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Strong Bad
Homestar Runner character
Strong Bad.png
First appearance "The Homestar Runner Enters the Strongest Man in the World Contest"
Created by

Matt and Mike Chapman
Craig Zobel

Voiced by Matt Chapman
Information
Family Strong Sad (brother), Strong Mad (brother)

Strong Bad is one of the major characters of the Homestar Runner series of animated Flash web cartoons. He is portrayed by Matt Chapman, the principal voice actor and co-founder of the series. Strong Bad enjoys pranking the other characters of the series, along with his ever-diligent lackey pet named "The Cheat" and his older brother Strong Mad.[1] The main segment that Strong Bad is a part of is "Strong Bad Email", in which he answers emails sent to him by fans.[2] Strong Bad Email has turned into several DVDs, as well as a podcast, since its first episode in 2001.[3]

Strong Bad is sometimes referred to as the main antagonist of the series due to his pranks that he, Strong Mad, and The Cheat play on the other characters, and his insulting of his brother Strong Sad.[4] He seems to be a character influenced by the American popular culture trends of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, such as heavy metal music and the second and third generations of video games and video game consoles.[4] Since he is one of the site's most popular characters, merchandise has also spun off of Strong Bad, which includes t-shirts and sweatshirts sold by the website.[4]

Strong Bad has been one of the series most popular characters, and has been well received. In an article by National Review Online, Strong Bad was described as "a non-stop braggart, liar, manipulator, and egotist", but also "one of the coolest characters on the Internet and the real star of Homestarrunner.com, which may be the most popular homegrown animation in the world".[4] Segments have been spun off of his emails, including "Teen Girl Squad" a comic drawn by Strong Bad about four teenage friends.[5]

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Role in Homestar Runner

Along with his physically intimidating but mentally limited big brother Strong Mad and his lackey animal-of-questionable-species The Cheat, Strong Bad represents the self-proclaimed criminal element in the series. Many shorts concern the various practical jokes and scams that they perpetrate. Although these "crimes" are usually only slightly malevolent, Strong Bad still acts as if he is a villainous mastermind, and is highly prone to exaggerating his alluring qualities — especially with regards to women.[1] Strong Bad "rules" an area of the fictional universe called Strong Badia. It consists of a barren field, a fence, a tire, and a stop sign reading "Pop: Tire" (Pop meaning population) leaning against a cinder block. Strong Bad said he bought the property from Bubs in one email, although he originally said he ruled it since "diaper school". It was once "haunted" by the ghost of the Tandy 400, Strong Bad's first computer. Besides Strong Badia, he and The Cheat enjoy hanging out at a stick known as "The Stick".[6][7]

Strong Bad's main role in the cartoon is in the Strong Bad Email segment, in which he answers emails sent to him from viewers. The Strong Bad Emails began as a small segment in 2001, in which Strong Bad would mock the spelling and grammar of those who wrote to him, usually while typing with boxing gloves on an outdated computer. Most of the time a cut-away sequence is used to move the narrative beyond mere typing. Once the events of the email finish unfolding, Strong Bad wraps it up, and then "The Paper" comes down with a link to Strong Bad's e-mail address. Often, hidden animations (Easter Eggs) are displayed when the user clicks on a word or picture either during the email or after it has concluded.[8] As of 2009, there are 205 Strong Bad emails. Although the animations were initially brief, they gradually grew to establish numerous catchphrases and running gags, as well as spin-offs like Trogdor the Burninator, Teen Girl Squad, and even characters like Homsar and Senor Cardgage. An example of a Strong Bad Email reply is his take on techno, where he creates the techno song "The System Is Down." His most used catchphrase is "Holy Crap!" and other variations on this theme (example: "What the crap?"), though he now parodies even this in his responses to emails.[9]

Several "alternate versions" of Strong Bad exist in other cartoons on the website. One of these is "Stinkoman", a futuristic anime-style Strong Bad that seems to be a parody of Japanese animation. Stinkoman has no thumbs, big robot boots, a mouth that is tiny when closed but "ridiculously huge" when open, blue hair ("Gotta have blue hair!") and big green eyes. Strong Bad designed this character in the e-mail "Japanese Cartoon", when someone asked what he would look like as a Japanese cartoon.[10] For the "1936" segments on the website, Strong Bad is sometimes referred to as Sir Strong Bad, Uncle Strong Bad, or Old-Timey Strong Bad. He appears in black and white and has hair and a handlebar mustache. His face is less detailed and he has no visible mouth but his mustache moves when he talks.[11] Another version is "Strong Badman", which is basically a tall, muscular, comic book version of Strong Bad, often calling out his unseen partner "L'il Stiny" (which was Strong Bad making fun of the name of the writer of the email "Superhero Name").

