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One of the ultimate mysteries of [[Homestar Runner (Flash cartoon)|HomestarRunner.com]] is that [[Homestar Runner]], [[Marzipan]], [[The King of Town]], [[Homsar]], and many other characters all '''lack visible arms''' and hands. In spite of this, they have the ability to pick stuff up and carry it around. The most common explanations for the phenomenon are that they either have invisible arms or can manipulate objects with some kind of [[Wikipedia:psychokinesis|psychokinesis]]. Usually none of the other characters seem to pay attention to this curiosity, although sometimes their lack of arms is referenced.
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One of the ultimate mysteries in the [[Homestar Runner (body of work)|Homestar Runner body of work]] is that [[Homestar Runner]], [[Marzipan]], [[The King of Town]], [[Homsar]], and many other [[characters]] all '''lack visible arms''' and hands. In spite of this, they have the ability to pick up, carry, and manipulate objects at will. The most common explanations for this phenomenon are that they either have invisible arms or can manipulate objects with some kind of [[Wikipedia:psychokinesis|psychokinesis]]. Some suggest the latter over the former, as these characters' articles of clothing rarely have sleeves where arms would normally be. Some claim the opposite, since there are few instances in which a character manipulates any object from afar. Others believe that there is a combination of both factors in use. Usually, none of the other characters seem to pay any attention to this curiosity, possibly because they have become accustomed to it, although sometimes their lack of arms is referenced.
==References==
==References==
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*'''[[Armless Invaders]]''' — Homestar is the titular "armless invader".
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[[Image:Local Newspapes.png|thumb|The no-handed deckeman!]]
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*Email '''[[vacation]]''' — [[Strong Bad]] imagines, in a hypothetical email from [[Monkey D]], "How does Homestar pick stuff up if he's not wearing any Marzi-pants?"
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*[[Armless Invaders]] — Homestar is the titular "armless invader".
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*Email '''[[action figure]]''' — Homestar's [[Action Figure Character Variations|action figure box]] reads "No arms! Like real life!"
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*Email [[vacation]] — [[Strong Bad]] imagines, in a hypothetical email from [[Monkey D]], "How does Homestar pick stuff up if he's [[Homestar Runner's Pants|not wearing any Marzi-pants]]?"
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*'''[[The Interview]]''' — Strong Bad refers to Homestar as a "no-armed whitey".
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*Email [[action figure]] — Homestar's [[Action Figure Character Variations|action figure box]] reads "No arms! Like real life!"
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*Email '''[[fingers]]''' — Homestar makes himself a pair of fake arms.
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*[[The Interview]] — Strong Bad refers to Homestar as a "no-armed [[whitey]]".
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*'''[[Strong Bad is a Bad Guy]]''' — [[Strong Mad]] starts to say that Homestar doesn't have arms, but is cut off by the end of the cartoon.
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*Email [[fingers]] — Homestar makes himself a pair of fake arms.
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*'''[[Stinkomanual]]''' — Level 5's intro reads, "1-Up takes matters into his own, um, torso!"
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*Email [[pizzaz]] — The Dogfood Gangsta in the Easter egg has boxing gloves, but no visible arms.
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*'''[[No Hands On Deck!]]''' — Homestar's lack of hands, which comes with his lack of arms, is referred to in the title and in a newspaper headline within the toon.
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*[[Stinkomanual]] — Level 5's intro reads, "1-Up takes matters into his own, um, torso!"
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*[[Strong Bad is a Bad Guy]] — [[Strong Mad]] starts to tell Homestar that he doesn't have arms, but is cut off by the end of the cartoon.
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*[[No Hands On Deck!]] — Homestar's lack of hands, which comes with his lack of arms, is referred to in the title and in a newspaper headline within the toon.
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*[[Sketchbook]] — In the [[Sketchbook 2007#SK-2007-02-15|February 15, 2007 sketch]], Homestar is seen doing a push-up and the caption reads, "no handed-style!".
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*[[DNA Evidence]] — Upon being told that the DNA analysis will cost "an arm and a [[Lack of Visible Body Parts#Marzipan's Legs|leg]]", Marzipan replies "Not a problem." ''(see also below)''
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*Email [[more armies]] — Homestar remarks that by joining the [[Homestarmy]], one can have a career in the "no-armed forces".
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*[[Ever and More!]] — Strong Bad and [[The Cheat]] (who have perfectly visible arms) practice Homestar's and the King of Town's secret "handshake" ''(see below)'' by putting their hands on their hips and bobbing up and down.
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*Email [[love poems]] — Homestar claims that he has "no-arms-on experience with the lady-makes".
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*Email [[magic trick]] — Homestar is in a box and wearing fake arms, and Strong Bad says to Homestar, "You look like a man of many arms," and Homestar replies, "Yeah, I'm like an octopus."
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*[[Homestar Ruiner]] — If Strong Bad examines Marzipan's vandalized Homestar-shaped float, he remarks that Homestar's head now matches his arms. The announcer on Strong Bad's [[Telebision]] says that Homestar "may be armed and dangerous. Okay. Maybe not armed." And when Marzipan asks Strong Bad to leave because her mood ring is a deep brown, Strong Bad asks himself, "Should I tell her she doesn't have fingers?"
