitar in Cool Things, Weclome Back, and Baddest of the Bands and the drums in high school, and he's a natural death metal singer. Additionally, Strong Mad surprised Strong Bad in nightlife by cracking a joke, which Strong Bad admitted to be "pretty good". He also has shown skills in doing taxes.

Strong Mad is, oddly, the only main character to have five-fingered hands and a visible nose. He seems more than willing to eat otherwise inedible objects such as rocks, chain-whips, and printed emails. He does not, however, want to eat a guitar. Strong Bad implied he was surprised he hasn't eaten The Cheat by now. When Strong Mad inhales helium, his voice stays the same, but when he sucks up bandwidth through a garden hose, his mouth gets tiny and his voice turns high-pitched. Strong Mad has a horrible painting in his closet that gives everyone (especially Strong Bad) the jibblies. He apparently needs reading glasses.

Strong Mad seems to want a pet, as he (as Marzipan put it) "absconded with" Bubs' Concession Stand during the Fall Float Parade and tried to convince Strong Bad to let him keep it, saying that it followed him home.

[edit] Character Design and Conception

"He's like a big square, this guy."
See also Strong Mad Evolution

From a 2014 interview on The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show:

MATT CHAPMAN: Strong Bad has two brothers, Strong Sad and Strong Mad, and there's a little bit of the dynamic between me and my two brothers in there. I would be the Strong Sad, my brother Mike would be the Strong Bad, and our brother Donnie would be the Strong Mad, who's the oldest. Ah... it's not all exactly one-to-one, but there's definitely a little bit of that brotherly dynamic in there.

Strong Mad was initially developed in September 1996 for Homestar Runner Goes For The Gold!, an unfinished sequel to the original Homestar Runner book. This book, alternatively titled Homestar Runner and The Brothers Strong, also would've introduced Strong Sad and set up the dynamic of the Brothers Strong: Strong Bad and Strong Mad working together but excluding Strong Sad. Though he briefly appears in a Mario Paint animation created later that year, Strong Mad did not have a proper debut until Marshmallow's Last Stand wherein he served as Strong Bad's tag team wrestling partner. Much like Strong Bad, elements of the wrestleman character design stuck: he consistently wears a spandex singlet with an emblazoned "M" symbol along with wrestling boots.

Matt Chapman compared Strong Mad to Frankenstein's monster from the 1931 movie and Blaster from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome — though physically imposing and possessing "ridiculous brute strength", he is not actively malevolent and his aggression usually comes from being egged on by Strong Bad or The Cheat.[1]

Strong Mad is the most human-like of the largely stylized main characters. While many characters lack limbs or facial features, Strong Mad has eyebrows, a nose, teeth, fingers (with fingernails), elbows, and knees — though this does not make him the most advanced character to animate.[2] Notably, though, Strong Mad lacks a neck: there is no clear distinction between his head and his body. Strong Mad's shoulders are squared-off, almost cubic,[3] though his figurine is rounder with a football-shaped top. When necessary, he is able to contract his frame into a spherical shape, as he did when performing a mannonball dive in keep cool.

[edit] Physical Statistics

Strong Mad is a posse

Strong Mad's height and weight have been described variously:

Strong Mad is simply "a big guy", and specific measurements are given only when needed for a joke or to convey a meaning.

[edit] Character Video Transcript

See main article: Strong Mad's Character Video

{The character video opens up to Strong Mad sleeping. Coach Z, who is apparently doing the videotaping, nudges him.}

STRONG MAD: {wakes up, spit flies out of his mouth at some point in his first sentence} I'M STRONG MAD! {pauses and looks around, then frowns. Spit flies out of his mouth again during the next sentence.} I DON'T LIKE THIS MOVIE! {another pause, then smiles} I LIKE THE CHEAT. Ummmm. BREAKIN' STUFF! {for one final time, spit flies out of his mouth. He then charges the camera and knocks it over, causing it to point up at the ceiling.}

COACH Z: {offscreen} Uh... Okay. That's, uh... that's good then, Strong Mad. We'll go with that one.

[edit] Relationships

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[edit] Variations

A "Cartoon" for "Kids"

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[edit] Sources

  1. ^  UMFM interview, May 2003
  2. ^  Giant magazine interview, April/May 2005
  3. ^  As seen in fingers, Strong Bad is a Bad Guy, death metal, and Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People

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