Fourth Wall Breaks

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Literally breaking the fourth wall.

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. Excluding Strong Bad Emails that involve a character addressing the viewers, here is a list of fourth wall breakages in the toons.

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Fourth Wall Breakages

Big Toons

  • In Search of the Yello Dello — The TV announcer says that the Yello Dello is "the most rare and beautiful bird in this entire cartoon."
  • Where's The Cheat? — While reassuring Strong Mad, Strong Bad says "Don't worry, big guy. We'll cut to a montage. I mean, find The Cheat."
  • Shopping for DangerSilent Rip informs Gunhaver the "Cheat Commandos Headquarters playset is under attack". At the end, Gunhaver screams, "Next episode, Blue Laser! Next episode!"
  • Weclome Back — All of the characters punch in on a time clock after returning from vacation. Marzipan wonders whether anyone has been "taking care of the website." Homestar Runner says "It's time to get this www-dot-show back on the road-dot-com."

Shorts

Holiday Toons

  • The House That Gave Sucky Treats — At the beginning of the toon, Homestar tells the viewers to "pick a treat and drag it on top of us". During the end discussion, Homestar asks if the viewers have voted yet (a feature for that year's toon) and then later requests that the characters repeat stuff they have already said to freak "them" out, indicating that the characters know they are being watched.
  • Halloween Fairstival — After Strong Sad says that hiccups have to be laughed out, Strong Bad says "Whoa! That sounds like a segue!" In the Homsar easter egg, Homsar walks across all sides of the screen.
  • Homestar Presents: Presents — Strong Bad informs the viewers that Homestar runs around frantically from Decemberween to New Year's; then, in the Easter egg, there is a poster on the wall that reads, "Left Out Characters' Support Group & Buffet."
  • Halloween Potion-ma-jig — Throughout the cold open, Homestar directly addresses the viewer. When he comes upon Homsar, he remarks "Oh, great. The secret guy," and then comments on the choices that Homsar "gives" him. Then when he reaches the Creepy Cliff, he refers to it as a "cool new background." Finally, in the Goblin ending, Marzipan declares the end of the scene.
  • More Fan Costumes — Strong Bad comments that Coach Z, The King of Town and Marzipan are the least popular Homestar Runner characters.
  • Let us give TANKS!Blue Laser Commander reminds Ripberger he was only available for a limited time with three proofs of purchase. Silent Rip says he's thankful for the "Blue Laser Thanksgiving action playset". All the Commandos and Blue Laser members sing "Buy all our playsets and toys!"
  • Jibblies 2 — Strong Bad refers to the cast of the Homestar Runner cartoons as "characters". Also, Strong Sad asks if there was a Jibblies 1, referring to the name of the toon.
  • Fan Costumes '07 — Strong Bad mentions that Crack Stuntman is a character who voices a character from a cartoon (Cheat Commandos) inside a cartoon (Homestar Runner).
  • Toikey TV — Gunhaver informs the other Cheat Commandos that all they got was "another lame Thanksgiving special."
  • Trogday 08 — Strong Bad scolds "you internet types" for ruining Trogdor, as well as "zombies, pirates, ninjas and Strong Bad."
  • A Death-Defying Decemberween — Homestar refers to himself as "Homestar Runner.com". Bubs's epitaph for Homestar also has the words "Here Lies Homestar Runner.com" written on it.

Strong Bad Emails

  • 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". Later, Homestar imitates Main Page 3, with similar effects.
  • the process — Strong Bad says "you can usually click on certain words and make little pictures of dumb stuff pop up."
  • couch patch — Strong Bad points out that the couch patch is clearly already present in Homestar's flashback.
  • monument — Homestar peeks out from behind the black as he sings, "Here comes the Thnikkaman!"
  • flashback — The size of the display area is purposefully extended and Homestar Runner is (and has apparently often been) "behind the black." Further, Strong Bad pantomimes physically shifting the frame focus.
  • dangeresque 3 — Strong Bad asks the audience to resist the urge to throw full wine bottles at the screen.
  • crying — Strong Bad states (or rather sings) that he "will not sing an email song this week."
  • old comics — Strong Bad says that he and Homestar were used in a comic that was printed 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.
  • virus — The effects of the virus cause several fourth wall breakages.
  • part-time job — Strong Bad peeks around the edge of the black on his way to Bubs' Concession Stand.
  • dreamail — Strong Bad says "Allow me to ... hit you with the pink border", and after that a pink border appears on the screen instead of the routine border. At the end he admits he should have used a fluffy white cloud border instead.
  • bottom 10 — After the end of the email, Strong Bad acknowledges that there are no Easter eggs at the end.
  • lady...ing — The Cheat displays a laserdisc of a Marshmallow's Last Stand-era Email, to which Strong Bad replies "Oh, yeah. Boy, those old cartoons still pack a wallop."
  • highschool — Strong Bad says that he was "probably just like other cartoons" in his high school days.
  • narrator — Strong Bad said that Strong Sad had made corrections in three emails in a row, the first two being secret identity and technology.
  • animal — One of Strong Bad's Lines is "Then one day from the right side of the screen..."
  • senior prom — After Strong Bad says that he's "taking Delilelia to see David Coppafeel perform" and gets up, the camera zooms out to reveal him actually standing on the right side, causing him to jump out of view.
  • keep cool — Strong Bad interrupts the email (he rises up from below the frame) to explain the difference between Strong Badia and the rest of Free Country, USA. He then offers a high five.
  • cliffhangers — Strong Bad tells the narrator to get to the resolution of the second cliffhanger.
  • from work — Strong Bad complains that what he imagines doesn't appear while Homestar's imagination does become visible.
  • the paper — Strong Bad claims he can remember the birth of The Paper "like it was about to happen in a wavy flashback," which follows this line.
  • original — The entire email is about the "actor" playing Bubs, Original Bubs, being replaced.
  • your edge — While in a deep, dark hole where only his eyes are visible, Strong Bad comments that he "suddenly feel[s] so easy to animate".