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*[[Strong Badia the Free]] — Strong Bad makes a "call to arms" against the King of Town, and asks who in the crowd outside his window supports him.  Strong Mad and Coach Z both raise their hands, then the camera pans to Homestar, who squirms for a moment before saying, "I suppose you think you're really funny!" Also, when Homestar declares that even though he appears to be the brains of his outfit, his lady friend (Marzipan) has a good head on her shoulders. Strong Bad replies that nothing about that is true.
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*[[Baddest of the Bands]] — After telling Strong Bad he's preparing to audition as a singer for [[Pom Pom]], Strong Bad tells Homestar, "Break an arm."
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*[[Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective]] — [[Dangeresque (character)|Dangeresque]] tells [[Perducci]] that he wants to see his hands when he shuffles a deck of cards. Perducci (played by the King of Town) responds by saying "That's... gonna be a bit of a problem."
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**Later, after going on [[Professor Experimento]]'s Ruby powered rocket, Dangeresque tells [[Uzi Bazooka]] he's going to "crash into the chip on [his] invisible shoulder".
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*Email [[email thunder]] ([[email thunder#Commentary Transcript|DVD commentary]]) — [[Matt Chapman]] makes a dual reference to both Homestar's lack of visible arms and Strong Bad's [[How do you type with boxing gloves on?|ability to type with his boxing gloves on]] when he asks, "How does Homestar type with no gloves of any kind on?"
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*[[Kick-a-Ball]] — [[The Umpire]] cancels a game of One Potato Two Potato between Homestar and Strong Bad after realizing he can't tell who's winning.
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*Email [[sbemail206]] — After seeing the fake "nerd culture" [[Trogdor]] backpack (which includes a "beefy arm" jutting out from it), Homestar replies "Imagine me with three arms!", and later asks his "long-lost twin brother [[Chauncey]]" for a three-armed hug.
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*[[Fan Costumes 2016]] — Strong Bad refers to one of the people as "armed and Marzipan'd".
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*[[@StrongBadActual]] &mdash; On [[Twitter:StrongBadActual/status/1049345902199144451|October 8, 2018]], Strong Bad posted a drawing of Homestar demonstrating advanced telekinetic abilities, with the remark that "If Homestar's possibly latent telekinetic abilities ever fully manifest... we're all hosed." He added, "Um, guys got no arms. Still can eat spaghetti. Telekinetic. See'msayin?" but also said, "I'm not makin<!--sic--> any proclamations here. That's why I said 'possibly latent.' I dunno how he does it."
==Oddities==
==Oddities==
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[[Image:Homestar_head_no_arms.PNG|thumb|Head Hands from [[virus]]]][[Image:mrhomestarms.PNG|thumb|Sketch with arms]]
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[[Image:mrhomestarms.PNG|thumb|Sketch with arms]]
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*'''[[In Search of the Yello Dello]]''' &mdash; Marzipan slaps Homestar across the face, leaving a visible handprint.
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[[Image:Armlesssleeve.PNG|thumb|Proof that Homestar has invisible arms?]]
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**In the commentary, Strong Bad says that Marzipan has really nice hands and Homestar replies, "Yeah, I suppose she does."
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[[Image:Homestar with towel.PNG|thumb|"Do you want to watch me bench-press a lot... of weights?"]]
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*'''[[The Reddest Radish]]''' &mdash; Marzipan knocks on the door of Homestar's house with her head, despite the fact she could have used her invisible arms/telekinetic powers instead.
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*[[In Search of the Yello Dello]] &mdash; Marzipan slaps Homestar across the face, leaving a visible handprint.
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**Likewise, in [[3 Times Halloween Funjob]], Homestar knocks on Marzipan's door with his head, although he's probably just being silly, or possibly because he's holding his bagful of candy with both 'hands'.
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**In the [[In Search of the Yello Dello Commentary|commentary]], Strong Bad says that Marzipan has really nice hands and Homestar replies, "Yeah, I suppose she does."
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*'''[[Homestar vs. Little Girl 2]]''' &mdash; When Puppet Homestar plays Tag with [[Little Girl]], he touches her with his head.
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**[[In Search of the Yello Dello New Version]] &mdash; Marzipan asks if the [[oven mitts]] Strong Bad is wearing are hers, but she would not need oven mitts if she has no hands.
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*Email '''[[the bird]]''' &mdash; Strong Bad flips Homestar off, and after Homestar replies "Right back atcha," Strong Bad exclaims, "He just gave me the bird!"
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*[[The Reddest Radish]] &mdash; Marzipan knocks on the door of Homestar's house with her head, despite the fact she could have used her invisible arms/telekinetic powers instead.
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*Email '''[[your friends]]''' &mdash; Strong Bad asks Marzipan to hold out her hands; instead of replying that she doesn't have any, she just says she doesn't want to.
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**Likewise, in [[3 Times Halloween Funjob]], Homestar knocks on Marzipan's door with his head, although this could be due to his silliness, or possibly because he's holding his bagful of candy with both "hands".
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*Email '''[[the show]]''' and '''[[Main Page 19]]''' &mdash; Homestar holds a microphone and sorts through a stack of index cards at the same time, which would possibly even require more than two invisible arms.
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*[[A Jumping Jack Contest]] &mdash; [[The Announcer]] proclaims that Homestar has jumped jacks for the longest continuous time despite the fact it would be hard to tell if he ever stopped clapping his "hands".
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*'''[[Strong Bad Sings]]''' &mdash; One of Strong Bad's songs is titled "This One Time I Saw Homestar Punching a Kitten in the Throat".