Character

Creation

Matt and Mike Chapman, creators of Strong Bad

Strong Bad was based on the "Strong Bads", a Lucha libre-style fighter team from the 1983 arcade video game Tag Team Wrestling, as the cartoon revolves largely around pop culture references.[12] When the Chapman brothers were asked about this origin, they responded, "Oh yeah, absolutely. The Strong Bads. We were just doing some dumb thing at Kinko's for friends. We weren't planning on all of this happening."[13] Along with most of the main characters of the website, Strong Bad debuted in the Chapman brothers' children's book entitled "The Homestar Runner Enters the Strongest Man in the World Contest." In this story, Homestar, Strong Bad, The Cheat, and Pom Pom enter a strength competition, along with The Robot, Mr. Bland, Señor, and the Grape Fairie, some characters that did not appear later in the series.[14] The concept for this began in 1996 when both Chapman Brothers were looking for children's books. When they did not find any to their liking, they created their own as a parody. After creating a few characters and writing a plot, they made copies of the book and attempted to sell it.[14] This hand-drawn book was the only incarnation of Strong Bad for several years. This did not succeed however, so the concept of a website with Homestar Runner and Pom Pom as the protagonists, and Strong Bad and The Cheat as the antagonists became a reality in 2000.[14]

Development

The website was originally meant to revolve around Homestar, but Strong Bad grew in popularity after the first few months of the website, and the Chapman brothers decided to give him his own segment, Strong Bad email.[9] According to Mike Chapman, "...He'd already become everybody's favorite character."[14] In the children's book and very early stages of the website, Strong Bad looked significantly different than his present day character. He had very small hands, and a plainly-colored red and black lucha libre mask, contrary to the blue and green areas of the mask included in the present version of Strong Bad.[15] In the book, Strong Bad and The Cheat were defined as the main "villains" to Homestar Runner and Pom Pom, who were defined as the main "protagonists".[15] This did change, however, as each character developed its own style.[15]

Reception

Strong Bad has been received well by both critics and viewers of the website. He is considered one of the most popular characters of the website, and his Strong Bad Email segment is one of the most viewed segments of Homestar Runner. In an audio review of Strong Bad and the rest of the Homestar Runner characters, National Public Radio said "There are lots of nasty characters lurking in the shadowy corners of the World Wide Web. But Strong Bad is just awful. And he's awfully funny, too".[9] Peter Wood of National Review Online commented on Strong Bad's personality and his evil-looking appearance. He stated: "Strong Bad is probably not the guy you want to move in next door. The red and black Wrestlemania mask he wears all the time is a clue. As are the boxing gloves, which he keeps on even when he is typing sarcastic e-mails... He is one of the coolest characters on the Internet and the real star of Homestarrunner.com, which may be the most popular homegrown animation in the world."[4] He added "Strong Bad also dabbles in other media and, like Professor Cornel West, has even recorded his own rap, "Everybody to the Limit," which builds on the delightful typographic implosion, 'fhqwhgads'", and also said " The humor likewise combines the innocence of slapstick with sharp satire of American popular culture... At one point, tired of being asked how he types with boxing gloves on, Strong Bad attaches fake fingers: a shrimp, a lit birthday candle, and an action-figure toy." [4] Johnny Dee, a reviewer from The Guardian of the United Kingdom, described the humor of Strong Bad. He wrote: "Like South Park and Modern Toss, Strong Bad isn't exactly beautiful to look at but he's relentlessly funny.", and added "Strong Bad is an animated Mexican wrestler...and the undoubted star of surreal cartoon site Homestar Runner."[16]

Spin-offs

Teen Girl Squad

The Teen Girl Squad cartoons were a series of intentionally poorly drawn animations created and voiced by Strong Bad. The four primary characters, Cheerleader, So and So, What's her Face, and The Ugly One, are usually depicted in such a way to mock tween girls, and are usually killed before an episode is over. There are currently 18 published episodes in the series.

In Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People: Season 1, users are able to create their own TGS episodes using a built-in creator.

Trogdor the Burninator

Trogdor the Burninator is a character created by Strong Bad in one of his e-mails; a dragon drawing tutorial in which the character is drawn from the letter "S". The character, modeled on Phil Byrne, is depicted as a dragon with a large, muscled arm, which "looks really good, comin' outta the back of his neck there", who "burninates the countryside". Trogdor eventually got a flash game on homestarrunner.com, and became very popular, having several pieces of merchandise made featuring him. The Trogdor theme was also featured as a bonus song in Guitar Hero II.[17] He is featured in the final episode of Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People.

In other media

Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People

A point-and-click adventure game based on Strong Bad was created by Telltale Games for the Wii's WiiWare service and personal computer.[18] It was released in an episodic format for both, with five episodes for its first season.[18] A second season may be made if the first season sells well.[19]

Strong Bad Sings

Strong Bad Sings, an album featuring songs from Homestar Runner, was released in 2003. Despite the title, the album featured several songs "performed" by other characters.

