Homestar Runner

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"Welcome to me... Homestar... Runner."
This article is about the character. For information on the Homestar Runner Flash cartoon, see Homestar Runner (Flash cartoon).

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Biography

Homestar Runner (middle name Michael, or possibly Hal) is the star of the show, but he probably doesn't realize it. Ever the butt of jokes and the recipient of nicknames, Homestar is an earnest character with a clean heart and nothing but love for the rest of mankind. Unfortunately, his absolute cluelessness and clumsiness keep him from realizing his full potential. He's not completely stupid, though, and has proven to be remarkably clever in the past, though such occurances are few and far between. You can never be quite sure whether he and Marzipan are going out or not, but he sure seems to think they are. According to the toon Marshmallow's Last Stand, he weighs about one hundred pounds.

Homestar is the star athlete on an unspecified sports team led by Coach Z and keeps it that way via vigorous workouts, as said in the Strong Bad Email dullard. He is also the colonel (which is always pronounced phonetically) of the inactive Homestarmy, while his best friend remains Pom Pom. He has some speech impediments (as he says, he has "twouble with his aw's"), and appears to have short-term memory problems, as he frequently forgets things he has just done or said, (for examples, see the 12th Answering Machine or Homestar Presents: Presents). He also tends to borrow things from (and return things to) Strong Bad, for example, Strong Bad's fondue pot. Though he lacks a visible pair of arms, he is still able to function as though he has them, being able to carry and throw things and even type proficiently. It's generally accepted that either he does have arms, but for reasons that are never explained, they are invisible, or that he has limited telekinetic powers. He frequently uses two-syllable exclamations, like "Hi-Ya!", "Highball!", and "Ah-tpoo!".

Although he is often the target of pranks by Strong Bad, Homestar believes that he is friends with Strong Bad and tries to win his favor, often with bad results that Homestar completely misunderstands. As a whole, Homestar seems to be too dim to realize when people are being mean to him, or when he's being mean to other people. He often unintentionally insults his friends or steps on their feelings and is unable to understand their resulting feelings of anger. As Strong Bad put it in email 124, secret recipes, "it's like, even when we win, he wins."

Presently, Homestar works at an unnamed tech company with Strong Bad and The Cheat, but has frequently dabbled in the entertainment industry. He made several commercials for Fluffy Puff Marshmallows along with the product's mascot, Marshie. He is also the host of an obscure game show named "The Show", has co-starred in Dangeresque, sung several hit singles such as "Everybody Knows It", "Bad Jokes" and other jams with They Might Be Giants, and "Party Party Party", revealed that he is considering a career in male modeling, and also guest starred in an episode of Caleb Rentpayer (in which he shot Caleb). He enjoys running, breaking into Strong Bad's house, and finding the perfect Decemberween present. Also, he, Coach Z, and Bubs are the law enforcement in FCUSA.

Character Video Transcript

{Page Title: Homerun Hitter!} {Place: The Field}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh, hello. Greetings, one and everyone. Welcome to me... Homestar! ...Runner! Homestar Runner. Um... what else? I pretty much run the show around here. I date the only girl, I have the only propeller cap. {propeller cap twirls} And can run, and jump, and kick the fastest, highest and like nobody's business. If I had to pick one word to describe myself, it would probably be... Fluffy Puff Marshmallows. Or Homestar. Either one, really. They both fit.

STRONG BAD: {offscreen} Don't forget doofus/moron/um...Lionel Richie. {The last word Strong Bad says is selected at random}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Yeah, that too. That's another good one. In closing, I look good in red. Check it out. {turns around, sings while shaking his rear} Buttdance, buttda-a-ance!

Homestar's eyes

Puppet Stuff straight-on
Cartoon straight-on
  • Homestar's eyes are quite strange. There are many theories about how they work:
  • His puppet and his two figurines, on the other hand, have eyes stuck on one side of his head. Occasionally you can get a peek at the other side of Puppet Homestar's face, which looks pretty creepy without any eyes.
    • The Brothers Chaps actually made the eyes out of felt, so that they can be switched if necessary.

Homestar's Shirt

His shirt seems to most resemble a red skirt with a white star on it. The star can be removed, but Homestar wears it as a mark of pride. Other than his propeller cap, it appears to be his only piece of clothing, as his pants are a mystery. He also wore a gray version of the shirt (still with a star) in impression while doing a bad imitation of Strong Sad.

In the original script for flashback, Strong Bad wore a similar shirt until Marzipan gave one to Homestar (to replace his Duckie Shirt). After this point, Strong Bad would have ripped off his shirt, explaining why he never wore one to this day.

A real-life version of the shirt is available for purchase in the Store.

Also known as...

Halloween Costumes

Fun Facts

Fast Forward

  • Homestar shows off his butt dance again in bottom 10.

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