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*[[Strong Bad Sings]] &mdash; One of Strong Bad's songs is titled "This One Time I Saw Homestar Punching a Kitten in the Throat".
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*Email '''[[marzipan]]''' &mdash; Strong Bad remarks that "Marzipan can't keep her hands offa" him, although this could be just a figure of speech.
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*Email [[halloweener]] &mdash; Homestar wears boxing gloves on his feet and an oven mitt on his head.
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*Email '''[[time capsule]]''' &mdash; Homestar is able to manipulate the box, box lid, and wig all at the same time, as if he has multiple invisible arms.
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*Emails [[credit card]], [[50 emails]], [[anything]], and [[email thunder]]; [[Arcade Game]] &mdash; Homestar can type on a keyboard. Also, in [[anything]], as well as [[retirement]], he is able to lift and pour a bottle of soda on Strong Bad's computer.
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*'''[[Puppet Jam: Everybody Knows It]]''' &mdash; Puppet Homestar gives high fives to [[They Might Be Giants]].
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*[[Arcade Game]], and emails '''[[50 emails]]''' and '''[[anything]]''' &mdash; Homestar can type on a keyboard.
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**Similarly, in the [[King of Town Email]] (reached via the [[King of Town Main Page]]), the King of Town is heard typing on the keyboard of the broken [[Tandy 400]].
**Similarly, in the [[King of Town Email]] (reached via the [[King of Town Main Page]]), the King of Town is heard typing on the keyboard of the broken [[Tandy 400]].
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*'''[[Puppet Jam: Apple Juice Blues]]''' - Homestar says, "my arm really really hurts," though it is probably [[Matt Chapman]] speaking about his own arm.
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*[[Pumpkin Carve-nival]] &mdash; The goblin easily manipulates both of Strong Bad's arms when he is in costume (and also [[Lack of Visible Arms#Characters With No Visible Arms|removing]] it).
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*Email '''[[highschool]]''' &mdash; Highschool-Homestar sings "Shaking hands with my man".
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**Also, Strong Bad is able to perfectly manipulate his Homestar costume without using any arms.
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*'''[[Biz Cas Fri 1]]''' &mdash; When Homestar "helps" Strong Bad with his spreadsheet, Homestar types with his head, when he could type with his "hands" in [[50 emails]], [[anything]], and [[Arcade Game]].
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*Email [[the bird]] &mdash; Strong Bad flips Homestar off, and after Homestar replies "Right back atcha," Strong Bad exclaims, "He just gave me the bird!"
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*Email '''[[virus]]''' &mdash; Homestar's head falls off his body, and then the ''head'' picks up the links in the navigation bar.
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*Email [[your friends]] &mdash; When Strong Bad asks Marzipan to hold out her hands, she just says she doesn't want to. Of course, she may be aware that Strong Bad is preparing to hand her a saw blade.
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*Email '''[[senior prom]]''' &mdash; When the lights go out, Marzipan warns someone to "watch those hands". This is notable if she was speaking to her date, Homestar. On the other hand, when the lights come back on, she is standing quite a distance from Homestar and Strong Mad is the nearest one to her.
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*Email [[marzipan]] &mdash; Strong Bad remarks that "Marzipan can't keep her hands offa" him, although this could be just a figure of speech.
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*Email '''[[extra plug]]''' &mdash; Homestar is tied with an extension cord around his torso in a position normally used to secure someone's arms, which would be useless if he had none.
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*Email [[the show]] and [[Main Page 19]] &mdash; Homestar holds a microphone and sorts through a stack of index cards at the same time.  This action could require more than two hands.
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**Unless he was being tied to the leg of the desk
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*[[Ballad of the Sneak]] &mdash; [[The Homestar Runner]] is seen with crutches after [[The Sneak]] "dropped him from his flying machine".
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*'''[[Strongest Man in the World]]''' &mdash; Homestar is holding up a pile of grapes, but since he has no arms, they appear to be floating. Homestar also gives Pom Pom a high five.
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*[[Strong Bad's Character Video]] &mdash; Homestar stands in line to receive a high five from Strong Bad.
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*'''[[Missing Lappy]]''' &mdash; The King of Town refers to himself as "Furious Fingers."
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*Email [[time capsule]] &mdash; Homestar is able to manipulate the box, box lid, and wig all at the same time.
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*Email '''[[retirement]]''' &mdash; The [[Tandy 400]] holds up a fishing pole.
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*Email [[extra plug]] &mdash; Homestar is tied with an extension cord around his torso in a position normally used to secure someone's arms.
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*[[Homestar vs. Little Girl 2]] &mdash; When [[Puppet Character Variations|Puppet Homestar]] plays tag with [[Little Girl]], he touches her with his head.
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== Other Apparently Invisible Body Parts ==
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*[[Secret Song (video)]] &mdash; Puppet Homestar plays the piano with both his invisible hands and the side of his head.
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*[[Biz Cas Fri 1]] &mdash; When Homestar "helps" Strong Bad with his spreadsheet, Homestar types with his head, even though he could type with his "hands" in [[50 emails]], [[anything]], and [[Arcade Game]].
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=== Coach Z's Face ===
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*Email [[record book]] &mdash; Marzipan holds the world record for the pole vault, an activity which would normally require both arms and [[Lack of Visible Body Parts#Marzipan's Legs|legs]]. In lieu of a picture, the record book shows a message reading "Surprisingly, No Photo Available".
