Homestar Runner and Strong Bad's Relationship

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Homestar and Strong Bad as enemies.

Homestar Runner and Strong Bad have had an interesting relationship throughout the story arc of the Homestar Runner body of work. While they started off as enemies, both characters have since evolved from the polar-opposite personalities they began with. Homestar has become less heroic and more of a "lovable oaf" who often tries to be Strong Bad's friend. Strong Bad, meanwhile, now seems to regard Homestar as more of a nuisance than an arch-enemy, and occasionally shows a soft side for the terrific athlete (though he would never openly admit to it).

Homestar and Strong Bad's Rivalry

Homestar and Strong Bad were originally rivals, with Homestar being the hero and Strong Bad the antagonist. Although this rivalry still exists today, it is greatly reduced, and usually occurs in the form of jokes and pranks.

  • Marshmallow's Last Stand — Homestar and Strong Bad battle it out in a tag-team wrestling match after Strong Bad rips the star off of Homestar's shirt. Homestar and Pom Pom come away victorious.
  • The Reddest Radish — Strong Bad steals one of Marzipan's radishes to win a contest. When Homestar discovers the theft, he fights with Strong Bad to try and get it back.
  • A Jumping Jack Contest — Strong Bad uses all sorts of tricks to try to beat Homestar at the jumping-jack competition.
  • Strong Bad's Room Main Page — When the user hovers over the Toons button, darts are thrown at a poster of Homestar and Strong Bad says, "Oh man, I hate this guy!"
  • Strong Bad is in Jail Cartoon— Homestar turns in Strong Bad and The Cheat for trying to break into Bub's Concession Stand.
  • Halloween Potion-ma-jig — Strong Bad tricks Homestar into running off a cliff, then tells The Cheat to "throw a TV on 'im".
  • Strongest Man in the World — This is an animated version of the original book where Homestar Runner made his debut, showing Homestar and Strong Bad competing for the title of "Strongest Man in the World".
  • Ever and More! — Strong Bad goes into a long rant about why he should be leader of the Broternal Order of Different Helmets instead of Homestar. However, afterwards he addresses Homestar as "Supreme Overlord".
  • Bug In Mouth Disease — Homestar asks Strong Bad for help, and it ends in Strong Bad calling Homestar "McDorkle" and hits him in the head with a skillet. Later in the toon, Strong Bad throws a remote at Homestar's face for killing his favorite TV show.
  • Email invisibility — An invisible Strong Bad punches Homestar in the gut.
  • Email your friends — Strong Bad attempts to make Homestar put his head in a pool of lava.
  • Email techno — Strong Bad tells The Cheat to break a glowstick open and pour it into Homestar's Mountain Dew.
  • Email army — The Homestarmy attempts to invade Strong Badia, with minimal success.
  • Email stupid stuff — Homestar cheats Strong Bad out of the Grumblecakes by tricking him into saying something stupid.
  • Email kids' book — In an Easter egg, Strong Bad edits the Original Book to make fun of Homestar.
  • Email car — Strong Bad "tricks out his fist" and punches Homestar in the face.
  • Email pom pom — Strong Bad thinks Homestar is Pom Pom and pokes him with a pin.
  • Email old comics — In The Castlefunnies, Strong Bad punches Homestar in the face.
  • Email time capsule — Strong Bad tells Homestar he hates him.
  • Email do over — Strong Bad smacks Homestar with his keyboard for imitating The Cheat.
  • Email lady...ing — In a parody of Marshmallow's Last Stand, Strong Bad uses several wrestling moves on Homestar, but ends up blowing himself up.
  • Email keep cool — Strong Bad lets Homestar swim in the pool with an antenna during a lightning storm.
  • Email secret recipes — Strong Bad gives Homestar a concoction made up of cottage cheese and The Cheat hair. Homestar replies that he was told it was sour cream and The Cheat hair.
  • Email mascot — Strong Bad mentions a difficult upcoming game of Golf Club (which involves hitting the "opponents" with a golf club) against Homestar's Knees Tech.
  • Email concert — Homestar thinks both Strong Bad and Strong Sad are lame for liking sloshy.

Homestar Runner and Strong Bad's Friendship

Over time, Homestar and Strong Bad seem to have developed a somewhat shaky friendship. Homestar occasionally tries to hang out with Strong Bad, his brothers and The Cheat. Most of the time, this results in him being embarrassed or shunned, but every now and then, Strong Bad will treat Homestar with a small amount of civility.

  • The Best Decemberween Ever — Homestar says of Strong Bad, "He's kind of a jerk sometimes, and he says 'holy crap' a lot, but I think if I get him the perfect present, he just might like me again."
  • Where's The Cheat? — Homestar asks Strong Bad for help at the end of the toon.
  • Lookin at a Thing in a Bag — Homestar tries to be a cool guy, but ends up embarrassed by the group.
  • Marzipan's Answering Machine Version 10.2 — Strong Bad attempts to teach Homestar the art of prank calling. Even though Strong Bad gives up, Homestar still claims it's the second best 500 bucks he ever spent.
  • Experimental Film — Homestar can be seen dancing together with Strong Bad & Strong Mad.
  • Malloween Commercial and Decemberween Sweet Cuppin' Cakes — Strong Bad can be seen hanging out with Homestar at his house.
  • Decemberween Sweet Cuppin' Cakes commentary — Strong Bad remarks that "It was a little spaecial. It was a spatial relationship. Between me and Homestar."
  • Cheat Commandos — Homestar plays Cheat Commandos with Strong Bad.
  • The Li'l Brudder Show — Homestar hangs out at Strong Bad's house.
  • Email flashback — Strong Bad basically tells Homestar a story, and starts to read a second one when everyone (including Homestar) congratulates him on his hundredth email.
  • Email dangeresque 3 — Homestar is Strong Bad's co-star as Dangeresque Too.
  • Email extra plug — Homestar is the only one who likes Strong Bad's 'Lectric Boots.
  • Email do over — After they serenade Ali and Ali's Sister together, Homestar says that he's starting to fall for Strong Bad, although this is only in Strong Bad's imagination, and he is disgusted after he thinks this up.
  • Email portrait (Easter egg) — Strong Bad demonstrates his "key-sword-tar" to Homestar.
  • Email highschool — Teenage Homestar and Strong Bad were in the same team of super sleuths; Homestar describes the team as his "friends" in their song.
  • Email retirement — Homestar helps Strong Bad in blowing up the Tandy and sings "Deleted!!!" with him.
  • Email your funeral — Homestar conducts Strong Bad's funeral.
  • Date Nite — Homestar and Strong Bad attempt to sabotage Marzipan and The Cheat's date together.
  • Email concert — Strong Bad and Homestar are playing with their Cheat Commandos while listening to sloshy.
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