Homestar Runner

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



Homestar Runner (middle name possibly Michael or Hal) is the star of his website namesake, 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 occurrences are few and far between. You can never be quite sure whether or not he and Marzipan are going out, 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 revealed 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. Another quirk of Homestar is his ability to be easily outsmarted at his own game, and still be completely oblivious and even happy. As Strong Bad put it in email 124, secret recipes, "It's like, even when we win, he wins."

At present, Homestar works on the help desk 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, singing and finding the perfect Decemberween present. He also seems to really like bread, as seen in origins and disconnected. Other favoured foods are marshmallows, Bronco Trolleys, and melonade. His most prized posession is his propellor-cap. Also, he, Coach Z, and Bubs appear to be the law enforcement in Free Country, USA, as shown in Strong Bad is in Jail Cartoon. He might be a fan of the NHL's Boston Bruins, as he is seen wearing a Bruins shirt in Superbowl Dealie.

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.

{The next line is chosen at random among the three.}

STRONG BAD: {offscreen except for his arm} Don't forget um... "Lionel Richie".

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!

Fun Facts

  • Homestar shows off his butt dance again in bottom 10.
    • He similarily shows off his butt in lady fan.

Homestar's eyes

Puppet Stuff straight-on
Cartoon straight-on
  • Homestar's eyes are quite strange. There are many theories about how they work:
    • Sometimes they seem to move around his head. Most of the time they're like a flounder's eyes, but they switch sides of his face whenever he turns. In the Old Intro 2, you can sort of see Homestar's eyes moving as the camera circles around him. Also, in Theme Song Video, the currently absent toon Marshmallow's Last Stand, the old version of In Search of the Yello Dello and the Homestar Screensaver, you can see his face from the front, which further lends credence to this theory.
      • It's possible that his eyes are merely on the front of his head, but we usually just get a side profile to make it appear that he's not looking directly at the camera. This, along with the star on his shirt being slightly off to one side, is similar to the rules of proportion and line of sight first developed in Baroque art. This could also explain why his eyes appear to "move" in the previous theory: the angle of his face that we view changes, so the distance between his eyes change based on our viewpoint, rather than his eyes actually physically moving. (Front views have rarely been used outside of Old Intro 2, possibly because his off-to-one-side profile appears to be more funny).
  • 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.
    • 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 questionable pants are a mystery. It is claimed in long pants that he doesn't have shoes, but has blue soles glued to the bottom of his feet. He wore a gray version of his 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.

Homestar & Marzipan

Homestar's favorite hippie.
Main article: Homestar and Marzipan's Relationship

Homestar's relationship with Marzipan seems tenuous at best and has deteriorated as the episodes progress. Though Homestar insults her, often without meaning it, and Marzipan breaks up with him frequently, they seem to patch things up in between. Homestar's idiocy seems to be charmed as well as charming, as evidenced by his lucky gift of wire cutters in Homestar Presents: Presents. It is unclear how their relationship started, but the fact that their relationship is never truly broken suggests that they really do love each other.

Homestar appears to greatly value their relationship; on the rare occasion that he realizes that their relationship is in jeopardy, he will spring into a desperate ploy to patch things up. He also seems to miss and need Marzipan's badgering every once in a while. When she was out of town in July of 2005, he carried around a cardboard cutout version of her and provided a voice for it. The cardboard version still made similar comments about violence and Homestar's poor grammar that the actual Marzipan would have, providing Homestar the presumably cathartic opportunity to say "Shut up, Marzipan." Even Homestar's relationship with the "Cardboard Marzi" was tenuous, though, as he voiced her flirting with other men (and The Cheat), though this may be mere paranoia/ suspicion following an episode of Marzipan's Answering Machine in which Bubs and Coach Z tried to ask her out.

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