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Various references are made to parts of [[Coach Z|Coach Z's]] face that are not visible to the viewer:
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*[[Puppet Jam: Everybody Knows It]] &mdash; Puppet Homestar gives high fives to [[They Might Be Giants]].
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*[[Puppet Jam: Apple Juice Blues]] &mdash; Homestar says, "my arm really really hurts," though it is probably [[Matt Chapman]] speaking about his own arm.
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*'''[[The Best Decemberween Ever]]''' &mdash; Coach Z is seen drinking mouthwash.
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*Email [[space program]] &mdash; Homestar owns a sweater with sleeves. The sleeves could explain why he has difficulty putting on the sweater in the email.
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*'''[[A Jorb Well Done]]''' &mdash; When Marzipan is trying to teach Coach Z how to say "job", she tells him to make his mouth into an "O".
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**In the [[space program#DVD Version|DVD commentary]] for this email, Mike asks Homestar why his sweater has sleeves. His reply is simply "Shut up! Shut up, and I'm out." Following this, Homestar "leaves" the commentary booth and is replaced by Strong Bad.
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*'''[[The Luau]]''' &mdash; Coach Z, [[Bubs]] and [[Pom Pom]] are seen eating marshmallows. (Pom Pom also does not appear to have a mouth, and Bubs' mouth appears to be a solid wall of teeth.)
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*Email [[highschool]] &mdash; [[Teenage Variation#Teenage Homestar|Teenage Homestar]] sings "Shaking hands with my man" in Strong Bad's doodle memory/hazardous guess.
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*Email '''[[couch patch]]''' &mdash; Coach Z throws up in the couch rip.
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*[[Strongest Man in the World]] &mdash; Homestar gives Pom Pom a [[high five]].
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*'''[[Scrolling Shooter Games Menu]]''' &mdash; [[20X6 Coach Z]] appears to speak by wiggling his eyebrow.
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*[[Lappynapped!]] &mdash; The King of Town refers to himself as "Furious Fingers".
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*'''[[Happy Fireworks]]''' &mdash; Coach Z says he once shoved an M-80 up his nose.
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*[[Decemberween Short Shorts]] &mdash; Homestar wears a towel around his neck as though he has shoulders.
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*'''[[Fall Float Parade]]''' &mdash; Coach Z claims to have "fairly good teeth".
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*Email [[strong badathlon]] &mdash; Homestar, the champion of the Greco-Roman Homestar Crud-Out-of-Beating event, takes swings at himself. Visible air disturbances appear where his extremities are presumably traveling.
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*Email '''[[narrator]]''' &mdash; Coach Z claims a napkin has his "snot balls" on it, and Bubs tells him he doesn't even have a nose.
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*Email [[your funeral]] &mdash; As Homestar enters [[Marzipan's house]], he hangs up a coat with sleeves.
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*'''[[Sbemail 150?!?]]''' &mdash; [[Strong Sad]] mentions wanting to pour black coffee over Coach Z's head so it "continually streams down his mouthless face." (This later happens in [[alternate universe]].)
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*[[Date Nite]] &mdash; When Marzipan and The Cheat go out for their date, he offers her his arm to escort her, and she apparently holds it as they walk.
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*Email '''[[trading cards]]''' &mdash; Coach Z spits from his mouthless face on one of his cards.
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*[[DNA Evidence]] &mdash; When Homestar, while wearing a trench coat, lifts the glass of [[DNA Evidence (running gag)|DNA evidence]] to drink it, the right arm of the trench coat raises as though he has an arm, but he seems to lack shoulders. ''(see also above)''
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*Email '''[[cliffhangers]]''' &mdash; The Thnikkaman says that he'll "knock Coach Z toothless."
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*[[Ever and More!]] &mdash; Homestar and the King of Town can be heard slapping hands as they demonstrate their "secret handshake".
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*[[Main Page 24]] &mdash; Homestar asks, "How many fingers am I holding up?"
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=== Strong Bad's Nose ===
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*[[Quality Time]] &mdash; Both Homestar and Marzipan are able to manipulate the cardboard versions of each other from several feet away. Marzipan is also able to both play guitar and manipulate [[Cardboard Homestar]] at the same time.
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[[Image:Strongbad_sunscreen.PNG|thumb|Sunscreen!]]
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*Email [[slumber party]] &mdash; Homestar claims that his [[Parents|father]] only lets him play [[Clapping Party]].
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Similarly, references are occasionally made to Strong Bad's nose, even though he does not appear to have one.
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*[[8-Bit is Enough]] &mdash; While chained in the dungeon, Homestar appears to be floating between the two manacles.
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*[[A Death-Defying Decemberween]] &mdash; When Homestar plays the piano, its keys can be seen being depressed. Later, he is displeased at being given a brown sweater with sleeves, although a good deal of his displeasure at this present is likely due to its being a brown sweater.
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*Email '''[[autobiography]]''' &mdash; In his autobiography tape, Strong Bad claims that "milk and cookies shot out my nose!"
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*[[Hremail 62]] &mdash; Homestar manipulates three separate pieces of paper and his brellow crayon at the same time, which, given the position in which he's holding them, would normally require four arms.
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*Email '''[[unused emails]]''' &mdash; Strong Bad makes a sniffing noise.