References

  1. ^ a b "Characters: Strong Bad". Homestar Runner.com. http://www.homestarrunner.com/vcr_sb.html. Retrieved 2008-09-18.  
  2. ^ Taylor, Lauren (October 24, 2003). "Homestarrunner's antics provide entertainment for its on-line fans". Red and Black. http://media.www.redandblack.com/media/storage/paper871/news/2003/10/24/Variety/Homestarrunners.Antics.Provide.Entertainment.For.Its.OnLine.Fans-2577573.shtml. Retrieved 2008-09-18.  
  3. ^ Miller, Aaron (August 23, 2007). "Podcasts". Courier-Journal. http://www.courier-journal.com/blogs/vel05/2007/08/podcasts.html. Retrieved 2008-09-18.  
  4. ^ a b c d e f Wood, Peter (August 27, 2003). "Everybody to the Limit". National Review Online. http://www.nationalreview.com/script/printpage.p?ref=/comment/comment-wood082703.asp. Retrieved 2008-09-18.  
  5. ^ "Strong Bad Email 53". homestarrunner.com. 2002. http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail53.html. Retrieved 2008-09-18.  
  6. ^ "Strong Bad Email 90". homestarrunner.com. http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail90.html. Retrieved 2008-09-18.  
  7. ^ "Strong Bad Email 11". homestarrunner.com. http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail11.html. Retrieved 2008-09-18.  
  8. ^ Chapman, Matt; Chapman, Mike (2003). "Strong Bad Email 79 "the process"" (SWF). homestarrunner.com. http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail79.html. Retrieved 2006-12-19.  
  9. ^ a b c Ydstie, John (May 8, 2005). "NPR: Strong Bad Walks in Footsteps of Darth, Lex, J.R. (see audio interview)". National Public Radio. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4634837. Retrieved 2008-09-20.  
  10. ^ "Strong Bad Email 57". homestarrunner.com. http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail57.html. Retrieved 2008-09-18.  
  11. ^ "Parsnips for Plenty". homestarrunner.com. http://www.homestarrunner.com/parsnips.html. Retrieved 2008-09-20.  
  12. ^ Hamilton, Rob (April 4, 2008). "Tag Team Wrestling (NES)". Honest Gamer. http://www.honestgamers.com/systems/content.php?review_id=6936&platform=NES&abr=NES&gametitle=Tag+Team+Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-09-19.  
  13. ^ "Lunchtime With The Brothers Chap: Strong Bad's Creators Speak And Eat". Kotaku. http://kotaku.com/5016138/lunchtime-with-the-brothers-chap-strong-bads-creators-speak-and-eat. Retrieved 2008-09-20.  
  14. ^ a b c d Dean, Kari Lynn (June 23, 3003). "HomestarRunner Hits a Homer". Wired. http://www.wired.com/culture/lifestyle/news/2003/06/59261?currentPage=2. Retrieved 2008-09-19.  
  15. ^ a b c "Homestar Runner: Museum (see "original book")". Homestar Runner.com. http://www.homestarrunner.com/museum.html. Retrieved 2008-09-20.  
  16. ^ Dee, Johnny (September 6, 2008). "Internet review: Strong Bad Emails". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/sep/06/email.internet. Retrieved 2008-09-21.  
  17. ^ Christopher Grant. "Full Guitar Hero II setlist with twenty-four bonus tracks". Joystiq. http://www.joystiq.com/2006/10/25/full-guitar-hero-ii-setlist-with-24-bonus-tracks/. Retrieved 2009-01-15.  
  18. ^ a b "Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People: Season 1 on Steam". Steam. http://store.steampowered.com/app/8340/. Retrieved 2009-01-07.  
  19. ^ "Nintendo Voice Chat Podcast, Episode 31". IGN.com. 2008-12-15. http://wii.ign.com/articles/938/938638p1.html. Retrieved 2009-01-07.  

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Simple English

Strong Bad is one of the major characters of the Homestar Runner series of animated Flash web cartoons. He is portrayed by Matt Chapman, the principal voice actor and co-founder of the series. Strong Bad enjoys pranking the other characters of the series, along with his ever-diligent lackey pet named "The Cheat" and his older brother Strong Mad.[1] The main segment that Strong Bad is a part of is "Strong Bad Email", in which he answers emails sent to him by fans.[2] Strong Bad Email has turned into several DVDs, as well as a podcast, since its first episode in 2001.[3]

Strong Bad is sometimes referred to as the main antagonist of the series due to his pranks that he, Strong Mad, and The Cheat play on the other characters, and his insulting of his brother Strong Sad.[4] He seems to be a character influenced by the American popular culture trends of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, such as heavy metal music and the second and third generations of video games and video game consoles.[4] Since he is one of the site's most popular characters, merchandise has also spun off of Strong Bad, which includes t-shirts and sweatshirts sold by the website.[4]

Strong Bad has been one of the series most popular characters, and has been well received. In an article by National Review Online, Strong Bad was described as "a non-stop braggart, liar, manipulator, and egotist", but also "one of the coolest characters on the Internet and the real star of Homestarrunner.com, which may be the most popular homegrown animation in the world".[4] Segments have been spun off of his emails, including "Teen Girl Squad" a comic drawn by Strong Bad about four teenage friends.[5]

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