Fourth Wall Breaks

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Sometimes, the characters "break the fourth wall" by displaying awareness that they are in a 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. Excluding Strong Bad Emails that involve a character addressing the viewers, here is a list of fourth wall breakages in the toons.

Fourth Wall Breakages

  • 3 Times Halloween Funjob: When Bubs shows frustration that Coach Z mangles his words yet again, Coach Z replies that "It's a crowd-pleaser."
  • animal: Strong Bad says that a man with a laptop computer comes "from the right side of the screen."
  • bottom 10: After the end of the email, Strong Bad acknowledges that there are no Easter eggs at the end.
  • Cheat Commandos: There are many breakages, such as Gunhaver saying "Buy all our playsets and toys," "Next episode, Blue Laser," and "Into the action figure storage vehicle!"
  • couch patch: Strong Bad points out that the couch patch is visible in Homestar's flashback.
  • First Time Here?: Sets the stage for fourth wall breakages, especially when Strong Bad shows up to let you know why you're here.
  • flashback: The size of the display area is purposefully extended and Homestar Runner is "behind the black."
  • Homestar Presents: Presents: Strong Bad informs the viewers that Homestar runs around frantically from Decemberween to New Years, then, in the easter egg, there is a poster on the wall that reads, "Left Out Characters' Support Group & Buffet."
  • huttah!: The Cheat actually watches the email on his own computer.
  • In Search Of The Yello Dello DVD and The King of Town DVD: Characters doing commentaries and being in previews for the toons that are DVDs show that they know it was a cartoon. Strong Bad even calls one of the toons a cartoon several times.
  • In Search Of The Yello Dello DVD: The TV announcer says that the Yello Dello is "the most rare and exotic bird in this entire cartoon."
  • island: When Yami Yugi asks what Strong Bad would do if he were stuck on a desert island, Strong Bad nonchalantly replies, "I suspect it would be like most cartoons," indicating that he himself is in a cartoon. Later, Homestar imitates Main Page 3, with similar effects.
  • Marzipan's Answering Machine Version 8: Homestar says "This is Homestar Runner from Homestarrunner.com".
  • Not the 100th Email!!!: References to the 404 page and the user poking around the site.
  • old comics: Strong Bad says he and Homestar were used in a comic that aired at least 60 years ago. Since they are obviously not that old, he is pointing out the fact that he and Homestar are unaging cartoon characters.
  • part-time job: Strong Bad peeks around the edge of the black on his way to Bubs'.
  • Peasant's Quest: If you talk to the second "Haldo" brother and say "Haldo" without talking to the first one (the one at the booth), he will say, "What'd you read that in PQ Stragedy [sic] Guide? Go talk to my brother first." Also, if you type "throw baby" before you actually get the baby, the game will say that you must have "misread the walkthrough on GameFAQS."
  • Stinkoman 20X6: When 1-Up requests Stinkoman's help, Stinkoman says that he already helped him in Level 4. Also, at the end of Level -0, Stinkoman says he has to get through Level 9 and Level 10 to get to 1-Up and Pan Pan.
  • Strong Sad: On Strong Sad's character page, he runs his finger down the left side of the screen. Beforehand, he complains about making a "character page", which means he is aware he is a character in something online.
  • the process: Strong Bad tells us that "you can usually click on certain words and make little pictures of dumb stuff pop up." Also, the whole email was explaining how other emails were/would be done.
  • The System is Down: Here are references to both the Error Page and Homestarrunner.com being down.
  • virus: The Virus opens most of the characters' minds to realize that they are in a cartoon.
  • Where's The Cheat?: Strong Bad says "Don't worry, big guy. We'll cut to a montage."
  • monument: Homestar peeks out from behind the black and sings "Here comes the Thnikkaman!!!".
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