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**Similarly, in [[Hremail 2000]], Homestar holds up two socks and two shoes individually.
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*Email '''[[big white face]]''' &mdash; Strong Bad acts like he's holding his nose when near [[The Poopsmith]].
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*[[Xeriouxly Forxe]] &mdash; [[Xeriouxly Forxe Character Variations|H. Star]] gains robotic arms, M.Z. Pan gains tentacles, and Xing Town gains clawed wings, leaving Homsar as the only normally armless character to still lack them (because he doesn't change at all). However, Ch8t has no limbs at all.
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*Email '''[[alternate universe]]''' &mdash; [[Stinkoman]] calls Strong Bad "big nose", then refers to his nose.
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*[[April Fools' 2014]] &mdash; During the last song, Homestar wears a shirt with arm-holes but no sleeves.
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*'''[[Sick Day]]''' &mdash; Strong Bad asks [[The Paper]] if he could blow his nose on it.
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*[[Fish Eye Lens]] &mdash; Homestar's old-timey Dixieland jazz band outfit includes a vest with visible arm-holes and no sleeves.
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*Email '''[[keep cool]]''' &mdash; Strong Bad has smeared sunscreen where his nose would appear.
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*[[I Killed Pom Pom]] &mdash; Homestar (in a reference to a running gag related to his costume) leaves blue handprints around Marzipan's house.
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*[[Marzipan's Answering Machine Version 17.2]] &mdash; Coach Z tells Marzipan to spray Right-Guard over her hand before dealing with a pile of jock straps.
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=== Ears ===
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*[[Homestar Runner Goes For the Gold]] &mdash; Homestar declares, "I wash my hands of this whole affair!"
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None of the [[Characters#Main characters|main characters]] appear to have ears, yet they still act as though they do.
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*Email '''[[impression]]''' &mdash; In a tape recording, Strong Sad tells Strong Bad to stop flicking his ear.
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*Email '''[[ghosts]]''' &mdash; [[Strong Bad]] has a fake pair of ears on the sides of his mask.
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*Email '''[[stunt double]]''' &mdash; [[Dangeresque]] wears cool glasses which are apparently held on his head by invisible ears.
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**This is seen again in emails [[dangeresque 3]], [[disconnected]], and [[alternate universe]].
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**Homestar and [[The Thnikkaman]] also wear [[Homestar's Shades|sunglasses]] in several toons.
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*Email '''[[extra plug]]''' &mdash; [[The Cheat]] puts his hands to both sides of his head as though covering his ears when walking near Strong Bad's loud [['Lectric Boots]].
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*Email '''[[alternate universe]]''' &mdash; [[Tiny-Handed Strong Bad]] attempts to dig to China with his ear.
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*Email '''[[keep cool]]''' &mdash; [[Strong Bad]] mentions that, after eating, you must have an ear candling before reentering the pool.
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*'''[[Halloween Potion-Ma-Jig]]''' &mdash; [[Bubs]] covers the space where his ears would be when [[Homestar]] attempts to sing for a stirring utensil.
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*'''[[Happy Hallow-day]]''' &mdash; [[Coach Z]] wears earrings as part of his costume, which seem to stick to the side of his face as opposed to pierce his skin.
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==See also==
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*[[How Do You Type With Boxing Gloves On?]]
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==Characters With No Visible Arms==
==Characters With No Visible Arms==
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Image:homestar.PNG|<center>'''[[Homestar Runner]]'''</center>
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Image:hs as pof..PNG|<center>'''[[Homestar Runner]]'''</center>
Image:marzipan.png|<center>'''[[Marzipan]]'''</center>
Image:marzipan.png|<center>'''[[Marzipan]]'''</center>
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Image:kot.PNG|<center>'''[[The King of Town]]'''</center>
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Image:Kingoftownglasses.PNG|<center>'''[[The King of Town]]'''</center>
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Image:homsarcharacter.PNG|<center>'''[[Homsar]]'''</center>
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Image:Homsar Paintbrush.png|<center>'''[[Homsar]]'''</center>
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Image:thehstarr2.png|<center>'''[[The Homestar Runner|The<br />Homestar Runner]]'''</center>
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Image:THR eating soup.png|<center>'''[[The Homestar Runner|The<br />Homestar Runner]]'''</center>
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Image:marzipan1936.PNG|<center>'''[[Old-Timey Marzipan]]'''</center>
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Image:O-T Marzipan Teacup.png|<center>'''[[Old-Timey Marzipan]]'''</center>
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Image:20x6homestar.png|<center>'''[[1-Up]]'''</center>
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Image:1-Up Pudding.png|<center>'''[[1-Up]]'''</center>
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Image:wheelchair.png|<center>'''[[The Wheelchair]]'''</center>
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Image:The Wheelchair Cabbage.png|<center>'''[[The Wheelchair]]'''</center>
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Image:teh goblin.PNG|<center>'''[[The Goblin]]'''</center>
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Image:The Goblin Unzipping Costume.png|<center>'''[[The Goblin]]'''</center>
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Image:the knight.png|<center>'''[[The Knight]]'''</center>
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Image:The Knight Bass Drum.png|<center>'''[[The Knight]]'''</center>
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Image:Little Chef Dude KOT DVD.PNG|<center>'''[[The Little Chef Guy]]'''</center>
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Image:Little Chef Dude KOT DVD.PNG|<center>'''[[That Little Chef Guy]]'''</center>