Games

  • Blue Laserdisc Challenge — If the player succeeds in beating the game, Gunhaver bellows, "Next state-of-the-art laserdisc game, Blue Laser! Next state-of-the-art laserdisc game!"
  • Peasant's Quest — If Rather Dashing talks to the second "Haldo" brother and says "Haldo" without talking to the first one (the one at the booth), he will say, "What'd you read that in PQ Stragedy Guide? Go talk to my brother first." On a related note, if the player types "throw baby" before the baby has been acquired, the game will say that the player must have "misread the walkthrough on GameFAQS." Also, if "get broom" is typed in Naked Ned's house, the game will say, "No no. The broom is in the foreground and you can't take things in the foreground. You don't see me all typing 'get browser window', do you?" Also, when at the inn, the inn "takes up the entire screen."
  • Stinkoman 20X6 — When 1-Up requests Stinkoman's help, Stinkoman says that he already helped him in Level 4. At the beginning of Level 6, Stinkoman appears to be playing his own game. At the beginning of Level -0, Stinkoman addresses the player while he's stuck sad inside the wall. 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. Then, at the opening cinematic of level 9, the Shadowy Figure says, "So he thinks he can get to level 10, eh?"
  • Thy Dungeonman 3 — If the player talks to some of the characters, they mention events that happened "screens" ago.
  • Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People — Besides noted below, Strong Bad sometimes appears to talk to the players, often objecting to a certain action the player is trying to perform.
  • Homestar Ruiner — Strong Bad asks Coach Z to summarize the rules of the Race "for all the kids playing at home." When Strong Bad first disguises as Homestar, he quotes the Main Pages. After kicking everybody out of his house, he types, "There you have it; the videogame adaptation of how I beat the snot out of Homestar Runner."
  • Strong Badia the Free — After Strong Bad exclaims, "Onward to Strong Badia! Strong Badia, the free!" Homestar remarks, "Hey, that's the name of this..." but Strong Bad cuts him off before he can finish. When talking to Homsar after putting all the Homsartifacts in the pylon, Homsar says to Strong Bad That he would have to face a punishgly difficult dungeon and disappointing end cutsence.
  • 8-Bit is Enough — In the game's finale, where Strong Bad's in-game model suddenly changes to resemble his concept drawing from SBCG4AP Advertisement, he remarked: "[Telltale Games] finally listened to me!"

Teen Girl Squad

  • Issue 8 — Cheerleader sings "It's over! It's over! Strong Bad says it's over" at the end of the issue.
  • Issue 10 — In an Easter egg, Cheerleader says it's their "Tenth Issue-versary".
  • Issue 11 — Cheerleader is seen reading the script for the issue, and asking how "uggs" is spelled.
  • Issue 13 — The Ugly One comments to Narrator Strong Bad on the creativity (or lack thereof) of her demise.
  • Issue 14 — Quarterback asks The Ugly One to accompany him to the end credits.
  • Cave Girl Squad — One of the girls apologizes to Strong Bad after pointing out an anachronism regarding the dinosaur egg. The girls inform Anubis that "wearing animal heads is so 3rd issue!"

DVDs

Other

  • Where the Crap Are We? — Strong Bad beats the left side of the screen.
  • First Time Here? — Sets the stage for fourth wall breakages, especially when Strong Bad says "I'm the real reason you're here" and asks people to "check him out".
  • Marzipan's Answering Machine Version 8.0 — Homestar says, "This is Homestar Runner from HomestarRunner.com".
  • Strong Sad — On Strong Sad's character page, he complains about making a "character page" and later runs his finger down the left side of the screen.
  • Not the 100th Email!!! — References to the 404 page and the user poking around the site.
  • Store — Most of the thank you messages break the fourth wall, especially the "bonus" message.
  • Podstar Runner — In the original ending video for the emails and music videos, Strong Bad asks, "What am I doing in this tiny box?" and shatters the screen trying to get out. In the 2008 ending, Strong Bad leaves a "face print" on the iPod's screen and tells the viewer to use a "shimmy cloth".
  • The Limozeen AdvantageTeeg Dougland informs Limozeen that they have been relegated to DVD bonus content.
  • SBCG4AP Advertisement — Strong Bad later says, "Gimme that camera!" and walks around his house with it. He acknowledges the change in animation style by asking the viewers to witness "all 3 of the glorious D's". Homestar claims to have a "low polygon count".
  • Page Load Error — Strong Sad addresses the viewers while he and The Deleteheads camp out in a Mozilla Firefox error page.
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