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Image:yodeling man.png|<center>'''[[Unnamed Characters#The Yodeling Man|The Yodeling Man]]'''</center>
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Image:The Bishop reading scroll.png|<center>'''[[The Cleric]]'''</center>
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Image:wagon_fulla_pancakes.PNG|<center>'''[[Wagon Fulla Pancakes]]'''</center>
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Image:yodeling man.png|<center>'''[[Unnamed Characters#Main Page Characters|The Yodeling Man]]'''</center>
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Image:Wagon Fulla Pancakes Briefcase.png|<center>'''[[Wagon Fulla Pancakes]]'''</center>
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Image:Tandy Magnet.png|<center>'''[[Tandy 400]]'''
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Image:Marshie cane.PNG|<center>'''[[Marshie]]'''</center>
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Image:ShmallowHat.png|<center>'''[[Mr. Shmallow (character)|Mr. Shmallow]]'''</center>
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Image:Preshy holding Carol.PNG|<center>'''[[Rejected Characters#Preshy and Rafferty|Preshy]]'''
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Image:cherrygreg.png|<center>'''[[Clapperboard|Clapper Loader]]'''</center>
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Image:Sketchbook 02-28-2008.png|<center>'''[[Rejected Characters#Homeschool Winner|Homeschool Winner]]''' (right)</center>
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Image:Sketchbook-10-15-2009.png|<center>'''[[Rejected Characters#Champeen|Champeen]]'''</center>
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Image:Sad_Kids'_treat_bag.png|<center>'''[[The Sad Kids]]'''</center>
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File:Homestarmecium_with_bag.PNG|<center>'''[[Homestarmecium]]'''</center>
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File:davey.png|<center>'''Davey's Pal'''</center>
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=== Debatable Characters ===
=== Debatable Characters ===
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These characters lack visible arms, but have never been seen to manipulate objects.
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These characters lack visible arms, but (generally due to infrequent appearances) have never been seen manipulating objects:
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Image:Prince of Town.png|<center>'''[[The Prince of Town]]'''</center>
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Image:nibbles.PNG|<center>'''[[Nibbles]]'''</center>
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Image:the two kids.png|<center>'''[[The Sad Kids]]'''</center>
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Image:Unguraits.png|<center>'''[[Rejected Characters#The Unguraits|The Unguraits]]'''</center>
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Image:Unnamed_Girl.PNG|<center>'''[[Rejected Characters#Champeen|Champeen]]'''</center>
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Image:DancingBros.PNG|<center>'''[[The Dancing Brothers]]'''</center>
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Image:hswin.PNG|<center>'''[[Rejected Characters#Homeschool Winner|Homeschool Winner]]'''</center>
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Image:Tradingcardcheat.PNG|<center>'''[[Cheatball]]'''</center>
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Image:theunguraits.png|<center>'''[[Rejected Characters#The Unguraits|The Unguraits]]'''</center>
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Image:Xerioux_Ch8t.png|<center>'''[[Xeriouxly Forxe Character Variations#Ch8t|Ch8t]]'''</center>
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Image:qod 31 - geddup noise.png|<center>'''[[The Geddup Noise]]'''</center>
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Image:Wormdingler.png|<center>'''[[Wormdingler]]'''</center>
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File:Prince of Town.png|<center>'''[[The Prince of Town]]'''</center>
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File:The Moon.PNG|<center>'''[[The Moon]]'''</center>
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File:bad graphics ghost.png|<center>'''[[Bad Graphics Ghost]]'''</center>
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File:Da Huuuuuudge.png|<center>'''[[Da Huuuuuudge]]'''</center>
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File:Fsack.png|<center>'''[[F-Sack]]'''</center>
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File:humidibot.png|<center>'''[[Humidibot]]'''</center>
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File:Doreauxgard.png|<center>'''[[Doreauxgard]]'''</center>
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[[Category:Activity running gags]]
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==See also==
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*[[How do you type with boxing gloves on?]]
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*[[Lack of Visible Body Parts]]
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[[Category:Object running gags]]
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[[Category:Research]]

Current revision as of 18:09, 7 February 2020

"Homestarms"

One of the ultimate mysteries in the Homestar Runner body of work is that Homestar Runner, Marzipan, The King of Town, Homsar, and many other characters all lack visible arms and hands. In spite of this, they have the ability to pick up, carry, and manipulate objects at will. The most common explanations for this phenomenon are that they either have invisible arms or can manipulate objects with some kind of psychokinesis. Some suggest the latter over the former, as these characters' articles of clothing rarely have sleeves where arms would normally be. Some claim the opposite, since there are few instances in which a character manipulates any object from afar. Others believe that there is a combination of both factors in use. Usually, none of the other characters seem to pay any attention to this curiosity, possibly because they have become accustomed to it, although sometimes their lack of arms is referenced.

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[edit] References

The no-handed deckeman!
  • Armless Invaders — Homestar is the titular "armless invader".
  • Email vacationStrong Bad imagines, in a hypothetical email from Monkey D, "How does Homestar pick stuff up if he's not wearing any Marzi-pants?"
  • Email action figure — Homestar's action figure box reads "No arms! Like real life!"
  • The Interview — Strong Bad refers to Homestar as a "no-armed whitey".
  • Email fingers — Homestar makes himself a pair of fake arms.
  • Email pizzaz — The Dogfood Gangsta in the Easter egg has boxing gloves, but no visible arms.
  • Stinkomanual — Level 5's intro reads, "1-Up takes matters into his own, um, torso!"
  • Strong Bad is a Bad GuyStrong Mad starts to tell Homestar that he doesn't have arms, but is cut off by the end of the cartoon.
  • No Hands On Deck! — Homestar's lack of hands, which comes with his lack of arms, is referred to in the title and in a newspaper headline within the toon.
  • Sketchbook — In the February 15, 2007 sketch, Homestar is seen doing a push-up and the caption reads, "no handed-style!".
  • DNA Evidence — Upon being told that the DNA analysis will cost "an arm and a leg", Marzipan replies "Not a problem." (see also below)
  • Email more armies — Homestar remarks that by joining the Homestarmy, one can have a career in the "no-armed forces".
  • Ever and More! — Strong Bad and The Cheat (who have perfectly visible arms) practice Homestar's and the King of Town's secret "handshake" (see below) by putting their hands on their hips and bobbing up and down.
  • Email love poems — Homestar claims that he has "no-arms-on experience with the lady-makes".
  • Email magic trick — Homestar is in a box and wearing fake arms, and Strong Bad says to Homestar, "You look like a man of many arms," and Homestar replies, "Yeah, I'm like an octopus."
  • Homestar Ruiner — If Strong Bad examines Marzipan's vandalized Homestar-shaped float, he remarks that Homestar's head now matches his arms. The announcer on Strong Bad's Telebision says that Homestar "may be armed and dangerous. Okay. Maybe not armed." And when Marzipan asks Strong Bad to leave because her mood ring is a deep brown, Strong Bad asks himself, "Should I tell her she doesn't have fingers?"
  • Strong Badia the Free — Strong Bad makes a "call to arms" against the King of Town, and asks who in the crowd outside his window supports him. Strong Mad and Coach Z both raise their hands, then the camera pans to Homestar, who squirms for a moment before saying, "I suppose you think you're really funny!" Also, when Homestar declares that even though he appears to be the brains of his outfit, his lady friend (Marzipan) has a good head on her shoulders. Strong Bad replies that nothing about that is true.
  • Baddest of the Bands — After telling Strong Bad he's preparing to audition as a singer for Pom Pom, Strong Bad tells Homestar, "Break an arm."
  • Dangeresque 3: The Criminal ProjectiveDangeresque tells Perducci that he wants to see his hands when he shuffles a deck of cards. Perducci (played by the King of Town) responds by saying "That's... gonna be a bit of a problem."
    • Later, after going on Professor Experimento's Ruby powered rocket, Dangeresque tells Uzi Bazooka he's going to "crash into the chip on [his] invisible shoulder".
  • Email email thunder (DVD commentary) — Matt Chapman makes a dual reference to both Homestar's lack of visible arms and Strong Bad's ability to type with his boxing gloves on when he asks, "How does Homestar type with no gloves of any kind on?"
  • Kick-a-BallThe Umpire cancels a game of One Potato Two Potato between Homestar and Strong Bad after realizing he can't tell who's winning.
  • Email sbemail206 — After seeing the fake "nerd culture" Trogdor backpack (which includes a "beefy arm" jutting out from it), Homestar replies "Imagine me with three arms!", and later asks his "long-lost twin brother Chauncey" for a three-armed hug.
  • Fan Costumes 2016 — Strong Bad refers to one of the people as "armed and Marzipan'd".
  • @StrongBadActual — On October 8, 2018, Strong Bad posted a drawing of Homestar demonstrating advanced telekinetic abilities, with the remark that "If Homestar's possibly latent telekinetic abilities ever fully manifest... we're all hosed." He added, "Um, guys got no arms. Still can eat spaghetti. Telekinetic. See'msayin?" but also said, "I'm not makin any proclamations here. That's why I said 'possibly latent.' I dunno how he does it."

[edit] Oddities

Sketch with arms
Proof that Homestar has invisible arms?
"Do you want to watch me bench-press a lot... of weights?"
  • In Search of the Yello Dello — Marzipan slaps Homestar across the face, leaving a visible handprint.
  • The Reddest Radish — Marzipan knocks on the door of Homestar's house with her head, despite the fact she could have used her invisible arms/telekinetic powers instead.
    • Likewise, in 3 Times Halloween Funjob, Homestar knocks on Marzipan's door with his head, although this could be due to his silliness, or possibly because he's holding his bagful of candy with both "hands".
  • A Jumping Jack ContestThe Announcer proclaims that Homestar has jumped jacks for the longest continuous time despite the fact it would be hard to tell if he ever stopped clapping his "hands".
  • Strong Bad Sings — One of Strong Bad's songs is titled "This One Time I Saw Homestar Punching a Kitten in the Throat".
  • Email halloweener — Homestar wears boxing gloves on his feet and an oven mitt on his head.
  • Emails credit card, 50 emails, anything, and email thunder; Arcade Game — Homestar can type on a keyboard. Also, in anything, as well as retirement, he is able to lift and pour a bottle of soda on Strong Bad's computer.
  • Pumpkin Carve-nival — The goblin easily manipulates both of Strong Bad's arms when he is in costume (and also removing it).
    • Also, Strong Bad is able to perfectly manipulate his Homestar costume without using any arms.
  • Email the bird — Strong Bad flips Homestar off, and after Homestar replies "Right back atcha," Strong Bad exclaims, "He just gave me the bird!"
  • Email your friends — When Strong Bad asks Marzipan to hold out her hands, she just says she doesn't want to. Of course, she may be aware that Strong Bad is preparing to hand her a saw blade.
  • Email marzipan — Strong Bad remarks that "Marzipan can't keep her hands offa" him, although this could be just a figure of speech.
  • Email the show and Main Page 19 — Homestar holds a microphone and sorts through a stack of index cards at the same time. This action could require more than two hands.
  • Ballad of the SneakThe Homestar Runner is seen with crutches after The Sneak "dropped him from his flying machine".
  • Strong Bad's Character Video — Homestar stands in line to receive a high five from Strong Bad.
  • Email time capsule — Homestar is able to manipulate the box, box lid, and wig all at the same time.
  • Email extra plug — Homestar is tied with an extension cord around his torso in a position normally used to secure someone's arms.
  • Homestar vs. Little Girl 2 — When Puppet Homestar plays tag with Little Girl, he touches her with his head.
  • Secret Song (video) — Puppet Homestar plays the piano with both his invisible hands and the side of his head.
  • Biz Cas Fri 1 — When Homestar "helps" Strong Bad with his spreadsheet, Homestar types with his head, even though he could type with his "hands" in 50 emails, anything, and Arcade Game.
  • Email record book — Marzipan holds the world record for the pole vault, an activity which would normally require both arms and legs. In lieu of a picture, the record book shows a message reading "Surprisingly, No Photo Available".
  • Puppet Jam: Everybody Knows It — Puppet Homestar gives high fives to They Might Be Giants.
  • Puppet Jam: Apple Juice Blues — Homestar says, "my arm really really hurts," though it is probably Matt Chapman speaking about his own arm.
  • Email space program — Homestar owns a sweater with sleeves. The sleeves could explain why he has difficulty putting on the sweater in the email.
    • In the DVD commentary for this email, Mike asks Homestar why his sweater has sleeves. His reply is simply "Shut up! Shut up, and I'm out." Following this, Homestar "leaves" the commentary booth and is replaced by Strong Bad.
  • Email highschoolTeenage Homestar sings "Shaking hands with my man" in Strong Bad's doodle memory/hazardous guess.
  • Strongest Man in the World — Homestar gives Pom Pom a high five.
  • Lappynapped! — The King of Town refers to himself as "Furious Fingers".
  • Decemberween Short Shorts — Homestar wears a towel around his neck as though he has shoulders.
  • Email strong badathlon — Homestar, the champion of the Greco-Roman Homestar Crud-Out-of-Beating event, takes swings at himself. Visible air disturbances appear where his extremities are presumably traveling.
  • Email your funeral — As Homestar enters Marzipan's house, he hangs up a coat with sleeves.
  • Date Nite — When Marzipan and The Cheat go out for their date, he offers her his arm to escort her, and she apparently holds it as they walk.
  • DNA Evidence — When Homestar, while wearing a trench coat, lifts the glass of DNA evidence to drink it, the right arm of the trench coat raises as though he has an arm, but he seems to lack shoulders. (see also above)
  • Ever and More! — Homestar and the King of Town can be heard slapping hands as they demonstrate their "secret handshake".
  • Main Page 24 — Homestar asks, "How many fingers am I holding up?"
  • Quality Time — Both Homestar and Marzipan are able to manipulate the cardboard versions of each other from several feet away. Marzipan is also able to both play guitar and manipulate Cardboard Homestar at the same time.
  • Email slumber party — Homestar claims that his father only lets him play Clapping Party.
  • 8-Bit is Enough — While chained in the dungeon, Homestar appears to be floating between the two manacles.
  • A Death-Defying Decemberween — When Homestar plays the piano, its keys can be seen being depressed. Later, he is displeased at being given a brown sweater with sleeves, although a good deal of his displeasure at this present is likely due to its being a brown sweater.
  • Hremail 62 — Homestar manipulates three separate pieces of paper and his brellow crayon at the same time, which, given the position in which he's holding them, would normally require four arms.
    • Similarly, in Hremail 2000, Homestar holds up two socks and two shoes individually.
  • Xeriouxly ForxeH. Star gains robotic arms, M.Z. Pan gains tentacles, and Xing Town gains clawed wings, leaving Homsar as the only normally armless character to still lack them (because he doesn't change at all). However, Ch8t has no limbs at all.
  • April Fools' 2014 — During the last song, Homestar wears a shirt with arm-holes but no sleeves.
  • Fish Eye Lens — Homestar's old-timey Dixieland jazz band outfit includes a vest with visible arm-holes and no sleeves.
  • I Killed Pom Pom — Homestar (in a reference to a running gag related to his costume) leaves blue handprints around Marzipan's house.
  • Marzipan's Answering Machine Version 17.2 — Coach Z tells Marzipan to spray Right-Guard over her hand before dealing with a pile of jock straps.
  • Homestar Runner Goes For the Gold — Homestar declares, "I wash my hands of this whole affair!"

[edit] Characters With No Visible Arms

These characters have no visible arms, yet have been observed manipulating objects:

[edit] Debatable Characters

These characters lack visible arms, but (generally due to infrequent appearances) have never been seen manipulating objects:

[edit] See also

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